Meet the Team

The team of the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Reporting Services (IISD RS) brings you news and information on the activities of the UN and international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change. The team of highly-qualified experts regularly updates the website ( and produces the Daily Feed, which contains the latest stories posted to, along with guest articles written by the Heads of UN and other intergovernmental bodies, and IISD RS Climate Policy Updates.

Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI

Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI is the Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services and one of the founders of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Kimo established the CLIMATE-L list in 1998 has been the list’s moderator for more than ten years. In January 2008 he developed the first concept note for, and is responsible for the fundraising and overall coordination for this knowledge management project.

Chris Spence

Chris Spence is the Deputy Director of IISD Reporting Services and is responsible for the recruitment, training and day-to-day management of consultants and staff. He also contributes regular articles on climate change policy for IISD’s Climate-L Daily News publication, and frequently manages IISD’s teams of experts at major UN conferences on climate change and other environment and development issues. He currently divides his time between San Francisco and New York. Prior to joining IISD, Chris worked in New Zealand as a political researcher and speechwriter, investigative journalist and lobbyist. His work focused on environment, health and international relations. He has also consulted widely for various United Nations agencies and organizations over the past decade, most notably on climate change. He lectures and writes regularly on climate change in the U.S. and internationally. His first major book, Global Warming: Personal Solutions for a Health Planet, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2005. He has an MA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Victoria, New Zealand. Chris is also an advisor to IUCN’s Multilateral Office in Washington, DC.

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

Lynn Wagner is the executive editor of and the Thematic Expert for Sustainable Development and Desertification. She has covered meetings of the Commission on Sustainable Development for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 1994, and has covered meetings of the Convention to Combat Desertification since 1996. Lynn is also the editor of MEA Bulletin and Linkages Update. She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and has authored a book and several journal articles exploring the influence of negotiation processes on negotiated outcomes.

Alice Bisiaux, LL.M

Alice Bisiaux is the Content Editor and Thematic Expert for Oceans, Coasts, and Freshwater of She has covered various global conferences on oceans and water policy since 2003. She teaches climate change negotiations at ESADE University in Barcelona, Spain. She received her LL.M. in international legal studies from New York University and is a member of the New York bar, as well as a qualified solicitor in England. She is responsible for the Water, Oceans and Coasts section of IISD’s two publications MEA Bulletin and Linkages Update.

Diego Noguera

Diego Noguera is the Digital Manager for IISD Reporting Services and Online Editor of He is a good example of the new generation of online jobs, working mostly from Bogotá, Colombia, while solving the technical and digital problems of staff and consultants in New York, Geneva, Winnipeg, and two dozen other cities worldwide. Diego has covered meetings for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2003 and is the Digital Editor of MEA Bulletin and Linkages Update. Diego has a degree in Computer Science and a postgraduate degree in Networking and E-business.

Angeles Estrada Vigil

Ángeles Estrada is the Online Editor of She has covered meetings for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2005. She is Argentinian, but as a daughter of a diplomat was born in Austria and spent her childhood in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and China. She has a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she also teaches Design. Her work focuses on ecodesign, and her studio ‘MinimahUella’ designs products that minimize environmental impact by analyzing their life-cycle and using recycled materials.

Brad Vincelette

Brad has been architecting web software from the very start of his career (10+ yrs) using several different languages and frameworks. He specializes in data-driven web programming specifically in the development of “smarter” search engines, web/data performance tuning, process automation, and search engine/content optimization. In his spare time and when requested, Brad has been doing presentations for small business startups on variety of computer topics covering areas on: how to properly manage your computer desktop/files/data, how to effectively purchase hardware and software, how to troubleshoot your computer, internet searching techniques, and what you really need to know when starting up a web site.

Soledad Aguilar, LL.M

Soledad Aguilar is the Thematic Expert on Trade, Finance and Investment for Sustainable Development. She has participated in more than fifty multilateral environmental negotiations, mostly on finance and trade and environment issues within the climate change, biodiversity, biosafety and chemicals conventions, working for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin as writer and team leader, and previously as a negotiator and diplomat for the Argentine Government. She has also worked as a consultant on international environmental law for the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization on issues including a post-2012 climate change framework, pest and pesticide management, and biofuels. She is a regular contributor to specialized environmental policy and law journals on developments in the Doha environmental goods and services negotiations, the UN Financing for Development process, and the GEF. Soledad holds an LLM degree from the London School of Economics and law degree from University of Buenos Aires.

