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 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, Lagos) 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, lives in 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.

Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra, 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 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

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 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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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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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 (The 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

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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. He was Senior Warden of St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford New York, is a member of the Environment Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He worked with the social concerns committee of the Diocese of New York to move a resolution concerning the Earth Charter on the General Convention agenda. He has been happily married for 48 years, has a daughter in Bristol, Rhode Island, a son in Brooklyn, New York and four grandchildren.

Mary Evelyn Tucker

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Mary Evelyn Tucker (United States) received her PhD from Columbia University in East Asian religions. She was named to a dual appointment with the Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Previously she was a visiting professor of religion at Yale University, and she is founder and coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Along with John Grim, she organized a ten-conference series on World Religions and Ecology at Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions, which led to the publication of 10 volumes by Harvard from this series. She co-edited the volumes on the ecological dimensions of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. They are also editors of a series of 18 books on Ecology and Justice from Orbis Books. Tucker has been a committee member of the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 1986, and is vice president of the American Teilhard Association. She was a member of the Earth Charter International Drafting Committee.

She has published Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (Open Court Press, 2003) and edited two volumes on Confucian Spirituality with Tu Weiming. Her newest books are an edited volume of Thomas Berry’s papers titled Evening Thoughts: Reflecting of the Earth as Sacred Community (Sierra Club Books and University of California Press, 2006), and The Record of Great Doubts: The Philosophy of Ch’i (Columbia University Press, 2007).

Mirian Vilela

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Mirian Vilela (Brazil) is the executive director of Earth Charter International and has been involved in the initiative internationally since early 1996. She has coordinated an international process of consultation, and set up partnerships with organizations and individuals who contributed to the consultation process and who continue to be involved in the implementation phase of the Charter.

She has organized and facilitated numerous international workshops and seminars on values and principles for sustainability. Prior to her work with the Earth Charter, Ms. Vilela worked for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) for two years in preparation of the 1992 UN Earth Summit. She is currently a faculty member of the University for Peace. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow and is currently finalizing a doctorate on education.

Hua Wang

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Dr. Hua Wang (People’s Republic of China) is an environmental economist who has conducted extensive research in the areas of economics, policy and institutions of sustainable development and supported various countries in environmental policy design and enforcement as well as investment project development. He worked as Senior Environmental Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank, Director for Research in Society-Based Environmental Management in the Policy Research Center of China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Lecturer of Environmental Planning and Management in Nanjing University. He has various research and project experiences in countries like China, the United States, India, Armenia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Ghana, Mozambique, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Management and Policy and M.S. in Economics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the United States of America, and M.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering and B.S. in Astronomy from Nanjing University, China. Dr. Wang is the founder of the Professional Association for China’s Environment, an international professional network, and served as President, Chairman and Honorary President.

Dr. Wang has published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Ecological Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Environment and Development Economics, Journal of Environmental Management, China Economics Review, and Applied Economics. He also helped draft a number of government directives on environmental information disclosure and public participation, helped organize various international conferences on sustainable development, and gave dozens of seminars, lectures and conference presentations on environment and development in various countries.

Vladimir M. Zakharov

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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. He started his professional career as a biologist and then gradually broadened his scientific and personal interest up to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem health, environmental policy and sustainable development, education and civil society.

He worked as a chair of Environmental Policy Commission and as a director of the Institute of Sustainable Development at the Russian Federation Civic Chamber for ten years. He is a designer and a leader of various national and international projects. Among them are Identification of Environmental Policy Priorities, Networking of the Institutes of Sustainable Development in Russia, Social Forums on Sustainable Development, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, Youth Movement for Ecology and Culture.

His efforts on the Earth Charter Movement in Russia consists of series of publications, federal and regional meetings, competitions, etc. He and his organization Center for Environmental Policy and Culture with its regional affiliates operate as a representative of Earth Charter Initiative in Russia.

Former Council Members

  • Zainab Bangura, Sierra Leone
  • Marianella Curi, Bolivia
  • Camila Argolo Godinho, Brasil
  • Wakako Hironaka, Japón
  • Barbro Holmberg, Suecia
  • Hisham Khatib, Jordan
  • Li Lailai, Peoples Republic of China
  • Alexander Likhotal, Rusia
  • Ruud Lubbers (Honorary Chair 2011-2012)
  • Wanjira Maathai, Kenya
  • Elizabeth May, Canadá
  • Brendan Mackey, Australie (Co-Chair 2011-2012)
  • Oscar Motomura, Brasil
  • Dumisani Nyoni, Zimbabwe
  • Razeena Omar, Sudáfrica (Co-Chair 2006-2012)
  • Henriette Rasmussen, Groenlandia
  • Steven C. Rockefeller, Estados Unidos (Co-Chair 2006-2010)
  • Mohamed Sahnoun, Algeria
  • Richard Zimmerman, Estados Unidos
  • Erna Witoelar, Indonesia (Co-Chair 2006-2010)