- The Last Glaciers.
DIRECTOR - PRODUCER - EXPEDITION TEAM MEMBER
Craig Leeson is an award-winning filmmaker, television presenter, news correspondent and entrepreneur. He is the director, explorer/narrator, writer and executive producer of the multi-award winning documentary feature films “A Plastic Ocean” (released 2017) and The Last Glaciers (due for release 2020). “A Plastic Ocean” was ranked the number one documentary on iTunes in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada and has been translated to more than 25 languages. It was released on Netflix by Leonardo di Caprio and simultaneously screened on Amazon. “A Plastic Ocean” has won more than 20 film festival awards and has been publicly screened in cinemas and at public events in over 70 countries on 6 continents. There have been over 2000 screenings globally hosted by government agencies, non-profits, schools, universities, individuals, multilateral institutions, corporations, aquariums and others, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Australian and UK Parliaments. The film was only the second chosen to be screened in the US Senate (An Inconvenient Truth the first) and was selected by the Senate as one of 50 showcase films to be screened in 55 US embassies around the world. A shorter 22-minute version of the film was premiered at the UN General Assembly, in conjunction with the Permanent Mission of Colombia, on June 6 in New York City, to more than 500 people. The film counts among its patrons UNESCO.
Craig is the CEO of Leeson Media International, Leeson Global Media and Ocean Vista Films and founder of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival. He is an advisor to The Klosters Forum, is the Global Sustainability Partner to BNP Paribas and was Cathay Pacific’s first Change-maker Award recipient. He advises Colombia’s Inspector Attorney General’s office on environmental issues and has been instrumental in helping frame and introduce legislation banning single use plastics to the Colombian and Mexican congresses. He has also advised and worked with the Asian Development Bank on oceans and single-use plastics-related issues and helped ADB launch its US$5billion healthy oceans initiative. He has worked with the world’s major broadcasters as a producer and foreign correspondent, including BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Bio Channel, Universal, Al Jazeera and the Seven Network. He began his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to radio and television as a news correspondent and anchor for ABC TV Australia and later for ATV, RTHK and Star News (Hong Kong).
Craig is a renowned public speaker, moderator and emcee and has been the keynote at major corporate, conference and film festival events globally, including the Royal Geographic Society, Tedx, Forbes, Fortune Magazine, International Congress on Conservation Biology, FilmAid Asia, EarthX, The Klosters Forum, BNP Paribas Sustainability Future Forum, Academia Film Olomouc, Ocean Geograhic, Wonderfruit and many more. He has moderated or been the keynote speaker for clients such as BNP Paribas, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, European Shipping Owners, Cathay Pacific, to name a few.
Craig is a passionate oceans and mountain explorer, adventurer, surfer and diver. He is a qualified bronze medal certified surf lifesaver having represented his home state Tasmania at the Australian titles, and holds medical, CPR and surf rescue crew certification as well as a surf rescue boat license. He is also a qualified advanced SCUBA diver and holds an FAA-rated private pilot’s license and a UK paragliding pilot’s certificate. Craig plays guitar in a published rock band. He is the fourth generation media entrepreneur in his family.
PRODUCER - EXPEDITION TEAM MEMBER
Malcolm Wood is a well-known adventurer, extreme athlete and entrepreneur who has founded and invested in many different businesses, including hospitality, clothing and extreme sports brands. His companies have sponsored other extreme athletes over the years in some of the toughest sporting events in the world.
A passionate social entrepreneur, Malcolm is involved in multiple marketing and production initiatives through film and media. This includes the world renowned production “A Plastic Ocean”, one of the most awarded documentaries in 2017, whilst most recently he has teamed up with Director and producer Craig Leeson to work on a set of environmental films that will be released over the next few years to highlight the global issues we are facing as well as the solutions.
