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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank
Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D. is the 12th President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he assumed his position in July 2012, the organization established goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Kim’s career has revolved around health, education, and delivering services to the poor. Before joining the World Bank Group, Kim, a physician and anthropologist, served as President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003-2005, as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Department, he led the “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which helped to expand AIDS treatment in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization now working in poor communities on four continents. He has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, has been recognized as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, and TIME magazine in 2006 named Kim among its “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Co-Founder and CEO, Global Health Corps
Barbara Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps (GHC), which mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC was founded in 2009 by six twentysomethings who were challenged by Peter Piot at the aids2031 Young Leaders Summit to engage their generation in solving the world’s biggest health challenges. Barbara and her co-founders believe health is a human right and that their generation must build the world where this is realized. Since that time, GHC has placed nearly 600 young leaders from more than 20 countries with non-profit and government health organizations like Partners In Health and the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, and the United States, developing them as creative, effective, and compassionate leaders along the way. Prior to GHC, Barbara worked in educational programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, where she supported design-thinking programs for high school students and faculty across the US. She has worked with Red Cross Children’s Hospital in South Africa and UNICEF in Botswana, and has traveled with the UN World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition in ARV treatment. Barbara is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee and the UN Global Entrepreneurs Council. She sits on the Board of Directors for Covenant House International, PSI, Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. In 2011, Barbara was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year, in 2013 she was recognized as one of Newsweek’s Women of Impact, and in 2015 she was named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list. Barbara graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.
Helena B. Foulkes
Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS/pharmacy
Helena Foulkes is Executive Vice President of CVS Health and President of CVS/pharmacy, a position she has held since January 2014. In this role, Foulkes has responsibility for all aspects of the company’s retail business including its more than 7,900 retail stores, 18 distribution centers and e-commerce sites, as well as merchandising, supply chain, marketing, real estate, front store and pharmacy operations. In addition, Foulkes manages CVS Health’s enterprise digital, brand and communications teams.
Over the course of her twenty-year career with the company, Foulkes has amassed an extensive background in retail and health care marketing and strategy, and has played an important leadership role in growing the company from its retail roots to the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. Most recently, Foulkes served as Executive Vice President and Chief Health Care Strategy and Marketing Officer with responsibility for overall corporate strategy and enterprise marketing and communications for the company.
Foulkes is credited with leading innovations such as groundbreaking pharmacy health care programs, such as Maintenance Choice and Pharmacy Advisor, as well as ExtraCare, the largest retail loyalty program in the country with more than 70 million active cardholders.
Prior to joining the company in 1992, Foulkes worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Tiffany & Co. She has received numerous professional honors, including being ranked #14 on Fortune’s list of the Most Powerful Women in Business in 2015, and serves on the boards of The Home Depot, The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).
Founder and CEO, Sproxil
Ashifi Gogo founded Sproxil, Inc. in 2009 and currently serves as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Sproxil developed its award-winning Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPATM) technology that has been used over 14 million times by consumers in 5 countries to verify the authenticity of their products. The MPA technology is also being used offers mobile marketing services that provide value to end-users and product manufacturers and/or distributors; with consumer engagement and loyalty applications rewarding millions of consumers for their interactions. Former US President Bill Clinton described Sproxil as “a genuinely remarkable achievement... (it's) empowering... putting people in charge of their own healthcare.” Sproxil’s MPA solution is applicable to virtually any tangible product is now used on multiple continents and in many industries including automotive, garment and fast-moving consumer goods.
Ashifi's work has been recognized through a variety of awards and fellowships. He was named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 in 2015 and awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014 by the Schwab Foundation. In 2013, Sproxil was named the world’s most innovative company in health care by Fast Company, and #7 most innovative worldwide, beating 99 of the Fortune 100 companies. He received a Clinton Foundation Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award, led Sproxil to win a grant from the United States Agency for International Development and attract venture funding from Acumen Fund in New York. Ashifi currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation and on the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy.
An expert in end-consumer authentication technologies, Ashifi holds a US Patent and is also a named inventor on multiple published US and foreign patent applications, one of which has been recognized by the US Patent and Trademark Office, winning a Patents for Humanity award for its significant positive humanitarian impact. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Whitman College. He is Dartmouth's first-ever Ph.D. Innovation Fellow.
Managing Editor, Fortune
Alan Murray is the editor of Fortune, overseeing the magazine, its conferences and its digital properties.
Prior to assuming this post in August 2014, Murray was president of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. He was previously at The Wall Street Journal, where he served as Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online. Murray spent a decade as the Journal’s Washington Bureau Chief, during which the bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes; and he subsequently served as CNBC’s Washington Bureau Chief, co-hosting “Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger.” At various times, he wrote the Journal’s weekly Business and Political Capital columns, and won numerous awards for his writing on economics and international issues.
He is the author of four books, including The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management, Revolt in the Boardroom, and Showdown at Gucci Gulch, coauthored with Jeffrey Birnbaum. He is a member of the Gridiron Club, the New York Economic Club and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Governing Council of the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Murray began his journalism career as the business and economics editor of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times. He also worked at the Congressional Quarterly in Washington as a reporter and at the Japan Economic Journal in Tokyo on a Luce Fellowship.
Mr. Murray received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of North Carolina, where he was a John Motley Morehead scholar, a merit scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a master’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics. In 2005, he completed the Stanford Executive Program.
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
Chairman and CEO, Ayala Corporation
Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ayala Corporation, the holding company of the oldest business group in the Philippines. Ayala Corporation has subsidiaries and affiliates in real estate development, telecommunications, banking and financial services, electronics manufacturing, water distribution, automotive dealerships, business process outsourcing and overseas real estate investments.
Apart from his responsibilities on the boards of the Ayala Group companies, Mr. Zobel is a member of various international and local business and socio-civic organizations, including the JP Morgan International Council and Mitsubishi Corporation International Advisory Committee. He is also Chairman of the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, a member of the Harvard Global Advisory Council, Chairman Emeritus of the Asia Business Council, Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund Philippine Advisory Council, a member of board of trustees of Endeavor Philippines and the Singapore Management University (SMU). He is also the Philippine Representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council.
