Advisory Board

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was formerly director of the Center for International Development (CID) and Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade at Harvard University. During 2000–2001, Professor Sachs was chairman of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health of the World Health Organization, and from September 1999 through March 2000 he served as a member of the International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission established by the U.S. Congress. In January 2002, he was appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as his special adviser on the Millennium Development Goals. Sachs serves as an economic adviser to several governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa and Asia. He was cited in the New York Times Magazine as “probably the most important economist in the world” and in a Time Magazine issue on 50 promising young leaders as “the world’s best-known economist.”

Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including membership in the Harvard Society of Fellows, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society, and recipient of the Frank E. Seidman Award in Political Economy. He has delivered the prestigious Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures at the LSE, the John Hicks Lectures at Oxford, the David Horowitz Lectures in Tel Aviv, the Frank D. Graham Lectures at Princeton, the Tanner Lectures at the University of Utah, and the Okun Lectures at Yale. He is the author of hundreds of scholarly articles and books, including Macroeconomics in the Global Economy (co-authored) and Poland’s Jump to the Market Economy.

Professor Ngaire Woods

Ngaire Woods is Professor of International Political Economy and Academic Director of the Blavatnik School of Government. She is also Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme. Her recent books include Networks of Influence? Developing Countries in a Networked Global Order (with Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Oxford University Press, 2009), The Politics of Global Regulation (with Walter Mattli, Oxford University Press, 2009), The Globalizers: the IMF, the World Bank and their Borrowers (Cornell University Press, 2006), Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada’s Aid Program (with Jennifer Welsh, Laurier University Press, 2007), and Making Self-Regulation Effective in Developing Countries (with Dana Brown, Oxford University Press, 2007). She has previously published The Political Economy of Globalization (Macmillan, 2000), Inequality, Globalization and World Politics (with Andrew Hurrell: Oxford University Press, 1999), Explaining International Relations since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 1986), and numerous articles on international institutions, globalization, and governance.

Ngaire Woods was educated at Auckland University (BA in economics, LLB Hons in law). She studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, completing an M.Phil in International Relations (with Distinction) and D.Phil. She has served as an Advisor to the IMF Board, the UNDP’s Human Development Report, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government.

Professor David W. Orr

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College and Executive Director of the Oberlin Project. He is the recipient of seven Honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging “persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy,” and the Santa Monica Library “Pioneer Award for contributions to sustainability literature.” He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe and has served as a Trustee for many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the Bioneers.

Recent projects include a two year $1.2 million collaborative project to define a 100 days climate action plan for the Obama administration (, and a project with prominent legal scholars across the U.S. to define the legal rights of posterity in cases where the actions of the present generation might deprive posterity of “life, liberty, and property.” He is also active in efforts to stop mountaintop removal in Appalachia and develop a new economy based on ecological restoration and wind energy. He is the author of Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is presently the Executive Director of the Oberlin Project which is focused on making the City of Oberlin a model of full-spectrum sustainability and replicating that effort through a National Sustainable Communities Coalition.

Professor Jagdish Bhagwati

Jagdish Bhagwati is a University Professor at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, is a prominent economist. He has made pioneering contributions to the study of development, globalization, international trade, foreign aid and immigration. He also writes frequently for leading media worldwide. He has served in many advisory roles, including at the GATT as Economic Policy Adviser to Director General Arthur Dunkel and at the UN to Secretary General Kofi Annan on Globalization and on NEPAD Process in Africa. He works with many NGOs, including Human Rights Watch. Among his many successful books is In Defense of Globalization.

Professor Sandro Galea

Dr. Galea is a physician and an epidemiologist. He is the Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Galea’s research program seeks to uncover how determinants at multiple levels of influence—including policies, features of the social environment, molecular, and genetic factors—jointly produce the health of urban populations. Dr. Galea has conducted large population-based studies in several countries worldwide including the US, Spain, Israel, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Liberia, primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Galea has published more than 250 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters and commentaries, and 5 books. Several media outlets including The New York Times, NPR, and NBC have featured Dr. Galea’s work.  He was named one of TIME magazine’s epidemiology innovators in 2006.

Professor Mike Gerrard

Professor Gerrard is the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at the Columbia Law School, where he is also Director of the Center for Climate Change Law. He has been both a scholar and a practitioner of environmental law for over the past 3 decades, and he’s published many influential works on law and climate change, including a number of popular books, such as Global Climate Change and U.S. Law and The Law of Green Buildings. Professor Gerrard currently teaches environmental law and climate change law at Columbia University.

Dr. Donald Markwell

Dr Markwell is the eighth Warden of Rhodes House and the first to be himself a Rhodes Scholar (Queensland & Trinity 1981). Prior to assuming the Warden’s role, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) of the University of Western Australia from January 2007. After a year as a Procter Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton (1984-85), he returned to Oxford as a Research Fellow of New College (1985-86) before becoming a Tutorial Fellow of Merton College and University Lecturer in Politics (1986-97). From 1997 to 2007, he served as Warden of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, and was a Professorial Fellow of that University in political science and public policy.

Dr Markwell’s recent publications include John Maynard Keynes and International Relations: Economic Paths to War and Peace (OUP, 2006) and ‘A large and liberal education’: higher education for the 21st century (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2007). He has served on academic editorial boards and institutional advisory or governing boards. He was a member of the Symons Commission on Commonwealth Studies (1995-1997). At the University of Western Australia, he led a major review of curriculum/course structures which attracted international attention. He has been active in the development of educational philanthropy.

Professor Bryan G. Norton

Bryan Norton is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Science and Technology in the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, His current research concentrates on sustainability theory and on problems of scale in the formulation of environmental problems. He is the author of Why Preserve Natural Variety? (Princeton University Press, 1987), Toward Unity Among Environmentalists (Oxford University Press, 1991), Searching for Sustainability (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and Sustainability: A Philosophy of Adaptive Ecosystem Management (University of Chicago Press, 2005). Norton has contributed to journals in several fields and has served on the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the US EPA Science Advisory Board, and two terms as a member of the Governing Board of the Society for Conservation Biology. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Defenders of Wildlife from 1994-2005 and is currently on their Scientific Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the MacArthur Foundation Advancing Conservation in a Social Context Project. Recently, Norton made an invited presentation on Synthetic Biology at a meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.