BAN's Board of Ambassadors

The Ambassador program is established loosely and in the spirit of volunteerism. They will not meet nor will they have any fiduciary, or set job responsibility. They are called upon to serve at their desire in the following way:

  • as social antenna, messenger and at times a catalyst for the promotion of BAN and its Mission with other thought leaders be they funders, academics, businesspersons or artists.

  • to assist in identifying Enterprises that wish to be part of our e-Stewards Enterprise Partnership movement.

  • to assist in finding and recruiting qualified board members as needed.

  • to contribute articles and social media content for BAN

  • to answer advisory surveys on strategic direction for BAN

  • to lend their good name and credibility to the BAN organization and appear on our website.


Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace US

Annie Leonard is currently the Executive Director of Greenpeace US. She is the author of the book and film, The Story of Stuff. The film has now been viewed 50 million times around the world. Prior to that, she worked with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Health Care Without Harm, investigating and organizing against toxic pollution around the world. She sits on the boards of Story of Stuff Project, Public Citizen, and Ben & Jerry’s Homemade and is an Associate Fellow of the Vermont Law School’s New Economy Law Center.


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Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Director of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association

Rizwana is an advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Director of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). She has initiated landmark rulings on the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh and was able to forestall the import of toxic end-of-life vessels to her country. She received the prestigious Goldman Prize 2009 for her work on shipbreaking, and won the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2012, considered ‘the Asian Nobel prize’. She is considered a leading environmentalist in Bangladesh.


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Yuyun Ismawati, Co-founder and Senior Advisor of Nexus3 Foundation

Yuyun is a leading Indonesian environmental activist. Her career in the environmental movement covers more than 20 years of campaign leadership, organizational development and management, and toxic-free advocacy. She is the co-founder and Senior Advisor of Nexus3 Foundation (formerly known as BaliFokus Foundation). Yuyun has built her organization from the grassroots level to a reputable global NGO.

Jointly with allies, she co-founded and led various environmental coalitions and partnerships at the national, regional, and global levels including the Alliance for Zero Waste Indonesia (AZWI), Ina-BAN (Indonesian Ban Asbestos Network), and Initiative for Universal Clean Air (Inisiatif Bersihkan Udara Koalisi Semesta or IBUKOTA).


Von Hernandez, Global Coordinator, Break Free From Plastic Movement

Von Hernandez is currently the Coordinator of the Break Free from Plastic movement. Before taking on this latest assignment, Von Hernandez was Global Development Director of Greenpeace International where Von Hernandez oversaw the development and performance of the Greenpeace’s national and regional offices worldwide. Prior to this, Von Hernandez was the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA), where he led programs and operations in  Southeast Asia. Together with allies, Von Hernandez co-founded and spearheaded various environmental coalitions and partnerships at the national, regional, and global levels including the Ecowaste Coalition, Waste Not Asia, and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).


Wendy Neu, Chairman and CEO of Hugo Neu Corporation

Wendy is the Chairman and CEO of Hugo Neu Corporation, a privately-owned company that builds, operates, and invests in innovative recycling, energy, real estate, and other clean-tech ventures. She is Chairman of Hugo Neu Recycling, a company that specializes in the recovery, management, and environmentally responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics and other universal waste. She was also a recycling industry representative on the EPEAT Board of Advisors. 

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