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Ronald den Elzen is originally from the Netherlands and has been with HEINEKEN for over 20 years. He's held various positions in Finance, Sales and General Management in HEINEKEN's businesses in the Netherlands, the U.K. and Portugal. In his previous role as Managing Director of HEINEKEN Portugal, he mobilized and energized the organization around a powerful growth strategy during an economic depression. Ronald resides in Connecticut, and lives with his wife and three kids.
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Joelle Tanguy is a humanitarian, women's and human rights, sustainability, and leadership development champion. She is currently Director of the Strategic Partnership Division of UN Women. She served previously as Under-Secretary-General at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation, Managing Director at the GAVI Alliance and Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders.
Joelle received her MBA from France's HEC MBA in a joint program with Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and worked with technology ventures in California, Europe and Japan, before volunteering on humanitarian frontlines. She led field humanitarian missions worldwide, often at the height of political and military turmoil, and became US Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
Joelle then supported the launch of a public private partnership for TB drug development and went on to serve as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS led by the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and was focal point for the private sector on the board of directors of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
She became Managing Director at GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, in 2009 and successfully orchestrated the first major refinancing effort (US$ 4.3 billion) to immunize more than 250 million of the world’s poorest children against life-threatening diseases by 2015 and prevent more than four million premature deaths.
She subsequently served as Under Secretary of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation in charge of humanitarian diplomacy at the height of crises such as the Syrian conflict, the Ebola outbreak and the migration crisis.
Joelle is a board member of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative & the Access to Medicines Foundation; Fellow of the Geneva Center for Security Policy.
Thomas Brostrøm serves as the President for Ørsted North America (formerly DONG Energy). In this role, Thomas oversees all North American operations for Ørsted North America, including the company’s utility-scale offshore wind development projects in Massachusetts and New Jersey.
Thomas initially joined Ørsted in Denmark in 2009 where he served as Business Developer and Mergers & Acquisitions and later Head of the Renewables Strategy team.
He moved to Ørsted’s UK office in 2012 where he was instrumental in building the company’s utility-scale offshore wind business. He initially served as Head of Project Development UK for Ørsted where he led and oversaw offshore wind project development of Ørsted’s large UK portfolio. In this role, Thomas led the development of the 1.2 megawatt Hornsea project, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, and the Burbo Bank Extension project, which uses 8 megawatt Vestas turbines – the largest turbines in the world.
Thomas also served on the board of RenewableUK – the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. In 2014, Thomas was named Director of Commercial and Market Development where he oversaw all commercial and market development activities for Ørsted.
Prior to joining Ørsted, Thomas was in the investment banking and venture capital business.
Thomas studied Business Analysis & Valuation and Mergers & Acquisitions at Harvard University and received his master’s degree in Finance and International Business from Aarhus University in Denmark. He was also an Instructor in corporate finance at Aarhus School of Business in Denmark.
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Mr. Kelley has been a partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a private equity firm, since January 2017. From December 2012 to June 2016, he served as president and chief executive officer of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a beverage company which was acquired by JAB Holding Company in March 2016. From 2007 to November 2012, Mr. Kelley was employed by The Coca-Cola Company, a consumer beverage company, serving as the president of still/non-carbonated beverages and supply chain from April 2007-August 2012; and president, Coca-Cola Refreshments from August 2012 to November 2012. Mr. Kelley’s prior experience includes serving as president and CEO of Sirva, Inc. a relocation services company from July 2002 to April 2007. As CEO, Brian led the company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2003. Prior to that, Mr. Kelley was involved at Ford Motor Company from April 1999 to July 2002 where he served in a number of executive roles including president, Lincoln Mercury Division. From April 1994 to April 1999, Mr. Kelley was a corporate officer at General Electric (GE) where he served in a number of roles ultimately becoming vice-president/general manager of sales, service and distribution of GE Appliances. Mr. Kelley began his career at Procter & Gamble from August 1983 to April 1984 where he served in a number of sales and brand management assignments. Mr. Kelley currently serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of Keurig Green Mountain where he has served as a member since December 2012. In addition, Mr. Kelley has served as member of the board of Blue Apron since May 2017. Mr. Kelley holds a B.A. degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross.
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Lesley Slaton Brown is the Chief Diversity Officer at HP, Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Lesley has a unique ability to align and build strategy across organizations and drive business outcomes within corporations, start-ups and non-profits. Coupling her global marketing, branding, communications and diversity and inclusion experience, with a deep passion for social entrepreneur and leadership development, she has led key efforts to address the digital divide and build sustainable enterprise in Senegal, West Africa. Most recently, Lesley served as the Principal Investigator for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), “Go West” Computing Project. This project focused on broadening representation of women and minorities in computing education and careers.
Recently, Diversity Journal recognized Lesley with its 2018 Diversity Leaders Award for a third consecutive year. Lesley was also awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year in Technology by Silicon Valley’s Chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., in addition to the 2016 Multicultural Leadership Award by the National Diversity Council. Lesley was twice recognized by Black Enterprise as a Top Executive in Marketing and Advertising and Savoy Magazine as a Top Influential Woman in Corporate America.
Lesley believes strongly in giving back to the community. As a former Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, Charter Co-founder and Chairperson of Volunteer’s For Youth, Lesley has also sat on the Board of Directors for The Boise State University Foundation, Boise State University Alumni Association, and the Idaho Black History Museum.
Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing from Boise State University. She was a NCAA Scholarship recipient where she lettered in Women’s Basketball. Lesley lives in Morgan Hill, CA, and works at HP Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.
Al Naqvi is the pioneer of the field of Applied Artificial Intelligence in Business and Strategy, Executive Director of Society of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Healthcare, and CEO of American Institute of A.I. His goal is to democratize artificial intelligence responsibly. He has developed Body of Knowledge for the field, culminating in the development of 12 courses in Applied A.I. including Applied A.I. in Corporate Strategy, Applied A.I. in Finance, Applied A.I. and Marketing, Applied A.I. in Human Resources, Applied A.I. in Competitive Intelligence, Applied A.I. in Supply Chain Management, Applied A.I in Healthcare. His courses and body of knowledge are being taught in offerings by highly reputable organizations such as APICS and SCIP. In 2017, Naqvi has published 4 articles on Applied Artificial Intelligence in academic journals, written 2 book chapters, co-edited upcoming Business Expert Book Strategy in the Artificial Intelligence Economy, co-authored a strategy book Beaver Bots of Yellowstone – a parable that explains A.I. in a fun and interesting manner, and launched an academic journal. Naqvi is currently authoring and co-authoring 7 books on the subject. His seminars, conferences, and lectures are attended by executives of world’s leading companies. Naqvi was the Subject Matter Expert for the first ever Artificial Intelligence course developed for High School Students (Praxis). Naqvi is currently Subject Matter Expert for a Robotics course. In 2017, Naqvi has presented in 8 conferences and is scheduled to speak at major events in US, Europe, South America and Asia. Under Naqvi’s leadership American Institute of A.I. has become the central source of knowledge for Applied A.I. His SADAL® model is at the core of RPA (Robotics Process Automation) and A.I. automation. Naqvi has also developed the first and most comprehensive A.I. governance framework. [Formerly CEO, CFO, CPO/VP F 100, Tech Founder, Strategy Consultant, Investment Banker]
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Barry Parkin oversee’s work for Mars in two areas critical to the company’s future business success and its role as a corporate citizen.
As Chief Sustainability Officer at Mars, he is responsible for developing and driving sustainability programs across the value chain from farmers through to consumers. In the three years he’s held this position, he’s worked with the business unit’s sourcing teams to develop, sharpen and articulate Mars’ corporate sourcing strategies and with the operational teams to build programs to make the company’s operations Sustainable in a Generation. Barry is also the corporate spokesperson on the Sustainability platform and responsible for enhancing Mars corporate reputation.
Additionally, he is the Chairman of the World Cocoa Foundation, and in this role lead the industry’s efforts to work together to make cocoa fully sustainable.
In early 2015, he took responsibility for Mars’ approach to health and wellbeing, identifying the trends that the company must consider and determining the risks or opportunities those trends present to the business. Mr Parkin work’s closely with each business segment to determine the implications these trends hold and the best way for a segment to respond, while clarifying what the longer-term Mars strategy should be.
During his 30 year career at Mars, he’s worked in a diverse set of roles across Commercial, Engineering, Business Development, Supply Chain, HR and Sourcing. Barry has an Engineering Science Degree from Cambridge University and am a Chartered Engineer (IMechE).
Originally from the U.K. and currently live in the U.S. with his wife and children.
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J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr. began his career with Gallagher as an intern in 1972, started working for the company full time in 1974 as a Production Account Executive and was promoted to Vice President- Operations in 1985. He was elected to the Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Board of Directors in 1986. In 1990, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer and, in 1995, was appointed Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors. In 2006 he was appointed Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Gallagher joined the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters in 2003, and serves on the Board of Founding Directors of the International Insurance Foundation and the Board of Directors of InnerWorkings, Inc. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Council of Boys Hope/Girls Hope and the Board of Advisors for Catholic Charities, and is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago.
In 2007, Mr. Gallagher was granted Freedom of the City of London by the city’s Lord Mayor in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Lloyd’s insurance market and for his support of the Gallagher Lifelong Learning scholarships. In 2009, he was honored by the Spencer Educational Foundation (which is affiliated with the Risk and Insurance Management Society) for his ongoing support of the Foundation. And in 2013, he was named Insurance Broking CEO of the Year by Reactions Magazine.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University.
Abby Maxman joined Oxfam America as its president in 2017. She brings over twenty five years of experience in international humanitarian relief and development to her new post. Prior to joining Oxfam, she served as Deputy Secretary General of CARE International in Geneva providing leadership of the Secretariat and across the CARE confederation. She previously served as Vice President of International Programs & Operations for CARE overseeing regional management units and their country offices in East & Central, West and Southern Africa; Latin America & the Caribbean; Asia; and the Middle East/Europe and in regional and country leadership and management roles since 1995.
Prior to CARE, Maxman worked with the U.S. Peace Corps, German Agency for Technical Cooperation, UN World Food Programme, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Colorado College and a Master of International Administration from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Matthew has dedicated his career to leading mission-based organizations through the challenges of achieving growth, scale, and self-sufficiency. His work experience spans government, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors, and he has led teams in entering new markets, launching products and programs, and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
As President, Matthew works with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic objectives and then lead the staff in implementing them. He oversees the financing of the organization through fundraising and commercial activities, and is responsible for the operations that support these areas and the work of the SASB standards-setting board and its technical staff.
