Ten Years Hence
The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. Students, faculty and the community use guest speaker comments as a springboard for structured speculation about emerging issues and the next ten years.
Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O’Brien-Smith Leadership Program made possible by a generous endowment from William H. O’Brien (ND ’40) and his wife, Dee. The program is named after their respective parents. The O’Brien-Smith Program endowment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with distinguished leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors.
Lectures are held on selected Fridays from:
- 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
- Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business
“Ten Years Hence” is listed as BAUG 30210 or MBGR 60210, and is open to all Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students and employees.
There are no prerequisites to enroll.
No examinations or graded assignments. Students must attend all lectures in order to receive credit for the course; no excused or unexcused absences.
There are no required textbook purchases for this course.
See your academic advisor or your department chair for additional details.
The public and media are welcomed.
Phone: (574) 631-3277
TEN YEARS HENCE 2019
Social Networks, Fake News and Process Disruption
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Tim Weninger is an assistant professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, with appointments in the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Professor Weninger joined the faculty in August 2013, after completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
His research lies at the intersection of machine learning, network science and social media. Generally speaking, Professor Weninger is interested in uncovering how humans consume and curate information.
His work is funded through separate grants from the US National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, DARPA, the Templeton Foundation via the University of Chicago, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Mobility, Networking and Innovation: Are We Facing a Paradigm Shift in Migration Research?
Prof. Sandro Cattacin
University of Geneva, Department of Sociology
Sandro Cattacin studied economic history, political science and political philosophy at the University of Zurich (1982–1987). With an Italian fellowship he then participated in the PhD programme in political and social science at the European University Institute in Florence (1987–1990) where he obtained his PhD in 1992.
After his graduate studies he started working as a researcher at the University of Geneva and in 1992 he obtained a position as senior lecturer in 1997, a position as executive director of the “Laboratoire de recherches sociales et politiques appliquées” (resop), an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Geneva, and in April of 1999 a position as associate professor in sociology and political science. He has offered different courses at the University of Geneva on Swiss politics, comparative methods, political theory, and social policy topics.
From 1993 to 2000 he taught at the University of Fribourg, Faculty of Social Policy and Social Work (courses on welfare state theories). In the academic year 1998/1999, he held (stand-‐in professor) the Chair of Regional Politics at the University of Constance, Faculty of Administrative Science. From September 1999 to September 2004, he was Director of the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies at the University of Neuchâtel and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the same university. From 2000 until 2006, he was (part-‐time) Professor in Social and Health Policy at the IDHEAP [Institut des Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique] in Lausanne.
Since October 2003, he is Professor at the Sociology department of the University of Geneva.
Enabling What’s Possible for Rare Disease
Founder, Global Genes
Nicole founded Global Genes in 2008, with the goal of helping families affected by rare disease connect with tools, resources, and much needed support, helping eliminate the challenges of rare disease. Since it’s inception, Global Genes has impacted hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide.
Nicole was personally touched by rare disease through friends, whose son struggled to find a diagnosis for 2.5 years. Once diagnosed, they learned that there were neither treatments nor cures for their son’s disease. She understands the importance of finding a diagnosis, and has built an organization to help address this problem.
Nicole has held numerous consulting, sales, and marketing executive roles in her 25 years of experience. Nicole has worked with world-class organizations in media, pharmaceutical and high tech sectors – Schering Plough, CMP Media, United Business Media, and Burrill & Company. A Graduate of the University of California San Diego, Nicole is a proud wife, mother of two children, and adopted mother of two dogs.
In all of her spare time she has become a hot yoga junkie, still hits the gym at ungodly hours, and still thinks she can take down all of the young volleyballers at Main Beach in Laguna. Obviously, she is having trouble accepting getting older.
Director Of Analytics, Google
As the leader of the analytics practice for Google’s Consumer, Government, & Entertainment sector, Kevin Hartman and his team of 60+ analysts partner with major advertisers, creative agencies, and media companies to develop digital solutions that build businesses and brands. His approach mixes science and art to deliver inventive, fact-based strategies that reduce uncertainty and increase effectiveness in marketing and advertising programs.
In addition to his role at Google, Kevin is an adjunct professor at The University of Notre Dame’s Masters of Business Analytics program, The University of Chicago’s Masters of Analytics and Masters of Public Policy programs, and The University of Illinois’s International MBA program lecturing on topics including digital marketing, data visualization, and Big Data. He is an active speaker at conference and industry events.
