Co-Chair of the Board
Harriet (Hattie) Babbitt is an attorney in Washington, DC where she provides counsel at the intersection of law, policy and public interest. From 1997 to 2001 Babbitt served as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. As the second most senior official for U.S. foreign assistance programs, she oversaw programs in the fields of health, climate change, the environment, democratization, humanitarian relief, women's empowerment, economic growth and education. Her responsibilities included oversight of USAID efforts to assist post-conflict reconstruction in the Balkans and East Timor.
Babbitt served from 1993 to 1997 as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States. While in that role she led the U.S. negotiating effort to completion of the world's first anti-corruption convention and helped strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights Commission. Ambassador Babbitt also served as a Senior Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and spent almost 20 years as a litigation attorney in Arizona. She is vice chair of the Board of the World Resources Institute (WRI), and serves on the boards of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame University (CCHR), the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University (ISD) and Population Action International (PAI). She is also a member of the member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water resources in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiative seeks to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on the purity of our freshwater resources. Because of Alexandra's tremendous work and relentless dedication towards these environmental issues, she was honored as a member of National Geographic's "Emerging Explorers" Class of 2008. The program is comprised of eleven visionaries and young trailblazers from around the world who have pushed the boundaries of discovery, adventure, and global problem solving. This group is recognized and supported for their inspiring and significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration while still early in their careers.
Alexandra's most recent step in creating a legacy of her own came with the establishment of her own organization in 2008, Blue Legacy. The mission of Blue Legacy is to tell the story of our water planet to the world, to inspire people to take action on critical water issues in meaningful ways, and to help shape society's dialogue to include water as one of the defining issues of our century and the primary vehicle through which climate change will be felt. Recently, Dutton Publishing of the internationally renowned Penguin Group acquired Alexandra's upcoming book tentatively titled "This Blue Planet" which will be an exploration of different water ecosystems around the world and how they are interconnected and interdependent.
From 2005-2007, Alexandra spent two years living in Central America working with local environmental groups on marine resource management with a special focus on shark fisheries. During that time, she worked with diverse stakeholder groups to strengthen fisheries management in the region through education, communication, legislation, and the safeguarding of marine protected areas.
Granddaughter of legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Alexandra's first exploration took place at four months old with her father Philippe. She has grown up traveling the globe, feeding her passion for adventure and learning firsthand the value of conserving the natural world. When asked about the impact that her father and grandfather have had on her life, Alexandra explains, "the best example they gave me was the importance of living a life of consequence, value, and meaning. I honor their memories by creating a legacy of my own in speaking out for the preservation of our blue planet and all its waters."
F. Henry "Hank" Habicht II possesses an extensive environmental and energy background in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves as Managing Partner of SAIL Venture Partners, a leading venture capital fund investing in leading-edge clean energy, water and related technologies. Prior to his SAIL affiliation, Mr. Habicht served as CEO of the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), where he now serves as Vice Chairman. GETF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that fosters innovation in environmental management and applications of clean technology that make business and environmental sense. He is a founding Principal of Capital E, LLC, a firm that promotes investment in new energy technology and also serves as Commissioner on the National Commission on Energy Policy.
Previously, Mr. Habicht was Senior Vice President of Safety-Kleen Corporation, a provider of industrial and recycling services to 400,000 customers with sales of over $1 billion. Mr. Habicht's responsibilities included the three business and functional units of Corporate Development, Corporate Account sales and Environment, Health and Safety operations. Mr. Habicht acquired or assisted in the startup of several successful businesses which helped grow sales by over $100 million. His team also established environmental performance indicators and made dramatic improvements in all categories.
Prior to his position with Safety-Kleen, Mr. Habicht was Chief Operating Officer of U.S. EPA under Administrator William K. Reilly. Mr. Habicht’s responsibilities included budget and program management authority for a $7 billion budget and 18,000 employees. Direct reports included all regional, financial and program operations. Mr. Habicht initiated quality-oriented management improvements to improve planning and integrate U.S. EPA's diverse science, policy and enforcement functions. In addition, Mr. Habicht chaired or served on several interagency work groups concerning risk assessment, energy, transportation, trade, and technology promotion.
