Gerald Heslinga has spent over 30 years developing the sustainable production of endangered coral reef species, heart-healthy seafoods, and marine ornamental organisms through mariculture. Educated at Harvard and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Gerald has worked professionally in 18 countries in the Asia-Pacific region -- for universities, governments, private industry and international agencies. Gerald and his wife Kyoko live in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, where they have owned and operated Indo-Pacific Sea Farms since 1995. They have two married daughters and a very active grandson.
Washington Coordinator for the NORML Women's Alliance and an antitrust attorney
Dr. Jim is a leading consultant in shrimp breeding technology. He founded & developed the world's first SPF shrimp breeding company in Kona Hawaii in 1994 and sold it to an Asian multinational in 2012. In 18 years in business as HHA, Dr. Jim selectively bred and exported more than 350,000 SPF broodstock to 26 countries. He developed SPF breeding stocks with four shrimp species and pioneered selective breeding shrimp for fast growth and virus-resistance. He was awarded 9 federal SBIR grants from NSF, USDA and NOAA. Often a featured speaker at international conferences, Dr. Jim has published over 50 papers and book chapters. Dr. Jim is often called "the father of SPF shrimp" for his seminal role in developing and commercializing SPF shrimp worldwide.
Dr. Jim offers consulting services in design and operations of commercial shrimp breeding and hatchery systems. His goal is to engage with projects to produce high quality, sustainable seafood for the global market.
Michael Kramer is Managing Partner and Director of Social Research at Natural Investments, a founding Certified B Corp and since 2000 Hawaii’s only investment adviser exclusively managing sustainable, responsible, and impact investments. Michael is co-author of the forthcoming book The Resilient Investor: Thriving in Turbulent Times (Berrett Koehler, 1/15). He serves on the national policy committee of the sustainable investment trade association, USSIF, and the steering committee of the American Sustainable Business Council. Michael is active with major corporations to reform and improve their environmental, social, and governance policies. He championed legislation to form the Sustainable Business Corporation designation under Hawai`i state law. Co-founder of the Hawai`i Alliance for a Local Economy and its’ Think Local Buy Local campaign, Michael also created and directed the Kuleana Green Business Program of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, served as Vice-President of the Sustainability Association of Hawai`i, and was Vice-Chair of the Hawaii County Energy Advisory Commission. He writes a Growing the Green Economy column in Big Island Weekly and Green Magazine Hawaii as well as a Sustainable Shareholder column at GreenBiz.com.
EduEngageology and HEROES model
Dr. Larry Derbes