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The Responsible Business Summit Europe 2020 26-28 May, 2020 · London, UK

150+ Leaders Driving Change

Ryan Gellert
Patagonia

Ryan Gellert

General Manager - EMEA

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As General Manager - EMEA for Patagonia, Ryan Gellert oversees all sales, marketing, sustainability and operational initiatives for the brand, throughout the region. 

Based at the European Headquarters in Amsterdam, Ryan leads a team who live and breathe the Patagonia mission statement: We’re in business to save our home planet.

An avid climber and backcountry snowboarder, Ryan has climbed and ridden throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, the Middle East and South Africa. Ryan has extensive experience of working with direct action environmental groups, serving on the boards of Access Fund and Protect Our Winters.

Prior to joining Patagonia, Ryan spent 15 years at Black Diamond Equipment, where he held a number of roles including Brand President, VP of Supply Chain Management and Managing Director of Black Diamond Asia.

Ryan holds a J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah; an M.B.A. from Florida Institute of Technology; and a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.

Hector Gorosabel
Asahi International

Hector Gorosabel

CEO

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Hector is the Chief Executive Officer of Asahi International Ltd, a position which he has held since October 2016.

From 2008 until his move to Asahi International Ltd, Hector was Managing Director for SABMiller Western and Central Europe. He joined the company in 2004 as Managing Director for SABMiller in Hungary.

Before SABMiller he held a number of senior management positions at The Coca-Cola Company as well as at Benevia and Searle Europe.

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Rebecca Marmot
Unilever

Rebecca Marmot

Chief Sustainability Officer

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

Mark Barnett
Mastercard

Mark Barnett

President UK, Ireland, Nordics, Baltics

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 Mark Barnett is president of the UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltics Division. In this role, he is responsible for growing the payments industry in the region and creating a world beyond cash through Mastercard's innovative approach to everyday payments, including emerging technologies such as contactless and mobile. Mark is also prioritising driving growth in everyday payments; supporting and sustaining our leadership position in credit; innovating in prepay cards and broadening Mastercard’s offering to commercial clients through card and payment services.

 Mark joined Mastercard in 2003 and prior to his current appointment, he was executive vice-president, global head of Consulting Services for Mastercard Advisors. He has held various roles including leading Advisors in Europe and leading the global strategy practice for Advisors. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the retail banking and payments industry. Most of his client work has been at board level; developing payments strategy, designing innovative new products, advising card schemes and processors, supporting government payment initiatives and implementing major transformation programs.

 Prior to joining Mastercard, Mark led KPMG Consulting’s activities in the payments industry in Europe, building a team focused specifically on this sector. Early in his career he worked in payments with First Data, Sema Group Payment Systems and Access & The Joint Credit Card Company. Mark has an MBA from Imperial College Business School, University of London, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, also from London University.


Nigel Stansfield
Interface

Nigel Stansfield

President interface, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia (EAAA)

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Diana Ürge-Vorsatz
IPCC

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

Vice Chair, Working Group III, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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Diana Ürge-Vorsatz is a Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University (CEU). She serves as Vice Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California (Los Angeles and Berkeley). She served as the Director for the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy at CEU between 2007 and 2017, as the Acting Head of Department in 2002-2003 and directed the PhD program in 2003 – 2004.

Diana Urge-Vorsatz was a Coordinating Lead Author in two Assessment Reports of the IPCC. She served on the United Nation’s Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change, and led the buildings-related work in the Global Energy Assessment. She serves as associate editor of the journal “Energy Efficiency”, and is a member of the Editorial Board of “Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources”. She was a Visiting Professor at the International Christian University of Tokyo and a Research Scholar at IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis). She has been serving on the Governing and Advisory boards of several organizations, including Innogy (formerly RWE), the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (KLIEN), the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), and the Hungarian Energy-Efficiency Cofinancing Program (HEECP), and the Club of Budapest. She is regularly invited to high-level review panels, such as that evaluating the work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the EU’s Joint Research Centre. She is regularly invited as a keynote or plenary speaker worldwide. She has over 200 scientific publications, in outlets including PNAS, Nature, Nature Climate Change. She has over 100 media appearances per year on climate and energy issues. She received the Hungarian Republic’s Presidential Award “Medium Cross” in 2008, as well as the “Role Model” award in 2009 and was invited as a member of Academia Europaea in 2017.

Shai Weiss
Virgin Atlantic

Shai Weiss

CEO

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Shai Weiss is Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Atlantic and an Executive Director of the Virgin Atlantic board. 

Shai joined Virgin Atlantic as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2014 from Virgin Management Ltd, where he had been an Investment Partner since 2012 and was a Founding Partner of Virgin Green Fund.  In January 2017 Shai assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer responsible for shaping the airline’s strategic position in the market, driving opportunities for new revenue, and leading the loyalty, alliances and marketing programs that distinguish the airline.  Through his role at Virgin Group Shai has been a member of the Virgin Atlantic board from summer 2012. 

Shai has extensive financial and operational expertise. Prior to joining Virgin Group, he held several senior management positions at ntl:Telewest (now Virgin Media), the UK and Europe’s largest cable operator. Shai was part of the turn-around of ntl with roles including Managing Director of Consumer Products, Director of Operations, and Director of Financial Planning for the Consumer division. Shai was also behind the merger between Virgin Mobile UK and ntl:Telewest and the re-brand to Virgin Media. 

Prior to ntl, Shai established the European office of early-stage technology venture fund JVP and was a senior associate with Morgan Stanley. 

Shai also serves as a non-executive director of Checkpoint Software Technologies (NASDQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cyber security solutions to governments and corporate enterprises globally. 

Shai holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York and a BBA from City University of New York, Baruch College. He resides in London with his family, attends Arsenal games whenever he can, reads The New Yorker magazine from cover to cover and attempts to play basketball. 

Fiona Reynolds
PRI

Fiona Reynolds

CEO

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Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a UN supported organisation with more than 2,800 signatories representing over US $90 trillion in AUM.

Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years' experience in financial services. She joined the PRI from Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, where she spent 7 years as CEO. Fiona serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact, is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the UN Business for Peace Steering Committee, the Global Steering Committee for the investor agenda on climate action and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+. Fiona has been a member of the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce and is on the Advisory Board for the UK Green Finance Centre. In 2018 Fiona was named one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability by Barron’s magazine.


Pablo Perversi
Barry Callebaut

Pablo Perversi

Chief Innovation, Sustainability & Quality Officer and Global Head of Gourmet

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Pablo Perversi (1970) is the Chief Innovation, Sustainability & Quality Officer and Global Head of Gourmet. Pablo Perversi is a member of the Executive Committee of Barry Callebaut AG. In this role, he is responsible for driving innovation throughout the entire organization, for overseeing Barry Callebaut’s plan to make sustainable chocolate the norm (Forever Chocolate) and for ensuring all products meet the high quality standards which make Barry Callebaut the preferred outsourcing partner to the food industry.

