Alumni Advisory Group

Wharton IGEL’s Alumni Advisory Group is comprised of distinguished Wharton and Penn alumni working in fields ranging from clean-tech and sustainable ventures to resource efficiency throughout the world. This talented team’s guidance and innovation ensures that business sustainability is at the forefront of academics on campus. Alumni advisors provide feedback on our curriculum, events and research. They mentor advanced students and connect students to internships, while also helping with research projects. Joining the group provides an invaluable service to Wharton. If you would like more information, or would like to become an active member of the IGEL Alumni Advisory Group, please contact us at

Ratan Agarwal | Meraj AhmedNitish AitharajuChris Allen | Rob Bernard | Ron Ben-Zeev | Gordon Black | Omar Blayton | Sheryl Bunton | Neil Blecherman | Diana Townsend-Butterworth | Lawrence B. Cahill | Tyler Christie | Andrew Chung | Bernard David | Kavaneet Dhami | Willem Adrianus de Bruijn | Dakota Dobyns | Albert Douer | Jon Freedman | Elinor Haider | Lila Holzman | Craig Isakow | Liliya Ivanova |  Ty Jagerson | Carol Jeppesen |  Karissa KruseAlana Libow | Bob LoBue | Eric Lowitt | Jonathan LyonsYaowen Ma | Sarene Marshall | Claudia Massei | Rekha Menon-Varma | Douglas Miller | Eleanor MitchNimesh Modak | Aishwarya Nair | Matthew O’Malley | Arthur Newman | Emily Newton | Amy Ochsenreiter | Aviad A. Oren | Sarah Orsay | Millicent Pitts | Kim Quick | Aaron RatnerGeof RochesterHaley Russell | Shauna Sadowski | Emily Schapira | Silvia SchmidElizabeth Seeger | Nathan Sell | Michael Shostek | Ashmeet Sidana | Gianluca Signorelli | Sarena Snider | Gary Survis | Keith Sutter | Tucker Twitmyer | Paul Valva | Vipin Varma | Devin Whatley | Bob WickhamEllen Wolf | Doug Woodring | Peter Woolsey | Eva Zlotnicka



Ratan Agarwal

Start-up Investing & Advising – Value Selling & Pricing – Sustainability – Business Operations & Development Executive 


Ratan Agarwal is a technology industry veteran with 25+ years in senior management and execution roles in Fortune100 to start-ups. Currently, with several colleagues, Ratan is working on a transformative technology platform solution to help change the inflection point in our drive to a sustainable world. Previously, as President/COO at 4.0 Analytics, Ratan led incubation to launch of a pioneering predictive maintenance solution for connected vehicles leveraging power of IoT, Cloud, Big Data Analytics and Mobility. Previously, during his 16-year tenure at Cisco, he developed, launched and managed global sales and marketing programs; led operational transformations of several billion-dollar businesses, and incubation-to-scale of new businesses in IoT and Cloud. Ratan is also part of several incubators and accelerators in NYC metro area, along with investing, advising and consulting with early-stage companies in IoT, Cloud/SaaS models, healthcare and clean-tech. Ratan holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School; a Master of Technology in Structural Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.
merajMeraj Ahmed

Formerly Senior Partner, Advisory Services
Ernst & Young – Middle East & North Africa (MENA)


Meraj decided to retire in June 2013 as Senior Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young – Middle East & North Africa (MENA) – to devote himself to contributing to greater rigor and structure within selected areas of public policy in Pakistan.  The first initiative in this regard is to develop a strategy assessment and road-map for Water Management. During his 20+ years in international advisory services with Ernst & Young MENA, including 15 years in regional leadership roles, Meraj has served as the lead partner on national and regional scale technology-enabled organizational transformation engagements, across the following public and private sectors: Government & Public Sector: Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) eCommerce Strategy and Implementation Road Map; Ministry of Communications & IT – national security policy and technology framework; Civil Service Commission – service improvement and implementation road-map; Central Agency for Information Technology – national IT governance framework and implementation road-map; Defense Agency (name withheld) – tech enabled corporate strategy and implementation management. Telecom Sector: Global client services partner for Saudi Telecom and MTC/Zain. Oil & Gas Sector: Global client services partner for Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC). His leadership roles within EY MENA have included head of Technology Sector, head of IT Services and head of the firm’s regional shared services center based in India.  As COO, he also led a firm-wide cost synergies program. Prior to EY, he worked with PWC in New York and IBM in Pakistan and Europe. Meraj graduated with an MBA from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania (WG85).  He has been a regular speaker on subjects related to technology-enabled organizational transformation at numerous international and regional seminars and conferences.

Nitish Aitharaju



Mr. Nitish Aitharaju is the President of Deckspire and has extensive experience building and operating technology ventures. At Deckspire, Nitish focuses on helping leading businesses and non-profits leverage technology to solve important business problems across a variety of industries including energy, real estate, healthcare, insurance, and higher education. Prior to Deckspire, he was the co-founder and CEO of Mobspire, a mobile advertising platform. He started his career in quantitative trading at Citadel Investment Group. Nitish holds an an MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors degree from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chris AllenChris Allen

The Preservation Group


Chris Allen is a founding Partner of The Preservation Group which invests primarily in important lands and habitat in the path of development. He has over 30 years of experience in investment strategy, management, structure, and operations in both public and private markets. Primarily working with private taxable investors and entities, he has consistently focused on after tax investment returns. After earning his MBA at Wharton in 1989, he was instrumental in investment management and development of two family offices with assets now in excess of $6 billion. He has deep experience in investment policy and strategy, alternative investments, and corporate finance.

Chris has worked closely with some of the greatest entrepreneurs of the last three decades and from that experience is always open to new ideas. Having developed successful investment strategies and securitizations in a variety of investment disciplines, he enjoys the challenge of discovering new ways to unlock and add value for investors. Since 2009 Chris has focussed on impact investing and economically viable strategies that benefit all of the planet. His current mission with The Preservation Group is “Preserving What Matters Most”. For the world at large, that means Nature, the habitat for all living things. For Communities, that means historical structures and the natural environment which he believes enhances social interaction and communication, and ultimately reflects the connections among all life. At the individual level, it means preserving financial resources through proper asset allocation, strategies, and cost controls that will sustain good stewardship into the future.

Chris’s grandfather was Dr. Arthur A. Allen, the world’s first PhD in ornithology, the founder of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in 1915, and a co-founder of the Wildlife Society in 1937. Doc Allen was the first to teach a college level course on wilderness conservation and among the first to use the term “ecology”. Chris desires to honor his grandfather’s legacy through establishing land conservation as a sustainable investment asset class. The Preservation Group provides consulting and land acquisition and management services for like-minded investors who desire to Preserve What Matters Most.

Rob Bernard

General Manager/ Head of Sustainability
Microsoft Corporation


Rob Bernard is the General Manager / Head of Sustainability for Microsoft and is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company’s environmental efforts. In this role he oversees the company’s environmental impact at all levels including: working with product groups to create technology innovations in software and hardware that can help enable customers to minimize their impact on the environment, helping accelerate scientific breakthrough on environmental issues, assuring responsible business practices that work to reduce the company’s direct and indirect environmental impact, and working with partners in industry, government and non-government to engage on global environmental issues. Under Rob’s leadership, Microsoft has set its first carbon reduction goal and rolled out a global campaign to engage with customers, partners and governments on ways to use information technology to reduce environmental impacts. Rob is a passionate speaker on the role technology can play in enabling energy efficiency, democratizing access to environmental information and advancing scientific breakthroughs. He has spoken on those topics at numerous events ranging from the Clinton Global Initiative to the United Nations COP’15 Climate Change Conference to the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:Nomics event. Rob has held various positions during his 15 year career at Microsoft. He’s served in leadership roles ranging from marketing to business and technical management. Prior to his career at Microsoft, Rob spent nearly 10 years in the construction and building management industry where he built and managed industrial and office properties. He attended the Wharton School of Business where he earned his MBA.

Ron Ben-Zeev

World Housing Solution Inc.


Ron currently resides in Orlando but has lived all over the world. Before coming to the U.S. and graduating from the Wharton School of Business in ’86, Ron lived or worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America and Europe. Fluent in four languages, he uses his international and entrepreneurial skills in growing and building both his businesses as well as helping others to do the same. He is currently the CEO and President of World Housing Solution Inc., a company that has developed a revolutionary solution to today and tomorrow’s emergency and temporary housing needs both in the U.S. and the world. Using Space Age composite sandwich construction methods to develop rapidly deployable and reusable shelters and structures, WHS has brought innovation to the way emergency personnel, Non Government Organizations (NGO), Charitable Organizations (e.g., Habitat For Humanity, Red Cross) and the Military can deal with short and long term housing and building facility needs. The reusable shelters and structures can be used to almost immediately respond to natural disasters, military deployment, and temporary labor housing needs. WHS’s revolutionary approach is tailored made to address the need for affordable secure and comfortable housing worldwide while maintaining a superior level of thermal efficiency.

