Board of Directors

 

Paul bunje

CO-FOUNDER, Conservation X Labs

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Paul Bunje is the co-founder and COO/CSO of Conservation X Labs. Paul was formerly the Chief Scientist at the XPRIZE Foundation, where he led the impact strategy across grand challenge domains at XPRIZE, spanning civil society, environment, energy, health, and exploration. Dr. Bunje is a global thought leader in bringing innovation to solve environmental grand challenges. Paul was formerly the founding Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions, the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, and served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Oceans. The American Association for the Advancement of Science selected Paul as one of 40 individuals that exemplify the thousands of AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows who are dedicated to applying science to serve society. Paul is trained in biology, with a B.S. from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

alex dehgan

CO-FOUNDER, Conservation X Labs

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Alex Dehgan is the CEO and co-founder of Conservation X Labs.  Dr. Dehgan recently served as the Chief Scientist at USAID, with rank of Assistant Administrator, and co-founded the Global Development Lab.  He is also the Chanler Innovator at Duke University and served as Duke’s inaugural David Rubenstein Fellow. Prior to USAID, Alex worked in multiple positions within the Office of the Secretary, and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, at the Dept. of State, where he used science & conservation as a diplomatic tool for engagement with countries in the Islamic world, including Iran. As head of the Wildlife Conservation Society Afghanistan Program, Alex helped create Afghanistan’s first national park. Dr. Dehgan holds a Ph.D and M.Sc. from The University of Chicago’s Committee on Evolutionary Biology, where he focused on understanding and predicting extinction in animals with complex behaviors. Alex also holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings, and a B.S. from Duke University.

He is the author of The Snow Leopard Project and Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation (The Hatchett Group, 2019).

 

John Elkington

President of Volans, Inc.

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John is a writer, thought-leader and business strategist, a serial entrepreneur and, at heart, an environmentalist. He is the Founder and Chief Pollinator at Volans, a certified B Corporation driving market-based solutions to the future’s greatest challenges.

John is also Honorary Chairman of SustainAbility, and sits on an A-Z of some 20 boards and advisory boards. He has written 19 books, and his latest is co-authored with Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book, entitled "The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today’s Profits with Tomorrow’s Bottom Line" comes full circle from John’s 1997 "Cannibals with Forks", where he first introduced the Triple Bottom Line concept.  

 

Ali Hartman

Chief Sustainability Officer, KKR

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Ali Hartman (New York) joined KKR in 2011 to support the firm’s growing work on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues and stakeholder engagement across its investment portfolio. Over the course of five years, she helped to build the ESG platform to encompass a range of asset classes and focus areas. In 2016, Ms. Hartman was named the Head of Global Citizenship for KKR. In this role, she oversees the firm’s approach to strategic philanthropy, community impact and employee engagement. Previously, Ms. Hartman worked at Coca-Cola in the public affairs department, where she oversaw a range of social and environmental issues in North America and Europe. Prior to this role, she studied worker rights at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Paris and completed fieldwork in child labor issues at the Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador.

Ms. Hartman holds a B.A. from Columbia College at Columbia University and completed her M.A. in International Affairs at L’Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Ms. Hartman is involved in a number of philanthropic activities. Most notably, she serves on the Board of Directors for Hour Children Inc., the Board of Directors for Conservation X Labs, the Advisory Board for The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont, and the Advisory Board for Duke University’s CASE i3: Initiative on Impact Investing. Ms. Hartman is also a long-time volunteer with Camp Fatima of New Jersey and a chapter leader for Moms Demand Action.

 

Don Karl

Perkins Coie

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Don Karl, a partner with the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, has practiced business law for more than 35 years, acting as a general business advisor to private and public companies, entrepreneurs, and institutional investors, across a wide range of industries, including entertainment, media, and technology. Karl is especially interested in how businesses adapt, evolve, and collaborate in an era of rapid technological change and innovation and believes the lessons derived from the private sector are applicable to the public sector. Karl is a trustee of the Hollywood Canteen Foundation (a private foundation supporting organizations that provide goods and services to veterans and their families) and a member of the board of directors of Spirit of America (a 501(c)(3) organization providing goods and services to non-combatants in conflict areas). He has camped, hiked, climbed, and trekked around the world, traveling to every continent except Antarctica. He received a BS in physics from the University of Michigan and a masters in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.

 

Thane Kreiner

Miller Center, Santa Clara University

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Thane Kreiner, PhD, is Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Howard & Alida Charney University Professor at Santa Clara University. Miller Center accelerates entrepreneurship to end global poverty and protect the planet; more than 1000 social enterprises have participated in its GSBI® accelerator programs and collectively improved, transformed, or saved the lives of over 380 million people living in poverty. Before joining Santa Clara University in 2010, Thane was Founder, President, and CEO of Second Genome and Presage Biosciences, Inc. and President and CEO of iPierian, later acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Thane spent 14 years at Affymetrix, Inc., the DNA chip industry pioneer. Thane earned his PhD in Neurosciences and his MBA from Stanford University and his BS in Chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin. His memoir on science and spirituality Composition of Life was recently published. Thane is an avid SCUBA diver, swimmer, yoga practitioner, and gardener.

