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A Toxics-Free Future

Executive Committee


Jamidu KatimaProf. Jamidu Katima
Agenda for Environment and Responsible Development, Tanzania  

Prof. Katima is a former IPEN Co-chair and the current Chairman of AGENDA for Environment and Responsible Development (AGENDA), Tanzania . He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University. He served as Head of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (2000 – 2001), Dean of Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering (2001-2008), and Deputy Principal of College of Engineering and Technology (2008 – 2009) at the University of Dar es Salaam , where he is now Principal of the College. Prof. Katima also served as a Member of the IPCC - Task Force Bureau on Inventory representing Anglophone Africa (2002-2008), Vice President of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) (2003-2006) and the President of the Institution of Engineers Tanzania (2004-2006). Currently he is a registered expert with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and a member of the Emission Factor Data Base Editorial Boad of the Intergovenrnmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Ravi AgarwalRavi Agarwal
Toxics Link, India 

Ravi Agarwal is the founder and director of Toxics Link, a leading-not-for profit organization based in New Delhi, India. Toxics Link has been working on areas of toxics, waste and chemical safety for over 15 years in India and has a very strong information outreach program. It works with a multitude of NGO partners on-the-ground and continues to have significant impact on national policy on chemicals issues. Toxics Link has been part of IPEN since its inception and also participates in other international networks. Ravi is an Ashoka fellow, and holds Communications Engineering along with Masters in Business Administration degrees.


Anne-Sofie Bäcklar

Anne-Sofie Bäckar
International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec), Sweden 

Anne-Sofie Bäckar holds a M.Sc. in chemistry from University of Hamburg, Germany. She began as a policy advisor at ChemSec with a focus on REACH and business corporations and is now the director of ChemSec. Before joining ChemSec, she worked for consumer organizations in Nordic countries, where she monitored chemical issues from a consumer perspective. As a scientist, she started her career with biotechnology research on diseases before focusing on policy.


Fernando BejaranoFernando Bejarano G
Red de Accion sobre Plaguicidas y Alternativas en Mexico (RAPAM), Mexico  

Fernando Bejarano is the founder of Red de Accion sobre Plaguicidas y Alternativas en Mexico (RAPAM), a non profit, legal civil association in Mexico and a member of the Pesticide Action Network in Latin America (RAP-AL). RAPAM recently expanded its toxic activities through the Centro de Analisis y Accion en Toxicos (CAATA) to incorporate mercury, medical waste and zero waste issues. Fernando is the Director of CAATA and has authored several reports on pesticides and POPs-related issues. He trained as a sociologist and has a Masters in Rural Development. He has been involved in toxic issues for 25 years and has participated in IPEN since the beginning of the Stockholm Convention negotiations. Fernando is a member of Mexico's National Coordination Committee for the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention.


Ken GeiserDr. Ken Geiser
Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Lowell, United States 

Dr. Ken Geiser is a Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Geiser is one of the authors of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and served as Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute from its founding in 1990 until 2003. His research and writing focus on pollution prevention and cleaner production, toxic chemicals management, international chemicals policy, safer technologies, and green chemistry, and, in 2001, he completed a book, Materials Matter: Towards a Sustainable Materials Policy, published by MIT Press. As a recognized expert on environmental and occupational health policy, he has served on various advisory committees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Nations Environment Programme.


IPEN Executive Committee in 2010




Tadesse Amera, PhD
Pesticide Action Nexus (PAN), Ethiopia

Tadesse Amera recently completed his PhD in environmental communication. He has extensive experience in working with grassroots communities, government officials and high level national policy makers, academia, as well as international fellows and donors. Tadesse worked for seven years in the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia as District Environmental Health and Health Education Coordinator on a wide range of public health issues. He has served on the IPEN Steering Committee since 2012. He has been very active in international networks including IPEN, PAN, and the International Environmental Communication Association. One of his most impressive accomplishments is his initiative with farmers in promoting agro-ecology, specifically organic cotton production—as a result, approximately 2,800 farmers in southern Ethiopia are producing organic cotton, with 200 gaining the first ever (in Ethiopia) organic certification. He has also led important work on e-products/waste management and to eliminate lead in paint. Tadesse has participated, contributed to, and made interventions in the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, SAICM and UNEA.

Tadesse Amera


Pamela K. Miller

Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), United States

Pam Miller founded ACAT in 1997. Since 2000, ACAT has been awarded multiple federal grants for which Pam has been serving as team leader and, from 2005 through 2016, as Principal Investigator of a research team that includes faculty from four universities in Alaska and New York. These research projects rely on collaborative efforts with tribes in Alaska to address environmental health and justice issues. Pam is a leader in Coming Clean, a national network of groups concerned about chemicals policy reform, and in the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, an international partnership committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on environmental factors linked to chronic disease and disability. She is one of the world’s foremost experts concerning the toxic pesticide lindane, serving on two governmental organizations (United Nations and the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation) to address international concerns about lindane. She was instrumental in prompting the 2006 decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw agricultural products containing lindane from the U.S., the 2010 decision by the same agency to phase out uses of endosulfan, and the 2011 decision by the United Nations Environment Programme to ban endosulfan worldwide under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Pamela Miller 2012 



Sharyle Patton, 1998-2004

Dr. Romeo F. Quijano, MD, 1998-2006
Pesticide Action Network Philippines

Jack Weinberg, 2001- 2005

Prof. Jamidu Katima, 2006 - 2010
Agenda for Environment and Responsible Development

Dr. Mariann Lloyd-Smith, Ph.D., 2006 - 2011
National Toxics Network Inc.

Emmanuel Calonzo, 2011 - 2015
EcoWaste Coalition

Dr. Olga Speranskaya, 2010 – 2018