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Beyond “Business-as-Usual”: From   Green Swan to Green Opportunities

“Can you create business, social and economic opportunities

while mitigating environmental impacts?”

September 18, 2020
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With the climate-induced disasters and global advocacy movements bringing climate to the forefront of public discourse, citizens, investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers are starting to think beyond “business-as-usual” and explore cross-cutting opportunities for transformation. 


The Enspire Summit, an all-day event showcasing TED-talk style presentations by thought leaders from all areas of sustainability, aims to inspire the interdisciplinary collaboration and critical conversations needed for a sustainable and just future .

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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS

Raghu Belur

Co-founder, Chief Product Officer at Enphase Energy

Raghu co-founded Enphase Energy with Martin Fornage in 2006. He has more than 25 years of experience in the clean energy and high technology industries, and has been at the forefront of developing Enphase’s leading integrated energy system—with solar generation, storage, monitoring, and control.  Prior to Enphase, Raghu developed high-speed optical communication technology for Cerent, which was later acquired by Cisco Systems. Before Cerent, Raghu was an engineer at the Indian Institute of Science, where he played a key role in the development of an alternative energy gasification system. Raghu has an MSEE from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

Presentation Topic: Reinventing the Grid

Giles Hutchins

Chair at Future Fit Leadership Academy, Founder of Leadership Immersions

Co-Founder of Regenerators

Giles Hutchins is a pioneering practitioner and senior adviser at the forefront of the revolution in organizational and leadership consciousness and developmental approaches that enhance personal, organizational and systemic agility and vitality. He is author and co-author of several leadership and organizational development papers, and the books The Nature of Business (2012), The Illusion of Separation (2014), Future Fit (2016) and Regenerative Leadership (2019). Chair of The Future Fit Leadership Academy and Founder of Leadership Immersions, co-founder of Biomimicry for Creative Innovation and Regenerators, he runs a 60-acre leadership center at Springwood Farm, an area of outstanding natural beauty near London, UK.  Previously held corporate roles - Head of Practice for KPMG, and Global Head of Sustainability for Atos (150,000 employees, over 40 countries). He provides coaching at individual and organizational levels for those seeking to transform their personal and/or work lives. He is also a keynote speaker on the future of business.

Presentation Topic: Regenerative Leadership

Renée Lertzman

Climate, Energy and Environmental Psychologist 

Engagement Strategist

Renée Lertzman is a researcher, educator and eco-engagement strategist who uses psychological insights to change our approach to the environmental crisis. Applying her training as a psychosocial researcher specializing in deep human insights, she uses frameworks and methods that empower people to take action and create impact on climate and sustainability issues. She works with companies and organizations looking to strengthen climate and sustainability initiatives, develop more effective campaigns, and harness the creativity and innovation needed to solve big problems.

Presentation Topic: Transforming Climate Trauma into Climate Resiliency

Charlene Ren

Founder & Director, MyH2O – Water Information Network

China

Charlene Ren is the founder of MyH2O Water Information Network, a crowd-based platform that connects clean water resources to rural communities. Water and sanitation data from over thousands of villages have been collected since 2015, and solutions have been delivered to over thousands of beneficiaries. She received her B.A. in Physics from Vassar College and dual M.S. in Environmental Engineering & Technology and Policy at MIT, with a thesis focused on the water and sanitation monitoring policy structure in rural India. She was selected as 1 of 4 Chinese representatives for Homeward Bound 2018 fellow, an initiative focused on raising profiles of women leaders in STEM, ending in a 3-week training expedition in Antarctica. She’s also a 2016 Echoing Green Fellow (33 out of over 2000), BBC 100 Woman (2019) and Forbes “30 Under 30” (2019) in the Social Entrepreneur category.

Presentation Topic: Making Voices for the Rural Waters

Jonathan Hua

Investor at Scrum Ventures

The United States

Jonathan Hua is an investor at Scrum Ventures and a sought-after startup mentor dedicated to helping impact-driven consumer and industrial food entrepreneurs scale and grows their business. He previously led the award-winning THRIVE AgTech Accelerator and during his career, Jonathan has been invited as a speaker to global events such as the Forbes Under 30 Summit, SXSW, Forbes AgTech Summit and the PMA Fresh Summit, and was also recognized by AgGrad as a “30 Under 30” in entrepreneurship. Jonathan has a BA in History from Rice University and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.

Presentation Topic: Investing in the Agricultural Revolution to Build a Sustainable Global Food System

Priya Donti

AI Researcher at Carnegie Mellon University

The United States

Priya Donti is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where her work focuses on topics at the inersection of machine learning and electric power systems. She is also co-founder and chair of Climate Change AI, an initiative to facilitate impactful work at the intersection of climate change and machine learning.

