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Conference 2020

Speaker Biographies

Keynote Address

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Anne Simpson

Managing Investment Director

for Board Governance

& Sustainability CalPERS

Anne is CalPERS’ Managing Investment Director for Board Governance & Sustainability, reporting to the CEO and responsible for strategic initiatives across the $400 + billion fund.  These include sustainable investment strategies such as Climate Action 100+ a global investor alliance of over $47 trillion driving business action on climate change.

 

Anne serves on the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, the Robert F Kennedy Leadership Council, and Senior Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business, at Haas Business School, UC Berkeley.  Among her publications is “The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Advancing Sustainability” (Palgrave MacMillan) with Satyajit Bose and Dong Guo.

 

Anne was recognized by TIME Magazine in 2019 as one of 15 women globally leading the fight on climate change and as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance by Barron’s in 2020. She has regularly been cited by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 most influential leaders in the boardroom.

 

She is British and lives in California.

Chief Sustainability Officers Panel

Audrey Choi is the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at Morgan Stanley. In these roles, she oversees the firm's efforts to support resilient communities and promote economic opportunity and global sustainability through the capital markets.

 

As CMO, she helps ensure that the brand reflects the firm’s core values of leading with integrity and exceptional ideas across its businesses and geographies. As CSO, Choi oversees the firm’s efforts to promote global sustainability through capital markets. She also continues to serve as the CEO of the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. Choi’s leadership focuses on how the firm’s approaches to investing advice and access to capital can help promote positive change.

Choi’s experiences make her a respected thought leader on harnessing finance to address community concerns and global challenges. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she held senior policy positions in the Clinton Administration, including Chief of Staff of the Council of Economic Advisers and Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore. Previously, Choi was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. Choi is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She serves on the boards of several national nonprofits focused on sustainability, community development and social justice.

Jim Andrew is Executive Vice President, Beyond the Bottle businesses and Chief Sustainability Officer for PepsiCo. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world, and generated more than $67 billion in net revenue in 2019, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

 

Mr. Andrew joined PepsiCo in 2016. He heads PepsiCo’s Beyond the Bottle business unit, including our SodaStream and SodaStream Professional businesses. He also leads PepsiCo’s sustainability agenda, including the strategic framework, governance, and integrated plans of PepsiCo, whilst ensuring that sustainability is woven into the operating plans of all Business Units.

 

Previously, Mr. Andrew served as chief strategy and innovation officer for Royal Philips N.V., and as CEO of Philips Group Innovation, based in Amsterdam. He played a central role in the transformation of Philips from a conglomerate to a focused and high-performing health tech company. He had leadership accountability for all elements of strategy and innovation, including Philips Research, venture businesses, Philips Design, and Intellectual Property. He was instrumental in leading the evolution of innovation at the company, with a focus on increasing speed-to-market of new products and developing a leaner and more efficient R&D organization. He also led the company’s digital transformation.

 

Mr. Andrew also served as the chief administrative officer of Sears Holdings Corporation.

 

Mr. Andrew started his career at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) working his way to the role of senior partner over a distinguished 25-year career. At BCG, he established and led the firm’s Innovation practice for almost a decade. He also worked globally with leading companies in the areas of portfolio composition, corporate and business unit strategy, and shareholder value creation. He opened the firm’s offices in Mumbai India and Singapore.

 

Mr. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

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Audrey Choi

Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief Marketing Officer,

Morgan Stanley

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Jim Andrew

Chief Sustainability Officer,

PepsiCo

Kathleen McLaughlin is executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart Inc. and president of the Walmart Foundation.

Kathleen is responsible for programs that help Walmart create economic opportunity through jobs and sourcing; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience of local communities. Through business initiatives and philanthropy, her teams work with Walmart associates, suppliers, nonprofit organizations and others to drive significant and lasting improvements to economic, social and environmental systems. Last year, the company awarded more than $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind donations, including over $975 million of food donations.

Before joining Walmart in 2013, she spent more than 20 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

Kathleen serves on the boards of the Council on Foundations and World Resources Institute and is a member of NatureVest and the Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose’s Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Boards.

Kathleen earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Boston University, as well as a master of arts in politics, philosophy and economics from Balliol College at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She also has a diploma in theology from Oxford. She is married with three children and divides her time between Bentonville, Arkansas, and Toronto, Ontario.

