Speakers

  • Pamela Abbott, Chair, Cambridge Conservation Forum

    Pamela Abbott, Chair, Cambridge Conservation Forum

    Pamela Abbott is Chair of Cambridge Conservation Forum which is an active network of 47 organisations and institutions with a common concern for environmental conservation. The forum exists to strengthen links and develop new synergies amongst the diverse conservation community based in and around Cambridge. Pamela has a wide range of experience in conservation practice and teaching. In the late 1980s, she introduced gardening for wildlife whilst Head Gardener at New Hall (Murray Edwards College) and was a volunteer with the National Trust, leading practical conservation projects and training future leaders of these projects. She then spent 10 years lecturing on ecology and horticulture for the College of West Anglia. Pamela has worked for Natural England and its predecessors for the past 11 years, initially advising farmers on diversification and environmental schemes and most recently bringing together diverse external stakeholders to help shape Natural England's 'Vital Uplands' , a vision for the future of the English Uplands.

  • Professor Bill Adams, Moran Professor of Conservation and Development, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

    Professor Bill Adams, Moran Professor of Conservation and Development,
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

    Bill has been teaching in the Department of Geography since the 1980s, and studies the choices between conservation and development from the perspectives of political ecology and environmental history. He is currently working on the institutional politics of largescale restoration projects in the UK. His has written various books, including Future Nature (2003), Decolonizing Nature (2003) and Against Extinction (2004). Most recently he has edited a volume on Trade-Offs in Conservation with Nigel Leader-Williams and Bob Smith (Wiley, in press).

  • Dr Bhaskar Vira, University Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

    PDr Bhaskar Vira, University Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography,
University of Cambridge

    Bhaskar is trained as an economist, with research interests which focus on ecosystems and human wellbeing. He has substantial field research experience, especially in India, and has been involved in a number of multi-institutional research projects examining the forest and wildlife sectors, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, biofuels as well as policy towards common pool resources. He was a co-ordinating lead author for the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Responses Working Group. On-going research is supported by the Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme, funded by DFIDNERC- ESRC, and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Collaborative Fund for Conservation.

  • Dr Matt Walpole, Head of Ecosystem Assessment Programme, UNEP - World Conservation Monitoring Centre

    Dr Matt Walpole, Head of Ecosystem Assessment Programme, UNEP - World
Conservation Monitoring Centre

    Matt is a conservation biologist with almost two decades of multidisciplinary research, consultancy, teaching and project/programme management experience at the interface between biodiversity conservation and rural livelihoods. He has worked and travelled in over 50 countries, with a particular focus on Africa and Asia. After leading the development of a global programme on biodiversity and human needs for Fauna & Flora International, Matt joined UNEP-WCMC where he heads a team developing biodiversity and ecosystem service indicators and assessment tools and products for national and intergovernmental policy makers.

  • Professor Bill Sutherland, Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

    Professor Bill Sutherland, Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology,
Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

    Bill holds the Miriam Rothschild chair of Conservation Biology in the Department of Zoology. His research interests largely involve predicting the consequences of environmental change. He wrote The Conservation Handbook and From Individual Behaviour to Population Biology. He edited Managing Habitats for Conservation, Ecological Census Techniques, Behaviour and Conservation, Conservation Science and Action and Bird Ecology and Conservation: a Handbook of Techniques. He is currently heavily involved in exploring a range of ways of integrating conservation science and policy especially through the development of evidence-based conservation.

  • Dr Rosie Trevelyan, Director, Tropical Biology Association

    Dr Rosie Trevelyan, Director, Tropical Biology Association

    Rosie is Director of the Tropical Biology Association, a capacity building NGO with offices in Cambridge and Nairobi. Through the TBA, Rosie has developed a programme of practical training combined with follow-up support that is building careers of conservation scientists and professionals from around the world. Previously, she worked in marine conservation in Kenya and was a research scientist at Oxford University and the British Trust for Ornithology. Rosie has a BA and Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Oxford during which time she carried out varied projects on birds, lizards, coral reefs and the Malagasy giant jumping rat. She is particularly interested in the role of capacity building as a tool for conservation.

