​Speakers 18 May 

The Conference program includes global sustainability thought leaders, expert practitioners and motivating speakers.
For all sessions held on the 18 May, the speaker biographies can be found on this page, with more coming soon. 
See the session title and track featured in the biography.

For any enquiries, please contact the GRI Conference Team.

Gustavo Alcalde

Graduate in fishery engineering, Diploma in Strategic Management and Operations Management, married with one child. He acquired labor experience in fishing companies, later expanded his knowledge at the beauty products industry and logistic operator; since 2011 forms part of Transporte Estratégico SAC.

He served 3 years the Operation Management and became division manager in 2014, actively contributing on the development of the company providing strategies that favored the distribution of the finish product of clients, using a fleet of 78 units for transporting the requirements at a national level. Parallel to his activities, today he is responsible for the development of a new project.

His wish is to continue contributing to the sustainable development of the Company and of the collaborators, developing a high quality operation without affecting the environment and providing to the welfare of our interest groups.


Marjella Alma
Founder and CEO
eRevalue Ltd

Marjella Alma is founder and CEO of eRevalue Ltd., a technology company with offices in London and NYC. eRevalue offers Datamaran™, an emerging issues management system that delivers real-time analytics on new forms of regulatory, reputational, and competitive risk and opportunity. A former Director of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – providers of the world’s leading standard for non-financial reporting – Marjella has had a front row seat in the corporate strategy space for over eight years, working directly with Fortune 500 companies across the globe.

She knows that technology will be a game changer in business innovation.


Nelamara Arbex
Chief Advisor, Innovation in Reporting

Dr Nelmara Arbex is an expert in the field of business and sustainability with over 15 years of experience. Currently, she is the Chief Advisor on Innovation in Reporting at GRI and works as a consultant.

Nelmara is a physicist. She started in business as a consultant on strategy and innovation at McKinsey & Co in 1999.  She built her expertise in this field working for companies and not-for-profit organizations such as Instituto Ethos and Natura, in Brazil, and the GRI. In 2006, she created the “Learning and Services” are at GRI. Later, as Deputy Chief Executive, she led the global multi-stakeholder consultation process involving thousands of people around the world to create GRI G4. G4 was launched in 2013 and the development process is considered the largest consultation of its kind ever implemented. In this period she was also part of the IIRC Working Group, which developed the IIRC Framework.

Nelmara is member of various organizations’ councils, including the Advisory Board at SIM –Responsible Supply Chains – Netherlands; the Sustainability Council at AMATA – Brazil; the Advisory Council at RAPS – Political Action Network for Sustainability – Brazil; and the McKinsey Executive Panel.

Nelmara holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Marburg – Germany and a postgraduate degree in Sustainability and Business from the University of Cambridge – UK. Nelmara is Brazilian and lives in Amsterdam.


Brent Bergeron
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability

Mr. Bergeron was appointed Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability in January 2015. Mr. Bergeron joined Goldcorp in November 2010, and has held the roles of Vice President, Corporate Affairs and from September 2012, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Prior to joining the company, he served as a senior executive at several international companies and has extensive experience in the areas of government and public relations, corporate affairs, operations and communications.

Mr. Bergeron is responsible for Goldcorp's external relationships with governments and other relevant stakeholders, communications and corporate social responsibility. Mr. Bergeron holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) in Economics and a Masters of Arts (Economics) degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. He also serves as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the Responsible Gold Standard Initiative at the World Gold Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Council of the Americas, the Mining Association of Canada, the Quebec Mining Association and MinAlliance.


Peter Blom
CEO and Chairman
Board of Management of Triodos Bank Group

Peter Blom (1956) has been statutory Member of the Executive Board of Triodos Bank N.V. since 1989 and is Chair of this Board. Triodos Bank is a leading European social bank providing financial services for a diverse range of sectors, from financing organic farming and renewable energy - both wind and solar - to cultural projects and micro credit. Triodos Bank only lends to enterprises and projects that benefit people and the environment.

Triodos Bank’s mission is to make money work for positive change, providing a more human, transparent form of banking.

In addition to his role at Triodos Bank, Peter Blom is, among others, Chair of the Board of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (www.gabv.org), Member of the Board of the Dutch Banking Association and Member of the Board of the Sustainable Finance Lab.


Paul Boykas
Vice President of Global Policy

Paul is a 25 year veteran of PepsiCo, working for several of their divisions, including Pepsi-Cola North America in Purchase and Somers, New York, Frito Lay in Plano, Texas and the QTG (Quaker-Tropicana-Gatorade) division in Chicago.  Currently Paul is based in Washington, DC.

As PepsiCo Vice President of Global Policy, Paul leads PepsiCo’s cross-divisional, cross-functional Public Policy Coordinating Group.  In this role Paul coordinates globally to assure consistency among PepsiCo’s divisions on public policy issues, ranging from environmental commitments to portfolio transformation.  Paul is the lead contact to external stakeholders who interact with the company on issues.

Working closely with PepsiCo’s sustainability initiatives, Paul leads reporting efforts to Socially Responsible Investors, the Global Reporting Initiative and the Carbon Disclosure Project. 

Paul serves on the steering committees of the International Council of Beverage Associations, the International Food and Beverage Alliance and on the Boards of the US Network of the UN Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative.

Prior to his work with PepsiCo, Paul served in Washington, DC as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Toby Roth of Green Bay, Wisconsin and as Vice President of Communications at the Newark (NJ) Chamber of Commerce.

Paul holds a BA in Government and History from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University.


