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  • Director of Environmental Affairs
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  • Technical Directors
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  • Global Head Of Environment
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  • Head of Sustainable Development
  • Head of CSR
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  • Science & Technology Leader: Sustainability
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Speakers

Speakers for the summit include:

bullet Daniel W. Bena - PepsiCo
bullet Patrick Campbell - ENVIRON
bullet John Frazier - Nike
bullet Jim Hanna - Starbucks Coffee Company
bullet Jeff Hanratty - General Mills
bullet Simon Houghton-Dodd - Tate & Lyle Sugars
bullet Chip Jones - Dean Foods
bullet Jonathan C. Kaledin - The Nature Conservancy
bullet Denise E. Knight - The Coca-Cola Company
bullet Jim Knutzon - Farm Fresh Direct
bullet Michael Kobori - Levi Strauss & Co.
bullet Zack Mansdorf - L'Oreal North America and Worldwide
bullet Kim Marotta - MillerCoors, LLC
bullet Kevin Mathews - Nestle Waters North America
bullet Kristin Morico - GE Water & Process Technologies
bullet Lauren Orme - Marks & Spencer
bullet Kevin Rabinovitch - Mars North America
bullet Dr. Manian Ramesh - Nalco Company
bullet Jean-Pierre Rennaud - Danone
bullet Kai Robertson - WWF
bullet Jesús L. Rodríguez - South Florida Water Management District
bullet Toni Saunders - Unilever
bullet David Spitzley - Kimberly-Clark
bullet John V. Stier - Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
bullet Roger Tippett - Ecolab
bullet Paul Valeck - GE Water & Process Technologies
bullet Christopher E. Williams - World Wildlife Fund-US


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Daniel W. Bena - Conference Speaker   Daniel W. Bena

DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY, HEALTH, SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENT
PEPSICO
     
Dan Bena is currently the Director of Sustainability, Health, Safety, and Environment for the international division of PepsiCo, and was formerly the Director of Technical Insight and Communication, where he served as liaison between technical functions, government affairs, public policy, and field operations to develop key messaging to internal and external stakeholder groups. He is now leading the company’s international Sustainability efforts across their beverage and foods operations, serving consumers in nearly 200 countries. Since graduating with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and a graduate degree in industrial pharmacy, Dan has become a recognized leader in the beverage industry during his 23-year tenure with PepsiCo. Dan serves as Chair of the Washington-based American Beverage Association’s Water Resources Committee, and has been an active participant in various ABA Task Forces. He has been active in the International Society of Beverage Technologists, as demonstrated by such offices as past Secretary of the Computer Applications Committee, founder and Chair of the Emerging Scientific Interests Subcommittee, and—most recently—founder and Co-chair of the Subcommittee for Sustainable Development. He is also serving a three-year term on the ISBT Board of Directors, and has been presented with the ISBT “Best Paper” Award on two occasions, for papers addressing the environment and sustainable development.

Dan also serves on the Board-sponsored Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network, which is a not-for-profit organization for which PepsiCo was a founding member, dedicated to providing sustainable community-level solutions to provide safe drinking water in developing economies. Bena is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Food Safety Magazine, and has been an invited speaker to the Food Safety Summit and the Food Safety World Expo, both in Washington, DC. He has served as an Associate Referee for the International Commission on Uniform Methods in Sugar Analysis (ICUMSA), contributed monographs to the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), and reviewed manuscripts for the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CODEX). Dan is also in the Water Core Working Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and was a member of the Advisory Board for development of the WBCSD Water Resource Risk Tool, which was launched to great acclaim at Stockholm World Water Week in August of 2007.

Bena has spoken in many venues addressing Sustainable Development, including his most recent opening keynote address for the World Brewing Congress in August, 2008, and has authored chapters for several texts from CRC, Blackwell Science, and Marcel Dekker in the areas of water treatment and chemistry, sanitation and beverage production.

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Patrick Campbell - Conference Speaker   Patrick Campbell

PRINCIPAL
ENVIRON
     
More than 17 years of experience in the design and operation of industrial wastewater and ground water treatment plants. Mr. Campbell has been responsible for the execution of numerous large-scale integrated wastewater projects for the petroleum refining, organic chemicals, and iron and steel industries and has provided engineering services ranging from treatability and pilot testing, source characterization and control studies, permitting and planning, and technology evaluation, process design, and water use and wastewater discharge optimization projects.