Before joining Barry Callebaut, Pablo Perversi worked for Unilever in multiple roles and countries, his last position being Vice President Foods Europe.

Pablo Perversi studied Industrial Engineering and Economics at the University of Birmingham. Pablo Perversi also holds an accreditation from Cambridge University in Sustainable Leadership.

Katie Beirne Fallon
Hilton 

Katie Beirne Fallon

Executive Vice President, Global Communications & External Affairs

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Pia Heidenmark Cook
IKEA Group

Pia Heidenmark Cook

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Pia Heidenmark Cook is, since February 2018, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at Ingka Group (INGKA Holding B.V. and its controlled entities), the largest IKEA franchisee with 377 stores in 30 markets. She leads a team of sustainability professionals in the global office, as well as sustainability experts integrated across the retail, shopping Centre and customer fulfilment business across 30 markets in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. During 2017, she was acting CSO, and before that head of Sustainability in IKEA Group Retail & Expansion, embedding sustainability in IKEAs retail operations and securing a more sustainable offer to IKEA customers. She was for several years (ended 2017) co-chair of REAP, Retailers Environmental Action Programme, together with a member of the EU Commission. Before joining IKEA in 2008, Pia worked as Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility at the Rezidor Hotel Group, operator of hotel brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn (300+ hotels in 50+ countries). During this period, Pia chaired the tourism branch of Prince of Wales Business Leader's Forum, a membership organization for all major international hotel brands. Pia holds both a Technical Licentiate degree and a M.Sc. in Environmental Management, from the University of Lund, Sweden, and a M.Sc. in International Business Administration and Economics from Uppsala University, Sweden. She has lived in France and Belgium, but now lives in southern Sweden, with Canadian husband and two daughters. Pia has worked with, lectured and studied CSR/sustainability related topics since 1996, both across academia, consultancy and business, mainly across tourism and retail sector.

Steve Waygood
Aviva

Steve Waygood

Chief Responsible Investment Officer

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Dame Julia Cleverdon
CBE

Dame Julia Cleverdon

DCVO

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Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for ‘connecting the unconnected’, inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the common good in the most challenged communities.

During her tenure as Chief Executive of Business in the Community from 1991 to 2007, Julia worked closely with the President HRH The Prince of Wales in building a movement of 850 member companies. Julia later served as Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities and focused efforts on disadvantaged communities.

Julia chairs Transform – an alliance of Teach First, Police Now, Unlocked, Think Ahead and Frontline to collaborate on the many common issues facing public service leadership, and inspire a whole new generation to take up critical community impact professional roles.

Julia co-founded Step Up To Serve (#iwill), which aims to make meaningful social action a part of life for young people across the UK. As Chair of Teach First from 2007 to 2014, and now Vice Patron, Julia has pioneered efforts to address educational disadvantage. She serves on the National Citizen Service, Careers and Enterprise Company and Youth Futures Foundation boards, is Deputy Chair of the Fair Education Alliance, and Chair of the National Literacy Trust.

Emma Howard Boyd
Environment Agency UK

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair

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Emma Howard Boyd is the Chair of the Environment Agency, an Ex officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation.

Emma serves on a number of boards and advisory committees which include Menhaden Capital PLC and The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project.

She has worked in financial services for over 25 years, in corporate finance and fund management. As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their expertise in the corporate governance and sustainability fields.

Her previous board and advisory roles include: Chair and trustee of ShareAction, Vice Chair of Future Cities Catapult, a director of the Aldersgate Group and Triodos Renewables PLC, Chair of UKSIF (the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association), and a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance and the Green Finance Taskforce.

Douglas Lamont
Innocent Drinks

Douglas Lamont

CEO

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Douglas is the CEO of innocent drinks, having taken over from the founders in 2013. He has been at innocent for 12 years, in a number of leadership, marketing and innovation roles. Since becoming CEO, the business has doubled in size to £400m of turnover, through product innovation and geographic expansion, to become Europe’s leading chilled drinks brand. Prior to innocent, Douglas spent 7 years at Freeserve (now Orange broadband) as part of the leadership team that grew the business from a start up to a leading UK internet service, his main role was as Director of Corporate Development. Douglas started his career at KPMG Corporate Finance and has studied at the University of Edinburgh and Harvard Business School (GMP).

Susan Aitken
Glasgow City Council

Susan Aitken

Councillor

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Tuuli Kousa
OP Financial Group

Tuuli Kousa

Chief Communications and Corporate Affairs Officer

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Robert Zeigler
Waberer's International

Robert Zeigler

CEO

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Catherine Howarth
ShareAction

Catherine Howarth

CEO

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Helen Clarkson
The Climate Group

Helen Clarkson

Chief Executive Officer

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Helen joined The Climate Group in 2017 as its Chief Executive Officer. In addition to leading the growing Climate Group team, Helen sits on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition , chairs the Finance & Audit Committee for the Sustainable Development Capital Energy Efficiency Income Trust, and is on the Mission Council for Pukka Herbs. 

Prior to joining The Climate Group, Helen worked at Forum for the Future where she founded the organization’s US office. At Forum, Helen led work with large US corporations such as Target, Walmart, Nike, Gap, and Levi Strauss & Co. to solve complex sustainability challenges at both the organizational and broader systemic level.

Helen joined Forum from Médecins Sans Frontières where she worked on humanitarian missions in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Helen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, and has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a master’s degree from Birkbeck College, University of London.


Michael Eberhardt
BlackRock

Michael Eberhardt

Director ESG

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Michael Eberhardt, CFA, Director, is head of European and Global Sustainable Credit in BlackRock's Trading and Liquidity Strategies team in London. He is responsible for credit and ESG analysis of European banks and investment grade corporate issuers. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2017, Mr. Eberhardt was a senior credit officer at Moody's Investors Service, where he was responsible for the credit ratings of UK and Swiss banks and securities firms. While at Moody's, he also rated money market funds and was co-author of Moody's methodologies on rating Clearinghouses and Money Market Funds. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Eberhardt was with Pacific Investment Management Company trading leveraged loans for the firm's European CLOs. Mr. Eberhardt earned at BA degree in economics and psychology from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA degree from University of California at Berkeley.

