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Expert Advisors Council

The Expert Advisors Council (EAC) advise the Secretariat and Technical Review Committee. They bring specialized expertise to the TRC in areas such as materiality, sustainability context, and indicator development. Affiliations are for identification purposes only.

Philip Armstrong, Global Corporate Governance Forum

ArmstrongPhilip Armstrong heads the Global Corporate Governance Forum, based in Washington DC, United States. The Forum was co-founded by the World Bank Group and the OECD to promote support initiatives to improve the institutional framework and practices of corporate governance in developing countries and emerging markets. The Forum is located in the International Finance Corporation.

Philip is a widely acknowledged expert on corporate governance and was closely involved with the internationally-acclaimed 2002 King Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa. He was also instrumental in producing the Commonwealth Guidelines on corporate governance and served as an expert resource on corporate governance for the NEPAD initiative in Africa. He has been conferred with an honorary doctorate in business administration from the Oxford Brookes University in the UK in recognition of his contributions to corporate governance.

Philip Armstrong has had a distinguished and varied career in executive and senior management in a number of South Africa’s prominent listed companies and has served with distinction on a number of boards of companies, governing bodies of professional institutions, and policy initiatives in South Africa and internationally. He continues to serve on a number of advisory bodies of prominent institutions around the world and is regularly cited in leading journals and publications for his work on corporate governance around the world.

Rory Bakke, Sustainable Concepts Studio

Rory Bakke is Chief Sustainability Officer at True Market Solutions, where she is strategically building a company that is developing a peer learning community of SME’s who are becoming self sufficient in sustainability by creating Sustainability Action Plans and implementing those Plans in their organizations.

She is a strategic planner, environmental policy expert, standards writer and stakeholder engagement practitioner, who has been creating and leading sustainable business initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years. She has recently served as a sustainability advisor to Sprint Communications; as a strategic and business planner to Carpe Diem West, a non-profit organization of leading Western water decision-makers, to build a training portal and support system for water managers who are operating in the face of climate uncertainty; and led a strategic alliance between Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) and Green Biz.com that developed the first enterprise level, global sustainability standards for both the manufacturing and services sectors.

Rory has built numerous successful public-private partnerships that have brought innovative solutions to environmental problems. She is the founder of the StopWaste Business Partnership (www.stopwaste.org), a public-private sector collaboration that serves over 600 companies and 17 cities and counties, and has diverted hundreds of thousands of tons of waste from landfills and helped to develop markets and recycling infrastructure for recovered materials (www.stopwaste.org/business); co-creator of the 10-year old San Francisco Bay Area Green Business Program, which certifies SME’s for improving their environmental practices; and founded Use Reusables.com, a public-private partnership that works with the Reusable Packaging Association to shift companies to reusable packaging. She has assisted organizations such as American Licorice, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Intuit, the Oakland Athletics and Peerless Coffee, to prevent waste and advance their sustainable business practices. Rory was a member of the City of Oakland’s Green Economy Task Force; has been a CORO Foundation Fellow; and holds degrees from the Presidio School of Management, Claremont Graduate University and UC Berkeley Extension.

Kathleen Bannan, McDonald’s Corporation

BannanKathleen joined the McDonald’s Sustainability team (formerly Corporate Social Responsibility) in 2005. In her role as Director of Global Sustainability, Kathleen works cross-functionally to integrate social, economic and environmental considerations into business strategy and plays a leading role in the company’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability performance measurement, reporting and communications efforts.

Kathleen also liaises with stakeholders and organizations in the socially responsible investment arena to elevate the company’s inclusion in investment indexes such as the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Kathleen’s experience prior to McDonald’s includes work at the Center for Corporate Citizenship on community involvement strategy, Ocean State Action on health care advocacy and policy development, and direct service work in the nonprofit sector.

Kathleen has an MSW from Boston College and a BA from Syracuse University.  Kathleen and her husband Tom live in Chicago with their three daughters – Mary Pat (16), Elizabeth (14) and Maggie (11).

Mark Bateman, Segue Point

BatemanMark Bateman founded Segue Point as a consultancy to focus on leveraging social, environmental, and governance concepts for new investment assets and into new products and services. He also serves on the Board of the Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2), a social proxy research firm.

