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Program Advisory Board

Albert Alcouloumbre Jr.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Director of Planning and Social Projects of TV Globo´s Communications Division. Before his current position at Brazil´s leading broadcast network, Alcouloumbre worked as reporter, editor and executive editor for O Globo and Jornal do Brasil newspapers, Abril Publishing Group and CBN Radio Network. He is a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Council of the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Firjan) and a board member of the São Paulo Institute Against Violence. He received his MBA from COPPEAD Graduate School of Business.

Qutubuddin Aziz
Karachi, Pakistan
Former Chair of the National Press Trust of Pakistan and Director of the United Press of Pakistan news service. Aziz also held the post of Minister for Information at the Embassy of Pakistan in London from 1978 to 1986.

Neal A. Baer, MD
Los Angeles, California
Executive Producer of the CBS drama “A Gifted Man.” Former Executive Producer and Writer, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC, 2000-2011; Executive Producer and Writer, “ER,” NBC, 1994-2000.  Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California, 2001-2005.  Recently, Dr. Baer co-established the Institute for Photographic Empowerment at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications, which links photographic story-telling projects around the world and makes that work available to NGOs and policymakers.  He has worked in South Africa and Mozambique since 2006, teaching photography to mothers with HIV and to AIDS orphans so that they can tell the world their own stories.  He has published numerous articles regarding health and the depiction of health and health care providers on television. Frequent guest speaker/lecturer.  Elected Director, Harvard Alumni Association; Member, Board of Directors, American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Public Understanding of Science and Technology; Member, Board of Directors, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Member, Board of Directors, Advocates for Youth; Member, Board of Directors, The Partnership for Public Service; Trustee, The Humanitas Prize.  B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, Colorado College; Ed.M., Education, Harvard University, 1979; M.A., Sociology, Harvard University, 1982; M.D., Harvard, Medical School, 1996.  Received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from Colorado College in 2000; 2005 commencement speaker.

Albert Bandura, PhD
Stanford, California
David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Sciences in Psychology at Stanford University. Dr. Bandura developed Social Learning Theory, which postulates that people acquire attitudes, values, and styles of behavior through social modeling. This theory emphasizes people’s potential to influence the course their lives take and to change it for the better. He also developed Social Cognitive Theory, which stipulates that people need self-efficacy in order to change behavior. His book, Self Efficacy: The Exercise of Control, provides the principles of how to enable people for personal and social change. He was elected to the presidency of the American Psychological Association and the Western Psychological Association, honorary presidency of the Canadian Psychological Association, and to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of 17 honorary degrees.

Lester R. Brown
Washington, DC
Described as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by the Washington Post, Brown is President of Earth Policy Institute, a nonprofit environmental research organization, which he founded in May 2001. Some 30 years ago, he pioneered the concept of environmentally sustainable development. He is widely known as the founder and former President of the Worldwatch Institute. Brown has been awarded 25 honorary degrees and has authored or co-authored over 50 books (including his most recent, World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse), 19 monographs, and countless articles. He is a MacArthur Fellow and the recipient of many prizes and awards. In 1985, the Library of Congress requested his personal papers, noting that his writings and work had “already strongly affected thinking about problems of world population and resources.”

Martha Campbell, PhD
Berkeley, California
Political scientist, lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and founder and president of Venture Strategies for Health and Development (www.venturestrategies.org). Campbell is also the founder and was the first president of partner organization Venture Strategies Innovations (www.vsinnovations.org). In the 1990s, Dr. Campbell directed the population program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Her research and writing have focused on conflicting perspectives and theories on population growth and fertility decline, the silence on the subject, influence of these currents on policies, and the many barriers to family planning. Her degrees are from Wellesley College and the University of Colorado.

 

Zoanne Clack, MD, MPH
Los Angeles, California
Writer and Co-Executive Producer on the award-winning ABC television hit Grey’s Anatomy. Dr. Clack has been with the show since it began and also acts as a medical advisor, assisting in production of all medical aspects of the show. She has a B.S. in communications from Northwestern, an MD from UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, and an MPH in behavioral sciences from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She completed a residency in Emergency Medicine, a fellowship in Injury Prevention, and spent a year at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in International Emergency Medicine developing and expanding the concept and practice of emergency medicine in Tanzania and the South Pacific island of Palau.

