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Alexander Doll
Barclays

Alexander Doll

CEO Germany

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Joelle Tanguy
UN Women

Joelle Tanguy

Director Strategic Partnership, Advocacy and Communications

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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.

Sylvia Metayer
Sodexo

Sylvia Metayer

CEO Worldwide Corporate Services

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Sylvia Metayer is CEO, Worldwide Corporate Services Segment, for Sodexo, a world leader in Quality of Life Services, present in 80 countries, and employing 425,000 people worldwide.

Prior to this, Sylvia was President, International Large Accounts, developing Sodexo’s key Corporate clients. She signed and renewed major global contracts with P&G, GSK, J&J, Unilever, Alcatel Lucent, and Colgate, as well as other large regional or multi country contracts.

Sylvia first joined Sodexo in 2006 as Group Financial Controller and then CFO Europe. Before joining Sodexo, Sylvia was COO for Houghton Mifflin, a Boston based educational publisher, and prior to that held key operational and financial positions with Danone, Mattel and Vivendi Universal.

A graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and of Queen’s University in Canada, Sylvia is French, British and Canadian. She is a Trustee of the Quebec Labrador Foundation, a member of the European Professional Women’s Network and of “HEC au Féminin”, and serves on the Research Orientation Committee at HEC. A founding member of SWIFT, Sodexo’s Women’s Group, Sylvia is also Group Executive Sponsor for the Sodexo PRIDE LGBT network.

In 2016, she was one of the “Top 100 Women to Watch” in the Cranfield University/KPMG Female FTSE Board Report.

Geoff Skingsley
L’Oréal

Geoff Skingsley

Chairman UK & Ireland

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Jürgen Gerke
Allianz Capital Partners

Jürgen Gerke

CEO

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Jürgen Gerke has served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management at Allianz Capital Partners since 2015. Jürgen oversees the Renewables investment business, Legal and Compliance as well as Communications.

Prior to becoming CEO, he was CFO at Allianz Worldwide Partners from 2013 to 2014, and CFO of Allianz France from 2007 to 2013. Previously, Jürgen has held positions with, among others, Dresdner Bank, Euler Hermes and the European Commission.

Jürgen holds a degree in law from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and participated in executive programs at INSEAD, Harvard and IMD.

Martino Scabbia Guerrini
VF Corp

Martino Scabbia Guerrini

President EMEA

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Martino Scabbia Guerrini is President, VF Corporation, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), with responsibility for all of VF’s businesses in these regions including the The North Face®, Timberland®, Vans® , Wrangler®, Lee®, Napapijri®, Kipling® and Eastpak® brands.

 

His VF career began in 2006 when he joined the company as President of the Sportswear coalition in EMEA, overseeing the Napapijri®, Kipling® and Nautica® brands. Over time he expanded the scope of his responsibilities, adding oversight of the Eastpak® brand in 2008, 7 for All Mankind in 2009, and the Lee® and Wrangler® brands in 2013.

He has nearly 30 years of experience in lifestyle, apparel and fashion. Prior to VF, Scabbia Guerrini was at Opera SA Equity Fund and for many years he held a number of executive roles at Tod’s Group and Stone Island. He began his career working for Virgin Group.

Scabbia Guerrini holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, with a specific Bachelor in Marketing. Committed to mentoring and teaching younger generations, since 10 years he has given lectures in Master programs at Domus Academy Milan (Fashion), Politecnico University Milan (Industrial Design) and Luiss University Rome (Economics).

He is passionate about Design, Art and Jazz.

Gitte Aabo
LEO Pharma

Gitte Aabo

President & CEO

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Bharat Tewarie
UCB Biopharma

Bharat Tewarie

EVP & Chief Marketing Officer

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Pedro Ortún
European Commission

Pedro Ortún

Active Senior Advisor CSR/SDGs

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Al Naqvi
American Institute of Artificial Intelligence

Al Naqvi

President

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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]

Saker Nusseibeh
HERMES

Saker Nusseibeh

CEO

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Giles Platford
Takeda

Giles Platford

President, Europe and Canada

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Ghislaine Colella
AXA

Ghislaine Colella

Global Senior Vice President Retail

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Richard Howitt
IIRC

Richard Howitt

CEO

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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.

