A cross-section of global business, sustainability, and civil society leaders will share their creative ideas and practical solutions for a sustainable world. Additional speakers to be announced as the program develops throughout the year.
Sharan Burrow is general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. Previously president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000-2010, Burrow is a passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment, and labor law reforms, and has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and labor rights campaigns in her home country of Australia and globally.
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Alessandro Carlucci was recently elected Chairman of the board at BSR, and his interest in sustainability goes back a long way. He worked for Natura Cosmetics for 25 years, the last 10 as its CEO. During his tenure as CEO, Natura grew fourfold, becoming one of the leading companies in Latin America. At the same time, it reduced its relative CO2 emissions by 33 percent and, by offsetting its emissions, became a carbon-neutral company. Carlucci also served as chairman of the board at the World Federation of Direct Selling Association and is a board member of Renner, which is the biggest fashion retailer in Brazil. It is his strong belief that the best way to do business is to integrate economic, social, and environmental aspects of a company which, in turn, generates greater value for all stakeholders. Carlucci is a Business Administration graduate of Fundação Getulio Vargas, and he continued his studies at the Kellogg School of Business and at INSEAD.
Helen Clarkson joined The Climate Group in 2017 as its Chief Executive Officer. In addition to leading the growing Climate Group team, she sits on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition, chairs the Finance and Audit Committee for the Sustainable Development Capital Energy Efficiency Income Trust, and is on the Mission Council for Pukka Herbs. Prior to joining The Climate Group, Clarkson worked at Forum for the Future, Médecins Sans Frontières, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.
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On October 21, 2017, the executive committee of the NAACP National Board of Directors elected Derrick Johnson President and CEO. Derrick Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors as well as state president for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP. A longstanding member and leader of the NAACP, Johnson will guide the Association through a period of re-envisioning and reinvigoration. He is a veteran activist who has dedicated his career to defending the rights and improving the lives of Mississippians. As State President of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, he led critical campaigns for voting rights and equitable education. He successfully managed two bond referendum campaigns in Jackson, MS that brought $150 million in school building improvements and $65 million towards the construction of a new convention center, respectively. As a regional organizer at the Jackson-based non-profit, Southern Echo, Inc., Johnson provided legal, technical, and training support for communities across the South. In recognition for his service to the state of Mississippi, the Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court appointed Mr. Johnson to the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, and the Governor of Mississippi appointed him Chair of the Governor’s Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal after devastation of Hurricane Katrina. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Johnson founded One Voice Inc. to improve the quality of life for African Americans through civic engagement training and initiatives. One Voice has spawned an annual Black Leadership Summit and the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute, a nine month training program for community leaders.
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Erika Karp founded Cornerstone Capital Group to bring the disciplines of finance and economics together in pursuit of a more regenerative and inclusive form of capitalism. Prior to launching Cornerstone, Karp was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank. She chaired the Global Investment Review Committee, served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee, and served on the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board. Her work has been featured by media including Bloomberg, The Guardian, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, and Forbes.
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Bernard Looney was appointed CEO of bp in February 2020. He previously ran bp’s Upstream business and has been a member of the company’s executive management team since 2010. In his previous roles, Looney was responsible for bp’s oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities worldwide. He encouraged bp to lead the industry on methane detection methods and drove sustainable emissions reductions of almost 3 million tons of CO2 equivalent in the past two years. Looney also oversaw improvements in both process and personal safety performances, growing production by 20 percent and making significant improvements in both gender and global diversity. He led access into new countries, including Mauritania and Senegal, high‐graded the company’s portfolio with the acquisition of new onshore U.S. assets, and created innovative new business models, such as Aker BP in Norway.
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Maria Mendiluce was appointed as CEO of the We Mean Business coalition in 2020, at the start of a critical decade for climate action. The We Mean Business coalition brings together seven international organizations: BSR, B-team, CDP, Ceres, CLG Europe, The Climate Group, and WBCSD, which together catalyze business leadership and policy ambition to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.
Formerly managing director at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) covering Climate & Energy, Circular Economy, and Cities & Mobility, Mendiluce played a pivotal role in guiding over 200 member companies to take transformative action on climate policy, energy transition, plastic waste, and urban mobility. She has also held senior positions at the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister, in the CEO’s office of Iberdrola and at the International Energy Agency.
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Ann Mukherjee has nearly 30 years of experience in marketing and sales functions. She started her career in 1992 at Citibank Diners Club in the New Product Department. In 1994, she joined the Kraft Foods Group where she spent nearly 11 years managing a number of key brands such as Kraft Mac & Cheese, Kraft Singles, Taco Bell, and Minute Rice, to name a few. In 2005, Mukherjee joined PepsiCo in New York where she worked for 10 years. First appointed Marketing Vice President for Quaker Snacks, she then became SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Frito-Lay in 2009 and President of Global Snacks and PepsiCo Global Insights five years later. In November 2015, Mukherjee joined S.C. Johnson & Son as the company's first ever Global Chief Marketing Officer. Later nominated as Global Chief Commercial Officer, she has been responsible for the US$12 billion consumer global business division that is present in more than 90 markets. Mukherjee has received many honors throughout her career; notably, she was named as one of Forbes Top 50 most influential CMOs and also as "Marketer of the Year" by Brand Week.
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Sanda Ojiambo is the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. Launched in July 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is the Secretary‑General’s strategic policy and advocacy initiative calling for the alignment of business operations and strategies with 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It also motivates companies to integrate the SDGs into their core business strategies and operations. With more than 10,000 corporate participants and other stakeholders from over 160 countries engaged through 68 country networks, the Compact is the largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative in the world. Ojiambo brings 20 years of experience to lead the UN Global Compact. She has served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc, Kenya since 2010. Ojiambo was also the Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations, Kenya from 2008 to 2010, during which she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and UN organizations. Throughout her career, she has cultivated and managed relationships with key business entities and civil society organizations, including her capacity development work in Somalia with UNDP and CARE International.
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François-Henri Pinault joined the Pinault group in 1987. He held senior positions in several of the Group’s operating subsidiaries before becoming an Executive Board member. In 2000, he was appointed Deputy CEO of PPR (which became Kering), responsible for the Group’s digital strategy. Three years later, he was named Chairman of Artemis, Kering's controlling shareholder. In 2005, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Kering, which he gradually transformed into a global luxury group. He has developed Kering into a pioneer in sustainability with a deep commitment to women—two causes that are particularly close to his heart. He also chairs the Kering Foundation, founded in 2009 to combat violence against women. His vision of modern, authentic, and responsible luxury is at the heart of Kering's success and its ambition to be the world’s most influential luxury group in terms of creativity, sustainability and long-term economic performance.
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Anthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the nation's premier defender of civil liberties. Throughout his tenure, the ACLU has pursued aggressive litigation and advocacy challenging the greatest injustices of our time, including: high-profile litigation and lobbying efforts to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples; a nationwide campaign to reduce the prisons and jail populations by 50 percent and combat racial disparities within the criminal justice system; and an innovative legal challenge to the patents held by a private company on the human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer. Under Romero’s direction, the ACLU has filed 400 legal actions against the Trump administration and has been on the winning side of landmark decisions at the Supreme Court, such as with cases that extended anti-discrimination protections to transgender employees and blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to distort the U.S. Census by adding an unconstitutional citizenship question. Romero is the ACLU's sixth executive director and the first Latino and openly gay man to serve in that capacity.
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Rose Stuckey Kirk is senior vice president and chief corporate social responsibility officer for Verizon. She is responsible for the company’s CSR investment strategy and programmatic buildout, and as a senior leader in the marketing organization, oversees the strategic direction for all of Verizon’s social impact marketing activity. Her background as a senior leader in various P&L functions has primed her to advance the social innovation work of Verizon. Stuckey Kirk is also an award-winning journalist and the executive producer of the documentary Without A Net: The Digital Divide in America.
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Gillian Tett is chair of the editorial board and editor-at-large, US of the Financial Times. She writes weekly columns, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues. In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. In June 2009 her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards. Tett’s past roles at the FT have included US managing editor, assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.
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Phil Thomson is President, Global Affairs at GSK and a member of the group’s Corporate Executive Team. He has specific responsibilities for the Group’s strategic approach to reputation, corporate responsibility, global health, government affairs, and external policy. Thomson joined Glaxo Wellcome as a commercial trainee in 1996. He is Chairman of The Whitehall & Industry Group and a Board Member of the China-Britain Business Council.
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Alexandria Walden is the global policy lead for human rights and free expression at Google. She is responsible for coordinating and driving the company-wide human rights strategy, using approaches grounded in business and human rights. Based in Washington, DC, Walden coordinates policy and strategy on a broad portfolio of issues including human rights, freedom of expression, and controversial content, including hate and harassment. She also represents Google at the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network. Prior to joining Google, she was a Director at The Raben Group, where her work focused on civil rights, women’s rights, criminal justice reform, transparency, and judicial issues. She also worked on various human rights issues in her time with Center for American Progress; U.S. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary, and U.S. House of Representatives in the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Liberties; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; U.S. Department of Labor; and Bay Area Legal Aid.
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Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a US$13 billion international social justice philanthropy. He is a member of Governor Cuomo’s Reimagining New York Commission and co-chair of NYC Census 2020. He chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy. Before joining Ford, Walker was vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s, he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization. Walker has been included on numerous leadership lists: Time’s annual 100 Most Influential People, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the Future, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 and OUT Magazine’s Power 50.
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Kent Walker is the Senior Vice President for Global Affairs at Google, where he oversees the teams responsible for legal matters, government affairs, content policy, and philanthropy. For nearly 30 years, he has focused on the intersection of technology, law, and policy. Since joining Google in 2006, he has led the company’s advocacy on competition, content, copyright, and privacy. He has worked with government leaders and regulators around the world and served as the first chair of the Global Internet Forum to Combat Terrorism. After overseeing the creation of Google’s AI Principles in 2018, he became chair of the company’s Advanced Technology Review Council. Previously, Walker held executive positions at Netscape, AOL, and eBay, as they navigated the rise of the web, online communities, and ecommerce.
