Suresh Balaji’s experience spans sales, product development, media and marketing roles in pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and financial services. He has lived and worked in India, Middle East and UK.
He is a strong advocate for civil rights, social action, economic empowerment and the environment. One of the things he is most proud of is his 3 years of UNICEF service as a Polio Volunteer in India. He is a self-described data and analytics junkie, foreign and public policy dabbler and philosophy dilettante.
He is currently the Global Head of Marketing Strategy for a leading multinational bank. He is responsible for the long term brand and multi-channel marketing strategy to shape consumer opinion and motivate behavior towards desired business objectives. He is a Chemistry graduate and has a post graduate degree in business from University of Oxford. Suresh is an avid traveller and an art deco addict.
Andrea leads a portfolio of educational and cultural projects, including the content management of the ‘Museum of Tomorrow’ to be built in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has worked in environment since 2002 in the fields of learning and communication. She was Institutional Learning Director at Conservation International (CI) in Virginia, U.S. from 2005 to 2008. She has also led the communication strategy of CI in Brazil for over 3 years. Much of her fieldwork is related to participatory planning, media relations, conservation awareness campaigns and training. Before joining CI, she worked in marketing and strategy. She has a bachelor in Journalism, a specialization in Information Sciences at University of Paris II, and a master in Business Administration with focus in cross-sector partnerships at Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo.
Camille Richardson has worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce since 1993 with assignments in Washington, DC; Miami, FL; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In July 2010 she began a three-year tour of duty as the Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
Camille first joined the Commerce Department in 1993 as a Presidential Management Fellow. She began her career promoting US environmental technology exports to Southeast Asia through the United States-Asia Environmental Partnership. In 1998, Camille joined the Commercial Service as the Special Initiatives Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the Commercial Service. In this capacity, she forwarded a number of organizational initiatives including the development of a U.S. Commercial Strategy for Africa.
A native of Washington, DC, Camille earned a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University in 1989, and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins/SAIS in 1993. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Michael Forova Avosa is a leader in international Environmental Research & Development, Bio Diversity Training and Forest & Climate Governance. He has worked for the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority for over twenty years. Mr. Avosa is a 2008 Watson International Scholar of the Environment, who has published articles and presented papers on Indigenous Land Rights, Forest Governance and Leadership in the Forest Industry.
Mr. Avosa formerly headed the Forest Governance & Integrity Program, of Transparency International in Papua New Guinea. Previously, was the country liaison for the Bishop Museum of Hawaii and former country manager for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Avosa holds a diploma in forestry from Bulolo University College and served as founding board member of two not-for-profit-NGO Boards: Forest Certification Services Limited and the Center for Environmental Research & Development Inc. Mr. Avosa’s areas of expertise include: forestry policy, environment and conservation programs, international aid management, Melanesian customary land tenure and community development.
M. Washington the founder and president of Living Proof. He is also a partner of a private consultancy firm. Previously he worked as a U.S. diplomat, economics researcher, and served actively in the United States Air Force performing accounting and finance activities. He founded Living Proof while working as a diplomat in Papua New Guinea. He is an international expert on market analysis, environmental change and management, economic growth, global security, geopolitics, corporate citizenship, sustainability, creating shared value, public-private-partnerships, business and community development, stakeholder and risk management.
Mr. Washington was born New York City. Growing up in Brooklyn and Harlem, he learned very early the importance teamwork and entrepreneurship to overcome odds. His family’s diversity, migration, and his mother’s military service are the greatest influencers of his personal journey to serve.
Mr. Washington’s formal education in the arts, science, and business are from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Columbia University and Oxford University respectively.
Peter Thettayilhas 20 Years’ experience in NGO activities serving as the founder, and Executive Director of The Andhyodaya based in Kerala, India. The organization is engaged in Biogas Technologies, carbon reduction, carbon credit rainwater harvesting, and solar energy programs. They are pioneers in Biogas and rainwater harvesting programs, and have won the UNESCO Best NGO in India award for their rainwater harvesting program.
Mr. Elkhou founded e-Stet in 2007 with the primary focus of providing services and products that efficiently streamline the e-discovery process. Under his leadership, e-Stet has successfully worked on some of the most document-intensive cases for U.S. law firms. Prior to e-Stet, Mr. Elkhou was the National Director of E-Discovery in two large litigation support firms, deploying multiple ESI data centers throughout the United States. He has been integrally involved in architecting industry-leading e-discovery software and regularly provides court testimony on forensics methods. Mr. Elkhou holds a Computer Science degree and Mathematics minor.
Sandra specializes in developing business models and sustainable programs, particularly in areas of climate change mitigation through clean and renewable energy technologies. Her international experience extends to Latin America, United Kingdom, Ireland, India and Southeast Asia.
She has worked for seven years in the development of sustainable initiatives for the carbon market at EcoSecurities and Electricity Supply Board International, both start-ups, contributing to the design of strategies, setting up work teams, institutional partnerships and investment partners. In both organizations she occupied global management positions. And previously, she worked in areas of strategic planning and supplier development in Holcim Apasco and Tenaris Tamsa, cement and steel industry, respectively.
She is currently involved in the design and implementation of financial initiatives and economic incentives to support rural development and sustainable management of natural resources at EDF de Mexico, with a particular focus on supporting the transition to the management of catch shares in the Gulf of California.
Sandra holds an MSc degree in Environmental Technology with Business Specialisation from Imperial College London. And she is highly motivated to contribute to the design, development and implementation of initiatives directed to support a more effective sustainable development.
Willye Mai Tolbert King is a highly accomplished international finance professional with over 35 years of management and professional experience in development and commercial banking. Her career includes 26 years working for the African Development Bank (AfDB), both at headquarters and in management of two (2) of the Bank’s regional offices in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. While there she focused on African economic development and on efforts to reduce poverty in the continent. This assignment involved extensive travels throughout Africa as well as Europe, Asia and the United States of America.
Following her retirement from the AfDB in 2009, Mrs. King established Victoire International Consultancy Services, which provides advisory services in financial management, capacity building and potential investment opportunities. As a consultant, she is presently acting as Executive Director of the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF), which in addition to construction of markets in Liberia, provides support services such as micro credit, adult literacy, small business development and child care to market women. She is the Chairperson of the international Board of Directors of Restoration of Educational Advancement Programs( REAP), an NGO operating in Liberia, and has been instrumental in the mobilization of resources and setting up REAP’s micro credit activities. Mrs. King is also an Associate Consultant with Hudson-Ethics Consulting, USA, which provides cost-effective solutions for financial disclosure needs.