Speakers

B4E Climate Summit 2013, London – Speakers

B4E Climate Summit 2013, London

  • Tom Burke
    Environmental Policy
    Advisor to Rio Tinto

  • Matthew Pencharz
    Environment & Political Advisor to the Mayor of London,
    Greater London Authority
  • Jim Leape
    Director-General,
    WWF International
  • Tony Simons
    Director General, World
    Agroforestry Centre
  • Mark Kenber
    Chief Executive Officer,
    The Climate Group
  • Dorothy Maxwell
    Executive Director, TEEB
    for Business Coalition
  • David Nussbaum
    CEO, WWF UK
  • Frances Way
    Co-Chief Operating Officer,
    CDP
  • Ian Cheshire
    Group Chief Executive,
    Kingfisher
  • Mary-Anne King
    Head, Environmental Sustainability,
    Microsoft UK
  • Alexis Olans
    Senior Global Program
    Manager, Adidas Better Place
  • Michael Alexander
    Global Head of Environment
    (Communications & Policy), Diageo

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Tom Burke B4E

Tom Burke
Environmental Policy Advisor
Rio Tinto

Tom Burke is currently an Environmental Policy Adviser (part time) to Rio Tinto plc and a Visiting Professor at Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a Founding Director of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism. He is a member of the External Review Committee of Shell and the Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board of Unilever. He was a Senior Advisor to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change from 2006-12.

Matthew Pencharz B4E

Matthew Pencharz
Environment & Political Advisor to the Mayor of London
Greater London Authority

Matthew Pencharz first joined the Mayor’s team at City Hall from the BBC in November 2009. He spent more than three years on the network section of the BBC One programme Politics Show, where he focused primarily on environment and energy stories. Matthew has been a key member of the Mayor’s team, serving as his political advisor for much of his first term. He was appointed Environment Advisor following the Mayor’s re-election.

Jim Leape B4E

Jim Leape
Director-General
WWF International

As Director General, Jim is the chief executive of WWF International and leader of the global WWF Network, which is active in more than 100 countries and has an annual income of more than 525 million Euros. He was appointed to this position in December 2005. Jim first joined WWF in the US in 1989, and for ten years led their conservation programmes around the world. Jim graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and began his career as an environmental lawyer.

Tony Simons B4E

Tony Simons
Director-General
World Agroforestry Centre

Tony Simons has worked 27 years on issues at the tropical agriculture/forestry interface – in the private sector (Shell Forestry), academia (University of Oxford), official development assistance (ODA/DFID) and research (CGIAR). He holds degrees from Massey University and Cambridge University and an Honorary Professorship in Tropical Forestry at the University of Copenhagen. He has published over 100 research papers. He is passionate about the transformative and profitable change that the private sector can bring to development.

Mark Kenber B4E

Mark Kenber
Chief Executive Officer
The Climate Group

An expert on international climate policy, Mark advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2008-2009) and co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Previously, Mark worked in WWF’s International Climate Change Programme where he led the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channeling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects. He has also served as Director of Planning at Fundacion Natura, Ecuador’s larges environmental organization, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government.

Dorothy Maxwell B4E

Dorothy Maxwell
Executive Director
TEEB for Business Coalition

Dorothy Maxwell has an MSc and PhD in Environmental Science from Imperial College London. She has
over 20 years professional experience working in the environmental / sustainability arena with government
and industry in Europe, USA & Asia working with Accenture, Willis Risk Management, European Commission,
UNEP and her own consultancy GVSS Ltd. She has been an expert advisor to UK Defra sustainable product/green
economy depts and the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit. She is also a lecturer at Imperial College London’s
MSc on sustainable business. She is currently Exec Director and CEO at the TEEB for Business Coalition.

David Nussbaum B4E

David Nussbaum
Chief Executive Officer
WWF UK

In addition to heading up WWF-UK, David Nussbaum chairs the international WWF Network’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative, and sits on the Global Network Executive Team. Prior to this, David was Chief Executive of Transparency International and held senior positions in Traidcraft plc and Oxfam. David is currently a non-executive director of Low Carbon Accelerator and of the fair trade organisation Shared Interest Society, as well as Vice-Chair of the ACCA Social and Environmental Committee.

