Valerie Red-Horse Mohl is the Executive Director of Social Venture Circle, a non-profit organization with over three decades of combined experience leading the way in the field of social impact; building and galvanizing the business world to create social, economic, and environmental change. She is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc., and has more than 30 years of in-depth experience in the financial services and investment banking industry with a unique expertise in the tribal government sector. Red-Horse Mohl, who is of Cherokee ancestry, has raised and structured over $3 billion in capital for tribal nations and holds seven FINRA registrations.
She is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc., a film and television production company primarily focused on bringing important social impact documentaries to the screen for which Red-Horse Mohl produces, writes and directs.
Red-Horse Mohl was inducted into the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Hall of Fame in 2008. She is an Advisory Board Member of Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. Red-Horse Mohl earned a B.A. with Cum Laude honors from UCLA, has been married to former NFL football player Curt Mohl since 1982 and the couple has three children: Courtney (Stanford ‘07), Derek (California Lutheran ‘12) and Chelsea (Stanford ‘20).
James Magowan serves as Managing Director of Private Equity for Sutter Securities, with responsibility for private capital raising transactions. Mr. Magowan has been working in capital markets and investment banking for the past fifteen years. At Sutter and through his previous roles at Security Research Associates and Johnson Capital, Mr. Magowan has originated, structured and capitalize several hundred million in high growth company equity and project finance in the sectors of renewable energy, resource conservation, healthcare, technology, financial services, and real estate. He also serves on the Board of Merchants National Properties, which has interests in 4,000,000 SqFt of office and retail properties in the United States.
Vanessa Grellet is the Executive Director of ConsenSys. She is an experienced finance and technology executive with a demonstrated successful history of working in the capital markets industry. Prior to Joining ConsenSys she was the CEO of IIH, an innovative Wealth Management firm; a key member of PwC’s global wealth management team; and served as a corporate strategy executive for the NYSE focusing on M&A. She chairs the Nexus Working Group on Impact Investing, dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting Next-Gen impact investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. Vanessa sits on the Advisory Board of The Resolution Project, which is dedicated to activating young leaders through social entrepreneurship; and she is a Partner at Acumen Fund, which is focused on impact investing. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader and a Young Leader Board member of the Off the Record lectures series (OTR) affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association. She graduated Cum Laude from Law School (Paris II Assas) and Business School (HEC).
Sam Tabar is a prominent attorney and capital strategist located in New York City. He is currently a partner at FullCycle Fund Group, a social impact fund, and is also the Head of Strategy for AirSwap, a fintech company. Sam began his career as an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP before moving onto business development and capital strategy. After serving as Managing Director & Co-Head of Business Development at SPARX Group Co./PMA Investment Advisors, Tabar joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as its Director and Head of Capital Strategy for the Asia-Pacific Region. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School and his bachelor of arts from Oxford University.
Zheng Xiaoping, Director of BAZO Group, has over 27 years of urban related experience of which 14 focused on the China’s urban development market. Xiaoping has lead BAZO in working with 26 China city governments including Shanghai, Nanjing, Zhuhai in completing advisory works for a total of 1850 square kilometers of sustainable urban development and infrastructure projects. His development proposal of the Nanjing Qinhuai Riverbank in 2013 has assisted Nanjing city in winning the “The Habitat Scroll of Honor Special Citation” from UN-Habitat in 2008, first time award to a Chinese city. Prior to his work in China, Xiaoping had 13 years working experience in the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Xiaoping has been invited to 11 countries presenting China’s investment strategies and opportunities. He is the Lead-author of the book “Creative China City” – a book that has earned wide acclaim from city mayors and urban development decision makers. Xiaoping’s other social roles include: Founder and VP of the China City Development Foundation (CCDF); VP of the Innovative Finance Association (CIFA); He was lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong for aspiring city mayors on “Creative urban development”; and at the Harvard University GSD Executive Program for institutional investors on “How to Invest in China Real Estate.”
