B4E COP 17 Dialogue

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B4E COP 17 Dialogue 2011 – Durban
6 December 2011 | Durban Botanical Gardens

Progressive companies around the world are developing products and services that will revolutionise
industries and deliver transformative change for society and our planet. These solutions are driving new
business growth while significantly reducing emissions towards a low-carbon, sustainable future for all.

Accelerating and scaling up implementation across sectors and borders, however, will require a higher level of
collaboration than we have ever seen before, between business, government, and NGOs. The Business for the
Environment (B4E) COP17 Dialogue aims to facilitate this, bringing stakeholders together to forge new partnerships
and take real action on climate change. Leading the way and powering ahead for a clean industrial revolution.


Participation at the B4E COP17 Dialogue is limited and strictly by invitation only!
To learn more about this event and to be considered for an invitation, please contact:

Patrick Schulze
Director Strategic Engagement



Tuesday, 6 December 2011

0800 – 0900

Business action on climate change: CEO perspectives from China, India & South Africa

Moderator: Charles Emmerson, Independent Adviser & Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

0900 – 1000


Industry Roundtables – Challenges & Opportunities: Sharing Best Practices & Success Stories

In each of the following industry roundtables, an expert panel of speakers will address the challenges their businesses face in responding to climate change, and the opportunities this presents for their industry. Speakers and participants will then share their best practices and success stories of innovation and leadership in these highly interactive sessions.

Resource stewardship and environmental sustainability

Moderator: Samantha Smith, Leader, Global Climate & Energy Initiative, WWF International
Bill Bulmer, Director, Environment, Social & Governance Department, IFC
Samantha Hoe-Richardson, Head of Sustainable Development & Energy, Anglo-American
Partha Sengupta, Vice President of Raw Materials, Tata Steel
Mongezi Veti, Group General Manager, Safety & Sustainable Development, Exxaro Resources

Building and construction

Moderator: Jane Henley, CEO, World Green Building Council
Bruce Haase, Head, Climate Business Engagement Unit, Global Climate and Energy Initiative,
WWF International
Ana Escobedo, Manager, International Affairs, Arcelor Mittal
Jennifer Layke, Director, Institute for Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls

Sustainable agriculture & food security

Moderator: Tony Simons, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre
Sean de Cleene, Vice President, Global Business Initiatives, Yara International
Scott Fleetwood, Executive Director, Government Policy and Affairs, Novus International
Puvan Selvanathan, Group Sustainability Adviser, Sime Darby
Justin Smith, Head, Sustainability, Woolworths South Africa

1015 – 1115

Finance and investment

Moderator: Alex MacGillivray, Executive Director, Climate Business
Karin Ireton, Director, Group Sustainability Management, The Standard Bank of South Africa
Abyd Karmali, Managing Director & Group Head of Carbon Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Malango Mughogo, Program Manager, Sustainable Business, WWF – South Africa
Nick Robins, Head, Climate Change Centre of Excellence, HSBC
Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO, Verstergaard Frandsen

Sustainable cities

Moderator: Paul Simpson, CEO, The Carbon Disclosure Project
Sören Buttkereit, Head of Sustainability External Office, Siemens
Peter Head, Director, Arup & Founder, Ecological Sequestration Trust
Claude Nahon, Director, Sustainability & Environment, EDF
Emma Stewart, Senior Industry Manager, AEC Sustainability, Autodesk
Darren Thompson, Managing Director, Yingli Green Energy Europe
Mwambu Wanendeya, Vice President and Head of Communications, Ericsson

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1130 – 1230


Moderator: Charles Emmerson, Independent Adviser & Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Opening remarks

Amb. NJ Mxakato-Diseko, Ambassador at Large: COP 17/CMP 7, Department of International
Relations & Cooperation, South Africa
Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank
Morné du Plessis, CEO, WWF – South Africa
Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group
Björn Stigson, President, WBCSD

1230 – 1420



HM Nerurkar, Managing Director, Tata Steel
James Leape, Director General, WWF International

1420 – 1430


Leadership perspective

Xie Ping, President, GCL Solar System and Solar Energy Ltd

1430 – 1530

Plenary panel discussion

Revolutionising business to deliver sustainable growth
Winning the battle against climate change demands more than incremental efficiency gains. A revolution of ideas, technologies and infrastructure is in order and business is leading the way with transformative new products, services and business models. This distinguished panel will provide a global perspective on what it will take to deliver a clean industrial revolution for sustainable growth.

