President of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment was previously Executive Vice President of World Wildlife Fund-US, Assistant Secretary for Environmental and External Affairs and the counselor to the Secretary for Biodiversity and Environmental Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution, Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, Senior Advisor to UNEP, and Chief Biodiversity Advisor to the World Bank.
A tropical and conservation biologist, he conceived the idea and initiated the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments project in Brazil in 1979 (the largest experiment in landscape ecology), originated the concept of international debt-for-nature (conservation) swaps, was first to use the term, "biological diversity" and is an expert on the relationship between climate change and biodiversity. He is founder of the public television series "Nature". His honors include the Order of Rio Branco and the Grand Cross of the Order of Scientific Merit from Brazil, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the 2002 Lindbergh Award.
In 2009 he was the winner of BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Category. In 2009 he was appointed Conservation Fellow by the National Geographic. He is the author or editor of numerous articles and five books on environmental issues. He has BS and PhD degrees in biology from Yale.
Bob Durst has a BS in chemistry from CalTech and an MS in biochemistry from Oregon State University. He is Senior Faculty Research Assistant in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. In this position, he works on a variety of fruits and juices to determine their chemical composition. This information is then applied to improve quality, determine authenticity, or assess nutritional characteristics and possible health benefits.
For over 20 years, he's held a similar position in the Food Science and Technology Dept. at OSU. Bob is a principle in Simple Organic Solutions LLC, a consulting group that assists industry with meeting the USDA National Organic Program regulations as well as other natural and organic labeling requirements.
He has worked with the organic industry as a technical expert in the area of processing for over 15 years. He is currently the board chair of the International Organic Inspectors Association. This is the professional organization for organic inspectors.
He is an organic processing plant inspector and consultant to organic processors. He is involved in organic cosmetic regulations from his position as co-chair of the NSF/ANSI task group that published the NSF 305 Made with Organics Personal Care Standard. His technical knowledge of food chemistry and the processing industry plus long-standing personal interests in health, nutrition and organics gives Bob a unique and valuable perspective on how chemistry can be applied to the improvement of fruits and juices.
Deborah, the Health Director for Organic Liaison, has been a Registered Dietitian for over 16 years, counseling clients on nutrition and fitness, and is the author of 200 Superfoods That Will Save Your Life published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. Her mission is to educate Organic Liaison members to achieve optimal wellness through balanced eating and exercise.
At University of California, Davis, Deborah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a minor in Exercise Physiology and received her Registered Dietitian license in Georgia. She also completed her Master's of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and is a PhD candidate at Saybrook University Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine.
Her past career experiences include hosting a TV show in Georgia on Midday News Live, teaching "5 A Day - For Better Health," working for CNN, Food & Health News and honored as "Registered Dietitian of the Year" by the Spectrum Health Club in Los Angeles. Recently, she was named "Young Dietitian of the Year," by the American Dietetics Association and served as President of the Los Angeles Dietetics Association.
Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Soram Khalsa is a clinical professor of medicine and past Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Environmental Medicine Center of Excellence at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a member of the Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council for the State of California and serves as Medical Director for the East-West Medical Research Institute. In 2007 Dr. Khalsa was chosen by his peers as one of the "Best Doctors" in America and serves in this capacity as a consultant for integrative medicine.
Dr. Khalsa is a founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association and a founding member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is also a member of the Outside Scientific Advisory Board for the N1H sponsored Center on Botanical Studies at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In his private medical practice, he integrates phytotherapeutics, homeopathy, acupuncture and environmental medicine with a traditional internal medicine.
Dr. Khalsa graduated from Yale University and attended Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland. After an internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland, he completed a residency at the Hospital of Good Samaritan in Los Angeles. He continued his study of complementary medicine in North America, as well as Europe and Asia.
Soram Singh Khalsa, MD is an associate physician in the Division of Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
In the middle of his residency training, pediatrician Jay Gordon took an unusual step. Deciding that he needed greater knowledge about nutrition, vitamins, and alternative medicine in order to practice medicine the way he wanted to, Dr. Gordon took a Senior Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York City. After his residency at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Dr. Gordon joined the teaching attending faculty at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Intensely interested in infant nutrition and breastfeeding, Dr. Gordon is the first male physician to sit for and pass the International Board of Lactation Certification Exam and has served on the Professional Advisory Board of La Leche League for twenty-four years.
In addition to treating patients, he participates in the training of medical students and residents, lectures all over the world, writes books, and writes a monthly column for "Fit Pregnancy" magazine. He has contributed to "New York Parent," "Parenting" magazine and has been quoted in the L.A. Times, New York Times, and The London Times.
Dr. Gordon's first book, the well-received Good Food Today, Great Kids Tomorrow, offers a life-changing plan for families who want to make dramatic changes in health and fitness through nutrition. Brighter Baby, examines the positive effect that attachment parenting, combined with infant massage, has on children's health and intelligence. Other releases include: Good Night! The Parents' Guide to the Family Bed and Hug Your Baby, a gentle guide through the first year, which were released summer, 2002. He also published, Listening To Your Baby: A New Approach to Parenting Your Newborn, which still gets great reviews from parents. His most recent book is The ADD and ADHD Cure, the Natural Way to Treat Hyperactivity and Refocus Your Child.
When the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Television and the Media named Dr. Gordon "the most influential doctor in America," they were referring, tongue-in-cheek, to Dr. Gordon's role, as the medical script consultant, in eliminating lollipops from the office of "Doctor Weston," lead character on the sitcom "Empty Nest."
