Bloomberg's 3rd annual Sustainable Business Summit takes a forward-oriented look at how companies are innovating in their sustainable business models and adopting practices that prioritize sustainable value.
Uniquely positioned at the intersection of sustainable business and sustainable investing, the Summit brings together top executives and government leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities in sustainability.
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Date & Time:
October 12: 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Networking reception to follow
October 13: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
731 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10022
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Tom Albanese, is the former Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Resources plc, a leading global diversified resources company listed on the London Stock Exchange, with metals and mining, oil and gas, and commercial power operations primarily in India and Africa. In addition, Tom was also the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Limited, until his retirement in end of August 2017.
Tom continues to be associated with Vedanta Resources plc as the Chairman of Konkola Copper Mines, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources plc.
Tom brings a wealth of mining experience from Rio Tinto, the second largest global diversified mining company, where he was appointed a member of the Rio Tinto Board in March 2006 and the Chief Executive for the period beginning May 2007 to January 2013.
For the period 2009 – June 2015, Tom served on the Board of Visitors for the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in North Carolina.
In August 2013, Tom was appointed on the Board of Directors of Franco Nevada Corporation, a Toronto-based gold-focused royalty and metal streaming company with assets around the world.
Tom’s keen interest in supporting policy reforms to emerging issues and challenges being faced by the Mining sector led to his appointment as Co- Chair of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Mining for the year 2016 – 2017.
In recognition of his distinguished leadership and service to the mining industry, Tom was conferred with the ‘Mining Foundation of the Southwest’ 2009 American Mining Hall of Fame Award.
Tom holds a Bachelor's degree in Mineral Economics and a Master's in Mining Engineering from the University of Alaska.
Lee Ballin is the Head of Sustainable Business Programs in Bloomberg's Global Sustainability group. Reporting to the Chairman's Office, the team aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and co-develops products and services for the Bloomberg Professional Service, enabling our clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities.
Lee works closely with a cross-functional team conducting life cycle analysis of customer facing equipment, optimizing a complex, global logistics network to minimize carbon output of shipments, and setting paper standards for three magazine publications. Lee's communications team develops best-in-class employee engagement programs, training curriculum for operating departments and Bloomberg's GRI-based Sustainability Report, published annually. He is a frequent panelist at sustainability conferences and events speaking on topics ranging from sustainable supply chains, external reporting and employee engagement.
Lee is a Fellow at the Aspen Institutes Business and Society Program and a graduate of CORO Leadership New York, a civic leadership program. He holds a bachelor's degree in business logistics from Pennsylvania State University Park and a MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business with a focus on finance and sustainability. He is an adjunct professor at the Pratt Institute, focusing on the intersection of Operations Management and Sustainable Business Strategy.
Crystal Barnes is the Senior Vice President of Global Responsibility and Sustainability for Nielsen, the world’s leading marketing and media Information Company and Executive Director of the Nielsen Foundation. In her role, she is responsible for Nielsen’s social and environmental responsibility programs across the areas of philanthropy, volunteering and pro bono investments. She also leads Nielsen’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts inclusive of external reporting, stakeholder inquiries and client assessments. Prior to her work in Global Responsibility, Crystal led the Industry Relations team, focusing on developing strategic alliances with industry, trade and business associations. She played a key role in expanding the reach of Nielsen’s thought leadership efforts across the media and consumer industries with a focus on the increasingly diverse, demanding and connected consumer.
To date, Crystal works closely with Nielsen’s external African American Advisory Council to help drive diversity efforts across the company. Crystal joined Nielsen in 2004 as part of the organizations Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). As an Emerging Leader Associate, she worked across Nielsen’s multiple media businesses throughout the United States. Crystal later joined the communications and public affairs team where she initiated and managed Nielsen’s partnerships with community, civic, social service and business organizations. She played a pivotal role in expanding Nielsen’s visibility and brand in the community and among clients by developing and fostering relationships with key external stakeholders including community leaders, government officials, and local and national organizations.
Prior to joining Nielsen, Crystal worked for WHP, a CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and for Comcast SportsNet in Bethesda, MD. A native of Pennsylvania, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University. Crystal resides in New Jersey with her husband and children.
Diana has spent more than 25 years working in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, and has expertise in the development and implementation of strategic corporate philanthropy and community outreach programs, building impactful corporate and NGO partnerships, global product donations, and internal and external communications.
In her current role at Novo Nordisk, Diana leads the U.S. corporate giving function where she is responsible for the company’s funding and social impact strategy, employee and community engagement, and implementation of the Triple Bottom Line and Shared Value programming. Under her leadership, she developed and launched the company’s first formal U.S. corporate giving and community engagement program, which has been recognized with several awards for excellence in philanthropy and social responsibility.
Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, Diana was the Director of Corporate Contributions and Community Outreach for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for championing the company’s corporate citizenship efforts. Among her accomplishments, she built a comprehensive philanthropic and community relations program, created Wyeth’s first formal volunteer program; developed a global product donations program for the Consumer Healthcare business; and created the company’s first global Corporate Citizenship Report.
Diana is a graduate of Drew University in Madison, NJ, and received a Certificate in Corporate/Community Involvement from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. She serves on the Board of Directors for Jersey Cares where she previously served as the organization’s President, the Independent College Fund of New Jersey, and is a Founding Advisory Board member for the FDU Center of Excellence for Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy where she is also on the faculty.
Matthew Boyle is a senior reporter for Bloomberg News in New York, covering the U.S. retail scene and its leading companies -- among them Wal-Mart, Target and Costco.
He was previously the London-based leader of the European Consumer team at Bloomberg, managing a group of reporters and editors across Europe and Africa who cover some of the biggest names in business. The beat spanned from AB InBev to Zara and included all of the major food, beverage, luxury, fashion and retail companies in the region. Earlier, he was a reporter on that team.
In 2010-2011, Boyle was on Bloomberg's U.S. Consumer team in New York, covering Wal-Mart - the world's biggest retailer - as well as food companies like Kraft, Kellogg, General Mills, Campbell Soup and Heinz. He consistently broke news on Wal-Mart, including its decision to end employee profit-sharing, its expansion of smaller stores and its need to hire outside consultants to keep its shelves stocked. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV and radio, as well as on CNBC, NPR's "Morning Edition," and the BBC.
