13th Annual Responsible Business Summit May 19-20, 2014, London, UK

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Alan Clark SABMiller
Chief Executive Officer
Alan Clark

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Alan Clark was appointed as Chief Executive in April 2013. He joined the South African Breweries Limited (SAB Ltd) in 1990 as Training and Development Manager. He has since held a number of senior positions in the group, including Chief Operating Officer, SABMiller plc; Managing Director, SABMiller Europe; Marketing Director, SAB Ltd; Managing Director, Amalgamated Beverage Industries Ltd (SAB Ltd's soft drinks division) and Chairman, Appletiser South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Before joining the group, he received his Doctorate of Psychology degree from the University of South Africa.

Member of:
Corporate accountability and risk assurance committee (CARAC)
Executive committee
Justin King Sainsbury's
Chief Executive Officer
Justin King

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  • Member of the corporate responsibility committee


Appointed Chief Executive Officer on 29 March 2004, Justin is also Chairman of the Operating Board. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Staples, Inc. since September 2007. He is a member of the CBI President’s Committee and a Visiting Fellow of Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation. Justin is a former member of both the Board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (2009-13) and the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group (2010-12), and was previously the Director of Food at Marks and Spencer Group plc. Prior to this he held a number of senior positions at ASDA/WalMart and Häagen Dazs UK. He spent much of his early career with Mars Confectionery and Pepsi International.
Alison Nimmo The Crown Estate
Chief Executive Officer
Alison Nimmo

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The Crown Estate

Alison Nimmo is Chief Executive of The Crown Estate which has a capital value of over £8 billion. The Estate’s assets range from prime real estate in London’s West End, to around 50% of the UK’s foreshore and almost the entire seabed around the UK, to farmland and forestry.  Last year it returned £240 million to the Treasury for the benefit of the nation.

This year Alison was listed in both Radio Four Woman’s Hour’s Power 100 and the Evening Standard’s Power 1000 lists. She was also number one in Property Week’s list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Property.  

Alison was previously Director of Design and Regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority, for five years. She led on the overall design, planning and early delivery of most of the venues and the parklands for London's Olympic Park.  She was also the lead on sustainability and legacy for the multi-award winning Olympic Park.

Her previous roles have included: a central role in the London 2012 bid team and interim Director who led the establishment of the Olympic Delivery Authority; Chief Executive of Sheffield One, a seminal city centre regeneration programme for Sheffield; and Project Director of Manchester Millennium Ltd, the taskforce responsible for spearheading the regeneration of Manchester city centre following the terrorist bombing in 1996.

Alison is a chartered surveyor and town planner by training and was awarded a CBE for services to urban regeneration in 2004. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University where she has been a visiting professor for 7 years. Alison is a non-executive director of the Berkeley Group.

In January 2014 Alison was awarded the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute Gold Medal for services to planning throughout her career.

Rob Boogaard Interface
Acting President & Chief Executive Officer & Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing , EMEA
Rob Boogaard

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Rob Boogaard is acting President & CEO as well as Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for Interface in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The company is a worldwide leader in the design and production of carpet tiles that combine beauty and sustainability with functionality and environmental credentials to help customers bring their design vision to life.

In his role as Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Rob is responsible for setting, leading and implementing the Sales & Marketing strategy for the company throughout EMEA. His goal is to grow the company’s market share despite a challenging business climate. He also has overall responsibility on Interface’s delivery of excellent customer service. Rob joined Interface in 2011, attracted to the company by his passion for the interiors industry and his desire to help achieve the company’s ambitious goal for zero environmental impact by 2020, known as Mission Zero.

Prior to joining Interface, Rob spent three years as Director of Global Marketing and Commercial Services at Norit X‐Flow, recently acquired by Pentair. The company produces membrane filtration technology for various municipal and industrial water applications. Rob was integral to commercialising the company, which had traditionally been technically focused. Rob was also responsible for maintaining the company’s reputation as a leader in its field, and guiding the company through a period of rapid growth.

