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Andrew Revkin

Environmental Journalist and Founding Director of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute

Andrew Revkin is one of America’s most honored and experienced environmental journalists and the founding director of the new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute. There he is building programs, courses, tools and collaborations bridging communication gaps between science and society to boost societal and environmental sustainability. He launched and runs the Earth Institute’s live Sustain What webcasts on COVID-19 solutions and paths to resilience. Revkin has written on climate change for more than 30 years, reporting from the North Pole to the White House, the Amazon rain forest to the Vatican - mostly for The New York Times. He has held positions at National Geographic and Discover Magazine and won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship. Revkin has written acclaimed books on the history of humanity’s relationship with weather, the changing Arctic, global warming and the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication. Two very different films have been based on his work: “Rock Star” (Warner Brothers, 2001) and the triple-Golden-Globe-winning 1994 HBO film “The Burning Season,” based on Revkin’s biography of slain Brazilian forest defender Chico Mendes. A lifelong musician, he was a frequent accompanist of Pete Seeger and is a performing songwriter.

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Season 2 | Episode 12 »

Laila Petrie

CEO of 2050 and Vice-Chair of the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Change

Laila Petrie is the CEO of 2050, an independent organisation working to support a rapid transition to a sustainable future through research, innovation and strategy support to some of the world’s largest organisations.

Laila previously held several roles with WWF and Marks and Spencer, including WWF Global Lead on cotton and textiles - overseeing WWF’s textiles programme including sector strategy, research, partnerships, and on-ground implementation in 10 countries.

She is currently the Vice-Chair of the UNFCCC Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, and has taken advisory or board roles for SAC, ECAP, Textile Exchange, the UN 10YFP programme, and the Alliance for Water Stewardship.

Season 2 | Episode 11 »

Stefan Seidel

Head of Corporate Sustainability at PUMA

Stefan D. Seidel is Head of Corporate Sustainability at PUMA, a role he has held since 2015. He is responsible for all environmental and social topics of the Herzogenaurach-based sports company. He chairs the Steering Committee of the Fashion Charter on Climate Action and is a board member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals initiative.

In addition, Stefan represents PUMA at various industry-wide initiatives, such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Fair Labor Association, or the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Prior to his role as Head of Corporate Sustainability, he worked as PUMA’s Global Team Head of Environmental Affairs and as Sustainability Team Lead in the EMEA region. Seidel holds a master's degree in environmental management from Oxford Brookes University and a degree in environmental engineering from the Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences.

Prior to his studies, he completed an apprenticeship at Siemens AG, where he was in charge of the regional youth representation.

Season 2 | Episode 11 »

Leonardo Arthur T. Po

Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Arthaland

Leonardo Arthur T. Po is concurrently Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Arthaland, which was founded in 2009. He is likewise the Treasurer and Director of Century Pacific Food, Inc and Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures, Inc. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a degree in Business Administration, and has extensive and solid business development experience in the consumer marketing, finance and operations of fast moving consumer goods, food service, quick-serve restaurants, and real estate development.

Season 2 | Episode 10 »

Ommid Saberi

Senior Industry Specialist & Global Tech Lead for EDGE Green Building Certification, IFC

Ommid Saberi, based in Washington DC, is an Senior Industry Specialist and the global technical lead for EDGE green building certification. Ommid works across the projects within World Bank Group including IFC investment and advisory projects and has done extensive work with property sector, as well as funds and commercial bank clients to divert the investments to climate smart buildings and projects. Before joining IFC, Ommid had experience advising on sustainability strategies for property development projects in the U.K., Middle East and Asia including development of green building codes for multiple countries. Ommid has also been a member of regional government advisory panels as an expert in low energy designs and technical director for energy conservation at the city scale.

Season 2 | Episode 10 »

Pierre Rousseau

Senior Strategic Advisor for Sustainable Business, BNP Paribas

Lisbon based Pierre Rousseau, is Senior Strategic Advisor for BNP Paribas’ Sustainable Business and leads Global Sustainable Finance Investment initiatives. Prior to this, Pierre was Head of Global Markets Asia Pacific from 2015 - 2018, in addition to supervising the Financial Institutions Coverage unit for APAC. From 2009 - 2015 Pierre was Head of Equities, Asia Pacific, where he led BNP Paribas’ Equity Cash and Equities Derivatives platforms.

Pierre has almost three decades of experience across the financial services industry, two thirds of which have been spent in Asia Pacific. Before joining BNP Paribas, he was Head of Equity APAC for Credit Agricole, as well as creating an integrated electronic trading platform at Indosuez WI Carr Securities (IWICS) in Hong Kong.

Pierre started his career in 1985 as a financial controller with Citibank Benelux, after attaining a degree in commercial engineering. He joined Banque Indosuez’ Luxembourg office in 1988 and between 1993 - 2000 moved to Singapore, followed by Tokyo, where he was Chief Operating Officer at Banque Indosuez and Credit Agricole Indosuez.