Recently, Malcolm has been selected as the first paraglider, speedflyer and film maker to join UN Environment’s campaign ‘Mountain Heroes’. The team consist of a group of other famous athletes such as Canadian ice-climber Will Gadd, Austrian cyclist Michael Strasser, Kenyan Olympic skier Sabrina Simader and adventurer Ben Fogle, helping to draw attention to emerging environmental issues in mountains including climate change, waste and biodiversity loss.
On a more daily basis, Malcolm runs his hospitality group based in Hong Kong and is considered a major influence in the F&B industry. His passion for design and food led him to co-found the multi-award winning Maximal Concepts, which manages and owns over eighteen individual brands and has restaurants in numerous international locations. In the past, Malcolm has been chosen by global brands as an Ambassador due to his unique position as a Chinese National primarily based in Asia, a market which unlike Europe is not oversaturated with key mountaineering figures, all with fairly similar stories and backgrounds. Malcolm’s unique background and experience generates a lot of interest not only with the sporting side but as one of Asia’s leading restauranteurs, providing different audience across both groups of media outlets.
William Pfeiffer is Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Globalgate Entertainment, a global local-language film production and financing company that includes Lionsgate, Televisa, and Nordisk as shareholders. The Globalgate consortium consists of 14 film production/distribution companies, including Gaumont, Rai, Tobis, Kadokawa, and Lotte.
As CEO of Dragongate Entertainment, a feature film and TV series production and financing company launched in 2012 with backing from Lionsgate, Pfeiffer produces feature films in English and Asian languages and raises corporate financing as well as film financing. From 2008-2012, Pfeiffer was CEO & Founder of Tiger Gate Entertainment, a partnership among Lionsgate Entertainment, Saban Capital, and Pfeiffer. He launched Asia-focused TV channels including KIX and Thrill. Tiger Gate merged with Celestial’s TV channels in 2012, and Pfeiffer is still a significant shareholder of the merged entity: Celestial Tiger Entertainment.
As CEO of Celestial Pictures from 2001-2008, Pfeiffer launched several Chinese TV channels including Celestial Movies and produced many successful TV series. Celestial Pictures owns the largest Chinese film library, including Shaw Brothers. Celestial produced multiple award-winning Chinese films such as “Perhaps Love” and “WuXia”.
From 1992-2001, William Pfeiffer was the most senior executive in Asia of Sony Pictures and Columbia TriStar and simultaneously was responsible for production, distribution, and TV channels. He initiated local film production that produced multiple award-winning local-language films such as “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” and “Lagaan”. At Sony, he launched 20 TV channels and produced thousands of films / TV programs. He was Chairman of the first n China-based production joint venture between a Hollywood major studio and a Chinese partner.
Katrina Razon is the Founder/Managing Director at KSR Ventures, Creative Director at CC: Concepts, and Director/Producer at Wonderfruit.
Katrina is an active investor who focuses on key inflection points of outstanding net positive companies that aim to solve economic, social and/or environmental problems in inspiring ways. She believes that investors have a responsibility to steer toward a more sustainable future for our planet. Often described as a Venture Catalyst, Katrina is one of the first notable investors from the Philippines to actively invest in impact and social enterprises.
She has worn many different hats in the entertainment industry from being a DJ to festival/live events producer. It was in her formidable years in the music industry that opened her eyes on the detrimental environmental impact large scale festivals and concerts create. Katrina serves as a Director/Producer Wonderfruit - Thailand’s premium sustainable lifestyle festival. Wonderfruit encourages, develops and innovates creative solutions for sustainable living and brings a global community to celebrate them. The festival is considered a leader in the eco-festival space since it is the first large-scale festival to ban single use plastic in Asia.
Katrina is an environmental activist whose advocacies include wildlife conservation, protection of marine sanctuaries and sustainability. She is an avid diver, surfer and a yoga teacher.
Matt is a renowned creative disruptor, restauranteur and environmental entrepreneur. A restless mind that always seeks to find and apply pressure to the relationship between creativity, strategy and brand.
Matt is the co-founder of Steelhead Group; a collection of companies ranging from the leading restaurant group in Asia, Maximal Concepts, to Disruption Labs; a pioneering biotech wellness company.