In 2007, he received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award, the school’s highest recognition. Mr. Zobel is a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Merit, awarded by the President of the Republic of the Philippines for enhancing the prestige and honor of the Republic of the Philippines both at home and abroad. Subsequently, Mr. Zobel was bestowed the Philippine Legion of Honor, with rank of Grand Commander, by the President of the Republic of the Philippines in recognition of his outstanding public service to the Republic.
Mr. Zobel studied at Harvard University where he earned his BA in Economics (with honors) in 1981 and his MBA in 1987. He is married to Ms. Elizabeth Eder Zobel de Ayala and has four children. He enjoys adventure motorcycling in his spare time.
Group President, (HR & Corporate Services) & CEO (After-Market Sector), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Rajeev Dubey is the Group President (HR & Corporate Services) & CEO (After-Market Sector), Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. His key focus areas are Human Capital initiatives of the Group, the After Market businesses whose CEO’s report to him, Group Communications, Government Relations, CSR and Infrastructure. He is the Chairman of Mahindra Insurance Brokers, Mahindra Steel Service Centres and Mahindra First Choice Services, and serves on the Boards of several Group companies including Ssangyong Motors Korea, Mahindra Intertrade, Mahindra First Choice Wheels and Mahindra Retail. He is Chairman of the Group CSR Council and the Corporate Governance Cell, and a Member of the Governing Council of the Mahindra Institute of Quality and the Governing Board of Mahindra Ecole Centrale.
He joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in January 2004 after a career spanning 29 years in the Tata Group, which he joined in 1975 as a member of the TAS, the central managerial cadre of the Tata Group. He spent 21 years with Tata Steel, and the next 7 years as CEO first of Tata Metaliks and then of Tata Rallis India.
He studied Economics at St. Stephens College, Delhi University, where he was ranked first in the University, and at the Delhi School of Economics, where he received a National Scholarship. He went on to do his MBA from the Yale School of Management, USA as a J N Tata scholar, and was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus of the School.
Executive Director, UN Global Compact
Lise Kingo is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact and a recognized expert in corporate sustainability. She leads the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 12,000 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.
Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms. Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S that led the company through a significant growth phase to become the sixth largest pharmaceutical company in the world and the largest company in the Nordic region by market capitalization. While at Novo Nordisk, she oversaw the company’s participation in the UN Global Compact and led the integration of sustainability into the company’s business strategy, including the development of “Changing Diabetes” to transform how diabetes is managed and ultimately defeat the disease.
During Ms. Kingo’s years with Novo Nordisk, the company was ranked number 2 in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index Pharmaceutical Section, number 2 in the 2014 Access to Health Index, number 1 in the “Corporate Knights’ 2012 annual survey” and named the most sustainable company in the world.
For her work in promoting sustainable business, she received the Edinburgh Medal and Tomorrow Magazine’s Environmental Leadership Award. Ms. Kingo holds multiple degrees including a MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a B.Com. in Marketing Economics from the Copenhagen Business School.
Svein Tore Holsether
President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International
Mr. Holsether has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2015.
Before becoming President and CEO of Yara, Mr. Holsether held the position as President and CEO of Sapa AS. Prior to this he was EVP M&A Orkla 2010-2011, Business Area President Sapa Asia & Middle East 2010, CFO Sapa AB 2007-2010, CFO Orkla Specialty Materials 2006-2007, CFO Elkem ASA 2005-2006, CFO Elkem ASA North American Division 2003-2005, and various positions within the Elkem group including Vice President Group Control, Group Controller, Group Financial Analyst 1997-2003.
Castelli has more than 25 years of experience in the pulp and paper sector, heading positions of leadership in production, projects, forestry, paper and businesses areas in large companies in Brazil.
At Fibria, he led the integration process, responsible for conceptual and administrative guidelines during the merger of Aracruz and VCP. After a successful merger, he was appointed as CEO in July 2011.
Founder & CEO, Sustain
Jeffrey Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. More than twenty-three years ago, he co-founded Seventh Generation and went on to build the fledgling company into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Today, as a CEO, author, speaker, consultant, and activist, Jeffrey's mission is to inspire and provoke business leaders to think differently about the role they and their companies play in society. Along the way, he's working to drive systemic change that makes it easier for businesses to become radically more sustainable, transparent and responsible.
In 1988, Hollender co-founded and was for over two decades the CEO of Seventh Generation, the leading brand of sustainable, non-toxic household and personal care products. Currently Hollender is the Founder and Chief Inspired Protagonist of Hollender Sustainable Brands, makers of Sustain, non-toxic, fair trade, and sustainable personal care and sexual wellness products for women. Sustain products are sold in over 4,000 stores including Whole Foods, Target, CVS and Kroger. Hollender is also an Adjunct Professor for sustainability and social entrepreneurship at New York University.
Hollender's passion for changing the negative impact that industry has on the environment and society is evident in each of his seven books, including 2010's The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win. Hollender has also helped millions of Americans make green and ethical product choices, beginning with his bestselling title, How to Make the World a Better Place, a Beginner’s Guide, in 1990. His most recent book, Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning & Greening the World You Care About Most (Clarkson Potter/Publishers; December 28, 2010) guides consumers through the dizzying array of decisions they make each day, helping them understand which choices matter most and which have hidden repercussions.
Hollender was the Co-Chair of the Greenpeace US Board of Directors until 2013 and now continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He is also the co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of over 200,000 business leaders committed to progressive public policy, and serves on the Board of Verité, a leading workers’ rights organization. He divides his time between Charlotte, VT, and New York City.
Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres and a founding board member of the organization. She also directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 120 institutional investors managing nearly $13 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change.