Gordon Black

Chief Executive Officer
East West Capital


Mr. Gordon Black, CEO and founder of East West Capital has extensive work experience in the US, the Asia Pacific region and Australia for corporations operating in the investment banking, life sciences and real estate investment industries including: J. B. Were (Goldman Sachs JBWere), Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, New York, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc (global head office in Wilmington, DE,,and Asia Pacific) and Ipoh Limited, Sydney. Mr. Black has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and a Biochemistry/ Chemistry degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Omar Blayton

Chief Financial Officer


Omar Blayton is Chief Financial Officer at Sunwealth.  Formerly he served as a Vice President with Reznick Capital Markets Securities, a subsidiary of the Reznick Group. Omar’s background focuses on renewable energy,  asset sales along with the raising, structuring, and negotiating of tax equity investments. Omar was an associate in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Leveraged Finance Group, focusing primarily on the industrial, healthcare, and gaming spaces. During his time at BAML, Omar structured and executed high yield, leveraged loan and asset-based loan transactions for leveraged buyouts, strategic acquisitions and corporate refinancing. He participated in 10 lead left transactions, totaling more than $14 billion. Before entering finance, Omar was an attorney with Reed Smith LLP where he focused primarily on investment management advisory to one of the nation’s largest mutual fund companies. Omar received his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School. He received a JD from Columbia Law School and his BA from Cornell University.

Neil Blecherman

Global Director, IOT Solutions Product Management
Intel Corporation


Mr. Neil Blecherman has twenty years of experience in high tech marketing and corporate development at Intel, plus product design at Raytheon. He cultivated Intel technology and business long-term partnerships with both OEM customers and major corporations including HP, Oracle, Adobe, Google, Yahoo!, Citrix, Symantec and others. He is an advisor and investor in Web2.0 and clean technology. Mr. Blecherman has led major Intel corporate development and business/technology alliance efforts; built high-output teams; developed “green field” business opportunities; managed win-win technology and product alignment; drove sales; delivered strong revenue growth; developed corporate branding and communications. Mr. Blecherman has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sheryl Bunton

VP, Chief Information Officer


Sheryl Bunton joined Gulfstream as VP, chief information officer (CIO) in September 2015. Her background includes leadership roles in industrial finance, SAP consultancy and information technology for global organizations. At Gulfstream, she is responsible for all aspects of information technology and cyber security with a staff of more than 700 personnel.

Previously, Sheryl was vice president and CIO of AGCO (NYSE: AGCO), an $8B global leader in agricultural machinery. There, she was responsible for leading more than 500 global employees involved in strategic project execution and the management of technology services for more than 400 major systems globally with over 10,000 desktop users. AGCO is unique in that 80 percent of the business is generated and fulfilled outside of the U.S.

Prior to AGCO she was senior vice president and CIO for Southwire, a privately owned $6.5B cable manufacturer. There, she led a total IT transformation effort in less than three years. Bunton has expertise in SAP for global manufacturers and managing diverse environments from a portfolio and cyber perspective.

Early career highlights include:

  • 15 years at AT&T Capital with the last six years as senior vice president for industrial finance
  • General management experience running a global SAP consultancy in the industrial cable market.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in business and psychology from Calvin College
  • Executive MBA in finance from Wharton through the AT&T School of Business

A full bio is available on LinkedIn.

Diana Townsend-Butterworth

McKinsey & Co.


Diana graduated with honors from Harvard (AB), Wharton (MBA in Finance), and the Lauder Institute (MA in International Studies, Energy and Environment). Her Masters thesis, on renewable energy in French Polynesia, was nominated for the Research Prize for best thesis. Between college and graduate school, Diana worked as a high-yield research analyst at Morgan Stanley, covering automotive companies. Before Wharton, Diana also studied Conservation Biology at Columbia and chaired the Wildlife Conservation Society’s junior committee. Diana has also worked on a smart grid strategy project for a utility, and is now working with McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice in Washington, DC and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Cahill Photo 10-16Lawrence B. Cahill, CPEA

Technical Director


Lawrence B. Cahill, CPEA (Master Certification) is a Technical Director with Environmental Resources Management (ERM), an international 5,000 person consulting firm that provides environmental and sustainability services to its global clients.  His 35 years of professional environmental experience with industry and consulting, includes over 20 years with ERM and, previously, 10 years with Booz, Allen & Hamilton.  He was also a Project Environmental Engineer with Exxon Research and Engineering.  Mr. Cahill has consulted for many large international corporations such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chevron, Colgate-Palmolive, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Honeywell, Tyson Foods, Sherwin-Williams, and Unilever.  Mr. Cahill is a recognized expert in the field of environmental, health and safety auditing.  He is the principal author of the widely used text, Environmental, Health and Safety Audits, now in its 9th Edition and its 2015 follow-up text EHS Audits: A Compendium of Thoughts and Trends, both published by Bernan Press.  The books have been used as texts for technical courses by over 40 colleges and universities across the U.S., including the University of California-Irvine and Indiana University, as well as around the world at institutions such as the University of Wales and Thammasat University in Thailand.  Mr. Cahill has published over 70 articles on various environmental topics and has been quoted in numerous publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Cahill holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University where he was elected to Pi Tau Sigma, the International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.  He also holds an M.S. in Environmental Health Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science of Northwestern University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a BEAC Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA), Master Certification, a former Environmental Commissioner with the City of Camden, NJ, and has worked in more than 25 countries during his career. 

Tyler Christie



Tyler is Vice President of Product & Market Solutions at amee, a start-up that leverages big data and the internet to make credible environmental data on every business in the world easily accessible, comparable, and useful. He has over fifteen years of experience in the environmental field with a focus on using data and information to improve management. Prior to amee, Tyler worked at Amadeus Capital Partners focused on cleantech venture capital investments. He has worked at NOAA, Conservation International where he led reform efforts working with the Government of Liberia, and Natural Capital Advisors, a consulting firm he co-founded. He holds a BA in Geography from Middlebury College, an MBA from Wharton, loves maps and lives in London.

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Founder & Managing Partner
1955 Capital


Andrew founded 1955 Capital to invest in technology from the Americas and Europe that have the potential to solve the most pressing problems in China, India, and the developing world. The firm has completed a first close on $200M in anchor commitments.

Previously, Andrew was a general partner at Khosla Ventures focused on energy, food, agriculture, education, health & emerging tech. He joined Khosla in 2011 as one of six partners & served as a director on the boards of Lanzatech (biofuel), LS9 (biofuel), EcoMotors (transportation), Pellion (storage), Biodiscovery (agriculture), and a stealth company (mobile). Prior to Khosla Ventures, Andrew worked at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where he helped build the firm’s cleantech practice. During his five-year tenure, Andrew helped drive and manage the firm’s investments in Solazyme (NASDAQ: SZYM, biofuel), Stion (solar), LS9 (biofuel), Coaltek (clean coal), Leyden Energy (storage), Orbis Education (nursing), and Personalis (genome interpretation).

Andrew earned his BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew chairs the Cleantech Advisory Board for The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), serves on the Advisory Board for Stanford Energy Crossroads, and is an advisor to the Clean Tech Open.

Bernard David

Chairman & CEO 
CO2 Sciences, Inc.


Bernard J. David is an entrepreneur, educator and author. He has founded, built and sold several businesses. They include SaveSmart, Inc. (Prio, Inc.)—sold to Infospace, Inc. and—sold to Office Depot. Bernard has taught at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania as a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship to undergraduates, graduates and executives. He has written eight books on various elements of entrepreneurship and allied computer technology use. (Read more)

Kavaneet Dhami

Founder & CEO 
KDHI Agriculture


Mr. Kavaneet Dhami is the Founder and CEO of KDHI Agriculture (, an AgriBusiness and AgriTech social enterprise in Sub-Saharan Africa that develops productive, efficient, and data-driven supply chains to bring select agricultural products from the farm to the international market, in addition to launching plantation projects that integrate various levels of technology such as Wireless Sensor Networks (“WSNs”) and USSD technology.

The WSNs are strategically placed throughout the farm areas to location the precise position of the farms via GIS/Geotagging and allow for the creation of maps to measure key variables, including crop yield, topography, organic matter content, moisture levels, nitrogen levels, pH, K, soil resistivity, temperature, humidity, and others. This data is then passed through a data analytics platform to inform key decision making for farmers and which would ultimately maximize production yields. In doing so, Kavaneet is tackling some of the challenges Sub-Saharan Africa faces in relation to climate change, food security, and poverty among subsistence farmers.