Moderator: Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group
Ranjit Barthakur, Founder & Chairman, GMS, Senior Adviser, Tata Consultancy Services
Lars Linden, President, Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa
Øivind Lund, Chairman, Yara International
Caio Koch-Weser, Vice-Chairman, Deutsche Bank Group
Li Junfeng, President, Chinese Renewable Industrial Association
Sim Tshabalala, CEO, The Standard Bank of South Africa

1530 – 1600

Networking coffee break

1600 – 1610

Leadership perspective

Arun Bharatram, Chairman, SRF Ltd

1610 – 1620

Keynote address

1620 – 1630

Video: Carbon for Water

Presented by Vestergaard Frandsen

1630 – 1730

Panel discussion

Beyond carbon – Curbing climate change, creating opportunity
A dramatic reduction of carbon emissions is a necessary condition for curbing climate change. However, leading global companies recognise that economic and environmental sustainability also demand a holistic optimisation of natural resource use across different areas of their businesses. In this session, panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities of growing their businesses using climate-compatible strategies that go beyond carbon; to reduce waste, improve water stewardship as well as protect and leverage biodiversity and natural capital.

Moderator: Jeremy Oppenheim, Director, Global Lead, Sustainability & Resource Productivity,
McKinsey & Co.
Steve Lennon, Divisional Executive, Corporate Services, Eskom
Chris Librie, Global Director, Environmental Initiatives, HP
Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO, Vestergaard Frandsen
Thad Simons, President & CEO, Novus International
Samantha Smith, Leader, Global Climate & Energy Initiative, WWF International

1730 – 1830

Business message from African CEOs

Moderator: Robyn Curnow, Anchor, CNN
Brian Dames, CEO, Eskom
Nolitha Fakude, Executive Director, Sasol

1830 – 1930

Networking cocktails

1930 – 2130



Cheryl Carolus, Board Member, WWF International & WWF South Africa
Sir David King, Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations & Cooperation, South Africa

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Note: This is a draft agenda indicative of both confirmed and invited speakers and is subject to change.


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B4E COP 17 Durban Dialogue 2011 – Featured Speakers


James 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.


Amb. NJ Mxakato-Diseko
Ambassador at Large: COP 17/CMP 7,
Department of International Relations & Cooperation
South Africa

Ambassador Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko is currently the Deputy Director General, Americas and Caribbean in the South African government’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Prior to this, she was appointed by the President as National Commissioner to the Public Service Commission (2004 – 2010) and served as Chief Commissioner of the International Trade Administration Commission (2000 – 2003). Amb. Mxakato-Diseko has had an extensive career in the diplomatic services, including a period of service as South Africa’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna. She graduated from Somerville College, Oxford University.


Paul Simpson
Chief Executive Officer
Carbon Disclosure Project

Paul Simpson is the CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an independent non-profit organization which aims to accelerate solutions to climate change and water management by putting relevant information at the heart of business, policy and investment decisions. Paul sits on the board of EIRIS, the advisory panel of Guardian Sustainable Business and on the steering committee of Forest Footprint Disclosure. Paul has previously worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd and the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is the former Director of the Social Venture Network.


Mark Kenber
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 largest environmental organization, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government.


Björn Stigson
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Björn Stigson worked for the Swedish multinationals Kockums and ESAB in several positions from 1969-1982. From 1983-91 he was President and CEO of the Fläkt Group, and following this, he became Executive Vice President and a member of ABB Asea Brown Boveri’s Executive Management Group. In 1995, he was appointed President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Björn serves on the boards of a variety of international companies and organisations, and has been active as an advisor to governments (particularly China, US and Germany).


Thad Simons
President and Chief Executive Officer
Novus International, Inc.

Thad joined Novus in 1991 as Legal Counsel and has served as the company’s CEO since 2001. Thad has led Novus in its growth into a global animal health and nutrition company with sales of US $1 billion and a product portfolio of over 100 products providing a holistic approach to health and nutrition for livestock, pets and people. Thad holds a law degree from the University of Georgia, postgraduate degrees from Columbia University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies from the Université de Paris I.


Jane Henley
Chief Executive Officer
World Green Building Council

Jane has headed the WGBC since February 2010. Previously, Jane was the founding CEO of the New Zealand Green Building Council, which she helped establish in 2005. She has served on the boards of the WorldGBC and New Zealand GBC. Additionally, Jane is a Board Director of UNEP’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative. Jane is committed to driving market transformation that is underpinned by sound economic practices that simultaneously deliver financial, social and environmental benefits.


