Board of Directors
Dr. Heidi Weiskel is an American marine ecologist who spent her summers on the islands off the coast of New England. She credits that experience for her lifelong dedication to marine ecology and coastal protection. She has a BA from Harvard University; an MS from Tufts University; and a PhD from the University of California, Davis, where she studied the effects of nutrient pollution on marine species. She did her postdoctoral work on oyster reef food webs at the University of Georgia. In addition to her field research, Heidi was the Director of Pollution Policy at the Pew Oceans Commission, which developed recommendations for the U.S. Congress and Administration to improve marine resource laws and regulations. She also worked at the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission on marine mammal protection policy, as an environmental research fellow at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, and as a science editor at UNESCO in Paris. She now serves as an Advisory Council Member of the Estuary & Ocean Science Center at San Francisco State University and a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Marine Connectivity Working Group. Since 2011, she has served as Staff Scientist with the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW). ELAW has partners in 80 countries, and Heidi has traveled widely to collaborate with them on the ground. When she is not abroad for work, she can be found performing Cuban dance in the Bay Area, California, where she lives.
Thuli Makama is Oil Change International’s Senior Advisor for Africa, providing strategic direction and campaign support for the organization’s work in Africa. Thuli works closely with civil society organizations and other stakeholders in the Africa region to shift energy finance towards clean energy access and to expose the impacts of fossil fuel projects. As a public interest environmental lawyer, Thuli has decades of experience advocating for public participation in environmental and economic development decisions. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize also known as the Green Nobel. For several years Thuli has been fighting to ensure the participation of civil society and the voice of environmental justice in Swaziland. Prior to founding the Environmental Law Center, Thuli was Executive Director of the environmental justice organization Yonge Nawe/ Friends of the Earth Swaziland. She currently serves on the Boards of Greenpeace International and Environment Technology Concentration (ETC). Thuli is a lawyer from Eswatini University and has a master's degree in environment and development from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Erin Daly is Professor of Law at Delaware Law School in the United States and the Executive Director of Dignity Rights International, which advances the human right to dignity throughout the world through education, advocacy, and litigation. She has written extensively and co-edited numerous volumes on environmental constitutionalism, including Global Environmental Constitutionalism (2015) and Implementing Environmental Constitutionalism (2018) and she is the co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Human Rights and the Environment: Indivisibility, Dignity Legality, Geography (2019). She is the author of Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person (2013), a comparative analysis of jurisprudence about the right to human dignity from around the world, and co-author of Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground (2006), co-written with South African scholar Jeremy Sarkin and with an Introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu., She is currently at work on several projects about dignity rights, including the first legal casebook on the subject. She serves as the Director of the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment, and as the US National Correspondent for the Centre international de droit comparé de l'environnement (CIDCE).
Sebastian Rubiano-Galvis. Lawyer and Master in Geography of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and candidate for Ph.D. in the Department of Science, Policy and Environmental Management of the University of California, Berkeley (USA). He has a special interest in the relations between environmental governance, expert knowledge and power. He is a co-founder and member of the Environmental Law Research Group of the Universidad de los Andes and a clinical professor affiliated with the Environment and Public Health Clinic -MASP- of the same university. He has been a professor of environmental law at the Universidad de los Andes and the master's degree in environmental law and management at the Universidad del Rosario. He has been a consultant in environmental law and policy for organizations such as WWF, Gaia Amazonas, Tropenbos, Humboldt Institute, OIM, among others. He is currently Visiting Doctoral Fellow (2018-2019) in the Faculty of Jurisprudence of the Universidad del Rosario. He is the author of several publications on issues of law and environmental policy, such as "Territories in transformation, rights in movement" (Ed Uniandes 2018, with B. Sánchez) and "Regional autonomous corporations and environmental regulation of the territory on the northern edge of Bogotá "(in Lamprea and Alviar (eds.) Ed. Uniandes 2016, with V. Esteban).
Carlos Lozano. Lawyer from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Law and Natural Resources from the University of Oregon as a Fulbright Scholar. He has extensive experience in environmental issues and human rights. He has worked in water resources, climate change, biodiversity and hazardous waste in different countries of Latin America, including Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. He has also worked on issues of human rights, damages and litigation of public interest. He has been a professor at Universidad del Rosario, in Colombia, and a columnist for Semana Magazine. He has worked with national and international non-governmental organizations, cooperation agencies and governments.