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 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.

The Coordinating Committee

The MAHB Coordinating Committee is comprised of outstanding leaders in their field who:

  1. Demonstrate through their individual work the values of the MAHB, specifically working across disciplines and fostering 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;
  2. Bring their expertise and experience to actively help build the MAHB.

Coordinating Committee

  • Erik Assadourian: Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute; Director of Transforming Cultures Project and Co-Director of State of the World 2013and 2012
  • Paul Ehrlich: Bing Professor of Population Studies and President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
  • 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: Chief Operating Officer, The Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability

3-4 new members anticipated by the end of 2014 

The Advisory Board

The primary role of the Advisory Board is provide on an ad hoc basis expertise to the MAHB’s development and initiatives.

Advisory Board

  • 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

10 new members anticipated by the end of 2014

The Secretariat

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


  • Joan Diamond: Executive Director
  • Erika Gavenus: Webmaster