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2011 NEW YORK GREEN SUMMIT “From Farm to Fork” and ROYAL GALA AWARD DINNER November 1 and 2

2011 NEW YORK GREEN SUMMIT “From Farm to Fork” and ROYAL GALA AWARD DINNER November 1 and 2

In the presence of H.R.H. Princess Madeleine and H.R.H. Prince Daniel of Sweden

Already back in 2008 SACC New York started its Green Initiatives and dedicated 2008 “The Year of Going Green”, culminating in a much successful Green Summit and Royal Green Award Dinner. Since then, our Green Initiatives have continued with our H2O9 Conference in 2009, followed by The Global Grid Conference in 2010.

2011 NEW YORK GREEN SUMMIT “From Farm to Fork” and ROYAL GALA AWARD DINNER November 1 and 2

In the presence of H.R.H. Princess Madeleine and H.R.H. Prince Daniel of Sweden

Keynote Speakers

Ms. Martha Stewart, Founder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Dr. Marion Nestle, Dept. of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health, New York University
Ms. Carolyn Steel, Architect and Author
Mr. Dan Bena, Director of Sustainable Development, PepsiCo

Moderators

Mr. Carlton Brown, Founding Partner & COO, Full Spectrum of NY
Mr. André Heinz,, Co- founder & Investment Director, Sustainable Technology Capital LP
Mr. Steve Trygg, Vice Chairman, SACC New York & Jury Chairman
Kate Krader, Senior Editor, Food & Wine Magazine
Andrew Winston, Best-Selling Author and Green Economist

Speakers

Mr. William Sami, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy/Sustainability and Climate Change, Deloitte
Mr. Michael Corbat, CEO, Citi Holdings
Mr. Kenneth Bengtsson, President & CEO, The ICA Group
Mr. Eskil Erlandsson, Sweden's Minister for Rural Affairs
Mr. Marcus Samuelsson, Star Chef & Food Activist, The Samuelsson Group
Mr. Eugenio Minvielle, President & CEO, Unilever North America
Mr. Dennis Slagle, President & CEO, Mack Trucks & Volvo Trucks North America
Ms. Tone Bekkestad, Managing Director, Green Solutions AS
Mr. David P. Steiner, President & CEO, Waste Management, Inc.
Mr. Hans Hess, Founder & CEO, Elevation Franchise Ventures
Professor Gunilla Jönsson, PhD, Lund University
Mr. Don Lewis, President, SCA Tissue North America
Mr. Magnus Nilsson, Chef and Sommelier, Restaurant Fäviken Magasinet
Mr. Haakan B. Anderson Guldkula, Founder, TracTechnology
Mr. Morten Sohlberg, CEO & Executive Chef, Smörgås Chef Restaurant Group and Blenheim Hill Farm, A Smörgås Eco Farm
Mr. Richard Bergfors, President & CEO, Max Hamburgerrestauranger AB
Mr. Tim Zagat, Co-Founder, Co-Chair & CEO, Zagat Restaurant Surveys
Dr. Mostafa Terrab, Chairman & CEO, OCP Group
Ms. Cecilia Schelin Seidegård, County Governor, Gotland County, Sweden
Ms. Karolina Lisslö, CEO & Founder, Bee Urban AB
Ms. Linda Björk, CEO & Partner, Amore
Mr. Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, International Finance Corporation
Ms. Josefina Oddsberg, Founder & Chairman, Bee Urban AB

Summit Chairman

Mr. Jens Spendrup, Chairman, Spendrups Bryggeri AB

  • Deloitte is the largest private professional services organization in the world. They work in four key business areas — audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting. Fortune and BusinessWeek consistently rank Deloitte among the best places to work and when the best people tackle the most compelling challenges, everyone wins.

  • Citibank was founded in 1812 as the City Bank of New York, later First National City Bank of New York. As of last year Citigroup is the third largest bank holding company in the United States by total assets. Citi is the leading global financial services company and has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 140 countries.

  • The ICA Group is one of the Northern Europe’s leading retail companies, with around 2,200 of its own and retailer-owned stores in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. ICA isn’t large or small; they are both. This allows them to combine an entrepreneurial spirit with economies of scale.

  • AB Volvo is a Swedish builder of commercial vehicles, including trucks, buses and construction equipment. Volvo also supplies marine and industrial drive systems, aerospace components and financial services. Volvo is a manufacturer of transport related products and services with quality, safety and sustainability being their leading motto. A company founded for more than 80 years ago, Volvo has since built a stellar reputation worldwide and holds a solid position on the world market.

  • SCA is a global hygiene and paper company that develops and produces personal care products, tissue, packaging solutions and forest products. SCA has sales in more than 100 countries under many strong brands and employs over 45.000 people. SCA will continuously strive to create more value, achieve greater results and make a positive contribution to the life of every individual in every community where the Group's products or services can be found.

  • Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB) is a Swedish financial group for corporate customers, institutions and private individuals with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Its activities comprise mainly banking services, but SEB also carries out significant life insurance operations and also owns Eurocard. SEB serves more than 400,000 corporate customers and institutions and more than five million customers in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and around the world.

  • OCP Group produces and markets phosphoric acid. The company also provides phosphate rocks and fertilizers. It was formerly known as Office Cherifien Des Phosphates and changed its name to OCP Group in 1975. OCP Group was founded in 1920 and is based in Casablanca, Morocco.

