CEO and President
Ernest is an international business executive specializing in finance, risk, and compliance. He has held senior positions in Finance, Treasury, Risk and Compliance with both global institutions (private-sector) and multilateral organizations (international public sector). Clients he has worked for include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank, Nomura Securities, State Street and SVB Financial Group covering global businesses. The worldwide reach of his work have allowed him to live and work globally in three continents (Asia, Europe and North America).
Ernest has a master’s degree from NYU, an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and an MA in International Economics with an Applied Professional Certificate for Applied Economic Analysis from NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science.
Besides being a member of the CFA Institute and the World Leadership Alliance, Ernest has been consistently included in Who’s Who list in World, Finance and in America for over 10 years. He is an avid sailing and is a member of US Sailing Association and the Royal Yacht Association (U.K.)
Founder & Head of Acquisitions
Suzanne founded Green Planet Films in 2003 as a nonprofit distributor of nature and environmental films. Besides being the Founder, she is also the Chairman of the Board. She and GPF advocates that environmental education, especially through video imagery, plays an important role in building awareness of the pressing environmental challenges of today, but also of the solutions.
Suzanne’s work background consists of corporate communications, where she specialized in presentation design for technology companies and management consulting firms. Besides corporate work, she also designed magazines and promoted music, skillsets which directly correlate to film promotion. Her educational background includes a BA from UCONN in writing and broadcast communications.
When travelling to film festivals, she frequently appears on panels discussing new video platforms, technology and processes of film distribution. Example appearances: International Wildlife Film Festival (Missoula MT), Wildscreen (Bristol England), Wild and Scenic Film Festival (Nevada City CA), Sunny Side of the Doc (La Rochelle France). In 2008 she won the Gaea Award for the Environment from the Women’s International Film and Television Showcase, (Hollywood, CA)
Suzanne was also the Associate Producer Season 6 of a broadcast series called Natural Heroes.
Treasurer, Cinema Production MFA
Kristin Cato is a mediamaker and the owner of Green Hornet Accounting, which serves many non-profit organizations and small businesses in bookkeeping and financial management. She brings a unique balance of left brain and right brain understanding to all she does. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Semiotics (the study of signs and symbols) from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University. She has participated as a juror for several Bay Area film festivals, including the San Francisco International Film Festival, where she worked in the Education Department, bringing filmmakers to classrooms around the Bay Area. An avid patroness of the Bay Area arts scene, she reviews events at The Blinking Eye, www.blinkineyeblog.com. She has made many short films, and is the creator of The Numbers Project, a live cinema event of performed poetry about whole numbers, their shapes, associations, spiritual meanings and cultural roles. Kristin enjoys a passionate relationship with sacred Earth. Beginning with her first backpacking trip across Isle Royale at the age of seven, she regularly immerses herself in wilderness, often solo. She has camped, backpacked and canoed in over 35 national parks and forests across the USA.
Board Secretary, Marketing Associate, Video Editor MFA
Sharon recently completed an M.F.A. degree in Film Editing from the Motion Pictures and Television School at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She a passion for film, education, and the environment. She is originally from Connecticut although has spent the past several years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining Green Planet Films, Sharon interned at Skywalker Sound. She is GPF’s Bioard Secretary, and also marketing associate where she communicates directly with educational institutions and special interest organizations about our film library.
GPF History and Culture Founding Member and Senior Advisor
Dave Reinhardt Ragouzeos
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dave draws insight and inspiration from those closest to him. He traveled to different countries and intimately experienced the people and the landscapes along the way, allowing him a global perspective on humanity and culture.
After spending 20 years managing a corporate creative department, Dave earned his dual MFA/MBA degree at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. He now works for his own firm as a design strategist for various businesses mainly in the tech sector. Dave is a GPF founding member and advocates about the organization’s history and culture.
GPF History and Culture Founding Member and Senior Advisor
A California native, Christopher Mraz is a wine aficionado and owner of Threshold Wine Company, a business which imports and distributes wine from regions like Argentina, Uruguay, Portugal and France. Fluent in Spanish, he is passionate about seeing the world and spent his younger years backpacking through Latin America and living in Cali, Colombia. Previous to founding his wine business, Christopher worked for a large retail corporation in HR and sustainability departments. He, Suzanne and Dave all worked together in the early 2000s at a San Francisco corporation. As a Green Planet Films Founding Member, Christopher also advocates for GPF’s history and culture.
Sr. Advisor, Scientific Panel, Climate Change and Media
Dr Robert Kay
Robert Kay has more than 25 years of experience in climate change impact assessment adaptation and coastal zone management. He is an invited keynote speaker, author and consultant to the UN. He has a unique background of management and policy experience combined with his technical background in climate change vulnerability impacts and adaptation assessment, geomorphology and coastal planning and management. His work focuses on helping both developed and developing countries to prepare for climate change impacts and guide cost-effective, equitable adaptive responses.
Dr. Kay has worked substantially for Multi-lateral organizations such as UNEP, UNDP, and UNFCCC as well as for development banks such as Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. In addition he has worked for private sector clients and for national, state/provincial and municipal levels of government. He has led projects in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East, South America, and Africa. Dr. Kay is a contributor to PROVIA (Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation) and is on the Advisory Board of Green Planet Films.
Previously, he was Managing Director of Adaptive Futures and Coastal Zone Management. Dr. Kay has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia and B.Sc. in Geology from Cardiff University and is an Adjunct Professor to Sustainability Research Centre, Sunshine Coast University, Australia. He has written over 120 papers, articles and consultancy reports.
Friend of Green Planet Films
Matt was formerly the President of Green Planet Films, and now an advisor to us. Matt is Vice President-Portfolio Manager at U.S. Bank. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Environmental Studies. Matt is an avid sailor who crewed on a 42′ sail boat across the Atlantic Ocean. His passion for the environment was further strengthened by his experience at Outward Bound and at University of Oregon.
Matt sees our planet as a fragile resource and is excited to be a part of this forward-thinking organization. He looks to bring his business acumen and environmental passion to Green Planet as it seeks to educate and ultimately influence public behavior on environmental issues.
Film Lover / Technical Advisor / Web Designer
Since finishing chapter seven of “Websites for Dummies”, Knuckles loves to tinker with the GPF sites. In his other life, he’s the backup drummer and roadie for a Bay Area Monkees cover band. Working for literally peanuts, Knuckles has proven to be a valued team member, and contributor to the GPF family. He’s excellent at parallel parking, makes the best popcorn, and always knows where to find the tv remote.
We just wish he’d take a less “casual” approach to his attire around the office.