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Andrew McKeon - Founder BusinessClimate

Andrew McKeon founded BusinessClimate to provide consulting services that help clients create value in ways that foster sustainability while increasing their global competitiveness and profitability.

He has organized the annual conference BusinessClimate to gather global leaders in sustainability to explore the technology, policy and management transformations which are necessary to build a resource efficient low-carbon economy. Underlying what is perhaps the greatest business opportunity of the 21st century, Andrew believes there is an organizing principle akin to Moore’s Law, which lent predictability to the growth of the semiconductor industry and built today’s information economy in which we live and work.

Andrew has held the position of MTS (Member of Technical Staff) at AT&T Bell Laboratories (now Alcatel-Lucent) and, thereafter, worked as an operations and control specialist in derivatives at Goldman Sachs and Vice President and Business Area Controller at Deutsche Bank. In 2006, he began working with US Vice President Al Gore in raising awareness on climate change.

Andrew has been a sought after speaker and instructor on climate change and technology. His writing has appeared in such publications as Greenbiz, Reuters, and strategy+business magazine. He has been invited to speak at NASA, the United Nations, the Deming Biennial, and was a keynote at the IEEE sponsored PICMET 2009. He is an advisor to the UN-GAID and is a member of the Board of Directors of TransitCenter.

He holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from Columbia University.

Matt Arnold, US Sustainable Business Solutions, Advisory Leader, PwC

Matt Arnold is a Principal and leader of Sustainable Business Solutions, at PwC in the US. His team helps clients achieve business success from their sustainability strategies and investments. They focus on revenue growth, cost reduction and risk mitigation in industrial, financial, airline, food and consumer product companies.

Matt was a co-founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd, which helps financial services companies to develop sustainability strategy, manage environmental and social risk and to identify environmentally superior investment opportunities. His clients include commercial and investment banks, insurers, real estate companies, industrial products and development banks. Sustainable Finance was acquired by PwC in December 2008.

Matt was Chief Operating Officer of at the World Resources Institute, a sustainable development think tank. He held positions in marketing with IBM, in investment banking with Merrill Lynch, and in business development with Santa Fe Trading, Hong Kong. Matt founded the Management Institute for Environment and Business, which was a pioneer in presenting environmental challenges as business opportunities to companies and business schools.

Matt is a member of the Board of Directors of Forest Trends, a market maker for ecosystem services, a member of the US National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, and a faculty member of the Prince of Wales Cambridge University Business Environment Program.

Matt holds an AB degree in Psychobiology from Harvard College, an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

L.N. Balaji, President, US Operations,ITC Infotech

L N Balaji is President - ITC Infotech, Americas.
Under his leadership, operations of the company have expanded, marquee customers have grown exponentially and the company’s geographic presence has extended beyond the US. His leadership style focuses on nurturing deep relationships with his team and with clients.

Balaji has been with the ITC Group since 1985 and has held diverse responsibilities across different businesses of the company. Prior to his current role, he was Head - Strategic Planning for ITC Ltd, responsible for strategizing and implementing growth through mergers and acquisitions. He also served in the office of the Chairman, ITC Ltd. His portfolio included consolidating and critiquing the integrated plan for ITC, encompassing Strategic Business Units and subsidiaries. He was also the interface with investors and analysts and enabled better appreciation of the Company’s strategies and performance.

A Bachelor of Commerce form the Madras University, Balaji is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has authored several papers, articles and presentations. His article on “Opening up the Insurance Industry” in 1991 was presented to the Finance Minister of India, and his co-authored book on “Strategies for Competitiveness” in 1996 was the background paper to the 25th National Management Convention of the All India Management Association, sponsored by ITC Ltd. More recently, Balaji has been a guest speaker at prestigious institutes including Columbia Business School, Kellogg School of Management, Cornell University, Ann Arbor (Michigan) and Harvard University. He has also been quoted widely in the media on issues related to Sustainability and technology led business transformation.

His leisure time pursuits include quizzing, golf and music.

David B. Bartlett, Vice President, Industry Solutions, IBM Tivoli

David Bartlett leads IBM’s Smarter Building initiative and Tivoli’s Smarter Planet Industry Solutions.

Prior to this role, Mr. Bartlett spent close to ten years in Europe in roles that included: Vice President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa and Director of Europe's Tivoli development laboratory. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Bartlett worked for United Technologies. .

