Eben Bayer
Eben Bayer, Founder and CEO, Ecovative
Eben Bayer grew up on his family’s farm in Vermont, where he worked as a young man. When he graduated college with dual degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Innovation & Design, Eben did not return to the farm, but he also did not forget it. Eben uses biology and engineering to create disruptive solutions that are good for people and the planet. Based on his inventions, Eben has evangelized a strategy of bio-adaptation around the world, including presentations at TED Global, PopTech, and Davos. Today, Eben is the CEO and co-founder of Ecovative, which takes its name from ecology and innovation. Ecovative is a biomaterials company growing sustainable materials and products with unique living organisms. Ecovative has been recognized as a Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, for its potential impact on climate change by the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, the EPA Environmental Quality Award, and the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for socially responsible design. After establishing multiple Fortune 500 customer accounts with Mushroom® Packaging, Ecovative licensed its patented technology to Sealed Air Corporation to expand production throughout North America. Today, Ecovative is developing its material platform to displace other markets, including engineered woods, seed starters, and insulation. Eben is also interested in augmentative neuro-systems, thermodynamics, education, and monetary systems modeled around life. He serves on the external advisory board of the Arizona State University (ASU) Origins project, and advises start-ups in and around New York. Eben received his degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For the 18 years prior, he studied agriculture and farming through hands-on learning.

Robin Chase
Robin Chase, Founder, Zipcar
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer to peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is also co-founder and Executive Chairman of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things. She is on the Boards of Veniam, the World Resources Institute, and Tucows. She also served on the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force. Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Jon Coleman
Jon Coleman, Ph.D., Sustainability Advanced Technology Manager, Ford Motor Company

At Ford, Jon works with Ford's fleet customers to develop sustainable solutions to their specific needs through the use of technology, fleet optimization and understanding driver behavior. Jon has been involved with sustainability at Ford for more than 10 years and has represented Ford at venues ranging from the United Nations to the Academy of Management to TED and other thought-leading conferences. His passion for sustainability is evident in his research focusing on how large organizations engage in sustainable behavior and how that decision making process can be embedded in the organization's day–to-day operations. This research provides unique insights into the evolution of corporate sustainability. Jon’s view of sustainability goes far beyond "green" to include human rights, urban mobility and societal well-being, embracing the ideal that true sustainability involves "doing more good, not doing less bad."

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Ohio State, his Master’s degree from Xavier and his Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.

Peggy Collins
Peggy Collins, Sustainable Finance Editor, Bloomberg

Margaret Collins, who goes by her nickname "Peggy," has been covering personal finance and wealth management for Bloomberg News since August 2009. She writes on topics including investing in public and private markets, taxes, retirement savings and family offices. She also appears weekly on Bloomberg Radio's "The Bloomberg Advantage." Prior to Bloomberg, she was a multimedia editor for MSN.com and a reporter for the Bergen Record newspaper in New Jersey. Collins holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and bachelor's from the College of the Holy Cross.

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Ira Ehrenpreis, Managing Partner, DBL Partners

Ira Ehrenpreis is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a leading impact investing venture capital firm, currently investing out of a $400M fund. Ira is a recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the energy innovation sector. In 2007, Ira was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45" and in 2014 was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame. In the venture community, Ira has served on the Board, Executive Committee, and as Annual Meeting Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).  Ira currently serves as the President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC). In addition, Ira is the Co-Chairman of the VCNetwork, the largest and most active California venture capital organization. In the energy innovation sector, Ira is the founder and Chairman of one of the most prominent annual industry events, the World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF), which convenes the who's-who in the industry to discuss the important energy issues and opportunities of our time. Ira is an active leader at Stanford University, where he has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and is currently an advisory board member of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) Advisory Council. Ira has also been a guest lecturer, including helping to teach a course on Venture Capital.  In addition to the foregoing, Ira served for many years on the Advisory Board of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE). Ira received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of Stanford Law Review. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. Ira can be reached at ira@dblpartners.vc

