ABOUT US

The Millennium Institute (MI) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization passionate about improving the welfare of individuals on every continent by working with stakeholders to meet the challenges of sustainable development.

 We help decision makers apply systems thinking to create a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful global society.

 

Our unique approach maps policy options across environmental, social and economic dimensions for equitable and sustainable benefits to society.

MISSION AND VISION

We envision a world in which decision makers use a holistic approach to bring about a sustainable, equitable, and peaceful global society.

 

Our Mission is to support countries to develop effective strategies that will lead to measurable advances in the welfare of society in the context of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our Goal over the next five years is to support national governments representing at least 90% of the global population to effectively and efficiently domesticate and implement the SDGs. We believe this is a fundamental prerequisite to enable a global shift towards a sustainable development path in time to meet the SDGs.

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WHO WE ARE

Our team is composed of multicultural and multidisciplinary professionals and students.

Staff

Hans R. Herren

President

Hans R. Herren is an internationally recognized scientist who lived and worked for 27 years across Africa in agriculture, health, and environmental research and capacity development. As Director of the Africa Biological Control Center of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria, he conceived and implemented the highly successful biological control program against the cassava mealy bug and the green mite that saved the cassava crop, the staple of 200 million Africans and averted Africa’s worst-ever food crisis. For this achievement, he was awarded the World Food Prize in 1995. Under his leadership as Director General of the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, he promoted Agroecology R&D such Push-Pull in support of food security under climate and biological stresses. The lack of scientific and stakeholder input into sustainable development policies, led him to join the Millennium Institute in 2005.

 

Hans now advocates for holistic and multi-stakeholder approaches to development planning that take cognizance of the three dimensions of sustainability, and result from a shared vision of sustainability by all the key actors.

 

Hans holds numerous awards that recognize his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research and advocacy. These include the Right Livelihood Award, Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Brandenberger Preis, and the Kilby Award. He is a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Science (NAS), a Member of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World (TWAS) and a Full Member of the Club of Rome.

Hans earned his PhD at the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and completed post-doctoral research at University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founder of Biovision Foundation, Switzerland.

Matteo Pedercini

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Matteo leads MI’s modeling and research practice, working with governments, international organizations, and private sector stakeholders to use system dynamics simulation models for analyzing and developing sustainable development strategies. His expertise spans a broad range of development topics, including ecological agriculture and food security, green economy, health, and population dynamics. He has extensive experience working in developing and middle-income countries including Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Swaziland, Swaziland, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Steven Arquitt

Senior Research Analyst and Asia Regional Lead

Steve works with government institutions and international organizations to use system dynamics models to analyze complex sustainability challenges and to derive policies to solve them. With over 15 years experience, Steve has worked on broad environmental policy and sustainable development issues, including sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, water quality, coastal zone management, and national planning for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Steve has over two decades experience living and working in developing countries including Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, and Thailand.

 

Steve has a PhD in System Dynamics and has published on sustainable development planning, agriculture, aquaculture, environmental restoration, and sustainable consumption among others.

Carla Susana Assuad

Senior Research Analyst and Latin America Regional Lead

As policy analyst and modeler Carla Susana has worked together with UNEP in Uruguay and Peru to develop their Green Economy assessments reports  using MI´s T21. She is also involved in training and capacity building. 

 

She has carried out simulation and quantitative analyses for development of decision-making tools for complex problems in the energy, food and health sectors. Before joining the Millennium Institute, Susana worked Price Waterhouse Coopers and as an analyst in a Norwegian energy company. She has also worked as a consultant at the World Bank with carbon offset projects and climate change adaptation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Carla Susana is a Management Engineer with a master in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen. Her specialties include computer simulation, strategic planning, decision-making, and data science. She is fluent in Spanish (native), English, and Norwegian.

Santiago Movilla Blanco

Manager of Malaria Program

Santiago’s areas of expertise are in System Dynamics and Industrial Engineering. He has experience modeling the dynamics of malaria transmission, and supporting governments and civil stakeholders to translate the insights gained from this into better malaria management policy at the community and national level.

 

Santiago is currently a PhD student at the University of Bergen, Norway. He also holds Masters degrees in System Dynamics and Industrial Electronics and Control Systems Engineering.

