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2021 Virtual Wall Street Green Summit
April 26-30, 2021
2021 Wall Street Green Summit
Speakers & presenters
Moderators and speakers per date in alphabetical order
Tooraj is the founder of Perl Street, a data-powered capital raising engine for urban-tech startups with physical assets. Tooraj has 15+ years of global experience in origination, financing, implementation and operation of $1B+ clean-technology projects in energy, water and waste management, manufacturing and built environment. Tooraj holds an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo and has an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School.
Paul is a nationally recognized expert on sustainable investing, and the host of the popular Sustainable Finance Podcast, a weekly program featuring conversations with thought leaders in the field. His guests include cleantech entrepreneurs and VC investors; CEOs leading the low-carbon economy transition; creators of the ESG indices and analytics platforms everyone is using; and NGO executives bridging the public/private partnership funding chasm through digital banking and blockchain-based technologies.
In addition to his podcast series, Paul works with both individual advisors and large investment firms to integrate ESG investing into their portfolio and sales strategies. Incorporating his knowledge of current investor trends, the most robust ESG analytics, and the latest technology trading solutions, Paul helps his clients capitalize on the growing business opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
From 2015-2019, Paul was a regular contributor to FA Magazine, including his series on women leaders in sustainable finance. He co-authored an article about impact investing for Investments & Wealth Monitor, and has moderated panels at Sustainable Investment Solutions events in Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. He was co-convener of the annual Sustainable Investing Conference at the United Nations in 2018 and 2019. Paul believes the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) exemplify the use of cross-sector collaboration, linking business, government, and civil society in support of people, planet, and profit–in that order.
Paul was a certified financial planner and franchise advisor with Ameriprise for 23 years, and frequently participates in conferences, seminars, and webinars nationwide (now virtually!).
Paul has a JD degree from Tulane Law School and a BA from Tulane University, and has been inducted into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame for his football career. Paul lives in Beacon, NY, an historic town on the banks of the Hudson River, where he is on the Advisory Board of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a nonprofit research and educational institution affiliated with Clarkson University.
Peter C. Fusaro is Chairman of Global Change Associates in New York and is the best selling author of What Went Wrong at Enron. His three most recent books have been Cut Carbon, Grow Profits, Energy & Emissions: Collision or Convergence and Energy & Environmental Hedge Funds: The New Investment Paradigm. Peter is an energy industry thought leader noted for his keen insights in emerging energy and environmental financial markets. He has been on the forefront of energy and environmental change for over 30 years focusing on. oil, gas, power, coal, emissions, carbon trading and renewable energy markets. Peter is currently advising in the clean energy technology arena. Peter was recently selected for Who's Who in America. He coined the term "Green Trading" and holds the Wall Street Green Trading Summit with Reuters in New York each spring. He is also a well known expert on Asia Pacific energy and environmental markets. He co-founded the Energy Hedge Fund Center LLC (www.energyhedgefunds.com) in 2004 which he sold in 2011. Peter graduated with an MA in international relations from Tufts University and a BA from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Julia Samson recently graduated as an NCAA Division I student-athlete from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development, while also studying Mandarin, Korean and French. She currently works as a Project Management Analyst at French investment bank, BNP Paribas. Julia has been part of Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society as a data analyst on the ACToday-Bangladesh project team working to improve climatic variability solutions to achieve food security in rural Bangladesh. Beyond her professional commitment, she currently serves as a supervisor with MUN Impact, assisting high school students around the globe with project planning pertaining to UN SDG 4 - Quality Education. She also recently served as a US Core lecturer in Harvard’s Summit for Young Leaders in China where she taught Climate Change-Development Economics. Julia is looking forward to advancing her career in Sustainable Finance and Environmental Economics.
Rebecca is the Director of Sustainable Finance at South Pole. In this role Rebecca is responsible for the consultancy services offered to financial institutions globally which combine climate science led data and business integration advice. The consultancy services focus on three areas; the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) impact analysis for financial products and supporting financial institutions with their Net Zero commitments.
Formerly Rebecca was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sustainable Finance at HSBC Holdings plc. In this role Rebecca was responsible for the group-wide financials relating to Sustainable Finance products, including sustainability/green bonds, ESG (environmental, social, governance) asset management/private bank funds and sustainability related commercial lending. In addition, Rebecca was responsible for HSBC’s external ESG reporting and investor relations activity – including TCFD and corporate reporting on the SDGs. Rebecca was the Chair of the European Banking Federation industry SDG working group and a member of other advisory groups to progress sustainability reporting. E.g. Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and developing a new CDP (Formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) questionnaire for financial services.