Dean Cycon
Deans Beans Organic Coffee

Dean Cycon

CEO

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Magnus Billing
Alecta

Magnus Billing

CEO

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Sally Uren
Forum for the Future

Sally Uren

CEO

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Karoliina Loikkanen
Nokia

Karoliina Loikkanen

Head Of Sustainability

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Peter McAllister
Ethical Trade Innitiative

Peter McAllister

Executive Director

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James Gomme
World Business Council for Sustainable Development

James Gomme

Director, SDGs

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Chris Grayer
Next

Chris Grayer

Head of Supply Chain Corporate Responsibility

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Jeanette Fangel
Danske Bank

Jeanette Fangel

Head of Group Societal Impact & Sustainability

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Geert Paemen
Telefonica

Geert Paemen

Director for Sustainability

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Freddie Woolfe
Merian Global Investors

Freddie Woolfe

Head of Responsible Investment and Stewardship

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Ulrike Sapiro
The Coca Cola company

Ulrike Sapiro

CR Director - Environment

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Gabrielle Ginér
BT

Gabrielle Ginér

Head of Environmental Sustainability

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Christian Leitz
UBS

Christian Leitz

Secretary, Corporate Culture and Responsibility Committee

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Education: Oxford University, D.Phil., Modern History; University of the West of England, BA (Hons) Humanities

  • As Secretary to the UBS Corporate Culture and Responsibility Committee (CCRC), one of the five Board of Directors committees of UBS Group AG, Christian assists the Committee's Chair in putting together the agenda for the Committee and prepares the accompanying documentation. The CCRC supports the firm's Board in fulfilling its duty to safeguard and advance the Group’s reputation for responsible corporate conduct and to assess developments in stakeholder expectations and their possible consequences for UBS.
  • Heading Corporate Responsibility Management, a function within the bank's UBS in society organization, Christian coordinates UBS's corporate responsibility & sustainability reporting and has particular responsibilities in the area of stakeholder management.
  • Christian is also head of the UBS Long-Term Archives and the firm's corporate historian, acting as a center of competence for all questions pertaining to historical issues at the firm.
  • Christian has worked on a large range of corporate responsibility topics and regularly gives workshops and presentations on corporate responsibility in general and at UBS, and on particular topics and issues.
  • Prior to joining UBS in 2003 Christian taught history at universities in the UK and New Zealand. He has written and edited six books and a very substantial number of articles and essays.
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Anita McBain
M&G Investments

Anita McBain

Head of Responsible Investment

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Anita McBain is Head of Responsible Investment and ESG at M&G Investments and works closely with the investment teams across equities and fixed income leading on ESG company engagement and sustainability research. Prior to joining M&G, Anita was Head of Sustainability for an investment fund that raised capital to mitigate climate change, address commodity driven deforestation and deliver societal and environmental impacts in line with the UN SDG framework.

Anita has worked as an investment analyst at Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and European Credit Management. She has lived and worked in Singapore, is a graduate of City University, holds an MBA from Edinburgh University and postgraduate studies in sustainability from Cambridge University (CISL).

Ryan O'Keeffe
Blackrock

Ryan O'Keeffe

Managing Director

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David Grayson
Cranfield School of Management

David Grayson

Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility

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Aris Vrettos
CISL

Aris Vrettos

Director, Open Programmes and International Markets

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Richard Hardyment
World Benchmarking Alliance

Richard Hardyment

Research Director

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Lorraine Francourt
Dow Europe

Lorraine Francourt

Director, Circular Economy

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Uwe Bergmann
Henkel

Uwe Bergmann

Head Of Sustainability Management

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Christopher Springham
LM Wind Power - a GE Renewable Energy Business.

Christopher Springham

Vice President Global Communications and Sustainability

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Tom Szaky
Terracycle

Tom Szaky

CEO

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Kelly Hall
DSM

Kelly Hall

Vice President, Strategic Growth DSM Resins & Functional Materials and Managing Director, DSM-Niaga

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Kelly Hall is the Managing Director of DSM-Niaga and Vice President, Strategic Growth for DSM Resins and Functional Materials. She is a proactive business leader who fully embraces the Circular Economy. She’s passionate about health, nutrition, and customer engagement. Kelly feels fortunate to lead the DSM Niaga team in our mission to eliminate top pollution issues and improve healthy living spaces everywhere. In her mind, the status quo exists not because people don’t care… it’s because we don’t know about the issues or the choices available to us. It’s a pleasure to deliver the products of the future, and to openly explore the issues together!


Craig Bennett
Friends of the Earth

Craig Bennett

Chief Executive Officer

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Craig Bennett is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Friends of the Earth and Honorary Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.

He has been described as “one of the country’s top environmental campaigners” and by The Guardian as “very model of a modern eco-general”. He has been listed as one of the UK’s top “social media CEOs” and in June 2019 was identified by Onalytica, the influencer marketing company, as the “top influencer driving the debate around sustainability and financial services”.

Craig started as CEO of Friends of the Earth in 2015, following five years as Director of Policy and Campaigns. Under Craig's leadership, Friends of the Earth has led the fight against fracking, the reversal of bee population decline, and campaigned for clean air. As chief executive he is shaping Friends of the Earth up as an organisation fit to fight the environmental challenges of the new century, with a focus on grass-roots campaigning.

Prior to this, Craig was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (from 2007 to 2010), where he built the group into one of the most influential and progressive business voices in the international climate debate.

He maintains his links with the University of Cambridge, as Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy (CsAP), and as a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). He has twenty years experience of designing and contributing to executive education programmes at numerous universities and business schools, including the Judge Business School, London Business School, and Duke CE. In 2016, following his well-received Grigor Mcclelland Annual Lecture, he was appointed Honorary Professor in Sustainability and Innovation at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Craig is Chair of the Sustainability and Resilience customer challenge panel for the Anglian Water region (established as part of the OFWAT price review process) and was formerly a member of the Net Positive Board Advisory Panel for Kingfisher plc. From 2013-2015, he was Chair of the Board of Stakeholder Forum.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Human and Physical Geography from The University of Reading and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation from University College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

He is a regularly appears in the broadcast media, and has had many articles printed in national newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent and Huffington Post. He is a regular columnist and a member of the adivisory board for the website BusinessGreen.

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Euan Murray
Sustainability Consortium

Euan Murray

CEO

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Leon Wijnands
ING

Leon Wijnands

Global Head of Sustainability

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Rodolfo Nervi
Bacardi & Company Ltd

Rodolfo Nervi

VP Global Safety, Quality & Sustainability

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Monique Van Maare
IBM

Monique Van Maare

Sustainability ambassador / Digital Transformation expert

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Yolanda Malone
Pepsico

Yolanda Malone

Vice President Global R&D Snacks PKG

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Dorothee D’Herde
Vodafone

Dorothee D’Herde

Head of Sustainable Business

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Antoni Ballabriga
BBVA

Antoni Ballabriga

Global Head of Responsible Business

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Antoni Ballabriga is Global Head of Responsible Business at BBVA. He reports directly to the Board of Directors. His mission is to ensure that people are systematically placed at the decision-making processes.

