Speakers

Karl Andersen
Founder & Managing Director
AV Group Ltd.

Karl Andersen's is the Founder and CEO of AV Group Ltd. Mr. Andersen has been a financial industry entrepreneur since his starting as a trader for a Nordic Investment Bank during the early 2003. Mr. Andersen was a co-partner for a US based broker dealer, co-founded an insurance linked securities hedge fund and launched a Reinsurance company that helps solve public pension fund longevity issues. Mr. Andersen now serves on the Executive Board of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce in New York City and works in conjunction with the Norwegian Government to strategically grow the ESG and Impact investment market.

Tooraj Arvajeh
Founder and CEO
Perl Street

Tooraj is the founder of Perl Street, a data-powered capital raising engine for urban-tech startups with physical assets. Tooraj has 15+ years of global experience in origination, financing, implementation and operation of $1B+ clean-technology projects in energy, water and waste management, manufacturing and built environment. Tooraj holds an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo and has an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School.

 

Ben Bingham
CEO & Founder
2Sisters Sustainable Management

Benjamin Bingham is the CEO/Founder of 3Sisters Sustainable Management, focused on 100% impact portfolios across private and public asset classes (Scarab Funds).  Educated at Groton School, Yale and Emerson College (UK), his writing and work draws on broad experience as an artist, bio-dynamic farmer, and teacher. His pioneering book on Impact Investing: Making Money Matter is an important contribution to this expanding movement (www.makingmoneymatterbook.com ).

Ben’s family were heirs of the Tiffany fortune and he used his resources to co-found a successful social enterprise (Triform Camphill Community) in the 80’s and two tech start-ups in the 90’s.  He became an investment advisor to his network of socially-minded investors at Legg Mason in 2001 and has been an independent money manager for families, creating proprietary impact strategies since 2007.

Ben is now focused on providing impact investments in partnership with Impact consultants, family offices and foundations. Our goal is to facilitate a major transition to meaningful impact investments that can make as much money, or more, with as little risk, or less. We have 7 years of performance numbers on public and private portfolios both direct and indirect, debt and equity and can structure separately managed accounts and direct co-investments for significant investors.

Ben has been speaking on impact investing for over 10 years.  With BNPParibas (Bank of the West) he spoke at a global retreat for wealthy millennials in Silicon Valley; with the Annual Pension Summit in San Diego he followed Bill Clinton with a 45 minute talk on the SDG’s; and presented to Wealth Managers with the Family Office Exchange  (FOX Network) in Chicago. Over the years he has spoken in London and Amsterdam, NYC and Chicago with the TBLI group (Triple Bottom Line Investing) and has headlined several Sustainatopia events in Miami, San Francisco, Boston and LA as well as a number of Opal Events for Family Offices in Newport. Recently he was invited to a forum on Impact and Philanthropy in Monaco with the Carlysle Group.

Currently Mr. Bingham is working on a second book on the 17 SDG’s and how investors can help us reach the global 2030 goals by transforming their own personal relationship with money and focusing on what is important.

 

Andrea Bonime-Blanc
CEO & Founder
GEC Risk Advisory

Dr. Bonime-Blanc is CEO and Founder of GEC Risk Advisory and a global governance, risk, ethics, cyber and crisis strategist, serving business, nonprofits, and government. She is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Governance faculty and holds the Carnegie Mellon CERT Certification in Cyber-Risk Oversight. She is a Governance Mentor at Plug & Play Tech Centre and, since 2017, she has served as the Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico. In 2019 she was appointed to serve on the International Advisory Boards of two global start-ups - Greenward Partners (a Spanish-based green energy firm) and Ethical Intelligence (a Scottish based AI ethics consultancy).

Dr. Bonime-Blanc spent two decades as a senior global corporate executive leading governance, legal, ethics, compliance, risk, crisis, environmental, health and safety, information security, internal audit, external affairs, and corporate responsibility functions, including at Bertelsmann, Verint, and PSEG. She began her career as an international corporate lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb and was born and raised in Europe. She is a global keynote speaker, faculty at NYU and an extensively published author of articles and books including The Reputation Risk HandbookEmerging Practices in Cyber-Risk Governance and The Artificial Intelligence Imperative. Her latest book, Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value, debuts in October 2019.

