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Speakers



 

 Speakers

 
 
 
Timothy J. Mohin
Chief Executive, GRI
 
Timothy J. Mohin is the Chief Executive of GRI, developer of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards. A veteran in the field of corporate sustainability reporting, Tim is responsible for leading GRI in achieving its vision of creating a future where sustainability is integral to every organization’s decision-making process.
 
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, Tim was Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). He is also a former Chairman of the Board for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and former member of the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative’s steering committee.
 
Previously, Tim founded and led Apple’s Supplier Responsibility program. He also led Intel’s environmental and sustainability functions. Tim started his career with the US government. With the Environmental Protection Agency, he led the development of the toxics provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments. Later, Tim was senior legislative staff for the Chairman of Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
 
Tim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Cortland and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University.


Aditi Haldar
Head of Regional Hub South Asia, GRI

Dr.Haldar is an expert on sustainable development with over twenty four years of experience. Her goal is to strengthen the integration of sustainable development and transparency into policies, strategies, performances and communication through measurable enablers and results. Currently, she is the Director - GRI Regional Hub South Asia and her primary role is to advocate, research, communicate, dialogue with multi-stakeholder constituencies in making sustainability and reporting a standard practice amongst the South Asian region and the global community.

She had been part of various national and global advisory committees, task force including the GAC, World Economic Forum, GRI Stakeholder Council / Technical Advisory Council and many governmental and institutional advisory committees. 

She has an academic qualification of PhD in Environmental Sciences.


Alison Dimond Kardos
BuzzWord

Alison has 20 years of experience helping organizations develop and implement sustainability and communications strategies. At BuzzWord, Alison is BuzzWord’s go-to person for reporting strategy, materiality analysis, competitor analyses and reporting frameworks, including GRI, integrated reporting, and industry-specific standards. She also has years of experience developing and writing report content for major brands and companies.

Alison has a PhD in Conservation and Consumer Behavior from the University of Montana, an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School, and a MS in Resource Management from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.
 

Alyson Genovese
Head of Regional Hub United States and Canada, GRI
 
Alyson Genovese is GRI’s Head of Regional Hub: United States and Canada. Alyson leads engagement with GRI’s North American network of sustainability reporting organizations, nonprofits, academic institutions, and investment organizations. This includes management of GRI’s GOLD Community network in the US and Canada.
 
Alyson is an accomplished professional in the corporate and nonprofit sectors with more than 20 years of experience in corporate responsibility, public affairs and stakeholder engagement.


Blair Bateson

Manager Company Network, Ceres

Blair is the primary Relationship Manager for the banks, asset managers and oil & gas companies in Ceres’ Company Network. He aims to help these companies implement the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability and supports the integration of ESG issues into their business strategies and decision-making.

Prior to joining Ceres, Blair worked in climate change policy research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, analyzing the evolution and efficacy of national climate policy mixes. He has also worked in strategic planning and investor relations for Nexen, a Canadian energy company, where he was responsible for economic analysis, benchmarking and the development and communication of company strategy.

Blair holds a Master of Arts in Comparative International Studies from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and International Business from McGill University in Montreal. He is also a CFA charterholder.


Bob Laux

North American Lead, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)

Bob Laux is the North American Lead for the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).The IIRC is a global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard setters, the accounting profession and NGOs promoting communication about value creation as the next step in the evolution of corporate reporting.

Prior to joining the IIRC, Bob spent 16 years at Microsoft Corporation, most recently as the Treasury Controller.  Prior to joining Microsoft in 2000, Bob was an Industry Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) where he was responsible for coordinating the activities of the Emerging Issues Task Force.  Prior to joining the FASB, Bob spent eight years at General Motors.


Cora Lee Mooney

Partner, BrownFlynn, an ERM Group Company

As a Partner, Cora Lee leads the Firm’s training programs on materiality, integrated reporting, the GRI Standards, EcoVadis, stakeholder engagement, and ESG investor engagement. She also serves as an advisor to her clients in manufacturing, consumer goods and services, health care, insurance, and real estate. She develops ESG strategies, white papers, internal training programs, public disclosures, investor responses, practical roadmaps, and compelling presentations.


Daniel Vargas
Country Program Manager, GRI

Daniel Vargas is the Country Program Manager in Peru for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) where he is successfully implementing the Competitive Business Program helping global value chains becoming more sustainable, increasing the traceability in large companies and helping their suppliers to become more competitive placing the sustainability at their core. The program has achieved great results in Peru thanks to Daniel’s strategic approach and ability to articulate due to his over 10 years of previous experience working in Corporate Social Responsibility for companies, NGOs, public institutions and academia in emerging markets in Latin America and India.

Prior to joining GRI, he worked as the Managing Director of BSD Consulting in Peru, a sustainability consultancy firm, he is also a university professor and a serial entrepreneur.

Vargas holds an MBA degree from Rotterdam School of Management from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and a B.A. in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacifico in Peru.


