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Take a look at our expert speakers who will be guiding you through best practices in sustainability reporting, sharing tips and tools for you to implement directly in your own work.


Sue Allchurch
Chief of Participant Relations and Communications, United Nations Global Compact
Sue works with the business community to help make progress towards meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development goals through bold innovation and through more responsible business practices encompassing labour, human rights, environment and anti-corruption. Sue spent most of her career running consumer brands, latterly Lipton tea, Surf and Skip detergents and Laundry Innovation globally. In all roles Sue led sustainable development and social purpose as a core part of the brand development with a key focus on product, supply chain and idea development. Prior to these roles, Sue was Global Vice President of the Unilever Marketing Academy and head of marketing for Save the Children UK. 

Dunstan Allison-Hope
Managing Director, BSR
Dunstan leads the team of directors that oversees BSR’s six core areas of expertise—human rights, climate change, inclusive economy, women’s empowerment, sustainability management, and supply chain. Previously, Dunstan led BSR’s information and communications technology and heavy manufacturing practices. Dunstan facilitated the multi-stakeholder process of developing global principles on freedom of expression and privacy, which led to the launch of the Global Network Initiative in October 2008. 

He also helped create the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, a collaborative initiative of more than 100 ICT companies improving conditions in their supply chains. Prior to joining BSR in 2004, Dunstan was part of British Telecommunications' corporate responsibility team. Dunstan has an M.Prof. in Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future.

Diane W. Biagianti
Vice President, Chief Responsibility Officer, Edwards Lifesciences LLC
Diane W. Biagianti is Vice President, Chief Responsibility Officer at Edwards Lifesciences LLC (“Edwards”) where she has responsibility for the Company’s global Ethics and Compliance program, Global Information Security, and Legal Regulatory, including development of the Company’s policies and procedures; provision of organizational guidance, support and training; auditing, monitoring and investigations; oversight of the global HCP transparency program, and  clinical trials and regulatory support. In 2013, Diane received the PricewaterhouseCoopers Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Ethics in the Medical Device Industry.

Prior to joining Edwards, Diane served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. (”AMO”) from 2002 to 2009. In 2009, Abbott Laboratories acquired AMO.  After the acquisition, Diane served as Divisional Vice President, Legal, for Abbott Medical Optics, Inc. 
Prior to joining AMO, she was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. from 1997 through 2002 and was an associate with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP from 1991 to 1997, where she practiced as an employment litigator.  She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1991 and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Business Administration in 1984.  She is also a certified public accountant, previously licensed to practice in Arizona.

Christopher Boone
Dean, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Christopher Boone is the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.  His research contributes to ongoing debates in sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, vulnerability, and global environmental change. He is a co-PI for the urban Long Term Ecological Research projects based in Baltimore and Phoenix, both supported by the National Science Foundation. At ASU, he has taught classes on sustainable urbanization, urban and environmental health, principles and methods of sustainability, environmental justice, sustainable design and innovation, and interdisciplinary methods for socio-ecological research. Boone serves on the Executive Committee for the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, part of the National Council on Science and the Environment. He has a PhD from the University of Toronto and was a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University.

Lex de Bruijn
Managing Director, FIRA Sustainability B.V.
Over the past 20 years Lex has been engaged in international business development, expanding on topics such as corporate responsibility, EHS management and assurance. Among other jobs Lex has been active as Auditor and Lead Assessor Management Systems for many years. Throughout his career Lex has been accustomed to work for multinational clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, Mohawk Industries, Sun Microsystems (Oracle), Bacardi GE Plastics and many others. Lex started the FIRA Sustainability in 2010, a CSR assurance provider including an online register in which suppliers display their CSR practices to buyers. Lex is one of the authors of ISO 20400, guideline for sustainable procurement. Lex firmly believes sustainability can be accelerated by appealing to business drivers.

Bastian Buck
Standards Director, GRI

Bastian is responsible for the all standard setting activities at GRI. Bastian has extensive experience with the development of the GRI reporting guidance, the ins and outs of global multi-stakeholder processes, having been with GRI for more than a decade. 


Sarah Corrigan
Senior Consultant, BrownFlynn

A Senior Consultant at BrownFlynn, Sarah delivers in-depth analysis and synthesized project results. Through the Firm’s external training programs, she teaches practical approaches to reporting frameworks, materiality, and other topics of interest. Sarah helps to keep BrownFlynn on the cutting edge of market developments and leads the Firm’s analysis of sustainability ratings and industry benchmarking. 