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John Frazier - Conference Speaker   John Frazier

DIRECTOR OF CONSIDERED CHEMISTRY AND ENVIRONMENT, SAFETY, AND HEALTH
NIKE
     
John Frazier serves as the Director of Considered Chemistry and ESH for Nike. His duties have included the development, deployment, and oversight for a variety of sustainability and product stewardship programs including the Nike:
  • Restricted Substance List (RSL)
  • Global Water Quality Program for Apparel
  • Green/Healthier Chemistry Program
Mr. Frazier holds a Master's degree in Chemistry with 20+ years experience. He has served product engines and also environmental programs through materials and process engineering and chemistry applications.

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Jim Hanna - Conference Speaker   Jim Hanna

DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY
     
Jim Hanna joined Starbucks Coffee Company in November 2005, lending his expertise to the company’s initiatives to minimize its environmental footprint through green building, energy conservation, international procurement, waste minimization and collaboration with partner corporations and NGOs. Prior to Starbucks, he served as Director of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park. In the position, Jim oversaw Xanterra’s many progressive environmental initiatives in its operations as the primary concessionaire in the park, including an ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System. Before escaping to Yellowstone, he worked as Director of Operations for Teris Environmental in Los Angeles, managing the company’s seven regional offices in North America. A native of Olympia, Washington, Jim earned a BS in Environmental Sciences from Washington State University and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-accredited professional.

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Jeff Hanratty - Conference Speaker   Jeff Hanratty

MANAGER GLOBAL HSE AUDITING AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
GENERAL MILLS
     
Mr. Hanratty is the Manager of Global HSE Auditing and Continuous Improvement at General Mills located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has global responsibility for all Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) risk and compliance auditing and oversight of the corporation’s HSE continuous improvement initiatives. Additionally, he is the corporate resource for water and wastewater issues.

Mr. Hanratty holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in EHS Management from the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology. He is registered as a Professional Engineer, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor and is a master level Certified Hazardous Material Manager.

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Simon Houghton-Dodd - Conference Speaker   Simon Houghton-Dodd

HEAD OF QUALITY & SUSTAINABILITY
TATE & LYLE SUGARS
     
Simon Houghton-Dodd will be speaking at the conference.

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Chip Jones - Conference Speaker   Earl M. (Chip) Jones, III

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
DEAN FOODS
     
Dean Foods Company is one of the nation's leading food and beverage companies and is the nation's leading processor and distributor of milk and other dairy products. With more than 100 manufacturing plants and 26,000 employees across the country, the Company produces a full line of company-branded and private label dairy products such as milk (flavored and unflavored), ice cream and ice cream novelties, coffee creamers, half-and half, whipping cream, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, lactose-free milk, condensed milk and milk-based beverages. The Company also owns the leading brand of soymilk, Silk®, and organic milk, Horizon Organic®.

Mr. Jones joined Dean Foods in 2002 as its labor and employment counsel, after practicing labor and employment law in the Dallas, Texas office of Littler Mendelson, P.C. for 8 years. In 2004, Mr. Jones took on the responsibility of serving as the company’s chief compliance officer. Now, Mr. Jones is in charge of the company’s corporate responsibility efforts, which include ethics, compliance, and sustainability. As the company’s chief compliance officer, Mr. Jones is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Company’s compliance program, which includes conducting risk assessments, training programs, and investigations of alleged violations of the company’s Code of Ethics.

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Jonathan C. Kaledin - Conference Speaker   Jonathan C. Kaledin

BLUE WATER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM DIRECTOR
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
     
Jonathan C. Kaledin is the Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Blue Water Certification Program—a joint effort of the Conservancy’s legal, international government affairs, and global freshwater departments. Jonathan joined the Conservancy in 1995, and except during the 2003-2004 period, when he served as General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, from 1995 to May 2008 he served as the New York State Counsel for the Conservancy, running TNC’s legal department in New York.

