Brian Czech, President
Brian Czech has a Ph.D. in renewable natural resources studies from the University of Arizona with a minor in political science. The founding President of CASSE, Brian is also a Visiting Professor at Virginia Tech, where he teaches ecological economics in the National Capitol Region. A prolific author in a variety of venues, his scientific articles have appeared in dozens of peer-reviewed journals, dealing primarily with ecological and economic sustainability issues. His books include Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads, released in May 2013, Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, which calls for an end to uneconomic growth, and The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy. Brian is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Daly News, a blog devoted to advancing the steady state economy as a policy goal with widespread public support. Brian is also a Interdisciplinary Biologist in the national office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he received a 2010 Star Award for outstanding performance. He has played a leading role in engaging the environmental sciences and natural resources professions in ecological economics and macroeconomic policy dialog. Contact Brian via email.
Rob Dietz, Editor of The Daly News
Rob Dietz has experience in the public and private sectors working on solutions to natural resource problems using the tools of both economics and the natural sciences. He has researched a number of sustainability issues at various scales, including local-scale housing development, state policies for clean air, regional transportation initiatives, and national environmental law and policy. Rob is the author, with Dan O’Neill, of Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. He has a master’s degree from Virginia Tech in environmental science and engineering and an undergraduate degree in economics and environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Contact Rob via email.
Herman Daly, Economist Emeritus
Herman Daly is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy. From 1988 to 1994 he was a senior economist at the World Bank. Prior to that he was a professor of economics at Louisiana State University. He holds a B.A. from Rice University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He co-founded the journal Ecological Economics. He has written many articles and books, including Steady-State Economics, For the Common Good (with John Cobb),Valuing the Earth, Beyond Growth, Ecological Economics (with Josh Farley), and Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development. Herman is a recipient of Sweden’s Honorary Right Livelihood Award, the Heineken Prize for Environmental Science, the Leontief Prize, the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, and the NCSE Lifetime Achievement Award. Contact Herman through CASSE.
Aleksandra Nasteska, Outreach Director
Aleksandra was born and raised in Macedonia, where she first became outspoken in the women’s rights movement at a young age. Her career in media and communications began as a correspondent for National Networks, where she honed her concept development and project planning skills. Her recent entertainment ventures include Vancouver Heartbeat and VISAFF. Aleksandra lobbies and works with youth in the disability movement, and she is a National Director (Western Canada) of the Canadian Earth Summit Coalition. Contact Aleksandra via email.
Dan O’Neill, Chief Economist
Dan O’Neill is a Lecturer in Environmental and Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on the changes that would be needed to achieve a socially sustainable steady state economy, and alternative ways of measuring progress besides GDP. Dan has worked in both the public and private sectors in areas such as regional planning and energy management. He is co-author (with Rob Dietz) of Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. Dan holds a Ph.D. in ecological economics from the University of Leeds, and a master of environmental studies degree from Dalhousie University. Contact Dan via email.
Jacquelyn Kirkland, Administrative Director
Jacquelyn first became interested in CASSE and the concepts of a steady state economy after graduating with a BA in political science from Roosevelt University in Chicago. After becoming inspired by these ideas and hoping to work towards making them a reality, she returned to school, earning her MPA from Indiana University-Bloomington. While there, Jacquelyn concentrated in sustainability and policy analysis, and focused much of her research on food policy and sustainable urban planning. She also spent the summer as a climate change intern at a DC environmental nonprofit, researching forest fires and federally protected land. Contact Jaquelyn via email.
Rentz Hilyer, Projects Director
Rentz comes to CASSE from the private sector. His interest in sustainability issues originated while earning a BA in Geography from CU Boulder. Over fifteen years working in the luxury building industry, Rentz developed reservations about the wisdom and sustainability of excessive consumption. His interest in birding, as well as his experiences volunteering with the Virginia Master Naturalist Program both played key roles in transitioning toward his advocating for a steady state economy. He learned about the conflict between economic growth and environmental protection while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources at Virginia Tech where his current research focuses on the perspective of conservation organization leaders on limits to growth. Contact Rentz via email.
Aashish Khullar, Intern/Research Associate
Aashish has experience in the political and economic aspects of human development, sustainability and the environment. He received a bachelors degree in banking and finance from the University of London and a masters in international peace and conflict resolution at Arcadia University. Aashish also has gained experience through field studies to Costa Rica, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Israel and India. He has been a delegate at the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York, the World Sustainable Development Forum in New Delhi, the TIE Entrepreneurs Summit, and the Middle East Student Peace Conference in Tel Aviv. He has become involved in environmental lobbying campaigns, cultural exchange, the UN Millennium Development Goals, financial and equity analysis and organic farming. Contact Aashish via email.
Fola Babalola, Director of African Operations
Fola Babalola is a Ph.D. candidate in forest economics at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has completed numerous projects that combine ecological and economic expertise, including a cost-benefit analysis of seedling production, design of incentives in the agroforestry industry, development of forest policy, and socio-economic valuation of non-timber forest products. Fola has received a number of scholarships, fellowships and research grants. His publications have appeared in scientific journals, proceedings, and technical reports. His current focus is on sustainable management and conservation of forest biodiversity in the face of economic growth. Contact Fola via email.
Soumitri Das, Director of Indian Operations
Soumitri Das has over 10 years of international experience in the areas of forestry, biodiversity, energy, climate change, sustainable development, GIS and remote sensing based on his association with the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) (India), Virginia Tech (US), Forest Technology Group (US), UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UK), and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (India). A Chevening Scholar, Soumitri holds masters degrees in natural resource management from Virginia Tech (US) and the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) (India). Contact Soumitri via email.
Fernando Goulart, Director of South American Operations
Fernando Goulart is a Ph.D. candidate in ecology at the University of Brasilia. He holds a masters degree in ecology, conservation and wildlife management and an undergraduate degree in ecology, both from the University of Minas Gerais, also in Brazil. He has a special interest in socio-environmental conflict, environmental education, agro-ecology, agro-forestry, human ecology, ethno-ecology, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, ornithology and bird conservation issues. Recently he has worked as a researcher for the Dynalearn Project, a project coordinated by University of Amsterdam that uses qualitative reasoning models. Contact Fernando via email.
James Magnus-Johnston, Director of Canadian Operations
James has worked in the financial industry, in policy positions with lawmakers, and in the communications industry as an editor. He has an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, where he completed a thesis on the growth dynamics imposed by the global banking system. He is presently a professor of Political Studies and Economics with Canadian Mennonite University, the social enterprise development liaison with Manitoba’s Green Action Centre, and a member of Transition Winnipeg’s Initiating Committee. In his work, James promotes the transition to a steady state economy through financial reform, low-impact living, and the use of entrepreneurship to ignite change. Contact James via email.
Geoff Mosley, Director of Australian Operations
Geoff Mosley is a Councillor and former CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF). He is an active member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and previously served as a member of the IUCN Council. He has been working as a volunteer to educate fellow citizens on the means to achieve a sustainable society. Contact Geoff via email.