From September 2008 until the end of 2009, Boyle wrote for Businessweek magazine, where he served as deputy editor of the Corporations section, penning features about the surprise success of Subway's $5 Footlong sandwich and profiling the "CEOs of Tomorrow."
Between 2000 and 2008, Boyle was a reporter and, later, a writer at Fortune, where he wrote features on the rise of store brands, the diaper duel between Pampers and Huggies, the secret to Costco's success, and the challenges of making fast food "healthy."
Before joining Fortune, Boyle was a writer and also an editor of PRWeek magazine, a weekly trade publication for the public relations and corporate communications fields. Boyle started his journalism career in 1998 at Simba Information in Stamford, Conn.
Erika Irish Brown is Bloomberg L.P.’s Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she develops and drives the company’s global diversity and inclusion strategy and ensures alignment with business goals and objectives. Brown is also charged with promoting an institutional culture and inclusive environment to support diversity in all aspects of the business and employee life cycle, including Bloomberg’s employee communities and external partnerships.
Prior to Joining Bloomberg, Brown was Bank of America’s Head of Diversity and Executive Recruiting. She has over 15 years of banking and markets experience at organizations including Morgan Stanley, the U.S. Treasury and Lehman Brothers.
Brown received her MBA from Columbia Business School and holds a BS in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and currently serves on the Boards of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Catalyst, and the Council of Urban Professionals.
Emily Chasan is the editor of Bloomberg's weekly Sustainable Finance Brief. She covers trends in corporate sustainability and corporate governance and provides actionable insights for investors on sustainable, responsible and impact investment strategies.
She was previously a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal's CFO Journal, which she helped launch, and a senior correspondent at Reuters where she covered accounting, law, hedge funds, manufacturing, and the U.S. stock market. She led the wire service's team of bankruptcy reporters during the financial crisis from 2008 to 2010.
She has won two Front Page Awards from the Newswomen's Club of New York and in 2012 was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors' "Directorship 100" list of people most influential on corporate boards of directors. Emily graduated from Tufts University cum laude with a degree in Economics and International Relations. You can follow her on twitter @echasan.
Audrey Choi is Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer of Morgan Stanley. As Chief Marketing Officer, Audrey is responsible for stewarding the brand to reflect the firm's core values of leading with integrity and exceptional ideas across its businesses and geographies. As Chief Sustainability Officer, Audrey oversees the firm's efforts to promote global sustainability through the capital markets.
In a career spanning the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Audrey has become a thought leader on how finance can be harnessed to address community concerns and global challenges. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Audrey held senior policy positions in the Clinton Administration, including serving as Chief of Staff of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President. Previously, Audrey was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal. She serves on the boards of several national nonprofits focused on sustainability, community development and social justice. Audrey is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Sougata Dasgupta currently manages the transformation program for Bloomberg's Global Logistics and Distribution business. In this role, Sougata aims to transform the customer experience as it relates to deliveries for Bloomberg's hardware. He is in the process of developing the overarching strategy, tactics, teams, data models and change management plans for newer technologies and programs within Bloomberg's Supply Chain landscape.
Sougata started with Bloomberg 16 years ago, and has led multiple functions and global teams in Bloomberg's Supply Chain - including Global Distribution, Global Procurement, and Global Demand and Supply Planning.
For the past twenty years, Ingrid has been an integral part of Neuberger Berman’s socially responsive group. She is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager on the Socially Responsive Investing (SRI) Team. Ingrid is responsible for financial, social and environmental analysis for the SRI portfolio.
Before joining the firm in 1997, she was a research analyst at the Council on Economic Priorities; a non profit research organization focusing on corporate social and environmental responsibilities. Ingrid received a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Ingrid is actively involved in the SRI community through various functions and speaking engagements. Ingrid serves on the Board of Directors of Arbor Brothers, a nonprofit focused on finding and funding social entrepreneurs targeting the root causes of poverty.
Gregory Elders, Bloomberg Intelligence Senior ESG Analyst, has fifteen years’ experience valuing environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. He has consistently earned a top analyst ranking in the Extel/SRI-Connect Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) survey.
He leads Bloomberg’s investment research on ESG, and has spear-headed development of its ESG valuation and analytic tools. His research efforts include financial impacts and opportunities of a low-carbon transition; analysis of company and country governance and corruption control; extractive industries safety and performance link; water scarcity impacts on business operations; activist investor targets and defenses.
He has held the roles of Fixed Income Research Analyst at Merrill Lynch in New York and Head of Research at Trucost in London. Gregory has an MSc in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from Cornell University.
Rob, vice president, is Breckinridge’s director of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. In his role, Rob leads Breckinridge’s ongoing ESG integration efforts, regularly contributes thought leadership and performs corporate credit analysis. Rob has been with the firm since 2010 and has over 18 years of research experience. Prior to Breckinridge, Rob was a senior research analyst at Opus Investment Management. Rob began his career in credit research at State Street Bank & Trust Co. as a participant in its commercial loan officer development program. He has also held commercial credit analyst positions at Cambridge Savings Bank and Eastern Bank. Rob serves as treasurer and board member of the CFA Society Boston, Inc., as a member of the Investment Committee for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and as a member of the advisory board for the CECP Strategic Investor Initiative. He holds a BS from Boston College and an MBA from the Boston University School of Management. He is a member of the CFA Institute and is an FSA Credential holder.
Andreas Fibig is the Chairman and CEO of New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a leading innovator of unique products that consumers taste, smell, or feel in fine fragrances and cosmetics, detergents and household goods, and foods and beverages. He is a global business leader with more than 25 years of international experience including executive responsibilities in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia.
Prior to joining IFF, Mr. Fibig was President and Chair of the Board of Management of Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals (BHP). During his tenure at BHP, the company launched multiple new medicines to help patients with serious unmet medical needs, while controlling costs, enhancing business development and marketing capabilities, and accelerating growth to industry leading rates. Previously, he was Senior Vice President/General Manager, responsible for Pfizer’s central nervous system, neurology and pain management operations in the United States.
A believer in the role of business in leading and driving sustainable practices, Mr. Fibig was elected to the Executive Committee of the WBCSD in October 2016. He is proud of the passion with which the people of IFF have embraced their opportunities to make a difference with several industry firsts: first Green Circle certified Zero Waste to Landfill facility; first Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM fragrance; and the first on-site wind turbine, among many others.