Nic Eisenberger
Nic Eisenberger, Managing Partner, Pure Energy Partner
Nicholas Eisenberger is a pioneer of the clean economy. As a successful entrepreneur, investor, strategist, and highly regarded speaker and author, Nicholas has worked for two decades to advance the clean technology industry. Nicholas is the founder and Managing Partner of Pure Energy Partners, a venture catalyst firm that invests in high impact, high potential clean economy companies, projects, and funds and actively works to accelerate their commercial success. He is also a co-founder of GO Ventures, which invests in path breaking cleantech enterprises, a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy, the leading national umbrella organization for the industry, and a co-founder of The Cleanweb Initiative, a new industry association focused on growing the market place of information technology solutions that address our critical resource and environmental challenges. From 2005-2009, Nicholas was Managing Principal of GreenOrder, which he and his partners established as one of the most influential corporate sustainability strategy firms and sold in 2008. Called one of the “go to guys” in sustainability consulting by Fortune, Nicholas is widely recognized for his groundbreaking work with global companies such as GM, DuPont, HP, and GE, whose multi-billion dollar ecomagination initiative Nicholas played a key role in guiding from its launch. Prior to that, Mr. Eisenberger was the founder and CEO of Ecos Technologies, an environmental management enterprise software company and a venture capital investor at Churchill Capital, one of the very first dedicated cleantech funds. In the mid-nineties, he also co-founded Mypoints.com, a pioneering public Internet marketing company that was purchased by United Airlines. Nicholas is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and received a Certificate in Environmental Law from the University of California. He serves on numerous boards in the clean economy sector including the X PRIZE Foundation’s Energy & Environment Advisory Board, the President’s Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Foundation, the World Resource Institute’s Innovators Council, Scotland’s Saltire Prize Advisory Board for Marine Renewable Energy, the New York Council for Global Green USA, and the board of New York Sun Works, a science and sustainability non-profit. Nicholas lives by the Sound in coastal Connecticut with his wife, Robin, and their three young daughters.

Peter Grauer
Peter Grauer, Chairman, Board Member, Bloomberg LP

Peter T. Grauer is Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial information and media company.   He has been a member of the Bloomberg Board since October 1996 and was named Chairman of the Board in March 2001 succeeding Michael R. Bloomberg.  Mr. Grauer joined Bloomberg full time as Chairman, President and CEO in March 2002.  Prior to this, he was a Managing Director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1992 to 2000 when DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston.  He served as a Managing Director and Senior Partner of CSFB Private Equity until March 2002.  Mr. Grauer is a founder of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and DLJ Investment Partners. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, Program for Management Development.

Mr. Grauer serves as lead director of DaVita Health Care Partners, Inc. and Senior Independent Director of Glencore.  He is a member of the Business Council, the Asia Business Council, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and Founding Chairman of the Community of Chairmen at the World Economic Forum. Mr. Grauer is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Inner City Scholarship Fund in New York City, Chairman of the Rockefeller Finance & Operations Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of Room to Read, a member of the Board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Chairman of the College Advising Corps. He is also Founding U.S. Chair of the 30% Club, a Member of the Advisory Council of Out on the Street and a member of the McKinsey Advisory Council. Mr. Grauer and his wife Laurie have three daughters.

Phil Graves
Phil Graves, Head of Corporate Development, Patagonia Ventures

Phil Graves oversees Patagonia’s venture capital fund and is in charge of the company’s investments and M&A activities. Phil also supports Patagonia’s new business ventures such as Patagonia Provisions, which is the company’s in-house food start-up. Phil works closely with Patagonia’s product and materials teams to unlock sustainable innovations, new products, and technologies through investments in key partners. Phil came to Patagonia with 10 years’ experience consulting on M&A, valuation, corporate finance, and investment-related issues with Deloitte and PwC. For Phil, one of the most rewarding aspects of working for Patagonia is the opportunity to redefine the relationship between the capital markets and a healthy planet.

