our board of directors

  • John Fullerton


    John Fullerton is an unconventional economist, impact investor, writer, and some have said philosopher. Building on and integrating the work of many, he is the architect of Regenerative Economics, first conceived in his 2015 booklet, “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Patterns and Principles Will Shape the New Economy.”

    After a successful 20-year career on Wall Street where he was a Managing Director of what he calls “the old JPMorgan,” John listened to a persistent inner voice and walked away in 2001 with no plan but many questions. A few months later he experienced 9-11 first hand. The questions crystalized into his life’s work with the creation of the Capital Institute in 2010 where his work reflects the rising evolutionary shift in consciousness from Modern Age thinking to Integral Age thinking. Capital Institute is dedicated to the bold reimagination of economics and finance in service to life. Guided by the universal patterns and principles that describe how all healthy living systems that sustain themselves in the real world actually work, the promise of Regenerative Economics and Finance is to unlock the profound and presently unseen potential that is the source of our future prosperity and the reason for hope in our troubled times.

    During his Wall Street career, John managed numerous capital markets and derivatives businesses around the globe and was JPMorgan’s Oversight Committee Representative that managed the rescue of Long Term Capital Management in 2008, and finally was Chief Investment Officer for Lab Morgan before retiring from the firm. A committed impact investor, John is the Chairman of New Day Enterprises, PBC, the co-founder of Grasslands, LLC, and a board member of the Savory Institute, and Stone Acres Farm, and is an advisor to numerous sustainability initiatives. John speaks internationally to public audiences and universities, and writes a monthly blog, The Future of Finance.

  • Caroline MacGill

    Caroline is a Managing Director at Armonia where she helps manage a portfolio of private investments, projects and initiatives geared towards positive environmental change. Since joining the firm, she has focused on developing engagement strategies in Armonia’s food systems work and has led the firm’s foray into grassfed and local agriculture. Prior to Armonia, she had an entrepreneurial stint on the founding team of Farm to Cup Coffee and spent her first chapter at Deutsche Bank on the Principal Finance and Debt Capital Markets teams. 

    Caroline is an investor, strategist, gardener, mother, and twin. She believes that we need to undergo a fundamental shift in the way that we treat the planet and each other. She has conviction that the change will come from the ground up and that the people, families and businesses that are most rooted in their land, their place and their communities are laying the blueprint for sustainable or ‘regenerative’ living.

    Caroline also serves on the boards of the American Grassfed Association, Walden Local Meat, Maple Hill Creamery, Pasture One, Teton Waters Ranch and Five Acre Farms.  She received her BA from Princeton and MBA from Stanford. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

  • Jonathan F.P. Rose

    Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multidisciplinary real estate development, planning, and investment firm, which creates real estate and planning models to address the challenges of the 21st century. Jonathan has lead the firm’s vision, program and growth, developing award winning new projects, investment funds and city plans to model solutions to the issues of housing, economic development and the environment.

    Mr. Rose’s book on how to create resilient cities, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, was published by Harper Wave in 2016, and won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher.

    Mr. Rose frequently lectures at graduate schools of business, environment and architecture. In 2015, he held the Yale School of Architecture’s Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architectural Fellowship. Mr. Rose has testified before U.S. Senate and House Committees on housing, infrastructure and environmental issues, and served as an Advisor to the White House Office of Urban Affairs. Mr. Rose is a Trustee of Enterprise Community Partners and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Rose chaired the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission, which developed the nation’s first green transit plan, and was a commissioner on Governor Cuomo’s NYS 2100 Commission, tasked with identifying strategies for the long-term resilience of New York State’s infrastructure post-Hurricane Sandy. Mr. Rose and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute and he serves as co-chair on its Board. The Institute connects inner transformation with outer solutions to relieve suffering in the fields of trauma, education and the environment.

    Mr. Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, and received a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.

  • Vincent Stanley

    Vincent Stanley, co-author with Yvon Chouinard of The Responsible Company, has been with Patagonia on and off since its beginning in 1973, for many of those years in key executive roles as head of sales or marketing. More informally, he is Patagonia’s long-time chief storyteller.