Prior to joining the Conservancy (TNC), Jonathan practiced law in both the private and public sectors, including with the law firm of Goulston & Storrs and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was part of the federal team overseeing the Boston Harbor cleanup litigation—the largest Clean Water Act lawsuit in the country’s history. He also served as Director of the National Water Education & Funding Councils from 1991 to 1995, an advocacy and public policy project aimed at publicizing clean water infrastructure funding needs in the U.S. and advocating for increased federal funding of Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act projects.

Jonathan’s articles on environmental issues (principally on water issues), and articles on his work, have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, The American Prospect, Public Citizen, and elsewhere. He speaks internationally on environmental and water issues, most recently at the annual World Water Week (Stockholm--August 2008) and the biennial World Water Congress (Vienna--September 2008), the Water Stewardship Initiative Forum (Melbourne--October 2008), U.N. Global Mandate (New York City--November 2008), the Business for Social Responsibility Water Conference (New York City--November 2008), and the London Water Summit (London--December 2008). Upcoming talks will be at the U.S. Water Summit (Miami--February 2009), the World Water Forum (Istanbul--March 2009), and the Water Footprint Summit (Brussels—May 2009).

Jonathan is also one of the participants in the on-going Aspen Institute “Water Dialogue,” a series of meetings of water experts in the U.S. that will result in a 2009 report issued by the Aspen Institute on water infrastructure needs and issues in the United States.

Through the Blue Water Certification Program, TNC is a founding member of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), an international alliance working on the development of the world’s first international freshwater certification program. The AWS is designing and developing the world’s first water certification business, along the lines of the Forest Stewardship Council, the Marine Fisheries Council, FairTrade, and other international certification businesses. It will operate on an international basis as an independent freshwater stewardship/certification organization that rewards and recognizes water users and water suppliers that manage water systems (both water bodies and watersheds) in a manner that protects and preserves freshwater ecosystems as fully as possible, while ensuring that the multitude of human needs in regard to fresh water are satisfied.

Jonathan received his Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law, where he was President of the Environmental Law Society, and his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Harvard University.

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Denise E. Knight - Conference Speaker   Denise E. Knight

WATER SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER
THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
     
Denise Knight is Water Sustainability Manager for The Coca-Cola Company, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her responsibilities include leading the corporate efforts on Water “Neutrality” and Sustainable Agriculture with internal and external stakeholders. In addition, Denise provides strategic support for brokering international water partnerships in support of our commitment to “Replenish” water in communities and nature.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Denise was Managing Director of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), responsible for finance, operations, and international program management to foster the implementation of energy efficiency and sustainable development in developing countries. In addition, Denise worked for AlliedSignal in marketing and sales and for GTE in forecasting and strategic planning.

Denise has a diverse background and set of skills in water and energy fields, having worked in both the corporate business environment and the non-profit, non-governmental sector, in the US and abroad.

Ms. Knight holds a BA. in International Affairs and Economics and an M.S. in Economics.

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Jim Knutzon - Conference Speaker   Jim Knutzon

CEO
FARM FRESH DIRECT, LLC
     
Jim is the CEO and President of Farm Fresh Direct, LLC in Monte Vista, CO. He has held these positions since August of 2000. Farm Fresh Direct has production in the San Luis Valley (Colorado) as well as Kansas, Nebraska, Washington, California and now Arkansas. Farm Fresh Direct grows all major varieties of potatoes and has six packaging facilities that produce all packages and sizes.

Prior to joining Farm Fresh Direct Jim worked in the agriculture business for 20 years, including agricultural chemical business and growing various crops. Jim co-founded Valley Fresh Distributing in 1979, the first major organic vegetable grower/shipper in the United States. Jim was also the COO of Scientific Certification from 1989 to 2001. This allowed him to manage programs in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and life cycle studies (worldwide). Jim’s wealth of experience has enabled him to explore and expand many international markets for the companies he is associated with. Jim graduated from the University of Iowa in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in science.

Being an active member of the agriculture community, Jim holds positions on several boards and committees which include United Potato Growers of America and ANSI Committee on Sustainability.

