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Our unrivalled speaker faculty for 2018

Now over 100 CEOs and business leaders confirmed to lead our transformational agenda. New speakers include:

  • Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact on how to activate the SDGs into business operation alongside the European Commission
  • Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, UK Government on Government’s vision to environmental and sustainable stewardship in Britain post-Brexit
  • Geoff Skingsley, Chairman UK & Ireland, L’Oréal on Business taking the lead on Climate Change & Supply Chain impact alongside Mars and OECD
  • Anka Wittenberg , SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, SAP on empowering diversity and inclusion for future leadership

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Lise Kingo
United Nations Global Compact

Lise Kingo

CEO and Executive Director

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Alexander Doll
Barclays

Alexander Doll

CEO Germany

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Thérèse Coffey MP
UK Government

Thérèse Coffey MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment

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Thérèse Coffey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 17 July 2016. She was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010.

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 Pugholm Aabo
LEO Pharma

Gitte Pugholm Aabo

President & CEO

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Education

  • 2005 Medical sales consultant exam under The Danish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (Lif).
  • 1996 MBA, Copenhagen Business School.
  • 1993 HD graduate diploma in business administration, Copenhagen Business School.
  • 1990 Bachelor of economy, Niels Brocks Handelsakademi.

Career

  • 2008 President, CEO in LEO Pharma A/S
  • 2007 Deputy Group Managing Director in LEO Pharma A/S
  • 2005 Member of the Executive Board in LEO Pharma A/S
  • 2001 Senior Vice President, Finances & IT, LEO Pharma A/S
  • 1999 Vice President, Finances & IT, LEO Pharma A/S
  • 1997 Personal assistant to Ernst Lunding, President, CEO, LEO Pharma A/S 1995 Financial Manager, LEO Pharma A/S
  • 1992 Economist in LEO Pharma A/S
  • 1988 Office trainee, Jørgen Bladt A/S

Honorary Office

  • 2014 Member of the Board of Directors, Danmarks Nationalbank (the Danish National Bank)
  • 2016 Member of American Skin Association Board
  • 2016 Member of American Skin Association Education Council
  • 2016 Member of EFPIA Board (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations)
Tim Mohin
GRI

Tim Mohin

Chief Executive

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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]

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Saker Nusseibeh
HERMES

Saker Nusseibeh

CEO

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Filippo Bettini
Pirelli

Filippo Bettini

Chief Sustainability and Risk Governance Officer

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Minna Aila
Nokia

Minna Aila

Vice President, Corporate Affairs

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Andrea Valcalda
Enel

Andrea Valcalda

Head of Innovation and Sustainability

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Sebastian Seutter
Microsoft

Sebastian Seutter

Director Manufacturing Industries

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As Director Strategy and Business Development, I lead enterprise customers leveraging strategic technologies, like Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Internet of Things (IoT), to fundamentally rethink and re-create their businesses, operations, systems and infrastructures for big, lasting impact.

Together with leading customers, I successfully guide the re-creation of business models to seize revenue growth, the development of roadmaps to direct their (digital) transformation efforts, and the establishment of intelligent and predictive systems to convert data and insights into tangible actions and outcomes at speed and at scale.

Mirelle van der Kreeft
Royal DSM

Mirelle van der Kreeft

Communications Director

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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.

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.

Franz W. Paasche
PayPal

Franz W. Paasche

SVP, Corporate Affairs and Communications

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Mark Goldring
Oxfam

Mark Goldring

CEO

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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.

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Calvin St Juste
Comcast

Calvin St Juste

Executive Director

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Sarah Atkinson
CA Technologies

Sarah Atkinson

VP, Communications

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Edouard De Lamarzelle
PSA Assurance

Edouard De Lamarzelle

VP, CEO

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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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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.

Michael Dickstein
Coca-Cola Hellenic

Michael Dickstein

Group Sustainability Director

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Janice Lao
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

Janice Lao

Director - Corporate 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.

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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).

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Wbcsd

Speaker TBC

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Louise Koch
Dell

Louise Koch

Corporate Sustainability Lead

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Darian McBain PH.D.
Thai Union

Darian McBain PH.D.