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    TracTechnology combines business know-how with RFID technology and delivers solutions that make their customers’ enterprises more effective at the same time their costs are cut. The company’s strategic focus is food security and traceability. Today, TracTechnology offers a broad selection of services and products based on RFID within several business areas and they deliver everything from total solutions to individual components.

  • The Electrolux Group is a Swedish appliance maker and as of 2010 the 2nd largest home appliance manufacturer worldwide. Their products sell under a variety of brand names including its own and are primarily white goods and vacuum cleaners. Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances and appliances for professional use, selling more than 40 million products to customers in 150 countries every year.

  • Scandinavian Airlines is the largest airline in Scandinavia. As the national carrier of not one, but three of the world’s most contemporary, innovative and modern countries, Scandinavian Airlines prides itself on representing the region well. The old SAS slogan ‘It’s Scandinavian’ might be simple, but it truly encompasses everything that Scandinavian Airlines represents: from mobile boarding passes to more leg room, no matter where you sit.

  • Founded in 1666, Lund University is today one of the largest, oldest and broadest universities in Scandinavia and is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities. Lund University has an excellent academic reputation with a large number of visiting professors and international students. With eight faculties, the University’s activities cover education and research in engineering, science, law, social sciences, economics, medicine, humanities, theology, fine arts, music.

  • Blenheim Hill is a 150-acre farm in the Catskills established by the Smorgas Chef Restaurant Group in New York City. As farmers and restaurateurs, we are committed to providing  the freshest, most flavorful, produce and meats for our guests. Our mission is to develop a financially viable model for small-scale local farming, while remaining good stewards of the land and its resources.

  • Scan AB is part of the HKScan group which is one of northern Europe's largest food industries within meat, cured meats and convenience food. Scan AB has a turn-over of SEK 10 billion and has 3,000 employees. Assuming full responsibility for ethics, environment and animal welfare throughout the entire value chain is crucial for Scan in its aim to be a profitable company with a strong brand that customers and consumers can trust.

  • Handelsbanken has been acclaimed one of the strongest banks in the world by news agency Bloomberg. The ranking is based on factors such as financial strength, the ability to manage risk and cost-effectiveness.Handelsbanken is in second place on the list of the strongest banks in the world published by Bloomberg on 10 May. Only one other European bank is among the top ten – Swiss UBS in ninth place. Standard Chartered in the UK comes in 15th place.

  • Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 215,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.  Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

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From her award-winning magazine, Martha Stewart Living, to her bestselling product lines, Martha Stewart shares the creative principles and practical ideas that have made her America’s most trusted guide to stylish living. Millions of consumers rely on Martha as their arbiter of style and taste and their guide to all aspects of everyday living – from cooking and entertaining to decorating, gardening, and much more. Martha's unique business sense and creative vision form the framework for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and the expansive multimedia portfolio that encompasses award-winning media and merchandise including: Martha Stewart Living and Everyday Food magazines, the marthastewart.com website, the Emmy Award-winning The Martha Stewart Show, the Martha Stewart Living line of home-improvement products at The Home Depot, the Martha Stewart Collection of home products exclusively at Macy’s, Martha Stewart Pets products at PetSmart, Martha Stewart Crafts, etc.

Visit website: http://www.marthastewart.com/

Dr. Marion Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, award-winning author and academic specializing in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. Her books explore issues like the effects of food production on food safety, the environment, access to food, and nutrition. She is the author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002; revised 2007) and Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003; revised 2010). In 2003, the former won awards from the Association for American Publishers, the James Beard Foundation, and World Hunger Year. The following year, Safe Food won the Steinhardt School (NYU) of Education’s Griffiths Research Award. Dr. Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She also holds appointments as professor of sociology at NYU and visiting professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Nestle has received many awards and honors including the 2011 National Public Health Hero award from Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

Visit website: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty_bios/view/Marion_Nestle

Carolyn Steel is a leading thinker on the relationship between food and cities. Her 2008 book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives established a new approach to the design and interpretation of cities, describing how food cultures and systems have dominated urban and rural development, creating the 'urban paradox' at the core of civilization. Her concept of sitopia (foodplace), is gaining widespread recognition as a powerful collaborative tool with which to address the many challenges of 21st century human dwelling. Carolyn is a visiting Lecturer in Architecture at Cambridge University, visiting Professor in Food and Urban Design at Lincoln University, and visiting Lecturer and Researcher in Rural Sociology at Wageningen University. She has run successful architectural and urban design units at Cambridge University, London Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics, where she was the inaugural Studio Director of the Cities Programme. A director of Kilburn Nightingale Architects, Carolyn has completed several major buildings for the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She is currently advisor to the Dutch Agriculture Ministry's Innovatienetwerk and the Dutch City of Groningen, with whom she is working to develop a Regional Food Vision. She has been a presenter of BBC TV’s 'One Foot in the Past' and was a regular columnist for Building Design. Carolyn is in increasing demand worldwide as a public speaker. Recent appearances include TEDGlobal (2009), The World Planning Day International Conference (2010) among many others. Carolyn's awards include a scholarship to the British School at Rome in 1995-6, where she researched the Mundane Order of the City. Her first book Hungry City won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction, and was chosen as a BBC Food Programme book of the year. In 2009, she was profiled by The Ecologist magazine as a ‘21st Century Visionary’.