Dr. Andrew Steer
Special Envoy for Climate Change
The World Bank

Since his appointment in July 2010, Dr. Steer is responsible for guiding the Bank Group’s work on climate change, and for advancing a strong pro-development climate agenda internationally. Prior to this, Dr. Steer served for three years as Director General, Policy and Research at the UK Department of International Development (DFID). Dr. Steer has three decades of experience working on development issues at the country level and globally. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Steve Lennon
Divisonal Executive
Eskom International

Steve is a qualified Scientist and Engineer with a PHD in Materials Engineering. He was appointed to his current position, Divisional Executive (Eskom International), on 01 April 2011. He is a global business leader who has a reputation for bridging sharply contrasting positions in various global forums such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), G8, United Nations and International Chamber of Commerce. His awareness of global trends in power generation and the wider energy sector has earned him widespread recognition.


Samantha Smith
Global Climate and Energy Initiative
WWF International

Prior to her current position at WWF, Ms. Smith held various senior roles in the New Energy division of Statoil, the Norwegian energy company, where she developed wind power and CO2 projects. Before this, Ms. Smith was director of WWF’s International Arctic Programme, where she worked for ten years. Ms. Smith represented WWF in high-level political processes and the media, and focused on climate, energy and governance issues. She started her professional career as a corporate litigation attorney and has degrees in history and law from the University of California, Berkeley.


Engelina Jaspers
Vice President,
Environmental Sustainability
Hewlett-Packard Company

Engelina Jaspers is responsible for advancing HP’s global leadership position in sustainability. Her team develops strategies and initiatives aimed at driving meaningful results for HP, its customers and the environment; manages partnerships with external stakeholders; drives employee education and engagement; and leads the development of HP environmental goals, metrics and strategies. Jaspers joined HP in 1998 and has held senior roles at both the business group and corporate level. Jaspers has a master’s of science degree from Boston University.


Emma Stewart
Senior Manager,
AEC Sustainability

At Autodesk, Emma spearheads the design software company’s efforts to make sustainable design easy, cost-effective and routine across the building, infrastructure, and plant industries. In 2009, Emma founded Autodesk’s Sustainable Design Living Lab program, which uses Autodesk facilities as a testing ground for new software to rapidly green existing buildings.Prior to this, she founded and directed the Environmental R&D Division at BSR. Emma holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from Stanford and a B.A. Honours degree in Human Sciences from Oxford.


Sören Buttkereit
Head, External Office,
Corporate Sustainability

Sören Buttkereit is head of the External Office at Siemens’ Corporate Sustainability at the company’s headquarters in Munich. He manages stakeholder relations and third-party projects regarding sustainability. Prior to joining Siemens in 2009, he worked as Strategy Expert at McKinsey & Company, specializing in sustainability, climate change and regulatory strategy. Sören holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Halle-Wittenberg, an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a Master in International Business from the University of Passau.


Abyd Karmali
Global Head of Carbon Markets
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Abyd Karmali is MD and Global Head of Carbon Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In 2008, his team won Environmental Finance magazine’s Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year and The Banker Award for Most Innovative in Sustainability. Abyd has worked for two decades on climate change and is President of the Carbon Markets and Investors Association. From 1996-97 he was Climate Change Officer at the UNEP’s Industry office in Paris and participated in the Kyoto Protocol. He holds an M.S. in Technology and Policy from the MIT.


Dr. Scott Fleetwood
Executive Director,
Global Industry and Government Policy and Affairs
Novus International, Inc.

Scott is responsible for identifying market trends, global business opportunities and new technologies, in addition to the overall management of the organization’s sustainability efforts and activities. Previously Scott served as Novus’ Executive Director, Global Markets and Strategic Marketing. Scott has held roles in sales and marketing positions in the agricultural crop protection industry spanning more than 30 years. He holds a B.S. from the University of Delaware, an M.S. from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He has written over 20 scientific publications.


Bruce Haase
Head, Climate Business Engagement Unit,
Global Climate & Energy Initiative
WWF International

Bruce is responsible for WWF’s global business engagement programme on climate and energy issues including the Climate Savers Programme. Prior to this, Bruce worked in the private sector with a focus on marketing communications. His corporate career included ten years at Canon Europe, where he last served as the director of CSR for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Bruce studied Sustainable Development with a focus on business and leadership at Exeter University (MSc — distinction), and read history (BA) at Earlham College.


Malango Mughogho
Business and Market Transformation Programme Manager
WWF-South Africa

Malango Mughogho leads WWF’s engagement with business on the broad issue of ecological footprint – using a cross-sectoral approach, addressing issues such as water, energy efficiency and climate change, and using a sector specific approach, looking at the environmental sustainability issues faced by particular industries such as retail or financial services. Malango has more than 10 years’ experience in the banking and development finance sector, coupled with consulting experience on projects with a strong environmental focus in the areas of economic development, event management and product certification.

