Keynote Speakers




Alvin Curran is an internationally renowned and award-winning American composer who has received much recognition for compositions involving unconventional instruments, unusual performance situations and sites, and live-electronic improvisations.

As part of Balance-Unbalance 2015, Curran will give a keynote and direct one of his signature compositions Maritime Rites on Tempe Town Lake on 27 March. read more


Gary Lawrence 
 is Corporate Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), an $8-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services. AECOM’s 45,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — serve clients in more than 130 countries around the world.

 Mr. Lawrence leads AECOM’s sustainability efforts by managing AECOM’s extensive resources and skills in sustainability for projects across the enterprise. He is also an AECOM spokesperson and thought leader on sustainability issues. read more…

028_Annea_07282014Annea Lockwood is known for her explorations of the rich world of natural acoustic sounds and environments, in works ranging from sound art and installations and performance art to concert music. Her music has been performed in many venues and festivals and extensively recorded.

She has created several sound maps of famous rivers including the Danube, Hudson, and the Housatonic.  Her Sound Map of the Housatonic River is currently running at Apex Art, New York in the sound art show Foot Notes: On the Sensations of Tone. read more…

PabloSuarezPablo Suarez is the Associate Director for Research and Innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, as well as visiting fellow at Boston University, research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, and faculty member at University of Lugano (Switzerland) and University College London (UK).
He has consulted for the UN Development Programme, the World Food Programme, the World Bank, Oxfam America, and about twenty other international humanitarian and development organizations, working in more than 50 countries read more… 

Eve MosherEve Mosher is an artist and interventionist living and working in New York City.

Her works use investigations of the landscape as starting points for audience exploration of urban issues, specifically, issues of involvement in the environment, public/private space use, history of place, cultural and social issues and our own understanding of the urban ecosystem. Current work includes her role as artist/facilitator in which she brings together diverse knowledge to spur creative outcomes with regional impact.
Her work has been profiled in international media including the The New Yorker, New York Times, ARTnews, Miami Herald, L’uomo Vogue, and Le Monde. Her public and community based artworks have received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and New York Department of Cultural Affairs, both through the Brooklyn Arts Council, and The City Parks Foundation.

char millerChar Miller is a renowned and award-winning environmental historian who specializes in U.S. environmental history, urban history, politics and policy, water issues, federal public-lands management, and cultural history. He is the director of the Environmental Analysis Program and W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College.

Char Miller won prestigious prizes for his work: He was named Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians; titled Fellow by the Forest History Society and received the American Society for Environmental History’s first Public Outreach Award for his blog Golden Green  read more…


niyanta-lakeNiyanta Spelman is the founder and executive director of Rainforest Partnership whose missions is to  protect tropical rainforests by partnering with people at global and local levels to create lasting solutions to deforestation. The Rainforest Partnerships visions is for a world in which tropical rainforests thrive and support a balanced, healthy planet.

Niyanta has a wide range of public sector experience and currently serves on the board of the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, based in San Francisco, is an advisor to SxSW Eco and is an adjunct faculty member at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin. She was a founding member of Texas Federation of Asian American Chambers of Commerce, served for several years on the Austin Zoning & Platting and Planning Commissions and on the boards of various nonprofit organizations.

Niyanta grew up in Tanzania and lived in India and England before coming to Texas 25 years ago. She received a B.A. in biology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Masters degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. read more…

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