Biographies of Study Coordinators

PUSHPAM KUMAR

Ecological and Economic Foundations Coordinator

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PUSHPAM KUMAR

Ecological and Economic Foundations Coordinator

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.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Pushpam Kumar has acquired extensive experience as a teacher, researcher and research coordinator in the field of environmental economics and management at the University of Liverpool, the University of Cambridge, the Institute of Economic Growth and the University of Delhi.
His research interests include: valuation and accounting of ecosystem services and environmental damages; policies and response options for ecosystem management; and poverty-ecosystems linkages. He was Coordinating Lead Author and Coordinator, Responses Working Group for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He was also Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment of the IPCC (Mitigation) which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

In addition to his work with TEEB, he currently serves on the expert panel of the European Environmental Agency (EEA) on Accounting for Ecosystem Services; he is also a member of the National Ecosystem Assessment Expert Panel in the UK (2009-2011). Pushpam is an elected member of the Board of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE). He is on the editorial board of several journals, including Ecological Economics, Global Environmental Politics and Ecological Economy, and he is a regular contributor of policy-relevant research papers on the theme of ecological economics to journals of international repute.

To contact Pushpam Kumar, please e-mail: Pushpam.Kumar[at]unep.org

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PATRICK TEN BRINK

National and International Policymakers Coordinator

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PATRICK TEN BRINK

National and International Policymakers Coordinator

Patrick ten Brink is a senior fellow at Institute for European Envrionment Policy (IEEP) and Head of the Brussels Office, which he helped set up in 2000. He leads IEEP’s work on environmental economics.
His current particular focus of work is on biodiversity, ecosystems and their value. He has also worked across a range of other fields – EU enlargement, innovation, evaluation, transport, market-based instruments, fiscal reform and environmentally-harmful subsidies.

Related work includes the Cost of Policy Inaction (COPI) for not halting biodiversity loss, Socio-Economic Benefits of Natura, and an ongoing project for the Directorate General of the Environment (DGENV), Financing Natura 2000: Cost Estimate and Benefits of Natura 2000. He has undertaken many benefits assessments (on the value of biodiversity, as well as a series of studies on the benefits of EU Enlargement) and has worked on the high level Beyond GDP initiative. Patrick has published widely, is a member of the editorial board of the European Environment Journal and is a peer reviewer for a range of journals on policy instruments.

To contact Patrick ten Brink, please e-mail: PTenbrink[at]ieep.eu

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HEIDI WITTMER

Local and Regional Policymakers Coordinator

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HEIDI WITTMER

Local and Regional Policymakers Coordinator

Dr. Heidi Wittmer heads the working group on governance and institutions for sustainable use of landscapes at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research. Heidi heads up the scientific co-ordination of TEEB via the team at UFZ and is also joint co-ordinator of the Local and Regional Policymakers and Administrators report for TEEB.
Prior to her work with TEEB, she worked on the governance of natural resources, especially biodiversity and water, applying concepts from institutional economics, political resource theory and discourse analysis. Heidi has an M.Sc. in agricultural engineering and a Ph. D in socio-economics of rural development.

To contact Heidi Wittmer, please e-mail: teeb[at]ufz.de

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HARIPRIYA GUNDIMEDA

Local and Regional Policymakers

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HARIPRIYA GUNDIMEDA

Local and Regional Policymakers

Haripriya Gundimeda is the Joint Local and Regional Policymakers and Administrators Coordinator for the TEEB study. She holds a Ph.D. in Development Policy and works in various issues relating to environment and development economics. She is currently working as an Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India.
Before joining her current organization, Haripriya taught at the Madras School of Economics in Chennai. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Behaviour Sciences, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as a Ratan Tata Fellow at the Asia Research Centre, at the London School of Economics, and a Political Sciences and Visiting Researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Her main areas of research have been green accounting, mitigation aspects of climate change, energy demand and pricing, valuation of environmental resources, and issues relating to the development in India. Haripriya is actively involved with the Green Indian States Trust (GIST) in India and has been the lead author of six of the eight monographs for the GIST.

To contact Haripriya Gundimeda, please e-mail: haripriya.gundimeda[at]iitb.ac.in

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JOSHUA BISHOP

Business and Enterprise Coordinator

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JOSHUA BISHOP

Business and Enterprise Coordinator

Joshua Bishop is a natural resource and environmental economist whose work focuses on the interface of conservation and development. He is serving as the Business and Enterprise Coordinator for the TEEB study.

He is now National Manager – Markets, Sustainability and Business Partnerships for WWF Australia. In his previous position as Chief Economist at IUCN, Dr. Bishop seeks to promote market-based approaches to nature conservation, while also presenting the case for conservation in economic terms. Prior to joining IUCN, Dr. Bishop worked for several years at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), in London, where he conducted applied research on a range of topics in the economics of land use change, including studies of macro-economic policy and the environment, timber trade policy, forecasting supply and demand for forest products, valuation of non-marketed forest benefits, the economics of soil conservation, and market-based approaches to forest and water conservation.

Dr. Bishop previously worked in West Africa as a consultant economist to the EC and the World Bank, as a conservation extension agent with IUCN, and as a development volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Mali.

To contact Joshua Bishop, please e-mail: JTB[at]hq.iucn.org

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