Mark is an Oscar-nominated actor and director, and a father of three who has resided in upstate New York for more than a decade. Mark is an avid gardener and clean water advocate who has publicly opposed the practice of chemical hydro-fracking–a process regularly used by the oil and gas industries to extract oil and natural gas from shale formations.
H.R.H. Prince Carlos Javier Bernardo de Bourbon de Parme – Honorary Chairman
Prince Carlos has been President of the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American Foundation for the last 6 years. He was president of the ELA at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. He is also an executive member of the Carlos de Amberes Foundation. Since 2008 he has resided on the board of MVO Nederland, which is the corporate social responsibility organization for the Netherlands. He is a non-executive director (commissaris) of ASN Vermoogensbeheer. Prince Carlos left the commercial field several years ago to develop the Dutch Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (INSID) devoted to helping society in its transition towards sustainability. The not-for-profit foundation serves a bridging function between the public, academic and private sector, aside from developing its own initiatives. He currently resides in The Netherlands.
After receiving a BA from Wesleyan University and a MPhill from Cambridge University, Prince Carlos worked for the ABN AMRO Bank in Hong Kong and Amsterdam. In 1999 he moved to Brussels were he worked for the European Public Policy Advisors group, were he was responsible for the transport and energy dossiers.
Through his work in Brussels he joined an incubator and initiation company concentrating on start-up companies with ecological and sustainable products. These included; bio-diesel, green electricity generation, CO2 compensation schemes, energy saving devices, recycling, and logistical systems.
Josh Fox is the founder and producing artistic director of the International WOW Company, a theater and film group with a membership comprised of over 100 actors, dancers, musicians and technical and visual artists spanning 30 countries on four continents. Josh has written, directed and produced two feature films and over 25 full-length works for the stage, which have premiered in New York, Asia and Europe.
GASLAND, which Josh wrote, directed and shot, is a film about the largest onshore natural gas-drilling and fracking campaign in US history. It premiered at the Sundance film festival in 2010, where it received the Special Jury Prize for Documentary. In June 2010 it premiered on HBO to an audience of 3 million homes, was seen by over 150,000 audience members during a 160-city grassroots tour and has been released by New Video on DVD. The film was nominated for the 2011 Oscar for Best Documentary, and won the Emmy for best documentary directing.
As a national spokesman on the issues of the contamination resulting from fracking and other extreme methods of fossil fuel extraction, Josh has appeared on the Daily Show, The Keith Olbermann show, PBS Now, CNN, Democracy Now, MSNBC, CBS and NBC nightly news.
Matt Petersen has led Global Green USA since 1994, building and guiding the organization’s innovative programs and initiatives. He also is Chair of Green Cross International’s Energy Program. Matt’s vision for the green rebuilding of New Orleans has led to the greening of New Orleans schools, helped educate thousands of residents to rebuild their homes more energy efficiently, and helped create the Holy Cross Project, a sustainable village in the Lower 9th Ward with 23 units of affordable housing and a community/climate action center.
Matt has been touted a ‘green all star’ by Outside Magazine, and in May 2008 he was appointed by the Sir Edmund Hillary Institute in New Zealand as the Inaugural Hillary Fellow. Previously, Matt ran local, state, and federal political campaigns as well as serving as the Executive Director of Americans for a Safe Future.
Jeremy Horowitz – Dartmouth University
Jeremy Horowitz is an Assistant Professor of Government at DartmouthCollege where he teaches courses on African politics, democracy promotion,and post-conflict peacebuildling. His research examines ethnic politics andviolence in emerging democracies, with a regional focus on sub-SaharanAfrica. He has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Ghana, and Senegal. Hisresearch has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.
He also has several years of experience in the international developmentfield. With Helen Keller International he managed the implementation ofpublic health capacity building programs in several African countries. Morerecently he has provided technical support to USAID-funded projects relatedto election monitoring, civic education, and corruption control in Malawi and Kenya. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, and he holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Oberlin College.
Chip Knight – CPS Boston
Chip Knight has used his 26 years in the banking industry to assist businesses with growth, capital, liquidity management, risk management, expense control and strategic advice. With a special interest in developing countries, he has consulted on African micro finance banking and expansion of small and medium size enterprise lending in Asia.
Chip is a 1985 graduate of the University of Mississippi. He began his banking career with First National Bank of Commerce in New Orleans in 1985, starting with their commercial lender training program and placed as a middle market lender for the New Orleans area.
In 1987 he joined First Tennessee Bank in Memphis, Tennessee as a Vice President and Relationship Manager in the Commercial Banking Group. In 1993 he was named Senior Vice President and Manager of the group and in 2003 named as Executive Vice President. In December 2003, Chip assumed the responsibilities of manager of all Business Products for the $40 billion enterprise. From 2008 to 2010, Chip led a major effort in the transformation of the Commercial Lending Process to develop best in class work flows.
In July, 2010, Chip joined the global financial consulting firm of CPS Boston as a partner. Since 1981, CPS Boston has partnered with over 75 banks on four continents implementing strategies that bring best practices to common practice.