Boston Consulting Group
Managing Director & Partner
Lucas Chaumontet leads BCG’s work in Climate & Energy Transition in Africa. Over the past 15 years, he has led several major strategy, decarbonization, and operational improvements programs for global energy and industrial companies across Europe, Asia, and Africa. The overall carbon footprint addressed by the corporate programs he has supported exceeds 280 million tons per year. Chaumontet has also been instrumental in assembling multi-stakeholder coalitions and has led country-wide programs on the topic of energy transition and economic development, the most notable one being the ongoing NBI-BUSA-BCG Just Transition and Climate Pathways for South Africa, which is championed by 30 CEOs. This year, Chaumontet founded the BCG Centre for Climate & Energy Transition in Africa, which focuses on building critical capabilities within public and private sectors and developing new green projects and businesses, including renewables and green hydrogen. Chaumontet holds a MSc in engineering from École des Ponts ParisTech and studied at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
Bain & Company
Andrew Keech is an Expert Associate Partner in the Ag, Food and Sustainability practice at Bain & Company. Keech advises organizations on a range of sustainability and strategic issues related to agriculture and food, including full potential growth strategies, market entry, and sustainable supply chains. Keech’s work spans the breadth of the food value chain from agriculture inputs and on-farm regenerative practices to downstream consumer products such as alternative proteins. He is passionate about helping organizations navigate the sustainable transformation of the food system. Currently based in the firm’s Chicago office, Keech began his career with Bain in 2012 in the London office as an Associate Consultant and became an Associate Partner in 2020. Prior to Bain, Keech earned a PhD from the University of Bristol in isotope geochemistry and climate change and a master’s in earth sciences from the University of Oxford.
Spain Climate & Sustainability Leader
Working with IBEX-35 companies, she has developed sustainable strategic plans associated with new trends and topics. She has led major projects committed to sustainability and ESG criteria, helping them in the strategic and operational transformation of the new era of business. Together with her team, she has positioned Deloitte at the top of the consulting companies in Sustainability and Climate change. Iglesias is a member of the “Fundación Deloitte,” a non-profit organization that, among other actions, fights against deforestation with initiatives like “El Bosque de Deloitte.” She is also a member of “Fundación SERES,” which tries to build a better social reality. Within the firm, she is the leading woman in promoting diversity and the inclusion of women in society. She was included in the female leadership book in Spain in 2022 and has been part of numerous cross initiatives, publications, and conferences that have given her the knowledge and the know-how. Iglesias is a member of the firm’s committee of innovation, social action, and business and industry. She graduated with a degree in economics and business, holds a master’s in executive development and sustainability from the University of Cambridge, and has multidisciplinary training in leadership. Iglesias began her career on the audit side as a member of the Spanish Official Auditors’ Register in 2009, which allows her and the Deloitte team to provide value to the strategic advice of the main IBEX-35 companies, with the necessary advice on impact measurement and reporting. Iglesias joined Deloitte more than twenty years ago, and she was appointed partner more than ten years ago.
Boston Consulting Group
Managing Director & Senior Partner
David Young is Managing Director and a Senior Partner for Boston Consulting Group, where he leads the firm’s total societal impact, ESG, and sustainability strategy. Young is a Fellow of the BCG Henderson Institute (BHI), where he leads research on Sustainable Business Model Innovation and the agenda for BHI’s Center for Climate & Sustainability. He is a member of BCG’s Climate & Sustainability Practice and Social Impact Practice. He engages with governments, companies, and investors across industries and geographies on sustainability strategy, advantage, and innovation. Prior to rejoining BCG in 2016, Young served as the Global COO of World Vision International, accountable for its community development, humanitarian, microfinance, technical, and administrative operations enabled by 41,000 staff in over 80 nations, contributing to the well-being of 150 million of the world's most vulnerable children. Young co-chairs the executive committee for the UN's Connecting Business Initiative, which brings corporations into emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Young is a member of the boards of KickStart International and the World Humanitarian Forum. He earned a master’s in systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s in physics, mathematics, and religion from the University of Mount Union.