  • Professor Andrew Balmford, Professor of Conservation Science, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

    Professor Andrew Balmford, Professor of Conservation Science, Department of
Zoology, University of Cambridge

    Andrew's main research interests are the costs and benefits of effective conservation, quantifying the changing state of nature, conservation planning, evaluating the success of conservation interventions, and exploring how conservation efforts might best be reconciled with activities such as farming, especially in developing countries.

  • Dr Leon Bennun, Director of Science, Policy and Information, BirdLife International

    Dr Leon Bennun, Director of Science, Policy and Information, BirdLife
International

    Leon is Director of Science, Policy and Information at BirdLife International, co-ordinating the BirdLife Partnership's global work in these areas. Before joining BirdLife in Cambridge, Leon was Head of Ornithology and Principal Research Scientist at the National Museums of Kenya, and Chairman of Nature Kenya (BirdLife in Kenya). Leon studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and gained his doctorate in Zoology at the University of Oxford. He has worked extensively in the field in East Africa, focusing on institutional and capacity development alongside applied research and practical conservation. Leon is particularly interested in the application of science to policy, and in making biodiversity information accessible and meaningful to decision-makers.

  • Steven Broad, Executive Director, TRAFFIC

    Steven Broad, Executive Director, TRAFFIC

    Steven is Executive Director of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, which is a joint programme of WWF and IUCN. Working for IUCN and TRAFFIC since the mid- 1980s, he has diverse experience in trade research, regulation support, policy, training and facilitation work and was TRAFFIC's regional director for the ASEAN region, based in Malaysia during 1993-1995, before taking up his current post. He has a BSc in Environmental Studies and is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, a Fellow of WWF UK and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade of the World Economic Forum. He also serves as an advisor to the Pew Marine Fellowship Program and the Whitley Awards for Nature Conservation, is Chair of the board of directors of the Marine Aquarium Council and a member of the board of the FairWild Foundation.

  • Anthea Case CBE, Principal Adviser, Arcadia Fund

    Anthea Case CBE, Principal Adviser, Arcadia Fund

    Anthea is the Principal Adviser to the Arcadia Fund, a UK charity set up in 2001 to protect endangered culture and nature. As Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund (1995-2003), she has experience of grant giving at a significant scale, including support for nature conservation. Her earlier career was spent in Her Majesty's Treasury, including two spells dealing with higher education funding as well as tax policy. After leaving the Heritage Lottery Fund, Anthea was until last year Chair of the Heritage Alliance (the national umbrella body for historic environment voluntary bodies) and is also a Commissioner for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and a Trustee of the Institute for Philanthropy, HEART (the Norwich Heritage and Economic Regeneration Trust), and a number of other charities. Since October 2009 she has been Chairman of the National Trust East of England Regional Committee.

  • Professor Dame Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge

    Professor Dame Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge

    Alison Richard was Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University from October 2003 to October 2010. She was Provost of Yale University (USA) from 1994 - 2002. The Vice-Chancellor is the principal academic and administrative officer of the University and is also its chief representative externally. Professor Richard was an undergraduate at Newnham College, and is now a Fellow of Newnham and an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College.

  • Dr Jane Smart, Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group/ Head, IUCN Species Programme

    Dr Jane Smart, Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group/ Head, IUCN
Species Programme

    Jane is Director of IUCN's Biodiversity Conservation Group and Head of the Species Programme. The Biodiversity Conservation Group comprises the Species Programme, Protected Areas Programme, Global Marine Programme as well as the Invasive Species Initiative. Jane also takes a lead role in facilitating work to implement the Core Programme Area of IUCN's Programme (2009-2012). As Head of the Species Programme Jane is responsible for around 35 staff based in Switzerland, Washington DC, US and Cambridge, UK and is responsible for managing the compilation and production of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ™. She is focal point for the Species Survival Commission. Jane trained as a botanist and began her professional life as a plant ecologist. In 1989 Jane founded Plantlife International, becoming its first Chief Executive. In 1993, she initiated Planta Europa, the network of organizations working for plant conservation across Europe. Prior to joining the IUCN Secretariat Jane was Chair of the IUCN UK National Committee, as well as a long standing member of the IUCN SSC Plant Conservation Committee. In 2003 she was awarded the OBE for services to international conservation.

  • Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment

    Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment

    Janez Potočnik is a former Slovenian Minister for European Affairs and European Union Commissioner for Science and Research. He served as Assistant Director (1984 - 1987) and Director (1993 - 2001) at the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development in Ljubljana. In 1993 he got his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Ljubljana. Between 1988 and 1993 he was Senior Researcher at the Institute for Economic Research in Ljubljana. He was Minister Councillor at the Slovenian Prime Minister's Cabinet 2001- 2002 and Minister for European Affairs 2002 - 2004. He headed the negotiating team for the Accession of Slovenia to the EU between 1998 and 2004. That year he became European Commissioner responsible for Science and Research.

  • Dr Mike Rands, Director, Cambridge Conservation Initiative

    Dr Mike Rands, Director, Cambridge Conservation Initiative

    Mike is the Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, and is based at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of BirdLife International (a global partnership of national bird and biodiversity conservation NGOs), Programme Director for the International Council for Bird Preservation and a Research Ecologist with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. Mike has a BSc in Environmental Sciences, a Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Oxford, and wide ranging experience in ecological research, strategic planning, international conservation project management and institutional development. He is especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches to conservation.

  • Dr Andrew Clements, Director, BTO

    Dr Andrew Clements, Director, BTO

    Andy has been Director of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) since summer 2007. After postdoctoral research on bird song at the University of Sussex in the early 1980s, he moved into the nature conservation sector, initially on upland bird surveys for the Nature Conservancy Council. Twenty years later, Andy led English Nature's work to deliver the Government target on SSSI conditions from his position as Director Protected Areas. Andy has a lifelong interest in birds and is a (fairly) active birder.

  • Polly Courtice, Director, Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

    Polly Courtice, Director, Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

    Polly is Director of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL). She is also Co-Director and Chief Executive of both The Prince of Wales's Business & the Environment Programme and The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change. Polly serves on the University's Council of the School of Technology and the Council for Lifelong Learning. She is Co-Director of CPSL's Masters in Sustainability Leadership and Academic Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business. Polly chairs Anglian Water's Advisory Group on Climate Change and Economic Growth, is an Advisory Board Member of The Higher Education Funding Council's Sustainable Development Committee and a member of Addenbrooke's NHS Trust Sustainability Advisory Committee. She is a Non Executive Director of Jupiter Green Investment Trust. In 2007 she was appointed by Al Gore to run his Climate Project in the UK. In 2008 Polly was made a Lieutenant of the Victorian Order (LVO) announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Her first degree was from the University of Cape Town and she has an MA from the University of Cambridge.

  • Professor Sir Peter Crane, Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

    Professor Sir Peter Crane, Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry
and Environmental Studies, Yale University

    Peter's work focuses on the diversity of plant life - its origin, fossil history, current status, conservation and use. From 1982 to 1999 he was at the Field Museum in Chicago, and from 1992 to 1999 served as Director with overall responsibility for the Museum's scientific programmes. From 1999 to 2006 he was Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, one of the largest, most prestigious and influential botanical gardens in the world. He returned to Chicago in 2006 as the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor at The University of Chicago, before being appointed at Yale in 2009. Peter Crane was elected to the Royal Society - the UK academy of sciences in 1998 and was knighted in the UK for services to horticulture and conservation in 2004. He is the recipient of several honorary degrees, including an honorary doctorate of science from Cambridge University.

  • Professor Rhys Green, Principal Research Biologist, RSPB/Honorary Professor of Conservation Science in the Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge.

    Professor Rhys Green, Principal Research Biologist, RSPB/Honorary Professor of
Conservation Science in the Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology,
University of Cambridge.