Kevin is a six-time winner of the Advertising Research Foundation Ogilvy Award which honors exceptional insights that inspire impactful advertising. He has overseen the design of marketing insights and strategies behind campaigns that earned 5 Cannes Lions, 5 Effies, over 50 Tempos, and dozens of other awards.
Kevin is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and earned his MBA and Masters of Public Policy from The University of Chicago.
Two Decades of Covering Business: A Journalist’s View
Author of The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron and All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
Bethany McLean is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. She is also a columnist at Yahoo Finance and a contributor to CNBC. Her two books are the The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron and All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. She lives in Chicago. She has also written two mini books, Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the US Mortgage Giants and Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World.
Kickstarter: How Technology Disrupts Markets and Empowers Entrepreneurs
Charles Adler is a social entrepreneur, Co-founder and former Head of Design at Kickstarter, the ground-breaking crowd-funding website. As a leading entrepreneur and designer, his work ranges from systems design to interaction and communications design, interface design to information architecture.
Charles co-founded Kickstarter in 2009 and shaped it into the world’s largest marketplace dedicated to funding independent creative endeavors since it’s inception, Kickstarter has raised over $1 billion from over 6.4 million people for over 64,000 successful projects ranging from computer games to music albums, technology, fashion, educational projects and even full length feature films.
As the Kickstarter phenomenon continues to grow and find an ever-expanding userbase, Charles has been widely recognized as one of the digital era’s most exciting innovators. In 2013 he was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 12 Most Disruptive Figures in Business.
Charles Adler previously co-founded the online art publication Subsystence, a platform dedicated to leveraging the web to provide global exposure to the work of independent artists. He also co-founded Source-ID, where he operated as Principal Creative Director from 2004 to 2009.
The Membership Economy*
This lecture will be held in the Stayer Center for Executive Education
Robbie Kellman Baxter
Founder, Peninsula Strategies
Author of The Membership Economy: Find Your Superusers, Master the Forever Transaction & Build Recurring Revenue
Robbie Kellman Baxter brings over twenty years of strategy consulting and marketing expertise to Peninsula Strategies, a consulting firm focused on helping companies leverage subscription pricing, digital community and freemium to build deeper relationships with customers. Her clients have included start-ups and mid-sized venture-backed companies as well as industry leaders such as ASICS, Netflix, Electronic Arts, and The Wall Street Journal. Peninsula Strategies has advised nearly 100 organizations in over 20 industries on growth strategy.
A sought-after writer and keynote speaker, Robbie has presented at top Universities, Associations and Corporations, as well as to Corporate Boards and Leadership Teams around the world. Robbie has created and starred in 10 video courses in collaboration with LinkedIn Learning on business topics ranging from innovation to customer success and membership.
As the author of The Membership Economy: Find Your Superusers, Master the Forever Transaction & Build Recurring Revenue, a book that has been named a top 5 Marketing Book of the Year by Inc.com, Robbie coined the popular business term “Membership Economy”. Robbie’s expertise with companies in the emerging Membership Economy extends to include SaaS, media, consumer products and community organizations.
Prior to launching Peninsula Strategies, Robbie was a strategy consultant at Booz-Allen, a New York City Urban Fellow and a Silicon Valley product marketer. Robbie received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors from Harvard College.
TEN YEARS HENCE 2018
Dr. Jim Schmiedeler, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering,
University of Notre Dame
Prof. Schmiedeler earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. After receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, he held faculty positions at the University of Iowa and back at Ohio State before returning to Notre Dame in 2008. His research focuses on robotics, human biomechanics, and the intersection of the two. Prof. Schmiedeler is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Nitesh Chawla, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering,
University of Notre Dame
is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and director of the research center on network and data sciences (iCeNSA) and the Data Inference Analytics and Learning Lab (DIAL) at the University of Notre Dame. He started his tenure-track career at Notre Dame in 2007, and quickly advanced from assistant professor to an endowed full professor position in 2016. He has brought in over $19.5M dollars in research funding to the university. He has published over 180 papers with over 10,600 citations and h-index of 40. His research is focused on data science, machine learning, and network science. His work has also led to transformative interdisciplinary applications in healthcare, environmental and climate sciences, education, and national security. A theme of his research program is “big data and data sciences for the societal benefit.” He is passionate about driving technological innovations to augment human intelligence and bridge the last mile challenge for the Common Good.