    Vincent helped develop the Footprint Chronicles, the company’s interactive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership; and Patagonia Books.

    He currently serves as the company’s Director, Patagonia Philosophy, is a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Management, and a visiting executive at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry. He and his wife, the writer Nora Gallagher, live in Santa Barbara.

  • Richard Zimmerman

    Richard Zimmerman is a Senior Vice President, Private Banker, for HSBC Private Bank in New York. Along with this role he serves as a representative to the Private Bank’s Sustainability Initiative. Richard has also held senior positions in private wealth management at Bessemer Trust, Bank of America, and J.P. Morgan.

    Zimmerman combines his financial career with a passionate interest in helping individuals and organizations operate in more conscious and sustainable ways in the world. He sees innovative opportunities emerging to utilize capital to have both a positive financial return and a beneficial social impact.

    Zimmerman is ardently involved in philanthropy, having served as a board director and in strategic advisory roles for a number of not-for-profits in the areas of AIDS, child advocacy, and the environment. He is a board advisor to StartFund, a global fund that provides early stage matching grants to impactful projects around the world. He is a published author of What Can I Do to Make a Difference, a positive source action book, which addresses issues of global sustainability and outlines practical ideas to effect positive change. He also has a background in personal development as a motivational speaker, writer, and coach.

    Zimmerman is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and he attended Columbia University, where he earned a Master’s in Sustainability Management.

    He lives in New York City with his family.

our board of advisors

  • Peter Barnes

    Peter Barnes is an innovative thinker and entrepreneur whose work has focused on fixing the deepest flaws of capitalism.  He has written numerous books and articles, co-founded several socially responsible businesses (including Working Assets/Credo), and started a retreat for progressive writers (The Mesa Refuge) in Point Reyes Station, California.

    His most recent books are Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons, and With Liberty and Dividends For All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough.

    He lives in northern California, with his wife, dogs, garden and rainwater catchment system.

  • Peter Brown

    Peter G. Brown, PhD is a professor in the School of Environment, the Department of Geography, and the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University. Before heading to McGill, he was Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland’s graduate School of Public Affairs; while at Maryland he founded the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, the School of Public Policy, and also established the School’s Environmental Policy Programs.

    He is a graduate of Haverford College, holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy of Religion from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a PhD from Columbia in Philosophy. He is the author of Restoring the Public Trust: A Fresh Vision for Progressive Government in America and Ethics, The Commonwealth of Life: Economics For a Flourishing Earth, and Right Relationship: Building Whole Earth Economies.

    Brown is involved in conservation efforts in the James Bay and Southern regions of Quebec, as well as in Maryland. He operates tree farms in both locales and is a Certified Quebec Forest Producer, named Tree Farmer of The Year of Garrett County, Maryland, in 1995. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends.

  • Graciela Chichilnisky

    Graciela Chichilnisky, PhD is the author of the carbon market of the UN Kyoto Protocol that became international law in 2005. She also created the concept of Basic Needs voted by 153 nations at the 1993 UN Earth Summit to be the cornerstone of Sustainable Development, and in 1996 created the formal theory of Sustainable Development that is used worldwide. Chichilnisky is a world-renowned economist and mathematician that the Washington Post calls an “A-List Star,” and she appeared in the 2009 Time magazine on “Heroes of the Environment.” Chichilnisky acted as a US Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the 2007 Nobel Prize.

    A special adviser to several UN organizations, heads of state, and US Congress, her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions, conserve biodiversity, and ecosystem services.

    Chichilnisky has a Masters and a PhD in Mathematics from MIT and UC Berkeley and a second PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley. She has taught at Harvard University, Stanford, and Columbia University. Chichilnisky is a Professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics at Columbia University, Director of Columbia Consortium for Risk Management (CCRM) (http://columbiariskmanagement.org), a former Senator and UNESCO Chair in Mathematics and Economics at Columbia University, and currently the Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Nankai University and at Beijing Normal University in China, and a Founder and Managing Director of Global Thermostat LLC. She has authored 14 books and over 250 articles published in leading academic journals and popular news media outlets, such as Time Magazine and the Financial Times. Chichilnisky is a frequent commentator on CNN, ABC, BBC TV News, and Bloomberg News. Her most recent books are Saving Kyoto (2009) and The Economics of Climate Change (2010).

