Global Lead on Sustainability Policy
Adam is Uber’s global lead on sustainability policy. He’s based in San Francisco.
Sustainability and cross-disciplinary engagement are running themes throughout his work experience in the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Uber, he worked for five years helping investors build impact investing portfolios with positions at Goldman Sachs Wealth Management, Imprint Capital (a boutique investment advisory firm acquired by Goldman), and the Global Impact Investing Network (a research and advocacy nonprofit). Before impact investing, he spent seven years engaged in efforts to commercialize zero emission vehicle technologies with positions at the California Fuel Cell Partnership (a public-private partnership), the California Air Resources Board, and UTC Fuel Cells (a United Technologies Company). He holds an MBA from NYU Stern, an MPA from NYU Wagner, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from UC Davis. Adam is proud to sit on the board of Veloz, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the shift to electric cars through public-private collaboration, public engagement and education.
Adrian van Hooydonk
Senior Vice President, BMW Group Design
21 June 1964 Born in Echt, Limburg (Netherlands)
1970 – 1976 Basis School, Echt (Netherlands)
1976 – 1982 Middelbare School, Echt (Netherlands)
1982 – 1988 Delft Polytechnic University, Delft (Netherlands)
Masters Degree in Industrial Design
1988 – 1989 Free-Lance Industrial Designer (Netherlands)
1989 – 1990 General Electric Plastics Europe, Bergen op Zoom (Netherlands)
1991 – 1992 Art Center College of Design, Vevey (Switzerland)
Degree in Automotive Design
1992 – 2000 BMW AG, Munich
Automotive Exterior Designer
2000 – 2001 BMW Group Designworks USA, Newbury Park (USA)
Head of Automotive Design Department
2001 – 2004 BMW Group Designworks USA, Newbury Park (USA)
2004 – 2009 BMW AG, Munich
Vice President BMW Design
since Feb. 2009 BMW AG, Munich
Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Every Action Counts Coalition Advisor
Green Digital Finance Alliance
Aiaze has led digital finance and inclusive digital economy projects in 40+ countries and advised many international organizations such as the UN, the World Bank and IFC. He is currently leading the Every Action Counts Coalition (EAC), a global coalition of digital payments, e-commerce, retail investment and banking platforms which seeks to harness digital and business model innovations to empower people to make green choices. Aiaze also leads the Dialogue on Governance of BigFintechs, which seeks to advance sustainability-aligned governing arrangements of global digital finance platforms.
Previously, Aiaze was a Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs, looking at sustainability aligned digital innovations and how digitalization can accelerate sustainable finance. Prior to that, Aiaze was Chief Officer at Tiaxa, a digital lending Fintech primarily in Africa but also Latin America and Asia. He also directed the roll-out of M-Paisa in Afghanistan, led Mobile Money Guyana and many mobile money projects across Africa.
Aiaze is the vice-chair of GIFT, a global impact fintech forum, and sits on the Board of several Fintech startups. He holds a MSc. from University of Quebec and is a graduate of Telecom Paris.
Chief Brand Officer
At the age of 13, Alexandria Villaseñor co-founded the U.S. Youth Climate Strike movement, part of the youth led international Fridays for Future movement. Now, at the age of 16, Alexandria has become an internationally recognized environmental activist, public speaker, author and founder of several more initiatives, including the climate education focused non-profit, Earth Uprising International. She has addressed the Democratic National Convention, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. She is a contributing author to All We Can Save, an anthology of women climate leaders, and a child petitioner for the ground-breaking international complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Children vs. Climate Crisis. Alexandria serves on the advisory board for the national climate policy platform Evergreen Action and is a youth spokesperson and advisor for the American Lung Association. She is the youngest Junior Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences and also a GlobalChoices Arctic Angel, speaking out on the urgency to address the Arctic crisis. For her work, Alexandria has received the Earth Day Network Youth Leadership Award, The Rachel Carson Environmental Justice Award, the Common Good American Spirit Changemaker award and was included on Politico’s top 100 people influential in climate change policy list.
Chief Economist and Senior Advisor for Just and Inclusive Economics
Regional General Manager, EMEA Rides
Anabel Diaz is the Regional General Manager for Uber’s Mobility business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She leads a business providing millions of people with access to on-demand mobility services (including ride hailing, taxis, micro mobility and public transport) in more than 200 cities across 40 countries in the region, and is an ambassador for Uber’s sustainability efforts, sponsoring this initiative globally.
Anabel joined Uber in 2019 following a two-decade career where she held various large regional and global leadership positions in operations, supply chain, sustainability and business management at major global and complex organisations, including GE and Sabic. Anabel also currently serves as non-executive director on the boards of a number of companies.
As a passionate people developer, Anabel is a keen advocate for increasing diversity and championing women in the workplace, she is an executive sponsor of Women at Uber and a mentor for women entrepreneurs in several start-ups.
Anabel grew up in Cartagena, Spain, and received her degree in IT Engineering from Murcia University and a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD.
Global Head of ESG
Moody's ESG Solutions
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.
Head of Sustainability
With over 13 years of industry experience across different sectors, Andres leads the ongoing development and implementation of the Colliers sustainability strategy in the UK and Ireland, which focusses on improving ESG performance and managing associated risk for a range of occupier and investor clients. He is passionate about driving sustainability in all aspects of the business to meet ambitious targets as well as stakeholder expectations. Andres also leads the ESG function for the Colliers property management teams across EMEA providing strategic advice on technology deployment, net zero strategies, EU carbon compliance, workplace wellbeing, and the impact that these trends have on service delivery.
Prior to working at Colliers, Andres worked in the Energy & Sustainability team at Cushman & Wakefield EMEA where he focused on developing and implementing comprehensive Responsible Property Investment (RPI) strategies for key fund management clients and embedding sustainable practices in property management. He sat and chaired various RPI committees helping set and achieve ESG targets. Prior to this, Andres worked in Upstream Sustainability Services at JLL overseeing carbon reporting and compliance services supporting more than 30 major landlords and boosting his team’s productivity.
Andres is a regular presenter on sustainability topics and represents Colliers on various industry groups. He has contributed to policy consultations on energy legislation and also participated in the World Green Building Council’s Better Places for People campaign by taking part in the Health & Wellbeing in retail working group.
Director, UK & Ireland
President & CEO
World Resources Institute
Aniruddha (Ani) Dasgupta is President and CEO of WRI, where he works to advance the institute’s global vision to improve the lives of all people and ensure that nature can thrive.
Dasgupta is a widely-recognized leader in the areas of sustainable cities, urban design and poverty alleviation. He developed his expertise in positions ranging from nonprofits in India to the World Bank, where he developed the Bank’s first Knowledge strategy.
He took the helm at WRI after seven years as Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, which is dedicated to shaping a future where cities work better for all people. Under his leadership, the Cities program grew to 400 staff members working in 150 cities, with a reach to more than 400 cities in total. He has established large, multi-stakeholder partnerships with city, national and corporate leaders around the world. Ani has helped create and lead innovative initiatives, including the New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO) and the Coalition for Urban Transitions, as well as a new line of work around urban air quality. He also brought an increased focus on people and equity to the program.
Prior to joining WRI in 2014, Dasgupta served as Director of Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank, where he provided leadership in the Bank’s knowledge services for development. He also worked extensively in the World Bank’s Jakarta office as head of infrastructure, where he was deeply engaged in post-2004 tsunami reconstruction in Aceh, as an advisor to the government on housing and infrastructure reconstruction and as the head of the Bank’s housing and infrastructure team. His work at the Bank took him throughout Asia and Eastern Europe as a technical expert centered on community-based development, urban environment, disaster management, solid waste management, water supply and sanitation.
Originally from Delhi, India, Dasgupta developed an interest early in life in buildings and design. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture, with an emphasis on low-income housing, at the School of Planning and Architecture in India. Later, he was accepted at a special program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) focused on affordable housing. Dasgupta holds master’s degrees from MIT in city planning and architecture.
He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and has two sons.
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.
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 300 member companies and other global businesses and partners 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 has served on advisory boards to CEOs at AXA, Barrick Gold, Marks & Spencer, Nike, SAP, Shell, and the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan. He is also a director of the Value Reporting Foundation, We Mean Business, and the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Alliance, 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 and public fora 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.
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
Chief of Standards
Bastian Buck is Chief of Standards at GRI, where he has worked in various technical capacities since 2006.
Graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam with a Master in Business Administration, Bastian has been responsible for all of GRI’s standard setting activities since 2013. He has presented and lectured on sustainability reporting in more than 50 countries and has vast experience in the facilitation of consensus-seeking processes and international multi-stakeholder expert groups.
Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change
Government of Quebec
Benoit Charette has been a deputy of the Quebec National Assembly since 2008, and Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change since 2019. He was also appointed Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism in 2021.
Mr. Charette is a graduate of the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) and the Université du Québec à Montréal. He quickly became involved in the international scene. After serving as a volunteer mission member in Haiti in 1995, he notably worked at the Québec Government Office in Mexico City and at the Intergovernmental Agency of La Francophonie.
Bernice Van Bronkhorst
Global Director for Climate Change
EVP and President for European Markets
Bjørn Sibbern is President of European Markets. In this role, he works closely across all of Nasdaq’s European Markets teams to deepen the relationships between Nasdaq and institutional and main street investors, broker dealers and regulators in the region.
With over a decade of experience at Nasdaq, Bjørn has emerged as an influential leader within Nasdaq and the broader industry. Prior to his current role as President, European Markets, he was Executive Vice President for Global Information Services (GIS), based in New York City. He has also previously led Nasdaq’s Global Commodities business, while also serving as President of the Nasdaq Copenhagen Exchange.
In an earlier role, Bjørn managed the company’s Nordic Cash Equities and Derivatives Markets. Bjørn’s proven track record in business-building and his ability to foster and grow valuable client relationships positions Nasdaq to further evolve its European business through best-in-class industry partnership and collaboration, product development, and geographic expansion to deliver greater value for all clients.
Bjørn brings experience from both sides of the transaction business as he has held leading positions at Nordic broker firms and covered diverse leading positions at the Nordic exchanges.
Before joining the company, Bjørn was Head of Trading at Stocknet Norway and CEO at E*TRADE Bank Denmark. While President of the Nasdaq Copenhagen exchange, Bjørn also served on the board of the Committee for Corporate Governance under the Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs.
Bjørn holds an Executive MBA, a Diploma in Business Administration and an MSc in Economics & Business Administration and Law from Copenhagen Business School.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Brandon Nelson is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at JetBlue, with responsibility for legal, compliance, ESG and sustainability, and cybersecurity at the growing airline.
Nelson joined JetBlue in 2005 and has held a number of leadership roles within the legal team. His diverse experience includes leading a team of transactional lawyers who represent the company in commercial, marketing, real estate, business development, intellectual property and technology matters.
He also serves as oversight officer and is on the investment committee of the company’s wholly owned corporate venture capital fund, JetBlue Technology Ventures.
Prior to JetBlue, Brandon practiced corporate and business litigation law at firms in California and New York, most recently at Shearman & Sterling.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Howard University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
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.
Carine de Boissezon
Chief Sustainability Officer
Carine de Boissezon is EDF Chief Sustainability Officer since July 2019. As such, she deploys the Group’s corporate social responsibility strategy, translated into the company’s Raison d’être: carbon neutrality, preservation of resources, well-being and development.
During her 5 years as Chief Financial Officer of EDF’s International Division, she demonstrated the full integration of finance and sustainability notably with the financing of the Nachtigal hydropower plant in Cameroon, which will represent 30% of the country’s production, and whose innovative financing was recognised in 2018 with the «PFI Global Multilateral Deal of the Year» award. Previously, Carine de Boissenzon served as Investors & Markets Director and spearheaded the launch of EDF’s first “Green Bond”* in 2013. These bonds today amount to close to 7 billion euros.
In addition to her operational functions, Carine de Boissezon is a director of EDF Renewables and Luminus. Outside EDF, she is a member of the Supervisory Board and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee of GEODIS (Paris, logistics company) and an expert member of the Climate Committee of BPI France (French public investment bank). Carine de Boissezon spent 11 years at Morgan Stanley as a research analyst and eventually as Executive Director, head of specialist sales in the utilities and renewables sector. She graduated from ESCP Business School (Paris).
In 2021 Carine de Boissezon was awarded the Légion d’honneur and in 2017 she received the «Leading Women Award» from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is married and mother of 4.
Head of Cities Solutions, UK and Europe
Carlo Castelli is an architect and masterplanner. He studied architecture in Genoa, Italy where he completed a master’s Degree in architecture and in 2011 he completed a Master in ‘City Design and Social Science’ at the London School of Economics and Social Science.
Through more than 20 years’ of experience on diverse urban contexts and complex buildings, Carlo has acquired a great understanding of how the various urban systems and processes shape the urban environment. He is accustomed to integrated, inter-disciplinary design development at various scales, managing interfaces, coordination and brief interpretation towards the creation of successful urban environments, with real added value for the various stakeholders. As Head of Cities Solutions for UK and Europe, Carlo leads the team of urban thinkers, masterplanners and urban designers that delivers exemplary projects in the UK and internationally along with colleagues from Jacobs’ multi-disciplinary platform and partners.
Carlo has a passion about integrated approach and stakeholder engagement as critical elements to tackle the challenges we are facing, identify opportunities and deliver better cities for all. He is actively engaged in producing papers, moderating and curating panels and speaking at conferences, providing thought leadership and contributions to the current debate. He co-chairs the Infrastructure and Urban Development Council at the Urban Land Institute UK and sits in the Executive committee of the LSE Global Real Estate Group.
Economic Development Secretariat
City of Bogotá
Professional and a specialist in Economics.
I worked for the National Planning Department, the Ministry of Foreign
Relations, Asobancaria, Ventures, and Publicaciones Semana.
Currently: Chief of the economic development agenda of Bogotá
Liaison between public and private sectors, and between the national and local government.
Responsible for economic development and labor issues in Bogota, CTI, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, internationalization, investment, data analytic, food security, tourism, and financial inclusion.
Catherine joined ShareAction in July 2008, having previously been the founder and lead organiser of West London Citizens. Earlier in her career she was Senior Researcher at the New Policy Institute. Catherine is a board member of Green Alliance and of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. She was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust (the multi-employer pension scheme for the UK’s not-for-profit sector) for five years until Spring 2013. She served for four years on The Pensions Trust’s Investment Committee.
Catherine holds a First Class BA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. In June 2011 Catherine was named a ‘Rising Star of Corporate Governance’ by Yale University’s, Millstein Center. In 2013, Pensions Insight featured her as one of the 50 most influential people in pensions and in May 2011 Investment and Pensions Europe called her one of the ‘top ten women in pensions’. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.
UK & Europe General Manager
Cathy Travers is the Managing Director of MacDonald’s UK and Europe Region, a talented and diverse team of 7000 people who operate in the built environment, energy, transportation, water and environment sectors. She is passionate about ensuring we deliver on our purpose of improving society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, whether that be achieving Net Zero or enabling communities to access better education, jobs, and healthcare. In her operational role she leads and empowers her team to tackle the most pressing and urgent issues we face as a society to bring about transformative change and support our clients on their drive to Net Zero. She also believes that equality, diversity and inclusion helps us to make better decisions and solve complex problems and as executive sponsor for our Advance employee network she is a key advocate for driving this agenda and building a truly diverse team. Cathy is a chartered Structural Engineer and experienced project manager by background.
Head of Policy and Advocacy
Impax Asset Management
Chris is a climate change and environmental policy expert with over 25 years’ public and private sector experience. He is responsible for managing Impax’s engagement in the development of policy issues and providing insights on policy to the firm’s investment teams.
Before joining Impax in 2019 Chris worked at Ricardo Energy & Environment for eight years as Director of Climate Change, Clean Growth and Strategic Partnerships. Here he was responsible for overseeing key projects in the aforementioned areas as well as building relationships with clients in the public and financial services sectors. Prior to this he worked for 10 years at the heart of the UK Government’s work on climate change, including leading the UK’s implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System and heading the UK Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Chris began his career as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he worked on a variety of civil, criminal and public law litigation relating to the impact of pollution on the environment and human health.
Chris graduated with a BA Hons in Classics from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and later went on to achieve a Master of Laws in Environmental Law from University College London in 2002.
Chris Pateman Jones
Chris is the CEO of Connected Kerb, an award winning, fast growth EV charging and smart cities business, deploying infrastructure in the UK and overseas. Chris is an experienced infrastructure executive, with extensive commercial, innovation and strategy experience developing projects in the UK and overseas energy and commodities sectors.
Prior to joining Connected Kerb Chris was a Director at Ernst and Young (EY), within the global infrastructure team, working across regions with EY teams and clients to deliver major and mega (multi billion) projects in the Transport, Energy and commodities sectors. Prior to EY, Chris was at Bechtel, working in Europe and the Middle East within their Oil and Gas portfolio of projects.
Christian Pho Duc
CTO and Managing Director H2 Projects
Christian Pho Duc is the CTO & Managing Director H2 Projects at Smartenergy Group AG and the Vice Chair of the Renewable Hydrogen Workstream at Solar Power Europe. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Physics from Ludwig-Maxilian-University in Munich and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Cambridge University. Christian has accumulated 25 years working experience in Semiconductors (Siemens, IBM, Giesecke &Devrient, Infineon Technologies), Renewable Energies & Hydrogen (Solyndra, Nanosolar, Smartenergy) and Electric Mobility (Torqeedo) in various management positions. With his multi-national background he speaks fluently German, English, French, Italian and some Spanish.
Government & Stakeholder Relations
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.
Group Director of Corporate Affairs
Clare has extensive experience in public affairs, communications and stakeholder relations. Before joining Drax, Clare worked at Heathrow, the world’s third busiest airport, where she was Director of Corporate Affairs for six years. Clare’s previous experience also includes roles as Director of Communications at both the Ministry of Justice and E.ON.
Global Practice Lead for Cities
As Global Practice Leader for Cities with global engineering, management and development consultancy, Mott MacDonald, Clare uses systemic engineering at building and city scales to push boundaries and, most importantly, improve people’s lives. From her 30 years’ experience in the sector, leading on regeneration, low carbon and sustainable innovation projects, Clare combines a practical understanding with policy engagement, bringing insight into the technical, political, financial and behavioural aspects of sustainable development and low carbon living.
