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.


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 USA & 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


Dave Armon

Chief Marketing Officer, 3BL Media

Dave Armon is chief marketing officer at 3BL Media, the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. A former journalist and PR practitioner, Dave spent 20 years in management at PR Newswire, where he was president and COO. As a non-executive director Dave provided industry expertise and strategic counsel to the social media monitoring platform Techrigy (sold to Alterian) and the PR workflow platform dna13 (sold to CNW Group).

He also served as president of the broadcast intelligence platform Critical Mention. A New Yorker, Dave enjoys mentoring young professionals, volunteering for the Center for Communication, playing Scrabble and swimming.


Eric Fernald

Director of Issuer Relations, Sustainalytics

Eric Fernald is a Director of Issuer Relations at Sustainalytics. He is responsible for Sustainalytics issuer engagement program.  He joined Sustainalytics in January 2018.  Prior to joining Sustainalytics, Eric worked for MSCI ESG Research as head of ESG corporate communications.  From 1995 to 2009, Eric worked at the pioneer ESG research firm - KLD Research & Analytics - where he was Research Director from 2004-2009.  Eric is a graduate of Williams College.



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.









Jaclyn Allen

Director Corporate Sustainability, GUESS

As Director, Corporate Sustainability for international fashion brand GUESS, Jaclyn created the company’s first-ever sustainability plan and reporting program. Jaclyn manages a global, multifunctional sustainability reporting team and works to embed sustainability throughout the business. 
Prior to Guess, Jaclyn worked as a public affairs consultant with the California Department of Water Resources and worked on statewide ballot measures supporting environmental and clean energy initiatives. Jaclyn earned her MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of California, Davis.


Jamie Jones Ezefili

Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility, Northern Trust

Jamie Ezefili 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 sustainability assessments including Bloomberg GEI, DJSI, CDP and FTSE4Good.  

Jamie is Co-President of the Black Business Resource Council and member of the 2018 – 2019 United Way of Metro Chicago Campaign Cabinet. She is also a member of Chicago United Leadership Circle.  Jamie received her Certified Corporate Responsibility Executive certificate from The University of Notre Dame in partnership with ACCP in March, 2018. 


Jeannie Renné-Malone

Vice President ESG, Prologis

Jeannie Renne-Malone, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, Vice President ESG at Prologis is responsible for developing, implementing and communicating a global Environmental Stewardship, Social Responsibility and Governance and Ethics (ESG) strategy for the company. She sets goals and objectives, establishes strategies, engages stakeholders, tracks progress and reports results for corporate operations and the global portfolio. She communicates the company’s ESG efforts throughout Prologis and to key stakeholders, including employees, customers and investors. She also oversees development of the annual carbon footprint and sustainability reporting to various organizations and leads various strategic ESG initiatives including a Customer Sustainability Advisory Council and the Community Workforce Initiative to address customers’ labor pain-points.

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 has an MA in International Finance and Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a BA in Spanish from the University of Washington, and holds several sustainability certifications. She is fluent in Spanish. 

 
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.





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). 




Kristina Kloberdanz
Chief Sustainability Officer, Mastercard

Kristina is Mastercard’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. A catalyst for change, she works with Mastercard’s Board of Directors and senior executives to advance sustainability and drive strategic growth. She is helping shape Mastercard’s business strategy through its commitment to sustainability, which comes from the long-held belief that doing good for society helps them do well as a company. Kristina believes that companies must use their infrastructure and technologies, capital and creativity in order to create scalable and sustainable solutions that benefit everyone --employees, citizens, customers, companies and governments. As CSO, she collaborates with leadership across the business to integrate sustainability initiatives shared among business units and position them to be enterprise wide drivers of growth – in advancing inclusive growth, ensuring a workforce that is inspired by a sense of purpose, limiting its impact of climate change, and putting ethics, data privacy and security first.

Kristina’s role at Mastercard rests on two decades of experience from her work at IBM leading its global Corporate Responsibility, as an inaugural member and facilitator of IBM’s Corporate Service Corps and managing IBM’s Global Sports and Entertainment Sponsorships, among other responsibilities. Kristina has served on a variety nonprofit boards and advisory councils, from Outward Bound International to New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet, lending her expertise in sustainability, marketing, strategic planning and fundraising.

A former professional ballerina, she also loves an adventure and can be found traveling the globe from the peaks of Kilimanjaro to the mountains of the Himalaya. With a passion for wellness, Kristina is a certified Holistic Health Coach. Most recently, Kristina was listed on Forbes: 46 Sustainability Leaders (Who Are Also Women) July, 2018.


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.


