Informal Advisory Group

We have invited a number of experts and stakeholder representatives to join an informal advisory group. They provide input on the contents of the Charter; support outreach by disseminating the call for comments in their networks; and help us think about a mechanism for signing-on, monitoring and reporting. The group includes:

Dr Marianne Beisheim, SWP, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Marianne Beisheim is senior researcher at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) – the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Her research focuses on sustainable development governance. She is an expert on the follow-up and review processes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. From 2006 to 2017, she directed a DFG-funded research project on multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development. Marianne Beisheim is a member of the UN-Political Advisory Board of the Federal Foreign Office, the German Science Platform Sustainability 2030, the Research Council of the United Nations Association Germany, the Advisory Board of the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), and the UNITAR Advisory Council „Capacity Development for the 2030 Agenda“. From 2003 till 2010, she was Assistant Professor for International Relations at Freie Universität Berlin. Previous to this, she has worked as a Research Associate for the German Parliament and the University of Bremen.

Daniel Bena, Former Senior Director of SD Pepsi, USA

Dan Bena is an award-winning executive who most recently led the Sustainable Development agenda for PepsiCo Global Operations. Honorary Professor for Glasgow Caledonian University, home of the Fair Fashion Center. He serves/has served on Boards or Advisory Committees for the Safe Water Network; World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); IFC’s 2030 Water Resources Group; United Nations CEO Water Mandate; World Economic Forum; US Water Alliance; International Society of Beverage Technologists; Social Start-up; Environmental Leader publications group; and the new Elsevier journal, Water Security. Bena proudly serves on the Board of the Creative Visions Foundation, whose program, Rock Your World, engages high school students in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and provides them tools with which to become creative activists.

Bena was a mentor for the Global Teen Leader program of; and a judge for the University of Notre Dame Corporate Adaptation Prize. Invited to provide testimony to the US Senate, keynoted the United Nations Youth Assembly to over 1,000 youth delegates from over 100 countries, and honored to receive the Light Up the Night Award for youth advocacy. This year he was named a “Global Goals Local Leader” by the UN Association for his role in the partnerships which have provided over nine million people with access to safe water.

Zak Bleicher, International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD, New York, USA


Herman Brouwer, Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Herman Brouwer is a senior advisor at Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, working on multi-stakeholder engagement for sustainable and inclusive agriculture. He advises, trains and coaches professionals across sectoral boundaries on how to contribute to sustainable development through collaboration. As an accredited Partnership Brokering Association (PBA) partnership broker, Herman is supporting local and global partnerships, mainly in food security and natural resource management, in more than 25 countries. He divides his time between governments, companies, civil society organizations and research institutions.

He is the lead author of the acclaimed MSP Guide: How to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Prior to working with CDI Herman worked with various NGOs and donors in international development. Six years of international experience in Cambodia and Nepal contributed to his practical approach to working with multiple stakeholders. 

Kate Brown, Global Island Partnership

Kate Brown is the Executive Director of the Global Island Partnership, a platform that enables island leaders and their supporters to take action to build resilient and sustainable island communities. Kate is a passionate advocate for islands. She is a valued and trusted international partnership and collaboration leader, with a unique ability to connect dots for issues and people. Kate has extensive experience in all island regions globally, and brings an extensive network of island leaders, blue sky thinkers and people dedicated to supporting islands.

Kate has experience working inside government, non profits and intergovernmentally as well as a keen sense of the most important elements of the international policy setting space relevant to islands as well as what is needed for implementation to happen. A strategic thinker who is able to present clear ideas and set up the right conditions for collaboration to thrive.  Kate is originally from New Zealand, lived in Australia, Fiji and Samoa. Kate now resides in Washington DC with her family.

For 6 years she coordinated the WSSD Type II regional conservation Partnership in the Pacific islands region focused on enabling governments and non government organisations to work together on critical Pacific issues before joining the Global Island Partnership as their Executive Director for the past 8 years. The Global Island Partnership is a best practice partnership (recognized by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development) and has been featured as such in a range of UN fora and other meetings.

Annik Dollacker, Bayer AG, Germany – in her personal capacity

Annik holds a master’s degree in horticultural science from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. For most of her career, she was responsible for international public affairs, where she represented different industry associations such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International-Agri-Food Network (IAFN) in a number of UN meetings, including the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002 and the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). Industry’s input to these meetings mainly addressed agriculture and related subjects such as rural development, food security, water, biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate change.  Within Bayer AG, Annik has been responsible for various SDG related MSPs.

