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The Responsible Business Summit EU is bringing the best, most innovative and inspiring brands in responsible business together to truly deliver commercial and societal impact


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Aongus Hegarty

Aongus Hegarty

President EMEA, Dell

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Aongus Hegarty serves as President of Dell EMC Commercial Business for Western Europe and the entire Dell EMC business across Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa. Responsible for business and strategy across the region, he leads a team of sales, solutions and services professionals serving customers across 120 countries. Aongus has established a strong and balanced multi-channel go-to-market across the region, including building out a substantial business in the EMEA Emerging Markets.

Following a series of acquisitions by Dell, Aongus is directing the successful integration of numerous acquired businesses into Dell’s existing operational and organisational structure, including the recent close of Dell’s global combination with EMC, creating the largest privately controlled technology company.

With five years in his current role, Aongus is a seventeen-year veteran of Dell, having held a number of senior international VP & GM roles across sales and marketing. He brought significant industry experience to Dell having previously held senior general management, operations, manufacturing and engineering leadership positions with Modus Media, RR Donnelley and Digital Equipment Corporation. He has worked for 4 years in Amsterdam, 2 years each with Dell and Modus Media, and has extensive experience operating with a global business environment.

As a leader for Dell EMC in EMEA, Aongus is an active industry spokesperson in many external business forums, and has on-going relationships with key analysts and media. He is also executive sponsor for Dell’s Global Giving Council in the region; directing the investment of important funding to not-for-profit organisations and a lead advocate for corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

In addition, internally Aongus co-leads the EMEA Women's Network and is a member of the Global Diversity Council, chaired by Michael Dell. An on-going commitment to fostering a better appreciation of diversity and inclusion within the company has led to an increased focus at all levels of the organisation; recognised by Aongus being awarded 'Diversity Champion of the Year' at the European Diversity Awards in October 2014 and listed as one of the Top 10 Diversity Champions in The Economist Global Diversity List in November 2015.

Aongus is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He is Vice Chairman of the Executive Council for the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union and he is a member of the Special Olympics Ireland Council of Patrons. Aongus holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from the University of Limerick and, in October 2013, was presented with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement.

(Aongus is married with two sons.)

Conference Session: Social Purpose Keynote: It’s all about [Social] Purpose and Impact now

Steve Murrells

Steve Murrells

CEO, The Cooperative

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Steve Murrells became Co-op Group CEO in March 2017 having previously led the Co-op’s Food business since 2012. Steve now has overall responsibility for Co-op Food, Co-op Funeralcare, Co-op Insurance and Co-op Legal Services. The Co-op is the UK’s largest mutual business with more than 4 million members, 70,000 colleagues and a presence in every postcode area of the country.

As a senior executive at the Co-op Steve has been a key part of the team which has rebuilt the Co-op, relaunched its membership proposition and returned its iconic blue clover-leaf logo to the high street.

As CEO of Co-op Food, Steve was responsible for the Co-op’s £7bn-turnover food retail arm with its 2,800 strong network of stores and logistics operations which span the whole of the UK. He introduced the Co-op’s new retail strategy which focuses on convenience and turned around the business to grow its market share.

Previous to joining the Co-op Steve has held senior leadership roles in European and UK based food retail businesses, including at One Stop, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. Steve spent three years as CEO of Danish meat company, Tulip, before joining the Co-op.

Conference Session: Human Rights Keynote: The [UK] Modern Slavery Act reordered priorities for many. How are leading corporations responding?

Pedro Ortún Silvan

Pedro Ortún Silvan

Principal Adviser for CSR, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

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Mr Ortún is an Industrial engineer, specialised in Chemistry and in Industrial Organisation, with a Doctorate in Business Administration.

He was in charge, since 1979 until 1986 of the coordination of the Industrial Chapter in the Spain's access negotiations to the European Community. He was nominated in August 1988 Director in the European Commission/DG III (Internal Market and Industrial Affairs), in charge of steel and, later on, of all the EU basic industries.

In January 2000, he became responsible in particular for Tourism and Service Industries, as well as for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) within DG Enterprise and Industry. In January 2007, he was nominated Director responsible for the “New Approach Industries” (Equipment Goods, Construction Products, Toys), the Standardisation Policy, Tourism and CSR. From September 2010, he was the Director responsible for Tourism, CSR and Consumer Goods Industries in DG Enterprise and Industry. From October 2012, he was the Director in charge of Tourism, of the Textiles, Fashion, Design and Creative Industries and of Key Enabling Technologies and the Digital Economy, in the new DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), since 1st January 2015. Since 1st June 2015, he is Principal Adviser in DG GROW, responsible for the Task Force in charge of CSR and Tourism.

Conference Session: Government Keynote: Insights from the Dutch Government collaborating with business on SDG implementation

Philip Mountford

Philip Mountford

CEO, Hunkemöller

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Philip Mountford joined Hunkemöller International as CEO in 2009. Hunkemöller is the fastest growing lingerie brand in Europe with nearly 800 stores across 23 countries. Hunkemöller has a turnover in excess of € 500 million and has recently been acquired by The Carlyle Group.

Philip: “Hunkemöller has seen a substantial growth over the last five years developing from a physical retailer into becoming the leading European omni-channel lingerie brand. The Carlyle Group will work with us to continue to enhance our strategic vision and grow the business further as we leverage Carlyle’s global network, its extensive experience and expertise in the retail fashion sector.

Philip Mountford has a wide background in retail, wholesale and branding. Prior to Hunkemöller he was the CEO of Moss Bros Group PLC, a renowned fashion retailer on the UK stock market, with more than 400 stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In addition to it’s Moss brand they also held the franchise for Hugo Boss and Canali. At the same time he held a supervisory role at Allsaints.

Prior to his time at Moss Bros, he was Managing Director for Gianni Versace, where he was responsible, among other things, for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia and emerging markets. Before that, he held positions as European Sales and Marketing Director at Nautica and was Retail Director at Daks PLC, a British top brand in both men’s and women’s fashion that is active in both wholesale and retail worldwide. Philip started his career as Group Buying and Merchandise Director for Simpson Piccadilly, a chain of luxury department stores.

Philip is currently also member of the Advisory Board of the Score Group which is Netherland’s largest denim chain.

Conference Session: Value creation Keynote – educate and inspire customers to create change

Maurice Tulloch

Maurice Tulloch

Chief Executive Officer, International Insurance, Aviva

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Conference Session: Climate Keynote: As the excitement around Paris Agreement subsides where is the roadmap for delivery?

Terry Slavin

Terry Slavin

Editor, Ethical Corporation

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Terry Slavin is editor of Ethical Corporation. Previously, she had worked on business and sustainability issues for many years as a freelance writer and commissioning editor on Guardian Sustainable Business and Green Futures magazine. She has a special interest in climate and energy, water and development issues.

Conference Session: Climate Keynote: As the excitement around Paris Agreement subsides where is the roadmap for delivery?

Paul Polman

Paul Polman

CEO, Unilever

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Paul Polman has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2009.  Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to decouple growth from its environmental footprint while increasing its positive social impact.

Paul is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact.   He also a member of the B-team and the European Resource Efficiency Platform.

Paul has been closely involved in global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and action to tackle climate change. In 2016, Paul was asked by the UN Secretary-General to be a member of the SDG Advocacy Group, tasked with promoting action on the 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, Paul served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendations on the SDGs on behalf of the private sector. He is also a member of the newly formed Business and Sustainable Development Commission, whose aim is to quantify the enormous rewards for companies that make the SDGs an integral part of the way they operate. In 2016, he received France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, in recognition of his efforts in galvanising sustainable business and for his involvement in the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

Since 2010, Paul has been a non-executive director of the Dow Chemical Company.

