Pam Pearson is a former U.S. diplomat with 20 years’ experience working on global issues, including climate change, non-proliferation and various initiatives on the environmental and social policies of the multilateral development banks. She served in postings to Ecuador, Sweden, Norway and several of the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, designing some of the very first environmental health programs there. She was part of the Kyoto Protocol negotiating team. From 1999-2003 Pam was counselor and acting deputy ambassador to Norway, and served as the United States focal point to the Global Fund on AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis from 2003-2005. She resigned in 2006 in protest over changes to U.S. development policies, especially related to environmental and global issues programs. From 2007-2009, she worked from Sweden with a variety of organizations and Arctic governments to bring attention to the potential benefit of reductions in short-lived climate forcers to the Arctic climate, culminating in Arctic Council ministerial-level action in the Tromsø Declaration of 2009.
Pam founded ICCI immediately after COP-15 to bring greater attention and policy focus to the rapid and markedly similar changes occurring to cryosphere regions throughout the globe; their importance to the global climate system; and the need for intensified and specific mitigation efforts to slow these changes and allow greater adaptation by local peoples.
Chair, Advisory Board
Dr. Svante Bodin holds a Ph.D. in Meteorology and became assistant professor at the University of Stockholm in 1980. He headed research at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) from 1979-84, and from 1984-1989 directed the Swedish National Weather Service. In 1989, Dr. Bodin joined the Swedish Ministry of Environment as head of the division for Climate Change, Marine Issues and Air Pollution, serving on or heading a wide variety of delegations to a broad variety of environmental forums, including the UNFCCC, Montreal Protocol, and Arctic Council. Dr. Bodin retired from government service after COP-15 and joined ICCI in 2010 as European Director.
Open Burning Programs Director
Dr. Gail Stevenson holds a Ph.D. in Economics and has worked in global higher education for more than 30 years. She comes with broad and deep regional background in both Scandinavia and Russia. She worked in Norway at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian National Committee for Norwegian Youth Organizations (NIU/LNU), was a guest researcher at PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo) and has a cand. mag. degree from the University of Oslo. She studied in St. Petersburg, was a Fulbright guest lecturer in Minsk, worked as the Director of the American Collegiate Consortium in Moscow for several years and has a B.A. in Russian. She joined the ICCI in 2011 as the U.S.-based Russia Program Director.
Stephanie Smith Kinney is an adjunct professor of Sustainability and Public Policy for the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. A retired diplomat with more than 25 years’ experience, primarily in Mexico, South America and Europe, she was one of the original U.S. negotiators for the Framework Convention on Climate Change from 1989 -1992. Subsequently, she was involved in shaping the first meetings of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and the negotiation of the Copenhagen amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Returning to the field, she pioneered the model for the first Regional Environment Hub, based in Copenhagen and covering the Nordic and Baltic states. (Today there are a dozen Regional Environmental Hubs, including one in Lima, Peru.) During this time, she accompanied a Presidential Commission to study Greenland and was engaged in consolidating the role and functions of the Arctic Council. Called back from retirement, Ms. Kinney also helped set up the Asia-Pacific Partnership for Climate and Cleaner Technology. Asked to join ICCI as its Andean Director in late 2014, she is delighted to see the impressive changes in the Andean Region and its wonderful local talent and capacity, on which she hopes to draw in developing ICCI’s new Andean initiatives.
Lars Nordberg has a long career working on a variety of international environmental issues, focused especially on air quality and water resources. He worked for the Swedish Geological Survey from 1967-82 before moving to the Swedish environmental agency, focusing on air and water quality as a Director; and then served at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Secretariat in Geneva from 1988-2000. Since 2000, Lars has focused especially on issues related to Asia, including on the Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC), air quality and water resources, working as a consultant for various governments and UN agencies (including ICCI efforts on decreasing open agricultural burning). He worked as adviser to Sida on programs related to air pollution from 2001-2010. Lars joined ICCI as Himalayas Regional Coordinator in January 2013.
Eurasia Open Burning Project
Following his studies at the University of Maryland in Agricultural and Resource Economics, Alex Gittelson went on to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Capacity Building and Development, where he served for 4 years as an international affairs specialist on a variety of education programs and projects in Latin America, Eurasia, East Africa, and the Middle East. In 2013, he received a Fulbright Research Scholarship to study the socioeconomic factors leading to open agricultural burning, its effects on climate, soil, and health, as well as viable and sustainable alternatives. Since then, Alex has partnered with several research organizations, including the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies as well as Michigan Tech Research Institute. Alex joined ICCI in 2014 as a lead project and research consultant on open burning in western Eurasia, based out of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Lars Nikolaisen is a Mechanical Engineer working for more than 35 years in the Danish sustainable energy sector. As project engineer in a Danish boiler company he was responsible for construction and commissioning of wood-fired district heating plants. He has served for many years as a consultant at the Danish Technological Institute, dealing with design of cleaner combustion equipment for biomass, testing biomass fired stoves and domestic boilers including emissions from biomass combustion; and reporting about renewable biomass resources: wood, straw, energy crops, biomass waste and macro algae. He has also been involved in R&D Quality Characterisation on biomass, biomass logistics and conditioning, storing and handling and technology transfer for energy projects in Europe and Asia. Lars joined ICCI as a consultant in spring 2015, working on projects related to technology development and testing of extremely- low-emission stoves, including low emissions of black carbon.
Director of Outreach
Dr. Heïdi Sevestre holds an MSc in Glaciology from the University of Aberystwyth, Wales and a Ph.D in Glaciology from the University of Oslo (Svalbard campus). She studies the distribution and dynamics of surge-type glaciers, and held a Post-doc at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) on surge-type glaciers and the structure of Antarctic ice shelves. Heïdi regularly joins and leads research expeditions at high latitudes and high altitudes, and is a Fellow International of The Explorers Club. In addition to her work as Communications Director with ICCI, Heïdi currently serves as a science communication consultant and regular guest lecturer at the University Centre in Svalbard. She often hosts French TV documentaries and volunteers in climate change educational efforts; and leads several science outreach projects, including: Glaciers On The Move, Climate Sentinels and The Last Tropical Glaciers. Her aim is to bridge the gap between academia and society.