2013 Conference

2013 IGEL Conference-Workshop

The Nexus of Energy, Food and Water

Conference-Workshop Objective: Provide an in-depth, informed and current overview about sustainability and the nexus between energy, food and water. Discussions will highlight strategies needed to evaluate water risk as it relates to the global economy and how this intersects with the shift in energy resources, food supply and security. The panels will discuss best business models and tools needed for future research, potential policy impact and future potential business opportunities.

Conference Resources


Conference Booklet: View the Conference Booklet for the agenda and the list of speakers and presentations.

Conference Photos: click here to view pictures from the 2013 IGEL Conference.


Conference Presentations and Ideas: This Wharton IGEL Conference featured a wide range of speakers and presentations addressing sustainability at the nexus of energy, food and water. Take a look at the presentations below and stay tuned for the conference report, to be released this summer.

The Big Ideas Today, Gary Survis, Practical Digital Marketing, The Wharton School
The Stress Nexus, J. Ashley Nixon, Shell
Sustainability and Food Waste, Bernard David
The Water-Food-Energy Nexus, Andrew Winston
Food Security at the Nexus: The Role of the Agricultural IndustryMariola Kopcinski, FMC
Building a Sustainable Sustainability Strategy, Dave Stangis, Campbell’s Soup
Sustaining the supply chain, Cope Willis, pwc
Sustainable Development: Moral Obligation or rightful role of business? Neil Hawkins, The Dow Chemical Company

Preconference Reading:

The Food-Water-Energy Nexus: A global Issue, by Caroline D’Angelo
The relationship between Humans and the Environment, by Doug Miller
International Food Security Assessment, 2012-20122, USDA
Can Shell’s ‘stress nexus’ change the conversation about natural resources?, GreenBiz
Water Scarcity ‘Must Be Addressed Urgently’ To Avoid Food Shortages, Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke Says, Huffington Post
Survey: Risk of Drought in the United States, by Sharon Muli
Water for Energy, by Iliana Sepulveda

Please use the hashtag #IGEL2013 for updates on the Conference-workshop.


Click here for a for a PDF version of the Conference Agenda

Wednesday,  March 20, 2013

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Ground Floor Auditorium, G06

  4:30 – 6:00 Keynote Address and Prelude to IGEL’s Conference Workshop: Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor Colloquium Hall

   8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
   9:00 – 9:15 Introduction: Eric Orts, Faculty Director of IGEL, Gary Survis, Conference Moderator
   9:15 – 9:30 Welcome Remarks: Katherine Klein, Vice Dean for Social Impact, The Wharton School
 9:30 – 10:00 Opening Keynote: Neil Hawkins, The Dow Chemical Company
Panel One: Risk Management at the Nexus         Moderator: Gil Friend
10:00 – 10:15 Ashley Nixon, Shell
10:15 – 10:30 Charlene Wall-Warren, BASF
10:30 – 10:45 Jed Richardson, J&J
10:45 – 11:05 Panel Discussion with all Panel One presenters and Audience Questions
11:05 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 11:45 Morning Keynote Speaker: Andrew Winston, Author of “Green to Gold”
Panel Two: Trade-offs at the Nexus                    Moderator: Professor Andrew E. Huemmler
11:45 – 12:00 William Brandt, ASU LightWorks
12:00 – 12:15 Patrick Cairo, United Water
12:15 – 12:30 Bernard David, Energy Management International & ReProduct
12:30 – 12:50
Discussion with all Panel Two presenters and Audience Questions
   12:50 – 1:45 Lunch
    1:45 – 2:15 Lunch Keynote Speaker: Jeff Seabright, Vice President, Environment and Water Resources, The Coca-Cola Company
Panel Three: Food Security at the Nexus           Moderator: Professor Eugenie Birch
    2:15 – 2:30 Alan Kelly, University of Pennsylvania
    2:30 – 2:45 Tamara McCann Thies, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
    2:45 – 3:00 Mariola Kopcinski, FMC
    3:00 – 3:20 Discussion with all Panel Three presenters and Audience Questions
    3:20 – 3:35 Coffee Break
    3:35 – 4:05
Afternoon Keynote: Dave Stangis, Campbell’s Soup
Panel Four: Supply Chain at the Nexus              Moderator: Professor Susan Wachter
    4:05 – 4:20 Judy Wicks, Author and Co-founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
    4:20 – 4:35 Cope Willis, PWC
    4:35 – 4:50 Perry Moss, Rubicon Global
    4:50 – 5:10
Discussion and Audience Questions
    5:10 – 5:40 Closing Keynote: Michael Washburn, Vice president of Sustainability, Nestlé Waters North America
    5:40 – 7:30 Networking Reception and Student Poster Session


Location: Both events will be held at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in Jon M. Huntsman Hall, at 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

  • The Conference Keynote Address and Prelude will be held in the Ground Floor Auditorium in Jon M. Huntsman Hall on Wednesday March 20, 2013
  • The Conference Workshop will be held in the 8th Floor Colloquium Hall in Jon M. Huntsman Hall on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Directions and Map: View directions to Jon M. Huntsman Hall.

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