Frances Way B4E

Frances Way
Co-Chief Operating Officer
CDP

CDP is an independent not-for-profit organisation working to drive greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainable water use by business and cities. CDP works with 722 institutional investors representing $87 trillion in assets and 65 companies with significant supply chains, to engage with over 10,000 companies on the business implications of climate change, water scarcity and deforestation. Frances joined CDP in December 2007 to manage and expand CDP’s Supply Chain Program. In her role as Co-Chief Operating Officer, Frances oversees the delivery, expansion and strategy of CDP’s Programs.

Peter Holmgren B4E

Peter Holmgren
Director General
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Before his current position at CIFOR, Dr. Peter Holmgren was responsible for the overall profile and coordination of FAO’s work related to climate change, energy and land tenure across the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors. He set up inter-agency UN-REDD Programme, led the development of the climate-smart agriculture approach, and coordinated FAO’s preparations for Rio+20. Peter is determined to expand forestry development agenda to address current major challenges: poverty, food security, climate change and green growth.

Dax Lovegrove B4E

Dax Lovegrove
Head of Business & Industry Relations
WWF UK

As Head of Business and Industry for 8 years, Dax manages WWF-UK’s business engagement strategy while identifying opportunities for converging business and environmental interests. He has provided guidance and support for corporate sustainability strategies within a number of key business sectors including energy, finance, food, ICT, retail, travel, and media while promoting transformative business practice (see www.wwf.org.uk/talkingtransformations). His team also facilitates the crowd-sourcing of international case studies of green business innovations at www.wwf.org.uk/innovation.

Peter Boyd B4E

Peter Boyd
Chief Operating Officer
Carbon War Room

Peter Boyd brings to the Carbon War Room over 15 years of experience in strategy, marketing, operations, and general management. Following over ten years in the Virgin Group, he was integral to the launch of CWR, serving as Launch Director starting with the finalization of the initial concept with Richard Branson and fellow founders in early 2009. Peter is based in London and Washington, DC. He previously served for two years as CEO of Virgin Mobile South Africa. Peter graduated from Oxford University with BA Honours in Philosophy, Politics & Economics.

Nick Molho B4E

Nick Molho
Head of Energy Policy
WWF UK

Nick Molho has been with WWF-UK since 2010. On energy policy, Nick’s work is particularly focused on the effectiveness of different policies in supporting the deployment and cost reduction of new and emerging technologies as well as on grid planning and energy efficiency issues. Prior to joining WWF, Nick spent 6 years with CMS Cameron McKenna as an energy solicitor on a wide range of electricity market restructuring projects, power plant and offshore transmission projects and emissions trading.

Adriaan Korthuis B4E

Adriaan Korthuis
Founding Partner & Director
Climate Focus

Adriaan Korthuis is a renowned expert in the carbon markets. He is the strategic advisor of many private and public entities in the carbon market and possesses a profound knowledge of climate change projects and carbon market dynamics. He is a strong promoter of private sector engagement in climate finance and has a keen eye on private sector development and the interaction between public sector policy making and private sector engagement.

Molly Web B4E

Molly Web
Head of Smart Technologies
The Climate Group

Molly is responsible for developing and coordinating The Climate Group’s SMART 2020 Program, which supports climate change action across the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector. Prior to joining The Climate Group, Molly held the dual role of Web Manager and Researcher at Demos, a London based think tank, where she focused on science, innovation and environmental policy. She managed an 18-month study on emerging trends in biotech, nanotech and ICT, in China, India and Korea, and wrote South Korea: Mass Innovation comes of age (2006). Molly moved to London in September 2003 for an MSc course in Environmental Policy, Planning and Regulation at the London School of Economics, where her dissertation focused on the environmental and societal implications of nanotechnology.

Ben Ferrari B4E

Ben Ferrari
Director of Corporate Relations
The Climate Group

Before joining The Climate Group’s London office, Ben worked as Managing Director at Imprimatur Capital Ltd, an international technology investment company. In addition to general portfolio management and investment activities he was responsible for development and management of an international network of commercial partnerships with universities and research institutes, which comprised some 60 institutions across 15 territories including Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe, and South America. Ben has also been involved in a wide range of technology transfer and knowledge transfer programs in the higher education sector, and has served as an expert at both the European Commission and Council of Europe in connection with cultural programs.

Katie McCoy B4E

Katie McCoy
Account Manager
CDP

Katie joined CDP in February following the merger with Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) and is the CDP Forests project officer. She began her career in the field of microbiology before completing the MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. Prior to joining FFD, Katie was an environmental policy analyst, specialising in EU biodiversity policy. She has a particular interest in the timber and beef commodities.

