Sam is a recent graduate of MIT’s Master in City Planning program. His MCP research focused on promoting sustainable and equitable real estate development, both locally in the Boston area and internationally in Malaysia and Mexico. Sam was previously a senior researcher at the Overseas Development Institute in London, where he analyzed the effectiveness of international climate funds and supported discussions on climate finance in the UNFCCC negotiations. He also worked to promote bold renewable energy policies on Capitol Hill during a period with the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America. Sam has a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia and an MSc in Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford, UK.

Sam Barnard

Research Interests

Clean Energy, Urban Climate Resilience, Sustainable Real Estate Development

Director, Science Diplomacy Center at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Professor Paul Arthur Berkman is building connections between science, diplomacy and information technologies to promote cooperation and prevent conflict, balancing national interests and common interests for the benefit of all on Earth across generations.  He became a Visiting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles at the age of 23, after wintering the previous year in Antarctica on a SCUBA research expedition with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, leading him to all seven continents before the age of thirty.  During the intervening years, Paul received his masters and doctorate as a National Science Foundation graduate fellow at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.  A decade later, he wrote the textbook on Science Into Policy.  He was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar and Head of the Arctic Ocean Geopolitics Programme at the University of Cambridge, chairing the Antarctic Treaty Summit at the Smithsonian Institution in 2009, resulting in the first book on Science Diplomacy.  He chaired and co-directed the first formal NATO-Russia dialogue the following year regarding Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean, with its legacy through a Springer book of the same name generating more than 50,000 downloads as well as presentations to the full NATO Maritime Command, Storting in Norway and during the four Arctic forums with Vladimir Putin from 2010-2017.  He currently coordinates the Arctic Options and Pan-Arctic Options projects (involving support from national science agencies in the United States, Russian Federation, Norway, France, China and Canada from 2013-2020) as well as a Carnegie Corporation project on US-Russia Relations.  In September 2015, he joined the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy as Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy and now is Director of the Science Diplomacy Center at Tufts University, which is the first center in an academic institution dedicated to science diplomacy, especially its practice and applications without advocacy.


Paul Arthur Berkman

Research Interests

Science Diplomacy, Informed Decision-Making, Information Technologies, the Arctic

Consul for Innovation at the Holland Innovation Network/Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Boston

Walter de Wit has a Master degree in Business Economics and has over 15 years of working experience in the field of Innovation, Research & Development, this within commercial organizations, government and research institutes. In his previous job working with the Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs and Foreign Affairs Walter was responsible for professionalizing Science & Technology relations with Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan and other Asian countries.

As co-founder of 2 companies, with a strong international focus, Walter has first hand experience in all aspects of starting, leading and expanding a business


Walter de Wit

Research Interests

Sabin Dhakal received his PhD in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program from Harvard University. He conducted his thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Joan Brugge in the department of cell biology where his research focused on understanding the functional significance of intratumoral heterogeneity in triple negative breast cancer. His interests lie in the role of scientific and technological innovation in the sustainable development of developing and underdeveloped parts of the world. Outside of his thesis work, Sabin was enrolled in the Science, Technology and Society secondary field of concentration offered by Harvard Kennedy School. Sabin also served on the executive board of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) at Harvard where he represented the graduate students in the Division of Medical Sciences (DMS) in the council. In addition, Sabin served on the executive board of the Harvard Science Policy Group. Sabin recently led the efforts to design and offer a course “Introduction to Science and Technology Policy” that served as a window to introduce Harvard graduate students to the field of Science and Technology Policy. The success of the effort led to initiation of a certificate program in Science Policy at Harvard Medical School. Sabin is currently working with Harvard Medical School's Division of Medical Sciences (DMS) administration to design the curriculum for the science policy certificate program. He was the vice president of the consulting club at MIT for two years where he co-lead teams that organized case competitions as well as volunteer consulting programs. 

Sabin, originally from Nepal, came to the US for his undergraduate studies. He went to Hanover College where he double majored in Chemistry and Biology with a minor in Mathematics, which included completion of two senior theses.

Sabin Dhakal

Research Interests

Global health, Health policy, Science Policy, Science Diplomacy, Social Entrepreneurship

Molly Douglas is Assistant Director of the Science Diplomacy Center at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she is primarily responsible for business strategy and innovation. Her research interests lie in science, technology, and innovation (STI) for sustainable development and Arctic/North Atlantic economic development, with a special interest in natural resource management, energy, and locally-driven market approaches to development. Most recently, Molly developed and presented a new practical approach for coordinating sustainable infrastructure development in the Arctic. Molly previously worked in international development and humanitarian relief on issues including education, global health, and migration. Molly holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor's of Science in Foreign Service from the Walsh School at Georgetown University.

Find Molly on Twitter at @FletcherSciDip, @PanArctic, and @MollyBrook.

