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October 5-9, 2020

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October 5, 2020

Sustainable Finance Megatrends: ESG & Sustainable Finance


Dr. Bonime-Blanc is CEO and Founder of GEC Risk Advisory and a global governance, risk, ethics, cyber and crisis strategist, serving business, nonprofits, and government. She is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Governance faculty and holds the Carnegie Mellon CERT Certification in Cyber-Risk Oversight. She is a Governance Mentor at Plug & Play Tech Centre and, since 2017, she has served as the Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico. In 2019 she was appointed to serve on the International Advisory Boards of two global start-ups - Greenward Partners (a Spanish-based green energy firm) and Ethical Intelligence (a Scottish based AI ethics consultancy).

Dr. Bonime-Blanc spent two decades as a senior global corporate executive leading governance, legal, ethics, compliance, risk, crisis, environmental, health and safety, information security, internal audit, external affairs, and corporate responsibility functions, including at Bertelsmann, Verint, and PSEG. She began her career as an international corporate lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb and was born and raised in Europe. She is a global keynote speaker, faculty at NYU and an extensively published author of articles and books including The Reputation Risk Handbook, Emerging Practices in Cyber-Risk Governance and The Artificial Intelligence Imperative. Her latest book, Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value, debuts in October 2019.

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.


Bahar Gidwani is CTO and Co-founder of CSRHub. Bahar has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and was one of the first people to receive the FSA (Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting) designation from SASB. Bahar worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. He has founded several technology-based companies and is a co-founder of CSRHub, the world’s broadest source of corporate social responsibility information. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.


Ted Haberfield provides strategic management consulting to public companies through integrated investor relations by combining finance, marketing, and compliance. Prior to joining MZ in 2007, Ted spent over thirteen years as a financial advisor serving the investment needs of high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors, including non-profit organizations and sovereign governments. He served as Second Vice President of Wealth Management at Smith Barney and as Second Vice President of Investments at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Ted has been a speaker on financial related topics at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), First Nation’s Development Institute, Guatemala Prospera and other national level associations. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo in 1993 with a B.A. in Business and major in Financial Management. He currently resides in San Diego with his wife Danielle and his four children Layla, London, Van, Curren.


Tim is currently Program Director, NYS Cleantech Venture Exchange (CVX) and NYSERDA EIR Program, at Columbia Technology Ventures. CVX is a program to match C-level business talent (CXOs) with cleantech startups in the State of New York. The NYSERDA’s EIR program is a paid mentoring program that provides coaching and advisory services to promising clean energy startup companies in the State of New York.

For over 20 years Tim has provided strategic and M&A advisory, capital raising, and financial modeling services for large corporations, family-run firms, renewable energy developers, middle market companies and early stage enterprises. Recently, Tim has served as Managing Director with Karbone Capital Markets (formerly Watts Capital, LLC), a FINRA and SIPC member broker-dealer. He also serves as NYC Metro Director of the Cleantech Open Northeast and Board member of the NECECi. 

Previously, Tim was an Entrepreneur in Residence for NYSERDA, served as Co-Chairman of the Cleantech Open Board, participated on the Advisory Board of the Global Sourcing Council, and was a Managing Director with Scott-Macon, Ltd. and Natixis Bleichroeder, Inc. Tim is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned two B.A. degrees and spent one year studying at Universität Hamburg. He later earned an M.A.E. with a concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan. Tim is fluent in German and proficient in Japanese and holds Series 7, 79 and 63 securities licenses.


Katie MacDonald is an entrepreneurship enthusiast and climate leader with experience in international development, business acceleration, and strategic partnerships within the climatetech sector. Katie has served as the Assistant Director of Technology to Market at NYSERDA since February 2020 and helps support and launch programs that can help the State of New York address its ambitious climate and energy goals through innovation and entrepreneurship. Katie came to NYSERDA from Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States, where she was Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, responsible for corporate partnerships and industry accelerator programs. At Greentown, Katie designed and scaled the “Greentown Launch” model for corporate/startup partnership development and ran unique programs in energy storage, hydrogen, solar materials, circular economy, and distributed energy resources. Before Greentown Labs, Katie served as Executive Director of Cleantech Open Northeast, the region’s premier cleantech business accelerator. Katie has also worked for organizations such as the World Bank, 350.org, and Amherst College to build innovation programs, organize communities, and drive climate impact. Katie sits on the Board of 501CTHREE, a nonprofit dedicated to catalyzing social and entrepreneurial action on climate.


Tinia Pina accepted her Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2006.  She began her career in sustainability as a former student at Columbia University's Earth Institute prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Re-Nuble, Inc., a waste-to-resource company headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. A strong advocate for sustainable waste management, regenerative agriculture, and urban resilience, she has been involved in management and business development roles within the sustainability industry for ten years. Her professional interests focus on using unique and distributed technologies to extract the optimal value from organic waste streams for upcycling into value-added products.


Kristen B. Sullivan leads Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Sustainability and KPI services, working with clients to help address their sustainability and non-financial disclosure needs. She brings extensive experience in delivering sustainability risk assessment, governance, strategy alignment, measurement, reporting and assurance services.  She also serves as Deloitte’s Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader and leads Deloitte’s Supply Chain Social Compliance services. 

October 6, 2020

Green & Sustainable Finance: Focus on Renewable Resource


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.


Kristin Barbato bio Founder & CEO, Build Edison Co-Founder, Dynamo Energy Hub 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.


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.  


Don Bubar is a geologist with 40 years of experience in mineral exploration and development in Canada. Mr. Bubar is a graduate of McGill University (B.Sc., 1977) and Queen’s University (M.Sc., 1981). From 1984 to 1994, he worked for Aur Resources Inc. as Exploration Manager and later VP, Exploration. Mr. Bubar has been President and CEO of Avalon since 1995.

Mr. Bubar served as a Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) for nine years and Chair of its Aboriginal Affairs Committee from its creation in December, 2004 until retiring from the PDAC Board in March, 2013. Throughout his career, Mr. Bubar has been an advocate for increased Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry, first through the PDAC and later through the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines. Mr. Bubar serves on the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Science of McGill University and on the Board of Directors of Mining Matters.


Jeffrey Hollender is co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Hollender is also the founder of Sustain Natural, that develops and markets sustainable feminine care products for women. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at the Stern Business School, New York University and a Board member of the Social Venture Circle.

Hollender is also strategic advisor and former Board Chair of Greenpeace US; and currently CEO, co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 200,000 business leaders committed to progressive public policy.  He is also the author of his seven books, including most recently, The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win and Planet Home.

Visit him and JeffreyHollender.com


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.


Stephen Wemple is the General Manager of Con Edison’s Utility of the Future Team responsible for the energy policy issues associated with New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.  Prior to joining the Utility of Future Team, Mr. Wemple was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs representing Con Edison’s non-utility affiliates, Con Edison Development, Con Edison Energy and Con Edison Solutions in State and Federal regulatory proceedings.

Mr. Wemple has been an active participant in the New York, New England and PJM energy markets and is a prior Chair of the NYISO’s Business Issues Committee.  He has worked for the Con Edison family of companies for over 30 years with responsibilities ranging from resource planning for steam-electric generation, the design and implementation of energy efficiency programs, the development of retail access programs as well as marketing and business development for the wholesale and retail commodity businesses.

Mr. Wemple received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from Cornell University and is a volunteer firefighter.

October 7, 2020

Technology Solutions in Fintech, Agtech & EnergyTech for Sustainability


Stephen founded Greenpoint Innovations (GPI) in 2014 with nearly 15 years of experience working within the contexts of environmental, social and governance (ESG) sustainability. At GPI, he oversees the company’s management and leads its vision, partner development, and sourcing and implementation of projects. In addition, he is Senior Advisor to Forest Trends’ Supply Change Initiative, is an educator with Arizona State University, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, and ISOS Group, and is a member of various working groups and steering committees, including the UN Environment’s Finance Initiative. Previously, Stephen was Vice President of CDP North America (Carbon Disclosure Project) and Economist at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). 

