Our board provides governance to Outward Bound International through its own efforts and through the work of various committees. The board also upholds the mission of Outward Bound International:
To promote and protect the good name of Outward Bound throughout the world, and to assist in the establishment, development and support of Outward Bound Centres able to provide safe, high quality programs that fulfil the Mission of Outward Bound.
Mary Thomson – Chair OBI (Canada)
One of Canada’s pre-eminent litigators, Mary Thomson serves as head of Gowling WLG’s firm-wide Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and leader of its Product Liability Group. Over the past three decades, she has represented clients in many of the country’s highest-profiled legal matters in her field of expertise, including class actions and mass tort litigation, public inquiries, and before administrative tribunals. She has appeared in courts across Canada on matters involving product liability, particularly involving pharma and medical devices as well as consumer products generally. She is a recognized expert in health law, consent law, privacy law and related matters. Mary has been repeatedly singled out as a top legal practitioner by Chambers Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Who’s Who Legal and other leading directories. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Lexpert Zenith Award for her extraordinary leadership in the legal profession. In addition to her legal practice, Mary has taught trial advocacy and negotiation theory throughout her career. For more than a decade, she was an adjunct professor in the graduate department of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, instructing in ethical and legal issues related to health law. She currently serves as Chair of Outward Bound International, having been Chair of Outward Bound Canada previously. For many years, she chaired the Selection Committee (ON) for Pearson College, a United World College.
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Andrew Smith – Vice Chair OBI (New Zealand)
Andrew Smith is a New Zealander, and spent his working life in businesses supplying materials to the construction industry, first with his family’s business, Smith & Smith Ltd, of which he became Managing Director, and then from 1987, with two partners in a glass merchant business, Metropolitan Glass, which they established from scratch. Metropolitan Glass grew to become the largest glass merchant business in New Zealand, and was sold to a private equity firm in 2006. From then on, Andrew has focused his time on managing an investment portfolio, and becoming more involved with a number of not for profit organizations. Andrew completed an Outward Bound course in 2007, and became a director of Outward Bound New Zealand in 2008. He currently serves on the finance subcommittee, and is Chair of the Outward Bound Foundation. With his wife, Jenny, he joined the OBI Guest Expedition in Oman in 2010. His interests include travel, golf, and the visual arts.
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Colin Maund, Treasurer (UK)
Colin Maund Colin Maund graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE). Colin is Chairman of Achilles Group. He set up the company in the UK in 1993 and was responsible for its international growth into 26 countries. Colin led the sale of the business in 2008 to a Private Equity firm, HgCapital. Colin has been actively involved in The Outward Bound Trust of which Achilles is a Patron Company Member. Colin was awarded the UK Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 for IT Services. Colin was appointed a Trustee of The Outward Bound Trust in March 2012.
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Jon D’Almeida (Australia)
Jon is a New Zealander who has roamed the world in the service of Outward Bound. After working as School Director in New Zealand he left to take up the challenge of starting Outward Bound in post-apartheid South Africa. With that school well established Jon moved to Hong Kong where he served as Executive Director for 12 years. Recently appointed as Executive Director of Outward Bound Australia, Jon is passionate about big boat sailing, snow skiing, and dog sledding wilderness journeys. He is a New Zealand maori of the Ngati Tangata marae and is married with six great children.
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David Kong (Hong Kong)
David Kong is the managing director of his family business, Fat Kee Stevedores Ltd. The Company specialises in cargo logistics, turnkey transport, ship management and port services in Hong Kong, and south China. He represents the port of Hong Kong in the General Stevedores Council, a global network of port operators and was former member of several Hong Kong government port planning committees. He is also an active Governor of Canadian Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong.David is the immediate past chairman of the Executive Committee of Outward Bound Hong Kong and continues to serve as deputy chairman. He is a current member of the board of trustees of the Hong Kong Academy International School and a past chairman of the board of the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. David is a keen sailor and was Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club straddling the years during the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. He has 2 daughters. They are studying veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow and are both keen sailors.
