Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environmental Officer, TD Bank Group
Karen Clarke-Whistler is an environmental scientist who is widely recognized as a thought leader in environmental business matters. Prior to joining TD she spent more than 15 years consulting to a diverse base of clients in North and South America, Europe and Africa. Karen is responsible for developing a program that embeds an environmental perspective into TD’s core business strategy. As a result, TD is recognized as a North American environmental leader and as a global climate leader. Through Karen’s leadership TD has been able to demonstrate a strong positive link between the environment and the economy. Karen’s has been named one of the 2014 and 2016 Clean16 for her outstanding contribution to clean capitalism within the financial services sector. She supports a number of groups focused on environmental innovation and collaborative problem-solving, including the Boreal Leadership Council, Business Network for Sustainability, Private Sector Advisory Board to the Network Centres of Excellence (NCE) and Canada's Ecofiscal Commission – she serves as an advisor to Canada’s Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development.
Karen holds a master’s degree in land resource science from Canada’s University of Guelph and a bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Toronto.
Gregory Elders, Senior ESG Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
Gregory Elders, has over ten years of experience valuing environmental, social and corporate governance risks and opportunities. He developed Bloomberg’s Carbon Risk Valuation Tool to help quantify potential earnings impacts from fossil fuel ‘stranded assets’. His research efforts include analysis of stranded-assets risk, zero-emission vehicles, mining safety and performance returns, and sustainable palm oil. 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.
Saskia Van Gendt, Captain Planet, Method
Saskia is Captain Planet for Method Products PBC based in San Francisco, California. Method designs cleaning and personal care products that work for people and the planet. With a background in lifecycle analysis and systems thinking, Saskia applies the science of sustainability with the strategy of business to influence and improve all aspects of company operations. She leads greenskeeping projects for North America covering packaging, ingredients, supply chain, green building, and third-party certifications through Cradle to Cradle and B Corp. Prior to Method, Saskia led material sustainability projects in packaging and green building at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Mauricio Gutierrez, Chief Operating Officer, NRG
Mauricio joined NRG in 2004, shortly before the company moved to its current headquarters in Princeton, NJ. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible, as he describes it, for "making sure the trains run on time." He holds top responsibility for ensuring that NRG's entire generating and thermal operations fleets operate at top levels of safety, performance and environmental sustainability. He also leads NRG's engineering and construction activities related to new generation and repowering projects. By overseeing commodities trading through increasingly volatile energy commodity markets, he helps maximize NRG's financial performance. Mauricio began his career as a senior consultant and project manager at Mexico City-based DTP Consultores, working on various energy and infrastructure projects in Mexico. When the U.S. merchant energy industry started to emerge, he joined Dynegy's management program and served in various positions, including Managing Director for the Southeast and Texas regions, Senior Trader for East Power and Asset Manager. At NRG, he has also held the positions of Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations and Senior Vice President, Commodities Trading.
Mauricio has served on the Boards of the Mexican National Chamber of Consulting Firms and the Electric Power Supply Association in the U.S. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Panamericana and two master's degrees - one in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines and one in petroleum economics from the French Petroleum Institute.
Hilary Irby, Managing Director, Global Sustainable Finance Group, Morgan Stanley
Hilary Irby is a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance group, where she serves as Head of the Morgan Stanley Investing with Impact Initiative. She also leads strategic initiatives at Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing, which seeks to mobilize private-sector capital to major global challenges. In her roles, Hilary focuses on the development of financial products and solutions providing financial returns as well as positive environmental or social impact.
Prior to Morgan Stanley, Hilary was Operating Partner at JVP, a leading Israeli venture capital fund with over $900 million under management, where she oversaw the Firm’s fund management, international operations, investor relations and marketing. She also worked as part of the management team to drive the Firm's organizational strategy and spearheaded business development in the US for JVP and its portfolio companies. Previously, Hilary worked at Goldman Sachs & Co.; helped manage the growth of Fort Point Partners, an internet consulting and integration firm; and served as a change management consultant at Andersen Consulting. Hilary holds a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of US SIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.