Greenpoint Innovations (GPI), based out of Brooklyn, NY, is a purpose-based company that leverages innovative technologies, the arts, and in-depth subject-matter expertise to contribute to a sustainable, resilient, and prosperous future. GPI offers SustainaDrone Solutions (SDS), an innovative suite of environmental sustainability-oriented drone-enhanced technologies and services. We utilize our fleet of mapping and free-fly drones for small or large-scale areas to provide accurate, fast and cost-efficient high-resolution aerial imagery that is used to generate 2D orthomosaic maps and 3D models, which complement existing maps and imagery produced via satellites, manned aircrafts and in-situ services. Additionally, we pair traditional photography and video production with SustainaDrone to produce rich media content for the purposes of helping our partners achieve a variety of goals including, project management support, raising funds, developing partnerships, increasing transparency, and highlighting leadership.


Currently serving as Chairman and CEO of CPL Group USA, Dario Gristina is an experienced business operator and entrepreneur with a carrier spanning over 3 decades.  Over the years Dario has successfully started, funded and exited several businesses in the construction, internet and energy space from conceptualization to funding to sale while dealing with sophisticated investors and buyers.  Dario’s latest effort in the PoE Lighting space falls in line with his deep understanding of IT technology and engineering with application in the real estate industry which has been a huge part of his background.  Mr. Gristina has, and continues to support several charities with special emphasis on Fountain House, for which he chairs a fundraising event that is now in its 20th year.


As the CEO and cofounder of Folia Materials, Dr. Jonathan Levine has led Folia from an idea to a business.  Folia Materials has invented a patented green chemistry process to use large-scale paper machinery to manufacture low-cost nano-metal functionalized materials that create new mass-market consumer products. Folia is paid by enterprise corporates to develop these use cases for licensing or sale of the resulting IP/product line. Product lines include a 20 cent-20 liter antimicrobial paper water purifier with Unilever and a food packaging application in development with a Fortune 100 US food company.  

Dr. Levine has a PhD at the intersection of geosciences and process engineering from Columbia University's Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering. Prior to Folia, he was a scientist at a federal lab, with 18 peer-reviewed publications.  He's worked on a variety of solutions to global environmental problems including: desalination in emerging markets using pickup trucks, grid-scale thermal energy storage using salt caverns, billion-tonne CO2 disposal under deep oceans,  deepsea oil spills, and national-scale CO2 storage capacity.  He's brought more than $2 million into Folia through a mix of financing, grants, and revenue.  
 


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.


Mr. MacDonald has over 35 years of both public and private sector experience, ranging from international roles within the Parliament of Canada to serving on the boards of numerous publicly listed resource companies. From 1988 to 1997, he was the Member of Parliament for Halifax, Nova Scotia, during which time he was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada as Parliamentary Secretary of International Trade. From 1997-2002, Mr. MacDonald was President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries, a large lumber manufacturing, grading and marketing group, where he developed new markets in China, Korea, India and Japan. In recent years Mr. MacDonald has served as President of NRStor Remote Communities and Mines, a Canadian company focused on partnering with off-grid Indigenous communities and mines to develop renewable energy and energy storage projects.


Sue is an accomplished executive and industry expert with more than two decades of accomplishments in the electric motor industry, including eight years at General Electric (NYSE: GE) (“GE”). Former CEO of GE’s Small Industrial Motors Division, overseeing the division’s North American and international markets and scaling the division’s growth into a $160M revenue enterprise. Under her leadership, GE’s Small Industrial Motors Division was successfully sold for USD $160M to China’s Wolong Electric (SHSE: 600580) one of China’s largest motor manufacturers.


Robert F. Parker is a Managing Director at Sif Capital Advisors and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for S-CAP’s CleanTech Venture Fund. He has worked in cleantech for more than 15 years as an executive, advisor, banker, and project developer. He has advised more than 100 successful early stage companies and has raised more than $150 Million for start-ups and cleantech projects. Mr. Parker volunteers on the Young Professionals in Energy-NYC Board of Directors and the Innovation Advisory Board of the NECEC, while serving as a NYSERDA Entrepreneur-in-Residence. He teaches CleanTech Energy Finance & Entrepreneurship as an Adjunct Professor at New York University. Mr. Parker spent five years as the Deputy Director of the CleanTech Open’s New York Metro Region and was on the Advisory Board of New York Energy Week. Mr. Parker has an MBA from Loyola University – Chicago and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.


