Raimund Bleischwitz is Chair in Sustainable Global Resources at the University College London (UCL) and Director of the UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (UCL BSEER). He has been Principal Investigator of an international collaborative project on the circular economy in China (SINCERE), and he participates in a number of EU projects on eco-innovation and raw minerals. He was Deputy Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR) until July 2018. Raimund has a PhD and a ‘Habilitation’ in economics and more than 250 publications - most recently the Routledge Handbook of the Resource Nexus.
Sasha Koo-Oshima is currently the Deputy Director and Head of Water at the UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO); leading programs on agricultural water development and governance, data, and integrated water resources management with linkages to climate, energy, health and nutrition. She has over 25 years of experience in international assistance and policy development and is currently the Governing Board Member of the World Water Council. A former Director at the U.S. EPA and Secretariat of the OECD, she directed and managed international water programs/compacts with donor agencies on various programs covering public-private-partnerships, climate resilience, multi-stakeholder and multi-jurisdictional policy engagements, blended financing/resource mobilization, and effective policy governance in sustainable water and natural resource-agriculture management.