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Georgina Marten (Ecuador)
Georgina Marten is Director of the Academy of Agents of Change and a partner in Lonesome George & Co. She has been living in Ecuador since 1973 during which time she founded “La Casita” Montessori pre-school on the island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, and is a founding member of Thomas de Berlanga School on the same island. Ms. Marten completed a graduate degree in Human Development Facilitation, specialising in Group Therapy in 2005. She currently serves on the board of Outward Bound Ecuador as its Vice President.
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Tim Medhurst (Australia)
Originally trained as a Licensed Surveyor, Tim Medhurst has a B.Sc and Dip.Ed. After gaining a Master of Science in Glaciology from Melbourne University, Tim led scientific expeditions in the Antarctica spending 10 months in the field away from the base. He followed this with service as Operations Director of Outward Bound Australia overseeing 18 operational areas around Australia. Tim was Country Director in Fiji for CARE Australia and later became Executive Director of OB Australia. After a 30-year involvement, Tim now serves on the Board of OB Australia.Recently Tim has been Director of Casleyville and South Developments involved with land development and real estate investment. Tim serves with a number of not for profit organizations including The Ethos Foundation.Tim and his family enjoy travelling, mixing and working with other cultures. He also serves as Chairman of the OBI Risk Management Committee. He is an enthusiastic surfer and skier. He and his wife Fiona have three children.
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Nikhil Mundle (India)
Nikhil Mundle received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology and a MBA from Nagpur University. He is partner in the family business of construction and leasing of real estate in the growing city of Nagpur. His extensive charitable work includes being founding trustee of Outward Bound Bharat Trust. Through the Mundle Educational Trust he supports the Mundle Public School, Central India School of Fine Arts and Pasaayadaan Parisar. He is also the President of The Blind Relief Association, which operates Blind Boys School and Workshop for Blind Students. He is active in sports and played badminton competitively, has completed several long distance treks in the Himalaya and climbed Kilimanjaro with the OBI Global Leaders Program in 2006.
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Krassimir Yanev (Bulgaria)
Krassimir Yanev has extensive business experience in various fields, mostly within the international context. He has been a Managing Director of DHL Express in the Balkan countries for many years and is currently CEO of Net Info, the leading Bulgarian Internet Media Player. Krassimir holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, USA and an M.Sc. in Economics and International Business from Sofia University of Economics. He has been Board Chairman of Outward Bound Bulgaria for over 10 years and has visited numerous OB programs. Krassimir is a passionate mountaineer and has climbed Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, and Aconcagua.
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Eduardo Balarezo (Ecuador)
Eduardo Balarezo holds degrees in Economics, International Relations, Future Studies and Global Business. Born in Peru, he has been a senior partner in Peruval a private equity fund and CEO of the privately held Inversiones Ecuador overseeing 12 companies in commercial, agriculture, industrial real estate and service sectors. Currently he is the founder and CEO of Lonesome George & Co., a social entrepreneurship organization based in Miami, Florida. Eduardo is co-founder of Outward Bound Ecuador with Jose Antonio Torres.
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Mike Perlis (USA)
Mike Perlis is President and CEO of Forbes Media. He has served as a media industry CEO with over 25 years’ experience managing a wide range of content and multi-media brands. Mr. Perlis joined Forbes Media from SoftBank Capital, a venture capital firm focused on high growth internet based businesses, where he served as a General Partner. Formerly he served as President and CEO of Ziff-Davis Publishing and as President of the Playboy Publishing Group, overseeing all publishing and related product activity worldwide. Mike has been on numerous Outward Bound programs in the USA, Nepal, Africa and served on OB USA Board for many years. He recently climbed Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in the US state of Washington.