Rebecca has approximately 20 years of industry experience, in a prior role she was Group lead for Fixed Income investor relations. This included marketing the first green bond issued by HSBC France in December 2015 and the SDG bond issued by HSBC Holdings in 2017. Rebecca has also worked in Product Control, Market Risk and Regulatory Management. The latter included leading HSBC’s response to the Enhanced Disclosure Task Force to aid greater transparency in banks' disclosures post the financial crisis.
Rebecca is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and obtained a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Southampton, where she now has the role of Trustee for the Student Union. In 2017 she gained a Certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership - she is currently studying for a part-time Masters with the Institute.
Sheila Slocum Hollis is Acting Executive Director of the United States Energy Association. Through its membership, USEA represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector from the largest Fortune 500 companies to small energy consulting firms.
In her role, Ms. Hollis represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy industry and interacts with domestic and international leaders to advance knowledge and seek partnerships to develop and enhance energy infrastructure worldwide.
Prior to becoming Acting Executive Director, she served as the Association’s Chairman of the Board. She has served on the USEA Board of Directors for 15 years.
Sheila Slocum Hollis is also Of Counsel and Chair of the Duane Morris, LLP Washington, D.C. office, and was the office's founding managing partner, as well as the founding leader of the firm's Energy, Environment and Resources Practice Group. She served on the firm's Executive Committee and Partners Board for more than a decade.
Ms. Hollis practices in the areas of energy policy and, transactional and regulatory law worldwide. Over the course of her career, she has played a key role in the formation and implementation of energy law and policy in the United States and beyond. She began her energy law career as a trial lawyer at the Federal Power Commission and was the founding Director of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. For 20 years, she was adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, teaching over 600 students energy law, and co-authored texts on energy law.
Sheila served as the first woman President of the Energy Bar Association, chaired the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and serves as its representative on the ABA Board of Governors. She also chaired the Federal Bar Association’s Energy and Environment Section and multiple other bar-related entities. Additionally, Sheila served Chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress in addition to other ABA leadership roles.
She has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards over her career. She was named one of Washington, D.C.'s Top 100 Lawyers overall and one of the Top 50 Women in Washington’s Super Lawyers. In addition, Ms. Hollis was recognized by the ABA as a “Trailblazer” for women in law, among only 100 women to be so honored for breaking barriers for women in cutting-edge areas of law. Ms. Hollis was ranked by The National Law Journal as one of the United States' top 20 energy lawyers and has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings for over 25 years for professional excellence. She is listed as a senior Statesman in Environmental law in Chambers. She was named one of the 50 Key Women in Energy Worldwide, and in 2011 was the first attorney in private practice to receive Platt's Global Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2018 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the London-based Petroleum Economist Publication. Widely published, she is a frequent commentator on environment and energy issues in media.
Ms. Hollis is a Trustee of the Center for American and International Law, a Life Fellow of the American Law Institute and Honorary North American member of the Commercial Bar of England and Wales. She was also elected to membership in the American College of Environmental Lawyers, an honor bestowed upon a select group of lawyers with “distinguished experience and high standards.” Ms. Hollis also serves as a Board Member of the American Friends of the Royal Society, a Trustee of Plimoth Plantation, and a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of KB Homes. She served for a decade on the Board Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System and is a Trustee of the Center for American International Law. Sheila was president of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment and was awarded its Woman of the Year Award in 2003. Ms. Hollis is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Colorado. She is a Colorado native and a graduate of the University of Denver College of Law and the University of Colorado at Boulder, cum laude in general studies and with honors in Journalism.
Sean Kidney, co-founder and CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
The Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO, based in London, working to mobilize global capital to finance a rapid, global transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy.
- a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 200 organizations involved in its development and governance;
- working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China;
- green bond market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and East Africa;
- and a green finance aggregation platform with UNDP.
He is a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.
Sean is a member of the:
- European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance
- French government’s Green Sovereign Bond Evaluation Council
- Astana International Finance Centre’s Green Advisory Committee
- Advisory Network to the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, which aims to accelerate progress towards a healthy ocean.
- European Advisory Board of the SMARTER Finance for Families (energy efficiency) initiative
- Advisory Panel of the International Sustainable Finance Centre in Prague
- Advisory Panel of the Nordic Institute for Finance, Technology and Sustainability.
- Future of Sustainable Data Alliance
- Mexico Climate Finance Consultative Board
- DRC Congo Green Finance Task Force
He has previously been a:
- Consultant on green bonds to the United Nations Secretary General
- Member of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance
- Member of the European Commission's High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance
- Member of the Peoples Bank of China Green Finance Task Force
- Member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance.
- Member of the Blended Finance Task Force
In 2016 he was named Environmental Finance magazine’s “Personality of the Year” and for the past three years he has been voted GlobalCapital magazine’s “Most Influential Champion” of the sustainable finance market.
