Susan George is a Franco-American political scientist, writer and social activist. She is the president of the board of the Transnational Institute (TNI) and the honorary president of ATTAC (the global association for the taxation of financial transactions). Susan is the author of best-sellers such as How the Other Half Dies: The Real Reasons for World Hunger (Penguin, 1976) and A Fate Worse Than Debt (Penguin, 1988). In 2007, she received the “Outstanding Public Scholar” award from the International Studies Association.
Simon Zadek is Senior Fellow at the recently established Global Green Growth Institute. He works on sustainability issues worldwide and is an independent advisor and author. Simon is currently based in Beijing, where his policy work is focused on how to embed sustainability into China’s financial market reform programme, greening China’s outward investment, and advancing green public procurement and low-carbon business in China’s eco-industrial parks. He is working with the Development Research Centre of the State Council, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and the Ministry of Commerce.
Lew Daly is Director of the Sustainable Progress Initiative and a Senior Fellow at Demos. He currently leads Demos’s Beyond GDP project, a multi-year campaign to advance alternative indicators of well-being and sustainability in federal and state-level governance in the United States. He is the author (with Stephen Posner) of Beyond GDP: New Measures for a New Economy.
Jan Aart Scholte
Jan Aart Scholte is Chair in Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick (UK). His main research covers globalisation, global governance, civil society in global politics, global democracy, and methodologies for global studies.
Luk Van Langenhove
Luk Van Langenhove is Director of the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges and Representative of the Rector at UNESCO in Paris. Before he was Deputy Secretary-General of the Belgian Federal Ministry of Science Policy, Deputy Chief of Cabinet of the Belgian Federal Minister of Science Policy and a researcher and lecturer at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). From 2006 until 2010 he acted as Vice-President of the International Social Sciences Council. He currently teaches at the VUB, ULB and the College of Europe. He has published widely on regional integration, social sciences theory, positioning theory and psychology. Recent books include Building Regions(Ashgate, 2011), People and Societies (Routledge, 2010) and Innovating the Social Sciences (Passagen Verlag, 2007).
Lydia Powell is Head of the Centre for Resources Management & Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India. She has been with the Observer Research Foundation for over ten years working on policy issues in energy, water and climate change. She edits the weekly ORF Energy News Monitor, which is in its tenth year of publication and routinely contributes articles on energy policy, energy pricing and regulation, climate and equity. Lydia has three postgraduate degrees: two on energy management from Norway and one in solid state physics from India.