Maria Adebowale is the Founder and Director of Capacity Global – www.capacity.org.uk – the only non-governmental organisation and think-tank in the UK focusing specifically on urban environmental justice and equality. It is the first national environmental organisation to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark for its economic, social and environment aims. She has a Masters in Public International Law (Human Rights and Environmental Law) and has written a number of publications on environmental justice, diversity, social inclusion and regeneration. She is the author of The Third Sector Climate Change Declaration and a former Commissioner for the UK Sustainable Development Commission.
Maria is currently the Chair of Waterwise, a Commissioner for English Heritage, a Matron of the Women’s’ Environment Network, and an independent member of Natural England’s Access to Nature funding panel. Maria advises on environmental justice and is currently working on a report, supported by the JJ Charitable Trust and The Mark Leonard Trust, looking at the challenges of climate change, transport and food security on urban regeneration and environmental justice. Maria is also listed in The Independent on Sunday’s Top 100 Green List as one of the most influential environmentalists for her contribution to the environmental and social justice agenda.