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The Responsible Business Summit New York 2020 March 17-18, 2020 · New York, USA

An Unrivaled Speaker Line-up for 2020

Steve Rendle
VF Corporation

Steve Rendle

Chairman, President & CEO

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Steve Rendle is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at VF Corporation. He has more than 35 years of experience in the specialty outdoor and action sports industry, more than half of which have been with VF.

Steve was appointed CEO in January 2017 and then Chairman of VF’s Board of Directors in October 2017. Prior to being named CEO, he was President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all of VF's business coalitions worldwide: Outdoor and Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear and Sportswear. He also was responsible for VF's Global Supply Chain and Direct-to-Consumer platforms.

Prior to becoming President and COO, Steve was Senior Vice President, Americas, and was responsible for driving strategies to support VF's continued growth in its Americas-based businesses. Previously, Steve spent three years as Group President, Outdoor and Action Sports Americas, leading VF's Outdoor and Action Sports businesses in North and South America. He also served as President of VF's Outdoor Americas coalition, where he oversaw The North Face®, JanSport®, Eagle Creek® and lucy® brands, as well as business development for the coalition.

Steve began his VF career with The North Face in 1999 and shortly afterward was promoted to Vice President of Sales, where he worked to reshape the business' sales organization, product and marketing strategies, and go-to-market model. In 2004, Steve was appointed President of The North Face brand, a role he held for seven years. Under Steve’s leadership, the brand expanded globally and experienced considerable growth from $483 million in 2004 to $1.6 billion in 2011.

Before joining The North Face, Steve held leading sales management roles at Youngone Corporation and at W.L. Gore and Associates.

Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. He is a founding board member of the Outdoor Industry Association's Outdoor Foundation and has served in an advisory capacity to Bainbridge Graduate Institute where he provided insight into its creation of a Master of Business Administration program with a focused concentration on sustainability. In 2018, Steve was named CEO of the Year by Corporate Responsibility Magazinefor his progressive environmental, social and governance agenda.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Washington.

Gilbert Ghostine
Firmenich

Gilbert Ghostine

CEO

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Marilyn Ceci
JP Morgan

Marilyn Ceci

Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds

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Gerald Evans
Hanesbrands

Gerald Evans

CEO

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Gerald Evans was elected chief executive officer and appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016 after successfully guiding company operations in executive positions since the company’s spin off in 2006. He served as HanesBrands chief operating officer from 2013 until his election as CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2016. He was appointed a board director in June 2016.

Mr. Evans has directed the execution of the company’s Innovate-to-Elevate and acquisition strategies and has guided commercial and supply chain operations through significant growth to become the world’s largest everyday basic apparel company with approximately 70,000 employees. He has overseen omnichannel expansion and significant brand building for such iconic consumer favorites as Hanes and Champion; integration of more than a half-dozen commercial acquisitions; pioneering product and process innovation; and creation of a distinctive competitive advantage with a low-cost global supply chain balanced between the Western Hemisphere and Asia that produces the significant majority of the company’s products in company-owned manufacturing facilities.

Mr. Evans has led the rapid growth of the company’s international commercial operations, increasing the international contribution to overall net sales from approximately 10 percent to more than 30 percent, and he has driven significantly increased profitability in both the Innerwear and Activewear business segments.

Through the company’s acquisition strategy, Mr. Evans has led the expansion of the company’s portfolio of leading brands to include Alternative and Gear for Sports in the United States; Maidenform in the United States and Europe; Champion, DIM, Abanderado, Nur Die/Nur Der, Wonderbra and Lovable in Europe; and Bonds and Bras N Things in Australia. Today, the company holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share position for underwear, intimate apparel or hosiery in a dozen countries in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Evans has more than 30 years of experience in the apparel industry with a proven global track record in marketing, sales and general management positions spanning the HanesBrands organization and its predecessor companies. Prior to his promotion to chief operating officer, Mr. Evans was co-chief operating officer of Hanes from 2011 to 2013. He served as co-operating officer, president International, from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Evans joined Hanes in 1983 as a member of the L’eggs marketing organization.

Evans earned a B.S. degree in marketing and an MBA at the University of South Carolina.


Mary Jane Melendez
General Mills

Mary Jane Melendez

Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer; President, General Mills Foundation

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Saker Nusseibeh
Hermes Investment

Saker Nusseibeh

CEO

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Saker is CEO of Hermes, appointed November 2011, having joined in June 2009 as CIO. He is also a member of the Federated Investors Executive team. Prior to Hermes, Saker was Global Head of Equities at Fortis Investments, having previously been CIO Global Equities since 2005. Before this, he was CIO of Global Equities and Head of Marketing for SGAM UK. This followed SGAM’s acquisition of Trust Company of the West, where Saker was a Managing Director running global and international strategies, as well the London office. He started his career at Mercury Asset Management in 1987.

Saker is founder of the 300 Club and was an inaugural member of the CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council from 2013 until 2019. He is a member of the IIRC Council, the FCA-PRA Climate Financial Risk Forum, the United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative Steering Committee, the Banking Standards Board, the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, and the advisory Board of the National Youth Orchestra.

In 2018, Saker was named CEO of the Year at the Financial News Asset Management Europe Awards. He has a BA and PhD in Medieval History from King's College, University of London.

Saker was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s 2019 New Year's Honours list for services to Responsible Business and Finance.

Tom Palmer
Newmont

Tom Palmer

President and CEO

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Thomas (Tom) Palmer became President of Newmont Goldcorp in November 2018 and Chief Executive Officer in October 2019. Previously, he served as EVP and COO since May 2016. Mr. Palmer was elected SVP, Asia Pacific in February 2015 after serving as SVP, Indonesia since March 2014. Prior to joining Newmont Goldcorp, he was COO, Pilbara Mines at Rio Tinto Iron Ore. Over a 20- year career with Rio Tinto, he worked in a variety of roles, including GM, Technology for the Bauxite and Alumina business; GM, Operations at Hail Creek coal mine; and GM, Asset Management at Palabora Mining Company in South Africa. Mr. Palmer has extensive experience leading teams and delivering profitable production while implementing safety culture programs and improving diversity. He earned a Master of Engineering Science degree and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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.


Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senate

Sheldon Whitehouse

Senator

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U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is fighting to reduce carbon pollution, protect our air and water, and position America as a leader in the clean energy economy. As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) and Finance Committees, he plays a key role in crafting policies to address climate change and strengthen environmental protections. Every week, Sen. Whitehouse takes to the Senate floor to call on Congress to wake up to the threat of climate change – an enormous threat to homes and businesses in Rhode Island, the Ocean State. Whitehouse co-founded the Senate Climate Action Task Force to build support for action to address carbon pollution. He sits on Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. He has also introduced numerous pieces of climate legislation, including a bill to establish a fee on carbon, a market incentive to reduce emissions while generating substantial revenue to be returned to the American people.

Sen. Whitehouse leads bipartisan action in the Senate to protect our oceans. In 2011, Whitehouse worked across the aisle to form the Senate Oceans Caucus, to respond to the pressures of pollution and commercial activity on oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. Whitehouse created the National Coastal Resilience Fund to help communities in Rhode Island and across the country prepare for sea level rise and other effects of climate change. He authored the Save Our Seas Act, a bipartisan law to reauthorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine debris program and to strengthen America’s role in combatting global marine debris. Whitehouse’s second ambitious bill to clean up the oceans, the bipartisan Save Our Seas 2.0 Act – has passed the Senate.

In addition to EPW and Finance, he is a member of the Budget and Judiciary Committees.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Whitehouse served as Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney and state Attorney General before being elected to the United States Senate in 2006.

Hervé Duteil
BNP Paribas

Hervé Duteil

Chief Sustainability Officer, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Finance & CSR, 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.

Anna Pot
APG Asset Management

Anna Pot

Head of Responsible Investment Americas

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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.

Karoliina Loikkanen
Nokia

Karoliina Loikkanen

Head Of Sustainability

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Ray Cameron
BlackRock

Ray Cameron

Managing Director, Head of Investment Stewardship

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Rebecca Marmot
Unilever

Rebecca Marmot

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Rebecca is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever.
She is responsible for driving through advocacy and partnerships, transformational change on priority areas of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan: climate change and eliminating deforestation; sustainable agriculture & smallholder farmers; water, sanitation and hygiene; and opportunities for women.
Rebecca is a Non-Executive Director at WSUP – Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor.

Tom Kinisky
Saint-Gobain

Tom Kinisky

Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer;
Chairman, Saint-Gobain North America

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Thomas Kinisky is Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, and serves as Chairman of Saint-Gobain in North America. As a member of Saint-Gobain’s Executive Committee, Mr. Kinisky drives the strategy and application of Saint-Gobain’s global innovation efforts across a wide range of disciplines, including R&D and the company’s external ventures.

Globally, Saint-Gobain employs more than 179,000 people in 67 countries with annual sales of $49.4 billion in 2018. In North America, Saint-Gobain has approximately 160 locations and more than 15,500 employees across the U.S. and Canada with sales of approximately $6.5 billion in 2018.

Most recently, Mr. Kinisky served as President and CEO of Saint-Gobain North America, where he drove the company’s growth by investing in talent, focusing on customer-centricity and ensuring clarity of purpose.

Mr. Kinisky joined Norton Company (which was acquired by Saint-Gobain in 1990) in 1989. He spent over a decade working in research and development in various roles, including as Vice President of Technology and New Business Development for the company’s Abrasives Division. He was named President of Saint-Gobain Crystals in 2002. Mr. Kinisky was President of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics from 2008 until assuming leadership of Saint-Gobain North America in 2017. He was appointed to his new role as Chairman of the company in North America and Chief Innovation Officer globally in 2019.

Mr. Kinisky holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Pace University and a Master of Science in materials science from New York University (Polytechnic University). He has authored many technical publications and holds five U.S. patents. Throughout his career, Kinisky has been active in technology education as an industrial adviser to the engineering programs at several universities.

Steve Crawford
Eastman

Steve Crawford

Senior Vice President, Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer

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Steve G. Crawford is Senior Vice President, Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer for Eastman. In addition to serving as CTO, Crawford provides executive leadership for Eastman Sustainability, Global Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs. He also has direct responsibility for the Asia Pacific and EMEA Technology organizations.

Crawford is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee.  He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee. Crawford joined Eastman in 1987. He has held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility in both Manufacturing Operations and Technology.  Prior to the CTO position, he held positions of Vice- President of R&D for the Advanced Materials group and the Vice-President of R&D for Eastman’s Additives and Functional Products Business group.  

Crawford is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Industrial Research Institute.  He is on the Board of Directors of both Launch Tennessee (Tennessee Technology Development Corporation) and the Eastman Credit Union.  He is also on the University of Tennessee’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Board of Advisors, as well as UT’s External Advisory Board for Research.

 Crawford and his wife reside in Kingsport with their two sons.  


Andrew Wallis
Aroundtown

Andrew Wallis

Deputy CEO

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Amy Senter
Kellogg Company

Amy Senter

Chief Sustainability Officer

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A.J. DeRosa
Orbital Insight

A.J. DeRosa

Executive Vice President & Head of Global Sales

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A.J. is the Executive Vice President & Head of Global Sales at Orbital Insight.

In his role, A.J. directs the company’s global sales operations and supports the evolution of its go-to-market strategy.

A seasoned sales leader and startup executive, A.J. has more than 23 years of experience scaling enterprise software sales organizations in FinTech, government, insurance, and Fortune 500 firms.

Before joining Orbital Insight, he was a Senior Managing Director & Co-Head of Global Sales for Eze Software Group, where he was one of the first sales hires. During his 14-year tenure at Eze, he played a critical role in multi- ple private equity deals and an acquisition. He also served on the integra- tion team for each company merger. Prior to Eze, A.J. worked for Financial Models Company and Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters).

A.J. earned his BS in Economics from Lehigh University and currently lives in New Jersey with his family. He is the proud father of four and his oldest son plays D1 baseball at Rutgers.Additionally, A.J. serves on the advisory board of MapD Technologies, an early-stage San Francisco technology company focused on database and visualization applications.

