Board

Richard Fuller
President, Pure Earth
Richard Fuller is an Australian-born, U.S.-based engineer, entrepreneur, and environmentalist best known for his work in global pollution remediation. He is founder and president of the nonprofit Pure Earth (formerly known as Blacksmith Institute) dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where human health is at risk. Pure Earth focuses on polluted places where toxics cause significant public health risk, initiating projects that solve these exposures thus ensuring healthier lives for local inhabitants.

Mr. Fuller initiated and now leads the Secretariat of the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, a multi-stakeholder group focusing on pragmatic solutions to pollution and health in the poorer countries. Members include World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNEP, UNIDO, UNDP, and governments of over 25 countries severely affected by pollution.

In 2010, he was profiled in Time magazine’s Power of One column about his efforts fighting pollution. In 2014, Bloomberg Businessweek chronicled the growth of Blacksmith Institute/Pure Earth and Fuller’s work on toxic pollution problems around the world, including a dangerous cleanup of a secret former Soviet arms site in the Ukraine.

In October 2017, he co-chaired the seminal Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. Bringing a group of 50 top researchers together and working for over two years, that report outlined the enormous health and economic costs of pollution, while also showing the pathways and solutions that can help cure what is now the largest cause of death in the world. The report had a global reach of unprecedented proportions, reaching 2 billion across the globe with over 4,000 media articles.

Mr. Fuller is also the founder and absentee Chairman of Great Forest Inc., one of the leading sustainability consulting companies in the U.S. He is the author of The Brown Agenda, published in 2015. He lives and is headquartered in New York. He is married, with three children. He is on the board of the Children’s Environmental Health Fund, the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance of Health and Pollution, Blacksmith Institute, and New Partners in Community Revitalization.

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.

Hossam Abou Zeid
Entrepreneur
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Mr. Abou Zeid moved with his family to Geneva, Switzerland, at the age of five, in 1972. He has 35 years experience in the field of technology and IT.  Starting in 1992, he established the European arm of Hummingbird, a Canadian software company, which he grew to $100m in revenues. In 1993, the company was floated on the New-York NASDAQ stock exchange and the Toronto TSE stock exchange. After leaving Hummingbird in 2001, Mr. Abou Zeid established a Swiss IT software outsourcing company, INTRAVISION, which later spun-off several software start-ups. At the same time, he led several property development projects in Switzerland and abroad, which were all successfully completed.

In 2012, Mr. Abou Zeid co-founded ECOMAT, a Switzerland global IPP (independent power producer) company with operations in Switzerland, Australia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt. The company currently owns a portfolio of photovoltaic power plants, generating solar electricity sold through the grid. The company also provides related consulting services. In the same year, he also started marketing Swiss bio-degradable water treatment products to Egypt and other middle-eastern countries, to replace toxic products.

Mr. Abou Zeid holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal School of Technology (EPFL).

Paul Brooke
Chairman of Healthy Earth Strategic Holdings; Managing Member of PMSV 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.

Tom Byrne 
Associate General Counsel/Chief Environmental Counsel, Honeywell International Inc.
Mr. Byrne is responsible for managing the legal aspects of all health, safety, environmental, product stewardship and sustainability matters globally. These include site remediation, operational compliance, mergers, acquisitions and real estate matters. Early in Mr. Byrne’s career, he was a caseworker and assistant director of Bellevue Hospital’s newly-established program for homeless psychiatric patients, as well as a counselor for family counseling center in the South Bronx. Mr. Byrne received an MA, AB in history from Harvard University, and his JD from the University of Virginia Law School.

Gilles Concordel
President, Tutator Foundation
Mr. Concordel 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, Mr. Concordel 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.

Mr. Concordel is a member 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, he 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.

Gloria Janata, J.D. 
President and Senior Partner, TogoRun
Gloria “Glo” Janata is an award-winning public relations strategist, marketing communications expert and issues management specialist with more than 25 years of agency, corporate and non-profit experience, focusing on health, well-being and beauty. As president of TogoRun, she is responsible for global operations, business development and the financial management of the agency, and provides senior counsel across accounts. Since joining TogoRun in November 2012, Glo has led the team to achieve several of the most prestigious industry awards, including TogoRun being named by PRWeek Global as 2014 International Agency of the Year and best in class for Corporate Social Responsibility, and shortlisted by PRWeek Global as 2015 International Agency of the Year. Glo has played a pivotal role elevating corporate reputations and brands for world-leading pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Allergan, Schering-Plough, Bayer and Amgen. Programs under her leadership have won more than 220 industry awards, including the 2018 Sabre Award for Best Global Campaign for her work with Pure Earth on the launch of The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, which reached over 2 billion people worldwide.

Glo is also a seasoned advocate and licensed attorney, admitted to practice in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Her proudest accomplishments include serving as senior vice president for non-profit Children’s Health Fund (CHF), where she focused on driving support for policy changes to provide access to healthcare for homeless and indigent U.S. children. She currently serves on CHF’s Advisory Council.

Glo began her public relations career at APCO and Hill & Knowlton in Washington, D.C. She was also part of the original leadership team at Chandler Chicco Agency (CCA), serving 16 years in various roles including co-head of the New York office, digital lead and the first managing director of Biosector 2. Immediately prior to assuming the helm of TogoRun, Glo served as Cohn & Wolfe’s global head of health and well-being.

Rubén Kraiem
Partner at Covington & Burling LLP, New York
Mr. Kraiem leads the firm’s Latin American practice.  He 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
Mr. 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.

Katherine Bruce Mechner
Ms. Mechner has long focused on what it is that connect people from different lands, cultures and creeds. Born in Korea, raised in the Philippines, and educated in the U.K. and the U.S., she turned her peripatetic lifestyle into a career when she became a correspondent for Reuters, then a reporter for Forbes magazine. She was among the first creators of the World’s Worst Polluted Places database, and helped edit the Journal of Health and Pollution, Pure Earth’s quarterly on-line journal of peer reviewed research and news. Katherine has a MS in Journalism from Columbia University, a BA in English from Tufts University, and is currently working on a masters degree in Social Work at New York University.

Diana Mkhitarian
Community Activist

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. (Advisor)
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 (Advisor)
CEO, Clear Light Ventures, Inc.
Mr. 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 Mr. Sullivan 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,  Ms. 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.