Business and Society Program

2010 First Movers

Established in 2009 by the Business and Society Program, the First Movers Fellowship is designed for exceptional business innovators who are integrating profitability and social value in their companies. The Fellowship meets a growing need for values-based business leaders who understand the interdependency of business success and the long-term health of society. Below is a list of the 2010 Fellows, who completed their fellowship year most recently in April 2011.

Ajay Badhwar, Strategic Marketing Manager, Dow Oil & Gas, Dow Chemical Company. Ajay for the Dow Oil & Gas business in the power and CO2 space – with a charter to help build new Dow businesses and manage large initiatives. He is serving as the project manager for the high-profile Dow-Alstom project which functions across two companies and multiple functions. Ajay is recognized as the leader in capturing CO2 from power plants. Ajay's career at Dow began at a polystyrene plant, running daily operations. During that time Ajay also represented Dow in the community by serving on the board of directors for Junior Achievement and other organizations. He moved to a role in research and development, where his responsibilities include running three pilot plants to meet Dow's scale-up of technology objectives.  As a result of his work on Dow's carbon capture project, Ajay was recently profiled as a "Social Intrepraneur" in Net Impact's Making Your Impact at Work guide. Ajay has a BA in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario and an MBA from the University of Michigan, graduating with distinction and an emphasis in Finance and Marketing. He is fluent in Japanese. Ajay voluntarily serves on the board of directors for Pure Water for the World, and is leading a team to Haiti to work on distributing clean water – an effort particularly relevant in the face of the recent Haiti earthquake. He has been an active Rotarian since 2000. In 2003, Ajay journeyed to India to participate in a Polio National Immunization Day which administered polio vaccines to the urban poor outside of Delhi.

Antoni Ballabriga, Director of Corporate Responsibility, BBVA, a Global Banking Group present in 32 countries in Europe, America and Asia, with more than 48 million customers, 110.000 employees and 7.700 branches. Antoni currently reports to the CEO and Board of Directors in this matter. His main responsibility is the integration of all CR issues into the mainstream activities and business strategy, which includes basically customer orientation, financial inclusion, responsible finance, environmental policy, human resources & supply chain. He is also responsible for the community investment policy focused on education & financial literacy with a total budget of 85 million euros in 2009. Antoni is also founder and President of SpainSIF, Spanish Forum for Socially Responsible Investment, an association integrated with 32 members to promote the integration of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESF) criteria into asset management. This multi-stakeholder platform includes financial institutions, asset managers, SRI suppliers, NGOs and trade unions. Before his entry at BBVA in 2007, he was Partner at Nóos Institute, managing the consultancy division of this think tank with the mission to help large companies in their processes of formulation and implementation of strategies in the fields of CSR, Patronage and Sponsorship. From 1993 to 2003 he was Managing Director of a family firm. In 1995 he was nominated as Best Young Entrepreneur in the region of Catalunya (Spain).He holds a degree in Business Sciences and a Master's in Business Administration from ESADE. He has studied also strategy and CSR at Harvard Business School. Antoni is a member of the Advisory Council for the Inter-American Development Bank CSR Annual Conference. He is a member of the Board in the Mas Familia Foundation and Deporte Joven Foundation (Spain).

Rachael Barber, Head of Global Community Investment, Barclays. She is responsible for development and delivery of Barclays global community investment strategy and management of major community partnerships around the world. In 2009 Barclays invested over £55 million in communities around the world and engaged more than 55,000 Barclays employees in volunteering, fundraising and giving. Rachael joined Barclays in 1996 on the graduate training programme. Whilst on the programme she had roles in branch banking, media finance and investor relations. In 1999 she joined the Corporate Responsibility team, delivering the bank's financial inclusion strategy in the UK, before moving to Community Investment. Rachael has a degree from the University of Manchester. She also chairs The UK's Business Action on Homelessness Executive Committee and is a member of the Stars Foundation awards judging panel.

