Wim Elfrink is responsible for three global functions at Cisco: Cisco’s Industry Solutions Group, Emerging Countries Initiatives as well as the company’s globalisation strategy.
Elfrink joined Cisco in 1997 assuming global responsibility for Cisco Services Europe. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cisco Services where under his leadership business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion in 2010 with industry-leading margins and customer satisfaction.
In 2006, Elfrink was appointed Chief Globalisation Officer and was named Executive Vice President a year later. He went on to establish Cisco’s Globalisation Centre East (GCE) in Bangalore, India. Over four years, Elfrink grew the GCE to be an innovation hub and to be company’s smartest and most sustainable campus offering globally scaled solutions. During this time, Elfrink chaired the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Steering Committee on Intelligent Urbanization, which in 2010 recommended a Framework for Sustainable Urbanization for India.
Today, Elfrink is recognised as Cisco’s Corporate Entrepreneur in residence and is responsible for driving the next era of the internet known as “The Internet of Everything” (IoE) and “The Internet of Things” (IoT). Addressing emerging countries that are experiencing significant economic, social and environmental change are part of his global charter aimed at transforming physical communities to connected communities (Smart + Connected Communities – S+CC) using network centric innovation to enable sustainability. Today, there are greater than 90+ S+CC projects around the world.
An officer of the company, Elfrink is also a board member of the US India Business Council, a member of the Silatech Board in Qatar, the New Cities Foundation Board and the Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Group. In 2009 Daily News & Analysis, a leading Indian newspaper, named Elfrink one of Bangalore’s 50 Most Influential People, one of 12 from the corporate world and the only non-Indian to be featured. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award from the Netherlands-America Foundation.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate, lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn more than 160 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe. In 2009, he was named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Agents of Change.”
Kennedy was also featured in the acclaimed environmental documentary The Last Mountain, the Sundance 2011 official selection. The film examines the struggle to save Coal River Mountain in Coal River Valley, West Virginia — the last mountain in the area untouched by the mining practice of mountain top removal.
Kennedy is a professor of environmental law at Pace University School of Law and serves as co-director of the school’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. He also serves as President of Waterkeeper Alliance, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and co-host of radio show Ring of Fire. He is a partner on the CleanTech investment team of Silicon Valley’s VantagePoint Capital Ventures, the environmental advisor to Napo Pharmaceuticals, and serves on numerous boards. Earlier in his career, he served as assistant district attorney in New York City.
He is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City’s water supply. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development. He also helped lead the fight to turn back the anti-environmental legislation during the 104th Congress. He has also worked on environmental issues across the Americas, and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands.
Among his published books are the New York Times best-seller Crimes Against Nature (2004); The Riverkeepers (1997); and Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr: A Biography (1977). His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside magazine, the Village Voice, and many other publications. Kennedy’s award-winning articles have also been included in anthologies of America’s best crime writing, best political writing and best science writing.
Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation, he attended Pace University School of Law, where he earned a master’s degree in environmental law.
Robert E. Rubin
Mr. Rubin served as the 70th Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1995 to 1999. He joined the Clinton Administration in 1993 as the first director of the National Economic Council.
Mr. Rubin began his career in finance at Goldman, Sachs, rising to vice-chairman and co-chief operating officer (1987-1990) and co-senior partner and co-chairman (1990-1992). He was a member of the board at Citigroup and a senior advisor to the company (1999-2009). In 2010, he joined Centerview Partners as a senior counselor.
In June 2017, he concluded his 10-year term as Co-Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations but serves as Co-Chairman Emeritus; is on the board of the Mount Sinai Health System; and is chairman of the board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. In June 2014, he completed a 12-year term as a member of the Harvard Corporation, and is now a member of its Finance Committee. He is one of the founders of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.
Mr. Rubin graduated from Harvard summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics; he received a law degree from Yale, and attended the London School of Economics. He has received numerous honorary degrees.
