Speakers

 @LordHastings  Lord Dr (Michael) Hastings is Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International.  Prior to joining KPMG, he was the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and then its first head of Corporate Social Responsibility.  He has represented KPMG International on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum for many years and in 2011 became a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business. He is also a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation, a Vice President of UNICEF and Tearfund, and has sat on the Council of the Overseas Development Institute in the UK, the Centre for Global Development in the USA, and served as Board Director of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) from 2010 to 2012. In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in recognition for his leadership at KPMG, the BBC and for his work in international development and corporate responsibility.

@LordHastings

Lord Dr (Michael) Hastings is Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International.  Prior to joining KPMG, he was the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and then its first head of Corporate Social Responsibility.  He has represented KPMG International on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum for many years and in 2011 became a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business. He is also a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation, a Vice President of UNICEF and Tearfund, and has sat on the Council of the Overseas Development Institute in the UK, the Centre for Global Development in the USA, and served as Board Director of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) from 2010 to 2012. In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in recognition for his leadership at KPMG, the BBC and for his work in international development and corporate responsibility.

 Matt is Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase, which helps clients navigate environmental and social risks, engages stakeholders and partners in advancing environmental and social progress, and structures targeted impact investment funds. The firm supports sustainable development through initiatives in global health, natural capital, the future of power, carbon asset risk and sustainable agriculture. Matt was a Principal and leader of Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC and founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd, acquired by PwC in December 2008. He was Chief Operating Office and acting President of the World Resources Institute and a founder of the Management Institute for Environment and Business. Matt holds an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Matt is Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase, which helps clients navigate environmental and social risks, engages stakeholders and partners in advancing environmental and social progress, and structures targeted impact investment funds. The firm supports sustainable development through initiatives in global health, natural capital, the future of power, carbon asset risk and sustainable agriculture. Matt was a Principal and leader of Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC and founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd, acquired by PwC in December 2008. He was Chief Operating Office and acting President of the World Resources Institute and a founder of the Management Institute for Environment and Business. Matt holds an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lord Michael hastings

GLOBAL HEAD OF CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
KPMG INTERNATIONAL

MATT ARNOLD

MANAGING DIRECTOR, GLOBAL HEAD OF SUSTAINABLE FINANCE
JPMORGAN CHASE

 @katenrg  Kate Gordon  Kate Gordon is an internationally recognized expert on energy and economic development, and a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, where she provides strategic support on issues related to climate change and sustainable economic growth. She is also a Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a regular contributor to the  Wall Street Journal  as one of the paper’s “Energy Experts.” Before joining the Paulson Institute, Kate was the Founding Director of the “Risky Business Project,” co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, which focused on the economic risks the U.S. faces from unmitigated climate change. She holds a law degree and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

@katenrg

Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon is an internationally recognized expert on energy and economic development, and a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, where she provides strategic support on issues related to climate change and sustainable economic growth. She is also a Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper’s “Energy Experts.” Before joining the Paulson Institute, Kate was the Founding Director of the “Risky Business Project,” co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, which focused on the economic risks the U.S. faces from unmitigated climate change. She holds a law degree and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

KATE GORDON

SENIOR ADVISOR
PAULSON INSTITUTE

 @scottiej1   Scott Jacobs is CEO and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, a specialty finance company focused on sustainable infrastructure. Scott has also served as a Managing Director and Co-Founder of EFW Partners, an investment firm focused on the world’s critical resources: energy, food and water. Generate Capital and EFW illustrate Scott’s long-standing emphasis on innovative approaches to thematic investing, focusing broadly on the “resource revolution.”   In 2007, Scott co-founded McKinsey & Company’s global CleanTech practice, advising companies, institutional investors, NGOs and several national and regional governments around the world. Before joining McKinsey, Scott spent over a decade in technology and venture capital, helping start and grow a number of companies, including PolyServe (acquired by HP) and Alliance Data Systems (acquired by FiServ).  Scott received his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, and his BA cum laude from Dartmouth College.

@scottiej1

Scott Jacobs is CEO and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, a specialty finance company focused on sustainable infrastructure. Scott has also served as a Managing Director and Co-Founder of EFW Partners, an investment firm focused on the world’s critical resources: energy, food and water. Generate Capital and EFW illustrate Scott’s long-standing emphasis on innovative approaches to thematic investing, focusing broadly on the “resource revolution.” In 2007, Scott co-founded McKinsey & Company’s global CleanTech practice, advising companies, institutional investors, NGOs and several national and regional governments around the world. Before joining McKinsey, Scott spent over a decade in technology and venture capital, helping start and grow a number of companies, including PolyServe (acquired by HP) and Alliance Data Systems (acquired by FiServ).  Scott received his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, and his BA cum laude from Dartmouth College.

SCOTT JACOBS

CEO & CO-FOUNDER
GENERATE CAPITAL

 @ValCookSmith ‏  Val Smith is Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Sustainability for Citi. She joined Citi in 2004 and oversees Citi’s global sustainability initiatives, including leading the bank’s Sustainable Progress Strategy and $100 Billion Environmental Finance Goal. Val also serves as an advisor and spokesperson on sustainability and stakeholder issues and trends. Prior to joining Citi, Val spent a decade working in the environmental sector, including the National Audubon Society, Brainerd Foundation, and the Houston Advanced Research Center.  She began her career with the U.S. Peace Corps, where she served for two years in Honduras.  She serves on the boards of the United Nations Global Compact USA Network and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Leaders Forum. Val earned her MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and her BA from the University of Virginia.