 

Nick Blitterswyk
Founder & CEO
UGE

Nick founded UGE with a focus on distributed renewables to address the world’s energy and environmental challenges, and has led the company for the ten years since its inception. Raised on a Canadian nature reserve, Nick is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries with previous experience at JPMorgan and AIG.  Over the past decade his leadership has focused on a productive and enjoyable company culture, forging new paths for the company in solar and renewable energies, both in the US and abroad.  

Thomas C. Blum
Senior Advisor and Partner
G. C. Andersen Partners

Thomas C. Blum 

Mr. Blum has spent 35 years as an investment banker and an investor inprivate equity and venture capital opportunities. Before joining G.C. Andersen
Partners in 2006, Mr. Blum ran Channel Capital LLC, a firm he founded in 2001 to provide venture capital and financial advisory services to emergingcompanies. Previously, Mr. Blum was a banker with Salomon Brothers Inc. and Bear Stearns & Co. From 1989 to 1992, he was based in Tokyo. He has been a member of the New York Angels since 2004 and recently helped organize a cleantech angel group in New York City. He currently is serving as an Innovation Advisor to New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and an Entrepreneur in Residence with Stevens VentureCenter. Mr. Blum received a BS in Engineering from Princeton University in 1980and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

 

 

Michelle Bongiovanni
CEO & Founder
HealRWorld

Michele Bongiovanni of HealRWorld

Michele Bongiovanni is the CEO and Founder of HealRWorld®, Disruptive Data Network (a human trafficking big data sharing consortium) and Angels.Inc–a social impact media business.

Michele’s led corporate strategy, marketing, and online product development/management for over 25 years in the financial services sector and as an innovator has created multiple patents for Fortune 500 companies. Michele feels very blessed to have been able to leverage her passion for innovation and entrepreneurship at BlackRock, Dow Jones & Co., D&B, McCann Erickson & Merrill Lynch & Company.

She served as Senior Director of Product Development and Innovation at D&B and led the conceptualization and development of an online system for real time detection/rating of small business fraud which was patented by D&B. In addition to her online expertise, she served on the Merrill Lynch Global Bank Platform Team leading client research and strategy and managed the $2B lockbox product in partnership with PNC Bank where she innovated and patented Merrill’s lockbox sales management tool. She also led the Communications Strategy Team for the Merrill Lynch Global Bank Group.

Ms. Bongiovanni has been invited to speak at the United Nations, The World Bank, New Jersey Innovation Institute and other thought leadership venues and has received numerous awards for her work at HealRWorld, including most recently the Global Peace Award (from the Celebration of Peace UN Event celebrating 150 Years of Gandhi), as a Top Leader in Data in Technology Supporting the SDGs by D&B (Dun & Bradstreet) and Tableau Foundation, was a finalist in the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open and awarded the first ever New Jersey Higher Education Social Impact Award. She is an advocate for women-led businesses and passionate about leveraging social impact to better our world through “business for good.” She is also a member of UN Women.

Don Bubar
President and CEO
Avalon Advanced Materials

Don Bubar is a geologist with 40 years of experience in mineral exploration and development in Canada. Mr. Bubar is a graduate of McGill University (B.Sc., 1977) and Queen’s University (M.Sc., 1981). From 1984 to 1994, he worked for Aur Resources Inc. as Exploration Manager and later VP, Exploration. Mr. Bubar has been President and CEO of Avalon since 1995.

Mr. Bubar served as a Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) for nine years and Chair of its Aboriginal Affairs Committee from its creation in December, 2004 until retiring from the PDAC Board in March, 2013. Throughout his career, Mr. Bubar has been an advocate for increased Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry, first through the PDAC and later through the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines. Mr. Bubar serves on the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Science of McGill University and on the Board of Directors of Mining Matters

Kuni Chen
Investment Professional
Independent Consultant

Kuni is an investment professional with expertise in impact investing and ESG research/integration. He was most recently a deal lead at NatureVest, an impact investment group within The Nature Conservancy, where he focused on climate change and large land transactions. Kuni brings 15 years of Wall Street investment research experience with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS and other leading investment banks. In the past year, Kuni was a panelist at Skytop Strategies Impact Investing, Financial Times – Investing for Good, PEI Responsible Investing Forum, and other conferences. He is a licensed General Securities Representative (FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, 63 & 87), a Chartered Financial Analyst, SASB FSA credential holder, and lives in New York City.

