Participants DAY ONE

 DAY 1

Session 1: Indicators of Policy Targets


Oliver Zwirner, facilitator

Oliver Zwirner works on indicators, statistics & beyond GDP in the Chief economist, Impact Assessment & Evaluation unit, DG Environment, European Commission. Economist and social scientist. Started his career with setting up environmental accounting and management systems in banks and insurance companies. Worked for some years in research as environmental economist and sociologist and project manager in the fields of water and biodiversity management. Joined the European Commission in 2005. 




Martin Janicke, Research Centre for Environmental Policy

Professor Dr. Martin Jänicke, born 1937, studied sociology, political science, economics and history at the Free University of Berlin. He was promoted to professor of political science in 1970 and appointed professor of comparative analysis at the Free University in 1971. He was director to the “Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik” from 1986 to 2007. Jänicke was consultant to the German chancellor in 1974-76 and member of the Berlin House of Representatives from 1981-83. In 1999, he was appointed a member of the German Council of Environmental Advisors. Having served as vice chairman from 200 to 2004, he left the Council in 2008. Jänicke has been a member of numerous scientific boards and councils, among others of the German UNESCO-Commission (1991-96) and of the National Committee for Global Change Research. He is and has been member of the scientific boards of various journals (NATUR, Zeitschrift für Umweltpolitik und Umweltrecht (ZfU), Zeitschrift für angewandte Umweltforschung (ZAU), NATUR UND KULTUR, Policy Studies), of the Energy Foundation Schleswig-Holstein, the BINE and the WZB (until 1982). Jänicke is furthermore a member of the International Advisory Board of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy and of the curatorship of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) and director of the Foundation for Environmental Protection (Stiftung Naturschutz) Berlin. 

Indicators of Policy Targets




Carlos Dora, WHO

Carlos is a health policy expert with WHO leading work on health impacts of sector policies (transport, housing, extractive industry and energy) involving health impact assessment (HIA) and systems to manage health risks and benefits. Dr Dora has recently lead WHO’s work on “Health in a Green Economy” that includes analyses of health co-benefits from green economy policies, and is leading WHO’s work on health indicators for proposed Sustainable development Goals is areas such as access to sustainable energy, transport and agriculture. He served in US and Chinese science and policy committees, has been a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Transportation Sciences. His MSc and PhD are from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and his publications cover health impact of sector and sustainable development policies, HIA and health risk communication.

Environmental Health Indicators





Stefan Speck, European Environmental Agency

Stefan is an environmental economist with a Ph.D. in economics from Keele University in England. He is working as a project manager for environmental economics and policies at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen. His research focuses on the application of market-based instruments for environmental policy, environmental fiscal reform, and green economy. He has carried out research projects in Africa and Asia, and has published widely on economic instruments and environmental financing including the book, “Environmental Tax Reform (ETR) A Policy for Green Growth,” which he edited together with Paul Ekins.

A Green Economy in Europe



Ed Barry, Sustainable World Initiative

Ed Barry is the designer of the Sustainable Living Planner and the director of the Sustainable World Initiative in Washington DC.  A business manager for a major energy corporation for most of his career, for the past ten years Mr. Barry has devoted himself to working in the nonprofit sector to promote environmental, social, and economic  sustainability.  Before coming to serve as the Sustainable Living Advisor for the Population Institute, he was the Chief Operating Officer for the Global Footprint Network, where he was responsible for both the research and applications departments, as well as establishing a new international office in Brussels.  He received his B.S. in Chemistry and Engineering from Michigan State University and did graduate business studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He also has taken advanced courses and training in education, business strategic planning, international alliances, and business development.  Mr. Barry serves on the Board of Advisers for Environic Foundation International (an organization that conducts "Sustainable Societies" educational initiatives throughout the world).  He is also an active participant and contributor to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, the Preparatory Committee process for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as UNCSD-2012 or Rio+20), and the UN’s Post-2015 Human Development Framework. 

