The Supply Chain Summit Series



SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2018



NOVEMBER 14-15, 2018



FEBRUARY 12-13, 2019

Sponsored By: ropes-and-gray-llp-logo lorax-compliance-logo compliance-and-risks-logo


The Supply Chain Summit Series is designed to provide product compliance and corporate social responsibility education through a series of two-day conferences in London, Chicago and San Diego. The collaborative setting of each conference means participants will benefit from connecting with subject matter experts, gaining actionable insights to improve their compliance programs and networking with industry peers.

In each city, the two-day conference will provide targeted education focusing on product compliance or corporate social responsibility.

The first day will be focused on product compliance, including sessions on topics such as REACH, RoHS, full material disclosures (FMDs) and other product compliance program considerations.

The second day will be focused on corporate social responsibility, with sessions on conflict minerals, EU conflict minerals, human trafficking and slavery, fair labour auditing, sustainability and environmental reporting, and other considerations.


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The Supply Chain Summit Series was a rare occasion where I forced myself to push the pause button on everything going on at the office so I could really focus on the conference. The series offered me relevant information in a manner that I haven’t found anywhere else. The knowledge I gained was well worth the backlog of emails that accumulated while I was out of office. Choosing to attend was a valuable investment of my time.

Ben Gross, Microchip


Boris Kamstra's keynote presentation really reminded me why proper conflict mineral due diligence is so significant on a global scale. It's easy to lose sight of why conflict mineral regulation compliance is so important, but the presentation really drove home why I do what I do, and why this work matters. I left the conference feeling inspired.

Jill Othoudt, Pentair


From the engaging speakers to the informative talks and topics, the Supply Chain Summit Series was a very enjoyable conference from start to finish.

Shelly Gottschamer, Outerknown



Featuring engaging presentations from these speakers and more:


Jay Rosen

Vice President, Business Development
and Monitoring Specialist

Affliated Monitors


Jay Rosen is Vice President, Business Development and Monitoring Specialist at Affiliated Monitors, Inc. Celebrating our 15th anniversary, Affiliated Monitors, Inc. was the first company in the United States to focus on providing independent integrity monitoring and assessment services across a wide range of regulated industries and professions. Prior to joining Affiliated Monitors, Jay headed up Merrill Brink’s FCPA Investigations and Ethics and Compliance translation group. He has over 8-years’ experience in assisting his clients on cross-border investigations as well as helping them localize their code of conduct and other mission-critical English documents for their global colleagues. For almost three years Jay has co-hosted the #1 weekly FCPA podcast, “This Week in FCPA” with Tom Fox. Tom and Jay recently launched a second podcast “Popcorn and Compliance” and Jay is also a commentator on the bi-weekly podcast “Everything Compliance” with Jonathan Armstrong, Tom Fox, Matt Kelly and Mike Volkov.


Andreina Hines

Conflict Mineral Outreach Specialist

Intel Corporation


Andreina is responsible for the end-to-end due diligence process for Intel’s Responsible Minerals Program. Since joining Intel in 2015, she has been responsible for directly observing smelters’ sourcing practices around the world and recruiting them into the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process. Andreina collaborates with the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and member companies to conduct outreach to smelters and refiners, develop industry standards for audit programs, assess emerging risks and evaluate new technologies surrounding the mapping of mineral supply chains. She holds degrees in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Penn State University. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Pamela Fierst-Walsh

Senior Advisor on Conflict Minerals

U.S. Department of State


Mrs. Fierst-Walsh is the Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of State’s 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. She has extensive experience in African, particularly the Horn. 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.


Brian Love

Program Manager

Stryker Neurovascular


Brian joined Stryker Neurovascular in April 2017 as a Program Manager in R&D’s Sustaining Engineering. In this role, he is building and maintaining the Division’s Environmental Compliance program. Brian manages a cross-organizational team in the development and implementation of an automated process for obtaining material information from suppliers. The program ensures internal compliance to the organization’s Quality Management System and external compliance to the numerous environmental regulations in the global market. Additionally, Brian has led operation and manufacturing teams to early and successful launches of multiple Stryker Neurovascular medical devices in the U.S. Prior to his current role, he spent 20 years in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces Officer. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s in Organizational Leadership, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.


