Board of Trustees

 

Honorary Chairs

OscarOscar Arias
Former President of Costa Rica; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1987 (Costa Rica)

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Oscar Arias Sánchez was President of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 in recognition for his efforts to achieve the beginnings of peace during the Central America crisis.  He is also the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and a trustee of Economists for Peace and Security.  In 2003, Oscar Arias was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims.

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Jane Goodall with MascotDame Jane Goodall
D.B.E. (Dame of the British Empire); U.N. Messenger of Peace (UK)

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Jane Goodall, in full Dame Jane Goodall, is a British ethologist, best known for her exceptionally detailed and long-term research on chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. The University of Cambridge in 1965 awarded Jane Goodall a Ph.D. in ethology (the study of animal behavior). She founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 to continue her research, and establish projects to help improve human communities in the countries where there are the highest concentrations of chimpanzees. In 1991 Dr. Jane Goodall founded Roots and Shoots, a global youth service program, helping young people around the world to become compassionate leaders, and to develop the behaviors and attitudes to be good stewards of the environment. In 2002, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Dr. Goodall to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Dr. Jane Goodall was made a Dame of the British Empire (D.B.E.) on February 20, 2004 during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, and in 2006, she received the French Legion of Honor, presented by the Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, as well as the UNESCO Gold Medal Award. More about Jane Goodall

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Founding Trustees

Will ConnellyWilliam Connelly
Vice President, Pax Natura Foundation (USA)

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William Connelly is an architect in private practice in Salt Lake City, the father of five grown children, and an active participant in several civic and environmental causes.  As co-founder of the Costa Rica-based Pax Natura Foundation (“Peace with Nature”) he travels frequently on foundation matters, especially those related to climate change, biodiversity preservation and the international carbon markets.  Will is passionate about family, the environment, landscapes, history, languages, and travel.

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Carlos Jimenez FreerCarlos Jimenez Freer
President, Xcel (Costa Rica)

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Randall TolpinrudRandall Tolpinrud
President, Pax Natura Foundation (USA)

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Honorary Trustees

Ramos HortaJosé Ramos-Horta
Former President of Timor Leste (East Timor); Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1996 (Timor Leste)

 

Desmond_TutuArchbishop Desmond Tutu
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1984 (South Africa)

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In 1978 Desmond Tutu accepted an appointment as the general secretary of the South African Council of Churches and became a leading spokesperson for the rights of black South Africans. During the 1980s he played an unrivaled role in drawing national and international attention to the iniquities of apartheid. He emphasized nonviolent means of protest and encouraged the application of economic pressure by countries dealing with South Africa. The award of the 1984 Nobel Prize for Peace to Tutu sent a significant message to South African Pres. P.W. Botha’s administration. In 1985, at the height of the township rebellions in South Africa, Tutu was installed as Johannesburg’s first black Anglican bishop, and in 1986 he was elected the first black archbishop of Cape Town, thus becoming the primate of South Africa’s 1.6 million-member Anglican church. In 1988 Tutu took a position as chancellor of the University of the Western Cape in Bellville, South Africa. During South Africa’s moves toward democracy in the early 1990s, Desmond Tutu propagated the idea of South Africa as “the Rainbow Nation,” and he continued to comment on events with varying combinations of trenchancy and humor. In 1995 South African Pres. Nelson Mandela appointed Desmond Tutu head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which investigated allegations of human rights abuses during the apartheid era.

Desmond Tutu retired from the primacy in 1996 and became archbishop emeritus. In July 2010 he announced his intention to effectively withdraw from public life in October, though he said he would continue his work with the Elders, a group of international leaders he cofounded in 2007 for the promotion of conflict resolution and problem solving throughout the world. On October 7, 2010—his 79th birthday—he began his retirement.

 

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E O WilsonEdward O. Wilson
University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University; Pulitzer Prize Author (USA)

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Edward O. Wilson is an American biologist recognized as the world’s leading authority on ants. More about E. O. Wilson and  An Evening with E.O. Wilson at the Smithsonian

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Betty WilliamsBetty Williams
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1976 (Ireland)

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Betty Williams is a co-recipient with Mairead Corrigan of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work as co-founder of Community of Peace People, an organization dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the Northern Ireland conflict.  She serves on the Council of Honor for the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica, is a Patron for the International Peace Foundation in Vienna, and has been honored with the People’s Peace Prize of Norway; the Schweitzer Medallion for Courage; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award; the Elenor Roosevelt Award; and the Frank Foundation Child Care International Oliver Award. Betty Williams heads the Global Children’s Foundation and is President of the World Centers of Compassion for Children International.  She is also the Chair of Institute for Asian Democracy in Washington D.C. and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Nova Southeastern University.  In 2006, Williams was one of the founders of the Bobel Women’s Initiative, along with sister Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchu Tum.