Johanna Jobin, Director, Global EHS and Sustainability, Biogen
As Biogen’s new Director of Global EHS & Sustainability, Johanna will work to promote the company’s culture and vision on corporate citizenship by helping to implement global sustainability programs and initiatives, such as improving product life cycle impacts to waste reductions, as well as driving employee and stakeholder engagement. She is also responsible for the corporate citizenship reporting and carbon neutrality strategy. As the former Head of Corporate Responsibility & Community Affairs of EMD Millipore, the life science business of Merck KGaA, Ms. Jobin led their corporate responsibility efforts, including the vision and strategic direction for environmental and social responsibility. Her responsibilities centered on strengthening the organization’s business performance by embedding sustainability into key business practices and overall culture. Key programs she managed and supported included greenhouse gas management and energy, Design for Sustainability, community engagement, and access to health and shared value initiatives. She is involved in a number of sustainability related organizations, and is currently a Board member of the National Association for EHS & Sustainability Management, among several others. Jobin is also a regular volunteer in the community for organizations such as Read to a Child and Habitat for Humanity.
Bruce Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Bruce has more than 26 years of experience in environmental and investment research and management. Currently, Bruce is the Portfolio Manager at Sustainable Insight Capital Management. Previously, Bruce was a Director in Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division where he acted as an investment strategist conducting high-level analytical research on sustainable investing including clean tech, water and agricultural-based investment strategies as well as ESG/SRI strategies. Prior to that, he managed assets at Smith Barney's Private Wealth Management Group in sustainable investments including agri-business and clean tech for Foundation/Endowment, HNWI and Institutional clients. Bruce currently serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, and previously served on the Finance committee of the Christopher Reynolds Foundation and as Trustee of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation. He also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is on the Technical Review Panel of National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Recently Bruce has joined the Advisory Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and serves on the Advisory Panel of Mercer Investment Consulting and Management’s Sustainable Opportunities Fund. Bruce is a recipient of both a J. William Fulbright Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Fellowship in ecological economics and served in the United States Peace Corps in the Republic of Cameroon, (1989-1993). Bruce holds a BA in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut; MS in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures from Auburn University; PhD in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Bruce currently is a Lecturer of Finance, Statistics and Agriculture courses at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in the Sustainability Management Program.
Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, UN Global Compact
Lise Kingo is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact and a recognized expert in corporate sustainability. She leads the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 12,000 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals. Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms. Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S that led the company through a significant growth phase to become the sixth largest pharmaceutical company in the world and the largest company in the Nordic region by market capitalization. While at Novo Nordisk, she oversaw the company’s participation in the UN Global Compact and led the integration of sustainability into the company’s business strategy, including the development of “Changing Diabetes” to transform how diabetes is managed and ultimately defeat the disease.
For her work in promoting sustainable business, she received the Edinburgh Medal and Tomorrow Magazine’s Environmental Leadership Award, and holds multiple degrees including a MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a B.Com. in Marketing Economics from the Copenhagen Business School.
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.
Jessica Long, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy
Jessica Long is a Managing Director with Accenture Strategy and has over 15 years of national and international experience in strategy, technology and complex program delivery within the corporate, government and development sectors. Jessica is on the global leadership team of Accenture Sustainability Services, which helps organizations leverage their assets and capabilities to drive innovation and profitable growth while striving for a positive economic, environmental and social impact. Jessica holds a patent and has received several awards while working with Accenture, including the Inspiring Leader Award, Innovation Award and Inventor’s Award. Jessica speaks regularly at local and global conferences on the topics of technology-enabled transformation, sustainability and inclusive business, cross-sector partnering and innovation for development. Jessica serves on the board of Raise DC and has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.