Stephen Gottesfeld
Newmont

Stephen Gottesfeld

EVP, Chief Sustainability and External Affairs Officer

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Steve Gottesfeld joined Newmont in 1997 and assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability & External Affairs Officer in June 2019. Prior to this role, Steve served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, leading Newmont Goldcorp's Legal, Land and Ethics and Compliance functions. He served as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs from 2006 to 2010. From 2004 to 2006, he was Newmont's Associate General Counsel responsible for our Latin America, Africa and Central Asia legal offices. From 2002 to 2004, he was Newmont's Associate General Counsel and General Manager of Newmont Peru S.R.L. in Lima, Peru. Prior to joining Newmont in 1997 as Senior Counsel, Steve was an Associate at Holland & Hart LLP. He earned a Law degree and a Master's degree in International Affairs from the University of Denver in 1993 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The Colorado College in 1989.


Danielle Sugarman
BlackRock

Danielle Sugarman

Vice President, Investment Stewardship

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Danielle Sugarman is a Vice President with BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship team. She serves as the lead analyst for BlackRock’s energy, utilities, pharmaceutical and biotech portfolios in the Americas. Danielle’s work includes engagement with executives and directors of BlackRock’s portfolio companies on matters related to corporate strategy, governance, environmental and social matters, M&A considerations, proxy contests and hostile takeover bids. Danielle also votes BlackRock’s shares at corporate annual and special meetings in relation thereto. Danielle has particular expertise in climate change, sustainability and environmental and securities law. Prior to joining BlackRock, she practiced as an attorney for over 10 years, including spending several years at the Center for Climate Change Law out of Columbia Law School. Most recently, Danielle worked as an Associate Program Officer for the Robertson Foundation, working on Julian Robertson’s environmental and medical research giving. Danielle has a JD from Penn Law School and graduated summa cum laude in History and Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University. She sits on the Advisory Board of Kids in Need of Defense.

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.

Tjeerd Krumpelman
ABN AMRO

Tjeerd Krumpelman

Head of Reporting & Stakeholder Engagement

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Tjeerd Krumpelman is Global head of Business Advisory, Reporting & Engagement at ABN AMRO. With more than 18 years of experience in the banking sector he started as a private banker, investment advisor and later on as Head of Investment teams. The last five years he has been working within ABN AMRO’s Corporate Strategy & Sustainability department. He heads up a team that is responsible for Sustainability within ABN AMRO's strategy, integrated thinking & reporting and engagement.

Alan Armstrong
Williams

Alan Armstrong

CEO

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Alan Armstrong became president and chief executive officer of Williams in January 2011. During his tenure, Williams has expanded its reach, currently touching about 30 percent of all U.S. natural gas volumes, through gathering, processing, transportation and storage services. Prior to being named CEO, Armstrong led the Company’s North American midstream and olefins businesses through a period of growth and expansion as Senior Vice President – Midstream. Previously, Mr. Armstrong served as Vice President of Gathering and Processing from 1999 to 2002; Vice President of Commercial Development from 1998 to 1999; Vice President of Retail Energy Services from 1997 to 1998 and Director of Commercial Operations for the company’s midstream business in the Gulf Coast region from 1995 to 1997. He joined Williams in 1986 as an engineer.


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John Hocevar
Greenpeace

John Hocevar

Oceans Campaign Director

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Elizabeth Seeger
KKR

Elizabeth Seeger

Director, Sustainable Investing

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Elizabeth Seeger joined KKR in 2009 to help oversee the consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues throughout KKR's investment process, including the management of KKR’s ESG-focused value creation programs for its portfolio companies. She is also a member of KKR’s Global Impact team. Ms. Seeger was previously a project manager in the corporate partnerships program of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Prior to EDF, she was a consultant with the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), where she advised companies from a broad range of industries in Europe and the United States. Before CEB, Ms. Seeger was an associate at the Environmental Law Institute, a non-profit organization focused on environmental law and policy research and education. She is a 2013 Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and became a member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board in 2017. Ms. Seeger has close to 20 years of experience working on corporate environmental and social issues and earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Megan Fielding
Nuveen

Megan Fielding

Senior Director, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Responsible Investing

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Megan Fielding is a senior director and member of the responsible investing (RI) team at Nuveen, the investment management arm of TIAA.
Nuveen’s responsible investing team oversees the firm’s holistic RI vision and unified framework across Nuveen and TIAA, partnering with internal stakeholders to implement it in day-to-day business activities. Nuveen’s RI framework establishes the firm’s overall RI philosophy as well as guidelines for incorporating RI disciplines in investment decisions and new product development.
Megan leads strategic partnerships and stakeholder engagement for the RI team. She works across all lines of business in asset management to develop and execute the business strategy for responsible investing, with an emphasis on education, marketing and distribution of ESG-focused funds and impact investments.
Prior to Nuveen, Megan was head of investments and business development at MicroPlace, an Ebay subsidiary and micro-investment platform focused on the alleviation of global poverty. Previously, Megan held marketing, product development and investment consulting roles at financial companies located in San Francisco and New York.
Megan received her M.A. in International Studies from the University of San Francisco, graduated cum laude with her B.A. in Economics from Wheaton College (MA), and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst ®.

Annukka Dickens
HP

Annukka Dickens

Director, Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility

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Layalee Ramahi
UN Environment

Layalee Ramahi

North America Network Coordinator

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Susan Moore
AMD

Susan Moore

Corporate Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Government Affairs

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Susan Moore leads AMD’s global government affairs and corporate responsibility engagement. Drawing upon the company’s 50-year legacy in the semiconductor industry, she advances AMD’s contributions as a valued partner in the innovation and societal benefits of high- performance computing.
A leader in business, Susan is a 2019 Woman Worth Watching by Diversity Journal. In 2016 she received the Gary P. Fazzino Award for Innovation Excellence for her leadership and contributions in the technology industry.
She is former chairwoman and current director of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), representing the public policy voice of more than sixty-five of the most innovative companies in the world. She is CEO alternate to the board of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association, advancing the policy interests of America’s fourth largest exporting industry.
Susan served as a United States diplomat at the 2004-05 United Nations General Assembly in New York, on appointment of the President and confirmation by the Senate.
With a deep commitment to civic engagement, Susan serves on several non-profit boards, including the Austin Community Foundation, Lifeworks, and the Austin Chamber of Commerce. She is active in the Austin Council on Foreign Affairs and at the University of Texas at Austin, she served on its advisory board to the Center for Global Business and is a fellow of its Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution.
Susan maintains her law license.

David Clark
Amcor

David Clark

Vice President, Sustainability

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Evan Van Hook
Honeywell

Evan Van Hook

Corporate V.P. Health, Safety, Environment, Product Stewardship and Sustainability

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Evan has led Health, Safety, Environment, Product Stewardship & Sustainability for Honeywell International, a Fortune 100 Company, since 2004.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School, and is both a former partner at Sidley & Austin and Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  He is on the Boards of  NTESS, LLC. and the Housatonic Valley Association.  He has lectured on International Environmental Law at Columbia Law School and the United Nations ITR, and was a credentialed observer at UN FCCC COP 23 and COP 24.  He has authored numerous articles on environmental topics, and is the co-author of International Environmental Law: A Case Study Analysis, forthcoming from Routledge in November, 2019.


Philippe Lacamp
Cathay Pacific Airways

Philippe Lacamp

SVP, Americas

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Philippe Lacamp was appointed Senior Vice President, Americas in 2015. He oversees all facets of operations and commercial activities in the Americas and has been instrumental in leading Cathay Pacific’s CSR and sustainability initiatives in North America. Previously, he spent five years as Head of Sustainable Development for Swire Pacific and John Swire & Sons, covering a range of industries including aviation, shipping, and marine services, property development, beverages, and agri-business. In that role, he established an investment unit investing in biotech companies and also ran Swire Waste Management Ltd, a joint venture operating company within the Swire group.

Norine Kennedy
United States Council for International Business (USCIB)

Norine Kennedy

Vice President, Environment, Energy and Strategic International Engagement

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With over 20 years’ experience as USCIB’s lead environment, energy and climate change expert, Norine Kennedy promotes U.S. business participation in international environmental policy and management initiatives, and works closely with industry, government and NGOs to promote sustainable development and green growth. She also spearheads USCIB’s strategic international engagement initiative, which seeks to advance meaningful business participation and regulatory diplomacy in inter-governmental organizations, and focuses on increasing accountability of international institutions regarding business interests.

In addition to staffing USCIB’s 120 company Environment Committee, Kennedy represents business in environmental discussions at the UN and OECD. She was a business observer at the UN’s 1992 Earth Summit in Rio and served on the U.S. delegation to the Rio+20 summit in 2012. She regularly participates in meetings of the UN Environment Programme and UN deliberations on the Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda, and in negotiating sessions for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Kennedy joined USCIB in 1991, having served at the World Environment Center as project manager in its corporate programs department. She holds a master’s degree in international environmental policy from Claremont Graduate School, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Wellesley College.

Keith Christman
American Chemistry Council

Keith Christman

Managing Director, Plastics Markets

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Stewart Lindsay
The Nature Conservancy

Stewart Lindsay

Head of Global Corporate Engagement, Agriculture and Food

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Stewart Lindsay joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2019 as the Head of Global Corporate Engagement, Agriculture and Food.  He also serves as Acting Managing Director, Corporate Engagement.  In these roles, Lindsay spearheads TNC’s work with companies across sectors and industries to provide guidance on the critical impact business can play in conservation.

He spent the past fifteen years with Bunge Limited, a global agribusiness and food company, most recently as Vice President of Sustainability and Government Affairs. He led the development and execution of Bunge’s global sustainability strategy; shaped the company’s sustainability governance, policies and goals; represented Bunge in high-level stakeholder dialogues and collaboration platforms, including the Soft Commodities Forum, World Economic Forum and Field to Market; and built a team that spanned North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Lindsay previously worked at Edelman, a leading global communications firm, eventually serving as Vice President. There he created and implemented communications strategies that spanned media, public affairs and stakeholder outreach, for U.S. and multi-national firms, governments and non-profit organizations.

Lindsay earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and master’s in business administration from Northwestern University.


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Nina Gardner
Johns Hopkins

Nina Gardner

Adjunct Professor, Corporate Sustainability, Business & Human Rights

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Tom Szaky
Terracycle

Tom Szaky

CEO

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Scott Deatherage
Scott Deatherage Law

Scott Deatherage

Lawyer

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Jodie Gunzberg
Graystone Consulting, A Business of Morgan Stanley

Jodie Gunzberg

Managing Director, Chief Investment Strategist

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Jodie M. Gunzberg is Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at Graystone Consulting.  Jodie is an industry veteran and well-respected investment strategist with more than 20 years of asset management and consulting experience.  In her role, Jodie is responsible for providing access to the vast intellectual capital of Morgan Stanley as well as communicating Morgan Stanley’s market views and investment strategies to our institutional clients and prospects. She also leads the development of institutionally-focused original thought leadership and intellectual capital and partners with Graystone Financial Advisor teams in business development and ongoing client relationship management efforts. 

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Jodie was Managing Director and Head of U.S. Equities at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) where she was responsible for the product management of S&P DJI’s U.S. Equity indices, including the S&P 500® and The Dow®, also serving as the spokesperson and product strategist for the indices. She joined S&P DJI in 2010 as Director of Commodities product management.

Previously, Jodie spent several years in investment consulting at Ibbotson and Morningstar, and was the chief investment strategist for Marco Consulting, where she advised roughly 350 Taft-Hartley plans with USD 85 billion in assets. Jodie started her career as an actuarial associate at New York Life Insurance Company and subsequently worked as a quantitative analyst and portfolio manager on the buy-side. She managed real estate at Equity Office Properties, fixed income at ABN AMRO Asset Management, and equities and hedge funds at Driehaus Capital Management and Aragon Global.

Jodie is a CFA charterholder, as well as a member and curriculum consultant of the CFA Institute. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors for NYSSA and CFA Chicago. Jodie currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Finance of Hofstra University and the Editorial Advisory Board for J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the University of Colorado. She received her MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Emory University.


