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.