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The Responsible Business Summit New York 2020 March 16-18, 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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Tom Palmer
Newmont Goldcorp

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.


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.

Olivier Guersent
European Commission

Olivier Guersent

Director General, DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union,

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Olivier Guersent is the Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, a position he has held since September 2015. Previously, Guersent was Deputy Director General of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union from 2014 to 2015, and head of the private office of Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, from 2010 to 2014. He joined the European Commission in 1992, and successively alternated between positions in the private offices of various European Commissioners and the Directorate-General for Competition. From 1984 to 1992, Guersent served the French Ministry of Economy and Finance under the French Competition Authority as an investigator. He holds a degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux.

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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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.

Andrew Wallis
Aroundtown

Andrew Wallis

Deputy CEO

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Amy Senter
Kellogg Company

Amy Senter

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Stephen Gottesfeld
Newmont Goldcorp

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.


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.

Rebecca Lucore
Covestro

Rebecca Lucore

Head of Sustainability and CSR

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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.


Jenny Flores
Bank of the West

Jenny Flores

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

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Jenny Flores is the Senior Vice President Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Bank of the West and oversees the company’s philanthropic investments, employee engagement and corporate citizenship initiatives. She manages a national team of professionals dedicated to ensuring the Bank delivers high impact programs, products and services focused on key CSR areas supporting young people, entrepreneurs, energy transition and local community needs.

Prior to Bank of the West, Jenny served as the Community Development Director for Citi in Northern California. Earlier in her career, she was Executive Director of the Congress of California Seniors, a statewide organization dedicated to assisting seniors and low-income families on issues of health care, affordable housing, transportation, technology, and consumer protection. Her background also includes advancing legislative initiatives through her position with the Greenlining Institute and work in the California State Legislature.

Among her numerous professional and civic affiliations, Jenny has served on over a dozen non-profit boards and committees in various leadership capacities including Board Chair, Governance Committee Chair, and Audit Committee Chair. Currently, Jenny serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. and is the Chair of the Northwestern Regional Board of Operation Hope, Inc.

In addition to her volunteer experience, she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business twice by the San Francisco Business Times in 2016 and 2018. In 2017, Jenny was awarded “Top 40 under 40” also from the San Francisco Business Times. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from the FW Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College located in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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 ®.


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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

Vice President

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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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Nollaig Forest
Firmenich

Nollaig Forest

Vice President Corporate Communications

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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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Jeff King
Hersheys

Jeff King

Senior Dirctor Global Sustainability and Social Impact

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Stewart Lindsay
The Nature Conservancy

Stewart Lindsay

Interim Head of Corporate Engagement

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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.

Kevin Eckerle
NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Kevin Eckerle

Director, Corporate Research & Engagement

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Kevin is a Senior Research Scholar and the Director of Corporate Research and Engagement at the Center for Sustainable Business, New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business, where he uses his more than 13 years’ experience working with private and public organizations to develop and implement transformational strategies that leverage sustainability as a driver of value creation. Prior to NYU, Kevin was a sustainability strategist with Accenture Strategy and Esty Environmental Partners (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), working with corporate, government and non-profit clients to embed sustainability. Prior to his consulting career, Kevin served in the U.S. Senate as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where he oversaw several of the nation’s largest scientific agencies, including NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation. He began his career as a biologist, studying the unending variety of ornaments, dances and songs that birds use to dazzle their mates.

Kevin is a frequent speaker on sustainability and the circular economy, and is the author or co-author of 10+ publications on the circular economy, engaging consumers to promote sustainable decision-making and grow business value, the economics of coal-generated electricity, the impacts of climate change on global biodiversity, and the ecology of birds.

He earned his Ph.D. from Illinois State University and MBA from The George Washington University School of Business.


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.

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.  

Shawn Welch
Hi-Cone

Shawn Welch

Vice President and General Manager

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Shawn Welch is Vice President and General Manager of Hi-Cone Worldwide, a leading manufacturer of beverage ring carrier multipacks.

Prior to joining Hi-Cone, Shawn served as Vice President and General Manager for the North American Beer Business Unit of Owens-Illinois (O-I). Before that, he spent over three years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for North America at O-I.

From 2008 to 2011, Shawn served as Senior Vice President of Customer Management for North American Retail for Sara Lee Corporation in Downers Grove, Illinois. 

His executive career began in 2000, when he re-joined Kellogg Company as Senior Director of Team Sales in their Morning Foods division, before later being promoted to serve as Vice President of Sales for their Frozen Foods division. Shawn began his career in sales in 1988 with Kellogg Company, serving for over 11 years in various sales and marketing roles at regional locations (Memphis, Atlanta, and Dallas) before transferring to the corporate office in Battle Creek, Michigan as Marketing Manager in 1997. He later acted as Customer Marketing Manager with Schering-Plough.

Shawn has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. 

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 Biography
Disability:IN

Jill Houghton Biography

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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Ernesto Ciorra
Enel

Ernesto Ciorra

Chief Innovability Officer

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Born in 1971, graduated in Business Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, magna cum laude, after many years of consultancy, he joined Enel on October 2014 as Chief Innnovability Officer. Founder of Ars et Inventio (2003), a consulting firm focused only on innovation and creativity, he has supported many companies at designing and launching innovative products and services that have become popular worldwide. Nokia, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Poste Italiane, Eni, GDF, Edison, the P&G Fater and Fameccanica joint-ventures, Unilever, RCS, Sole24Ore, BNP, Unicredit and American Express are some of the firms he cooperated with. Lecturer of Innovation Management in Italian and Spanish universities and business schools (director of the “Programa Avanzado de Gestión de la Innovación” at Istituto de Empresa de Madrid, professor and member of the Scientific Committee of the “Master in Innovazione Strategica” at Cà Foscari),  he has also authored three collections of verses and a theatrical play acted in several theatres in Italy (in Milan, Bologna, Taormina and Siracusa). Professors Henry Chesbrough of Berkeley and Mark Kramer of Harvard have written two business cases regarding his activity as Chief Innovability Officer at Enel. The two business cases are available on www.hrb.org and are used in several courses at Berkeley and Harvard.

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 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.


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.

Jennifer Hoyer
The Nature Conservancy

Jennifer Hoyer

Director of Cause Marketing and Brand Partnerships

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