Matthew has broad experience in strategy, operations, and product development, developed through senior roles at Kaplan Test Prep, Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Junyo, Teachscape, and The Rotary Foundation. Years of experience with education programs, software and data products, and research studies give Matthew a good background for equipping the market with offerings that support education and use of the SASB standards.
Matthew holds a BA from Grinnell College and a MPA in management and public policy from Columbia University. He is member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, where he has served on the Finance and Development Committees. He currently chairs the Academic Affairs Committee.
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Ashley Schulten, is the Head of Responsible Investing for BlackRock’s Global Fixed Income platform. She is a portfolio manager on global green and socially responsible mandates and leads the coordination of the firm’s green bond effort. She partners with BlackRock's Global Fixed Income team, Investment Stewardship team and Sustainable Investing team to bring ESG and climate risk integration tools and strategies to the investment process. Prior to this role, she spent several years in the Global Rates Trading team. Previous to BlackRock, Ms. Schulten’s work included 20 years as a sell side interest rate and options trader.
Ms. Schulten earned a BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1992. She serves on the Executive Committee of Green Bond Principles and Cicero's Climate Finance Board. She has contributed to publications on green finance including "Investor Expectations of the Green Bond Market" through Ceres and "Categorizing Climate Risk for Investors" through the Cicero Center for International Climate Research. In her personal capacity, she sits on the Board of the Mianus River Gorge, the first Nature Conservancy land project.
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Timothy J. Mohin is the Chief Executive of GRI, developer of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards. A veteran in the field of corporate sustainability reporting, Tim is responsible for leading GRI in achieving its vision of creating a future where sustainability is integral to every organization’s decision making process.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, Tim was Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). He is also a former Chairman of the Board for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and former member of the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative’s steering committee.
Previously, Tim founded and led Apple’s Supplier Responsibility program. He also led Intel’s environmental and sustainability functions. Tim started his career with the US government. With the Environmental Protection Agency, he led the development of the toxics provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments. Later, Tim was senior legislative staff for the Chairman of Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Tim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Cortland and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University.
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Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Dr. Holmgren was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. She was one of the key drivers of UOP’s leadership in aviation biofuels, and under her management, UOP technology became instrumental in producing nearly all of the initial fuels used by commercial airlines and the military for testing and certification of alternative aviation fuel. Today, under Dr. Holmgren’s guidance, LanzaTech is working towards developing a variety of platform chemicals and fuels, including the world’s first alternative jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases.
Dr. Holmgren is the author or co-author of 50 US patents and more than 30 scientific publications. In 2003, she was the first woman awarded the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). In 2010, she was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Civil Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) for her work in establishing the technical and commercial viability of sustainable aviation biofuels. In 2015 Dr. Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. Sustainability magazine, Salt, named Dr. Holmgren as the world’s most compassionate business woman in 2015. In October 2015, Dr. Holmgren was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award in Corporate Social Innovation from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Dr. Holmgren was named as #1 of the most 100 influential leaders in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2016-2017.
She currently serves on the board of The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Advisory Committee. Dr. Holmgren is also on the Governing Council for the Bio Energy Research Institute in India. The institute has been set up by the DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Government) and IOC (Indian Oil Corporation).
Dr. Holmgren holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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Pieter joined DSM in 2012 as Managing Director DSM Venturing and Vice President of Royal DSM’s Innovation Center. Before DSM he gained fifteen years of “startup through commercialization” experience as CEO at OrthAlign, Inc., Aliso Viejo, CA, a pioneer in orthopedic surgical navigation and as CEO at IsoTis, Inc., Irvine, CA, a leading regenerative medicine company. Pieter worked the first decade of his career in international M&A and investment management in Europe. He holds a law degree from Leiden University, NL. Pieter works and lives in Boston, MA, USA.
Richard Howitt is Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council. As such he is spearheading the adoption of Integrated Reporting globally and is a major thought-leader in international debates on good corporate governance, shifting investment to the long-term and inclusive capitalism.
Richard travels extensively internationally to meet with the over 1,500 global businesses who are adopting Integrated Reporting as well as with advocates of Integrated Reporting in policy and investor communities. He is a member of the B20 group of international business leaders who dialogue with G20 governments. Richard has spoken widely on issues of financial stability, sustainable development and capital market reform as part of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, the UNCTAD Expert Group on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting and at other international fora.
Richard has been involved in the evolution of Integrated Reporting from the outset, as a member of HRH The Prince of Wales Annual Forum on Accounting for Sustainability, and was at the original meeting of the Forum which led to the setting up of the IIRC in 2009. He subsequently served as an Ambassador for the IIRC representing it at international meetings including the Rio +20 UN Summit for Sustainable Development before taking over as Chief Executive Officer in November 2016, succeeding the IIRC’s first Chief Executive, Paul Druckman.
Prior to being appointed to the IIRC, Richard served as an elected Member of the European Parliament for over twenty years and was rapporteur on corporate responsibility. In this capacity, he was key architect of the EU’s non-financial information directive, one of the biggest transformations in corporate disclosure anywhere in the world.
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James Gowen is vice president, Supply Chain Operations and chief sustainability officer for Verizon. Since taking on these complementary roles in 2009, his team has enlisted more than 22,000 Verizon employees in 34 countries around the globe in helping to reduce the company’s environmental footprint while increasing the efficiency of a growing enterprise.