Tuti Irman, expert with a PhD on MSPs – in her personal capacity

Tuti Irman is an active Foreign Service officer. She is now serving as the Indonesian Consul General in Vancouver. From 2011 – 2014 she was a Minister Counsellor of the Indonesian Mission to the UN handling the Second Committee. Issues under her purview include sustainable development, environment, migration as well as economics. In the span of her career in the MOFA, Tuti has dealt with various major negotiations including G-20 Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth, Bilateral Investment Treaty, Rio+20 The Future We Want and UN Open Working Group of Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition to her career in the MOFA, Tuti is determined to keep her attachment to academic life by among others, joining research projects and giving regular lectures in the under graduate programs at several universities. She had also pursued her doctoral degree which was finally completed in 2017. Her dissertation was dedicated in her quest to better understand the role of non governmental organization in the sustainable development negotiation with focus on Indonesian NGOs in the Rio+20 Summit. 

Mohamed Khalil, Egypt – in his personal capacity

Mr. Mohamed Khalil is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Egypt in Rabat. Before joining the Egyptian Embassy in Rabat in August 2016, he was the Head of environment and sustainable development affairs in the Department of Multilateral Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt from 2014-2016.

Mr. Khalil joined the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign as a diplomat in 1997. He has 21 years of working experience in the field of diplomacy across different areas including international politics, international economic affairs, sustainable development and environment. Through his placement at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, he previously served in two diplomatic posts in Africa and Europe before joining the Egyptian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in NY, from 2010 to 2014. He also participated in many regional and multilateral negotiation rounds related to regional cooperation in the Mediterranean region, partnership with the European Union, Climate Change and Sustainable development.

Mr. Khalil was one of the main negotiators of the Group of 77 in China, particularly in the negotiations related to: RIO+20 Conference, establishing the High-level Political Forum, and the Technology Facilitation Mechanism. He was an active member of the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group on sustainable development goals, which developed the SDGs. He is an active member of the African Group of Negotiators on climate change, and he participated in UNFCCC negotiations from 2011 till 2017. He actively participated as one of the African Lead Negotiators in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Mr. Khalil participated in the development of the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), and was behind the idea of developing the African Adaptation Initiative (AAI), and actively participated in its technical work and meetings.     

Mr. Khalil graduated from the Business School of the Sadat Academy for Management Sciences in Egypt in 1993, and holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in France (1999), an MA in International Law and International organisations from the University of Paris-Sud (2002) and an MA in European Studies from the University of Malta (2008).

Sunita Kotnala, Saathi For All Partnerships, India


Bernd Lakemeier, GIZ, Germany – in his personal capacity

Bernd Lakemeier is project leader at the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Bonn. He is currently heading Partnerships2030 –  a German platform for multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development.Partnerships2030 strengthens existing multi-stakeholder partnerships, helps to launch new initiatives and supports and informs on all partnership matters.

Bernd studied political science, business studies and international law. After finishing his studies, he joined the GIZ and spent three years working in Nepal. Back in Germany, he was part of a small core team working on change management and change processes as an in-house consultant for several years. Since taking over the project lead for Partnerships2030, he has been sharing and further developing his skills and expertise on multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Claudia Mansfield LaRue, Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations

Claudia focuses on environmental, economic and social issues at the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the UN. She is responsible for negotiating resolutions to improve transparency and accountability in strategic UN partnerships and is a part of the UN Expert Working Group on Partnerships.

She has ample experience in corporate sustainability and communications, and her work spans the public, private and non-profit sectors. In Norway, she worked in the telecom industry and managed IT contracts for corporate customers. In the Dominican Republic, she stewarded a social investment fund in partnership with the Inter-American Foundation which benefited over 50,000 low-income individuals through community development projects.

Claudia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in International Marketing from Strathclyde University and was a recipient of a United Kingdom Chevening Scholarship. She is a Board Member of Granito de Arena, a non-profit organization which promotes transparency and information-sharing in the Dominican Republic.

Dorah Marema, GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice Southern Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dorah Marema has worked with a wide range of NGOs and in different sectors both rural and urban settings since 1997.  She has been involved in issues of sustainability since 2000 and she worked with a wide range of multi-stakeholder participatory initiatives involving communities, NGOs, government and other institutions in various sectors including small-scale agriculture, environment, climate change, renewable energy, gender and land-rights at local, national and international levels. She was part of the GreenHouse Project which established an Environmental Sustainability Demonstration Centre in inner-city Johannesburg, which also managed for 5 years.

She is currently the Director of GenderCC Southern Africa-Women for Climate Justice which she founded in 2008 to work with women and gender civil society organisations, activists, and gender experts from the Southern African region working for womens rights, gender and climate justice. She is also a co-founding member of the Green Business college, a social enterprise based in Johannesburg, dedicated to building green’ entrepreneurs by uniting green skills with business know-how.

