M.G. Abutaleb President and CEO, UltiSat
Mr. Abutaleb is a seasoned executive who has been involved in various segments of the telecommunications and aerospace industries since 1977. During these years, he has participated in the definition, development and implementation of a multitude of satellite and wireless communications networks and products. In addition, he has held senior management positions with leaders in the satellite communications and aerospace industries. Mr. Abutaleb founded Innovative Communications Technologies, Inc. (ICTI) in 1989. As president of ICTI, he managed the systematic and progressive growth of this initially self-financed start-up business, through the sale of that business to a publicly traded company in 1999. Mr. Abutaleb is also a founder of UltiSat, Inc. (renamed from Psi Systems, Inc. in early 2003). He holds a MSEE degree from the University of Maryland, with emphasis in communications and microelectronics.
Peter Annin Managing Director, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative
Peter Annin is the Managing Director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, serving as the chief operating officer of the organization. In this role Annin, supports the environmentally- related research of more than 40 faculty members to develop and implement ND-ECI’s intellectual and programmatic vision, which includes ND-GAIN research and Index. Annin spent 25 years in journalism before coming to Notre Dame in the fall of 2010, including 11 years at Newsweek magazine, where he wrote about everything from domestic terrorism to the ecology of the Great Lakes. He also spent more than a decade as associate director of the Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources (IJNR), a national nonprofit that organizes educational fellowships for environmental journalists. At IJNR, Annin helped mentor more than 350 journalists in their coverage of complex environmental topics such as climate change, invasive species, endangered species, restoration ecology, land use, and water resource policy. His expertise in communication greatly enhances the ability to reach potential stakeholders and users of ND-GAIN.
Dr. Maria de Lourdes de Dieck Assad Director General, Graduate Schools of Business and Government, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)
Before her current position, Ambassador Dieck-Assad was appointed by President Vicente Fox as ambassador of Mexico to Belgium, Luxembourg chief of the Mexican Mission to the European Union, and permanent representative before the European Council (2004-07). In the public sector, she has been undersecretary of economic affairs and international cooperation in the State Department (2003-04) and chief of advisors to the secretary of the State Department (2003) and to the secretary of Economy (2002-03). In the academic sector, she was director of the doctoral program in management at ITESM (EGADE) (1995-2002), while she was also associated with ITESM’s Center for Strategic Studies. She has been full professor of economics at ITESM, professor and chair of the economics department at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. and economics professor at Anahuac University in Mexico City. Ambassador Dieck-Assad obtained her bachelor’s degree in economics (1975) from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), her master’s degree in economic development (1976) at Vanderbilt University and her doctorate in economics (1983) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Viva Bartkus Professor, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Bartkus graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with masters and bachelors degrees in economics, and then completed her doctorate and masters in international relations at Oxford University, while on a Rhodes Scholarship. Her doctorate investigated nationalism, self-determination, and why groups attempt secession, through first hand research in Southern Sudan, Eritrea, Congo, Kurdistan, East Timor, Burma, Tibet, Quebec, Scotland, Catalonia, Bosnia, Slovakia, and further afield. Her first book, The Dynamic of Secession, was published by Cambridge University Press (1999). Her current research and teaching interests concentrate on two distinct areas: the leadership approaches most effective in solving complex business problems and the social capital of communities that enables collaboration. Her two most recent books were published in 2008: Getting It Right, with Ed Conlon (Jossey Bass) and Social Capital: Reaching Out, Reaching In, with Jim Davis (Edward Elgar). Her most recent research and teaching initiative, “Business on the Frontlines” examines the impact of business in rebuilding war-torn societies. Over the past five years, her Business on the Frontlines students have collaborated on business and peace related projects with Catholic Relief Services in Bosnia, Lebanon, Rwanda, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nicaragua, Egypt, Guatemala, Cambodia, Kenya and Mindanao in the Philippines. Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, Dr. Bartkus spent ten years serving healthcare, industrial, retail, and high tech clients to overcome their strategic, operational, and organizational challenges while at McKinsey & Company, the last four years as a partner of the firm.