Mark has consulted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, World Resources Institute, Global Reporting Initiative, Ceres, Aperio Group, Calvert Group Mutual Funds, and others. Mark previously served as the Director of Research for IW Financial (IWF), a leading provider of value-added environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research where he founded the research department.

Earlier in his career, Mark served in a range of positions at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) in Washington, DC, including Vice President of Research and Operations. He also served on the original Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative helping to develop the current standard sustainability reporting framework for companies. Before joining the ESG investing industry, Mark served on the legislative staff of Senator Mark O. Hatfield from Oregon.

Mark’s chapter, “A scenarios approach to developing ecosystem management strategies” was included in the 2008 publication of Policies for Sustainable Governance of Global Ecosystem Services, edited by Janet Ranganathan (of the World Resources Institute), et al. Mark also co-authored “The Road Not Yet Taken: The State of U.S. Corporate Environmental Policy and Management” (2009) and “Governance and Environmental Management Strength (GEMS) Rating” (2010). He also co-authored “Finding Common Ground on Metrics that Matter” (2012) put out by the IRRC Institute.

Bateman holds a BA from The Johns Hopkins University and an MA from George Washington University.

Tomás Conde Salazar, BBVA

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Tomás Conde Salazar joined BBVA´s CSR team in 2002 coming from the office of the CEO. Previously he worked in Panama as Risk Director and in Spain in corporate banking, as well as branch director. He spent a year at Arthur Andersen after having graduated as an economist at the University of Valladolid. Tomas represents BBVA in the PRI, IIRC and GISR and his only hashtag is #ESG. He is a true believer in CSR as pure business and social impact. PDG at IESE, Environmental Engineering Master at the EOI and professor at the IE.

Dominique Diouf, Laman Group


Dominique holds a Master in sociology from Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis (Senegal) and an M.Phil. in the same discipline from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (Senegal). He also graduated with an M.Phil. in Management Studies and a Master in Human Resources Management from the Institut Supérieur de Management of Dakar (Senegal) where he was a Teaching Assistant for over five years.

He acquired several years of experiences both in Africa and Canada in the areas of research and teaching, training and consulting in sustainability issues. Dominique is a research associate at Canada Research on Sustainable Development Standards Management at Laval University and the HBDO Canada Research Team Leader as part of an important research project that aims to establish an Integrated Risk Management Framework for the Mining Sector.

He is member of several professional organizations around the world such as UN PRI Academic Network, Network of Business Sustainability, Practitioner Network Member (Energy For All, UN Foundation), Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN), Network for Sustainability Markets, Green Growth Best Practice Initiative (GGBP).

His areas of interest are CSR, sustainable energy, socially responsible investment, impact investing, social enterprise, sustainability reporting, corporate social performance, Base of the Pyramid (BOP),Shared value, Global reporting Initiative (GRI). His research activities are now directed towards emerging economies and developing countries, particularly Africa.
While he’s completing his Ph.D. in Business Administration at Laval University in Quebec City (QC, Canada), Dominique is working towards promoting sustainability in Africa, especially in West Africa.

Felix Dodds, Global Research Institute, Tellus Institute

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Felix Dodds is a Fellow at the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He is the co-director of the 2014 Nexus Conference on Water, Food, Energy, and Climate and was the Executive Director of the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future from 1992-2012.

Felix has been active at the UN since 1990, participating in the World Summits of Rio Earth Summit, Habitat II, Rio+5, Beijing+5, Copenhagen+5, World Summit on Sustainable Development and Rio+20. He has also has participated in all the UN Commissions for Sustainable Development and many UNEP Governing Councils.

In 2011, Felix chaired the United Nations DPI 64th NGO conference – ‘Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens’. From 1997-2001 he co-chaired the UN Commission on Sustainable Development NGO Steering Committee. He has coordinated some of the most innovative stakeholder dialogues at the intergovernmental level Bonn Water (2001), Bonn Energy (2004) and Bonn Nexus (2011).
Felix has written or edited ten books including the forthcoming From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future with Jorge Laguna Celis and Elizabeth Thompson. This follows Only One Earth: The Long Road via Rio to Sustainable Development with Michael Strauss and Maurice Strong.

