Rianne ten Veen
Rianne is from The Netherlands and grew up in several countries. Her interest in the environment started when living in an expats’ compound right next to a slum and an oil spill disaster. Her interest in the environment has deepened since converting to Islam due to being convinced about its environmental teachings. Rianne has an LLM, and MA in International Politics and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy.
Faraz Khan is an American Muslim social activist and a thinker who holds a M.A. in liberal arts from Thomas Edison State College, NJ and a B.A. degree in Environmental Geology from Rutgers University, NJ. He is a frequent speaker on Islamic Ecotheology and Environmental Ethics in Islam on various college campuses in the US. Aside from his professional career as a wetland scientist for Land Use Regulation for the State of New Jersey, his interest lies in Islamic art, history, philosophy, environmental ethics, and sharia’. He recently conducted interviews with American Muslim scholars and artists on the environmental activism ThinkAsGreen.blogspot.com.
Othman Abd-ar-Rahman Llewellyn
Othman Abd-ar-Rahman Llewellyn is American by birth and he now lives in Saudi Arabia. He is an Environmental Planner and works in the Department of Protected Area Planning at the Saudi Wildlife Authority. He has held this position since 1988. He is an associate of IUCN Commissions dealing with Protected Areas, Environmental Law and the Species Survival Commission, Arabian Plant Specialist Group. His research includes amongst others Interests Islamic Environmental Law and Ethics, Traditional Conservation Practices and Protected Area System Planning. He is a regular contributor to conferences and workshops related to Islamic Environmental Law and Ethics. His pet project is the Jabal Aja biosphere reserve located in the Hail region of North Eastern Saudi Arabia which he established as means to reviving the hima system.
Fachruddin Mangunjaya is a conservationist, researcher and associate lecturer at Faculty of Biology, Universitas Nasional, Jakarta. He is PhD in Environmental Management and Natural Resources from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). Authored several environment books and more than 200 – articles on the environment, Islamic environmentalism, climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity and environmental management in the Indonesian media. He lead a Conservation International (CI) Indonesia Program entitled ‘Religion and Conservation Initiative.’ (2004-2012). And now independent consultant and Lead Author for Indonesian National Council of Climate Change (DNPI), Indonesia.
Khawla Al-Muhannadi was born and lives in Bahrain. She has PhD in Social Responsibility in Conservation from an Islamic Perspective and her research interests are primarily environmental in subject areas related to ethics and education amongst others. She is the President of the Environment’s Friends Society in Bahrain and is active in Civil Society in fields related to community outreach and empowerment. She Co-authored a book “Understanding ISO 26000. A Practical Approach to Social Responsibility Status” published in the UK in 2011. She has contributed articles that appeared in UNESCO journals and has given numerous lectures to public audiences and special groups including postgraduate students.