A Dutch native, Rob previously spent 18 years working and living abroad. He started his career in the United States, where he joined Steelcase Inc, a global leader in the office furniture industry. Rob later moved to France, to work for the company’s European headquarters, before returning to the US. There he joined Polyvision, a Steelcase company that develops and manufactures visual communications technology, and set up the company’s international sales division.

Rob is married with three young children. In his spare time, he enjoys attending his children’s sports games. He also has a passion for music and loves getting involved in organising concerts and festivals. Rob is also a founding Board Member of the How Far Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. This non‐profit humanitarian aid agency exists to provide education, combat starvation and malnutrition and prevent suffering from water related diseases by providing sources of clean drinking water in East Africa.

Stuart Fletcher

Chief Executive Officer
Stuart Fletcher

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Chris Grigg British Land
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Grigg

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British Land
Appointment to the Board
Joined British Land as Chief Executive in January 2009.

Committee membership

Chairman of the Executive Committeeand Investment Committee and member of the Risk Committee.

External appointments

Chris is a member of the Executive Board of EPRA, the European Public Real Estate Association and is Immediate Past President of the British Property Federation. He is also a Non-Executive Director of BAE Systems plc.

Previous experience

Chris was Chief Executive of Barclays Commercial Bank until November 2008, having joined the bank in 2005 as Group Treasurer. Prior to Barclays, he held a broad range of leadership positions at Goldman Sachs, where his career spanned 20 years. He rose to partner of Goldman Sachs, working principally in its capital markets and derivatives business.
Magomet Malsagov PureCircle
Chief Executive Officer
Magomet Malsagov

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Magomet has held the position of Chief Executive since founding the business in 2001. He is primarily responsible for leading the successful establishment of the Group’s entire supply chain from the plantations and extraction facilities to the refinery plants around the world. As CEO, he further establishes the Group’s business direction and strategies along with his management team and is responsible for managing the growth and development of the Group’s business.
Nakul Anand ITC Hotels
Executive Director
Nakul Anand

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ITC Hotels
Nakul Anand (57) was appointed a Director on the Board of ITC effective January 3, 2011. He holds responsibility for the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism businesses of ITC. An Economics Honours graduate from Delhi University with an AMP degree from Bond University, Australia, he joined ITC Hotels' Management Training Programme in 1978 and also served as the Managing Director of erstwhile ITC Hotels Limited during the period 2003-05.

In a career that spans over three decades, Anand has been acknowledged for his vision and commitment. Leveraging the significant learning of sustainable excellence within ITC, he led the team at ITC Hotels to pioneer the concept of 'Responsible Luxury' in the hospitality industry, securing LEED Platinum certifications for all ITC super premium luxury hotels, making it the 'Greenest Luxury Hotel Chain in the world'. He has formulated value-based strategies to create a unique quality control model. His dynamic leadership and passion for the business is recognised and acknowledged by his peers. He is presently the President of the Hotel Association of India. He is also the Chairman of the CII National Tourism Committee as well as of the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality.
Mark Smith The Southern Cooperative
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Smith

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The Southern Cooperative
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Brendan Harris Froosh
Chief Executive Officer
Brendan Harris

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Brendan has spent most of his career in the soft drink business, including ten years with The Coca-Cola Company. He began in strategic marketing in Coca-Cola’s headquarters in Atlanta and then moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where he served as President of Coca-Cola’s Africa Division. His last posting was in Milan as President of the company’s Italy & Alpine Division.

Since leaving Coca-Cola, Brendan has worked in private equity as an independent beverage specialist, advising private equity firms around the world on transactions in the beverage space. In 2008 he returned to general management by leading the buyout of Froosh, an early stage company in the smoothie sector in Scandinavia where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO.

Brendan has a degree from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD and speaks fluent French and Italian.

