• Alan AtKisson
    President, AtKisson + Associates, Inc. (Sweden)

  • David Berry
    Founder and Director, Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (USA)

  • Arthur Dahl
    Consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • Edward Gutierrez-Espeleta
    Director, Observatorio del Desarrollo, Universidad de Costa Rica

  • Allen Hammond
    Senior scientist and director of Strategic Analysis for the World Resources Institute, USA

  • Peter Hardi, Coordinator of the CGSDI
    Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (Canada)

  • Jochen Jesinghaus
    UN relations unit of the European Commission's Directorate General for Development

  • Bedrich Moldan
    Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director, Environmental Centre at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic)

  • Yuichi Moriguchi
    Head of resources management section, social and environmental systems division of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan)

  • Adil Najam
    Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University, USA) and Board member, Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research

  • John O'Connor
    Independent consultant at OconEco

Full Biographies

Alan AtKisson
Alan AtKisson leads the AtKisson Group, a global network of sustainability consultancies with offices in Seattle (USA), Stockholm (EU), and Brisbane (Australia). He has designed, supported, or advised dozens of sustainability indicator and assessment initiatives around the world, in both the public and private sector. He is the inventor of the "Compass Index of Sustainability," which measures overall sustainability on an absolute performance scale. Currently he advises senior government officials and corporate managers on strategy, often incorporating indicator systems into a comprehensive strategic change program for sustainable development. He has served on a variety of international committees, boards and working groups that have helped to shape the development of indicator practice internationally. For more information, see http://www.atkisson.com.

David Berry
David Berry co-founded and runs the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable where Federal Agencies, states, corporations and NGO's collaborate on indicators of sustainability of water resources and research opportunities. Information can be found at http://water.usgs.gov/wicp/acwi/swrr/. At the White House CEQ he co-founded and chaired Interagency Groups on Sustainable Development Indicators and on Industrial Ecology. The White House chartered both groups in response to recommendations of the President's Council on Sustainable Development. He was US delegate to an OECD meeting on sustainable development indicators in Rome in 1999 and led the US team on information for decision-making for the CSD 9 meetings at the UN in 2001. In 2003, he was on the National Research Council committee on Material Flow Accounting. He is on the advisory boards of the Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators and of the International Sustainability Indicators Network.

Arthur L. Dahl
Dr. Arthur Dahl is a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director, and now consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where he was Deputy Director of Oceans and Coastal Areas, Coordinator of the UN System-wide Earthwatch, and Director of the Coral Reef Unit, first in Nairobi, then in Geneva since 1992. A biologist (A.B. Stanford University and Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara), he was a curator at the Smithsonian Institution, Regional Ecological Adviser with the South Pacific Commission (New Caledonia) where he organized the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, and an independent consultant to governments and international organizations on Earth observation, coral reefs, biodiversity, islands, environmental education, and social and economic development. As part of the Secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Earth Summit, 1992), he helped to prepare Agenda 21, and he participated in the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002) where he organized a session in the Science Forum on indicators of sustainability. He is President of the International Environment Forum (http://www.bcca.org/ief), a board member of the European Baha'i Business Forum (http://www.ebbf.org) and the Global Islands Network (http://www.globalislands.net), and also teaches university courses in sustainable development. His current interests include concepts of sustainability, exploring new ways to integrate ecology and economics, indicators of island vulnerability, coral reef monitoring, and global strategies for environmental observing and assessment.

Edgar E. Gutierrez-Espeleta
Edgar E. Gutierrez-Espeleta, a Costa Rican by birth, obtained his B. S. in Statistics from the University of Costa Rica, and his M. Sc. and Ph. D. in Forest Biometry from Iowa State University, USA. He became full professor at University of Costa Rica since 1994 and now leads the Development Observatory, a research unit at UCR dealing with development issues particularly, the development of indicators, indices and ways to present data to decision makers. For the last six year Prof. Gutierrez-Espeleta has been collaborating with UNEP GEO project and nowadays leads a regional environmental data portal which is been constructed to support the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and Caribbean. Prof. Gutierrez is also a visiting professor at the UN University for Peace. His research interests include sustainable development indicator and index modeling; human security and environmental change, and rehabilitation of degraded lands.

Allen Hammond
Allen Hammond is senior scientist and director of Strategic Analysis for the World Resources Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan policy research institute located in Washington, D.C.. His responsibilities include institute-wide leadership in the use of analytical methods and information tools for policy research, direction of the Strategic Indicator Research Initiative on environmental and sustainable development indicators, development of web-based communication tools, and writing and research on long-term sustainability issues. He was formerly the editor-in-chief of the World Resources report series. Dr. Hammond holds degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University in engineering and applied mathematics. Prior to joining WRI, he created the Research News section of the international journal Science and went on to found and edit several national publications, including Science 80-86 (published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science), Issues in Science and Technology (published by the National Academy of Science), and the Information Please Environmental Almanac (published by Houghton-Mifflin). In addition, he broadcast a daily radio program for 5 years (syndicated nationally by CBS) and has written or edited 10 books. Dr. Hammond has won several national magazine awards and other journalist honors.Dr. Hammond has published extensively in the scientific and policy research literature; has lectured widely; and has served as a consultant to the White House science office, to several U.S. federal agencies, to the United Nations, and to several private foundations. Among other pursuits, he is a skier and small boat sailor.