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Lauren Abbott joined AB InBev in 2014, holding positions in the global marketing team before transitioning to the investor relations team in 2016. Prior to joining AB InBev, she worked at UBS Investment Bank in the Emerging Markets Trading group as well as in private equity.
Nebeyou Abebe serves as global vice president of health & wellbeing for Sodexo Group. He is responsible for enterprise-wide health and wellbeing strategy, advising clients on their workforce and community health and wellbeing goals, developing comprehensive employee health and wellbeing solutions, and establishing mutually beneficial partnerships with private, public, and non-profit entities. Prior to Sodexo, Abebe served as associate director of health systems at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). At LPHI, Abebe helped transform the healthcare delivery system within Greater New Orleans. He also directed one of the largest population-based mobile health (mHealth) programs in the U.S. focused on diabetes risk awareness and prevention. Prior to LPHI, Abebe served as senior project director at the American Institutes for Research, where he directed national public health and education campaigns targeting vulnerable and high-risk populations.
Vikrum Aiyer is the Vice President of Global Public Policy and Strategic Communications for Postmates. He leads the legislative, regulatory, and policy discussions at the federal, state, and local levels which are impacting the Future of Work and the gig-economy. Previously, Aiyer was a senior official in the Obama Administration serving as Senior Advisor in The White House, and the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property.
Sarah Altschuller is counsel in Verizon's Business & Human Rights Program. In this role, she supports Verizon's commitment to integrating attention to human rights impacts into its legal and business operations. She also seeks to identify and respond to technological trends that may create human rights risks. Prior to joining Verizon in 2018, Altschuller was counsel in Foley Hoag LLP's Corporate Social Responsibility Practice, where she advised corporate clients on how best to assess and address the human rights impacts of their operations. In 2017 and 2018, she was recognized by Chambers Global as among the top lawyers in the field of business and human rights.
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Brittany Anthony drives company policy and strategy related to gender-based violence and women’s empowerment through mobility. She leads the authoring of Uber’s U.S. Safety Report, the first publication of its kind to be voluntarily issued by any company, transparently sharing its safety processes and data related to the reports of serious safety incidents on its platform. Prior to Uber, Anthony has more than 12 years in the gender-based violence field with particular expertise in preparing research and data analysis publications on key issues affecting survivors, including how businesses and practitioners can best address sexual violence and human trafficking within their spheres of influence. She has developed data collection and quality standards for national victim service hotlines, and has provided targeted consulting on local, national, and international levels. Throughout her career she has directly served survivors in shelter, hospital advocacy, crisis counseling, and hotline settings.
Alan AtKisson serves as assistant director-general of Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and leads the Department of Partnership and Innovation. The department manages grant portfolios and coordinates programs related to Sida’s work with civil society, research cooperation, capacity development, catalytic development finance, financial guarantees, business and the private sector, institutional investors, and Swedish government agencies, as well as key international partners such as bilateral donors and foundations. He also leads Sida's work with development-related innovation.
NationSwell is a social impact company that provides purpose-driven leaders and organizations the expert insights, connections, and creativity they need to accelerate their impact and purpose. The company partners with companies like Starbucks, Verizon, Microsoft, Nike, and Blackrock, as well as leading foundations like The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ballmer Group, Schmidt Futures, and public figures to accelerate their impact. Behrman also founded and directed The Connecticut Veterans Project, which made strides in reducing veteran homelessness in Connecticut. A veteran of the United States Navy, Behrman served for one year in Afghanistan, where he worked for Generals David Petraeus and John Allen as strategic adviser. Formerly, Behrman worked at the United States Department of State. He has written on purpose-driven business for Fortune and other publications. He is the author of two books, which have been reviewed positively in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist.
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Simon C. Bergulf joined A.P. Møller – Maersk as director regulatory affairs in 2017. He is in charge of Maersk’s positioning and outreach on key regulatory topics including climate change and environmental issues.
Before joining Maersk, he headed the Danish Shipowners' Association’s (DSA) Brussels representation from 2009 to 2017. As director EU affairs for DSA, he represented the interests of Danish shipowners in Brussels on all relevant topics from piracy and international trade to environment and climate.
From 2001 to 2008, Bergulf worked as a public affairs consultant with Hill & Knowlton Brussels. Here, he headed the Food and Consumer Protection Practice Group as well as the Digital Communications Practice Group.
Dr. CB Bhattacharya, founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Business, is the H.J. Zoffer Chair in Sustainability and Ethics at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. He is a world-renowned expert in business strategy innovation aimed at increasing both business and social value. Bhattacharya has published over 100 articles and has over 32,000 citations per Google Scholar. His latest book, entitled Small Actions Big Difference: Leveraging Corporate Sustainability to Drive Business and Societal Value, was published by Routledge in 2019. He is co-author of the book Leveraging Corporate Responsibility: The Stakeholder Route to Maximizing Business and Social Value and co-editor of the book Global Challenges in Responsible Business, both published by Cambridge University Press.
Clara Bodin is global lead for diversity and inclusion at Telia Company, the biggest telecommunications company in the Nordics and Baltics with 21 000 employees strong. Her mission and passion is to make Telia Company a true equal opportunity employer. Bodin has a background working in Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia in various HR and business roles for Swedish companies. Prior to working with diversity and inclusion, she was the HR director for Telia Eurasia, and before that the regional HR director for Oriflame Cosmetics in Former Soviet Union, based in Moscow. Bodin was awarded “Top Swede Abroad” in 2011 by Swedish Business Journal “Veckans Affärer” when she ran her own HR consultancy company in Kiev, Ukraine.
Melissa Brown is a partner at Daobridge Capital, a private investment advisory firm, where she focuses on the transition to cleaner energy and opportunities linked to sustainable investments in Asian markets. She works with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis on Asian energy and power market research. Living in Asia since 1988, she analyzed Asian investments for 15 years as a sell-side equity analyst at Barclays and JPMorgan, and as a managing director of research at Citigroup. Brown is a member of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Takeovers Panel and the HKEX Listing Review Committee, and was previously a member of the UN PRI Advisory Council. She was a Director of Sustainalytics, a global ESG research provider, until its sale to Morningstar in 2020, and has worked with the Asia Corporate Governance Association (ACGA).
Bastian Buck is chief of standards within Global Reporting Initiative and responsible for the all standard setting activities at GRI. He has extensive experience with the development of the GRI reporting guidance and the ins and outs of global multi-stakeholder processes, having been with GRI for more than a decade.
Janda Campos has more than 20 years of experience working with sustainability from different sectors, from going back to launching AA1000, driving the Nordic Partnership for Sustainable Development with Mandag Morgen think tank, leading the Danish Government’s CSR efforts, and developing sustainability strategies at the Danish Industry Confederation to building Carlsberg Group’s sustainability and public affairs area as VP and developing corporate partnerships for SOS Children Villages in Denmark. Today, Campos leads Grundfos’ sustainability and ESG efforts, moving the company toward its ambition of being water and climate leaders and fulfilling its purpose on solving the water and climate challenges of the world while improving peoples’ quality of life.
Originally from Brazil, she lived in the U.S. as a child and for the past 27 years, she has been located in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Colin Cave, MD, is the Medical Director of External Affairs, Government Relations and Community Health for Northwest Permanente (NWP), the medical group for Kaiser Permanente Northwest. He previously served as chairman of the board for NWP. Cave completed his residency in head and neck surgery at Stanford and has served as president of the Oregon Medical Association, Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, and the Oregon Academy of Otolaryngology. He has been a practicing surgeon since 1994, having won the Distinguished Physician Award and selected nine times as a Top Physician by Portland Monthly Magazine. Cave is responsible for NWP’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, including community engagement and B Corp activities. He also heads NWP’s regional and national leadership efforts in addressing climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, mitigation, and resilience strategies and enacting NWP’s Climate Action Plan.
Steve Crown and his team focus on the development of internal policies and business practices, as well as advocacy and external engagements, that serve to advance realization of human rights across the globe. He holds leadership positions in a number of local, national, and international business, trade, legal profession, and human rights organizations.
William Davies has been with the Swire Group for 24 years, and worked in a number of their operating companies: shipping, trucking, agriculture, and aircraft maintenance, in a number of countries: Singapore, Papua New Guinea, the US etc. He is currently heading Sustainability for Swire Coca-Cola, the fifth largest bottler for The Coca-Cola Company, with the franchise rights for the Southern Chinese mainland, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, and a part of the Western U.S. He helped found #DrinkWithoutWaste https://drinkwithoutwaste.org/in Hong Kong, a non-for-profit consortium of drinks producers, retailers, NGOs, universities, think tanks, resource managers (recyclers), and a number of other high footfall well renowned companies in Hong Kong, to help address the need to keep soft drink containers from landfill and general leakage.
Firman Dharmawan is senior manager, corporate sustainability and risk management, of MedcoEnergi, an Indonesian-based international energy and natural resources company. In his role, he carries the mandate of setting up the infrastructure and coordination of the sustainability and risk management corporate agenda across the organization. He and his team are focusing on strengthening the sustainability and risk management culture and progressing the various company's initiatives in environment, social, governance and sustainability reporting. Prior to his current position, he worked as a procurement and project management professional in development and engineering projects with international development organizations such as the Millennium Challenge Account Indonesia, the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. headquarters and Jakarta office, the British Council, and international energy companies such as PremierOil Indonesia and Atlantic Richfield Company Indonesia.
Stephanie Dolmat is a sustainability leader who works as the head of ESG Reporting and Communications at Adobe. She led the drive to report against Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) metrics as an industry first mover and holds the SASB FSA credential. As a clean energy enthusiast, she led a community solar program in Utah responsible for installing over half the entire state's residential solar in one year. She is passionate about our planet, politics, and plant-based food, and she spends her free time volunteering on political campaigns, mountain biking in hometown Park City, Utah, and devouring books of all kinds.