Mr. Bartlett attended the graduate school for Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, the graduate school for Business Administration at the University of North Carolina and the undergraduate school for Biology and Chemistry at the State University of New York.

Peter Boyd, COO, Carbon War Room

Peter Boyd brings to the Carbon War Room over 15 years of experience in strategy, marketing, operations, and business development.

Peter serves as COO, joining the War Room as Director of Operations for the Carbon War Room (CWR) in February 2009, following over ten years in the Virgin Group. Peter was integral in starting CWR, he served as the Launch Project Director, when the initial concept was first instigated in Necker Island in 2008.

As COO, Peter focuses his time on developing the strategy in the three pillars of CWR: Network Engagement, Research and Operations. He previously served for two years as CEO of Virgin Mobile South Africa, leading the first and only Virtual Mobile Operator on the African continent, tripling its size over the period. Prior to that, he was VP of Marketing for Virgin Mobile USA in New York, leading the launch of the inaugural Virgin Festival USA and its Pro-social initiative, while the company grew from 0.5m to 5m customers. This followed various managerial and marketing roles in the Virgin Group in London.

Peter’s started his career at McKinsey & Company (working in London, India and South Africa) after graduating from Oxford University with BA Honours in Philosophy, Politics & Economics.

Aimee Christensen - CEO of Christensen Global Strategies

Aimée Christensen Aimée Christensen is CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, advising companies, investors, multilateral institutions, governments, and non-profits who are addressing the global challenges of climate change, ecosystem degradation, and resource scarcity. Her clients have included the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, Ogilvy, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, The Elders, U.N. Development Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Virgin Unite, and Wolfensohn + Co.

Aimée serves as Strategic Adviser (USA) to Cambridge University’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership and the Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme, and is the Program Chair of the World Climate Summit, which brings together business leaders to collaborate on building the global clean economy. She has two decades’ experience in policy, law, advocacy, and philanthropy including with Google.org, World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, and the U.S. Department of Energy where she drafted the first bilateral and regional climate change accords. Aimée serves on numerous boards and is a Contributor to energyNOW! on ABC and Bloomberg and she addressed energy issues at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

She is the 2011 Hillary Institute for International Leadership Laureate for exceptional leadership on Climate Change Solutions and is a 2010 Aspen Institute Catto Fellow. She attended Smith College (BA) and Stanford Law School (JD).

Michael Ferrara - Sr. Business Director - BD Medical Surgical Systems

A multi-disclipined business leader with over 20 years experience in successfully executing strategic growth in the healthcare and aerospace industries. He has experience in developing and leading teams with focus on strong financial management and continuous improvement.

Michael joined BD in 2001 and spent the next several years in various positions of increasing responsibility. These roles included strategic planning, marketing and general management of several business units. In 2002, he was appointed as the Global Business Leader for Anesthesia Systems, a $90MM business across 6 WW regions. His general management responsibilities were expanded in 2003 to include Infusion Therapy product line, based in Utah. From 2008-2010, he was promoted to Global Platform Leader for Hypodermic products, a $700MM business within the Medical Surgical Systems division.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and MBA from Hofstra University in Marketing & Finance. At Columbia, he also played on the varsity baseball team as a pitcher. He enjoys running and a two-time NYC marathon finisher. Born and raised on Long Island, Michael currently lives in Wyckoff NJ with two sons.

José Maria Figueres - President of Costa Rica (1994 – 1998), Managing Partner of IJ Partners SA, Chair of Executive Board, Carbon War Room

Elected President of Costa Rica at the age of 39, José María Figueres Olsen created a comprehensive national development strategy based on the tenets of sustainability, and pioneered the linkage between sustainable development and technology. After leaving government he then led the United Nations ICT Task Force as its first Chairperson. Later he was the first CEO of the World Economic Forum, and then CEO of Concordia 21.

Currently he is Managing Partner of IJ Partners, an investment and wealth management company based in Geneva, investing in the 'real economy'. He also serves as Chairman of the Carbon War Room, which implements entrepreneurial market-driven solutions to reduce carbon emissions at the gigaton level. He holds an Engineering Degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

John Fullerton - founder The Capital Institute

John Fullerton is the Founder and President of Capital Institute and the Founder of Level 3 Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment firm focused on high impact sustainable private investments. Previously, he was a Managing Director of JPMorgan where he managed multiple capital markets and derivatives businesses around the globe and ran the venture investment activity of LabMorgan as Chief Investment Officer. John served as JPMorgan’s representative on the Long Term Capital Management Oversight Committee in 1997-98. He is currently a director of Grasslands, LLC, New Day Farms, Inc., the New Economics Institute, Investors' Circle, and an Advisor to Natural Systems Utilities and was a participant of the UNEP Green Economy Report.