Alyson Genovese

Head of North America

Global Reporting Initiative


Alyson Genovese is Head of North America at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Alyson leads engagement with GRI’s North American network of sustainability reporting organizations, nonprofits, academic institutions and investment organizations. An accomplished professional in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, Alyson has more than 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, public affairs and stakeholder engagement.


Einar Peters

EHS Manager

Terumo Medical


Einar joined Terumo Medical Corporation as the Environmental Health and Safety Manager to build the EHS Management System and achieve ISO 14001 & 45001 Certifications at their medical device manufacturing locations in the US. Shortly after joining, he was challenged with improving the REACH compliance processes, and found himself benchmarking and looking for guidance on how to implement industry best practices to maintain compliance not only with REACH, but other regulatory and customer requirements pertaining to the materials in their medical devices which are marketed globally. Over time his role has expanded to include growing Corporate Social Responsibility at Terumo. Prior to this, Einar spent 8 years in EHS roles in paper manufacturing, and 10 years as a science educator. He holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and a Masters of Jurisprudence in Corporate and Business Law.


Brian Martin

Formerly: Manager, Global EHS
& Sustainability

Seagate Technology


In his most recent position with Seagate Technology, Brian Martin managed global EHS and Sustainability. He was responsible for all aspects of Seagate’s Environmental and Sustainability programs, as well as global Occupational Health, EHS, and Business Continuity programs. Brian has worked in a variety of positions including: research and development, sales and marketing, supply chain management, finance, service supply chain and others. He has held positions at IBM, Akashic Memories, Phase Metrics, HGST and Seagate.


Chris Demers

Corporate Social Responsibility



Chris Demers is a risk-minded sustainability professional with applied practice in both the private sector and public organizations. Most recently, he was Senior Manager of Supply Chain Sustainability at SunPower Corporation, where he brought risk-based solutions to complex global challenges. While in the federal service, Chris helped lead the USAID Forward reforms mainstreaming aid effectiveness and risk management within foreign assistance.


Joanne O'Donnell

Senior Regulatory Compliance Specialist

Compliance & Risks


An Irish qualified lawyer with over 15 years post qualification experience, Joanne supports our clients with their legal compliance with a particular focus on climate change; illegal logging and modern slavery.

Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts (Legal and French) and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Masters in international law (LLM) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. She also has a Masters degree in French from the University of Limerick and is a fluent French speaker.


Glenn Sweatt


Pillsbury Law


Glenn Sweatt is a counsel in the firm’s Government Contracts & Disputes Practice and is located in the Silicon Valley office. He has more than 25 years of experience in contracts management and compliance. In his latest role, Mr. Sweatt was the Vice President of Contracts and Compliance at a large international contractor supporting environmental, construction and renewable energy programs for Federal government agencies. Previously, he served as the company’s General Counsel. Mr. Sweatt has a broad background that covers many facets of Government contracting, with particular focus on ethics and compliance issues, small business, cybersecurity, and contract administration and interpretation issues.


Shae Trautwein

Supply Chain Compliance Manager

Palo Alto Networks


Shae Trautwein, Supply Chain Compliance Manager at Palo Alto Networks, joined the company to help build and maintain an effective conflict minerals program. She soon took on other social responsibility programs, as well as environmental compliance initiatives. Prior to her current role, she worked at a compliance software company helping others in various industries collect compliance data and manage their programs.


Roy Snell

Strategic Adviser

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics


Roy Snell is a cofounder and former CEO of the Health Care Compliance Association and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Roy is a former administrator of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota where he worked in IT, business office and laboratories. He is the former compliance officer for the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation and Hospital. Roy worked briefly for Deloitte PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consultant in the compliance area. Roy is a frequent speaker and writer on subjects related to the compliance profession. He is now working for SCCE/HCCA as a strategic advisor to the CEO and writing two books.