Edouard De Lamarzelle
PSA Assurance

Edouard De Lamarzelle

VP, CEO

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Juan Martin
Mars Multisales

Juan Martin

President

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Born in Cordoba and having worked in Spain for many years, Juan Martin is one of the top senior leaders in Mars, Incorporated today.

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, ORBIT®, SKITTLES®, Sugus®,  Solano® and UNCLE BEN’S®.

One of the top five regions with Mars, Incorporated is Mars Multisales, covering 51 countries with more than 2,500 Associates across Europe and Southern Africa.

Juan began his career at Mars 14 years ago as Sales Director in Spain. He was soon promoted to General Manager Spain, where he successfully drove growth across the Petcare, Confectionery and later also Gum & Confections categories. The following years led Juan outside of Spain where he became Vice President of Wrigley Gun & Confections in South Central Europe and later Regional President of Mars Food for Europe, Russia and South Africa, before he was promoted to the President of Mars Multisales two years ago.

Juan graduated in Economics and Law in the University of Cordoba and later on continued his education at London Business School, Harvard and IMD.

Prior to Mars, Juan spent seven years at Procter & Gamble Spain in different positions - from Marketing, Logistics to Customer Business Development.

In addition, Juan is an external Board member of Ashoka, an international NGO which is focused on social entrepreneurship and education. Juan Martin lives in Madrid, with his beautiful daughter and wife. During his free time, he enjoys reading and outdoor activities.

Kelly M. Semrau
SC Johnson

Kelly M. Semrau

Senior Vice President - Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability

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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 closed-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.

Calvin St Juste
Comcast

Calvin St Juste

Executive Director

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Sebastian Rath
NN Group

Sebastian Rath

Principal Insurance Risk Officer

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Leon Wijnands
ING

Leon Wijnands

Global Head of Sustainability

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Miguel Veiga-Pestana
RB

Miguel Veiga-Pestana

SVP Corporate Relations and Sustainability

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Roger Baumann
Credit Suisse Asset Management

Roger Baumann

COO & Head Sustainability/Co-Head Germany

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Richard Ellis
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Richard Ellis

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility

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Alastair Collier
National Grid

Alastair Collier

Head of Strategy, Solutions & Sustainability

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Dirk Abeel
Nestlé Nutrition

Dirk Abeel

Global Head Performance Development, Training and Field Force Effectiveness

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Subhanu Saxena
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Subhanu Saxena

Regional Director Life Science Partnerships Europe

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Donald Brenninkmeijer
C&A

Donald Brenninkmeijer

Chief Innovation Officer

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Xavier Houot
Schneider Electric

Xavier Houot

SVP Global Safety, Environment, Real Estate

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Xavier Houot is Schneider Electric SVP in charge of Safety, Environment, Real Estate. He reports to EVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer and President & CEO North America, Annette Clayton.

Schneider Electric is a 25 B€ (2016) turn-over company, a worldwide leader in Energy Management and Automation, with operations across 100 countries.

Xavier’s passion is to help define and implement planet and climate-compatible growth paths for Companies, and to help spell-out and design Offers which allow Customers to themselves become more resource efficient, more circular, thus enabling them to become more planet-compatible as well.

His 28 years of professional experience include marketing and growth strategies, organizational transformation, together with a strong ‘Green for Growth’ focus over last 15 years. Xavier worked internationally, of which 4 years in India, serving multinational Companies in their Sustainable performance endeavors across their supply chains, as a partner with Ernst & Young. Recent contributions in his current role are the development of Schneider Electric Sustainable Supply Chain, Environmental and Safety roadmap for 2020, and the leadership over transformations spanning from Circular Economy, Green Offers, to CO2 neutrality, leveraging Schneider Electric’ suite of ecoStruxure architecture. His work entails multiple collaborations with R&D, Manufacturing, Logistics, Marketing, and Sales, and involve frequent interactions with Customers.