He has received numerous awards for research, scholarship and teaching. He is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE CIS Outstanding Early Career Award; the IBM Watson Faculty Award, the IBM Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award, and National Academy of Engineering New Faculty Fellowship. His work was also noted in PSFK Future of Health Innovation. His PhD dissertation also received the Outstanding Dissertation Award. He was noted as the He is a two-time recipient of Outstanding Teaching Award at Notre Dame. In recognition of the societal and community driven impact of his research, he was recognized with the Rodney Ganey Award and Michiana 40 Under 40. He is a Fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values;, Fellow of the Institute of Asia and Asian Studies; and Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame. He is the founder of Aunalytics, a data science software company.
Otto Berkes, Chief Technology Officer, CA Technologies
As chief technology officer of CA Technologies, Otto Berkes is responsible for technical leadership and innovation, further developing the company’s technical community, and aligning its software strategy, architecture and partner relationships to deliver customer value.
Otto joined CA on June 15, 2015. As a 25-year industry veteran, he has a passion for innovation and development. He has extensive experience leading the development of cutting-edge products and technologies. An early champion of mobile computing, he led the development of touch-based technologies, user interfaces, hardware architectures, and physical designs that were the forerunners to today’s tablets.
Before joining CA, Otto served as the chief technology officer at HBO, where he directed efforts that created and delivered innovative digital technologies and products such as HBO GO®. During his tenure, HBO GO became one of the most popular streaming services in the U.S.
Previously, Otto spent 18 years at Microsoft and was one of the four original founders of Xbox. As Xbox’s first architect, he led its technical direction. He started his career at Microsoft as a senior software developer, where he worked on the first version of the Windows NT operating system, and re-wrote Microsoft’s OpenGL implementation. He led Microsoft’s OpenGL and DirectX graphics development groups in Windows during the formative years of the evolution of the modern GPU.
Earlier in his career, Otto served as a senior developer at both Autodesk where he wrote the graphics engine and user interface for the first Windows-based version of AutoCAD.
An advocate of diversity, he is a member of the University of Vermont’s STEM leadership council where he is focused on addressing gender, racial, and economic gaps across all of the STEM disciplines.
Otto earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont and a master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Vermont. He is co-inventor on and holds multiple patents spanning design, mobile device interaction and core computing technologies.
Next Generation Technologies and Digital Leadership – An Executive Overview
Steve Shute, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, SAP Americas and Asia Pacific Japan
Steve Shute has a broad range of responsibilities across the Americas and Asia Pacific Japan, regions home to over 43,000 employees and nearly 230,000 customers. His primary objective is ensuring top and bottom line growth and overall performance by leveraging proven learnings and successes, and exploiting synergies within teams and the business.
Since joining SAP in 2014, Steve has held influential senior executive leadership roles, and become an invaluable member of the North America leadership team. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer for SAP North America, and was responsible for the development and consistent execution of SAP’s go-to-market and sales strategies. Ensuring Canada and the U.S. achieved revenue objectives and unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction, Steve played an essential role in SAP’s burgeoning cloud business and its increased market share. In his inaugural SAP North America post as senior vice president and managing director of the Midwest region, he oversaw all customer-related activities for one of the company’s largest business units in the world.
Prior to SAP, Steve served as executive vice president of sales and services for Allscripts, a market-leading provider of technology and software to the healthcare industry. In this role, Steve was the executive charged with architecting and executing the company’s aggressive revenue and profitability growth targets, and overseeing more than a third of the organization’s nearly eight thousand-person workforce. He also held a number of U.S. and international senior executive roles at IBM, including vice president of worldwide sales for Enterprise Content Management, vice president of Marketing for IBM Software Group North America, and vice president of Enterprise Sales in EMEA where he was based in Zurich, Switzerland. Steve began his career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand’s Business Assurance practice.
He received his MBA from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, and is a graduate of the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Hendrik F. Hamann, Senior Manager and Distinguished Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Dr. Hendrik F. Hamann is currently a Senior Manager and Distinguished Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. He received his PhD from the University of Göttingen in Germany. In 1999 he joined the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where is leading the Physical Analytics and cognitive Internet of Things program. Hamann’s current research interest includes sensor networks, sensor-based physical modeling, machine-learning, artificial intelligence as well as big data technologies. Hamann has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and holds over 110 patents and has over 100 pending patent applications. Dr. Hamann is an IBM Master Inventor, a member to the IBM Academy of Technology and has served on governmental committees such as the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation and as an industrial advisor to Universities. He won several awards including the 2016 AIP Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics. He is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), Optical Society of America (OSA), The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the NY Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Gill Bejerano, Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, of Computer Science and of Pediatrics, Bejerano Lab, Stanford University
Dr. Gill Bejerano is an Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, an Associate Professor of Computer Science, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Medical Genetics) at Stanford University.
