Ana is Partner in the GIP (Public Interest Management) consultancy.
From 2003 until May 2011, Ana Toni was the Representative for the Ford Foundation in Brazil, during which time she oversaw the Foundation’s work in the areas of human rights, sustainable development, racial and ethical discrimination, sexuality and reproductive health, media democratization and land rights. She was also responsible for coordinating the regional Latin America funding on Economics and Globalization, the IBSA initiative (joint work between Brazil, South Africa and India) and the International Initiative on Intellectual Property Rights.
From 1998 to 2002 Ana was the Executive Director of ActionAid Brazil; working to contribute in the eradication of poverty and inequality through community development projects, as well as public policy advocacy and campaigning at national and international levels. Ana also worked for ActionAid UK as Policy Advisor (1990 – 1993) representing the organization at the United National Environment and Development Conference.
She worked for Greenpeace from 1993 to 1997; first, as the International Head of the Political Unit based at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, and subsequently as Senior Advisor for Greenpeace Germany. She was responsible for, amongst other things, the work of Greenpeace on the World Trade Organization (in particular the Committee on Trade and Environment) and she also contributed in the development of Greenpeace’s work in the Amazon region in its early stage.
Ana was the Board Chair of Greenpeace Brazil from 2000 to 2003 and a Board member of GIFE (the Brazilian Private Social Investment Association). In addition, she is a member of the Editorial Board of Le Monde Diplomatique Brazil, a Board member of the Baoba Fund for Racial Equity and the Forum of Women’s Leaders on Sustenability. Ana graduated in Economic and Social Studies at Swansea University, has completed a master degree in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics and is a candidate for a PhD on Social Politics at the Rio de Janeiro State University.
Ana lives in Rio de Janeiro.
AYESHA M. IMAM
Ayesha has worked extensively on research, advocacy and education to protect and extend women's human rights under customary, secular and religious laws. She also works on human rights generally and on democracy and sustainable development.
She is an activist with the international solidarity network Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and a founding director of BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights in Nigeria (of which she is currently on the board), for which she received the John Humphrey Freedom Award in 2002. She has also been on the Boards of WEDO (Woman’s Environment and Development Organisation), and the International Council for Human Rights Policy.
The co-initiator and director of the first Gender Institute in Africa, Dr. Imam has also served as the Gender Policy Advisor for the United Nations Institute for Economic Development and Planning in Senegal and the Head of the Department of Culture, Gender and Human Rights at the United Nations Fund for Development (UNFPA) in New York. She was also the first Chair of the African Democracy Forum, a network of African democracy activists.
Ayesha lectures and carries out research at universities and research institutes in Nigeria, the UK, Canada and Senegal, and has published widely for both academic and activist uses. She has written and/or edited numerous journal articles, books and program reviews, including ‘Engendering African Social Sciences’ and two special issues of ‘Africa Development: Re-Visiting Gender I and II’.
Ayesha has a long-standing commitment to social and economic justice and environmentally sustainable development, which she sees as intrinsically linked to each other. In 1982 she co-edited ‘Green Revolution in Nigeria?’ a critical review of the package of industrial technology and modified seed agriculture then being advocated by the Nigerian Government and the World Bank. In her work and activism she focuses on the intersectionality of gender, environment, class, etc to achieve holistic, sustainable, and equitable solutions.
She continues to advocate for, research and write on, and to train in human rights – including women’s human rights, gender awareness and mainstreaming, gender and development, evaluation and research for activists in NGOs, planners and functionaries in government, and for researchers.
Ayesha currently lives in Dakar, Senegal.
Ed Harrington was General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) until his retirement in September 2012. The SFPUC provides water to 2.5 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area along with sewer and stormwater services in San Francisco and hydroelectric and solar power generation for municipal purposes in the City. The SFPUC has 2,300 employees, an operating budget of $800 million and is in the middle of a $4.6 billion rebuild of the water system.
During the 4 and 1/2 years that Ed was General Manager of the SFPUC, he was also the Chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance composed of 10 large water utilities in the United States with 45 million customers, focused on providing leadership and collaboration on climate change issues affecting water utilities and the customers they serve.
From 1991 to 2008, Ed was the Controller for the City and County of San Francisco managing the City’s budget, payroll, accounting and auditing programs. As Controller he started the City Services Auditor function which provides audit, performance management and strategic planning services to City Departments.