Tomilola Akanle

Tomilola “Tomi” Akanle is the Thematic Expert for Capacity Building & Education and Industrial Development, and she also covers the actions taken by the UNU, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNICEF, UNESCO, ITU and the UNFCCC Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme. She joined the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team in 2007 and covers meetings on climate change and sustainable energy. She is currently studying for her PhD in International Environmental Law at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and is studying the clean development mechanism (CDM).

Asheline Appleton, LL.M

Asheline holds an LL.M. degree from University College London and a law degree from the University of Nairobi. She has specialized in international environmental law, particularly climate change and biodiversity. Asheline worked as a State Counsel for the Attorney-General in the department of treaties and agreements, Kenya, as well as in private practice. She now consults for a number of international organizations and UN agencies on environmental issues.

Melanie Ashton

Melanie Ashton is the Thematic Expert for Chemicals Management. She holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. Her dissertation analyzed the relationship between International Financial Institutions and developing country Governments in a Principal-Agent framework. Originally from Melbourne, she also holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from the University of Melbourne. Melanie first attended international environmental negotiations as a member of the WSSD Youth Caucus and later as a consultant in the area of Persistent Organic Pollutants. She has worked extensively on chemical management and environmental issues throughout the South Pacific.

Reem Hajjar

Reem Hajjar is the Thematic Expert for Forests. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, where she is examining community forestry experiences in Brazil, Mexico and Canada. She has a Master's in Conservation Biology from Columbia University, and a Bachelor's in Biology from McGill. Since joining the Earth Negotiations Bulletin in 2005, she has covered various forest and biodiversity-related negotiations, including the meetings of the UN Forum on Forests and the International Tropical Timber Organization.

Elisa Morgera

Elisa Morgera (LLM, PhD) specializes in international, European and comparative environmental law. Her interest in climate change focuses on international environmental governance and corporate environmental accountability, as well as on the linkages between biodiversity and climate change (especially REDD and the participation of indigenous and local communities). Elisa is a Lecturer in European Environmental Law at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and a regular contributor to the Yearbook of International Environmental Law, the Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, and the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law. She previously worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the UN Development Programme.

Aaron Leopold

Aaron is currently working towards a Ph.D. at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany. His work is a macrocomparative exploration of the differing interfaces between science and politics in the context of biofuels policy formation in Brazil, the EU and the USA. Aaron holds a masters degree in Global Political Economy from the University of Kassel where he also worked as a research associate and economics instructor before beginning his doctorate. He is active in Attac Germany's agricultural policy and Economic Partnership Agreements working groups.

Matt Sommerville

Matt Sommerville is the Thematic Expert for Adaptation, Forests, Agriculture and Food Security. He covers the actions taken by the FAO, WFP and members of the CGIAR group. He joined the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team in 2008 and covers meetings on climate change, oceans and biodiversity. He is currently finishing his PhD in Biology and Environmental Policy at Imperial College-London, and is focusing on the implementation of payments for ecosystem services (PES).

Renata Rubian

Renata Rubian is the Thematic Expert for Human Development issues. She works for the Poverty Group, Bureau for Development and Policy, at UNDP, an initiative that supports the implementation and achievement of MDGs by 2015. Prior to moving to New York, Renata served at the UNDP Regional Centre in Sri Lanka, where she collaborated on the development of the Asia Pacific Regional Human Development Report series. Renata’s previous experience also includes working with the Ecosystem and Livelihoods Group at IUCN, UNEP, Convention on Biological Diversity, UNDP in Brazil, and the Canadian Government in Ottawa. She holds an MA in Political Science, with a major in Development Studies, from McGill University.

Elsa Tsioumani, LL.M

Elsa Tsioumani is the Thematic Expert for Biodiversity. She has covered meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity and other biodiversity-related bodies since 2000. She is an international lawyer focusing on environmental and human rights issues, based in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a Law Degree and a Master in Public Law and Political Science from the University of Thessaloniki, and an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe in Belgium.

Yulia Yamineva

Yulia Yamineva is the Thematic Expert for Science, Assessment and Monitoring, and for Finance. She has covered meetings of the UNFCCC and IPCC since 2006. Yulia is working on a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, Centre of International Studies, where she is researching post-normal science in the IPCC assessment process.