Niall Phelan – Founder, The Naked Collective

·       24 years in consumer goods industry

·       13 years in alcoholic beverages

·       Launched over 20 brands globally

·       4 startups and multiple business turnaround projects

·       Global roles in Nestlé, Molson Coors, & Brewdog

·       Beverage innovation specialist

·       Winner of multiple business awards including Reuben D’Honour at European Business Awards

·       Post Grad Business from University of Cumbria & Robert Kennedy College


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.

October 8, 2020

Investing for Impact


Karl Andersen's is the Founder and CEO of AV Group Ltd. Mr. Andersen has been a financial industry entrepreneur since his starting as a trader for a Nordic Investment Bank during the early 2003. Mr. Andersen was a co-partner for a US based broker dealer, co-founded an insurance linked securities hedge fund and launched a Reinsurance company that helps solve public pension fund longevity issues. Mr. Andersen now serves on the Executive Board of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce in New York City and works in conjunction with the Norwegian Government to strategically grow the ESG and Impact investment market.


Benjamin Bingham is the CEO/Founder of 3Sisters Sustainable Management, focused on 100% impact portfolios across private and public asset classes (Scarab Funds).  Educated at Groton School, Yale and Emerson College (UK), his writing and work draws on broad experience as an artist, bio-dynamic farmer, and teacher. His pioneering book on Impact Investing: Making Money Matter is an important contribution to this expanding movement (www.makingmoneymatterbook.com ).

Ben’s family were heirs of the Tiffany fortune and he used his resources to co-found a successful social enterprise (Triform Camphill Community) in the 80’s and two tech start-ups in the 90’s.  He became an investment advisor to his network of socially-minded investors at Legg Mason in 2001 and has been an independent money manager for families, creating proprietary impact strategies since 2007.

Ben is now focused on providing impact investments in partnership with Impact consultants, family offices and foundations. Our goal is to facilitate a major transition to meaningful impact investments that can make as much money, or more, with as little risk, or less. We have 7 years of performance numbers on public and private portfolios both direct and indirect, debt and equity and can structure separately managed accounts and direct co-investments for significant investors.

Ben has been speaking on impact investing for over 10 years.  With BNPParibas (Bank of the West) he spoke at a global retreat for wealthy millennials in Silicon Valley; with the Annual Pension Summit in San Diego he followed Bill Clinton with a 45 minute talk on the SDG’s; and presented to Wealth Managers with the Family Office Exchange  (FOX Network) in Chicago. Over the years he has spoken in London and Amsterdam, NYC and Chicago with the TBLI group (Triple Bottom Line Investing) and has headlined several Sustainatopia events in Miami, San Francisco, Boston and LA as well as a number of Opal Events for Family Offices in Newport. Recently he was invited to a forum on Impact and Philanthropy in Monaco with the Carlysle Group.

Currently Mr. Bingham is working on a second book on the 17 SDG’s and how investors can help us reach the global 2030 goals by transforming their own personal relationship with money and focusing on what is important.


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.


Frank Dixon established Global System Change in 2005 when he recognized that system change would become the dominant sustainability issue of the 21st Century. His experience as the Managing Director of Research for the largest ESG research company (Innovest) and sustainability advisor to Walmart and other organizations showed that flawed economic and political systems compel all companies to degrade the environment and society. He conducted several years of multidisciplinary research to produce a true whole system approach to sustainability (described in the Global System Change books). The approach provides practical system change strategies for all major areas of society. In the corporate and financial sectors, System Change Investing represents the most advanced and effective sustainability strategy. Frank Dixon advises businesses, investors and governments on sustainability and system change. He has presented at many corporate and financial sector conferences around the world, as well as leading universities, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT and Cambridge. Frank Dixon is an Associate Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School. 

