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Global Head of Moody's ESG Solutions Group
Andrea Blackman leads Moody’s ESG Solutions Group, which houses Moody’s ESG and Sustainable Finance capabilities and works alongside Moody’s Investors Service (MIS), the rating agency, and Moody’s Analytics (MA), a provider of financial information platforms and risk analytics solutions, to deliver a comprehensive suite of best-in-class ESG solutions to the market.
Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, including leadership roles with banks, asset managers and vendors, harnessing financial and technology innovation to build successful businesses. In her former role as Managing Director in Moody’s Analytics, Andrea led the transformation of CreditView, Moody’s flagship research, data and analytics platform, into the leading solution serving credit market professionals worldwide.
Andrea sits on the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council for Moody’s Corporation and supports the work of the Moody’s Foundation. She is the Executive co-sponsor Moody’s Minds Employee Resource Groups, and is a member of the 30% Club in the UK.
World Resources Institute
Global Head of Energy and Utilities
Throughout his 18 years’ experience in the energy sector, Aris has worked alongside leadership and strategy teams at some of the most successful clean technology firms as well as the oil and gas (O&G) super majors, to enable transformative market entry and establish dynamic, innovative business models. Aris has been involved in international clean energy transactions totalling 15GW, including on/offshore wind, photovoltaic solar (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), energy storage, and electronic vehicle (EV) charging.
Global Management Consulting Magazine named Aris ‘Most Influential Consultant’ in 2018 for his extensive work on corporate PPAs, and since 2017, he has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a leading global energy expert. Aris is currently a member of the Investment Committee at SUSI Partners, a Zurich based clean energy transition infrastructure fund, and a member of the Board of NextWind, a newly established green IPP focused on mid to end-of-life assets.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Baer Pettit, as President and Chief Operating Officer of MSCI, oversees the company’s day-to-day operations and leads MSCI’s business functions, including client coverage, marketing, product management, research and product development, technology, data services and operations. He has been President since October 2017. Baer is the executive leader of the company’s innovation initiative and serves as a member of MSCI’s Executive Committee.
Baer joined MSCI in January 2000 as Head of European Client Coverage. From 2001 he was Global Head of Client Coverage and became Global Head of Marketing in 2006 through to 2012. From 2011 he was Global Head of Index, becoming Global Head of Products and Chief Operating Officer in 2015.
Prior to MSCI, Baer spent eight years at Bloomberg L.P., as Head of Bloomberg’s European sales organization, where he ran their sales organization in France, Scandinavia and the U.K. Before this, Baer worked in Equity Derivatives at Barclays De Zoete Wedd and Morgan Stanley Asset Management.
Baer is both a U.S. and U.K. national and speaks French, German and some Dutch. He holds a Master of Arts degree in History from Trinity College, Cambridge University and a Master of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Chief Engagement and Sustainability Officer
Co-founder & CEO
Brennan is one of the co-founder and CEO of Patch, the platform for negative emissions. Prior to starting Patch, Brennan worked in a range of product and engineering roles at Sonder and Shopify.
Director of Strategy and Development
World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)
World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)
Chuck van Kempen
Senior Manager, Sustainability
Chuck van Kempen is the Senior Manager, Sustainability where he is responsible for managing Geotab’s environmental programs and initiatives toward building an integrated sustainability practice.
Geotab is committed to integrating sustainability best practices into decision-making and business activities worldwide. Part of his role is to spearhead Geotab’s plans to reduce the company’s own environmental footprint while Geotab helps to decarbonize and transform the transportation industry using advanced technologies.
Prior to Geotab, Chuck van Kempen used to work for The Nature Conservancy of Canada. Protecting our environment is very important to him and he enjoys spending his spare time outdoors hiking, canoeing and camping.