Patsy Doerr is responsible for overseeing the company’s corporate social responsibility, diversity & inclusion and sustainability functions. Patsy has over 20 years of experience in talent, learning, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, employee recognition and customer engagement mainly in investment banking. She has held a number of global leadership roles at JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, in New York, London and most recently, Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Patsy was responsible for talent and learning, employee recognition, alumni relations and the global centers of excellence development effort at Credit Suisse in Asia Pacific. She was based in Hong Kong, but her responsibilities spanned 14 countries across the region. She has extensive experience with panel moderation, facilitation, communications and presentation. She was the key interviewer for CSTV in APAC and in that role, had the opportunity to work with Roger Federer and Tony Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia. She is a frequent guest speaker at various organizations, universities and schools, and is certified in a number of personality profiling and team building tools. She is passionate about supporting a diverse, global environment to support business goals. She was recently awarded with the Tri-State Diversity Council – Most Powerful & Influential Woman award and the Promoting Workforce Diversity & Gender Equality award for the Banking, Financial and Insurance industry sector by City State Reports.
Patsy sits on the Board of Trustees for Marymount School for Girls, where she is also the President of the Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Leadership Committee for Out Leadership, YMCA Leadership Committee, the 30% Club Steering Committee, the Business Advisory Board for PFLAG and a member of the Steering Committee for All in Together. In addition, she is a board member of Samburu Girls Foundation.
Patsy has a BS in Biology (pre-medicine) from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and a Master of Science (summa cum laude) in Adult Learning and Organizational Development from Fordham University in New York, NY. Patsy is an avid runner, focusing on half marathons and marathons all over the world, including Cambodia, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, New York City, and most recently, Berlin. She has two children (a 13 year old son, Nicholas and 10 year old daughter, Ella) and lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Michael Kobori has led sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. since 2001. Through his leadership, the company has been a pioneer on sustainability.
Under Mr. Kobori’s tenure, the company has brought sustainable products to the market through its Levi’s® Water<Less™ and Waste<Less™ collections and Dockers® WellThread™ collection. It has engaged consumers in sustainability through its Care for our Planet™ program and clothing take-back programs. It has advocated industry collaboration through its leadership on the Better Cotton Initiative, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals group, and Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
On labor rights, the company was one of the first companies to publicly disclose its manufacturing supplier locations, led the industry in banning sandblasting, and has recently launched its Improving Workers Well Being program, which goes beyond compliance to improve the lives of people who make its products.
Based on its sustainability work, Levi Strauss & Co. was named as one of the most innovative companies in the world in 2014 by FastCompany magazine, which also named Mr. Kobori one of its 1000 Most Creative People in Business.
Michael serves on the Board of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business at the University of California at Berkeley, the Global Advisory Council of the Cornerstone Capital Group, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Program.
He previously served as Chair and Council member of the Better Cotton Initiative, Board member of the Levi Strauss Foundation, and Advisory Board member of the ILO’s Better Work program.
Prior to working at Levi Strauss & Co., Michael was a Vice-President at Business for Social Responsibility and spent nearly ten years at The Asia Foundation.
Michael holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also received his undergraduate education in Psychology and Asian Studies.
Michael lives in Berkeley, California, with his spouse, Sachiko Nagai. They have two grown daughters, Anne and Ellen. In addition to his work and family, Michael is passionate about cooking, gardening, the San Francisco Giants and the California Golden Bears.
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation from Northern Alberta. She has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for the past 15 years. Currently a Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation, Melina’s research is focused on Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Renewable Energy. Melina holds a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on Renewable Energy in First Nation communities. As a part of Masters thesis Melina completed a 20.8 kW solar installation in her home community of Little Buffalo in the heart of the tar sands, which powers the health centre.
For over a decade, Melina worked as a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada and the Indigenous Environmental Network internationally. She has written for a variety of publications and produced short documentaries on the tar sands, climate change, water issues and Indigenous cultural revitalization. Melina has studied, campaigned and worked in Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Canada and across Europe focusing on resource extraction, climate change impacts, media literacy and Indigenous rights & responsibilities.
Her most recent project is hosting a TV series called Power to the People which documents renewable energy, food security and eco-housing in Indigenous communities across North America. Melina currently serves on the Board of 350.org as well as the steering committees of Indigenous Climate Action, Energy Futures Lab, and Seeding Sovereignty.