From 1987 to 1989 Mr. Habicht was with William D. Ruckelshaus Associates as Vice President and Counsel. Mr. Habicht’s responsibilities included counsel for companies on environment-related operational, legal and financial issues along with assisting in development of new business ventures. Prior to this position, Mr. Habicht was Assistant Attorney General of the United States where he directed the Land and Natural Resources Division with responsibility for all federal environmental enforcement, energy and natural resource litigation.
Mr. Habicht is a member of numerous boards and advisory councils. He has served as a Member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board; and is currently on the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition; Chairman of Board of Resolve, Inc.; Director of 3E Company; and as a Member of NREL National Advisory Board; the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation; and the Advisory Board for the National Leadership Summits for a Sustainable America. In addition, Mr. Habicht also serves on the Chesapeake Bay Blue Ribbon Financing Panel, the Dow Chemical Corporate Environmental Advisory Council, WaterHealth International and the Advisory Boards for the Princeton Environmental Institute and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Recently, Mr. Habicht was selected to receive the Air & Waste Management Association’s 2009 Richard Beatty Mellon Environmental Stewardship Award.
Mr. Habicht graduated from Princeton University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Neil Hawkins serves as Vice President of Sustainability and Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) for The Dow Chemical Company. In this global role, he drives strategy and implementation for Dow's sustainability and EH&S programs, including the enterprise-wide 2015 Sustainability Goals. Since 1988, Hawkins has served at Dow in a broad range of functional, business, and operations roles.
In 2012, Corporate Eco Forum recognized Hawkins with the C.K. Prahalad Award for sustainability leadership by an individual. He is the architect of many breakthrough collaborations that advance sustainable development, including Dow's 5-year commitment with The Nature Conservancy to value ecosystem services, the Dow-UNEP-China MEP partnership to improve chemical safety, and the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan.
Hawkins is a leading private sector expert in sustainable business practices and public policy. He is a member of the National Academies Roundtable on Sustainability, and was a member of the National Research Council Committee on "Incorporation of Sustainability in the USEPA," which published the report commonly known as "the Green Book."
Hawkins is a board member of numerous organizations and he chairs the strategic advisory council of the University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. He is also a trustee of The Nature Conservancy Michigan Chapter and a past member of the Science Advisory Panel for Green Chemistry for the States of California and Michigan.
A true champion of win-win solutions for business and ecosystems, Hawkins is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at the world's leading sustainability forums. He holds doctoral and master's degrees from Harvard University, and is also an alumnus of Georgia Tech. He is married with two daughters, and is active in community advocacy for disabled citizens.
Co-Chair of the Board
William K. Reilly is a Founding Partner of Aqua International Partners, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies engaged in water and renewable energy, and a Senior Advisor to TPG, an international investment partnership. Mr. Reilly served as the first Payne Visiting Professor at Stanford University (1993-1994), administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-1993), President of the World Wildlife Fund (1985-1989), President of The Conservation Foundation (1973-1989), and Director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth from (1972-1973). He was head of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Earth Summit at Rio in 1992.
Mr. Reilly is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund, Co-Chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He is a Director of the Packard Foundation, the American Academy in Rome and the National Geographic Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of DuPont, ConocoPhillips and Royal Caribbean International. In 2007 Mr. Reilly was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds a B.A. degree from Yale, J.D. from Harvard and M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Ms. Jaehyang So is Manager of the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), an international partnership dedicated to help poor people gain sustained access to improved water and sanitation services. WSP is funded by donor agencies through trust funds administered by the World Bank.
Ms. So comes to WSP with a background in urban service delivery, utilities and corporate restructuring, and public private partnerships. Ms. So has focused on improving the performance of service providers, utilities, and local governments in the World Bank's programs in Eastern and Central Europe, East Asia, and South Asia. Immediately prior to joining WSP, Ms. So was the Lead Infrastructure Specialist in the South Asia Regional Infrastructure Department working primarily on Bangladesh and Pakistan on urban water and sanitation sector programs. Ms. So has also worked on the World Bank's corporate strategy and risk management development, most recently, leading the team preparing the World Bank Group's Sustainable Infrastructure Action Plan.
Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. So was with Monitor Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she advised Fortune 100 level companies on corporate strategy issues in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. She is a Korean national, and holds an MBA and a BA in Economics from Stanford University.
David Steinglass joined American Capital in September 1997 and is one of the longest-tenured investment professionals in the firm. Mr. Steinglass joined the investment committee in 2004. Beginning in 2006, he has also shared responsibility for American Capital's private fundraising activities and in that capacity was instrumental in raising $1.6 billion for American Capital Equity I and II. He has recently returned to American Capital's Bethesda, Maryland headquarters after a three-year posting in Hong Kong, where he was and continues to be responsible for all American Capital activities in Asia, including capital raising, portfolio company expansion and investment operations.
