Our Team

Sabiha Rumani Malik

Founder and EXECUTIVE President

Sabiha is founder and head of The World Bee Project CIC. Sabiha created The World Bee Project concepts and initiated The World Bee Project’s ‘ecological intensification’ agriculture projects in India, as well as the network of UK and India partners. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading.

Sabiha believes the Earth is a single 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 also 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 and recipient of the AshokaU Innovation Award, probably the most prestigious global award in the social impact sector. 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 design, and contributed award-winning concepts that include the re-design of the Reichstag, Berlin, the extension to the Joslyn Museum, Omaha Nebraska. In 2001 Sabiha designed jewellery collections for De Beers-LVMH, and founded ‘Diamonds for Humanity’, lauded by UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa, Dr Ibrahim Gambari. She is an associate founder at 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 POLLINATION, ECOSYSTEMS & FOOD SECURITY

Simon Potts is a 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.

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), 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.

 

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.

 

Max A.S. Rünzel

EXECUTIVE ADVISOR

Max Rünzel is working as a Junior Consultant with the Research and Extension Unit (AGDR) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) following his fellowship within the same unit with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). While at FAO, Max is also an Associate Research Fellow with the Department of Computer Information Systems at Appalachian State University, North Carolina, where he is conducting research on the impact and opportunities of blockchain-backed analytics in the development sector.

Max has gained extensive experienced in both development and communications working for the Swedish Trade and Invest Council and several start-ups in the technology sector. He obtained his Master in Rural Development (M.Sc.) from a joint European program (Erasmus Mundus) offered by Ghent University, Humboldt University, and University of Pisa, among others and his degree in Food and Resource Economics (M.A.) from the Korea University in Seoul, Republic of Korea.  Max is fluent in English, German, Swedish, Spanish, French and Italian.

 

Syrus Lohrasb

CHINA ENVOY

Syrus is the founder and CEO at China-Britain Business Fusion, the inaugural China-Britain Artificial Intelligent Summit and the China Envoy for The World Bee Project driven by AI. Founded in 2011, China-Britain Business Fusion (CBBF) is an 8-year old multi-industry consultancy assisting British and Chinese companies with their respective market-opportunity plans.

Given China's tall 2030 AI target and its increasing emphasis on innovation and UK's immense AI capabilities, CBBF is progressively focused on developing partnership between China and the UK in the technology space. As part of this focus, CBBF organised the China-Britain AI Summit 2017 and 2019 at the Institution of Engineering & Technology and spotlighted the China and UK AI landscape and opportunities.

 

George Clouston

Expert adviser, remote monitoring technology

George has 30 years’ experience of commercialising new products and technologies in a range of industry sectors. 

In 2012 he joined with the founding Arnia team to develop and launch the world’s first hive monitoring system. The system combined colony acoustics monitoring with brood temperature, humidity, hive weight and apiary weather conditions to provide a unique insight into hive conditions and bee behaviour.  Arnia has been responsible for several breakthroughs in the remote monitoring of bees, including the detection of queen mating flights, swarming and also the presence of pests such as Asian Hornet. Today the Arnia system is used to monitor bees in 30 countries around the world and is widely regarded as the market leading product.

George has worked closely with beekeepers and bee scientists in Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia to set up and manage projects and interpret bee data. He has presented at beekeeping events and conferences around the world, including Apimondia and has a deep understanding of benefits of hive monitoring for beekeeping, bee research, agriculture and ecosystem management.  George is also a beekeeper with over 10 years experience.

 

Bálint Szüle MSc.

ADVISER, DEVELOPMENT

Balint’s field of research is soil fertility and natural nutrient replenishment. He has a Master degree in Agribusiness Management from the University of West Hungary and he is a PhD candidate at the Széchenyi István University.

Balint initiated and is managing our projects in Hungary which are being supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Technology and Innovation. He is a member of the British Society of Soil Science, the Crop Science Society of America, the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy.

 

Dr. Mike Garratt

LEAD UNIVERSITY OF READING RESEARCHER,INDIA

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. He 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. He has authored an extensive number of publications.

 

Dr. SVS Raju

ADVISER FARMING AND POLLINATOR CONSERVATION PRACTICES, INDIA

Professor Raju is All India Coordinator for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). ICAR, an autonomous organization, coordinates and guides the 100 institutes and 71 agricultural universities in India that constitute one of the largest national agricultural systems in the world. The ICAR played a pioneering role in ushering the ‘Green Revolution’ and subsequent developments in agriculture in India, and through its research and technology development has made a visible impact on the national food and nutritional security. It has also played a major role in promoting excellence in higher education in agriculture and is engaged in cutting-edge areas of science and technology development.

