Judges

Gamelihle Sibanda -
Gamelihle Sibanda


Gamelihle, a Certified Biomimicry Professional, fuses his training in civil engineering (BSc Eng Honours), business (MBA) and biomimicry (CBP) towards creation of a sustainable world; where there is enough for all forever. A visual story teller and rapid ideator, his diverse skill set enables him to abstract strategies from nature to create solutions for human challenges. He co-developed the Biominga Innovation Model based on evolutionary strategies that nature has continuously tested and refined over the past 3.8 billion years. Where others see things that are and ask "why?", Gamelihle dreams about things that do not exist and asks "why not?"

Patrick Baumann -
Patrick Baumann

Patrick Baumann is founder and CEO of a mechanical engineering company and a managing partner of Biomimicry Switzerland. With 20 years of experience and proven ability to manage and complete R&D projects to the highest standard, he maintains a top level overview on system interdependency and careful attention to user-friendliness.

Jane Toner -
Jane Toner

Jane Toner is an architect, sustainability consultant and Australia’s first Biomimicry Specialist. Jane has a firm belief that nature has the answers to living sustainably on planet Earth - it's just a matter of asking the right questions. Jane is the founder of BiomimicrySwarm Australia, a collaborative network seeking to share knowledge of biomimicry to promote its uptake. Jane is passionate about the potential for biomimicry to contribute to design solutions that are environmentally regenerative, socially just and joyous. She is a strong advocate for the integration of sustainable design concepts at the earliest stage of a project and sees intra-disciplinary collaboration as key to successful sustainable design outcomes.

John Lanier -
John Lanier

John A. Lanier is Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011). In May 2013, Lanier made a bold and exciting career move, leaving a successful career with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP to assume his current role at the helm of the foundation that bears his grandfather’s name and legacy. Ray Anderson was a globally recognized industrialist and pioneer for environmentalism, and Lanier continues his legacy today through Foundation programs that seek to create a brighter, more sustainable world by funding innovative, educational, and project-based initiatives. From 2011 to 2013, Lanier worked in Atlanta as an Associate Attorney in Sutherland's Tax Practice Group, specializing in U.S. Federal taxation. He represented the interests of various Atlanta-based nonprofits, gaining experience in nonprofit formations, compliance and applications for recognition of tax-exempt status. During that time, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation was one of his clients.

Lanier currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southface Energy Institute, the Southeast's nonprofit leader in the promotion of sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Chattahoochee NOW, a Georgia-based nonprofit that directs the efforts to catalyze the economic development and quality of life potential along a 53-mile corridor of the Chattahoochee River. Lanier is also a member of the 2014 class for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), a network of diverse statewide leaders consistently collaborating to solve Georgia’s environmental challenges.

Lanier earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Virginia School of Law, and he holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Economics from the University of Virginia. He is an Atlanta native and a college sports enthusiast who enjoys travel, hiking and snow skiing in his spare time.

Rachel Hahs -
Rachel Hahs

Rooted in the firm belief that life-centered design will lead us to a sustainable future, Rachel Hahs is Certified Biomimicry Professional and sustainability expert working to expand the sustainability discussion to business strategy, innovation and product development where significant sustainability and competitive advantage gains await. Building on ten years experience at URS Corporation focusing on sustainability in business operations, Rachel is interested in how the use of biomimicry in innovation can result in disruptive sustainable system innovations that can accelerate our transition to a sustainable future. She is also an Innovation Fellow of The Art of Science Learning 2014 Chicago Incubator for Innovation focused on finding solutions to urban nutrition challenges. Rachel consults, speaks, writes and conducts workshops on biomimicry and sustainability for a variety of public and private audiences.

Travis Heneveld -
Travis Heneveld

As United Nations' Account Director, Travis Heneveld oversees the delivery of business critical communication solutions to peacekeeping, emergency response and development agencies worldwide. Prior to joining Motorola's Europe, Middle East and Africa Strategy team in 2003, Travis spent several years as a Strategy Consultant driving new product & marketing initiatives for Fortune 100 companies such as Levi's, United Airlines, IKEA and Ericsson. A global citizen with living experiences in Europe and Asia, Travis is currently based in Germany and is a Guest Lecturer in Cross-cultural Management at The Berlin School of Economics and Law. He is a contributor to "Digital Kenya, the New Generation of Entrepreneurs", a management textbook that will be published later this year. Travis is a BA graduate of Pomona College and holds an International MBA from the University of South Carolina.

