Board of Directors
Dyborn ChibongaBoard Member
Dyborn Chibonga is the regional head for Malawi and Mozambique at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an alliance aimed to catalyze and sustain inclusive agriculture transformation for smallholder farmers in Africa. He has more than 25 years of experience advocating for product diversification away from tobacco into other cash and food crops, as well as policy and regulatory reforms that promote food security and rural development.
Mr. Chibonga previously served as the CEO of the National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM) for 18 years. During this time, Mr. Chibonga grew the organization to more than 165,000 farmers, making it the largest smallholder-owned membership organization in Malawi. He transformed NASFAM from a small association into a sustainable business and a model for other countries to follow. Under Mr. Chibonga’s leadership, NASFAM established the Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa, a platform designed to encourage competitive bidding processes for smallholder farmers when selling their crops.
Mr. Chibonga is from Malawi and is a board member of the Cooperative Insurance Company of Malawi, the Jubilee University Council and the Commercial Agriculture Support Services. He holds a BS degree from the Bunda College of Agriculture at the University of Malawi and an MSc in landscape ecology design & maintenance from the University of London, where he also holds a master’s certificate in NGO management.
Zoe FeldmanBoard Member
Zoe Feldman is the Managing Director at Almanac Investments, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on the food, hospitality and agricultural tech sectors based in NYC.
Prior to Almanac, Zoe acted as the Managing Director for CPG Ventures and Investments at Cleveland Avenue, a Chicago-based venture fund and accelerator. Zoe co-created the venture-backed services group to support the development of emerging food and beverage companies. Prior to Cleveland, Zoe spent eight years at PepsiCo as a senior scientist for global research and development. She co-authored a paper that became the basis for the company’s Global Nutrition Group (GNG), a group focused on breakthrough innovation in the areas of fruits and vegetables, grains, dairy, and functional nutrition. She later became the senior associate of business innovation for the GNG, where she focused on new category development and strategy. She also co-led the company’s early efforts in venture capital.
A New Jersey native and graduate of Smith College, Zoe holds an MPH from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Lisa GableBoard Member
Lisa Gable is a former US ambassador and chairman emeritus of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce obesity among children in the United States.
Lisa is the the CEO of Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). She also serves as a national trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of America, a member of the International Advisory Council and the International Republican Institute, and as an advisory board member of the Diplomatic Courier and FriendsLearn, Inc.
As president of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Lisa led a public-private partnership between 16 food and beverage companies, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Partnership for a Healthier America – a nonprofit created in conjunction with United States First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. The Foundation’s work led to the companies removing 6.4 trillion calories from their products over five years, exceeding the initial goal by nearly 5 trillion calories.
Lisa has extensive experience working with government organizations and corporations to improve public health. Her background includes tenure as senior vice president of global public policy at PepsiCo, a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Prevention, a board member of Girl Scouts of the USA, a member of the Governor’s Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission, a trustee of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a commissioner of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, a delegate to the United Nations, vice chair, Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, global brand identity manager for INTEL Corporation and a member of the Reagan White House staff.
She has also served at senior levels of the United States federal government under four United States presidents. During this time, she was appointed the first female U.S. Commissioner General to the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan.
Lisa lives in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in international relations from the University of Virginia, and a MA in national security studies from Georgetown University.
Paul GardnerBoard Member
For over 35 years, Paul Gardner worked at a number of Australia’s leading agencies, the last 13 of which he served as Chairman of Grey Group Australia and New Zealand. He left to start his own business consulting practice (pgardner.com.au pty ltd), which specializes in branding and marketing communications as well as greenfield start-ups in Australia and overseas.
His current consultancy client base stretches across government, tourism, manufacturing, fashion, contract hire, and digital and consumer exhibitions. Outside of his own consultancy, Paul is currently an investor in a number of start-ups, operates his own podcast network (www.pgpodcast.com), and is a regular guest of The Politics HQ, broadcast Friday evenings on Sky News.
A sensei (master) in Kyokushin karate, Paul is also actively involved in all aspects of Melbourne life through the arts, sports, education, and charity. In the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honors list, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to charity, the arts, and the advertising industry.
