Suhas Apte

Suhas Apte, Consultant

Suhas Apte is a senior executive with rich diverse experience covering many facets of business management. Suhas has developed a valuable global perspective, extensive CPG industry experience and sustainability credentials based on a broad career path working in Asia-Pacific, developing markets, Europe and the United States. Suhas held several executive positions at the Kimberly-Clark Corp. including Global Sustainability Officer, President of Family Care Europe and Vice President of Baby & Child Care Business for Emerging Markets.

He is President of Apte Consultants LLC; a partner in the Blue Earth Network - a team helping businesses discover breakthrough opportunities, and invent transformational solutions; President of TiE Tampa, a global organization for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs; a member of the Forum For the Future North America advisory team – a nonprofit solving complex global sustainability challenges working with stakeholders; and a board advisor to Vertaeon - an operations and sustainability analytics firm, Intelligent Energy Optimizer - a LED lighting company. He is also on the boards of EPI Breads - an artisan bakery company, and ODI – an Israeli leading cyber security company.

Suhas has recently published a book ‘The Sustainability Edge’ for business leaders to embrace and energize stakeholders to grow top-line with triple-bottom-line thinking ( He is a Mechanical Engineer from India, with MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Sarah Severn, Sarah Severn Consulting

Sarah Severn is principal of Sarah Severn Consulting, focused on transformative leadership for sustainability and climate change. Following over a decade of market research and strategic planning in the UK advertising industry Sarah moved to the Netherlands and established Nike Europe’s consumer insights and futures department. After two years her environmental advocacy resulted in a re-location to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon as Global Director of the Environmental Action Team.

Between 1995 and 2000 she led the introduction of sustainability into Nike's operations, product design process and manufacturing supply chain. This was followed by a number of senior sustainability roles that focused on stakeholder engagement, futures, trends and scenario planning and systems level collaborative change. Sarah led the development of Nike’s corporate reporting, stakeholder engagement, climate change agenda and environmental advocacy strategy. Notable multi stakeholder efforts included the formation of the BICEP coalition (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), a project of CERES, in 2008 and ZDHC coalition (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) in 2012.

Sarah built an extensive network of sustainability experts and advisors during her tenure at Nike and remains committed to the power of networks as a way to transform our future. She has held numerous non-profit board and advisory board roles, including served for many years on the faculty of the Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership. Since graduating from Nike in 2014 to move up to San Juan Island in Washington State Sarah has focused on developing and advising the Washington Business for Climate Action network, alongside her current sustainability consulting and board/advisory board roles at Forum for the Future, and several local non-profits on San Juan Island. She was most recently engaged in mobilizing business advocacy support for WA state Initiative 1631, (carbon pricing and investment).

Roberta Barbieri, VP Global Sustainability, PepsiCo., Inc

Roberta Barbieri is PepsiCo’s Vice President for Global Sustainability with over 20 years of experience in environmental sustainability. In her role with PepsiCo, Roberta is accountable for executing PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose sustainability strategy, with specific responsibility for integration of sustainability into core business processes, and for delivery of PepsiCo’s goals on Climate, Water Stewardship, Waste, and Sustainable Packaging.

Before joining PepsiCo, Roberta worked for Diageo, where she held the position of Global Environmental Director and served as the principal architect of Diageo's Global Environmental Sustainability strategy. Roberta currently serves on the steering committees of the 2030 Water Resources Group and the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastics Action Partnership. She is past chair of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable’s Water Working Group and has served on the steering committee for the CEO Water Mandate.  Roberta holds an MS in Environmental Engineering and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven, as well as a BS in Environmental Conservation and International Studies from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to her native English, Roberta speaks Spanish and Italian.

Kippy Joseph, Director, Every Woman Fund

Kippy Joseph is the director of the Every Woman Fund, in support of the campaign for a binding global treaty to end violence against women. Kippy led an innovation team at The Rockefeller Foundation from 2010-2017. As Associate Director and senior program officer, she designed and implemented an integrated approach of grant-making and internal capability-building. She initiated and led The Foundation’s Global Fellowship Program. Since 2017, Ms. Joseph has been leading a strategic effort to build capacity of government ministries and national funding agency staff in low and middle income countries, through IDIA, an alliance of twelve leading international development agencies. Prior to those roles, Ms. Joseph worked at the United Kingdom’s Young Foundation, where she led the education portfolio, capitalizing an education innovation fund and developing a new network of small innovative schools across the UK.

Ms. Joseph is a trained facilitator of large and small groups, and has consulted to NGOs and foundations on strategy and program development. Ms. Joseph holds Masters Degrees in Social and Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and in Systemic Management and Consultation from the University of London. She earned her BA in Public Policy and Education at Brown University.