Barbara Brown
Principal and Co-Founder

There are many common sense principles Barb tries to live and lead by in her role as Principal and Co-Founder of BrownFlynn. Follow your instincts. Do what’s right. Honesty is the best policy. Treat people the way you want to be treated. It’s the example she gives the BrownFlynn team and how she expects the team to serve the Firm’s clients.

BrownFlynn is celebrating its 20th year in business and is considered a leading corporate sustainability and governance firm in North America and globally.

Barb oversees the Firm’s marketing, training and operations functions. She is Principal-in-Charge of several clients, including Baxter International, The Davey Tree Expert Co., Edwards Lifesciences, Fairmount Santrol, Forest City Enterprises, General Motors, GOJO, KeyCorp, and Reynolds American.

Recognized as a pioneer in the industry, Barb is a sought after speaker, author and thought leader. Barb has contributed numerous articles for GreenBiz.com, Ethisphere magazine, National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), among others.

Stay tuned for a book she is co-writing with her business partner, Margie Flynn.


Rob Cameron
Executive Director

Rob is Executive Director at SustainAbility in London, and has over 20 years’ experience working with the sustainability agenda in business. Rob joined SustainAbility in April 2012 and is actively involved with a range of clients working regularly with business leaders and board members across sectors including finance and banking, FMCG, retail and energy.

He leads a variety of stakeholder engagement assignments that bring together leaders from business and civil society including Nestlé’s international CSV convenings and Barclays stakeholder dialogues. Rob was previously Chief Executive of Fairtrade International, the global umbrella organization for the Fairtrade movement and prior to that was owner and executive chairman of Flag, an international sustainability reporting company.  He was elected a fellow of the RSA in 1998 and in 2007 was appointed as a UK Prince of Wales Ambassador for Corporate Responsibility. He lives in Cambridge UK and, when not at home, can be found either out on his road bike or in a scull on the river Cam.


Abdeluhed Choho

Abdeluheb Choho has spent his entire career working in diverse management positions in the business sector. He was previously an alderperson for D66 in Amsterdam West City District, and was chairman of the party conference in in 2011 and 2012. He has also been an active volunteer in a number of charitable and social organisations, in various roles incuding that of committee member, advisor and fundraiser.

Abdeluheb moved to the Netherlands from Morocco with his family at the age of three. He studied commercial economics at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. In the private sector he worked as a consultant for companies such as Microsoft and Coca-Cola, and served a director at Accenture and YoungWorks. He was also the joint owner of the latter company. Before his appointment as alderperson he was Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the general management of the software concern Total Specific Solutions.

Currently Choho is alderman with a portfolio comprising of Sustainability, Public Space, Services, Administrative Organization. In this position, his main focus lies on making Amsterdam a more sustainable city, to which end his ‘Agenda Sustainable Amsterdam’ has unanimously ben adopted by the city council. Priorities are better air quality, sustainable energy, energy savings and emission free traffic.


Sabine Content
Deputy Director Corporate & Stakeholder Relations

As Deputy Director Corporate & Stakeholder Relations, Sabine is responsible for corporate engagement, as well as raising awareness and building relationships between GRI and key partner organizations and stakeholders. This includes the GRI GOLD Community Program, GRI’s core network of supporters, made up of over 600 organizations in more than 60 countries. The Corporate & Stakeholder Relations department, brings together a worldwide network of companies and organizations committed to GRI’s mission to empower decision makers everywhere through its sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

Sabine is from the Netherlands and worked for over 15 years in the international apparel and textiles industry. This work motivated Sabine to contribute to a world where creating financial value, goes hand-in-hand with safeguarding the environment and societies.


Heloisa Covolan
Social Responsibility Coordinator
Are investors getting the information they want from the extractive and energy sectors?

Journalist Heloisa Covolan has been for 13 years the Social Responsibility coordinator at Itaipu Binacional, the world's largest generator of renewable clean energy. Specialist in Human Rights and responsible for implementing Sustainability Reports in company, in 2003. Vice-President of the United Nations Global Compact Local Network - Brazil from 2011 to 2014, where she still is responsible for the Human Rights Work Group. Board of Global Reporting Initiative in Brazil. Member of the United Nations Global Compact Work Group for Human Rights & Work; Leadership Group of the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (UN WEPs); and part of GRI Corporate Leadership Group on Reporting.


Stefan Crets
Executive Director
CSR Europe
Stefan Crets is Executive Director of CSR Europe, the European platform for companies and stakeholders to exchange and cooperate to become European leaders in sustainable competitiveness and societal wellbeing. 
From 2002 onwards, Stefan worked as the CSR leader at Toyota Europe where he developed and implemented a new strategy which informed Toyota's worldwide approach.  In 2008, Stefan was appointed General Manager for Corporate Planning and CSR, Toyota Europe. Prior to his experiences at Toyota, he was Programme Advisor at the King Baudouin Foundation, and started his professional career as a research academic at the University of Antwerp. 
Stefan’s deep knowledge of corporate sustainability challenges brings CSR Europe firsthand experience of developing CSR strategy and practice in a company. 

Gargi Dhongde
Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability
KPMG India

Gargi has 6 years of experience in the field of Sustainability & Climate Change. She has expertise in providing advisory and assurance services on sustainability report based on GRI G3 & G3.1 and G4 guidelines based on the AA1000AS and ISAE 3000 standards. While working with Mahindra and Mahindra ,she was involved in development of sustainability report for the Mahindra group and standalone reports for Mahindra Lifespaces and Tech Mahindra.

