​Speakers 19 May 

The Conference program includes global sustainability thought leaders, expert practitioners and motivating speakers.
For all sessions held on the 19 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.

Tony Abaya
S.E.E.D. Institute

Anthony "Tony" Abaya is the Chairman of the S.E.E.D. Institute, a non-stock non-profit sustainability research organization based in the Philippines, currently in partnership with the Global Reporting Initiative to help establish its regional office in Manila and promote sustainability reporting in the ASEAN.

S.E.E.D., which stands for Socially-relevant, Economically-viable and Environmentally-sustainable Development, is known for pioneering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions assessment in the Philippines, starting with the GHG Inventory of Puerto Princesa City in 2011(capital of Palawan province, also known as the country's last ecological frontier), Metro Manila in 2012, and more recently, the Carbon Footprint Projections of the Philippines and the GHG Inventory of Malacanang / Office of the President. As part of its triple- bottom-line advocacy, S.E.E.D. also conducts regular socio-political and development market surveys, publishes environment oriented books and nurtures start-up socially-oriented projects that help eradicate poverty.

Mr. Abaya is concurrently the President/CEO of the Natural Wonders Tourism Foundation Philippines Inc., an organization devoted to promoting sustainable tourism in the Philippines in all of its 7,107 islands found in 81 provinces. On the business side, Mr. Abaya heads Asian Destinations Property Developers Inc., a real estate development company engaged in assisting tourist-oriented locations with their community-based tourism efforts while helping design and develop sustainable resort facilities.

Contact details: aabaya@seedinstitute.ph / (632) 917.555.3181 / (632) 917.555.5181


Marjolein Baghuis
Catalyst for positive change
Change in Context
Marjolein Baghuis is a catalyst for positive change. She uses her energy, expertise and experience to support organizations to profitably integrate sustainability into their core business and communications. This usually starts with (or from) a strong shared purpose at the brand, team or organizational level. Through her own company, Change in Context, and as affiliate partner of purpose marketing consultancy Innate Motion, she enjoys working with clients like Unilever, Tony's Chocolonely, eRevalue and the Dutch sustainable investment forum.
She also serves on several non-executive boards, teaches at Nyenrode Business University, and speaks and blogs on purpose, sustainability and change. Marjolein has a background in business (Procter & Gamble, Synovate) as well as NGOs (Greenpeace, GRI).  She has a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Helena Barton
Helena Barton

Helena Barton is Partner in Deloitte and Sustainability Services Leader for the EMEA region. She has worked extensively in the fields of sustainability risk management and reporting, helping both private and public sector organizations to integrate sustainability principles into their operations, take greater responsibility for their impacts and be accountable to stakeholders. Helena has led numerous international client projects on sustainability reporting, assurance and compliance. She has advised regulators in several countries on setting up effective legislation for sustainability reporting, and she was lead author of a recent study by Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 which included developing a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of regulation on sustainability reporting and recommendations for policy makers. Helena has been a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council since 2010 and is currently serving her second term as Chair of the Council. She is also a member of ACCA's Global Forum on Sustainability and serves on the CSR Committee of the Danish Auditors' Association. Helena holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology.


Richard Barker
Professor of Accounting
Saïd Business School, Oxford Universit
Richard Barker is Professor of Accounting at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is also the Academic Director of the Oxford MBA, on which he teaches the core course in Accounting and designed the new course in Responsible Business.  Richard has won teaching awards at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, including in 2013 'Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Social Sciences', awarded by Oxford University Student Union.
Richard is the academic member of the Corporate Reporting Council (formerly the Accounting Standards Board), the UK's technical committee for accounting standards. He previously served on secondment as Research Fellow at the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in London.

Heloisa Bedicks
Managing Director
Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa – IBGC (Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance)
Heloisa B. Bedicks has been the managing director of Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa – IBGC (Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance) since 2001. She serves on the board of ACAF, the Association of the Sponsors of the Brazilian Takeover Panel, and on the Executive Committee of the GNDI – Global Network of Director Institutes. She served on the board of the ICGN (International Corporate Governance Network) between 2012 and 2014. She was also the first president of the IGCLA (Latin American Corporate Governance Institutes). Heloisa holds a MBA in Financial Administration from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, a degree in Economics from Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp), and in Accounting from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas and a postgraduate degree in Finance from Universidade Salesianas. 

Pietro Bertazzi
Deputy Director - Policy and International Global Affairs

Pietro joined the GRI Secretariat in 2010.  As Deputy Director – Policy and Global Affairs, his primary focus is to proactively contribute to GRI’s full grasp and mastery of the policy field of sustainability reporting. He ensures strong and dynamic resource mobilizations with policy makers and capital markets operators and regulatory bodies as well as international organizations. He has been leading GRI activities related to major global and regional policy processes such as the Rio+20 Conference, the EU directive on Non-Financial Reporting and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Before joining GRI, Pietro worked for the Italian Section and the EU Institutions Liaison Office of Amnesty International on the issues of corporate accountability for human rights violations and International Financial Institutions’ impact on human rights. Right before moving to Amsterdam he worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Team of a large Italian multinational company, contributing to the definition of the Group Sustainability Policy and Sustainability Report.

Pietro grew up in the South of Italy and lived in Rome, Strasbourg, Milano, Brussels and Amsterdam. He graduated in Public European and International Law at LUISS University in Rome, Italy. He holds a Master in Management and Governance of Non Profit (LUISS University), a Master in Corporate Citizenship (Fondaca, Sant’Anna di Pisa, Boston College) and a Master in Economics and Management of Environment and Energy (Bocconi University).

Twitter: @PietroBertazzi
Linked in: nl.linkedin.com/in/pietrobertazzi/


Phil Bloomer
Executive Director
Business & Human RIghts Resource Center

Phil Bloomer is the Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre which tracks the human rights performance of over 6,000 companies around the world, seeks accountability for allegations of abuse, and empowers human rights advocates in business, government, and civil society. Phil was previously the Director of Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam, where he led global campaigns on climate justice, trade and investment for development, access to medicines and universal primary education, and major humanitarian crises. Previously, Phil worked for 11 years in Central America and Colombia working on human rights, especially indigenous rights, and broader economic justice goals.


Carla Bonino
Transnational Cooperation Coordinator - European Programes Unit
Fundación ONCE

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carla Bonino is a Sociologist by the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and has a Master’s degree on Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership by IE Business School.

Carla has wide experience as a social researcher and in leading and developing social studies in different fields such as gender equality, migration, employment or social dialogue, with different publications as a result of her work. In 2004 she joined the ONCE Foundation for the cooperation and social inclusion of people with disabilities (Fundación ONCE), based in Madrid, where she worked in the area of Strategy until 2010. In 2011 she joined the European Programmes Unit, where she actually acts as Transnational Cooperation Coordinator. She coordinates various European initiatives led by Fundación ONCE and has been in charge of European Networks such as the European Network for CSR and Disability (CSR+D) or the European Network for Inclusive Education and Disability, (incluD-ed) both co-funded by the European Social Fund.

Carla has been directly involved in the production, in collaboration of GRI, of the 2015 Guide “Disability in Sustainability Reporting”. She also represents Fundación ONCE at Spainsif, the Spain Social Investment Forum, which is member of Eurosif. 


Cameron Brooks
Director, Public Sector Solutions
IBM Watson Group

Dr. Cameron Brooks is the Director of Public Sector Solutions for IBM Watson Group, enabling Government and Education clients across Europe to transform their business using cognitive computing. He has over 20 years experience within IBM and has developed a strong track record of leading new businesses and emerging technology ventures worldwide.

In previous roles, Cameron was the Public Sector Leader for IBM’s Middle East & Africa and Director of IBM’s Government Healthcare business. He was instrumental in growing IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative and was Program Director for the IBM Blue Gene supercomputer.

Cameron holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He also holds an MBA degree from the New York University Stern School of Business. He is married, a father to two girls and resides in London, United Kingdom.

Ana Paula Caporal
Dr. Roberto F. de Ocampo

Dr. Roberto F. de Ocampo, OBE, became the first Filipino to receive the “Global Finance Minister of the Year” award from Euromoney and named him as Asian Finance Minister of the Year. He was again recognized as Asian Finance Minister of the year by Asiamoney. He is known nationally and internationally for public and international finance, having been Chairman of the APEC and ASEAN Finance Ministers as well as member of the Boards of Governors of World Bank, IMF, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He was Secretary of Finance during the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos. Prior to these posts, he also served as Chairman and CEO of the Development Bank of the Philippines. He is the past president of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and was a member of the AIM Board of Trustees. At present he is the Chairman of the Philippine Veterans Bank and also Chairman of the Board of Advisers of the RFO Center for Public Finance & Regional Economic Cooperation, which is an ADB Regional Knowledge Hub.

Dr. de Ocampo is a recipient of many international and national honors. He was named to the Ordre National de la Legion d’ Honneur by the Republic of France with the rank of Chevalier. He was also conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). He has also been awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor, the highest honor conferred on Filipino civilians by the Republic of the Philippines.

Ana Paula Caporal
Ana Paula Caporal
Head of Sustainability Planning and Stakeholder Management
Enel in Brazil

Ana Paula Caporal is in Enel since 2004 in areas of CSR and social projects. She has worked for over 15 years on issues related to sustainability management – as policies definition and application, key performance indicators (KPIs) and report on GRI´s methodology - and in the development of social projects and volunteer program. With Enel’s Human Resources area, she had the opportunity to participate in the implementation of diversity and disabled people inclusion programs in Brazil. Ana Paula has an undergraduate degree in Communications, and MBA in CSR and Business Executive. She is a member of United Nations Global Compact Brazilian Committee, including the task-force for Energy and Climate, and working groups organized by GRI in Brazil and Ethos Institute.