@ValCookSmith ‏

Val Smith is Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Sustainability for Citi. She joined Citi in 2004 and oversees Citi’s global sustainability initiatives, including leading the bank’s Sustainable Progress Strategy and $100 Billion Environmental Finance Goal. Val also serves as an advisor and spokesperson on sustainability and stakeholder issues and trends. Prior to joining Citi, Val spent a decade working in the environmental sector, including the National Audubon Society, Brainerd Foundation, and the Houston Advanced Research Center.  She began her career with the U.S. Peace Corps, where she served for two years in Honduras.  She serves on the boards of the United Nations Global Compact USA Network and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Leaders Forum. Val earned her MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and her BA from the University of Virginia.

ValERIE Smith

MANAGING DIRECTOR & GLOBAL HEAD, CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY
CITI

 Ronald Temple is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Multi-Asset and Head of U.S. Equity at Lazard Asset Management, responsible for oversight of the firm's multi-asset and U.S. equity strategies as well as several global equity strategies. Since joining Lazard in 2001, Ron has developed a reputation as an authority on the global financial crisis and the secular changes under way in the global economy. Prior to joining Lazard, Ron was a Director and Buy-Side Equity Analyst at Deutsche Bank AG. In a previous role at Deutsche Bank, he oversaw the implementation of merger related synergies on behalf of Deutsche Bank's CEO of the Americas after Deutsche acquired Bankers Trust. He also held a previous role in a global business manager function for Deutsche Bank's foreign exchange business. Ron has had extensive experience developing and enhancing risk management processes at Deutsche Bank, Bank of America NT&SA, and Fleet Financial. Ron earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard  and B.A. in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University.

Ronald Temple is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Multi-Asset and Head of U.S. Equity at Lazard Asset Management, responsible for oversight of the firm's multi-asset and U.S. equity strategies as well as several global equity strategies. Since joining Lazard in 2001, Ron has developed a reputation as an authority on the global financial crisis and the secular changes under way in the global economy. Prior to joining Lazard, Ron was a Director and Buy-Side Equity Analyst at Deutsche Bank AG. In a previous role at Deutsche Bank, he oversaw the implementation of merger related synergies on behalf of Deutsche Bank's CEO of the Americas after Deutsche acquired Bankers Trust. He also held a previous role in a global business manager function for Deutsche Bank's foreign exchange business. Ron has had extensive experience developing and enhancing risk management processes at Deutsche Bank, Bank of America NT&SA, and Fleet Financial. Ron earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard  and B.A. in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University.

RON TEMPLE

MANAGING DIRECTOR, HEAD OF US EQUITIES & CO-HEAD OF MULTI-ASSET INVESTING
LAZARD ASSET MANAGEMENT

 @elaineishere  Elaine Hsieh is director of GreenBiz's VERGE program, which focuses on how technology can accelerate cleaner, smarter, and more equitable solutions in energy, buildings, transportation, supply chains, and food and water systems. With 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies on sustainability, green building and tech issues, Elaine has been featured in  Mashable ,  Green Economy Post ,  Reuters ,  The Guardian , and other publications. She has a Masters in Engineering Management and a BS in Engineering from Duke University.

@elaineishere

Elaine Hsieh is director of GreenBiz's VERGE program, which focuses on how technology can accelerate cleaner, smarter, and more equitable solutions in energy, buildings, transportation, supply chains, and food and water systems. With 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies on sustainability, green building and tech issues, Elaine has been featured in Mashable, Green Economy Post, Reuters, The Guardian, and other publications. She has a Masters in Engineering Management and a BS in Engineering from Duke University.

ELAINE HSIEH

VERGE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
GREENBIZ

 @jimrogersenergy  Jim Rogers is a visionary leader influential in shaping the energy sector of today.  He is the retired chairman of Duke Energy’s board of directors and served as the company’s president and CEO until July 2013. Over the course of his 25 years as a CEO in the electric utility industry, Rogers delivered an average total shareholder return of more than 12 percent per year by focusing on sustainable growth, stakeholder engagement and finding business solutions to environmental challenges.  The January 5, 2009, edition of  Newsweek  named Rogers to The Global Elite list, “The 50 Most Powerful People in the World.”  Most recently, he is the author of  Lighting the World: Transforming our Energy Future by Bringing Electricity to Everyone .

@jimrogersenergy

Jim Rogers is a visionary leader influential in shaping the energy sector of today.  He is the retired chairman of Duke Energy’s board of directors and served as the company’s president and CEO until July 2013. Over the course of his 25 years as a CEO in the electric utility industry, Rogers delivered an average total shareholder return of more than 12 percent per year by focusing on sustainable growth, stakeholder engagement and finding business solutions to environmental challenges.  The January 5, 2009, edition of Newsweek named Rogers to The Global Elite list, “The 50 Most Powerful People in the World.”  Most recently, he is the author of Lighting the World: Transforming our Energy Future by Bringing Electricity to Everyone.

Jim rogers

CHAIR AND CEO (RETIRED)
DUKE ENERGY

 Scott Vitters is Senior Director, Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing for Nike, where he is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s global strategy for creating value and mitigating risk through environmental excellence and innovation in manufacturing. He sits on the Board of Directors of the ZDHC (Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals) Foundation and is on the Board of Trustees of the Keystone Foundation.  He has a MBA from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College.

Scott Vitters is Senior Director, Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing for Nike, where he is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s global strategy for creating value and mitigating risk through environmental excellence and innovation in manufacturing. He sits on the Board of Directors of the ZDHC (Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals) Foundation and is on the Board of Trustees of the Keystone Foundation.  He has a MBA from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College.