Traci Coughlan

Compliance Professional



Traci Coughlan has more than 25 years of experience in the legal services, compliance and e-learning industries. Previously, she spent a decade at Sun Microsystems Inc. in various roles, including Director of the Global Channels Legal Team and Chief Antitrust Counsel. She also served as Principal of Advisory Services at Red Flag Group, where she worked to build out the content and methodology for supply chain integrity mapping, and collaborated with numerous corporations attempting to implement a shared cross-functional approach to regulatory and reputational risk identification and management. She has participated as a guest speaker, panelist and author for various associations such as the American Bar Association and the Society of Corporate Ethics & Compliance.


Raphaël Deberdt


Responsible Sourcing Network


Prior to joining our team, Raphaël worked for Global Witness in Washington DC, focusing on conflict minerals from Central Africa. Previously, he joined a Congolese NGO involved in indigenous rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo and helped them monitor the violence between communities in the Katanga Province. He later interned at the Oakland Institute, researching land grabbing-related issues in East Africa and South America. He is the lead author of RSN's Mining the Disclosures 2017 report.

Raphaël holds a MA in International Relations from Sciences Po Lyon, France and a MA in African Studies from Stanford University. He is currently completing a second MA in Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and a LLM in African Law from Paris 1 Sorbonne University.


Joseph Auer

Product Material Compliance
Project Manager

Woodward Inc


Joseph Auer has spent over 45 years in a variety of challenging and complex roles. As a leader in Woodward’s Global Supply Chain department, he facilitates the development of material compliance processes, procedures, tools and systems, and provides material compliance regulation interpretation. Prior to Woodward, Joseph ran a sole proprietor program management consulting business for seven years, serving defense program clients.


Samuel M. Koda Jr.

Global Supply Chain Counsel

TE Connectivity


As senior counsel at TE, Samuel works to support the company’s conflict minerals and anti-human trafficking programs. Previously, he spent six years at IBM, where, among other responsibilities, he managed complex customer and supplier relationships. Sam’s significant international experiences include supporting Hershey’s responsible sourcing activities in Ghana and West Africa, and negotiation and ongoing support of a joint venture for Harsco Air-X-Changers in Toowoomba.


Will Janisch

Senior Manager, Global
Environmental Compliance



Will Janisch is responsible for Baxter’s holistic approach to supplier risk, sustainability, performance management and innovation. He has represented the publicly-traded healthcare company at Marcus Evans conferences, where his 2015 presentation at the third Conflict Minerals Conference stood out for its innovative approach to conflict minerals compliance. Will has a long track record of supply chain diligence. Since the enactment of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, he has become a trusted source of information on process and implementation of procurement policies with respect to conflict minerals.

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Daniel Herling

Member / Co-Chair,
Product Liability Practice



Dan is highly regarded for his defense of product liability cases involving consumer products and deep knowledge of California’s consumer protection regulations and laws. He skillfully handles litigation, including class actions, around California’s Unfair Competition Law, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Prop 65), among others. He has served as a defense counsel in over 3,000 product liability cases involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs, and food and products marketed as containing natural ingredients. Dan’s practice is focused on product liability issues relating to consumer products.


Tom Fox

The Compliance Evangelist

Fox Law


Tom Fox is the Compliance Evangelist®. He has practiced law in Houston for 35 years. He was most recently the General Counsel at Drilling Controls, Inc., a worldwide oilfield manufacturing and services company. He is one of the country’s leading experts on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, business leadership and compliance and ethics.

Tom is the author 16 books on business leadership, compliance and ethics and corporate governance, including the international best-sellers “Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics” and “Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act” as well as his series Fox on Compliance. His latest book “The Compliance Handbook” was published in May 2018 and was the No. 1 new bestseller on through its initial run. He writes and speaks across the globe on compliance programs.

Tom leads the social media discussion on compliance with his award-winning blog, The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog and is the founder of the Compliance Podcast Network.


Ben Gross

Compliance Counsel

Microchip Technology Inc.


Ben Gross oversees world-wide trade compliance and corporate social responsibility initiatives as Compliance Counsel at Microchip Technology Incorporated. Ben has developed and supported international trade compliance programs for businesses with a global footprint. He has expertise in conducting audits, identifying regulatory risk, and implementing process improvements as part of a comprehensive compliance program. In his current role, Ben is responsible for providing legal and advisory support related to international product material compliance laws and regulations.


