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Faculty and Guest Speakers

 

Our program faculty and guest presenters are carefully selected for their proven track record as engaging, relevant, and cutting-edge content providers.

Meet our world-class faculty and presenters below.

Our program faculty and guest presenters are carefully selected from a variety of sectors and organizaitons including:

November 2017 Faculty

  • Leith Sharp, M.Ed., Program Co-Chair and Lead Faculty; Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • John Spengler, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair; Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Lars Rebien Sørensen, former Chief Executive Officer, Novo Nordisk
  • Erin Meezan, VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Interface
  • Malcolm Preston, Partner | Global Leader, Sustainability & Climate, PwC
  • KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder/CEO, Sustainable Life Media, producers of Sustainable Brands
  • Dayna Baumeister, Ph.D., Co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8
  • Nicole Hagerman Miller, Managing Director, Biomimicry 3.8
  • John Anderson, Ph.D., President, Millersville University
  • Jane Davidson, Ph.D., Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Gregory A Norris, Ph.D., Co-Director, SHINE Program, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Natalie Voland, President, Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis Inc.
  • Chris Gyori, Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose
  • Zeyneb Magavi, Coordinator, Mothers Out Front

Harvard Faculty

Amy C. Edmondson, Ph.D.

Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

 

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School (HBS). The Novartis Chair was established to enable the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful business enterprises for the betterment of society. Edmondson is the author of Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy (Jossey-Bass, 2012), Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2013), and more than seventy articles on leadership, teams, innovation, and organizational learning. Number 15 on the 2013 Thinkers50 list of the worlds’ most influential management thinkers, Edmondson teaches on topics including leadership, teamwork, and innovation at HBS and around the world. Edmondson received her Ph.D. in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.

 

Ronald Heifetz, Ph.D.

King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership; Founder, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Ronald Heifetz founded the Center for Public Leadership and is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.  Heifetz speaks extensively and advises heads of governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout the world.  He co-developed the adaptive leadership framework. His research focuses on creating a conceptual foundation for the study of leadership, creating teaching, training, and consulting methods for leadership practice, and building the adaptive capacity of organizations and societies.   His first book, Leadership without Easy Answers, (1994) is a classic in the field.  Read widely as a foundational text, it is one of the 10 most assigned course books at Harvard and Duke Universities.  He coauthored the best-selling Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading with Marty Linsky (2002), which serves as one of the primary go-to book for practitioners across all sectors, and the field book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing your Organization and the World,(2009) with Marty Linsky and Alexander Grashow.  Heifetz is also well-known for developing transformative methods of leadership education and development. His teaching methods are the subject of the book, Leadership Can Be Taught, by Sharon Daloz Parks (Harvard Business Press, 2005).

A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, and the Kennedy School, Heifetz is a physician and cellist.  He trained initially in surgery before deciding to devote himself to the study of leadership in public affairs and business.  Heifetz completed his medical training in psychiatry.  As a cellist, he was privileged to have studied with the great Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky

Rebecca M. Henderson, Ph.D.

John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard Business School

 

Rebecca Henderson is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, where she has a joint appointment at the Harvard Business School in the General Management and Strategy units and is the Co-Director of the Business and Environment Initiative. Professor Henderson is also a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her work explores how organizations respond to large-scale technological shifts, most recently in regard to energy and the environment. She teaches Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment and Reimagining Capitalism in the MBA Program.

Professor Henderson was appointed the John and Natty McArthur University Professor in 2011. The position, which was created in 1935 by the President and Fellows of Harvard University, seeks to recognize exemplary faculty members who have pushed the boundaries of their discipline. President Drew G. Faust called Henderson "a leading voice on the environmental challenges of our time."

Gregory A. Norris  Ph.D.