Co-chair of the Global Steering Committee at UNEP FI (United Nations Environmental Program for Financial Institutions) and European banks’ representative.

Chair of the Sustainable Finance Working Group at EBF (European Banking Federation).

Moreover, he is professor at ESADE Business School. Former President of DIRSE, Spanish Association of CSR Professionals and Former President of SpainSIF, Spanish Forum for Socially Responsible Investment. Antoni holds a Degree in Business Sciences and MBA from ESADE Business School. He has studied at Harvard Business School and is First Mover Fellow at The Aspen Institute.


Jan-Willem Vosmeer
HEINEKEN

Jan-Willem Vosmeer

Global Manager Corporate Social Responsibility

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Jan-Willem Vosmeer is Global Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at HEINEKEN, supporting and driving the company’s global sustainability strategy ‘Brewing a Better World’, involving 70 markets worldwide. He is responsible for stakeholder engagement with a specific eye for investors, NGOs, the UN and partnerships. Water Stewardship is one his focus areas, coordinating the development and launch of Every Drop, HEINEKEN’s 2030 water strategy. Other areas of work are related to Sustainable Sourcing, Responsible Consumption, Reducing CO2 emissions, Human Rights and Inclusion & Diversity. Jan-Willem managed HEINEKEN’s Global Sustainability Reporting for 7 years, including the integration into the financial report.

In previous positions within HEINEKEN, Jan-Willem was Group Crisis Manager – managing crisis issues and crisis preparedness -, interim Brand PR Manager for the Heineken brand and responsible for activating global internal communications programmes.

Before joining HEINEKEN, Jan-Willem worked at BBDO, one of the world’s leading creative communications agency networks, in Amsterdam and Brussels.

Jan-Willem has degrees in Communications and Organisational Anthropology, and completed executive courses at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Harvard Business School.

Bruce Learner
Kellogg Europe

Bruce Learner

Senior Manager CSR and Partnership

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Bruce is Senior CSR Manager at Kellogg Europe. He joined Kelloggs in 2000 having spent 12 years in the voluntary and public sector where his career was focused on environmental management and urban regeneration.

As Kellogg’s CSR lead in Europe, Bruce co-ordinates and delivers a range of sustainability initiatives across Kellogg Europe all of which form a part of Kellogg’s Better Days – a global sustainability programme helping to tackle the interconnected issues of climate change and food insecurity.

His roll at Kellogg includes programme delivery and ensuring consistent and engaging communications on issues such as food waste reduction, cause marketing, food insecurity, GHG reduction, packaging and responsible sourcing.

In recent years Bruce led the collaborative project with a brewery to make ale from “Just less than perfect” cereal.

Aiko Bode
Fenix Outdoor International

Aiko Bode

Chief Sustainability and Chief Compliance Officer

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Aiko Bode, historian and biologist, has worked for the UNEP, an international insurance company and TÜV Rheinland before joining Fenix Outdoor International as Chief Sustainability and Chief Compliance Officer. Aiko has a more than 20 years of experience in developing and promoting sustainability in various industries and advised several European governments on ethical investment and sustainable business development. Aiko is member of the Board of various Foundations and has been involved in European and international trade associations in various functions.

Ibrahim N. Al-Zu’bi
Majid Al Futtaim Holding

Ibrahim N. Al-Zu’bi

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim-Holding. In his current role, Ibrahim oversees the group-wide Sustainability strategy of Majid Al Futtaim and is in charge of raising the company’s Sustainability Profile in the Middle East and globally. One of Ibrahim’s top priorities is to develop and drive ‘Net positive’ sustainability strategy across the company’s different business units.

Ibrahim joined Majid Al Futtaim Properties in 2011 as the Head of Sustainability for Majid Al Futtaim Properties where he played a pivotal role in driving sustainable real-estate practices across the business, leading our properties business toward regional and international amongst both governing bodies and our industry peers.

Ibrahim brings over twenty years of experience in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is currently a Board member of the Emirates Green Building Council, Corporate Advisory Board Member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), Member of the Advisory board of Dubai Real Estate Institute – Government of Dubai and UAE representative in the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction – a COP21 initiative. He also represents Majid Al Futtaim in the UNGC UAE network and the UAE Council of Climate Change and Environment launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - UAE’s Prime Minister. In addition, he represents Majid Al Futtaim in the Private Sector Advisory Council for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is a member of the Global Council for SDG13. Ibrahim also served as the Senior Advisor –Sustainability for the Dubai Land Department, Government of Dubai.

Selected as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Europe and the Middle East by Center for Sustainability and Excellence in the US, he has taken sustainability and CSR initiatives to another level in the Middle East and internationally through awareness campaigns for environmental issues, climate change and education programmes, as well as private sector engagement.

Ibrahim is an official ambassador and education representative for the Honourable Al Gore Climate Reality initiative. He is also the West Asia Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) UNESCO Youth Xchange Project.


Karin Reiter
Adecco Group AG

Karin Reiter

Global Head of Sustainability

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Wulf-Peter Schmidt
Ford

Wulf-Peter Schmidt

Director Sustainability, Advanced Regulations and Product Conformity

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Kay Nimmo
International Tin Association (ITA)

Kay Nimmo

Head of Sustainability

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Kay Nimmo leads environmental, social and governance activities at the International Tin Association as the voice of the world’s largest tin producers, engaging with multiple stakeholders including the artisanal and small scale mining sector. Having graduated in metallurgy, and from a background in successful alloy development, she instigated, developed, and leads a number of industry critical global activities including the award winning International Tin Supply Chain Initiative addressing links between minerals and conflict financing in supply chains from central Africa, and the development of the tin associations’ Code of Conduct setting responsible production standards for the tin industry.

Kay is regularly nominated to be included in the Top 100 Conflict Minerals Influence Leaders and was recognised in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, having pioneered practical solutions to the challenges of responsible minerals sourcing for more than 15 years.

Michelle Cirocco
Televerde

Michelle Cirocco

Chief Social Responsibility Officer

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Michelle Cirocco is Televerde’s Chief Social Responsibility Officer. Michelle joined Televerde in 1999 and has held several leadership positions including Chief Marketing Officer. Michelle is a strong customer champion with a tireless commitment to demand generation excellence and best practices.

Michelle earned her MBA from Arizona State University where she also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Services Leadership. She holds multiple certifications from SiriusDecisions. Michelle is an avid TED fan and organized and hosted TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional, the first TEDx to be held in an Arizona prison, which looked behind the curtain of incarceration to show the potential that exists in giving second chances.

In her role as Televerde’s Chief Social Responsibility Officer, Michelle is excited to further expand Televerde’s social footprint to create even more opportunities that transform lives.