Chris Erickson, Climate Earth, Inc.

EricksonChris Erickson is president and CEO of Climate Earth, a company he co-founded in 2008. Climate Earth combines expertise in ‘big data’ and life cycle analysis to provide systems and consulting that empower the largest enterprises to better measure and manage the environmental impacts of their supply chains and products.

Mr. Erickson brings a strong business background and executive perspective to sustainability. His career spans 25 years in the high tech industry and over 7 years as an environmental entrepreneur. He was Vice President at Tandem Computers, a Fortune 500 computer and software company, and CEO of Red Brick Systems, a ‘big data’ and business analytics company, which he led to a successful IPO and subsequently ran as a public company. Chris is a champion of natural capital accounting and his passion is that every major corporation has the systems and tools to manage sustainably at the scale and speed of business.

Mr. Erickson holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a BA in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Steven Fish, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility

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Steven is the Executive Director of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR). Steven is responsible for building CBSR’s member network, generating revenue, overseeing member services, and creating strategic partnerships.

Steven began his career in the action sport apparel industry: first managing Canadian distribution for one of the world’s largest outerwear companies and then as the Ontario representative for an emerging eyewear brand.

Steven moved to Toronto in 1999 to accept a Sales Management position with a Richard Ivey School of Business born start-up. He continued his career in business development with an established telecommunications firm and then progressed through a series of account management, sales management, and partnership development roles with a large information technology company. In 2004, Steven founded Canada’s first ethical shoe retailer, Left Feet – focused on cruelty-free, sweat-shop free footwear.

Steven brings a unique combination of corporate and entrepreneurial experience to CBSR and he is committed to supporting Canadian companies that embed strategic Corporate Social Responsibility into their operations.

Hugh Grant, Australian Sustainability Leaders Forum

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Hugh has an executive leadership background having performed various executive leadership roles in the manufacturing, energy and sustainability sectors in Europe and Australia.
Hugh’s strong business skills are balanced with his passion for corporate sustainability. In recent years, he has been highly active engaging with senior industry and government stakeholders on a variety of sustainability-related boards and advisory panels.
Hugh currently leads the Australian Sustainability Leaders Forum (ASLF) – a ‘not-for-profit’ peer learning and development forum for Australia’s most senior corporate sustainability leaders.
Prior to establishing the ASLF, Hugh led sustainability consultancy practices, assisting a diverse range of private and public sector entities to effectively integrate sustainability into corporate strategy and core business processes.
In addition to serving on the GISR Advisor Council, Hugh also currently performs the following board and advisory panel roles: Member, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Focal Point Australia Advisory Group; Board Member – Queensland Conservation Council (QCC); Member, Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Consumer Challenge Panel.

Darby M. Hobbs, SOCIAL3

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Darby Hobbs launched SOCIAL3, which fuses brand and sustainability principles through media production and presentation to cultivate ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), Impact Investing and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) story lines and align clients’ vision and strategy with market engagement. Collaboration through a holistic lens to communicate the conscience of the financial services industry. Producer/Anchor: Impact Investing News Update and ongoing content for Asset.tv in the area of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Impact Investing. In 2009, Darby became certified in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Prior to that she has been a senior leader at Brown Brothers Harriman, Fidelity Investments, PNC Bank (PFPC), Financial Research Corporation, First Data Corporation and AMEX in marketing strategy, strategic and business planning, product development, public relations, communications and education.

As a motivational speaker and presenter, Darby has participated in leading global platforms to educate and motivate senior managers in CSR/ESG/SRI and Impact Investing as well as brand, innovation, creative thinking and being a visionary. In 1996, Darby launched her first start-up that provided thought leadership, conferences and networking platforms for strategy, marketing and product professionals in the mutual fund industry. She later sold this business to Financial Research Corporation (FRC).

Darby has joined the Expert Advisors Council (EAC) at the GISR, Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings. She participated as a judge with Brandeis University for their Bunson Investment Impact Challenge and she has been a mentor with Boston College Graduate course on Entrepreneurship and Business Planning. She is also member of The Boston Club for Women where she serves on the strategic planning committee and is a member on the Education Committee of US SIF. In addition, Darby is a member of The Ad Club of Boston and the Financial Communications Society.