Ivo Mulder B4E

Ivo Mulder
Coordinator Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
UNEP FI

Ivo Mulder joined UNEP Finance Initiative in 2010 and leads the programme on ecosystems, water and biodiversity. He has built a team within UNEP FI and initiated a number of innovative programmes, such as the Natural Capital Declaration, a project on sovereign credit risk (E-RISC), and the REDD+ programme. Mr. Mulder has over eight years of experience working in academia, consulting and with NGOs on the business case for companies to deal with climate, water and ecosystem changes.

Terri Wills B4E

Terri Wills
Director
Global Initiatives, C40, in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative

Terri is the Director of Global Initiatives for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and is responsible for its networks – working groups of cities focused on common climate change and climate risk challenges and priorities. Previously, Terri was the London City Director for C40- Clinton Climate Initiative, where she worked closely with the GLA on climate change programs. Terri has also worked for the Ontario Government in Canada on a cleantech demonstration fund, and was a Head of Strategy at the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Amanda Feldman B4E

Amanda Feldman
Engagement Officer
Volans

Amanda Feldman designs and implements social innovation and investment strategies with Volans, while actively contributing to thought leadership initiatives – including The Zeronauts, The Future Quotient and most recently, Breakthrough: Business Leaders, Market Revolutionaries. She brings global experience in social enterprise, public health policy and corporate social innovation, and currently leads on client services across the technology, infrastructure and banking industries.

Conor Riffle B4E

Conor Riffle
Head
CDP

Conor Riffle oversees the growth and expansion of the Cities program. Prior to his role at CDP, Conor served in various roles at the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York, including Foreign Policy Fellow and as a member of the team that developed and ran the second annual Clinton Global Initiative in 2006. At the Clinton Foundation, Conor was an early employee of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), where he worked with large city governments around the world on greenhouse gas reduction projects.

Ian Cheshire B4E

Ian Cheshire
Group Chief Executive
Kingfisher

Ian Cheshire was appointed Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc in January 2008, after serving as CEO of B&Q from June 2005. He joined Kingfisher in 1998, holding international, e-commerce and strategy and development roles. Previously he worked for a number of retail businesses including Sears plc where he was Group Commercial Director. Ian is Chairman of the British Retail Consortium and of the Ecosystem Markets Task Force. He is a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread plc, lead non-executive member on the Department for Work and Pensions Board.

Mary-Anne King B4E

Mary-Anne King
Head of Environmental Sustainability
Microsoft UK

The foundation of Microsoft’s sustainability strategy is built on being a responsible leader. This entails delivering on our carbon neutrality and greener IT commitments of being lean, green and accountable. Mary-Anne believes that there is a great opportunity for technology to help customers enjoy energy efficiencies and reduce dependency on travel. She was recently recognized as a Business in the Community Game Changer for her work on the Anywhere Working initiative.

Alexis Olans B4E

Alexis Olans
Senior Global Program Manager
Adidas Better Place

Alexis heads adidas’ sustainable product program from global headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Her responsibilities include coordinating sustainable product creation across adidas’ business units and global creation centers, developing new innovation platforms, and directing adidas brand’s sustainable product and communication strategies. Alexis’ previous work revolved around sustainable product development and clean technology with companies such as IDEO, P&G, and Transfair USA. Alexis has an MBA in Marketing, and a MS in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan.

Michael Alexander B4E

Michael Alexander
Global Head of Environment (Communications & Policy)
Diageo

Michael is global head of environment for Diageo with a focus on strategy and communications. His principle responsibility is to drive the company’s environmental strategy and associated communications and reputational programme. Key to this is understanding the evolving and complex environmental policy debates and industry best practice – and sharing this across the business. A graduate of the universities of Edinburgh and London, Michael is a member of the Institute of Economic Development and the Chartered Institute for Public Relations.

Ben Gannon B4E

Ben Gannon
Vice President Public Affairs
Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA)

Benjamin joined SCA in 2011 and is currently Vice President, Public Affairs, based in SCA’s Stockholm and Brussels offices. With over 15 years of experience working on global healthcare and environmental legislation Benjamin has responsibility for public affairs across all SCA business units and geographies. Prior to SCA Benjamin worked for Johnson & Johnson where he was Executive Director European Government Affairs & Policy.