Peter Hardi
Dr. Peter Hardi is Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Winnipeg, Canada. He has designed and directed the Institute’s Measurement and Indicators Program in the past ten years. Dr. Hardi holds an MSc in chemistry and a PhD in political science. He combines a comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical and methodological issues of sustainable development with practical field experience in designing and implementing sustainable development strategies, and linking them to the decision making process. He has been the leader of assessment, reporting and indicator projects in a variety of settings, ranging from local communities to international agencies and from highly developed countries to developing nations and countries in transition. He serves on numerous Canadian and international committees including the Strategic Planning Committee of IUCN, the Steering Committee of the European Network for Sustainable Urban and Regional Research, the Center for International Environmental Cooperation and he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Centre for Sustainable Development, Romania. He is member of the editorial board of the journal Ecological Indicators. Dr. Hardi is the author of over a hundred academic publications, including several books and monographs on the environment, sustainable development and measurement.

Jochen Jesinghaus
Jochen Jesinghaus worked seven years at Eurostat (the Statistical Office of the European Communities) on a system of Environmental Pressure Indices. Other work areas include Ecological Tax Reform issues, and the modelling of linkages between indicators of Sustainable Development. From 1999 to 2002, he wrote the Dashboard software at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. Today, he co-ordinates social and environmental issues, inter alia the follow-up of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, at the UN relations unit of the European Commission's Directorate General for Development

Bedrich Moldan
Dr. Moldan holds a C.Sc. advanced degree in chemical engineering. He is Professor of Environmental Sciences at Charles University (Prague) and the director of the university's Environmental Centre. He is also a member of the Czech Republic's delegation for negotiation on accession to the European Union and negotiator for Environment, Science and Education. He is the 2000/01 Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Among many professional positions, he was the Chairman of "Indicators of Sustainable Development" (1994-1997), the SCOPE (Scientific Committee on the Problems of Environment) project that developed the first version of the UN CSD indicator set. He was the Chairman of the Board of the Regional Environment Centre for Central and Eastern Europe between 1993 and 2000. He is the author, co-author and editor of several hundreds of scientific papers, articles, chapters in monographs and books.

Yuichi Moriguchi
Yuichi Moriguchi graduated in Sanitary Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at Kyoto University in 1982 and joined the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) as a research official in the same year. After working in the Planning and Coordination Bureau of the Environment Agency and in the OECD Environment in Paris, he resumed his research work within the NIES since 1987. He was promoted to senior researcher in 1993, then the head of a research project team in 1996. His current position is the head of resources management section, social and environmental systems division of the NIES. He is jointly appointed with the Research Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management of the NIES. He received his doctorate (Dr. Eng.) from Kyoto University. He has been engaged in research into the prevention of transport pollution, atmospheric emission inventory, life cycle assessment, as well as environmental accounting and indicators. His recent research interest is focused on material flow analysis/accounting. He published more than a hundred papers and articles in Japanese and international journals and books. His international experiences include the participation in the Working Group on the State of the Environment (WGSOE) of the OECD as a secretariat (1986-87) and as a Japanese delegation (1993 - ), the Chairman of the Working Group on Environmental Information and Outlook (WGEIO) of the OECD (2003-), participation in many international meetings in the field of environmental information, indicators, accounting, as well as industrial ecology. He is invited to a number of advisory committees for the Environment Ministry of Japan and other governmental institutions.

Adil Najam
Prof. Adil Najam teaches international negotiation and diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University, USA). His research and teaching focuses on issues related to sustainable development, international environmental negotiations, human security, trade and environment, policy roles of NGOs, global climate change; all with a particular focus on developing country concerns. He has published widely in the leading journals of these fields and his recent books include ‘Civic Entrepreneurship’ (with Tariq Banuri, seven volumes, 2002) and ‘Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia’ (Editor, 2003). He holds two Masters and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Specialization in Negotiation from the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School. He is a past winner of the MIT Goodwin Medal for Excellence in Teaching, of the Stein Rokan Award of the International Political Science Association, and the Emerging Scholar Award of the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Association. He serves on the Boards of the Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research (PIEDAR), the Center for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, and the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future and is a Visiting Fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan. He is also an Associate at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Research Director of the ICTSD/IISD/RING project on a Southern Agenda for Trade and Environment. He also serves on the editorial boards of the journals ‘Ecological Economics’, ‘Nonprofit and Voluntary Studies Quarterly’ and the ‘Yearbook of International Cooperation on Environment and Development.

John O'Connor
John O'Connor is presently an independent consultant at OconEco. He was the head of the indicator team at the Environmental Department, The World Bank where he worked on indicators for many years.

Former Members

  • Gilberto C. Gallopin
    Former Director, Systems for Sustainable Development Program Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden.

  • Donella Meadows
    Professor, Environmental Studies Program Dartmouth College, USA. Prof. Meadows passed away in February 2001.

  • Ismail Serageldin
    Former Vice President Environmentally Sustainable Development The World Bank USA.

  • Robert B. Wallace, Chairman of the CGSDI
    President, Wallace Global Fund, USA. Mr. Wallace passed away in 2002.