SCOTT VITTERS

SENIOR DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING & SOURCING
NIKE

 @climateone  Greg Dalton is a journalist and founder of Climate One at The Commonwealth Club, the only regular talk show that engages high level leaders from business, policy, advocacy and academic circles in a conversation about building a sustainable economy and stabilizing the Earth’s climate. Past guests include Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Chevron CEO Dave O’Reilly, GM Chairman Dan Akerson, Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many others. Greg holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in politics from Occidental College.

@climateone

Greg Dalton is a journalist and founder of Climate One at The Commonwealth Club, the only regular talk show that engages high level leaders from business, policy, advocacy and academic circles in a conversation about building a sustainable economy and stabilizing the Earth’s climate. Past guests include Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Chevron CEO Dave O’Reilly, GM Chairman Dan Akerson, Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many others. Greg holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in politics from Occidental College.

Greg Dalton

JOURNALIST AND FOUNDER
CLIMATE ONE

 Brian is global head of Power & Infrastructure Investment Banking within Goldman Sachs’ Natural Resources Group. In 1999, Brian joined the Energy and Power Group as an associate in the New York office. He was named managing director in 2007 and partner in 2012. Brian holds a JD/MBA and a BA in Government from Georgetown University.

Brian is global head of Power & Infrastructure Investment Banking within Goldman Sachs’ Natural Resources
Group. In 1999, Brian joined the Energy and Power Group as an associate in the New York office. He was named managing director in 2007 and partner in 2012. Brian holds a JD/MBA and a BA in Government from Georgetown University.

BRIAN BOLSTER

MANAGING DIRECTOR & GLOBAL HEAD OF POWER & INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BANKING
GOLDMAN SACHS

 Greg Lowe is Global Head of Resilience and Sustainability at Aon plc, the leading provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services.  Greg is focused on leveraging Aon’s leading proprietary analytics platforms to meet the needs of clients looking to address disaster risk, climate finance, and the global protection gap. Heading Aon’s strategy on sustainability and systemic risk, Greg leads dialogues with clients, investors, and regulators on global environmental issues. He’s collaborated with organizations as varied as the United Nations, OECD, and Urban Land Institute. Prior to working at Aon, Greg was an Executive Director at Willis Towers Watson, having begun his career in investment banking at UBS. Greg holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Economy from the University of Maryland.

Greg Lowe is Global Head of Resilience and Sustainability at Aon plc, the leading provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services.  Greg is focused on leveraging Aon’s leading proprietary analytics platforms to meet the needs of clients looking to address disaster risk, climate finance, and the global protection gap. Heading Aon’s strategy on sustainability and systemic risk, Greg leads dialogues with clients, investors, and regulators on global environmental issues. He’s collaborated with organizations as varied as the United Nations, OECD, and Urban Land Institute. Prior to working at Aon, Greg was an Executive Director at Willis Towers Watson, having begun his career in investment banking at UBS. Greg holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Economy from the University of Maryland.

GREG LOWE

GLOBAL HEAD OF RESILIENCE & SUSTAINABILITY
AON

 Olga Hawn is Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Distinguished Fellow at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Her research and teaching interests include strategy, global strategy and emerging markets, non-market strategy, corporate sustainability and responsibility. An award-winning teacher at Kenan-Flagler, she received honorable mentions for the 2015 and 2016 Page Prize for Excellence in Sustainability Business Education for her MBA and PhD courses in sustainability strategy. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal and Research Policy. Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Hawn taught strategy and policy at Boston University. She received her PhD from Duke, a master’s degree in management research from Saïd Business School at Oxford University, and a master’s degree in international business and a BA in economics from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.

Olga Hawn is Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Distinguished Fellow at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Her research and teaching interests include strategy, global strategy and emerging markets, non-market strategy, corporate sustainability and responsibility. An award-winning teacher at Kenan-Flagler, she received honorable mentions for the 2015 and 2016 Page Prize for Excellence in Sustainability Business Education for her MBA and PhD courses in sustainability strategy. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal and Research Policy. Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Hawn taught strategy and policy at Boston University. She received her PhD from Duke, a master’s degree in management research from Saïd Business School at Oxford University, and a master’s degree in international business and a BA in economics from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.

OLGA HAWN

ASST. PROFESSOR OF STRATEGY
UNC KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL

 @AmbEacho  Former CEO and U.S. Ambassador, Bill Eacho is Founder of the Partnership for Responsible Growth, a group of thought leaders advocating for a free market, pro-growth climate solution. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Austria from 2009-2013. Prior to his service as ambassador, Mr. Eacho managed a diverse portfolio of investments as CEO of Carlton Capital Group. Prior to that he was CEO of Atlantic Food Services and founding Chairman of UniPro Foodservice, a $20 billion revenues foodservice distribution cooperative. Mr. Eacho received his MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Duke University.

@AmbEacho

Former CEO and U.S. Ambassador, Bill Eacho is Founder of the Partnership for Responsible Growth, a group of thought leaders advocating for a free market, pro-growth climate solution. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Austria from 2009-2013. Prior to his service as ambassador, Mr. Eacho managed a diverse portfolio of investments as CEO of Carlton Capital Group. Prior to that he was CEO of Atlantic Food Services and founding Chairman of UniPro Foodservice, a $20 billion revenues foodservice distribution cooperative. Mr. Eacho received his MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Duke University.

bill eacho

FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR & CEO

FOUNDER, PARTNERSHIP FOR RESPONSIBLE GROWTH

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MARK MCDIVITT

MANAGING DIRECTOR, HEAD OF ESG SOLUTIONS
STATE STREET CORPORATION

 At PG&E, Chris Benjamin leads a team that works collaboratively to measure, communicate, and elevate PG&E’s sustainability commitment across the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of the business, including working to build climate resilience. It also includes active engagement with a broad range of stakeholders.  Prior to joining PG&E, Chris was a VP at Eastern Research Group and a Policy Associate for the National Recycling Coalition. He holds a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and a BA from Boston College.

