Felix Dodds: Felix is a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute and a Senior Affiliate at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He was the co-director of the 2014 Nexus Conference on Water, Food, Energy and Climate.
Felix was the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future from 1992-2012.
He played a significant role in promoting multi-stakeholder dialogues at the United Nations and prosed to the UN General Assembly the introduction of stakeholder dialogue sessions at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.
He has been active at the UN since 1990 attending and actively participating in the World Summits of Rio Earth Summit, Habitat II, Rio+5, Beijing+5, Copenhagen+5, World Summit on Sustainable Development and Rio+20. In 2011 he chaired the United Nations DPI 64th NGO conference - 'Sustainable Societies Responsive Citizens'. From 1997-2001 he co-chaired the UN Commission on Sustainable Development NGO Steering Committee. He has coordinated some of the most innovative stakeholder dialogues at the intergovernmental level Bonn Water (2001), Bonn Energy (2004) and Bonn Nexus (2011).
He has written or edited fourteen books including Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (November 2016), The Nexus of Water-Food-Energy-Climate (April 2016) and From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future” written with Jorge Laguna Celis, Elizabeth Thompson. For Rio+20 he produced “Only One Earth: The Long Road via Rio to Sustainable Development” with Michael Strauss and Maurice Strong. He has also co-written his first comic Santa's Green Christmas: Father Christmas battles Climate Change (November 2016).
Marcie Shaoul: Marcie is the founder of international consultancy communicationsfordevelopment.com
A senior facilitator in multi-stakeholder processes, Marcie has worked as an international civil servant specialising in areas of international concern.
Marcie has managed multi-stakeholder policy change forums in Australia, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Sri Lanka on global issues such as environmental sustainability, post conflict situations and participatory governance.
Prior to starting Communications for Development, Marcie was Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications at the Commonwealth Foundation and facilitated many high level political meetings as well as grass roots discussions on emerging and established global issues.
Marcie has set up communications departments in national and international organisations and understands how to effectively communicate messages to the multi-stakeholder triangle of government, NGO and private sector.
Her experience of working across all three disciplines means she is considered a key player in facilitating tripartite understanding around international issues.
This consultancy will offer a number of services:
The Next Training and Capacity Building Workshop will be listed here:
“It takes a special kind of stamina to survive international processes and negotiations. It takes a very special person to make sense of it all and to help others do the same. And it takes a very, very special person to have fun at the same time. Meet Felix Dodds - a very, very special person.”
Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development, World Bank
"Felix has the great ability to look beyond the obvious, piercing foresight to identify the challenges of the future and above all the courage of conviction to suggest solutions that question conventional wisdom."
Navid Hanif, Director, Strategic Division, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
"Felix is a genius for convincing the most skeptical legislator of the eminent reasonableness of the sustainable development case"
Lord Deben formerly known as( Rt Hon John Gummer MP former Secretary of State for the Environment)
“Felix has been a passionate campaigner for people’s involvement in the central challenges of our time – how to balance our consumption of natural resources with the earth’s capacity, at the same time as addressing global inequality and poverty. He has enormously enriched the global intellectual debate on sustainability issues, and has been a thought leader” of his age.”
Crispian Olver, Former South African Director General Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
"Felix has been a true global leader, a unique person with the capacity to define global issues, based on an in-depth understanding of the concerns and priorities of stakeholders at all levels. Such a breath of vision is rare, and we feel privileged to ave been able to work so closely with Felix throughout the Rio+20 process."
Paula Caballero Gomez, Former Director, Directorate of Economic, Social and Environmental of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Columbia
Please contact me if you are interested in any of the above. email: felix[@]felixdodds.net Tel:+13472073919