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Meet the Growing List of Climate Action Experts Joining The Campus

Welcome to The Nest Climate Campus Speakers Page! We are proud to present a diverse and influential lineup of thought leaders, innovators, and experts who are at the forefront of climate change solutions.

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Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson is chief supply chain officer and oversees a Supply Chain organization comprised of the Safety, Operational Excellence, Fiber Supply, Sales and Operations Planning, Logistics and Procurement teams.

Peter has more than 30 years of supply chain leadership experience. Previously, he was vice president, Global Supply Chain, for power leader Cummins, Inc., where he led transformation efforts for the company’s $17 billion supply chain. He also held positions at Ernst & Young (EY), Milk Industry Logistics, Bibby Distribution and IBM Consulting.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in transport and distribution from Huddersfield University in the U.K. and an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School.

Chief Supply Chain Officer, WestRock

Dr. Jonathan Foley

Dr. Jonathan Foley is a renowned climate & environmental scientist, writer, and speaker. He is also Executive Director of Project Drawdown — the world’s leading resource for climate solutions.

Executive Director, Project Drawdown

Chris Davidson

Chris Davidson is the Vice President of Sustainability at WestRock and is responsible for ensuring WestRock is a recognized global leader in sustainability and projecting the company’s interests into national and international debates on sustainability issues.​

Chris has worked in the forest products industry for over 20 years. Prior to his current position at WestRock, he held positions of increasing responsibility with Nekoosa Packaging, Georgia-Pacific, Champion International, International Paper and MeadWestvaco.​

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Forest Management and Forestry respectively from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Forestry from Virginia Tech.

Vice President, Sustainability, WestRock

Britton Jones

Britton Jones founded NXT Events Media Group to be a purpose driven producer of world-class events dedicated to making the world a better place. Early in 2020, NXT Events became the producers of The Nest, an event creating a unifying destination for climate action during Climate Week NYC. Britton has grown The Nest, a virtual climate action event, into an in-person, inclusive Climate Campus attracting more than 4,000 attendees in 2022. 

Prior to founding NXT Events Media Group, Britton Jones was the driving force in building the BJI Fashion Group, the Trade Show Division of Business Journals Inc., into one of the world’s leading trade show organizers. Under Britton’s leadership, the BJI grew explosively from one show in 1997 to running 27 events annually by 2015, becoming one of the largest users of the Javits Center in NYC (21 events per year) and 6 events per year at the Sands Expo[...]

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CEO of The Nest Climate Campus, Chairman of the Board at Food Rescue US, and Member of NYC & Company's Sustainability Committee

Dr. Kimberley R. Miner

Dr. Kimberley R. Miner is a Climate Scientist and Program Manager at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. Her research on climate risks has taken her to the planet’s extreme environments- from the North Pole to Antarctica and Mt. Everest.

Dedicated to science communication, Kimberley’s research teams have reached international audiences with features in the BBC, NYT, GQ, and a 2020 Guinness World Record.

Before coming to NASA, Kimberley worked on climate security for the Department of Defense in DC, and currently teaches her work at Berkley and Virginia Tech. She is also writing a book on how younger generations can plan for climate change--to be released in early 2024. Kimberley is a Black belt, wilderness Firefighter, and lives in a fishing harbor on the Pacific Ocean.

Climate Scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jamie Richards

Jamie is Director of ESG (environment social governance) for Eva NYC and amika haircare brands. She is passionate on the integration of sustainability and business and believes it is one of many solutions in minimizing climate impacts. She uses scientific data, sustainability metrics, and consumer terminology to give results in an understandable way.

Director of ESG, Amika, Eva NYC, and Ethique

Salah Said

Salah Said has worked in sustainability for 10+ years in companies such as SCHUFA, SAP, Zalando, and now Klarna. Before that, he worked at several nonprofit organizations, including Ashoka and Social Impact. Salah founded Worldcitizen e.V., a nonprofit organization focusing on Diversity & Inclusion and youth education, and has been a member of the Board Member Innovation Committee at Fashion for Good for over two years. He is also currently part of the Advisory Board for Sustainable Consumption hosted by Doconomy. Salah believes in innovative approaches toward ethical and environmental sustainability, and is convinced that the fashion, finance, and tech industries are an extremely enticing and fertile playing field for innovation.

“Companies that hold themselves accountable and take a creative approach to new sustainability challenges will be the celebrated pioneers of tomorrow.”

Head of Sustainability, Klarna

Alpa Sutaria

Alpa Sutaria is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability, responsible for leading WestRock's enterprise strategy development work and company-wide strategic initiatives while strengthening WestRock's position as a leader in sustainability. ​

Prior to joining WestRock, Alpa served as the Vice President and General Manager of Sustainability, North America at the Coca-Cola Company leading efforts to advance the company's sustainability objectives. She also previously held a strategy and operations role at Deloitte. ​

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University. ​

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Sustainability, WestRock

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