At PG&E, Chris Benjamin leads a team that works collaboratively to measure, communicate, and elevate PG&E’s sustainability commitment across the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of the business, including working to build climate resilience. It also includes active engagement with a broad range of stakeholders.  Prior to joining PG&E, Chris was a VP at Eastern Research Group and a Policy Associate for the National Recycling Coalition. He holds a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and a BA from Boston College.

CHRIS BENJAMIN

DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC (PG&E)

 Katharine Mach is a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University, where she leads the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility. Advancing foundations for action, her research is focused on integrative assessment of climate change risks and response options. From 2010-15, Mach co-directed the scientific activities of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, work that culminated in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and its  Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation . Mach received her PhD from Stanford University and AB from Harvard.

Katharine Mach is a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University, where she leads the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility. Advancing foundations for action, her research is focused on integrative assessment of climate change risks and response options. From 2010-15, Mach co-directed the scientific activities of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, work that culminated in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and its Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. Mach received her PhD from Stanford University and AB from Harvard.

KATHARINE MACH

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
STANFORD UNIVERSITY

 @DianeBHoldorf  Diane Holdorf is VP, Chief Sustainability Officer for Kellogg Company, where she develops and implements global goals, strategies and plans for sustainability focused on food security in areas of responsible sourcing, conserving natural resources and social impact to deliver brand value, improved corporate reputation, security of supply and right to operate, while delivering business value. She serves on of We Mean Business, and on the Executive Advisory Board of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.  She has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

@DianeBHoldorf

Diane Holdorf is VP, Chief Sustainability Officer for Kellogg Company, where she develops and implements global goals, strategies and plans for sustainability focused on food security in areas of responsible sourcing, conserving natural resources and social impact to deliver brand value, improved corporate reputation, security of supply and right to operate, while delivering business value. She serves on of We Mean Business, and on the Executive Advisory Board of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.  She has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

 @dsaccardi  Dan leads multi-stakeholder dialogues with a portfolio of financial services companies for Ceres, a nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to drive sustainability solutions throughout the economy. Dan engages with companies on sustainability strategy, disclosure, policy development and programmatic priorities covering topics such as climate and clean energy, water risk management, product integration, and governance for sustainability.  Prior to Ceres, Dan's work experience included roles at Broadscale Group, GreenOrder, the Cleantech Group, and NRDC.  He has an MBA and Master's degree in public administration from New York University.   

@dsaccardi

Dan leads multi-stakeholder dialogues with a portfolio of financial services companies for Ceres, a nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to drive sustainability solutions throughout the economy. Dan engages with companies on sustainability strategy, disclosure, policy development and programmatic priorities covering topics such as climate and clean energy, water risk management, product integration, and governance for sustainability.  Prior to Ceres, Dan's work experience included roles at Broadscale Group, GreenOrder, the Cleantech Group, and NRDC.  He has an MBA and Master's degree in public administration from New York University.

 

Diane Holdorf

VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER
KELLOGG COMPANY

DAN SACCARDI

DIRECTOR, COMPANY NETWORK
CERES

  @tiiramsun    Tiiram Sunderland is a consultant at Bain & Company in London where he focuses on helping corporate and not-for-profit clients improve their sustainability and social impact.   He holds an MBA from London Business School and a MAs in Public Policy and International Politics. Previously, he spent 5 years working for the Australian Government developing climate policy and programmes to improve economic and social outcomes for the poor in the Asia-Pacific.

@tiiramsun

Tiiram Sunderland is a consultant at Bain & Company in London where he focuses on helping corporate and not-for-profit clients improve their sustainability and social impact. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a MAs in Public Policy and International Politics. Previously, he spent 5 years working for the Australian Government developing climate policy and programmes to improve economic and social outcomes for the poor in the Asia-Pacific.

 @jasonjjay  Jason Jay is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on how people navigate the tensions between personal, business, and social goals in sustainability efforts. His first book is  Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World . Prior to MIT, Jason was a management consultant for Dialogos International. He holds a PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an AB and M.Ed from Harvard University.

@jasonjjay

Jason Jay is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on how people navigate the tensions between personal, business, and social goals in sustainability efforts. His first book is Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World. Prior to MIT, Jason was a management consultant for Dialogos International. He holds a PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an AB and M.Ed from Harvard University.

JASON JAY

SENIOR LECTURER
MIT SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

TIIRAM SUNDERLAND

CONSULTANT
BAIN & CO.

 @CynthiaCurtis  As Senior Vice President of Sustainability at JLL, Cynthia Curtis helps drive the sustainability agenda within the company, including strategy, goal setting and stakeholder engagement.  Cynthia has previously worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including as senior advisor for policy & engagement for Ceres, and as vice president and chief sustainability officer at CA Technologies.   

@CynthiaCurtis

As Senior Vice President of Sustainability at JLL, Cynthia Curtis helps drive the sustainability agenda within the company, including strategy, goal setting and stakeholder engagement.

Cynthia has previously worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including as senior advisor for policy & engagement for Ceres, and as vice president and chief sustainability officer at CA Technologies.

 

CYNTHIA CURTIS

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SUSTAINABILITY
JLL

  @jholt914    Jana manages thought leadership for the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, which produces innovative research to encourage sustainable investing and develop scalable approaches to solving climate change, supporting inclusive growth, and addressing other sustainability challenges. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Jana was a Client Director at Context Group, a sustainability consultancy where she helped clients develop effective approaches to sustainability strategy and communications. She has also worked at Environmental Defense Fund, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and in sustainability at Au Bon Pain. Jana has an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and an AB from Princeton University.