Natalie Chan
Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited

Natalie joined The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels in 2011. Reporting to the CEO, Natalie is responsible for leading HSH Group’s global strategy on corporate responsibility and sustainability, which included developing the Group’s long-term vision for sustainable luxury. HSH is the owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels and is engaged in the development and management of prestigious commercial and residential properties as well as the provision of tourism and club management services in key destinations in Asia, the United States and Europe. Natalie works with HSH’s management teams around the world to integrate sustainability into the heart of the business and manages HSH’s sustainability management and reporting framework and disclosure. HSH was one of GRI’s G4 Pioneers, adopting the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines as its disclosure standard since 2013. HSH also became part of CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for the region since 2014.

Natalie has more than a decade of experience in corporate sustainability management. Prior to joining HSH, she was with Swire Pacific Group, managing group‐level corporate responsibility policies and strategies for Swire’s five business divisions including property, aviation, beverages, marine services, and trading and Industrial. Natalie is a Member of the Executive Committee of International Tourism Partnership and the Advisory Board of Ethical Corp. She is also a Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee Member of Pacific Asia Travel Association.


Simeon Cheng
Senior Manager
CLP Holdings Limited

CLP is a regional power company publicly listed in Hong Kong. Simeon produced CLP’s first Sustainability Report in 2007 and the subsequent ones up to 2011, all of which have won top awards in Hong Kong and Europe. He is the team leader of the Group Environment department of CLP and advises senior management on environmental matters related to CLP’s operations.

Prior to CLP, Simeon was an environmental consultant with CH2M Hill, and served as senior environmental specialist for the Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation. Simeon’s involvement with GRI began in 2006/2007 when he co-chaired the working group for the “Electric Utility Sector Supplement”. He also serves in various environment/sustainability capacities including as chairman of the Hong Kong Australian Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainable Development Committee in 2011/2012. Simeon is a chartered Chemical Engineer and also holds degrees in law and business administration.  


Chloe Christman
Advisor, Land Rights and Markets 
Oxfam America

Chloe Christman is Advisor, Land Rights and Markets with Oxfam America’s Private Sector department, where she advises major food and beverage companies on land tenure risks and impacts in their commodity sourcing and monitors implementation of their land rights policies. Chloe works closely with Oxfam’s Global Land Program, a network of Oxfam staff and partner CSOs in 40+ countries. Previously, she worked at the Center for American Progress on the conflict minerals trade in Eastern Congo. Chloe holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused on business and human rights and was a Research Associate with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. She is originally from the Seattle area, and earned her BA in International Studies from the University of Washington.


Ernesto Ciorra
Head of "Innovation and Sustainability" Function

Born in 1971, graduated in Business Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, after many years of consultancy he joined Enel on October 2014 as Head of Innovation and Sustainability. Founder of Ars et Inventio (2003), a consulting firm devoted to innovation and creativity, he has supported many CIOs at designing and launching  innovative ideas  that have become popular worldwide. Nokia, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Poste Italiane, Eni, GDF, Edison, the P&G Fater and Fameccanica joint-ventures, Unilever, RCS, Sole24Ore, BNP, Unicredit and American Express are some of the firms he cooperated with. Teacher of Innovation Management in Italian and Spanish universities and business schools, he has also authored three collections of verses and a theatrical play. 

Siobhan Clery
Siobhan Clery
Head of Research and Public Policy
World Federation of Exchanges

Siobhan joined the World Federation of Exchanges as Head of Research and Public Policy in November 2015. In this role she coordinates the work of the WFE membership in areas of sustainability, emerging markets and SMEs and also drives research in these areas. Prior to this, Siobhan was Director of Strategy and Public Policy at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange where she was responsible for the development of corporate and business strategy and engaged with national and international regulators on issues of financial policy. Siobhan has an LLB and an MBA from the University of Cape Town and an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a Yale World Fellow of 2011.

Siobhan Clery
Juan Costa Climent

Juan began his professional career in the Tax department of EY in 1985, leaving the firm shortly after to dedicate his career to politics. He served as a Member of the Spanish Parliament and from 1996 to 2004 he held senior positions in the Spanish Government, including Minister of Science, Technology & Industry, Secretary of State for Finance and Secretary of State for International Trade & Economic Cooperation. In addition, he was an official adviser to the International Monetary Fund. In 2005, Juan returned to EY Spain as Head of Tax and served in his role for three years before completing a two year stint as elected Deputy representing Castellon. In 2010, Juan re-joined EY as Global Leader for Climate Change & Sustainability Services (CCaSS), where he is currently leading a global team of almost 900 professionals. A great part of Juan’s career has been dedicated to working on sustainability and climate change issues, resulting in his published book ‘Revolucion Imparable’ currently being translated into English in preparation for a global launch. Academic background: Degree in Law from the Universidad de Navarra. Master’s Degree in Business Management (Instituto de Empresa, Madrid (Business Institute).


Juan Carlos Corvalán
Legal Affairs and Sustainabilty Manager

Professional specialized in corporate institutional management, consumer law, commercial matters and trademark law. In 2006, he also became Sodimac's Sustainability Manager.

- Legal Affairs and Sustainability Manager at Sodimac
- President of the Sustainability Committee of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CCS)
- Director of the training subsidiary of the National Chamber of Commerce of Chile (CNC)
- Member of the Mirror Committee of the OECD National Contact Point in Chile
- Member of the State of Chile's Public Council on Social Responsibility for Sustainable Development
- Served on Chile's Mirror Committee for the development of ISO 26000. Has also participated in the working group of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Procurement Committee and served as a professor at Chile's Diego Portales University.   


Elisabeth Dahlin
Secretary General
Save the Children Sweden

Secretary General of Save the Children Sweden (Rädda Barnen). Career diplomat in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Sweden, before joining Save the Children, Ambassador of CSR and Director of the Partnership for Global Responsibility. Has served in the Swedish Embassies in Zambia, Brazil and Vietnam as well as in the UN and the Council of Europe. During apartheid, in charge of cooperation with the ANC exile government and with the anti apartheid movement inside South Africa. (faith based organizations, businesses, academia, trade unions etc) inside South Africa.

As Deputy Director General in the National Board of Trade (Kommerskollegium) specializing on WTO accession for developing countries, free trade and trade facilitation. Member of Advisory Boards of IKEA People and Planet Positive as well as New Wave Group.

Secretary General of the National Council of Swedish Youth (LSU). Studies in Political Science and Economy at Uppsala University and has a MA from the University of Hanoi. Fluent in English, Vietnamese, Spanish, French and Portuguise.

Born in Seskarö in the Botnic Sea, now living in Bromma. Married with three children. Very fond of spending time outdoors, in the archipelargo as well as in our family house in Cyprus. Keen skier, enjoy learning about new cultures and countries.


Rich Donovan
Return on Disability Group

Rich Donovan is Founder/CEO of The Return on Disability Group and is a globally recognized subject matter expert on the convergence of disability and corporate profitability. He has spent more than 10 years focused on defining and unlocking the economic value of the disability market for large companies and governments globally. Rich created the Return on Disability concept and model, the first of its kind. The Barclays Return on Disability ETN listed on the New York Stock Exchange on September 11th, 2014 under the ticker RODI.

Mr. Donovan was appointed to Chair of Ontario’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council by the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure in January 2016.
Rich provides corporate and government clients with insights and tools to frame disability as a global emerging market. His proprietary and proven process translates disability success factors into specific actions that create sustainable value. He is sought by businesses and governments for advice when acting on the disability market.

Rich founded Lime (2006), the leading third party recruiter in the disability space, where he worked with Google, PepsiCo, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, IBM, TD Bank and others to help them attract and retain top talent from within the disability market. Identified as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Labor and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Lime does one thing very well—find great talent.

Rich has a combined 20 years of experience in portfolio and investment risk management. As a Proprietary Trader and Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch, Rich delivered consistent performance results focused on macro strategies with an event-driven overlay, using equity indices as a primary tool.

Rich holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from Schulich School of Business at York University. Rich is an avid sailor and proud father of his son, Maverick, along with his wife, Jenn. He also happens to have cerebral palsy.

For more information, visit our website at www.rod-group.com


John Elkington
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder  
Volans Ventures

John Elkington is a writer and thinker, a serial-entrepreneur and an ‘advisor from the future’.  He is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Volans, a change agency, that aims to stretch leaders – towards “Breakthrough”; that is, to look beyond incremental change towards systemic challenges.

John is leading a 2-year program in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) focusing on the market opportunities around 'Exponential Sustainability’.

John is also Honorary Chairman of SustainAbility, and sits on an A-Z of some 30 boards and advisory boards. He has written 19 books, and his latest is co-authored with Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book, entitled "The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today’s Profits with Tomorrow’s Bottom Line" comes full circle from John’s 1997 "Cannibals with Forks", where he first introduced the Triple Bottom Line concept.  John published The Stretch Agenda in 2015 - a dramatization spotlighting top team dynamics and conversations in the fictional boardroom of a major global company, and their exploration of the opportunity spaces in the decade running 2016-2025. Volans have labeled this period The Breakthrough Decade.

Twitter: @VolansJohn
Web: www.volans.com


Sonia Favaretto
Press and Sustainability Officer

Sonia Favaretto is BM&FBOVESPA's Press and Sustainability Officer, Head of Instituto BM&FBOVESPA and Chair of the Board of ISE, the BM&FBOVESPA Corporate Sustainability Index. A print and broadcast journalist with a post-graduate degree in Business Communications, Ms. Favaretto is member of the Advisory Boards of GRI Brazil, CDP and Ethos Indicators. She is also member of the Brazilian Women Leaders Network for Sustainability. She has over 20 years of experience in Communications and Sustainability, having served as Director of Human Resources and Internal Communication at BankBoston Brasil, Head of Fundação BankBoston, Head of Sustainability & Institutional Communication at Banco Itaú and Director of Social Responsibility & Sustainability at the Brazilian Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN).


