History

The Klosters Forum was launched in 2017 by a small group of international female professionals who sensed the importance and urgency of preserving our natural environment and who strongly believe in the power of collaboration.

The Klosters Forum is Swiss yet global, selective yet diverse, and solution-orientated yet open-minded.
Like its host country Switzerland, The Klosters Forum is discrete, unbiased and acts as a neutral moderator and convener amongst its invited expert participants.

CORE TEAM

CAMILLA TER HAAR

CEO

Camilla is a commercial barrister at Five Paper barristers’ chambers specialising in international and domestic commercial and construction law, co-authoring the book, Remedies in Construction Law.

Camilla received an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, attained her CPE Graduate Diploma in Law from City University London, and holds an MA in Advanced International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. camilla@theklostersforum.com

STEPHANIE VON MEISS

COO

Stephanie has a background in sustainability consulting, business consulting and media. She has previously organised the Nexus Youth Summit in London, a series of ethical fashion events and started her own sustainable shirt company.

 

Stephanie holds an MA in Sustainability and CSR from EOI in Madrid, and an MA in Business Studies from Edinburgh University. stephanie@theklostersforum.com

ANNA GAVAZZI

Director of Partnership and Development

Anna Gavazzi was Director of Gagosian Gallery, following a 15 year career in the Art World across Europe and US, having most recently established and directed Gagosian Gallery in San Francisco, CA.

 

After returning to London, she switched gears and began applying herself to environmental advocacy – with the goal of raising awareness on ocean plastic pollution and wildlife conservation. She is active with several environmental and wildlife conservation organisations. Anna graduated from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

PETER FLYNN

Programme Director

Pete is a Director at PwC. Within PwC’s financial services industry, as Operations Director, Pete worked on the formulation of strategy and its translation into action and delivery. Prior to PwC, Pete spent over 20 years as an officer in the Parachute Regiment, latterly joining the Royal Household, as Equerry to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

This is a role akin to a Chief of Staff in Their Royal Highnesses Private Office. Pete sits on the Board of the Royal National College for the Blind, the charity Supporting Wounded Veterans and is on the steering committee of the PwC Foundation. He also remains involved with a number of other charities, including the Princes Trust, Veterans Aid and the Beyond Food Foundation.

Clare Heaton

Director of Operations

Clare was the Legal Advisor at the White Cube gallery having previously trained at Norton Rose Fulbright. Clare received a BA Honors in English Literature from the University of Newcastle and attained both her Graduate Diploma in Law and completed the Legal Practice Course at BBP Law School, London. clare@theklostersforum.com

SANDRO SUTTER

Treasurer

Sandro is currently the Interim CFO at ONE Insurance. As a former strategy & management consultant at PWC and Head of Investments & Treasury at Zurich Insurance Group, themes that impact relevant parts of the world’s ecosystem easily catch his attention.

Sandro’s first touchpoints with environmental issues go back to the early 2000s, where he established the greenhouse gas report for the City of Zug, Switzerland to measure adherence to the reduction targets as agreed in the Kyoto Protocol and derive impactful actions from it. As a keen rower and scuba diver, he continues to experience water and ocean pollution first hand.

ADVISORY BOARD

Prof Asit K. Biswas

Prof Asit K. Biswas is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on water and environmental management. He is the co-founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico and currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Malcolm D. Knight

Malcolm D. Knight is a Canadian economist, policymaker and banker. He is currently Visiting Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for International Governance Innovation. From 2008 to 2012, Knight was Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Group.

Tariq Fancy

Tariq Fancy is a Canadian entrepreneur. A former investment banker and private equity professional, he is best known for founding The Rumie Initiative, a non-profit organization that aims to educate children in underserved communities using affordable technology. Tariq is now the Chief Investment Officer for Sustainable Investing at BlackRock.

Sally O’Brien

Sally is a Senior Vice President of Institutional Partnerships at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Sally joined Pew in 2010 after 18 years at The Johns Hopkins University, most recently as associate dean for development and external affairs at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, O’Brien was a member of the British Diplomatic Service and served in London, Brussels and Washington.

OCEAN POLLUTION ADVISORY BOARD

Andrew Sharpless

CEO of Oceana ANDREW SHARPLESS

Andrew has led Oceana since 2003 as its Chief Executive Officer. Oceana, founded in late 2001, has grown in that time to be the largest international conservation organisation fully dedicated to protecting the oceans.

 

Andrew holds degrees from Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, and Harvard College and is an advocate and a manager with wide leadership experience in business and NGO start-ups. He served as Executive Vice President of Discovery.com, the online division of Discovery Communications, the cable television programmer behind The Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Health and The Travel Channel.

MARK J. SPALDING

PRESIDENT OF THE OCEAN FOUNDATION

Mark is a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is serving on the Sargasso Sea Commission.

Mark is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy, at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. In addition, he serves as the CEO and President of SeaWeb, is the advisor to the Rockefeller Ocean Strategy (an unprecedented ocean-centric investment fund) and designed the first-ever blue carbon offset program, SeaGrass Grow. He is also a member of the Pool of Experts for the UN World Ocean Assessment. Mark is an expert on international environmental policy and law, as well as coastal and marine philanthropy.

ANTOINETTE AND JOHN VERMILYE

FOUNDERS OF THE GALLIFREY FOUNDATION

The Gallifrey Foundation, based in Geneva Switzerland, actively supports key marine conservation initiatives to raise awareness of the impact of plastic pollution in the oceans and changing behaviours.

 

Antoinette and John were Fellows at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative programme in 2017 and used their time at Harvard to develop ways in which governments, universities, NGOs and business can better coordinate efforts on key conservation issues like plastic pollution.

Antoinette is the owner of ASV Interiors, a Swiss-based design and international project consultancy and has studied design at the Art Institute. John is Chairman of Travel Sentry providing standards based solutions to improve travel and travel security. John has also produced and narrated a number of maritime documentaries and is on the Board of Mission Blue.

Craig Leeson

Film Director - A Plastic Ocean

Craig is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, television presenter and public speaker. He is the founder of Leeson Media International and Ocean Vista Films and chairman of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival. He is also the Asia correspondent for the Seven Network and an international correspondent for global network, Al Jazeera English.

He began his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to television as a news correspondent and anchor. Craig has worked with major global broadcasters including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, PBS and Australia’s ABC. He began his documentary filmmaking career with the National Geographic Channel, producing and directing NGC’s top Asia television programs and projects including GeoWatch Asia, the Top 30 Countdown for NGC’s 10th anniversary special, Marco Polo: Mystery of the Middle Kingdom, the channel’s Earth Day promotions, and the extreme sports action series the Action Asia Challenge. Craig is also a qualified surf life saver, an advanced scuba diver and a private pilot.

TKF AMBASSADORS

Alexandra Moosally

Amber Nuttall

Constantin Bjerke

Daisy Leitch

Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Georgia Oetker

Irina de Liedekerke Stolberg

Natalie Munk

Olivia Wilkinson

Peter Simon

Skye Gyngell

Nachson Mimran

TKF BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Christine Labes

Beatrice Langloh

Ruby Shang

Dr. Susanne von der Becke

Susanne von Meiss