John Frey, Ph.D.
Senior Technologist, IT Efficiency and Sustainability
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Dr. John Frey developed and leads Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) practice for customer collaboration on sustainability and IT efficiency. He partners with HPE’s largest customers, stakeholders, and governments to develop net positive solutions to business challenges, share best practices, and drive new business opportunities.
Dr. Frey was named an HPE Strategist, the highest level of technical achievement, in recognition of his sustained leadership and contributions.Dr. Frey is a member of the Advisors Board of the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University, the Engineering Entrepreneurship Steering Council at Texas A&M University, and Sustainable Brands’ Advisory Board.
Manager, Supply Chain Program
Andrew Cummings is a manager for the supply chain program at CDP, a not-for-profit international NGO that operates a global disclosure system for investors, companies, and government to manage their environmental impacts. He works closely with companies in the financial, information technology, and pharmaceutical/health care sectors to reduce the environmental impacts of their value chain and achieve their sustainability goals. Previously, Andrew worked for 100 Resilience Cities, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. He graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy.
Research Associate, Environmental, Social and Governance
Shaheen Contractor is an environmental, social and governance (ESG) research associate for Bloomberg Intelligence. Bloomberg Intelligence is a platform that provides research and analysis on industries, companies, government, litigation, and the economy for Bloomberg Professional Services. Her work includes analyzing material ESG risks and opportunities, the impacts from a low carbon transition, ESG fund analysis, and company performance on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Contractor has a Master of Science in Sustainability Management degree from Columbia University in New York City, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Symbiosis International University in Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Manager, Human Rights & Supply Chain Sustainability
United Nations Global Compact
Elisabeth Anna supports the United Nation’s (UN) Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains. Her path at the UN began in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, as part of Amina J. Mohammed’s Post-2015 team. She followed the intergovernmental negotiations and participated in the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), providing a strong youth voice. Elisabeth then joined the Canadian chapter of the UN Global Compact as sustainability coordinator, working to implement SDGs in the private sector, plant seeds for multi-stakeholder partnerships, and initiate the first-ever Canadian SDGs awards. Elisabeth has worked in the World Bank Group, conducting policy analysis of Public-Private Partnerships and institutional investments in infrastructure (SDG 9). She also served on the Global Policy & Government Affairs Team of Global Citizen, supporting the Water & Sanitation campaign (SDG 6).
Elisabeth, a member of the New York Bar, holds a Master of Law in International Legal Studies from Georgetown Law School, where she founded the UN Association Georgetown Law. It’s the first-ever law school chapter within UNA-USA to promote the UN’s work throughout the legal profession.
Social Sustainability Manager
Molly Ernst-Alper joined the Unilever Integrated Social Sustainability team in 2017. The department promotes and leads the human rights, social impact, and responsible sourcing agenda for Unilever globally. Molly leads the implementation of the Responsible Sourcing Policy with suppliers through audits and digital innovations. She supports brands in defining purpose and driving the focus on endemic human rights issues like forced labor in the global supply chain. Prior to joining Unilever, Molly spent a decade in the apparel industry working in corporate responsibility and responsible sourcing.
Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, North America
Kapil Sharma is vice president for government and public affairs, North America, for Wipro Limited, an Indian multinational corporation, headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, that provides information technology, consulting and business process services. Sharma is based in Washington, D.C., where he advocates for Wipro issues before federal, state, and local governments in the U.S. and Canada. Kapil also supports and leads Wipro’s corporate social responsibility activities in the region.
Kapil previously represented the Tata Group in the U.S. and operated from the Group’s Washington, D.C., and Mumbai offices. He also assisted Tata companies regarding innovation, climate change, and business excellence and quality management. He has also served as senior counsel and legislative director to U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) and legislative assistant to Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ).
Kapil is Chair of the Organization for International Investment (OFII), Chair of the India Business Forum (IBF), and co-chair of the US-India Business Council’s Digital Committee. He is an advisor to the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He received his J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law and his B.A. from Rutgers College, Rutgers University.
Hui Wen Chan
Vice President, Environmental and Social Risk Management
Hui leads Citi’s climate risk efforts, including the implementation of the TCFD recommendations on climate-related risks and opportunities. She also supports sustainable finance and other cross-functional initiatives that drive environmental and social impact with clients and other stakeholders. She currently serves as the North America Representative on the UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Banking Committee. Previously at Citi, she was the Impact Analytics and Planning Officer at the Citi Foundation and a Vice President in the Corporate Sustainability team.
Hui has prior work experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining Citi, she advised clients across a variety of industries at Sagent Advisors, Inc. and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman Group). She also served as a Program Officer for the William J. Clinton Foundation’s pediatric HIV/AIDS program in Beijing, China, and was a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow and Associate Director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, focused on strategic planning and business development.