Patricia Bliss-Guest Program Manager, Climate Investment Funds
Patricia Bliss-Guest, a US national, became Program Manager for the Climate Investment Funds, in November 2008. The Climate Investment Funds, comprising the Clean Technology Fund and the Strategic Climate Fund, are designed to provide scale-up financing through its MDB partners to developing countries to assist them in moving towards climate resilient, low emissions development. As Program Manager, Patricia has responsibilities for managing the governing bodies of the funds, the CIF Administrative Unit and the partnership relations among the five MDB partners. Prior to joining the CIF, Ms. Bliss-Guest was Deputy CEO of the Global Environment Facility from November 2004-October 2007. Prior to joining the GEF, Ms. Bliss-Guest had worked for the Council on Environmental Quality within the Executive Office of the US President, a private law firm in Washington, D.C., and the United Nations Environment Program in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Smith College, an MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Nitesh Chawla Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), University of Notre Dame
Nitesh Chawla, PhD is the Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Director of the Notre Dame Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), and the Director of (DIAL) . He is also the Lead of the ND-GAIN Index. Prof. Chawla started his tenure-track position at Notre Dame in 2007, was promoted and tenured in 2011, and recognized with the Frank Freimann Collegiate Chair of Engineering position in 2012. His research is focused on Big Data, network science, and data science. He is at the frontier of interdisciplinary applications with innovative work in healthcare analytics, medicine, social networks, and climate/environmental sciences. Prof. Chawla is the recipient of multiple awards for research and teaching innovation including outstanding teacher awards (2007 and 2010), National Academy of Engineers New Faculty Fellowship, and number of best paper awards and nominations. He serves as a PI/Co-PI on over $11 Million Dollars of External Research Funding (since 2007). He was recognized with the Frank Freimann Collegiate Chair of Engineering in 2012. He received the IBM Watson Faculty Award in 2012 and the IBM Big Data Award in 2013. He was the chair of the IEEE CIS Data Mining Technical Committee (2010-2012). He is currently the Chair of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Big Data. He serves on editorial boards of a number of journals and organization/program committees of top-tier conferences. Prof. Chawla is a Fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; Fellow of the Institute of Asia and Asian Studies; Program Lead for the Transportation Networks in the Environmental Change Initaitive. He is also an Advisor in the ESTEEM Program. Prof. Chawla is the Founder of Aunalytics, Inc., a start-up focused on Big Data Analytics. He also serves on the Board of Managers of Michiana Health and Information Networks.
Stephen Cheney Brigadier General, USMC (RET); CEO, American Security Project
General Cheney is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP). He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years experience as a Marine. His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment. His primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, to include being the Commanding General at Parris Island. He served several years in Japan and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia.Other selected highlights of his military career include tours as Deputy Executive Secretary to Defense Secretaries Cheney and Aspin; ground plans officer for Drug Enforcement Policy in the Pentagon; liaison to the Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces; and Inspector General of the Marine Corps.Following retirement from the Marines, he became the Chief Operating Officer for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), in Washington, D.C., and most recently was President/CEO of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the National War College, and the University of Southern California. He was a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, where he is a member.He has been on the Board of Directors for ASP since 2006.
Joyce Coffee Managing Director, ND-GAIN
Joyce is ND Global Adaptation Index’s managing director, unlocking global adaptation solutions in the corporate and development sectors that improve livelihoods and strengthen market positions. Previously, she was vice president at Edelman where she provided strategic counsel to global companies on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. She directed the City of Chicago’s Climate Action Plan driving climate mitigation and adaptation efforts and managed water and air resources in the City of Chicago Department of Environment. Joyce started her career with the World Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development’s U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership. She was a founding board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and a Great Lakes delegate to Brookings International Young Leaders Climate Change Summit. She is a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader. Joyce received a B.S. in biology and environmental studies, with a minor in Asian Studies, from Tufts, and a masters in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of the Climate Adaptation Exchange Blog.
Juan José Daboub Founding CEO, Global Adaptation Institute
Dr. Juan José Daboub, Ph.D., is the Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Global Adaptation Institute and the Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change. He has taught at Princeton University and is a member of several Boards of Directors. As Managing Director of the World Bank, from 2006 to 2010, Dr. Daboub oversaw operations in 110 countries in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America. He was also responsible for the oversight of the Human Development and Sustainable Development Networks, the Information Systems Group, the World Bank Institute, the Department of Institutional Integrity and the Arab World Initiative. Prior to the World Bank, Dr. Daboub joined with El Salvador’s President Francisco Flores to develop the non-profit organization America Libre Institute. As leader of that organization, Dr. Daboub implemented proven public policies to promote liberty, stability and growth throughout Latin America.From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Daboub served concurrently as El Salvador’s Minister of Finance and as Chief of Staff to President Flores. In these high profile dual roles, Dr. Daboub helped to navigate his native country through several regional economic challenges including securing and sustaining El Salvador’s investment grade rating, “dollarizing” the economy, and completing a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. During this period, he also oversaw the emergency reconstruction of El Salvador after two major earthquakes in 2001.Dr. Daboub’s leadership began in the private sector, where he led his family-owned businesses for nearly a decade before joining the Board of CEL, El Salvador’s electric utility, and presiding over El Salvador’s electric distribution companies. Subsequently, he was named President of ANTEL, the state-owned telecommunications company, which he re-structured and privatized through a competitive and transparent process that also de-monopolized that strategic sector. He held high Government positions in El Salvador for 12 years (1992-2004), working for three different Administrations without belonging to any political party.Dr. Daboub holds a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is married with four children.
Stephen Donofrio Vice President, Partnerships & Innovations, CDP North America
Stephen Donofrio is Vice President, Partnerships & Innovation at CDP North America. Based in the NYC office, Stephen has overall responsibility for developing innovative partnerships (e.g. corporate, investor, industry associations, research, services, fundraising) across the range of CDP programs including climate change, water and forest disclosure for companies and cities. Previously, Stephen was Manager of Disclosure Services (CDP North America) where he oversaw corporate engagement and disclosure support for CDP North America’s annual climate change and water disclosure requests to 700+ US and Canadian companies. Stephen joined CDP from the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), where he served as an Economist in the Research and Offsets Department for the North American GHG cap-and-trade and international offsets programs. Prior to the CCX, he led business development, fundraising and carbon market research for CINCS LLC and Carbon Credit Capital LLC, early-stage clean-tech companies. Stephen has a B.S in Business Administration (International Business & Marketing) from Villanova University.