Co-Director, Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE)
Adjunct Lecturer on Life Cycle Assessment
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

Greg Norris is Adjunct Lecturer with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he teaches life cycle assessment (LCA) and advises graduate students in related research.  He is a Visiting Professor with the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas, where he serves as Director of Research for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Greg is also Chief Scientist with the International Living Future Institute, where he is helping to advance ILFI’s new work on “Living Products,” which are products whose life cycles “give more than they take”, for people and planet. Norris founded New Earth, a non-profit institute developing and deploying technologies that enable people around the world to drive sustainable development “from the bottom up.”  Its projects include Earthster (www.earthster.org), an open source platform for product-level sustainability assessment; Handprinter (www.handprinter.org), which helps people take actions at home and at work which more than compensate for their environmental and social “footprints”; and the Social Hot Spots Database (www.socialhotspots.org), a transparent data source on supply chain impacts and opportunities for improving human rights, working conditions, community and other social impacts.  In 1996 Norris founded Sylvatica, an international life cycle assessment institute (www.sylvatica.com) which consults on LCA to the UN, governments in the US and abroad, a variety of Fortune 500 companies, industrial associations, and smaller companies, and the non-profit sector. Norris is a member of the Royal Government of Bhutan’s International Expert Working Group, comprised of 50-60 top economists, scientists, philosophers, and accomplished professionals from around the world, commissioned to draft a new global development paradigm to promote wellbeing and happiness as a global goal through effective and pragmatic international public policies. He is an editor for the International Journal of LCA, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management.

Barton Seaver

Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

Besides serving in his role as the Director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Center for Global Health and Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Barton is also an accomplished chef, author, and National Geographic Fellow. He has devoted his professional career to educating consumers and institutions about the importance of sustainable food acquisition and human health. As the author of several books, most recently Foods for Health (National Geographic, 2014)Barton has been a sought-after guest or contributor to many major media outlets including The Huffington Post, Anderson Cooper 360, and National Geographic. He has also addressed audiences as varied as the National Institute of Health, the U.S. State Department, the Smithsonian and TED. In 2012, Barton became the first Sustainability Fellow in Residence at the New England Aquarium. 

Leith Sharp, Co-Chair

Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Leith Sharp is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ms. Sharp is world renowned for her work in greening Harvard University and many other institutions. She has spent over 20 years driving sustainability into the core mission and business of some of the largest and most complex organizations in the world. She founded Harvard’s Office for Sustainability and, as director, grew it into the largest green campus organization in the world, funded largely from the revenue savings generated by its sustainability initiatives.

John Spengler, Ph.D, Co-Chair

Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

Dr. Spengler is the Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health, as well as a Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation. He is a visionary thinker and a global figure, known widely for his contributions to human health and sustainability. In addition to his academic and research activities, he serves as an advisor to several global organizations, including the World Health Organization.

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John Anderson, Ph.D.

President, Millersville University                                                      

 

 

 

In 2012, Dr. John M. Anderson was chosen as the 14th president of Millersville University.  He assumed the presidency in April 2013.  Prior to this appointment, Anderson served as president of Alfred State College, Alfred, NY. Anderson has an established and recognized career as a professor and academic leader, supplemented by more than twenty years in a variety of senior-level administrative posts (Executive Vice President, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, interim Vice President of Student Services, and Dean of Student Development) at a variety of institutions.  As a higher educational leader, his areas of expertise have evolved to include, strategic planning, student civic engagement and sustainability.  He serves on numerous regional, state and national committees, often in leadership roles.

Anderson is a sustainability champion.  He lobbied to form, and now chairs, the Sustainability Development Committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.  Previously, Dr. Anderson served for five years on the Executive Committee of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Community involvement has been an important part of Anderson’s life.  He’s served on a variety of boards in many communities including a not-for-profit that supports children and adults with development disabilities and a regional healthcare organization. Anderson has a Ph.D. in education from Cornell University, an M.A. in physics from SUNY Geneseo, a B.A. in physics from SUNY Brockport, and an A.S. in math and science from Westchester Community College. He also received post-graduate education at Harvard University.

Tim Cole

Sustainability Officer, Virginia Beach City Public Schools; Vice President, Green Schools National Network

 

Tim was instrumental in the promotion and development of the first LEED-certified elementary School in Virginia—Hermitage Elementary—as well as the first K-12 LEED Platinum Transportation and Maintenance Facility in the country. Under Tim’s leadership, Virginia Beach City Public Schools has constructed over 1.6 million square feet of LEED building space and was selected as the “Best Green School District” in the United States by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012.

Tim is an ex-Navy SEAL and holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Jane Davidson, Ph.D.