She has gained experience in working with a diverse range of business and sectors: Automotive, Banking, Oil and Gas Industries, Metal and Mining, Power, Information Technology, stock exchange and Cement Industries.

She has conducted Workshops on sustainability reporting based on GRI G3 and 3.1 and G4 guidelines for several companies. She has also conducted workshops on materiality assessment and assisted companies to identify their top material issues as per the latest GRI G4 guidelines • She has been part of CDP and DJSI disclosures for leading Indian Corporates.

Gargi has been part of the unique engagement of True Value for a cement industry which was a first of its kind in India. The first of its kind project in India which brought 15 SMEs together to publish their sustainability reports based on the GRI G4 Guidelines in collaboration with Global reporting initiative. The project was funded by SIDA.

She is involved in a various though leaderships of KPMG which are based on the Corporate Responsibility Reporting and evaluated the performance of the Global 250 companies top 100 companies in India on various sustainability parameters.


Jitendra B. Divgi
Managing Director
DivgiWarner Ltd

Jitendra (Jiten) Divgi was born in 1962 and hails from Pune. His early education was at the Bishop’s School and Fergusson College, Pune. Jiten completed his Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in 1984 and his Masters in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, USA.

Jiten spent the formative years of his career around the technology hotspots of Massachusetts in the USA until 1990 when he returned to India to join the 25-year old family manufacturing business started by his father Bhaskar Divgi. With the vision to take the family automotive component business to the next level, in 1995, Jiten forged a joint venture with BorgWarner Inc, a USA based company pioneering in automotive powertrain systems and products.

From the word “go”, Jiten led DivgiWarner to its and the country’s first electronically controlled transmission system with Tata Motors on the TATA Safari four-wheel drive vehicle and become India’s first company to export automotive gearbox assemblies to China and Southeast Asia.

Jiten’s keen focus on quality and social issues saw DivgiWarner obtain the world’s class-leading quality, environmental, and safety standards and certifications. In 2009, DivgiWarner won the BorgWarner Chairman’s Global Product Innovation Award across BorgWarner’s Drivetrain Group for the implementation of the BorgWarner Production System. Last year, DivgiWarner won the CII National Quality Award. Today, DivgiWarner is recognized as a valued solutions provider to automotive companies in India and around the world with exports to Korea, China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the USA.

In his spare time, Jiten reads extensively on subjects from history to philosophy to poetry and music. He plays the tablaa and is an avid follower of Indian Classical Music and Percussion.


Merijn Everaarts
Founder and CEO
Dopper and Dopper Foundation

Merijn Everaarts started out as an entrepreneur in the event and marketing business. Today, the Dutchman has only one priority: his initiative for a better world, Dopper, a social enterprise to make an impact on reducing plastic waste by providing a sustainable water bottle for (filtered) tap water.

Concerning the start of Dopper, Merijn says the following: “in 2009 I saw a shocking documentary about the enormous amount of plastic waste that finds its way to our oceans instead of being recycled, turning our waters into a plastic soup. I also noticed a lot of people throwing away single-use plastic water bottles every day. It made me feel… well… uncomfortable to say the least. I felt the urge to do something about this.”

In January 2010 he launched an open design competition in search of ‘the perfect sustainable bottle for drinking water’. Rinke van Remortel won the competition with his awesome Dutch Design with perfect functionality, inspired by the vision of reducing plastic waste and using fresh drinking water rather than expensive pre-bottled water. Today, the Dopper bottle is sold across the globe and Merijn and his team are inspiring people on a daily bases to make the earth a better place.

As the Dopper organization grew Merijn contemplated of the business model, and in 2013 established the Dopper Foundation. Ever since, Dopper donates 5% of its net proceeds to the Dopper Foundation for clean water access projects in Nepal and educational campaigns around single-use plastic waste and water use.


Claire Forsyth
Director of Business Development

Claire is a Director of Business Development at cr360 (UL EHS Sustainability) with over a decade’s experience in the sustainability sector. As one of cr360’s solutions experts, Claire frequently works with global organisations regarding their data management and disclosure needs. Claire is particularly passionate about reporting and disclosure, having spent 5 years at the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, where she worked on establishing Australia’s National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) regulations and Australia’s Carbon Pricing Mechanism.


Juan Andres Cano Garcia

Juan is an entrepreneur and a senior consultant in ethical business and sustainability. He is passionate about technology and social innovation. He has vast knowledge of the role businesses play in humanitarian crises, conflicts, human rights and the environment. Juan received Business for Peace Award 2015.
He publishes articles in various blogs and actively take part in social innovation and entrepreneurship events in Bogotá, Barcelona, and Latino American cities. He is a regular conference speaker.

Prior to that, Juan was teaching at the Universities of the Rosario and of the Andes in Bogotá and at the ESERP and ESADE Business School in Barcelona. 

Juan trained as a lawyer at the University of the Andes in Bogotá. He also completed the course: Peace Culture from the UAB in Spain.


Yuly Andrea Rodríguez Gómez
Director of Human Resources  
Wayuu Flowers

Yuly Andrea Rodríguez Gómez is 37 years. She is a psychologist specializing in human resource management and has been working seven years for Wayuu Flowers as Director of Human Resources. She is passionate about the development of welfare projects and social responsibility in companies, in which people represent the fundamental factor of their organizational culture.

She participated in the worktable Social Responsibility Committee of ASOCOLFLORES and sectoral table floriculture, because she consider this a very important interdisciplinary space where they can participate to promote the development of improvement projects for her company and industry.