Mr. Fibig was appointed to the board of Bunge Limited in 2016 and the board of the German American Chamber of Commerce in 2017. He holds a degree in Marketing and Business Management from Berlin’s University of Economics.
Patrick Flynn is the Senior Director of Sustainability for Salesforce, the world’s leading CRM provider and the fastest growing top 10 software company in the world. Prior to Salesforce, Patrick worked for IO, a leading global colocation data center provider, where he led sustainability strategy and also built and led a San Francisco-based R&D team. He has experience working as a building engineer (he has a P.E. in HVAC) and as an investor in a cleantech venture capital firm, where he focused on green building technologies and software- driven energy efficiency. Patrick holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He received the Thomas R. Peterson Achievement Award and two Peer Recognition Awards for his contributions to the MIT Sloan community.
Upon joining UBS in 1998, Stephen served as an economist and public policy analyst out of the Swiss headquarters. In 2007, Stephen transferred to the US as a Global Investment Strategist and was responsible for Asset Allocation until recently. In recent years, he was responsible for thematic investment research, analyzing topical and long-term trends, and making them investable to UBS clients. He also lead Sustainable Investing research in the US and was in particular the lead author and editor of the firm's Sustainable Investing whitepaper series and a frequent speaker on the topic. Today, as head of Sustainable Investing Solutions for UBS Wealth Management Americas, he is responsible for strategically developing the Sustainable Investing Products and services platform, while promoting Sustainable Investing concepts and solutions to Financial Advisors and clients through engagement and education.
Laura spearheads BSR’s New York office, working with global companies across a range of industry sectors and sustainability issues. She also serves on BSR’s Executive Committee and oversees global membership strategy and services.
Laura works with leading global companies to develop and enhance their sustainability strategies in order to maximize value for both business and society. She runs senior-level sustainability strategy workshops and multi-stakeholder forums and she launched BSR’s global financial services and media practices. She works with consumer products and healthcare companies, among others.
She has also published reports on environmental, social, and governance integration in mainstream investing, as well as sustainability integration and leadership. From 2006 to 2010, she facilitated the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, growing the initiative from 15 to more than 50 electronics companies.
Laura previously worked for Deloitte Consulting, where she acquired extensive strategy experience advising multinational financial services companies. She also managed a community development project in Ecuador, developed the business strategy for a social venture in Brazil, and worked with the biotechnology sector in Chile.
Laura holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She is an adjunct professor in the Bard M.B.A. in Sustainability program.
Jay Gould is President and CEO of Interface, Inc. He was promoted to the CEO position in March 2017, becoming only the third CEO in the company’s 43-year history.
Jay has set Interface’s path forward with a new strategic vision to lead the organization into its next phase of growth, building upon his expertise in transforming business through purpose. Through his leadership, Jay is driving Interface and its talented, passionate team to become the world’s most valuable interior products and services company, delivering superior value for its key stakeholders: customers, shareowners, employees, and the environment.
Jay spent the prior two years as COO leading Interface’s global operations, marketing, and organizational development. He was also a key driver of the company’s first global category expansion in more than 10 years into modular resilient flooring with its debut luxury vinyl tile offering.
Prior to joining Interface, Jay served as CEO of American Standard Brands, where he re-energized the 138-year-old brand and led a financial turnaround including top-line growth, cost-cutting, and innovation leadership.
Jay has worked internationally for more than 20 years and spent several years living in Japan. He helped to globalize brands such as Minute Maid, Dasani, Graco and Rubbermaid. He successfully built new business platforms in Europe and Asia, which included key acquisitions in Germany, Japan and China. While at Newell Rubbermaid, he managed international businesses that penetrated over 100 countries and generated revenues exceeding $500 million. He also led innovation at Coca-Cola, where he built a global innovation system that included development centers on all six major continents.
Jay graduated from the University of Dayton, summa cum laude, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has three children and resides with his wife in Atlanta, GA.
Janine Guillot is the Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach at SASB, where she works with investors to support demand for standardized disclosure of material sustainability factors. Ms. Guillot has more than 25 years of experience in operating, strategy, risk management and finance roles in financial services, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Incapture LP, an early stage enterprise technology and asset management business. Prior to joining Incapture, Janine served as Chief Operating Investment Officer for the California Public Employee’s Retirement System (CalPERS). She was responsible for CalPERS investment office business and operational management, CalPERS Affiliate funds, and CalPERS defined contribution plans. Ms. Guillot also oversaw the CalPERS corporate governance program, including integration of sustainability and governance factors into investment decision-making. Janine has also held senior leadership positions at Barclays Global Investors and Bank of America, including serving as Chief Operating Officer for BGI’s European and Global Fixed Income businesses.
Janine holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Southern Methodist University. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, and she is a member of the board of Directors of Equilibrium Capital and Community Initiatives and serves on the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee.
Robin Hayes is President & Chief Executive Officer of JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline™ and one of the world’s most acclaimed airlines. He joined JetBlue in 2008 and served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer until becoming President of the airline in January 2014. In February, 2015 he was appointed as JetBlue’s third Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining JetBlue, Robin was British Airways’ Executive Vice President for The Americas. Over the span of a wide-ranging 19-year career with British Airways, he also served as Area General Manager for Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
He serves on the board of governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Wings Club as well as the board of directors for British American Business and Make-A-Wish Connecticut.
Robin is a graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. He received a BSc and Master’s in Engineering from the university.
Cliff Henson is Senior Vice President of HPE’s Enterprise Group Global Supply Chain. This function is responsible for driving best in class supply chain performance and customer experience for the Enterprise Group’s $24B business segment.
Prior to this assignment, Cliff was Vice President of EG Global Business Units Supply Chains for Server, Storage, Networking and Software. Previously he was Vice President of HP’s Worldwide Storage and Software Supply Chains and Vice President of Americas and EMEA Supply Chain and Logistics Operations. Since joining HPE in 1993, he has held leadership positions in strategy, business operations, new products, engineering, e-commerce and customer experience roles primarily in the Enterprise Group.
Prior to joining HPE, Cliff worked at ITT holding management positions in supply chain, engineering and product development in the Controls and Instrumentation Division in Texas and California.
