Introducing our Trustees


Marlyn Lee Hughes, Chair of  Trustees

Marlyn Lee Hughes

Marlyn our Chair of Trustees was a Radiographer, qualified at Edinburgh, a former BA purser, an English Language teacher and designer of Education Courses at Newbury College and now mentors teachers in all areas in FE. Marlyn is our Director of Studies at the Green Economics Institute Trust.

Miriam Kennet, Founding Trustee


Miriam Kennet  was one of the Founder Members of the Green Economics Institute Trust.She won an award from 1 world action as one of the 100 most powerful unseen women in the world given hy John Snow of the BBC. She also won the Honour Award from the Trade Ministry in Luxeburg for her Green Business achievements. She was alumna of the month at South Bank University, and has degrees from South Bank, Leeds and Oxford University.

She has published more than 100 articles, books academic proceedings and chapters and is a regular speaker all over Europe and advisor to governments and Ministers and appears on tv and radio, the BBC having made a special programme about her life and work.

She has been trained in Trust issues, administration, finance and many other aspects of Trust Management and is on the Assemblies of two other Foundations, The Green European Foundation and the European Network of Political Foundations,  one in Luxembourg and one in Brussels.

She leads the Institutes COP climate conferences delegations and Ban Ki Moon’s climate adviser said that her delegation had some of the best solutions to stop climate change  and  help the economy of any teams at the COP conferences.

Pamela Harling, Trustee


Pamela Harling graduated in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and has an MSc in Information Science and one in Landscape Ecology. She has worked in technical libraries for BP and the Central Electricity Generating Board, in the conservation sector (The Woodland Trust), environmental consultancy (Environmental Resources Management) and environmental policy (International Institute for Environment and Development).

Bianca Madison – Vuleta, Trustee


Bianca Madison-Vuleta is highly trained and experienced in the areas of holistic, ecological and sustainable living. Bianca has been actively involved in the work of numerous national and international human rights and environmental NGOs as a committed and inspired campaigner, fundraiser and public speaker. A passionate humanitarian and environmentalist and Co-founder of The Sustainable Planet Foundation, Bianca works tirelessly to be the change in the world.

Michelle S Gale, Trustee- USA and Brazil

Michelle S Gale de Oliveira

Michelle S. Gale is a Director of the Green Economics Institute, UK. She is a member of the Law School of the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), holding an MA in Human Rights Law with a focus on Islamic Law, Peace-Building, and Developing Countries, specifically South Sudan. Founder of the Gender Progress Consortium, she holds degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London (RAIUL).

She is a deputy editor of the International Journal of Green Economics and our lead diplomat at our COP Climate Conferences.She was instrumental in getting the Paris COP21 accord to be a tough as possible and also has represented us at COP15 in Denmark, COp21 in Paris and COP23 in Bonn as well as running some of the most popular side events for the United Nations at RIO +20 sustainability conference.

She has lived for many years in Brazil and is now in the USA Directing a Charity in Chicago which specialises in social justice and practical help for members of the community less able to fend for themselves.

Councillor David Williams, Trustee


Councillor David Williams has a Degree in Art History and Politics at Newcastle University and international politics at Manchester University with an MA. He took a further Masters Degree in International Education later.

David worked as a senior lecturer in FE and HE for 35 years in a number of Colleges and Universities including a number of years as Chief Executive of Quest Quays International, an organisation heavily involved in developmental projects with Eastern European countries.

He came to Oxford in 1997 as head of the International Office at what is now OCVC. His role was to recruit students to study in Oxford at the College and its associates. As a result of his work he travelled all over the world.

David now heads up Oxford UK Excellence a consultancy group that brings leading edge expertise in a wide range of themes to international clients especially diplomats from China. He spent 20 years on Rochdale Council as a Labour councillor where he served as Chair of Education Committee and Chair of Economic Development.

Paul Kennet, Engineer, Trustee- UK and South Africa


Paul Kennet is a M. CHEM Eng and has many practical skills for development which he brings to our charity, both food and energy processes.  He  is our business and engineering and  technical advisor, as well as sitting on the board of several other charities and advising about Charity Practice.


Jack Easton, Trustee


Jack is our lead on Finance and Accounting and Sustainability.

Jack Easton is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has enjoyed a long career in public practice in the UK.

Until recently Jack was the Technical and Training partner in a City of London-based firm of accountants, specialising  in auditing and financial reporting, both by companies and not-for profit organisations, such as charities. As you might have already guessed, the role also included the oversight of the firm’s training programme and the delivery of many of its courses.  He was one of the founders of Transition St Albans and remains on the local steering group.  Long ago but not so far away, Jack’s first degree was in Mathematics.

Jack is committed to harnessing his accounting and business skills for the good of the broad green agenda, and was part of the GEI team in Paris at COP21, COP22 in Marakesh Morocco and part of the management team at COP23 and helped develop our new theories and solutions for climate change.

