Business and Society Program
Business and Society Program
2009 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. Listed below are the 2009 Fellows, the inaugural class of First Movers.
Suzanne Ackerman-Berman,Transformation Director, Pick n Pay, a major South African retail operation, as well as a member of the chairman's executive committee. Suzanne oversees and implements transformation within the Pick n Pay group by employing the tenets of the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Codes of Good Practice, as established by the South African government's affirmative action program. To achieve her objectives of reaching out to small, disadvantaged entrepreneurs, she is launching a nation-wide call for applications. Successful candidates will offer a product or service that will benefit the retail industry and fit within the BEE guidelines. Pick n Pay will work with entrepreneurs chosen for this opportunity to build their organizational capacity. In 2008, Financial Mail recognized Pick n Pay as one of the Top Ten Empowered South African Retailers. Suzanne began her career in France, training in delicatessens and fresh food departments of French supermarket chains Mammouth and Doc de France. From 1987 to 1988, Suzanne worked as a European sales executive for men's jewelry at Dunhill of London. She oversaw sales in Spain, Sweden, Denmark, and Belgium. For the following seven years, Suzanne established her own restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in the ski resort of Val d'Isere, France. After 11 years of international sales experience, Suzanne returned to South Africa and began working for Pick n Pay. Outside of Pick n Pay, Suzanne is a Trustee of the Kamba Labantu community development project and actively involved in the Red Cross Children's Hospital, the Global Food Network, the National Poverty Hearing, and other community initiatives. Suzanne won the 2007 Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for outstanding contribution to philanthropy in South Africa. Suzanne graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in French and politics. She also studied in Switzerland and the United States and has completed the UCT Graduate School of Business program, "Finance for Non-Financial Managers." Suzanne lives in Cape Town with her husband, Paul, and three children.
Roberto Bocca, Head of Energy Industries, World Economic Forum. Roberto Bocca joined the World Economic Forum in August 2009. In this role, Roberto leads the energy agenda of the Forum with particular focus on energy efficiency improvements, accelerating smart grid investments, scaling up renewable energy and energy security. Previously, Roberto was a group leader at BP where he had a 14 year career in Downstream and Alternative Energy. As Director of the Emerging Consumer Markets for BP Alternative Energy, between September 2004 and January 2009, Roberto led the development of an innovative business to provide access to cleaner, safer and affordable energy solutions to a large number of emerging consumers across the developing world. Roberto has worked extensively with international and local NGOs and academic institutions. The accomplishments of the Emerging Consumer business have been portrayed in different articles in Harvard Business Review and Yale Global, among others. In 2008 the business received the prestigious engineering IChem award for innovation. Roberto joined BP in 1995 and held various roles in Business Development, Sales & Marketing and Supply & Distribution in businesses in India and across Europe, including France, Poland and the UK. Prior to BP, Roberto worked in Italy for Telecom Italia and Finconsumo in Finance. Roberto is an Italian national. He graduated in 1993 from the Turin University of Business and Economics. Roberto plays several sports. He is a qualified ski instructor and runs marathons. He also enjoys playing the piano.
Felipe Botero, Vice President of Technology and Operations, MetLife Insurance. Felipe has been with MetLife for over 20 years, starting as a computer programmer and working on many different assignments throughout the company. In 2003, Felipe was made officer in charge of the MetLife Mexico IT operations. During 2005, he led the Global Program Management Office in the integration of the Travelers Life and Annuity acquisition from Citigroup. Since February of 2006, he has been part of the Retirement Strategies Group, which is responsible for developing and implementing business strategies to capitalize on the emerging retirement market opportunity. Throughout his time at MetLife, Felipe has been involved with diversity in various capacities and is currently the co-chair of his group in the Diversity Committee. As an industry professional, he volunteers his time with the International Labor Organization, helping further the development of the microinsurance industry, which aims to provide affordable financial products and services to the poor in countries around the globe. Felipe attained a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Queens College and a Master's of Science degree in Systems Engineering from New York Polytechnic University. In 2000, he returned to school and received an MBA in Finance from New York University. Felipe has been married to Marcela for 25 years; together, they have four adult children and recently adopted two young children.
