Session Information

Purpose and Profit: 21st Century Business Models Driving Sustainability

Date: Wednesday, March 2

Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Format: SPARK Talk

Caring for people and the planet no longer needs to be at the expense of profit.  We have witnessed firsthand how stewardship of people and planet can, in fact, support the bottom line.  This session will explore social purpose business models as drivers of innovation and highlight leading companies with a clearly defined social mission. Experts will share practical insights on strategy, marketing, innovation, and how they have successfully generated value and social impact while increasing profits.  Get access to the latest inside knowledge required to stay ahead of the curve and successfully integrate purpose and profit into your business model.

Join THNK School of Creative Leadership in an interactive session, where together with a panel of experts, we learn from leaders whom have thrown conventional structures aside by reframing limiting perceptions and assumptions.  Come away inspired with new insights, the ‘how to’ on application of the THNK Reframing Tool and leverage your experience to drive your desired impact and future success.

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Topic Speakers

Tony is a UK Chartered Electrical Engineer and spent his early working life building and commissioning subway trains in South Korea, Portugal and for the London Underground. He received his MBA from the Manchester Business School in 1988, graduating with a Distinction.

After introducing Japanese management techniques into three different manufacturing companies, saving two from closure, he left manufacturing for a new life in Bolivia where he joined, Transredes – Bolivia’s oil and gas pipeline company and a Shell joint venture, as Vice President of Corporate Planning and Analysis. In 2000, Transredes suffered a 29,000 barrel oil spill on the high altiplano and after 8 months as Incident Commander in charge of the clean up and the compensation of 126 indigenous communities, he returned to head office and created the Vice Presidency of Health, Safety, Environment and Social Affairs with a mandate to improve the company’s performance in these areas. Transredes became the first company in Bolivia to have an integrated Business Management System certified to ISO 9001, 14001 and OSHAS 18001 in 2003.

Appointed Vice President of Sustainability for CEMEX SA in 2007, he was instrumental in developing a sustainability model and strategy whilst improving stakeholder engagement through new NGO partnerships based around the company’s Conservation Book programme and the management of the 500,000 acre EL Carmen Transboundary Park which spans the border between the USA and Mexico.

Tony joined mining company Vedanta Resources plc as Chief Sustainability Officer in November 2010 where he implemented his Sustainable Business Model and led the company’s sustainability programme. He created the Vedanta Sustainability Framework of Policies and Standards that is leading to improved operational performance and a growing reputation as a leading company operating to the recognized international performance standards set by the International Finance Corporation

In April 2013, Tony joined the Aditya Birla Group to help the group formalize and integrate the principles and standards required to develop and enhance their sustainable businesses. His team will support the development of good governance structures, a group sustainability framework and practical roadmaps to help the Group’s businesses survive and thrive in our changing world and in doing so achieve the Aditya Birla 2017 Sustainability Vision, “By 2017, the Aditya Birla Group endeavours to become the leading Indian conglomerate for sustainable business practices across its global operations, balancing its economic growth with environmental and societal interests.” A US $40 billion corporation, the Aditya Birla Group is in the League of Fortune 500.

Alex Trisoglio is an executive coach and leadership advisor, with extensive experience in leadership development, improving individual and team performance, and catalyzing organizational change. Drawing on his two decades working with global businesses, professional firms and international organizations, Alex leads THNK’s international leaders through innovation and impact designed programming to drive breakthrough solutions to individual, team and organizational challenges.

His experience includes fifteen years advising senior leaders at McKinsey & Co., three years working with the CEO and Management Team at IFC/The World Bank and leading out conference programming with groups like the World Business Council for Sustainable Economics.

He has also worked with the CEOs and senior leaders at many Fortune 500 companies, business families, entrepreneurial start-ups and non-profit organisations. He was previously a Professor of Business Administration in London and Copenhagen for five years, specializing in Sustainability, Strategic Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, and he worked for IBM in London and New York in research and software engineering. He holds a US patent in computer science.

Born and raised in England to German and Italian parents, Alex has lived in France, Switzerland, the United States and Canada. He holds a first-class degree in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Behaviour from London University. He has been awarded a NatWest Fellowship to London Business School and a Fulbright Fellowship to Harvard Business School.

Harry Verhaar has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and is Head of Global Public & Government Affairs for Philips Lighting. He is responsible for the strategy, outreach and stakeholder management on energy & climate change, resource efficiency and sustainable development, with a key focus on the role of the LED lighting revolution.

He has since the end of 2003 been the architect of the lighting strategy on energy and climate change, which has resulted in a global momentum on phasing out of old lighting technologies.

He is an active member of a number of partnership and stakeholder networks, among which The Climate Group; Regions20 and the World Green Building Council and is a member of the Advisory Boards of The Lisbon Council and the Global Cities Institute (and their World Council on City Data). He is responsible for Philips’ relationship management with the UN and the World Bank and is a founding member of UNEP’s en.lighten program and the SE4All’s Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform. He is chairman of the European Alliance to Save Energy and is president of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.

Harry is a recipient of the 2011 UN Leader of Change Award, and has received the Carbon War Room’s Gigaton award on behalf of Philips at COP17 in Durban. In May 2015 he received the Energy Efficiency Visionary Award from the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington DC. He holds a MSc in Solid State Luminescence from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.