@jholt914

Jana manages thought leadership for the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, which produces innovative research to encourage sustainable investing and develop scalable approaches to solving climate change, supporting inclusive growth, and addressing other sustainability challenges. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Jana was a Client Director at Context Group, a sustainability consultancy where she helped clients develop effective approaches to sustainability strategy and communications. She has also worked at Environmental Defense Fund, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and in sustainability at Au Bon Pain. Jana has an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and an AB from Princeton University.

jana holt

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE FINANCE
MORGAN STANLEY

 @B_LeBlanc_EY  Brendan has more than 20 years of experience working with global public and private companies to provide financial and non-financial advisory, reporting and assurance services. He is a subject matter professional on corporate social responsibility metrics, reporting and assurance and led the first full sustainability assurance engagement in the US. He brings significant experience leading and coordinating sustainability risk assessments, conflict minerals engagements and sustainable sourcing reviews, including working with some of the leading manufacturers on sustainable sourcing programs, values-led sourcing programs and numerous third-party certification schemes.

@B_LeBlanc_EY

Brendan has more than 20 years of experience working with global public and private companies to provide financial and non-financial advisory, reporting and assurance services. He is a subject matter professional on corporate social responsibility metrics, reporting and assurance and led the first full sustainability assurance engagement in the US. He brings significant experience leading and coordinating sustainability risk assessments, conflict minerals engagements and sustainable sourcing reviews, including working with some of the leading manufacturers on sustainable sourcing programs, values-led sourcing programs and numerous third-party certification schemes.

BRENDAN LEBLANC

PARTNER
EY

 @Daniel_Vermeer  Dan Vermeer is an associate professor of the practice and executive director of the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He teaches graduate classes on energy and sustainability, directs research projects, and consults with leading companies and organizations. His areas of expertise include water management, sustainable agriculture, value chains, resource productivity, efficiency, product certification, and low-carbon development.  Dan joined Duke from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led the Global Water Initiative, an industry-leading effort to protect the quality and availability of the company’s primary ingredient.  He is the founder and chief architect of the Global Water Challenge, co-author of the CEO Water Mandate (signed by more than 50 Fortune 500 companies), and lead contributor to several policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

@Daniel_Vermeer

Dan Vermeer is an associate professor of the practice and executive director of the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He teaches graduate classes on energy and sustainability, directs research projects, and consults with leading companies and organizations. His areas of expertise include water management, sustainable agriculture, value chains, resource productivity, efficiency, product certification, and low-carbon development.  Dan joined Duke from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led the Global Water Initiative, an industry-leading effort to protect the quality and availability of the company’s primary ingredient.  He is the founder and chief architect of the Global Water Challenge, co-author of the CEO Water Mandate (signed by more than 50 Fortune 500 companies), and lead contributor to several policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

dAN vERMEER

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF THE PRACTICE
DUKE FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

 @MaggieMonast  Maggie Monast is an environmental economist whose work focuses on agricultural sustainability and the agriculture supply chain. She works to expand EDF’s programs designed to improve fertilizer efficiency and soil health while reducing nutrient losses to water and air. As part of her work, she coordinates a farmer network geared towards efficient fertilizer management and helps agriculture supply chain companies make and meet sustainable sourcing goals.

@MaggieMonast

Maggie Monast is an environmental economist whose work focuses on agricultural sustainability and the agriculture supply chain. She works to expand EDF’s programs designed to improve fertilizer efficiency and soil health while reducing nutrient losses to water and air. As part of her work, she coordinates a farmer network geared towards efficient fertilizer management and helps agriculture supply chain companies make and meet sustainable sourcing goals.

MAGGIE MONAST

SENIOR MANAGER, ECONOMIC INCENTIVES
EDF

  @Eliz_M_Lewis   Elizabeth Lewis is Director of Strategy & Business Development and Partner with Terra Alpha Investments. She has over 15 years of experience working with businesses and investors on topics of sustainability, natural resources, and technology. Prior to Terra Alpha, she established and led World Resource Institute's Sustainable Investing Initiative.  Earlier in her career, Elizabeth held leadership roles at Global Environment Fund, a private equity firm, and was a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, including consulting on climate finance to the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. She holds an AB in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

@Eliz_M_Lewis

Elizabeth Lewis is Director of Strategy & Business Development and Partner with Terra Alpha Investments. She has over 15 years of experience working with businesses and investors on topics of sustainability, natural resources, and technology. Prior to Terra Alpha, she established and led World Resource Institute's Sustainable Investing Initiative.  Earlier in her career, Elizabeth held leadership roles at Global Environment Fund, a private equity firm, and was a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, including consulting on climate finance to the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. She holds an AB in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

ELIZABETH LEWIS

PARTNER
TERRA ALPHA INVESTMENTS

 @GraysonBilly  As the Executive Director for the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance at ULI, Billy Grayson leads programs on climate risk and resilience, health and wellness, and building energy and environmental performance. ULI works with real estate developers and other stakeholders to build awareness around sustainability issues in the built environment.  He previously served as Sustainability Director at Liberty Property Trust, where he led a 700-building energy efficiency and sustainability initiative. Prior to that, he worked with global manufacturers on social and environmental sustainability issues with the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).  Billy holds an MBA and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors in Environment, Economics, and Politics from Claremont McKenna.

