Global Coordinator, Break Free From Plastic Movement
He is a leading and multi-awarded Filipino environmental activist, Von’s career in the environmental movement covers more than 20 years of campaign leadership, strategic planning and organizational development and management..
He is currently the Coordinator of the Break Free from Plastic movement. Before taking on this latest assignment, Von was Global Development Director of Greenpeace International where he oversaw the development and performance of the Greenpeace’s national and regional offices worldwide. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA), where he led programs and operations in Southeast Asia. Together with allies, he co-founded and spearheaded various environmental coalitions and partnerships at the national, regional, and global levels including the Ecowaste Coalition, Waste Not Asia, and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).
In 2003, he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work, which led to the first national ban on waste incineration. Von also gained recognition from Asia Inc. magazine as one of Asia’s Young Movers and Shakers in 2004, and from Time magazine as one of the Heroes for the Environment in 2007. In 2010, Reader’s Digest conducted a nationwide Trust Poll, where he emerged as among the top 20 most trusted Filipinos.
Program Director, Plastic Solutions Fund
Nicky Davies is currently the Program Director of the Plastic Solutions Fund, an international group of funders who have joined forces to turn the tide on plastic pollution in the air, land, rivers and oceans. Nicky is the former Project Coordinator for the Plastics Movement Alignment Project (2016-2017) which helped establish #breakfreefromplastic. She was previously the Campaigns Director for Greenpeace USA from 2012 – 2016 and Deputy Head of Climate and Energy for Greenpeace International (2007 – 2012). Prior to that Nicky ran a small NGO in her native Australia that worked across a whole range of local environmental issues, including climate change, waste management & water conservation. Nicky is an environmental lawyer by training and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Oil and Gas Action Network and PlugIn America.
International Coordinator/Executive Director of Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
She joined GAIA in 2005, and has 25 years of experience with social movements and international non-profit organizations. Her early work experience included work for seven years in Guatemala as a popular educator, program coordinator, and strategic planning consultant for groups in the women’s movement and Mayan-campesino organizing community, as well as six years in international human rights advocacy. Since moving back to the United States in 2001, Christie has worked primarily with environmental and public health organizations, and on environmental justice as a human rights issue. She has held multiple Development Director and Executive Director positions, with a focus on organizations that are either growing or undergoing transitions.
Christie’s work at GAIA has allowed her to support grassroots organizations in dozens of countries – a role for which she is deeply grateful. She has also played a leadership role in developing key new partnerships and programs for the GAIA network, including a global collaborative campaign with organized waste workers to raise the profile of zero waste solutions and the rights of recyclers in the global climate negotiations, and in generally expanding GAIA’s work in the economic and climate justice arena. Christie is based in GAIA’s Berkeley, California office.
Director of Campaigns, The Story of Stuff Project
Stiv brings over a decade of experience in grassroots advocacy, systems innovation, and campaign strategy to The Story of Stuff Project. His role at The Story of Stuff Project is to design, execute, and lead community-sourced campaigns to measurable conservation victories. Stiv is a waste and plastic pollution expert who frequently asked to speak on Solutions to the vexing inefficiencies in the materials economy all over the world. He’s created and led several campaigns to victory: from plastic bags bans, to plastic microbeads, to plastic water bottles at the state, national and international level. He’s sailed over 35,000 nautical miles to four of the five oceanic ‘garbage patches,’ documenting and communicating maritime plastic pollution firsthand.
Michael Hirshfield, PhD
Chief Scientist and Strategy Officer at Oceana
As the Chief Scientist and Strategy Officer at Oceana, an international non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to restoring the abundance of the world’s oceans, based in Washington, DC., he helps to identify strategic opportunities for Oceana expansion into new countries, in addition to establishing offices in those countries, including Brazil, the Philippines and Canada. As Chief Scientist since 2001, he remains responsible for ensuring that Oceana’s policy advocacy is solidly based on the latest scientific information. From 2004 until 2013, he was Senior Vice President, North America, responsible for overseeing Oceana’s advocacy campaigns and activities in North America. Dr. Hirshfield has broad experience in a variety of scientific, technical and policy areas, including marine biology and policy, fisheries management, ecosystem-based management, nutrient and toxics pollution, and estuarine ecology.