Jeff Zelkowitz is senior director and global financial practice leader at APCO Worldwide, a global communication, stakeholder engagement and business strategy firm. He advises corporate clients on navigating transactions and strategic change; achieving communications goals in the financial markets and media; and strategies for advancing corporate reputation and “license to grow” through effective engagement with the full range of stakeholders in today’s high-stakes business and policy environment.
His work frequently involves helping companies to understand issues, risks and opportunities in the stakeholder landscape and communicate strategically about business value for stakeholders and sustainability and corporate governance related issues. He has also authored articles, edited publications and organized thought leadership forums on corporate governance, sustainability and financial communication.
Jeff joined the APCO team in New York in 2006. He has more than 20 years of financial and corporate communication experience and has worked with clients in the consumer goods, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, retail, telecommunications and transportation sectors. In addition to advising leading U.S. companies and multinationals, he has worked extensively with businesses in Europe and emerging markets. He was previously a partner and managing director at an international investor relations firm in New York and London.
John F. Williams is Chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Economics Committee. He also founded Impact Infrastructure, LLC. Prior to that, Mr. Williams spent 33 years assisting governments at all levels in the development of infrastructure and building projects through traditional delivery and partnership arrangements. Over the last twenty-five years he was a principal owner of HDR, Inc. and a Senior Vice President, HDR Engineering, Inc. During tenure with the company he held a variety of positions including: President of HDR International, Inc.; Chief Operating Officer HDR Bouygues Joint Venture; National Director of Sustainable Development; National Technical Director; Vice-Chair of the 401k Fiduciary Oversight Committee (assets over $1.8 billion); and Managing Director of HDR Management Consulting. Over the past sixteen years he has held faculty appointments at Columbia University’s Earth Institute; School of International and Public Affairs; and Graduate School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Restoration. He is currently Chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Economics Committee; a member of CERES’ President’s Council; was a member of the Sustainable Industry Advisory Board for the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard Design School; Treasurer and Executive Board Member for the New York Foundation for the Arts. Mr. Williams graduated from West Virginia University in 1979.
Anne Weisberg is the Women’s Initiative Director at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton and Garrison LLP. She is a recognized subject matter expert and thought leader who has designed innovative practices to build effective, inclusive work environments, including co-authoring the best selling Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace With Today’s Nontraditional Workforce (HBS, 2007). Previously, Anne served as Senior Vice President of Strategy at the Families and Work Institute, and with companies like BlackRock and Deloitte to align workplaces to the changing nature of work and the workforce. She joined Deloitte from Catalyst, where she directed Women in Law: Making the Case and advised law firms and Fortune 500 companies on gender strategies.
Anne received her Bachelor of Science Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley and her Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Gerry van der Sluys was born in the Netherlands. After graduating from the University of Delft as a Master in Electrical Engineering, he gained more than 30 years of experience as a CEO, entrepreneur and investor.
Gerry van der Sluys worked with companies like Philips (Netherlands), Fairchild (USA) and ASML, where he developed new market segments in the semiconductor industry. He was a CEO of Huber & Suhner Connectors and Datacolor International (Switzerland). Investment Director with Emesco Private Equity Fund (Switzerland). Since 1997 he has been a CEO in and co-owner of Business Creation AG (Switzerland), a company that manages business re-development processes for companies and governments and is active in the field of job creation. Business Creation has created more than 120.000 jobs since 1982.
Gerry van der Sluys is an expert in the field of wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy. Apart from his contributions to the business industry, he and his wife, Bogidara, created the Foundation for Humanitarian Aid that provides relief to orphanages in Eastern Europe. He is also the founder of the Foundation for Bulgarian Art and is Chairman of the University Council and member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Bulgaria. He is an honorary member of the Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Dr. Lionel Vairon is the CEO of both CEC Consulting – Luxembourg and Elysha Business Consulting (Tunisia) working on development strategies of companies and governmental institutions of various countries, assisting them in finding partners in the investment sector, assisting negotiations, etc. He has also been, recently, Special Advisor for the President of the Republic of Niger for two years.