Mr. Harrington was on the Board of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada from 1999 to 2006 and President of the organization in 2004. He is a member of the Financial Accounting Foundation that oversees the work of the Financial and Governmental Accounting Standards Board for the United States where he co-chairs the Standard Setting Oversight committee and serves on the Executive and Appointments and Evaluations Committees. Ed received his license as a Certified Public Accountant while employed at KPMG, an international accounting firm, in the early 1980’s.
Ed was an officer in the Harvey Milk Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club in San Francisco. He and his partner live in Sonoma County in Northern California.
Born in New York on November 12th, 1949, Frank grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the Polytechnic High School of Zürich and ended his studies with a Masters degree in mathematics.
After working some years as a school teacher he studied medicine at the University of Zürich, where he also achieved his medical doctor’s degree in immunology. He specialized as a family doctor.
During his student days Frank was engaged in the student movement and thereafter in the struggle of the Latin American community in Europe for democracy in South America. During these years, beside his work as a medical doctor, he was publisher of a quarterly magazine reporting on this movement.
Returning to Brazil in 1988, Frank worked for the Pharmaceutical Industry, first as a research scientist, mainly in the field of oncology and AIDS, and afterwards assuming managerial positions as Head of the Pharma Division of Hoffmann La Roche in Brazil.
In 2000 Frank joined the Board of Greenpeace Brazi,l and in 2002 was appointed Executive Director of the Brazilian organisation, a position he held until 2008.
From 2008 - 2010 Frank worked as a medical doctor in Aveiro, a Protected Area of the Amazon, where he was responsible for a small hospital, providing care for the traditional population living in this region. In 2011 Frank started work as a volunteer for MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders), and spent the first months of 2011 in Haiti. He is also acting as locum for a medical practice in Switzerland.
Frank divides his time between Switzerland and Rio de Janeiro.
Irmi has much NGO governance experience, management experience, and a deep understanding of Greenpeace from various angles.
She is an environmentalist at heart and by professional training, and a manager and strategist who perceives herself as a global citizen.
Irmi Mussack holds a Masters of Science degree in Resource Management from Canterbury University, New Zealand, and a Bachelors degree in Horticulture (Diplom-Ingenieur FH) from the University of Applied Science Weihenstephan, Germany.
Before Irmi “bumped” into Greenpeace in 1985 in Sydney harbour to charter as cook on the first and second Greenpeace Antarctic expedition, she was a self-employed orchardist and landscape gardener for several years.
Her Greenpeace apprenticeship led her to becoming a volunteer worker, public speaker, Antarctic campaigner, on-board campaigner, international lobbyist, campaign unit head and finally Board member of various Greenpeace entities, and Board Chair of Greenpeace Nordic.
During her years in New Zealand, Irmi was also an active member and international lobbyist of ASOC (Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition).
In 1993, Irmi was elected onto the Board of Directors of Greenpeace Sweden, and was subsequently a member of the Board of Directors of Greenpeace Nordic. From 2001 until 2009, she was the Board Chair of Greenpeace Nordic. From 2007 until 2009, she also served as a voting member of Greenpeace Canada.
Since October 1996, Irmi has been employed as CEO at Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bildungszentrum Reinfeld e.V., (Association German Pension Fund Educational Centre Reinfeld), comprising a University of Applied Science, a seminar hotel and student apartments. She is the start-up CEO and head of administration, responsible for everything except teaching/curriculum.
In addition, since 1997 she has been the moderator and spokesperson of the non-partisan initiative “Runder Tisch Reinfelds Zukunft” (local round table working on Agenda 21 issues). While not being a member of any party, she was member of a City Council committee on economy and environment from 2003 until 2008. Since May 2008 she acts as a stand-in for the committee “city development and economy” and “building and environment”.
Irmi was founding member of TraveArt e.V. (TraveArt Association to initiate, support and conduct regional, national and international art and cultural projects, and to conduct cultural education of children, youths and adults).
Irmi lives in Germany.
Masse LO is, since September 2011, the Executive Secretary of Enda TM (Environment and Development Action) - a network of organizations at the Dakar headquarters, in Africa (Tunisia, Mali, Madagascar, Ethiopia and Morocco), Latin America (Bolivia, Dominican Republic and the Caribe, Colombia), Asia (Vietnam, India) and Europe (France) - each working on development and environmental themes (climate change, energy, NRM, Governance, youth; fair trade and economic integration, leadership, etc.).