Claire Rhodes, Producers Direct, London, UK

Claire is CEO of Producers Direct, having founded and has managed the organisation since its establishment in 2009. Producers Direct (previously Cafedirect Producers’ Foundation) is an award winning NGO led by farmers for farmers. We currently reach 600,000 smallholders and their families across Latin America and Africa, with farmer-led services focus on 4 key areas: 1) Training & Information Services; 2) Access to Financial Services, 3) Market Access and 4) Access to data to support smallholder farmers take smarter on-farm decisions.  Claire is also a co-founder of Wefarm, established in 2010 as a project of Producer Direct and now both an independent company and the world’s largest farmer-to-farmer digital network. 
Before joining Producers Direct, Claire worked with a number of organizations to promote leadership of smallholder farmers and grassroots communities within rural development processes.  This has included UNDP’s ‚Equator Initiative‘ and Ecoagriculture Partners – a US-based non-profit focussed on facilitating collaboration between stakeholders from agriculture, environment and livelihoods sectors to achieve landscape-scale management strategies. Ecoagriculture Partners originated as one of the multi-stakeholder partnerships formed during Stakeholder Forum’s Implementation Conference, convened during the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development. As a member of Stakeholder Forum’s team for the 2002 World Summit, Claire is extremely proud of Ecoagriculture Partners, now a thriving non-profit, as an inspiring example of the impact that can be achieved through a well facilitated MSP. 
Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of Unit, Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission – in his personal capacity

Hugo-Maria Schally holds a doctorate in law from the University of Graz/Austria and is a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna/Austria. After having worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, he has since 1998 held positions as head of unit in the DGs for External Relations, Development and Environment of the European Commission.

He is currently head of unit for „Sustainable Production and Consumption“ in the Directorate for „Circular Economy and Green Growth“ of DG Environment of the European Commission. In that capacity he is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the EU Action Plan ‘Towards a circular economy’. This includes the preparation and implementation of EU policies and instruments supporting the transition to a circular economy, such as EMAS, the European Eco-label, Green Public Procurement, the European strategy for plastics and the follow up to the pilot project on the environmental footprint of products and organisations (PEF/OEF).

Sara Scherr, EcoAgriculture Partners International, Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Scherr is an agricultural and natural resource economist specializing in land management policy in tropical developing countries. She has been a prominent voice globally in promoting the restoration of degraded agricultural lands for food security and rural livelihoods, and is a leading innovator in integrated landscape management. She is an expert in the economics of sustainable agriculture and agroforestry and the design of payments to farmers and farming communities for ecosystem stewardship. She founded EcoAgriculture Partners in 2002, and in 2011 co-founded the global Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, which she now chairs.

She serves on the U.S. board of the international agricultural biodiversity research organization Bioversity International, on the advisory boards of Food Tank, the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research, and the UN Agri-food Task Force, and on the board of U.S. non-profit Solutions from the Land. Dr. Scherr is widely published in the scientific and policy literature, and is a member of the scientific editorial boards of the journals Agroforestry Systems, International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, and Land Use Policy. She has co-developed and led agricultural landscape leadership courses in Latin America and Africa, and taught for a decade in the prestigious Berkeley Environmental Leadership Program professional short course. From 2002 to 2005 she was a member of the Millennium Project Hunger Task Force. She previously served as Director of Ecosystem Services at Forest Trends, as a senior researcher at the International Food Policy Research Institute, and as a principal researcher and later on the Board of the World Agroforestry Centre.

Philip Thomas, D3Associates, Goshen, Indiana, USA, 1965 – 2018

Philip Thomas has over 25 years of experience working in the fields of conflict prevention, transformation, peace building, and Democratic Dialogue.  He has designed and facilitated hundreds of training programs across five continents and is recognized globally for his work in democratic dialogue and multi-stakeholder engagement processes.  Philip has worked with Heads of State, US State Department, and corporate executives as well as leaders of communities and indigenous groups, and a variety of civil-society and governmental organizations, from local to international. 

Since 2005, Philip has been working as senior consultant for different UN agencies and has also been supporting other international organizations and global initiatives in capacity building as well as in the design and implementation of multi-stakeholder dialogue and change processes.  His assignments include  the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA),  the President and senior leadership of newly elected government of Somalia, the US State Department, and top leadership in other countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region.   

Philip co-authored with Bettye Pruitt Democratic Dialogue: A Handbook for Practitioners(2007), a joint publication of the UNDP, OAS, CIDA and International IDEA which is now available in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.

