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Keynote Speakers

Theodosia (Theo) Ferguson

Healing Living Systems, Inc. (HLS), Founder and CEO

Theo is a native Californian. HLS’s mission: “Climate Stability through Agroecology.”

Theo foci:
Proof of Concept: Local Foodshed Resilient Community—a Municipality, Riverside, CA

Inviting all people to participate in Systems to Heal the Climate: Full Moon Healing Action Network (FMHAN)(Contact: Gerardo Marin (geractivacion@gmail.com) to honor our living systems and capture carbon in the soil to grow nutrient-dense food).

Positions Held:

International Experience:
Direktorin die Kommunicationszentrum der Stadt Nuernberg, Germany, 1971-2
Founder, Export Profiles, an export management consultancy representing renewable energy to South and South-East Asia, and the People’s Republic of China. 1981-86

US-Based Experience:
Field Representative for CA Assemblyman and Congressperson, Leo J. Ryan, 1975-6
Project Manager in the National Office of Kaiser Permanente, 1992-1999
Founded three Corporations and two NGOs.1981-present

Memberships:
Founded International Society of Art, Science and Technology, USA (Leonardo Journal)(1981)
Member US Social Investment Forum (2004-present)
Mounted International Prize: “Our Daily Bread, What does it REALLY Cost?” (2004-6)
Member Foundation for Shamanic Studies (2005-present)
Systems to Heal the Climate: Founded 2012; now 5/6 Holders and 2020: FMHAN (above)
Founding Member US Slow Money (2008); Facilitated formation: Slow Money NoCal (2010-present)
Participant/Plenary Moderator: Justice Begins with Seeds; SOIL NOT OIL (2011-present)
Member: Slow Money NoCal: SOIL Group: Slow Opportunities to Invest Locally: Innovator: Direct Relationship Driven Investor: Local Food, Farming and Finance Infrastructure Investor (20 Infrastructure Investments; Champion: 5 enterprises)(2011-present)
Candidate Coordinator: Biomimicry Int’l Design Contest: Food Systems 2015 (w/Fairfield, Iowa)
Graduate: Urban Farmer Training Program, 2017
HLS: Associate Member of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (2018-present)
Education: BA, UC Riverside: Major: Art History; Minor: Physics; CA Community College Teaching Credential; Ongoing Education: Climate Studies; Social Equity; Sustainable Economics; Agroecology
Languages: English, German, studying Spanish; Chinese/Japanese Art: Shodo and Sumie; lost language

He is a very well know activist throughout the Latino/social justice networks in California and other states where he has been invited to present in conferences & community events about his work on immigrant rights, on which he was the main advocate of the implementation of City ID Cards in cities like San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond and that were the model adopted by the city of New York. In 2007 he created the Latin American Alliance for Immigrant Rights that launched the first Response Alert Network in case of ICE raids, which received over 100 calls a day at the time. In 2009 he launched a campaign to stop the car impoundment against unlicensed immigrant drivers in Northern California that in six months forced most major cities in Northern California to change their policies about car impoundment.

In 2011 he became increasingly involved in environment/Non-GMO advocacy co organizing the conference Justice Begins with Seeds. He was the field organizer for Spanish speakers in 2012 during the historic Prop. 37 campaign in California, in which Latino vote in support of GMO Labeling reached 61%, the highest in the vote preferences by ethnicities.

He is the Co-founder of the Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition (BALASC), and one of the founding members of the Californians for GE Food Labeling Coalition. He is a strong supporter of a ban to prevent planting Genetically Engineered Corn in Mexico and worked closely with the leaders behind it, until the new president AMLO make a public statement saying that Mexico does not need GMO corn and that is out of question.

For years he hosted educational radio programs in Spanish at a commercial radio station in San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area in which he educated about urban farming, sustainability, environmental & food issues. After many years living in the Mission District of San Francisco and Portland Oregon, he moved back to Mexico where he currently works on his agro-ecological project in San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas, called Yok Jinix where he lives with her dog Sombra.

Speakers and Panelists

We will be adding confirmed speakers every week.

Stella Nyambura M., PhD.

Scientist and Researcher, Climate Resilience Advocate

Stella Nyambura Mbau PhD. A 32-year-old Kenyan. Founder and CEO of LOABOWA. The opportunity to reduce disruptions brought about by climate risks, using adaptation, has led to our interest in climate resilience (that is, climate risk management/reduction through microgrids) and awareness; for those who’d like to join the ‘climate change’ conversation, we have an ‘easy to access’ and free class that can help start them off (now on LOABOWA’s YouTube channel; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2uBng63Sg7YCH-V-_DQetw). I also curate a blog (medium.com/much-to-do) that’s committed to climate resilience in Kenya, and in Africa.
LOABOWA seeks climate friendships for better collaboration and advocacy on regional climate governance. These enabled the submission of an open letter with climate demands (done alongside youth activists) to the AU in June 2020; it got over 1500 supporters. We’ve also been honoured to extend these friendships to organisations such as the Global Communities Project, Generations for Health and Puerta de Africa. As a climate expressionist and scientist, my contribution to these friendships is a ‘sub-Saharan’ context, the focus being adaptation/resilience over decarbonization for the region.
I coordinate projects for the Abundant Earth Foundation. I also volunteer with the Mother Earth Project (helping them distribute Parachutes for Earth to 15 African countries), COP Non-Official, Polluters Out, among others.