 

Marcia Marsh

Former COO, World Wildlife Fund

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Marcia Marsh was the Chief Operating Officer for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US). As COO she oversaw the execution of WWF’s strategy and operating systems and led government affairs and policy, private sector engagement, development and marketing and communications efforts. Building on her prior consulting career, Marcia served as one of WWF global network’s lead change managers, helping to align people, processes and technology with an ambitious strategy to bring conservation to scale. With a personal passion for community service, she helped to launch and drive the CARE/WWF Alliance, an innovative partnership that is creating new models of addressing poverty alleviation, food security and conservation in one holistic approach. In her prior life, she was a Price Waterhouse partner, practice leader for integrated solutions and international consulting at Watson Wyatt and the vice president for government transformation for the Partnership for Public Service.

 

Raymond McCauley

Singularity University

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Raymond McCauley is a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur working at the forefront of biotechnology. Raymond explores how applying technology to life -- biology, genetics, medicine, agriculture, manufacturing -- is affecting every one of us. He uses storytelling and down-to-earth examples to show how quickly these changes are happening, right now, and where it may head tomorrow. His work and profile have been featured in Wired, Forbes, Time, CNBC, Science, and Nature.

Raymond is: Founding Faculty and Chair of Digital Biology at Singularity University; Co-founder and Chief Architect for BioCurious; part of the team that developed next-generation DNA sequencing at Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN), with past positions at Ingenuity Systems, Genomera, NASA, and other organizations. Raymond creates, advises, and develops biotech-related startups.

 

Jahan Moslehi

Founder, Bridge33 Capital

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Jahan Moslehi is a Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Bridge33 Capital. Bridge33 is a vertically-integrated commercial real estate firm focused on value-add investments. Bridge33’s current portfolio is comprised of 3.2 million square feet of retail and office properties across 16 states. Prior to Bridge33, Mr. Moslehi worked at Morgan Stanley in New York and London for nine years. In his most recent role at Morgan Stanley, he was a Vice President responsible for marketing and distribution of Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS), as well as developing a business plan for trading distressed and small-balance commercial real estate loans. From 2006-2008, Mr. Moslehi was responsible for developing the firm’s securitization business in the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to that, he held various roles within the CMBS and Fixed Income Management groups at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Moslehi holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.

 

Dan Vermeer

Duke Fuqua School of Business

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Dr. Daniel Vermeer is founder and director of Duke University's Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE), an initiative that harnesses the power of business to meet the global demand for energy, resources, and improved quality of life. Through education, thought leadership, and outreach, EDGE helps to develop promising new solutions to global energy and sustainability challenges, and convenes business, civic, and academic leaders to scale these solutions for maximum impact. Vermeer is Associate Professor of the Practice at Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, where he teaches sustainability, energy, and international business courses. Vermeer joined Duke from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led the Global Water Initiative, an industry-leading effort to protect the quality and availability of the company's primary ingredient. As part of this work, he designed a new risk management methodology for assessing Coca-Cola’s global manufacturing facilities, and founded Coca-Cola’s Community Water Partnerships program, resulting in nearly 500 public-private partnerships in over 90 countries. Vermeer is trained as an anthropologist, and did extensive fieldwork and research in the Himalayas of India and Nepal as part of his Master’s thesis at the University of Virginia. He completed his Ph.D. in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, where he conducted research on organizational learning and change at Xerox PARC in Silicon Valley.

 

Advisors to CXL

 

Peter Diamandis

Founder, X Prize

Diamandis is the Founder & Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions.  He is also the Executive Founder of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world's leaders on exponentially growing technologies.

As an entrepreneur, Diamandis has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital and education. He is also co-Founder BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies.

Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World. 

He earned degrees in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from the MIT and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Peter’s favorite saying is “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”

 

Jake Hanft

Program Manager, Schmidt Marine

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Jake works as a program manager for Schmidt Marine, helping to research and analyze economically viable solutions to complex ocean health problems. A San Francisco native, Jake graduated from University of California, Davis with a B.A. in international relations with a global environment emphasis, and a minor in English. As an undergraduate, Jake interned at then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's Capitol Hill office, covering environmental issues. He has a background working in the intersection between economics and sustainability, and is passionate about preventing bycatch, increasing kelp production, restoring coral reefs, and removing C02 from the atmosphere.

 

Scott Miller

Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Collections, Smithsonian Institution

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Scott Miller is Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support, responsible for central planning and development of the Smithsonian’s vast collections (137 million objects) and interdisciplinary support operations, including collections management, conservation and preservation, and related functions. 

He previously served as Deputy Under Secretary for Science, helping oversee the Smithsonian’s science museums and research facilities, major research initiatives, collections management, exhibitions and educational programs. Before joining the Smithsonian central administration, he was associate director for science at the National Zoological Park from 2004 to 2006, spearheading the rehabilitation of the Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va., and chairman of the departments of entomology and systematic biology at the National Museum of Natural History from 2000 to 2006. He continues lead the Consortium for the Barcode of Life—an international network that develops DNA-based identification tools to make biodiversity information more widely available, which he helped establish in 2003.

Before coming to the Smithsonian in 2000, Miller designed and implemented an international biodiversity and conservation program for the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya. Miller maintains an active research program as a curator of entomology at the National Museum of Natural History. He has published more than 170 publications and co-edited four books. His current research focuses on moths of Papua New Guinea and Africa, especially the integration of systematics, ecology, biogeography and conservation of insects and plants in Papua New Guinea.

Miller received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a doctorate degree in biology from Harvard University. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Entomological Society of London.