Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Johan Rockström is the Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in environmental science with emphasis on water resources and global sustainability.
He is an internationally recognised scientist, known for co-developing the Planetary Boundaries Framework, setting out the fundamentals we must adhere to maintain a “safe operating space for humanity.” Prior to developing the planetary boundaries, Johan focused on building resilience in water scarce regions, becoming a specialist on water resources after spending almost a decade working on applied water research in tropical regions.
In addition to his research work, Johan is a scientific advisor to several governments and chair or member of several advisory boards and committees. Johan is member of the European Commission expert group on adaptation to climate change and societal transformation, member of German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and chair of the EAT Foundations advisory board, where he co-authored the EAT-Lancet Commission Report on Healthy Diets From Sustainable Food Systems.
Through his research work, Johan has published over 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.
Malini Mehra FRSA, chief executive, GLOBE International secretariat
Malini joined GLOBE, the environmental legislators organisation, in 2014 following a distinguished international career in sustainable development. At GLOBE she advances new approaches to sustainability governance with senior lawmakers and judges and brings a uniquely integrated perspective to her role: with 30+ years of global experience as a campaigner, social entrepreneur, policymaker and high-level adviser in public, private, voluntary and UN sectors.
A political scientist and gender specialist, she has served as adviser to Secretary-General Kofi Annan on UN-civil society reform and co-authored UN Human Development Reports.
In the UK government, Malini led on international sustainable development and negotiated pioneering partnerships with China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico. She is a Commissioner to the Mayor of London on sustainable development and advises the UN’s head of disaster risk reduction. From 2000-13, she founded and ran the award-winning Indian NGO, Centre for Social Markets, an early pioneer of corporate sustainability and climate change movements. This followed years leading global campaigns at INGOs including Friends of the Earth International and Oxfam. She has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards including at companies such as Unilever, Kimberly-Clark, BHP Billiton, and NGOs such as China Dialogue and Global Reporting Initiative.