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.

Leida Rijnhout

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

Elira Karaja is Lead Economist, Strategy and Institutional Partnerships, for our Global Partnership for Ocean Wave Energy Technology (GPOWET) multi-stakeholder partnership for sustainable development. An economist by training with extensive experience in research policy and project implementation for academia and international institutions.  A fellow at Columbia University, she combines political economy and sustainable development analysis for institutional building, renewable energy, and gender inequality.