Chief Executive Officer, 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 Executive Committee of the Global Alliance of Health and Pollution, 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
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).
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.
Teresa R. Christopher
President, T.R.Christopher LLC
Teresa R. Christopher is a lawyer, policy-maker, and senior executive with extensive experience on environmental, energy, and economic matters. She is the founder and principal of a consulting firm that provides policy, strategy, and management advice to companies, NGOs, and foundations. Christopher served in the Obama Administration for eight years holding several senior posts. During her tenure, Christopher served as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as Associate Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where she oversaw an agency with over 9,000 employees responsible for the management and conservation of fish, wildlife, and natural resources, and over 850 million acres of land and water. From 2012-2016, Christopher served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and chaired the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. In this role, she spearheaded the start-up of a new federal agency responsible for investment of over $3 billion in restoration projects following the BP oil spill. Christopher has worked with State, local, and tribal officials, Congress, foreign governments, multi-lateral organizations, businesses, NGOs, and other stakeholders to develop and implement domestic and international policies and solutions. Christopher has also worked in the non-profit sector as Vice President of Strategy and Operations at the National Audubon Society, where she oversaw 23 state offices, 41 nature centers, and 25 sanctuaries. She has advised presidential and gubernatorial campaigns on environment and energy matters. A native of the Jersey Shore, Christopher holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Earth and Ocean Sciences and a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University.
Divisional Vice President of Global Planning Tiffany & Co
Francois Guillon is the Divisional Vice President of Global Planning at Tiffany & Co. Francois is responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales forecasting, inventory planning, assortment planning, and pricing. Prior to joining Tiffany, Francois worked in corporate finance at Citigroup. Francois earned an MBA from Baruch College and a Master of Philosophy from Universite Paris-Sorbonne.
Founder, Huarte Advisors
Kathryn Huarte is a Senior Business Development Executive with over 20 years experience in internet, finance and government. She develops and executes strategies to launch and grow organizations. As the founder of Huarte Advisors, Ms. Huarte consults start-up stage Internet companies on financing and operations, revises business plans, professionalizes marketing materials, recommends fundraising sources; advises on partnerships, business development and operational growth plans. Her clients include ArtSpace Marketplace; Plan Elements; ReFashioner.com; Chairsh.com; ArtandCulture.com. Ms. Huarte contributed to legislation and to form coalitions to grow San Francisco Internet Industry. Her experience ranges from Ebay and the United States Senate to NASA and Wooden Toy Distributors LP. She worked collaboratively with Budget, Tax, Small Business and Technology Departments.
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.
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.
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. Bruce Mechner has long focused on what it is that connects 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 worked as a correspondent for Reuters News Service, then a reporter for Forbes magazine. She was among the first employees of Blacksmith Institute, the precursor to Pure Earth, and one of the creators of the World’s Worst Polluted Places database. Katherine has a MS in Journalism from Columbia University, a MSW from New York University, and a BA in English from Tufts University. Ms. Mechner works as a forensic social worker at Brooklyn Defender Services, a public defense organization based in New York City.
Executive Director, Indus Capital Partners
Ms. Mutoh has an eighteen year career in finance, primarily focusing on East Asian markets. She is the Executive Director at Indus Capital Partners in New York City. Before joining Indus, she was the Director of Prime Brokerage Sales Origination at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and led Pan Asian Equities Sales at Goldman Sachs for fifteen years. She was the founding member and Head of Market Analysis for an internet based start-up company focusing on English education in Tokyo. She’s a Council Leader at the U.S.-Japan Council – a nonprofit educational organization that contributes to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations – and has volunteered in humanitarian and disaster relief efforts in Japan. Ms. Mutoh holds a BA in History and a Certificate in Markets and Management from Duke University.
Director, Project on Japanese Corporate Governance and Stewardship, Columbia University, Center on Japanese Economy and Business
Alicia Ogawa is the director of the Project on Japanese Corporate Governance and Stewardship at Columbia Business School’s Center on Japanese Economy and Business, and an assistant adjunct Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Since 2008, she has been a consultant to one of the largest U.S.-based activist hedge funds. Until 2006, she was managing director at Lehman Brothers, where she was responsible for managing the firm’s global equity research product. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Professor Ogawa spent 15 years in Tokyo, where she was a top-rated bank analyst and director of research for Nikko Salomon Smith Barneys. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and a member of the President’s Circle of the All Stars Project, a development program for inner city young people. Ogawa has been inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers, and now is a non-executive director at Tokyo-based Misaki Capital funds as well as at the London-based Nippon Active Value Fund. She is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network. She graduated from Barnard College and earned a master’s degree in international affairs at SIPA.
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”.
Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities, LLC
Ethan Sawyer is a Senior Managing Director with Guggenheim Securities, LLC’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking practice. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Ethan was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he led the Global Entertainment Investment Banking practice. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Ethan worked as a consultant for Mercer Management Consulting in New York City. Ethan holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Souriadakis is one of the founders and the president of Ylios – a French executive consulting firm launched in 1998. In his 30-year consulting career, he has developed a wide spectrum of competencies, ranging from strategy and economy to change management and H&R transformation, organizational design and financial steering. For the last 10 years he has specialized in the European energy, transportation and utilities sector where he has managed a series of strategic and major transformation projects.
Mr. Souriadakis has also been involved in providing training, individual and collective support, as well as coaching to many top executives and to a significant number of executive committees.
Mr. Souriadakis holds an MBA from ESCP Europe and post-graduated diplomas in psycho-sociology (DESS from Dauphine) and cultural transformation (DEA from Paris VII). He is a significant contributor and moderator to French think tanks related to energy transition, sustainable mobility and public sector modernization.
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.
Co-Founder and Former Vice President and Co-Managing Principal, Greenfield Environmental Trust Group, Inc.
Mr. Weinreich is the Co-Founder and Former Multi-Decade Board Member and Vice President of Greenfield Environmental Trust Group, Inc. Greenfield is the oldest professional service provider to court-designated environmental response, remediation and custodial trusts for federal and state superfund sites, RCRA facilities, mine-scarred lands and other hazardous waste sites nationally. Marc served as the Chair of the Trust Advisory Board of the Anadarko Litigation Trust (2011-2016)–the entity charged with prosecuting and settling for $5.14 billion the fraudulent conveyance litigation against Anadarko/Kerr-McGee Chemical for the spin-off of bankrupt chemical company, Tronox, and its associated legacy environmental liabilities in 31 States. He is a Member of the National Roster of Environmental Conflict Resolution Professionals, maintained by the congressionally established U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.