Our Leadership

Our Leadership



Earthwatch is a diverse community of scientists, educators, students, and business people who work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research.



Our dedicated staff in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, and China support and work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research. 

International Executives

Our senior management team is responsible for Earthwatch operations and assuring all aspects of the mission of the organization are delivered with excellence.

Scott Kania, Chief Operating Officer
SCOTT
KANIA
CEO, U.S.

Scott joined Earthwatch following a 35 year senior operations career in the financial services industry. Scott has deep expertise in program delivery, automation, global project management, change management, finance and IT systems, remote project management and best practice development. Scott had spent his prior eight years with HSBC in NY and London, where he served as Senior VP. Scott was an Earthwatch participant in the HSBC Sustainability Leadership Program (SLP). Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Conservation and has remained active in conservation as a Trustee of The Rivers Alliance as well as a member of the Conservation Commission in Canton, CT.

 

Steve Gray - Earthwatch Head of Programs
STEVE
GRAY
CEO Europe and Middle East

Steve leads Earthwatch in the UK, Europe & Middle East. As Chief Executive, Steve is responsible for all aspects of governance, strategy, and fundraising, as well as overseeing the monitoring and evaluation of Earthwatch Europe’s impact against our mission. He has worked in the conservation sector for the last 14 years, after graduating from University of Southampton (BA Geography & Archaeology) and UCL (MA Managing Archaeological Sites). Steve has experience of developing and delivering partnerships in the UK, sub-Saharan and West Africa, China, Brazil and the Middle East. During his career Steve has also worked extensively in fundraising, most notably as Head of Fundraising at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust based at Slimbridge.

With a lifelong interest in the natural world, Steve believes strongly in the intrinsic link between a health environment and human wellbeing.

Cassandra Nichols - Earthwatch CEO, Australia
CASSANDRA
NICHOLS
CEO, Australia

Cassandra has a Bachelor of Animal Science with honours in Ecology. Her research experience includes the ecology of dugongs and studying the sensitivity of rainforest flora and fauna to climate change. Prior to working for Earthwatch, Cassandra had been managing a research station for James Cook University in the Daintree rainforest of far north Queensland. This was one of the TERN supersites, whereby a large portion of her time was spent measuring and monitoring the carbon sequestration of this ecosystem. This role also saw her become an accredited Work Place Health and Safety Officer and she has since become Oxford Cambridge and RSA (Royal Society of Arts) accredited in Off-Site Safety Management, certified in Leadership Wilderness First Aid, and has training in Incident Management.

Tomoko Nunoi - Earthwatch Executive Director, Japan
TOMOKO
NUNOI
Executive Director, Japan

Tomoko joined Earthwatch after a varied career in Japan and Europe. In her last position in the financial industry, she was actively supporting Earthwatch as a corporate partner and a participant to local surveys. In Japan, Earthwatch seeks to develop scientific projects integrating Japanese perspective of nature and interaction with human activities.

Raghuvansh Saxena - Earthwatch Country Director, India
RAGHUVANSH
SAXENA
CEO, India

Raghu has over two decades of experience in the field of environment, sustainable development and science & technology with expertise in strategic planning, project management and in leading teams of multi-discipline professionals. He was Head–North India of Science, Environment & Technology at British Council. He had managed major environment projects while working with World Wide Fund for Nature-India. Raghu began his professional career in corporate sector before joining nonprofit institutions. He was a British Chevening Scholar in environmental management at University of Manchester. Raghu is currently developing Earthwatch projects aligned with national priorities in India such as skill development, water & sanitation, appropriate rural technologies & social innovation, smart cities, business & biodiversity and promoting citizen science and experiential learning initiatives.

Earthwatch’s role in the community is one which nurtures and grows the inspiration and actions necessary for society to develop a more balanced approach to business and sustainability. Our efforts improve how scientific research is funded and communicated, and our volunteering opportunities provide the means by which everyday people can reconnect with nature.

There are few organizations operating on such a global scale that engage citizens, corporate supporters, scientists, and government with such positive environmental outcomes. Participants in Earthwatch programs span all age groups and all nationalities—our common denominator is our wish to participate in sustainable activities for the benefit of our planet.