Fiona Ortiz
Director of Financial Communications and CSR Reporting, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Fiona Ortiz is Director of Financial Communications and CSR Reporting at Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). She has completed three CSR reports for WBA and has been working with the GRI Standards for three years. Previously she was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for Reuters, for 20 years.









Kate Dunbar

Senior Business & Human Rights Analyst, Assent Compliance

Kate is a Senior Business & Human Rights Analyst. Her work experience spans across civil society organizations, UN agencies, International NGOs and the private sector. Kate is committed to being a part of the fight against human trafficking by providing companies with tools and support to eradicate human trafficking from their supply chains.

Previously Kate worked in the UK as an anti-human trafficking advocate and senior support worker, providing front-line support and advocacy to women survivors of trafficking, including in prisons and immigration detention centres. She also has several years experience as a child protection in emergencies specialist and humanitarian worker, mainly with Save the Children, responding to emergencies in Myanmar, Mali, Liberia, Burkina Faso and South Sudan.


Kathy Seabrook
Chair of the Board, Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS)

Kathy A. Seabrook is considered a futurist in the EHS world. She is the Founder and President of Global Solutions, Inc and works with US and multinational companies focused on sustainable business, operational and commercial excellence using safety excellence (an integrated risk-based approach) as the lever for organizational change and managing risk within the context of their sustainable business.

Kathy holds OH&S certifications in the US, UK and Europe, is a published author, US Expert to PC 283/ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) and member of the US ANSI Z10 OHSMS committee. She is Chair of the Board - Center for Safety and Health Sustainability, past president - American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and Fellow of the British Institution of Occupational Health and Safety and ASSP.

She was a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) OHS 403 standard Project Working Group in Amsterdam, and holds a BS in Chemistry from James Madison University, USA. 


Katja Kriege
Sustainability Reporting Expert, GRI

Since joining GRI, Katja has been working as a project manager on several sustainability topics, including e.g., human rights, land tenure rights, biodiversity, GHG emissions, or supply chain in the technical division of GRI. Current work topics at GRI’s Guidance and Practice unit include reporting on conflict minerals and modern slavery.

Previously to joining GRI, she gained work experiences in different regions, including the Middle East and Africa. Katja studied in Germany, Poland and Australia. She holds a Master of Business Administration (University of Greifswald, Germany), and a Master of International Relations (Macquarie University, Australia). 


 
Judy Sandford
Managing Director CSR and Sustainability, Addison

Judy helps clients to be more successful through strong sustainability programs and transparent communications. She founded and has led the CSR and Sustainability practice at Addison for more than eight years.

For three years she worked as VP of Corporate Responsibility Strategy for Cone Communications. She also taught a graduate course in Sustainability Communications for the Earth Institute-Columbia University.





Laura Espinach

Senior Manager Standards, GRI

Laura Espinach is Senior Manager – Standards at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in Amsterdam. At GRI Laura has been involved in the development of the GRI reporting standards for nearly a decade. She has worked on the review of GRI Standards across a number of subjects, including occupational health and safety, human rights, supply chain and corruption.
 
Prior to GRI, she has held positions at EIRIS in the UK, and at Agbar in Spain. Laura has a BA in Communications which she acquired in her hometown, Barcelona. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and Catalan and currently resides in Amsterdam. 


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 serves as the Associate Director and facilitator of the Transparency & Disclosure Working Group for the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER), and also manages BIER’s biannual water and energy benchmarking study. Laura is Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Certified.


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.


Sarah Corrigan

Principal Consultant, BrownFlynn, an ERM Group Company

As a Principal 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.


Sonal Dalal

Technical Director, SASB

Sonal Pandya Dalal brings over two decades of experience in sustainability metrics development and assessment, thought leadership, and relationship management. As the Technical Director, Sonal plays a key role in the systematic evaluation and analysis of SASB’s industry-specific sustainability accounting standards for each of 11 sectors and 77 industries in the Sustainable Industry Classification System.  

Sonal joined SASB after having served in leadership positions at Facebook and Conservation International. As a technical specialist, she drove the development of goals and comprehensive sustainability strategies across a range of industries. At Conservation International, she oversaw the Business and Sustainability Council, a forum for corporate leaders taking positive environmental actions in their businesses. She also served as a subject matter expert and advisor for the GHG Protocol and Natural Capital Coalition.
  
Sonal holds a B.A. in Biology from Drew University and a M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainability Development from the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the School for Field Studies. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.


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

Stewart is the 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. 


Tim Woodall

Strategist CSR and Sustainability, Addison

Tim assists clients with producing reports that exemplify best-in-class content and design. He has worked with such companies as AB InBev, BNY Mellon, GE, Intuit, 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.





Toby Heaps
CEO and Co-founder, Corporate Knights Inc.

Toby is the CEO and co-founder of Corporate Knights Inc. and publisher of Corporate Knights Magazine. He spearheaded the first global ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations in 2005, and in 2007 coined the term “clean capitalism.”