Ana Teresa Fernandes
Senior Policy Advisor
IKEA Group

Sonia Favaretto is BM&FBOVESPA's Press and Sustainability Officer, Head of Instituto BM&FBOVESPA and Chair of the Board of ISE, the BM&FBOVESPA Corporate Sustainability Index. A print and broadcast journalist with a post-graduate degree in Business Communications, Ms. Favaretto is member of the Advisory Boards of GRI Brazil, CDP and Ethos Indicators. She is also member of the Brazilian Women Leaders Network for Sustainability. She has over 20 years of experience in Communications and Sustainability, having served as Director of Human Resources and Internal Communication at BankBoston Brasil, Head of Fundação BankBoston, Head of Sustainability & Institutional Communication at Banco Itaú and Director of Social Responsibility & Sustainability at the Brazilian Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN).


Teresa Fogelberg
Deputy Chief Executive
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
As GRI's Deputy Chief Executive Fogelberg is in charge of policy and sustainable development, and leads the GIDA department (Governments, International Organizations, Development and Advocacy).Before joining GRI, Fogelberg  was Netherlands Director Climate Change and Industry, and served as Head of Delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties, amongst other during the Dutch Presidency of the COP.  She succeeded in winning the international UN-led tender for the selection of a host country for GRI, which resulted in Amsterdam as the global headquearters for GRI.

She also held several director positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, such as Women and Development/Human Rights, and Research and Education. In addition, Fogelberg  worked for the U.N. Secretary General at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002,  in charge of the private sector, and public-private partnerships. Fogelberg sits on the board of several sustainability organizations, such as WWF, SEED International, and Questionmark.


Katherine Fritz
Senior Research Advisor

As the Senior Research Advisor, Dr. Katherine Fritz helps to ensure ICRW’s diverse program of research and evaluation meets the highest standards of quality and ethics. She designs and implements quality assurance protocols across ICRW’s global offices and oversees the institution’s Human Research Protection Program.

Dr. Fritz has over 20 years of experience conducting international research using a wide variety of methods from the social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology and policy studies. Her areas of expertise include conducting evaluations of social and economic empowerment programs for women and girls, leading randomized controlled intervention trials and translating research evidence into practical guidance for program practitioners, policymakers and businesses.

Dr. Fritz is passionate about inter-disciplinary research and cross-sectoral collaborations, including how private sector initiatives can contribute to global gender equality goals. She has recently led analysis, funded by the Oak Foundation, to further the business case for women’s economic inclusion and empowerment. She currently leads a team to expand ICRW’s engagement with the private sector, in partnership with BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) and serves on the steering committee for the Win Win Coalition, which fosters collaborations between corporations, NGOs and governments to advance women’s rights and empowerment.

Previously, Dr. Fritz served as ICRW’s Director of Global Health (2008-2015). Prior to joining ICRW, Dr. Fritz was an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the department of international health, and at University of California, San Francisco, in the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.


Juliette Gaussem
Manager CSR

I am convinced that working towards new business models will help us to face current economic and social crisis. The objective to achieve a more sustainable global economy will only be reached thanks to a change of behavior from corporations in the way they operate.”

After graduating from a Business School, Juliette Gaussem worked for a French social business which first was not to make profit but to answer a social need. Looking to participate to an international challenge, she worked for the Impact Hub Amsterdam and then applied to become a “changemaker” on GRI’s side. Her main expertise is network relations and business development.

As the Manager for the Corporate and Stakeholder Relations’ team, Juliette Gaussem’s first role is to engage and built strong relationship with the core network of GRI: the GRI GOLD Community members. Part of her role is also to provide support to key GRI Regional Hub China and foster corporate engagement and fundraising via new projects such as the GRI Corporate Leadership Groups. Her portfolio covers France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Africa and Middle East.

Juliette holds a Master in Management from the Reims Management Business School (France) and the International Business Linkage Program Degree from Aalto University (Finland). She was born in Paris (France) and lives now in Amsterdam. Juliette speaks French, English and Spanish.


Enrico Giovannini
Professor, economist and statistician
University of Rome 

Enrico Giovannini is an Italian economist and statistician, member of the Club of Rome. Since 2002 he is full professor at the Rome University “Tor Vergata”. He was Minister of Labour and Social Policies in the Letta Government, President of the Italian Statistical Institute, Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the OECD.

He is Senior Fellow of the LUISS School of European Political Economy, Visiting Fellow at the EPSC, Vice-president of the High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the European Council, Co-Chair of the “Independent Experts Advisory Board on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development” established by the UN Secretary-General, member of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board responsible for supervising the functioning of the European Statistical System and of boards of several Italian and international institutions.

In October 2014, the President of the Italian Republic made him “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica”, the highest ranking honor of the Italian Republic. He is author of more than ninety articles and four books on economic and statistical topics.


Maria-Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez
Professor of Management
Universidad EAFIT

Maria-Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez (PhD, MBS, Psy) is Full Professor of Management at Universidad EAFIT (Colombia). Maria-Alejandra is the Vice-President of the Academy of International Business (AIB) (2015-2017), coordinator of the Colombian universities in the virtual institute of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (2009-present), Distinguished Fellow of the Association of Certified Commercial Diplomats (2008-present); and Editor-in-Chief of the business journal AD-minister. Dr. Gonzalez-Perez holds a PhD in International Business and Corporate Social Responsibility, and a Master’s degree in Business Studies in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She also did postdoctoral research at the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) in NUI Galway. Prof. Gonzalez-Perez is the past Head of the Department of International Business (2009-2013) and former Director of the International Studies Research Group (2008-2013) at Universidad EAFIT (Colombia). Prior to her positions in Colombia, she worked as a researcher in various organisations such as the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC), Irish Chambers of Commerce, and the Economics of Social Policy Research Unit (ESPRU) in Ireland. 

Dr. Gonzalez-Perez has 8 published books, several academic papers and book chapters in the areas of internationalisation, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and international migration. She is a regular contributor to Latin American business media. Her research results have been presented in over 70 international academic conferences in all the continents. Also, she was trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Colombia.   


Eva Grambye
Deputy Executive Director
Danish Institute for Human Rights
Economy Eva Grambye is Deputy Executive Director at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, heading the International Division. The Institute is Denmark’s independent national human rights institution, established by law. Mrs. Grambye has had a long career in the Foreign Service, most recently as Special Envoy for the Global Green Growth Forum, 3GF at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 3GF is a Government-led initiative that together with China, Korea, Kenya, Mexico, Ethiopia and Qatar aims at catalysing green growth.
Prior, Mrs. Grambye served as Deputy Head of the Development Policy Department, responsible for one third of Danish foreign assistance. Mrs. Grambye has served as a diplomat in Washington, DC (Development Policy) and Geneva (Human Rights). Preceding this, Mrs. Grambye was Head of Section in the Humanitarian Department. She began her career in the UN system. Mrs. Grambye is an International Women’s Foundation Fellow and she has completed Executive Leadership Education at Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

Oliver Greenfield
Green Economy Coalition

The Green Economy Coalition is the world’s largest multi-stakeholder network for action on green, fair and inclusive economies. It works to create convergence of different agendas: jobs, industry, environment, poverty reduction and economics to find shared policy and action.

Prior to this role, Oliver led WWF UK’s Sustainable Business and Economics work, where he pioneered systemic stakeholder change programs: One Planet Business, One Planet Finance and One Planet Economy.  

Before WWF, Oliver managed change in the public sector and in industry, as the senior strategist for the BBC World Service and as a business strategy consultant for Booz Company.  He has degrees in engineering and business and has worked with many organizations and cultures for social, environmental and economic value.



Nikki Gwilliam
Head of ESG Research
Vigeo-Eiris Rating

Nikki completed her Bachelors degree in Economics and Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester and then her Masters degree in Human Rights at the University of Sussex. Before joining Vigeo, she undertook internships with the Cooperative Investment Responsible Investment Department (Manchester) and with Covalence EthicalQuote (Geneva).  She then joined Vigeo as an analyst in the Food and Health team. In 2013, she was appointed as the Research Manager of this team. She was responsible for ensuring the expertise development of the team, ensuring the management of company and stakeholder relations (such as NGOs and Union) and responding to Vigeo Rating’s clients in order to support them in their investment decisions in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology, Health Care Equipment and Services, Food, Beverage, Tobacco, Luxury Goods and Cosmetics sectors. In January 2016, Nikki was named as the Head of ESG Research at Vigeo-Eiris. In this role she is responsible for ensuring the delivery of the ESG Research (4,000 companies with a global coverage), for the organisation and follow-up on expertise development and visibility linked to ESG Research, as well as for the responses to clients on ESG Research.


Jonathon Hanks
Managing Partner
Jonathon Hanks is a founding Partner of Incite (www.incite.co.za), a global advisory network based in South Africa that helps its clients build competitiveness by delivering societal value. Incite provides advisory and coaching services in the areas of strategy and performance, reporting and stakeholder engagement, innovation and organisational development.  Jonathon has more than twenty years of corporate experience, having worked with leading companies, inter-governmental organisations and NGOs across emerging markets in a range of sectors including mining, oil and gas, telecommunications, financial services, food products and mixed industrials.
Jonathon has been actively involved in the development and uptake of integrated and sustainability reporting in South Africa and globally. He is a member of the SA Integrated Reporting Committee Working Group, contributed to drafting the pioneering South African guidance document on integrated reporting, and served on two advisory groups (on Value and Materiality) to the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). He was recently appointed to facilitate the GRI’s International Corporate Leadership Group on Integrated Reporting. Previously he was convenor of an international multi-stakeholder negotiating process responsible for drafting the ISO 26000 global standard on social responsibility.
He lectures on corporate sustainability issues at various executive and MBA programmes, including for the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Wits Business School and the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He has published widely, and is a regular contributor to conferences and executive programmes.