Resource Sufficiency Evaluation and Reporting 

 DAY 1 Session 2: Indicators of Policy Interventions 



Andrea Bassi, facilitator

Dr. Andrea M. Bassi is the founder and CEO of KnowlEdge Srl and an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, in South Africa. Dr. Bassi is a project leader and researcher, with over 10 years of experience, supporting more than 20 governments and several international organizations primarily on energy and climate policy; natural resource utilization; disaster resilience planning & response strategies; and sustainable development plans. He has specific expertise in green economy strategies & scenarios, climate mitigation & adaptation and sustainable development; and carried out the quantitative scenario analysis of UNEP’s Green Economy Report. Dr. Bassi was a Director at Millennium Institute, visiting researcher at the Danish National Environmental Research Institute and GRA at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen, Norway, a M.Sc. in Business and Economics at LIUC, Italy, and completed a postgraduate course in modeling the environment at the Universitad Politecnica de Catalunia in Spain.


Valentina Stoevska, ILO /  Marek Harsdorff, ILO

Defining and Assessing Green Jobs



Peter Gresch, SNV Swiss Standartization Organisation

Dr. Gresch is the owner and CEO of GRESCH PARTNER; Planning and Environmental Consultants, Bern, Switzerland. He studied natural sciences, urban and environmental  planning at the University of Zürich, at the ETH of Zürich, and at the University of Bristol (GB). From 1985 up to 2010 he was lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland. Since 1993 Dr. Gresch has been a member of the Swiss delegation in the ISO/TC 207 Environmental management and a member of ISO/TC 207/SC 3 Environmental Labelling and SC 4 Environmental Performance Evaluation. e-mail:

ISO-Environmental Management Standards and Focus on ISO 14031-Environmental Performance Evaluation (Indicators)




Dr. László Pintér, International Institute for Sustainable Development and Central European University 

László Pintér is currently Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and Senior Fellow and Associate at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Winnipeg, Canada. Prior to joining CEU in 2010 he had been working full time with IISD since 1994 as Director of IISD’s Measurement and Assessment Program between 2003 and 2010. His interest is in the integration of science and policy in the governance and management of transition towards sustainability. His work is focused on how sustainability governance and strategies of adaptive socio-ecological systems are informed by knowledge and management tools and processes, such as indicators, integrated assessments, outlooks and policy relevant scenarios. László has a PhD from the University of Minnesota, United States, a Masters in Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a MSc in Agronomy from St Stephen University in Hungary. During 2000-01 he spent a year as Practitioner Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

SDGi Concept Note: Measuring Progress Towards Sustainable Development Goals

SDGIs Building Indicators That Will Matter  

 DAY 1  Session 3: Impacts of GE/GG Policy Interventions



Dr Erika Jorgensen, Economic Adviser, World Bank, facilitator

Erika Jorgensen is an Economic Adviser in the macroeconomics department of the World Bank's Europe and Central Asia Region, where she also serves as the focal point for the economics of climate change and green growth. She recently completed a low-carbon growth country study for Poland and is leading a major program of analytic work and technical assistance on green growth for FYR Macedonia.  Over the past twenty years, she has worked across the Bank as a macroeconomist in Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Trained as a macroeconomist with an emphasis on financial markets, she has run the gamut of economic topics including competitiveness and growth, migration, poverty, pension policy, labor markets, governance and corruption, and now climate change and green growth. She holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University as well as degrees from Oxford University and Williams College.




Pushpam Kumar, UNEP DEPI

Dr Pushpam Kumar is Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Division of Environment Programme Implementation, UNEP where he works on mainstreaming of the ecosystem services into development policy through the tools and techniques of ecological economics. He has been engaged in international scientific assessment efforts on biodiversity and ecosystems and climate change. Dr Kumar was Co-coordinating Lead Author and Co-coordinator, Responses Working Group for Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment of the IPCC (Mitigation). Besides being the member of the Study Leader Team of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), he was also the Scientific Co-coordinator of the Conceptual Framework for the TEEB. He was Head of the Technical Support Unit of the Responses Working Group, Millennium Ecosystems Assessment (MA) and was instrumental in designing, leading and coordinating the inputs from four hundred natural and social scientists from all over the world that came from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds. 

Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services for Green Growth Through Inclusive Wealth Index



Dr. Matteo Pedercini, Millennium Institute

Before joining MI, Matteo was the project manager for a European Union development project in the Central African Republic; an Officer and Instructor in the Italian Army’s Parachutists Brigade; and the manager of Cascina Castelgaro SS. He holds a PhD and a Masters in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen, Norway, and a Masters in Economics/Business Administration from the LIUC University, Italy. Matteo has created and applied several system dynamics national models, in collaboration with developing country governments and international organizations. These models include T21-Swaziland, T21-Sénégal, T21-Papua (Indonesia), T21-Cape Verde, T21-Ghana MDG, T21-USA, and T21-Mali, and others. He led training activities for officials from several countries, and he has been teaching at the University of Bergen and at the University of Malawi. He is fluent in Italian (native), English, French, and Spanish. Matteo has published a number of papers on modeling and development issues on peer reviewed journals, and he contributed to thematic books and to official strategic documents for various sub-Saharan countries. 

Millenium Institute's Experience with Modelling GreenEconomy / GreenGrowth Indicators




Alexander Kasterine, ITC

Alexander Kasterine is Head, Trade and Environment Programme at the International Trade Centre (UN/WTO) in Geneva. He is responsible for ITC’s programming in the field of climate change, agri-environment and biodiversity. Prior to joining ITC in 2005 he worked as an adviser to the EC and the World Bank on evaluation and agricultural policies. He also lived and worked in Mexico carrying out research on rural livelihoods and environment. Alex holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and an MSc in Environmental Policy, both from Imperial College, London. Alex edits ITC’s Sustainability Market Guides series and blogs at

Measuring Aid for Trade Environmental Outcomes



Wang Yi, Chinese Academy of Science 

Professor Yi WANG is currently Deputy Director-General of the Institute of Policy and Management (IPM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and Deputy of the National People’s Congress of China (the legislation branch of Chinese Government) since 2008. He is also serving as the standing member of the Board of Directors of several academic societies, member of the editorial board of several academic journals, and senior adviser to a dozen of international organizations and foundations such as UNDP, UNIDO, GEF, World Bank, ADB, EU Delegation in China, AusAID, CIDA, WWF-China, WRI, Energy Foundation, and Ford Foundation. He received his Ph.D. degree from CAS Graduate School and bachelor degree from Tsinghua University.  Prof. WANG is actively engaging in many aspects of China’s policy studies. His research result has been contributed to form and shape many China’s current policy making and institutional arrangements. His research interests include strategic issues and public policy studies of sustainable development, especially in the fields of climate change and energy package, integrated river basin management, and comprehensive plan for the environment and development. He is also the author and editor of numerous publications including more than 30 books and more than 100 technical papers. His works have been won several ministerial-level awards including the 4th Chinese Youth Science and Technology Award. His major publications include (as the lead author) China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006; Taking Stock of Integrated River Basin Management in China; China’s Environment and Development Issues in Transition. Email: Web:  or  

China Sustainable Development Report and Indicators System




Cristina Bueti, ITU

Cristina Bueti is Advisor of ITU-T Study Group 5 “Environment and Climate Change” at the International Telecommunication Union. She is responsible for ITU-T's activities related to ICTs and environment with a special focus on climate change and e-waste issues. Cristina Bueti graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and International Cooperation and Development of the University of Florence, where she completed postgraduate studies in International Cooperation. In 2003, Ms Bueti completed a project for the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta, before joining the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva in January 2004.

