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An Unrivalled Speaker Line-Up

New expert speakers confirmed to lead practical, ideas-based discussions:

  • James F. Kenny (Mayor, City of Philadelphia) on the role of local government in fighting climate change
  • Our European perspective - our confirmed brands making the trip to the US to provide European insight on responsible business include; Head of Group Sustainable Finance, Nordea,  Head of CSR, Walgreens Boots Alliance, VP Sustainability Strategy, Telia Company
John Kern
Cisco

John Kern

SVP Supply Chain Operations

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

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

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

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

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

Sandra Nessing
American Electric Power

Sandra Nessing

Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew Welch
The SASB Foundation

Matthew Welch

President

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

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

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

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

Hervé P. Duteil
BNP Paribas

Hervé P. Duteil

Managing Director, Chief Sustainability Officer, Americas

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

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

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

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

Jostein Solheim
Unilever North America

Jostein Solheim

Executive Vice President, Foods and Refreshments

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Jostein became the Head of Unilever Foods and Refreshment Division, North America, in July of 2018. Prior to this role, he was the CEO for Ben & Jerry’s for the past 8 years, and successfully expanded the iconic business across 38 countries while further increasing its social mission reach and impact. Jostein spent 15 years in Unilever’s ice cream businesses across Europe, Eastern Europe and North America before leading Ben & Jerry’s. Prior to that he worked within Unilever’s Corporate Strategy department supporting the global Foods business. Jostein graduated from the London School of Economics.

Richard Ellis
Walgreen Boots Alliance

Richard Ellis

Group Head of CSR

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Amandine Robin
Pernod Ricard

Amandine Robin

SVP North America, Communications & Sustainability

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

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

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

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

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

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

James F. Kenny
Philadelphia

James F. Kenny

Mayor

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

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

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

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

Judy Cotte
RBC Global Asset Management

Judy Cotte

V.P. & Head, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment

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Judy Cotte is V.P. & Head, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment for RBC Global Asset Management (“RBC GAM”) and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. RBC GAM manages approximately CAD $425 billion in assets for individual and institutional investors through offices in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. The Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment team oversees all of RBC GAM's activities related to corporate governance and responsible investment including the more formal integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into the investment process, proxy voting and the firm’s ESG-focused engagement program.

Prior to joining RBC GAM, Judy was the Director of Policy Development & Chief Operating Officer for the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (“CCGG”), a coalition of most of Canada’s largest institutional investors. Before joining CCGG, she completed her Masters degree in securities law while working on special projects for various branches of the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) including the Office of Domestic and International Affairs, Enforcement and Corporate Finance. Previously, she was Senior Litigation Counsel with the OSC where she prosecuted offences under the Securities Act, including misleading disclosure, market manipulation and insider trading. Prior to joining the OSC, Judy was litigation counsel for a large broker/dealer and prior to that, a partner in a Bay Street law firm.

Judy is a member of the CCGG Public Policy Committee, the TSX Listings Advisory Committee and the UN PRI’s Global Policy Reference Group. She has been designated the Country Correspondent for Canada by the International Corporate Governance Network. She is a past member of the OSC’s Securities Advisory Committee, Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee, Environmental Reporting Advisory Committee and Enforcement Committee. She was previously the Canada Correspondent for the Council of Institutional Investors.

Marilyn Ceci
JP Morgan

Marilyn Ceci

Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds

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

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

Tom Linebarger
Cummins

Tom Linebarger

Chairman & CEO

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Tom Linebarger is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Cummins Inc., a global technology leader with a broad portfolio of power solutions.

In this role, he oversees the strategic direction and growth initiatives of the 100-year old, Indiana-based company. Cummins is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of engines and related technologies; and a provider of global service and support in 190 countries across a network of approximately 7,500 distributor and dealer locations.

Tom became chairman and CEO in January 2012. Before that, he served as president and COO from 2008 to 2011, executive vice president and president, Power Generation Business from 2003 to 2008, vice president and chief financial officer from 2000 to 2003, and vice president, supply chain management from 1998 to 2000.

Tom was initially attracted to Cummins’ purpose-driven approach to business. That was reinforced during a summer internship at the Cummins MidRange Engine plant in Walesboro, Indiana. He liked the values, the people, and the business challenges he found at Cummins and decided to join full time in February 1993. Prior to Cummins, Tom was an investment analyst and investment manager at Prudential Investment Corporation, working in both Singapore and Hong Kong.

In addition to his work at Cummins, Tom is actively involved with both global and local organizations. He has been a member of the board of directors of Harley-Davidson since 2008. He is a board member of the Business Roundtable where he serves as chair of the International Engagement Committee working with government officials on crafting legislation that impacts American businesses. He is also a member of the executive committee, U.S.-China Business Council, Energy Systems Network, and Canvas. Locally, he acts as committee chair of the Personal Mobility Network’s Corporate Advisory Committee, which focuses on improving public transportation for the residents of Indianapolis, IN. In 2018, Tom was appointed as a steering group member of the Hydrogen Council, a global organization developing strategies and solutions in support of an energy transition to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Tom grew up in California and in 1986 received joint undergraduate degrees in management engineering from Claremont McKenna College and mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He later returned to Stanford University to earn an MS in manufacturing systems from the School of Engineering and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business in 1993.

