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Speakers and Trainers 2017

Mrs. Marialuisa Tamborra is an environmental economist. She started her career as a researcher on environmental accounting and Sustainable Development indicators at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in Milan. In 2002 she joined the European Commission (EC) and has been working since then in the area of research for the environment and Sustainable Development. She is currently Deputy Head of the Strategy Unit in the Climate Action & Resource Efficiency Directorate of the EC’s Research & Innovation Directorate General, which deals with sustainability issues, such as low-carbon economy, circular economy, sustainable and innovative cities. The Strategy Unit provides coordination, coherence and policy direction to research and innovation in these areas. In particular, she is charge of international cooperation on climate, environment and Sustainable Development – bi-lateral, bi-regional and multi-lateral. Mrs Tamborra follows multi-lateral cooperation activities, particularly with the Belmont Forum, Future Earth, and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform. In particular, she is the Commission’s Principal in the Belmont Forum and a member of its Steering Committee.

Neil Stevenson is Managing Director in Global Implementation, IIRC. He has over 20 years of experience in the accounting and finance sectors. At the IIRC, he leads on developing a strong global brand for Integrated Reporting and key institutional relationships. Neil was involved in the communications group that established the <IR> brand in 2010 and subsequently served on the IIRC Working Group which provided guidance on the development of the IIRC as a global organization and the International <IR> Framework. He therefore has long-standing insight into the work of IIRC and how its brand can be developed to support adoption of <IR> worldwide. Neil has previously worked in senior marketing and brand roles at ACCA and PwC, with responsibilities including oversight of policy and thought leadership.

Sharon Jackson, Founder and CEO of the European Sustainability Academy: Sharon designed and built ESA, in Drapanos, Crete  in 2011, as a sustainable, off- grid, international training and research academy. ESA evolved from Sharon’s vision and global experiences as a company director and teaching in business school academia over 24 years. In 2016 and 2017 she received awards at ‘World CSR Day’ in Mumbai, India, in recognition of her global leadership in the field of sustainability and the global education impact of ESA.  May 2017 she was the closing speaker at TEDx Technical University of Crete with a focus on harnessing the light of future Greece  for graduates,  and also the closing speaker at  the Open Source Circular Economy (OSCE) day  hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ESA Crete education programmes connect people with the natural environment. She has written about ESA as an action research, case study for ‘biophilia’ and the positive impacts on human learning and health (2016,Routledge). Currently she is preparing a paper entitled ‘Women Architects in the Grand Design of Sustainable Development’  for presentation in Cairo in December 2017 (Sustainability in Developing Countries) and for publication. In 2014 she was awarded as a ‘Hero’ by The ‘Girl Child Network Worldwide’ charity for her work to empower women and in  2005 she received the ‘Queens Award for Volunteering’ for her voluntary work as the Chair of the UK charity ‘YarlsWood Befrienders’, giving support and friendship to women and children, failed asylum seekers in detention. Sharon is also, Director of Carlton CSR Ltd consultancy in UK, Associate Faculty at Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University,  Associate Scholar at University of Cumbria, Institute for Sustainability and Leadership (IFLAS), Visiting Lecturer at Murray Edwards College- Cambridge University (Gateway Programme) and Visiting Research Fellow at Athens University of Economics and Business.  She has taught and lectured on the subjects of CSR and ‘sustainable business’ on MBA programmes in UK, Greece and Australia since 2001 and executive development programmes in China (CEIBS). She has written several publications on the theme of ‘making sense of sustainability in organisations’ (see LinkedIn profile). Email:, Web:, Linked In:

Ms. Georgina Goff is EMEA Senior Director of Corporate Marketing, Communication and Global Citizenship at Flex. Flex is the Sketch-to-Scale™ solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With approximately 200,000 professionals across 30 countries, Flex provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets. Prior to joining Flex in 2015, Ms. Goff  held a number of senior positions in marketing and communications at IBM (London & Dublin), and has had extensive international experience over her 20-year career in the high-tech industry. Ms. Goff graduated with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Computer Science from University College Cork (Ireland), and an MBA from Henley Business College, Oxfordshire (UK). The thesis for her MBA focused on environmental sustainability issues entitled “An investigation of Green Technologies as a key success factor for organizations in achieving their overall environmental objectives.