Robert Edwards Managing Director, NGP Energy Capital Management
Mr. Edwards joined NGP in 2009 and serves as Managing Director. He is a leading specialist in the natural resources industry with over 30 years of experience. He has worked globally with major oil companies, oilfield service companies and management consultants. Mr. Edwards oversees firm-wide strategy in addition to playing a major role in the evaluation and execution of transactions in the energy sector. Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Edwards served as Vice President and Head of Strategy for the Gas, Power and Renewables segment at BP p.l.c., where he was responsible for formulating BP’s global gas strategy and business development activities in the areas of climate and alternative energy. From 1994 to 2005, he was a Partner and Leader of the Energy Practice at McKinsey & Company, Singapore and Houston. Prior to that, Mr. Edwards was an executive with Marathon Oil Company and Brown & Root International focusing on offshore construction and production operations. Mr. Edwards received a BSME in 1978 from Tulane University and earned dual Petroleum Engineering and Management degrees in 1993 and 1994 from Stanford University.
Cynthia Figge COO & Co-Founder, CSRHub, Partner & CoFounder, EKOS International
Cynthia Figge is a forerunner and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement. Cynthia is COO and Cofounder of CSRHub, the world’s largest database that aggregates and organizes data and knowledge on the social, environmental, and governance performance of 8,400 companies to provide sustainability ratings to the marketplace. In 1996 she co-founded EKOS International, one of the first consultancies integrating sustainability and corporate strategy. Cynthia has worked with major organizations, including Boeing, BNSF, Coca-Cola, and REI, to craft sustainability strategy integrated with business. Cynthia is co-founder of Arrowsmith Technologies Corp., a seed-stage, Seattle-based biotechnology company. Prior to founding EKOS, she was an officer of LIN Broadcasting / McCaw Cellular, leading new services development; started a “greenfield” mill with Weyerhaeuser; was part of the turnaround team for the New York Daily News; and with New Ventures, Cynthia helped diverse nonprofit organizations in NYC start for-profit ventures to support their mission. She serves as an Advisor to Strategic News Service, and served as Board President of Sustainable Seattle. Cynthia is a Board Director of the Compassionate Action Network International. Cynthia received her BA in Economics from Lawrence University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Cynthia lives in the Seattle area.
Christiana Figueres Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
Christiana Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, and reappointed for a second three year term in July 2013. Ms. Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations since 1995. Initially, a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team, she was subsequently a member of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, and Vice President of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties. She is a widely published author on the design of climate solutions, and has been a frequent adviser to the private sector, and lecturer at many universities and colleges. Ms. Figueres has also served on many boards of non-governmental organizations involved in climate change issues. In 1995, Ms. Figueres founded the Centre for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA); she also served as Director of the Technical Secretariat, Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA). Ms. Figueres holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University.
Bennett Freeman Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy, Calvert Investments
Since 2006, Bennett Freeman has served as Senior Vice President for Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments, the largest family of sustainable and responsible mutual funds in the U.S. Mr. Freeman oversees Calvert’s company research, shareholder advocacy and public policy initiatives. He is also Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Witness; Vice Chair of the Board of United to End Genocide; a Trustee of the Institute for Human Rights and Business; Board Secretary of the Global Network Initiative; and a member of the Governing Board of the Revenue Watch Institute. Freeman served as a Clinton presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of State from 1993-2001. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999-01, Freeman led the State Department’s bilateral human rights diplomacy and the development of a global human rights standard for oil, gas and mining companies. He also served as Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Stuart Eizenstat from 1997-99, and as chief speechwriter for Secretary of State Warren Christopher from 1993-97. Previously he was Manager-Corporate Affairs for GE from 1985-93 and a presidential campaign aide to former Vice President Walter Mondale from 1982-84.
Rayid Ghani Co-Founder, Edgeflip, University of Chicago
Rayid Ghani is a Research Director at the Computation Institute and Senior Fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is involved in several educational and research initiatives at UChicago using data and computational tools for solving high impact social problems and improving public policy. Rayid recently designed & directed the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship at UChicago which brought together 40 fellows from around the world to work on data & analytics problems in education, healthcare, energy , transportation, and public safety for 12 weeks. Rayid is also part of the team leading the new MS program in Computational Analysis & Public Policy at UChicago. Before joining UChicago, Ghani was Chief Scientist of the Obama for America Analytics team. During the 2012 campaign, Ghani’s team applied data mining and machine learning methods to create new tools for fundraising, voter turnout, advertising, and campaign strategy. Now, working with the Computation Institute and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Ghani is extending those methods to address social challenges. Before joining the Obama re-election campaign in July 2011, Ghani directed the Machine Learning & Data Mining research group at Accenture Technology Labs, focused on R&D in analytics for solving large-scale business problems. Rayid is also the co-founder of Edgeflip, a startup that grew out of his work at the Obama Campaign, and working on helping non-profits, charities, and advocacy groups grow their reach through influence in social networks.
