Our dedicated staff in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, and China support and work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research.
Our senior management team is responsible for Earthwatch operations and assuring all aspects of the mission of the organization are delivered with excellence.
Larry brings more than 25 years of international management experience to Earthwatch, including leadership of large business units at Procter & Gamble and Goodyear. He has consistently led successful market innovations while navigating rapidly changing landscapes in diverse markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Coming from the international business community, Larry is keenly aware of how human impact can add to the stresses on our planet. Larry joined Earthwatch with a strong passion and conviction that humans, individually and in groups, can absolutely be the difference in managing and minimizing those impacts.
Sue Holden is responsible for Earthwatch offices in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Brazil. Prior to joining Earthwatch in 2014, Sue was CEO of The Woodland Trust since 2005. The Trust successfully focused on greater external engagement, which led to an increase in the amount of woodland being protected, restored and created. She helped oversee the Jubilee Woods project where eight million trees were planted, 400 new woods created and over 40,000 schools and community groups planted trees to mark the special anniversary. Sue has also spent time as a Business Link Adviser, and at Shell International and Shell UK where she was a Business Consultant and Area Manager, North Wales. Sue believes that everyone needs to be inspired to take action to live sustainably and building understanding through good science and compelling evidence is critical to achieving this.
David McInnes became the CEO of Earthwatch Australia in 2013. He is an experienced educator and business manager with a passion for sustainability. His background has ranged across educational delivery and planning, business development, company management, local government, research, and sustainable business practices. David’s tertiary education background includes education, accounting, management, and postgraduate studies in sustainability at Cambridge University. He is a holder of the Australian Public Service medal, a fellow of the Australian College of Education, and a professorial fellow at Monash University. David sees Earthwatch as an important facilitator of environmental research with a unique mission to link science and the community through education and the opportunity to contribute through Earthwatch projects.
Executive Director, Japan
Shigeo joined the Earthwatch Japan office in January 2011. He first participated in an Earthwatch project as a volunteer in the Cameroonian Rainforest expedition in 2002. Shigeo is a graduate of Tokyo University, where he majored in economics. He has worked in corporate business development in Nigeria, the Middle East, and Indonesia. In 2007, he became resident manager of a Japanese government-backed orchid conservation project in a remote mountainous region of Myanmar (Burma). After completing this two-year assignment, he moved to London to study taxonomy and horticulture of endangered plant species at Kew Botanic Gardens before taking his present position.
With a degree in business administration, Germano began his career as a banker and subsequently directed a large newspaper and the Parana Industry Federation, a nonprofit organization that represents the industrial segment of the Brazilian state of Parana. In the environmental field, he developed an entrepreneurial project for waste treatment and sanitation and helped the Brazilian environmental organization SVPS develop their partnerships with other international organizations, as well as leading development of critical business and political networking to support NGO activities.
Country Director, India
Raghu has more than two decades of experience in environmental projects and sustainable development. In India he has managed major projects for the British Council and the World Wildlife Fund. He was a British Chevening Scholar in environmental management at the University of Manchester. India has one of the largest populations of young people in the world, and Raghu sees a great potential for inspiring young people to explore the environment and science through participation in Earthwatch Citizen Science programs. Engaging citizens to work with scientists will help to further strengthen conservation and environmental protection initiatives.
Executive Vice President
Nigel’s principal expertise lies in interdisciplinary and international fieldwork, community-based conservation approaches, and corporate engagement with environmental issues. Trained as a life scientist at Westminster University, he served as deputy director and head of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division of the Royal Geographical Society. He received the society’s Patron’s Gold Medal and the Mungo Park Award. Nigel has been on the boards of several geographic and conservation bodies and holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Westminster University for his services to the environment and conservation.
International Chief Financial Officer
Mahesh brings senior management and entrepreneurial experience gained in the engineering, aerospace, consumer goods, and real estate sectors in areas including corporate finance, strategic planning, financial management, business development, and general management. He believes that Earthwatch can play a significant role in raising the awareness of environmental sustainability in the world.
Chief Development Officer
David joined Earthwatch as Chief Development Officer in August 2013. He has twenty years of experience helping non-profits secure the funds they need to fulfill their missions. Most recently, for five years, David served as the Director of Major Gifts for Oxfam America. Prior to working at Oxfam, David worked for ten years at The Nature Conservancy, first for the Illinois Chapter then as Director of Philanthropy for the Tennessee Chapter. David is thrilled to be at an organization that brings together his interests in conservation, science and a local-to-global perspective.
International Director of Public Programs and Marketing
James’s role includes oversight of the recruitment and fielding of more than 1,500 international volunteers drawn from the general public in more than 30 different countries and creating strategic partnerships with other nonprofit and for-profit organizations to enhance the volunteer program. Prior to joining Earthwatch, James spent over 10 years working in the educational travel sector helping high school students, college students, and baby boomers explore the world, as well as working for two publicly traded companies in the outsourcing and market research industries.
Head of Programs
Bringing extensive experience in global operations and corporate partnerships, Steve oversees the delivery of a wide range of funded programs in the U.K., the U.S., Brazil, and Hong Kong that provide people from many different backgrounds with an inspiring Earthwatch experience, helping them make a difference at work and at home on their return. Steve also oversees the implementation of Earthwatch’s global field safety procedures.