Paul Kaiser

Paul Kaiser is a multi-award winning organic vegetable farmer with dual Masters Degrees in Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development. He operates Singing Frogs Farm in Sonoma County.

Abdoul Nazirou Mama Sanni

I’m Nazirou MAMA SANNI, born on July, 17th, 1992. I’m from Benin a country located in West Africa. I have got a Master’s degree in agriculture. I did my graduation from University of Parakou. In 2016, I made my first professional experiences at the Association for Research and Promotion in Integrated fish farming. Indeed, we made the association between fish farming and market gardening in this company. Since 2017, I was a consultant at the Chamber of Agriculture within the framework of Agriculture Program of Promotion. With this program, I have trained the cooperatives of soybean and cashew producers in North Benin. On November 2019, I created a company '' Tomorrow Start Today '' in which we do the organic production of vegetables (such as tomato, pimento, carrot, cucumber, cabbage, green bean, lettuce) for climate change. I then became an agricultural entrepreneur. In addition, in 2020, I also trained the groups of women market gardeners in North Benin with Care International project. However, I am a member of the Youth Parliament for Food and Nutrition for the achievement of SDG 2. I am a laureate of Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneur’s program 2020. I am also a laureate of Savvy fellowship program 2020 for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs. From June 2021, I’m gonna work as a coach in entrepreneurship in the framework of Youth Project of Netherland’s Embassy for Improving Food Security in North Benin.

Michelle Perro, MD.

Michelle Perro, MD, is a veteran pediatrician with nearly four decades of experience in
acute and integrative medicine. More than fifteen years ago, Dr. Perro transformed her
clinical practice to include pesticide and health advocacy. She has both directed and
worked as attending physician from New York’s Metropolitan Hospital to UCSF Benioff
Children’s Hospital Oakland. Dr. Perro has managed her own business, Down to Earth
Pediatrics, creating a new field of integrative urgent care medicine. Dr. Perro has co-
authored the highly acclaimed book, “What’s Making our Children Sick?”
(https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/whats-making-our-children-sick/) and is
Executive Director of a non-profit scientific-based website, https://www.gmoscience.org.
She has authored many publications and has a column, ‘Pediatric Pearls’, with the
journal, The Townsend Letter. She has recently launched her
website, www.drmichelleperro.com which is an interactive Zoom program on integrative
pediatrics for parents.

Eugene Twagirimana

I am a young community development practitioner born in 1990 in Eastern part of Rwanda, Kayonza District. I grew up in family of farmers who only applied organic farming. The practical experience from my family legacy on the use of organic farming has left me with a package for the next generation (healthy environment, healthy food and healthy people). Regarding my education background, I have got Diploma in religious studies from Emaus bible college, Diploma in languages (English-French-Kinyarwanda), Bachelors Degree of Law from University of Rwanda, and Master of Transformational development from Eastern college Australia.
I am a founder &Director of wellborn child initiative whose passion is to educate children/youth to invest in agribusiness projects using organic farming. We motivate community members to embrace organic farming as an environmentally friendly agricultural method. Wellborn has got community demonstration farms including- pigs farm, chicken farm and vegetable kitchen garden. I am currently serving as church and community development mobiliser at Rabagirana ministries.

Isis Maria Salcines Milla

Isis Maria Salcines Milla has worked at the Basic Unit of Cooperative Production “Organopónico Vivero Alamar” in Cuba, since 1999. She is an Agronomy Engineer, although her former vocation was in telecommunications. Isis never planned to be devoted to food production, but at the time agriculture was attracting concern from all over the world and she opted to study agronomy, at the Agrarian University of Havana (UNAH).
She has functioned as a director and coordinator of development projects and collaborations carried out at the farm through the FAO, ACTAF, ACPA. The farm also collaborates with the Institutes of Investigations, other universities across the country, and has received mentions in Municipal, Provincial Fórum, I Reward MINAG 2012 and publications in international magazines of these studies.

Camilla & Jim Becket

Camilla grew up in apartheid South Africa and was an activist in the anti-apartheid movement. She managed outreach for independent publishers who originated works by anti-apartheid thinkers and artists, including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. She launched Becket Films with Jim in 2005 with a mission to focus on international environmental issues, social justice, and health. Camilla has co-produced several Becket Films projects, including films for the Religion, Science, and Environment series about besieged water bodies around the world and what can be done to restore them.