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Trustees 

Francisco GrauFrancisco Grau
Entrepreneur (Costa Rica)

 

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Francisco Grau is a social entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to find practical sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. He earned a MA in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College,  In 2010, along with a group of friends, he established a successful farmers market called Green Fair, where local organic farmers, food artisans, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, artists, activists and a community members gather every Saturday morning to live out the life they love.  Green Fair is based on values of sustainability and wellbeing, where one can find fresh organic food that is optimal for the community and Mother Earth. Francisco is currently exploring the power of celebration to promote a new paradigm of economics as a complimentary way of doing activism.

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Steven TolpinrudSteven Tolpinrud
Organic Farmer (USA)

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President, Pandaray (USA)

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Hugh Bollinger has served multiple national and international organizations as an advisor. He was a founding trustee for the Center for Plant Conservation and served the CPC for 15 years and currently serves as a trustee for Pax Natura along with renowned international conservationists including Jane Goodall among others. PAX saved a mountain rainforest reserve in Costa Rica. Until 2013, Hugh served as a member and then chairman, of the American Alpine Club’s Research Grants Committee. He was a panel member on two National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) panels and a USAID project manager in Sri Lanka and Kenya on forest restoration. Recently, he served as a consultant to The Leonardo, an arts/science/learning center in Utah. One project utilized new media technologies to showcase digital learning for career development. Hugh was also an original Sundance Film Festival volunteer, supports the acoustic music community, breeds plants as a long-term hobby, and is involved with Utah’s Tibetan community.

Hugh holds a PhD in mountain ecology and an MS in bio-geography from the University of Colorado and a BA in environmental science from the University of California Santa Barbara. He has traveled and worked extensively in Asia, Central America, Europe, Australia, and Africa on environmental matters. He has published feature articles in Science Magazine and the Congressional Quarterly.

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Davit T IvesDavid T. Ives
Executive Director Emeritus, Albert Schweitzer Institute (USA)

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David Ives served as Executive Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University from 2002 to 2017, and was a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee in 2016. He is also Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Philosophy, Latin American Studies, and International Culture at Quinnipiac University. David is an Emmy Award winning Executive Producer of a documentary on the life of the 1952 Nobel Peace Laureate Albert Schweitzer. He is also Senior Advisor for the Youth Program of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates’ Permanent Secretariat; Chairman of the USA Board of Directors for the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress; and a member of the Board for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Betty William’s Centers of Compassion for Children. David served as Election Monitor for the Carter Center – Venezuela, 2004 and Nicaragua 2006 – and was a Peace Corps volunteer from 1980 to 1982 in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he promoted school gardens and nutrition.

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Rodrigo Gamez Lobo
Director General, INBio (Costa Rica)

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Federico Muñoz
Biologist and Naturalist (Costa Rica)

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Consejo de Administración at Dos Pinos
Finquiar at TERRA VIVA
Educador Ambiental at Bosque tropical
Studied Herpetology at Universidad de Costa Rica
Went to Colegio Madre del Divino Pastor
Lives in Monteverde, Costa Rica
From Guadalupe, San Jose, Costa Rica
Coautor at Anfibios y Reptiles de Costa Rica
 

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Dennis Sizemore
Executive Director, Round River Conservation (USA)

 

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Dennis Sizemore’s conservation work began over 40 years ago following around grizzly bears while earning his MS in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Montana. His experiences on four continents include law enforcement, fundraising, community engagement, education, and research. As co-founder of Round River Conservation Studies, Dennis has served as its executive director since its inception in 1991. Dennis is a former President of The Wildlands Project and currently also serves as vice president of the Taku-Atlin Conservancy.

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Dean Deen Chatterjee

Senior Fellow, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (USA)

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Deen K. Chatterjee is a Senior Fellow at the University of Utah S.J.Quinney College of Law and a Faculty Director and Mentor at the Oxford Human Rights Consortium. Earlier he was a member of the philosophy faculty at the University of Utah. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His areas of specialization are justice and global initiative, human security, ethics of war and peace, religion, and human rights. More about Deen Chatterjee

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Forrest Cuch
Former Director of Indian Affairs, State of Utah, Ute Tribe (USA)