Group Director, Sustainable Development

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Linda Freiner
Zurich Insurance Group

Linda Freiner

Group Head of Corporate Responsibility

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Dr. Simon Lord
Sime Darby

Dr. Simon Lord

Group Chief Sustainability Officer

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Dan Domeracki
Schlumberger

Dan Domeracki

Vice President Government and Industry Relations

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Dan Domeracki is Vice President, Government, Industry and Corporate Stewardship for Schlumberger Limited. In this position, Domeracki has expanded Schlumberger’s government affairs program, establishing non-lobbying, non-political, interactive working relationships with governments in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Domeracki also founded Schlumberger’s first fully integrated social and environmental corporate responsibility function, called Schlumberger Global Stewardship, which defines and manages the company’s global sustainability activities. Before this role Domeracki served as Vice President, Global Accounts and Industry Affairs (NA) for Schlumberger where he was responsible for leading Schlumberger’s global account program and dedicated Global Account teams. During 2008 – 2011, Domeracki was Global Account Director for ConocoPhillips managing the executive level corporate relationship between ConocoPhillips and Schlumberger. From 2006 – 2008, Domeracki was based in London where he served as Vice President, Marketing & Technology for the Schlumberger Reservoir Management Group.

In previous positions, Domeracki has served as Vice President of Marketing, Well Services worldwide. He also served as Marketing Manager for Schlumberger Canada and Vice President of GeoQuest Reservoir Technologies Consulting Group. Domeracki joined Schlumberger through the acquisition of Intera, Inc. (Eclipse reservoir modeling software) in 1995 where he served as EVP Reservoir Consulting.

Domeracki served on several task groups within Schlumberger to contribute to technology development and corporate organizational evolution. He is an executive corporate sponsor for selected acquisitions, served on the Schlumberger Gender Diversity board and is an active sponsor in the Reservoir Engineering Community SIG in Schlumberger’s Eureka organization. Domeracki has served on the Board of Petroleum Technology Association of Canada and is a Past Governor of the Canadian Oilmen’s Association.

He holds a Masters degree in Geology from the University of South Carolina.

Mark Chadwick
Carbon Clear

Mark Chadwick

CEO

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Carmel Mcquaid
Marks and Spencer

Carmel Mcquaid

Head of Sustainable Business

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Carmel McQuaid is Head of Sustainable Business at Marks and Spencer. Her primary role is working with colleagues across the business as M&S transforms to a more sustainable business. She is focused on driving customer and colleague engagement as well as innovation and partnerships to accelerate change in the industry. Prior to M&S she worked as a management consultant in manufacturing, supply chain and sustainability building on a background in chemical engineering.

Peter Hughes
Pearson

Peter Hughes

Director, Sustainability

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Sasja Beslik
Nordea

Sasja Beslik

Head of Group Sustainable Finance

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Sasja Beslik (born 24 December 1972) is Head of Group Sustainable Finance. He is one of Sweden’s foremost experts on finance and sustainability and lives in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Career
Sasja Beslik has more than 15 years of experience of advising and working with multinational companies on investment issues in Africa, Asia and former Soviet Union countries. He also has extensive experience of bridging risk to opportunity within ESG, creating commercial strategies for integration of ESG issues into asset management, fund companies and products.

Sasja’s roles in the financial sector include Head of Responsible Investment at Nordea Asset Management, CEO of Nordea Funds AB, Global Head of Responsible Investment & Engagement at Banco/ABN AMRO and as a consultant for the World Bank. He has also served on various boards and expert groups, such as The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and as the chair of UNEP Finance Initiative’s Water Work Group.

Early life
Sasja Beslik was born in Bosnia and fled to Sweden more than twenty years ago to avoid being drawn into the war in the former Yugoslavia. At the age of 21, he made his way across Europe. With 20 German marks in his pocket and three T-shirts in a plastic bag, he entered Poland, sailed across the Baltic Sea and arrived in Sweden. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and economics from Stockholm University and worked as a war correspondent for several years writing for the Red Cross, Unicef, Dagens Nyheter and more. 

Awards and nominations

2017 appointed as specialist in the areas of Insurance, Asset Management and Sustainable Development in World Economic Forum Expert Network.

•2017 Sustainability Leader of the Year 2017 for finance by The New Economy

•2017 Banking Profile of the Year, Sweden, by Privata Affärer

•2013 The Order of the Seraphim by H.R.H King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, for extraordinary efforts in the field of finance and sustainability.