Julie Davitz
Head of Impact Solutions for Wealth Management
Bank fo the West BNP Paribas

Julie Davitz serves as Head of Impact Solutions for Wealth Management. She is responsible for the specialized Impact Solutions offering, integrating client values and assets for more efficient and impactful philanthropic and financial outcomes. With customized strategies combined with an array of opportunities, Julie leverages the local service excellence of Bank of the West with global access of its parent company BNP Paribas.

Withover 20 years of experience in the impact sector, Julie Davitz is skilled at helping ultra-high-net-worth families, individuals, foundations, nonprofits and businesses mobilize their resources to realize the change they envision. 

Julie has worked with not-for-profit organizations, foundations, corporations, and philanthropists nationally and globally. She has served as Director of Development at  the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases UCSF, and Executive Director of the Silver Giving Foundation. She founded Julie Shafer Development & Philanthropy, specializing in thoughtful and effective strategic planning for donors, grantees and impact investors. 

Julie holds a BA from the University of California Davis and an MFCC from the University of San Francisco.

Nick Davis
CEO
GridMarket
Nick is GridMarket’s CEO and architect of its strategic vision, spearheading all critical company initiatives and operations. Under Nick’s leadership, GridMarket has grown from a working group concept, to a proven project facilitation platform with successful distributed energy installations around the globe. Nick’s relentless dedication to combating climate change has resulted in a number of dynamic GridMarket resources that are poised to transform the traditional practices of the energy sector. His creative vision for accelerating timelines and reducing project soft costs was the driving force behind the creation of the GridMarket predictive analytics platform that has automated the creation of customized remote opportunity assessments and technology recommendations. In 2011, Nick was recruited to lead ARION Americas. As Managing Director, Nick let market needs and macro trends steer the organization in a high-impact direction – helping global governments, companies, and property portfolios optimize the available value of clean, distributed energy resources. GridMarket emerged from a public-private partnership between AGRION, Con Edison, New York City, and New York State, and rapidly evolved into a self-sustaining, dynamic digital platform, leveraging proprietary predictive analytics and a competitive marketplace to catalyze the spread of distributed, resilient power. In Spring 2015, Nick led GridMarket’s spin-out from AGRION as an employee owned-and-operated independent company. Nick frequently represents GridMarket in the market and is a sought-after speaker for industry events. He has been featured at a number of United Nations forums, including COP23, where he showcased GridMarket’s work in Palau and the scalable renewable energy deployment model being applied to other similar vulnerable island nations. As the public face of the organization, Nick’s expertise in distributed energy solutions is displayed via his many radio, print, and digital interviews. Prior to GridMarket and AGRION, Nick worked as a consultant with Pacific Gas & Electric, affording him critical experience working with a public utility that he would later apply to optimizing GridMarket’s utility-focused resources and initiatives. Nick received a Bachelor’s in Business from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Resource Economics Policy, Environmental Management from Duke University.
Stephen Donofrio
Principal & Founder
Greenpoint Innovations

Stephen founded Greenpoint Innovations (GPI) in 2014 with nearly 15 years of experience working within the contexts of environmental, social and governance (ESG) sustainability. At GPI, he oversees the company’s management and leads its vision, partner development, and sourcing and implementation of projects. In addition, he is Senior Advisor to Forest Trends’ Supply Change Initiative, is an educator with Arizona State University, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, and ISOS Group, and is a member of various working groups and steering committees, including the UN Environment’s Finance Initiative. Previously, Stephen was Vice President of CDP North America (Carbon Disclosure Project) and Economist at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). 

Greenpoint Innovations (GPI), based out of Brooklyn, NY, is a purpose-based company that leverages innovative technologies, the arts, and in-depth subject-matter expertise to contribute to a sustainable, resilient, and prosperous future. GPI offers SustainaDrone Solutions (SDS), an innovative suite of environmental sustainability-oriented drone-enhanced technologies and services. We utilize our fleet of mapping and free-fly drones for small or large-scale areas to provide accurate, fast and cost-efficient high-resolution aerial imagery that is used to generate 2D orthomosaic maps and 3D models, which complement existing maps and imagery produced via satellites, manned aircrafts and in-situ services. Additionally, we pair traditional photography and video production with SustainaDrone to produce rich media content for the purposes of helping our partners achieve a variety of goals including, project management support, raising funds, developing partnerships, increasing transparency, and highlighting leadership.

