Advisory Board

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, PhD
Founder, Cassava Republic Press, Abuja, Nigeria.

Selected, in 2008, as one of only twenty people on the African continent to for Desmond Tutu’s African Leadership programme, Bibi is the founder of Cassava Republic Press – a commercial and social enterprise listed as one of the top global brands to watch by the iconic Monocle magazine. Through Cassava Republic and other activities, Bibi is focused on redeveloping a reading and writing culture in Nigeria – part of the bigger project of re-imagining Nigeria’s future and being part of African cultural and intellectual renaissance. Cassava Republic authors have been awarded multiple international literature awards including the Caine Prize, the Orange Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

With a PhD in gender studies from the University of Warwick, UK, Bibi had an academic career as well as a commercial and consulting career. She has worked for the BBC and consulted to the European Union, UniFem and ActionAid. She is the founder of the NGO RAW focused on returning the joy of reading to communities in and around Abuja.

Bibi sits on the editorial board of a number of influential journals and is a life-long committed feminist, vegan and eco-princess!


David Boyle
Fellow, New Economics Foundation

David Boyle is a Fellow at the New Economics Foundation and has been at the heart of the effort to develop co-production and introduce time banks to Britain as a critical element of public service reform.  He was recently appointed independent reviewer on Barriers to Public Service Choice (2012-13) for the Cabinet Office of the UK government.

David is the author of a number of books about history, social change and the future.  His book Authenticity: Brands, Fakes, Spin and the Lust for Real Life (Flamingo, 2003) helped put the search for authenticity on the agenda as a social phenomenon. The Tyranny of Numbers (Flamingo, 2001) and The Sum of Our Discontent (Texere, 2001) predicted the backlash against the culture of numerical targets set by governments. Funny Money: In search of alternative cash (Flamingo, 1999) launched the time banks movement in the UK.  His book Broke: How to Survive the Middle Class Crisis was published by Fourth Estate in 2014.  He also writes history books.    

The Hon. Dr Michael Frendo, LLD, LLM, MP
Advocate and Business Consultant. Speaker Emeritus, House of Representatives, Parliament of Malta

Michael has wide experience in European and International Affairs as well as regional and infrastructure development, science and technology.

A lawyer with a specialization in European Community Law, he was a member of the European Convention with responsibility for drafting the European Constitution. He was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and he is a signatory to the Lisbon Treaty.

He has held ministerial responsibilities for Foreign Affairs, science, technology, infrastructure, shipping and aviation, telecommunications and information technology. He has served as Chair of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and Chair of Commonwealth Connects.

He is part-time Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Malta and was previously PN Director of Press and Media and Editorial Director of three newspapers. He has published a number of books on European Affairs.


Professor Randy Malamud PhD
Professor and Associate Chair, Modern Literature, Ecocriticism and Cultural Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, Randy teaches English Literature and Eco-criticism at GSU and has lectured and written widely in both subjects. His books include The Language of Modernism and two books about TS Eliot’s drama. His fourth book, Reading Zoos, analyzes zoos as a cultural phenomenon, bringing together the perspectives of cultural studies, ecocriticism, and postcolonial studies. His most recent books are Poetic Animals and Animal Souls and A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age. He has written numerous essays, articles and book reviews on English literature, animal and cultural studies, art and photography and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Dr Malamud is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He is on the faculty of The Kerulos Center. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Society and Animals and Brill’s Human-Animal Studies book series, and Palgrave Macmillan’s Book Series on Animal Ethics. He is also an international associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury and a Patron of the Captive Animals’ Protection Society.