Yuly feels very proud to contribute to important projects such as the sustainability report developed through ASOCOLFLORES because it represents a very important step in our sector.


Eric Hspenheide
Chair of the Global Sustainability Standards Board
Retired Deloitte & Touche LLP Partner

Annie has been working in different aspects of the sustainability arena for over 20 years, having worked both for NGOs and for global companies, on social and environmental aspects of healthcare, mining, timber, tourism and renewable energy. During this time, reporting has featured prominently. Annie believes that sustainability reporting drives invaluable internal and external appreciation of the unavoidable challenges of sustainable development facing industry today. Her creations include a tool for companies reporting on HIV/AIDS, a sustainability benchmark for investors in the pharmaceutical industry, and an education centre on renewable energy. Annie now leads the sustainability reporting programme for ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel and mining company, focusing on its 10 sustainable development outcomes. She is also Chair of the Sustainability Reporting Expert Group of the Worldsteel Association. Annie graduated in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and enjoys sailing and cycling.


Annie Heaton

Annie has been working in different aspects of the sustainability arena for over 20 years, having worked both for NGOs and for global companies, on social and environmental aspects of healthcare, mining, timber, tourism and renewable energy. During this time, reporting has featured prominently. Annie believes that sustainability reporting drives invaluable internal and external appreciation of the unavoidable challenges of sustainable development facing industry today. Her creations include a tool for companies reporting on HIV/AIDS, a sustainability benchmark for investors in the pharmaceutical industry, and an education centre on renewable energy. Annie now leads the sustainability reporting programme for ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel and mining company, focusing on its 10 sustainable development outcomes. She is also Chair of the Sustainability Reporting Expert Group of the Worldsteel Association. Annie graduated in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and enjoys sailing and cycling.


Philipp Hirche
Founder and Chairman
WikiRate Project e.V.

Philipp is the founder and chairman of WikiRate Project e.V., a non-profit based in Berlin primarily funded through CAPS grants of the European Commission. Its website wikirate.org allows anyone to create and populate metrics on companies, and then to combine any number of scored metrics to create company sustainability ratings. Wikirate.org is currently in beta and is running test case studies with multiple universities and NGOs.

Philipp is also a Director at Augusta, a financial advisory boutique based in London with the focus on renewable energy. Prior to Augusta, he was a Vice President within principal investments at JPMorgan, including 5 years in JPMorgan’s tax equity business in Chicago participating in numerous wind, solar and geothermal transactions representing over $5bn of investments.

Philipp has a Diplom Ingenieur from the Technical University of Berlin, a Diplom Kaufmann, Diplôme de Grande Ecole and a MSc from ESCP Europe, and became a CFA in 2009.  He is married and enjoys a lively family life in Wimbledon, London with three kids.


Erika Karp
Founder and CEO 
Cornerstone Capital Inc.

Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc.  The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration. In seeking positive societal impact at scale, Cornerstone offers wealth and investment advising, research and strategic consulting, and investment banking services. Working with investors, corporations and financial institutions, the firm drives the systematic analysis of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors throughout the global capital markets.

Prior to founding Cornerstone, Karp was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists.  Erika is an advisor to the UN Global Compact’s LEAD Board Development Program, a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative’s Market-based Approaches track. Karp has been named among the nation's "Top 50 Women in Wealth" by AdvisorOne, the “GOOD 100” and the “Purpose Economy 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are Transforming Wall Street.”


Rashila Kerai
Sustainability Analyst

Rashila has worked in the field of sustainability for more than 20 years across several industries.  Currently she is a sustainability analyst at RobecoSAM covering the materials sectors.  This includes aluminum, steel, construction materials, paper & forest products, containers & packaging, and chemicals.  Prior to joining RobecoSAM, Rashila worked at Holcim in the sustainable development function, as an SD project manager, where she developed the company’s social and environmental profit and loss methodology and its group-wide biodiversity strategy.  In addition to her extensive experience managing sustainability issues in the construction materials sector, she has also worked on environmental management programmes in the automobile sector and water management in the public sector.

Rashila holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, USA.


Adriana Lagrotta Leles
Advisor for the CEO

Adriana Lagrotta Leles is Brazilian and has been working as an Adviser for the CEO of SANASA, a water supply and sanitation company, located in Campinas, São Paulo State. Her position is to support the CEO to take decisions involving sustainability issues. Adriana is responsible for introducing and developing the Sustainability Reporting into the company and driving the strategic discussions based on the GRI tool. She is specialized in sustainability reporting for public companies and governments. She has been a member of Stakeholder Council of GRI. Since last year, Adriana has been involved in a special Brazilian working group at the United Nations Global Compact concerning the Sustainable Development Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation through the Movement to Reduce Waste Water in Distribution.


Cornis van der Lugt
Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Corporate Governance
Stellenbosch University Business School

Dr. Cornelis T. van der Lugt is Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Corporate Governance at Stellenbosch University Business School, Cape Town, South Africa, and Senior Associate at BSD Consulting, Zurich, Switzerland. He has over 20 years of experience working at international level in the field of sustainability standards. As former representative of the UN Environment Programme and UN Global Compact he was deeply involved in developing industry initiatives and guidance standards such as the GRI and ISO 26000. He served on the GRI’s Boundaries (2004), Reporting as Process (2005) and Materiality (2009) expert working groups. His work included developing guidance for managers and benchmarking reports on good practices with partners such as SustainAbility, Standard & Poors, KPMG, World Resources Institute and AccountAbility. He was one of the contributing authors to the “TEEB for Business Report” (Earthscan 2011), “Green Economy Report” (UNEP 2011) and co-edited the report “Making Investment Grade: The Future of Corporate Reporting” (Deloitte et. al. 2012). In 2006 he co-founded the Carrots & Sticks series of reports by UNEP, KPMG, CCGA and GRI on mandatory and voluntary instruments for corporate sustainability disclosures in OECD and emerging markets. In 2015 he co-founded the online platform www.materialitytracker.net.  He continues to contribute to international research publications, consults from Switzerland in the area of strategy and sustainable finance, and provides executive education on among others integrated reporting. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University and Masters in Business Administration from the Haute Ecole de Commerce (HEC, Paris).