Dan Bena is currently the Senior Director of Sustainable Development for PepsiCo, and serves as liaison between technical functions, government affairs, public policy, and field operations to develop substantive advocacy and messaging to internal and external stakeholder groups. Dan is former Chair of the Washington-based American Beverage Association’s (ABA) Water Resources Committee, and has been active in the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT), serving as founder and Chair of the Emerging Scientific Interests Subcommittee, founder and Chair of the Subcommittee for Sustainable Development, and a three-year elected term on the ISBT Board of Directors. Bena also serves on the Board-sponsored Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network, which is a not-for-profit organization for which PepsiCo was a founding member, dedicated to market-based, sustainable community-level solutions to provide safe drinking water in developing economies. He serves on the Leaders Group for Water of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Global Agenda Council for Water Security and Water Planning Board of the World Economic Forum, and the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate. In 2009, he was invited by the mayor of his city to serve on a new Sustainability Advisory Board to develop a forward-looking sustainability plan for the city, one of only three nationwide selected to pilot a new sustainability planning tool kit. Bena has become an “evangelist for sustainable development,” spreading the word of how business can and must collaborate with other stakeholders to find creative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. He has delivered many opening keynote addresses to diverse audiences, including academia, non-government organizations, trade associations, and others. He has authored chapters for several texts from CRC, Blackwell Science, and Marcel Dekker in the areas of water treatment and chemistry, sanitation, and beverage production. His own book will be published in 2011, which will help

Visit website: http://www.pepsico.com

Carlton A. Brown is a founding partner and COO of Full Spectrum – a Black Enterprise “Top 100” company for 2008 and a member of Inc. Magazine’s list of “Green Companies to Watch in 2008.” A graduate of Princeton University’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Mr. Brown studied real estate finance at New York University. After college he worked for several architecture and planning firms until 1976, when he joined AT&T’s real estate division. During his 10-year tenure, he directed the development and construction of over $2 billion of real estate. Mr. Brown has led Full Spectrum to become a national leader in the development of affordable green/smart buildings in emerging urban markets. He is currently leading the firm’s pioneering creation of a 14-square-block green mixed use development in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. The community scaled green infrastructure features 4,000 units of mixed income housing and nearly one million square feet of office and retail space. Mr. Brown serves on several boards including AIA New York, 651 Arts, Global Green and the U.S. Green Building Council. Hailed as a “thought leader” by the Clinton Global Initiative for his “leadership on climate change and sustainable equitable development,” Mr. Brown is a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

Visit website: http://www.fullspectrumny.com/

André Heinz is the co-founder and investment director of Sustainable Technologies Fund. Mr. Heinz has been active in the field of sustainable development since 1993, when he began working for William McDonough, the noted green architect and designer, on sustainable design issues and projects. Concurrently, Mr. Heinz joined the board of the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, where he oversaw the creation of an environmental grant-making program for both the Vira I. and Howard Heinz Endowments through a series of 14 topical environmental colloquia that convened leaders from around the world. He continues to serve on the newly merged Heinz Endowments board, and on the Investment Committee, which oversees the management of the combined $1.5 billion endowment. Following a six-month urban redevelopment project for the city of Pittsburgh where he collaborated with his colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, André began research for Paul Hawken on his latest book, Natural Capitalism. The book chronicles examples of 75% or greater resource productivity at zero to negative cost, and suggests principles to help replicate those successes. In 1995, Mr. Heinz co-founded the first U.S. office of The Natural Step, a Swedish-based non-profit specializing in sustainable development education and consulting. In 1999, he completed an M.A. in environmental studies at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he specialized in industrial environmental management/ecology. In 2004, Mr. Heinz left The Natural Step, where he had been running the international office, based in Stockholm, to concentrate on U.S. presidential politics as a surrogate spokesperson specialized in environmental policy. Since then, he has been focused on cleantech investing.

Visit website: http://www.stechcapital.com

Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden, Steve Trygg wanted to be an artist. His mother wanted him to be an engineer. So he did both, combining technical high school with night classes at Stockholm School of Visual Arts. Plus added on a Masters degree in English and Sociology/Mass Communications at Stockholm University. Steve Trygg came to the United States in 1982 to "try his abilities in the major leagues", as he puts it. In 1985, Steve Trygg and his partner, Hans Ullmark, acquired the U.S. operations of Anderson & Lembke, and he spent his next ten years as the company's Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, growing Anderson & Lembke, Inc. into what trade magazine ADVERTISING AGE called "a business-to-business power house" and ADWEEK magazine dubbed the "fifth hottest agency in the country." In 1995, Anderson & Lembke, Inc. could boast four offices in New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Hong Kong, totaling 300 employees and $300 million in billings, and being the biggest buyer of advertising on the Internet. That year, Steve Trygg and his partner sold the agency to THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES and the agency became an independent unit within the worldwide McCann-Erickson network. Steve Trygg remained under contract at Anderson & Lembke, Inc. still in the position of Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, until the end of 1997. Steve Trygg is the first person with English as a second language to be elected to ADWEEK's All Star Team as a copywriter; being head of BUSINESS MARKETING magazine's first ever Agency of the Year; and being one of the small elite of advertising people elected to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL's "Creative Leaders" Hall of Fame. For the last ten years, Steve Trygg has devoted a significant portion of his time to Social Responsibility projects such as the New York Green Summit, the Paraguayan stevia farming cooperatives, and the Otjozondu primary school in Namibia. As he puts it, “Life has been good to me, and at some time you need to start giving back.”

