Blacksmith Board of Directors
President, Blacksmith Institute
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.
On a global scale, Mr. Fuller believes that pollution is still 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 Blacksmith 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 Blacksmith's network of project managers around the world to clean up the worst polluted sites efficiently and effectively.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, venBio
Paul Brooke is a co-Founder and Managing Partner of venBio, a life sciences investment firm that includes a venture/private equity fund and a long/short equity fund. 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. 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 and Economics for the Pacific Basin including Japan. Mr. Brooke was also Managing Director of 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.
Senior Vice President, Global Conservation Program, Wildlife Conservation Society
Mr. Ginsberg was born and raised in New York and is currently the Senior Vice President, Global Conservation Program, at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). At WCS, Dr. Ginsberg has served as the Vice President for Conservation Operations (2004-2009), Director of the Asia and Pacific Program (1996 -2004), and Acting Director of the WCS Africa Program for 10 months in 2002. He received a B.Sc. from Yale, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton in ecology and evolution.
Dr. Ginsberg spent 17 years as a field biologist/conservationist working in Asia and Africa. He serves on the NOAA/NMFS Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Team and was Chair of the Team from 2001-2007. Dr. Ginsberg has held faculty positions at Oxford University and University College London, and is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, where he teaches conservation biology and has supervised 16 masters and four doctoral students. He is an author of over 50 reviewed papers and has edited three books on wildlife conservation, ecology and evolution.
Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Community & Preventive Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Children's Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Landrigan is a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and international leader in public health and preventive medicine. After graduating from Harvard Medical School and completing his residency in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, Dr. Landrigan served for 15 years as an epidemic intelligence service officer and medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He has been a member of the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine since 1985 and Chairman of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine since 1990. He has been a leader in developing the National Children's Study, the largest study of children's health and the environment ever launched in the United States.
Dr. Landrigan is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is editor-in-chief of the "American Journal of Industrial Medicine" and previously was editor of "Environmental Research." He chaired committees at the National Academy of Sciences that produced the reports "Environmental Neurotoxicology" and "Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children," the latter instrumental in securing passage of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, the major federal pesticide law in the United States. From 1995 to 1997, Dr. Landrigan served on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses. In 1997-1998, Dr. Landrigan was senior advisor on children's health to the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and he was instrumental in helping to establish a new Office of Children's Health Protection at the EPA.
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.
Conrad Meyer III
Chair, Blacksmith 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.
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, Equity Sales, Lazard Capital Markets
Mr. Reede is a managing director at Lazard Capital Markets in the equity group. 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 Blacksmith Institute 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).
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 Blacksmith Institute 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".
BlueCrest Capital Management
Head of Client Services, CLSA
Born in Liverpool, England, Mr. Stewart graduated from Bradford University, U.K., in 1990 after which he went to work in Tokyo, Japan, initially for Pioneer Electronics as a business analyst and subsequently for Goldman Sachs as a Japanese equities stockbroker. After 10 years at Goldman in Tokyo and New York, he moved to Nomura and finally CLSA. Presently he heads client services at CLSA for the Americas.
Raised on a dairy farm in the English countryside, Ms. Triefus arrived in the U.S. after spending a year following high school in New Delhi, India, managing quality control for an American fashion company. She received her bachelors degree from the University of Maryland, where she ran the Public Interest Resource Group's Bottle Bill initiative. After earning a Masters degree in Media Ecology from New York University, Ms. Triefus joined Tender Planet Marketing, where she developed environmental educational opportunities for corporations such as ACE Hardware and Thompson Vitamin, before moving to Markham Novell Communications to create 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 Blacksmith Institute board in 2012.