Chairman/Founder of Gaia Trust, Denmark. Originally from Canada, he has an educational background in physics, management, and economics, specialising in operations research. Ross was for many years a management consultant and IT systems designer, working in various branches of the business world, eventually specialising in international finance, where his foreign exchange know-how provided the financing for Gaia Trust’s programmes to support a more sustainable world. Ross is the author of many books including Occupy World Street, And We ARE Doing It, and Building an Ecovillage Future.
Jane has been working in international development for the last three decades mentoring community leaders in the Global South, often working in incredibly challenging situations. She is based at the Findhorn Ecovillage and has taught Ecovillage Design in Findhorn, Sieben Linden and Thailand. Jane is currently serving as strategic and technical consultant for Community, Sustainable Education and Rights based projects in Burma, Thailand and in a few African countries.
Margarita is a biologist from Colombia with an MSc in Conservation and Rural Development. Her experience includes design, management and implementation of sustainable development projects and community strategies for communication and education for conservation. Margarita sits on the board of the Council of Sustainable Settlements of Latin America (CASA) where she works on the inclusion of grassroots initiatives and the development of education strategies.
Thanongsak has more than thirty years of successful strategic planning, project management, corporate restructuring and turnaround experience in SME development, tourism, property and renewable energy sector. He has been advisor to several government departments, often guest lecturing in Thailand and internationally. He is currently Vice Chairman of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes and Chairman of the Thai chapter.
Tim has worked in a wide variety of positions for European Institutions over three decades, rising to the rank of EU Ambassador for eight of those years. Through the work he developed a passion for a range of Issues, such as community-led development; the fight against injustice and inequality and for the dignity of the most vulnerable; for women’s, girls’ and children’s rights; for environmental conservation; for mitigation of the impact of climate change; for food security; for conflict prevention and mitigation; for culture and inter-cultural dialogue; for good governance and democracy-building; and for eco-innovation and eco-development. He is now officially retired yet currently pursuing pro bono work on several of the above issues.
Rajah is a fourth generational tea planter in Darjeeling, Indian Himalayas. After graduating from London University in 1970, Rajah returned to the family-owned plantation and transformed the estate to pioneer biodynamic practices to the tea and tropical farmlands globally, saving 450 hectares of primary forest, with tea as a permacultural island. The model has inspired 90% of Darjeeling tea growers and a neighboring state Sikkim to go organic. Rajah is a social activist for tea labourers and small organic farmers, an anthropologist who works tirelessly to preserve the cultural heritage of the Himalayan region and an environmentalist who fights to conserve its rich biodiversity.