AR+ Foundation Board

Alain Gauthier

Alain Gauthier

As an international consultant, facilitator, coach, researcher-educator, and author, Alain Gauthier focuses his work on developing co-leadership and partnering capabilities in and across the private, public, and civil society sectors. He is passionate about integrating the inner and outer dimensions of change and leadership, both at the individual and collective levels. He believes that cities and regions offer the most promising opportunities for building an inclusive community of commitment, in service of the whole of life.

A graduate from HEC (Paris), Stanford University MBA, and former senior consultant at McKinsey & Company, Alain is currently Executive Director of Core Leadership Development in Portland, and a partner of In Principo (Collaborative Dynamics) in Paris. Over the last 50 years, he has served a wide range of clients, from start-ups, family, and large international corporations to UN Agencies, foundations, healthcare organizations, educational systems, and associations – as well as global and local NGOs – and collaborated with the Leadership Learning Community and the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership in Oakland.

Alain has designed and facilitated board and executive retreats on co-leadership capacity-building in the United States, Europe, Japan, and several African countries. He is a co-founder and active member of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) in Boston, San Francisco and Paris, and a member of Bay Area Integral. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Club of Budapest in Paris and a director of Pathways to Peace in the Bay Area.

Alain’s most recent book was published as an e-book on under the title Actualizing Evolutionary Co-leadership Evolving a Creative and Responsible Society. He has adapted and prefaced in French three of Peter Senge's acclaimed Fifth Discipline books and is a co-author of Leadership is Global as well as Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership. He has contributed to four other collective books on leadership development, coaching, and organizational learning. Alain has taught courses on leadership at JFK University and online for the Conscious Business Initiative, and is a visiting professor for the Coaching/Personal Development Master’s Program at Paris 2 University. He lives in Portland and devotes about a fifth of his time to work outside of the United States.

Alain is an officer on the AR+ Foundation board.


Ben Ku

Dr. Hok Bun KU holds a PhD from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London. He is the Associate Professor, Program Leader of Doctor in Social Work and Sociology Panel Chair in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also the Director of China and Global Development Network and Co-Director of the PKU – HK PolyU Social Work Research Center, Associate Editor of Action Research, and Chief Editor of China Journal of Social Work. He was Fulbright Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and Senior Research Fellow at Durham University in UK. He has been an honorable professor at the Minzu University of China, Yunnan University, Sun Yat-sen University in China, China Youth University for Political Sciences, and Shandong Youth University for Political Sciences. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Central China Agriculture University, Taiwan National Central University and York University in Toronto.

Dr. Ku is strongly engaged in practice and action research in China. He endeavors to advocate for participatory research methodology. With more than fifteen years of experience, involving in China’s rural development, he has written extensively on topics related to rural development, cultural politics, participatory design, social exclusion and marginality, and social work education.

Christopher Juniper

Christopher Juniper

Christopher Juniper is an global sustainability advocate/consultant/educator/author and economic development professional. He has worked with regional, state and local governments, and non-profits including Rocky Mountain Institute, Natural Capitalism Solutions, and UN-ESCAP.

Leading-edge work includes City of Portland OR adoption of sustainable development strategies (1994); development of natural capitalism consulting practice (1999); US Army - Ft. Carson sustainability program (2003); lifecycle sustainability performance assessment tool (2004); co-authorship of International Society of Sustainability Professionals’ Certification study guides (2016); and authorship of chapters on climate change economics (2018-9).

He is currently based in Oregon and Colorado and is developing Towards a Spiritual and Sustainable Capitalism - a collection of the “best ideas in the world for protecting the next generation from this one.” He serves on the board of the Advanced Transit Association and is a board officer at AR+ Foundation. 

Miren Larrea

Dr. Miren Larrea began her professional career as a research assistant at the University of Deusto, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on the local production systems of the Basque Country. After a decade dedicated to teaching and research, she worked for six years at a local development agency, where she combined her experience as a regional development professional with her work as a university researcher.  Miren now leads a team at the Orkestra Foundation dedicated to regional sustainability and engaged extensively with politians.  More on Miren and her stewarding work with AR+ here.