2018 Speakers

Subject to Change


Matias Bendersky
Unit Chief
Partnership and Resource Mobilization
IDB

Matias Bendersky is the Unit Chief of the Partnership and Resource Mobilization unit at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he is responsible for identifying, developing, and expanding IDB Group’s strategic alliances with public and private sector partners. He supervises the work of a team of professionals that deal with co-financing and resource mobilization of sovereign and non sovereign partners of the IDB.

Prior to joining the IDB in 2007, Mr. Bendersky worked for the World Bank in various sovereign guaranteed operations including countries in South East Asia and Latin America. Previously, Mr. Bendersky worked for 6 years as a corporate and transactional attorney in both, Buenos Aires and Washington D.C.

Mr. Bendersky holds a JD from the University of Buenos Aires and a Joint Degree Masters from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Law School, Chicago.



John Howell
Editorial Director
3BL Media Group

John Howell is a co-founder of and the Editorial Director for 3BL Media LLC for which he oversees all original editorial content procurement and creation. He oversees reporting on the company’s several websites: Justmeans, Ethical Performance, SocialEarth, CSRwire, and 3BL Media, and co-ordinates coverage with subsidiaries Triple Pundit and the Corporate Responsibility Association. He is also the principal of Greenland Inc., which advises on media strategy and communications, new media, and branding and marketing for new campaigns, products, and multi-platform media initiatives; he has consulted for Calvin Klein, Polo/Ralph Lauren, The Body Shop, H.J. Heinz Company, and Linda McCartney Foods. He is currently a retail and communications consultant to the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS.



Bruce M. Kahn, Ph.D.
Portfolio Manager
Sustainable Insight Capital Management

Bruce has over 25 years of relevant academic, environmental and investment management experience.

From 2008–2012, Bruce was a Director at Deutsche Asset Management where he served as an investment strategist conducting analytical research on sustainable investing. Bruce also managed a Sustainable Investment portfolio at Citi Smith Barney (2004–2008), across a broad mix of sectors including sustainability leaders, agri-business, clean tech and renewable energy companies.

Bruce teaches finance at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in the Sustainability Management Program and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from University of Wisconsin, Madison.



Maureen Kline
Vice President
Public Affairs & Sustainability
Pirelli Tire North America

Maureen Kline is Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability for Pirelli Tire North America, responsible for the US, Canada and Mexico. She is based in New York.

She chairs the board of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, and is an advisory board member of the Corporate Responsibility Association, where she co-chairs a Thought Leadership Council on Brand and Reputation Management.

She writes a weekly column on sustainability for www.Inc.com.

Previously she managed Pirelli’s global public affairs and international communications from the company’s headquarters in Milan, Italy.

Prior to her public affairs and communications career, Maureen worked as a journalist. She was a Milan correspondent for the Wall Street Journal Europe and Business Week, among others.

Maureen Kline holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.


Gregg Sgambati
Managing Director
Head of ESG Solutions
S-Network ESG Solutions

Gregg Sgambati is the Host of the 5th Annual CSR Investing Summit and Managing Director, Head of ESG Solutions at S-Network Global Indexes, a provider of ESG ratings and indexes. As Head of ESG Solutions, Gregg works to develop firm and industry focus on the integration of ESG analytics through ratings, indexes, and other emerging information tools which help investors make more valuable and impactful investment decisions.

His background gives these effort an ideal platform for championing concepts that overlap on Wall Street, Main Street and Town Hall. His Wall Street background comes as a Registered Investment Advisor at UBS and a licensed insurance agent at AXA. His Main Street and Town Hall background come through consulting on corporate social responsibility projects, teaching, and advocating for sustainable economics in his home state of New Jersey. He is the founder of the New Jersey Captive Insurance Association.

Gregg is an Adjunct Professor at Ramapo College and former Associate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs for the course in Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility. He writes continuously on relevant topics and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Gregg holds and is guided by his Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.



Kristen Sullivan
Partner
Deloitte Sustainability Services

Kristen Sullivan is a partner and leads Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (DTTL) Sustainability Risk Advisory and Assurance services, working with clients to help address their sustainability disclosure needs. Kristen also serves as the DTTL Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader. Kristen brings extensive experience in sustainability risk assessment, reporting and assurance.

Kristen also leads Deloitte’s Supply Chain Social Compliance services with a particular focus on Conflict Minerals advisory and assurance and anti-human trafficking compliance. She brings specialized insights to these regulatory reporting requirements from her previous area of focus on Regulatory & Public Policy Matters for Deloitte, recognizing the broader policy as well as the compliance implications of environmental and social issues to corporate brand and reputation.

Kristen serves as a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) North America Advisory Council, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Assurance Task Force, the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) Technical Advisory Committee, the Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative Corporate Working Group, and serves as Chair of the AICPA Sustainability Task Force and member of the AICPA Conflict Minerals Task Force. She also served on the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Working Group. Kristen has authored a number of publications around the value of sustainability and non-financial disclosure and assurance, including conflict minerals and anti-human trafficking disclosure.

Kristen has over 20 years of experience with Deloitte. Kristen is a CPA, CGMA and is GRI certified. She began her career with Deloitte in the Audit and Advisory services practice. She has also served in Deloitte’s National Office in several different capacities and served in a role working with the deputy CEO of Deloitte LLP focusing on regulatory and public policy matters.

Kristen serves as a member of the Eureka College Board of Trustees, the Global Social Venture Competition Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the Financial Women’s Association and the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk.



Gabriel Thoumi
Director
Capital Markets
Climate Advisers

Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, FRM is Director Capital Markets at Climate Advisers where he manages teams assessing material financial and governance risk indicators related to hydrocarbon emissions and deforestation-linked supply chains. He also co-manages Chain Reaction Research.

He has 18 years of experience deploying frameworks to improve global capital markets sustainability through risk mitigation and return enhancement. Previously, for Calvert, he valued global equity, index, and fixed income portfolios and supported quantitative index construction and asset allocation strategies. His coverage universe included utilities, energy, materials, chemicals, and financial companies. He led initiatives to improve financial accounting of exchange-listed products and incorporated natural capital into financial tools. He co-wrote the winning Agriculture Supply Chain Adaptation Facility for the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance.

Formerly, for the U.S. Government, he led teams analyzing Latin American REDD+ economic readiness. At Morgan Stanley’s climate change mitigation company, he conducted due diligence on global carbon offset projects. At Wells Fargo, he was a financial institutions analyst managing trading, lending and regulatory risks for correspondent banks. He has an MBA and MSc from the University of Michigan.



Glen Yelton
Vice President
ESG and Impact Research
SNW Investment

Glen Yelton serves as an ESG and Impact Research Analyst on the SNW Investment Team with analytical responsibilities for the Impact strategies. He served in a similar capacity at SNW Asset Management, which was acquired by OFI Global* in 2017. Prior to joining the SNW in 2015, Glen managed the ESG research program at a noted ESG data firm. Before that, he oversaw ESG data collection at American Values Investments. Additionally, he has provided competitive intelligence research for a variety of Fortune 100 clients across several industries and served as an interrogator for the U.S. Army. Glen holds a B.S. from East Tennessee State University.

*OFI Global Institutional, Inc. is a subsidiary of OppenheimerFunds, Inc