Rebecca Henderson is one of 25 University Professors at Harvard, a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of both the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Henderson is an expert on innovation and organizational change, and her research explores the degree to which the private sector can play a major role in building a more sustainable economy, focusing particularly on the relationships between organizational purpose, innovation and productivity in high performance organizations.

 

For several years she taught “Reimagining Capitalism: Business & the Big Problems”, a course that grew from 28 students to over 300 and that is the basis for her book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire” (Hachette/Public Affairs, April 2020). Rebecca sits on the boards of Idexx Laboratories and of CERES. Her publication include Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective, and Accelerating Energy Innovation: Lessons from multiple sectors. 

 

Henderson was named one of three “Outstanding Directors of 2019” by the Financial Times. 

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Kathleen McLaughlin

Chief Sustainability Officer &

Executive Vice President, Walmart

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Rebecca Henderson

John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard Business School

Panel moderator

Noel Kinder is Nike’s Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). As the CSO, Noel leads Global Sustainability, a team committed to protecting our planet to maintain an environment where all athletes can train, live and thrive. Prior to becoming the CSO, Noel was the Vice President of Sustainable Manufacturing and Sourcing, where he was responsible for collaborating with Nike Inc.'s business units, contracted factory leadership, representatives in academia and within the NGO community on the evolution of the company's sustainable business performance policies.

 

Noel joined Nike in 1999 and has held a wide range of leadership positions in the footwear and apparel divisions as well as roles in strategic planning and finance. In 2013, Noel became the General Manager of Nike Vietnam LLC, one of Nike’s largest sourcing countries, and was responsible for all manufacturing operations. He has worked with a wide range of manufacturers; from textile and apparel production in Sri Lanka and Eastern Europe to footwear manufacturing in Brazil and throughout Asia.

 

Prior to Nike, Noel held roles that included leadership in several non-profit organizations as well small, privately-held companies in the United States. He has also served in the United States Peace Corps, spending two years in Honduras.

 

Noel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in Business from Portland State University. He is fluent in Spanish.

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Edward Ferguson

Director, Sustainability North America
at Anheuser-Busch

Ed leads Anheuser-Busch on strategic and tactical activities, focusing on establishing an ecosystem of internal and external alliances and partnerships in environmental sustainability while engaging in sustainable business transformation within Anheuser-Busch’s footprint in the U.S. and Canada.

 

He began his career at Anheuser-Busch in 2012 as a brewer at the Research Pilot Brewery in St. Louis where he explored new raw materials, beer styles, and ways of brewing. Prior to his current role, Ed led cross-functional initiatives within operational technologies exploration and innovation spanning from barley breeding, brewing process alternatives, to new packaging solutions.

 

Ed holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Panel: Building Sustainability into Your Career

 
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Noel Kinder

Chief Sustainability Officer
NIKE, Inc.

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Taylor Leyden

Program Manger, Energy &
Sustainability at Microsoft

Taylor Leyden is a Program Manager on Microsoft's Datacenter Energy & Sustainability Team, where she focuses on meeting Microsoft's public decarbonization goals through renewable energy and cleantech projects at datacenters across the EMEA region.

 

She graduated from HBS in 2020, where she was a VP in the Energy & Environment Club, a Student Sustainability Associate, and Social Chair for Section D. Prior to HBS, Taylor worked in the solar energy industry for five years, doing project finance and project development for commercial-scale projects across the US.

 

 

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Professor Toffel is the Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management, Faculty Chair of the HBS Business and Environment Initiative, and is course head of and teaches the Technology & Operations Management core MBA course. Mike Toffel's research examines companies' management of environmental affairs and occupational safety, identifying which types of management programs and regulations improve environmental and safety performance.

His work ranges from academic articles based on econometric analyses of large datasets to case studies of individual companies. His research on occupational health and safety has been profiled by the head of U.S. OSHA and featured in the national press including US News & World Report, and Scientific American. His research has been published in many top scholarly journals including Science, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Organization Science, in practitioners journals including Sloan Management Review and California Management Review, and in mainstream outlets including The Atlantic Monthly and Newsweek/DailyBeast.