Bruce Cummings, Director, Global Personal Care Design and Packaging, Colgate-Palmolive Company. As a design leader, Bruce articulates a vision for design's role, develops design strategies, and engages other business functions throughout the organization to deliver innovative brand design solutions. Another important aspect of Bruce's role at Colgate is to expand and enhance the performance of each team and team member through mentoring and development planning. Bruce began his career as a designer at George Payne Design Associates. Before joining Colgate in 1996, he also worked as a senior design manager at A.P. Montalbano Design and the Sonneman Design Group. Bruce started as an industrial design associate in home care at Colgate, eventually moving into global packaging and global strategic brand design, his current group. Bruce has spoken at the International Institute of Research, the MOMA Industrial Design Symposium, the European Networking Group (ENG), and the International Institute of Research's Branding & Package Design Conference. Colgate has twice recognized Bruce's contributions to design and innovation with the prestigious company-wide, CEO-sponsored "You Can Make a Difference" Award. Bruce has a B.S. in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport and an M.P.S. in Design Management from the Pratt Institute.
Erin Fitzgerald, Director of Social and Environmental Innovation Consulting, Dairy Management Inc. DMI is the non-profit planning and management organization responsible for increasing sales of and demand for U.S.-produced dairy products and ingredients on behalf of America's dairy producers. Erin joined Dairy Management Inc. in 2007 as part of the newly-formed Strategic Insights team, whose mission is to assist the dairy industry in becoming more consumer-driven for long-term growth. In the process of identifying and assessing strategic market opportunities, she came to believe that sustainability can become a genuine differentiator for the U.S. dairy industry, strengthening its marketplace position while generating lasting economic, environmental, and social value. Erin is the driving force behind a DMI-led industry-wide effort focused on engaging the value chain to create a more sustainable industry. Her work encompasses building stakeholder relationships from farmers, processors, retailers, associations, universities, and NGOs to drive change and innovation across the dairy supply chain focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building business value. She has led the effort to set industry-wide goals and build a long-term strategic plan for the dairy sustainability initiative. Prior to DMI, as Senior Manager of Business Development, she developed the U.S. business market for the Lowendal Group, a French operational cost-reduction firm. She also led multiple projects at Cardinal Health, focused on developing key performance indicators relating to sales growth in the Chicago, Illinois and Maurepas, France offices. While at Cardinal, she won the Chairman's Award for her project management focused on integrating to a pan-European business plan for sales and marketing measurement. From her experience in Europe, Erin developed a passion for engaging people across organizations and believes sustainable change can be achieved through contagious collaboration. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
|Amir Alexander Hasson, Founder and CEO, United Villages, Inc. United Villages is a venture capital-funded company spun out from his MIT research in 2003 with networks in India, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Paraguay. Amir's work has been responsible for providing [internet] access to over 2,000,000 villagers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Amir has a background in entrepreneurship, technology management, and Internet and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development. He worked in marketing and production at leading new media companies in New York City during the ".com boom" and spun-out a Web solutions portal for the integrative healthcare industry, weBreathe.com. During his studies at MIT, Amir co-conceived and patented DakNet, a novel low-cost wireless networking technology for rural connectivity. He then managed business development for Media Lab Asia, based in New Delhi, India and worked with scientists and engineers at the MIT Media Lab to deploy WiFi networks in rural India. Based on this research, Amir created First Mile Solutions and led it to profitability, managing product development and projects in countries such as India, Cambodia, Rwanda, Costa Rica, and Paraguay for customers such as the United Nations Development Programme. Amir is personally and professionally motivated by the opportunity to serve the masses at the bottom of the world's population pyramid, whose participation in the global economy, he believes, is a critical driver of growth and peace in the next century. He has published several papers and has spoken at over 30 international events related to ICTs and economic development including the United Nations Information & Communication Technology Task Force and the World Summit on the Information Society. Amir is the inventor of one issued and three pending patents. He has been interviewed and cited by major media organizations including CNN, the BBC, the New York Times, and Le Monde. Amir was recently featured as one of the "Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 35" by Red Herring Magazine. Amir completed his Bachelor's with Honors from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. He received his Master's degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.|