In 2019 he joined the Advisory Network to the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, which aims to accelerate progress towards a healthy ocean.
A regular speaker on climate change and finance, Sean has over the past year spoken at conferences and seminars on six continents.
Sean is an Irish national. He has four daughters and lives in London with his partner.
An entrepreneur, futurist, and sustainability activist, Aisha is dedicated to reimagining the future of impact and sustainability as the Founder and CEO of ImpactVest, an impact mission driven firm focused on creating an impact investing ecosystem that supports investors and startups to drive purposeful impact change. As the Founder and CEO of ImpactVest, Aisha is on a mission to drive positive change through promoting sustainable capitalism and the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through advisory services utilizing transformational sustainable finance approaches, the creation of a next generation pre-seed startup and impact investor matching app, and future impact initiatives that are on the frontier of impact and sustainability.
Aisha has the honor of holding the designation of United States Boren Scholar, which led to a prestigious public service career. She is also a University of Zurich Center for Sustainable Finance Adviser Alumna, Frankfurt School of Management Certified Expert in Sustainable Finance, and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Aisha believes that impact investing is a catalyst for change across sectors, providing measurable social returns that support her vision of a sustainable, inclusive and resilient future.
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/PhD, is CEO and Founder of GEC Risk Advisory and a global governance, risk & ESG strategist, serving a broad cross-section of business, nonprofits, and government agencies. Since 2017, she has served as the Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico. Dr. Bonime-Blanc spent two decades as a c-suite global corporate executive at Bertelsmann, Verint, and PSEG. She serves on several Boards and Advisory Boards including Crisp, Cyber Future Foundation, Greenward Partners, Ethical Intelligence, Epic Theatre Ensemble & the NACD New Jersey Chapter. She was born and raised in Germany and Spain and has traveled and done business globally.
She is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Governance Faculty and holds the Carnegie Mellon CERT Certification in Cyber-Risk Oversight. She is faculty at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs Master in Science program teaching “Cyber Leadership, Risk Oversight and Resilience”. She is a global speaker, including at Davos, and is widely quoted and interviewed in global media. She is an author of 5 books - her latest one, Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value (Routledge 2020), debuted as an Amazon #1 Hot Release in Business Ethics and Game Theory. She lives with her family in New York City and is an artist and photographer in her free time.
Bonnie-Lyn brings over two decades of Social Impact Measurement and Management, International Business, Finance and Technology background to the leadership of The S Factor Co.
Bonnie Lyn has won several entrepreneurial and technology awards, led the creation of two firms, has worked across 57 countries, leading the creation of exceptional teams, and several proprietary products including the MSPI™ (2010) and the S Factor™ Solutions (2016).
Her company has developed a proprietary taxonomy, algorithm and index that measures corporate social impact against, international standards, public sentiment and financial performance. She is a widely acknowledged expert and much sought after speaker on social impact and risk issues.
A graduate from Saint Mary’s University, in International Development Studies (Development Economics) and International Politics, Marketing, Finance and Micro-computer Technology.
A true visionary and thought leader, her ideas have been published by Alternative Watch, Medium, Bloomberg, BNN, the Wall Street Journal, Morningstar, TEDx, The Canadian Business Journal, The Globe Investor, and the TMX Blog. Bonnie-Lyn recently received the ESG Advocate of the Year Award from the Private Asset Management Awards(PAM) in New York (2020), TiEcon Global Top 50 Start up, Silicon Valley (2019), Women in Wealth Finalist (2018), and has been nominated as one of RBC’s Canadian Women of Influence Awards for 7 consecutive years.
Louis Coppola is Executive Vice President and a Co-founder of Governance & Accountability Institute, a New York-based sustainability consulting, research and advisory firm. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Global Sourcing Council, a global non-profit focused on educating and inspiring sustainability in sourcing and supply chains.
Louis focuses particularly on providing advice to corporate and investor clients related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) sustainability strategy, disclosure (reporting), investment and performance.
G&A Institute is the Data Partner for GRI for the United States, United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Lou directs the Institute's relationship with GRI including the activities around the Data Partner relationship, “Organizational Stakeholder” (OS) relationship, and several joint research publications.
Lou is the Chair of the Social Investment Forum's (SIF) - Company Calls Committee (CCC) which serves as a resource to companies by providing a point of contact into the sustainable investment analyst community. He is also an active New York Society of Securities Analyst (CFA Society of NY - NYSSA), Sustainable Investing Committee steering member.
Lou is frequently called on by the media, academics, and industry to contribute to articles, speak on panels, and present his ideas on ESG & Sustainability related topics. He also coordinates the Institute’s various public research projects such as "Sustainability - What Matters?", the annual S&P 500 reporting trends studies, and studies of sustainability reporting external assurance practices in collaboration with GRI, Bloomberg, and the big four accounting firms.