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Michael W. Toffel

Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management

Discussion moderator

Debate: Public policy vs. private innovation

Bob Perciasepe is President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), which is widely recognized in the United States and internationally as a leading, independent voice for practical policy and action to address our energy and climate challenges.
 

Mr. Perciasepe has been an environmental policy leader in and outside government for more than 40 years, most recently as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is a respected expert on environmental stewardship, natural resource management, and public policy, and has built a reputation for bringing stakeholders together to solve issues.
 

While Mr. Perciasepe served as Deputy Administrator from 2009 to 2014, EPA set stricter auto emissions and mileage standards, increased protections for the nation’s streams and rivers, and developed carbon emissions standards for power plants. Mr. Perciasepe was previously assistant administrator for both the agency’s water and clean air programs, leading efforts to improve the safety of America’s drinking water and development of a new infrastructure revolving fund for drinking water. He also led efforts to lower sulfur levels in gasoline and diesel fuel to reduce smog.
 

In 2002, Mr. Perciasepe joined the National Audubon Society, one of the nation’s oldest conservation organizations, as its senior vice president for public policy. He served as the group’s chief operating officer from 2004 to 2009, and worked to protect wetlands and expand environmental education, especially in urban areas.
 

He has also held top positions in state and municipal government — as Secretary of the Environment for the state of Maryland from 1990 to 1993 and as a senior planning official for the city of Baltimore, where he managed the city’s capital budget.
 

Mr. Perciasepe is a member of the Bank of America National Community Advisory Council and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He serves on the boards of the Keystone Policy Center and the Environmental Law Institute. He has received American University’s William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership, the Chesapeake Water Environment Association’s Able Wolman Award, the American Lung Association’s Distinguished Service award and the Walter G. Wells Conservation Award.
 

Mr. Perciasepe holds a master’s degree in planning and public administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources from Cornell University.

 
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Bob Perciasepe

President of Center for Climate
and Energy Solution and
Former

Deputy Administrator of EPA

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Mindy Lubber

CEO and President of Ceres

Mindy Lubber is the CEO and President of the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres. She leads an all-women executive leadership team and 125 employees working to mobilize the most influential investors and companies to tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges: climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and inequitable workplaces.

 

As a well-known global thought leader, Lubber has inspired coalitions of institutional investors, corporate boards, C-suite executives and other capital market leaders to factor environmental, social and governance issues into decision-making. She is frequently quoted in top business and financial news outlets and pens a regular column for Forbes.com on a variety of sustainability topics that have strengthened the business case for action and elevated concepts, such as climate and water risk. She also regularly speaks to high-level world and national political leaders on clean energy and water policies, and has helped to change the political conversation around tackling climate change to one focused on jobs and the economy. And in 2015, Lubber helped catalyze the necessary business support to get the historic Paris Agreement across the finish line, leading Vogue Magazine to name her a “Climate Warrior.”
 
Lubber has received numerous awards for her leadership including the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from American University, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation. She has been recognized by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the World’s Top Leaders of Change. In 2019, Ceres was named a top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts by the Globe Magazine and Commonwealth Institute, and in 2020, Lubber made Barron’s Magazine’s inaugural list of the 100 most influential women in U.S. finance.
 
Prior to Ceres, Lubber served as a Regional Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under former President Bill Clinton. She also founded Green Century Capital Management and served as the director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG). 

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Kathleen A. Theoharides

Secretary of Massachusetts 
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Secretary Kathleen A. Theoharides oversees the Commonwealth's six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies, which include the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, Energy Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Agricultural Resources, and Fish & Game. Secretary Theoharides also serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Trained as a field biologist, Secretary Theoharides began her policy career working in Washington, D.C. at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Defenders of Wildlife. During her time in D.C., Secretary Theoharides worked on the federal farm bill and conservation policy, and helped establish a national program that partnered with federal and state agencies to incorporate climate change adaptation into policy, budgets, and planning. After returning to Massachusetts, she served as the Executive Director of the Hilltown Land Trust, and founded Theoharides Consulting which provided climate and environmental policy analysis, strategic planning, and facilitation to universities, government agencies and non-profits.