Kate Krader is Restaurant Editor at Food & Wine magazine, overseeing its news, trend and restaurant coverage. During her long tenure at the monthly magazine, she has lead Food & Wine's annual search for the Food & Wine Best New Chefs. She also is the editor of the Food & Wine Cocktails, an annual guide to the hottest cocktail recipes, the best spots and the biggest trends in nightlife and has contributed to Food & Wine's other cookbooks: the Food & Wine Annual, The Best of the Best, and its bookazines. Previously Krader has also worked in San Francisco in the gourmet department at eluxury.com, an LVMH website, and served as senior editor of Williams-Sonoma magazine, Taste. A graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio, Krader received her formal culinary training at La Varenne in Paris. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Visit website: http://www.foodandwine.com/

Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how business can profit from environmental thinking. He advises some of the world’s leading companies, including Bank of America, HP, J&J, Pepsi, and Bayer. Andrew also serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the Executive Environmental Advisory Council for Hewlett-Packard (HP), and as a Sustainability Advisor to PwC. He is the author of Green Recovery and co-author of Green to Gold, the best-selling guide to what works – and what doesn’t – when companies go green. Andrew is a highly respected and dynamic speaker, exploring the business benefits of sustainability with audiences around the world. Andrew’s earlier career included corporate strategy at Boston Consulting Group and management positions in marketing and business development at Time Warner and MTV. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale. He lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife and two sons.

Visit website: http://www.andrewwinston.com/

Will has been providing sustainability, environmental, and hydrogeological consulting services to private- and public-sector enterprises for more than three decades. His focus has frequently been on developing and implementing corporate-wide sustainability strategies, as well as broad-based climate and water programs. His unique approach fuses the practical with the creative to actualize high-value sustainability programs and integrate diverse business and technical issues related to resource management. Sarni’s diverse client list includes Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He has managed complex projects throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, working with some of the world’s most recognizable companies. An internationally recognized thought leader on sustainability and corporate water strategies, Sarni is a frequent speaker for corporations, conferences, and universities; and a regular contributor on sustainability, climate, and water for the Harvard Business Review’s “Leading Green” blog, The Guardian, and Venture magazine. He is the author of Greening Brownfields: Remediation Through Sustainable Development (McGraw Hill) and contributed to Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property (Bradford Publishing). He is the author of the recently published Corporate Water Strategies (Earthscan) and the forthcoming book Water Tech—A Guide to Innovation and Business Opportunities (Earthscan 2012). Sarni was a member of the Environmental Compliance Committee of the Chicago Climate Exchange and is active in the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and the conference board. He was a sustainability adviser to the 2018/2022 US World Cup Bid Committee, and a judge for the 2010 CleanTech Open and the Hult Global Case Challenge: Clean Water Crisis.

Visit website: http://www.deloitte.com

Michael Corbat most recently served as the CEO of Citi's Global Wealth Management unit, which comprised Smith Barney and the Citi Private Bank. Prior to this, he was a managing director and head of the Global Corporate Bank and Global Commercial Bank at Citi, where he led the firm's efforts to provide best-in-class financial services to top-tier multi-national corporations and global financial institutions. Previously, Mr. Corbat was head of Global Emerging Markets in Markets and Banking, responsible for the origination, trading and sales of emerging markets fixed income debt. He joined Salomon Brothers, a Citi legacy firm, in 1983 in Atlanta’s Fixed Income Sales Department, and has worked in New York City and London. In his various advisory and structuring roles, Mr. Corbat has guided clients through significant challenges, from Orange County, California’s bankruptcy to sovereign debt restructurings in Ecuador and Uruguay. He currently serves on the board of directors of EMI, the British American Business, Inc. and The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce. Born in Bristol, Connecticut, Mr. Corbat earned a B.S. in economics from Harvard University.

Visit website: http://www.citibank.com/us/home.htm

Kenneth Bengtsson began his career as a manager at a local ICA store in the south of Sweden, and eventually worked his way up to become the store operator. In 1997, he took over as operator for two larger ICA stores in the Stockholm area. After making them profitable, he became head of the hypermarket segment at ICA AB in 1999. The following year he was promoted to CEO of ICA Sweden, followed by a 2001 appointment as president and CEO of the entire ICA Group. Mr. Bengtsson became chairman of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise in May 2010; prior to that he served as deputy chairman. He is a member of the boards of the Consumer Goods Forum and the World Childhood Foundation. Between 2005 and 2010, he was chairman of the board of Swedish Trade. The ICA Group (ICA AB) is one of northern Europe’s leading retail companies, with approximately 2,200 of its own and retailer-owned stores in Sweden, Norway, and the Baltic countries. The company is a joint venture that is 40-percent owned by Hakon Invest AB of Sweden and 60-percent owned by Royal Ahold N.V. of the Netherlands.

Visit website: http://www.ica.se/Eng-sektion/

Eskil Erlandsson has been a cabinet minister since Sweden’s present alliance government came to power in 2006. During the first electoral period he was Minister for Agriculture. Following the 2010 election, he became Minister for Rural Affairs, a title that reflects the breadth of his areas of responsibility. Mr. Erlandsson became politically engaged at the age of 15, when he joined the Centre Party Youth. He has since had a range of political roles at both the local and national levels. Prior to becoming a minister, he was a member of the Riksdag, Sweden’s Parliament; and chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense. Before this he was the municipal commissioner in the municipality of Ljungby. Mr. Erlandsson was born and raised in the small village of Stackarp, in the Swedish province of Småland, and still lives part of the time on his parents’ farm, where pony rearing and forestry are among the family’s activities. Mr. Erlandsson is passionate about rural issues in both a private and professional capacity. Horses, hunting, and everything to do with forests and land are his major interests. In addition to being with his family on their farm, Mr. Erlandsson likes to spend his spare time with his friends on a local elk-hunting team.