Louis contributed to the US section of "Carrots & Sticks III", a collaborative publication with GRI, KPMG, UNEP, Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa and various other stakeholders. The report analyzed the growing number of sustainability reporting policies and guidance from countries around the world.
Lou is proud recipient of the "Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business" recognition from the Trust Across America / Trust Around the World organization. Louis is an adjunct professor at the Bard M.B.A in Sustainability NYC campus teaching courses on business pragmatics of sustainability focusing on disclosure standards and analysis of sustainability reports.
Louis is an expert at translating concepts related to current and emerging technology to readily accessible tools and resources. He plays the lead role in the research, recommendation, and deployment of all technology including interactive Web platforms, content management systems, e-distribution, automated intelligence gathering, and other solutions to meet the "command and control" needs at G&A Institute.
Prior to forming the Institute, Louis Coppola worked as an Account Executive – Information Technology for Rowan & Blewitt, a global crisis management and issues management consulting firm that was under the corporate umbrella of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). The firm’s clients were Fortune 100 and multinational companies. Louis was responsible for managing the technological implementation of the crisis and issues management strategies for Rowan & Blewitt.
Louis Coppola was graduated with Honors from Molloy College with a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA). In recognition of high scholastic achievement, he was selected for membership in Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society in Business, Management, and Administration. He received his undergraduate B.S. with Major in Computer Information Systems and Minor in Computer Science. Lou has qualified and is an active member of Mensa.
I oversee the climate solutions suite within Moody’s ESG Solutions Group, a new business unit formed earlier this year to serve the growing global demand for ESG and climate analytics. As part of its climate solutions suite, Moody’s ESG Solutions provides risk measurement and evaluation tools to understand, quantify and manage climate risks for physical and transition risk, informing due diligence and risk disclosure in line with the recommendations from the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
Sandra Myburgh, CEO, FERN Impact Partners LLC (FERN), has a global background in portfolio selection, investment management and trading in capital markets over the past 27 years. Prior to co-founding FERN, she was a director and head of hedge fund investment due diligence for Barclays Private Wealth and Investment Management in New York. She was a principal in the Funds Management Group at Barclays Global Investors and director at ABN AMRO Bank. She worked at Standard Chartered Bank in New York and Singapore where she focused on structuring interest rate, currency and credit solutions in emerging markets. Sandra started her career as a currency options trader for Rand Merchant Bank in South Africa.
Sandra holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree in Information Technology, an Honors Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Economics (cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg.
She served as a HIV Champion in New York for Standard Chartered, Board Director for Ubuntu Pathways and as an Advisory Board Member for an African clean tech company.
Sandra loves nature and has snorkeled and dived around the world's oceans to see how fragile our ecosystem is. She has also trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp to raise funds for HIV/AIDS.
Toby Robertson is the Head of Greenstone’s InvestorPortal, the award-winning, purpose-built ESG solution for private capital investors. Having lived and worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York, Toby has accumulated 20+ years of financial experience at major global banks. In addition, he has co-founded, supported and mentored numerous SaaS companies – some of which have now become market leaders in their sectors (mainly analytics and cybersecurity). Currently based in London, he is part of the Greenstone team that is focused on making sustainability simpler.
Highly skilled in organizational development and experienced in dealing with group dynamics, performance management programs, management of outcomes, and developmental systems as well as metrics to gauge performance of organizations and working teams.
Terence graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction from Philander Smith College with a degree in Organizational Management through the Business Management Institute. Terence is also a Certified Grants Administrator, receiving his certification through Management Concepts program.
Terence resides in Fort Lauderdale Florida, owns several businesses and is the Founder and President of TLB Enterprises Group Holding, Ltd. He is also CEO of SebaiCMET, Inc., based in Melbourne, Florida, focusing on ocean wave renewable energy and alternative water systems.
Stephanie Cardenas is the Manager, Forests at CDP North America. She focuses on encouraging companies to increase disclosure and transparency along their value chains to halt commodity driven deforestation. Her work focuses on strategy development for the cattle sector to ensure a sustainable production and consumption of this commodity.
Julie Davitz serves as Head of Impact Solutions for Wealth Management. She is responsible for the specialized Impact Solutions offering, integrating client values and assets for more efficient and impactful philanthropic and financial outcomes. With customized strategies combined with an array of opportunities, Julie leverages the local service excellence of Bank of the West with global access of its parent company BNP Paribas.
With over 20 years of experience in the impact sector, Julie Davitz is skilled at helping ultra-high-net-worth families, individuals, foundations, nonprofits and businesses mobilize their resources to realize the change they envision.