Global Practice Lead for Cities
CEO & Group Head
Chief Sustainability Officer
Vice Mayor of Transformation of Public Place
City of Paris
Director of AEC Industry Futures
David Benjamin is Director of AEC Industry Futures at Autodesk Research. His team explores generative design, sustainability, and re-usable design intelligence for the built environment. Recent projects include the NIS Engine Factory for Airbus in Hamburg, the Autodesk MaRS Office in Toronto, the Alkmaar Affordable Housing District for Van Wijnen in the Netherlands, and the Embodied Computation Lab for Princeton University.
Group External Engagement Director
Didier Tshidimba has been the Managing Partner of Roland Berger’s Brussels office since 2007 where he heads the Energy, Utilities and Transportation unit in Belgium. He joined Roland Berger in 2000. Didier specializes in strategy and organization topics, seeking to align processes and organization structures with long-term vision and objectives. He started his career in the consumer goods industry at Procter & Gamble where he worked in the fields of supply chain management and sales & distribution. Didier holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.
Dr Asoka Woehrmann
Joined the Company in 1998. Prior to his current role, Asoka was Head of Deutsche Bank’s Private Clients business in Germany. Before that, he was responsible for the entire fund management platform as global Chief Investment Officer. Previously, he was the Global CIO for Fixed Income, Equities and Multi Asset for the retail business. Earlier, he was Head of Absolute Return Strategies, Global Head of Foreign Exchange, and portfolio manager for international bonds. Asoka began his career as a research fellow and taught at The Technical University of Vienna and at Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg.
MSc in Economics from University of Bielefeld, Germany; PhD in Economics from Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg
Dr Daniele Aspesi
Global Solutions Director
Dr Edwin Basson
Dr Jennifer Jenkins
Chief Sustainability Officer
Dr Vladimir Ryabinin
Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission & Assistant Director General
Dr Vladimir Ryabinin is the Executive Secretary of the IOC, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO.
He is an oceanographer, marine engineer, meteorologist, and climatologist. He originated several mathematical models for the ocean, atmosphere, wind waves, etc., and is an author of hundreds of scientific publications.
Since 1980s, Dr Ryabinin has been involved in various capacities in the activities of the United Nations and contributed to core design and coordination of such international initiatives, as the Global Ocean Observing System and the World Climate Research Programme.
His current focus is on the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development as a source of science-based solutions for integrated ocean management.
Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl
Technology Officer Upstream & Head of Environmental Solution Business
Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl joined Primetals Technologies Austria in 1997 (before SiemensVAI 2005-2014 and VAI 1997-2004).
His current position is Technology Officer Up-Stream and Head of the Environmental Solution Business at Primetals Technologies. He is a recognized expert for sustainable iron and steel production covering waste gas cleaning, carbon footprint reduction, energy efficiency, by-product management and waste water treatment.
Before, Alexander held various positions within the company in technical sales, project management and R&D for the environmental, steelmaking and long rolling business.
He is holding about 100 single patents and was honoured as Siemens Inventor of the year 2013.
Alexander started his career at Austrian Energy and Environment in Vienna as process engineer in the field of emission control and water treatment for waste incineration plants.
He completed his Ph.D. in process engineering in 1997 in the field of advanced gas cleaning for municipal waste incineration plants at the Technical University in Graz, Austria.
In 1994 he obtained his master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Business Administration at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.
Senior Vice President, Europe
Edward Kulperger is the SVP for Geotab EMEA, focusing on expanding Geotab’s global footprint. With 20 years of experience in the telematics industry, he has successfully built a highly networked multi-disciplined team across multiple countries, and delivered localized end-to-end telematics platform services to the region. Edward has been a speaker at many telematics and technology conferences, where he advocates the responsible use of data for leading edge sustainability and mobility applications. Edward completed his ICD.D designate at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and studied International Finance at Concordia University in Montreal after attending New England College on an ice hockey athletic scholarship. He is also a board member of a publicly traded technology company as well as chairman of a national registered charity in Canada.