ITU Experience with Indicators: Measuring ICTs and the Environment

 DAY 1
Session 4: Composite Indicators

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Ashbindu Singh, UNEP, facilitator

Ashbindu has a strong multidisciplinary background with postgraduate degrees in physical and natural sciences and a Ph.D. in environmental science. He has over 100 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals and conferences, and 35 UNEP reports on various environmental issues. The team under his direction has produced highly influential reports on environmental issues such as global forests, threats to freshwater, coastal vulnerability, linkage between environment and health, environmental conflicts, transboundary air pollutants and biodiversity. Ashbindu is also responsible for the production of UNEP's bestselling and award winning publication "One Planet Many People: Atlas of our changing environment." He subsequently negotiated a pioneering partnership with Google Earth, which resulted in the publication of the "Atlas of Our Changing Environment," reaching over 300 million people worldwide. Measure what matters




Jose Pineda, UNDP

José is a Senior Researcher of the Research Team for the Human Development Report since 2009. He has extensive research experience in the fields of international trade and open macroeconomics. Prior to joining UNDP, he was Deputy Director of Research for the Andean Development Bank. He has also served as Chief Economist of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and as consultant for the Venezuelan Ministry of Finance, the Venezuelan Central Bank and international organizations, such as the World Bank. He also was professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in the field of macroeconomics. José holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland.

Sustainability and Measurement of Human Development




Peter Bartelmus, Bergische Universitat Wuppertal

Peter Bartelmus holds a doctorate from the University of Heidelberg. He has been teaching economics of sustainable development at Wuppertal and Columbia universities. As director of the environment division of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy he sought to combine environmental and ecological economics in measurement and theory. His publications advanced new concepts and methods on green accounting and economics, including his latest book on Sustainability Economics. At the UNEP office in Nairobi he developed the UN environmental statistics and management program in cooperation with the UN Statistics Division (UNSD), New York. As head of UNSD's industry, energy and environment statistics program he was responsible for the development of the System for integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA), which was later endorsed by the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Composite Indices of Sustainability



Jin Zhouyin, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Zhouying Jin is a senior researcher and professor, Institute of Quantitative-Economics and Technical-Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Director of Centre for Technology Innovation and Strategy Studies (CTISS) of  Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She also is president and founder for the Beijing Academy of Soft Technology and Director of Beijing Center for The Future; Chairman, The Future 500 (China); President of World Future Society China Chapter. Her research field includes Soft technology - new paradigm of technology, Future research, Long-term strategy management system and sustainable development, Green business model and the Future 500, The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) system of China, etc. Among her publications are 15 monographs, 6 translated books, more than 30 research reports and hundreds of thesis, including Global Technological Change-From Hard Technology to Soft Technology (First Ed. & Second Ed.); Long-term strategy integration and sustainable development; Systemic Solution to Achieving Green Economic Growth and Sustainable Development; Beyond GDP: the Genuine  Progress Indicator (GPI) system of China,etc. E-mail:  

Genuine Progress Index
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Dr Heinz Schandl, CSIRO/UNEP DEWA/ROAP, facilitator

Prof. Heinz Schandl is an expert for environmental reporting, natural resource management, resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production. His research links social theory, social metabolism and public policy. He leads CSIRO’s research capability in SCP and the Green Economy, he is lead author of a report on Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook in Asia and the Pacific commissioned by the UNEP Office in Bangkok and has been a consultant for the OECD, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank for sustainable natural resource use and green economy. He is an adjunct Professor at the Australian National University School of Sociology and a permanent visiting Prof at the Institute of Environmental Studies at Nagoya University. He is a council member of the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE), chair of the Socio-Economic Metabolism section of the ISIE, editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology and editorial board member for the Journal of Material Cycles and waste Management. He has extensive experience in project leadership and in providing research that informs public policy in the domain of sustainable natural resource use and sustainable development. He has authored 31 peer-reviewed journal papers, 6 books and 20 book chapters focusing on sustainable development, green economy, resource efficiency and SCP.



