The policies and programs of GEE-21 are recommended by the President and subject to the approval of the honorary Board of Directors of the organization. This is a distinguished group of persons from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and other countries (at present Australia, China, Germany, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom). Short biographies of the Directors and Officers are provided below.
Dr. Jack P. Suyderhoud is President of GEE-21. He is Professor of Business Economics at the Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University, Indiana, and has published in a number of scholarly journals. He served as the Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration for four years (1996-2000). Dr. Suyderhoud has won a number of teaching and service awards, and has been teaching in the Shidler College of Business MBA programs in Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and France. He also is currently administrating the College's Executive MBA Program in Vietnam.
Dr. Toufiq A. Siddiqi is Chairman of the Board of GEE-21, and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii. He is also an Affiliate Graduate Faculty in the Geography Department of the University of Hawaii. Dr. Siddiqi was the Regional Advisor on Energy at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). For the preceding 18 years, he worked at the East - West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, in several capacities, finally as Senior Fellow. He initiated in 1979 a Program on The Environmental Dimensions of Energy Policies, possibly the first one in Asia and the Pacific dealing with the linkages between energy and environmental concerns. Dr. Siddiqi is a Past-President of the Hawaii Academy of Science. He was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and has served as a Consultant to several agencies of the United Nations system, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Siddiqi has published extensively on Energy Policy, Climate Change, and other environmental issues.
Mr. Richard A. Figliuzzi, Jr. is GEE-21 Vice-President U.S.A. and CEO of the Hawai’i-based Integrated Energy Systems, LLC., involved in the development of distributed alternative energy generation for Hawai’i including commercial scale solar PV and biomass-to-energy. He has been serving as VP and Director of UNAUSA-Hawaii Division.
Dr. Gundolf H. Kohlmaier is Vice president (International), and Professor for Theoretical and Physical Chemistry at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfur/Main (Germany). He served on the Board of Directors of the Center of Environmental Studies at the University for twenty years. He has been a visiting Professor at several academic institutions, including the University of California, Berkely; the Scipps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego; the University of Paris, Orsay; the Australian National University; the Center for International Studies at Stanford University. Dr. Kohlmaier's current research interests include strategies for sequestering carbon dioxide in natural systems; political implementations of a follow-up to the Kyoto Protocol; and a comparison of the climate strategies of the European Union and the six Asia Pacific Partnership countries.
Ms. Ulrike Siddiqi, is the Treasurer/Secretary of GEE-21. She holds an MBA degree from the University of Hawaii and was President of Europa Holdings, Inc. (1990-2004). Ms. Siddiqi has been active in a number of volunteer organizations in Hawaii. She served in various capacities on the Board of the Alumni Association of the Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii. She is Past President of the Hawaii Chapter of the Pan-Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association (PPSEAWA) and currently serves as Treasurer on the PPSEAWA International Council (2007-2010).
William Bodde, Jr. has been a US Ambassador to Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu, and the US Representative to the South Pacific Commission. He was also a senior policy maker in the U.S. Department of State and was appointed the first Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore. Since leaving the State Department in 1994, he has been lecturing widely in Europe, Asia and the United States. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business, for many years.
Dr. David Cope is Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, the United Kingdom. He has previously served as the Executive Director of the UK Center for Economic and Environmental Development, and as the Environmental Team Leader for the International Energy Agency. In 1996, he was appointed Professor of Energy Economic at Doshisha University in Japan, and developed that University’s international program in energy and resource economics. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and of the London School of Economics. Dr. Cope is, inter alia, a senior member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and of the Academy of Social sciences.
Amy Funk is an Air Project Specialist at the University of Illinois, and Planning Commissioner for the city of Fairview Height in Illinois. She is a co-founder of Local Earth Advocates, and organization that helps get local government support for the globally recognized “Earth Hour”. While living in Honolulu, Ms. Funk worked for GEE-21 on its Carnegie Foundation sponsored project on Water Security in South Asia. Ms. Funk has a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and Management from Indiana University. She is the recipient of several awards from volunteer organizations covering environmental and community issues.
Dr. Roy M. Green is Chair of the Western Australia Government Taskforce for Greenhouse and Energy, and Member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization. Dr. Green has served, inter alia, as the Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), and as Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Science and Technology. He has been an Australian Delegate to, and on the Excecutive Council of, the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission, and Vice-Chairman of the OECD Committee on Science and Technology Policy. His Honors include Officer of the Order of Australia, the Centenary Medal, and an Honorary D.Sc.. Dr. Green is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering.
Dr. Gerald Marten is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. He is the Founder and leader of a project on Eco Tipping Points, which has developed and disseminated innovative strategies for environmental sustainability. Prior to returning to Hawaii, Gerald Marten served as a Professor in the School of Policy Studies at the Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, and as a Research Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans. He was formerly a Research Associate in the Environment and Policy Institute of the East-West Center from 1979 to 1987. Dr. Marten has also undertaken research and teaching in several countries, including Canada, Mexico, Kenya, Costa Rica, Honduras, Malaysia, and Vietnam. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Los Angeles, and a doctorate in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Axel Timmermann is a Professor in Physical Oceanography at the University of Hawaii, and a Lead Author for Working Group I of the Fifth Assessment that is currently being undertaken by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC). His research and extensive publications have focused on the dynamics of climate change in the Pacific Ocean and related topics. Dr. Timmermann received his Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a Master’s Degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Marburg, Germany. He is the recipient of the prestigious Rosenstiel Award of the Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in Miami, in 2007.
Mr. Kunbao Xia has worked in the field of environmental diplomacy since 1985. He was Director and then Director General in charge of international cooperation in China 's National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) for over a decade. He subsequently served as China 's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and acted as Vice Chairman, Committee of Permanent Representatives of UNEP. He then was a senior staff member at UNEP, holding positions including Coordinator for Emergency Response, Chief of Capacity Building Branch, and Head of UNEP China Office. Mr. Xia is a Member of the Committee of Science and Technology of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), Director of the All China Environment Federation, and Visiting Professor at the UNEP/Tongji University Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development.