Keynote Speaker

Prof. Mohan Munasinghe

Prof. Mohan Munasinghe is Founder Chairman of the Munasinghe Inst. of Development (MIND) and MIND Group, Colombo; the 2021 Blue Planet Prize Laureate (also called ‘Environmental Nobel Prize’); and Vice Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR4), who shared the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace. The Heads of five countries have presented highest national awards to him. He is also Chairman, Presidential Expert Commission on Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030 Vision; Distinguished Guest Professor at Peking University, China; and Honorary Senior Advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka He has earned post-graduate degrees in engineering, physics and development economics from Cambridge University (UK), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), and McGill University and Concordia University (Canada). Prof. Munasinghe has also received several honorary doctorates (honoris causa). Highlights from 40 years of distinguished public service include working as Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka, Advisor to the United States Presidents Council on Environmental Quality (PCEQ), and Senior Advisor/Manager, World Bank. He has taught as Visiting Professor at several leading universities worldwide, and won many international prizes and medals for his research and its applications. Prof. Munasinghe is world renowned for developing the integrated, trans-disciplinary ‘Sustainomics’ methodology for sustainable development. He has authored over 120 books and 400 technical papers on economics, sustainable development, climate change, power, energy, water resources, transport, environment, disasters, and information technology. He is a Fellow of several internationally recognized Academies of Science, and serves on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals.

Plenary Speakers

Asst. Prof. Chutapa Kunsook





Dr. Kunsook is a Marine Biologist and her research areas are crab ecology, coral rehabilitation, and blue carbon in Thailand’s Eastern Gulf seagrass ecosystem. Her current goal is to disseminate knowledge, skill, and learning management to schools and the local community in Thailand’s sea and coastal areas in order to manage life below water in a sustainable manner. Furthermore, she prefers to collaborate with others both inside and outside her organization to achieve this goal. Dr. Kansook is a Lecturer in the Department of Biology at Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University in Thailand. She is the Project Leader of Crab Research and Coral Rehabilitation in the Eastern Gulf of Thailand as well as the Deputy Director of the RBRU Academic Service Center. In 2021, she received the Rajabhat Sriayudthaya Outstanding Award in Area Base you mean Area based (???) Development Researcher, as well as the RBRU and Faculty of Science and Technology Outstanding Award in Scientific Research. 

Prof. S. W. Kotagama

Prof. Sarath Kotagama is a Sri Lankan ornithologist and environmentalist. He is a Professor Emeritus and former head of the Department of Zoology, University of Colombo. Kotagama obtained a BSc from the University of Colombo, and gained a PhD on the feeding and behavioral ecology of rose-ringed parakeet at the University of Aberdeen. Since 1974, Kotagama has lectured at the Department of Zoology, University of Colombo and at the Zoological Division, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka reaching Senior Lecturer – Grade I by 1997. Between 1989 and 1990 he served as Director of the Department of Wildlife Conservation on secondment. In 1997, he was appointed Professor of Environmental Science in the Department of Zoology, University of Colombo holding it until he gained Professor Emeritus status on retirement. He also served a tenure as Head of the Department of Zoology, University of Colombo. Currently he is a scientific adviser to the Ministry of Wildlife Resources Conservation. During his career he had served as a Consultant to many government and non-government organizations, as well as being a member of several Advisory Committees in the Central Environmental Authority, Department of National Museums and the Sri Lanka Foundation. He has also served as the past president of Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, Vice President of Ecotourism Society of Sri Lanka and member of the Society for Conservation Biology. He was awarded the “2003 Distinguished Service Award for Environment Education and Journalism” by the International Society for Conservation Biology and the endemic toad Duttaphrynus kotagamai is named after Kotagama for the honour. In 2017, he was award the title of Vidya Jyothi by the Government of Sri Lanka. In 2019, a day gecko Cnemaspis kotagamai was named in honor of Kotagama.

Wiwik Harjanti

Wiwik Harjanti is a lecturer at Mulawarman University’s Faculty of Law in Indonesia. In 2008, she completed her postgraduate studies at Gadjah Mada University. Natural Resources Law, Mining Law, Agrarian Law, Forestry Law, Climate Change, and Plantation Law are among her areas of expertise. Her most recent publications include, Training on the Making of Village Legal Products Caring for Mangroves using the Roccipi Method (Modul), Implications of the Born of the Work Creation Law on Regional Authorities and Sustainable Planting Regulations (Research Report), Seeing Indonesia from East Kalimantan:  Reflection on Coal Extractivism, Social Vulnerability and Ecological Justice in Indonesia.

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