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Author & University Distinguished Professor



Commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission


Head of ESG and New Business Models, Envu


Senior Director, Asset Innovations, ClimeCo


Partner, Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG in Canada


President, WestWater Research


Senior Investment Manager, Climate Asset Management


Head of Commercial, Trove Research


Technical Manager, Capitals Coalition


Manager, Technologies for Natural Climate Solutions, Verra


Vice President of Technical Development – Anew Climate


Chief Executive Officer, Creekbank Associates


Senior Manager of Sustainability & Supplier Diversity, Marriott International


CEO, Tradewater, LLC


Founder and Vice Chairman, Resource Environmental Solutions (RES)


Head of Business Development, North America, Nature Metrics


Director & CEO, re-PLANET


President & CEO, Resolve and Regeneration | Board of Trustees


Chief Executive Officer, Earth Recovery Partners


Director, Quantified Ventures


Chief of Market Relationships, International Foundation Accounting Sustainability


Executive Director, Environmental Policy Innovation Center


Mitigation Specialist


Director of Investments, HASI


Strategic Director, Corporate Services, The Biodiversity Consultancy


Director of Programs and Senior Staff Attorney, Colorado Water Trust


CEO Terrasos


President, RESOLVE Canada


Senior Financial Analyst, Agriculture Strategy, McCain Foods


Chief of Market Relationships, International Foundation Accounting Sustainability


Managing Director, IETA


Principal and CEO, Climate Smart Commodities Corp.


Business Development Manager, Nature Based Solutions and Decarbonization and Sustainability Leader, SHELL


Managing Director, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund


CFO, The Conservation Fund


CEO and Founder, Synovia Capital


Founder and Vice Chairman, Resource Environmental Solutions


Vice President of Development, Akridge Development


Business Development Manager, Nature Based Solutions and Decarbonization and Sustainability Leader, SHELL


Managing Director, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund


CEO, Emergent


Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water, EPA


WWF International and Former Minister of Environment Peru


Head of Sustainability Sourcing, Kering


CEO, Forest Trends


Member and Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR


Manager, Lyme Timber


Director, American Carbon Registry


Associate Chief of Forest Service, USDA


Vice President, Sustainable Finance Group, Goldman Sachs


Managing Director, NatureVest


Executive Director, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation


CEO, New Forests


CEO, Verra


Vice President, Danone North America


President, Blue Source



Edward B. Barbier

Author and University Distinguished Professor

Edward B. Barbier is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics, Colorado State University and a Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. His main expertise is environmental and resource economics as well as international environmental policy. He has consulted for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organizations, the World Bank and the OECD. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, written or edited 27 books, and published in popular journals and social media. Barbier is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and is a highly cited scholar on global environmental and sustainability issues. His latest book is Economics for a Fragile Planet, Cambridge University Press


CFTC Commissioner Summer K. Mersinger

Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

Summer K. Mersinger was nominated by President Biden to serve as a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. She was sworn into office on March 30, 2022. 

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mersinger served as the Chief of Staff to CFTC Commissioner Dawn D. Stump.  She also served as the Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under former Chairman Heath Tarbert. 

Ms. Mersinger has 20 years of Capitol Hill and government relations experience. Prior to joining the CFTC, she was Senior Vice President at Smith-Free Group, a leading government affairs practice, where she worked on financial services issues including advocating for large fintech organizations. 

From 2004 to 2016, Ms. Mersinger was a top aide to current Senate Minority Whip John Thune, who represents her home state of South Dakota. Most recently she served as his DC Chief of Staff, coordinating legislative activities for Sen. Thune’s team and working regularly with Senate leadership and senior staff on both sides of the aisle. Ms. Mersinger was instrumental during policy debates involving banking, finance, telecommunications, surface transportation, agriculture, and trade issues. Ms. Mersinger was also directly involved in the communications efforts spearheaded by Sen. Thune through his leadership post on the Senate Republican Conference. 

