Advisory Panel

For the selection of the Solutions which are included in the Report and showcased in the Youth Solutions platform, SDSN Youth works together with a high-level Advisory Panel, comprising world-renowned experts from different disciplines, representatives of the SDSN Secretariat and members of SDSN Youth Executive.



Julia Marton-Lefèvre was the Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) until January 2015. IUCN is the world’s largest conservation/environment membership organisation, bringing together a unique worldwide partnership of states, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, scientists and experts.  As Director General she was also CEO of IUCN’s Secretariat of over 1000 persons with offices in some 50 countries. In her efforts to bridge the gap between business and civil society, J. Marton-Lefèvre has served on the environmental advisory boards of the Dow Chemical Company the Coca Cola Company, Nespresso and on the board of the UN Global Compact.  She is presently chairs the Advisory Board to the Sustainable Biomass Partnership, and is on committees advising Veolia and BNP Parisbas.



Cherie Nursalim is Vice Chairman of GITI Group, a Member of the International Advisory Board of Columbia University and the Asia Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management. She also sits on the boards of the Yale Center for Environmental Law Policy and the University of Indonesia Climate Change Center, as well as the China Disabled Persons Foundation Board and the United in Diversity Foundation. Ms. Nursalim has recently been appointed to the Executive Board of International Chamber of Commerce. She is a frequent organizer of international and education forums and has won the Baiyulan Award from the Shanghai government and was listed among the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy by Forbes. 




Marie Fischborn is with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She currently leads IUCN’s engagement in the Panorama initiative, with a thematic focus on protected area solutions, working globally with a wide range of partners and stakeholders. Marie has also played a leading role in the emergence of Panorama. Panorama is a partnership initiative to identify and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development topics.
Marie holds a master’s degree in Biodiversity and Ecology and a bachelor degree in Biology.



Johan Rockström is the executive director of Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is a Professor in Environmental Science with emphasis on water resources and global Sustainability at Stockholm University. 

Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, where he, e.g., led the recent development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change.

He is a leading scientist on global water resources, and strategies to build resilience in water scarce regions of the world, with more than 15 years experience from applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 100 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.


Ross is currently directing Ashoka’s education strategy for triggering a fundamental change in the experience of education so that every young person is empowered to make a better world. He is a Board Director of Whole Education - a network of schools committed to providing holistic education - and a founding trustee of a new all-through schools chain in the UK.

Ross researched and designed a ground-breaking programme that aims to equip and incline young people to be well and to do well. The first implementation of the Better World Programme is with 500,000 children in rural communities across Zimbabwe and Tanzania.



Dr. Frannie Léautier is Chairperson and Co-Founding Partner of Mkoba Private Equity. Dr. Léautier previously served as Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). A Tanzanian national, she served as Vice President of the World Bank and Head of the World Bank Institute from December 2001 to March 2007. She also served as Chief of Staff to the former President of the World Bank from 2000 to 2001. Cumulatively, Dr. Léautier served in various capacities at the World Bank from 1992 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, she was a Managing Partner at The Fezembat Group, a company focused on risk management and leadership development




Morten Nielsen, M.Sc. is a business executive with more than 15 years experience from international organizations. He is currently the Managing Director at Sustainia.

Sustainia helps public and private organizations create a more sustainable tomorrow, building on the solutions available today. As a world leader in navigating the new market opportunities for the Sustainable Development Goals and with an extensive, global database of cutting-edge innovations, Sustainia‘s mission is to innovate the business models of the future.



Malcolm Preston is a Chartered Accountant and is Global Head of Sustainability Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, leading a global team of some 700 sustainability and climate change experts, with over 100 based in the UK. Malcolm specialises in the measurement and valuation of environmental, social and economic impacts.   He leads PwC’s Total Impact Measurement and Management (TIMM) team, delivering projects for a number of large Fortune 100 corporates.

He also leads PwC’s thought leadership on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and, in particular the role of the private sector in their achievement.  He is actively engaged with several UN agencies and is responsible for the development of PwC’s bespoke tool, the SDG Business Navigator.



John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainability Institute. John is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) launched by the Secretary General of the UN to provide expert advice and support to the development of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. He was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he was Minister for Health, Minister for Planning, Minister for Environment, Minister for Water, Minister for Victorian Communities and Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change. In these portfolios he was responsible for major reforms in social policy, health, environment and water



Oliver B. Libby is the Chair & Co-Founder of The Resolution Project. Resolution identifies and empowers undergraduate students around the world who wish to launch new social ventures, supported by Resolution’s global network of resources. 

Oliver is also a founding Managing Director of Hatzimemos / Libby, a global growth catalyst firm based in New York, focusing on the energy and advanced technology sectors. Oliver serves as a Trustee of the philanthropic Harvard Club of New York Foundation and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative's LEAD program. Oliver graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.


Lauren Barredo is a Manager for the SDSN, where she manages the Thematic Groups on Health, Agriculture, and Extractive Industries. She also manages the Caribbean SDSN and the Amazonia SDSN. Previously she was a Special Assistant to Jeffrey D. Sachs at The Earth Institute, Columbia University. Prior to that Lauren worked as a project administrator for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. She holds a Masters Degree in Envionmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and two Bachelors Degrees from American University.




Virgilio Viana is an expert in forestry and sustainable development. He received a PhD in evolutionary biology from Harvard University and did post-doctoral work on sustainable development at the University of Florida. He was formerly professor of forest sciences at the Higher School of Agriculture Luiz de Queiroz, at São Paulo University. Dr. Viana coordinated the Brazilian consultative process that led to the establishment of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 1993. In 2008, Dr. Viana transitioned to a new role as Director General of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), an organization charged with implementing the Bolsa Floresta Program, as well as providing the institutional framework to market environmental services of Amazonas’ forests.


Dario is the Project Leader for Solutions Initiatives of SDSN Youth. He works as a Research Officer for the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of Geneva, where he is also a PhD student in International Law. Dario holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a JD from the University of Siena. With SDSN Youth, he coordinated the #KnowYourGoals global campaign and currently serves as its representative in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Since 2014, he is a member of the Advisory Board of COPERNICUS Alliance.



Anna is the Network Manager of the SDSN Northern Europe. She holds a PhD degree in Environmental Economics from from the University of Gothenburg and is currently a Research Fellow at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science of Lund University. Her primary research interest is forest conservation policies and behavioral economics, with emphasis on sustainable forest management, payment for ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation. Her current research topics include: policy design for implementing REDD+, especially Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES); synergies and trade-off between biodiversity and ecosystem services; forest certification.