Our Team

Sabiha Rumani Malik

Founder and EXECUTIVE President

Sabiha is founder and head of The World Bee Project CIC and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading.

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 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 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.

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.

 

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.


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.

 

Dr. Mike 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.

 

John Abel

ADVISER, 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.

 

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.

Not only is Yossi an expert beekeeper, he is a qualified Steiner educator and through managing his family farm he understands the value of pollination for food production, and as an Israeli citizen he experiences the need for cooperation between communities.

 

Ethan Liu

DIRECTOR FINANCE

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

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

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