    Professor Chichilnisky is a U.S. citizen, the mother of two children, and a resident of New York City.

  • Penelope Douglas

    Penelope Douglas is co-founder and partner at The Heritas Group, a pioneer in community development and impact investing. Douglas serves as Chair of Mission Hub LLC. The organization includes Impact Hubs in San Francisco, Berkeley, Philadelphia, and New York City, and the annual SOCAP event. SOCAP connects leading global innovators–investors, foundations, institutions, and social entrepreneurs– to build a market at the intersection of money and meaning.

    Previously Douglas co-founded and served twelve years as CEO of Pacific Community Ventures. PCV’s mission is to invest human, intellectual, and financial capital in small businesses for the benefit of economically underserved communities.

    During her tenure Douglas helped create 5,000+ jobs for lower-income workers at 250 small businesses and secured $60 million of committed capital.

    For three decades Douglas has applied her strategic acumen and dedication to social change for organizations including New Resource Bank, Wells Fargo, Ernst & Young, Morrison & Foerster, Odwalla, New Mexico Community Capital, San Francisco’s Larkin Street Youth Center, and others.

    Her work as a pioneer of “compassionate capitalism” has been profiled by the New York Times, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, and California magazine. Douglas is a recipient of the Robert A. McNeeley Trailblazer Award, the highest award bestowed annually to an individual who demonstrates visionary work and strategic leadership in the field of economic development.

    Douglas is an athlete who has competed in ultra marathons and Ironman distance triathlons, twice qualifying for the World Championships. She is an artist whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited publicly. Penelope is a native Californian and graduate of Smith College.

  • Philip Duff

    Philip N. Duff is founder and Chief Executive Officer at Massif Partners, an institutional investment manager focused on the solvency of funding long-term liabilities. Prior to founding Massif Partners, Duff was one of the founding partners of FrontPoint Partners LLC, an investment management firm, and served as its Chairman and CEO from November 2000 to December 2006. In December 2006, FrontPoint Partners was sold to Morgan Stanley. Prior to his starting FrontPoint Partners in 2000, Duff was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Managing Director of Tiger Management from 1998 to 2000.

    Before joining Tiger, Duff spent much of his career at Morgan Stanley and served as the Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Stanley from 1994 to 1997.

    From 1997 to 1998, Duff served as President and CEO of VanKampen Investments, a mutual fund acquired by Morgan Stanley. Duff started his career at Morgan Stanley in 1984 in investment banking, where he became head of the Financial Institutions Group.

    Duff received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Harvard College and a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Hazel Henderson

    Hazel Henderson, PhD, is a world-renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy and nine other books. Her editorials appear in 27 languages and more than 200 newspapers syndicated by InterPress Service, Rome, New York, and Washington DC. Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including (in USA) Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Challenge, Mainichi (Japan), El Diario (Venezuela), World Economic Herald (China), and Australian Financial Review. She founded the independent media social enterprise Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) in 2004 and serves as president and editor.

    She sits on several editorial boards. Henderson is a Fellow of the World Business Academy and co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, The United Nations: Policy and Financing Alternatives (Elsevier Science, 1995), a Report of the Global Commission to Fund the United Nations. She co-created with Calvert Group, Inc., the Calvert-Henderson Quality-of-Life Indicators in 2000. She is an Honorary Member of the Club of Rome and a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Society for the Arts.

    She has many honorary degrees, was Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California (Santa Barbara), held the Horace Albright Chair in Conservation at the University of California (Berkeley), and advised the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment and the National Science Foundation from 1974 to 1980. She is an active member of the National Press Club (Washington DC), the Social Venture Network, and the World Futures Society (USA). Henderson also shared the 1996 Global Citizen Award with Nobelist A. Perez Esquivel of Argentina.

  • Robert A. Johnson

    Robert A. Johnson, PhD, is the Executive Director for the Institute for New Economic Thinking, backed by George Soros. He serves on the UN Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz. He is also the Director of Economic Policy for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI) in New York.

