Currently Browsing Alumni of: America, North

Michael Sarill

Name: Michael Sarill

Country: USA

Organization: EcoWild Conservation

Title: Director



Michael completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2006 and his early career was in digital. His deep passions are around wildlife conservation, conservation biology and ecological restoration. He built a cause-based wildlife game and is working on the next product as part of an environmental non-profit focusing on issues of wildlife conservation and restoration. EcoWild Conservation will focus on solutions related to ecological restoration, ecologically friendly business practices and human-wildlife conflicts. Michael believes these problems have solutions if we are creative about finding paths forward. Beyond the wildlife game, Michael is actively working on the next product/project and has set up a broader website communicating the larger vision. Michael’s goals include solving problems related to human-wildlife conflict and offering citizens compelling opportunities to live in harmony with nature.

Victoria Pebbles

Name: Victoria Pebbles

Country: USA

Organization: Great Lakes Commission

Title: Program Director

Specialty: Clean Energy, Climate Change, Water Management, Habitat Conservation and Restoration



Victoria Pebbles is a Program Director with the Great Lakes Commission where she manages and facilitates multi-disciplinary project teams to analyze information, build consensus and develop policy solutions to address complex ecological and related socio-economic issues, including clean energy, climate change, water resource management, habitat conservation, land use, and coastal management. She has published dozens of articles and technical reports, delivered copious presentations, and served on and facilitated numerous multi-stakeholder project teams and task forces.  Before joining the Commission, Ms. Pebbles held positions with the University of Michigan, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Pebbles earned her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz and holds a Master of Science from the University of Michigan. She has worked at the Great Lakes Commission since 1993.

Bill Valentino

Bill Valentino

VP Corporate Social Responsibility

Greater China


1.Bill is the head of Bayer’s Corporate Social Responsibility for China. He has been working for Bayer continuously in China since 1987 – over 21 years.

Since 2004 he has been at Tsinghua University, as the Co-director of the Tsinghua-Bayer Public Health and HIV/AIDS Media Studies Program. He is a Research Fellow and a Senior Guest Lecturer at the School of Journalism and Center for International Communications where he has been teaching a course each semester on “Values Driven Public Relations” since 2006.

In 2007 he joined the International Advisory Board of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, at the Boston College Carroll School of Management. Also In 2007 he was named a Management Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Center.

He holds an MBA from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management in Arizona and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University, New York.

Bill also chairs the European Chamber’s CSR Working Group in Beijing and is also a longstanding member of the Amcham CSR Committee. He was selected to be a member of the 2008 AmCham “Door knock” Delegation to Washington DC that took place on May 11-14, 2008, representing American business interests in China and the topics of CSR and Sustainable Development.

Since January 2007 he contributes a monthly column called “MBA Toolkit For CSR” to the PRC based magazine “China CSR” (accessible online at: In January 2008 he began writing a monthly section on CSR and Sustainable Development for the magazine “China Fortune” a business publication under the State Council that will continue throughout 2008.

A longstanding advocate for businesses combating HIV/AIDS, Bill facilitated the start-up of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (an international organization based in New York) in China in 2004 and serves as their Vice Chairman. He is also a Board Member of the NGOs “AIDS Care China” since 2006 and “Positive Art“ since 2004.

In June 2006 Bill received a part-scholarship from the Harvard School of Public Health to join the ‘Intensive Course in Health and Human Rights” at The François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

In 2006 he was also invited to be a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

Don Hodge

Current position

Program coordinator, US Environmental Protection Agency, 1994 to present.  Activities have included:

  • promoting agricultural sustainability through voluntary standards, sustainability indicators, and grant-making
  • coordinating involvement of affected community members in decision-making for hazardous waste cleanup projects
  • managing information systems to plan, track, and report program activities and results

Employment history

Computer systems administrator, US Department of State, Frankfurt, Germany, 1989 – 1994

Technical writer and editor, information technology applications, private sector, 1983 – 1988

Firefighter, Forest Service, US Department of Agriculture, 1978 – 1982

Volunteer experience

Officer, director, and chair of neighborhood improvement groups, local sustainability organizations, community performing arts companies, and local government advisory committees addressing issues of community sustainability  


MCIS, information systems, Boston University, 1992

B.A. economics, University of California, Davis, 1981

Monique Mikhail

Monique Mikhail

Knowledge Management Coordinator


1.  I am interested in the intersection of food, agriculture and the environment. I began my professional career in Washington, DC working on agricultural and environmental policy for land-grant institutions. I then worked on food issues for the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen. I then pursued my interests in graduate school, in sustainable development and water resources. I then worked with BAIF Development Research Foundation in Maharashtra, India on two projects: a wheat project and point-of-use water filtration project. I then worked on a capacity building project with a Native American food systems organization on the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin. Post graduate school I consulted on: a project for the Stockholm Environment Institute on livestock and water in peri-urban areas; a project on “food deserts” in the US for the Community Food Security Coalition; and a project for the Feinstein International Center on humanitarian policy in Nepal. I then began working for IDE on the multiple-use water services (MUS) project in Nepal (with Winrock) and India and spent 4 months in the field conducting household surveys, interviews with implementing partners, and analysis of the implementation process. I also analyzed our use of a learning alliance approach in generating interest in the MUS concept; this included exploration of policy and implementation barriers and identification of the most appropriate method of scale-up. A book on my research is forthcoming.

I previously had three roles within my organization. First, I continued to work on our multiple-use water services (MUS) projects in Nepal and India, coordinating internationally with the International Water Management Institute and International Water and Sanitation Centre. In Nepal and India we worked with a host of NGO and governmental partners. MUS focuses on water service delivery for both domestic and productive needs.

Second, I coordinated the internal environment task force. We were creating an Environment Statement and Environment Guidelines to orient practice within our programs toward environmental sustainability. We were also working closely with Keller-Blisner Engineering to develop an Environmental Impact Assessment tool for use by our developing country offices to assess the impact of potential projects.

Third, I was creating a knowledge management function within IDE. I was responsible for designing knowledge management tools; drawing and sharing learning from our monitoring and evaluation efforts; and developing forums for sharing knowledge within and outside the organization. We were working with many partners including GEO/graphics, Wageningen University/IWE, and MEDA.

2. Recently, I’ve moved to San Francisco and am now working at Greenpeace International as Senior Political Adviser on sustainable agriculture.

3. I received a Bachelors of Science from Purdue University in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a minor in International Studies. I later received a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. My focus was Sustainable Development and Water Resources. I was a Teaching Assistant for the required course on Public Policy. I also worked as a Research Assistant for the head of my department on a project looking at sustainability indicators for agriculture.

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