In addition to his professional life, Pierre has been actively involved in supporting projects in the circular economy such as Nomad Plastic, and raising funds for sustainable NGOs such as the internationally renowned Room To Read and the Hong Kong-based and independent NGO, Sunshine Action.

Season 2 | Episode 9 »

David Blood

Co-founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management

David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management. Since its founding in 2004, Generation has played an integral role in the development of sustainable investing and in demonstrating the long-term commercial and societal benefits of this approach. Previously, David spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. David received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is chairman of Dialight, Social Finance UK and co-chair of The World Resources Institute and on the boards of On the Edge Conservation and SHINE. David is also a life trustee of Hamilton College.

Season 2 | Episode 8 »

Tim Purinton

Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/DC chapter

Tim Purinton has been the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/DC chapter since 2017. Tim hails from Boston where he was the founding Director of the Massachusetts’ Department of Fish and Game’s, Division of Ecological Restoration.

Tim also worked for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and as a wetland restoration contractor. He is on the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition and Ascend board of directors.

Tim is a graduate of McGill University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Tim is married and is a father of four. Julia and Tim reside in Takoma, D.C. and have a home in Vermont’s Mad River Valley. In his free time Tim keeps bees and can be found wading small trout streams in search of an evening hatch.

Season 2 | Episode 7 »

Shamini Harrington

Vice President, Climate Change, Sasol South Africa

Shamini is the VP: Climate Change. She has worked for Sasol for 14 years. Has a Master’s of Science Degree and is the group advisor on climate change issues ranging policy and advocacy to implementation within the Group. Shamini has also represented business as a climate change negotiator for South Africa at The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for 5 years and is Chair of the Business Unity South Africa: Environment Committee.

Season 2 | Episode 6 »

Mary L. Schapiro

Vice Chair of Global Public Policy, Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman Bloomberg

Mary L. Schapiro is the Vice Chair for Global Public Policy of Bloomberg, the global financial technology company that was founded in 1981. She has been at Bloomberg since October 2018, and also serves as a Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman.

Ms. Schapiro, who has had a distinguished career as a financial services regulator under four U.S. presidents from both political parties, oversees Bloomberg’s public policy and regulatory priorities globally. Her service as the 29th SEC Chair culminated decades of regulatory leadership. She was the first woman to serve as SEC Chair, and the only person to have served as chair of both the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. During her four years as SEC Chair, Ms. Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rulemaking agendas in the SEC’s history, during which the agency also executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors and pursued aggressive enforcement of the federal securities laws.

Ms. Schapiro also serves as an advisor to Bloomberg in multiple capacities, including as a leader for two groups chaired by Michael R. Bloomberg. The first group – the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures – has developed and garnered wide spread support for a voluntary framework for corporate disclosure of climate-related risk information to help investors, lenders, underwriters and others make informed financial decisions. The second group – the Working Group on U.S. RMB Trading and Clearing – supports the internationalization of China’s currency in order to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of U.S. businesses by lowering trading costs and improving access to China’s markets. The third is the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative.

Before becoming SEC Chair and working for Bloomberg, Ms. Schapiro served as chief executive officer of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest nongovernmental regulator of securities firms. Earlier, she was Chair of the CFTC from 1994 to 1996, a commissioner of the SEC from 1988 to 1994, and general counsel of the Futures Industry Association. She serves on the board of both Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and CVS Health (NYSE: CVS). She previously served on the board of GE and the London Stock Exchange. She is also a member of the governing board of the Center for Audit Quality and serves on advisory boards at the China Securities Regulatory Commission and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Season 2 | Episode 5 »

Gonzalo Pizzuto Aznar

Investor Relations, Vinte

Responsible for Investor Relations and relation with Global Development Banks such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB Invest), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgessellschaft mbH (DEG) and PROPARCO, which participate in Vinte with debt and equity investments.

Mr. Pizzuto has participated in the issuance processes of VINTE 17 and VINTE 17-2, debt bonds in the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV), as well as in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Vinte. More recently, he was responsible for the issuance of 3 sustainability bonds, VINTE 18X, VINTE 19X and VINTE 19-2X, the first in Latin America issued by a homebuilder.

Prior to joining Vinte, Mr. Pizzuto worked at Deloitte Mexico in valuation services in the area of Financial Advisory.

Mr. Pizzuto has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from ITESM and has a Master's degree in Professional Accounting (MPA) from the University of Texas at Austin.

Season 2 | Episode 3 »

Camilo Alban

Vice President for Constructors and Mortgage, Banco Davivienda

Economist from Universidad de los Andes, Bogota. Specialized in Econometrics and Capital Markets. Vice President for Constructors and Mortgages in Banco Davivienda, Colombia. Member of the Board of Directors in the Colombian Chamber of Construction.

