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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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David leads BSR’s communications and marketing initiatives, working with a global team to amplify the organization’s mission and showcase its activities, impacts, and thought leadership to members, partners, and the wider business and policy community.
David previously worked for The B Team, a group of global business and civil society leaders working to catalyze a better way of doing business for the well-being of people and the planet. Throughout his 20-year career, he has worked with businesses and nonprofits in economic development, public health, and sustainability to define and communicate their purpose and impacts. .
He has built high-impact communications campaigns for a collaboration to improve maternal health in Zambia and Uganda, driven top-tier media coverage for a major economic development project in upstate New York, and helped strengthen parliamentary capacity and voter education efforts in South Africa and Zambia. He began his career as a newspaper reporter.
David earned his M.A. from The Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and his B.A. in Journalism and Political Science 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.
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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The BSR conference was a much-welcomed opportunity to consider the broader role of business; and how business can use its voice, influence and collective resources to improve society.
—BSR Conference 2019 Participant