Visit website: http://www.regeringen.se

Chef, award-winning author, TV star and entrepreneur, Ethiopian-born Marcus Samuelsson moved to Sweden as young child. Today he lives in Harlem, New York, near the site of his restaurant, Red Rooster. In addition to his recognition as a world-class chef, Mr. Samuelsson is a cookbook author with titles in both English and Swedish. After becoming interested in cooking, Mr. Samuelsson studied at the Culinary Institute in his hometown of Gothenburg. He then apprenticed in Switzerland and Austria, eventually settling in the U.S in 1991 as an apprentice at Restaurant Aquavit. At 24, he became Aquavit’s executive chef, and soon after, the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times. In 2003, he was named "Best Chef: New York City" by the James Beard Foundation. The same year he started a second New York restaurant, Riingo, serving Japanese-influenced American food. Mr. Samuelsson’s television show, Inner Chef, aired in 2005 on the Discovery Home Channel. Another program, Urban Cuisine on BET J/Centric, followed three years later. In 2010, he won the famous hit show “Top Chef Masters.” His cooking combines international influences with traditional cuisines from Sweden, Japan and Africa. On November 24, 2009, Mr. Samuelsson served as guest chef for the first state dinner of the Barack Obama presidency. The dinner was held in honor of India and its Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. Mr. Samuelsson is an advisor to The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.

Visit website: www.samuelssongroup.com

Since 2010 Eugenio Minvielle has been president and CEO of Unilever North America, which covers the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. During that time the company has generated revenues of approximately $10 billion. Before joining Unilever, Eugenio was president and CEO of Nestle France SAS for six years, with revenues of approximately $8 billion; Nestle Mexico for three years, with revenues of $2.5 billion; Nestle Venezuela for one year, with revenues of $400 million. Prior to this he also held different positions within Nestle in Venezuela, Mexico, and Spain. Eugenio was a marketing manager at Procter & Gamble Spain from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Minvielle received his MBA from Harvard University in 1991 and his BA from the University of North Texas. He is an active board member of the U.S. Retail Industry Leadership Association and the Personal Care Product Council. He created and promoted the Nestlé Foundation to enhance wellness and reduce obesity in France, led external initiatives in health sector as Vice President of Funsalud, the Mexican Foundation for Health and as Board Member of the Federico Gomez Infant Hospital in Mexico and recognized by the Venezuelan Government with the “Saman de Aragua” decoration for his active contributions to both the private and public sectors in Venezuela. Eugenio is married with two children. His main hobbies are golf and sculpting.

Visit website: http://www.unileverusa.com

Dennis Slagle became president and CEO of Volvo Trucks North America in November 2009. Immediately prior to his current assignment, Mr. Slagle, 56, was president and CEO of Mack Trucks, Inc., a position he continues to hold. Prior to joining Mack in April 2008, Mr. Slagle served as president and CEO of Volvo Construction Equipment North America, headquartered in Asheville, NC. He has more than 25 years of experience in the North American construction equipment industry including serving as president of L.B. Smith, Inc., Volvo Construction Equipment’s largest North American dealer at the time. Mr. Slagle earned his B.S. degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He and his wife Karen have three children.

Visit website: http://www.volvogroup.com

Tone Bekkestad is a climate change lecturer and on-air meteorologist at Swedish TV4, with long-term experience in broadcasting, climate and meteorology. She is also the author of two books, Ask Tone about the Weather and It’s about Time!, and the founder of Green Solutions AS – a leading provider of composting machines for recycling liquid and solid biological waste. Ms. Bekkestad studied meteorology at University of Bergen, Norway, and completed an M.S. at University of Calgary, Canada. Before joining TV4, she was a sales director at WeatherOne AS, a weather graphics company. She began her career as a consultant/scientist for the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU).

Visit website: http://tonebekkestad.blogspot.com/p/about-this-blog.html

In 2004, David P. Steiner became CEO of Houston, Texas-based Waste Management, a FORTUNE 500 company with revenues of approximately $13 billion and 50,000 employees. David joined the company in November 2000 as vice president and deputy general counsel. Eight months later, was appointed senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. In April 2003, he was named executive vice president and CFO. Before joining Waste Management, David was a partner in the New Orleans-based law firm of Phelps Dunbar. Prior to that, he worked for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Mr. Steiner received his B.S. in accounting from Louisiana State University in 1982, graduating summa cum laude, and his law degree, with honors, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1986. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Louisiana and California Bar Associations.