Dr. Bejerano’s lab, the Bejerano Lab, studies genome function in human and related species. The lab focuses on a fundamental question in Human Genomics: Mapping genome sequence (variation) to phenotype (differences) and extracting specific genetic insights from deep sequencing measurements. The Bejerano Lab has an interest in gene cis regulation and uses its joint affiliation with Stanford Hospital’s Pediatrics Department, Stanford’s Developmental Biology Department and Stanford’s Computer Science Department, to apply a combination of computational and experimental approaches. The lab collects large scale experimental data; writes computational analysis tools; runs them massively to discover the most exciting testable hypotheses; and experimentally validates the hypotheses.
Dr. Bejerano has a B.Sc., Hebrew University, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D., Hebrew University, Computer Science. He is a member of Numenta’s Technical Advisory Board as well a a member of Bio-X, the Cardiovascular Institute, the Child Health Research Institute, the Stanford Cancer Institute and the Stanford Neurosciences Institute.
Scott Mereness,President, Lippert Components, Inc.
A 1994 graduate of Miami University (OH), Scott Mereness has helped lead Lippert Components for 23 years, the last 8 years serving as President of the company. Scott has also had a great effect on the RV Industry itself, serving on several committees, and just recently being elected to RVIA’s board of directors. Scott previously served as a board member for the Samaritan Center of Elkhart. Throughout Scott’s career Scott has built relationships with many industry leaders as well as several government officials and agencies that interact with the RV industry. Scott has also been an integral part of bolstering Elkhart’s ETHOS Science Center, serving as a board member for the last year. Scott is a dedicated husband and father and lives in Granger, Indiana with his wife Kristin and his three daughters Caroline, Anna Kate & Ashley.
TEN YEARS HENCE 2017
Professor Frank Incropera, H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor Emeritus and Matthew H. McCloskey Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Professor Incropera received his BSME (1961) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his MSME (1962) and PhD (1966) from Stanford University, all in mechanical engineering. Except for research leaves spent at NASA-Ames (1969), U.C. Berkeley (1973-74) and the Technical University of Munich (1988), he was with Purdue University from 1966 to 1998. He was promoted to Professor in 1973 and was Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering from 1989 to 1998. From 1998 to 2006, he served as the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.
Professor Incropera has received the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Ralph Coats Roe Award for excellence in teaching (1982), the ASEE George Westinghouse Award for contributions to education (1983), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Memorial Award (1988), the Melville Medal for the best original paper published by ASME (1988), and the Worcester Reed Warner Medal of ASME (1995). He received the Senior Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1988, and in 1996 was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. In 2001 he was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the 100 most frequently cited engineering researchers in the world.
Professor Incropera has had a long-standing interest in basic energy sciences and has authored or co-authored 15 books and more than 200 journal articles in the field. In recent years his work has focused on technology and policy issues associated with transition to a sustainable energy future, and he is author of a 2016 book on Climate Change: A Wicked Problem.
Matt Manos, Founder & Managing Director, Verynice
Matthew Manos is an award-winning design strategist, social entrepreneur, and educator. Called “crazy or genius” by Forbes Magazine, and named one of seven millennials changing the world by The Huffington Post, Matthew’s pioneering work in the field of social enterprise has inspired thousands of practitioners to engage in socially and environmentally responsible business. He is the Founder of verynice, a design strategy consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to nonprofit organizations. verynice’s clientele includes Google, UNICEF, and the American Heart Association. To date, verynice has donated over $6MM worth of pro-bono services and initiatives to benefit over 400 organizations across the globe.
Gordon Gill, Founding Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Gordon Gill is one of the world’s preeminent exponents of performance-based architecture. His work, which ranges from the world’s largest buildings to sustainable communities, is driven by his philosophy that there is a purposeful relationship between formal design and performance; and that there is a language of performance, which is the basis of his practice: Form Follows Performance.
A founding partner of award-winning Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gordon’s work includes the design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower (designed at SOM Chicago), the world’s first large-scale positive-energy building, Masdar Headquarters, the world’s tallest tower, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah Saudi Arabia and most recently the design of Astana Expo 2017 and its sustainable legacy community for Astana, Kazakhstan. These landmark projects pursue energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site and striking a balance with their environmental contexts. Gordon’s designs also include performing arts centers, museums, strategic carbon planning and urban master plans across the globe.
His work has been published and exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally and his designs have repeatedly been recognized by the American Institute of Architects. In 2009 he was selected as Chicago’s Best Emerging Architect by the Chicago Reader and in 2013 Gordon was elected to The College of Fellows at the American Institute of Architects.
