Dr. Mike North,

Dr. North holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in engineering with focuses on mechanical design, rapid prototyping, and biomimetic nanotechnology. He’s published in a half dozen major scientific journals, including the journal Nature; and continues to speak internationally on design and innovation.

Mike masterminded builds on the Discovery Channel show Prototype This!, where he led teams of crack inventors, scientists, builders, and engineers to create never before seen spectacles of engineering. Inventions ranged from an omni-directionally driving stilt lifting traffic busting truck to a 30-foot tall waterslide simulator to cutting-edge lifesaving fire fighting equipment.

Mike is now focusing his energy on developing a the ReAllocate community, setting long term strategies, developing capacity building curriculum, and traveling the world spreading the word. In his free time Mike has a design and rapid prototyping firm, North Design Labs, which focuses on rapid innovation, design, and prototyping.



Timothy Lipton,
Board Member/CFO

Tim is a seasoned and accomplished finance executive, with over 20 years of experience working with both private and public companies, domestic and abroad. He has worked with a number of technology and green-tech start-ups, as well as on Wall Street as an equity research analyst and investment banker where he covered the interactive entertainment software sector. Tim’s general management and operating experience is further complemented by several years directing Switching Gears, which provides early stage technology and green-tech companies a range of services including financial modeling, board selection, key employee identification, business plan creation and refinement, strategic positioning, merger and acquisition advisement, and capital raising activities. He was previously VP Consumer Technology with Morgan Keegan & Company, a subsidiary of Regions Financial, where he executed several IPOs and PIPEs. He started his career on Wall Street with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter after receiving a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

Sam Burd,
Program Director

Sam Burd, President of Medical and Biotech Developments, Inc., has over thirty years bringing medical and biotech products to market. He has managed numerous groups, brought diverse projects to successful completion, assisted a wide range of entrepreneurial ventures, started technology based companies, set-up operations worldwide while continually volunteering for community oriented NGO’s.

Sam has applied his engineering and managerial expertise both locally through non-profit organizations and internationally through Engineers Without Boarders (EWB) projects. Locally, he is on the Board of Volunteering For Oakland, helped start Greening Oakland Homes, and was a Neighborhood Team Leader of Montclair. For EWB, he co-manages the Appropriate Technology Design Team (ATDT), a group of MEs, EES and other product development professionals who provide engineering design and research assistance for projects in developing communities throughout the world. To help educate others, Sam lectured in the Venture Design course E-110 at UC Berkeley from 1995 to 2004. He created and taught “Starting as an Independent Consultant”, 2-day seminars through UC Berkeley Extension. Sam is registered Professional Engineer and a Life member of ASME.

Sean Kolk,
Lead Scout

Sean studied international affairs and business at Georgia Tech which led him to Nairobi, Kenya where he worked with Faulu Kenya, a micro-finance institute,
leading a team of international students to develop 60 Kenyan start ups. In 2011 he co-founded Sanivation, focusing on sustainable off gride sanitation systems for the developing world – implementing projects in Chile and Kenya. Sean specializes in high risk chaotic environments that have specific needs and tangible outcomes. In his spare time he leads expeditions caving and mountaineering.

Steve Outtrim,
Board Member

Steve is a technology entrepreneur from New Zealand. He is best known for his success in the early dot com boom as the creator of Sausage Software and its flagship product, the HotDog Web Editor. He also founded the software company Majitek and the environment solutions company ekoLiving, and is the former owner of the nutraceutical company Aussie Bodies.

Roy Hardiman,
Board Member

Roy spent almost two decades with Genentech, Inc. in roles that included VP of Alliance Management, VP of Corporate Law and Director and Far East Representative, Business Development. Prior to joining Genentech, Mr. Hardiman was an attorney with the law firm, Morrison & Foerster. Mr. Hardiman also serves on the board of Woodlands, Inc. Mr. Hardiman has degrees in law, biology (biochemistry/molecular biology) and pharmacology.

Joseph E. Sesil,
P.E. Water Engineer

Building on an over 25-year career spanning water project engineering planning, design, construction, and management, I have spent the past 2-years as the National Director of Construction Management Services overseeing staff in the construction of $1.5B in clean water infrastructure projects. The prior 4-years, I directly managed a Program, staff, and client expectations on the Austin Clean Water Program (ACWP), which was a $400-million response to a USEPA Administrative Order. Under my leadership, the regulatory requirements were met and the Program was completed 2-months early.

Bill Landers,
Communications Director

Bill earned his bachelors degree in political science with a focus on energy policy at Boston College and studied land use planning at Tufts University. He migrated to San Francisco in 1995 to work for CMP Media (now UBM) as an executive producer before joining RedHerring.com as managing editor and ultimately executive production manager. When Bill isn’t directing communications efforts for ReAllocate, chances are pretty good he can be found sailing, skiing, camping and playing somewhere in Northern California.

Emi Watanabe,
Industrial Designer

Emi Watanabe is an Industrial Designer striving to create a positive impact in the world. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Product Design at the Academy of Art of University in San Francisco.
She is greatly interested in taking part in crucial survival issues in developing countries and also taking on local issues to better the San Francisco Urban Community. She loves to take things apart, fix things, find things, build things, and kicks ass at CAD.

Jeff Diehl,
Senior Story Producer

Jeff tells stories in video of businesses and organizations that integrate meaning into their missions, both in the US and around the world. He has scaled a 20,000 ft. peak in the Bolivian Andes, boated up the Amazon, walked across Spain, climbed three volcanoes, and driven from London to Mongolia.

Ben Snyder,
Senior Hydraulic Engineer

After spending a few formative years in Telluride, Ben went to Colorado State to study snow hydrology in the watershed science program. His fascination with water and earth processes took root there, and he stayed to get a master’s in civil engineering – hydraulics. He’s now a senior hydraulic engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, specializing in flood control and habitat restoration. Ben’s taking ReAllocate to the Himalayas in 2012 as he spearheads a project to bring clean drinking water and sanitation to a Nepali village.

Jeff Shows,
Advance Scout

For Jeff it’s not about the road less traveled. It’s about traveling every road. With successful experience across several industries on three continents, Jeff is clearly comfortable learning on the job, exploring the unknown, developing management and organization strategies, and most importantly, executing. He has filled construction, research, analytics, strategy, management, and operations roles for both large corporate entities and small start-ups. A core strength developed across these industries and roles is his ability to transition theoretical conversations to concrete action emphasizing the importance of iteration. His confluence of skills uniquely suit him as an advance in-country support member for ReAllocate.