Michael Cody, PhD
Los Angeles, California
Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. He is a specialist in psychological and communication theories applied to social marketing and health campaigns, and in the use of entertainment-education strategies worldwide. His federally funded grants today focus on Autism Awareness and Energy Conservation. He is the co-editor of Entertainment-Education Worldwide: History, Research, and Practice (2004) and Serious Games: Mechanisms and Effects (2009). He is the former editor of the Journal of Communication (2008-2011) and the journal, Communication Theory (1999-2002); both are published by the International Communication Association.

John Coulter, MD
Scott Creek, Australia
National Vice-President of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) (www.population.org.au). Dr. Coulter’s career has been a mix of medical research, environmental activism and lecturing, and politics. In 1987, he was elected as a Democrat Senator for South Australia. He was leader of the party, 1990-1993. While in the Senate he introduced the first legislation in the Australian Federal Parliament to control the use of CFCs and the first legislation to protect threatened species. In 1989, he initiated a Senate Inquiry into Climate Change. He has run major conferences on Climate Change, starting with a national conference in Adelaide in 1986, as well as conferences on population and environmental sustainability. Dr. Coulter has been active in the conservation movement for over 50 years. He was a founding member of the Conservation Council of South Australia (1971) and former President (1984), Councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation 1973-1990 and from 2003 to the present and a former Vice President. He recognised early that population growth was one of the key drivers of environmental deterioration and in 1971 helped form ZPG Australia.

Herman E. Daly, PhD
College Park, Maryland
Professor in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. Dr. Daly was Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Environment Department from 1988-1994 and prior to that, was Alumni Professor of Economics at Louisiana State University. His books include Steady-State Economics and Beyond Growth.

Anne Howland Ehrlich
Palo Alto, California
Associate Director and Policy Coordinator at Stanford University’s Center for Conservation Biology. Ehrlich has carried out research and co-authored many technical articles in population biology. She also has written extensively on issues of public concern, such as population stabilization, environmental protection, and environmental consequences of nuclear war. From 1981 to 2000, she taught a course in environmental policy for Stanford’s Human Biology Program. Since 2000, she has co-taught a freshman seminar course on environmental policy. She has co-authored more than ten books, including The Population Explosion (Simon & Schuster, 1990); Healing the Planet (Addison-Wesley, 1991); The Stork and the Plow (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1995); Betrayal of Science and Reason (Island Press, 1996); One with Nineveh(Island Press, 2004); and The Dominant Animal (Island Press, 2008). She served as one of seven outside consultants to the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Global 2000 Report(1980). In 1994-95, she served on a task group for academics and scientists for the President’s Commission on Sustainable Development. She has served on the board of a wide range of organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Environment, Development, and Security (since 1988) and the New-Land Foundation (since 2002).

Paul R. Ehrlich, PhD
Palo Alto, California
Bing Professor of Population Studies and President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. Dr. Ehrlich is the recipient of numerous international honors such as the Crafoord Prize in Population Biology and Conservation of Biological Diversity, the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, and the United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Environment Prize. Author of more than 1000 scientific papers and articles and more than 45 books, he is best known for his ground-breaking volume The Population Bomb released in 1968, which gave a dire forecast of impending international famine, climate disruption, and other environmental problems caused in part by unrestrained population growth. His 2008  book, The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment, deals with human cultural and biological evolution: how those evolutions have impacted the environment and what that means for our future.  Most recently he has published (with psychologist Robert Ornstein) Humanity on a Tightrope: Thoughts on Empathy, Family, and Big Changes for a Viable Future, which deals with the steps required to reach a sustainable society..

Robert Engelman
Washington, DC
President of the Worldwatch Institute. As Vice President previously, Engelman wrote extensively on population and the environment, reproductive health, and climate change. Previously, he was Vice President for Research at Population Action International. A former newspaper reporter, Engelman has served on the faculty of Yale University as a visiting lecturer and was founding secretary of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The Population Institute awarded his book, More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want, the 2008 Global Media Award for Individual Reporting on Population. His writing has appeared in scientific journals and news media including Nature, Scientific American, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Lucy Lee Grimes Evans
New Canaan, Connecticut
District representative for Population Connection and a long-time population stabilization advocate. Supporter of domestic and international family planning. Chair of Sierra Club of Connecticut’s Nuclear-Free Committee.

Andrew Ferguson
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Research Co-ordinator for the Optimum Population Trust, UK and editor of the biannual OPT Journal.

