Board of Directors
Prince Khaled bin Sultan
His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan is a leading member of the Royal House of Saudi Arabia and a dedicated ocean conservationist.
Hala bint Khaled bin Sultan
Her Royal Highness Princess Hala bint Khaled bin Sultan is the Founder of Burhan Almarifa, a Saudi company focused on maturing the culture, encouraging innovation, and enabling research and development in the legal sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is the Founder of the Saudi Law Conference and Chairman of its Organizing Committee since its launch in 2018. With a passion to preserve and conserve the ocean, she is also a Director of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s board since 2016. She is Senior Advisor at Al Akeel & Partners in Cooperation with Mayer Brown. Princess Hala was also the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum representative for KSA from 2019-2021. She started her career in 2008 as a legal researcher at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority Economic Cities Agency (SAGIA-ECA), and then as a legal advisor at SAGIA-ECA. She was a Co-Founder of The Empowerment Hub, a social enterprise which focused on raising awareness about health and fitness for women and youth in Saudi Arabia until 2018. Princess Hala graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Wellesley College in 2005 and then earned her Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from Boston University School of Law in 2008. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in the UK and Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee for the establishment of the Saudi Branch of CIArb, Deputy Chairman of the Appeals Committee for the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation, and a member of the Advisory Board of The Global Diwan, France. She was recognized as “Woman of the Year” at the first Women in Law Awards by LexisNexis in 2022.
Charles A. Horner, General, USAF (ret)
General Charles A. Horner is a former Commander in Chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Space Command; and Commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base. While Commander of 9th Air Force, he also managed U.S. Central Command Air Forces, in charge of all U.S. and allied air assets during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Chief Financial Officer
Ian D. Fair is the current Chairman of Butterfield Trust (Bahamas) Limited. A distinguished business professional in The Bahamas, he is a former Chairman of the Bahamas First Insurance Group, the Bahamas Maritime Authority, and the Grand Bahama Port Authority. He was also the Founding Chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board and of The Bahamas International Securities Exchange, the latter of which he still serves as a Director. He has extensive involvement in charities in The Bahamas, the USA, and the UK.
Shawn M. McLaughlin, PhD is a research microbiologist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, MD. She currently investigates the impacts of land use on coastal ecosystem health. Previous research was focused on the effects of disease and other stressors on aquatic animal health. Dr. McLaughlin holds a B.A. from Notre Dame of Maryland University, a M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland, and a PhD in Biology from Abo Akademi University. She is a graduate of the Department of Commerce's Executive Leadership Development Program.
Dr. Abdulaziz Abuzinada received his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Durham, United Kingdom. He was a Professor in the Department of Botany at Riyadh University, before becoming Secretary General of the Saudi Arabian National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development. In his 17 years in that role, he helped establish 16 national Protected Areas and has received seven awards including the prestigious IUCN Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas Fred Packard Award for Distinguished Achievements in Wildlife Preservation and Environmental Protection.
Dr. Mohamed Faisal, DVM, PhD, Dr. Honoris Causa is a Professor of Aquatic Animal Medicine and Principal Investigator of the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory at Michigan State University. He authored and coauthored over 400 peer-reviewed publications. He received several honors and awards the last of which is the Snieszko Career Award of the American Fishery Society.