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26 - 27 NOV 2015
26 - 27 NOV 2015
  • Who was there?

    There has never been a better time for senior decision makers to exercise leadership for the benefit of business and the planet

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  • Alex Salmond MSP
  • Alex Salmond MSP

    First Minister of Scotland

Alex Salmond was born in Linlithgow in 1954. He attended Linlithgow Academy before studying at St Andrews University, where he graduated with a joint honours MA in Economics and History.

In 1978 he entered the Government Economic Service as an Assistant Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland. In 1980 he joined the Royal Bank of Scotland where he worked for seven years: first as an Assistant Economist before being appointed Energy Economist in 1982, and from 1984 Royal Bank Economist. Mr Salmond is now a visiting Professor of Economics at Strathclyde University.

He was first elected as MP for Banff and Buchan in 1987 and was elected as National Convener for the Scottish National Party in 1990. He served as leader of the opposition in the Scottish Parliament when he was elected MSP for Banff and Buchan Constituency in 1999. He stood down as SNP National Convener in 2000 and left the Scottish Parliament in 2001.

He was re-elected as Leader of the SNP in 2004 and elected as MSP for the Gordon constituency in May 2007.

He became the first ever SNP First Minister of Scotland on 16 May 2007.

  • Jochen Zeitz
  • Jochen Zeitz

    Director and Chairman of the board's Sustainable Development Committee, Kering & Co-Founder and Co-Chair, The B Team

Jochen Zeitz is Director of Kering and Chairman of the board’s sustainable development committee and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of The B Team after having been the CEO of the Sport & Lifestyle division and Chief Sustainability Officer of Kering since 2010. Prior to this, Zeitz served 18 years as Chairman and CEO at PUMA.

Upon becoming PUMA’s CEO in 1993, Zeitz turned it from an undesired brand nearing bankruptcy into one of the top 3 brands in the sporting good industry. He pioneered a ground-breaking environmental profit and loss audit (E P&L) at PUMA that puts a monetary value on the impacts across a businesses supply chain and believes in contributing to a new paradigm of corporate social and environmental sustainability.

In 2008, he founded the Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety to support sustainable solutions that balance conservation, community development, culture, and commerce. In October 2012, Zeitz co-founded The B Team with Sir Richard Branson to help transform the future of business.

Zeitz has been a member of the Board of Directors of Harley-Davidson since 2007 and has also served as the Chair of Harley-Davidson’s sustainability committee since its inception in 2011. He is also a member of the TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) Advisory Board and a Board member of Wilderness Safaris and Chair of its Sustainability Committee.

  • Julia Marton-Lefevre
  • Julia Marton-Lefevre

    Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Julia is Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization which brings together states, government institutions, non-governmental organizations, scientists and experts around a unique worldwide partnership.
Prior to this position, she was Rector of the University for Peace, Executive Director of LEAD International and Executive Director of The International Council for Science. She is a member of several boards, including the UN Global Compact, the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and Oxford University’s James Martin School. She is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a member of the World Future Council. Ms. Marton-Lefèvre has co-authored numerous books and papers. She is a recipient of the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science, Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur (France), Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Saint-Charles (Monaco) and the ProNatura award (Hungary). Born in Hungary, Ms. Marton-Lefèvre studied history, ecology and environmental planning in the US and in France.

  • David Jones
  • David Jones

    Global CEO, Havas & Co-Founder, One Young World

Honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, David Jones has distinguished himself as an industry visionary and proponent of corporate responsibility and social change. He is the youngest global CEO in the history of advertising, heading both Havas and Havas Worldwide, and is the only British CEO of a French publicly traded company. He was the driving force behind Kofi Annan’s TckTckTck Campaign for Climate Justice, one of the most successful cause campaigns in history, with 18 million people signing on as climate allies, and is co-founder of One Young World (described by CNN as the “Young Davos”), a nonprofit organization that provides brilliant young people with a global platform through which to effect positive change. He also worked closely with David Cameron and the U.K. Conservative Party from 2007 up to and including Cameron’s election as prime minister in 2010.

David is the creator of the Social Business Idea® and author of best-selling book Who Cares Wins: Why Good Business Is Better Business, published in English in 2011 by Pearson/FT Publishing, with subsequent editions in Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai.

