Speakers and Trainers 2019

Annick Boyen leads a team of seasoned advocacy, media, issues, sustainability and external affairs experts who drive Unilever’s purpose of Making Sustainable Living Commonplace. At Unilever, we believe this is the best long-term way for our business to grow. She advises Unilever’s European leadership to deliver flawless issues management and thought leadership. She works with the divisions to build brand equity and growth via (brand) purpose, advocacy, partnerships and sustainable innovation. Annick is part of Unilever’s European Leadership Team.

Ilene Wasserman, President of ICW Consulting Group, has been on the cutting edge of consulting, research and publishing in strength-based methodologies, capacity building, and relational leadership and strategy. She has worked with both private and public-sector organizations to build and strengthen diverse leadership teams, staff relationships, and effective communication strategies to help them achieve their goals.  Ilene uses an action learning approach and specializes in developing peer coaching teams that support learning and development as a part of everyday work. In addition to consulting and coaching, Ilene teaches courses related to organization development and leadership, organization communication, diversity and inclusion at the graduate level. Ilene serves as a Senior Fellow at the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a learning director and executive coach for various programs. She is also an Executive in Residence for the Center for Creative Leadership. Ilene holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems. She is the author of the recent book: Communicating Possibilities: A Brief Introduction the the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM)Peer Coaching at Work: Principles and Practices and several articles and book chapters. Ilene also serves on several professional and community boards.

Kristin Dypdahl, as a Coordinator for the Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement Team at GRI, is responsible for corporate engagement in countries in Northern and Eastern Europe, and in the Middle East. The responsibility involves raising awareness and building relationships between GRI and key partner organizations and stakeholder. This includes the GRI Community program, GRIs core network of supporters, made up by over 500 diverse stakeholders in more than 60 countries. The Corporate & Stakeholder Relations department brings together a worldwide network of companies and organizations committed to GRIs mission to empower decision makers everywhere through its sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network, to act towards a more sustainable economy and world.

Anuj Saush leads the sustainability research practice for The Conference Board Sustainability Centre in Europe. The Conference Board is a member-focused think tank that provides trusted insights for what’s ahead and is a non-advocacy and not-for-profit entity. Anuj started his career as an environmental consultant focusing on strategy, innovation and compliance, and then transitioned into corporate sustainability roles, where he has experience of leading and delivering sustainability strategy, supply chain, circular economy and social enterprises programs. Prior to The Conference Board, he was at PwC, UK and in the past has also worked at EDF Energy and Aramark. Anuj has a master’s degree in environmental policy from the London School of Economics and holds a civil engineering degree from India. He has also attended the sustainability leadership program at the University of Cambridge. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He is also a trained coach and is currently pursuing a master’s in behavioral psychology at the Henley Business School.

Deppie Tzimea is the OTE Group Corporate Communications Executive Director since 2012. She has been a member of the OTE Group’s executive committee since 2001, when she joined the company as Director of Corporate Communications of the Group, reporting directly to the Chairman and CEO. Ms Tzimea oversaw the transformation of OTE’s image into an extrovert and innovative customer-centric company, both internally and externally. She has contributed significantly to the integration of sustainability to the Group’s business strategy, which led OTE Group to become one of the leading companies in the field of sustainable development, contributing to the economy, society and the environment. She was responsible for all OTE Group communications during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and has thorough knowledge and experience in all areas of communications including change management, crisis communications and advertising.
Before joining OTE, she held various senior executive positions in Marketing and Corporate Communications in the telecommunications industry (1995-2001). Prior to that she was a Group Account Director at Adel Saatchi & Saatchi handling 18 national and international accounts.
Ms Tzimea holds a postgraduate degree in Communications and Public Relations from Stirling University and is a Political Sciences & Public Law graduate from the University of Athens Law School. She has completed her training on “High Impact Leadership” in Columbia Business School and on “Exponentially growing technologies” in Singularity University. 

