Previous Speaking Engagements on ‘Environment’ include:
2016
  • Keynote speaker with Richard Olivier (theatre director, UK), Mogens Lykketoft (politician, Social Democratic Party, Denmark), Martin Lidegaard (politician, Social Liberal Party, Denmark) and Karen Blincoe (acting chairman, Chora Connection, Denmark). ‘17 sustainable development goals’. AMB17ION. Organised by Chora Connection. Theater Island, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Dialogue with Mickey Gjerris (associate professor of bioethics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Laura Storm (executive director, Sustainia, Denmark). ‘10 ways to change the world’. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Festsalen – Store Kannikestraede, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Closing session with Christophe Lambert (actor and Goodwill Ambassador for UNIDO, France). ‘Message for peace’. Women Leaders and the Global Transformation Summit. Under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI. Palmeraie Palace, Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Presenter with Joachim Golo Pilz (director, Solar Research Institute, India). ‘A new mindset is required to accelerate sustainable investments’. Sustainable Innovation Forum 2016. Organised by UNEP and Climate Action. Four Seasons Resort, Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Speaker. ‘Re-establishing the sacred link to Mother Earth’. Forum of the earth. Organised by Terre et Humanisme Maroc, L’Orange Bleue Maghreb and Network of Agroecological Initiatives. Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Discussion with Senator Zakia Mrini (founder and president, Ennakhil Association, Morocco). ‘Non-violence towards women and the environment’. Hosted by Ennakhil Association. Lotissement Acharaf, Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Press conference with Joachim Golo Pilz (director, Solar Research Institute, India) and Dr. Vera Rodenhoff (head of division, Federal Ministry for Environment, Germany). ‘The role of ethics and human awareness in climate change solutions’. COP22: Climate Change Conference. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Bab Ighli, Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Panellist with Fathia Bennis (co-founder/president, Association Women’s Tribune, Morocco), Romina Melwani (treasurer, Association de Reflexion pour le Ressourcement Intérieur, Morocco), Veronica Musini (Public Relations, UK) and Juan Vazquez Milling (youth co-ordinator, Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative, Canada). ‘Intergenerational dialogue: The future of eco-innovation’. COP22: Climate Change Conference. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Bab Ighli, Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Panellist with Kosha Joubert (president, GEN International, UK), Kristen Walker Painemilla (chair, Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy at the IUCN, USA), Dr. Ousmane Pame (president, GEN Africa, Senegal), Vita de Waal (director, Foundation for Gaia, UK) and Margarita Zethelius (project development and fundraising co-ordinator, GEN Latin America, Colombia). ‘Faith and climate resilience: ecovillage inspired solutions around the world’. COP22: Climate Change Conference. Organised by Global Ecovillage Network and Foundation for Gaia. Bab Ighli, Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Panellist with Dr. Hayu Prabowo (chair, National Council of Ulama, Indonesia), Nana Fitriana Firman (co-chair, Global Muslim Climate Network, USA), Dr. Nigel Crawhall (executive committee member, International Network of Engaged Buddhists, South Africa), Rev. Dr. Peter Pavlóvic (member of climate change reference group, World Council of Churches, Belgium) and Ciara Shannon (Asia director, GreenFaith, Hong Kong). ‘Interfaith dialogue: faith communities on climate actions’. COP22: Climate Change Conference. Hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Global Muslim Climate Network. Bab Ighli, Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Speaker. ‘Creating inner resilience in challenging times’. COP22: Climate Change Conference. Organised by Climate Change TV. Bab Ighli, Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Panellist with Mr. Carlos Fuller (chair, Subsidiary body for Scientific and Technological Advice UN, Belize), Dr. Ahmed Abbadi (president, Mohammadia League of Scholars, Morocco), Mgr Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo (chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, Argentina), Rabbi Marc Schneier (president, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, USA) and others. ‘I do my share: leaders of conscience sharing their thoughts’. Summit of Conscience Event. Organised by the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco in partnership with the Mohammadia League of Scholars. Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace, Fez, Morocco.
  • Panellist with with Dr Thorsten Ludwig (consultant, Berlin Institute for Innovative Energy and Propulsion Technologies, Germany), Anders Mavik (vice president, Statoil EU Affairs, Belgium), Victoria Martin de la Torre (press officer, Socialists and Democrats Group, Spain) and Yolande Iliano (president, Religions for Peace Europe, Belgium). ‘Sustainable transitions – people and energy efficiency’. EU Sustainable Energy Week. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Aloft Hotel, Brussels, Belgium.