In recognition of his contribution to responsible business, Paul has received numerous awards and accolades including WWF's Duke of Edinburgh Gold Conservation Medal (2013), the Centre for Global Development’s Commitment to Development Ideas in Action Award (2013), the Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), the UN Foundation’s Champion for Global Change Award (2014), the Oslo Business for Peace Award (2015) and the UN Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth Award (2015).

Conference Session: Inspirational Keynote: A video message from Paul Polman, CEO Unilever, on the opportunities of long-term, sustainable business models

Candy Telani Anton

Candy Telani Anton

Global Project Director, Ethical Corporation

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Conference Session: Workshop Human rights – meeting new legislation after UK Modern Slavery Act

Jens Birgersson

Jens Birgersson

CEO, ROCKWOOL

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President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Member of the Registered Directors of ROCKWOOL International A/S
Member of Group Management: 9 February 2015
Born 3 March 1967
Nationality: Swedish

Education

2013: Advanced Management Programme, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA
1992: MSc, Engineering (Physics), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
1992: BSc, Economics, University of Stockholm, Sweden

Main points of career

2015 - : President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ROCKWOOL International A/S
2008 - 2015: Group Senior Vice President, Head of Business Unit Network Management, ABB, Switzerland
2005 - 2008: Executive Vice President, Head of Performance Minerals and Pigments, Imerys, Belgium
2004 - 2005: Group Senior Vice President, Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, ABB, Switzerland
2002 - 2004: Group Senior Vice President, High Voltage Products, ABB, Switzerland
2001 - 2002: Business Area Unit Manager, High Voltage Products, ABB, Sweden
1998 - 2001: Business Area Controller, T&D Management, ABB, Switzerland

Conference Session: Social Purpose Keynote: It’s all about [Social] Purpose and Impact now

Richard Howitt

Richard Howitt

CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council

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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.

Conference Session: Government Keynote: Insights from the government and public institutions collaborating with businesses, public and private buddies on SDG implementation

Titus Sharpe

Titus Sharpe

President & Co-Founder, MVF

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Titus Sharpe is Co-founder and CEO of MVF, one of the UK’s fastest growing tech and digital marketing businesses. Titus’s background is in artificial intelligence; he began studying for a PhD in collaborative robotics before leaving to launch his first tech business. MVF is Titus’s fourth successful venture to date, with previous notable success with B2B marketplace Approved Index which he sold to Reed Elsevier in 2008.

Conference Session: Brand Keynote – Building brand trust through marketing

Blanca Juti

Blanca Juti

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, HEINEKEN

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Blanca is Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at HEINEKEN where she leads Communication, Public Affairs, Public Policy and Sustainable Development.

Blanca came to HEINEKEN from the worlds of gaming, technology and entertainment. In 2014 Fortune named Blanca as one of 10 most powerful women in gaming. Blanca is the author of Game Changer and Honest. Finnish. Magic.

She is delighted to work for HEINEKEN where together with her team they are focused on Brewing a Better World.

Conference Session: Brand Keynote – Building brand trust through marketing

Michael Lantz

Michael Lantz

CEO, Accedo

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Conference Session: Digital Keynote: Transformative digital business models

Krina Amin

Krina Amin

Head of Strategy, Ethical Corporation

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Krina Amin is Head of Strategy at Ethical Corporation, a role she has held since March 2014. She has been spearheading EC’s flagship Responsible Business Series in New York, London and California and has worked with the CEOs from Nespresso, Telefonica 02, Virgin Atlantic, Steelcase, KEMET Corp, Odeon Cinemas, Heathrow, Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Krina is currently leading the US expansion of the business to grow the EC brand presence, increase its customer base and diversify its product portfolio. Before joining Ethical Corporation, Krina worked for the legal arm of Thomson Reuters and various law firms. She has a degree in Law and German from Queen Mary, University of London and Humboldt University in Berlin.

Outside of work, Krina is a figurative artist. Her website is www.krinaamin.com

Conference Session: Discover how Artificial Intelligence can supercharge your CSR delivery

Conference Session: Digital Keynote: Transformative digital business models

Mads Nipper

Mads Nipper

CEO, Grundfos

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Born in 1966, Mads Nipper started his career with an educational background as MSc in Business Administration. Before joining Grundfos, Mads had a long career in the Lego Group (1991-2014), latest as Chief Marketing Officer and member of the Management Board.

Mads was appointed Group President and CEO of Grundfos August 2014. He is member of the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development and an active advocate for the UN SDG 6 and 13.

Mads is member of the Board of Directors at B&O and the Tulip Food Company, commissioner in the Water Resources Group, Member of the General Council of the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Committee on Business Policy, and Board member of the Federation of Employers in the Manufacturing Industry.

With its roots and HQ in Denmark, Grundfos was founded in 1945. With an annual production of more than 16 million pumps and a turnover of 3.3M Euro (2015) GRUNDFOS is one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers. Circulator pumps for heating and air-conditioning and other centrifugal pumps for the industry, water supply, sewage and dosing are the main products. Grundfos employs 18,000 persons worldwide.

Conference Session: SDG keynote: ambitions by 2030 will be a major challenge. What can business do to overcome potential pitfalls?

Hugo G. von Meijenfeldt

Hugo G. von Meijenfeldt

Coordinator National Implementation SDGs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Hugo G. von Meijenfeldt finished Law School at the Free UniversityAmsterdam in 1981, majoring in public law and political science.

In 1982 he started at the Ministry of the Environment, working on legislation and litigation with regard to soil remediation programmes. He wrote several articles for international conferences and journals.

In 1994 he became head of the European policy division (including Presidency 1997), later deputy director International Affairs; 3 years chairman of the Committee on Environmental Policy of UN-ECE Geneva. In 2002 director for Soil, Water and Rural Environment, 2006 director for International Affairs, 2009-2013 Deputy and two times Acting Director General for the Environment.

In 2009 appointed as Special Envoy for Climate Change at Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in 2013 Consul General for West-America based in San Francisco.

In 2016 he started as Coordinator Sustainable Development Goals.

Conference Session: Government Keynote: Insights from the Dutch Government collaborating with business on SDG implementation

Tony Smurfit

Tony Smurfit

CEO, Smurfit Kappa

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TONY SMURFIT is the Chief Executive Officer of Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG), one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world.

He was Chief Operations Officer from November 2002 to September 2015 and he has held a number of other management positions having worked in various parts of the organisation both in the United States and Europe since he joined the company in 1986. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1989.

Today Smurfit Kappa operates in 34 countries globally and employs 45,000 people. The company is currently listed on the Dublin and London Stock Exchanges and has a market capitalisation of almost €5 billion.

He was born in Wigan, England in 1963 and following his early schooling in Ireland, he attended the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Management Science.

He is a former Director of Aer Rianta (the Irish Airport Authority which is owned by the Irish Government), the Irish National Stud (an Irish Government owned operation), C&C, plc and is currently sits on the Board of IBEC (Irish Business Employers Confederation)

He was appointed Honorary Consul of Mexico to Ireland in 2003 and was honoured by the French Government in 2004 when he was nominated Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration and has been a member of the Turf Club of Ireland

He is married to Sharon and they have 4 children.

Conference Session: 2020 Keynote – delivering on sustainability goals

Dirk Voeste

Dirk Voeste

Vice President of Sustainability Strategy, BASF SE

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Dirk Voeste, Vice President of Sustainability Strategy at BASF SE, is responsible for the development and implementation of BASF’s sustainability strategy, including its integration into the company’s business activities and decision making processes. His responsibilities also include the execution and application of Eco-Efficiency Analysis, sustainability measurement and evaluation, as well as stakeholder relations activities related to sustainability. At the Responsible Business Summit Europe, Dirk will share the results of BASF’s brandnew ‘Value-to-Society’ approach which reflects BASF’s contribution to society along the value chain in monetary terms.

