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Sustainable Profit - A Panel Discussion

Sustainable Profit:

Investment Opportunities in a Changing Climate 


A panel discussion featuring The Nature Conservancy President & CEO Mark Tercek, JPMorgan Chase Global Head of Sustainable Finance Matt Arnold and Hannon Armstrong President & CEO Jeff Eckel

In a world of changing markets, changing climate, and changing policies, we invite you to join our distinguished panelists as they discuss their strategies for profitably deploying capital in ways that address resource scarcity and environmental risks at home and around the world. However, barriers and challenges to significant profitable investment remain.

On May 16, 2017, the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C. will host a panel discussion to explore the current state of investment in fields such as energy, environment, and resource efficiency. Additionally, the speakers will discuss what financial, technical, and policy innovations are needed in order to continue to grow investment in the clean and resilient economy of the future. This event will kick-off an ongoing series of programs and roundtables on sustainability-oriented business opportunities and initiatives. 

AGENDA 

6:30pm Registration and networking 

7:00pm Panel discussion 

Moderator: Roger Feldman, Partner, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP
  • Mark Tercek, CEO, The Nature Conservancy
  • Matt Arnold, Head of Social and Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase
  • Jeff Eckel, CEO, Hannon Armstrong SustainableInfrastructure Capital
8:15pm Networking and reception 


BIOGRAPHIES

Panelists

Mark Tercek


Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest conservation organization. He is the co-author of the Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature. Before joining The Nature Conservancy in 2008, Mark was a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs where he worked for 24 years. Starting in 2005, he led the firm’s environmental strategy and its Environmental Markets Group. Inspired by the opportunity to help businesses, governments and environmental organizations work together in new, innovative ways, Mark left Goldman Sachs in 2008 to head up The Nature Conservancy. He is a champion of the idea of natural capital — valuing nature for its own sake as well as for the services it provides for people, such as clean air and water, productive soils and a stable climate.

Matt Arnold 


Matt is Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase. In that role he leads the firm’s client engagement on sustainability across all sectors globally. JPMorgan Chase helps clients navigate environmental and social risks, engages stakeholders and partners in advancing environmental and social progress, and structures targeted impact investment funds. The firm supports sustainable development through initiatives in global health, natural capital, the future of power, carbon asset risk and sustainable agriculture.

 

Matt was a Principal and leader of Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC and a founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd, acquired by PwC in December 2008.

 

He was Chief Operating Officer and acting President of the World Resources Institute and a founder of the Management Institute for Environment and Business, which merged with the World Resources Institute in 1996. 

Matt is a Trustee at The Nature Conservancy’s New York Chapter and the Frankfurt Zoological Society.

Matt holds an AB degree in Psychobiology from Harvard College, an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Jeff Eckel

Mr. Eckel is President, CEO and Chairman of Hannon Armstrong (NYSE:HASI), the first clean energy REIT and a leading investor in sustainable infrastructure assets including efficiency and renewable energy. With an investment thesis that superior risk-adjusted returns will be achieved by investing on the right side of the climate change line, Hannon Armstrong has been a leader in measuring and tracking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and invests only when incremental GHG emissions are neutral to negative.  Mr. Eckel has led Hannon Armstrong in the role of President and CEO since 2000, and was also with the firm from 1985 to 1989. Previously, he held senior executive positions as CEO of EnergyWorks, LLC and Wärtsilä Power Development. He currently serves as a member on the Board of Directors for the Alliance to Save Energy, the President's Council of Ceres, Inc., the Cornell University Program in Infrastructure Policy advisory board and the Johns Hopkins Environmental, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute’s advisory council. Mr. Eckel has over 30 years of experience in structuring, executing and operating energy and infrastructure investments. Mr. Eckel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in 1980 and a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, in 1981.  

Moderator

Roger Feldman

Roger Feldman has, during his 40 years of practice, served as head of the Project Finance Groups of three major international law firms. During that time he has advised developers, equity investors, financial institutions, and corporate clients on a wide range of opportunities made possible by or affected by government energy and sustainability regulation. His current focus is on the finance of distributed energy, and the commercialization of emerging energy technologies such as smart grids and power storage, infrastructure companies and orient towards resiliency. The scope of his practice includes all types of project finance, joint ventures and public-private partnerships for energy, infrastructure and environmental projects, including preparation of related construction, services, output sales agreements and associated environmental regulatory documentation. Currently, he is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Energy Infrastructure Siting and Reliability Committee, and has previously chaired its Committees on Renewable, Alternative and Distributed Energy, Carbon Trading Finance Committee and its Government and Private Sector Innovations Committee. He is a Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy and Chairman Emeritus of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Mr. Feldman has been listed in Best Lawyers in Americafor the past ten years and designated as one of Public Utility Fortnightly’s Top Utility Lawyers. He has served as a Deputy Administrator for Finance and Environment of the Federal Energy Administration and on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Finance Advisory Board. He received his J.D. in 1965 from Yale Law School, Board of Editors of Yale Law Journal; his M.B.A. in 1967 from Harvard Business School, with Distinction; and his B.A. from Brown University in 1962, summa cum laude.

 

Tickets

Members: $35

Non-Members: $50

Tickets are Non-Refundable

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Penny Cassidy
pcassidy@hbsdc.org

Secondary Contact

Sarah Salzmann
ssalzmann@hbsdc.org

Date & Location

Date: 5/16/2017
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: US Trust Penthouse 730 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005