These are the global leaders who are influencing and implementing shared value. We'll update this page as more speakers are confirmed for this year's summit. Register now.
- Michael Porter, Harvard Business School
- Jin-Yong Cai, International Finance Corporation
- Brian Smith, Latin America Group, The Coca-Cola Company
- Janet Voûte, Nestlé
- Yoshinori Isozaki, Kirin Company Ltd.
- Arif Naqvi, The Abraaj Group
- John Fallon, Chief Executive, Pearson
- Alan VanderMolen, Daniel J. Edelman Holdings
- Marc Mathieu, Unilever
- Stanley S. Litow, IBM International Foundation
- Steve Davis, PATH
- Tony O. Elumelu, Heirs Holdings
- Jean Rogers, SASB
- Chad Spitler, BlackRock
- Jean-Michel Herrewyn, Veolia Environment
- Stephen Kehoe, Visa
- David Browning, TechnoServe
- Beth Keck, Walmart
- Mark Kramer, FSG
Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School
Michael E. Porter is a leading authority on competitive strategy, the competitiveness and economic development of nations, states and regions, and the application of competitive principles to social problems such as the environment, health care delivery and corporate responsibility. Professor Porter is generally recognized as the father of the modern strategy field, and has been identified in a variety of rankings and surveys as the world’s most influential thinker on management and competitiveness.
Currently the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at the Harvard Business School, Professor Porter has authored 19 books and over 125 articles on strategy, competition and health care delivery. He has served as a counselor on strategy to the governments of many nations, to leading international corporations, and to nonprofit organizations. Professor Porter leads the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, founded to support his work. His research on economic development in America's inner cities led to the founding of The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a nonprofit initiative to catalyze inner-city business development, where he serves as Chairman. With Mark Kramer, he co-founded both FSG and The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
Professor Porter holds a Ph.D. and an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S.E. in aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He has received over 30 major awards and honorary degrees, and was voted the most influential strategic thinker by the Strategic Management Society.
Jin-Yong Cai, CEO, International Finance Corporation
Jin-Yong Cai is Executive Vice President and CEO of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused on private sector development and the fight against poverty.
Cai, a Chinese national, joined IFC on October 1, 2012. He has extensive experience in private sector development in emerging markets across the globe. He also has deep expertise in a variety of financial products and industries—and a record of success managing highly complex business transactions, with clients in developed and developing markets alike. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his role in major transactions in financing, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions.
Before joining IFC, Cai worked in the financial services industry for 20 years. That included 12 years with Goldman Sachs Group, where he was part of Goldman Sachs’ global leadership team and its top executive in China. Before that, he held senior positions in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division. During his time at Morgan Stanley, he was seconded to the China International Capital Corporation at the inception of what has since become one of the country’s largest investment banks.
Cai, who began his professional career in the World Bank Group in 1990, has a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Peking University.
Janet Voûte, Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestlé
Mrs. Janet Voûte became responsible for Global Public Affairs at Nestlé in December 2010. She is the chairman of the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Council, a member of the Nestlé-in-Society Board and is responsible for driving the Creating Shared Value Initiative including the Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value Reporting, Global CSV Forum and Stakeholder engagement. Mrs. Voûte plays a leading role in Nestlé’s engagement to address the double-burden of malnutrition.
Prior to joining Nestlé, Mrs. Janet Voûte served as Partnership Adviser at the World Health Organization in the Non-communicable Disease and Mental Health Cluster.
From 2000-2008, Mrs. Voûte served as CEO of the World Heart Federation, a global NGO dedicated to the prevention and control of heart disease and stroke.
Janet Voûte began her career in strategy consulting with Bain & Company in Paris, Munich, Zürich and Geneva. As Vice President/Partner she focused on the food and health sectors.
Brian Smith, President, Latin America Group, The Coca-Cola Company (Hear from Brian in the new pre-Summit interview series.)
Brian Smith is President of the Latin America Group of The Coca-Cola Company. Based in Mexico City, this Group encompasses Mexico, Brazil, Central America South America and the Caribbean.
He joined the Company in Atlanta in 1997 as Latin America Group Manager for Mergers and Acquisitions, a role he held until July 2001. In that capacity, he was responsible for bottler and brand transactions in Latin America, and helped formulate and execute system franchise strategies.
From 2001 to 2002, Brian worked as Executive Assistant to Brian Dyson, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company. He later became President of the Brazil Division from 2002 to 2008 and President of the Mexico Business Unit from 2008 to 2011.
Yoshinori Isozaki, CEO, Kirin Company (Hear from Isozaki-san in the new pre-Summit interview series.)
Yoshinori Isozaki is president and chief executive officer of both Kirin Company and Kirin Brewery Company in Japan. Throughout his history with the company, he has held various top leadership and management positions in its brewery, hotel, and media divisions. He was also director at the San Miguel Corporation, a food, beverage, and packaging company in Southeast Asia, from 2004-2008.
Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive, The Abraaj Group
Arif Naqvi is the Founder and Group Chief Executive of The Abraaj Group which he established in 2002. Under his leadership, The Abraaj Group has emerged as a leading investor in growth markets with US$ 7.5 billion in assets under management and returning c. US$ 4 billion to investors. Employing over 300 people, the Group has 25 country offices spread across six regional hubs in Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi and Singapore.
With over 25 years’ experience of investing in public and private companies, Mr. Naqvi has led the Group’s involvement in some of the most notable private equity transactions in growth markets over the last decade.
Mr. Naqvi is a Board Member of the United Nations Global Compact, Chairman of the British Asian Trust Advisory Committee - Pakistan, and the Middle East Centre Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Naqvi also serves on the Board of the IMD Foundation, Endeavor Global, Pakistan Human Development Fund and the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Middle East Research Center.
Mr. Naqvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual business leaders for fostering peace and stability through creating shared value between business and society, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan. In 2011, he was named as one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry by Private Equity International.
In 2008, Mr. Naqvi and his family established the Aman Foundation, the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, which supports sustainable development in healthcare, nutrition and education.
Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
John Fallon, Chief Executive, Pearson
John became Pearson’s chief executive on 1 January 2013. Since 2008 John had been responsible for the company's education businesses outside North America, and a member of the Pearson management committee. He joined Pearson in 1997 as director of communications and was appointed President of Pearson Inc., a role he combined with his communications responsibilities, in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Pearson's educational publishing businesses for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMA) and gradually took on a broader international education brief. Prior to joining Pearson, John was director of corporate affairs at Powergen plc, where he was also a member of the company's executive committee. Earlier in his career, John held senior public policy and communications roles in UK local government.
Alan VanderMolen, Vice Chairman, Daniel J. Edelman Holdings (Watch a video featuring Alan in the new pre-Summit interview series.)
As Vice Chairman of Daniel J. Edelman Holdings, Alan VanderMolen is responsible for Edelman’s eight global business practices, the firm’s intellectual capital, its regional business in Latin American and Canada, and Edelman’s award-winning sister agency, Zeno.
From 2002 to 2009, Alan served as President of Edelman Asia Pacific. While in that role, he more than quadrupled the firm's business and drove market entry into Japan, India and Indonesia. Alan also managed the firm’s acquisition of Pegasus Communications, Edelman's sister firm in China. He initiated the development of significant proprietary intellectual capital in the areas of Stakeholder Relations, Corporate Trust, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Media. Alan has worked extensively with clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, SAP, HP and The Ohio State University.
Alan’s strong personal belief in Corporate Social Responsibility influenced the initiation of Edelman’s pro bono work in support of tsunami relief for Save the Children, as well as the firm’s commitment to water access and stewardship with the Planet Water Foundation. Alan has been a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University, the National University of Singapore MBA program, Baptist University of Hong Kong and China’s Renmin University. He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg and CNBC as a commentator on issues related to corporate trust.
Marc Mathieu, SVP Marketing, Unilever
Marc Mathieu is SVP Marketing at Unilever. He is responsible for the development of Unilever’s new global marketing strategy – Crafting Brands for Life – which will support the company’s sustainable growth ambition of doubling the size of its business whilst reducing its environmental impact.
Prior to joining Unilever, Marc was SVP Global Brand Marketing at Coca-Cola, where he created the 'Coke Side of Life' global campaign, launched Coke Zero into 50 markets and developed their sustainability platform "Live Positively". He joined Coca-Cola in 1996 - gaining significant developing and emerging market experience in South East Asia before being appointed Division President for France & Benelux in 2000.
Marc is also a co-founder of the strategic branding consultancy, Bedo. He sits on the Advisory Panel of the Guardian Digital and Media network and writes regularly for Marketing Week magazine. He is also an advisor to the Sustainable Brands conference and the social commerce start up We&Co. Marc is also on the Board of Directors for the Almeida Theatre.
Stanley S. Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President, IBM International Foundation
Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation. Under his leadership, IBM has been widely regarded as the global leader in Corporate Citizenship, and praised for societal and environmental leadership, labor practices, and civic leadership. Under Mr. Litow, IBM has developed innovative voice recognition technology to help children and adults learn to read, a humanitarian virtual supercomputer to speed research on cancer and AIDS, and new digital imaging technology to improve water quality. Mr. Litow helped devise IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps, to train and deploy thousands of IBM’s future leaders; the IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge, which is helping over 100 cities worldwide become more effective; and the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a grade 9 through 14 schools initiative to transform U.S. education and strengthen America’s economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs. President Obama praised P-TECH in his State of the Union address, and visited the first P-TECH school in 2013. P-TECH also was profiled as a Harvard Business School Case Study and as a TIME Magazine cover story.