Nancy Gillis Senior Manager, Sustainable Procurement, Supply Chains, System Dynamics, Ernst & Young
Nancy has 15+ years experience resolving systems challenges for public and private sector organizations. Most recently, Nancy served as the Director of the Federal Supply Chain office within the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) of the General Services Administration (GSA), the US Federal procurement agency which oversees $66 billion of procurement annually. Her responsiblies included managing a 15 agency working group to develop supplier sustainability evaluation requirements for use in federal procurements, as well as federal guidelines for choosing credible 3rd party product standards/labels. She launched the government-wide Sustainability in Procurement Fellowship program, which taught procurement staff how to include environmental sustainability in federal procurements, and the Sustainable Supply Chain Community of Practice, a public/private partnership that identified best practices for addressing material supply chain impacts in priority market sectors. Prior to her appointment to GSA, Ms. Gillis worked on supply chain risk, resiliency and security; inclusion of small and medium enterprises in global supply chains; critical infrastructure resiliency; data system access and security; radio spectrum auctions; identity management and cybersecurity. She holds a graduate degree from Georgetown University and is a student of complex adaptive systems, having spent time at the Santa Fe Institute.
Marc Gunther Editor at Large, Guardian Sustainable Business
Marc Gunther is a editor at large at Guardian Sustainable Business US and a contributing writer at Fortune magazine. He writes and speaks about the social and environmental impact of business.
David Gustafson Senior Fellow, Environmental & Ag Policy Modeling Lead, Monsanto
Dave Gustafson is a Senior Fellow at Monsanto Company and he also serves as Director for the ILSI Research Foundation’s new Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security, the purpose of which is to foster new public-private partnerships that improve both scientific understanding and public policy around the growing impacts of climate change and resource scarcity on global nutrition security. The center has already improved the impact assessments for maize (corn) and is now focused on producing the first credible, comprehensive, global assessment of sustainable nutrition security that includes at least ten of the world’s most important staple foods. His academic training was at Stanford University and the University of Washington in Seattle, where he earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in chemical engineering. In 2007, Dave served as an inaugural member and theme lead for the Monsanto Fellows Climate Change Panel, which reported back to the company on the degree of scientific certainty in climate modeling, and how climate change is already impacting agriculture around the world. He now serves on various national and international teams looking at these issues, including the Executive Secretariat of the US Government’s National Climate Assessment Development & Advisory Committee.
Jessica Hellmann Lead, Climate Change Adaptation, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative
Jessica Hellmann is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Hellmann also leads the Climate Change Adaptation program at the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative and serves as the scientific lead for ND-GAIN. In her ND-GAIN leadership role, Hellmann advises research staff and seeks the consult of Notre Dame and other experts so that ND-GAIN and its related activities capture cutting-edge knowledge about the nature of climate change and strategies for reducing the impacts of climatic change. Hellmann’s background is in ecology, where she studies the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems and effective methods for managing nature in the face of climate change. Her research has been published in leading academic publications including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Conservation Biology, and Ecology. She is writing a book about climate change adaptation for ecosystems and natural areas, and she has participated in climate change adaptation planning processes for US federal agencies and the City of Chicago. In this work—and in her ND-GAIN leadership—Hellmann seeks ways to put scientific knowledge in the hands of decision makers. Hellmann also is a fellow with the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values and the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. She is a Leopold Leadership Fellow (2011), a program recognizing excellence in mid-career environmental scientists, a former Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at Notre Dame (2011-2012), a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement award (2006), and a member of the Ecological Society of America Science Committee, among other awards and responsibilities.
Kenneth A. Hersh CEO NGP Energy Capital Management, ND-GAIN
Advisory Board Member
Kenneth A. Hersh, 50, is a Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of NGP Energy Capital Management, a premier investment franchise in the natural resources industry. Mr. Hersh is responsible for directing the strategic and investment activities of the firm. Founded in 1988, NGP together with its affiliates has managed approximately $13 billion of cumulative committed capital, made over 250 investments in natural resources companies throughout North America and has achieved a 25-year gross IRR in excess of 30% (net IRR of 21%). Mr. Hersh currently serves as a director of numerous public and private companies. He is a Senior Advisor for The Carlyle Group and serves on the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School and on the Advisory Councils of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and The Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. Mr. Hersh is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum where he has been a featured speaker at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Prior to co-founding NGP in 1988, Mr. Hersh was employed by the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley & Co.Mr. Hersh is a 1985 magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University. In 1989, he received his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Michael Hirsh Chief Correspondent, National Journal
Michael Hirsh is chief correspondent for National Journal. Hirsh previously served as the senior editor and national economics correspondent for Newsweek, based in its Washington bureau. He was also Newsweek’s Washington web editor and authored a weekly column for Newsweek.com, “The World from Washington.” Earlier on, he was Newsweek’s foreign editor, guiding its award-winning coverage of the September 11 attacks and the war on terror. He has done on-the-ground reporting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places around the world, and served as the Tokyo-based Asia Bureau Chief for Institutional Investor from 1992 to 1994. Hirsh has appeared many times as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. He has written for the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, and Washington Monthly, and authored two books, Capital Offense: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future over to Wall Street and At War with Ourselves: Why America Is Squandering its Chance to Build a Better World. Hirsh has received numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club award for best magazine reporting from abroad in 2001 and for Newsweek’s coverage of the war on terror, which also won a National Magazine Award.