After two years of consulting on television scripts, sets, and ideas, Dr. Gordon was named CBS TV's Medical Consultant for Children's programming. He also worked for five years on ABC Television as the on-air medical correspondent for the "Home Show," and continues to consult regularly for television and movies. He's appeared on Fox 11 News, ABC's 20/20 and most recently on Larry King Live.
Dr. Gordon contributed and wrote the Forward to "Smart Medicine for a Healthy Child" and "The Encyclopedia of Vitamins and Supplements" (both published in 1999), is pediatric consultant for "Fit Pregnancy" magazine and a frequent contributor to "Parents," "Parenting," and other media outlets.
Busy as he is, Dr. Gordon finds that his most challenging job is "being a good husband and the best possible parent to my 22 year-old daughter."
Kelly Preston was born and raised in Hawaii. As a result of her father's position with an agricultural firm, Kelly moved to Iraq when she was five years old and also lived several years in Australia as a teenager. Moving back to Hawaii, Kelly appeared in numerous television commercials and developed an interest in an acting career.
Kelly graduated from Punahou High School in Hawaii along with fellow alumni, President Barack Obama. She then relocated to Los Angeles and enrolled in the University of Southern California where she studied drama and theatre. She would soon land her first role and make her feature film debut in the hit motion picture "Twins."
Kelly is married to international star, John Travolta. They met while making the film "The Experts" and were married in a quiet and romantic wedding in Paris, France in 1991. They have since taken on the role of being proud parents of three beautiful children, Jett, Ella Bleu, and Benjamin.
Kelly loves spending time with her family, going antiquing, and of course, traveling the world with her children and her husband as pilot.
Kelly is a strong supporter of parents and childrens' rights, drug rehabilitation, education, and environmental issues. She is also an advocate for non-toxic living and supports Healthy Child Healthy World, which is an essential resource for parents to access critical, consolidated information that can help them better protect their children from toxins, inspire healthier homes and communities—and, in essence, create a healthier world. You can find out more about the groups that Kelly supports on her website at KellyPreston.com.
Andrew Banks, born in London and having pursued his education in the UK in Biological Sciences, decided to emigrate in 1972 to an optimistic Australia, to escape the 'grey skies and economic malaise of that era'. He started his career as an actor and earned a living for almost two years on TV and in Theatre including the then famous The Old Tote Theatre Company (subsequently inherited by NIDA, where Andrew is now Chairman of the Foundation).
He then completed six successful years with a Global Multi-Discipline Design and Construction Group as a Human Resources Professional working in the UK, Norway and the USA, ending his career as the HR Director for Europe and Africa supporting 8,000 employees. In 1980 he returned to Australia to join the Executive Recruitment Industry in its early years of development.
Together with Geoff Morgan, Andrew, founded Morgan & Banks in early 1985, seeing an opportunity to change the way the then 'cottage industry' worked and grew the company to become the dominant recruitment force in Australia and Asia, with a whopping 17% market share! The company went public in 1995 and sales grew to over $700m, before it was acquired by TMP/Monster.com in 1999, a US listed company on the NASDAQ.
Andrew spent the last three years of his time with TMP in New York as Global Director where he was responsible for approximately 40 acquisitions, and 4,500 staff operating in 32 countries around the world.
In 2005 he launched Talent2 International (TWO), a publicly traded company on the ASX, which focuses on HR Outsourcing and Executive Search and Selection, with a team of 1,600 professionals operating in 20 countries, which is a result of both organic growth and 15 acquisitions.
Apart from his Board responsibilities (and being the largest shareholder), Andrew's primary role is Managing Partner of their Executive and Board Search division, Talent Partners where Andrew personally handles a number of clients with senior executive appointments.
In 2004, Geoff and Andrew were the recipients of the Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award given for sustained success in business.
Albert "Bud" Hawk is the Co-Founder, Chairman and Managing Partner of Corstone Capital headquartered near Washington, D.C. Mr. Hawk has created, grown, managed, and successfully exited companies for over 25 years. Corstone Capital is a private equity and investment firm with international offices in Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore.
In 1996, Mr. Hawk began investing in China, starting with infrastructure and human resource outsourcing. Mr. Hawk led the initial team at Corstone China, which has invested in China over $2.5 billion in nonperforming loans, real estate, automotive suppliers, and financial services. Mr. Hawk also co-founded Corstone Asia, headquartered in Seoul and is currently focused on middle market growth equity in Korea. Mr. Hawk has also been active in the Singapore and India investments, including fractional jet ownership and business process outsourcing.
He was the Co-Founder, Chairman CEO of a $1.3 billion human resource outsourcing company. Mr. Hawk has served as the CEO of a publicly traded company that pioneered wireless, reliable mobile computing products and services to public safety and other wireless markets. Previously, Mr. Hawk was part of the executive team that grew a publicly traded natural resource and financial services holding company from negligible assets to over $1.5 billion in assets.
Mr. Hawk was a member of the Washington D.C. office of a national law firm, where he practiced corporate and securities law. Mr. Hawk also served as an attorney for the U.S government in commodity and securities areas.
Mr. Hawk is a speaker before business groups and is active in the community. He also serves on the Board of Special Love, a not-for-profit devoted to children with cancer, and Neediest Kids, a not-for-profit devoted to under privileged children with special needs.
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