Stephanie has three decades of experience in environmental conservation, social entrepreneurship, community development, and technology innovation. She has worked across six continents with startups, business schools, innovation competitions, government ministries, wildlife conservancies, and nonprofit organizations. Stephanie helped to establish America’s youth-led environmental movement into a powerful grassroots lobby with support from scientists, scholars, musicians, and Nobel Laureates. She played a vital role in the passage of the California Desert Protection Act in US Congress. She has led NGO organizations to scale, co-founded tech startups, and co-owned a branding company with clients including Mastek, NASA, Marriott International, The Nature Conservancy, and the United Nations Foundation. Post 9/11 as a US Peace Corps Volunteer, she aided enterprises and cooperatives at the Ministry of Tourism, Artisans, and Social Economy in Morocco. She was Lead Scale Advisor for the USAID-funded Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge and Technology Scale Advisor to Zoological Society of London. Recent conservation work focused on Mozambique, Indonesia, and India. For a decade, she served as an Advisor and Mentor at Columbia (University) Business School and The Lang Center for Entrepreneurship. She is a Tufts graduate and recipient of the University’s Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. She is a member of The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas and a Senator of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF).
Chris Holtom CBE
Chris has a long career in the military (retired Brigadier) and commercial sectors. In Britain, he is formerly the Director of the Intelligence Corps and Chief Executive of the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre at Chicksands which also has a historic American service connection. Chris designed the information process model for the Chevron Nigeria Security Liaison Unit and developed software for the Security Information Network Centre for Shell Nigeria based on the intelligence process. He designed the COIGNE Risk Management System (CRMS) which is used by COIGNE to monitor risk.
Hamish Macdonald OBE
Hamish has seen operational service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and the Gulf War (1991) before commanding the Queen’s Dragoon Guards and a multi-national battlegroup in Bosnia during the NATO peace resolution and post conflict reconstruction operations. He was also an instructor at Sandhurst and the Army Staff College. His final appointment was Commander of the British Army Training Unit Suffield or BATUS in Canada. Nearly two decades ago, BATUS was utilizing tech like VR and asset tracking devices under his leadership. As the advisor to the Chairman and Managing Director Chevron in Africa, he acted as an interface with national and state governments to develop community models such as promoting community enterprises, youth employment and environmental sustainability.