In his experience on the continent, Kavaneet has engaged key stakeholders in different countries at the highest level including the Presidency, and also at the grassroots level with farmers. Prior to founding KDHI Agriculture, Kavaneet worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Bonwick Capital where he advised clients on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, capital raises and restructuring assignments in a wide array of industries, geographies and transactions.

Kavaneet holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with honors and is an active member in the Wharton Club of Africa. He is a recognized expert in the field of Agriculture, Impact Investing and Business in Africa, and is a frequent panelist and moderator on topics relating to those areas. Kavaneet has lived and worked in the US, Africa and Asia. He is fluent in four languages: English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, and can have basic conversations in Spanish.

Willem Adrianus de Bruijn



Willem de Bruijn graduated from Wharton in 1967 already with the idea that consumers should be allowed to deduct from their taxable income the money they spend on products that keep Nature in perfect condition.

Until 1974, he worked for multinationals developing information systems for investment programs. Then he went back to study and obtained a degree about hydrology. After graduating in 1976, he participated in the organisation of the Vth world congress on water resources of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA). It was held in Brussels in 1985. In the mean time, he did some consulting work for the European Commission and did private tutoring. He was the secretary of the Conference Committee and assumed the position by organizing the Congress in space and in time as well as the synthesis of the papers presented at the Congress. He was co-author of “Well-Being & Integrity”, which was published in 1987. The article deals with the results of the analyses of some fifty hand-written syntheses of approximately three hundred articles presented at the Congress. The article develops a process scheme of man’s impact on the natural resources and arrives at the conclusion: water has to be managed with integrity to maintain its integrity. He developed this scheme into an operational model of man’s sustained economic behavior. The model was presented at the opening session of the VIth World Congress on Water Resources of IWRA, held in Ottawa, Canada in May 1988.

Since 1987 he has been doing research how to achieve a development of the economy, which will actually meander forever between the limits of Nature. He thereby founded three new concepts in the science of economy. They were published in journals, he presented them at congresses, participated in discussion groups on Internet and created a talk group at, besides presenting these concepts and the vital need to apply them to politicians and academicians.

During this period he wrote a book about accounting and published it here. It presents in a scheme the dynamic relationships that exist in double bookkeeping. The accounts: Costs and Revenues are presented in this scheme as the working accounts of the Capital account. He also managed some real estate, which enables him to live in a beautiful, brand new apartment with a view on the park surrounding the castle which houses the municipal services of a village close to Brussels. He continues to give private tutoring.

Dakota Dobyns

Geneva Global


Dakota Dobyns is a consultant at Geneva Global, a consulting firm that specializes in philanthropy and social impact. Since joining Geneva Global in 2013, Dakota has advised a range of clients– including foundations, corporations, multilateral institutions, and non-profit organizations— to broaden impact in the global health and social impact sector. Prior to joining Geneva Global, Dakota worked at the World Bank as part of the Agriculture and Environmental Services team, where she collaborated with financial institutions throughout Africa and Asia to increase their agricultural lending capacity. Additionally, she coordinated events and research projects at Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership. While at Penn, Dakota co-founded wH2O: The Journal of Gender & Water, an open-access academic journal supporting the advancement of women’s economic and social development by creating a centralized body of interdisciplinary research on water and sanitation issues. She holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in metropolitan studies from NYU.

Albert Douer

Senior Partner, UBQ
CEO, Ajover/Darnel Group


Albert is Senior Partner and Active Director of UBQ, a materials technology company that has developed a process that revolutionizes the domestic waste and materials industries. UBQ uses largely unsorted municipal waste, including 100% of the organics, to produce a patented, polymer-like, material called Infini-Q that can replace wood or plastic in thousands of products. UBQ does all of its basic science research and industrial development in Israel where it also has a fully functional manufacturing plant for the production of Infini-Q.

Albert is CEO of the Ajover/Darnel Group, a diversified group of companies in the petrochemical, construction materials, and packaging and disposables markets. What started as a small plastic products manufacturing company in Colombia, today has operations in over 15 countries and four continents. He has vast experience in operating complex organizations with distributed manufacturing and service centers and thousands of employees. Albert is also very involved in several non-profit organizations. He is Co-Founder of Endeavor Colombia, and has been on the board of educational and health organizations. He graduated from Harvard College and received an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.

Jon Freedman

Global Government Relations Leader
GE Power and Water


Jon monitors and shapes domestic and international water policies and helps GE Power & Water develop technology collaborations with government entities. Jon also co-leads GE’s Natural Gas Policy Working Group.

Prior to assuming his current role in February 2005, Jon served as a director for GE’s Corporate Marketing Initiatives Group. While in this role he was the project leader responsible for developing GE’s global environmental sustainability initiative now called ecomagination*. He also served as general manager, contractual services for GE Water & Process Technologies, with responsibility for developing and executing business plans to drive global expansion into a range of water service segments.

Jon joined GE in 2001 as business development leader for GE Energy. During his tenure in that position, Jon led the acquisition of an NYSE-listed global water company and initiated the acquisitions of two other NYSE-listed companies.

Active in the community, Jon serves as co-chair of the WateReuse Association’s Industrial Reuse Committee and served six years on the organization’s board of directors. Jon teaches a class at the University of Pennsylvania called “The Future of Water.” He currently serves of the advisory committee of The Wharton School’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership and on the US Department of Commerce’s Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee. He has authored numerous articles and speaks frequently on the future of water, water reuse, and policy best practices.

Jon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a law degree from William & Mary, and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Elinor Haider

Vice President of Market Development
Veolia North America


Elinor Haider is Vice President of Market Development for Veolia North America’s Municipal and Commercial business, leading development and execution of sales strategy through business analytics, marketing, public policy and industry affairs.

Ms. Haider has over 20 years of project development, finance and energy experience. Prior to Veolia, Ms. Haider served as Chief Executive Officer at NovaThermal Energy. Ms. Haider has served as Deputy Commerce Director and Chief of Staff for the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development of the City of Philadelphia, and the Vice President of Financing at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.

Ms. Haider holds a MBA in Real Estate Finance from the Wharton School, MA in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and BA from Georgetown University.

Lila Holzman

Energy Program Manager
As You Sow


Lila Holzman is the Energy Program Manager at As You Sow, where she represents investors in engagements with companies on issues relating to climate change, health impacts, and environmental risks to local communities. Lila’s previous experience includes helping a residential solar startup get off the ground, serving as a sustainable agriculture volunteer in rural Panama with the Peace Corps, implementing a clean cookstove pilot project in Ghana, and sourcing examples of private sector promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals while at the United Nations Global Compact. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Northern California Peace Corps Association. Lila holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a focus on Environmental & Risk Management as well as an undergraduate degree from Rice University where she double majored in Environmental Engineering and Policy Studies.

Craig IsakowCraig Isakow

Energy Technology Entrepreneur, Investor and Consultant
WegoWise, Inc.


As Program Director, Global Energy and Sustainability and member of the Institute for Building Efficiency, Craig Isakow supports the development and implementation of innovative business models, strategies, technologies and policies across the globe for Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Division. His focus includes research and dissemination of best practices in energy management, building upgrades, financial models and smart building technologies to drive a more efficient and sustainable built environment. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Craig worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where he was part of the team responsible for managing the deployment of $36B of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. He served as the Acting Program Lead for the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), a $2.7 billion program funding more than 13,000 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in over 2,300 municipalities. Craig’s experience also includes working for McKinsey and Company serving Fortune 100 energy and transportation companies, traveling as part of national presidential campaigns, managing a private investment group’s China office focused on manufacturing, financial services and real estate, and marketing for solar and green building companies.

Craig graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering and a BA in Economics. He received an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the President of the Wharton Energy Network.

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Global Water Development Partners (GWDP)


Liliya Ivanova is a Principal at Global Water Development Partners (GWDP), Blackstone’s investment vehicle into the water infrastructure sector, focused on both corporate investments into water companies and greenfield project development of water infrastructure assets globally.  In this role, Liliya is responsible for deal execution, leading due diligence, investment analysis, deal structuring and negotiations for transactions in the water infrastructure sector. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Thomas Weisel Partners in New York where she executed M&A and public financing transactions in the Cleantech sector. Post investment banking, Liliya joined the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where she structured debt and equity investments in the Water & Waste space globally. Most recently, Liliya completed a joint degree program at the University of Pennsylvania, obtaining an MBA from The Wharton School as well as an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute, with a focus on Latin America. She holds a BA in International Studies from University of Chicago, from which she graduated with general and major honors.

