Carlisle Richardson is a former Ambassador of St Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations and a former Sustainable Development Officer of the United Nations. He was one of the organisers of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) as well as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States. He was also a member of the United Nations team that worked on the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As Ambassador, he worked on the implementation of the SDGs and the preparation for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He is currently a Board Member of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA).
He is author of the book Island Journeys: The Impact of the Island Way of Life at Home and Abroad and has also been a contributor to the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the International Peace Institute, and the Lowy Institute, on matters related to Sustainable Development, Small Island Developing States, and International Diplomacy.
Carlisle has provided ICLEI with insights into the needs of Islands and Island communities and the pathway to sustainability.
Steve Gawler joined ICLEI Oceania in 2008 as Director International Programs. He was based in Jakarta for the next seven years coordinating climate change and disaster risk reduction programs with cities in Indonesia and other parts of Asia. Steve established the Indonesia ICLEI Office during this time.
In July 2015, he returned to Australia to take up the position of Regional Director. Before joining ICLEI, Steve held senior management positions in Australian local governments in Victoria and South Australia for over 20 years, including seven years as CEO.