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Executive Committee

AFRICA

ASIA

EUROPE

LATIN AMERICA

NORTH AMERICA


IPEN CO-CHAIRS

ANGLOPHONE AFRICA

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

NORTH AMERICA

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

FORMER IPEN CO-CHAIRS

Sharyle Patton, 1998-2004
Commonweal
USA

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

Jack Weinberg, 2001- 2005
USA

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

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

Emmanuel Calonzo, 2011 - 2015
EcoWaste Coalition
Philippines

Dr. Olga Speranskaya, 2010 – 2018
Eco-Accord/HEJSupport
Russia