Emily Sadigh -
Emily Sadigh

Trained as an educator and certified as a Biomimicry Specialist, Emily Sadigh helps organizations build sustainability into their culture by creating experiential learning and teaching opportunities for employees. Toyota and the National Audubon Society named her a TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow for her pioneering work applying biomimicry to organizational change.

Stu Fram -
Stu Fram

Stu supports RSF’s work in the field of Ecological Stewardship, working with social enterprises to evaluate loan opportunities based on social, environmental, and financial criteria. He also co-manages RSF’s new Regenerative Economy Fund – created to provide flexible and innovative financing to social enterprises accelerating the transition to a regenerative economy – in addition to running RSF’s fellowship program. Stu previously worked for the High Meadows Fund, an environmental foundation in Burlington, VT. He received a BA in Human Ecology from Middlebury College, where he co-founded an organization working to increase the amount of local and sustainable food served in the college’s dining halls.

Cindy Gilbert -
Cindy Gilbert

Cindy Gilbert is an effervescent education architect that fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and democratized design, and by deepening transdisciplinary and collaborative experiences. She is the founding director of the Sustainable Design program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) that is home to a fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design. The program blends theory, practice and leadership into holistic, hands-on learning experiences that culminate in student-driven thesis work. Founder of Alula Consulting, which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects, Cindy has influenced thousands of people through her courses, workshops and consulting work with academic institutions, non-profits and corporations. Previously founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute, she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program (now MS program at Arizona State University), annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges.

Peter Boyer -
Peter Boyer

Peter Boyer is a fine artist, working in mixed media painting and sculpture. His work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and Japan. He also serves as trustee of Caldera Foundation which has been a lead donor to several projects at Rocky Mountain Institute, Union of Concerned Scientists, Environmental Defense Fund, and numerous other environmental, and educational nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a trustee at The Pacific Institute. He joined the Board of Trustees at R.M.I. in 2008.

Philip Ling -
Philip Ling

Philip has always been a passionate nature bug/electrical engineer and entrepreneur. He took the Biomimicry Specialist Program in 2012. He is passionate about the environment and connecting people with nature. His recent conservation agreement for 400 acres of wetlands, forests and meadows was recently recognized by the Canadian Government. He is an early adopter of renewable and green technologies with solar electricity (home and office), solar hot water, and 2 electric cars in the family. He volunteers extensively in his community and is currently Chair of his city's (Markham) Environmental Advisory Committee.

Colleen Mahoney -
Colleen Mahoney

I am an architect, a biomimicry specialist, the proud mom of two kids, an amateur photographer, nature lover, life-long learner, and hold an MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University as of 2016. I completed an Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership at ASU in addition to the Biomimicry Graduate Certificate. I am the co-founder of the Coastal Redwood Biomimicry Network in the SF Bay Area and some of you may have recently participated in our all America’s Bioblitz. We will be hosting biomimicry activities at the 2016 Bioneer’s conference next October. I have been on the jury for the Global Design Challenge and I am currently working with a team as a mentor.I am looking to link my design skills with credentials in biomimicry and sustainability. I founded A Kid by Nature to connect kids with nature. My organization piloted programs in two Berkeley, California elementary schools where I lead the Kid’s Green Team. Through a coalition of like-minded environmental educators, I am bringing lessons about conservation and care for our planet into elementary schools. 

Óscar Jiménez Salvador -
Óscar Jiménez Salvador

Óscar has been a Product Design Teacher at the Madrid School of Design since 2009 where he's been teaching Biomimicry since 2012/13, and other subjects like materials in design, design projects, hydrothermal and acoustic comfort, eco-design. He's an architect with more than 14 years of experience, a healthcare environments expert, and structures expert.Óscar is nature passionate, a fast learner, a team player and in love with his wife and three children.

