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Michael Kobori

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Michael Kobori' Bio
Michael Kobori is Chief Sustainability Officer at Starbucks Coffee Company, where he is responsible for leading the company’s aspiration to become resource positive.

Prior to joining Starbucks, he spent 22 years at Levi Strauss & Co. where he served as Vice-President of Sustainability.  Michael has also served as Vice-President at Business for Social Responsibility.  Prior to that, he spent nine years at The Asia Foundation, where he supported human rights and economic development in Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Michael is a lecturer in corporate sustainability at the Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley.  He is also the Executive Producer of Utopia Theatre Project, an artist-led social justice theater company.

Michael has served on a number of boards and advisory commissions, including the Cotton Board, Better Cotton Initiative, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, ILO Better Work, Levi Strauss Foundation, and The Asia Foundation.

Michael received his A.B. in Asian Studies and Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, where he also received his Masters’ Degree in Public Policy.  He also spent a year studying at International Christian University in Tokyo and studied sustainable finance at Oxford University.


Ioannis Ioannou

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Dr. Ioannis Ioannou' Bio
Ioannis is a Professor, an Advisor and a Keynote Speaker on Sustainability Leadership and Corporate Responsibility. Through his academic work, advisory roles, teaching, and engagement with executives, he seeks to understand and explore whether, how and the extent to which companies and capital markets can lead on the path towards a sustainable future. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, majoring in Economics and Mathematics and holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and the Harvard Business School. He is currently an Associate Professor with tenure at London Business School. Prof. Ioannou regularly publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals and due to the popularity and impact of his research, he regularly ranks in the top 100 authors on the social science research network (SSRN). Among other advisory roles, Ioannis is a member of the ESG Advisory Board of the DWS Group, and a member of the World Economic Forum Experts Network. He is also very active on social media and he is frequently quoted in articles in the popular and managerial press including outlets such as the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Guardian, BBC, and Forbes, among others. Ioannis has recently launched a 6-week online course on Sustainability Leadership and Corporate Responsibility (www.london.edu/SLCR).

Rebecca Henderson

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Dr. Rebecca Henderson' Bio
Rebecca Henderson is one of 25 University Professors at Harvard, a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of both the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is an expert on innovation and organizational change, and her research explores the degree to which the private sector can play a major role in building a more sustainable economy, focusing particularly on the relationships between organizational purpose, innovation and productivity in high performance organizations. Rebecca sits on the boards of Idexx Laboratories and of CERES and was named one of three “Outstanding Directors of 2019” by the Financial Times.

Her publications include Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective, and Accelerating Energy Innovation: Lessons from multiple sectors. For several years she taught “Reimagining Capitalism: Business & the Big Problems”, a course that grew from 28 students to over 300 and that is the basis for the newly released Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire – a book that has just been shortlisted for the FT/McKinsey 2020 Business Book of the Year Award.