Cliff has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and a MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas. Cliff serves on the Texas Tech University Engineering Advisory board and has served as board member on the Houston Minority Business Council and the Greater Houston Partnership Economic Development Council.
IlLonka (Javette) Hines is Director, Head of Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability at Citi. Javette leads Citi’s efforts to ensure the consideration and inclusion of diverse firms within Citi’s sourcing practices. Additionally, she is responsible for working across the firm with sourcing and business units to align supplier selection efforts with Citi’s 10 year $100B Climate initiative and 5 year Sustainability Strategy.
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Javette has over 20 years of experience in procurement, leadership, diversity, contracts, and management. Prior to joining Citi, Javette worked at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) where her responsibilities included: recruitment of supply chain talent, management of US and global sourcing activities, globalization of the supplier diversity program, strategic planning, and software & technical services sourcing.
Javette is passionate about her work in the supply chain, as well as her efforts to focus on leadership development and capacity building. She continues to work with peers and various organizations to develop capacity among MWBEs and works with several HBCUs and the Institute of Supply Management to mentor students currently in the supply chain area and legal field. She also supports mentoring excellence via high school students associated with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s ASCEND ℠ as well as the L.I.F.E. Program via The Links, Incorporated.
Javette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education from Clark Atlanta University and a Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Javette is a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) and a member of the New York and GA State Bar Associations. She represents Citi on several Boards, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and Women Presidents Educational Organization (WPEO). Javette is Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a number of other civic and community organizations who support and encourage a more strategic plan and path to global sustainable living and inclusion.
James G. Hnat joined JetBlue Airways in June 2001, and was named General Counsel in February 2003. In March 2007, Mr. Hnat was named Executive Vice President. He is responsible for Legal, Government Affairs, Compliance, and Sustainability. Mr. Hnat was also named Corporate Secretary in March 2007.
Mr. Hnat previously served as an attorney at the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy, LLC. His aviation legal practice began in airline defense litigation at Condon & Forsyth's New York office. He serves as a member of the bar of New York and Massachusetts.
Mr. Hnat received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Boston University and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Notre Dame Law School.
Keryn is the Group Chief Executive of ERM. She commenced this role in April 2017, having previously been the Global Director of Operations and the Regional CEO for Asia Pacific. Keryn joined ERM in 1993 and has worked with clients across a range of geographies including Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America. She has over 25 years’ experience in sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) consulting across a broad range of sectors including oil and gas, mining, chemicals, infrastructure and power. She has supported clients in the development of sustainability and EHS strategy, evaluation of mergers, acquisitions and divestments, as well as project development and implementation and operational performance management, working at corporate and site level. Her specific technical expertise including social and environmental impact assessment, due diligence and management.
Raymond G. Long is the Vice President for National State and Federal Government Affairs for NRG Energy. Mr. Long has over 25 years of experience managing corporate external campaigns and initiatives and has been with NRG since 2003. He is responsible for managing the external activities for NRG’s portfolio of conventional generation, retail and renewable development throughout the United States. Prior to joining NRG, Mr. Long served as Director of External Affairs for over three years at Mirant, where he worked on state and federal issues in the United States and Eastern Canada. Before joining Mirant, Mr. Long spent eight years representing corporate clients on public affairs and strategic communications issues in the New England States. Mr. Long has extensive experience working on corporate and political campaigns. Mr. Long holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Administration from Suffolk University.
An avid lover of the outdoors, Mr. Long is a long-time hiker, runner and triathlete. He has completed three Ironman distance triathlons and over 20 triathlons in all, along with 17 marathons and five ultra-distance running races. He has hiked extensively in the New Hampshire White Mountains, including the Presidential Traverse, and completed the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim run.
Mr. Long serves on the board of directors of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and the boards of directors for the Public Affairs Council and the New England Council. Additionally, Mr. Long has served on the Delaware Energy and Environmental Taskforce, the Connecticut Clean Energy Taskforce, and the New York City Mayor’s Energy Taskforce.
Kathleen McLaughlin is Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and the President of the Walmart Foundation.
In these roles, Kathleen is responsible for that focus on using Walmart's strengths to create economic opportunity for individuals and foster inclusive economic development; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel, and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience of local communities. Last year, in addition to business initiatives investing in people and businesses in supply chains, the company surpassed over $1.4 billion in giving worldwide, including $1 billion of food donations.
McLaughlin joined Walmart in 2013. Before that, she spent over 20 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
McLaughlin earned a bachelor's degree from Boston University, and she also earned a master's degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
William McDonough is an architect, yet his design interests and influence range widely, and he works at scales from the global to the molecular. McDonough has written and lectured extensively on design as the first signal of human intention. He was commissioned to write The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability as guidelines for the City of Hannover’s EXPO 2000, and he is co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) and its follow-up, The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance (2013). In 2016, McDonough shared a New Language for Carbon, which illustrates of a values-based terminology that recognizes carbon as an asset, rather than a toxin, and the life-giving carbon cycle as a model for human designs. Time magazine recognized him as a “Hero for the Planet,” noting: “His utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world.”
McDonough advises leaders worldwide through McDonough Innovation; he is active with William McDonough + Partners (WM+P), Architects; and MBDC, the creators and leading assessors of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program. He has co-founded two not-for-profit organizations: GreenBlue and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Recently, he helped launch Fashion for Good, a joint-industry initiative aiming to transform the global apparel chain into a force for good.
Notable awards include: The Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996), the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2004), the National Design Award (2004), and the US Green Building Council’s Leadership Award (2016). He was the Inaugural Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy (2014-2016) and, in 2017, received the Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership in Davos, where he was introduced as “the father of the circular economy.”
Maryellen McQuade is Corporate Vice President of Human Resources at Novo Nordisk Inc.
She is responsible for developing and executing Human Resources strategies and programs that support the overall business, specifically in the areas of total rewards, talent management, learning & development, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement and employee relations.
Ms. McQuade’s expertise is primarily focused in business model redesign, organizational change, talent acquisition and management, and deepening managerial capabilities. She joined Novo Nordisk in 2016 as Vice President of HR for Commercial Functions.
