B4E COP17 Dialogue




Abyd Karmali

Global Head of Carbon Markets
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Abyd Karmali is MD and Global Head of Carbon Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In 2008, his team won Environmental Finance magazine’s Carbon Finance Transaction of the Year and The Banker Award for Most Innovative in Sustainability. Abyd has worked for two decades on climate change and is President of the Carbon Markets and Investors Association. From 1996-97 he was Climate Change Officer at the UNEP’s Industry office in Paris and participated in the Kyoto Protocol. He holds an M.S. in Technology and Policy from the MIT.

Alex MacGillivray

Executive Director
Climate Business

Alex MacGillivray is Executive Director of Climate Business, a global network of experts making the low-carbon economy a reality. Alex has many years of experience in sustainability and climate change. He works with businesses, associations, ministries and NGOs. His core skills are in strategy, capacity-building and innovation.

Alison Hill
Alison Hill

Concept Development – Climate
Vestergaard Frandsen

Alison Hill manages Concept Development in the Climate Business Unit for Vestergaard Frandsen. She has extensive experience in designing and implementing global health programs and currently focuses her work on building scalable development programs that link environmental sustainability and health outcomes. In 2011, Alison managed the development and implementation of the first carbon financed safe drinking water program, registered under the Gold Standard. Alison received her MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University and has lived and worked extensively in Africa over the last 11 years.

Amb. NJ Mxakato-Diseko

Ambassador at Large: COP 17/CMP 7,
Department of International Relations & Cooperation
South Africa

Ambassador Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko is currently the Deputy Director General, Americas and Caribbean in the South African government’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Prior to this, she was appointed by the President as National Commissioner to the Public Service Commission (2004 – 2010) and served as Chief Commissioner of the International Trade Administration Commission (2000 – 2003). Amb. Mxakato-Diseko has had an extensive career in the diplomatic services, including a period of service as South Africa’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna. She graduated from Somerville College, Oxford University.

Ana Escobedo
Ana Escobedo

Manager, International Affairs

After working in the insuring sector for some years, Ana focused her career in structuring capital for Energy and green supply chain projects, mostly initiatives that would interact with the Kyoto protocol mechanism by generating Carbon Credits. She joined the Carbon Investment Team in ArcelorMittal in 2008 to promote the development of external solutions to decrease the level of CO2 emissions of the group. Currently, her responsibility in ArcelorMittal is in the International Affairs team, where she coordinates governmental policy matters for the Group.

Andrew Steer

Special Envoy for Climate Change
The World Bank

Since his appointment in July 2010, Dr. Steer is responsible for guiding the Bank Group’s work on climate change, and for advancing a strong pro-development climate agenda internationally. Prior to this, Dr. Steer served for three years as Director General, Policy and Research at the UK Department of International Development (DFID). Dr. Steer has three decades of experience working on development issues at the country level and globally. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ban Ki-moon

Secretary General
United Nations

United Nations

Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. At the time of his election, Mr. Ban was his country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He had served in the Ministry for 37 years. As Secretary-General, his priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself..

Bill Bulmer

Director, Environment, Social & Governance Department

Bill Bulmer is Director of IFC’s Environment, Social and Governance Department. Bill started his professional career in agribusiness, working for the Commonwealth Development Corporation with management assignments in Sarawak and Papua New Guinea. He joined IFC in 1986 and has had a broad variety of investment roles, most recently as Global Head of Mining. Bill was educated in the UK with a BSc(hons) from the University of Reading and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management.

Bjorn Stigson

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Björn Stigson worked for the Swedish multinationals Kockums and ESAB in several positions from 1969-1982. From 1983-91 he was President and CEO of the Fläkt Group, and following this, he became Executive Vice President and a member of ABB Asea Brown Boveri’s Executive Management Group. In 1995, he was appointed President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Björn serves on the boards of a variety of international companies and organisations, and has been active as an advisor to governments (particularly China, US and Germany).

Bruce Haase

Head, Climate Business Engagement Unit, Global Climate & Energy Initiative
WWF International

Bruce is responsible for WWF’s global business engagement programme on climate and energy issues including the Climate Savers Programme. Prior to this, Bruce worked in the private sector with a focus on marketing communications. His corporate career included ten years at Canon Europe, where he last served as the director of CSR for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Bruce studied Sustainable Development with a focus on business and leadership at Exeter University (MSc — distinction), and read history (BA) at Earlham College.