John Hodges, BSR

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With 20 years of sustainable finance experience, John leads BSR’s financial services practice, which assists banks, investment managers, insurance companies, private equity firms, and financial information and technology companies to improve the sustainability of their corporate operations, implement new approaches to socially responsible investing, and manage environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks.

Before joining BSR, John served as the founder and president of SunOne Solutions, a leading carbon project developer. He managed the company’s staff across five offices in North and South America and led the company’s efforts to assist corporate clients in becoming more environmentally sustainable. John also has worked as a staff member in the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Group, where he managed energy, transport, and environmental infrastructure projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. During his time at the World Bank, John also managed the vice president for sustainable development’s front office and served as the infrastructure advisor in the World Bank’s Thailand and Kosovo country offices. He has also held positions with a private infrastructure project developer in Santiago, Chile, and an impact investing fund in Sofia, Bulgaria. John has authored several publications on infrastructure development, competition policy, and ESG issues.

John holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University, an International M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina, and a B.S. in International Trade and Finance from Louisiana State University.

El Mostafa Jamea, Independent Consultant

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El Mostafa Jamea is an independent researcher and consultant on social and environmental sustainability, climate change and renewable energy; member of the organisation “renewable energy, sustainable development and solidarity”. El Mostafa Jamea currently serves as lead researcher in a project aiming to assess the social sustainability of large scale solar energy projects in the Middle East and North Africa. He is also serving in consulting projects related to low carbon development and renewable energy in Middle East and North Africa region.
Previously, he contributed to the project “paradoxes of sustainability; how green are really renewable technologies” and served as renewable energy and green economy expert in different consulting and research projects in West Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
He also worked as Middle East and North Africa, & Italy – Analyst at FLO Cert in field of services related to the environmental and social sustainability (2008-2010); and as Researcher and PhD candidate at the polytechnic university of Ancona (2005-2008). Mostafa was graduated as engineer and holds a PhD in environmental appraisal and economics from the Polytechnic University of Ancona. Mostafa speaks Arabic, English, French and Italian, and has a working command of German.

Angela Joo-Hyun Kang, GCEF

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Angela Joo-Hyun Kang is Founder and Executive President of Global Competitiveness Empowerment Forum (GCEF), registered under the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) based in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Ms. Kang was Advisor of Presidential Council of Nation Branding and is currently serving as an advisor of Global CSR Advisory Committee of Korea Trade Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Community Relations Center under the Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Employment and Labor. She is Evaluation Member of Leadership and Responsible Practices of State Owned Enterprises, appointed by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance and Society Member of POSCO Research Institute’s Firm of Endearment Forum.

She was a judge of Health Enhancement Category of Asian CSR Awards hosted by Asian Institute of Management Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr. Center for Corporate Social Responsibility in Manila, Philippines in 2010 and 2011 and currently is a Asia Pacific Jury panel member of Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards invited by Cartier HQ in France.

From 1992, she worked in private sector including Clarins Korea and KOSDAQ listed IT venture companies in PR, international marketing and sales fields. She has integrated her business experiences with her work in the nonprofit sector as the Strategic Alliance Manager of the Korean partner of International Youth Foundation in 2003, and then moved into the realm of CSR. In the area of CSR, she worked with Nsyscom, a Korean CSR consulting company, the Korean Corporate Citizenship Center, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and the Global Compact Korea Network in Republic Korea and US.

She co-authored the South Korea section of “The World Guide to CSR” published in UK by Greenleaf Publishing and “Trends and Strategies of CSR” by Community Chest of Korea and spoke about CSR in various occasions in Republic of Korea, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, US and Kuwait etc.

Ms. Kang holds a mid career master’s degree of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School where she was an Asia Program Fellow of Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (currently Rajawali Fellowship under Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation) as well as a Mason Fellow of the Edwards S. Mason Program in Public Policy and Management.

Namrita Kapur, EDF

KapurNamrita Kapur is Director of Strategy for the Corporate Partnerships program (CPP), EDF’s work that focuses on driving positive environmental change through corporate value chains.