Season 2 | Episode 3 »

Corinne Figueredo

Senior Operations Officer, Climate Strategy and Business Development IFC’s Climate Business Department

Corinne Figueredo has been with IFC since 1992. After leading debt deals in power, financial institutions and general manufacturing, she branched into cleantech equity in 2003 involving early stage cross-sectoral and hi-tech transactions. Corinne now is enjoying the inside of a start-up, as she leads IFC’s EDGE Green Building Certification teams across the world. See how EDGE is revolutionizing the building sector in developing countries at

Season 2 | Episode 3 »

William Beloe

Senior Operations Officer, IFC Climate Business Department

Will works with IFC’s Financial Institutions Group with the mandate to grow IFC’s climate commitments to 30% of its portfolio by 2020. He is responsible for developing specific climate focused product areas and for supporting key clients green their portfolios. In 2017, Will moved to DC from Beijing where he lead IFC’s work supporting financial markets on issues relating to climate change across Asia since 2012. Prior to this role, Will led IFC’s Sustainable Business advisory programs for South Asia out of Delhi. Will began his career in London as a derivatives trader before moving to China, where he worked in banking and management consulting with Standard Chartered and PwC Consulting. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from INSEAD and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Season 2 | Episode 3 »

Irina Likhachova

Senior Operations Officer, IFC Climate Business Department

Ms. Irina Likhachova is a Senior Operations Officer with IFC Climate Business Department based in Washington DC. In her current role she focuses on climate policy to incentivize private sector investment into climate business across emerging markets. Irina was a lead author of the IFC’s 2019 report “Green Buildings: A Finance and Policy Blueprint for Emerging Markets.” In her most recent role, she worked on advancing of the adoption of the Operating Principles for Impact Management, national green and sustainable finance policies across emerging markets through the Sustainable Banking Network, and the adoption of IFC’s sustainability and governance standards by stock exchanges in their listing and reporting requirements. Throughout her career at IFC, Irina has worked across IFC advisory and investment operations in Central and Eastern Europe, global Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services business lines, corporate portfolio, financial and non-financial risk, legal and business risk functions.

Season 2 | Episode 3 »

Aditi Maheshwari

Senior Operations Officer, IFC Climate Business Department

Aditi Maheshwari has been addressing climate change from both a public and private sector perspective for 17 years. She is a Senior Operations Officer at IFC, where her work focuses on mobilizing private capital for climate investments in developing countries, supporting the corporation’s climate change agenda and commitment to increasing its climate-friendly lending. She is leading initiatives at IFC to promote private sector investment aligned with national climate plans, including for renewable energy, and to support businesses along the construction value chain to manage carbon risks and capitalize on opportunities. Her publication credits include co-authoring IFC’s Green Buildings: A Finance and Policy Blueprint for Emerging Markets and leading IFC’s flagship report on Climate Investment Opportunities in Cities.

Prior to joining the IFC, she worked at the World Bank on policies for scaling up climate finance and mitigation action, with an emphasis on the design of new carbon market mechanisms. She previously worked in the Climate and Energy Group at DFID leading on carbon markets. Other roles have included working on environmental and energy issues at the South African National Treasury while on an ODI Fellowship; working on mergers at the UK's Office of Fair Trading; and on oil and gas economics at the UK's Department of Trade and Industry. She holds an MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London.

Season 2 | Episode 3 »

Jesper Brodin

Chief Executive Officer and President, Ingka Group (IKEA Retail, Ingka Centres, Ingka Investments)

Jesper Brodin is the President and CEO of the INGKA Group, the largest franchisee to operate under the IKEA brand. As the world’s largest home furnishing retailer, the INGKA Group owns and operates 358 stores in 30 countries under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V. Jesper Brodin started his career at IKEA in 1995 as Purchase manager in Pakistan. Over the years, he held different roles which includes earlier roles such as assistant to IKEA Founder Ingvar Kamprad and to then IKEA CEO Anders Dahlvig; Business Area Manager Kitchen and Dining; Regional Manager China; Supply Chain manager; and more recently, as Managing Director for Range & Supply, Inter IKEA Group, until he took on his current role and responsibilities, in September 2017. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Season 2 | Episode 2 »

Feike Sijbesma

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Royal DSM

Feike Sijbesma is CEO of Royal DSM since 2007. He is member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Central Bank (DNB); non-executive board member of Unilever; and member of the Global CEO Council of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. He is one of the Climate Leaders of the World Bank and is co-Chair of CPLC High-Level Commission on Carbon Pricing and Competitiveness, and Climate Leader for the World Bank Group. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the World Economic Forum, and chairs of several initiatives at WEF around consumer and chemical industries and is heading the CEO Climate Leaders.

Feike Sijbesma has transformed Royal DSM from a chemical company into a purpose-led global (bio-)science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM is global leader in food/nutritional ingredients and a leading company in sustainable materials and solutions among others for alternative energy sources. At DSM sustainability is not only a key responsibility but also a core value and a main business driver.