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Steven Grin, Managing Partner, Emergo Partner
Steven is a seasoned entrepreneur and investment professional with fifteen years of experience investing as a principal and fund manager. He has extensive experience in real estate development, energy, project finance, and project management. Prior to Emergo Partners, Steven was a Managing Partner of Catalyst Equities, a diversified holding company with interests in the real estate and energy sectors. Previously, Steven was a Director in the Office of the President of Guyana where he held responsibility for the implementation of their low-carbon development strategy and the execution of large-scale initiatives in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Steven started his career in real estate investing where he worked as an associate director for the Moinian Group and later co-founded the private equity firm Capstone Equities. Steven graduated with an M.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in Finance and Philosophy from New York University.

Peter Lacey
Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director, Sustainability Services, Accenture Strategy

Peter Lacy is the Global Managing Director of Sustainability Services at Accenture Strategy and a member of the Accenture Strategy leadership team. He is an advisor to the United Nations, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and governments, CEOs, and boards around the world. He is a business fellow at Oxford University, a WEF Young Global Leader, and cofounder of “The Circulars”, the first worldwide circular economy award for business innovation. He is regular contributor to publications such as the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Business Week, The Guardian and China Daily.

David Lear
David Lear, Executive Director for Corporate Sustainability, Dell

David Lear serves as the Executive Director of Dell’s sustainability programs, and works to create long-term stakeholder value and opportunities by integrating economic, social, and environmental responsibility into Dell’s core business strategies. His team engages key stakeholders including customers, NGOs, regulators, industry groups, and agencies to collaborate on global policy and standards development. This includes managing strategic giving and community partnerships that demonstrate the enabling power of technology to drive both business and sustainability outcomes. David joined Dell in 2006 as Director of Product Safety and Environmental Affairs, responsible for the delivery of Dell global product compliance programs. Previously, Lear served in various roles in design and manufacturing in the Test & Measurement industry, where he specialized in the development of product technologies. David holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Missouri State University, and a Masters in Finance from the University of Indianapolis. 

Jon Lieber
Jon Lieber, Chief Economist, Thumbtack

Jon Lieber is chief economist for Thumbtack, a San Francisco-based startup that connects individuals with small business service providers. He studies trends in the labor market, entrepreneurship, and the small business economy. In addition to his other duties, Jon produces a monthly Economic Sentiment Index based on survey responses from nearly 20,000 small service businesses and oversees Thumbtack's annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. Prior to joining Thumbtack, Jon was Economic Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from June of 2010 to February of 2014. His previous experience in government includes serving as Budget Analyst and Chief Economist to the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Associate Director of the National Economic Council at the White House, and as an Economist at the House Committee on Ways and Means. Jon serves as a board member for the Center for American Entrepreneurship, a research organization dedicated to improving the environment for start-ups and entrepreneurs. A native Californian, Jon began his career studying monetary policy at the American Enterprise Institute after earning a master's degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Tufts University.

Artie Minson
Artie Minson, President and Chief Operating Officer, WeWorks
Arthur Minson is the President and Chief Operating Officer at WeWork, which provides workspace, community, and services to over 35,000 members in 17 cities around the world. As President and COO, Minson is responsible for scaling WeWork’s operations and expanding the company’s presence globally through management of operations, services, sales, business development and administrative functions including finance, legal, information technology, and human resources. Prior to joining WeWork, Minson served as the Chief Financial Officer of Time Warner Cable, and before that, as AOL’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.

Minson graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and is a member of Georgetown’s Board of Regents. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University. A native New Yorker, Artie is a graduate of Regis High School in New York City where he has been a member of the school’s Alumni Board.

Robert Niven
Robert Niven, Founder and CEO, CarbonCure

Robert is a cleantech entrepreneur inspired to find profitable and sustainable solutions for the cement and concrete sectors. He is part of the global race to develop affordable carbon-negative concrete at scale. As Founder and CEO of cleantech developer, CarbonCure Technologies, Robert has earned a reputation of uncovering innovative ways to raise profits, lower greenhouse gases and improve the material performance of concrete. His passion for developing solutions that combine sustainability and innovation has led to the development of the CarbonCure technology. Robert holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from McGill University and a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Victoria. In his spare time, Robert is an avid outdoors enthusiast and devotes his time to nature conservation and environmental community events.

