Speakers & Trainers

Aris Vrettos has been working on sustainability since 2005. He currently leads CISL’s executive education open programmes on sustainable business and is a member of CISL’s senior management team. He is also the global director for The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP), the world’s longest running leadership programme on sustainability. The BSP trains approximately 150 business leaders and other decision-makers annually on global sustainability trends in Brussels, Cambridge, Cape Town, Melbourne and São Paulo. Aris is also involved in designing and delivering CISL’s work with individual companies in the areas of sustainable health, climate leadership and the retail sector.He was previously a Senior Advisor at AccountAbility, the pioneering think-tank,focusing on business strategy,engagement and innovation. At AccountAbility he advised Fortune 100 companies and worked with global corporations such as General Electric and Merck on their global sustainability, stakeholder engagement and access to medicines strategies.He led a two year collaboration with the International Finance Corporation and the UN Global Compact promoting sustainable finance and sustainable business in emerging markets, including a 3 month placement in Brazil. Previously he helped establish the Global Leadership Network, a big business network pursuing corporate citizenship excellence.Aris is an expert reviewer on stakeholder panels and has sat on the Judges committee of various awards, including the Ethical Corporation’s Sustainable Business Awards. He is an advocate of the role of science, business and leadership and helps companies establish a long term vision. He has worked on the ground in Europe, the US, India, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East.Heis a trained economist and journalist and holds an MSc in international money and banking from the University of Birmingham. He began his career writing for an international news department and reporting on social issues in Greece.

Anthony Abbotts has broad global experience within sustainability in business and the public sector working within this area for over 20 years. He currently is heading up and driving the Sustainability agenda in the ROCKWOOL Group, a company where sustainability is an integral part of the business, not least within the areas of energy efficiency/climate change, circular business, health, safety and welfare, and water management. Anthony holds a BA(Hons) in Urban Planning from University of West of England and a MSc in Environmental Planning from Roskilde University. He is an External Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School and External examiner at Roskilde University. He has had various positions in Coloplast, COWI, where he was House consultant for Intel EMEA and Biogen Idec for a number of years and now Rockwool International.

Recent speaker events:
• COP 16, Marrakech and related interviews on Danish TV and radio November 2016
• Sustainable Brands, Copenhagen October 2016, 2017
• Engaging Stakeholders Network, SustainAbility, London November 2017
• HQE Annual Summit, Paris December 2017

Marientina Laina is a Sustainability Consultant. She has been working in sustainability consultancy and energy policy for more than 7 years in both the private sector and international organisations. Marientina focusses on helping organisations interested in aligning their targets with climate science for staying below the 2 degrees threshold, strategies for meeting science-based targets and the implementation of supply chain engagement programmes for reducing Scope 3 emissions. She has experience in providing advice to companies from different industries including the pharmaceutical, apparel, energy and IT sector. She holds a Masters (MSc) from the Technical University of Vienna and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Environmental Technology and International Affairs, focussing on environmental diplomacy and the impact of climate change negotiations on energy policy and a University Degree in International and European Economics from Athens University for Economics and Business.

Ilene Wasserman, founder and president of ICW Consulting has over 30 years of experience in Organizational Consulting, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching. As Vice-President of a major consulting firm and founder and President of ICW Consulting, Ilene helps leaders and teams throughout organizations leverage multiple dimensions of domestic and global diversity by enhancing communication and collaboration. Ilene’s approach is appreciative, based on the principles that we transform organizational cultures through engaging the whole system. Ilene has served a consulting coach with senior executives and board of directors of Fortune 100 companies, socially responsible businesses, health care institutions and institutes of higher education. In addition to consulting and coaching Ilene has taught courses in leadership, organizational consulting, leading diversity, organizational communication, emotional intelligence and cultural competence, and group dynamics at the graduate level. Ilene received her PhD from the Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Development. She also holds Masters degrees both in Counseling Psychology and Social Work from Washington University and a B.S. from Cornell University in Human Development. Ilene is a Senior Fellow of the Wharton Leadership Institute, a Fellow of both the Taos Institute and serves on the Board of the Lewin Center, serves on the Boards of the CMM Institute and is a Member of NTL.

Andrea Nance is the Sustainability Lead for Global Safety, Health, and Environment (SHE) at AstraZeneca.  She is responsible for leading sustainability strategy integration and development for the Global SHE function and collaborates with broader teams to drive sustainability excellence across the enterprise. AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three therapy areas – oncology, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and respiratory.  Andrea has over a decade experience in public health, sustainability management, and healthcare delivery, having worked previously in research hospitals, local and federal government, as well as in collaboration with non-governmental organizations.  She holds a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health Science and Policy from The George Washington University as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Health Science from San Jose State University.  Andrea is a Registered Nurse and certified Public Health Nurse.

Linda Froelich is the Director of Global Sustainability at FMC. She leads the specialty chemical company’s corporate sustainability program, which is an integral component of FMC’s Vision goals and long-term growth strategy. Linda Froelich has held a number of leadership and management roles in research and development, regulatory affairs and sustainability during her more than 35 years at FMC. Most recently, she served as Global Stewardship manager, overseeing Agricultural Solutions’ product stewardship programs. FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial, environmental, and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. In 2017, FMC had annual sales of approximately $4 billion. The company employs approximately 7,000 people throughout the world, and operates its businesses in two segments (agricultural solutions and lithium). For more information, visit www.FMC.com.

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.

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.

Matthew Patsky is CEO and a portfolio manager, leading Trillium Sustainable Opportunities strategy. He joined Trillium 2009, and has 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 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 board of Environmental League of Massachusetts, Shared Interest, and Pro Mujer. He recently served on the board of US SIF and Root Capital. Matt is a member of the Social Venture Network (SVN). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Giulia Ferrati is CSR Manager at Walgreens Boots Alliance and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the CSR agenda at global level. She also leads the embedding of governance and development of CSR insights and strategy for the company. Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, whose purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives. The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014. This transaction brought together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted healthcare services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years. Prior to joining Walgreens Boots Alliance, Giulia worked in the communications sector in the Wine industry. Giulia graduated from the University of Padua (Italy) in Politics, International Relations and Human Rights.