The Sustainability Journey

Are you worried about our planet? Do you feel the need for change? Imagine a journey together. Changemakers around the world will share their views and solutions to the greatest challenge of our time. Diverse, Inclusive and Open. From Kenya to the World with Samuele Tini, 3 episodes per month,9,19 and 29!

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"What I think is so amazing about food is food gives us that agency to be able to make those choices" Brent Loken, Global Food Lead Scientist - WWF, gives us a comprehensive review of the results of COP27, a in depth analysis of the importance of food systems and an actionable way forward. A fantastic episode, full of insights you do not want to miss! Follow our channels and comment with your key takeaway!

Saturday Nov 19, 2022

Satya S. Tripathi is a global sustainability leader and a changemaker. He is now the Secretary General of GASP, the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet. In the episode, we discuss how the Global Alliance catalyzes virtuous partnerships of governments, international organizations, entrepreneurs, earth champions, and global investors to tackle the world's most pressing challenges.  We discuss innovative and regenerative projects that are changing lives and enabling regeneration at a large scale. And stay tuned for his five tips for a sustainable planet! GASP - Bio - Satya S. Tripathi is Secretary-General of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet. A development economist, lawyer and changemaker with over 40 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi is the Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences - the world's largest academic institution dedicated exclusively to indigenous people and cultures. He is also a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Innovative Finance at the World Agroforestry Centre. He has served with the UN for more than two decades in key positions across the planet and was most recently the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of New York Office at UN Environment and Secretary of the UN Environment Management Group. His other strategic engagements with the UN include: Head of Human Rights Investigations for the UN in post-war Bosnia (UNMIBH); Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami recovery efforts in support of the government and affected populations; and Executive Head of UNORCID, a UN System Office established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to facilitate the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and other stakeholders. 
 Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF) in 2017 to leverage 'private finance for public good' at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact for millions of people in developing countries. He previously served on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Forests.

Thursday Nov 17, 2022

Special Episode 3 for the Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World in collaboration with Italian Institute of Culture in Nairobi. Development cooperation. Italian expertise for restoration and climate smart agriculture We discuss the role of the Italian Development Cooperation for a sustainable planet with Luigi Luminari. He is a widely experienced Rural Development and Food Security specialist with over 30 years of combined professional international experience across the fields of DRM, NRM, Integrated Rural Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity Conservation, gained primarily across East Africa – Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Luigi is Team Leader for Agriculture at the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) in Nairobi.

Monday Nov 14, 2022

Special Episode 2 for the Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World in collaboration with Italian Institute of Culture in Nairobi. Sustainable and healthy food production in space: innovation and connections on Earth.  Fascinating lessons from agriculture in space! We discuss the role of Italy and its academic excellence for a sustainable planet with professor Fabio Santoni Scientific attaché of the Embassy of Italy in Nairobi and Stefania De Pascale , University of Naples. Fabio Santoni is Professor of Aerospace Systems (SSD ING-IND/05) and the Scientific Attaché of the Embassy of Italy in Nairobi. A TEDx speaker and has lead hundreds of innovative projects. Prof. Stefania De Pascale is full Professor of Horticulture and Floriculture at the University of Naples Federico II. She led innovative projects in the space agriculture funded by several agencies and she is one of the leading experts in this developing and innovative field.   TED talks Prof. Fabio Santoni TED talk Prof. Stefania De Pascale

Wednesday Nov 09, 2022

We discuss with Erik Solheim, a global leader, the expectations for COP27, the role of international organizations in the current climate crisis, and the innovative solutions Erik is fostering. We discuss the role of new emerging actors, especially India and China, and the need for collaboration in the spirit of Indian scriptures. The Whole world is a family,  “If we allow people to split us and create confrontation, everything is so much more difficult.” Erik Solheim is a well-known global leader on environment and development and an experienced peace negotiator. He served as Norwegian minister of Environment and International Development from 2005-2012. During that period, he initiated the global program for the conservation of rainforests. He brought through game-changing National legislation - among them the Biodiversity Act and legislation to protect Oslo city forests. He brought Norwegian development assistance to 1%, the highest in the world. He led the peace efforts in Sri Lanka from 1999-2009 as the main negotiator of the peace process and played a vital role in peace efforts in Nepal, Myanmar and Sudan. Erik was the Executive Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (the main body of world donors) from 2012-2016,  Executive Director of UN Environment, and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2016 to 2018. Currently, he is senior adviser at the World Resources Institute and President of the Belt and Road Green Development Institute in Beijing.

