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CARLOS OPPÉ has lived and worked in Spain since 1988.  He was born in London, educated at Ampleforth College and after achieving a BA degree at the University of East Anglia in 1976, he worked in several environmental companies, including one of the first re-cycling co-operatives in London.

The environmental sector was not well developed in the late 70’s, so in 1982 he joined an Agency in London specialising in Direct Marketing. After 5 years experience in this field and with over 70 clients, he joined a leading international advertising agency in Madrid, DMB&B.

In 1991 he left the communication sector and joined a small Madrid based environmental consultancy called Iniciativas Ambientales. To date this consultancy has undertaken over 100 projects, mostly in the public sector. In 1996, IA took on the representation of the NGO Global Action Plan in Spain and after running many successful projects, he joined the Board of GAP International, of which he was eleted Chair in 2013.

Dr. Gíokò Maina is the Vice Principal –PD and outreach at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa Kenya (Microsoft Mentor School). Gìokó is a Head of Professional Development Center and Project Manager in Professional Learning for Educators series. Gìokó is a global core-skills facilitator, examiner, workshop leader, and moderator.

Gíokò is married with two sons, loves cycling, hiking and innovations. He is versed in a range of curriculum based topics like Leadership and Management, Technology Integration and Education for Sustainable Development, and a reviewer with the IB Journal of Teaching Practice and Education and information Technologies.

Gíokò is a is a member of International Academic Partnership (IAP), International Education and Resource network (IEARN), a Partner in Learning (PiL) Microsoft, Global Virtual Classroom (GVC), Global action Plan (GAP) Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Learning Teachers (LT), Teacher media (TM) and International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). A recipient of Second Most Innovative Teacher on Content in Africa (2010) and  a finalist Africa representative at World Wide Innovative Education Forum (WWIEF). Most innovative teacher In East and southern African 2011 and Middle East and African Finalist at WWIEF.

Marilyn Mehlmann was appointed General Secretary of Global Action Plan International in 1995. She is also a Vice-President of the Union of International Associations (UIA). Born in London, Ms Mehlmann went to a French school and worked in Norway and Denmark before settling in Sweden. From a base in Stockholm she has worked for several decades in more than 20 countries to empower people and organizations to take action for sustainable development. She was awarded the Rachel Carson Prize 2011–2012 “for her long-term efforts to involve individuals, companies and NGOs in acting sustainably”.

Ms. Mehlmann is an entrepreneur and former management consultant whose experience combines backgrounds in psychosynthesis, empowerment and action research to co-create new methods and tools for personal and professional development, including a highly innovative ‘Learning for Change’ methodology currently offered on three continents. Ms. Mehlmann is a member of several advisory boards. She was previously involved with product development at IBM, and with action research at the Swedish Centre for Working Life. She is the author and co-author of numerous publications.

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Sanskriti Menon is Programme Director at Centre for Environment Education (CEE). CEE is a national institute on Environment Education, supported by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India. Sanskriti has been working with CEE since 1991. Her work at CEE includes Environment Education for Sustainable Urban Development, with projects related to school water and sanitation, urban transportation, urban biodiversity, citizens’ participation in urban governance, etc.  Sanskriti anchors SUM Net, the Sustainable Urban Mobility Network India, a democratic, secular, membership-based coalition of individuals, voluntary organizations, and civil society networks and movements.

Sanskriti also heads CEE’s Central Regional Cell, which coordinates CEE’s activities in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Goa States.  She is a member of the Board of Studies for Environmental Education, of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, since 2006 and has been involved in textbook development. Sanskriti is Editor of Education for Change, a bimonthly newsletter for professionals on environmental education and development communication, with a national circulation.
Sanskriti is currently conducting research on the possibility of enhancement of public participation in urban governance through high quality public deliberations.

Sonja Graham is Managing Partner, Global Action Plan UK (GAP). Soja's aim in life is to show that the sustainable choice is the better choice, rather than the “right” one. With a background in psychology, she specialises in the design of behaviour change programmes that reduce environmental impact.

Recent programmes include an international school water saving programme: WaterExplorer, a supermarket energy saving plan for Sainsbury’s: “UK’s Greenest Grocer” and a randomised control trial for DECC on household energy saving behaviour.
Sonja joined GAP five years ago and is focused on building the charity’s profile and impact. Intent on closing the gap between research and practice, she founded a Behaviour Change working group with four universities and has authored papers on employee environmental behaviour.
Prior to joining GAP Sonja set up and ran a behaviour change unit for a carbon consultancy and held a number of roles at Shell delivering global HSE training, communications, change management and GHG reduction projects.

Vanessa Moore is the CEO with Global Action Plan (GAP) Ireland for three years and previously Assistant Manager with the organization for three years. Current responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the organization and responsible for implementing the company's strategic plan. Vanessa has been a member of the GAP International board since April 2013.
Vanessa is qualified in Environmental Resources Management and European Conservation Management and holds a masters degree in World Heritage Management from University College Dublin. She is currently studying for a master degree in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise) in Dublin City University.

Previous to her current position with GAP Ireland, Vanessa worked as a research and development officer with a local government body developing local social inclusion strategies.  The early part of her career was spent working with national environmental not-for-profit bodies both in Ireland and Australia. She has extensive project management experience in delivering various community based environmental/conservation projects both in Ireland and abroad in conjunction with various stakeholders from local community groups to state agencies and government bodies. 



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