About the Co-defendants

Page - January 9, 2009
Representatives of Greenpeace world-wide, declaring themselves 'co-defendants' with Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki (the Tokyo Two), for their anti-whaling stance, include Executive Directors of seven Greenpeace offices as well as Australian ex-whaling captain Paddy Hart.

Steve Shallhorn, Chief Executive Officer, Greenpeace AustraliaPacific

Steve has worked for Greenpeace since 1987. He has beenChief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific since November 2005, andwas Executive Director of Greenpeace Japan for two years previously.  He has also worked for Greenpeace inWashington, London and Toronto, and has taken part in Greenpeace’s trademarkpeaceful protests all over the world, including the ‘Nuclear free Seas’campaign, which revealed that the US Navy lost a nuclear weapon from anaircraft carrier near the coast of Okinawa during the Vietnam War, and asuccessful campaign that stopped the Canadian government using nuclearsubmarines. In 1990, Steve led a ship expedition to the secret site of anuclear weapons test by the former Soviet Unionwhich generated world-wide media attention. In 1993, he was involved in severalGreenpeace direct actions which led to a significant global treaty banning thedumping of nuclear waste at sea. Steve holds a BA in History and a BA inEconomics from McMaster University in Hamilton,Ontario. He is married with twodaughters.

Marcelo Furtado Executive Director, Greenpeace Brazil

Marcelo Furtado has been working with Greenpeace for the last 18years and has been Executive Director of Greenpeace Brazil since July 2008. Marcelo’sbackground is in chemical engineering; he has worked in the chemical industryas well as worked as a consultant for development projects.  Marcelo has since coordinated Greenpeaceinternational campaigns against the trade of toxic waste as well as projectsabout industrial pollution. As Campaign Director for Greenpeace Brazil since 2004, Marcelo has coordinatedactivities on climate and energy, GMOs, and oriented the political work in Brazil. In2008, he has also helped to launch the Oceans campaign.

Brigitte Behrens, Executive Director, Greenpeace Germany

Brigitte Behrens joined Greenpeace in 1986, and has beenChief Executive Director since 1999, based in Hamburg. Her priorities in working toprotect the environment are combating climate change, impeding nuclear energyand genetic engineering in agriculture, and protecting the oceans and ancientforests. She has a background in sociology and medicine, and she has previouslyworked for several years in the women's movement and in women's projects in Germany. Thisincluded participating in setting up the Frauenkneipe in Hamburg in 1976-7, then the firstcommunications centre for women only.

Liesbeth van Tongeren Executive Director, Greenpeace Netherlands

Liesbeth van Tongeren has been the Executive Director ofGreenpeace Netherlandssince September 2003.  Van Tongerenthinks exploiting and destroying our environment is economically stupid andtotally unjust to future generations. “Nature doesn’t just have an economicalvalue. The Australian Aborigines say that the Earth does not belong to them butthat they belong to the Earth”. This also matches the core values of Greenpeace.Liesbeth has a Bachelors Degree in Law and Masters Degree in International Lawfrom the University of Amsterdam and has held director positions withseveral organizations in Australiaincluding welfare organisations for the homeless, refugees, and abused women. Inthe Netherlandsshe has worked in both a regional council and the Amsterdam City Council. Inher Ambassadorial role for Greenpeace she has convinced the Dutch Prime Ministerto change his bulbs to energy saving light bulbs, and has been arrested forcampaigning in The Hague.

Frode Pleym,Deputy Executive Director, Greenpeace Nordic 

Frode Pleym joined Greenpeace ten years ago. Before that, he worked at variousNorwegian and Swedish environmental organizations. For Greenpeace, Pleym hasled a number of ship expeditions against hazardous transport at sea and piratefishing. He has been based in Japanand Icelandon several occasions, coordinating campaigns against whaling, and forsustainable fisheries. From 2003 to 2006 he was in charge of a ground-breakingGreenpeace campaign with the Icelandic public to stop Icelandic whaling. Sincethen, the Icelandgovernment has been divided on the issue, whale consumption is close to non-existentand the future of the whaling program is highly uncertain. 

Rose Young, Special Projects Director, Greenpeace USA

RoseYoung has been instrumental in shaping and developing the internationalGreenpeace movement since 1987. In that time, she has served as CrewManager ofthe Greenpeace fleet of ships, Project Director for sea-based actionsandparticipant in climate, oceans and nuclear campaigns. She coordinatedthe 1995team that occupied the Shell-owned Brent Spar oil platform in the NorthSea. This action stands as one of Greenpeace's mostsignificant victories; it prevented Shell from dumping the retiredplatforminto the sea, successfully reversing a long-standing UK/Europeanpolicy. Rose’searly career was as a children's advocate and she eventually becamechair ofthe Children's Hearing System where she spearheaded the reform ofScotland'sjuvenile penal model. Rose has eight grandchildren who are spreadacross theglobe.

Markus Allemann, Executive Director, Greenpeace Switzerland

Markus Allemann has worked for Greenpeace Switzerlandsince 2006, initially as Campaign Director. He then  became Co-ExecutiveDirector in 2008. One of the most iconic activities he led was anattention-grabbing photo installation by world-renowned photographer SpencerTunnick on the Aletsch Glacier which highlighted human frailty in the face ofclimate change. He has a background in journalism, and a diploma of ExecutiveMaster of Science in Communications Management from the University of Lugano.After his studies he first worked as a freelance journalist before joining theFederal Health Office where he became the coordinator of diverse campaigns onhealth issues. Markus is 45, with three children, who all live in Solothurn, Switzerland. 

 

Paddy Hart, former whaler, Albany, NSW

Paddy has lived in Albany, Western Australia since 1960, emigrating there from Ireland as ayoung man. He was employed as a master and gunner with the Cheynes BeachWhaling Station hunting sperm whales for their oil, until it closed in 1978.  CheynesBeach was the lastwhaling station in the English speaking world, after it closed Paddy worked atthe Albany Woollen Mills as a boiler man until he retired in 2002. Initially,Paddy and his colleagues resented  activists protesting in Albany against whaling activities becausethey felt their livelihood was threatened. Paddy said “Back in the day there was a different attitude towhaling.  There was an industry use forsperm whales for things like cosmetics, oil lamps and lubricants.  I also had five young children tosupport.  Gradually, after the whalingstation closed and I got over the initial fear of how I was going to make aliving, I reviewed my perspective on whaling from a more objective view.  It dawned on me that it could no longer goon. We shouldn’t be whaling now.”

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