Marcus King Associate Professor, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Marcus D. King is John O. Rankin Associate Professor of international Affairs and Director of the M.A. in International Affairs Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School. King previously served as Director of Research where he developed sponsored research proposals on behalf of nine policy-focused research institutes. Dr. King joined the Elliott School from CNA Corporation (Center for Naval Analyses), where he led studies on the international security implications of climate change, climate change adaptation and Defense Department energy policy and organized the Military Advisory Board, a group of former Generals and Admirals constituted to advise CNA on these issues. Previously, Dr. King served as globalization planning fellow and special assistant in Georgetown University’s Office of the President; Director of Energy and Security Programs at a Washington-based consultancy and Research Director of the Sustainable Energy Institute. Kings government service includes Presidential appointments in the Offices of the Secretaries of Defense and Energy. At DoD, he represented the U.S. in multilateral environmental negotiations including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. King’s research and teaching is focused on environmental security and he leads an initiative on climate change and water security. Dr. King holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Gary Lawrence Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM
Gary Lawrence is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), an $8-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services. AECOM’s 45,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — serve clients in more than 130 countries around the world. In this role, Mr. Lawrence leads AECOM’s sustainability efforts by managing AECOM’s extensive resources and skills in sustainability for projects across the enterprise. He is also an AECOM spokesperson and thought leader on sustainability issues. During his 30-year-plus career in public and private policy and management, his leadership skills have contributed to various global initiatives engaging in research and practice to mitigate climate change and adaptation strategies.
Marcia Levaggi Manager, UN Adaptation Fund
Marcia Levaggi, an Argentinean national, joined the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat as its Manager in February 2009. She is a lawyer graduated at Buenos Aires University (1985) and a career diplomat (National Foreign Service Institute, 1989) currently on leave of absence. As a diplomat, she was posted in Zurich, Switzerland and, until joining the World Bank, was head of the Technical and Economic Cooperation section of the Argentine Embassy in South Africa.From April 2001 to January 2007 she worked at the office of the Representative for International Environmental Negotiations, Ambassador Raúl Estrada Oyuela. During this period she was the Argentine negotiator at the Montreal Protocol and climate change meetings. In 2004 she chaired the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol as well as several bodies and working groups at the climate change and ozone meetings. She was honored with the Outstanding Contributors Award by the United Nations Environment Programme on the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol (2008). In 2010, Marcia was a recipient of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Montreal Protocol Award.
David Lodge Director, Notre Dame Environmental Change
David Lodge is the Ludmilla F. and Stephen J. Galla Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative. In this directorship, Lodge governs the ND-GAIN operation as a whole to ensure its success. Lodge is also a key faculty researcher and brings an unparalleled record of research on ecological forecasting to the ND-GAIN research program. Lodge’s research examines the impacts of global environmental changes on drinking water, recreation, fisheries, biodiversity, and other ecosystem goods and services. In addition to this ecological research, Lodge explores and develops predictive tools that are used to better inform policy and management about the best ways to protect these ecosystem goods and services. Lodge was the first Chair of the US National Invasive Species Advisory Committee and, as part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment sponsored by the United Nations, led global analyses of current and potential future losses of freshwater biodiversity in response to climate change and human consumption of water. Lodge has published over 175 scientific papers, and testified before congressional committees on research priorities and invasive species policy.
Heather Loebner, Sustainability, Conservation, and Philanthropic Leadership
Heather Loebner currently consults in the areas of sustainability, conservation, philanthropy and corporate responsibility. Drawing on more than ten years experience, Loebner formerly led Corporate Responsibility, Americas for ArcelorMittal, a global steel manufacturing and mining company. There she directed sustainability initiatives, reporting, stakeholder engagement, and co-created the company’s first responsible sourcing and human rights policies. Prior to ArcelorMittal, Loebner managed North American business philanthropy for HSBC, responsible for multiple environmental partnerships, and served as CEO of a small nonprofit. Before moving into sustainability and philanthropic work, Loebner led a successful communications career for thirteen years, working at eminent organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and American Express. Loebner currently serves on the Midwest Leadership Council for the National Park Conservation Association (NPCA), is a member of the Corporate Committee at Council on Foundations and Chicago Wilderness. She co-chairs the Chicago Corporate Sustainability Working Group and is a former council member of the BlueGreen Alliance. Loebner is a frequent speaker on environmental and corporate responsibility topics, including environmental leadership, public-private partnerships and stakeholder engagement governance.She graduated with her Bachelors in Business/Marketing from St. LouisUniversity and a Masters in Political Science from University of Illinois.
Amy Luers Climate Change Director, Skoll Global Threats Fund
Amy Luers is the Director of Climate at the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF). Prior to SGTF, she was the Senior Environment Program Manager at Google, where she co-led the development of a series of initiatives focused on information and communication technology for climate risk management. She co-founded Agua Para La Vida, an NGO dedicated to bringing potable water to rural communities of Latin America. Luers’ research and publications have focused on vulnerability indicators climate impacts and adaptation, and climate policy. She was a lead author of National Climate Assessment’s Sustained Assessment Report. She was the 2013 recipient of the inaugural Bellagio/Poptech Fellow on Big Data and System Resilience. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, both from Stanford University.