Justin Trudeau is Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Minister of Youth.
A teacher, father, advocate, and leader, Mr. Trudeau’s vision of our country is a place where everyone has a shot at success because we have the confidence and leadership to invest in Canadians.
His passion for public service and vision for Canada are shaped by his experiences and influences — his father, Pierre, and mother, Margaret; the Trudeau and Sinclair families; his roots in the East and West, French and English.
Driven by the desire to have a positive influence in the world, after graduating from McGill University in 1994, Mr. Trudeau decided to become a schoolteacher. He completed the University of British Columbia’s education program, and spent several years teaching mostly French and math in Vancouver.
In 2002, Mr. Trudeau returned home to Montreal, where he fell in love with Sophie Grégoire, a Quebec TV and radio host. They married in 2005 and, in subsequent years, became the proud parents of Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien.
Prior to entering politics, Mr. Trudeau was frequently called upon to speak at conferences and various events on youth and environmental issues. He was the Chair of Katimavik, where he spoke to young people about the value of community service and volunteerism, and a board member of the Canadian Avalanche Foundation, where he promoted avalanche safety. The more Mr. Trudeau spoke with young people across the country, the more he began to gravitate toward a life of advocacy. It became increasingly clear that the issues young Canadians care about — education, the environment, their generation’s economic prospects — needed a stronger voice in the public sphere. He also began to feel that a generational change was approaching. It was against this backdrop that he made his first steps into politics.
In 2007, Mr. Trudeau decided to serve Canadians by seeking the nomination in the Montreal riding of Papineau. He was elected in 2008, and then again in 2011 and 2015.
Mr. Trudeau was elected Leader of his party in April 2013. Propelled by hope and hard work, he focused his leadership on building the team and the plan to create growth that works for the middle class, and fair economic opportunity for everyone; on respect for and promotion of freedom and diversity; and on a more democratic government that represents all of Canada.
On October 19, 2015, Mr. Trudeau led his party to victory, winning a majority government with seats in every province and territory across the country. He was elected on a platform for change and growing the middle class.
Mr. Trudeau was sworn in on November 4, 2015, with an equal number of men and women in Cabinet — a first in Canada’s history.
Gina McCarthy was EPA Administrator from July 2013 to January 2017. Originally appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment.
Previously, McCarthy served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. During her career, which spans over 30 years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment.
McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University.
As GE’s global executive director of ecomagination, Deb Frodl leads the business strategy that drives innovation and profitable growth for clean energy solutions. A 24-year GE veteran, Frodl began her career with GE Capital Fleet Services and held positions in marketing and services. In 1991, she joined GE Capital Public Finance in a sales role and then became the vice president and national sales manager for the municipal market. In 1999, she accepted the role of president and CEO of public finance.
She increased her responsibilities by accepting the role of president and CEO for dealer financial services. In 2004, she was named the chief marketing officer for commercial equipment finance and led a global marketing team. Frodl rejoined GE Capital Fleet Services in 2005 as chief commercial officer. In 2010, she was named the chief strategy officer for GE Capital Fleet Services and global alternative fuels leader for GE. She was responsible for the commercial organization including strategy, marketing, commercial excellence and telematics and served as a team member of ecomagination.
Frodl is the executive champion of the Minneapolis GE Women’s Network and a member of the executive steering committee for GE Commercial Women. She serves on the boards of the American Automotive Leasing Association, the Electric Drive Transportation Association and Common Bond. She has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Industry Leaders by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and the Most Influential Women in Fleet Management by Automotive Fleet as well as a Sustainability All Star by Green Fleet. Frodl holds a BS in business and economics from Minnesota State University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Physicist Amory B. Lovins—ex-Oxford don, honorary U.S. architect, Swedish engineering academician—has written 530 papers and 31 books, taught at ten universities, redesigned numerous buildings, vehicles, and factories, and advised industry and governments for 40+ years in 60+ countries. A U.S. National Petroleum Council member, he advises the Chief of Naval Operations.
He received the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, National Design, and World Technology Awards. Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people; Foreign Policy, one of 100 top global thinkers.