Michelle dedicates a significant amount of her free time giving back to her local community by volunteering for the Phoenix Rescue Mission, Athena International and the Arouet Foundation.


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Richard Batten
JLL

Richard Batten

Global Chief Sustainability Officer

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Richard is the Global Chief Sustainability Officer for JLL.

He has spent the last 35 years working in the real estate business. His work initially focussed on advising investor clients on commercial properties, sales and acquisitions. This developed into advising on government privatisations, funding provision of finance, acting as LPA receiver and advising commercial and residential companies moving from private to listed status or vice versa.

Richard became Joint Senior Partner of King Sturge in 2005 and led the company into the merger with JLL in 2011. He has subsequently been Chairman of the UK business, and in 2012 a Member of the EMEA Management Board with responsibility for CEE, the Middle East and Africa together with the industrial sector and sustainability. He took up his current role in January 2017.

Richard is a keen family man and a triathlete, gardener and choral singer.

Carmel McQuaid
Marks and Spencer

Carmel McQuaid

Head of Sustainable Business

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Jukka Ahonen
Nordic Investment Bank

Jukka Ahonen

Senior Director, Head of Communications

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Jukka Ahonen has extensive experience in managing communications function both in the European and Nordic setting. At the Nordic Investment Bank he has the key responsibility for the external and internal communications. Reporting directly to the President he also works as a Secretary to the Executive Committee and has been heavily involved in strategy preparations for the Bank. Before NIB he worked for many years at the European Central Bank as a Senior Press Officer and Secretary to the External Communications Committee. He started his career as a financial journalist in Finland.

Michael Alexander
Diageo

Michael Alexander

Head of Environment

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Michael is global head of water, environment, and agriculture sustainability for Diageo, a world leader in beverage alcohol with operations in over 30 countries and products sold in over 180 countries. With over 20 years of environmental experience, his principle responsibility is to drive the company’s environmental strategy and associated policies, communications, and stakeholder engagement, with particular focus on water stewardship and agricultural supply chains. Key to success is embedding the strategy across the whole business to ensure its long term growth while integrating the evolving and complex sustainability agenda and developing new partnerships. He joined Diageo in 2007 prior to which he was with Ericsson. A graduate of the universities of Edinburgh and London, Michael is a member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Institute of Economic Development and the Chartered Institute for Public Relations.


Michael Cooke
ABB

Michael Cooke

Senior Vice President HSE and Sustainability

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BSc (Joint Hons) - University of Manchester

MSc - University of Manchester

MBA - Henley Management College

Michael has held senior HS&E positions in various industries ranging from Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Inks and Coatings to Engineering. In these roles he has lead the business to world class performance against industry peers and top centile when benchmarked against all industries. 

Michael has also held senior positions outside of HS&E – as business leader for a pharma division and Strategy, Mergers and Acquisition director for EMEA/Asia regions.

Currently Michael heads HSE and Sustainability for ABB globally, based at their Zurich HQ. In this role balancing the various functional activities from site and people Security, Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights, HSE and linking this to a clear and effective sustainability strategy is an excellent challenge.

Geoff Skingsley
L'Oréal UK and Ireland

Geoff Skingsley

Chairman

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Shawn Welch
Hi-Cone Worldwide

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. 

Hannah Tucker
RethinkX

Hannah Tucker

CFA / Research

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Hannah Tucker, CFA, enjoys partnering with organisations on sustainability strategy, communications and investments through her advisory firm, Balance Point Ventures. She is a Research Fellow at think tank RethinkX and is also the founder of Disruption Dinner, a supper club taking guests on a culinary adventure through a warmer world. From 2014 to 2018, she was a Director at Generation IM, where she worked with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to communicate the investment case for sustainability, and from 2011 to 2014, she helped launch PIMCO’s ESG Platform. Hannah holds dual-masters degrees in business administration and international studies from the Wharton School and Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Climate Reality Leader and Milken Young Leader.


Eva Zabey
Business For Nature

Eva Zabey

Executive Director

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Eva leads Business for Nature, a global coalition aiming to unify the business voice to call for action to reverse nature loss. Previously, Eva was at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for nearly 15 years, where she led work on natural, social and human capital measurement and valuation for business decision-making, namely the Natural and Social & Human Capital Protocols. She delivered a TEDx talk in 2012 on valuing nature in business. Eva has a BSc in Ecology from Imperial College London and a Masters in environmental management from EPFL, Switzerland.

Eva leads Business for Nature, a global coalition aiming to unify the business voice to call for action to reverse nature loss. Previously, Eva was at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for nearly 15 years, where she led work on natural, social and human capital measurement and valuation for business decision-making, namely the Natural and Social & Human Capital Protocols. She delivered a TEDx talk in 2012 on valuing nature in business.

Pallavi Phartiyal
Rainforest Action Network

Pallavi Phartiyal

Executive Director

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Pallavi serves as the Acting Executive Director at RAN. She oversees the overall management of the organization and guides RAN’s racial equity and justice commitment in its operations, programs and campaigns.

Prior to joining RAN, Pallavi helped launch the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), where she advocated for science-based policy-making. Earlier, she was the project director and senior program associate at the Research Competitiveness Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where she worked with research and policy professionals to provide review and guidance for academic institutions and federal agencies, including on diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) higher education.

Pallavi holds a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. in agronomy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.S. in agriculture from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in India. Pallavi has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and spoken on issues concerning science policy and diversity in the environmental movement at national and international conferences. She serves on the board of American Rivers, and on the steering committees of Green Leadership Trust, and Center for Science and Democracy. Previously, she served on the board of Midwest Pesticide Action Network.

Adam Matthews
The Church of England Pensions Board

Adam Matthews

Director of Ethics & Engagement

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Adam is the Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, as well as Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative and a Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, (IIGCC). He is also the co-lead, on behalf of CA100+, for engagement with Royal Dutch Shell that led to the 2018 joint statement on climate targets agreed between Shell and institutional investors.

Following the Brumadinho Tailings Dam disaster, Adam is co – lead of the Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative with John Howchin, from the Swedish Ethics Council. He also represents the Principles for Responsible Investment as a co – convenor of the Global Tailings Review.

Adam founded and now Co-Chairs the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative which assess companies’ preparedness for the transition to the low carbon economy (and publishes this through the London School of Economics). Adam is also the lead for the Church of England on the Mining and Faith Reflections Initiative (MFRI) a forum that convenes dialogue between mining company CEO’s and Church leaders.

Adam also serves as a member of the Royal College of Physicians Investment Advisory Board and on the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Stewardship Advisory Group.

