Our expert Board includes esteemed environmentalists, scientists, and leaders from around the world, all dedicated to protecting life and biodiversity.
Francine Alfandary, general counsel for TiME, is a partner in the Corporate and Commercial Groups in Pearl Cohen’s New York office. Alfandary has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, financing rounds, joint ventures, and licensing and distributorship arrangements. Her clients include technology companies, retail companies and non-US companies with significant US interests. Prior to joining Pearl Cohen, Alfandary was a partner in the New York office of a French law firm. She started her career in the San Francisco office of a major New York law firm. Alfandary has been a faculty member of Fordham University School of Law since 1995.
David Baldock is the executive director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy. He joined the institute in the mid-1980s to establish a programme on agricultural and rural environmental issues. He became deputy director in 1992 and director in 1998. As well as being an authority on European agricultural policy and the environment, Baldock’s expertise includes EU strategies for climate change, natural resources and public investment. He has an active interest in sustainable development and the growing implications of building a bioeconomy. Baldock is also a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Group on the competitiveness of the car industry in Europe.
Dr. Dror Ben-Ami has been involved in environmental activities for nearly 20 years. Ben-Ami earned his bachelor of arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his master’s and doctorate in ecology from the University of New South Wales, Australia. His dissertations were on the eastern grey kangaroo in northwestern New South Wales and on the life history of the swamp wallaby and peri-urban adaptive wildlife management. Ben-Ami was a research assistant at the University of New South Wales; a lecturer in conservation biology at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Israel; and a postdoctoral research fellow at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He is the co-founder of THINKK, the think tank for kangaroos, at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, where he works as a research fellow. Ben-Ami also co-founded and is a lead researcher at the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Henry Gold received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1977 from McGill University in Montreal. His professional career started as an antipollution engineer for Union Carbide, after which Gold worked as a design engineer for Trench Electric. At A. B. Chance Canada, a subsidiary of Emerson Electric, he was first a project engineer and then manager of the engineering department. In 1984, Gold co-founded and ran CPAR, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief, which operates in several African countries. Among other achievements, the organization has planted 50 million trees in Africa. Gold also co-produced a trilogy of award-winning documentary films about Africa: Burden on the Land (Discovery Channel, Global), AIDS in Africa (WNET, PBS) and Meeting the Challenge (CBC/Radio-Canada). In 2003, he co-founded TDA Global Cycling (formerly known as the Tour d’Afrique Ltd.), an adventure cycling company.
Dr. Konstantinos C. Makris is an assistant professor of environmental health at the Cyprus University of Technology and leads the Water & Health Laboratory at the Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health, in association with the Harvard School of Public Health. His research team studies the effects of environmental chemicals on human health, particularly with respect to chronic diseases. Since 2004, Makris’s team has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and 40 conference proceedings. He has been awarded more than one million euros in external funding since 2008 from the European Union, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and the National Institutes for Environmental Health Sciences Center at the Harvard School of Public Health. Makris received his PhD in environmental chemistry from the University of Florida.
Josephine Kishapoi started her career in environment, development and women’s economic empowerment in 2003 with the African Wildlife Foundation. Kishapoi co-founded the Maasai Women Development Organisation in 2000 to build the capacity and awareness of women from pastoral communities in Tanzania. She is currently working with Oikos East Africa, an international organization mainly funded by the European Union, to mitigate the effects of climate change, provide alternative energy and water, and promote women’s economic empowerment. Kishapoi was born to a family of ten children and raised in the Maasai Steppe—Kiteto District in northern Tanzania. She obtained a diploma in environmental resource management at Kenya Polytechnic University College and her bachelor of arts in development studies at Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Ireland.
At Preventable Surprises, Thomas (Tom) Murtha focuses on forceful stewardship, asserting the rights investors have as owners to engage corporations to reduce the systemic risks of climate disruption, biodiversity loss, and other impacts that compromise the resilience of nature. After an earlier career as an institutional investor at T. Rowe Price Associates and later one at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tom works to help business reduce environmental impacts and become more regenerative. Post-TNC, Tom also advises pensions and endowments and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability. A resident of Norfolk, Connecticut and NYC, Tom also serves on the advisory boards of Climate and Forest Capital and the Alliance for a Viable Future.
Kirsten Oates is a patent agent at Parlee McLaws LLP, drafting and prosecuting patent applications for life sciences–related inventions before the Canadian and US patent offices and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Previously, she gained experience in the development of natural health products derived from herbaceous plants at a Canadian biotechnology company. She holds a bachelor of science in zoology and a master of science in anatomy and cell biology from the University of Alberta, Canada. Oates currently serves on the Life Science Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.
Tauni spent more than ten years working for The Nature Conservancy where she served as Associate Director of Philanthropy for Corporate and Foundation Relations in the California chapter, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and, most recently, Director of Philanthropy for the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Tauni was the Chief Marketing Strategist/Corporate Brand Manager for Educational Testing Service, a nonprofit organization that develops and administers educational assessments such as the SAT.
Tauni also founded and managed the Sauvage Marketing Group, an advertising agency that included such clients as Microsoft, Intel and Pacific Gas & Electric. She received her B.A., J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of California.
Ondine Sherman is managing director and co-founder of Voiceless, the animal protection institute. In 2015, Sherman launched the global social-media platform Franimals to engage teens in animal advocacy. She holds a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and a master of arts in environmental studies from Macquarie University, Australia. Sherman is an ambassador for Australia for Dolphins, a founding member of the Jane Goodall Institute Australiaand director of the Israeli NGO Kesher to support special-needs families.
Professor Alon Tal is an environmental policy researcher and activist. His research involves water management, forestry, population policy and the environment. Currently a faculty member at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Tal has held appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Otago, New Zealand, Michigan State University and Stanford University. He also founded the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and the Israel Union for Environmental Defense. Tal served as national delegation chair at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and chaired the committee that oversaw Israel’s forestry policy between 2006 and 2015. He sits on the board of several environmental groups, including EcoPeace Middle East and KKL-JNF.
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