Ty Jagerson

Village Power Finance


Ty Jagerson is CEO of Village Power Finance, a solar development and finance platform for community organizations like universities, churches, schools, towns and local businesses ( Ty was previously President of HelioPower, an integrated renewable energy solutions company with over 3000 systems installed. Ty has over 15 years of experience in renewable energy, technology development and finance. He joined HelioPower through the acquisition of Simple Energies, a renewable energy development company he founded in 2009. Prior to Simple Energies, Ty co-founded SolFocus, Inc., a pioneering CPV firm, and spent 5 years at Xerox PARC commercializing technologies and co-initiating PARC’s Cleantech Initiative. Ty spent 6 years in Eastern Europe and started one of the region’s first ESCO’s.

 Ty holds an MBA from Wharton, speaks Russian, and holds 4 patents. He is on the board of trustees of the University of California, Merced, the alumni advisory board of Wharton’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership, and the board of the Portola Valley Schools Foundation. He sits on the boards of product design firm Speck Design, and biofiltration company Azzuro; he is an advisor to biomass energy company Phoenix Energy, a regular lecturer on project finance at Stanford, and a mentor at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford. Ty has worked professionally in over 25 countries.

Carol Jeppesen

Senior US Network Manager
UN supported Principles for Responsible Investment


Carol Jeppesen is the Senior US Network Manager for the UN supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). She joined the PRI in September of 2015 to help establish the organization’s first US office and is responsible for building and sustaining a strong presence for the PRI with asset owners and investment managers in the US marketplace. The PRI is recognized as the leading global network for institutional investors who are committed to integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into their investment practices and ownership policies. The PRI has grown significantly since its founding in 2006 by UN Secretary General Kofi Anan and today represents over 1,500 signatories, globally, collectively managing over $60 trillion in AUM, highlighting the tremendous progress in the evolution of responsible investing over the past decade.

Carol has more than 15 years of experience in financial services across investment banking, private equity and asset management. She began her career as an investment-banking analyst in the Global Energy Group at Merrill Lynch in New York and later led the firm’s cross-selling efforts for the investment banking division in the Americas. After getting her MBA, Carol led business development for a small private equity firm focused on investments in distressed community banks. Prior to joining the PRI, Carol was part of the Strategic Advisory Solutions group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Carol holds BS and BA degrees, cum laude, in Finance and Economics from Boston University as well as an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Additionally, Carol received vocal performance training at the Juilliard School in New York.

Carol is a frequent panelist and moderator on topics relating to responsible investing, ESG integration and fiduciary duty. She has been a featured speaker at conferences and workshops for public and labor pension funds, leading universities and educational endowments, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers and private equity firms.

Karissa KruseKarissa Kruse

Argot Wines


Karissa Kruse is President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. Karissa joined Sonoma County Winegrowers as Director of Marketing in September 2012 and was named President for the organization on May 1, 2013. Karissa earned a BS in Economics and an MBA in Marketing from Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania. She has over 17 years of experience in various aspects of marketing, brand management, strategic planning and business development. Karissa has worked for companies such as General Mills, Universal Studios, Mattel and Dairy Management, where Karissa worked for seven years on behalf of dairy farmers nationally. She is a partner in a small winery, Argot Wines, and the owner of a 25 acre parcel in Bennett Valley, with five acres planted to grapes. Karissa is on the boards of the Sonoma County Tourism, Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm Foundation, Ag Trust Committee and Viticulture Advisory Committee and a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 29.  Kruse was selected as a North Bay Business Journal ‘Women in Business 2014 Honoree’ and ‘Forty under 40’ Award recipient in 2012.

Alana Libow

Senior Manager, Sustainable Development
The Dannon Company


Alana Libow is the Environmental Sustainability Manager for The Dannon Company’s (North American subsidiary of Groupe Danone). She manages the development and integration of environmental strategy across each of the company’s functional areas (including sourcing, industrial, logistics, packaging, sales, and marketing). Prior to working at The Dannon Company, Ms. Libow worked for Winston Eco-Strategies as an independent consultant and spent her Wharton MBA summer with the home delivery business unit at FIJI Water (a division of Roll International). Prior to receiving her MBA from Wharton, Ms. Libow was a non-traditional equity analyst at Innovest, Strategic Value Advisors, a global research investment advisory boutique, now owned by MSCI. At Innovest, she managed the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risk management and strategic profit opportunity analysis across seven sectors (with a particular focus on CPGs and agriculturally-based products, including beverages, tobacco, and textiles). Ms. Libow also managed Innovest’s Community Development Index.

 Ms. Libow served as a Fulbright Scholar (2004-2005), assessing the socio-economic impact of four microfinance strategies upon the livelihood of 20 female indigenous entrepreneurs in El Alto/La Paz, Bolivia. Ms. Libow spent her earliest years of post undergraduate studies working at Harvard’s Kennedy School within the Women and Public Policy Program. Ms. Libow holds an MBA from The Wharton School (2010), with a major in Operations and a sub-focus in Environmental Risk Management and graduated Magna Cum Laude, with an AB in Anthropology (focus on Latin America), from Washington University, in St. Louis (2002).

Bob LoBueBob LoBue

Professor, Business & Non-Profit Adviser / Board Member
Reutlingen University


Robert M. LoBue has been Vice President of Operations for SAP North America Services Partners since June, 2011. He was previously Vice President for SAP Global University Alliances. Prior to joining SAP in 2008, Dr. LoBue was Professor of Accounting and Management for ten years at Reutlingen University, Germany. He was Dean of the university’s top-ranked School of International Business from 2006 to 2008. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. LoBue was placed in the Top 10 for Professor of the Year by Unicum Beruf , a national magazine distributed to university campuses throughout Germany. Prior to Reutlingen University, he was a member of the executive board in leading global high technology companies, including as Senior Vice President and CFO of IPC Communications Services and Axil Computer, and a senior manager at Interlink Computer Sciences, Adaptec, and Unisys. He received a doctorate in management from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he was a Research Associate at the Center for Corporate Governance. He holds an MS from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a BS from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Professor title and diploma from Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog, Russia.

Eric LowittEric Lowitt

Author and Corporate Sustainability Consultant


Eric Lowitt is a sustainability consultant, speaker and author of “The Future of Value: How Sustainability Creates Value Through Competitive Differentiation” (Jossey-Bass, Oct. 2011). Learn more about Eric at and follow him on Twitter @EricLowitt. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The Harvard Business Review, among tier one publications worldwide. Eric is fluent in Japanese and is an avid baseball fan. He lives outside of Boston, MA, with his wife and two young children.

Jonathan LyonsJonathan Lyons

Business Development, Senior Manager


Jonathan Lyons serves as the Vice President for Student Relations of the Wharton Energy Network. He joined Noribachi, a smart energy products startup with a focus on LEDs. He is primarily responsible for BD/Sales to commercial, municipal, and industrial customers in Northern California. Prior to working at Noribachi, Jonathan was a smart grid consultant for Cisco Systems, creating new market and policy development strategies for Cisco’s Connected Energy/Smart Grid Business Unit. Mr. Lyons has experience in public relations and clean tech consulting. He launched his own cleantech consulting agency that developed public-private partnerships for clients. He also designed local lobbying campaigns to secure wind energy permits for a top 5 wind farm developer. Jonathan received a BS in economics from University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Yaowen Ma

Industry Analyst & Project Manager


Yaowen Ma is an Industry Analyst and Project Manager at Verdantix, a globally recognized independent research and consulting firm with specialized expertise in environment, health, safety, quality, energy and sustainability management topics. He contributes to the EHStech practice on engagements associated with EHS information management, product stewardship and supply chain risk management. Prior to Verdantix, Yaowen gained work experience with Deutsche Bank on ESG and impact investing and with Sustrana and the Business Environment Council on strategic corporate sustainability management practices. Yaowen holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in International Relations and Environmental Studies, and he also served as founding editor-in-chief for the Penn Sustainability Review publication.

Sarene MarshallSarene Marshall

Managing Director, Global Climate Change
The Nature Conservancy


Sarene Marshall is the Managing Director for the Nature Conservancy’s global Climate Change Team. Her previous roles on the Climate Change team include Deputy Team Lead and Associate Director of the Conservancy’s program aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation. Sarene came to the Conservancy in 2002 and served from 2004-2007 as Director of Business Planning and Analysis, responsible for organization-wide strategic planning and key change management and globalization projects on behalf of the CEO and his direct reports. Before joining TNC, Sarene was a Senior Associate with Mercer Management Consulting (now called Oliver Wyman), a division of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). Previously, Sarene spent five years in the Latin America pro-gram of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where she managed grants administration, led the establishment of WWF offices in the region, and developed fundraising tools and strategies. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MA in International Studies from University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, and is fluent in Spanish.