Clare is a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel and supports the UK Net Zero Infrastructure Industry Coalition, authoring ‘A place-based approach to net zero’ exploring the challenges and opportunities facing city leaders.
Social Innovation Director & Academic Lead
Global Climate Delivery Manager
Conor is a Global Climate Delivery manager at Nestlé and is responsible for making good on the pledge to halve Nestlé’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and to achieve net zero by 2050. This mostly involves steering the development of Nestlé’s GHG accounting & reporting system, building out & supporting the delivery of the Nestlé climate roadmap (with a particular focus on transforming our agricultural supply chains) and supporting on advocacy efforts to accelerate ambition, collaboration and urgent action at scale. Conor has a background in climate change consultancy for companies with large agricultural value chains and has a particular interest in the role of Natural Climate Solutions in delivering a net zero and nature positive planet.
World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)
CEO & Group Head, BMO Capital Markets
Dan Barclay was appointed CEO & Group Head of BMO Capital Markets in November 2018. In this role, he is responsible for BMO Financial Group’s interactions with corporate, institutional and government clients worldwide.
Previously, Dan was Co-Head, Global Investment & Corporate Banking (I&CB) where he oversaw relationships with corporate and government clients, including equity and debt underwriting, corporate lending and project financing, mergers and acquisitions advisory services and global trade and banking.
Dan has over 27 years of investment banking experience in a broad range of industries. He joined BMO’s investment banking group in 2003 as a Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions group, and in 2009 was named Head of Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2014 he was appointed Head of Investment & Corporate Banking Canada and International. Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Barclay spent 13 years in investment banking at a global and Canadian investment dealer.
Dan serves on BMO Financial Group’s Executive Committee and chairs BMO Capital Markets’ Operating and Executive committees.
As a proud supporter of the United Way, Dan acted as past co-chair of the BMO Capital Markets Employee Giving Campaign and is a recipient of the Women in Capital Markets Champion of Change Award (2016). He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
Chief Sustainability Officer
As SAP’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Daniel Schmid is globally responsible for sustainability at SAP SE since 2014.
Daniel Schmid started his career in IT consulting and held various senior management positions within SAP Consulting before joining the sustainability leadership team established in 2009 to start SAP’s sustainability journey and lead the Sustainability Operations team.
Schmid holds a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He is a member of the steering committee of econsense, a forum for sustainable development of German business.
Dave Regnery is chief executive officer (CEO) of Trane Technologies plc, a global climate innovator focused on sustainable solutions for buildings, homes and transportation. He also serves on the company’s board of directors.
Under Dave’s leadership, Trane Technologies has sharpened its strategy as an industry leader in climate solutions with a singular purpose – to boldly challenge what’s possible for a sustainable world. The company has been widely recognized for its sustainability leadership, consistent financial performance, and engaging and inclusive culture, appearing in Fortune Magazine’s 2021 World’s Most Admired Companies, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America and the 2021 Corporate Knights Global 100 index of the world’s most sustainable corporations.
Dave has been with Trane Technologies for his entire career. Before his appointment as CEO in July 2021, Dave served as the company’s president and chief operating officer, with direct responsibility for its three regional reporting segments and full portfolio of businesses, as well as mission-critical company operations including supply chain, engineering and information technology.
Throughout his tenure, Dave has led the majority of the company’s businesses around the world, including Commercial HVAC and Transport Refrigeration. As president of the Commercial HVAC business, Dave led the launch of the company’s successful EcoWise™ portfolio of products, designed to lower environmental impact through high efficiency operation and low global-warming potential refrigerants.
Dave serves on the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders for the World Economic Forum, and is active in climate industry, business and manufacturing associations. When he is not with investors or customers, Dave devotes significant time and focus speaking with early talent, new hires and leadership development groups.
Dave graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and holds a Master of Business Administration from Lehigh University. Dave and his family live in Charlotte, NC, where he is active in the local community.
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.
Senior Partner – Global Co-Head of Climate Action & Sustainability
David Frans, Senior Partner at Roland Berger, focuses on the energy sector. He supports companies and organizations in change and investment projects. He is also specialized in managing megaprojects, mostly in infrastructure and capital intensive industries.
David enjoys guiding extremely complex assignments to a successful conclusion, projects which often involve numerous stakeholders. Clients bring him in at the start of such projects – often large construction or investment projects – or even when budgets have been severely overrun. He then becomes CEOs’ right hand and supports their decision-making with the accurate information he provides.
David studied Business at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He worked three years as a researcher, focusing on international strategies at multinationals. David has been with Roland Berger since 2005.
Senior Consultant at World Bank Group, Past President of the World Meteorological Organization
- Currently an Adjunct Professor at Brock University (St Catharines, Ont) and Senior Consultant World Bank Group
- Retired Assistant Deputy Minister of Meteorological Service of Canada (13 years), worked at variety of posts at Environment and Climate Change Canada for 44 years
- Past President of World Meteorological Organization (2011-2019), contributed to international collaboration for 30 years, including participation on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Group on Earth Observations, Arctic Council and WMO Panel on Polar – High Mountain Observations, Research and Services
- Recipient of the Order of Canada, International Meteorological Organization (Prize) Laureate, Patterson Medal of Distinction in Meteorology, Fellow of American Meteorological Society, along with many other award recognitions from government and university community
- Education in theoretical physics, mathematics, meteorology and management
CEO, Solutions & Services, Siemens Smart Infrastructure
Dave Hopping joined Siemens in 1989, and is the CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure Solutions & Services. He is responsible for the smart building and smart grid portfolios that include building IoT, automation, fire safety, security, energy, low and medium voltage, digital grid, and control components. All but four of his more than 30 years of industry experience have been with Siemens. During this time, Hopping has steadily held successive leadership positions in Sales, Operations, and Management across the USA.
Energy and Natural Resources Partner
David is a London-based Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Energy Practice, leading the Practice’s efforts related to climate and sustainability. He first joined Oliver Wyman in 1998, initially working in Financial Services and then setting up the Corporate Risk and Trading practice. Then in 2010, he left Oliver Wyman to join BP initially as chief risk officer for its commodity-trading operations and latterly as head of international gas. At the end of 2020, David re-joined Oliver Wyman, fulfilling the role he holds now.
Director, Digital Consulting, Strategy and Innovation, AECOM, Europe
With over 27 years in industry David is a Chartered Construction Manager by background and Director for Digital Consulting, Strategy and Innovation at AECOM, the global, fully integrated services firm. He was previously employed by Mace as Head of BIM and Technical Services / BIM Programme Director with Balfour Beatty.
David has been involved in delivering innovative Digital change, BIM and digital asset management strategies across the globe from UK, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Australia and the Baltics.
He was seconded in the UK Cabinet Office in 2011 as Head of BIM Implementation and has been a key contributor to the UK public sector BIM mandate (GCS 2011-2016) and continues to support through his role as Impact Director at the Construction Innovation Hub. He was also seconded into the Scottish Future Trust (SFT) as Chair of the Scottish BIM Delivery Group. Additionally, David is Vice Chair of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.
Vice President of Sustainability & Climate
As Vice President Sustainability and Climate, David Radermacher has been responsible for E.ON’s sustainability strategy since 2018. In this role, he is in charge for E.ON’s climate strategy as well as social sustainability issues such as human rights due diligence. Since joining the Group in 2011, he has held various roles, including as energy expert in strategy and business development. Previously, Radermacher was with the international BP Group, among others. He holds a Master of Science in Energy Economics from the Universities of Aachen and Münster.
U.S. Department of Energy
Prior to his nomination as Deputy Secretary, Turk was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he focused on helping countries around the world tackle their clean energy transitions. He also directed reports on the digitalization of energy systems, the future of clean hydrogen, and a project tracking progress on a wide range of clean energy technologies.
During the Obama-Biden Administration, Turk coordinated international technology and clean energy efforts at DOE. During this time, he helped spearhead the launch of Mission Innovation—a global effort to enhance clean energy innovation.
Turk also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the U.S. National Security Council, where he coordinated interagency legislative affairs efforts by the full range of national security agencies and provided legislative advice to National Security Council decision-making. He also previously worked at the U.S. Department of State, including as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change and helping to coordinate New Start Treaty ratification efforts in the U.S. Senate.
Earlier in his career, Turk worked in both the U.S. Senate, primarily on national security issues, and as the Staff Director of the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee.
Turk was born in Quito, Ecuador and raised in Rock Falls, Illinois. He is a graduate of both the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Virginia Law School. He and his wife, Emily Turk, have three children.
Group External Engagement Director
Dennis Pamlin is an entrepreneur and founder of 21st Century Frontiers. His main skill is work with companies, governments and other organisations as a strategic economic, technology and innovation advisor in the area of sustainability. His background is in engineering, industrial economy and marketing.
Mr Pamlin worked as Global Policy Advisor for WWF from 1999 to 2009. During his tenure, Pamlin initiated WWFs Trade and Investment Programme work in the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and led the work with companies (especially high-tech companies such as ICT) as solution providers.
From 2010 to 2013 he was the Director for the Low Carbon Leaders Project under the UN Global Compact.
He is currently a Senior Associate at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Senior Advisor at RISE, a visiting research fellow at the Research Center of Journalism and Social Development at Renmin university, and advisor to Centre for Sustainable Development at Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
Current work includes work to establish a framework that can identify winners in a sustainable future, build a platform for global trend assessment, promote clusters capable of delivering transformative solutions, exploring the impact of our “digital twins” and develop tools that allow public procurement to support sustainable solutions. Pamlin is also leading work to develop tools for companies, organisations and cities to measure and report their positive impacts, focus on climate, water, health and poverty.
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.
Arctic Angel, Global Choices; Clean Energy Consultant, Asian Development Bank
In 2009, Divya Nawale was chosen as a young environmental champion from India to go to Antarctica. So she started her career working with 2041 foundation, raising awareness on the Antarctic Treaty and its implications beyond the year 2041. She has since also helped lead expeditions back to Antarctica and serves as their Global Ambassador advocating the preservation of the continent. A Masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Pittsburgh, she has been with Asian Development Bank as Staff Consultant on Clean energy, energy efficiency, and energy transition programs across Southeast Asia. As an advocate for the polar regions, she was an Arctic youth fellow with Ecologic Institute, presenting her research at the Arctic Circle assembly in 2017. She is currently serving as an Arctic Angel, a fellowship program with Global Choices to raise awareness of intergenerational work to protect our global commons.
People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President Europe and Digital Strategies
Donald Morrison is Jacobs’ People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President Europe and Digital Strategies. He leads over 8,000 people in the delivery of critical buildings, transport, water and environmental projects to support thriving cities & communities and resilient environments. A STEM Learning U.K. Ambassador, he is passionate about people and strives to develop an environment where everyone can unleash their potential by leveraging the strengths and diversity of individuals and teams to deliver solutions that challenge the norm.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Douglas Sabo is Chief Sustainability Officer at Visa Inc. In this role, Sabo leads development and oversight of Visa’s global environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts, including Visa’s ESG strategy, framework, reporting and stakeholder engagement. Sabo also leads Visa’s initiatives in environmental sustainability, human rights and other areas of responsible business. In sustainability, Sabo’s work includes building out Visa’s initiatives in the company’s operations as well as in empowering sustainable living and commerce.
Sabo currently serves as a member of the advisory boards and councils of Brands For Good (Sustainable Brands), the CEO Investor Forum (CECP) and the Centre for Sport and Human Rights. He also is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Sustainable Tourism and helps represent Visa in the Travalyst sustainable travel initiative. Sabo is a frequent speaker on a variety of corporate responsibility and sustainability topics on behalf of the company.
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.
Dr. Anino Emuwa
Founder & Managing Director
Dr Anino Emuwa is the founder and Managing Director of Avandis Consulting, a strategy and financial advisory firm in France. A former corporate banker with Citibank, she sits on the board of several organisations including Nottingham Trent University. Anino is a global expert on women’s leadership and is a member of the Institute of Directors’ Expert Advisory Group on Diversity and Inclusion.
She convenes global and regional communities for women in leadership including 100 Women@Davos, and is recognised as one of 125 people to follow on LinkedIn about Diversity and Inclusion.
An award-winning international speaker on D&I, entrepreneurship, and emerging technologies, Dr Emuwa has spoken at prestigious institutions and conferences including Forbes, Facebook, Reykjavik Forum for Women Global Leaders and University of Cambridge. Her articles have also been published in international publications including Forbes, Entrepreneur and Global Banking and Finance Review.
Anino is a mentor for Cartier Women’s Initiative and the Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa Business Heroes Awards. She is also a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor Alumni.
Anino obtained her Doctorate in Business Administration from Nottingham Business School, has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. She is presently carrying out research at the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Daniele Aspesi
Global Solutions Director
Biomedical Engineer (Polytechnic University of Milan) and Chemical Engineer (Stockholm University).
With over 10 years of international experience in Research & Development and a speaker at international events.
Dr. Florian Weig
Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy
Dr. Florian Weig is the Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy at the BMW Group and based in Munich.
Before joining BMW Group in 2020, Dr. Weig worked for 20 years with McKinsey & Co. Inc. in the Munich and Los Angeles offices.
As a Senior Partner he was the Global Leader of McKinsey’s Product Development Practice und since 2016 the Managing Partner of the Munich office.
Dr Weig holds a diploma in Physics from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.
In 2003, he earned a PhD in Economic Geography at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
Dr. Hermann Ott
Head of Germany
He served as director of the Wuppertal Institute’s Climate Policy Division from 1998 and set up its Berlin Office in 2004 where he also worked as Senior Advisor for Global Sustainability and Welfare Strategies from 2014 to 2018. From 2009 to 2013 he was a Member of the Bundestag, the German federal parliament in Berlin, and served as the Greens’ speaker on climate policy. In this capacity, he was also a member of the Parliamentary Study Commission on “Growth, Prosperity, and Quality of Life” and chaired its working group on the decoupling of resource use from economic prosperity.
Hermann has written books and articles in German and English scientific journals, newspapers, and weblogs on environmental and climate policy as well as sustainability governance. Besides his professional and political work he enjoys his family (with two kids and one grandchild), served on the Board of Greenpeace Germany, and is currently on the Executive Committee of the German League for Nature, Animal and Environment Protection (Deutscher Naturschutzring, DNR), a network of 87 environmental organisations in Germany.
Hermann holds a law degree and a Ph.D. in International Environmental Law from the Free University of Berlin and is a professor for ‘Global Sustainability Strategies and Governance’ at the University of Sustainable Development in Eberswalde (HNEE).
Dr. Irene Feige
Head of the Circular Economy Initiative
As Head of Circular Economy Irene is engaged in setting the strategic roadmap for making the car truly sustainable. Bringing down resource consumption is directly linked to reducing the climate impact and other negative effects as land use changes or biodiversity loss.
In her position as Head of Institute for Mobility Research Irene is engaged in drawing future perspectives for a sustainable mobility over the whole product life cycle.
Before driving the sustainability movement within BMW Group, Irene held various positions in corporate strategy and stakeholder management. She has 20+ years of experience in the transportation industry in strategic functions and has a strong background in the scientific community. Irene teaches an MBA course “Sustainable Mobility” at Technical University of Berlin. She holds a Ph. D. in economics.
Dr. Linda-Eling Lee
Managing Director, Global Head of ESG and Climate Research
As Global Head of Research for MSCI’s ESG Research group, Linda-Eling Lee oversees all ESG- and Climate-related content and methodology. MSCI ESG Research is the largest provider of ESG Rating and analytics to global institutional investors. Linda leads one of the largest teams of research analysts in the world who are dedicated to identifying risks and opportunities arising from material ESG issues. She and her team have been widely recognized as the best SRI/ESG researchers by market surveys and awards.
Linda joined MSCI in 2010 following the acquisition of RiskMetrics, where she led ESG ratings research and was head of consumer sector analysis. Linda joined RiskMetrics Group in 2009 through the acquisition of Innovest. Prior to joining Innovest, Linda was the Research Director at the Center for Research on Corporate Performance, developing academic research at Harvard Business School into management tools to drive long-term corporate performance. Previously, she was a strategy consultant with Monitor Group in Europe and in Asia, where she worked with Fortune 500 clients in industries ranging from beverages to telecommunications.
Linda received her AB from Harvard, MSt from Oxford, and PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University.
Linda has published research in both management and investment practitioner journals as well as in top academic peer-reviewed journals. Linda was named a Top 100 Women in Finance by Barron’s in 2019 and 2021, and voted #1 for an Individual Making the Most Positive Overall Contribution to Sustainable Investment / Corporate Governance in 2018 and 2019 by Extel/IRRI. She is a frequent media commentator on ESG topics and sustainable investing in outlets including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the New York Times.
Dr. Liz Goodwin
Liz Goodwin is a chemist by background and started her career in the chemical industry. In 2001, she joined the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and was appointed CEO in 2007 which position she held until 2016.
Liz joined the World Resources Institute (WRI) in 2016 as Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste. She is a Champion of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 whose aim is to halve global food waste by 2030.
In 2015 Liz was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2017 Liz was appointed Chair of ReLondon (formerly the London Waste and Recycling Board, LWARB) by the Mayor of London.
Dr. Murray Simpson
Global Lead, Sustainability
Dr Simpson is the Global Director of the IBM Consulting Centre of Expertise. He is a renowned leader in Sustainability consulting having worked extensively with global corporations, governments and in the finance sector in particular on delivering practical, innovative, and positive solutions to complex and multi-disciplinary challenges. He is Chairman of techUK’s Climate Strategy & Resilience Council, an original member of the Royal Society Global Environmental Research Committee and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany
Permanent Representative of the UAE
Her Excellency Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany is the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) since April 2018. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of Sustainability at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and the Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the UAE’s annual global awards for renewable energy and sustainability. She also served as the Deputy Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) between 2017-2018.
Apart from her current position and as part of her professional career, Dr. Al-Hosany assumes many positions in various business sectors, government entities and academic institutions in the UAE and internationally. She is also a member of several boards and committees, including the advisory council of National Geographic magazine, in addition to her board membership in many local, regional and international initiatives and organizations, such as the advisory board of the Payne Institute in Colorado School of Mines, the advisory Panel for the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and her previous membership in the Board of Trustees of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (February 2017 – April 2020). Dr. Al-Hosany is also part of Sustainable Energy for All’s (SEforALL) Leadership Council, a newly-formed group of globally influential leaders with a shared mission to accelerate action on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Her professional achievements have been widely acknowledged through prestigious awards. In July 2018, Dr. Al-Hosany was presented the “Doctor of letters Honoris Causa” from Keele University in the UK in recognition for her achievements in the field of sustainability. Dr Al-Hosany also received the “Arab Woman Award” and the “Emirates Business Women Award”.
She graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the UAE University in 1992 and obtained her PhD from Newcastle University in the UK in 2002.
Dr. Al-Hosany is also credited as one of the first two Emirati women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres above sea-level.
Dr. Nigel Jollands
Associate Director, Green Economy & Climate Action
EBRD Green Cities
Dr Jollands is a sustainable energy, climate finance and policy professional with 29 years’ experience leading innovation across multiple sectors and levels of government. He has spent the last 15 years as a climate finance practitioner delivering investment and policy outcomes in 30+ countries. He is currently co-Lead of EBRD Green Cities, the Bank’s flagship EUR3 billion investment programme supporting cities to address their environmental and climate challenges.
Dr. Richard Mattison
S&P Global Sustainable1
Dr. Richard Mattison is President of S&P Global Sustainable1 and Chief Executive Officer of S&P Global Trucost.
S&P Global Sustainable1 is the single source of intelligence on sustainability. Our comprehensive coverage across global markets combined with in-depth ESG intelligence provides financial institutions, corporations and governments with an unmatched level of clarity and confidence.
S&P Global Trucost assesses and prices risks relating to climate change, water, pollution and natural resource constraints, enabling companies and financial institutions to understand exposure to environmental factors, inform resilience and identify the transformative solutions of tomorrow.
Richard is an expert in sustainable finance and over the last 20 years he has advised various UN bodies, governments, financial intuitions, companies and NGOs on how to integrate ESG, climate change and natural capital analysis into their decision making. Richard was a member of the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, providing key recommendations for Europe’s ground-breaking Sustainable Finance Action Plan.He has led numerous ground-breaking projects including creating the first portfolio carbon risk assessment for Henderson and the UK Environment Agency, launching the first carbon efficient index with S&P Dow Jones Indices, leading the first global assessment of corporate environmental externalities for the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and developing the world’s first Environmental Profit and Loss account for PUMA.
Richard is Chair of the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance Data Council, a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Oxford Smith School Stranded Assets Programme, the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital, and the Hong Kong Green Finance Association. He is an Advisory Board Member for IUCN Finance for Nature initiative and the Capitals Coalition. Previously, Richard was a strategy consultant and began his career as a neuroscientist. He holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Dr. Thomas Becker
Vice President of Sustainability, Mobility
Dr. Thomas Becker is Vice President Sustainability, Mobility at the BMW Group in Munich. He supervises the integration of the sustainability dimension into the corporate strategy, including. Defining the implementation of the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement at corporate level, the Group’s strategic approach to circular economy and the role of individual mobility in the urban environment are part of his portfolio.
Prior to this role, Thomas Becker held the position Vice President Governmental and External Affairs at the BMW Group in Munich since joining the company in 2007. In this position he was responsible for the worldwide representation of the BMW Group’s political interests, oversaw the company’s approach to integrate political topics into the product and business communication of the BMW Group, and steered the sustainability communication of the company.
Thomas Becker started his career as a Consultant in the department of environmental policy at the Association of the German Industry (BDI) in Berlin. He later held several leadership positions at the Association of the Automobile Industry (VDA) in Frankfurt. Before his current role at the BMW Group, he held the position of Deputy Managing Director of the VDA. Thomas Becker also served as a reserve officer with the rank of Captain from 1988 until 2003 for the German Air Force.
Thomas Becker received his PhD degree (Dr. rer. pol.) with Professor Dr. Ekkehard Kappler at the Reinhard-Mohn foundation chair for management, economics, and social evolution at the University of Witten / Herdecke with magna cum laude. Thomas Becker also holds a diploma in economics from the University of Cologne.
Dr. Vian Sharif
Head of Sustainability
Dr Vian Sharif is Head of Sustainability at FNZ. She is part of the team driving the development of innovative technology solutions to catalyse the shift to more sustainable investments, and ultimately a more sustainable world. Prior to this she spent over a decade at global asset manager Investec. As part of a number of governmental and international sustainability advisory groups, she was also a Member of the Taskforce for Nature Related Disclosures Technical Experts Group. She is the co-founder of NatureAlpha,a nature risk metrics platform, and ’Benchmark for Nature’, an Oxford University research project to evaluate the impacts on nature of investment decisions, recognising the gap which currently exists in investor portfolios and metrics.
Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin
Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission & Assistant Director General
Dr Vladimir Ryabinin is the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) 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.
The current work of IOC and Dr Ryabinin is focussed on creating a solid scientific foundation for managing the ocean sustainably, including through the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030.
Edda Sif Pind Aradóttir
Dr. Edda Aradóttir is the CEO of Carbfix, a company that mitigates climate change by turning CO2 emissions into stone underground. Prior to taking on her current role, Edda was the Head of Innovation and Strategic Planning at the department of Research and Innovation at Reykjavik Energy while also being the project manager for the international Carbfix project.
Edda has extensive experience in research related to reservoir management and engineering, chemistry and hydrology as well as project management in the field of renewable energy. Edda received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iceland in 2004, a M.Sc. in Theoretical Chemistry in 2006 from the University of Iceland and a Ph.D. in Reservoir Engineering in 2011 from the University of Iceland in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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.
World Steel Association
Dr Basson received his PhD in economics from Pretoria University and taught economics at the same university from 1984 to 1990. After a few years in the banking industry, Dr Basson joined the steel industry in 1994 as Chief Economist at Iscor Ltd. in South Africa.
In 1996 he became Business Unit Manager for coated steel products and flat steel products. He later headed Strategic Initiatives at the company. Dr Basson was transferred to Europe when Iscor became a part of Mittal Steel (now ArcelorMittal) in 2004 as a General Manager responsible for Marketing Strategy and was part of the Merger & Acquisition team in Mittal steel.
From 2006 until he joined worldsteel, he was Vice-President, Commercial Co-ordination, Marketing and Trade Policy at ArcelorMittal.
Dr Basson joined World Steel Association in August 2011 as Director General.
Egbert de Vries
Vice Mayor for Mobility
Head of E-Industries
Eliano has more than 20 years’ experience in the utility area with a strong focus on renewables, business development and strategy. Appointed in June 2017, Eliano is Head of e-Industries at Enel X where he is responsible for managing business solutions on a global scale, as well as growing the customer base both in existing and new countries.
Before joining Enel X, Eliano worked for 8 years at E.ON where he last served as Vice President of Energy Storage, responsible for the development of the business’s energy storage solutions globally. Prior to this role he was Director for Renewables for MPX E.ON Participações S.A., the joint venture established in April 2012 to develop power generation projects in Latin America. From 2011 to 2012 he was Director of Business Development & Business Affairs in E.ON Climate & Renewables GmbH and Director of E.ON Carbon Sourcing GmbH.
He was also Board Member of EMIC (E.ON Masdar Integrated Carbon Limited), the joint venture established to develop energy efficiency projects in the Middle East and in South East Asia.
Before joining the E.ON Group – between January 2009 and April 2004 – Eliano Russo was Head of Carbon Strategy for the Enel Group. From 2008 and 2004 he also worked in China for the Sino Italian Cooperation Program, where he supported both Enel and the Italian Ministry for Environment and Territory to identify, promote and develop CDM projects.
In 2004 he served the World Bank as a short-term consultant. Prior to 2004, he joined the Consulting Division of Ernst & Young in Rome where he acted as an independent evaluator of projects co-financed by the Italian Government and the European Commission.
He was also a member of the Italian delegation that negotiated the Kyoto Protocol and focused mainly on flexible mechanisms, specifically emissions trading, joint implementation and clean development.
Global Head of Moody's Climate Solutions
Moody's ESG 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.
Head of Sustainability, Nestle UK&I
Business for Nature
With a background in natural capital and environmental management, Eva is an experienced leader, facilitator, speaker, writer and media spokesperson who has led Business for Nature since 2019.
Business for Nature brings together business and conservation organizations and forward-thinking companies to amplify a powerful leading business voice calling for governments to adopt policies now to reverse nature loss this decade.
Prior to joining Business for Nature, Eva spent 15 years leading multiple projects at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This included work on natural, social and human capital measurement and valuation for business decision-making, towards integrated performance management, and ultimately reporting for investors. She led the development of the Natural Capital Protocol as well as the establishment of the Social and Human Capital Coalition, both of which now sit under the leadership of the Capitals Coalition.
Mission Possible Partnership
Faustine is the Director of the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC), a coalition of global leaders from across the energy landscape, and the Co-Executive Director of the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP), an alliance of climate leaders focused on decarbonising some of the world’s highest-emitting industries, created by the ETC, RMI, WeMeanBusiness Coalition and the World Economic Forum. She is also a Partner at SYSTEMIQ where she heads the Energy Transition Platform.
Faustine focuses on building coalitions and partnerships to accelerate the transition to net-zero emissions energy systems, working closely with energy providers, energy-intensive industries, finance players and policymakers. She directed the publication of the ETC’s flagship reports Mission Possible (2018) and Making Mission Possible (2020), which describe how to reach net-zero emissions globally by mid-century. She is a regular speaker in conferences and workshops on topics related to the energy transition.
Faustine joined SYSTEMIQ and the ETC in 2016. Prior to that, she worked in the public sector (Parliament, local authorities), private sector (a tech start-up) and third sector (with think-tanks and NGOs). She is an alumna of SciencesPo Paris and of the London School of Economics and holds degrees in political sciences and economics. She is also an OnPurpose Fellow.
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI is a UN supported organisation, with more than 4,000 signatories who collectively represent over US $121 trillion in AUM. She is responsible for the PRI’s global operations.
Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years’ experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined the PRI from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent seven years as CEO.
Fiona serves on the Board of the U.N. Global Compact, she Chaired of the Financial Services Commission into Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and is now a member of the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking Global Steering Committee. Fiona is also a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the Advisory Board for the Green Investment Principles for the Belt and Road and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+. She is also on the Investment Committee of the Laudes Foundation and the Advisory Board for BASF, and the Advisory Council of Bloomberg Green.
Fiona was named one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally by Barron’s magazine and has twice been named one of Australia’s one hundred women of influence by the Australian Financial Review.
Francisco Benedito Valentín
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.
Prime Minister of Fiji
Government of Fiji
Global Head of Sustainable Innovation
Frantz is the Head of R&D Sustainable Innovation at the Procter & Gamble Company. With more than 20 years of experience at P&G R&D, Frantz is a passionate Innovation Leader with high sustained track-record across multiple categories and multi-billion-dollar brands like Tide, Ariel, Daz, Swiffer, Flash, Mr Clean…
Frantz’ motto & obsession is to “Make Sustainable Irresistible”® for the 5 billion consumers that P&G serves around the world.
When it comes to water consumption in the home, he’s the founder and co-creator of the “50L Home” program, behind a big ambition:: What if our Homes could run at 50L water per day per person – and zero carbon – yet “feel like” 500L?
Re-inventing the future of homes and water consumption in 50L Home is a total systems-change that is way beyond P&G. Frantz has been spearheading the formation of the 50LH Coalition – partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the World Economic Forum and the Water Resource Group 2030 & World Bank – aiming to bring together companies, policy makers, technology innovators, research organizations, public places and communities. The 50 Litre Home Coalition is to especially seeking to leverage extensive global and city-level networks to partner with towards city pilot projects to demonstrate and scale-up the adoption of new solutions with impact and viable, scale-able business models.
Last but not last, given water heating is the #2 GHG contributor in our homes after space heating – 50LH Coalition ultimately aims to making water-efficient and net-zero living an irresistible reality for all.
50L Home has been selected by the World Economic Forum as top 100 lighthouse projects in 2020 for Social, Environmental & Governance Impact, working against SDG #6, #11, #12 and #13. It recently was also awarded by Fast Company – 2021 World Changing Ideas.
In his personal life, Frantz also enjoys exciting challenges as a competitive tennis player, and aiming next to cross-skiing the Mont Blanc after reaching a first milestone at the Mont Paradisio at 4100m altitude..
Chairman & CEO
George Oliver is chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls. Prior to becoming CEO on Sept. 1, 2017, he served as president and chief operating officer with responsibility for the company’s operating businesses and leading the integration of Johnson Controls and Tyco following their September 2016 merger.
Oliver previously served as chief executive officer of Tyco and as a member of its Board of Directors from September 2012 through the September 2016 merger with Johnson Controls. He joined Tyco in July 2006 as president of Tyco Safety Products and assumed additional responsibility as president of Tyco Electrical & Metal Products from 2007 through 2010. He was appointed president of Tyco Fire Protection in 2011.
Prior to Tyco, Oliver had a more than 20-year career with General Electric (GE), where he served in operational roles of increasing responsibility in several divisions, including as president and chief executive officer of GE Water and Process Technologies and president and chief executive officer of GE Engine Services, as well as previous leadership roles in GE’s Aircraft Engines and Appliances divisions.
Oliver serves on the Board of Directors of Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense and other government markets throughout the world, and the Business Roundtable (BRT), an organization representing more than 200 CEOs of America’s leading companies. He also chairs the BRT Energy and Environment Committee which sets the organization’s policy on sustainability, climate change and energy production. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees
Vice President of Government Affairs, Market Communications Americas, Asia-Pacific, Africa
Glenn Schmidt is responsible for government and external affairs for the BMW Group. The function consists of a policy group based in Munich and representative offices in all major automotive markets spanning Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
His department is also responsible for communication for BMW Group entities in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Africa.
Over the last 17 years, Glenn has held numerous international positions within the BMW Group. Most recently he was responsible for international media relations and prior to that business and finance communications. Glenn was also a member of project i, the BMW Group´s initial think-tank that led to BMW i and subsequent broad electrification with the company´s product portfolio.
Prior to joining BMW Group, Glenn was a consultant specialized in the automotive industry.
He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Krannert School of Management, Purdue University in West Lafayette, USA.
Glenn is originally from Vancouver, Canada, where he completed his undergraduate studies.
UNFCCC High-Level Champion of Chile
Appointed by the Chilean presidency and the United Nations as High-Level Climate Champion for the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, to mobilize climate action in non-state actors around the world. Previously, he co-founded and led TriCiclos, one of the most recognized Latin American companies in circular economy and recycling. Inspired by 10 years of running traditional food businesses where he witnessed the waste generated by the private sector, he set out to offer a transformative service that would help the environment while being financially sustainable. Using his entrepreneurial and business knowledge, he redirected his efforts towards the ideals and passion for sustainability and the environment. Today, TriCiclos operates in 13 countries in Latin America, where its mission is to foster new designs and business models for a world without waste. TriCiclos was also the first company to be certified as a B company outside North America. Gonzalo co-founded Sistema B and is a board member of BLab global. He is currently an advisor to the National Water, Green Hydrogen, Electromobility and Circular Economy Committees.
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson
Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources
Government of Iceland
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson is Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources in Iceland, for the Left-Green Party.
Before he took office he was the CEO of Landvernd – an environmental NGO in Iceland.
Guðmundur has a BSc degree in Biology from the Universitry of Iceland and a masters degree in Environmental Management from Yale University.
Climate Action Manager
Group Sustainability Advisor
Heather Rigby is Mott MacDonald’s Group Sustainability Advisor. Heather is responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of the company’s global sustainability strategy and driving internal and external engagement with key stakeholders to lead the growth and integration of sustainability into the business.
As a recent participant of the UN Global Compact Young SDG Innovator Programme for future business leaders, Heather worked to develop and drive innovation to accelerate Mott MacDonald’s delivery of the SDGs. Heather studied a MSc in Environment and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge.
Helen joined in 2017 as its Chief Executive Officer. In addition to leading our growing organisation, she sits on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition , chairs the Finance & Audit Committee for the Sustainable Development Capital Energy Efficiency Income Trust, and is on the Mission Council for Pukka Herbs.
Previously Helen worked at Forum for the Future where she founded the organisation’s US office. At Forum, Helen led work with large US corporations such as Target, Walmart, Nike, Gap, and Levi Strauss & Co. to solve complex sustainability challenges at both the organizational and broader systemic level.
She joined Forum from Médecins Sans Frontières where she worked on humanitarian missions in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Helen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, and has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a master’s degree from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Vice President, Climate and Economics
World Resources Institute
Helen Mountford is Vice President for Climate and Economics at the World Resources Institute (WRI). The team helps decision-makers to identify and advance the deep structural shifts needed to address climate change, and how to do it in a way that benefits people. She also leads for the New Climate Economy project, providing authoritative evidence on approaches which both strengthen economic performance and reduce the risks of climate change. Helen previously worked as Deputy Director of Environment for the OECD advising governments on green growth, climate change economics, carbon pricing, water pricing, biodiversity incentives, and environmental outlooks and modelling.
As MSCI’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Fernandez has led the firm for over two decades to its position today as a premier provider of indexes and portfolio construction and risk management tools, as well as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data and research. MSCI is an S&P 500 company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. It has revenues of over USD 1.6 billion and a market cap of over USD 30 billion. In 2019 and 2021, Mr. Fernandez was one of 30 CEOs named in Barron’s list of the World’s Best CEOs.
Headquartered in New York, and with offices in more than 30 cities across more than 20 countries, MSCI is a central connecting point for the global investment industry. MSCI’s clients are the world’s largest investors, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, mutual funds, ETF providers, hedge funds, and banks. The firm has pursued a successful growth strategy, both organically and through the acquisition of market-leading brands such as Barra and RiskMetrics, and by developing an integrated set of industry-standard offerings to meet the rapidly-changing needs of sophisticated global investors.
Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Fernandez was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in emerging markets business strategy, equity derivatives sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions, mortgage-backed securities and corporate finance. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was President of private equity firm HispaniMedia, Inc. He also founded Ferco Partners, Inc., a private equity investment firm in Mexico and from 1976 to 1979 he was a diplomat in the Nicaraguan Embassy in Washington, DC.
