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Freshfields and Columbia University’s Richman Center Host Leading Forum on Resource Sustainability in Global Business

Senior executives, thought leaders and academics will gather on April 10 in NYC to discuss emerging challenges and opportunities in the pursuit of global sustainability

Global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (“Freshfields”) and Columbia University’s Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy (“Columbia”), a collaboration between Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School, are pleased to host the fourth annual Global Business Forum on April 10 in New York City, New York. This year’s forum, “Resource Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Business,” will concentrate on the developing challenge of resource scarcity and how global businesses are addressing the issue, and identifying ways to change the narrative for years to come.

The event will feature a keynote from former Unilever CEO Paul Polman, a leading voice for corporate responsibility, who will discuss effective ways to protect the world’s natural capital through new models of sustainable and equitable growth. Panels will discuss the implications of resource scarcity for investors, regulatory environments and businesses, as well as how companies can turn the challenges of scarcity into opportunities for investment, technological innovation and growth that will positively impact the world.

A comprehensive list of panelists and keynote speakers at the 2019 Global Business Forum includes:

  • Daniel Aminetzah, Partner and Head of NA Agriculture and Food, McKinsey & Company
  • Bertrand Badré, CEO and Founder, Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital
  • Roberta Barbieri, Vice President for Global Sustainability, Office of Sustainability, PepsiCo
  • Ruth Greenspan Bell, Public Policy Fellow, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center
  • Willem Buiter, Special Economic Advisor, Citi
  • Barbara J. Burger, President, Chevron Technology Ventures
  • Matt Carstens, Senior Vice President, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN
  • Colin Davies, Senior Analyst, AllianceBernstein
  • Avik Dey, Managing Director and Head of Energy and Resources, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Laura K. Esposito, Managing Director and Head of Institutional Distribution, Rockefeller Capital Management
  • Anne Greven, Global Head of Food and Agribusiness Innovation, Rabobank
  • Geoff Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School
  • Kimberly Henderson, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Scott Jacobs, CEO and Co-Founder, General Capital
  • Erika Karp, Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital
  • Patrice Matchaba, MD, Group Head, Global Health and Corporate Responsibility, Novartis International
  • Joseph Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Committee for Economic Development
  • Megan Murphy, former Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Charles Penner, Partner, JANA Partners
  • David Perry, President, CEO and Director, Indigo
  • Leslie Picker, Reporter, CNBC
  • Matt Rogers, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • David Rosenberg, CEO and Co-Founder, AeroFarms
  • Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor and Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University
  • Nick Schulz, Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Senior Strategic Policy Communications Advisor, ExxonMobil
  • Elizabeth Seeger, Director, Sustainable Investing, KKR
  • Seth M. Siegel, water activist and author of Let There Be Water
  • Meg Starr, Vice President, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Greg Steltenpohl, Co-Founder and CEO, Califia Farms
  • David Tze, CEO, NovoNutrients
  • Bruce Usher, Professor of Practice and Director, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School
  • Shazi Visram, Founder and Chairman, Happy Family Organics
  • Mary Wenzel, Executive Vice President and Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Wells Fargo & Company

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About Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on groundbreaking and business-critical mandates. Our 2,800-plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices and alongside leading local firms. Our commitment, local and multinational expertise, and business know-how means our clients rely on us when it matters most.

About Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University

The Richman Center fosters collaboration among Columbia University’s distinguished business and legal scholars in order to generate curricular innovations and advanced research that has the potential to inform public policy as well as the theory and practice of business and law. For more information, visit


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