Board and Council

The ECI Board oversees the work of the International Secretariat of the Earth Charter, makes decisions at the board level and guides the Secretariat, especially in strategic, administrative and financial matters.

The ECI Council establishes broad policies and general direction of the ECI. Its members act as advisors and ambassadors of the movement.

The Council elects its own members in consultation with the members of the global Earth Charter network.

Board Members

Michael J. Bracken

Michael J. Bracken (United States) serves since 1996 as the President of Medcom Benefit Solutions (Medcom), a leading provider of employee benefit administration and consulting services for prominent employers throughout the U.S.

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Song Li

Song Li (China/United States) is retired as Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank, Middle East and North Africa Region. She was the Regional Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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Paul Lubbers

Paul Lubbers (Netherlands/Spain) is Director of Breesaap Green Link, a clean-tech business investment company in Madrid, Spain. Paul has set up various businesses focused on sustainability and serves on the Supervisory Board of various companies in the areas of renewable energy and sustainable transport.

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Akpezi Ogbuigwe

Akpezi Ogbuigwe (Nigeria) is the Director, Rivers State University of Science and Technology Advancement/Linkages Centre. She has over thirty years of professional experience as a Law teacher and an avid researcher in Africa.

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Kartikeya V. Sarabhai

Kartikeya V. Sarabhai (India) is the founder and director of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), a national institution engaged in promoting environmental awareness and conservation as well as education for sustainable development in India.

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Mirian Vilela

Mirian Vilela (Brazil/Costa Rica) is the executive director of Earth Charter International and has been involved in the initiative internationally since early 1996.

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Council Members

The ECI Council sets broad policy and overall direction of the ECI. Its members act as advisors and ambassadors for the movement. The Council elects its own members in consultation with members of the global network of Earth Charter supporters.

Michael J. Bracken

Michael J. Bracken (United States) serves since 1996 as the President of Medcom Benefit Solutions (Medcom), a leading provider of employee benefit administration and consulting services for prominent employers throughout the U.S.

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Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra, (Austria/United States) Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, which is dedicated to promoting ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education.

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Mateo A. Castillo

Mateo Castillo (Mexico) is the main developer in Mexico of the Earth Charter and the founder of the National Secretariat.
He is considered a national expert in the implementation of local Agenda 21.

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Rick Clugston

Rick Clugston (United States) was Executive Director of the Center for Respect of Life and Environment in Washington D.C, from 1991-2008.
Dr. Clugston participated in the Earth Charter drafting committee meetings and served on the Earth Charter International Steering Committee.

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Severn Cullis-Suzuki (Canadá) is a culture and environment activist and writer, champion for the Canadian Earth Summit Initiative 2012 WE CANada, host of the APTN TV series ‘Samaqan – Water Stories, and board member of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society and the David Suzuki Foundation.

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Ama van Dantzig

Ama van Dantzig (Ghana/Netherlands) With experience on the ground in many African countries and communities, as well on an international level, Ama believes in the ability of people to generate ingenious solutions for the challenges of our time.

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Mitsuko Horiuchi

Mitsuko Horiuchi (Japan) is an internationally known independent consultant and researcher on gender issues and issues involving work, labour and employment. She is a Professor in Foreign Studies at Bunkyo Gakuin University and its Graduate School of Foreign Studies in Tokyo.

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Ashok Khosla

Ashok Khosla (India) is a world leading expert on the environment and sustainable development. He is Chairman, Center for Development Alternatives. He left the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to found Development Alternatives, a Delhi-based NGO devoted to promoting commercially viable, environmental friendly technologies.

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Song Li

Song Li (China/United States) is retired as Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank, Middle East and North Africa Region. She worked with the United Nations Environment Programme, responsible for the financial mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Brendan Mackey

Brendan Mackey (Australia) is a professor and Director of the Climate Action Beacon at Griffith University Australia. He has a PhD in ecology from The Australian National University. He is currently a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report. Brendan has written  over 240 academics publications in the fields of biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development.

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Akpezi Ogbuigwe

Akpezi Ogbuigwe (Nigeria) is the Director, Rivers State University of Science and Technology Advancement/Linkages Centre. She has over thirty years of professional experience as a Law teacher and an avid researcher in transformational change in higher education in Africa.

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Alide Roerink

Alide Roerink (Netherlands) is an anthropologist and has been involved over the years in networking, advocacy, and policy development for gender justice, international solidarity, and global governance.

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Kartikeya V. Sarabhai

Kartikeya V. Sarabhai (India) is the founder and director of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), a national institution engaged in promoting environmental awareness and conservation as well as education for sustainable development.

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Tommy Short

Tommy Short (United States) is an international entrepreneur and philanthropist whose dedication to environmental concerns from his earliest years inspired commitments to projects around the world.

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Harold Talbot

Harold Talbot (United States) is a graduate of Princeton University (BA, 1958) and the Darden School of the University of Virginia (MBA,1965). He is retired from a career of more than 40 years in the international insurance and reinsurance business.

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Gerben van Straaten

Gerben van Straaten (Netherlands) Founder of the World of Walas and partner of the Earth Charter International for the past few years. He is the author of Earth Charter Cities Manifesto and a renowned speaker in the field of urban sustainability.

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Mirian Vilela

Mirian Vilela (Brazil) is the executive director of Earth Charter International and has been involved in the initiative internationally since early 1996.

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Hua Wang

Hua Wang (China) is Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and former Dean of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Renmin University of China (RUC). Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Management and Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked as Senior Environmental Economist at the World Bank’s Development Research Group and Chief Expert in Environmental Economics and Policy at the Policy Research Center of China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

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Atsufumi Yokoi

Atsufumi Yokoi (Japan) is Vice President for Global Engagement Strategy of Okayama University, and UNESCO Chairholder in Research and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), established at Okayama University in 2007.

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Vladimir M. Zakharov

Vladimir M. Zakharov (Russia Federation) is a professor and a member of Russian Academy of Sciences, head of the Center for Sustainable Development and Ecosystem Health, Institute of Developmental Biology.

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Former Council Members

  • Zainab Bangura, Sierra Leone
  • Marianella Curi, Bolivia
  • Camila Argolo Godinho, Brasil
  • Wakako Hironaka, Japón
  • Barbro Holmberg, Sweden
  • Hisham Khatib, Jordan
  • Li Lailai, Peoples Republic of China
  • Alexander Likhotal, Rusia
  • Ruud Lubbers (Honorary Chair 2011-2012)
  • Wanjira Maathai, Kenya
  • Elizabeth May, Canada
  • Oscar Motomura, Brazil
  • Dumisani Nyoni, Zimbabwe
  • Razeena Omar, South Africa (Co-Chair 2006-2012)
  • Henriette Rasmussen, Greenland
  • Steven C. Rockefeller, United States (Co-Chair 2006-2010)
  • Mohamed Sahnoun, Algeria
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker, United States
  • Richard Zimmerman, United States
  • Erna Witoelar, Indonesia (Co-Chair 2006-2010)