Elyse Douglas
NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Elyse Douglas

Senior Scholar

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Elyse Douglas is a Senior Scholar at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business. With over 30 years of experience as a financial executive, Ms. Douglas served for 8 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Assurant, Inc. from July 2011 to May 2019 where she was a member of the Audit Committee and chair of the Finance and Risk Committee. She also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and The Hertz Corporation until October 1, 2013. Ms. Douglas joined Hertz in July 2006. Prior to her role at Hertz, Ms. Douglas served as Treasurer of Coty Inc. from December 1999 until July 2006 and as an Assistant Treasurer of Nabisco, Inc. from June 1995 until December 1999. She also served in various financial services capacities for 12 years at Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase). Ms. Douglas received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University (BS Accounting) and a graduate degree from NYU Stern School (MBA). She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a chartered financial analyst and resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son.

David Rosenberg
Aerofarms

David Rosenberg

Co-Founder & CEO

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David Rosenberg co-founded and leads AeroFarms, a mission-driven company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments.

AeroFarms has been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company, was listed on Fast Company’s 2019 global list of Most Innovative Companies, and Inc. Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Disruptive Companies. AeroFarms also received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and was voted as the Best Growth Company to invest in at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in addition to being a finalist for The Circular Awards at the World Economic Forum. Most recently, AeroFarms received the inaugural Global SDG Award for Zero Hunger as well as being named a THRIVE Top 50 leading AgTech company.

David dedicates his time to a number of local and international organizations. As a member of the World Economic Forum, David co-chairs the Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce and is a member of the WEF Global IoT Council. David is also a member of the U.S. delegation to the B20 Sustainable Food System Taskforce, which advises the G20. In addition, David serves as a Managing Trustee of New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center – a prominent U.S. interactive science museum. David was also privileged to co-chair New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Agriculture Transition Committee. In 2018, David was honored as Ernst & Young’s (NJ) Entrepreneur of the Year (Food and Beverage).

David received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He competed for the U.S. in fencing where he was a finalist at a world cup and represented the NYAC, winning three U.S. National Team Fencing Championships and two individual silver medals.

Jennifer Perr
Hi-Cone

Jennifer Perr

Sustainability Director

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Jennifer Perr is the new Sustainability Director of Hi-Cone Worldwide, a leading manufacturer of beverage multi-packaging solutions.

Jennifer comes to Hi-Cone with over 24 years of experience in the engineering and manufacturing industries, having held leadership roles in marketing, innovation, operations, sales and engineering. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is also a certified Engineer in Training (FE) in Illinois.

Most recently, Jennifer has worked as the Global Marketing Director for the Global Tool Unit and the Global Innovation Manager in the ITW Construction Segment where she led global teams in new product innovation and development to meet customer needs and market trends. Prior to ITW, Jennifer spent much of her career with Eaton Corporation where she held numerous roles including Aftermarket Product Line Manager of Motor Control Centers, Panelboards and Switchboard Equipment. She has vast knowledge and experience in product innovation and sustainable materials.

In her role as Sustainability Director, Jennifer will be responsible for developing and leading strategies that drive the future sustainability of Hi-Cone. Her team will ensure the company’s product portfolio has positive end-of-life outcomes and upholds Hi-Cone’s commitment to minimal environmental impact. Jennifer will oversee life cycle inventories (LCA) to deliver science-based multi-packaging solutions and innovation. Her work will be focused on Hi-Cone’s Sustainability Vision to provide a solution that is 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.

Ellen Griesemer
Future500

Ellen Griesemer

Analyst

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Ellen is an analyst with Future 500, a non-profit consultancy that builds trust between companies, advocates, investors, and philanthropists to advance business as a force for good. She’s worked with global brands, local NGOs, and international agencies––and is on a mission to help these diverse entities collaborate more effectively. Most recently, she wrapped up an industry impact project with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, where she worked with leaders at factories in Asia to analyze energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and chemicals in supply chains.

Ellen honed her multi-sector sustainability chops during her Sustainability Management graduate program at Columbia University, where she took on pro-bono projects with clients around the world. In addition to her M.S. from Columbia, Ellen holds a B.A. in Design from the University of California, Davis, where her senior collection focused on sustainability in fashion. She lives in San Francisco, where she’s constantly on the hunt for the Golden State’s best latte.


Kate Daly
Closed Loop Partners

Kate Daly

Managing Director, Center for the Circular Economy

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Kate Daly is a Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners where she leads the Center for the Circular Economy. The Center is a hub for business acceleration, investment, and research in packaging, food, the built environment, electronics and apparel & textiles and seeks to advance the transition from a linear take, make, waste economy to a restorative one in which materials are shared, re-used, and continuously cycled.

Prior to joining Closed Loop Partners, Kate served in New York City government for more than a decade, most recently as Senior Vice President at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. At NYCEDC Kate led a team launching innovative business development programs to foster the growth of entrepreneurship, strengthen New York City’s anchor and emerging industries, and create new jobs. She managed a portfolio across sectors including smart cities, healthcare, cleantech, fashion, tech, media, and advanced manufacturing. Kate previously served as the Executive Director of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Kate earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Marvin J. Owens, Jr.
the NAACP

Marvin J. Owens, Jr.

Deputy Chief Development Officer/Sr. Director of Corp. Affairs and the Senior Director of Economic Programs

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Marvin J. Owens, Jr. serves as the Deputy Chief Development Officer/Sr. Director of Corp. Affairs and the Senior Director of Economic Programs for the NAACP. In this role, Mr Owens is responsible for the NAACP's national Economic Inclusion agenda which includes Asset and Wealth Creation programs that supports financial education, homeownership, minority business development, franchising, workforce development and diversity; Additionally, Mr. Owens spearheads social impact investing initiatives and ongoing efforts to track and report economic conditions, as well as recommend public policy changes.

Prior to joining the NAACP, Mr. Owens served a consultant, lecturer, and technical assistance provider in the areas of Community and Economic Development, Small Business Development, and Community Organizing. Mr. Owens serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Stonehenge Capital NMTC fund, where he advises, recommends, and monitors fund investments for economic impact. 

Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Mr. Owens served as Vice President for Economic Empowerment at the National Urban League (NUL) where he managed all aspects of NUL’s corporate, foundation, and government relationships with specific focus on affiliate economic development activities, small business development, and finance. Mr. Owens was responsible for implementing business and economic development efforts in more than 20 US cities. Mr. Owens oversaw implementation of the National Urban League’s Empowerment Fund, and was the lead staff in creating NUL’s current model of economic empowerment centers.

Jill Houghton
Disability:IN

Jill Houghton

President & CEO

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Jill Houghton is the President and CEO of Disability:IN. Jill’s goal is to empower companies to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Through her leadership, Disability:IN has partnered with over 185 Disability:IN corporations, which have successfully hired over 40,000 people with disabilities. Jill has led the development of nationally recognized programs, such as the Disability Equality Index (in partnership with the American Association of People with Disabilities), Supplier Diversity program providing official disability-owned business certifications recognized by the Billion Dollar Roundtable, and the NextGen Leaders Initiative, a program supporting the talent pipeline. It is her hope to build an inclusive global economy where people with disabilities can participate fully and meaningfully.

Jill’s creative spirit and passionate approach to the inclusion of people with disabilities comes from her core. Her challenges associated with having a learning disability, ignited the direction of her professional aspirations. This led to a key marker in her career – working under U.S. Senator Robert J. Dole at the same time the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed.

Jill has more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience at the federal, state and local levels working with business on disability inclusion. Prior to Disability:IN, Jill served as the Executive Director of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel until its legislative sunset in January 2008. The bi-partisan panel was housed independently within the Social Security Administration and provided advice to the President, Congress and the Commissioner of Social Security on issues related to the Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare work incentives programs for individuals with disabilities.

Ms. Houghton has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on issues related to business commitment to recruit, hire and retain employees with disabilities. She currently serves on the board of the US International Council on Disabilities and the New York City Comptrollers Advisory Board Council on Economic Growth through Diversity and Inclusion. Additionally, she serves on the Boston University, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on “Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities” Knowledge Translation and Utilization Advisory Council.

Balaji Ganapathy
Tata

Balaji Ganapathy

Head of Workforce Effectiveness

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Balaji is a human resources, CSR and D&I executive at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a Global Top 3 information technology leader. His mission is to advance access, equity and inclusion in society, harnessing the power of purpose, people and technology.

As Head of Workforce Effectiveness, he leads the Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity & Inclusion, New Business Growth, Employee Experience and Culture Transformation efforts for North America, TCS’ largest market. His stewardship has resulted in TCS being recognized as America’s most community-minded technology company by Civic 50, a Top 50 Company for Diversity across sectors by DiversityInc, and a Top Employer in North America.

Balaji brings over two decades of business leadership, social innovation, talent transformation and technology evangelization experience, across geographies and scale of business. As a purpose leader, he has passionately led and supported cross-sector initiatives that have impacted millions of women, minorities and underserved students in CS/STEM. A change champion with an entrepreneurial background, he has envisioned and implemented numerous organizational programs on trust, culture, personalization, purpose, inclusion, engagement, analytics, innovation, agile, digitalization and leadership development.

A mission-driven leader, he served as Chair of STEMconnector’s STEM Innovation Task Force and NPower’s TCC Advisory Council. He serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Board and Education, Employment & Training Committee (EETC), World Economic Forum’s Steering Committee, Vice-Chair of Million Women Mentors (MWM), IMPACT 2030’s Advisory Council, and Here2Here’s Business Council.

He was awarded the 2017 Charlie H. Moore Award for Leadership in Corporate Community Engagement by Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), a CEO-led coalition creating a better world through business, and presented with the Million Women Mentors Male Champion of Change Award. A renowned thought leader, he is a prominent voice advocating on purposeful business, social innovation, democratization of prosperity, skills for the future, empowering women and minorities, tech for good and creating shared value.


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Michele Hovet
SAP

Michele Hovet

Vice President, Experience Management Engineering

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Michele Hovet is dedicated to making technology the driving force behind digital transformation. Whether it's by uncovering insights from data, defining ways to impact efficiency and transparency, or honing solutions that positively impact customers, citizens and employees, Michele serves as a thought leader and solution innovator. Michele brings over 25 years of banking and public sector technology leadership to SAP as a VP of Experience Management Engineering. Michele's experience includes serving as Director of Digital Strategy for Salesforce, Innovation Director for KSM Consulting, Industry Value Advisor for SAP, Deputy City Manager and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Arvada, Colorado. As Arvada CIO and through empowering staff, the City of Arvada was recognized year-after-year as a top ten digital city. Michele was named a Top 25 Doer Dreamer and Driver by GovTech Magazine and was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for Local Innovation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration from Fort Lewis College with undergraduate studies in Mathematics at Colorado State University. When not working Michele enjoys time with family and riding her horses.

Dave Stangis
21C Impact

Dave Stangis

CEO & Founder;
Former CSO, Campbell Soup

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Dave Stangis is a growth-oriented C-suite executive with broad experience in multiple sectors (CPG/FMCG, Technology, Energy). He has led two Fortune 500 companies from a standing start in CSR, Sustainability & ESG to clear and consistent world-class leadership in respective sectors, with measurable positive impact on relationships with investors, pride and engagement of employees, and global reputations for distinguished and responsible corporate citizenship. He has proven success designing and implementing programs tightly integrated with the organizations’ business strategies while demonstrably advancing the execution of those strategies. He lectures and consults on these matters across the country and around the world.

Dave was Campbell’s first Sustainability Officer and designed the company’s world-class corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability strategies, goals, policies, and programs. He led external engagement related to CSR Strategy, Responsible Sourcing, Sustainable Agriculture, and Operational Sustainability. He served as an infotech and biotech expert. Working closely with other senior leaders, he advanced operational, communication and reputation strategies. He managed emerging issues as well as engagements with activists and ESG investors. From 2011 to 2016, he led the Community Affairs Organization and served as President of the Campbell Soup Foundation.

Dave helped establish “benefit corporation status” and serves on the board of directors for Plum Organics, PBC and The Soulfull Project, PBC.

Since 2016, Dave has been an Entrepreneur in Residence and Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College. Previously, Dave worked for 12 years at Intel, where he created and led the corporate responsibility function. There, he managed staff in Asia, Latin America, India, EU, and U.S. He also led Intel’s Community Solutions Group, identifying opportunities to develop and implement new technology applications that meet social needs of communities worldwide with goal to influence $80M - $100M in new Intel revenue.

