Adjunct Professor, Georgetown and Columbia University
Former CEO, Development Alternatives Inc.
Dr. Tony Barclay is the Founder of the Development Practitioners Forum, an innovative nonprofit organization established in January 2009. For 30 years, he was a senior executive at DAI, an employee-owned international development firm. He launched the Forum in order to create connective tissue within the highly fragmented development ecosystem, linking practitioners across sectors, geographies, and institutions. InfoSpring.org, an interactive question-and-answer tool pioneered by the Forum, was rolled out in early 2010 and currently has more than 1,400 registered members from 82 countries.
Honored as Executive of the Year in the October 2008 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards ceremony, Dr. Barclay has had a long career as a global development professional. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in western Kenya in the late 1960s, and returned there for his Ph.D. research in anthropology on the impact of a large-scale sugar project. After a two-year assignment on a United Nations study of the African sugar industry, he joined DAI’s development consulting staff in 1977.
Dr. Barclay has been a recognized leader in the foreign assistance community for more than 20 years. He has testified in Congressional hearings as chair of the International Development Task Force of the Professional Services Council. He was a founding board member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; is a past President of the Washington Chapter of the Society for International Development; and served for two terms on the board of the Corporate Council on Africa. Currently, he is chairman of the board of Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.; a trustee of The Mountain Institute, and a member of the board of advisors of the Development Executive Group. He is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
RICHARD H. BEAHRS
Senior Advisor, Revolution Foods
Richard Beahrs retired after a 35 year career as a media executive with Time Warner at the beginning of 2004. During his time there, he served as the President of Court TV and the Comedy Channel (now Comedy Central). As an Executive at HBO, he also managed the launch of Cinemax and the Spanish language HBO. He was also responsible for new business development at Sports Illustrated for ten years.
Since his retirement in 2004, he has continued his lifetime interest in Environmental issues. In 2000 he and his wife Carolyn funded the launch of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at the University of California (Berkeley). This multidisciplinary program has now trained over 400 environmental professionals from 90 countries in sustainable development skills.
Beahrs has recently served on the UN Hunger Task Force as part of the Millennium Development Goals Initiative. He is currently focused on efforts to enhance school feeding programs with locally produced foods on the African continent.
He has served as the Chairman of the Arbor Day Foundation, the world’s largest non-profit tree planting organization. He has also been on the Board of the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya and the School of Management at St. Petersburg University (Russia).
Beahrs has served as a trustee for the University of California (Berkeley) Foundation as well as on the Advisory Boards of numerous University initiatives and programs. He also serves on the Leadership Council of the Initiative for Global Development.
His current business activities include serving on the Board of the San Jose Giants and his role as a Senior Advisor for Revolution Foods, which provides nutritious meals for schools throughout the nation.
Beahrs graduated from Berkeley in 1968 and served as the Student Body President in that year.
Conflict Management Consultant
Susan Carpenter is a mediator, trainer and writer in private practice. She has spent the past thirty years developing and managing programs to reach consensus on public issues, resolve public controversies and develop common goals and visions at the local, state and national level. She was the founding director of the Program for Community Problem Solving in Washington, D.C. Prior to that she spent ten years as the associate director of ACCORD Associates in Boulder, Colorado mediating complex public disputes and training others to handle conflict productively. She currently works with organizations and groups to build capacity for collaboration and conflict resolution. Ms. Carpenter holds a Master’s degree in International Education and a Doctorate in Future Studies both from the University of Massachusetts. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School. She taught for two years in Ethiopia as a Peace Corps volunteer. Ms. Carpenter has authored numerous materials including the book, Managing Public Disputes: A Practical Guide to Handling Conflict and Reaching Agreements.
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley
Claire Kremen is Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California, Berkeley and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Food Institute. She is an ecologist whose work focuses on understanding and characterizing the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services and utilizing this information to develop conservation and sustainable management plans, considering both protected areas and the working lands matrix around them. Her current research focuses on exploring the ecological, social and economic benefits, costs and barriers to adoption of diversified farming systems, and on restoring pollination and pest control services in intensively farmed landscapes, using both predictive modeling and field studies. Her work reaches from theory to practice and includes hands-on conservation action such as, for example, the scientific design and establishment of a network of protected areas to protect Madagascar’s endemic flora and fauna. She has won numerous honors, including the prized MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her contributions to ecology, agriculture and biodiversity, the J.S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Fellowship, and election to the California Academy of Sciences. She also co-directs the Center for Diversified Farming Systems at U C Berkeley.
VINCENT H. RESH
Professor & Entomologist,
Division of Insect Biology, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley
Professor Resh has been a professor at the UC Berkeley since 1975. He received his BA in Biology and Philosophy from Georgetown University in 1967 and his PhD from the University of Louisville (Kentucky) in water resources in 1973. His research is in aquatic ecology, and particularly in the area of water pollution assessment and river restoration. He is the author of nearly 350 articles and books on this topic. He was director of UC Berkeley’s Gump Research Station at Moorea, French Polynesia for six years. He was chief advisor for ecological issues and aquatic habitat sustainability to eleven West African nations participating in the World Bank/World Health Organization’s River Blindness Control Program and has been the Senior Environmental Consultant to the Mekong River Commission on biological monitoring since 2000. Professor Resh received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995.
His research program follows three lines: (1) studies of the evolutionary biology and ecology of aquatic insects, crustaceans, and molluscs in stream and river habitats; (2) the evaluation of habitat manipulations for use in environmental restoration or enhancement; (3) and the development of techniques for the biological assessment of water quality.
His research sites include California coastal streams, the UCB research station in Moorea, the Strawberry Creek on the UCB campus, the Mekong River and its tributaries, and the 1,000-mile long Fraser River catchment in British Columbia. Professor Resh encourages the students in his laboratory to pursue basic, quantitative research in aquatic entomology and ecology, and to incorporate this research into a framework that can be used to solve applied problems of water-quality assessment and habitat restoration. Graduates from this laboratory continue to pursue these goals in universities, environmental consulting firms, industries, and government agencies.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics and Department of Economics, UC Berkeley
Professor, Natural Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
David Zilberman is a Professor and holds the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Zilberman’s areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental policy, marketing, risk management, the economics of innovation, natural resources, water, biotechnology, and biofuels. He is a Fellow of the AAEA and AERE. He has published 250 refereed articles in Science, AER, Econometrica, AJAE, and JEEM, among
others, and has edited 13 books. He has served as a consultant to the EPA, USDA, the World Bank, FAO, and OECD. He received his B.A. in Economics and Statistics at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1979.