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement and Director of INSPIRE at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

 

 

Dr. Jane Davidson is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement and Director of INSPIRE at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David which is on a journey to embed sustainability throughout the university’s culture, campus and curriculum. Jane has won a number of UK wide awards for this work and has recently become a faculty member in Harvard University.

From 2007- 2011, Jane was Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing in Wales where she proposed legislation to make sustainable development its central organising principle – the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act came into law in April 2015. She created a Welsh Climate Change Commission and Future Generations Commissioner, the 800 mile Wales coastpath, legislated on waste which has seen Wales become the lead recycling country in Britain and introduced the Welsh charge on carrier bags.

From 2000 – 2007, Jane was Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills in Wales. She introduced major curriculum changes – the Foundation Phase and the Welsh Baccalaureate and integrated Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship into the Welsh curriculum. She also introduced free primary school breakfasts, the Education Maintenance Allowance and additional grants to university students from low-income backgrounds.

Jane is a patron of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and Tools for Self Reliance Wales(TFSR Cymru).  She holds honorary fellowships from CIW (Chartered Institute of Waste), CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management) and is a member of WWF’s UK Council of Ambassadors. She is a RSA Fellow and recently taken on the Chair of the RSA in Wales.

Professor S. Bruce Dowton

Vice Chancellor and President, Macquarie University, Sydney                                  

 

The fifth Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University, Professor S. Bruce Dowton is a pediatrician, clinical geneticist, molecular biologist, researcher, and academic, who has served as a senior medical executive at a range of universities, healthcare institutions, and consulting organizations. Prior to his appointment at Macquarie University, Professor Dowton served as a senior medical executive and held a range of positions in university, healthcare, and consulting organizations. He also served as a pediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Professor Dowton joined the University in September 2012. In early 2013, he began a highly consultative process to establish a long-term strategic framework for the University, re-focusing the organization’s core activities of teaching and research around a concept of “a university of service and engagement.” The document resulting from this process, "Our University: A Framing of Futures in August 2013," emboldens the University’s long-term vision and priorities. Dowton’s highly engaging personal style has since become a hallmark of his Vice-Chancellorship.

Meghan Fay Zahniser

Executive Director, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

 

 

Meghan is the Executive Director for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). She has been with AASHE for six years and previously held the positions of Director of Programs and STARS Program Manager. Previously, Meghan worked as Sustainability Specialist at NELSON, where she provided sustainability expertise and consulting services to various clients. She also spent over five years working at the U.S. Green Building Council where, as Manager of Community, she developed and managed a local chapter network for building industry professionals and helped create the Emerging Green Builders program that integrates students and young professionals into the green building movement. Meghan also worked as Environmental Educator for the University at Buffalo Green Office, organizing campus and community education focused on energy conservation, green building, and sustainable living. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, with concentrations in environmental studies and health & human services, from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in Organization Management and Development from Fielding Graduate Institute.

Rachel Gutter

Senior Vice-President of Knowledge, U.S. Green Building Council

 

When the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) was established in 2010 to serve as the driver for green schools dialogue, policy development, and innovation, USGBC appointed Rachel Gutter to take the reins. Rachel came to USGBC in 2007 to oversee the launch of LEED for Schools, a version of USGBC’s popular green building certification program that facilitates the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green schools. Later that year, Rachel spearheaded the launch of the National Green Schools Campaign to engage students, teachers, parents, superintendents, elected officials, and other policy makers in a national conversation about the relationship between high-performance educational facilities and high-performing students. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and today is widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost experts on the topic of green schools. Rachel’s expertise has been sought by such media outlets as the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Parenting Magazine, FOX News, and CNN. In 2011, she was honored by Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine as an Eco-Heroine and later received the World Green Building Council’s Chairman’s Award. In 2013, Rachel was tapped to lead the strategic re-visioning efforts for "Education @USGBC," an educational platform that now contains thousands of hours of premium sustainability content.

Stephen Huddart

President & CEO, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation                

 

Stephen Huddart is President and CEO of The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation in Montreal, which has played a leading role in developing and supporting social innovation and impact, investing in Canada as a founding partner and funder of Social Innovation Generation (SiG). McConnell’s newest program is "Cities for People." 