Dirk Voeste graduated with a Ph.D. in biotechnology and agricultural botany from University Bonn in Germany and a M.Phil. in Post Harvest Technology from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in England. After his studies he was the responsible scientist for the development of a closed equilibrated aquatic ecosystem in cooperation with NASA, USA. Since 1998 he has held various positions in the field of biotechnology, breeding and crop protection. At BASF SE Dirk previously held responsibilities in research as well as in global marketing functions. Among others he was Head of Sustainability and Product Stewardship for the Crop Protection Division.

Conference Session: Impact valuation Keynote – Assessing the impact of business on society

Liam Dowd

Liam Dowd

Managing Director, Ethical Corporation

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Liam is the Managing Director at Ethical Corporation and has spent the past 7 years working across multiple functions within the Ethical Corp team and parent company FCBI.

Liam is a fully qualified Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has over 10 years’ experience working within the marketing profession. The first few years was spent working in a medical organisation, assisting in the execution of the membership marketing and PR communications.

In 2010 he joined Ethical Corporation to head up the marketing and management of the Ethical Corporation Magazine. Over the years Liam has assisted in the development of ‘Sister-Brands’ within FCBI that have become $1 million businesses within 3 years of being established.

As the Managing Director of Ethical Corporation he’s helped oversee 3 of the most successful events in Ethical Corp's history - including the relaunch of the global Responsible Business Series in the US. He's tasked with ensuring Ethical Corporation becomes the platform where companies can learn and showcase how to transform to new a purpose and impact driven business strategy.

Liam has a passion and belief that brands have the power and means to create a more responsible and sustainable environment – both in business and society.

Conference Session: Impact valuation Keynote – Assessing the impact of business on society

Conference Session: Customer coalition. Making your customers part of the sustainable solution

Kelly M. Semrau

Kelly M. Semrau

SVP, Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability, SC Johnson

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With more than 25 years of experience, Kelly oversees sustainability actions, public and governmental policy, public affairs, and overall corporate social responsibility on a global and local level for SC Johnson in Racine, Wisconsin. Kelly is also responsible for community leadership and the company’s philanthropy efforts and sits on the Board of Trustees as the Vice Chairman and President of SC Johnson Giving, Inc.

A leading provider of innovative consumer products including Windex, Glade, OFF! and Ziploc, SC Johnson is a fifth generation family company with a global workforce of nearly 13,000 employees in more than 70 countries.

In her current role, Kelly leads all global public affairs initiatives for the company and its brands including media relations, crisis communication and sustainability communication. She also leads development and establishment of worldwide government relations policy, strategy and U.S. implementation and oversees community relations and philanthropic contributions for the company. Kelly plays a lead role in issues management for SC Johnson, as well as directing the company’s archives, annual report and global website: www.scjohnson.com

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Kelly sets the company’s industry-leading agenda on transparency; ingredient disclosure, the SC Johnson Greenlist® process and the commitment to creating winning products, ensuring less waste, reducing the carbon footprint and making life better for families around the globe.

Kelly also leads SC Johnson’s global employee communications, including business and human resources/ benefits communications, employee events, a close-circuit broadcast system, a robust intranet and award-winning employee publications such as a global magazine and monthly newspaper.

With Kelly’s leadership, SC Johnson has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s list of best companies to work for in America and one of the top companies for working mothers by WORKING MOTHER magazine. Her responsibilities also include managing the company’s global conferences and presentations made by the company’s top executives.

In 2014, Kelly was honored to be inducted into the prestigious Bradley University Centurion Society. The Centurion Society was created by the Bradley Board of Trustees to honor outstanding Bradley alumni who have brought national and international credit to the University and for their career achievements in business, public life and their professions.

Kelly serves on the Boards of Directors of the Consumer Specialty Products Association, World Environment Center and American Cleaning Institute. She is the Immediate Past President of the Alliance for Consumer Education Board of Trustees. Previously, she served as Chairman of the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Consumer Specialty Products Association.

Prior to joining SC Johnson in 2000, Kelly owned her own company, managing communication needs for high-profile clients in consumer products, transportation and other industries. Previously, Kelly was Executive Vice President at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide in Washington, DC.

Kelly also served as Director of Public Affairs and Press Secretary to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture during President George H. Bush’s administration, as well as Director of Public Affairs and Press Secretary to the U.S. Trade Representative during President Ronald Reagan’s administration. She was also Press Secretary to Congressman Joe McDade of Pennsylvania.

Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bradley University. She lives with her husband and two children in Racine, Wisconsin.

Conference Session: Customer trust Keynote: Building stronger relationships with consumers through greater openness and dialogue

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Gilbert Ghostine

CEO, Firmenich

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Conference Session: Social Purpose Keynote: It’s all about [Social] Purpose and Impact now

Gillian Caldwell

Gillian Caldwell

CEO, Global Witness

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Gillian Caldwell is an award-winning executive director, campaigner, social entrepreneur, attorney, author and filmmaker. She is CEO of Global Witness, which campaigns to end the corruption, environmental and human rights abuses driven by natural resource exploitation. She has received many awards including an echoing green fellowship, the Skoll Award, the Schwab Foundation Award, Director’s Fellowship from MIT’s Media Lab and the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leader Award. Gillian earned her BA from Harvard University and J.D. from Georgetown University.

Conference Session: GEOPOLITICAL OUTLOOK: CSR against the backdrop of post-truth politics, reactionary agendas and populist policy

Mark Goldring

Mark Goldring

CEO, Oxfam

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As chief executive of Oxfam GB, Mark Goldring brings the needs of the world’s poorest people to a global stage – working with high level government and business leaders and influencing them to act decisively against the causes of poverty.

Goldring also manages Oxfam’s programmes in 55 countries; the organisation’s annual income of nearly £400m and thousands of staff and volunteers. 

Under his leadership, the international NGO reached more than 13 million people direct last year - and through its influence, improved the lives of many more. This involved responding to emergencies, developing long-term projects for poor communities and campaigning for lasting change.

Goldring has decades of experience in international development. He was chief executive of VSO and worked in the field for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and Oxfam too, as Bangladesh country director in the 90s.

Before joining Oxfam, Goldring was chief executive of Mencap, the UK's leading disability charity. In his five years there, he led the continued growth of the charity’s support services and positioned it as a leading influencer on national disability and social care policy.

In recent years, he has also served as vice-chair of AMREF UK, the African health charity; as a board member of Accenture Development Partnerships; chair of the board of charity Revolving Doors and trustee of BRAC - the Bangladesh-based development agency.

Goldring read law at Oxford and has a Masters in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics.  His considerable services to tackling poverty and disadvantage were recognised in 2008 with a CBE.

Conference Session: Human Rights Keynote: The [UK] Modern Slavery Act reordered priorities for many. How are leading corporations responding?

John Morrison

John Morrison

Chief Executive, Institute for Human Rights and Business

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Conference Session: Human Rights Keynote: The [UK] Modern Slavery Act reordered priorities for many. How are leading corporations responding?

Bennett Freeman

Bennett Freeman

Chair of the advisory board, Global Witness;
Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy

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Conference Session: GEOPOLITICAL OUTLOOK: CSR against the backdrop of post-truth politics, reactionary agendas and populist policy

Conference Session: Human rights – meeting new legislation after UK Modern Slavery Act [by sector]

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Ambika Jindal

Ambika Jindal

Vice-President - Sustainable Finance, ING

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Conference Session: How to gauge when social and business interests align?

Christopher Davis

Christopher Davis

International Director of Corporate Responsibility and Campaigns, The Body Shop International

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Conference Session: How to gauge when social and business interests align?