 

 

Peter C. Fusaro
Chairman
Global Change Associates Inc.

Peter C. Fusaro is Chairman of Global Change Associates in New York and is the best selling author of What Went Wrong at Enron. His three most recent books have been Cut Carbon, Grow Profits, Energy & Emissions: Collision or Convergence and Energy & Environmental Hedge Funds: The New Investment Paradigm. Peter is an energy industry thought leader noted for his keen insights in emerging energy and environmental financial markets. He has been on the forefront of energy and environmental change for over 30 years focusing on. oil, gas, power, coal, emissions, carbon trading and renewable energy markets. Peter is currently advising in the clean energy technology arena. Peter was recently selected for Who's Who in America. He coined the term "Green Trading" and holds the Wall Street Green Trading Summit with Reuters in New York each spring. He is also a well known expert on Asia Pacific energy and environmental markets. He co-founded the Energy Hedge Fund Center LLC (www.energyhedgefunds.com) in 2004 which he sold in 2011. Peter graduated with an MA in international relations from Tufts University and a BA from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Bahar Gidwani
Co-Founder & CTO
CSRHub

Bahar Gidwani is CTO and Co-founder of CSRHub. Bahar has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and was one of the first people to receive the FSA (Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting) designation from SASB. Bahar worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. He has founded several technology-based companies and is a co-founder of CSRHub, the world’s broadest source of corporate social responsibility information. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.

Dario Gristina
Chairman & CEO
CPL Group USA

Dario Gristina, Founder/CEO CPL Group USA

Currently serving as Chairman and CEO of CPL Group USA, Dario Gristina is an experienced business operator and entrepreneur with a carrier spanning over 3 decades.  Over the years Dario has successfully started, funded and exited several businesses in the construction, internet and energy space from conceptualization to funding to sale while dealing with sophisticated investors and buyers.  Dario’s latest effort in the PoE Lighting space falls in line with his deep understanding of IT technology and engineering with application in the real estate industry which has been a huge part of his background.  Mr. Gristina has, and continues to support several charities with special emphasis on Fountain House, for which he chairs a fundraising event that is now in its 20th year.

Timothy Hoffman
Program Director
NYS Venture Exchange and Columbia Tech Ventures

Timothy L. Hoffman

Tim is currently Program Director, NYS Cleantech Venture Exchange (CVX) and NYSERDA EIR Program, at Columbia Technology Ventures. CVX is a program to match C-level business talent (CXOs) with cleantech startups in the State of New York. The NYSERDA’s EIR program is a paid mentoring program that provides coaching and advisory services to promising clean energy startup companies in the State of New York.

For over 20 years Tim has provided strategic and M&A advisory, capital raising, and financial modeling services for large corporations, family-run firms, renewable energy developers, middle market companies and early stage enterprises. Recently, Tim has served as Managing Director with Karbone Capital Markets (formerly Watts Capital, LLC), a FINRA and SIPC member broker-dealer. He also serves as NYC Metro Director of the Cleantech Open Northeast and Board member of the NECECi. 

Previously, Tim was an Entrepreneur in Residence for NYSERDA, served as Co-Chairman of the Cleantech Open Board, participated on the Advisory Board of the Global Sourcing Council, and was a Managing Director with Scott-Macon, Ltd. and Natixis Bleichroeder, Inc. Tim is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned two B.A. degrees and spent one year studying at Universität Hamburg. He later earned an M.A.E. with a concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan. Tim is fluent in German and proficient in Japanese and holds Series 7, 79 and 63 securities licenses

Bob Kinscherf
Executive Director, National Accounts
Constellation

Bob Kinscherf is an energy industry veteran and trusted resource for the largest commercial businesses and brands in the United States. For the past 13 years, Bob has served as Vice President for Constellation’s National Accounts team helping the largest commercial/industrial energy users and leading global brands manage energy budgets/costs, implement energy risk management programs, create solutions for renewable energy and carbon reduction and develop innovative integrated energy plans.



Bob maintains an active leadership role within the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) planning for their National Key Accounts Workshop and is an accomplished public speaker and presenter on energy issues and customer energy management/managed cost strategies. He also is an advisor to several energy related content sites.

