Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Eduardo Balarezo is the Founder and CEO of Lonesome George & Co. A former CEO and financier of a global conglomerate, Eduardo became a social entrepreneur in 2006 when he used his strong business savvy to create Lonesome George & Co., a social organization designed to inspire Agents of Change to bring change to the world through the choices they make.
Eduardo channeled his passion for experiential learning and teaching youth about global interdependence by founding one of the world's most respected leadership programs, Outward Bound Ecuador.
A leader in the social enterprise movement, Eduardo is a celebrated member of the Young Presidents Organization where he produced the best rated Latin American Leadership Seminar "Alternative Futures and Multiple Bottom Line Businesses."
Eduardo holds a Bachelor of the Arts from Brown University; a Master's degree in Science from UHCL and combined Global MBA Programme from IESE and also attended the Wharton Business School and China International Business School.
An adventure lover his whole life, Eduardo has traveled the world seeking new experiences such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and exploring unknown basins in China.
Director of the Academy of Agents of Change
Georgina Marten was born in England and first traveled to Ecuador in 1973. Having graduated in London as a Montessori teacher, she worked in FASINARM Guayaquil. She returned to London for a few years to open her store Macondo, where she sold South American handcrafts, thus keeping her ties to Ecuador alive.
She returned to the Ecuador in 1977 to manage archeology and anthropology camps in Manabi Province. In Quito she worked as an instructor at the British Counsel, and shortly thereafter made her home in the Galapagos Islands where she founded the La Casita School, and later participated in creating the Tomas de Berlanga School. She also served as president of the Galo Plaza Parents' Committee for the Galapagos National High School.
Georgina earned a degree in Quito as a technologist in Human Development in 2005 and began working as a facilitator in group therapy.
Convinced of the impact experiential education can generate and in keeping with Lonesome George & Co.'s philosophy of contributing to the community, she joined with Eduardo Balarezo to create the Color of Change EBR S.A. to push through the Outward Bound Ecuador Project in Galapagos. The Agents of Change Academy emerged and the Outward Bound Ecuador program is being developed as well as the methodology for Avancemos of Youth Venture, Ashoka.
Galapagos Islander at heart and a naturalized Ecuadorian, Georgina maintains her ties with the sea, the cruise boat The Beagle, and is a permanent resident of the archipelago.
Clara Balarezo Rossel
Clara Balarezo Rossel is the Creative Director for Lonesome George & Co. As a founding member of the management team, Clara is the creative force behind the groundbreaking design of the Impact Apparel collections.
With a deep appreciate for art and design, Clara attended Parsons School of Design in New York City where she immersed herself in the world of photography, fashion, and graphic design.
Upon graduating, Clara utilized her photography expertise with a stint at Parsons where she taught Alternative Photographic Processes as a teacher's assistant and as the Photo Editor of Six Degrees Magazine. Her photographs have been published in various magazines and she also designed jewelry for "Helen - Exclusive Jewelry Designs."
A yoga enthusiast, Clara believes that everything is connected and is inspired by the simple pleasures in life such as family, the beach, music, dance and animals.
Chief Operating Officer
Rodrigo Espinosa is the COO of Lonesome George & Co., where he brings his expertise in integrated marketing, partner development, strategic planning, and brand positioning to communicate the company's important mission to the world.
With over 18 years global marketing and business experience throughout Latin America, Asia and Europe, Rodrigo is a passionate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches graduate level marketing courses.
Rodrigo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication with a Concentration in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Born in Peru and living in California, Rodrigo lives a bi-cultural life and looks forward to sharing his affinity for culture and the outdoors with his two young daughters.
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Program Coordinator of the Academy
Chris is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the Lonesome George & Co. brand. His primary role involves building U.S. sales, partnerships, and distribution.
With 10 years of hospitality industry expertise in operations, finance, sales & marketing, and consulting roles, Chris has a deep passion for engaging people in meaningful ways and creating memorable service experiences. He looks to manifest this commitment to the ideals of service and stewardship on a truly global level through working with Lonesome George & Co. and all of Planet Earth's Agents of Change.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and is currently studying Marketing at the University of California, Berkeley.
A native of Vancouver, Canada, Chris is, of course, an avid fan of the Vancouver Canucks, maple syrup, and the metric system.
Robert Balfour is the Program Coordinator of the Academy of Agents of Change. Having spent his youth in the Galapagos Islands, he is excited about the opportunity to share his passion for nature while working with teenagers from the islands.
Robert attended primary school in Galapagos and spent his free time enjoying and observing the unique surroundings and wildlife of the local area. During these formative years, he also took advantage of this amazing natural arena and participated in aquatic sports such as surfing, snorkeling, diving, and sailing.
He moved to the mainland to continue his education and graduated as a clinical psychologist from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. While attending university in the city of Quito, he worked for various tourism agencies that specialized in organizing academic field trips for local high schools and summer camps for teenagers that included hiking, camping and mountain climbing. Through these experiences, teenagers learned about self-sufficiency, teamwork, leadership skills, and gained awareness of the importance of nature conservation.
Robert has now returned to his home in the Galapagos Islands where he is catching up with his old friends and looking forward to utilizing his psychology degree to support his work at the Academy of Agents of Change.
Vice President Digital, Edelman PR
Michael is VP of Digital at Edelman PR and leads the team in Silicon Valley CA. He provides strategic counsel, guidance and best practices to several of Edelman's top global accounts. Previously, Michael worked for HP, Yahoo! and Intel and was instrumental in driving social media programs and campaigns emphasizing authenticity and long-term relationship building. He is the founder of Silicon Valley Tweetup and involved in the Social Media Club.
Michael has a BA in Business from Saint Mary's College, an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Golden Gate University and proudly served 8 years in the US Marine Corps. He's writing a social business book, "Smart Business, Social Business: Playbook for Social Media in Your Organization", due for release in the Summer 2011.
Principal & Creative Director, Crowded Ocean
Tom has over 25 years of high-tech marketing experience. As a principal with Crowded Ocean, he has launched over 20 startups, including AdMob, Palo Alto Networks, Clearwell Systems and VisualTao.
Tom is the founder of Comunidad Para Baja California, a non-profit that brings health care, education and infrastructure to the indigenous tribes of northern Mexico. His work in human rights includes working as a professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at UC Santa Cruz and Santa Clara University.
Manager Supply Chain Management,
Procter & Gamble
Jorge is the Supply Network Operations leader for Procter & Gamble's Pet Care business (Iams and Eukanuba) in Europe, Middle East and Africa ($250mm). Prior to this, Jorge was responsible for planning Gillette's Blades and Razors business in Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa ($1bn). Jorge started his professional career in Lima Peru as a Sales Manager for one of the country's largest companies, Backus and Johnston Breweries (now SABMiller, $ 1bn).
Jorge holds a BS in Industrial Engineering, an MBA, and is currently studying for a BFA in Industrial Design. He resides in Geneva, Switzerland with his wife and son.
Business Development & Partnerships, Zazzle.com
Mike has 15 years of experience in the technology sector and is currently working for the internet's largest marketplace for on -demand products where he oversees partnership development with the world's largest and most influential brands: LucasFilm, MGM, MTV, Google, Viacom , Reebok among others.
Mike lives in San Francisco with his wife and son Rowan. He is a volunteer scuba diver for the California Academy of Science (CAS) where he is responsible for maintenance of the aquarium's world class displays. Schell is an active fund raiser for CAS and for the local chapter of the Oceanic Society. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts from Denver University.