Pauline Nantongo Kalunda is the Executive Director of Ecotrust – the Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda. Pauline is an expert in establishing & managing conservation financing mechanisms. Among her several achievements, Pauline has successfully established a commercially viable payment for environmental services scheme – Trees for Global Benefit (TGB). TGB links smallholder farmers to the voluntary carbon market. TGB won the 2013 SEED Award for its innovation and entrepreneurship, its promising efforts to promote economic growth, social development and environmental protection in Uganda, and the potential of its partnership to inspire others. Pauline also sits on the Board of Directors for several conservation organisations.
Dr. Lynn Murrell
Dr. Lynn Murrell founded Kedron Valley Veterinary Clinic in 1978. Before the renovations to his new clinic were complete, Dr. Murrell began seeing patients; his first office visit occurred in the driveway, treating a litter of puppies on the tailgate of a pickup truck. Dr. Murrell received his DVM from Michigan State University and is a member of the American Medical Veterinary Association and Vermont Medical Veterinary Association.
The practice expanded to include Dr. Murrell’s daughter, Dr. Blakeley Murrell-Liland. Dr. Murrell travels to Africa every year to work with gorillas in Africa through the organization Conservation Through Public Health. After gradually decreasing his office hours, Dr. Lynn Murrell, the founder of Kedron Valley Veterinary Clinic, officially retired in June, 2012. His time is now spent playing with his four grandsons or travelling with his wife, Judy. Unable to completely give up his passion for animals, Dr. Murrell travels to Africa every year to work with gorillas in Uganda.
After 25 years in finance on three continents at international banks including Citibank, JP Morgan, Societe Generale, and Merrill Lynch, in sectors ranging from corporate banking to asset management, Charmaine Donnelly has recently focused on associative and philanthropic activities.
These activities included years on the Board of the American Library in Paris, including 5 years as Chairman, where she conducted an overhaul of governance. In addition, her fundraising led to a doubling of the Library’s endowment, and 2 full-term staff positions via endowed chairs.
She was also a founding Board member of the Paris Professional Women’s Network, and founder of the Junior Council of the American Hospital in Paris. She served as Ambassador to Fondamental, an association that is involved in mental health research and care.
Professionally she continues to work with start-ups on strategic positioning and international expansion, and with family offices about philanthropic choices.
A dual French-American national, Charmaine Donnelly is a graduate of Colgate University, and lives in Paris, with her husband. A passionate traveller, she is also interested in equestrian activities, reading, cooking, and sailing.