Drawing from her background in strategy, finance, and international development, Namrita’s particular focus is on helping the team develop strategies to accelerate innovation in the corporate sector; exploring opportunities for leveraging capital markets; and, building out our international approach.

Namrita leads EDF’s collaboration with AT&T, focused on reducing water use in commercial buildings; and directly manages our efforts to improve the efficiency of freight in companies.

Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, Namrita played an integral role in establishing the strategy and developing the infrastructure of Root Capital – a social investment fund pioneering finance in rural communities in the developing world. During her tenure at Root Capital, she helped grow the organization from 5 people and barely $5 million in assets to almost 40 people and $40 million in assets.

Prior to her six-year career at Root Capital, Ms. Kapur was an equity research analyst at the investment bank, Adams, Harkness & Hill (now CanAccord Adams), where she built the Resource Optimization Technology franchise.

She has previously directed programs for the Environmental League of Massachusetts and Berkshire Natural Resources Council, and worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Board of the Environmental League of Massachusetts.

Richard Kashmanian, EPA

Richard Kashmanian is a senior economist with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Policy, where he has been based since 1985. During that time, he has also had assignments with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative and American University’s Center for Environmental Policy.

Richard developed and managed EPA’s Performance Track Corporate Leader program, which recognized companies that were substantially involved in the Performance Track program at the facility level and exhibited policies, practices, and strategies at the corporate level that EPA associated with environmental excellence and leadership. This work included benchmarking companies against their industry peers based on environmental performance, TRI (Toxics Release Inventory) releases, and environmental compliance. In addition, he was the U.S. point of contact and contributor to OECD’s multi-country study of eco-innovations, Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth.

Over the past several years, Richard’s work has focused on how companies move along their sustainability paths and embed sustainability elements in their supply chains; identification of key elements of corporate sustainability strategies; assessment of how these considerations can be incorporated into sustainability rating systems; and consideration of water quantity risks to companies. He has over 40 publications on topics related to environmental stewardship and sustainability, environmental incentives and innovations, including most recently with Environmental Quality Management, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, and Public Administration Review.

Richard holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island.

Natalia Khonyakova, European University at St. Petersburg

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Natalia Khonyakova is a CSR professor at European University at Saint Petersburg (EUSP), a leading Russian graduate school in social sciences and humanities. She is responsible for the EUSP research programs focused on integration of CSR into governance models, business strategies and day-to-day corporate practice. Natalia is a recognized expert combining strong project management and academic background in CSR and sustainability area. She has authored a number of research papers on sustainability reporting and assurance and developed one of the first Russian executive education programs in sustainability management. She also serves as a sustainability advisor to Severstal company and as a member of the Council on Sustainability Reporting of the Russian Union of Manufacturers and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).

Steve Lydenberg, Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University

LydenbergSteve Lydenberg is Partner, Strategic Vision of Domini Social Investments and Founding Director of the IRI. He has been active in social research since 1975. Steve was a founder of KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. and served as its research director from 1990 to 2001. From 1987 to 1989, he was an associate with Franklin Research and Development Corporation (now known as Trillium Asset Management). For 12 years he worked with the Council on Economic Priorities, ultimately as director of corporate accountability research.

Steve has written numerous publications on issues of corporate social responsibility and responsible investing. He is the author of Corporations and the Public Interest (Berrett-Koehler, 2005), coauthor of Investing for Good (Harper Collins, 1993), coeditor of The Social Investment Almanac (Henry Holt, 1992), and coauthor of Rating America’s Corporate Conscience (Addison-Wesley, 1986) and has published a variety of papers on the philosophy and practice of sustainable investing. Recent publications include “From Transparency to Performance: Industry-Based Sustainability Reporting on Key Issues”, co-authored with David Wood and Jean Rogers of Arup, and a recently published book, Dilemmas in Socially Responsible Investment, co-authored with Celine Louche. Steve holds a B.A. in English from Columbia College and an M.F.A. in theater arts from Cornell University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.

Mark McElroy, Center for Sustainable Organizations

McElroyMark W. McElroy, Ph.D. is an accomplished consultant, author, researcher, developer and teacher in the area of tools, methods and metrics for measuring and reporting the sustainability performance of organizations. He is the founder and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Organizations in Thetford Center, VT where he currently works, and is arguably the world’s leading advocate and practitioner of context-based sustainability.