In 2008 and 2013, Dave was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Magazine. Trust Across America named Dave one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior for 4 years in a row. He serves/has served on the boards of Net Impact, Graham Sustainability Instituteat the University of Michigan, The University of Detroit Mercy College of Business, Sustainable Brands, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. He is a member of Fast Company’s Impact Council.

Dave earned his B.S. degree from the University of Detroit, his M.S. degree in occupational and environmental health from Wayne State University, and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan. He is the co-author of two books about Strategic Corporate Citizenship (21st Century Corporate Citizenship, Emerald, 2017).

Gwen Migita
Caesars Entertainment

Gwen Migita

Global head of social impact, equity and sustainability

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Hugh Welsh
DSM North America

Hugh Welsh

President & General Counsel

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Bertrand Millot
CDPQ

Bertrand Millot

Vice-President and Chief Stewardship Investing Officer

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Bertrand Millot has headed CDPQ’s Stewardship Investing team since December 2018. He is responsible for developing CDPQ’s stewardship practices and positioning, thereby reinforcing the institution’s leadership in this area on the world stage.

Mr. Millot is one of the architects of CDPQ’s climate change strategy and a seasoned investor in infrastructure and emerging markets companies, fields where ESG considerations have historically been at the forefront.  At CDPQ since 2015, he previously held the position of Vice-President, Infrastructure and Cross-sectoral Risk Management. In that role, he was responsible for identifying cross-sectoral risk, including geopolitical and emerging risks. He was also business unit risk manager for the Infrastructure portfolio.

Before joining CDPQ, Mr. Millot was CEO and CIO at Cordiant Capital, an emerging market debt fund manager with investments totalling around USD2.5 billion in 50 countries across a wide array of sectors from infrastructure to agribusiness. Earlier in his career, he was active in infrastructure project finance with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, U.K. as Portfolio Manager with responsibility for 180 investments and with BNP Paribas in Paris, France.

Mr. Millot holds an MBA from McGill University, a MSc in Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D designation).

Betsy Henning
AHA

Betsy Henning

CEO

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Betsy Henning is founder and managing principal at AHA, an award-winning strategy and creative agency that helps companies find power in their purpose. Betsy founded the agency in 1994 under the principles of journalistic substance and creative style. She fosters an environment where amazing clients with tall challenges turn to an incredibly talented group of folks for answers. As she sees it, it’s the place where stories, language and brands come together to accelerate progress toward a more just and sustainable future. Today, AHA partners with Fortune 500 companies, notably Charles Schwab, Google, VMware, Prudential and PwC.

When she isn’t helping businesses, she serves on the boards of educational, environmental, economic development and other organizations, and today is involved with Literary Arts and Portland Center Stage to further her interest in building stronger communities through literature and art. Betsy is a frequent speaker and contributor to Adweek, Ad Age, The Drum and others.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/betsyhenning/

Rebecca Lucore
Covestro

Rebecca Lucore

Head of Sustainability and CSR

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Annie Perkins
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Annie Perkins

Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships

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Annie Perkins is Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships at Sustainable Forestry Initiative, whose mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. Annie has spent the past 15 years working to advance sustainability and provide supply chain assurance where her experience in product transparency, certifications, climate change and circular economy, coupled with her passion to improve communities locally and globally, supports that mission.

As an accredited LEED Green Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council, she sits on the Midwest Market Leadership Advisory Board and is engaged with the WELL Standard. She contributed to the development of the window industry’s product category rule and the release of the industry’s first environmental product declaration (EPD).

Her ongoing involvement developing international sustainability standards, via ASTM International (ASTM) and International Standards Organization (ISO), works to advance the circular economy. Additional collaborations engage environmental non-profits, academic institutions, NGO’s, industry groups and corporate brand leaders.

Annie uses her experience to support her civic engagements as a Council Member at the City of Afton, Minnesota, and as a management board member of her local watershed.

She received her BA in Organizational Communication from the University of Minnesota, and her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University.


Marcela Manubens
Unilever

Marcela Manubens

Global VP for Integrated Social Sustainability

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Marcela Manubens is Global Vice President for Integrated Social Sustainability at Unilever. She joined in 2013 and led the Social Impact strategy and the expansion of the USLP Enhancing Livelihoods ambitions, specifically driving Unilever agendas on Human Rights and Women's Empowerment. In 2016, her role was expanded to assume new responsibility for all areas of Supply Chain Social Sustainability in addition to continue leading its human rights agenda. She has taught Business and Human Rights at Columbia University, New York, been a Board, Association, and Advisory Group member on various organizations such as Consumer Goods Forum Social Sustainability Committee, Vice-Chair of the WEF Council on Human Rights; Ethical Tea Partnership; Hillary Clinton's International Council on Women's Business Leadership (ICWBL) and the Advisory Group on Human Rights to the UK Foreign Secretary.

Jill Wheeler
Syngenta

Jill Wheeler

Head, Sustainable Productivity, North America

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Jill has been with Syngenta for 12 years, previously as Product Lead, Commercial Traits, for Syngenta’s corn insect traits. Her first role with the company was as a Marketing Communications Manager for the Agrisure line of taits, a brand she helped launch as a member of an outside marketing consulting firm. In her current role, Jill works with the North America business to contribute toward the commitments of the Syngenta Good Growth Plan. She also engages with external stakeholders, including Syngenta customers, growers, NGOs, food companies, think tanks and policy-making bodies, on issues of food security, climate smart agriculture, conservation, resource efficiency and agricultural technology.

A self-described behavioral science junkie, Jill holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University and an MBA from Aspen University. She leads the Minneapolis WISE (Women in Syngenta Engaged) ERG at Syngenta, is a CropLife America AgVocate and serves on the steering committee of the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance. Outside of work, Jill is the published author of more than 300 non-fiction titles for young readers and is an avid sailor and motorcyclist who continues to wish the summers in Minneapolis were simply longer.

Harry Pastuszek
PYXERA Global

Harry Pastuszek

Vice President, Client Engagement

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Harry Pastuszek brings diverse sustainable economic development experience to his role at PYXERA Global courtesy of management and operational roles first at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and most recently with Bechtel Corporation.

At Bechtel, Harry served as Sustainable Development Manager in the Washington, D.C. office, servicing the company’s oil and gas and mining clients on mega-construction projects in Angola, Canada, and the US. In 2009 he relocated to Brisbane, Australia to assume the role of Global Manager of Sustainable Development for Bechtel’s Mining and Metals Business Unit. Prior to joining Bechtel in 2006, Harry spent seven years working in a variety of roles in the Environment and Social Development Department at the IFC.

Alison Taylor
Archer Daniels Midland

Alison Taylor

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Alison Taylor is chief sustainability officer for Archer Daniels Midland Company. In that role, she leads ADM’s Sustainability Committee and oversees the company’s global sustainability policies, programs and public reporting, as well as implementation of the company’s Respect for Human Rights policy.

Prior to joining ADM, Taylor worked for Siemens Corporation, where she was vice president and chief sustainability officer of the Americas, responsible for driving sustainability programs and acting as a resource for sustainability initiatives across Siemens' business sectors. Prior to her time at Siemens, Taylor worked on Capitol Hill as counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, and chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. She was previously a partner in the law firm now known as Davis, Graham and Stubbs, LLC.

Taylor serves on the board of visitors of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, the board of trustees of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy in Illinois. She is also a member of the ADM Cares Committee and ADM’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver.


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Sharon Bort
Solve - MIT

Sharon Bort

Officer, Sustainability Community

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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.

Lila Karbassi
United Nations Global Compact

Lila Karbassi

Chief of Programmes

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Lila Karbassi is Chief of Programmes and member of the Executive Management Committee of the United Nations Global Compact. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative calling on companies to advance universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms. Karbassi joined the UN Global Compact in 2005. Over the years, she steered the initiative’s work on environment and climate change and has been responsible for the organization’s participation in key UN conferences. In her current capacity, she oversees the UN Global Compact’s entire work programme on environment, social, governance and finance issues. In 2016, Ms. Karbassi worked in the Secretary General’s office to provide support and advise on business engagement on the SDGs.

Prior to joining the UN Global Compact, Ms. Karbassi help positions on policy regulation at Sanofi-Aventis. She holds a Masters and Doctorate in Biology from the Universities of Grenoble and Paris, France as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy.

Maria Gorsuch Kennedy
Cisco

Maria Gorsuch Kennedy

Senior Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability

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Maria Gorsuch-Kennedy leads Cisco’s Supply Chain Social and Environmental Responsibility team. In this role, she is responsible for assuring that Cisco’s products are sourced and built in alignment with Cisco’s values around human rights, worker health and well-being, and environmental stewardship. She and her team collaborate widely with business leaders, industry peers, suppliers, and civil society to make a positive difference for people and ecosystems across our global supply chain, from mine sites through to final delivery.

With more than 15 years of experience in sustainability and corporate social responsibility, Maria has deep expertise in developing thoughtful strategies and rigorous programs that drive positive impact. Prior to Cisco, Maria led the Supply Chain Social and Environmental Responsibility team at Dell, and her work in supply chain sustainability began with leading the Conflict Minerals program at EMC. Maria also launched the Sustainability communications and reporting program and worked in corporate philanthropy and education public policy at EMC.

Maria earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Pomona College, where she received the Anthropology prize for her thesis on Muslim communities in Southern California. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her family and serves as the Assistant Scoutmaster for the first girl troop in Worcester of Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts of America).


Carmen Perez
CECP

Carmen Perez

Senior Director of Data Insights

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Carmen is a sought-after advisor for some of the world’s largest companies seeking to advance their “S” in ESG strategies through measurement and data. Whether it’s a bid to increase budgets, an update to programs, or how to strategically align on measuring to manage, she has served more than 200 multi-billion-dollar companies with actionable insights to more than 500 fast-track and deep-dive inquires. Carmen has led multiple innovations that include launching CECP’s Global Exchange and thought leadership efforts including the Giving Around the Globe series; the What Counts: The S in ESG series, and Investing with Purpose.

Devina Rankin
Waste Management

Devina Rankin

Chief Financial Officer

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As the senior vice president and chief financial officer for Waste Management, Devina A. Rankin is responsible for all finance functions for the Company. She also has executive responsibility for the internal audit, investor relations, supply chain functions and business development. She is a member of the Company’s senior leadership team and reports to Waste Management president and chief executive officer, Jim Fish.

Rankin joined the company in 2002 and has held several corporate finance positions of increasing responsibility including assistant treasurer and treasurer. Prior to joining Waste Management, Rankin was a member of the assurance practices of Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.

Rankin has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a certified public accountant licensed in Texas.

Amanda Kizer
B Corporation

Amanda Kizer

Head of Global Offerings

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Amanda Kizer is Chief Innovation Officer at B Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of business as a force for good, where she spearheads B Lab's global offerings and product development. Prior to joining B Lab, Amanda worked for the U.S. Department of State, leading economic and energy policy development for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Ms. Kizer started her career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Small Business Administration working to expand entrepreneurship opportunities and services to women, veterans, and young people. Ms. Kizer earned a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School, and graduated cum laude from Cornell University.

David Loewing
Pax World Funds

David Loewing

VP for Sustainable Investing

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David Loehwing is Vice President, Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds. He is responsible for environmental, social, and governance-related research on prospective and current investments and leads the construction and management of the Impax Sustainability Score. He is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics Team.

David has worked in the sustainable investing field since 1998. Before joining the firm, Mr. Loehwing served as Senior Social Research Analyst at Citizens Advisers, and as a Senior Account Manager at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC). He is also a former member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Advisory Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) and the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network’s (SIRAN) steering committee. David is a graduate of Bowdoin College.


Meghan Ryan
Pepsico

Meghan Ryan

Senior Manager of Global Sustainable Sourcing

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Meghan is Senior Manager of Global Sustainable Sourcing at PepsiCo, where she supports the design and implementation of PepsiCo’s sustainable agriculture and sustainable sourcing programs, including engagement and partnership with key suppliers and delivery of PepsiCo’s 2025 sustainable sourcing goal.