Chris Librie B4E

Chris Librie
Director of Environmental and Health Initiatives,
HP Sustainability and Social Innovation

As Director of Environmental and Health Initiatives, Chris is responsible for leveraging and aligning HP’s capabilities in environmental sustainability and health care into a focused set of global programs that contributes to HP’s top-line growth, brand and reputation. Chris leads a global team to articulate the HP sustainability strategy with a single voice, implement HP-led initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment and manage the development of company-wide environmental goals.

Gerhard Prätorius B4E

Gerhard Prätorius
Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability
Volkswagen

Since 2006 Gerhard Prätorius has been in charge of CSR and Sustainability at the Volkswagen Group. He joined Volkswagen in 1992 as manager for environment and worked for the Volkswagen Group as a managing director for regional development agencies, which dealt with technology transfer, especially in the fields of new transportation systems and environmental technologies. He also works as a lecturer in transportation policy and sustainable mobility and he was appointed as a honorary professor at the Technical University Braunschweig.

Wouter van Tol B4E

Wouter van Tol
Head of Sustainability Communications
Nestlé UK

Wouter van Tol is responsible for sustainability communications, stakeholder engagement and strategy at Nestlé UK & Ireland. He has been closely involved in responsible sourcing, from palm oil (all Nestlé UK’s palm oil is RSPO certified, with 70% fully traceable and the remaining 30% covered by GreenPalm certificates) to the development of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan and converting UK-made KIT KAT to Fairtrade.

Jerry Hardcastle B4E

Jerry Hardcastle
Global Chief Marketability Engineer and Technical Director, Global Motorsport
Nissan

Jerry Hardcastle is responsible for translating diverse customer and market demands from around the world into technical solutions that will enhance the customer driving experience and the value of Nissan’s product line-up. Jerry has worked in the automotive industry for 27 years, holding positions in design and development with Austin Rover Group and Nissan. He joined Nissan in 1989 and has worked in Engine Design, Interior Trim Design, Vehicle Project Management, and Vehicle Evaluation.

Neil Harris B4E

Neil Harris
Head of Sustainability EMEA
Cisco

Neil plays an integral role, connecting environmentally inspired business innovation to Cisco operations and customer propositions throughout Cisco. He is responsible for Cisco EMEA’s Sustainability performance and helps drive development of new solutions and products that help Cisco’s customers meet their environmental Sustainability objectives. Neil also spearheads thought leadership work with organisation’s such as the Ellen McArthur Foundation. He’s a passionate believer in the long term business opportunity that a sustainable business model can achieve, ensuring businesses do business for the good of all.

Ian Hope-Johnstone B4E

Ian Hope-Johnstone
Director of Agricultural Sustainability
PepsiCo.

Ian is currently leading the Agricultural Sustainability agenda globally for PepsiCo. The focus for PepsiCo is to implement a Farm Verification program that complements the objectives and principles contained in the PepsiCo Agricultural Sustainability policy. Ian has gained global experience in the fields of agricultural procurement, strategic sourcing and building program capability in developing countries. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from his native Australia and is based in the UK.

 Paul Crewe B4E

Paul Crewe
Head of Sustainability, Energy & Engineering
Sainsburys Stores

Paul leads the business unit that is accountable for the “Sustainability, Energy, Environmental and Engineering” strategic and operational agenda for Sainsbury’s. This includes the built environment (existing and new properties) incorporating both embodied and operational carbon through design and selection of construction and engineering solutions through to waste/energy management, recycling and setting energy and carbon reduction targets to 2030. He is a member of Sainsbury’s Climate Change Board and other numerous external bodies relating to sustainability, carbon and climate change including: CBI, UKGBC, BRC and ETG.

Bruno Zago B4E

Bruno Zago
Environmental Manager, UK & Ireland
HP

Bruno has worked for HP since 1983 in a variety of roles and has been an Environmental Professional since 2005.Working closely with Government and Regulatory authorities Bruno makes sure that HP products comply with all relevant legislation. Bruno is currently focusing on how HP’s products and services can help customers to reduce their carbon footprint and ensures that interested parties are kept up to date with HP’s strategy for responsible supply chain management.