Prior to founding AS+GG in 2006, Gordon was an Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and a Director of Design for VOA Associates. Most recently, he co-founded PositivEnergy Practice, a consulting firm that designs and implements energy and carbon reduction strategies for clients around the world.
E. & J. Gallo Winery: Looking to Our Core Values of the Past & Present to Create a Sustainability Plan for the Future
Stephanie Gallo, Vice President of Marketing, E.J. Gallo Winery
Stephanie A. Gallo is a Vice President of Marketing for E. & J. Gallo Winery of Modesto, California. The winery, co-founded by Stephanie’s grandfather Ernest and great uncle Julio 83 years ago, is now the largest family-owned winery in the world, exporting wine and spirits to 90 countries.
With a deep-rooted passion for wine and a strong commitment to family, Stephanie is leading worldwide marketing efforts for several prominent brands including Barefoot and Gallo Family Vineyards. Under Stephanie’s leadership, Barefoot has grown from 500,000 cases to the largest bottled wine brand in the world. She also plays an integral role in the development of innovative new products, which has led to highly successful brand launches like Vin Vault and Dark Horse.
In addition to her critical role in the growth of Barefoot, Stephanie’s key contributions to the business have included repositioning the Gallo Family Vineyards brand globally and pioneering the winery’s digital marketing efforts digital, brand ambassador programs and cause marketing initiatives.
Many of the brands she manages are consistently recognized for outstanding success, including the Beverage Information Group’s Fast Track Growth Brand Award, Market Watch Magazine’s Hot Brand Award, Event Marketer Magazine’s Ex Award for Best Retail/In Store Event Program and the Cause Marketing Forum’s Halo Award. In honor of this success, Stephanie was named one of the Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer Magazine in 2011.
In 1994, Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame. She then obtained an MBA from Northwestern University’s prestigious J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She served Notre Dame as a Young Graduate Trustee from 1996 to 1999 and as a member of the Advisory Council for the university’s Mendoza College of Business from 1999 to 2002. Today, she remains active with Kellogg as a regional campaign co-chair, student mentor, and guest speaker.
Stephanie is involved in her community as she serves as a Trustee of the Gallo Center for the Arts and the Capital Campaign Chairperson for the Center for Human Services. She is a regular speaker on women in business, family business and the importance of community giving. Additionally, she is a leader in the company in supporting progressive work-life balance programs. She lives in her hometown of Modesto with her husband Chris Tyler and their two children, Amelia and Harrison.
Mike O’Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Development, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
Michael (Mike) O’Sullivan is senior vice president of development at NextEra Energy Resources, the nation’s leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels and also the world leader in producing electricity from the wind and sun.
Mike received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (together with its affiliated entities, “NextEra Energy Resources”), is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with approximately 20,000 MW of generating capacity outside of FL in 25 states and 4 provinces of Canada. By year-end 2016, Nextera will, together with it’s affiliated entities, have over 16,000 MW of owned capacity in the US and Canada in our wind and solar fleet. The business also operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet, which is one of the largest in the United States. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc.
Chris Walker, Director, North America, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Since, October 2014, Chris serves as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as the Director, North America based in New York City. As part of his role, he manages the organization’s relationship with approximately 40 Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in North America and leads WBCSD’s engagement of the Financial and ICT sectors.
He has worked in a variety of roles over the last 15 years on climate and sustainability. Most recently he was a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice. He previously was the Executive Officer of the Carbon Trust, LLC, the US affiliate of the UK’s Carbon Trust. He has served on the National Academy of Science’s, congressionally mandated study “America’s Climate Choices” (July 2010) and as Executive Director for North America for The Climate Group and as Head of Swiss Re’s Sustainability Business Development. At Swiss Re, he ran a unit responsible for developing commercial applications to Swiss Re Sustainability as well as government affairs liaison on climate change/GHG emissions issues.
Prior to Swiss Re, he litigated environmental law. He is a graduate with a BA and JD from St. John’s University and attended the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown.
Gerard M. Anderson, Chairman and CEO, DTE Energy
Jon Freedman, Vice President, Global Partnerships, Government Affairs
Jon Freedman is based in Washington, DC, where he leads global partnerships and government affairs for GE’s water business. Previously, he was the project leader responsible for developing GE’s global environmental sustainability initiative now called ecomagination*. Jon joined GE in 2001 and then helped GE create a global water business by leading the acquisition of an NYSE-listed global water company. He teaches a class on water at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves on the advisory board of The Wharton School’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership
Jon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a law degree from William & Mary, and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.