DSC_0962Claudia Massei

Regional Sales Manager, Rail Automation Systems


Claudia Massei is a Regional Sales Manager for Rail Automation Systems at Siemens. She is responsible for coordinating sales activities of systems for operation and protection of subway and tram networks in Western Europe. Prior to this role, Claudia worked at the Wind Power division of Siemens, where she was responsible for creating a new concept for a blade factory, and got later involved in establishing a department to supply spare parts worldwide to turbines in their post-warranty life, as well as in developing refurbishment product offerings for main components.

Before joining Siemens, Claudia’s career path was already very diverse: she went from strategy consulting to NGOs, to co-founding an edtech startup, QMagico – with which she remains involved as an advisor. Originally from Brazil, she was able to cultivate an extensive international experience, having lived and worked in the Americas (Brazil and USA), Europe (Germany, France, Denmark and Portugal), Africa (South Africa and Morocco) and Asia (China). In her free time, Claudia enjoys to travel and learn about different cultures, as well as to mentor young entrepreneurs and to volunteer with educational NGOs.

Claudia pursued her undergraduate studies in Aeronautical Engineering at her home country’s ITA, and later earned an MBA from Wharton and an MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rekha Menon-Varma

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Vertaeon LLC


Rekha is responsible for setting overall company vision and leading client and product development. Prior to Vertaeon, Rekha led comprehensive enterprise risk assessment, and CSR strategy development, at NV Bekaert SA, directly reporting to the CEO and periodically to A&F Committee of the Board.  At Bekaert Group Business Development, Rekha managed global teams towards growth opportunity identification, JV/ M&A option assessments, and scenario planning for multiple $1Bn+ businesses.  Prior to this, Rekha worked for over 10 years in the US Chemical industry, with Lyondell (and its Arco/Millennium subsidiaries) as Global Market Manager, Process Engineer and Sr. Development Engineer.  Highlights include cross-functional leadership for multiple new product developments, and Chairman’s award at Millennium for optimization and yield improvement without CAPEX.

Rekha holds a US patent for process innovation, publication in Energy & Fuels, certification as sustainability practitioner (Brussels, 2010).  She received Bachelors in Chemical Engineering (with honors), Masters in chemical engineering from Auburn Univ. at Auburn, AL and MBA from the Wharton School at Univ. of Pennsylvania.

Doug Miller

Senior Associate

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)


Doug works at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to transform global energy use and enable a clean, prosperous, and secure future through innovative, interdisciplinary environmental solutions. He contributes to RMI’s Buildings, Communities, and Electricity practices, placing a particular focus on engaging commercial real estate stakeholders to capture the business full value of energy efficient buildings and accelerate the adoption of efficiency measures. Doug gained a diverse range of research and work experience in the environmental field from his time at Chatham House, Carbon Smart, Oxford University, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), Wharton Risk Management & Decision Processes Center, Mayor of Baltimore’s Office of Sustainability, Hunsucker Goodstein PC, and TerraLogos eco architecture.

Doug received the MSc in Environmental Technology—Environmental Economics & Policy Option from Imperial College London in 2013, for which he received distinction and the URS Prize for Most Outstanding Overall Course Performance. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) and Environmental Studies. His academic honors from Penn include summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, as well as top honors and awards from both the PPE and Environmental Studies departments.

Eleanor Mitch

Independent consultant

Currently representing International Centre for Compared Environmental Law


A creative problem-solver and entrepreneur, Eleanor is an independent consultant with expertise in environmental governance and social inclusion and has 15+ years of international experience.

Clients have sought her expertise to create programs to engage and increase influence.  She draws from behavioral psychology, cross-cultural expertise and uniquely combines creativity to deliver financially successful programs with multiple stakeholders.

Eleanor served as Head of Community Engagement for the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games. She founded and ran Nobeoka Japan’s 1st Earth Day Celebrations & Rio de Janeiro’s 1st International Environmental Film Festival. Actively involved in different aspects of environmental governance (zones beyond national jurisdiction, data access, disasters) for international meetings (Rio+20, UNFCCC COP 21/22, IUCN, etc.), she works on a Youth Data Initiative on Climate Change, the Global Ocean Trust and transparency studies.  She currently represents the International Centre for Compared Environmental Law in international high-level meetings and is an invited researcher at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

She has B.A. in philosophy, communication & fine arts (individualized major) from the University of Pennsylvania, was an invited professor Fulbright Scholar at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro & the Research Institute of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden.  She participated in Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership in 2014.  She is currently completing a doctoral degree in public and fiscal law at the Université de Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne on Access to environmental information in the digital era: France, Brazil and the United States.

She considers herself a world citizen with a US passport, conducting business in: English, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.  Umeboshi (梅干) is one of her favorite snacks.

Nimesh ModakNimesh Modak

Imagine H20


Nimesh is a Director at Imagine H2O, a leading accelerator for water innovation. Imagine H2O’s global competition and accelerator program has helped over sixty water startups win customers and receive more than $1 in every $10 of early stage financing in the water sector. His role is focused on designing and executing Imagine H2O’s public policy initiatives as well as strengthening strategic partnerships and communications in support of the organization’s accelerator activities. Nimesh most recently worked in strategy and operational roles with Danone’s Sustainable Development Team (New York) and for-profit social enterprise WaterHealth International (Accra). Prior to graduate school, Nimesh worked for five years with international development consulting firm, Nathan Associates Inc., advising USAID, governments and multilateral institutions on economic and trade policy (Singapore and Washington, DC). Nimesh holds a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Aishwarya Nair

Assistant Project Manager
Golder Associates


Aishwarya is a project coordinator with the environmental project management division at Golder Associates, a consulting company working globally with its clients to find sustainable solutions in specialist areas of earth, environment and energy. She is responsible for coordinating interdisciplinary teams across a range of projects, including coal, oil and gas, and hydropower, and assisting with the general organisation and management of the project.  She is also the managing editor of wH2O: The Journal of Gender and Water, an open-access journal started at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 that provides a platform for discussion of best practices to improve the engagement of women in the decision-making processes of water management and sanitation in their communities. Previously, she worked with a private equity company focused on mineral and energy exploration ventures. Aishwarya graduated with a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She received a Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on energy policy and environmental management.

Matt O'MalleyMatthew V. O’Malley

President, Environmental – North America
XL Catlin


Matt is the president of XL Catlin North America Environmental Insurance business. He oversees environmental underwriting, field operations and sales and marketing for the US and Canada. Since joining XL Catlin in 2004, he has also served as our head of Environmental Underwriting Operations and manager of the Environmental Commercial Business unit.

Matt holds an MBA degree with a specialization in finance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where he currently serves on the Board of Overseers. He is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, an Associate in Reinsurance, a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter and a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist. Matt is also a member of the Alumni Advisory Group of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and serves on the Leadership Council of the CPCU Society.

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Founder and CEO


Arthur Newman is founder and CEO of Sustain:Green, a provider of unique, biodegradable credit cards that reduce the cardholder’s carbon footprint with every purchase, while additionally funding rainforest preservation. Before founding Sustain:Green, Arthur was a partner at Halpern Capital, Global Sector Director for Internet, Software and IT Services at ABN-AMRO, and a Wall Street internet analyst at Schroders and Gerard Klauer Mattison. Arthur also co-founded a company participating in U.S. carbon markets. Arthur earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual major in biology and English literature and a minor in Chemistry.


Emily Woodhull NewtonEmily Woodhull Newton

Sourcing Manager
FMC Corporation


Emily Woodhull Newton was the IGEL Marketing & Communications Manager and recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Environmental Studies program, concentrating in Environmental Sustainability and Energy Management.

Emily graduated from Cornell University in 2010, where her focus was in art history and business.  After graduating from Cornell, Emily worked for four years in marketing and management for ASG, an energy technology tart-up company.  She also worked for the non-profit the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), where she focused on marketing PRI’s research in paleontology, environmental science, energy, and climate change.  Both of these experiences inspired her to continue her education anad her career working at the intersection of the environment and business.

While studying at Penn, she focused on these interests by taking courses in corporate sustainability strategies, life-cycle assessment, the geography and geology of energy resources, and the fundamentals of air pollution.  She also worked as a Sustainability Analyst Intern at FMC Corporation.  As the IGEL Coordinator she enjoyed learning from leading sustainability professionals and researchers at IGEL events and conferences.  She is now working full-time at FMC.

Amy Ochsenreiter

Senior Solar Market Development Analyst
GAF Materials


Amy is currently the Solar Market Development Analyst for GAF Materials’ Solar Program. She is focused on business development for GAF’s overall solar strategy in solar product development and residential and commercial solar investments, including GAF’s solar tax equity business which has invested in over 100 megawatts of projects in the last year. Amy works with a specialized team of Private Equity professionals who take principal risk positions in solar development deals. This entails reviewing business plans, financial modeling and executing completed deal documents.

