Advisory Council



Sally Fifer

President and CEO of Independent Television Service (ITVS), the leading provider of independently produced programs for PBS in San Francisco, California.

Since 1991, ITVS has funded and presented more than 500 shows for public television. She is also Executive Producer of Independent Lens, a 29-week national series for PBS. Prior to taking the helm at ITVS, she spent nine years as the executive director of the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). She is the co-editor with Doug Hall of Illuminating Video, a widely used textbook on video art. She has received fellowships for executive training from Stanford and Harvard Business Schools, and holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA from Stanford University.






Kofi Renner

Environmental Scientist

Kofi is an Environmental Scientist with five years of experience in marine pollution studies. He has a Masters degree in Environmental science from Brunel University London and has worked with the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research as a research officer, carrying out studies on the impact of priority pollutants in the Nigerian coastal zone.

He is part of a team that works with Ocean Conservancy’s International coastal cleanup to organise beach cleanup activities and raise awareness on marine debris affecting the Nigerian coastal zone. He lectures regularly on marine pollution and protection issues, and is currently finishing his PhD. in England. 


Dr. Noel Kent

Professor, Ethnic Studies Department, College of Social Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Dr. Noel Kent is a professor in the Ethnic Studies Dept at the University of Hawaii, Mānoa, a program he helped found in 1970.  Dr. Kent's interest is centered on interdisciplinary scholarship in both the social sciences and history with a special focus in the areas of ethnic and race relations and conflict, contemporary U.S. history and the dynamics of globalization and social movements.  In 1983, he published his seminal book, Hawaii - Islands Under the Influence.  His current project is studying the year 1965, a critical year in the evolution of the civil rights movement, the build-up for the Vietnam War and the developing youth movement(s).  In particular, he would like to answer the question of how the events of 1965 impact us today.  Dr. Kent has been a political and environmental activist for many years.














Dr. Bobby Lovell

Psychologist, Newport Beach, California.

Bobby has a  Dr. of Psychology, a Masters in Social Ecology from University of California, Irvine; a MA and PhD in Psychology from CSPP, San Diego, California.  Her  Bachelors of Art was in English and Political Science from UCLA.   20 years praxi.  She also ran a nursery school for visiting foreign families in Los Angeles, matching them with up to 50 American volunteers per week, all meeting in her yard.  Dr. Lovell ran a business helping home owner associations on all kinds of environmental issues and was very active in environmental groups.  She was chair of the Coastal Commission Advisory group that helped write the Master Plan for the City of Newport Beach which helped to keep public access to the beach and bay.  She is a very proud grandmother, while still running her practice.



Eddie Barcellos, Digital Marketing Consultant for NGOs

 Eddie Barcellos holds a BA in Marketing with a minor in Psychology from San Diego State University. Having lived half his life in Rio de Janeiro and half in California, Eddie has been involved in digital marketing since 1998. With a passion for socio-environmental causes, Eddie enjoys using his professional skills to help NGOs achieve higher visibility to further their goals.

Two of his own projects, and, achieved enough mainstream media visibility to create positive impact in his native Rio de Janeiro prior to 2013, when Eddie moved back to Los Angeles to work with other projects.




Claudia Salomon

Partner & Co-Chair, International Arbitration Practice, DLA Piper International New York City.

The Global Arbitration Review has named Ms. Salomon one of the world's top 30 women in international arbitration and one of its "45 under 45" in international arbitration. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business cites her, noting that clients describe her as "a fantastic lawyer who is a key driving force behind the firm's growth in international arbitration." She is included in the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, where she is one of only 532 commercial arbitration lawyers worldwide recognized by that publication, and in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and the Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law. In 2005, Ms. Salomon won a Burton Award for Legal Writing Excellence for her article analyzing the major international arbitration rules.



Jan-Gustav Strandenaes

Senior Consultant, United Nations, Environment and Governance. Oslo, Norway

Jan-Gustav Strandenaes is a consultant with the Dutch based  ANPED - Northern Alliance for Sustainability and with United Nations Environment Programme and the Dutch-based, EU funded international NGO, ANPED (The Northern Alliance for Sustainability). He is an expert on global environmental issues and sits on UNEP's first Global Steering Committee to help foster inter-regional dialogue. He was an integral member of the Safe Planet Campaign, in co=operation with the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions.


MUDr. Oldřich Uttendorfský

Honorary Consulate General of the Czech Republic to the Hague, The Netherlands.  Amsterdam/Prague

Mr. Uttendorfský, who divides his time between Amsterdam, Prague and Lisbon,  is a retired medical doctor and has served on many international boards, including Muzeum Kampa in Prague and The Comenius Museum in The Netherlands. He is the Chairman of the Olga Havel Foundation, Member and Co-founder of the Bohemian Heritage Fund. His collection of contemporary and traditional art ranks as one of the premier in the Czech Republic and reflects a personal visualization of his interest in music, art and history.  As an avid collector, Oldřich also runs his own gallery of art in Mala Strana, Prague. Uttendorforský is the Czech Consular to Monacco.

Dr. Marilyn Wyatt

Independent Consultant for NGOs (Prague, Czech Republic/Islamabad, Pakistan). 


Dr. Wyatt holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from John Hopkins University, USA and has served as the Director of Communications at the Aspen Institute, as the Cultural Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Prague and currently serves as the Director of Global Programs for BoardSource, the Global Forum on NGO Governance.  Marilyn currently lives in New York City and is working on her memoirs of her life in the State Department. 


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