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B4E COP 17 Durban Dialogue 2011 – Partners


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In partnership with
Strategic Partner
Corporate Partners
B4E-D-CP-2-VF B4E-D-CP-3-Ericsson


Event Partner
Knowledge Partner
Global Broadcast Partner




Global Initiatives

Global Initiatives promotes sustainable global development through a series of television programmes, media projects and international events like the B4E Summit series. These initiatives highlight global issues and offer partnership solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing the world.

Responsible Business Television

Responsible Business a television series produced by Global Initiatives showcasing leading global corporations that, in partnership with governments, NGOs and other international organizations, are developing business-driven solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world. Not only to improve corporate reputation or increase profits, but because it’s the right thing to do.

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WWF has the global insights to help businesses navigate through key sustainability risks and opportunities. As the world’s leading independent conservation organization, we work with businesses, communities and governments to create innovative solutions to safeguard the natural world, tackle climate change and enable the sustainable use of our natural resources. Through our endeavors we seek to embed sustainability and social well-being in both economic and environmental systems.

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Strategic Partner

Tata Steel

Tata Steel is among the top ten global steel companies and the second most geographically diversified steel producer with operations in 26 countries and commercial presence in 50 countries. Tata Steel’s vision is to be the world steel industry bench mark in value creation and corporate citizenship through the excellence of its people, its innovative approach and over all conduct. The Company has an ambitious target to increase its presence in the African continent in the near future.


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Corporate Partners

Novus International

Novus International, Inc. creates Health through Nutrition products for livestock, pets and people. Novus has more than 800 employees working in over 90 countries, serving more than 3,000 customers worldwide. Based in St. Charles, Missouri, USA, our mission is to make a clear difference in sustainably meeting the growing global need for nutrition and health.


Vestergaard Frandsen

Vestergaard Frandsen is a private company guided by the principles of humanitarian entrepreneurship. We innovate technologies to improve health in developing countries. In 2011 we distributed 880,000 LifeStraw(r) Family water filters in western Kenya at no charge, providing 4.5 million people with the means to avoid waterborne illness. The project is financed entirely by carbon credits. For more information visit


Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries utilize our network equipment and 40% of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards.

Standard Bank

Standard Bank Group is Africa’s largest financial services organisation with extensive operations in 17 countries on the continent, including South Africa, and 13 countries outside Africa with an emerging market focus.

The Standard Bank Group, which has been operating for nearly 150 years, upholds the high standards of corporate governance and is committed to advancing the principles and practice of sustainable development.

Yara International ASA

Yara International ASA provides solutions to develop sustainable agriculture and cleaner industrial processes. Our fertilizers help to produce food and renewable energy for a growing world population. Our nitrogen based industrial solutions include chemicals, gases and environmental technologies. Established in Norway in 1905, we have 7300 employees in production, research, sales and technical support in 50 countries worldwide.

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Event Partner

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organisation, playing a proactive role in India’s development process. It catalyses change by working closely with the government on policy issues, enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and expanding business opportunities for industry. On the climate change front, CII has been at the forefront in exploring and promoting best global business practices through its organisations like the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre and CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development.


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Knowledge Partner

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm that helps leading corporations and organisations make distinctive, lasting and substantial improvements in their performance.  Over the past eight decades, the Firm’s primary objective has remained constant: to serve as an organisation’s most trusted external advisor on critical issues facing senior management.  With consultants deployed from 90 offices in more than 50 countries, McKinsey advises companies on strategic, operational, organisational and technological issues.  The Firm has extensive experience in all major industry sectors and primary functional areas as well as in-depth expertise in high-priority areas for today’s business leaders.


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Global Broadcast Partner


Offering extensive coverage and analysis of international events and stories of global importance, CNN is the world’s leading global 24-hour news network celebrating more than 30 years delivering fast, accurate, impartial news to more than 246 million households. In March 2011 environmentalist Philippe Cousteau joined CNN as host and special correspondent for the successful Going Green specials. With the network’s promise to take viewers beyond borders to deliver intelligent programming for an interconnected world, the partnership reaffirms CNN’s commitment to report environmentalstories that are changing our planet.

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B4E COP 17 Durban Dialogue 2011 – Venue

The B4E COP 17 Dialogue 2011 will be held at the Durban Botanic Gardens, South Africa.

Durban Botanic Gardens
9A John Zikhale (Sydenham)Road,
Durban, South Africa

Map of Durban Botanic Gardens


Contact us today to explore your options in becoming a partner of the B4E COP 17 Dialogue in Durban!

Imran Asif
Manager, Corporate Partnerships
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