Our Team

We have world class multidisciplinary expertise, which includes expertise in ecology, sustainable agriculture, social science and development studies as well as practical experience and capacity for extension, education and policy development. Our multi-disciplinary expertise and capacity includes agro-ecological expertise developed in the UK. 

We have 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 is founder and head of The World Bee Project supporting food security, offering expertise in ecological habitat design for bees, butterflies and moths; sustainable apiculture, development of apiculture to promote biodiversity and alleviate poverty; education and community resilience programme design; and data generation through remote monitoring of the impact of factors such as land use, agricultural practices and forage quality, on the health and productivity of honey bee and bumble bee populations. 

Sabiha is founder and head of Sanghata Institute of Social Entrepreneurship and Investment, a 501 C3 non-profit organization based in the United States. She is also the founder and head 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. Sabiha designs jewellery to private commission, taking an art studio approach that instills style into recherché techniques and combines them with extreme handcraftsmanship. Her Maker’s Mark is registered at the London Assay Office of The Goldsmiths’ Company.

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 at its launch at the Lincoln Centre in New York. She is an associate founder of the Lifeboat Foundation and sits on the advisory council of the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. A transpersonal psychotherapist, she has worked with women and children in inner-city London areas.

Sabiha is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading.

 

Professor Simon G Potts

CO-FOUNDER AND GLOBAL ADVISER

Professor Simon Potts is a world leading scientist studying pollination and other ecosystem services in support of global food security. He is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading, ranked No. 1 in the UK and 10th worldwide. 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.

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

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.

 

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.