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Forrest S. Cuch is an enrolled member of the Ute Indian Tribe. He was born in 1951 and raised on the Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian Reservation in northeastern Utah. In 1973, he graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Behavioral Sciences.  During his 38 year career, Forrest has held many challenging jobs beginning as education director for the Ute Indian Tribe. He has also served as tribal planner/administrator for an eastern tribe and social studies department head and teacher for his alma mater, Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Forrest was executive director, Utah Division of Indian Affairs. During this time, he published, A History of Utah’s American Indians, Utah State University Press, 2000. He has served on numerous boards including as a trustee representing American Indians on the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games; trustee for Swaner Preserve; and Salt Lake City based Pax Natura. Forrest played a key role in the PBS/KUED sponsored curriculum project entitled; We Shall Remain, which features a video series of the histories of the Utah tribes with accompanying materials. In 2012, he served as CEO for the Ute Tribe’s business enterprises. Forrest is Co-Founder of Rising American Indian Nations (RAIN), an Indian operated non-profit organization established to empower American Indian people.  Throughout his career, he has worked to call attention to the ancient presence of American Indian people in the intermountain west, and he has worked with other American Indian leaders in and out of state to address many critical issues facing all American Indians. He currently is engaged in working with spiritual leaders through the Western Hemisphere to usher in the new shift in feminine conscious known of as the New Earth and calling attention to Climate Change and Harm to Mother Earth.

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Ana Báez
President, Conservacion Consultores (Costa Rica)

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Ana Báez has over three decades of experience working as a consultant.  She currently serves as President of Turismo & Conservación Consultores, S.A., a company committed to providing technical assistance and support to ensure the success of private and public initiatives in forty-three countries. She has served as a consultant to many international organizations such as the International Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, World Wildlife Fund, World Trade Organization, and USAID. Ana has been a key note speaker at many conferences around the world and has worked as a professor and program leader for the World Tourism Organization – Themis Foundation, American University, Stanford University, Florida State University, University for Peace, among others. In addition, Ana has worked as a Deputy Director of the National Museum of Costa Rica, Director of the first Ecotourism Master of Science Program, Dean of the Tourism Faculty at ULACIT in Costa Rica, and as Director of the First Ecotourism Central America Program. She received a BS in Biology from the University of Costa Rica, and obtained a MS  in Museum Studies from University of Leicester, England. Her philosophy of work is summarized in her company’s slogan: “We are interested in the success of your company and the health of the planet”.

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Board2Diego Alonso Gutierrez
Consultant (Costa Rica)

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Diego Gutierrez was educated educated in Costa Rica and the United States. He received a BA in Economics with a concentration in Peace & Conflict Studies and International Studies of Latin America from the College of the Holy Cross.  Diego has played NCAA Division 1 Tennis, and has worked in an Italian, family owned restaurant chain, serving in the financial and service industry sector. He is Interested in alternative and holistic healing.

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KailaniKailani Jimenez
Naturalist & Guide (Costa Rica)


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Issac TolpinrudIsaac Tolpinrud
Naturalist and Guide (USA)

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Robert Newman
President And Director Of The National Humanities Center (USA)

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Robert D. Newman assumed office as the sixth president and director of the National Humanities Center on July 1, 2015. He was previously Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah where he also served as Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Studies, Special Advisor to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of English. He also has held faculty appointments at the University of South Carolina, where he was Chair of the Department of English, Texas A&M University, and the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Newman’s scholarship has focused on twentieth-century literature and culture and narrative theory. He has published six books, two of which have been nominated for major national awards, along with numerous articles, reviews, and poems; and has received awards not only for his scholarship but for his institutional leadership and teaching. He also serves as General Editor of the “Cultural Frames, Framing Culture” series published by University of Virginia Press.

Since assuming leadership of the National Humanities Center, Dr. Newman’s work has been dedicated to broadening the Center’s scholarly mission, its educational outreach, and on public engagement and national advocacy for the humanities.

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TrentTrent Alvey
Artist and President of Trent Alvey Design (USA)

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Donna DinsdaleDonna Dinsdale
Integrative Health and Wellness Educator (USA)

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Donna Dinsdale is passionate about assisting individuals in optimizing their health and wellness, and empowering them to live a life full of vitality, ease, joy and boundless possibilities. Donna has been in private practice for over twenty-five years as an integrative health and wellness practitioner and educator, and has enjoyed the process of developing and teaching a wide range of health and wellness courses. She finds herself at home among many peoples and in many places around the globe. She has traveled extensively, learning from great educators and scholars in India, Nepal, Costa Rica, Japan, Greece, the United Kingdom and beyond. One of her most memorable experiences has been teaching the young children of the Garden Of Peace School in South India. For the past two and a half decades, Donna has practiced and studied with great Buddhist masters from Nepal, India and the United States.

Donna earned a BS in Anthropology, Biology and Secondary Education from the University of Utah. She has also studied at Duke Integrative Medicine at Duke University, California College of Ayurveda, and Utah College of Massage Therapy. Early on in her professional career, she taught high school biology and health education to high-risk and disadvantaged students in Utah public schools for ten years.

