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Dr. Ingeborg Niestroy studied (physical) geography, worked as planner for transport projects, and has ever since been interested in governance questions of environmental integration and sustainable development, firstly culminating in her Ph.D. thesis on Strategic Environmental Assessment. She was Secretary-General of the European network of advisory councils for environmental policy and sustainable development (EEAC), and has around 15 years' experience in European policy-making and multi-stakeholder relations. She conducted a comparative study on governance for SD in nine EU members states (2005), and well as on different models of environmental and SD councils (2007, with follow-ups).

Since 2013, she is associate at the International Institute for Susainable Development (IISD) and research associate at the Policy Assessment Group of the Environmental Policy Research Centre, Free University of Berlin.

Inge took part in the preparations of the Rio+20 conference (2010-2012), collaborated in a comparative study of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) on governance for SD at regional, national and sub-national level, as well as in a study on SDGs in 14 ASEM countries, and continues to contribute to the post-Rio processes. She is Board member of the Club of Rome – EU chapter, delegate to the Consultative Committee for Industrial Change (CCMI) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and was affiliated with the Network of Excellence LIAISE (Linking Impact Assessment Instruments and Sustainability Expertise).



louis2012rev20-10-12Dr. Louis Meuleman has an MsC in environmental biology and a PhD in public administration. He has more than 30 years of public sector experience. As an academic he publishes about meta- and transgovernance. He is visiting professor at the Public Governance Institute of the University of Leuven, Belgium; senior fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability of the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA and research associate at the Public Administration and Governance Group of the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands.

He was (2010-2011) Project director of the TransGov project of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany, director of the Netherlands Advisory Council for Research on Nature, Environment and Spatial Planning (RMNO)(2002-2009), and head of unit and project director at the Netherlands Ministry for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (1991-2001). 

He is currently working at the European Commission, DG Environment. Being a civil servant, he is not involved in advisory/consultancy projects, but as a 'reflexive practitioner' he continues to participate in scholarly and other discussions on the quality of governance, sustainable development and impact assessment.

Louis' PhD thesis (2008) focuses on metagovernance: how to create and manage situationally successful combinations of hierarchical, network and market styles of governance. He concludes that it is not one style, but the optimal governance mixture that works in practice, and that what works where depends among others on national/regional/local cultures and traditions.