Brendan is a passionate advocate of the market economy and believes that the benefits of trade to developing countries are poorly understood and often misrepresented. He draws on his first hand knowledge of the economies of sub-Saharan Africa to demonstrate that free trade, especially in agricultural products like fruit, is the best way to spread prosperity to low income countries.
Tom Vessey Risk to Reputation
Chief Executive Officer
Tom Vesey

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Tom Vesey has worked in London, Singapore, Edinburgh and Paris during his career. The two major focuses have been driving growth in the businesses in which he has worked and building international brands. Roles include leading businesses in advertising, Public Relations, as well as in brand management. Tom set up CARMA Europe in 2000 and it has grown to be a leading, international news analysis business in Europe serving clients globally. Given the increasing importance of Reputation in assessing corporate risks, he created RiiЯ (Risk to Reputation) in 2010.
Brian Harris Western Union Business Solutions
Chief Product Officer
Brian Harris

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Western Union Business Solutions
As Chief Product Officer for Western Union Business Solutions (WUBS), Brian Harris is responsible for the delivery and strategic direction of the organization’s market leading global product portfolio for cross-border b2b payments. He has a strong track record of success building and delivering global payments products and electronic channels, and plays a senior role on the Executive Management Team in addition to managing the global product team. Brian’s responsibilities include identifying customer needs in over 30 markets around the world and delivering differentiated and customer-centric product solutions that drive business growth.

In this role, Brian has led Western Union’s work to design and launch Western Union NGO Global Pay, a new product built to enable account, cash, and mobile payments for NGOs in nearly 200 countries and territories as part of Western Union’s Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative.

Brian began his career with TELUS Corporation, where over the course of 10 years he held positions of increasing responsibility in sales, product management and marketing. His additional experience includes management roles for companies including Bell Canada, ACD Systems and Custom House, where he led the global marketing and lead generation teams.

He is a graduate of Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada.
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart Anglo American and Shell
Former Chairman
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

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Mark Moody-Stuart was Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group from 1998-2001 and of Anglo American plc from 2002-2009. He is Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services.
After doctorate in geology in 1966 at Cambridge, he worked for Shell in various roles starting as an exploration geologist, living in The Netherlands, Spain, Oman, Brunei, Australia, Nigeria, Turkey and Malaysia, as well as the UK.

He is a director of Accenture and Saudi Aramco, and chairman of the Innovative Vector Control Consortium for combating insect borne disease and is Honorary Co-Chairman of the International Tax and Investment Center 2011. He served on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (2007-2011). He was a director of HSBC (2001-2010), President of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (1997-2008), Co-Chair of the G8 Task Force on Renewable Energy (2000 – 2001) and was Chairman of Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD), an initiative of the ICC and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development before and during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. He was Chairman of the Global Business Coalition for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (2003-2011). He was on the board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (2003-2011) and of the Global Reporting Initiative 2001-7 and a governor of Nuffield Hospitals 2001-2008. He was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Council for the Global Compact 2001 -2004 and was appointed to the UN Global Compact Board and as Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation in 2006. He was appointed a Knight Commander of St Michael and St George in 2000.
Michael Ryan Bombardier Aerospace Belfast
Vice President and General Manager
Michael Ryan

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Bombardier Aerospace Belfast

Michael Ryan was born in Belfast in 1959.  He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1981 with an honours degree in aeronautical engineering, and joined Short Brothers the same year.

Prior to and since Bombardier’s acquisition of Shorts in 1989, he has held various management positions in the company, including General Manager, Advanced Composites Production and General Manager, Fabrications.  In 1997, he was appointed Director of Procurement in Northern Ireland and, in June 1999, he took up the position of General Manager, Procurement for Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal.

Mr Ryan returned to Northern Ireland in 2000, when he was appointed Vice-President and General Manager of Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, one of the largest aerospace operations in the UK.  He now heads the team which is responsible for the design, manufacture and support of large aircraft structures, including fuselages, wings, engine nacelles and flight control surfaces in metal and advanced composites. 

A chartered engineer and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Mr Ryan was appointed a CBE in 2005.  In 2009, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science (Engineering) by Queen’s University Belfast for services to engineering, business and commerce.

Mr Ryan is HRH The Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Corporate Responsibility in Northern Ireland.

Brigitte Dumont Orange
Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer 
Brigitte Dumont

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Brigitte Dumont is currently Chief Officer of Corporate Social Responsibility at Orange. Prior of this, she served the company as Deputy Group HR Senior Vice President where she lead the corporate strategic development of Human Resources. From 2000 to 2004 she was International HR VP of the Group.

Prior to joining the Group, Brigitte began her career as marketing and communication manager within Jeumont-Schneider and Matra Communication groups.

Brigitte is President of the UNETEL–RST and Deputy President of the ANDRH. She is on the boards of APEC, European PWN and WIL.

She graduated from EDC, HEC.

She has been honored as the “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” Award . She is married and has one son.

Marco Goncalves Nestlé
Senior Vice President Global Head of Procurement
Marco Goncalves

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Mark Walker Zipcar UK
General Manager
Mark Walker

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Zipcar UK
Mark Walker is the UK General Manager of Zipcar, the world’s largest pay-as-you-drive car club.  A former Streetcar non-Executive Director, Mark joined the business full-time in 2010. Mark is committed to making a positive difference to urban environments by establishing new business models that are commercially successful, become mainstream, and that inspire other disruptive entrepreneurs to do the same.

Under Mark’s leadership, Zipcar helps form part of a smarter transportation system in the UK, complementing public transport and reducing congestion by taking cars off the road. Today, Zipcar has over 731,000 members and more than 11,000 vehicles in urban areas across the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Spain and Austria. In the UK, Mark oversees Zipcar operations in London, Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford, alongside local authority partnerships in Kent and Surrey.   London is the largest Zipcar network in the UK, with thousands of cars across 31 London boroughs.

The Zipcar model is based on positive collaboration and pay-for-use business model, which is relevant to businesses and consumers alike.  It’s convenient, cost effective and good for the environment.
Mark is committed to supporting a future of greener cities and in 2012, was instrumental to Zipcar brokering a pilot partnership with car manufacturer, Vauxhall. The partnership saw the electric Ampera join its fleet as part of a six month pilot programme.  The partnership signalled the first time in the UK that a pay-as-you-drive car club has offered access to an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV).

Prior to Zipcar, Mark worked in the investment banking industry, holding a number of senior positions, latterly as Managing Director of the UK Branch of Carnegie Investment Bank AB, between 1998 and 2010.
Walker has a BSc (Hons) in Data Processing and Management Studies at the University of Leeds.  
David Picton Carillion
Chief Sustainability Officer
David Picton

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David Picton is Carillion’s Chief Sustainability Officer, leading the development and delivery of its 2020 sustainability strategy.  Integrating business objectives with corporate social and environmental responsibility, Carillion’s sustainability programme seeks to deliver six positive outcomes – for its people, for the environment and for successful, sustainable business across the UK and in its overseas markets.

David has been with Carillion since the end of 2011, leading its supply chain development programme to drive business growth, cost reduction and operational delivery improvement.  He joined the group from Sky, where he was the Director responsible for customer operations, its supply chain and Amstrad’s manufacturing production in China and Romania.  He was a Director with Motorola for four years before Sky, working with EMEA logistics companies and postal organisations to integrate mobile data technology solutions.  Prior to that, David served 20 years in the Royal Air Force, leading centralised and dispersed teams as a wing commander in a broad range of operational, strategic and programme management roles across the UK, Europe, USA, Turkey, Pakistan and the Middle East.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Earth Sciences, a King’s College (London) MA in International Strategy and an MBA.  Married with two daughters, David lives in Hampshire, enjoys writing, ski-ing, golf and is training hard for the 2014 London Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Kidscape – helping to prevent bullying and protect children.
Antoni Ballabriga BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria)
Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Reputation
Antoni Ballabriga

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BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria)
Antoni Ballabriga is head of Corporate Responsibility & Reputation at BBVA, a Global Banking Group present in 33 countries, with more than 53 million customers and 115.000 employees. He reports to the CEO and Board of Directors in this matter. He is the Secretary of the Responsible Business Committee.His main responsibility is to get the full engagement of all lines of business and support areas to make “Responsible Banking” and to safeward BBVA reputation. This means the integration of “people centric mindset” into business model and includes issues as transparent & clear communication, financial literacy, high impact solutions, employee socially engaged and community involvement programs.CEO of Momentum Social Investment, an impact investment fund lead by BBVA to help social businesses to grow.Former President of SpainSIF, Spanish Forum for Socially Responsible Investment.He holds a Degree in Business Sciences and Master in Business Administration from ESADE Business School. He has studied strategy and CSR at Harvard Business School.First Mover Fellow and member of Business & Society Leaders Forum at The Aspen Institute in US
Christine Diamente Alcatel-Lucent
Head of Brand and Corporate Sustainability
Christine Diamente

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Christine Diamente is Head of Sustainability, Corporate Messaging and Brand at Alcatel-Lucent.  In the Sustainability function, she leads the company’s overall sustainability strategy, targets and global reporting.   Since assuming this role in early 2011, Christine was tasked with recalibrating the company’s sustainability strategy as a business imperative. Today, for two years in a row, Alcatel-Lucent has been ranked No 1 in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and is Supersector leader for its strategy and performance in the technology sector.  More on

Prior to this role, Christine served for two years as Director of Corporate Relations, where she built and led Alcatel-Lucent's Strategic Partner activities with the World Economic Forum (WEF).  Her tasks included being Sherpa to the CEO, management leaders and managing end-to-end customer and media relations for all activities including the Annual Meeting at Davos.   

Before that, for almost ten years, Christine was Director European Affairs where she led Alcatel-Lucent's corporate representation with European institutions at the highest levels including playing a leadership role in relevant European associations and leading task forces with EU institutions. She was also a member of Alcatel-Lucent's integration team in Public Affairs, elected Board Member of European Internet Foundation including co-chair of the Programming Committee (2004-2008), elected Vice Chair of Digital Europe Policy Group (2004-2008), a member of the European Commission Task Force on Innovation, Sherpa to CEO and CTO in Brussels Round Table, and a Member of European Ideas Network.

Christine started her career in 1996 with Newbridge Networks in Canada.  She graduated with a Master's in the History of Technology and International Relations and a B.A. in History and International Politics from the University of Ottawa.  She also completed the Management Acceleration Programme at INSEAD Business School in France.  She speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish fluently.

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Andrew Cave Royal Bank of Scotland
Head of Sustainability
Andrew Cave

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Royal Bank of Scotland
Andrew Cave is Head of RBS Group Sustainability. The Group Sustainability team are responsible for the co-ordination of RBS’s programme of work on a broad range of social, ethical and environmental issues. They work with the RBS executive team and colleagues across the Group to integrate sustainability considerations into the day to day operations of the business.  

Advising on strategy, helping to develop relevant policies and engaging with external stakeholders on key sustainability issues are all within the remit of the team. RBS Group Sustainability also design and deliver of a number of strategic community programmes, currently focussed on support for enterprise, employee engagement and financial education. 

Andrew has worked in the Group Sustainability team since it was established in 2004, whilst working on key external sustainability initiatives. These include being Chair of the UK chapter of the UN Global Compact - the world’s largest responsible business initiative as well as working with the Equator Principles Association Steering Committee, the leading voluntary standards body for banks.

Andrew has a long-standing interest in sustainable development, holding a masters degree in Economic Development from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a Diploma in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge. Andrew grew up in Northern Ireland, and is married with three young children. 
Sara Hanson ITV
Head of Corporate Responsibility
Sara Hanson

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James Jones Waitrose
Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board
Bishop James Jones

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James Jones was Bishop of Hull from 1994 to 1998 and Bishop of Liverpool from 1998 to 2013. In both cities he has been deeply involved in their regeneration.
In 2009 he was appointed by the Home Secretary to chair the Hillsborough Independent Panel which reported in September 2012 and led to the quashing of the 96 original inquests. He continues to serve as Adviser to the Home Secretary on Hillsborough as new investigations proceed.
In 2010 he was appointed by the Secretary of State for DEFRA to chair the Independent Panel on Forestry which recommended holding the Public Forests in trust for the nation.
From 2007 to 2012 he was Bishop to Prisons and as a member of the House of Lords spoke on Criminal and restorative justice issues.
Under his leadership the Anglican and Catholic dioceses of Liverpool built three City Academies, two of them dedicated to the environment and sustainability.
He has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Liverpool, Gloucester, Exeter, Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool Hope, Lincoln and Hull.
He is a Fellow of WWF and the Society for the Environment and a Vice President of the Town and Country Planning Association.
He broadcasts regularly especially on Thought for the Day for the BBC and presented the award winning Radio 4 series The Bishop and the Prisoner (2012) and The Bishop and the Banker (2013).
He advises Waitrose within the John Lewis Partnership on Corporate Social Responsibility.
He speaks on leadership, the environment, regeneration, justice and faith.

Bimlendra Jha Tata Steel Europe
Executive Director, Group Strategy and Supply Chain
Bimlendra Jha

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Tata Steel Europe
Bimlendra Jha is Executive Director, Group Strategy and European Supply Chain.

Mr Bimlendra Jha is a Ceramic Engineer from IT-BHU, Varanasi and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. 

Mr Jha, up until his present role, was Vice President Long Products Business of Tata Steel.  Prior to that, he held a chief of staff role, Principal Executive Officer (PEO) serving two Managing Directors of Tata Steel, Mr B Muthuraman and Mr H M Nerurkar.  He also served as the Secretary of Group Corporate Center (GCC) which was the apex co-ordination forum of Tata Steel’s worldwide operations. 

He was the Executive-In-Charge of Tata Growth Shop, a capital equipment manufacturing business of Tata Steel before being appointed as PEO.  He is acknowledged as having had a significant part in turning this business unit around using his skills in Theory of Constraints (TOC) and other improvement philosophies. 
Yves Nissim Orange
Vice President, Head of Transformation and Operation in Corporate Social Responsibility
Yves Nissim

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Yves Nissim received an MS degree and  a Ph.D degree from Stanford University, California, in 1978 and 1981 respectively .

He worked at Stanford in the pioneering team of  Laser Annealing, speacializing his research on III-V semiconductor processing. Yves joined the France Telecom R&D Laboratories in 1981, where he  lead a group that successively studied rapid thermal processing and photo-assisted CVD  processes. In 1994 , he became head of the micro-optoelectronics technology department.

In 2003, Yves entered  France Telecom  main activities. He held various position going from operations to performance manager where he was trained to become a six sigma master black belt.

In 2006 he held the position of director of the Group CTO office.

At the beginning of 2009, Yves joined the CSR activities of the France Telecom –Orange Group as the deputy chief CSR officer. His main field of expertise is Group CSR transformation,  CSR reporting for the Group, and  stake holder dialogue.

Louise Nicholls Marks & Spencer
Head of Responsible Sourcing
Louise Nicholls

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Marks & Spencer
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Ramon Arratia Interface
European Sustainability Director
Ramon Arratia

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Ramon is Sustainability Director for Interface Europe, Middle east , Africa and India. Interface is a worldwide leader in the design and production of carpet tiles that combine beauty and sustainability with functionality and environmental credentials to help customers bring their design vision to life.

In his role, Ramon provides direction and leadership for Interface in the area of sustainability across the EMEAI region. His focus  is to help the company achieving Mission Zero (Interface’s promise to eliminate any negative impact it may have on the environment by 2020) and  at the same time as helping Interface develop products and services with radically reduced impacts such as  the Biosfera collection.

Ramon plays a leading role in Interface’s approach to full transparency, which calls for companies to declare all the environmental impacts and ingredients in all their products through Environment Product Declarations (EPD).  A key advocate of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), he is campaigning for the transformative role LCA has not only for companies but for public procurement, government policy, supply chains, customer engagement and eliminating green-wash.

Ramon is also leading Interface’s lobbying efforts to ban the landfill of carpet and flooring waste across the European member states as well as advocating to radically increase Europe’s resource efficiency through closed and open loops.

Before joining Interface, Ramon spent five years at the Vodafone Group, where he was responsible for the Group’s Corporate Responsibility communications including the multi-award winning CR Report. He completed an MBA at Warwick Business School in 2008, an MSC in Quality Management in 2000 and a degree in chemistry in 1998, which give him both business and communications expertise as well as in-depth understanding of some of the more technical aspects of sustainability.
Bella Vuillermoz Sky
Director of The Bigger Picture
Bella Vuillermoz

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Bella is Director of the Bigger Pictureat Sky. She leads the company’s work to act responsibly within its operations day to day and efforts to lead on key issues relating to Sky’s business, including accessibility and child safety. She also oversees Sky’s use of its reach as a broadcaster to inspire customers and staff across three major initiatives – Cycling, Sky Rainforest Rescue and, now, Sky Academy – in order to further increase Sky’s positive contribution to Britain and Ireland.

In November 2013, she spearheaded the launch of Sky Academy, which aims to help one million young people gain skills, experience and self-belief by 2020.  Sky Academy comprises four initiatives:  Sky Sports Living for Sport, which uses sports stars and sports skills to build confidence and life skills in schools; Skills Studios , which sees school children go behind the scenes at Sky for an interactive learning experience; Scholarships which supports emerging talent in sport, the arts and TV; and Starting Out, which opens up Sky to young people through work experience, apprenticeships and graduate schemes.

Bella took up her Director position from her role as Head of Arts, Rainforest and Sport for the Bigger Picture. Previously, Bella was Head of Corporate and Financial Communications at Sky. Before joining Sky in 2007, she worked in Marks & Spencer’s Corporate Communications team and, prior to that, at Tavistock, a leading corporate and financial communications consultancy.

Bella lives in west London with her husband, daughter and cat.

Rob Jenkinson SKF
Director Corporate Sustainability
Rob Jenkinson

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Rob has been the Director of Corporate Sustainability at SKF since 2010.
He began his career with SKF in 1989 and has held a variety of engineering and management roles in a range of countries, including the UK, China, USA and Japan. Rob has been very much involved in the development of SKF’s BeyondZero strategy a.  He holds a Masters  Degree in Energy, Environment technology and Economics and an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering,
Hilary Parsons Nestlé
Director Public Affairs
Hilary Parsons

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David Howson Bacardi
Global Sustainability Director
David Howson

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Ian Hope-Johnstone Pepsi Co
Director, Sustainable Agriculture
Ian Hope-Johnstone

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Pepsi Co
Ian Hope-Johnstone is Director of Agricultural Sustainability for PepsiCo, where he lends significant industry expertise to agricultural sourcing and sustainable development initiatives. With global knowledge and understanding of agricultural issues, he is a trusted resource among government leaders, retailers and other cooperatives within the agricultural supply chain. In his role as Director, Ian leads the global development and implementation of an unprecedented Farmer Verification program that complements the Performance with Purpose principles outlined in PepsiCo’s Agricultural Sustainability policy. His work, facilitated through the Farmer Verification program, extends PepsiCo’s access to key agricultural and raw materials necessary to supply growing consumer needs, and highlights PepsiCo’s commitment to the environment and communities involved in production. Ian has spoken at a number of industry conferences including both the Agricultural Retailers Association Annual Conference and the Potato Expo in 2011. In 2010 he was named co-chair of the SIA Platform’s Arable & Vegetable Crops Working Group. As co-chair, he has gained global experience in agricultural procurement, strategic sourcing and building program capability in developing countries. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and is based out of the United Kingdom.
Alex Houtart BNP Paribas Fortis
Corporate Social Responsibility Director
Alex Houtart

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BNP Paribas Fortis

Alex Houtart is CSR Director at BNP Paribas Fortis.

After 7 years in a law firm, in charge of the ICT-law department, he joined Fortis Bank in 2001 in the marketing unit. He lead several teams in both commercial banking and investment banking. Alex became Global Head of Operations for Trade Finance in 2007, leading cross-border teams in several countries and joined the management board of Investment Banking IT and Operations in 2010.  He was until recently the Deputy Head of Global Trade Processing. Today, as CSR Director, Alex is advising the executive committee and  representing the bank in several boards of directors of CSR-related branches like  MicroStart, MicroFinance Sans Frontière or Be-Face.

Alex is married with 4 children. He confesses that he is a terrible driver, reason why he abandoned his car 5 years ago and is using a bicycle instead. He is volunteering in an association for disabled children and spend the rest of his time in playing piano, guitar and singing songs in a band.