Mark Fulton - Global Head of Investment Research, Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors

In his role as global head of climate change investment research based in New York, Mark Fulton coordinates a team of analysts who publish white papers on key industry, policy and strategic topics. The research team uses this to advise investment managers on climate change based strategies across the asset management platform.

Mark joined the Company in 2006 after 29 years of investment experience in senior roles in research and management at Citigroup in the US, Salomon Smith Barney and NatWest in Sydney and James Capel in London.

Mark is Co-Chair of UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group and Member of Steering Committee, Capital Markets Climate Initiative, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Mark has a B.A. in Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.

Francis Gouillart - Author, The Power of Co-Creation

Francis Gouillart is President of the Experience Co-Creation Partnership, an education and consulting firm that helps clients build co-creative management and organizational capabilities. He is co-author, with Venkat Ramaswamy, of the book The Power of Co-Creation (October 2010) and the Harvard Business Review article "Building the Co-Creative Enterprise" (October 2010). He is also co-author (with James Kelly) of the book Transforming the Organization, which reached the top of BusinessWeek’s bestseller list in 1995. He comments on co-creation trends on his personal blog, The Co-Creation Effect.

Marc Gunther - Contributing Editor, FORTUNE Magazine

Marc Gunther writes about business and sustainability. He is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer at Greenbiz.com, and a blogger at The Energy Collective and at www.marcgunther.com. He is the author of Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business (Crown Business, 2004).

Marc has written FORTUNE cover stories about the greening of Wal-Mart; about BYD, the Chinese electric car company backed by Warren Buffett; about Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and the 2008 financial crisis; and about spirituality in the workplace. He has also written about CEO Jeff Immelt’s efforts to reshape the values of General Electric, the business of carbon finance, the rise of the corporate social responsibility, the zero-waste movement, genetically-modified rice, environmental activism, and gay rights in corporate America.

Before joining FORTUNE in 1996, Marc worked for newspapers for more than 20 years for newspapers. A graduate of Yale, he lives in Bethesda, MD.

Zachary Karabell - President, River Twice Research

Zachary Karabell is President of River Twice Research, an independent economic research and consulting company, and of River Twice Capital Advisors, a money management firm. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Economist, and Head of Marketing at Fred Alger Management, a New York-based investment firm that manages approximately $15 billion in mutual funds and institutional accounts. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard, and has taught at several leading universities, including Harvard and Dartmouth, and has written widely on economics, investing, history and international relations. He is the author of eleven books, including most recently, Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in the 21st Century, co-authored with Aron Cramer, published in October 2010. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the board of the New America Foundation, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, and the World Policy Institute, and in 2003, the World Economic Forum designated him a "Global Leader for Tomorrow." He is a CNBC Contributor and Contributing Editor for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. He has written cover stories for Time and contributes frequently to publications such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Foreign Affairs.

Peter Lehner - Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

Peter Lehner is the Executive Director of NRDC and NRDC Action Fund. He is responsible for guiding NRDC’s policy positions, advocacy strategies, communications plans, development and administration, and managing NRDC’s seven offices and for leading the Action Fund’s political activities.

Previously, Peter served as chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s office. He supervised all environmental litigation by the state, prosecuting a wide variety of polluters and developing innovative multi-state strategies targeting global warming, acid rain, and smog causing emissions.

Peter holds an A.B. in philosophy and mathematics from Harvard College and is a graduate of, and adjunct professor, at Columbia University Law School.

Joel Makower - Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

For more than 20 years, Joel Makower has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. As an entrepreneur, best-selling author and leading voice on the greening of mainstream business, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy.

Joel is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., creator of GreenBiz.com. He hosts GreenBiz’s annual State of Green Business Forum, the annual GreenBiz Innovation Forum, and other events, and is lead author of the annual “State of Green Business” report.

