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2014 Ethics Symposium Bios
Andreas Rasche is Professor of Business in Society at the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (cbsCSR) at Copenhagen Business School. He holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol.) from European Business School, Germany and a Habilitation (Dr. habil.) from Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg. His research focuses on corporate responsibility standards (particularly the UN Global Compact), the political role of corporations in transnational governance, and the governance of global supply networks. He regularly contributes to international journals in his field of study and has lectured on corporate social and environmental responsibility at different institutions in Europe. He co-edited The United Nations Global Compact: Achievements, Trends and Challenges (Cambridge University Press). His latest book, Building the Responsible Enterprise (with Sandra Waddock), was published by Stanford University Press in May 2012. Andreas collaborated with the UN Global Compact in the context of different projects and currently serves on the Global Compact LEAD Steering Committee. He is Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly. He joined Copenhagen Business School from the Warwick Business School in August 2012. More information is available at: http://www.arasche.com.
Ana Blanco is a Reporting Manager at the United Nations Global Compact where she is responsible for shaping and monitoring the transparency and disclosure policy applicable to all Global Compact participants. She also supports companies to incorporate sustainability practices and disclose progress. Previously, Ana worked as a Research Analyst at Integrity Research Associates, a firm in the financial services industry, helping clients to identify environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues relevant to their investments. She earned her law degree in her native Colombia and holds MA degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies.
Leigh Georgia Roberts is involved in the development of integrated reporting in South Africa and internationally. She is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council Working Group and as a member of its Technical Task Force was integrally involved in the International Integrated Reporting Framework. In South Africa, she is a member of the Integrated Reporting Committee and the chairman of its Working Group, and is the Project Director for Integrated Reporting at The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Leigh is the author with Mervyn King of the book Integrate: Doing Business in the 21st Century (Juta). She is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa).
Alan Teixeira is Senior Director - Technical Activities at the IFRS Foundation. Alan is responsible for the research program, where the development of potential new standards takes place. Alan also oversees the IFRS Interpretations Committee and leads special projects on disclosure, materiality, integrated reporting and digital reporting. Alan joined the IASB from the New Zealand Standard-setter, where he led the team responsible for adopting IFRSs into New Zealand. He was the principal on the IASB projects for Management Commentary, Business Combinations, Consolidations and Joint Arrangements.
Maryann Holsberg has been with PwC for more than 20 years and is currently a Director of Corporate Responsibility (CR) for the US Firm. She oversees the day-to-day execution of the firm's strategy related to the impact of PwC’s CR efforts in the marketplace. Maryann recently completed the firm’s FY13 CR Report which launched in March 2014 and is aligned with the GRI’s new G4 standards. Prior to this role, Maryann held a variety of positions at PwC, including 10 years in the Assurance practice as a client service senior manager. She is a graduate of Le Moyne College with a degree in Accounting.
Sandy Nessing has responsibility for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and annual performance reporting for American Electric Power (AEP). She oversees annual production of AEP’s integrated Corporate Accountability Report, including a dedicated sustainability web site and companion iPad app. She facilitates cross-functional collaboration on sustainability issues across AEP to raise awareness of the interdependencies of functions, resources and issues while providing guidance on externalities that could affect business results. She also develops and manages advocacy opportunities and relationships that support AEP’s business strategy. She holds a leadership role in the Electric Power Research Institute’s EnergSustainability Interest Group.
Faith Taylor is the Senior Vice President Chief Sustainability Officer at Wyndham Worldwide in Parsippany, N.J. She currently oversees Wyndham’s sustainability program which includes almost 50 brands, +34,000 employees and +100,000 locations in 100 countries. She started and developed the Wyndham Green program in 2006. She is Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the USGBC of New Jersey. Wyndham is a recognized corporate leader working with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Obama Better Building Challenge in setting leading programs for the built environment. In 2013 Wyndham was recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as a North American leader in the Hotel, Resort and Cruise line. In 2011 and 2012, Newsweek recognized Wyndham as one of the top 100 greenest companies in America. In 2012, Wyndham Worldwide reduced their carbon emissions by 11.7% globally and 25% of its $1.2 Billion supply chain has met the Wyndham Green criteria.
Evan Harvey is Managing Director of Corporate Sustainability NASDAQ OMX. He is responsible for gathering, analyzing, and reporting key criteria across the organization, as well as managing investor and issuer company outreach on corporate sustainability topics, practices, and partnerships. Evan also manages the research, analysis, and disclosure of ESG reports, including the Global Reporting Initiative, Carbon Disclosure Project, and the United Nations Global Compact Communication of Progress. Evan serves on the Board of Directors for the UNGC U.S. Network and on the Advisory Board for SASB. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Texas, and lives near Washington DC.
Jette Steen Knudsen, PhD. is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research centers on the interface between government regulation and business actions. Most recently, she has studied the motivation and ability of governments in economically advanced industrialized nations to promote social change in less developed counties. She and a colleague are writing a book titled Visible Hands: Government Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Business.
Adam Sulkowski is an Associate Professor of Business Law & Sustainable Development at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He is an award-winning researcher, practitioner, and mentor in the field of sustainability reporting. He received his JD and MBA from Boston College and B.A. from the College of William & Mary, has authored over 30 published works of scholarship, and has been cited by MSN, The Times of India, Inc. magazine, and Science Daily. He has visited, researched, taught, and spoken at campuses, companies, and conferences in over 70 countries. He has led several pioneering sustainability reporting projects in Dartmouth and Fall River in Massachusetts and for the capital city of Warsaw, Poland and has spoken on the subject at the 2013 UN Climate Change Conference.