Gowen has been deeply involved in the advancement of innovative and sustainable technologies and recently spearheaded the launch of Verizon’s flagship $137M green energy initiative which enabled Verizon to eliminate 20,000 metric tons of CO2. Gowen also oversees other green initiatives being implemented across Verizon including the introduction of a carbon intensity metric, paper suppression, waste reduction and recycling, and management of end-of-life-cycle material recovery.
In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations including regional distribution centers and the global customer premises equipment program with responsibility for over $10 billion in annual through-put. Gowen also has responsibility for Verizon’s Global Manufacturing Operations, producing customer premises equipment deployed to Fios customers.
Most recently Gowen spearheaded the start-up of Verizon Services Ireland Limited in Dublin, Ireland. He was responsible for transitioning 15 billion dollars in annual spend for strategic sourcing of Verizon’s Network and IT operations. Over 70 industry professionals were hired and a state-of the art center of excellence was built under Gowen’s leadership in less than 7 months.
Having held several positions of increasing levels of responsibility at Verizon, Gowen was the lead architect of the company's supply chain strategy and led the strategic shift from a fixed to a variable inventory business model. While in corporate sourcing, he led the implementation of Verizon's eProcurement effort, and the standardization of Verizon's supply chain systems.
Gowen earned his master's degree in business administration from Long Island University and his bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College. He is a member of Penn State University’s Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board. Gowen is located at Verizon Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
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Pam Strifler is Vice President Global Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement and Corporate Insights. In this role, Pam and her team are responsible for key stakeholder collaborations, societal outreach and market intelligence. She oversees the development of Monsanto’s global sustainability strategy and execution of key initiatives such as the Carbon Neutral Operations commitment, Biodiversity programs, Midwest Row Crops Coalition and the company’s partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Water Efficient Maize for Africa.
Prior to this role, Pam served as the Integrated Farming Solutions Lead in Corporate Strategy where she was responsible for the development of the company’s digital integrated farming strategy, and its acquisition and investment portfolio.
Pam joined Monsanto as Director of Marketing for the Dairy business in 1997. During her tenure at Monsanto, Pam has served in a number of other roles, including Commercial Development Manager for its Animal Agriculture Division; U.S. Marketing Operations Lead; Director of Customer Operations; Business Director for the Regional Seed Brands; as well as U.S. Marketing Lead, for Row Crops and Chemistry.
Pam is a Board Member of The Keystone Policy Center and the Global Harvest Initiative. She also is a member of the BIOSTL coalition council.
Pam holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Deaconess School of Nursing and a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University.
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Paige Goff is Vice-President of Sustainability at Domtar, the largest integrated marketer and manufacturer of business and office copy paper in North America. In this role, she is responsible for communicating Domtar’s pulp and paper initiatives, identifying and leveraging the latest sustainability trends and strategies for the business, as well as developing and managing partnerships with environmental non-governmental organizations (NGO) and customers.
Goff has 18 years of experience in the forest products industry and joined Domtar in 2004. In her previous Domtar roles, she was also the Senior Manager, Brand and Advertising Operations as well as a Product Packaging Manager. Prior to joining Domtar, Goff was a marketing analyst and planner at Resolute, a major North American paper industry supplier. She has a Master of Business Administration degree.
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Doug Walters is the Chief Sustainability Officer with the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation. He manages the strategic planning and implementation of Sanitation’s work related to environmental, economic and social equity issues to help realize Mayor Eric Garcetti’s vision of making Los Angeles the cleanest and greenest City in the U.S. Recently, he led the development of the One Water LA Plan that integrates all water related projects and policies within departments and agencies through effective collaboration with community stakeholders to ensure that Los Angeles’ water supply and quality is sustainable through 2040. His previous efforts helped the City win the inaugural U.S. Water Prize in 2011.
During Mr. Walters’ tenure with LA Sanitation, he oversaw the planning for large wastewater collection system projects while reducing overflows and odors. Other praiseworthy projects include transforming ocean disposal of biosolids to a 100% beneficial reuse program, the design and implementation of the Griffith Park Composting Facility and the marketing of TOPGRO®, managing landfill closure construction and energy recovery at the City’s landfills and implementing the Proposition O program—a $500M bond that reduces flooding, improves water quality and provides multiple benefits in and around the City’s River, lakes and beaches.
Walters earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at UCLA, is a registered Civil Engineer in California and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. As the creator of Project Green Leadership, he leads the recruiting and mentoring efforts of aspiring environmental engineers. He lives in Los Angeles and is currently pursuing certification in Sustainability at UCLA.
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Ms Minna Aila (b. 1966, LLM) has well over ten years of experience in sustainability in different business sectors. She is currently Vice President, Corporate Affairs, at Nokia, responsible for communications, government relations and corporate responsibility. She has held senior leadership positions in two other listed global companies, Outotec and Elcoteq. She has also worked for the financial sector, as well as served the European Commission for ten years.
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Lance Pierce is President of CDP North America, a global not-for-profit organization with US 501(c)(3) status and the world's largest platform for investors, corporations and cities to share data, manage performance, and build action programs on climate, energy, water, forests and supply chains.
Lance has spent his career building new ventures and partnerships for impact at the intersection of international development, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and public/global policy. His work spans NGOs, the public sector, strategy consulting and Fortune 20 corporate experience across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
He previously held senior positions in climate, sustainable investing and corporate responsibility, including Executive Director of Ceres, the host organization of the $13 trillion Investor Network on Climate Risk and founding Director of the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In CSR, he has worked with AFP, the world's third largest news agency, the World Bank and served as Director, Corporate Issues Management for former Fortune 20 food and consumer goods parent company, Altria Group.