Monday Nov 07, 2022

WEEK OF THE ITALIAN CUISINE IN THE WORLD 2022 - 14-20 November 2022 Conviviality, Sustainability, and InnovationThe Ingredients of Italian Cuisine for the Health of Individuals and the Protection of the Planet The Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Italian Cultural Institute) celebrates the week with several events. Learn more about Italy and its contributions to sustainable food in a special series of 3 episodes of the podcast featuring experts from government, academia, and development. In the first episode, we feature H.E Amb. Roberto Natali and the Director of IIC Nairobi Elena Gallenca. They discuss the role of Italy as a leader in the food sector, the strong sustainability record of the food sector, and the rich programme for the week. The second episode will feature academic experts discussing sustainable agriculture and innovation!   Learn more IIC Nairobi-

Saturday Oct 29, 2022

Culture, conservation and the destinies of two men who created a movement, which is transforming landscapes, bringing together old enemies and restore nature. Peter Martell in the book describes his almost 2 years of work in Northern Kenya, with the Northern Rangeland Trust a “Grassroots conservation aimed at enhancing people’s lives, building peace and conserving the natural environment”. In the book, he describes the work to rescue the last rhinos in the ‘80s, the first conservancy and the strong peacebuilding efforts. The stories of Josephine, Ian, Kinyanjui and many more are examples of the work and commitment. In the interview, we discuss the critics of the movement and the response to their concerns. And you will discover the meaning of the title! Happy listening! The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) is a membership organisation owned and led by the 43 community conservancies it serves in northern and coastal Kenya. NRT was established as a shared resource to help build and develop community conservancies, which are best positioned to enhance people’s lives, build peace and conserve the natural environment. For more info  

Wednesday Oct 19, 2022

“Don’t underestimate the importance of people and driving change” In the episode, Paul Breloff discusses the importance of channeling human capital into ventures, not only financial capitals. Shortlist uses its technological and innovative approach for executive search for social impact organizations focusing on the African market and youth empowerment programmes, getting more people into critical jobs in clean energy and other sustainability sectors. As a business angel and investor, he discusses the startup model to enable growth and transformation, especially in emerging markets. If you like the episode, share and comment!

Sunday Oct 09, 2022

To continue to accept these realities is absurdity. To not do anything about them is obscenity. To not profit from the unexpected solutions that sustainability offers would be humankind’s greatest missed opportunity. (Bhatnagar and Anastas, 2022) "the work of sustainability, I would say, globally, has just started" Natural resource inputs to business operations are getting scarcer and more expensive, while climate-change-related economic shocks pose a risk to seamless operations and, more importantly, threaten business continuity. How can organizations integrate sustainable design in their overarching operations and align it with profitability and corporate strategy? In their book The Sustainability Scorecard: How to Implement and Profit from Unexpected Solutions, Bhatnagar and Anastas show business leaders and innovators how to create breakthrough sustainable products and processes that are good for the planet, human health, and profits. The Sustainability Scorecard is a digestible and comprehensive guide rooted in scientific and data-driven methodology. This required read unpacks how sustainable operations can produce beneficial results through market share and new service line expansion, supply chain and sourcing model transformation—driving the most consistent and long-term value.   Based on Paul Anastas’s foundational Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry, the Sustainability Scorecard is the first scientifically rooted, data-driven methodology for creating inherently sustainable and profitable products and processes. By redesigning with sustainability as a key design element, firms open themselves to unexpected solutions, leapfrog innovations, and sources of value that simply don’t occur when sustainability is leveraged purely as a risk-avoidance and compliance measure. Bio Authors  URVASHI BHATNAGAR, DPT, MBA is a healthcare executive whose career spans clinical care, research, advocacy and strategy and operations consulting for leading healthcare organizations. As a mission-driven population-health and sustainability expert, she has over a decade of healthcare leadership experience working with clients to advance health outcomes in underserved communities leveraging advanced analytics and strategy—to address barriers to care, advancing health equity, and improving access to life-altering high-quality care. Bhatnagar holds an MBA from Yale University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University. She believes global wellness can be achieved through sustained and intentional investment in products and processes that are designed to be inherently sustainable and capturing value from the triple bottom line advantages that sustainability offers.   PAUL ANASTAS, PhD is the Director of Yale University’s Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, where he holds the Theresa and H. John Heinz chair in Chemistry for the Environment. Previously, he served as the Science Advisor to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the Agency’s Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, appointed by President Barack Obama. Known as the “Father of Green Chemistry” for his ground-breaking work on the design and manufacture of chemicals that are non-hazardous, environmentally benign, and cost effective, Anastas is a fierce champion of sustainability science and innovation for environmental protection. He was the recipient of the prestigious Volvo Environment Prize in 2021 and is widely published and his work and collaborations have been widely covered in leading media outlets.

Thursday Sep 29, 2022

“I think the most important thing I've learned is to not come in with preconceived ideas” In the episode, she answers the following questions Is the 21st Century the African one? Practical ways to support the growth Main themes on how to foster inclusive and sustainable investment Emily Barran is a changemaker, working as a Senior Project Leader at Open Capital. She has an MBA from Oxford Said Business School and was the host of the podcast Future of Business, season one at SBS Business School.  About Open Capital -  Open Capital is a management consulting and financial advisory firm that drives growth, enables investment, and builds markets across Africa. They help businesses, investors, development partners, and the public sector identify opportunities and deliver unique, impactful solutions. The mission is to advance African economies and build future generations of business leaders.   note - Kenya's GDP stands at 110Billion USD and not 80 as mentioned in the episode. 




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