Stephen’s career spans several fields and includes leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He has led social enterprises and been a documentary filmmaker, humane educator, geophysical observer, museum curator, and natural food store manager.  He serves on the advisory boards of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the McGill Initiative in the Social Economy, and the Canada Research Chair in Community Sustainability. He has a Masters of Management degree from McGill.

Abha Joshi-Ghani 

Director for Knowledge Exchange and Learning, World Bank Institute

 

Abha Joshi-Ghani is the Director for Knowledge Exchange and Learning (WBIKL) at the World Bank Institute. Until recently she headed the World Bank’s Global Urban Development Practice where she oversaw the World Bank's work on Urban Policy and Strategy and Knowledge and Learning. She is also the Head of the Global Urbanization Knowledge Platform, a multi- partner initiative of the World Bank. She led the World Bank's Urban Strategy in 2010. 

Ms. Joshi-Ghani is the Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Urbanization of the World Economic Forum. She is also the co-editor of the book Rethinking Cities (2014) with Professor Edward Glaeser. She has worked primarily on infrastructure finance and urban development at the World Bank. Her regional experience in the World Bank includes South and East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She holds an M.Phil from Oxford University, UK, and a Master's degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and a Bachelor's degree from Lady Sri Rama College, Delhi University.

Zeyneb Magavi

Co-Coordinator, Mothers Out Front Cambridge                                               

 

 

 

Zeyneb Magavi serves as the Coordinator of the Cambridge team of Mothers Out Front, a grassroots mobilization towards a livable climate, and is Research Lead for the Gas Leaks Study that Mothers Out Front and HEET (a local research oriented non-profit) have initiated.  This study is a rare collaborative effort between the activist community and EverSource Gas, National Grid Gas, and Columbia Gas, and its results are intended to inform the regulation from the Department of Public Utilities.  

Zeyneb’s background is varied, beginning with an undergraduate degree in physics, experience in acoustics at BBN Technologies, followed by years of finding Information and Communication Technologies solutions to challenges in HIV/AIDS care and treatment in the developing world. After her time at Harvard School of Public Health, she shifted her focus to questions of health and sustainability in the built environment. As part of this work, she designed and contracted three green and healthy gut renovations in Cambridge, researching the many interactions of human health and the health of the environment that occur around the design, construction, and furnishing of homes. One renovation was featured on PBS's NOW show with David Broncaccio and Steve Thomas's Renovation Nation show.

She is now pursuing the question of how to drive the change necessary to ensure a sustainable society and in addition to her work with Mothers Out Front, Zeyneb is enrolled in a Masters program in Environmental Sustainability at the Harvard Extension School, is assisting Prof. Ashford at MIT with a book on Transforming the Industrial State, is a member of Envision Cambridge, and serves on the board of HEET, and on the Buildings & Grounds committee at the International School of Boston, where her three children attend.

Mary Spilde, Ph.D.

President, Lane Community College

 

 

Dr. Mary Spilde has served as president of Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, since August 2001. She is a nationally respected authority on community colleges, workforce development and sustainability. She joined Lane in 1995 as vice president for instructional services and in 1997 was named vice president for instruction and student services. Prior to Lane, she served in a variety of leadership positions for 15 years at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon, dean of business, health, and training. Dr. Spilde has a bachelor's degree in business and social systems and a law degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a master's in adult education and a doctorate in post-secondary education from Oregon State University. Spilde is past chair of the American Association of Community Colleges board of directors and currently serves on their Sustainability Task Force and 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. She is a member of the Oregon Education Investment Board, a board member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and recently served on the steering committee for the American Presidents' Commitment to Climate Control.

Jerry Weber, Ph.D.

President, College of Lake County, Illinois                                          

 

Jerry Weber assumed the position of president of the College of Lake County in April 2009. Previously, Dr. Weber served as president of Kankakee Community College, a position he assumed in 2001. Dr. Weber has served on state and national boards and councils for community colleges related to sustainability, international education, technology, and educational policy. He has spent his career in Illinois community colleges and is known for building networks for collaborating across boundaries.