Dr Paul Schreyer, Deputy Chief Statistician, OECD

Paul Schreyer is Deputy Chief Statistician at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. His personal research areas include national accounts, the measurement of capital, productivity, non-market activities and price statistics. He is the author of the 2001 OECD Manual on Measuring Productivity, of the 2009 OECD Manual on Measuring Capital and of a Handbook on the Measurement of Health and Education Output (2010) and has published books and articles in international journals. In 2008-09, he was rapporteur in the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress. Since 2008, he has had a lead role in the OECD’s work on Green Growth Indicators. Paul Schreyer joined the OECD in 1988 and has held positions in the Directorates for Science, Technology and Industry, Environment and Statistics, most recently as head of the National Accounts Division. Before joining the OECD, he was a research fellow at the IFO Institute for Economic Research in Munich Germany and an assistant professor of economics at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Paul Schreyer studied at the Universities of Innsbruck and Birmingham (United Kingdom) and holds a Ph.D. in economics. 

OECD Better Life Initiative



Roberto Crotti, WEF

Roberto Crotti is Quantitative Economist with the Global Competitiveness Network at the World Economic Forum. His responsibilities include data analysis and the computation of indexes for various projects and studies (Sustainable Competitiveness, the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report, and others). His main areas of expertise are quantitative research, forecasting, macroeconomics, and economic policy. Mr. Crotti holds a MA in Economics from Boston University, United States. 

Measuring Sustainable Competitiveness




Alessandro Galli, Global Footprint Network (GFN)

Alessandro Galli is a Senior Scientist and the Mediterranean Program Director at GFN. He works on the Ecological Footprint methodology and technical publications. He is currently overseeing the National Footprint Accounts. His research focuses on analyzing the historical changes in human dependence on natural resources and ecological services through the use of sustainability indicators and environmental accounting methods. Previously, he has been working as technical advisor with the Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF) on the Al Basama Al Beeiya (Ecological Footprint) Initiative in the UAE. Alessandro holds his PhD degree in Chemical Sciences from Siena University. He is the leading author of the Mediterranean Ecological Footprint Trends report and co-author of several publications, including 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals, the article “Global Biodiversity: Indicators of Recent Declines” published in the leading journal Science, and the WWF's 2008 and 2012 Living Planet Reports. Alessandro is also member of the editorial board of the journal Resources: Natural Resources and Management, and was a MARSICO Visiting Scholar at University of Denver, Colorado, USA, in April 2011.   &


Sebastian Winkler, Global Footprint Network (GFN)

Sebastian Winkler is currently working part-time as Director for Europe for the GFN, he also advises the potentially largest gold mine in Europe on sustainability matters. Besides that he is a Board Member of Internews Europe and of the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign. In 2010, he was part of the Spanish European Union Presidency team supporting in a number of biodiversity negotiations. From 1997 to early 2010 he worked for IUCN, covering environmental issues, outreach and fundraising, international policy agenda with a particular focus on energy, climate change and trade, and finally he headed the Countdown 2010 Secretariat while being IUCN’s Senior Advisor on European Policy, developing a portfolio on climate and energy for IUCN Regional Office for Europe (2005-2010). Prior to joining IUCN he has gathered his working experience with UNEP's Economics, Environment and Trade Unit in Geneva covering aspects such as Trade Policy, Sustainable Finance with Banking and Insurance Industry. In 1995, he worked for the WFP's Office of Evaluation where he was exposed to issues such as developing a survey and review of WFP's evaluation methodology. In 1993 he gathered experience on the national level by working for Mexico's Deputy Minister of Environment. He holds a BA in Development Economics, Administrative Science and Policy, and an Honours BA in Environmental Economics, Politics and Development Studies. He holds various MAs in Regional Development Planning and Politics of Alternative Development Strategies, and in Environmental Management, also a Certificat Postgrade in Environmental Engineering. He also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Grenoble, France (Political Science) and at the Harvard Business School (Management). 

Ecological Footprint