Speakers and Contributors
· NESI Forum 2019 ·
Rajiv Joshi is a social entrepreneur and activist who serves as Managing Director and a founding member of The B Team. He is working actively with some of the world’s most influential CEOs to help redefine the role of business in tackling inequality, corruption, climate change and other barriers to sustainable development.
Rajiv has served as a Trustee of Oxfam and as Executive Director and Head of Programs for the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), the world’s largest civil society alliance working to end poverty and inequality.
Kate is currently Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences, and the University’s Research Champion for Justice and Equality. She is co-author, with Richard Wilkinson, of The Spirit Level, chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by the New Statesman, winner of Publication of the Year by the Political Studies Association, translated into 25 languages, and the recently published, The Inner Level. She is a co-founder and trustee of The Equality Trust.
For more than a decade, Andrea Somma-Trejos has been dedicated to several non-profit initiatives in sustainability and the arts, and is a passionate advocate of women’s empowerment. In 2017 she founded the Costa Rica Fashion Summit (CRFS), the first sustainable fashion forum in the region, reuniting the most relevant experts worldwide.
The success of this initiative led Andrea to create OMINA, an ambitious non- profit venture that seeks to inspire people to adopt a sustainable lifestyle by spreading global visionaries’ perceptions. Andrea Somma-Trejos is also country coordinator of Fashion Revolution.
In 1984 Pedro co-founded Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales in Argentina and was Managing Editor of the first environmental law journal in Spanish.
He also co-founded Emprendia, the first B Corp in Argentina, and became a board member and shareholder of Guayakí, a beverage firm that includes ecosystem regeneration and social inclusion in its core business.
He is co-founder of Sistema B, an organization dedicated to promoting B Corps in South America, and he is highly engaged in the globalization of the B Corp movement together with B Lab from the U.S.
Amy is a Director of Cripps Foundation, and also a Director of Minsmere Pty Ltd, a Director and Executive Vice President of Chartwell Industries Ltd., and is the Chairman of Velcro Industries N.V. She has recently been appointed to the ECOF Committee of the Trinity College Foundation (June 2015), and in 2014 became a member of the Campaign Board for the University of Melbourne.
Stewart is the Chair of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll). A long term advocate for the need to transition to a new economic system, Stewart previously worked as Oxfam International Director from 1992 to 2002, for which he was awarded an OBE. From 2003 to 2016, he was Executive Director of the New Economics Foundation.
She works at OCU in the study of the “new consumers” and the search for solutions to improve society from consumption. She has been member of the United Nations multi-stakeholder advisory committee for SDG 12 (Information for sustainable consumption and production).
She has coordinated the joint research of OCU and NESI Forum “Another consumption for a better future” (January 2019), which shows that 73% of Spanish consumers already take into account social or ecological aspects in their consumption decisions; that ethical consumption goes far beyond what we buy and is expressed above all in our habits; and that there are immense barriers that the consumer faces in terms of information, accessibility, price and trust. Barriers that from the new economies, responsible companies and public administrations, must be reduced to allow this committed consumer to flourish.
Marcos (Spain/The Netherlands) is an Economist and PhD in Business Administration. An entrepreneur that has started companies in different industries including financial services, technology and professional services. He brings a wealth of experience including banking, consulting, management and research. Marcos is known for his ability to lead the strategic delivery of profitable, sustainable, values-based business models.
As Executive Director of the GABV Marcos is building the values-based banking movement and growing our work with members, partners, experts and policy makers to influence the banking system so that it is more transparent, ethical, robust and real-economy focused. Marcos is also a professor of Business Administration at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Peter Holbrook became CEO of Social Enterprise UK in January 2010. Social Enterprise UK is the national trade body for social enterprise and represents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations. SEUK works to promote social enterprise as a model for changing both business and society.
Peter has established, developed and supported hundreds of diverse social enterprises over his career. He has advised government taskforces in the UK and overseas and chaired the Social Enterprise World Forum, the global network of social businesses until 2015. He was appointed a CBE in 2015.
Mechanical engineer, trainer, speaker, consultant & researcher on Sustainable Design, Circular Economy and Green Entrepreneurship. External expert for UNEP-UNIDO, he is founder and director of Ecologing. Author and mindshaker he has been teaching and provoking thousands of people to think differently about sustainability at important universities and business school around the world.
He has been, also, exploring how to help organisations creating the Ecocanvas, an “circular” update of Business Model Canvas. He loves anthropology, travelling and learning from different cultures, observing and experiencing adventures to generate a valuable and inspirational impact to those people that he finds along the way.
Coordinator of Red de Transición (Transition Spain) and of the Municipalities in Transitionproject, and currently serves as Vice-President of ECOLISE. She is a sustainability consultant, group process facilitator and transition trainer, focusing her activity on supporting community resilience processes and projects. She has also done research on citizen engagement and harnessing collective intelligence to solve local problems.