Dr. Weber is the founding chair of the Sustainability Task Force for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The task force consists of 30 presidents and chancellors who have recruited over 470 community colleges to share resources for developing sustainability on their campuses (theseedcenter.org).  Jerry Weber is also the co-founder of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), which is a collaboration of all 48 Illinois community colleges sharing resources, expertise, and knowledge on campus sustainability and green jobs training. Dr. Weber holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and an M.A. in Educational Measurement and Statistics, both from the University of Iowa. He has also earned an M.A. in Linguistics and English Literature and a B.A. in English, both from Northern Illinois University.

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John Mandyck

Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation

 

 

John Mandyck serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation. A global leader in the aerospace, food refrigeration and commercial building industries, United Technologies provides high-technology systems and services that set the standard for performance, reliability and energy efficiency, with well-known global brands such as Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, Carrier and Otis. John chairs the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council, and serves as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council in New York City. He is a member of the Corporate Council at the Harvard University Center for Health and the Global Environment. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to co-chair the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. John is the co-author of the book Food Foolish, which explores the hidden connection between food waste, hunger and climate change. Throughout his career, John has worked with governments, universities and organizations to accelerate environmental sustainability in an increasingly urbanizing world. He has presented energy efficiency, sustainability and future of food strategies to audiences around the globe.

He blogs on sustainability issues at SustainabilityView.com and can be found on Twitter @JohnMandyck.

 
 

Erin Meezan 

Vice-President, Sustainability, Interface, Inc.                                      

 

As Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, Erin gives voice to the company’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels–from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. She also keeps a finger on the pulse of the company’s transformed culture, a by-product of sustainability thinking that has been critical in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees. Erin and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing the unique culture, and also on documenting its evolution. Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities, and the growing green consumer sector. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and forums including: Bioneers, Greenbuild, SXSW, Businesses for Social Responsibility, and others. Erin is a magna cum laude graduate of the Vermont Law School, where she earned her Masters Degree in Studies in Environmental Law and her Juris Doctor. 

Ian Olson

Director of Sustainability, McDonald's Corporation                                                      

 

 

Ian Olson is the Director of Sustainability at McDonald’s Corporation. Since 2012, he has been leading and driving sustainable change across the more than 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants located in the United States. Prior to joining McDonald’s, Ian was the Director of Sustainability for Darden Restaurants, holder of such well-known brands as Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille. In addition, Ian has held the position of Global Manager for Ford Motor Company’s Supply Chain Sustainability office, supporting a supply chain which included more than 12,000 suppliers. He has been featured in Fast Company as an innovative business thought leader and recognized as a GreenBiz Mover and Shaker. Ian holds a Masters of Business Administration from Michigan State University.

Cindy Ortega

Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability Division, MGM Resorts International

 

Cindy Ortega is Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International. She leads the Corporate Sustainability Division, which is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies for environmental sustainability and awareness throughout the company. These include natural resource conservation, sustainable new construction, and environmentally sensitive company operations.

Cindy was also responsible for the oversight and achievement of the LEED certification of the $8.5 billion dollar CityCenter Project in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Under Cindy’s guidance, six developments at CityCenter were awarded LEED Gold certifications making it the largest single Gold certified new construction project in the world. She is recognized for her leadership and expertise on energy issues and testifies routinely before the Nevada State Legislature. In 2011, Cindy was elected Chair of Green Chips, a private/public non-profit organization that encourages and facilitates environmental sustainability initiatives in Southern Nevada to advance the region’s identity as a sustainable destination.

Malcolm Preston

Global Head of Sustainability Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers                                                                  

 

 

Malcolm Preston is Global Head of Sustainability Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, leading a team of some 700 sustainability and climate change experts, with over 100 based in the UK.

Malcolm specialises in the measurement and valuation of environmental, social and economic impacts. He leads PwC’s Total Impact Measurement and Management (TIMM) team, delivering projects for numerous clients including a number of Fortune 100 corporates. 
 
Additionally, Malcolm leads PwC’s thought leadership on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and, in particular, the role of the private sector in their achievement. He is actively engaged with Corporates and NGOs on this subject and is responsible for the development of PwC’s bespoke tool, the SDG Business Navigator. 
 
An accomplished speaker, Malcolm has spoken at numerous events including the BASD and B4E events at Rio +20; the UN’s Post 2015 MDG Forum; the Economist Global Ocean Summits; the World Economic Forum; and UNCTAD XIV in Nairobi.

