Green School Board Members & Advisers
John Hardy, Co-founder
John studied as an art student in Canada, arriving in Bali in 1975. Together with his wife, Cynthia, he built John Hardy Jewellery into an international brand name. When they sold the company in 2007, they were inspired to launch the Green School. John is a member of the Board and the school’s international spokesperson. His creative skills can be seen throughout Green School, from the groundbreaking use of bamboo, the sweeping architectural designs, the iconic bridge and the green energy projects that are taking Green School off the grid.
Cynthia Hardy, Co-founder
Cynthia arrived in Bali in 1982, as a stopover on a round-the-world trip while considering attending law school at Berkeley. She stayed in Bali and started a small jewellery business of her own, which, owing to her talents in analysis and logistics, became successful in its own right. After marrying John, the two built John Hardy Jewellery into a global company. Cynthia is a member of the Board and was intimately involved in the running of the school in the formative years, from the selection of key staff to the connection with parents and donors.
Ronald Stones OBE, Board Member
Ron led the school in the full-time role of Director from 2008 to 2011. He is now Head of Education Practices at Richard Chandler Corporation in Singapore, and continues as a Board Director at Green School. Ron received his MBA in International Educational Leadership from the University of Lincoln, and was CEO and Head of School at Tanglin Trust School for 12 years, from 1994 to 2006. He was Education Advisor and Director of United Schools Program prior to his role as Director at Green School.
Nadya Hutagalung, Board Member
Eco-activist and media personality Nadya Hutagalung parlayed her success in television, film, and fashion to become one of Asia’s leading voices in the Green Movement. Her project GreenKampong.com started to track the progress and challenges of building Singapore’s first green home for her family, but soon evolved into a widely followed forum for similar-minded people and the issues that matter to them. Nadya has also been Singapore’s Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour for the last four years.
In 2009, she was voted one of Singapore’s Top 20 most influential people by CNN. That same year, she was awarded the title of best TV Host by ELLE Magazine Singapore, testimony to her staying power in a tough industry. Over the years, her talent and accomplishments have also been recognized elsewhere in the world. She was named one of Asia’s Leading Trendmakers by Asia Week magazine, alongside the Dalai Lama, Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun Fatt, for her special ability to inspire and fascinate, as well as one of the Top Ten “Shining Stars” on Indonesian Television by Indonesian magazine Bintang.
Mickey Ackerman, Board Member
Internationally recognized design leader and educator, Professor Mickey Ackerman has spent decades teaching designers how to define problems clearly and then solve those problems through multidisciplinary teamwork. As Director of Rhode Island School of Design’s Industrial Design department, Ackerman created real-world design solutions for industry leaders such as Intel, Rubbermaid, Frigidaire and General Mills. He also established strategic partnerships with the Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, NASA and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, among many others.
Matthew Lorentzen, Board Adviser
Matt has served as a Trustee for nine years and Chairman of the Board for the last three at the Putney School in Putney, Vermont, USA, one of the leading progressive Independent Schools in the United States. Putney has built and funded a new net-zero-energy Field House that is pending a platinum LEEDS designation. Matt is also Chairman of the Board of the South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida. His investment company, Sea Venture Investments, makes venture capital investments in early-stage technology companies.
Anne Hockett, Board Adviser
Anne trained at Johns Hopkins in Public Health. She has worked for the Ford Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, two U.S. Health Secretaries, and served in senior positions with Inter-Asia, Chase/Chemical Bank and Rabobank. She has been involved with causes such as Make A Wish, chairing the Singapore affiliate and consulted to the International Board on fund raising. She served on numerous parent committees at United World College. She currently manages a successful private practice in complementary medicine.
Chris Saye, Board Adviser
Chris has a diverse background and in-depth experience as an auditor, consultant and financial executive, with a skill-set covering accounting, finance, business strategy, and corporate governance. He began his professional career in Houston, Texas and an auditor with Arthur Andersen, prior to moving to Russia in 1992. Over the next 15 years he lived and worked in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, as well as living almost 10 years in Moscow. After working as a audit and consulting partner with both Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. Since 2007, he has been involved in a number of business ventures internationally from Texas to Indonesia, and has worked as a consultant specializing in helping clients with investment decisions, improving corporate governance and creating robust internal reporting processes. Chris is fluent in Russian and is a licensed CPA in the US State of Texas. He and his wife Galina lived in Bali during the 2011/12 school year while his two boys attended Green School. Chris and his family currently reside in Singapore.
Renee Martyna, Board Adviser
Renee Martyna has been a parent at Green School since its second year of operation, and a fan since its inception. After over decade of international aid work with the United Nations, she, her husband Steve, and their two ‘third culture Kids’ Lochlan and Seth set their sites on social entrepreneurship and a more sedentary life in Bali. They still relish the fresh air, fresh food and fresh perspective this transition brought them… and right along with the kids at Green School, consider themselves to be be life-long learners. Having lived, worked and learned in 11 countries on 4 continents (and taken planes, trains and backpacks through many more) Renee took her expertise in negotiating the challenges and opportunities of the nomadic lifestyle, added it to her deep interest in personal development, and channelled them into Knowmadsland; an international network and online magazine that brings conversation, community, creativity, and consciousness to global ‘Knowmads’ world-wide.
She also freelances in group facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution while maintaining her dedication to the social justice issues which dominated her former career such a gender, human rights and non-violent communication. She brings many of these perspectives to bear in her work advising the Green School Board.
Derek Montgomery, Board Adviser
A proud Green School parent (along with wife Lili) since 2011, Derek is a ten-year resident of Indonesia who has worked on not-for-profit and private-sector international development projects in public relations, government affairs, fund-raising, CSR and business/policy analysis capacities. He currently works with his family’s group of closely-held companies in the Indonesian bicycle industry (the flagship entity being the manufacturer of UNITED brand bikes) where he focuses on wholesale & retail strategy planning, supply chain management and market development. A native of Florida, USA, Derek has degrees in political science, public administration and finance and is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia.
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