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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 Europe

Hector Gorosabel

CEO

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

From 2008 until his move to Asahi Europe 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.

Chris Silcock
Hilton 

Chris Silcock

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Customer and Commercial

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Chris Silcock is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Hilton. He leads the company’s global Commercial team including sales, revenue management, distribution, and enterprise data and analytics, and serves as Chief Operating Officer over the broader Customer team including Technology, Marketing and Brands.

Mr. Silcock has over 20 years of experience with Hilton, most recently serving as Chief Commercial Officer. In this role, Mr Silcock led global sales and revenue management, leading the global sales modernization process, and transitioning revenue management to a data-driven discipline delivering consistent and meaningful market outperformance. Mr. Silcock also created Hilton’s first enterprise data and analytics team, bringing advance analytics to the forefront of real-time decision making.

Prior to this role, Mr. Silcock held a number of positions at the company, including Head of Revenue Management and Online and Regional Marketing, and Vice President of Revenue Management. He has also held a number of regional revenue and project roles across the business, as well as several positions at the company’s properties. Mr. Silcock began his career with Hilton as a catering and banquet waiter at Hilton Watford.

In addition to his time at Hilton, Mr. Silcock worked in a consulting capacity with several hospitality companies, including large international chains, as well as smaller operators and independent hotels across Europe. He has also served as a member of the board of Roomkey, a JV of six global hospitality companies for more than three years including two years as Chairman of the board. Mr. Silcock holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Computer Studies from University of Essex and studied music prior to his hospitality career.


Saker Nusseibeh
Hermes Investment

Saker Nusseibeh

CEO

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Saker is the Chief Executive Officer of Hermes. Saker was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in May 2012, having been interim Chief Executive Officer since November 2011. Saker joined Hermes in June 2009 as a main board director to drive, support and represent the investment capabilities of Hermes. In 2005, Saker joined Fortis Investments USA as CIO, Global Equities and moved on to become Global Head of Equities, responsible for managing the company’s 12 equity centres. Previously he was CIO, Global Equities and Head of Marketing at SGAM UK, where he re-orientated the company offering to include high-alpha UK strategies and a global offering, following on from the sale of Trust Company of the West (TCW) to SGAM, where he was Managing Director running various global and International strategies, as well as the London office. Saker started his career at Mercury Asset Management in 1987.
In 2018, Saker was named CEO of the Year at the Financial News Asset Management Europe Awards, and joined the FCA-PRA Climate Financial Risk Forum in 2019. He was an inaugural member of the CFA UK’s Future of Finance Advisory Council between from 2013 until 2019. Saker sits on the advisory Board of NYO (National Youth Orchestra) and has a BA and PhD in Medieval History from King's College, University of London.

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).

Henrik Anderson
Vestas

Henrik Anderson

CEO

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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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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.

Tom Szaky
Terracycle

Tom Szaky

CEO

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Dean Cycon
Deans Beans Organic Coffee

Dean Cycon

CEO

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Steve Waywood
Aviva

Steve Waywood

Chief Responsible Investment Officer

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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'Keefe
Blackrock

Ryan O'Keefe

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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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.

Helen Mets
DSM

Helen Mets

President of Resins & Functional Materials

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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.

Follow Craig on Twitter: @craigbennett3


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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
Heiniken

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.


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