Mao Da, PhD
co-founder of China Zero Waste Alliance (CZWA)
He is the co-founder of China Zero Waste Alliance (CZWA) and two other environmental NGOs Rock Environment and Energy Institute and Nature University in China. Over the past 10 years, he has been actively working with different environmental NGOs for their efforts to reduce pollutions of wastes and toxic chemicals, and promote environmental health. In the academic area, he has published a book on the history of waste disposal in the ocean in the United States and finished a post-doctorate report on the history of social debate on dioxin. Currently his work focuses more on the pollution and climate impacts of waste incineration, and the social assistance to pollution victims in China. He is now coordinating a new program “Beijing Zero Waste”, which is dedicated to coordinating the countrywide Zero Waste movement, building up a local network for sustainable waste management in Beijing and effectively monitoring the various problems of end-of-pine waste disposal technologies.
Joan Marc Simon
Director of Zero Waste Europe
He is based in Brussels where he works as director of Zero Waste Europe. Zero Waste Europe is a network of 22 zero waste groups in Europe with the mission of redesigning our relationship with resources and also brings together 350 municipalities moving towards zero waste. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007, dramatically increasing the visibility and policy impact of Zero Waste efforts in this time. He is a regular keynote speaker in meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. In 2015 he has authored the Zero Waste Case Study “The Story of Contarina” and “The Story of Gipuzkoa” as well as the book “Zero Waste – How to reactivate the economy without trashing the planet”. With training in Economics and Development Cooperation, he has more than 10 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.
Campaigns Leader, Environment Program, Oak Foundation, Geneva
Steve joined the Oak Foundation in 2015 as campaigns leader for the environment program and works in the philanthropic portfolio dealing with marine and climate change issues. He has worked for several international environmental organizations in senior management positions including the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Greenpeace Australia-Pacific and Greenpeace International. In a substantial career as a campaigner and activist, Steve has participated in the full spectrum of environmental change from the front line of coal blockades, to multilateral treaty negotiations, to the boardrooms of some of the world’s largest companies. He has worked extensively in East and South-East Asia and the Pacific.
Steve is on the board of 350.org/Australia, was formerly on the general assembly of Greenpeace China, and holds an honors degree in Law from Macquarie University, Sydney and a qualification in Legal Practice from the Australian National University, Canberra.
Executive Director of GAIA Philippines and the Asia Pacific Coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Froilan is an environmental educator and volunteer at heart. He currently works as the Executive Director of GAIA Philippines and as the Asia Pacific Coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. He is also the President of Mother Earth Foundation, an NGO working with cities and municipalities in the Philippines on building Zero Waste systems, as well as Chairman of Add Up! Volunteers, a group he founded in 2003 with the goal of engaging the youth in active nation building. He was also recently elected as the next private sector representative/ Commissioner to the National Solid Waste Management Commission.
A passionate advocate against the use of plastic, he has not used a single plastic drinking straw or shopping bag in more than 10 years. This, and his love for composting has allowed him to reduce his household waste to less than 2 kilos for the whole year of 2015.
Global Project Leader at Greenpeace
Graham Forbes leads Greenpeace’s global plastics campaign that aims to stem the flow of plastic pollution into our oceans, waterways and communities by empowering people to hold corporations accountable. He has over 15 years of experience leading successful campaigns on environmental, human rights, labor and social justice issues. Beginning his career as a union organizer with UNITE HERE, Graham has focused his professional life on bringing the environmental and labor movements together to win political and corporate victories that protect natural places and secure rights for workers. Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in political economy from San Diego State University. He has a lifelong passion for the ocean and spends as much time as he can in the Pacific.
Steering Committee Member Emeritus/ Senior Global Strategist, Greenpeace International
Tory has devoted her career to making positive change in the world and to having fun doing it. Forests, streams, oceans and animals have been close friends to Tory from earliest days, and so have people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. She believes that being part of wider movements is essential to shifting power back to people and to transforming current systems to create the world we want.
She got her B.A. in humanities from Stanford University and her M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri. Most recently, she completed Stanford Business School’s professional program in Innovation & Entrepreneurship so she could bring the best thinking and approaches from Silicon Valley to our movement. Before joining Greenpeace in 2015, Tory led OceanWork Consulting, which specialized in strategic communications and campaigning for a thriving planet.
Tory has worked with communities, governments, global environment NGOs and UN agencies, with a special focus on Asia and the Pacific. She’s also a nationally-funded artist who has developed award-winning approaches to using art for change. She speaks Indonesian, French and some Italian, and she loves to share a meal or an adventure.