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Catherine Cunningham is the Founder and CEO of Eikosphere, LLC. Launched in 2009, Eikosphere has developed communication strategies for partners in business and government, globally. In 2009, Eikosphere also premiered the Eye of the Future film at the UN Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen, COP 15). Capturing clean energy technologies and designs from different world regions, Eye of the Future has subsequently been translated into 4 languages and has screened in various international events; like the Sustainable Business Forum in Brazil, UN Millennium Conference, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Korea, and the World Expo in China. The film was released on DVD for worldwide distribution through Cinema Libre in October 2011. Catherine has interviewed over 150 global thought leaders, shot stills and video in over 1.5 years around the world with 50+ local production partners and leading sustainability organizations for various other projects, including World Wisdom, Future Horizons for the Biodiversity Consortium and Singapore Innovation, and Rework the World for the Taellberg Forum, the Danish Governments Global Green Growth Forum. Catherine also produced and directed In Lakech Ala Kin: Code of the Heart as a 3D short feature for the UNFCCC and Mexican Governments Climate Change Conference in Cancun (December 2010). Cacao Films, City Productions, Sony, RealD, and leading conservation organizations collaborated with Eikosphere on this project that won Best of the Fest award at the International 3D Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA (2011). Further, Catherine and her team were responsible for designing and producing the first Living Earth Legacy multimedia dome called the Living Forest at the Climate Village, COP16; and advised UN colleagues at the Convention on Biodiversity on pavilion design for the Rio +20 Summit in Brazil (June 2012). For Rio +20, Eikosphere captured and interviewed world leaders in business and government for the UN Global Compact-the premiere world business association for the UN, for the World Green Summit-the premiere business summit for the Rio+20, and for IIASAs Global Energy Assessement- the authority on the future of world energy, produced by 400 leading world scientists. Prior to starting the Eikosphere, LLC, Catherine founded Nature's Reflection Photography. Since 2004 she has traveled widely and photographed professionally throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. She was first featured at the Mountain Ecosystems Global Change Conference (Scotland 2005) and at the World Wilderness Congress (Alaska 2005). She has produced visual media for organizations and events, such as the Earth Systems Science Partnership (China, 2006), UNEPs World Environment Day (Norway 2007), Singapore's Innovation Park (2007, 2009, 2010), Stanford's Innovation Summit (2008), Poland's COP 14 (2008), and Norway's Climate Change Summits (2008, 2009). Her work is being distributed through Artbeats. Also before Eikosphere, LLC, Catherine spent over a decade working in higher education, earning her PhD studying climate impacts on high mountain ecosystems while at The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (2006). During her academic career she chaired science conferences and symposia, published her research, directed research teams, and presented in Europe and North America. Prior to research, she taught biology, ecology, and environmental science at Denver State College and taught courses in the Front Range community college system, while working as an ecologist for Boulder County in Colorado. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame (UND) and an MS from Utah State University in ecology with an emphasis on forest and alpine ecosystems. While at the University of Notre Dame she received a fellowship from the Kellogg Institute to live and study in India (1990). Catherine is a member of the National Association of Nature Photographers, Alliance for Women Directors, the International Society of Media Professionals, Women for a Sustainable Future, Skoll World Forum, Taellberg, Clinton Global (media).