Board of Directors
Doug is the co-founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, which is focused on bringing innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean. Two global preventative projects on the issues of plastic waste were announced at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010: the Plastic Disclosure Project, and the Global Alert platform. Doug co-founded Project Kaisei which led a science expedition to the North Pacific Gyre with Scripps Oceanography in 2009, and was recognized as a UN Climate Hero and a Google Earth Hero for its efforts. Ocean Recovery Alliance is now one of the first NGOs to be working with both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank on their respective ocean programs aimed at the reduction of plastic pollution in our environment. He is the founder of the Plasticity Forum, first launched in Rio de Janeiro at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and has since been held in Hong Kong, New York, Portugal, Shanghai and London. The event is unique globally, and focuses on the future of plastic, and where the leaders are going with design, innovation, materials, recycling and solutions, for a world with a reduced waste footprint. He is the founder of Kids Ocean Day Hong Kong, as well as the Grate Art project, which puts Art for Awareness on city streets in Hong Kong to remind people not to dump into storm drains, as they lead to the sea. He is a sought after speaker at events on plastic pollution, ocean and environmental related topics.
Doug has worked in Asia for over 20 years in a number of industries which have been at the forefront of technology within their sectors, mainly related to the environment and new media platforms. He also spent four years in the asset management industry and set up the framework for a Global Environmental Technology fund in 1998 with Merrill Lynch. Doug is a competitive swimmer and outrigger paddler, and has been nominated as Open Water Swimmer of the Year for his contributions to the sport. Born in Northern California, he has a dual masters degree from The Wharton School (MBA) and Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Board of Directors: Ocean Recovery Alliance Inc.
Ashley is currently the Co-Founder of Belanday Energy, a company focused on the development of technology for the utilization and deployment of systems for the conversion of Natural Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) petroleum products. Belanday has pioneered new processes for the advancement of current methodologies for the conversion of Natural Gas to liquid fuels, significantly changing the face of the GTL industry. He has been active in the clean technology and sustainability community for 16 years as an entrepreneur, developing technologies and ventures focused on applying cutting edge technology for sustainable and profitable business solutions. From 2010 until August of 2014 he was the Co-Founder and COO of C2HE based in Hudson, Colorado developing, building and successfully operating the worlds largest waste-to-energy Tires to Fuel plant in the world. This venture was focused on processing used automobile, truck and OTR tires into valuable commodities such as Fuel Oil, Carbon Black and steel.
Prior to C2HE, Ashley started Vor-Tek Recovery Solutions (VTRsolutions.com) based in California, which developed and patented one of the worlds first integrated high volume oil spill recovery systems in the world. In 2010 Vor-Tek entered the X-Prize Competition (xprize.org) sponsored by Shell Oil and Google, which comprised of the worlds largest and best companies in oil spill remediation to demonstrate revolutionary technologies in the attempt to create a new standard in the oil spill clean-up sector. Out of 426 contestants Vor-Tek placed in the top 3 by setting new records in recovery and efficiency rates ever witnessed by this industry in over 40 years. He has also been the Co-Founder and Vice-President in Metal-Tek Development LLC, based in Atlanta, GA. Metal-Tek holds over 15 patents in the developing automated solutions for the recovery scrap metal from Car Shredder applications around the world. Metal-Tek was the first to market with inductive sorting and high-speed optical detection systems specializing in the separation of metals from Automobile Shredder Residue streams. Board of Directors, Ocean Recovery Alliance, Inc/Ltd.
Antony is the CEO & Founder AK Partners Hong Kong, and the Director of AK Asset Management Korea. He has lived in HK for over 24 years. Before establishing AK Partners, he was with a leading local hedge fund and developed its Korean business. He has over 30 years of experience in the Asian finance industry including 7 years with Morgan Stanley in Tokyo and London dealing exclusively with Japanese clients. He is a keen sportsman having completed numerous marathons and held the Veterans record with his team in the HK Trailwalker for 4 years. He is a member of the Oxfam HKTW Advisory Committee. Many years of dragon boating led him to outrigging; he is Chairman of the HK Outrigger Canoe Club. Antony holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland following school at Eton College in England. He is a citizen of the UK and New Zealand. Board of Directors: Ocean Recovery Alliance Ltd.
Germán is an Attorney at Law and a Journalist. His curiosity about the world is clearly related to the desire to know. The “love of learning” is the driving force on Germán's life. He is the founder and Director of BRIGHT Hong Kong, a think-tank that gathers diplomats, scholars, politicians and businessman with expertise in different areas of knowledge. A fundamental part of the efforts made by this group consists on the study of alternatives to overcome the conflict between economic growth and biodiversity and enviromental conservation.