Kyung-Ah Park
Kyung-Ah Park, Managing Director and Head of Environmental Markets, Goldman Sachs

Kyung-Ah is a managing director and the head of Environmental Markets at Goldman Sachs. In that capacity, she oversees and supports the global environmental initiatives of Goldman Sachs including environmental risk management and works closely with the businesses on environmental market opportunities. She also heads the Center for Environmental Markets, which partners with corporates, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions to facilitate research and develop pilot projects that inform public policy and further market-based solutions to environmental issues. Kyung-Ah serves on the Firmwide Physical Commodity Review Committee. Previously, she was a vice president in the

Industrials Group in the Investment Banking Division and an executive director of Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC. Kyung-Ah joined Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department in New York. Prior to joining the firm, Kyung-Ah worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Seoul, Korea, and Johannesburg, South Africa. Kyung-Ah earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Kyung-Ah serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of NYC.

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Jeff Perlman, President and Founder, Bright Power

Jeffrey Perlman is the President and Founder of Bright Power. He spends his days solving the most challenging energy problems facing building owners today. An experienced energy auditor, energy analyst and solar-energy-system designer, Jeff is as happy in a boiler room or on a rooftop as he is in a corporate boardroom. In addition to his work at Bright Power, Jeff is adjunct faculty at NYU and the City University of New York (CUNY) and serves on the board of the New Alternatives Fund, a mutual fund that invests in renewable energy. Prior to founding Bright Power, Jeff worked with Greg Kats at Capital E, with whom he co-authored “The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings,” a ground-breaking report that used economic cost/benefit analysis to show that building healthy, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible buildings makes economic sense. Jeff is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED AP, and a BPI Multifamily Building Analyst. He has a degree in Applied Physics from Yale University.

Tom Randall
Tom Randall, Deputy Editor, Sustainability, Bloomberg News

Tom Randall is Deputy Editor of Sustainability for Bloomberg Business, where he writes and produces videos about science, energy, and the future. He previously covered global public health for Bloomberg and led coverage of pharmaceutical drug development and executive leadership. Randall holds master's degrees in International Affairs and Journalism from Columbia University. Prior to journalism, he worked as an acquisitions editor in economics and political science, publishing research books and managing peer-reviewed journals. 

Jenna Rossa
Jen Rossa, Editor, Bloomberg Briefs
Jennifer Rossa oversees Bloomberg Briefs, which produces more than 25 newsletters on topics including sustainable finance and economics. Before Bloomberg, she was managing editor of Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst and VentureWire and wrote for the Wall Street Journal's Private Equity Beat blog. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and also spent time working for an English-language newspaper in Moscow.

William Sisson
William M. Sisson, Sr. Director, Sustainability and REACH, United Technologies Research Cente
Bill Sisson directs United Technologies Corporation's (UTC) strategic efforts and advocacy for sustainable development on behalf of the corporation's Senior Vice President of Science and Technology. He is a member of UTC’s Sustainability Council, chartered to align UTC’s strategic sustainability initiatives with its business interests. He leads UTC’s product sustainability efforts, with emphasis on deploying refined process engineering goals on design for sustainability and life cycle analysis. He advocates for energy efficiency in buildings and sustainable urban infrastructure by serving on a variety of global organization Boards that support UTC interests. Sisson also currently serves as UTC’s Liaison Delegate for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s and is co-chair of that organization's Energy Efficiency in Buildings Project. In addition, he is Director of UTC’s REACH efforts. REACH is the European Union’s regulation of Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. In this role, he is responsible for directing UTC’s overall REACH compliance efforts with business unit leaders. Sisson completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech in Engineering Science and Mechanics, received his master's in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, and is an MIT Sloan Fellow where he also received his MBA. 