Jeremy Nicholls is the founder and Chairman of Social Value International and founder of Social Value UK, which are membership organisations for individuals, organisations and companies supporting principles and standards in accounting for social and environmental value. He works for the Impact Management Project on the development of the conceptual framework for Impact Accounting and is a visiting professor of social value at Staffordshire University. He is also a director of the FRC Group (a social business based in Liverpool), and the Social Investment Business (a social investor based in London). He chairs the British Standards Institution’s social value committee and is a member of Accounting for Sustainability’s Expert Panel, the IRIS advisory committee and the UK Social Value Taskforce. He has lectured at several Universities including the Said Business School at Oxford University, Hult International Business School and the University of Western Australia.

 

Matthew Patsky is CEO, Managing Partner, and a Portfolio Manager at Trillium Asset Management, leading Trillium’s Sustainable Opportunities strategy. Matt joined Trillium in 2009 and has over three decades of experience in investment research and investment management. Matt began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1984 as a Technology Analyst. In 1989, while covering emerging growth companies for Lehman, he began to incorporate environmental, social, and governance factors into his research, becoming the first Sell-side Analyst in the United States to publish on the topic of socially responsible investing in 1994. As Director of Equity Research for Adams, Harkness & Hill, he built that firm’s powerful research capabilities in socially and environmentally responsible areas such as renewable energy, resource optimization, and organic and natural products. Prior to joining Trillium, Matt was at Winslow Management Company in Boston, where he served as Director of Research, Chairman of the Investment Committee, and Portfolio Manager for the Green Solutions Strategy and the Winslow Green Solutions Fund. Matt currently serves on the Boards of the Environmental League of Massachusetts and Shared Interest. He has also served on the Boards of Pro Mujer, US SIF, and Root Capital. He is a member of the Social Venture Network (SVN) and member of CFA Society Boston as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Short info about the company: Trillium Asset Management (Boston, MA) is an employee-owned investment management firm with $3 billion in assets under management. Trillium integrates Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into the investment process as a way to identify the companies best positioned to deliver strong long-term performance. Founded in 1982, Trillium has a long history of managing equity and fixed income portfolios for: Individuals, Foundations, Endowments, Religious Organizations, Other Non-Profits, Financial Advisors and their Clients. A leader in shareholder advocacy and public policy work, Trillium leverages the power of stock ownership to promote social and environmental change while providing both impact and performance to investors.

Michael Spanos is the Founder & Managing Director of Global Sustain, an Expert Advisor to the European Commission on the Sustainable Development Goals, an AHC Group Senior Associate (USA), a member of the secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact Network and of the Advisory Board of the CEO Clubs in Greece and a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Council of FMC Corp (USA). Michael leads projects in sustainability strategy, non-financial reporting, sustainability activities, performance and recognition through indices, awards and initiatives. He presents in international events and produces global publications on responsible investments, sustainable leadership and innovation, collaborating with organisations such as the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, Global Compact, GRI, European Commission and Parliament. He has held senior positions in a venture capital firm, an investment fund and in ICAP Group, the largest business information and consulting firm in South-East Europe. Michael is also a visiting lecturer at the International MBA program of the Athens University of Economics and Business and the Cyprus International Institute of Management. He holds an MBA and a diploma in Production Engineering and Management and speaks English, French and Greek.

Heather Morgan oversees Sustainability and Risk Management in the New York Metro Water and Marine groups at AECOM. She brings more than 16 years of experience in flood risk management, infrastructure planning, landscape architecture, and landscape archaeology for projects focused on human well-being, ecosystem integrity, and national security. Prior to joining AECOM, Ms. Morgan worked at the US Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters, as the Civil Works Sustainability Lead and the National Sustainability Program Manager. She assessed existing and proposed water resource projects across all missions to create a national sustainability strategy that addressed urgent, short-, and long-term risks. Ms. Morgan currently serves as the Project Management Lead on the Battery Park City Authority’s South Battery Park City Resiliency Project. In that capacity, she oversees integrated flood risk and public space design, community engagement, and FEMA certification/accreditation as well as operations and maintenance.