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Michael Kobori - Conference Speaker   Michael Kobori

VICE PRESIDENT, SUPPLY CHAIN SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
LEVI STRAUSS & CO.
     
Michael Kobori is Vice-President, Supply Chain Social and Environmental Sustainability for Levi Strauss & Co. His job is to ensure that the company’s suppliers worldwide meet and exceed its labor, environment, health and safety standards.

Kobori has led the development of Levi Strauss & Co.’s environmental vision and strategy and its initiatives to expand industry collaboration, improve the company’s purchasing practices, and establish standards for factory monitors.

Mr. Kobori also has served as Director, Global Code of Conduct and Sr. Manager of Government Affairs at Levi Strauss & Co. Previously, he was Vice-President at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and Director of BSR’s Business and Human Rights Program.

Prior to his work in the private sector, Mr. Kobori spent nearly a decade at The Asia Foundation, supporting human rights, economic development, and regional cooperation in Asia.

Mr. Kobori received his Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He also received his A.B. in Asian Studies and Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mr. Kobori has spoken on social and environmental sustainability to organizations around the world. He serves on the advisory boards for The Asia Society’s Asian Social Issues Program and the Japan Society’s U.S.-Japan Innovators Project. He was recently appointed to the Levi Strauss Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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Zack Mansdorf - Conference Speaker   Zack Mansdorf

SENIOR VP, SAFETY, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
L’OREAL NORTH AMERICA & WORLDWIDE
     
Zack Mansdorf is the Senior Vice President for Safety, Industrial Hygiene and Environment for L'Oreal North America and Worldwide. He joined L'Oreal in 2000 and spent 5 years at the L'Oreal headquarters in Paris before returning to the USA in 2005. He has a Ph.D., from the University of Kansas School of Engineering in Environmental Engineering with Masters degrees in Environment and Safety from the University of Michigan and Central Missouri State. He is a QEP, CSP and CIH.

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Kim Marotta - Conference Speaker   Kim Marotta

VICE PRESIDENT CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
MILLERCOORS, LLC
     
Kim Marotta has been named Vice President Corporate Responsibility at MillerCoors. In her new role, Ms. Marotta will be responsible for implementing MillerCoors sustainable development strategy and managing MillerCoors alcohol responsibility initiatives. She will work closely with both parent organizations to drive performance in these key areas.

Ms. Marotta completed her undergraduate work at Marquette University and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. Prior to joining MillerCoors in 2004, Ms. Marotta practiced law for more than 13 years, specializing in criminal defense. She formerly served as an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School, was voted in a Milwaukee Magazine survey as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the city and was recognized by The Business Journal as one of the top “40 Under 40” leaders in the community.

Ms. Marotta is a member of several boards, including Milwaukee World Festivals, US Bank Championship, Visit Milwaukee, Public Policy Forum, Milwaukee Ballet and Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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Kevin Mathews - Conference Speaker   Kevin Mathews

DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
NESTLE WATERS NORTH AMERICA
     
Kevin Mathews is Director of Health and Environmental Affairs for Nestle Waters North America. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing all health-based Regulatory, Environmental and Industry Association programs. In his 27-year career in the Food and Beverage Industry, Kevin has held senior leadership positions in quality and operations management with Kellogg, Pepsi Bottling Group, Coke New York and for the last 17 years at Nestle Waters North America.

Kevin chairs many industry association committee groups in the areas of Water Quality and Environmental Sustainability. Those include committee chair and leadership positions at the National Association of PET Container Resources, Beverage Packaging Environmental Council, Grocery Manufacturers Association, International Bottled Water Association, International Council of Bottled Water Associations. American Beverage Association, and the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable. Kevin has delivered technical presentations and regularly speaks on various regulatory and environmental topics for these and other trade associations. For the past year, Kevin’s primary focus has been with the Grocery Manufacturer Association and the Wal-Mart Food and Agricultural Network where he leads their Water Committee groups in the area of Environmental Sustainability.

Kevin has a BS in Biology from Bloomsburg University. He and his wife live in Oxford CT, enjoy traveling and spending time with their children who live or study across the country.