Amy received her Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences where her research focused on corporate sustainability strategies for investments in renewable energy. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she worked with Owens Corning to analyze the integration of renewable energy into their corporate and manufacturing facilities. Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Allegheny College where she conducted research on sustainable infrastructure.

Aviad A. Oren

Senior Director, Strategic Marketing 

Evoqua Water Technologies LLC


Aviad Oren is Senior Director of Strategic Marketing for Evoqua Water Technologies’ Industrial Segment, leading the development and execution of its marketing strategy, pricing policy, and growth of the segment’s profitability and market share.

Prior to assuming his current role in January 2018, Aviad served as a Business Development Manager with Booky Oren Global Water Technologies where he created and fostered business partnerships, and implementation of strategy and innovation at corporates and utilities while leveraging close ties to the water entrepreneurial arena. Aviad has also served with the Israeli Special Ops and Ministry of Defense.

Aviad holds a BA and an MA degrees in Economics from York University, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



Sarah Orsay

Director of Business Engagement
The Climate Reality Project


Sarah Orsay is the Director of Business Engagement for The Climate Reality Project, which seeks to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making climate action an urgent priority at all levels of society.  Sarah’s responsibilities include working to further this mission in the private sector.  Her nearly 30-year career includes Wall Street, not-for-profit, and municipal government experience.

Sarah began her post-graduate career in finance, focusing on risk management and OTC derivative structuring and sales, working with not-for-profit client organizations, including pensions, endowments and foundations. She served as a Managing Director at both Morgan Stanley and then Goldman Sachs.

Sarah left Goldman to join the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research as CEO, where she was responsible for overseeing 40 employees in the areas of research, fundraising, communications, and operations, with an annual budget of $35 million.

In late 2007 Sarah retired to spend more time with her then young family and became an active community volunteer.  In 2013 she became the Director of Parks & Recreation for her hometown of Rumson, New Jersey, a full-time, professional position. She was later asked to initiate the role of Communications Director for the Borough.  She currently serves on Rumson’s Environmental Commission.

Sarah graduated magna cum laude from University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and was a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and The Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union at Columbia University.  She has also studied at the Pushkin Institute for Russian Language in Moscow, Russia. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, taking her dogs on smell hikes, practicing yoga, and discussing politics and climate.

Millicent Pitts

CEO & Executive Director
The Ocean Exchange


Millicent Wallace Pitts is a thirty year operating executive in process industries at Atlantic Richfield, Rohm & Haas, Ferro, Engelhard/BASF, and a university incubator company. She has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is a Registered Mediator in the State of Georgia, and has completed two marathons, one triathlon, and one century bike ride with Team-in-Training of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She currently is the CEO/Executive Director of, a private foundation with the sole mission to help advance the adoption of innovative solutions in the field of sustainability.

Kim Quick

Senior Associate


Kim Quick manages and engages in user relationships for the Sustrana platform – an online tool for sustainability planning and management. With a background in designing behavior change campaigns, Kim contributes to a wealth of social science insights that enhance users’ day-to-day implementation of Sustrana’s sustainability policies and practices. Kim holds a BS in Environmental Policy and Management from UNC Asheville and a Masters of Environmental Studies with a concentration in Communication and Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed her Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, which supports understanding the psychological dimensions of sustainability challenges and opportunities. Kim co-teaches a class in Penn’s Masters of Environmental Studies program entitled “Leading Change for Sustainability.”

Aaron Ratner

Managing Director
Ultra Capital LLC


Aaron has over 20 years of international investment and advisory work focusing on technology, energy, agriculture and waste. At Ultra Capital, Mr. Ratner is responsible for project origination, with a focus on agriculture, waste and frontier markets. Prior to joining Ultra, Aaron was a Developer in Residence at Generate Capital. From 2012 to 2014, he was the President of i2 Capital, an impact investment merchant bank.

Aaron began his career as a foreign market entry strategist at WKI, a global consulting firm based in Virginia. In 2000, shortly after completing university in Tokyo and Philadelphia, he moved to Hong Kong to work for Simon Murray & Company, a Pan-Asian multi-strategy investment and advisory firm. After attending the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Aaron worked for a series of activist hedge fund managers in New York.

In 2010, Mr. Ratner founded Emerging Energy International, a Hong Kong-based developer of mobile electrical power projects in frontier markets. In 2012 he became the second team member and President at i2 Capital, a Washington, DC-based impact investment firm with expertise in conservation, mitigation banking and energy.

Mr. Ratner received a MsM from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA (Honors) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Geof RochesterGeof Rochester

Managing Director
The Nature Conservancy


Geof Rochester joined the Conservancy as the chief marketing officer in July 2010. He is responsible for steering the organization’s marketing, membership and visibility strategies. Rochester has a deep and varied marketing background. Most recently, he was the executive vice president for marketing at World Wrestling Entertainment. Prior to that position, he served as senior vice president for marketing at Showtime Networks. He held senior marketing positions at Comcast Communications, Radisson Hotels International and Proctor and Gamble. Rochester has consulted with several non-profit organizations, helping them advance their missions through strategic marketing efforts. A graduate of Georgetown University, Rochester received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Haley Russell

Chipper Pet


Haley started Chipper Pet while an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Chipper is a wholly nutritious and environmentally conscious pet food company that crafts treats using sustainable alternative proteins.  With support from awards won at Wharton Women’s Summit, Wharton Latin American Conference, and the iDesign Prize, Chipper is bringing its first product—a dog treat made from cricket protein—to market in Fall 2018.  Before Wharton, Haley worked in the Investment Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and at several food and beverage startups.  Haley holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Shauna SadowskiShauna Sadowski

Director of Sustainability
Annie’s, Inc


Shauna Sadowski is the Director of Sustainability at Annie’s, Inc., an organic and natural foods company based in Berkeley, CA. In her role, she leads the company’s sustainability efforts, with a particular focus on engaging supply chain partners to understand and improve social and environmental impacts throughout the supply chain. Her projects seek to ensure transparency and accountability from ‘farm to fork,’ with the ultimate goal of contributing to a more sustainable food system. Prior to joining Annie’s, Shauna worked on sustainability issues within the food sector at Clif Bar and Company, Fork in the Road Foods and BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). Before transitioning to an emphasis within the consumer products sector, she worked with a variety of industries through management consulting roles at the Corporate Executive Board and Arthur Andersen.

Shauna’s commitment to creating a more sustainable food system stems from her early years, growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, where she learned firsthand the pressures that farmers face while making a living from the land. She has a deep passion for creating meaningful connections between farmers – stewards of the land – and consumers. She believes that through thoughtful policy, education and engagement, companies can improve transparency about their products’ origins and impacts. In doing so, they can motivate support to protect natural resources and social capital, building the possibility for systemic positive change. Shauna received her BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MS in Agriculture, Food and Environment from the Friedman School at Tufts University. She serves on the board of the Sustainable Food Trade Association. Shauna lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter and zany Boston Terrier.

Emily Schapira

Executive Director
Philadelphia Energy Authority


Emily Schapira manages marketing, outreach and business development for Aelux, an energy efficiency company focused on lighting and controls retrofits for commercial, industrial and institutional clients.  Aelux’s portfolio ranges from small businesses to some of the world’s best-known brands.  Emily also serves as Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Energy Authority, a board created by the City of Philadelphia to address issues of affordability and sustainability in municipal energy.

Prior to joining Aelux, Emily worked on sustainability for Verizon and managed operational sustainability efforts for Wharton.  As Wharton’s Associate Director for Sustainability and Leadership from 2009 to 2012, Emily split her time between marketing efforts for the Wharton Leadership Program and the creation and implementation of the Wharton Sustainability Program, based in Wharton’s Operations group.  Emily’s efforts focused on operational eco-efficiency and behavior change, and supported LEED certifications and attempts across the Wharton portfolio, earning the first LEED for Commercial Interiors certification at Penn.

Previously, Emily held an internship with Intel Capital and Intel’s Eco-Technology group, and spent five years running a consumer heating oil co-op and advocating for low-income energy assistance.

Emily earned her MBA from Wharton in Environmental and Risk Management, and has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Emily is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Operations and Maintenance.

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Program Manager


Silvia Schmid is a program manager at EcoVadis, a supplier sustainability ratings firm that helps companies’ procurement teams and suppliers to collaborate to increase transparency and improve CSR performance throughout their supply chains. Prior to joining EcoVadis, Silvia worked in sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement at two communications consulting firms in New York, Addison and SalterBaxter, helping Fortune500 clients to define and communicate their CSR strategy and performance. Silvia also developed partnerships and produced events and research projects for Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, and before coming to the University of Pennsylvania, she worked in affiliate and online marketing for a multinational software corporation. Silvia has a Master of Environmental Studies from Penn and a Bachelor in Psychology and International Literary & Visual Studies from Tufts University, and is fluent in Italian and Spanish.