Philippe Tuzzolino B4E

Philippe Tuzzolino
Environment Director
France Telecom-Orange Group

Philippe Tuzzolino is in charge of the Environmental and Climate Change organization for Orange Group. He defines the policies and supervises the energy consumption reduction objectives for the Group’s global footprint in 220 countries. He participates in European Commission Pilot testing methodologies of the ICT-sector. He is also involved in the ITU-T Study Group “Environment and Climate Change”. Before joining Orange Group, he held several Strategic innovation projects at La Poste and at the French Ministry of Defense.

Gabrielle Giner

Gabrielle Giner
Environmental Sustainability
BT

Gabrielle joined BT in 1997. She spent her first three years with BT in Tokyo, managing BT’s regulatory and public affairs programmes. Since then Gabrielle has worked on various change programmes in BT. In May 2009, Gabrielle joined the corporate responsibility team where she is responsible for managing various programmes on environmental sustainability. As part of this role, Gabrielle leads BT’s work on carbon footprinting of ICT products and services, supply chain engagement on environmental issues and sustainable design.

Magnus Rosen B4E

Magnus Rosen
Portfolio Manager
SKF BeyondZero Portfolio

Magnus Rosén is responsible for the SKF BeyondZero portfolio. He has led this strategic effort from the idea phase to implementation. As a member of the Corporate Sustainability staff for many years, he has helped to develop and drive the sustainability strategies for the SKF Group. Magnus holds a PhD in Business Administration and an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management.

Dominique Roche B4E

Dominique Roche
Head of Sustainability Standardisation & Operators / Counsellor & Co-chairman, WG Data Centre & Sustainability
France Telecom-Orange Group / CTO Alliance/CRIP

Currently Dominique is Head of Sustainability Standardization & Operators for Orange-France Telecom Group, Counselor of CTO Alliance/CRIP (European ICT User Alliance). Father of the first French Standard on Communication Network Installation, he chairs a number of Standardisation committees in European Standardisation Organizations: CENELEC TC 215 (Design, Installation, Operation of ICT Infrastructures), ETSI/ATTM (Access Terminals Transmission Multiplexing), ETSI/ISG OEU (Industry Specification Group Operational energy Efficiency for Users), CTO Alliance/CRIP WG Data Centre & Sustainability.

Richard Mattison B4E

Richard Mattison
Chief Executive Officer
Trucost

Richard Mattison is chief executive of Trucost. He oversees the development of Trucost’s research methodology, with the support of an International Advisory Panel of leading academics in the fields of economics and the environment. He is a member of the UK Government’s Sustainable Development panel and is a regular public speaker on environmental issues. Richard has a PhD in Neuroscience and a BSc (Hons) in Physiology from Edinburgh University.

Tracey Currer B4E

Tracey Currer
Co-founder
Ecomodo

With twenty years of experience in designing interactions between people and products, Tracy believes the power of design can find the common ground between the way the mass public want to live and the changes we all must make to create a more sustainable future. Her latest venture, Ecomodo, an award winning social enterprise, helps people consume less, whilst enjoying rich, fulfilling and social lives. Enabling people to share everyday goods, skills and spaces, Ecomodo is recognised as a pioneer in the emerging global market of collaborative consumption.

Dan Perez B4E

Dan Perez
Chief Executive Officer
Marblar

Daniel Perez is the founder and CEO of Marblar – a platform that is crowdsourcing market applications for emerging technology. We create challenges around technologies and encourage people from around the world to think of clever new applications. Since launching in Oct 2012 over 6,000 people have joined and collaborated on over 1200 market applications ranging from biotech, nanotech, aerospace among other tech fields. Dan is also a dual PhD student at Oxford and The Scripps Research Institute.

Nick Christy B4E

Nick Christy
Chief Executive Officer
CINTEP Recycling Shower Systems

Nick is CEO of CINTEP, an Australian company making shower systems that cut energy consumption and water consumption by 70% with no reduction in shower flow rate. Nick is a prize winning Chartered Accountant who trained with KPMG and has 14 years industry experience including 8 years in a listed company. CINTEP won the 2011 Green Challenge, a Dyson Award and the British Standards Institute Environmental Design Award.

Richard Ellis B4E

Richard Ellis
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility
Alliance Boots Group

Richard has spent the past 30 years working for a range of Companies on all aspects of the CSR agenda. The early part of his career was spent in Banking before becoming involved in CSR after the Inner City riots of the early 1980s. After this involvement he held CSR related positions at HSBC, TSB, British Aerospace and ran his own CSR consultancy for five years. In 2003 he joined Boots and became responsible for all the Company’s CSR activities.