James Margolis

Mr. Margolis is a Partner with ERM and one of its senior environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) management consulting practitioners. He is a recognized expert in EHS&S governance and management systems. He currently leads ERM’s global sustainability reporting practice.

Jimmy has assisted numerous companies develop and implement EHS&S strategies. He has assisted clients develop GRI sustainability reports, become listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, conduct product lifecycle assessments, implement sustainability-related information technology solutions, develop more sustainable supply chains, define corporate metrics and internal management reporting processes, and develop and roll out corporate policies and standards.

Jimmy has also led comprehensive enterprise-wide reviews of EHS&S management effectiveness for dozens of organizations. He has helped many companies develop and implement improved corporate governance programs and plant-level EHS&S management systems contributing to significant reductions in environmental impacts, safety incidents, and costs. During the course of his career, he has visited hundreds of industrial sites and developed and led dozens of EHS&S management training courses, seminars and workshops.

Prior to joining ERM, Mr. Margolis spent eleven years with Arthur D. Little and six years with Deloitte. He started his career as an engineer at an oil refinery and petrochemical plant.


Marcela Romero Merino
Managing Director
BSD Consulting

Marcela is managing director of BSD Consulting in Colombia. Her work at BSD benefits greatly from her broad sustainability management experience.

Throughout her career, and indeed with BSD, Marcela has worked on: the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of sustainability strategies; supply chain management with special focus on risk management and SME strengthening; working with indigenous and rural communities on stakeholder dialogues and the strengthening of income generation projects and their articulation with markets (fair trade, organics); and the development of public-private partnerships.  She has worked with clients from sectors including agricultural and food services, retail, real estate and construction, mining and oil and gas.

Prior to joining BSD, Marcela was sustainable development manager for a big global retailer in Colombia, where she was charged with the planning, implementation, and assessment of the retailer’s sustainability strategy in the country. Earlier in her career, Marcela held roles at Universidad Externado de Colombia as researcher and lecturer for undergraduate programs in sustainable local development, and at the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Colombia as a consultant employed to strengthen local authorities’ capacities in sustainable urban planning.

Marcela is a qualified trainer for UN Global Compact training cycles and the GRI Certified Training Program.  In addition, Marcela collaborated on the design of the master degree in Corporate Social Responsibility of Externado de Colombia University, where she is currently lecturer for the courses on Business Case Analysis and Sustainability Impact, Risk and Opportunities Analysis. 


Anna Nafedova
Senior Manager, Sustainability Reporting and Assurance

Anna is a member of Deloitte’s Global Sustainability services group. She has more than ten years of combined audit and consulting experience. Her primary focus is on sustainability reporting and disclosure, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) aspects of companies’ operations, sustainability data external and internal assurance, and controls & processes around related information.

Anna is a Certified Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Trainer leading G4 training program in the US.

Experience highlights:
- Worked with the GRI on the development of the G4 sustainability guidelinesWorked with the GRI on the development of the G4 sustainability guidelines
- Facilitated the working group tasked with the development of publicly available Impact Sourcing metrics published by the GIINFacilitated the working group tasked with the development of publicly available Impact Sourcing metrics published by the GIIN
- Worked on the very first sustainability report assurance project in the US issued by one of the Big Four firms. Continues leading the assurance efforts in the US market through her work with such companies like UPS and Wyndham WorldwideWorked on the very first sustainability report assurance project in the US issued by one of the Big Four firms. Continues leading the assurance efforts in the US market through her work with such companies like UPS and Wyndham Worldwide
- Worked with many global enterprises across industries on tackling their most significant environmental and social impacts through leading in person and remote stakeholder engagement process and materiality determinations and assisting companies with establishing sustainability management frameworks and reporting mechanisms.


Jeanne Ng
Director - Group Sustainability
CLP Power Hong Kong 

Dr. Ng is responsible for CLP Group's sustainability matters, including sustainability-related strategy, reporting and communications. She joined CLP upon the establishment of the Group Environmental Affairs department in 2003 and was previously Director - Group Environmental Affair s responsible for the development and roll-out of corporate environmental policy and strategy across the CLP Group.

Dr. Ng holds a BSc in Toxicology from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Environmental Management from the University of Hong Kong. She has extensive experience in the environmental industry and has held senior roles in international environmental / engineering consulting companies prior to joining CLP. She was involved in most of the early Hong Kong governmental air pollution and climate strategy and policy studies and is regarded as one of Hong Kong's experts in air and greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

Dr. Ng is currently a member of a number of organisations including the Hong Kong Climate Change Forum, the Board of Directors for Sustainability at Arizona State University and GRI Stakeholder Council Member. She was previously a member of the Advisory Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the Working Group of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), as well as a Board member of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA). 


Erik Nooteboom
Head of Accounting and Financial Reporting
European Commission
Erik Nooteboom is Acting Director "Directorate B - Investment and company reporting" in the DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Market Union within the European Commission.