Under Mindy’s leadership, Ceres launched The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, a visionary practical guide highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st-century global economy. She also helps coordinate Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of more than 20 leading consumer brand companies advocating for strong climate and clean energy policies in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2010, Mindy was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into core business strategies. She is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” by Directorship magazine.
Co-Founder, Conscious Capitalism
Raj Sisodia is FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College, and Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He has a Ph. D. in Marketing from Columbia University. Raj is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (2013) and Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters (2015). In 2003, he was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He was named one of “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011.
Raj has published eight books and over 100 academic articles. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose was named a top business book of 2007 by Amazon.com. He has consulted with numerous companies, including AT&T, Nokia, LG, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Siemens, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, Rabobank, McDonalds and Southern California Edison. He is on the Board of Directors at The Container Store and a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc.
Chief Public Affairs Officer, Taco Bell Corp.
As Chief Public Affairs Officer, Amy Kavanaugh promotes and protects Taco Bell’s brand reputation. With a goal of driving sales, brand equity, and stakeholder engagement and growth, she develops communications strategies that integrate traditional, digital and social media to connect with consumers, employees, and owners in meaningful ways.
Amy is also the Executive Director for the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, a non-profit organization that provides at-risk youth mentors and real-world experiences to motivate them to stay in school and graduate.
Prior to joining Taco Bell in May 2011, Amy was Vice President and Global Chair of Public Engagement at Edelman Public Relations, the world’s largest privately held public relations firm. Amy joined Edelman in 2001 where she worked with a variety of clients including, MySpace, Microsoft’s MSN, The GRAMMYs, and Warner Bros. In 2004, Amy spearheaded the launch of Starbucks Entertainment and also served as Starbucks Global Client Resource Counselor. For the next seven years, she led a variety of teams in nearly 25 markets across multiple disciplines including, consumer marketing, corporate reputation management, social and digital media, consumer insights and research, crisis communications, and event marketing.
Before Edelman, Amy worked at Apple Computer where she managed public relations for Power Macintosh products worldwide and initiated the company’s first influencer and customer reference program. Prior to Apple, she worked as Vice President at Shandwick/Golin-Harris in the Boston, San Francisco and Sydney offices, managing programs for Bank of America, Hewlett Packard and Sun Microsystems overseeing the implementation of worldwide public relations programs.
She began her career at SchlumbergerSema as worldwide marketing communications specialist where she managed overall outbound marketing activities in North America and Southeast Asia.
Amy received her BA in Communications from UC Santa Barbara. She is a co-founder of Prosperitas, a UC-Irvine based organization that connects successful community leaders to transformative work in our communities.
EVP, Managing Director, Government Services & Solutions, MasterCard
Ed Brandt has served as EVP, Managing Director – Government Services and Solutions since April, 2012. Mr. Brandt leads a global team of payments experts that leverage MasterCard’s innovation to commercially solve critical government needs including financial inclusion, efficiency and transparency. During his tenure, MasterCard has helped develop hundreds of public private partnerships in over 60 countries. By utilizing electronic payments, governments have saved critical resources and enabled financial inclusion to millions.
Mr. Brandt joined MasterCard Worldwide in December 2005 as Executive Vice President, Global Accounts and led partnerships with some of MasterCard’s largest customers to grow their domestic and international payments business.
Prior to MasterCard, Mr. Brandt built a 23-year career with General Electric beginning in the Financial Management Program. He progressed through the senior leadership positions in several GE businesses ranging from Appliances to GE Capital. Mr. Brandt also served as Managing Director for GE Card Services in Melbourne, Australia.
Columnist, New York Times
Eduardo Porter writes the Economic Scene column for The New York Times. Formerly he was a member of The Times’ editorial board, where he wrote about business, economics, and a mix of other matters.
Mr. Porter began his career in journalism over two decades ago as a financial reporter for Notimex, a Mexican news agency, in Mexico City. He was deployed as a correspondent to Tokyo and London, and in 1996 he moved to São Paulo, Brazil, as editor of América Economía, a business magazine.
In 2000, Mr. Porter went to work at The Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles to cover the growing Hispanic population. He joined The New York Times in 2004 to cover economics.
Mr. Porter was born in Phoenix and grew up in the United States, Mexico and Belgium.
He graduated with a degree in physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and has an M.Sc. in quantum fields and fundamental forces from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. He has a son, Mateo, and lives in New York.
Shannon A. Brown
Senior Vice President - Chief HR & Diversity Director, FedEx Express
Shannon A. Brown is Senior Vice President / Chief HR & Diversity Officer for FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company. As the most senior human resources executive for FedEx Express, Brown provides strategic direction for all human resources practices, policies and operations for the company. His role includes overseeing global initiatives to develop and retain a highly-talented and diverse workforce, where employees are empowered to respond to customer needs in an environment that promotes a safe and sustainably responsible work place.
Brown embodies the company’s shared commitment “to make every FedEx experience outstanding” and through his leadership has established a workforce dedicated to delivering the best customer service. During his tenure, FedEx has consistently been ranked on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” and Black Enterprise magazine’s “40 Best Companies for Diversity.”
Brown began his career at FedEx more than 30 years ago as a package handler at the Memphis World Hub. As he advanced in his career, he continued to demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and a strong commitment to service. His executive achievements also include serving as Senior Vice President of HR for FedEx Ground. He has attained many honors, including the FedEx Five Star Award and CEO Five Star Award.
Brown was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the University of Tennessee System Board of Trustees and to the Advisory Board for Western Governors University. He also chairs the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Human Capital Steering Group and serves on the University of Denver’s Board of Directors of the Intermodal Transportation Institute. Brown’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from National-Louis University in Chicago and a master’s degree from the University of Denver. He currently resides in Memphis, TN .
Angela Glover Blackwell
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink
Angela Glover Blackwell started PolicyLink in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Blackwell’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure.