Robert W. Gillespie
Pasadena, California
President, Population Communication.  From 1962 to 1963, Gillespie was at Pathfinder in Asia, where he manufactured the Lippes loop in Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China.  With Pathfinder, he traveled to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Province of China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia to report on family planning and population policies.  From 1964 to 1976, he served as Resident Representative for the Population Council in Taiwan, Province of China, Turkey, and Iran and as a consultant for SIDA, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Egypt, the Philippines, and Thailand.  He founded Population Communication in 1977.  He authored the Statement on Population Stabilization that was presented by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at the 40th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, with signatures of 40 heads of government.  At the 50th UN anniversary, the Statement was presented by President Suharto to Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, with the signatures of 75 heads of governments.  Gillespie has designed 181 family planning and population policy instruction and evaluation materials that have been used in program and policy development in 10 countries.  He co-produced the feature-length documentary, No Vacancy (www.novacancythemovie.com).  Complimentary copies of either the 60 or 90-minute version are available with a companion book that summarizes the interviews in Iran, Ghana, Nigeria, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, India, and the US.  His email address is popcommla@aol.com.

Lindsey Grant
Santa Fe, New Mexico
A writer and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Population. His books include Juggernaut: Growth on a Finite Planet; How Many Americans?; Elephants in the Volkswagen; Foresight and National Decisions: The Horseman and the Bureaucrat; Too Many People: The Case for Reversing Growth; The Collapsing Bubble: Growth and Fossil Energy; and The Age of Overshoot. His shorter pieces (and most of his recent work) are to be found at www.npg.org under Publications.

Hope S. Green
Burlington, Vermont
Consultant to public broadcasting companies and founding board member of the World Radio and Television Council. Green was formerly president of Vermont Public Television and vice chair of the PBS Board. She was a founding Board member of PMC.

Lynn Gutstadt
San Anselmo, California
Vice President for Research at Ovation TV. Lynn is a media and marketing research professional with extensive experience in strategic research for program development and impact evaluation for traditional and new media. Gutstadt has served in senior research positions at Ovation, Facebook, CBS Interactive/CNET Networks, Premier Retail Networks, TechTV, Applied Communications, and CNN, where she was Vice President of Audience Research. She founded and built the Audience Research department for the CNN News Group, overseeing all programming and consumer marketing research for the CNN television networks and Internet sites.

Maisha L. Hazzard, PhD
Los Angeles, California
President of SpiritWorks Communications. Dr. Hazzard is a former Professor of Telecommunications and co-founder of Communication and Development Studies at Ohio University. She has served as special advisor, trainer, strategic communication specialist, and head writer/producer for communication and development projects for governments, media entities, universities, and social service agencies in the Caribbean, Africa, India, and the USA.

Richard Heinberg
Santa Rosa, California
Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators, having delivered hundreds of lectures on oil depletion to a wide variety of audiences around the world. Heinberg is the award-winning author of eight books including The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies; Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World; The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism, and Economic Collapse; Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines; and Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes! Magazine, and The Sun, as well as on websites such as Alternet.org, EnergyBulletin.net, and Counterpunch.com. His monthly MuseLetter has been included in Utne Reader’s annual list of Best Alternative Newsletters. He has been featured in many film documentaries, including End of Suburbia and Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour.

Marilyn Hempel
Redlands, California
Executive Director of Blue Planet United and editor of the Population Press. Marilyn is the co-founder of Blue Planet United. Since 1994 she has edited the Population Press and written articles for other publications. She continues to do that and to oversee Blue Planet United projects. Marilyn was a member of the NGO delegation to the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. Since participating in the conference, she has given hundreds of speeches to organizations throughout the United States. In 1995 she was a delegate to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. In 1999, she was chosen to be part of a U.S. NGO delegation sponsored by UNFPA, sent to China to study and observe their emerging voluntary family planning and poverty eradication programs. In 2008 she received the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International, in appreciation of significant work toward the better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

John Jackson,
New York, New York
Vice President of Social Responsibility for MTV Networks International, developing campaigns across its channels worldwide. Jackson has run international human rights and development campaigns for two decades focusing on Asia, Africa and Latin America. As Head of Campaigns at Christian Aid he worked on a broad spectrum of developing country issues, including: IMF/World Bank policy, international trade, poor country debt, child labor and anti-personnel landmines. John was a founder member and Director of the Burma Campaign UK, helping to coordinate advocacy across an international network of Burma-focused groups. He joined MTV in 2005 to coordinate its 18-month presidency of the Global Media AIDS Initiative. He has been a regular commentator on national and international news programs, including BBC World, CNN and Al Jazeera and has also been published in the Guardian, the Independent and Prospect magazine.