Cristina Fernández is a sociologist with 15 years of experience in socio-environmental conflicts, working in different sectors; from civil society, academia, supporting specific communities in sustainability matters, and from environmental and social consulting for large extractive projects. She currently works at Compañía Minera Kinross in charge of the community relations department for mining sites and projects in Chile. She leads a community relations team that focuses its engagement on the relationship with indigenous communities and with vulnerable groups in the urban sector of Copiapó. Through participatory and innovative methodologies, the community relations team has generated voluntary agreements and actions that have a common governance with stakeholders. All this through genuine and quality relationships with all stakeholders, generating trust, mutual understanding, active communication, and compatibility of goals.
Giulia Genuardi’s career began at the Enel Group in 2003, where she specialised in internal audit activities, covering a wide range of roles and managing the adoption of the Organizational Model ex Italian Legislative Decree 231/01. From February 2011 to July 2013 she was compliance officer pursuant to Italian Legislative Decree 231/01 in some companies of the Enel Group. Since 2014 she has been dead of sustainability planning and performance management of the Enel Group, responsible for embedding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into business management through the definition and monitoring of the sustainability strategy at Group level; while also coordinating the sustainability planning and reporting processes in all the countries where Enel is present. She is also responsible for promoting accountability and transparency through leading the elaboration of annual sustainability reports both at Group and country level and for managing human rights policy and relevant due diligence.
Dr. Ron Z. Goetzel is senior scientist and director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research at IBM Watson Health. IHPS’ mission is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the health care policy world.
At IBM Watson Health, Dr. Goetzel conducts research on the relationship between health and well-being, medical costs, and productivity. He has directed multiple evaluations of health promotion and disease prevention programs. Dr. Goetzel is president and CEO of The Health Project, which annually awards the C. Everett Koop Prize to employers demonstrating cost-effective health and well-being programs.
Kate Gordon serves as the director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and as senior advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom. Prior to her appointment, Gordon was the founding director of the Risky Business Project, which focused on quantifying the economic impacts of climate change on U.S. production and infrastructure, as well as on human health and mortality. As part of this work, Gordon consulted numerous investors and corporations on strategies to reduce climate risks across investments and assets and served as a co-author on the Fourth National Climate Assessment's chapter on “Reducing Risks Through Adaptation Actions.” Prior to this work, Gordon served in senior leadership positions at several nonpartisan think tanks including the Henry M. Paulson Institute, the Center for the Next Generation, the Center for American Progress, and as a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.
Chanelle Hardy is an attorney, social justice advocate and tech policy expert dedicated to advancing policies and leaders that promote opportunity and justice. At Google, she serves as Head of Civil Rights and Senior Strategic Outreach Counsel. In 2016, she launched her passion project: the Google Next Generation Policy Leaders learning community, to identify, equip and engage the multicultural emerging leaders in tech and social justice policy. Prior to joining Google, Hardy served as a Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, Senior Vice President of Policy for the National Urban League, and Chief of Staff to the first woman Chair of the Federal Communications Commission.
Kara Helander is managing director and chief inclusion and diversity officer at The Carlyle Group. Prior to joining Carlyle, she was a managing director at BlackRock, where she led the firm’s global inclusion and diversity and philanthropy initiatives. She also consulted with organizations to develop corporate social responsibility and diversity strategies.
Helander founded the Science of Diversity and Inclusion (SODI), a coalition of top companies and behavioral scientists working to design and test new approaches to accelerate diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. She also led CSR at Barclay’s Global Investors (BGI). Prior to BGI, she launched and led the Western Region for Catalyst in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Kehua HU, deputy director of the Office for Social Responsibility at China Textile and Apparel Industry Council (CNTAC), also works as sustainability stewardship director in charge of sustainability stewardship programs to accelerate sustainability transition in the Chinese industry. HU is managing director of Fashion Climate Fund, and has been assigned as co-chair of the Policy Engagement Working Group of the UNFCCC Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, member of the Sustainability Advisory Committee of Kering Group China, off-campus Master Tutor of Donghua University since 2018, and Chair of the Equity Committee of Bureau VERITAS China Accreditation since 2015.
Prior to joining CNTAC in 2008, Mr. HU has worked separately in General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and in Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in China.
In March 2019, the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) decided to create the position of chief sustainable finance officer (CSFO) to plan and coordinate on promotion of sustainable finance internally and globally. Upon its creation, Satoshi Ikeda was appointed, and has been serving, as the first CSFO.
In this capacity, he covers a wide range of issues concerning sustainable finance which include, among other things, aligning private finance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promoting TCFD disclosures by business corporations and financial institutions alike, and representing JFSA for the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as plenary member.
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Helene Jessua is Director for consumer-citizen and brands dialogue at Consommateur & Citoyen, which is aimed at accelerating the transition of the largest food companies to sustainability. At this role, she leads dialogue between volunteer consumers-citizens and companies, to define products specifications enabling a better remuneration of producers, as well as sustainability achievements. Jessua has worked on sustainable business strategy, communications, and stakeholder engagement for the past 20 years. Prior to joining Consommateur & Citoyen, she served as Global Sustainability Director at Redcats group, and as Head of Corporate Sustainability Communications at Carrefour group.
Sun Jian joined Sateri in November of 2019 as vice president, communications and sustainability. Sateri is the world’s largest producer of viscose fiber with over 1.4 million metric tons annual capacity. Sateri’s products, as a sustainable raw material, can be found in everyday items like textiles, baby wipes, and personal hygiene products.
Immediately prior to Sateri, he worked for RGE, Sateri’s parent company, as head of communications. In his earlier career, Jian served several international businesses in the FMCG industry at various positions related to public affairs, including McDonalds, Diageo, Midea, etc.
Linda Johansson works as sustainability manager at the H&M Group, focusing on supply chain and logistics. Based at the H&M Group’s head office in Stockholm, Sweden, she is responsible for driving the sustainability strategy when it comes to transportation and warehousing, using approaches grounded in business and sustainability. Johansson is part of the Steering committee of Clean Cargo and The Pathway’s Coalition, and sits on the board of Network for Transport Measures. During her 13 years at the H&M Group, she has worked in Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka in roles covering the full supply chain, from manufacturing to sales, always with a sustainability focus. Johansson started her professional career working for a Swedish NGO in Dhaka, Bangladesh, focusing on sustainable agriculture practice and women’s empowerment.
Cecily Joseph is a non-profit and advisory board member, lawyer, and sustainability executive recognized as a thought leader and influencer in social and environmental responsibility, ethics, and diversity.
Joseph is the former vice president of corporate responsibility at Symantec Corporation, where she oversaw all environment, social, and governance (ESG) programs and led the Symantec Foundation. Joseph is an ongoing champion for diversity and inclusion, having also served as chief diversity officer and pioneered numerous initiatives to increase diversity and equity within the technology industry and broader society. Prior to Symantec, Joseph was executive director of the Veritas Foundation.
With more than 20 years of experience, Joseph has built and managed programs and teams in ethics and compliance, strategic philanthropy, community relations, environmental sustainability, and diversity and inclusion.
Kristina Kloberdanz is Mastercard’s first chief sustainability officer. As CSO, she collaborates with leadership across the business to integrate sustainability initiatives shared among business units and position them to be enterprise wide drivers of growth—in advancing inclusive growth ; ensuring a workforce that is inspired by a sense of purpose ; limiting its impact of climate change ; and putting ethics, data privacy, and security first. Kloberdanz’s role at Mastercard rests on two decades of experience from her work at IBM leading its global corporate responsibility, as an inaugural member and facilitator of IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, and managing IBM’s Global Sports and Entertainment sponsorships, among other responsibilities. Most recently, she was listed on GreenBiz’s « 25 Badass Women Shaking Up the Climate Movement » in 2020 and Forbes’ « 46 Sustainability Leaders (Who Are Also Women) » 2018.
Erin Koch has more than two decades of experience in strategic communications, politics, and public policy. He has served as communications director to a U.S. congressman, director of a PR agency, and spokesperson for an energy utility. Today, as corporate sustainability manager at Sempra Energy, he describes the company’s corporate sustainability strategy and performance to investors, employees, elected officials, and regulators.
Sarah Krasley is a social impact entrepreneur focused on an equitable future of work for fashion supply chain workers. As CEO of Shimmy, Krasley leads the company in its efforts to upskill and reskill the 75 million workers in the supply chain who are in danger of losing their jobs to automation.
Prior to Shimmy, Krasley lead sustainable manufacturing at Autodesk where she and her team created software for hundreds of thousands of designers, engineers, and factory owners worldwide. She serves on advisory boards for WEF, the NYC Department of Education, and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance.
Sushant Kumar’s work is focused on building an equitable data economy. He leads Omidyar Network’s investments in the "new data economy." Activities include investing in research, advocacy, and communication campaigns across for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Kumar is a member of the WEF global future council on data and he writes about the data economy in his column Tech for Good in Mint.
Tina Lee spent over a decade working in the intersection of social good and technology by building impactful partnerships with global NGOs, foundations, and the private sector. She currently leads Dropbox’s social impact efforts, where she is supporting nonprofits that defend human rights around the world through the Dropbox Foundation, and strengthening employee engagement programs through volunteerism and product donation. Under Lee’s leadership, Dropbox most recently announced its first sustainability goals. Prior to Dropbox, she worked at a number of nonprofits, including NetHope as senior director of strategic partnerships, where she developed public-private partnerships with large tech companies, such as Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Box and Okta, that wanted to help support the world’s largest nonprofits by solving the toughest humanitarian challenges.
Dr. Johannes Lenhard is the Centre Coordinator of the Max Planck Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change at the University of Cambridge. In his research, he works toward a better understanding of homeless people through ethnographic methods and, more recently, on the ethics of venture capital (VC) investors. He spent the last three years interviewing VC investors between San Francisco, New York, London, and Berlin to understand the decision-making behind the digital economy. Lenhard regularly contributes to journalistic outlets, from Aeon, Prospect, Techcrunch, and Vestoj, to The Conversation, Crunchbase, and Tribune.
