Advisory Group

The Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) Advisory Group provides guidance on the overall direction of the GEEP, assists in the development of GEEP membership and governance, and serves as ambassadors for the partnership.

Judy Braus
Executive Director

Judy Braus brings to her role as NAAEE Executive Director a wealth of experience in the environmental education profession, with a focus on conservation education, diversity and inclusion, and using the power of education to help create healthier communities that empower local communities, stakeholders, and individuals to help restore and protect the environment. She comes to NAAEE from the National Audubon Society, where she was the Senior Vice President of Education and Centers, overseeing an extensive nationwide network of nature centers and educators. Prior to that, she led the education programs at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the U.S. Peace Corps, and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

Wen-Feng Chang
Department of Comprehensive Planning
Taiwan EPA

Wen-Feng serves as a Coordinator in environmental education at the Department of Comprehensive Planning, EPA Taiwan. She is in charge of the Global Environmental Education Partnership and the US-Taiwan Eco-Campus Partnership Program. She reviews grant applications from NPOs, schools, local governments, and other educational facilities for Environmental Education Fund.

Jan Eriksen
Honorary Member
Foundation for Environmental Education

Jan Eriksen was the President for the Foundation for Environmental Education from 2004-2016 and Vice President from 1996-2004. The Foundation has developed five internationally recognized programs, including Eco-Schools, The Blue Flag, The Green Key, Learning about Forests, and Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE). The Foundation has MoUs with different UN bodies, including UNESCO, and is deeply engaged in the work for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Foundation has 85 members in 75 countries.

Justin Harris
Manager, International Environmental Partnership
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Justin Harris is a Senior Program Manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Regional & Bilateral Affairs. He is the U.S. coordinator for the International Environmental Partnership. He has direct responsibility for collaborative programs addressing toxics, waste, water, climate change, enforcement/governance, and environmental education. Mr. Harris is the agency's lead for the Cities Clean Air Partnership and serves as a liaison to American Institute in Taiwan. Prior to joining the EPA in 2009, Mr. Harris worked in the private sector in Asia for ten years. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and graduated with an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 2002.

Yi-Hsuan (Tim) Hsu
Professor, Director of Environmental Education Extension Center
Aletheia University

Tim Hsu received his Master and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Natural Resources at Ohio State University. Now he is a professor in the Department of Leisure & Recreation Management, and also the Director of the Environmental Education Extension Center, at Aletheia University in Taiwan. He also served in a leading role for national EE projects over the years, including EE in the schooling system developed by the Ministry of Education, nonformal EE in Nature Centers promoted by the Taiwan Forestry Bureau, and International cooperation in academic and practical development with UK, Japan, Korea, and China. In addition, Tim serves as the operational consultant for the National Marine Museum, Taijing National Park, Water Resources Bureau, and the Southern Meteorological Center. His research interests focus on program design, professional training, and evaluations in formal and nonformal environmental education settings, as well as promotion of the EE Act. Tim has translated and written many popular science books, and was awarded A Good Book for Everyone-Must-Read of the year.

Ian Humphreys
Executive Director
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

Ian joined Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful as Chief Executive Officer in 2008 after 14 years with The Conservation Volunteers. He has strong environmental and research credentials including a PhD from The Queen's University of Belfast. At Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Ian has overseen rapid growth in Eco-Schools, with every school now participating. His focus on tackling issues through partnership has led to a successful civic pride campaign, Live Here Love Here, which was launched in 2014. He is currently focusing on research into the effects of interventions on behaviour and developing civic leadership in young people. He is involved in the running of Copeland Bird Observatory in a voluntary capacity. Ian says "All our work seeks to bring about changes in people's behaviour to create a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Northern Ireland."

Mphemelang (M.J.) Ketlhoilwe
Associate Professor of Environmental Education
University of Botswana

Mphemelang Ketlhoilwe is an Associate Professor of Environmental Education at the University of Botswana. He began working for the University of Botswana in 1999, after 15 years of service in the Curriculum Development Centre as an Education Officer (Environmental Education). Currently, he is the President of Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP).

