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'It will take a local, national and global effort – with individuals, businesses and governments getting involved – to better the planet. To cope with this intimidating set of problems, we have to accept a sort of bewildering complexity of responsibilities. We need individual champions to see what should be done, we need community champions, we need government champions, and we need global champions -- all interacting with each other to try and cope, as cope we must.'


Sir Crispin Tickell, at the launch of the Hong Kong Earth Champions Quest on 3rd August 2008.

Meet the Team


Fiona Mathews FRSA

Founder and CEO of Earth Champions Foundation.

President of Greenhouse Action Australia 1994 –1997 and an Executive of Memtec inventors of membrane micro-filtration. Member of UN Commission for Sustainable Development  (CSD). Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) previously worked as a reporter for the ABC in Australia, Mexico and New York.

Bryan Belling

International Chairman

Bryan Belling focuses in industrial relations and employment law. He has 25 years experience and has appeared before both Australian State and Federal Courts and Industrial Tribunals in all aspects of public and private sector employment, industrial relations and safety law. He has acted for all tiers of government and State owned corporations

Nicholas Vanezis

Nicholas provides advisory services and corporate finance support services through the company, Sajinvest, which is part of the SAAJ Family Office group. He is also involved with the Oakes Lyman Medical Fund which specialises in nurturing companies with unique technologies and taking them to market.

Professor Edward Kosior

Managing Director of Nextek Limited. Honorary Professor at the Wolfson Materials Processing Centre at Brunel University London specialising in environmental technologies. Designed and supervised the first plastic to food contact recycling plant for London.

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Annabel Mckliskey

Annabel works as a practising psychologist, mediator, yoga teacher, and trains yoga and meditation teachers.  She believes in the healing power of nature and in a symbiotic relationship between the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of humankind.  Annabel has worked closely with the Foundation since 2002.

Sir Crispin Tickell

Recent former Chairman

Earth Champions Foundation International Advisory Committee

Distinguished British diplomat, Chairman of the International Advisory Committee, environmentalist and academic. Former British Ambassador to the United Nations and Permanent Representative on the UN Security Council (1987–1990). President of the Royal Geographical Society from 1990 to 1993.

Dr Edward De Bono

Recent former Chairman UK

Renowned author and advisor to corporations and government. Has written over 63 books on creative and conceptual thinking which are taught from in over 600,000 schools in China. Dr De Bono coined the term ‘lateral thinking’.

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