Throughout her work, Sarah aims to communicate the value of reporting and to expand the integration of sustainability performance with traditional financial analysis. Her clients have included companies in the health care, financial services, consumer packaged goods, and industrial manufacturing industries. Prior to joining BrownFlynn, she served in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission. Her other experiences include CSR Asia in Hong Kong, where she analyzed the sustainability practices of companies listed on the Hang Seng Index. CSR Asia published her research in collaboration with Oxfam HK.   
Jennifer Eastes
Principal Consultant, ERM

Jennifer is a Senior Sustainability Consultant with 11 years of experience assisting Fortune 500 companies with the development of their corporate sustainability strategies. Jennifer’s particular area of expertise lies in transparency, disclosure and communications, where she helps companies to articulate their sustainability vision, strategy and performance. Jennifer has developed more than 100 sustainability reports. Since the launch of the SDGs, Jennifer has worked with many organizations to both map their current programs against the SDGs, as well as to strategically identify focus areas within the SDGs.

Linden Edgell
Global Sustainability Director, ERM

Linden is the Global Sustainability Director and a Partner with ERM. She leads ERM’s corporate approach to sustainability and reporting and the ERM Foundation, and is responsible for key elements of the company’s strategy focusing on ‘the business of sustainability’. Linden leads ERM’s engagements with key global organisations including the UN Global Compact, GRI and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She has been involved in many UN events, and has co-ordinated ERM’s engagement in various UNFCCC meetings and SDGs development and implementation. 

Jamie Ezefili
VP and Senior Project Manager, Northern Trust

Jamie is currently the Vice President and Senior Project Manager for the Corporate Social Responsibility program at Northern Trust.  In this role she is responsible for delivering the annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report as well as managing assessments such as DJSI, CDP and FTSE4Good.  Jamie joined Northern Trust in 2008 as Team Lead in the Corporate and Institutional Services. Jamie serves at Girl Scout Trooper leader for Daisies in Chicago and is a Certified Corporate Responsibility Executive candidate through ACCP. 

Suzanne Fallender
Director, Corporate Responsibility, Intel Corporation

Suzanne Fallender is Director of Corporate Responsibility for Intel Corporation. In her role, Suzanne collaborates with key stakeholders across the company to integrate corporate responsibility into company strategies, policies, communications, and governance processes. Suzanne leads a team of experienced professionals who regularly engage with internal and external stakeholders to review and provide input on Intel’s corporate responsibility performance, approach to human rights, and shared value opportunities to apply Intel’s technology to address social and environmental challenges. 
She also leads Intel’s corporate responsibility reporting and communications strategy, and works closely with Intel’s investor relations and corporate governance groups. Suzanne has more than 20 years of experience in the field of corporate responsibility and corporate governance. Previously, she served as Vice President at Institutional Shareholder Services where she led the company’s socially responsible investment research division. She holds an M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and has served on many industry advisory boards and committees on sustainability and corporate responsibility over the past decade.

Katie Fedosenko
Senior Communications and Reporting Specialist, Teck Resources
Katie Fedosenko is responsible for Teck’s award-winning sustainability report, engagement with ESG ratings and rankings, and storytelling related to sustainability. Prior to joining Teck, Katie was a freelance writer and communications manager for an environmental NGO. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English from the University of British Columbia. She was recently named to the 2017 Greenbiz 30 under 30. 


Juliette Gaussem
Guidance & Practice Senior Manager, GRI

After graduating from Business School, Juliette worked for a French social business focussed on answering a social need. Looking to participate in 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, marketing and business development. As the Guidance & Practice Senior Manager, Juliette Gaussem’s first role is to lead GRI’s strategy for knowledge-based services and related content development and oversee the work of the team in developing and delivering a series of knowledge assets to respond to demand from the network and generally build capacity for better quality reporting based on the GRI Reporting Standards. 
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 now lives in Amsterdam. Juliette speaks French, English and Spanish. 

Wesley Gee
Director of Sustainability, The Works Design

Combining academic expertise with extensive professional experience, Wesley leads The Works’ sustainability practice. He provides guidance in stakeholder engagement, materiality, performance measurement, communications and reporting. Wesley contributed to the development of the G4 Guidelines, served on sector working groups with SASB, and is a judge for CPA Canada’s Corporate Reporting Awards. He also lectures for the CSR certificate and MScSM program at the University of Toronto. 