David was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement in 2005, was voted one of the two top executives of the decade by readers of Adweek, was nominated as one of CR Magazine’s 2011 Responsible CEOs of the Year, and was named to the "40 Under 40" lists of both Crain's New York Business and Advertising Age. He is a member of the Facebook Client Council. In 2013, the Guardian named David Sustainable Business Leader of the Year in recognition of his ongoing efforts to engage businesses in creating solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

  • Dr Lailai Li
  • Dr Lailai Li

    China Country Director, World Resources Institute

Dr. Lailai Li is the China Country Director for WRI China. Dr. Li serves as the lead representative for WRI China and is responsible for formulating, leading, and implementing WRI’s vision and strategy in China. She manages relationships and guides its work to advance China’s environmental and sustainability goals. Dr. Li works closely with the program leads in China and with WRI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to achieve our mission and ensure that our projects and approach are strategically aligned.

Prior to joining WRI, Dr. Li was the Deputy Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute and Director of SEI Asia Centre. She also served as a deputy director of China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Centre based in Beijing. Previously, she directed the LEAD-China program for 10 years, which is a worldwide network of new generation leadership in the environment and development arena.

Dr. Li is a globally recognized leader in sustainability and environmental issues with nearly 20 years of experience, including a focus on poverty alleviation and environment issues, climate change adaptation, low-carbon urban transport, and more. Her recent research work and research include: economics of climate change in China; China’s ecosystem services and management strategy; low-carbon development of small and medium sized cities in China; the regional climate change adaptation knowledge platform in Asia; and the Sustainable Mekong Research Network, among others.

Dr. Li is a widely recognized expert and published author. She received her Post-Doctoral Fellow at Peking University, in Beijing, and received her PhD and MA from the University of Pittsburgh, in the United States.

  • Pushpam Kumar
  • Pushpam Kumar

    Chief - Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, UNEP

Dr Pushpam Kumar is Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Division of Environment Programme Implementation, UNEP where he works on mainstreaming of the ecosystem services into development policy. He has been engaged in international scientific assessment efforts on biodiversity and ecosystems and climate change. Dr Kumar was Co-coordinating Lead Author and Co-coordinator, Responses Working Group for Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment of the IPCC (Mitigation). He was also the Scientific Co-coordinator of the Conceptual Framework for the TEEB. Dr Kumar has taught and conducted research in Ecological Economics at the Universities of Liverpool, Cambridge and Delhi for last  more than two decades. His research has been on designing market based response options for management of biodiversity, economics of ecosystem services,  economics of land degradation, ecosystem accounting, and linkages of poverty and environment. Dr Kumar has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals of international repute.  He has authored, coauthored, edited and co- edited more than ten books including Values, Payments for Ecosystem management (Edward Elgar) Valuation of Regulating Services of Ecosystems: Methodology and Applications (Rutledge), Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity: Ecological and Economic Foundations. (Earthscan), Biodiversity, Land-Use Change and Human Well Being: A Case Study of Sundarbans(Oxford University Press), Payment for Ecosystem Services and Valuation (OUP), Ecology and Human Well Being (Sage) and Ecosystem and Human Well Being: Findings from the Response Policies Working Group (Island Press). Currently , Pushpam Kumar leads GEF supported “Mainstreaming of ecosystem services into development policies (project known as ‘Proecoserv’), Coordinates “Inclusive Wealth Report”, leads UNEP’s VANTAGE (Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy) initiative,  and Co Chairs the Policy and Technical Expert Committee (PTEC) of the World Bank led Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES)

  • Peter Bakker
  • Peter Bakker

    President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Peter Bakker joined the WBCSD in January 2012 after having been involved as a member for a number of years in his role as CEO of TNT NV, the Netherlands based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post.

Peter is a respected leader in corporate responsibility.  He is the recipient of Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009 and the SAM Sustainability Leadership Award in 2010, and is a UN WFP Ambassador Against Hunger.

In addition to his role at the WBCSD, Peter is the Chairman of War Child Netherlands; a Co-Chair in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN-LN); Council member for China Council for International Cooperation (CCICED); and Deputy Chairman for International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

Peter holds a masters degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the HTS Alkmaar.

  • The Guardian Sustainable Business
  • The Guardian Sustainable Business

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