Allen Creedy B4E

Allen Creedy
Chairman of the Energy, Environment & Water Policy Unit
The Federation of Small Businesses

Allen was Head of Sustainable Development at Newcastle City Council before being seconded to work for the European Commission and then the OECD as an urban policy expert. Allen founded ethical partnership as a pan European planning and sustainable development consultancy. The partnership has a diversity of blue chip energy, construction, residential, retail and housing clients and a network of associates across Europe that deliver large scale, complex and multi-faceted commissions.

Seiji Kawazoe B4E

Seiji Kawazoe
Associate General Manager
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Seiji Kawazoe joined Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co. in 1987, and has worked in the asset management and investment section at the bank since 1995, gaining experience as a Fund Manager for global equities for institutional accounts. Kawazoe has been based in New York, London and Luxembourg, where he gained deeper insights in the field of equity investments, corporate disclosure issues and regulatory frameworks. He has recently taken on global business development, including environment, social, and governance services at Sumitomo Trust’s Tokyo office.

Sally Uren B4E

Sally Uren
Deputy Chief Executive
Forum for the Future

Sally is passionate about creating a sustainable future. She’s very clear that businesses and brands are key to making progress. At Forum for the Future Sally oversees partnerships with leading global brands to deliver truly sustainable business models. Sally is responsible for Forum’s networks and communication activities, sustainable business practice and the food system programme. She has particular expertise in the retail and food sectors and regularly works across these sectors to create a shared understanding of sustainability challenges and to create solutions.

Bruno Berthon

Bruno Berthon
Managing Director, Strategy & Sustinability
Accenture

Bruno Berthon has two decades of experience working with the top management of large multinational organisations across several industries on their transformation agendas, helping them address the challenges of globalization, large-scale M&A and operating model change, digital business, innovation and sustainability-led transformation. Through his leadership, Accenture has developed one of the leading Sustainability practices in the consulting world according to key analysts. He also has extensive experience in helping multinational clients and large administrations address, evaluate and transform business opportunities related to climate change, environmental and social sustainability.

Paul King B4E

Paul King
Chief Executive Officer / Chair
UK Green Building Council / Zero Carbon Hub

Previously Paul worked for WWF-UK as Director of Campaigns, led WWF’s One Million Sustainable Homes Campaign and was a co-founder of One Planet Living ®. Paul is Chair of the Board of the Zero Carbon Hub and Green Construction Board Buildings Working Group and serves on a number of advisory groups and committees. On an international level he is a Board member of the World Green Building Council and Chair of the WorldGBC Europe Network.

Giles Dickson B4E

Giles Dickson
VP Environmental Policies & Global Advocacy
Alstom

Giles Dickson heads Alstom’s 15-strong global team that promotes the Company’s thinking on energy, environment, climate and transport policies and engages governments and others on how to support the transition to the low-carbon economy. He joined Alstom in 2008 as Director Government Relations Europe for Alstom Power, where he was involved in advocacy on CCS, smart grid and energy efficiency. He was previously a UK Government official for 16 years, working mainly on EU affairs, finally serving as Environment Counsellor at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU.

Alexander Holst B4E

Alexander Holst
Head of Sustainability Services, Austria, Switzerland & Germany
Accenture

Mr. Alexander Holst is leading the Accenture Sustainability Services Practice in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. He has been in Consulting for about 13 years. In addition to Accenture Mr. Holst worked in London for Merrill Lynch in M&A as well as for Black & Decker in the European Marketing Department. Mr. Holst holds an MBA from IESE in Barcelona and has originally studied European Business in Osnabrück and London. Moreover, he is an Alumni of the Cambridge University Business & Environment Program.

Sascha Haslemayer B4E

Sascha Haslemayer
Chief Executive Officer
Citymart.com

Haselmayer trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London and in 2003 co-founded Citymart.com, a marketplace of 82 global cities and 1,200 providers. In 2001, he co-founded Interlace-Invent, a service company advising on policy & innovation in cities, government, universities and leading businesses in Europe and Asia. Haselmayer has lectured widely and co-authored two books on service innovation in cities and new approaches to public procurement. Haselmayer is an Ashoka Fellow and selected member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Scott Cain B4E

Scott Cain
Future Cities Programme Leader
Technology Strategy Board

Scott has spent the last 18 months with the Technology Strategy Board building the investment case and business plan for the Future Cities Catapult centre, and developing and driving engagement with the large-scale Future Cities Demonstrator programme. He has spent the majority of his career advancing entrepreneurship as a force for social, environmental and economic good, both in the UK and globally. Additionally, Scott is a founding partner of The Long Run Venture, which develops entrepreneur-led solutions to complex, long-run challenges like the changing climate.