Cassandra Nichols - Earthwatch CEO, Australia
CASSANDRA
NICHOLS
CEO, Australia

Cassandra has a Bachelor of Animal Science with honours in Ecology. Her research experience includes the ecology of dugongs and studying the sensitivity of rainforest flora and fauna to climate change. Prior to working for Earthwatch, Cassandra had been managing a research station for James Cook University in the Daintree rainforest of far north Queensland. This was one of the TERN supersites, whereby a large portion of her time was spent measuring and monitoring the carbon sequestration of this ecosystem. This role also saw her become an accredited Work Place Health and Safety Officer and she has since become Oxford Cambridge and RSA (Royal Society of Arts) accredited in Off-Site Safety Management, certified in Leadership Wilderness First Aid, and has training in Incident Management.

Board of Directors

Earthwatch Australia has a committed Board of Directors who are responsible for the governance of Earthwatch and overseeing its strategy and direction.

Charles Macek - Earthwatch Chair, Board of Directors
CHARLES
MACEK
Chair, Board of Directors

Charles Macek joined the Board in 2011.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Master of Administration from Monash University.

Charles is a director of Federation Centres since 2011 and Chairman of the Sustainable Investment Research Institute Pty Ltd. He is also a member of the investment committee of UniSuper Limited since 2003, a Senior Corporate Consultant to MMC Australia and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the AICD.

He was formerly the Chairman of Racing Information Services Australia Pty Ltd, the Centre for Eye Research Australia Limited, IOOF Holdings Ltd, the Financial Reporting Council and Vice-Chairman of the IFRS Advisory Council. He is a former member of the New Zealand Accounting Standards Review Board and was a director of Wesfarmers Ltd (2001-14), director of Telstra Corporation Ltd (2001-9) and Chairman of Orchard Funds Ltd (2007-11).

Additional Board of Directors:
Aaron Organ
Chris Shultz
Colin Gomm
Elena Chan
Prof. Ian Woodrow
Kerrie Lavey
Matthew Nelson
Megan Flynn

 

Science Advisory Committee

Earthwatch Australia research and education programs are guided by an independent Science Advisory Committee.

Prof. Ian Woodrow - Chair - Earthwatch Science Advisory Committee
IAN
WOODROW
Chair, Science Advisory Committee

Prof. Ian Woodrow is the head of the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at The University of Melbourne. Ian undertook his BSc (Hons) at The University of Melbourne and his PhD at the University of Sheffield (UK), where he was a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Scholar. He stayed in Europe for 3 more years, in positions at the University of Munster and the Technical University of Berlin, before returning to Australia as a QEII Fellow at the ANU. He then went to the USA as a Harkness Fellow and CSIRO Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University, which was followed by an academic appointment at the James Cook University. Ian came to the School of Botany in Melbourne in 1995 as an ARC Senior Research Fellow. Ian has published widely on plant biochemistry. His group’s main interest is in the way plants use biologically active chemicals to defend themselves against herbivores. Many of the research findings have commercial applications, and the group has collaborated on these with several companies over the last few years.

Additional Science Advisory Committee Members:
Prof. David Booth
Diana Jones
Prof. Nancy Longnecker
Dr Martine Maron
Prof. Stephen Williams
Prof. Ian Lilley

Patron

Sir Ninian Stephen was born in 1923 at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire and came to Australia in 1940
RT. HON. SIR NINIAN
STEPHEN
Patron

Sir Ninian Stephen was born in 1923 at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire and came to Australia in 1940. After serving in the AIF, he completed his law degree and began practice as a barrister and solicitor. He was admitted to the bar in 1952 and was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1966. He became a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1970 and was made a justice of the High Court of Australia in 1972, a position which he held until being appointed governor general in 1982.

In 1989 Sir Ninian became the first Australian Ambassador for the Environment, and in his three-year term was particularly energetic in working for a ban of mining in Antarctica. In 1991 he undertook one of the most difficult of all tasks when he was appointed chairman of the second strand of the Northern Ireland peace talks. Between 1993 and 1997, he was a judge on the international tribunals investigating war crimes in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. His other activities include attempting to broker peace in Bangladesh, evaluating allegations of forced labor in Burma (Myanmar), and investigating the possibility of a criminal tribunal for former Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia.

Sir Ninian has also been chairman of the Citizenship Council since 1998. He was made a knight commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1972 and a privy counselor in 1979. Among the many honors he has since received are the Legion d’Honneur in 1983 and a knighthood of the Order of Australia in 1982. In 1994 he was made a Knight of the Garter.

