Meet our Advisory Board

Leslie Crutchfield

Excecutive Director, Georgetown University Social Enterprise Initiative


Leslie Crutchfield is the co-author (with Heather McLeod Grant) of the award-winning book, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, on how to maximize nonprofit effectiveness. The book was named one of The Economist’s Best Books of 2007 and is in its eighth printing. Her second book, Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors who Change the World (with John Kania and Mark Kramer), demonstrates how donors can go beyond check writing to be strong catalysts for change. Crutchfield also is a senior advisor at FSG, the global social impact consulting firm. She speaks, teaches, and trains in high-impact philanthropy, leadership, effective nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship. She also is a recent managing director of Ashoka, the international venture philanthropy group. Earlier, she co-founded a national magazine for social entrepreneurship. Crutchfield has served on the boards of the SEED Foundation and Kiva, and she volunteers with Crossroads Africa. She has a B.A. in government and an MBA from Harvard University.

Nishan Degnarain

Oceans Director, World Economic Forum


Nishan Degnarian has degrees in Economics, Cambridge University and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was formerly with the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where he was a management consultant advising governments and companies in Africa on strategy. Degnarian is Co-Founder of Harvard’s Africa Policy Journal, Harvard University’s first public policy journal with a focus on Africa. Degnarian has a position as Chair, Global Agenda Council on Oceans, World Economic Forum. He is also the economic Adviser to Mauritius on the development of a long-term economic transformation programme to move Mauritius from a middle-income to a high-income country, as well as Africa Strategy.
Daniela Fernandez

Daniela Fernandez

Founder and CEO, Sustainable Oceans Alliance


Daniela Fernandez is the Founder and CEO of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA), a global organization that empowers Millennials to become leaders in preserving the health and sustainability of our ocean. Under her leadership, two annual Summits have broadcast globally engaging 30 universities, U.S. embassies and over 3,000 participants. Through a partnership with the U.S. State Department, SOA co-hosted the “Our Ocean” Leadership Summit attracting high-level government officials and over 150 international students. SOA been named by the United Nations as one of the 50 youth-led projects helping advance the Sustainable Development Goals and has been featured in the first ever UN Youth Solutions Report. Fernandez is a contributor to The Economist Intelligence Unit and National Geographic, has spoken at the United Nations, U.S. Capitol Hill Ocean Week, World Affairs Council Conference, Nexus UN Summit, The Economist World Ocean Summit, WE Day Illinois to a crowd of 15,000 people. She has been recognized for her work by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, listed as one of the top 5 Ocean Heroes of 2016, named one of Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year, received the Peter Benchley Ocean Youth Award, the 2016 Bustle Upstart Award, and is a Green 2.0 environmental leader.

Charles Goddard

Editorial Director, The Economist


Charles Goddard leads the Economist Intelligence Unit’s editorial services in Asia-Pacific, including Corporate Network, a peer group for senior decision-makers of global businesses operating in the region. A journalist by background, he has worked across a range of publications and services at the Economist Intelligence Unit, including as author of the China Market Atlas series and director of its research divisions. He is a frequent traveler and speaker, interacting regularly with business and government leaders across Asia. He is presently also leading The Economist’s World Oceans Summit, a major global event on the sustainable use of our seas.

Dune Ives

Executive Director, Lonely Whale Foundation


Dune Ives is Executive Director Lonely Whale Foundation. Through the lens of the world’s loneliest whale, the Foundation is a collaborative philanthropy that inspires empathy and community building for the world’s ocean and marine animals. By developing unique and highly leverageable partnerships and initiatives, Dune and her team are cultivating a global, connected audience that is inspired to work together to take direct and effective action. As the former head of Paul Allen’s Vulcan Philanthropy, Dune designed and oversaw several change-making initiatives that address key drivers of environmental degradation and species decline. Notably, Dune led Global Fin Print, Coral Reef Human Assisted Evolution, Smart Catch, I-1401 (the most successful State-wide initiative in Washington State history), the BLM Coal Leasing Program PEIS lawsuit and the Great Elephant Census for which she addressed a global delegation of elephant range state leaders on the critical importance of near-term elephant protection and conservation. Dune also led Paul Allen’s $100M Global Ebola commitment for which she addressed critical gaps in our global readiness to respond to virus outbreaks. Dune holds her Ph.D. in Psychology, is co-founder of The Green Sports Alliance and is an inaugural member of Al Gore’s The Climate Project.