Before joining The Works, Wesley was Sustainability Consultant at Stantec and CSR Advisor at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. He holds a Master’s in Sustainable Business from the University of Leeds.

Pamela Cooper Griesemer
Vice President of Operations, Sustainability Services, KERAMIDA Inc

Pamela holds an M.S. in Physical Chemistry from University of Chicago and a B.S. in Chemistry Magna Cum Laude from Ball State and has completed coursework in Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment at Harvard University. Pamela is an ISI ENVISION Sustainability Professional and a GBCI certified LEED® Green Associate. She earned SASB’s Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting credential, and secured KERAMIDA’s status as a CDP USA Silver Education and Training Partner, a GRI Certified Training Partner, and a STAR Community Affiliate. 
Pamela teaches Urban Sustainability and Environmental Justice for Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. In her role as KERAMIDA’s Sustainability Services business unit leader, Pamela assists clients in developing, operationalizing and optimizing programs, and their accompanying suite of procedures and tools, to improve environmental, health and safety performance.

Eric Hespenheide
Chairman, GRI Board of Directors

Eric is Chairman of the GRI Board of Directors. Previously Eric chaired GRI’s Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), as well as GRI’s Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to retiring in 2013, Eric led Deloitte’s global sustainability reporting and assurance practice for a number of years. In addition to GRI related activities, Eric is the Chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Sustainability Assurance and Advisory Task Force, a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Global Advocacy Committee, a member of the Board of Advisors for E-Revalue and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at Louisiana State University and the University of Detroit Mercy. Eric previously served on the Working Group of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) during the development of the <IR> Framework.

Cara M. Johnson
Attorney, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Cara Johnson is a transactional attorney who focuses her practice on a mix of M&A, joint venture and other business transactions, and general corporate and social impact work. She is particularly interested in working with socially and environmentally responsible companies and investors to: set up benefit corporations and benefit-driven LLCs; complete B Corp impact assessments; draft annual sustainability reports based on GRI metrics; develop environmental, social and governance policies; form impact investment networks and funds; connect socially responsible investors to socially and environmentally driven companies. Cara lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her wife, Tanya, and their daughter, Lena.

Monika Kumar
Environmental Specialist, Corporate Responsibility Program, World Bank

In addition to supporting the Program’s corporate climate commitment efforts, Monika reports on the Bank’s sustainability policies and practices to the various stakeholders via the Sustainability Report website, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Index. 
Monika is currently coordinating the assessment of corporate policies and processes to develop a strategic framework and a Sustainability Management System (SMS) that guides the WBG’s corporate sustainability initiatives. 
She earned a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and has worked as a Sustainability Strategist in New York before joining the Bank.

Crystal Lassiter
Senior Director, Global Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, UPS

Crystal Lassiter is the Sr. Director, Global Sustainability & Environmental Affairs at UPS. Her responsibilities include developing and driving the strategies, initiatives, and reporting activities that advance UPS’s sustainability goals. She began her career in 1996, spending most of her years at UPS in facility maintenance leading teams in Engineering and Facilities functions across the company’s operations. Through her experience leading facility expansions, she oversaw the implementation of natural gas fueling stations, lighting upgrades and other sustainability projects. Outside of work, Crystal loves hiking, dancing, traveling and practicing Spanish.

Nancy Mancilla
CEO & Co-Founder, ISOS Group

Nancy is recognized through her leadership at ISOS Group as a GRI Certified Training Partner, CDP Educational Partner, ISO26000 and GPM (for Sustainability Project Management) Training Partner, as well as a TSC Service Provider. In her capacity, Nancy has orchestrated 300+ trainings, serves as a thought leader, speaker and expert in the non-financial reporting space. Through her practice, services extended to clients include reporting strategy, guidance and external assurance. 
In addition to online SA8000 web tutorials, Nancy has completed courses from the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and is registered as a Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (under AcocuntAbility). Her work has earned her a position in the 2016 Leadership California cohort, the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Sustainable Business Council and finalist status in the 2014 San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award. She also teaches Masters courses at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability.