Prior to PepsiCo, Meghan led the US supply chain sustainability practice at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) where she advised more than 50 leadership companies in the food & beverage, fashion, tech, and financial services sectors on innovative approaches to drive impact through supply chain sustainability, human rights, and multi-stakeholder collaboration. Earlier in her career, she worked with innovative farmers, chefs and educators to advance sustainable farming and food systems as the Education & Public Programs Manager at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. Her background also includes management consulting and founding a community supported agriculture organization in Brooklyn linking eaters to locally grown foods.

Meghan holds a degree in Biology and Anthropology from Williams College and a MBA in Sustainability from Bard College.

Dede Hapner
ERB Institute

Dede Hapner

Executive in Residence

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Marc Khouzami
DWS

Marc Khouzami

Director

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  • Over 15 years of experience in PE and investment banking.
  • Currently focused on working with corporate clients to achieve sustainability goals through investment strategies using traditional financing vehicles and structures.
  • Investment committee member of the China Renewable Energy Fund and the China Clean Energy and Efficiency Fund.
  • Investment professional and investment committee member of the DB Masdar Clean Tech Fund, a generalist clean tech private equity fund situated within the Sustainable Investments division of Alternatives.
  • Former investment team member at Sustainable Development Investments, a unit of Citi Alternative Investments specializing in PE investments in the clean technology and renewable energy sectors globally.
  • Various investment banking and corporate finance roles in the media, communications, business services, and consumer retail sectors.
  • MBA with honors from Columbia Business School and a BA in mathematics and economics from Vanderbilt University.
Lindsay Clinton
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)

Lindsay Clinton

Executive Vice President of Initiatives

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Lindsay is an economic development expert with 12+ years of international experience in a range of advisory, research, and start-up roles.

She is based in New York and is the Executive Vice President of Industry and Innovation at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, overseeing EDC’s portfolio of 40+ industry programs.

Previously, Lindsay worked with the Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group, a leading impact investing firm focused on entrepreneurship in Asia and Africa. Prior to that, Lindsay spent 5 years working for the think tank and consulting firm, SustainAbility, where she ran the New York office. Her portfolio included finance, technology, pharmaceutical, and food companies, including Barclays, BMW, GE, Nestle, Nike, and UBS.

Lindsay has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, GOOD Magazine and the Guardian Sustainable Business. She teaches a graduate course at Parsons in New York on sustainable business models.


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Alyson Genovese
GRI

Alyson Genovese

Director of Regional Hub, USA & Canada

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Alyson Genovese is GRI’s Director of Regional Hub: United States and Canada. GRI is an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of their operations on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards for sustainability reporting and disclosure.

Alyson leads engagement with GRI’s North American network of sustainability reporting organizations, nonprofits, academic institutions, and investment organizations. This includes management of GRI’s GOLD Community network and all GRI-led programming in North America. Ms. Genovese is also responsible for raising awareness about GRI’s work in the US and Canada.

Alyson is an accomplished professional in the corporate and nonprofit sectors with more than 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, public affairs, corporate citizenship, sustainability communications and stakeholder engagement. Alyson has worked as an internal executive, a freelance consultant and a trusted advisor.

Alice Korngold
Korngold Consulting

Alice Korngold

CEO

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Alice Korngold, President & CEO, Korngold Consulting LLC, and her team provide strategy advisory services and facilitate leadership strategy retreats for board members and executives. Korngold’s expertise is in governance, ESG/sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and measurement/ratings.

Korngold developed the methodology for the Drucker Institute to rank Fortune 250 companies based on their alignment with Peter Drucker's Social Responsibility principles. (WSJ) Korngold’s firm assists international corporations in developing employees to lead for a sustainable future by scaling their nonprofit board programs.

Korngold authored A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems…Where Governments Cannot and  Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses. She authored the Sustainability and Governance chapter in the Handbook on Board Governance: A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Private, and Not for Profit Board Members.

Jennifer Hoyer
The Nature Conservancy

Jennifer Hoyer

Director of Cause Marketing and Brand Partnerships

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Erik Wohlgemuth
Future500

Erik Wohlgemuth

Chief Operating Officer

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Erik is the Chief Operating Officer of Future 500, a non-profit consultancy that builds trust between companies, advocates, investors, and philanthropists to advance business as a force for good. Erik regularly advises C-suite executives, civil society leaders, philanthropists, and investment leaders. He is a stakeholder engagement and corporate sustainability thought leader with a special interest in deforestation and ESG governance. A trusted counsel to many, Erik is regularly invited into executive briefings in boardrooms across the United States.

Erik earned his MBA from the Yale School of Management and his Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, which he rounds out with extensive private-sector and NGO experience. Beyond Future 500, he serves as a board member for Pacific Forest Trust, a member of the Yale School of Management West Coast Advisory Board, and a Pacific Northwest Chapter Director for Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2. Erik is a student of history, a skeptic of tribalism, and a skilled relationship builder.


Melissa Anderson
Public Good

Melissa Anderson

President and co-founder

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Melissa is the Co-founder and President of Public Good Software. Under her leadership Public Good's AI for Good platform has become the leader in "making news actionable" working with the nation’s leading publishers and brands including CNN, Tribune Media, HuffPost, Vice, Microsoft, Unilever and Danone. Prior to Public Good, Melissa founded a start-up within a start-up with Sittercity’s Employer Program which was acquired in by Bright Horizons, the global leader in employer-sponsored care solutions.

Melissa is a dynamic thought-leader around social impact innovation and an experienced speaker and keynote at a broad range of leading industry media and purpose brand events including the Gates Foundation Greater Giving Summit, the Online News Association Annual Conference, Sustainable Brands Flagship Conference, Engage for Good, Digital Hollywood, The Shift Forum, The White House MSOY annual awards, and The Working Mother 100 Best Companies Annual Conference and Gala. She has also been featured in Entrepreneur.com, Microsoft Chicago and The Pentagon Channel. Past accolades include being named as a Civic Leader by the Air Force Chief of Staff and “Wonder Woman of Chicago” by IdeaForge. Melissa is a mentor for TechStars and served as the President of the Auxiliary Board at the Chicago Children's Museum.

Monica Moradkhan
Wynn Resorts

Monica Moradkhan

Vice President, Community Relations

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Monica Moradkhan joined Wynn Resorts, Limited in November, 2017 as Vice President of Community Relations. In this role, she is responsible for the company’s long-term community engagement strategy and objectives. Prior to her role at Wynn, Monica was Director of Development and External Relations for UNLV’s Division of Student Affairs, and previously served as Executive Director of a state legislative caucus shepherding legislation on public safety, housing, economic development education, throughout three Nevada Legislative sessions.

During her undergraduate studies, Monica participated in a tourism conference in Finland that fueled her passion for the tourism and hospitality industry. Monica holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Over the past two decades Monica has built a “second career” of volunteerism and service for the Greater Las Vegas community. She currently participates in the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality student mentor program, co-chairs The Shade Tree’s Development Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for Opportunity 180 and Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas. Monica is an active member of St. Joseph Husband of Mary Roman Catholic Church and frequent volunteer at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

Bruno R. Pereira
BioLogiQ

Bruno R. Pereira

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Corey Klemmer
Domini

Corey Klemmer

Director of Engagement

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Corey Klemmer joined Domini in 2018 as the Director of Engagement. Ms. Klemmer’s diverse experience with law, financial analysis, corporate engagements and issue-based organizing enables her to lead Domini’s efforts as a voice for change. Ms. Klemmer is responsible for leading Domini’s engagement efforts with portfolio companies and broader stakeholder groups, as well as developing initiatives and campaigns.

Prior to joining Domini Ms. Klemmer served as an analyst at the AFL-CIO Office of Investment where she worked with pension funds, policy makers and other stakeholders to advocate for forward-thinking investor perspectives on many issues including systemic risk, human capital management, student debt, criminal justice reform, and corporate disclosure reform. Her legal background includes work with the Strategic Counsel for Corporate Sustainability, The Initiative for Responsible Investment and her work as an attorney at The Lambert Firm prior to joining AFL-CIO.

Ms. Klemmer is a CFA charter holder and a barred attorney in the State of New York. She graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and earned her J.D. from Tulane University Law School.


Michiel Van Der Ros
Flex

Michiel Van Der Ros

Director of Business Development

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Michiel van der Ros is director of business development for Flex Global Services in EMEA and leads their circular initiatives globally.

Michiel has helped some of the world’s biggest brands embark on their circular journey. Through the Flex Circular Eco-System, many have achieved ‘closed loop’ status which reduces energy consumption by half, as well as reducing the costs associated with virgin plastics. 

A growing part of Michiel’s work is designing End-of-Lease or End-of-Life product solutions, which employ Flex ‘aftermarket’ services to recover the product from the end user for processing.

Returned products are screened and can be repaired or refurbished, harvested or recycled to  lower costs for the customer, and prevent landfill and waste.

Prior to Flex, Michiel worked in the electronics aftermarket services focusing on the telecom industry. He has also worked at Samsung, Coca-Cola and Heineken.

Michiel holds a degree in business economics from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

Julia Hamm
Smart Electric Power Alliance

Julia Hamm

President & CEO

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Julia Hamm has served as SEPA’s President & CEO since 2004, providing leadership and strategic direction for the organization. She is responsible for guiding and overseeing all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies and the broader energy industry.

Julia is a visionary non-profit leader at the center of the transformation underway in the electric power sector to a clean and modern energy future. For the past 20 years she has been advising and collaborating with utilities, solution providers and government agencies on business models, grid modernization, and clean energy policies, strategies and programs.

She has led SEPA through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).

Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program. Julia – a graduate of Cornell University – walks the talk, driving an EV and living in a PV-powered home in Northern Virginia with her husband, two children, and dog.

Gabriela Burian
Bayer

Gabriela Burian

Senior Director Sustainable Food Systems

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Emily Kreps
CDP

Emily Kreps

Global Director, Investor Initiatives

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Emily Kreps, Global Director, Investor Initiatives Emily Kreps leads CDP’s global investor initiatives program which works with over 525 of the world’s largest institutional investors to advocate for disclosure and transparency around environmental business practices. She is experienced in defining and leading sustainable and responsible businesses, including a period as head of corporate development for a renewable and alternative energy company, as well as various start-up CFO positions. In her previous career, Emily spent over a decade as an investment banker and an equity salesperson for Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. She received her degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


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Scott Miller
Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Scott Miller

Director of Business Development

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Scott is the Director of Business Development at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition where he is focused on growing membership and Higg Index adoption. Scott represents the SAC at key industry events where he educates wide-ranging industry stakeholders on the latest sustainability issues and Higg Index developments. He also contributes to internal and external communications and to enhancing SAC member value.

Prior to the SAC, Scott was the Director of Business Development at MindClick Global, where he promoted supply chain transparency and sustainability to the hospitality industry. For more than 10 years, Scott has driven environmental projects to embed triple bottom line strategies across various industries. Notably, Scott was featured in James Cameron’s Emmy winning climate change docu-series Years of Living Dangerously for his EDF Climate Corps fellowship at Caesars Entertainment and for environmental auditing at The Honest Company.

Scott was trained by Al Gore to deliver his Climate Reality Project and by the Marine Mammal Center to rescue stranded wildlife. He holds an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from UC San Diego. He also is a LEED AP and a Master Composter.

Daryl Brewster
CECP

Daryl Brewster

CEO

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Daryl is the CEO of CECP, where he spearheads a network of over 200 Fortune 500 CEOs driving business purpose and sustainable value.  He has authored numerous articles and spoken on the benefits of the power of integrated Long-Term Plans to improve CEO Investor engagement and Long-term value creation.

He has 30 years of executive experience in the US and abroad, including as a CEO, Officer, and Director for several leading public companies, and the head of five multi-billion-dollar global business units. He has served as:

  • The turnaround CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
  • President of Kraft’s $6 billion North American Snacks, Confections, Cereal, and Pet portfolio
  • President of the $1.6 billion Planters Specialty Products Company
  • Managing Director of Campbell’s $300 million UK/European operations.

In addition, Daryl served on the board of E*Trade Financial Holding Company, Krispy Kreme, Inc, and currently serves on the boards of Freshpet, Inc., as well as several privately-held growth companies and non-profit organizations, including the New Jersey chapter of NACD, the National Organization on Disability, and MANA nutrition.