Prior to founding PolicyLink, Blackwell served as Senior Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s Domestic and Cultural divisions. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council, where she pioneered new approaches to neighborhood revitalization. From 1977 to 1987, Blackwell was a partner at Public Advocates, a nationally known public interest law firm.
As a leading voice in the movement for equity in America, Blackwell is a frequent commentator for some of the nation’s top news organizations, including The New York Times, the Huffington Post, Washington Post, Salon, CNN and has appeared regularly on such shows as public radio’s Marketplace, The Tavis Smiley Show, Nightline, and PBS’s Now. Blackwell has also been a guest on the PBS series Moyers & Company and PBS’s NewsHour. Blackwell appears in the sixth and final segment of the PBS six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which aired in October and November, 2013.
Blackwell is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010), and contributed to Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream (The New Press, 2007) and The Covenant with Black America (Third World Press, 2006). In 2013, Blackwell and PolicyLink collaborated with the Center for American Progress to write and release All In Nation: An America that Works for All. Blackwell earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She serves on numerous boards, including the Children’s Defense Fund and The President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
EVP, Asia-Pacific and Head, Triple Bottom Line, Novo Nordisk
Jakob Riis joined Novo Nordisk in 1996 as a health economist. From 2001 through 2005 Mr Riis worked first in the US sales force and then as head of marketing in Japan. In 2005 he was appointed senior vice president for International Marketing. In January 2013 he was appointed executive vice president assuming responsibility for Marketing & Medical Affairs. In April 2015 he assumed the responsibilities the two sales regions China and Pacific, in addition to Marketing, Medical Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement.
Mr. Riis is chairman of the board of Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and a member of the board and chair of the audit committee of ALK-Abelló A/S, both in Denmark.
Mr. Riis has an MSc in Forestry from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark (now the Faculty of Science of the University of Copenhagen) from 1992 where he also obtained a PhD in 1998.
Mr. Riis is a Danish national, born April 1966.
Chief Social Innovation Officer, Toyota
Newton is Group Vice President and Chief Social Innovation Officer, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and Chief Program Officer, Toyota Mobility Foundation, Toyota Motor Corporation.
As Group Vice President and the first Chief Social Innovation Officer for Toyota Motor North America, Latondra Newton is charged with leading an integrated, holistic social responsibility strategy for the company. She has united Toyota’s diversity and inclusion, philanthropy and community relations efforts across North America under one function for the first time.
Globally, Newton leads the Toyota Mobility Foundation, which was established in 2014 to advance the freedom of mobility for more people everywhere. Additionally, she is on the board of the Toyota USA Foundation, which has a $100 million endowment to support K-12 STEM education, especially in diverse communities.
Newton’s work is focused on advancing Toyota’s mission to address society’s greatest challenges through mobility solutions, bringing together diverse ideas and people to create positive business and social impact. Working with public and private partners around the world, her team harnesses Toyota’s expertise and resources to help more people go more places – so they can live better lives no matter where they are.
Beginning her career at Toyota in 1991, Newton has had a variety of senior leadership roles – spanning corporate planning, research, public affairs, marketing, philanthropy, and diversity. She has held her current title since 2014.
As Toyota’s Chief Diversity Officer, she directed the establishment of a singular diversity and inclusion strategy for the entire company in North America. Today, Toyota is regularly recognized as a top company for diversity, including by DiversityInc, where it is the sole automaker on the organization’s top 50 companies for diversity list; and by Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Best Companies for Diversity” list. Additionally, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) has included Toyota on its “HACR Corporate Inclusion Index” and Toyota is a member of the “Billion Dollar Roundtable” in recognition of more than $1 billion in annual spending with certified minority and women-owned suppliers.
At the same time, Newton has overseen outside advisor groups for Toyota, including the company’s Diversity Advisory Board (DAB), which includes veteran leaders in diversity, public policy, economic development, and community relations. She also oversaw the company’s outside safety panel, chaired by former Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater. This work led to new standards for industry best practices, including the establishment and funding of Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC), which works with leading North American universities, hospitals, research institutions, and agencies to advance auto safety for everyone on the road.
Earlier in her career, she was asked to create the company's first succession management system as well as a development program for team members at all levels of the company, with a specific focus on fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce.
During her external affairs work, she led efforts to foster understanding of Toyota’s economic role in North America, not simply as an employer in communities where it operates, but also as a company with a significant positive effect on the local and national economy. She began her Toyota career in equipment purchasing, where she led efforts to give local and diverse suppliers opportunities to do business with the company.
Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute gave her its “Passionate Champion Award” in 2014, and Automotive News named Newton one of the “100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry” in 2010.
Newton is on the Board of Directors of the Manufacturing Institute, and was the founding chair of Step Ahead, which is focused on enhancing professional opportunities for women in the manufacturing industry. She serves on the board of the St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit that uses Toyota Production System knowledge to help homeowners and communities reduce the time it takes to recover from natural disasters.
Newton holds a bachelor’s degree in management systems from Kettering University.
Chairman, President and CEO, Interface, Inc.
Dan Hendrix has been president and CEO of Interface, Inc., a $1 billion, global manufacturer of modular commercial and residential carpet and broadloom carpet, for 14 years. Under his leadership, Interface helped create a viable market for modular carpet globally, a business that once was considered no more than a niche business. The company now leads with a 35 percent share of the market globally. Dan’s mission is to ensure that each of the Interface business regions is a high-performing asset, a great place to work and a good environmental steward focused on the company’s Mission Zero goal to eliminate its negative environmental footprint by the year 2020. Dan was appointed Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors in October 2011, succeeding Interface Founder and Chairman Ray C. Anderson.
Since his appointment as president and CEO in 2001, Dan has extended the company’s global reach with manufacturing on four continents (U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia), including plants in Shanghai, Thailand, Ireland, The Netherlands, the U.S. and Australia. The company has sales in more than 110 countries globally, and is introducing the modular concept to emerging markets in China, Central America, Latin America, India, Africa and the Middle East. He has overseen the launch of the company’s residential modular brand, FLOR, a company with 21 stores in major markets in the U.S. and Toronto.