•2011 Selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum

Natasha Buchler
K2 Intelligence

Natasha Buchler

Senior Director Head of Ethics and Compliance

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Daniella Peting
The JAMA Network

Daniella Peting

Manager, Social Communications and Digital Channel Strategy – Scientific Publications

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Roel Nieuwenkamp
OECD

Roel Nieuwenkamp

CEO

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Roel studied Economics, Law and Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He worked at the European Commission and was a consultant in New Zealand. He worked for several years as management consultant at Arthur Andersen.

In 1998 he became interim manager at the Ministry of Education. From 2001 until August 2006 he was managing director of the Entrepreneurship Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

From September 2006 until May 2013, he was managing director of the International Trade Policy & Economic Governance Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. His responsibilities concerned trade policy (WTO), investment policy, corporate responsibility, and the regulation of trade in weapons and strategic goods.

In addition to his job he wrote his PhD dissertation about the interaction between ministers and top civil servants. From 2010 to 2014 he was part-time Professor of Public Administration at the University of Amsterdam. He still teaches at several universities.

Roel was Chair of the OECD Working Party on International Investment and in that capacity chaired the sensitive negotiations on the 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct. He chaired the Voluntary Principles for Security & Human Rights in the Extractives Industries in 2009 and 2013.

Since June 2013, Roel is Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, the intergovernmental committee overseeing the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. As such he leads the body of governments in charge of the OECD corporate responsibility work, including the sectoral programmes for the financial, mining, garment, and agricultural sectors. In this capacity, he also chairs the Network of National Contact Points on Responsible Business Conduct, which represent the unique grievance mechanism under the OECD Guidelines.

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Bennett Freeman
State for Democracy

Bennett Freeman

Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary

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Andrew White
Saïd Business School

Andrew White

Associate Dean for Executive Education and Corporate Relations

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Andrew White is Associate Dean for Executive Education and Corporate Relations at Saïd Business School and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. An experienced programme director, teacher and researcher, his areas of expertise include innovation management and leadership development.

As the Associate Dean for Executive Education at Saïd Business School since 2010, Andrew is responsible for forging connections between the research, resources and expertise of the School, and of the wider university, with senior leaders in companies and organisations throughout the world. He is responsible for leading the development and delivery of custom, open and accredited executive programmes which serve as the primary platform for the School’s communication with those facing the demands of leadership in the 21st century.

Andrew is an experienced programme director, teacher and researcher. He has directed and taught on a wide range of executive development programmes for organisations such as BAE Systems, Lloyd’s Market Association, the Government of Abu Dhabi, Avon Cosmetics, State Farm and IBM. He also regularly contributes to the School’s open and accredited programmes focusing on the areas of leadership development, change management and innovation management.

Andrew acts as a consultant to a number of international organisations, and has co-authored a review of how information technology will create intelligent infrastructure systems over the next few decades for the British Government's Department of Trade and Industry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce and is a Scholar with the Advanced Institute of Management Research.

Andrew joined Saïd Business School as Fellow in Strategic Management in 2006. Prior to this he worked at the Cranfield School of Management from 2001, latterly as a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Logistics in Supply Chain Management. He was a Research Engineer for the University of Warwick from 1997 to 2001. Andrew also obtained his doctorate from the University of Warwick in addition to a masters in science (with distinction).

Sandy MacDonald
Standard Life

Sandy MacDonald

Head of Sustainability

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Sandy MacDonald is Head of Corporate Sustainability at Standard Life Aberdeen plc, which means he aims to ensure the business takes a long-term view and operates as responsibly as possible. His remit incorporates all aspects of sustainability including strategy, programmes, policy, reporting and representing the business externally. Under his leadership, Standard Life has consistently improved its position in leading sustainability indices including Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and Europe, FTSE4Good and CDP (Climate Disclosure Project), and has been recognised as 4th in the UK’s first social mobility index of leading employers. 

Following a brief stint working in book publishing in London after studying Biological Sciences at Edinburgh University, Sandy made the move back to Edinburgh and joined Standard Life. Initially working in a technical role, he completed a Chartered Institute of Marketing diploma and has never looked back. He now has over 15 years’ experience in senior marketing, communications, government relations and corporate social responsibility roles.