Dr. McElroy is also the creator of the Social Footprint Method, a context-based procedure for measuring and reporting the social sustainability performance of organizations. He is a 35-year veteran of management consulting, including time spent at Price Waterhouse KPMG Peat Marwick, where he was a partner, and Deloitte Consulting. Mark is also the lead author of the recently released book, Corporate Sustainability Management – The Art and Science of Managing Non-Financial Performance (Earthscan, 2012).

Anthony Miller, UNCTAD

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Anthony Miller is the Focal Point for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) within the Investment and Enterprise Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Dr. Miller is a specialist on CSR and responsible investment, with particular emphasis on how these issues impact developing countries. For five years, he served as an expert in the ISO Working Group on Social Responsibility where, as a member of the Integrated Drafting Task Force, he was responsible for drafting significant portions of the ISO 26000 standard. He is one of the principal organizers of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative, launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2009 and named by Forbes magazine as one of the “world’s best sustainability ideas”. He is a regular contributor to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report, and lead author of a 2011 interagency paper to the G20 “Promoting standards for responsible investment in value chains”. He provides policy advice on responsible investment and CSR to a number of international and national bodies. His ongoing work includes research projects on sustainability reporting listing rules and regulatory initiatives, the CSR practices of transnational corporations, CSR impacts on global value chains, and the responsible investment practices of institutional investors.

Prior to joining UNCTAD, Dr. Miller was a consultant with the International Labour Organization and the High Commission for Human Rights. Before going into public sector work, he was an executive at the Robert Bosch corporation with postings in China, Germany, India, and Singapore. He holds a B.A. from Trent University, Canada, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University, England. He lectures annually on CSR at the Cambridge University Centre of Development Studies, and is a frequent guest lecturer at a number of other universities.

Chris Miller, Free the Slaves

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Chris Miller is Deputy Programs Director at Free the Slaves, where he is responsible for overseeing the organization’s programming in South Asia and their advocacy related to corporate transparency in global supply chains. Prior to joining Free the Slaves, Chris was a Program Director at Geneva Global, an international philanthropic advisory firm. In his capacity as Program Director, Chris managed anti-slavery programs on behalf of the company’s clients in India and Nepal, and advised the firm on the creation of the Freedom Fund, a private philanthropic fund devoted to combating slavery and trafficking globally. In addition, Chris has also worked as an Advisor to the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET), an anti-slavery NGO founded by Julia Ormond, a former United Nation’s Office of Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador. ASSET was a chief organizational sponsor of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. As Advisor to ASSET, Chris initiated and managed outreach to the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) community, obtaining the support of 32 SRI firms for the law, representing $40 billion in assets under management. Chris holds a B.A. in History, with Honors, from Hamline University, and a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) in International Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

Chad Park, The Natural Step International

ParkChad Park is the Executive Director and a founding member of The Natural Step Canada. He brings over 10 years of experience with The Natural Step to his leadership position at the organization.

Chad regularly delivers presentations and workshops on The Natural Step Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development and has provided coaching advice for dozens of businesses and communities in Canada and internationally, including The Co-operators, Nike, Rio Tinto Alcan, SaskFlax, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, and the Halifax Regional Municipality.

As an expert in The Natural Step Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, he has also served as lead author or subject matter expert on a number of The Natural Step’s core learning materials, including its series of award-winning eLearning courses and its Guide for Community Sustainability Planning.

As a testament to Chad’s leadership in the field of sustainability, he was honoured by Delta Management and Corporate Knights Magazine as one of Canada’s Clean16—the 16 individuals in Canada who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism. Chad was recognized for his leadership and accomplishments in working with dozens of leading Canadian businesses and municipalities to help them integrate sustainability into their business strategy, operations, and organizational culture. In particular, he has been The Natural Step Canada’s lead sustainability advisor to The Co-operators, helping to propel the company to the number one position on Corporate Knights Magazine’s Top 50 Corporate Citizens list in 2011.

Chad was also recognized as one of the AIESEC Alumni 40 under 40, showcasing some of the 40 most promising young leaders of tomorrow under 40 years old from around the world.