Mr. Sijbesma is a recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award & Leaders of Change Award presented by the United Nations; among others he received an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University, Netherlands; he received the Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership and was ranked in the Fortune World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2018. Mr. Sijbesma studied medical biology at University of Utrecht and business administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Season 2 | Episode 1 »

Anand Mahindra

Chairman, Mahindra Group

Mr. Anand Mahindra is the Chairman of the US $20.7 billion Mahindra Group and the Executive Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. His tenure has seen the Group expand domestically and internationally into a range of major industrial sectors from automobiles and agriculture to IT and aerospace. The Group has also grown inorganically through acquisitions such as Ssangyong Motors, Reva Electric Car Company, Satyam Computer Services, Peugeot Motorcycles, Gippsland Aeronautics, Aerostaff Australia, Holiday Club Resorts, and Pininfarina S.p.A.

He has served on several influential bodies globally, including the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York and the International Advisory Council of Singapore’s Economic Development Board. He is currently on the board of Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency. Mr. Mahindra has been named in Barron's List of Top 30 CEOs worldwide (2016) and Fortune Magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders (2014). He was appointed ‘Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour’ by the President of the French Republic (2016).

Mr. Mahindra is an incisive business commentator and humanitarian with over 6 million followers on Twitter. Among his many social change initiatives is the Nanhi Kali programme, which, for the last two decades, has provided over 330,000 under-privileged girls access to high quality education.

Season 2 | Episode 1 »

Nicholas Stern

Co-Chair; IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and President of the Royal Economic Society, United Kingdom

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern of Brentford, Kt, is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and President of the British Academy. He is Chairman of the LSE's Asia Research Centre and of its Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

Nick Stern was previously Chief Economist of the World Bank and Senior Vice President, Development Economics (2000-03) and Chief Economist and Special Counsellor to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1994 until late 1999). He was Head of the UK Government Economic Service (2003-07) and Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury (2003-05). He was Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa (2004-05), and led the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change (2005-06).

From 1986 to 1993 Nick Stern taught at the London School of Economics, where he was Sir John Hicks Chair in Economics. He has also taught and researched at Oxford and Warwick Universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ecole Polytechnique and the Collège de France in Paris, the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore and Delhi, and the People’s University of China in Beijing. His research and publications have focused on the economics of climate change, economic development and growth, economic theory, tax reform, public policy and the role of the state and economies in transition. He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles.

Nick Stern was knighted for 'services to economics' in June 2004 and he was made a member of the House of Lords in 2007. He holds 13 honorary degrees and has received the Blue Planet Prize (2009), the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2010), the Leontief Prize (2010), and the Schumpeter Award (2015), amongst many others.

Season 2 | Episode 1 »

Hans Peter Lankes

Vice President of Economics and Private Sector Development, IFC

Hans Peter Lankes is IFC’s Vice President of Economics and Private Sector Development, having joined IFC in 2017. In this capacity, Mr. Lankes is responsible for ensuring that IFC’s strategies and projects have a consistent focus on development results. He also provides independent economic analysis and oversight to all IFC’s operations, is responsible for IFC’s blended finance, climate and gender teams, and ensures coordination with the World Bank and other international financial institutions on private sector development issues. A German national, Mr. Lankes previously served in a number of roles at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), including leading EBRD’s expansion into the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region. Prior to joining the EBRD in 2007, Hans Peter worked at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. His earlier career includes positions at the Central American Business School, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Economy, and the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lankes holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, as well as economics degrees from Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg and Université de Grenoble.

Season 2 | Episode 1 »

Jim Maguire

Partner, Sustainable Development Capital

Jim Maguire is a Partner at Sustainable Development Capital, LLP (“SDCL”), a privately-owned and government-backed institutional investment management and advisory firm. He currently leads an SDCL grant under the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (“K-CEP”), developing advanced cooling technology projects in Asia and Africa. Jim held senior positions regionally and within global practices for the two largest insurance brokerages, leading Asia risk advisory and syndication businesses. He has twenty years’ experience at the intersection of infrastructure development, project finance and insurance and speaks frequently on the role of financial risk management instruments supporting Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Jim has acted for debt and equity in the development and financing of ~US$50 billion of investment across renewable and traditional power generation technologies. He is a founding investor in sustainable investment platforms SDCL (energy efficiency), Renova Capital Partners (bio-fuel), Renova Energy & Infrastructure (transportable solar) and Sustainable Living Partners (sustainable housing); he is an original investor or Advisor to InsureTech start-ups, Intensel (Nat Cat modelling), enegix (geothermal flow imaging) and kWh Analytics (solar risk management). Jim holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, Austin (1989); and, a B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (1986).

Season 1 | Episode 16 »

Jigar Shah

Principal Industry Specialist, IFC

Jigar is a Principal Industry Specialist at IFC and his role is to facilitate investments related to energy efficiency and climate business for clients in the manufacturing sector. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP), an international non-profit organization with a mission to improve energy efficiency in industry. He has worked globally in manufacturing and clean energy sectors. Jigar has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and has taught graduate courses on clean energy as an Adjunct Professor at McMaster University, Canada, and George Washington University, USA. He holds an appointment as a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute.