Gavin Schmidt
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Gavin Schmidt

Director

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Gavin Schmidt is the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and works on the simulation of climate in the past, present and possible futures. He was the author with Joshua Wolfe of “Climate Change: Picturing the Science “in 2009, and in 2011 was the inaugural recipient of the AGU Climate Communications Prize. He is a fellow of the AGU and AAAS. His 2014 TED Talk (in Vancouver) has been viewed over a million times.

Albeta Klein
IFC

Albeta Klein

Director and Global Head, Climate Business

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Tina Owens
Danone North America

Tina Owens

Senior Director Food & Agriculture Impact

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Tina Owens is the Senior Director of Food & Agriculture Impact for Danone North America, the largest public benefit corporation and the largest Certified B Corporation in the world. Tina leads the charge for embedding regenerative agriculture practices, farmer resiliency, regenerative financing and industry collaboration.

Tina is passionate about creating communally beneficial systems of agriculture that incentivize farmers to convert to practices which will increase soil organic matter. Over the past 10 years her focus has been on partnerships that are mutually beneficial throughout the supply chain, from soil and farm to brand and consumer.

In her first year at Danone Tina worked on inking a multi-year ag funding agreement with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a collaboration which led to the awarding of a $3M Conservation Innovation Grant from the NRCS for 2020-2022. This grant will enable farmer partners within Danone’s Soil Health Program to cover a myriad of costs in transitioning to regenerative agriculture practices, as well as track the impact to farmer profitability during the conversion.

Tina also spearheaded the Danone partnership with rePlant Capital, an impact investing fund, which is lending direct to farmers by providing low-cost loans to fuel conversions to regenerative and organic agriculture. This partnership led to a commitment of $20M (40%) of rePlant’s funding to be targeted to Danone’s farmer partners over the coming years.

Prior to Danone, Tina spent 17 years at Kellogg Company, 10 of which were working on the natural and organic brand Kashi. Tina helped bring to life an industry-facing effort with QAI called the Certified Transitional protocol: a first of its kind certification that empowers consumers to incentivize farmer conversion to organic practices through their purchases. Under her guidance this program returned over $2M in increased profits direct to 14 enrolled farms, spanning six commodities. During her tenure at Kashi she instituted other responsible sourcing programs related to honeybee health, cocoa, soy, almonds, oats, wheat, and more.

Tina has experience in designing supply chains from scratch, process governance, stakeholder alignment, internal and external education and engagement, and is a media trained brand spokesperson. She values creativity, genuineness and openness, and the connectivity between food, community and health.

Tina resides with her family on 20 acres in Michigan, where they are transitioning previously farmed land to a food forest under the principles of permaculture.

Alex Gershenson
SupplyShift

Alex Gershenson

CEO

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Alex received his doctorate in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, with a focus on climate science and policy. Alex is a well-known expert in responsible sourcing, sustainability, carbon accounting, environmental policy, and economics. Alex is a published author and a frequent speaker at conferences that focus on responsible sourcing and supply chain management.

Prior to starting SupplyShift, Alex was a professor of Policy and Science at San Jose State University and a co-founder of an environmental consulting firm that focused on climate and carbon consulting for enterprise and government clients.

Pratik Desai
World Benchmarking Alliance

Pratik Desai

Strategic Engagement Lead

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Pratik leads strategic engagement efforts for the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), an independent institution seeking to generate a movement around increasing the private sector’s impact on sustainability and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. At the WBA, Pratik develops and implements outreach, engagement, and advocacy strategies to ensure that WBA benchmarks are relevant, inclusive, and impactful across a diverse range of stakeholders and geographies.  In this role, he also oversees the growth and management of the global, multi-stakeholder Alliance of close to 120 organizations spanning the corporate, investment, civil society, and government sectors.

Pratik joined the WBA from the United Nations Foundation, where he managed efforts to align organizational policy objectives with broader UN priorities around sustainable development, corporate responsibility, and private finance. In addition, he worked to seed and incubate strategic initiatives, including the Business and Sustainable Development Commission and the World Benchmarking Alliance. Previously, he held positions in program development, stakeholder relations, and communications and outreach with TechnoServe, The White House, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

A native of Gweru, Zimbabwe, Pratik is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a B.A. in international relations and political science.

Kim Marotta
Molson Coors

Kim Marotta

Head of Sustainability

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Kim Marotta is the Global Senior Director Sustainability and Alcohol Policy for Molson Coors, one of the world’s largest brewers. In her role, she is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives that promote sustainability, protect the company’s reputation, deliver cost savings, manage long-term risk and fuel financial growth. Kim joined the beer business in 2004, and held similar positions for MillerCoors and Miller Brewing Company in the U.S.

Kim completed her undergraduate degree at Marquette University and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. Prior to her career in the beer industry, Kim was a criminal defense attorney and served as an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School.

Kim is a current member of the board of directors for The Nature Conservancy. She has served on numerous boards, including Milwaukee World Festivals, Alcohol Beverage and Medical Research Foundation, The Sustainability Consortium and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation. Kim is a keynote speaker, invited lecturer, and mother of four children.


Patrick McCully
Rainforest Action Network

Patrick McCully

Climate & Energy Program Director

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Paddy is Climate & Energy Program Director of the San Francisco-based Rainforest Action Network. Paddy joined RAN in 2017 after six years as Executive Director of Black Rock Solar, a non-profit that built solar projects for Native American tribes, non-profits and schools in Nevada. Before that he spent fought the financing of destructive dams and promoted human rights and sustainable water and energy practices around the world as Executive Director of International Rivers. He has written extensively on finance, energy, climate and water issues and is the author of Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams. Described by Indian author Arundhati Roy as a “dazzling book,” Silenced Rivers has been translated into five languages.

Pilar Bennett
CDP

Pilar Bennett

Account Manager – Supply Chain

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Pilar Bennett serves as an Account Manager on the Supply Chain team at CDP. She works closely with companies in the automotive and hospitality sectors as well as governmental organizations to reduce the environmental impacts of their value chains. Prior to joining CDP, Pilar was a Research Analyst at NewWorld Capital, an environmentally-focused private equity group. In college, she interned with the Trust for Public Land’s Institutional Strategy and Partnerships group. Pilar graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as well as certificates in Urban Studies and Environmental Studies.

Katie Schmitz Eulitt
SASB

Katie Schmitz Eulitt

Director of Investor Outreach

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Leela Ramnath
Warburg Pincus

Leela Ramnath

Director of ESG

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Leela Ramnath is Director of ESG at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm, where she focuses on environmental, social, and governance issues at the firm and portfolio companies. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, she led impact and partnerships at TAU Investment Management. Previously, she worked at Barclays in emerging markets and in securitized products at a global insurer, and has worked in international development at Technoserve and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Leela is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds an S.B. degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.


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Chris Coulter
Globescan

Chris Coulter

CEO

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Chris works with leadership organizations to help them better understand and respond to shifting stakeholder expectations, build trust with key constituencies and exert greater influence in shaping the future.

Chris has two decades of experience in providing evidence-based counsel in the areas of reputation, purpose and sustainability. He is passionate about building trusted and recognized leadership for GlobeScan’s clients.

Chris has substantive international experience having lived in North America, Europe and Asia and works with GlobeScan clients in all regions of the world. He is also a member of SustainAbility’s Council, is the Chair of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, and is a member of the new Multinational Subcommittee of B Lab’s Standards Advisory Council.

Adam Comora
TruStar Energy LLC

Adam Comora

President and CEO

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Adam Comora currently serves as President and CEO of TruStar Energy LLC, a leading provider of renewable natural gas transportation fuel and fueling infrastructure, a post he began in January of 2013. Prior to this position he was a Managing Director at Fortistar Capital Inc, the parent company of TruStar Energy, beginning in May 2012. From 1998 through 2012, Adam spent 14 years at EnTrust Capital Inc, an investment management firm located in New York, where he was a partner helping manage a long/short equity hedge fund and a diversified fund of funds - assets grew from $1.2 billion when he joined in 1998 to $6.7 billion on his departure. After graduating Cornell University in 1994, Adam began his career as an analyst in the Global Natural Resources group of the investment bank at Chase Manhattan Bank before becoming an associate at Chase Securities Inc. helping manage the Special Situations Fund which used Chase’s capital to invest in distressed debt.

Mike Casteel
TruStar Energy LLC

Mike Casteel

Senior Advisor

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Mike has recently joined TruStar Energy LLC as a Senior Advisor after retiring from UPS after a career of over 40 years. His experience spans a variety of managerial positions in operations, supply management, risk management, energy and automotive related procurement roles including the extensive UPS automotive parts and fleet programs.

Most recently, Mike was responsible for all fleet related procurement activities for UPS in the US and Canada, and had a leading role in developing the financial strategies involved in the deployment of the UPS alternative fuel fleet, including the large scale natural gas and electric fleet projects currently underway, as well as expanding UPS’s use of renewable natural gas in their alternative fuel portfolio.  Mike’s deep knowledge and understanding of alternative low carbon fuels and their practical applications can help corporations understand how to successfully reduce the carbon footprint of their heavy duty fleets.

Eliza Huger Eubank
Citi

Eliza Huger Eubank

Managing Director and Global Head, Citi Environmental and Social Risk Management

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Eliza H. Eubank is Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM) at Citigroup. The ESRM department works with bankers and clients to identify, mitigate, and manage environmental and social risks of clients’ operations financed by Citi, in line with international standards. Over the past 12 years, she has worked on Citi-financed projects in over 80 countries spanning oil & gas, metals & mining, power, infrastructure, and agribusiness. In corporate banking relationships, ESRM reviews clients’ environmental and social policies, performance and transparency, and seeks opportunities to engage clients on recommended improvements in these areas.

Eliza has been at the center of the emerging financial climate risk discussions amongst financial institutions, their regulators, investors and carbon intensive clients. Her team works across internal functions in risk, banking and sustainability on testing emerging methodologies on climate risk analysis and integrating into Citi’s risk frameworks. Eliza represents Citi on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s climate risk sub-committee and represented Citi on the Equator Principles Steering Committee from 2008-2017 as a driving force in the EP3 and EP4 updates.

Prior to Citi, Eliza did similar work at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. She started her career working on climate change issues, greenhouse gas accounting and energy efficiency at the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Alliance to Save Energy.

Eliza has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as a BA in Biology from the University of Colorado.


Alex Amouyel
Solve

Alex Amouyel

Executive Director

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Alex Amouyel is the Executive Director of Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Solve is a community of cross-sector leaders devoted to identifying and supporting solutions to actionable challenges through open innovation. Previously, Alex was the Director of Program for the Clinton Global Initiative, where she curated the content for the Annual Meeting. She also worked for Save the Children International in London and across Asia, the Middle East and Haiti, and at the Boston Consulting Group. Alex holds a double Masters from Sciences Po, Paris, and the London School of Economics, and a Bachelors from Trinity College, Cambridge, UK.

Alain Turenne
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Alain Turenne

Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility

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Alain Turenne is currently Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Walgreen Co., a member of Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). He works with the WBA teams across markets to champion the CSR agenda and drive positive change. He oversees the division Community Affairs, Waste & Recycling and Sustainability & Transparency agenda. Turenne holds an MBA from New York University Stern Business School and a Chemical Engineering degree from Université de Montréal. He was elected to the Board of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in 2019.

Ivan Frishberg
Amalgamated Bank

Ivan Frishberg

Director of Impact Policy

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Ivan Frishberg is a Commercial Banker and the Director of Impact Policy for Amalgamated Bank. Ivan leads Amalgamated’s impact efforts by spearheading and proactively engaging in strategic initiatives at the bank, such as Amalgamated Bank’s carbon and climate commitments. He oversees the bank’s curation of a triple bottom line measurement and manages other innovative approaches to measurement of the bank’s social and environmental impact.

Doug Nystrom
Wal-Mart Inc.