Lucy Antek Johnson
Westport, Connecticut
Born and raised in New York City, she was an Associate Producer for comedy, variety, and dramatic television specials and series, working with such producers as Harry Belafonte, David Susskind, Alan King, and Martin Charnin. After moving to Los Angeles in 1978, she became VP Programming at NBC, and over the next few years supervised soap operas, game shows, animated, variety, and late night programs, as well as a series of prime time family specials, featuring “He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin,” the Emmy and Academy Award winning special, starring famed dancer Jacques d’Amboise. In the mid-1980′s she formed her own production company, developing and producing movies for television as well as reality-based and animated programs. In 1989 she joined the CBS Television Network and became Senior VP of Daytime/Children’s Programs and Special Projects, responsible for the content, management, and marketing of the soap opera lineup, game and reality shows, new program development, and the Saturday morning kids’ schedule. She left CBS in 2003 and continues to develop and consult on various entertainment projects. She has moved back east and is currently VP Programming, Friends of Westport Library, as well as enjoying painting, writing, and home renovations.

Tony Johnston, PhD
Nairobi, Kenya
Executive Director, Population Communication Africa. Dr. Johnston was formerly the Director of the UNFPA Program for Population Information, Education and Communication Research Training, Eastern and Southern Africa.

Jeremy Kagan
Los Angeles, California
Internationally recognized director/writer/producer of feature films and television and a well known teacher. He is founder of the Change Making Media Lab at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California where he is a tenured full professor.  Many of his feature and television films have been about social and political issues like the box-office hits Heroes about returning veterans, The Chosen about tolerance, Katherine, The Making of an American Revolutionary about dissent, The Color of Justice about racism, and Bobbie’s Girl about lesbian relationships.  Mr. Kagan won an Emmy for Dramatic Series Directing and directed episodes of West Wing and Spielberg’s Taken. His movie Crown Heights won the Humanitas Award in 2004 for “affirming the dignity of every person.” This film also received an NACCP Award and the Directors Guild Nomination for best family film. In 2007, he produced and directed the 10 part series Freedom Files, broadcast on Court and Link TV as well as the net. The series is about threats to civil liberties covering issues from the Supreme Court, and the Patriot Act, to Dissent, Gay and Lesbian Rights, and racial profiling. He has made films for The Doe Fund, which is the most successful program in America helping the homeless and for The Bioneers, which organizes leaders in ecology and social justice. He has served as the Artistic Director of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and is on the National Board of the Directors Guild and Chairperson of its Special Projects.  His book Directors Close Up is published by Scarecrow Press. He is a Graduate Fellow of the American Film Institute, and has an M.F.A. from NYU and a B.A. from Harvard University. He has taught master seminars on filmmaking in Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hamburg, Jerusalem, Hanoi, France and Ireland.

Shiv Khare
Bangkok, Thailand
Executive Director of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development. Khare was formerly the Secretary-General of the World Assembly of Youth in Copenhagen and Executive Director of the Youth and Family Planning Program Council of India.

Doug La Follette
Madison, Wisconsin
Secretary of State of Wisconsin, former University of Wisconsin professor and a long-time activist and speaker on environmental, energy, and population issues. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands from 1991 to the present. He previously served as a Wisconsin State Senator, as Assistant Director of the Mid-American Solar Energy Complex in Minneapolis, and as Public Affairs Director at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC. He is a recipient of the Environmental Quality Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Richard D. Lamm
Denver, Colorado
Co-Director of the Institute for Public Policy at the University of Denver, and a former three-term Governor of Colorado (1975-1987). Lamm joined the faculty of the University of Denver in 1969 and has, except for his years as Governor, been associated with the university ever since. In 1992, he was honored by the Denver Post and Historic Denver, Inc. as one of the “Colorado 100” people who made significant contributions to Colorado and made lasting impressions on the state’s history. He was Chair of the Pew Health Professions Commission and a public member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He serves as a member of the Board of the Federation for American Immigration Reform and is a past president of Zero Population Growth. While Governor, Lamm wrote or co-authored six books: A California Conspiracy, with Arnold Grossman; Megatraumas: America in the Year 2000; The Immigration Time Bomb: The Fragmenting of America, with Gary Imhoff; 1988, with Arnie Grossman; Pioneers & Politicians, with Duane A. Smith; and The Angry West, with Michael McCarthy. His latest books are Condition Critical: A New Moral Vision for Health Care, with Robert Blank; Two Wands, One Nation; and The Brave New World of Health Care.