Rupert Maitland-Titterton
Kellogg's

Rupert Maitland-Titterton

Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Public Affairs & Sustainability, EMEA

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Sandrine Ricard
Pernod Ricard

Sandrine Ricard

Head of Sustainability & Responsibility

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Andrea Valcalda
Enel

Andrea Valcalda

Head of Innovation and Sustainability

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Celia Moore
IBM

Celia Moore

Director Corporate Citizenship, EMEA

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Celia Moore is Director of Corporate Citizenship, IBM Europe Middle East & Africa . She joined IBM in 1995 to implement a new global strategy for corporate citizenship and manages the portfolio of programmes that apply IBM’s technologies and skills to solving critical social and economic challenges across more than 30 countries. The major focus is education, skills, and healthcare as well as support to the development agenda across Africa. IBM is leading initiatives to meet the growth in “New Collar Jobs” that need intermediate level technical qualifications – less than a bachelor’s degree, and with strong employability skills.

Celia is a Member of the Board of Directors of CSR Europe, where as Chair she led the formation of the Pact for Youth, a unique partnership with the European Commission, to transform the education and skills systems to ensure Europe’s future competitiveness. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development . She is also on the board of the European Academy of Business in Society where she initiated a programme on Values Based Leadership with Business Schools in Africa.

Before joining IBM Celia held various positions in the not-for-profit sector, and gained extensive experience engaging the corporate sector to address social issues that impact business, through forming cross sector partnerships.

Francois Tasmowski
McCain Foods

Francois Tasmowski

Global Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility

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Stefan Seidel
PUMA SE

Stefan Seidel

Head of Corporate Sustainability

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Vita

  • Technical apprenticeship at Siemens AG, Chairman of the “Regional Youth Representatives Council”.
  • Graduates from Weihenstephan Polytechnic with a degree in Environmental Engineering, focusing on water protection and waste management.
  • Graduates from Oxford Brookes University with a Masters degree in Environmental Management & Technology, having received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service.
  • Client Services Executive Team Leader at credit card provider First Data Limited, chairs occupational health and safety committee of the German branch.
  • Joined the PUMA SAFE * Team as auditor in 2001, responsible for the region Europe, Middle East and Africa. Conducted numerous compliance audits and managed sustainability projects in that region.
  • Founding member of PUMA’s employees organization “Charity Cat”.
  • From 2004 to 2010, leader of SAFE Team in EMEA, helped developing PUMA.Safe social and environmental standards and handbooks, as well as PUMA sustainability reports.
  • Since 2011, Global Team Head Environmental Affairs, responsible for environmental issues at PUMA globally.
  • Since 2015, Head of Corporate Sustainabilty at PUMA, leading the PUMA sustainability and compliance program SAFE, including budgetary and personal responsibility for 20 staff

(* SAFE stands for Social Accountability and Fundamental Environmental Standards)

Membership in Committees:

  • Represents PUMA SE at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Initiative (Board Member), the Fair Labor Association, ILO Better Work, the European Sporting Goods Federation (Sustainability Committee), and the German Network of the UN Global Compact.

Selected Key Projects:

  • Roll out of SAC HIGG Index Facilities Module at PUMA (Project Supervision)
  • Implementation of ZDHC environmental audit protocol at PUMA (Project Supervision)
  • PPP Project SAVE on Resource Efficiency in the Supply Chain (Project Supervision)
  • Cradle to Cradle certified PUMA InCycle Collection (Project Lead Sustainability)
  • PUMA Annual & Sustainability Reports (Project Lead Sustainability)
  • PUMA Environmental Profit and Loss Account (Member of Project Team)
  • PPP Project Supplier Sustainability Reporting with Global Reporting Initiative (Project Lead)
  • PUMA Annual Stakeholder Dialogue “Talks at Banz” (Co-Host)
  • ZDHC Waste Water Focus Area / development of an industry waste water standard (Co-Lead)
Grainne O’Brien
Kellogg Europe

Grainne O’Brien

Director External Communications & Brand PR

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Alan Knight
ArcelorMittal

Alan Knight

Head of Corporate Reporting and Sustainable Development

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Alan has over 25 years’ experience of working with global companies and governments on sustainability. He joined the world’s largest Steel company ArcelorMittal in 2014 as their General Manager for Sustainable development and Corporate Responsibility and since then has helped develop a sustainability framework ranging from products to process. He is Chairman of ResponsibleSteel and sits on the steering board of the Initiative for Responsible Mining. Alan created and chaired the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group, which was a collaboration of over 100 companies sharing best practice and coordinating the corporate respond to Ebola in West Africa. For this he was made a Clinton Global Citizen honouree in 2015.

