Angus Parker is a non-profit consultant with extensive program and operations experience in conservation organizations, specializing in providing advice to NGOs and foundations interested in using the power of social networks and partner collaboration to further their goals and effectiveness. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Operations for the Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Region, was a Senior Consultant at Monitor Group, and an Account Executive at Grey Advertising. Angus earned an MS in Environmental Science from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA in Finance and Operations from The Wharton School of Business.
Kerri is the Managing Director at Monitor Institute by Deloitte, working with innovative leaders in the public, private and social sectors. She brings over 20 years of experience leading organizations through transformational change, defining and adapting strategy, and developing new business models. Starting with the combination of a degree in psychology (State Diego State University) and graduate degree in Business (Santa Clara University), Kerri has long been fascinated by the power of leadership and the human will, and inherent complexities, to create change. Kerri and her two daughters live in the Bay Area and spend time together cultivating a large family garden, riding horses, and working out together at their favorite boxing gym.
Teri is a former software industry sales/marketing executive (Apple, HP & startups) with strong ties to her South American network of community and business leaders which she nurtured over several decades starting in 1970. After retiring from her Silicon Valley consulting projects she has focused her energy on geotourism development as a means of enabling indigenous and local communities to implement sustainable ecology-minded tourism. Co-founder of the John Muir Geotourism Center, she served on the BOD as Vice President and marketing coordinator for 3 years; As advisor, funder and volunteer for efforts to preserve island species of bird colonies nesting on Isla Chiloé and the Los Lagos region of Southern Chile, she has become deeply involved in understanding and working to halt the invasive species and activities threatening island habitats in South America and central California. Teri earned a BA from Covell College and the University of the Pacific in Stockton for Latin American studies (taught exclusively in Spanish) and an MBA in Marketing from Santa Clara University.
Lynne Hale served as The Nature Conservancy’s Managing Director for Oceans from 2003 until January of 2015. Over that 12 year period, she led the transformation of TNC from its near exclusive focus on terrestrial conservation to TNC now being widely recognized as one of the world’s leading marine conservation organizations. Lynne then served as a Senior Fellow focused on marine programs in Asia Pacific. Currently she continues to advise TNC’s New Zealand program on fisheries and marine conservation.
Over the course of her TNC tenure, Lynne has focused and published on integrating science and policy work with “in-the-water” conservation and restoration in the United States and more than 30 countries in Asia, Oceana, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa. Areas of focus include Sustainable Fisheries, Integrated Ocean Management, and Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. Previously, as the Associate Director of the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island, Lynne played a leadership role in the design and implementation of integrated coastal management programs in the United States, South America, Asia, and Africa, as well as global outreach and training programs. From 1978-84 she served as Fisheries Adviser to the Alaska Native Foundation.
Lynne has served on multiple International Advisory Panels related to ocean conservation and currently serves as a Trustee of the Marine Stewardship Council. Ms. Hale has an M.S. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography and a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Pennsylvania.
David Hartwell is an advisor/board member to/of many businesses, nonprofit organizations and foundations. Prior to this, he was for 26 years the President of Bellcomb, Inc., a global supplier of composite panels. He has served on many nonprofit boards, often in leadership positions including the National Audubon (Vice Chair and Treasurer), Belwin Conservancy (Chair) Conservation Minnesota, Land Trust Alliance, Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (Co-Chair), Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Chair), Minnesota Audubon (Chair) Minnesota Land Trust (Founder and Chair) Minnesota Nature Conservancy (Treasurer) and the Mississippi River Fund (Treasurer). In 2001 he began to build a coalition of conservation groups that culminated in 2008 with the passage by the voters in Minnesota of a constitutional amendment that will raise an estimated $6 billion dollars for conservation in the next 25 years. He is an avid birdwatcher and gardener. He and his wife travel whenever they get the opportunity and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
With 27 years of experience in international conservation, Olivier is an expert on environmental policy and governmental sector engagement as well as the implementation and coordination of on-the-ground conservation projects. Olivier joined the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in 2015 as executive director. CEPF is a fund dedicated to conserve the most biologically, yet threatened, ecosystems – the world’s biodiversity hotspots – through the action of civil society groups. Prior to joining CEPF, Olivier worked as the director of global affairs for Island Conservation where he spent three years working on the international policy framework and the public funding stream necessary for governments and NGO partners to prevent species extinction from islands. Before working for Island Conservation, Olivier spent eleven years with Conservation International, where he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the Center for Conservation and Government. His division was responsible for public funding, engaging with governments and multi-lateral institutions in environmental policy, and working with indigenous and traditional peoples.
