Currently Browsing Alumni of: 2008

Sigrid Vasconez Davidson


Grupo FARO, Quito- Ecuador

Specialization: Environmental Public Policy, Forestry Governance and Amazon conservation (Pan-amazonia)

Sigrid has over fifteen years experience in the environmental field, especially regarding biodiversity, protected areas and environmental policies. She currently serves as Director of the Department of Environment and Society at Group FARO ( Sigrid is sociologist and environmental biologist with a Masters in Development Policy from the Institute of Social Studies, in The Netherlands. In her academic coursework and professional research, Sigrid has specialized in protected areas management, conservation finance and environmental leadership. She has presented work on these areas at various international forums and has several academic publications about conservation and development. Her career trajectory includes the technical coordination of various programs in both international and domestic environmental organizations. She has worked extensively as a consultant to various multilateral and bilateral cooperation agencies and has also worked in the public sector in her country of origin, Ecuador, primarily with the Ministry of Environment. She has taught in the University FLACSO-Ecuador and at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito. Sigrid currently serves as Executive Secretary of the Amazon Regional Articulation – ARA, a network that brings together over 40 civil society organizations from six countries of the Amazon Basin (Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Perú, Brasil and Bolivia). She is also part of Avina Foundation´s social entrepreneurship network.

Currently at Grupo FARO, Sigrid leads a number of initiatives within the Environment and Society Area, grouped under two intervention Programs, with its main locus of action in Ecuador´s Amazon Basin: a) The Forest Governance Program and b) Socio-environmental monitoring and civil society engagement.

The Forest Governance Program aims to contribute to the transformation of forest governance in Ecuador by generating evidence allowing for equitable, transparent and informed participation between public and private stakeholders.  The socio-environmental monitoring and civil society engagement program houses a number of projects aims to generate socio-environmental evidence at subnational levels by working with civil society organizations and citizens to observe, analyze, monitor environmental policies and their enforcement.  Together, both of these Programs seek active involvement and capacity building of civil society groups for action and dialogue with local and national decision makers as a means to in improve and enable greater transparency and accountability in sustainable environmental management in Ecuador.

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.

Allison Greenlee

Allison H. Greenlee

International Market Development Manager


1.                  I first came to China in 2001 to see the Yangtze River before it was dammed. It was a life changing experience for me. I realized at this time that China was going to have a growing impact on our planet both through commerce and pollution. When I returned to the United States I vowed to find and participate in positive ways to prevent an environmental crisis through commerce, trade, education, and exchange of ideas. I went on to get my MBA from San Francisco State University in Environmental Leadership with a focus on China. After completing my Masters degree, I found a job in China in order to improve and consolidate my Chinese language skills and cultural understanding. I have been working with Midea for two years now, and as one of the only foreigners in the company, I have learned a great deal about Chinese business culture, and Chinese popular culture.

In addition to my China experience, I have experience in the fields of green building, building management, project management, business development, and international business. I worked as a building manager for two years before going to China the first time, and started a company that specialized in environmentally responsible remodeling and light construction while I was getting my MBA.

I have volunteered in leadership positions for several organizations and have participated in others. Including Net Impact, AIESEC, Green Peace, Rossmoor Community Center, Peace Action, Harvey Milk Institute, and Davidson Outdoors

I have a great passion for the outdoors, nature, animals, cultural exchange, and having a positive impact on the world.

2.  1. In contact with several Chambers of Commerce and Consulates. Including British Chamber, Spanish Chamber, Italian Chamber, American Chamber, German Chamber, British Consulate, Danish Consulate, Australian Consulate, American Consulate, etc.

2. In charge of magazine ad campaign. Work with Climate Control, Air Conditioning Review, Cooling India, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Journal, Tesisat, Jarn, COK,

Refrigeration and Climate Control, Climate Control News, M+T, RFP, etc.

3. Involved in communication, research and relation building with trade associations including ASHRAE, AIRAH, APIC, ABOK, HARDI, ARI AHRI, etc. Attend trade events including Canton Fair, China Refrigeration, SOK SODEX, MCE, Big 5 AHR Expo, IKK

4. In charge of writing/editing all English PR materials.

5. Branch office development in Spain, Russia and the US.

6. Currently in discussion to develop an Environmental Management System for the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Group.

3. BA- Davidson College Art Major

Continuing Education- Academy of Art, University of Colorado, City College SF, World Link Education China; MBA- San Francisco State University Masters in International Business with a focus on China and Sustainable Business

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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