Lance began his career in sustainable development as a strategy consultant working with global consumer brands, United Nations agencies, leading international development NGOs and serving in the Peace Corps in Asia. His recent board and advisory roles include NGOs focused on Africa and Latin America, global energy and economic policy, data for development and social entrepreneurship. He has been a featured speaker at the White House and on Capitol Hill, SXSW Eco, Sustainable Brands, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, the Ceres, BSR and Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship conferences and the global United Nations climate negotiations. He has appeared or been quoted in the New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, Crain's New York Business and CNBC among others.
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Tamara Barker was appointed the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) and Vice President of Environmental Affairs in April 2016.
As CSO, Barker leads a dedicated engineering group that manages global sustainability data for reporting. Her team oversees a cross-functional Sustainability Working Committee and a Sustainability Directors Committee that establishes key performance indicators and goals for the company. Barker also is a member of the Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee, which includes five executives from UPS‘s Management Committee, the top tier of the company’s management structure.
As Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Barker has responsibility for UPS’s Environmental Compliance programs, controlling hazardous waste management and the transportation of hazardous materials.
Barker, a nearly 30-year UPS veteran, joined the company in 1988 as a UPS package delivery driver in Ohio. She has held positions of increasing responsibility over the years primarily in Plant Engineering. She served as the Plant Engineering manager for the Southeast Region and most recently served as the West Region Director of Plant Engineering.
Barker also is active in external sustainability initiatives including Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Georgia Nature Conservancy and the Atlanta Sustainability Network.
Senior Vice President Stakeholder Strategy and Sustainability and PresidentRead more
Cari Boyce serves as senior vice president of stakeholder strategy and sustainability for Duke Energy and president of the Duke Energy Foundation. She leads the company’s philanthropic activities to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The Duke Energy Foundation annually provides more than $30 million in charitable grants with a focus on kindergarten to career, the environment and community impact. In addition, she is responsible for developing the company’s stakeholder outreach strategy and overseeing sustainability initiatives and reporting.
Previously, Boyce was Duke Energy’s vice president of policy, sustainability and stakeholder strategy, a role that she held since November 2015. She was responsible for the development, communication and integration of the company’s position on environmental and energy policy issues, sustainability initiatives and reporting, as well as stakeholder outreach. From August 2016 through March 2017, she also served as the interim lead of the company’s federal government affairs office.
Boyce served as vice president of environmental and energy policy from 2012 through 2015. She also served as vice president of corporate communications for Progress Energy from 2009 through 2012. Boyce joined Progress Energy in 2006, initially serving in the role of director, external communications. She assumed her current position in May 2017.
Prior to her employment at Progress Energy, Boyce worked in state government in New York and North Carolina for 15 years. She served as the director of communications for the North Carolina governor’s office, and was later promoted to the role of director of external affairs, where she was responsible for managing the federal and regional offices for the governor, as well as the governor’s communications and constituent relations offices. She also served as senior adviser for policy and communications for the North Carolina attorney general; and as a legislative assistant in the New York State General Assembly.
Boyce currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the board of the Raleigh Chamber and the board of visitors for the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment.
A native of Ticonderoga, N.Y., Boyce earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Siena College. She also earned a Master of Education degree from North Carolina State University. Boyce has two shelties, Boone and Archie.
Duke Energy, one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electric services to approximately 7.5 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas services to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its commercial business operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.
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Bob Dixon fulfills two roles within Siemens, Head of Sustainability for Siemens US and Head of the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Center of Competence for the Building Technologies Division.
In his role as the head of Sustainability for Siemens US, working in concert with Siemens’ global sustainability organization, he is responsible to develop, communicate, and execute strategic sustainability initiatives. This includes assisting and advising Siemens’ businesses, clients, industry, state, local, and federal government and governments on efficiency and sustainability, and guiding the Siemens US organization towards Carbon Neutrality.
In his role as the Head of the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Center of Competence for the Building Technologies Division, he is responsible to create and lead the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Center of Competence. This includes strategy, market, business, and portfolio development, staff recruitment and management, and profit and loss for this newly developing business for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc.
He previously served as the Head of Enterprise Sales and Industry Affairs, Building Performance & Sustainability, for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. In this position, he was responsible for strategy development, market positioning, enterprise sales and industry leadership to businesses, industry, and governments on efficiency and sustainability in buildings in the Americas.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO), and previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Board of Directors and Vice President for the Energy Services Coalition, the Industry First-Vice Chair for the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), and is a past president of National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).
Previously he served as the Global Head of Efficiency & Sustainability, Vice President, and Senior Advisor to the Management Board for the International Headquarters of the Building Technologies Division of Siemens. In this position, he was responsible for advising government and business leaders around the world on global initiatives for building efficiency and sustainability that reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, and conserve natural resources.
Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President, Global Head, Energy and Environmental Solutions, with worldwide P&L responsibilities.
In addition, he served as the Industry Member on the Buildings and Appliances Task Force under the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.
He was the first designated Senior Principle Expert for the 39,000 employee Building Technologies division in the division’s history.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive program at the University of Minnesota.
He was commissioned and served as an officer in the California National Guard.
