Board of Directors
Geoff Cowper is a senior litigator who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Geoff has been an active conservationist for much of his life and particularly interested in habitat preservation. In his professional life he is involved in a wide variety of cases involving constitutional and public law, international arbitrations, commercial and anti-trust litigation and law reform. In his community involvement Geoff has been involved in several public and private organisations focused on homelessness, vocational services to young offenders, services to disabled persons, medical services, legal aid, education and social policy.
Rodney Green was Chief Executive of Leicester City Council from 1996 – 2008, during which time it won 9 Beacon Council awards for innovation and excellence and became Britain’s first Environment City, first European Sustainable City, and first major city to win the EU’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme accreditation.
Dr. Paul Kariya is Executive Director of the Independent Power Producers Association of British Columbia and continues as an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Western University. Prior to this, Paul was the Executive Director of Pacific Salmon Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection, conservation, and recovery of Pacific salmon based in Vancouver BC.
Rebecca Irvin, Chair of the Trustees, is director of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, two international philanthropic programmes of the Rolex watch company in Geneva. She joined Rolex in 1993 to head the Rolex Awards, a unique corporate programme that supports innovative people and projects in science, exploration, the environment, cultural heritage, and technology.
Ian Marlow runs a tax and accountancy business in South London, working with individuals and small businesses in the UK and further afield. He has an MBA in Small Business Administration and a Diploma in Theology.
Steve Osei-Mensah is a partner in the UK consulting practice of PwC, where he works with clients on operational, compliance, risk, and business change issues. He joined PwC in 2005 and has worked with clients in Asia, Europe, and the US, initially in Financial services and latterly across Industrial products and Life sciences industries.
Soohwan Park is a native of South Korea, has spent over two decades of her life outside Korea: Bangladesh, Thailand, Canada and Israel. She worked among the poorest of the poor, and directed multi-cultural training programs, global human resources, and consulting projects concerning leadership in Christian nonprofit organizations before responding the call to go to Fukushima, Japan in March 2011. She holds a BA in Education from Ewha Womans University and a Master of Christian Studies from Regent College.
Prof Sir Ghillean Prance was for eleven years Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, until his retirement in 1999. He trained as a plant taxonomist and is an expert on the flora of the Amazon rain forests, having led annual expeditions there over a period of 25 years and collected more than 450 Amazonian plants new to science.