Jane Madden Principal, Mission Measurement
Jane Ebinger is the Manager for Climate Change Policy in the World Bank’s Climate Policy and Finance Department. She leads a team that works on climate policy, tools and metrics. Previous assignments include the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program and the Bank’s energy team in Europe and Central Asia. Prior to joining the Bank she worked in the oil and gas industry for BP and BHP Billiton. She has experience in environment management, risk assessment, oil spill/ emergency response, climate change, and carbon finance. She has an MA Mathematics and an MSc Mathematical in Modeling and Numerical Analysis from Oxford University.
Ian Noble Scientific Advisor, ND-GAIN
He recently retired from the World Bank as the Lead Climate Change Specialist with particular responsibility for the Bank’s activities in adaptation to climate change. For 27 years, Noble was a Professor of Global Change Research at Australian National University. Noble has had senior roles in the IPCC process and in international cooperative research on climate change as part of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP) including chairing the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE). In Australia, he participated in the public and policy debate over responses to climate change and served as a Commissioner in an inquiry into the future of the Australian forests and forest industries. As chief scientific advisor to the ND-GAIN team Noble recommends refinements to the ND-GAIN index, as well as advancements to the application of the ND-GAIN Index and ND-GAIN related research. In addition, Noble serves as a key liaison between ND-GAIN and important international stakeholders such as the World Bank and UNFCCC/IPCC. An ecologist by training, Dr. Noble holds a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, and his research interests cover animal behavior, vegetation and biodiversity management, ecosystem modeling, expert systems and the science-policy interface. In 1999 he was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and has received the Australian Centenary Medal for Services to Ecology (2001).
Brandon Owens Ecomagination Director, GE
Mr. Brandon Owens is a clean energy specialist, energy economist, strategic thinker and data scientist with world-class analytic skills and deep domain expertise in energy market, policy, and technology analysis. He is currently the Director of Ecomagination at General Electric (GE) where he guides the company’s global energy and environmental strategy. Mr. Owens has two decades of experience analyzing and evaluating technologies, assets and opportunities in the energy space. He also has experience building, developing and managing teams capable of carrying out research and analytic activities. Brandon is an accomplished IT applications developer and writer. He is also expert in forecasting and predictive analytics techniques. Prior to joining GE, Mr. Owens was Director of Research at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA) where he led CERA’s clean energy research. Earlier in his career, he served as Senior Analyst for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His research has been published in industry leading journals such as Public Utilities Fortnightly, Energy Policy, and Research Evaluation. Mr. Owens holds a Master of Science degree in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Lindene Patton Chief Climate Product Officer, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.
Lindene Patton is Chief Climate Product Officer for Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich). She is responsible for policy and risk management related to climate change. She is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Advisory Council on Measuring Sustainability, as well as member of the WEF Advisory Board on Sustainability and Competitiveness. Ms. Patton serves as the Vice-Chair of the Climate Change and Tort Liability Sub-Committee of the Geneva Association. She is a member of the Advisory Council to the Resources for the Future’s Center for the Management of ecological Wealth (RFF’s CMEW). Ms. Patton serves on numerous government and non-governmental advisory boards, including the Executive Secretariat of the U.S. National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. She is an advisory board member for the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Ms. Patton is an attorney licensed in California and the District of Columbia and an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Anand Patwardhan Professor, Shailesh J Mehta School of Management Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay
Prof. Anand Patwardhan did his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering) from IIT-Bombay and later did his M.S. in Environmental Science & Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy, both from Carnegie Mellon University. Prof. Patwardhan is currently Professor in the Shailesh J Mehta School of Management at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay. He earlier served as the Head of the School of Management from 2003-2004, and then moved to New Delhi as Executive Director of the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), in the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India from 2004-2008. Prof. Patwardhan works in the broad area of environment – climate studies, focusing on the assessment of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, and on the diffusion and adoption of clean technology. He has been a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and a coordinating lead author for the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Anand is co-chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Global Carbon Project, and is a member of a core consultative group on climate change for the Indian government.
Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering Vice Chairman, Hills & Company
Thomas R. Pickering is Vice Chairman of Hills & Company. Ambassador Pickering served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1997-2000) and as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador; Nigeria, and Jordan. He also was the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York, where he led the U.S. effort to build a coalition in the UN Security Council during and after the first Gulf War. He has held additional positions in Tanzania, Geneva, and Washington, including as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs and as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger. After retiring from the State Department in 2000, Ambassador Pickering joined The Boeing Company as Senior Vice President, International Relations and member of the Executive Council. He serves on a number not-for-profit boards. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the University of Melbourne and speaks French, Spanish, and Swahili fluently and also Arabic, Hebrew and Russian.
Raj Rajan RD&E Vice President, Global Sustainability Tech Leader, Ecolab Inc.