A former nationally syndicated columnist, Joel is author of more than a dozen books, including Strategies for the Green Economy (2008). Previous books include Beyond the Bottom Line: Putting Social Responsibility to Work for Your Business and the World, about the profit and potential of socially responsible business practices; The E-Factor: The Bottom-Line Approach to Environmentally Responsible Business, on how companies are responding to environmental challenges in positive and profitable ways, and The Green Consumer, a best-selling guide to the environmental marketplace.

The Associated Press has called him "The guru of green business practices."

Peter Malik - Director, Center for Management Innovation, NRDC

Peter Malik is the Director of the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council, based in New York City. Peter was born in former Czechoslovakia, and came to the US in 1985 on a political asylum. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and MA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

He was actively involved in the political transition of the Czechoslovak system in 1989 and 1990, and served as a translator to the International Committee of Observers during the first free elections. Subsequently, Peter embarked on a career in finance in New York and London, heading several groups as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and JPMorgan, respectively.

At NRDC Peter focuses on rectifying select market failures, thereby redirecting capital flows toward environmentally as well as economically sustainable uses.

Rick Mast - Founder, Mast Brothers Chocolate

Rick MastRick Mast is the co-founder, owner and Master Chocolate Maker of Mast Brothers Chocolate, an American craft chocolate manufacturer located in Brooklyn, NY.

A trained classical musician, Rick Mast left the music world for culinary school and began working in New York City’s elite kitchens. Rick and his brother Michael began making chocolate from scratch out of their Brooklyn workshop, developing a process of chocolate making that would soon be known as American craft style.

Officially founded in 2007, Mast Brothers Chocolate became the only bean to bar chocolate maker in New York and one of only a handful in the world.

Mast Brothers Chocolate has recently embarked on a historical adventure in which they shipped 20 tons of cocoa beans by sail using a 70’ schooner built by Captain Eric Loftfield of Cape Cod. This marked the first time sail was used to ship cargo to New York since 1939.

Their craft chocolate is now used by the world’s most renowned restaurants and institutions including Per Se, Eleven Madison, The French Laundry, Blue Hill, Marlow & Sons, and the White House.

Scott Nadler - Principal Partner, ERM Group, Inc.

Scott Nadler is a Principal with ERM, a global EHS and sustainability consulting firm. Scott helps corporate leaders integrate environment and sustainability issues with the business strategies of their firms. Scott served as ERM’s Strategy Development Director from 2008-2010, helping to lead the company through and out of the recession. He also served as Global Director-Client Service, focusing on increasing collaboration globally. Scott’s consulting work reflects his 20 years in industry and government before joining ERM, as well as his experience helping to lead ERM’s global services.

He has also helped companies share lessons learned, as Co-Chair of The Conference Board’s Chief EHS Officers’ Council; and leading ERM’s multi-company Business Integration Forums in the US, Europe and Asia from 1999 through 2007.

Scott speaks and writes on a number of EHS, sustainability and strategy topics. His writing has appeared in Safety and Health Practitioner, The Wall Street Journal/MIT Sloan Management Review, and Corporate Environmental Strategy, and on-line at the Palladium Strategy and EHS Journal sites.

He also teaches at Northwestern University, as a Lecturer in Social Enterprise at the Kellogg School of Management, and in the undergraduate program in Environmental Policy and Culture.

Clay Nesler - VP Global Energy and Sustainability, JCI


Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls. In this role, he is responsible for energy and sustainability strategy, policy, innovation and the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency. He also serves on the company’s global environmental sustainability council. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership positions in research, development, marketing and strategy in both the United States and Europe.

A frequent international speaker, Clay has presented at the Clinton Global Initiative, the US-India Energy Partnership Summit, the World Climate Summit in Cancun, the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, the UN Climate Change Conference, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the UN General Assembly.

Nesler serves on the board of the World Environment Center, the advisory board of the NRDC Center for Market Innovation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of International Studies and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.

Clay received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor on ten patents.

Kathy Nieland - US Sustainable Business Solutions, Leader, PwC

Kathy Nieland leads PwC's Sustainable Business Solutions practice -- a cross-functional group of specialists who help our clients in the areas of sustainability strategy, reporting and assurance, supply chain management, and sustainable finance. Kathy, also the partner-in-charge of the PwC New Orleans practice, has over 20 years of experience serving SEC registrants and multinational companies. She has authored thought leadership on strategies for improved corporate reporting and risk management related to sustainable business issues. She also participates in the PwC task force in the U.S. to address gaps in reporting and assurance standards and to promote insight into strategic issues related to regulation over greenhouse gas emissions.