Mr. Litow is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at major conferences on philanthropy and corporate leadership in the U.S. and around the world. He has served on the President’s Welfare to Work Commission, on the board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, The Citizens Budget Commission, The After-School Corporation and the Albert Shanker Institute.
A prolific author, Mr. Litow’s articles and commentary have appeared in publications including Corporate Responsibility, Education Week, HBS Working Papers, The Huffington Post, the MIT Innovations Journal, Newsday, The New York Times, and U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Litow has twice been voted CEO of the Year by Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine, and IBM’s efforts to improve American education have won the company two Ron Brown Presidential Awards for Corporate Leadership.
Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Litow’s career in public and nonprofit leadership included service as Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools, and founder and CEO of Interface, a nonprofit think tank.
Steve Davis, CEO, PATH (Watch a video featuring Steve in the new pre-Summit interview series.)
As president and CEO of PATH, Steve combines his extensive experience as a technology business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator to accelerate great ideas and bring lifesaving solutions to scale. He oversees PATH’s work to drive transformative innovation, shaping how global health interventions improve lives and strengthen communities.
Steve’s long-standing commitment to human rights and global health and development grew from his early-career work to support international refugees in the United States, Africa, and Asia and from his later focus on China. Steve has employed that same passion as a leader and strategist for a range of private and nonprofit companies and international organizations, including as long-term CEO of global digital media firm Corbis, interim CEO of the Infectious Disease Research Institute, and director of social innovation for McKinsey & Company. He has been featured by the World Economic Forum, TED, Skoll World Forum, Bellagio Initiative, Forbes.com, and Knowledge@Wharton. In 2012, Seattle magazine named him “one to watch” among Seattle’s most influential people.
Before becoming PATH’s president and CEO in 2012, Steve served on the organization’s board of directors for nine years, helping to guide PATH through a decade of rapid growth. He has held several board and advisory appointments for corporate and nonprofit organizations, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds a faculty appointment as a senior fellow at the University of Washington School of Law. He writes regularly about global health, innovation, and strategy on the PATH blog, the Huffington Post, Impatient Optimists, and Voices on Society.
Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings
Tony O. Elumelu is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and the chairman of Heirs Holdings Limited. He also serves as chairman of Transcorp. In his early career, Mr. Elumelu made a name for himself by turning the nearly bankrupt Standard Trust Bank into a top-five player in Nigeria. In 2005 he led the largest merger in the banking sector in sub-Saharan Africa, acquiring United Bank for Africa (UBA). In five years he transformed it from a single-country bank to a pan-African institution with over 7 million customers in 19 African countries.
Following his retirement from UBA in 2010, at age 47, Mr. Elumelu commenced full-time operations at Heirs Holdings and founded The Tony Elumelu Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropic organization dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship in Africa through interventions in the areas of business leadership, policy and access to finance. He serves as a member of the USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa Partners Forum. He sits on the Nigerian President’s Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council and serves as Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Global Food Security. He played a leading role in the formation of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria and now serves as its vice chairman. He chairs the Ministerial Committee to establish world-class hospitals and diagnostic centres across Nigeria, at the invitation of the Federal Government. Mr. Elumelu is the author and leading proponent of the philosophy he calls “Africapitalism,” which is the private sector’s commitment to Africa’s development through long-term investment in strategic sectors of the economy that drive economic prosperity and social wealth.
In 2003 the Federal Government of Nigeria conferred the national honour of Member of the Federal Republic on Mr Elumelu. In 2012 he was awarded the National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger for his service in promoting private enterprise. In 2013, Mr. Elumelu received the Leadership Award in Business and Philanthropy from the Africa-America Institute (AAI) Awards. He was also named African Business Icon at the 2013 African Business Awards. Mr. Elumelu is on Twitter at @TonyOElumelu. For further information, please go to: http://tonyelumelu.com/
Jean Rogers, CEO, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) (Read an interview with Jean in the new pre-Summit interview series.)
Dr. Jean Rogers is the CEO of SASB. In less than two years SASB developed from an idea formulated in collaboration with the Harvard University Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Kennedy School of Government into a globally-respected, ANSI-accredited, independent standards-setting organization with a staff of nearly 30, a budget of $5.8 million, 150 advisors and over 1,000 corporate and investor participants in the standards-setting process to date representing over $12.5T in assets under management and $5.5T in market capitalization.
Jean draws upon her 20 years’ experience in sustainability and management consulting across a wide range of industries including utilities, extractives, financials, and real estate. She has worked with international clients to integrate sustainability into strategy and operations, minimizing risk and maximizing returns across the triple bottom line. Jean’s leadership experience includes 10 years as a Principal at Arup, a global engineering consultancy focused on sustainable development. Jean was also a management consultant at Deloitte, working in the environmental and manufacturing practices to help leading companies improve business and product performance through sustainability.