Mr. Fernandez serves on the boards of directors/trustees of Royalty Pharma plc, Stanford University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the Hoover Institution, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Foreign Policy Association, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. Previously, he served on the boards of trustees at Georgetown University, The Trinity School, The Browning School, MexDer (Mexican Derivatives Exchange) and was Chair of the Advisory Council at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Fernandez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Georgetown University, an MBA from Stanford University, and pursued doctoral studies in Economics at Princeton University. He was born in Mexico and grew up in Nicaragua. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
Landsvirkjun, National Power Company of Iceland
Hörður Arnarson is the CEO and president of Landsvirkjun, Iceland´s national power company and producer of 75% of the country’s electricity. With extensive experience in corporate leadership and a focus on improving profitability and growth, Landsvirkjun will continue to strengthen its operations by harnessing renewable energy in a sustainable way.
In his previous employment, Dr. Arnarson led food processing equipment company Marel from a small Icelandic company to an undisputed market leader in the area with around 4.000 employees, operations in 30 countries. In November 2009 Dr. Arnarson brought his experience to Landsvirkjun which currently puts a great emphasis on innovation and value creation.
Dr. Arnarson has a PhD. in engineering from the Technical University of Denmark as well as holding a degree in electronic engineering from the University of Iceland.
Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert
Ian Parry is the Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF. Prior to joining the IMF in 2010, Parry held the Allen V. Kneese Chair in Environmental Economics at Resources for the Future where he worked for 15 years. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993. His PhD thesis, under the supervision of Gary Becker, focused on carbon taxation.
Parry’s current research focuses on country-level analysis of carbon taxes and other policies countries need to implement their mitigation objectives submitted for the 2015 Paris Agreement and the broader fiscal and economic impacts of those policies. He proposes a carbon price floor arrangement among large emitters to scale up global level mitigation. Parry also quantifies the broader environmental (e.g., local air pollution) costs of fossil fuel use at the country level and efficient levels of fuel prices needed to reflect supply and environmental costs. His work is published in academic journals, cross-country reports, and used in technical assistance and IMF bilateral surveillance reports.
World Cement Association
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1979, Mr Riley worked in a number of management roles in the UK, the USA, Australia and Japan before moving to China in 1998. He was General Manager of a British project management and consulting firm, based in Shanghai and also Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai before joining Holcim/Huaxin in 2006.
As Huaxin VP responsible for international business, strategy and sustainability, he oversaw Huaxin’s first overseas venture in Tajikistan. Mr Riley was Greater China Country Head for LafargeHolcim from 2014 to 2019. He has been CEO of WCA since September 1, 2019.
Founder & CEO
Impax Asset Management
Ian Simm is the Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management Group plc, one of the world’s leading investment managers dedicated to investing in the transition to a more sustainable economy. Impax, which Ian founded in 1998, currently manages ca. US$22 billion in listed equity, private equity and fixed income strategies, primarily for institutional owners. Prior to Impax, Ian was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company advising clients on environmental strategy.
Outside Impax, Ian is a member of the UK government’s Energy Innovation Board, which provides strategic oversight of public sector funding of energy innovation programmes, and is a board member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, the European membership body for investor collaboration on addressing climate change. Between 2013 and 2018, he was a board member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s leading funding agency for environmental science. He supports charities in the clean energy, healthcare and a range of scientific and environmental sectors.
Ian has a first-class honours degree in physics from Cambridge University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. In the last century he initiated and led an expedition to complete the first summer crossing of the Sahara Desert by tandem bicycle.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Ivo Bols is president, Europe and Africa, at Air Products. He is responsible for driving the strategy and profitability of the company’s Industrial Gases business in these regions.
Mr. Bols joined Air Products in 1988 as a financial analyst and in 1990 became the European helium marketing manager. Mr. Bols moved to France in 1992 where he was named district general manager and then regional sales manager, Air Products France, South. In 1995 he was appointed business development manager, followed by European marketing manager, General Industries. In 1999 Mr. Bols moved to Germany as general manager, Merchant Gases Germany, and was appointed vice president, Northern Continent and Global Packaged Gases Center of Excellence, in 2003. In 2007 Mr. Bols was transferred to Singapore where he held the position of vice president and general manager, Merchant Gases–Asia. In 2011 he relocated to the U.S. where he was appointed vice president and general manager, Global Liquid Bulk, Generated Gases and Helium. Mr. Bols held the position of vice president and general manager, Merchant Gases–Europe, in 2012, prior to assuming his current position.
Mr. Bols holds a degree as a bio-engineer from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, as well as an MBA specializing in operations research, finance, and marketing.
Chief Technology Officer Renewables Global Business Unit
2° Investing Initiative
Jakob Thomä is one of the leading global experts on sustainable finance and long-term risks. He co-founded the 2° Investing Initiative network in New York and Berlin and serves as Executive Director of 2° Investing Initiative Deutschland.
Jakob led the development of the first methodology in the world to measure the alignment of financial portfolios with climate goals (PACTA). PACTA remains the most widely used alignment methodology in the world, endorsed by a number of governments and financial supervisors to track financial sector alignment. Over 1,000 organizations have used PACTA to conduct portfolio tests to date.
In 2020, Jakob launched the 1in1000 research programme designed to integrate complex and long-term risks into financial supervision and decision-making. As part of the programme, Jakob authored the first COVID-19 stress-test scenarios, informing the regulatory response of supervisors in Europe and the United States to the crisis. His work has also informed the climate stress-test scenario design of major central banks and financial supervisors.
Jakob is Special Research Fellow to the Japanese Financial Services Agency, and previously served as Academic Advisor to the Bank of England and EIOPA. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers. Jakob is also Senior Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he teaches a Green Finance course.
Climate & Water Sustainability Director
Jan Burger has worked for Coca-Cola for 20 years across a range of roles, including Quality, Environment, Safety & Health; Sustainability; and Scientific & Regulatory Affairs. He has served as Climate & Water Sustainability Director for Coca-Cola Europe since April 2021. A Dutch national, he spent the 15 years of his career as a water expert consultant with several Dutch consulting companies. He has a Masters Degree in Hydrology from Wageningen University.
Deputy Director, Decarbonisation & Energy Transition
Jane is Deputy Director for the Net Zero Transition at Ofgem, the GB energy regulator. She led on Ofgem’s 2019 Decarbonisation Action Plan, which setting out for the first time the regulator’s upcoming actions on decarbonisation, and is now helping to embed strategic focus on key issues for the Net Zero Transition across the organisation. She worked in the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change until 2016 including as Head of Evidence, Deputy Head of Science and leading on industrial energy efficiency policies. She studied and worked as an astrophysicist, after her interest in science was sparked by an energy-industry sponsored girls-into-science event series as a young person.
JS Global Advisory
Jane has over 20 years’ experience supporting businesses in addressing the challenge of climate change, building on expertise in creating global engagement programmes and developing sustainability-driven strategies for long term understanding of risk and opportunity. She established J S Global Advisory Services in 2018 to focus on sustainability and ESG strategy and practice, the energy transition and achieving the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Jane led Grant Thornton LLP’s global Sustainability Advisory Practice, creating corporate engagement programmes & advising on sustainability strategies across sectors.
She is a former Managing Director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, was Chair of the Oil & Gas Advisory Group at CDP and led CDP’s engagement with the TCFD supporting the secretariat and corporate members in the development of the recommendations and framework. She has advised the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative and the UK-City of London Green Finance Initiative.
Jane began her career in upstream oil & gas exploration with BP, holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a postgraduate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She writes on sustainability-related topics with articles published in Nikkei/FT, Forbes, Top 1000 Funds, Responsible Investor, Financial Director, Environmental Finance, Business Green, Investor Relations.
She is a Non-Executive Director and co-Chair of Levin Sources, global specialists in responsible mining, has a strategic partnership with international energy research consultancy Wood Mackenzie, and works with Lansons financial communications and reputation management consultancy, supporting on climate-related reputational risk issues. She is on the list of the top 50 women to follow in climate.
Head of Sustainability
A post-Hurricane Katrina field project in 2007 opened Janet’s eyes to climate change impact on economic hardship and social injustice in the Black American community. The Singaporean has since been trying to find ways to put climate and social into capitalism. Janet fights this irony with each success case of people, planet and profits at global beer and print giants Heineken and Fuji Xerox and now, in E-commerce Alibaba’s Lazada.
Janet is a strategic corporate sustainability practitioner. She spearheads sustainability management to build corporate reputation and ESG impact to help businesses tackle the most challenging issues that cannot be solved by capital model alone. She has a bachelor degree in Economics and Sociology from the National University of Singapore, completed a Techno-entrepreneurship stint at Stanford University and CSR Strategy at Harvard Business School. Janet is named ‘global rising talents under 40’ and ‘top 100 most impactful CSR leaders’ for her pioneering work in Sustainability in APAC region. She is a Climate Reality Leader, United Nations ESCAP Green Business taskforce member, elected GRI sustainability reporting global council member and double hatting as Board Director and Chairman, Youth Engagement Committee, at Temasek Foundation Ecosperity. Most recently, she took an international stint in South Korea as the global strategy head at Former UN Chief, Ban Ki Moon’s Global Green Growth Institute, to develop 2030 green growth strategy for the least developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East.
Associate, Climate Change & ESG
Herbert Smith Freehills
Jason is the CEO of Cloverly, a climate tech company helping other companies and their customers go climate positive by measuring and offsetting or removing their unavoidable emissions. Jason was previously the CEO of Ally Commerce, one of the fastest growing startups in the US. Prior to that, Jason was a GM or a consultant at companies such as Microsoft, eBay, and Accenture. Jason obtained his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management.
Chief of Sustainability
City of Cleveland
Dr. Jason A. Wood serves as Chief of Sustainability for Mayor Frank G. Jackson. In this capacity, he is responsible for the operations of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, overseeing efforts to mitigate the effect of climate change on the environmental, economic and human health of Cleveland residents.
This includes leading the Sustainable Cleveland initiative, which engages a diverse set of stakeholders in order to transform Cleveland into a Green City on a Blue Lake. Additionally, Wood oversees efforts to meet the twenty-eight goals outlined in the Cleveland Climate Action Plan and assists City departments and divisions in developing and implementing sustainable projects and practices through the City’s Municipal Action Plan. This includes applying for and managing grants related to advancing the City’s sustainability and resiliency goals, as well as providing advice and guidance on federal, state, and local policies related to sustainability.
Prior to this role, Wood served as the Chief of Public Affairs for the City’s Department of Public Utilities. He was responsible for community engagement, legislation, communications, government affairs, safety and strategic planning for Cleveland Water, Cleveland Public Power and Cleveland Water Pollution Control. In addition to these responsibilities, he provided direct policy support on a variety of topics including: water equity, sustainability, water quality, Cleveland Water operations, CPP financial performance, and WPC operations. Wood led special projects as assigned by the Director of Public Utilities, such as serving as the Departmental lead on the 2018 Cleveland Climate Action Plan Update, improving how Cleveland Water communicated risks associated with lead in drinking water, and updating the utilities information in the City’s Emergency Operations Plan. He also monitored and provided analysis on state and federal regulatory policy changes.
Previously, Wood worked in two city administrations, including serving as Special Assistant to Mayor Frank G. Jackson for Policy and Research. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (Ph.D.) from the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, he holds a Master of Applied Politics from the University of Akron and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from Kent State University. Wood served on the U.S. Water Alliance’s Water Equity Taskforce and One Water Council, and continues to serve on the Board of the Cleveland 2030 District.
Head of Secretariat
Jennie Dodson is Head of Secretariat for Mission Innovation, the government forum to accelerate clean energy innovation. Prior to this she led research partnership programmes at the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of York and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro researching CO2 utilisation and the design of bio-based materials. She was a fellow at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and FutureEarth. Jennie has a Chemistry PhD from the University of York and a Masters from the University of Nottingham.
Director, Cambridge Judge Business School's PhD Programme
Industry Engagement & System Commercial Communications
Financial Services Partner
Jennifer is a Partner in our Financial Services and Digital Practices in Oliver Wyman’s London office, with experience consulting with private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations, primarily in the UK, Europe and the Americas. Jennifer is deeply involved in the firm’s response to climate change and sustainability, leads the firm’s Social Impact engagements in the UK and Ireland, co-leads our Conduct platform in EMEA and Oliver Wyman’s Economic Crime work in the UK.
Vice President, Commercial and General Manager, Europe
Jens Wolf serves as Vice President, Commercial and General Manager, Europe, for Enviva, the world’s largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, which provide energy and heat companies around the globe with a low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels.
In this role, Mr. Wolf works with customers, regulators, policymakers, and external stakeholders to grow Enviva’s customer footprint and expand the use of sustainably sourced wood biomass to international markets – enabling customers to reduce their carbon footprint on a lifecycle basis by more than 85% with respect to coal and 70% with respect to natural gas.
Based in the United Kingdom, he is responsible for regulatory engagement and market development in Europe and for managing Enviva’s European team in York, Berlin, and London. Mr. Wolf brings more than 20 years of experience working across the value chain in the power, heat, and biomass industries. He holds a M.Sc. in Economics from Copenhagen University and speaks Danish and Spanish fluently, among other languages.
Social Entrepreneur, author and founder of Solarcentury and SolarAid, chairman of Carbon Tracker and founder of Bunloit Rewilding Ltd
Jeremy is a social entrepreneur, writer and climate campaigner. Before embarking on the Bunloit Rewilding project in March 2020 (www.bunloit.com), he founded Solarcentury (1998-2020), one of the world’s most respected solar energy companies, winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. He also founded SolarAid (2006-2020 as chair), an international charity set up with a levy on annual Solarcentury profits, winner of a BITC Unilever Global Development Award. An Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, he was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change, has won a Gothenburg Prize, and was the first non-Dutch winner of a Royal Dutch Honorary Sustainability Award. After taking a D.Phil in Earth Science at the University of Oxford, he taught at the Imperial College of Science and Technology (1978-1989). He was scientific director of the climate campaign at Greenpeace (1990-1996), and has been an occasional lecturer on courses in business and environment at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and St Gallen (Switzerland). He has written four books about the climate crisis, as he has experienced it on the front lines for three decades. www.jeremyleggett.net. After 18 months of natural-capital verification-science work on the Bunloit estate in Inverness-shire, his Bunloit project is now helping to take rewilding in the Highlands of Scotland to scale, via a newco vehicle Highlands Rewilding Ltd, which will own and operate a portfolio of rewilding land, working closely with local communities, beginning with the Beldorney estate in Aberdeenshire. www.highlandsrewilding.co.uk
Senior Vice President and General Manager at Autodesk Construction Solutions
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.
João Pedro Matos Fernandes
Minister of the Environment and Climate Action
Government of Portugal
João Pedro Matos Fernandes, born in Águeda in 1967, is the Minister for the Environment and Climate Action of Portugal.
He graduated in Civil Engineering in Faculdade de Engenharia of Universidade do Porto, in 1991, and concluded his Master in Transport, in Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon (1995).
Between 1990 and 1995, he worked in the Northern Region Coordination Commission (Territory Planning), in the transport department.
He was advisor to the Secretary of State of Natural Resources between 1995 and 1997, and he was Head of Office of the Secretary of State Assistant to the Minister of Environment between 1997 and 1999.
He was Director of the company Quarternaire Portugal, Development Consultants between 1999 and 2005.
He was member of the board of Douro and Leixões Port Authority between April 2005 and May 2008, and Chairman of Douro and Leixões Port Authority between April 2008 and May 2012.
He was Chairman of Viana do Castelo Port Authority since its inception, in January 2009, until May 2012.
He was President of the Portuguese Port Authorities’ Association between April 2008 and April 2010.
He was Professor in Instituto Superior Técnico (Infrastructures) and in Instituto Superior de Transportes (Energy and Environmental Consequences of Transport) and lectured in several Masters in Universidade do Porto, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Napoles University.
He also participated in many conferences related to Transport, Infrastructures and Territory.
Between June 2012 and December 2013, he was advisor of the board in the company Terminals of North and Ports of North (Manica group), and was manager of Nacala Port, in Mozambique.
From January 2014 to November 2015, he was President of the board of Águas do Porto.
He was Minister of Environment (2015-2018) and Minister of Environment and Energy Transition (2018-2019) during the XXI Government.
Platform Director H2 Technologies for Regional Trains, Siemens Mobility
Jochen Steinbauer started his career at Siemens Mobility in 2003 in Rail Electrification in various functions before he entered the area of CO2 emission free technologies by taking over the Project Management for the first tram with battery technology in Qatar. In 2017 he took over responsibility for H2 solutions and technologies for regional trains in Siemens Mobility.
Vice President, Sustainability
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
Joe Franses is Vice-President, Sustainability at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler. CCEP manufactures and distributes an extensive range of non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages, serving a consumer population of 600 million in 29 markets across Western Europe, Australia, Pacific and Indonesia. Joe oversees CCEP’s sustainability strategy focusing on climate change, sustainable packaging, water stewardship and sustainable sourcing. He is responsible for stakeholder engagement, sustainability reporting & communications, including external engagement with NGOs, policy makers, customers and suppliers. Joe is an experienced sustainability professional with 20+ years’ experience in managing corporate responsibility and sustainability issues. He is a passionate advocate for sustainable business, providing vision and leadership to drive change on global sustainability issues.
Acting Head of Sustainability & Foundation
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.
Managing Partner and CEO
Oliver Wyman Forum
John Romeo is the Managing Partner and Head of the Oliver Wyman Forum. He also sits on Oliver Wyman’s Executive Committee, Risk Committee, and Leadership Council. John has 25 years of consulting experience advising the boards and senior executives of the world’s leading private- and public-sector institutions on top-level corporate strategy, organizational effectiveness, risk management, innovation, and mergers and acquisitions.
Previously, John has held a number of leadership positions within Oliver Wyman, most recently as Head of the Americas. Before this, John played leadership roles in the firm’s Corporate Finance and Advisory and Corporate and Institutional Banking practices. He served on the European IPO task force convened by EVCA, European Issuers, and FESE and sat on the boards of MMC Securities Limited and several early-stage fintech companies. John is a member of the MMC Global Risk Center Advisory Panel and previously was Chair of the Oliver Wyman Institute.
John set up Oliver Wyman’s Social Impact program across the Americas, was the Chair of the firm’s Inclusion Council until 2018, is an author of Oliver Wyman’s annual “Women in Financial Services” Report, and is a proud ally and champion of LGBT issues.
John is a board member of Safe Horizon (the largest victims’ services agency in the United States), a member of the Investment Committee of Duke Royalty, and a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. He previously sat on the board of the Partnership for New York City (PNYC).