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Hans Hess is the founder and CEO of Elevation Franchise Ventures and the founding partner of enviroCAB. As CEO, Mr. Hess provides strategic direction for the Elevation Burger brand by overseeing real estate selection and marketing efforts, and by providing pre- and post-opening support to franchisees. Before opening Elevation Burger in September 2005, Mr. Hess developed its patent-pending process for cooking fries in olive oil, its secret recipes, its distinctive look and feel, and its unique vision of serving sustainable food that tastes better and is better for you and the planet. In 2007, Mr. Hess successfully applied to Arlington County and received the right to operate a fleet of 50 hybrid taxi cabs known as enviroCAB. EnviroCAB represents a long term interest in providing public transportation in an environmentally friendly manner, and is an extension of the social concerns embodied in the Elevation Burger concept. Before starting Elevation Burger, Mr. Hess worked for Brailsford & Dunlavey as a retail food service/real estate consultant, and for a member of Congress. Mr. Hess has received numerous accolades including: Washington Business Journal’s 2008 “Green Business Award” (“Visionary” category); Washington Magazine’s “Green Leader” Award (May, 2009); and recognition as one of the Washington DC area’s “Top Entrepreneurs Under 40” in the Washington Business Journal’s 2010 “40 Under 40” Awards. A Carmel, CA native, Mr. Hess now resides in Arlington, VA with his wife and business partner, April, and their two children.

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Since 1994, Gunilla Jönson has been a professor of packaging logistics at LTH/Lund University, where she oversees the subject’s development work. Professor Jönson’s research group is part of the department of design sciences, which collaborates extensively with other national and international universities. After completing an M.A. in mechanical engineering at Chalmers University, Professor Jönson’s was offered an assistant professorship at Michigan State University, where she stayed until 1977. Eleven years later, in 1998, Professor Jönson received the King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Scholarship to pursue an environmentally-friendly approach to industrial development. In 2001, she became an honorary alumnus of her alma matter.

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Don Lewis is president of SCA’s North American Tissue operations, which manufactures and sells the Tork® line of napkins, towels, bath tissue and wipers that are used ‘Away from Home’ in restaurants, office buildings, schools and other public venues. Mr. Lewis joined SCA 10 years ago as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Tork is currently the second largest brand in the North American away-from-home tissue market, producing half the napkins used in U.S. restaurants. SCA makes its products from 100% recycled fiber, and many Tork products have earned environmental certifications such as EcoLogo™ and the EPA’s Green Seal™. Over the past decade, SCA has used 12 billion pounds of recycled paper in its North American production processes. Based in Stockholm, with American headquarters in Philadelphia, SCA began 80 years ago in the Swedish forest industry. Today, it brings a ‘close to nature’ approach to all of its operations, earning global recognition for its leading sustainability practices.

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Magnus Nilsson is chef and sommelier at Fäviken Magasinet. He was raised in Östersund, Sweden. At only 27 years old he is already one of Sweden’s most renowned chefs and sommeliers. Last year Mr. Nilsson was listed as one of “16 Top Chefs” by the Italian organization “Cook it Raw” and more recently by The Wall Street Journal as one of Europe’s ten most interesting chefs. After a few years abroad at the French restaurants L’Arpege and L’astrance, he is now running his own restaurant, Fäviken Magasinet, located in the region of Jämtland in northern Sweden. Mr. Nilsson’s restaurant presents a unique concept it mainly relies on produce from the Fäviken Estate, the estate where his restaurant is located. Since the opening of Fäviken Magasinet in 2008, the restaurant has been very well received by both Scandinavian and international customers and media. Today, the restaurant is one of the most sought after and among the most difficult ones to get a reservation at in the world.

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Haakan B. Anderson Guldkula is the founder of Sweden-based TracTechnology, which develops and markets technology for tracing product in the meat industry. For the past 14 years, he has advised and been a partner to several successful start-up companies. Additionally, Mr. Andersson Guldkula has held senior management positions at Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York and London, Robur Fund Management in Stockholm, and Fidelity in the U.K. Mr. Andersson Guldkula is a board member of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and a business school graduate of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Morten Sohlberg is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience from various industries, including culinary management, education, communication, design, and business administration. He created Smorgas Chef in 2003, and has since grown it into a multi-unit restaurant group with four locations in Manhattan, including its newest store Crepes du Nord, and a catering division. Known for the modern, healthy Scandinavian cuisine served at his restaurants, Mr. Sohlberg joined the farm-to-table movement earlier this year by opening his own year-round farm – Blenheim Hill in the Catskills, a 150-acre eco-farm with pasture-raised, heritage breeds of cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens, and a 3,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse. Prior to founding Smörgås Chef restaurant group, Crepes du Nord and Blenheim Hill Farm, Mr. Sohlberg founded Sessions.edu - the world's largest online college of design with over 10,000 students from 140 countries. He served as Sessions' CEO for five years and as Chairman for seven years. As an educator, Mr. Sohlberg also served on DETC's Committee for Government & Public Relations in Washington D.C., and The New School University’s Advisory Board. He lectured at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and currently serves on the board of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce in New York City. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Sohlberg’s efforts have been recognized and featured in major publications and on major television networks, and his recipes appear in prominent cookbooks. Mr. Sohlberg has been recognized with prestigious design awards both in the U.S. and internationally. He is a frequent speaker, throughout the US and abroad, on the subjects of hospitality, cuisine, entrepreneurship, and the advancement of sustainable and responsible agriculture. Mr. Sohlberg holds degrees from the Nesbru Skole in Oslo, Norway, The Istituto per L'Arte in Florence, Italy, and has pursued entrepreneurial and business studies at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU.