Prior to joining Sen. Thune’s staff, Ms. Mersinger was a director of government relations at Arent Fox, and she also worked in Sen. Thune’s office while he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002. Summer completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her law degree from the Catholic University’s Columbus School of law. She is a proud mother of four children, two daughters and two sons, and resides in Northern Virginia with her husband.

Mathew Nespeca

Head of ESG and New Business Models, Envu

Matt Nespeca works for Envu as the head of ESG and New Business Models, with a focus on delivering global solutions related to environmental and social outcomes.  Matt previously worked as the global marketing manager for Vegetation Management for Bayer Environmental Science, which includes segments such as industrial vegetation management, forestry and range & pasture.  Before he took the global role, Matt Nespeca spent 8 years launching and managing the US Vegetation Management business for Bayer.  In previous years, Matt held marketing, sales and technical service positions with Nufarm, BASF and American Cyanamid, mainly working in industrial vegetation, forestry and aquatics markets.  Matt also spent 4 years working as a project manager for the South Carolina Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, where he worked on land conservation and invasive plant control projects.  Matt has an MS from Virginia Tech in Forest Biology, and a BS from Auburn University in Forest Resource Management.  Currently, Matt lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife and two children.

Lauren Mechak

Senior Director, Asset Innovations, ClimeCo

Lauren Mechak serves as the Senior Director of Asset Innovations on ClimeCo’s Project Development Team. In her role, she leads ClimeCo’s efforts to develop novel climate-positive projects that generate carbon offsets or other valuable environmental commodities. Her work spans multiple project types, including nature-based carbon removal and innovative climate tech projects. While Lauren’s work is primarily in the voluntary carbon offset space, she also has expertise in compliance markets, including California’s Cap-and-Trade and Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Prior to joining ClimeCo, Lauren received her Master of Environmental Management in Economics and Policy at Duke University. During her time at Duke, she worked with the university’s Carbon Offsets Initiative to help Duke achieve carbon neutrality and served as an Article Editor for Duke’s Environmental Law and Policy Forum. Before Duke, Lauren earned her B.Sc. from McGill University in Biology in 2013 and worked at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.

Bailey Church

Partner, Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG in Canada

Bailey Church is the leader of KPMG’s National Public Sector Accounting Advisory service line. His more than 17 years of experience includes substantial work in financial management, accounting, financial reporting and auditing matters within the public sector environment. Bailey is currently serving as the chair of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)’s task force to develop an accounting standard on public-private partnerships, with reference to international standards such as IFRIC 12 and IPSAS 32, and standards issued by FASAB, GASB and the U.K. Accounting Standards Board and the South African Accounting Standards Board.

Brett Bovee

President, WestWater Research

Brett Bovee is the President and Principal for WestWater Research based in the Fort Collins office. Brett brings close to 20 years of experience conducting a variety of engineering, economic, and water rights studies across the Western states. Many of these projects have been focused on water resources management and water development concepts in the pursuit, protection, and utilization of water rights. Since joining WestWater, Brett has performed dozens of focused water right valuation studies and broader economic and water market analyses. Brett brings a unique perspective to projects, combining a background in water resources engineering with a developed knowledge of water rights and economics.

Brett has performed water right investigations for Federal, Tribal, and private clients, and has completed a variety of studies focused on water valuation, comprehensive water planning, irrigated agriculture, scenario modeling, and water project feasibility. In the course of water rights litigation and dispute resolution, Brett has prepared expert witness and technical reports, completed hydrographic surveys of water use, and reviewed settlement agreements. He has also participated in several technical working groups for multi-stakeholder negotiations.

Brett holds B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in biological and environmental engineering from Cornell University, with a focus in water resources. He is a licensed professional civil engineer in five western states and is also a recognized hydrologist. Prior to joining WestWater, Brett worked for NRCE managing and assisting with water rights projects across the Western U.S.