Jacobine Das Gupta
DSM

Jacobine Das Gupta

Director Sustainability - Lead Nutrition

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Martin Frick
UNFCCC

Martin Frick

Senior Director of Policy and Programme Coordination

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Laurie Edwards
Eco-Act

Laurie Edwards

Consultant

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Caroline Laurie
KingFisher

Caroline Laurie

Head of Sustainability

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A CIMA qualified accountant, Caroline joined Kingfisher 13 years ago as a buyer before being promoted to category manager, in this role she was instrumental in the decision to remove all gas patio heaters from B&Q UK. In 2012 she was asked to join the company’s new energy saving proposition as a business development manager – designed to help customers reduce their home’s energy use through intelligent product developments and installed solutions. It was then a natural step for Caroline into her current role as Head of Sustainability at Kingfisher. Caroline has a passion for sailing and in her spare time you’ll often find her cruising and racing on the Solent.

Marie-Pierre Bousquet-Lecomte
Danone

Marie-Pierre Bousquet-Lecomte

Science-based Targets Implementation Director

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Omawumi Kola-Lawal
AFRICA FINANCE CORPORATION

Omawumi Kola-Lawal

AVP, Environmental & Social Risk Mgt.

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Omawumi has, for the past 20 years, worked with organizations and projects in the natural resources, power, telecommunications, manufacturing and financial services sectors, to identify, assess and reduce environmental, social, health, safety and security risks. During this period, she has held various roles in management and specialist consulting, private equity and project finance. She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in environmental technology and management and has a particular interest in environmental policy, management systems development, climate financing and developmental impact measurement/reporting.

She is also an avid writer and has published several fully illustrated children’s books on environmental and safety management, culture and history.

Dirk Jan de With
Covestro

Dirk Jan de With

Chief Procurement Officer

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Dirk Jan de With joined Covestro in April 2015. He’s based at the company’s German headquarters in Leverkusen where he leads the procurement of all materials and services.

Prior to joining Covestro, he spent many years with Unilever in The Netherlands; Germany; Israel; Italy and Switzerland, holding senior management positions in all areas of the supply chain.

Dirk Jan is passionate about people development and making an impact in sustainable business. He was previously president of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) platform and is currently a steering committee member of Together for Sustainability (TfS).

Dirk Jan has an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering / Operations Management plus an MBA.

Mardi McBrien
CDSB

Mardi McBrien

Managing Director

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Mardi McBrien joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) as Managing Director in 2011 following an eclectic career which has included roles such as President of an International Students Association, public-private partnership management, leading flagship environmental campaigns including for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (and the author Bill Bryson) and WWF-UK’s Earth Hour and carbon market policy for UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Mardi is a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council, a trustee of the International Tree Foundation and a founding board member of WOCAN — Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.

Caroline Holme
GlobeScan

Caroline Holme

Director

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Caroline leads GlobeScan’s team in Europe, working with some of the world’s most influential brands. She has more than two decades of experience in stakeholder and consumer consultations, covering topics relating to reputation, sustainability and purpose. She regularly briefs organisations on business and society trends and implications. Caroline specialises in helping organisations develop and implement effective stakeholder and consumer engagement strategies and pioneered GlobeScan’s very first online collaboration forum, in 2012, with Unilever.

Based in London, Caroline joined GlobeScan in 2007, having held senior consultancy and client-side roles in the financial services and healthcare industries. She is a member of the Management Team and leads GlobeScan’s strategic plan for achieving our purpose.


Ross Ciesla
Veritas Investment Management LLP

Ross Ciesla

chief investment officer

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With over 20 years of investment experience, Ross is the Chief Investment Office at Veritas Investment Management LLP. The investment team focus on generating long term real returns by identifying structural shifts across the global economy. This requires 360 degree thinking where ESG analysis sits comfortably alongside P&L analysis. Ross has an undergraduate degree in economics from Aberdeen University then went on to complete postgraduate studies at Johns Hopkins S.A.I.S.  

Steve Butterworth
Neighbourly

Steve Butterworth

CEO

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Steve is CEO at Neighbourly and a business leader with a proven track record in delivering organic and acquisitive growth for B2B technology companies, both in the UK and overseas. As well as day to day ownership of the strategy at Neighbourly, he is on the front line of business development and is involved in a number of influential industry groups including sub committees of WRAP and DEFRA. Outside of Neighbourly, he is a trustee of a community led conservation project in Africa and is passionate about the long term role of B Corporations in using business as a force for good.

Corli Pretorius
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Corli Pretorius

Deputy Director

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Ynzo van Zanten
Tony’s Chocolonely

Ynzo van Zanten

Choco Evangelist

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Talke Schaffrannek
BASF

Talke Schaffrannek

Director Circular Economy

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Théo Jaekel
Ericsson

Théo Jaekel

Corporate Responsibility Expert

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Mike Hemsley
Committee on Climate Change

Mike Hemsley

Team Leader – Carbon Budgets

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Maria Lombardo
Invesco

Maria Lombardo

Head of Responsible Investing EMEA

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David Greenfield
The Circular Economy Club

David Greenfield

Europe External Affairs

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David is responsible for External Affairs in Europe for the “Circular Economy Club (CEC)”, he is also a Mentor and the organiser of CEC London, co-organiser of Circular Brighton & Hove, he is non-executive Chair of the CIWM Enterprises Board, Trustee and Director of Freegle, Chair of the ICE Resource Management Panel, Government Adviser to DEFRA and MHCLG and advisor and past chair to the National Waste Network Chairs (WNC).

The Circular Economy Club (CEC) is the largest network of circular economy professionals with over 5,000 members and 150 member companies in 140 countries. CEC has a presence worldwide through a network of +260 CEC local chapters led by local organizers who bring together stakeholders and experts to help implement the circular economy at a local level. Eighteen of such CEC local chapters are based in the UK and include Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Kendal, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool, London, Sheffield and York. CEC counts over 50 CEC Mentors who are recognized experts in the field and regularly provide mentoring to CEC Members including students, startups and companies trying to embed circular economy principles.

Mission: We aim to bring the circular economy to cities worldwide by building strong local networks to design and implement circular local strategies, embed the circular economy in the education system and help circular solutions scale.

David is also managing director and founder of SOENECS, a research and innovation practice in 2014 following 15 years in leadership roles in local and regional government. SOENECS provide strategic research, advice, training, solutions, chairing and facilitation on the topics of circular economy, environmental auditing, waste & resource management. His innovative projects include co-founding www.potholespotter.co.uk and www.techtakeback.co.uk.