Molly Douglas

Research Interests

Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) for sustainable development and Arctic/North Atlantic economic development, natural resource management, energy, locally-driven market approaches to development

Heather Goldstone is a scientist-turned-journalist whose work introduces audiences to the excitement of discovery and the importance of science in our daily lives. She is science correspondent for WCAI and WGBH Radio, and host of Living Lab Radio, a weekly live-interview show about science and culture. She holds a PhD in ocean science from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her reporting on science and the environment has appeared on NPR, PBS News Hour, The Takeaway, and PRI’s The World. In 2014, she was recognized for the breadth of her reporting with WGBH’s Margret and Hans Rey/Curious George Producer award.


Heather Goldstone

Research Interests

Research, Innovation and Trade Attachée, Québec Government Office in Boston

Patricia Gruver-Barr is the Research & Innovation Attachée for the Québec Government Office in Boston where she leads the US as the Life Sciences Specialist. She also co-chairs the Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle of Boston, a member organization of 67 countries from representative diplomatic missions in the greater Boston area who share a common interest in science and technology. Previous to her role at the Québec Government Office, Patricia worked as a Senior Science & Innovation Officer for the British Government on both coasts of the US.  In this position, she led the US team as the Oceans Programme Lead and the Communications Lead. Before working in government, she worked at Harvard University and University of New South Wales in international cancer research.  She did her graduate work in public health and epidemiology at The University of Sydney in Australia.

Patricia Gruver

Research Interests

Professor of Global Governance at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

Maria Ivanova is professor of global governance at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies and director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and visiting scholar at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT. Her work focuses on the performance of international institutions, implementation of international environmental agreements, and sustainability in organizations. She served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General. She is on the Board of UN University’s Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability and the Global Young Academy. She is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and Ambassador for the Global Challenges Foundation and chaired the jury for the $5 million New Shape Prize for global governance that the Foundation administered. 

Maria Ivanova

Research Interests

Director of Communications, MIT Science Impact Collaborative

At the University of California, Santa Barbara, Takeo graduated with Dean’s Honors and majors in East Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Biology. He was a Joan B. Kroc Fellow at the University of San Diego where he completed a Masters in Peace and Justice. He is currently finishing a second masters degree with Dean's Honors at Harvard University. He also works with the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program in the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, a Graduate Resident Tutor at Simmons Hall (MIT), and is a Fulbright Specialist with the US Department of State. 

Takeo Kuwabara

Research Interests

Conflict, Social Construction, Participatory Planning, Mediation, Dispute Resolution, Digital Learning, Democratization of Information, Social Justice, Environmental Justice

Chief Executive Officer, Swissnex

Prior to his position as CEO of swissnex, Dr. Christian Simm spent twenty years in San Francisco where he launched various initiatives to foster high-level exchanges between Switzerland and North America, in research, education, innovation, and at the intersection of art and science & technology. With partnerships in both the private and public sectors, he grew the one-man operation into a team of about 25 people today. Under his leadership and vision « from foresight to insight to action », swissnex San Francisco, as the office is known, established sophisticated scouting practices and a knowledge exchange platform comprising, among other activities: regular visits from academics, innovators, designers, and scientists; a series of highly successful events that encourage networking and collaboration between Switzerland and North America; mandates for a diverse set of clients, from startups to Fortune 500s to universities to cantons; and a stimulating office-sharing community that brings startups, established companies, and university outposts under one roof to further connect the dots.

Before swissnex, Christian was the director of CAST (now Alliance), the Industrial Liaison Office at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and was influential in fostering Swiss participation in several European initiatives including the Comett and Leonardo programs. He also worked as a research project leader at INRS-Energie in Montréal, Canada, and co-founded a process management company.

Christian is author of numerous articles, an individual member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, and was for several years on the board of Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. He holds a doctorate in physics from EPFL and postgraduate management degrees from IMD and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He was nominated in 2010 “Une des 100 personnalités qui font la Suisse Romande”. He is fluent in French, German, Swiss-German and English

Christian Simm

Research Interests

Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT

Professor Susskind's research interests focus on the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, the practice of public engagement in local decision-making, global environmental treaty-making, the resolution of science-intensive policy disputes, renewable energy policy, climate change adaptation and the land claims of Indigenous Peoples. Professor Susskind is the author or co-author of twenty books including, most recently, Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities: Strategies for Engagement, Readiness and Adaptation (Anthem), the second edition of Environmental Diplomacy (Oxford Press), Good for You, Great for Me(Public Affairs Press) Water Diplomacy (Resources for the Future), Built to Win (Harvard Business School Publishing), Multiparty Negotiation (Sage), Breaking Robert's Rules (Oxford), The Consensus Building Handbook (Sage), and Dealing with An Angry Public (Free Press). Professor Susskind is currently Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, the Director of the MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) and co-director of the Water Diplomacy Workshop. He is Founder of the Consensus Building Institute, a Cambridge-based, not-for-profit that provides environmental mediation services around the world. He also was one of the co-founders of the interuniversity Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he now directs the MIT-Harvard Public Negotiations Program, serves as Vice Chair for Education, and co-directs the Negotiation Pedagogy Initiative.

Lawrence Susskind

Research Interests

Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Environmental Planning and Management, Land Use Law and Planning