Julie has worked with not-for-profit organizations, foundations, corporations, and philanthropists nationally and globally. She has served as Director of Development at the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases UCSF, and Executive Director of the Silver Giving Foundation. She founded Julie Shafer Development & Philanthropy, specializing in thoughtful and effective strategic planning for donors, grantees and impact investors.
Julie holds a BA from the University of California Davis and an MFCC from the University of San Francisco.
Noah Hyams is a serial entrepreneur who started VEGPRENEUR in late 2018 to support entrepreneurs and investors building sustainable, plant-based businesses. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and sustainability. Through VEGPRENEUR, Noah has interviewed and brought together leading founders, investors, and thought-leaders in the plant-based space to build a global community of innovators.
Daniel L Nelson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Grow Computer, which is building better digital tools for the farms of the future. Their platform acts as an 'IoT Operating System' to connect and unify all the systems that exists in any controlled system to allow new levels of control, automation, functionality and much much more. Dan is new to indoor agriculture, and is actually a 'Recovering Accountant', who was a CPA in another life and has most recently worked as a Virtual CFO for dozens of startups and small businesses. He has a Masters of Accounting and Bachelors in Economics from the University of Michigan and is a fellow of the Startup Leadership Program.
Sylvia Wulf is the President & CEO of AquaBounty Technologies, a publicly traded aquaculture and seafood biotechnology company, leading their growth and commercialization efforts globally. AquaBounty Technologies markets the first approved bioengineered animal for food, approved in both the US and Canada. She was previously the President of the Manufacturing Division and SVP of Merchandising for US Foods, a $23 billion broad line foodservice distributor, where she was responsible for the P&L of the $10 billion protein and produce categories and the $1 billion Manufacturing Division of U.S. Foods Meat, Seafood and Produce operations.
Her reputation as a proven leader and accomplished executive includes over 25 years of P&L experience driving both growth and improved performance and her diverse career encompasses executive level positions in General Management, Sales, Marketing and M&A in the Consumer Packaged Goods, Distribution and Agribusiness industries. Her success in growing revenue and market share coupled with her strengths in strategy development, mergers & acquisitions and operations positively impacted respected brands such as US Foods, Tyson, Sara Lee and Bunge. She serves on the boards and executive committees of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and the National Fisheries Institute.
With 25 years in energy and sustainability, Kristin Barbato has served in executive roles spanning utilities, government, energy services, and consulting. With her experience running large operations along with her tenure as both a provider and buyer of energy services for utilities, commercial/industrial companies, and municipalities, she engages a broad network of experts and provides valuable energy market insight to move strategies into commercial action.
In 2017, she founded a company to help cleantech and energy infrastructure get to scaled commercialization faster. Build Edison provides advisory services, demonstration project implementation partners, go-to-market planning strategies, and a unique investment vehicle for cleantechs, facilities owners, and energy investors. Build Edison advises several cleantechs as well as large entities such as NYSERDA ($5B Clean Energy Fund), Murata ($17B annual revenue), and Generate Capital ($1B+ AUM).
In 2019, she co-founded Dynamo Energy Hub, a unique global network
of innovative energy companies, investors, individuals, and governments that provides a platform to accelerate the clean energy economy. Dynamo cultivates energy innovation communities in key cities around the world in a state-of-the-art office environment along with in-person and virtual monthly networking and thought leadership events.
In her previous executive roles, she helped cities and corporations optimize their capital planning, commodity supply, efficiency projects, renewable investments, and smart operations performance. She served as Managing Director of Enterprise Development at Edison Energy, Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and was appointed to Deputy Commissioner / Chief Energy Management Officer for New York City during Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration to manage the long-term sustainability plan (PlaNYC) for the country’s largest municipal energy infrastructure and operations with an annual budget of $1.3 Billion. Ms. Barbato also worked for Veolia Environnement, Con Edison, and Florida Power & Light in various technical and strategic leadership roles.
Ms. Barbato graduated Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She also holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and completed her MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in May 2008. For the last five years, she has been a Professor of energy management for international graduate policy schools at Columbia and NYU. Among other endeavors, she is an avid squash player and serves on several non-profit Advisory Boards such as The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to support families of children with cancer.
Mr. Blum has spent 28 years as an investment banker and an investor in private equity and venture capital opportunities. Before joining G.C. Andersen Partners in 2006, Mr. Blum ran Channel Capital LLC, a firm he founded in 2001 to provide venture capital and financial advisory services to emerging companies. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Blum was a Managing Director in the private equity firm, Columbia Financial Partners, during which time he helped manage the reorganization and liquidation of ContiFinancial Corp. Previously, Mr. Blum was a banker with Salomon Brothers Inc. and Bear Stearns & Co. where he was actively involved in mergers & acquisitions, IPO’s, high-yield and investment grade debt and corporate advisory transactions for a wide range of banks, insurance and specialty finance companies. From 1989 to 1992, he was based in Tokyo and oversaw the Salomon Brothers’ Japanese and Asian Financial Institutions activities.