Mónica Cohen -
Mónica Cohen

In 1984 she qualified as an architect at the University of Belgrano. Since then, she has devoted her career to interior design for office, shops, homes and organization of special events. In 1993 she conducted the course in Interior Design at Parson School, and again in 1997 organized by the Domus Academy in Italy. Since 1992 she participated in more than ten "Casa FOA". In 2001, is the organizer and curator of the First avant garde Argentine Design fair “Design Connection by Cienporcientodiseño” by carrying national design to international exhibitions such as the Milano Design Week and ICFF in New York from 2003. In 2008 she was part of the Norcenter team within the counseling field. Since 2006 she is the director, consultant and advisor of the "Remade in Argentina" leading the whole movement for South America. From 2009 to 2012, Monica Cohen and the Fair Puro Diseño merged, combining their outstanding careers and history to give great impulse to the Argentinean design environment. In 2013 she earned his title of "Certified Biomimicry Specialist ", awarded by the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, USA. With this title she became founder of the "Biomimicry Argentina Network". Just finish to organize ' The Biomimicry Design Pop Up' in Milano Design Week 2016

Kristin Wolf -
Kristin Wolf

Kristin Wolf is an assistant professor at Champlain College where she teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses. Her research interests are in wetlands, water quality, educational apiculture, and community-driven development in the Peruvian Amazon. Kristin has recently established an apiary on Champlain’s campus to provide a living laboratory that will facilitate experiential learning opportunities for the students, faculty, and staff of Champlain, as well as public programming initiatives between the college and wider Burlington community. In her free time she enjoys all things outdoors, travels whenever possible, and especially likes porch-sitting.

Mary Hansel -
Mary Hansel

Mary is passionate about collaborating with others to create mutually beneficial approaches to improving lives. Her focus is on consulting nature’s genius and connecting people with each other and with new ideas, and her specialties include organizational sustainability and accounting services for non-profits. She has designed and delivered numerous engaging presentations and workshops on biomimicry. Mary is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and a candidate for a Master’s of Science in Biomimicry at Arizona State University. She teaches a one-month online biomimicry course for the International Institute of Sustainability Professionals, and as co-founder of Biomimicry Oregon, Mary served as project manager, outreach facilitator, and primary author for their Genius of Place Stormwater project.

Luisa Schultz -
Luisa Schultz

Luisa is a full time professor at the NewSchool of Architecture and Desgin and an international consultat addressing innovative sustainable design and planning technologies for companies located in the United States and abroad. She is passionate about nature and design, both at a small, individual scale and globally, at complex intersections. She likes to provoke collaborations driven by conscious and sustainable principles, infused by science and informed by data.

Evan Greenberg -
Evan Greenberg

Evan Greenberg is a researcher, designer and educator. He is Studio Master in the AA Emergent Technologies and Design Programme where he has been teaching since 2008 upon gaining his Master of Science with distinction. Evan also is a Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He has gained considerable experience in practice working with architects, engineers, artists and fashion designers.

Evan’s research interests lie in biomimetic, computational and digital fabrication processes. His research centres primarily on the spatial character of urban microclimates as well as large-scale physical prototyping. Evan has contributed to a number of international conferences and publications including most recently the Association of Architectural Educators (2016), the Architectural Humanities Research Association (2015), the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (2015), eCAADe (2014) and Architectural Design (2013).

Colin Mangham -
Colin Mangham

Colin Mangham develops and markets new and important ideas, initiatives, and organizations. For over 25 years he has supported the success of dozens of Fortune 500 companies and other Big Brands, 100+ early-stage ventures, non-profits including the World Wildlife Fund, and NGOs including the United Nations.

Colin’s career-long fascination with how things work and why people do what they do led him to discover biomimicry, innovation inspired by natural forms, processes, and systems. He is a Certified Biomimicry Specialist, has served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Biomimicry 3.8 and its Institute, and is the founder of Biomimicry LA.

His TEDx talk, titled “Find Your Woods,” focused on how reconnecting with nature can inspire and build upon new and even powerful ideas. As a principal in Daily Brand Group, an LA-based consultancy, he applies his bioinspired expertise in guiding innovation and accelerating new ventures, often as interim executive management (CMO). 

Margo Farnsworth -
Margo Farnsworth

Margo Farnsworth invites readers into nature, offering strategic ways to live with wild neighbors through biomimicry and other practical methods. Her work has appeared in the book Wildness: Relations of People & Place along with magazines like Outdoor Living, The New Territory, TreeHugger, Earthlines and blogs like the Center for Humans & Nature’s City Creatures. She is currently writing a book on how corporations discover and use biomimicry and guest lectures at universities. She works from her Missouri farm which she shares with her husband, assorted pets and wildlife.

