WLPH  Team


Nicole de Paula

Executive Director, Founder

Dr. Nicole de Paula is the first Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow awardee at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (ASS) in Potsdam, Germany. For more than a decade, she has been globally connecting policymakers and researchers to create a public understanding on key issues related to sustainability, environment and public health. Previously of her work in Germany, she was the director of a think-tank in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by Mahidol University at the Faculty of Public Health. As a Planetary Health advocate, she champions the socioeconomic advancement of women through environmental conservation and public health policies to make the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development a reality by 2030. She is the founder of the Women Leaders for Planetary Health and co-founder of an interdisciplinary research group on Planetary Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is currently member of the global committee preparing the global meeting of the Planetary Health Alliance, to be held in Brazil in April 2021. Dr. Nicole de Paula holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and has been consulting with several international organizations under the UN system on themes related to climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, financial and urban affairs. In the past, she has also been the French Embassy fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. and a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). Since 2012, Dr. Nicole de Paula, is also a team leader and writer for the reputable Earth Negotiations Bulletin, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Her most recent research focuses on decision making and international cooperation in the post-Covid19 world, as well as digitalization and sustainability. In 2020, Dr. Nicole de Paula successfully concluded the executive course "Blockchain: Technologies and Applications for Business" at Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of California. She is currently the review editor for the journal Frontiers in Public Health (Planetary Health) and for the Brazilian Journal of International Politics. Originally from Brazil, she speaks Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.

Meet our partners

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias

Prof. Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, a national of Brazil, who worked for the United Nations as Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), at the Assistant Secretary-General level. He was appointed to this position by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 20 January 2012 and served until 4 December 2016.
He previously served as the National Secretary for Biodiversity and Forests at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment.

Ana Flávia Barros-Platiau

Prof. Dr. Ana Flávia Barros-Platiau is associate professor at the International Relations Institute in the University of Brasilia since 2002.

She is also the director of the Brasilia Research Center at the Earth System Governance network since 2019. She is a member of several networks, such as: Earth System Governance (Ocean Task force) - (Utrecht University) since 2019; International Studies Association (USA) since 2013; and the Brazilian International Relations Association (ABRI) since 2006 and the board since 2017. Her research focuses on global governance and Brazilian foreign policy. After a few years working on climate diplomacy, she turned to oceans, biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and Antarctica. Her ongoing international projects include international law and data mining specialists.

Mark Lawrence

Prof. Dr. Mark Lawrence is scientific director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, focusing on a range of sustainable development topics at the science-policy and science society interface, especially mitigating the impacts of short-lived, climate forcing air pollutants (SLCPs), and the potential impacts, uncertainties and risks of "climate geoengineering," as well as exploring and facilitating the interface between sustainability and spirituality.


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