Ole Lund Hansen
Business of Tomorrow, UNGC

Ole Lund Hansen is Chief of Business of Tomorrow at the United Nations Global Compact, supporting innovation among leading companies with respect to the integration of sustainability into strategies and operations, engaging Boards of Directors, communication with investors and alignment of business goals with the Sustainable Development Goals. In this role, Ole is also overseeing the UN Global Compacts work on responsible investment and efforts to further integrate sustainability into business school research and curriculum through PRME.

Before joining the UN, Ole was an International Business Development consultant based in Denmark, while also acting as the focal point for the Global Compact Nordic Network and the Danish Base of the Pyramid (BOP) Learning Lab. Earlier, Ole has worked as a Senior Advisor on international trade policy, as a Political Risk Advisor and for a NGO in Central America.


Evan Harvey
Director of Corporate Responsibility 

Evan Harvey is the Director of Corporate Responsibility for Nasdaq. He manages all corporate sustainability (environmental, social, and governance strategy), philanthropic, and volunteering efforts. This includes internal management of systems and disclosures as well as external engagement with public companies, institutional investors, advocacy groups, and other stock exchanges.

He currently sits on the U.S. Network Board of the United Nations Global Compact, and previously served as the first chairman of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) Sustainability Working Group and an Advisory Board Member for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). His work has been published in Forbes and the Sustainable Accounting Review, and he is a regular contributor to Capital Finance International.  Evan has worked at Nasdaq since 2004, holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Texas, and lives outside Washington DC.


Jeff Hatcher
Managing Director
Indufor North America

Jeffrey Hatcher is the Managing Director of Indufor North America, which provides sustainability analysis and investment advisory services to public and private clients with a focus on forestry and natural resources in emerging and frontier markets. Indufor North America is part of the Indufor Group with offices in Helsinki, Auckland, Melbourne, and Washington, DC.

He previously served as Director of Global Programs for the Rights and Resources Group where he led analytical and development projects on forest tenure policies, climate change, and investment risks. He began his career working for the FAO Emergency and Land Tenure services in Sudan supporting the implementation of the land policy provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and land restitution for internally displaced people.

He holds an MBA with a focus on finance from INSEAD, an MA in Development Studies from the University of Pavia, and a BA in International Relations from the College of William and Mary.

Raji Hattar
Raji Hattar
Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer

Raji Hattar is the Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer for Aramex, one of the leading logistics and transportation companies in the world, and the first company from the Arab world to go public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The company now trades on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM: ARMX).

Mr. Hattar holds a degree in computer science and has completed a number of executive development and management programs. In 2006, Mr. Hattar took on the role of Chief Projects Officer and helped establish the Sustainability team. He also led the team that developed Aramex’s first Sustainability Report (2006), which is the first of its kind in the entire region.

In line with the company’s commitment to leadership in sustainability, and as part of its contribution to the UN Global Compact initiative, Mr. Hattar was given the position of Aramex's Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer in 2008 to lead the company’s ambitious Sustainability strategy that aims to build on the company’s fully sustainable business model, highlighting the importance of including the interests of all stakeholders.
As part of his position he established the Compliance team at Aramex and build the compliance program for the company in-line with the highest international standards which allowed Aramex to comply with all its stakeholders’ compliance requirements.

Mr. Hattar is an active member of the company’s Global Management Team, and has extensive knowledge in corporate practices and in-depth understanding of current and future market trends. In addition, he is a board member of Ruwwad - Entrepreneurs for Development, a regional Corporate Social Responsibility initiative (www.ruwwad.net). A member of the UNGC Human Rights working group and the UNGC 10 Principle working group.


Ivo Havinga
Assistant Director of Economic Statistics
United Nations Statistics Division/Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNSD/DESA)

Ivo C. Havinga is Assistant Director of Economic Statistics at the United Nations Statistics Division/Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNSD/DESA) since 2003 and is overall responsible for the domains of national accounts (System of National Accounts) and environmental-economic accounting (System of Environmental–Economic Accounting) and related economic and environment statistics. Moreover, his responsibilities cover the inter-regional programme on the Transformative Agenda for official statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda and the Global Working Group (GWG) programme on Big Data for official statistics.

As part of the senior management team of the United Nations Statistics Division, he is closely involved in dialogues with stakeholders of the international, regional and national statistical systems, including business and NGO communities to promote the statistical systems architecture for the monitoring and reporting of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the measurement of SDG indicators.

In the area of environmental economic accounting, he has been one of the lead international coordinators for the drafting and global implementation of the System of Environmental Economic Accounts 2012 (SEEA) Central Framework, SEEA 2012 Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA 2012 Extensions and Applications and the related modules like the SEEA – Water, the SEEA –Energy, the International Recommendations for Water Statistics, the SEEA Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Technical Recommendations for experimental ecosystem accounting.

In the area of national accounting and economic statistics, he has been one of the lead international coordinators for the drafting and global implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts and related United Nations standards and guidelines on economic statistics and international classifications. In this context he is working also on issues on advancing the integration of business and international trade statistics in extended national accounts for the measurement of global production and global value chains (GVCs) through the conceptual development of a satellite system of extended international and global accounts.


Rutger Hoekstra
Senior Researcher
Statistics Netherlands
Rutger Hoekstra is a senior researcher at Statistics Netherlands. He was project leader of the Sustainabilty Monitor for the Netherlands. He chaired the joint UNECE/OECD/Eurostat Task Force which published  the report “Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations on Measuring Sustainable Development” (2014) which was endorsed by nearly 60 countries. He was also co-coordinator of the European Commission FP7 project “e-Frame”. Rutger has published extensively about the measurement of sustainable development and has been an invited speaker at many events. His most recent work deals with the alignment of national and company level measures for sustainable development.
Rutger Hoekstra graduated from Wageningen University and did his PhD in environmental economics at te Free University of Amsterdam. He has worked at Statistics Netherlands since 2003.

Kirsten Margrethe Hovi
Vice-president and head of Extra-Financial Reporting
Norsk Hydro ASA

Kirsten has worked for many years for Hydro within different areas including HSE, CSR, human resources, quality management, strategy, process engineering and communication. Since 2004 she is responsible for Hydro's extra-financial reporting. She has also actively participated in developing general and industry specific reporting standards, representing both the mining and the oil and gas industry. She has been a GRI practitioner since 2003 and a member of GRI’s Global Sustainability Standards Board since January 2014. Born in Norway, Hovi graduated with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1983. She studied French at Alliance Française in Paris in 1984 and holds an economics degree from the Norwegian School of Management (1989).

Karin Ireton
Karin Ireton
Non-Executive company director and independent sustainability consultant

Karin is a Non-Executive company director and independent sustainability consultant, with experience in the financial services, mining and energy sectors. She has held executive roles with Standard Bank, Africa’s largest financial services company, global mining giant Anglo American and Eskom, South Africa’s electricity utility. Her work focuses on responsible financing, climate change and energy, environmental and social risk and sustainability communication. Karin’s early career was in news and business journalism. She holds an MA in International Political Economy (Leeds). She serves on the Boards of Aureus Mining Inc, the Endangered Wildlife Trust and until recently the National Business Initiative. She chairs the Institute of Directors’ Sustainable Development Forum. She was chair of the Global Reporting Initaitive’s international stakeholder forum from 2009-2013 inclusive and currently serves on the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa. She is a member of the Institute of Directors.


Rodney Irwin
Managing Director of Redefining Value and Education
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Rodney Irwin is the Managing Director of Redefining Value and Education at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva.  Redefining is a cross cutting program of projects designed to advance the  measurement and valuation of social and natural capital and to take sustainable development into the mainstream reporting of an organization.  He is the link between WBCSD members and standard / regulation setters and his team are leading projects in risk management, integrated and mandatory reporting.  In addition Rodney is the course director of the WBCSD Leadership Program and is a guest lecturer at Yale University and a Research Fellow at Lancaster University Management School.

Rodney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, a master’s degree in management and a Doctorate where he researched comparative corporate governance and its interrelationship with ethical decision making and reporting at ISM Paris.  He has also completed the Masters in Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University as a member of the inaugural cohort.  Professionally Rodney is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, and holds several other professional qualifications. Rodney is a Board Member of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and is a member of the Council of the IIRC.


Ingrid Koch
Senior Consultant
Vincular Centre for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

Ingrid is a Geographer from South Africa, with nearly 10 years experience in the sustainability field, during which time she has worked with multinational consulting firms such as Ernst & Young and KPMG (both in South Africa and in Chile). She has worked on both advisory and assurance projects for national and multinational companies in various sectors including mining, financial services, construction, transport, food products, agriculture, retail, and energy, amongst others.

In 2010 she decided to move to Chile to learn Spanish and since 2013 she has been a senior consultant in Centro Vincular, a research and consulting group in the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile, where she leads consulting projects such as the integration of sustainability into management structures in companies. She has worked with industry associations such as Wines of Chile and the Chilean Construction Chamber to identify relevant sustainability issues for their members and provide support to integrate sustainability in their decision making structures and operations.

From the reporting perspective, Ingrid has ample experience in third party auditing of sustainability reports (G3/3.1), and more recently in the development of sustainability reports for clients across various countries in Latin America. She is a certified GRI G4 trainer and has conducted courses on sustainability reporting in Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The is currently working on a publication with GRI which aims to analyze the trends in human rights disclosures in sustainability reports in the mining, oil and gas and financial sectors. y at Oxfam, where he led global campaigns on climate justice, trade and investment for development, access to medicines and universal primary education, and major humanitarian crises. Previously, Phil worked for 11 years in Central America and Colombia working on human rights, especially indigenous rights, and broader economic justice goals.