Randy’s website


Michael Maunder, PhD

Associate Dean for Research Engagement at Florida International University, Miami

Mike has 25 years experience in habitat and species conservation with extensive field experience in the Middle East, Caribbean and Eastern Africa. A graduate of the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and with a Msc and PhD from the University of Reading.  Mike is Associate Dean for Research Engagement at Florida International University, Miami, with a special focus on developing the biodiversity and conservation programs at the university. Prior to this position Mike was part of the development and design team for the new Al Ain Wildlife Park in Abu Dhabi where he was responsible for developing new conservation and education programs with a special focus on arid land biodiversity. For eight years Mike was Executive Director of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami. He has published extensively on conservation biology, the history of botany and the science of ex situ conservation. Mike is an active member of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) and has served on the IUCN-SSC Plant Conservation Committee and the SSC Executive Committee. He is a board member of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and a strategic associate of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) of the SSC/IUCN. He has a particular interest in species conservation and the imperative of effectively communicating the value of biodiversity beyond the conservation community.


David Pilling
Asia Editor, Financial Times, Hong Kong

David is the Financial Times’ Asia editor overseeing the FT’s coverage of the Asia region from Afghanistan to Australia, including China, India and Japan. In addition to directing the work of correspondents in the region, and overseeing the editing and commissioning teams in Hong Kong, Pilling is also an assistant editor at the FT. He writes the editorial leaders from Asia and a weekly column on Asian business, politics and economics.

Since joining the FT in 1990, he has had experience on the international and main news desks in London and has worked in Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was previously global pharmaceuticals and biotechnology correspondent and, prior to his current appointment, Tokyo Bureau Chief.

He has won several reporting prizes, most recently for coverage of Japan and China, both individually and as part of FT teams. In 2011, he was named Best Foreign Commentator of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards which celebrates the work of the finest print and online commentators and their editors.


Dr Astrid Vargas, DVM, PhD
Conservation Director for Europe, Conservation Land Trust.
Research Associate, The Smithsonian Institution

Spain’s leading newspaper, El País, named her as one of the top 100 people of the year across Spain and Latin America. A leading conservation biologist with global experience, Astrid qualified in veterinary medicine from the University of Madrid and gained her PhD in conservation biology from the University of Wyoming. Her career has spanned many countries and many species, most recently in Spain with the Spanish Ministry of the Environment.

While working at the Smithsonian Institution and elsewhere, she has been involved with many different mammal species including the golden lion tamarin, Mexican wolves, Siberian tigers and Elds deer. Her work was instrumental in the recovery and re-introduction of the black footed ferret in the United States from a situation where there were only 18 animals of this species known to be in existence in the wild. She has worked in Madagascar on programs involving the fosa and the golden crowned sifaka. For the past several years she has been a central figure in the recovery program in Spain and Portugal for the Iberian lynx – the world’s most endangered cat.

Throughout her career, Astrid has received widespread recognition for her work in the international press and through many prizes and awards including, among others, the Premio Adenex in the region of Extremadura and the Environmental Career Achievement Prize awarded by the Junta de Andalucia.


Alan Weiss, PhD
Business Consultant, Educator, Author, Public Speaker. Newport, RI, USA

Alan is “one of the most highly regarded independent consultants in America.” (New York Post) and brings a broad business perspective to the Advisory Board.

He has published over 500 articles and 40 books, including his best-seller, Million Dollar Consulting. His newest is Million Dollar Speaking, and his next is Million Dollar Coaching. His books have been on the curricula at Villanova, Temple University, and the Wharton School of Business, and have been translated into German, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Korean, and Chinese.

As a consultant, his clients include several of the world’s leading corporations including Merck & Co, Hewlett-Packard, The New York Times Corporation, GE and Mercedes-Benz among others; as well as organizations such as The Federal Reserve. His delivers 30 keynotes a year at major conferences, and he has been a visiting faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, Boston College, Tufts, St. John’s, the University of Illinois, the Institute of Management Studies, and the University of Georgia Graduate School of Business. He has held an appointment as adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Rhode Island where he taught courses on advanced management and consulting skills.

He is an inductee into the Professional Speaking Hall of Fame®, the concurrent recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence and the first ever non-journalist to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Press Institute.

His PhD is in psychology and he is a member of the American Psychological Society, the American Counseling Association, Division 13 of the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He has served on the Board of Governors of Harvard University’s Center for Mental Health and the Media and on several other non-profit Boards.