With a PhD in Far Eastern Studies and a Master’s degree in Chinese language and culture and Political Science, Dr. Vairon is well versed on China-related current events, including areas of politics, security, corruption, human rights, media and more.
Dr. Vairon has worked as a journalist and editor, and served as a French diplomat for seventeen years in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and was assigned for five years at the French Ministry of Defense as expert in the North Africa and Middle East department. He taught at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), the Institute des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and was Head of Seminar on China Geopolitics at the Collège Interarmées de Défense (War College). He is currently a visiting professor at several institutions, including the China Executive Leadership Academy in Pudong (Shanghai) and lecturer at the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale.
Dr. Vairon is the author of the recently published “China Threat? The Challenges, Myths and Realities of China’s Rise” (CN Times Books, August 2013).
Sally is Chief Executive at Forum for the Future with overall responsibility for its mission to create a sustainable future. The firm works with leading global businesses, including Unilever and Kingfisher, in one to one partnerships, and also as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations to address system-wide challenges, particularly in food and energy. Recent projects have included Consumer Futures, Dairy 2020 – set on delivering a vision for a sustainable dairy sector and a global consortium focused on delivering a sustainable tea value chain, the Net Positive Group (with WWF and The Climate Group) and Scaling Up Impact, addressing practical ways of achieving collective impact at scale.
Sally is Chair of Kingfisher plc’s Advisory Council and is an independent advisor for several global businesses. She serves as Chair of the Advisory Board at Forum for the Future and an Advisory Board member for Sustainable Brands. Sally speaks regularly on future trends in retail and food, sustainable business models and brands, and scaling up for system change, with recent articles in the New Statesman, HuffingtonPost and Management Today.
Before joining Forum in 2002, Sally set up the Sustainability Group at private consultancy Casella Stanger (now owned by Bureau Veritas). But the true passion for sustainability began a long time before that; helping clean up the Manchester Ship Canal as part of her first degree, saving heathlands for her PhD, and then encouraging rainforest regeneration in the depths of Borneo – all of which have fueled a passion for creating a sustainable future.
Mark Tulay is Director of the Strategic Investor Initiative for CECP. Mark has served in leadership roles in sustainability initiatives for over 25 years, focusing on building complex partnerships between multinational companies, NGOs, sustainability experts and institutional investors. As Program Director and the first employee of Ceres, he was involved in the early stages of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He worked at the Nature Conservancy, where he managed a $60 million campaign to protect over a million acres of critical habitat in Massachusetts.
Mark served in leadership research and organizational development positions at several sustainability research and ratings firms as well as investment firms, including Citizens Funds and KLD. He was the Head of Sustainability Research and Ratings for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and RiskMetrics (now MSCI).
Mark is a frequent speaker on ESG issues and conferences from Dubai, Europe to South Korea. He has written extensively on the investor response to the BP Deepwater Horizon spill and on the role of standards to accelerate the integration of environmental, social and corporate governance factors in investment decisions. His coverage on sustainability issues includes Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, Business Ethics, Boston Globe, CSR Wire, Greenbiz.com, Sea Change Radio, NPR, and other prominent sustainability journals. He is currently writing a white paper with on Sustainability Ratings 2.0: The Transition to Sustainable Markets.
Mark holds an MBA from Northeastern University.
Rajesh Tiwari is founder of Indian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR). ICCSR is a not-for-profit global advisory and training organization. Through their network of CSR experts, advisors and partners, ICCSR advises clients on sustainability & CSR with a vision to create a CSR standard best suited to India’s corporate and enable them to be perceived as good, responsible corporate citizens while being at par with global best practices on processes, technologies, tools and systems.