Megan Reilly Cayten

Senior Investment Manager, Climate Asset Management

Megan has 20 years of experience in real asset development (AES Corporation), project finance (Citi) and investment management (Alinda Capital Partners) on five continents. She previously served as Senior Adviser to Javelin Capital on renewable energy projects in Latin America, and as blue carbon lead for Oceans 2050, a foundation created by Alexandra Cousteau. Megan’s environmental NGO experience includes the WWF-US National Council, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (nature based carbon projects) and the National Environmental Education Foundation (Board Chair). She also founded and ran an impact-focused retail business and advised investors on climate and impact.

Sam Gledhill

Head of ESG and New Business Models, Envu

As head of commercial, Sam focuses on providing valuable data and analytics to our growing community of clients. As part of his role, Sam helps to guide our analyst and technical teams, ensuring that our intelligence platform provides our clients with valuable insights regarding corporate climate commitments and the voluntary carbon market. Sam maintains a broad understanding of voluntary carbon market mechanisms, as well as the needs of all stakeholders who operate in this space.

Dr. Doug MacNair

Technical Director at Environmental Resources Management

Dr. MacNair has over 20 years of experience in environmental economics and decision analytics.  He specializes in helping corporations’ value natural resource and environmental services in their decision making using quantitative tools.  He’s managed projects involving valuation of water resources, air quality, open spaces, residential properties, EHS risks, and environmental remediation programs.  He also has extensive experience in econometrics, survey design and analysis, as well as facilitating both corporate and public focus groups/workshops. 

Rishi Das

Technologies for Natural Climate Solutions, Verra

As Manager of Technologies for Natural Climate Solutions, Rishi supports Verra’s engagement with technology companies, research, and innovation groups in the development of tools and applications of remote sensing, artificial intelligence, IoT sensors and other technologies for a range of NCS carbon credits.

Rishi is an environmental scientist with 14 years of experience in forestry and ecosystem ecology, carbon science, and natural resource management in 16 countries across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Prior to joining Verra, he was a Program Officer for The Governor’s Climate and Forests Task Force, managing the Climate Pathways project on jurisdictional long-term decarbonization strategies in Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. He has worked as a climate change specialist and technical advisor with a diverse group of institutions, from international agencies and donors (USAID, Norway, World Bank, FAO), national and regional government agencies, civil service professionals, NGOs, and civil societies (Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Peoples’ Science Institute, The Trust for Public Land), to local institutions and community organizations on agriculture, watershed management, forestry, disaster risk and resilience, climate change mitigation, and conservation/protected area management projects.

Rishi has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, a M.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received the Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award for his work on tropical forest resilience in Mexico, and has published in peer-reviewed journals, white papers, and technical guidance manuals on agriculture, forestry and land use change. In the past 6 years, Rishi has focused on developing technical tools, capacity-building, and applied research on measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) for REDD+ and ecosystem services accounting, national land use monitoring systems, and low emissions development strategies.

Ben Parkhurst, BS, MF, MEM

Vice President of Technical Development - Natural Climate Solutions

Ben Parkhurst is the primary technical lead at Anew overseeing the analysis and development of new natural climate solution market opportunities for the Anew Ideas team.  Examples of such new opportunities include the quantification of biodiversity and other co-benefits for various project types, creating new markets to address leakage in the forestry sector, creating incentives for avoided wildfire projects, and the evaluation of investment opportunities in afforestation/reforestation and habitat restoration projects.  He also leads the technical aspects of many projects for Anew, providing quantitative analysis of carbon and environmental benefits through every stage of project evaluation, implementation, validation, verification, and monitoring. Ben’s technical expertise includes inventory/ sampling design, carbon stock estimation, habitat quantification, growth and yield modeling, map development, GIS analysis, and remote sensing. He aids with project design, analyzing and summarizing data; modeling future scenarios; analyzing the environmental and financial costs and benefits of different scenarios; and using optimization tools to maximize environmental benefits and revenues. Ben obtained his Master’s Degrees in Forestry (MF) and Environmental Management (MEM) at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, a Society of American Foresters-accredited master’s program.