Derek Chan

Policy Analyst

Derek has been working with system dynamics policy development since 2010 and has experience modeling and simulating market dynamics and industry, government and consumer decision-making structures. He most recently applied this to modeling the food market in order to develop policy and strategies to encourage transitions towards healthier food consumption, especially in lower socioeconomic status groups. Derek’s area of expertise are in system dynamics, market formation, market transformation, innovation and consumer behavior. He holds a PhD from McGill University.

David Collste

Lead Sustainability Analyst

David’s areas of expertise are in System Dynamics, Sustainability Science, Scenario analysis, Political Science and Economics. He has experience working on sustainability issues at the United Nations, where he advised the European Delegation, the European Union, and non-governmental research organizations. He is currently a PhD Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in Sweden, where his research focuses on modelling for global sustainability within the EU project Adaptation to a New Economic Reality.

David holds a joint European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD), an MSc. in Business Administration from Radboud University (Netherlands), and an MSc. in Political Sciences from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Maximilian Kleemann

Senior Research Analyst and Africa Regional Lead

Based in Germany, Max is a Modeler and Policy Analyst whose work focuses on national sustainable development strategy, cross-linkages of sustainability indicators, energy autonomy of municipalities, municipal material flow analysis, capacity building for public administration on the use of systems thinking, and systems diagramming for complexity management. Max has provided advice on strategy to national and local governments, and private sector clients on issues such as climate change, emissions trading, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. His work with governments has mainly involved developing strategies for economic growth and overall national sustainability. Max also has expertise conducting knowledge elicitation interviews with experts for conceptualization and validation of system dynamics models. Max’s country experience includes Germany, Norway, Senegal, Swaziland, Namibia, and USA.

 

Max holds a Master in System Dynamics degree from University of Bergen, a Master in Business Administration from Radboud University of Nijmegen, and a Master in Sustainable Resource Management from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Adedoyin Onasanya

Projects Coordinator

As Projects Coordinator, Ade works to expand MI’s impact within the international development sphere. He works with MI’s clients and partners to understand their sustainability challenges and develop projects to address them.

 

Ade has over a decade of experience in generating new engagements, proposal development, project management, client relationship cultivation and management, communications, and knowledge management. His experience includes engagements with the United Nations agencies, governments, bilateral development agencies, and civil society organizations, through which he has formed effective partnerships.

 

Ade holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Weishuang Qu

Senior Advisor

Weishuang has interdisciplinary skills in system dynamics, econometrics, applied statistics, computer programming, Monte Carlo simulation, electrical engineering, systems engineering, and operations research. He developed MI’s generic Threshold 21 model, and has applied it to many countries, including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Italy, Latvia, Malawi, Mozambique, Taiwan, Tunisia, and the United States. Weishuang also customized MI’s M3 transportation model for Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, and USA, as well as MI’s Multi-Entity Gaming (MEG) model for five entities in southwestern Balkans. He has published papers in several international peer-reviewed journals. Before joining Millennium Institute, Weishuang held positions in diplomacy, technical management, research, and teaching. He holds doctoral and master of science degrees in Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of the University of Science and Technology of China, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University, also in China..

Emil Zaharia-Kézdi

Data Systems Analyst

Emil’s academic interests focus on interdisciplinary thinking and on holistic approaches to complex systems and policy design. His current work at MI focuses on automating data collection, cleaning and harmonization processes. He has previous experience in organizing, facilitating and moderating simulation events aimed at students and young professionals who wish to understand European legislative processes. 

 

Emil is currently a graduate student, finishing the joint European Master in System Dynamics at Radboud University (Netherlands), after completing his semesters at the University of Bergen (Norway) and at the University of Palermo (Italy). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania), having studied one semester at the University of Warsaw (Poland)

Gunda Zuellich

Senior Modeler/Policy Analyst

Gunda has studied in Germany, Argentina, Russia and Norway and completed a diploma degree (equivalent to a Masters) in Public Policy and Management at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Before joining the Millennium Institute, she worked with NGOs in Bolivia and Germany as well as with the former German Development Organization, InWEnt (now part of GIZ). With the Millennium Institute, Gunda has applied and developed several System Dynamics national models in collaboration with national governments and international organizations, among them T21-Sénégal, T21-Burkina Faso, T21-République Démocratique du Congo, T21-Kenya, and T21-Swaziland. Her work has included project management, policy analysis, research, model development, data collection and analysis, workshop facilitation, and training. She speaks German (native), English, French, Spanish, and Russian.