Director, Head of Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and SustainabilityRead more
IlLonka (Javette) Hines is Director, Head of Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability at Citi. Javette leads Citi’s efforts to ensure the consideration and inclusion of diverse firms within Citi’s sourcing practices. Additionally, she is responsible for working across the firm with sourcing and business units to align supplier selection efforts with Citi’s 10 year $100B Climate initiative and 5 year Sustainability Strategy.
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Javette has over 20 years of experience in procurement, leadership, diversity, contracts, and management. Prior to joining Citi, Javette worked at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) where her responsibilities included: recruitment of supply chain talent, management of US and global sourcing activities, globalization of the supplier diversity program, strategic planning, and software & technical services sourcing.
Javette is passionate about her work in the supply chain, as well as her efforts to focus on leadership development and capacity building. She continues to work with peers and various organizations to develop capacity among MWBEs and works with several HBCUs and the Institute of Supply Management to mentor students currently in the supply chain area and legal field. She also supports mentoring excellence via high school students associated with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s ASCEND ℠ as well as the L.I.F.E. Program via The Links, Incorporated.
Javette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education from Clark Atlanta University and a Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Javette is a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) and a member of the New York and GA State Bar Associations. She represents Citi on several Boards, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and Women Presidents Educational Organization (WPEO). Javette is Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a number of other civic and community organizations who support and encourage a more strategic plan and path to global sustainable living and inclusion.
Senior Vice President, Research, Development, Quality and InnovationRead more
His current role involves technical leadership of innovation, materials productivity, quality systems and reporting, scientific and regulatory affairs, and nutrition initiatives across the region.
Rob worked for PepsiCo for 18 years, most recently as SVP R&D for the $14Bn Europe Sector, based in the UK.
This role included full R&D accountability for the savoury snacks, FC and NFC juices, breakfast cereal and dairy categories. His other roles included VP R&D Health & Wellness platforms for Frito Lay in Dallas, TX 2002-2006; Senior Director Asia Pacific Region R&D in Sydney, Australia 2000-2002; and R&D Director Eastern Europe Foods in Warsaw, Poland 1996-1997.
Rob began his career with Procter & Gamble in UK as a product developer in the laundry detergent category.
A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Rob holds a Master degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London.
Director of Kit and ProductRead more
Michael Perry is the Director of Kit and Product at Shopify. As the founder of Kit, a virtualemployee for small business owners, Perry and his team work to push the limits of Kit'scapabilities as industry leaders in an ever-changing ecosystem. A serial entrepreneur, Perryfounded GVING, which helps small businesses manage, reward and engage consumersthrough a merchant CRM system. Named one of Forbes Top 30 under 30 in marketing andadvertising and one of Inc.'s Top 10 chatbot marketing influencers and keynote speakers tofollow, Perry continues to build the future of employment for small business owners.
Managing DirectorRead more
Simon Messenger joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) as Managing Director in 2017, with over 10 years of academic and professional experience in sustainability and non-financial reporting.
He currently heads the team working with investors, companies and regulators to understand how to most effectively report environmental and natural capital information in mainstream reporting. He currently leads their work relating to the Taskforce on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations and works with companies to provide a framework for reporting environmental information with the same rigour as financial information.
Previously, Simon was Head of Consulting at the Energy Saving Trust and a Sustainability Manager at PwC and Deloitte. In his roles at PwC and Deloitte, he focused on a wide range of sustainability, risk management and non-financial reporting issues, working across multiple countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America in a range of sectors.
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President and Co-FounderRead more
Caroline Rees is the President and Co-Founder of Shift. She is a leading voice globally on how companies and their stakeholders can advance business respect for human rights, and works extensively with business, governments, civil society, investors and others to build capacity and tackle key challenges.
Caroline previously spent 14 years with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 2003 to 2006 she led the UK's human rights negotiating team at the UN and she ran the negotiations to establish the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights. The success of this initiative led to Professor John Ruggie’s appointment, and from 2007-2011 Caroline was a lead advisor on his team and deeply involved in the drafting of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. From 2009 to 2011 Caroline was also the Director of the Governance and Accountability Program at the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and she remains a Senior Program Fellow there.
Vice President of Safety Environment and SustainabilityRead more
David leads Amcor’s safety, environmental compliance, and sustainability programs including the EnviroAction program to improve the environmental and social profile of their operations and products. He is closely involved with integrating sustainable design and social responsibility into Amcor’s product development and innovation processes, including issues related to the collection, processing, and use of recycled containers.
David is also chairman of the Plastic Recycling Corporation of California and serves on the External Advisory Board of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.
David holds a B.S., Physics, from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Director of CSR, Product Stewardship & SustainabilityRead more
Global Director, Corporate Social ResponsibilityRead more
Joe Verrengia is the architect of Arrow’s corporate social responsibility program (CSR), combining targeted charitable investing, sustainability and government relations into a strategic initiative to establish Arrow as an innovation catalyst. Arrow is the 2017 Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Company in its industry, including #1 in CSR.
He also directs the Arrow SAM Car, Solar Suitcase and DigiTruck projects, which demonstrate technology concepts for humanitarian purposes.
Arrow CSR was awarded PR Daily’s 2017 Global Corporate Social Responsibility Awards for best education program and best CSR report, and the 2016 PR 360 Global Award for CSR
In 2016, the Arrow SAM car was named the #1 car innovation in the world by Business Insider.
Joe graduated from Columbia University and has held fellowships at MIT, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Kellogg Foundation.