John has a master’s degree in economics from Cambridge University, where he was a Senior Scholar.
Co-Head, BMO Energy Transition Group and Head, Sustainable Finance, BMO Capital Markets
Jonathan Hackett is the co-head of BMO’s Energy Transition Group and Head of BMO’s Sustainable Finance team. In these roles he advises clients on opportunities as they navigate the transition to a low carbon economy, supports clients in navigating the impact of ESG on their access to capital, and advises on sustainable financing structures. Jonathan’s team also includes BMO’s $250MM impact investment fund which has a mandate to invest in companies that are producing solutions in the sustainability and energy transition space. Prior to joining BMO in 2017, Jonathan was a principal with the Boston Consulting Group and also a researcher in residence at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics where he completed his doctoral research in Quantum Gravity and Topology.
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.
Chief Digital Officer
Jorn Lambert is Chief Digital Officer at Mastercard, and a member of the company’s management committee; he leads the Digital Consumer Solutions organization, inclusive of Mastercard’s consumer, digital, labs, acceptance and customer experience capabilities.
In this role, Jorn is responsible for the company’s digital strategy, delivering seamless, secure and differentiated solutions for the digital consumer and merchant, managing the platforms powering these solutions, forging partnerships with technology players, fintechs and digital partners, and future-proofing the payments ecosystem.
In his previous role as Executive Vice President, Digital Solutions, Jorn oversaw the company’s platforms and partnerships in the digital space, including operating systems, device manufacturers, telcos, wallet operators and social networks, as well as the regional teams who deployed Mastercard Emerging Payment products across the world.
Before taking on these global roles, he served as Group Head for the Emerging Payment Products for European markets, including e-commerce, mobile commerce, person-to-person payments and contactless payments
Prior to joining the company in 2002, Jorn spent many years in the capital markets where he occupied various management positions in the areas of product development, product management and corporate strategy.
Jorn has a degree in Roman Philology at the University of Ghent and La Sapienza in Rome, Italy, and a post-graduate degree in business economics from the University of Leuven in Leuven, Belgium.
Jose La Loggia
President of the Commercial HVAC business
Jose La Loggia is president of the Commercial HVAC business – which goes to market as Trane®, ICS and Thermocold – in the EMEA region and as Trane® in Australia and New Zealand for Trane Technologies plc. In this role, he has full responsibility for the strategy, operations, innovation and performance of the Commercial HVAC EMEA business.
Jose has demonstrated leadership and innovation in roles of increasing responsibility since he joined the company in 1994. Previously, Jose served as Vice President and General Manager for the Trane Commercial HVAC business in EMEA, where he improved operational efficiencies and led growth within all revenue streams and functions. His leadership has been instrumental in establishing and growing partnerships with customers, suppliers and partners, which has led to the acquisition of Thermocold in 2017 and ICS Cool Energy in 2018.
In 2018, Jose was a finalist for the company’s most prestigious award for Leadership. Jose graduated from the University of Sydney with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Juan Jose Freijo
Vice President, Global Head of Sustainability and EMEA Government Affairs
Dr. Juan José (JJ) Freijo is the Global Head of Sustainability and EMEA Government Affairs at Brambles. He has worldwide responsibility for the definition and implementation of the company’s sustainability strategy, based on its circular business model of continuously sharing and reusing assets. He also leads a global team focused on creating a regenerative supply chain, having positive environmental impact, improve communities and reinforce sustainable business models. He holds Master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering and Applied Philosophy, and a PhD in Physics.
Head of Business Development
Julia has worked across the non-profit, public, and private sectors to advance positive impact at the intersection of climate change, natural resource management, and finance including at The Nature Conservancy, the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, Blue Forest Conservation and New Forests. Her background is rooted in conservation, environmental science, and business. Julia earned her MBA-MS in Environment and Resources with a focus on land use from Stanford Graduate School of Business. At Stanford, she co-led GSB’s Sustainable Business Club, co-founded the GSB’s business, climate and innovation summit and partnered with The Natural Capital Project and the InterAmerican Development Bank to advance investment in nature-based solutions. She earned a BA in environmental studies with a focus on biodiversity conservation from Yale University.
Julia Pallé is an expert on sustainability within motorsport.
She is Sustainability Director at the world’s first fully electric single-seater racing series, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
She certified the championship “net zero” being the first sports in the world to achieve this since inception after having achieved “sustainable events” certification (ISO 20121 third party) making it the first ever motorsport series to achieve this prestigious standard together with a renewed three stars level for FIA’s Environmental Management system.
Formula E’s mission is to push elective vehicle adoption globally to improve air quality in city centres and contribute in fighting climate change.
She is also Sustainability Advisor for Extreme E, the all-electric SUVs series, bringing electric racing to some of the most remote corners of the planet to highlight the climate change challenges faced by different ecosystems.
In addition to these roles, she is President of Sports and Sustainability international (SandSI), an international association of sustainable experts working to broadening and harmonising the international sport and sustainability movement.
In her previous role, she was already focusing on Sustainability and Motorsport from the tyre perspective at Michelin Motorsport.
Her primary area of research has focused on Business & Sustainability, Change Management and Project Management especially in Motorsport.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Export Development Canada
Schmidt Ocean Institute
Karen Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of POLIS in September 2014, after having been the network’s Research Director for 8 years. Prior to that, she worked as network manager at ACCESS-Eurocities and as project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, Karen has been involved in European urban transport networking and policy activities, and EU research and innovation projects covering a wide range of urban mobility topics. She has been a speaker and moderator at many high-level events in Europe and beyond, on a wide range of urban mobility themes approached from the perspective of cities and the governance of innovation. POLIS is the leading European network of cities and regions on urban transport innovation. For over 30 years already, members have been working together to develop and deploy sustainable and innovative urban mobility solutions for the city of today and tomorrow.
Kate Forbes MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy
Kate Forbes is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency (which includes Dingwall, the Black Isle and the Great Glen) and Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy in the Scottish Government.
Kate is from Dingwall, although she spent part of her upbringing in Glasgow and India. Until she was elected as MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry. Prior to that she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.
She was successfully re-elected as the constituency MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch on 7 May 2021.
She was formally appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy on 20 May 2021.
Chief Sustainability Officer President, Duke Energy Foundation
Katherine Neebe serves as vice president of national engagement and strategy and chief sustainability officer for Duke Energy. She also serves as president of the Duke Energy Foundation. In these capacities, she leads Duke Energy’s stakeholder engagement efforts to develop solutions to meet customer needs for continued reliable and affordable energy – while simultaneously working to achieve the company’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work.
Katherine joined Duke Energy in August 2020 from Walmart, where she led environmental, social and governance strategy and oversaw stakeholder engagement on behalf of Walmart’s sustainability team.
From 2007-2013, Katherine was at the World Wildlife Fund where she managed one of the world’s largest corporate-NGO partnerships, a $97 million sustainability-driven initiative with The Coca Cola Company focused on water, agriculture and climate, which was active in over 45 countries.
Over the past 20 years, Katherine has worked with a wide range of corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. Weaving together her intensive business experience and commitment to social and environmental responsibility, she brings in-depth insight to effective stakeholder engagement and an ability to ground sustainability into actionable terms.
Katherine is a First Movers fellow through the Aspen Institute, received her Master of Business Administration from The Darden School at the University of Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Colorado College.
Global Real Estate Facilities and Sustainability Lead
Katie Ross leads Sustainability for Microsoft’s global Real Estate portfolio. She is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategy across their office portfolio of more than 33 million square feet, enabling Microsoft’s commitment to be a Carbon Negative, Water Positive, Zero Waste company by 2030. Katie’s career has been dedicated to the adoption of high performance, healthy, sustainable buildings. She oversees Microsoft’s commitments such as fleet electrification, zero carbon campuses, sustainability design standards, and zero waste certified campuses and develops sustainability strategy for Microsoft’s new campuses including Puget Sound, Israel, Silicon Valley, and Atlanta. Katie prides herself on being a ‘sustainability translator’ – ensuring that Microsoft’s employees and the public understand the nuances and importance of each commitment and how they can be part of the solution.
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.
Co-Founder & CEO
Head of Sustainability, Global Industrials and Manufacturing
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.
Lundin Chair Professor of Sustainability
The International Institute for Management Development
Global Chief Sustainability Officer
Laura Lane is Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. In this role she oversees Public Policy and Government Affairs, Public Relations, Employee Communications, Sustainability, Community Relations and The UPS Foundation and is a member of UPS’s Executive Leadership Team reporting to CEO Carol Tomé.
Laura began her UPS career as president, Global Public Affairs in 2011 and was responsible for worldwide government affairs activities for UPS in over 220 countries and territories. She managed a global team of over 80 government affairs and strategic communications professionals. In a short time, she strengthened UPS growth and competitiveness, including successfully advocating for comprehensive tax reform; enhancing network efficiencies through infrastructure investments; securing alternative fuel credits in support of sustainability; working to modernize trade agreements and customs processes; leveling the playing field with postal networks; facilitating UPS Flight Forward certification; and advocating for laws that promote equity and justice in the workplace.
In her government career, Laura served as a trade negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the negotiation of China’s entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the WTO Financial Services Agreement and the WTO Basic Telecommunications Agreement. She also served as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1990-1997, including serving as consular/economic officer in Bogota, Colombia and then at the American Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. In Rwanda, she led evacuation efforts during the outbreak of civil war and returned as political advisor to U.S. forces providing humanitarian relief in the post-conflict environment. In a recent TED Talk, Laura describes that first-hand account and the importance of advocating for positive change.
Chief Commercial Officer, ESG
S&P Global Sustainable1
Lauren is a senior leader and global expert in sustainable finance She leads a team committed to growing S&P Global’s ESG business with functional responsibilities for commercial strategy, go to market, product specialists, client engagement and marketing.
Prior to joining S&P Lauren was a member of the board and senior management team of Trucost responsible for the successful sale of the business to S&P Dow Jones Indices in 2016 and integrating the Trucost business into S&P Global Market Intelligence in 2018. She was integrally involved in a number of major market innovations such as developing the world’s first portfolio carbon footprint and helped grow the Trucost business from being a start up to a market leader in climate finance. Prior to Trucost, Lauren worked in Equity Research in the fund management industry and was a consultant at the UK Government’s Department for International Development working on the Millennium Development Goals.
Lauren is a regular speaker and respected commentator on sustainable finance, quoted in publications such as the Economist, Investment Week, IPE and The Actuary. In 2019 she was a speaker in Davos at the World Economic Forum on, “The future of finance”. Lauren holds a BA & MA from Cambridge University in Archaeology & Anthropology and an MSc in Anthropology & International Development from the London School of Economics.
Partner, Global Head of Energy
Herbert Smith Freehills
Lewis is the global head of the energy practice at Herbert Smith Freehills and is based in London. Lewis has had a truly international career being based in Perth, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo across a 20 year period. He has worked across the full energy spectrum from hydrocarbons to renewables, helping international energy companies acquire, divest and develop energy projects all over the world. He has honours degrees in Law and Environmental Science and regularly speaks on the topics of energy transition, energy security and climate change. Lewis is consistently ranked as a top tier energy & projects lawyer by the key independent legal directories and is qualified to practice English and Australian law.
Lord Adair Turner
Energy Transitions Commission
Lord Turner chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of companies, NGOs and experts working to achieve a net zero economy by 2040. He is Chairman of insurer group Chubb Europe, Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and is on the Advisory Board of Board of Shanghai energy group Envision. From 2008-2013, Lord Turner chaired the Financial Services Authority, and played a leading role in the redesign of global banking and shadow banking regulation. Alongside a business career, he has held a number of public policy roles: he was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (1995-2000); chaired the Low Pay Commission (2002-2006), the Pensions Commission (2003-2006), and the Climate Change Committee (2008-2012).
Lord John Browne
Lord Browne was born in 1948. He holds degrees in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and an MS in Business from Stanford.
He joined BP in 1966 as a university apprentice, between 1969 and 1983 held a variety of exploration and production posts globally, and in 1984 was appointed Group Treasurer. He was Chief Financial Officer of the Standard Oil Company of Ohio during the BP/Standard merger of 1987, and served as Group Chief Executive of BP from 1995 – 2007. During that period he created the world’s first supermajor through a series of mergers and acquisitions, including BP’s merger with Amoco in 1998. His landmark speech at Stanford University in 1997 established BP as a global leader in the way it thought about, and sought to address, climate change.
Lord Browne is independent co-Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology, Chairman of the Francis Crick Institute, a Fellow and past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and an Honorary Fellow of a number of institutions.
In 2007 he joined Riverstone, where he was co-head of the world’s largest renewable energy private equity fund until 2015. He is currently Chairman of BeyondNetZero, a climate growth equity venture established in partnership with General Atlantic. Lord Browne is Chairman of Wintershall Dea, Europe’s largest independent gas and oil company. He sits on the boards of IHS Markit and SparkCognition, and is Chairman of Pattern Energy, Stanhope Capital and Windward. Lord Browne is a member of the advisory boards of Edelman, Schillings, Blue Bear Capital, the Angeleno Group, Hyperloop TT, Kayrros and Loop Energy. He is an investor in numerous companies operating at the intersection of science, engineering, energy and climate change, including ChargePoint and Independent Energy Standards (IES).
Lord Browne was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today every year between 1999 and 2002, was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001. He has previously served on the boards of Goldman Sachs, Intel, DaimlerChrysler, SmithKline Beecham and Huawei UK.
He was Chairman of the Trustees of the Tate Galleries from 2009 to 2017, and Chairman of the Donmar Warehouse from 2015 to 2020. He is currently Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Trustee of the Royal Opera House, and a Trustee of the Holocaust Educational Trust. He is a member or Chairman of the boards of a number of other organisations.
He was the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board Member from 2010 to 2015, and chaired the committee that authored the Browne Report, an independent review of higher education published in 2010.
In 1999, The Royal Academy of Engineering awarded him the Prince Philip Medal for his outstanding contribution to engineering. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from a number of leading universities, is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge.
His interests are 16th- to 18th-century illustrated Italian books; pre-Colombian art; contemporary art; music; opera and the theatre; and Venice.
Lord Browne is the author of Beyond Business, Seven Elements that Changed the World, The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business and the Sunday Times bestseller Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society. His fifth book – Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation – was published in May 2019.
Chief Financial Officer
Luka Mucic is a member of the Executive Board and chief financial officer (CFO) of SAP SE. His responsibilities include the areas of finance and administration and he has served in this function since July 2014. Besides his role as CFO, Mucic oversees SAP’s sustainability efforts. He is also responsible for the Business Process Intelligence unit, bringing together the company’s long standing experience in understanding our customers’ business processes with data and intelligence.
In July 2013, Mucic assumed the role of head of Global Finance. In this capacity, he took on the responsibility for Global Finance Infrastructure, Global Governance, Risk & Compliance, Global Tax, Global Treasury, Global Field Finance, and Cloud Finance. Prior to that, he served as CFO for Global Customer Operations and head of Global Field Finance at SAP. In this role, he was responsible for all finance, controlling, and commercial functions in SAP’s worldwide field organization.
From 2008 to 2012, Mucic served as the CFO of SAP’s DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) and SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG. Prior to that, he served in various executive roles within the Global Finance and Administration board area, overseeing merger and acquisition activities, heading SAP’s Global Risk Management organization, and leading the legal function of SAP Markets Europe GmbH. He began his career at SAP in 1996 as a member of SAP’s Corporate Legal department, where he focused on corporate and commercial law. Mucic holds a joint executive MBA from ESSEC, France, and Mannheim Business School, Germany, and a master´s degree in law from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He has completed the second legal state examination in Germany.
Climate Investment Funds
Mafalda Duarte is CEO of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), an $8.5 billion multilateral fund supporting climate action in 72 developing countries. Since assuming her position in 2014, Mafalda has implemented a pioneering vision centered on blazing new paths in leadership and learning in scaled climate action. CIF’s more than 300 investments are well known for enabling breakthroughs in renewable energy deployment and access, sustainable forestry, and climate resilience. Mafalda is harnessing CIF’s unique business model—one that prioritizes sounder investment decisions and behavior change over traditional project finance—to achieve the triple win of market creation, investment returns, and social inclusion. Under her leadership, CIF has developed new programs and investment vehicles to rapidly help drive up global ambition on climate. Prior to CIF, Mafalda served in a variety of high-level positions at the intersection of climate action and international development in over 30 developing countries, working within governments and organizations such as the African Development Bank and the World Bank. She has been quoted in Reuters, BBC World Service, the Economist, and the Financial Times.
Maithreyi Seetharaman is a London-based international journalist, speaker, forum chair and entrepreneur with over 18 years’ of global media experience. She specialises in economics and business. She founded Facultas Media Limited in 2013 and has been designing and creating content for clients across the world.
She most recently directed Fortune Magazine’s international Live Media Content and was Co-Chair Fortune Global Forum, Fortune Most Powerful Women International, and Brainstorm Design. She has also created and hosted as Anchor and Executive Editor, five seasons of Euronews’ flagship economic show, Real Economy. And as launch advisor, designed and created the network’s award winning flagship Middle East show, based in Abu Dhabi, ‘Inspire Middle East’.
Previously, Ms. Seetharaman was an Advisory Board Member of Docusign, co-host of CNBC Europe’s Squawk Box Europe and Capital Connection. She has also been and anchor and stocks editor for Bloomberg Television in London and New York. Before joining Bloomberg, she was a prime time anchor for CNBC TV18 in India and a reporter for the Indian national financial daily ‘The Financial Express‘.
Ms. Seetharaman holds a Master’s in international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University, New York, and a Master’s in Journalism from Bond University, Australia.
Glasgow City Councillor
Glasgow City Council
I was first elected to Glasgow City Council in 2012. Re-elected in 2017 when I was appointed to POLIS as a member on behalf of Glasgow City Council. I have also been a member of the board of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport since 2012.
Mamun Ur Rashid has long experience in climate justice, land, and water-bodies rights in Bangladesh. At the ground level, he tested a number of social mobilisation tools, methods, and technologies to promote participation of climate vulnerable communities for resilience programme designing, planning, and implementing. He is the co-founder of Badabon Sangho, a women’s rights organisation and now serves as Senior Manager. Mr. Mamun is an extremely focused and field-oriented development activist.