Karina Litvack serves on the boards of Eni S.p.A., Viridor Waste Management Limited, the CFA Institute and BSR, following a 25-year career in sustainable investment. Litvack also co-founded Chapter Zero, a project launched under the auspices of the World Economic Forum that works with non-executive directors to put climate change at the heart of board strategy and processes.
Net Impact is a 135,000+ member, 450 chapter organization with a mission to inspire and equip emerging leaders to build a more just and sustainable world.
Lupoff previously founded Tiburon Capital Management, running Tiburon as CIO until acquired by consultant, Gray & Company. He later founded Lupoff Friends and Family Interests, which has committed to operating a 100% Impact Investment portfolio, and is a fellow and advisory council member of World Policy Institute, with a focus on private capital and market solutions to the challenges confronting people and planet. Lupoff is active with Clean Power for Humanity, bringing green electrification projects to rural Asian villages and schools, and Defy Ventures, training the previously incarcerated. Since 2016, he has taught Impact Investing and Investment Research classes as special lecturer at Yale School of Management and Fordham University (where he was Entrepreneur-in-Residence 2018-19, and remains a fellow with their Center for Research in Contemporary Finance). He founded Lupoff Impact Scholars Institute to provide stipends to students that accept low/no-pay internships that benefit people and planet.
Nancy Mahon is the senior vice president of global corporate citizenship and sustainability at The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., where she leads the company’s corporate citizenship, sustainability, and global philanthropy efforts. She is also global executive director of the M·A·C AIDS Fund, which offers support to individuals in marginalized communities living with HIV/AIDS worldwide through prevention, treatment, and basic needs services. Currently, the fund gives away US$44 million annually throughout the world.
Prior to her current roles, she was appointed by President Obama in 2011 as chair of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, a position she served in for five years. She also served as executive director of God’s Love We Deliver; senior program executive with Open Society Foundations; private delegate to the UN Commission on Women; and was a founding member of the National Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Private Public Partnerships.
Lisa Manley is global vice president of sustainability at Mars. She oversees the Thriving People portfolio of initiatives, which includes respecting human rights, increasing incomes for smallholder farmers, and unlocking opportunities for women.
Manley joined Mars in 2017 to refine and help launch the Sustainable in a Generation Plan. Since its launch, she has focused on building momentum through distinct sustainability strategies, dynamic communications, strategic NGO partnerships, diverse stakeholder engagements, and visible leadership.
Manley has worked on sustainable business strategy, communications, and stakeholder engagement for the past 20 years. She is recognized externally as a leader in sustainability, speaking regularly in stakeholder forums and publishing viewpoints on relevant issues. She has worked in-house at The Coca-Cola Company in the United States and Europe and served as a consultant to numerous Fortune 100 companies—always focused on integrating social and environmental sustainability into business strategy.
Nathalie Maréchal leads RDR’s policy engagement with stakeholders in government, civil society, and academia; coordinates the development of RDR’s policy positions; and publicly represents RDR with the media and at conferences around the world. She is the lead author of RDR’s “It’s the Business Model” report series (2020), which argues that tech companies’ failures to staunch the flow of problematic content and disinformation online are rooted in their surveillance-based business models, and that policy solutions should focus on privacy and corporate governance rather than content itself. In 2019, Maréchal led the expansion of the RDR Corporate Accountability Index’s methodology to address human rights risks associated with tech companies’ business models, specifically the role that targeted advertising and algorithmic systems play in shaping internet users’ online experiences.
Rebecca Marmot is responsible for driving, through advocacy and partnerships, transformational change on priority areas of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan: climate change and eliminating deforestation; sustainable agriculture and smallholder farmers; water, sanitation and hygiene; and opportunities for women.
Marmot is a Non-Executive Director at WSUP – Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor.
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Jamie Martin is an executive director in Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance group, responsible for delivering sustainable investing products and solutions to the firm's institutional and wealth management clients. In this role, he collaborates across the firm’s Institutional Securities, Investment Management and Wealth Management divisions to drive adoption of sustainable investing strategies seeking to achieve competitive financial returns alongside measurable positive environmental and/or social impact.
Martin is a former representative on the executive committee of The Green Bond Principles and B Lab’s Multinational and Public Markets Advisory Council. He started his career at Citigroup, working in the firm’s Global Investment Research division.
Sophie Martin is Genentech's real estate strategy and urban planning manager, responsible for long-range planning for the company's 200-acre corporate campus in South San Francisco. Among her areas of focus are campus landscape, sustainability and climate resilience, transportation and parking strategy, project entitlements, real estate asset planning, and coordination with local government on city planning efforts. Prior to joining Genentech, Martin was a principal at Dyett & Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners, a Bay Area consulting firm specializing in comprehensive plans, urban design, zoning, and environmental review throughout California.
Carlos Maurer is responsible for Shell’s business-to-business organization of over 8,000 people serving more than 1 million direct and indirect customers in 150 markets through its global lubricants, aviation and bitumen, and sulphur businesses.
Maurer started his career in the energy industry working in operations and sales development roles throughout the United States and Latin America. He joined Shell in 1997 and was most recently vice president, Shell Lubricants Americas from 2017 to 2019. Maurer gained strategy, marketing, and general management experience in Shell commercial businesses, downstream and upstream operations, and joint ventures. He has led regional and global businesses and been based in the United States, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, and currently Singapore.
Parag Mehta is the executive director of the Center for Inclusive Growth, the philanthropic hub of Mastercard. He leads a global team to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are broadly shared and leverage the core competencies and assets of Mastercard to achieve the same. In this role, Mehta oversees the Center’s programs, data philanthropy, research, engagements, and partnerships.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Mehta served as chief of staff and senior advisor to the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. In that capacity, he organized a series of campaigns to address some of the most pressing public health issues of our time. Mehta also spent more than four years directing communications for a civil rights agency in the U.S. Department of Labor and served on Barack Obama’s presidential transition team as a liaison to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and to LGBT Americans.
Kate Mikesell serves as vice president, corporate responsibility for Hilton and is president of the Hilton Effect Foundation, the company’s international philanthropic arm. In these roles, she leads Hilton’s Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy, designed to drive responsible travel and tourism globally. During her 10-plus years with Hilton, Mikesell has led external affairs initiatives, including its successful 2013 Initial Public Offering, nine new hotel brand launches, and its 100th anniversary celebration. Mikesell also played an integral role in the creation of the Hilton Effect, which quantitatively illustrated the positive impact Hilton has on billions of lives and thousands of communities around the globe. This piece of work ultimately inspired the creation of the Hilton Effect Foundation, which Hilton established in 2019. Prior to joining Hilton, Mikesell worked for Edelman Public Relations, directing public affairs efforts for health care related companies and initiatives.
Bathylle Missika is head of the networks, partnerships and gender division at the OECD Development Centre. Missika oversees the Development Centre’s work on the development narrative and the contribution of its various stakeholders, ranging from the contribution of non-state actors (foundations, MNEs) to engaging citizens in support of Sustainable Development Goals. She also oversees regional dialogue and major development fora, together with the OECD Development Centre’s work on gender equality. Missika re-joined the OECD in 2012 after working in UNDP’s Conflict Bureau and the UNDP’s Democratic Governance Trust Fund.
As a member of McDonald’s U.S. Government Relations Department, John Monsif manages a legislative portfolio which includes energy, environment, and agriculture. In this role, he works to advance public policy that coordinates, incentivizes, and accelerates efforts to decrease the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and advances environmental sustainability efforts that are good for the planet and for the businesses.
Monsif began his career in sales at a flavor company that sold to Fortune 100 food and beverage companies, like McDonald's. After six years, he started a new career on Capitol Hill as a junior staffer. After having served as a legislative director and a two-time chief of staff, he left the Hill to advocate for children’s issues for four years before joining McDonald’s.
For over 15 years, Susan Morgan has worked at the intersection of technology and society. She is now an independent consultant focused on human rights, democracy and disinformation, and the use of data and artificial intelligence. Morgan has worked in the private sector, the not for profit sector, and in philanthropy. She was the first executive director of the Global Network Initiative.
Harry D. Moseley brings to Zoom a blend of transformational leadership, disruptive innovation, and corporate growth strategies. As the former CIO and managing director for KPMG, Moseley was responsible for technology and innovation to support the firm's competitive growth. Over five years, he identified and replaced legacy technology to dramatically improve productivity, security, and reliability. Before joining KPMG, Moseley served as CIO and senior managing director - partner for Blackstone, where he led the company's transformation to the world's best digital alternative asset manager. Prior to Blackstone, Moseley was a managing director for Credit Suisse, where he served as the CIO of global investment banking and global co-head of application development/Co-CIO of the firm. Before Credit Suisse, Moseley served as CTO and managing director for UBS Americas.
Yerina Mugica leads multidisciplinary teams to advance strategies that support strong, just and resilient communities that bring together economic, social and environmental solutions to help maintain health and prosperity in the face of climate disruption. Mugica’s work through Resilient Communities is centered on local and national partnerships. Mugica recently completed a year as NRDC’s first interim chief equity officer. In this role, she spearheaded institution-wide initiatives to support NRDC’s goals of centering equity and inclusion and to help transform our culture to one of active anti-racism.
Brianna Murphy is Director of Shareholder Advocacy and joined Trillium in 2010. Her responsibilities include engaging companies on environmental, social, and governance issues and public policy advocacy. Prior to Trillium she was a Portfolio Administrator at US Bank in Trust Services.