Previously he headed the "Industrial Property", the "Public Procurement" and the "Retail Finance and Payment" policy units, and he was acting director for "EU and international Public procurement policy"; all in the DG for Internal Market and Financial services.

He studied law in Amsterdam and joined the European Commission in 1987 after 5 years in the Dutch Civil Service (Ministry of Economic Affairs).

Pedro Ortún
Principal Advisor in DG GROW
European Commission
Mr Ortún is an Industrial engineer, specialised in Chemistry and in Industrial Organisation, with a Doctorate in Business Administration.
He was in charge, since 1979 until 1986 of the coordination of the Industrial Chapter in the Spain's access negotiations to the European Community. He was nominated in August 1988 Director in the European Commission/DG III (Internal Market and Industrial Affairs), in charge of steel and, later on, of all the EU basic industries.
In January 2000, he became responsible in particular for Tourism and Service Industries, as well as for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) within DG Enterprise and Industry. 
In January 2007, he was nominated Director responsible for the “New Approach Industries” (Equipment Goods, Construction Products, Toys), the Standardisation Policy, Tourism and CSR.  
From September 2010, he was the Director responsible for Tourism, CSR and Consumer Goods Industries in DG Enterprise and Industry.
Since last October 2012, he is the Director in charge of Tourism, of the Textiles, Fashion, Design and Creative Industries and of Key Enabling Technologies and the Digital Economy, in the new DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), since 1st January 2015.
Since 1st June 2015, he is Principal Adviser in DG GROW, responsible for the Task Force in charge of CSR and Tourism.

Cecilia Rizo Patrón
Sustainable Development Manager
Peru 2021

Ms Rizo Patrón is Sustainable Development Manager of Avanza Sostenible since 2015, consulting branch of Peru 2021, leading organization promoting CSR in Perú. For 8 years, Rizo Patrón has been in charge of sustainability projects and launched consultancy services at Peru 2021, having a key role promoting sustainability reporting in the mining, food, construction, finance and oil and energy sectors in Perú. She also lead the execution of the Business Transparency Program (BTP) in Perú, project developed by GRI; she is part of the editor committee of the publication Reporting Matters America Latina and working group member of the project Reporting Landscape Mapping, both promoted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). At the same time she is lecturer in CSR and sustainability at the Pontifical Peruvian University of Peru and Universidad de Lima.

Previously, she completed a Master in Sustainable development and CSR at Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI), a Master in Social Management at Pontifical Peruvian University of Peru and a bachelors in Industrial Engineering at Peruvian University of Applied Science. The focus of this academic training has been on understanding the links between corporate responsibility, sustainability and business strategy. In addition, Cecilia has an MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University and postgraduate studies in sustainability at Harvard University.


Rosa Garcia Pineiro
Vice President
Alcoa Sustainability

Rosa M. Piñeiro García is Vice President, Global Sustainability, since August 1, 2015 at Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing. Previously, she served as President of Alcoa Spain.

During her 16 years in the company, she also served as Director, Regional Affairs and Sustainability for Europe, and as Director, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) for the European Region as well as the Primary Products business in Europe. 

Rosa joined Alcoa in 1999 to work as an Environmental Engineer for the San Ciprian Smelter and Refinery in Spain. In 2001, she moved to the Corporate EHS Audit Department, working with the North American and European Audit Teams first in Pittsburgh and then in Madrid. In 2003, she moved back to San Ciprian to take over the Environmental Department as Environmental Manager for the Smelter and the Refinery.

Rosa was appointed Director of Regional Affairs and Sustainability in 2012, coordinating and overseeing government interactions in the different countries where Alcoa has interests and sustainability activities across Europe. 

Since 2012, she has served on the Board of Directors of Alcoa Foundation, and on the Advisory Boardof the School of Mining Engineers of Madrid since 2014.

She holds a Master of Industrial Engineering from University of Vigo (Spain), a Master of Environmental Engineering from Escuela de Organización Industrial - University of Madrid (Spain), an Executive MBA from the Haute École de Comerce - University of Geneva (Switzerland), and is finalizing her Master of Commodity Trading at the Geneva School of Business (Switzerland).  Of Spanish nationality, Rosa speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.


Shivani Rajpal
Sr. Manager - Training & Coaching Programs

Shivani Rajpal works as a Sr. Manager- Training & Coaching Programs at GRI. She manages GRI’s capacity building programs and projects focused at report preparers and report users. Shivani has an in-depth understanding of training development and delivery process and has successfully implemented multiple cross cultural corporate training programs. She is responsible for content development for the GRI Training and Coaching programs and has thorough knowledge of GRI Guidelines and the GRI Reporting process.


Girish Ramachandran
TCS Asia Pacific

Girish Ramachandran is President, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Asia Pacific, responsible for business operations in 12 countries in the regions of Australia & New Zealand, ASEAN, Greater China and Korea. Girish is based in Singapore, the Headquarters of TCS Asia Pacific, where he oversees over 25,000 employees covering the region.

Girish joined TCS in 1994 and has held a number of key portfolios in the organization. Prior to TCS Asia Pacific, he served as Corporate Vice President in the CEO’s office at TCS House in Mumbai, where he was responsible for global strategic business initiatives. Before that, he was Head of TCS Europe (9 years), and TCS Middle East, Africa and Mediterranean (2 years), where he grew the business multifold and was instrumental in developing many key customer relationships with leading global brands. Other roles have included Head of TCS Business Intelligence Practice worldwide as well as Executive Sponsor of numerous global customer relationships.