Alex Kudryavtsev
Cornell University

Alex Kudryavtsev (pen name: Alex Russ) is an online course instructor in the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab. He has worked in environmental education since 1996 in Russia, and completed his MS (2006) and PhD (2013) degrees in environmental education in the Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University. His research focused on urban environmental education and sense of place. Alex co-edited the "Urban Environmental Education Review" textbook (Russ and Krasny, 2017), to be published by Cornell University Press. Alex has published articles in top environmental education journals, traveled all continents observing environmental education programs, and is interested in novel approaches in environmental education that foster environmental sustainability and human well-being.

Tsung-Yung Liu
Director General
EPA Taiwan

Director General Liu got his Master’s degree at Imperial College London, majoring in Environmental Engineering. He has served in the Taiwan EPA for 25 years. He has been involved in the program of International Environmental Partnership and Global Environmental Education Partnership since 2014, when he served as the Executive Secretary of Office of Sustainable Development with US EPA. He is now the Director General in the Department of Comprehensive Planning in Taiwan EPA, in charge of EE policy and environmental impact assessment.

Gus Medina
Environmental Education Consultant

Dr. Medina is an environmental education specialist with extensive experience at both the national and international levels. His areas of proficiency include education and conservation programing, project design and management, proposal writing and review, professional development, cultural competency and inclusiveness, strategic planning, and meeting facilitation. Between 1995 and 2014, he served as Project Manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Education Training Program. He has facilitated professional level environmental education courses and workshops in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, China, India, and Thailand.

Paul Ofei-Manu
Senior Policy Researcher
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Paul Ofei-Manu has a postgraduate (Ph.D.) educational background in agro-ecology and environmental sustainability management, including a thesis on education for sustainable development (M.Sc.). With ten years of sustainability education experience, including environmental education in the past four years, he has been fully involved in the education related activities, such as research, outreach and networking, of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Some of these have included ESD and ESC evaluation/assessments at the policy level, assessment of EE implementation in the U.S., country-level evaluation of climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects and their synergies in Asia and Africa, and most recently a UNESCO ESD implementation evaluation project.

Ginger Potter
Senior Education Specialist
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Ginger Potter is the Senior Education Specialist in the Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education (OPEEE) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ms. Potter is responsible for environmental education program design, implementation and management, as well as research, evaluation, and program assessment and strategic planning in the Office of Environmental Education. She serves as the Technical Advisory for the National Teacher Training and Professional Development Program (currently EECapacity) and is the Co-Chair of the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP).

Before coming to EPA, Ms. Potter was a research chemist for the U.S. Geological Survey. Ms. Potter has degrees in Chemistry, Business Administration and Organization Development/Behavioral Psychology. She has published several articles on environmental education and speaks frequently at national and international conferences on education and sustainable development education issues.

Mahesh Pradhan
Coordinator, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Management
United Nations Environment Program, International Environmental Technology Centre 

Mahesh has over 20 years of experience with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Environmental Education. He launched the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) in the lead up to the Rio+20 Summit, which currently comprises over 800 universities from Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean, Europe, North America, and West Asia. Mahesh also launched UNEP’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ecosystems-based disaster risk reduction, with a rapidly increasing portfolio. He is working on a knowledge management platform on holistic waste management, and a graduate curriculum through UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre in Osaka.

Gayatri Ragwha
Education Consultant

Gayatri Raghwa lived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for 27 years and recently moved to her home country, India. She has worked to raise the profile of EE since its inception at Abu Dhabi. She has worked as a volunteer, with an NGO, and with the government to promote EE. At the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, where she worked as a senior specialist, she strategized for EE at the government level, developing, designing, and implementing programs for schools, colleges, and other audiences. She also developed MoUs with EE organizations such as the NAAEE, CEE, AAEE and also from other parts of the world. She has developed resource materials such as books and manuals for varied audiences, regularly conducting training of trainer modules for school and college educators. She also contributes as a member to organizations such as the Zayed Future Energy Prize, Eye On Earth, and UNCSD Education. She has developed and run successful programs like the Enviro-spellathon, Sustainable Schools Initiative, Sustainable Campus Initiative for the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi. She continues to work as a freelance consultant developing resource materials for Abu Dhabi organizations and also with several other organizations in India.