Secretary Theoharides joined the Baker-Polito Administration in 2016 as Director of Climate and Global Warming Solutions in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. As Director and later Assistant Secretary, Secretary Theoharides guided the development and implementation of the Administration’s efforts to safeguard Massachusetts from the impacts of climate change, support cities and towns, and coordinate efforts across state government to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.  She worked to implement Executive Order 569, led the development of the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan and created the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, working to grow the program to reach 50 percent of cities and towns in the Commonwealth in less than 3 years. Secretary Theoharides was promoted to Undersecretary in 2019, and continued to lead the Commonwealth’s efforts on climate change, including working to strengthen regional and national coalitions focused on bipartisan state climate leadership including the United States Climate Alliance and the Transportation Climate Initiative.

 

Secretary Theoharides received a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College and Masters of Science in Ecology and Environmental Biology from University of Massachusetts-Boston.

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Gunnar Trumbull is a Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Business, Government, and the International Economy area.

 

Trumbull graduated from Harvard College in 1991 and earned a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T. in 2000. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 2001, where his research focuses on European political economy.

Gunnar Trumbull

Philip Caldwell Professor of Business Administration at

Harvard Business School

Debate moderator

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Panel: Circular Economy

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is the Chief Executive Officer of LanzaTech. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector including a proven track record in the development and commercialization of fuels and chemicals technologies. Prior to joining LanzaTech, she was Vice President and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. In that role, she led UOP’s renewable business from its inception through to the achievement of significant revenues from the commercialization of multiple novel biofuels technologies.

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She currently serves on multiple external advisory boards. She is the author or co-author of 50 US patents, 20 scientific publications and is the 2003 recipient of the Council for Chemical Research’s (CCR) Malcolm E. Pruitt Award.

In 2010, she was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Civil Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) for her work in establishing the technical and commercial viability of sustainable aviation biofuels. In 2015 Dr. Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. Sustainability magazine, Salt, named Dr. Holmgren as the world’s most compassionate business woman in 2015. In October 2015, Dr. Holmgren was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award in Corporate Social Innovation from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Dr. Holmgren was named as #1 of the 100 most influential leaders in the Bioeconomy and LanzaTech was named the Hottest Company in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2016-2017. A TEDx Chicago speaker, Jennifer is also the 2018 recipient of the AIChE Fuels & Petrochemicals Division Award as well as the Biofuels Digest Global Bioenergy Leadership Award.

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Dr. Jennifer Holmgren

CEO of LanzaTech

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Jennifer Wagner

President of Carboncure

Jennifer is President of clean technology company CarbonCure Technologies. CarbonCure's technology chemically repurposes waste carbon dioxide during the concrete manufacturing process to make greener and stronger concrete.  As President of CarbonCure, Jennifer oversees the company's operations and guides the team in order to meet the company’s ambitious growth targets. Jennifer is CarbonCure’s team lead in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition, and the $35 million Emissions Reduction Alberta Grand Challenge. Prior to serving as President, she served as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Director of Sustainability. Jennifer was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean 50 Emerging Leaders in 2019, and a Climate Trailblazer at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit.

Jennifer is a CSA-Certified Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier, and has been involved in many boards and committees with the Canada and US Green Building Councils, Health Product Declaration Collaborative, and Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management. Jennifer holds a BSc from McGill University, as well as an MSc in Chemistry and an MBA from Dalhousie University.

Natasha Franck is CEO & founder of EON. EON connects lifecycle management to the internet of things, introducing intelligent assets through item level to improve performance and transparency in the circular economy. 

Before launching EON, Natasha was the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development at Delos, a technology and research organization focused on improving health and wellness through the built environment – the organization that pioneered the development of the WELL Building Standard. At Delos, Natasha supported the launch of the International WELL Building Institute, the development of the WELL Building Standard, and the roll out of a pilot process to create the first WELL Certified projects. 

Natasha spearheaded the international expansion of WELL Building Standard in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, through strategic partnerships and regional development. 

Prior to joining Delos, Natasha worked at Jonathan Rose Companies in sustainable real estate development and urban planning where she supported the development of a broad cross-section of educational and cultural projects in New York City. Natasha holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University and lives in New York City. 

Martin co-heads Closed Loop Partners private equity platform, the Closed Loop Leadership Fund. His role includes deal sourcing, execution and portfolio management as well as assisting managing LP relationships.