Lenora Suki
Lenora Suki, Head of Sustainable Finance Product Strategy, Bloomberg

Lenora Suki, CFA, CAIA, LEED AP, is the Head of Sustainable Finance Product Strategy in Bloomberg’s Sustainable Business and Finance Group. Lenora's focus is on strategy for sustainable finance products, with an emphasis on extending Bloomberg's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) product and other sustainable finance efforts across asset classes to comprehensively understand investment risks and opportunities. She is currently working on projects in fixed income, real estate, and private equity, as well as initiatives at the intersection of philanthropy and product strategy, such as green and social bonds, impact investment and data science applications. Before Bloomberg, Lenora founded Smart Cities Advisors, an affordable housing and urban regeneration advisory firm for emerging markets. In 2002, she joined the Earth Institute at Columbia University as an Associate Director advising on sustainable development. Prior to Columbia, Lenora was regional fixed income strategist at Santander Investment and emerging markets analyst at OFFITBANK, now Wells Fargo. Lenora also worked at the World Bank in the Treasury, Europe and Central Asia and in private sector development.

Lenora earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a BA in Government from Pomona College and a BA in economics from the University of Houston. She serves on the board of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. She also holds the CFA, CAIA and LEED AP designations.

Pravin Vazirani
Pravin Vazirani, Partner, Menlo Ventures
Pravin joined Menlo Ventures in 2001 and focuses on investments in the cloud, SaaS, and E-commerce sectors. His current investments and board seats include: FiveStars, Glympse, Lumosity, Munchery, Nexenta, Poshmark, Stance and vArmour. His prior involvements and board seats include Centrality Communications, acquired by SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. in 2007 for $283 million, EdgeCast Networks, acquired by Verizon, Like.com, acquired by Google in 2010 and newScale, acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc. in 2011. Pravin is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.) He started his career as an engineer working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Later, he worked for Pacific Communication Sciences and ADC Telecommunications as a product manager. He was introduced to the world of venture capital in business school, while working for @Ventures, and discovered his real passion was meeting and working with great entrepreneurs. Pravin lives in Menlo Park with his wife and two children. In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar, sailing, and running.

Chris Walker
Christopher Walker, Director, North America, WBCSD

Since October 2014, Chris has served the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as the Director, North America, based in New York City. As part of his role, he manages the organization’s relationship with approximately 40 Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in North America and leads WBCSD’s engagement of the Financial and ICT sectors. 

He has worked in a variety of roles over the last 15 years on climate and sustainability. Most recently, he was a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice. He previously was the Executive Officer of the Carbon Trust, LLC, the US affiliate of the UK’s Carbon Trust. He has served on the National Academy of Science’s, congressionally mandated study “America’s Climate Choices” (July 2010) and as Executive Director for North America for The Climate Group and as Head of Swiss Re's Sustainability Business Development. At Swiss Re, he ran a unit responsible for developing commercial applications to Swiss Re Sustainability as well as government affairs liaison on climate change/GHG emissions issues.  

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

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Andrew Winston, Author

Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges. Andrew’s first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling over 100,000 copies in seven languages. Inc. Magazine included Green to Gold on its all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own. His new book, The Big Pivot, provides a practical roadmap to help leaders build resilient, thriving companies and communities in a volatile world. He is also author of the Harvard Business Review Magazine cover story, “Resilience in a Hotter World.” His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever. His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at the Boston Consulting Group and strategy and marketing roles at Time Warner and MTV. Today, Andrew is also a highly respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands at high-profile events like TED with an entertaining message of practical optimism: the world’s challenges are great, but business has the tools, resources, and creativity to build a prosperous world. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale.

Josh Wright
Josh Wright, U.S. Economist, Bloomberg Intelligence

Joshua Wright is a U.S. Economist with Bloomberg Intelligence and the Bloomberg Economics Brief. Previously, he spent five years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he helped build the Federal Reserve's agency MBS portfolio of over $1 trillion, among other responses to the Global Financial Crisis. As a researcher, he published on housing and mortgage markets, and advised policymakers across the legislative and executive branches of government. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, and a Chartered Financial Analyst, his work has also appeared in the New York Fed's Economic Policy Review, the Liberty Street Economics blog, and The New York Times.