Mr. Blum received a BS in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nick founded UGE with a focus on distributed renewables to address the world’s energy and environmental challenges, and has led the company for the ten years since its inception. Raised on a Canadian nature reserve, Nick is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries with previous experience at JPMorgan and AIG. Over the past decade his leadership has focused on a productive and enjoyable company culture, forging new paths for the company in solar and renewable energies, both in the US and abroad.
Jonas Kamf is the CEO of Waves4Power. Waves4Power creates a better future through green energy solutions. Living on this planet and being part of human society comes with responsibilities. Waves4Power improves lives and betters the environment by developing and selling innovative renewable ocean energy systems.
TJ is responsible for developing and executing Constellation’s strategy to provide integrated energy solutions that help commercial and industrial corporations, manage, and use energy. He focuses on finding innovative energy solutions that drive down overall energy costs by combining client’s power, natural gas, energy efficiency efforts, solar power, renewable energy, and load response into one comprehensive energy management strategy. He leverages his experience in energy efficiency, commodity, and risk management, as well as energy and environmental data management to help customers lower their energy spend and reduce energy related risk.
TJ has spent over 16 years of his career at Constellation, beginning his career in energy as a sales representative in the PJM Grid. He has developed a unique view on the evolution of the energy marketplace and how various entities have been responding to these changes, from the deregulation of markets, to the implementation of energy efficiency services, to the adoption of disruptive energy technologies.
TJ actively supports the Ronald McDonald house, the United Way, and the Red Cross of Maryland. He also supports Towson University School of Business by regularly speaking and supporting events.
TJ holds both a Master of Business Administration, and Masters of Energy Management from The University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Towson University
Noah Shaw is Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Practice at Hodgson Russ LLP, a New York-based mulitdisciplinary firm where Noah and his colleagues represent a board range of renewable energy and energy efficiency market participants inclluding developers, lenders, government entities, and others. Prior to joining Hodgson Russ in September 2019, Noah was General Counsel at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) where he had a hand in the New York State 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, its 2016 Clean Energy Standard, large-scale renewable energy procurements, design and implementation of the offshore wind program, including all the legal and regulatory work concerning contract design and compliance, and state's electric vehicles, community solar, energy storage, Property Assessed Clean Energy, building efficiency and related initiatives. Before joining NYSERDA, Noah was Senior Advisor to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy, and he began his career at the law firm Mintz Levin in Boston.
Brian has a passion starting and developing companies at the intersection of clean energy, finance and technology. Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer of CarbonQuest, a company focused on helping buildings decarbonize, where responsible for leading the growth for the company – strategy, sales, marketing and finance. Prior to CarbonQuest, Brian held several roles for Enel X, including leading global product development for energy products – microgrids, solar + storage. Brian led the team responsible for developing the largest energy storage project in New York City with one of the country’s largest real estate developers. Prior to this role Brian was Chief Commercial Officer and led the team responsible for sales, marketing, channel partnerships and market development at Demand Energy, an energy storage developer. He led the company through its acquisition by Enel and has a proven track record of growing and funding conceptual stage ideas into developed revenue and profit generating operations.
Brian was a founding member and served as Chief Financial Officer for Green Charge Networks (GCN) from 2010 to 2014 where he developed, staffed, and financed operations for the distributed energy/battery storage application company (acquired by ENGIE in 2016). This included leading the $56m corporate investment by K Road Power as well developing the Power Efficiency Agreement (PEA) structure.
Earlier in his career, he helped grow several businesses including growing the Professional Services business for Moody’s Analytics in Asia from the ground up. He holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Finance and Marketing degree from Fairfield University.
Simone Beaty is the director of affordable lending strategy and initiatives for Freddie Mac’s Single-Family business. She focuses on housing policy to support underserved markets, including rural housing, manufactured housing, shared equity, and energy efficiency on single-family properties.
Ms. Beaty has 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry. With Freddie Mac for 16 years, she was previously the director of servicing policy for nine years and her responsibilities included developing servicing policies related to loss mitigation. She was instrumental in developing Freddie Mac’s policy and implementation of the federal government's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), the Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative and the standardization of servicing requirements under the Servicing Alignment Initiative with the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Eduardo Brunet has more than 25 years of experience in the sector of corporate finance, the stock market and the renewable energies sector, both from a transactional perspective, and in public and regulatory matters. From his executive positions, first at Banesto, then at the Santander Group, and lastly as the General Secretary of GE Capital Bank, he has carried out intense international finance activity, opened up markets, structures and financial products and led global units in Compliance and Corporate Social Responsibility. He has also served as the General Counsel of Iberdrola Renewables USA, supporting the development of the company in the United States and since 2010, in Spain, he advised the treasury and finance division especially on its capital market transactions and the issuance of Green Bonds. He has also founded and been the CEO of several non-profit organisations in the fields of human rights and third world development and has been Director and President of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee of Bonsucro, the global platform for the sustainability of the sugar cane industry.