Markus Panhauser
Fr. Meyer's Sohn

Markus Panhauser

COO

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Markus Panhauser is Chief Operating Officer of the Fr. Meyer ́s Sohn Group.
He is located in the FMS headquarter in Hamburg and is responsible for the global operations, sales and purchasing of the FMS Group, managing a structure of 770 people.
Markus Panhauser is for 26 years in shipping and is experienced in all Deep Sea Trades, Forest Products, Recycling Materials, Wine + Spirits, LCL, Reefers, Industrial Project Logistics, Oil + Gas logistics, warehousing, NVOCC operations and Customs.
His prior engagements were with Kuehne + Nagel in Eastern Europe, building up and managing 22 country organisations in Eastern Europe with 450 employees from the regional headquarter in
Vienna, as well as the Management of Kuehne + Nagel Turkey.
He graduated at the Hernstein General Management Institute.
Markus Panhauser is an Austrian citizen, lives in Hamburg, is married and has three children. He loves skiing, cycling and cooking.

Sasha Romanovitch
Fair4AllFinance

Sasha Romanovitch

CEO

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Manuel Rybach
Credit Suisse

Manuel Rybach

Global Head of Public Affairs and Policy and Managing Director of the Credit Suisse Foundation

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Dr. Manuel Rybach - Global Head of Public Affairs and Policy and Managing Director of the Credit Suisse Foundation, Credit Suisse

Dr. Manuel Rybach, Managing Director, is Global Head of Public Affairs and Policy at Credit Suisse. In addition, he serves as Head International Relations in the Chairman's Office and as Managing Director of the Credit Suisse Foundation, with oversight over the bank’s global Corporate Citizenship activities. Previously, he was Head of Public Policy APAC as well as Chief of Staff to the CEO APAC, based in Hong Kong, managed the Credit Suisse Research Institute and served as Head of Governmental Affairs, based in Zurich. He has also been based in Singapore and Washington, DC, working on public policy issues. He started his career at Credit Suisse in the Economic Research department in Zurich, where he was a Senior Economist. Manuel Rybach holds a doctorate degree from the University of St. Gallen (Dr. rer. publ. HSG), Switzerland, was a Swiss National Science Foundation scholarship recipient and a Visiting Scholar at both Columbia University Law School in New York, NY and Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. He also completed an Executive Program at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, MA and studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He is a Lecturer on Public Affairs at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

He is member of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Future Council on Investing and the WEF’s Steering Committee on Promoting Global Financial Inclusion and served on the WEF’s Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System and the WEF's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital.


Johann Baar
Hilti Foundation

Johann Baar

Director Affordable Housing and Technology

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Johann joined the Hilti Foundation in 2017, covering a portfolio of projects related to social development, housing and economic empowerment. In 2019, he was appointed as Director Affordable Housing and Technology and Member of the Executive Board. In this role, he also serves as Member of the Board of Trustees of the Base Bahay Foundation in Manila, Philippines.

An expert in international relations and foreign policy, Johann previously worked with the Robert Bosch Foundation, where he established the Robert Bosch Academy as a space for international opinion leaders to discuss and find solutions for key global challenges of the 21st century. He also took responsibility for other initiatives of the Bosch Foundation, including the European Fund for the Balkans and the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy.

Earlier assignments include positions at the German Federal Chancellery and the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served as advisor to Germany’s Chancellor and Foreign Minister on EU Affairs and relations with Central and Eastern European countries.

Following his studies in Germany, Poland and Hungary, Johann obtained a Master of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Heather Alner
Habitat

Heather Alner

Resource Development Director, Habitat for Humanity International EMEA

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Heather is the Resource Development Director for Habitat for Humanity International covering Europe, Middle East and Africa. Heather joined Habitat in 2008 and is experienced in directly initiating and managing partnerships as well as overseeing a team spanning the region. Before joining Habitat for Humanity, Heather spent 10 years as a Chief Financial Officer in a multi-national corporation. After graduating from Newcastle University in England, UK with a Development degree, Heather volunteered her time to support preventative educational work at a leprosy centre in Nigeria. She then went on to work for a number of NGOs including UNICEF. Heather has developed and led the team for Europe, Middle East and Africa for the past 12 years, mobilizing 100+ million USD through strategic, high impact partnerships with some of the largest corporations in Europe and the Middle East (Hilti, IKEA, Credit Suisse, Weinerberger, Majid Al Futtaim, Whirlpool, Standard Chartered bank, Swiss RE etc.), helping millions of families get a decent place to call home.

Robert Metzke
Philips

Robert Metzke

Vice President, Global Head of Sustainability / Chief of Staff, Innovation & Strategy

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Mr. Metzke currently serves as Vice President and leads Philips’ activities in Sustainability where he focuses on strategy and policy development to realize the organization’s sustainability program, Healthy people, sustainable planet as well as delivering on its commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In his capacity as Chief of Staff, Mr. Metzke supports and advises the Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer by initiating and driving strategic programs and transformation initiatives across Innovation, Strategy, Design, IP&S and Sustainability.

Mr. Metzke started his career at Philips in 2008 as Head of the Philips EcoVision program, leading development and worldwide implementation of Philips’ program for sustainable innovation (“EcoVision5”). Before joining Philips, Mr. Metzke worked at McKinsey & Company as a consultant where he gained 5 years of experience in strategy and innovation in the high-tech, health-care and public sectors.

In his previous role as General Manager of the global Group Strategy team, Mr. Metzke was responsible for building and managing Philips’ central strategy team, driving functional excellence in the strategy process and working with the Philips Leadership team to identify and solve strategic challenges for Philips.

Mr. Metzke has a background in journalism, science publishing (Science/ AAAS) and academic research (physics). He is married, has three children and lives in the Netherlands.

Morten Dyrholm
Vestas

Morten Dyrholm

Senior Vice President for Marketing, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability

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Morten Dyrholm is Group Senior Global Vice President at Vestas Wind Systems with extensive experience from the wind industry around the globe and a leading expert in sustainable energy policy and regulation. For the last 10 years, he has played a growing role at Vestas – originally in China and then globally – in government and public affairs and business development, helping Vestas expand into new markets and supporting the development of effective wind and renewable energy policy in countries around the globe.

Currently based in Denmark, Morten is the head of Vestas’ Global Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs function, as well as Chairman of the Global Wind Energy Council, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Wind Association, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Chinese Business Forum and Board Member of WindEurope. Morten has worked and studied in Denmark and China and holds a Master degree in Political Science and Chinese Politics

Mortens role at Vestas includes understanding and helping Vestas respond to and profit from the challenges and opportunities facing the renewable energy sector. As demand for renewables increases, driven by climate change commitments, the decarbonisation of the electrical and other sectors, the energy sector is transitioning away from subsidies and other support schemes and towards a highly-competitive environment with customers who demand more flexible and integrated power generation within a more responsive and decentralized energy system.


