Professor John Agard, Ph.D. is Director of the UWI St. Augustine Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His research interest is in the field of sustainability science especially as it relates to mainstreaming environmental considerations such biodiversity and ecosystem services conservation, along with climate change mitigation and adaptation, and blue and circular economy development into the core of policy and national decision making.
Professor Agard has a long history of national, regional, and international service, including serving as Chairman of Board of Directors of the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) on 3 occasions. At the regional level he has served on the CARICOM Climate Change Task Force and as a Member of the Caribbean Sea Commission of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Internationally he has served as an independent advisor on environment and sustainability policy to the Board of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC. He has also been on the Scientific Advisory Panel of UNEP for the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) and was previously a Coordinating Lead Author for the Scenarios chapter in GEO4. He has also been a Coordinating Lead Author of the of the Intergovernmental (Science-Policy) Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), first global assessment chapter 5 ‘Pathways to a Sustainable Future’. He is currently the Review Editor for Small Islands in the current 6th assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has previously served as a Lead Author in IPCC’s previous 4 and 5th Assessments.