She has worked in international cooperation and holds a degree in International Relations (University of Plymouth) and a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (Montpellier SupAgro).
Lars Fogh Mortensen
Is an expert on sustainable consumption and production working at the European Environment Agency (EEA). He prepares assessments and advices policy makers on the sustainability of textiles, plastics and electronics. He has over 20 years of experience working on sustainability in international organisations, including from the OECD and the UN Division on Sustainable Development. He is also an author of a large number of academic articles and book chapters on sustainability.
For two London boroughs, Jonathan manages the city government’s affordable housing programme. The Housing and Land Directorate also works in partnership with charities and businesses to plan and deliver a significant increase in new homes, including piloting new technologies and finance models.
Previously, Jonathan worked for public policy think tanks (The RSA, New Economics Foundation) evaluating the impact of interventions in the built environment, advising on devolution of powers to local government, and exploring the role of the historic built environment in social and economic development. His background is in urban design, urban planning, and community development.
Donnie Maclurcan Ph.D. leads the Post Growth Institute, an international organization exploring how we thrive within ecological limits. Believing purpose-driven enterprise is the key, Donnie has consulted to over 450 not-for-profit businesses across 30 countries.
His own initiatives include the (En)Rich List, the Post Growth Alliance, the Offers and Needs Market process, Silent Skype team meetings, The Not for Profit Way training, Free Money Day and the globally-used #postgrowth hashtag. An Affiliate Professor of Economics at Southern Oregon University and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Donnie is completing his fourth book: How on Earth: Our future is not for profit.
Susana Martin Belmonte
Susana is an economist, researcher, writer and activist. Although she has dedicated most of her professional career to the online business, Susana is committed to the field of monetary reform, monetary and financial innovation, and complementary and alternative currencies.
His works include an independent research into the true nature of the monetary and financial system and its impact on the real economy, on environmental sustainability and on the social inequality (income and wealth). Currently, she works for the REC citizen currency project in Barcelona, ??in the B-MINCOME EU project, directed by Barcelona city council, ??where she is responsible for the monetary model, the legal viability and technology. Susana has been an e-commerce professor in the Master of Citius (UAM), and has taught complementary currencies in the Master of Smart Cities (UdG) and is the author of different publications and reports in this field.
“I am Melanie, entrepreneur in veganized – non toxic fashion, the first sustainable fashion concept store in the heart of Malaga and manager of a family business with 2 daughters. I want to be part of a more sustainable world, for us, our daughters and for every kids, I am looking for alternatives to mass production without respect for the environment, animals and people exploited.
Until becoming Social Entrepreneur, with a very novel concept in the retail sector, I learned in multinational companies in marketing and wholesale trade the functioning of conventional economies. But already very young in my first career as a registered nurse I wanted to contribute something different, my ethical and sustainable values. My psychology studies have contributed even more to a different vision about the current world. Today with veganized we introduce in the market the first concept store with the values ??vegan, fair trade, organic, toxic free , cradel to cradle urban fashion”
Carol Blázquez has extensive experience in the fashion industry but it is in 2010 when she joins the Ecoalf project as Creative Director and from there develops her passion for creating materials and processes much more respectful with the planet, until becoming in the Present Director of Innovation and Sustainability and Patron of the Ecoalf Foundation.
Responsible for ensuring the values of the brand so that they are the engine of the company and proud to be part of the BCORP community.
Mr. Mejía was appointed Director of UNITAR’s Division for People and Social Inclusion in 2018. Within the Division, he also serves as Senior Manager of UNITAR’s Social Development Programme (SDP), which he has lead since October 2012. Prior to these posts in Geneva, Mr. Mejía served for three years as Director of UNITAR’s Hiroshima Office in Japan, and for four years as Director of UNITAR’s CIFAL training centre in Atlanta, USA. In his current capacity, he serves as Director of UNITAR’s global network of 17 training centers, and is responsible for several other programmes within UNITAR’s Division for People and Social Inclusion, including the Nigeria Project Office and the Human Mobility Programme managed out of New York.
Mr. Mejía is a citizen of Ecuador, and his career spans two decades in private and public organizations. After obtaining his first master’s degree in 1992, he worked in corporate banking in Latin America for six years. In 1998, he joined his country’s foreign service as a diplomat, serving as Counsellor at the Ecuadorian Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2001, he became Vice Minister of Economy for the Republic of Ecuador. During this period, he also served as Alternate Governor to the International Monetary Fund, to the World Bank, and to the Inter-American Development Bank, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Ecuador’s Central Bank. From 2003 to 2005, he worked in Washington, DC as the Director of the Inter-American Council’s Andean Program, an entity chartered by the Organization of American States.
Mr. Mejía holds a master’s degree in Foreign Affairs from Georgetown University in Washington DC, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from INCAE University in Costa Rica. He also holds a Diploma in Political Leadership from Harvard University.