Egbert de Vries
Vice Mayor for Mobility
Global Head of Moody's Climate Solutions
Emilie Mazzacurati is Global Head of Moody’s Climate Solutions and founder and CEO of Four Twenty Seven, (427mt.com), a Moody’s affiliate. She oversees the climate solutions suite within Moody’s ESG Solutions Group, a new business unit formed to serve the growing global demand for ESG and climate analytics. Moody’s climate solutions, powered by Four Twenty Seven and V.E, provides climate risk screening for listed securities and real assets to help banks, financial institutions, corporations, and governments understand their exposure to the impacts of climate change, prepare for the transition to a zero carbon economy, and build resilience.
Ms. Mazzacurati has published extensively on the impacts of climate change in financial markets, on climate risks disclosure (TCFD), on emissions trading, and on adaptation finance opportunities. She is a frequent public speaker and teaches at the University of California, Davis Executive MBA. Previously, Ms. Mazzacurati was Head of Research at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, where she directed research and modeling on carbon pricing. She also served as a policy advisor to the Mayor of Paris on environmental policy. Emilie holds a Master’s of Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a Master’s of Public Policy from UC Berkeley.
Ms. Mazzacurati is the recipient of multiple awards, including Top 100 People in Finance (2019), Berkeley Visionary Award (2016), and Cartier Women’s Initiative Award (2013). Four Twenty Seven was named 2019 Best Alternative Data Provider by Risk Magazine. Moody’s Analytics received the 2021 Chartis RiskTech100® Climate Risk Award, highlighting its commitment to integrating climate risk analytics into its world-class credit models.
Business for Nature
CEO & Co-Founder
Francisco Benedito is the CEO and Co-Founder of the startup ClimateTrade. With a degree in Law and an MBA in France, he is part of the TOP 100 worldwide Fintech Influencers for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), being a visionary entrepreneur that founded his first company at the age of 16. Benedito worked in the banking industry for 15 years and in 2019 founded CimateTrade with the purpose of establishing an exponential company centered in sustainability.
With a sharp skill for business analysis and a vision for trends, Francisco believes that technology is the best solution to tackle climate change, that’s why he aims at innovative strategies that support and promote sustainable projects worldwide, achieving the highest positive impact for the Planet and all living beings on Earth.
Thanks to its great capacities, persuasive speech and experience in renowned climate events such as the Seoul Climate and the Energy Summit (CESS), 2018; The World Green Economy Summit, (WGES), Dubai, 2019; R20 Austrian World Summit, 2019. Francisco Benedito will be representing ClimateTrade in the Sustainable Innovation Forum at the COP26, which will take place in Glasgow from October 31st to November 12th 2021.
Energy Practice Lead
Founder & CEO
Impax Asset Management
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
James Thornton is the founding CEO of ClientEarth.
James is a world authority on the power of the law to create lasting change, having dedicated his life to fighting for climate justice. He is a global thinker, revered public speaker and a beacon of hope for our planet.
He launched ClientEarth in 2007, sparking fundamental change in the way environmental protections are made and enforced across Europe. Now operating globally, ClientEarth uses advocacy, litigation and research to address the greatest challenges of our time – including nature loss, human health and social justice.
In the last decade alone, his creative and critical-thinking has shaped an EU-wide law banning illegally harvested rainforest timber, won numerous cases against governments for failing to tackle air pollution, and helped block the largest coal plant in Europe. He and his team of not-for-profit lawyers use the most effective tool in the arsenal for change, the law.
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Jim Lynch is senior vice president and general manager of Autodesk Construction Solutions, where he leads Autodesk’s efforts to create and deliver products and services which provide the foundation for a digital construction workflow. In his more than 20-year tenure with Autodesk, Jim has held a variety of leadership roles and was a key player in the successful scaling of Revit, a flagship Autodesk product, and the establishment of BIM as an industry standard.