Daniele Giovannucci

Daniele Giovannucci

President, Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)

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Daniele Giovannucci is President of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) — a global consortium of 53 institutions advancing our understanding of the sustainability impacts of agri-food systems. He is a former food company executive and has worked in more than 30 countries and managed agribusiness projects with cumulative budgets exceeding one billion dollars. Today he is a passionate advocate for pragmatism, the democratization of data, and eliminating ignorance in sustainability discussions. Mr. Giovannucci recently chaired the global teams formulating the strategic input on Food and Agriculture for the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and is a member of the UN Forum on Sustainability Standards. Downloads of his published work rank him in the top 1% of the more than quarter million professional authors tracked by the Social Science Research Network.

Conference Session: Case Study - “Data per Impact“

Katrin Recke

Katrin Recke

Senior Sustainability Manager, AIM Progress

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Conference Session: Social Impact ambition: Agree on a common set of KPIs and standards to measure shared social and business impact

Tom Berry

Tom Berry

Head of Sustainability EMEA, Kimberly-Clark

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Tom has been working with companies on corporate strategy and sustainability for the past 18 years.

Tom heads up team of internationally based “Sustainability Business Partners” - a core part of Kimberly-Clarks Global Sustainability Team. In this role he works with K-Cs business & brand teams to; help identify where sustainability can provide competitive advantage; develop and deliver sustainable product and commercial innovation; and drive engagement and ownership of sustainability amongst employees. The work can be as simple as making the business case for better packaging, or as complicated as identifying how the company and brands can best support more a positive social or environmental mission.

Before Kimberly Clark, Tom was Sustainability Manager at Innocent, helping them to meet their mission to ‘make food good – delicious, healthy and sustainable’. Prior to joining the corporate world, he worked at Forum for the Future (in the UK) and The Institute for Sustainable Futures (in Australia) – both sustainable development charities providing strategic advice on sustainable development to business. Over this time he advised companies such as Sydney Water, PepsiCo, John Lewis, Tesco and Unilever on various aspects of their sustainability strategy.

Before specialising in sustainabilty Tom spent 3 years as a strategy consultant at Gemini Consulting – a management consultancy based in London.

He has a first class BA in Geography from Cambridge University.

Conference Session: Social Impact ambition: Agree on a common set of KPIs and standards to measure shared social and business impact

Markus Strangmueller

Markus Strangmüeller

Vice President of Sustainability – Business to Society, Siemens

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Markus Strangmüller is responsible for the company-wide Business to Society approach showing the impact of Siemens to the sustainable development of societies and deriving strategic actions.

Markus joined Siemens 28 years ago and has held many different functions in different industries over the years. He spent 2 ½ years in Australia as Project Manager of an AUD$ 500’ telecommunications project, held P&L responsibility of a Service Business with € 300’ revenues, and he was responsible for transforming the bid factory into a global bid management. He spent 2/3 of his career in business operations and 1/3 in more strategic and business development roles. He joined the Corporate Sustainability in 2009 at its establishment.

Markus holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (FH Munich) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the European University. He has also taught Strategy at the European University and Globe Business College at EMBA programs. He also holds a certificate as a systemic Coach in Business Context. Markus’s areas of interest lie in leadership, people and organizational development, sustainability and business development in a global and multinational environment. He is an “investor in relations” and stands for purpose, trust and legacy.

Conference Session: The challenge of hard data and data comparability – What does real impact look like?

Joanna Yarrow

Joanna Yarrow

Head of Sustainable & Healthy Living, IKEA Group

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Joanna leads the IKEA Group companies’ work to inspire and enable millions of customers and co-workers to live more sustainably, with the aim of making sustainable and healthy living affordable, attractive and accessible for as many people as possible worldwide. Previously she was Head of Sustainability for IKEA UK & Ireland, where she led the integration of all aspects of sustainability into core business and innovation.

Joanna has long specialised in sustainable living and making green, healthy lifestyles both attractive & accessible through consultancy, broadcasting, writing & practical projects. She lives in Malmo, where she’s turning her kitchen into a hydroponic salad farm.

Conference Session: How to gauge when social and business interests align?

Conference Session: Customer coalition. Making your customers part of the sustainable solution

Nicola Robinson

Nicola Robinson

Global Senior Manager Sustainable Sourcing, McDonalds

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Nicola Robinson leads sustainable sourcing for McDonald’s in Europe, representing 37 European markets. In this role she is responsible for developing global strategies around sustainable sourcing, and supporting their implementation in collaboration with supply chain teams and suppliers. She also manages a number of McDonald’s agricultural programmes, including the McDonald’s Agricultural Assurance Programme which spans more than 500,000 European farms, and the Flagship Farms programme, which recognises some of the most progressive farmers in the McDonald’s supply chain to showcase existing best practice in sustainable farming.

Nicola leads McDonald’s engagement at the SAI Platform Beef Working Group, where she has worked to leverage McDonald’s beef supply chain to support the development and testing of the SAI Platform’s Europe-wide standard for sustainable beef production. She also leads a cross-departmental global project team to define chicken sustainability for the 36,000 McDonald’s restaurants around the world.

She is a qualified Veterinary Surgeon and holds a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Conference Session: The challenge of hard data and data comparability – What does real impact look like?

Kithrona Cerri

Kitrhona Cerri

Director, Social Impact, wbcsd

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Conference Session: Social Impact ambition: Agree on a common set of KPIs and standards to measure shared social and business impact

Parminder Plahe

Parminder Plahe

Senior CSR Officer, European Investment Bank

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Conference Session: Look inside first - how to create internal systems that delivers actionable data

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Bérangère Magarinos

Bérangère Magarinos

VP Sustainability Partnerships, Firmenich

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Conference Session: Boards get CSR these days...or do they?

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Fiona Wilkinson

Former Chief Communications Officer Europe, Visa

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Conference Session: Boards get CSR these days...or do they?

Leon Wijnands

Leon Wijnands

Global Head of Sustainability, ING

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Conference Session: Boards get CSR these days...or do they?

Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis

Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walgreens Boots Alliance

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Conference Session: UN-Award Winning case study – How Walgreens Boots Alliance has successfully integrated SDGs into business operations

Stefano Pogutz

Stefano Pogutz

Researcher Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University

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Conference Session: Interdisciplinary collaboration + process shifts = What culture change look like?

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Antonio Fuertes Zurita

Antonio Fuertes Zurita

Reputation and Sustainability Senior Manager, Gas Natural Fenosa

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Conference Session: How sustainability can engage investors to become long-term allies

Chris Librie

Chris Librie

Senior Director, Global Impact, eBay

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Chris Librie is Senior Director, Global Impact & Giving at eBay. He leads the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which includes promoting eBay’s efforts in creating economic opportunity and driving circular economy. He is also responsible for the eBay for Charity platform and the eBay Foundation. Before joining eBay, Chris was responsible for creating and communicating Living Progress, HP’s approach to sustainability and corporate citizenship. He has held numerous roles in corporate social responsibility, marketing and general management for SC Johnson, Diageo and Unilever, including assignments in the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands, as well as many parts of the U.S.

Conference Session: Taking your customers with you

Esther Toth

Esther Toth

Associate Director, Corporate Citizenship

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Conference Session: How sustainability can engage investors to become long-term allies

Francois Tasmowski

Francois Tasmowski

Corporate Social Responsibility & Communications Director Continental Europe, McCain Foods

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Conference Session: Customer coalition. Making your customers part of the sustainable solution

Frank Welvaert

Frank Welvaert

Vice President, Global Strategy Lead, Global Community Impact, Johnson & Johnson

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Conference Session: Beyond collaboration towards coalition: The rise of co-design & co-ownership

Jos van Haastrecht

Jos van Haastrecht

Global Brand and Communications Director, DSM

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Jos is Director Global Brand and Communications at DSM, the science-based company active in Health, Nutrition and Materials. He successfully rebranded DSM into a purpose-led global brand in the past years. Jos has over 25 years experience in branding, sustainability, marketing and communications built through several positions within the publishing industry, the chemical industry and the biotech industry.