Joe Sibilia is a visionary of the socially responsible business movement and CEO of CSRwire, a digital media platform for the latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news, views and research. He is the founder of Gasoline Alley Foundation, a 501(c)3 that has incubated 43 small businesses since 1985 and focuses on teaching inner city and/or underprivileged persons to be successful entrepreneurs, and coauthor of Smart Sustainability: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Profitably Greening Your Organization's DNA.
Anna Nefedova is a member of Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Sustainability service group. She works with clients to help address their corporate responsibility and sustainability needs. Her primary focus is on sustainability reporting, environmental, health, and safety aspects, sustainability data external and internal assurance, and controls and processes around related information. Most recently, Anna spent a year and a half at the Global Reporting Initiative participating in the development of the next generation of the sustainability reporting guidelines, G4. In addition to helping companies prepare sustainability reports and obtain assurance on them, Anna leads Certified GRI Training Courses in the US.
Rich Goode is a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young LLP’s United States Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice with experience in implementing sustainability programs at large organizations as well as expertise in carbon accounting. In this role Rich assists in the development, verification and implementation of climate change and sustainability assurance competencies. Rich is also one of Ernst & Young's National Subject Matter Resources in Dodd-Frank Section 1502 covering responsible sourcing of Minerals in conflict-affected regions. In this role, Rich has developed subject matter expertise in responsible supply chains, third-party track and trace and SEC compliance.
Gwendolen B. White, PhD., CPA is Associate Professor of accounting at Ball State University. She has been teaching environmental accounting and sustainability reporting at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the past seven years. Gwendolen is the author of two books on sustainability reporting and has published articles on environmental and sustainability reporting in academic and practitioner journals. She speaks frequently on sustainability reporting at national and international conferences. In addition, she has mentored seven teams of interdisciplinary students who produced sustainability reports in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
Nancy Mancilla is the CEO and Co-Founder of ISOS Group. ISOS is a GRI Certified Training Partner and CDP Educational Partner for the United States that provides organizations of all sizes with training, report guidance and external assurance. In this capacity, Nancy has orchestrated 70+ GRI Certified Sustainability Reporting Trainings, regularly serves as a conference guest speaker and caters to the disclosure needs of various organizations- large and small. Nancy earned her B.A. in International Relations (IR) with a Minor in Environmental Studies from the U.S. International University in San Diego, California. She also holds a M.A. in IR from the University of Amsterdam, as well as an inaugural M.P.S. (Public Service) from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nancy holds a certificate for successfully completing the Sustainability Assurance Practitioner Training (AA1000 AS), certified by IRCA and delivered by Two Tomorrows USA, in November 2010 and is preparing for the SA8000 Basic Auditor Training.
Chris McKnett is a Vice President of State Street Global Advisors and head of the firms’ global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investments business. Chris works across asset classes, investment teams and key functional domains to champion sustainable and responsible investment on behalf of SSgA and its clients. Chris is co-chair of SSgA’s ESG Working Group, a member of SSgA’s Proxy Review Committee, and a member of both State Street’s Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability Working Groups. He earned his MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and a B.S. from the University of Connecticut.
Bahar Gidwani has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA and worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to a number of major companies and currently serves on the board of several software and Web companies. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. Bahar is a member of the SASB Advisory Board. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.
Michael Muyot is President and Founder of CRD Analytics. He is the designer of the SmartView 360 Platform, which powers sustainability indexes, rankings and research reports; including the NASDAQ CRD Global Sustainability Index (QCRD), the Sustainability Leadership Report, the SeaCrest Global Clean Energy Portfolio and the Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings. Michael was also the executive producer of the SmartView Roundtable on Sustainable Investing in May 2010 hosted at the NASDAQ MarketSite and was published in an E-Book from Harvard Business School (HBS): The Landscape of Integrated Reporting: Reflections and Next Steps. Michael has been interviewed as an innovating leader on Sustainability & Investing by Fortune, CFO Magazine, Financial Executive International, IR Magazine, The Economist and Wired Magazine. Michael has also been cited in The Green Economy, Green Nurture and regularly contributes to Justmeans - the premier social media platform for sustainability. Michael is an Advisory Board Member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Boards' (SASB), a member of the Global Advisory Council for the Cornerstone Capital Group and a Fellow at the Governance & Accountability Institute.
Madison Brown is an ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Analyst within the Bloomberg Global Data Department. In her role, she works directly with the ESG data set, develops analytics and integration of the product on the Bloomberg terminal, engages with corporations for data disclosure and accuracy, and works on various projects to expand the product and advocate for its use in investing and in corporate strategy. She earned a B.A. in English from Rutgers University, New Jersey, and joined Bloomberg in 2013.
Scott Powers is President and Chief Executive Officer of State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management arm of State Street Corporation and a global leader in asset management. He is also a member of State Street's Management Committee, the company's senior-most strategy and policy-making team and sits on the State Street Major Risk Committee. Prior to joining State Street in May 2008, Scott served as CEO of Old Mutual US, the US operating unit of London-based Old Mutual plc. During his seven-year tenure at Old Mutual, he was one of six senior executives overseeing the worldwide operations and was also a member of Old Mutual's executive committee, where he was actively involved in the development and execution on overall business strategy. Previously, Scott held senior management positions at Mellon Institutional Asset Management and The Boston Company Asset Management. While at The Boston Company Asset Management, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Marketing and Client Services. Scott began his career as a financial services advisor with Dean Witter Reynolds. Scott attended St. Paul's School and has an AB in Economics from Harvard College. Additionally, Scott is a trustee at Middlesex School, and a Board member of The United Way of Massachusetts Bay.