The ESD Expert Net

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  • Johanna Lochner



    After finishing my Bachelor in Organic Agriculture I participated on behalf of WeltGarten Witzenhausen in the ESD Leadership Training and developed the “Urban Biodiversity Trail”. In the year 2013 I was part of the foundation of Ackerdemia e.V. We established an educational programm called “GemüseAckerdemie”. It’s a service for schools creating their own schoolgarden and supporting them with materials, trainings and an digital learning platform. Related to this work I started together with other members of the ESD Expert Net the project “Go! Global Garden” – an virtual schoolgarden exchange on basis of videos and virtual meetings with schools in Mexico, South Africa and Germany. We were able to present our work in form of a workshop at the World Environmental Education Congress in July 2015 in Sweden. In 2016 we are starting a second test phase with new schools including also schools in India. My Master Thesis of my masterprogramme in Public Policy is about “global learning in local school gardens through virtual school garden exchange”.

  • Mareike Beiersdorf

    Umweltlernen in Frankfurt e.V.



    Mareike Beiersdorf is Programme Director of the “School Year for Sustainability” at Umweltlernen in Frankfurt e.V. Germany. Umweltlernen is a regional centre of expertise and the leading agency for the WAP for ESD in Frankfurt. Over the last years Umweltlernen established an ESD network of schools, local authorities, educational institutions and commercial companies.

    Part of her work is:

    • – the development of learning materials and workshops related to energy, consumption, recycling, faire trade, biodiversity and mobilty
    • – workshops and coaching with schools to integrate ESD into primary school curriculum
    • – mentoring schools with the implementation of the whole school approach
    • – training for multipliars in ESD, learning landscapes for ESD and the whole school approach

  • Nadine Shovakar

    Universities Austria



    Born in Austria, Nadine Shovakar has been travelling the world from an early age on while competing in youth chess tournaments. Later she studied languages and international business to further indulge in the interest raised by experiencing different cultures. She has worked on three continents and dedicates the core of her work life as an international relations officer for Universities Austria.

    Due to her interest in sustainability related issues she wrote her thesis on the use of creativity tools for ESD workshops with the youth. Nadine has participated in the 1st generation of the ESD leadership training and did her innovation project on teaching methods within the Sustainicum Collection ( of three Austrian universities.

  • Reiner Mathar

    Hessisches Kultusministerium



    Reiner Mathar is currently heading the coordination of ESD in the state of Hessen (Germany), is German representative of the KMK (Standing Conference of Ministers of Education in Germany) at the Steering Committee of UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and member of the National Round Table for the UN Decade on ESD in Germany. Since 1997, he has been involved in all nationwide programmes on ESD in Germany, in particular in the process of developing the concept of ‘Gestaltungskompetenz’, which is the leading concept of ESD in Germany. In the field of ESD with a focus on global development, he is one of the editors of the national curriculum framework. In 2010, he was co-opted as an expert on ESD onto the international ESD-EXPERT-net (India, Germany, Mexico and South Africa).
    A special area of his work is focused on the whole institutional approach to ESD!

  • Uwe Pruefer

  • Nicola Fürst-Schuhmacher

  • Christa Henze

  • Britta Hetzel

  • Thomas Hoffmann

  • Jennifer Krah

    University of Education Ludwigsburg



    Research on Participation in Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Germany and Mexico as PhD candidate sponsored by the Scholarship Program of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), research background in environmental politics, M.A. political science (Research Centre Jülich / RWTH Aachen University).

    Coordination of ESD Higher Education Network in the southern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, sponsored by the states’ Ministries of Education and Science, policy advising (ESD reform in teacher training and curriculum), coordination of network meetings, public relations (

    Teaching and training in international and project oriented ESD courses for Master’s and teacher education students (e.g. innovation project within ESD Leadership Training), further international training and project experience in Mexico, Chile, Spain, Greece (Fellow KMGNE).

  • Katarina Roncevic

    bezev (Behinderung und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit e.V./ Disability and Development Cooperation)



    Katarina Roncevic works as project leader in the area of inclusive education for sustainable development at bezev, mainly for the school sector. In this context, she is responsible for developing inclusive material for primary and secondary schools, for consulting schools in the process of implementing ESD and for further trainings in different formats. She led a project for inclusive education abroad (in Bangladesh), in which the construction work as well as the implementation of inclusive education were core components of her work.

