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Jeff Furman

President of the Ben & Jerry's Foundation

Jeff Furman served on the Ben & Jerry’s’ corporate board for almost 40 years, providing in house legal counsel, top level management, and fostering many of the company’s social initiatives. He became affectionately known as the Ampersand (&).

Jeff’s current role is B.O.D Emeritus, a role he is happy to do alongside being President of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. Jeff resides in Ithaca where he is the president of Social Ventures, as well as a co- founder of the Community Dispute Resolution Center and a community micro-finance program. In addition Jeff has also served on the local school board, working to eliminate race and socio-economic status as a predictor of student success, and is an advisor to the Dorothy Cotton Institute, Alliance of Families For Justice, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Alongside his other commitments Jeff is on the Board of the Oakland Institute and currently he is developing a voting project to increase voting participation. 


Jeff has spoken in South and Central America, Europe, and across the United States on the power of business to impact social change.

Climate Finance Week Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebling

American film, television and commercial executive producer

Most recently named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders , a recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s , Mick Ebeling has sparked a moveme nt of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.

His mantra of “commit, then figure it out” allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers, and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives — the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and most recently Music : Not Impossible — that brought the ability to drawback to a paraplegic street artist , 3D – printed arms to Sudanese amputees , a ‘voice’ to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years, and wearables that let deaf and hearing people alike feel music in a “surround body” experience.

Named one of Wired’s ‘Agents of Change’, a two – time SXSW innovation of the year award winner, a two – time Tribeca Disruptor innovation winner, a fellow with The Nantucket Project , and recipient of every major creative and advertising award, Ebe ling is on a mission to provide “Technology for the Sake of Humanity.

Climate Finance Week Colin Hunt

Colin Hunt

Chief Executive Officer, AIB Group PLC

In March 2019, Colin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AIB and an Executive Director on the AIB Board. 

He joined AIB in August 2016 as Managing Director, Wholesale, Institutional & Corporate Banking Division. Prior to joining AIB, he was Managing Director at Macquarie Capital where he led the development of its business in Ireland. 

Previously, he was a Special Policy Adviser at the Departments of Transport and Finance, Research Director and Chief Economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Head of Trading Research and Senior Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and a country risk analyst at NatWest.

He has a Phd in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin and degrees in Commerce & Economics from University College, Cork. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc from 2008 to 2014.

Sir David King

Emeritus Professor in physical chemistry at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and a senior scientific adviser to UBS

Professor Sir David King
  • The UK’s most prominent thought leader and campaigner on the causes and consequences of climate change
  • Highly effective diplomat, driving change in environmental and societal practices at a corporate, national and international level
  • Proven record as a founder and guiding force of academic and pragmatic research initiatives that result in meaningful improvements in climate change science and action
    • Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government, 2000-2007 – Chaired Foresight Programme and Global Science & Innovation Forum; led to an 80% emissions reduction commitment via the UK Climate Change Act, 2008, and increased investment in flood risk management
    • Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment, University of Oxford, 2008-12 – Engaging the private sector in the transition away from a fossil-fuel based economy
    • UK Foreign Secretary’s Permanent Representative for Climate Change, 2013-2017As Climate Envoy, conducted over 90 official country diplomatic missions, educating and lobbying governments ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, 2015 (COP21) Led the in-depth risk analysis, ‘Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (2015)’, for the governments of India and China Initiated the research programme that became Mission Innovation, a £23bn per annum research and development programme, involving 22 countries, into finding technologies to transition the global economy from fossil fuels
  • Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge, 2019Conceived and instigated the creation of this innovative project
  • Head of Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University, 1993-2000
  • Master of Downing College, Cambridge, 1995-2000
  • Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University
  • 23 honorary degrees conferred
  • Author of over 500 research papers
  • Fellow of the Royal Society (1991)
  • Rumford Medal (2002)
  • Knight Bachelor (2003)
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering (2006)
  • Légion d’Honneur (2009)
Climate Finance Week Colin HuntSue Gerrard

Sue Garrard

Independent business sustainability Advisor

Sue is one of the world’s leading experts in developing sustainability strategy in major companies, aligning it with business objectives, and embedding it across the business. She is an independent advisor on sustainability strategy, working with major businesses that are seeking to step up on their sustainability ambitions and performance.

She complements her client work by advising three sustainability related organisations on a pro-bono basis.

Until Autumn 2018, she was EVP Sustainable Business and Communications at Unilever.

At Unilever, Sue was responsible for leading and embedding the company’s ambitious USLP (Unilever Sustainable Living Plan) into the business and ensuring delivery against its 70-plus time bound targets. She was also responsible for teams in 180 markets who engage with Governments and key external stakeholders; lead employee engagement; handle the media; and are accountable for issues and crisis management. She was part of the four-strong executive team that led the rebuttal of the hostile takeover bid by Kraft Heinz in 2017.

In particular, Sue was responsible for establishing sustainability as a driver of brand growth. By the end of 2018 its ‘Sustainable Living Brands’ were growing 67% faster than its other brands and represented 70% of the company’s growth.

Sue was one of the founders of the independent not for profit organisation, Blueprint for Better Business, and remains a Trustee. She is a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Business Management, and a Fellow of the RSA.

Sue’s earlier career includes two spells in the public sector, and roles in advertising and public affairs agencies. Sue’s role prior to Unilever was as a Director General at the Department of Work and Pensions, where she led customer strategy and communications.

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