Girish serves on a number of executive boards, including at the Europe-India Institute and International Business Foundation Amsterdam, Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries’ Benelux chapter, and is a board member of Kooh Sports.

Girish holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, and a Master’s degree in Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is a recipient of the Frans Banninck Cocq Medal from the Mayor of Amsterdam. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities across Europe and Asia Pacific.

Girish is based in Singapore with his wife Rupa and son Akshaj, where he is an avid sports lover and long distance runner.


Eric Roston
Sustainability Officer

Journalist Eric Roston has been overseeing sustainability news coverage at Bloomberg LP since 2011, and over the past 15 years has worked on climate change from virtually every angle, including publishing the popular science book, ‘The Carbon Age’. Eric Roston will be moderating all four plenary sessions at the 5th GRI Global Conference.


Marjan Schippers
Deputy Director International Trade Policy and Economic Governance
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Marjan Schippers is deputy Director International Trade Policy and Economic Governance, at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign affairs. In her diplomatic career spanning over 20 years, she held several postings, most recently at the Dutch Permanent  Representation to the EU in Brussels, heading the international cooperation and development portfolio and before that at the Prime Ministers’ office dealing with Global Issues (G20) and the European Council. Dealing with mainly economic and EU portfolio’s throughout her career, she also was posted in Malaysia and Canada. 


Alyson Slater
Director - Knowledge

Alyson heads GRI’s Knowledge Unit, which collects and mobilizes the vast knowledge and experience found within GRI’s multi-stakeholder network and staff. The Knowledge Unit develops new products and services to help reporting organizations, data users, and thought leaders optimize their use of GRI Sustainability Reporting Standard and the resulting reported data. Alyson is also responsible for GRI's Emerging Market Regional Hubs in Hispanic America, Africa and South East Asia.

Before returning to GRI in 2014, Alyson spent five years in Asia on various assignments: with CSR Asia, working on the role of business in development and poverty alleviation; with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion working on financial system policy and regulation for the poor; and in support of H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands in her role as UN Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. Alyson was GRI’s Director of Strategy and Communications from 2001 to 2007. Prior to joining GRI she spent a year at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in Geneva.

Alyson received her Master's Degree from the University of British Columbia, and an honors Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, both in Canada.


Katherine Smith
Executive Director
Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College Carroll School of Management

Katherine is executive director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College Carroll School of Management, and serves as part-time faculty at the Carroll School of Management where she teaches "Business in Society". As executive director, she leads the team, oversees content, events and strategic partnerships that contribute to the organization's success. Katherine has worked with public private partnerships for more than 20 years through her career in nonprofit and higher education. She has worked at Brown University where she served last as AVP for Research, and the University of Massachusetts where she served as COO of the Foundation with more than $700 million under management. She has unique experience working on facilitating large scale public-private partnerships and joint research projects over the course of her career. Katherine is the co-author with Dave Stangis of '21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and to Your Business’ (forthcoming from Emerald) in 2017.


Lenora Suki

Claire is a Director of Business Development at cr360 (UL EHS Sustainability) with over a decade’s experience in the sustainability sector. As one of cr360’s solutions experts, Claire frequently works with global organisations regarding their data management and disclosure needs. Claire is particularly passionate about reporting and disclosure, having spent 5 years at the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, where she worked on establishing Australia’s National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) regulations and Australia’s Carbon Pricing Mechanism.


Filippo Taccetti
Business Development Manager

Filippo is a partner and business development manager at Treedom. After graduating in International Relations and European Studies at the University of Florence, Filippo has worked in communication and international affairs in Florence, Paris and New York for esteemed firms and institutions such as the Salvatore Ferragamo Group, The New York Times and the US Consulate General.


Colleen Theron
CLT Envirolaw

Colleen is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, Scotland and South Africa. She has over 20 years combined commercial experience in environmental law and sustainability issues and holds an LLM (with distinction). The Legal 500 and Chambers recognised Colleen as a leading environmental law practitioner during her career as an environmental lawyer in the City of London.

Colleen founded CLT envirolaw in 2010, a niche sustainability, business and human rights consultancy. She is passionate about combating human trafficking, particularly in business supply chains, and participated in the development of the Modern Slavery Act in the UK and has been cited as one of the top CSR lawyers in influencing social media in this area. She was a founding director of not-for-profit Finance Against Trafficking (http://www.financeagainsttrafficking.org/). She has spoken widely on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, sustainable business more broadly, and the growing overlap between sustainability and the law. She is also part of the newly formed steering group of the British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS). Previously, she was an executive member and trustee of the UK Environmental Law Association for seven years.

Colleen has used her sustainability, human rights and legal knowledge to help companies understand how to meet both their legal obligations and voluntary best practice standards. She also teaches law at Birkbeck University, London, having recently designed and delivered a Masters course, on business and human rights and international laws as they apply to multinational corporations. She is a regular contributor to the legal and professional press and has authored numerous chapters in published books, most recently a DoShorts publication on ethical and sustainable procurement : Strategic Sustainable Procurement: law and best practice.


Andrea Valcalda
Head of Sustainability

Andrea Valcalda joined ENEL in 1996 and has held various positions in the corporate headquarters, from assistant to the President of the company, to member of the Planning and Control Department. After a year as Chief of Staff to the CEO, he was named in 2008 Vice President for Innovation and Environment, where he was responsible for defining the company’s technological roadmap and drawing up the Group’s innovation plan. Since 2013 he has been Head of Environmental Policies and Climate Change until his nomination as Head of Sustainability Department in 2014.


