Board

Richard Fuller
President, Pure Earth
Born in Australia, Mr. Fuller graduated with a degree in engineering from Melbourne University and was employed by IBM. He left Australia in 1988 to work directly on global environmental issues. For two years in the rainforests of Brazil with the United Nations Environmental Programme, he created forest reserves promoting the preservation of both the rainforest and its inhabitants. He then headed to New York City, establishing Great Forest Inc., now one of the most successful sustainability consulting companies in the U.S. Great Forest was one of the first to bring sustainability practices to the business world, helping to pave the way for the rise of corporate social responsibility. Mr. Fuller founded the not-for-profit Blacksmith Institute in 1999, now called Pure Earth.

On a global scale, Mr. Fuller believes that pollution is one of the most serious problems the earth faces–and developing countries bear the brunt of it. Up until now, very little support has been given to local institutions to solve these problems in their communities, a crucial gap Pure Earth is filling. Behind Mr. Fuller’s driving determination is the know-how to solve these problems and save lives at risk. Working with scientists, public health experts, environmental engineers, academics and other experts from local and governmental agencies, Mr. Fuller has assembled a comprehensive database of knowledge and information that is being used by Pure Earth’s network of project managers around the world to clean up the worst polluted sites efficiently and effectively.

Conrad Meyer III
Chair, Pure Earth  Board of Directors
During his 25-year career on Wall Street, Mr. Meyer was a founding member of Lehman Brothers’ Mergers and Acquisitions Department and went on to run the global M&A new business development efforts of Morgan Stanley and Gleacher Partners. In retirement, he has been involved with a variety of not-for-profit institutions and is currently an active member of the board of the American Red Cross in Greater New York. Mr. Meyer holds an undergraduate degree from Trinity College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Paul Brooke
Chairman of Healthy Earth Strategic Holdings; Managing Member of PSMV Holdings LLC
Mr. Brooke is Chairman of Healthy Earth Strategic Holdings, an investment firm focused on aquaculture. He is the retired co-Founder and Managing Partner of venBio, a life sciences investment firm. He has over 30 years experience in life science analysis, investing and management. He is Director of Incyte, Cheyne Capital International Ltd, and Manning & Napier Mutual Funds. Mr. Brooke was an advisor to MPM Capital and a Member of the Board of Directors of the MPM Bio Equities Fund. He was the Global Head of Health Care Research and Strategy for Morgan Stanley and headed up Strategy, Research, and Economics for the Pacific Basin including Japan. Mr. Brooke was also a Managing Director at Tiger Management responsible for health care investing. Through his role as Chairman and CEO of Ithaka, he structured the purchase of Alsius Corp and successfully sold its assets to Zoll Medical in 2008.

Gilles Concordel
President, Tutator Foundation
Gilles is President of the Tutator Foundation, a foundation he initiated to work on using software technology to bring humanity to social services around the World, supporting programs ranging from juvenile restorative justice to assistance to migrants and victims. In particular, Tutator was involved in the successful development of Restorative Justice for minors in Nicaragua, in partnership with the Supreme Court and the Central American Court of Justice.

After a career in science and technology followed by six years of travel (with his three children) from San Francisco to Geneva by land and by sea, together with his wife Marie, Gilles decided to focus on development and humanitarian work. During their trip, they visited 85 humanitarian and development projects in 17 different countries, increasing their understanding of the developing world while studying and promoting the work accomplished there by NGOs. Today, they still visit projects on a regular basis and they leverage their knowledge and their experience with several organizations, helping them enhance their impact on the ground.

Gilles is members of the Geneva executive committee and advisor for the Child Rights Division for Human Rights Watch (HRW), one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.

Previously, Gilles co-founded Redback Networks, a California-based company, and headed its business development. He sat on the board of directors of CARE-USA, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty He holds an M.S. from École Polytechnique, an M.S. from ENST, and an MBA from HEC, all in Paris, France.

Rubén Kraiem
Partner at Covington & Burling LLP, New York
Rubén Kraiem leads the firm’s Latin American practice.  Mr. Kraiem is also a member of the firm’s Clean Energy and Climate industry group.  He is a director and member of the executive committee of Resources for the Future, a member of the governing committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a member of the advisory board for the Theodore C. Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at the CUNY Law School and a director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations Secretariat.  He was a trustee (from 1994 to 2009) and is currently an honorary trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  Mr. Kraiem has been a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the New York University Law School (2002-2003), an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School (2007-2009) and at the Columbia University Business School (1992-1994), a teaching fellow at Harvard College (1980-1981) and a visiting lecturer at the Stanford Law School, Cardozo Law School and CUNY Law School.  He is a graduate of Yale University, where he was awarded his B.A. degree in 1978, and of Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D. degree in 1981 and was Articles Editor (1980-1981) of The Harvard International Law Journal.  Mr. Kraiem is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

David Mechner
CEO, Pragma
David Mechner cofounded Pragma in 2002 and led the development of Pragma’s flagship product, TradeEngine. Before founding Pragma, Mr. Mechner developed and implemented short-term trading strategies as director of research at Pragma Hedge Fund. He entered the field of finance from academia; he was a doctoral fellow at New York University’s Center for Neural Science. His interest in intelligent systems began during his computer-science undergraduate years, when he led a research effort to develop a strong Go-playing program. Mr. Mechner participated in the Japanese professional promotion system for Go and is now among the strongest non-Asian Go players in the world.