Darshita GilliesBoard Member
Darshita Gillies is a chartered accountant, professional executive coach, and entrepreneur. She specializes in leveraging the power of emerging technologies through integrated commercial applications to address the complexity of emerging technologies and their related societal challenges in a sustainable and strategic way. She is currently a Director at Blu Dot Advisory, working closely with the United Nations, religious institutions, governments, multinational corporations, nonprofit organizations, fellow impact investors, and family offices.
Darshita’s vast experience spans several areas of business, including finance and strategy, leadership development, planetary sustainability, and technology. She also advises government bodies and corporations on blockchain strategy and other emerging technologies. Darshita has been nominated for InspiringFifty UK 2018, a list of the UK’s top women leaders in technology. She currently holds the following advisory and honorary roles:
- Advisory Board Member: NEDonBoard
- Founder Member: OXBC Oxford Blockchain Foundation
- Board Director: Charter for Compassion
- Board Trustee: Philanthropy Impact
- Core Team Member: Global Sustainability Network
Darshita earned a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai; a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce, Mumbai; and studied finance technology and blockchain strategy at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
CORINNA LATHANBoard Member
Dr. Corinna Lathan is CEO and founder of AnthroTronix, Inc., a biomedical engineering research and development company creating innovative products in digital health, wearable technology, robotics, and augmented reality. Dr. Lathan has served as principal investigator on multiple grants from funding agencies such as DARPA, NASA, NIH, and NSF. Most recently, Dr. Lathan led the AnthroTronix team to develop DANA™, an FDA-cleared, mobile digital health software platform for the Department of Defense as a deployed diagnostic support to evaluate cognitive function during treatment for depression, brain injury, and post-traumatic stress. For this work, she was named a 2017 Woman to Watch by Disruptive Women in Health Care.
Dr. Lathan is founding co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Enhancement and is a thought leader on technology trends that impact health and health care. Dr. Lathan has been featured in Forbes, Time, and the New Yorker magazines, and her work has led to such distinctions as Maryland’s “Top Innovator of the Year,” MIT Technology Review magazine’s “Top 100 World Innovators,” and one of Fast Company magazine’s “Most Creative People in Business.” Dr. Lathan was named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and served as chair of their Global Agenda Council for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
Dr. Lathan serves as a director of PTC, Inc., a global technology provider of Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality platforms, and is a member of the audit committee. She also serves as a director of the non-profit boards Engineering World Health and the KID-Museum, and she is on the advisory board of the Smithsonian Institute’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Before founding AnthroTronix, Dr. Lathan was an associate professor of biomedical engineering at The Catholic University of America and an adjunct associate professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Lathan received her BA in biopsychology and mathematics from Swarthmore College, and an MS in aeronautics and astronautics and PhD in neuroscience from MIT.
Andrew MacLeodBoard Chair
Professor Andrew MacLeod, BA/LLB, LLM, GAICD
Professor Andrew MacLeod is Non-Executive Chairman of British based Griffin Law, Non-Executive Director at New York based Cornerstone Capital, a Visiting Professor at Kings College London and an Advisory Board member of International Lawyers for Africa, amongst other activities.
In the for-profit sphere, MacLeod is Non-Executive Chairman of British based Griffin Law, co-founder of Brexit Advisory Services and Non-Executive Director at New York based Cornerstone Capital. At Cornerstone Capital he specialises in advising on tertiary level questions to determine external risk assessment in due-diligence investigations.
Academically MacLeod is a Visiting Professor at Kings College London (War and Security Studies), a Vice Chancellor’s distinguished Fellow at Deakin University and a Senior visiting lecturer at Tasmania University Law School. At Kings, he contributes to counter-extremism thinking and previously he led the ‘Beyond Shared Value Commission’ looking at ways to measure, in financial terms, external risks to corporations.
His humanitarian activities included time as Chief of Operations of the UN Emergency Coordination Centre in Pakistan, where MacLeod negotiated a complex series of relationships that saw the Pakistan military, international NGOs, UN agencies, US military, UK military and non-state militant groups all playing a role in delivering a successful operation without casualties or conflict.