Doug Nystrom

Director – Human Rights, ESG

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Doug Nystrom is Director – Human Rights on the Corporate Affairs Team for Wal-Mart Inc., Bentonville, Arkansas, USA. Doug is responsible for leading, developing and implementing Walmart’s human rights strategies and processes. Over the years his work has included overseeing Walmart’s efforts to combat forced labor and promote responsible recruitment across Walmart’s global supply chain. Doug engages with a wide variety of stakeholders including governments, civil society organizations, suppliers, and other brands/retailers. He also managed third-party structural, electrical, and fire safety inspections of Bangladesh factories supplying apparel products to Walmart in accordance with the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety standards. Doug has over 30 years of experience as an attorney in various corporate, private and non-profit roles.


Linda A. Seabrook
Futures Without Violence

Linda A. Seabrook

General Counsel and Director of Workplace Safety & Equity

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Linda A. Seabrook is General Counsel and Director of Workplace Safety & Equity for Futures Without Violence (FUTURES), a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending violence against women and children, and its impacts on families and communities. In this role, Ms. Seabrook leads a number of initiatives including the only national resource center solely dedicated to addressing the impacts of domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment, and stalking impacting workers and the workplace. Linda is a recognized expert on the development of workplace practices that prevent as well as respond to such violence and harassment, and practices that promote workplace culture change.

Prior to joining FUTURES, Linda was a subject matter expert on victims’ rights for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), providing training and litigation assistance on victims’ issues to the United States Attorneys’ offices and investigative and litigating components of DOJ. Ms. Seabrook came to DOJ from a national labor and employment law firm where she focused on employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases, and occupational safety and health matters. Originally from Charleston, SC, Linda began her legal career at home as an Assistant Solicitor where she prosecuted intimate partner violence and sexual assault offenses securing a 100% conviction rate at trial. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, and obtained her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Irit Tamir
Oxfam America

Irit Tamir

Director of Private Sector Department

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Irit Tamir is the Director of Oxfam America's Private Sector Department. In her role, she is focused on working with companies to ensure that their business practices result in positive social and environmental impacts for vulnerable communities throughout the world. Irit leads Oxfam America’s work on business and development including shareholder engagement, value chain assessments, and collaborative advocacy initiatives, such as the successful “Behind the Brands” campaign.

Irit is co-author of Community Voice in Human Rights Impact Assessments and has contributed to numerous reports at Oxfam focused on business and human rights issues. She is a frequent commentator on agricultural policies, labor, human rights and their intersection with business in major news outlets including NPR, The Guardian, and the New York Times.

Tamir has a JD from Boston College Law School and a master’s in international law from the University of Miami Law School where she was a Ford Foundation fellow. A devoted human rights activist, she has spoken publicly about human rights, climate resilience, and the food system. Tamir has had years of experience in government relations and is a former prosecutor who supervised civil rights prosecutions and hate crimes.

Joanne Bauer
Rights CoLab

Joanne Bauer

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

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Joanne Bauer is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Rights CoLab, a multinational collaborative to create bold strategies to advance human rights that combine civil society, business, finance and technology. Her work at Rights CoLab builds on her 25-year career of human rights research, publication, advocacy, and teaching, and spans two areas: re-aligning business and society through corporate governance innovations; and improving investor responsiveness to human rights. A recognized expert in business and human rights, she is Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, where she founded the SIPA Business and Human Rights Clinic, and leads the Business and Human Rights Program of Columbia's Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

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.”


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Sarah Wilson
Nuveen

Sarah Wilson

Senior Director, Responsible Investing

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Sarah Wilson is a senior director and member of the responsible investing (RI) team at Nuveen, the investment management business of TIAA.

Nuveen’s responsible investing team is responsible for creating a firm-wide holistic RI vision and executing a unified framework across Nuveen’s multi-affiliate structure. Nuveen’s RI framework establishes the firm’s overall RI philosophy as well as guidelines for incorporating RI disciplines in investment decisions and new product development.

Sarah’s responsibilities include the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in the investment process across asset classes, with a focus on fixed income. She also focuses on firm-wide climate change initiatives, as well as measuring the social and environmental impact of the firm’s public and private investments.

Prior to joining TIAA, Nuveen’s parent company, in 2015, Sarah managed corporate sustainability reporting and renewable energy credit portfolios for Green Mountain Energy, a subsidiary of NRG, and helped structure debt financing for renewable energy projects as a summer associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

She holds an M.B.A. and Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and a B.A. in Economics and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah sits on the advisory board of the Yale Initiative for Sustainable Finance.

Lina Constantinovici
BVC Fund

Lina Constantinovici

Founding Partner

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Lina Constantinovici, MBA - With an applied economist perspective, Lina has launched several organizations that contribute to shifting our macro-economic systems towards more optimal outcomes - as an investor, entrepreneur, pioneer in biomimetic innovation, sustainability thought leader, futurist, academic, and family office advisor.

At NEXUS Global, a member association of 6,000 family offices and next generation inheritors, Lina is the Founding Co-Chair of the NEXUS Impact Investing Working Group, an Advisor to the NEXUS Working Group on Energy, Environment, & Innovation, and heads up the Financial Advocacy initiative for the NEXUS Working Group Towards Equal Justice and the Pledge for Our Future.

Lina also founded Innovation 4.4 in 2016, with the mission to accelerate the commercialization of technologies key to implementing the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by aligning with 4.4 billion years of our planetary systems. In 2016, Lina led the development of the partnership between Innovation 4.4 and the New Organ Alliance NASA Centennial Challenge to connect the tissue engineering research community and the Silicon Valley investment and startup ecosystems. Lina lead the investment and entrepreneurship tracks at the launch of the NASA Centennial Challenge on Vascular Tissue at NASA Ames.

In 2019 Lina launched BVC Fund, and early stage investment fund focused on better value creation. The three investment areas of the fund are alternatives for toxic chemicals, alternatives for petroleum-based products, and film and media that accelerate the adoption of better solutions. BVC Fund is focused on solutions that can address the most urgent threats to humanity – a petroleum-based economy that is accelerating climate change, and a production and manufacturing system based on 1444,000 toxic chemicals that threaten humanity’s ability to reproduce by 2060.

As a sustainability strategist, Lina has worked with organizations such as the San Francisco Department of Environment where she quantified, co-authored, and presented for public hearing the Waste Offset Fee proposed legislation, a financial incentive GHG emissions reduction program towards the city's zero waste goals. For the EPA, Lina designed and led a Stakeholder Engagement process with public agencies, business and NGOs in order to develop EPA’s Standards for Sustainable Large Scale Food Venues (convention centers, hotels, ballparks). For W Hotels and Starwood, Lina developed the Strategic Management Plan for Implementing Sustainability Initiatives, the Marketing Plan for promoting sustainable initiatives to guests, the Financial Assessment and Payback Analysis of Rooftop Wind Turbine installation, and lead a strategic foresight Scenario Planning process for sustainable supply chain strategy. For Walmart, Lina developed the Organics Recycling Operations Plan for the company’s Superstores, as well as supply chain standards for the company’s apparel suppliers.

In the domain of the future of cities, sustainable architecture, and built environment innovation, Lina is the recipient of the international RE:STORE award for her future of retail design.

As a pioneer in biomimetic innovation, Lina has focused on investing in and commercializing biomimetic technologies. In 2012, Lina founded StartupNectar, a biomimetic technology incubator focused on commercializing solutions based on nature’s strategies. StartupNectar was selected as a finalist in the NASA/SSV Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability in 2013. In 2015, Lina founded a think tank, the Risk and Value Creation Institute and convened investors to shift more capital to impact at the NASA Mountain View campus, with a subsequent convening in London at the Willis Insurance headquarters in 2016, and in New York City in 2018.

Currently, Lina serves on the Board of the American Sustainable Business Council, Schmidt Marine (a division of Schmidt Family Foundation), Center for Environmental Health, Rainforest Partnership, and Environmental Health Sciences.

Lina is a frequent speaker at global events like the Nobel Peace Prize Summit, the United Nations, NASA Centennial Challenge Launch, SXSW Eco, and over 600 others.

Gerold F. Koch, CFA
DWS

Gerold F. Koch, CFA

Director, Product Development ESG and Index Investing Americas

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Gerold is responsible for the ESG product strategy at DWS in the Americas. ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) products span active and passive investment strategies for institutional and retail investors. Prior to his current role, Gerold built the American passive mandates platform for DWS with a strong focus on customized ESG investment strategies. Prior to that, he held various leading roles as an investment specialist and portfolio manager, structuring and managing risk mitigating overlay strategies as well as corporate credit portfolios. Before joining DWS, Gerold worked for 4 years as a fixed income portfolio manager and analyst at Aquila Capital.

Meg Parker Young
Thomson Reuters

Meg Parker Young

Director of Impact Strategy and Development

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Meg Parker Young creates and leads strategic initiatives at the intersection of global markets, the public sector, and civil society. As Director of Impact Strategy and Development at Thomson Reuters, she aligns corporate strengths with opportunities for impact, championing access to justice and transparency. In 2019, Meg was honored for this work with an award from the United Nations, recognized as the UN Global Compact SDG Pioneer for Business Accountability and Transparency. Previously, Meg worked on international economic issues for eight years in China, West Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. She served at the U.S. Embassy in Côte d'Ivoire leading up to the 2015 presidential elections as Acting Deputy for political transition programming. She also served as Data Analysis Team Lead for the U.S. Agency for International Development, managing a team of geographers and statisticians covering 13 emerging markets and worked on supply chain management in the cocoa industry after completing research as an Oxford University fellow in China. Meg holds an MBA from Yale University and a BA from Middlebury College.


Jeff West
IBM

Jeff West

Corporate Responsibility Leader,

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Jeff serves as Corporate Responsibility Leader for the IBM Corporation and leads its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy. In this role, Jeff works across the enterprise to strengthen the company’s integrated global sustainability performance with a focus on technology as a force for good. His portfolio includes framing disclosures, navigating global policy issues across social responsibility, and supporting clients in maximizing their CSR impact.

Prior to joining IBM, Jeff served as Director of Corporate Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations where he led the organization’s corporate philanthropy portfolio. At the Council, Jeff partnered with 100+ companies throughout the U.S. to expand, enhance and sustain their CSR programs. Jeff is an expert in developing public private partnerships and spent eight years at the Peace Corps, the last five as the agency’s lead on collaboration with the private sector. During his tenure, Jeff designed and implemented the Peace Corps' first-ever strategic partnerships with global corporations including Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, and IBM with programs spanning multiple countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Jeff also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine.

Ariel Meyerstein
Citi

Ariel Meyerstein

Senior Vice President, Sustainability & ESG

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Reporting to the Chief Sustainability Officer, Meyerstein engages with diverse global functions to help lead reputational risk management on human rights, climate change and other critical sustainability issues through policy development, stakeholder engagement and portfolio and transactional due diligence and advisory work, including on ESG-linked products and for supply chain issues. He also leads Citi’s annual reporting on human rights and modern slavery. Prior to joining Citi, Meyerstein led multilateral policy engagement at the intersection of trade, investment, human rights and sustainable development for the U.S. Council for International Business, where he also created the Business for 2030 platform in 2015 to enhance business engagement in the SDGs. A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has served on a number of multi-stakeholder advisory committees to the ILO and OECD, as well as to various U.S. executive branch agencies. Meyerstein began his career developing expertise in international law while working for global law firms, in international courts and tribunals and human rights NGOs.

Laura Craft
Heitman

Laura Craft

Senior Vice President, Global Strategy & Investment ESG

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Laura is Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Investment ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) at Heitman, a real estate investment manager with ~$44 billion in private equity, debt and securities investments across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. She identifies ESG investment opportunities and solutions, and leads the ESG platform to establish systematic approaches to embed ESG into investment decision-making and management of investments.

Laura helped develop Heiman’s mission statement “Investing Today with a Focus on Tomorrow”; ultimately, we seek to improve the world in which we live and work, while delivering the investment outcomes our investors require. We believe integrating ESG considerations provides opportunities to create value, reduce risk and enhance investment returns.

Recently, Laura lead a Heitman partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI) to publish a report, Climate Risk and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making, which explores current methods for assessing and mitigating climate risk in real estate. The report is based on insights from more than 25 investors and investment managers in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific, as well as existing research. Heitman’s approach to evaluating real estate climate risk is highlighted within the report’s case studies.