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Andy Brown
Anglian Water Services Limited

Andy Brown

Head of Sustainability

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Andy Brown is Head of Sustainability at Anglian Water Group and works with the board to oversee the delivery of their purpose, to bring environmental and social prosperity to the region we serve through our commitment to Love Every Drop”. In addition to embedding sustainability throughout the business he has direct responsibility for the teams delivering six capital and UN SDGs thinking, community education, employee engagement & volunteering programmes and the Anglian Centre for Water Studies – a partnership with the University of East Anglia.  

Having worked in sustainability for the past 20 years he has led in the areas of natural environment, climate change adaptation and now sustainability. He is currently a member of BITC’s national Water Taskforce, Circular Economy Taskforce and Place Steering Group. He is also an external advisor on Tarmac’s Sustainability Panel.

Charlene Collison
Forum for the Future

Charlene Collison

Associate Director of Sustainable Value Chains and Livelihoods

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Charlene heads Forum’s Challenge Lab on Sustainable Value Chains, which works to make value chains of key land-based commodities net positive, through employing sustainable and regenerative agriculture, provide decent livelihoods and use fair, transparent business models. She leads multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives across a range of sectors and themes, including directing the Cotton 2040 initiative. Charlene also leads strategy projects with a range of brands, particularly in apparel , with a focus on using futures tools to diagnose and act on emerging systemic challenges.

Charlene is a facilitator on Forum’s School for Systems Change, and supports Forum’s thought leadership on systemic and collaborative change processes. She is a member of various advisory groups and councils, including with ISEAL and Textile Exchange.

She has 20 years of experience in futures, systems thinking, and organisational change for sustainability. She has an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility from Ashridge Management College, a BA in International Relations and a Diploma in Organisational Change and Development.

Andrew Parry
Newton Investment Management

Andrew Parry

Head of Sustainable Investment

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Andrew oversees the sustainable investment business at Newton, as well as communicating the firm’s approach to purposeful ownership to its global client base. He joined Newton in 2019, prior to which he was head of sustainable investing at Hermes Investment Management where he gained a deep knowledge of responsible investment, sustainability and impact investing. Andrew has over 30-years of investment experience operating at a senior level previously working at Northern Trust, Julius Baer Investment Management, Lazard Brothers Asset Management and Baring Asset Management. He is also a member of the investment committee of the Trafalgar House Pension Trust and has had a variety of external advisory roles, including mentoring of individuals.

Celia Ouellette
Responsible Business Initiative for Justice

Celia Ouellette

Chief Executive

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Celia has dedicated her legal career to fight for those most disadvantaged by broken systems of criminal justice. Prior to founding RBI, Celia was a human rights lawyer for more than a decade, founding and directing The Powell Project, an organisation dedicated to empowering and equipping capital defence teams with the knowledge and skills to level the playing field in death penalty cases. Prior to that Celia was a Staff Attorney at the UK human rights charity Reprieve. Celia holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oxford. She is licensed to practice law in New York, California and several federal jurisdictions. Celia is also a qualified UK Solicitor. Celia speaks English, French and Spanish and is a dual British and US national.


Maureen Bray
Schneider Electric

Maureen Bray

International Consultancy Director - Energy & Sustainability Services

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Maureen Bray is International Consultancy Director within the Energy & Sustainability Services Division of Schneider Electric. Maureen works with international organisations to design and guide delivery of climate strategies. These are often strategic programs addressing carbon accounting, regulatory requirements, governance and management practices, energy efficiencies, and renewable energy procurement. Maureen brings to the conversation a wealth of experience in the common challenges faced by organisations, as well as the optimised approach to set and achieve ambitious climate goals.

Meg Headley
Atticus

Meg Headley

HR Director

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Meg is an HR Director with over 20 years’ experience working internationally as both a management consultant and in industry. She spent 15 years with Accenture and PA Consulting, working in HR Transformation with global clients such as BP and UBS, as well as teaching at the Accenture University. Prior to setting up Atticus Social Purpose, Meg was Human Resourced Director for a global commercial negotiation specialist. Driven by a deep belief in the importance of conscious capitalism, Atticus Social Purpose was formed in 2018, to help businesses take action on the Sustainable Development Goals, and transform their organisation's ability to be a force for good.

Matthew Green
Reuters

Matthew Green

Climate Change Correspondent

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Prof. Rupert Read
Extinction Rebellion

Prof. Rupert Read

Spokesperson

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Prof. Rupert Read is widely-known for having persuaded the BBC to change its policy on the reporting of dangerous human-caused climate-change, such that the broadcaster no longer features climate change deniers offering ‘false balance.’ He is a national spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, and convenes XR’s public and private political liaison with government, opposition and big business. He is author of 'This civilisation is finished' and co-author of 'Facing up to climate reality'. He works alongside the world’s leading climate scientists at the university of East Anglia.


Brendan Edgerton
WBCSD

Brendan Edgerton

Director, Circular Economy

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Hina West
WWF International

Hina West

Director, Nature Pays | Global Markets Practice

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With a career spanning the private, public and NGO sector across multiple countries on sustainability issues for the last 15 years, Hina West is currently leading WWF's Nature Pays - creating market access opportunities for community enterprises within WWF's conservation programming globally.

Prior to WWF, Hina worked in a number of programmatic and partnership roles at Oxfam specializing in humanitarian WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programming, enterprise development and innovation; bringing with her a strong social development expertise to further strengthen WWF’s impact for both people and nature.

With experience of working with some of the biggest purpose-led global organisations such as Unilever, Nokia, Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencers, Sodexo, TESCO, HSBC, SKY, Thai Union Group, One Water, amongst others, across multiple countries and the global south, in particular across Africa and South East Asia.

Along with time spent working for New Zealand’s Green Party combating social and environmental injustice through advocacy and influencing policy in New Zealand; within consumer behaviour change, CSR & communications for the iconic MINI brand; and raising youth’s awareness of HIV/AIDS with The British Red Cross in Kenya.

Hina studied International Relations and Political Communication with a research focus into environmentally sustainable consumer behaviour, and the impact of public relations on recycling behaviour.

She is based in the UK and lives with her husband in the Hampshire countryside, with their four year old daughter and 10 year old Rottweiler.

Chris Murphy
Sleep Organic Ltd

Chris Murphy

Co-founder

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World-leading researcher turned sustainability champion, Dr Chris Murphy co-founded Sleep Organic - a company wholly dedicated to ethically sourced and manufactured organic bedding of the highest quality.

Chris is passionate about business and product development that fully meet people’s growing need for ethical, social and environmental concerns without a compromise in quality.

Chris has an extensive background in biomedical research and academia, leading cutting edge research programs at Oxford University where he was a faculty member for 16 years before devoting himself full-time to Sleep Organic.

https://www.sleeporganic.co.uk/ 


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