Presenter Bios

Adriance, Peter has served as NGO (non-governmental organization) liaison for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the U.S. since 1990, focusing primarily on issues of environment and sustainable development. He serves on the boards of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and the International Environment Forum.

Benoit, Samuel recently graduated from the Environmental Studies program at Carleton University where he also served as chair of its ABS. He has worked as a field researcher for the Olinga Foundation in Ghana and at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad, India. He blogs at

Brown, Peter G. is a professor in the School of Environment at McGill University. He graduated from Haverford College, holds a Master’s Degree in the Philosophy of Religion from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia in Philosophy. His most recent book is Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy. He is a Certified Quebec Forest Producer, and a Tree Farmer of the Year in Garrett County, Maryland. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends.

Curtis, Carol has had intimate contact with life in the Marshall Islands during the last 40 years. Fluent in the language and culture, she was adopted into and lived with a large family on Lae atoll. She currently serves as an interpreter for the Marshallese community in the United States.

Dahl, Arthur of Geneva, Switzerland, is President of the International Environment Forum and Coordinator of the UNEP/ University of Geneva Environmental Diplomacy Program. He is a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of UNEP with 40 year’s experience in ecology, environment, and sustainability, and author of over 100 publications.

Farabi, Hamid
is Director, Centre for Environmental Studies, University of the West Indies, Trinidad with specialized knowledge in Environment Engineering and Management, Toxic and Hazardous Wastes, Health and Safety issues in the Caribbean and Latin America. With 31 years of experience, he has a thorough understanding of the special problems and requirements of the region

Farabi, Ruhiyyih has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa and a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. She has been working at the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago, PETROTRIN for the past two and a half years as a Process Engineer.

Gillette, Anne
is a Policy Analyst for the California Public Utilities Commission. She received a M.A. from the University of San Francisco, and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. Anne has served in the U.S. National Spiritual Assembly’s Office of External Affairs and as a consultant to the World Bank.

Hanks, Duncan is the Executive Director of the Canadian Bahá’í International Development Agency, and representative of the Bahá’í Community of Canada in the areas of environment, sustainable development and climate change. He has a Master’s degree in International Development and has lived and worked internationally for over twenty years.

Hartman, Brett D. has over twelve years of experience as a restoration ecologist. Trained at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Mr. Hartman is now pursuing doctoral studies at U.C. Santa Barbara after which he plans on pursuing a career in teaching and research.

Naylor, Táhirih serves as a representative of the Bahá’í International Community to the United Nations in the areas of social and sustainable development and human rights. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School having specialized in international, comparative and transnational law and has participated in volunteer service in over twenty-five countries.

Rogers, Robert L. is owner of Architectural Alternatives, an architectural firm located in Blacksburg, VA. Bob’s 38 years as an Architect and 9 years as a Baha’i have led him to explore ways the Faith can be applied to his profession, especially in the arena of sustainable (green) design.

Staudt, Lawrence is the Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland. He received is BSc and MEng from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been involved in renewable energy since 1978. He and his family pioneered to Ireland from the USA in 1985.


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