Anupam Bhargava, Chief Executive Officer, Clearwater Systems Corporation. Clearwater is an established leader in environmentally responsible water treatment technology. The company is focused on the design, development, manufacturing, and marketing of advanced water treatment technology that supports resource efficiency—primarily water and energy savings—while contributing to pollution prevention and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Anupam is responsible for the overall direction of the company, including the expansion of product lines into new markets and the adoption of its technology for new applications. Anupam brings to Clearwater the skills and experience of a clean technology professional with a twenty-year track record of commercializing technology into large markets. Previously, Anupam was General Manager of Line Maintenance Services at Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation, where he successfully launched new service businesses from start-up to market leader with operations worldwide. One of Anupam's key innovations was EcoPower® on-wing engine wash, which created a global market for the environmentally responsible maintenance of aircraft engines. Established as an industry best practice, this service has helped airlines to reduce billions of pounds of jet fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, improving operating results and reducing environmental impact. Anupam earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration at the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University.

Eric B. Goldberg, Director, Corporate Marketing, MetLife. He is responsible for the development and implementation of online strategy across MetLife's sixteen International markets. In this role he works with the local marketing teams to develop online business plans that deliver clear financial returns and also ensures that online marketing efforts are integrated into the overall marketing approach. Eric joined MetLife in February 2002 and assumed his current position in January 2008. His prior roles have all been focused on expanding MetLife's presence in the online space. He led the Online Product Management team in MetLife's group insurance business, a 10-person group responsible for defining online sales and service opportunities and subsequently developing and implementing the online experience. Prior to MetLife, Eric worked at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, a management consultancy, where he primarily focused on process improvement and organizational design projects. He spent considerable time dealing with issues related to budget/target setting and forecasting with his two primary clients Lucent Technologies and Pfizer Corporation. Additional work experience includes time with Economic Consulting Services (ECS) in Washington, D.C. At ECS, he conducted economic analysis for foreign and domestic clients involved International trade disputes such as antidumping investigations and prepared calculations of transfer prices and financial valuations for corporations in IRS litigation. Following his time at ECS, Eric worked at Markowitz & McNaughton, a management consulting firm located in Northern Virginia. He assisted mid-sized firms with a variety of business issues ranging from the development of new marketing strategies to financial restructuring. Eric also spent a summer at Kmart Corporation evaluating its third-party distribution system and its vendor compliance program. Eric received his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and his BA from Tufts University.

Joanna Hafenmayer, Citizenship & Sustainability Officer, Microsoft Switzerland. Joanna is also responsible for innovation and productivity. In this role she leads the so called "Citizenship Cabinet" and manages a portfolio of approximately 20 CSR engagements. Her main focus is the impact that information technologies can and should have on social and environmental challenges. Before joining Microsoft, she co-founded the organization "MyImpact" (www.myimpact.net). It supports people and organization that foster a sustainable quality of life and inspires others to do so, as well. MyImpact's work especially focuses on Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Investments and measurement of social impact. In 2007, Joanna and her husband published the book, "Die Zukunftsmacher" (The Future Makers), that portrays 23 social entrepreneurs from all over the world and demonstrates how to combine a successful career with the sense of meaning and a positive impact. MyImpact consulted several social entrepreneurs on strategy, marketing and cooperation with businesses and helped establish an asset management firm for sustainable investments in Zurich, Switzerland. Joanna's educational background is in business (University of St. Gallen) and international relations. She used to work in the telecommunications industry (broadband start-up) for the Swiss Agency of Economic Affairs and was a marketing manager with Microsoft Switzerland for a couple of years. Joanna was educated in Switzerland, and before that in Warsaw, Poland, where she grew up before parts of her family moved to Switzerland when she was 13 years old.

Alicia Ledlie, Senior Director, Associate Development at Walmart Stores, Inc. In this role she is responsible for developing and executing Walmart's educational strategy, with an aim to increasing Walmart associates' access to an affordable, high-quality college education. Prior to this position, Alicia was Senior Director, Health Business Development. She led the design and execution of new healthcare initiatives, including development and rollout of Wal-Mart's in-store medical clinic business. Alicia has also worked as a Walmart Store Co-Manager, supervising the daily operations of an urban market Walmart store. Before joining Walmart, Alicia held various Human Resources positions at Skillgames.com and Citigroup. She holds an M.B.A. from the London Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.