Diana Mkhitarian
Community Activist

Alexander Papachristou
Executive Director, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
Mr. Papachristou is Executive Director of the Vance Center, an international public interest law program of the New York City Bar Association, providing pro bono legal support to human rights and environmental organizations worldwide. He is the former president of the Near East Foundation, which empowers vulnerable communities in the Middle East and Africa to overcome conflict, migration, and climate change.

Previously, Mr. Papachristou engaged in cross-border corporate finance in advisory and proprietary roles since 1989. From 1994 to 2007, he served as managing director and general counsel and then senior consultant at NCH Capital, Inc, which runs a series of limited partnerships investing in private equity and public securities in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Romania and Bulgaria. Mr. Papachristou lived in Russia from 1989 to 1993, where he opened and ran the Moscow office of the international law firm White & Case and wrote a column for the Moscow Times.

Mr. Papachristou earlier was associated with the law firm of Clifford & Warnke in Washington, DC and served as policy assistant to New York Governor Mario C. Cuomo. He also was law clerk to US District Judge Myron H. Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama.

Mr. Papachristou serves on the boards of the Media Development Investment Fund and the Corbin Hill Food Project, as well as the advisory councils of Princeton University’s Near East Studies Program and Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement. In late 2011, The New Press published Blind Goddess: A Race and Justice Reader, which Mr. Papachristou edited. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton University

Ronald H. Reede
Managing Director, Mizuho
Mr. Reede is a managing director at Mizuho. Originally from New York, he studied at Drew University and the Australian School of Management in Sydney, before receiving his M.B.A. from New York University. He has been a member of the Pure Earth board since 2003.

Ken Rivlin Esq.
Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
Mr. Rivlin received his B.A. from Brown University and graduated cum laude with a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He is head of the Global Environmental Law Group, U.S. Environmental and Regulatory Law Group and U.S. Pro Bono Program. A member of the New York City Bar’s Committee on International Environmental Law, he is also Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Rivlin writes and speaks frequently on environmental and regulatory matters. He previously worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP (1996-2001) and McCarter & English LLP (1994-1996).

Paul Roux
Chairman, Roux Associates, Inc.
Mr. Roux received an M.A. in geology from Queens College, City University of New York, and a B.S. in engineering science from C.W. Post College, Long Island University. A Certified Professional Geologist and Hydrogeologist, he has served on the editorial board of “Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation” and currently is on the Board of Registration of the American Institute of Hydrology, the Technical Advisory Board of Pure Earth and the Board of Directors of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

Roux Associates, which Mr. Roux founded in 1981, currently has more than 250 professional employees in six offices across the country. The firm provides a broad range of consulting and project management services to solve complex environmental problems. Roux Associates was twice named as one of America’s 500 fastest-growing private companies by “Inc. Magazine,” and since 1996 has been listed as one of the top 200 environmental consulting firms by “Engineering News Record”.

Peter Sullivan
CEO, Clear Light Ventures, Inc.
Peter Sullivan is the founder and CEO of Clear Light Ventures, Inc., as well as an environmental health funder who focuses on toxins and wireless safety. He has spent the last 15 years successfully recovering his two sons from autism and sensory issues. Peter’s work on detoxification and EMF have been featured in the book Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World, the book The Out of Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Adult Years, and CNN’s Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man. He serves on the advisory board for the International Institute for Building-Biology & Ecology.

Today Peter is one of the leading funders in the country in this area of research, funding work at Harvard, Stanford, University of California, Berkeley and several leading environmental health non-profits. He speaks about autism and environmental health at conferences throughout the United States and abroad. Previously, he was a software designer for Netflix, Inc., Interwoven, Inc., Excite@Home, and Silicon Graphics. Prior to working in high-tech, he was an Executive Officer and pilot in the United States Navy. He has a B.A. in psychology from University of Detroit and an M.S. in computer science from Stanford University.

Charlotte Triefus
Co-Chair, Campaign for 10 Million Lives
Raised on a dairy farm in the English countryside Charlotte Triefus got her first significant taste of life in a developing country when she spent a year after high school in New Delhi, India managing quality control for an American fashion company.  She came to America and received her bachelors degree from the University of Maryland, where she ran the Public Interest Resource Group’s Bottle Bill initiative.  She subsequently earned her Masters degree in Media Ecology from New York University.  After earning her masters, Ms. Triefus was the Program Coordinator at Tender Planet Marketing, developing environmental educational opportunities for corporations such as ACE Hardware and Thompson Vitamin, and then became Associate Account Manager at Markham Novell Communications where she created events for various luxury brands including Krug Champagne and Remy Martin.  She later started her own company representing English fashion designers, and then inaugurated the Hands-On volunteering program at UJA Federation of New York.  Ms. Triefus joined the Pure Earth board in 2012.