Jonathan Levine
CEO & Cofounder
Folia Materials

As the CEO and cofounder of Folia Materials, Dr. Jonathan Levine has led Folia from an idea to a business.  Folia Materials has invented a patented green chemistry process to use large-scale paper machinery to manufacture low-cost nano-metal functionalized materials that create new mass-market consumer products. Folia is paid by enterprise corporates to develop these use cases for licensing or sale of the resulting IP/product line. Product lines include a 20 cent-20 liter antimicrobial paper water purifier with Unilever and a food packaging application in development with a Fortune 100 US food company.  

Dr. Levine has a PhD at the intersection of geosciences and process engineering from Columbia University's Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering. Prior to Folia, he was a scientist at a federal lab, with 18 peer-reviewed publications.  He's worked on a variety of solutions to global environmental problems including: desalination in emerging markets using pickup trucks, grid-scale thermal energy storage using salt caverns, billion-tonne CO2 disposal under deep oceans,  deepsea oil spills, and national-scale CO2 storage capacity.  He's brought more than $2 million into Folia through a mix of financing, grants, and revenue.  
Christian Lim
Co-Founder
Blue Oceans Partners

Christian is a freediver and co-founder of Blue Oceans Partners

Blue Oceans Partners is a finance platform with the mission to mobilize private capital to regenerate our ocean and accelerate our path to SDG14. The team has launched Ocean One, a late venture private equity fund investing in innovative companies that help solve the challenges of plastic pollution and overfishing. Ocean One is uncompromising on delivering both system-level impact and competitive market returns.

Prior to Blue Oceans Partners, Christian was Investment Director at AfricInvest, a leading Africa-focused PE firm with EUR 1.4bn under management, led private sector development strategies at the African Development Bank, was a senior executive at Veolia Water, and volunteered for the Red Cross in Indonesia in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami. He holds a MSc in Engineering from Mines ParisTech and an MBA from INSEAD. He lives in Paris and is an avid jazz pianist.

www.blueoceanspartners.com

Frank Maricic
Co-Chair
New York City 2030 District

Frank Maricic, Co-Chair of the New York City 2030 District

Frank Maricic is an energy and sustainability entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in business development, energy efficiency project management and marketing. In 2015, Frank founded EE Reports, a marketing and consulting company that provided targeted energy, sustainability & resiliency solutions to building owners, tenants and building professionals. In 2009, he served as the Energy Manager for the Town of Somers NY, performing energy audits on the Town’s portfolio of municipal buildings, managing their lighting retrofit and solar PV projects, and leading their Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Climate Action Plan teams. In addition, Frank is currently co-chair of the New York City 2030 District and founding member of Sustainable Westchester. 

Paul Matter
Co-Founder and CTO
Power to Hydregn LLC

Paul Matter, PhD             

CTO / Co-Founder

Power to Hydrogen, LLC

6655 Singletree Dr.

Columbus, OH 43229

www.power-h2.com

Dr. Paul Matter is the CTO and Co-Founder of Power to Hydrogen, LLC.  The company is focused on commercialization of systems for hydrogen generation and energy storage.  Power to Hydrogen’s patent-pending technology was invented by Dr. Matter and was developed on previous Department of Energy and NASA projects.  Dr. Matter received his Ph.D. from Ohio State in chemical engineering.  Dr. Matter worked previously as the Design Group Leader and Chemical Systems Engineer at NexTech Materials.  He is also president of pH Matter, the parent company to Power to Hydrogen, and serves as a board member for the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition.  Overall, Dr. Matter’s career work has resulted in a book chapter, over 20 peer reviewed journal articles, 6 issued patents, over 10 patents pending, and numerous conference presentations.

 

 

Sarah Millar
Principal
Ciyt Light Capital

Sarah is a Principal at City Light Capital, a VC firm that invests early in impactful companies with a focus on education, safety and care, and the environment. Sarah runs City Light's "City Spark" fund, a pre-seed- and seed-stage vehicle investing in 25+ companies per year with mission-driven founders. She also leads the fund's impact measurement and management efforts. Sarah previously held internships with two impact investors based in Mexico City (IGNIA and Adobe Capital), and a Fellowship with Endeavor. Sarah has an MBA from The Wharton School and a MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute with a concentration in Spanish and Latin America. She also holds a BA from Trinity College, where she majored in Spanish and International Relations.