Conference Session: Beyond collaboration towards coalition: The rise of co-design & co-ownership

Jose Arguedas

Jose Arguedas

Global Sustainability Director and Head of Corporate Responsibility, Global Fashion Group

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Conference Session: Sustainable sourcing and transparent supply chains – what does suppliers’ education and alliance actually look like?

Kanishk Negi

Kanishk Negi

Global Head SCM Sustainability, ABB

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Kanishk is the global leader of ‘supply chain sustainability’ at ABB- pioneer in domain of technology and industrial digitalization. He has worked extensively with suppliers and supply chain teams to initiate/implement the responsible sourcing program in over 17 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. His work focused on supplier engagement to co-create innovative solutions for chronic challenges, quantification of benefits and localization of ABB’s global supplier sustainability parameters with relevant local legal requirements. He joined ABB in 2012. Prior to joining ABB, Kanishk worked with risk advisory team of Ernst & Young, specializing in Climate Change and Sustainability Services. He was involved in advising corporations on sustainability strategy, risk review and GRI based sustainability reports.

Conference Session: Sustainable sourcing and transparent supply chains – what does suppliers’ education and alliance actually look like?

Kate Wylie

Kate Wylie

Global Sustainability Director, MARS

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Kate Wylie is the Global Sustainability Director for the food and drink company Mars Incorporated. She leads the corporation’s sustainable supply chain strategy and sits on Mars’ Sustainability Policymaking Strategy Group.

She joined the business in 2010 as Director of Sustainability for Mars Drinks and led the development of Mars Incorporated’s sustainable sourcing strategy, including the launch of their Deforestation Policy and investment in the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. Previously Kate has driven sustainable development within businesses both large and small, ranging from eBay to The Carbon Neutral Company.

Kate is a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University, holds a first class honours in Economics from Manchester University and is a Trustee of a London-based youth development foundation. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Food Lab and the Investment Committee for the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming.

Conference Session: Beyond collaboration towards coalition: The rise of co-design & co-ownership

Leon Kamhi

Leon Kamhi

Head of Responsibility, HERMES

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Conference Session: How sustainability can engage investors to become long-term allies

Matt Peacock

Matt Peacock

Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Vodafone

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Matt Peacock is Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone where he leads the company's communications and sustainable business strategy across more than 40 countries. He was previously the Group Communications Director with the global oil and gas exploration and production company BG Group and has held communications director roles with the UK communications regulator Ofcom, mobile network operator 3 and the global internet service provider, AOL. He is a former radio correspondent with BBC News and has reported on assignments across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

Conference Session: Case Study – How Vodafone leverages the growth of corporate transparency to restore trust between company and public

Médard Schoenmaeckers

Médard Schoenmaeckers

Formerly Global Head of Communications, HSBC

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Conference Session: Workshop – Build trust and manage crisis in a digital, multi-channel world

Miguel Veiga-Pestana

Miguel Veiga-Pestana

SVP Corporate Communications and External Affairs, RB

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Conference Session: Workshop – Build trust and manage crisis in a digital, multi-channel world

Veronica Rubio

Veronica Rubio

BSCI Senior Manager Strategic Issues, Foreign Trade Association BSCI

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Conference Session: Sustainable sourcing and transparent supply chains – what does suppliers’ education and alliance actually look like?

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Dr. Simon Lord

Dr. Simon Lord

Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby

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Conference Session: Tackling deforestation

Hans Koeleman

Hans Koeleman

Director Corporate Communications & CSR, KPN

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Hans Koeleman holds his current position at KPN since June 2007. Prior to KPN he worked in similar leadership positions in retail Ahold, financial services and transportation & logistics. During his leadership the Dutch market leader in ICT KPN has become a frontrunner in CSR. Today KPN is worldwide the nr 1 Telecom company (according to the Carbon Disclosure Project) in Climate Change and has become climate neutral as of 2015. KPN has been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the last five years, currently in a third position and it’s fully integrated report is considered to be one of the best in the Netherlands. KPN also received an award last year for the dramatic improvement in it’s reputation and holds a second position in terms or reputation within the European telco industry. Hans studied Dutch Language and literature, and holds a MA in Business Communications and a MBA.

Conference Session: Clean energy future - Carbon emissions – Transitioning to net zero - [by sector]

Simon Henry

Simon Henry

Programme Director, ICROA

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Conference Session: Clean energy future - Carbon emissions – Transitioning to net zero - [by sector]

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Christine Diamente

Christine Diamente

Head of Brand Strategy, Nokia

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John D. Edelman

John D. Edelman

Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, Edelman

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Janice Lao

Janice Lao

Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited

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Aris Vrettos

Aris Vrettos

Cambridge

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Thomas Muller Kirschbaum

Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum

Corp. Senior Vice President, Henkel

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Thomas Mueller-Kirschbaum is head of Global Research, Development and Technology for the Laundry and Home Care division at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Germany.

He is also Chairman of the Henkel Research & Development Steering Committee and co-chair of the Henkel Sustainability Council.

After studies of physics, chemistry and environmental technology Thomas started with Henkel in 1989 and worked in various leading positions in Corporate Research, Product Development, Supply Chain and Operations. With his strong expertise in Research, Innovation and Sustainability he is member of several committees of national and international associations.

Thomas holds an honorary professorship for Innovation Management at the Niederrhein University of Applied Science, Germany.

Paul Gerrard

Paul Gerrard

Group Policy Director, The Cooperative

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After a 20 year career in the Civil Service with the Home Office, HM Customs and Excise and HM Revenue and Customs, Paul joined the Co-op in 2016 as Group Policy Director. Paul is responsible for establishing and delivering the Co-op’s position on a range of ethical and sustainability issues leading campaigns on those that matter most to the Co-op and its members.

While in Government Paul operated in a number of strategic, operations and transformation roles, the last ten years as a Director. From 2000 he led the development and implementation of strategies to tackle multi-billion losses from a range of organised criminal attacks on the UKL Exchequer including cigarette smuggling, VAT fraud, alcohol fraud, tobacco smuggling and road fuels fraud. From 2008, as Operations Director, he was accountable for the delivery of tax credits and Child benefit leading 6,500 people in HMRC.

Conference Session: Human rights – meeting new legislation after UK Modern Slavery Act [by sector]

Sarah Carpenter

Sarah Carpenter

Business and Human Rights Analyst, Assent Compliance

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Sarah Carpenter is one of Assent Compliance’s subject matter experts and a human rights advocate, who specializes in promoting human rights in business operations globally. Recently, she supported the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangladesh as it was playing a central role promoting labour rights reform in the garment sector following the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University.

Conference Session: Human rights keynote - The [UK] Modern Slavery Act reordered priorities for many. How are leading corporations responding?

Randall Krantz

Randall Krantz

Director, Energy, Environment and Social Impact, Globality, Inc.

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Randall works at Globality as Director of Europe for Globality’s Energy, Environment & Social Impact sectors. He is an expert on the multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration processes for a more sustainable world. Following a decade in the private sector with General Electric and a London-based startup, Randall has spent the last 10 years working with business, government and civil society to create partnerships in the environment and sustainable development domains. At Globality, he helps make globalization work by enabling small and midsize companies to participate in the global economy.

Conference Session: Discover how Artificial Intelligence can supercharge your CSR delivery

Richard Tipper

Dr. Richard Tipper

Executive Chairman, Ecometrica

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Dr. Richard Tipper is a champion of evidence-based environmental action. He has worked as an adviser on climate change issues for many government, business and international organisations.