Martin is a veteran sustainability investor with a strong track record in private equity, venture capital and project finance.  He has co-founded two investment funds and held leadership positions in several growth companies.  He spent nine years at Novus Energy Partners, a clean energy growth equity firm he co-founded in 2007, where he was responsible for investments in solar and energy efficiency sectors, which yielded some of the firm’s most successful exits.  Martin was also a co-founder and partner of Traverse Venture Partners, a VC firm investing at the intersection of sustainability technologies and the built environment.

Previously, Martin was a senior vice president in GE’s renewable energy investment group, GE Energy Financial Services, where he led project finance investments in the solar, wind and biomass sectors. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and a vice president with Stern Stewart, a management consulting firm.

Martin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BS from University of Virginia.

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Natasha Franck

Founder and CEO of Eon

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Martin Aares

Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners

Panel Moderator

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Heidi Lim

Chief of Staff Opus 12

Heidi Lim is the Chief of Staff at Opus 12, a company in Berkeley, CA that has created a technology to recycle CO2 into the world's most valuable chemicals, materials, and fuels.

 

Heidi is a strong advocate for carbon removal as a necessary part of solving climate change, and of finding meaningful work. Heidi graduated from Harvard College with a concentration in environmental engineering and a secondary in environmental science and policy.

Panel: Sustainable Finance

Courtney Thompson is a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance group, supporting development of sustainable investing products and solutions across the firm’s Institutional Securities, Investment Management and Wealth Management divisions. She also contributes to thought leadership from Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing. Courtney began her career in economic consulting at Analysis Group, followed by a strategic advisory role at Next Street.

 

She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Williams College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

 

Courtney currently serves as Board Co-Chair of Microlumbia, a student-led impact investing fund, and as a member of Columbia University’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing.

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Courtney Thompson

VP -  Morgan Stanley Global

Sustainable Finance

Brett Howell is the Executive Director and Founder of the Howell Conservation Fund. His ability to catalyze breakthrough environmental solutions has influenced governments, non-profits, startups, and global corporations.

 

As part of his personal mission to end plastic pollution and create “circular economy” solutions, Brett led the  2019 beach clean-up team at Henderson Island, considered the world’s most plastic-polluted beach.

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Brett Howell

Executive Director and Founder,

Howell Conservation Fund

Adzmel is one of Piva Capital ’s co-founding Partners.

 

Previously, he spend more than a decade in one of Global Fortune 500 energy firms where he developed his technical and commercial knowledge across the entire energy value chain. At the early stage of his career, Adzmel was responsible for managing, planning and execution of major capital oil & gas projects in Malaysia, followed by a short stint as a reservoir engineer where he was responsible for the development and optimization of an oil field offshore of Peninsular Malaysia. After successfully completing the development of the project, Adzmel spent time in strategic planning and commercial roles within energy sector, where he served as development and subsurface specialist to develop strategies for Malaysia’s upstream petroleum sector, including local industry development, strategic partnership arrangements and new fiscal model for petroleum contracts to prolong the economic life-cycle of oil & gas assets in Malaysia. 

 

In 2018, after helping developed the strategy for early stage investments for a multinational energy firm, Adzmel closed a $250 mil funding to form Piva Capital, an early stage VC firm investing in the new era of industrial and energy where his main focus in to find, invest in and support visionary entrepreneurs who are leading the charge in creating sustainable value through the decarbonization of the economy.

 

Adzmel graduated from HBS in 2017 and he also holds a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

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Adzmel Adznan

Partner & Operating Manager,

Piva Capital

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Tony Bova

CEO & Co-Founder, mobius

Tony Bova is the CEO and Co-Founder of mobius, a public benefit corporation developing technologies to convert industrial organic waste streams into renewable chemicals and materials through chemistry, biology, and engineering.  

 

Tony has been a vocal advocate for the circular economy - recently being named as one of the 2020 Grist 50 for his work with mobius and philosophy that organic waste is a valuable resource and should not be a burden on society or the planet. His sustainability career started with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Toledo, followed by grad school at University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he is now finishing his PhD doctoral program in Energy Science & Engineering.

Adam Wolfensohn is the Managing Partner of Encourage Capital, a unique partnership of disciplined investors and creative problem-solvers, the firm is working with major asset owners to deploy investment capital to solve problems like global ecosystem decline, climate change, and bringing financial services to the world’s poor. Previously, Adam was managing director at Wolfensohn Fund Management and also managed the Wolfensohn family office cleantech and environmental markets strategies.

