Advisors + Jury Members

2015 Advisors

2016 Advisory Team

Jay Baldwin (or “JB”) is a designer/inventor. He’s an ecological designer (mostly of toys, lightweight camping gear, and geodesic structures). He’s designed products for such corporations as Ford, Burlington Industries Fabrics, Kimberly Clark, and Monsanto.

Linda Booth Sweeney is an applied systems educator, writer and consultant. She works with people of all ages to integrate an understanding of complex systems into decision making, learning and design.

Amy is responsible for the day to day operations, management, fundraising, and strategy of Rebuild by Design. Chester brings considerable experience in community engagement, policy, communications and real estate development to advocate for the urban environment.

Jaimie Cloud is the Founder and President of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City, and pioneer in the field of Education for Sustainability (EfS). She writes and publishes extensively, and consults, coaches and teaches in schools and school districts around the country and in other parts of the world.

Dawn Danby has spent 13 years working across disciplines in sustainable design. At Autodesk, Dawn leads the Sustainability Workshop, which provides free, lightweight videos and resources online to teach young engineers, designers, and architects the principles and practice of sustainable design.

Dorothy Dunn is a creative leader and catalyst, cultural producer and educator.

John Fullerton is the Founder and President of Capital Institute, "a collaborative working to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance." Through the work of Capital Institute, regular public speaking engagements, and university lectures, John has become a recognized thought lea

Jean Gardner is an activist, writer, teacher, and consultant. Her current research involves developing a Design Geometry for a Living Earth that integrates Bucky's work into design pedagogy.

Founder and Director of Sustainable Urbanism International, Jyoti Hosagrahar is an expert on cities, their architecture, history, culture, planning, and sustainable development.

Philip H. Howard is Associate Professor of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, and member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.

Phil is an expert in food system changes and the visualization of these trends. He has authored prominent contributions to the public debate on concentration, consolidation and power in food systems.

Dr. Anju D. Krivov is President of GSR Solutions LLC - a clean technology company dedicated to advanced biofuel Byproducts production utilizing throughput waste streams. She also directs Bioenergy program at the University of Vermont and edited the definitive College Textbook 'Bioenergy - Biomass to Biofuels' published by Elsevier Inc.

Jon is the Technology Development Manager for Aquanos, an Israel-based company working to transform the wastewater market through energy savings and resource harvesting.

Jason F. McLennan is considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today. His work has made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after designer, presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world.

Anuradha Mittal, founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues. Recipient of several awards, Anuradha Mittal was named as the Most Valuable Thinker in 2008 by the Nation magazine.

Dr Vik Mohan is a practicing GP based in Exeter with a passion for marine conservation, medical director of the Safidy community health programme, and architect of Blue Ventures’ integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach.

David Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont.

Kurt Przybilla is an inventor, writer, producer, and educator. He invented Tetra Tops®, the world’s first spinning top with more than one axis of spin, which were inspired by the works of Buckminster Fuller and have been featured in the New York Times, Popular Science, Baby Einstein, Child and Discover Magazine, as well as at the Smithsonian Institute.

Lena Staafgard, Chief Operating Officer, BCI: Lena has been with BCI since 2010. She is currently responsible for BCI operations globally and is developing a new fund, the BCI Growth & Innovation Fund, in partnership with IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative.

In 1986 Susan S. Szenasy was named chief editor of Metropolis, the New YorkCity-based magazine of architecture, culture, and design. During her 17 years as Editor-in-Chief, the magazine has gained international recognition and has won numerous awards. Susan's training in design journalism was on the job.

Kamyar Vaghar serves as Vice President of Shangri-La Industries, where he manages and provides strategic guidance to SLI business partnerships and portfolio companies.

Grounded in 15 years of experience as an investment advisor and real estate executive, Kamyar focuses on growth opportunities in technology, real estate, and sustainability.

Tim Wright is Director and co founder of twintangibles, a management consultancy that helps organisations create value from accessing the crowd economy. A leading thinker and practitioner on crowdfunding, Tim provides expert insight to the OECD, European Commission, and the Scottish Government and has guided many valuable crowdfunding campaigns and platforms to success.