 

Phil Morie
Partner
Main Sequence Ventures
Phil is a Partner at Main Sequence Ventures in Australia. The fund specialises in backing deep tech, science-driven founders and was founded by Australia's science agency - CSIRO.  In this work he specialises in the transformation of valuable inventions discovered in a lab into high growth companies. He has a passion for finding and founding companies that can help planet earth feed 10b people in sustainable ways. He is also a Director of Food Agility - Australia's premier food Cooperative Research Centre.  He is well known was the CEO of Australia's first tech startup incubator, Pollenizer through which he co-created many of Asia Pacific's startup programs. 
Bill Page
Senior Vice President & Senior Portfolio Manager
Essex Investment Management

Bill is a co-portfolio manager for Essex’s Global Environmental Opportunities Strategy. Prior to joining Essex in 2009, Bill spent eleven years at State Street Global Advisors, most recently as Lead Portfolio Manager for the Global Environmental Opportunities Strategy (GEOS) and Head of the Environmental, Social and Governance investment team. He developed GEOS over a four year period at SSgA, and was a member of the Global Fundamental Strategies group. Prior to SSgA, Bill worked in product management for Wellington Management Company, LLC. Before Wellington, he worked for Fidelity Investments in asset allocation. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston University and an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College.

Robert Parker
Managing Director
Sif Capital Advisers

Robert F. Parker is a Managing Director at Sif Capital Advisers and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for S-CAP’s CleanTech Venture Fund. He has worked in cleantech for more than 15 years as an executive, advisor, banker, and project developer. He has advised more than 100 successful early stage companies and has raised more than $150 Million for start-ups and cleantech projects. Mr. Parker volunteers on the Young Professionals in Energy-NYC Board of Directors and the Innovation Advisory Board of the NECEC, while serving as a NYSERDA Entrepreneur-in-Residence. He teaches CleanTech Energy Finance & Entrepreneurship as an Adjunct Professor at New York University. Mr. Parker spent five years as the Deputy Director of the CleanTech Open’s New York Metro Region and was on the Advisory Board of New York Energy Week. Mr. Parker has an MBA from Loyola University – Chicago and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Niall Phelan
Founder
The naked Collective

Niall Phelan – Founder, The Naked Collective

·       24 years in consumer goods industry

·       13 years in alcoholic beverages

·       Launched over 20 brands globally

·       4 startups and multiple business turnaround projects

·       Global roles in Nestlé, Molson Coors, & Brewdog

·       Beverage innovation specialist

·       Winner of multiple business awards including Reuben D’Honour at European Business Awards

·       Post Grad Business from University of Cumbria & Robert Kennedy College

Tinia Pina
Founder & CEO
Re-Nuble Inc.

Tinia Pina accepted her Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2006.  She began her career in sustainability as a former student at Columbia University's Earth Institute prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Re-Nuble, Inc., a waste-to-resource company headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. A strong advocate for sustainable waste management, regenerative agriculture, and urban resilience, she has been involved in management and business development roles within the sustainability industry for ten years. Her professional interests focus on using unique and distributed technologies to extract the optimal value from organic waste streams for upcycling into value-added products.

Allison Shapiro
Executive Director
Closed Loop Partners

Allison is responsible for investment vehicle structuring, capital formation, and strategic partnerships at Closed Loop Partners, an impact investment and advisory services firm dedicated to developing the circular economy. Prior to CLP,  Allison spent seven years at J.P. Morgan in structured finance and held previous roles at Johnson Controls, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and The Brookings Institution. She began her career as a carbon market research analyst at Ecosystem Marketplace. Allison holds an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan and a BS from Georgetown University

Noah C. Shaw
Partner
Hodgson Russ LLP

Noah Shaw is Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Practice at Hodgson Russ LLP, a New York-based mulitdisciplinary firm where Noah and his colleagues represent a board range of renewable energy and energy efficiency market participants inclluding developers, lenders, government entities, and others. Prior to joining Hodgson Russ in September 2019, Noah was General Counsel at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) where he had a hand in the New York State 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, its 2016 Clean Energy Standard, large-scale renewable energy procurements, design and implementation of the offshore wind program, including all the legal and regulatory work concerning contract design and compliance, and state's electric vehicles, community solar, energy storage, Property Assessed Clean Energy, building efficiency and related initiatives. Before joining NYSERDA, Noah was Senior Advisor to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy, and he began his career at the law firm Mintz Levin in Boston.