David Tipping, Agua Clara, Canberra, Australia – in his personal capacity

David Tipping is a senior international policy, planning and programme management specialist with over 20 years of leadership experience. David’s extensive experience includes the design and construction of commercial, industrial and municipal water and wastewater systems, development and delivery of major infrastructure works, as well as appointments by the United Nations as Human Settlements Specialist and Advisor. As a subject matter expert in Water, Environment and Ecologically Sustainable Development, he advises governments, businesses, and organisations on vision, strategic planning, and multi-stakeholder partnerships, and directs and guides complex and sophisticated projects and initiatives. David has worked on a range of highly complex water issues, from the local level to river basin systems.

He is on the Board of Directors for AguaClara Reach, a not-for-profit organisationthat trains partners to design and deploy gravity-powered water treatment plants, and is Senior Executive Officer / Senior Project Manager for the Australian Government.His current research is on new partnerships for global water security, sustainable development of transboundary river basin systems, and sustainable water management in the Mediterranean region.

Mandeep Tiwana, CIVICUS, New York, USA

Mandeep Tiwana is the chief programmes officer at CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. Mandeep specialises in legislation affecting the core civil society freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Prior to joining CIVICUS in 2008, Mandeep has worked on a number of projects relating to good governance, accountability and reform of the criminal justice sector in India. He has written extensively on civil society, development and international affairs. 

Sandra Vermuyten, Public Sector International, France


Alf Wills, Summit Outcomes, South Africa – in his personal capacity

Alf Wills, currently Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa. Deputy Director General: Sustainable Development and Climate Change – Focused on developing South Africa’s policy, legislation and implementation programmes for a transition to a just, inclusive, job-creating low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable development pathway.

From 2002 to 2017 lead negotiator and coordinator for South Africa on: International Climate Change agreements and cooperation partnerships; Biodiversity and Marine Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements; International Chemicals and Waste Management agreements; International Sustainable Development agreements; International Environmental Governance, including Global Environment Facility; UNFCCC Financial Mechanism; UNEP Governing Council; engagements in the G8, G20, IBSA, OECD, World Bank, African and other international and regional environmental governance arrangements; African and Bilateral environmental cooperation.

For 2011 – dedicated focus as chief negotiator for climate change as South Africa was hosting the UN Climate Change negotiations in 2011 (COP 17 and CMP 7).

He was Lead negotiator for South Africa at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.

Mike Wisheart, World Vision, London, UK

Mike Wisheart (Senior Advisor, Business sector engagement and partnerships Advocacy & External Engagement, World Vision International) has worked for World Vision for the last 10 years in various partnering and collaboration roles. In the last four years, he has co-authored five SDG focused policy papers on the role of business in development, cross-sector partnerships, and multi-stakeholder platforms. Mike has represented World Vision as a speaker and/or panellist at international events including the Partnership Exchange, High Level Political Forum and the European Development Days.

Mike’s role has two main work-streams. Firstly, he leads business sector engagement within World Vision’s global campaign to end violence against children, It Takes a World, including co-authoring the campaign publication aimed at the business sector. Secondly, Mike leads a team providing support to World Vision country offices to strengthen their partnering capabilities.

Prior to working with World Vision, Mike worked for 6 years in Tanzania for a local faith-based development organisation and before that, in the private sector for Rover/BMW and Mars UK. Mike holds a BEng and a PhD from Loughborough University and an MBA from Leicester University and is an accredited partnership broker.

We have also gained support from Kumi Naidoo (Director of Amnesty International, launch Director of Africa Rising and former Executive Director of Greenpeace International and secretary-general of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty); Danny (Dhananjayan) Sivaguru Sriskandarajah, the Secretary General of CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations; and Andrew Deutz, Director of International Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy.


Project Leads

The MSP Charter is a joint project lead by MSP Institute and Tellus Institute:

MSP Institute is passionate about high-quality multi-stakeholder processes (MSPs) for sustainable development.

Meaningful participation, open dialogue and effective collaboration involving all sectors of societies will play a key role in achieving transformation towards sustainable development.

MSP Institute brings knowledge, skills, experience and networks to processes of engagement, collaboration and learning at local, national and international levels, and advocates for investing in designing, facilitating and evaluating MSPs. We support and coach, develop and implement, study and learn, and and build capacities. 

Dr. Minu Hemmati, Associate, MSP Institute – minu.hemmati(at) 

Photo Jan Rottler


Tellus Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) research and education organization based in the U.S. Founded in 1976, the Institute’s mission is to advance a global civilization of sustainability, equity, and well-being through research, education, and action. Tellus works at every geographic level – global, regional, national, local, and enterprise.

Core programs include Integrated Scenarios, Sustainable Communities, and the Great Transition Initiative. Key achievements include publication of the widely cited Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead, and development of integrated global scenarios used in UNEP Global Environment Outlook, IPCC, and Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 

Felix Dodds, Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute: felix(at)