Paul Rowland - Board Chair
Paul Rowland is the Senior Resident Director for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Indonesia. Since arriving in Jakarta in 2003, he has overseen an extensive portfolio of programs to strengthen legislatures, develop political parties and broaden citizen participation. In 2004, he managed the Institute's election processes program and witnessed Indonesia's landmark elections, including the world's largest-ever direct presidential poll.
Before moving to Indonesia, Paul directed NDI's Serbia program from the Institute's Belgrade office where he trained civil society and political party activists preceding the fall of the Milosevic regime, and later worked to strengthen government institutions with a new reform administration that came to power in 2000. While resident in the region, he also trained democratic activists in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary and Montenegro.
Immediately before joining NDI in 1997, Paul was building a practice as communications consultant with private and public sector clients including the government of British Columbia in his native Canada where his professional political experience dates to 1984. As a field organizer, he worked for the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory. During a 12-year period, Paul managed numerous federal and provincial-level campaigns across Canada on behalf of the NDP. Also during this period with the NDP, he acted as a fundraiser, membership recruiter, convention coordinator and candidate.
Paul also spent several years working on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, first as a legislative assistant and later as a chief of staff to members of parliament where he managed legislative strategy, constituency relations, research projects and external communications. He lives with his family in Jakarta.
Eric is a founder, with his wife Lesley, and President of Carbonfund.org. Eric has more than fifteen years experience promoting cost-effective solutions to climate change, with an extensive background in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to Carbonfund.org, Eric managed voluntary partnerships at the US EPA’s Energy Star Homes and Buildings programs. There he advised companies such as Gillette, IBM and Johnson & Johnson. Eric also spent six years managing programs for the Alliance to Save Energy in Central and Eastern Europe. He advised ministers of energy and environment on energy policy and climate change, testified before parliaments, advised the World Bank and IFC on major energy efficiency investments and trained municipal leaders.
Eric and Lesley founded Carbonfund.org to make it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their climate impact while hastening our transition to a low-carbon future. The organization has grown to become the leading nonprofit climate solutions organization with over 450,000 individual supporters and 1,400 business partners, and reducing over 5 billion pounds of carbon emissions globally. Carbonfund.org also offers the first and leading carbon neutral product certification program and label in the US, CarbonFree® Certified, now used on products in 15 countries on five continents.
Eric has been a presenter and speaker at numerous conferences and forums including the National Press Club and the National Academy of Sciences, and interviewed in Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, Seed Magazine, National Public Radio and other leading media on climate change policies and strategies, the carbon market, and Carbonfund.org. He has been presented the Avis Spirit Award and other recognition for his dedication to solving climate change.
Lesley and Eric have two beautiful young daughters and want to pass on to them a cleaner world. Eric is also an avid hockey player in his free time.
Curt Clements is an entrepreneur with twenty years of experience starting and growing companies in developing countries. As the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Move One Group, Curt built one of the largest project logistics, international moving and relocation firms. Move One Group operates with 46 offices in 36 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and China.
Working in these dynamic and growing regions, Curt has developed an in-depth view of myriad business challenges and opportunities, as well as the macro- and micro-social and cultural issues of each country.
Since 2005, Curt has also been the Chairman of Radix Technologies, a provider of turnkey cloud computing and utility computing services. Building on the environmental and cost efficiencies inherent in cloud computing, Radix Technologies is developing additional green cloud products and services.
Curt is an avid environmentalist and has advised Carbonfund.org Co-Founder and President Eric Carlson since the start-up and early growth of the organization, including management and growth strategies.
L. Hunter Lovins
L. Hunter Lovins is President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions. NCS educates senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. In partnership with leading thinkers and implementers, NCS creates innovative, practical tools and strategies to enable companies, communities and countries to become more sustainable.
Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter co-founded the California Conservation Project (Tree People), and Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years. Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide. She has consulted with large and small companies including the International Finance Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Interface, Clif Bar and Wal-Mart. Governmental clients include the Pentagon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other agencies, numerous cities, and the governments of Jamaica, Australia, and the U.S. She also serves an advisor to the Energy Minister of the Government of Afghanistan.
Recipient of such honors as the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award and Leadership in Business, she was named Time Magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet. She has co-authored nine books and hundreds of papers, including the 1999 book, Natural Capitalism and 2006 Climate Protection Manual for Cities. She has served on the boards of governments, non and for profit companies.
Hunter's areas of expertise include Natural Capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, and fire rescue and emergency medicine. She developed the Economic Renewal Project and helped write many of its manuals on sustainable community economic development. She is currently a founding Professor of Business at Presidio School of Management, one of the first accredited programs offering an MBA in Sustainable Management.
Mark Rees is an extremely accomplished international trade lawyer who brings an important international law perspective to our ever-growing work overseas, as well as other legal matters that come before the board of directors.
He is an attorney-adviser in the Office of the General Counsel of the US International Trade Commission in Washington, DC, an independent, bipartisan, quasi-judicial agency with broad investigative powers relating to international trade. His practice includes advising the Commission during trade investigations and, under the agency's independent litigation authority, defending its decisions on appeal.
Prior to joining the Commission in 2001, Mark was a partner at the law firm of Smith & Duggan LLP in Boston, MA, where his practice included co-directing the firm's international law practice.
Mark received his LL.M. (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) in 1999 from Columbia Law School, his J.D. in 1988 from Northeastern Law School, and his B.A. in 1985 from Bates College. He clerked for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1988 to 1990 before joining Smith & Duggan in 1990.
He has published in the areas of international law and international dispute resolution, and has served as an officer (chair, vice-chair, and senior advisor) of the International Courts Committee of the American Bar Association.
Mike Staresinic is Founder and President of Breakthrough, LLC, an international management consulting firm focused on using civic participation and nonviolent action to achieve reform. He is an experienced leader in international development—furthering and sharing best practices in democracy and governance, national reform, political transition, change management and organizational development. Mike has been cited as a prime example of disseminating democratic methods from Eastern Europe to the rest of the democratizing world.
Currently, Mike is Chief of Party at Casals & Associates’ $29 million project to support the efforts of national leaders to build consensus on the establishment of a democratic Zimbabwe. In a challenging political and security context, Mike conceived, leads and builds a program with a 22-person, multi-national team.
As a consultant to the Alliance to Save Energy, Mike provided start-up and program development services for the Serbia Emergency Energy Efficiency Program during the country’s early transition from war and dictatorship to peace and democracy. He helped create and execute a municipal competition for energy efficiency projects in cities across Serbia, leading to co-funded projects with the mayors and infrastructure departments of 16 cities.
He was also the founding Director of Civic Participation programs for Freedom House, where he led 12 professionals of Freedom House Serbia in strengthening civil society, developing leadership in government, and promoting regional reintegration. The program in Serbia took place at a historic time of transition to stabilization and integration with southeast Europe and was the US government’s flagship democracy-building effort following the Serbian revolution in 2000. Mike’s democracy program was a linchpin of US support to democratic forces during the dictatorship of Slobodan Milosevic.
In addition to appearances in the national media of 16 countries, Mike’s work on democracy-building was featured in the Washington Post Magazine. He speaks Slavic and Nguni (African Bantu) languages. Mike continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia and Montenegro, the Kosovo Civic Dialog, and the Harvard Club of Serbia and Montenegro. He is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania State University, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Oxford University and Haute Ecole Commerciales (HEC) Paris.