International Board


International Board

The organization of Caretakers of the Environment International (CEI) is the responsibility of an International Board consisting of representatives of national branches. It is our aim to have the Board reflect the diversity of the global Caretakers community. The board meets multiple times a year, including during the annual conference. The Board is responsible for amongst others the following tasks:

  • The management of the organization
  • Selecting countries wishing to host an annual CEI conference
  • Advising and supporting the host of the annual CEI conference
  • Stimulation of cooperation of teachers and students from various countries by means of e.g.:
    • Development of an international network of Caretakers for the Environment
    • The production and distribution of an annual magazine following a conference (the Global Forum for Environmental Education)
    • Encouragement of joint projects between delegations ahead of each conference
  • Evaluating the progress of Caretakers of the Environment International and its direction.


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Executive Board
  • Anne Marie Begg, Scotland                      President
  • Stien J. Matakupan, Indonesia                 Vice-president and outgoing CEI 2023 host
  • Desi Arti, Indonesia                                   CEI 2023 co-host
  • Okwan Himpuni, Indonesia                      CEI 2023 co-host
  • Nurten Selda Mersinlioglu, Türkiye         Secretary
  • Julien Beuken, The Netherlands              Treasurer

Other International Board membersOkwan Himpuni, CEI 2023 co- hostOkwan Himpuni, CEI 2023 co- host

  • Ali Chou-Li Lin, Taiwan                             member
  • Marina Konopleva, Russia                        member
  • Toni Salamon, Poland                                webmaster
  • Karin Warlin, Sweden                               CEI 2024 host
  • José Antonio López Tercero Caamaño, Mexico                incoming CEI 2025 host


Active advisors to the Board

  • Georgina Grillo, Costa Rica
  • Bożena Kurzeja, Poland
  • Thomas Wong Chi Fai, Hong Kong, China
  • Tatiana Khodyreva, Russia 
  • Isabel Abrams, USA


Past Presidents of CEI

  • Dan Hoynacki, USA
  • Elisabeth Brun, Denmark
  • Birgitta Nordén, Sweden
  • Andrew Cox, Ireland


Emeritus Founding Board members

  • Arjan Wals, The Netherlands
  • Edward Radatz, USA
  • Isabel Abrams, USA