Cheikh Mbow holds academic degrees from Cheikh Anta Diop University and University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has been on the academic and research faculty at Cheikh Anta Diop University and Michigan State University. He has worked as a Senior Scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and a Member of the Science Committee of Future Earth. Cheikh is a regional expert on disturbances of savanna vegetative systems, particularly the impact of bush fires and other land cover changes in rural areas. He has experience with above-ground in situ carbon stock assessments, vegetation inventory the use for carbon models, and the monitoring of vegetative communities.
Margaret Ann Chapman, MBA, MA is the Director of Finance and Administration. She oversees the daily operations and financial health and planning of START. Prior to this position, Margaret was the Institute Administrator and Fiscal Manager for the George Washington University Cancer Institute and various positions at the Pew Charitable Trusts. She has her Masters in Business Administration and Masters in European and Eurasian Studies from the George Washington University. In addition to her work at START, Margaret serves as the Treasurer for Triage Cancer and the immediate past president of the board of directors for Street Sense, a Washington, DC, non-profit helping create economic opportunities for the district’s homeless population.
Senay Habtezion serves as START’s focal point for the Global Environmental Change (GEC) – Governance portfolio. He also helps manage START’s Global Observation of Forest Cover and Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) and Advanced Institutes for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programs. Previously, Senay worked for UNITAR, Geneva, and UNDP, New York, on GEC related programming and research. He was also research fellow at Harvard University and a faculty at the University of Asmara. He is Lead Author for the policy chapter of the Global Environment Outlook Report (GEO-5). Senay holds a bachelors degree from the University of Asmara, a master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law and has attended the Donald Bren School of Environmental Management, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Marina joined START in February 2017 as Communications Specialist. Before joining START, she developed web content for WWF International. Previously, she worked at the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. She has extensive experience helping international organizations communicate effectively and creatively. Most recently, she developed web content for WWF International. Previously, she worked at the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, where, among other projects, she developed the online and social media component of the World Wetlands Day campaign. She also managed the website and social media presence of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). At GAIN, she contributed to event-related communications, the development and implementation of branding guidelines and the production of marketing materials. While completing her Master’s degree in Translation from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, she interned at local media outlets as well as at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Roland Fuchs led START’s work and activities until 2008. Prior to joining START he served as Professor of Geography. Roland Fuchs has held various positions within academia and international organizations. Prior to joining START he served as Professor of Geography and Department Chair at the University of Hawaii and later Vice-Rector of the United Nations University in Japan. He has also served as President of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and Secretary-General of the Pacific Science Association (PSA). During his career he has been associated with a number of institutions, including Moscow State University, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, National Taiwan University, Clark University, Ohio State University, and the East-West Center. His research has focused on urbanization and global change.