Areti Zenon,     Trustee- South Africa, Greece, United Kingdom

Areti Zenon

Photo, Areti Zenon  

I studied Public Relations, including Accountancy, Journalism, Travel and Tourism and Legal Office Management Skills.
I am inspired by the remarkable work undertaken by the Green Economics Institute Team and am strongly committed to do my part in helping protect our environment and all that we hold dear.
I believe that knowledge is strength and to “do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou
Agneta Granstrom,  Trustee- Sami People, Sweden


Agneta Granstrom

She is a Sami person, of the indigious people of European and Sweden. She is also Regional leader of the Greens in Region Norrbotten, Sweden.  She is very focused on Sustainable development and climate change in her work. Agneta Granström, has been a Concillor Commissioner since 2002 in the Region of Norrbotten Sweden and is on the Executive Board Member of the Regional Council, in the Region of Norrbotten.

She is also President of the Assembly of European (AER) Regions E Health Network. Mrs. Granström has a long standing commitment to utilizing new technologies for providing better health and care. In 2006 she founded the AER E health Network and recently she was appointed as Vice Chair for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions Digitalization Committee.

Ms Granström holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing Science, Gerontology and Public HealthWith a background as a chief community nurse, a State Registered Nurse, and as lecturer at the Department of Healthcare Sciences at Luleå University of Technology, Mrs Granström brings a unique perspective to the healthcare policy making process.  Mrs Granström possesses wide clinical expertise in primary and elderly care and as a political leader she has a profound understanding of the organizational and political challenges involved in redesigning healthcare on a regional, national and pan-European level.

With a collaborative spirit and an international outlook she is confident that through collaboration and smart use of technology we can transform healthcare together.

Prof Maria Alejandra Madi, Trustee- Brazil and Argentina

photo Maria Alejandra Madi 2017

Prof Maria Alejandra Madi  

Maria Alejandra Madi holds an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in Economics (UNICAMP, Brazil). Her academic career includes a long-term professorship at UNICAMP (1983-2012) and visiting professorships at the University of Manitoba in (Canada) and at the University of Kassel (Germany), in addition to a position as Avocational Lecturer at Steinbes University Berlin. She is also researcher at the Center for Pragmatism Studies (PUC-SP, Brazil). In addition to her overall research interest that lies in the financial and social challenges of globalization, her current line of investigation includes a philosophical discussion both of realism in economics and in the methodology of economics within the wider context of the philosophy of science.

She has been Chair of the World Economics Association(WEA) Online Conferences Programme since 2014, Editor of the WEA Books Conference Series and founding editor of the WEA Pedagogy Blog ( On behalf of her interest in a pluralist Economics Education , she is also Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education.

Besides having published research papers and book reviews in international journals, she co-edited  of The Green Economics Institute (UK) books, including The Greening of Global Finance, The Greening of Latin America and Values, Valuation and Valuing. She also co-edited some of the World Economics Association (UK) books: The Economics Curriculum: towards a radical reformulation, Ideas towards a new international financial architecture? and Capital and Justice.

Her latest books include Global Finance and Development (Sanbun, India), Small Business in Brazil: competitive global challenges (Nova Publishers, U.S.) and Pluralist Readings in Economics: key-concepts and policy-tools for the 21st century (Bentham Science). Among other activities in professional and academic organizations, she is Vice-President of the Ordem dos Economistas do Brasil, Counselor of the Conselho Regional de Economia-SP and member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Green Economics and the Journal of Reviews on Global Economics.


Anjikwi Mshbelbwala,   Trustee- Nigeria


Anjikwi Mshbelbwala

Anjikwi Mshelbwala (Nigeria) has a degree in Computer Science and has worked in Information Technology for several years. He worked as a teacher of science in a school for the less privileged in Nigeria, then onto ICT and biometrics projects and computer training. He then went on to pursue his passion working in the NGO; VSO and later to ActionAid, deploying and adapting ICT4D (ICT for development),Green ICT, designing and deploying computer centers for excluded communities and left behind rural areas in developing countries.

His is working to see a greener world that has opportunities for everyone to live in a healthy environment (our dear planet) and to have the best chance to be their best. He’s also trained by Harvard on Problem Definition by Iterative Adaptation and applies it to solving difficult problems around the developing countries especially on bridging the digital divide.

Smart cities and ICT in Health are also his interests especially to remote and difficult to reach regions. He is also a member of the BCS,  IET Institution and IEEE Computer society among others.

He is delighted to be a trustee in the Green Economics Institute which he holds dear to his heart.



Our Trustee Group

Our Trustee Group includes the following: Mrs Marlyn Lee – Hughes (Chair of Trustees), Mrs Miriam Kennet, Mrs Michelle S Gale  (Brazil &US), Ms Bianca Madison-Vuleta, Ms Pamela Harling,  Councillor David Williams, Mr Paul Kennet,  Mr Jack Easton, Mrs Areti Zenon, Prof Maria Alejandra Madi (Brazil), Mrs Agneta Granstrom (Sweden Sami Peoples) and Anjikwi Mshelbwala (Nigeria).