After studying Agricultural Science (Edinburgh University) Richard worked in Mexico as an advisor to farmers’ organisations. He later took an MSc in Technology Management, then doctoral research on the economics of contemporary Mayan farmers. Following his PhD he obtained research funding to develop the Plan Vivo system for payments for ecosystem services, and subsequently commercial investment to put theory into practice in Mexico, India, Uganda and Mozambique.

With commercial interest growing in this area Richard founded the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM), and built a team of experts on land use and GHG accounting. While at ECCM Richard was appointed to the UK Roster of Experts on Climate Change and was Lead Author on two IPCC reports. In 2007 his work on the IPCC was recognised as a contribution to the Nobel Peace Prize. Richard also advised on numerous standards and methodologies for accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, including the WBCSD-WRI GHG Protocol, European standards for biofuels and PAS 2060.

Since co-founding Ecometrica in 2008 Richard has focused on developing the Earth Observation and spatial data platform side of the business. He has retained an interest in measurement and evaluation of land use interventions as a senior evaluator of Norway’s international climate and forests initiative (NICFI), and an advisor to the UK government’s investments in forests under the International Climate Fund.

Conference Session: Workshop - Tackling deforestation

Mario Abreu

Mario Abreu

Vice President Environment, Tetra Pak

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Conference Session: Sustainable sourcing and transparent supply chains – what does suppliers’ education and alliance actually look like?

Natasha Buchler

Natasha Buchler

Senior Director Head of Ethics and Compliance, K2 Intelligence

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Natasha is Senior Director at K2 Intelligence and heads the company’s Ethics and Compliance Practice. She works with a range of international companies and charities to design bespoke internal programmes that specifically address anti-corruption compliance and promote ethical behaviours amongst employees and suppliers.

Natasha began her career in compliance, business intelligence and investigations at G3, the Good Governance Group, before moving to Proven, G3’s dispute resolution and litigation support division, where she worked on major fraud, money-laundering and corruption cases. Subsequently, she served as Anti-Corruption Compliance Manager at L Brands, the US parent of brands including Victoria’s Secret. Latterly, prior to joining K2 Intelligence, Natasha ran her own due diligence and risk advisory firm focused on supply chain risk and the vetting of donors, partners and suppliers.

Natasha holds a first class honours degree from the University of Nottingham.

Conference Session: Sustainable sourcing and transparent supply chains - what does suppliers' education and alliance actually look like?

Christine Riley Miller

Christine Riley Miller

Sustainability Senior Director, Dunkin Brands

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Christine Riley Miller is a Sustainability Senior Director at Dunkin Brands Inc. with more than 10 years’ experience mitigating risk and improving footprint from cradle to grave within the market constraints for profit across consumer goods, retail and food sectors. She is an issues expert in energy, deforestation, packaging, sustainable agriculture, and animal welfare.

Christine leads the Corporate Foundation for Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins, where she raised $4M through 25+ national fundraising events. She serves as the Public Affairs contact for the government affairs and legal teams including shaping regulatory policy around packaging, testifying at County level hearings, and advocating with NGO stakeholders such as the Humane Society, CERES, Greenpeace, PETA and WWF. She also has shaped the supply chain agenda, converting products to Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance and achieving a CDP score through a reduced energy footprint.

Prior to Dunkin’ Brands, Christine developed integrated campaigns and strategies for communicating environmental sustainability at Cone Communications. She previously managed the CSR Initiative at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.

An engaging public speaker, Christine has been selected as a presenter and panelist on deforestation, coffee, and cocoa including at Citi’s Leadership and Ethics, SPECS, and Innovation Forum conferences. In 2012 Christine was named one of 12 White House Champions of Change for her leadership and influence.

Christine’s passion for CSR grew from her work developing corporate partnerships for Jumpstart for Young Children more than 15 years ago, after having spent two years as Staff Director for the Massachusetts State Senator. She started her career at AmeriCorps, where she advocated for domestic and sexual violence issues in the New Hampshire District Courts.

Christine has a graduate certificate in Leadership for Change from Boston College and a BS in Sociology from Brigham Young University. She currently resides in Boston and spends her free time training for half marathons and pursuing her love of interior design.

Conference Session: Workshop - Tackling deforestation

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Dr Catherine Ferrier

Director, CAS-DAS in CSR, CSR Executive Summer Course, CSR Thursday Lunches, Senior Research Associate, Environmental Policy and CSR, University of Geneva

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Catherine has been researching and lecturing for nearly 20 years on environmental issues – mostly freshwater and climate change – and for 7 years on social responsibility. Since 2013, she is the director of the executive education programmes in Corporate Social Responsibility at University of Geneva: http://csr.unige.ch, which she contributed to develop since their launch in 2008.

A graduate of the Universities of Grenoble (France) and Geneva (Switzerland), her background is in European and international affairs. Her PhD thesis focuses on the institutional frameworks of carbon markets. Catherine lectures on environmental policies and CSR in various Masters and advanced education programmes. Her research interests include soft/self-regulation in the sustainability area and practical implementation of SDGs.

Conference Session: How to generate real enthusiasm for sustainability across the workforce…whilst adding to complexity and expectation!

Mamadou Biteye

Mamadou Biteye

Managing Director, Africa, The Rockefeller Foundation

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Mamadou Biteye is the Managing Director for the Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional Office.

Since 2013 when he joined the Foundation’s Africa office in Nairobi, Biteye has overseen the Foundation’s work across Africa, which includes initiatives such as Digital Jobs Africa, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), YieldWise which is the Foundation’s flagship agriculture initiative in Africa, among others such as Transforming Health Systems and Informal Workers’ Health.

Biteye has decades’ experience in development, with expertise in strategic leadership, program development and implementation, public policy and advocacy, and community participatory development.

Some noteworthy achievements from his career include co-designing a micro-finance programme while he was Regional Director at Oxfam America, West Africa Regional Center, that is improving the lives of over 700, 000 women in Mali and Senegal. He has played a key role in the development of key policy processes in West Africa such as the ECOWAS’ Convention on Small Arms, and the ECOWAS’ Regional Mining Directives. At the Foundation, he has led the charge in enabling 130, 000 of Africa’s high potential but disadvantaged youth access training to improve their skills and employability, leading to 40,000 of them accessing digital jobs. Biteye is currently working to empower Africa’s small holder farmers to improve their livelihoods through increasing their incomes by gaining knowledge and access to better post-harvest management methods.

In 2015, he was awarded an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, OBE, and is a member of the World Economic Forum Futures Council on Food Security and Agriculture.

Biteye is an agricultural economist by training, with Master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University and The Crimean Agricultural Institute in the Ukraine. He speaks English, French, Russian, Portuguese and Wolof.

Conference Session: Unlikely alliances - finding common ground when working from different agendas

Amanda MacArthur

Amanda MacArthur

Chief Program Officer, PYXERA Global

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Amanda MacArthur is the Chief Program Officer at PYXERA Global, a US-based, non-profit organization that leverages the unique strengths of the public, private and social sectors to address complex global challenges. In her role, she leads a dedicated and passionate team to design, implement and measure the impact of an array of programs that engage the power of tri-sector partnerships to address the most pressing challenges we face today.

Prior to her current role, Amanda built the organization’s Global Pro Bono practice, which is dedicated to building the capacity of social mission-driven organizations around the world by delivering more than $10 million in pro bono consulting annually. Amanda led IBM’s first-ever Corporate Service Corps team to Timisoara, Romania in 2008 and has since developed similar programs for FedEx, Dow Chemical, and Medtronic among several other Fortune 500 companies.

She has written and spoken extensively on the power of global pro bono and experiential learning programs to be transformational for corporations in how they interact with underserved markets, with corporate employees by rapidly instilling global leadership competencies, and in social mission-driven organizations by transferring much-needed skills and expertise. In addition to being recognized as a BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders, she is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and is on the Leadership Faculty at Points of Light’s Corporate Institute. Amanda is a magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University.

