Project Team

The intellectual content of the project will be developed by a project team of approximately 40 social scientists and experienced policy and decision-makers draw from academia, government, business and civil society and coordinated by a management team, steering committee and advisory committee.


Project Directors:

  • Garry JacobsPresident & CEO, World Academy of Art & Science; Chair of Board & CEO, World University Consortium; Managing Editor, Cadmus Journal; President, Mother’s Service Society, India; Member, Club of Rome.

  • Mark SwillingProfessor, Sustainable Development, School of Public Leadership of Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Member, UN Environment Programme Resource Panel and co-lead author of the Panel’s 2011 report on decoupling the use of natural resources and environmental impacts from economic activity; Co-founder of PLANACT, urban development NGO.

Project Manager:

  • Mila PopovichChair of the Nomination and Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Founder, EVOLving Leadership USA.

Project Coordinator:

  • Karl WagnerBiologist by training and an environmental campaigner by profession. He has over the last 30 years conceptualized, developed and managed successful large environmental campaigns at the national, EU and global levels for a number of international organizations, mainly WWF International, foundations like Oak and MAVA and think tanks such as the Club of Rome.


The following individuals have confirmed their willingness to participate on the project team, advisory committee and steering committee.

  • Carlos Alvarez Pereira –Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Founder and President, INNAXIS Foundation & Research Institute, Spain; CEO of Telenium; Chairman of SKYBUS and CXP, Member, Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome.
  • Saulo Bahia – Member of the Board of Trustees; Federal Judge, Brazil; Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.
  • Pierre-Antoine Barraille – Co-founder and President of Praneo, Switzerland.
  • Robert Berg – Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Former Senior Advisor, U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, World Education Forum and the World Summit for Children.
  • Zbigniew Bochniarz – Member of the Board of Trustees, World Academy of Art & Science; Professor of Economics, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, USA; Affiliate member, Microeconomics of Competitiveness program at Harvard Business School.
  • Patrick Bond – Director of the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Member, International Organization for a Participatory Society; Advisory Board Member of various journals.
  • Maria Rosa Borges – Professor, Department of Economics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Bas de Leeuw – Managing Director, World Resources Forum; Former Executive Director, Donella Meadows Institute, USA.
  • Dianne Dillon-Ridgley – Executive Director, Founding Member, Women's Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF); Non-Executive Director, Interface, Inc., USA.
  • Frank Dixon – Associate Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Author; Founder, Global System Change; Former Managing Director of Research, Innovest Strategic Value Advisors.
  • Riane Eisler – President, Center for Partnership Studies, USA; Commissioner, The World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science; Associate Member, Club of Rome.
  • Aniol Esteban – Head of Environmental Economics, New Economics Foundation.
  • Enrico Giovannini – Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Former Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Executive Committee, Club of Rome .
  • Maja Göpel– Head, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Berlin; Full Member, Club of Rome
  • Heitor Gurgulino de Souza –Honorary President, World Academy of Art & Science; President, World University Consortium; Honorary Member, Club of Rome.
  • Maarten Hajer – Professor, University of Utrecht, Netherlands; Board Member, Former Director, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
  • Timo Hämäläinen – Leading Specialist, Strategic Research, Sitra, Finland.
  • Craig Hammer – Operations Officer, The World Bank; Executive Council Member, Society for the Policy Sciences, Yale University, USA; Associate Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science.
  • Hazel Henderson – Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Founder, Ethical Markets Media, USA; Creator and Co-executive Producer of Ethical Markets TV series; Honorary Member, Club of Rome.
  • Andrew Hewitt – Founder, GameChangers 500, USA.
  • Eric Hoedl – Vice-President, European Academy for Sciences and Arts; Former Rector, Wuppertal University and Graz University of Technology; Member of the Board of the Trustees, World Academy of Art & Science.
  • Robert Hoffman – Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; President, whatIf? Technologies Inc., Canada; Member, Club of Rome.
  • Ian Johnson – Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Former Energy Economist, World Bank.
  • Yehuda Kahane – Head, Akirov Institute for Business and the Environment, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Co-founder and Director, Ituran Location and Control; Co-founder and Owner, Weizman Hi-Tech Incubator; Co-owner, Capital Point Ltd; Member of the Board of Trustees, World Academy of Art and Science.