Jody Bickel

Chief Executive Officer, Creekbank Associates

Jody’s experience spans more than 25 years in ecosystem services and a lifetime of work involving environmental conflict resolution, natural resources management, and the development of environmental markets. She has successfully led teams and guided stakeholders in natural asset ventures at varying scales. Her work spans the demand and supply of ecosystem services, driving compliance, voluntary, and sustainability outcomes to deliver on internal and external performance objectives. Now, as head of Creekbank Associates, Jody coaches change agents to achieve their green initiatives and deploys expertise from a hand-picked professional team to innovate best outcomes for clients across multiple industries. Her focus is on finding opportunity where it is sometimes unseen, negotiating with diverse stakeholders and building bridges to create real-world solutions for those who seek success in the form of an integrated bottom line. Jody serves as an advisor to the Global Environmental Markets and Finance Summit and is a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Society for Ecological Restoration, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, the Ecological Restoration Business Association, the American Chemical Society, the American Exploration and Mining Association and other industry specific organizations.

Amy Bourne

Senior Manager of Sustainability & Supplier Diversity, Marriott International

Amy Bourne is the Senior Manager of Sustainability & Supplier Diversity at Marriott International in Bethesda, MD. In this role, Amy develops and manages global programs in areas such as responsible sourcing and food waste for 6,700+ hotels. Previously, she managed sustainability programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the General Services Administration (GSA) where she focused on high performance and healthy buildings, sustainable building operations and waste diversion. Amy holds an MA in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED Green Associate and TRUE Zero Waste Advisor.

Tim Brown

CEO, Tradewater, LLC

Tim is a founder and the CEO of Tradewater, a company that collects and destroys greenhouse gases. To date, Tradewater has destroyed over 4,300,000 metric tons of CO2e from old refrigerants that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. At Tradewater, Tim provides strategic direction for the firm in all business areas and is developing new programs to further Tradewater’s mission and expand its impact. He is working to open new markets and facilitate the firm’s international expansion. Tim brings to Tradewater 36 years of experience in carbon programs, environmental policy, hazardous waste cleanup, and pollution prevention. He founded Wabashco in 2008 to develop carbon offset and renewable energy projects in the Midwest, and in 1998 he co-founded the Delta Institute, a nonprofit organization to improve environmental quality and promote community and economic development in the Great Lakes Basin. He ran the Delta Institute’s environmental program, which included a wide range of water quality, pollution prevention, toxic reduction, and carbon sequestration work. Tim has worked for a range of environmental organizations in both the private and non-profit sectors including Clean Sites, ICF, and the Center for the Great Lakes. He was a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow with the Sustainability Institute. Tim holds a B.S. from Northwestern University. He has held leadership positions on many boards over the years including the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Rebuilding Exchange, Delta Institute, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes, among others. He currently serves on the board of the Lochland School.

Elliott Bouillion

Founder and Vice Chairman, Resource Environmental Solutions (RES)

As Founder and Executive Chairman, Elliott continues to advance RES’ role and capabilities in the ecological restoration industry. Building on a 15-year tenure as President and CEO, Elliott is focused on expanding the positive impacts RES can bring to the environmental challenges facing our society as the industry takes on not only large scale mitigation, but an expanded range of water resource, coastal resiliency, and large public works projects.

Over the past decade, Elliott created a dynamic and unique business model for RES, helping pioneer the emerging environmental mitigation industry. During Elliott’s tenure as CEO, RES grew from a small firm based in Louisiana to a national restoration provider with nearly 500 employees. Elliott is proud to have assembled a team of professionals known for responsible environmental stewardship in all aspects of ecological solution delivery.

Elliott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1979.

Following his first successful entrepreneurial effort, Bouillion joined Landmark Graphics Corporation, culminating his 12-year tenure in the role of corporate Vice President and General Manager, where he managed various technology and service divisions in Houston and London. Landmark completed an IPO and was acquired by Halliburton in July 1996.