Greg has played a substantial role in developing the clean energy, green building and decarbonization industries as a long-time thought leader and impact investor. He founded the Smart Surface Coalition in 2019 to slow global warming, redress social inequity and build urban resilience. The Coalition includes 40 partners such as the American Institute of Architects, the National League of Cities and the American Public Health Association. He is President of Capital Ewhich invests in clean energy startups and works with governments, corporations and financial institutions to design, scale and implement clean energy and decarbonization. Greg is the Sustainability and Energy Advisor for 4.5 million ft2 of new negative carbon, mixed use construction.
Greg served as Managing Director of Good Energies, a several billion-dollar global clean energy PE/VC fund investing in clean energy and low carbon companies. He served for 5 years as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy. Greg played a large role in designing and developing LEED, the green building standard, and received the first US Green Building Council Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the Founding Chairman of IPMVP and built the Protocol into the global energy and water efficiency design and verification standard for $50 billion in building upgrades. Greg received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance to Save Energy. He chaired a congressionally established advisory board which guides the greening and energy efficiency of 430,000 federal buildings, and served on a National Academy of Sciences board on strengthening US global competitiveness. Greg is co-developer and Founding Chairman of the CarbonStar standard- the first international standard on carbon in concrete. He is a cofounder of both the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the country’s first green bank.
Greg is the author of widely referenced studies on the cost effectiveness of greening infrastructure, including the book Greening Our Built World; Costs Benefits and Strategies. He consults and testifies on topics related to clean energy, green cities and financing issues, including before/with the US Congress, the World Bank, the Knesset, the UN, and the National Academy of Sciences. Greg earned an MBA from Stanford University and is a Certified Energy Manager. He has served on a dozen clean energy/decarbonization corporate boards, including Blue Planet. Solar PV powers his family home and electric car.
Mary Kathryn Lynch is Chief Financial Officer at Renew Financial. In this capacity, she manages Renew Financial’s Finance and Capital Markets teams. The team’s activities include arranging warehouse and permanent financing, hedging interest rate risk, and building and maintaining investor, bank and rating agency relationships.
MK has more than 25 years of experience in finance, in both the investment banking and clean energy sectors. Prior to re-joining Renew Financial in 2016, MK worked at residential solar provider Sunrun. MK has also held senior roles at several banks including UBS, Credit Suisse, DLJ, Deutsche Bank, Bankers Trust and Kidder Peabody.
MK has an MBA from The Wharton Graduate School of Business and a BS from the University of Virginia. She lives in Oakland with her husband and three children.
Greg Saunders’ career spans three decades, primarily as CFO/COO for 3 publicly traded and 5 venture-backed companies in commercial real estate, financial technology, renewable energy financing, PACE and structured finance.
For the previous 5 years, Greg was CFO and CEO of CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc., a leading nationwide C-PACE origination platform. Prior to CleanFund, Greg served as CFO at Project Frog, Inc., which designed, manufactured and installed energy efficient modular buildings for school districts and healthcare companies. Previously, Greg was CFO for Tioga Energy, Inc., a nationwide commercial solar energy finance. He was also CFO at Codding Enterprises, a commercial real estate development, construction and management company with major investments across multiple cleantech businesses (and an early adopter of C-PACE). He was previously CFO/COO of Bridger Commercial Funding, helping to build the company into the leading independent, cloud-based CMBS conduit, originating and securitizing over $5 billion of commercial mortgages through its network of thousands of banks across the country. Greg holds a B.A. in Economics and Business from Macalester College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance, award-winning social entrepreneur, thought leader, and international speaker on the entrepreneurial mindset, ocean innovation, and technology, youth empowerment, and sustainability.
At the age of 19, Daniela founded Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) as a college-room idea at Georgetown University. Six years later, she has built SOA into a global organization that is cultivating and accelerating innovative solutions to protect and sustain the health of the ocean. With phenomenal speed, SOA has created the world’s largest network of young ocean leaders - by establishing a presence in over 165 countries and has successfully launched the world’s first Ocean Solutions Accelerator to develop technological solutions that can address the greatest threats facing our planet.