Prior to that, she was the North America HR Lead for Glaxo SmithKline Consumer Health, a joint venture between Novartis and GSK, following a merger between GSK and Novartis Pharmaceuticals where she was Global HR Lead, Technical Operations & Quality. Before joining Novartis, Ms. McQuade spent nearly 10 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb in various roles of increasing responsibility in Human Resources, primarily working alongside the R&D functions and ultimately leading a HR team whom supported the BMS manufacturing network.
Ms. McQuade sits on the board of trustees of the Princeton Charter School. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.
Thomas Miller is the Diplomatic and Global Business Lead at the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (BBNA) where he oversees client relations with the international diplomatic community and produces the Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summits. He joined BBNA after four years with Bloomberg Government, where he was responsible for launching the new BGOV service to diplomatic officials in the political, economic, defense and communications sections at the foreign embassies in Washington DC. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Tom was a founding Board Member of Business for Diplomatic Action (BDA), a non-profit organization founded by major American corporations after the 9/11 attacks to work with the U.S. Department of State on public diplomacy programs around the world. Before BDA, he was Managing Director with the Roper Organization, one of the world’s leading market and public opinion research firms, where he managed all of the company’s global marketing, branding, consumer trend and public opinion/public affairs insight services. Tom began his career at Hudson Research Europe, a Paris-based political, economic and social risk forecasting firm serving major multinational corporations, banks and governments. He is an honors graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and the London School of Economics (M.Sc.).
Jim Murphy has been a leader in the HDD industry for more than 25 years. He joined Seagate in 2017 as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing, where he leads the company's global go-tomarket strategies, teams, and sales activities. Prior to joining Seagate, Mr. Murphy served in a variety of executive leadership roles at Western Digital Corporation, including as President of Western Digital Corporation, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Sales Operations, and Vice President of Asia Pacific sales. Mr. Murphy began his career with IBM in the sales organization, where he held a number of sales roles with increasing responsibility over a seven year period. Mr. Murphy earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif.
Amy Muska O’Brien is a managing director and the head of Responsible Investment at TIAA Investments, an affiliate of Nuveen. She provides overall strategic leadership on the implementation of the firm’s responsible investment commitments and environmental, social and governance (ESG) approaches, including ESG-focused funds, ESG integration frameworks across asset classes, and the firm’s community and impact investing portfolios.
Having joined the firm as a director in 2005, Ms. O’Brien has worked on a wide range of ESG and community investing initiatives across TIAA. Ms. O’Brien has 20 years of professional experience in the field of socially responsible investing. Prior to joining TIAA in 2005, Ms. O’Brien served as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Pension Boards - United Church of Christ, where she developed and implemented socially responsible investment strategies. Previously, she was Research Manager at the Council on Economic Priorities, the non-profit research firm that pioneered the field of corporate social and environmental responsibility ratings for investors and consumers.
Ms. O’Brien earned a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and an M.S. in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
From 2006-2011 she served on the Board of Directors of the Social Investment Forum (SIF), a national nonprofit membership association dedicated to advancing investment practices that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria. In 2008, Ms. O’Brien joined the board of directors of The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute for Corporate Responsibility (IRRCi), whose mission is to act as a catalyst for thought leaders, and to sponsor research on corporate governance and corporate responsibility. In 2011 she was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings. Ms. O’Brien became a member of the Financial Women’s Association of New York in 2012 and in 2014 she was named to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative’s Reporting and Assessment Steering Committee
As a longtime leader in the field of responsible investment, Ms. O’Brien is a frequent speaker on responsible investment trends, challenges and opportunities, including presentations at the Milken Institute Global Conference and the U.S. Department of Labor. Her insights have been covered by numerous media outlets, including the Associated Press, Barron’s, Institutional Investor, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Chrissa Pagitsas is the Director of Fannie Mae Multifamily’s Green Financing Business.
Under her leadership, the Green Financing Business’ portfolio has grown to over $15B in through Q2 2017. She is responsible for creating market transforming innovations in the financing industry such creating the Green MBS, launching mortgage loan products that finance green building certified properties and energy/water efficient investments and determining how to integrate green cost savings into conventional mortgage underwriting. She participates in multimillion dollar transactions with multifamily owners and lenders, and regularly advises national, state and local policy on the intersection of energy efficiency and housing. She initiated and led the project to create the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Score for Existing Multifamily for multifamily properties across the US.
Prior to Fannie Mae, Ms. Pagitsas implemented environmental sustainability strategies for real estate owners and large scale utility data and financial management solutions for utility companies in the U.S. and Europe.
Ms. Pagitsas is the Secretary-Treasurer and a Board Member for the US Green Building Council. Ms. Pagitsas holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
Amisha Parekh is a Senior Sustainable Finance Product Strategist in Bloomberg’s Sustainable Business and Finance team. She is responsible for developing the strategy for Bloomberg’s sustainable finance products and supports initiatives related to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and enterprise products.
Prior to Bloomberg, Amisha was a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s US Strategy, Innovation, and Transformation group. She has helped several manufacturing, consumer goods, and retail clients develop sustainability strategies and improve operational performance. She has previously also worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble and in sustainability at Walmart.
She is the co-author of High Performance Hospitality: Sustainable Hotel Case Studies, one of the first books published on sustainability in the hospitality industry.
Amisha holds an MBA and Master’s in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan and a BS in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Mr. Poupeau leads Schlumberger’s Corporate Engagement initiatives including corporate planning, development, engagement, global stewardship and communications functions. Over the last four years he has also led the company’s Global Transformation program. Previously he served as President, Drilling Group (2010-2012); President, Drilling & Measurements (2007-2010); Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations (2006-2007), and Vice President Technologies and Product Marketing (2004-2006).
Mr. Poupeau joined Schlumberger in 1985 as a wireline field engineer in the Gulf of Mexico. He has held operational and management leadership positions in North America, Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Angola, France and China.
He holds a B.S. degree in geology and a M.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Tulane University. He serves on the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering Advisory Board, is a member of SPE and SPWLA and serves on the Boards of The Texas French Alliance for the Arts, American Heart Association SouthWest Affiliate, United Way of Greater Houston, Greater Houston Partnership and the Well Control Institute.
