Program Committee

Becky Duff has more than 20 years of experience conducting industry and technology research, with a particular focus on product development, emerging technologies, and policy and market interventions. She is the lead researcher on the Batten Institute’s Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative. She also provided research support to Darden Professor Michael Lenox on his book titled  Can Business Save the Earth: Innovating our Way to Sustainability . Prior to joining Darden in 2017, she managed a team of engineers that developed more than 100 product specifications in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Labeled Products Program.

Becky Duff has more than 20 years of experience conducting industry and technology research, with a particular focus on product development, emerging technologies, and policy and market interventions. She is the lead researcher on the Batten Institute’s Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative. She also provided research support to Darden Professor Michael Lenox on his book titled Can Business Save the Earth: Innovating our Way to Sustainability. Prior to joining Darden in 2017, she managed a team of engineers that developed more than 100 product specifications in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Labeled Products Program.

Erika Herz is responsible for the Batten Institute's research program and academic conferences, related publications for academic and business audiences, and major events such as the Jefferson Innovation Summit and the Global Innovators' Roundtable. She was previously the associate director of sustainability programs at Darden and managing director of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), a 22-university consortium. She hosts the Research and Relevance podcast series on entrepreneurship and innovation research. Before Darden, Herz served as sustainability manager for UTC Power, a business unit of United Technologies Corp.

Erika Herz is responsible for the Batten Institute's research program and academic conferences, related publications for academic and business audiences, and major events such as the Jefferson Innovation Summit and the Global Innovators' Roundtable. She was previously the associate director of sustainability programs at Darden and managing director of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), a 22-university consortium. She hosts the Research and Relevance podcast series on entrepreneurship and innovation research. Before Darden, Herz served as sustainability manager for UTC Power, a business unit of United Technologies Corp.

 

Becky Duff, co-chair
Senior Research Associate, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UVA Darden School of Business

Erika Herz, co-chair
Director of Research & Intellectual Capital, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UVA Darden School of Business

 
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Adam is the co-Head of Marketing at GAF Energy, a renewable energy company that is redefining the way homeowners can go solar. Previously, he was VP of Marketing at SolarCity, and then led the Energy Marketing and CX function within Tesla after SolarCity was acquired. He also had a 14-year career as a management consultant with various consulting firms, including stints at Booz & Company and GreenOrder. Adam received his MBA from UVA Darden Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the College of William & Mary.

Adam is the co-Head of Marketing at GAF Energy, a renewable energy company that is redefining the way homeowners can go solar. Previously, he was VP of Marketing at SolarCity, and then led the Energy Marketing and CX function within Tesla after SolarCity was acquired. He also had a 14-year career as a management consultant with various consulting firms, including stints at Booz & Company and GreenOrder. Adam received his MBA from UVA Darden Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the College of William & Mary.

Jon Conradi
Senior Student-led Initiatives Manager, London Business School

Adam Happel
Senior Director of Marketing, GAF Energy

Professor Lenox was appointed to the Tayloe Murphy Professorship in Business Administration at UVA's Darden School of Business, where he teaches the core MBA strategy course. He also serves as the Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Associate Dean of Innovation Programs and Academic Director of Darden's Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He helped found and served as the inaugural president of the multiple-university Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability. Prior to joining Darden in 2008, Professor Lenox was a professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Technology Management and Policy from MIT and the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from UVA.

Professor Lenox was appointed to the Tayloe Murphy Professorship in Business Administration at UVA's Darden School of Business, where he teaches the core MBA strategy course. He also serves as the Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Associate Dean of Innovation Programs and Academic Director of Darden's Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He helped found and served as the inaugural president of the multiple-university Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability. Prior to joining Darden in 2008, Professor Lenox was a professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Technology Management and Policy from MIT and the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from UVA.

Michael Lenox, PhD
Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business, Sr. Associate Dean & Chief Strategy Officer, UVA Darden School of Business

Joel Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., creator of GreenBiz.com along with research and events on sustainable business and clean technology. He hosts GreenBiz.com’s annual GreenBiz forums as well as the VERGE and Circularity conferences, and is principal author of the annual “State of Green Business” report. A former nationally syndicated columnist, Joel is author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including, recently,  The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century , (St. Martin’s Press, 2016).

Joel Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., creator of GreenBiz.com along with research and events on sustainable business and clean technology. He hosts GreenBiz.com’s annual GreenBiz forums as well as the VERGE and Circularity conferences, and is principal author of the annual “State of Green Business” report. A former nationally syndicated columnist, Joel is author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including, recently, The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century, (St. Martin’s Press, 2016).

Jennifer Nash is Director of the Business & Environment Initiative (BEI) at Harvard Business School, where she coordinates across the school to strengthen research and teaching about business and the environment, connect students with career opportunities, and engage with alumni and other managers and policymakers. Previously she was Executive Director of the Regulatory Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School and Associate Director of the HKS Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. Her research examines private and public roles in environmental protection, with an emphasis on innovative, voluntary, and self-regulatory approaches.

Jennifer Nash is Director of the Business & Environment Initiative (BEI) at Harvard Business School, where she coordinates across the school to strengthen research and teaching about business and the environment, connect students with career opportunities, and engage with alumni and other managers and policymakers. Previously she was Executive Director of the Regulatory Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School and Associate Director of the HKS Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. Her research examines private and public roles in environmental protection, with an emphasis on innovative, voluntary, and self-regulatory approaches.