Rajesh has 25 years of experience in CSR Advisory, research and training & development as well as corporate affairs, crisis management, management of large enterprises, international trade, and raising capital. Earlier, he founded Tikona Digital Networks Pvt. Ltd. in 2008 and served as its Joint Managing Director. He was Group Director at Reliance Communications, where he made significant contributions to its telecom and Optical Fibre infrastructure development. He was also Group President of Reliance Industries and has served across array of functions. Earlier in his career, Rajesh Tiwari was part of the elite government service for 14 years where he was part of the founding team of MTNL.He also worked as Private Secretary to Minister of Information and Broadcasting (Government of India).He was Executive Director of Bharat Aluminium. He started his career with Hindustan Lever Limited. He also served as Executive Vice President of Afro-Asian Satellite Communications. He is an alumni of St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata, an MBA from University of Hull, England and a Doctorate in Social Administration from USA.
Susanne is VP of Corporate Sustainability and Chief Sustainability officer at Novo Nordisk. She leads the company’s efforts to be a sustainable business and is charged with oversight of corporate sustainability-driven programmes, its integrated Annual Report, stakeholder engagements and communication on the value of the company’s triple-bottom-line (TBL) business principles.
In this capacity she sets the strategic direction for the company’s positioning as a sustainability leader and a pioneer in demonstrating the long-term business value of incorporating economic, social and environmental perspectives into its market proposition.
Susanne joined the Novo Group in 2000 to ingrain the TBL principles into the business as the lens for decision-making and as a strong component of its corporate culture. Among her achievements are the successful integration of the company’s financial and sustainability reporting. Before that, she worked as a strategy and communications consultant in the field of environmental and sustainability issues management for more than a decade.
She is also adjunct professor of Corporate Sustainability at the Copenhagen Business School.
Laurie J. Spengler is President & CEO of Enclude (formerly ShoreBank International Ltd. and Triodos Facet), a global advisory firm dedicated to building inclusive, sustainable and prosperous local economies. The firm delivers integrated capacity (consulting) and capital (transaction) solutions to financial institutions, business support organizations, private-sector companies, funders and investors. Enclude works with clients and projects that contribute to the real economy by meeting the human needs of entrepreneurs, small & growing enterprises, un(der)served households and more. (www.encludesolutions.com/www.encludecapital.com). The firm’s work cuts across sectors and regions with a target focus on inclusive finance, technology-enabled platforms and distribution channels, clean and renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture.
Ms. Spengler has 25+ years’ experience in strategy and transaction services, specifically capital raising, M&A and private equity transactions. She has developed a particular expertise in structuring and launching investment vehicles that align different types of capital to allow operating enterprises, financial institutions and funds to generate positive social, environmental and development outcomes while delivering appropriate financial returns.
Previously, Ms. Spengler was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group a regional advisory firm she sold to her management team in 2005. She also worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case. Ms. Spengler has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. Among her active board engagements, she serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. Ms Spengler is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Howard is Head of Corporate Governance Business Development at MSCI Inc. Previously he was Executive Director for GMI Ratings, the corporate governance, ESG and forensic accounting research and ratings agency, which was purchased by MSCI in 2014.
Howard is the former chief executive of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Thomson Financial Investor Relations, now part of Thomson Reuters. He is a founding member of the International Corporate Governance Network and the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets. Howard has worked in the corporate governance field since 1986, when he joined the Investor Responsibility Research Center as senior analyst. Before joining IRRC he worked for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Howard is a frequent speaker before both institutional investor and corporate audiences and is the author of numerous articles and op-ed pieces in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Pensions and Investments and Directors and Boards. He is the co-author of several major reports on corporate governance, including Structural Imbalances in Japanese Corporate Governance with Bruce Babcock, Conflicts of Interest in the Proxy Voting System with Jamie Heard, and The Market Impact of Corporate Governance Ratings with John Bodt.
Howard holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics from George Washington University. He has been listed in various editions of Who’s Who since 1991 and was elected to The Directorship 100 in 2010.
