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.
Hadas is a Ph.D. student in the genetics department at Yale University, studying neuroscience. She got her Bachelor of Science in biology at Tel Aviv University, and has conducted research on biodiversity at Stanford University and on head and neck cancer at the University of California San Francisco. Hadas has counseled gap-year volunteers working with youth at risk, promoting equal opportunity and social mobility via informal education and after-school enrichment programs. Hadas is currently active in a science communication initiative (SITN) and on a committee to increase social equity in genetics research (GenERA), and mentors women undergraduates in STEM through the Women in Science at Yale (WISAY).
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.
An inspiring leader, Wanjira has over 20 years of experience advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms. Over the years, Wanjira has served important strategic and advocacy roles, raising the prominence and visibility of global issues such as climate change, youth leadership, sustainable energy, and landscape restoration at Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER), the Wangari Maathai Foundation, and the Green Belt Movement, the organization her mother, Wangari Maathai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), founded in 1977.
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 the co-founder and managing director of Voiceless, the animal protection institute.
She is the author of Vegan Living: A simple guide to a cruelty-free, healthy, plant-based life (2020) and the YA fiction series, the Animal Allies, with Pantera Press: Sky, Snow and Star.
Ondine is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Sydney, exploring the human-animal relationship. She holds a BA in Communications and an MA in Environmental Studies from Macquarie University.
She is a director of several NGOs, including TiME, Society for Compassionate Conservation, the MCT8-AHDS Foundation and the Sherman Foundation.
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