Lunch with Experts at your table

Connect personally with experts in the energy and environmental space! This unique lunch session gives conference attendees a unique opportunity to discuss a given topic over lunch when the experts come off the stage to sit at your table. When you purchase your conference ticket you will have the option to select the topic of your choice.

Topics

  • Venture Capital & Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Transportation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Clean Technology (CleanTech)

Topic Hosts

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JOHN CHAIMANIS
Venture Capital – Renewables

John is the co-founder and managing director of Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure (KSI), a private equity firm that invests in low risk and high-yield clean energy assets by using a strategy that evolved from his many experiences in the energy industry. At KSI, John is focused on deal execution, investor engagement, and fund management. He works closely with family offices and institutions to meet their return and impact objectives through investments in contracted solar energy, wind energy, and hydro-power projects. He is currently investing in and trading BITCOIN.

MITCHELL DONG
Venture Capital – Conventional energy

Professor Mitchell Dong is a very smart, canny investor in the energy sector who has made a lot of money for himself and others in the space. He has extensive domain knowledge in the field and operates with a thorough and disciplined investing approach. He has specialties in start ups and building early stage companies, developing independent power plants, chemical plants and real estate projects, commercialization of emerging technologies and managing hedge funds and development of short term trading systems.

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B. ERIC GRAHAM
Entrepreneurship – Energy efficiency

Eric is an outstanding Babson Alumni with tremendous startup (and success) in the Cleantech space. He has been involved in the alternative energy sector for more than 20 years. He has started and helped multiple companies in the space including his current company CrowdComfort, 7AC Technologies and ColdWave Systems. He has also helped organizations such as EnerNOC, FraunhoferCSE, Next Step Living and Building 36/Alarm.com.

KEVIN LOOS
Entrepreneurship – Energy efficiency

Kevin Co-Founded and serves as Chief Operating Officer of CrowdComfort, Inc. Kevin is an energy entrepreneur who has extensive experience in building performance and energy efficiency technologies. He has helped leading companies such as Next Step Living and Building 36/Alarm.com grow their business by creating market channel strategies and developing customer relationships.

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ADAM OSTASZEWSKI
Cleantech – Energy efficiency

Adam is a Babson alumni with a background in finance, strategy and entrepreneurship. He is passionate about harnessing innovation and entrepreneurship to solve big energy challenges and protect our environment. He is Focused on developing new business models and commercialization strategies for innovative technologies within the cleantech ecosystem.

NICK WHITMAN
Cleantech – Resource Recovery

Nick is responsible for the planning and execution of a wide range of corporate initiatives and strategies to drive growth and customer satisfaction at FEED. Nick focuses on strategic partnerships, finance and fundraising, recruitment of key management and employees, legal and risk management, regulatory oversight, intellectual property, and new market development. Nick received his BA from Middlebury College and his MBA from Babson College. Feed is changing the waste industry by designing and implementing groundbreaking Zero Waste solutions for large retailers.

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MARK MCCALL
Cleantech Biofuel

Mark is a Babson alumni with significant experiences on the clean tech / entrepreneur side. He previously built and was CEO of the largest biofuel company in New England. He leads HPA Sonics – an emerging specialty materials company focused on the sustainable production of high purity alumina, the source material for the synthetic sapphire used in LED wafer substrates and the emerging sapphire glass display market (smartphone, new Apple watch, etc).

CHRIS GARVIN
Cleantech – Biomimicry

Chris is an accomplished practitioner and active voice in the sustainable design community.
Since moving to New York in 1998, he has specialized in environmental architecture and materials
research, while serving on numerous advisory boards and in organizations that advocate for
sustainability in design.

Complementing his work at Terrapin, Chris lectures frequently on sustainable design and has taught
at the Pratt Institute’s Center for Professional Practice. He also advises several organizations on
sustainability issues, including the National Building Museum and the New York Academy of Sciences.
He has served on the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council, the New York chapter of the
US Green Building Council, and on the Advisory Board for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-
Term Planning and Sustainability.

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CRAIG BIDA
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Mr. Craig Bida is a dynamic, seasoned executive with deep expertise in marketing, communications, strategy, and product and business model innovation. He is currently an independent consultant and strategist, partnering with organizations across multiple sectors to drive parallel economic and social value creation. Craig works across a range of issue areas, including access to parks, climate change, human trafficking, economic inequality and ensuring a sustainable food system.

From 2010-2014, Craig was the Executive Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility/Social Impact at Cone Communications, a leading public relations, marketing and strategy consultancy. At Cone, Craig led development of brand-building strategies and programs to deliver business and positive societal impact. There, he served as strategic advisor to C-Suite corporate, non-profit and social enterprise clients on purpose-driven branding, strategy development and activation, strategic partnerships and integrated marketing communications. His clients have included FedEx, Disney, Hilton Worldwide, Purina, Charter, Kenneth Cole, Scotts, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Northwestern Mutual, the Hartford, Pernod Ricard, Oakley, Keds, Sperry Topsider, Lindt, Sierra Club, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, USO, and Farm Aid. Prior to that, Craig worked for 10+ years in marketing at Procter & Gamble, where he led purpose-driven branding initiatives on some of the world’s leading brands.

Craig is a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College.

SYDNEY OLAND
Sustainable Agriculture

Sydney Oland graduated from Boston University with an MA in Gastronomy and Food Studies in 2009. For the past two years, she has worked as the Product Developer for Taza Chocolate, where she designs new products and manages the sensory tasting panel to ensure quality.

Taza is a pioneer in ethical cacao sourcing, partnering only with cacao producers who respect the rights of workers and the environment.Taza was also the first U.S. chocolate maker to establish a third-party certified Direct Trade Cacao Certification program, maintaining direct relationships with cacao farmers and paying a premium above the Fair Trade price for their cacao.