 

• Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Blue Oceans Partners
• 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
 


Sarah is a Principal at City Light Capital, a VC firm that invests early in impactful companies with a focus on education, safety and care, and the environment. Sarah runs City Light's "City Spark" fund, a pre-seed- and seed-stage vehicle investing in 25+ companies per year with mission-driven founders. She also leads the fund's impact measurement and management efforts. Sarah previously held internships with two impact investors based in Mexico City (IGNIA and Adobe Capital), and a Fellowship with Endeavor. Sarah has an MBA from The Wharton School and a MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute with a concentration in Spanish and Latin America. She also holds a BA from Trinity College, where she majored in Spanish and International Relations.


Bill is a co-portfolio manager for Essex’s Global Environmental Opportunities Strategy. Prior to joining Essex in 2009, Bill spent eleven years at State Street Global Advisors, most recently as Lead Portfolio Manager for the Global Environmental Opportunities Strategy (GEOS) and Head of the Environmental, Social and Governance investment team. He developed GEOS over a four year period at SSgA, and was a member of the Global Fundamental Strategies group. Prior to SSgA, Bill worked in product management for Wellington Management Company, LLC. Before Wellington, he worked for Fidelity Investments in asset allocation. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston University and an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College.


SILVIO F. PUPO is CEO of Logos Capital Group (LC). Founded in 2011, LC is a globally focused Impact Merchant Bank catalyzing solutions for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Silvio is board member and LatAm lead for the Government Blockchain Association (GBA), Investment Committee member of Social Venture Partners and ambassador for the City of Miami as board of the Mayors International Council.

interes U.S. and emerging markets across Smart Cities, banking, fintech, logistics, energy, and infrastructure. Silvio is active with several non-profit organizations in Education, Sailing, Affordable Housing and Disaster Response.

Mr. Pupo has a Global background from years working in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, U.S. and Asia. He received his B.S. in Management,  International Finance and Philosophy from the University of Florida, with studies in Bocconi University in Italy and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Holds Series 79 and 63 with FINRA.


Allison is responsible for investment vehicle structuring, capital formation, and strategic partnerships at Closed Loop Partners, an impact investment and advisory services firm dedicated to developing the circular economy. Prior to CLP,  Allison spent seven years at J.P. Morgan in structured finance and held previous roles at Johnson Controls, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and The Brookings Institution. She began her career as a carbon market research analyst at Ecosystem Marketplace. Allison holds an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan and a BS from Georgetown University.

October 9, 2020

Cleaner Sustainable Technology for Climate Solutions


Nisa Amoils is a partner at Grasshopper Capital investing in fintech/Blockchain and has been an early stage investor for the past decade. She was named one of Business Insider’s Women VC’s to watch and top 100 Women in Fintech, and top 50 global Blockchain and emerging tech thinkers. She is a former securities lawyer and on the Boards of several institutions including Wharton Entrepreneurship and Girls Who Invest. She contributes for Forbes and Blockchain Magazine.   Prior to investing, she was an entrepreneur and spent many years in business development at companies like Time Warner and NBC Universal.  She holds a business degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.


Marcus is based in the Global Village Canberra and focuses his activities on developing and supporting ventures that provide a global innovation edge. He is a strategy, innovation, design and systems thinker. He leads several global initiatives in climate change and health.

He has been leading an initiative since 2007 that seeks to permanently and safely store billions of tonnes of CO2 using the Earth's own carbon sink mechanism - mineral carbonation. He secured Australian Governments'​ funding for a world first pilot plant with his venture partners Orica Ltd & Newcastle Uni and research partners Columbia Uni and Sydney Uni.

Marcus is passionate about health and co-founded Health Horizon, the largest collection of health innovations globally that allows innovators to showcase, seek funding and promote their innovations. It is a marketplace that allows all participants in health to find out 'What's next in health?'.

Marcus is a serial entrepreneur and has had success with his many of his ventures. Most notably eDIME Internet Agency which he founded and sold to Computer Sciences Corp (CSC) in 2000. He was a pioneer in internet communications strategy and built websites for many Federal Government departments and agencies including Prime Minister, Australian Electoral Commission, Defence Intranet, DMO, ASIO, ATSIC, DVA, NHMRC, Medibank and AIHW.