Tom and his wife Michele live in Indianapolis and enjoy traveling to spend time with their adult daughters, Alex and Emily.

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.

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Paige Goff
Domtar

Paige Goff

Vice President of Sustainability

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Michael Colarossi
Avery Dennison

Michael Colarossi

Vice President, Innovation & Sustainabiliity

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Hocevar
Greenpeace

John Hocevar

Oceans Campaign Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Scott
Subway

John Scott

VP - Global Quality, Food Safety & Sustainability

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Sasja Beslik
Nordea

Sasja Beslik

Head of Group Sustainable Finance

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

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

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

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

Awards and nominations

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

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

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

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

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

Rich Kroes
Oracle Corporation

Rich Kroes

Senior Director of Global Sustainability

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

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

Louis Coppola
GA Institute

Louis Coppola

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President

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John Kotlarczyk
Walgreen Boots Alliance

John Kotlarczyk

Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction

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Daniel Fibiger
Gap

Daniel Fibiger

Director, Global Sustainability

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Bridget Croke
Closed Loop Partners

Bridget Croke

VP, External Affairs

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Bridget Croke leads external affairs including investor partnerships, industry partnerships, communications and special projects at the Closed Loop Partners. Bridget has been been working on sustainability, circular economy and turning waste into value for 20 years through organizations including Fair Food Project of Philadelphia, Recyclebank and Purpose before Closed Loop Partners.

Nick Gogerty
Solarcoin

Nick Gogerty

CEO

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

Andy Keller

CEO & President

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

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

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

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Hakon Mattson
Anthem

Hakon Mattson

Director of Sustainability

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

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

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

Lina Constantinovici
Innovation 4.4

Lina Constantinovici

Founder and Executive Director

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Anna Lisa Lukes
Golden State Foods

Anna Lisa Lukes

Director CSR

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Nathan Truitt
American Forest Foundation

Nathan Truitt

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

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

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

Ravinder Bhalla
Hoboken

Ravinder Bhalla

Mayor, City of Hoboken

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon Mithcell
New Bedford

Jon Mithcell

Mayor, New Bedford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Davida Heller
Citi

Davida Heller

Vice President, Corporate Sustainability

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

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

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

Virginie Helias
P&G

Virginie Helias

Vice President Global Sustainability

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

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

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

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

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

Anne van Riel
ING

Anne van Riel

Head of Sustainable Finance Americas

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

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

Wendy Blanpied
Save the Children

Wendy Blanpied

Senior Advisor

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

Michael Levine
Under Armour

Michael Levine

Vice President and Managing Counsel, Sustainability

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Michael Levine heads Under Armour’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability program as Vice President and Managing Counsel, Sustainability and C.S.R. In addition to his role at Under Armour, Michael serves as a Board Member for the Fair Labor Association.

Michael served as Co-chair for the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the American Bar Association in 2009.

His specialties include: corporate social responsibility, sustainability, compliance and ethics programs, supply chain risk management, international labor and employment issues.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University and Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law.

Janet Ranganathan
World Resources Institute

Janet Ranganathan

Vice President

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Christopher Walker
WBCSD

Christopher Walker

Director, North America and Redefining Value

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Since, October 2014, Chris serves as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as the Director, North America based in New York City. As part of his role, he manages the organization’s relationship with approximately 47 Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in North America and as part of WBCSD’s Redefining Value leads the Investor Decision making work which assists WBCSD members engagement on ESG issues with the Financial sector such as Aligning Retirement Assets of corporates with their values.

He has worked in a variety of roles over the last 18 years on climate and sustainability. Most recently he was a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice. He previously was the Executive Officer of the Carbon Trust, LLC, the US affiliate of the UK’s Carbon Trust. He has served on the National Academy of Science’s, congressionally mandated study “America’s Climate Choices” (July 2010) and as Executive Director for North America for The Climate Group and as Head of Swiss Re's Sustainability Business Development. At Swiss Re, he ran a unit responsible for developing commercial applications to Swiss Re Sustainability as well as government affairs liaison on climate change/GHG emissions issues. 

Prior to Swiss Re, he litigated environmental law. He is a graduate with a BA and JD from St. John's University and attended the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown. 

Laura Palmeiro
UN Global Compact

Laura Palmeiro

Senior Advisor

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

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

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

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

Michael Garland
Office of New York City Comptroller

Michael Garland

Assistant Comptroller - Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment

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

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

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

Alisa Gravitz
Green America

Alisa Gravitz

CEO

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For nearly 35 years, Alisa Gravitz has led Green America, the national green economy organization. Green America develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems with a key focus on climate, sustainable agriculture, fair trade and responsible finance.