In his role leading ACS, Jim oversees the vision and strategy of Autodesk’s construction portfolio, including product design and development, marketing, sales, and customer success. Jim and his team are focused on delivering innovative, cloud-based solutions to help the global construction industry reduce risk and increase margins using Autodesk construction solutions.
A respected voice within the construction industry, Jim has recently been featured in Forbes, Fortune, and construction industry leading publications including ENR, Construction Dive, and Construction Business Owner. As a 30-year veteran of the CAD industry, Jim has served in a variety of senior management roles in the AEC, manufacturing, and electronic design automation industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Fitchburg State College.
Joe Speicher is currently leading the Sustainability and Foundation team at Autodesk – supporting customers who are tackling the world’s most pressing challenges through design and engineering. Prior to joining Autodesk, Speicher was on the founding team of Living Goods, where he spent six years leading operations for the global health organization. He began his career in the banking and finance sector, working with Deutsche Bank and Cambridge Associates. He then spent three years in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and has worked as a consultant for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the World Bank, and Google.org.
John T. Colas
Financial Services Partner
John has worked in each of the world’s principal financial centers advising senior management in financial services and the public sector on critical matters of strategy, regulation, and risk and capital management.
He is a co-leader of Oliver Wyman’s Climate and Sustainability platform while also serving on Marsh & McLennan’s Climate Risk and Sustainability Task Force and Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance Committee.
John led our project team assisting the United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and a working group of 16 leading banks to develop a framework to assess and disclose climate-related risk factors. He serves as a member of the Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee (Climate Subcommittee) of the CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC). He also serves on the GARP Sustainability and Climate Risk (SCR) Advisory Committee.
John WH Denton
International Chamber of Commerce
John W.H. Denton AO is the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is a global business leader, international advisor on policy and a legal expert on international trade and investment. He serves as Board member of the UN Global Compact, Founding Member of the Business 20 (B20), and Co-Chair of Italy B20 working group on Finance and Infrastructure. He is Co-Founder of the Australia–China CEO Roundtable and Patron of UNHCR in Australia. Board member of the IFM Global Investors – a global institutional investment manager, John is also Chair of the Asia Pacific advisory board of Veracity, a global advisory group based in New York, and Chair of the Moeller Institute advisory board at the University of Cambridge. He also serves on the Boards of the UNDP (New York) impact investing steering group, and of UNICEF’s global education initiative: GenU. He joined the Advisory Board of the African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank (AfGIIB) and the G7 Working Group on Impact Investment.
Jonathan Brearley was appointed as an executive member of GEMA in 2018 and this appointment runs until January 2025. Jonathan became Ofgem’s Chief Executive Officer on 3 February 2020. This follows his previous appointment as our Executive Director for Systems and Networks in April 2018.
He has wide-ranging energy sector experience, having led Electricity Market Reform as the Director for Energy Markets and Networks at DECC.
Prior to this, he was Director of the Office of Climate Change, a cross-government strategy unit focussed on climate change and energy issues, where he led the development of the Climate Change Act. Earlier in his career, Jonathan was a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics from Glasgow University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Head of Sustainable & Co-Head of Energy Transition
Jonathan Hackett is the MD and Head of BMO’s Sustainable Finance Group, which brings together capabilities from across the bank to mobilize financing for a sustainable future. The group is responsible for raising capital and providing financing for clients pursuing sustainable outcomes, offering advisory services and managing BMO’s impact investment fund.
Jonathan joined BMO in 2017 as a Managing Director of Strategy in BMO’s Office of Strategic Management where he supported the bank’s Executive Committee on several initiatives including the development of BMO’s purpose statement and commitment framework. He is also a part of the working team on the bank’s efforts to promote Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity with the United Way of Greater Toronto. Prior to joining BMO, Jonathan was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group where he was a member of the financial services, strategy and risk practices, supporting clients across North America. His work there included projects supporting strategies for various Canadian governmental and non-governmental organizations on innovation, economic development and competitiveness.