Ryan Zelhofer

Product Compliance Manager



In his 15 years with Plexus, Ryan has held a variety of roles on the Compliance team. Most notably, he has spent the last few years architecting the company’s Product Compliance program. As the Product Compliance Manager, Ryan is responsible for the product compliance activities covering 6,000 plus suppliers, while continuing to ensure the strategic direction of the program meets the needs of both Plexus and its customers.


Rachel Hart

Legal & Compliance Analyst

London Bullion Market Association


Rachel Hart is the Legal and Compliance Analyst at the London Bullion Market Association. She works closely with the Compliance Officer in running the Association’s Responsible Sourcing Programme, which covers Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium and 100 of the world’s largest precious metal refineries located in over 30 countries. Rachel also deals with legal and compliance matters affecting the precious metals market, including corporate,commercial and financial regulatory work. She has taken responsibility on a number of initiatives, such as the Gold Bar Integrity project, which explores the potential of technology to improve supply chain integrity. Before joining the LBMA, Rachel worked in the Finance Knowledge team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specialising in structured finance and debt capital markets. She read law at University of York and University of Law, London.


Scott Gordon

Senior Program Leader

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Scott Gordon is the Senior Project Leader for Supply Chain Regulatory Compliance at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he is responsible for developing and managing the company’s conflict minerals compliance program. Previously, he was an Import/Export Compliance Officer for the same company, and has extensive knowledge of FDA, EPA, FCC, IATA and FTR regulations, as well as experience qualifying products for free trade agreements.


Carlos Alvarado

Global Supply Chain
GRC Program Manager

Baker Hughes, a GE Company


Carlos oversees global supply chain due diligence at Baker Hughes, a GE Company, based in Houston, Texas. He was involved in the ground-up design and implementation of the Conflict Minerals program at Baker Hughes, which has consistently earned top benchmarking scores in its industry sector. He is also responsible for the bottom-up review of the legacy modern slavery due diligence programs at Baker Hughes, Inc. and GE Oil & Gas, and will be involved in designing and implementing a combined program.

Carlos has been active in the discussion and development of Conflict Minerals best practices at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Conflict Minerals Task Force, the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) Multi-Stakeholder Group, and the Oil and Gas Services Working Group of industry sector-based companies.

He currently sits on the Development Committee for the Slavery & Trafficking Risk Template, intended to standardize due diligence reporting of modern slavery, human trafficking, as well as forced and child labor in supply chains.

He has been honored to be named in the top 25 of the “Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders" for the past 3 years. He was also named in “The 2017 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leader List”, as well as the 2018 Top 100 CSR Influence Leaders List.

Carlos earned a BA from St. Mary’s University, and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center.


Katja Kriege

Sustainability Reporting
Expert – Guidance and Practice



Since joining GRI, Katja has been working as a project manager on several sustainability topics, including e.g., human rights, land tenure rights, biodiversity, GHG emissions, or supply chain in the technical division of GRI. Current work topics at GRI’s Guidance and Practice unit include reporting on conflict minerals and modern slavery. Previously to joining GRI, she gained work experiences in different regions, including the Middle East and Africa. Katja studied in Germany, Poland and Australia. She holds a Master of Business Administration (University of Greifswald, Germany), and a Master of International Relations (Macquarie University, Australia).


Peter Wheeldon

Product Compliance Professional



Peter Wheeldon is an expert in Practical Product and Supply Chain Compliance.

He has worked in the compliance space since 1994, beginning his career in Environmental Product Responsibility (Packaging), and has extensive experience in a wide range of product compliance challenges and issues. Most recently at Premier Farnell Peter was the head of a team responsible for RoHS, REACH, Conflict Minerals, WEEE and battery compliance, CE marking and other global product compliance.


Jim Mallon

Senior Materials Engineer

Schrader Electronics


A career chemist with a patented PhD, Jim Mallon currently works as a materials specialist in the sensor industry. Previously, he worked at Bombardier Aerospace as an Environmental Chemist and REACH specialist within the Materials and Process group, where he created the structures required to protect Bombardier from emerging supply chain issues. He represented the company on International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) workgroups and as a representative on the Global Chromates Consortium for Aerospace (GCCA).