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Kelly O’Dea (USA) – Chairman Emeritus
Kelly is Chairman of AllianceHPL Worldwide, a global strategic advice and applied innovation firm. Described in a Harvard Business School case as “a global marketing pioneer, business builder and change leader”, Kelly is a business strategy and marketing innovator with a track record that crosses virtually all market categories and over 50 countries worldwide. Kelly has advised top management clients in such companies as IBM, Microsoft, Shell, Samsung, Boeing, Compaq, Ford, Fujitsu, AT&T, PepsiCo, Kraft and Unilever. His resume includes: President – Foote, Cone and Belding Worldwide (NYSE: IPG); Vice Chairman/Global Operations – Bozell Worldwide; President – Worldwide Client Services, Ogilvy & Mather (NASDAQ: WPPGY). He also serves as board director or senior advisor for several corporations across numerous market categories. Educated in the USA and Europe, he received a Global MBA with Distinction from the Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management and a BA (Political Science, International Relations) from the University of Portland. He has been a board director and trustee of both schools and board chairman at Thunderbird. Kelly has been actively involved with Outward Bound for 30 years as a board chairman, board director, marketing advisor and host of several Outward Bound expeditions around the world. He served as Chairman of Outward Bound International from 2003 – 2009. During that time he created the successful “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” program which served as the inspiration and model for the Outward Bound Center for PeaceBuilding.
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Bill Phillips (USA) – Chairman Emeritus
William E. Phillips is a native of Chicago. He graduated from Cornell in 1951 and then served as a naval officer at sea during the Korean Conflict. After an MBA at Northwestern, he worked for Procter & Gamble as a brand manager. In 1959, he joined Ogilvy & Mather—which grew from one office to the fourth largest agency in the world—and served as chief executive officer from 1981 to 1988. Mr. Phillips became involved with Outward Bound in 1975 during a rafting trip on Cataract Canyon with Bill Coors, Josh Miner, Joe Nold, and Steve Truitt, among others. He has since been on 16 Outward Bound adventures from the streets of New York City to high altitudes on six continents. As an OB USA trustee, Mr. Phillips initiated a PSA recruitment advertising campaign. He then became the founding chairman of the New York City Outward Bound Center. In 1988, he led the establishment of an international board, which he chaired for nine years. In 1997, Mr. Phillips stepped down to become chairman emeritus. He remains active in fund raising for Outward Bound everywhere. Mr. Phillips also serves on four for-profit Boards and four non-profit Boards. Mr. Phillips is married to Barbara Smith, who is a professional fundraiser. He says he has always been luckier than he deserves to be, except on the golf course.
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Peter Kyle (USA) – Chairman Emeritus
Peter is a lawyer and hails from New Zealand. He was educated at Victoria University of Wellington gaining a BA (Economics) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors). In 1972 he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand and served as Clerk to the Chief Justice of New Zealand. He was then awarded a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship to complete a Master of Laws degree at the University of Virginia in 1974. Upon returning to New Zealand he was made a partner in the leading New Zealand commercial law firm of Watts and Patterson. In 1979, he took leave from his firm to serve as a Senior Counsel with the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines. In 1992 Peter accepted an offer of a senior position within the Legal Department of the World Bank, based in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Bank in 2009 but continues to consult for the Bank. Peter completed his first Outward Bound course at Anakiwa, New Zealand, in February 1966. He became an active leader in the Alumni Association of Outward Bound New Zealand and was one of the first two alumni to serve on the OBNZ Council. He served on all major Board committees and chaired most of them. In 1991 he was appointed as Senior Vice President of OBNZ. Peter has always been actively involved in the international activities of Outward Bound. In 1988 he was instrumental in drafting all the legal documentation which led to the establishment of the International Advisory Board – the predecessor to Outward Bound International (OBI). In 1993 he was appointed to that Board and made Vice Chairman in 1995. In 1997 he was appointed as the first Chairman of OBI. He stepped down in 2003 but remains active as one of the Chairmen Emeritus of OBI.
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