Dr Bing Su is a professor at Kunming Institute of Zoology (KIZ), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), within the State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution. He was trained as a geneticist. He obtained his PhD at KIZ, CAS in 1996. He had his postdoctoral training in Human Genetics Center of University of Texas and then worked at University of Cincinnati as an assistant professor. He joined KIZ as a professor in 2005. His research interests are primate comparative genomics and human population genetics. Through genome-wide comparative analysis among living primates including humans, he studies genes (protein coding genes and non-coding elements, e.g. microRNAs) undergone adaptive evolution with potential contribution to human morphology and function, and to understand how genetic divergence leads to phenotypical and functional divergence in primates, and the molecular mechanism of origin of human intelligence. He also studies genetic variations in human populations to reconstruct the prehistory of modern humans and to understand the role of natural selection in shaping up human genetic makeup and its relevance to human central nervous system diseases, e.g. schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers in international journals.
Dr Dipak Gyawali is currently Pragya (Academician) of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and Chair of the non-profit Nepal Water Conservation Foundation as well as that of private research firm Inter Disciplinary Analysts. He has been conducting interdisciplinary research on the interface between technology and society, and has published numerous articles on the topic of water, energy, dams, and climate change issues. A Moscow-trained hydroelectric power engineer and a University of California at Berkeley-trained political economist, he has initiated reforms in the electricity and irrigation sectors during his time as Nepal’s Minister of Water Resources in 2002/2003. As a Cultural Theorist upholding the idea of institutional pluralism and its “three-legged policy stool” that requires all three styles of organizing (state, market and civic volunteerism), he was able to introduce “communitization” of electricity, the largest privatization to date of a power company bombed during the Maoist insurgency, and to improve the personnel and other management aspects within the hierarchic national electricity utility as well in his role as its ex-officio chair. He also initiated the first national review of Nepali laws with the guidelines of the World Commission on Dams and brought about policy changes in irrigation through enacting Irrigation Policy 2060 that provided more say to the informal farmer-managed irrigation systems.
Dr Edward R. Grumbine is a Lead Researcher within the Asian Highlands project. He plans to explore governance processes by conducting expert interviews throughout the region. Since the late 1980s, Ed has worked on bringing conservation science into resource management planning and policy. Currently, he is on a three-year fellowship as a senior international scientist at the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Yunnan. Projects include defining environmental security in China, exploring water governance and hydropower development in the Mekong River Basin and the Himalaya, and improving Chinese biodiversity/protected area management.
Dr Eklabya Sharma is the Director Programme Operations at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), is an ecologist with over 30 years of experience in developing, managing, and implementing programmes mainly on sustainable natural resource management in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region. He established the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development in Sikkim, an autonomous regional research centre of the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India, as the founder Scientist In-Charge. Dr Sharma has received many national and international awards including the Young Scientist Award of the Indian National Science Academy in 1988; Eminent Scientist Award from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India in 1995; and Honorable Mention Paper Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society, USA in 1999. He was elected Fellow of the National Institute of Ecology, New Delhi, India, in 1994; Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, in 1999; and Fellow of Indian National Science Academy in 2014. He has more than 160 publications to his credit, including 18 books, with the majority published in peer-reviewed international journals. He was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Hill Research published in Sikkim from 1992 to 1996 and was the Regional Editor for Asia of Mountain Research and Development between 2002 and 2010, and now serves on the international editorial board of this journal.
Dr Linxiu Zhang is a professor and deputy director at the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). She is the Co-director of REAP. She obtained her PhD from Reading University. Her research concentrates on policy-relevant studies on rural development in China, particularly poverty alleviation, labour market development, public investments, and the economics of rural education and healthcare. She published about 200 papers and also received numerous awards. The most recent ones include the ‘Ten Most Outstanding Women in Science’ award from CAS (2013), TWAS ‘Celso-Furtado Prize’ in Social Sciences (2013), ‘Fudan Management Excellence Award’ (2014), and a TWAS fellow (2014).
Dr Ruijun Long is a University Distinguished Professor in Pastoral Science and Ecology at the School of Life Science and a Research Scientist at the State Key Laboratory of Grassland Agro-ecosystems, and founding Director of International Centre for Tibetan Plateau Ecosystem Management and Research Director of Lanzhou University, and Director of Engineering Research Centre for Arid Agriculture and Ecological Rehabilitation, Ministry of Education, China. He finished his BS, MSc and PhD studies at Gansu Agricultural University, China and 3-year Postdoc Research at Rowett Research Institute of Scotland. His broad research interests include: to understand how interacting natural and social elements affect Tibetan mountain ecosystems and livelihoods; to identify actions and pathways to increase adaptation management to global changes. He has written or edited 20 book chapters and books on pastoral, ecological and social sciences, and authored more than 380 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. Dr Long currently holds two Chairs of National Undergraduate Education Steering Committee of Grassland Science and National Professional Master Training Steering Committee of Grassland Science. He is an Associate Editor for The Rangeland Journal (CSIRO), the members of the Scientific Leadership Committee for the Mountain Research Initiative, Switzerland, the Steering Committee for the Himalayan University Consortium, the Steering Committee for Asia Dairy Goat Network, International Advisory Committee for the International Conference on Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries, and Asian Representative and a Board Member for Livestock Farming and Local Development Network Coordination, France.
Dr Tim Forsyth is a widely known researcher in the field of environment and development and teaches at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is on the editorial boards of journals such as Conservation and Society, Critical Policy Studies, Progress in Development Studies, and Global Environmental Politics. He was also the chief editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of International Development (2005, re-issued, 2011), the largest reference work on the subject to date. He is the author of Critical Political Ecology: the politics of environmental science (Routledge, 2003), co-author of Forest Guardians, Forest Destroyers: the politics of environmental knowledge in northern Thailand (University of Washington Press, 2008, with Andrew Walker), and co-editor of Moving Mountains: ethnicity and livelihoods in highland China, Vietnam, and Laos (University of British Columbia Press, 2011, with Jean Michaud), as well as numerous articles in journals such as World Development, Development and Change, Global Environmental Change, Geoforum, and Mountain Research and Development.
Dr Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel is a Senior Research Scientist at the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern with extensive work experience in transdisciplinary research and development programmes focusing on the sustainable management of natural resources. She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Bern and is currently conducting research at the World Agroforestry Centre on local agroecological knowledge for climate change adaptation in the Peruvian Andes. She has spent the last 10 years working in the Andean region on topics such as indigenous environmental knowledge, biocultural diversity, local innovations, and agroforestry. She has published articles in journals such as Human Ecology, the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, and Evidence-Based Comparative and Alternative Medicine. As of 2016, she is Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Mountain Research and Development.