Carla Hunter Ramsey joined National Grid, one of the nation’s largest electricity and gas delivery companies and one of the largest publicly-owned energy companies in the world, as Global Sr. Director of Supply Chain Corporate Social Responsibility. In her role, she leads the coordination, integration and implementation of all supply chain diversity and sustainability strategies across the global footprint. Hunter Ramsey joined National Grid after more than 20 years in procurement, leading purchasing departments in higher education. Prior to joining National Grid, she was the director of purchasing, contracts and property management at York College, City University of New York and oversaw procurement for The New School in New York City, in which she oversee procurement for nine colleges.
Hunter Ramsey is committed to helping change the landscape of the business world to level the playing field for sustainable diverse companies globally and has also been profiled as one of the top supplier diversity executives in the nation by Black EOE. Important to note, over the past eight years, National Grid’s supplier diversity program has received over 50 awards and counting for the work they are doing in the communities they serve. She holds a BA in Economics, an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration and she is currently pursuing her Masters in Divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
As Global Head of Sustainable Business & Finance, Curtis Ravenel leads Bloomberg’s sustainability initiatives - a Chairman’s Office effort and the result of his 2006 Bloomberg Global Leadership Forum proposal. The program aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all firm operations and leverages the Bloomberg Professional Service to evaluate sustainability-related investment risks and opportunities for its 315,000 customers. Curtis has worked for Bloomberg in multiple roles. He was the Financial Controller for Asia managing accounting, tax, treasury and audit services for 23 legal entities with combined annual revenues exceeding $1 billion USD. This was preceded by various roles in the Capital Planning and Financial Analysis Groups.
He currently serves as a board member at US SIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, and at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). He serves as an advisor to the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) and the USA Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. Curtis was awarded a David Rockefeller Fellowship with the Partnership for New York City in 2011. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in History from Davidson College.
Eric Roston covers energy, climate change, and science for Bloomberg.com. He is author of the critically acclaimed book THE CARBON AGE: How Life’s Core Element Has Become Civilization’s Greatest Threat. The book traces the dynamic science that unifies seemingly disparate parts of our experience: Climate, energy, health, industry — the fastest way to learn the most about the world is through the carbon atom.
Roston joined Bloomberg in 2011 to launch its sustainability coverage, after serving as a senior analyst on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He worked at Duke University’s climate change policy think tank, the Nicholas Institute.
Previously, Roston wrote for TIME, in New York and then Washington, where he covered science, technology, and politics.
Roston, who is fluent in Russian, holds an M.A. in Russian history, and a B.A. in modern European history, both from Columbia University. He lives in New York City, with his wife, Karen, and daughter.
Joe Ryan joined Bloomberg's renewable energy team in 2016. Previous he spent 18 years working at newspapers, covering technology, commercial real estate finance, federal courts and the F.B.I.
Ashley Schulten, is the Head of Responsible Investing for Global Fixed Income. Ms. Schulten is a portfolio manager on global green and socially responsible mandates and leads the coordination of the BlackRock firm wide Green Bond effort. She partners with BlackRock's Global Fixed Income team to bring ESG and climate risk integration tools and strategies to the investment process. Prior to this role, she spent several years in the Global Rates Trading team. Previous to BlackRock, Ms. Schulten's work included 20 years as a sell side interest rate and options trader. Ms. Schulten earned a BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1992. She serves on the Executive Committee of Green Bond Principles and Cicero's Climate Finance Board. She has contributed to publications on green finance including "Investor Expectations of the Green Bond Market" through Ceres and "Categorizing Climate Risk for Investors" through the Cicero Center for International Climate Research. In her personal capacity, she sits on the Board of the Mianus River Gorge, the first Nature Conservancy land project.
Dan Shurey specializes in Green Finance at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Based in New York, Dan is responsible for research and analysis on Green Bonds, Loans, Equities & Indices, as well as Tax Equity and Yieldcos. Additionally, Dan oversees Bloomberg’s governance of green securities.
Dan previously led Bloomberg’s analysis of North American wind energy. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Dan worked on the Global Redesign Initiative of the World Economic Forum and holds a BSc in Environmental Geoscience with Italian from the University of Bristol.
Val Smith is the Director and Global Head of Corporate Sustainability for Citi. She joined Citi in 2004 and oversees Citi’s global sustainability initiatives, including leading the bank’s Sustainable Progress Strategy and $100 Billion Environmental Finance Goal. Val also serves as an advisor and spokesperson on sustainability and stakeholder issues and trends.
Prior to joining Citi, Val spent a decade working in the environmental sector, including the National Audubon Society, Brainerd Foundation, and the Houston Advanced Research Center. She began her career with the U.S. Peace Corps, where she served for two years in Honduras. She serves on the boards of the United Nations Global Compact USA Network and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Leaders Forum. Val earned her MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her BA from the University of Virginia. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
James Stacey is a Partner at ERM, based in London. He works with equity investors, lenders and project sponsors to understand implications of environmental & social issues on future commercial prospects, enterprise/ asset value, contract terms and, where relevant, alignment with international standards. James was a co-author of the G20 Financial Stability Board Task Force for Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) Technical Supplement on Scenario Analysis, 2016.
James has 25 years of EHS and sustainability experience. For the period 2006-2015 James was the Global Head of Sustainable Business at Standard Chartered Bank plc, and later a Partner at ECP LLP, the private equity and infrastructure investor. In these roles James was either a member of or reported to ExCom and a member of Investment Committee. Previously James led KPMG’s UK sustainability consulting and Global environment transaction services practices. James began his career as an Environmental Engineer.
James chairs the General Partner (private equity) Responsible Investment Group in London and is a Corporate Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, typically working with C-Suite executives to strengthen their understanding of sustainability and its implications for future business performance and access to capital.
Dave Stangis was named Vice President-Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer in March 2016. He reports to Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Dave designs Campbell's corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability strategies, goals, policies, and programs. He leads the Company’s strategies and external engagement related to CSR Strategy, Responsible Sourcing, Sustainable Agriculture, and Operational Sustainability. Working closely with other senior leaders, he is advancing Campbell's operational and communication strategies in these areas.
Dave has helped the company achieve its place on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, and recognition as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies.
Dave joined Campbell as Vice President-CSR and Sustainability in September 2008. In 2011, his role was expanded to include oversight of Community Affairs and the Campbell Soup Foundation. From 2011 to 2016, he served as Vice President – Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility and President of the Campbell Soup Foundation.
Dave is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Babson College. Previously, Dave worked for 12 years at Intel, where he created and led the corporate responsibility function.
