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Jane Goodall
Dr. Jane Goodall DBE Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 1960 she first arrived at Gombe in Tanzania to begin research into the lives of wild chimpanzees and that research continues today. Through more than 60 years of ground-breaking work, she has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction but has redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Today there are 25 Jane Goodall Institutes working to support JGI’s core programmes including TACARE a community conservation programme, two sanctuaries for orphan chimpanzees in Africa and Roots & Shoots, JGI’s environmental and humanitarian programme empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects for their community, animals and the environment in more than 65 countries.

Arnaud Apffel

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Former Head of Global Investments for Deutsche Bank PWM Europe. Founder & CEO of Perennium SA, a financial advisory firm dedicated to the nonprofit world. Adjunct Professor at HEC (Paris) on Sustainable and Responsible Investing.

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Paul Baribault

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Paul Baribault serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, a nonprofit organization and leader in wildlife conservation, health care, science and education. His team leads cutting edge conservation work across six continents, collaborating with hundreds of partners around the globe to save wildlife. And, they bring their work home to share with guests at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, inspiring the next generation of wildlife allies. He is responsible for leading the pursuit of the organization’s mission of driving impact for wildlife conservation and a vision to create a world where all life thrives. He serves as vice chair of The Jane Goodall Institute, a member of the executive committee of Jackson Wild (a conservation summit and wildlife film festival), and has served as executive chair of The Aspen Institute High Seas Initiative. He joined San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance after a 22-year career at the Walt Disney Studios where he was Vice President of Animation Marketing for Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios, and General Manager of Disneynature. Baribault earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Stanford University and an MBA at the University of Southern California.

Jon Cummings

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Jon Cummings recently retired as a senior partner from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he worked from 1987 to 2019. His leadership positions included founding managing partner of the African Office, head of the Americas Consumer Practice, and co-head of the North American Merger Management Practice. Jon recently joined the Board of Solo Gelato, an emerging consumer goods/device company. Actively involved in international conservation for many years, he currently serves on the Advisory Board of African Parks, the Board of Directors of Big Life USA, and the Advisory Board of the School of Wildlife Conservation. Jon also chairs the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management. A U.S. citizen, he earned a B.A. from Yale College and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

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Jim Demetriades

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Jim Demetriades is a lifelong inventor, entrepreneur and investor. At the age of 26 and with only $5,000, he founded SeeBeyond which grew to 1,600 employees with offices in 35 countries and a client list that included GM, Porsche, BMW, Pepsi, NY Columbia Presbyterian, JP Morgan Chase, Unilever, Air Liquide, the British NHS, Aetna, the Cleveland Clinic, and about 10,000 others. Mr. Demetriades took SeeBeyond—which became the world's largest organically grown integration software company and whose products were ranked #1 globally by the Gartner Group—public in 2000 and in 2005 successfully sold it to Sun Microsystems, a subsidiary of Oracle, for $386 million.
Mr. Demetriades went on to found and continues to manage Kairos Ventures, his own venture capital investment company, Multiversal, a real estate development and management company, and created, his own unique children’s internet education media company. Mr. Demetriades also serves on the boards of numerous technology companies in a variety of industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, with a second major in Computer Science, and minors in Marketing and Mathematics, all from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Jeff Horowitz

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Jeff Horowitz is an environmental activist and television and movie producer specializing in stories about climate change. He is a Co-Executive Producer of the Emmy Award winning TV series, “Years of Living Dangerously”, in its third season on National Geographic. Jeff has been the founder and leading force behind Avoided Deforestation Partners, a non-profit U.S. based organization dedicated to protecting tropical rainforests and our climate. When not working on climate issues, Jeff and his wife Lynn own and operate Rio Lago, a Sonoma County vineyard in the Alexander Valley that specializes in premium quality, sustainably produced cabernet wine grapes.

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Mary Lewis

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Following 25 years in the oil and gas business with Conoco Inc, and having volunteered for JGI UK since meeting Jane Goodall in 1990 – the 30th anniversary of Gombe, Mary began working and travelling with Jane Goodall in 1995.

As Vice President - Office of the Founder - Global, she works closely with Jane Goodall on all aspects of her complicated JGI life. She has played a key role in the evolution of Roots & Shoots and the development of many of the JGI offices around the world. Mary currently serves as a board member for the Jane Goodall Institute Global, the Jane Goodall Institute UK and the Jane Goodall Legacy Foundation. She divides her time between London and Orkney.

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

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J. Marton-Lefèvre was Director General of IUCN from 2007 to 2015. Prior positions include Rector of the UN affiliated University for Peace: Director of LEAD International and Director of the International Council for Science. She currently serves on the boards of NGOs, foundations, universities and corporations, and chairs the Board of Trustees of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT; the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement; the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and the Strategic Advisory Council to the French think tank, IDDRI. The government members of IPBES elected Julia as a member of the IPBES Bureau in 2019. She lectures regularly on environment and sustainable development topics in various universities including Yale University where she was the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Environment. Julia was born in Hungary, educated in the United States and in France, and having lived in several continents, considers herself a global citizen.

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Mike O'Sullivan

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Michael O'Sullivan is an author, economist and investor. He has over twenty years experience as an investor, most recently as chief investment officer at Credit Suisse Wealth Management and advises a number of new finance companies. His latest book is called 'The Levelling - what's next after globalization'. He was a member of the WEF Council on the New Economy, and taught finance at Princeton and Oxford. He was educated at Cork and Balliol College Oxford (Rhodes Scholar). He lives in Paris with Helene and their three children.

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