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

@ValCookSmith ‏ Val Smith is the Director and 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. She 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.  Val earned her MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and her BA from the University of Virginia.

@ValCookSmith ‏

Val Smith is the Director and 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. She 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.  Val earned her MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and her BA from the University of Virginia.

ValERIE Smith

DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY
CITI

@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.

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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

@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

@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

@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

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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.

OLGA HAWN

ASST. PROFESSOR OF STRATEGY
UNC KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL

MARK MCDIVITT

MANAGING DIRECTOR
STATE STREET GLOBAL EXCHANGE

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

@Katie_Kross  

@Katie_Kross

 

KATIE KROSS

MANAGING DIRECTOR, EDGE
DUKE FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

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dAN vERMEER

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF THE PRACTICE
DUKE FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

BRENDAN LEBLANC

PARTNER
EY

 
 

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