Jonathan holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo where he was a doctoral student in residence at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His research focused on topology, particle physics and quantum gravity.
Head of Sustainability and Climate Response
Jonquil has more than 20 years’ experience in consulting and as the global head of sustainability for PA consulting, sets the overarching strategy and go to market agenda for sustainability and climate adaptation across all the industries we serve. Prior to PA, Jonquil spent the last 13 with Infosys, where she was a senior consulting partner, and more recently, Global Head of Sustainable Business.
Throughout her career to date, she has established strategic partnerships to deliver on purpose and provide value greater than the sum of a single organisation. One such example: she created the first System Integration partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for Infosys, to advance the circular economy agenda through digitalisation.
She regularly advises on ESG (environmental, social, governance) Visions and strategies. As a senior consulting partner, Jonquil advises C-Suite clients on strategy and executed large scale programmes for FTSE and Fortune 500 companies. SJonquil holds the Digital & Innovation lead role on the Futures Council for SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Investment at the World Economic Forum; is a regular keynote speaker; a mentor for ocean technology and circular economy start-ups; and a frequent contributor to Forbes on the topic of Green Tech. She is also a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, from which she received an MBA in Renewable Energy and is chair of the board of directors for The Magenta Project focused on gender parity in sailing.
Schmidt Ocean Institute
EMEA Chief Regional Officer
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group
Kentaro Hosomi is Executive Vice President at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and as of 1 April 2021 also serves as Chief Regional Officer (CRO) for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region and CEO Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA, Ltd. In his current role, Mr. Hosomi leads MHI’s efforts to grow its business across the region and across MHI Group companies, including Mitsubishi Power, Mitsubishi Logisnext, Primetals Technologies and MHI Air-conditioning Europe.
He previously served as President & CEO for the company’s Energy Systems domain and was deeply involved in MHI Group’s energy transition strategy. Mr. Hosomi is also a member of the board for Vestas Wind Systems where MHI now holds a stake in.
Mr. Hosomi brings around 40 years of experience to MHI Group, and has a proven track record in the power and energy sector.
In 2011, Mr. Hosomi was appointed as General Manager of Business Development & Strategic Planning Department of Power Systems at MHI, where he was responsible for business development, strategic planning, alliances for the overall power systems business. There, he made achievements such as the acquisition of PW Power Systems (currently known as Mitsubishi Power Aero LLC) and the launch of Savannah Machinery Works in Georgia, USA (now operating under Mitsubishi Power).
Mr. Hosomi’s expertise in sales, marketing and commercial administration of various types of power plant projects contributed to the company’s global presence in the energy industry. Starting as a sales specialist for the Middle East and later on doing a five-year stint in London, UK, his career at MHI Group includes a track record worth a few decades of winning, executing and managing power plant projects successfully.
Mr. Hosomi earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Tokyo, Japan.
Global Head of Sustainability
Kim has more than 25 years’ experience in optimising global value chains. In the last 15 years, she’s focused on re-engineering these value chains for sustainability, which has required a specific focus on the tough question of decarbonising transportation and logistics.
Before joining PA, Kim spent 13 years at Royal Dutch Shell, supporting their evolution towards sustainability, and was Chair of The Board at Heathrow Fuel Companies, inputting into the Heathrow 2.0 Net Zero Carbon Growth plans.
With a master’s in manufacturing sciences and engineering, and experience of using innovative technology to improve sustainability, Kim is working extensively on the commercialisation of hydrogen, carbon capture, utilisation and storage, synthetic fuels, waste-to-energy and other technologies. For example, she recently led the development of a white paper on the development of sustainable aviation fuels for the Aerospace Defence and Security industry body that will shape national plans to create a sustainable aviation industry in the UK.