    Rhys research concerns the effects of human land use, climatic change and conservation management on populations of birds and other organisms. In particular, he is involved in quantifying and modelling the effects of agricultural development and management, disturbance, illegal killing, climatic change and conservation measures on the demography of bird populations and using the insights this provides to devise conservation programmes. With Andrew Balmford and Rosie Trevelyan, he is a founder and organiser of the annual Student Conference on Conservation Science in Cambridge.

  • Professor Geoff Meeks, Acting Director, Cambridge Judge Business School

    Professor Geoff Meeks, Acting Director, Cambridge Judge Business School

    Geoff is Professor of Financial Accounting and Head of the Finance and Accounting Group at Cambridge Judge Business School, where he has been Acting Director since September 2010. He has previously worked at Price Waterhouse and at the University of Edinburgh, and has held visiting positions at Harvard, INSEAD, and other leading schools.

  • Dr Miles Parker, Director of Science and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK Government

    Professor Geoff Meeks, Acting Director, Cambridge Judge Business School

    Miles is currently Director of Defra's Evidence Programme since 2002 (managing Defra's policy and investment programme for science), Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser and internal Head of Profession for Science and Engineering. Miles graduated in zoology and has a PhD in marine ecology, from Trinity College, Dublin. From 1975-1983 Miles managed the marine pollution unit and undertook research on marine environmental issues at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Dublin and in 1983 went on to become Head of research and operations on marine pollution from waste disposal at sea at MAFF's Directorate of Fisheries Research (now CEFAS). While in Dublin and at DFR Miles become Chairman of several of the marine environmental working groups of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and at the Oslo and Paris Commissions (OSPAR). In 1987 he became Head of the MAFF food contamination and biotechnology policy and went on to become Head of the Agri-Environment Unit at MAFF Chief Scientist's Group (CSG) in 1988. Miles was Head of the MAFF CSG Science Division, managing agriculture and fisheries research programmes until 1997 and Acting Director of Food Science at MAFF's Central Science Laboratories (CSL) and managing ownership of MAFF's Laboratory Agencies in 1998. Miles was Director for International Science at the Office of Science and Technology 1998-2001, mainly on negotiations of EU Framework Programme 6.

  • James Leape, Director General, WWF International

    James Leape, Director General, WWF International

    James is the Director General of WWF International, a position to which he was appointed in December 2005. Leape has worked in conservation for more than three decades. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he began his career as an environmental lawyer - bringing environmental protection cases in the United States, advising the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, and co-authoring the leading American text on environmental law. Leape first joined WWF in the US in 1989, and for ten years led their conservation programmes around the world, serving as Executive Vice President. In that role, he helped shape the global strategy of the WWF Network and represented WWF in many international fora.

  • Professor Ian Leslie, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge

    Professor Ian Leslie, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge

    Ian is the Robert Sansom Professor of Computer Science at the University of Cambridge. From 2004- 2009 he was the University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, which brought him into contact with conservation academics in the University and with conservation organisations around Cambridge. His interests in computer science are in networks and operating systems and have led him into two start ups. He retains, from his time as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, an interest in the role of research intensive universities and the ways in which they engage with wider society.

  • Jerry Harrison, Head of Development, UNEP - World Conservation Monitoring Centre

    Jerry Harrison, Head of Development, UNEP - World Conservation Monitoring
Centre

    Jerry is Head of Development at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, where he has worked in a variety of capacities for nearly thirty years. He has a particular interest in international governance, and has worked extensively on issues relating to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the proposed Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

  • Professor Nigel Leader-Williams, Director of Conservation Leadership in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

    Professor Nigel Leader-Williams, Director of Conservation Leadership in the
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

    Nigel is Director of Conservation Leadership in the Department of Geography, and Fellow of Churchill College. He works to build capacity in conservation through interdisciplinary research and teaching that sits within both natural and social sciences, with a focus on large mammals that conflict with human interests.

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