He has a strong and active interest in social inclusion and creating, and campaigning for, equal opportunities for people from all backgrounds. He’s currently Deputy Chair of Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity; and a member of the Scottish Living Wage leadership group; the Edinburgh Advisory Board for Common Purpose; the Scottish Advisory Board for Tomorrow’s People charity; and the Scottish Veterans funding panel.

Simon Hoffmeyer Boas
Carlsberg

Simon Hoffmeyer Boas

Director of Sustainability

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Natalie Chan
PIE Strategy

Natalie Chan

Managing Director & Principal Sustainability Consultant

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Natalie has close to 15 years of experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability management, and has been the director and principal sustainability consultant of PIE Strategy since 2016. A certified B Corporation®, PIE is a boutique consultancy specialising in helping companies develop bespoke sustainability strategies and management systems. Through PIE, Natalie supports the top think tank in Hong Kong, Our Hong Kong Foundation, in managing its Business for Social Good platform for engaging businesses in social innovation and creating shared value.

An award-winning sustainability professionals, Natalie has extensive experience in developing sustainability strategies for multinational corporations headquartered in Asia, such as Swire Pacific group and Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels. She also managed the implementation of these strategies through effective engagement with external and internal stakeholders across functions and cultures as well as establishing lean and effective management systems to drive continuous improvement. Natalie serves on the Advisory Board of Ethical Corporation and a number of government and industry committees in the area of sustainability and social responsibility in Hong Kong.

Stuart Poore
Canon

Stuart Poore

EMEA Director of Sustainability and Government Affairs

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Stuart Poore is Director of Sustainability and Government Affairs at Canon, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He leads a team of sustainability experts that manage all aspects of the company's social and environmental impact. Prior to Canon, he was Director of Corporate Stewardship at WWF, leading the organization's engagement with UK companies across a broad range of stewardship priorities with a focus on business investments and supply chains in China, India, East Africa and Brazil & Amazon.

Stuart has extensive experience of working within businesses to lead social and environmental change programmes. He spent 4 years in the media and telecommunications sector as Director of Corporate Responsibility at Virgin Media and previously led Corporate Responsibility at the QinetiQ Group, a global defence, aerospace and security company. Stuart has a PhD in International Politics and is a former Chairman of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers.

Mette Hoffman Meyer
The Why Foundation

Mette Hoffman Meyer

CEO

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Mette Hoffman Meyer, CEO and co-founder of the non-profit organization The Why Foundation. The Why provides free public information and combat access to information inequality. The Why´s programming uses fact-based visual stories to strengthen the understanding of basic human rights and free speech world wide. Hoffmann Meyer is the former Head of Documentaries at the Danish public service broadcaster DR. She has served as an executive producer for the Academy Award winning film Taxi to the Dark Side (Gibney, 2007), Peabody winning series WHY POVERTY?, India's Daughter and this years Oscar nominated Last Men in Aleppo 2018. She has been awarded Doc Mogul and IDA award for her support for young filmmakers from all over the world and to be a major force in the industry. THE WHY is now in production with the series WHY SLAVERY? and WHY PLASTIC?, following up on the important and successful WHY DEMOCRACY?, WHY POVERTY? and WHY WOMEN?.

Rick Veenendaal
Gispen

Rick Veenendaal

Manager Circular Economy

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Jochem-Jan Sleiffer
Hilton

Jochem-Jan Sleiffer

Senior Vice- President Operations

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Jochem-Jan Sleiffer is responsible for Hilton’s portfolio of managed full service hotels in Continental Europe. In this role, he oversees trading and pipeline properties in more than 25 countries and territories, including the recently opened, Hilton Lake Como near the shores of the picturesque Italian location and Hilton Astana in Kazakhstan.

Nicko Debenham
Barry Callebaut

Nicko Debenham

Vice President, Head Sustainability

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Nicko Debenham was appointed in May 2014, as Barry Callebaut’s Vice President, Head Sustainability and Managing Director of Biolands Group, additionally as Chairman to the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in 2015. Since December 2016, he helps guide Barry Callebaut’s Forever Chocolate Initiative which aims to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025; by eradicating child labor from the supply chain, lifting more than 500’000 cocoa farmers out of poverty, becoming carbon and forest positive and having 100% sustainable ingredients in all products.

Nicko brings more than 30 years of experience working on cocoa value chain. In the 1980’s, he learned the business from scratch, working directly with cocoa farmers. He possesses unique expertise in sustainable development within the cocoa industry, in collaboration with governments, partners and NGO’s worldwide.