Iris Krebber
Head of the Agriculture Policy Team and Senior Land Policy Lead
UK Department for International Development

Iris Krebber is the Head of the Agriculture Policy Team and Senior Land Policy Lead of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Following the launch under the UK G8 Presidency in 2013 of eight country partnerships and major commitments to implement the globally negotiated Voluntary Guidelines on Land (VGGT), Iris has been supporting their implementation, including through the upscale of DFID’s policy and program work on land/property rights for economic development and poverty eradication, and on responsible investment. In 2014, Iris led the UK in the negotiations of the global Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). She is also involved in work to implement the UN Business and Human Rights Principles.

Prior to joining DFID, Iris was the Regional Director in East Africa for Welthungerhilfe, the largest German NGO working on hunger and poverty.

Iris has worked for government, NGOs, and the private sector in a range of positions. She holds advanced degrees from the US, EU and Germany.


Linda Kromjong
Secretary General
International Organization of Employers (IOE)

Linda Kromjong took up her post as Secretary-General of the International Organization of Employers (IOE) in Geneva on 1 May 2015. The IOE is the largest network of the private sector in the world, with more than 150 business and employer organization members. In the social and labor policy debate taking place in the International Labour Organization, across the UN and multilateral system, and in the G20 and other emerging processes, the IOE is the recognized global voice of business.

Prior to her role at the IOE, Linda Kromjong was Vice-President, Labor Relations International & Human Rights for Deutsche Post DHL, the recognized world leader in logistics services. Linda started her career in the Hospitality Industry in the Netherlands and has many years’ experience in senior positions in general management, HR, Labor Relations and Business & Human Rights.

Linda Kromjong is a Dutch national and completed Hotel Management School and Business Management studies in the Netherlands. Linda Kromjong serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact and the Global Apprenticeships Network (GAN).


Judy Kuszewski
Independent Corporate Responsibility Advisor
United Kingdom

Judy is an experienced corporate responsibility expert and advisor, and is co-creator of sustainability consultancy team Shine. She has over twenty years of expertise in corporate accountability and transparency, stakeholder dialogue, risk and opportunity identification, and communication planning around corporate sustainability challenges. She has been an independent advisor since 2008. Judy’s interests range from the oil and gas industry to the food sector, supply chain management, knowledge economy, social media and the development of professional standards and services for sustainability.

Judy’s client projects include facilitation, engagement and dialogue, research and writing, independent assurance, strategy development, analysis and benchmarking.

From 2000-2008, Judy served as Director, Client Services with the London-based think tank and consulting firm SustainAbility, in which position she worked with scores of clients across a range of industries. Previously, she served as Director of Corporate Programs for Ceres, during which time she was founding project manager for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). A United States citizen, Judy is married with a young son, and lives in rural England. 


Punji Leagnavar
Manager of Sustainable Development Policy and Government Affairs

Punji Leagnavar is the Manager of Sustainable Development Policy and Government Affairs at GRI where she oversees GRI’s strategic relationships with the United Nations and projects with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Prior to involvement at GRI she worked on development and climate mitigation issues at organizations such as the World Bank Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Environment Program.  She has a Master’s Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. 


Michael Lin
Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation (TWSE)

Michael Lin is President of the Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation (TWSE). Prior to his current position, Mr. Lin was a Senior Executive Vice President and Spokesman for TWSE with responsibility for units ranging from information and technology, strategy planning to corporate communications. His career in the Taiwan capital market has spanned 25 years.  

Mr. Lin underscores the importance of sustainability of Taiwan capital market. When he was appointed President of TWSE in 2013, he takes on a more significant role to excel in promoting and enhancing corporate governance culture in Taiwan. One of the achievements is the establishment of corporate governance center. He also puts emphasis on open communication with stakeholders. Mr. Lin proactively encourages two-way dialogue between global investors and the Exchange and has successfully pushed for market reforms to open up the Taiwan market. With his long-term experience in technology, Mr. Lin continues his efforts to modernize the IT infrastructure to support the rapid growth of business needs. Under his guidance, the TWSE has launched a new trading system in 2014 and a TIA-942 Tier-4 datacenter will be completed by the end of 2015. 

Before joining TWSE in October 2006, Mr. Lin was Senior Executive Vice President of the Taiwan Depository & Clearing Corporation (TDCC).  Prior to his tenure at the TDCC, from 1990 to 2006, Mr. Lin worked at the Financial Information System Center and Post Office for fifteen years. 

Born in May 1951, Mr. Lin holds an LLB degree from National Taiwan University.  Mr. Lin also has a Master's in MIS (Management Info Systems) from National Chengchi University.


Sven Lunsche
Vice-President, Corporate Affairs
Gold Fields

Sven Lunsche is Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, at Gold Fields, where he is responsible, amongst others, for stakeholder relationships, internal and external communication as well as the Group’s reporting requirements, which includes the Integrated Annual Report. Before joining the corporate sector in 2008 Sven had spent over 20 years with leading newspapers and magazines in the country including the Sunday Times Business Times, of which he was editor, and the Financial Mail (deputy editor). He graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from Rhodes University in Grahamstown in 1985.

Kathryn Mathias
Kathryn Mathias
Group Development Consultant
Illovo Sugar Limited

Kate Mathias is an independent agri-business and development consultant with over 18 years’ professional experience working in developing countries, particularly in the sugar industry and with other commercial crops grown in sub-Saharan Africa. Kate has been working with Illovo Sugar Limited, the largest sugar processing company in Africa for more than 15 years, based previously in Tanzania and Malawi. Kate initially focused on smallholder development and community engagement, and more recently has expanded her focus to incorporating a human rights-based approach into the supply chain. Kate has been working closely with Illovo as Group Development Consultant to develop and implement its Land Guidelines and Land Road Map to ensure good governance in the area of land tenure, engaging with multiple stakeholders and sharing lessons and challenges across a wide range of platforms. Her scope of work at Illovo also includes developing and implementing a range of programs to address the challenges of climate change, child labour, living wage and developing other social development initiatives across the group.


Michael Meehan

Michael Meehan is the Chief Executive of GRI, an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most widely used standards for sustainability reporting and disclosure.

Michael has been a Chief Executive, entrepreneur, and advisor in technology and sustainability for almost 20 years and has advised multinationals and governments globally, including the White House, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the California State Senate. Michael is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC).

Michael was voted one of the "Top CEOs to Follow" by BusinessWeek magazine and is the inventor of several clean technology patents. He has led several companies as CEO around the world, focused on the intersection of technology, sustainability, and innovation.


Claire Melamed
Head of Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme
Overseas Development Institute

Claire Melamed is the Director of Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at ODI. She was previously the Head of Policy at ActionAid UK. She has also worked for Christian Aid, the United Nations in Mozambique and taught at the University of London and the Open University. Claire's work focuses on measurement of poverty and inequality and on how to use the insights from measurement to improve policy and outcomes. She heads ODI's work on the post-2015 agenda, looking at sectoral and cross-cutting issues, tracking the political negotiations, co-leading the 'MY World' survey with UNDP and working on the 'data revolution'.

Marina Migliorato
Marina Migliorato
Head of Sustainability Innovation & Stakeholders Engagement
Enel Group

Degree in Political Science and Masters in International Law and Business Administration. I worked for Unicef and many NGO’s. I was also a consultant for various Public Administrations and private companies.
I am currently Head of Sustainability Innovation & Stakeholders Engagement of Enel Group, joined in 1999, where I started in Institutional Affairs and then moved to the External Relations Department as Head of Internal Communication, Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Head of CSR.
I am also member of the Steering Committee of the UN Global Compact LEAD, member of CSR Europe Board of Directors and I actively participate in the GRI working groups, particularly on Sustainability & Reporting Trends 2025. I am also member of the Cornerstone Capital Inc. Advisory Board.


Anthony Miller
Economic Affairs Officer
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad)

Anthony Miller is the Co-Coordinator of the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative and the Focal Point for Corporate Social Responsibility within the Investment and Enterprise Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

He has managed the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative since its launch by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2009. In 2011, the initiative was named by Forbes magazine as one of the “world’s best sustainability ideas”.

Dr. Miller is a specialist on CSR, corporate governance and responsible investment, with particular emphasis on how these issues impact developing countries. He is a regular contributor to UNCTAD’s flagship World Investment Report and for over 10 years an annual guest lecturer on CSR and responsible investment at the Cambridge Centre for Development Studies. He holds an MPhil and PhD in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge.


Thomas Moseberg-Stangeby
Deputy Director
Secton for economic and commercial affairs in the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Thomas Mosberg-Stangeby is a Deputy Director with the Secton for economic and commercial affairs in the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a diplomat in the Norwegian Foreign Service, he has served in various positions in Jakarta, Brussels and The Hague. In his current role, he worked in the team which developed the Norwegian National Action Plan for the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Mr Mosberg-Stangeby is educated at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) and before he joined the Foreign Service in 2005 he worked in the private sector, for the companies Deloitte and Norsk Hydro.

Janet Neo
Head of Corporate Sustainability
Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific

Janet Neo heads corporate sustainability at Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific, an industry leader in document services and communications. She leads the acceleration of sustainability integration into the core business and builds a culture of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the region. Having lived and worked in the USA, Europe and Asia, her career spans across private, public and non-profit sectors including HEINEKEN Asia Pacific and Singapore Government Ministry where she spearheaded sustainable development for businesses and local communities. She has led teams in strategy development, award-winning CSR initiatives, sustainability reporting and communications in Singapore and 26 countries globally. Janet holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from the National University of Singapore, University Scholars Programme. She worked in Silicon Valley hi-tech startups and studied in Stanford University, USA. She serves as a member of United Nations ESCAP Sustainable Business Taskforce. In 2015, Janet was named a Rising Talent under 40 by the Global Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. Recently. Janet was named 100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders Global Listing by World CSR Congress.


Ai L. H. Nguyen
Senior Operations Manager
Jia Hsin

Ai L.H. Nguyen currently serves as Senior Operations Manager at Jia Hsin, a Taiwanese sandals manufacturer in Viet Nam. Previously, she worked for the local famous footwear brand - Biti’s - as International Sales Manager. With twenty two years of career in footwear industry, Ai has a strong and deep specialization in Products Development, Sales, Marketing, and Operations. 

