Emily Van Houweling
Emily Van Houweling has a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. She has over a decade of experience in international development in nine sub-Saharan Africa countries. Her experience began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali and includes several large, collaborative research and development projects with a variety of partners. Van Houweling’s research explores issues of equity, sustainability and governance in relation to water and sanitation services. She has taught development courses at the University of Denver’s Korbel School for International Studies and Virginia Tech.
Mairi-Jane Fox has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Vermont and a M.S. in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh. Her professional experience includes research in sustainable impact investing, corporate social responsibility and ecological economics. Fox has taught at Colorado charter schools, as well as Colorado State University and Champlain College.
Karla Esser has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Northern Colorado and a M.A. in Education: Teaching and Learning from Regis University. She has taught at various universities, including Regis University, the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, as well as Aurora, Elizabeth and Aurora Public Schools in Colorado. She is also a member of numerous organizations including the Colorado Association of School Executives, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Colorado Staff Development Council.
Jude Forkwang has a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Toronto and a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pretoria. His research has focused on the cultures and peoples of West and Southern Africa. He teaches and researches a wide variety of topics including transnational migration, citizenship, associational life, the politics of traditional leadership and democratization, development and globalization, as well as contemporary African youth identities. His research focuses on the internal developments that have shaped world views, politics, aspirations and imaginaries of the future.
Fokwang released his début documentary, “Something New in Old Town,” which examines the lives of young people as agents of communal change in urban Africa, in 2016.
Joshua N. Knight
Joshua N. Knight, P.E., Ph.D., C.W.P., graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, from the University of South Carolina with a M.E. in Chemical Engineering and from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Sustainable Urban Infrastructure). He has twenty years of experience in water, wastewater, environmental and sustainability engineering fields.
Knight is a Program Engineer at Global Hope Network International (GHNI) in Denver, CO and walks alongside communities to empower villagers to lift themselves out of poverty using local staff to provide knowledge-sharing in the areas of water, food, health, education and income generation.
Cristin Lasser has a Ph.D. in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado Boulder and an M.A. in Teaching: Elementary Education from Brown University. She has taught at various universities, including Regis University, Colorado Mountain College and the University of Colorado Boulder. Lasser is also a member of numerous organizations, including Higher Educators in Linguistically Diverse Education and Culture, Language and Social Practices and the Comparative and International Education Society.
Ursula Miniszewski holds an M.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in History. She is the Program and Development Officer of Gender and the Environment at Global Greengrants Fund. She is a contributing author of award-winning “Climate Justice and Women's Rights: A Guide to Supporting Grassroots Women's Actions,” and co-coordinator of the Summit on Women and Climate. As part of her work at Global Greengrants, she travels around the world speaking about the gendered impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. Miniszewski has experience working on women’s human rights issues in Africa, Europe and Latin America, and internationally focused nonprofits that advocate for women’s rights to a clean, healthy and safe environment.
Mark Reiner, Ph.D., has co-led infrastructure assessment for the Kigali and Rwamagana Master Plans in Rwanda, as well as lead for the initial geotechnical assessment of the proposed new Kigali International Airport location near Nyamata. He served as the first projects director for Engineers Without Borders, where he advised and participated in the project design and approach of dozens of sustainable water, sanitation, alternative energy and structural projects in communities throughout the developing nations of the world.
Dr. Reiner has contributed to the City and County of Denver’s GreenPrint Denver sustainability plan, co-authored Denver’s first carbon footprint and performed a ten-month water/wastewater technology pilot project in Haiti with the UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti. Recently, he formed an IT firm that analyzes utility energy and water data and has opened a private consulting practice.
After earning two degrees in Chinese studies, Susan Rifkin, Ph.D., worked at the US Academy of Science and the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex UK. She has taught at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the London School of Economics, the Tata Institute of Social Science and several European schools of tropical public health.
Rifkin lived in Asia for 10 year, where she became the first coordinator of the Community Health Action Network and has helped establish two master degree programs in community health and management, one in German and one in Kenya. She has been widely published on the topic of community participation in health, including developing frameworks for assessing community needs and analyzing and evaluating community participation in health.
Eric Ross is a professional geospatial researcher and has worked on projects related to urban studies, environmental science, health and built environment, and planning and design for the past 8 years. He is a lecturer in the Departments of Geography Environmental Sciences and Planning and Design at the University of Colorado Denver and for the past 5 years has taught urban studies, mapping and map analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and cartography and computer mapping.
Ross is the owner of Five Points Geoplanning LLC, which provides cartography, data analysis and geovisualization among other services. He works with a variety of local, regional, state and national organizations, agencies, and other consultants on projects from historical GIS to future land use development, demographics, and health and the built environment.