WC-8 Advancing Sustainable Development through FEW Integration

This session will explore integration of food, energy, and water systems in developing regions. Some speakers will explore population as a food-energy-water connector. Other speakers will describe efforts to produce policy insights into difficult global challenges by modeling some of the key environmental, economic, political, and social systems that interact to make these problems complex. Finally, some speakers will explore how development programming can progress from a single sector focus to address cross-sector challenges, and act as a catalyst to changing government policy. Most case studies will focus on Africa. Speakers will also address climate change as a cross-cutting challenge.

Moderator: Robert Engelman, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute


  • Elliott Cappell, Principal Manager, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Adam Smith International
  • Kathleen Mogelgaard, Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland/US Climate Action Network
  • Clive Mutunga, Population, Environment and Development Technical Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Rosanna Marie Neil, Director, Sustainable World Initiative

Robert Engelman is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, a globally focused environmental research organization, where he was President (2011-2014) and Vice President for Programs (2007-2011). Prior to joining Worldwatch, he was Vice President for Research at Population Action International, a policy research and advocacy group in Washington, and directed its program on population and the environment. He has written extensively on population’s connections to environmental change, economic growth, and civil conflict. Bob is the author of More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want.

Elliott Cappell has experience in planning, design, delivery, project management and economic analysis of development projects worldwide. Elliott brings a strong track record of recent and current projects across the developing world related to economic development and infrastructure. He has worked in a range of development contexts including in East, West, and Southern Africa; the Middle East; South Asia; East Asia; and Latin America. Elliott has experience working with a range of donors, including DFID, the World Bank, the IFC, and CIDA. Elliott also held various roles in the Government of Ontario managing economic development programs. Elliott previously worked as an academic and media researcher on economic policy issues in Costa Rica and Israel. (416-254-9848, elliott.cappell@adamsmithinternational.com)

Kathleen Mogelgaard is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience in policy analysis, advocacy, and teaching on global environmental challenges and solutions. As an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Honors College, she piloted an undergraduate course called “Hungry, Hot, and Crowded: Global Challenges of the 21st Century,” which focuses on trends and responses to the interlinked challenges of food security, climate change, and population growth. Her writing on these issues has appeared in Grist, New Security Beat, and RH Reality Check.

Clive Mutunga is Population, Environment and Development Technical Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he focuses on the linkages between population, environment, and development, including the intersections and integration of family planning and the environment. Trained at the University of Nairobi and the University of Pretoria, Clive is an expert in environmental economics and has conducted research on linking population, gender, climate change, and the environment.

Rosanna Marie Neil is the Director of the Sustainable World Initiative (SWI), a global advocacy program that educates political leaders and the general public about the relationship between human society and natural systems and the changes that will be required to achieve lasting progress. She played an active role in influencing the negotiations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations, and will be supporting governments as they implement the global agenda. Rosanna spent several years practicing law in Washington, DC before dedicating her career to advocating for socioeconomic and environmental sustainability.


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