Julia Novy-Hildesley is a Lecturer at Stanford University, teaching on the emergence of a sustainable economy and conservation and development dilemmas in the Amazon. As a leader of non-profit and philanthropic organizations, she has been responsible for over US$ 100 million in investment in innovation and social enterprise to advance sustainable development globally. She has served as a Clinton Global Initiative Topic Leader in 2010 and was part of the launch team for the Marine Stewardship Council. She has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM, Executive Director of the Lemelson Foundation and Director of the World Wildlife Fund's Pacific Office, as well as on several boards, including the Harvard Women's Leadership Board, the World Affairs Council of Oregon and MIT's Innovations Journal. A Fulbright and Marshall Scholar, Novy-Hildesley has worked extensively in the developing world. She earned a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University with a Minor in African Studies and an MA in International Development from the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University.