Season 1 | Episode 16 »

Steve Oldham

CEO, Carbon Engineering Ltd

Steve Oldham is Chief Executive Officer of Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE), a Canadian-based clean energy company. CE is leading the commercialization of groundbreaking technology that captures carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere, and a second technology that synthesizes it into clean, affordable transportation fuels that work in existing cars, trucks and airplanes without any modifications. Steve Oldham brings more than 20 years of executive experience to CE’s team, stemming from previous positions in technology, robotics, and aerospace sectors. He has played a lead role in a number of ‘Canada firsts’ in technology commercialization, including the first robot performing brain surgery, the first commercial radar satellite, robots that clean the inside of nuclear reactors, and satellites that service and repair other satellites. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Birmingham in England.

Season 1 | Episode 15 »

Bertrand Piccard

Initiator and Chairman of Solar Impulse, @bertrandpiccard

Born into a family of scientific explorers, Bertrand Piccard has made history by completing two round-the-world flights: non-stop in a balloon and more recently without any fuel in the Solar Impulse airplane. With this last achievement, Bertrand’s goal was to demonstrate how clean technologies and renewable energy can achieve the impossible. As a second phase of his vision, and with the Solar Impulse Foundation, he launched the challenge of selecting 1’000 profitable solutions that protect the environment in order to encourage decision-makers to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies. One of the first to envision ecology through the lens of profitability, he urges for the uptake of clean and efficient technologies because they are logical rather than just ecological. Even if climate change didn’t exist, they would make sense, as they represent the biggest industrial market of the century. According to him, innovation and pioneering spirit are key to solve the most pressing challenge of our times: ensuring the quality of life on Earth.

Season 1 | Episode 14 »

David Katz

Founder and CEO, Plastic Bank

David is the founder and CEO of Plastic Bank, an internationally recognized solution to ocean plastic. Plastic Bank is a global network of micro recycling markets that empower the poor to transcend poverty by cleaning the environment. Plastic Bank is an eco-system that provides an opportunity for the world to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency. Partners include IBM, SC Johnson, Henkel, Marks & Spencer’s, Logitech, Eat Natural, Aldi, Drogerie Mart, and others.

His humanitarian work has earned him international recognition. David has been named one of the world’s most compassionate entrepreneurs by Salt magazine. He is the recipient of the United Nations Lighthouse award for Planetary Health, recipient of the Paris Climate Conference Sustainia community award, is the Past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), and named the Entrepreneur Organizations, Global Citizen.

Season 1 | Episode 13 »

James D. Michelsen

Senior Industry Specialist, IFC

James is a Senior Industry Specialist at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. He has over 20 years of global experience in the solid waste industry and energy sector with a particular focus on climate opportunities in waste in developing countries. Jim provides technical expertise to staff looking at solid waste (SW) opportunities in emerging economies and supports the development and implementation of IFC’s solid waste sector strategy.

Season 1 | Episode 13 »

Sean Whittaker

Senior Renewable Energy Specialist, IFC

Sean is a professional engineer and Senior Renewable Energy Specialist with the International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group. His work focuses both on technical due diligence for IFC’s wind project investments and on development of new business lines for IFC (e.g. offshore wind for emerging markets, renewable energy for off-grid mines and scaling wind investments in Africa). Prior to joining IFC in 2011, Sean spent six years as Vice-President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, a period that saw a tenfold expansion of the Canadian wind industry. He has also worked as a senior energy consultant with ICF/Marbek and spent five years in Madagascar designing, building and installing windmills for community irrigation projects. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston.

Season 1 | Episode 12 »

Brune Poirson

Secretary of State attached to the Minister of State, Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France

Brune Louise Sabine Poirson, politician, was born in Washington DC (US) on 1st September, 1982. Originally from Vaucluse, she studied at Sciences Po Aix, then at the London School of Economics (UK), and then at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (US). She began her career in England where she worked as a Project Manager for Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). She continued her career in innovation and development in India, and then the United States. She has worked in the public (AFD), private (Veolia), and voluntary (Nesta) sectors. Career Assignment Manager for NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) in London, Project Manager for the AFD (French Development Agency) (2009-2011) in India, Director of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility for Veolia Water India (2011-2014), Researcher on social innovation and corporate social responsibility in Boston (2014-16), an elected member of the Vaucluse constituency, registered with the La République en Marche group (in 2017), Secretary of State attached to the Minister of State, and Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition (since 2017). Elected a member of Vaucluse’s 3rd constituency on 18th June, 2017, Brune Poirson was then appointed Secretary of State attached to the Minister of State, and Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition on 21st June, 2017.