Elliott has been both an active angel investor and an active participant on the board of directors of several growth companies, including FRx Software (acquired by Microsoft), Ischemia Corporation (acquired by Inverness Medical Innovations), Object Reservoir (acquired by Halliburton) and Anark Corporation.

As a private equity investor, Elliott was a general partner with Murphree Venture Partners. He was a founding sponsor and board member of the Houston Technology Council Energy Incubation and Acceleration Program. He served as a board member of the Houston Private Equity Association (HPEA), where he is a Past President.

Elliott has served on the board of directors for several companies and organizations, including the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. In 2015, he was named to the Executive Committee of the Committee of 100 for Louisiana, participating in economic development and fiscal reform initiatives. In 2019, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette named Elliott to its Alumni Wall of Honor.

Jay Cashubec

Head of Business Development, North America, Nature Metrics

Jay contributes to and supports client objectives using eDNA, with focus on NatureMetrics growth in North America. Jay is responsible for business development, relationship building, creating connections, and providing solutions.

Jay has helped clients from industry, consultants, and NGO’s employ eDNA into various aspects of their projects. Jay supports clients with the uptake of the technology, provide practical solutions to their project’s needs, and enables biodiversity and species at risk monitoring as well as early detection of Invasive species at a more rapid pace – helping to keep up with the demands on the environment and increasingly demanding workloads.

With almost a decade and a half of environmental consulting experience, Jay communicates with plain language and has a pragmatic understanding of project needs, thus enabling more clients to realize the benefits of eDNA.

Tim Coles

Director & CEO, re-PLANET

Tim founded and is CEO of Operation Wallacea that provides a method for funding long term biodiversity research using tuition fees paid by students. Opwall has operated as a commercial business for 25 years and established reliable working partners in a series of countries around the world. It is these contacts including those at govt level that are being used to develop the potential mangrove reforestation projects for funding. Opwall has spent 25 years building small businesses in places such as Indonesia to deliver the research programmes they deliver. The Opwall teams have published over 560 papers in peer reviewed journals from their research programmes and have managed large scale projects overseas for the World Bank, Darwin Initiative and GEF. Tim also founded the Wallacea Trust that works on a series of conservation projects around the world based on the principle of incentivising individuals or local communities to achieve the desired conservation outcomes. Tim also led on the Wallacea Trust working group that developed an international biodiversity credit methodology.

Stephen D'Esposito

President & CEO, Resolve and Regeneration | Board of Trustees

Stephen D’Esposito is the President and CEO of RESOLVE and Regeneration. Trained as a policy advocate, he helps partners envision, design, and implement innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. Stephen’s work covers all of RESOLVE’s issue areas, with a focus on natural resources, energy transition, and sustainable development. He is the founder and CEO of Regeneration, a restoration start-up that provides biodiversity, community, and climate positive minerals for the energy transition, green tech, and sustainable brands.

George Kelly

Chief Executive Officer, Earth Recovery Partners

George leverages his deep experience in ecosystem markets, environmental finance, and environmental law to advance outcomes-based environmental solutions using market and performance-based tools. Immediately prior to starting ERP, George served as a managing director at Quantified Ventures, founder at Bespoke Mitigation Partners, and an affiliate member of Earth & Water Strategies. From 2014-2019, he was the Chief Market Officer for Resource Environmental Solutions, which had acquired Environmental Banc & Exchange, a firm George founded in 1997. During his term at RES, the company grew to be the largest ecological offset provider in the world and KKR acquired a majority interest in 2016. At RES, George led market initiatives with a focus on expanding the organization’s client base, geographic footprint, and wetland, stream, nutrient, water, and species offset markets. In this capacity, George spearheaded efforts to open nutrient and stormwater markets in the Chesapeake Bay Region; species markets in the Appalachian, Western, and Mid-Western U.S.; stream markets in Texas and the western U.S.; and wetland and stream restoration projects for water quality and carbon markets. He has worked with numerous resource agencies, landowners, investors, and private and public credit buyers on the implementation of mitigation projects and has promoted new polices at the federal and state levels relating to market-based solutions to achieve environmental objectives.