    Johnson was previously a managing director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond, and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. Prior to that time, Johnson was a managing director of Bankers Trust Company, managing a global currency fund. He also served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire (D. Wisconsin) and before that, he was Senior Economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici (R. New Mexico).

    He received a PhD and an MA in Economics from Princeton University, and a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

  • Peter Kinder

    Peter Kinder co-founded KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. in 1988, in Boston, Mass., and served as its president and board chair until its sale to Risk Metrics Group in 2009. At its sale, KLD was the world’s leading provider of social investment research and indices. He remains a consultant to MSCI, Inc., which bought Risk Metrics in June 2010.

    Kinder blogs at thebell.us on economics and legal issues affecting his niche, the evolving nature of the corporation, fiduciary duties, and the passing scene. He co-authored three books in his field: Ethical Investing (1984); The Social Investment Almanac (1992); and Investing for Good (1993). He has spoken to audiences on four continents.

    Kinder serves on the board of the Center for Political Accountability, the finance advisory committee of the Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation, the President’s Council of CERES, and the Marlboro College MBA Program Circle of Advisers.

    He served two terms on the board of the U.S. Social Investment Forum, one as vice chair. KLD was a co-founder of the Sustainable Investment Research International Group (SiRi) and Mr. Kinder served on its board. He was a co-founder and principal (1997-2000) of Domini Social Investments, LLC.

    From 1973 to 1988, Mr. Kinder practiced law, first as an assistant attorney general in Ohio, then in Boston as a staff lawyer for a foundation, and finally in private practice. He specialized in administrative law and corporate regulation.

    Mr. Kinder received an AB in History from Princeton University in 1970 and a JD from Ohio State University in 1973, both with honors.

  • Lawrence Lunt

    Lawrence Lunt, a native of Brussels, directs the US arm of his family office, Armonia, whose mission is to invest 100 percent in innovative sustainable impact investments. He sits on the Board of several of Armonia’s portfolio companies.

    Lunt began his career with General Motors in Tokyo, Japan, in 1984 as an automobile industry analyst and later transferred to GM’s newly acquired computer services subsidiary, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in London. In 1990, he became a Director of the ARTAL Group, a Luxemburg private holding company owned by his family.

    In 2007, Armonia helped seed the launch of TBL Capital, an intentional, patient capital venture fund focused on the needs of the entrepreneur with a balanced emphasis on people, planet, and profit. Lunt also created Fun Machine, a music production and publishing company promoting various music genres with the Latin producer Andres Levin. He has released several CDs as a singer-songwriter.

    Among his philanthropic activities, Lunt founded the Barat Foundation at the Convent of Sacred Heart of Greenwich whose mission is to educate students in philanthropy. In 2002 he helped restart the international education program Up With People, a global youth program building bridges of understanding to promote world peace. In 2008, he helped launch Ashoka in Belgium.
    He is a member of the Social Venture Network and Investors’ Circle, and has a strong interest in preserving the Arctic. He is also a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Global Leadership Council and of the International Polar Foundation.

    Lunt has a degree in Economics from Louvain University and received an MBA from Sophia University. He is married with three daughters.

  • David W. Orr

    David W. Orr is Counselor to the President at Oberlin College and a fellow at the Cleveland Foundation. He is founder and Chair of the Board of the Oberlin project and a founding editor of the journal Solutions. He was formerly Oberlin’s Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics.

    Orr is also the author of seven books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (2009) and co-editor of three others. He has authored over 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications.

    In the past 25 years he has served as a board member or adviser to eight foundations and on the Boards of many organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Currently he is a Trustee of the Bioneers, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the Worldwatch Institute.