Global Climate Leader
Emma Cox is the Global Climate Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she drives the delivery of a client-focused global climate strategy. Previously, Cox led PwC UK’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice, with a team of over 100 U.K.-based sustainability and climate change experts advising public and private sector clients in the U.K. and internationally on sustainability, development, urbanization, and climate change-related issues. In her current role, Cox leads network-wide priorities for the development of leading-edge propositions, assets, and tools; climate upskilling of all PwC employees; and climate-related engagement in key platforms, including the WEF, WBCSD, SBTi, SMI, and UNFCCC COP. An engineer and accountant by training, her previous roles included setting up PwC’s structuring services practice, Head of People for the firm’s Advisory business, and UK’s Head of Purpose, where she had oversight of the internal UK corporate sustainability team, including implementation of the firm’s net zero pledge. Cox oversaw PwC's work with the WEF IBC on Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism and is the liaison delegate for PwC with the WBCSD. She is a Trustee of the UK’s PwC Foundation and was a founder member of PwC UK’s Diversity council.
Kensey Biggs completed her first ESG project a decade ago. Leveraging deep experience in investor relations, Biggs brings an investor’s perspective to ESG matters and applies a data-driven approach to connect material sustainability factors with a company’s financial performance. She advises clients primarily on ESG strategy, as well as on ESG integration, oversight, infrastructure, and reporting. Biggs came to Teneo from Truist, where she reported to the Chief Sustainability Officer and helped build the bank’s ESG practice from the ground up following the merger of SunTrust and BB&T. She previously was a Senior Counselor at Abernathy MacGregor, where she developed its ESG offering and served as a founding Co-Chair of the AMO Network’s Global ESG Taskforce, a committee of ESG experts spanning four continents. Earlier in her career, Biggs helped grow Teneo’s investor relations practice and ESG offering, managing the launch of the Shareholder-Director Exchange, a corporate governance initiative led by U.S. asset managers and public company directors. She started her career at Goldman Sachs in New York. In 2022, she was named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by the National Diversity Council. She is also a member of JUST Capital’s JUST Generation Committee.
Senior Managing Director
Chris LeWand is a Senior Managing Director in FTI’s Corporate Finance Segment; the Global Power, Renewables, and Energy Transition (PRET) Leader; and a member of FTI Capital Advisors. LeWand is recognized as a Global Leader in Who's Who Legal's Energy Expert ranking and was also named to the A Word About Wind List of Top 100 Most Influential in the North America Power Industry. LeWand has assisted on well over 100 power and renewables projects, including many of the industry's seminal events. He has served on boards, acted as a board advisor, and taken roles as interim management such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Restructuring Officer, and Private Equity Fund Managing Director for multibillion-dollar enterprises. The result is fiduciary, consulting, and advisory services which come from the perspective of someone who knows what it means to be held accountable for critical decisions, has the rigor required to generate the greatest likelihood of success, and knows the importance of maintaining the highest ethical standards. LeWand began his career in the audit and management consulting practices at Arthur Andersen and PwC. He earned an MBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a bachelor of science in business administration from Villanova University.
McKinsey & Company
Peter Cooper is an Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability Practice. He is passionate about achieving global decarbonization in a way that has positive socio-economic benefits for individuals in society. As a result, his work focuses on areas at the intersection of the public and private sectors. This includes highly regulated emerging technologies like carbon removal, city-level climate mitigation and adaptation, and the design of national transition pathways that contribute to high-quality green jobs and a lower cost of living. Cooper’s experience includes supporting governments, transnational organizations, investors, major corporations, and high-growth start-ups. He has led much of the firm’s sustainability research, including “Climate Risk and Response,” McKinsey’s largest ever research piece on the socio-economic impacts of climate change. He also is a leader in PRISM, McKinsey’s initiative to increase the socio-economic diversity of the company and its clients. Prior to McKinsey, Cooper spent nearly five years with Arup, where he worked across the globe on projects to drive a more sustainably built environment. He is a civil engineer and holds an engineering doctorate from the University of Bristol with a concentration on smart cities as well as an MEng in engineering design from the University of Bristol.