 

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Denise LynchDenise Lynch
Founder, Clear Mind Institute (USA)

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Denise Lynch is the founder of Clear Mind Institute, owner of Utah School of Hypnotherapy and Vice-President of Snap Synapse, a consulting company specializing in Organizational Learning and Development.

Her work emphasizes the use of personal practices to promote inner-sustainability, and a lifestyle that promotes environmental sustainability so we can leave the world a better place than we found it.
By designing products and trainings for behavioral change, Denise believes there can be improvement in the integrity and capability of our collective communities to take right action toward preserving the health and dignity of all beings, plus restoring and preserving our/their habitats.

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ElanaAlana Metcalf
Entrepreneur (USA)

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Alana Metcalf is an independent professional who is passionate about projects with particular focus on providing impact solutions for sustainability and philanthropy. She has experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, as well as various specialized industries using green technology.

Alana’s degree in in the health sciences and is an active community member. Alana is honored to serve as a member of the board of trustees for PAX Natura Foundation, dedicated to the protection of rain forests and bio-diversity. She contributes to Salt Lake’s medical community as a health science advocate through the University of Utah as well as supports several environmental and humanitarian foundations. She resides in Salt Lake City with her amazing family and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the world.

 

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Wade DavisWade Davis
Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society (USA)

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Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” In recent years his work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland.

An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6000 botanical collections. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best seller later released by Universal as a motion picture. More about Wade Davis

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Doug AndersonDoug Anderson
President, Pacific Commercial Properties (USA)

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Douglas Anderson has been a businessman in the real estate industry for nearly 30 years. His business expertise includes masterplanning and development implementation for larger scale resorts, business parks and commercial developments across the USA and two provinces in Canada. His business endeavors include founding of the seventh larger private equity funds in America ROC Fund/BridgeIPG Fund. He serves as Chairman/Founder of a golf and winter sports ski holding company with operations in 4 major east coast markets and British Columbia Canada. He oversees operations of his various private real estate companies. He has  served as a member of the Board of Directors for several federally insured community banking institutions. He granted one of the largest conservation easements in the United States on 14,000 acre development to maintain open space and the preservation of flora and fauna. Mr. Anderson has served in various community foundations and Board of Directors throughout his professional career. He has traveled extensively worldwide for business and non profit work to contribute his expertise in the non profit area as well as land and building development  areas towards preserving and enhancing the environment. He earned a BS undergraduate  degree in Consumer Studies with emphasis in Architecture as an undergraduate at the University of Utah. Mr. Anderson subsequently earned his Masters in Business Administration.  He also attended a three year OPM Program a post graduate business education at Harvard Business School in Boston. Mr. Anderson is an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast.

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Phillip EmmiPhil Emmi
Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning & Geography, University of Utah (USA)

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Phil Emmi holds degrees in Economics and in Urban and Regional Planning from Harvard and UNC/Chapel Hill. When professionally active, he was a member of the American Planning Association, the European Housing Network and the System Dynamics Society. He has published in national and international peer-reviewed journals on urban systems models, seismic risk assessment, opportunity and mobility in housing and labor markets, coastal zone management, planning theory, the politics of planning, environmental policy and ecological economics. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile, a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Spain, a frequent Research Fellow at the Swedish National Institute for Building Research, a Lowell Bennion Community Service Professor in Utah, an NSF grant recipient, and a lecturer at numerous national and international academic venues. At the University of Utah, he was the founding director of the Urban Planning Program. He organized and directed an interdisciplinary program in the adaptive management of environmental systems and was instrumental in the development of a digital cartographic laboratory. Both wide and varied, his teaching interests included planning theory, planning practice, urban processes, urban energy systems, system dynamics, resilience thinking and human values development. He serves on the board of the Quaker Institute for the Future, convened the Quaker Earthcare Witness’ United Nations Working Group, and served as a visiting fellow in Washington DC with the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

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Steve Estes
Steve Estes
Technical Internet Advisor (USA)

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Steve Estes has worked in the internet industry since the year 2000. He started an internet company dedicated to empowering non-profit organizations on the internet. He has designed and managed web pages for U.S. Senate candidates, Utah Senate and House of Representative Candidates, and various national and international non-profit web sites.  Steve also works as a Business System Specialist for a fortune 500 company. He was educated at the University of Utah.

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RandallRandal Longstroth
IT Consultant (USA)

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Randal Longstroth provides a counterbalance to the stellar accredited and accomplished board.  He lives at the intersection of nature, consciousness, and technology.  Randall has been involved with computers since 1977 and is thrilled to be of help and fill in the gaps as they come up.

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In Memoriam

FedricoFederico Gutierrez
Founding Trustee, Pax Natura Foundation (Costa Rica)

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