Prior to joining American Capital, Mr. Steinglass was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Leonard B. Sand in the Southern District of New York. He holds an A.B, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a J.D, magna cum laude, from New York University Law School.
Kevin Wall is an Emmy Award-winning producer, activist and new media entrepreneur.
As founder and CEO of Control Room, which produces and distributes live music concerts across Internet, radio, television, and mobile phones, platforms, Wall pioneered the platform-agnostic digital media model making entertainment content available on all mediums and devices. Control Room has delivered more than 100 shows since 2005, featuring international superstars such as Madonna, Jay-Z, Rihanna, and more, across a variety of networks and platforms around the world. Wall expanded Control Room’s producer credits to include specialized iconic events – 2009 Green Inaugural Ball hosted by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Live Earth 2007: Concerts for a Climate in Crisis, and Live Earth 2008: India – featuring multi-artist performances, integrated messaging, and massive global media architecture. He has added brand integration to Control Room’s arsenal of entertainment expertise through creation of events such as Nokia New Year’s Eve and Macy’s Passport which associates and integrates well-known brands with music events and artists that better reach their consumers.
In 2007, Kevin Wall founded his passion project – Live Earth. Inspired by the former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore, and his Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Wall conceived and executed a groundbreaking musical event that sought to deliver an urgent yet hopeful call to action on climate change. The 2007 Live Earth concerts were held on seven continents, over the course of 24-hours, featuring over 150 headlining artists, and through his signature massive media architecture reached nearly two billion people on the planet with a message for change. Wall has grown Live Earth into a dynamic organization dedicated to the creation of engaging entertainment events and media content aimed at raising awareness for the challenges and solutions associated with climate change. Leveraging a robust network of corporate, non-governmental, entertainment and political influencers and organizations around the world, Live Earth is a key player in the fight against climate change. Since 2007, the organization produced Live Earth India, a multi-artist music concert supporting sustainable development in India which was cancelled as a result of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, and the 2009 Inaugural Green Ball hosted by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore celebrating the new green economy. In 2010, Live Earth will deliver another global event focused on water, the number-one resource most affected by climate change.
Wall has enjoyed more than three decades in developing and producing live, multi-artist music shows, most notably Live 8, a massive live event which earned Wall an Emmy Award as it motivated millions of viewers worldwide to pressure Western governments to take action on African aid and debt relief. Wall’s long music career also includes Bob Dylan’s “30th Anniversary Concert Celebration” featuring Eric Clapton and George Harrison at Madison Square Garden, Michael Jackson’s “The Dangerous Tour” live in Bucharest, “Amnesty International: Human Rights Now,” “3 Tenors Live in Concert,” and specials for Prince, Eric Clapton and Elton John. Early in his career, Wall established the first portable staging company to accommodate the staging, lighting and outdoor production needs of large stadium and arena concert tours by The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who, among other artists.
In other business sectors, as vice chairman of iXL, a global Internet consulting firm, Wall led the strategic acquisition and organization of 42 Internet design and consulting companies to build a venture with 3,000 employees, 38 offices and annual revenues of over $400 million. A co-founder of Shelter Capital Partners, a $175 million venture capital fund, Wall is currently invested in a dozen companies in the semiconductor, software and convergence sectors. Wall founded Sustainable Holdings, a firm that has developed a sustainable investment solution, in partnership with Dimentional Fund Advisors to provide cutting-edge corporate sustainability data. He recently partnered with Harvey Goldsmith, world renowned concert promoter and producer, to form Ignite – a full service experiential marketing agency – based in London.
Kevin Wall is a member of the board of directors for the Alliance for Climate Protection, Global Water Challenge, Gridpoint and Blurb, as well as the Westwood Hammer Museum.
He is the proud recipient of a variety of entertainment and philanthropy awards, including MIDEM Green Award, Billboard Touring Conference Humanitarian Award, Ad Age Marketer of the Year, GQ Environmental Pillar Award, Environmental Media Association Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Wall is married to Susan Smalley, PhD., a geneticist on the faculty of UCLA in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, who has done pioneering work in the genetics of Attention Deficit Disorder. She founded the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience.