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An Unrivaled Speaker Line-up

The Responsible Business Summit New York 2019 brought together the leading, most innovative and inspiring brands in responsible business together to truly deliver commercial and societal impact. See below for the 100+ expert speakers from 2019's event.

Satya Tripathi
UN Environment

Satya Tripathi

Assistant Secretary-General

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Satya S. Tripathi is UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office at UN Environment.

A development economist and lawyer with over 35 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi has served with the UN since 1998 in key positions in Europe, Asia and Africa in the areas of Climate Change, Human Rights, Democratic Governance and Legal Affairs.

He was Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami and post-conflict recovery efforts in support of the Indonesian government and affected populations; and Executive Head of UNORCID, a UN System Office of 10 UN Agencies established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to facilitate the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and other stakeholders on climate change mitigation and adaptation through the conservation of forests and preservation of peat-land and bio-diversity.

Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF) in 2017 to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact in developing countries. He continues to serve on the boards of these institutions.

Mr. Tripathi is a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Natural Resources Governance at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and serves on the Advisory Council of the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD). He previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Forests; and in India as a member of its national civil service.

Marilyn Ceci
JP Morgan

Marilyn Ceci

Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds

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Marilyn Ceci is a Managing Director in Debt Capital Markets and Head of Green Bonds at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank, where she has worked for over 30 years. Ms. Ceci co-authored the Green Bond Principles, which is the market standard process for issuing Green Bonds, and currently is the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee and a member of the Steering Group of the Green Bond Principles. GlobalCapital’s Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards has named Ms. Ceci as one of the top 3 Overall Most Impressive Green/SRI Bankers in 2018 and 2017. Ms. Ceci also represents J.P. Morgan on various external green finance committees, such as the Institute of International Finance Green Finance and Infrastructure Working Group, ISO, and the City of London Green Finance Initiative. Ms. Ceci joined J.P. Morgan in 1986 and holds a B.A. from Creighton University and an M.B.A from C.U.N.Y/ Baruch.

Ms. Ceci has led several notable Green Bond transactions including: the first benchmark technology Green Bond (Apple), the first Green Covered Bond (Berlin Hyp), the first sovereign Green Bond (Poland), the first Green Revenue Bond (NYS EFC), and China’s first bank Green Bond (Agricultural Bank of China). Demonstrative of our global reach are the following selected green transactions led by J.P. Morgan: The Kingdom of Belgium; The Republic of Ireland, France’s SNCF and CDC; Italy’s ENEL; India’s Greenko and Jain; Brazil’s BNDES, Fibria and Suzano; Chile’s CMPC; African Development Bank; and U.S.’s Westar, Kilory Realty, and Boston Properties, as well as several universities, municipalities and nonprofits. J.P. Morgan is a top three underwriter of Green Bonds globally and is actively engaged in the broader green and social finance markets. J.P. Morgan has participated in 171 Green, Social and Sustainability Bond deals since 2011.

James F. Kenney
City of Philadelphia

James F. Kenney

Mayor

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A lifelong city resident, Mayor Jim Kenney grew up the oldest of four children in a South Philadelphia rowhome. His father, a firefighter, and his mother, a homemaker, both worked second jobs to help their children pursue their education and, in 1980, Jim became the first in his family to graduate from college. Just a decade later, Philadelphians elected him to serve as a City Councilman At-Large and, over the next twenty years, Jim stood up for Philadelphia’s working families and progressive policies —fighting for a real living wage, broader protections for LGBTQ Philadelphians, marijuana decriminalization, and a more sensible immigration policy.

On January 4, 2016, Jim was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. In his first budget, the Mayor worked closely with City Council to fund bold anti-poverty initiatives - including expansion of quality pre-k, the creation of 25 community schools and $500M investment in parks, rec centers and libraries – by making Philadelphia the first major city to pass a tax on sweetened beverages. In his first year, the Mayor also increased efforts to spur economic growth in the city’s commercial corridors, launching a capital consortium for small businesses, creating a small business coach program, and expanding supports, including financial grants and loans, to small and immigrant businesses. Philadelphia also shined on the national stage in 2016, successfully hosting the Democratic National Convention and safely monitoring peaceful protests, without a single arrest. At the same time, the City finished 2016 with the lowest crime rate in nearly 40 years.

Under the Trump administration, the Mayor has also stepped up to defend the values of the City of Brotherly Love. When the Department of Justice threatened to take away funding for Philadelphia police officers unless they acted as an extension of ICE, the City sued and won. The Mayor also kept Philadelphia’s commitment to the Paris Accord, and he created a World-Style Soccer Tournament called the “Unity Cup” to celebrate the city’s diversity and bring different neighborhoods together. Even though the federal government hasn’t provided additional resources to combat the opioid epidemic, the City still stepped up its commitment, cleaning up a heroin encampment and engaging 1,400 former residents for direct services, including housing and drug treatment. In his second year as Mayor, Philadelphia made significant strides in both criminal justice reform and education. The City reduced its prison population by nearly 20 percent as part of the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge, and the number of pedestrian stops were cut in half.

Building on his administration’s early commitment to education, the Mayor recently launched an effort to return the School District to local control and to provide adequate financial funding resources for our teachers and students, so that every Philadelphian has a quality school in their neighborhood.

Jay Gould
Interface

Jay Gould

CEO

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Jay is the President and CEO of Interface, Inc. He joined the company in 2015 and in early 2017 became only the third CEO in the company’s 45-year history.

For 25 years, Interface has pioneered sustainable business models and helped stimulate a movement toward a healthier planet. Under Jay’s leadership, the company embarked upon a new sustainability mission, Climate Take Back. This new, bold journey challenges all industry to operate profitably with carbon negative business models by viewing and using carbon as a resource. Already, the company has become the first in its industry to produce all products as carbon neutral.

Jay believes business must make profits to exist but they exist for a higher purpose. Prior to joining Interface, he created a legacy by transforming traditional businesses into “purpose-driven” organizations focused on creating value for multiple stakeholders, including the environment. As CEO of American Standard, Jay engineered a financial turnaround while embarking on a mission to solve the global sanitation crisis. The company now has a goal to improve access to safe sanitation for 250 million people by 2021.


Jay graduated from the University of Dayton, summa cum laude, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has three children and resides with his wife in Atlanta.

Lise Kingo
UN Global Compact

Lise Kingo

CEO & Executive Director

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Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.

Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms. Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S since 2002. She was in charge of several business areas and pioneered the first Novo Nordisk strategy on sustainability, spearheading the integration of sustainability into the heart of the business, showcasing the mutual benefits for both the company and society.

Before 2002, Ms. Kingo held various positions at NovoZymes A/S and Novo A/S, including Director of Environmental Affairs and Senior Vice President of Business Support. She was responsible for a number of areas covering growth and operations such as Environmental Affairs, People Management, Communications and Branding. Furthermore Ms. Kingo was the founder and primary force behind the first sustainability strategy at NovoZymes.

Until Ms. Kingo started her work with UN Global Compact, she was chair of the board at Steno Diabetes Center and has throughout her career, held a number of board positions in foundations as well as in companies, such as Grieg Star Shipping in Norway and GN Great Nordic. She was also a Professor at the Medical Faculty, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and the Chair of the Danish Council for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Ms Kingo has received several awards such as the Edinburgh Medal and the Copenhagen Business School 2018 Honorary Alumni Award. She is also a UN Gender Champion.

Ms. Kingo holds a Master of Science degree in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, United Kingdom, a Bachelors of Arts in The Science of Religions and Ancient Greek Culture from the Universities of Aarhus and Odense, Denmark as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Economics from the Copenhagen Business School. She is also certified by INSEAD’s International Directors Program in Corporate Governance.

Jennifer Holmgren
LanzaTech

Jennifer Holmgren

CEO

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Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Dr. Holmgren was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. She was one of the key drivers of UOP’s leadership in low carbon aviation biofuels, and under her management, UOP technology became instrumental in producing nearly all of the initial fuels used by commercial airlines and the military for testing and certification of alternative aviation fuel. Today, under Dr. Holmgren’s guidance, LanzaTech is working towards developing a variety of platform chemicals and fuels, including the world’s first alternative jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases.

Dr. Holmgren is the author or co-author of 50 US patents and more than 30 scientific publications and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2003, she was the first woman awarded the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). In 2010, she was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Civil Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) for her work in establishing the technical and commercial viability of sustainable aviation biofuels. In 2015 Dr. Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. Sustainability magazine, Salt, named Dr. Holmgren as the world’s most compassionate business woman in 2015. In October 2015, Dr. Holmgren was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award in Corporate Social Innovation from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Dr. Holmgren was named as #1 of the 100 most influential leaders in the Bioeconomy and LanzaTech was named the Hottest Company in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2016-2017. A TEDx Chicago speaker, Jennifer is also the 2018 recipient of the AIChE Fuels & Petrochemicals Division Award as well as the Biofuels Digest Global Bioenergy Leadership Award.

She currently serves on The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Advisory Committee and is on the Governing Council for the Bio Energy Research Institute in India. The institute has been set up by the DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Government) and IOC (Indian Oil Corporation).

Dr. Holmgren holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

John Kern
Cisco

John Kern

SVP Supply Chain Operations

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John Kern is Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Cisco. He leads a global organization responsible for accelerating innovation, enabling profitable growth, and delivering an unrivaled customer experience. His functional accountabilities include new product introduction, product lifecycle management, sourcing and supplier management, planning, manufacturing, logistics, and quality.

Since joining Cisco in 2003, Kern has held various leadership positions in the supply chain. Previously, he managed Product Operations, Supplier Management and Quality Operations, the key interfaces between the supply chain, Cisco's product development team and the global supply base. Prior to this, he managed the Global Supplier Management organization, responsible for enabling Cisco innovation through effective sourcing and supplier development.

Prior to Cisco, Kern worked in the networking and semiconductor industries, including seven years at Texas Instruments, in sales management and business development roles.  He also served 6 years in the Army National Guard as a Field Artillery officer.   

Kern is also passionate about improving childhood education, with a focus on reducing gaps in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). He shows his commitment and helps realize Cisco's STEM corporate social responsibility initiatives by serving on the board of two nonprofits: Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT), supporting the next generation of thinkers and innovators through hands-on learning, and the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI), a learning center for K-12 teachers that emphasizes technology integration and STEM curriculum.

Kern holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Sandra Nessing
American Electric Power

Sandra Nessing

Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability

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With more than 20 years in the utility industry, Sandy Nessing has responsibility for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and annual performance reporting for American Electric Power (AEP).  She oversees annual production of AEP’s Corporate Accountability Report, including a dedicated sustainability web site. Nessing chairs AEP’s Enterprise Sustainability Council.

She facilitates cross-functional collaboration on sustainability issues across AEP to raise awareness of the interdependencies of functions, resources and issues while providing guidance on externalities that could affect business results or operations. She also facilitates advocacy opportunities and relationships to support AEP’s business strategy. She is a Master Culture Champion for AEP, working to encourage a culture that aligns business strategies with employee engagement and performance recognition.

She leads AEP’s participation in the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Energy Sustainability Interest Group (ESIG), serving as co-chair of its Voluntary Reporting Working Group. She was chair of ESIG in 2013. Among the group’s work includes completion of an industry-wide priority issue assessment and the development of industry-wide performance metrics. In 2016, EPRI published a book, “Sustainable Electricity: Case Studies from Electric Power Companies in North America;” Nessing authored a chapter on corporate culture and stakeholder engagement at AEP. She also serves on the EPRI Benchmarking Forum Steering Committee. Currently, she is serving on the Edison Electric Institute’s ESG/Sustainability Reporting Committee, which developed a groundbreaking sector-specific ESG/Sustainability Reporting Template for investors. In addition, she serves on the World Resources Institute’s Clean Power Council, a two-year collaboration between WRI, electric utilities and large commercial and industrial customers. She is an executive champion for the Ohio chapter of Women in Utilities Professionals (WiNUP).

In Columbus, Nessing serves as Secretary on the Franklin Park Conservatory Board of Trustees, one of the nation’s premier botanical gardens. In addition, she is a Keyholder Advocate for The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and a member of the United Way of Central Ohio’s Women’s Leadership Council. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors for NAEM, a national organization for environment, safety & health and sustainability professionals. Previously, she served nine years on the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Stewardship Board, where she was president of the Board for two years, and on the board of the Columbus Council on World Affairs.

Prior to joining AEP in February 2006, she was manager of Corporate Communications for Yankee Gas Services Company, part of the Northeast Utilities System (now EverSource) for nine years. Before her work in the utility industry, she was senior public information specialist for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, Conn. (now part of Yale-New Haven) and spent 12 years as a broadcast journalist in Connecticut, holding positions that included news director, anchor and reporter. She is a graduate of Briarwood College in Southington, Connecticut.

Matthew Welch
The SASB Foundation

Matthew Welch

President

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Matthew has dedicated his career to leading mission-based organizations through the challenges of achieving growth, scale, and self-sufficiency. His work experience spans government, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors, and he has led teams in entering new markets, launching products and programs, and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

As President, Matthew works with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic objectives and then lead the staff in implementing them. He oversees the financing of the organization through fundraising and commercial activities, and is responsible for the operations that support these areas and the work of the SASB standards-setting board and its technical staff.

Matthew has broad experience in strategy, operations, and product development, developed through senior roles at Kaplan Test Prep, Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Junyo, Teachscape, and The Rotary Foundation. Years of experience with education programs, software and data products, and research studies give Matthew a good background for equipping the market with offerings that support education and use of the SASB standards.

Matthew holds a BA from Grinnell College and a MPA in management and public policy from Columbia University. He is member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, where he has served on the Finance and Development Committees. He currently chairs the Academic Affairs Committee.

Hervé P. Duteil
BNP Paribas

Hervé P. Duteil

Managing Director, Chief Sustainability Officer, Americas

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Hervé P. Duteil created the position of Chief Sustainability Officer for BNP Paribas in the Americas in 2014.  In this role, he leads the Bank’s regional strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Finance, and Company Engagement, bringing in particular a strong focus on promoting client dialogue around sustainability topics and the development tailored financing solutions or responsible investment products.  In 2018, he was selected by Euromoney as one of the 10 “champions of global impact banking”.

Hervé has spent most of his career with BNP Paribas in New York.  For over two decades, he specialized in trading derivatives and managing capital market activities, spanning across commodity, currency, fixed income and electronic markets.  More recently, he led BNP Paribas’ efforts to close its first Social Impact Bond for the benefit of the State of Connecticut, followed by a second one with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide quality employment to veterans suffering from service-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the states of New York and Massachusetts.

Beyond his role to promote the bank’s business growth in sustainable finance, Hervé serves as brand ambassador and thought leader through external speaking engagements and networks around the topic of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.  He has developed a passion to relentlessly focus organizations on developing business solutions addressing societal challenges, and his narrative regularly seeks to inspire both leaders and employees to connect the core of their work to their highest ideals of making the world a better place.

Hervé holds a Master in Business Administration with distinction from the Harvard Business School, a Master of Science from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Physics from the University of Paris, as well as various certificates from the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He is a member of the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance Advisory Board.

Kurt Summers
City of Chicago

Kurt Summers

Treasurer

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Kurt Summers is Chicago’s 70th Treasurer, having taken office in December 2014. A native son of Chicago, Treasurer Summers manages the city’s $8 billion investment portfolio and is responsible for maintaining records and accounts of the city’s finances. He sits on four local pension boards with nearly $25 billion under management.

When Treasurer Summers first came into office, he pursued a wide variety of strategies to increase the office’s investment returns while also increasing transparency and accountability. After modernizing the office’s technology, diversifying its assets, and putting more cash into investments, the office began to generate significantly higher returns—$57 million in excess investment returns in 2016 alone. Alongside increasing returns, Treasurer Summers has sought to invest for impact. That’s why the office made a $20 million deposit in Chicago’s last black-owned community bank; created a $100 million local economic development vehicle to make strategic investments in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods; and implemented the most comprehensive Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) integration effort from any major city in the country, in which ESG factors are now incorporated into 100% of investment decisions on corporate securities.

Treasurer Summers has also prioritized investing in Chicago’s residents to address economic disinvestment and financial empowerment challenges. To that end, his office has implemented a range of initiatives to boost access to capital in underserved neighborhoods; help small business owners find valuable resources; and bring financial education resources directly to Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Treasurer Summers’ career has spanned the public and private sectors. Immediately prior to becoming Chicago’s Treasurer, Summers was a Senior Vice President at Grosvenor Capital Management and a member of the Office of the Chairman, where he created a new product that invested over $2 billion in minority- and women-owned firms. Previously, Summers served as Chief of Staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and as the appointed Trustee for the $9 billion Cook County Pension Fund. In that capacity, Summers led county-wide reforms to provide performance management in every department and to create a more sustainable health and hospital system, and also steered the closure of a $487 million budget deficit while keeping the administration’s promise to roll back the county sales tax, saving taxpayers more than $400 million a year. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, a preeminent global strategy-consulting firm, and served as Chief of Staff for Chicago 2016, the city’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Treasurer Summers is a lifelong Chicago resident and a graduate of Whitney Young High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Management Distinction High Honors from Washington University in St. Louis. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He lives in Hyde Park with his wife, Helen, and their schnauzer, Boston.

Amandine Robin
Pernod Ricard

Amandine Robin

SVP North America, Communications & Sustainability

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Born in the Champagne region in France, Amandine heads the North American functions of Corporate Public Relations, Internal Communications, and Sustainability & Responsibility for Pernod Ricard, the worldwide co-leader in Wine and Spirits. The company owns global iconic brands such as ABSOLUT® vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch whisky, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Havana Club® rum, Kahlúa® liqueur, Mumm® and Perriet-Jouët® champagne, and Jacob's Creek® wines.

Amandine assumed her current role in October 2016. Previously, she served as Director, Communications, PR & CSR at Pernod Ricard USA’s sister companies in Canada, Corby Spirit & Wine and Hiram Walker & Sons. There she built a Communications function that encompassed all aspects of communications - including internal, public relations, investor relations, digital, and corporate social responsibility - which transformed how the company communicates contributing to a significant increase in employee engagement, corporate brand awareness and multiple award wins. In 2013, she had also been elected Global Communication Representative on Pernod Ricard’s “Youth Action Council”, acting as direct advisor to the Global CEO and Executive Team and leading the creation of the Pernod Ricard Youth Network for employees under 30 years old comprised of 55 affiliates and 44 nationalities.

She launched her career at the financial arm of General Electric in Canada (GE Capital). Prior to joining the Pernod Ricard Group, Amandine worked in Marketing & Business Development Communications at McCarthy Tétrault, Canada’s largest law firm and one of North America’s top 10 law firm.

Amandine earned a double degree in Commerce, with a specialization in Strategic Marketing and International Business, from the Reims Management School in France and the University of Ottawa in Canada.

An international speaker, Amandine was named Top 30 Under 30 by PR in Canada in 2014 and was featured as a “Notable Young Professional” by Notable.ca in 2015 and “Women of Influence” by Women of Influence Magazine in 2016. She also received multiple awards for her work including from the Great Place to Work Institute and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Amandine is a board member of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) and the Columbia University Maison Française; she is also a member of the International Association of Communicators, the Public Relations Society of America, the CMO Council, and Advancing Women Executives (AWE).

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Paige Goff
Domtar

Paige Goff

Vice President of Sustainability

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Michael Colarossi
Avery Denninson RBIS

Michael Colarossi

Vice President, Product Line Management, Innovation and Sustainability

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In today’s apparel manufacturing landscape, it’s no longer enough to innovate for innovation’s sake. To drive lasting impact, garment labeling solutions must meet the needs of businesses, consumers and the environment—all without sacrificing relevancy.

As Avery Dennison’s Vice President of Product Line Management, Innovation and Sustainability, Mike Colarossi ensures the company’s RBIS solutions rise to that challenge.

Part seasoned global executive, part “ideas guy,” Mike is the driving force behind Avery Dennison’s culture of innovation. Under his leadership, the company has adopted a strategic view, prioritizing solutions that shape the industry’s future while meeting rigorous compliance standards. Mike was instrumental to developing Avery Dennison’s 2025 sustainability goals and the company’s Global Innovation Experience Centers, which will launch in Italy, Norway, and Taiwan this year.

During his tenure at Avery Dennison, Mike has held leadership positions in innovation, operations and global supply chain management. As a senior executive in the company’s $1.2B Retail Branding and Information Solutions Division, he leads a global technical innovation team who, in the short term, is delivering new solutions that are underpinning the revenue growth of the business, while forging a path that will expand Avery Dennison’s leadership position in the future apparel industry. Mike joined Avery Dennison in 2013 after holding numerous manufacturing and engineering positions in the U.S. and China.

Mike is a frequent speaker on innovation, sustainability and the future of the apparel manufacturing industry. At Rethink Connect, he shared his insights on the role of garment labeling in driving meaningful engagement between brand and consumer. He is slated to discuss Apparel Manufacturing Innovation at the FIT Conference this fall.

A chemical engineer from the University of Michigan, Mike also holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

John Hocevar
Greenpeace

John Hocevar

Oceans Campaign Director

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An accomplished campaigner, explorer, and marine biologist, John has helped win several major victories for marine conservation since becoming the director of Greenpeace's oceans campaign in 2004.

John has been featured on many national TV and radio networks, including CNN, BBC, ABC, NBC, Fox, and NPR, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Science, New Scientist, Salon, Washington Post, The Times of London, and many others. John is also a regular presenter at refereed scientific meetings, such as the International Deep Sea Coral Symposium, Marine Conservation Congress, Alaska Marine Science Symposium, and the annual meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

John directed a campaign that secured the first cap on factory fishing for menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay (menhanden is the second largest fishery in the United States). In 2007, John led an expedition to the Bering Sea that employed submarines to conduct the first manned exploration of the world's largest underwater canyon. He and his team discovered a new species of sponge, and documented many corals and sponges that were not previously known to live in the Bering Sea.

In 2010 John helped lead Greenpeace's response to the BP Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. John put together the scientific program for a three month-long research expedition to assess the true scope and impacts of the disaster, involving scientists from over a dozen independent institutions.

On the international level, John helped persuade the United Nations to protect deep sea corals and other vulnerable marine life from bottom trawling and other destructive fishing practices. As a member of the US delegation to CCAMLR, the body responsible for stewardship of the waters around Antarctica, he helped establish the largest marine reserve in the World, in the Ross Sea.

John has also played a leading role in Greenpeace's global anti-whaling campaign, successfully persuading the Japanese to drop plans to hunt humpback whales and to end all private investment in Japan's whaling industry. In early 2017, John worked with a team of Brazilian scientists to explore the Amazon Reef for the first time. Their discoveries helped stave off plans to drill for oil and gas in the region.

John has helped drive Greenpeace work to reform the world's tuna fisheries, championing an effort to get businesses to take responsibility for ensuring that their seafood is ethical as well as environmentally sustainable.

Prior to joining Greenpeace, John was involved in several environmental projects including the Sea Turtle Nesting Project in Florida, Coral Cay Conservation in Belize, and as an environmental educator for Marine Science Under Sails in Florida. He is a graduate of the Green Corps organizing fellowship, a program dedicated to training the next generation of environmental leaders and previously worked at Corporate Accountability International. He is a co-founder and former executive director of Students for a Free Tibet.

John Scott
Subway

John Scott

VP - Global Quality, Food Safety & Sustainability

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Rich Kroes
Oracle Corporation

Rich Kroes

Senior Director of Global Sustainability

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Rich Kroes is the Senior Director of Global Sustainability at Oracle Corporation. Rich joined Oracle’s supply chain management applications development team in 2001 and since 2008 has led Oracle’s initiatives to develop business practices and products that help protect the environment. He leads a cross-functional team spanning multiple lines of business to guide Oracle’s environmental sustainability strategy in collaboration with employees, customers, and business partners worldwide. Rich is also a member of Oracle's executive Environmental Steering Committee.

Rich lives in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York with his wife and three children and is the Chairman of the Adirondack Foundation. He graduated from MIT with BSc and MSc degrees in aeronautical engineering and received his MBA from Erasmus Universiteit in his native country of The Netherlands.

Louis Coppola
GA Institute

Louis Coppola

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President

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John Kotlarczyk
Walgreen Boots Alliance

John Kotlarczyk

Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction

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Ron Gonen
Closed Loop Partners

Ron Gonen

CEO

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Ron is the Co-Founder and CEO of Closed Loop Partners, an investment platform that invests in sustainable consumer goods, recycling and the development of the circular economy. Investors include many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and family offices interested in investments that provide strong financial returns and tangible social impact.Prior to Closed Loop Partners, Ron was the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation in New York City for the Bloomberg Administration. He oversaw the collection and processing of NYC’s paper, metal, glass, plastic, textile waste, electronic waste, organics, and hazardous waste as well as public policy. In 2013, NRDC and Earth Day New York named Ron as the Public Official of the Year in New York City.

Ron has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School since 2010. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Social Enterprise Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.

From 2004-2010, Ron was the Co-Founder and CEO of RecycleBank. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew from an idea into a company that serviced over 50 cities and over 1 million households. RecycleBank was recognized with a number of business and environmental awards including the Philadelphia Sustainability Award, The Conference of Mayors – Public/Private Partnership of the Year Award and a Technology Pioneer award from the World Economic Forum.

Ron has been a recipient of a number of environmental and business awards including recognition as a ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the United Nations Environment Program which is the highest distinction for environmental protection given by the United Nations and recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science and entrepreneurship and the

Medal of Excellence from Columbia University which recognizes alumnus under the age of 45 for excellence in scholarship, public service and professional life.

Ron started his career at Deloitte Consulting.

Ron was a Henry Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute and past term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds technology and business method patents in the recycling industry.

Ron received an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Nick Gogerty
Solarcoin

Nick Gogerty

CEO

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  • Co-founder SolarCoin (68 countries, renewable energy reward)
  • Blockchain advisor to governments, ministers, G20, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNDP, Fortune 500, global banks and hedge funds
  • MIT Solve winner UN HQ: chronic disease with blockchain solution
  • Award UN COP22 (blockchain micro-grid design for dev. world)
  • Bridgewater Sr. Business Analyst (world’s largest hedge fund)
  • Chief Analyst deep future research institute modeled on MIT MediaLab: 70 projects (AI, computation, life sciences, etc.)
  • Ivy League author: innovation/macro-economics & value investing
  • MBA quantitative approach to hedge funds
Andy Keller
Chicobag

Andy Keller

CEO & President

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In 2005, after a trip to his local landfill, Keller was inspired to create a pocket-sized reusable bag to compete with the convenience of single-use plastic bags.  Keller’s mission to help humanity bag the single-use habit has contributed to helping millions of people start a healthy reusable bag habit by making reusable bags unforgettably compact.  Keller has also inspired thousands to dress up as a Bag Monster® – the large and awkward embodiment of one person’s annual consumption of single-use bags.

In 2011, Keller’s awareness campaigns caught the attention of the single-use plastics industry, which responded with a crushing lawsuit claiming that Keller’s statistics on recycling, consumption and oceanic plastic pollution were false and irreparably harming their business.  The fight for the truth and to get the lawsuit dropped only deepened Keller’s resolve and dedication to his mission.

Awareness about plastic pollution and the impact on our oceanic wilderness is at an all-time high, with bag bans covering 50% of the global population.  In, 2016, ChicoBag acquired To-Go Ware to help humanity reduce the single-use waste associated with eating out.  The movement is growing from bags to bottles, to straws and utensils and perhaps, now more than ever Keller’s impossible mission is starting to come true.

Hakon Mattson
Anthem

Hakon Mattson

Director of Sustainability

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Hakon Mattson is Director of Sustainability for Anthem, one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies with approximately 58,000 employees serving over 73 million consumers.

Hakon oversees the development, implementation and reporting for all aspects of Anthem’s corporate sustainability programs.  Hakon’s focus is strategically aligning environmental, social and governance (ES&G) programs and embedding sustainability into Anthem’s core business strategy.  As a Certified Energy Manager, Hakon has developed aggressive energy and water efficiency programs resulting in millions of dollars in savings.  As a WELL AP, Hakon has helped advance Anthem employee health and wellbeing through building design and operations best practices. 

Hakon is a return Peace Corps volunteer and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Richmond.  Hakon currently serves on the Fitwel Leadership Advisory Board and Department of Energy Better Buildings Steering Committee.  To learn more about sustainability at Anthem please visit www.anthemcorporateresponsibility.com

Nathan Truitt
American Forest Foundation

Nathan Truitt

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

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Nathan Truitt joined the staff of the American Forest Foundation in March 2013.  As VP of Strategic Partnerships, he works with corporate and NGO partners to develop innovative solutions to engaging America’s family forest owners in climate mitigation, wildfire risk reduction, the support of biodiversity, and the production of sustainable fiber for the forest products industry.  He began his career in the non-profit world working on international education and development, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan, and later as a Program, Country and Regional Director in Uzbekistan, Serbia and Kosovo.

Nathan graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California and has a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota.  He met his wife, Zalina, in Uzbekistan, and they now live in Alexandria, VA, with their three children.

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Ravinder Bhalla
Hoboken

Ravinder Bhalla

Mayor, City of Hoboken

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Ravi S. Bhalla was elected Hoboken’s 39th Mayor on November 7, 2017. Born and raised in New Jersey, Mayor Bhalla is an 18 year resident of Hoboken and 8 year member of the Hoboken City Council.

In his first few months in office, Mayor Bhalla has focused on improving the quality of life for Hoboken residents while prioritizing fiscal responsibility. He introduced a City budget with no municipal tax increase, maintained the City’s AA+ credit rating, continues to oversee the rehabilitation of Washington Street, formed a Homelessness task force, is pursuing affordable housing strategies, completed the design phase of Northwest Resiliency Park, secured more than $1 million in state transportation funding, and signed executive orders to expand parental leave benefits, invest in the arts, and protect the civil rights of immigrants and the LGBTQ community.

Mayor Bhalla first set his roots in Hoboken at the age of 26, a bachelor fresh out of law school starting his first job at a small law firm in Newark, New Jersey. Mayor Bhalla earned national recognition in the New York Times for his legal advocacy after suffering a violation of his own constitutional and civil rights during a jail visit to a client. The incident motivated Mayor Bhalla to lead a successful campaign to reform the federal government’s visitation policies at correctional facilities nationwide.

It was during this time that Hoboken’s local government was in dire straits. Mayor Bhalla observed and witnessed mismanaged government at the local level, including a government budget that was underfunded and overspent by $12 million, a state takeover of Hoboken, and a 70% spike in municipal taxes in a single year. These dire conditions motivated him to get off the sidelines and seek to reform city government by running for City Council in 2009. During this election, Mayor Bhalla was the highest vote-getter as a first time candidate, and remained on the City Council for 2 terms, from 2008 to 2017. During this time, Mayor Bhalla served as Council President from 2010-2011 and 2013-2014, and Council Vice-President from 2012-2013.

Mayor Bhalla received his undergraduate education from the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in Political Psychology. Upon graduation, he attended the London School of Economics (L.S.E.) in the United Kingdom and received a Master of Science degree in Public Administration and Public Policy, and also earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mayor Bhalla and his wife Bindya reside on Garden Street with their two children, Arza Kaur, age 11 and Shabegh Singh, age 6.

Jon Mitchell
New Bedford

Jon Mitchell

Mayor, New Bedford

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Taking office in January 2012, Jon Mitchell is New Bedford’s thirty-eighth mayor. In November 2013, he was the city's first sitting mayor since 1866 not to be opposed for re-election, and has won reelection two more times by decisive margins.

As mayor, Jon has sought to re-establish New Bedford as one of the leading cities in the Northeast. He has moved aggressively to reform the city's schools, modernize the port, solidify the downtown as the economic and cultural center of Southeastern Massachusetts, and to elevate the quality of life in every neighborhood.

Jon has made city government more efficient though effective management practices, and now the city has the highest bond rating in its history. His work in economic development has emphasized careful planning, collaboration with the business community, and the need to exploit the city's major assets. The approach has paid off with thousands of new jobs, and a drop in unemployment that led all U.S. cities in 2016. These efforts have been complemented by reforms in the city's schools, where the dropout rate is now at a fifteen year low and test scores have risen steadily. And neighborhood quality of life is markedly better with a sharp drop in crime, the construction of five new parks along with the HarborWalk and CoveWalk, and the establishment of the state's first municipal arts fund.

Under Mayor Mitchell’s leadership, New Bedford also has emerged as one of America's greenest cities. Among other initiatives, the city also has doubled its recycling rate by modernizing its trash collection system, replaced over 10,000 street lights with LED bulbs, retrofitted dozens of city buildings with energy efficient features, and has Massachusetts's largest municipal fleet of electric vehicles. His aggressive cultivation of solar electricity production led the Wall Street Journal to report that New Bedford was first in the continental U.S. in installed solar capacity per capita. Jon has also strived to position New Bedford to become a leader of the American offshore wind industry through the New Bedford Wind Energy Center, the first municipal agency in America devoted to cultivating offshore wind, and he has promoted his approach to energy reform in his capacity as the Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Energy Committee.

Mayor Mitchell’s roots are deeply imbedded in New Bedford. He was born in the city, and hails from a local fishing family that included his grandfather, Alexander Mitchell, whose name is inscribed at the Seamen’s Bethel among local fisherman lost to the sea. The son of public school teachers, Jon was raised in New Bedford and North Dartmouth, and attended local public schools.

Jon attended Harvard College, where he funded his tuition with financial aid and by working in factories and warehouses back home during the summers. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in economics, he went to work in Washington, D.C., and remained there to attend law school at George Washington University. Upon graduation, Jon began work as a federal prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice, having been selected to the prestigious Attorney General’s Honor Program. As one of the youngest federal prosecutors in the country, he successfully prosecuted both violent crime cases in the District of Columbia, as well as major white collar crime cases across the country.

After three years, Jon returned to Massachusetts, where he worked briefly at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office prosecuting public corruption cases, before leaving for private practice at a major Boston law firm. After paying off his remaining student loans, he returned to the role of federal prosecutor as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston, in which he prosecuted cases in the areas of white collar crime, firearms, narcotics, environmental crime, and public corruption. Many of his cases were of national importance, including his service as the prosecutor on the task force searching for Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger.

Mayor Mitchell served six years in the Army National Guard. He is married to Dr. Ann Partridge, a professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School and a breast oncologist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where she founded and directs the Institute’s Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer. They are the proud parents of three daughters, Grace (16), Natalie (14) and Lauren (12), who attend New Bedford Public Schools.

Davida Heller
Citi

Davida Heller

Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability

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Davida is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Citi. Her work centers on the development and management of Citi’s global sustainability initiatives and goals. This includes the implementation of Citi’s Sustainable Progress Strategy and management of their $100 Billion Environmental Finance Goal.

Davida works closely with internal and external stakeholders to build company-wide awareness of sustainability and climate change-related opportunities and risks.

Prior to joining Citi, Davida was Head of Member Engagement at The Climate Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to driving action to create a ‘net-zero’ emission global economy, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies on greenhouse gas emissions reduction initiatives. At The Earth Institute at Columbia University, she managed corporate relations and oversaw professional development for the institute’s sustainability-related education programs. Previously, she worked in consulting and feature film production and development. Davida is based in New York City. She received a B.A. from George Washington University and an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

Virginie Helias
P&G

Virginie Helias

Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer

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With 30 years of experience at Procter & Gamble in Brand Management and Innovation, Virginie has a broad experience across multiple categories and global to local brand management expertise across several of P&G multi-billion dollar brands (Pantene, Ariel/Tide, Pampers). She has international experience (France, UK, Switzerland and the United States).

Prior to her current position, she was the Western Europe Franchise Leader for Ariel, one of P&G largest brands, where she turned Ariel into the leader in Sustainability through the launch of the highly successful “Cool Clean/Turn to 30” campaign and the most sustainable laundry product (Excel Gel).

Beyond her brand and innovation expertise, she is also recognized for her visioning, change management and leadership development skills. She is a certified coach.

In July 2011, she recommended the creation of a new position -- Global Sustainability Brand Director, working across all P&G business units and regions. Her mission was to embed sustainability into the innovation, brand-building and everyday business practices at P&G. In July 2016, she was promoted to Vice President of Global Sustainability, in recognition of the work she has led to make sustainability a core business strategy, an innovation driver and a catalyst for a more resilient organization.

Virginie lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband and 3 children. She is a marathon runner.

Anne van Riel
ING

Anne van Riel

Head of Sustainable Finance Americas

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Anne is head of Sustainable Finance in the Americas. She is responsible for promoting sustainable transactions and expanding green financing and KPI-linked loan products within this region.

Anne has extensive experience in project finance, advisory, structuring and executing debt and private equity transactions in the United States and Latin America. In her previous roles at ING, she was responsible for client relations and executing transactions in the mining and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining ING, Anne worked for the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, where she was part of the Private Equity team actively investing in sustainable businesses in developing countries.

Wendy Blanpied
Save the Children

Wendy Blanpied

Senior Advisor

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Wendy Blanpied is a senior associate at Save the Children’s Child Rights and Business program, where she works with corporate partners on child rights due diligence in their supply chains and with Save the Children’s technical program teams to develop strategies and tools to help companies remediate against child rights violations. Her experience includes 20 years addressing children and human rights’ issues including trafficking in persons, child labor and forced labor. For over a decade she had focused on supply chain due diligence globally from conducting research on child labor the carpet supply chain, addressing child and forced labor in the production of goods through grants and policy initiative with the US Department of Labor and addressing the Child Rights and Business Principles (developed in conduction with UNICEF and Global Compact in 2011) with Save the Children. She has a master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.

Laura Palmeiro
UN Global Compact

Laura Palmeiro

Senior Advisor

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Laura started her career in 1993 as Finance Auditor in PWC Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1997, she joined Aguas Danone Argentina as Sales & Marketing Controller. She became Financial Controller in Villa Alpina (Groupe Danone) in 1999. In 2003 she moved to France as Sales & Marketing Controller for the World Wide Waters Division. In 2006 she accepted a position at Corporate level where she acted as Investors’ Relations Officer

She later became VP Finance Nature in 2009, in charge of developing and deploying the environmental reporting for the company, including the CO2 accounting system.

In March 2014, Laura was appointed Corporate Social Responsibility Director, and as of May 2016, she became Sustainability Integration Director, in charge of coordinating sustainability governance, animation and sustainability reporting at corporate level.

Since January 2018 Laura is seconded to the UN Global Compact where she serves as Senior Advisor on sustainability reporting issues.

Michael Garland
Office of New York City Comptroller

Michael Garland

Assistant Comptroller - Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment

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Michael Garland is Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment for New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. The Comptroller serves as investment advisor, custodian and a trustee to the New York City Pension Funds, which have more than $190 billion in assets under management and a long history of active ownership on issues of corporate governance and sustainability.

Michael and his team are responsible for developing and implementing the Funds’ active ownership programs for public equities, including voting proxies at approximately 11,000 portfolio companies around the world; engaging portfolio companies on their environmental, social and governance policies and practices; and advocating for regulatory reforms to protect investors and promote sustainable capital markets. Recent initiatives include spearheading the Boardroom Accountability Project launched in fall 2014, which has helped to establish proxy access as a fundamental right at hundreds of U.S. companies.

Michael serves on the Council of Institutional Investors’ Board of Directors, where he is Public Fund Co-Chair; the Broadridge Independent Steering Committee; and the Grant & Eisenhofer ESG Institute Oversight Board. He also serves as Comptroller Stringer’s designated representative to the board of directors of CERES, a non-profit that works with investors, companies and capital market influencers to take stronger action on the world’s biggest sustainability challenges.

Andy Pharoah
Mars

Andy Pharoah

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Strategic Initiatives & Sustainability

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Andy Pharoah joined the Mars Leadership Team as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Initiatives in September 2016.

In his role, Pharoah stewards the company’s communications, government relations and stakeholder engagement. He leads management team effectiveness and the delivery of transformative strategic initiatives. Pharoah also stewards Mars, Incorporated’s ambitious sustainability objectives and the programs in place to make the company’s operations Sustainable in a Generation.

Prior to his current role, Pharoah served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Sustainability & Strategy for Wrigley, a segment of Mars, Incorporated. His responsibilities encompassed all aspects of Corporate Affairs, leadership of Global Sustainability, and leadership of the development and deployment of Wrigley business strategy.

A native Londoner, Pharoah began his career in U.K. politics. He then spent 13 years with international communications consultancy, Hill & Knowlton, where he worked with a wide range of companies, governments and NGOs, as Head of the Corporate Practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Pharoah holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Leicester. An avid cyclist, Pharoah is happy to now live in a Virginia, a state with a longer cycling season and more hills that his previous home state of Illinois. He is Executive Committee Member of the Washington National Opera. He also serves on the Council of the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Brendon Steele
Future 500

Brendon Steele

Director of Stakeholder Engagement

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Brendon Steele is the Director of Stakeholder Engagement at Future 500, a non-profit consultancy that advances business as a force for good by building trust between companies, advocates, investors, and philanthropists.

Brendon is an accomplished facilitator, who is passionate about bridging the gap between sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Masters of Arts in Climate and Society from Columbia University. While at Columbia, he interned with The Urban Climate Change Research Network at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, collaborating with UN officials, local and municipal leaders, and NASA scientists to promote knowledge sharing about climate change and cities.

He is widely respected among executives, engineers, economists, and policy makers. Brendon spent five years working in the environmental chemistry field in the San Francisco Bay Area, bridging the gap between business leaders and State and Federal regulators. Growing up with one foot in the progressive San Francisco Bay Area and the other in a conservative oil family, he’s well positioned to find common ground between unlikely allies.

Judy Panayos
Sodexo

Judy Panayos

Sr Director, Sustainability, Supply Management

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Judy Panayos is the Sr. Director of Sustainability in Supply Management at Sodexo with responsibilities for sustainability and corporate responsibility in supply. Judy works to incorporate internal and client goals for sustainability and corporate responsibility into sourcing strategies including local sourcing, sustainable products, responsible supply chain practices and sustainability innovation. Previously, Judy worked in medical device manufacturing at Becton Dickinson (BD). Over the 10+ years at BD, Judy had oversight of various supplier programs including Sustainable Procurement, Supplier Diversity, Supplier Risk, Supplier Quality Management, and Supplier Recognition. She also held positions in Strategic Sourcing, Planning, Distribution, Transportation and Customer Service. Previous to BD, Judy has over fifteen years of experience in key roles in Performing Arts Logistics Management, including urban renewal projects including government, industry and non-profit partnerships. Judy sits on the Steering Board of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative and the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. She has a Corporate Responsibility certificate and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and a B.F.A. from New York University.

Carol Surface
Medtronic

Carol Surface

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

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Carol Surface leads Medtronic's human resources strategy for 86,000+ employees worldwide. She also provides leadership for Global Communications, Philanthropy and Community Affairs, and Global Health Initiatives. In these roles, her key focus areas include enterprise talent management and succession planning, leadership development, inclusion and diversity, executive compensation, internal and external stakeholder engagement, reputation management, and community and health initiatives.

Prior to joining Medtronic, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Best Buy Co., Inc., and held a series of human resources leadership roles of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo, including serving as Chief Personnel Officer for PepsiCo International. She has worked in Asia and the Middle East, as well as the U.S. Carol also brings experience from other industries and businesses, including Kmart and Dow Chemical, where she completed an internship as a doctoral candidate.

Carol earned a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Central Michigan University, and serves on a variety of community and professional boards.

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Hammad Atassi
American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)

Hammad Atassi

CEO

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Hammad Atassi is CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), the leading policy advocacy group representing the interests of responsible businesses nationwide. He leads the organization in building a business-focused movement for policy changes to achieve a sustainable economy, based on the triple-bottom-line principles of people, planet and profit.

A senior leader with 20 years’ experience as a brand pioneer and sustainable business executive, Hammad has demonstrated success in scaling mission-driven enterprises and is passionate about realizing an organization’s authentic mission and achieving impactful stakeholder value at all levels of engagement. His vision for ASBC is to leverage the success of responsible businesses and champion policies that speed their expansion – both in size and in number. He believes such policies benefit everyone, delivering equal prosperity now and for future generations.

Prior to joining ASBC, Hammad was a key leader at Numi Organic Tea, the leading premium sustainable tea brand in the US. During his long career at Numi, Hammad took on several roles, among them General Manager and Vice President of the Foodservice Division where he led the effort to place Numi’s premium sustainable offerings at the forefront of thousands of establishments worldwide. In 2015 he became Vice President of Strategic Development, where he led efforts to identify and build critical new market opportunities in synergy with existing global partnerships, all the while protecting the authentic values and mission at the core of the Numi brand.

Hammad remains an active member of the Board of Directors of the Numi Foundation.

Prior to Numi, Hammad was an executive in the financial services industry. He holds an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC and a BA from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Tjeerd Krumpelman
ABN AMRO

Tjeerd Krumpelman

Head of Reporting & Stakeholder Engagement

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Tjeerd Krumpelman, 40years old, dutch nationality. 17 years of banking experience, starting as a private banker and investment advisor, later on Head of Investment team and Director of Preferred Banking after that.

The past four years I have been responsible for ABN AMRO's sustainability reporting as head of the sustainability Advisory and Reporting team. We offer advise on developing and implementing sustainability strategy within business lines of the bank, we manage the relationships with key-stakeholder groups and we report and communicate on our progress on sustainability through the integrated report and by particpating in various benchmarks.

Rachel Guthrie
TD Bank

Rachel Guthrie

Head of ESG Reporting & Impact Measurement

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Rachel Guthrie is the Head of ESG Reporting and Impact Measurement at TD Bank Group. Rachel has overseen the annual production of TD's Corporate Responsibility report since 2009, helping navigate TD's disclosure through GRI standards and materiality assessments. Rachel's team is also responsible for the development of TD's social and environmental impact measurement framework and the development of ESG policies and position statements.

Originally from the U.K., Rachel completed her undergrad at St. Andrews University in Scotland and returned to school mid-career for a Certificate in Corporate Responsibility from St. Michael's College in Toronto.

She volunteers with Ski Patrol Canada during the winter months and enjoys backcountry camping and canoeing in the summer. She resides in London, Ontario with her husband and two boys.

Anna Pot
APG Asset Management

Anna Pot

Manager, Responsible Investments

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Anna Pot is Manager, Responsible Investments for APG Asset Management N.V., which manages €467 billion (October 2017) in Dutch pension assets. Anna started at APG in 2008 and currently works in the New York office with the capital markets teams on engaging U.S. companies and further integrating ESG considerations in the investment process. Anna is responsible for sustainability dialogues with companies and for APG’s inclusion/exclusion policy. Before joining APG, she coordinated the human rights and business sector program of Amnesty International Netherlands, and managed a sustainable investment fund at ING. Anna has a Masters of Political Science, International Relations, Human Rights and International Law from the University of Amsterdam.

Erika Karp
Cornerstone Capital

Erika Karp

CEO

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Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. Cornerstone was created to catalyze the flow of capital toward a more regenerative and inclusive global economy. As an Impact Investing Advisor to Foundations, Families and Individuals, Cornerstone seeks to optimize investment performance together with social impact through rigorous research that systematically integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into portfolio design. In seeking positive societal impact at scale, Cornerstone offers investment advisory and capital markets advisory services, underpinned by rigorous research. Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank, where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board.

Erika is a Founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a member of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Board, and an advisor to the Omidyar Network’s Know the Chain initiative. She served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Approaches initiative, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and as a member of the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program on Innovating for Sustainability. Erika speaks at forum including those of the OECD, the UN Global Compact and PRI, Oxford University, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, Ceres, The Aspen Institute, and the White House. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.

Erika presents and writes extensively on topics including: sustainable investing and finance, corporate strategy and business models, transparency and excellence in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance performance, and employee engagement/diversity in the workplace. Her work has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, Barron’s, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, The Guardian, and Forbes. For driving collaboration across the capital markets, she has been named among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne; one of the “Purpose Economy 100,” the “Good 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are “Transforming Wall Street.”

Robert Dornau
RobecoSAM

Robert Dornau

Director, Senior Manager ESG Benchmarking

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Robert joined RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Services Team in February 2014. Before that Robert worked in different roles in climate change and sustainability, including Vice President, Global Head Climate Change Service at technical verification and inspection firm SGS, Deputy to the CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association, Consultant to the World Bank as Conference Director for Carbon Expo. Robert is a regular speaker and chair at workshops, webinars and international conferences. He holds a Master in Economics from the University of Konstanz, Germany and a BSC (hons) in Digital Technology, Design and Innovation Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Brian Rice
Calstrs

Brian Rice

Portfolio Manager

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Mr. Rice is a Portfolio Manager in the CalSTRS Corporate Governance Department and has been working in the governance group at CalSTRS for over 16 years.   His main areas of focus are integrating sustainability considerations into CalSTRS investment processes and overseeing the CalSTRS sustainable manager portfolio, a $2 billion externally managed public equity strategy that employs fund managers incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment portfolio construction and management.

Mr. Rice also leads CalSTRS sustainability related engagement efforts and is the staff lead for the CalSTRS Green Initiative Task Force, a multi asset class team charged with identifying, implementing and reporting on environmental investment opportunities and risk management strategies.

Mr. Rice serves on the Advisory Board of the Climate Bonds Initiative and the Strategic Investor Initiative. Mr. Rice received an MBA from the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics-Business from U.C.L.A.

Hui Wen Chan
Citi

Hui Wen Chan

Vice President, Corporate Sustainability

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Shaheen Contractor
Bloomberg

Shaheen Contractor

Intelligence Analyst

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Shaheen Contractor is an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research Associate for Bloomberg Intelligence, a platform that provides research on industries, companies, government, litigation and the economy, available on the Bloomberg Professional Services at BI. Her research efforts include analyzing material ESG risks and opportunities, the impacts from a low carbon transition, ESG fund analysis and company performance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms. Contractor has a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Symbiosis International University.

Tom Murray
EDF

Tom Murray

Vice President

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Areas of expertise: 

Forging unexpected partnerships that catalyze environmental leadership and collaboration across industries, organizations and supply chains

Tom focuses on ambition, execution and results. Challenging businesses and investors to raise the bar for corporate sustainability leadership by setting aggressive, science-based goals; collaborating for scale and impact; accelerating environmental innovation, and supporting smart environmental safeguards.

Tom Murray spearheads EDF+Business, which for 25 years has been bringing cutting edge solutions to high-impact companies – including FedEx, KKR, McDonalds, Smithfield Foods and Walmart – and to transform business as usual in their products, operations, and advocacy.

Anne Larilahti
Telia Company

Anne Larilahti

VP Sustainability Strategy

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Mardi McBrien
CDSB

Mardi McBrien

Managing Director

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Daniel Wild
RobecoSAM

Daniel Wild

Co-CEO

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Daniel Wild is RobecoSAM’s Co-Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Executive Committee. In addition to this role, he is responsible for Investment Management, Products & Engineering, SI Research, Sustainability Services, and ESG Ratings.

Prior to joining RobecoSAM, Daniel led infrastructure financing programs in Southeastern Europe and Asia for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco). From 1999 to 2004, he headed the Environmental Technology Department at EBP, a Swiss engineering and consulting firm.

Daniel holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from ETH Zurich and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG). He completed his postdoctoral research studies at Stanford University, USA. Daniel is a Board member of Swiss Sustainable Finance, a member of the GRI Technology Consortium, a former member of the GRI Sector Research Steering Committee and the UNEP FI Workstream Water Advisory Board.

Matthew DiGuiseppe
State Street Global Advisors

Matthew DiGuiseppe

Vice President, Head of Americas Asset Stewardship

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Matthew DiGuiseppe is a Vice President and Head of Americas on the Asset Stewardship Team of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).

Matthew and his colleagues on the Asset Stewardship Team are responsible for developing and implementing SSGA's global proxy voting policies and guidelines across all investment strategies, and managing SSGA's proxy voting activities and issuer engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Matthew Chairs the Steering Committee of the Investor Stewardship Group and is a member of the Council of Institutional investors (CII) Corporate Governance Advisory Council.

Prior to joining SSGA Mr. Diguiseppe served as a VP on the TIAA/Nuveen Stewardship & Corporate Governance Team and as a Client Relations Manager for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS).

Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The George Washington University.

Jorge Soto
Braskem

Jorge Soto

Sustainable Development Director

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Sustainable Development Director at Braskem SA since 2009. Professor of the Professional Master Degree Course in Sustainable Development at EASP / FGV, Brasil, since 2016. Chemical Engineer from UFBa, Brazil. Master in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Environmental Planning from COPPE / UFRJ, Brazil.

Eric Fernald
Sustainalytics

Eric Fernald

Director of Issuer Relations

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Eric Fernald is a Director of Issuer Relations at Sustainalytics. He is responsible for Sustainalytics issuer engagement program. He joined Sustainalytics in January 2018. Prior to joining Sustainalytics, Eric worked for MSCI ESG Research as head of ESG corporate communications. From 1995 to 2009, Eric worked at the pioneer ESG research firm - KLD Research & Analytics - where he was Research Director from 2004-2009. Eric is a graduate of Williams College.

Sophie Beckham
International Paper Company

Sophie Beckham

Senior Manager, Natural Capital Stewardship

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Sophie Beckham is the Senior Manager of Natural Capital Stewardship at International Paper (IP), where she manages a diverse array of initiatives aimed at improving International Paper’s environmental footprint and promoting the long-term sustainability of natural resources.

Prior to joining IP, Ms. Beckham applied her training as a forester to work in domestic and foreign contexts, holding positions with forest management organizations and home furnishings retailers. Sophie’s interest in the transformation of materials into products that people use every day stems from a lifetime spent exploring the ways in which people rely on natural resources, and in turn, the impact our decisions have on people and planet. Early formative experiences on trails, in tents, and in forests and foreign countries, contributed to a professional journey that has been dedicated to advancing sustainable business practices in consumer goods and manufacturing sectors for the past sixteen years.

She holds a Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Kerry Cesareo
WWF US

Kerry Cesareo

Vice President, Forests

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As Vice President for Forests, Kerry leads a portfolio of strategic initiatives in pursuit of WWF’s goal to conserve the world's most important forests. Among the initiatives are using an innovative financial model to ensure forest protected areas are properly managed, strengthening laws to stop illegal logging, and scaling efforts to address threats to forests from agricultural expansion and infrastructure development.

Kerry previously led WWF’s forest markets work, launching the North American program of the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), and forging partnerships with Fortune 500 companies on environmentally responsible supply chains for wood and paper products. She has also managed global operations for GFTN, and the start-up of the Sustainable Forest Products Global Alliance, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development. She has served as Co-chair of the Board of the Forest Stewardship Council-US, a certifier of forestry best practices that WWF helped to found in 1994.

Although Kerry grew up near the Jersey Shore, her fate working on forests was sealed during a summer working with First Nations on Vancouver Island, British Columbia as they prepared for their inaugural timber harvest through a newly-formed company, Iisaak Forest Resources. The creation of Iisaak and its commitment to FSC had helped to end decades of conflict in Clayoquot Sound among environmentalists, First Nations, and logging companies. Iisaak received FSC certification in 2001 and inspired her career.

Prior to WWF, Kerry worked as an environmental scientist, forest inventory researcher, an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, and a U.S. PIRG field manager. She received a B.S. in biology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Ruth Harper
Manpower Group

Ruth Harper

Global Vice President of Communications

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Ruth Harper was named Vice President of Global Strategic Communications for ManpowerGroup in December 2016. In this role, Ruth is responsible for leading all aspects of communications strategies and channels, research, thought leadership and content creation across ManpowerGroup’s 80 countries and family of brands - Manpower, Experis, ManpowerGroup Solutions and Right Management.  She co-authored recent reports including

Skills Revolution, Millennial Careers: 2020 Vision, Seven Steps to Conscious Inclusion: A Practical Guide to Accelerating More Women Into LeadershipManpowerGroup’s Sustainability Plan and Report 2015/16,  #Gig Responsibly: The Rise of NextGen Work and Skills Revolution 2.0; Robots Need Not Apply.

Ruth leads ManpowerGroup’s strategic partnerships and external relationships, including with the World Economic Forum, where she serves as a member of the Education and Skills Steering Committee for the Future of Education, Gender and Work System Initiative, and with the World Employment Confederation. Previously, Ruth worked for ManpowerGroup in Europe where she led Public Affairs, Government Relations, Marketing, CSR and PR for over 15 years and regularly represented the industry as a European labor market expert, advising government and business.  Passionate about business engaging with education, Ruth led ManpowerGroup’s Youth Strategy in the UK to roll out apprenticeship and other employability programs.

A former teacher, Ruth has a Bachelor of Arts Geography degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Hull, UK.  She lives in greater Milwaukee with her husband and two young sons and enjoys running and road-cycling.

Caroline Rees
Shift

Caroline Rees

President and Co-Founder

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Caroline Rees is the President and Co-Founder of Shift, the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. At Shift, Caroline leads strategic development and drives thought leadership on key challenges and opportunities in advancing corporate respect for human rights. Prior to founding Shift, Caroline was a lead advisor to Professor John Ruggie during his mandate to develop the UN Guiding Principles as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General. From 2009 to 2011 she was Director of the Governance and Accountability Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. Caroline also spent 14 years as a British diplomat where her career covered Iran, Slovakia, and the European Union, as well as the UN Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council. She is a graduate of Oxford University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

John Coyne
Unilever

John Coyne

Vice President and General Counsel

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John Coyne is both personally and professionally committed to ensuring the future health of our planet for both his children and all future generations. As such he is a tireless advocate for urgent action to address climate change and the current plastic pollution crisis. Recognized as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders as a Clean 50 honouree in 2013 and a Clean 16 honouree in 2018, John is an active participant in government, business and citizen forums advancing solutions to Canada’s sustainability challenges.

With dual roles as both Vice President, Legal and External Affairs at Unilever Canada and Executive Chair of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA), John is a key contributor to the advancement of Canada’s Circular Economy where waste is designed out of the system, efficient material recovery systems are implemented and Greenhouse Gases are reduced. John is one of the driving forces behind the recently launched Circular Economy Leadership Coalition (CELC) bringing a diverse range of stakeholders together in order to accelerate Canada’s transition to a circular economy.  John was also recently appointed by the Federal Minister of Environment to the Plastics Advisory Group.

John serves on a number of boards including Stewardship Ontario, Partners in Project Green, Evergreen and the Look Good Feel Better Foundation. John was recognized by his peers in the legal profession with the 2018 Canadian General Counsel Award for Environmental and Governance Leadership.

Canada is poised to take a leadership role in advancing economic and environmental prosperity and John will be a key contributor to the creation of that sustainable future.

Ben Meaker
Nice and Serious

Ben Meaker

Co-Founder

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After getting fully fed up with how uncreatively environmental and social issues were being communicated, Ben co-founded Nice and Serious in 2008 (in his eyes, he's the Nicer half in case you were wondering). And if you measure success in scenes shot during torrential rain or toy factory farm sets built, it’s gone smashingly! Those aside, he’s overseen the making of hundreds of films, animations, websites, social media campaigns, and branding projects all built around a simple idea: good causes need brilliant creative.

Ravi Mikkelsen
ClimateLink

Ravi Mikkelsen

CEO

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Mindy Lubber
Ceres

Mindy Lubber

CEO and President

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Mindy S. Lubber is the CEO and President and an early board member of Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Under her leadership, Ceres has launched visionary and practical guides, including The Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing and The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, for investors and companies to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

Mindy leads negotiating teams of institutional investors, Fortune 500 CEOs and sustainability advocates who have taken far-reaching positions on corporate practices to tackle climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses. She briefs powerful corporate boards and directors on how climate change affects shareholder value, and regularly speaks about sustainability issues to high-level leaders at the New York Stock Exchange, United Nations, World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, American Accounting Association and the American Bar Association.

Mindy is a recognized thought leader and has received numerous awards for her leadership in helping to build a sustainable future. In 2016, she received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, and the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from American University’s Center for Environmental Policy. She was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the World’s Top Leaders of Change, and is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Change. Vogue Magazine recently named her a Climate Warrior for her contributions in mobilizing business support for the historic Paris Climate Agreement, and Directorship Magazine named her one of The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance.

Mindy is often featured in top media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Financial Times, and has appeared on CNBC.com, National Public Radio, and other broadcasting outlets. She regularly pens blogs for Forbes, Huffington Post, and other popular news sites. In 2014, Mindy presented at TEDx Lake Geneva in Switzerland, highlighting the role of the private sector in solving climate change.

Prior to Ceres, Mindy held various leadership positions in government, financial services and the nonprofit sector. Mindy joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1995 as a Deputy Regional Administrator and was named Regional Administrator under President Bill Clinton in 2000. As Regional Administrator, she was responsible for the administration and management of the EPA’s New England Regional Office and its then $450 million annual budget. She organized aggressive cleanups of hazardous waste sites with a goal of redevelopment, job creation and urban revitalization, ensuring the protection of drinking water supplies and children’s health.

Mindy was also the Founder, CEO and President of Green Century Capital Management, a family of environmentally responsible mutual funds. She also served as Director of the Mass Public Interest Research Group.

Mindy holds a master’s in business administration from SUNY Buffalo and earned a law degree from Suffolk University. She resides in Brookline, Mass., with her husband and has two grown children

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Amanda Cimaglia
Hannon Armstrong

Amanda Cimaglia

Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations & ESG Reporting

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Amanda joined Annapolis-based Hannon Armstrong (NYSE: HASI), a capital provider focused on markets that address climate change, including energy efficiency, renewable energy and resiliency, in 2012 and currently serves as Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations & ESG Reporting. She is responsible for the development and execution of the company's investor relations strategy, with special focus on Hannon Armstrong's sustainability communications and ESG-related strategies, policies and communications.  Amanda holds a bachelor of business administration, cum laude, from Loyola University Maryland and a master of science in investor relations from Fordham University. Currently, Amanda is on the volunteer development and fundraising committee for Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, a non-profit organization, where she most recently led the fundraising efforts for its Power Up! Campaign to upgrade the building’s power supply and improve energy efficiency and equipment reliability. Amanda was a 2018 finalist for IR Magazine’s Rising Star of Investor Relations award and is a finalist for IR Magazine’s 2019 Best Small Cap Investor Relations and Best ESG Reporting award.

Chris Morrison
Transparency-One

Chris Morrison

CEO

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Chris Morrison is the Chief Executive Offer of Transparency-One. Transparency-One’s mission is to partner with the network of companies supporting the world’s consumer product supply chain to create a healthier, safer, and more sustainable world for consumers. Chris has an extensive background in transformative technologies for the retail and consumer products industry across the areas of big data analytics, supply chain management, and product lifecycle management. He has held executive roles at Oracle, Trace One, and Bamboo Rose. He holds an MBA and Masters of Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Bruno Bastit
S&P Global Ratings

Bruno Bastit

Senior Governance & Sustainable Finance Specialist

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Bruno is a senior corporate governance and sustainable finance specialist at S&P Global Ratings, based in New York City. He was the founder and MD of Quetzal Strategy, a global consultancy advising emerging markets companies on ESG risks, and investors on sustainable investing strategies. Prior to this, he was a director at Morrow Sodali where he advised Boards and C-suites on corporate governance and worked as a senior sustainable investing analyst at Hermes Investment Management in London, as well as in ESG research with Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. He currently serves as an ESG advisor to the Emerging Markets Investors Alliance and sits on the Global Reporting Initiative’s independent appointments committee. He graduated from Durham University, has a Masters in International Political Economy from Warwick University, holds a Certificate in Investor Relations from the UK IR Society and is a fellow of LEAD International, an NGO dedicated to building leadership capacity for sustainable development.

Stephanie Slingerland
Kellogg

Stephanie Slingerland

Director of Philanthropy and Social Impact

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As Director, Philanthropy and Social Impact, Stephanie is responsible for leading and implementing Kellogg’s global food security cause platform, Breakfasts for Better Days. She also leads the planning and execution of the companywide U.S. United Way campaign, and related employee engagement activities. Stephanie serves as Executive Director for the Kellogg Company Fund and the Kellogg Employees’ 25 Year-Fund, private foundation established by Mr. Kellogg in 1944 with support from Kellogg Company to assist 25-year employees experiencing financial hardship.

Stephanie joined Kellogg in 2006 as part of the company’s Corporate Communications team, and progressed through a variety of communications roles with increasing responsibility until joining the Philanthropy team in 2016. Her previous roles included leading the development and execution of global corporate reputation communications strategies to advance and promote Kellogg Company’s reputation with key stakeholders. Before joining Kellogg, Stephanie worked as a technical writer and freelance journalist.

 Stephanie is a Lee Honors College graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Western Michigan University (WMU) and received a Master’s Degree in Communication from WMU as well.

She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board for the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo region and as Co-Chair on the External Advisory Board for the School of Communication at WMU. She is also on the WMU Alumni Association Board of Directors and leadership team for the Women of Kellogg employee resource group.

Kelly Hampton
Flex

Kelly Hampton

Vice President, Global Marketing and Sustainability

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Amy Davidsen
The Climate Group

Amy Davidsen

Executive Director

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Amy Davidsen leads the delivery of The Climate Group’s work and impact in North America to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future. She works with leaders in business and state and regional governments on collaborative programs to deliver impact on a global scale through actions taken today, such as the RE100, EP100 and EV100 campaigns and the Under2 Coalition. In addition, she oversees The Climate Group’s flagship annual summit, Climate Week NYC, held each September during the week of the UN General Assembly, to highlight climate action and solutions by businesses and subnational governments.

She has over 20 years of banking experience and was the founder and first Director of the Office of Environmental Affairs at JPMorganChase, responsible for creating and implementing the firm's global environmental and social risk management policies. In addition, she held various positions at JPMorganChase advising clients from banks to high net worth individuals. Earlier in her career she was the Finance Manager of Women's World Banking, an international microfinance not-for-profit dedicated to providing poor women access to credit. In 1997, she took a leave of absence to work in Bosnia on a USAID job-creation loan program.

Amy speaks frequently on the opportunities for a more prosperous and low-carbon world and spoke at TEDx in Michigan. Ms. Davidsen holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Brown University and lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Keith Christman
American Chemistry Council

Keith Christman

Managing Director, Plastics Markets

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Keith Christman is Managing Director of Plastic Markets at the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division where he oversees the council’s Marine Debris, Packaging, Building and Construction, Automotive, and other market team advocacy. He also served as Chairman of the industry’s Global Action Team leading the implementation of the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter for over 7 years. As part of the Declaration, over 350 projects addressing marine litter have been implemented since 2011 by over 75 plastic associations in more than 35 countries.

Keith joined ACC in 1991 after earning a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Delaware.

Jaren B. Dunning
PepsiCo

Jaren B. Dunning

Legal Director, Human Rights

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Swami Venkataraman
Moody’s

Swami Venkataraman

Senior Vice President Environmental, Social and Governance

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Swami Venkataraman is a Senior Vice President in Moody’s Environmental, Social and Governance group. He also leads Moody’s global renewable energy task force, is a member of the Infrastructure Finance Franchise Committee, is a ratings chair for the North American utilities and infrastructure team and moderates Moody’s green bond assessment meetings. He coordinates Moody’s ongoing development ESG assessment products for various risks such as carbon transition and physical risks, social risks and governance risks. He is also leading the effort to integrate ESG considerations into Moody’s credit opinions and published research. Swami is a leading spokesperson for Moody’s at conferences, media engagements and investor roundtables related to renewable energy/clean-tech, ESG and sustainable finance. Swami was earlier a lead analyst in the North American utilities and infrastructure team with 20 years of experience in the sector. Prior to joining Moody’s, Swami was a Director of Project & Export Finance at Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai, India, responsible for business development and execution of project and export credit financings in Asia covering power, renewable energy, and other infrastructure sectors. One of his solar PV projects won the “PFI Asia-Pacific Renewables deal of the year” award in 2013.

Over the last 15 years, Swami has developed broad expertise in energy, especially clean energy, across geographies and sectors. He has worked in New York, San Francisco, London, Mumbai and Mexico City and his expertise in the clean energy space includes creating project finance methodologies for the first solar PV projects financed in the US capital markets, evaluating commercially unproven technologies for the US Department of Energy loan guarantee program, developing specialized financial products for the carbon markets and green bond assessments.

Swami is a CFA charterholder, with a B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras and an M.B.A. in finance and information systems from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta.

Robert Fernandez
Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Robert Fernandez

Director of ESG Research

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Jeff West
IBM

Jeff West

Corporate Responsibility Leader

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Guillaume L. Mascotto
American Century Investments

Guillaume L. Mascotto

V.P., Head of ESG & Investment Stewardship

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Guillaume is vice president, head of ESG and Investment Stewardship for American Century Investments, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. He is based in the company’s New York office.

Guillaume leads the firm’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment research and stewardship effort. Using a proprietary analytical framework, his team integrates financially-material ESG factors into a team’s investment process and conducts ESG research to augment the financially-driven research created by the firm’s investment teams. Guillaume also manages the incorporation of ESG matters in the firm’s proxy voting process and drives the development of new ESG-oriented products.

Prior to joining American Century Investments in 2017, Guillaume was a vice president, ESG credit research at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), where he was responsible for analyzing and integrating ESG risk factors into PIMCO’s credit research process. Before joining PIMCO, he was a senior ESG analyst at MSCI. In this role, he conducted impact investment research and risk analysis on global utilities, midstream oil and gas and electrical equipment companies.

Guillaume earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Quebec in Montreal. He also holds a master's degree in international business and economics from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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Sandra Seru
Forum for the Future

Sandra Seru

Director

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Sandra Seru directs Forum for the Future’s New-York based office, which partners with organizations across North and South America to drive systematic change across value chains. Key initiatives include Cotton 2040, which aims to unlock barriers to sustainable cotton by increasing demand, transparency, circularity and farmer capacity; the Protein Challenge, which is designing interventions that help to secure a sustainable supply of protein to the world’s growing population; and Net Positive which, in partnership with BSR and SHINE, is driving a movement of companies that contribute more to society, the environment and the global economy than what they take out.

Sandra came to Forum from The B Team, a sustainability advocacy organization directed by private and public sector leaders such as Sir Richard Branson, Dr Gro Brundtland, Paul Polman and Mary Robinson. There she led strategy and operations to help The B Team grow its movement of business leaders driving a better way of doing business. Prior to The B Team, Sandra directed sustainability strategy and reporting at Diageo plc, a FTSE 100 beverage company operating in 180 markets. Having spent time in Diageo’s corporate strategy and M&A team, she focused her work on aligning commercial and sustainability goals across the company’s value chain – launching Diageo’s first global Sustainability & Responsibility strategy. Previously, Sandra spent five years at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), where she advised companies across the Americas on how to maximize and measure impact to local sustainable development.

Jane Thostrup Jagd
Center for ESG Research

Jane Thostrup Jagd

Lead Research

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Dr. Jane Thostrup Jagd is a Lead Researcher for Center for ESG Research, a Danish think tank, which works to ensure better non-financial information to investors and better ways for the investors to work with the non-financial data. The Center for ESG Research collaborates both nationally and internationally with a number of key actors, e.g.; World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), FSR - Danish Auditors, the CFA Association, Nasdaq Nordic, and not the least the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), where Jane has been a member of the Technical Working Group since 2013. The Center for ESG Research has in co-work with CDSB just released a short guide on how to make TCFD scenario analyses and make the disclosure of these investor useful.

Kevin Eckerle
NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Kevin Eckerle

Director of Corporate Research & Engagement

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Kevin is a Senior Research Scholar and the Director of Corporate Research and Engagement at the Center for Sustainable Business, New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business, where he uses his more than 13 years’ experience working with private and public organizations to develop and implement transformational strategies that leverage sustainability as a driver of value creation. Prior to NYU, Kevin was a sustainability strategist with Accenture Strategy and Esty Environmental Partners (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), working with corporate, government and non-profit clients to embed sustainability. Prior to his consulting career, Kevin served in the U.S. Senate as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where he oversaw several of the nation’s largest scientific agencies, including NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation. He began his career as a biologist, studying the unending variety of ornaments, dances and songs that birds use to dazzle their mates.
Kevin is a frequent speaker on sustainability and the circular economy, and is the author or co-author of 10+ publications on the circular economy, engaging consumers to promote sustainable decision-making and grow business value, the economics of coal-generated electricity, the impacts of climate change on global biodiversity, and the ecology of birds.
He earned his Ph.D. from Illinois State University and MBA from The George Washington University School of Business.

Brent Wilton
Coca Cola

Brent Wilton

Director of Global Workplace Rights

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Having trained as a labor lawyer in New Zealand, Brent has spent the last 28 years representing companies and their representative organizations across a range of labor and human rights issues in countries around the world.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola as director of Global Workplace Rights in April of 2015, for the last 15 years, Brent has been based in Switzerland with the International Organization of Employers (IOE) representing the interests of business in 150 countries on global labor and social policy matters across the UN and wider multilateral system, particularly within the International Labor Organization. As a result, Brent has directly engaged with Global Union Federations, NGOs, Governments, other stakeholders and opinion makers in the negotiation and resolution of issues.

In particular, Brent was engaged from the outset in the stakeholder discussions that led to the creation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, working closely with Professor John Ruggie and his team, and more recently with the UN Human Rights Working Group on their follow up to the implementation of the Principles. Brent also served on the Board of the UN Global Compact in his last role as IOE Secretary General and was co-chair of their multi-stakeholder Labor and Human Rights Working Group

Jason Pelz
Tetra Pak

Jason Pelz

Circular Economy Director

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Susan McPherson
McPherson Strategies

Susan McPherson

Founder and CEO

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Susan McPherson is a serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social impact, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises. She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Forbes and has 25+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Inspirefest/Dublin, Center for Corporate Citizenship's Annual Summit, DLD, TOA Berlin, and Techonomy. Susan founded and hosts the bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter and is a regular guest on a variety of podcasts.

Tom Szaky
TerraCycle

Tom Szaky

CEO

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Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering new waste management processes to create circular solutions for hundreds of waste streams such as cigarette butts, laboratory waste, used coffee capsules, dirty diapers, used chewing gum, old plastic gloves and even flexible food packaging that otherwise have no path to be recycled. As one example, TerraCycle developed and operates the largest supply chain for ocean plastic in the world, partnering with companies like Procter & Gamble to integrate this material into their product packages.

Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tom is the author of three books, Revolution in a Bottle (2009, Portfolio), Outsmart Waste (2014, Berrett-Koehler) and Make Garbage Great (2015, HarperCollins). A fourth, The Future of Packaging is expected in February 2019. Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes. He also writes for news outlets such as Treehugger and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lori Michelin
World Environment Center

Lori Michelin

President and CEO

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Lori Michelin has serves as President & CEO of the World Environment Center (WEC) and the Managing Director of WEC Europe. Ms. Michelin oversees WEC’s world recognized programs and strategic mission to advance sustainable development and corporate sustainability in partnership with governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders. Ms. Michelin joined WEC from the Colgate-Palmolive Company, where she led their global sustainability initiatives as the Vice-President of Sustainability and Environmental, Health, and Safety.

Ms. Lori Michelin is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Anthesis Group, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the EcoHealth Alliance, a member of the Pennsylvania State University Smeal Business School Sustainability Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Closed Loop Fund Advisory Corporate Consultative Advisory Board, the Consumer Goods Forum Sustainability Steering Team, The Sustainability Consortium, Sustainability 50, and the Conference Board EHS Leaders Group Board, the World Resources Institute Corporate Consultative Group.

Lori received her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Villanova University and holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Stephanie Kersten-Johnston
Circular Economy Club

Stephanie Kersten-Johnston

CEC New York Organiser

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Steph is originally from the UK, and before moving to the US, she forged a 10-year career in the corporate world in London, working with a number of global organizations on their sustainability strategies and communications processes. Since moving to the US in 2015, Steph has been focusing her efforts more specifically on the topic of Circular Economy and interpreting complex sustainability challenges through this lens in particular.

Until recently, Steph was Director of Sustainable Business at HEINEKEN USA, where she supported the company’s implementation of the global “Brewing a Better World” framework for the brewer’s US operations. In March 2019, she joined the team at The Recycling Partnership as Director of Innovation.

Steph is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York, where she teaches a graduate class focused on Circular Economy, and she is also the New York organizer for “The Circular Economy Club” (CEC) – the global, non-profit network of circular economy professionals and organizations.

Tim Fleming
AT&T

Tim Fleming

Director of Enterprise Sustainability

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Tim Fleming is the Director of Enterprise Sustainability at AT&T. He is passionate about identifying ways that technology can drive social and environmental outcomes that are quantifiable and have impact at scale.  He works with business, government and other stakeholders to determine how we can use Industry 4.0 technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities to optimize resource use, improve environmental performance and demonstrate measurable shared value for customers, citizens and society. Tim is committed to the idea that technology will be key to the realization of a global low carbon economy and achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Tim is currently on the board of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and in his 20 years at AT&T has held a wide range of positions, including roles in the CSR, External Affairs, Corporate Real Estate, and IT organizations.

Dan Strechay
RSPO

Dan Strechay

Interim Director of Outreach & Engagement and U.S. Representative

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Dan Strechay is the Interim Director of Outreach & Engagement and U.S. Representative for the RSPO. Based in New York, he is responsible for stakeholder engagement and communications activities to members and stakeholders globally and in North America. Dan leads a global team that is working make the right choice of consumers easy, by making sustainable palm oil the norm.

Prior to joining the RSPO, Dan was the Senior Manager, Sustainability Communications for PepsiCo, located at the Purchase, NY headquarters where he worked on the implementation and communication of their “Performance with Purpose” vision, as well as providing support for the Office of Sustainability, Procurement, Public Policy and Government Affairs teams on sustainability issues and policies. Previously, Dan was a member of the Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement Team in the Americas for Asia Pulp & Paper, supporting the launch of company’s zero deforestation policy, and the Group Director of Communications of Sims Metal Management, the world’s largest publicly traded metal and electronics recycling company.

Paula Luff
Inherent Group

Paula Luff

Director of Sustainability & Impact

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Kathryn Seck
The Nature Conservancy

Kathryn Seck

Associate Director of Marketing Partnerships

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Kathryn brings 19 years of experience in storytelling, issue advocacy and impact partnerships that make the world a better place. Kathryn’s comprehensive background – from a Baltimore TV newsroom to Capitol Hill to the private sector – enables her to connect the dots and bring value to collaborators. Currently, Kathryn creates cause marketing partnerships that drive win-win results for both The Nature Conservancy and leading companies that want to protect the planet while also inspiring and engaging their customers. Whole Foods Market, Backcountry, Odwalla and Bonefish Grill are a few examples of partnerships she leads at the Conservancy.

Jennifer Costley
The New York Academy of Sciences

Jennifer Costley

Director, Physical Sciences, Sustainability & Engineering

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With more than 20 years experience in the technology sector, Dr. Jennifer Costley oversees the Academy’s portfolio of sustainability and hard sciences initiatives. She works closely with the Academy’s partner organizations (corporations, foundations, government agencies and individual stakeholders) to develop conferences, symposia, workshops and other sponsor-driven programs. 

Prior to joining the Academy, Dr. Costley provided technology leadership to such leading firms as Credit Suisse, DoubleClick, and Bell Labs, and was also a principal of her own consultancy where she conducted research on major technology trends and advised corporations on technology strategy and governance.

In addition to her work at the Academy, Dr. Costley chairs several international working groups to develop environmental standards for computer servers and other electronic devices. She is treasurer and member of the Executive Committee of the Waterfront Alliance of New York, and a frequent speaker and panel moderator on such disparate topics as artificial intelligence in finance and sustainable fashion. 

Dr. Costley is the author of several articles in Computer, Wall Street & Technology, and The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Columbia University, an Advanced Certificate in Finance from New York University, and a Certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Rachael Sherman
McDonalds

Rachael Sherman

Director of Global Sustainability

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Rachael Sherman is a Director of Global Sustainability on McDonald’s Corporate Supply Chain and Sustainability team. She leads McDonald’s work to ensure that no deforestation occurs in the global beef, soy, palm oil, coffee and fiber supply chains by 2020. Rachael also leads sustainability engagement with McDonald’s 89 franchised markets around the world. She co-led the development and approval of McDonald’s Science Based Target on Climate Action in 2018.

Katie Anderson
EDF

Katie Anderson

Manager, Supply Chain

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Katie Anderson is a manager at EDF+Business, which for 25 years has been bringing innovative solutions to high-impact companies – including McDonald’s, Smithfield Foods and Walmart. Katie leads EDF+Business’ work to eliminate deforestation from global supply chains. To combat deforestation, Katie advocates for the “jurisdictional approach,” where companies work in concert with local government and other stakeholders across sourcing regions to promote sustainable development. Her recent accomplishments include advising Walmart on its new jurisdictional approach commitment and helping to launch the Corporate Action Group in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Katie developed a passion for sustainable agriculture after spending a summer in India in college, where she learned firsthand about the opportunities to create strong agricultural economies and thriving forests. Prior to her current role on EDF+Business, she led EDF’s work to engage agricultural retailers as champions for sustainability, including supporting its partnership with United Suppliers. Throughout her career, she has created win-win solutions for businesses and the planet by helping companies reduce deforestation, improve water quality and decrease greenhouse gas emissions from food production internationally and domestically.

Katie has both a master’s in environmental management and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. She lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Abigail, who already has a healthy love for food!

Mark Tulay
CECP

Mark Tulay

Director, Strategic Investor Initiative

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Sophie Rifkin
NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Sophie Rifkin

Senior Associate Director

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Jim Alvey
Good360

Jim Alvey

Good360 Director of Partnerships, Disaster Recovery

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As Good360 Director of Partnerships, Disaster Recovery, Jim’s goal is to cultivate relationships that expand the Good360 corporate donor network, increase nonprofit sector collaboration and connect government and association entities. His primary focus is product and funding partnerships that support long term Disaster Recovery efforts. Good360 partners with Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability departments along with their Reverse Logistics and Supply Chain teams. They also work with foundations to amplify the impact of our disaster recovery mission. Good360 makes it easy for companies to donate the “right goods to the right people at the right time” to 75,000+ non-profits in their vetted network.

Jim graduated from the University of Maryland and worked in media and publication prior to Good360, including Nielsen Media Research, Tribune Media and Post-Newsweek Broadcasting.

Mark Broadhurst
Chobani

Mark Broadhurst

Senior Director, Public Affairs

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Mark Broadhurst has been toiling in public affairs and policy for all of his more than 25 years in government, politics, media and business. For nearly half of his career, he has honed his skills and expertise in the consumer product and food industries.

Now based in SoHo in Lower Manhattan and currently leading a team of public affairs professionals at founder led Chobani, the maker of America's No. 1–selling Greek Yogurt brand and the second largest yogurt manufacturer in the U.S., Mark is crafting public affairs strategies that help drive Chobani’s belief in serving as a catalyst for positive change – change to improve public health and policy, the environmental, economic and social wellness of Chobani’s supply chain and the communities where it thrives, and finally, importantly, change in the food industry which leads to better outcomes, better options and better food for more people.

Founded on the belief that people have great taste—they just need great options, Chobani is becoming increasingly engaged in dairy and other agricultural policymaking, including standards of identity, child nutrition, opening new markets for yogurt, and immigration reform, to name a few. Driven by its values, Chobani is expanding its reputation as a food focused wellness company, building on its strong foundation of providing better, accessible food to more people all the while generously giving back to the communities Chobani calls home and the constituencies with whom Chobani partners to make a difference. As a member of the Chobani Demand team, Mark counsels and collaborates with Chobani business functions, and leads strategic public policy engagement, local, state and federal government relations, industry and trade matters, community relations, supply chain engagement, philanthropy and social impact.