    He has been awarded eight honorary degrees and a dozen other awards, including a Lyndhurst Prize, a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, and recently a “Visionary Leadership Award” from Second Nature. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He headed the effort to design, fund, and build the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, which was named by an AIA panel in 2010 as “the most important green building of the past thirty years,” and as “one of 30 milestone buildings of the twentieth century” by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Hunter Lovins

    Hunter Lovins is President of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS). NCS helps companies, communities, and countries implement more sustainable business practices profitably. Lovins has worked from Afghanistan to New Zealand, and was asked by the King of Bhutan to serve on a team of international thought leaders transforming the global economic paradigm. This led to a position on the Steering Committee of the Alliance for Sustainability And Prosperity (www.asap4all.org), an international team developing a global strategy of change for a world that works for all.

    Over her 30 years as a sustainability thought leader, Lovins has written hundreds of articles and 14 books. Her latest, The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism to Save Our Economic Ass (2012), is a sequel to the international best seller, Natural Capitalism.

    A founder of the field of Sustainable Management, Lovins has helped create several MBA programs and is currently a professor of sustainable business at Bainbridge Graduate Institute and Bard MBA. In 2013, she served as Regents’ Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. She was recently named a Master at the DeTao Academy in China.

    Lovins has won dozens of awards, including the European Sustainability Pioneer award, the Right Livelihood Award (the alternative Nobel) and the 2012 Rachel Carson Award. TIME magazine recognized her as a Millennium Hero for the Planet, and Newsweek called her the Green Business Icon. She consults widely for companies from Unilever and Walmart to small businesses in local communities, and speaks to audiences ranging from the World Economic Forum to chambers of commerce.

  • Bill Reed

    Bill Reed, AIA, LEED, is an internationally recognized proponent and practitioner in sustainability and regeneration. Reed is a principal in two firms, the Re-source Group and Regenesis. These two firms were established to offer the integration of Green and Regenerative practices as well as education programs to support the development of this work. Regeneration is a whole system meta-discipline that unites the pattern-understanding practices of Ecological Design, Permaculture, Biophilia, Integrative Design, and Organizational Psychology into a design process that lifts building and community planning into full integration and co-evolution with living systems. Reed’s work centers oncreating the framework for and managing an integrative, living system design process with complex teams of clients, designers, and community and ecological stakeholders. The objective: to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places and therefore the planet.

  • William Rees

    William Rees, PhD, is a human ecologist, ecological economist, Professor Emeritus and former director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) in Vancouver, Canada. His research and teaching focus on the biophysical prerequisites for sustainability in an era of accelerating global ecological change. He takes special interest in: a) the vulnerability of cities and; b) human cognition and behavioral tendencies that frustrate sustainability planning.

    Rees is perhaps best known in ecological economics as the originator and co-developer of “ecological footprint analysis.” His book on eco-footprinting, with then PhD student Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, has been translated into eight languages including Chinese. He has also authored over 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and numerous popular articles, on humanity’s (un)sustainability conundrum. Rees is a founding member and past President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics, a founding Director of the OneEarth Initiative, a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute, and a long-standing member of the Global Ecological Integrity Group.

    The influence of Rees’ work is widely recognized and awarded. He has been invited to lecture on his work in 25 countries around the world; the Vancouver Sun named Rees one of British Columbia’s top public intellectuals in 2000; in 2006 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2007 he was awarded a prestigious Trudeau Foundation Fellowship. Most recently, Laval University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate and he won both the 2012 Boulding Memorial Award of the International Society for Ecological Economics and a 2012 Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Mathis Wackernagel).

  • Simon Rich

    Simon Rich serves by appointment of the Governor on the North Carolina Economic Development Board and chairs the Innovation and Technology committee. He also serves on the Governor’s Energy Policy Council.

    Formerly he was Chairman and CEO of Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas and President of Louis Dreyfus Holding Corp; the Louis Dreyfus Group holds a global position in all areas of energy and agriculture including production, processing and merchandising.

    Rich is former chairman and emeritus member of the board of visitors of the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University, and teaches courses in Energy and Environment within the school.

    He is chairman of Environmental Defense Fund in North Carolina, and the former chairman and current member of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, the largest sustainable agriculture program in the U.S., a partnership of the NC Department of Agriculture, NC A&T University, and NC State University. Rich is on the board of Triangle Capital Corporation, a business development company operating throughout the southeast; and Verenium, a cellulosic ethanol developer and enzyme production company.

    Rich is a 1967 graduate of Duke University.