Elizabeth Seeger
Elizabeth Seeger



Elizabeth Seeger joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) in 2009 to help oversee the management of environmental and social responsibility issues and opportunities across KKR’s portfolio, including through KKR’s Green Portfolio Program ( Elizabeth was previously a Project Manager in the Corporate Partnerships Program of Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to EDF, Elizabeth was a consultant with the Corporate Executive Board, where she advised companies across a broad range of industries in Europe and the United States. Before CEB, Elizabeth was an Associate at the Environmental Law Institute, a non-profit organization focused on environmental law and policy research and education. Elizabeth has more than ten years of experience working on corporate environmental and social issues and earned a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Nathan-SellNathan Sell

Chemical Review Manager


Nathan is an ORISE Fellow with the EPA Department of Water, focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation. He is a graduate of the Master of Environmental Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences where he concentrated in Environmental Sustainability.  While an MES graduate student, his research focused on water and energy security on small Caribbean Islands.  While in the MES program, Nathan also served as Coordinator for IGEL.

Nathan was a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member, teaching high school science in Philadelphia, during which time he attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.  Nathan holds a B.S. in Biology, as well as an Environmental Science Minor from Trinity College in Connecticut, where he conducted environmental research in Hartford that focused on urban wildlife and forest regeneration. Nathan is from the U.S. Virgin Islands, which have served as inspiration to seek a career that advocates sustainable resource use.

Michael Shostek

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office


Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Societies with a concentration in Environment and Health from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. During his time at Penn, he served two terms as co-chair for a newfound environmental umbrella organization, the Student Sustainability Association at Penn (SSAP). Additionally, he helped establish the Fossil Free Penn campaign that initiated the university’s first undergraduate referendum in almost a decade, resulting in 87.8% of the voting student body favoring fossil fuel divestment.

Michael is interested in the intersection of social responsibility, climate change, public health, and sustainable development. Currently, he serves as a paralegal for the Federal Litigation Unit at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and as a teaching assistant for the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Environmental Studies program. He ultimately aspires to attend law school and pursue a career as an environmental justice attorney.

As an Eagle Scout and a key youth leader and volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, one of his ongoing projects is to identify a working definition of sustainability for Scouting’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow, and develop recommendations for engraining environmental stewardship in servant leadership opportunities locally. He also aims to develop a collaborative coailton between the alumni groups from SSAP, IGEL, and the Department of Earth and Environmental Science for Penn students to network and learn about opportunities in the sustainability field.

Ashmeet SidanaAshmeet Sidana

Founder & Managing Partner
Engineering Capital


Ashmeet is a seasoned executive who came to Foundation Capital with a combination of fifteen years of experience ranging from startups to establishing companies. His experience spans engineering, sales, marketing and product management. Most recently, he was at VMware where as Dir. of Product Management he was responsible for multiple products including Virtual SMP, P2V and their flagship product, ESX Server. At VMware, he helped grow ESX Server from early pilots to widespread worldwide deployment in mission critical systems by Fortune 500 companies. Prior to VMware, Ashmeet was CEO of Sidana Systems, a successful enterprise-software company that pioneered Docsan for publishing very-large (terabyte) documents. He bootstrapped Sidana Systems from inception through growth and to its acquisition by Doclinx. Ashmeet began his professional career at Hewlett-Packard and later Silicon Graphics, holding various technology roles. Ashmeet also led Foundation Capital’s investments in, and currently serves on the board of Azure Power, Cantaloupe Systems, CiiNOW, Freewheel, PanoLogic, Sanrad, Simply Hired, and Zetta. His only previous investment at Foundation Capital was Altor Networks, where he led the Seed and Series A rounds, and served on its board from inception through its acquisition by Juniper Networks in 2010.

Ashmeet loves adventure travel and in his spare time can be found planning his second trip to Mt. Everest. In addition to an MBA from the Wharton School, Ashmeet received an MS from Stanford University and a BS from the University of Southern California.

Gianluca Signorelli

Senior Director, Structured Finance
NRG Energy


Gianluca is Senior Director, Structured Finance at NRG where he finances residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar and other clean energy technologies out of the San Francisco office. He was Head of Clean Energy Finance at Rabobank, N.A., where he financed clean energy projects and companies. He is co-founder of Empowered By Light, an NGO that promotes clean energy solutions for off-grid schools in the developing world.

Previously, he was an economist with the U.S. Treasury Department focused on Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He holds degrees from Stanford University (BA), Johns Hopkins University SAIS (MA), and Wharton (MBA).

 Sarena Snider

Documentary Film Producer /Director
Observatory Ventures


Sarena (Penn SAS ’07) is a documentary filmmaker and social impact investor. She began her career at National Geographic Television, and has served as a producer and researcher for several feature-length, theatrically distributed documentaries. Sarena also serves on the Board of Directors of the Snider Foundation, a family foundation started by her late father, Ed Snider. The foundation works strategically to advance individual liberty, support Jewish causes, and bolster community-based nonprofits. She has a passion for food policy and is currently enrolled in graduate studies in nutrition. (As part of her advocacy for food access, she launched a joint partnership between Snider Hockey, a nonprofit that provides ice hockey programming and academic support for inner-city youth, and Philabundance, a hunger relief nonprofit. The program provides fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste to participants and their families.) Sarena received her BA in History the University of Pennsylvania, and has attended professional programs in documentary and screenwriting at George Washington University and at the University of California – Los Angeles.

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Venture Partner
Insight Venture Partners


Gary Survis is a Venture Partner at Insight Venture Partners where he focuses on driving operational strategies and improvements within Insight and its portfolio companies. Prior to joining Insight, Gary was the Chief Marketing Officer of Syncsort, a big data and mainframe enterprise software company, and the General Manager of its Sort business unit.

Gary is a leader in the corporate sustainability space. Industry experience includes being COO of Geoscape Solar, a firm specializing in residential, commercial and non-profit solar projects, and Founder/Managing Partner of Go Green Displays, a sustainable print and display company. Survis has been featured in multiple media outlets including, SiriusXM Radio,, and Knowledge@Wharton. He is a regular speaker and panel member covering marketing, big data, and sustainability to organizations including Canon, Cushman & Wakefield, FMC Corporation, Sustainable Brands, and the Wharton Energy Club Conference.

He is also currently on the adjunct faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters of Environmental Studies program. He is a Senior Fellow at Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership(IGEL) which focuses on corporate engagement in sustainability issues. He has also served as the learning director, and faculty member, for Wharton’s Executive Education program entitled, Business Sustainability Leadership. Gary has been responsible and moderated IGEL’s Annual Conferences on Big Data and Sustainability, Climate Change, and the Circular Economy.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Science from Wharton in Entrepreneurial Management, and an MBA in marketing from NYU Stern School.

Keith SutterKeith Sutter

WW Director, Sustainability
Johnson & Johnson


Keith Sutter is the WW Director of Sustainability at Johnson & Johnson. In that role Keith leads J&J’s 250 Operating Companies in developing sustainable products, business and marketing strategies. He translates the value of Johnson & Johnson’s extensive product stewardship and environmental successes to the company’s trade customers and consumers including championing the Earthwards® process. Keith began his career at Johnson & Johnson in 2001 as a marketing associate. He subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility as a brand marketer on brands such as BAND-AID®, NEUTRGENA®, LACTAID® and LUDENS®. In 2009-2010 Keith spent a year studying how companies in 18 countries were using sustainability for competitive advantage. To learn more about his research, visit

Keith has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Center City with his wife, Amy.

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Managing Director
Enertech Capital


Tucker has been investing in energy technology and services companies for 13 years with an emphasis on technology enabled efficiency, development, services, and products companies across the electricity, oil, and gas industries. Tucker currently sits on the boards of SpaceTime Insight, OwnEnergy and Tangent Energy Solutions. He previously sat on the boards of Enerwise (acquired), FuelQuest (acquired), Advent Solar (acquired), Franklin Fuel Cells (acquired), Welldog (acquired) and was an observer to Comverge (COMV), Clean Air Power (CAP.L), 6th Dimension (acquired), Sagemaker (acquired) and Altela. He is a board member and former President of Wharton Private Equity Partners, an Investment Partner with InvestMaryland, Chairman of the IMPACT 2012 Cleantech Track, an advisor to the Skolkovo Foundation, a former member of the CleanTech Venture Network Advisory Board, and was recently honored as one of the Power Players in Cleantech and Who’s Who in Energy. Prior to EnerTech, Tucker was a co-founder and Managing Director of Katalyst LLC, a private equity services firm and a Senior Manager at Andersen Consulting, now Accenture. Tucker began his career in finance and IT operations with MultiServ, a provider of material handling and recycling services to the steel industry. Tucker received a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Valva Realty Company


Paul Valva is a principal at the Valva Realty Company – a 3rd generation family-owned residential and commercial real estate brokerage company headquartered in Oakland, CA. Paul received his BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1980, and his MBA from Wharton in 1984.