Global Chief Sustainability Officer
Partner, Global Head of Energy
Herbert Smith Freehills
Head of ESG Research
Founder, Executive Chairman, Chief Science Officer
Green Digital Finance Alliance
Marianne Haahr is the Executive Director of the Green Digital Finance Alliance (GDFA) a not-for-profit foundation co-founded by UNEP and the Ant Group with a mission to scale green finance with fintech. Prior to that Marianne was advisor to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark on digital finance in emerging markets, she has also been leading the think tank Sustainia working of technology for green finance, and she started her professional career building micro finance solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation in West and Southern Africa. Marianne holds an M.Sc from the University of Copenhagen.
Mark Gough is the CEO of the Capitals Coalition, a global collaboration of business, governments and civil society that is transforming the way that decisions are made by including the value provided by nature and people.
Previously, Mark led the Natural Capital Coalition and was on the board of the Social and Human Capital Coalition. He championed and delivered the bringing together of these two communities, creating a unified, systemic, collaborative approach.
Mark has worked extensively in the private sector, leading programs and strategy for the Crown Estate and Reed Elsevier (now RELX), as well as advising many more.
Among other board and advisory positions, Mark is on the Advisory Board for TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate and an advisor on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.
Director of Business Design
Mark is a sustainable finance and circular economy expert working with clients across the UK and Europe on sustainable strategy, innovation, risk, regulation and transformation.
His current focus is on helping financial services organisations become more sustainable by embracing the growth opportunity, and managing sustainability risk. But during his 15 years working in industry and consulting he has also worked with start-ups, corporates, NGOs, and cities to help businesses find better ways of doing business, giving him deep cross-sector knowledge of sustainable and circular business model innovations and emerging business needs.
Mark manages PA’s engagement with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100, is an Expert Advisor to the UN Global Compact, and a member of the UK Network’s Advisory Group. He led the development of the Circular Business Model Design Guide launched in conjunction with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Exeter University Circular Economy Research Centre in December 2020. He was previously an associate lecturer at Ashridge Management School, and is co-author of the Operating Model Canvas book.
Director of Schmidt Marine Technology Partners
Schmidt Ocean Institute
Director of Policy and Sustainability
Listing energy policy as her number one passion, Marzia entered the industry following the Californian energy crisis of 2000/01, which led to rolling blackouts, affecting thousands of small businesses. She went on to become a policy advisor at California’s energy regulator in San Francisco where she was instrumental in their smart meter rollout and in the regulatory work to help legitimise ride sharing companies, Uber and Lyft. In her most recent role as Director of Insights at the World Energy Council, Marzia led a team of global energy experts to unlock opportunities related to the energy transition. Now at Kaluza, she is working through critical market reforms to deliver a decentralised, decarbonised energy system centred around consumers.
Herbert Smith Freehills
Co-CEO and Member of the Executive Board
Max Viessmann is Co-CEO and Member of the Executive Board of the Viessmann Group. All
activities of the family-owned company are driven by one purpose: Creating living spaces for
generations to come. In addition to the digital and cultural transformation of the Group, Max is driving the activities as CEO of the largest business area Climate Solutions: From traditional heating systems to sustainable solutions for heating, cooling, optimal air quality and personalized indoor climate through future-oriented and climate-friendly systems as well as digital tools and services.
Head of Research ESG
Michael Lewis joined DWS in 1990. Prior to his current role, Michael was Global Head of Commodities Research in the Corporate Banking & Securities division. Before this, he was a G10 FX strategist and Deputy Head of FX Research at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. Michael began his career as a research analyst covering Global Macro & Rates research at Morgan Grenfell. Michael has a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol; MSc (Econ) in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
Michael Train was named Emerson’s first chief sustainability officer in March 2021. In this role, he leads the company’s environmental sustainability strategy, with a focus on advancing technologies and advocacy to enhance company operations and enable customer improvements through Emerson’s solutions and partnerships. He joined Emerson’s Office of the Chief Executive, which helps develop and guide the company’s global business strategies, in 2016.
Train currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees at Ranken Technical College and on Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council. He was a 2008 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient.
Train holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University.
