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Michelle Chan is the Vice President of Programs for Friends of the Earth. Previously, she led Friends of the Earth U.S.’ economic policy team, which works to reform international trade rules, get money out of politics, promote sustainable finance policies at financial institutions, and green U.S. tax and budget policy. She is the president of BankTrack, and the current vice president of the Amazon Watch board. She has served on the boards of Ceres, the Council for Responsible Public Investment, the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment; and was a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Advisory Committee. In 2002 she received the SRI Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of sustainable and responsible investing.
Alexandra is a professional communicator with 18 years' experience, from beginning her professional life as a journalist all the way through to a senior communications manager. She has been working with NGOs and sustainable & development organisations for over a decade, and has been an independent strategic consultant for the past seven years.
Alexandra focusses on social, developmental and environmental innovation through communications, facilitation and strategic advice. Alexandra is also an experienced facilitator and certified Art of Hosting practitioner, she also has a MSc in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.
Siddharth has been a BankTrack board member since 2017. He is a South Asia Consultant with Accountability Counsel, where he supports communities affected by internationally financed projects. Siddharth used to practice law in British Columbia, Canada, supporting First Nations governments. He was also a migrant justice activist in Vancouver, unceded Coast Sailish territories. Prior to his legal career, Siddharth worked in financing and refinancing large energy projects. Siddharth has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Victoria, in Canada, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, English and Math from Macalester College, in the U.S.
Tamar Matalon is a Fundraising and Financial Management expert, with over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Tamar is the co-founder of Fundamentals Fundraising - a network of consultants, specializing in fundraising, financial management and coaching, helping NGOs to mobilize the fundamental resources they need to make a difference.
Prior to that, Tamar worked for eight years at the international headquarters of Greenpeace in Amsterdam, initially as the Major Donor & Foundation Advisor, and then as the Funding Systems Manager – tasked with enabling creative and entrepreneurial thinking on high level giving, which lead to new and innovative funding opportunities for Greenpeace globally. Prior to that, Tamar was the Program Associate for the Overbrook Foundation in New York City.
Tamar has a Masters degree in Public and Non-profit Management & Policy from New York University. Before getting her Masters, Tamar completed a B.A. in Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at the IDC University in Israel, where she also worked for the Institute for Counter-Terrorism - a leading security policy think-tank.
Michelle Medeiros is an environmental campaigner and activist with more than 25 years’ experience of strategic planning, project management and leading international campaigns.
Michelle has been working with Greenpeace in a variety of roles in the US, East Asia, Africa, and Europe for over ten years. Currently Michelle is a development manager working closely with Greenpeace offices in a strategic support role. Michelle has also worked as a campaigner for Friends of the Earth and was the managing director for ForestEthics, now Stand.
Michelle got her Masters from American University with a focus on conflict timber. Before getting her Masters Michelle was a solutions director working for an e-business firm. Michelle started her career with a BA and worked as a stage manager for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Rolf Schipper has been leading environmental campaigns since 2004. He worked with Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Netherlands as well as other NGOs on a broad range of topics, including climate, energy, forests, finance and transport. Rolf is currently based in the Netherlands, but mostly works in an international context. This brought him to Indonesia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Liberia and Greenland, amongst others.
Currently, Rolf is Campaign Leader for the Forest & Finance campaign at Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands. There, with his team, he pressures banks and other financial institutions to ensure their business does not contribute to deforestation, in the tropical regions in particular.
Rolf has a Master's Degree in Operations Research & Management. Apart from his campaigning work, he worked and lived in Cameroon and Ghana for a number of years, for national and pan-African NGOs in the fields of education and human rights.