Advisory Board

John Todd

Doctor John Todd is a pioneer in ecological engineering, RSENR research professor, distinguished lecturer and Gund Fellow. His designs are inspired by nature.

John Todd transformed highly contaminated chemical waste water into clean water based on photosynthesis through introducing thousands of different species of organisms for creating biological communities capable of dealing with all of the toxic compounds in the wastes.

John Todd has more than 50 years of experience in constructing wetlands and he supports The Weather Makers in her holistic approach. His knowledge and expertise are adding value to the resource based dredging works and restoration of ecosystems.

 

Millán Millán

Professor Millán M. Millán is a meteorologist and the former Executive Director of the CEAM-UMH Research Institute. He obtained a MSc in Aerospace Science and Meteorology and a PhD in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Toronto.

Millán designed the Metal Detector gates currently used in Airports, and the Correlation Spectrometer (COSPEC) for the measurement of gases in the Atmosphere. Since 1986 his research has been focused in the relationship between Air Pollution and the atmospheric circulations in the Mediterranean.

Millán has worked for 43 years as an adviser to the European Commission in the fields of Environment and Climate, including new methods of rebuilding water cycles. He plays an important role as advisor to The Weather Makers and an inspirator for ‘out of the box’ solutions within ecosystem restoration.

John D. Liu

 

John D. Liu is a Chinese American ecologist, and the ambassador for the Commonland foundation. He has 25 years of experience in the field of Ecosystem Restoration. For the past 17 years, he's been involved in projects such as the restoration of China's Loess Plateau. The connection between restoring devastated landscapes and the eradication of global poverty is one of John's primary messages.

John D. Liu is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of a citizen-driven movement “Ecosystem Restoration Camps”. These restoration camps focus on increasing biodiversity, biomass, and soil organic matter – all factors necessary to mitigate and adapt to human-induced climate change.

John D. Liu is an excellent storyteller and advices The Weather Makers in conveying the message why we need to regreen the planet. His documentary ‘Green Gold’ inspired many ecosystem restoration works.

Li Rui

Professor Li Rui has been involved in research on soil and water conservation for 46 years. He was the director of Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (ISWC), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Now he is the president of World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC). 

Li Rui is one of the scientists to conduct research project on ecological restoration of the Loess Plateau, an area roughly across north-central China nearly the size of France, that had been reduced to severe soil erosion as a result of overgrazing and improper farming. Through a GGP (Green for Grain Project) and comprehensive soil and water conservation of watershed, the erosion has been controlled, the environment is re-greened and economy developed. 

Li Rui inspires The Weather Makers that land-use conversions inevitably influence the environment conditions, improving organic matter in soil an carbon source on the ground surface, which generates conditions towards a sustainable society with food security, income, health and a more resilient climate.

Charling Tao

Charling Tao is a scientist in the field of cosmology, specialist of the Dark universe. She was director of research in French CNRS the head, the previous director of Tsinghua Center of Astrophysics in Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) and a peace and ecology activist. She grew up in France, Zaire, and Lebanon, studied in Harvard, Chicago, and Oxford, and considers herself a citizen of the world.

Charling Tao has a scientific approach towards any hypothesis or challenge. She guided numerical scientists towards successful solutions and is well connected.

She believes action should be taken against the destruction of our planet’s environments, cultures and people. Charling Tao is moreover our scientific ‘consciousness’ and keeps us grounded while aiming for a sustainable society.

 

Tim Flannery                                                  

Tim Flannery is a mammologist, paleontologist, environmentalist and global warming activist.

He has discovered and named more than thirty new species of mammals. His pioneering work in New Guinea prompted Sir David Attenborough to put him in the league of the world’s great explorers.

His book The Weather Makers has been a great inspiration and name giver to the company The Weather Makers. His book clearly spelled out a catastrophic vision if current trends in rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide continue, but argued that forceful action could avert a calamity. The Weather Makers share his vision and were inspired to formulate such an action.

Daniel Halsey     

Daniel Halsey is a senior permaculture designer and teacher for multiple academic institutions and organizations.

     

He is specialized in graphic design to illustrate the plant systems for transforming farms and ornamental landscapes to edible forest gardens, sustainable farming systems, and ecosystem restoration.

     

Daniel Halsey has more than 30 years of experience in integration of permaculture in ecosystem restoration in addition to having ecosystems modules that boost restoration. Rebuilding ecosystems through integration of the benefits of the Soil and Plant environment. Daniel advices The Weather Makers in eco engineering and nature based solutions.

Peter Head      

Peter Head is a civil and structural engineer and a leading specialist in sustainable development. He is the founder and Chair of Resilience Brokers. UNISDR has appointed Peter Head to Advisory Board of UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction “GAR 2018”.

     

Peter Head joined Arup in 2004 to create and lead Arup’s global planning and integrated urbanism team of several hundred people. He directed work on the Dongtan Eco-city planning project, voted by Chinese developers in 2005 as the most influential development project in China. In 2008, he was named by The Guardian Newspaper as one of the 50 people that could save the planet, and was cited by Time magazine as one of 30 global eco-heroes. In 2012, he was one of 100 engineers and scientists selected to have his life story recorded in the aural history of Britain at the British Library.

     

His advisory role in social economic aspects and business case type of approach in holistic ecosystem restoration is a valuable addition to The Weather Makers.