Core Team

Center for Governance and Sustainability co-director Maria Ivanova, PhD Yale, a Noted Authority on Global Governance,and United Nations Reform.Maria Ivanova, PhD, Director


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Center Advisor

Melissa Goodall, External Advisor for Strategic Planning

Melissa Goodall, External Advisor for Strategic Planning for the Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass BostonMelissa Goodall is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from Antioch University New England. The topic of her research is "Polycentric Approaches to Governing the Global Commons: The role of higher education."  Ms. Goodall is also the assistant director of the Yale Office of Sustainability, where she oversees a portfolio of projects related to sustainability strategic planning. Before joining the Office of Sustainability, she was the associate director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Previous to her arrival at Yale, Melissa spent five years as a project consultant, mainly working for UNDP on projects related to climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. She holds an MS from Antioch University New England in natural resource management and organizational administration, and a BFA from New York University.

Center Associates

Negusu Aklilu

Negusu Aklilu Associate at The Center for Governance and SustainabilityNegusu Aklilu is currently working as a climate change advisor for DFID-Ethiopia where he moved after serving as director of Forum for Environment (FfE), a local NGO, for almost eight years. As director of the Forum for Environment and one of Ethiopia’s most influential environmental advocates, he provided strategic leadership for environmental awareness-raising campaigns. He serves as the editor-in-chief of Akirma: A Magazine on Environment and Development and coeditor of the Ethiopian Environment Review, which he launched in 2010. Aklilu has also successfully spearheaded and played key roles in national and international initiatives for conservation and sustainable use of environmental resources. He co-founded and currently co-chairs the Ethiopian Civil Society Network on Climate Change, which comprises 60 organizations, and co-chairs the United Nations Environment Programme’s Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance. He was selected as one of 13 Emerging Leaders of the Global Environmental Governance Project. In 2011, Negusu received The Yale World Fellowship award and spent the fall semester at Yale University.



Gabriela Bueno

Gabriela Buenos photoGabriela Bueno obtained her Master of Laws degree in International Law from the University of São Paulo Law School in 2011, and concluded her LL.M. studies at Yale Law School in 2012. In 2009-2010, she was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University, where she conducted research about deforestation in the Amazon Forest and climate change, looking at the relationship between the forest and climate change regimes. She has worked as an environmental attorney in São Paulo and, more recently, as a consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Her research interests include global environmental governance, and the relationship between the international and domestic legal and political systems. She is currently a PhD student in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a research associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.


Laurence Delina

Laurence L Delina is a postdoctoral associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University and an Earth System Governance Research Fellow. His work has appeared as articles in Energy Policy, Climate Policy, Energy for Sustainable Development, and Carbon Management, as chapters in The Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change and several books, and as a report for the United Nations entitled Assessment Report on Energy Efficiency Institutional Arrangements in Asia. Delina held a visiting fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School, consulted for the United Nations and the University of Manchester, researched at the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies in Japan, and worked as a development banker at Land Bank of the Philippines. He received the 2014 PhD Stipend Award from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict for his work on the climate action movement. He holds Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master in Public Administration from Mindanao State University in General Santos City, Philippines and an MA in Development Studies from the University of Auckland. Laurence is a citizen of the Philippines.


Murray Carroll

Murray Carroll, Associate, Center for Governance and SustainabilityMurray Carroll is a master’s degree candidate in international relations at Harvard University. He looks forward to continuing his research into strengthening environmental governance institutions and increasing the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement mechanisms in the environmental regimes. He is currently a director of the International Court for the Environment Coalition and has worked with the International Maritime Organization, the Environmental Law Foundation, Sustainable Future Consulting at the LSE, the Government of Canada, and Scotia Capital, a Canadian Investment Bank. Carroll has a law degree from the London School of Economics, has studied alternative dispute resolution at Queen Mary University of London and Harvard Law School, and graduated with distinction” from the University of Manitoba with a bachelor’s degree in political studies.


Michael Denney

Michael Denney, Associate, Center for Governance and SustainabilityMichael Denney is a scholar and a practitioner of international development. He focuses his research on agricultural economics, land governance, land-use planning, and value chain development. Currently, he conducts research in Ethiopia, where he also actively participates in agricultural value chain projects. He graduated with his BA from McGill University and his MSPA in international relations from University of Massachusetts Boston. He is currently a doctoral student in Global Governance and Human Security at UMass Boston and an IGERT Fellow in the Coasts and Communities program.


Yumehiko Hoshijima

Yumehiko Hoshijima, Associate, Center for Governance and SustainabilityYume Hoshijima is an undergraduate at Yale University majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Governance. Yume started working for the Center for Governance and Sustainability in summer 2013 under the Yale Environmental Fellowship; he is especially interested in environmental governance, energy policy, and human-ecological interactions. At Yale, Yume is an Undergraduate Scholar in Energy Studies, and is also involved with the Yale Office of Sustainability, Fossil Free Yale, and the Yale Daily News.


Samuel Urkato Kurke

Samuel Kurkes photoSamuel Urkato Kurke is a PhD candidate of Environment and Development Studies at Addis Ababa University (AAU). He attended PhD exchange study in the Department of Resource and Agricultural Economics at Kangwon National University in South Korea. Currently, Kurke is attending PhD exchange study in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance of McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. Moreover, Kurke is an Associate Fellow of IGERT Program as a member of students in the Horn of Africa that collaborates to the program. He received his MSc degree from Mekelle University in 2010 in Economics (Development Policy Analysis), and has a BA degree in Economics from Hawassa University.


Tse Yang Lim

Tse Yang Lim, Associate, Center for Governance and SustainabilityTse Yang Lim is a degree candidate for a Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has an obsession with large-scale interactions and linkages, particularly between environment and development and between science and policy. He has previously worked at the Marine Conservation Institute in Washington, DC, on marine protected areas and the high seas, from whence developed his interest in international environmental governance. Most recently he worked at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations, assisting the 2nd (Economic & Financial) Committee and Ambassador’s Office. Lim hails from Singapore, and graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a BS in Biology.


Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy

Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy, Associate, Center for Governance and SustainabilityNatalia Escobar-Pemberthy is a Colombian international business professional, with a degree certificate in political studies and a MSc degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked for several public administrations in Colombia, including the Governor’s Office of Antioquia as general manager and deputy director for international business and cooperation. She has also worked as an advisor to Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the 38 General Assembly of the Organization of American States. Since 2009 she has worked for Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia where she joined a project to offer new elements to Colombia’s foreign policy from the perspective of biodiversity international governance. She has authored articles published in Colombian public policy journals and a project oriented to evaluate the participation of developing countries on the Convention of Biological Diversity. Currently, she completed master’s degree in international relations at the University of Massachusetts Boston and joined its sister PhD program in global governance and human security last year. She looks forward to continue working on the impact of environmental governance in developing countries.


Wondwossen S. Wondemagegnehu

Wondwossen S. Wondemagegnehu was the head of Policy and Laws Directorate of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in Ethiopia before he joined UMass Boston in September 2013. At the EPA he was instrumental in the initiation and development of the Green Economy plan that has the intent to enable Ethiopia achieve a middle income status before 2025 with a zero net carbon emission.

Wondwossen represented the country at various fora including the ongoing climate negotiations where he also served as co-chair to the open ended meetings of the parties to the UNFCCC regarding Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions and the reporting requirements in connection with them.  Between 2011 and 2013, Wondwossen was commissioned by the African Union Commission to support the team of African negotiators on the development of a global legally binding instrument on Mercury which culminated in the Minamatta Convention opened for signature in October 2013.