Prior to joining Bombardier, he spent 12 years as a surface treatments and failure analysis SME within the hard disk drive industry, and set up a UKAS-registered toxicology laboratory. He has also been involved in TSB/Innovate UK-funded projects and was instrumental in the creation of the Chrome Free Bond Primers project.


Christina Koulias

Senior Manager,
Anti-Corruption and Global Governance

United Nations Global Compact


Christina Koulias serves as Senior Manager, Anti-Corruption and Global Governance at the United Nations Global Compact (“UN Global Compact”), the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. As part of her portfolio, Christina leads the UN Global Compact’s work on the 10th Principle on Anti-Corruption and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals and includes the recently launched Action Platform for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Prior to joining the UN Global Compact, Christina worked at one of Australia's top tier law firms and served as Senior Associate to the Hon. Justice Almond at the Supreme Court of Victoria. She also has over 12 years of commercial experience at one of Australia's largest banks where she served in operational risk and compliance, among other disciplines.

She earned her Master of Laws (L.L.M/JD) from Monash University in 2010 and Bachelor of Business Management (B.B.A) from the University of South Australia in 2002.


Elise Koerner

Senior Manager,
Responsible Procurement Compliance

Johnson & Johnson


Elise leads the Responsible Procurement Compliance program at Johnson & Johnson. In this role, she manages their Human Rights in the Supply Base and Conflict Minerals programs. Prior to this role, Elise has held roles of increasing responsibilities across Johnson & Johnson, including overseeing and performing compliance audits of suppliers. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management and a Master of Science in Information Systems both from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Rutgers Business School.


Rohan Massey


Ropes & Gray LLP


Rohan Massey leads the firm’s privacy and data security practice in Europe and focuses his practice on data protection, data security, brand protection, e-commerce, and IT. Rohan specialises in international data transfer issues and advises clients on global compliance programs and reactive solutions, including breach data management issues. His industry-focused expertise covers private equity, financial services, retail, life sciences and clinical trials. His client base is international in scope, as he works extensively across Europe and the U.S.


Pauline Lecoursonnois

Investment Manager

Hermes EOS


Pauline Lecoursonnois works for Hermes Equity Ownership Services, one of the world’s leading engagement resources, advising on £330.5 billion on behalf of over 40 international institutional investors. She is sector co-lead for consumer goods and retail. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, she worked as a research analyst at Institutional Shareholder Services, focusing on governance matters, and as a research assistant at the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Pauline holds a Master in Management & Sustainable Development from Sherbrooke University and the ESCEM School of Business and Management.


Elaine Mitchel-Hill

Business & Human Rights Lead

Marshalls plc


An advocate of the world’s largest sustainability platform, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Elaine has detailed knowledge & expertise in responsible & ethical supply chains, sustainable procurement, business & human rights, labour rights children’s rights & business principles, women’s empowerment, anti-corruption, reporting & monitoring and UNGC engagement & SDG contribution.

She is Business & Human Rights Lead for Marshalls plc (12 years +) - - the UK’s leading hard landscape company serving both the commercial and domestic construction markets and with business operations in the UK and supply chain across the globe. In this capacity she develops human rights strategy including the organizations response to the UK’s Modern Slavery Act (MSA), implements and embeds MSA activity both in UK business operations and challenging overseas supply chains including India, Vietnam, Europe, China, Turkey and Brazil. While Elaine engages with governments, UN agencies and develops strategy, she equally spends much of her time hands-on in supply chains dealing with the complex range of issues and stakeholders who must be engaged to make meaningful and lasting change which results in improved conditions for vulnerable individuals & groups, workers, their families and the wider community.

Elaine sits on the UNGC Global Compact UK Advisory Group; UNGC Global Compact UK Modern Slavery Working Group; UNGC Global Compact UK Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Working Group. She represent Marshalls at the ILO International Platform for the Elimination of Child Labour: Child Labour Platform and is actively engaged in the development of a programme in India along with other global brands. She is engaged with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery and has recently been asked to contribute to the newly established All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights.


Michelle Carvell

Director and COO

Lorax Compliance


Michelle has 15 years’ experience working in the environmental compliance sector building an extensive knowledge of the industry. After graduating from Cardiff University in 2002, she has developed her career by specialising in product stewardship, producer responsibility programs and their impacts on the producers.