Jim brings a varied career to his filmmaking: Human rights lawyer, journalist, and author. As Director of Public Information for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Jim made several films about refugee problems around the world. Moving to Los Angeles, he worked as a screenwriter, producer and director of TV and narrative movies. Since then he has co-produced several documentaries on contemporary environmental issues, including The Green Patriarch, The Amazon: The End of Infinity, The Arctic: The Consequences of Human Folly and El Misterio del Capital de los Indigenas Amazonicos. Jim’s awards include festival Best Film awards, two Humanitas awards, and a George Foster Peabody award.

David R. Montgomery

David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. David is the author of several popular books including Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, and most recently, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life.

His work has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs, including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered. When not writing or doing geology, David plays guitar in the band Big Dirt.

Social Media & Contact for David
web: www.Dig2Grow.com || twitter: @Dig2Grow || facebook: Dig2Grow Books ||

Francis Madiba Akolbila

Laney Siegner

Sustainable food systems researcher and climate change educator

Masters and PhD from Berkeley
Lives in off grid tiny house in Sebastopol, CA

Michelle Ciccarelli Lerach

Founder Berry Good Food Foundation

Michelle Ciccarelli Lerach is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and activist. In 2008, she received the Consumer Attorneys of California WLC Outstanding Consumer Advocate Award before taking a sabbatical from her full-time practice to further commit herself to social activism. An “agvocate” for sustainable food, she founded both the Cali-Baja Berry Good Night and Berry Good Food Foundation to advance a healthy, integrated food system by educating, connecting and supporting local food producers and consumers. She hosts the BGF-sponsored award-winning Future Thought Leaders program on UCTV.tv, with 1.5 million viewers. She is an advisor to Kiss the Ground and an Executive Producer of the documentary of the same name. An outspoken critic of current GMO labeling policy, she served on the steering committee of Californians for GE Labeling and helped launch GMOscience.org. She in the incoming Chair of the Board of the University of California Press Foundation, focused on progressive scholarship, particularly in the areas of food, farming, social and environmental issues, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Women Peacemakers Program at the Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at USD. She previously served as a consultant to the Liberian Ministry of Gender & Development.

Annet Dianah Nannono

Project manager at NISI Orgarnic Farm Community Initiative

A skilled agronomist, irrigation Engineer and Agricultural extension worker. A youth advocating for Sustainable Development Goals; Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well Being; Clean water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean energy, Decent work and Economic growth, Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure and Climate Action. Having 5-years experience in forming partnerships to achieve the goals through working with Non-government organisations, private and public service sectors in Uganda.

Miguel Robles

Founder and Core Organizer of Soil Not Oil International Conference

Miguel Robles is the founder and core organizer of the annual Soil Not Oil International Conference; previously he organized 4 editions of the “Justice Begins with Seeds Conference”. Artisan, poet, farmer, permaculture designer and activist, he has founded several organizations in Mexico and the US and launched countless campaigns of great social impact, during his continuous involvement in various social struggles related to globalization, democracy, human/immigrant rights and in recent years focused in environment and food justice.

He is a very well know activist throughout the Latino/social justice networks in California and other states where he has been invited to present in conferences & community events about his work on immigrant rights, on which he was the main advocate of the implementation of City ID Cards in cities like San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond and that were the model adopted by the city of New York. In 2007 he created the Latin American Alliance for Immigrant Rights that launched the first Response Alert Network in case of ICE raids, which received over 100 calls a day at the time. In 2009 he launched a campaign to stop the car impoundment against unlicensed immigrant drivers in Northern California that in six months forced most major cities in Northern California to change their policies about car impoundment.

In 2011 he became increasingly involved in environment/Non-GMO advocacy co organizing the conference Justice Begins with Seeds. He was the field organizer for Spanish speakers in 2012 during the historic Prop. 37 campaign in California, in which Latino vote in support of GMO Labeling reached 61%, the highest in the vote preferences by ethnicities.

He is the Co-founder of the Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition (BALASC), and one of the founding members of the Californians for GE Food Labeling Coalition. He is a strong supporter of a ban to prevent planting Genetically Engineered Corn in Mexico and worked closely with the leaders behind it, until the new president AMLO make a public statement saying that Mexico does not need GMO corn and that is out of question.

For years he hosted educational radio programs in Spanish at a commercial radio station in San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area in which he educated about urban farming, sustainability, environmental & food issues. After many years living in the Mission District of San Francisco and Portland Oregon, he moved back to Mexico where he currently works on his agro-ecological project in San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas, called Yok Jinix where he lives with her dog Sombra.

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