Yumi Narita joined the Office of the Comptroller’s Bureau of Asset Management (BAM) as the executive director of corporate governance in the Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment Unit in December 2019. The Comptroller serves as investment advisor, custodian, and a trustee to the New York City Pension Funds, which hold approximately $215 billion in assets (as of November 2019). In her role as executive director, Narita is responsible for developing and implementing active ownership programs for public equities, including voting proxies, engaging portfolio companies on their ESG policies and practices, and advocating for regulatory reforms to protect investors and strengthen investor rights. Narita has 16 years of experience in the ESG industry. Prior to BAM, Narita was the global head of corporate governance at Alliance Bernstein, and vice president on the BlackRock Stewardship team.
Peter Nestor joined Novartis after 8 years in the human rights practice at BSR, a non-profit organization advising companies on corporate responsibility and human rights. He is also the co-chair of the Human Rights and Labor Subcommittee of the PSCI (Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative), where he has spearheaded projects to investigate pharmaceutical supply chains, develop human rights training, and deliver webinars to the PSCI membership on human rights issues in the sector.
During his time at BSR, Nestor led the Human Rights Working Group, a collaboration of 40+ global companies working to integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. He also co-founded three other collaborations between companies and civil society to fight modern slavery and human trafficking.
Dietmar Oeliger is the Director for the ECF Transport initiative. He joined the ECF from the German NGO NABU where he led the transport team, that was mainly focused on cars, trucks and shipping. He managed to make NABU a leading voice on sustainable transport in Germany and beyond. As the deputy head of the environment and natural conservation department he was also responsible for NABU’s energy and climate policy. He is the chair of the ‘Grüner Strom Label’, the Certification of green energy products in Germany. Before joining NABU, Oeliger worked for Eurosolar, the European Association for Renewable Energy in Bonn. These were the years when the ‘Energiewende’ was born and the first feed-in-law for renewables was established.
A lawyer by training, Alexandra Palt specialized in human rights. She began her career at a law firm and then worked for Amnesty International in Germany and at organizations specializing in diversity, change management, and sustainability.
In 2012, she joined L’Oréal as chief sustainability officer and launched L’Oréal’s first sustainability program, with a set of objectives to be achieved by the end of 2020.
In 2017, Palt was appointed chief corporate responsibility officer, becoming the executive vice president of the Fondation L’Oréal in addition to her role as head of the sustainability department. She became a member of L’Oréal’s Executive Committee two years later. In June 2020, L’Oréal launched its new sustainability program for 2030, L’Oréal for the Future.
Sanjiv Pandita is the regional representative of the Swiss-based organization Solidar Suisse, promoting ‘decent work’ across the supply chains in Asia. He has a long history of engaging on workers' rights issues in Asia and is a well-known activist and recognized expert in occupational and environmental safety and health. He was also the executive director of the Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), a leading regional labor organization based in Hong Kong, where he played an important role in the establishment of the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV), a unique grassroots health and safety network in Asia. He is also on the board of Electronics Watch–working for rights of workers in electronics supply chain. He has published widely on the working conditions in Asia and has received several international awards including the 2020 Leslie Nickels International Health and Safety Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Amisha Parekh leads ESG data acquisition and curation within Bloomberg's Sustainable Finance Solutions team. She is also an associate professor of Business Strategy for Sustainability at Glasgow Caledonian New York College.
Prior to Bloomberg, she was a senior manager in Deloitte’s U.S. Strategy group, where she helped startups and large companies develop sustainability strategies and improve operational performance.
She has previously also worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble and in sustainability at Walmart and is the co-author of High Performance Hospitality: Sustainable Hotel Case Studies.
Yoo-Kyung Park is Asia-Pacific head of the global responsible investment and governance team at APG Asset Management, based in Hong Kong. Her main role is to oversee portfolios and implement responsible investment policies on behalf of APG clients. Asset classes under her responsibility include: listed equities, listed real estate, infrastructure, and private/strategic real estate investments. She covers the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan and Australia, and actively engages with portfolio companies, market regulators/exchanges, and other institutional investors on corporate governance, environmental, and social issues. Prior to APG, she was a securities analyst at international investment banks such as Barings Securities and Salomon Smith Barney.
Amina Razvi is the executive director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). Under her leadership, the SAC’s 250+ members develop the Higg Index, a suite of tools that measure environmental and social impacts in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry. Previously, Razvi was the vice president of membership at the SAC. Prior to joining the SAC, she led environmental initiatives on Gap Inc.’s global sustainability team.
Jeannie Renne-Malone leads the global sustainability function at VF Corporation,driving the company’s environmental sustainability strategy, goals, and actions, covering all aspects of VF’s footprint, including direct corporate impacts, supply chain environmental impacts, and impacts of materials and products. She sets goals and objectives, establishes strategies, engages stakeholders, tracks progress, and reports sustainability/ESG results. She leads various strategic initiatives including development of VF’s Science Based Targets roadmap, and development of VF’s Green Bond Framework, which led to the issuance of the apparel and footwear industry’s first green bond.
Geralyn S. Ritter is senior vice president at Merck & Co., Inc. and has been appointed executive vice president external affairs and corporate governance at Organon & Co., the new company that is planned to spin-off from Merck in 2021. Ritter served as corporate secretary of Merck from 2012-2020, and led corporate governance at the company, advising both senior management and the board of directors. Ritter also led engagement with the company’s major shareholders on a wide array of governance matters.
Earlier in her career at Merck, Ritter served as senior vice president of global public policy and president of the Merck Foundation. Prior to Merck, she was senior vice president for international affairs at PhRMA and also worked at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Covington & Burling.
Caroline Roan oversees Pfizer’s Global Health and Patient Access (GH&PA) function, including the design of social investment strategies that drive access to quality healthcare, medicines, and vaccines for the most vulnerable populations; stakeholder engagement; and public reporting on environmental, social, and governance issues (ESG). During her tenure, Pfizer has refined its GH&PA strategy to better support the company’s evolving business priorities. The resulting GH&PA portfolio is a coordinated approach to strategic philanthropy and responsible investment which uses the full scope of the company’s resources to broaden access to medicines and strengthen health care delivery for underserved people. Prior to joining Pfizer, Roan worked on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Team, which focused on promoting individual and community health by increasing social support and connection. She was also associate director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale University’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Hendrik Rosenthal supports the senior management in sustainability and climate change-related risk management and advises on sustainability matters of the CLP Group’s power business in the Asia-Pacific region. He is responsible for the Group’s sustainability-related strategy, reporting, and communications.
With 20 years of experience in environmental management across the public, private, and NGO sectors, Rosenthal previously led research and consulting projects in Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
He began his career in natural resource management and environmental policy, through various positions at Canadian government agencies in environment and development. After moving to Hong Kong in 2008, Rosenthal promoted sustainability practices via private sector projects and through policy engagement for industry associations. Prior to joining CLP, he was a senior manager of applied sustainability in Singapore working for a multinational company.
Chris Sayner has worked with Croda for 39 years in several sales and marketing roles. As vice president global accounts, Sayner has seen the evolution of corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting, particularly in consumer products industries, and helped design the architecture around Croda’s sustainability reporting in 2007, and now Croda’s 2030 ambition to be « Climate, Land and People Positive. » Croda has twice been included in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, in 2013 and 2014, and on the CDP “Climate Disclosure Leadership Index” in 2013 for leading on climate change transparency together with recognition by Trucost, sustainability analysts, as a Natural Capital Decoupling Leader since 2014.
Sayner writes and presents extensively on supply chain integrity, covering wide ranging issues such as carbon footprint, biobased raw materials, traceability, and supporting Certified Sustainable Palm Oil supply chains in home and personal Care.
Shamistha Selvaratnam engages with various stakeholders to build a movement to incentivise the private sector to drive gender equality and women’s empowerment across their entire value chain. Before she joined the WBA, she worked as a corporate lawyer in Australia where she advised businesses on how to align with international and domestic business and human rights standards. She also co-authored a chapter of The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development: A Commentary, which focuses on the critical role that women play in achieving sustainable development.
Katie Shay is the head of business & human rights at Cisco, where she works to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges and integrate a human rights perspective into legal and business operations. She works closely with product, policy, and legal teams across the company to develop and implement human rights policies and to design processes for ensuring respect for human rights in all aspects of business.
Prior to joining Cisco, Shay served as business and human rights counsel at Yahoo/Verizon Media, where she managed human rights programs related to privacy and freedom of expression across the global business.
Graham Sheldon is the vice president of product for Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork in Microsoft 365. His team drives innovation for core collaboration across multiple form factors used by millions of people at work, home, and school. Over the last 18 years, Sheldon has managed other products across Microsoft including Dynamics, Bing, Bing Ads, and MSN.
Shannon Siart is responsible for setting and overseeing the company’s environmental strategy and goals, enhancing reputation through industry-leading programs, reporting, and rankings. She is the force behind HPE’s ambitious commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 55 percent by 2025 and pledge to carbon neutrality by 2050; she has maintained HPE’s leadership status among global companies in CDP’s Climate Change disclosure; and she led HPE’s first scenario analyses for climate risks and opportunities following TCFD recommendations. At the heart of her work is the belief that a sustainable future will transform our economy, nurture innovation, and create new markets ready to be seized by leading technology companies. Before HPE, Siart was on Northrop Grumman’s corporate sustainability team, with seven years of experience working on sustainability issues as they relate to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Dylan Siegler develops new strategies that support social impact and uncovers opportunities to use technology to bring about positive, systemic societal change. Previously, at power company NRG, she developed climate change strategy and consulted to the public and private sectors on climate and clean energy. At the City of Austin Office of Sustainability, she led high-profile projects at the intersection of strategic planning and urban development, and at the think tank CMPBS, she was sustainable design advisor for projects from power plants to homeless shelters to libraries.
Saskia Slomp was appointed CEO of EFRAG in 2019 and is responsible for operations, finance, governance, and administration ; relations with stakeholders and European institutions ; and activities oriented at users. She is also directly involved in the European Lab, established by EFRAG in 2018.
Slomp was governance and admin director at EFRAG from 2010-2019. In this role, she supported the various governance bodies of EFRAG and was responsible for user activities and outreach events, in addition to her responsibilities for human resources.