Gayle DeBruyn -
Gayle DeBruyn

Gayle DeBruyn, IIDA, LEED‐AP is an Associate Professor of Design Studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, Chair of the Furniture and Collaborative Design programs, and is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the college. She is past president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, serves on the leadership teams of the Corporate Sustainability Partnership, the Grand Rapids UNU‐RCE, SiTE:LAB, TEDxGrandRapids and is an advisor to Design West Michigan.

DeBruyn is an owner of Lake Affect Design Studio in Grand Rapids Michigan. Services include commercial and residential interior design, educational/institutional design, and environmental stewardship. She holds a BA in Interior Design from Michigan State University, as well as a Masters of Management and certificate in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College.

Raul de Villafranca -
Raul de Villafranca

Raul de Villafranca, Mexican ecological architect with 35 years of professional practice, with ample variety of scale and type of projects, including housing, master plans and strategic connectivity plan for the Mexico-USA border.Specialized in bamboo architecture, Biomimicry and Regenerative Design.Founder of Ecología y Habitat; NGO creator of Filobobos Natural Protected Area and doers of social equity and conservation work.In his work he integrates Deep Ecology, Ecological Literacy, Holistic Systems Thinking, Integrated Design Process, Biomimicry and Regenerative Design and Development.Besides his undergraduate architecture degree he has acquired a Green MBA.Professor at Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City since 1979, and for the last two years at UMA Valle de Bravo at Sustainability Public Policies, Green MBA and Sustainable Architecture Design Master Programs.Speaker at national and international forums, mainly in latinamerican universities in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador and lately at Schumacher College co-teaching with David Orr the Ecological Design Thinking shortcourse.Member of the sustainability group and the ecological movement inside the architecture program at Universidad Iberoamericana since 2003. Forms part of the Regenesis Mexico core group, practicing this discipline in professional and academic arenas. Key player in the Biomimicry movement in Mexico and Latinamerica. Fellow at the Biomimicry Institute, as well as a biomimicry professor since 2006. Advisor at the Biomimicry Institute Educational Board 2010-2012. Responsible in Iberoamericana University as a Biomimicry Institute Associate University. ZQjournal magazine Contributing editor and ZQjournal Spanish version editor. In 2015, lead 9 consecutive yearly Biomimicry Design (one week) Workshop with Iberoamericana University/Biomimicry Institute as well as co-teaching in it for the last 6 years.Biomimicry speaker and/or teacher at Iberoamericana University, Tecnológico deMonterrey University Querétaro Campus, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan in Mexico, Landivar University in Guatemala, Uninorte in Barranquilla Colombia, PUCE in Quito, Ecuator and Scumacher College in England.

Peggy Chu -
Peggy Chu

Architect AIA, Certified Biomimicry Professional, LEED AP

Peggy Chu is an architect and certified Biomimicry Professional specializing in sustainable design. From 2006-2016, Peggy was based in Hong Kong, where she worked in corporate architecture to integrate sustainable design practices across the Asia Pacific region, served as a green building certification consultant, and conducted university research on the lifecycle of sustainable building construction methods. Peggy currently lives in California where she is co-authoring a workbook to empower designers to integrate biomimicry principles into the built environment. She will be co-leading a biomimicry design workshop at the Living Future Conference May 2017, in Seattle.

Avery Kintner -
Avery Kintner

A certified public accountant with over twenty-five years of industry experience in development, construction and design. Accredited Sustainable Accounting Standards Board FSA-Level 2. Ten year focus on sustainability and resiliency risk planning including community based renewable design, water reuse strategies, waste minimization and support of community outreach through USGBC and The William J Worthen Foundation.

Rosalinda Sanquiche -
Rosalinda Sanquiche

Rosalinda Sanquiche is founder of Well Written Consulting—Writing and Editing for Social Purpose. Rosalinda’s childhood hiking through Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest drove her to promote sustainability to preserve our magnificent world. She is a consultant for the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence, and former executive director of Ethical Markets Media. Her sustainability career began with the American Wind Energy Association in Washington, DC. She has written on construction, environment and economy for Builder/Architect, The Guardian, CSRWire and JustMeans. She taught environmental policy and team-taught field classes combining ecology and policy in Belize. With the North Florida Land Trust, she protected environmentally significant places through B2B, educational and private/public partnerships. Rosalinda served as treasurer for the Northeast Florida Green Chamber, and is an advisor to Synergy Asset Strategies, Inc. She is managing director of the EthicMark® Awards. After receiving awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Hispanic Foundation, she earned a masters in Environmental and Resource Policy as a George Washington Fellow at George Washington University in D.C.