2015
  • Round-table discussion with Nigel Crawhall (executive committee member, International Network of Engaged Buddhists), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (secretary general, World Council of Churches), Mr. Haroon Akram Gill (climate leader, The Climate Reality Project Pakistan) and Mr. Tomás Insua (steering committee member, Global Catholic Climate Movement). ‘The role of ethics and faith in climate solutions’. SIF15: Sustainable Innovation Forum. Arranged by Climate Action and UNEP. Stade de France, Paris, France.
  • Speaker with Alain Cirou (scientific advisor, Europe 1). ‘Climate of hope for the future’. COP21: Climate Change Conference. Organised by Brahma Kumaris and dedicated to COP21. Salons Hoche, Paris, France.
  • Side event panellist with Dr. Vera Rodenhoff (head of division, German Ministry of Environment, BMUB), Joachim Golo Pilz (advisor on renewable energy, Brahma Kumaris), Zarko Andricevic (Buddhist teacher, Dharmaloka, Croatia), Ven. Chang Ji (representative to the UN, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, USA), Irina Zoubenko-Laplant (assistant programme specialist, Sector for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO). ‘The role of ethics and human awareness in climate change solutions’. COP21: Climate Change Conference. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Le Bourget, Paris, France.
  • Press conference with Yeb Saño (people’s pilgrimage ambassador, Our Voices, Philippines) and Joachim Golo Pilz (advisor on renewable energy, Brahma Kumaris). ‘The role of ethics and human awareness in climate change solutions’. COP21: Climate Change Conference. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Le Bourget, Paris, France.
  • Panellist with Professor Donald Brown (associate professor of environmental ethics and law, Penn State University, USA), Virginie Maris (environment philosopher and researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France), Luka Omladič (member, COMEST working group on environmental ethics, Slovakia) and Professor Rainier Ibana (vice-chairperson, COMEST, Philippines). ‘Ethics and climate change’. COP21: Climate Change Conference. Hosted by Commission mondiale d’éthique des connaissances scientifiques et des technologies UNESCO. Le Bourget, Paris, France.
  • Panellist with Olav Fykse Tveit (general secretary, World Council of Churches, Norway), Monsignor Luís Miguel Muñoz Cárdaba (counsellor, Apostolic Nunciature to France, the Holy See), Fazlun Khalid (Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, UK) and Barbara Maas (International Buddhist Confederation, UK). ‘Faith-based engagement in the climate crisis’. COP21: Climate Change Conference. Hosted by International Union for Conservation of Nature. Le Bourget, Paris, France.
  • Dialogue with Ruud Lubbers (former Prime Minister of the Netherlands), Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp (Earth Charter Commissioner) and others. ‘Everything we treasure: for a world free from nuclear weapons’. One Earth Community, One Common Destiny. Organised by Earth Charter Initiative. Hotel Zonheuvel, Doorn, Netherlands.
  • Panellist with Jan Pronk (former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment who also held various posts at the UN), Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp (Earth Charter Commissioner), Herman Mulder (World Connector, Netherlands) and Dr Rick Clugston (Earth Charter Associates, USA). ‘Towards a shared future with the Earth Charter and Sustainable Development Goals’. One Earth Community, One Common Destiny. Organised by Earth Charter Initiative. Hotel Zonheuvel, Doorn, Netherlands.
PRESS
  • Press conference with Debra Boudreaux (Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, USA), Archbishop Antje Jackelén (primate, Church of Sweden, Sweden), Archbishop Serafim Kykotis (Greek Orthodox Church, Zimbabwe), Bernd Nilles (secretary general, CIDSE, Belgium) and Michel Roy (secretary general, Caritas, France). ‘Faith groups evaluation of negotiations’. COP21: Climate Change Conference. Organised by the World Council of Churches. Le Bourget, Paris, France.
  • Press conference with Yeb Saño (people’s pilgrimage ambassador, Our Voices, Philippines) and Joachim Golo Pilz (advisor on renewable energy, Brahma Kumaris). ‘The role of ethics and human awareness in climate change solutions’. COP21: Climate Change Conference. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Le Bourget, Paris, France.