  • Jessica Weiss

    Ökohaus e.V. Rostock



    Jessica Weiss is currently the Program Manager on Education at the non-governmental organization Ökohaus e.V. Rostock, Germany. She is heading its youth empowerment programs and is responsible for the implementation and evaluation of projects within the context of Education for sustainable development. Jessica has led and implemented projects with schools and other stakeholders both in Germany and abroad. Responsible Consumption and Production, Fair and Decent Work Conditions, Climate Change and Migration have been her main areas of work. She has extensive experience on working with rural youth and on issues such as migration. For the past 3 years she has designed and established the international cooperation “Learning across borders” between young German and Mexican educators. She is the vice-chair of the foundation “Nord-Süd-Brücken” and Chairwoman of the Network “Eine-Welt-Netz M-V”. She is an active member of the national working group ESD of the Ministry of Education in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Traveling, piano and salsa cubana are some of the things that enrich her life besides designing innovative projects.

  • Hannes Siege


  • Rajeswari Gorana

  • Deepika Joon

  • Sanskriti Menon

    Centre for Environment Education



    Ms. Sanskriti R. Menon, is Programme Director, Urban Programmes, at Centre for Environment Education (CEE). CEE is a national institute and centre of excellence of the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change. Sanskriti is involved in public engagement and development communication initiatives in the urban context, including for urban transportation, waste management, biodiversity, and school-based EE. She has also managed public consultation processes on behalf of local, state and national governments. She is currently conducting research in the area of participatory governance with the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Perth.

  • Satish Awate

  • Supriya Singh

  • Erach Bharucha



    Dr Bharucha has been active in wildlife and nature conservation for nearly fifty years. A well-known wildlife photographer, he has traveled and studied indian national parks and wildlife sanctuaries extensively over the last three decades. He has been a member and executive of several conservation institutions in India. In 1993, he began developing the Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER) and is until present its director. The Institute is based in Pune. He has been engaged in implementing a variety of environmental education programmes for schools and colleges and for the public at large. He has been associated with the NCERT, SCERT and UGC to further the cause of formal environmental education. His publications include The Biodiversity of India (CD-ROM and book), Textbook on Environmental Studies for undergraduate courses for the University Grants Commission (UGC). He has written three extensive volumes on Biodiversity.

  • Shalini Nair

    Azim Premji University



    I am currently a student in Master of Arts in Education at Azim Premji University Bangalore working towards building a just equitable and sustainable society through education which is the vision of the university .At present I am working on a program under the umbrella of GO GLOBAL + called Go Global Recycling and Go Global Gardening with a school in my city. The aim of the program is to get children from the four participating countries to share their experience on a global platform under the expert network.The objective of the program is to empower children understand the importance of quality of life and improve their surrounding environmnet by creating awareness among their peers and communities towards building a sustainable society hence it is important to install a feeling of responsibility to help contribute to the concept of sustainability. I have an overall 10 years of expertise in environmental training, capacity building , research ,biodiversity conservation , environment education with a 6 years experience of teaching M.Sc.Environment Science and Diploma in Environment Education and Education for Sustainable Development.The Education for Sustainable Development leadership program which I was a part of did enhance my capacity to understand sustainabiity in the social and cultural context with diverse experience from the participating countries and helped adapt some of the best practices learnt during the program in my own cultural context .In the past I have been a part of the Training Of Trainers workshops for various groups from school teachers to Government official and Textbook writers to help share the concept of sustainable development and build their capacities to help them adapt some of the best practices in their daily lives. I have designed the curriculum on ESD for a core module in the Masters program and a diploma in education for sustainable program at Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed Universit and during my tenure there I was able to teach the module to the students of the masters course where we did try to adapt some sustainable measure at the institute as an initiative towards sustainable practices. I believe that education empowers people to help contribute to a safe just and equitable society and in the process help improve quality of life therefore through this program I would like to strive to make that difference towards a more sustainable future because small steps lay the path towards achieving the vision of sustanability.

  • Ranjana Saikia

  • Jaishree Sharma

    Self Employed



    Retired from National Council for Educational Research and Training, Government of India in August 2013.Responsible for planning and implementation of Environmental Education in the Country. Working for people with special needs. Encourging sanitory and health Programmes for economically weaker communities. Mentoring future youth leaders.