Global Practice Leader - Climate & Energy
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is the global leader of Climate & Energy at WWF. He has 35 years of experience in environmental law and policy and served as Minister of the Environment of Peru (2011 to 2016) and President of the Twentieth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP20 in 2014.
Pulgar-Vidal was the Executive Director of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, an influential institution in Latin America. He has a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, where he is a professor, and has completed studies for a master’s degree in Business Law at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. He is a board member of Forest Trends, Amazon Conservation Association and Peruvian Society of Environmental Law and a member of the Assembly of the World Wide Fund for Nature – Colombia.
He is part of the Aspen Institute Management and Leadership Advisory Group, chairman of the evaluation council of the French sovereign Green Bonds, a Global Ambassador for the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience initiatives and a member of the IUCN Global Standard Steering Committee. He is an active member of different groups aiming to get strong outcomes as a part of the formal climate talks and the non-party stakeholders’ agenda. He has been recognized by the governments of France, Germany and Spain and by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his contribution to the Paris Agreement
Marc has been partnering with leading brands, defining and implementing customer-centric business strategies for over thirty years, across three continents and in over twenty countries. He has worked for, built, launched, managed, reorganized and sold, numerous companies in his Marketing Solutions, eCommerce and Customer Experience career including: eBay, Digitas, Williams Sonoma, Selfridges, OgilvyOne, MRM, and Alta Vista.
VP, Energy & Climate
Dr. Marcius Extavour is a leader and expert in innovation for climate change and the clean energy transition. As Vice President of Energy & Climate at XPRIZE Foundation he oversees the foundation’s portfolio of energy and climate change innovation programs, including the $100M XPRIZE Carbon Removal funded by Elon Musk, and the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. His work in the private sector includes work in the electricity markets risk group at Ontario Power Generation, Nortel Networks, and the Council of Canadian Academies. Extavour has also shaped government policies and practices supportive of innovation in clean energy and critical materials as congressional AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources. A widely published scientist and innovation practitioner, he is the youngest member of the U.S. National Academies of Science Board on Energy & Environmental Systems, University of Michigan’s Global CO2 Initiative, University of Ottawa’s Institute on Governance, Carbontech Leadership Council of New York University’s Carbon to Value Program, and Neste‘s Advisory Council.
Dr. Extavour’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters, and in video and television at PBS NOVA, BNN Bloomberg, Bloomberg Green, and TVO’s The Agenda. He has also given talks around the world, including at SXSW Eco, the Clean Energy Ministerial, Aspen-Columbia Energy Week, Climate Week, IHS CERAWeek, Sustainable Innovation Forum, and the Global Climate Action Summit. He was named a 2019 VERGE Vanguard Fellow as one of 20 dreamers, pioneers, entrepreneurs and others leading the clean economy.
Dr. Extavour holds a Ph.D. and MSc. in quantum optics and atomic physics and an undergraduate degree in engineering science from the University of Toronto.
Marco Lambertini is Director General of WWF International, having first worked with WWF as a youth volunteer in his native Italy. As the head of the global nature conservation organization, he works with world leaders, corporate executives and civil society to forge a future in which people and nature thrive. He leads a global Network with five million supporters, 35 million followers on social media and activities in over 100 countries, running around 3,000 local projects per year as well as global initiatives like Earth Hour, engaging millions of people annually.
Founder, Executive Chairman, Chief Science Officer
“Marco Poggianella has always had a great passion for physics and natural phenomena. He continues to study these subjects today and regularly participates at the most important international events regarding sustainability.
A member of the New York Academy of Sciences and has been an international speaker at numerous conferences and important events in the agri-food sector (among which, the most recent: “Improving nutrition and food security in sub-saharan Africa” at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, and the presentation of the “Sustainable dairy farm” in Hilmar, California) he is also the author of a variety of scientific publications:
“”Preliminary results of in-field monitoring of a feed additive for rumen functionality on 7 Italian commercial dairy farms””
“”Investigation of a bio-hygienizing additive for oral use in dairy cows: effect on milk somatic cell count””
“”Monitoring of the reduction of Klebsiella bacteria counts in SOP treated recycled manure solids””
“”Clinical mastitis monitoring on a commercial Arizona dairy farm””.”
Marco Ten Bruggencate
Commercial Vice President for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics EMEA
Marco Ten Bruggencate is the Commercial VP for Dow P&SP EMEA, and is based in Horgen, Switzerland. Ten Bruggencate joined Dow in 2000 in the role of Commercial Manager, Spray Polyurethanes within PU Systems House. In 2007, he became Strategic Marketing Manager for Dow Building Solutions, before being appointed Product Director in 2011. In 2012, Ten Bruggencate assumed the role of Business Director EMEAI for Dow Building Solutions, and in 2014, he was appointed Global Business Director for Dow Construction Chemicals. In 2016, he became the Global Business Director of Dow Building & Construction. Ten Bruggencate earned his Master’s degree in Business Economics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)
Mardi McBrien is the Managing Director at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB). For over a decade she has played a leading role in driving the integration of climate and environmental information into corporate reporting with the same rigour as financial information, globally. Prior to CDSB, Mardi has enjoyed an eclectic career which has seen her lead flagship environmental campaigns for WWF to working on the United Kingdom’s carbon market policy for their Department for Energy and Climate Change and public private partnership management for the UK timber supply chain, amongst other challenging roles. Mardi is a member of the UK Financial Reporting Council Advisory Panel, a fellow of the RSA, and has participated in a number of industry related advisory boards and committees as part of her role at CDSB, including the IFRS Foundation Technical Readiness Working Group for the new International Sustainability Standards Board, GRI Stakeholder Council, Corporate Reporting Dialogue, Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) and the IIRC Council. Originally qualifying as a forester and environmental scientist (Melbourne University) and agricultural economist (SOAS), she volunteered as a trustee of one of the oldest environmental NGO’s in the world, the International Tree Foundation, and a founding Board member of WOCAN – Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.
Vice President, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst
Marguerite joined Breakthrough Energy from GE Energy Financial Services where she held lead roles investing across a broad range of international and domestic energy sector and infrastructure projects. Over her 17-year career with GE she leveraged the company’s industrial and commercial footprint in developed and developing power markets to underwrite new market entry while delivering competitive commercial and financial customer solutions. Prior to GE, Marguerite held posts with CMS Energy where she was responsible for establishing and leading the company’s project finance team for the EMEA region, based in London, and was also a project finance banker in New York.
Marguerite holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from New York University, Stern School of Business and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science with a minor in French language studies from Drew University.
Head of Responsible Investment & Governance
Environment Agency Pension Fund
Marion Maloney joined the Environment Agency Pension Fund (England) in 2018 as Head of Responsible Investment & Governance. The Fund has been recognised as a global leader on responsible investment by the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and it has won a series of awards for its approach in managing climate risk.
Marion is co-author of a report on on nvestor expectations for managing physical risk, with Kelly Christodoulou of the AustralianSuper Fund for the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.
Previous to joining the Pension Fund, Marion was a senior adviser on climate change and energy issues in the Environment Agency.
Global Head of Sustainability
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Marisa is a Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainability at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this role, she leads development and implementation of the firm’s enterprise-wide sustainability strategy across its financing activities and operations. She plays an integral role in JPMorgan Chase’s efforts to manage environmental and social risks, and advise clients on ESG trends and industry best practices. She has also built the firm’s knowledge and leadership on climate change and carbon disclosure, and leads the firm’s efforts on ESG reporting, and stakeholder and policy engagement. She is based in Washington, DC.
Marisa has nearly 20 years of experience working at the nexus of business and the environment. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in 2012, Marisa was a research analyst at Bloomberg, where she focused on assessing the impacts of U.S. policy developments on the electric power and oil & gas sectors. She also developed methane reduction projects in the mining and oil & gas industries with Verdeo Group. In addition to identifying and evaluating project development opportunities, she managed activities related to the certification of carbon assets, and served as the company’s expert on U.S. and international climate and energy policy. She also developed renewable energy and methane reduction projects with Econergy International, an independent power producer with assets in Latin America and the U.S., which was acquired by GDF Suez. She began her career with the Surdna Foundation’s environmental team, providing grants to nonprofit organizations supporting sustainable forestry, smart growth, renewable energy and marketbased solutions to climate change.
Marisa received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Mark Barton is one of the best-known anchors in global business television news.
Mark was was one of five journalists who founded Bloomberg Television’s European operations in London in the mid-1990s. Over the next two decades played an integral role in establishing Bloomberg TV as a global financial and business news network, broadcast in almost half a billion homes in over 70 countries.
Mark anchored all of Bloomberg Television’s prime-time programs over a 23-year career, breaking and analysing the biggest global business, financial market and geopolitical events of the past two decades, including six UK general elections, six US elections, the global financial crisis and Brexit. He also conducted over 20,000 interviews with world leaders, finance ministers, central bankers and chief executives, including Bill Gates, Shimon Peres and Jean-Claude Trichet.
Mark left Bloomberg Television in August 2018 to embark on a new career as a moderator, media trainer and communications & public relations specialist.
He moderates panels on business, tech, financial markets, politics, sport & social issues, and gives coaching sessions to elevate presentation & broadcast interview skills.
Mark is the founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative and conceived the ‘unburnable carbon’ thesis. Prior to forming Carbon Tracker, Mark had twenty years experience in sustainable financial markets. Mark is a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment fund at Jupiter Asset Management, NPI, AMP Capital, and Henderson Global Investors. Mark served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; was a Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003) and continues to advise a number of investment funds. Mark was a founder director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006, is a member of the Advisory Council of SASB (Sustainable Accounting Standards Board) and ImpactBase.org and the UNEP-WRI working group on greenhouse gas emissions and the financial sector.
Senior Vice President, IBM Consulting
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.
Head of Sustainable 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.
Schmidt Marine Technology Partners
Director of Business Growth
Mark Somerset was recently vice president of development for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at InterGen, an owner and operator of mainly thermal power plants. During his 21 years there, he also led the development and $1 billion in financing of 1,200 MW of gas-fired power generation and managed the UK/Dutch operations where he oversaw 3,500 MW of power projects. Prior to working for InterGen, he held various roles in the chemical, waste management, transport, voluntary services, and education sectors in the United Kingdom, China, and Africa. Mark has a degree in geography from the University of Cambridge, and an MBA from Cranfield University.
The Nature Conservancy
Mark Tercek advises private sector and NGO leaders on ambitious environmental strategies. He draws on his experience as CEO of The Nature Conservancy (2008-19) and Partner/Managing Director at Goldman Sachs (1984- 2008). He is the co-author of “Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.” He also publishes a newsletter on Substack — The Instigator” on these topics. Read more at marktercek.com
Mark has served as Executive Director of C40 Cities since December 2013, during which time the organisation has grown from 63 to 97 of world’s greatest cities, and from 40 to over 250 staff across the globe. From inception, C40’s mission has been to be a high ambition leadership group, driving the world to avoid a climate crisis through the actions and leadership of the mayors of the world’s leading cities. In 2016, C40 became the first major organization to insist that a 1.5-degree target was essential rather than aspirational (through our Deadline 2020 program). Prior to joining C40 Cities, Mark was Director at pioneering engineering and design firm, Arup, and before that was a senior adviser to the Mayor of London, in which role the London Evening Standard described him as “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming.” He reports to C40 Chairperson and Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and C40 Board President, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. He believes that work should be fun, but that there is always time for music, narrowboats, and places you can get to by bicycle.
Chief Sustainability Officer
As chief sustainability officer and vice president of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) for Dow, Mary Draves is passionate about using science, innovation and collaboration to drive transformative and sustainable change. She is responsible for corporate EH&S governance and corporate sustainability, including the reporting and disclosure of Dow’s ESG performance. Draves is focused on advancing Dow’s sustainability agenda through collaborative partnerships and was instrumental in shaping Dow’s new sustainability targets (https://corporate.dow.com/en-us/science-and-sustainability/commits-to-reduce-emissions-and-waste.html) to address climate protection and advance a circular economy.
Deputy Executive Director
Director, Climate Change and Emerging Environmental Topics
The Geneva Association
Over the last 25 years, Maryam’s career has spanned working as a senior executive, founder& entrepreneur and serving on advisory boards in private and public sectors and the United Nations. She has launched, led and managed transformative climate change initiatives and multi-stakeholder partnerships with systemic impacts, to enable transitioning to a resilient low-carbon economy. In 2020 Maryam was included on the list of ‘Most Influential on Climate Change’ by InsuranceERM and among the top 100 influencers in the world on “Resilience” by The Leaders’ Magazine.
Since 2015, Maryam is the Director of Climate Change and Environment at The Geneva Association, the strategic international think tank, whose members are CEOs of 90 largest insurance companies, globally. Working with corporate boards and CEOs/C-Suite, regulatory and standard setting bodies, fintech and insurtech firms, governments and policy makers, she leads strategic initiatives to innovate and scale up insurance industry’s contributions as risk managers and investors to transitioning to a resilient low-carbon economy. Currently, her work is focused on,
- Integration of climate change into all aspects of governance, core business, capital allocation and investments
- Advancing decision-useful methodologies for forward-looking climate risk assessment and scenario analysis for the insurance sector and shaping regulations for climate risk assessment and disclosure;
- Sources of climate litigation against corporation and government and its implications;
- Innovation in de-risking untested technologies for large scale deployment and sustainable infrastructure for decarbonizations of economic sectors;
- Innovations risk transfer and management solutions for physical climate risk and expansion of sustainable insurance markets.
From 2004 to 2014, Maryam was the Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction Program at the World Meteorological Organization, where she headed up and built an international program with major development initiatives with 40+ governments in climate and disaster risk management. She led UN initiatives in the area of multi-hazard early warning systems and developed the initial concept of demand-driven climate services to enable private-sector access to publicly-funded, climate data and modelling for decision-making support.
From 1997 to 2004, as founder and CEO of Climate Risk Solutions, Inc., first climate risk analytics and advisory firm (headquartered in Boston, USA) she delivered innovative climate-risk assessment and risk management solutions to companies in the energy, agriculture and financial sectors and the U.S. government.
Dr. Golnaraghi serves on a number of executive and advisory boards of companies, governments and multi-lateral organizations and is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Maryam mentors climate tec start-ups with focus on decarbonization and risk management. She has authored numerous internationally referenced reports on climate change and a book on “Partnerships in Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems.”
Maryam holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Applied Physics and a PhD in Physical Oceanography from Harvard University after which she served as a senior research fellow at the Harvard Business School.
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.
Senior Manager, Head of Sustainable Operations
Matt facilitates International Paper’s decarbonization and water stewardship plans as part of the company’s Vision 2030 goals. He works across internal teams and with diverse external partners in pursuit of IP’s vision to be among the world’s most successful, sustainable, and responsible companies. Earlier in his career, Matt served as a US Peace Corps volunteer and supported USAID global economic development projects. Matt has an MBA from Vanderbilt University, and a BA from Colgate University.
Vice President, CHEP Northern Europe
Matt Quinn is the Vice President of Northern Europe at CHEP, A Brambles Company. In this role, Matt leads the CHEP Northern Europe and Inbound Solutions businesses. Over the past 18 months, he has focused on ensuring that CHEP supports its customers to keep their supply chains in the UK and Ireland flowing as efficiently as possible against the challenges of BREXIT and COVID-19. Through proving the power of the circular economy in providing a reliable source of shared and sustainable resources, his passion is to enable the removal of waste from supply chains through decarbonization and collaboration, making them more efficient, agile and sustainable – ultimately helping the world to move more with less.
In previous years, Matt has held a number of roles across the CHEP business, notably leading business development in Sub-Saharan Africa through geographic expansion based on sustainable returnable packaging solutions. Following his achievements in the SSA business, he transitioned to lead the CHEP India business, where he focused on the establishment of modern supply chain standards within the FMCG sector – increasing safety, handling, mechanisation and sustainability.
Prior to his current role, Matt held a Commercial Director role in the UK&I, focusing on developing strategic partnerships through providing robust, reliable supply chain solutions that delivered mutual long-term financial and sustainability value.
Herbert Smith Freehills
Matthew is a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ real estate team and is Head of Planning in London. He has 25 years of planning experience and has advised on many high profile projects, including Stratford City, the Athletes Village for the 2012 Olympic Games, Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station and the Canada Water Masterplan. He is a lead coordinator for the firm’s Future Cities campaign. Matthew appears in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame and is identified as a Star Individual for planning law in London in Chambers 2021.
Co-CEO, Viessmann Group; CEO, Viessmann Climate Solutions
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.
Public Policy, Environmental Sustainability & Social Impact
Michael H. Train
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.
Michael Leitch is the Technical Lead for the $100-million XPRIZE Carbon Removal. In addition to leading the technical and scientific operations of the XPRIZE competition, he is a member of XPRIZE’s Climate and Energy team, where he helps develop programming and contributes to the organization’s thought leadership. With a decade of experience in engineering and the trades, he has a keen interest in the commercialization of high-end research and has spent most of his career leading collaborative research & development projects bridging industry and academia.
Mr. Leitch is trained as a machinist, holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, and an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from the University of Alberta. A carbon-fiber enthusiast, outside of the office you can find him racing high performance sailboats and bicycles.
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, BMO Financial Group
Professor of the Practice of Management of Strategic Management
IESE Business School
Milagros Rivas Saiz
Head of Advisory Services
Milagros is Division Chief, Advisory Services, at IDB Invest, which she joined in 2021. She is responsible for leading the Climate Change, Gender and Inclusion, SME Development, Digitalization, and Public-Private Partnerships areas.
Before joining the IDB Group, Milagros worked for the International Finance Corporation as Global Strategy Director and Global Director of Advisory Services, a position in which she helped develop highly sustainable projects and open markets to private investment. Previously, she was an Executive Committee member of Acciona Energía. Milagros has extensive experience in consulting, from her work at McKinsey & Co., particularly in the energy sector.
Milagros earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).
Mindy Lubber is the CEO and President of the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres. She leads an all-women executive leadership team and 125 employees working to mobilize the most influential investors and companies to tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges: climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and inequitable workplaces. She has been at the helm since 2003, and under her leadership, the organization and its powerful networks have grown significantly in size and influence.
