Board of Directors
President & Founder, Constance "Connie" Huntsman, practices law in Washington, D.C. She has contracted with entities, such as the US Federal Reserve Board, and was a Supervising Attorney with Crowell & Moring LLP. Her work to combat human trafficking has involved providing legal counsel on immigration cases for human trafficking survivors and facilitating over 60 trainings and public speaking engagements on human trafficking, including trainings to the USDA and NSA, and appearances on television and radio. She developed a Train-the-Trainers program for other activists and created a 120 page curriculum. Connie understood how climate change affects the defenseless by destroying crops, property and livelihoods, causing migration, and leaving people desperate for work and easy prey for human traffickers. She realized public and private entities need to push for greater environmental protections and ecologically conscious laws in conjunction with increased protections for trafficking victims. She is dedicated to research and implement scientific data to economic and environmental conditions, examine and explore ways cutting edge sustainable technologies can generate new jobs and increase employment with respectable wages that assist to restore and benefit devastated countries and their people.Formerly, Connie was a Program Manager (P-5) with the United Nations Development Group (including the UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Food Program (WFP)), to reform their global "common services" business operations, which had an impact on all UN field offices worldwide (over 140 offices). She oversaw their common services training program in 20 UN Country Offices and their seed money grant program in 45 UN Country Offices. While at the UN, she served as Vice President for the Group on Equal Rights for Women at the UN, to ensure equal rights protection for women UN staff members. Prior to her legal career, Connie was a Senior Engineer in the Flight Test Division with Northrop Grumman Corporation working on government contracting issues.
Connie earned a Juris Doctorate degree with honors (cum laude) and a Master’s degree with highest marks in International Relations, both from The American University. For a year-abroad program, she studied public international law at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, and during law school, she was Senior Staff for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Connie also earned a Bachelors degree in Applied Mathematics from UCLA and has a Certificate in Engineering Program Management from Cal Tech University. Connie can be contacted at [email protected].
Dr. Bremley Lyngdoh is a Climate Change and Sustainable Development professional with over 20 years experience working with Governments, IGOs, NGOs and the Private Sector developing a range of innovative projects in Asia, Africa and South America aimed at producing ecologically sound and economically viable activities that contribute directly to reducing rural poverty, and generating productive sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable local communities. Bremley has all the relevant experience in project sourcing and development. His strength lies in building strategic partnerships with various governmental agencies, NGOs and multilateral development agencies. Through his previous assignments working with the United Nations and the World Bank in Asia, Africa and Latin America, he has gained expertise in the effective monitoring and evaluation of field-based programs. Bremley developed projects on climate change adaptation, integrated agroforestry, sustainable tourism and renewable energy.
Bremley was born in Shillong - The Scotland of the East located in the highlands of Meghalaya in North East India and left home at 17 on a mission: To see Sustainable Development pushed and practiced across the planet. His experience at the 1995 UN 50th Anniversary Assembly in New York left him convinced that helping people build a better life through social, environmental, and economic development was what he wanted to do. He returned to India to join the Consortium of Indian Scientists for Sustainable Development and worked on a project to combat desertification and to regenerate the desert ecosystem in Rajasthan. Soon followed the prestigious WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarship for Environmental Leadership.Bremley then joined UNDP and worked on the Gulf of Mannar biodiversity protection project in Tamil Nadu. This led to a move to New York to join the UN Commission on Sustainable Development Secretariat where he worked with the different major groups of Agenda 21. His Prime Minister in India then appointed him as the Youth Ambassador for his country at the UN Millennium Summit where he addressed world leaders at the 2000 Millennium Assembly. He then joined the Environment Department of the World Bank and worked on linking poverty reduction and environmental management by analyzing policy challenges and opportunities after which he moved to Boston and joined the Education Development Center. As an explorer he has traveled to 75 counties around the world on different missions.
Bremley received post graduate degrees from Columbia University in the USA, the London School of Economics in the UK, the University of Geneva in Switzerland and the Intercultural Open University in The Netherlands. He has a dual Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from the Azteca University in Mexico and the Central University in Nicaragua. He is the Founder and CEO of Worldview Impact, the Co-Founder of the Global Youth Action Network and Co-Chairs the United Nations CSD Education Caucus. Dr. Lyngdoh can be reached at [email protected].
Dr. Sapna Batish is an environmental scientist, who is passionate about addressing the intersection of ecological destruction and labor trafficking. Her professional experience includes employment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United Nations Environment Program, and the National Academy of Sciences. She loves to approach problems from an interdisciplinary perspective and plans to use her knowledge of coastal ecology, remote sensing, climate science and environmental policy to combat the exploitation of both people and nature. Born in India and raised from the age of 8 in the United States, Sapna is proud of her heritage and sees herself as a global citizen, having travelled to 20 countries. She speaks Hindi and Punjabi fluently and has a working knowledge of Spanish. Her Buddhist philosophy drives her desire to protect the environment through positive change in the lives of individuals. Sapna can be contacted at [email protected]