Conference Session: Unlikely alliances - finding common ground when working from different agendas

Maria Anne van Dijk

Maria Anne van Dijk

Head of Environmental Social & Ethical Risk & Policy, ABN AMRO

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Conference Session: Human rights – meeting new legislation after UK Modern Slavery Act [by sector]

Anna Maria Rugarli

Anna Maria Rugarli

Sustainability & Responsibility Senior Director EMEA, VF

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Anna Maria Rugarli is Director Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility at VF in the EMEA region. She is responsible for developing and implementing the Sustainability and CSR corporate strategy in the Region. She joined VF in December 2010 and holds a strong track record of successfully creating Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility programs at Nike, a global leader in the field, where she worked for 11 years holding a variety of positions within the Sustainable Innovation team.

In July 2015, Anna Maria has been appointed as President of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) whose mission is to support valuable conservation work by raising funds from within the European Outdoor sector and promoting care and respect for wild places.

Anna Maria currently lives in Lugano with her family. She also lived in South Africa, Belgium, China and the Netherlands. She speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Conference Session: Interdisciplinary collaboration + process shifts = What culture change look like?

Sarah Pasternak

Sarah Pasternak

Director of Market Access Programmes, GSK

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Sarah is the Director of Market Access Programmes within the Africa/Developing Countries Unit at GSK. Her role focuses on designing and delivering innovative business approaches for increasing access to medicines and vaccines though internal strategies and in collaboration with key governmental and nongovernmental partners.

Sarah is a public health specialist with over 15 years of experience serving as a technical advisor to the governments of Nigeria, Ethiopia, Vietnam and the United Kingdom on a variety of initiatives to reduce morbidity and mortality rates among women and children. With the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Sarah spent 8 years supporting countries to introduce new and more effective diagnostics, vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat HIV/AIDs, malaria, pneumonia and other infectious diseases. The cultivation of public private partnerships has been a critical component of Sarah’s work.

She has a BA in Social Anthropology from Harvard University and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Conference Session: Will new thinking on partnerships usher in an era of unconventional partners?

Katie Hyson

Katie Hyson

Vice President, Citizenship and Reputation, Barclays Plc

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Katie leads on external engagement and thought leadership for Barclays’ Citizenship and Reputation strategy.

Barclays’ Citizenship and Reputation strategy: The Shared Growth Ambition is based on the ‘Shared Value’ principles. Shared Growth is part of the way Barclays does business: integrated into the commercial strategy and executed through the business. It’s about using core business know-how to address social and environmental issues – generating both societal and commercial value.

Katie has been delivering stakeholder engagement through sustainability programmes with multinational corporations for over a decade, including time in community investment, media relations and events management. Highlights include: The business case for sustainability and employee engagement and breaking recycling world records.

Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Oxford and Masters’ degree in Environment, Politics and Globalisation, King’s College London.

Conference Session: Will new thinking on partnerships usher in an era of unconventional partners?

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Managing Director, PRI

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Conference Session: Investor Keynote: How Investors and Companies can work together to achieve sustainable long-term growth

Roel Nieuwenkamp

Roel Nieuwenkamp

Chair, OECD Working Party Responsible Business Conduct

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Conference Session: Investor Keynote: How Investors and Companies can work together to achieve sustainable long-term growth

Devon Leahy

Devon Leahy

Sr. Director, Sustainability and Social Innovation, Etsy

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Devon has a long history of working in both the environmental and corporate sustainability fields— first with leading NGOs such as the Environmental Defense Fund and the Environmental Law Institute and later in government posts at the Environmental Protection Agency and on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining Etsy, Devon worked in sustainability marketing and on the sustainability strategy team at Walmart, leading product and supply chain initiatives and consumer facing marketing campaigns. She also spent three years heading up the strategy practice at sustainable brand innovation firm, BBMG, where she guided clients like NBCUniversal, eBay, Target and Johnson & Johnson through sustainability strategy challenges. In her current role as Senior Director of Sustainability and Social Innovation at Etsy, Devon leads the creation of environmental and social impact initiatives that leverage Etsy’s business, products and operations to further shared value creation. This includes working towards realizing Etsy’s public commitments to being powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2020, running zero waste operations by 2020, running a carbon neutral marketplace and bringing greater transparency and ethical production practices to Etsy’s marketplaces. Devon holds an MBA in Strategy and Marketing and an MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan as well as a BA in Environmental Policy, Government and Art History from Colby College.

Conference Session: How to generate real enthusiasm for sustainability across the workforce…whilst adding to complexity and expectation!

Marion Verles

Marion Verles

Chief Executive Officer, Gold Standard

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Marion Verles is the CEO of The Gold Standard Foundation, a standard and certification body that works to ensure every dollar of climate and development funding goes as far as it can. Marion brings to the Gold Standard her deep knowledge of the carbon markets and her passion for pioneering new approaches to financing climate and development interventions. Prior to joining the Gold Standard, she founded Nexus-Carbon for Development, a cooperative of development organisations looking to scale their climate mitigation programs through results based finance. Before joining the climate and development arena, Marion worked at Barclays Bank as a corporate development analyst. Marion holds a Masters in European Business and a Masters in Public Administration.

Conference Session: Climate Keynote: As the excitement around Paris Agreement subsides where is the roadmap for delivery?

Jeffrey Hogue

Jeffrey Hogue

Chief Sustainability Officer & Board Member, C&A Foundation

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Conference Session: Customer trust Keynote: Building stronger relationships with consumers through greater openness and dialogue

Julian Hilton-Johnson

Julian Hilton-Johnson

VP Global Policy & Engagement, McDonald’s

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Conference Session: Customer trust Keynote: Building stronger relationships with consumers through greater openness and dialogue

Chris Coulter

Chris Coulter

co-CEO, GlobeScan

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Conference Session: Customer trust Keynote: Building stronger relationships with consumers through greater openness and dialogue

Thomas Odenwald

Thomas Odenwald

Executive VP, SupplyShift

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Thomas Odenwald is a global strategy and technology executive with a passion for innovative products and based in the Silicon Valley. He is heading up Sales, Marketing & Business Development at SupplyShift. He is a well-known expert in the field of enterprise software, supply chain management, sustainability strategies and corporate reporting & disclosure with decades of experience. Thomas is a SAP veteran (20+ years) and until recently held the position of chief strategist and senior vice president at for products and innovation at SAP. His career also includes executive positions at Thinkstep (CTO) and Intercomponentware (EVP and General Manager ICW Labs).

Thomas is also very active in a variety of advisory boards and non-profits. He holds a MS in economics and computer science from renowned Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany. He owns multiple patents and has published numerous articles, book chapters and journal entries.

Conference Session: Supply chain data management case study in the agriculture industry - innovative value creation for all entities

Simon Usher

Simon Usher

CEO, Bonsucro

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Currently CEO at Bonsucro, the global sugarcane platform, and Chair of the Board of MADE-BY, working to make sustainable fashion common place.

A strategic leader and sustainability professional - An MBA with extensive professional sustainable and international development, and more than fifteen years commercial international business development experience.

A big picture thinker and change catalyst - In my element simplifying complexity and bringing together diverse stakeholder teams to challenge accepted norms.

Conference Session: Supply chain data management case study in the agriculture industry - innovative value creation for all entities

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Cheryl D. Hicks

Executive Director, Toilet Board Coalition

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Appointed as the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC)’s inaugural Executive Director in 2015, Cheryl is an experienced business, investment and sustainable development professional. Cheryl brings 20 years of experience developing innovative approaches to shaping responsible business strategies, impact investment strategies, and high performing multi-stakeholder collaborations. Before joining the TBC Cheryl was the Sustainability Investment Partner and Head of Impact at Quadia Impact Finance in Geneva. Cheryl began her career in corporate sustainability with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The Toilet Board Coalition is a global business platform which aims to catalyse, support and grow business solutions to deliver smart, sustainable sanitation for all through the market. We run the Toilet Accelerator program, which supports breakthrough SaniPreneurs operating in low-income markets, mentored by corporate leaders and experts in achieving scale. Our current cohorts are focused on Toilet Product & Service Innovations, Circular Economy Waste Treatment, Mobile & Digital Applications for Sanitation. We believe that the design of future sanitation systems that are self-sustaining and accessible to all is the business opportunity of the decade!

