Junjie Zhang is an Associate Professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. His research endeavors to seek empirical evidence for the better design of policies on air pollution, climate change, and natural resources. He is particularly interested in using an interdisciplinary approach to attack the complex sustainability problem.
Serge Dedina is the Executive Director of WILDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE and the Mayor of Imperial Beach, California. He is the author of Surfing the Border, Wild Sea and Saving the Gray Whale and was the recipient of the California Coastal Commission Coastal Hero Award for his successful coastal protection efforts. He also received the San Diego Zoological Society’s Conservation Medal as well as the Surfing Industry Manufacturer’s Association Environmentalist of the Year Award.
John Malashock is Artistic Director of Malashock Dance, which he founded in San Diego after a distinguished performing career with Twyla Tharp’s company in New York (where he danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov and was featured in the film Amadeus). Malashock has created over 75 choreographic works and artistic collaborations.
Bennett Peji is a Senior Director at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. He is a strategic marketing and communications planner, brand consultant, designer and frequent international speaker on community-centered design. Peji has extensive experience facilitating planning retreats and community workshops that inspire all attendees to achieve a common vision.
Nathan Cool is a consulting meteorologist for Surfing Magazine specializing in the tracking of storms bringing weather and waves to regions across the Pacific. Cool has been a popular figure and forecaster in the California surfing community for the past 20 years and has been featured in a number of periodicals including LA Magazine, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, the Ventura County Star, the Santa Barbara Independent, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Pianist, composer and lecturer Nicolas Reveles is a San Diego County native. He holds a BA in Music from the University of San Diego, an MA in Choral Conducting from the University of Redlands and a Doctorate in Piano Performance (DMA) from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Gary Graffman.
National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Futures.
Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. (U.S. Navy, retired), is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. His passion in sustainability is educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to secure the nation’s energy independence and to preserve water, air quality and other resources.
Stephan Haggard, visiting fellow, is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Distinguished Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. He has been a consultant to AID, the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the OECD and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Milenko Matanovic is a passionate thinker, inspired teacher and insightful artist devoted to preparing communities for the future. In 1986, he started Pomegranate Center to explore the art of creative collaboration, and to teach that together we always know more and that empowering communities is the most efficient, foundational way for us to improve society.
Walter H. Munk is a professor of geophysics in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His research includes physical oceanography and geophysics leading to the understanding of ocean currents and circulation, tides, wave propagation in solid and fluid bodies, and the rotation of the Earth. He pioneered the use of high-speed computers for analyzing geophysical data.
Kathleen Stephens is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Her research interest focuses on Korea’s modern journey with particular attention to South Korea’s political development, the impact of cultural and social change on its politics, and to the role of the United States. She recently completed thirty-five years as a career diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service.