Sally Madsen, Social Innovation Lead, IDEO. Sally brings a holistic view to the design of products, services, and systems, believing that good design usually touches on all of these, and more. Her experience at IDEO includes programs for social and commercial clients in India, Ghana, Kenya, Bangladesh, Mexico, and the US. Before coming to IDEO, Sally founded Cosmos Ignite Innovations, a start-up providing solar-powered lights as a replacement for kerosene lights in India and other countries. She holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of work Sally spends much of her time indulging in craft. She's an avid sailor, with a busy racing schedule in the San Francisco Bay. And she's an enthusiastic globetrotter, traveling with open eyes (and open mouth) and a camera around her neck, immersing herself in the experience.

Marika McCauley Sine, International Government Relations Manager, The Coca-Cola Company. Marika works on sustainability strategy, policy and communications with a focus on economic development, sustainable agriculture, women's empowerment and human rights and she engages with the Company's government and civil society stakeholders. Before joining Coca-Cola, Marika worked with Oxfam America and other non-profits on poverty alleviation, microfinance and agricultural sustainability in the United States and Asia. As an AmeriCorps Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center, she studied ways to improve anti-hunger programs in the United States. Marika received her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She is a member of Georgia State University's Corporate Responsibility Advisory Board. Marika hails from Hawaii and has lived in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Hamlin Metzger, Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility, Best Buy Co., Inc. In this position, Hamlin plays a critical role in the formation and integration of Best Buy's sustainability strategy. He also leads several aspects of Best Buy's corporate responsibility efforts including supply chain management, international implementation, performance measurement and reporting. Prior to his formal role in corporate responsibility, Hamlin co-founded the Best Buy Social Responsibility team, a grassroots employee network that promotes the adoption of sustainable business practices. In addition, Hamlin was instrumental in the formation of the Minnesota CSR Forum which brings together corporate practitioners to address common challenges in the field of corporate responsibility. Hamlin is an eleven-year veteran of Best Buy, holding various positions in merchandising, operations and project management, where he became Lean Six Sigma certified, before moving into corporate responsibility. Prior to joining Best Buy, Hamlin was an apparel buyer with adidas. Hamlin also serves as an officer on the board of directors at HandsOn Twin Cities, Minnesota's premier volunteer resource center. In terms of his academic background, he holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Literature and Psychology from St. Olaf College, has completed graduate course work in non-profit management and is one of the first individuals to become certified through the Corporate Citizenship Management program at Boston College's Carroll School of Management.

Jeremy Neuner, CEO and (R)evolutionary-in-Chief, NextSpace Coworking + Innovation – an entrepreneurial catalyst located in Santa Cruz, California. Prior to founding NextSpace, he was a US Navy helicopter pilot, a management consultant, and the first Economic Development Manager for the City of Santa Cruz. Jeremy holds a bachelor's degree in literature from Georgetown University and a master's degree in business and government from Harvard University. He serves on the board of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Santa Cruz Design and Innovation Center, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Center Advisory Board and the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

 

Assil Omar, Senior Manager of Global Leadership Development, Agility Logistics. In her current role, Assil works directly with Agility's Chairman and Management Board in the design and management of Agility's global leadership development programs and talent management initiatives. Programs are acknowledged for strategic alignment, upgrading talent, fostering collaboration, and contributing to the bottom line. Assil also acts as an internal coaching resource on various leadership development matters. In her previous role, she partnered with business leaders and HR professionals in the design and implementation of a Corporate University. Assil is passionate about education, human, and social development and currently sits on The Women's Foundation's Steering Committee to oversee the design and execution of its flagship leadership development and gender equity program for Hong Kong's under-privileged teens. She has also recently begun researching how the effective learning and development principles she's witnessed in the corporate environment can be transferred into socio-economic and community development sectors to foster leadership development in these environments. Assil holds an M.A in Education, Curriculum Studies, (International, Comparative, & Development Education Collaborative Degree) from the University of Toronto and an Honors' BA in History (International & Comparative Studies Minor) from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Assil is also trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Prosci's Change Management Process, is a licensed DDI Facilitator, and certified in the Center for Creative Leadership 360 feedback assessment tools.