In his previous position with Conservation International, Olivier led the Africa and Madagascar Division. Prior to joining CI, Olivier held similar positions in Madagascar and Central Africa with World Wildlife Fund where he worked for 14 years. Over the course of his career, of which seventeen have been spent in the field in various countries of Africa, Olivier has developed a wealth of experience and global relationships in support of his lifelong passion and commitment to protecting biodiversity. Olivier received his Masters of Science (MSc) from the Department of Zoology at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He is an avid birder, an expert on the birds of southwestern Indian Ocean islands, and author and/or co-author of over 100 scientific publications, including three authoritative books on the avifauna of Madagascar, the Comoros, the Mascarenes, and the Seychelles Islands.
Ingrid M. Parker is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ingrid’s research interests embrace both basic and applied problems and bridge the fields of ecology and evolution. Much of her research is focused on understanding the causes, consequences, and dynamics of biological invasions, especially the effects of species interactions (such as herbivory, disease, and pollination) on plant invaders. She has also worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to use science to help save endangered plant species. Ingrid received an A.B. from the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and a Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship from UC Berkeley. The author of over 80 scientific papers, she is a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.
Ivan Samuels serves as the Executive Director of the March Conservation Fund where he directs all grant making activities at the fund. He has a bachelor degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from University of California- Santa Cruz and a Masters of Science in Zoology from the University of Florida. Ivan brings to the Board of IC a diverse set of skills in the biological sciences including ecology, ornithology, forestry, and land management. Prior to joining the March Conservation Fund full-time in 2007, Ivan worked on field research projects, mostly with birds, in both temperate and tropical environments. He serves on the board of several conservation organizations, and he is very active in land management in northern California. During his free time, Ivan enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, birding, and all things outdoors.
Daniel is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies and director of the Institute for Biological Invasions at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Daniel is a biologist and ecologist who earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1969. He studied ecology as a student of the biologist EO Wilson, one of the coauthors of the theory of island biogeography. For his PhD dissertation, he was the first to test this theory experimentally in Floridian mangrove systems, producing studies such as the 1969 paper, “Experimental Zoogeography of Islands: The Colonization of Empty Islands,” which is considered a seminal paper. Daniel is very active on the issues of invasive species, studying the susceptibility of ecosystems to invasion from exotic species, the practical implications of these invasions, and the potential interactions between invasive species including the potential for invasional meltdown—in which the introduction of exotic species facilitates the establishment and invasion of other exotics. Daniel has received several awards, including the Eminent Ecologist Award in 2006 from the Ecological Society of America, and he has published books and more than 350 articles in scientific journals. He is a past president of the American Society of Naturalists and was a member of the National Science Board from 2000 until 2006.
Dr. Eleanor Sterling is Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Building on her interdisciplinary training and over 30 years of field experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania, her work focuses on the intersection between biodiversity, culture, and languages; the factors influencing ecological and social resilience; and the development of indicators of wellbeing in biocultural landscapes. She is a world authority on the aye-aye, a nocturnal lemur endemic to Madagascar and collaborates on an initiative integrating biology and econometrics across multiple scales for sustainable wildlife trade in Vietnam. She is also an expert in strategic planning and in implementation and evaluation of capacity development. She is currently Deputy Vice Chair for the International Union for Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas Core Capacity Development group where she co-leads working groups on Capacity Development Evaluation and on Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. She co-founded the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Women in Natural Sciences New York chapter of the Association for Women in Science. Dr. Sterling is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology for ten years. Dr. Sterling received her B.A. degree from Yale College, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University.
Beth Summers, Ph.D. has enjoyed a long career as an organizational psychologist, helping to effect positive workplace environments, better leadership, and productivity in some of the world’s most prominent companies. She now devotes her time and attention to pursuits about which she is passionate: Conservation (of which Island Conservation is the focal point), and, whole-foods plant-based nutrition. Recognizing the interconnectedness, she champions the positive impact that plant-based nutrition has on the environment. When she is not attending conferences to build contacts with leaders, she often volunteers for ACLM (the Academy of Lifestyle Medicine) and Engine 2. Beth is based in Austin, Texas.