Our Team

Our core team has a track record in biodiversity and ecosystem services , pollination and pest regulation, and developing evidence-based adaptation and mitigation options for policy and management applications . It has extensive experience in working with local governments and the public sector, recognized ability in project development and established authority in social innovation.

Sabiha Rumani Malik

Founder and EXECUTIVE President

Sabiha founded The World Bee Project as a community interest company (CIC) in 2014, aiming to catalyse significant positive changes for both conservation and agriculture at regional, national and global levels, and to work towards a vision of a thriving future for humanity.

Sabiha is the founder and head of Sanghata Institute of Social Entrepreneurship and Investment, a 501 C3 non-profit organization based in the United States, and of Sanghata Global, a charity based in the United Kingdom. 

Sabiha’s uniquely innovative concept made Sanghata’s Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program the first of its kind in the social impact sector. Since its launch in 2011, FMS has had 1400 applicants, 350 participants, it has partnered with over 400 social-impact organizations across 5 continents, and its Fellows have served in 28 different countries. 

After conceptualising and implementing Sanghata’s flagship Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program, Sabiha positioned it as a joint venture with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), California, as its primary training partner. The FMS program is a recipient of the 2013 AshokaU Innovation Award, and 2016 Cordes Hall of Fame Award. 

At its inception in 2007, Sabiha was an associate founder at Singularity University, NASA Ames, California. Before that, she was a senior director at Foster and Partners, advising on strategy and creating design concepts that include the re-design of the Reichstag, Berlin, and the pink-granite clad extension to the Joslyn Museum, Omaha Nebraska.

In 2001 Sabiha designed jewellery collections for De Beers-LVMH and continues to design to private commission. Her Maker’s Mark is registered at the London Assay Office of The Goldsmiths’ Company. She founded Diamonds for Humanity in 2001. She is an associate founder at the Lifeboat Foundation and sits on the advisory board of the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. Also a transpersonal psychotherapist, she has worked with women and children in inner-city London communities.

 

Professor Simon G Potts

CO-FOUNDER AND GLOBAL ADVISER

Simon Potts is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between land use, biodiversity and ecosystem services, with particular emphasis on pollination and pest regulation, and developing evidence-based adaptation and mitigation options for policy and management applications. 

He is Director of the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), and Deputy Director, Centre for Food Security. 

Professor Simon Potts coordinates a number of international projects including the EU FP7 project and the Status and Trends of European Pollinators. He is co-chair of Global Pollination Assessment at IPBES, the leading intergovernmental world body for assessing the state of the planet’s biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.

His UK Advisory Roles include: Defra: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; POST: UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology; HouseNCUB: National Centre for Universities.

His international roles include: Co-Chair: IPBES Global Pollinator Assessment; Deputy Director Coordinator Status and Trends of European Pollinators; Adviser SUPER-B; Management Committee IUCN; Adviser European Commission, DG Environment (ENV), DG Research and Innovation (RTD), DG Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), and DG Health and Consumers (SANCO); Adviser EFSA; Adviser European Parliament ; Adviser EEA; Adviser  FAO; Adviser NAS; Adviser NSF; Adviser IPI; Adviser EPI Head of interim steering committee; Adviser  CANPOLIN; Adviser API; Adviser ASPIRE.

His research projects include: STEP: Status and Trends of European Pollinators (EU Framework 7); SCALES: Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales (EU Framework 7); LIBERATION: Linking Farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem Services for Effective Ecological Intensification (EU Framework 7);Crops: Sustainable pollination services for UK crops (LWEC Insect Pollinator Initiative);AgriLand: Linking agriculture and land use change to pollinator populations (LWEC Insect Pollinator Initiative): National Pollinator and Pollination Monitoring Scheme (Defra); Assessing and mitigating pollination deficit risk in supermarket supply chains (BBSRC Sparking Impact); Impact Accelerator KE Fellow (NERC, Deepa Senapathi); Pollinator Conservation Delivery Group (NERC, Knowledge Exchange Programme project); Sustainable Agriculture Task Force (NERC, Knowledge Exchange Programme Urban Pollinators: their ecology and conservation (LWEC Insect Pollinator Initiative); Understanding the economic costs and benefits of beekeeping and pollination service delivery (C.B. Dennis Trust); Landscape food webs: structure and function (NERC).

NEW PUBLICATIONS

  • Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production: UN IPBES Summary for Policy Makers
  • Safeguarding Pollinators and their Values to Human Wellbeing: Nature
  • Ten Policies for Pollinators: Science

 

Dr. Michael Garratt

LEAD RESEARCHER

Mike Garratt is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD), University of Reading. His research interests include insect pollination ecology and crop production, effects of agricultural systems on pests and natural enemies, trophic influences of soil fertility in agricultural systems, and cereal aphid ecology.

Mike is interested in managing biodiversity in agricultural systems for improved sustainable food production and reduced environmental degradation. Mike has worked on a number of UK and European projects trying to understand and manage crop pollination and pest control services for the benefit of growers and the wider community. Currently Mike is working on the LIBERATION Project, the Defra National Pollinator and Pollination Service Monitoring Framework, and he is a working group coordinator for the Super-B project and the Convenor of the Royal Entomological Society Pollination Special Interest Group. 

Mike has authored an extensive number of publications.

 

Godfrey Bevan CBE

PROJECT ADVISER

Godfrey has over 45 years experience in the public sector, as a consultant to governments and industry, in business in the electricity supply industry, and as an academic.

He has served as a member or chair of numerous national and international committees on energy, environment and climate change including for the UK and Irish Governments, the World Bank, the European Commission and the International Energy Agency. He has advised ministers on policy and managed numerous government R&D, industrial development and marketing programmes primarily in the sustainable energy field. During this period, he worked as Technical Director of the Energy Efficiency Office and Energy Technology Director of the former UK Government Departments of Energy, and Trade and Industry. He also spent a period as an academic at the former Cranfield Institute, lecturing on technology, environment and economic assessment to MSc, MBA and short course students and managing a research programme. He maintains his interest through membership of the advisory board of a social enterprise company in the renewable energy sector and as an adjunct professor at the Hult International Business School.

 

Amaryllis Knight

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR 

Amaryllis Knight is a seasoned entrepreneur and technology enthusiast dedicated to growing mission-based businesses that innovate for social impact. She is co-founder of Sanghata and The World Bee Project. Knight has created brand strategies and user experiences for multinational companies, including Pirelli. Knight's entrepreneurial journey began in 1998, when alongside Donald Meade, the Chief Scientist at Hughes Electronics Corporation, she established Digital Electronic Cinema, Inc. (now Multi-Dimensional Media). Knight also co-founded Snap It Technologies, Inc. (now Studio One/AfterMaster), one of the world’s first interactive, fully automated audio-video recording studios. She has experienced entrepreneurial success in the technology, media, lifestyle, and impact spaces, having co-founded Altai Design, Falcon Motorcycles, and numerous award winning restaurants.

 

Ethan liu

DIRECTOR FINANCE

Upon graduation from Oxford University in 2004, Ethan began his career with the tax department of Deloitte LLP, London.

Ethan and his London based firm, Flanton & Co, offer the World Bee Project pro bono services including accountancy, governance, and board administration. He specializes in UK tax compliance and international and personal tax planning, investment and fund management taxation, trusts and corporate structuring, particularly cross border. In addition to his specialist interests, Ethan maintains a wider general practice encompassing other forms of corporate and personal tax consultancy.