2015 Advisory Team

Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons founded the Bioneers conference and organization in 1990. Kenny Co-CEO is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker. He also co-founded the national company Seeds of Change. He produced several documentary films and has written three books.

Zenobia Barlow, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Ecoliteracy, has led the Center’s grant making, educational, and publishing programs since its inception.

Haidee Bell is the Head of Design Programmes at the UK Design Council. She supports the organisation’s Design Challenges work which explores how design and behavioural research can create new solutions for the UK’s big issues.

Michael Ben-Eli is founder of the Sustainability Laboratory, established in order to develop and demonstrate breakthrough approaches to sustainability practices, expanding prospects and producing positive, life affirming impacts on people and ecosystems in all parts of the world.

Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO. He frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world. He participates in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and his talks Serious Play and Change by Design appear on TED.com.

Aimée Christensen is CEO of Christensen Global Strategies with clients including the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, Microsoft, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, Virgin Unite, and United Nations.

Andrés Edwards is an educator, award-winning author, media designer and sustainability consultant. He is founder and president of EduTracks which focuses on green business initiatives, energy management and sustainability planning.

Philip Enquist, FAIA, is the leader of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's Global City Design Practice, the world’s most highly awarded urban planning group.

Alastair Gordon is Contributing Editor for Architecture and Design at WSJ., the Wall Street Journal magazine. In 2009, he launched and wrote the Wall-to-Wall blog for the Wall Street Journal’s web site and since August 2001 has published it independently as: “Alastair Gordon: Wall to Wall,” surfing a line between the analytical and personal, between love and architecture.

Hella Jongerius studied Industrial Design at the Eindhoven Design Academy and graduated in 1993. She came to prominence very soon after graduating, with a series of her designs being produced by the influential Dutch conceptual design collective Droog Design. She started her own design company, Jongeriuslab, in 1993 in Rotterdam, and in 2009 moved to Berlin.

Mauro is founder of ARTECambiente, a market leader in water management and sustainable sanitation, specializing in the design and construction of intentional wetlands. He is also President of Bamboo Forever Ltd., a biodynamic, organic bamboo farming start-up initiative.

Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, is a founder of the sustainable design initiative at HOK, a global design firm whose pioneering green leadership has helped propel sustainability from a fringe activity to a significant mainstream movement shaping the future of architecture. She is currently on leave from HOK to serve as the Resident Fellow for AIA National on Sustainability and Design for Health.

As Vice President of Sustainability for Interface Inc., Erin gives voice to the company’s
conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive
sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides
technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing

Michelle Moore is a former White House political official and social enterprise entrepreneur who helped build the US and global green building movement as Senior Vice President of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Dr. Olivares serves Division Leader for the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this position, he provides strategic, technical and operational management for all activities within the Division.

Kate Orff is the Founder of SCAPE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE LLC and the Winner of the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Kate directs the design of all SCAPE projects from schematic design to implementation, and brings a focus of larger systematic thinking to the work of the firm.

Shana Rappaport serves as the director of engagement and correspondent for VERGE, GreenBiz's global event series focused on how technology accelerates sustainability solutions across industries and sectors. Shana runs the VERGE Accelerate Program for entrepreneurs, spearheads the Resilient Cities Track, and wears many, multidimensional VERGE hats to help build and scale it worldwide.

Dr. Richard Rice has over 25 years experience in natural resource and public policy analysis, most recently at Conservation International where he served as chief economist.

Dr. Astrid J. Scholz is the Immediate Past President of Ecotrust, an organization based in Portland, Oregon (USA) committed to creating wellbeing for people and place.

Gena Wirth is the Design Principal at SCAPE. Trained in landscape architecture, urban planning, and horticulture, Gena draws from her interdisciplinary training to create ecologically rich and culturally relevant landscapes from the infrastructural scale to the site level.

Lauren is Co-Founder and Principal of YR&G. With over 12 years of experience spearheading the sustainability industry, she is a recognized leader skilled at helping people, companies, buildings, and communities to implement and benefit from sustainability-focused solutions.