Sonal Shah is Professor and the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. Sonal, an economist and entrepreneur, has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the President and founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
She spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Treasury where she was an international economist working on timely development issues, including post-conflict development in Bosnia, Asian financial crisis, and poverty reduction in Africa. She then went to Goldman Sachs and Google while simultaneously co-founded Indicorps, a nonprofit building a new generation of socially conscious global leaders. She is a senior fellow at the Case Foundation and the Center for American Progress. Sonal serves on the Board of Social Finance, Inc. and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.
Todd Sears is the Founder and Principal of Out Leadership, a certified B Corp and strategic advisory firm dedicated to extending equality and access to opportunity for LGBT people worldwide. As the first truly global LGBT business organization, Out Leadership connects leaders across the world’s most influential industries to create business opportunities, cultivate talent, and drive LGBT equality forward.
In 2011, Sears launched Out on the Street with support from 6 of the world’s top financial institutions. Since then, Out Leadership has grown to include 66 of the world’s most influential businesses as members, and leads four additional global initiatives: Out in Law; OutNEXT, the first global leadership development program for emerging LGBT leaders; Quorum, which seeks to increase the representation of openly LGBT directors on corporate boards; and OutWOMEN, which connects senior LGBT women in business.
Todd began his career as an investment banker before moving to Merrill Lynch to become a Financial Advisor, where he created the first team of financial advisors on Wall Street to focus on the LGBT community and brought $1.5 billion of new assets to the firm. Todd then moved into diversity leadership, pioneering equality initiatives first at Merrill Lynch and then at Credit Suisse.
Sears serves on the non-profit boards of the Williams Institute of UCLA, The Palette Fund, the Global Equality Fund of the United States Department of State and Lambda Legal; he was the founding chair of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which he ran for 10 years. He is a graduate of Duke University.
Thomas is founder and owner of Scheiwiller Impacts, a sustainability and corporate responsibility practice, based in Zurich. He advises clients on governance, risk, compliance, integrity and sustainability issues with extensive experience in consumer goods, pharma and life sciences, financial services and mining industries. Previously, he was the Global Head of Advisory Business at Accountability and before that spent more than 10 years as a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he held a variety of roles, including Global Managing Partner of Sustainability Advisory Services worldwide. For five of those years he served as PwC’s global lead Partner for Nestlé.
Thomas is a chairman and member of several accounting and sustainability reporting organizations, currently serving as a board member of Swiss-based Sosential, which supports social entrepreneurs, as well as Sanu, the Swiss foundation for environmental education. He is a SASB advisor council ambassador and Jury member of the Zurich Insurance Group’s Swiss Climate Award. Thomas, who earned a PhD in Physics from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, teaches Governance & Ethics at Lorange Institute for Business (Executive MBA program) and Compliance & Sustainability at University of St. Gallen’s Executive School of Management.
Roland Schatz is the Founder and CEO of Media Tenor International. He is a leading scholar in the field of media impact research, as well as German-American relations.
His interests include media monitoring, organizational development, cultural management, and new methods in education.
In his role as the CEO of Media Tenor, the Research Institute of InnoVatio Verlags AG, Mr. Schatz has an important role in the global media. With over 180 employees and offices worldwide in Berlin, London, New York, Ostrava, Pretoria, St. Petersburg, Windhoek, and Zürich, Media Tenor is the world’s leading provider of ongoing international media content analysis, including in-depth analysis of new and traditional global media content.
In 2007, Mr. Schatz had the honor of opening the first Arab Media Institute at Emory University. He has also held teaching positions since 1990 by teaching strategic communication management at universities in Augsburg, Atlanta, Berlin, Bonn, Lugano, and Prague.
Aside from his background in teaching, Mr. Schatz has served as Secretary of the International Media Monitor Association based in Washington, D.C. He is also a trustee for the Education Africa Foundation in Johannesburg, the Innovation Institute in Pretoria, and the Board of E-Standards in New York.
Mr. Schatz has a master’s degree in philosophy, economics, history, and political science from the University of Fribourg and Bonn.