Mékell Mikell
Manager, Disclosures and Reporting, Lockheed Martin

Mékell Mikell serves as Manager, Disclosures and Reporting at Lockheed Martin. She manages environmental, social and governance corporate disclosures. Prior to this role, she was the corporate communications lead for Sustainability and Environmental Remediation. Before joining the corporation, Mékell led stakeholder engagement for a $2 billion international clean energy program as an acting director in the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy. 
Mékell holds a Bachelor’s in Broadcast News from the University of Georgia. She also has a Master’s in International Studies and a PhD in Political Science from the University of South Carolina. 

Cora Lee Mooney
Director, BrownFlynn

As a Director at BrownFlynn, Cora Lee leads the Firm’s training programs on materiality, the GRI Standards, stakeholder engagement, and other ESG topics. She also serves as an advisor to her clients in manufacturing, consumer goods and services, health care, insurance, and real estate. She develops corporate responsibility strategies, white papers, internal training programs, public disclosures, investor responses, practical roadmaps, and compelling presentations. 
A philosopher by training, Cora Lee has the ability to take an extremely complex subject and break it down into simple concepts that are easily understood. She enjoys the pressure of making a good argument and provides a healthy skepticism that demands the business case for any sustainability project. Cora Lee’s professional background includes work in corporate training, regulatory auditing for K-12 Charter schools, industrial supply chain management, and 12 years’ experience teaching at the college level. 

Laura Nelson
Consultant, Antea Group

Laura Nelson has a diverse background in sustainability consulting, and currently leads Antea Group’s Corporate Reporting and Disclosure service offering. She has specific expertise in corporate sustainability reporting and materiality assessments; water risk assessments; sustainability program management and implementation; data management for benchmarking initiatives and target setting; and design and implementation of EHS management systems.   
Laura currently manages the water and energy benchmarking studies for the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, and is Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Certified.

Barbara O’Brien Brown

Principal and Co-founder, BrownFlynn

Barbara O’Brien Brown is principal and co-founder of BrownFlynn, a leading corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm. BrownFlynn is celebrating its 22nd year in business and aspires to create a world where all companies operate in a manner that enables current and future generations to thrive. Barb is a 25+ year veteran in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability. As one of BrownFlynn’s co-founders she has guided the Firm’s evolution to respond to market trends, leading the development of service offerings to ensure clients have the tools they need to respond. 

Katharine Partridge
President and Managing Partner, Stakeholder Research Associates

Katharine is President and Managing Partner of Stakeholder Research Associates Canada. Since 2005, she has worked with CSR teams to support corporate transparency and disclosure on material issues. Katharine has provided reporting strategy and has curated and written content for sustainability reporters including Visa, CVS Health, Merck, Kimberly-Clark, Chevron, Kinross Gold, Clarke and others. As a judge for the Ceres/ACCA annual reporting awards for seven years, she also helped advance the development of the North American reporting community. 
Katharine builds on 20 years in journalism, a sustainability-focused MBA and GRI G4 Certification to contribute knowledgeable and balanced content curation and compelling storytelling.

Laurel Peacock
Senior Manager, Sustainability, NRG Energy

Laurel is a Senior Manager of Sustainability for NRG Energy, a U.S. based independent power producer. In this role, Laurel leads all voluntary sustainability reporting processes to foster industry leadership and create shareholder value. Laurel’s experience spans a broad range of industries and sustainable strategies, including energy, sustainable agriculture, waste reduction, recycling, valuation of ecosystem services and greenhouse gas reduction. Laurel helped set industry-leading, science-based carbon reduction goals and led practical, innovative initiatives that address tough societal and environmental issues. Laurel is a co-chair of the Voluntary Reporting Working Group within the Electricity Producers Research Institute’s Energy Sustainability Interest Group, co-chair of the CRA Ratings & Rankings Thought Leadership Council as well as on the Advisory Board for the Corporate Responsibility Association. She represents NRG in the SASB Alliance, GRI GOLD Community and CDP stakeholder networks.

Daniel Perry
Senior Account Executive, EcoVadis

Daniel Perry is a sustainable procurement advocate and professional storyteller, with a passion for driving exponential change within global supply chains. Through his work at EcoVadis, Daniel helps large multinational corporations develop strategies to achieve tangible impact in the environmental, social and ethical practices of their supply base. Daniel originally hails from New Zealand, and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Stewart Rassier
Director, Executive Education & Advisory Products, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Stewart is Director of Executive Education at the Center; he has more than 11 years of corporate citizenship education, communications, and advisory experience working with leading companies across the globe. Prior to the Center, Stewart was the regional head of North America at AccountAbility, a sustainability advisory, research, and standards organization, and was a director at Saatchi & Saatchi Sustainability, a sustainability strategy consultancy. Stewart has worked with leading companies across the globe including Disney, Walmart, Fidelity, McDonald’s, ING, Hess, Accenture, Saudi Aramco, Vestas Wind Systems, Alston + Bird, WellPoint, Kellogg’s and Frito Lay.  