Brian Kellogg brings 23 years of comprehensive experience in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management and system development, with expertise in behaviour based safety management, ISO/OHSAS auditing, environmental reporting, permitting, and compliance assurance with global responsibilities. An active member of the National Association of Environmental Managers (NAEM) and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) he possesses strong leadership skills in driving EHS improvement across many industries including metals, mining, building materials, chemicals, and glass. Brian is a dedicated EHS professional that understands the complexities of global businesses, customer integration, budgeting, and performance improvement within diverse cultures. Before joining AGC in 2017, he was the EHS leader at Quaker Chemical Corporation, Owens Corning, Carmeuse, and Worthington Industries. He holds a MS in Environmental Management and a Bachelor in Public Affairs / Environmental Science.

Short info about the company: AGC Inc. (AGC株式会社 AGC Kabushiki-gaisha), formerly Asahi Glass Co., Ltd., is a Japanese global glass manufacturing company, headquartered in Tokyo. It is the largest glass company in the world, one of the core Mitsubishi companies and is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Asahi Glass was named one of Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators in 2013. Its main areas of production are: automotive glass and industrial material, bio-technology and environment, commodity and performance chemicals, display glass (including Dragontrail smartphone displays), electronic materials and products, flat glass and construction material and optics and telecommunication. AGC’s business extends into over 30 countries and regions with regional pillars in Japan/Asia, Europe and the Americas (http://agc.com).

Maya Hennerkes leads the EBRD’s environmental and social work with financial institutions and private equity funds. She promotes the integration of climate and broader environmental as well as social issues in investment decisions and investment management. Maya designs and supervises environmental and social risk management and safeguard frameworks. To help clients maximize their positive impact, she supports their design of sustainable finance strategies and identifies sustainability gains and added value opportunities in investment proposals. She is also responsible for EBRDs ESG training programme for financial institutions and funds. Maya is a sustainable finance expert with over 15 years of experience, with previous positions at the Inter-American Development Bank Group in Washington DC and Bloomberg L.P. in London. She studied economics, political science and Latin America studies in Germany and Spain and holds an Executive Masters in Public Management from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

 

“Inspiring leaders to develop a bigger mind with vision, mindfulness and agility”

Georgia Kartsanis is the Founder & President of the Greek and Romanian Chapters of CEO Clubs Int’l. She is also the founder and CEO of Your Directors Club and SARGIA Partners, a unique provider of state of the art human capital development services linked to change strategy, that operates in UK, Greece and Romania. Her forward thinking ability, passion and professionalism allow her to offer unique value to organizations in the area of leadership development with breakthrough solutions and tools. Her international experience is a unique blend of leading change, commercial management career consulting and transformational coaching. Georgia is a certified Master Coach by the Center for Advanced Coaching (CAC) in the USA; certified neuro-coach from the Neuro Business Group (NBG), certified Leadership Agility 360 Assessor by Change Wise and certified by Quantum Entrainment on Mindful Practices as they apply to authentic leadership. She has worked with leaders and leadership teams in the FMCG, financial, technology, pharmaceutical, industrial and green energy sectors. Due to her diversified and vast experience in organizational structure/management matters and unique capability of C-level coaching, she is typically engaged to support leaders in improving their interpersonal impact, agility, creativity and executive presence, as well as strengthening their team’s alignment and effectiveness. Her rich international business career includes a decade as an industry leader in executive search services and 20 years of commercial management experience from the consumer, industrial and technology sectors, working with Stanton Chase, 3M, Philip Morris, TYCO and WR Grace, in Greece, the USA and the Middle East. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, USA.

Dr. Bruce Piasecki is the president and founder of AHC Group, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in energy, materials, and environmental corporate matters, whose clients range from Suncor Energy, Hess, FMC, the Warren Buffet firm Shaw Industries, Toyota and other global companies in his Corporate Affiliates training workshops. Piasecki is the author of several seminal books on business strategy, valuation, and corporate change, including the Nature Society’s book of the year, In Search of Environmental Excellence: Moving Beyond the Blame as well as recent New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller Doing More With Less. Since 1981, he has advised companies about the critical areas of corporate governance, energy, environmental strategy, product innovation, and sustainability strategy with his teams of Senior Associates. See www.ahcgroup.com for more details.