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Robert Engelman, Project Director

RobertEngelmanRobert Engelman is a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, a globally focused environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. He originally joined Worldwatch as vice president for programs and was named president in 2011. In 2014 he stepped down and has since devoted his time to development of the FPESA project and related research and writing. Prior to joining Worldwatch, Robert 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.

A former newspaper reporter specializing in science and the environment, Robert has served on the faculty of Yale University as a visiting lecturer and was founding secretary of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is the author of the 2008 book More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want, and his writing has appeared in scholarly and news media including Nature, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Robert serves on the boards of the Worldwatch Institute Europe and the Nova Institute. He holds a Master of Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.


Yeneneh Terefe, Research Assistant

YenenehTerefeYeneneh Girma Terefe is a research assistant at the Worldwatch Institute based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Worldwatch, Yen worked as a research assistant at the University of Florida and as a marketing intern at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

While at the University of Florida, Yen specialized in cultural heritage management and worked on the nomination of Yemrehanna Kristos, a 12th-century church in Ethiopia, as World Monument Fund’s Watch List 2014. He holds a Master of Arts in anthropology from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Truman State University with a focus on international marketing.


Joyce Yang, Intern

Joyce YangJoyce Yang is a sophomore in the University Honors Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She plans to major in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on environmental and water resources, and minor in sustainability studies and global poverty. She first became interested in relationships between climate change, food security, and population growth in an honors seminar exploring the three issues. She later became interested in and volunteered to work with the FPESA project over the summer after hearing Project Director Robert Engelman speak about family planning and environmental sustainability to her honors seminar class. She previously interned with the Liu Research Group at the University of Maryland studying zeolite synthesis, and volunteered in Taiwan as an English teacher.


Gaelle Gourmelon, Communications Director

GaelleGaelle Gourmelon is the marketing and communications director at the Worldwatch Institute. Prior to joining Worldwatch, Gaelle was a fellow hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development. There, she worked to increase public access to environmental and human health data through EPA’s 2014 Report on the Environment website. From 2010 to 2012, Gaelle served as a research assistant at the Center for Global Safe Water, working to reduce environmental and social burdens in Latino communities and on farms.

Gaelle holds a Master of Public Health in Global Environmental Health from Emory University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She focused on issues surrounding wildlife conservation, then on the impacts of green space on well-being in urban environments. Throughout her studies, she has actively engaged in information dissemination including publishing, social marketing, art, and design.


Vicky Markham, Consultant, The Center for Environment and Population

Kenneth R. Weiss, Consultant

Sam Sellers, Consultant

Kathleen Mogelgaard, Consultant

Joe Bish (Population Media Center), Research Monitor


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