For more than 25 years as an environmentalist, Stephanie has contributed to the donor-driven aid model and expat-led charity culture. From her “coign of vantage”, this model is insufficient based on tactical capacity, performance monitoring, and return on investment.
Stephanie has a multifaceted background in conservation, business, lands policy, and community-led projects across six continents. 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. She played a vital role in the passage of the California Desert Protection Act in US Congress. As a US Peace Corps Volunteer, she aided enterprises and cooperatives at the Ministry of Tourism, Artisans, and Social Economy in Morocco. Most recently, Stephanie’s 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. Stephanie is a member of The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas.
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.