Consultants

NGOFilms has selected a group of like-minded working professionals to call upon on a case-by-case basis and with whom to collaborate on individual projects.  They come from the film industry and from non-governmental organizations supporting social, humanitarian, and environmental efforts around the world and from academia, including economists, anthropologists and biologists. 

These consultants have agreed to contribute to NGOFilms' mission by providing their expert advice and to actively participate in projects.


Rod Mast

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A true hero of the environment, Rod Mast has worked tirelessly for years in countries all around the world to help save endangered species.  He has been particularly focused on the Leatherback turtle.  Rod is President and CEO of The Oceanic Society, whose mission since 1969 has been to protect endangered wildlife and preserve threatened marine habitats worldwide. 

Rod's specialty is in conserving biodiversity in tropical Hotspots and Wilderness Areas in the Americas, Southern Africa and Madagascar and Asia/Pacific.  As Vice President at Conservational International, he was instrumental in founding and overseeing their regional programs in Colombia, Madagascar, Botswana, Papua New Guinea/Melanesia, Brazil and the Guianas.


Phyllis Koenig

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Phyllis Koenig is a well known advertising Industry veteran whose work producing television commercials over the past 30 years has consistently garnered top domestic and international awards including the prestigious Cannes Silver Outdoor Lion, and many Clios.

Her production company, Raucous Content, is always on the cutting edge of a highly competitive industry, creating compelling dramatic and comedic television spots as well as inspired online content.  

Phyllis brings to NGOFilms a sophisticated understanding of how advertising can alter and shift the way people are touched emotionally and thus moved to create change.


Donovan Webster

Donovan Webster is a an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and a long-time activist for humanitarian issues.  His Center for International Rehabilitation of which he is a co-founder raises awareness and promotes action for people with disabilities in 20 post-conflict countries.  An early member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, CIR was a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

Donovan is also the co-founder of Tidene/USA, a French-based humanitarian organization that builds water wells, schools and hospitals for the nomadic Tuareg people of Niger, the poorest and driest country on earth.

Donovan is a former senior editor of Outside magazine, and a best-selling and award-winning journalist, author and film-maker. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and numerous other publications. 


Jeff Valdez


Jeff Valdez is an American producer, writer, studio executive and entrepreneur.  He made history in 2003 when he launched Si TV,  America's first English Language Latino themed cable network.  Si TV is currently in over 20 million households and boasts a lineup of award winning original programming, much of it created by Valdez himself.


William Haugse, ACE

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Bill Haugse is a sought-after editor of Oscar and Emmy nominated films.

He has edited a dozen feature documentaries including “Hoop Dreams,” considered by some to be the best documentary film ever made, “Sunset Story,” “Stevie,” and “No Impact Man” and 50 hours of television documentary, receiving the American Cinema Editors Eddie Award among other prizes. 

His own film, “Breakfast in Bed,” starring John Ritter, was “finely crafted” according to the Hollywood Reporter and received festival awards both here and in Europe. Haugse taught at the USC Department of Cinema for five years.

Recent work includes editorial consultation on half a dozen award-winning films including collaboration with NGOFilms’ Reuben Aaronson on several films. 


Larry Kopald

Larry Kopald has been called a strategic alchemist.  

He spent over 25 years running some of the world’s largest advertising agencies with hundreds of awards to show for it.  He has long been committed to working for organizations that bring positive impact to the world in the field of social change, the environment, healthcare, education and human rights.  

Larry’s mix of experience in advertising with his fresh perspective on the workings of organizations focused on change makes him an invaluable consultant for NGOFilms.  He currently sits on the boards of Oceana, WILD, 1%For The Planet, and National Marine Sanctuaries.  Watch his climate change narrated film The Soil Story.


Enrique G. Ortiz

Peruvian born Enrique Ortiz is trained as a tropical ecologist (San Marcos University, Lima, and Princeton University, New Jersey). His specialty is in community ecology (plant/animal interactions). 

Enrique is perhaps better known for his activism and leadership in Peru and Latin America in conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems as Vice President and co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Association.  Since 2008, Enrique changed his career mode, focusing on independent work, supporting and advising funding agencies, as well organizations in the design, implementation,  and monitoring of conservation programs.  

Enrique’s solid knowledge of tropical forests from a biological, social, economic and political perspectives earned him an important role in Reuben’s recent film, Amazon Gold


Frank Stiefel


Frank Steifel has spent most of his career as a production executive in the television commerical production industry.  First as the Executive Producer at Steifel & Company and later at Radical Media, one of the world’s best production companies of commercials and films.  

There, he was responsible for the production of thousands of commercials, web films and television programs that appeared in countless festivals and garnered top awards.  Ingelore, a portrait of Steifel's mother, is the first film directed by him.  It tells the story of her struggles as a person born deaf and a Holocaust survivor, narrated largely by her own voice.  This film has been recognized at over 40 international film festivals.  At the end of 2010 it was acquired by HBO and premiered on Mother's Day, 2011.

His recent film, Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, is winning awards in film festivals worldwide.


John Fox


John Fox is an expert on United States tax policy and how it reflects American priorities as a nation.  The arguments for his book If Americans Really Understood The Income Tax were developed over many years in conjunction with his tax policy seminar at Mount Holyoke College in Massachussetts.  His book Ten Tax Questions The Candidates Don't Want You To Ask (2004) challenged candidates to address major inequities in the tax laws. 

Fox's thought provoking editiorials on tax issues have appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Atlanta Jounral-Constitution and numerous other newspapers around the country.  He has also been a frequent commentator on radio and television.

Currently, Fox teaches Winners and Losers: Taxation, Social Justice, and Economic Choices.  In recent years he has also taught Poverty in the United States.  Fox practiced law in Washington D.C. from 1964 to 2000 and is always improving his already-superlative golf game.


Adi Jaffe  


Dr. Adi Jaffe is an expert on addictive disorders and a leader in the development of groundbreaking technology-driven solutions to help those struggling to gain control over their lives.  Having lived on both sides of that equation, Dr. Jaffe provides real insight into the problems of addiction and has written often about it in Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, and his own All About Addiction website.  His understanding of the psychology and neuroscience of self-control, challenges current policies and thinking and demands new solutions to these old problems.   

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