Marco joined The Centre for Challenge Prizes in September 2011 and serves as the European Prizes Lead. He has developed and managed successful challenge prizes for UNDP and the European Commission. Marco is the author of the Practice Guide and is widely regarded as a lead international expert on the design and delivery of challenge prizes.

2014 Advisory Team

Eben Bayer is the CEO and co-founder Ecovative. He uses biology to create disruptive solutions that are good for people and the planet. He has evangelized a strategy of bio-adaption around the world, including presentations at TED Global, PopTech, and The World Economic Forum in Davos.

Jeff is a planning facilitator, community engagement specialist, and educator with over 20 years of community experience with Indigenous communities from across Canada. Jeff has received national and regional planning awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Planning Institute of BC and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM).

Andrés Edwards is an educator, award-winning author, media designer and sustainability consultant. He is founder and president of EduTracks which focuses on green business initiatives, energy management and sustainability planning.

Jennifer Gardner is the Vice President of Prosperity Works, an NGO working to power social and economic prosperity in New Mexico. She has also held positions as the CFO at Crossroads, and Program Director at Bioneers, a Santa Fe- based non-profit working on environmental and social justice. She is a native of the southwest and has lived in Albuquerque for 20 years. She holds a B.S.

Taryn manages RSF’s Donor Advised Fund Impact Investing Portfolios as well as the Program Related Investing Fund focused on food & agriculture. Taryn has served as a mentor for business accelerators, a lecturer at universities and a speaker at industry conferences. Taryn has a MBA and BA from Cornell University.

Mary Ellen Hannibal is a Bay Area writer and editor focusing on science and culture. Hannibal’s book The Spine of the Continent is about a social, geographical, and scientific effort to save nature along the Rocky Mountains. Hannibal’s other books include Evidence of Evolution and Leaves & Pods.

Theodore Jojola, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture + Planning, University of New Mexico. He is the founder of the Indigenous Design + Planning Institute and a cofounder of the Indigenous Planning Division of the American Planning Association.

Arty Mangan, the Director of the Restorative Food Systems Program for Bioneers, has worked with agriculture since the 1970’s as a farm worker, buyer for a national juice company and producer of ecological agriculture trainings.

Gavin McIntyre is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of Ecovative Design. Gavin co-invented Ecovative's patent-pending technology that uses a fungal mycelium to transform agricultural byproducts into strong biological composite materials. Since the company's start in 2007, he has led all material and biological process development in the company's strides to replace synthetics.

Dr. McIntyre conducts research in ecology and conservation at the animal-ecosystem interface. His areas of expertise are the Great Lakes of North America and Africa. In particular, his research has explored freshwater fish diversity, conservation, nutrient dynamics, and fisheries.

Melissa K. Nelson, Ph.D. (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is a writer, researcher, educator, media-maker and cultural and environmental activist. Melissa has served as The Cultural Conservancy’s president and executive director since 1993. In 2000 she completed her Ph.D. in Cultural Ecology with an Emphasis in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis.

Oladapo (Alex) Olajide is an International Planning consultant with lived experience in Africa, North America, and South East Asia. Alex was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. His experiences in Africa’s largest mega city continue to perpetuate his passion for cities, and inform his professional practice in City Planning and Building.

Karen Hiniker Simons, principal, Hudson Varick Resources, is a food system and agriculture consultant working with businesses and non-profit organizations on policy, research and food system planning in the New York area foodshed.

2013 Jury

Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School. Edmondson's research examines leadership, learning and innovation in teams and organizations, and has been published in numerous academic and managerial articles. She also worked for Buckminster Fuller and wrote A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller (1987).

Founding Partner & Executive Chairman of Volans (2008 to date) also Co-Founder of SustainAbility (1987-2008, where he remains a non-executive member of the Board) and of Environmental Data Services John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development.

Andrew Revkin has covered science and the environment for 30 years in newspapers, magazines, three books, documentaries and his New York Times blog Dot Earth, winning the country's top science journalism awards multiple times. He was a staff reporter at The Times from 1995 to 2009. Mr.