Green America operates the nation’s largest green business and consumer networks. Ms. Gravitz is a leading expert on how families and businesses can “go green,” saving money and resources. As part of Green America's Center for Sustainability Solutions, which focuses on transforming supply chains, she co-chairs innovation networks on carbon farming, sustainable agriculture, solar and clean electronics.

Ms. Gravitz’s board service includes Ceres, Positive Future Network, Network for Good, Non-GMO Project and Underdog Foundation. She earned her MBA from Harvard University and her BA in economics and environmental sciences from Brandeis University. Green America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Chris Fowle
PRI

Chris Fowle

Head of America

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Chris joined the PRI in October 2016 as the Head of the Americas helping manage signatory relations in North America. Previously he was Head of Investor Initiatives for CDP, the former Carbon Disclosure Project, in North America. He served as the CDP representative for Sustainable Accounting Standard Board’s Standards Council and for Climate Bond Initiative’s Climate Bond Standards Advisory Board. Previously, Chris worked in New York and Tokyo for JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and the former Lehman Brothers. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BBA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Andy Pharoah
Mars

Andy Pharoah

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Strategic Initiatives & Sustainability

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

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

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

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

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

Brendon Steele
Future 500

Brendon Steele

Director of Stakeholder Engagement

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

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

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

Judy Panayos
Sodexo

Judy Panayos

Sr Director, Sustainability, Supply Management

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

Carol Surface
Medtronic

Carol Surface

Chief Human Resources Officer

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

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

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

Hammad Atassi
American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)

Hammad Atassi

CEO

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

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

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

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

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

Tjeerd Krumpelman
ABN AMRO

Tjeerd Krumpelman

Head of Reporting & Stakeholder Engagement

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

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

Rachel Guthrie
TD Bank

Rachel Guthrie

Head of ESG Reporting & Impact Measurement

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

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

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

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Anna Pot
APG Asset Management

Anna Pot

Manager, Responsible Investments

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

Erika Karp
Cornerstone Capital

Erika Karp

CEO

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

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

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

Myriam Coneim
American Express

Myriam Coneim

Director of Sustainability

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Robert Fernandez
Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Robert Fernandez

Director of ESG Research

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Rob Fernandez, vice president, is Breckinridge’s director of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. He is also a member of the firm’s Sustainability Committee. In his role, Rob leads Breckinridge’s ongoing ESG integration and engagement efforts, regularly contributes thought leadership and performs credit analysis. Rob has been with the firm since 2010 and has over 18 years of research experience. Prior to Breckinridge, Rob was a senior research analyst at Opus Investment Management. Rob began his career in credit research at State Street Bank & Trust Co. as a participant in its commercial loan officer development program. He has also held commercial credit analyst positions at Cambridge Savings Bank and Eastern Bank. Rob is a member of the Board of Overseers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and is a member of the advisory board for the CECP Strategic Investor Initiative. He holds a B.S. from Boston College and an MBA from the Boston University School of Management. He is a CFA® charterholder and is an FSA Credential holder.

Robert Dornau
RobecoSAM

Robert Dornau

Director, Senior Manager Sustainabillity Services

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Robert Dornau, Director, Senior Manager Sustainabillity Services, RobecoSAM, Zürich, Switzerland

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

Giulio Bonazzi
Aquafil

Giulio Bonazzi

Chairman and CEO

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Giulio Bonazzi is the chairman and CEO of Aquafil SpA and passionate about bringing the circular economy into the mainstream. An innovator and disruptor, Bonazzi is transforming his family-run manufacturing business into a sustainable global enterprise by turning trash from landfill and oceans into high-quality, beautiful fibers.
Today, Aquafil is recognized as a sustainability leader company, a stalwart example of the circular economy and an innovator within the synthetic textile industry, with 16 plants in eight countries across three continents.
Bonazzi was honoured with Ernst & Young’s 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the
industrial products category for his entrepreneurial excellence and leadership ability in
expanding Aquafil SpA globally. In the same year, his dream to produce yarns 100 percent from waste becomes a reality: ECONYL® is launched and in 2014 the company won the most prestigious award in Germany dedicated to sustainability “Deutschenachhaltigkeitpreis” specifically for the development of a regeneration system that allows Aquafil to transform waste into regenerated ECONYL® fiber.

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.

Jeff West
IBM

Jeff West

Corporate Responsibility Leader

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Hui Wen Chan
Citi

Hui Wen Chan

Vice President, Corporate Sustainability

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Jennifer Holmgren
LanzaTech

Jennifer Holmgren

CEO

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

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

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

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

Shaheen Contractor
Bloomberg

Shaheen Contractor

Intelligence Analyst

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

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

Tom Murray
EDF

Tom Murray

Vice President

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

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

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

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Anne Larilahti
Telia Company

Anne Larilahti

VP Sustainability Strategy

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Sophie Beckham
International Paper Company

Sophie Beckham

Senior Manager, Natural Capital Stewardship

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

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

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

Kerry Cesareo
WWF US

Kerry Cesareo

Vice President, Forests

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

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

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

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

Mardi McBrien
CDSB

Mardi McBrien

Managing Director

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