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Richard Bergfors is the president and CEO of Max Hamburgerrestauranger, Sweden’s fastest-growing hamburger chain. Beyond financial profitability, Richard has emphasized responsibility for the planet and its people, reducing Max’s environmental impact, offering a broad range of healthy meals, and changing the labor market’s approach to the disabled. Last spring, as a result of these efforts, Max was the only non-American company named to Fast Company’s list of “the world’s most innovative food companies.” Mr. Bergfors was born into the business, which was founded by his parents, Curt and Britta, in 1968. At 25, after earning his MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, he was appointed CEO of hotel operations, which was part of Max at the time. In 2002, he assumed the role of president and CEO of Max Hamburgerrestauranger. In 2008, Max pioneered a major environmental initiative by carbon footprinting all of the food on its menus and offsetting 100% of carbon dioxide emissions from field to table by planting trees in Africa. In 2010, sales of low climate impact hamburgers were up 119,292 units on 2009. In the same year, Max continued its health-related efforts by reducing the fat content of its menus by 152 tons, which meant that a total of 1,193 tons of fat had been removed from the food served by the chain since 2003. In addition, Max works in partnership with the government-run organization Samhall to offer jobs to disabled people. The ultimate aim is for each restaurant to have at least two disabled staff members as part of its regular workforce. Apart from Max, Mr. Bergfors has external appointments on the boards of Ballbreaker and the Swedish Hotel and Restaurant Association. In 2007, Mr. Bergfors was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young. Two years later, he won the "Årets Gröna Kapitalist" (“Green Capitalist of the Year” Award), conferred by Veckans Affärer, Sweden’s largest business magazine.

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Zagat Survey®, the world’s original provider of consumer survey-based dining, travel and leisure information, was launched in 1979 as a hobby by Tim and his wife, Nina. The Survey became so popular that it rapidly developed into a full-time publishing enterprise. Following their initial success in New York City, the Zagats expanded their concept in the mid-1980s to cover dining scenes in other markets, later adding hotels, nightlife, movies, golf, shopping and a range of other entertainment resources. In 2000, the Zagats were recognized as “Entrepreneurs of the Year” by both Ernst & Young and Harvard Business School, and were inducted to New York University’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2001. They are also fellows of the Culinary Institute of America and inductees of the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor and the James Beard “Who's Who in Food & Beverage”. In 2009 they received the Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award. Tim is currently a board member of the Partnership for NYC; the World Travel & Tourism Council; NYC & Company, the official tourism arm of New York City, which he twice chaired; and the current chair of the NYS Tourism Council. For his role in responding to 9/11, Tim received l'Ordre de Merite from the French government. He is also a recipient of the Mousquetaire, Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac. In May 2010, Tim received an honorary degree of doctor of business administration in travel-tourism and hospitality management from Johnson & Wales University. Tim earned an L.L.B. from Yale Law School in 1966 and a B.A. from Harvard College in 1961. Tim and Nina have been married since 1965 and have two adult sons, Ted and John.

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Dr. Mostafa Terrab holds a M.S. (1982) and a Ph.D. in Operations Research (1990) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. He also received an engineering diploma from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, France (1979). Dr. Terrab held positions with Bechtel Civil and Minerals Inc. (1983/85) in San Fransisco, California, as an analyst in transportation systems, responsible for planning studies concerning the project to build the Damman international airport (Saudi Arabia) and a member of the team in charge of economic studies connected with the fixed link project across the Strait of Gibraltar. From September 1986 to August 1989, he was an assistant professor at MIT and, from September 1989 to July 1993, a consultant with the Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1988, he received the Frederick C. Hennie III Award for his outstanding contribution to the teaching programme of the MIT Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. From 1990 to 1992, he was an assistant professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in the Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In 1992, Dr. Terrab was appointed Chargé de Mission in the Royal Cabinet. In 1995, he took up the position of Secretary General of the Executive Secretariat of the Middle East/North Africa Economic Summit. From April 1996 to July 1999, he was a member of the ’Think Tank’ set up by the late king H.M. Hassan II, and, on February 9, 1998, he was appointed Director General of the National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency (ANRT), before leading the World Bank’s Information for Development (infoDev) program and taking up the position of Lead Regulatory Specialist from April 2002 to February 2006. Dr. Mostafa Terrab was born on October 19, 1955, in Fes. He is married and has three children.

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Cecilia Schelin Seidegård has been Gotland’s county governor since January 2010. A Ph.D. in biochemistry from Lund University, Sweden, Cecilia spent 14 years in a variety of management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, including work with Astra and AstraZeneca. In 2003, Cecilia became the CEO of Huddinge University Hospital, where she oversaw the merger of Huddinge and Karolinska University Hospital through 2007. Cecilia holds several board positions including chairman of Systembolaget AB, the Swedish Alcohol Retail Monopoly, and chairman of the Swedish Foundation for Healthcare Services and Allergy Research. Cecilia is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and has served as chairman of the Royal University of Technology.