Kathy's clients have included companies with a focus on energy and related services, as well as in the engineering and construction, manufacturing, metals and piping and retail industries. She has extensive experience in SEC reporting, public offerings, and consulting with clients on complex accounting issues.

Outside the office, Kathy remains actively involved in non-profit organizations and efforts dedicated to rebuilding New Orleans. One of these initiatives is Project New Orleans, in which PwC employees, along with 100 college students from around the country, have helped renovate Warren Easton High School, Louisiana’s oldest public school.

Amit Nisenbaum - VP Strategic Alliances, Better Place LLC

Mr. Nisenbaum leads Better Place’s Strategic Alliances. Before assuming this role Mr. Nisenbaum focused on managing Better Place’s global scaling and the relationship between Better Place global and its local subsidiaries.

Before joining Better Place Mr. Nisenbaum has served as a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group, leading strategy consulting projects out of its Boston office. Mr. Nisenbaum has over twenty years of leadership experience in diversified industries varying from Cleantech through SW and Telecommunication to education. In the past he has held senior Business Development, Product Management and Account Management positions at ECTel Inc. (NASDAQ: ECTX) and Vsoft Inc., a software company developing broadband video services infrastructure. Mr. Nisenbaum also served as the VP of R&D at I-Scraper Ltd., an online collaboration services provider.

Mr. Nisenbaum holds a B.sc degree in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and earned his MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. While at Cornell Mr. Nisenbaum served as a principal at BR Ventures, Cornell University’s
Venture Capital firm.

Jonathan Plowe - Managing Director and Head of New Energy & Infrastructure Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jonathan Plowe is managing director and head of New Energy & Infrastructure Solutions within the Cross Asset Solutions & Strategies group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He and his team are responsible for coordinating across the firm’s Global Banking & Markets platform to develop, originate and distribute funding and investment solutions for all client segments, with an emphasis on renewable energy, corporate strategies and new business initiatives.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1997, Plowe was an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, focusing on structured finance, mergers & acquisitions and financial products.

Plowe earned a J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

Gipsie Ranney - Consultant

Gipsie Ranney is an international consultant to organizations on management and statistical methodology. She was a member of the faculty of the Department of Statistics at the University of Tennessee. She served as Director of Statistical Methodology for General Motors Powertrain Group from 1988 to 1992.

She co-authored Beyond Total Quality Management: Toward the Emerging Paradigm and contributed to Competing Globally through Customer Value. She has published papers on quality improvement and statistical methods. Dr. Ranney was the founding president of the W. Edwards Deming Institute. The American Society for Quality awarded her the Deming Medal for 1996.

Dr. Ranney holds a B. S. in Mathematics from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Statistics from North Carolina State University.

Don Reed - Director, US Sustainable Business Solutions

Don Reed Don Reed is a Director in PwC's Sustainable Business Solutions practice where his work focuses on both finance and operating companies. Don has fifteen years experience working with senior executives and corporate directors on sustainability and climate change strategies.

He helps global financial institutions integrate climate change considerations into risk management, credit analysis, new product development, and asset management. He also works with operating companies to create business value through their climate change strategies and with investors on how to analyze the financial value of these strategies.

At the end of 2008, PwC acquired Sustainable Finance Ltd. ("SFL") where Don was a Senior Associate. SFL's worked with banks, investment banks and investors to factor climate change considerations into their decisions. Clients including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and others hired Don to develop due diligence procedures for a number of industries, brief deal teams on the impact of climate change regulation on large emitters, and analyze climate change risk at the portfolio, transaction and asset levels. Insurers including AIG and Sun Life Financial sought SFL's advice on climate risk analysis in underwriting and asset management.

Prior to joining Sustainable Finance, he was a Principal at the strategy consultancy Ecos Corporation where he developed sustainability and climate change strategies for a number of companies including ANZ Bank, Bunge, DuPont, Ford Motor Company, and others. He also worked with asset managers Colonial First State Global Asset Management and Maple-Brown Abbott to incorporate analysis of environmental and social strategies into security analysis and portfolio management.

He also led the World Resources Institute’s corporate engagement program, served as Director of Research at The Carson Group (a capital markets advisory), and co-founded Excelsior Capital Corporation, an investment advisory that raised US$200 million from institutional investors for market-rate investments that provided social and environmental benefits.