Jeannie Renné-Malone, LEED AP, ENV SP, GGP
VP Sustainability, Prologis 

Jeannie joined Prologis in January 2015 to guide, develop and implement a global sustainability strategy for the company, including establishment of policies and programs to work towards meeting global sustainability goals. She manages the Sustainability Team, and is responsible for coordination with Europe, Asia and the Americas on sustainability initiatives and communication with key stakeholders. She also manages the annual GRESB survey response.   
She has over 15 years of experience in sustainable development, technology transfer, renewable energy, climate change, greenhouse gas accounting, and sustainability planning and reporting in the US and in Latin America. She is fluent in Spanish.

Melanie George Smith
Politician and a Democratic member of the Delaware House of Representatives

Melanie George Smith is an attorney at Richards, Layton & Finger, where she began her career practicing in the firm’s business and alternative entities department after clerking for Justice Carolyn Berger in the Delaware Supreme Court. Representative Smith also serves as State Representative of the 5th District of Delaware. Representative Smith chairs the House Appropriations Committee and the Joint Finance Committee, and she is the immediate past chair and current vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

Representative Smith's interest in global sustainability arose out of her pro bono legal work in the community. She provides pro bono assistance to veterans, the elderly, and victims of domestic violence, and she serves as a guardian ad litem for children in foster care. Representative Smith has also worked with the Combined Campaign for Justice, which raises money for legal aid groups in Delaware. Representative Smith earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A., magna cum laude, in economics from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.

Bianca Wilson Tamagnini 
Manager, Sustainability, Pearson

As part of Pearson’s sustainability team, Bianca works to embed social and environmental issues into business strategy and operations to drive long-term corporate growth and advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She leads Pearson’s annual sustainability reporting process and related communications, develops programs to advance the company’s 2020 Sustainability Plan and engages key stakeholders. Before joining Pearson, Bianca spent nearly seven years at the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, where she held roles focusing on strategic communications, sustainability thought leadership, and organizational strategy. Previously, she advised PepsiCo’s South American Foods division on sustainability in the potato chip supply chain. Bianca holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.

Pierre-François Thaler
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, EcoVadis

Pierre-Francois is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of EcoVadis, which operates the first collaborative platform, allowing companies to assess the sustainability performance of their suppliers. Pierre-François brings 15 years’ experience in Procurement and business development of innovative solutions for Procurement organizations. He was previously CEO of B2Build SA the first B2B marketplace for the European construction industry. Prior to founding EcoVadis, he was a director of Ariba Procurement BPO business in EMEA. 

Pierre-Francois has presented on Sustainable Procurement in more than 50 conferences in Europe and USA and is the author of multiple research studies on Sustainable Supply Chain with HEC or INSEAD Business Schools. He’s a member of the strategic advisory board of the Sustainable Procurement Leadership Council (Washington).

Pierre-François is an electrical engineer by trade, holding a Master of Science from Supelec and a MBA from Insead.

Tim Woodall
Strategist, Sustainability & CSR, Addison

Tim assists Addison’s clients with producing reports that exemplify best-in-class content and design. He has worked with such companies as AB InBev, BNY Mellon, DanoneWave, GE, Kimberly-Clark, Merck, and Nike. With 20+ years in the sustainability field, including experience at Ceres and The Nature Conservancy, Tim has worked with a variety of stakeholders, all with unique viewpoints on sustainability performance and reporting. 


Yuan Yuan
Head of Regional Hub: China and SE Asia, GRI

Yuan joined GRI in early 2013 and now leads GRI’s activities in the Greater China Region. Yuan is in charge of governmental and corporate relations, as well as partnership with key stakeholders such as stock exchanges and industrial associations, for policy innovation and upgrading. Yuan holds a BA and MSc in International Relations from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Prior to joining GRI, Yuan has taken research roles at Fair Labor Association on labor rights in emerging markets, and the Netherlands Institute of International