Co-Founding Lorax Compliance Limited in 2014, Michelle supports a diverse range of businesses with specialist Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) reporting services as well as tailored consultancy covering all aspects of this environmental legislation. The award-winning solutions offered by Lorax Compliance improve methods of data management, provide comprehensive knowledge and present complete transparency into the costs of EPR compliance.

EPR is a frequently changing and growing global field illustrated by increasing complexity and cost. Michelle’s focus within Lorax is to promote and simplify the vast range of reporting requirements their clients find themselves obligated by.


Mark Hunting

Senior Counsel,
Regulatory Compliance



Mark Hunting is the Senior Counsel on the Regulatory Compliance team at BP, advising on bribery and corruption, money laundering and modern slavery matters. Mark’s practice includes managing internal investigations and developing policies and procedures to mitigate these risks across the BP business. Prior to joining BP, Mark was a solicitor in private practice with Ropes & Gray LLP, focusing on a mix of contentious and non-contentious bribery, corruption and money laundering matters.


Michael Littenberg


Ropes & Gray


For almost 30 years, Michael Littenberg has been active in advising leading public and private companies on supply chain compliance and corporate social responsibility matters. Michael advises a significant number of companies on compliance with U.S. and EU conflict minerals, human trafficking and product compliance, as well as other CSR-related regulations. He also advises clients on disclosure and compliance with legal requirements, the construction and implementation of compliance programs, mitigating client litigation and NGO and socially responsible investor risk.


David Weight


Cobalt Institute


David graduated as an Applied Scientist some years ago now, and has been involved with the metal mining industry for thirty-eight years, having spent twenty years with the Zambian Mining Industry providing technical and commercial services to one of the world’s largest refined copper and cobalt producers. For a significant portion of this time he was the Chief Executive of Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (UK) Ltd before the industry was eventually privatised. David then worked with Mitsui & Co Ltd and provided consulting services in financial risk management and metals trading before working with Anglo American Corporation of South Africa specialising in the integration of base metal assets. He then moved into the Lloyd’s Insurance market and spent a number of years with Jardine Lloyd Thompson Ltd, the largest European based insurance broker, to specialise in managing all aspects of mining risks. David is now President of the Cobalt Institute, Director of the Cobalt REACH Consortium Ltd, REACH Metal Carboxylates Consortium and the Non-Ferrous Alliance. The Cobalt Institute represents a large part of the global cobalt industry and works to promote the sustainable and responsible production and use of this very special, technology enabling metal.


Steve Andrews

Deputy Head of Waste & Recycling

Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs


Steve has worked in a number of different posts in the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) covering both policy development and project responsibilities, before his team was transferred to Defra (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) in April 2016.

Steve is now a Deputy Head of the Resources & Waste Division at Defra. His teams have responsibility for UK Government policy on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, the Batteries & Accumulators Directive, the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive and the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive. The teams also lead the UK negotiations on the EC’s proposals for a Directive to tackle the issue of the waste from single-use plastics; policy on the implementation of the EC’s Circular Economy package; have sponsorship responsibility for the UK’s Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP); and lead his Department’s interest in all strategic broader waste, recycling, producer responsibility and product policy issues.

Despite the UK’s decision to leave the European Union at the end of March next year followed by a period of transitional arrangements, Steve and his team members continue to represent the UK on the European Commission’s Expert Committees for the RoHS, WEEE, Batteries, ELV and Packaging Directives, including discussions about any proposed changes to this set of legislation and ongoing monitoring & policy issues.


Boris Kamstra

Chief Executive Officer

Alphamin Resources Corp.


Boris is a future-focused professional engineer with many years of investment, management and operational experience. He has experience in a range of industries at senior executive levels, including private equity, mining, venture capital and construction. He began his career at Grinaker Concrete Construction and became a director in 1999. Boris leverages strong business acumen, strategic ability and leadership skills to help innovative companies achieve optimal business outcomes.


