Plenary 7: Moving from Science to Action


Lynn Scarlett serves as Managing Director, Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy. She oversees worldwide government relations and public policy efforts.  This oversight role includes the departments of U.S. Government Relations, International Government Relations, and Conservation Campaigns. Previously, she served for 8 years at the Department of the Interior as Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. There she chaired the Climate Change Task Force and the Cooperative Conservation Working Group. She also served on the President's Management Council, including its Executive Committee. After leaving federal service, Ms. Scarlett was Co-Director of the Center for Management of Ecological Wealth and a Visiting Scholar at Resources for the Future In 2009 she served as a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer on climate change at the University of California Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. She co-chairs the Large Landscape Conservation Practitioners' Network. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.


Quamrul Chowdhury was deeply involved in the Rio Summit in 1992, Rio+5 in 1997, Rio+10 Summit in 2002, and the Rio+20 Summit in 2012. He has been one of the key figures in the UN climate negotiation since its inception and is one of the mooters of the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) for Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Chowdhury was chair of the Kyoto Protocol Joint Implementation Committee, a member of the United Nations Climate Adaptation Committee, a member of UN Water Future and Solutions Focused Group, Chairman of the Forum of Environmental Journalists of Bangladesh (FEJB) and the Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ), and Secretary General of the World Water Forum of Journalists (WWFJ). 


David Costello is Deputy Secretary for Policy and Planning at the Maryland Department of Environment. Prior to that, David served concurrently as Director of the Governor’s Delivery Unit (GDU) and as an Assistant Secretary and Director of the Maryland Office of Smart Growth. Prior to his work with the O’Malley-Brown Administration, David served as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Investment in Baltimore City and as a regional and country program manager with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Deputy Secretary Costello is a graduate of the George Washington University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Robert Inglis is the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (E&EI) based at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Inglis founded and launched the national grassroots organization on July 10, 2012. Under Inglis’ leadership, E&EI advocates conservative alternatives to big-government mandates and fickle tax incentives. Before starting E&EI, Inglis represented South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District (Greenville, Spartanburg, Union counties) for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected to Congress in 1992, having never run for public office. He spent six years in the U.S. House (1993-99) and kept a campaign commitment to serve just three terms. In the fall of 2004, Inglis was re-elected to the open House seat he previously held and went on to serve another six-year stint in Congress. He was a member of the House Science Committee where he served as the Chairman of the Research Subcommittee and then as the Ranking Member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. During his six years on the Science Committee, interactions with scientists in Antarctica, Australia and elsewhere shaped his views on climate change. Inglis spent the spring semester of 2011 as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and he taught at the Nicholas School at Duke University in the spring of 2012.


Bob Perkowitz is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, writer, investor and cyclist. Bob is Managing Partner of VivaTerra, LLC; President and Founder of ecoAmerica, and sits on the boards of SNAP A/V, World Bicycle Relief and Environmental Defense Fund.

Bob has also served as President of Cornerstone Brands, Inc.; President of Smith+Noble LLC; President of Joanna Western Mills, and Chairman and CEO of Home Fashions, Inc., as well as on a number of other boards including SRAM, Inc. and the Sierra Club Foundation.

He graduated from Lake Forest College as a College Scholar in Social Thought, earned an MBA at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and completed the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Bob lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Lisa Renstrom. Among other places, he has ridden his bike across North and South America, Australia, Europe and parts of Asia. He is currently trying to figure out how to ride across Africa.