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zaelkeDurwood J. Zaelke
Director, INECE Secretariat
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Durwood J. Zaelke is the President and founder of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and the Director of the INECE Secretariat. He also is the founder and Director of the Research Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law at American University Washington College of Law, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Scholar-in-Residence, teaching International Environmental Law and related courses. He was appointed Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School in 1999, teaching International Environmental Law and Policy. He is also the founder and former President of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).

Mr. Zaelke's substantive research focuses on fast action mitigation strategies to respond to climate change, resolving trade and environment conflicts, strengthening the implementation and enforcement of international environmental laws, and building capacity of local public interest movements in developing countries.

Mr. Zaelke graduated from UCLA in 1969, and from Duke Law School in 1972, where he was an Editor of the Duke Law Journal.

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markowitzKenneth J. Markowitz
Managing Director, INECE Secretariat
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Ken Markowitz is the Managing Director of the INECE Secretariat, the Founder and President of Earthpace LLC, and Senior Climate Change Consultant to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Mr. Markowitz leads international initiatives among regulators, business and international organizations to strengthen compliance, improve investor confidence and ensure environmental integrity in the emissions trading systems and other climate change regulatory programs.

Mr. Markowitz serves on the adjunct faculty of the Washington College of Law, as a senior fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, as a co-chair of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law’s specialist group on compliance and enforcement, and as co-chair of the American Bar Association Clean Tech and Climate Change Committee. He previously served as a senior attorney at U.S. EPA, and in private practice as an environmental lawyer.

He earned his B.B.A. in finance from Emory University in 1985 and his J.D. in 1989 from American University’s Washington College of Law.