Alan’s web site


Keith Wheeler, PhD
Immediate Past Chair, Commission for Education and Communication, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

Keith brings over 30 years experience and a number of high-level appointments in the field of environmental policy, sustainability, education and communication.

Until 2012, he served as Chair of the Commission for Education and Communication for IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). He is President of the Foundation for Our Future, Chief Executive Officer for ZedX Inc., an international agro-environmental knowledge management and IT company, Senior Partner of WorldViews LLC, President of the board of Trustees of the Paul F- Brandwein Institute, a Director of SweetSpring Salmon Inc., a Director of the John Burroughs Association and a former Director of the Keystone Center, an international NGO focused on environmental conflict resolution.

Keith served on President Clinton’s Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) Education and Communication Task Force; was Co-Chair of the White House Initiative Education for Sustainability, and Co-Chair National Forum for Partnerships Supporting Education about the Environment. He served on the White House OSTP National Environmental Technology Strategy Working Group. He was the first Executive Director and CEO of Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN), a 135-nation international nongovernmental organization that was the recognized leader in watershed education and conservation.

Keith holds a graduate degree from Cornell University and undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. He has presented keynote addresses to business, scientific, technologic and education conferences throughout the world on a variety of sustainable development, conservation, knowledge management and education issues. He has authored over two-dozen peer review publications, dozens of general publications and published a book entitled Education for Sustainability: A Paradigm of Hope for the 21st Century.

Management Board

Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia
President and Founder

Joe is responsible for the general management and guidance of the WOLFoundation.

Previously a physician, entrepreneur and adviser to senior management in leading multinational organizations. Now a leadership advisor, artist, author and commentator. A self-styled “Intersectionist,” he works at the intersection of disciplines on organizational success, resilience and sustainability in our chaotic postmodern world and unpredictable socio-political situations.  He is, irritatingly, a compulsive contrarian, taking seriously Lyotard’s idea of finding ways to resist the complacent certainties of the expert.

He is a partner at Camunico; Member of the Dean’s Leadership Board at the College of Arts and Sciences, Florida International University; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and serves as a Trustee for a number of non-profit organisations.  He is a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Het Financeele Dagblad (NL) and the Stanford Review for Social Innovation. He is author of First Steps – Conserving Our Environment and editor of An Orange County Almanac published in collaboration with Cultura 21.


Kenneth Stuart
Of Counsel, Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin & Hosinski LLP

Ken provides legal oversight for the Foundation, general guidance on management issues and joins the Advisory Board in the judging process for the annual competition.

Ken has a long and distinguished legal career practicing in the areas of securities, banking, corporate and commercial transactions, including public and private offerings, tender offers, hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, bank and other asset-based lending, securitizations, mergers and acquisitions (domestic and cross-border), project and leveraged lease financing, joint ventures and partnerships. He is experienced in the principal areas involving the federal securities laws, including ’33 Act registrations and exempt offerings of equity and debt securities, ’34 Act reporting and compliance, private investment companies and mutual funds under the Investment Company Act and Investment Advisers Act and Trust Indenture Act matters. He has advised clients on corporate governance issues and general commercial matters. Before joining Becker, Glynn, he served as senior counsel at a prominent national law firm and as general counsel of a $6 billion financial services company.

Mr. Stuart received his A.B cum laude with honors in history from the College of William and Mary. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and an LL.M. in International Transactions from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Stuart is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Nebraska. He has served as an Officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of its Banking, Finance and Securities Committee. He was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Federal Securities Law by Georgetown University Law Center.


Jerry Persampieri, CPA
Partner, Barash Friedman, Friedberg and Adasko (BFFA)

Jerry is responsible for oversight of non-profit financial and tax compliance.

He is a tax partner and MIS (Management and Information Services) consultant at BFFA. An honors graduate from Adelphi University, he has 20 years of experience in all facets of Federal, State and Local taxation. Previously with one of the larger CPA firms, Jerry has wide experience in all aspects of tax legislation and compliance.

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