He produced the climate change documentary Everything’s Cool that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. From 2002 to 2003, he worked with Conservation International to create a market for carbon credits from avoided deforestation projects.

Prior to 2002, Adam composed music for numerous films, television commercials, and theater productions, as founder and CEO of “Red Ramona,” an award winning music and sound design studio in New York City.  He is a trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yad Hanadiv, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Bang on a Can. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Adam earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Adam Wolfensohn

Managing Partner -

Encourage Capital

Brian Trelstad is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Businsess School teaching an elective course on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the first-year required course on Leadership and Corporate Accountability (LCA). Brian is also a Partner and Board Member at Bridges Fund Management, a leading global impact investing fund that invests in health, education and environmental services business.  

 

Prior to Bridges, Brian was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen, where he oversaw investments into companies that were delivering health, water, energy, and agriculture services to economic base of the pyramid in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Brian is a co-chair of Impact Capital Managers, a national membership association of impact investors in the United States, was a founding board member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the principal architect of the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) of the Global Impact Investing Network (the GIIN). In addition to his illustrious career, Brian has written many articles on his ideas of social entrepreneurship and impact investing.

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Brian Trelstad

Senior Lecturer at

Harvard Business School

Panel moderator

Panel: Environmental Markets

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Michael serves as the Director of Government Affairs and Communications at Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC (RES). He not only focuses on Louisiana coastal restoration initiatives, compliance across the company, and overseeing government affairs but also serves as the company's primary media interface, providing guidance and leadership for marketing and communications at RES.

 

Michael is a graduate of Louisiana State University with BA degrees in economics and political science and earned an MS in U.S. foreign policy from American University in Washington, DC.

Michael Hare

Government Affairs, Business Development and Communications at Resource Environmental Solutions

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Adam Davis

Managing Partner at Ecosystem

Investment Partners

Adam Davis is a Managing Partner for Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP), a private equity fund manager that acquires and manages high priority conservation properties across the United States. EIP delivers competitive returns to its investors through the use of land-based environmental offsets for unavoidable impacts.

 

He previously served as Director of the Environment Division for EPRI Solutions, a consulting firm owned by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where he worked with a team of economists, biologists and hydrologists to develop decision tools, appraisal methods and tax strategies to enable market based conservation choices. This then led him to start his own consulting practice, Solano Partners, Inc., where he worked with a broad array of corporate, government and NGO clients on environmental investment and conservation finance issues.

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Michael is a Senior Managing Director at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners based in New York. Stonepeak is a specialized private equity firm that invests in strategically important infrastructure assets within the renewables, communications, energy, power, water, and transportation sectors and manages approximately $25.9 billion of capital on behalf of its investors. Michael sits on certain of Stonepeak’s Investment Committees and has perspective on renewable markets, investors, developers, supply chains and policy across a wide range of geographies. 

 

Prior to joining Stonepeak, Michael was a Senior Managing Director and head of Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Development within Macquarie Capital having joined Macquarie Group from Bankers Trust Australia in 1999. Michael has made numerous equity investments across the renewable and conventional power sectors. Stonepeak recently invested in one of the leading distributed solar platforms in the US in Madison Energy Investments as well as investments in renewable platforms focused on offshore wind and onshore solar in Taiwan and Japan. 

 

Michael has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney Australia. 

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Michael Allison

Sr. Managing Director -

Stonepeak

Sarah Kearney is the Founder and Executive Director of PRIME Coalition, a public charity that partners with philanthropists to place charitable capital into market- based solutions to climate change. PRIME works closely with foundation grant-makers, DAFs, corporate donors, and individuals/family offices to facilitate investments into early- stage investment opportunities that are optimized for climate impact.

 

Sarah is the recipient of the 2012 MIT Ronald Heller Entrepreneurship Award, 2014 Caltech Resonate Award, 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review’s 2014 35 Innovators Under 35, and the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30. She holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. 

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Sarah Kearney

Founder and Exec. Director -

Prime Coalition

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SBC2020 has ended.

Thank you to all of our wonderful panelists and attendees - we hope that you enjoyed the conference as much as we did!