Ben Reddiex
Director of Community Engagement
Department of Conservation

Benjamin Reddiex has worked at the Department of Conservation in New Zealand for that last decade, currently in the position of Director of Community Engagement. His unit leads the development of education, volunteer, and community partnership strategies for the Department. He currently uses a cross-agency approach to determine enablers, barriers, and tactical responses that will significantly enhance the support and delivery of environmental education for sustainability (EEfS) in New Zealand.

Alan Reid
Associate Professor
Monash University

Alan Reid, co-leads the research and evaluation eePRO group of NAAEE, and was the award winner for NAAEE’s outstanding contribution to research in 2015. He has edited the field’s leading research journal, Environmental Education Research since 2005, recently co-edited the Major Works of Environmental Education (Routledge, 2016), and works with the GEEP on the executive committee, including on case studies and international networking.

Kartikeya V. Sarabhai
Centre for Environment Education, Nehru Foundation for Development

Kartikeya V. Sarabhai is the founder and director of India's Centre for Environment Education (CEE), headquartered in Ahmedabad. He is a member of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Reference Group of UNESCO and has long been associated with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). He served as chair of the South and South East Asia IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and is currently vice-chair of the Indian National Commission of IUCN. He is a member of the Earth Charter International Council. He was a member of the Indian delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio in 1992 and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in 2002, and co-authored India's report for UNCED. He has been closely associated with communication initiatives of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), especially those connected with ozone. He has served on several committees of India's Ministry of Environment and Forest and Ministry of Human Resource and Development.

William Scott
Professor Emeritus
University of Bath

William Scott is a Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Bath, where he was head of its Education and Sustainability research program, Director of the Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, and a Deputy Director of the University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment. He was founding editor of the Journal Environmental Education Research (1995), was editor of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education from 1990 to 2008, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for over 30 years. He has served as a director of the community interest company South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition, a trustee of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and the Forest of Avon Trust, and President of the UK’s National Association of Environmental Education [NAEE]. William’s research has focused on the role of learning in sustainable development, the contributions that education can make to this, and on the problems of researching the effectiveness of such activities. He has a particular interest in the practice of sustainable educational institutions.

Hanna Seimola
Global Education Coordinator
World Wide Fund for Nature

Hanna joined WWF Finland in 2006. At the moment, she is Head of Education Programmes in the Conservation Department. Since July 2017 Hanna has been developing global WWF Education Community, and in the beginning of FY18 she was appointed as Global Education Coordinator, committing up to 90% of her time for global coordination. So far, she has brought together 65 WWF offices as a network and facilitated the building of Global WWF Education Strategy. Moreover, she coordinated the work of Global Education Core Group by establishing a functioning WWF Education Community, building partnerships and developing global collaboration. Hanna has a 20-year work history in the field of environmental education (EE). She holds Master’s in Biology and Pedagogy, and prior to her time at WWF, she worked as a biology teacher and as an educator in an Outdoor Education Centre. She also has Graduate Certificate in EE (Griffith University, Australia), has been a co-writer of “Handbook of EE” in Finland, and published articles for her PhD on multicultural EE.

Margie Simon
Director General

Margie Simon has a B.S. in Earth Science, a M.S in Environmental Engineering and another M.S. in Infrastructure Management and Planning, all from Stanford University. After 15 years of various consulting and research jobs in the environmental field in Mexico and the United States, mostly related to solid, hazardous, and municipal waste management, she began her career in Environmental Education and Capacity Building at The North American Center for Environmental Information and Communication (CICEANA) in 1995, where she has been Director since the year 2000. Her responsibilities at CICEANA include ensuring the fulfillment of the mission to promote an environmentally responsible culture through program management and development in all operative areas including: environmental education, applied projects for sustainable development, multimedia environmental communication, and fundraising for the organization.

Arjen Wals
University of Wageningen

Dr. Wals has more than 30 years of experience in research and practice, nationally and internationally in the field of environmental and sustainability education. He has served as UNESCO chair in social learning and SD, and is a senior policy advisor to UNESCO’s global education monitor report 2016. At University of Wageningen and Gothenburg University, he is responsible for research, education, supervision, acquisition, and outreach in EE and ESE.