Who they are
THOMAS P. PESCHAK
Thomas P. Peschak is a National Geographic Photographer and National Geographic Explorer who specializes in documenting both the beauty and fragility of the world's oceans, islands and coasts. Originally trained as a marine biologist he embraced photojournalism after realizing his photographs could have greater conservation impact than scientific statistics. Since 2009 he has shot ten stories for National Geographic Magazine on a range of subjects, from manta rays to seabirds, and the Seychelles to the Galapagos islands. His most recent feature assignment on sea turtle conservation will be published in the October 2019 issue. Thomas is a Founding Director of the Manta Trust, a senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the former Director of Conservation of the Save our Seas Foundation. He has written and photographed seven books including the recent Sharks and People and Manta: The Secret Life of Devil Rays. He is a multiple winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards and received 7 World Press Photo Awards for his image and stories. In 2015, he gave the TED talk ‘Dive into an ocean photographer’s world’ which has been viewed more than 1 million times. When not travelling the world on assignment he calls Cape Town in South Africa home.
National Geographic magazine’s senior editor
Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s senior editor for natural history projects. A 38-year member of the Society, Moran has been producing stories about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems for the magazine since 1990. At last count she has edited over 350 stories for the magazine. Recent highlights include overseeing The Year of the Bird series celebrating the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and curating the Society’s traveling exhibition “50 Bes Wildlife Photos”. She was the project manager for the National Geographic Society/Wildlife Conservation Society’s award-winning collaboration of photographer Nick Nichols and Dr. Michael Fay’s trek across Central Africa. The resulting stories were the impetus for the creation of Gabon’s national park system. In May 2016, her single-topic issue on the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem was published. This was a team effort with 11 photographers and writer David Quammen.
Moran has edited several books for the Society, including Women Photographers at the National Geographic, The Africa Diaries – An Illustrated Life in the Bush, Cat Shots and most recently, Tigers Forever. She was the photo editor for two anthems of wildlife photography, “100 Best Wildlife Pictures” and “Wildlife, The Best Photos.” She was named “Picture Editor of the Year” for her winning portfolios in the 2006 and 2017 Pictures of the Year competition and the 2011 Best of Photo competition.
She is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has served on the Executive Committee. In that role, she has edited numerous books for ILCP photographers published with the University of Chicago Press. She served on the Executive Committee of Wildscreen USA and has been on the jury for numerous photo competitions including Por el Planeta, Big Picture Natural World Competition, POYi, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
She lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband and three bad cats.
Founding Partner at Two Bulls
Noah Harlan is a Founding Partner of the digital product studio Two Bulls with offices in Brooklyn and Melbourne. Noah has served in a variety of leadership positions in the tech community with a focus on open source software and open governance including as President & Director of the AllSeen Alliance, Treasurer & Director of the EdgeX Foundry, two major industry consortia under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. Prior to Founding Two Bulls, Noah worked in film & media as a Producer of six feature films and received an Emmy Award as a documentary writer & director. Noah currently serves as Vice-Chair of UrbanGlass, America's leading organization dedicated to the art, craft, education, and advocacy of glass as a medium and on the Innovation Committee of the Made in NY Media Center. Noah has been an avid scuba diver for over 35 years and is a certified Master Diver. Noah holds a degree in Computer Science from Williams College and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Micol Ostow, a best selling author, and their two daughters.
Managing Director of Maryana Capital
Mr. Hedayat is the founder and has been Managing Director of Maryana Capital, a financial firm in Toronto, Canada. He previously cofounded Edoma Capital in London, a capital fund, where he worked from 2010 until December 2012, and was a partner at Indus Capital, a capital fund in London, from May 2013 until March 2015. Mr. Hedayat held progressively more senior roles at the Goldman Sachs Group from 1997 to 2010, including from 2005 to 2007 as Managing Director of the European Principal Strategies group and from 2007 to 2010 as Managing Director and Co-head of the Americas Principal Strategies group. Mr. Hedayat served on the board of U.S. Geothermal Inc., a leading renewable energy company, from February 2017 until its sale to Ormat Technologies Inc. in April 2018 and currently serves on the board of Crius Energy, an independent energy retailer in the United States and Restaurant Brands International, a leading quick service restaurant operator.
Vice-Chairman of the Board at Flybondi
Julian has been involved in the airline industry for close to 25 years. Initially on the investment banking side in 1995 as an Associate at The Chase Manhattan Bank in London, New York and Johannesburg. In 2003, Julian launched Flybaboo, a regional airline based in Geneva, was the CEO until 2008, and then Chairman until 2011 when the company was sold. In 2012 he joined Aviasolutions/GE Capital Aviation Services as a Director in the airline strategic consulting team. In 2016 Julian raised USD 75 million to launch Flybondi, the first low cost airline in Argentina, and was the CEO until December 2018. Since January 2019, he is Vice-Chairman of the Board. He was on the board of Impact Finance Management from 2012 to 2016, a Geneva-based fund manager offering loans to companies with a strong social impact in emerging markets. He is currently part of the Ashoka Support Network in Argentina, helping social entrepreneurs. Julian holds a Bsc Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Sciences and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.
Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank
Saurabh has been working on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation projects for close to 20 years. Saurabh is currently working for the World Bank in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, since 2017, following the devastating Hurricane season that impacted the Caribbean. Prior to that, he led and managed a portfolio of over one billion dollars focusing on large disaster reconstruction and disaster mitigation projects in South Asia for the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank, Saurabh was based in Aceh, Indonesia with the British Red Cross working on tsunami reconstruction projects following the 2004 Asian Tsunami. He has worked with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Thailand and at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society which is part of the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. Before joining the development sector, Saurabh worked as an engineer with an environmental consulting firm designing solid waste management and landfill gas to energy projects in California. Saurabh has a Bachelors’ degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pune, India, a Masters’ in Environmental Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Masters’ in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University.