Speaker Sami Tornikoski


Sami has spent the last 18 years working on issues around the environment and development nexus, primarily in Asia and Africa. For the last 11 years, he served with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), leading flagship programmes in Asia and Africa. He has recently returned to Europe from Myanmar, where he set up WWF’s freshwater and hydropower programme.

Sami is pursuing a path as a yoga teacher and a consultant advising governments, companies and NGOs on sustainability and investments in developing economies.

Talk, Monday 10th 11:30

Future development pathways for Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and Northeast India

Between 2014-2018 when I was with WWF, World Wildlife Fund. I worked on a series of national and trans-Himalaya processes with government officials, politicians, academia and private sector leaders to generate future narratives that would guide future investments, policies and action with better insight and foresight.

I guided a participatory process that took the audience to a journey that lasted about 1-1.5 years in any particular case. Through a fact-based, story-telling, operate within the realm of plausibility, not forecasting. In many cases we brought legitimate stakeholders together for this type of conversation and process for the first time. During the process I developed narrative reports that have led to inform investors, companies and governments in terms of concrete actions towards longer term resilience and balanced development that incorporates SDGs.

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