As a well-known global thought leader, Lubber has inspired coalitions of institutional investors, corporate boards, C-suite executives and other capital market leaders to factor environmental, social and governance issues into decision-making. She is frequently quoted in top business and financial news outlets and pens a regular column for Forbes.com on a variety of sustainability topics that have strengthened the business case for action and elevated concepts, such as climate and water risk. She also regularly speaks to high-level world and national political leaders on clean energy and water policies, and has helped to change the political conversation around tackling climate change to one focused on jobs and the economy. And in 2015, Lubber helped catalyze the necessary business support to get the historic Paris Agreement across the finish line, leading Vogue Magazine to name her a “Climate Warrior.”
Lubber has received numerous awards for her leadership. In 2020, Lubber received the United Nations ’Champions of the Earth’ Entrepreneurial Vision award. In the same year, Lubber made Barron’s Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential women in U.S. finance, and then again in 2021. She has also received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from American University, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation. She has been recognized by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the World’s Top Leaders of Change. In 2019 and 2020, Ceres was named a top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts by the Globe Magazine and Commonwealth Institute.
Prior to Ceres, Lubber served as a Regional Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under former President Bill Clinton. She also founded Green Century Capital Management and served as the director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG).
She resides in Brookline, Mass., with her husband Norman Stein. She has two children, Abe and Jessie.
Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
Monika Froehler is CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and is a passionate change maker, advocate, founder and speaker. She was entrusted to create the BKMC after working at the UN in Geneva, NY and Vienna, the EU, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and in field missions around the globe. She is passionate about the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. Throughout her career she managed to support hundreds of women, young people and communities all over the globe e.g. working in Africa and Latin America to ban landmines; working to improve hospital care in rural Central Asia and Africa; assisting in eco-friendly city planning in Asia and bettering the living conditions of women in the Middle East and West-Africa.
Vice President of CHEP Automotive
Murray joined CHEP in November 2017 and is currently Vice President of CHEP’s European and North American Automotive business. Murray has overall responsibility for the performance and strategic direction which involves collaborating closely with external partners to advance insight-based sustainable share and re-use solutions as part of the circular economy. He is helping to prepare the Automotive supply chain for the coming ‘EV revolution’ through sustainable collaboration and innovative reusable packaging solutions.
Executive Vice President, Professor Institute of Future Initiative & Director, Center for Global Commons
University of Tokyo
Dr. Naoko Ishii has joined University of Tokyo on August 1st 2020 as professor, executive vice president, and inaugurating Director for Center for Global Commons, whose mission is to catalyze systems change so that human can achieve sustainable development within planetary boundaries. Her belief is that academia can and should play a much more active role in mobilizing movements of multi-stakeholders towards a shared goal of nurturing stewardship of Global Commons.
Prior to joining the university, she served the GEF (Global Environment Facility) as CEO and Chairperson from 2012 to 2020. She formed GEF’s first mid-term strategy, GEF 2020, with strong focus on transformation of key economic systems.
She entered Ministry of Finance, Japan, in 1981 and served as Deputy Vice Minister of Finance, Japan for 2010-2012.
She obtained BA in economics and Ph. D in international development, both from the University of Tokyo.
Chief Digital Officer
Group Digital Executive / Officer, Sanlam Group; Africa’s largest non-banking financial services firm, spurning operations across 34 African countries in addition India and Malaysia. Sanlam is $6bn revenue firm per annum, delivering key financial services in investments, pension funds, asset management, personal finance and wealth management. Natalie is responsible for spearheading the firm’s digital financial services transformation, ventures, partnerships and ecosystem development included. She is the former and youngest chief executive to have run a mobile money business in Africa, EcoCash. EcoCash is Zimbabwe’s leading and fastest-growing mobile money service in Africa of telecoms giant, Econet Wireless and was the 2017 corporate recipient of the Mobile World Congress “Best Mobile Payment Solution”, Glomo Awards. With over 13 years of experience in Finance and Technology, she began her career as a software engineer in London, UK, eventually moving to Investment banking and retail banking sectors, across the EMEA region. Prior to joining EcoCash, she was a Senior Mobile Financial Services Consultant at a Fortune 500 company, NCR Corporation, where she developed NCR’s digital financial service strategy across 52 countries. Natalie holds a BSc Information Technology and an Executive M.B.A. (Specialisation in Hi-tech Strategy and Corporate Turnaround) from Imperial College London, UK and is 2017 Oxford University Tutu Fellow. In 2017, Ms. Jabangwe became a member of YPO Africa. In 2018, named World Economic Forum YGL and nominated # 11 on the Choiseul 100, Africa Emerging Economic Leaders. She is passionate about finance, technology, telecoms and economic development.
Founder and CEO
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.
On Road Director, Amazon Europe
Neil joined Amazon in 2016 and has been leading Last Mile Fleet Operations, Supply Chain and On Road innovation since July 2020. Before that he held various senior leadership roles within Amazon Logistics in the UK, Europe and global levels. Prior to joining Amazon Neil led large-scale supply chain and logistics operations across retail and manufacturing companies, including BOC Group, Marks & Spencer and apetito, as well as the grocery & convenience retail business for a major UK 3PL. Neil holds an MsC in Logistics and Supply Chain from Cranfield University and is an active Rugby coach.
President and CEO
Nick Studer is the CEO of Oliver Wyman Group, and Vice Chair of Marsh McLennan.
Nick has worked with chief executives and other senior leaders of the world’s top companies on topics spanning governance, strategy, sustainability, financial planning, risk management and public policy & regulatory response.
Nick led our Financial Services practice as well as our Consumer, Industrials and Services practices, representing each of these businesses on the firm’s Global Leadership Team. He leads Marsh and McLennan’s firm-wide initiatives on climate and sustainability, is a member of the UK’s Voluntary Carbon Markets Steering Committee and of the Sustainable Markets Initiative.
Nick has also worked extensively on industry and public policy initiatives. He has supported the IIF and FSB, the World Economic Forum on the Role of Financial Services in Society, 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 leads the firm’s inclusion and belonging strategy, is executive sponsor of Oliver Wyman’s racial and ethnic diversity group and has been named a Top 20 advocate by INvolve/EMpower.
Nick graduated with a First Class Honors degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University.
Founder and Co-Director
Thinking the Unthinkable
Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable. International broadcaster. Moderator of public/private conferences (corporate/government). http://www.thinkunthink.org/
35 year analytical expertise in diplomacy, defence, international security.
– Main news presenter, the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014.
– presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus location coverage of major global stories.
– 1979-1996 ITN : bureau chief in Rome/Warsaw’
– Diplomatic Editor Channel 4 News (1988-1996).
– BAFTA award for coverage of Martial Law in Poland 1981
– Chatham House (1998–2004)
– Royal United Services Institute (2005–present)
– Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014)
– Westminster Foundation for Democracy inc vice chair (1996-2005)
– Wilton Park (1998-2012 )
– Hay Festival
Much sought-after analytical expertise on failures to manage information in new transparent environments of conflicts, crises, emergencies and tension. Peer-reviewed study at Oxford University is “Skyful of Lies and Black Swans”. Predicts new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space.
Ongoing “Thinking the Unthinkable” study reveals candidly why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal”. The findings are scary. Based on hundreds of interviews, inc 60 top level confidential interviews of corporate/public service leaders, plus new generation of millennials.
2014- Visiting Professor, Kings College, London in School of Social Science and Public Policy.
Member World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics.
Honorary Doctorates – Exeter University 2012; Bristol University 2015 for ongoing cutting edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.
1994: Fellow Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.
Niki focuses his work on targeting the market forces that are destroying nature. Keen to provide solutions he has ensured Global Canopy drives the development of major data-driven initiatives including Forest 500, Trase, ENCORE and the newly formed Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures. He’s been working to tackle the environmental crisis for over two decades.
Climate Resilience California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Nuin-Tara Key is Deputy Director for Climate Resilience at OPR and Chair of the Technical Advisory Council for the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program. Prior to joining OPR, Nuin-Tara co-founded an international initiative on community-based climate action and has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors on sustainable urban and regional planning and policy, with a focus on social equity and climate change. She has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a BA from Lewis and Clark College.
Chairman of the Board of Management
Born in Heidelberg (1964), Oliver Zipse is Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, having been appointed in 2019. Since he joined BMW AG in 1991, he has held various responsibilities within the company in development, technical planning and production in Munich and South Africa.
He was Managing Director of BMW Group Plant Oxford from 2007 to 2008, Senior Vice President Technical Planning until 2012 and Senior Vice President Global Corporate Planning and Product Strategy until 2015. In May 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for worldwide production.
Oliver Zipse holds a Dipl. Ing. Degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt and an Executive MBA from the WHU Koblenz and Kellogg School of Management Evanston/USA. He is Deputy Chair of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and has been appointed President of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) for 2021.
Deputy Director-General in DG Research and Innovation (R&I)
Patrick Child is Deputy Director-General in DG Research and Innovation (R&I) at the European Commission. He leads the policy for implementation, impact & sustainable investment strategies. As a member of the Board of DG R&I, he follows in particular research and innovation in climate action and clean energy and mobility technologies as well as the R&I dimension of the post-COVID recovery and resilience strategy. He is the Commission representative of Mission Innovation (24 countries and the European Commission working to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable) and Chairs the MI Steering Committee. He is also the Commission representative in the International Group of Earth Observations (GEO) and lead co-chair of the Executive Committee for 2021.
Until April 2016, Patrick Child was Managing Director of the European External Service with responsibility for administration and finance, covering human resources policy, security and the budget. Before he took up this post in 2011, he was director in the External Relations Directorate General in the European Commission responsible for the management of the network of Commission delegations. He has previously served as head of cabinet for External Relations Commissioners Benita Ferrero-Waldner and before that Chris Patten from 1999-2004.
With a background in the UK Finance Ministry, he joined the European Commission in 1994, where he started in the Economic and Monetary affairs Directorate General before becoming Commission press spokesman for economic and monetary union from 1995-1999. Mr Child studied mathematics at Cambridge University. He is married with two children.
CEO and President
As Sphera’s founding CEO and president, Paul Marushka is responsible for providing overall strategic leadership for the company in developing, directing and implementing go-to-market, service, product and operational plans.
Paul has grown businesses by bringing innovative solutions to market in leveraging software, analytics and technology services. Prior to joining Sphera, Paul served as president of Marsh ClearSight, a business unit of Marsh & McLennan, which is a leading provider of software, services and analytics for enterprise risk management, safety and compliance management and claims administration. Paul also has held executive positions at software and data companies such as Fair Isaac Corp. (FICO) and CCC Information Services.
During his career, Paul has developed and launched a variety of software and analytics products recognized by the Gartner Group for their impact on the industry. He has authored numerous articles in publications, including the United Nations Global Yearbook, on the use of analytics and technology in decision-making. He has spoken in a variety of forums including the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Gartner Technology Summit, the Environmental Leader Conference and the Risk and Insurance Management Society.
At the Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference (ELEMCON), Paul was recognized as an Environmental Leader for breaking new ground in creating new solutions, programs, platforms and products to help companies achieve greater success in environmental management. He was also awarded an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Midwest Award for his dedication and leadership.
Paul has a JD from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an AB from the College at the University of Chicago.
Paul is a board member of the Hyde Park Institute at the University of Chicago, which sponsors research and programs that advance the study and teaching of moral philosophical thinking with a focus on integrating intellectual, professional and moral development. In his free time, Paul enjoys traveling with his family, and especially finding locations at which to race ATVs.
Co-Founder & Chair
Influencer, business leader, campaigner, Co-Author of “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take”, recently published October 2021.
Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, Paul has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade”.
As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals and which he continues to champion, working with global organizations and across industry to advance the 2030 development agenda.
Paul’s new book, “Net Positive”, is a call to arms to courageous business leaders, setting out how to build net positive companies which profit by fixing the world’s problems rather than creating them. He Chairs IMAGINE, a social venture dedicated to systems change, and Saïd Business School, and he is Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact as well as a B Team Leader. Paul is Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, which he led for two years.
Director for Strategy and Corporate Affairs
Paul joined the EDF Energy Executive Team in January 2009. His teams are responsible for R&D, Strategy, Policy & Regulation, Communications, and Supply Chain activities across EDF in the UK. He also chairs EDF’s UK R&D centre.
He currently serves on the board of Energy UK, the Nuclear Industry Association, is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and is the Executive Sponsor of EDF’s BAME Network.
Before their acquisition by EDF, he was Head of Strategy and Business Development for British Energy from 2003. He joined them from Accenture where he spent 17 years, latterly as Senior Partner, responsible for the UK Energy Strategy and Human Performance practices. His early career included time with Davy McKee (London) Limited, and Ford Motor Company.
Paul holds an MBA from London Business School and a BSc in Engineering from the University of Bristol. He lives in South London with his wife and dog and tries to keep fit with cycling, swimming, and hockey.
Global Director of Natural Climate Solutions Science
The Nature Conservancy
Peter Ellis leads the Global Climate Science Team, which conducts research to motivate and inform the design and implementation of natural climate solutions and nature-based solutions to climate adaptation. For example, Peter investigates the climate and biodiversity impacts of forest management, and is working with field programs in Indonesia, Mexico, Gabon and elsewhere to measure the climate performance of reduced impact logging.
Prior to joining the Conservancy in 2010, Peter worked at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Africa. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a M.S. from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont. He is trained as a field forester, forest ecologist, botanist, and geospatial scientist.
Vice President of International Sustainability
Peter joined UPS in 1989 and progressed through various positions of increasing seniority in Automotive, Industrial Engineering and Compliance before accepting the role of Sustainability Director for Europe in 2011. He took on his current role in 2020, with responsibility for managing all aspects of sustainability for the organisation, from innovation coordination to public policy development, outside the United States.
Outside of his UPS responsibilities, Peter is a director of the Zemo Partnership in the UK and is a member of the UK government’s Net Zero Transport Board. He also served on the UK’s Green Innovation Policy Commission.
Prior to UPS Peter worked for 4 years with London Transport and for 2 years with Voluntary Service Overseas in Indonesia.
Peter is the holder of a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK. He is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).
United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean
Ambassador Peter Thomson is the UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, in which role he drives global support for UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, to conserve and sustainably use the Ocean’s resources. He served as President of the UN General Assembly, 2016-17. He was Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN, 2010–2016, during which time he led the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS and was elected as President of the International Seabed Authority’s Assembly and Council. He is a founding Co-Chair of the Friends of Ocean Action and is a supporting member of the High-Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy.
Peter Tufano is the Peter Moores Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School, a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford and an Honorary Fellow at St. Benet’s Hall at Oxford. From 2011-2021 he served as the Peter Moores Dean of the School.
Peter is a lifelong scholar and educator, an experienced academic leader, a social entrepreneur, and an advisor to business and government leaders. His work spans financial innovation, financial markets and institutions, and financial engineering – and for more than two decades, has focused on household finance. His current work continues that focus, in addition to projects on climate finance, leadership transitions, and the Ownership Project at Oxford, where he has been the Co-Principal Investigator.
As Dean, Peter has championed the mission of making business and business education a force for justice. This approach is supported by acknowledging the business school’s integral role within the broader university, with the goal of arming students to be systems leaders who can use business to tackle world scale challenges, such as climate change. As Dean, this direction manifested itself in the 1+1 MBA programme, whereby students combine an MBA with scores of other Masters Programmes at Oxford; the required Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) programme (and its global analogue, Map the System), whereby students study how business can create strategic interventions to disruptive global phenomena; the Engaging with the Humanities Programme, whereby students learn from humanities scholars and teachers primarily about leadership and values; the Oxford Foundry, a facility opened in 2017 to support all 23,000 Oxford students interested in entrepreneurship; Creative Destruction Lab, a partnership with business schools across the globe to support high impact ventures; the creation of Business Schools for Climate Leadership (BSCL); the Aspen-Oxford Leadership Programme, and more. All of these activities produce Oxford leaders who are trained and motivated to find profitable solutions to people and planet.
During his time as Dean, Peter championed issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Under his leadership, the School welcomed more than 10% of its class from Africa – the leader among all top schools, and 47% of its MBA class were women – among the highest in the world. He personally chaired the school’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. He expanded access to Oxford through championing a broad suite of online Executive Education offerings.
Peter is a social entrepreneur. In 2000, he founded, and now chairs, a non-profit, buildcommonwealth.org (formally Doorways to Dreams Fund). This organisation works with partners to help American households successfully manage their financial needs. Peter’s research on consumer finance, and the work of Commonwealth, contributed to the passage of the American Savings Promotion Act in December 2014, which removed federal barriers to sale of prize linked savings products in the US. He is currently working on research on the impact of the newly-launched Advance Child Tax Credit.
Prior to joining Oxford, Peter was a faculty member at Harvard Business School for 22 years. At HBS, he assumed a number of leadership roles, including department chair, course head, and Senior Associate Dean. He oversaw the school’s tenure and promotion processes, campus planning, and university relations. He advised the University on financial and real estate matters. He was the founding co-chair of the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), a cross-university initiative to foster entrepreneurship. During his sabbatical in 2021-22, he will be a Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.
Peter earned his AB in Economics (summa cum laude), MBA (with high distinction) and PhD in Business Economics at Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and recently earned certification in Sustainability and Climate Risk from GARP.
Chair of Transport and Environment, and Mayor of Hackney
Philip Glanville was elected Mayor of Hackney in September 2016, becoming the borough’s second directly elected Mayor. He was re-elected in May 2018, giving Hackney Labour their best result since 1986.
Previously a councillor in Hoxton West for ten years, Philip spent three years as Cabinet Member for Housing before becoming Deputy Mayor in 2016.
As Cabinet Member for Housing, Philip oversaw the delivery of genuinely affordable homes, which he is continuing as Mayor, committing the Council to tripling the number of council homes built since 2010, including 800 for social rent.
Employment, skills and education are also a key priority for the Mayor; supporting schools, ensuring that we actively help young people into careers and that all residents, whatever their age, have the skills and support they need to get into employment, return to work or start a business ─ all contributing towards his agenda to bridge the gap between Hackney’s residents and their growing local economy. Critical to this agenda has been the Council’s award winning in-house apprenticeship programme.
Philip is committed to being a campaigning Mayor, standing up for Hackney’s most vulnerable residents and for local government’s important role in fighting austerity. He writes extensively on these subjects, and more recently has been part of the growing ‘new municipalism’ movement in local government.
He has served on the LLDC Board since 2016, and is currently the Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, Co-Chair of Thrive London and London Councils Digital Champion.