Conference Session: Case Study – “Smarter measurement tools to accelerate quantifiable impact in complex supply chains”

Andre Veneman

Andre Veneman

Director of Sustainability, Akzonobel

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Conference Session: Interdisciplinary collaboration + process shifts = What does culture change look like?

Prerana Issar

Prerana Issar

Director, Private Sector Partnerships, United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP)

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Prerana Issar is currently the Director of Private Sector Partnerships at the World Food Programme, the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide.

Prior to joining WFP four years ago as the Director of Human Resources, Prerana worked with Unilever Plc for 15 years, in increasingly senior roles across multiple geographies (India, regional across Europe and several global roles based in London) and partnering multiple businesses (operating companies, global categories, functions including sales, marketing, R&D, supply chain).

Her work at the World Food Programme has been focused on creating solutions for beneficiaries by increasing the capacity, capability, flexibility and speed in the people aspects of the organisation, and now in our work with private sector partners.​

Conference Session: Unlikely alliances: finding common ground when working from different agendas

Phyllis Kong

Phyllis Kong

Sustainability Project Developer, Responsible Sourcing & Human Rights, Ferrero

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Phyllis Kong is a Sustainability Project Developer on Responsible Sourcing and Human Rights at the Sustainability Department in Ferrero. Her work lies on four key areas in managing the development and implementation of Ferrero’s Supplier CSR Assessment Initiative; the newly launched Social & Ethical Compliance Programme; Human Rights Due Diligence Programme; and the Sustainable Cherry Supply Chain Program.

She represents Ferrero in various associations including AIM-Progress, ILO Child Labour Platform, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, etc.

Prior to the current position, she respectively worked in Ferrero’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Office, involved largely in CSR reporting and communication, and the CSR team in the European Commission. She graduated from MSc Global Governance and Ethics at University College London with academic background on policy studies and public administration.

Before relocating to currently based Luxembourg, Phyllis lived in 4 different countries. Her interests include social sustainability, human rights, labour rights, community development and education.

Conference Session: Transparency to Impact: Driving improvements at scale via multi-dimensional engagement across the supply base

Cesare Guarini

Cesare Guarini

Head of Procurement Strategy Initiatives and Sustainability, Clariant

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Conference Session: Transparency to Impact: Driving improvements at scale via multi-dimensional engagement across the supply base

Pierre-Francois Thaler

Pierre-Francois Thaler

Co-CEO, EcoVadis

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Pierre-Francois is the co-founder of EcoVadis, which operates the 1st collaborative platform, allowing companies to assess the Sustainability performance of their suppliers. Since its launch in 2007 more than 100 "Global 500" companies, have selected the EcoVadis solution, to manage risks and drive eco-innovations in their supply chain across 100 countries.

Pierre-François brings 15 years experience in Procurement and business development of innovative solutions for Procurement organizations. He was previously CEO of B2Build SA the 1st B2B marketplace for the European construction industry. Prior to founding EcoVadis, he was a director of Ariba Procurement BPO business in EMEA.

Pierre-Francois has been presenting on Sustainable Procurement in more than 50 conferences in Europe and USA and the author of multiple research studies on Sustainable Supply Chain with HEC or INSEAD Business Schools. He’s member of the strategic advisory board of the Sustainable Procurement Leadership Council (Washington).

Pierre-François is an electrical engineer by trade, holding a Master of Science from Supelec and a MBA from Insead.

Conference Session: Transparency to Impact: Driving improvements at scale via multi-dimensional engagement across the supply base

Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Director Sustainable Finance, HSBC

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Graham Smith joined HSBC in 1996 and has more than 20 years of investment banking experience. In 2004 Graham set up the team responsible for HSBC’s financing of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems globally and has acted as financial adviser and arranger on the largest projects in the sector in recent years. He is also one of HSBC’s Green Financing specialists leading the teams working with the Green Climate Fund and the Catalytic Finance initiative.

He is currently the co-leader of HSBC’s Sustainable Finance Unit responsible for driving the growth in sustainable financing within the Bank. A key goal of this Unit is to raise the awareness of the opportunities that a focus on Sustainable Business can bring to HSBC and the Unit has developed in-house Awareness training that is being delivered globally across HSBC.

Graham is a graduate of Southampton University, and has been a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of Canning House the Latin American think-tank and a member of the Banking Committee of the British Exporters Association and the Export Finance Committee of the Confederation of British Industry, he is a technical advisor to the UN Secretary General High-Level Group on Sustainable Transport

Conference Session: How to generate real enthusiasm for sustainability across the workforce…whilst adding to complexity and expectation!

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Richard Carpenter

Chief Executive Officer, MerchantCantos

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Richard is responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day running and success of MerchantCantos. Since 2009, he has led the transformation of MerchantCantos into an award-winning, international creative agency, with offices in Europe, North America, Asia and the Gulf, expanding its range of Offers to include Brand, Investor Communications, Employee Engagement and Sustainability. He started his career as a business journalist, working for the Mail on Sunday and editing Investor Relations magazine. He is author of several publications, including the London Stock Exchange’s Practical Guide to Investor Relations, and also sat on the ICSA working group on the future of digital communications. Today, Richard acts as a trusted advisor to clients such as Anglo American, Aviva, Lloyds Banking Group and Old Mutual, as well as leading brand and advertising campaigns.

Conference Session: Brand Keynote – Building brand trust through marketing

Klara Skrivankova

Klara Skrivankova

UK and Europe Programme Manager, Anti-Slavery International

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Conference Session: Workshop Human rights – meeting new legislation after UK Modern Slavery Act

Antonia Stroeh

Antonia Stroeh

Senior Vice President, Government Development, Mastercard

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Conference Session: Unlikely alliances: finding common ground when working from different agendas

Martijn Lampert

Martijn Lampert

Research Director, Glocalities

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Conference Session: Workshop: SDG integration: How to integrate the SDGs into business operations and communications

Roel Schoemaker

Roel Schoemaker

Business Director, Glocalities

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Roel Schoemaker is a consultant and segmentation specialist. He is co-founder of Glocalities, a worldwide values based target audience research program with consumer information about 100,000+ consumers in 24 countries.

With the rich Glocalities database Roel helps organizations to align their purpose, corporate values and sustainability objectives with consumer values. By doing this, brands will have a clear roadmap for where to invest.

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Sabine Content

Sabine Content

Deputy Director Corporate & Stakeholder Relations, GRI

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As Deputy Director Corporate & Stakeholder Relations, Sabine is responsible for corporate engagement, as well as raising awareness and building relationships between GRI and key partner organizations and stakeholders. This includes the GRI GOLD Community Program, GRI’s core network of supporters, made up of over 600 organizations in more than 60 countries. The Corporate & Stakeholder Relations department, brings together a worldwide network of companies and organizations committed to GRI’s mission to empower decision makers everywhere through its sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

Sabine is from the Netherlands and worked for over 15 years in the international apparel and textiles industry. This work motivated Sabine to contribute to a world where creating financial value, goes hand-in-hand with safeguarding the environment and societies.

GRI is an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. GRI produces the world’s most trusted and widely used sustainability reporting standards. GRI’s vision is to create a future where sustainability is integral to every organization's decision making process.

Conference Session: Workshop: SDG integration: How to integrate the SDGs into business operations and communications

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