Pedro Sanchez is Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center, and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University's Earth Institute.

Woody Tasch is Founder and Chairman of Slow Money, a 501(c)3 non- profit formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and to promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility to support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy.

Linda Weintraub is an artist, curator, and author of To Life! Eco Art In Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art, Art on The Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society, and the Avant-Guardians series.

2012 Jury

Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons founded the Bioneers conference and organization in 1990. Kenny Co-CEO is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker. He also co-founded the national company Seeds of Change. He produced several documentary films and has written three books.

John Fullerton is the Founder and President of Capital Institute, "a collaborative working to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance." Through the work of Capital Institute, regular public speaking engagements, and university lectures, John has become a recognized thought lea

Dr. Saul Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is the co-founder of numerous companies including: Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables.com, HowToons and Makani Power.

Alasdair Harris, PhD. is Founder of Blue Ventures, the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner. Blue Ventures works with local communities to conserve threatened marine environments.

Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison (often referred to simply as “the Harrisons”) have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners, engineers and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development.

Perlman is the President and CEO of the Mega-Cities Project, which she founded in 1988 with the intention to shorten the lag time between ideas and implementation in urban problem-solving.

Alice Rawsthorn is the design critic of the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times. Her weekly Design column – published every Monday – is syndicated to other media worldwide. Alice speaks on design and visual culture at important international events, including the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Nina Simon and Kenny Ausubel founded the Bioneers conference and organization in 1990. Nina is a social entrepreneur her life and work are informed by her passion for women’s leadership, systems thinking, the natural world and the arts’ capacity to shape culture and shift consciousness.

2011 Jury

Michael Ben-Eli is founder of the Sustainability Laboratory, established in order to develop and demonstrate breakthrough approaches to sustainability practices, expanding prospects and producing positive, life affirming impacts on people and ecosystems in all parts of the world.

Valerie Casey is a globally recognized designer and innovator. She was named a "Guru" of the year by Fortune magazine, a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and a "Master of Design" by Fast Company. She was also selected as one of the "World's Most Influential Designers" by BusinessWeek.

Bonnie DeVarco is an interdisciplinary researcher, writer, curator and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar with the Media X Research Network at Stanford University.

Ms. Jin Jiaman has 25 years of experience in the environment field in China with extensive experience in project management and coordination in government and business relations. Prior to joining GEI-China, she worked at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES) as the Director of the Technology Service Center, and then the Vice Director of the Dean’s Office.

Roger Malina is an astronomer, working in space telescopes and observational cosmology. He is the Director for the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence. For 25 years he has been the Editor of the Art-Science publication Leonardo at MIT Press and the Executive Editor of the Leonardo Book Series at MIT Press.

Danielle Nierenberg is President of Food Tank and an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She has written extensively on gender and population, the spread of factory farming in the developing world and innovations in sustainable agriculture.

David Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont.

Allan Savory was born in Rhodesia, southern Africa. He pursued an early career as a research biologist and Game Ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia), and later as a farmer, game rancher, politician and international consultant, based in Southern Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe).

Sim Van der Ryn is a visionary, author, educator, public leader, and internationally distinguished pioneer in ecological design. For more than 40 years, Sim has been at the forefront of integrating ecological principles into the built environment, creating multi-scale solutions driven by nature’s intelligence.

Andrew Zolli is a well-known expert in global foresight and innovation, studying the complex trends at the intersection of technology, sustainability and global society that are shaping our future. He is widely recognized as a writer, thinker, commentator and speaker on futures-related topics.

2010 Jury

Hillary Brown is principal of New Civic Works, where she specializes in green design for infrastructure, public buildings, universities, and schools. While at the City of New York's Department of Design and Construction, Hillary founded the Office of Sustainable Design and was managing editor and co-author of the city's internationally recognized High Performance Building Guidelines.

Ryan Chin is the Project Leader for the 2009 winning proposal of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. He is a fourth-year PhD student at the MIT Media laboratory in the Smart Cities research group. He is building the car of the future – a foldable, stackable, sharable, electric, two-passenger city vehicle that rethinks urban mobility.

