Meet the Board

Jonathan Ford Chairman London

Jonathan is Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Pearlfisher, a leading international creative agency. Having designed some of the world’s most loved challenger and iconic brands, Jonathan believes that good design can shape a better future and he has won numerous awards for his work. An advocate of the power of creativity to inspire change, Jonathan is inspired by design thinking and the challenger ideas adopted by The Haller Foundation to make change and realise innovation, improving both lives and the environment.

Dr. René Haller Life President London

Haller’s namesake, Dr. Rene Haller, is a Swiss-born naturalist, trained in horticulture, landscaping and tropical agronomy. He is best known for his transformation of a barren cement quarry in Mombasa, Kenya into the ecological wonder now known as Haller Park. In 1987, Rene was awarded the United Nations Environment Programme Global 500 Roll of Honour, for his ‘outstanding environmental achievements.’ In 1991, he received the Swiss Brandenberger prize, and was awarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel.

Louise Piper Founder London

Louise grew up in Africa, where her father worked for 35 years. After graduating with a law degree from Cambridge, she spent nearly 20 years working as an investment banker with JP Morgan in the financial markets of London, New York and the Far East. As a colleague of Guido, she was captivated by the stories of his father’s work in Africa and travelled to Kenya to meet him. Louise was inspired by Dr Haller and the potential for the Haller model to transform lives in the rural communities of sub-Saharan Africa. She co-founded The Haller Foundation in 2004 to raise funds to champion Dr. Haller’s principles and develop his ideas.

Charles Watson Trustee London

Charles is a highly experienced business leader across the field of professional services and the communications sector. He is currently Chairman of Teneo Holdings International, where he leads the global strategic consulting firm’s development outside of North America. He was previously the Group CEO of strategic communications consultancy, Financial Dynamics, where in 2003 he led the business’s MBO and then its subsequent sale to FTI Consulting Inc. in 2006.
During his 10 year tenure as Financial Dynamics CEO, he oversaw the business’s growth from its London origins to one of the world’s leading international communications consultancies, with over 700 professionals operating in over 25 offices around the world. Charles has also chaired a number of businesses across the communications, advertising, education and music sectors, as well as sitting on the boards of not-for-profit organisations.

Danny Haller Trustee London

Dany is the youngest son of Rene Haller. He is involved hands on in Haller Kenya. Dany was raised with his father’s innovative ideas and practises. He has a Bsc in Biology & Economics and an MSc in Aquaculture. Dany runs his own successful business, a crocodile farm in the Tana River Delta, and volunteers his time regular to ensure smooth running and oversight of Haller Kenya Projects.

Guido Haller Trustee London

Born and raised in Kenya, Guido is Rene Haller’s eldest son. He grew up immersed in the world of his father’s explorations and experiments, leading to Guido receiving a Masters degree in Zoological Sciences from Stirling University. A career in investment banking has taken him to the Far East, Switzerland and London, where he met Louise Piper. He is an active intellectual and financial supporter of Dr Haller’s work.

Laurie Bennett Trustee London

Laurie has a strong affinity with Kenya having been born and raised there. He holds a degree in Human Sciences from Oxford and is a founding partner of Within People – an international partnership that helps people find purpose and grow. He works with leaders in businesses of all sizes globally to deliver change and shape more purposeful, wholehearted and successful organisations. Over the last decade Laurie has developed pioneering, purpose-driven brand and business strategies for the likes of Unilever, Kingfisher Plc, Groupe Danone, WildTeam and UNESCO.

Sophie Dollar Trustee London

Sophie has spent the past decade working with organisations to design award-winning strategic communication and product interventions for positive social impact. Her experience spans international blue-chip, non-profit and government clients, such as the UK Department for International Development, USAID, Fairtrade, Nike Inc. & Nike Foundation and Coca-Cola. She has lived in East Africa and China and is passionate about the innovative use of data and technology for development.