Until the end of 2009, she was technical director at FEE (now Accountancy Europe), one of the founding member organisations of EFRAG. Within Accountancy Europe, she was responsible for financial reporting, company law, corporate governance, capital markets, SMEs, sustainability issues, and the public sector. In the beginning of her career, she worked with KPMG in The Netherlands.
Timothy Smith leads the firm’s shareholder engagement program to promote greater corporate leadership on ESG issues. This includes company dialogues, shareholder proposals, proxy voting, and public policy advocacy. He is actively involved in representing the firm at public events and in fostering long-term client relationships.
In her role, Megan Starr works to design and execute Carlyle's cohesive, long-term impact strategy. She also oversees the dedicated ESG team, which leads the firm's investment diligence and portfolio company engagement work on material ESG issues.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Starr was within Goldman Sachs' Investment Management Division, where she helped build the ESG and impact investing business. Previously, Starr served in roles at The JPB Foundation, a US$3.8B private family foundation based in New York City.
Neil Stewart joined SASB in 2020 as its New York-based director of corporate outreach, bringing more than 25 years of experience in and around investor relations and corporate governance. Previously, he was at Citigroup as vice president IR advisory on the ADR team, helping non-U.S. issuers develop IR and ESG strategies. Stewart was formerly editorial and research director of both IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary magazine and is currently president of NIRI NY, the New York chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute.
Ian Stewart directs and manages the corporate sustainability reporting function at Sempra Energy, including the company’s strategy around sustainability, production of the company’s annual corporate sustainability report, and management of responses to a wide range of investor surveys, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and CDP. Additionally, he works closely with investor relations to ensure proper representation to the investor and analyst communities related to the company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance.
In his more than 15 years with the company, Stewart has held various positions. After first joining the company in 2005, Stewart served as a national government affairs manager, where he managed the company’s political and legislative strategy for project permitting, expansion, and management in more than 10 states. Stewart also managed the regional public affairs department at San Diego Gas & Electric, a Sempra utility, where he was responsible for leading the company's public affairs activities.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 2005, Stewart’s career included positions in public affairs and public relations as a consultant to companies such as SBC Communications, former presidential candidate Ross Perot, and Perot Systems.
Adam Tomasek leads USAID's corporate relations practice, guiding a global portfolio of private sector relationships. He led coordination of private sector engagement for USAID’s COVID-19 Task Force. He was appointed into the U.S. Global Development Lab in 2014, and has represented the U.S Government in partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and multistakeholder initiatives such as the Tropical Forest Alliance.
Previously, Tomasek spent 13 years with the World Wildlife Fund, was an author for the United Nations Environment Programme, an adjunct professor at American University, founded two social enterprises, and began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer. He has been a contributor to three U.N. conventions, served on more than a dozen international scientific and policy committees, and advised multilateral organizations and regional development finance institutions.
Cynthia Trigo began working for the Bolivian government in 1996 as a specialist on Indigenous people’s rights. With almost 25 years of her career, she has worked with multinational corporations including Shell, BP, and Total in the oil and gas sector in Bolivia. She acquired a deep understanding of the business perspective, and a robust field experience implementing international standards which allowed her to manage successfully complex issues in high-risk settings. In 2016, she joined Total HQ in Paris as head of the social performance for the Exploration and Production branch. In 2018, she joined the Human Rights department at the Group level, where she was in charge of human rights risk analysis and advised on due diligence processes, particularly in important projects and commodities sourcing with a focus on gender rights.
Victor van Hoorn is the executive director of Eurosif, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, the leading pan-European sustainable and responsible investment association advocating for a more sustainable financial system. It works as a partnership of European national Sustainable Investment Forums (SIFs). SIF members include institutional investors, asset managers, index providers, and ESG research and analysis firms totalling over €8 trillion of assets under management, as well as other stakeholders such as NGOs, trade unions, think-tanks, and philanthropic foundations. Eurosif is also a founding member of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, the alliance of the largest SIFs around the world.
Prior to Eurosif, van Hoorn was head of financial services at Hume Brophy, a leading EU public affairs consultancy, advising asset managers and asset owners on their engagement with EU policymakers. In that role he closely followed the EU sustainable finance since its inception.
Nathalie Wallace works closely with clients to develop ESG and climate strategies that are aligned with their specific mandates and adapted to clients’ investment considerations. She coordinates with the ESG research and development, investment research, and management teams to design ESG investment solutions tailored to clients’ needs.
While at Ceres, Wallace worked with institutional asset owners to design and implement ESG principle statements and integration strategies, as well as engagement platforms such as Climate Actions 100+. She leverages her considerable experience in leading research and investment teams to allocate capital to public and private equity investment in emerging markets for global institutional clients, including sovereign wealth and institutional pension funds. She is a trade advisor to the French Government, taught an Impact Investing class at Northeastern University in Boston, wrote several papers on sustainable economic development in emerging markets, and presented research at investment conferences.
Marilyn Watkins is Policy Director at the Economic Opportunity Institute, a Washington State-based nonprofit policy center dedicated to building an economy that works for everyone. Her research and advocacy focus on workplace policies and public investments that promote gender, racial, and income equality. She spearheaded legislative victories for paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, and gender equity. On the national stage, she advises policy development and is a frequent speaker on equitable access to benefits and family economic security. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Health Services at the University of Washington and serves on Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Advisory Committee and Seattle’s Labor Standards Advisory Commission.
Tim Wilkins is the global partner for client sustainability at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. In this role, he leads a global team, drawing on the firm’s regulatory, litigation, and transactional expertise to boost support for clients related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. Prior to taking this role, Wilkins served as a corporate partner, maintaining a cross-border mergers and acquisitions practice in New York and Tokyo. He was recently selected as a Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executive by EMpower for 2020 and the highest ranked lawyer at #16. Wilkins is also an adjunct professor of international law at Hunter College.
Ailun Yang manages all international initiatives for the Climate & Environment portfolio at Bloomberg Philanthropies, with a focus on energy transition, air pollution, and sustainable finance. Leveraging a background rooted in finance and advocacy, she uses her unique skillset to mobilize environmental activism, deploy data-driven strategies, and build high-profile partnerships to help move the world to a low-carbon economy.
With a background in consulting, private equity, and international development, Karlyn provides rigorous thought leadership and a focus on financial value when helping businesses define sustainability strategies.
She supports companies across sectors to design and implement strategies linking corporate sustainability policies to on-the-ground realities in the areas of shared value, sustainable supply chains, and inclusive economy.
Prior to BSR, Karlyn was vice president of strategy and transformation for TAU Investment Management, a private equity firm founded on principles of ESG integration. She was also a management consultant, first with IBM Global Services and later with the Boston Consulting Group, where she advised Fortune 500 clients in the financial services, technology, and healthcare industries. She has also worked in international development in Chile, Namibia, and the Republic of Guinea.
Karlyn holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford, an M.B.A. from Wharton, and an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS. She speaks fluent French and Spanish.
Dunstan oversees BSR’s human rights, women’s empowerment, and inclusive economy practices.
Previously, Dunstan led BSR’s information and communications technology and heavy manufacturing practices.
He brings significant experience working in North America, EMEA, and Asia on a diverse range of issues such as technology and human rights, privacy and freedom of expression, sustainability reporting, sustainability strategy, and stakeholder engagement.
Dunstan facilitated the multistakeholder process of developing global principles on freedom of expression and privacy, which led to the launch of the Global Network Initiative in October 2008. He also helped create the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, a collaborative initiative of more than 100 ICT companies improving conditions in their supply chains. Dunstan participated in the process of creating the Global Reporting Initiative G3 guidelines, and is a regular commentator on issues of corporate accountability, reporting, and human rights. He also co-authored the 2010 book, Big Business, Big Responsibilities.
Prior to joining BSR in 2004, Dunstan was part of British Telecommunications' corporate responsibility team.
Dunstan has an M.Prof. in Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future.
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With strong project management skills and a background in CSR analysis, Charlotte supports companies in the financial services, consumer products, transport and logistics, and information and communication technology industries with advice on sustainability strategy, supply chain, and human rights.
Charlotte leads BSR’s financial services practice in Europe. Before joining BSR, Charlotte was an analyst for nearly five years at Innovest and Vigeo, two socially responsible investment rating agencies. Through her work as an analyst, Charlotte covered the energy, automobile, retail, and software sectors. Charlotte is bilingual in French and English.
She holds an M.A. in CSR Management from the University of Paris XII and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado.
Giulio works within BSR’s climate change practice team, focusing on climate strategy and resilience with companies, collaborative initiatives, and research.
Prior to joining BSR, Giulio worked as a sectorial manager at climate change consulting firm EcoAct. There, he was in charge of project management and business development for clients in several sectors, such as consumer goods and finance. Giulio also lead EcoAct’s low-carbon project development in Kenya for two years and was member of the board for EcoAct Kenya. He speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Giulio holds an M.S. in Sustainable Development from HEC Paris School of Management. He also holds a double degree M.S. in Management and Industrial Engineering and a double degree B.S. in Technology and International Business from Politecnico di Torino and UIC Barcelona.
Aron is recognized globally as a preeminent authority on sustainable business. In addition to leading BSR, which has grown substantially throughout his tenure as President and CEO, Aron advises senior executives at BSR’s more than 250 member companies and other global businesses on the full spectrum of social and environmental issues.
Aron joined BSR in 1995 as the founding director of its Business and Human Rights Program, and later opened BSR's Paris office in 2002, where he worked until becoming President and CEO in 2004. Aron serves on advisory boards to CEOs at Barrick Gold, Marks & Spencer, and SAP, and previously for AXA, Shell, and Nike. He is also a director of the Natural Capital Coalition, the International Integrated Reporting Council, and We Mean Business, and serves as a member of the Steering Council for the World Economic Forum’s Board of Stewards of its Future of Consumption System Initiative.