Caio Koch-Weser

Vice Chairman
Deutsche Bank Group

Mr Caio Koch-Weser is Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Group (since 2006) with global responsibilities for strategy; government, regulatory and corporate advisory; and co-ordination and implementation of group-wide business initiatives. He was German Deputy Minister of Finance (State Secretary) from 1999 until 2005.From 2003- 2005, Mr. Koch-Weser was Chairman of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee. From 1973 until 1999, Mr. Koch-Weser held a number of high-level positions in the World Bank. He is a German and Brazilian national, born in Brazil. He is married with three children

David King

Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

Professor Sir David King became the Smith School’s first Director in January. Sir David was the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office of Science from October 2000 to 31 December 2007. He has published more than 500 papers on chemical physics and on science and policy, and has been awarded numerous prizes, fellowships, and honorary degrees. He was knighted in 2003 for his work in science, and received the award of “Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur” from the French President in 2009 for his work on climate change and on negotiation the international agreement to build the world’s largest technology project, the ITER fusion reactor.

Emma Stewart

Senior Manager, AEC Sustainability

At Autodesk, Emma spearheads the design software company’s efforts to make sustainable design easy, cost-effective and routine across the building, infrastructure, and plant industries. In 2009, Emma founded Autodesk’s Sustainable Design Living Lab program, which uses Autodesk facilities as a testing ground for new software to rapidly green existing buildings.Prior to this, she founded and directed the Environmental R&D Division at BSR. Emma holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from Stanford and a B.A. Honours degree in Human Sciences from Oxford.

Engelina Jaspers

Vice President, Environmental Sustainability
Hewlett-Packard Company

Engelina Jaspers is responsible for advancing HP’s global leadership position in sustainability. Her team develops strategies and initiatives aimed at driving meaningful results for HP, its customers and the environment; manages partnerships with external stakeholders; drives employee education and engagement; and leads the development of HP environmental goals, metrics and strategies. Jaspers joined HP in 1998 and has held senior roles at both the business group and corporate level. Jaspers has a master’s of science degree from Boston University.

Fawcett Ngoatje

Group Shared Services Executive
Rand Water

Before joining Rand Water Board, Dr Fawcett Ngoatje held the following positions: Business Analyst, Manager: Entrepreneurial Development and Manager: Economic Research and Strategic Planning at Limpopo Development Corporation; Director: Project Preparatory Facility (PPF) in the Premier’s Office in Limpopo; Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the then Northern District Council (now Capricorn District Municipality);Director: International Development Corporation (IDC) and Chief Director: Strategic Coordination at the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF); and Chief Executive (CE) of Lepelle Water Board.

Gregory Barker

Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change

Gregory Barker was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Environment in December, 2005 and led the passage of the Climate Change Bill through the House of Commons in 2008 and was a key author of the Conservative Party’s ‘Low Carbon Economy’ green paper, launched in January 2009. In October 2008 he was promoted to Shadow Climate Change minister in the new Shadow Department of Energy and Climate Change. In May 2010 he was appointed Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change. Previously, Gregory was Associate Partner of the leading financial public relations firm, Brunswick Group Ltd, among other positions.

HM Nerurkar

Managing Director
Tata Steel

Mr. H. M. Nerurkar joined Tata Steel on February 1, 1982. In September 2007 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Tata Steel. Mr. Nerurkar is a unique motivational leader who instills confidence in his subordinates and mentors them to reach excellence, innovation and out of box thinking. He has keen business acumen in identifying new business opportunities for accelerated growth.

James Leape

Director General
WWF International

As Director General, Jim is the chief executive of WWF International and leader of the global WWF Network, which is active in more than 100 countries and has an annual income of more than 525 million Euros. He was appointed to this position in December 2005. Jim first joined WWF in the US in 1989, and for ten years led their conservation programmes around the world. Jim graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and began his career as an environmental lawyer.

Jane Henley

Chief Executive Officer
World Green Building Council

Jane has headed the WGBC since February 2010. Previously, Jane was the founding CEO of the New Zealand Green Building Council, which she helped establish in 2005. She has served on the boards of the WorldGBC and New Zealand GBC. Additionally, Jane is a Board Director of UNEP’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative. Jane is committed to driving market transformation that is underpinned by sound economic practices that simultaneously deliver financial, social and environmental benefits.

Jennifer Layke

Director, Institute for Building Efficiency
Johnson Controls

Jennifer Layke is the Director of Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, a global initiative to provide information and analyses of technologies, policies, and practices in high performance buildings and smart energy systems from a practitioner’s perspective. Jennifer leads the Institute’s research agenda and collaborations with global experts. Previously, Jennifer was Deputy Director, Climate and Energy at the World Resources Institute (WRI). Jennifer is an accomplished author on energy and climate action and founded Beyond Grey Pinstripes –a sustainability ranking of business schools conducted in partnership with the Aspen Institute.

