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Nicole de Paula

Executive Director, Founder

Dr. Nicole de Paula is the inaugural Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. For more than a decade, she has been globally connecting policymakers and researchers to create a public understanding of key issues related to sustainability, the environment, and public health. Previously of her work in Germany, she was the executive director of a think-tank in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by Mahidol University at the Faculty of Public Health focused on the operationalization of the One Health approach in Southeast Asia and Latin America. 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.
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

global health, 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.

As a pioneer in the field named planetary health, she champions the socio-economic advancement of women through environmental conservation and public health policies to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals a reality by 2030.
In 2020, Dr. Nicole de Paula has been appointed as one of the Scientific Commissioners of the prestigious Pathfinder Initiative, chaired by former Prime Minister Helen Clark and Prof. Andy Haines. This initiative was launched at the UN “Race to Zero” Dialogues and supports progress towards a healthy, zero-carbon society with the support of influential partners, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network; C40-Cities; Wellcome Trust Foundation; OECD; and The Lancet. Finally, she is currently a member of the global committee preparing the global meeting of the Planetary Health Alliance, to be held in Brazil in April 2021. Originally from Brazil, she speaks Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.

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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.

Andy Haines

Sir Andy Haines is a Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health with a joint appointment in the Dept of Public Health, Environments and Society and in the Dept of Population Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In recent years, his research focus has been on the effects of environmental change on health and the impact of policies to adapt to or mitigate these changes. He was also co-chair of the European Academies Science Advisory Committee working group on climate change and health in Europe, which published its report in June 2019. He is currently co-chair of the InterAcademy Partnership (~140 science academies worldwide) working group on climate change and health. Sir Andy Haines is also co-chair of the Lancet Pathfinder Commission on health in the zero-carbon economy and participate in the Lancet Commission on Pollution and the Lancet Commission on the COVID-19 response. In 2014/2015, he chaired the Rockefeller Foundation/Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and co-chaired the development group for the Health Knowledge Action Network of Future Earth. 



Kristie L. Ebi

Kristie L. Ebi (Ph.D., MPH) is Professor in the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the University of Washington. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for nearly 25 years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability; estimating current impacts and future health risks; designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments; and estimating the health co-benefits of mitigation policies. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments. She has more than 200 publications and has edited fours books on aspects of climate change.


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