Aron speaks frequently at leading business forums and is widely quoted in top-tier media such as the Financial Times, Le Figaro (France), The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is co-author of the book Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World, which spotlights innovative sustainability strategies that enable business success.
Prior to joining BSR, Aron practiced law in San Francisco and worked as a journalist at ABC News in New York. He holds a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Jessica Custer brings expertise in ethical supply chains and community-driven development to BSR’s inclusive economy practice. She manages the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition, promoting inclusive employment practices in global supply chains. Previously, Custer worked at Fair Trade USA, where she designed, implemented, and managed certification programs in agricultural supply chains and also helped consumer packaged goods companies execute their responsible sourcing strategies. She has also researched and advised on social enterprise development, first as a Fulbright Scholar exploring improved access to sanitation in Peru and subsequently as an MBA Without Borders Advisor to social entrepreneurs working towards sustainable livelihoods for hand weavers in South India.
Hannah works with multinational companies to align business and human rights strategies and facilitate incorporation of sustainable practices into business operations across sectors.
She focuses on the intersection of human rights and new, disruptive technology and leads the Tech Against Trafficking collaborative initiative.
Prior to joining BSR, Hannah worked with the Skoll Foundation, where she co-led the portfolio and investments team’s efforts to identify social entrepreneurs with the potential to drive large-scale social change. Her work led to over US$20 million in grants and investments between 2015 and 2018. Before Skoll, Hannah spent six years working in anti-human trafficking in West Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Bay Area. She is fluent in French.
Hannah holds a Master’s in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Michigan. She currently serves on the advisory boards of Oxfam’s Women in Small Enterprise initiative and Convening17.
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Sara applies her management consulting and international development experience to BSR’s collaboration and inclusive economy work. She also directs the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition.
Previously, Sara worked at Business Call to Action—a multistakeholder platform of the United Nations Development Programme focused on inclusive business innovations in support of the Millennium Development Goals—recruiting and advising companies and social enterprises developing products and services to address the needs of low-income populations. She also worked at McKinsey and Company, consulting global companies and development organizations on projects related to strategy, corporate social responsibility, economic development, and philanthropy. Sara has also contributed to social and environmental justice programs in Latin America through the Inter-American Dialogue, the Sierra Club, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. She speaks English and Spanish.
Sara has an M.B.A. from IE Business School in Spain, and a B.A. in Plan II and Latin American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.
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Adam works with BSR member companies across industries on sustainability management, including stakeholder engagement, materiality assessments, and reporting, among other topics.
Prior to BSR, Adam was a thematic expert on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, focusing on the linkages between climate, development, business, and sustainable consumption and production. He also previously worked on the SDGs team at World Resources Institute. During his graduate studies, Adam was a Coca-Cola World Fund fellow with Conservation International, researching the strategic connections between the SDGs, natural capital, data, and corporate sustainability in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Adam holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, specializing in Business and the Environment. He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Government, with a concentration in International Politics, from Wesleyan University.
With a focus on climate change and women’s empowerment, Kelly helps information and communications technology companies achieve their sustainability goals, working to address their growing energy demands while also fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.
Kelly supported programming and encouraged business climate commitments for the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit and is closely involved in renewable energy initiatives, such as the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. She also helped launch and manage Business Action for Women, a working group that supports women’s empowerment efforts in the workplace and supply chain.
Prior to BSR, Kelly spent more than six years consulting on energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy for California’s utilities and public-sector clients. She is also a member of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.
Kelly holds an M.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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Chhavi oversees BSR’s relationships with governments and foundations in North America, where he seeks to create cross-sector partnerships between the private sector and donors to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to joining BSR, Chhavi worked for a socially responsible investment firm, where he combined financial and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) analysis to make sustainable investment recommendations. He also spent several years as an operations manager for Oracle’s Asia-Pacific and Americas regions, opening a new operation in India. He also developed a CSR strategy for a spirits company in Mexico, developed sustainability reports for companies in India and Saudi Arabia, and worked as a freelance CSR consultant for the Institute of Public Health. He speaks English, Spanish, and Hindi.
Chhavi holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business and an M.A. in International Studies from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. in English and Computer Science from Rutgers University.
Laura is a global expert on corporate sustainability, with two decades of experience in strategy consulting and has advised senior executives at global companies across a range of industry sectors and sustainability issues.
Laura has also been a leader in BSR’s organizational growth and impact. She launched BSR’s financial services practice and New York office, and she is currently the Chief Operating Officer, leveraging her strengths in strategy, organizational change, and people management.
Laura works with leading global companies to develop and enhance their sustainability strategies to maximize value for business and society. She is sought after to facilitate senior-level strategy workshops and multistakeholder collaborations. She has published reports on environmental, social, and governance trends among investors 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 companies.
Laura previously worked for Deloitte Consulting, where she acquired extensive strategy experience advising multinational financial services companies. She also worked on several community and economic development projects in Latin America.
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, a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a member of the UN Global Compact Expert Network.
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Thibault Gravier leads BSR's Supply Chain Sustainability practice, focusing on the development and implementation of sustainable sourcing strategies with companies, collaborative initiatives, and research for innovative approaches.
Thibault has more than 12 years of experience working with global organizations to dramatically improve the sourcing practices and sustainable impact of critical raw materials.
Prior to BSR, Thibault founded two entrepreneurial ventures: Actions & CO2, an engineering consulting firm specializing in carbon footprints, and then Transitions, a leading French consultancy agency specialized in sustainable sourcing, which he ran for more than eight years.
Through leading efforts in responsible fruit production to deforestation-free sourcing (including soy, palm oil/palm kernel oil, rubber, pulp and paper, coconut oil, and more) for the retail, cosmetic, and oleochemical sectors, Thibault has in-depth expertise in the complexity of supply chains and has pioneered innovative practices such as insetting, reverse sourcing strategies, and new business models for supply chains.
Beyond sustainable sourcing, Thibault has been involved in various projects to reduce the carbon footprint of some of the major fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) along their supply chains.
Thibault holds a M.S in Business and Administration and Environmental Management from ESC Amiens Business School and Melbourne Swinburne University of Technology and a Management Degree from Shanghai Dong Hua University.
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Nandini supports companies in the Financial Services industry in integrating ESG considerations and sustainability more broadly into their business strategies, asset classes, and products and services. Most recently, Nandini was seconded to KKR to support their Responsible Investment Program implementation.
Previously, Nandini worked with the global professional services firm EY LLP on its climate change and sustainability services practice, leading its social and human rights engagements in the Americas. She speaks French, Italian, Kannada, and Hindi fluently.
Nandini has a M.A. in International Affairs from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).
Samantha (Sam) drives the climate resilience pillar of BSR’s climate change practice, which includes how businesses can act at the intersection of people and climate change. She leads BSR’s foundational research and strategy on the intersection of climate and women’s empowerment, as well as this cluster in the Business Action for Women collaboration. Sam also leads the international policy work at the UN climate negotiations for the We Mean Business coalition.
Before joining BSR, Sam worked on the Climate Action Network international policy team, where she drove the development of common positions for hundreds of NGOs during the climate negotiations, focusing in particular on climate justice, short-term mitigation action, a long-term global goal, climate finance, and low-carbon technology. Sam was previously at the NGO Islands First, advising Pacific small island nations on climate change and oceans policy.
Sam holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.
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With more than 20 years of sustainable development experience, John leads BSR's global infrastructure and financial services practices, advising companies on corporate sustainability strategy, responsible investing and project development, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk management.
Before BSR, John was the founder and president of SunOne Solutions, a leading carbon project developer in North and South America. John worked as a staff member in the World Bank's sustainable development group, where he managed global energy and transport infrastructure projects and the vice president for sustainable development's front office, and served as the infrastructure advisor in the Thailand and Kosovo country offices. He has also held positions in the airline transport industry, with a private infrastructure project developer in Chile, and with an impact investing fund in the Balkans.
John holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University, an International M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina, and a B.S. in International Trade and Finance from Louisiana State University.
David leads BSR’s financial services practice and works closely with BSR’s sustainability management team to partner with companies across sectors. He advises companies on integrating sustainability into corporate strategy, investment management, and products and services.
David has led engagements in all of BSR’s areas of expertise and major industry groups. As part of his collaboration with BSR members, he has developed sustainable investment strategies for private equity funds and their portfolio companies, designed and operationalized a leading impact investing fund, conducted materiality assessments and facilitated strategy development, undertaken human rights impact assessments on emerging technologies, co-authored research on the business benefits of inclusive business strategies, and built global stakeholder engagement tools, among other activities. David also co-leads the Net Positive Project.
Before joining BSR, David worked in strategy and management consulting at Bain & Company. Additionally, he has worked as an independent consultant in sustainability and nonprofit governance.
David holds a B.A. in History from Amherst College.
With a background in engineering and finance, Rosa brings a unique perspective on social performance issues to BSR’s work with extractives companies.
She also supports companies across all sectors in developing labor, health, reporting, and sustainability strategies. In addition, Rosa oversees HERproject Factory programs in Indonesia and Myanmar, and supports HERproject global program coordination and expansion.
Prior to joining BSR, Rosa worked as a consultant for Cardno Emerging Markets, where she helped mining, oil, and gas companies develop social impact management plans, stakeholder engagement strategies, and health, safety, and environmental policies in countries such as Burkina Faso and Timor-Leste. She also has provided program coordination for an AusAID program in Indonesia with more than 200 national and international advisers.
Rosa holds a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from the Bandung Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in Finance from Drexel University.
Jorgette leads BSR’s consumer products practice for the United States, and the global food, beverage, and agriculture practice. She focuses on aligning innovative sustainability practices with business strategy and operations, working with executives from the food, beverage, and agriculture; consumer packaged goods; apparel; footwear; and retail industries, among others.
Jorgette brings more than 10 years of experience consulting with multinational companies and governments, with expertise in supply chain management, procurement, strategy, and employee engagement. She has worked at Arthur Andersen, Great Place to Work, and Unisys. She also spent four years at PepsiCo leading global supplier CSR assurance. Jorgette speaks English and Spanish.