Amy Phillips -
Amy Phillips

Amy Coffman Phillips is an architect, sustainability consultant, facilitator, and public speaker with expertise in design, biomimicry and systemic resilience. She is the founder and project coordinator for The B-Collaborative, a sustainability consultancy that brings nature-based solutions to work for clients in business and the design industry. She is also co-founder of Biomimicry Chicago and the creator of their “Deep Roots” initiative. Through strategic planning facilitation, immersive innovation experiences, and hands-on project assistance, she brings together diverse, inter-disciplinary groups to help businesses, communities, and organizational leaders embed sustainability and resilience into strategic planning and strategy. Her work is focused on empowering individuals to make positive change in the world.

Lisa Dokken -
Lisa Dokken

Lisa is a long time sustainability professional working across disciplines and on several continents. Her first graduate degree was a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University, concentrating in Environmental Policy Management and Environmental Finance. She then went to work for the United Nations Development Program in the Environment and Energy Unit where she helped structure and manage the Capacity 21 Fund, which was launched to implement Agenda 21 (the precursor to the Sustainable Development Goals). She was in charge of the design and implementation of innovative capacity building approaches to address environmental degradation, conservation and social inequity in over 30 national programs in Africa, Latin America and the Arab States. Priority areas included: good governance and strengthening civil society, strategic planning and policy development, advocacy and support for sustainable development and integration of social and economic priorities in sustainable development planning. Later she was a lead advisor for a multi-million dollar fund managed by the UNDP, the World Bank, and the European Central Bank for the Maghreb region and launched and managed the first UNDP Capacity 21 Latin American regional office in Mexico City. Next Lisa and her family moved to Singapore and later Hong Kong where she worked for the Clinton Climate Initiative and was an energy and environment facilitator for the first Clinton Global Initiative meeting outside of the US. Now residing in New York City and armed with a MS in Biomimicry and a Certified Biomimicry Professional Lisa spends her time teaching at Columbia University and working as a consultant and hiking the Catskill Mountains.

Alexandra Ralevski -
Alexandra Ralevski

I am a postdoctoral associate at Yale University engaged in translational research in the fields of plant biology and neuroscience. My current work focuses on understanding fundamental biological mechanisms and their translation and practical application to animal and human biology. A logical extension of my current work is understanding biological design and its applications to other fields, including medicine, architecture, engineering, and systems design.

Timothy Bingham -
Timothy Bingham

Timothy Bingham, Program Manager for Strategic Energy Innovation's Education Team, was formerly the lead engineering and architecture pathway instructor at the Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design in San Diego. A PLTW (Project Lead The Way) master teacher, training teachers from across the country in the PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture curriculum, he was named PLTW California Engineering Teacher of the Year in 2015.

Sayuri Yamanaka -
Sayuri Yamanaka

Sayuri Yamanaka, a co-founder of Punto Verde, a sustainability consultancy serving Spanish-speaking communities in North America, also designs educational and service-learning programs for youth and children and educates bilingual audiences about sustainability and systems thinking. With academic backgrounds in sustainability, ecology and international commerce, she previously worked for several Mexican and U.S. environmental organizations, including Friends of the Earth, the National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense.

Torrey McMillan -
Torrey McMillan

With over a decade of classroom teaching experience, ranging from elementary to university level, GLBio’s Director of Education Consortium and K-12 Biomimicry Programs is an experienced, innovative educator. Expert in sustainability education, she works to embed principles and practices of sustainability into the curriculum, operations, and culture of the institution. Torrey’s wide-ranging background – including coursework in natural sciences, resource policy, institutional design, systems thinking, psychology and education – allows her to see the world through an integrated lens. In addition to her work with GLBio, she is Director of the Center for Sustainability at Hathaway Brown School (HB) and adjunct faculty for Baldwin Wallace University’s (BWU) Sustainability major. Torrey has a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, an MS in Resource Policy and Human Behavior from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is an accredited LEED GA (USGBC) and certified Biomimicry Specialist.

