LS course to start on 22 February 2016
Leadership Coach and Advisor
Mr. Lincklaen Arriëns works with aspiring leaders in Asia who want to expand beyond self-imposed limitations. His coachees include mid-career and senior specialists, and executives. He also helps young professionals and youth leaders. As a champion at the Asian Development Bank for water security and governance in the region from 1993 to 2013, he led a stream of innovations including the Water for All policy, integrated water resources management in river basins, Network of Asian River Basin Organizations, Asia-Pacific Water Forum, Asian Water Development Outlook 2013, and the Global Quality Standards for Water Leadership Development Programs. His experience ranges from community-managed to large infrastructure projects, national policies and sector reforms, regional and global knowledge networks, journalist workshops, television documentaries, and summits for government leaders. After his first assignment in Indonesia in 1979 he has lived in Asia full-time since 1985. He holds an Ir. (Masters) degree in tropical land and water management from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, with specialization in policy and management, and is a trained coach and facilitator.
Academic Programme Director, Postgraduate Progammes; Head, Global Change and Sustainability Section; and Senior Academic Programme Officer, Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University, Japan
Dr. Srikantha Herath engages in research and education in water security, climate change and natural disaster risk reduction. His postgraduate teaching and research currently focuses on global change impacts on environmental processes, especially related to atmospheric process with applications in urban hydrology, flood forecasting, damage estimation, sediment transport and water cycle change assessment using physically based distributed hydrological modelling aided by Remote Sensing and GIS. He has more than 150 publications to his credit. Recent publications include, contributions to book chapters “Challenges for delta areas in copying with urban floods (2008, in Urban Water Francis and Taylor), Climate Change: Key Uncertainties and Robust Findings, and Urban Flood Risk Assessment (2010, in Urban Flood management, Francis and Taylor) and editing the series on Climate Change Adaptation (vol. 1-4, University Network on Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research, 2009-2010). In addition to various other current professional positions, he holds a position as Visiting Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo.
Second Committee delegate for the Mission of Guatemala to the United Nations in New York
Ms. Jimena Leiva Roesch is the Second Committee delegate for the Mission of Guatemala to the United Nations in New York. She works towards advancing the global sustainable development agenda. She has co-led various proposals that have gained international support such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP). She served as a facilitator for the negotiations on the Rio+20 outcome document and has represented the voice of the developing world in the climate change negotiations. For the past two years, she has the opportunity to be involved in negotiations of the Security Council. Currently, Guatemala is a member of the Security Council (2012-2013); her portfolio includes the stabilization process in Somalia and the security implications of climate change on the maintenance of international peace and security.
Assistant Director, Southeast Asia I Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
Ye-Min Wu is an Assistant Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore. She joined the Ministry in 2005 after graduating from Johns Hopkins University. From 2009-2012, she served at the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations in New York. While at the Mission, she was involved in negotiations pertaining to sustainable development and climate change at the United Nations.
Associate Professor Janette Lindesay, Associate Director Education and Deputy Director, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Australia
Dr. Janette Lindesay is a Deputy Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute. She holds an Honours degree in geography, a Postgraduate Teaching Diploma and a Doctorate in statistical and dynamical climatology from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). Her principal research interests are in climatic variability, climate change impacts and vulnerability; her current research focuses on low-frequency fluctuations in Australian rainfall in the context of the El Niño Southern Oscillation and other large-scale climate system influences. She chairs the Atmosphere Reference Group for the ACT Region State of the Environment Report, and has been President of the Canberra branch, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. She is a member of three professional meteorological societies and serves on the editorial boards of two international journals.
President and Professor, Ifugao State University, Lamut, Ifugao, Philippines
Dr. Ngohayon obtained his MS and PhD in Psychology in Hiroshima University, Japan in 2002. Currently, he is a University Professor and President of the Ifugao State University (IFSU) in Lamut, Ifugao, Philippines. A dynamic and prolific leader of Philippine Higher Education, he led the transformation of the Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry (ISCAF) into the IFSU in 2009 after seven years since assuming the presidency in 2003. As Chairman of the Cordillera Administrative Region Association of State Universities and Colleges (CARASUC), he is spearheading the amalgamation and working together of all 6 state universities and colleges towards a harmonized curricular programs that will facilitate faculty and student mobility and spur academic excellence and regional research, development and extension programs aimed at making Cordillera a prime education center in Asia.
Special Advisor and Focal Point for SDGs at United Nations Environment Programme
Surendra Shrestha has assisted the SDG since its inception in the Rio+20 process. He has also served as Director in UNEP HQ with Strategic Planning and Resource Mobilization. Before taking up the assignment in Nairobi, Surendra served as the Regional Representative for UNEP in Asia and the Pacific region. He is specialized on environment sustainability and environment dimension of sustainable development.
Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
Williams specializes in the areas of business ethics, corporate governance, and Catholic social teaching. He is the Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. A former Naval Officer, Williams earned his doctorate from Vanderbilt University and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Notre Dame. He served as Associate Provost of the University of Notre Dame from 1987-94 and is a past chair of the Social Issues Division of the Academy of Management. In 2006, he was appointed a member of the three-person Board of Directors at the United Nations Global Compact Foundation. The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative with over 8,000 businesses around the world as members.
Fomer President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Cassim graduated from the University of Sri Lanka’s Faculty of Natural Sciences in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Architecture. His post-graduate education was in Japan, where he received a master’s degree from the Department of Urban Engineering in the Graduate School of Engineering at The University of Tokyo In 1976. He was in the doctoral programme of the same department from 1977–1982. He has worked in private industry. He has also served in the public sector, including a nine-year period at the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, where he was Chief Researcher and UN Expert. He joined Ritsumeikan University as Professor in 1994, attached to the Faculty of International Relations (1994-1996) and the Faculty of Policy Science (1996-2004), serving as Executive Director of Ritsumeikan’s Center for Global Education and Research (2000-2004). He founded the Discovery Research Laboratory in 2000 at Ritsumeikan. He has been Honorary Visiting Professor at GKT, School of Medicine in King’s College, London since 2003, working on health informatics and knowledge discovery. His research specialization currently focuses on environmental and health science, process analysis and system design, and in linking high technologies to industry. He was appointed to his current position in April 2004