VP & Exec Director of Corporate Social ResponsibilityRead more
Maria I. Arcaya is currently Vice-president and Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Cisneros, a global enterprise founded in 1929, focused on media & entertainment, digital advertising and real estate. Maria brings twenty years of experience at Cisneros in the development of educational and social responsibility initiatives, including a distance learning program that reached more than 13,000 elementary and secondary school teachers in Latin America and a the first pan-regional educational channel, cl@se, offered throughout Latin America via DIRECTV to subscriber homes and schools.
In her current role, Maria has been responsible for aligning the Cisneros companies' philanthropy and sustainability vision with the corporate strategy by engaging internal and external stakeholders, establishing strategic partnerships and further integrating social responsibility efforts with the business agenda and objectives. Initiatives include gender equality awareness, job-readiness and entrepreneurship education programs, and sustainable tourism, among others.
Maria Ignacia Arcaya holds a BSc and MSc in Education and has completed CSR certificate courses at Venezuela’s Institute for Superior Education in Administration (IESA) and Harvard Business School.
Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional PracticeRead more
Michael B. Gerrard is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses on environmental and energy law and directs the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He is also Chair of the Faculty of Columbia’s Earth Institute. Before joining the Columbia faculty in January 2009, he was partner in charge of the 110-lawyer New York office of Arnold & Porter; his now Senior Counsel to the firm. He practiced environmental law in New York City full time from 1979 to 2008. He formerly chaired the American Bar Association’s 10,000-member Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He has served as a member of the executive committees of the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Gerrard is author or editor of thirteen books, two of which were named Best Law Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers. His most recent book is Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (with Jody Freeman) (2d ed. 2014). He has two books appearing in 2018: Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (co-editor with John Dernbach); and Climate Engineering and the Law: Governance and Liability for Solar Radiation Management and Carbon Dioxide Removal (co-editor with Tracy Hester).
Director, Corporate Social ResponsibilityRead more
Anna Lisa Lukes is director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Golden State Foods and executive director of GSF Foundation. As director of CSR, Anna Lisa directs and implements external and internal engagement plans to support GSF’s enterprise-wide strategy relating to the sustainability and community development. Among other objectives, she works with cross-functional operational, management and executive teams to reduce GSF’s carbon footprint from its fleet and facilities, achieve Zero Waste to Landfill, use green building strategies and incorporate renewable energy into the organization’s logistics and manufacturing divisions. As Executive Director of the GSF Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need in the areas where GSF associates live and work, she oversees all operations, including strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational management, and collaborates with internal and external partners. Engaging a diverse team at GSF, Anna Lisa within her first year as executive director launched the Foundation’s food program which now raises awareness and funds for childhood hunger and secured a national partnership for one of the Foundation’s core programs. Anna Lisa has a passion for creating shared value and brings a unique set of skills to her work, including a background and experience in law, business management, program development and fundraising. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UCLA, and holds a Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School and an MBA (emphasis in Entrepreneurship) from Chapman University. Anna Lisa serves on the North American Logistics Council for Sustainability, working with all distributors in the supply chain of one of GSF’s customers to drive efforts to reduce carbon footprint and achieve Zero Waste to Landfill. Anna Lisa is active in her community and has served on various non-profit boards. She serves on Board of Challengers of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship at Chapman University, is an Executive Partner emeritus at the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.
Patricia Jurewicz is Founder and Director of Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of As You Sow. RSN champions human rights for vulnerable communities working in the mining and harvesting of raw materials found in products we use every day.
Since 2006, Patricia has worked with the shareholder community to address labor and human rights abuses. She writes and speaks extensively on the issues of modern slavery, human rights benchmarking, traceability, and supply chains. Currently she sits on advisory committees for Know the Chain, ICCR’s Human Trafficking Group, and Cotton Campaign. Her latest project is spearheading the initiative YESS: Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced, which aims to eliminate forced labor from cotton sourcing globally.
Preceding As You Sow, she researched US adherence to global treaties at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP); she rewrote Gap, Inc.’s Vendor Handbook; and she volunteered with women's craft cooperatives in Latin America.
Patricia has degrees from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Cornell University, and Fashion Institute of Technology.
Senior Vice President and Head of SustainabilityRead more
Andrew is Senior Vice President and Head of Sustainability for KeyBank, a $135 billion financial institution that operates across 15 states in the U.S. Andrew uses his sustainability and organizational change expertise to lead the bank in the development and execution of a sustainability strategy that positions the bank for growth. In his role, he works with the corporate responsibility team and bank leadership to balance margin and mission to achieve dependable results.
Prior to his position at KeyBank, Andrew was senior consultant at BrownFlynn, a sustainability and corporate responsibility consulting firm located in Cleveland, OH. Previously, Andrew was the City of Cleveland’s first Chief of Sustainability and led the coordination of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, an action plan to create an economic engine to empower a green city on a blue lake.
Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and economics from Bates College and a master’s in Positive Organizational Development from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Mrs. Bank Jorgensen is one of the world’s most experienced and renowned sustainability, climate change and ESG advisers. She serves at His Royal Highness Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Expert Panel and is a Global Board Facilitator for the world’s largest network of responsible businesses, UN Global Compact.
Helle brings over 25 years of experience advising global companies and investors within sustainability and climate change. 11 of those years as a partner with PwC in Europe and in the U.S. leading the sustainability and climate change practices. She was the creator of the world's first Green Account and later the world's first Integrated Report and first holistic supply chain program.