Marcus was co-founder of Revolution CD, a second hand music and software store chain in Australia.

His diversified interests range from clean tech, e-health, complex data analytics, cloud software, mentoring youth, electronic music and promoting the Global Village Canberra. He conducts these through various ventures including not-for-profits, accelerators and incubators.

His board experience is diverse-sitting on government committees, business boards of startups, scientific & non-for profit public and private organisation boards & committees. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). 

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.


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.

 

 
•Served AVANGRID as a Chief Security Architect with over 20 years of IT/OT experience.
 
•Chief Audit Executive and Global Head of Data Protection for multinational conglomerates: Citigroup, Reuters, British Standards Institute (BSI), Eversource Energy, Exelon, and U.S. Trust Bank
 
•Creator of Ironclad™. Responsible for the design, development, and implementation of Ironclad™; the World’s First “Zero Trust Model” Secure Integrated Architecture
 
•Associate member of the American Bar Association with experience in security risk-based programs.
 
•Expert with Operational Security Oversight of critical infrastructure assets and processes, e.g. Incident Response, Threat and Vulnerability Management, Data Governance, Data Leak Prevention, Network & Cloud Security, and Industrial Control Systems Compliance.
 
•Carried out over 400 ISO27001:2013 and ISO9001:2015 audits for fortune500 companies in recent years.
 
•Mr. Silva has been published in numerous articles and frequently presents at IT audit/risk management conferences
 


Doug Willmore is the Chief Executive Officer of World Tree. World Tree (www.worldtree.info) is a leading agro-forestry company focused on growing farming communities; and producing strong returns to our investor and farmer base. World Tree works exclusively with Empress Splendor (Paulownia) and works with farmers to grow the trees to hardwood maturity and then harvests and sells the lumber for mutual profit. The tree regenerate after harvesting – truly renewable. The goals of the company include: the drawdown of carbon thereby mitigating climate change; and, generating profits for its farmers and investors through the growth of a sustainable and regenerative hardwood lumber. World Tree’s mission is to elevate, educate, and innovate for the planet. 

Doug is the former Chief Executive Officer of Reference Pathology Services – a leading research pathology laboratory. Doug led the growth and turnaround of the firm from 21 employees and $1.2M in revenue upon joining the company to 120 employees and $22.2M in revenue upon the company’s sale of $33.5M to Ameripath, Inc. four years later.

Doug has had an accomplished career in both the public and private sectors. He recently completed five highly successful years as the City Manager of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Prior to Rancho Palos Verdes, Doug was chosen to lead the turnaround at the City of Bell, CA after the disastrous administrative scandal that left the City on the verge of bankruptcy. After almost three years at the helm, the City of Bell had fully recovered financially – going from a $200K general fund balance to a $22.5M fund balance.

Prior to that, Doug was the Chief Administrative Officer of Salt Lake County, UT for 6 years. He managed more than 4000 employees and an annual budget of more than $800M. He also led the County during the financial downturn of 2008, and, according to Standard & Poor’s produced one of the most amazing public finance success stories of the great recession in the US.

He also worked for USAID in Central America for three years earlier in his career, and has also been a sought-after consultant in breakthrough performance to Fortune 100 companies. He has a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.

While passionately committed to outcomes, Doug knows that it always comes down to people. His commitment at World Tree is that people thrive, are challenged and given the opportunity to be their best selves.


Richard Zimmerman has more than two decades of experience working with wealthy families. He is currently an advisor at WE Family Offices, where he works with client families to provide advice and oversight regarding their overall wealth management needs. Richard also has a passion for and expertise in sustainable and impact investing and philanthropy.

Prior to WE Family Offices, Richard served in private client relationship roles at HSBC and Bessemer Trust and held leadership positions at Bank of America Private Bank and J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Richard has a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. from University of Virginia. He holds a Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) with the John Molson School of Business as well as numerous financial industry designations.

Richard serves on the Ceres President’s Council, Riverkeeper Advisory Board, and Capital Institute Board.

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