Importantly, Ai also serves as a sustainability leader in her organization. She has developed a special interest in CSR and Sustainability, and she put lot of efforts on these areas since year 1998. Lately, she has successfully established Jia Hsin’s CSR-Sustainability management systems and integrated them into company’s strategies and operations. This approach led Jia Hsin to receive Vietnam CSR Award and become one of the best CSR-Sustainability practices in global supply chains.

In addition, Ai is a passionate CSR-Sustainability contributor in her country. She keeps dedicating herself to the development of CSR and sustainability in Viet Nam. With strong commitment and wide network, she coordinates with enterprises, local authorities and NGOs to improve awareness and implementation of CSR and Sustainability in the country.

Huong Thien Nguyen
Huong Thien Nguyen
Operations Officer
IFC Vietnam

HUONG NGUYEN works as Operations Officer at IFC Environmental, Social and Governance Department, Vietnam office. She is leading the Vietnam Environmental and Social Standards for the Financial Sector. She has been contributing to the Environmental and Social Risk Management and Green Credit Policy for the Vietnam banking sector and the E&S performance reporting for the capital market in Vietnam. Huong has extensive experience in supporting regulators in developing business enabling regulations and policies in Vietnam.


Michael Nugent
Michael is on secondment from the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). Major projects he has worked on with IFAC include the International Framework for Assurance Engagements and related assurance standards for non-financial engagements (ISAE 3000) and assurance engagements on GHG disclosures (ISAE 3410).  Michael is a member of the GRI’s Global Sustainability Standards Board and the International Auditing and Assurance Board’s Working Group.  Having been in London 2011-2014, he is now based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a member of CPA Australia.

Ryan O'Keeffe
Director of Communications

Ryan O'Keeffe joined Enel from Finsbury, the leading global strategic communications consultancy, where he advised the CEOs and boards of directors of a number of the world's largest companies on their international communications strategies.

He graduated with a degree in modern languages from the University of Edinburgh and speaks three European languages, including Italian. After earning a Postgraduate Diploma in Management at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Mr O'Keeffe joined UBS Investment Bank in its South African office before moving to London where he worked in the M&A and Leveraged Finance teams, until he joined Finsbury in 2006.

In 2009 he moved to Finsbury's office in New York where he spent three years, culminating in his involvement in Finsbury's 2011 merger with US-based Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery.

With broad experience in international media engagement, investor relations, as well as internal communications, crisis management and regulatory investigations, he oversees Enel's Brand Management, Internal Communications, Global Media Relations and Digital Communications at Group level. He is a Board member of Enel Cuore Onlus, and is also involved with various educational charities in South Africa and the UK. He is a keen sportsman and nature conservationist.


Cecile Oger
Associate Director, Advisory Services

Cecile works with BSR members to help them improve and advance their sustainability strategies for a more inclusive world.

Since joining BSR, Cecile has worked and led large projects on materiality, strategy and stakeholder engagement, largely focusing on the healthcare and consumer products sectors. Cecile runs BSR’s Healthcare Working Group and is a team member of BSR’s Investing in Women initiative. She is a member of BSR’s service offering global team and a keen and experienced facilitator and trainer.

Prior to joining BSR, Cecile served as consulting deputy director for SGS Sustainability Services. Her work involved developing service offerings to ensure more sustainable supply chains. Before that, Cecile acquired a thorough understanding of the healthcare sector as executive director of SFSTP, one of the largest associations of industrial pharmacists in Europe. She started her career with Clariant, a leading global specialty chemicals manufacturer, where she serviced sectors as varied as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, mining and transportation. Cecile is bilingual in French and English.

Cecile holds a Life Sciences degree from University of Angers, a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Business Administration from Kingston University London, and an M.B.A. in Sustainability from Ryerson University.


Sanda Ojiambo
Head of Corporate Responsibility
Safaricom Limited

Sanda Ojiambo is the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Safaricom Limited, where she leads the Social Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Management, Social Policy and the Corporate Social Investment portfolios.  She leads a dynamic portfolio that works to implement and communicate Safaricom’s external facing business agenda focused on responsible business and sustainable partnerships with a broad range of ecosystem collaborators.   

Sanda has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Development Economics.  She has completed several Executive Leadership trainings at Strathmore Business School in Kenya; and Harvard Business School in the USA.  

She previously worked as the Director of Programmes at the Africa Regional Office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, where she provided technical and strategic leadership for the development and implementation of women’s health programs in over 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  During her leadership, she diversified and grew the program budget at a time when globally, funding for women’s health was on the decline. Sanda has also worked at CARE International, UNDP Somalia and Planned Parenthood Federation of America- International, where she has implemented and/or managed a range of development projects.   

She is a Director of the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) – a Kenyan State Corporation; and is a board member of the Gender Violence Recovery Centre, a Kenyan NGO. 

Sanda is passionate about responsible business and sustainability; is an avid traveller and recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.  


Dante Pesce
UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Mr. Dante Pesce holds a Masters in Political Science from the Catholic University of Chile and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the VINCULAR Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development at the Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile (2001-currently), working in 14 Latin American countries in outreach, capacity building and advisory services related to sustainability and responsible business practices, including business and human rights, sustainability reporting, corporate sustainability strategy. His work involves interactions and projects with public sector organizations, private enterprises and business associations. He has actively collaborated in the development of international standards such as ISO26000, OECD Guidelines for multinational corporations and GRI G3, G3.1 and G4. Mr. Pesce is Special Advisor on Public Policy to the United Nations Global Compact, a Member of the Stakeholder Council to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a member of the Strategic Advisory Group within ISO26000. At a national level, he is a member of the Chilean Council on Social Responsibility for Sustainable Development which established Chile’s first National Action Plan 2015-2018. During the late 1980s he was actively engaged in the restoration of democracy in Chile and during the 1990s he was a grassroots NGO leader.


Sulema Pioli
Technical Director

Sulema is a biologist and an environmental lawyer, holds a MSc. in Environmental Health and an MBA on Sustainability. She has 18 years of experience working in an extensive range of sectors, including NGO`s and University, as well as private sector, such as extractive, energy and infrastructure industries. Her work mainly comprises social and sustainability performance improvement and management, social/human rights impact and risk assessment as well as stakeholder engagement and private social investment. She has extensive experience in advising lenders on social risks associated with project financing, working with international investors (including Export Credit Agencies and IFC). She has also led ESG reporting processes over the past 12 years, supporting organizations in adding value to their business by proper assessment and management of their sustainability/social risks and impacts. As a researcher at the University of Sao Paulo Sulema contributed in elaborating social and environmental key performance indicators.


Ken Pucker
Advisory Director/Lecturer
Berkshire Partners/Boston University Questrom Schoold of Business
Ken Pucker is an operator, investor, teacher and writer, with all of his activities motivated by  a commitment to redefine the balance between capitalism and natural capital.  Ken served for 15 years at the Timberland Company, the last seven of which Ken was the Chief Operating Officer.  During his tenure, the company grew from $350M to $1.6B while being recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Company to Work and a Forbes Platinum investment.  Timberland was also recognized as a top ten ethical company according to Business Ethics magazine and a winner of the Ron Brown Presidential Award.
Presently, Ken is a board member and investor in Timbuk2 Designs and QUINN Foods.  He is also an Advisory Director at the private equity firm Berkshire Partners, where Ken leads the firm’s ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Committee.   Ken is a Lecturer at Boston University’s Questrom School of Management, where he teaches a course entitled “Leading Sustainable Enterprise” and has had his writing published in the Guardian newspaper and in The Journal of Corporate Finance (entitled “Sustainability Versus The System: An Operator’s Perspective.)” Ken serves on the boards of the High Meadows Institute, Green City Force and the Commonwealth School and is a member of the Private Equity ESG Working Group.  Ken is a graduate of Middlebury College and the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.
Ken’s passion for sustainability is informed by 25 years of practice.  Having led a NYSE publicly traded company, served as the Board Chair of a privately held company, participated as an investor in a successful private equity firm and engaged as a not for profit research designer and as a professor, Ken’s perspective is informed from a variety of angles.  His point of view is rooted in the practical operating rhythms of for profit, global enterprise and of performance based, asset management.  It is also colored by his understanding of stakeholder dynamics including the motivations of customers and consumers.

Karthik Ramanna
Associate professor of business administration
Harvard Business School
Karthik Ramanna is an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, where he has also held the school's Henry B. Arthur Fellowship, an appointment supporting the research and teaching of business ethics, and Marvin Bower Fellowship, an appointment to help faculty launch innovative new research agendas. Additionally, Karthik is a faculty associate in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences and an editorial board member of Accounting, Economics & Law, the Journal of Accounting & Economics, and the Journal of Financial Reporting.
Karthik teaches the first-year M.B.A. course Leadership and Corporate Accountability, where he is particularly involved in studying the responsibilities of business leaders in designing and sustaining the norms and rules that underlie capitalism. Karthik has also taught in Harvard’s executive education and doctoral programs. He is the author of Political Standards: Corporate Interest, Ideology, and Leadership in the Shaping of Accounting Rules for the Market Economy (University of Chicago Press, 2015). He has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Romeo Recide
Romeo Recide
Deputy National Statistician
Philippine Statistics Authority

Mr Romeo S. Recide is currently the Deputy National Statistician handling the Sectoral Statistics Office of the Philippine Statistics Authority. In this position he manages the generation, compilation, analysis and dissemination of social, economic and macroeconomic statistics. This involves the conduct of household and establishment surveys on family income and expenditure, labor force, health, production, trade and prices, and the compilation of national accounts.

Before occupying this current position, he was the Director of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics in the Department of Agriculture where his main responsibility was the generation of statistics on production, prices and trade of agricultural and fishery commodities and other related farm household information. He was also designated as Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning of the Department of Agriculture. In this position his major commitments included trade negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and serving as Senior Official Meeting (SOM) Leader of the Philippines in the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Meetings.