AVERE (The European Association for Electromobility)
With great technology and brilliant people, Philippe Vangeel found his way as Secretary-General in one of the fastest-changing and growing technologies: e-mobility.
In electronics by background, Philippe has always worked as a manager in the sector. Strong of 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, he brought a practical outlook to the association that enabled it to seize the moment: his vision is to make AVERE a protagonist in the growth of the e-mobility sector. In his five years, the AVERE’s membership grew significantly, while the association affirmed itself as the go-to expert for e-mobility in Europe.
As part of his broader approach, he also ensured that the entire e-mobility value chain would get visibility through AVERE. He made it the potential home of every player in the sector, from companies extracting the materials to build EVs, to vehicles manufacturers, charging point operators and final consumers.
Global Director of Policy Engagement and External Affairs
Pietro leads CDP’s Policy Engagement program. Prior to CDP, Pietro worked at GRI, ensuring engagement with policy makers, capital markets regulators and international organizations on corporate sustainability and transparency. He engaged in national policy processes worldwide, as well as in major regional and global inter-governmental processes such as Rio+20, the adoption of the EU directive on Disclosure of Non-Financial Information, the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Before joining GRI, Pietro worked in the Sustainability team of a large Italian multinational company, and with Amnesty International. Pietro graduated from LUISS University in Rome with a degree in International Law and has an MA in Management and Governance of Non-Profit Organizations and an MA in Management and Economy of the Environment and Energy.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
World Gold Council
Randy Smallwood holds a geological engineering degree from the University of British Columbia and is one of the founding members of Wheaton Precious Metals. In 2007, he joined Wheaton full time as EVP of Corporate Development, primarily focusing on growing the company through the evaluation and acquisition of streaming opportunities. In January 2010, he was appointed President, and in April 2011, he was appointed Wheaton’s CEO. Mr. Smallwood originally started as an exploration geologist with Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., and in 2001, was promoted to Director of Project Development, a role he held through the 2005 merger with Goldcorp (which has since merged with Newmont). Mr. Smallwood was an instrumental part of the team that built Wheaton River/Goldcorp into one of the largest and, more importantly, most profitable gold companies in the world. He is now focused on continuing to add to the impressive growth profile of Wheaton and leading the World Gold Council as its current chair.
President and CEO
International Council on Mining and Metals
Head Energy Scenarios, Policy & Technology Analytics
S&P Global Platts
Roman Kramarchuk leads efforts at Platts to analyze the impacts of the energy transition – driven by policy changes and technology advancements – on the energy sector and energy market outlooks, with a special focus on clean energy (i.e. carbon markets, hydrogen, stationary storage, electric vehicles/alternative transport, renewables, etc.). He oversees the Platts Analytics Future Energy Outlooks – advising clients on energy transition and long term energy market views (including 2 degree scenarios) – and has led the GHG and North American Environmental Markets Services – offering insights into environmental markets & policies.
Prior to joining PIRA, now part of S&P Global Platts, he was at the U.S. EPA, developing key power plant and industrial emissions regulations at the Clean Air Markets Division. With both PG&E NEG and PA Consulting / PHB Hagler Bailly, he evaluated strategies regarding fuel choice, capital investments and trading. Roman also worked on international projects to develop power markets and regulatory capacity in the former Soviet Union and India. At the Federal Reserve Board, Roman analyzed trends in industrial production.
He has an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in economics and B.S.E. in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Global Agriculture Solutions Lead
Sachin leads IBM’s strategy and offerings in global food and agriculture industry. He works with CXOs to analyze industry trends, co-create business vision and enable seamless execution on their agribusiness or sustainability related outcomes. He is a thought leader who has helped with several upstream data and digital transformation plays working on leading edge technologies in artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud, IoT, geo spatial analytics, weather and climate solutions, blockchain and data platforms. Sachin is also championing sustainability, which is very closely tied to the upstream agricultural process. He drives thinking on sustainability from the farms, through manufacturing and supply chain, all the way to distributor, retailer and consumer. He has been engaged in sustainability solutions such as net zero emissions, GHG tracking and computation, circularity, traceability, waste reduction, deforestation, nature and climate change, packaging optimization etc. One of his primary focus is to stand up viable and sustainable digital platforms that have potential to leverage partner synergies and completely transform agriculture workflows for the ecosystem. In his 20 years of career, he has been an entrepreneur, corporate strategist and agriculture evangelist.
Partner & Industrial Decarbonisation Lead, EMEA
Sam Preece is a Partner and leads ERM’s Industrial Decarbonisation activities within the EMEA region. Sam has extensive experience working with individual organisations and collaborative clusters to understand and decarbonise operations.
Sam is passionate about taking corporate strategy, aims and aspirations from concept to verified implementation as quickly as possible, while at the same time maximizing the wider co-benefits to society.
Sam has worked in 41 countries, managing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks across multiple sectors and understands the importance of regional and national context when looking to create maximum positive impact from activities.
CEO & Executive Director
UN Global Compact
Sanda Ojiambo of Kenya was appointed CEO & Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in June 2020.
As the world grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Ojiambo launched an ambitious new UN Global Compact strategy to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change.
During her tenure she has also promoted stronger business engagement with UN partners to deliver and finance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Ms. Ojiambo brings to the UN Global Compact more than 20 years’ experience in the public, multilateral and private sectors including as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc in Kenya; and capacity development work in CARE International and United Nations Development Programme Somalia. Throughout her career, she has cultivated and managed relationships with key business entities and civil society organizations and led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives.
Ms. Ojiambo holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, USA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development from McGill University, Canada.
Launched in July 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General created as a call to action to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Its ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 13,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 70 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative — one Global Compact uniting business for a better world.
Global Managing Partner – Sustainability Practice for IBM Consulting
Sanjay is the Global Managing Partner – Sustainability Practice for IBM Consulting. He is a thought leader in Sustainability and engages with global clients to accelerate their journey to Sustainability and meet ESG goals. Prior to IBM, Sanjay was the CEO and Chairman of Capgemini Canada and Managing Partner in Accenture. He has also served on the boards of Trillium Health Partners and Building Energy Innovators Council.,
Impact Investing Institute
Sarah Gordon is the first chief executive of the Impact Investing Institute, which launched in November 2019. The Institute exists to accelerate the growth and improve the effectiveness of the impact investment market in the UK and internationally. Previously, she spent 18 years at the Financial Times, where she ran the paper’s corporate coverage during the financial crisis, and was business editor. Before journalism, she worked in fund management in the UK and the US, and at the UN Conference for Trade and Development in Geneva. She is a non-executive director of Social Finance, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a visiting professor at Kings College London.
Senior Vice President Business Development & FinTech, United Kingdom and Ireland, International Markets
Scott Abrahams is Senior Vice President, Business Development & FinTech, UK and Ireland, Mastercard. In this role, Scott is responsible for developing and executing the UK&I Acceptance and Fintech sales and marketing strategy, to drive Acceptance growth and increase revenue performance. In addition to his UK and Ireland responsibilities, Scott is the European Executive Sponsor for Mastercard’s Priceless Planet Coalition and tasked with leveraging our partnerships in the region to meet our goal of restoring 100 million trees to the planet by 2025.
Before joining Mastercard, Scott was Vice President and General Manager of Global Supplier Relations EMEA at American Express. He was responsible for revenues from suppliers such as British Airways, Emirates, Air France and Hilton. He has held the positions of VP of Client Management UK and GM Nordics at American Express. He previously worked as Head of Relationship Management at Barclays Bank, focusing on implementing innovation, change, motivation and culture within his team.
Scott began his career at Sainsbury’s as a graduate trainee manager, rising to Deputy Store Manager and then moving to Project Management where he was accountable for the movement and banking of all Sainsbury’s physical and electronic turnover.
Scott studied Economics and Law at the University of Leicester in England
Scott Neuman is CEO of Kaluza, the intelligent energy platform enabling energy utilities to engage their customers in the energy transition and accelerate the shift to zero carbon.
Scott joined Kaluza from Oracle, one of the world’s largest enterprise software companies, where he was Senior Vice President and Head of Opower. Oracle acquired Opower for over $500 million in 2016 following its IPO and, under Scott’s leadership, the technology business reached 30 terawatt hours of residential energy savings through utility partnerships – equivalent to powering approximately 3 million homes for a year on green energy.
Before joining Opower, Scott spent five years at McKinsey & Company consulting to highly regulated industries. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School which he received after attending Stanford University and coding at early stage Silicon Valley startups. Scott lives in Washington DC with his wife and young children.
Executive Board Member and Head of Customer Success
As a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Scott Russell leads Customer Success, the company’s global sales, services, partner, and customer engagement organization.
Scott is a passionate proponent of the latest innovations and simplified commercial models that help organizations move to and transform in the cloud quickly. Together with his leadership team, Scott’s focus is listening to and acting on the voice of the customer. He is responsible for orchestrating diverse teams across 180 countries to help organizations of all sizes and industries maximize the value they derive from their technology investments over their lasting relationship with SAP. Scott also sits on the Board of Directors of Experience Management (XM) provider Qualtrics.
Having joined SAP in 2010, Scott is well known for his authentic and energetic leadership style in inspiring transformation and growth in organizations. With his deep-rooted belief in leading with purpose, Scott is an active champion of compassionate, sustainable, and inclusive business.
Prior to being named to the SAP Executive Board, Scott most recently served as President of SAP Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). Under his leadership, APJ evolved to become one of SAP’s fastest-growing cloud markets globally. In his 11-year tenure with SAP APJ, he held numerous senior leadership positions, including head of APJ’s Professional Services organization, the region’s Chief Operating Officer, as well as President and Managing Director of SAP’s business in Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining SAP, Scott was a Partner at PwC and a senior executive at IBM.
Vice President of Sustainability
Scott Tew serves as vice-president of sustainability and co-founder of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Trane Technologies (CEES) and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives aimed at transitioning to more efficient and climate-friendly solutions and minimizing resource use within company facilities.
In addition, Tew serves as a thought leader in linking public policy, economic impacts and a value-stream approach to sustainability. His recent efforts have led to the development of world-class initiatives, including introduction of the company’s comprehensive 2030 targets, the creation of the EcoWiseTM portfolio, launch of the largest customer-facing corporate commitment to combat climate change with the Gigaton Challenge; and as a pioneer in integrated reporting. Most recently, the company received the World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for Sustainable Development, obtained a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index and the company has been consecutively listed to the North America Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 10 years.
Tew holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Corporate Eco Forum; as the board chair of the World Environment Center; and as the chair of the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD). In addition, he serves on the North Carolina Energy Policy Council and was named North Carolina Industry Energy Leader of the Year by Charlotte Business Journal and is the recipient of the “Leading the Way” award in CSR by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. Tew is the author of myriad white papers related to energy and sustainable practices and contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Seifi Ghasemi became chairman, president and chief executive officer of Air Products in July 2014. In this role, he is focused on setting the strategy and policies of the company, developing leadership, and meeting shareholder commitments.
Mr Ghasemi is a member of The Business Council, an association of the chief executive officers of the world’s most important business enterprises. In 2020, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. In 2019 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the US-China Business Council. He was also the recipient of the 2017 biennial International Palladium Medal from the Société de Chimie Industrielle for his distinguished contributions to the chemical industry.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Abadan Institute of Technology and holds an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Lafayette College in 2017 and an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2018.
International Trade Union Confederation
Herbert Smith Freehills
Silke is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills with over 20 years’ experience of working in the energy sector, advising clients in relation to power and climate change issues internationally. She is the Global Head of ESG for HSF and has a long standing interest in renewable energy and climate change, having helped to set up the Legal Response Initiative in 2009 of where she serves now as the chair of the Board of Trustees. Silke is admitted to practice in France, Germany and England and advises in English, Dutch, German and French. She is a professor at Queen Mary University of London and visiting professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where she teaches energy and climate law. Silke regularly publishes on matters pertaining to energy and climate law.
Partner and Head of Climate and Sustainability
Oliver Wyman Forum
Simon Cooper is a partner based in London and has advised leading financial institutions on approaches to risk and financial management for more than 20 years. He’s worked on numerous social issues: Simon led a project with the Schwab Foundation for Social Enterprise on corporate social innovation and co-founded the Oliver Wyman Social Impact Program, providing consulting support to charities, social enterprises, and leading nonprofit organizations.
He is a member of the Oliver Wyman Climate and Sustainability platform, helping clients prepare for the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change. He hopes the Oliver Wyman Forum will help catalyze tangible actions needed to limit the impact of climate change.
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 Climate and Sustainability Co-lead
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.
He was the EDF Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of the International Division from 2015 to 2017. He started his career in 1993 in the Treasury Department of De Agostini in Novara (Italy), moved to Management Consulting with KPMG Corporate Finance and from 1996 in McKinsey&Co., Milan (Italy), where he served various Financial Institutions, Industrial and Energy clients. In 2004 he joined Edison SpA in Milan (Italy) as Head of Strategy, where he subsequently covered the responsibility of Director of Planning, Control and IT. In November 2009 he moved to Constellation Energy Nuclear Group in Baltimore (USA) as Chief Financial Officer. Simone Rossi joined EDF in the UK in April 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. Simone Rossi is married with 2 daughters, has a Degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Milan, and a Degree in Clarinet from Istituto Puccini, Gallarate (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.
Managing Director of Policy
We Mean Business Coalition
Sophie Punte is Managing Director of Policy for the We Mean Business Coalition, bridging business climate action with supportive government policy worldwide. She has 25 years of experience in bringing industry, government, and other stakeholders together to address common sustainability challenges in both developed and developing countries.
Sophie was Executive Director of nonprofit organizations Smart Freight Centre and Clean Air Asia, led an energy efficiency program for industry at the United Nations, and advised corporate and government clients at audit firm KPMG and an engineering consultancy. She sits on various boards and councils, including the WEF Global Future Council on Urban Mobility Transitions. Sophie has a master’s degree in biology and environmental management.
Director for Industrial Energy
Stef Murphy’s civil service career has largely centred on energy policy, where she has led teams working on new nuclear policy, nuclear security and resilience and oil and gas. More recently Stef has worked in strategy for energy and climate change and to coordinate BEIS’ work on EU Exit. Alongside Paro Konar, Stef is now the Director for Industrial Energy in BEIS. The Industrial Energy Directorate is responsible for strategy, policy development, and delivery on industrial energy issues, ensuring that our policies maximise the economic opportunities to the UK from the global move to cleaner growth.
Global Director of Energy Infrastructure Solutions
Stefan Håkansson is the Global Director of E.ON Energy Infrastructure Solutions. With over 20 years of experience in the energy industry, Stefan is a world leader in the push for the development of sustainable Energy Infrastructure Solutions. Stefan began his professional career at E.ON in 1999, when he joined Sydkraft AB in Malmö, Sweden.
For the first 11 years, he dealt with Energy System issues in northern Europe through large power plant operations. Up to 2018, Stefan worked as Managing Director for E.ON Värmekraft AB and secondly as Managing Director of Heating Energy at E.ON Värme Sverige AB. During this time, Stefan worked with local Customer Solutions such as heating, cooling, power and energy efficiency for City Customers. This focus is now expanded to innovative energy infrastructure projects combining digitalisation, decarbonisation and sustainability for industry, business and communities.
Head of Public Affairs & Regulatory Strategy
Since April 2021, Dr. Stefan Marx is the Head of Regulatory Policy & Advocacy Germany at asset manager DWS Group in Frankfurt.
He joined from Deutsche Bank, where he worked as Director for Government & Regulatory Affairs, 2015-21. In this role, he headed the bank’s global political and regulatory work on sustainable finance issues. Previously, Stefan worked as a senior consultant for corporate affairs at Finsbury Glover Hering, the communications consultancy in Frankfurt, and as a special adviser to two senior politicians in Berlin. He also gathered experience in the UK as a Policy Director for retail banking at the British Bankers’ Association in London and a senior researcher in Parliament. Stefan studied Journalism, Politics and Economics at the universities of Munich and Bonn.
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.
CEO Equity Finance, Siemens Financial Services
Steffen Grosse is the chief executive officer of Siemens Financial Services’ (SFS) global Equity Finance team where he leads Siemens’ investment activities worldwide, focused on the energy, infrastructure, and healthcare markets. Managing a portfolio of investments in more than 15 different countries across five continents, his team is comprised of approximately 90 finance professionals.
Previously, Mr. Grosse was the chief financial officer of SFS’s global Energy Finance team and was responsible for managing all aspects of the business’ financial health including performance controlling, strategic planning, budget development and forecasting for the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as in the Asia and Australia regions. Mr. Grosse has been with
Siemens since 2002 and has held several executive financial and leadership roles during his tenure.
Mr. Grosse is an accomplished international finance executive with 20 years of experience in financial management with expertise in performance controlling and reporting, strategic planning, budget development and forecasting.
Mr. Grosse received a B.A. degree from Staatliche Berufsakademie Dresden (Germany) and an M.B.A. in international leadership and finance from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.
Chair & CEO
Steve joined Jacobs as CEO in August 2015 and the following year was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors. Steve has steered a profound reshaping of Jacobs’ business portfolio, operations and culture. Under his leadership, the firm has accelerated profitable growth and transformed into the leading, next-generation solutions provider by tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing.
Managing Director, Global Head of ESG Innovation and Solutions
Steve leads the ESG Innovation and Solutions Team at S&P Global providing essential data and intelligence to companies and financial institutions so that they can better understand their exposure to ESG risks and opportunities and report in line with mandatory and voluntary reporting requirements.
As Global Head of ESG Product Innovation & Solutions, Steve has successfully led the development of Trucost’s suite of climate and impact analytics products, including Carbon Earnings at Risk, Physical Risk and SDG Analytics. Steve was also Trucost’s lead on the world’s first public environmental profit and loss “EP&L” account for PUMA and supported GPIF, the world’s largest asset owner, on their inaugural TCFD-aligned reporting. Steve has also contributed to the technical development of the S&P Global Ratings Green Evaluation Tool and the recent S&P Paris-Aligned & Climate Transition (PACT) Indices.
Prior to joining S&P Global, Steve worked as an analyst for a performance management consultancy. He holds a BA 1:1 with honours in Geography and a MSc with Distinction in Sustainable Development from the University of Exeter.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Government of Canada
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Laurier—Sainte-Marie in 2019. He has previously served as Minister of Canadian Heritage.