Previously at Armajaro Trading Ltd. his responsibilities included Head of Africa for the Cocoa Division from 2002 to 2009, Director of Development & Sustainability from 2009 to 2013 and Director/Head of Cocoa. Nicko further served as Director and Chairman of Source Trust, managing globally all cocoa development and sustainability programs, also for Armajaro Trading Ltd., in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Caribbean.

He was also Chairman of the World Cocoa Foundation for 2013/2014.

Nicko Debenham plays a key role in bringing together pioneering knowledge from the cocoa industry to lead the strategic direction of the sustainability development programs, benefiting cocoa farmers’ families and their communities around the world.

Dirk Hoozemans
Triodos Investment Management

Dirk Hoozemans

Fund Manager

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About Triodos Investment Management

Triodos Investment Management connects a broad range of investors who want to make their money work for lasting, positive change with innovative entrepreneurs and sustainable businesses doing just that. In doing so, we serve as a catalyst in sectors that are key in the transition to a world that is fairer, more sustainable and humane.

With our highly professional investment teams, we have built up in-depth knowledge throughout our 25 years of impact investing in sectors such as Energy & Climate, Inclusive Finance, Sustainable Food & Agriculture, Arts & Culture, and Sustainable Real Estate. Besides the direct impact investments in these sectors, we also invest in listed companies with an above-average environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. Assets under management as per end of June 2017: EUR 3.3 billion.

Triodos Investment Management is a globally active impact investor and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Triodos Bank NV.

About Dirk Hoozemans

Dirk Hoozemans joined Triodos Investment Management on 1 August 2017 as Fund Manager SRI Investments with a focus on equity investments in innovative sustainable small to mid cap companies. Dirk brings a long track record of over 15 years of active fund management, lastly in his position as director at Robeco and deputy portfolio manager for the Robeco NV fund. Dirk is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master’s in Econometrics from Tilburg University.

Geanne Van Arkel
Interface

Geanne Van Arkel

Head of Sustainable Development

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Anka Wittenberg
SAP SE

Anka Wittenberg

SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer/ Head of People Sustainability

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Anka Wittenberg is an economist and pivotal change agent on how to design and implement a healthy, diverse and inclusive workplace and culture. At SAP, an 88,000-employee global tech leader, she is responsible for the development and implementation of SAP's diversity and inclusion strategy which includes gender equity, cross-generational intelligence and support, culture, race and LGBT awareness and equality, and the integration of differently-abled people into the workforce.

Anka's role in technology extends beyond her work at SAP employees to companies looking to reduce workplace bias. As executive sponsor of SAP's Business Beyond Bias initiative, Anka supports a team focused on educating customers about the diversity and inclusion capabilities of SAP SuccessFactors machine-learning technology.

She is also a frequent speaker at global conferences and is active with UN Women helping to drive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity while protecting the environment by 2030.

Anka joined SAP in August 2011 as global HR Business Partner and became the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and head of People Sustainability in March 2013. Prior to joining SAP, she was responsible for the HR strategy for 25,000 employees in the steel and automotive industry with business in Latin America and the U.S. Previously, she worked in HR for GE where she learned the power of strong processes, as well as the fundamentals of inclusive leadership.

In addition, Anka is the Chair of the Board of the World Childhood Foundation, an organization that defends the rights of children and promotes better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world. She is also on the supervisory board of a family-owned company in the oil and gas industry.

Anka holds a master degree in Economics. She is married and has three children.

Kimon De Ridder
Aviva

Kimon De Ridder

UK Compliance Oversight Director

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Cheryl Hicks
Toilet Board Coalition

Cheryl Hicks

Executive Director & CEO

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Frances Way
CDP

Frances Way

Chief Strategy Officer

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Frances oversees CDP’s climate change, water security and forests strategies as well as the disclosure platform, scoring systems, data and research. Having spent eight years in the private finance sector, primarily at Dresdner Kleinwort's Global Equities Division, Frances joined CDP in 2007 to manage and expand the supply chain program. Frances sits on the board of EIRIS Foundation and holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College.

Daniel Weston
Nestlé Nespresso SA

Daniel Weston

General Counsel & Global Head of Corporate Affairs and CSV

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