2014
  • Speaker with Joachim Golo Pilz (director, Solar Research Institute, India). ‘New thinking creates new realities’, EU Sustainable Energy Week. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Sheraton Hotel, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Panellist with Kaushik Gosh (senior director, head of Networks & Telecoms, Philips IT Infrastructure & Operations, Australia) and Joachim Golo Pilz (director, Solar Research Institute, India). ‘New thinking creates new realities’, EU Sustainable Energy Week. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Aloft Hotel, Shuman, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Panellist with Rev. Fletcher Harper (executive director, GreenFaith, USA), Archbishop Emeritus Anders Wejryd (president for Europe, World Council of Churches, Sweden). ‘Faith communities, divestment and renewable energy’, Interfaith Climate Change Summit. Organised by World Council of Churches and Religions for Peace. Saint Peter’s Church, New York City, USA.
  • Panellist with Dr Curtis FJ Doebbler (Prof of Law, Switzerland), Prince Goodluck Obi (director, GADYLP) and Joachim Golo Pilz (director, Solar Research Institute, India). ‘Global justice, equity and sustainability’. Bonn Climate Change Conference. Organised by Brahma Kumaris, Global Alert for Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged (GADYLP) and International-Lawyers.Org. Metro room, Ministry of Transport, Bonn, Germany.
2013
  • Meditation leader. COP 19: Sustainable Innovation Forum. Organised by Climate Action and UNEP. Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Speaker with Dr Guillermo Kerber (programme executive, World Council of Churches) and other faith representatives. ‘Global call for fasting for climate’. COP19: Climate Change Conference. Organised by the World Council of Churches and CIDSE. National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Panellist with Budi Tjahjono (Franciscans International, Indonesia), Prince Goodluck Obi (president, GADYLP), Mithika Mwenda (Secretary General of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and Joachim Golo Pilz (Solar Energy Advisor, BKWSU, India). COP19: Global Justice, Equity and Sustainability. Organised by Brahma Kumaris, the International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations (ISMUN) and Global Alert for Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged (GADYLP). Warsaw, Poland.
  • Leader of delegation. COP19: UN Climate Change Conference. Organised by UN. National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Panellist with Prof Dr Harald Walach (Director, Institute for Transcultural Health Sciences, Frankfurt) and Dr Marco Bischof (cultural scientist and science writer, Berlin). ‘The ecology of consciousness’. Sustainable Energy Week 2013. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Auditorium Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, Germany.
  • Speaker with Dieter Lünse (Head, Institute of Conflict Management and Mediation, Hamburg) and Dr theol Stephan Surya Nagel (religious scholar and author, Frankfurt). ‘Developing a sustainable society’. EU Sustainable Energy Week. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Rudolf Steiner Haus, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Speaker with Joachim Pilz (director, Solar Research Institute, India) and Katharina von Schnurbein (Bureau of European Policy Advisor, Germany). ‘Sustainable transitions demands a new mindset’. EU Sustainable Energy Week. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Aloft Hotel, Brussels, Belgium.
2012
  • Speaker. COP 18: Ethical and Religious Insights on the Climate Crisis. Presented by the World Council of Churches. National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar.
  • Speaker. ‘Nature protects, if she is protected’. COP18: Protection of Environment from the Perspective of Religions. Organised by Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue. National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar.
  • Panellist with Curtis FJ Doebbler (Professor of Law at Webster University Geneva, International-Lawyers.Org, and Nord-Sud XXI) and Joachim Golo Pilz (Solar Energy Advisor, BKWSU, India). ‘Protecting our atmosphere: State and individual responsibilities and the rights of Mother Earth’. COP18: UN Climate Change Conference. Qatar National Convention Center. Doha, Qatar.
  • Leader of BK delegation. COP18: UN Climate Change Conference. Organised by UN. Doha, Qatar.
    Meditation leader. COP 18: Sustainable Innovation Forum. Organised by Climate Action and UNEP. Hotel Intercontinental, Doha, Qatar.