Before his election as executive secretary, he was the regional Programme Director of LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Sustainable Development) for Francophone Africa, and coordinator of LEAD in Africa.
His work with Enda TM has spanned over 2O years at different levels of responsibility. He worked as a Research Coordinator responsible for matters related to combating desertification and arid land development. In this respect, he followed the different negotiation stages of the Convention on Desertification, while at the same time securing coordination of NGO proposals for grass-roots involvement in local community management and actions against desertification. He was also Coordinator of the African and World NGOs network on Desertification (RIOD). Previous to this he was continuously coordinating several networks including INFORSE (International Network on Sustainable Energy).
He has been involved in various other international negotiations such as Climate Change as well as the follow up on the Commission on Sustainable Development. He has carried out several consultancies for GTZ, and United Nations' bodies such as UNDP, UNIFEN and UNCCD. Mr LO has been central to the consultations carried out for the Commission for Africa in North, Central and Western Africa, and has furthermore been one of the key authors of several publications.
He has a long experience in social, economic and cultural aspects of development and UNCCD implementation in Africa. He is familiar with development issues in African countries. Until recently he was a Regional commissioner of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on sustainable development for West and Central Africa. He has been also Vice Chair on Drylands and Capacity Building for the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.
Mr. Lo graduate studies included: Energy planning and Environment (1986), Environmental Sciences (1984) (Institute of Environmental Sciences), and Applied Geographical Sciences (1983) University of Dakar. He was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (STEP) at Princeton University in the USA.
Steve Francis is a passionate environmentalist who has spent his career in the finance and consulting sector.
A Qualified Chartered Accountant, Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) with Honours (Finance: Mergers & Acquisitions) from Massey University, New Zealand, where he also tutored for the Finance Faculty. He brings a portfolio of business, financial and governance skills to the Board including human resource management, risk management, internal audit, project management, strategic planning and financial management.
Steve grew-up in a farming region in New Zealand where he developed his love of nature, and is also an avid sports fan (mountain climbing & Ultimate Frisbee, amongst others) and loves a wide variety of music.
Steve's experience brings a unique insiders’ view of the corporate world, and he is particularly interested in the effect of consumption, tax policy and user-pays legislation on environmental & social issues.
Steve started his career in an international audit and consulting firm, in both New Zealand and Luxembourg, then moving on to various financial control & management related positions in the financial sector, in Luxembourg.
After a gradual career change from the financial sector, Steve’s current activities are heavily dominated by work in local renewable energy projects, in close liaison with citizens (where his financial & executive experience can be best leveraged, while applying valuable knowledge from the corporate sector to the not-for-profit sector):
- Project Manager (part time basis) for the Local Action Group (LAG) “Pays des Condruses” focussed on launching Biogaz projects in a rural context, along with a micro-hydroelectric project.
- Founder and President (volunteer) of the recently launched Ferréole scrl, a local citizen-owned/driven renewable energy cooperative; its first project is a wind-farm in his village.
- Board member (volunteer) for “Emissions Zéro” scrl, a regional citizen-owned/driven renewable energy cooperative; it is already operating a wind farm and developing other such projects.
- Involvement in several local (municipal) biodiversity and local development initiatives, focusing on education of children (volunteer).
Steve also spends significant time educating his son (born in 2009).
After 4 years as auditor for KPMG (in New Zealand and then Luxembourg), Steve spent 3 years in Finance functions at Scottish Equitable International S.A. (part of the Dutch AEGON Group). Steve then held the position of Finance Director (2001-2009) at Lombard International Assurance S.A., Luxembourg-based life insurance company, and related companies (members of Friends Provident plc, a then UK FTSE-100 life insurance company) with activities throughout Europe. He was a member of its Executive Board, Management Board, Finance Committee and Risk Management Committee. His responsibilities included all aspects of finance and actuarial services, and he was responsible for establishing the internal audit and risk management functions.
Steve was also a member of the Board of Directors of Lombard International PCC Limited, a related Guernsey-based life insurance company.
Steve lives in Belgium, with his wife young son and 2 teenage step-children.