Geoff Lane B4E

Geoff Lane
Partner, Sustainability & Climate Change
PwC

Geoff Lane is a Partner for PwC in the UK, working on Sustainability & Climate Change issues. Geoff has a degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Environmental Technology. Geoff was formerly Head of Environmental Policy at the Confederation of British Industry, where he had responsibility for formulating and promoting CBI Policy on environmental issues in the UK and internationally. Geoff is PwC’s Liaison Delegate at the WBCSD, a member of the Advisory Group of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Initiative and a Faculty member with the CPSL.

Suresh Babu Sugumaran B4E

Suresh Babu Sugumaran
Head of Eco Sustainability Services, Europe
Tata Consulting Services

Suresh has over 13 years experience in the Information Technology industry and currently heads the Eco Sustainability Services unit, a strategic business unit of TCS, for Europe Geography. He has implemented projects on Advanced Wind Forecasting Technologies, Energy efficiency and is currently working on a collaboration project between multiple apparel retailers for supply chain sustainability. During his career at TCS, Suresh has held several managerial and leadership positions in Telecom and Financial Services industry units.

Ed Gill B4E

Ed Gill
Head of External Affairs
Good Energy

Ed Gill joined Good Energy as Head of Public Affairs in March 2011, after specialising in renewables at a political communications consultancy. In September 2011 he became the company’s Head of External Affairs, overseeing the company’s corporate and policy communications.

Mike Sherry B4E

Mike Sherry
Founder
Mwezi

Mwezi is an impact enterprise operating in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mwezi aims to improve the health, wealth, education, and environmental impact of the poorest people in the world in a sustainable and scalable way using a market-based solution. As a chartered accountant, FCCA, Mike has worked for start-ups to mature businesses with turnovers of up to £250m, in the commercial property, pharmaceutical, publishing, professional services and marketing services industries. Mike has also led several environmental projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nelson Sam B4E

Nelson Sam
Managing Director, Global Advisory Services, Commodities & Energy
Thomson Reuters

Dr. Nelson Sam is responsible for leading the global team that provides research and consulting services and in addition to enabling product development for internal and external customers of Thomson Reuters. He has over a decades’ experience in corporate development, business consulting, transaction advisory (project financing and M&A), stakeholder management (government and private sector), investment strategy and business analysis providing advisory services covering energy and environment infrastructure, very specifically renewables, waste and cleantech sectors.

Peter White B4E

Peter White
Sustainability Consultant / Visiting Professor, Institute for Research on Sustainability
Newcastle University

Peter White is a Sustainability Consultant and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Research on Sustainability at Newcastle University, UK. He retired as Director for Global Sustainability at Procter & Gamble in May 2013, where he helped found P&G’s Sustainable Development organisation in 1999, and in 2007 created and led P&G’s Sustainability Leadership Council – the global, business-wide group responsible for developing and delivering P&G’s Sustainability Strategy and Goals. Peter was a key architect of P&G’s long-term Sustainability Vision and 2020 Goals announced in September 2010.

Ralph Thurm B4E

Ralph Thurm
Founder & Managing Director
A|HEAD|ahead

Ralph Thurm is the Founder & Managing Director of A|HEAD|ahead, a management consultancy focused on sustainable transformation and strategic advisory. Ralph still holds a position as Associate Director Collaborative Sustainability & Innovation at Deloitte. While he also holds positions at various institutions including Managing Director of the Katerva Diagnostics, Head of the Jury of the Arabia CSR Awards, Lead Trainer of GRI-certified training at the Arabia CSR Network, and as a Board Member of the Global Compact Netherlands and the Turntoo Foundation.

Dexter Galvin B4E

Dexter Galvin
Head of Supply Chain
CDP

Dexter joined CDP in 2008 and was later appointed Head of CDP’s Supply Chain work. CDP’s supply chain program works with over 60 of the world’s largest corporations to manage carbon, climate change and water related issues in their supply chains. Passionate about the harmonization of reporting standards, Dexter has driven DJSI and Ecovadis alignment with CDP to reduce the reporting burden on responding companies.

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