Hui is based in New York City. She received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
I. Javette Hines
Director, SC Supplier Senior Group Manager
IlLonka (Javette) Hines is Director and Head of Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability at Citi. Javette leads Citi’s efforts to ensure the consideration and inclusion of diverse firms within Citi’s global supplier selection process. She works across the firm to align global supplier expansion and supply chain sustainability efforts, with specific focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). Her recent efforts include leading supply chain recruiting at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and efforts to increase supply chain opportunities for women in developing countries.
Supplier Div Citi
Javette has over 20+ years of experience in supply chain operations and is a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education from Clark Atlanta University and a Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Javette is on numerous boards including the Women’s Leadership Board (WLB) of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and a member of the New York State Bar, New York City Bar and the Georgia Bar Association.
Vice President of Supply Planning
Charlie Moore is the Vice President of Supply Planning for FreshDirect. He and his team are responsible for the procurement of all trade goods as well as inbound freight management and scheduling for their new state of the art facility in the Bronx. Charlie has an undergraduate degree from Coastal Carolina University and has spent nearly 20 years in category management and store operations prior to joining FreshDirect, the freshest food provider in the Northeast.
Director of Global Policy and Government Affairs
Leticia Pfeffer is the Director of Global Policy and Government Affairs at Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030. Leticia oversees Global Citizen’s SDG 5: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment advocacy portfolio globally, and develops strategies and leads on campaign execution for Global Citizen’s flagship #SheIsEqual campaign, on issues including women’s economic empowerment, gender discrimination in the law, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Leticia has been at Global Citizen for 6 years, and has a proven track record of securing measurable, impactful policy and financial commitments by governments and the private sector in support of girls and women, across key Global Citizen events and global moments.
At the 2018 European Development Days, Global Citizen successfully launched the #SheIsEqual campaign with the Governments of Belgium and Luxembourg, Procter & Gamble and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2018 alone, the campaign saw over 1.8 million actions taken, resulting in 36 new commitments valued at over US$1.07B, and set to impact more than 68 million women and girls around the world. Prior to Global Citizen, Leticia was pursuing a B.A. in Global Liberal Studies at New York University (NYU), with a focus on Politics, Rights & Development and Social & Public Policy through Robert F. Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service. Leticia grew up in sunny Miami and her family is from Mexico City. Growing up as a ‘third culture kid’ and bi-lingual in English and Spanish, this deeply impacted Leticia’s worldview as a global citizen, and she enjoys dancing salsa, eating spicy food and practicing yoga in her free time.
Kamela Forbes, CCWP
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
HireTalent Inc. / Consciously Unbiased
Kamela Forbes is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at HireTalent and Consciously Unbiased, where she translates diversity and inclusion strategy into creating cultures of belonging that help retain diverse talent, drive innovation, and build more sustainable businesses.
Her approach to inclusion to help create a more sustainable workplace–and world–stems from personal experience and passion. Having graduated from The Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as one of two minority students admitted in her class and working thereafter in the fashion industry as one of only a handful of black models, she understands that inclusion is at the heart of equality and sustainability. Goal 10 of Reduced Inequalities and Goal 8 of Decent Work and Economic Growth cannot be achieved without advancing the economic empowerment of diverse suppliers and educating leaders on the business case for inclusion. Consciously Unbiased is engaging audiences to take ownership for driving equality, which will also benefit the bottom line.
Manager, Participant Engagement
United Nations Global Compact
Thorin leads outreach and engagement for Europe at the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. He has devoted his career to building shared value partnerships that focus on the private sector’s vital role in achieving the global goals for sustainable development. Prior to his work at the UN Global Compact, Thorin was a corporate responsibility director in the financial sector. He has also worked for numerous non-profit organizations, currently serving on the board of the University of Fondwa, Haiti. Thorin completed dual undergraduate degrees in International Studies at Middlebury College and Sciences Po–Paris, and his graduate studies in International Business Relations at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University in collaboration with Harvard University.
Senior Manager | Climate Change and Sustainability Services
Ernst & Young LLP
Lauren is a Senior Manager with EY’s climate change and sustainability services team in New York. Lauren focuses on helping her client to improve their environmental, social and governance performance and to incorporate these topics into their broader strategy and operations. Her particular areas of focus includes sustainability risk management, sustainable supply chains, human rights policy development and implementation and developing strategic responses to opportunities and challenges relating to environmental and social issues. This experience spans the consumer products, financial services, mining, forestry, oil and gas, government, media and property industries. Lauren hold a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) and Law. She has worked as a lawyer in the energy and environment sectors and has a breadth of experience consulting in Australia, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.