Professor Raju is head of Entomology at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

 

Dr. Sajiv Anand

ADVISER, FARMING AND POLLINATOR CONSERVATION PRACTICES, INDIA

Sajiv has a doctorate in Agronomy (PhD) and more than 32 years' experience in the agribusiness sector. He developed two major sustainability codes in India in castor (SUCCESS) and tea (trustea) crops both supported by international partners. He also served as a member of the expert committee to develop the plant protection code in tea for the Tea Board of India. He was a member of the expert committee to develop good agricultural practices and guidelines of Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, India.   He founded Organic and Halal certification bodies in India, besides serving as the Director of Biotechnology Association in India, at Crop Life International.

Currently, Sajiv heads Foodprint, a not for profit to develop responsible production guidelines/practices in the farming sector in India with a focus on pollinator conservation.

 

Professor Dave Goulson

ADVISER, IMPACTS OF PESTICIDES ON BUMBLEBEES

Dave is founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and is one of the foremost scientists researching the effects of neonicotinoids on bee populations. His 2012 study on this subject helped pave the way for the EU moratorium on neonics.

Dave is Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex. The  Goulson Lab studies Bumblebee Ecology and Conservation and uses a broad range of approaches, from genetic studies (of inbreeding, population structure, and as a means of estimating nest density) to behavioural assays to large-scale field trials. In recent years Goulson Lab has become heavily involved in studies of the impacts of pesticides on bumblebees, and have also been involved in various “Citizen Science” projects as a mechanism to involve large numbers of people in conservation and in science more generally, and also as a means for gathering large data sets.

Dave has written a popular science book about bumblebees, A Sting in the Tale, and its sequel, A Buzz in the Meadow.

 

Dr. Dhananjay Wakhle

ADVISER, aPICULTURE, INDIA & SOUTH ASIA

Dr. Wakhle is Chief Scientist of the Vidya Pratishthan School of Biotechnology’s Centre of Excellence in Apicultural Biotechnology (VSBT), Baramati, Pune, India, and Life Member, National Bee Board, Government of India, New Delhi. He has conducted many National Bee Board (NBB), Govt. of India sponsored projects.

Dr Wakhle has 37 years research experience in apiculture, and the production and processing of quality honey and bee products at the Central Bee Research and Training Institute (CBRTI), Pune, India. 

Previously, he was National Consultant for Beekeeping and Marketing of Honey to the FAO – Food and Agriculture Organisation at the United Nations; Expert Member of Apiary Industry Sectional Committee, Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi and AGMARK Standards for Honey, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, New Delhi.

 

Yossi Aud

LEAD BIODYNAMIC APICULTURE EDUCATOR

Yossi has been active for over thirty years in educational, environmental and social areas in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority where he collaborates with Palestinian charitable organisations.

For many years Yossi managed the Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve, the biggest oasis in Israel and home to extensive wildlife.  He is the founder of “Bees for Peace” which seeks to inspire us to adopt the honey bees’ behavioural patterns into our own lives. Yossi’s initiative helps build bridges through the biodynamic bee keeping method in multiple constellations – amongst children in schools, through training and activities for adults coming from different sectors and cultures as well as in diverse joint initiatives.

Yossi is an expert beekeeper and a qualified Steiner educator and through managing his family farm he experiences the value of pollination for food production, and “as an Israeli citizen he experiences the need for cooperation between communities”.

 

Dale Gibson

EXPERT, BEST-PRACTICE BEEKEEPING

Founder of Bermondsey Street Bees,  Dale Gibson also runs Apis Consulting, advising public, third sector and corporate entities on sustainable policy-making, best-practice beekeeping, risk assessment and CSR programmes. Commercial clients include the Greater London Authority, hoteliers including Hilton and Soho House Group, house builders Berkeley Homes and insurance companies including Hiscox and Aviva.

 

Ethan Liu

FINANCE

Ethan Liu is Founder and Managing Director of Flanton & Co. a firm of chartered accountants, regulated by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Flanton & Co provide pro bono accountancy services to The World Bee Project CIC.

Upon graduation from Oxford University in 2004, Ethan began his career with the tax department of Deloitte LLP, London and founded Flanton and Co.  in 2012.

 
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