@GraysonBilly

As the Executive Director for the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance at ULI, Billy Grayson leads programs on climate risk and resilience, health and wellness, and building energy and environmental performance. ULI works with real estate developers and other stakeholders to build awareness around sustainability issues in the built environment.  He previously served as Sustainability Director at Liberty Property Trust, where he led a 700-building energy efficiency and sustainability initiative. Prior to that, he worked with global manufacturers on social and environmental sustainability issues with the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).  Billy holds an MBA and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors in Environment, Economics, and Politics from Claremont McKenna.

BILLY GRAYSON

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY & ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE
URBAN LAND INSTITUTE

 @LizaSchillo  As Manager of Product Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co., Liza Schillo oversees the company’s climate change strategy, including setting climate-related goals and coordinating implementation efforts to meet those goals. In 2015, Liza oversaw the certification of their second-largest warehouse to LEED Platinum, making it the largest retrofitted building of its kind to receive such recognition.  Liza also manages LS&Co.’s fiber sustainability strategy, and serves as a liaison for sustainability to the finance and investor teams.  Liza holds an MBA and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

@LizaSchillo

As Manager of Product Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co., Liza Schillo oversees the company’s climate change strategy, including setting climate-related goals and coordinating implementation efforts to meet those goals. In 2015, Liza oversaw the certification of their second-largest warehouse to LEED Platinum, making it the largest retrofitted building of its kind to receive such recognition.  Liza also manages LS&Co.’s fiber sustainability strategy, and serves as a liaison for sustainability to the finance and investor teams.  Liza holds an MBA and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LIZA SCHILLO

MANAGER, PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY
LEVI STRAUSS & CO.

 @BSverdrup  Bjørn Otto Sverdrup is Statoil’s Senior Vice President for Sustainability and member of the management committee in the Global Strategy and Business Development business area. He has extensive leadership experience in Statoil, a Fortune 500 oil and gas that’s also expanding into new energy solutions. Following the terrorist attacks in Oslo and at Utøya in 2011, Bjørn Otto served as chief of staff for the commission investigating the attacks appointed by the Prime Minister of Norway. He also served at The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) as advisor and National expert to the EU Commission on corporate social responsibility. Bjørn Otto is a political scientist and former research fellow from the University of Oslo.  He is member of the Board of directors at Norwegian University of Technology and Science and Advisory Board of the MSc program on climate & finance at Imperial College/Grantham institute, London.

@BSverdrup

Bjørn Otto Sverdrup is Statoil’s Senior Vice President for Sustainability and member of the management committee in the Global Strategy and Business Development business area. He has extensive leadership experience in Statoil, a Fortune 500 oil and gas that’s also expanding into new energy solutions. Following the terrorist attacks in Oslo and at Utøya in 2011, Bjørn Otto served as chief of staff for the commission investigating the attacks appointed by the Prime Minister of Norway. He also served at The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) as advisor and National expert to the EU Commission on corporate social responsibility. Bjørn Otto is a political scientist and former research fellow from the University of Oslo.  He is member of the Board of directors at Norwegian University of Technology and Science and Advisory Board of the MSc program on climate & finance at Imperial College/Grantham institute, London.

Bjørn Otto Sverdrup

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SUSTAINABILITY
STATOIL

 @Nmnj79  Nemanja is a principal with A.T. Kearney’s Strategy Practice, based out of the firm’s New York office. He has broad experience working with consumer packaged goods companies on a variety of issues, ranging from process improvement to organizational design and commercial issues. Specifically, he is focused on marketing excellence, sales effectiveness as well as sustainability issues, in particular sustainability of supply chains, climate change and future of production systems.  Nemanja has an MBA and MS from the University of Michigan.

@Nmnj79

Nemanja is a principal with A.T. Kearney’s Strategy Practice, based out of the firm’s New York office. He has broad experience working with consumer packaged goods companies on a variety of issues, ranging from process improvement to organizational design and commercial issues. Specifically, he is focused on marketing excellence, sales effectiveness as well as sustainability issues, in particular sustainability of supply chains, climate change and future of production systems. Nemanja has an MBA and MS from the University of Michigan.

NEMANJA BABIC

PRINCIPAL
A.T. KEARNEY

 @AaronChatterji  Aaron Chatterji is an Associate Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He previously served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to entrepreneurship, innovation, infrastructure and economic growth. Chatterji’s research and teaching investigate some of the most important forces shaping our global economy and society: entrepreneurship, innovation, and the expanding social mission of business. He was awarded an inaugural Junior Faculty Fellowship from the Kauffman Foundation to recognize his work as a leading scholar in entrepreneurship. His research has been published in leading academic journals and been cited by CNN and The Economist. Chatterji is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. He received his PhD from the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley and his BA in Economics from Cornell University.

@AaronChatterji

Aaron Chatterji is an Associate Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He previously served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to entrepreneurship, innovation, infrastructure and economic growth. Chatterji’s research and teaching investigate some of the most important forces shaping our global economy and society: entrepreneurship, innovation, and the expanding social mission of business. He was awarded an inaugural Junior Faculty Fellowship from the Kauffman Foundation to recognize his work as a leading scholar in entrepreneurship. His research has been published in leading academic journals and been cited by CNN and The Economist. Chatterji is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. He received his PhD from the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley and his BA in Economics from Cornell University.

AARON CHATTERJI

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DUKE FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

 @TensieWhelan    
  
   
  
    As Director of the Center for Sustainable Business at NYU Stern School of Business, drives research and coursework on natural resource-based challenges including climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, poverty and unsustainable development. She was formerly the President of the Rainforest Alliance, where she ensured that 17% of the world’s tea, 14% of the world’s cocoa and 5% of the world’s coffee was certified by the Rainforest Alliance; and increased the visibility of the Rainforest Alliance seal from zero to nearly 45%. Under her leadership, the organization recruited 4,000 companies and nearly 5 million producers and their families in more than 60 countries.  Tensie has worked on environmental issues with both the private sector and NGO sector for more than 25 years. She received a BA in Politics from NYU and an MA in International Communication from American University.   

