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The Conservation Council of Nations is guided by professionals and experts from every sector - foreign and domestic policymakers, scientists, corporate leaders, philanthropists, and other conservation-minded individuals.

Board of Advisors

Monique Barbut
Monique Barbut currently serves as the Special Advisor to the CEO of the Agence Francaise pour le Developpement. She served for six years as the CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility and as World Bank Vice President and has served as Head of Secretariat of the Green Fund, Head of Secretariat of the Adaptation Fund of the Kyoto Protocol, Director General of the Convention on Climate Change LDC Fund, and Director General of the Convention on Climate Change Special Fund. She has also served as Director of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Nicolas Bouckaert
Mr. Bouckaert is a Georgia-based entrepreneur and founder of the Echo Project, a three day concert designed to raise money and awareness for environmental conservation. He graduated from Washington and Lee and holds a master's in marketing from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium.

Dr. Michael Fay
Dr. Fay is a conservationist with the Science and Exploration Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society and a Conservation Fellow at the National Geographic Society. In 1997, he walked more than 1,200 miles over 15 months through a vast, intact forest corridor spanning Congo and Gabon, systematically surveying plants and wildlife as well as human impacts on uninhabited forest areas, for a project he developed called the Megatransect. This voyage resulted in the creation of a network of 13 national parks in Gabon and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership.

Ambassador Kenneth P. Moorefield
Ambassador Moorefield was designated as Deputy Inspector General for Special Plans and Operations of the Department of Defense Office in 2009. Before joining the Office of the Inspector General, he served as senior State Department representative on the Iraq/Afghanistan Transition Planning Group. He was sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe on April 2, 2002, in which capacity he had a key responsibility for the initiation and implementation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership. He has held senior Foreign Service Officer positions at U.S. Embassies in Asia, Latin America, and Europe and attained the personal rank of Career Minister before being appointed as an Ambassador. He has received various awards and decorations including Presidential and Superior Meritorious Honor Awards, the Silver Star, Bronze Stars, and Purple Heart.

George D. O'Neill, Jr.
George D. O'Neill, Jr. is an artist who lives with his five children in Lake Wales, Florida. Currently he is Chairman of Earth Material Holdings, Earth Materials of Virginia, a Director of Segrest Farms, Highland Sands, and the Bettingen Corporation. He is active in mining and real estate. He has published a number of photographic and children's books and has created numerous sculptures. He is founder of comehomeamerica.us and recently co-edited and published a collection of essays, ComeHomeAmerica.us.

The Honorable Robert V. Royall, Jr.
Mr. Royall served as President, CEO and Chairman of Citizens & Southern Bank of South Carolina and Chairman of the Board of National Bank of South Carolina. He served as Chairman of the Board of the S.C. State Ports Authority and as the state's Secretary of Commerce. He was the United States Ambassador to Tanzania from 2001-2003.  Mr. Royall has served as a trustee of Winthrop, Limestone, Columbia, and Benedict colleges and as a trustee of the Medical University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston.

HIH Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie
Prince Ermias is the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and of Dejazmach Habte Mariam Gebre Igziabiher, the heir to the former Welega kingdom of Leqa Naqamte. Prince Ermias currently serves as the President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia in exile. Prince Ermias is also patron of the Haile Selassie Fund for Children in Need which continues to sponsor student scholarships, and the St. George of Lalibela Foundation.


Board of Directors

David H. Barron
David H. Barron is the former Chairman of The Jefferson Educational Foundation and the former Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation. During the Reagan Administration, he was a surrogate speaker for the President and a policy aide for Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa issues as a member of the White House Outreach Working Group on Central America and the White House Ad Hoc Working Group on South Africa.

Jasper K. Smith, Ph.D. - Chairman
Dr. Smith is a senior public affairs professional and Africa area specialist who has developed and managed public affairs and communication campaigns and projects for corporate, governmental, and political clients. Dr. Smith served as Associate Dean at Boston University, and as Dean of Mahkota College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has a Masters degree in African Studies from Howard University, Washington, DC and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University. He has held faculty appointments at Boston University, the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, and the University of Tennessee, and as a consultant to Harvard University and Dartmouth College.

Zach Manis - President of the Board
Mr. Manis was a central figure in the establishment and development of the ICCF, alongside founder David Barron and ICCF President John Gantt, serving as the organization’s first Program Director.  After leaving ICCF in 2008, Zach has pursued a career in financial services, working in both New York and Charlotte, NC.  In his current role, Zach works in Wells Fargo Securities’ Consumer & Retail Investment Banking practice, focused primarily on retail & apparel companies. He holds a B.A. in Politics from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. 

Clare Falcone - Secretary
Ms. Falcone has served as Director of Writing for ICCF since 2006. She worked as a freelance writer/editor from 1998-2006, writing, proofreading, and editing publications, documents, and websites for the U.S. Government as well as various corporate and not-for-profit clients, including corporations, charitable organizations, political action committees, and political campaigns. From 1996 to 1998, she worked as technical editor in the substantive review of concepts, doctrine, studies, and analyses developed by government contractors in support of the U.S. Marine Corps. Ms. Falcone graduated summa cum laude from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and has a Master of Arts degree from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Ryan Ives
Ryan Ives has worked in international business for 15 years based in offices in Washington DC, London, Algiers, and elsewhere.  He is presently serving as Regional Director – Thailand, Philippines, & Singapore with BAE Systems where he leads the office in Bangkok.  In 2002, Ryan was nominated by Georgetown University, and invited by the U.S. Government, to join the Presidential Management Fellows Program, deferring placement to remain in the private sector. In 1998, as a component of Boston University’s study abroad program, Ryan worked full-time in the office of a French non-governmental organization focused on reducing conflict in Africa. Ryan holds a BA in International Relations from Boston University, and a MA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He speaks French fluently and has studied Arabic, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese.  Ryan is presently learning Thai.

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