Jason Lee

Director, Quantified Ventures

Jason’s career in environmental finance comes from a singular conviction: the environmental problems of today and tomorrow are too wicked to be limited to the tools of yesterday. At Quantified Ventures, he works to develop outcomes-based financing models that enable faster, more efficient compliance with existing regulations. His work has included developing pricing models for a financial mechanism that allows municipalities to pay for conservation practices on upstream farmland in Pennsylvania and Delaware; the design of a governance / financing entity for nature-based solutions to water quality problems on Cape Cod, MA; and the structuring of Environmental Impact Bonds to implement urban green infrastructure pilot projects in Hampton, VA, and Memphis, TN.

At Duke University’s Nicholas School, he achieved a grounding in environmental economics, policy, and law before focusing on water finance. He was specifically interested in how innovative financing mechanisms can be leveraged to make U.S. water infrastructure more resilient to both environmental and societal changes. Additionally, as a member of the Graduate & Professional Student Council, he led the establishment of the nation’s first student-government-financed fund for emergency personal travel.

Jason serves on the Maryland Department of Environment’s Task Force of State and Local Government Accounting for Natural Capital. His previous work experiences include working on the U.S. Climate Policy team at Environmental Defense Fund, being a bookseller and later a finance associate at the iconic Politics & Prose bookstore in D.C., and writing for a local weekly newspaper in North Carolina.

Nicolai Lundy

Chief of Market Relationships, International Foundation Accounting Sustainability

Nicolai Lundy is the Chief of Market Relationships. He identifies opportunities for sustainability professionals, financial reporting professionals, investment analysts and others to benefit from the IFRS Foundation’s research on the financial impacts of sustainability and the benefits of a holistic view of value creation. In his role, Nicolai oversees offerings that primarily emerge from the SASB Standards, including the “SASB Inside” licensing program, SASB Alliance membership and related education programs. Early in his tenure, he led the development of the FSA Credential. He has been with the IFRS Foundation since late 2013 (when it was SASB). Prior to 2013, he had a variety of client relationship and operations roles in Norway and the U.S.

Tim Male

Executive Director, Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Tim leads the Environmental Policy Innovation Center, a fiscally-sponsored project of Sand County Foundation. Tim founded the Environmental Policy Innovation Center in 2017.  Prior to launching this startup, he served as an Associate Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality from 2014 to 2017, Vice President for Conservation Policy at Defenders of Wildlife, Director at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Co-Director of agriculture policy at Environmental Defense Fund.  

Tim has 15 years of experience working on national policies that create more innovative, effective, and incentive-focused approaches to wildlife conservation, drought response, finance for water supplies and quality, and agricultural stewardship. 

He holds degrees in science from Yale University and the University of Hawaii.  His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Science magazine and a diversity of peer-reviewed journals. He has received a Marshall Memorial Fellowship and AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (declined).  He also ran for office and won, serving three terms as a city councilmember and leading the successful effort for that city to become the first in the country to lower its voting age to 16.

 A scientist by training, Tim is also a former city council member.

Steven Martin

Mitigation Specialist

Steven Martin’s professional focus is on compensatory mitigation policy and evaluation of mitigation proposals. He has assisted non-profits in evaluating potential mitigation projects and consults for the Ecological Restoration Business Association (ERBA) and the private sector. He co-authored with EPA’s mitigation bank and In-Lieu Fee Program review workbooks and checklists. He has collaborated with ERBA and the Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) on quantitative and qualitative analyses of mitigation bank approvals.