Season 1 | Episode 11 »

Henrik Stiesdal

Wind Power Pioneer, @HenrikStiesdal

Henrik Stiesdal (born April 14, 1957) is a Danish inventor and businessman in the modern wind power industry. In 1978, he designed one of the first wind turbines representing the so-called “Danish Concept” which dominated the global wind industry through the 1980s. Until 2014, Stiesdal was the Chief Technology Officer of Siemens Wind Power. During his professional career, Stiesdal has made more than 175 inventions and has received more than 650 patents related to wind power technology.

Season 1 | Episode 12 »


Michael Silvestrini

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Energea

In 2017, Mike co-founded a renewable energy investment platform that focused on emerging and frontier markets called Energea. Energea has operational solar, small hydro and battery projects in Africa and LATAM. Energea serves as a portfolio manager for investments in the emerging markets renewable energy asset class and works with project developers in multiple countries to originate, develop. EPC and O&M portfolios of mid-sized renewable projects.

Prior to Energea, Mike co-founded Greenskies in 2008, then managed the company’s transition from a start-up to the leading commercial and industrial ("C&I") solar development firm in the United States with a customer base that included Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Amazon, AT&T, Target, McKesson and several of the largest electric utilities in the USA when the business was sold in 2017.

As the company’s President and CEO for eight years, he was responsible for the architecture and management of the business from deal origination, project financing and EPC through asset management and liquidation.

Mike was directly responsible for closing over $500mm of project finance, building and owning over 400 solar projects ranging from 200kW to 5MW, creating industry-leading O&M and asset management departments and expanding the company's footprint across 23 states from California to South Carolina. Greenskies was ranked #1 by market share for commercial and industrial solar developers by Greentech Media and was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Hartford Courant in 2016.

Mike was named "40 Under 40" by the Hartford Business Journal in 2012, and again by Connecticut Magazine in 2016. In 2017, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Junior Achievement. He was a national merit scholar at Boston University and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Big Life Foundation, a wildlife conservation and security group based in Kenya.

Mike lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Season 1 | Episode 10 »


Guido Agostinelli

Senior Industry Specialist, Climate Business, IFC

Guido Agostinelli has been working in the photovoltaic and clean technology industry for over 20 years; he is Senior Industry Specialist at IFC, where he deals with the corporation’s investments in the solar industry and in solar energy solutions. He created investment opportunities and worked on projects for the World Bank Group totaling more than $2 billion. Physicist by training, he worked in industrial R&D as a scientist and then manager at leading institutes such as JRC and IMEC, before moving to financial advisory and direct investments in private equity and venture capital. Prior to joining IFC in 2014, Guido has been managing partner at Syntegra Solar, a business advisory firm, and senior investment associate in the venture capital team at Good Energies, a fund focused on renewable energies that backed some of the most successful IPOs in the solar sector in the late 2000s. Guido holds a PhD in engineering from the University of Gent and an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan.

Season 1 | Episode 10 »


Guillaume Le Cunff

President of Nespresso USA and CEO of Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund

Guillaume Le Cunff is president of Nespresso USA, and CEO of the Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund. He is also a member of the advisory board for New York University’s Center for Sustainable Business. Mr. Le Cunff spent seven years as chief marketing officer for Nestlé Nespresso SA, driving the company’s marketing and sustainability programs. Prior to Nespresso, Mr. Le Cunff was chief financial officer for Nestlé Waters France/Belgilux. Mr. Le Cunff began his career in Romania working in the private equity industry. A French native, he earned his bachelor’s degree at the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commercials d’Angers and his MBA in business and management from the HEC School of Management in France.

Season 1 | Episode 9 »

Alzbeta Klein

Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head of Climate Business, IFC

Alzbeta’s role is to facilitate business growth, provide thought leadership, fundraise and facilitate all work related to renewables, climate-smart agribusiness, green bonds, smart cities and other climate business areas. Prior to her current appointment, she was a Global Co-Head of Industrials for IFC, investing and managing $15bn portfolio of investments in emerging markets. Alzbeta joined IFC from Export Development Canada. She received Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she also studied for her doctorate; engineering degree from Prague University, Czech Republic; and executive education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She currently serves on the boards of Hans Merensky in South Africa, Grupo Los Grobo in Argentina, both agribusiness companies, on the New York University Center for Sustainable Business Advisory Board, and on the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board.

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Mary Robinson

Mrs. Mary Robinson

President, The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice

Mary Robinson is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice. She is the former president of Ireland and has served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. Mrs. Robinson is a member of the Club of Madrid and in November 2018 was appointed Chair of The Elders. In 2009 she was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Frédéric Samama

Co-Head Institutional Clients Coverage,

Frédéric Samama, Co-Head Institutional Clients Coverage, joined Amundi in 2009. He is the founder of the SWF Research Initiative. Formerly, he oversaw Corporate Equity Derivatives within Credit Agricole Corporate Investment Banking in New York and Paris. During his tenure, he developed and implemented the first international leveraged employee share purchase program, a technology now widely used among French companies. He has advised the French Government in different areas (employee investing mechanisms, market regulation, climate finance, etc.) and has a long track record of innovation at the crossroads of finance and government policy. Over the past few years, his action has been focused on climate change with a mix of financial innovation, research and policy making recommendations. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and holds a diploma from Neomia Business School.