Diane Lee Langston, Esq.
Norfolk, Virginia
Retired Senior Officer at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). During 24 years of service, Langston held responsibilities in numerous areas including law and population, gender issues and human rights. She led interregional programs with U.N. organizations (e.g., FAO, ILO, and UNESCO); drafted population policy strategies, including poverty reduction and globalization; developed partnership initiatives with the civil society; and pursued multilateral fundraising efforts. As Senior Programme Officer of UNFPA’s Africa Division, she co-developed country information, communication and education projects, including the very successful social-content radio soap opera program in Tanzania, Twende na Wakati. Langston is currently assisting UNFPA in its partnership initiative with Rotary International and works as an independent consultant in business for social responsibility, rule of law, and poverty reduction areas.

Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD
New Haven, Connecticut
Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. Dr. Leiserowitz is an expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, including public perception of climate change risks, support and opposition for climate policies, and willingness to make individual behavioral change. His research investigates the psychological, cultural, political, and geographic factors that drive public environmental perception and behavior. He has conducted survey, experimental, and field research at scales ranging from the global to the local, including international studies, the United States, individual states (Alaska and Florida), municipalities (New York City), and with the Inupiaq Eskimo of Northwest Alaska. He also recently conducted the first empirical assessment of worldwide public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding global sustainability, including environmental protection, economic growth, and human development. He has served as a consultant to the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, the Global Roundtable on Climate Change at the Earth Institute (Columbia University), and the World Economic Forum.

Vincent Maduka
Lagos, Nigeria
Past Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority. Maduka heads his own private sector broadcasting organization in Nigeria. He was appointed Senior Fellow in 2008 in the School of Media and Communication, Pan-African University, Lagos, Nigeria.

Daniel C. Maguire
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
President of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics and Professor of Ethics at Marquette University. Maguire was formerly President of the Society of Christian Ethics. He is the author of several books and articles including Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions; What Men Owe to Women: Men’s Voices from World Religions, co-edited with Harold Coward; Different But Equal: A Moral Assessment of Woman’s Liberation; and Sex and Ethical Methodology.

Edward Maibach, MPH, PhD
Fairfax, Virginia
Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. With 25 years of experience as a researcher and practitioner of public health communication and social marketing, Dr. Maibach is now focused exclusively on addressing the threats associated with climate change. Specifically, his research focuses on how to mobilize populations to adopt behaviors and support public policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to the unavoidable consequences of climate change. He was previously an Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and Board Chairman for Kidsave International.

Frederick Meyerson, PhD
Providence, Rhode Island
An ecologist and demographer and professor at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Meyerson’s research and writing focus on population policy and the interactions between human demographic change and the environment, particularly climate change and the loss of biological diversity. He is the author of more than 40 scientific and popular articles and book chapters and was one of the writers of the State of World Population 1999 and State of World Population 2001, the annual report of UNFPA.

Norman Myers, PhD
Oxford, United Kingdom
Fellow at the 21st Century School and Green College, Oxford University. Dr. Myers is an Adjunct Professor at Duke University, a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, and James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont. He has served as an adviser to the United Nations, the World Bank and the White House. He has been awarded the Volvo Environment Prize, the UNEP Environment Prize and the Blue Planet Prize – only the second environmentalist in the world to receive all three leading prizes. These awards have recognized his work on the mass extinction of species, tropical deforestation, environmental threats to security, ‘perverse’ subsidies, environmental refugees, and degradation of future evolution. In the late 1980s, he originated the “biodiversity hotspots” thesis; since its inception, it has mobilized over $850 million for conservation, the largest sum ever assigned to a single conservation strategy. He has published over 300 professional papers spanning nine disciplines, 300 popular articles and 20 books. In 2007, he was listed by Time Magazine as one of 40 “Heroes of the Environment.”