Matt is passionate social entrepreneur sitting on two charities Board of Directors, Plastic Oceans Foundation & Hong Kong Shark Foundation, and currently an advisor to the Ellen McArthur Foundation. He believes re-purposing the power of business to be the principle driver of change. Harnessing creativity and popular culture, through inspiring and informative content, and amplifying through hyper inter-connectivity is a key philosophy. Being part of the team that produced ‘A Plastic Ocean’ has led Matt to develop more films and content programs.
Swamy is a New York bred, Hong Kong native, best known for critically acclaimed, community-building lifestyle brands Wonderfruit, Robot Heart & Future Future. Founder of creative agency Do What You Love, Swamy is also advisor to music, wellness and tech start ups NetEase, Gigwell, Nusic and SilentMode.
He is highly sought after by global brands and institutions for his creative curatorial approach and experience design talents, and is a frequent speaker at global conferences. Current projects include Creative Director and resident DJ of Fever Black, a premium electronic music experiential brand from China tech giant NetEase Fever where he is co-founder and consultant.
Swamy was best known as a top promoter and resident DJ in New York City where he began with residencies at the legendary Le Souk Sunday Sessions, Sullivan Room and Crobar. Seeing a gap in quality electronic music after moving back to HK in 2007, he co-founded small&TALL and Do What You Love. Both brands brought premiere talent to Hong Kong with the likes of Hot Chip, Jamie Jones, Apparat, Nicolas Jaar, Lianne La Havas and Bebel Gilberto.
Over the past 20 years as a DJ, Swamy’s sets are as eclectic as his curatorial style. Having toured internationally, you can expect his sets to be uplifting, fun and sexy with a solid groove as a driving force. He finds himself most at home playing sunrises and sunsets, as witnessed by his coveted DJ residencies at Robot Heart, Future Future and the fields of Wonderfruit.
Dave Turner has always been an adventurer. From solo climbing expeditions, kite skiing traverses, and paraglider crossings he has always been pursuing adventure in high, remote locations around the world. He started climbing in the late 90’s by moving to Yosemite Valley and quickly began advancing through the ranks by making a notable amount of solo big wall ascents, including opening multiple new routes on El Capitan and other Yosemite walls - almost always solo.
In the early 2000s Dave started traveling overseas for new climbs on virgin peaks and also started snow kiting in these exotic alpine locations. After numerous trips to the Arctic and Patagonian ice caps for climbing and kiting, he began speed flying in 2009. Since then, he has been nonstop adventure flying, combining fast and light mountain climbing ethics with high level cross country paragliding.
Dave has quickly built a reputation as one of the world’s foremost adventure paraglider pilots. Now specializing in vol biv paragliding, crossing large mountain ranges by hiking and flying is how he choses to spend his time while not running his flying business in the mountains of California, Sierra Paragliding.
ABOVE & BEYOND
Above & Beyond, or Jono, Tony and Paavo as they are better known to their legions of fans around the world, have been at the forefront of electronic dance music for two decades.
Founders of the iconic Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep record labels and hosts of a weekly radio show, that reaches millions of dance lovers every Friday (Group Therapy), the trio have earned two GRAMMY™️nominations for anthems 'Northern Soul' feat. Richard Bedford and We're All We Need feat. Zoë Johnston. In 2018, the band’s fourth electronic album, Common Ground, debuted at number three on the Official Billboard Album Chart.
Described by UK music bible Q Magazine as “the world’s biggest cult band”, Above & Beyond's enviable list of sold out shows includes headline performances at historic venues like Madison Square Garden NYC, The Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall London, Red Rocks Amphitheater and record-breaking turnouts for their own festival events on LA's Huntington Beach and at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State.
Songwriters first, producers second, Above & Beyond’s unwavering commitment to their craft has fuelled a career that many electronic artists today might only dream of: four acclaimed studio albums, 14 compilation albums, two ‘acoustic’ albums and a stand-alone album for yoga and meditation - not to mention innumerable club cuts and dance remixes.