Debbie Reed Molson Coors
Global Corporate Responsibility Manager
Debbie Read

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Molson Coors
Debbie has worked for Molson Coors Brewing Company since 2007 in the Corporate Affairs function. She has spent the last 4 years working at a global level to deliver the brewer’s Our Beer Print Corporate Responsibility agenda, enabling Molson Coors to gain the title of Beverage Sector Lead in the Dow Jones Sustainability index for two consecutive years. The role has involved seeking opportunities to drive business growth through engaging employees, enhancing reputation, mitigating risk and seeking cost savings through Corporate Responsibility, or ‘Our Beer Print’ as Molson Coors talks about it.

Prior to working for the brewer, Debbie  worked in supply chain process improvement roles for 12 years at Sainsburys Supermarkets, and then with NHS Supply Chain.
Ajay Chandran PureCircle
Corporate Sustainability Director
Ajay Chandran

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Ajay Chandran is the Corporate Sustainability Director at PureCircle and leads the company’s sustainability program, including the development of its global sustainability strategy, sustainable agricultural practices and partnership programs.

Ajay led PureCircle’s pioneering work in developing the stevia industry’s first carbon and water footprint in 2011 and helped PureCircle formulate and communicate its 2020 Sustainability Goals. Ajay has 17 years of global marketing experience at leading B2B companies involved in supplying into major brands and retailers.  Ajay holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
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Joe Franses

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Group Communication & Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
Anna Hagemann Rise

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Background in international politics & communication. Worked in the UN and with international development. Head of fruit farm program.
Jonathan Shopley Jonathan Shopley
Managing Director
The CarbonNeutral Company

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Anna Turrell Anna Turrell
Senior Consultant

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Anna is an experienced Senior Consultant who has expertise in providing sustainability strategy advice to a large range of clients in sectors including FMCG, telecoms, airlines, technology, extractives, and finance, with a particular focus on stakeholder engagement, business ethics, human rights, climate change strategy, and environmental and social risk management in the supply chain.
Chris Cook

Chris Cook
Global Sustainability Director Decorative Paints

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Chris is the Global Sustainability Director for the Decorative Paints business area of AkzoNobel, the world’s leading coating company, with such well known brands as Dulux, Sikkens and Cuprinol. Over the years he has held a number of commercial roles within AkzoNobel and ICI before moving into his current role creating and rolling out a consistent sustainability strategy across the Decorative Paints business, based on work originally developed in the UK. He recently jointly led the development of the AkzoNobel company sustainability strategy under the banner of Planet Possible, focused on working with customers and suppliers to create more value from fewer resources. Based in the UK he is married with two teenage daughters.

Laura Vickery

Laura Vickery
Global CSR Manager
Jaguar Land Rover

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Jaguar Land Rover

Laura currently works as the Global CSR Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, overseeing a suite of community projects worldwide. Jaguar Land Rover is the UK's largest premium automotive manufacturer and was names as Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year.

Previously she worked at the Co-operative Group, which is the largest consumer co-operative in the world, with interests in the Food, Banking, Insurance, Pharmacy and Funeral sectors. During her ten years in the CSR Department, Laura helped effect and deliver strategic change, including establishing a business-wide International Development Strategy and managing a range of development projects and campaigns. Today, The Co-operative Food is considered the top ranking UK supermarket for International Development and Fairtrade in the eyes of UK consumers.

Her experience also extends to other areas of Corporate Social Responsibility; Laura’s team delivered The Co-operative’s ‘Charity of the Year’ partnership in 2013, raising more than £5m for the charity Carers Trust. She also was heavily involved in efforts to re-energise the Co-operative Food’s support for local communities in the UK.

Other areas of work include Sustainability Reporting and Ethical Consumerism. Laura helped co-write the Co-operative Bank’s Ethical Consumerism Report a few years ago, which remains the foremost reference in the UK for the value of the ethical pound to this day.

Keeran Gwilliam-Beeharee

Keeran Gwilliam-Beeharee
Methodology Specialist & Sustainability Analyst
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Katie Buchanan

Katie Buchanan
Head of Sustainability Reporting
Virgin Media

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Virgin Media
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Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis
Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
Alliance Boots

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Samantha Kennedy
Senior Delivery Planning Manager
Transport for London

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