Our Team

Change powered by people.

The people behind Earth 300 care about the planet because life is precious and earth must be preserved. We are a truly global team and are currently based out of Singapore, London, Barcelona, Milan and Honolulu. We have the passion, dedication and history to move and act quickly.

Aaron Olivera

Founder | CEO

Aaron Olivera

Founder | CEO

Aaron is a generalist entrepreneur who has collected experiences in a myriad of industries, from training and development, to publishing, hospitality, retail and yachting. He is now applying all his knowledge and pursuing a die hard commitment to raising awareness and combating the devastating effects of climate change.

Jean-Jacques Lavigne

Operations, Technology Director

Jean-Jacques Lavigne

Operations, Technology Director

Jean-Jacques (JJ) Lavigne, started his career in consulting and market research in Japan before establishing himself in Singapore, working on several large scale leisure & lifestyle infrastructure projects. JJ was instrumental in transforming the Lion City into a Superyacht hub and destination and co-founded Asia Superyacht Development, a superyacht services firm.

Prita S. Leenheer-Mathur

Chief Marketing, Partnerships & PR Officer

Prita S. Leenheer-Mathur

Chief Marketing, Partnerships & PR Officer

Prita brings over 3 decades of global experience in marketing, partnerships & business development from the corporate, luxury, super yachts and entertainment industry. Hailing from India but having lived in myriad cities across the globe, she is a mother of three eco-warriors from the Green School Bali and is passionate about our planet and in preserving it for future generations!

John Merrifield

Chief Creative Officer

John Merrifield

Chief Creative Officer

A lifelong surfer, John has an intimate knowledge of the ocean, in all its wonders and fragility. Over the years, his work has been ground breaking. He’s earned a reputation for doing things that have never been done before. He wants to make a dent and believes that creativity is a persuasive force for positive change.

Cissy Chen

Creative Director

Cissy Chen

Creative Director

Oversees the conceptualization and production of all creative visuals and marketing materials under the EARTH 300 banner. She is passionate about art and design, graduated from Loughborough University UK Visual Communication, as a designer & creative leader with 12+ years experience spanning both advertising and digital agencies in a variety of industries.

Victor Zykov

Director of Research

Victor Zykov

Director of Research

Victor builds innovation bridges between academia, industry, and nonprofits. His self-reproducing and self-modelling robots were published in Nature and Science. A Silicon Valley renewable energy startup where he designed a unique wind-power generator was acquired by Google. As a founding Research Director, Victor led Schmidt Ocean Institute through its first decade of science and exploration.

Ivan Salas Jefferson

Chief Design Officer

Ivan Salas Jefferson

Chief Design Officer

Ivan has been in the yachting industry for two decades, he is a free spirited romanticist idealist, designer, engineer. Above all he is a learner who expands as challenges are resolved. Developing utopian and meaningful feats into reality that enhance human potential and creativity is what drives him.

Jane Koh

HR & Finance Director

Jane Koh

HR & Finance Director

Experienced Finance & HR Director with demonstrated history of working in the family office, retail and tourism industry. Skilled in Group Financial Reporting, Group Treasury, Financial Accounting, Budgeting, Taxation and Human Resource. Strong finance professional with hands-on in setting up finance and hr departments and systems in Singapore.

Waqās Ahmed

Chief Interdisciplinary Officer

Waqās Ahmed

Chief Interdisciplinary Officer

Waqās is considered a world authority on multidisciplinary thought and practice. He is Founding Faculty at the London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) and Visiting Fellow at the Open University Business School, where he explores interdisciplinary approaches to leadership and management. He is also founder of the DaVinci Network and author of The Polymath (Wiley 2019).

Emmanuel Spanoudis

Chief Relationship Officer

Emmanuel Spanoudis

Chief Relationship Officer

Emmanuel Spanoudis is experienced dealing with the highest levels of industry and government, and has extensive relations with the government of Monaco where he represents the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and has been Knighted by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in the Order of Saint Charles for his efforts.

