Chairman of the Board
International Crane Foundation
Hall Healy is Chairman of the Board of the International Crane Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to preserving the fifteen species of cranes and their habitats, and enhancing the lives of people residing near them, on five continents. He is a professional environmental facilitator and consultant, conducting training, facilitation and planning projects in the US, Russia, China and Korea. He has helped establish conservation partnerships in the US, in Russia at Lake Baikal and on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. During his marketing, management and planning career in the steel, packaging and environmental engineering businesses, and as an independent consultant, Mr. Healy has facilitated numerous strategic planning activities for Fortune 500 and other companies, watershed protection groups, and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Healy has worked with officials of the Pisan Farm Cooperative in Anbyon Plain, near the port of Wonsan in southeastern DPRK, to implement one of the International Crane Foundation’s projects to help protect the endangered Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis). The Anbyon project aims to increase food production by training leaders and farmers in organic farming techniques, to encourage wild cranes to return to the area, and to protect and enhance local biodiversity. Mr. Healy has met numerous times with North Korean officials and scientists regarding the Anbyon project and about the prospects of maintaining the DMZ as a protected area, and has written several articles on DMZ conservation and its ecosystem services potential.
Mr. Healy earned a BA degree in Political Science from Colgate University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Executive Program. Among his numerous publications on planning and conservation issues, he has written “Environmental Management” for American Management Association’s Manufacturers Handbook and co-authored Packaging and Solid Waste. He is the former president of the DMZ Forum, an NGO dedicated to preserving species and habitats in Korea’s DMZ; an emeritus director of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy; and is on the Governing Board of the Chicago Zoological Society. He also is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Task Force on Transboundary Protected Areas, and of the IUCN Specialist Group on Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills.