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.

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.

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.

Catherine Novelli

Former Under Secretary, US State Department

Catherine A. Novelli served as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment from 2014 until 2017, reporting directly to the Secretary of State. She led the State Department’s efforts to develop and implement economic growth, energy, ocean, environmental, and science and technology policies to promote economic prosperity and address global challenges in a transparent, rules-based, and sustainable system. She was also the State Department’s Senior Coordinator for International Information Technology Diplomacy. In addition to her global role on economic engagement and opening markets for U.S. products and services, Under Secretary Novelli spearheaded the first-of- its-kind Our Ocean movement which, during her tenure, resulted in $10 billion for Ocean conservation from governments, private sector, NGOs and philanthropists and catalyzed governments worldwide to create over 11 million square kilometers of Marine Protected Areas — roughly the size of the continent of Africa.

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 Ocean 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.

Michael T. Eckhart

Managing Director, Citicorp

Mr. Michael T. Eckhart serves as Managing Director of Institutional Clients Group at Citicorp. Mr. Echkart serves as the President of Solar International Management, Inc. He works with Citi's corporate, investment, public and private sector clients to better understand their challenges and objectives related to environmental matters and to take advantage of market opportunities.He was the Founding President and a Director of the American Council On Renewable Energy. Mr. Eckhart was the Co-Head of the North American Secretariat of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership. He has over 25 years experience in renewable energy, power generation and finance. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Eckhart served as the President of United Power Systems. He is also a Member of the Steering Committee of the REN 21 global policy network. Mr. Eckhart serves as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Solar Energy Society, and the International Solar Energy Society. He serves as a Director of SIM's SolarBank Program. Mr. Eckhart also serves as a Director of Advanced Energy Systems Ltd. and Co-Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy. He is a Member of Advisory Board of Hudson Clean Energy Partners, since April 23, 2009. Mr. Eckhart holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.