  • Speaker. ‘Aligning Awareness and Action for the Future We Want’. Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Panellist with Oscar Rivas (Minister of Environment, Paraguay), Moema Viezzer (Planetary Network of the Environmental Education Treaty, Brazil). Sustainable Societies. New Paradigms and New Forms of Governance. Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Leader of a visioning process: ‘Co-Creating a New Economic Paradigm’. Tapping into Our Inner Resources for the Transformation of the Global Economy. Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Organised by Global Peace Initiative of Women. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Leader of BK delegation. Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Organised by UN. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    Panellist with Dr Vandana Shiva (Navdanya, India), Michael Slaby (Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values, Netherlands), Sister Joan Kirby (Temple of Understanding, USA) and Grove Harris (Interfaith Consortium for Ecological Civilization, USA). ‘Interfaith response to Sustainable Development: Ecological Civilization’. Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Organised by Temple of Understanding. Riocentro Convention Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Speaker with Dr Salwa Babana El Alaoui (Morocco), Dr Hervé Foulot (France), Fatima Djrrari Ben Abdenbi (Morocco), Renaud Russeil (France), Dr Mouslime Kabbaj (Morocco), Muna Alafarj (Kuwait). ‘Better thinking, better living, better being.’ Lecture tour. King Abdul Aziz Al Saud Islamic Studies and Human Sciences Foundation, Casablanca, Morocco.
2011
  • Panellist with Liz Palmer (Art Works Trust, South Africa), Crispin Hemson (International Centre of Nonviolence, South Africa), Joachim Golo Pilz (Solar Energy Advisor, BKWSU, India) and Nirmala Nair (Director ZERISA, South Africa). ‘Wisdom from the Past, Solutions for the Present’. COP17: UN Climate Change Conference. Hosted by Ela Gandhi (Gandhi Development Trust/Satyagraha). Diakonia Centre, Durban, South Africa.
  • Speaker. Consciousness and Climate Change – Confluence of Two Living Systems. COP17: UN Climate Change Conference. Howard College UKZN. Durban, South Africa.
  • Panellist with Dr Blessing Karumbidza (Senior Researcher at Social Economic Rights Institute, South Africa) and Nirmala Nair (Director ZERISA, South Africa). Heart of Sustainable Development: Exploring the role of spirituality in ensuring development and the eradication of poverty. COP17: UN Climate Change Conference. UKZN, Durban, South Africa.
  • Speaker. Living in Harmony – Creating Inner Resilience in Challenging Times. COP17: UN Climate Change Conference. Hosted by Brahma Kumaris. Old Mutual Sports Centre UKZN. Durban, South Africa.
  • Speaker with Ann Braudis (Maryknoll Sisters of St Dominic, Chair of NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, New York, USA) and Joachim Golo Pilz (Solar Energy Advisor, BKWSU, India). Sustainable Capacity Building: Empowering Individuals and Communities to Act. COP17: UN Climate Change Conference. Hex River, Durban, South Africa.
  • Panellist with Joachim Golo Pilz (Solar Energy Advisor, BKWSU, India) and Cormac Cullinan (Director, Enact International, South Africa). Sustainable Capacity Building: Empowering Individuals and Communities to Act. COP17: UN Climate Change Conference. UKZN, Durban, South Africa.
  • Panellist with Teresa Mungazi (Young Voices Network, Zimbabwe), Dr Sandika Baboolal (South Africa), Simmi Dullay (Lecturer in gender studies, South Africa) and Edna Kaptoyo (Indigenous Information Network, Kenya). Honouring Wisdom and Strengthening Commitment. COP17: UN Climate Change Conference. Howard College UKZN, Durban, South Africa.
  • Panellist with Rev Mardi Tindal (United Church of Canada), Rabbi Hillel Avidan (Temple David, Durban, South Africa), Rev Nicta Lubaale (Organisation of Africa Instituted Churches, Kenya), Bedra Mohammed Ahmed (Interfaith Development Dialogue and Action, Ethiopia), Patricio E. Sarlat Flores (Episocpal Mission, Mexico), Dr Ela Gandhi (Religions for Peace, South Africa) and Cardinal Wilfred Napier (Archbishop of Durban, South Africa). Climate, Justice and Food Security: Moral, Ethical and Spiritual Imperatives. COP17: UN Climate Change Conference. Arranged by World Council of Churches, Caritas International and World Conference of Religions for Peace. Levubu River, Durban, South Africa.
  • Leader of BK delegation and panellist. COP17: UN Climate Change Conference. Organised by UN. Climate, Justice and Food Security, Moral, Ethical and Spiritual Imperatives. UKZN, Durban, South Africa.
  • Meditation leader. ‘We have Faith’ Multi-faith Mass Rally and Concert. COP17: UN Climate Change Conference. Hosted by Nobel Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Kings Park Stadium, Durban, South Africa.