Dr. Raj Rajan is RD&E vice president, and Global Sustainability technical leader at Ecolab. In his current role, Rajan helps drive top-line growth for Ecolab and its customers by embedding sustainability thought leadership into the innovation process, environmental metrics in internal operations and sector-level standardization of sustainability metrics. Dr. Rajan came to Ecolab in 2008 through the acquisition of Ecovation, where he led process engineering focused on sustainable management of residues from the food and beverage industry, including the design, construction, financing and operations of waste to renewable energy facilities. Rajan has 29 years of experience in water cycle management and environmental process engineering for the paper, petroleum, chemical, utility, food, beverage, transportation, and energetics industries. His technical expertise covers design and implementation of water, wastewater and waste management projects and renewable energy generation systems. Dr. Rajan is currently active in industry groups focused on developing greenhouse gas mitigation, climate change adaptation, and water stewardship guidance documents, context and impact based environmental metrics, and sustainable growth benchmarks. Dr. Rajan received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Varanasi, India) and his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
Peter Rawlings Partner, Environmental Resources Management
Emerson Resende Independent Consultant, Climate Change & Sustainability Expert, Formerly with UNFCCC Private Sector Initiative. Emerson Resende is a climate change expert with a background in private sector sustainability, energy management and the built environment. Passionate about environmental businesses and sustainable solutions, Emerson has over ten years of experience working in the intergovernmental and private sectors supporting the development and implementation of sustainability practices and environmental policies. At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat, he supported the intergovernmental process on a range of adaptation issues and led the UNFCCC Private Sector Initiative by designing and developing a programme to engage the private sector on climate change adaptation issues through a sustainable and profitable perspective across the globe. He also teaches climate policy development to masters students as an invited lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.
Emerson Resende Climate Change Expert, Independent Consultant
Peter is a Partner based in the Washington, D.C., office and is a sustainability and climate change expert focused on large capital projects and infrastructure. Prior to this, Mr. Rawlings was based in ERM’s Sydney, Australia, office and was the regional Sustainability & Climate Change practice lead for Asia Pacific. His areas of expertise focus on the development and implementation of climate change and sustainability strategies, resource and energy efficiency, carbon management, life cycle assessment, GHG data management, green building solutions, and environmental risk management. Peter has extensive experience in a range of sectors, including property and infrastructure, urban planning, mining and metals, government, energy and utilities, and banking and finance.
Blair Ruble Vice President for Programs, The Wilson Center
Dr. Blair A. Ruble is the Wilson Center’s incoming Vice President for Programs. Previously, he served as Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience, and Senior Advisor to the Kennan Institute while simultaneously coordinating the Center’s programming in Comparative Urban Studies. He received his MA and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto (1973, 1977), and an AB with Highest Honors in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1971). He has edited more than a dozen volumes, and is the author of six monographic studies. His book-length works include a trilogy examining the fate of Russian provincial cities during the twentieth century. His most recent monograph is Washington’s U Street: A Biography. Dr. Ruble worked previously at the Social Science Research Council in New York City and the National Council for Soviet and East European Research.
Richard Saines Principal, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Rick Saines heads the North America Climate Change and Environmental Markets Practice. He is widely published and globally recognized as a leading climate change lawyer, bringing over a decade of experience on climate change law matters advising multinational companies, financial institutions, funds and project sponsors on carbon and environmental market transactions within the international, regional and voluntary markets. Mr. Saines also advises major global corporations on climate change policy, sustainable development and global corporate greenhouse gas compliance and management. He is recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading climate change lawyer and serves on the Board of the International Emissions Trading Association and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Climate Change.
Elizabeth Selig Conservation Scientist, Conservation International Ocean Health Index
Elizabeth Selig is Director of Marine Science in Conservation International’s (CI) Moore Center for Science and Oceans. Selig conducts research on a variety of topics to provide a scientific foundation for CI’s landscape and seascape conservation work. Her current work focuses on identifying global marine conservation priorities, developing indicators to measure ocean health, and analyzing how changes in ecosystem health will affect ecosystem services and human well-being. Selig’s dissertation work focused on how global climate change may affect coral reef health and which management strategies can be useful for mitigating coral loss. She was awarded an EPA STAR Fellowship and the Ross and Charlotte Johnson Family Dissertation Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. Liz has also worked at the Smithsonian Institution and the World Resources Institute, where she co-authored Reefs at Risk in Southeast Asia. She has led or co-authored 25 peer-reviewed publications on the topics of marine ecology and conservation, coral reefs, climate change, and marine protected areas.
Kate Sheppard Environment & Energy Editor, The Huffington Post
Kate Sheppard is a senior reporter and the environment and energy editor at the Huffington Post. She previously reported for Mother Jones, Grist, and the American Prospect.
Roger-Mark De Souza Director, Population, Environmental Change and Security, The Wilson Center
Roger-Mark De Souza is the director of Population, Environmental Change, and Security for the Woodrow Wilson Center. He leads programs on reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Health Initiative. Before joining the Center in 2013, De Souza served as vice president of research and director of the climate program at Population Action International, where he provided strategic guidance, technical oversight, and management of PAI’s programs on population, gender, climate change, environment, and reproductive health. From 2007 to 2010, as the director of foundation and corporate relations at the Sierra Club, he led a multi-million dollar foundation and corporate fundraising program. Prior to working at the Sierra Club, he directed the Population, Health, and Environment program at the Population Reference Bureau for 10 years, where he designed and implemented research, communications, and capacity-building projects in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. De Souza holds graduate degrees in international relations and development policy from George Washington University and the University of the West Indies. Born and raised in the Caribbean, he lives in Virginia with his wife, two teenage sons, and two dogs.