  • Carol Sanford

    Carol Sanford is founder and CEO of The Responsible Entrepreneur Institute and InterOctave, a global consultancy. She has worked with clients such as DuPont, P&G, Intel, Agilent, and Seventh Generation, and has taught as a lecturer on business, urban planning, and entrepreneurship in many universities, including MIT Sloan School of Management, Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and Rotman School of Business at University of Toronto.

    Sanford is a regular keynote speaker at global conferences. She blogs for The Economist, CNBC, CSRWire, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and other outlets, and her multiple award-winning first book, The Responsible Business (Jossey-Bass, 2011), is used as a text at Harvard and Stanford and at Google Innovation Lab for Global Food Experience.

    She has been listed among the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior for the last three years. Carol currently lives in Seattle.

  • Allan Savory

    Allan Savory was born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal – BSc Biology and Botany). He pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia), and later as a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe. In the 1960s he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and, as a resource management consultant, worked with numerous managers across four continents to develop sustainable solutions.

    He served as a Member of Parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and leader of the opposition to the ruling party headed by Ian Smith. Exiled in 1979 as a result of his opposition, he emigrated to the United States where he co-founded the Center for Holistic Management with his wife, Jody Butterfield, and in 2009, the Savory Institute. In 1992 they founded the Africa Centre for Holistic Management near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe whose purpose is to enhance food and water security and human livelihoods through training that utilizes livestock to restore degraded watersheds and croplands to health. Their book, Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision-Making (1999), describes Savory’s effort to find workable solutions ordinary people could implement to overcome many of the problems besetting communities and businesses today.

    In 2003, Savory received Australia’s International Banksia Award “for the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale,” joining previous recipients Rachel Carson and David Attenborough, among others.

  • Gus Speth

    Gus Speth, Esq, is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School. Previously he was a Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy at Yale University, where he served as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 1999 to 2009. From 1993 to 1999, Dean Speth was Administrator of the UN Development Programme and Chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to his service at the UN, he was Founder and President of the World Resources Institute; Professor of Law at Georgetown University; Chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and Senior Attorney and Co-founder, Natural Resources Defense Council.

    Throughout his career, Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation’s Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America’s Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Environmental Law Institute and the League of Conservation Voters, and the Blue Planet Prize.

    He holds several honorary degrees. Publications include The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability, Global Environmental Governance, Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment, and articles in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, The Harvard Business Review, and other journals and books.

    Speth currently serves on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Resources Institute, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Population Action International, Center for Humans and Nature, 1Sky, and Climate Central.

  • Joseph Stanislaw

    Joseph Stanislaw, PhD, is founder of the advisory firm The JAStanislaw Group, LLC, and an Independent Senior Advisor to the Energy & Resources group of Deloitte LLP. Stanislaw was a founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates and was Managing Director for non-U.S. activity until he was named President and CEO.

    Stanislaw is an adjunct professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University.

    He serves on the Boards of several corporations and NGOs with interests in the areas of clean, alternative, and renewable energy. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Stanislaw was a Research Fellow, lecturer in economics, and founding member of the Energy Research Group at Cambridge University. He was a Senior Economist at the International Energy Agency in Paris.

    Stanislaw is the co-author with Daniel Yergin of The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. He received a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard College, a PhD in Economics from the University of Edinburgh, and holds an Honorary Doctorate and Professorship from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.

  • Stewart Wallis

    Stewart Wallis served as the Executive Director of New Economics Foundation (NEF) from 2002-16, inspiring and demonstrating real economic well being through challenging mainstream thinking on economic, environment, and social issues.

    Prior to NEF, Wallis was International Director of Oxfam with responsibility for 2500 staff in 70 countries and for all Oxfam’s policy, research, development, and emergency work worldwide. He was awarded the OBE for services to Oxfam in 2002.

    He has previously worked for the World Bank in Washington DC, focusing on industrial and financial development in East Asia. He then worked for Robinson Packaging in Derbyshire for nine years, the last five as Managing Director, leading a successful business turnaround. Wallis has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a Masters Degree in Business and Economics from the London Business School.