Dan is credited with orchestrating Interface’s business rebounds in 2001 and 2010 — reducing the company’s overall debt, increasing profitability, focusing on the company’s core modular business and increasing Interface’s global market share. He has led Interface’s strategic diversification beyond its core corporate office market and into new segments with high growth potential such as education, hospitality, healthcare, retail and institutional space, and into the consumer/residential business. The non-corporate office segments have grown to represent approximately 40 percent of our worldwide business and more than half of the U.S. business.
Dan joined Interface, Inc. in 1983, shortly after the company’s initial public offering. He was quickly elevated to chief financial officer in 1985, and in 1989 he was identified as the youngest CFO at a Fortune 500 company. Working as CFO at Ray Anderson’s side, Dan led Interface in a series of acquisitions, both domestic and international, ranging in size from $2 million to $150 million. Several of these acquisitions nearly doubled the company in size, including the 1988 acquisition of the then-largest carpet tile manufacturer in the world, Holland-based Heuga, which firmly established Interface as the global leader in that market segment.
Dan addresses some 40-plus investor groups each year to talk about Interface’s financial progress and the business case for sustainability. He also speaks to a wide range of organizations about how Interface has applied sustainability to its business, discussing the company’s strategy of getting ahead by making investments that are good for the environment, as well as long-term growth.
Dan serves on the Board of Governors for the College of Business at Florida State University, and on the board of directors for American Woodmark, a publicly held company that is the leading manufacturer and distributor of kitchen and bath cabinets for the remodeling and new home construction markets.
A native of Florida, Dan graduated with honors from Florida State University with a B.S. in accounting in 1977. He and his wife Betsy live in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, and have two children, Lauren and John.
Claus Stig Pedersen
Senior Director, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Novozymes
Throughout his career, Claus has been driven by the vision of combining “good for the world” with “good for business” and by being an employee at Novozymes, a global sustainability leader, he lives that vision every day. Claus has been professionally engaged in sustainability for more than 25 years and he was one of the pioneers in the development of LCA methodologies and sustainability concepts for business.
Before joining Novozymes, Claus was leading the Global Sustainability and Quality activities of the Hartmann Packaging Group. Claus Stig Pedersen is currently Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and he represents Novozymes in the UN Global Compact LEAD initiative. Claus is serving in the Sustainability Council to the company Ingersoll Rand and in the Advisory Board to the organization Sustainable Brands. Previously, Claus has served on sustainability boards and councils to Walmart, Procter & Gamble and The Sustainability Consortium.
Senior Director, Walmart Foundation
Julie serves as Senior Director of the Walmart Foundation, where she leads the Grantmaking Team. This team leads philanthropic investments for Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on Sustainability for people and planet throughout the supply chain, including work on agriculture, hunger and nutrition; Opportunity, including work on women’s economic opportunity, career opportunity, veteran’s support, small business support and domestic manufacturing; and Community, which engages our associates and facilities to make positive change in communities where they live and work.
Julie joined the Walmart Foundation in 2008. Prior to Walmart, Julie worked in the nonprofit community on issues of anti-racism, homelessness and community revitalization. Internationally, she has done program evaluation in Kenya and Tanzania and taught English in Eastern Europe.
Julie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from Rhodes College and a Master of Arts in Public Service from The Clinton School of Public Service. She was a Jane Addams-Andrew Carnegie Fellow at Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy. She serves on the boards of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals and Saving Grace, a transitional living program that helps young women aging out of foster care or facing homelessness.
Senior Vice President, CFSI
Under Ms. Schneider’s leadership, CFSI produces independent, data-driven consumer and industry research and advice, including the Compass Principles, which are aspirational standards for excellence in the delivery of consumer financial services. CFSI’s actionable guidance about product design and delivery helps build the robust financial services marketplace that is critical to improving consumers’ financial health. Ms. Schneider is also a Principle Investigator on the U.S. Financial Diaries research study, a ground-breaking project in partnership with the Financial Access Initiative at New York University. The project collects highly detailed data about more than 200 households, including how they save, spend, borrow and plan their financial lives. Ms. Schneider credits her commitment to the potential for innovative finance to solve major social problems from her days as a VISTA Volunteer (now AmeriCorps). She holds a J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from UC Berkeley.
Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management
David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management. Previously, he spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as co-CEO and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 1999-2003. David received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is on the Board of New Forests, SHINE, Dialight, Ashden, Social Finance UK and The Nature Conservancy, as well as a Life Trustee of Hamilton College.
Helene D. Gayle
CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative
Helene D. Gayle is the inaugural CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative. Prior to that, she was president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization with approximately 10,000 staff whose poverty fighting programs reached 122 million people last year in 84 countries. Since joining CARE in 2006, Dr. Gayle has led efforts to reinforce CARE’s commitment to empowering girls and women to bring lasting change to poor communities. Under her leadership, CARE has strengthened its focus on long term impact, increased policy and advocacy efforts and deepened connections between poverty and the environment. Gayle has leveraged the power of CARE’s corporate and NGO partners to significantly expand CARE’s reach across the globe.
An expert on health, global development, and humanitarian issues, Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.
Dr. Gayle serves on several boards, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Rockefeller Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and ONE. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Gayle currently serves on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships and the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.
Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers," and Newsweek's top 10 "Women in Leadership," Dr. Gayle has been featured by national and international media outlets. She has also published numerous scientific articles.
Global Head - Institutional Client Strategy, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Hugh is the global head of Institutional Client Strategy within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) with oversight responsibility for the division’s strategic, single-asset or multi-asset assignments with institutional clients, globally. In addition, he leads the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing efforts for the Investment Management Division (IMD). Hugh serves as an advisor to the Global Portfolio Solutions Investment Committee and is a member of the GSAM Client Experience Group, with a focus on developing GSAM’s strategic work on a wide range of investment and market-related topics.