In 2008 and 2013, Dave was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Magazine. Trust Across America named Dave one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior for 4 years in a row. He serves/has served on the boards of Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan, Net Impact, The University of Detroit Mercy College of Business, Sustainable Brands, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Dave earned his B.S. degree from the University of Detroit, his M.S. degree in occupational and environmental health from Wayne State University, and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan.
John Streur is President and Chief Executive Officer of Calvert Research and Management, an investment management firm that specializes in responsible and sustainable investing across global capital markets. Calvert serves all types of investors through its family of mutual funds and separate accounts. Mr. Streur is also President and a Trustee/Director of the Calvert Funds and a Director of Calvert Foundation and member of its Risk Oversight Committee.
Since joining Calvert as CEO in 2015, Mr. Streur has restructured Calvert with focus on investment research and emphasis on environmental, social and governance factors integrated with investment decisions. He has guided the creation of the Calvert Principles for Responsible Investing and the Calvert Research System, as well as the development of the Calvert Responsible Investment Index Funds.
Mr. Streur began to focus his energy exclusively on responsible and sustainable investing in 2012, as President, Director and Principal of Portfolio 21, a boutique investment management firm specializing in global environmental investing. Previously, he spent 20 years at Managers Investment Group LLC (and its predecessor), a firm he co-founded and where he served as President, CEO and Chair of the Investment Committee. He was also President and Trustee of the firm’s fund family, Managers Funds and Managers AMG Funds. Managers Investment Group LLC grew to over $30 billion in assets under management and offered investment strategies across global equity, debt and derivative markets.
Mr. Streur has managed socially responsible investments at the request of institutional clients, including public funds, religious institutions, and college and university endowments since 1991. Mr. Streur is a founding member of the Investor Advisory Group for the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a group of leading asset owners and asset managers committed to improving the quality and comparability of sustainability related disclosure by corporations for use by investors. He is currently a Director on the Board of the Environmental Media Association, whose mission is to motivate the entertainment industry to educate the public about environmental issues and sustainability through all forms of media. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin; Bachelor of Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Faith Taylor currently leads Wyndham’s Worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility program policies, reporting and strategies which include sustainability, philanthropy, wellness, diversity, human rights, ethics and responsible sourcing. She also oversees Wyndham’s Charitable Foundation and global giving aligned with disaster relief. The program is implemented across 40 hospitality brands, 38,000 employees and over 120,000 locations in 100 countries. In 2006 she created the Wyndham Green program.
Under her leadership in 2014 through 2017, Wyndham Worldwide was recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as both World and North American leader in the Hotel, Resort and Cruise line sector for its environmental, social and governance programs and for the first time is a FTSE4Good Constituent. CR Magazine has also recognized Wyndham Worldwide as one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. In 2016, Newsweek named Wyndham Worldwide one of the Greenest Companies in America.
CDP has recognized Wyndham as a leader in both performance and disclosure. In 2014, Wyndham Worldwide met its goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 33%, 6 years ahead of schedule and water is down 21% globally. The program has saved over $81 million dollars in energy and water expenses and 27% of its $2.5 billion supply chain has met the Wyndham Green criteria. In 2016, Wyndham planted over 1 million trees in partnership with the Arbor Day Organization.
She chaired the Sustainability Group of the World Travel & Tourism Council where she led the development of Environmental, Social Governance Reporting for the industry and currently chairs the Board of Directors of the USGBC of New Jersey. She is also a member of the International Tourism Partnership organizations where she has participated in setting industry standards like the Hotel Carbon and Water Metric Initiative and policies used by over 20,000 hotels today. Wyndham is a recognized corporate leader working with the Clinton Global Initiative and the DOE Better Building Challenge in setting leading programs for the built environment. In 2014 the National Diversity Council named her “One of the Most Powerful Women in the Industry”.
She has an MBA from the Wharton business school, a BA from Stanford University and she is an adjunct professor who teaches about innovation and sustainability.
Carrie Varoquiers is vice president, global impact at Workday and president of the Workday Foundation. She is responsible for philanthropic grant making, employee community involvement programs, environmental sustainability efforts, and corporate citizenship reporting.
Prior to joining Workday, Carrie was president of the McKesson Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship at McKesson Corp. Carrie developed the McKesson Foundation's "Mobilizing for Health" grant initiative, which encourages the use of mobile technologies in chronic care, and founded Giving Comfort, a not-for- profit program supporting low-income chemotherapy patients. Prior to joining McKesson, Carrie was founder and president of Cause Partners, a cause marketing consulting firm based in San Francisco. Carrie has also held various positions at Levi Strauss & Co., including program director responsible for cause marketing programs for all of Levi's brands.
Carrie holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University, a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley. She serves on the boards of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals and Family House.
Like many at Expeditors, Dan started his career as a messenger responsible for clients’ customs documents at the Seattle office in 1987. Dan became District Manager of Denver in 1992, and with a clear focus on delivering the highest quality of customer service his branch won Quality Branch of the Year in 1995. In 1996, he became a Project Manager in Detroit and managed the Central Process Center.
A year later Dan was named District Manager of the Seattle branch, which also went on to win Quality Branch of the Year in 1999 and Overall Branch of the Year in 2000. With a passion for exceptional customer service and a focus on developing those around him, Dan continued to hone his own leadership skills. From March of 2002 to December 2004, Dan was Global Director of Account Management. In this position, he was responsible for the development and retention of the top global accounts.
He was elected Vice President - Order Management in January 2004 and Senior Vice President - Ocean Services in September 2004. Dan was promoted to President, Global Products in June 2015. Dan has obtained a Customs Brokers License, IATA/FIATA Certificate, and an Executive MBA from Seattle University.
Christopher directs a global team at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) that is focused on solving social and environmental challenges in collaboration with non-profit organizations, governments, customers and partners. In this role, Christopher guides the development and management of strategic programs and collaborates with senior leaders across the organization to ensure the full integration of corporate responsibility into the company’s business strategy.
Prior to HPE and HP Co., Christopher worked at Green Environment Inc. as a Vice President where he led environmental due diligence efforts for leading Bay Area corporate and private equity clients involved in M&A activity.