Richard Ottaway, MP
London, United Kingdom
Member of Parliament for Croydon South, UK. Ottaway is past Chairman and member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Population, Development and Reproductive Health and has been active with this group since 1983. As Chair, in 2007, he oversaw the Group’s publication of Return of the Population Growth Factor: Its impact on the Millennium Development Goals. In 1986, Mr. Ottaway became a founding member of Population Concern after its separation from the Family Planning Association.  In 1991, he published Less People, Less Pollution. He is currently working on Population Growth – 10 myths, with a planned publication for 2011. He was first elected to Parliament as the Member for Nottingham North from 1983-87. After a period in industry he returned to Parliament in 1992 as the Member for Croydon South, and was re-elected in 1997, 2001, and 2005. From 2005 to 2010, he was a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee and Vice Chairman of the 1922 Committee. In 2010, he became the first elected Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.  He read Law at Bristol University. On qualifying as a solicitor in 1977, he specialized in maritime and commercial law with leading city firms.

Chris Palmer
Washington, DC
Chris Palmer is a professor, speaker, author, and an environmental and wildlife film producer who has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded hip-deep through Everglade swamps. Over the past 30 years, he has led the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime time television and the giant screen (IMAX) film industry. His films have been broadcast on numerous channels, including the Disney Channel, TBS Superstation, Animal Planet, and PBS. His IMAX films include Whales, Wolves, Dolphins, Bears, Coral Reef Adventure, and Grand Canyon Adventure. Chris is currently president of the One World Ocean Foundation, which has launched a $35 million global media initiative to save the oceans. He is also president of the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, which produces and funds IMAX films. In 2004, he joined American University’s full-time faculty as Distinguished Film Producer in Residence at the School of Communication. There he founded (and currently directs) the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, whose mission is to train filmmakers to produce films and new media that effectively strengthen the global constituency for conservation. His book, Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom, was published in 2010 by Sierra Club Books and has been widely praised.

Alexandra Paul.
Pacific Palisades, California
An actress who has starred in over 70 films and television shows.   She is most known for her five-year stint on the international hit TV show Baywatch. In 2010, she stars in the Lifetime network movie, The Boy She Met Online, and will be seen in two independent feature films.  In 1991, Alexandra co-developed a 50 minute introduction to the human overpopulation issue. She then taught it, classroom-by-classroom, to over 6,000 Los Angeles teenagers.  Alexandra wrote, produced and hosted the award winning films JAMPACKED, about the human overpopulation crisis, and THE COST OF COOL, on happiness and materialism.  In 1997, the United Nations commended Alexandra for her environmental activism. In 1999, she won the International Green Cross award. Alexandra was honored by the ACLU of Southern California as their 2005 Activist of the Year for her long history of fighting for the environment, voting rights and non-violence.  In 2003, Alexandra spent 5 ½ days in jail after peacefully protesting the Iraq War.  In 2005, Alexandra garnered worldwide attention when she was arrested for protesting the crushing of General Motor’s electric vehicle, the EV1.  She has committed civil disobedience about a dozen times at the Nevada Test Site.

Roger Pereira
Mumbai, India
Over 50 years’ experience in communications in India. Pereira has been involved in health care and population communications since 1972 in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Mali and the U. S. Producer of Humraahi, a family planning soap opera in India. He was also involved with promoting the Green Revolution in 1965 to 66 and the White Revolution from 1978 to 2005. He worked in entrepreneurial development from 1971 to 1985.

David Pimentel, PhD
Ithaca, New York
Professor of Ecology and Agricultural Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Pimentel is a prolific author and speaker about population issues.

Barbara Pyle
Atlanta, Georgia
Documentary film maker and media consultant. As the co-creator and producer of the animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Barbara is responsible for helping shape the world view of a generation. Working in partnership with now adult Planeteers, they are organizing a Global Planeteer Movement. Their website www.captainplanet.me launched in 2010 on Captain Planet’s 20th Anniversary and already has traffic from 127 countries speaking 76 different languages. Their Planeteer fan page has well over 400,000 members on Facebook. Barbara Pyle specializes in using media for social change and was the pioneer of television content on population and environmentally sustainable development worldwide. As Corporate Vice President of Environmental Policy for the Turner Broadcasting System, she was not only in charge of Environmental Programing but also launched the Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and initiated all environmental infrastructures and policies. She produced almost 60 films covering a wide range of global issues earning over 200 industry awards, many Emmy nominations and numerous personal awards. In 1997, Barbara was chosen for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Sasakawa Prize for lifetime achievement. Her recent awards include recognition from the Federation of American Scientists, Caribbean Media Exchange, and Artivist for using art for activism. She has also served on numerous boards. Barbara’s premier documentary in her People Count Series highlighted population issues and the empowerment of women. It featured the social-content soap opera produced by Cecile Alvarez in the Philippines and was broadcast worldwide during the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development in 1994.