@TensieWhelan

As Director of the Center for Sustainable Business at NYU Stern School of Business, drives research and coursework on natural resource-based challenges including climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, poverty and unsustainable development. She was formerly the President of the Rainforest Alliance, where she ensured that 17% of the world’s tea, 14% of the world’s cocoa and 5% of the world’s coffee was certified by the Rainforest Alliance; and increased the visibility of the Rainforest Alliance seal from zero to nearly 45%. Under her leadership, the organization recruited 4,000 companies and nearly 5 million producers and their families in more than 60 countries.  Tensie has worked on environmental issues with both the private sector and NGO sector for more than 25 years. She received a BA in Politics from NYU and an MA in International Communication from American University.

 

tensie whelan

DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
NYU STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

 

   
  
   
  
    UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor David Hartzell teaches courses in finance and real estate, directs the Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies, and serves on the board of the UNC Real Estate Investment Fund, the real estate private equity fund that is managed by students in the real estate concentration at UNC Kenan-Flagler. He is co-author of Global Property Investment: Strategies, Structures, Decisions. His experience includes serving as a former vice president at Salomon Brothers Inc. in New York, where his primary focus was on institutional real estate finance and investments.  He serves on the board of directors of Highwoods Properties, a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) and has worked with numerous companies on a consulting basis. He received his PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill and his MA and BS from the University of Delaware.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor David Hartzell teaches courses in finance and real estate, directs the Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies, and serves on the board of the UNC Real Estate Investment Fund, the real estate private equity fund that is managed by students in the real estate concentration at UNC Kenan-Flagler. He is co-author of Global Property Investment: Strategies, Structures, Decisions. His experience includes serving as a former vice president at Salomon Brothers Inc. in New York, where his primary focus was on institutional real estate finance and investments.  He serves on the board of directors of Highwoods Properties, a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) and has worked with numerous companies on a consulting basis. He received his PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill and his MA and BS from the University of Delaware.

DAVID HARTZELL

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR IN REAL ESTATE; PROFESSOR OF FINANCE
UNC KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL

 Jesse Daystar is the Chief Sustainability Officer and VP at Cotton Incorporated, where he directs sustainability research and works with cotton industry stakeholders to develop industry sustainability goals. Previously, he was Assistant Director of the Center for Sustainability and Commerce at Duke University, where he delivered research and education programs at the nexus of sustainability and business. He teaches Life Cycle Assessment at Duke University and NC State University.  His research has produced publications, sustainability and chemical engineering tools, and certifications for clients including Argonne National Laboratory, USDA, DOE, Eastman Chemical and Piedmont Biofuels. . He holds B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering, Paper & Pulp Engineering, and both a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from NC State University.

Jesse Daystar is the Chief Sustainability Officer and VP at Cotton Incorporated, where he directs sustainability research and works with cotton industry stakeholders to develop industry sustainability goals. Previously, he was Assistant Director of the Center for Sustainability and Commerce at Duke University, where he delivered research and education programs at the nexus of sustainability and business. He teaches Life Cycle Assessment at Duke University and NC State University.  His research has produced publications, sustainability and chemical engineering tools, and certifications for clients including Argonne National Laboratory, USDA, DOE, Eastman Chemical and Piedmont Biofuels. . He holds B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering, Paper & Pulp Engineering, and both a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from NC State University.

JESSE DAYSTAR

CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER
COTTON INC.

 Jeff Baer retired in 2016 from Deutsche Bank, where he was Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Retrofit Investments for Deutsche Asset Management.  While at Deutsche Bank, he led global organizations responsible for sustainability, real estate, hospitality and gaming, investor fund management, purchasing, accounts payable, travel, application development, and IT infrastructure. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Clean Air Group Inc. and advising startups in the transportation and bio-mass power plant investment sectors. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Jeff was a Partner with Mitchell Madison Group where he worked as a strategic management consultant for seven years.  He was also an off-floor commodities futures trader for several small investment firms after graduating from college.  Jeff received his BS degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Jeff Baer retired in 2016 from Deutsche Bank, where he was Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Retrofit Investments for Deutsche Asset Management.  While at Deutsche Bank, he led global organizations responsible for sustainability, real estate, hospitality and gaming, investor fund management, purchasing, accounts payable, travel, application development, and IT infrastructure. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Clean Air Group Inc. and advising startups in the transportation and bio-mass power plant investment sectors. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Jeff was a Partner with Mitchell Madison Group where he worked as a strategic management consultant for seven years.  He was also an off-floor commodities futures trader for several small investment firms after graduating from college.  Jeff received his BS degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Jeff Baer

FORMER SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND HEAD OF RETROFIT INVESTMENTS
DEUTSCHE ASSET MANAGEMENT

 @billmetoday  Bill is CEO of NET Power, which provides a cheap, clean source of electricity from natural gas. He is also co-founder of 8 Rivers Capital, which develops and commercializes new technologies relating to energy, water, space launch, wireless communications and industrial processes. Throughout the years, he has worked for companies such as Morgan Stanley & Co., AIG International Inc. and Goldman Sachs. In addition, he has taught law at Duke University. He holds a JD from Duke. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Brown earned a BS in political science and biology at MIT.

@billmetoday

Bill is CEO of NET Power, which provides a cheap, clean source of electricity from natural gas. He is also co-founder of 8 Rivers Capital, which develops and commercializes new technologies relating to energy, water, space launch, wireless communications and industrial processes. Throughout the years, he has worked for companies such as Morgan Stanley & Co., AIG International Inc. and Goldman Sachs. In addition, he has taught law at Duke University. He holds a JD from Duke. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Brown earned a BS in political science and biology at MIT.