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Kristin Morico - Conference Speaker   Kristin Morico. P.E., DEE, CSP, CHMM

GLOBAL LEADER- GE WATER PROGRAM
CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
GE WATER & PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES
     
Kris is the leader of GE's Global Water as well as EPCRA and PRTR Chemical Management Programs. Kris works in the Corporate Environmental Program (CEP) department headquartered in Fairfield, CT. In this role she is responsible for the development and implementation of associated programs across all of GE and works closely with GE's business segments to advance environmental policies, directives and objectives to proactively attain and sustain compliance. Kris recently led the team responsible for the development of GE's newest ecomagination 20 X 12 water reduction goal.

Possessing diverse experience in the environmental field, Kris began her career working in the municipal water sector as a process engineer for the Regional Water Authority in New Haven, CT. Since then, she has assumed leadership positions of increasing responsibility over the past 24 years at a variety of firms including Clairol, Inc., Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. environmental consultants, Environmental Compliance Officer for ABB/Combustion Engineering, Director of Global Environmental Programs and EHS Governance at Pratt and Whitney (Division of UTC), and most recently, prior to her present role with GE, she was the Director of Environmental Programs at Tyco International located in Princeton, NJ.

Kris possesses a BS in Biology from Fairfield University, MS Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, MEM Environmental Management from Yale University, and an EMBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed Professional Engineer, Diplomate in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Certified Safety Professional, and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. She also possesses a Class IV Water Treatment Plant Operators License issued by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health and is an Environmental Laboratory Director through the same agency.

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Lauren Orme - Conference Speaker   Lauren Orme

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - RAW MATERIALS
MARKS & SPENCER
     
Lauren is Sustainable Raw Materials Manager at Marks & Spencer, a fashion, food and home wares retailer with more than 600 stores operating in the UK and 30 countries worldwide.

Lauren takes the lead for Marks & Spencer’s sustainable raw material sourcing strategy. Working with individual business units, Lauren is responsible for setting the strategy and policy implementation for a diverse range of key raw materials used by the business; including wood, cotton, fish, palm oil and soya. Lauren also deals with issues such as genetic modification and water conservation and efficiency in the supply chain.

Prior to joining Marks & Spencer in 2006, Lauren managed the CSR and community relations program for the supermarket division of leading Australian retailer, The Coles Group.

Lauren is a Public Relations graduate from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, with a major in Psychology.

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Kevin Rabinovitch - Conference Speaker   Kevin Rabinovitch

GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR
MARS NORTH AMERICA
     
Kevin Rabinovitch has spent 13 years at Mars in all three major segments (food, snack and pet care) both in the U.S. and Europe. As Director of Sustainability for North America, he works with all of the Mars units to develop and execute against sustainability strategies and initiatives aimed at delivering against the triple bottom line of environmental, social and economic sustainability. Prior to this role, he has worked in R&D managing the process and packaging development functions as well as a developmental pilot plant and small scale manufacturing facility. He has B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship. Kevin, his wife and their 2 children live in Franklin, TN, just outside of Nashville.

Mars North America, the United States food, snack and pet care operations of Mars, Incorporated, is one of the world’s leading food manufacturers. With more than $7 billion in annual sales, the combined food, snack and pet care segments are a symbol of excellence for quality brands. Headquartered in Hackettstown, NJ, Mars North America employs more than 12,000 associates in the United States, with 54 facilities nationwide. The company owns some of the world’s favorite brands including M&M'S Brand, SNICKERS Brand, UNCLE BEN'S Brand, PEDIGREE Brand Food for Dogs and WHISKAS Brand Food for Cats. Learn more at www.mars.com

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Dr. Manian Ramesh - Conference Speaker   Dr. Manian Ramesh

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
NALCO COMPANY
     
Dr. Mani Ramesh is the Chief Technology Officer for Nalco Company, a premier service organization addressing the water and process based needs of various industries. He holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and was a Welch fellow at Texas A&M University with Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Barton. He joined Nalco in 1990 as a Senior Chemist in the Corporate Research group. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President, Research and Development from September 2002 to October 2003 and Vice President Water and Core Technologies from October 2003 to June 2006 and Vice President Process, Water and Core Technologies from July 2006 to May 2007. He holds 48 United States patents and has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed technical publications. Dr. Ramesh has served on several executive committees including the Water Energy Nexus under the U.S. Senate Committee for Energy as well as in various selection committees for prestigious awards such as US Presidential Green Chemistry Award.

