Stakeholder Forum Associates are individual experts at stakeholder engagement in sustainability policy processes on the global, regional, or local level. They share the vision of Stakeholder Forum to advance sustainable development at all levels. Together, they bring decades of experience from within all levels of government, academia, business and industry, the NGO community, and the United Nations inter-governmental environment and development processes.

Associates are structurally affiliated to Stakeholder Forum in a variety of capacities. Some are engaged to deliver project work for Stakeholder Forum, others are Project Leaders for work that they have brought in-house to be under the Stakeholder Forum umbrella, and some are renowned women and men who bring topic-specific knowledge to the organisation.  And others are the next generation of sustainability practitioners who share a common vision with Stakeholder Forum.

Leida Rijnhout, Senior Advisor

Leida Rijnhout has been programme coordinator of Resource Justice and Sustainability at Friends of the Earth Europe. In her position as Executive Director of ANPED and director Global Policies at the EEB, she facilitated and coordinated the global NGO community to realize their active engagement in United Nations processes on Sustainable Development and Environment. She was heavily involved at and in the preparations of the Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 (Johannesburg), at Rio+20 in 2012 (Rio de Janeiro), the development of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs) and the UN Environment Assemblies (UNEA) Leida Rijnhout is also a member of the EU Multi-Stakeholder Platform on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, chaired by EU Vice President Frans Timmermans, and she is the initiator of SDG Watch Europe and is member of its Steering group. SDG Watch Europe.

Elira Karaja, PhD, Advisor

Elira is an Economist with extensive experience in research, policy, and project implementation in political economy analysis and sustainable development. Working among others with the World Bank, UN, UNDP, and UNIDO she has experience in development work and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Specifically, in the areas of the renewable energy transition, the role of small and medium enterprises, gender inequality, and the blue-green economy. An Affiliate at Columbia University, she collaborates as Advisor on Blue-Green Political Economy for the Alliance for Global Resilience and Regeneration Network. Previously, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York and the Columbia University Business School.

Currently, she is co-developing AGORA’: a new resilience-building method, that combines context-focused interventions with research, resilience framework, and the use of innovative technological tools. In the past year, Elira served as the Lead Economist and Strategy and Partnership facilitator for the Global Partnership for Ocean Wave Energy Technology (GPOWET) initiative. In this role, she helped to establish the Private Public Partnership, while advocating for inclusive sustainable and renewable energy solutions in the context of 2030 Agenda.  Dr. Karaja facilitated dialogues around  GPOWET’s unique wave energy conversion technology, SurfWEC, was an expert panelist at the 2019 UN Science Technology and Innovation Forum (the STI Forum) and collaborated with UN Member States, UNDESA, and the SIDS Unit of UNDESA.

Tanner Glenn, Associate

Tanner Glenn is an independent content strategist and literary consultant with an extensive background in advocacy, public policy, nonprofit management, and editorial work. He is the founder and principal consultant of TPG Advisory Group, a strategy and social impact consulting firm that specializes in strategic planning, content development, event planning and facilitation, and digital strategy for private-sector, non-profit, education, and philanthropic organizations around the world. Tanner primarily supports Stakeholder Forum in planning and facilitating virtual workshops, developing budgets and itineraries for major conferences, and coordinating stakeholder partnerships. Since 2016, he has partnered with Felix Dodds and the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development in editing and publishing the Governance for Sustainable Development book series. In this capacity, he regularly collaborates with key partners such as UN-DESA and Article 19.

Tanner holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and urban planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Tanner established the nonpartisan University of North Carolina Institute of Politics (IOP) and served for two years as the Institute’s executive director. His work has been featured in major publications including the Washington Post and the New York Times. Tanner is based in Los Angeles and New York City. He is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Gifted Children (AAGC).