BILL BROWN

CO-FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
8 RIVERS CAPITAL LLC

 Victoria is a Principal at Prelude Ventures. Her previous experience includes serving as Director of Finance at Suniva, a venture-backed solar manufacturer, where she was instrumental in raising capital, expanding manufacturing globally, and executing sales.  She was also a Special Projects Leader at d.light, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of affordable solar lighting and power products.  Victoria began her career in investment banking at Cary Street Partners. She holds an MBA and MS in Environment & Resources from Stanford University, and a BS in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Victoria is a Principal at Prelude Ventures. Her previous experience includes serving as Director of Finance at Suniva, a venture-backed solar manufacturer, where she was instrumental in raising capital, expanding manufacturing globally, and executing sales.  She was also a Special Projects Leader at d.light, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of affordable solar lighting and power products.  Victoria began her career in investment banking at Cary Street Partners. She holds an MBA and MS in Environment & Resources from Stanford University, and a BS in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill.

VICTORIA BEASLEY

PRINCIPAL
PRELUDE VENTURES

   
  
  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  
  
  
  
  
  
    @TrumanSemans  Truman Semans is the founder and chief executive of  Element  Strategies, which provides analysis and advice for investors, asset managers, companies, and governments to develop and implement high-return, high-impact investment strategies.  He also co-founded Intersect Project, a fintech company building predictive analytic software and financial products for systematized thematic investing. Previously, he was a Partner with the strategy consultancy GreenOrder, led the Pew Business Environmental Leadership Council, and co-founded the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) and the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (USPREF).   He consulted with McKinsey & Co., served as the U.S. Treasury Department International Economist for global environment, and was the finance lead on the U.S. Climate Change Negotiating Team.  He has an MBA and BA from Duke University and a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

@TrumanSemans

Truman Semans is the founder and chief executive of Element Strategies, which provides analysis and advice for investors, asset managers, companies, and governments to develop and implement high-return, high-impact investment strategies.  He also co-founded Intersect Project, a fintech company building predictive analytic software and financial products for systematized thematic investing. Previously, he was a Partner with the strategy consultancy GreenOrder, led the Pew Business Environmental Leadership Council, and co-founded the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) and the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (USPREF).   He consulted with McKinsey & Co., served as the U.S. Treasury Department International Economist for global environment, and was the finance lead on the U.S. Climate Change Negotiating Team.  He has an MBA and BA from Duke University and a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

TRUMAN SEMANS

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE
ELEMENT STRATEGIES

  @sust_cap    As Oak Hill Capital’s ESG Officer, Lee Coker leads the identification and implementation of environmental, social and governance ("ESG") opportunities for portfolio companies to improve environmental, social and financial performance.   Lee started his work in private equity as a Manager in the Corporate Partnerships Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Lee managed EDF's Green Returns initiative with KKR, The Carlyle Group, Oak Hill Capital Partners and other leaders in the private equity sector. He also led the creation, development and communications surrounding EDF’s ESG Management Tool for the private equity sector, enabling users to evaluate and enhance performance across 22 best practices areas.   Lee also worked previously with Walmart’s business strategy and sustainability team, and led consulting engagements with Investors’ Circle, Ford Foundation and HIP Investor. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Alabama and an MBA from UNC'S Kenan-Flagler Business School.

@sust_cap

As Oak Hill Capital’s ESG Officer, Lee Coker leads the identification and implementation of environmental, social and governance ("ESG") opportunities for portfolio companies to improve environmental, social and financial performance. Lee started his work in private equity as a Manager in the Corporate Partnerships Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Lee managed EDF's Green Returns initiative with KKR, The Carlyle Group, Oak Hill Capital Partners and other leaders in the private equity sector. He also led the creation, development and communications surrounding EDF’s ESG Management Tool for the private equity sector, enabling users to evaluate and enhance performance across 22 best practices areas. Lee also worked previously with Walmart’s business strategy and sustainability team, and led consulting engagements with Investors’ Circle, Ford Foundation and HIP Investor. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Alabama and an MBA from UNC'S Kenan-Flagler Business School.

LEE COKER

ESG OFFICER
OAK HILL CAPITAL

 @markjlaabs Mark is the Managing Director of Modern Energy, a private equity firm that invests in and through businesses that bring distributed energy innovations to market. He also serves as Chairman of Faro Energy, a Latin American distributed energy finance company. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Soligent Holdings Inc, the largest solar distributor in the Americas. He also helped to build and later sold Climate Bridge, a clean energy finance company and one of the largest players in the global carbon markets with offices in Europe, Asia, and Oceania, and served as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., where he worked from the Atlanta, San Francisco, and London offices. Mark graduated as a Robertson Scholar from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University with a dual degree in International Studies and the Dynamics of Social Change.

@markjlaabs
Mark is the Managing Director of Modern Energy, a private equity firm that invests in and through businesses that bring distributed energy innovations to market. He also serves as Chairman of Faro Energy, a Latin American distributed energy finance company. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Soligent Holdings Inc, the largest solar distributor in the Americas. He also helped to build and later sold Climate Bridge, a clean energy finance company and one of the largest players in the global carbon markets with offices in Europe, Asia, and Oceania, and served as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., where he worked from the Atlanta, San Francisco, and London offices. Mark graduated as a Robertson Scholar from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University with a dual degree in International Studies and the Dynamics of Social Change.

MARK LAABS

MANAGING DIRECTOR
MODERN ENERGY