Britta Rendlen, Head, Sustainability Risk Management, Swiss Reinsurance Company in Zurich, Switzerland. Britta has worked on the development and roll out of a group-wide framework to manage sustainability risks inherent to insurance transactions and investments. Prior to this project she was working as Sustainability and Thematic Analyst in the company's equity team, where she developed an innovative framework for the integration of ESG (environmental, social and governance criteria) into equity analysis as part of her efforts to implement the UN Principles for Responsible Investments. Before her work in Asset Management, she was developer and manager of Swiss Re's COYou2 Program, a group-wide incentive program encouraging employees to invest in climate friendly technology, the first global program of its kind. Before joining Swiss Re, Britta worked 2003-06 first as Research Assistant to the President and later as Manager, Member Relations at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland, a CEO-led business association of approximately 200 multi-national companies. In this position she gained great insights into the wide spectrum of corporate sustainability/responsibility programs while interacting directly with both CEOs and sustainability managers. She managed a team of two to plan both content and logistics of CEO/member conferences taking place in Asia, US and Europe. Britta first became aware of the concept of sustainability (as the inter-connectedness of economic, social and environmental realms) when she worked as a fundraiser for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis, Missouri, 1998-00, where the mutual dependency between artistic institutions and the local economic sector seemed particularly apparent. As Director of Communications and Institutional Support for Development she raised corporate, foundation and government grants. A passionate dancer at the time, Britta first came to the US in 1993 thanks to a scholarship at a dance school in Chicago. The foremost driver for Britta's career has been a passion for filling a humanitarian need and the possibility to shape and create projects/environments/ideas. The interaction with like-minded colleagues from various disciplines, as well as ample time in nature provide her with the necessary inspiration. Britta holds a diploma as a Certified International Investment Analyst (AZEK), an MBA (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University), a BA in Performing Arts Management (Columbia College Chicago) and an associate degree in Social Sciences (Georg-August University Göttingen). She is currently volunteering at Zurich's migration office assisting immigrant families getting rooted in Switzerland.

Emma Stewart, Senior Manager of Sustainability, AEC Solutions, Autodesk. Emma Stewart, Ph.D., spearheads the design software company's efforts to make sustainable design easy, cost-effective and routine across the building and infrastructure industries. In 2009, Emma founded Autodesk's Sustainable Design Living Lab program, which uses Autodesk facilities as a testing ground for new software to rapidly green existing buildings. In 2008, she founded its Sustainable Operations program, which was named best-in-class by the Carbon Disclosure Project. She is the co-author of "C-FACT" (a Corporate Finance Approach to Climate-stabilizing Targets), a science-driven, business-friendly approach to greenhouse gas target setting, which Autodesk made open source in 2009. Prior to Autodesk, she founded and directed the Environmental R&D Division at Business for Social Responsibility, where her team designed corporate initiatives to analyze and adapt to 'horizon' issues such as payments for ecosystem services, water footprinting, carbon offsets and trading, product toxicity, and supply chain standards. Emma is a regularly featured columnist for Harvard Business Online, Environmental Leader, and GreenBiz and her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, Global Finance, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, Inside Washington, and Environmental Finance. She is a contributing author to a number of recent books: Corporate Responses to Climate Change, The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Business, and Carbon Trading. Emma has been named a Next Generation Fellow by Columbia University (2007), a Cabinet Member of the World Economic Forum's Low Carbon Taskforce (2008), a Judge for the Clean Tech Open (2009), and a First Mover Fellow by The Aspen Institute (2010). She has lectured at both universities and Fortune1000 companies, and was an invited speaker at the National Press Club in DC, the UN Conference of the Parties, the World Conservation Congress, Greenbuild and Ecobuild. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from Stanford University and a B.A. Honours degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University.

Eric Wilmot, Director of Strategy, SYPartners. Eric is a business design and brand growth strategist with a background in industrial design, architecture, and user-centered research. Over the past 15 years his work has focused on growth solutions for major brands across digital services, consumer electronics, energy, CPG, medical, home appliance, hardware and retail industries. As a Director of Strategy at SYPartners, his work focuses on the intersection of business, design, and culture to help shape great leaders and brands. He brings a systems approach to the creation of strategic solutions that create new value for clients and improve the world for people. Eric has spearheaded new consultancy practices at some of the world's leading design and innovation firms with clients such as AT&T, Intel, and Alcatel-Lucent. He has a degree in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters of Design Strategy from the Institute of Design– Chicago. He is also a professor of graduate studies on design management, sustainability and innovation.