Magdalena Kot, Marketing Director of France and Belgium, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a subsidiary of Mars Inc. In October 2005, Magdalena joined Wrigley Poland as Marketing Director, in charge of the Polish business (94% of gum category) with brands like Orbit, Winterfresh and Airwaves. In 2007, she took on her current position with a key objective to reposition the French Wrigley brands and tackle the company's commitment to sustainability with innovative solutions. Magdalena's career has been focused on all aspects of marketing; she has worked in various industries, representing different business models. Her career kicked off in 1992 with Mars - Master Foods Poland; she was the Brand Manager for Snickers and M&M's, part of the start-up operation in Poland and Eastern Europe. During this time, Magdalena took a one-year assignment with Mars Confectionery UK; there, in charge of the Funsize and Snacksize business, Magdalena gained valuable international experience. From 1996 to 2005, Magdalena worked with Mars Confectionary UK, Philip Morris Poland, department store chain DTC S.A., Volvo Auto Polska, and finally, Polish creative agency U-boot. At U-boot, Magdalena was strategically involved in servicing numerous brands, including Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Volvo, Discovery Channel, Martini, Wella Shockwaves (P&G), Nestle Waters and MTV. Magdalena is a Polish national; she has a Master's degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Warsaw. She also studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and speaks Polish, English and Spanish fluently.
Drummond Lawson, Green Giant (Director of Sustainability), method. Drummond, an environmental chemist, works to identify and execute category-changing environmental innovations in both product development and company behaviors. Based in San Francisco, Drummond collaborates closely with method's core functions, including the packaging designers, formulations chemists, and manufacturing and marketing groups, ensuring that environmental factors are fully understood and addressed in all of the company's activities. Prior to joining method, Drummond researched environmental product design and materials in Hamburg, Germany under the guidance of leading environmental designer, Dr. Michael Braungart, visionary author of Cradle to Cradle. Before that, he worked as a research and development chemist in industrial environmental technology. Drummond left the laboratory to focus on how businesses can integrate sustainability into their modes of operation and become positive agents of environmental change. Drummond has lectured on environmental strategy at the business and engineering schools at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. He arrived at his environmental passion, well, naturally. Raised just outside Montreal, Canada, he has spent much of life his skiing, biking, kayaking and running, and he is a former internationally ranked ski racer. During his school years, Drummond worked for five summers planting trees in the Canadian Rockies. His continued passion for natural environments keeps him on a bike or skis whenever possible, including a 4000km solo bike ride of southern Europe in 2006.
Miranda Magagnini, Co-Founder, IceStone. IceStone is the leading green durable surface company in the US, is a model of a triple bottom line company which integrates 'People, Profit and Planet" principles into the company's overall strategy for growth and success. Miranda founded IceStone with more than twenty five years of marketing and management experience. Up until August 2010, she worked to realize her vision for this new model of local manufacturing with 54 employees in a day-lit factory; with state of the art recycling and waste/heat recovery; all while producing a 'green countertop' alternative in the durable surfaces segment made from 100% recycled glass in cement matrix. IceStone durable surfaces achieved Gold level Cradle to Cradle™ certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, the only durable surface in this category and only one of only fourteen products to reach this status. IceStone won numerous awards for its high design and sustainable business practices and has garnered tremendous national media coverage. Most recently, Miranda has begun consulting to firms who want to bring sustainable business strategy and practices to their existing business. A graduate of Smith College and Harvard Business School, Miranda is an active member of the socially responsible business and investing movement for nearly twenty years and served on the board of Verite, for ten years, a nonprofit the ensures the workers worldwide work under fair, safe, and legal conditions. A member of the Social Venture Network and former investor of Investor's Circle, Miranda frequently speaks on the topic of corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices. Miranda is also a member of Women Sustainable Business Network. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and wire-haired dachshund.