At the International Committee of the Red Cross MacLeod served in the Balkans and Rwanda during the 1990s. He set up and ran Law of Armed Conflict training with military units in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia that resulted in a measurable decrease in civilian casualties.
MacLeod is one of the founders of HearTheirCries.org, a Swiss based association aimed at eliminated child exploitation and abuse in the aid industry. In that role he has been advising several governments and been outspoken on international media.
Professor MacLeod advises a number of companies on their stakeholder relations and external risks, is a member of the Chatham House/ICRC Expert Panel on Humanitarian Negotiations with Non-State Armed Groups, was an Affiliate Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington DC, served on the Advisory Boards of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Civil Society Project Advisory Board, Kings College Humanitarian Futures Project and the UN Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in High-Risk Areas.
Author and Communicator
MacLeod is a strong communicator having appeared as an expert on television and radio programs. He has been published in journals and newspapers internationally on areas of corporate reform and profitability, stakeholder management, leadership, negotiations, global affairs, security and terrorism. He is the author of the book A Life Half Lived (New Holland Press). He is a sought after corporate speaker internationally.
MacLeod holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Tasmania University, a Master of Laws from Southampton University, a Graduate Diploma in International Law from Melbourne University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Awards and Decorations
Andrew received the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by Australia for work in the Balkans and was awarded a second time for work in Rwanda. He received the Australian Defence Medal for service as an officer in the Australian Infantry. He was awarded the Silver Medal for Humanity from the Montenegrin Red Cross and was recognised by the Australian Government for his work in East Timor. MacLeod was awarded as a Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow at Deakin University in 2016, the 2014 University of Tasmania Foundation distinguished Graduate Award, the 2013 Young Britons Foundation Global Leadership for Freedom Award and the 2008 Australian Davos Connection Leadership Award, amongst others.
MacLeod was also a world-class swimmer having won a silver medal for the 200 metres Butterfly at the 2002 World Masters Games. He regularly volunteered to help national swimming teams in the developing countries.
Board Vice Chair
Pamela ParizekBoard Vice Chair
Pamela Parizek is a Managing Director with The Claro Group and co-leads the firm’s Investigations and Regulatory Compliance practice. She is a recognized business leader with over 25 years of experience advising audit committees, c-suite executives and outside counsel on complex accounting, legal and regulatory matters.
Pam is a JD/CPA, AICPA certified in financial forensics, and previously served in the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), conducted sensitive investigations for a business intelligence firm, and led the Washington, DC forensic practice of a Big Four accounting firm.
Pam has conducted a wide variety of forensic accounting investigations, including numerous cross-border investigations into alleged anti-bribery and corruption for clients in the US, Europe, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Her findings have been presented to the SEC, the US Department of Justice, the UK Serious Fraud Office and other US and foreign regulatory authorities – in compliance with restrictive data protection and privacy regimes around the world.
Pam holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Kids and the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of the SEC Historical Society and co-chaired the Washington DC Chapter of Women Corporate Directors from 2009-2016.
Martin SkanckeBoard Member
Martin Skancke is the founder and general manager of Skancke Consulting, an independent consultancy advising on the design and management of sovereign wealth funds and other long-term investment vehicles. Before launching Skancke Consulting, he served the government of Norway in a variety of positions over two decades, advising on economic policy issues. During this time, he developed and headed the asset management department of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, which is responsible for the management of the government pension fund, with assets of more than US$800 billion.
Martin began his career in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance advising on macroeconomic policy as an executive officer, deputy director general and head of the section for monetary policy and public finances. He then joined McKinsey & Co. for two years advising international companies on business strategy issues before returning to the public sector. Martin served as director general of the Office of the Prime Minister from 2002 to 2006, and then as director general of the Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2011.
He also served as chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Public & Institutional Investors Industry Agenda Council from 2010 to 2011. He is currently chair of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and a board member at Storebrand ASA, Kommunalbanken AS and Norfund.
Martin lives in Norway where he received his undergraduate degree from the Norwegian School of Economics. He earned his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.