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Board of Trustees

Linda Etim

Linda Etim is the Senior Advisor for Africa at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has two decades of experience in crisis management, international development, democracy and governance programming, and conflict analysis. She also served as the USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa from 2015-January 2017 and Deputy Assistant Administrator from 2012-2015. Linda received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in International Affairs, French, and Portuguese, with concentrations in Agricultural Economics and African Studies. She has served on the Board of Directors for the U.S Africa Development Foundation and the Young African Leaders Initiative.

Christine Harada

Treasurer

Christine Harada is President of i(x) investments. She has over 20 years of success in leading public policy and management consulting organizations. She has extensive government experience, most recently as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for the Obama Administration, where she provided oversight for all sustainability related initiatives across the Federal government in energy, fleet, and acquisitions, overseeing game-changing improvements that added to America’s clean energy future. Prior to joining the government, Christine was a management consultant to Fortune 500 and public sector clients, tackling their most pressing challenges, including business strategy development and translating that into operational excellence.

John Hardy

Interim CEO

John Hardy has many years experience in Economics, Finance, Consulting and Treasury, in both developed and developing regions of the world. Since 2001, John has worked has a Development Finance Advisor on projects offered by international development agencies (World Bank, EU, and USAID etc.). These assignments typically involve advising corporates, SMEs, banks, governments and other institutions on financial and business development issues.

 

John has held several management positions, including Managing Director at Intercap Investments Inc., Department Head in the International Treasury Division of Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) and member of the bank’s Treasury Executive Committee, Managing Consultant in the Economics Group at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), and Managing Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). John’s experience spans most regions of the world, including Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Maria Ivanova

Maria Ivanova is an international relations and environmental policy scholar specializing in governance and sustainability. Her research and policy work focus on global environmental governance and the performance of international environmental institutions. She has worked on issues such as financing for the environment, US foreign environmental policy, and sustainability on campuses and in organizations. Her career, marked by teaching excellence and policy leadership, has bridged academia and policy. Her academic work has been recognized for bringing analytical rigor and innovative input to the international negotiations on reforming the UN system for environment. Maria served as a coordinating lead author in the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the flagship UN environmental assessment in 2012.

 

Maria a is Associate Professor of Global Governance at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she also co-directs the Center for Governance and Sustainability. She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.N. Secretary-General, a Board member of the U.N. University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Global Young Academy, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She also serves as Ambassador for the New Shape Prize of the Global Challenges Foundation.

Alice Kaufman

Chair

Alice Kaufman is an urban and regional planner and natural resource manager with a 30-year career working in the public sector. She has extensive experience in policy development, program management, and public sector finance. Alice is an experienced change manager and has provided leadership through organizational redesign. During her long career in the federal government, she helped to develop national strategies to protect children's heath through understanding the impacts of exposure to toxic chemicals, was the head of public affairs and media relations, led community stakeholder involvement programs for the cleanup of hazardous sites, and spearheaded a cost benefit analysis approach of government spending employing a social return on investment model. Alice is also an elected member of the Town of Concord, Massachusetts Select Board.

Ndioro Ndiaye

Ndioro Ndiaye is a former Minister of Social Development, Women, Children, and Family of the Republic of Senegal. She served as Deputy Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM), a position through which she sensitized and supported developing countries in their search for a better management of both internal and international migration management. She contributed to enhancing focus on the nexus between migration and development, and to the mainstreaming of migration into national public policies for poverty reduction, which led to the establishment of IOM’s Migration for Development in Africa program.

Robert Wiles

Robert Wiles has over thirty years experience in international development and humanitarian assistance, both at an operational and policy levels. He served in various capacities with the Canadian Agency for International Development (CIDA), most recently as its senior organizational development adviser. In 2003, Rob was Recipient of the President’s ‘Award of Excellence 2003,’ an award presented to employees for exceptional contribution to CIDA’s mandate. Rob received his education from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, where he was awarded Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Philosophy/Science; and from Harvard University, where he was award a Master of Arts in Public Administration.

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