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Jeremy Oppenheim

Director, Global Lead, Sustainability & Resource Productivity,
McKinsey & Co.

Jeremy leads McKinsey’s global Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice (SRP), the Firm’s hub on green growth, resource productivity and the wider sustainability agenda. The SRP practice’s aspiration is to help decision makers accommodate their value-creating agenda, the sustainability imperative and the discontinuities altering resource economics, including technology innovation and regulatory intervention. Jeremy has a MA in Law and Economics from Cambridge University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked as a Senior Economist at the World Bank.

Justin Smith

Head, Sustainability

Justin is responsible for the strategy, structure and integration across the business to deliver its over 200 targets across transformation, social development, environmental issues and climate change. Woolworths was named International Responsible Retailer of the year in 2008 and 2010. Previously, Justin was Head of Governance and Sustainability at Nedbank Group. Justin is previous Co-chair of United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiatives Africa, a member of the National Business Initiative Western Cape Board and a trustee on the Table Mountain Fund.

Karin Ireton

Leader, Director, Group Sustainability Management
Standard Bank Group

Karin is Director: Group Sustainability Management for the Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest . Prior to joining the bank she held a similar role at mining giant, Anglo American. She has previously served as a sustainable energy advisor at Eskom and Manager of the then Industrial Environmental Forum. Her early career was in news and business journalism. She holds an MA in International Political Economy (Leeds). She serves on numerous sustainability advisory boards and chairs the international Stakeholder Council for the Global Reporting Initiative.

Malango Mughogho

Business and Market Transformation Programme Manager
WWF-South Africa

Malango Mughogho leads WWF’s engagement with business on the broad issue of ecological footprint – using a cross-sectoral approach, addressing issues such as water, energy efficiency and climate change, and using a sector specific approach, looking at the environmental sustainability issues faced by particular industries such as retail or financial services. Malango has more than 10 years’ experience in the banking and development finance sector, coupled with consulting experience on projects with a strong environmental focus in the areas of economic development, event management and product certification.

Mark Kenber

The Climate Group

An expert on international climate policy, Mark advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2008-2009) and co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Previously, Mark worked in WWF’s International Climate Change Programme where he led the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channeling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects. He has also served as Director of Planning at Fundacion Natura, Ecuador’s largest environmental organization, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government.

Mongezi Veti

General Manager, Group Safety & Sustainable Development
General Manager, Group Safety & Sustainable Development Exxaro

Mr. Veti holds a Masters Degree in Business Leadership (MBL) from UNISA, a National Higher Diploma in Metalliferous Mining, and a National Diploma in Coal Mining from the University of Johannesburg. In 2009, he completed advanced management program at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. In the early 80’s, Mr. Veti worked for Anglo Gold at Western deep Levels and later joined Sasol Mining in 1994. In 2002, he became Mine Manager at Arnot, and was appointed General Manager Area 2 in Exxaro soon after the merger, before recently assuming his current role.

Nick Robins

HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence

Nick Robins heads the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC in London, which analyses the strategic implications of climate change for investors and the Group as a whole. Recently, Thomson Extel rated HSBC the #1 firm for integrated climate change and renewable energy (2010 & 2011), and Nick as #1 analyst for climate change (2011). Nick has more than 20 years experience in the policy, business and investment implications of sustainable development and corporate responsibility, and has authored numerous publications. He co-chairs the UNEP Finance Initiative’s Climate Change Working Group..

Partha Sengupta

Vice President (Raw Materials)
Tata Steel

Mr. Partha Sengupta, Vice President (Raw Materials), Tata Steel joined the company as a Graduate Trainee in 1980. A metallurgist from IT, BHU, Mr. Sengupta has had the experience of contributing to diverse departments of Tata Steel since he joined the Company, from initial stints in R & D and Scientific Services to his current appointment as Vice President (Raw Materials) from 1st April 2010. He is also Director on the Boards of many Indian and overseas companies. He was Chairman of CII – Jharkhand Council from 2008 to 2009.

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer
Carbon Disclosure Project

Paul Simpson is the CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an independent non-profit organization which aims to accelerate solutions to climate change and water management by putting relevant information at the heart of business, policy and investment decisions. Paul sits on the board of EIRIS, the advisory panel of Guardian Sustainable Business and on the steering committee of Forest Footprint Disclosure. Paul has previously worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd and the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is the former Director of the Social Venture Network.