Dorothy Ginnett -
Dorothy Ginnett

Dorothy is the Science Curriculum Specialist and Gifted Education Grant Coordinator for School Improvement Services at the Cooperative Educational Services Agency 5 (CESA 5) in central Wisconsin. CESA 5 serves 35 rural school districts, and Dorothy offers professional development training workshops for science educators and gifted education coordinators/teachers. She is a Wildlife Ecologist and has worked as a science educator at the middle school, high school, college and graduate levels. She enjoys connecting students to the beauty and wonder of the natural world. She also enjoys teaching with technology and has been teaching fully online courses and developing fully curriculum since 2004. Currently, she teaches fully online high school courses in AP Biology, Biology and Marine Science for Wisconsin Virtual School. She loves using Web 2.0 tools in both professional development and teaching.

Dorna Schroeter -
Dorna Schroeter
Alessandra Araujo -
Alessandra Araujo

Biologist with broad experience in sustainability and urbanism. Biomimicry Specialist since 2012 and project management of GCP Architecture & Urbanism - Brazil for 14 years. Among several consulting for design inspired by nature, the Votu Hotel project is entirely conceptualized and developed with Biomimicry Thinking. Professional experience in project management in the retail, telecommunications and industrial and public sectors, as well as consulting for sustainable strategies. Experienced in developing social and environmental diagnostics for public areas and communities. Member of the Sustainability Committee on Construction of the Dom Cabral Foundation, as well as the Brazilian Committee for Sustainable Construction (CBCS), and participant in projects of mobilization. Professor of Biomimicry at AA (Architectural Association) Amazon Visiting School. Participation as lecturer on Biomimicry in several events and elaboration of workshops for Biomimimicry practice.

Leon Wang -
Leon Wang

Leon works as a Biomimicry Storyteller to help share biomimicry and its inspiring stories with the world through long-form storytelling and contributions to a broader social engagement strategy. His communications showcase biomimicry innovations, projects, and design or research teams, and can be seen published on AskNature.org, The Biomimicry Center’s website and appropriate social channels.


Leon is a student in the inaugural class of ASU’s Biomimicry Masters Program. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2015 with a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in environmental studies. While at UCSD, he worked in McKittrick's Lab, focusing on bio-inspired research, specifically flexible robotics inspired by seahorse tail and composite materials that mimic bone and nacre. He has also been involved in many biomimicry projects and initiatives. In AskNature’s pilot program, he contributed content as a biological curator and helped improve the tool and community. He also volunteered at the Centre for Bioinspiration at San Diego Zoo Global to collect and decipher engineering-to-biology ontology research. He continues to stay involved by writing biomimicry finance reports and case studies for the Biomimicry Business Intelligence initiative. Leon aims to apply his knowledge and skill-set to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to our most pressing global challenges. He will continue to spread the knowledge and inspiration of biomimicry wherever he goes.


Rosalinda Sanquiche - Rosalinda Sanquiche
Rosalinda Sanquiche

Rosalinda Sanquiche is founder of Well Written Consulting—Writing and Editing for Social Purpose. Rosalinda’s childhood hiking through Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest drove her to promote sustainability to preserve our magnificent world. She is a consultant for the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence and former executive director of Ethical Markets Media. Her sustainability career began with the American Wind Energy Association in Washington, DC.  She has written on construction, environment, and economy for Builder/Architect, The Guardian, CSRWire, and JustMeans. She taught environmental policy and team-taught field classes combining ecology and policy in Belize. With the North Florida Land Trust, she protected environmentally significant places through B2B, educational, and private/public partnerships. Rosalinda served as treasurer for the Northeast Florida Green Chamber and is an advisor to Synergy Asset Strategies, Inc. She is managing director of the EthicMark® Awards. After receiving awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Hispanic Foundation, she earned a masters in Environmental and Resource Policy as a George Washington Fellow at George Washington University in D.C.

Catalina Bustillo - Catalina Bustillo
Catalina Bustillo

Catalina is an architect and cattle rancher, as well as a Certified Biomimicry Specialist and candidate for the master´s of Science in Biomimicry from Arizona State University. She is also the founder and director of Biomimesis Caribe.

