Hear From the Experts
Supply Chain Insight participants will get access to exclusive panels and presentations hosted by leading experts in supply chain data and risk management. You’ll walk away with priceless insights about what to do now, what to do next, and how to drive real change in your company.
Meet This Year’s Speakers
After a 20-year career as a visionary marketer at Procter & Gamble, Nokia, Heineken, and Absolut Vodka, where he created groundbreaking partnerships with everyone from Lady Gaga to the TED Conferences, Afdhel quit his corporate career when he found his purpose in tackling one of the biggest problems facing companies and people in the 21st century: how to find meaning in their work and unlock the power of business to do good in the world.
He is the founder and Chief Purpose Officer of Conspiracy of Love, a global brand purpose consultancy whose clients include iconic brands such as Adidas, Red Bull, and Oreo, and Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Mondelez, Diageo, AB InBev, and Facebook.
Afdhel is the co-author of Good Is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn, the best-selling book about brand purpose, published by Regan Arts (a division of Phaidon) in 2016. Good Is the New Cool sparked a global movement, and has been turned into a podcast (in association with Soho House) and a series of conferences (in Los Angeles, Sydney, and Melbourne). A TV show based on it is currently in development, in association with CCI Entertainment and 1Community.
He is a writer at Forbes, where he covers the intersection of business and social impact. He is also the author of China Bay Blues (a book of poetry) and Strange Fruit (a novel), both nominated for literary awards in his native Sri Lanka. Afdhel is represented by Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic.
An inspirational and powerful speaker, he has traveled the world and been a featured speaker at the Cannes Lions, SXSW, TEDx, Advertising Week, Columbia University, Conscious Capitalism, and more. He is represented by Nadia Laurinci at Laurinci Speakers, and Speakers' Spotlight in Canada.
Born in Sri Lanka, he is a graduate of King's College London and the London School of Economics. He is now based in Los Angeles, California, where he lives with his wife and son.
Matt Friedman is an expert in combating international human trafficking, with more than 30 years of experience in the field. He is CEO of The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong’s leading businesses that have joined forces to help end all forms of modern slavery. Matt previously worked for USAID and the United Nations in more than 30 countries. He offers technical advice to numerous governments, banks, and corporations working to eliminate all forms of modern slavery, and is the author of 12 books. In 2017, Matt won Asia’s prestigious “Communicator of the Year” Gold Award.
Elaine Mitchel-Hill is an expert in responsible supply chains, sustainable procurement, labor rights, and more. In her role at Marshalls plc, she develops human rights strategy, including the organization’s response to its UK Modern Slavery Act requirements, and embeds this activity in Marshalls’ business operations. She is also an advocate of the United Nations Global Contract (UNGC), has participated in a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups on modern slavery, and represents Marshalls at the International Labour Organization’s International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour.
Gustavo Perez Berlanga leads the successful implementation of high-impact sustainability projects at TOKS, one of Mexico's leading restaurant chains. Under his leadership, he has eradicated poverty for thousands of people nationwide and his programs have attained the United Nations (UN)'s 16 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He formerly sat on the board of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) in New York and was the president of the network in Mexico. Among his achievements, he is the recipient of the Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Research Institute's Social Leadership Award, was named by the UNGC as an SDG Pioneer in 2017, and was selected by Real Leaders magazine as one of the 100 most influential leaders in sustainability.
At Intel’s Global Supply Chain organization, Dr. Adam Schafer is responsible for supply chain ESG and chemical compliance. He oversees Intel’s supply line sustainability, supplier code of conduct, human rights and labor policies, chemical regulations and policy, green material selections, responsible minerals, and supplier diversity and inclusion programs. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and philosophy from the State University of New York (Oswego), and a Master's and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Washington.
Travis is an international trade and compliance attorney who specializes in International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, and sanctions; global anti-corruption and anti-slavery; codes of conduct; environmental health and safety; product stewardship; and corporate social responsibility. Travis manages Assent’s worldwide legal activities, advises the board of directors on legal matters, and oversees corporate compliance, governance initiatives, and other commercial transactions. Before coming to Assent, he served in various high-level counsel positions with companies such as Microchip Technology, Foresite Group, and St. Jude Medical (Abbott).
R. "Ray" Wang is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research Inc., which advises Global 2000 companies on business strategy, adoption of disruptive technologies, and preparing for the future. As a research analyst, Ray has worked with clients on digital, innovation, business model design, engagement strategies, and more. He has won the prestigious Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) Analyst of the Year Award three times.
He is also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog A Software Insider’s Point of View. With tens of millions of page views every year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models such as digital transformation impact brands, enterprises, and organizations. His best-selling book, Disrupting Digital Business, provides insight into why 52 percent of Fortune 500 companies have been merged, acquired, gone bankrupt, or fallen off the list since 2000. He is prominent and dynamic keynote speaker, a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC TV, Reuters, IDG News Service, and other global media outlets.
Prior to Constellation Research, Ray held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Personify, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Lynn L. Bergeson is the Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. She has earned an international reputation for her deep and expansive understanding of the Toxic Substances Control Act; the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); and EU REACH, particularly as they relate to nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, and other emerging transformative technologies. She served as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and is currently President of the Product Stewardship Society.
As Partner at Eversheds Sutherland, Jeffrey P. Bialos assists clients in making multifaceted business decisions, structuring transactions, and complying with complex regulatory requirements. A former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs, he has deep experience in defense, homeland security, and national security matters, including antitrust, export controls, foreign investment, industrial security, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, mergers and acquisitions, and procurement.