Jean is a former Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an ME in Environmental Engineering and a BE in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College.
Jean-Michel Herrewyn, Director of Global Enterprises, Veolia Environment
Born in 1961, a graduate from École Polytechnique and École Nationale d'Administration, Jean-Michel Herrewyn started his career in 1986 as an engineer in the Avionics division of Thomson CSF. In 1991, he joined Compagnie Générale de Chauffe (now Dalkia) as Technical Manager, then as General Manager of the home automation subsidiary. In 1993, he became Attaché to the Managing Director, and in 1996 ran Dalkia's German subsidiary and later the subsidiaries in Austria and Switzerland. In early 2000, he was appointed General Manager of Veolia Transport's German subsidiary. In March 2003, he joined Veolia Water as CEO of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies. In December 2009, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water and Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of the Water Division in 2011, and in charge of Global Enterprises in 2013.
Stephen Kehoe, Head of Global Financial Inclusion, Visa
Kehoe joined Visa in 2010. He is responsible for coordinating the company’s activities with respect to supporting global efforts to meet the needs of under-banked populations around the world. Previously he worked with PepsiCo, mainly responsible for external and government relations in the UK, Europe, Russia, and China. From 1993-2003, we worked as a public affairs and public relations consultant in Brussels, Washington DC, and London. Formerly he held positions at European Affairs, British Aerospace and in the European Parliament in Brussels.
David Browning, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, TechnoServe
David joined TechnoServe in 2003 and has served as TechnoServe’s Regional Director for Latin America, Vice President for Business Development, and Senior Vice President, Coffee Initiative. He currently manages TechnoServe’s Strategic Initiatives.
Prior to joining TechnoServe, David worked for McKinsey and Company, a management consulting firm. Before McKinsey, David held a range of positions in the manufacturing, petroleum, and retail industries.
Beth Keck, Senior Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment, Walmart (Watch a video featuring Beth in the new pre-Summit interview series.)
Beth Keck is senior director of Women’s Economic Empowerment where she leads strategy and oversees implementation of Walmart’s commitment to train nearly one million women in retail and factories, on farms, and in the US workforce. Through its global Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative, Walmart has set goals and invested more than $75 million in corporate giving to help change the lives of women around the world.
Previously she led the company’s sustainable agriculture strategy and Asia corporate affairs portfolio. Before joining Walmart in 2004, she was based in China as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration senior representative and Boeing’s air traffic management vice president of business development. She co-chairs the World Economic Forum New Vision for Agriculture Project Board, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, National Committee on US-China Relations, the Arkansas World Trade Center Board of Advisors and the Bentonville Noon Rotary Club. Beth has a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and bachelor of journalism degree from The University of Missouri School of Journalism. Walmart operates more than 10,000 retail units in 27 countries and has revenue of more than $466 billion annually.
Chad Spitler, Managing Director, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment, BlackRock
Chad Spitler, Managing Director, is the Global Chief Operating Officer for BlackRock's Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment team within the Portfolio Management Group. He is responsible for the daily operations of the team worldwide and strategic planning. Mr. Spitler is the Proxy Facilitator for the Securities Evaluation Group of the International Standards Organization (ISO), and is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network's (ICGN) Shareholders Responsibility Committee, and the Broadridge Global and Domestic Steering Committees.
Mr. Spitler's service with the firm dates back to 2000, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, Mr. Spitler last managed the Americas proxy voting team, responsible for analyzing and voting proxies, and engaging with the corporations of which BGI was a shareholder. Throughout his tenure he managed the corporate actions, trade operations, cash analysis and central control departments. Prior to BGI, Mr. Spitler was a Senior Market Research Analyst with the Franklin Templeton Group.
Mr. Spitler earned an MA degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado in 1996, and a BS degree in Resource Management from the University of Michigan in 1992. He is a Series 7, 6 and 63 FINRA Registered Securities Representative.
Mark Kramer, Co-Founder and Managing Director, FSG
Mark Kramer is co-founder and Managing Director of FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm established in 2000 and specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research. As the primary overseer of FSG‘s consulting practice, he helps drive the vision and growth of the firm and leads engagements across all of FSG’s impact areas, with a particular focus on shared value. A prolific author, Mr. Kramer’s work is featured regularly in major publications, and he is a frequent speaker around the world on topics in catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, creating shared value for corporations, new approaches to evaluation, impact investing, and social entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of four Harvard Business Review articles with Professor Porter.
Mr. Kramer has delivered speaking engagements on shared value in more than a dozen countries, and leads consulting work with a number of global corporations on shared value projects. His expertise is in shared value initiative design, implementation at the enterprise level, investment, and related issues.