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Jean-Pierre Rennaud - Conference Speaker   Jean-Pierre Rennaud

JOB
COMPANY
     
Jean-Pierre Rennaud will be speaking at the conference.

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Kai Robertson - Conference Speaker   Kai Robertson

DIRECTOR, AGRICULTURE
WWF
     
Kai Robertson is Director, Agriculture at WWF and responsible for helping shape WWF-US's partnerships with food retailers and processors. This includes exploring the links between US companies to WWF's priority ecoregions and commodities in order to develop a strategic engagement strategy. Prior to joining WWF, Kai was at Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business where she played a lead role in CI's partnership with major companies, such as Wal-Mart, identifying and promoting the adoption of principles and activities supporting sustainable agriculture and marine conservation. Kai also spent nearly a decade at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the leading supermarket trade association in the U.S. Kai has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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Jesús L. Rodríguez - Conference Speaker   Jesús L. Rodríguez

LEAD WATER CONSERVATION OFFICER
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
     
Jesús L. Rodríguez is Lead Water Conservation Officer at the South Florida Water Management District, the State of Florida’s oldest and largest water management agency. In addition to overseeing many of the District’s ongoing initiatives to promote water conservation and water use efficiency, he is currently directing the implementation of regulatory conservation measures set forth in the agency’s newly-adopted, comprehensive water conservation plan.

Mr. Rodríguez is a member of the American Water Works Association, Florida Section, and serves on the Water Conservation Committee of the Section’s Florida 2030 Task Force, an interdisciplinary work group launched in February 2008 to guide Florida’s future water supply planning efforts. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Rodríguez co-authored the Committee’s definitive position paper, helping to establish the role and value of conservation in meeting Florida’s future water demands.

Mr. Rodríguez holds a bachelors degree from Florida International University and an MBA, with honors, from Barry University.

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Toni Saunders - Conference Speaker   Toni Saunders

ECO-EFFICIENCY MANUFACTURING MANAGER
UNILEVER
     
Toni Saunders is the Eco-Efficiency Manufacturing Manager for Unilever's Safety and Environment Assurance Centre, located in Bedfordshire, England. Toni joined Unilever in 1999 after working initially for ICI and then following the sale of their business to DuPont for 15 years as Senior Chemical Engineer on their world scale Pure Terephthalic Acid manufacturing facility in North Eastern England.

Toni's current role has a global responsibility for leading strategic environmental improvement programs at Unilever's worldwide manufacturing facilities, with key lead responsibility in the Asia region. Particularly focussing on Energy/CO2 reduction programmes which includes renewable technology assessment and implementation, Waste (Hazardous/ Non-Hazardous, Raw materials and C.O.D) reduction/minimisation and Water Use and Liquid Effluent minimisation. These challenges align well with Toni's major area of expertise which is Waste Water treatment plant design, specification, commissioning and operation.

Mr. Saunders holds an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He is a Chartered Engineer and Environmentalist with the IChemE (Institute Of Chemical Engineers), is a certified Lead Environmental Auditor and is an expert member of I.L.S.I (International Life Sciences Institute) panel examining water usage and associated quality issues in the food industry.

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David Spitzley - Conference Speaker   David Spitzley

CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY
KIMBERLY-CLARK
     
Mr. Spitzley has more than twelve years of experience in environmental and sustainability analysis. His experience includes topics such as life cycle assessment, organizational environmental strategy, sustainable facility design, component environmental analysis and sustainable product design strategy. He joined the Corporate Sustainability team at Kimberly-Clark as a product sustainability manager in July of 2006. In this role, he provides oversight and guidance for activities in life cycle assessment, product environmental improvement, carbon footprints and related fields. Prior to joining K-C, he directed graduate students, managed research activities and conducted life cycle research at the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems. As the Senior Research Associate at CSS, he contributed to methods development in life cycle optimization and life cycle energy analysis.

