Project Leads & Advisory Group

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


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


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


Sunita Kotnala, Saathi For All Partnerships, India


Bernd Lakemeier, GIZ, Germany – in his personal capacity


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 Foundations, London, UK


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


Philip Thomas, d3 associates, Goshen, Indiana, USA


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


Sandra Vermuyten, Public Sector International, France


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


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. 

Co-director of the MSP Charter project: Dr. Minu Hemmati, Associate, MSP Institute – minu.hemmati(at) 

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. 

Co-director of the MSP Charter project: Felix Dodds, Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute: felix(at)