William McDonough, Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation
William McDonough is a globally recognized leader in sustainable development. McDonough is trained as an architect, yet his interests and influence range widely, and he works at scales from the global to the molecular. McDonough is the architect of many recognized flagships of sustainable design, including the Ford Rouge truck plant in Michigan; the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College; and NASA’s Sustainability Base, one of the most innovative facilities in the federal portfolio. He currently leads and chairs the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy. McDonough has written and lectured extensively on design as the first signal of human intention. He was commissioned in 1991 to write The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability as guidelines for the City of Hannover’s EXPO 2000, still recognized two decades after publication as a touchstone of sustainable design. In 2002, McDonough and the German chemist Dr. Michael Braungart coauthored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, which is widely acknowledged as a seminal text of the sustainability movement. Their latest book, The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance was released in 2013. McDonough advises commercial and governmental leaders worldwide through McDonough Innovation.
He is also active with William McDonough + Partners, his architecture practice with offices in Charlottesville, VA, and San Francisco, CA, as well as MBDC, the Cradle to Cradle consulting firm co-founded with Braungart. He and Braungart co-founded two not-for-profit organizations to allow public accessibility to Cradle to Cradle thinking: GreenBlue (2000), to convene industry groups around Cradle to Cradle issues; and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (2009), to expand the rigorous product certification program. McDonough co-founded Make It Right (2006) with Brad Pitt to bring affordable, Cradle to Cradle-inspired homes to the Lower 9th Ward In New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Eric Moen, Managing Director and Head of ESG, MSC
Eric Moen is a Managing Director and Global Head of ESG Client Coverage at MSCI. Eric has worked at MSCI since 2001, first in New York and since 2006 based in London. He has held a range of client facing roles within MSCI, including leading sales and consultant teams in the Index and Risk Management Business units. In 2011 Eric was appointed Head of the ESG Client Coverage which includes sales, client service, and product management responsibilities. Prior to MSCI, Eric spent three years at Merrill Lynch International in New York in the International Private Client Group. Eric holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of Colorado, and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University, with a specialization in International Economic Policy.
Margery Moore, Director, EHS Strategic Alliances, Bloomberg BNA
Margery Moore is Dir. Of Environmental Strategic Alliances for Bloomberg-BNA, a global publishing and media company. Margery works with a global network of organizations to develop environmental and sustainability information management systems that help many different types of corporations meet their compliance, and beyond compliance, requirements. She is currently digging deep into the older, well established compliance mindsets to identify key points where emerging issues around sustainability and climate change should be considered. She is a board member of ACCO - Association of Climate Change Officers (http://accoonline.org/), president of the charitable organization, The Institute for Sustainability Education & Action, Director with Hollyhock's Leadership Institute in Vancouver, BC. Plus she is advisor to ClimateAccess.org, a network of over 2500 climate workers globally. She has a Masters in Environmental Management Information Systems, from University of Victoria, B.C. and lives part-time in DC, and in BC.
Scott Mozarsky, President, Bloomberg BNA Cross-Platform Group
Scott Mozarsky joined Bloomberg BNA in March 2014 as President, Cross Platform Businesses. Previously, Scott held a number of leadership roles during a 13-year tenure in the UBM plc Group. As President – Media & Marketing Services for UBM Tech, Scott was responsible for building the marketing services business and driving the evolution of leading websites Information Week.com, EE Times, Dr. Dobbs Journal and Light Reading to an online community model tied to UBM Tech’s live events. As EVP, Chief Commercial Officer of UBM subsidiary PR Newswire, Mozarsky oversaw commercial activities worldwide. Mozarsky also served as EVP and Chief Operating Officer of CMP Media. From 2002-2009, he served as General Counsel and headed up M&A and corporate development globally for UBM’s subsidiaries in North America and Latin America.