Toby Crewe has worked for Schneider Electric for nearly 4 years and currently leads the Sustainability Consulting team across EMEA. Prior to joining Schneider he has held a variety of Commercial Roles working in the Energy and Sustainability sector including Environmental and Engineering Consultancy firms, Utilities, and Venture Capital funds, advising and delivering on Strategy, Sustainability and Business Development

Ms. Eila Kreivi is Director and Head of the Capital Markets Department. Previously, Ms Eila Kreivi worked as Head of Funding for the Americas, Asia & Pacific for 7 years at the EIB. Prior to joining the financing arm of the European Union in 1995, Ms. Kreivi worked at the Union Bank of Finland and Société Générale, in several domains including commercial banking, derivative products, treasury and capital markets. She holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Abo Akademi in Finland. In addition to her native language of Finnish, she is fluent in English, French and Swedish. Ms Kreivi currently chairs the Executive Committee of the Green Bond Principles.

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.

Dr. Tim Lindsey has helped organizations increase their competitiveness through improved sustainability performance in their processes, products, and systems, for over 35 years.  He is an accomplished program and project manager with experience in multiple sectors, including: mining, manufacturing, energy, biofuels, agriculture, food processing, chemical processing and electronics.  Dr. Lindsey is an internationally recognized expert regarding the use of sustainability principles to drive innovation.  He served as Caterpillar’s first Global Director of Sustainability from 2012 to 2016 where he successfully championed the company’s transformational change to recognize sustainability as their 5th core value. During this transformation, he worked closely with various business units to implement sustainability principles throughout the corporate value chain.  This included corporate roles (research, product development, human resources, accounting, strategy and risk) and operational functions (supply chain, manufacturing, quality, logistics, dealerships and customer operations). Prior to his Caterpillar career, Dr. Lindsey spent 20 years at the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, where he led their sustainability research, education and outreach efforts. In his roles there, he worked with hundreds of companies across multiple sectors to improve their sustainability performance.  Prior to his work with the U of I, Dr. Lindsey was with Exxon for 7 years in the Powder River Basin at one of the world’s largest coal mining operations.  He served Exxon in the roles of Reclamation Manager, Safety Director, and Senior Project Manager where he supervised the activities of 40 contractors and over 1,000 personnel. He has authored multiple publications on energy efficiency, alternative energy, alternative fuels development, and sustainable business innovation and developed 3 U.S. patents regarding industrial fluids management and water purification. In January of 2016, Dr. Lindsey founded Highlander Innovation Inc., where he and his colleagues help businesses drive and implement more sustainable innovation. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois.

Mr. 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.

Mr. Makis Tzeis is Managing Director at Atradius Credit Insurance N.V. (Hellenic branch). He was born in 1970 in Athens. Ηe studied Mathematics at the University of Ioannina (B.Sc. in Mathematics)and he then completed his post-graduate studies in Actuarial Science at the Cass Business School of London / former City University (Diploma & M.Sc. in Actuarial Science). From 1998 to 2003 he worked in various positions at the Hellenic branch of Gerling Konzern Speziale. In 2004 he took over the position of the Managing Director at the Hellenic branch of Atradius Credit Insurance N.V., which he holds until now. Memberships: Member of the Association of Chief Executive Officers of Greece, Member of the Association of Representatives and Executives of Hellenic Insurance Companies, Member of the CEO Clubs, Other professional fora.

Ms. Francesca Palamidessi, as Corporate and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator at GRI, is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with members of the GOLD Community, GRI’s core supporters. Her primary focus is to foster relationships within her regional portfolio and to manage the GRI Standards Pioneer and GRI Online programs. Previously, Francesca worked at Fairfood International as a Project Analyst and Advocacy Manager. In this role, she supported the implementation of projects in Central America and Morocco and conducted research on supply chains and social sustainability. Francesca holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Florence and she studied at the University of Madrid. She also holds a Master’s degree in Urban Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. Francesca lives in Amsterdam and speaks Italian, English and Spanish.