Previously, Mr. Spitzley served as a senior consultant in life cycle management and automotive technology at Battelle Memorial Institute. While at Battelle, he served as an advisor to the Ford Motor Company on the environmental redesign of the historic Rouge complex and helped guide environmental decision making procedures at General Motors. Mr. Spitzley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has been actively involved in societies and associations focused on sustainability. He is currently serving as chair of the Environmental Evaluation Committee of EDANA and leading the LCA experts working group at the European Tissue Symposium. He is the author of fourteen technical papers on sustainability and environmental design as well as the Life Cycle Metrics chapter in the textbook Sustainability Science and Engineering.

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John V. Stier - Conference Speaker   John V. Stier

GROUP DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
ANHEUSER-BUSCH COMPANIES, INC.
     
As Group Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs, Mr. Stier's responsibilities include environmental and water supply management for all Anheuser-Busch Companies worldwide. Mr. Stier received his Masters degree in environmental science from the University of Cincinnati in 1978. During his 29 years at Anheuser-Busch, he has managed hundreds of projects including air quality permitting, compliance auditing, regulatory and legislative issue management, environmental management system development, and international due diligence. He is currently focused on strategic water supply and renewable energy initiatives.

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Roger Tippett - Conference Speaker   Roger Tippett

VICE PRESIDENT OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING FOR WATER AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT
ECOLAB
     
Roger Tippett is Ecolab's Vice President of Research, Development and Engineering for Water and Energy Management. In this role, he leads Ecolab's Ecovation and Water Care RD&E teams. Roger has a B.S in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in England and a M.S. in Operations and Technology Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has 19 years of industrial water treatment experience with a focus in the last several years on applications within the Food Processing industry. These applications include wastewater, process water, boiler water and cooling water treatment. Roger is an expert in water reuse and food safety and is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee to the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) and a member of the Water Environment Federation. Roger has been awarded two patents.

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Paul Valeck - Conference Speaker   Paul Valeck

GLOBAL PRODUCT MANAGER
GE WATER & PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES
     
Paul has held growth roles in GE for over 14 years and is currently the Global Product Manager responsible for Advanced Waste to Value Solutions as well as the Marketing Leader for the Power Industry Market. In this dual role, Paul drives growth via product development, solution and industry commercial support, partner/alliance development, and strategic marketing.

Paul joined GE Water & Process Technologies in 2004 as the Regional Marketing Leader for the Southern U.S. Region leading marketing efforts across all GE Water & Process Technologies solutions in that geography. Prior to GE Water, Paul held numerous growth roles across GE including: Americas Sales Channel Leader and Commercial Black Belt at GE Digital Energy where he established the manufacturers rep sales network and implemented sustainable commercial processes for the newly acquired business, Strategic Marketing Manager at GE Energy developing new business models and evaluating acquisition targets to expand GE Energy’s product offerings, and Regional Marketing Leader at GE Corporate Marketing leading Enterprise Sales in the Southwest U.S. Paul joined GE in 1995 on the GE Capital Financial Management Leadership Program (FMP).

Paul graduated with Honors from Michigan State University with a Bachelor degree in Finance. Paul currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

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Christopher E. Williams - Conference Speaker   Christopher E. Williams

DIRECTOR OF FRESHWATER CONSERVATION
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND-US
     
Christopher E. Williams is Director of Freshwater Conservation at World Wildlife Fund-US. He directs WWF’s work on international and national freshwater policy, supports WWF field projects all over the world, and develops partnerships for freshwater conservation with governments, corporations, foundations, and bilateral and multi-lateral aid agencies. Chris also serves as Deputy Director of the Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS), a USAID-funded consortium of NGOs and academic institutions supporting integrated water resources management around the globe.

Chris has been a conservation professional for 15 years, first as a policy analyst and federal lobbyist for endangered species and other natural resource issues, and then as manager of a large-scale ecoregional conservation project in the Chihuahuan Desert of the southwestern US and northern Mexico. It was his experiences grappling with water issues in the Rio Grande basin that led Chris to his current specialization in freshwater.

Chris holds masters and law degrees from the Vermont Law School, and a history degree from the University of Washington. He has authored, co-authored, or edited numerous publications on the subject of natural resources conservation.

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