Sabiha Rumani Malik
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT

Keynote Speaker

Sabiha Malik founded The World Bee Project CIC in 2014 to to use AI and novel technologies to initiate a global perspective, addressing pollinator and biodiversity decline, food insecurity, climate change and threats to human wellbeing as a single interactive, interconnected challenge confronting humanity.

Sabiha feels that bees lie at the heart of the relationships that bind the natural and human worlds and in safeguarding bees lies the means to safeguard life itself. Sabiha works at the intersection of technology, design, social activism, art and science and designed The World Bee Project CIC to merge social, environmental, and economic benefits to positively impact the future of Pollinators, People, and the Planet. Sabiha’s concepts are the basis for The World Bee Project’s successes to date, grounded in technology and science but drawing on the full richness of human imagination to help activate socially and environmentally conscious solutions.

To celebrate the right to life, food, shelter, and wellbeing, for ‘’Women and Bees in Adversity” and to recognise the role of women as designers of change, Sabiha envisioned a programme model that can be implemented in a network of areas where socio-economic inequalities constrain the capacity of the poorest and most vulnerable women living in adverse, hardship conditions. In 2019, she piloted her programme in East Jerusalem. The programme was successful and is now being expanded by The World Bee Project in Israel and India.

She is the founder of the UK charity Sanghata Global, and founder and key designer of its Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) entrepreneurship education program for which she was awarded the 2013 Ashoka U Innovation Award.

At its inception in 2007, Sabiha was an associate founder at Singularity University, NASA Ames, California.

Previously, she was strategic adviser, director and designer at the architecture firm Foster and Partners, and contributed design concepts for winning entries in international competitions, including for the extension to the Joslyn Museum, Omaha, and the re-design of the Reichstag, Berlin.

Sabiha founded ‘Diamonds for Humanity’, and in 2000 designed jewellery collections for De Beers. She is a member of the Open-ended Network of IPBES Stakeholders.

Amaryllis Knight
Honorary Founding Member, TWBP

Amaryllis is the co-founder of Sanghata Global, a U.K. public charity that focuses on reducing poverty worldwide through entrepreneurship and enterprise development. Honorary Founding Member of The World Bee Project CIC, Amaryllis has created brand strategies and user experiences for multinational companies and has had extensive 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.

Adrian Conington
Management

Adrian Conington is a former BPS World board member and director with international experience in technology, environmental management, renewable energy and business process outsourcing. Adrian has led and participated in the delivery of multi-million pound projects across numerous continents. This exposure has revealed first-hand the need to rebalance humankind’s ecological impact. In 2009, he took ownership of an environmental management business which fostered a fascination with bees. Adrian is a beekeeper himself.

Tomás Fiege Vos de Wael
Group Head Sustainability Peterson Control Union, The Netherlands.
Honorary Founding Member, TWBP

Tomás Fiege Vos de Wael has been supporting The World Bee Project as strategic advisor since 2018. Tomás is Group Head Sustainability Peterson Control Union where he advises on environment and governance. He is leading the Peterson participation in two European Union funded ‘Horizon 2020’ projects aimed at developing data driven innovative solutions in agri-food supply chains and business modelling for biodiversity, respectively. Tomás has been engaged with the sustainability sector since 2008. He is co-founder of a venture aimed at sustainably restoring degraded lands and rebuilding ecosystems and livelihoods.

Scott Horton
DLA Piper, Legal

Scott Horton is an attorney and legal academic whose work concentrates on international public and private law, natural resource development and human rights matters. He is Senior Consultant at DLA Piper Law Firm.  Scott’s clients have included the governments of Georgia, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Taiwan and South Korea as well as AIG, CBS, EBRD, IFC, Newmont Mining, Shell Oil and the financier George Soros. DLA Piper Law Firm provide legal services pro bono to The World Bee Project.

Professor Simon G Potts
Honorary Founding Member, Adviser, Pollination, Ecosystems & Food Security

After its establishment in 2014, Sabiha invited Professor Simon Potts to join The World Bee Project as an honorary founding member advising on pollination and other ecosystem services in support of global food security. A Research Professor at the University of Reading, in 2016 Simon Potts co-chaired the first Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The evidence informed the 2019 IPBES report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Professor Potts’ multiple roles are listed here.

Edgar Mora Altamirano
Expert Adviser Urban Ecosystems
Global Goodwill Ambassador
The World Bee Project

Mayor of Curridabat , Costa Rica, between 2007- 2018, Edgar revolutionised the planning paradigms for the environmental, social and economic development in the city and created the innovative regenerative urban plan named ‘Sweet City’. The approach became an international by-word for innovative, sustainable urban regeneration and won numerous international awards. Edgar lectures at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Technological Institute of Zurich (ETH- Zurich) and the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Glenda Parker
Strategic Adviser
Business and Marketing

Originally from India, Glenda spent 10 years working for Oracle in Melbourne and then London, in sales, marketing and pre-sales, covering data management, business intelligence and CRM. In 2009 she started her own UK consulting practice delivering CRM and project management expertise to the leading membership and charity organisations in the non-profit sector, while also launching and running several educational sector events and conferences with over 1000 delegates. Profitable throughout, and with annual revenues in excess of £2.5 million, she recently sold the business and now provides strategic consultancy to the non-profit sector while also working on several new ventures.

