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 at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and since in Hong Kong. Doug has worked in Asia for the past 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 the co-founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, and is an entrepreneur with over 12 years of management and product development experience in the materials recycling industry. He is the co-founder of Metal-Tek, an Atlanta-based R&D company providing sustainable solutions to industry-leading metal recyclers, steel mills, and electronic recycling facilities. Through specialized designs and state-of-the art technologies, he has helped pioneer new and innovative approaches to materials handling and sustainable recycling which is currently being utilized around the world. Ashley is currently the CEO and founder of Vor-Tek Recovery Solutions, which is a company based in Southern California and is focused on new technology development and recovery methods for marine based applications suited for oil spill and marine plastics recovery. His oil spill recovery technology was recently selected as one of the top 10 finalists out of over 350 applicants in the $1m Wendy Schmidt XPrize Oil Spill Recovery Challenge. He attended San Jose State University and the University of Denver, where he studied International Business and played basketball. Upon his completion at the University of Denver he pursued a professional basketball career for several years before embarking on a new career in the environmental recycling industry. Board of Directors: Ocean Recovery Alliance Ltd. and Inc.
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.
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. Calum McKinlay
Calum practiced as a doctor in London before commencing a 20 year career in international finance – investment, funds and CEO roles in Europe and Asia/Australia. His focus has been on improving health indices globally while allowing investors solid returns. He has done this by raising funds for infrastructure projects in developing countries (basic needs and clean economic growth), and more recently in raising risk capital to fund technology innovation in developed countries (medtech, anti-ageing and low cost biotech). For someone who initially grew up in landlocked, centre of the UK, he has spent most of his life trying to make it to the beach and water. He is a competitive pool and open water masters swimmer – winning medals at world masters championships and is a holder of numerous national records. He has maintained a strong interest in the sea, and believes the ocean to be the most important engine of environmental stability that we have. Calum holds qualifications in medicine, zoology and finance, and divides his time between Hong Kong and Sydney. 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.
Nicholas is currently the President of Clean Energy Systems a small consultancy that offers services that support the development and deployment of energy systems that advance society to a cleaner and more sustainable future. From 2005 until September of 2013 he was the President of Westport Europe and Asia, and Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Westport Innovations Inc. (www.westport.com). Westport is based in Vancouver, Canada and is a leading global developer and supplier of engine and alternative fuel power technologies that allow internal combustion engines to operate on clean-burning gaseous fuels such as natural gas, hydrogen, and hydrogen-enriched natural gas. Nicholas worked with Westport for over 8 years and over that period was located in the Beijing, Vancouver and Lyon offices where he was responsible for the growth and development of Westport's emerging businesses and partnering opportunities in Europe and Asia and its corporate development program globally. Mr. Sonntag has been active in the international engineering and sustainability community for over 40 years, working as a senior executive for organizations – corporate and non-profit - in China, Canada, Sweden, France, Austria and Switzerland. From 2002 - 2005 Mr. Sonntag served as President of CH2M HILL’s (www.ch2m.com) operations in China and HK based in Beijing. From 2000 to 2002 he was President of CH2M HILL Canada, based out of Toronto. Prior to CH2M HILL he served for 4 years as the Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute (www.sei.se) in Stockholm, Sweden, an international research institute working on many aspects of sustainability in both developed and developing countries. In 1991-92 Nicholas was the Chief of Staff to the Secretary General of the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) where he worked as part of the international team that wrote the Agenda 21 document (http://www.ciesin.org/TG/PI/TREATY/unced.html). He has also worked as the Director of Partnerships at the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) in Winnipeg, Chairman/CEO of ESSA Technologies in Vancouver and Research Fellow at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) near Vienna. Nicholas currently spends his time between Gibsons, B.C. and Vancouver.
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.