  • Speaker with His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (South Africa), Prof Julia Häusermann (President of Rights and Humanity, UK), Prof Li Jixing (Beijing University, China) and Vijay Mehta (Uniting for Peace, UK). ‘Articulating the Paradigm of Justice and Sustainability’. Global Leaders’ Congress – Global Solutions to Global Challenges: Think, Unite, Act. Organised by Rights and Humanity. Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, UK.
  • Speaker with Dr Salwa Babana El Alaoui (Morocco), Dr Hervé Foulot (France), Fatima Djrrari Ben Abdenbi (Morocco), Renaud Russeil (France), Dr Mouslime Kabbaj (Morocco), Muna Alafarj (Kuwait). ‘Better thinking, better living, better being.’ Lecture tour. King Abdul Aziz Al Saud Islamic Studies and Human Sciences Foundation, Casablanca, Morocco.
  • Speaker with Janusz Zadura (actor, journalist, Poland). Mind and Matter: Confluence of Two Living Systems. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Warsaw, Poland.
2010
  • Speaker with Eduardo Batliori (Minister of Environment for the State of Yucatan, Mexico) and Tomas Gonzales (Minister for the Council of Technology for the State of Yucatan, Mexico). Consciousness and Climate Change. Hosted by University of Merida. Daniel Ayala Theatre. Merida, Mexico.
  • Leader of BK delegation. COP 16: UN Climate Change Conference. Organised by UN. Cancun, Mexico.
  • Panellist with Rev. Dr Joan Brown Campbell (Director, Department of Religion, Chautauqua Institution, USA), Ven. Chang Ji (Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, USA), Richard Cizik (Founder, New Evangelicals USA), Sraddhalu Ranade (Scientist and Teacher, Sri Aurobindo Ashram India), Sister Joan Chittister (author and Benedictine nun, USA). ‘Inner Dimensions of Climate Change’. COP 16: UN Climate Change Conference. Organised by Global Peace Initiative of Women. Cancun, Mexico.
  • Participant. First meeting of an informal group of faith-based NGOs. Organised by Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights. Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Panellist with H.E. Ambassador Babacar Carlos Mbaye (Permanent Mission, Senegal) and others. Cultural Rights and Climate Change: Spiritual and Ethical Perspectives. Supported by the World Council of Churches. Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Presenter with Dr Rod Hackney (former President of the International Union of Architects, UK). ‘Creating the mindset for sustainability’. Cities of the Future – Living with a Spiritual Vision and Sustainable Design. Partnership between Brahma Kumaris and Kansara Hackney Ltd. Global Retreat Centre, Oxford, UK.
2009
  • Speaker with Joachim Golo Pilz (Solar Energy Advisor, BKWSU, India). ‘Mind and Matter: Confluence of Two Living Systems’. ‘Consciousness and Climate: Time to Change’. Peoples’ Climate Summit. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. DGI-byen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Leader of BK delegation. Contributor to Press Conference. ‘Climate and Consciousness’. COP 15: UN Climate Change Conference. Organised by UN. Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Moderator of panel discussion with Prof Wangari Maathai (Nobel Laureate, Kenya), Dr Maurice F. Strong (Former UN Under-Secretary-General, Canada), Prof Dr Phra Dharmakosajarn (Rector MCU, Thailand), Dr Vandana Shiva (Environmentalist, India) and Swami Veda Bharati (Sadhana Mandir Ashram, India). ‘Voices of Hope: Responding to the Call of the Earth’. COP 15: UN Climate Change Conference. Organised by Global Peace Initiative of Women. National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Contributor. ‘Spirit and Science in agreement on the Climate Crisis’. COP 15: UN Climate Change Conference. Press event. Organised by The Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change and 350.org. Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2007
  • Speaker with Ranchor Prime (author and Director of Friends of Vrindavan, UK). ‘To Protect the Earth – Owning our Responsibility’. London Sustainability Weeks. Organised by Brahma Kumaris. Global Co-operation House. London, UK.
2005
  • Keynote speaker. Businesses with Soul and Responsibility in a Changing Environment. Organised by La Fundación Sagardoy and the Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad. Madrid, Spain.
2002
  • Member of BK delegation. World Summit on Sustainable Development. Organised by UN. Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1992
  • Contributor. Rio Earth Summit. Creation of the Earth Charter. Organised by UN. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Participant. Preparatory meetings leading up to the Rio Earth Summit. Organised by UN. Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Participant. Preparatory meetings leading up to the Rio Earth Summit. Organised by UN. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.