Kate Randolph
New York, New York
International Programs Director, Graduate School of Business Administration at Fordham University. Formerly, Randolph was Senior Technical Advisor for Business Development at EngenderHealth. She also served as Vice President for International Programs at Population Communications International (PCI), overseeing the development and broadcast of entertainment-education programs worldwide.

Hon. Tom Sawyer
Akron, Ohio
Visiting Scholar at Hiram College and a member of the board of Population Resource Center. As former Congressional Representative from Ohio, Sawyer served as the co-chair of the Congressional Population Caucus.

SD Shantinath, DDS, MPH, PhD
Geneva, Switzerland
Health promotion specialist. Dr. Shantinath’s main areas of interest are the translation of science into practice and the use of technology to transfer health information to large numbers of people. As a behavioral psychologist, Dr. Shantinath is developing a manual in partnership with Population Media Center to help entertainment scriptwriters incorporate proven domestic violence prevention strategies into serialize dramas, so that mass audiences can benefit from such information. She began her career as a specialist in children’s dentistry and became interested in health behavior. She has a doctor of dental surgery degree from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. She has spent many years collaborating with one of the European leaders in couples research and has helped many people with issues related to depression and marriage problems. She has trained as a writer and editor and specializes in writing non-fiction – on psychological topics for non-technical audiences. Her work with the Novartis Foundation for Gerontology has been read by several thousand readers in over 15 countries.  She has over 25 years of experience in the academic, non-governmental and governmental sectors. She has taught pediatric dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh in the US and health psychology and mental health promotion at the University of Fribourg. She was born in India and has lived in the US, Canada and Switzerland.  She currently works at the FDI World Dental Federation in Geneva.

O. J. Sikes
Leonia, New Jersey
Retired Deputy Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Division at the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Sikes was formerly the Chief of UNFPA’s Education, Communication and Youth Branch. He developed UNESCO’s population education program in the early 1970s and designed innovative approaches to population communication and education with the Carolina Population Center in the 1960s.

Steven W. Sinding, PhD
Manchester, Vermont
Former Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London from 2002 to his retirement in 2006. Dr. Sinding began his career in 1971 at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Following assignments in Washington, Pakistan and the Philippines, he served from 1983 to 1986 as Director of the USAID Office of Population. From 1986 to 1990 he was the Director of USAID’s Mission to Kenya. Following this 20-year career at USAID, Dr. Sinding served for a year as senior population advisor to the World Bank and then moved to the Rockefeller Foundation where, from 1991 to 1999, he was Director of the Population Sciences program. From 1999 to 2002, he was Clinical Professor of Public Health at Columbia University. He is now a senior fellow at the Guttmacher Institute, serves on a number of boards, and works as an international consultant. Dr. Sinding received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970.

Arvind Singhal, PhD
El Paso, Texas
Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor, and Director, Social Justice Initiative, Department of Communication, University of Texas at El Paso.  Dr. Singhal, also appointed as William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, is a researcher on the effects of entertainment-education programs. He is co-author of Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare through Positive Deviance (Plexus Press, 2010); Entertainment Education: History, Research, and Practice (Routledge, 2004); Combating AIDS: Communication Strategies in Action (Sage, 2003); and Entertainment-Education: A Communication Strategy for Social Change (Routledge, 1999).

Elizabeth Smith
London, United Kingdom
Consultant, Transforming Broadcasting and Chair, Commonwealth Media Group and on the Council of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Formerly Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, 1994-2010. Born in India in 1936 and educated in Edinburgh, from 1987 to 1994, Smith was the Controller (Director) of English Programmes for the BBC World Service. From 1984 to 1987, she was Head of Current Affairs for the World Service, following posts as Deputy Editor, Consumer Programmes, BBC Radio, and as a News and Current Affairs Producer for BBC TV. From 1979 to 1981 she was Senior Assistant, BBC Secretariat, involved in broadcasting policy and Advisory Groups. She was a Chairman of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer Trust 2005-2007 and is a Fellow of the UK’s Radio Academy. She is on the Advisory Committee of the Rory Peck Trust, and is a Trustee of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, and on the Advisory Committee of the Elizabeth R. Broadcasting Fund. She was previously on the Council of the Royal Institute for International Affairs and of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, INTRAC, and a Trustee of the Television Trust for the Environment. She received an OBE in 2004 for services to broadcasting in the Commonwealth. She has an Honours History MA from Edinburgh University and is the author (as Elizabeth Hay) of a biography of Helen Bannerman, Sambo Sahib, which is a study of racism in children’s books.