Don is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an AB degree in Political Economy from Princeton University as well as an MBA in Finance from the Stern School at New York University, both with honors.

He is the author of Green Shareholder Value, Hype or Hit? and Stalking the Elusive Financial Case for Corporate Sustainability, published by World Resources Institute. He is also the co-author of Competitive Plus, a review of economically targeted investments, published by the New York State Industrial Cooperation Council, and Single Bottom Line Sustainability published by Ecos Corporation.

Carol Sanford - CEO, InterOctave Global Consultancy, Author, The Responsible Business: Reimagining Sustainability and Success

Carol Sanford is CEO of InterOctave Global Consultancy through which she leads major consulting change efforts in both Fortune 500 and new-economy businesses for more than 30 years. She has long-term relationships with Colgate Europe and Africa and DuPont Canada, US, Asia and Europe. She has also contributed extensively to technology companies including Intel and Agilent and leaders of corporate responsibility such as Seventh Generation. Carol is a mentor for UW Global Business Center’s Social Entrepreneur Competition, Seattle, WA.

She combines her decades of economic and business education and work in large scale efforts including working with Responsible Governance in Community, Provincial and Regional Policy and Education. Carol has published dozens of works in 10 languages.
Her most recent book is The Responsible Business: Reimagining
Sustainability and Success
(March 2011), Jossey-Bass, Publisher. She blogs at www.carolsanford.com/blog and guest blogs for CNBC.com, SSIR.com, CSRwire.com among others.

She holds undergraduate degrees from UC Berkeley in Economics and Public Law and a graduate degree from California State University, San Jose in Urban Planning. She currently lives in Seattle, WA.

Jonathan Schrag - Executive Director of RGGI, Inc.

Jonathan Schrag is the Executive Director of RGGI, Inc., where he administers the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative on behalf of ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. states.

Before RGGI, Jonathan was an energy consultant with Hudson Strategic Energy Advisors LLC, where he worked with the state governments of Wyoming, West Virginia, and Montana and the Western Governors Association on energy and environmental policy.

From 2005 to 2007, Jonathan was an Assistant Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Executive Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, where he ran policy research programs on carbon capture and sequestration, nuclear energy, carbon policy, and renewable energy technologies. Jonathan also served as Research Staff with the Global Roundtable on Climate Change and as a Research Associate for Columbia University's Center for Carbon Management.

Jonathan currently serves as a member of the Energy and Environmental markets Committee of the U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as a member of the Advisory Board of the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy and as a fellow of the Institute for Urban Design.

Jonathan graduated from Harvard University and received a Fulbright scholarship for research in the history of electrification. He lives in New York City.

Jigar Shah - CEO, Carbon War Room


A renowned visionary, Jigar Shah is committed to renewable energy and sustainable solutions that enable prosperity beyond the carbon economy. As CEO of the Carbon War Room, Jigar is dedicated to identifying business-as-usual practices and replacing them with low-carbon solutions. Prior to the Carbon War Room, Jigar founded SunEdison in 2003. Under his leadership, SunEdison revolutionized the solar industry by introducing a business model to sell solar as a service. The transformation to solar power service agreements is responsible for turning solar services into a multi-billion dollar industry.

Jigar is also an expert on energy project finance, changing energy policy, working with entrenched stakeholders, and convincing individuals to embrace energy technology. He works closely with entrepreneurs, policymakers, and investors around the world to develop, incubate, and implement sustainable solutions.

Jigar holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. Jigar sits on the boards of SB NOW, Earth Day Network, and Greenpeace USA.

Andrew L. Shapiro - Founder and President, GreenOrder

Andrew L. Shapiro has been an influential voice on green business and clean technology for more than a decade. He has built a career, and a pioneering consulting firm, GreenOrder, around the idea that environmental innovation can be a critical driver of competitive advantage.

He has partnered with GE's leadership on the creation and implementation of its award-winning “ecomagination” initiative, worked with GM on strategic issues including the launch of the Chevrolet Volt, and advised CEOs and other business leaders at BP, Duke Energy, Dupont, HP, JPMorganChase, Pfizer, Polo Ralph Lauren, and more than 100 other enterprises across diverse industries.