Paul Gerrard

Policy and Campaigns Director

Co-operative Group


After twenty years in the UK Civil Service, Mr Gerrard has been Policy and Campaigns Director at the world’s oldest co-operative business, the Co-op, since 2016 and leads their campaigning, ethics and sustainability work including on supporting survivors of slavery, which was recognised by the Stop Slavery award in 2017, and on tackling loneliness. Mr Gerrard is a Fellow of IEMA the global body of sustainability professionals.


Rita Kuhlman

Supply Chain Compliance Manager

Allegion PLC


Rita joined Allegion PLC in 2014 to implement their conflict minerals program, and quickly assumed responsibilities as Supply Chain Compliance Manager for all regulatory activities, including EU RoHS, EU REACH, Proposition 65, the UK Modern Slavery Act, and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. She also completed the development and automation of Allegion’s supply chain Slavery and Human Trafficking Program. She is excited to move forward with designing improved due diligence and continued internal and external awareness training activities for social responsibility programs. Prior to her current role, Rita spent 21 years in the automotive industry, where she developed business processes and managed subcontract assembly and supplier development activities.


Travis Campbell

Senior Manager,
Corporate Social Responsibility



Travis Campbell leads the social responsibility and communication programs under Corporate Responsibility at AMD. In this role, he manages their supply chain risk assessment process, advises on diversity and inclusion efforts and leads their corporate sustainability reporting program. Prior to AMD, Travis worked for Dell in their enterprise sourcing department as a senior advisor for strategic sourcing, and in a variety of corporate affairs functions at Altria/Philip Morris USA.


Joe Langton

Senior Manager,
Procurement Compliance

TE Connectivity


Joe Langton is the Global Compliance Manager with TE Connectivity. He has worked in consulting roles for the past 15 years, implementing comprehensive compliance solutions for restricted substances, product lifecycle management and electronics recycling. He has also delivered environmental management systems and restricted substances auditing, implementation and training services in the electronics manufacturing field for numerous organizations. Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and is a certified quality manager system lead auditor.


Adam Prince

Customer Success Manager



Over the past four years, Adam Prince has worked in SaaS technology and Customer Success, focusing on client advocacy to achieve long-term success for clients. He joined Assent in 2018 as a Customer Success Manager, and has supported the company’s top clients to meet their regulatory and data collection needs. Prior to joining Assent, he worked with some of the largest healthcare organizations in the U.S. to streamline their front-line operations and collections business


Alexandra Frederick

Manager of Customer
Success Management



Alexandra Frederick is the Manager of Customer Success Management at Assent Compliance. In her role, Alexandra maintains her own book of business comprised of Fortune 500 companies across different industries as well as manages the CSM team to ensure that all of Assent's clients are reaching their strategic business objectives and are successful. She delivers hands-on support, and is dedicated to nurturing client engagement and relationships. Alexandra earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, and leverages her experience in corporate and securities law to help her clients achieve success.


Travis Miller

General Counsel



Travis is an international trade and compliance attorney specializing in ITAR/EAR/Sanctions; global anti bribery anti-corruption, human trafficking and slavery, code of conduct, environmental, and health and safety regulations; product stewardship (RoHS/REACH/Conflict Minerals); and corporate social responsibility (corporate ethics, CSR/CDP reporting, SEC filings). He manages Assent’s worldwide legal activities, such as advising the board of directors on legal matters and overseeing corporate compliance, governance initiatives and other commercial transactions. Travis provides legal support and insight to every team at the company, from sales to services, and partner organizations.


Jared Connors

Corporate Social Responsibility,
Senior Subject Matter Expert

Assent Compliance


Jared is an industry-leading subject matter expert on requirements associated with conflict minerals regulations. As a strategic influencer in the development of the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT), he provides Assent with expertise on data formats and enhancing software. He helped pioneer Intel’s conflict minerals program through leadership on hundreds of on-the-ground smelter audits. He also has 10 years of CSR leadership experience on the topics of human rights, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, and environmental sustainability.


Bruce Jarnot

Senior Manager,
Product Compliance

Assent Compliance


Bruce is a board-certified toxicologist with a strong background in global regulatory, materials management and environmental health and safety. He has a robust professional skill-set in global product compliance (including REACH, RoHS and Proposition 65), food and beverage regulations, FDA and USDA standards, and more. Bruce has over 20 years of experience in the product compliance industry, and holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Wesleyan University.