How can we cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation? What are the leading technologies that can be implemented to help address the challenges facing our environment? How can established companies harness the power of young
people? What trends are we seeing in Gen Z and Millennials as consumers, employees, and future business leaders? Daniela is answering these critical questions that will influence the new wave of entrepreneurs and redefine the relationship between emerging technologies, mitigating climate change, restoring ocean health, as well as social good.
- Work recognized by President Bill Clinton & former S. Secretary of State John Kerry
- Work recognized by EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella
- Becoming a member of the Friends of Ocean Action, a select group of leaders coming together to fast-tracksolutions to the most pressing challenges facing the
- 2020 Blue Friend of the Year Award Winner
- 2020 Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award winner
- Awarded the 2020 ‘Rising Star’ Visionary Award by Silicon Valley Forum
- Named a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur
Mara G. Haseltine is an international artist, a pioneer in the field of SciArt, and an environmental activist and educator. Haseltine collaborates with scientists and engineers to create work that addresses the link to between our cultural and biological evolution. Her work takes place in the studio, lab and field infusing scientific inquiry with poetry. She was a pioneer in the translation of scientific data and bioinformatics into three-dimensional sculptures and became known for her outsized renditions of microscopic and sub-microscopic life. She created the first solar powered oyster reef in NYC and has studied sustainable reef restoration methods extensively for the past 15 years fusing art with sustainable solutions for ‘SIDS’ , Small Island Developing States at the United Nations. Haseltine has been a contributing member of the Explorers Club since 2008, she was awarded Return of the Flag with Honors for her work on the high seas with Tara Expeditions studying atmospheric climate change and its relationship to planktonic ecosystems. Haseltine’s work is refreshing in the world of environmental and biomedical art because of its surreal often-playful and witty nature as well as her intense devotion to ascetics, and sensuality.
• Former Investment Director at AfricInvest, leading African Private Equity firm
• Former senior executive with the African Development Bank, Veolia Water and Saint-Gobain China
• Seasoned board director and C-level manager
• Speaker at international conferences on innovation
• INSEAD MBA and MSc engineering from Mines ParisTech
• Speaks French, English, Chinese, and Portuguese
• Jazz pianist, master freediver
Dr. Paul Matter is the CTO and Co-Founder of Power to Hydrogen, LLC. The company is focused on commercialization of systems for hydrogen generation and energy storage. Power to Hydrogen’s patent-pending technology was invented by Dr. Matter and was developed on previous Department of Energy and NASA projects. Dr. Matter received his Ph.D. from Ohio State in chemical engineering. Dr. Matter worked previously as the Design Group Leader and Chemical Systems Engineer at NexTech Materials. He is also president of pH Matter, the parent company to Power to Hydrogen, and serves as a board member for the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition. Overall, Dr. Matter’s career work has resulted in a book chapter, over 20 peer reviewed journal articles, 6 issued patents, over 10 patents pending, and numerous conference presentations.
I am an entrepreneur passionate about research and the energy industry.
I come from a mixed background of international politics, Chinese energy research, and investigative journalism.
After graduated from political science and some years working for major media houses in China, I stepped into the Chinese power sector in 2010 and working for China Southern Power Grid—one of the dominant electricity power in the country— as a reporter and analyst covering gas, power, and renewable sectors.
My years in the power utilities enable me to investigate into energy projects, companies, and policies both domestically and abroad—from shale gas fields in China’s mountainous west to hydropower dam trapped in Northern Myanmar’s wars, from the first offshore wind farm to the first gas pipeline connecting Russia and China. I had the chance to talk about policy and strategy, both with Beijing’s top energy policymaker and leaders of the state-owned energy companies…
Upon leaving the utility in 2016, I have been an independent researcher helping international companies, researchers, and media to understand the Chinese energy market. I am a contributor to international energy trade journals and led policy research into China’s gas, renewable and power policies.
Kuni is an investment professional with expertise in impact investing and ESG research/integration. He was most recently a deal lead at NatureVest, an impact investment group within The Nature Conservancy, where he focused on climate change and large land transactions. Kuni brings 15 years of Wall Street investment research experience with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS and other leading investment banks. In the past year, Kuni was a panelist at Skytop Strategies Impact Investing, Financial Times – Investing for Good, PEI Responsible Investing Forum, and other conferences. He is a licensed General Securities Representative (FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, 63 & 87), a Chartered Financial Analyst, SASB FSA credential holder, and lives in New York City.
Zach is the founder and CEO of Seeds, a technology platform that empowers financial advisors to deliver a more intentional and personalized investing experience to clients. Zach is also managing director of Conway Wealth, a family-office style private wealth advisory firm, focused on leading families toward aligning life and wealth. Zach also serves as the founder of The Leader Board, a peer advisory platform of entrepreneurial leaders building for-profit businesses that make an impact beyond the bottom line.