Christopher is passionate about drawing upon his experience in business and science/ engineering to analyze how organizations innovate, develop and market products; consume energy and natural resources; and produce waste streams, to find ways to bring businesses closer to economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Amy joined TD Securities (TD) in June 2013 as part of its debt capital markets team, covering North American supranational, sovereign and agency (SSA) clients. Building on TD’s strong SSA platform, she was asked to spearhead TD’s fixed-income efforts in the environmental, social and governance space, being named head of socially responsible finance in May 2015. Amy brings 10 years of experience across capital markets and banking. Before joining TD, Amy worked for three years at HSBC after starting her career at RBS in New York.
Tensie Whelan joined New York University Stern School of Business in November 2015 as Clinical Professor of Business and Society. She will lead the School’s efforts around issues of business and sustainability, driving research and coursework on natural resource-based challenges including climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, poverty and unsustainable development. Professor Whelan was formerly the President of the Rainforest Alliance, where she worked since 2000. In 2014, she was appointed as the School’s 2014-2015 Citi Leadership and Ethics Distinguished Fellow.
During her tenure at Rainforest Alliance, she increased the organization’s budget from $4.5 million to $50 million; ensured that 17% of the world’s tea, 14% of the world’s cocoa and 5% of the world’s coffee was certified by the Rainforest Alliance; and increased the visibility of the Rainforest Alliance seal from zero to nearly 45%. Under her leadership, the organization recruited 4,000 companies and nearly 5 million producers and their families in more than 60 countries.
Professor Whelan has been working in the environmental field for more than 25 years. Her published works include one of the first books on ecofriendly tourism, Nature Tourism: Managing for the Environment. She has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere and was awarded the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2012. She serves on the advisory boards of Social Accountability International and Corporate Eco Forum, and she is the co-chair of the steering committee of Sustainable Food Lab.
Professor Whelan has also served as the Vice President of Conservation Information at the National Audubon Society, Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, Managing Editor of Ambio and management consultant to nonprofit organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund.
She received a B.A. in Politics from New York University and an M.A. in International Communication from American University.
Kate Wylie is the Global Sustainability Director for the food and drink company Mars Incorporated. She leads the corporation’s sustainable sourcing framework, socioeconomic impact strategy and sits on Mars’ Sustainability Strategy & Policymaking Group.
She joined the business in 2010 as Director of Sustainability for Mars Drinks and in 2013 progressed to lead the development of Mars Incorporated’s sustainable sourcing strategy, including the launch of their Deforestation Policy and investment in the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. More recently, Kate developed Mars Incorporated’s Income strategy defining Mars’ new long-term ambition for everyone in its supply chain to earn a decent standard of living and the launch of the Farmer Income Lab. Previously Kate has championed sustainable development within businesses both large and small, ranging from eBay to The Carbon Neutral Company.
Kate is a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University and holds a first class honours in Economics from Manchester University. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Food Lab and the Investment Committee for the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. In 2015 leading sustainability publication BusinessGreen named Kate as one of the “Top 30 Women Shaping Sustainable Business.”
Eva Zlotnicka is the US-based analyst for the Global Sustainability team within Equity Research at Morgan Stanley. The team ranked first for sell-side SRI research in the 2017 Extel Survey. Previously, Eva re-joined the firm from UBS Investment Bank, where she also was a Sustainability and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) analyst since 2011. Prior to graduate school, Eva spent nearly five years at Morgan Stanley, primarily in Fixed Income Strategy and Quantitative & Structured Solutions. Eva holds an MBA and a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University, as well as two BSc degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, including from the Wharton School.
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ERM (Environmental Resources Management) is the world’s largest sustainability-focused advisory firm. With more than 4,500 industry-renowned experts in 160 offices in over 40 countries, we work with the world’s leading organizations to deliver business value through identifying and managing sustainability related business risk and opportunity.
We play a central role in helping companies and investors achieve their objectives with an understanding of how environmental, social, health, safety and risk issues might impact their business, and the context in which they operate. We continue to build our contribution to the global dialogue on sustainability through sharing insights from our experiences and providing practical, technology enabled solutions.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure. For information about our commitment and actions to advance social and environmental sustainability, follow @HPE_LivingProg and visit www.hpe.com/livingprogress.
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Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 42 countries, the Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.
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Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company, has been committed to discovering and developing innovative medicines to help people with diabetes lead longer, healthier lives for over 90 years. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: hemophilia, growth disorders and obesity.
We have built our business on the conviction that the formula for lasting success is to stay focused, think long-term and do business in a financially, socially and environmentally responsible way. Visit novonordisk.us or follow on Twitter: @novonordiskus.
Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. Working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry's most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production, and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions that optimize hydrocarbon recovery to deliver reservoir performance.
Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston, London and The Hague, and reported revenues of $27.81 billion in 2016. For more information, visit www.slb.com.
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Burson-Marsteller is a leading global public relations and communications firm. Our strategic insights and innovative programming build and sustain strong corporate and brand reputations. We provide our clients with counsel and program development across the spectrum of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, digital strategy, advertising and other communications services. Our clients are global companies, industry associations, professional services firms, governments and other large organizations.
Through our diverse offerings, the Corporate Responsibility team at Burson- Marsteller combines excellence in corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement, ESG disclosure and communications. We help our clients transform their companies through enterprise-wide strategies and implementation of environmental, social and governance issues.
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline® and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 38 million customers a year to 101 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America, with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information, please visit jetblue.com.
JetBlue believes in communicating transparently about climate change. The airline is committed to taking steps to address the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from its flights by inspiring its customers and crewmembers to offset GHG emissions when they fly. JetBlue is constantly looking for ways to become more fuel efficient and embrace efficient technologies. For example, JetBlue planes feature Airbus' Sharklets, which improve aerodynamics and cut fuel burn and emissions. For more on JetBlue’s work to reduce emissions, visit jetblue.com/green.
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit and, through its strategic partners, hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside its partners' capital and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR's investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. L.P.(NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR's website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group ("TD" or the "Bank"). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves more than 25 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in TD Ameritrade; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with approximately 11.5 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$1.3 trillion in assets on April 30, 2017. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
TD was the first North American based bank to become carbon neutral and has maintained this commitment since. TD has contributed $12 billion in support of the transition to the low-carbon economy since 2006, through its carbon neutral commitment, eco-efficiency initiatives, low-carbon lending, and green bond investments.
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