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Jon Mellberg

CSF Board Chair, Westbeck Capital Management, California, USA

Jon currently works in equity research for London-based fund manager Westbeck Capital Management. Previously, Jon spent ten years as a Managing Director at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., a leading energy investment and merchant bank, where between 2010 and 2014 he was based in London as head of TPH’s international securities business. In addition to his management experience, Jon held roles in institutional sales, capital markets, and research. His energy finance career began in 1994 at Petrie, Parkman & Co., a boutique investment bank based in Denver, Colorado.

Jon’s had a lifelong passion for wildlife and wild places, and he and his family are proud to support several conservation-focused organizations. His spare time is generally spent trail running, skiing, and studying economic history. He has a B.A. in Economics from Colorado College and lives in Marin County, CA with his wife, Laura, and two children.

Larry Band

Independent Consultant, New York, New York

Larry Band is an independent consultant to non-profit organizations on finance and market-related issues in environmental policy, and to impact investors, assisting with identification, diligence, structuring and monitoring of investments. His work has focused on fishery, agriculture and land use issues as well as clean energy and energy efficiency deployment. In addition to his consulting work, Larry serves as senior advisor and board member of the California Fisheries Fund, a revolving loan fund that invests in the fishing industry on the West Coast.

Previously, Larry worked for 20 years at Lehman Brothers as an investment banker advising corporations on a wide variety of strategic and financing transactions. Larry graduated from Stanford University with a B.S in Biology and a B.A. in Political Science, and from Harvard Graduate School of Business with an M.B.A.

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Bob Hambrecht

Partner, Allotrope Partners, Oakland, CA

Bob Hambrecht is a Partner at Allotrope Partners, a merchant bank based in Oakland, CA. Allotrope identifies and develops companies and projects in the clean economy, helps deploy pools of capital into those opportunities, and educates decision-makers on successful policy and investment paradigms.

Prior to that, Mr. Hambrecht worked as a consultant working on a number of projects in the cleantech and environmental space, working with a number of non profits and early stage companies. In addition, Bob was the Chief Financial Officer at Greenlife International, a project development company that worked on biofuel and agricultural projects in Argentina and other Latin American companies.

Formerly a co-founder of WR Hambrecht + Company, a financial services firm committed to using the Internet and the auction process to level the playing field for investors and issuers, Mr. Hambrecht has been deeply involved in the emerging “Cleantech” business community as an investor and investment banker for many years.

Mr. Hambrecht serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies. In addition to CSF, he is presently on the board of the non-profit Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, an organization that provides technical and political support for smart transportation policies in cities in developing countries.

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Jennifer Morris

President, Conservation International, Washington, DC

As Chief Operating Officer for Conservation International, Jennifer Morris provides strategic leadership and is responsible for the alignment of the organization’s program and operational functions. Jennifer also leads CI’s Ecosystem Finance Division in investing in strategic projects, which support CI’s mission of sustainable development. With over 18 years experience in international conservation and economic development, Jennifer has created and implemented cutting-edge initiatives working with diverse partnerships-- from indigenous communities to multinational corporations-- to achieve CI’s mission of sustainable development.

Jennifer has lived and worked in Asia, Africa and Latin America and has served on the board of several organizations including the SEED Initiative, the Conservation Finance Alliance and the Natural Capital Coalition. Prior to joining CI in 1997, Jennifer worked in micro-finance at Women’s World Banking in New York. She is a frequent presenter at international conferences, corporate events and universities on issues related to conservation finance, corporate engagement and impact investing.

Jennifer holds a Masters in International Economic Development from Columbia University and currently lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and 7 year old daughter.

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Josep Oriol

Managing Partner, Okavango Capital, Kenya

Josep is the managing partner of Okavango Capital, a private equity firm focused on companies that help sustainability, climate, and rural development. Josep started his career as a private equity professional in technology VC in Europe (Banco Santander) and the USA (Aurora Funds). Josep joined a buyout team as regional CEO of Weathernews (TSE4825) the world’s leading climate-tech company, which saw the firm listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. For the last eleven years, he has worked in Africa, first as a partner with Conservation Capital (conservation finance), and then as a principal and co-owner of Kibo Capital (an SME focused private equity firm). Josep has degrees in Law from the Universidad Internacional de Catalunya and Political Science from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, in Spain; and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in the USA. When he is not chasing investments, Josep enjoys spending time with his three kids in the Laikipia plateau (Kenya) and the Luangwa valley (Zambia), where his wife runs lion research projects.

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John Reid

Distinguished Policy Fellow & Founder, Sebastopol, California

John has worked in conservation since 1991 when volunteered on a project in the lush coastal forests in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Conservation became a full-time profession shortly thereafter. John founded Conservation Strategy Fund in 1998 after positions with Resources for the Future, Conservation International and Pacific Forest Trust. He built CSF as an independent technical organization that has helped transform conservation practice by spreading economics skills among conservation professionals worldwide. CSF has provided leadership as the international conservation community has embraced the central role economics plays in successful environmental strategies. In 2012 CSF was recognized with the MacArthur Foundation's Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. After 18 years of leadership, John stepped aside as CSF's president in 2016 to dedicate himself entirely to technical work. John’s work has appeared in many CSF publications, in Scientific American, Conservation Biology, Environment, the Journal of Political Economy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Megadiversidade and Ambio. He speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish and terrible French. He loves writing, mountain biking and photography. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard and an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish from Amherst College. John became an honorary board member of CSF in 2016.