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Felix Dodds

Felix Dodds is a writer, activist and futurist who has been active on the global water agenda for more than thirty years. In 2019 he was the UK government candidate to head the UN Environment Programme.

He is an Adjunct Professor in the Water Institute of UNC where he is the PI for a Belmont Forum project Governance of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience for Sustainable Development.

He was the co-director of the 2014 and 2018 UNC Nexus Conference on climate, energy, food and water as well as being an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute in Boston. He was the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future for twenty years (1993-2012). He was also the co-director of the Water and Climate Coalition from 2007 to 2012.

He is currently serving on the advisory board for the UN European Economic Commission De-carbonize.

In 2011 he chaired the UN DPI 64th NGO Conference on Sustainable Communities – Responsive Citizens which had a big impact on the Rio+20 Conference. He has served on a number of advisory boards including the Bonn 2001 Water Conference, the Bonn 2004 Energy Conference, the Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference, the Eye of the Earth Summit 2011 Conference and the Planet Under Pressure 2012 Conference. He was also on the Green Globe Task Force which advised the UK Foreign Secretary from 1997-2004.  Dodds co-chaired the NGO Coalition at the UN from 1997 to 2001 and is credited with introducing the concept of stakeholder dialogues to the UN commission on Sustainable Development in 1996.

Dodds recently published his twentieth  book, Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a  Time of Fear (2019). He also co-authored Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world with Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch.

His book Human and Environmental Security (2005) was nominated for the International Studies Association Sprout Award.

In 2010 he was named as one of the 25 people ahead of his time