Hugh was previously co-head of Alternative Capital Markets and co-head of Hedge Fund Strategies. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 and was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2012.
Prior to joining the firm, Hugh worked in New York for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Boston Consulting Group.
Hugh is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as a trustee and Investment Committee chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He earned a JD from Yale Law School and a BA from Columbia University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
Bea Perez is Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of The Coca-Cola Company. Bea created and now drives a global Sustainability strategy that’s growing the business while making a positive difference for people, communities and the environment. The strategy is helping the Coca-Cola System to economically empower 5 million women, replenish 100% of the water it uses and ensure consumers find the energy balance that’s right for them. Bea is also leading the System’s efforts to integrate Sustainability deeper into the business so that it’s embedded in how Coca-Cola operates. You can read more about the company’s Sustainability programs and progress here.
Prior to becoming Coca-Cola’s first CSO, Bea served as the Chief Marketing Officer for the company’s North American Division. As one of the Company’s top marketers, she helped bring brands to life for consumers by developing strategic partnerships with NASCAR, PGA, NBA, LeBron James, American Idol, the OSCARS, Ryan Seacrest and others. Bea and her team created the Coca-Cola Racing Family as part of their award-winning Motorsports marketing platform, which launched Coca-Cola as the Official Soft Drink of NASCAR. They also created the Coke Digital Network, an innovation in how companies engaged and communicated with consumers.
Bea has been recognized in a number of ways for her business success and Sustainability leadership. She is a member of the American Advertising Hall of Achievement and the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, Hispanic Executive magazine included Bea in its list of Top 10 Leaders, and she was named as one of the “10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability” by Green Building & Design magazine.
Bea also was recognized as a “Conservation Trailblazer” by The Trust for the Public Land for her leadership in helping to conserve and preserve some of the world’s most important waterways. She has been featured as one of the 25 Most Powerful Latinas on CNN En Espanol and in People en Español.
Bea serves on the boards of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, the USO, Save the Children, The Boy Scouts of America, Primerica, International Council on Women's Business Leadership and The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. She lives in Atlanta, where she spends her free time outdoors with her family.
Asher Hasan, M.D.
Founder and CEO, NAYA JEEVAN
NAYA JEEVAN is a hybrid social enterprise dedicated to providing low-income families in the emerging world with affordable access to high quality, healthcare. NAYA JEEVAN’s operations are currently focused on Pakistan and Mexico with plans to replicate this model in India, Colombia, Brazil, Philippines and other emerging markets.
Asher was most recently selected to join the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Social Innovation for 2012-2014. He is a 2011 World Economic Forum/Schwab Foundation Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year, a 2013 Synergos Senior Fellow, a 2009 TED fellow, a 2011 Ashoka US fellow, a 2011 Ariane de Rothschild fellow and an invited member of the Clinton Global Initiative for 2014, 2010 and 2009. He has also been selected as an Asia 21 young leader in 2010. In addition, NAYA JEEVAN is a recipient of a 1st prize in the 2008 New York University Stern Business Plan Competition - social entrepreneurship track. Most recently, NAYA JEEVAN received the Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Award and the Asia Society Public Service Award for 2013.
Prior to launching NAYA JEEVAN, Asher served in the capacity of Senior Director and Head of the US Medical Affairs Obesity team for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a biotech company in San Diego, CA. He spent six years at Sanofi as a Medical Director in their US headquarters. During his tenure in New York City, Asher also completed an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Asher attended Oberlin College where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and biology with an additional concentration in international relations. This was followed by research at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital followed by training in general surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Asher can often be seen hurtling down alpine ski slopes, is a voracious reader and loves to cruise the Caribbean. Istanbul, Bali and Rio de Janeiro are his favorite destinations for spiritual rejuvenation.
Martha Herrera González
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, CEMEX
Martha Herrera González the CEMEX team 21 years ago, where she currently is Corporate Social Responsibility Director and Director at CEMEX-Tec Monterrey Center for the Development of Sustainable Communities.
During her career path, she has led programs for the benefit of over 9 million people in Mexico that she has already exported to other countries where CEMEX operates. These initiatives have been acknowledged and awarded by the United Nations Organization (UNO), HABITAT, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI, for its acronym in Spanish), the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN, for its acronym in Spanish), among others, for being programs and social businesses designed for the relief of multidimensional poverty and empowerment of women and youths.
In addition to this, she is a member of several civil society and academic organizations executive councils, both nationally and internationally, and currently she is also a member of Nuevo León Council for Strategic Planning for 2014-2019.
Martha has a vast international academic background on politics, business and social development as well as professional experience, not only in the public, but also in the private sector.
Comptroller, State of New York
Since taking office in 2007, Tom DiNapoli has aggressively fought misuse of public resources, strengthened one of the nation’s top public pension funds, and consistently spoken out against fiscal gimmicks, imprudent actions and government inefficiency.
His life of public service started when he was elected as a trustee of the Mineola Board of Education, becoming the first 18-year-old in New York State to hold public office. He’s been making government more accountable and transparent to the people for more than 35 years.
A diligent fiduciary of the State pension fund, Comptroller DiNapoli continues changing the way the fund operates to increase transparency and establish strong internal controls, ensuring the strongest investment performance and ethical operations. Under the Comptroller’s leadership, the pension fund has increased opportunities for women and minority firms throughout its portfolio of investments.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, he was a manager in the telecommunications industry. He holds a master’s degree from The New School University’s Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions. A lifelong resident of Nassau County, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history magna cum laude from Hofstra University in Hempstead.
Heekyung Jo Min
Executive Vice President of Global CSV (Creating Shared Value), CJ Group
CJ Group is a global lifestyle company with four main business areas: food and food services; biotechnology and pharmaceuticals; entertainment and media; and retail and logistics.