Mr Recide is involved in regional and international organizations and bodies dealing with improvements of statistics on agriculture, food security, human rights, disasters, labor and others


Fernando Riano
Director for CSR and Institutional Relations 
Fundación ONCE
Fernando Riaño has a Degree in Law from the Navarra University, Spain, where he formed part of the Administrative Law Department and from where he started his studies in Philosophy. Part of his career has been carried out in the fields of legal advisory services, consulting, training and financial sector. He also has experience in small, medium-sized and large companies, especially at international level.
In January 2006 Fernando joined the Human Resources Department of Barclays Western Europe and in December of the same year he took charge of Barclays Foundation’s Corporate Responsibility Area. He regularly contributes to various specialized publications and lectures at universities and business schools. He is the author of a wide range of articles. The most recent publication, in collaboration with the he Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI) and with a prologue by the international chef Ferran Adrià, deals with the implementation of corporate responsibility and disability policies in companies. In November 2012 he was awarded the “Young Director Talent” prize by the Fundación Príncipe de Girona and Seeliger y Conde, being the first person with a disability to receive this prize.
Fernando is currently Director for CSR and Institutional Relations at Fundación ONCE as well as Director for CSR, Communication and Corporate Affairs at ILUNION, the group of social companies of ONCE and its Foundation.
He also has an MBA (Master in Business Administration) from ICADE and is a Worldwide Associate in The Employers’ Forum on Disability/ Business Disability Forum.

Dian Elvira Rosa
National Program Officer
Economic Development Cooperation (SECO), Embassy of Switzerland

As a National Program Officer at the Jakarta local office of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Dian overlooks a range of initiatives in Indonesia related to sustainable trade, private sector development, and public financial management. Key projects supported by SECO in Indonesia under her purview include a flagship program supporting 130,000 smallholder cocoa farmers across the country; tourism development in Flores Island and other key destinations; improving public services delivery through better financial inclusion and public financial management; and mainstreaming sustainability through corporate governance and corporate sustainability reporting.

Prior to joining SECO, Dian worked at the World Bank Office in Jakarta and the British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia. She completed her Bachelor degree at the University Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and her Master studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. In her spare time, Dian closely collaborates with local craftsmen in Indonesia to sustainably make home décor artisanal goods.


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.


Charmane Russell
Managing Director
Russell & Associates

Charmane Russell heads up communications agency, Russell & Associates (R&A), which she founded in 1999. The agency offers strategic counsel on communication and reporting strategies, and also assists clients in the implementation of these strategies and plans. 

R&A is niched in the natural resources sector with more than 35 clients in South Africa and internationally. R&A has produced recognized integrated and sustainability reports for numerous clients and leads the This is Gold advocacy initiative on behalf of South African gold producers. The agency currently employs more than 35 professionals from diverse backgrounds such as journalism, economics and finance, languages, education, design and programming.  

Prior to forming her own agency Charmane was head of the Corporate Communications Department for Anglo American, before she moved to the then AngloGold Limited when that company listed as a separate entity. Charmane has a BA, and MBL, and has participated in a number of courses at Harvard Business School, most recently a course led by Prof Michael Porter on Creating Shared Value. Charmane was part of the first graduating class of the Post Graduate Diploma in Integrated Reporting, run by the Albert Luthuli Centre for Corporate Responsibility and the University of Pretoria.

Charmane is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and has been awarded the prestigious Gold Quill Award on a number of occasions. She is also a member of the Investment Analysts Society of South Africa (IAS). R&A is an organizational stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and is GRI’s data partner in South Africa.  


David Russell
UetlibergPartners GmbH

David studied the sustainability of supply chains for over 25 years, providing numerous businesses at the Dow Chemical Company with pragmatic, customised tools and systems to evaluate the sustainability of their products, management strategies and value chains. He has chaired industry organisations related to sustainability and has worked with diverse global expert groups, such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), to evaluate products and services, publish credible life cycle data and develop international measurement standards, presenting these topics regularly at conferences. He began working with GRI in 2002 providing technical advice on the G3 Measurement Working Group. David has a PhD degree from Brunel University London. Currently, he is a partner in UetlibergPartners GmbH, providing sustainability advice to diverse organisations.

JJ Ryan
JJ Ryan

Johnjoseph Ryan aka JJ, is manager of ArabSustainability.com, an open data initiative launched by Sustainability Excellence, a sustainability advisory firm in the Middle East. Working at Sustainability Excellence for over 7 years, JJ has played a critical role in helping sustainability pioneers across the Middle East become leaders in their sector. He has worked with some of the regions first GRI based sustainability reporters and been involved in the setting up and expansion of national and regional sustainability initiatives.

JJ is now championing the deployment of ArabSustainability.com which openly tracks, aggregates, ranks and benchmarks the sustainability performance data of all reporters in the Arab World. The initiative aims to increase corporate transparency and improve performance across the region, providing tools for organizations, and a public platform to engage stakeholders throughout the process.

In recognition for his efforts in advancing sustainability in the region, JJ was awarded the Sustainability Leadership Award from the Asian Confederation of Business in 2012.


Tshwanelo Seeletsa
Control Environment Officer
International Sustainable Development at the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
Tshwanelo Seeletsa is a Control Environment Officer: International Sustainable Development at the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa. Her scope of work revolves on managing and coordinating South Africa’s participation in international sustainable development forums. This amongst others involves aspects around sustainability reporting
Ian Short
Ian Short
Interim CEO

Ian Short was appointed Interim CEO in January 2016 and tasked with implementing Climate-KIC’s new structures, strategies and teams to enable the organisation to achieve its potential.

Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Institute for Sustainability – an independent charity established to pilot and trial systemic solutions for sustainable cities and communities – and a partner of Climate-KIC. In this capacity, Ian was a Governing Board Member of Climate-KIC for nearly five years, a member of the Supervisory Board since its inception and co-chaired Climate-KIC’s cities theme.

Previously, Ian was Deputy Chief Executive at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC), a public/private regeneration agency in east London, which he helped establish in 2005. While in this role, Ian led development of the Institute for Sustainability from original concept through to fully operational charitable organisation in just over two years.

Before joining the LTGDC, Ian worked at Lehman Brothers for ten years where he held a number of senior roles based in London and New York. When he left he was a senior vice president and Co-Chief Administrative Officer of the Operations division which included running the global project management team. Originally from New Zealand, Ian started his career as an accountant and worked for the Treasury implementing health sector reforms.


Paul Simpson

Paul has been at the forefront of CDP's expansion since its inception in 2000 and has led CDP from a climate specific focus into other environmental areas. He previously worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd, the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is a former director of the Social Venture Network. Paul sits on the advisory panel of Guardian Sustainable Business and the Global Stranded Assets Advisory Council for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.


Sanjeev Raghubir
Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Sustainability Manager
Shared Value Measurement and Disclosure Communicating Shared Value in the African Context

Sanjeev Raghubir is the Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Sustainability Manager for Nestlé in the Southern African Region.  He supports Nestle in realizing its ambition of supplying food and beverage products that are healthy and nutritious while minimizing their environmental impacts throughout the value chain. Prior to that he worked as an Environmental Engineer at the CSIR, working on a number of Environmental Impact Assessment studies and other specialist environmental studies. Sanjeev holds degrees in chemical and environmental engineering, and he completed an MBA degree through UNISA. He is appointed onto the global Nestle Safety & Health Council, and he Chairs the SA-SWPN leakage reduction and water use efficiency working group.


Matthew Swibel
Director, Corporate Sustainability
Lockheed Martin
Matthew Swibel has worked every facet of the sustainability and communications profession over a 17-year career, from award-winning journalist to lead communicator for a 6,000-employee segment of a Fortune 60 company to founding director of a forerunning corporate sustainability team. Along the way, he has earned a reputation as a trusted business strategist and advisor to senior leaders—someone who can both shape strategic objectives and execute the tactics successfully.
In Matt’s current role, he directs sustainability strategy, reporting and stakeholder engagement at Lockheed Martin Corporation, which is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index; recognized as the top sector performer according to the MSCI Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) index; and is among the top ten companies named to CR Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens list.
He leads Lockheed Martin's sustainability stakeholder outreach to investors, federal customers and civil society, which informed the company’s—and the Aerospace & Defense industry’s—first GRI G4 report in 2014. Through Matt’s effective collaboration with business leaders, Lockheed Martin has increased its social impact by 50%, initiated a plan to quadruple on-site renewable power generation, introduced a globally-recognized supplier code of conduct and created its “Engineering a Better Tomorrow” brand promise.

Dr. Wolfram Tertschnig
Dr. Wolfram Tertschnig studied Biology and Psychology at the University of Vienna and holds a doctorate in Marine Ecology. In 1988, he joined the then Federal Ministry of Environment, Youth and Family where he served in various management positions from 1989 onwards: in the 1990s, in the areas of technology policy, research coordination, state environment aid, environmental planning, process responsibility for the development and implementation of the Austrian National Environmental Plan; as of 2000, responsible for coordinating sustainable development at federal level, process responsibility for the National Sustainability Strategy, initiator of ESDN, the European Sustainable Development Network. Today, Wolfram Tertschnig heads Dept. I/3 (Environmental Aid Policy, Sustainability, Biodiversity) at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. Internationally, Mr. Tertschnig serves as co-chairman of the ESDN (www.sd-network.eu), member of the Government Stakeholder Advisory Group of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Austrian representative to the Group of Friends of Paragraph 47, a multinational, government-led initiative in sustainability reporting practice and policy.

Penny Tlhabi
Head of People and Sustainability

Having graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1988, Penny spent the next seven years working as a clinician in the private and public sectors including Chris Hani Baragwanath, Johannesburg General and primary healthcare clinics in Soweto. It is here that Penny experienced first hand how the lack of access to quality healthcare could have devastating effects and further ignited her passion to develop meaningful solutions in particular for low income families.