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Jean-Marie Masse

Chief Investment Officer,
Financial Institutions Group, IFC

Mr. Masse joined IFC in 1994 and held series of leadership positions, with a focus on direct investments and risk mitigation in emerging markets financial sector, and developing partnerships across the world. He is overseeing an equity portfolio, creating shareholder value and exiting investments. As part of IFC's strategic priorities to help mitigate the impact of climate change in emerging markets, he conceptualized and leads at IFC the IFC-Amundi Planet-Emerging Green One fund - closed in Feb 2018 and viewed as the World’s largest green bond fund, this US$ 2 billion strategy He led teams responsible for the origination, analysis, negotiation, monitoring and execution of over 150 direct investments, aggregating US$ 8bn. One transaction is IFC's highest ever realized capital gain in the financial sector. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, an Ingénieur Agronome diploma from a leading engineering school in France.

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Esohe Denise Odaro

Director, International Capital Market Association (ICMA)
and Head of Investor Relations, IFC

Denise is a Director at ICMA within the Secretariat for The Green Bond Principles (GBP), The Social Bond Principles (SBP) and The Sustainability Bond Guidelines (SBG). She joined ICMA in January 2018 on a temporary assignment from IFC. During her tenure at ICMA, Denise led the drafting of the updates to the SBP and the SBG, the High-Level Mapping to the Sustainable Development Goals for both the GBP and SBP as well as the Harmonized Framework for Impact Reporting for Social Bonds. These initiatives were recognized as Most Valuable Innovations for the Social and Sustainability Finance Market in 2018 by Global Capital. Denise is Head of Investor Relations at IFC Treasury. She joined IFC in 2012 as a member of the funding team specifically tasked with establishing the investor relations function to augment IFC’s $15 billion funding programme - constituting Global, Thematic, Structured MTNs, Discount notes etc. and various other products within the capital markets. Previously, she was an Underwriter in the Energy group at MIGA, The World Bank Group’s political risk mitigation arm. Prior to joining The World Bank Group, Ms. Odaro worked for Lehman Brothers as a Portfolio Manager responsible for managing the bank’s insolvency estate’s residual debt assets including CLOs, flow, leveraged and distressed loans. Beforehand, Denise worked on the structuring and loan syndication desk at GE Capital, having worked previously on secondary loans at Goldman Sachs. Ms. Odaro She holds an M.B.A from Cornell University, an MSc from The University of London (SOAS) and qualified as a Barrister in England.

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Berit Lindholdt-Lauridsen

Climate Finance Specialist,
IFC Climate Change Business

Working to mobilize public and private climate finance for a low-carbon future, Berit Lindholdt-Lauridsen anchors IFC’s Green Bond Program and works to develop the green bond market. Ms. Lindholdt-Lauridsen holds more than 25 years of experience in finance and economics, and she has worked with sustainable investing the last 15 years. Prior to joining IFC in 2007, she was Chief Investment Officer with Denmark’s Export Credit Agency, responsible the agency’s environmental policy, including the integration of environmental and social value drivers into its risk analysis. She has worked previously as underwriter of political risks with MIGA (the World Bank Group), and external lecturer at Copenhagen Business School. She has a MSc in Economics.

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Sascha Kelterborn

Senior VP Sales & Marketing Western Globe

Sascha Kelterborn has more than 18 years’ experiences in international management, sales and business development. Prior to Microvast, he worked in various management and senior management positions, among others at Vossloh AG, MÜPRO Group and Philips Business Communications. He served also as a member of the Supervisory Board of different companies in China and Russia, and was running his own strategy consulting company mainly focusing on mobility.

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V. Ponnuraj

Managing Director
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) 

Mr. Ponnuraj has served as Managing Director of BMTC since August 2017. The BMTC has a fleet of about 6500 buses and operates more than 40,000 schedules. Currently, BMTC caters affordable and safe transport to more than 35,000,000 commuters. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ponnuraj served as Managing Director, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) and held concurrent charge of Secretary (Municipalities & Urban Development Authorities) in the Department of Urban Development, Government of Karnataka. Mr. Ponnuraj has received the National Award for Excellence in E-Governance for his contributions in digitizing the paper land records and creating a software mechanism to control changes to the land registry in Karnataka.

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Kiran Kumaraswamy

Kiran Kumaraswamy

Market Applications Director,

Mr. Kiran Kumaraswamy is a Market Applications Director at Fluence. In this role, he works in identifying applications that are attractive for energy storage development and educating potential customers on the benefits of energy storage. His work involves implementing regulatory and policy solutions that create access to key markets. Kiran is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on policy issues that impact energy storage development and has testified in U.S Congress and FERC on a range of subjects including wholesale market reforms and multiple use-cases for energy storage. Kiran works closely with electricity industry stakeholders, NGO’s, trade associations and state regulators to develop policy priorities and market action plans. Prior to joining Fluence, he worked as a Senior Manager in ICF International advising private sector clients on wholesale power market and transmission issues. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

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Peter Mockel

Peter Mockel

Principal Industry Specialist,

Peter Mockel is a Principal Industry Specialist at the International Financial Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group. He focuses on energy storage and smart grid technology for emerging markets. Previously CTO with a Berlin-based smart electricity metering start-up, and with more than 10 years in telecommunications with Deutsche Telekom AG as VP Strategy Development and SVP R&D, and in consulting with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He co-author of “Applied Technology and Innovation Management” (Springer 2010) and “Technological Trends in ICT” (Springer 2012). Peter holds a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in Computer Science from Cambridge University, UK, as well as a M.Sc. in Software Engineering from TU Aachen, Germany.

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Mahesh Ramanujam

President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council
President and CEO, Green Business Certification Inc. 

Mahesh Ramanujam is proving that building a more sustainable world is no longer a dream, but a global evolution. As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), he leads a community of 13 million people that’s growing every day.

A graduate from India’s Annamalai University with a degree in Computer Engineering, Ramanujam couples a strong background in technology and innovation with his goal of building healthier communities and democratizing sustainable living.

Ramanujam serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of GRESB, a private organization wholly owned by GBCI and that is the leading sustainability standard for global real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets.

Before becoming President and CEO of USGBC, Ramanujam served as both the organization’s COO and CIO. Prior to joining GBCI in 2009, he was COO of Emergys Corp., and for more than a decade, he successfully led various business transformation programs at IBM and Lenovo.

Transformative thought programs, partnerships, and initiatives continue to be at the heart of Ramanujam’s work today. He leads hundreds of employees and thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly as the backbone of the green building movement. He believes that sustainable living is not just about the physical building and rebuilding of our communities, but ultimately about our willingness to reimagine the way we treat each other. He envisions a world where construction is as much about compassion as it is about the convenience and efficiency of the structures themselves. And most importantly, behind every strategy, he emphasizes our universal responsibility to prioritize health and wellness, to make a commitment to the longevity of our planet, and to create a better quality of life for ourselves and future generations.

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Prashant Kapoor

Chief Industry Specialist, Green Buildings and Climate-Smart Cities,
IFC Climate Business Group

An internationally recognized thought leader and expert in bioclimatic design, Prashant Kapoor is a passionate advocate for solutions that align the interests of developers, financial institutions, governments and homeowners to create more sustainable cities. He is the entrepreneur who created EDGE (“Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies”), a universal standard, software application and certification system to mainstream resource-efficient buildings in nearly 140 countries.

Since 2010, Mr Kapoor has provided dynamic guidance for IFC’s global green building program on both the regulatory and voluntary fronts. Under his leadership, IFC has created a green building portfolio of commercial and residential buildings that totals more than $4 billion, both directly and through financial intermediaries. He has played a critical role in developing national green building codes around the world.

He is currently leading the Climate Smart Cities Initiative, CURB, for the World Bank Group in partnership with C40, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Global Covenant of Mayors. The CURB Initiative helps cities act on climate and at the same time improve people’s lives, create jobs, improve competitiveness and spur economic growth. The Initiative is supported by the CURB interactive tool that by allows cities to map out different action plans and evaluate their cost, feasibility, and impact.

Before joining IFC, Mr Kapoor worked as a director at WSP consultants in London. There he led the engineering planning of Masdar City, an innovative zero-carbon city under construction in Abu Dhabi, and developed the Dubai Urban Development Framework, including a green building regulatory system for the city.

The scope of Mr Kapoor’s work at WSP included other sustainable master-planning projects such as Ford Eco-town, a zero-carbon development called Graylingwell, the redevelopment of Alameda Point in San Francisco, and the creation of an eco-tourism masterplan for the Dead Sea. He established a Sustainable Cities League table (on behalf of VIOLA) to benchmark the sustainability performance of European cities and created a study to explore policy options for Cixi City in China, to help with its transition to a low climate risk economy.

Mr Kapoor holds architecture degrees from Manipal Institute of Technology (India) and a master’s degree in the energy-efficient building from Oxford Brooks University (UK).

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Nigel Topping

Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business

Nigel Topping serves as CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of organizations working on climate change with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors. We Mean Business harnesses business leadership to support the implementation and policies that accelerate action on climate change.

Topping has 18 years experience in the private sector, consulting for and running manufacturing businesses. Previously, he was executive director of CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). Prior to joining CDP, he spent 18 years in the manufacturing sector, most recently as a member of the MBO team and senior vice president of supply chain for an automotive component manufacturing company with a turnover of $800 million and facilities all over the world.

Topping has extensive international experience, having worked in Spain, the USA, Germany and the UK at various times in his career. He also has significant experience in emerging markets, having led projects in Brazil, India and China. He holds a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College.

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