Katherine Neebe leads Walmart’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, focusing on strengthening the company’s global responsibility program and demonstrating how it delivers shared value and long-term financial performance. Formerly, she was Director of Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement, at Walmart and focused on cultivating high-impact partnerships that deliver strategic value to the business while advancing social/environmental issues. Before Walmart, Katherine spent six years at WWF managing one of the world’s largest corporate-NGO partnerships, a $97MM sustainability-driven initiative with The Coca-Cola Company focused on water, sustainable agriculture and climate. She holds an MBA from UVA Darden School of Business and has a BA in English from Colorado College.

Katherine Neebe leads Walmart’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, focusing on strengthening the company’s global responsibility program and demonstrating how it delivers shared value and long-term financial performance. Formerly, she was Director of Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement, at Walmart and focused on cultivating high-impact partnerships that deliver strategic value to the business while advancing social/environmental issues. Before Walmart, Katherine spent six years at WWF managing one of the world’s largest corporate-NGO partnerships, a $97MM sustainability-driven initiative with The Coca-Cola Company focused on water, sustainable agriculture and climate. She holds an MBA from UVA Darden School of Business and has a BA in English from Colorado College.

Joel Makower
Chairman, GreenBiz Group

Jennifer Nash
Director, Business & Environment Initiative, Harvard Business School

Katherine Neebe
Senior Director - ESG, Trust & Transparency, Walmart

Chrissa Pagitsas is the VP, Enterprise Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) for Fannie Mae. She is responsible for market transforming innovations in the financing industry such creating the Green MBS and launching green mortgage loan products. Prior to Fannie Mae, Ms. Pagitsas implemented environmental sustainability strategies for real estate owners and large-scale utility data and financial management solutions for utility companies in the U.S. and Europe. Ms. Pagitsas holds an MBA from UVA Darden School of Business and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Chrissa Pagitsas is the VP, Enterprise Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) for Fannie Mae. She is responsible for market transforming innovations in the financing industry such creating the Green MBS and launching green mortgage loan products. Prior to Fannie Mae, Ms. Pagitsas implemented environmental sustainability strategies for real estate owners and large-scale utility data and financial management solutions for utility companies in the U.S. and Europe. Ms. Pagitsas holds an MBA from UVA Darden School of Business and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Aaron is an ecosystem solutions professional with 20 years of experience restoring natural resources to support economic development and long-term environmental sustainability. His land-based work centers around implementation of ecological restoration projects to address climate change and to help clients achieve their sustainability development goals while enabling a broad range of environmental engagement. Aaron’s work is enhancing community resiliency around the country delivering green infrastructure across thousands of acres, nearly 100 miles of streams, and numerous threatened /endangered species. Aaron holds an MBA, a Masters in Environmental Planning, and a B.A. in Environmental Science, all from the University of Virginia.

Aaron is an ecosystem solutions professional with 20 years of experience restoring natural resources to support economic development and long-term environmental sustainability. His land-based work centers around implementation of ecological restoration projects to address climate change and to help clients achieve their sustainability development goals while enabling a broad range of environmental engagement. Aaron’s work is enhancing community resiliency around the country delivering green infrastructure across thousands of acres, nearly 100 miles of streams, and numerous threatened /endangered species. Aaron holds an MBA, a Masters in Environmental Planning, and a B.A. in Environmental Science, all from the University of Virginia.

Alicia Seiger is a lecturer at Stanford Law School and Managing Director of both the Stanford Sustainable Finance Initiative and the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, where she develops climate-related solutions, research and engagement across Stanford Law, Graduate School of Business and the Precourt Institute for Energy. A serial entrepreneur and pioneer of new business models, Alicia has been designing and executing climate and energy strategies for businesses, foundations, investors, and NGOs since 2004. She has served on the management teams of multiple startups, including at TerraPass, a pioneer of the US carbon offset market, and Flycast Communications, one of the world’s first web advertising networks. Alicia holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Environmental Policy and Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.

Alicia Seiger is a lecturer at Stanford Law School and Managing Director of both the Stanford Sustainable Finance Initiative and the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, where she develops climate-related solutions, research and engagement across Stanford Law, Graduate School of Business and the Precourt Institute for Energy. A serial entrepreneur and pioneer of new business models, Alicia has been designing and executing climate and energy strategies for businesses, foundations, investors, and NGOs since 2004. She has served on the management teams of multiple startups, including at TerraPass, a pioneer of the US carbon offset market, and Flycast Communications, one of the world’s first web advertising networks. Alicia holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Environmental Policy and Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.

Chrissa Pagitsas
VP, Enterprise Environmental, Social, Governance, Fannie Mae

Aaron Revere
Director, Corporate Development, Resource Environmental Solutions LLC

Alicia Seiger
Managing Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

Will Teichman is VP of Business Operations for Kimco Realty, one of North America’s largest public owners and operators of open-air shopping centers, with 437 properties in top metropolitan markets. Will leads cross-functional business improvement initiatives as well as leasing operations, ancillary income and sustainability. Prior to his current role, Will led the creation of Kimco’s award-winning Corporate Responsibility Program and held positions in the retail and management consulting industries. Will holds an MBA from UVA Darden Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Economics and Politics with a certificate in Environmental Studies from Washington and Lee University.

Will Teichman is VP of Business Operations for Kimco Realty, one of North America’s largest public owners and operators of open-air shopping centers, with 437 properties in top metropolitan markets. Will leads cross-functional business improvement initiatives as well as leasing operations, ancillary income and sustainability. Prior to his current role, Will led the creation of Kimco’s award-winning Corporate Responsibility Program and held positions in the retail and management consulting industries. Will holds an MBA from UVA Darden Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Economics and Politics with a certificate in Environmental Studies from Washington and Lee University.

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 UVA and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

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 UVA and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Will Teichman
Vice President, Business Operations, Kimco Realty Corporation

Dan Vermeer, PhD
Executive Director, Center for Energy, Development, & the Global Environment, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University