Prior to joining The Natural Step Canada in 2002, Chad worked on sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives with Mountain Equipment Co-op, Vancity Credit Union, the Canadian Eco-Industrial Network, the Sustainability Asset Management Group, and the Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a past national president of AIESEC Canada, and his facilitation and envoy experiences have taken him to dozens of countries around the world.

Chad holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University in Sweden, where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. Originally from Spruce Grove, Alberta, he now resides with his family in Wakefield, Quebec.

Catherine Sheehy, UL Environment

SheehyCatherine Sheehy has twenty years of project and program management experience. As a Program Manager with UL Environment, she supports its Sustainability Quotient Program through which UL provides corporate responsibility and sustainability services. Before joining UL Environment, a subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories, Catherine was a Manager with Accenture where she led organization design and change enablement teams. Catherine’s other work experience includes the Human Rights Campaign where she helped update and grow the Corporate Equality Index, a tool that rates businesses and organizations on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees and consumers, and the then-Investor Responsibility Research Center as director of the Corporate Benchmarking Services, where she provided social and environmental screening data on companies to institutional investors.

Catherine holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Henry Shilling, Moody’s Corporation

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Henry Shilling is a Senior Vice President at Moody’s Corporation and recently joined the Social Performance Group (SPG) to initiate Moody’s exploration into the socially responsible investing (SRI) sphere, and to develop potential new products and opportunities in the growing area of related information services.

Henry has been with Moody’s since 1992. During his tenure, he helped to develop the Managed Investments Group with the introduction of money market and bond fund ratings in the U.S. and Europe. He was also involved in writing research, conducting analysis and assigning ratings to money market and bond mutual funds, various other pooled investment vehicles, pension funds, debt and debt like instruments issued by closed-end funds as well as asset (fund) management companies.

Earlier in his career he was a vice president with a firm specializing in tracking and evaluating the performance of mutual funds and an officer in the employee-benefit trust and asset management divisions of several large banks.

Henry is the author of The International Guide to Securities Market Indices, which was published in 1996 by International Publishing Corp., Chicago, Illinois.

He earned a B.A. in economics from Lehman College, City University of New York in 1971.

Philippa Shire, Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark

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Philippa Shire manages Operations and Legal Affairs at the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), the leading organization for benchmarking sustainability of real estate investments at portfolio level.

Each year, in cooperation with a large group of institutional investors, GRESB undertakes an annual survey focused on the sustainability performance of real estate investments. The real estate investment market is varied. Capital is invested across the globe in diverse portfolios. Real estate investment managers use many different strategies to cope with the challenges and opportunities posed by sustainability. Alongside the complexity of the market, there now exist innumerable private and public schemes to measure elements of sustainability and ESG issues (especially energy efficiency and carbon emissions) continue to be the focus of government regulators. An important element of GRESB’s mission to improve sustainability best practices is its function as a bridge between real estate investors and investment managers and those with practical expertise to provide investment managers with the tools they need to improve the sustainability of their portfolios.
Prior to joining GRESB, Philippa worked for eight years as a real estate dispute resolution lawyer for London based law firm Lawrence Graham LLP. During that time she gave advice to real estate investors, investment managers and large corporate tenants regarding acquisitions and disposals, development and management work.

Philippa manages compliance and regulatory issues for GRESB together with looking after GRESB’s relationships with its stakeholders including its members and participants in GRESB’s annual Survey. She has an LLM in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Amsterdam.

Álvaro J. de Regil, Jus Semper Global Alliance

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Álvaro J. de Regil is Executive Director of The Jus Semper Global Alliance – a coalition supportive of living wages worldwide as a core element of sustainability, democracy and business accountability – and Lead Advocator of The Living Wages North and South Initiative (TLWNSI).
Álvaro’s core work is on the development of the living wage concept of gradual real wage equalisation, to be applied globally, anchored to the core convention of international labour law of “equal pay for equal work” using purchasing power parities. He has developed a core indicator that allows the global living wage concept to be applied locally and established as a core indicator of social sustainability. Previously, Álvaro spent more than 20 years in the business world working for various MNCs (Ford Motor Company, IBM, Univision), the last ten years of which he managed his own direct response marketing company.

