Meet the Team


India Hamilton


India is an experienced entrepreneur, chef, creative and systems designer. She has worked in three different continents to build innovative businesses and events. She is focused on understanding economics of scale within her PhD.

Taylor Smythe


Taylor is a systems thinker, climate researcher, ecosystem builder, and social entrepreneur. She has worked extensively in communities in Nepal and Sri Lanka to implement community-led solutions to climate, circular economy, waste, food and water security. Her dynamic curiosity has led her to develop disruptive organisations that are challenging traditional notions of economics.



Director & Co-founder, Pilao Labs, Associate, Brand Ethos & Kando by Design

Margaret is an experienced leader in the public, cultural and third sector. She has developed strategic policies for major funders and created one of the most pioneering Lottery-funded initiatives, Local Trust. She is a content strategist for several communications agencies, and in 2020 co-founded Pilao Labs, a digital service specialising in accessible and inclusive online communications. Chair of an award winning food poverty social enterprise, Bags of Taste, through the two years of COVID.


Non-Executive Director, Finance Compliance Officer

Theresa is a highly experienced risk and compliance practitioner and a Fellow of the International Compliance Association, working in the private sector She conducts analysis of regulations and risk to construct, manage and test effective risk management frameworks, systems and controls, working with all relevant stakeholders in embedding and managing risk management through an integrity driven culture and ethical values. Theresa has always been passionate about natural and social history and the interplay of the two.


Director Ecoseva Institute, National Geographic Explorer, Researcher, Writer, Yogini

Katie researches waste streams from the perspective of reconnecting an awareness of waste with social and ecological systems, and closing the loop on waste externalities. She is a zero-waste advocate, Ph.D. candidate, Fulbright Fellow, and National Science Foundation Fellow from Portland State University in Oregon. She has worked and researched waste and sustainability issues across Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Vietnam, Japan, Nepal, and India. Conlon completed her master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, where she focused on the nexus of climate change and peace studies. She is a member of Break Free From Plastic, a 5 Gyres Ambassador, a Portland State Institute for Sustainable Solutions Ambassador, and a Board Member of the Marine Debris Foundation.


Former Diplomat & Senior Advisor for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Founder of Pinecone Leadership & Norwegian Sage

Caroline is a systems designer, wholeness therapist and transformation guide. She has extensive experience in the fields of international development, human rights, global peace processes and diplomacy. She holds an MA in International Relations from University of St. Andrews, an MSc in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies from London School of Economics (LSE) and has completed the Diplomatic Training Programme with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In recent years she has dived deeper into heart-based leadership and explored indigenous approaches to health and peacebuilding. She is a certified forest therapy guide with Association for Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT), quantum healer with Gilalai Institute for Energy and Consciousness, and an avid student of yoga sciences and craniosacral therapy. She is the founder of ecotherapy practice Norwegian Sage and co-founder of Pinecone Leadership, a regenerative leadership consultancy based in Oslo, Norway.


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