Gloria Steinem
New York, New York
Co-founder of New York Magazine, Ms. Magazine, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the National Women’s Political Caucus, and the Women’s Media Center. Steinem is an advisor to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and is on the board of Equality Now, the international human rights/women’s rights organization, as well as an author, lecturer, and traveling feminist organizer.

Sir Crispin Tickell, GCMG KCVO
Ablington, United Kingdom
Sir Crispin Tickell has long been a pioneer in linking environmental and in particular climatic change to the worlds of politics and business.  An informal adviser on such issues to successive British Prime Ministers.  A former British diplomat who was among other things Permanent Secretary of the Ministry responsible for overseas aid, and British Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.  Later Warden of Green College Oxford, and Chancellor of the University of Kent.  Author of many papers and books, including Climate Change and World Affairs and Mary Anning of Lyme Regis.  Has received many honours and distinctions, among them the Chinese Government Friendship Award, and has been awarded 25 honorary degrees

Monique Tilford
Takoma Park, Maryland
Past Deputy Director of the Center for a New American Dream, past Executive Director of Wild Earth, and past Executive Director  of Carrying Capacity Network. Tilford is co-author of the updated best-selling book Your Money or Your Life, published by Penguin in 2008.

Peter C. Vesey
Marietta, Georgia
An international broadcasting consultant who works with clients in the developing world. While at CNN, Vesey developed the CNN International networks.

Charles Westoff, PhD
Princeton, New Jersey
Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and Sociology at Princeton University, specializing in population policy and in fertility and family planning research in developing countries. From 1974 to 1992, Dr. Westoff was Director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. He is a specialist in demographic research in Africa.

Paul Winter
Litchfield, Connecticut
Founder and director of the Paul Winter Consort, renowned throughout the world for its concerts in celebration of the earth and its wildlife. Winter has performed “Concerts for the Earth” at the United Nations. He and his ensemble are artists-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

Robert J. Wyman, PhD
New Haven, Connecticut
Professor of Biology, Yale University. Dr, Wyman is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Program Director at Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Program. He teaches Yale’s only course on population issues: Global Problems of Population Growth. He is a member of the Leadership Council, Planned Parenthood of Connecticut (PPC), as well as a former board member of PPC, Connecticut NARAL, Urban League of New Haven, Center for Children’s Environmental Literature, and Horizon Communications. Wyman received an AB from Harvard College and an MS and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Philip Zimbardo, PhD
Palo Alto, California
Internationally recognized as the ‘voice and face of contemporary American psychology’ through his widely seen PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment, authoring the oldest current textbook in psychology, Psychology and Life, in its 18th Edition, his popular trade books on Shyness, and his recent exploration of the psychology of evil in The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.  Dr. Zimbardo is professor emeritus at Stanford University, professor at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. Zimbardo has been the president of the American Psychological Association, the Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP), and now executive director of a Stanford center on terrorism — the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism (CIPERT). His more than 350 professional publications and 50 books convey his broad range of research interests in the domain of social psychology, but branch out to education, time perspective, madness, political psychology, torture, terrorism, and evil.

Robert Zinser, PhD
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rotarian Action Group for Population & Sustainable Development (RFPD) (www.rifpd.org) and Past District Governor of Rotary International. Dr. Zinser initiated RFPD’s first pilot project “Child Spacing, Family Health and AIDS Education” in six states of Northern Nigeria in 1995 and its large-scale follow-up in 2000. In 2005, he started the large-scale project “Improvement of Maternal Health – Prevention and Treatment of Obstetric Fistula” in Kaduna and Kano State (www.maternal-health.eu). With this project maternal mortality was reduced by 60% in ten selected hospitals within two and a half years (2nd half of 2008- end of 2010) especially by continuously improving the quality of structure, process and outcome by collecting data, analyzing and discussing it in a benchmarking process. Stakeholders regard this project as a model to contribute to MDG 5. Currently, he is preparing the scaling up of the pilot project in other states of Nigeria with funds from The Rotary Foundation and, to a large extent, from the German government. As project coordinator Robert Zinser is leading a project team with volunteering German and Austrian gynecologists and Nigerian project staff. He was president of BASF Asia Pacific and is an Honorary University Professor for International Management in Germany.

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