  • Saransh Sugandh


  • Juan Carlos Sandoval

  • Wendy Morel

    José Antonio López-Tercero Caamaño




    I have a Bachelor degree in Veterinary and a Master degree in Agricultural Sciences. Before I started working in education I worked in the conservation of wildlife. I have been a teacher for the past 15 years in Biology and Anatomy in a Secondary and High School. In 2012 I participated in the ESD Leadership Training. Since 2013 I‘m coordinating the environmental and sustainable project in my school, which involves the school community in different sustainable actions (waste management, recycling, art with recycled material, green wall). With this project I had worked with TERI including Mexican students in the green Olympiad (2013-2014).

    Currently I’m working with the Go! Global Gardem group, to implement an international workshop (2015-2016), also I’m developing my PhD proposal (ESD: Responding to the global challenges).

  • Manuel Arredondo

  • Giovanni Fonseca Fonseca

    Intermediarios de apoyo para el desarrollo sostenible

    Website: LinkedIn


    Although I am an engineer, I had discovered that my real vocation and passion is to be facilitator. I think I have been one, for many years but I didn’t know it. I used to think that I loved to be teacher because since I was fifteen I used to give classes to my classmates who have some problems with maths and physics. During all those years that I helped people to have a better understanding about difficult subjects I understood and lived the constructivism by myself and I have loved it.

    I’ve had the opportunity to develop professionally myself on the field of Education for Sustainable Development for more than 9 years. I have worked on different kind of educational institutions, not only public but also private and on the formal education as well as non-formal and informal education field. Also I’ve collaborated with Mexican as well as international NGO’s.

    Now I can say, I am a constructivist facilitator for sustainable development. 

  • Alejandro Hülsz-Piccone

  • Maria Ocampo Garcia

    Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla / Centro Freinet Prometeo / Freelancer



    Maria was born in Mexico City but she has grown up in the city of Puebla. She has a Bachelor Degree in Communication, a speciality in Digital Designing, and is about to finish her Master in Regional Sustainable Development at the “Colegio de Puebla A.C.”

    She was part of the first generation of the Education for Sustainable Development Leadership Training 2011/2012, doing her internship at WESSA (Wild Life Society of South Africa). Marias innovation project proposal was about promoting urban gardening in public spaces, such as national and state parks, by using recycled and low cost material.

    She has been working in the field of education for sustainability for the past 5 years in different positions in the government sector, especially working in parks and reserves, as environmental educator in “Flor del Bosque” and coordinator of environmental education in the state park “Ecoparque Metropolitano” in Puebla.

    At the same time, she has been working as professor of social service at Iberoamericana University of Puebla with focus on Education for Sustainable Development and youth and through this, she has been collaborating with different educational organizations with sustainable objectives and practices in the City of Puebla as well as in different communities of the state.

    She has also gained experience in the NGO sector. For the last years she has been working in the Jardin Etnobotanico “FPR” A.C. as Coordinator of Education for Sustainable Development by supporting school garden projects. She has also coordinated activities and projects between communities and primary schools. Currently, she is involved in a cooperation project between the Jardín Etnobotánico “FPR” A.C. and students of the Iberoamericana University of Puebla.

    In the near future she will start working in the science laboratory for primary schools at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla. For the ESD Expert Net she is currently the national coordinator of “Go! Global” and involved in the “Go!Global Garden” project in cooperation with a junior high school.

  • Ericka Toledo Zurita

  • Edgar Vázquez Núñez

    Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias Naturales, Universtity Guanajuato



    Full time professor and researcher in the field of environmental biotechnology, currently working in the sciences department in the Guanajuato University, member of the National System of Researches in Mexico.

    Interested on environmental systems, life cycle analysis assessments for describing the environmental impacts of products and processes; as a teacher I´m focused in the development of leadership skills and in the involvement of students in sustainable projects.

    In academic terms I have published some scientific articles describing the microbial populations of soils impacted with hydrocarbons and under different cultivation methods.
    Now I am analyzing the energy generation potential by using the agricultural residues in Guanajuato.

South Africa

  • Edwin Nkomo

  • Tlanhyi Legodi

    Limpopo Economic Development, Environment & Tourism (LEDET)


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    I hold a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Zoology and am currently employed by LEDET in Protected Area Management Directorate. One of our primary goals is to work with community partners who co-own protected area land with the provincial government to ensure that they have the capacity needed to contribute to conservation in their local areas and are well equipped for sustainable utilization of their areas and the resources therein. We believe that our protected areas are assets of national & international significance, which calls for meaningful and informed participation by all stakeholders.