  • 8:30 AM

    Registration & Breakfast

  • 9:00 AM

    Welcome & Opening Address

  • 9:15 AM

    Future Look: Product Compliance & the Supply Chain

    Curious about the regulatory changes that are coming over the next year? Hear expert opinion on what you need to know about REACH, RoHS, Proposition 65 and other product compliance regulatory updates occurring in 2018 and 2019.
  • 10:05 AM

    Panel Discussion: Sectoral Guidance on SVHCs & Guidance

    Product compliance is all about alignment and establishing cohesive, uniform processes that support the collection, normalization and assessment of supply chain data. Learn lessons from peers who have built sector-specific programs to tackle the challenges of biannual REACH SVHC disclosures.
  • 10:45 AM


  • 11:00 AM

    Case Study: How Xylem Implemented a Successful Prop 65 Program

  • 11:45 AM

    Workshop Gamified: Building a Compliance Program

    Divide into small working groups to build a compliance program. The scenario, budget, company size and revenue targets will be provided. It’s up to your team to make it work.
  • Afternoon

  • 12:40 PM


  • 1:40 PM

    Case Studies: Responding to Requests Throughout the Supply Chain

    Hear about regulatory compliance efforts from suppliers representing different tiers of the supply chain. Various companies of different sizes and with different perspectives explain how they respond to customer data requests.
  • 2:40 PM

    Workshop: Analyzing the Gaps

    Using the program reports built in the morning workshop, each working group will audit the other team’s data for gap analysis.
  • 3:30 PM


  • 3:45 PM

    Data Governance: Reducing Proprietary & Sensitive Data Risks

    Complying with product compliance regulations involves a significant amount of proprietary and sensitive data that can put companies in scope of data privacy laws. Join our discussion on how to best manage privacy and GDPR, U.S. controlled data and ITAR, and cybersecurity requirements and NIST.
  • 4:40 PM

    Protectionist Policies: Don’t Get Stopped at the Border

    Successfully bringing products to market involves more than complying with product compliance regulations. Gain insight from experts discussing market access and vendor risks associated with Brexit, tariffs and duties, NAFTA, and Country of Origin laws.
  • 5:20 PM

    Closing Remarks



  • 8:30 AM

    Registration & Breakfast

  • 9:00 AM

    Welcome & Opening Address

  • 9:15 AM

    Keynote Presentation

  • 10:10 AM

    Presentation: Navigating the Legal Landscape

    Hear from an expert attorney on legislations your business should be watching closely to ensure your CSR program remains compliant.
  • 10:55 AM


  • 11:10 AM

    Panel: Future Considerations in Third-Party Human Rights Risk

    In this panel, experts on human rights risks in the supply chain examine issues around human trafficking and modern slavery, global conflict minerals, duty of care laws and non-financial reporting, and what your business should be aware of for 2019.
  • 12:00 PM

    Workshop: Scoping for Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery in the Supply Chain

    Divide into small working groups to analyze the different risks that can be found in the supply chain. What are the major risks in your supply chain? How do you manage and mitigate these risks?
  • 12:40 PM


  • Afternoon

  • 1:40 PM

    Panel: Responsible Minerals: Past, Present, Future

    Will new minerals, such as cobalt, be included in this year’s supplier survey process? Hear about industry efforts to streamline due diligence, data collection and reporting on additional mineral sources, as well as new auditing processes used to validate mineral sources of origin, and environmental and labor practices.
  • 2:35 PM

    Fireside Chat: Future of Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption

    In this discussion, two experts explain how you can leverage existing practices and programs to ensure conformance with regulations such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act and Chinese Anti-Unfair Competition Law
  • 3:15 PM


  • 3:35 PM

    Presentation: Looking Into the Future of Sustainability & Environmental Reporting

    Non-financial reporting has become a critical topic as once-voluntary initiatives have shifted toward mandatory reporting obligations. This presentation will detail how companies are responding to mandatory requirements to disclose carbon use, water use, changes to ISO 14001, and lifecycle assessment requirements that involve collecting data from third parties.
  • 4:20 PM

    Closing Remarks

  • 4:30 PM

    Cocktail Reception

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