Cazmir Leenheer

Head of Student Advisory

Cazmir Leenheer

Head of Student Advisory

Cazmir Leenheer is a graduate of the Green School in Bali and was a youth representative at the 2015 Conference of the Parties (COP21) during her gap-year. She has since started a degree in Ethics and Politics which she is currently following at Sciences Po in Paris. Alongside her studies she works as a freelance artist in Ai Weiwei’s studio.

Giulio Ceppi

Head of Systems Design

Giulio Ceppi

Head of Systems Design

Giulio Ceppi, architect, designer, professor. His activities are focused on sensorial design, development of new materials, biomimetics, technologies, and design strategy. Giulio has worked for Domus Academy, Philips Design, and later founded Total Tool Milano. He is also a professor at the Politecnico di Milano.

Our Advisors

Surrounded by others
who lift us higher.

If we’re going to take risks, try new things and change humanity’s trajectory, we need to surround ourselves with the kind of people who are obsessed with how much there is to do and how little time there is to do it.  

Martin Yates

Technology, Security

Dell Technologies

CTO

Smart Cities

Sir Michael Culme-Seymour

Emergency, Humanitarian, Supply Chain, Clinical Trials

WEF
WHO
MARKEN

Jonathan Hung

Technology, Space

SSTL
Flex
EDB

Christine Amour-Levar

Sustainability, Diversity

HER Planet Earth
Women on a Mission

Renato Chizzola

Hospitality, Yachting

LVMH
The World
MY Njord

Bremley W.B. Lyngdoh

Sustainability, Humanitarian

United Nations
Worldview Impact Foundation
Thor Heyerdhal Climate Park

Rob McCallum

Expedition, Oceans

EYOS
SeaXplorer
Five Deeps

Damien Leloup

Expedition, Archaeology

RV Calypso
Cousteau Society
Flinders University

Fabrice Schnoller

Science, Oceans

Darewin Project

Francesco Galli Zugaro

Expedition, Cruising

Aqua Expeditions

Michael Eliot Barth

Exploration, Technology

Explorers Club
Voiijer
GNH Partners

Andreas B. Heide

Conservation, Sailing

Barba Boat
Arctic Sense

Beverly Goodman

Science, Sedimentology

University of Haifa
National Geographic

Dominique Rissolo

Science, Archaeology

UCSD
Wait Foundation
NOAA

Federico Lauro

Scientist, Deep Sea Microbiology

NTU
Scripps
Mission Microbiome

Victoria Cerrone

Art, Technology

VC500
Elite Digital
MYC

Fiona Macintyre

Consulting, Events

Forming Impact
Necker Island

Oz Lancaster

Design, Interiors

Os Designs
Heads of State

Patrick Desmond

Legal, IP, Trademarks

SCG Chemicals
USG Borals

Karl Wagner

Intelligence, Security

Eastern Sky
Tesla
CIA

Fulvio Dodich

Yachting, Finance

Ferreti Group CEO
Rosetti Chairman

Marco Bevolo

Futures, Design

Philips Design 
ItalDesign Giugiaro
Tilburg University

Yogi Thakker

Media, Aviation, Education

VistaJet
CIMA
Fairfax

Steve Smolinsky

Strategy, Entrepreneurship

Benari Ltd
Phenium
Wharton

Matteo Atti

Aviation, Fashion

VistaJet
Gucci
IUM

Katie Hanson

Sustainability, Health Sciences, Human Performance

Aurita Aurelia
TEDMED

Patrick Bezalel

Art, Photography

Bezalel Gallery
NBA
IMF

Kurt Arrigo

Photography, Conservation

Rolex Cup
America Cup
BBC

Roberto Dutesco

Art, Photography

The Wild Horses of Sable Island

Carlos Reyes

Cruise, Design, Financing

Tomas Tillberg Design

Our Partners

Mission partners.

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