Previous to that he was Sustainability Director for Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversaw all their Corporate Sustainability Programmes. He advised the Virgin Group on sustainable development for seven years. Previously he has worked with global companies as diverse as B&Q where led their entire Cr and Sustainability programme for 10 years. He was instrument in founding and developing the Forest Stewardship Council. He held similar roles in the Parent company Kingfisher and SABMiller, the multibillion brewery company.

For nine years he was a commissioner with the Sustainable Development Commission and he introduced the concept of "choice editing" into the product policy debate. He is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

He was awarded the OBE in June 1998, in 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance presented him with a lifelong award and in 2013 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment.

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Michael Dickstein
Coca-Cola Hellenic

Michael Dickstein

Group Sustainability Director

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Sarah Atkinson
CA Technologies

Sarah Atkinson

VP, Communications

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Janice Lao
Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels

Janice Lao

Director – Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

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Janice Lao - the Director – Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels.

With more than a decade experience on the nexus of sustainable and responsible business issues, she has worked for blue chip companies, local and national governments, NGOs and multinational conglomerates in the transport, energy, extractive, consumer and property sectors. Her expertise lies in embedding and integrating sustainability into the business, rather than just as a traditional add-on – her experience ranges from working on innovative sustainable financing and investment and advising board members and senior management. Her international work experience has taken her around the Asia-Pacific, North American and European regions.

She graduated with an MSc on Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a diploma in business from the University of Oxford Said Business School. She has been awarded the 2014 FWN Global Most Influential Women of the Year – Emerging Leader; 2015 Global Sustainable Leadership Award and a fellow of the exclusive Pioneers for Change Fellowship Programme in the United Kingdom.

Toni Ballabriga
BBVA

Toni Ballabriga

Global Head of Responsible Business

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He reports directly to the Board of Directors. His mission is to ensure that people are systematically placed at the decision-making processes.

He assists to the CEO to propose Responsible Banking policy & plans to the Board. He is responsible of its implementation & monitoring.

He works mainly as second line to challenge & give support to all areas to embed this policy in their operational models,

This includes the design of customer solutions to marketing and sales, customer relations & complaints; sustainable finance integrating environmental & social opportunities & risks; reputation monitoring & risk management; integrated report; community investment.

Simon Messenger
CDSB

Simon Messenger

Managing Director

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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.

Inge Massen
Royal DSM

Inge Massen

Global Director Communications and External Affairs

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Inge Massen is Global Director Communications & External Affairs at Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. She has 20+ years of international experience in business-to-business branding, marketing and communications. She firmly believes in the power of integrating marketing, sustainability, branding and communications in order to create true business value

Vincent Neate
Social Value UK

Vincent Neate

Board Member

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Katie Buchanan
Virgin Media

Katie Buchanan

Head of Sustainability

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Rasmus Skov
Ørsted

Rasmus Skov

Head of Group Sustainability

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Rasmus is Head of Group Sustainability at Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy). Rasmus joined Ørsted in 2012 and has been part of the company’s journey from coal-intensive utility to market leader in offshore wind. Rasmus specializes in sustainability strategy, governance and communication as well as third-party due diligence. Previously, he promoted political dialogue and rule of law in the Balkans.

The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 5,600 people. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen [Orsted]. In 2016, the company’s revenue was DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion).

Karen Van der Westhuizen
FSC International

Karen Van der Westhuizen

Communications Director

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Karen Van der Westhuizen is a seasoned communications professional, with over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of communications. She has worked as a journalist for a leading South African newspaper, as a communicator in both corporate and non-profit organizations, and in an agency environment. Her background includes managing the needs of up to 3,000 attending journalists at international events; to pulling together press conferences with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates; to devising and rolling out an award-winning engagement campaign to largely illiterate people in rural China.

Currently, Karen is the international Communications Director of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), where she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the organization’s global communications strategy on a regional and national level, across five continents. To do this, she draws on her expertise gathered throughout her career, and also on the expertise and passion of a dedicated communications team of 14 people in her office, and 35 people from independent national representative offices around the globe.

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