Pam Pearson is a former U.S. diplomat with 20 years of 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 a 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.
Director, Climate Negotiations and Arctic
Stefan Ruchti-Crowley grew up in the Swiss lowlands, with the Alps and the Cryosphere present in both his family history and his activities. Stefan joined ICCI in January 2022, with a focus on multilateral climate negotiations, as well as the Arctic region. Stefan looks back on 30 years within the Swiss Government. An early focus on environmental impact assessments gave rise to multilateral work within the relevant conventions of the UNECE. As focal point for the Alpine Convention, and as coordinator of the environmental evaluation of Swiss candidacies to host the winter Olympic Games, the Cryosphere soon became an integral part of his professional realm. From 2005 onwards, Stefan covered the multilateral climate negotiations, first as climate finance focal point for the Office of the Environment; and since 2007, as Head of the unit covering environment and climate policy within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. With a focus on the science-policy interface, Stefan negotiated (among other aspects) the temperature goals that found their way into the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Stefan studied forestry at ETH Zurich (MSc ETH) and, as a Fulbright student, environmental sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle (M.S.). He pursued further graduate studies in the social environmental sciences at Yale University before beginning his career within the Swiss Government.
Chair, Advisory Board
Dr. Svante Bodin holds a Ph.D. in Meteorology and became an 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. Svante became Chair of ICCI’s Advisory Board in 2019, replacing Ambassador Bo Kjellen.
Antarctica Director and Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Helen Millman holds a PhD in Climate Science from UNSW, Sydney and an MSc in Glaciology from Aberystwyth University. Her PhD research used the PISM ice sheet model to explore Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise under different Last Interglacial-like (LIG) paleo-climates. In her spare time, Helen has volunteered in her constituency, with her local Member of Parliament’s office by chairing a series of roundtable meetings with experts and local stakeholders on various aspects of climate change. She also gives talks about polar exploration at local primary schools as part of the UK Polar Network outreach programme.
Global Mountains Director
Morgan Seag holds a PhD in Geography / Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has expertise in the social and political dimensions of cryosphere science, with particular interests in climate policy, institutional change, and science communication. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Tasmania, and she has worked with several non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations at the science-society-policy nexus, including the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. Her work has taken her to both high-altitude and high-latitude cryosphere areas in regions ranging from the Rocky Mountains to Oceania and Scandinavia to Antarctica.
Global Outreach Director
Emma Needham graduated with an MSci degree in Environmental Geoscience from Imperial College London in 2015. In her final year, Emma used Antarctic sediments to study changes in the East Antarctic ice sheet over the last 500,000 years. She then went on to work in academic publishing and communications roles within the science charity sector, returning to Imperial College to complete an MSc in Science Communication in 2019. During this time, Emma completed an internship with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. Emma now manages ICCI’s day to day outreach and communications, ensuring the essential work of ICCI, and the climate and cryosphere scientists it supports, is communicated effectively across ICCI’s platforms and in the media. She is based in Bristol, UK.
Outreach and Administrative Assistant
Amy Imdieke recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and English at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She has research experience in the field of biophysical chemistry. She spent several years during her studies working in a laboratory investigating the thermodynamics associated with the unfolding of bulged RNA duplexes, pseudoknots, and G-quadruplexes. Amy joined ICCI in 2020 through a science writing internship before taking on her current role as Outreach and Administrative Assistant. She drafts the weekly Cryosphere Capsules, coordinates travel plans and balances logistics for various conferences, including COP26 where she spent two weeks in Scotland assisting with the Cryosphere Pavilion.
Coordinator for Black Carbon Mitigation — Domestic Heating/Woodstoves
Dr. Gail Stevenson holds a Ph.D. in Economics and has worked in global higher education for more than 30 years. She comes with a 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.
Coordinator for Black Carbon Mitigation — Agricultural Open Burning
Lars Nikolaisen is a Mechanical Engineer working for more than 35 years in the Danish sustainable energy sector. As a project engineer in a Danish boiler company, he was responsible for the 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 the 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 macroalgae. 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.
Dr. 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 of 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.
Dr. Lars-Otto Reiersen is the former Executive Director, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Arctic Council.
Dr. Julie-Brigham-Grette is is a professor at UMass-Amherst and a former Chair, U.S. Polar Research Board.
Dr. Gustaf Hugelius is a senior lecturer at Bolin Centre for Climate Research/Stockholm University as well as the co-chair of the International Soil Carbon Network.
Ambassador Bo Kjellen is a Board Member Emeritus at ICCI.