Sustainability Leaders Forum 2015 agenda & speakers revealed

The annual edie Sustainability Leaders Forum, now in its ninth year, brings together ambitious international business professionals looking to move beyond environmental objectives; deliver transformational change in society and create more value within their organisation.

With new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being announced in September and a new global climate deal set to be agreed in Paris in December, the 2015 edie Sustainability Leaders Forum offers a unique opportunity for businesses to consider the long-term challenges that lie ahead and consider how new business models, innovations and collaborations can help to future-proof operations.

The 2015 Sustainability Leaders Forum takes place on 19 November at the Hotel Russell in London. Register to attend here.

Session titles include: –

  • Why business needs to take natural capital into account
  • The circular economy in action with the UK’s major infrastructure operators
  • Integrating sustainability into core business through meaningful and measurable targets and reporting
  • Bridging the gap between the citizen & the consumer on sustainability issues


The Forum is the daytime event ahead of the annual edie Sustainability Leaders Awards. Combined, these two established events bring more than 500 of the most forward-thinking businesses together for a day developing and celebrating sustainability excellence.

This conference has been certified for CPD purposes and all attendees are eligible to receive a certificate of their attendance.

Chairs and speakers include: –


(Chair) David Bent, director of sustainable business, Forum for the Future

David leads Forum for the Future’s work on business strategy, helping companies discover how they can be both profitable and sustainable. Bent’s work at Forum includes leading research into business models for sustainable consumption, and the business case for sustainability.


Dax Lovegrove, director of sustainability and innovation, Kingfisher 


As Director of Sustainability & Innovation, Dax works on all things net positive and disruptive to progress Kingfisher’s sustainability ambitions across the international group. His responsibilities involve developing the sustainability strategy and policy framework across all environmental and social issues.


Claudine Blamey, chair, ICRS

Claudine is head of sustainability and stewardship at The Crown Estate. She is also chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), the UK’s first professional body for everyone working in CR and sustainability.


Michael Beutler, director of sustainability sperations, Kering

Michael joined Kering in September 2011. Prior to Kering, Michael served six years at SAP in senior management positions including his last role as global director of sustainability and strategy for three years, and has worked at international corporations DHL, PWC and Ford over the last 20 years.



Marcela Navarro, head of customer innovation and executive business manager to the CEO corporate banking division, RBS

Marcela is an international MD, responsible for customer innovation in RBS. In the last five years she has developed and mobilised successful programmes to address key strategic priorities for the division. A recent example includes the development and successful mobilisation of the RBS Innovation Gateway.


Eileen Donnelly, director of sustainability & communications, PZ Cussons

Eileen began her career in communications and marketing, very quickly moved from the world of consumer branding and FMCG to the not-for-profit sector. During her 10 years in the sector, she not only used her skills to raise large sums of money for national charities, but she also worked on the sector’s largest corporate accounts (e.g. BAE Systems and Tesco) and events (e.g. London Marathon).


Rob Boogaard, President & CEO EMEA, Interface 

Rob Boogaard is president and CEO for Interface EMEA and senior vice president of Interface, Inc. In his role, Rob is responsible for setting and leading the growth strategy for Interface throughout EMEA. An ambassador for corporate responsibility and sustainability, Rob spearheads Interface’s Mission Zero to become one of the world’s first wholly sustainable and restorative companies.


David Nussbaum, chief executive, WWF UK  

David Nussbaum became chief executive of WWF-UK in May 2007, and chairs the WWF Global Climate and Energy Initiative. He is also non-executive chair of Transparency International UK.


Michael Dickstein, director global sustainable development, Heineken International 

Michael is a seasoned corporate relations professional with a proven track record in strategic CSR management, stakeholder engagement, post-merger integration and crisis management. Based in Amsterdam, he is currently overseeing and further integrating Heineken’s global CSR strategy called ‘Brewing a Better World’.


Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President, Veolia UK & Ireland 

Estelle Brachlianoff leads Veolia’s combined water, waste and energy business in the UK & Ireland. She was appointed to this role in September 2012 and also sits on the Veolia Executive Committee.



View the full list of speakers and agenda here

Luke Nicholls

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