Chris Walker Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young
Chris has more than 20 years of experience working with financial sector companies on environmental issues with a concentration over the last 15 years on climate change and sustainability. Chris has a diversity of exposure and excutive experience in the climate and sustainability space including carbon markets and policy, risk mitigation, cleantech, governance and socially-responsible investing. He currently serves as EY’s liaison with leading NGO’s, advocacy groups and sustainability business coalitions and is focused on determining partnership and market positioning opportunities with thought leaders and standard setting organizations. Chris is also leading the client marketing and development of the Sustainability Impact Assessment tool for financed emissions and has extensive experience in identification and execution of business value propositions for climate and sustainability. Prior to joining EY, he served as the Executive Officer of the Carbon Trust, LLC, (the US affiliate of the UK’s Carbon Trust), and prior to that The Climate Group (North America), a leadership collitiation of S&P 500 companies and subnational cities and states. Chris started his sustainability career as the head of Swiss Re’s Greenhouse Gas Risk Solutions. In this role, he led Swiss Re’s efforts to address climate change risk to its underwriting and investment portfolios as well as develop market opportunities. Chris is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University teaching courses on “Climate Change Issues in Real Estate and Business Transactions” and “Sports Sustainability.” Chris received his BA and JD from St. John’s University and completed his post-graduate work at the Institute.
Dominic Waughray Senior Director and Head of Environmental
Initiatives, World Economic Forum, ND-GAIN Advisory Board Member
Dominic Waughray is the Senior Director and Head of Environment and Sustainability Initiatives for the World Economic Forum. He is responsible for the World Economic Forum’s agenda on environment and sustainability related issues including events (Davos Annual Meeting and regional summits), analysis (reports) and initiatives (multi-stakeholder projects). His focus areas include resource scarcity (water-food-energy linkages); water security; climate change and green investment; sustainable production and consumption. Previously, he was Managing Partner at Environmental Resources Management, a consultancy (1998-2005) and Senior Scientific Officer at the Natural Environment Research Council Institute of Hydrology, UK civil service (1994-1998). Waughray is an International Fellow of the International Insittute of Environment and Development, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and a Trustee of international NGO The Climate Group. He also serves as Chair of the Water Resources Group Executive Committee and is a member of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. Waughray holds a degree in Geography from Cambridge University (University Prize Winner) and a Masters in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from University College London.
Joannes Westerink Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame
Joannes Westerink is the Joseph and Nona Ahearn Professor in Computational Science and Engineering and the Henry J. Massman Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. He has concurrent appointments in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He obtained his B.S. (1979) and M.S. (1981) degrees in Civil Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Ph.D. (1984) degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the development, analysis and application of coastal ocean and estuarine hydrodynamic, constituent transport and sediment transport models. Westerink has worked extensively on modeling coastal ocean tides and hurricane storm waves and surge using large domain highly heterogeneous unstructured meshes. Application regions include the western North Atlantic Ocean; the Gulf of Mexico; the Caribbean Sea; the Pacific Ocean; the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean; the coasts of severl U.S. states, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Kathrin Winkler Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC Corporation
As Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Kathrin is charged with providing vision and leadership in the development and implementation of EMC’s strategy for environmental and social sustainability. In addition to her work at EMC, Kathrin serves as a Director for The Green Grid and for EcoLogic Development Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to community-based conservation in Central America.
Dr. Carolyn Woo President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services, ND-GAIN
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Carolyn Woo currently serves as the CEO and president of Catholic Relief Services. Under her leadership, Catholic Relief Services provides assistance to more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries. Dr. Woo is also on the boards of a number of businesses and organizations and is a leader in the areas of corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Before joining Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Woo served as the Martin J. Gillen Dean of Business and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. During her tenure, Dr. Woo worked tirelessly develop the colleges’ commitment to ethics and its calling to “ask more of business.” As the result of her leadership, the Mendoza College achieved number 1 ranking (BusinessWeek/Bloomberg) two times, in 2010 and 2011, and top rankings in business ethics (Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek). Dr. Woo also previously served as associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University.
Perry Yeatman Principal and CMO, Mission Measurement
Perry Yeatman is a Principal and CMO of Mission Measurement, the world leader in measuring social outcomes. She is also CEO of Perry Yeatman Global Partners LLC and the award winning author of Get Ahead by Going Abroad. Prior to joining Mission Measurement, Perry was an SVP in Corporate & Government Affairs at Kraft Foods and President of the Kraft Foods Foundation. During her 7 years with Kraft, Perry was a key advisor to the Chairman and CEO, Irene Rosenfeld, on everything from multi-billion dollar deals to ending hunger. Perry started her career on the agency side, spending nearly 15 years with leading communications firms. In 2000, Perry moved “in-house” as a Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Unilever in North America. Perry has broad experience in international business. For most of the 1990s, Perry lived and worked overseas – based first in Singapore, then Russia and finally the UK. In her various roles, she has served not only as a senior counselor but also as a General Manager. In 2012 alone, Perry received both the Sabre Award for “Outstanding Individual Lifetime Achievement” and was voted one of the most important in-house communicators in the world. In addition to her “day jobs”, Perry is also a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, a member of the Advisory Board for the Clinton Global Initiative and sits on the Corporate Partnership Council for Save the Children. Perry is also an active advocate.