Life Governors

Earthwatch Australia is appreciative of the support of its longstanding life governors.

Clare Cannon has a passion for the environment. She helped establish Earthwatch Australia
CLARE
CANNON
Life Governor

Clare has a passion for the environment. She helped establish Earthwatch Australia. Clare serves on the sustainability committees of St. Catherine’s School and Geelong Grammar.

Brian Rosborough is founding chairman of Earthwatch Institute
BRIAN
ROSBOROUGH
Life Governor

Brian Rosborough is founding chairman of Earthwatch Institute, which he launched in 1972 with the goal of providing “social venture capital” to scientists by enlisting volunteers to do fieldwork. Brian has been a pioneer in the environmental field, and during his 25-year tenure as CEO he led Earthwatch to becoming one of the world’s largest private funders of field research. Earthwatch Institute continues to be a major sponsor of scientific inquiry, supporting up to 130 projects each year to document changing world conditions. These expeditions search for solutions to sustainability, delving into problems such as global warming, habitat destruction, and loss of biodiversity, public health issues such as access to clean water, and the preservation of our cultural and biological heritage.

Brian also serves on civic and educational boards in fields of interest. He has advised or designed projects for the United Nations ICT Task Force, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, the Ossabaw Island Foundation, Deerfield Academy, Tulane University, the Rocky Mountain Institute, Cape Cod National Seashore, International Development Enterprises, and Digital Nations.

Prior to founding Earthwatch, Brian was an investment banker in New York and served as first lieutenant on a U.S. destroyer in Southeast Asia. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his family and other wildlife.

Earthwatch Australia is appreciative of the support of its longstanding life governors.

Earthwatch is a diverse community of scientists, educators, students, and businesspeople who work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research.

Our dedicated staff in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, and China support and work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research.

Senior Management Team

Raghuvansh Saxena - Earthwatch Country Director, India
RAGHUVANSH
SAXENA
CEO, India

Raghu has over two decades of experience in the field of environment, sustainable development and science & technology with expertise in strategic planning, project management and in leading teams of multi-discipline professionals. He was Head–North India of Science, Environment & Technology at British Council. He had managed major environment projects while working with World Wide Fund for Nature-India. Raghu began his professional career in corporate sector before joining nonprofit institutions. He was a British Chevening Scholar in environmental management at University of Manchester. Raghu is currently developing Earthwatch projects aligned with national priorities in India such as skill development, water & sanitation, appropriate rural technologies & social innovation, smart cities, business & biodiversity and promoting citizen science and experiential learning initiatives.

Tomoko Nunoi - Earthwatch Executive Director, Japan
TOMOKO
NUNOI
Executive Director, Japan

Tomoko joined Earthwatch after a varied career in Japan and Europe. In her last position in the financial industry, she was actively supporting Earthwatch as a corporate partner and a participant to local surveys. In Japan, Earthwatch seeks to develop scientific projects integrating Japanese perspective of nature and interaction with human activities.

Board of Trustees, India

Earthwatch Institute India Trust is a public charitable trust and a not-for-profit organization.

Chair: Mike H. Pandey

Trustee and Science Lead: Dr. G. Srinivasan

Trustee: Aloka Majumdar

Board of Directors, Japan

Our boards of directors are responsible for the leadership and governance of Earthwatch and for overseeing its strategy and direction. Combining diverse personal and professional backgrounds, they are ambassadors for Earthwatch, furthering our mission by setting strategic priorities for our work.

Chair: Professor Dr. Tetsuro Urabe

Vice Chair:
Professor Dr. Hideki Ishida
Yoshiaki Shin

Directors

Eisuke Kumano
Professor Dr. Yoshinori Yasuda
Toshihiko Goto
Professor Noriko Takemoto
Kaori Fujita
Shigeo Yasuda

Senior Fellow

Hisao Goto

Auditors

Jun-ichi Nishi
Masami Tsukamoto

Advisory Council

The invaluable advisory councils serve as expert resources for Earthwatch in crystalizing and delivering its global message.

Asia

Zhang Hanzhi, Development Research Center of the State Council, PRC
Jiro Kondo, Research Institute for Technology and the Environment
Chou Loke Ming, University of Singapore
Professor M. S. Swaminathan, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation