The MAHB Organization

The MAHB Organization

MAHB is a network of Nodes and Associates – groups and individuals around the world who are committed to the mission of the MAHB and want to initiate concrete actions that will foster a sustainable and equitable future. The MAHB relies on leadership of a small Coordinating Committee and the expertise of a much larger Advisory Board. 

Both bodies are comprised of outstanding leaders in their fields who demonstrate through their work the values of the MAHB. Specifically, these members work across disciplines and foster foresight intelligence to help solve global problems of over population, over consumption, inequity, environmental degradation of all kinds, including vulnerability to pandemics, and other threats to the biosphere upon which we all depend.

The Coordinating Committee

Members of the MAHB Coordinating Committee bring their expertise and experience to actively help build the MAHB as an organization.

  • Paul Ehrlich: President, Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere; Bing Professor of Population Studies and President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
  • Erik Assadourian: Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute; Director of Transforming Cultures Project and Co-Director of State of the World 2013and 2012
  • Marilyn Hempel: Co-founder, Blue Planet United; Editor, Pop!ulation Press
  • Ilan Kelman: Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health, Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction and Institute for Global Health, University College London; Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
  • Richard York: Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Director of Graduate Studies for Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon
  • Joan Diamond, ex-officio, Secratariat: Executive Director, Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere

The Advisory Board

Members of the MAHB Advisory Board provide guidance on an ad hoc basis for specific issues and initiatives.

  • Tom Burns: Professor Emeritus, Uppsala University, Sweden; Woods Institute, Stanford University
  • Tom Dietz: Professor Sociology, Environmental Science and Policy and Animal Studies; Assistant VP for Environmental Research at Michigan State University
  • Anne Ehrlich: Policy Coordinator, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
  • Bob Horn: Visiting Scholar, H-STAR, Human Sciences and Technology Advanced Research Institute, Stanford University
  • Don Kennedy: Bing Professor of Environmental Sciences; President, emeritus, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute
  • Hal Mooney: Paul S. Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology and FSI Senior Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University
  • Kirk Smith: Professor of Global Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

The Secretariat

The Secretariat is responsible for building the necessary global infrastructure and supporting nodal development.


  • Joan Diamond: Executive Director
  • Erika Gavenus: Communications Officer