Neil is an accomplished business leader, entrepreneur and engineer who has been founding and running his own businesses since 1992. In 2000, Neil founded Geotab Inc., which is now the largest telematics company in the world, as measured by new vehicle subscriptions being added on a yearly basis. Geotab has been voted one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies as well as one of the fastest growing tech companies in North America for several years. Neil is an engineer at heart and this passion keeps him involved in the day-to-day engineering and design of Geotab‘s systems. Neil believes that Geotab‘s success stems from the company’s integrity, its forward thinking ideals and foremost the customer receiving the right solution. In 2015, Neil Cawse was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario.
President and CEO
Nick has over 20 years of experience consulting in the UK, Continental Europe and North America. He has worked with chief executives and other senior leaders of the world’s top companies on topics spanning governance, strategy, financial planning, risk management and public policy & regulatory response.
Nick has advised senior government leaders and policy makers on topics of industry competitiveness and stability, and supported the World Economic Forum on the Role of Financial Services in Society. He has co-authored many articles and studies, including support for Her Majesty’s Treasury in proposing a 10-year vision for the Global Competitiveness of the UK’s Financial Services Industry; and several projects leading the global debate on compensation. Nick was a founding Director of TheCityUK and a founding advisory board member of the FICC Markets Standards Board.
Nick is a keen advocate of inclusion and a sponsor of diversity – he sits on the firm’s inclusion council, is executive sponsor of Oliver Wyman’s racial and ethnic diversity group, and was named a Top 20 advocate by INvolve/EMpower.
Nick graduated with a First Class Honors degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University. A keen former rugby player, Nick is enjoying introducing his sons to its dark arts. He maintains his scrummaging weight through a healthy interest in roasting, grilling, and pickling.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
City of Oslo
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
International Trade Union Confederation
Herbert Smith Freehills
Founder and CEO
Simon has 25 years’ experience in technology and business innovation. He leads Moixa’s overall strategy and growth plans and market relations across government, industry and investors. He is a serial inventor, with numerous patents in energy and mobile devices. Prior to founding Moixa he spent eight years in Accenture’s Technology practice, and worked in research at IBM. He holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a member of the BEIS/Ofgem Smart Systems Forum.
Partner and Co-lead of Climate & Sustainability
With over thirty years of consulting experience, Simon helps clients to develop and communicate their sustainability strategies and propositions. In addition to his work with commercial clients, Simon has authored research reports on climate issues with the Climate Group, WBCSD and CDP. His work links business purpose, brand, innovation, and proposition design with deep insight into how individuals and organizations engage with climate change and sustainability.
Appointed as CEO in November 2017, Rossi joined EDF in 2004 and was head of EDF Group’s international division since 2015. Prior to that he held a number of roles across the Group including as a chief financial officer to EDF in the UK; the role of Chief Financial Officer at Constellation Energy Nuclear Group in Baltimore, and five years as Head of Strategy at Edison SpA in Milan.
Rossi’s early career saw him hold positions in the financial and management consultancy industries within the Treasury Department of De Agostini in Novara (Italy), KPMG Corporate Finance and McKinsey&Co., Milan (Italy).
Chief Sustainability Officer
Sophie Beckham is the Chief Sustainability Officer at International Paper (IP), where she leads the development and execution of IP’s sustainability strategy and tactics to advance the company’s vision of being among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. Prior to joining IP, Ms. Beckham applied her training as a forester to work in domestic and foreign contexts, holding positions with forest management organizations and home furnishings retailers.