Chris McKnett is Vice President of Boston-based State Street Global Advisors, the investment management division of State Street Corporation and one of the world's largest investment managers. He heads the firms' global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment business. Chris works across assetclasses and investment teams to champion sustainable investment on behalf of SSgA and its clients. His primary responsibilities include analyzing ESG trends, producing thought leadership, product development & management, competitive analysis and business strategy. Much of his work consists of engaging with portfolio managers, researchers, client-facing personnel and senior SSgA executives to build the business case for ESG investing and leverage resources to create solutions for institutional investor clients. Chris regularly meets with clients and prospective clients, investment consultants and speaks at industry events and with the media. Chris is a member of both State Street Corporation's Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility working groups. He is also member of the Investment Commission of the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative and a 2009 First Mover Fellow of the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program. Chris earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and his MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business.
Kamal Quadir, founder, CellBazaar Inc. CellBazaar is a communications company that has introduced a mobile phone-based electronic marketplace for developing countries. With twelve years of experience in finance, art, energy and animation, Kamal capitalized on the proliferation of mobile phones in Bangladesh (where the Internet and electricity have reached respectively .03% and 23% of the country's 140 million people) to build a nationwide electronic marketplace which can be accessed by 23 million people. From 2000 – 2003, he conceived of and co-founded GLOBEKIDS DIGITAL LTD., a global digital animation company dedicated to outsourcing and job creation. For the three years prior to GLOBEKIDS, Kamal worked as an advisor to the President at Occidental Corporation and as an analyst at the New York City Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding member of Open World Initiatives, an organization of young thinkers based in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also works with Anwarul Quadir Foundation, which recognizes innovations in developing countries. In 2009, the World Economic Forum selected Kamal as a Young Global Leader. Under his leadership in 2008, CellBazaar won the Global Mobile Award for the "Best Use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development" and Asian Telecom's Innovation of the Year Award. He received the Tech Award 2007 for "Applying Technology to Benefit Humanity." Kamal is a recognized artist in Bangladesh and his works are in the permanent collections at the Bangladesh National Museum. He has a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Max Schorr, Co-Founder and Community Director, GOOD. GOOD is an integrated media company for people who want to live well and do good. Based in Los Angeles, GOOD launched with a print magazine in the fall of 2006. As a co-founder, Max helped develop the editorial vision, business plan, and the innovative Choose GOOD Campaign, where magazine subscribers direct the entire subscription fee to the non-profit organization of their choice. Through this partnership model, GOOD has raised over $1 million for partner non-profit organizations, including Ashoka, Kiva, NRDC, Slow Food, and Teach For America. Named one of the hottest magazine launches of 2006 by Media Industry Newsletter, GOOD has won four Folio: Magazine awards in 2008 and has been nominated for three ASME National Magazine Awards. Building off the success of the magazine, GOOD has expanded as an integrated platform of web, video, and live events. In 2007, Max was named a Next Generation Leader by the American Cancer Society, and he is a member of the Japan Society's Innovators' Network. Prior to GOOD, he worked as a teacher and administrator at the Math and Science for Minority Students program at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. Max is a graduate of the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University.
Sandra Taylor, Senior Director, La Pietra Coalition. She was previously president and CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, a consulting business to assist global companies with CSR strategy, supply chain sustainability and strategic philanthropy. From 2003 to 2008 Sandra was senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, Washington where she led all CSR programs including community affairs, the Starbucks Foundation, support for disaster relief and reducing the company's environmental impact. She worked to establish price equity standards for coffee farmers in Central America and East Africa and led public/private partnerships for education, health, income generation for women in agriculture, skills training and access to water in Central America, India, and Africa. From 1996 until 2003, Sandra served as vice president of public affairs for Eastman Kodak Company. Additionally, she was vice president, public affairs of British-owned ICI Americas Inc., and a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts in French from Colorado Women's College and her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. Taylor enjoys gardening, reading and photography and is a collector of fine wines.