Jorgette holds a B.A. in Economics and Policy Studies, with a minor in Marketing, from Syracuse University.
Working with companies in the food and agriculture and oil industries, Roger McElrath advises on sustainability policies and programs in the areas of supply chain management, community development, stakeholder relations, reporting, and strategy. He has worked with Tate & Lyle on code of conducts, Archer Daniels Midland on CSR strategy and supply chain management, and Threemile Canyon Farms on developing a sustainability vision and metrics.
Aditi works with BSR members across sectors to help them improve and advance their sustainability strategies. She leads BSR’s global portfolio of work on women’s empowerment across consulting, collaboration, and research.
Aditi joined BSR after several years at Calvert Investment Management, a leading sustainable and responsible investment firm. There, she led strategic planning for Calvert’s executive committee, and held various roles within the sustainability research team. Her portfolio included companies in the information and communications technology sector, and she led corporate engagements on the subjects of gender corporate governance and gender equality, including the advancement of the Calvert Women’s Principles.
Aditi holds an M.B.A. in Finance from George Washington University, and a B.S. in International Economics from the University of Florida.
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With more than 20 years of sustainability experience, Asako advises global technology companies as well as BSR members and partners in Japan to better integrate sustainability into core business strategies.
Prior to joining BSR, Asako was Head of the CSR Management Section at Sony Corporation, and she has more than 10 years of experience leading global sustainability strategies. She has experience in sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, supply chain management, and responsible mineral sourcing and human rights. She also played a key role in shaping the industry framework for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition.
Asako holds dual master’s degrees in Business Administration and Science from the Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.
Elisa leads BSR’s consumer sectors practice globally and oversees the BSR global membership network. She works with companies in the luxury, beauty, fashion, hospitality, retail, and food industries to better integrate sustainability into core business strategy, products, and operations.
She helps companies understand the world’s big disruptions, create resilient and inclusive business models and practices, and evolve brand strategy to integrate changing consumer expectations. Elisa also leads BSR’s Responsible Luxury Initiative and the Southeast Asia Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA).
Prior to joining BSR, Elisa was an account manager at CHANEL and a consultant at Accenture and Ernst & Young.
Elisa is French-American. She holds an M.B.A. in Luxury Goods Marketing and Management from Sup de Luxe, an M.A. in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris, and a B.A. in French from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Smita Nimilita leads the implementation of HERproject in Bangladesh. She also supports the development of HERfinance Digital Wages Program in other countries such as Egypt and Cambodia. Prior joining to HERproject, she was a research associate at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a research and policy non-profit organization that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty issues. She led various development research programs in Bangladesh, in collaboration with the academics from The World Bank Development Research Group, The University of Warwick, Harvard, and Oxford. She has robust experience working in the garment supply chain in the field of women’s empowerment, financial inclusion, health rights, and enterprise development.
Cecile Oger works with BSR members to advance sustainability strategies and better partner with stakeholders to create more resilient and inclusive business practices. She also leads BSR’s global staffing process and people management in EMEA, which includes recruitment and professional development.
Oger leads projects on stakeholder engagement, materiality, and strategy, mostly in the healthcare; consumer products; and food, beverage, and agriculture sectors. She also leads the Healthcare Working Group.
Prior to joining BSR, Oger served as deputy director for SGS Sustainability Services. Her work involved developing service offerings for sustainable supply chains. Before that, she was executive director of SFSTP, one of the largest associations of industrial pharmacists in Europe. She started her career in the chemicals industry, working for Clariant in the U.K. and Canada.
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With more than 20 years in the consulting field, Eric leads BSR's global consulting practice to design and implement sustainability strategies that create business value by addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges.
In addition to advising the CEOs and senior teams of several global companies, Eric plays a lead role on a number of BSR’s collaborative initiatives, including the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, the Net Positive Project, and Future of Fuels, as well as our work with the We Mean Business coalition.
Prior to joining BSR, Eric worked with the Natural Step in San Francisco, accelerating sustainability through strategic counsel on a broad range of corporate responsibility matters that included supply chain management and sustainable development. He also has served as vice president at the Boston Consulting Group and was a partner and founding member of the global consultancy Mitchell Madison Group.
Eric was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned an M.S. in Russian and East European Studies. He also holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Macalester College.
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Jacob Park leads BSR’s Sustainable Futures Lab, a new practice using strategic foresight techniques to help businesses engage with emerging issues that are reshaping the global landscape.
Before joining BSR, Park was the lead futurist in the New York office of Forum for the Future, where he used scenario planning and other futures techniques to develop sustainability strategy and drive innovation for leading businesses, foundations, and multistakeholder groups. Prior to that he worked at Adaptive Edge, a boutique strategic foresight consultancy, on collaborative scenario planning. Park began his career doing human rights research and advocacy at Human Rights First and the Center for Economic and Social Rights.
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Jeremy is in charge of serving and expanding BSR’s member base in Asia and integrating the work there into our global approach.
BSR’s global thought leadership, informed through field work and local implementations, enables us to work with member companies to create innovative sustainable solutions and globalize the sustainability dialogue.
Jeremy has extensive experience in supply chain management, business integration, external communications, government relations and compliance operations. Prior to joining BSR in 2006, he spent more than 10 years on equipment sourcing, footwear production and corporate responsibility for Nike, Inc. He also worked in China for five years as the North Asia Regional Compliance Director, covering sustainability issues in Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
Jeremy holds an M.S. in Economic Development from the Patterson School of Diplomacy, and an M.S. in International Commerce from the University of Kentucky.
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Michael leads BSR’s work with companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
His experience in sustainability with global ICT companies includes addressing climate, human rights, and ethics issues in various settings, including mines, the factory floor, and cyberspace. From drafting reporting regulations and audit protocols on greenhouse gas (GHG) to advising on renewable energy procurement for data centers and human rights opportunities with blockchain, his experience touches all parts of the sector.
Before joining BSR, Michael was the senior program director at the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and acted as the director for the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative. He also served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) climate change and stratospheric protection divisions, focusing on mitigation of and reporting on GHG emissions. In addition, he previously worked for a sustainability consulting firm in Hong Kong.
Michael holds a J.D. and a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University.
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Christine leads BSR’s HERproject—our women's empowerment workplace program that brings together global and local companies, business associations, and donors to support women in global supply chains through health, finance, and other curricula.
With more than 15 years working in international development, Christine has substantial global experience in women’s economic empowerment, private-sector development, financial inclusion, value chain development, enterpreneurship, cross-sector partnerships, and social enterprise.
Prior to BSR, Christine was the director of women’s economic empowerment at CARE International, leading the organization’s global work to support 30 million women and give them greater access to and control over economic resources and opportunities. Before that, Christine led CARE International’s work on private-sector development, focusing on inclusive business models and bottom-of-the-pyramid social enterprise development, and significantly expanding CARE’s strategic engagement with companies. Christine also previously worked on building leadership training programs for sustainable development at Lead International and for the United Nations Development Programme. She speaks English, Spanish and Danish.
Christine holds an M.S. in International Development and Business and a B.S. in International Business and Modern Languages, both from Copenhagen Business School. She also holds an Advanced Business Management degree from IESE Business School.
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Annelise works with BSR members across sectors to promote women’s empowerment through consulting, collaboration, and research. She supports the work of the Business Action for Women collaborative initiative.
Prior to joining BSR, Annelise worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she led the OECD Policy Dialogue on Women’s Economic Empowerment, a global multi-stakeholder community committed to promoting women’s economic empowerment. Her research focused on identifying barriers to women’s economic empowerment, women’s unpaid care work, and time use. During her time at the OECD, she worked on the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), conducted research, and led trainings on social norms and gender equality. She also worked closely with bilateral donors to ensure that their development programming supported gender equality and women’s empowerment and worked on issues such as combatting sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment.
Annelise holds a M.A. in International Relations from the American University of Paris and a B.A. in International Affairs and French from the University of Georgia.
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Jenny leads BSR’s human rights practice across consulting and collaboration.
Prior to joining BSR, Jenny worked at Mercy Corps for over a decade in both field management and advisory roles to better understand, prevent, and mitigate conflict. As the organization’s first Peace & Governance Director in Myanmar and later as the Director of the Peace & Conflict technical advisory team, she launched, built, and implemented programs that aimed to reduce violence, build the preconditions for peace and development, and address critical and emerging threats – from climate change and disruptive technology to poor governance and gender inequality. She has experience in context analysis, stakeholder engagement, mediation and negotiation, project design and implementation, and strategic planning. Jenny has lived and worked in countries including Myanmar, Indonesia, Nepal, Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Central African Republic, and Cameroon.
Jenny holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Lin Wang leads BSR’s work in China, with a focus on women workers’ empowerment and supply chain sustainability issues. She has extensive external and government relations connections and experience and is one of the leading thinkers on supply chain, economic development, and labor issues in China.
Wang started her sustainable business career at the ILO in Geneva, where she designed a project on human resources management and labor relations in China’s special economic zones. She returned to China in 2001 to serve as the project’s chief technical advisor. In 2005, IKEA recruited Lin as a sustainability manager, where she was responsible for the overall IKEA China supply chain sustainability scope, including social and environmental compliance and external relations, as well as for contributing to global sustainability strategy and action plans.
David leads BSR’s climate practice to maximize the impact of our applied research, collaborative initiatives, and work with individual companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resilience. He is also the international policy lead for the We Mean Business coalition.
Before joining BSR, David was a climate diplomat for the Marshall Islands with the advisory group Independent Diplomat and led on transparency issues in the UN climate negotiations for the Alliance of Small Island States. As an international lawyer with the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development, David built up the environmental treaty expertise of countries across the globe. He began his career as a securities litigator with Fried Frank in New York before focusing on climate change and energy.
David holds a LL.M. in International Law from New York University, a J.D. and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.
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—BSR Conference 2018 Participant