She is a regular key-note speaker and the author of many thought-leading articles and books about sustainability, climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the roles and responsibilities of Board members. This includes the featured article “Stability through Sustainability” published by West Point - The United States Military Academy.
Helle is a business lawyer and a state authorized public accountant and was the first in North America to receive Certificate of Achievement for passing the GRI G4 Exam. She is also the President of the Global Compact Network Canada, Canadian Chapter of UNGC; chair of eRevalue, and serves on the Release Council for the Future-Fit Business Benchmark; and Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council.
Sustainability Reporting SpecialistRead more
As a sustainability reporting specialist at ABN AMRO, Herma is responsible for clear and up-to-date reporting of ABN AMRO's sustainability performance. She channels and supports communication on ABN AMRO's performance towards various target groups, and guides the cooperation with several sustainable rating agencies. Furthermore, she has co-developed ABN AMRO's Human Rights reporting approach which resulted in ABN AMRO's first Human Rights report in December 2016. Previously, she worked as a comunications consultant in the food & fashion industry. She holds a MSc in International Business Administration at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Nancy Wildfeir-Field is President of GBCHealth, where she oversees organizational strategy, operations and leads outreach to governments, multilateral organizations, foundations and companies to advance GBCHealth’s role as a hub of private sector collaboration and collective action for global health. GBCHealth’s mission remains focused on driving private sector input and investments towards the areas where business can have the greatest impact.
Wildfeir-Field has spent nearly half her career living and working overseas, and brings extensive international experience in global health, cross-sector partnerships, and business in work spanning more than 30 countries at a number of high-profile organizations including USAID, BSR, The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), and Burson-Marsteller.
Having worked internationally across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, she marries a global perspective with local experience, and passionately believes in collaboration, cooperation and communication as the impetus for innovative, scaled and sustainable solutions for business and development challenges.
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Senior Director, Private Sector EngagementRead more
Jeff works with companies to advance sustainable operations and sourcing, oversees WWF’s internal process for business partnerships and manages WWF’s partnership with McDonald’s. Jeff began at WWF in 2008, has led projects with McDonald’s, Walmart, Cargill, General Mills, Sodexo, P&G, Royal Ahold, among others, has been global lead for certification and standards, developed WWF’s Supply Risk Analysis and was part of the WWF team that developed the Water Risk Filter. Jeff completed an International MBA and a Master’s degree in Global Economics from the University of Denver and previously worked in international education.
Managing Director, ESG & Sustainable InvestmentsRead more
Christina L. Alfandary is Managing Director, ESG and Sustainable Investments at GAMCO Asset Management. Since 1987 GAMCO has worked with Socially Responsible Institutions to meet their values based investing objectives through individual mandates as well as a mutual fund. At GAMCO, Ms. Alfandary oversees the company’s expansion of its ESG integration efforts and ESG investing capabilities across the organization. She is a member of the firm’s Proxy Committee. Ms. Alfandary has over twenty- five years of experience in the investment business. Prior to re-joining GAMCO, she served as Senior Managing Director, Co-Head of Nikko Asset Management Americas, Inc. until 2015. Among her responsibilities, she was instrumental in a US product launch for an green bond product developed in collaboration with the World Bank. Ms. Alfandary has spoken at conferences on impact investing to family offices and foundations looking to develop ESG and impact investing portfolios. Prior to Nikko AM, she was a Vice President at GAMCO Investors from 2000 to 2005 where she worked with institutional and high net worth clients. Her investment experience includes working at Morgan Stanley from 1990 to 2000, as both a banker and in institutional fixed income sales and trading.
A native of California, Ms. Alfandary received an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia Business School after earning her B.A. from Lewis & Clark College.
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VP Global Sustainability & Industry InitiativesRead more
Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives for the Building Technologies and Solutions business of Johnson Controls. He also chairs the company’s global sustainability council. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership positions in research, product development, marketing, strategy and corporate sustainability in both the United States and Europe.
Nesler serves on the board of American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the executive group of the US DOE/EPA SEE Action network and is a member of the Alliance to Save Energy International Steering Committee. He helped establish the UN Sustainable Energy for All Building Efficiency Accelerator and serves as chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center and is a member of the International Energy Agency Energy Efficiency Industry Advisory Board. In 2009, Clay started the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency which has been integrated within the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, where he serves as a senior advisor to the Building Efficiency Initiative. He is also co-chair of the Johnson Controls/United States Energy Association sponsored Energy Efficiency Forum, now in its 28th year.
Clay has previously served as vice-chair of the World Environment Center and participated on the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming, the Task Force on National Energy Policy and Midwestern Regional Competitiveness and the advisory boards of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of International Studies. He has also served as a sustainable buildings track advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative and as chair of ASHRAE TC1.4, Control Theory and Applications.
A frequent international speaker, Clay has presented at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Fortune Brainstorm Green, VERGE, Greenbuild, US-India Energy Partnership Summit, US-China Energy Efficiency Forum, International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building, Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit, World Climate Summit, World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi Ascent, Global Green Growth Forum, UN SE4ALL Forum, UN Climate Summit, Rio+20 and numerous green building conferences around the world. He has also participated in events at the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the United Nations General Assembly.
Nesler received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor on sixteen patents. He is a winner of the 2005 Corenet Global Innovator’s Award, the 2012 VERGE 25 award, a 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and a 2017 leadership award from the U.S. Green Building Council. Clay is also the past board president and life director of the Florentine Opera Company, the sixth oldest professional opera company in America.
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