Jeffrey Barbee is the director and founder of Alliance Earth, an independent not-for-profit environmental and scientific reporting initiative which funds science reporting for the world’s media. He is also the director of Alliance Earth’s Dung Beetle Project. The project drives science education that is fun, fiery and unforgettable from a plastic-powered mobile stage that converges art and education. He is also an award winning writer and film-maker with over 18 years of reporting experience in 27 countries. He has worked on assignment for The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The LA Times, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, The Telegraph, The BBC and many others. His specialty is cross-platform multimedia and event-based projects that converge art, print, web, television and mobile delivery to drive awareness about global environmental issues. He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Haley Jackson helps visionaries take their stories from imagination to reality across multiple platforms, from large screen 3D to Virtual Reality to Mobile. She inspires and engages the public through exploration and visual storytelling. She has produced and directed dozens of complex and award-winning projects from the edges of space to deep beneath the ocean for clients such as Lightstorm Entertainment, The Climate Reality Project, The X PRIZE Foundation, Al Gore, James Cameron, The Mojave Air and Spaceport, The Discovery Channel, NASA, The Science Channel, The United States Olympic Committee and many others. She recently won ten outstanding Telly Awards for her work with 24 Hours of Climate Reality. Learn more: http://www.haleyjackson.com
Caty Batten is a graduate from the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership and has a degree in Geography and French Science from the University of St Andrews. She focuses her capacity to influence positive change by leveraging the action of philanthropists, businesses and entrepreneurs whom she assists in making meaningful environmental and social change in the world today. She has a unique understanding of complex international development issues thanks to her roles with international non governmental organisations like VSO and Oxfam. She has always been most passionate about environmental conservation and brought her experience and passion together in marine conservation in Mozambique.There she tackled the critical balance between humans and nature, and facilitated the engagement of strategic philanthropic investment to sustain complex and vital conservation activities.
Simon Willcock, PhD is a Senior Lecturer at Bangor University, UK. Dr Willcock did his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Oxford University before finishing his PhD in Geography at the University of Leeds. He is an interdisciplinary scientist who focuses on producing real-world outputs that are applied in policy and business contexts, like harnessing the power of smartphone technology in Cambodia. His research spans numerous subjects in natural and social sciences and includes climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, migration and more. His particular interest is focused on how people interact with nature in the tropics. Through his research he hopes to create positive influences through collaborations between all sectors of government and the societies they represent.
Louise Bezuidenhout, PhD is a research fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford. Louise’s research broadly focuses on the dissemination of information and skills to researchers and civil societies in lower and middle-income countries. In particular, her work considers how systems of information dissemination can be adapted to be more inclusive of users working in low-resourced settings. She has worked on wide range of issues, including access to Open Data, international sanctions, biosafety/biosecurity and Open Hardware. In 2018 she founded LabHack, an organisation that promotes Open Hardware practices in low-resourced settings by challenging undergraduate students to design and build low-cost versions of laboratory equipment. As of 2019 she is also the part-time manager of TReND in Africa, an NGO focused on promoting STEM education, research and skills in Africa. Louise holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Exeter (UK), a PhD in cardiothoracic surgery from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and an MA in bioethics from KU Leuven (Belgium).
Ana Alecia Lyman. After Ana Alecia Lyman graduated from Brown University with a dual degree in Public Policy and Portuguese and Brazilian studies, she 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. In the decade after leaving the Peace Corps she created the ecologically oriented business Bio Oleos De Miombo (BOM) as a way for low-resourced communities in the country to create value from their standing forests and create jobs. The BOM team is committed to driving forward this replicable model for sustainable and ethical extraction of Africa’s natural resources. She also serves on the board of Phytotrade, the Southern African Natural Products Trade Association and has worked as a consultant for various organizations, including the WWF, the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and Phytotrade Africa.