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Board of Directors

Rudolf Amenga Etego

Rudolf is a prominent lawyer and civil society figure in Ghana. Rudolf is the Executive Director of GrassRootsAfrica.  He previously worked for the Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC) as the Director of Advocacy and Campaigns. The program was established as a response to the impact of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank polices with the poor and disadvantaged in Ghana. As an active student leader during the repressive Rawlings regime, Rudolf fought to restore democracy. He was jailed without prosecution several times during Rawlings rule in the 1980s for voicing the concerns of Ghanaian citizens.

The Integrated Social Development Centre works closely with the National Coalition Against the Privatization of Water where Rudolf serves as the National Campaign Coordinator for the Coalition. The coalition is a broad consortium of organizations including health professionals, academia, trade unions, students, disabled, and women’s groups. They have been instrumental in raising public awareness about the water policies set by the World Bank.  World Bank involvement led to a 95% increase in water rates in 2001 in Ghana. Rudolf fears privatization will reduce access to clean and affordable water. The Integrated Social Development Centre works to inform players in both government and civil society of the consequences of a globalized economy.

Maude Barlow

Maude is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs Food & Water Watch’s board. She is also an executive member of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award. In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly. She is also the best-selling author or co-author of 16 books, including Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever and Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water. Learn more about Maude Barlow.

Wenonah Hauter

Wenonah is the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on energy, food, water and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans. From 1997 to 2005 she served as Director of Public Citizen‚ Energy and Environment Program, which focused on water, food, and energy policy. From 1996 to 1997, she was environmental policy director for Citizen Action, where she worked with the organization’s 30 state-based groups. From 1989 to 1995 she was at the Union of Concerned Scientists where as a senior organizer, she coordinated broad-based, grassroots sustainable energy campaigns in several states. She has an M.S. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland.

Dennis Keeney

Dennis was Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture from 1988 to 2002. He is an Emeritus Professor of Agronomy and of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, an Ames Senior Fellow at the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate in the College of Agricultural, Food, & Environmental Sciences at University of Minnesota, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis. He is also the past president of the Iowa Environmental Council.

He has been involved in numerous projects with IATP, including hypoxia, bioenergy, water quality, water efficiency, and Farm Bill conservation policy. He is also a member of Spira/GRACE Advisory Board, Thomas Jefferson Agriculture Institute Board of Directors, Water for Iowans Board of Directors, and Iowa State Water Resources Center Advisory Board. He grew up on a general dairy farm in central Iowa and is still involved with a grain farm in central Iowa. Agriculture has always been his first interest, love and passion.

Kelsie Kerr

Kelsie is a passionate chef and cooking instructor. Most recently she was chef of Chez Panisse Restaurant. As an instructor, Kelsie has taught cooking classes in and around the Bay Area and operated an intimate cooking school in her home, which received rave reviews from students and media alike. As a writer, Kelsie has collaborated and contributed to Alice Water‚ cookbooks: The Art of Simple FoodChez Panisse VegetablesChez Panisse Café Cookbook, and Chez Panisse Fruits. Kelsie is currently director of the Cooking School at Cavallo Point, the Lodge at the Golden Gate, at Fort Baker in Marin County.

Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán

Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán (Bolivia) is a Social Psychologist, writer and activist on water, human rights, culture and against racism. Eliabeth was the co-founder of TAHIPAMU, a women history researcher’s workshop during the 1980s which produced women in history researches and feminist writings. She is the author of several books, articles and video scripts about social, economic and cultural rights related to water, women, racism and environmental crisis.

Between 1999 and 2003, Elizabeth was the Coordinator of the National Committee for the Solidarity with Domestic Workers in Bolivia. She belongs to the Women’s Net for Transforming the Economy in Latin America (REMTE). Since 2006, she has promoted and coordinated the “Blue October” Campaign in Bolivia, a large annual social mobilization for the right to Water as a nonmercantile common good. Elizabeth lives in La Paz, Bolivia and currently is the Executive Director of the Solon Foundation.

Mary Ricci

Mary is an activist especially interested in local economic and other community-based issues. She is a professional writer and editor. In the past she has worked as a news writer and as a software engineer. Mary has worked as an editor on many books and magazines, including five titles in the Re/Search series. As a software engineer, she released seven video games, two children‚ educational titles, and ten business applications.

Lisa Schubert

Lisa Schubert has spent most of her career either directing, developing or coordinating projects. She is currently Vice President for Cathedral Events, Marketing & Communications at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York, where she has been charged with creating an institutional framework for funding, staffing and implementing a multi-disciplinary arts program and an ongoing menu of events and projects of civic engagement in the humanities.   Prior to joining the Cathedral, Ms. Schubert worked for the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA), which she joined as the first staff member at the inception in 1998.   She worked closely with the founders to refine and develop the original concept and put together the “start-up” team.  RMA, dedicated to the art of the Himalayas, is today considered one of New York’s paramount cultural institutions.  Her career has involved most aspects of cultural administration including policy, strategic planning, public education, programming, operations, administration, communications and development.  Ms. Schubert has a B.A. in Anthropology from Sweet Briar College, Virginia, and did graduate work at The University of Sydney, Australia.  She was the co-director of Sony Wonder Technology Lab in New York, hired during start-up to develop administrative, operating and financial procedures for the state-of-the-art interactive facility.  She established the Visitor Services program at the Museum of Television and Radio, and early on (1979 – 1989) worked at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.