Ginger T. Faulk is a Partner at Eversheds Sutherland, where she represents multinational companies in matters involving U.S. government regulation of foreign trade and investment. She has extensive experience in advising and representing global companies, and counseling clients in matters arising under U.S. sanctions, export controls, import, and other national security and foreign policy trade-related regulations.
Ruth Eisenhauer is a transformational leader whose experience spans the defense, electronics, consulting, and energy industries. She is a passionate thought leader who thrives on creating next-generation programs and transforming cultures. Her current role is at GE Gas Power Global Sourcing, leading its Responsible Sourcing, Supplier Diversity, and Quality Systems programs.
Senior Advisor on Conflict Minerals & U.S. Representative to the Kimberley Process, U.S. Department of State
Pamela Fierst-Walsh is the Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of State team responsible for policy and implementation on conflict and critical minerals. She is also the U.S. representative to the Kimberley Process. Over the course of her career, Pamela has focused on critical national security issues, including security and counterterrorism issues, atrocities prevention, and humanitarian assistance. In her work on minerals, Pamela routinely engages private sector counterparts on supply chain concerns and obligations under U.S. law. She is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the National Defense University’s National War College.
Michael Littenberg is a partner at Ropes & Gray. For almost 30 years, Michael has been advising leading public and private companies, asset managers, and asset owners on ESG, corporate social responsibility, and supply chain compliance matters, and he is widely viewed as a leading practitioner in these areas. Michael has authored over 100 articles and other thought leadership pieces on these topics, is highly ranked on numerous top influencer lists, and has been a member of numerous advisory panels on a range of issues related to these subjects.
Over the past 30 years, Andrew Shorley has held a number of roles in product design, fabrication, testing, calibration, installation, and repair. He is currently the Engineering Manager for RS PRO, an Electrocomponents PLC private label responsible for ensuring product quality and compliance. Andrew was part of the relaunch of the Electrocomponents PLC private label, which has seen continued growth in range and popularity over the years, with products being sold in every Electrocomponents PLC operating company around the globe.
Cally Edgren is the Global Product Compliance Manager at Kohler Co. She is responsible for developing and implementing programs to ensure products across Kohler’s diverse businesses meet regulatory requirements in the markets where they are sold. Her specialty is in product environmental compliance tied to composition (including the RoHS Directive and REACH Regulation), energy efficiency, and extended producer responsibilities.
Alan Lund has spent nearly 40 years in technical and commercial roles, including electronic design, test and calibration, installation and commissioning, field service and repair, sales, product management, and compliance. He is currently Product Compliance Manager for Electrocomponents PLC, where he leads his team in ensuring the company's products are compliant with regulatory requirements for product, transport, and supply.
Leela Ramnath is Director of ESG at Warburg Pincus LLC, a global private equity firm. She focuses on environmental, social, and governance issues at the firm and portfolio companies. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, she led impact and partnerships at TAU Investment Management, an apparel supply chain-focused investment firm. She has worked in emerging markets finance at Barclays and AIG, and in international development at Technoserve and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Leela holds an S.B. degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master's in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.
Farley Mesko is the CEO of Sayari Labs, a venture-backed and founder-led commercial intelligence platform serving financial institutions, legal and advisory service providers, multinationals, journalists, and governments. He is the former Chief Operating Officer of C4ADS, a Google and Palantir-supported national security research organization. He has consulted for multilateral and U.S. government institutions on financial crime issues and testified in Congress on the use of open-source data to combat terrorist financing. His academic works have been published by the United Nations, Brookings, the World Bank, and others.
Farhath Abbas-Mirza is the Program Manager for Product Material Compliance for ABB’s Electrification business. He was involved in the ground-up design and implementation of the ABB’s REACH, RoHS, and conflict minerals projects. Before joining ABB, Farhath worked as a consultant, advising clients in the domain of strategy, corporate risk management, sustainability, and regulatory compliance.
Will Janisch leads product stewardship as part of Baxter’s holistic approach to product chemical compliance, designing for environmental excellence, while serving human rights initiatives. He also drives industry compliance solutions as Vice-Chair of the EU MedTech Chemical working group. Will has a long track record of supply chain due diligence, ranging from hazardous substance solutions for medical device regulations to conflict minerals campaigns.
David Metcalfe is the CEO of Verdantix and co-founded the firm in 2008. Based on his 20 years of experience in technology strategy and research roles, he provides guidance on digital strategies to C-level executives at technology providers, partners at private equity firms, and function heads at large corporations. His current focus is on helping clients understand their market opportunity tied to ESG investment trends and their impact on corporate sustainability strategies. During his 12 years running Verdantix — including four leading the New York office — he has helped dozens of clients grow their businesses through fund raising, acquisitions, and international growth. David was previously Senior Vice President of Research at Forrester and Head of Analysis and Forecasting at BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and also worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.
Andrew’s history of helping businesses succeed continues at Assent Compliance. Since becoming CEO, he has been integral to the company’s growth, and helped it earn a spot on the Narwhal List for high-potential companies.
Previously, Andrew was CEO of Pythian, overseeing its rise from a small business to one of Canada’s largest and fastest-growing global professional services companies. He also served as Managing Partner at Celtic House Venture Partners during its highest-performing years to date, when one fund produced one of the world’s top ten best venture fund returns ever.
Andrew has served on the boards of more than 30 technology companies. He is currently a board member at Assent and Fidus Systems, and sits on Genesys Capital’s advisory board.
Senior Manager, Global Governance at the United Nations Global Compact
Christina Koulias serves as Senior Manager, Anti-Corruption and Global Governance at the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. As part of her portfolio, Christina leads the UNGC’s work on the 10th Principle on Anti-Corruption and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which includes the recently-launched Action Platform for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
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