Sophie’s interest in the transformation of materials into products that people use every day stems from a lifetime spent exploring the ways in which people rely on natural resources, and in turn, the impact our decisions have on people and planet. She holds a Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Global Managing Partner
Stefan Schaible is Global Managing Partner at Roland Berger and steers the company together with two other members of the Board of Managing Directors. He also is the Head of Roland Berger N3XT. In consulting, his functional focus is on digitalization and large-scale business transformation. In terms of industries, he has in-depth experience in the public sector, financial services as well as infrastructure-intensive business segments. After his studies of Chemistry, Philosophy and Law at the University of Konstanz, Stefan Schaible joined Roland Berger in 1997 and became a Partner in 2001. From 2004 on, he was in charge of the company’s public sector consulting portfolio and Head of the International Civil Economics & Infrastructure Competence Center. In 2014, he took on the role of Managing Director at Roland Berger and CEO of Germany and Central Europe.
Managing Director, Directorate of Environment and Energy
After a year at the National Research Council Canada, he worked for, and then managed, the Research Centre for Refrigeration and Heat Pumps in Germany.
Later, he headed his own consultancy undertaking research for international industries, NGOs and governments. He implemented projects in India and China, and was part of delegations to the Montreal Protocol and its Multilateral Fund. He served as a technical expert on several international panels.
In 2004, he started work in the United Nations as Senior Programme Officer with the Multilateral Fund.
Joining UNIDO in 2014, he became Director of the Department of Environment in 2015. In that role, he focused the department on reduction of emissions of Greenhouse Gases and of industrial pollution, and on circular economy. Since June 2020, he is Managing Director of the Directorate of Environment and Energy in UNIDO.
He was recognized for his contribution, as coordinating lead author for IPCC, to the Nobel Peace Prize 2007, and has received an US-EPA Ozone Award.
Mr. Sicars holds the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hanover, Germany.
International Copper Association
Steve Kukoda joined the International Copper Association (ICA) in 2004 and is currently the organization’s Executive Director. He also serves as ICA’s Corporate Secretary. Steve develops and maintains relationships with organizations external to the copper industry, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations, and others. ICA is the co-founder of United For Efficiency (U4E, www.united4efficiency.org), which is focused on transforming developing-world economies towards energy-efficient appliances, industrial equipment, and lighting. Steve is based in Washington, DC.
Herbert Smith Freehills
Tim specialises in corporate governance and has over a decade’s experience helping large corporations with environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters, particularly with respect to market disclosure, risk management and shareholder engagement/activism.
Tim routinely delivers cross-practice solutions for clients as the Australian lead for Herbert Smith Freehills’ ESG, Sustainability and Responsible Business practice, a senior member of the firm’s Head Office Advisory Team (HOAT) and a member of the firm’s global Business and Human Rights practice.
Tim has co-authored numerous publications in relation to corporate governance and shareholder rights and activism (including in Chambers and The Law Reviews). He also has previous experience in the financial industry, having worked as an analyst on the Japanese and Global investment strategies of a San Francisco Bay Area-based hedge fund.
Director of Research & Engineering
Anthony Ruto is a Director of Research Engineering at Autodesk, a global software company that is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. He leads engineering for the Research division at Autodesk who research and develop novel technologies that can improve our customers creativity and productivity, as they design and make better buildings, products and entertainment that improve the world we live in.
Yvonne Ruf joined Roland Berger in 2008 and is now a Partner in our Regulated & Infrastructure unit at the Düsseldorf Office. With 15 years of experience in consulting work for the public and private sector, Yvonne’s business focus is on creating new solutions and value at the intersection between public and private sector. She is specialized in preparing, de-risking and managing large transformation and investment projects to bring them from the first idea to successful financing and implementation. She is also an expert in sustainability as well as hydrogen and fuel cell applications, supporting public as well as industry clients in evaluating strategic options and new business models.
Yvonne has successfully accompanied major public and private clients in strategy development, commercial validation, project structuring, financing, and stakeholder engagement for large infrastructure projects. Her clients comprise of industry clients, public and private investors, government institutions, international agencies, national and multi-national associations, and project developers. She has extensive work experience in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
She holds an MSc Degree in International Political Economy from London School of Economics. Before joining Roland Berger, she spent several years working on improving the business and investment climate in Southern Africa.
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