Laura Palmeiro

Sustainability Integration Director, UN Global Compact

Laura started her career in 1993 as Finance Auditor in PWC Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1997, she joined Aguas Danone Argentina as Sales & Marketing Controller. She became Financial Controller in Villa Alpina (Groupe Danone) in 1999. In 2003 she moved to France as Sales & Marketing Controller for the World Wide Waters Division. In 2006 she accepted a position at Corporate level where she acted as Investors’ Relations Officer. She later became VP Finance Nature in 2009, in charge of developing and deploying the environmental reporting for the company, including the CO2 accounting system.

In March 2014, Laura was appointed Corporate Social Responsibility Director, and as of May 2016, she became Sustainability Integration Director, in charge of coordinating sustainability governance, animation and sustainability reporting at corporate level. Since January 2018 Laura is seconded to the UN Global Compact where she serves as Senior Advisor on sustainability reporting issues.


Maria Sepulveda

Director of Sustainability, Flex

Maria Sepulveda is Director of Sustainability at Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX), Flex is the Sketch-to-Scale® solutions provider that designs and builds Intelligent Products for a Connected World™. With approximately 200,000 professionals across 30 countries, Flex provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets. Flex is a participant in the UN Global Compact, the world's largest sustainability initiative as well as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index. The company's sustainability efforts have been recognized by Frost and Sullivan with the 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Award, and by the Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) with the highest disclosure and transparency score in the governance, environmental and social categories.

Ms. Sepulveda is passionate about driving a positive impact in communities and the environment. Her experience includes more than ten years in the field of sustainability. She has developed and implemented global sustainability programs by collaborating with around 100 manufacturing and logistics sites worldwide. She has helped drive sustainability transparency efforts including Flex’s GRI report, DJSI, CDP Climate Change and Supply Chain Programs. She has also helped drive programs focused on adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to this appointment, she was Global Manager of Corporate Sustainability and Global Citizenship. She has also served as Regional Environmental and CSR Supply Chain Lead.

Ms. Sepulveda holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in business administration from the Universidad de Guadalajara. 


Mia d'Adhemar
Manager Standards, GRI

Mia is a Manager in the Standards Division of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in Amsterdam. In this position Mia is responsible for the development of GRI reporting standards, with a current focus on tax and payments to governments, and human rights.

Mia has 10 years of experience in social performance in the oil and gas sector and has worked across exploration and development projects in Australia, Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. Prior to joining GRI, she worked at Woodside Energy, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company.

Mia holds Bachelors of Commerce and Arts, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from the University of Western Australia.


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


Ryan Johnson
Executive Director of Executive and Professional Education, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Ryan Johnson is executive director of executive and professional sustainability education at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, USA. In this role, Ryan helps both individuals and organizations meet their sustainability goals through custom education programs and partnerships. He holds two Master’s degrees from ASU, one in public policy and another in sustainability. Ryan has authored more than three dozen articles and research reports on topics ranging from global sustainability challenges, to contemporary issues in the financial services, and executive compensation. Ryan began his career as an aide in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC.



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.


Sharon Basel

Senior Manager Sustainability, General Motors Company

Sharon Basel is the senior manager of sustainability at General Motors. She is responsible for developing the company’s sustainability strategy, ensuring alignment with its business model and identifying key performance indicators and goals for business planning. Sharon leads the global reporting and non-financial disclosure strategy for the company’s sustainability initiatives worldwide, including development of the company’s annual sustainability report and its investor rating, ranking and assessment responses. In addition, she is responsible for cultivating the company’s internal and external community around sustainability to embed and integrate sustainability into business processes in all the various internal functions and leading General Motors’ stakeholder engagement process through its partnership with Ceres and managing other stakeholder relationships globally.

Sharon has built her expertise by working in a variety of functions in GM in her 37 years with the company including manufacturing, product development, vehicle safety, and product and sustainability communications. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management and Engineering from Purdue University in 1981. 


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 Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship where he manages and facilitates courses for sustainability professionals and leads consulting services.

Stewart is a seasoned corporate responsibility strategist, implementer and communicator and works with clients across North America, Europe and the Middle East.  Previously he worked at AccountAbility and Saatchi & Saatchi S - niche, sustainability consultancy firms.  He has also directed civic leadership programs for high school students and taught 1st and 4th grade in Santiago, Chile.

Stewart is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he studied international relations and social anthropology.


Tamara Chernomordik
ESG Reporting and Program Manager, Prologis 

Tamara Chernomordik, ESG Reporting and Program Manager at Prologis, is responsible for tracking and managing the company's sustainability data, developing the GRI sustainability report, responding to industry surveys, implementing company-wide programs, representing the team to external partners, and helping develop long-term sustainability strategies. 

She has ten years of professional experience including expertise in corporate sustainability, renewable energy, life cycle assessment, sustainability program implementation, change management, training, communications, data analysis, and research. Tamara graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Master's degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Sustainable Infrastructure and from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and International Business.


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.”