Andrew is also co-founder of GO Ventures, which incubates and invests in green businesses and recently sold GreenYour.com to Recyclebank. He serves on the advisory boards at LivingHomes, Meetup.com, Recyclebank, Serious Materials, and Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment. Andrew has written two books, appeared on NPR, CNN, and The Today Show, and held teaching and research positions at the Aspen Institute, Columbia, Harvard, NYU, and Yale. He has been profiled in a New York Times feature, "A Dollars-and-Cents Man with a Green Philosophy," Inc.’s Green 50, and Outside’s "Enviro All-Stars.”

He is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.

Jonathan Silver - Executive Director, Loan Services Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Jonathan Silver is Executive Director of the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office and leads the $70 billion dollar investment programs in alternative energy, financing a wide range of solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, fossil and nuclear energy projects. He also heads the government’s $20 billion investment program in advanced automotive technology.

Under Mr. Silver’s leadership, the programs have financed the first U.S. nuclear power project in 30 years; underwrote the world’s largest wind farm and doubled the amount of concentrated solar power generation capacity in the U.S. Since Mr. Silver took office, the agency has committed over $40 billion in 42 clean energy projects with total project costs of over $63 billion.

Previously, Mr. Silver was co-founder and the Managing Director of Core Capital Partners, a Managing Director and COO of Tiger Management, held senior operating positions with several media companies, and began his business career in the financial institutions practice at McKinsey and Company. Mr. Silver has also served as a policy advisor to four U.S. Cabinet Secretaries.

An honors graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Silver also did graduate work at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He has received both Fulbright and Rotary Graduate Fellowships.

Paul Simpson - CEO, Carbon Disclosure Project

Paul Simpson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an independent non-profit organization providing primary corporate climate change information. CDP serves as a system through which organizations and businesses disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies. CDP subsequently uses this data in order to help shape financial and policy decisions with the goal of motivating investors, corporations, and governments to prevent dangerous climate change.

This mission is accelerated by CDP`s initiatives to unify corporate CEO`s, investors, and political leaders to take action against climate change. As the only global climate change reporting system, CDP is an essential resource in making effective policy decisions. Paul sits on the board of EIRIS, the advisory panel of Guardian Sustainable Business and on the steering committee of Forest Footprint Disclosure. Paul has previously worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd and the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is the former Director of the Social Venture Network.

He has a B.Sc. in Business and Finance from City University, London and an M.Sc. in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath (with distinction).

Mark Vachon - Vice President GE ecomagination

Mark Vachon, a 29-year GE veteran and Corporate Officer and member of GE's Corporate Executive Council, leads ecomagination, GE’s sustainable business strategy that has invested $5 billion in clean tech research and development and generated $85 billion in revenues through 2010.

Most recently, Mark served as President & CEO of GE Healthcare’s $9 billion Americas Region, leading commercial activities in the United States, Canada and Latin America. His responsibilities spanned across all of GE Healthcare’s diagnostics, health information technology and life sciences product and service offerings. As a key leader of GE's healthymagination initiative, Mark also focused on strategic engagement of governments and clinicians to lower costs, improve quality and achieve greater access to healthcare.

Prior to leading the America’s Region, Mark served as President and CEO of GE Healthcare’s $8 billion Global Diagnostic Imaging organization headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin, providing world-class technology in imaging and diagnostics.

Since joining GE in 1982, and graduating GE’s leadership programs, Mark has provided leadership in a number of GE’s businesses, including the Global Research Center, GE Appliances, GE Plastics - Europe, NBC, and GE’s investor relations. In recognition for his contribution to GE, Mark was appointed a Corporate Officer in 1999.

Mark is an active member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and he serves on the Overseers Board for Northeastern University, Boston, his alma mater.

Andrew Winston - Founder Winston Eco-Strategies, co-author Green to Gold

Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how business can profit from environmental thinking. He advises some of the world’s leading companies, including Bank of America, HP, J&J, Pepsi, and Bayer. Andrew also serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the Executive Environmental Advisory Council for Hewlett-Packard (HP), and as a Sustainability Advisor to PwC.

He is the author of Green Recovery and co-author of Green to Gold, the best-selling guide to what works – and what doesn’t – when companies go green. Andrew is a highly respected and dynamic speaker, exploring the business benefits of sustainability with audiences around the world. Andrew’s earlier career included corporate strategy at Boston Consulting Group and management positions in marketing and business development at Time Warner and MTV.

He received his B.A. in Economics from Yale an M.B.A. from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale. He lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife and two sons.