Kuowei Chiu -
Kuowei Chiu

Dr. Kuowei Eleazar Chiu (KC) is an assistant professor at the Department of Architecture in the Tunghai University (Taichung, Taiwan). He founded the Regenerative Earth and Anthropocene Design Studio (READ) in 2016 to explore innovative solutions from nature for human-driven problems in rapid urban dynamics. He runs ‘innovative think-tank’ (“Studio-Lab” - ARC213) and teaches advanced design studio on sustainable urbanism and cities future. He specializes in biomimicry urbanism and intelligible urban form. His research area include syncretic urban morphology and sustainable future cities planning and design. He is interested in the dialectics between intelligible urban structure and biomimicry of cities’ future. He was awarded 'special scientific research talents award' (2014-2015) by the National Science Council in Taiwan. He was a full grant research scholar to the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture at the National University of Singapore (2007-2011).


Dr. KC is currently an active member of the Ancient and Noble Order of the Knights Templar providing his volunteer services in biomimicry urbanism helping to develop a more sustainable water system design in Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu of Nepal.


Dimitri Smirnoff -
Dimitri Smirnoff

Dimitri is a practicing biologist and a perpetual student of nature. His passion lies in understanding how the natural world works and sharing these wonders with others, from students to professionals to the public at large. Dimitri is inspired by the simplicity and elegance of using nature’s operating instructions to improve the function and sustainability of human forms, processes and systems. He is particularly interested in working at the interface of biomimicry with biological research, whether in the classroom or at the design table. After studying biology at Carleton College in Minnesota, Dimitri returned to his hometown of San Francisco to pursue research at the California Academy of Sciences. Meanwhile, he is studying for his masters in Biomimicry at Arizona State University and the Biomimicry Professional Certificate with Biomimicry 3.8.

David Sanchez Ruano -
David Sanchez Ruano

PhD researcher at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) where currently develops new educational methods and design tools to facilitate nature-based learning. His study is based in the analysis of concepts such as biophilia, biomimicry and resilience which are helping to promote ethical behaviour change towards a Bio-Civilisation.


He has a background in Industrial Design (BA Aguascalientes, MSc UNAM Mexico) and teaches in the area of biomimetic design, holistic thinking, design ethics and ecotechnologies. Recently he joined forces with the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR), and is the co-founder Biomimicry UK, a collaborative platform to provide nature-based solutions to understand and solve the challenges we are facing in the 21st century.


Theresa Millard -
Theresa Millard

Project Manager – Kohler Company – Sustainability and Kohler Stewardship


Theresa Millard has 30 years working in manufacturing, product development, sustainability and CSR. She is an experienced facilitator in the field of Design for Environment/Sustainability and related innovation workshops and experiential learning. Theresa is the creative force behind the Kohler Innovation for Good Waste Lab which she has been working on for the past three years believing that taking a nature based abundant view of the world rather than “lean” approach to waste streams can change how everyone looks at resources. She has taught multiple biomimicry workshops and classes in both Europe and USA that further explore how we learn in the context of nature. Theresa is a member of Kohler’s Environmental Leadership Team and Stewardship strategic councils. Co-founder of Biomimicry Iberia, European Biomimicry Alliance and member of the Biomimicry Global Network Leaders. Certified Biomimicry Professional (Biomicry3.8), BFA – Ceramic Arts – Wolverhampton Polytechnic, UK, MFA – Ceramic Arts - University Washington, Seattle.


Richard James MacCowan -
Richard James MacCowan

Richard James MacCowan is the co-founder + director of Biomimicry UK, a York-based social enterprise. He is a creative entrepreneur and designer with a wide range of experience across a variety of sectors, from equine health technology with the startup, Smart Stable Limited, through to health, wellbeing and ecological design with via his design consultancy, Inspired by Nature.


Richard has a proven track record of providing exemplary levels of service to a wide range of clients across the UK and Europe. This is coupled with a high level of research both within academia and industry, with a passion for design and innovation ranging from products through to city-scale initiatives.


In his spare time, Richard is a keen runner and spends his quiet time at his allotment with his family.


Marjan Eggermont -
Marjan Eggermont

Marjan Eggermont is the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) of the Schulich School of Engineering, and a senior instructor and faculty member in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering department, at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is a Biomimicry Institute Fellow and was a member of their Biomimicry Educational Advisory Board. With co-editors Tom McKeag (San Francisco) and Norbert Hoeller (Toronto) she co-founded and designs Zygote Quarterly, an online journal to provide a platform to showcase the nexus of science and design using case studies, news and articles. She is currently finishing a PhD in Computational Media Design focusing on bio-inspired information visualization.