Mark had a sweet run prior to Chobani where for more than a decade he served as a member of the global corporate affairs team at Mars, building a successful state government program and leading on issues in health and nutrition, sustainability, taxation, animal welfare and business development.

A Dickinson College philosophy major, Mark began his career in presidential politics, worked in the Pacific for a territorial governor and on the Hill for a Member of Congress. The father of five, Mark left public service for the corporate world at his wife’s urging shortly before their fourth child was born. He and his wife, though sometimes weary, are active in their community of Long Valley, NJ.

Hugh Jones
Carbon Trust

Hugh Jones

Managing Director of Business Services

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Hugh is an experienced commercial director whose team provides expert advice to businesses around the world on key issues related to climate change, including work on sustainability strategy, resource efficiency, supply chain risk and technology implementation. He has led projects in UK, mainland Europe, Africa and Asia, and has overseen the development of successful propositions across numerous sectors and disciplines, helping to shape the Carbon Trust's work in value chain sustainability, low carbon assurance and science-based targets for businesses.

Previously as Director of Solutions at the Carbon Trust, his department enabled private and public sector customers to save the equivalent of 15 million tonnes of carbon emissions and £1.5 billion between 2008 and 2011.

Hugh has an MA in modern and medieval languages from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Environmental Technologies from Imperial College London. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust in 2005, Hugh had 15 years of business experience at IBM and PwC Consulting.

Chris Walker
WBCSD

Chris Walker

Former Director

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Jon Hixson
Yum! Brands

Jon Hixson

Vice President for Global Government Affairs and Sustainability

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Jon Hixson is a Vice President, at Yum! Brands. Prior to assuming this role, he was an executive with Cargill for 12 years. Jon served in various roles in government relations, sustainability and communications including assignments living in Asia Pacific, and leading Corporate Affairs in Latin America and Cargill’s government relations team for North America.

Jon began his career on Capitol Hill in 1994. He spent nine years working for Congressional Members in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, including Senator Nancy Kassebaum, Senator Pat Roberts, and was Chief of Staff for Congressman Jerry Moran. Mr. Hixson began his professional career with ConAgra Flour Milling in Denver, Colorado and continues to maintain an active interest with his family farm in Kansas.

Jon has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Abby Davidson
Corporate Citizenship

Abby Davidson

North America director

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Specialisms:
I work with business leaders to integrate core business strategy with sustainable and just practices – helping to build business models of the future, while delivering wins today. I have worked with clients from functional leads to C-level executives to develop and embed global strategies at the intersection of purpose, performance, and sustainability. I have also built cross-sector partnerships across business, government and NGOs.

Background:
I bring 15+ years advising Fortune 500 companies, public and social sector clients to develop and implement strategies, organizational change initiatives, and complex partnerships that deliver bottom line value and social impact at scale. I designed, built and led CARE Consulting – the advisory services arm of CARE – from an idea to a rapidly growing global practice serving Fortune 500 companies and public sector clients across four service lines. I have worked in or with marginalized communities in 22 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. I have worked at CARE, the Ethics Resource Center, and in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. 
I am a radical optimist – driven by the belief that we can and will build a more just society.

Client and Project Experience:
I have worked with companies including: AB InBev, McCormick & Company, PepsiCo, Mars, Kellogg Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co, and Procter & Gamble. Multilateral and bilateral clients include the World Bank and regional development banks. Social sector clients include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RTI International, and The Nature Conservancy. And I have helped broker multi-sector alliances with USAID, business, academia, foundations and NGOs. 

Person I most admire:
Those who push the boundaries of what is possible to chart a course toward a more just world.

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Melissa Goodall
Yale University

Melissa Goodall

Associate Director

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Melissa Goodall is the Associate Director of the Yale University of Office of Sustainability, where her main focus is developing and implementing sustainability action plans for Yale’s Professional Schools and other high-impact departments. She is also responsible for strategic projects and outreach to support Yale’s sustainability academic leadership, including a set of initiatives to highlight the role universities can play in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to joining the Yale Sustainability team Melissa spent five years running the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, where she managed projects related to global environmental governance, data-driven decision-making, environmental attitudes and behavior, and greening business. Before Yale, Melissa was as an international environmental policy project manager, primarily working for the United Nations Development Programme on projects focused on climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation in developing countries.

Melissa is on the Board is and is the co-chair of the Advisory Council of the International Sustainable Campus Network, and is on the Steering Committee of the International Alliance of Research Universities Sustainability Campus Initiative. She is also an External Advisor for Strategic Planning to the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston.

Alain Turenne
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Alain Turenne

Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility

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Abhishek Humbad
Goodera

Abhishek Humbad

Founder and Co-CEO

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Abhishek is the Founder and Co-CEO of Goodera, India's largest employee volunteering and CSR management company. Under his leadership, Goodera became the first VC-funded company in the CSR and sustainability space. Today, 300,000+ employees use Goodera’s volunteering platform and over 200 corporates use Goodera CSR platform to manage projects worth INR 1500 crore annually across 50 countries. Abhishek is an engineering graduate from BITS-Pilani and completed his MBA from IIM-Bangalore. He was also a part of Forbes 30 under 30.

Shane Thompson
Battery Solutions

Shane Thompson

Vice President, Corporate Development

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Battery Solutions is the nationwide leader in battery collecting, sorting, and recycling. Our belief in the circular economy inspires us to improve safety and reclamation processes for the entire industry. Since 1992, thousands of corporations, municipalities, and government agencies have trusted Battery Solutions to design recycling programs of all sizes for all battery chemistries. With complete process transparency and regulatory compliance governed by our R2:2013/RIOS™ certification, we guide each end-of-life battery to its best environmental and economic outcome.

Liam Dowd
Ethical Corporation

Liam Dowd

Managing Director

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Terry Slavin
Ethical Corporation

Terry Slavin

Editor

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Jamie Barsimantov
SupplyShift

Jamie Barsimantov

Co-Founder & COO

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Received his doctorate in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz with a focus on environmental economics and resource management. Jamie has extensive consulting and academic experience in sustainability, climate action strategy, responsible supply chains and is frequent speaker in academic and corporate venues.

Before co-founding SupplyShift, Jamie co-founded EcoShift Consulting, taught environmental economics and sustainable design at UC Santa Cruz, conducted nation-wide research at the Urban Institute, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. Jamie is the driving force behind connecting SupplyShift with its customers and partners, and ensuring successful outcomes and continuous improvement in supply chain operations.

Trisha Bauman
TJBauman

Trisha Bauman

CEO & Founder

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Trisha Bauman is CEO and founder of TJBauman, a New York City-based strategic communications consultancy enabling business and NGO leaders to drive positive change in social and environmental impact. She also serves as the Founding Co-Chair of the NYC chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the largest global professional association for leaders across the sustainability sector. Through TJBauman, she has enabled C-suite executives, social entrepreneurs, and global innovators to leverage powerful, data-driven storytelling on platforms such as the TED conferences, the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship, the Fidelity Investments Quant Summit, the Harvard Business School Summit on Gender and Work, and the Women In The World Summit. Trisha has served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of New York, as an Executive Mentor for Springboard Enterprises, and is a regular speaker on impact communications at Fortune 100 companies, universities, and international conferences. She has degrees from Bowdoin College (BA, magna cum laude) and Columbia University (MS).

Hanna Värttö
South Pole

Hanna Värttö

Head of Investments and Climate Change

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Hanna is a sustainable finance and responsible investment specialist with over eleven years of experience in climate change, sustainability, financial sector advisory and public administration. She is an expert in addressing climate change and sustainability-related challenges, analysing investments' climate impact and risk exposure, and fostering sustainable investment and development through innovative data solutions and strategic advisory.

She works at South Pole as Head of Investments and Climate Change assisting the financial sector in measuring investments' impact and exposure to climate risks. She leads consultancy mandates on topics such as investment climate risk analysis, portfolio climate impact assessment, TCFD preparedness and alignment, and investment portfolio's alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Her previous experience covers areas such as ESG risk analysis, responsible investment engagement, sustainability strategy and business development, sustainable infrastructure, development finance, sustainability reporting and climate-related disclosure.

Brandi Parker
Pearlfisher New York

Brandi Parker

Head of Realisation

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Brandi has been solving brand challenges and bringing concepts to life using technical realization for over 15 years. With a thorough understanding of printing across a range of print types and presses, and knowledge of a range of materials, substrates and finishes, she advises Pearlfisher's designers and clients on the way to producible ideas. Brandi’s passion for the design industry extends to nurturing new talent and she’s currently sharing the importance of Realization as an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. As the Head of Realization at Pearlfisher New York, Brandi offers innovation grounded in practicality. She challenges designers, clients and her students to think about the end game at the start, and encourages partners not to solve problems based on ease, but aesthetic impact. Brandi brings the noise, the charisma and she's funny as hell.

Silvana Centty
Carbon Trust

Silvana Centty

Senior Manager of Business Services

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Silvana leads the strategic and commercial development of the Carbon Trust’s international footprinting business. She works with corporates to help them access the benefits from taking action on value chain sustainability, as well as recognising their environmental achievements through assurance services and eco-labelling to better communicate their commitments on climate change.

Silvana works with a range of major corporate clients, including Danone, Samsung, PepsiCo, Tetra Pak, Telefónica and Concha y Toro. She is also responsible for corporate strategic and business development activities in Latin America.

Silvana holds an MBA from Birmingham University, a Diploma in Climate Change from Imperial College London, and a BSc in Communications from Universidad de Lima in Peru. Silvana is fluent in both Spanish and English.

John R. Truzzolino
Donnelley Financial Solutions

John R. Truzzolino

Director Business Solutions

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John Truzzolino is the Director of Business Solutions for DFIN. John has more than two decades of experience following global compliance and governance changes, analyzing their impact on financial reporting requirements and developing solutions to meet the changing regulatory environment. John has deep industry experience advocating for policy reforms that transform government information into open, standardized data, while developing and delivering innovative technologies to ingest, analyze and automate the compliance reporting lifecycle.

As Director of Business Solutions, John is responsible for coordinating research and development, in support of the evolution from document based data collection, to embracing the use of global data standards. John is driving innovation by delivering compliance solutions which are designed to deliver complete, consistent, accurate and correct data to inform investors and drive global markets.

John closely follows and participates in the following organizations; The Data Coalition and Data Foundation; XBRL-US Data Quality Committee; Canadian Governance Professionals; Canadian Investor Relations Institute; National Investor Relations Institute; Society of Corporate Governance Professionals; FASB; SASB and XBRL International.

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Paul Lalli
General Electric Company

Paul Lalli

Global Counsel – Labor & Human Rights

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Paul serves as Global Counsel – Labor & Human Rights for General Electric Company, working in Norwalk, Connecticut. He has been with GE since 2002. In the human rights field, Paul manages GE’s global human rights program, including overseeing its Ethical Supply Chain initiative and driving awareness across GE’s businesses to human rights issues including forced labor. He represents GE in various human rights organizations including the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) and the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment (LGRR). In addition to human rights, Paul oversees compliance for the Company in the areas of labor relations, contingent workers, immigration, and labor-related matters in GE acquisitions and divestitures.

Paul received a B.S. Degree in Economics from Emory University in 1986 and a J.D Degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989. Prior to joining GE, Paul was a labor lawyer and partner with the law firm of Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta, Georgia from 1989 through 2002. He currently serves on the Boards of the Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (WESFACCA), the Council on Labor Law Equality (COLLE), and sits on the Labor Advisory Board of the HR Policy Association (HRPA). He also is Board President for the Connecticut-based non-profit Bridge House, which helps individuals with mental illness live and thrive.

Paul’s wife Sandy is an Associate General Counsel with Diageo, Inc. They have two children – Alexandra (12) and Charlie (10) – and live in Westport, CT.

Dave Stangis
Campbell’s Soup Company

Dave Stangis

Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer

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Guy Van Syckle
Hannon Armstrong

Guy Van Syckle

Senior Manager

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Simon Fischweicher
CDP

Simon Fischweicher

Manager, Corporate Engagement

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