Our Team

Sabiha Rumani Malik

Founder and EXECUTIVE President

Sabiha is founder and head of The World Bee Project CIC. Sabiha perceives the Earth as one system of interconnected elements with all social and economic systems embedded in nature’s system; she  believes that we need to integrate ecological approaches into a fresh holistic approach to resilience that looks at food production and nutritional diversity at multiple scales, with socially based approaches from farms right up to our global food system.

Sabiha is the founder of the UK charity Sanghata Global, and designer of its uniquely innovative, award-winning Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) entrepreneurship education program serving in 30 different countries. In 2012 Sanghata Global was a founding partner at Village Capital.

At its inception in 2007, Sabiha was an associate founder of 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 founded ‘Diamonds for Humanity’, lauded by the then UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa, Dr Ibrahim Gambari. She is an associate founder of the Lifeboat Foundation. A transpersonal psychotherapist, she has worked with women and children in inner-city London.

 

Professor Simon G Potts

CO-FOUNDER AND GLOBAL ADVISER

Simon Potts is world leading scientist studying pollination and other ecosystem services in support of global food security. He co-chaired an expert group of 100 scientists at the United Nations to produce the first global assessment of “Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production” for the  Global Pollination Assessment at IPBES, for the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).   He is an advisor to the UK government, European Union, Convention on Biological Diversity, and United Nations on evidence-based policy related to pollinators. He works closely with industry and NGOs to develop best practices to help safeguard pollinators and the services they provide.

After establishing the World Bee Project, Sabiha Malik invited Professor Simon Potts to come on board as its co-founder.


Simon Potts is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading, and Director, Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER) at the University of Reading. Over the past 30 years, Simon has worked with researchers, farmers, policymakers and NGOs on pollinator conservation and the management of pollination services in Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America. During this time he has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers on a wide range of topics, such as:  Assessing the status and trends of wild and managed pollinators; understanding the drivers of pollinator declines, including land use change, climate change, agricultural intensification, pesticides, pathogens and their interactions; developing and testing management practices and policy responses to mitigate pollinator declines; quantifying the benefits provided by pollinators in terms of food production, economic value, and social and cultural values.

 

Amaryllis Knight

CO-FOUNDER

Amaryllis is the co-founder of Sanghata Global, a U.K. public charity that focuses on reducing poverty worldwide through entrepreneurship and enterprise development.  In 2014 she co-founded the World Bee Project CIC. Amaryllis has created brand strategies and user experiences for multinational companies, including Pirelli. She has experienced entrepreneurial success in the technology, media, lifestyle, and impact spaces, having co-founded Falcon Motorcycles, Altai Design, Amco Investment Corp, and numerous award winning restaurants.

 

John Abel

Project director, The world bee project hive network AT ORACLE CLOUD

John is the Vice President of Innovation and Cloud for Oracle UK, Ireland and Israel. He has been in the IT industry for 27 years and during this time he has led the Engagement on the most challenging programmes across the UK (and globally).  

John's role in the last few years has changed to look after all Solution Architects, Solution Engineers and Innovation and defines the technology strategy. As part of this role, John works closely with development to feed into the global strategy. With the wider remit of innovation John is very active in emerging technology like IOT, AI, Machine Learning and Blockchain. John brings together emerging technology and heritage solutions together to gain wisdom for customers.

John is passionate about giving back to the industry through his experience. John is driving technology diversity within his own team and focuses on Neurodiversity in IT specially. John blends before career (schools/Internship), early in career (Graduates) and experienced in career to have a wide set of capability.

 

Dr. Michael Garratt

LEAD RESEARCHER

Dr Mike Garratt is an expert in ecological intensification and sustainable crop production. He 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.

 

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.

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