Karen S. Brodine -
Karen S. Brodine

Karen Schneider Brodine is a nature lover, passionate about sustainable living, healthy ecosystems, and continuous learning. With a diverse background in the fields of applied science and education, she is now focused on biomimicry and sustainable design. When not absorbed in her biomimicry studies, Karen manages local environmental enhancement projects and sustainability programs. Her broad career interests include design and structural engineering, computer animation, film production, school facilities planning, designing and building community playgrounds and trails, teaching K-8 students, and coaching for creative problem solving teams. She is a candidate for a Masters in Biomimicry at Arizona State University, and holds a M.S. in product design focused Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Sam Miller -
Sam Miller

Sam Miller is the Director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the Mendoza faculty, Sam served as Vice President of Strategy for Cardno/JFNew, a leading ecological consulting firm. Prior to that, Sam owned and managed two small manufacturing businesses, building and successfully exiting each. In 2009, Sam was recognized as one of “21 People Who Will Change Business” by BusinessWeek. In 2015, Sam was recognized as one of the Top 100 Professors of Entrepreneurship around the globe by Hot Topics. Sam holds a Master of Science in Product Development Engineering from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society, and has been a frequent speaker on sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship.

Richard Fisher -
Richard Fisher

Richard Fisher is an international award winning designer, community organizer, and systemic change maker. Upon earning his BS at UC Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Richard worked as an environmental remediation consultant on EPA Superfund Sites. After witnessing the atrocities of humanity's lack of foresight firsthand, he sought ways to intervene upstream by shifting the prevailing societal thinking from reactive to proactive. In 2012, he presented his adaptive design approach to address challenges facing river deltas worldwide at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. Awarded the Delta Alliance Young Professionals Award on this global stage affirmed Richard's commitment to empower others to actively create the future they want. Since then, he has been developing platforms and partnerships to increase accessibility of sustainable choices and build capacity of change makers. Working with communities, entrepreneurs, and students, Richard continues to provide others with greater agency to create social, economic, and environmental solutions that are both locally attuned and globally conscious. In 2015, Richard completed his MS in Sustainable Engineering culminating in a thesis exploring the dynamics between societal values, employment and the environment in City of Vallejo. Richard is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, a Startingbloc Social Innovation Fellow and a 2018 Certified Biomimicry Professional Candidate. He is the Executive Director of 4th Second, Founder of the Vallejo Commission for the Future and President of Valcore Recycling.

Suman Apparusu -
Suman Apparusu

Ms Suman currently serves as the Managing Trustee of Change Planet Partners Climate Innovation Foundation based in Hyderabad,India that has its core object to promote climate innovation in India. In this role, she drives the Foundation’s strategy, partnerships-connects, research and advocacy, innovation and incubation, administration and governance support functions.


Since the foundation’s inception with which she was closely associated, she has had the privilege to lead the Foundation’s efforts in delivering on a range of science-policy tools and methods, innovative FEW nexus pilot models, pioneering digital advocacy initiatives, facilitating the formation of the India national hunger and malnutrition CSO coalition, participating in UNFCCC COP18 gender climate deliberations, participating in key climate science-policy-business interface events and global innovation challenges, publishing on contemporary climate-development nexus challenge themes and helping the Foundation garner wide international and national attention to its climate innovation promotion focused impact work.


In the past, she served as the Mentor for Women in Business Mentoring Track of the Cheri Blair Foundation and also volunteered to be the UN Women WEE Knowledge Gateway Champion.


Her broad career interests span climate change, sustainability, strategic carbon management,climate resilient development.She holds an MBA (St. Carbon Management) from the UEA, the UK, Advanced Diplomas in Management Consultancy and Systems Management and a B.Tech (Chem. Engg).


Anthea Ng -
Anthea Ng

Since climate change has a close relationship with built environment, solutions for built environment is important. I am a green building certification and sustainability consultant. One of my major job duty is to search innovative technologies for applying on green buildings. All potential applications relating to environmental performances of building design, construction and operation would be my main interest. My understanding on building applications and market needs would help to identify feasible and high potential ideas.