Prior to joining the UBM Group, he spent eight years at two multinational law firms representing media, technology, telecommunications, insurance and manufacturing companies. Mozarsky, who speaks Japanese and lived in Japan, has advised numerous companies on business, financial, and legal issues arising out of cross border transactions. Mozarsky earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Williams College and his J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Trish Plonski, Senior Vice President Business Development, Strategy and M&A, XEROX Service
Trish Plonski is the Senior Vice President of Business Development. Ms. Plonski joined Xerox in 2010 and, in her role, leads the strategic planning effort across the Public Sector, which includes Central, Federal, State, Local Governments, Transportation and Education industries globally. She manages government client relationships in order to develop prospects and opportunities for future sales, including new market creation. In addition, she manages mergers, acquisitions and divestures within the Public Sector. Before joining Xerox, Trish held several executive strategic corporate marketing leadership positions within the highly engineered and government regulated aerospace defense and automotive companies including L-3 Communications, Textron, Inc. Guardian Industries and DaimlerChrysler.
Trish graduated from The University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, BS and PhD, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, MBA, and Textron sponsored Executive Leadership Programs at Thunderbird University and The Ohio State University, Fisher School of Business. In addition, Trish is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Barbara Pomfret, ESG Product Manager, Bloomberg LP
Barbara Pomfret is the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) global product manager for Bloomberg. Previously, having launched Bloomberg’s ESG research product, she was a senior ESG analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence. Barbara has eight years of investment and research experience in New York, London and Frankfurt, over four years of which were spent as an analyst on the Sustainability Research team at Allianz Global Investors. Barbara has an MSc in Environmental Science from Imperial College London and a BA in Geography from St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University.
Curtis Ravenel, Head, Sustainable Business and Finance, Bloomberg LP
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.
Susan Robinson, Public Affairs Director, Waste Management
Susan Robinson is Public Affairs Director for Waste Management. She has worked in the environmental industry for 30 years in roles that span the public sector, non-profit, consultancy, and over twenty years in the private sector. Her experience includes global commodity marketing, research and analysis of industry trends, and twenty years managing municipal solid waste and recycling contracts. Susan has worked for Waste Management since 1999, with much of her time interfacing with local governments and implementing new municipal programs. She currently works with Waste Management’s recycling, innovative technology and fleet teams, supporting the company’s transformation from disposal to a materials management company. She is responsible for the company’s public policy efforts to support this transition.
Susan is on the Board of Directors of Ameripen and the American Biogas Council, served on the Washington State Governor’s Beyond Waste Working Group and is past president of the Washington State Recycling Association. She attended Stanford University and the University of Washington, and holds degrees in Applied Earth Sciences and English. Her Masters work in Environmental Studies is from the Evergreen State College.
Eric Roston, Sustainability Editor, Bloomberg News
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. 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.
Stephanie Ruhle, Anchor, Bloomberg TV
Stephanie Ruhle is an anchor and managing editor for Bloomberg Television and editor-at-large for Bloomberg News, based in New York. She serves as co-host of "Bloomberg
Mary Shapiro, Former Chairperson, SEC; Current Co-Chair, SASB
The Honorable Mary Schapiro was chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2009 to 2012, capping a distinguished career in government and private-sector regulation. Ms. Schapiro advises companies on corporate governance and compliance standards that meet regulatory and investor expectations. Ms. Schapiro’s service as the 29th SEC chairman culminated decades of regulatory leadership. She was the first woman to serve as SEC chairman, and the only person to have served as chairman of both the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
During four years as chairman, Ms. Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rule-making agendas in the SEC’s history, during which the agency also executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors. Upon her departure, President Obama praised her leadership, saying the SEC became stronger and the financial system “safer and better able to serve the American people — thanks in large part to Mary’s hard work.” Before becoming SEC chairman, Ms. Schapiro served as CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest nongovernmental regulator of securities firms. Earlier, she was chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; a commissioner of the SEC; and general counsel and senior vice president of the Futures Industry Association.
John Warner, President, Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute
John is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry. He received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he then served as tenured full professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering). In 2007 he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC (A research organization developing green chemistry technologies) where he serves as President and Chief Technology Officer, and Beyond Benign (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education). He is one of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, co-authoring the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. He has published over 200 patents, papers and books. His recent work in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products, solar energy and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. Warner received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring, the American Institute of Chemistry’s Northeast Division’s Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002 and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. Warner was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader.
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