  • Philip Koenig – Co-Founder & Vice-President of Praneo, Switzerland.
  • Dimitris Kyriakou – Chief Economist, European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies; Management Consultant, Commercial Bank of Greece.
  • Hunter Lovins – Founder and President, Natural Capitalism Solutions, USA; Chief Insurgent, The Madrone Project; Professor of Sustainable Management, Pinchot University, USA.
  • Michael Marien – Director,; Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Founder and Editor, Future Survey.
  • Aldo Martinez – Partner and Shareholder, Martinez and Martinez law, LLC; Partner, AJM Advisory Services; Former Vice President, New York Stock Exchange.
  • Marilyn Mehlmann – General Secretary, Global Action Plan International (GAP), Sweden; Vice President, Union of International Associations ( UIA).
  • António Mendonça – Professor, School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon, Portugal; Former Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication, Portugal.
  • Seeraj Mohamed – Director of Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development Department and Senior Lecturer, School of Economic and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
  • Maria de Lourdes Mollo – Professor, Department of Economics, University of Brasília; Researcher, CNPq (National Council of Research), Brazil; Associate Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science.
  • Jason Neff – Co-Director, Sustainability Innovation Lab Colorado, USA; Associate Professor, Environmental Studies and Geological Sciences, School of the Environment and Sustainability, University of Colorado, USA.
  • Gunter Pauli – Founder & Director, Zero Emissions Research Initiative, Belgium; Initiator, The Blue Economy Project; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science; Member, Club of Rome.
  • Radmilo Pesic – Associate Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science Professor of Economics, Head of the Economic Theory, Sociology and Law Division, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Kate Pickett – Professor of Epidemiology, University of York, UK; Member of the Human Capital Research Working Group of the Institute for New Economic Theory; Co-founder, The Equality Trust.
  • Zoltán Pogátsa – Professor (docent), Faculty of Economics, University of Western Hungary; Member of faculty, MIREES Programme, University of Bologna, Italy; Lecturer at the Business School, Central European University of Budapest and the Corvinus University of Budapest; Researcher, "Political Economy of Greece", Greek Government Research Grant 2012-13.
  • Janez Potocnik – Co-Chair, UNEP International Resource Panel, Slovenia; Former European Commission for Environment; Former Minister for European Affairs, Slovenia.
  • Frank Josef Radermacher – Director, FAW (Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing); Professor of Informatics, Ulm University, Germany; Co-founder, Global Marshall Plan; Full Member, Club of Rome.
  • Louis-Philippe Rochon – Associate Professor, Director of the International Economics Policy Institute, Laurentian University, Canada; Co-Editor, Review of Keynesian Economics.
  • Neantro Saavedra-Rivano – Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan.
  • Aldo Schorno – Economic historian; Author; Philosopher and publicist, France.
  • Stainslav Shmelev– Director, Environment Europe Limited, UK; Independent Artist
  • Ivo Šlaus – Honorary President, World Academy of Art & Science; Director, World University Consortium; Member, International Advisory Council of the Club of Rome; Member, Pugwash Council and European Leadership Network.
  • Joachim Spangenberg – Research Coordinator and Vice President, Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Germany; Faculty member, Department of Community Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environment Research UFZ.
  • Joanilio Teixeira – Emeritus Professor, Department of Economics, University of Brasilia; Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Leader of the International Group on “Growth and Distribution”, The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil.
  • Jeremy Wakeford – Macroeconomist, Quantum Global Research Lab; Senior Lecturer, School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Former Chairman, Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO), South Africa.
  • Richard Wilkinson – Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham; Honorary Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London and Visiting Professor, University of York, UK; Co-founder, The Equality Trust.
  • Erinç Yeldan – Professor, Department of Economics, Bilkent University, Turkey; Executive Director, International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs).
  • Alberto Zucconi – President, Person-Centred Approach Institute (IACP), Italy; Secretary General, World University Consortium; Chairman of the Board and Treasurer, World Academy of Art & Science.

While the size of the project team and committees will necessarily be limited, there will be ample scope for participation of other individuals who can make a seminal contribution to NET.