Currently, Laura is the co-chair of Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Innovation Affinity Group and is a member of ULI Greenprint Center for Buildings Performance’s Performance Committee. She is a graduate of Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership and a LEED Accredited Professional, having overseen over 100 LEED certifications, IREM certifications, Energy Star Label ratings, and Green Globes designations.

Prior to joining Heitman, she spent 10 years at LaSalle Investment Management, where she began in LaSalle’s valuation and asset management groups and transitioned to develop the firm’s Global Sustainability Platform. Laura’s early career experience includes market data coverage at real estate brokerage company, Grubb & Ellis | Barkley Fraser, as well as Building Information Modeling (BIM) research and development at SmartBIM. Laura received a double BA in Real Estate and Business Management from University of Georgia, where she was one of 30 UGA students to earn a Leonard Leadership Scholar Certificate.

Jeffrey Hollender
American Sustainable Business Council

Jeffrey Hollender

CEO

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Jeffrey Hollender is CEO, co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, which through its national member network represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries. He was co-founder and CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices.

Hollender is also the founder of Sustain Natural, that develops and markets sustainable feminine care products for women; and a strategic advisor and former Board Chair of Greenpeace US. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at the Stern Business School, New York University. He is also the author of his seven books, including most recently, “The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win and Planet Home.


David Wei
BSR

David Wei

Climate Director,

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Wesley Gee
The Works Design Communications

Wesley Gee

Director of Sustainability

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Stephanie Bakkum
Circular Economy Club

Stephanie Bakkum

Co-Leader

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Stephanie Bakkum is a co-leader of the Circular Economy Club of New York where she helps organize events around circular economy activity in New York City. She is also a Director of Engagement Strategy at Ogilvy with a focus on enabling brands to play a positive role in major socioeconomic and environmental challenges. She is currently an MPA candidate at Columbia University with an emphasis in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management.

Marientina Laina
Southpole

Marientina Laina

Senior Consultant & CDP Expert

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Marientina is a Senior Consultant for Corporate Sustainability in the Climate Strategy team at South Pole, based in London. She has extensive experience in sustainability strategy, science-based targets and CDP reporting. In addition, Marientina has gained further experience as a supervisor of TCFD-related projects for assessing climate-related risks. Prior to joining South Pole, she worked in sustainability consulting and climate change policy at EcoAct, Schneider Electric’s Energy and Sustainability Services and in international organisations, including the United Nations in Vienna and the OECD in Paris. Marientina holds an MSc degree in Environmental Technology and International Affairs from the Vienna University of Technology and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. She is fluent in English, French and Greek and also speaks German and Spanish.


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Pooja Wagh
MIT Solve

Pooja Wagh

Director of Results Measurement and Health Community Lead

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Pooja Wagh is Director of Results Measurement and Health Community Lead at MIT Solve. Pooja came to Solve in 2017 with over a decade of experience in international development, program evaluation, and data analysis in the private and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she oversaw a multimillion-dollar portfolio of global impact evaluations at Innovations for Poverty Action. As Director of Results Measurement at Solve, Pooja defines and implements the organization's monitoring and evaluation strategy, including monitoring of Solve's portfolio of Solver teams and the impact of the partnerships Solve brokers. As the Health Community Lead, she develops and nurtures relationships with Solve's health-focused Members and Solver teams, and works with them to drive forward promising, innovative solutions to intractable challenges in the health and wellness space. Pooja holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelors in electrical engineering from MIT.

Bill Sisson
WBCSD

Bill Sisson

Executive Director

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William (Bill) Sisson is presently the executive director for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) North America operations, based in New York City. He oversees WBCSD’s regional strategy, relations and growth efforts, sustainability focused member projects and strategic engagements. Prior to his role with WBCSD, Bill gained over 30 years of private sector experience with the multi-national conglomerate United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he capped his career as Senior Executive Director for Sustainability reporting to UTC’s Chief Technology Officer. While at UTC, his responsibilities included directing Carrier’s long-range HVAC research as well as managing Carrier’s Commercial Controls division. Bill is the Chairman and Board President of the Global Building Performance Network (GBPN) since September 2018. Bill currently sits on the Technical Review Committee of the Global Cooling Prize, administered by Rocky Mountain Institute, and is a member of the expert group for Aspen Global Change Institute’s research on Industry Decarbonization. He holds advanced degrees from Virginia Tech, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business, where he is a Sloan Fellow alumnus.

Helle Bank Jorgensen
Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO & Founder

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Gloria Kim
J.P. Morgan

Gloria Kim

Managing Director | Global Head of Index Research

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Gloria M. Kim is a Managing Director and Global Head of Index Research and Analytics at J.P. Morgan. Gloria manages a research-led global index platform that is responsible for the development, strategy, marketing, and overall management of developed (GBI), emerging markets (EMBI) and Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) fixed income indices for the Corporate & Investment Bank globally. In addition, she coordinates and partners with various businesses across the bank (Credit, Rates, SPG, FX, Commodities) on index initiatives and bringing new tradable index products to the market. The index team is part of J.P. Morgan’s Global Research franchise, which is top ranked by Institutional Investor, and the EM fixed income family of indices are considered the industry standard with over 95% market share and tracked by over a trillion dollars in institutional assets.

Gloria started at J.P. Morgan in the Asset Management division, where she managed the Investment Advisor Services platform to promote the firm’s mutual fund business. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 1997, Gloria worked at Bankers Trust within Investment Banking and Investment Management. She received her B.S. from Cornell University and her MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. She attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City.

Gloria is a recipient of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business award from the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC). In 2014, she was selected by the Council of Urban Professionals as one of their CUP Catalyst: Change Agent in Finance. Gloria was also a former Board member for the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF). Within J.P. Morgan, Gloria is an Executive Committee member for Women On the Move Corporate & Investment Bank Network (CIBWN), Co-Chair for the External Engagement Committee within CIBWN and an Executive Committee member for Women In Research (WiR). 


Robert Fernandez
Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Robert Fernandez

Director of ESG Research

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Giulia Corinaldi
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Giulia Corinaldi

Director of Inclusive Economies Programme

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Giulia Corinaldi joined the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2018 as Head of Programmes for TrustLaw, the Foundation’s global pro bono connection service, and is now Director of Inclusive Economies, focusing on using the power of the media and the law to combat modern slavery, protect data rights and shift economic and business models to being more equitable, sustainable and participatory.

Giulia is passionate about women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and technology, and has built global, cross-sector partnerships in these spaces. She played a pivotal role in helping the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women grow from a small start-up into a global brand, serving as Mentoring Programme Director and interim Chief Executive Officer. She has also acted as a consultant for the Kering Foundation and UNESCO in Paris. In all of her positions, Giulia has worked to develop strategy and overall growth plans, as well as forge strong partnerships among diverse stakeholders.

Giulia serves as the Chair of the Board for Value for Women, a specialised advisory social firm helping organisations advance gender equality.

Doug Bailey
FutEra Power

Doug Bailey

Executive Chair;
President and CEO, Razor Energy

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As Executive Chairman of FutEra Power, and CEO of Razor Energy, Mr. Bailey has the needed perspective to lead an energy company into an exciting and dynamic future. Mr Bailey has over 25 years of commercial experience from heavy infrastructure construction to oil and gas production., Mr Bailey is also a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.

Lisa Mueller
FutEra Power

Lisa Mueller

President;
VP New Ventures, Razor Energy

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As President of FutEra Power, and VP New Ventures of Razor Energy, Ms. Mueller has the technical and commercial background to blend existing energy development practices with innovative new thinking, to develop executable projects for a lower carbon future. Ms. Mueller has 20 years of experience including a degree in Mechanical Engineering and senior leadership positions in oil and gas.


Marc Pritchard
P&G

Marc Pritchard

Chief Brand Officer,

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Marc Pritchard is responsible for P&G’s brand building disciplines worldwide. He leads marketing innovations that guide communication and brand building for P&G’s portfolio of trusted, quality brands. Marc is a veteran of P&G for more than three decades, joining the company in 1982 as a cost analyst in the Paper Division, followed by a move into marketing in 1987 on the Sure antiperspirant/deodorant brand He has 20 years of progressive experience in the Beauty and Personal Care categories which earned his appointment to president of Global Cosmetics and Personal Care in 2003. Known for his pioneering approach to product, commercial and operational innovation, Marc served as president of Global Strategy for two years, driving expanded productivity for P&G He was appointed P&G’s chief marketing officer in 2008. As P&G’s top brand builder, Marc believes in the power of brands to serve people with superior performing products, while being both a force for good and a force for growth through ethics and responsibility, community impact, diversity and inclusion, gender equality and environmental sustainability. He continually leads P&G’s brand building reinvention and is a leading voice in the media, marketing and creative industry.

Kate Marshall
Morgan Stanley

Kate Marshall

Executive Director, Global Stewardship

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Kate Marshall is an ESG specialist on Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s (MSIM) Global Stewardship team, which oversees global proxy voting and supports investment teams in shareholder engagements. The team also contributes to MSIM’s overall ESG integration efforts and Kate supports MSIM’s Sustainability Council, composed of senior leaders and portfolio managers, in setting the firm’s ESG strategy, leading firm-level ESG reporting and coordinating other ESG initiatives. In addition, Kate collaborates with investment teams on thematic ESG engagements and research, and provides analysis on E&S-related shareholder proposals.

Prior to MSIM, Kate worked at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) where she primarily advised private equity firms on ESG integration, including impact investing and ESG due diligence. Kate also worked with consumer goods and food and agriculture companies to design and implement supply chain sustainability and women’s empowerment programs. Before working at BSR, Kate was the lead ESG analyst for the Materials sector at Sustainalytics where in addition to conducting company and sector-level research, she advised clients on ESG integration, supported shareholder engagements and contributed to the firm’s methodology innovation.

Kate holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.

Barry Gladstein
Macquire

Barry Gladstein

CFA, Senior Vice President, Investments Research, Head of ESG Oversight — Investments Business Management and Analysis

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Barry Gladstein manages the firm’s external investment research process and oversees the firm’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment practices. Prior to joining Macquarie Investment Management (MIM) in 2016 in his current role, Gladstein spent five years as founding member, portfolio manager, and chief financial officer for Cross Ledge Investments, an SEC-registered investment advisor firm whose primary product was the Cross Ledge Long/Short Equity Fund. From 1995 to 2010, he worked at Delaware Investments in various investment and operational roles, leaving the firm as co-chief investment officer and portfolio manager/analyst for the firm’s Emerging Growth team. Gladstein earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified public accountant and an FSA credential holder.

Jeff Gitterman
Gitterman Wealth Management, LLC.

Jeff Gitterman

Co-Founding Partner

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Jeff Gitterman is a co-founding partner of Gitterman Wealth Management, and a thought leader in the Sustainable, ESG and Impact Investing field. He is the creator of his firm’s SMART (Sustainability Metrics Applied to Risk Tolerance)® Investing Services, which offer investment opportunities for individual clients, as well as research and investing services for other financial professionals in the Sustainable, ESG, and Impact arenas.

Noted as an “ESG expert” by Financial Advisor magazine, Jeff has also been featured in the past in Money Magazine, Barron’s, Morningstar Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Affluent Magazine, among many others. He also speaks frequently about Sustainable, Impact, and ESG Investing at conferences throughout the US, including Morningstar, Fidelity, Barron’s, Financial Advisor Magazine, Bloomberg, and many others. In 2018, he was named RIA “Thought Leader of the Year” by WealthManagement.com.

Over the past several years, Gitterman Wealth Management has also hosted several large sustainable investing conferences for financial advisors in New York City, with the 2019 and 2018 conferences, as well as the 2019 Family Office Impact Summit taking place at the United Nations Headquarters. Jeff deeply believes that the migration of investor capital towards Sustainable, ESG, and Impact investing is one of, if not the most effective way to help realize the United Nations’ supported Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and he is committed to helping both investors and other financial professionals navigate this rapidly growing landscape.

Jeff is also the author of Beyond Success: Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity, and an Associate Producer of the feature documentary film, Planetary. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Child Health Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical and dedicates much of his free time to raising funds and awareness for the autism community.


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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.

Amanda Cimaglia
SOLEBURY TROUT

Amanda Cimaglia

Managing Director, ESG

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