After the Korean War 63 years ago, CJ has written a new chapter in the Korean history by introducing sugar, flour, cooking oil, seasoning and other innovation that has always been and will be part of our Korean meals. CJ innovation in food has been driven by the search for a healthier and more convenient option which has also helped place CJ as a global lifestyle company since the 1990’s. CJ Group now operates in over 23 countries worldwide and employs around 70,000 people with $26 billion in total sales (2014).
On the 60th anniversary, the Group committed to ‘Creating Shared Value’ and established the first CSV department in Korea. CJ believes that CJ can create shared value for our shareholders and society through its businesses.
CJ Group is a recipient of the first CSV Porter Prize (in the “Process” category) in Korea in 2014.
Heekyung (Jo) Min is the Executive Vice President and Executive Director of CSV Management of CJ Corporation in Korea. Her role as a business leader and social innovator is to create a sustainable future for CJ Group by driving and coordinating CSV and CSR efforts. She oversees CJ’s core values that accelerate the social and business innovation.
Much of her recent work has focused on promoting the importance of sustainable business around the globe. Her commitment to creating shared value was developed through her experience in both government and private companies with extensive experience in HR, Finance and Intercultural Management.
In her role as the Director General of the Business Opportunity Bureau at the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) in Incheon, Korea, she was responsible for promoting Korea to the global society.
Her experience in the financial sector in New York, Tokyo and London includes the Bank of New York, The Apogee Finance Group, UFJ Tokyo-Mitsubishi (formerly Sanwa) and Prudential Investment and Securities, and Deloitte & Touche in New York.
She holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University, and a BA in Music from Seoul National University.
Dr. James Bernstein
Co-Founder & CEO, Eniware LLC
Dr. Bernstein is a recognized health policy expert with over 30 years of healthcare experience from the perspectives of medicine, government, and business. After working as a surgeon in the U.S., Peru, and India, Dr. Bernstein entered government work as Chief of Staff of the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of San Diego County. Ultimately becoming known as a policy expert, he served as Deputy Director of the Georgetown University Health Policy Center, headed up the efforts to ensure ongoing physician competence at the National Institutes of Health, and chaired President Carter’s health policy advisory group during his first campaign for President. Dr. Bernstein has an extensive and impressive record as a healthcare entrepreneur. He has been involved in the founding and leadership of numerous companies that have seen commercial success and made significant contributions to the healthcare marketplace. Notably, Dr. Bernstein took his bioinformatics start-up InforMax public in 2000, raising $80 million. Since founding Eniware, Dr. Bernstein has become a vocal advocate for increased access to safe essential surgery around the world, and is a frequent speaker at international academic conferences devoted to global surgery. Recent speaking engagements include the University of Utah’s Center for Global Surgery Annual Conference, and the World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma, and Anesthesia. Dr. Bernstein is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell University Medical School, and is trained in thoracic, vascular, and transplantation surgery. He was also a senior researcher in the laboratory of Jonas Salk – who developed the first polio vaccine – and assistant to the President of the Salk Institute. Prior to co-founding Eniware LLC, Dr. Bernstein founded and served as CEO and Chair of the Board for Noxilizer, Inc. Dr. Bernstein has been recognized by Forbes and Medical Dealer Magazines for the importance of Eniware’s mission and the product’s potential to solve a major global problem.
Nancy E. Pfund
Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners
Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners (formerly Investors), a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on this topic.
Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY), where she is Chair of the governance committee and sits on both the audit and compensation committees, Primus Power, Powergenix, Farmers Business Network, The Muse, Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Off-Grid Electric, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Prior to founding DBL Investors, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club.
Ms. Pfund was featured #17 in the FORTUNE World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators and is: Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; a member of the Advisory Board of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; a member of the Advisory Board of the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency; a past Lecturer in Management at the Stanford University Graduate School business; and a past Lecturer in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management; a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy; and is a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. In 1988, President Bush appointed Ms. Pfund as a charter member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. In 1999, Ms. Pfund was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission.
Ms. Pfund is the author, along with Benjamin Healey of the widely cited report on the history of U.S. energy subsidies entitled, “What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future”, co-authored with Michael Lazar, “Red, White & Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs”, co-authored with Noah Walker, “Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources”, and co-authored with Anand Chhabra, “Renewables Are Driving Up Electricity Prices: Wait, What?” She also delivered a widely circulated commencement speech at UC Davis Graduate School of Management in June 2015 entitled “The Impact Generation”.
Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management. Follow Nancy on Twitter @NancyPfundDBL.
Founder and CEO, The Muse
Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of The Muse, a career platform used by 50+ million millennials and digital/technical candidates to research, explore and apply to great companies. A WSJ and Harvard Business Review contributor, Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, and appeared on TODAY and CNN. Kathryn has been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media, Inc.’s 15 Women to Watch in Tech and Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech. A Duke alum, Kathryn worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative before founding The Muse, and previously at McKinsey & Company.
David M. Barash, M.D.
Executive Director, Global Health Portfolio and Chief Medical Officer, GE Foundation
David M. Barash, M.D. is the Executive Director of the Global Health Portfolio and Chief Medical Officer for the GE Foundation. The Foundation’s Developing Health initiatives are approached with the belief that simple interventions, along with strong partnerships and leaders, are often the answer to some of healthcare’s most complex problems.
Dr. Barash is a practicing emergency medicine physician with more than 30 years’ experience. He has focused a great deal on understanding how new technologies can be commercialized and delivered to effectively close the gap between brainstorm and bedside.
Prior to joining the GE Foundation, Dr. Barash was Chief Medical Officer of Life Care Solutions and Executive Medical Director of Health Care Services for GE Healthcare. He was also Founder and President of Concord Healthcare Strategies, where he provided strategic and operational expertise to medical technology investors and development stage medical technology companies.
Senior Director, Global Access, Medtronic Philanthropy
Paurvi Bhatt is the Senior Director for Global Access at Medtronic Philanthropy where she leads a multi-million dollar global strategic grants portfolio that focuses on empowering people impacted by NCDs, enabling frontline health workers, and advancing the policy dialogue to increase access to care for the underserved.
