2019 Agenda
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
9:00–9:30 a.m.
Welcome remarks
Speakers: Mitchell Presser, Partner and Head of Global Transactions in the US, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; and Pierre Yared, Professor of Business, Columbia Business School; and Co-Director, the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, Columbia University
9:30–10:15 a.m.
Keynote
Speaker: Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever
10:15–11:00 a.m.
Challenges of Resource Scarcity for Global Businesses
This session is a teach-in and will discuss the major areas of resource scarcity and how they are related. How does scarcity in one area drive scarcity in another? How can multiple areas of scarcity be addressed in a cohesive fashion? The teach-in will cover scarcity in the water, food and energy sectors.

Speaker:
Kimberly Henderson, Partner, McKinsey & Company
11:00–11:15 a.m.
Break
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Implications for Investors
Discussion of the economic implications of resource scarcity for global businesses, and the implications for various investment theses.

Moderator: Leslie Picker, Reporter, CNBC

Confirmed panelists: Avik Dey, Managing Director and Head of Energy and Resources, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; Laura K. Esposito, Managing Director and Head of Institutional Distribution, Rockefeller Capital Management; Bertrand Badré, CEO and Founder, Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital; and Erika Karp, Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital
12:15–1:00 p.m.
Implications for Regulation
Discussion on the role of regulation in addressing or contributing to resource scarcity. Is the current regulation too onerous or not onerous enough? How do we reform the markets to reflect the necessary standards that would correct resource scarcity? How do we make regulation more effective in enforcing standards in a way that rewards companies for their efforts? Discussion will cover both trade and conservation regulation.

Moderator: Geoff Heal, Donald Waite C. Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School

Confirmed panelists: Willem Buiter, Special Economic Adviser, Citi; Colin Davies, Senior Analyst, Bernstein; and Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Committee for Economic Development (CED)
1:00–2:15 p.m.
Lunch
1:45–2:15 p.m.
Keynote: Sustainability
Professor Jeffrey Sachs will discuss sustainable economic development as a response and solution to scarcity.

Speaker: Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University
2:15–3:15 p.m.
Corporate Strategies on ESG Policy
This panel will feature heads of CSR engaged in a discussion of their company’s environmental, social and governance policies. The purpose of the panel is to highlight the differences between those companies that use ESG policies for social good and those that incorporate such policies as part of their business model. Panelists will also speak to how companies are using ESG to deal with resource scarcity.

Moderator: Sara Eisen, Co-Anchor, CNBC’s Squawk on the Street and
Worldwide Exchange

Confirmed panelists: Patrice Matchaba, MD, Group Head, Global Health and Corporate Responsibility, Novartis International; Roberta Barbieri, Vice President for Global Sustainability, Office of Sustainability, PepsiCo; Matt Carstens, Senior Vice President, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN; Meg Starr, Vice President, Goldman Sachs Asset Management; Elizabeth Seeger, Director, Sustainable Investing, KKR; and Mary Wenzel, Executive Vice President and Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Wells Fargo & Company
3:15–3:30 p.m.
Break
3:30–4:15 p.m.
Scarcity and Technological Innovation
This panel will feature innovative companies presenting solutions to a particular challenge presented by scarcity. The discussion will focus on how these entrepreneurs are using technology to develop sustainable solutions to major areas of resource scarcity.

Moderator: Megan Murphy, former editor, Bloomberg Businessweek

Confirmed panelists: David Rosenberg, CEO and Co-Founder, AeroFarms; and David Perry, CEO and Director, Indigo Agriculture
4:15–5:15 p.m.
Resource Scarcity – The Opportunity
Matt Rogers will lead a discussion on turning the challenge of scarcity into an opportunity for investment and growth.

Moderator: Matt Rogers, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Confirmed panelists: Seth Siegel, water activist and author of Let There Be Water; Shazi Visram, Founder of Happy Family Brands; and Bruce Usher, Professor of Practice and the Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School
5:15–5:30 p.m.
Closing remarks
Speakers: Mitchell Presser, Partner and Head of Global Transactions in the US, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; and Pierre Yared, Professor of Business, Columbia Business School; and Co-Director, the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, Columbia University