He retired from the Corps’ Institute for Water Resources (IWR) as a mitigation specialist. His work at IWR included national implementation of the Regulatory In-lieu fee and Bank Information Tracking System (RIBITS), teaching aspects of compensatory mitigation policy and practices to Corps staff and other agencies, and development of tools to improve compensatory mitigation. He co-authored handbooks on financial assurances and site protection.

Prior to joining IWR, he worked for the Norfolk District Regulatory Branch where he participated in delineations, permitting, enforcement, and compensatory mitigation. He oversaw development of 7 commercial mitigation banks, helped develop a template Mitigation Bank Instrument, off-site mitigation location guidelines, a state-wide in-lieu fee program instrument, and joint Norfolk District-Virginia DEQ Wetland Mitigation Guidelines.

Tim Mooradd

Director of Investments, HASI

Tim is Director of the Investment Team at HASI (NYSE: HASI), a leading investor in climate solutions. Mr. Mooradd joined HASI in 2017 and is responsible for originating, structuring, and executing transactions, with a current focus on ecological restoration assets including habitat restoration, stream restoration, and mitigation banking. Previously, he supported a range of transactions in the firm’s solar land portfolio, residential solar portfolio, and community solar portfolio.

Mr. Mooradd is a member of the Maryland Department of Environment’s Green and Blue Policy Advisory Commission, a commission established by the Maryland Conservation Finance Act tasked with advising the Secretary, the BayStat Subcabinet, and local government officials on ways to facilitate and accelerate implementation of green and blue infrastructure projects in Maryland. Before joining HASI, Mr. Mooradd held positions at Moody’s Investor Service in corporate credit analysis. He received a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Energy from the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Financial Economics from Lehigh University.

Edward Pollard

Strategic Director, Corporate Services, The Biodiversity Consultancy

Edward is The Biodiversity Consultancy’s lead for corporate strategies on nature. He has 25 years’ experience in global biodiversity conservation and is a leading expert in business and biodiversity. His work focuses on supporting companies to embed nature into their process and procedures and to strengthen their role in a nature-positive future. Edward is a specialist in the development and implementation of corporate biodiversity strategies, including advising on alignment with PS6, and the development of Science-based targets for nature.

Edward is on the Steering Group of the UK Business and Biodiversity Forum, is a member of the SBTN Corporate Engagement Program working group, and has contributed to publications on emerging topics such as Nature Positive, and on zero deforestation. Prior to TBC, Edward’s 15 years in South-East Asia provided him with extensive experience in protected areas and sustainable forest management, and commodity certification.

Kate Ryan

Director of Programs and Senior Staff Attorney, Colorado Water Trust

Kate joined the Water Trust in 2019, with over a decade of experience practicing Colorado Water law. Her past clients included farmers, ranchers, municipalities, landowners, the CWCB and the Water Trust itself. Before going to Berkeley Law she obtained a master’s degree in geography at the University of Colorado and worked as an associate scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. During her free time Kate loves cattle drives, skiing big mountains and exploring with her kids.

Mariana Sarmiento

CEO, Terrasos

Mariana Sarmiento founded Terrasos in 2013 as an initiative to impact the social, economic and environment development of the country with strategies of environmental protection that linked to all civil society actors.

What is the vision of Terrasos?  To be a leading company in developing environmental conservation and restoration projects with private investment, which leverages the commitments and needs of the territories in the long term.

Where did the initiative to implement the habitat bank strategy come from?  In 2012, when the first Compensation Manual came out in Colombia, we identified that there was going to be a need to generate solutions for companies that had to meet their obligations and for the country to have compensation projects that would accelerate the deployment of investments. in compensation and make it easier for environmental authorities to follow up.

I had worked in 2009 in the United States in an organization that managed Habitat Banks in Mississippi for the infrastructure sector and I saw first-hand the benefits and the impact it generated. At that moment I realized that the country needed to generate this opportunity. In that moment we began to work with the owners of the Rey-Zamuro Matarredonda Reserve and BIDLab to create a pilot project and later, with the Ministry of Environment to generate a regulatory framework that catalyzed the development of Habitat Banks in both public and private properties.