  • Dorothea Holm

    Holms and Friends cc



    Being part of the Holm family that pioneered solar energy in South Africa more than 40 years ago, it came naturally to see the importance of raising awareness, educating and lobbying for alternative methods to generate electricity and live a more sustainable lifestyle.
    Luckily we are in the position to utilize the sun’s power for our energy needs and could we consciously build our whole lifestyle around sustainable practises like rain water harvesting, compost making, recycling, solar cooking and solar power for electricity, hot water and even underfloor heating! We can proudly say we live what we preach and teach.
    Thea has been recognised for her work on numerous occasions and was a runner up in the 2009 SANEA (South African National Energy Association) in the category “Education”, as well as Eskom’s 2010 eta Awards in the category “Women in the community” for her large impact in the community in terms of sustainable energy and energy efficiency.

  • Thamsanqa Nkosi

  • Waheeda Carvello

    National Department of Basic Education



    Chief Education Specialist: Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) – Senior Phase Grades 7 – 9. Education for Sustainable Specialist. Area of responsibility entails working with 9 provincail EMS subject specialists and 190 district officials, 54 000 teachers with an outreach to approximately 2.8 million learners. Chairperson of the National EMS subject Committee for EMS, Accounting, Business Studies and Economics. Member of the Financial Services Sector Committee and chairperson of Social Financial Literacy Education sub-committee. Activist for sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, justice, emancipation and world dignity.

    I have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education. Currently completing Doctoral Studies in Education for Sustainble Development. Since 1995 initiated 6 children’s homes for abandoned and abused children, have capacitated over 2000 women in underprivledge areas with entrepreneurial skills resulting in development of small businesses. I have conducted various workshops and conferences on human rights issues and capacity building of underprivledged communities.

  • Pandelani Dzhugudzha

    Department of Environmental Affairs



    Mr Pandelani Dzhugudzha is a Deputy Director at the Department of Environmental Affairs (Republic of South Africa). He is responsible for Sector Education, Training and Development including Fundisa for Change Teacher Education Programme, Development of Environmental Education (ESD) Resource Materials for schools and public awareness, Coordination of Environmental Sector Skills Planning and National Environmental Education/ESD Fora, Coordination of Skills Summits, Green Skills Research, Greening of TVET colleges, Council Member of EEASA.

  • Esther Kibuka-Sebitosi

  • Parks Leshaba

    National Zoological Gardens of South Africa



    I am known as Parks. I am currently employed by the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) which is integrated into the National Research Foundation (NRF). My main responsibility is the coordination of the Programme for Science Careers which seeks to develop and utilise opportunities to contribute to youth development through science engagement and conservation activities, i.e. it focuses on exposing the youth to the application of life and conservation sciences. It is based on a career ladder, an approach of graduated engagement of the youth that positions them for future employment, primarily (but not exclusively) in the life science and conservation fields. The curriculum of the programme includes projects and activities that aim to capacitate and developed resilient youth for ESD. I am also mentoring students and interns within the NZG. My aim is to make a definite difference in the lives of young people and increase the embedding of ESD into the educational system.

  • Lethabo Mangale

    National Research Foundation



    I have graduated from the University of Limpopo with a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Sciences. I was in the first group of the ESD Leadership Training during the 2011/2012 intake. Through the leadership training and being part of the Expert Network I developed passion for education, mainly the reason why I am currently studying towards an Education qualification with University of South Africa. I currently work for the National Research Foundation in the Unit International Relations and Cooperation in which we deal with mainly funding for joint Science researches between South African Researchers and their equals in other African countries and the rest of the world.

  • Daniel Masote

  • Robert Bryan O’Donoghue

  • Robert James Taylor

    Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa WESSA



    Dr. Jim Taylor is currently the Director of Environmental Education for WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa). Founded in 1926, WESSA is the oldest non-governmental, membership-based, environmental organisation in South Africa with a major commitment to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Essentially the mission of WESSA is to promote public participation in caring for the Earth. His work includes environmental education, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and social change processes. Jim has a particular interest in education about sustainable water management and participatory action research approaches. He received a Human Rights award in 1997. Jim is a founder member and past president of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA). Jim was also a founder member of Eco-Schools in South Africa and the SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme which supports networking, training, resource materials development, research and evaluation and policy work in 15 southern African countries. He has also worked in support of education in countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Sweden, Malawi, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Afghanistan and Indonesia.

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