International Director of Research
Mark is a prominent conservation biologist with over 20 years of experience conducting field research globally, and is responsible for oversight of scientific research on each of Earthwatch’s programs. He received his doctorate from McGill University studying the evolution of host–parasite communities in tropical frog communities. Mark’s interests are the development of sustainable agriculture programs that enhance both livelihoods and the environment, the active participation of local communities in field conservation programs, and the capacity development of scientists from underserved communities.
International Director of Human Resources
Marsha champions the development of a global human resource strategy allowing for country differences, using local human resources for guidance, and maintains a level of parity for the staff throughout the organization as it relates to salary and benefits. Marsha has a wide range of nonprofit operational management experience as a national staff member of the American Red Cross and has worked in Germany, Italy, Japan, Bosnia, and Kosovo, as well as holding several U.S. stateside assignments.
International Director of Learning
Nichole is responsible for designing and implementing global learning programs specifically geared toward helping people turn their expedition into an inward journey, as well as an outward one. She works with educators, youth, and corporate teams, and most enjoys witnessing the transformation that occurs as participants connect the research and field experience with their lives at home. Prior to joining Earthwatch, Nichole was the experiential learning manager at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights and social justice organization. There, she led service and learning trips to some of the most challenging parts in the world, including northern Uganda and post-earthquake Haiti. Nichole has an M.A. in environmental policy and planning and has worked to apply her passion for the environment in the public, private, and nonprofit arenas.
Directors and Trustees
Directors and Trustees are responsible for the leadership and governance of Earthwatch, and for overseeing its strategy and direction. Combining diverse backgrounds, they are ambassadors for the organization, furthering the Earthwatch mission by setting strategic priorities for its work.
Chair: Whitney L. Johnson
Kevin J. Anton
Amy Ruth Borun
Richard M. Burnes, Jr.
Dr. Mark Collins
George A. Eberstadt
G. Keith Funston, Jr.
Gary F. Goldring
Samuel M. Hamill, Jr.
Anthea Hancocks, ex officio
Dr. John Hemming, CMG
Donald R. Kendall, Jr.
Dr. Margaret D. Lowman
Anthony J. McMahon
Dr. William R. Moomaw
Herschel Post, MBE
Joseph R. Proctor III
Brian A. Rosborough, ex officio
Dr. Daniel I. Rubenstein
Ruth C. Scheer
Robert J. Stack
Dr. Tetsuro Urabe, ex officio
Mark D. Ward
Edward Wilson, ex officio
Karen D. Zukerman
Chair Emeritus: Professor David Macdonald, CBE
Chair Emeritus: William G. Meserve
Chair Emeritus: Sir Crispin Tickell
Chester G. Atkins
Donald E. Dana
Willard C. (Dub) Hay
James S. Hoyte
David H. Koch
Merrill L. Magowan
Graham G. Spurling
Professor Ian Swingland, OBE
James M. Storey
Board of Advisors
These academic and business leaders help guide and focus our work, and are an integral part of our success. We value their involvement and support both personally and financially. Their ongoing unrestricted support gives us the opportunity to achieve our mission by giving us the flexibility to allocate and send our funds to where they are most urgently needed and where they will make the most impact.
Co-chair: Alexandra (Alix) Goelet
Co-chair: Merrill L. Magowan
Mark Cappellano, Emeritus
Donald E. Conover
Jacqueline Schulman Dobranski
Gaye L. Hill
Jeffrey A. Jakubiak
James Patrick Kelly
Wallace J. Nichols
Thomas H. Nicholson
Catherine Nierras, Emeritus
Arthur D. Riggs, Ph.D.
Christine Bata Schmidt
Pamela Wilton Ulm
Sir Erik Bennett
Andrew and Nonie Christie
Rupert and Jan Grey
Professor Wes Harry
Edward and Susan Hoare
Anthony and Alison McMahon
Jeremy and Angela Palmer
Andrew Pindar, OBE
Herschel Post, MBE, and Peggy Post
David Richards and Ann MacGregor
Sir John and Lady Gwenda Scarlett
Neville Shulman, CBE, and Emma Shulman
Paul and Mary Slawson
Robert J. Stack
Charles and Cathy Swingland
Lynn and Natalia Woods
Science Advisory Committee
Our world-class research program is guided by the expertise of these scientists, educators, and leaders of other environmental organizations. Earthwatch undertakes a rigorous peer review process as part of its selection of projects for its field research portfolio. Members of the committee are consulted as part of this peer review process when developing the project portfolio and education programs..
Professor M. James Crabbe
Professor Mark Huxham, Napier University
Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Oxford University
Professor N. H. Ravindranath, Indian Institute of Sciences
Professor Hazel Rymer, The Open University
Professor M. W. Swaminathan
Chair: Dr. Josephine Lang, Deakin University
Professor David Booth, University of Technology, Sydney
Professor Mark Burgman, University of Melbourne
Dr. David Choquenot, University of Canberra
Professor Chris Dickman, University of Sydney
Diana Jones, Western Australian Museum
Professor David Paton, University of Adelaide
Professor Nigel Stork, University of Melbourne
Professor Stephen Williams, James Cook University