Percy Sechemane

Rand Water

Percy started his career in Eskom over a period of 11 years. In 2005 he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the Regional Electricity Distributor, where he worked for a year before taking up a role at Landis and Gyr as CEO. Percy is currently the CE of Rand Water responsible for bulk water services supplying over 11 million customers spanning over five South African provinces with the primary customer base situated within the Gauteng Province..

Peter Head

Ecological Sequestration Trust

Peter is a is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges (he received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent), advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities and regions. In April 2011, he set up The Ecological Sequestration Trust.

Peter Hoeppe

Head, Geo Risks Research, Corporate Climate Centre

Prof. Hoeppe joined Munich Re in 2004. He was appointed Head of the Geo Risks Research Department in January 2005. Before joining Munich Re Prof. Hoeppe has worked in different institutes at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and as a post doc at Yale University (USA). His academic education is in meteorology (Masters and PhD) and human biology (PhD). In 2009 he has been one of the initiators of the Desertec Industrial Initiative, which is supposed to become the largest renewable energy project.

Phillip Barton

De Beers Consolidated Mines

Phillip Barton is CEO for De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited (DBCM). Phillip serves on several boards and is a trustee on a number of trusts, including the De Beers Fund, The Diamond Route Trust and Ponahalo De Beers Fund. Previously, Phillip was appointed as CFO in 2009, his major achievements include playing a major part in the refinancing of DBCM and formulating and implementing the strategy for DBCM in response to the global economic crisis and beyond. Phillip previously held several positions in accounting and internal audit since joining De Beers in 1988.

Samantha Hoe-Richardson

Head of Sustainable Development & Energy
Anglo American

Samantha Hoe-Richardson is Head of Sustainable Development & Energy for Anglo American plc, one of the world’s leading mining and natural resources companies. She is responsible for leading the development of strategies to address key, cross-cutting issues such as water, climate change, energy efficiency, biodiversity and environmental management. Samantha has previously worked in business development, investment banking and audit and she holds a masters degree in nuclear & electrical engineering from the University of Cambridge. She is also a Chartered Accountant..

Samantha Smith

Leader, Global Climate and Energy Initiative
WWF International

Prior to her current position at WWF, Ms. Smith held various senior roles in the New Energy division of Statoil, the Norwegian energy company, where she developed wind power and CO2 projects. Before this, Ms. Smith was director of WWF’s International Arctic Programme, where she worked for ten years. Ms. Smith represented WWF in high-level political processes and the media, and focused on climate, energy and governance issues. She started her professional career as a corporate litigation attorney and has degrees in history and law from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sean de Cleene

Vice President, Global Business Initiatives
Yara International

De Cleene is Co Chair of the Africa Agricultural Growth and Investment high level Taskforce, and he is currently Vice Chair Tanzanian Kilimo Kwanza Growth Corridors Executive Commitee. Other positions include Board Member of World Economic Forum – New Vision for Agriculture and World Economic Forum Financing Sustainable Land Use, Board of African Institute of Corporate Citizenship and Executive member of Private Investors in Africa Group. He holds a MSc in International Development Practices at Oxford Brookes University, and he did the Senior Executive Programme at Harvard Business School.

Sim Tshabalala

Chief Executive Officer
Standard Bank South Africa

Soweto-born Simpiwe “Sim” Tshabalala is the CEO of Standard Bank South Africa as well as one of three Deputy Group CEO’s for Standard Bank Group. Standard Bank is Africa’s largest bank, with operations in 18 African countries and 20 countries on other continents. Sim – who is a qualified attorney, and holds a LLM from Notre Dame University (USA) – joined the Standard Bank in 2000, and has worked himself up through the ranks, holding various roles including Managing Director of Stanbic Africa and Chief Executive of Personal and Business Banking, South Africa

Soren Buttkereit

Head, External Office, Corporate Sustainability

Sören Buttkereit is head of the External Office at Siemens’ Corporate Sustainability at the company’s headquarters in Munich. He manages stakeholder relations and third-party projects regarding sustainability. Prior to joining Siemens in 2009, he worked as Strategy Expert at McKinsey & Company, specializing in sustainability, climate change and regulatory strategy. Sören holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Halle-Wittenberg, an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a Master in International Business from the University of Passau.

Steve Lennon

Divisonal Executive
Eskom International

Steve is a qualified Scientist and Engineer with a PHD in Materials Engineering. He was appointed to his current position, Divisional Executive (Eskom International), on 01 April 2011. He is a global business leader who has a reputation for bridging sharply contrasting positions in various global forums such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), G8, United Nations and International Chamber of Commerce. His awareness of global trends in power generation and the wider energy sector has earned him widespread recognition.