Most recently, Malcolm moderated the Responsible Business Forum in Singapore, a major conference co-convened by UNDP and focussed exclusively on the role of business in achieving the SDGs.

Matthew Robinson

Sustainability Engagement Head, HSBC                                           

 

                                    

Matthew has worked in sustainability for nearly 20 years delivering sustainability based solutions in sectors ranging from local authority (public), corporate (private multinational), environmental consultancy and small & medium sized enterprises. He joined HSBC in 2005 and has worked in both operational and strategic roles in the UK and now resides in the Global Sustainability team. His role encompasses the development and facilitation of Sustainability-based engagement strategies and programs with a particular focus on HSBC’s senior leaders. He is also heavily involved in actively engaging the bank’s key strategic stakeholders, including supply chain partners and client base. His work supports the implementation of both BAU and innovative based programs that will enable HSBC to become the world’s leading and most respected international bank. Matthew graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Environmental Studies.

Jeff Risom

Partner and Managing Director, Gehl Studio                                      

 

As Managing Director of Gehl Studio in the U.S., Jeff leads the San Francisco and New York based teams. In his time at Gehl, Jeff has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, the USA, Latin America, India, and China. Jeff’s background and design experience has led to Jeff becoming an active teacher and lecturer, speaking at conferences around the world and serving as guest lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, London School of Economics, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art and DIS. Jeff holds an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado. This educational background and international design experience combines the arts with the sciences providing him with a unique insight into the technical as well as social aspects of urban design.

Yalmaz Siddiqui

Senior Director, Sustainability, Office Depot                                       

Yalmaz Siddiqui is Office Depot's Director of Environmental Strategy. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction and integrating a wide range of environmental programs into the global organization. Yalmaz's internal role is to initiate, facilitatec and communicate environmental programs that are then implemented through Office Depot's core functions such as merchandising, purchasing, construction, and marketing. He also helps educate suppliers and customers on environmental issues and opportunities. His goal is to help improve the environmental performance of Office Depot and its range of stakeholders. Yalmaz came to Office Depot from IBM Business Consulting Services where he was a Senior Consultant in Customer Relationship Management, and author of the first global study on environmental purchasing of wood and paper products. Yalmaz holds a Master of Philosophy in Environment & Development from the University of Cambridge in England where his thesis focused on Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Analysis and Biomimicry. 

Lars Rebien Sørensen

former Chief Executive Officer, Novo Nordisk                                                   

 

 

Mr. Lars Rebien Sørensen served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Novo Nordisk A/S from 2000 to 2016.  For the last two years, Harvard Business review has name Lars as the “World’s Top Performing CEO.”  In his tenure as CEO at Novo Nordisk, Lars devoted efforts and resources to build a positive image and increasing the organization’s social conscience: He led a number of high impact projects including the investment of $100 million to create the World Diabetes Foundation, and the commitment to provide insulin at 20% of its standard price to people in the developing world. He was one of a group of CEOs at Davos who introduced the Workplace Wellness Alliance to promote health and fitness to employees. 

Mr. Sørensen served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Danmarks Nationalbank. He served as an Equity Analyst at Handelsbanken Capital Markets, Research Division. Over the years, he has been stationed in several countries, including the Middle East and the United States. He has strong operational competencies and extensive knowledge within innovation, marketing and HR as well as substantial management experience including the management of a foundation-controlled company.

Mr. Sørensen is a member of the Board of Scandinavian Airlines System AB and ZymoGenetics, Inc. A Danish national, he obtained his Masters degree in forestry from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark in 1981, and a BSc in International Economics from the Copenhagen Business School in 1983.

Natalie Voland

President, Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis Inc.                                

 

 

 

By blending the worlds of social work and real estate development over the last twenty years, Natalie Voland has built a portfolio consisting of 1.5 million square feet and 500 SME’s, namely located in the Southwest of Montreal. As a leader of the B Corp movement, Natalie’s portfolio demonstrates that economic performance can include social and environmental stewardship.  She leads Gestion Immobilière Quo Vadis as an interdisciplinary real estate solutions company as an innovator, designer, and branding expert.   Natalie is an active public speaker and is a board member of the Quartier de l’Innovation with McGill University, ÉTS, and Concordia University, to redesign impact into real estate development.

KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz

Founder/CEO, Sustainable Life Media, producers of Sustainable Brands

 

 

KoAnn is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Life Media and Sustainable Brands whose involvement with the intersection of environmental and human issues in business dates back to the mid-1980s when she launched international conferences on improving log utilization, reducing Waste Paper, and eliminating ozone-layer destroying chemicals (CFCs). Since 2003, she has devoted her full attention to the emerging field of social and environmental sustainability, launching Sustainable Life Media in 2004. She has helped various media entrepreneurs and NGO’s including Sierra Club and Greenbiz.com establish their own paths to effectiveness and economic sustainability. In 2005, she produced the First International Conference on Cradle to Cradle Design in Practice with Bill McDonough, Michael Bra ungart, Peter Senge and others. In 2006, she launched what has now become Sustainablebrands.com and in 2007, the widely respected Sustainable Brands Conference attended and sponsored by some of the largest brands in the world, such as Ford Motor Company, NH Hotel group and BASF. The Sustainable Brands community has grown dramatically each year, and has become the premier international community of sustainable business innovators, with engaged community members represented from all continents.  KoAnn has attended graduate level programs in business management and sustainability at Cornell and Wharton.  She regularly speaks to corporate, academic and professional audiences about sustainability as the basis of a new renaissance of business innovation and value, as well as the role brands must play and the steps they must take to survive and thrive by leading the way to a flourishing future. She lives with her husband Steve on the San Francisco Peninsula and is most proud of her two sons, Josh and Jake, who are pursuing their individual passions for music, physics and philosophy.

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Other Thought Leaders & Practitioners

Dayna Baumeister, Ph.D.

Co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8                                                              

 

 

Dr. Dayna Baumeister is the Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8. She has worked in the field of biomimicry with business partner Janine Benyus since 1998, traveling the world as a biomimicry thought-leader, business consultant, and professor. Most recently they founded Biomimicry 3.8, a B-Corp social enterprise that helps clients find innovation inspired by nature and offers the highest level of biomimicry training to professionals worldwide.

Dayna’s foundational work has been critical to the biomimicry movement. As an educator, researcher, and design consultant, Dayna has helped more than 100 companies consult the natural world for elegant and sustainable design solutions, including Interface, General Mills, Boeing, and Procter & Gamble.

Dayna is known for her engaging presentations and her ability to empower others to use biomimicry in every aspect of their work. She has been a featured speaker at the Sustainable Brands 2017 and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and countless other events.

In 2008, Dayna designed the world’s first Certified Biomimicry Professional Program, an in-person, two-year master-level course. She also co-designed the Biomimicry Specialist Program. Due to the overwhelming success of these programs, Biomimicry 3.8 and Arizona State University partnered in 2015 to create an online graduate certificate program and the world’s first Master’s of Science in Biomimicry. Dayna serves as the co-director of ASU’s Biomimicry Center and is a Professor of Practice at ASU.

Luc Galoppin 

Managing Director, Reply Management Consulting                           

 

Luc Galoppin is Managing Director of Reply Management Consulting. He picked up his organizational change skills on projects with different scopes and user communities and interim management assignments. He is the co-author, along with Siegfried Caems, of the SAP PRESS book Managing Organizational Change During SAP Implementations. Luc has been a managing director for Reply Management Consulting since 2002. Prior to this position, he was a consultant at Orbit Management & Consultancy. His specialties are organizational change management, speaking, teaching, and facilitating on organizational change. Luc has a master degree in European Industrial Relations from Warwick Business School and post-graduate degree in Industrial Relations as part of an exchange programme between Warwick Business School (University of Warwick, UK) and UCL (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).

