Director Jeffrey Barbee in an environmental journalist who works for Global Post, and the UK Guardian. His work appears in the New York Times, the BBC, NOS Tv Holland, Smithsonian Magazine, RTL News, PBS, CBS, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and many other publications.

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Joshua Fisher, PhD is a Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he works on natural resource management and land use planning as tools for conflict prevention. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies at the Universidad del País Vasco in the Basque Country, Spain. His current work focuses on protected area management and extractive industry conflicts in the Amazon Basin and sub-Saharan Africa. Before transitioning to the Earth Institute, Dr. Fisher worked on biodiversity conservation, land use planning, and humanitarian disaster response with several non-profit organizations, private sector firms, and US government agencies.  He regularly consults for a variety of governmental and non-profit organizations in Europe, South America and the United States. In addition to his research, he teaches graduate courses on environmental negotiation and conflict resolution. Dr. Fisher earned his Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University for geospatial work exploring the ecological drivers of armed conflict.  He holds an M.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Law and Environmental Policy, both from Utah State University.

Ana Alecia Lyman.  After graduating Brown University with a dual degree in Public Policy and Portuguese and Brazilian studies, Ana was selected by the Peace Corps as a public health and organizational development volunteer to serve in Mozambique. During her service, she saw the need for economic empowerment to address social and health issues in the country. She hopes BOM will become a model for sustainable and ethical extraction of Africa’s natural resources. Lyman has worked as a consultant for various organizations, including the WWF, the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and Phytotrade Africa. Lyman also serves on the board of Phytotrade, the Southern African Natural Products Trade Association.

Julian Bayliss, PhD, FRGS is a highly dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Conservation Biologist trained at Oxford, Manchester and London Universities. From a very early age he developed a passion for natural history which has grown into a successful career in species and habitat conservation, protective areas management and the discovery of dozens of new species in the forested mountaintops of Africa.  He is the recipient of the Darwin Initiative Award for his work on Mt Mabu in Mozambique, and the FFI Oryx 100% Fund Award for his work in the rainforests of Madagascar.


Linda P. Hoffman owns and runs LPH ACCOUNTING SERVICES in Basalt, Colorado. She is registered as a Certified Personal Accountant (CPA) in the state of Colorado.  Her skills include accounting, payroll, financial statement preparation, tax return preparation and special projects for a variety of clients, including for profit and nonprofit organizations. For any inquiries contact her here:  lhoffma{at}