Germán is also Director at the Board of The Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), an influential independent business association founded in 1967 with the objective of facilitating business in the Asia-Pacific region. Between 2013 and 2015, Germán was also the Chairman of The Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the only Latin-American chamber of commerce in Hong Kong and China. He is a graduate lawyer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is a specialist in Constitutional and Comparative Law. His work as attorney included draft laws in Mexico when he was appointed as legal advisor at the Presidency of the Republic. He was also Chief Advisor of the Head Officer of Energy Policy at the Mexican Ministry of Energy, where he worked with a team of specialists who organized special agendas across the oil and gas industries.
He is a lover of the ocean and the life of the sea, and has been a diver for over 30 years. During this time he has visited the waters of almost every continent, and can testify to some of the drastic changes that threaten the planet's greatest treasure: the sea. Board of Directors - Ocean Recovery Alliance, Inc.
Greg currently runs GC Growth Advisors, LLC, providing operational advisory services and strategic consulting for growth companies. Most recently Greg was President & CEO, Beatport, the world’s leading platform for electronic music responsible for overseeing the global operations of the Beatport platform, consisting of the Beatport music download store, the Beatport streaming music service, Beatport News, and video livestreaming service Beatport Live. Prior to Beatport he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of SFX Entertainment (NASDQ SFXE), then the largest producer of live events dedicated to electronic music.
Prior to joining SFX, Greg was a member of the founding management team and President/COO of Viggle, Inc. (NASDQ VGGL), the leading marketing and entertainment rewards platform, from 2011-2015. From August 2006 to February 2010 he served in a variety of roles at Business Development, where he oversaw the company’s new business initiatives including online affiliate sales and marketing, online sponsorships, advertising sales, third party alliances, resale sponsorships and the creation and management of new revenue streams beyond ticketing.
Previously Greg served over 7 years in a variety of business development and operational roles at America Online, Inc.’s International Division – overseeing new market development and substantially expanding AOL’s global footprint – including several years as Managing Director and SVP International Operations Asia based in Hong Kong. Greg’s earlier career included new market development strategy work for a consultancy he co-founded as well as work in government relations for Nortel and accounting and consulting at KPMG. Greg holds an MA in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University and a BA in Government and English from Clark University.
Jill is the Founder and President of W2Worth Innovations – an organization that seeks to catalyze the use of solid waste as a resource as a means for mitigating the larger social, economic and environmental impacts caused by solid waste. She began this recent adventure upon retirement from a successful 24 year career at Procter and Gamble (P&G). Over her career at P&G, Jill managed Product Development activities for several of P&G’s businesses, in categories ranging from Personal Health Care to Paper Products. Her time with P&G included a seven year stint in Caracas, Venezuela, giving Jill firsthand knowledge of social/economic issues important to emerging regions.
Jill was well known within P&G for her specialty in developing and managing Disruptive Innovation portfolios. One of the projects emerging from this work was P&G’s “Waste to Worth” program. This program supported P&G’s long term environmental sustainability vision of having zero consumer waste entering landfills. It specifically focused on addressing the growing issue of solid waste management in emerging markets through economic development and innovation. Through this project, Jill has emerged as a leader in the field, specializing in objective evaluation of emerging technology and managing integration of technologies in this space. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University. Board of Directors: Ocean Recovery Alliance Inc.
Dr. James Leichter, Ph.D
James is an Associate Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego. He is a biological oceanographer in the Biology Section of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego. His research is focused on biological and physical connections in coastal ocean ecosystems, the roles of internal waves for nutrient dynamics and ecological patterns, and human impacts and marine reserve design. He has served as Faculty Advisor for the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastics investigation in the North Pacific Gyre in 2009. In addition to pure research and dissemination of results through peer-reviewed publications, he is interested in public outreach and opportunities that involve a broad cross section of stakeholders to bring about innovative solutions to large scale environmental problems. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, M.S. Northeastern University, B.A. Stanford University. Board of Directors: Ocean Recovery Alliance Inc.
Dr. Phil McGillivary
Phil is the Science Liaison for Coast Guard PACAREA, coordinating science issues for the United States Coast Guard for the Pacific Ocean in conjunction with Coast Guard Headquarters and the Coast Guard Research & Development Center. His responsibilities include the management of science that is conducted using Coast Guard aircraft, buoytenders, and other assets, as well as high latitude science conducted on icebreakers managed by the Coast Guard. He previously worked in the Office of Secretary of Defense after a post-doc at NOAA in Monterey, California, through a joint appointment with the Naval Postgraduate School, and an earlier post-doc at the Marine Science Institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara. His 1988 doctorate in Ecology from the University of Georgia on biogeochemical fluxes at fronts along the Gulf Stream followed three years employment at the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida. His experience includes two years at sea on research vessels and submersibles.