Who is Mariana Sarmiento?  I am a curious, optimistic and hard-working woman. I am a mother of two wonderful girls who enlighten me as soon as I see them. I like to travel and feel the places I go to.

Kevin Scott

President, RESOLVE Canada

Leadership: Founder and leader of five national and international organizations focusing on youth leadership, privacy and identity theft, conservation, and international strategy consultation.

Strategic Planning: Twenty-five years experience developing and implementing strategic plans ranging from overarching organizational development plans to start-up planning, as well as goal based strategies and political campaigns.

Project Management: Extensive experience development and managing projects. Projects with multi-year projects such as the establishment of a national live call centre for victims of identity crimes and short lifespans; for instance conferences and media campaigns.

Business Development: Successfully raised over $40M for leading charities around the globe. Negotiated corporate partnerships with global Fortune 500 companies such as: Disney, Goldman Sachs, Mercer Lippincott, and AOL Time Warner.

Policy Development: Extensive experience in policy development, specializing in the areas of: privacy law, identity theft prevention, land-use, provincial and national parks, wildlife management, forestry, and climate change.

Government Relations: Thirty years of experience in government relations at the local, provincial/ state, national and international levels.

Elizabeth Sheppard

Senior Financial Analyst, Agriculture Strategy, McCain Foods

Peter Stein

Managing Director, The Lyme Timber Company

Peter joined Lyme Timber Company in 1990 and has led the firm’s conservation-oriented forestland investment strategies. Prior to his career with Lyme, Peter was Senior Vice President of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), where he was one of the founding staff. He earned a B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1975. Peter was a Loeb Fellow, received a Certificate in Advanced Environmental Studies from Harvard University in 1981, and received the Kingsbury Browne Award from the Land Trust Alliance and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2012. Peter lectures frequently at graduate schools and professional conferences on conservation investment structures and strategies. He is the co-founder of the Conservation Finance Network and the International Land Conservation Network. Peter serves on the Investment Advisory Committee of Spring Point Partners, the Advisory Boards of Quantified Ventures and Rose Smart Growth Real Estate Fund No. 1, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Montshire Museum. He is a former Board Chair of the Land Trust Alliance, and served as a founding Commissioner of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Katie Sullivan

Managing Director, IETA

Katie Sullivan serves as Managing Director of IETA, the global multi-sector business voice for the intersection of markets and climate change. On behalf of IETA’s 150+ corporate members, Ms. Sullivan leads efforts to inform market solutions to address environmental challenges across the Americas and globally. She also manages IETA’s growing climate finance, aviation and digital innovation sustainability initiatives. Ms. Sullivan currently sits on the Global Steering Committee for the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), Boards of the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and the International Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Knowledge Centre, and Advisory Panels for Canada’s Institute for Clean Growth & Climate Change, the Ivey Foundation, and Blockchain for Climate Foundation. Prior to IETA, Ms. Sullivan worked as a Senior Consultant at ICF International. In 2019, Ms. Sullivan was recognized as a Clean16 and Clean50 award recipient for contributing to Clean Capitalism Leadership in Canada.

Sonia Verhagen

Business Development Manager, Nature Based Solutions and Decarbonization and Sustainability Leader, SHELL

Dan Yeoman

Managing Director, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund CEO, ReHarvest Partners

Dan Yeoman brings years of experience helping public and private sector organizations design and implement durable operating models and strategic growth plans. At the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Dan leads financial planning, new customer relationships, outcome customer contracting, and SWOF’s capital strategy. Dan helped to launch ReHarvest Partners, a co-manager of the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, and has served as the Chief Financial and Strategy Officer at Quantified Ventures, the parent company of ReHarvest.

Dan’s background includes management consulting with McKinsey & Company and corporate finance with General Electric and Genworth Financial. Dan has an MBA from Duke University and a BA from Wesleyan University and resides in Washington, DC with his wife Beth and four kids.