Marco Antonio Soriano
Founder
Soriano Motori

I'm a Partner and Chief Investment Officer at the Soriano Group Family Office, a leading consortium of global enterprises some privately-held others publicly traded, of approximately 500,000 employees with offices in the United States, Europe, LatAm and Asia. My key strategic experience involved:

• Domestic and cross-border private equity-backed and strategic mergers and acquisitions involving private and publicly-listed companies;
• Private equity and venture capital fund formation & management;
• Shareholder activist matters, including Advisory Board Memberships
• Public offerings and private placements of equity securities;
• Global Business Development
• Venture capital investments.

Over the course of my career, I've had the privilege of leading a number of the world's most recognized mergers, acquisitions, public offerings and fund formation transactions.

I frequently serve as a featured speaker at prominent conferences throughout the world on topics involving private equity, M&A and asset management, and as a resource for leading television shows and publications including Fox News, Fox Business, Nasdaq, RBN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg. In addition, I've authored many articles that have been published in books, well-known journals and periodicals relating to private equity, M&A, board fiduciary duties and asset management.

Prior to joining The Soriano Group, I served as a VP at Goldman Sachs Private Banking side in London, UK and The World Bank Group as a Senior Financial Analyst under the Special Representative to the United Nations.

 

 

Steve Wemple
General Manager, Utility of the Future
Con Edison

Stephen B. Wemple

General Manager, Utility of the Future

Stephen Wemple is the General Manager of Con Edison’s Utility of the Future Team responsible for the energy policy issues associated with New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.  Prior to joining the Utility of Future Team, Mr. Wemple was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs representing Con Edison’s non-utility affiliates, Con Edison Development, Con Edison Energy and Con Edison Solutions in State and Federal regulatory proceedings.

Mr. Wemple has been an active participant in the New York, New England and PJM energy markets and is a prior Chair of the NYISO’s Business Issues Committee.  He has worked for the Con Edison family of companies for over 30 years with responsibilities ranging from resource planning for steam-electric generation, the design and implementation of energy efficiency programs, the development of retail access programs as well as marketing and business development for the wholesale and retail commodity businesses.

Mr. Wemple received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from Cornell University and is a volunteer firefighter.

 

Barry Worthington
Executive Director
UNITED STATES ENERGY ASSOCIATION

Barry K. Worthington is the executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA), the U.S member of the World Energy Council, the energy body of the United Nations.

USEA also serves as a bipartisan advisory organization that represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector from the largest Fortune 500 companies to small energy consulting firms.

In his role, Mr. Worthington represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy industry and meets with domestic and international energy leaders to advance information and unearth partnerships to develop energy infrastructure projects across the world.

USEA’s team of international energy specialists work with the U.S. federal government, energy companies and energy ministers to build out energy infrastructure in developing countries.

Mr. Worthington and his team have developed thousands of energy projects globally, from geothermal drilling operations in sub Saharan Africa to smart grid electricity projects in central Europe.

Mr. Worthington chairs the Clean Electricity Production working group within the UNECE Commission on Sustainable Energy. At a recent meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, he discussed how to advance carbon capture and sequestration demonstration plants as a means to help immediately reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

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This fall, Worthington spoke to the International Oil Shale Symposium in Tallin, Estonia about the opportunities and challenges to oil shale drilling.

Mr. Worthington has served as executive director of USEA since September 1988. Before that, he was vice president of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation; prior to that he served in several capacities with Houston Lighting & Power, now known as CenterPoint Energy.

Mr. Worthington holds a bachelor of science degree in man & environmental relations from the Pennsylvania State University and a master of science degree in studies of the future program from the University of Houston.

Mr. Worthington writes and speaks extensively on energy and environmental matters, and he sits on a number of energy boards including:

  •  Chairman of the Board for the National Energy Foundation

  •  Member of the Board of Directors for the Energy Law Foundation

  •  C h a i r m a n o f the United Nations Economic Commission for Europes

    Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production

  •  Member on UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy

  •  Former Member, Columbia University Global Roundtable on Climate

    Change

  •  Former Member, Sub-Sahara Africa Advisory Committee, US Export-

    Import Bank

  •  Former Member, Science and Technology Capability of the US Agency for

    International Development (USAID) Study, National Research Council

  •  Former Member, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrators

    Technology & Policy Advisory Committee

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