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.
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.
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 Handbook, Emerging 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 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.
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.
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.
Mila regularly advises clients on issues involving environmental law, renewable energy, sustainable development, land use law, municipal law, and real estate development. Her experience includes drafting commercial agreements relating to the purchase and supply of power, electric interconnection, and other energy-related transactions. Mila works on all aspects of renewable development from project inception through successful litigationMila also helps clients in the Food and Beveridge industry navigate USDA and FTC compliance.
Before joining Hodgson Russ, Mila practiced Energy Regulatory Law with a firm in San Francisco. While in California, she represented and advised clients on energy regulatory matters and proceedings before state and federal agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. With a particular focus on public utility regulation, Mila advised utilities, lenders, and developers regarding the regulatory and environmental challenges associated with the development and acquisition of utility-scale renewable energy projects including electric vehicle infrastructure, energy storage and solar photovoltaic.
While in law school Mila worked as a judicial extern for Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme CourtHonors
· USF Law Review, Senior Editor
· Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, California Supreme Court, Judicial Extern
· Publication: The Coastal Zone Management Act’s Capacity to Spearhead Climate Adaptation, West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy
FDA Issues Draft Guidance For Farmers And Food Processors Under The Food Safety Modernization Act
Agriculture Alert, November 6, 2018
Environmental Law-California Lawyers AssociationAreas of Practice
Food & Beverage
B.A., magnum cum laude, University of Richmond in Virginia
J.D., cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law,
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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, PhD
CTO / Co-Founder
Power to Hydrogen, LLC
6655 Singletree Dr.
Columbus, OH 43229
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.
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.
is Senior Analyst at Climate Advisers, focusing on communication outreach with the financial sector, managing and editing the Chain Reaction Research newsletter, and providing analysis for investors to mitigate climate risks.
Before joining Climate Advisers, Matt worked as Senior Editor of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) news service, where he focused on oil and other financial markets, clean transportation, and state and federal energy policy. Before SAFE, Matt worked at Energy Intelligence, where he edited multiple publications and served as Washington bureau chief.
Matt’s experience includes extensive reporting, research, and analysis on international financial markets and domestic energy policy. His diverse background in energy, investor trading, and transportation has included projects focusing on reducing petroleum demand and increasing diversity in the transport sector for economic and environmental reasons.
Matt holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in History from Salisbury University.
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.
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 Europe’s
Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production
Member on UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy
Former Member, Columbia University Global Roundtable on Climate
Former Member, Sub-Sahara Africa Advisory Committee, US Export-
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
The United States Energy Association (USEA) is the U.S. Member Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC). USEA is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations and government agencies. USEA represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy sector by increasing the understanding of energy issues, both domestically and internationally.