She is a seasoned global health leader with deep multi-sectoral experience in business, nonprofit, and government sectors. She spearheaded global programs in several private companies including Levi Strauss and Co. and Abbott. Ms. Bhatt has also managed global health technical portfolios at USAID and CARE USA. She has also served as an international evaluator at the U.S. General Accountability Office. Her technical expertise is in HIV/AIDS, women’s health, and health systems and economics. She serves on several human resources, international health and HIV/AIDS working groups, technical advisory committees, and is on several Boards including the Global Business Group on Health, AIDSUnited, and GlobeMed.
Director of Portfolio, Acumen
Shuaib is Director of Portfolio at Acumen where he oversees our global investing process, management of our global investment committee, new investment origination, and portfolio management.
Prior to Acumen, Shuaib worked for two years in the Quantitative Alpha Generation Group at Citadel Investment Group, a hedge fund based in Chicago, where he focused on developing trading strategies utilizing fundamental company data. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch working on The Global Analytic and Thematic Research team. He holds a BA in Economics from New York University.
Executive Director, Health Builders
Tyler Nelson is an experienced Rwanda-based public health leader and is Executive Director of Health Builders, a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization working to increase access to high-quality healthcare in Rwanda.
Mr. Nelson most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Health Builders. He previously developed and led health initiatives in Tanzania, Nicaragua, and El Salvador for HELP International, and has also worked in community development and health programs in Peru, Honduras, Uganda, and Kenya. Mr. Nelson, a U.S. national, holds a degree in Public Health and International Development from Brigham Young University. He lives in Kigali, Rwandam with his wife and daughter.
Staff Writer, Institutional Investor
An award-winning journalist and senior writer with Institutional Investor magazine, Imogen Rose-Smith has over 5 years of experience covering institutional asset management. Her areas of expertise include: institutional investors, hedge funds, venture capital, impact investing, government policy and long term asset ownership. She recently completed a fellowship with the Office of the Chief Investment Officer, University of California Regents, where she worked on ESG integration and sustainable investment issues. Imogen serves on the Advisory Board of Girls Who Invest, a not-for-profit focused on increasing the number of women in investment management roles. She is a member of the content planning committee for High Water Women’s annual Impact Investment Symposium. Imogen has also served as a consultant to the Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights on its Compass conference program, a high-level conference aimed at engaging asset owners in issues relating to the environment, social responsibility and corporate governance. She represented the RFK Center in negotiations with the Department of Labor with regards to the November 2015 DOL guidance concerning impact investing and shareholder engagement.
Director, Center for Sustainable Business, NYU Stern School of Business
Tensie Whelan is the Director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, where she is bringing her 25 years of experience working on local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability. As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she built the organization from a $4.5 million to $50 million budget, transforming the engagement of business with sustainability, recruiting 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries to work with Rainforest Alliance. She built the Rainforest Alliance frog into an internationally recognized and credible brand. Her previous work included serving as Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters , Vice President of the National Audubon Society, Managing Editor of Ambio , a journal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a journalist in Latin America. Tensie has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, was the Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at NYU Stern in 2015 and has served on numerous nonprofit boards and corporate advisory boards such as the Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board and the Nespresso Innovation Fund Advisory Board. Tensie holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.A from American University, and is a graduate of the three-year Harvard Business School Owner President Management (OPM) Program.
Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
Jane Nelson is Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
She was a director and senior advisor at the International Business Leaders Forum from 1993 to 2012, and has been a senior associate with the Institute for Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. She was a track leader on developing human capital and an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009-2010, and in 2001 she worked with the United Nations Global Compact in the office of the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, preparing a report for the General Assembly on cooperation between the UN and the private sector. Prior to 1993, Nelson worked with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Africa and FUNDES in Latin America, and as a Vice President at Citibank working for the bank's Financial Institutions Group in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Nelson serves on the Boards of Directors of Newmont, the Abraaj Group, FSG, and Chevron's Niger Delta Partnership Initiative. She has previously served on the Boards of the World Environment Center, the UK Environment Foundation, SITA (now part of the Suez Environment Group), the International Council of Toy Industries CARE Foundation (focused on improving labor standards in global supply chains), and AIESEC (one of the world’s largest youth-led networks focused on leadership development and cultural exchange). She serves on advisory councils for Abbott, Bank of America, ExxonMobil, GE, Merck Vaccines, the International Finance Corporation, the Center for Global Development, and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. She has co-authored five books and over 80 publications on corporate responsibility, sustainability and the role of the private sector in development, and five of the World Economic Forum's Global Corporate Citizenship reports. In 2015, together with her co-author Professor David Grayson, she was awarded the Academy of Management’s “Best Book Award” in the Social Issues in Management Division for their book, “Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past Present and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism”.
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.
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 Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School.
Executive Director, Shared Value Initiative
As the inaugural executive director of the Shared Value Initiative, Justin is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the Initiative. He works closely with all of the Initiative’s major stakeholders including corporate, civil society, government and academic organizations in order to track and influence the development and capture of shared value research, the shared value idea in practice, and the growing global community of practitioners.
Justin led FSG’s thinking about how to build a shared value field first through the launch of the Shared Value Leadership Summit in 2011, followed by the development of the Shared Value Initiative business plan and partnership development process. These efforts led to the formal launch of the Shared Value Initiative as a 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action currently supported by 17 leading shared value organizations around the world. Justin is also an experienced public speaker having addressed executive teams, industry organizations, and academic audiences around the world on shared value and the role of the corporation in society.
Managing Director, FSG
Lalitha brings nearly 15 years of experience in a combination of strategy consulting, business operations, and nonprofit management. Lalitha has advised a variety of clients while at FSG including corporations, private foundations, multilaterals, government community foundations, and nonprofits. Lalitha’s client work has cut across a range of issues including Shared Value, Catalytic Philanthropy, and Strategic Evaluation.