Presentation Topic: Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning

Nanda Noor

Sustainable Land Use & Emissions Project Lead​ at World Resources Institute

Indonesia

As the Sustainable Land Use & Emissions Project Lead for World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia, Nanda manages practical initiatives and policy research on calculating, reducing, and sequestering individual emissions. In this speech, Nanda will share about why and how personalizing climate crisis, such as its relationship with the current health crisis, could help energize “environmental leadership values” from each of us, and showcase it through simple-yet-effective actions such as planting trees.

Presentation Topic: Love in the Time of Corona: Building Our Nature Better through Actions

Maulline Gragau

Consultant / Energy Legislative Drafter

Ethiopia

Maulline Gragau is a researcher, policy / legislative drafter, scientist, and lawyer. She is not only used to wearing many hats, but sincerely enjoys it! Maulline is a versatile professional with 6+ years of experience in the areas of law, criminology and forensic science. She is passionate about law, renewable energy technologies, sustainable development and environmental conservation which have allowed her to serve in the jury to the 2020 UNEP – Young Champions of the Earth Competition; and chairperson for a sub-team on renewable energy technologies at the 2018 Marketplace of Ideas European Commission Evidence informed policy making seminar in South Africa.

Presentation Topic: Renewable Energy Policy Programmes in Africa

Dr. Owais Yousuf

Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering

Integral University, Lucknow, India

Dr. Owais Yousuf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, Integral University, Lucknow, India. His principal research and teaching interests encompasses the field of Food Engineering and Technology. He was awarded his Ph.D. (Process & Food Engineering) in 2019 from G. B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India. Before perusing Ph.D., he has completed his M.Tech (Agricultural Process Food Engineering) from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India in 2014 and B.Tech (Food Technology) from Islamic University of Science & Technology, JK, India in 2012. He is an author of 12 research articles with several Citations. He is an ardent writer and a voracious reader and writes often for a number of magazines and newspapers as well. He is an Editorial Board member of numerous renowned journals and also serving as an eminent reviewer for several journals. He has actively participated in more than 30 Conferences, Workshops and Training programs at both National and International level. During his Doctoral program, he was selected by French ministry of agriculture under DEFIAA program for Two month training in Food Processing from various vocational and professional institutes of France. 

Presentation Topic: Comprehensive Valorization of Agro-Industrial Food Waste through Green Extraction Techniques: Futuristic Food Engineering

Maria Wilvenna Añora

Co-founder at social ventures AtoANI

Philippines

She co-founded the social ventures AtoANI that provides solutions to enable sustainable agriculture and AtoANI BioPack that works on creating biodegradable packaging using agro-industrial by-products. With a Chemical Engineering and MBA Degree, she has corporate experience working for multinational companies in the areas of Strategy, Digitalization, Innovation, Finance, Logistics, Quality Assurance, Program and Project Management. She also has a freelance experience in consulting, creating business plans and digital transformation strategies in the areas of e-commerce, tourism and mobile applications. 

Presentation Topic: How Social Innovation Can Help Save Mother Earth

Olya Irzak

​Founder & CEO at Frost Methane Labs

Canada

Olya is a software engineer specializing in energy systems and markets. She has worked on energy and distributed computer systems for major tech companies and research labs in the US, Canada, and Switzerland. Olya holds a Masters from the University of Toronto.

Presentation Topic: Methane Emissions and Opportunities

MacDonald Chirara

Founder/ Chief

Operations Officer at Everlasting Technology

Zimbabwe

Macdonald Chirara is the founder of Everlasting Technology a social enterprise in Zimbabwe that aims to create green communities through innovative renewable energy solutions. He is involved in science and technology, and initiatives aimed at protecting the environment.

Presentation Topic: The future of renewable energy expansion in rural sub-Saharan Africa

Sofya Zima

Correspondent & Journalist at Russian magazine "Sobaka.ru"

Russia

Sophia Zima is a journalist from St. Petersburg, engaged in education activities on the topic of ecology and conscious consumption. She is a correspondent for the Sobaka.ru magazine and promote environmental issues in the publication, in parallel cooperation with other media. Sophia has been conducting general education lectures on ecology and conscious consumption for the population and its business sector as well as collaboration with projects that promote environmental topics. 

Presentation Topic: How can environmental journalism save the world?

Deeksha Sharma

Law Student at

National Law University

India

Deeksha Sharma is a penultimate year law student at National Law University, Lucknow, India. She is working with the SDG Society (IIT Madras and the US Department of State) as a member of the COVID-19 India study. She has been selected to represent India at the Hansen Fellowship 2021 at the University Of San Diego, United States.  She is passionate about writing and has her articles in blogs by Georgetown, Pittsburgh, USA, Dublin Law Review, and a book on Health Laws published by Thomson Reuters, to name a few.

Presentation Topic: Water scarcity and policy in India

2020

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