Von Hernandez is a multi-awarded Filipino environmental activist, whose career has been marked by more than 25 years of campaign leadership, strategic planning, organizational development and management. He is currently the Global Coordinator of the global Break Free from Plastic Movement, consisting of more than 4,000 groups worldwide, which have come together to reverse the plastic pollution crisis.
Prior to this, Von was Global Development Director of Greenpeace International where he oversaw the development and performance of the Greenpeace’s national and regional offices worldwide. He also served as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA), where he led some of the group’s most successful campaigns and programs in Southeast Asia. He co-founded and spearheaded various environmental coalitions and partnerships at the national, regional, and global levels including the Ecowaste Coalition in the Philippines, Waste Not Asia, and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).
In 2003, he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work, which led to the first national ban on waste incineration. Von also gained recognition from Asia Inc. magazine as one of Asia’s Young Movers and Shakers in 2004, and from Time magazine as one of the Heroes for the Environment in 2007. He holds a Masteral degree in Public Management from the National University of Singapore.