Paul Tepfenhart, Senior Director of Global Strategic Sourcing in Packaged Goods, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Paul is committed to the development and execution of strategy for the large and growing portfolio of global Private Brands. Paul's key areas of responsibility include the seamless integration of corporate equities, advancement of merchandising priorities, and the acceleration of sustainability results in the core business. Prior to joining Walmart, Paul had general management responsibility at Evenflo, leading the Feeding, Home Safety, and Playtime business units where he launched numerous new product innovations, including the Smart Stepstm brand of Healthy Eating Solutions for toddlers and a reinvention of breastfeeding solutions under the Comfort Selecttm brand. Paul spent his foundational career years building Procter & Gamble food brands, including marketing leadership on Pringles and Folgers. Additionally, he spent more than ten years expanding supply chain mastery, leading manufacturing operations with global supply chains, including assignments in coffee, general import, and juice. Paul earned his MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University and received his BS in Computer & Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi honor fraternity and a former President of his college class. Away from the office, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife, Linda, and four children. He can often be found coaching youth sports and attending recitals and meets.
Kevin Thompson, Senior Program Manager for Brand System Programs, IBM. In this role Kevin supports IBM leadership as a specialist on the policies, trends and status of Corporate Citizenship worldwide among other corporations, NGOs, governments and multinational organizations. Project management responsibilities focus on the application of IBM's technological expertise and global reach to the challenges and opportunities created by globalization and emerging markets. This includes leadership of the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) which exposes high performance IBM employees to the 21st century context for business – diverse cultures, policy environments and societal expectations – by placing teams of IBM employees into developing countries to work on core societal, educational and environmental challenges. Additional responsibilities include integrating IBM's societal programs and policies with business strategy, measurement of Corporate Citizenship performance, internal and external citizenship reporting, cross-company citizenship management systems, and engagement with the socially responsible investment community. Kevin has held roles at IBM in global strategy, marketing management and distribution channels planning. Prior to IBM, he managed a farm in rural Ghana, West Africa as a US Peace Corps volunteer, and performed as a musician based in Massachusetts. The CSC has been the top media story for IBM in 2008 with features in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Financial Times and numerous other publications. Kevin has been a featured speaker on Corporate Citizenship at Cornell University, Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center, University of Michigan, the Business for Social Responsibility annual conference and at convenings hosted by the Conference Board, Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine, and AHC Group. He is currently serving a three-year term on the Advisory Board of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Kevin holds MBA and MS degrees from Cornell University and a BA from the University of Massachusetts in Natural Systems. He lives in Dexter, Michigan with his wife and son.
Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-Lead and Executive Director, IDEO.org. Previously, Jocelyn led IDEO's Social Innovation domain,which she has expanded over the past several years. In her work, she builds social enterprises and advises businesses in the developing world, using the market to create social change. She has lent her perspective to social-impact projects with clients such as Acumen Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Kickstart, and the Rockefeller Foundation. While grappling with strategies and issues related to product, service, and system design, she has worked in China, Ghana, India, Japan, Kenya, and the U.K. Prior to joining IDEO in 2007, Jocelyn worked in Kenya as an Acumen Fund fellow with an agro-pharmaceutical company involved in the production of malaria treatments. She served as VisionSpring's interim country director in India, where she helped increase the distribution of low-cost reading glasses to the urban and rural poor. She also did international training, project management, and business development for Chemonics International, a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Jocelyn received an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Grinnell College in Iowa. She teaches social enterprise at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a Catapult Design Advisory Board Member, a Tactical Philanthropy Advisory Board Member, an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and a Steelcase Green Giant. When she's not traveling the world, Jocelyn enjoys hosting dinner parties, reading in the park, and exploring the neighborhoods of San Francisco.