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Clara Juliana Neira

Clara Juliana Neira Rueda is a lawyer at the Industrial University of Santander and a specialist in competition and free trade law at the Pontifical Xavierian University, with subjects from the Master in Political Studies at the National University of Colombia. 

For five years, she worked at the Constitutional Court of Colombia, where she drafted judgements for the revision of guardianship related to the protection of the fundamental rights to participation and prior consultation of communities affected by administrative measures and development projects. 

She is currently working on her master’s thesis, which compares the legislative reforms and judicial decisions that have determined the conditions for activating, processing and voting in popular consultations on environmental issues in Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico.

Lenka Kruckova

Lenka Kruckova is a lawyer specializing in human rights and environmental law. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and obtained a master’s degree in international law with a specialization in environmental law at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands).

She has been working for several years in the water sector, in particular on water governance and the rights to water and sanitation. This field allows her to combine her expertise on human rights with her passion for the environment. Her career has taken her to work with governments, NGOs, and private actors in various countries to contribute to sustainable resource management and positive environmental impacts.

Since 2018, Lenka has been working at Simavi, a non-governmental organization based in the Netherlands.

Dominique Paul

Born in Montreal, Dominique Paul is a multidisciplinary artist. She has both a studio and a performance practice, integrating interactive technologies and creating exoskeletons for the body and for images, to address social issues such as increasing inequalities, environmental injustice and the decline of biodiversity. In 2022, she is leading a collaborative spoken word performance with 150 teenagers where each participant will create a structure to become one of the 150 animal species at risk in Quebec.

 

While studying for her master’s degree in Sydney, Australia (UNSW, 2000), she was invited to present her research at Barnard College (Columbia University), New York City. She was enthralled by the city and has been sojourning there ever since, witnessing  the gentrification and exodus of many artist friends, a fact that inspired her performance practice in the public space. Since 2012, she was awarded multiple grants for residencies and long stays, exhibiting and participating in over twenty events such as UnHomeless NYC, Kingsborough Art Museum, and Mapping Life, NJCU Visual Arts Gallery, and presenting videos at 10 Times Square and at Miyako Yoshinaga gallery where she is represented. Her work was featured in HuffPost, Time Out, New York: The Cut, Art Slant, SFAQ, Photograph and Whitehot Magazine.

 

In Europe, she exhibited mainly in France’s Lyon area (museums, an art centre and gallery) and at the Paris Photo Art Fair. She took part in two international exhibitions in China: the Beijing Art Biennale and Montreal Contemporary Art, Shanghai. In 2023, she will have a solo exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas, in Washington, D.C., where her artworks are part of the collection as well as the Smithsonian Institution’s. In 2019, she published an essay with L’Harmattan, Paris, updating her doctoral thesis (UQAM, 2009).

Ginette Riopelle

Ginette Riopelle is an energy consultant. She holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a member of l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Aside from working in the field of energy efficiency and energy management, she wrote a self-published book titled Nudge for the Planet – A Guide towards a New Worldview and aimed at increasing awareness of the environmental emergency. 

Ms. Riopelle has been a member of the Knowledge Network of the United Nations’ Harmony with Nature Program since 2019; In relation to this affiliation, she promotes ecological literacy, which involves developing systems thinking and understanding strategies that strengthen the resilience of natural systems. The application of these strategies to human spheres of activity leads to regenerative practices – such as circular economy, biomimicry, regenerative agriculture and ecological economy – which are more respectful of Nature than current practices, and which have the potential of limiting global warming and biodiversity decline.

Emmett Phil Coriat

Emmett Phil Coriat is the founder of Natural Leadership (www.natureandleadership.com). He is a pharmacist and has been a successful entrepreneur in healthcare innovation for more than 25 years, as a venture capitalist, a CEO/founder of biotech startups and most recently as a partner at AEC Partners, a healthcare strategic advisory boutique firm, where he leads the Healthcare Technological Innovation practice.

 After rebounding from a burnout and thriving thanks to Nature, he became a certified Forest Bathing guide. He then spent time with various Earth-based peoples to learn from their relationship with Nature (Kichwas in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Heiltsuk in British Columbia).

Since then, he has dedicated his life to the creation of a Nature connection practice that:

  • serves as an antidote to the stress, anxiety and burnout epidemic that our society is facing
  • combines all the scientifically demonstrated benefits of Nature
  • enables accessibility to all
  • caters to the needs and the context of business leaders and their teams

 Natural Leadership offers business leaders Nature-inspired programs that restore Wellbeing and enhance Performance for their teams. The programs are based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku (sensory immersion in Nature), and draw on more than 900 publications of scientific findings to maximize the benefits of Nature to face the stress, anxiety and burnout epidemic of the 21st century.

 After reviewing all the scientific literature about Nature and human health, Emmett Phil has concluded that stress and burnout is in fact a dis-connection epidemic. With urbanization and progress, our dis-connection from the more than human world has led to disease. Other consequences are disconnection from others and from self (or purpose).

 Emmett Phil is a member of Biotopnatura (www.biotopnatura.com) and active in the Derechos de los Arbolescampaign which aims to have personhood rights granted to trees in Spain and in the world. He is a council member of the association Nature and Forest Therapy of Canada (NFTC).

 Emmett Phil lives in Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec and holds dual Canadian/Spanish nationality.

Madina Amin Hussein

Madina Amin Hussein is the founder and Executive Director of Global Nature Conservation. She founded the organization with an initiative to promote environmental conservation in Northern Kenya, empower women and girls in dry lands of Kenya through nature-based enterprises, restore degraded ecosystems and to advocate for protection of indigenous species in order to prevent their extinction. Madina holds Bachelor of Arts in Education from Mount Kenya University and is currently pursuing Master’s of Arts in Development Studies. She is an award-winning environmentalist, Zuri award honoree, Gender Just Climate Solutions Award honoree and heroine in forest conservation.