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Hans Herren


Matteo Pedercini, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Steven Arquitt, Senior Modeler/Policy Analyst
Carla Susana Assuad, Modeler/Policy Analyst
Maureen Johnson, Comptroller
Maximilian Kleemann, Modeler/Policy Analyst
Adedoyin Onasanya, Projects Coordinator
Weishuang Qu, Director of Modeling and Analysis
Gunda Zuellich, Senior Modeler/Policy Analyst

Senior Advisors
Johann Baumgartner-Casabella
John D. Shilling

 

Matteo Pedercini, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Matteo Pedercini has been involved in the field of sustainable development since 1999, and holds a PhD and a Masters in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen, Norway. Over the last 10 years he has worked for the Millennium Institute, where he is currently director for capacity development and modeling. He has developed several simulation models for municipal, national, regional, and global sustainable development planning, and has collaborated with governmental and international institutions in the preparation of long-term planning strategies. He teaches system dynamics for development planning at the University of Bergen and other MI’s partner universities, and has been leading training programs for development professionals in many countries. Matteo has published in various fields, including integrated planning, medicine, agriculture, income distribution, migration, simulation and gaming techniques, software engineering, and others. He is fluent in Italian (native), English, French, and Spanish.

Steven Arquitt, Senior Modeler/Policy Analyst
Steve’s specialty is applying System Dynamics to problems in sustainable development; this has included environmental markets, sustainability in commodity systems, restoration policy, and water quality. Before joining the Millennium Institute, Steve worked as a researcher and System Dynamics modeler with the University of Queensland, Australia, Centre for Marine Studies, and was a modeling specialist with the Great Lakes Observing System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Earlier, Steve was an agriculture and natural resources projects officer with Cargill Technical Services, Bangkok and worked as a technical consultant with UNEP, Bangkok. His interest in sustainable development had its beginnings during volunteer service with the US Peace Corps in Nepal. Steve obtained a PhD in Systems Modeling from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a master in Natural Resource Management at the Asian Institute of technology, Thailand. Steve has published articles in System Dynamics Review, Ecological Economics, and other journals.

Carla Susana Assuad, Modeler/Policy Analyst
Susana is a Management Engineer with a master in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen. Her specialties include Computer Simulation, Strategic Planning (Game Theory), Network Theory, Process Management, and Data Mining. She has carried out simulation and quantitative analyses for development of decision-making tools for complex problems in the energy, food and health sectors. Before joining the Millennium Institute, Susana worked at the World Bank with carbon offset projects and climate change adaptation in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has also worked as a consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and as an analyst in a Norwegian energy company. Susana is fluent in Spanish (native), English, and Norwegian.

Maureen Johnson, Comptroller
Maureen has over twenty years of accounting expertise, including twelve years specializing in nonprofit accounting. Before joining MI in 2004, she was the comptroller of the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked with the H Street Community Development Corporation and Subsidiaries, also in Washington, DC. Maureen holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, and a Diploma from Alpha Commercial College, both in Jamaica.

Maximilian Kleemann, Modeler/Policy Analyst
Max applies System Dynamics to aid in sustainable development, including capacity building. He has studied in Germany, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands and holds a Masters degree in System Dynamics, a Masters degree in Sustainable Resource Management and a Diploma degree (equivalent to a Master degree) in Geography and has also studied biology and physics. In collaboration with the Millennium Institute and the Global Footprint Network, his master thesis developed an implementation of the Ecological Footprint in T21-models. He has conducted capacity building on T21 with the government of Namibia. In addition to his work with the Millennium Institute, Max also works as a researcher and system dynamics modeler for the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, at the Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis. Earlier, he was working for the consultancy Sustainable (Munich, Germany) specialized on climate protection, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. In parallel to his university studies and in his early career, Max was also very active in environmental education. Max is fluent in German (native), English, and Swedish/Norwegian.

Adedoyin Onasanya, Projects Coordinator
A native of Nigeria, Ade holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts. Prior to joining MI, he worked for Action Health Incorporated, a Nigeria-based nonprofit organization with a mission to improve youth health and development. He also interned with Europe’s Forum on International Cooperation, a Dutch nonprofit organization working to improve civil society participation in Europe’s international development cooperation efforts. During his internship, Ade conducted research and recommended strategies the European Union can adopt to make development cooperation more equitable for developing countries. In 2002, he was named an "Online Volunteer of the Year" by United Nations Volunteers for his work with HORIZON International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering solutions to problems in the areas of health, environment, development and population.

Weishuang Qu, Director of Modeling and Analysis
Weishuang has interdisciplinary skills in system dynamics, econometrics, applied statistics, computer programming, Monte Carlo simulation, electrical engineering, systems engineering, and operations research. He developed MI’s generic Threshold 21 model, and has applied it to many countries, including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Italy, Latvia, Malawi, Mozambique, Taiwan, Tunisia, and the United States. Weishuang also customized MI’s M3 transportation model for Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, and USA, as well as MI’s Multi-Entity Gaming (MEG) model for five entities in southwestern Balkans. He has published papers in several international peer-reviewed journals. Before joining Millennium Institute, Weishuang held positions in diplomacy, technical management, research, and teaching. He holds doctoral and master of science degrees in Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of the University of Science and Technology of China, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University, also in China.

Gunda Zuellich, Senior Modeler/Policy Analyst
Gunda has studied in Germany, Argentina, Russia and Norway and completed a diploma degree (equivalent to a Masters) in Public Policy and Management at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Before joining the Millennium Institute, she worked with NGOs in Bolivia and Germany as well as with the former German Development Organization, InWEnt (now part of GIZ). With the Millennium Institute, Gunda has applied and developed several System Dynamics national models in collaboration with national governments and international organizations, among them T21-Sénégal, T21-Burkina Faso, T21-République Démocratique du Congo, T21-Kenya, and T21-Swaziland. Her work has included project management, policy analysis, research, model development, data collection and analysis, workshop facilitation, and training. She speaks German (native), English, French, Spanish, and Russian.

Senior Advisors

Johann Baumgärtner-Casabella
Dr. Baumgartner-Casabella holds a PhD from the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Division of Biological Control, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Baumgärtner-Casabella, has worked on population dynamics and integrated management of crop pests and pests of medical importance, in integrated agricultural production systems, in biodiversity conservation, and in adaptive management of populations, ecosystems and ecosocial (socio-ecological) systems. He has also taught and conducted research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Milan (Italy). He has written extensively, including contributions to international journals, books, and conference publications.

John D. Shilling
Dr. Shilling earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT, and A.B. in Economics from Stanford University. He taught at Boston College, advised the Planning Ministry of Morocco, and worked at the World Bank on country modeling, sustainable development, macroeconomic policy analysis, environmental sustainability, capital flows, and financial markets, especially in Africa and Asia. He wrote Managing Capital Flows in East Asia (1996) about the issues that led to the 1997 Asian financial crisis. He helped launch the World Development Report program and the WDR on Sustainable Development for 2002. He led the creation of a new Environment Strategy in 2000 after evaluating the Bank’s environmental program. Now he consults with environmental foundations, the World Bank, UN agencies, and others. He led environmental evaluations for the Bank and the UNDP. He has served on the Boards of several environmental institutions. He has been very involved with the Millennium Institute, including Board Chairman 2006-12 and senior advisor on a number of projects.