Mark Kaplan

Global VP, Sustainable Solutions, Unilever


Mark Kaplan is the Global Vice President of Sustainable Solutions for Unilever. After receiving his BA from Boston University in Mass Communications, Kaplan worked for Procter & Gamble, where he led the P&G Global Business Solutions on their global enterprise for Mobile Marketing, how the GBS team should interact with their brand teams and agencies, product catalog and supplier sourcing. Kaplan is now the Co-chair of the mFish Initiative. mFish is a public-private partnership that aims to capitalize on the revolution in mobile technology in order to improve the lives of people and the sustainability of fisheries. Mobile services can be used to help collect and analyze catch data, monitor illegal fishing, trace seafood along supply chains, and improve fishing safety. Through agreements and partnerships with government agencies, NGOs, and industry, mFish is data free, is HTML based with no application download necessary, and as such has minimal technological and economic barriers to access.

Monica Medina

Deputy Director, Environment Program at Walton Foundation


Monica Medina currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Environment Program at the Walton Foundation. Prior to joining the Walton Family Foundation in 2016, Medina served as Director of International Ocean Policy at National Geographic after serving as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense advising him on all issues concerning women in the military, military sexual assault, the lifting of the combat exclusion rule, veterans’ employment, wounded warriors, traumatic brain injury and suicides, military health care, same sex partner benefits, as well as environment, energy issues. Previously, Ms. Medina served as the Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she led efforts on Arctic conservation, and restoration of the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. She currently sits on the Georgetown Sustainable Oceans Alliance advisory board and is an honors graduate of the Columbia Law School and Georgetown University.

Geof Rochester

Managing Director and Chief Visibility Officer, The Nature Conservancy


Geof Rochester joined the Nature Conservancy as the Chief Marketing Officer in July 2010. He is responsible for steering the organization’s marketing, membership and visibility strategies. Rochester has a deep and varied marketing background. Most recently, he was the executive vice president for marketing at World Wrestling Entertainment. Prior to that position, he served as senior vice president for marketing at Showtime Networks. He held senior marketing positions at Comcast Communications, Radisson Hotels International and Proctor and Gamble. Rochester has consulted with several non-profit organizations, helping them advance their missions through strategic marketing efforts.,A graduate of Georgetown University, Rochester received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Greg Stone

Chief Scientist, Conservation International


Dr. Gregory Stone is an ocean scientist and explorer with over 10,000 dives using submarines, scuba gear, underwater habitats and robotics. Greg works to find ways for humanity and the ocean to co- exist and support each other in the modern world. He was a co-founder of the Ocean Health Index and works on sustainable fishing, aquaculture, climate adaptation and seamount ecology. He’s given TED and Davos talks, been featured in documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic. He’s authored hundreds of publications including Nature, National Geographic, and three previous books, one a National Outdoor Book Award winner. His numerous accolades and professional associations include the Explorers Club, Pew Fellowship for Marine Conservation, the order of Kiribati medal for his work on the Phoenix Islands Protected Area and climate change, the U.S National Science Foundation/Navy Antarctic Service medal for Antarctic research, and the top diving award, a NOGI, from National Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. He was the science advisor to the atoll nation of Kiribati for the historic UN Paris climate agreement. Greg is Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist for Oceans at Conservation International, and is on the board of Pacific Rising and Aquaspark.