Álvaro has an MBA in Marketing from the George Washington University and a BS in Business Administration from Universidad La Salle

Soledad Teixido, PROhumana

TeixidoSoledad Teixidó founded (in 1997) and is Executive President of PROhumana Foundation, a nonprofit Chilean Think-and-Do Tank that promotes good practice in fostering sustainable and integral human development as well as corporate and citizen social responsibility through knowledge, research, and creative action. Among the areas of research and its application in which she has worked are philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, marketing with a social emphasis, social investment, participation in networks, and education for democracy.

A Fellow of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s International Leadership Program (1996-1998), Soledad has been selected as one of 100 women leaders of Chile. She was a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Third Sector Research and a member of the Stakeholder Council of Global Reporting Initiative as well as Executive Secretary of Amnesty International in Chile.

She has done studies in comparative education, education for democracy, conflict mediation and resolution, among others. She acted as Latin American coordinator for the Asia Foundation Global Project’s Women in Politics (1995-1996) and in 1997 took part as researcher in the First National Directory of institutions providing legal assistance to low-income populations. She has been a consultant for national and international organizations and foundations.

In recent years Soledad has published articles and documents for various national and international forums and for the PROhumana journal Social Responsibility in Chile. She is co-author of the books Inversión Privada en Educación Pública: Uso y Funcionamiento de la Ley de Donaciones con Fines Educacionales (Private Investment in Public Education: The Use and Operation of the Law of Grants with Educational Aims) and La Acción Filantrópica como un Elemento de Responsabilidad Social: el Caso Chileno (Philanthropic Action as an Element of Social Responsibility: The Chilean Case), among others.

Soledad has a B.A. in Education, Catholic University of Chile, and an M.A. in the Social Basis of Education, University of Maryland.

Marcella Thompson, ConAgra

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Marcella Thompson currently serves as Director Sustainable Development at ConAgra Foods where she leads organizational strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy and water efficiency, and eliminate waste. Since joining ConAgra Foods in 2008, Marcella has demonstrated leadership in advancing the company’s sustainability reporting and employee engagement programs. She manages ConAgra Foods greenhouse gas inventory and other sustainability metrics, facilitates the company’s annual Sustainable Development Awards program, and is responsible for leading effective communication through ConAgra Foods annual Citizenship Report, CDP investor questionnaires, and other stakeholder inquires.

Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Marcella worked with a variety of government, manufacturing, and hospitality industries to report sustainability performance, implement best practices, and communicate results. Marcella earned a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Emory University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Pipat Yodprudtikan , Thaipat Institute

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Pipat is the director of Thaipat Institute, a public-interest organization established in 1999 that aims to promote corporate sustainability and responsibility in the private sector. He has led the operation since it was founded and has delivered more than 300 engagements in research, training, and consulting with many of the multinational corporations, state enterprises, and major listed companies in Thailand.

Pipat founded the Thai Corporate Social Responsibility Network in 2005 as a platform of CSR practices for businesses and serves as a hub of CSR knowledge sharing among Thai companies. He also serves on the several committees and working groups, such as the national mirror committee of the ISO 26000 standard, the sustainability development strategy working group and is advisor to the CSR Club of the Thai Listed Companies Association, and the national focal point for baseline study on CSR and human rights in ASEAN of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

Pipat brings a strong CSR background and sustainability perspective to Thaipat. He has managed the organization to become the GRI Organizational Stakeholder since 2010 and is being certified as GRI training partner to provide certified training programs in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore. He also led Thaipat to become a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and has been recognized by the UN-backed Principles for Social Investment Secretariat, an UN Global Compact Initiative, as one of the 50 Social Investment Pioneers in 2012.

In early 2014, Pipat initiated the development of the first sustainability rating scheme on CSR and anti-corruption to the SEC for assessing the listed companies in the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Prior to the rating initiative, he founded the sustainability report award program with the SEC and the CSR Club of the Thai Listed Companies Association.

Pipat has a B.Eng. from Kasetsart University, M.Sc. from Chulalongkorn University, and Ph.D. from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand. He is also a frequent lecturer at a number of universities and speakers at the major public forum on many occasions.