In 1996, Penny joined Transnet as CEO of Transmed Administrators and she developed the first low cost medical aid option for the 35,000 blue collar workers who had, up to that time, been excluded from this benefit. She also led Transmed through its privatisation journey and restructured it to be more commercial while focusing her efforts building capacity with people, their leadership and offering support, reflection and counsel to her stakeholders.

Subsequent to this, she joined Discovery Health for the first time in 2000, leading the team that developed Discovery’s first low income medical aid scheme - only a couple of years later. This is now the largest scheme of its kind in South Africa and has positively impacted communities across the country. In 2002 Penny was offered the opportunity to take up the challenge to be the CEO of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) at a time that the Industry was going through major upheaval with the introduction of the new Medical Schemes Act. Penny returned to Discovery after a 3 year period of leading the industry through the manifold changes and complexities as Head of New Markets (including In House (custom to Business) Medical Schemes and KeyCare (low income scheme) and a member of the Discovery Holdings Business Exco.

Penny was appointed a Board Member of Discovery Health in 2010, and took up the position of Head of People and Corporate Sustainability in 2011, a position she currently holds and is viewed as central to the Core Purpose of the organisation which is to make people healthier and enhance and protect their lives, whilst being a positive force for social good.

Elisa Tonda
Elisa Tonda
Head of the Responsible Industry and Value Chain Unit
UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE)

Elisa Tonda is the Head of the Responsible Industry and Value Chain Unit in the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), whose main goal is the promotion of sustainable production and consumption practices in public and private sector through the engagement of the business community. She has been active in the strengthening of UNEP’s active contribution to the greening of global value chains, through the promotion of the Eco-innovation approach in developing countries and emerging economies. Since the Rio Conference in 2012, Elisa has been actively supporting the government-led initiative the ‘Group of Friends of Paragraph 47’ on corporate sustainability reporting.

Prior to that, Elisa has been the Regional Officer of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics based in the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama City. She was in charge of supporting the implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the UNEP's initiatives addressing Resource Efficiency, Sustainable Consumption and Production and Green Economy. During her professional experience with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), she was responsible for project development and management in the area of Cleaner Production and sound chemicals management.

During her former professional career, she had been working with the private sector in the areas of environmental authorizations and permits, environmental certification including ISO 14001, the design of environmental service facilities, the design and operation of landfills, the environmental impact assessments of landfills and mining sites, and the remediation of contaminated industrial sites.

Stefan Tromel
Senior Disability Specialist

Since August 2013, Senior Disability Specialist in the International Labour Organization. Current duties include the coordination of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network.

Between 2008 and 2013, Executive Director of the International Disability Alliance, the global umbrella organization of organizations of persons with disabilities.

Between 1999 and 2004, Director of the European Disability Forum, the most representative disability organization at European Union level.

He was actively involved in the negotiation process of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2002-2006).

Wayne Visser
Wayne Visser
Kaleidoscope Futures

Wayne Visser is Director of the think-tank and media company, Kaleidoscope Futures, and describes himself as a professional idea-monger, storyteller and meme-weaver. His work as a strategy analyst, sustainability advisor, CSR expert, futurist and professional speaker has taken him to over 70 countries in the past 20 years, where he has delivered over 300 talks and lectures and served over 130 clients.

Wayne is the author of 25 books – including, most recently, The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise – over 300 other publications. He also writes as a guest columnist for The Guardian newspaper. He a Visiting Professor in Sustainable Business at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa and is a Senior Associate and Masters Tutor at Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Wayne has been recognized as one of the world’s top 48 ‘thriveability’ leaders (2015) and top 70 ‘sustainerati’ (2015), a top 100 influencer on Twitter in CSR and sustainable business (2014), a top 100 thought-leader in trustworthy business (2013) and a top 100 global sustainability leader (2012).

In 2009, Wayne founded CSR International, after obtaining a PhD in corporate social responsibility in the UK and having previously served as Director of Sustainability Services for KPMG and Strategy Analyst for Capgemini in South Africa. His other qualifications include an MSc in Human Ecology (Edinburgh University, UK) and a Bachelor of Business Science with Honours in Marketing (Cape Town University, South Africa). Wayne now lives in Cambridge. He tweets @WayneVisser and his website is www.waynevisser.com.


Eszter Vitorino
Manager Public Policy Affairs

Eszter has joined GRI’s Policy Team in 2012. Previously she was as part of GRI's Regional Network Team, working with GRI’s regional offices and corporate stakeholders. Prior to joining GRI, she has gained experience at a small management consultancy firm, the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Netherlands office, and the European Commission. 

In her work at GRI, Eszter is managing bilateral relations with governmental and capital markets actors and is creating a knowledge hub of sustainability reporting policies and regulations worldwide.
Eszter holds Master’s degrees in Economics and Political Science and has contributed to several publications on sustainability reporting.


Michel Washer
Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer
Solvay Group
Michel Washer is Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer of the Solvay Group. He has spent more than thirty years with the Solvay group, starting as a chemical engineer, then occupying various positions in the group, in technical, commercial, and general management functions.
Hugh Wheelan
Hugh Wheelan
Co-founder, Response Global Media
Managing Editor, Responsible Investor
Managing Editor, ESG Magazine

Hugh has written extensively on investment, corporate and sustainability issues for national newspapers including The Observer and The Financial Times. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in global institutional finance and sustainability. He won the respected Aon Consulting award for European Pensions and Investment Journalist of the Year in 2006. From 2004 to 2007 he was Paris Correspondent and prior to that Fund Management Editor at Financial News, part of the Wall Street Journal. Prior to that he was Political and Economic advisor to Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International. From 1997 to 2003 he worked at Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE) magazine where he held the position of Deputy Editor, launch Editor of IPE Real Estate and launch Editor of IPE.com. Hugh trained in journalism as a reporter on the Peterborough Herald & Post and worked part time for the Liverpool Echo.


Allen L. White
Vice President and Senior Fellow
Tellus Institute

Dr. Allen L. White is Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute, Boston, USA, and directs the institute’s Program on Corporate Redesign.  In 1997, he co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative and served as its Acting CEO until 2002. In 2004, he co-founded and is Director of Corporation 20/20 (www.corporation2020.org ), an initiative focused on designing future corporations to create and sustain social mission. He also is Founder and Co-chair of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (www.ratesustainability.org) launched in mid-2011 and co-edits the Great Transition Initiative online journal (www.greattransition.org). 

Dr. White has advised multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Bank; foundations including the Pew Charitable Trusts, the UN Foundation and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation; numerous Fortune 500 companies; US EPA; and NGOs such as Oxfam and Ceres.  He has held faculty and research positions at the University of Connecticut, Clark University and Battelle Laboratories, and is a former Fulbright Scholar in Peru.   He has served on boards, advisory groups and committees of the International Corporate Governance Network, Civic Capital, Instituto Ethos (Brazil), the New Economy Network, New Earth/Earthster, and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the JFK School, Harvard University. Dr. White was principal architect of the pioneering CERES standardized environmental reporting framework in the years following launch of the organization in 1990. He is co-author of Corporate Environmentalism in a Global Economy and has published and spoken widely on corporate purpose, design, sustainability, accountability and governance.   


Jan Willem
Manager Corporate Social Responsibility 
HEINEKEN International

Jan-Willem Vosmeer is Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at HEINEKEN International, supporting and driving the company’s global sustainability strategy ‘Brewing a Better World’, involving 70 markets worldwide. He is responsible for stakeholder engagement, corporate social investment, CSR issues and overall management of HEINEKEN's global Sustainability Reporting. Amongst his focus areas are Water Stewardship (being the point of contact for HEINEKEN'S partnership with UN Organisation UNIDO), Sustainable Sourcing, Responsible Consumption and Human Rights.

In previous positions within HEINEKEN, Jan-Willem was Group Crisis Manager – managing crisis issues and crisis preparedness -, interim Brand PR Manager for the Heineken brand and responsible for activating global internal communications programmes.

Before joining HEINEKEN, Jan-Willem worked for BBDO, one of the world’s leading creative communications agency networks, in Amsterdam and Brussels.

Jan-Willem has degrees in Communications (School of Economics in Utrecht) and Organisational Anthropology (VU University of Amsterdam), and completed executive courses at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Harvard Business School.


Jonathan Wise
the Comms Lab

Jonathan has 15 years experience as a strategic planner in advertising agencies working on brands such as Shell, Nestle, Kraft, Diageo and the BBC.   In 2010 he started a Masters in Sustainability at Ashridge Business School.  Halfway through the course he quit his job when he acknowledged the link between his work and climate change.

In understanding the power of advertising he asked “how can the creative industries help solve the world’s problems?’  Knowing that the industry had little interest in sustainability and inspired by the quote “help people solve a problem they already have rather than giving them a new one” he co-authored the report ‘Reclaiming Agency’.   The report frames the strategic opportunity for agencies to reclaiming their moral agency.  In doing so they will be more attractive to clients and talent and defend against competitive pressure.  And inherently become pro-sustainability businesses.

Come and hear Jonathan talk about how gaining insight into people’s current concerns can unlock how you can frame your sustainability message without using the word ‘sustainability’.



Yann Wyss

Yann Wyss joined Nestlé in 2011 to develop and implement Nestlé’s Human Rights Due Diligence Program across the company’s operations and supply chain. He started his career at the Swiss Foreign Ministry, where he was actively involved in the creation of the UN Human Rights Council. He then joined the team of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Pr. John Ruggie, charged with the development of the UN Framework and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. He was also a Program Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where he contributed to the review process of the IFC Performance Standards and advised IFC staff and clients on project-related human rights issues. Yann holds three Master’s degrees, in International Human Rights Law, Economics & Social Sciences, and Political Science.