Liv Watson
Sr. Director of Strategic Customer Initiatives
Workiva Inc.

Liv A. Watson is a Senior Director of Strategic Customer Initiatives at Workiva Inc. (NYSE:WK). Watson currently serves as Chair of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Technology Trends Subcommittee, member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Sustainability Committee, member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Technology consortium, and an active member of the XBRL International Funding Task Force.

Watson is one of the founders of the XBRL business reporting standard and a founder of the XBRL International consortium. Working globally with leading market regulators, accounting associations, and institutions, Watson has visited more than 100 countries as an ambassador for XBRL and IFRS. She has presented to a wide range of audiences, including international standards bodies to Fortune 100 companies. She speaks regularly about financial and business reporting standards, their benefits, potential applications, and broad adoption, including corporate governance and social responsibility reporting.

Watson authored one of the IMA's most successful CPE courses, Accounting System Technology for the 21st Century. She has published numerous articles for international publications and journals, including Harvard Business Review and Strategic Finance. She has also written a monthly column on financial and business reporting trends for CPA2Biz.com. Watson is the co-author and contributing author to several books, including XBRL for Dummies as well as Governance, Risk, and Compliance Handbook published by Wiley. She is also a contributing author of the Harvard Business School’s first e-books titled, The Landscape of Integrated Reporting, and Effective Auditing for Corporations published by Bloomsbury.

She served as an Advisory Board Member to the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Albany. Watson has served as Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance. Watson has been interviewed for a range of business periodicals on the topic of a more efficient business reporting supply chain, including; The Washington Post, Financial Times, Business Week, InformationWeek Wall Street & Technology, and CFO Magazine.


Daniel Wild
Head of Sustainability Investing R&D and a member of the Executive Committee

Daniel Wild is the Head of Sustainability Investing R&D and a Member of the Executive Committee at RobecoSAM, the investment manager exclusively focused on Sustainability Investing since 1995. Daniel oversees the organization, strategy, methodology and investment process of Research and Product Development at RobecoSAM. As such, Daniel is responsible for the identification and integration of financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the investment strategies of RobecoSAM as well as those of its parent company, Robeco.

Additionally, Daniel is responsible for the development of the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment methodology, an internationally renowned standard for ESG analysis. Its application on 3800 firms forms the basis of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), launched by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices, in 1999. Daniel joined RobecoSAM in 2006 as senior financial analyst and coordinator for the RobecoSAM Sustainable Water Strategy, before heading Sustainability Investing R&D and joining the Executive Committee in 2011.

Prior to joining RobecoSAM, Daniel led infrastructure financing programs in Southeastern Europe and Asia for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco). From 1999 to 2004, Daniel headed the Environmental Technology Department at Ernst Basler and Partners, a Swiss engineering and consulting firm.

Daniel holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from ETH Zurich (1987- 1993) and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) (1993-1997). He pursued postdoctoral research studies at Stanford University in California between 1997 and 1999.

Daniel is a Board Member of Swiss Sustainable Finance, a member of the GRI Technology Consortium, and formerly a member of the GRI Sector Research Steering Committee and the UNEP FI Workstream Water Advisory Board.


David Wynn
Head of Client Services

David Wynn is Head of Client Services at Greenstone, a non-financial reporting company providing software and services to clients in more than 90 countries. David is responsible for the support and maintenance of all client delivery and acts as the Business Manager for the Greenstone Enterprise tool, ensuring the software aligns with both client needs and broader sustainability trends and frameworks including CDP, GRI and UNGC.

With 10 years’ experience in sustainability, David has also worked in-house for the UK’s Environment Agency and Cameron and held senior consultancy positions at Ricardo-AEA and Carbon Trust, providing sustainability advice to a total of over 100 organizations across his career. In working with clients at Greenstone, David draws on his expertise in carbon reporting, sustainability, climate change and low-carbon technologies to deliver the Greenstone brand promise of ‘data that talks to you’.


Ory Zik
VP of Analytics
Lux Research

Ory Zik is VP Analytics at Lux Research, assisting clients in various areas such as data analysis, sustainability, resource productivity, and navigating the energy - water - food nexus.

Ory has deep entrepreneurial and environmental background. In 2010 he founded Energy Points Inc. The company developed quantitative, data-driven methodology for sustainability and resource accounting, merging scientific rigor with geospatial data and behavioral economics to achieve both simplicity and accuracy. Lux Research acquired the company in the beginning of 2015.

Prior to Energy Points Ory was the founding CEO of HelioFocus Inc. HelioFocus developed and commercialized a solar thermal system to augment conventional power plants, replacing fossil fuel with solar-heated air. The company built a solar concentrator that uses air as a working fluid and feeds it into coal or natural gas power plants. HelioFocus operated in Israel and China. Ory led the company as CEO from 2007 to 2010.

Prior to HelioFocus, Ory was the founding CEO of QuantomiX Inc., which he led as CEO from 2000 to 2006. The company, based on his invention, was the first to visualize cells and tissues in their native/live state using an electron microscope.  El-Mul Technologies acquired the company in 2006. The QuantomiX capsule is now used by researchers around the world.

Ory holds B.Sc. (cum laude) in Physics and Mathematics from Tel Aviv University; M.Sc. (cum laude) and Ph.D. in Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he received the National Amos De Shalit Physics prize. As a student he founded the Israeli branch of Greenpeace and helped build the organization’s clean Mediterranean campaign. He holds worldwide patents and serves on the advisory board of the Harvard School of Public Health.