Sandrina Postorino- Australian Director 

Sandrina is Managing Director of Crissan Property Pty Ltd, a property investment and development company operating in NSW and QLD, and Trinity Ventures, which invests in unlisted high-growth companies, focussing on Seed and Series A rounds.

She started her career as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and worked for a number of large Australian and international corporations, including Westpac, TABCORP and Macquarie Group in corporate strategy design and implementation.

Since 2015, Sandrina has been a committee member of Sydney Angels Inc., and she also serves on a number of Not-For-Profit boards, including Take 3 for the Sea, and the Rona Ellis Foundation.

Sandrina has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wuerzburg in Germany and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Cornell University in the USA. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Sandrina is also a passionate scuba diver and ocean lover.

Fiona McCuaig - Australian Director

Fiona has recently worked for the reputable Australian Marine Conservation Society in the campaign to establish a Marine Park for Sydney. She has worked in property development for twenty years, and always weaved in wildlife and marine conservation throughout this time. She spent seven months volunteering in Africa, America and Sri Lanka in wildlife rehabilitation, volunteered in the London, Beijing, Amsterdam and Taronga zoos and was head of the youth committee for the Foundation for the National Parks and Wildlife. Fiona was a full-time volunteer for Sea Shepherd for two and a half years – she went on four dangerous campaigns including three anti-whaling campaigns in Antarctica and the Faroe Islands and volunteered in America doing television and radio media for the discovery channel called Whale Wars. Fiona has strong financial credentials and has operated several businesses. She will primarily work with Ian Gowrie-Smith on the financial management of the Conflicts Island Conservation Initiative to achieve the desired results. 

Sarah Beard -Australian Director 

 

Sarah is the newly appointed CEO of Take 3 for the Sea. Prior to this role, she has had a career spanning over 25 years’ as a film and television producer delivering content to commercial clients, broadcasters and for feature release. Since 2012, Sarah has worked at Northern Pictures focusing her work on producing natural history series for international networks. As an ocean conservation advocate, marine themed stories have always been Sarah's passion.

 

Most recently Sarah co-produced and was the Impact Producer for the award-winning ocean conservation documentary BLUE. BLUE has been called one of the most significant environmental films of our time.  Aligning with Blue’s theatrical release in 2017, Sarah developed and implemented a 3-year multi-faceted impact campaign, working with over 65 partners from the not-for-profit, education, government, philanthropic and private sectors in Australia, the Pacific Region, Europe and Nth America. The BLUE education curricula have been used by over half a million Australian school children and the film and its outreach won the Banksia Foundation sustainability media award for its contribution to the UN sustainability goals. As a result of Sarah’s work with Blue she has extensive experience in delivering, measuring and reporting on impactful campaigns.

 

Sarah’s work with Take3 for the Sea, began in 2014 when she launched and managed youth programs. She served on the board as a Director for three years.

Chris Barter - Australian Director

Chris Barter is a Managing Director at King River Capital, a venture capital fund based in the US and Australia. He spent the first 19 years of his career at Goldman Sachs (1993-2012), based in Frankfurt, London and Moscow.  From 2007 to 2012 he was the CEO of Russia and CIS responsible for the securities, investment banking and private equity investing activities. In that role, Mr. Barter built out the Firm’s bank and broker-dealer operations and established many of its key business and political relationships. He also led many of Goldman Russia’s landmark investments in the technology and financial services sectors. Prior to this role, Mr. Barter was co-Head of the European Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division. While in this role, he co-founded a fund management business which today commands a multi-billion dollar market valuation. He was named a Managing Director in 2000, made Partner in 2004, and served on the Firmwide Growth Markets Operating Committee.

 

Prior to co-founding King River Capital, Mr. Barter and partners launched two fund management platforms that collectively raised >US$600M. Since leaving Goldman he has focused on deploying capital as a dedicated global venture capital investor. He has led investor syndicates in multi-stage software ventures via CKA Capital and other entities resulting in 28 early to mid-stage investments in verticals including Fintech, AI enabled businesses, Data Analytics and Digital healthcare. His portfolio includes a number of tech Unicorns (including companies like Flipkart, DiDi, Palantir, Wish, Ola, and Meituan). In this capacity, he has lent portfolio companies strategic support in the areas of business development, capital raising and market expansion strategy.

 

Mr. Barter has a long-term track record of building profitable businesses and generating strong portfolio returns. His global VC fund, founder and financial institution networks in Europe, the US and Australia have provided effective sourcing channels.

 

He serves on the boards of Ariadne Australia (listed investment manager), CNG Fuels (UK energy infrastructure), FinClear (Australian financial services), WarChild Australia, and on the advisory board of GreenSync (Australian energy SaaS). He also serves on the President’s Leadership Council at Brown University.

 

Mr. Barter obtained a BSc in Physics from Brown University (1990) and an MSc in Physics from Harvard University (1993).

Christine Hoff-  Australian Director 

I’m an adventurous spirit with a goal to make a difference. As a marine scientist, I’m motivated to conserve and protect the greatest natural resource on Earth – our marine environment. It’s not a job; it’s a passion.

I work with a diverse team – not just WWF staff but people on the ground. I specialise in threatened species conservation by bringing people together to research, manage and advocate for a healthier marine environment and to reverse the trajectory of turtle and dugong populations racing towards extinction. I try to communicate our conservation impact to bridge the gap between good science, people, and policy within the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea and at an international level.

I’ve travelled extensively, researching dolphins and whales in the US, and Australia. Stemming from my background in coastal and marine planning and policy, I bring to WWF project management, research and monitoring skills, and the design of conservation and community-driven initiatives to hopefully make a greater conservation impact.

If I’m motivating people to make a change then I’m doing my job, the work of WWF and other conservation movements – helping to save marine turtles and dugongs.

The important thing is that I know we’re making a difference for our great-grandchildren so they have a healthy natural environment to depend on and the species and places we love to enjoy.

Conflict Islands, Milne Bay

Papua New Guinea

conservation@conflictislands.com

volunteers@conflictislands.com

Tel: +675 7165 4596

Skype: hayleyversace

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