Boston Consulting Group
Managing Director & Senior Partner
Clint Follette is Managing Director and a Senior Partner in BCG’s Houston office and has more than 20 years of industry and consulting experience in oil, gas, and chemicals. He currently leads BCG’s climate and sustainability work globally in those sectors and has advised leading companies on sustainability topics including decarbonization, plastic waste, and renewable fuels and materials. He has supported companies on strategy, growth, operations, and M&A topics in support of their sustainability objectives. Prior to joining BCG, he worked for ExxonMobil Chemical as a Research Engineer. Follette is an author of more than 12 BCG publications, including “Are Oil Companies Ready for the Next Energy Transition in the U.S.?,” “Making a Business Case for Sustainability in Chemicals,” “A Circular Solution to Plastic Waste,” and “What It Will Take to Reap the Rewards of Renewable Fuels.” He graduated from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with an MBA/MEM degree and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisville with a BS/MEng in chemical engineering. Boston Consulting Group partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities. BCG was the pioneer in business strategy when it was founded in 1963. Today, we work closely with clients to embrace a transformational approach aimed at benefiting all stakeholders—empowering organizations to grow, build sustainable competitive advantage, and drive positive societal impact. Our diverse, global teams bring deep industry and functional expertise and a range of perspectives that question the status quo and spark change. BCG delivers solutions through leading-edge management consulting, technology and design, and corporate and digital ventures. We work in a uniquely collaborative model across the firm and throughout all levels of the client organization, fueled by the goal of helping our clients thrive and enabling them to make the world a better place.
Global Sustainability Lead
Richard Forrest is the Global Sustainability Lead for Kearney, where he helps clients navigate the biggest challenge of their time, which is also the biggest opportunity. He has more than 25 years of experience across the energy and chemicals sectors globally, and he is a longstanding advocate of energy transition. Forrest has successfully led numerous high-profile initiatives for leading companies, in particular driving high-impact global transformation, large-scale mergers, and distinctive strategy. He led Kearney’s global energy practice for six years, with a focus on helping clients address energy transition. During this time, he established the Energy Transition Institute within the firm and created a technology start-up (EV8) to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. He is now Chairman of the Board of both the A.T. Kearney Energy Transition Institute and EV8 Technologies. Prior to Kearney, Forrest worked as a senior engineer for KBR and as an engineer for Bechtel Corporation. He served as a global board member at Kearney for six years on all committees, and he is currently the M&A Chair on the firm’s global leadership team. He earned an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a master’s in chemical engineering from the University of Nottingham.
Bain & Company
Sasha Duchnowski is a Partner at Bain & Company and is based in the firm’s Chicago office. He is a leader in the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility and Strategy practices. Since joining Bain in 2004, Duchnowski has honed deep expertise across the energy and natural resources sphere, especially within food and agriculture. He focuses on advising clients—corporations, NGOs, and investors—on a range of strategy topics related to ESG-driven disruption in Food & Agriculture and materials (i.e. plastics), including new business development, growth strategy, and innovation strategy. Duchnowski leads Bain’s global Food System Transformation efforts and has led or advised on critical programs and collaborations like Pacific Island Tuna and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. This work involves partnerships with important NGOs like The Nature Conservancy and The American Chemistry Council. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.
Group Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, Member of the Group Executive Committee
Shobha Meera is the Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer for the Capgemini Group, responsible for directing the Group’s strategy and actions on social and environmental sustainability. She is also a member of the Group Executive Committee. As a firm proponent of doing good while doing well, she brings her business leadership skills and experience to accelerating Capgemini’s people, planet, society agenda. She is a member of Capgemini’s Group Executive Committee. Shobha serves on the boards of Capgemini India, Purpose PBC, and Global Compact Network USA, the USA local network for the United Nations Global Compact. Prior to assuming her current position, Shobha was the Global Sales Officer for Capgemini’s Financial Services Strategic Business Unit, where she was responsible for sales, marketing, alliances, advisor & analyst relations. She is an established leader in the technology and consulting services industry and has held multiple strategy, transformation, and operational roles in the areas of sales and marketing, business development and channel management in prior tenures at IGATE between 2011 and 2016 & Infosys between 1995 and 2003. Shobha is an Electrical Engineer from Osmania University and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Americas Chief Sustainability Officer
Velislava Ivanova is an expert in sustainability with over twenty-five years of wide international experience in developing and implementing sustainability strategies and programs for large multinational corporations from a variety of sectors including energy, manufacturing, retail, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. Ivanova has guided a wide range of client organizations on embedding sustainability across their value chains and products. Ivanova has a proven track record in working successfully with senior executives in large and complex organizations to set sustainability ambition and goals and improve business performance. Ivanova’s work has given her the opportunity to manage complex environmental programs for private, IFI, and governmental clients. As a leader, Ivanova has positively transformed the long-term value strategies of businesses based in the USA, Canada, Bulgaria, UK, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania, and Belgium. She has successfully led professional practices and teams in several leading global consulting companies. Ivanova is committed to being an inclusive leader, fostering a collaborative environment to develop diverse talent, innovative ESG solutions, and supporting the transition to a low-carbon and circular economy.