Paul has served as board member and president of the Wharton Alumni Club of Northern California, and most recently as the District Manager for Northern California for The Climate Project – a non-profit organization founded by Al Gore to educate the public about climate change. He was personally trained by Mr. Gore on the causes, evidence and potential solutions to the devastating effects of global warming. Paul believes that the fastest and most sustainable avenue towards reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is to incentivize private business towards developing energy conservation and alternative energy technologies. Paul’s interest and research focuses on partnerships among business, government and academia, such as the Joint BioEnergy Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Paul has traveled extensively around the world, including Bhutan and Mt. Kilimanjaro with Wharton Leadership Ventures and to Antarctica with a team of environmental scientists. On a personal level Paul is interested in the emotional and psychological effects of climate change on the individual, and is writing a screenplay on the relationship between climate change and Bipolar Affected Disorder.

Doug received the MSc in Environmental Technology—Environmental Economics & Policy Option from Imperial College London in 2013, for which he received distinction and the URS Prize for Most Outstanding Overall Course Performance. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) and Environmental Studies. His academic honors from Penn include summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, as well as top honors and awards from both the PPE and Environmental Studies departments.

Vipin Varma

VP and Regional Director


Vipin Varma brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the alumni advisory board of Wharton IGEL.  He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.  His professional experience includes Technical Project Development and Management, New Product Development and Commercialization, Global Business Development, Business Unit General Management, and Start-ups.  He is currently Vice President at NCASI Inc., an organization affiliated to the Forest Products Industry that focuses on topics of environmental interest.  In this capacity, Vipin manages the development of cost-effective pollution prevention strategies that improve environmental performance and reduces the industry’s overall environmental footprint.  Vipin is also in charge of developing the company’s long-term expansion and growth strategies.  Previously, as Director of Corporate Development at innovative start-up Vorbeck Materials, he managed the development of novel products and identified new applications for these products in Printed Electronics.  He founded VERTAEON LLC in 2010 with the vision to drive and track Energy Management within Corporations and currently manages their growth strategy as a Board Member.  He is also serving as a non-executive advisory board member at BOOSTER sprl., an EU-based company seeking to enable the multi-billion dollar market in sub-orbital tourism and research.  He is a co-inventor in 5 US and WIPO Patents.

Devin Whatley
Devin Whatley

Partner at the Integrity Fund
Recosystem Integrity Fund, Aquillian Investments, LL, Kevita


Mr. Devin Whatley serves as Partner of Aquillian Investments, LLC. Mr. Whatley oversees Aquillian Investments, LLC’s operations, while also working with investors to understand the more sophisticated nuances of clean tech private equity investing. Mr. Whatley joined to Aquillian from Accessor Capital Management, an award-winning, boutique mutual fund where he worked as a Relationship Manager and Sales Professional. Mr. Whatley began his career, however, in Hollywood where he spent eight years producing big budget TV commercials (Adidas, Toys-R-Us, Maytag), and music videos (Creed, Cyndi Lauper, Motley Crue). While honing his operations skills as the producer of more than 50 commercials and music videos, he nurtured a growing fascination for environmental sustainability, and became a passionate student of emerging green business opportunities. Looking for a way to use his various skills as a “triple-bottom-line” entrepreneur, in 2000 Mr. Whatley launched an organic food business, expanding into packaged foods. His company was also the first in California to use biodegradable corn-plastic packaging. He holds FINRA series 7 and 66 licenses. Mr. Whatley is an outdoor enthusiast, competitive swimmer, and has been an avid surfer for more than 20 years.

Mr. Whatley is a CFA candidate, awaiting results from the Level III exam taken in early June. He is also currently earning an MBA from Wharton’s Program for Executives. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA’s Honors Division, where he was both an Alumni Scholar and Regents Scholar, earning a joint degree in Business and East Asian Studies.

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Rotunda Capital Partners


Bob Wickham joined Rotunda Capital Partners in July 2010. Prior to Rotunda, Bob was a Principal in the Private Finance Group at Allied Capital. During his seven years at Allied, Bob invested approximately $470 million in subordinated debt and equity securities. He served on the Board of Directors of three portfolio companies and was an active Board observer of 11 other companies. Bob also served as a rotating member of the Investment Committee and worked on several portfolio development and workout situations. Prior to joining Allied Capital, Bob worked in the investment banking groups of Merrill Lynch and Equitable Securities (now part of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey) and was a co-founder of Brentwood Capital Advisors, a boutique M&A and private placement advisor.

Bob received a BA in Economics, with honors, from the University of Virginia and a MBA with honors, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ellen Wolf

Independent Director
InfraREIT, L.L.C.


Since beginning her career in public accounting with Deloitte, Ms. Wolf has held various positions with increasing responsibility in corporate accounting, finance, strategy and business development.  Throughout her professional experiences, she has been focused mainly in the areas of finance and value creation. Currently she serves on the Boards of a number of companies. Ms. Wolf served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of American water Works Company, Inc., the largest investor owned U.S. water and wastewater company from 2006 until 2013. Previously she served as Senior Vice President and CFO of Centrus Energy (formerly USEC Inc.) beginning in 2003 and as Vice President and CFO of American Water from 1999 until 2003.   Prior to joining American Water she was Treasurer for Verizon (formerly Bell Atlantic). Ms. Wolf has an MBA from Wharton and her undergraduate degree is from Duke University.

Ms. Wolf serves on the Public Boards of Airgas, Premier and InfraREIT. She also serves on the board of a privately held company and is a Vice Chair on the Board of the Philadelphia Zoo.   Some of her key accomplishments include the Initial Public Offering of American Water, implementation of Sarbanes Oxley in two companies, significant merger and acquisition activities and consolidation of call centers and shared services.

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Co-Founder and Director
Ocean Recovery Alliance


Woodring is an environmental entrepreneur, an ocean advocate, a writer, a competitive athlete, a sports event organizer and a creative innovator on community issues. He is the co-founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, a non-profit organization which is focused on bringing innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean. Two of the projects currently being launched were announced at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010, the Global Alert platform, and the Plastic Disclosure Project. In 2008 he co-founded Project Kaisei, which focused on the plastic in the North Pacific Gyre, and he is a UNEP Climate Hero for his efforts. Woodring has been on the advisory board of the XPrize, and the Economist’s World Oceans Summit, and in 2011, he co-authored the United Nations Environmental Program Yearbook chapter on the danger of plastic in the ocean. He was also the founder of Plasticity at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, a one-day side event focused on the future of plastic, and where the leaders are going with solutions, innovations, and opportunities. He is a much sought after speaker at major environmental conferences, universities and corporate programs. Woodring has worked in Asia for almost 20 years in a number of industries which have been at the forefront of technology within their sectors, mainly related to the environment and new media platforms. Prior to working with technology start-ups, while at Merrill Lynch Asset Management Hong Kong in 1998, he proposed the company’s first global environmental technology fund which was later launched in 2001. He started his career in Japan, working for one of the largest fishing companies in the world, which is partly where his drive for ocean protection originates. Woodring is active in the environmental community, and has been the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee in Hong Kong, and helped to start the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, dealing with the overfishing of sharks around the world. He was nominated for the 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year for his innovative contributions to the sport. Born in Northern California, Woodring has a dual masters degree from The Wharton School (MBA) and Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he studied Environmental Economics. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and is an open water swimmer and former water polo player.

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ESG/SRI Analyst
Morgan Stanley


Eva Zlotnicka recently transitioned from Associate Director and the U.S. – based ESG research analyst for UBS to her current position as ESG/SRI Analyst at Morgan Stanley.  Eva welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the burgeoning Global Sustainable & Responsible Investment team ( S + R), and to help establish the U.S. footprint within sell-side research alongside the broader efforts happening at the firm, including the Institute for Sustainable Investing. Eva’s professional experience includes partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund in analyzing corporate energy efficiency investments as well as assisting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in engagement with the private sector. Prior to that, she spent about five years on Wall Street, primarily as an interest rate and currency strategist and then as a portable alpha portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley.

Eva holds an MBA and MES in environmental economics from Yale University, where her master’s thesis “Corporate Decision Making on Energy Efficiency Investment” won Best Poster Award. She also graduated with a BS in economics from the Wharton School and a BS in computer science and engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, both at the University of Pennsylvania.