Jennifer Corriero is an innovator and leader, bringing tremendous insight into understanding, reaching and motivating youth. Jennifer's experience includes developing and driving youth programs related to technology, collaboration and entrepreneurship, and has designed and delivered an extensive range of interactive learning experiences with the aim of empowering youth as community leaders.

Sasha is the Director of Business Development at Acumen Fund, a global non-profit that invests in enterprises that serve the poor. In this role, he leads up capital raising globally for Acumen Fund and is responsible for creating an engaged, vibrant, and connected community of Acumen Fund Partners, Advisors and supporters around the world. He is a member of Acumen Fund's leadership team.

Mitchell Joachim earned a Ph.D at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University, BPS SUNY at Buffalo with Honors. He is a Co-Founder of Terrefuge & Terreform ONE. Currently he is faculty at Columbia University and Parsons. Formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed.

President of Viewpoints Research Institute, Inc., is one of the earliest pioneers of object-oriented programming, personal computing, and graphical user interfaces. His contributions have been recognized with the Charles Stark Draper Prize of the National Academy of Engineering[1] “for the vision, conception, and development of the first practical networked personal computers,” the Alan M.

Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, not-for-profit and public policy work all focus on creating a more environmentally, socially and economically responsible world. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm, as a leading green urban solutions provider.

In 1986 Susan S. Szenasy was named chief editor of Metropolis, the New YorkCity-based magazine of architecture, culture, and design. During her 17 years as Editor-in-Chief, the magazine has gained international recognition and has won numerous awards. Susan's training in design journalism was on the job.

For thirty years John Thackara has traveled the world in his search of stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realize a sustainable future. He writes about these stories online, and in books; he uses them in talks for cities, and business; he also organizes festivals and events that bring the subjects of these stories together.

Hardin Tibbs is a UK-based strategy consultant and futures researcher with extensive experience of scenario-based strategic thinking. His work is focused on helping organizations move forward with confidence in an environment marked by accelerating social and technological change, and rising economic and environmental instability.

José A. Zaglul is the President of EARTH University, an international, private, not-for-profit institution in Costa Rica, dedicated to preparing leaders with ethical values to contribute to the sustainable development of the tropics and to construct a prosperous and just society.

2009 Jury

Adam Bly is the Founder and CEO of Seed Media Group and the Editor-in-Chief of Seed.

Jamais Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future. His work focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society.

Edie Farwell is the Program Director of the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program of the Sustainability Institute.

Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture, a non-profit organisation concerned with the protection of both biological and cultural diversity, and education for action: moving beyond single issues to look at the more fundamental influences that shape our lives.

Dr. Todd is has been a pioneer in the field of ecological design and engineering for nearly five decades.He is the founder and senior partner of John Todd Ecological Design. Todd has degrees in agriculture, parasitology and tropical medicine from McGill University and a doctorate in fisheries and ethology from the University of Michigan.

Nancy Jack Todd is Vice President of Ocean Arks International and editor of its journal Annals of Earth; co-founder with John Todd of the New Alchemy Institute, which has been at the forefront of work in appropriate-scale technology; author and co-author of many works, including Bio-shelters, Ocean Arks and City Farming.

From 1995 to 1999 Greg Watson served as Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. He has been with: Second Nature as its Director of Educational Programs; The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Regional Office as its Director; and Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture as Commissioner.

2008 Jury

Janine Benyus is a natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including her latest — Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw graduated with Honours from the Architectural Association in 1965 and imediately started his own practice. His buildings of the 60s and 70s gained recognition for their innovative approach to construction and detailing.

Dr. Hazel Henderson is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of Beyond Globalization, and seven other books.

W. Daniel (Danny) Hillis is Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Applied Minds, Inc., a research and development company creating a range of new products and services in software, entertainment, electronics, biotechnology and mechanical design.

L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions. NCS educates senior decision-makers to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life.

William McDonough is a world-renowned architect and designer and winner of three U.S. presidential awards: the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the National Design Award; and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

“Shiva has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of the ordinary people of India her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world.” - Ms. Magazine