SGC Board of Directors

Background - 9 July, 2013

Board Member

First Elected

Re-elected

Term Ends

Ana Toni  (Chair)

March 2011

March 2014

March 2017

Ed Harrington (Treasurer)

EGM 2012

 

AGM 2015

Athena Ronquillo-Ballesteros

AGM 2014

 

AGM 2017

Frank Guggenheim

AGM 2010

AGM 2013

AGM 2016

Irmi Mussack

AGM 2009

AGM 2012

AGM 2015

Masse Lo

EGM 2012

 

AGM 2015

Thuli Makama

AGM 2013

 

AGM 2016


ANA TONIANA TONI
Board Chair
(Brazilian)

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 Sustainability. 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.

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ED HARRINGTONED HARRINGTON
Treasurer
(American)

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.

Ed 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. From 2008 to 2012, Ed served on the Board 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.

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ATHENA RONQUILLO-BALLESTEROSATHENA RONQUILLO-BALLESTEROS
(Filipino)

Athena is a passionate activist from the Philippines and currently based in Washington DC. She is currently Director of WRI's Sustainable Finance Program, which works to improve the environmental and social decision making and performance of public and private financial institutions.

Athena has over fifteen years of leadership and management experience in environment, development and natural resource governance in developing countries, with a particular focus on climate change, clean energy and sustainable finance. She is a long-time policy advisor to the Philippine government's official climate change negotiating team at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and has assisted various Philippine ministries on climate, energy and finance issues at key international sessions such as the Asia Pacific Summit for Economic Cooperation (APEC); ASEAN and World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). She has published widely on the issue of climate change, climate finance, clean energy, governance and human rights.

Prior to joining WRI, she was head of Greenpeace International's climate and energy program in Asia Pacific, and led the development and expansion of climate policy and sustainable energy work in China, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. She gained much of her professional experience in the field of environmental and development management through her work at various organizations including Friends of the Earth/Legal Rights Center; Greenpeace International, Greenpeace Southeast Asia (SEA); Climate Action Network-SEA and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC).

She is one of the founding members of the Asian NGO Forum on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which has grown to a coalition of over 200 organizations working on ADB reform. Athena is the founder and chair of the Board of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (formerly GRIPP, Inc), an organization that is at the helm of promoting low-carbon development with an emphasis on sustainable transport for cities and municipalities in the Asian region. ICSC is the proponent of the multi-awarded electric jeepney project in the Philippines.

She lives in Rockville, Maryland with husband Patrick and children Gabriella (15); Gerardo (13) and Gustavo (10).

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FRANK GUGGENHEIMFRANK GUGGENHEIM
(Swiss/Brazilian)

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 schoolteacher 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 Brazil 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.

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IRMI MUSSACKIRMI MUSSACK
(German)

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.

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MASSE LOMASSE LO
(Senegalise)

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. Masse 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.

Masse's 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.

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THULI MAKAMATHULI MAKAMA
(Swazi)

Ms Thuli Brilliance Makama, a graduate of the University of Swaziland and the London School of Economics, is Advocate (Senior Counsel) of the High Court of Swaziland and Member of the Law Society of Swaziland. Combining law and advocacy, Makama has engaged in public interest environmental law challenges against powerful multinational corporations and her Government in defence of environmental and human rights of local communities.

She has over seventeen years’ experience on governance in the not-for-profit sector, having served as Deputy Chair of the Open Society Initiative Southern Africa, Treasurer of IUCN World Conservation Union Eastern and Southern Africa board, Ombudsman of Friends of the Earth International, member of Coordinating Board of Friends of the Earth Africa, Trustee at groundWork - Friends of the Earth South Africa, Chair of the Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations in Swaziland, advisor to the Resident Coordinator of UN in Swaziland through the select Civil Society Advisory Committee, the Law Society of Swaziland Judicial Crisis Committee, amongst others.

In 2010, Makama was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in recognition of her successfully litigating and defending the right to public participation in environmental decision making in her country, Swaziland. This recognition and honor Makama dedicated to an on-going gruesome campaign against extra judicial executions of local communities in the name of wildlife conservation by one private family owned wildlife safari company in Swaziland. The public interest environmental actions of Makama and her organisation have sometimes attracted brutal responses and backlash from violators that have led to break-in’s at the office premises and her home, and privately sponsored negative press releases in the media. Some of Makama's work is featured in the documentary film "Unfair Game - The Politics of Poaching" produced by Emmy Award winning Mill Valley Film Group and narrated by Robert Redford.

Makama has for fifteen years worked in her country as Executive Director of Yonge Nawe Environmental Action Group, during which time she has participated in Africa wide and sub-regional collaborations on environmental and social justice. Her previous work experience includes Skillshare International and, serving as Deputy Master of the High Court of Swaziland. She is the founder of the Legal Assistance Center (LAC), a non-profit initiative that seeks to promote public interest law in a national context where violations of basic human rights and social injustice are perverse. The LAC works to enable access to justice for many of the socio-economically disadvantaged members of society.

Makama is mother to two beautiful loving daughters, Simphiwe and Nobunye.

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