Ben Plesser
Strategic Adviser
Public and Media Relations

Ben is an award-winning producer of television news and documentaries who travelled the world for 60 Minutes, CBS News, and NBC News. Over the past two decades, he combined war zones and political hot spots with magazine projects ranging from ambitious investigations to explorations of science and culture. Passionate about investigative journalism and focussed on human rights, conservation and the environment, he has won numerous industry awards, including four Emmys, a Peabody, and most recently, the prestigious 2019 Edward R. Murrow award. In 2019, together with his friend and colleague Mandy Clark, Ben launched ENP Media, where he is the Head of Content.

Professor S V S Raju
Banaras Hindu University, Farming and Pollinator Conservation Practices, India

Professor Raju, a leading authority on pollinator entomology and agricultural zoology, is a distinguished researcher who has won numerous honours including, most recently, the “Distinguished Scientist Award 2020” from the Green Agri Professional Society. Professor Raju has published three books and has two more on the way and has published multiple research papers.

Professor Dave Goulson
University of Sussex
Bumblebee Ecology and Conservation

Professor Goulson sees The World Bee Project as an opportunity to engage people in conservation and science and as a way to create a global data set that benefits science. Professor Goulson and his group study the ecology, behaviour and conservation of bumblebees and the impacts of pesticides on bumblebees at the Goulson Lab, University of Sussex. His popular science books include A Sting in the Tale and its sequel, A Buzz in the Meadow

Dr. Mike Garratt
University of Reading Ecological Intensification and Sustainable Crop Production

Dr. Mike Garratt’s research focusses on invertebrate ecology in the agri-environment and primarily the impacts of farming practice and land management on the ecosystem services of pest control and pollination underpinning crop production. Mike’s specific areas of interest include insect pollination ecology and crop production, ecological intensification of smallholder farming systems, effects of agricultural practices on pests and natural enemies, and trophic influences of soil fertility management in agricultural systems.

George Clouston
Remote Monitoring Technology and Precision Apiculture

George has advised The World Bee Project on hive monitoring technology since 2018. With decades of experience in working closely with beekeepers and scientists in Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand in a range of industry sectors, he has a deep understanding of the benefits of hive monitoring for beekeeping, bee research, agriculture and ecosystem management. George was part of the Arnia team responsible for several breakthroughs in the remote monitoring of bees and is now with Bee Hero. He is also a beekeeper with over 10 years’ experience.

Dr. Sajiv Anand
All India Crop Biotechnology Association Farming and Pollinator Conservation Practices, India

Experienced in the agribusiness sector, Dr Sajiv Anand is one of India’s most respected advocates for sustainable farming. He developed two major sustainability codes in India in castor (SUCCESS) and tea (trustea) crop and 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. Dr. Anand is the founder of FoodPrint, a non-profit which develops responsible farming practices with a focus on pollinator conservation.

Dr. Dhananjay Wakhle
Apiculture, India

With a Ph.D. in study of enzymes in Indian honey, Dr Wakhle has four decades of experience in research and beekeeping training at the Indian government’s Central Bee Research and Training Institute in Pune. He is recognised by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and has worked as National Consultant for beekeeping and honey marketing. Dr Wakhle is Chief Scientist at the VSBT Centre of Excellence in Apicultural Biotechnology, Baramati, where he has helped more than 2000 farmers and students and conducted research on honeybees, beekeeping for pollination and other bee products and services.

Bálint Szüle MSc.
HUNGARY

Bálint initiated and leads our project in Hungary, which the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Technology and Innovation are open to cooperation at the national level. Bálint’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 is a PhD candidate at the Széchenyi István University.

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. 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. Ethan and Flanton & Co provide accountancy services pro bono to The World Bee Project CIC.

Yossi Aud
Biodynamic Apiculture Education

Yossi Aud is a celebrated biodynamic beekeeper, Steiner educator and founder of Bees for Peace. He collaborates in social areas in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority with Palestinian charitable organisations. The World Bee Project collaborated with Yossi for implementation of the ‘Bees in East Jerusalem’ programme. We hope he will continue to teach biodynamic beekeeping in other regions we may be engaging with.

Martin Lewis
Martin Lewis Design

Martin Lewis is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has over three decades experience with his design consultancy based in London. Martin Lewis Design supports international clients, educational foundations, with pro bono work for charitable organisations. His work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Photographic Society. Martin supports The World Bee Project’s website design and production.

The World Bee Project ‘people’ and ‘partners’ are individuals and organisations aligned with our mission to champion pollinator friendly landscapes – we collaborate with each as and when we need to rapidly scale a project with the use of Artificial Intelligence and related technologies.

If you have expert skills and would like to volunteer support, please contact us and tell us how you would like to help or to invest in our work.