Christa Gyori

Co-Founder and CEO, Leaders on Purpose                                                     

 

 

Chris Gyori is the CEO of Leaders on Purpose, an multisector enterprise dedicated to sustainable development.  Working in a multi-national organization (Unilever), a non-profit  (EAL Green) and with an executive education program (Harvard), she has developed a unique ability to connect leaders across a wide variety of sectors.  In 2016, she co-founded LOP with colleagues from Harvard, the World Bank and the London School of Economics. This team links experts from the corporate world, government, non-profit and academia in support of unleashing organizational potential through purpose driven leadership.  As founding member of Unilever’s Sustainability Council, Chris has worked with leaders across five continents on various sustainable development projects.  Currently, LOP is conducting an international study in which CEOs from some of the world's most forward-thinking corporations (IKEA, Siemens, MasterCard, Novo Nordisk, Haier, WPP, Cummins & DSM, to name a few) are challenged to define the future of leadership. Findings from this study have been included in the 2017 Berlin G20 Summit publication and will be included in World Bank, Harvard and LSE publications.  Chris’s key area of focus is human-centred design, identifying motivating factors and strategies that inspire change and sustain newly-adopted behaviours.  She is the winner of the TED-Unilever Sustainable innovation award and is currently a Professional of Excellence Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Global Environment.

Joe Hsueh, Ph.D.

Founding Member, Academy for Systemic Change, Adjunct Faculty at MIT Sloan School of Management

 

Joe Hsueh is an enabler of large-scale systemic change, a researcher, and university lecturer. He is passionate about the process of identifying, designing, mapping, convening, facilitating, prototyping, scaling, sustaining and learning from large-scale systemic change for social, economic and ecological well-being using a bottom-up approach. Joe has consulted with the World Bank, Nike, ZDHC and worked on projects with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals Coalition, 50-in-10 Sustainable Fishery Initiative, and K-12 Common Core education reform. Joe developed the CleanStart Management Flight Simulator which is now being used in MIT’s Sustainable Business Lab (S-Lab) class. Further, he is a founding member of the Academy for Systemic Change, an organization dedicated to helping leaders, communities, and networks facilitate societal, environmental, and economic well-being on a massive scale. Joe is a steward of the GOLDEN Ecosystem Labs and an adjunct faculty at MIT, National Taiwan University and UC Santa Barbara. He holds a Ph.D. in system dynamics from MIT, a MPA in International Development from Harvard University, and had spent a year with a Buddhist monastery experiencing Buddhism-in-action through volunteering around the world.

Nicole Miller

Managing Director, Biomimicry 3.8                                                  

 

 

Nicole Miller serves as the managing director of Biomimicry 3.8, a certified B-Corp social enterprise dedicated to helping change-makers transform the world by emulating nature’s designs and core principles. Since joining the company in 2012, Nicole’s leadership has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the company’s core services–nature-inspired innovation services, biomimicry training for professionals, and thought leadership from the founders of the biomimicry movement.

Nicole’s background in Corporate Sustainability and global supply chain development supports her work to bring biological intelligence-based innovation solutions to a wide range of global clients dedicated to innovation and sustainability. As managing director, she drives internal strategy, projects, and initiatives that support the legacy of Biomimicry 3.8, with her primary goal to create a 100 year company. Recently she oversaw the development and launch of the first accredited Master’s of Science degree in biomimicry program in partnership with Arizona State University, along with several other key strategic partnerships.

Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana. She is a Fellow of Columbia University’s American Assembly Next Generation Project—a review of U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions. Nicole has been included in feature stories in The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine, as well as profiled in Digital IQ Magazine.

Jim Ritchie-Dunham, Ph.D.

President, The Institute for Strategic Clarity and President, Vibrancy Ins., LLC

 

Jim Ritchie-Dunham is a self-described student of human agreements. Utilizing over 20 years of research and insights gleaned from working with groups of all make-ups, Jim is the developer of "Ecosynomics," the emerging social science of the agreements that guide human interactions. Ecosynomics provides a framework rooted in economics and the sciences of human agreements that begins with an initial assumption of abundance, not scarcity, and a wider view of the human being.  He has found that groups that start with this fundamentally different assumption work at greater levels of effectiveness, efficiency, and innovation. As president of Vibrancy, LLC and the Institute for Strategic Clarity, Jim brings together the worlds of research, publishing, consulting, and conferencing to support people in exploring new agreements around large-scale social changes while doing so with higher levels of harmonic vibrancy. He has supported leaders on a global level in organizations that cross the lines of business, government, and civil society.

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