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Karolina Lisslö is Founder and CEO of Bee Urban Sweden AB, a Stockholm based company founded in November 2010. Bee Urban's goal is to spread knowledge and awareness of the global bee death prevailing and increasing awareness of the important ecosystem "pollination" service they perform. By starting a completely new business concept, which allows companies to become sponsors to hives as a part of the company's CSR work, Bee Urban has in a short time managed to get several hives placed in the Stockholm’s city center. Since education and knowledge transfer is close to the heart of Bee Urban, beehives are also placed on roofs of schools in order to be a natural part of the tutorial, in which Bee Urban lectures for children and students. Today, there are beehives at Globala Gymnasiet and The German School's roof. Through Ms. Lisslö’s great interest in outdoor activities she also acts as the spokesperson for "Allemansrätten", "Right of Way" at Friluftsfrämjandet in Sweden, and as an educator through courses and lectures on leadership training for their leaders. Ms. Lisslö has always had a strong commitment to justice, equality and environment and, in addition to staring bee keeping with environmental purposes also been involved in improving the air quality in Stockholm by pointing out that the city broke against the EU regulated pollution limits. This has made result in terms of direct actions from the government. Steps have now been taken to address this issue and resulted in new tree plantings and a ban of studded tires. Ms. Lisslö has a great interest in nature and enjoys spending days off in a kayak or on a sailboat, or on a forest hike or birdwatching. She is organizes two annual bird field trips, kayaking weekends and nature walks for her friends. When studying at Stockholm University Ms. Lisslö served as a student representative on Samhällsplanerarnas Council , Biological Scientific Council Biology College; The board of the Department of Biology.

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Linda Björk is the CEO and Partner of Amore. Since Ms. Björk joined the Amore team in 2004, Amore has doubled in size and revenue, frequents the awards scene and has been voted Design Agency of the Year in Sweden 2009 by client satisfaction survey Regi and Dagens Industri. Ms. Björk is passionate about bringing together Strategic thought and Creative expression. She has developed several tools to understand consumer drivers, help clients work more efficiently together and bring creative results in line with business objectives. Ms. Björk spent ten years in the U.S. prior to joining Amore and served as Creative Director and Vice President for strategic communications company Winner & Associates, A Publicis Consultants Company. Clients have included ExxonMobil, Shell U.S Gas & Power, LuxuryFinder.com with Brioni, Lulu Guiness, Lacoste, Trish McEvoy, to name a few. Ms. Björk is currently serving as member of the International Committee for Swedish Communication Agencies and is a jury member for Guldägget Design Category 2011. Ms. Björk’s educational background is in Fine Arts from Hunter College and School of Visual Arts, both in New York City

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Lars H. Thunell, a Swedish national, is Executive Vice President and CEO of IFC (International Finance Corporation), a member of the World Bank Group. Mr. Thunell is leading IFC in its mission to promote sustainable private sector development. Since joining the Corporation in January 2006, Mr. Thunell has advanced growth of IFC's business and its mission to create opportunities in emerging markets and improve people's lives. He has visited 90 countries, including more than 60 developing countries, to see firsthand how IFC can best help its clients with financing and advisory services. He has endorsed further decentralization of IFC. Mr. Thunell joined IFC after a successful career in the financial services industry. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer of SEB, a North European commercial and investment bank. In the 1990s, Mr. Thunell served as the Chief Executive Officer of Trygg-Hansa, a Swedish insurance company, and as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Nordbanken. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Securum, an asset management company established by the Swedish government, he played a key role in the government's strategy for resolving the country's banking crisis of the 1990s. Under Mr. Thunell's leadership, Securum was able to restructure and sell off distressed assets held by the government more quickly than originally expected, recovering value for the Swedish taxpayer. Previously, he worked at ABB Zurich and at American Express in New York. He has also held numerous board positions with international companies and nongovernmental organizations. Mr. Thunell graduated with a doctorate from the University of Stockholm and was a research fellow at the Harvard University Center for International Affairs.

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Ms. Josefina Oddsberg is Founder and Chairman of Bee Urban Sweden AB, a Stockholm based company founded in November 2010. Bee Urban's goal is to spread knowledge and awareness of the global bee death prevailing and increasing awareness of the important ecosystem "pollination" service they perform. By starting a completely new business concept, which allows companies to become sponsors to hives as a part of the company's CSR work, the company has in a short time managed to get several hives placed in Stockholm’s city center. Ms. Oddsberg has a background in the media industry as a tv-producer but decided to retrain as a biologist in 2007 when her concern for the degrading state of the planet became overbearing. Ms. Oddsberg ended up as an urbanecologist with a Masters degree from the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Ecosystemservices, Governance and Globalisation. Her current work involves running Bee Urban together with Karolina Lisslö and also as a researcher for documentaryfilm regarding environmental issues with the latest project being the international film ”The Plan”. Ms. Oddsberg has a keen interest in outdoor activities such as horsebackriding and sailing but also in exploring local flora and fauna. The state of the degrading ecosystems worldwide is a great concern and takes up a large part of her time in terms of non-profit work, lectures and other engagements.

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Jens Spendrup is chairman of Spendrups Bryggerier, a position to which he was appointed earlier this year. He had been CEO of the company from 1976 to 2011. Mr. Spendrup is also chairman of the Swedish Federation of Business Owners, the leading confederation of small businesses in Sweden; the Ratio Institute, an independent research institute that focuses on conditions for enterprise, entrepreneurship and political change; and the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Spendrup was born into a family with a brewing and beverage heritage that stretches back to the 18th century. It began with vodka in Copenhagen in 1735, and later evolved into rum in the Caribbean. The last four generations of the family have been beer brewers in Sweden. Spendrups Bryggerier has expanded dramatically in the past 30 years and today is the largest brewing company in Sweden, producing leading brands such as Spendrups, Mariestad, Norrlands Guld, Loka and Wisby. Before joining the family business in 1968, Mr. Spendrup studied social science and business administration. He and his wife, Mia, have five children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys music, cooking, and baking bread.

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Partnership Opportunities

With planning underway for this year's Green Initiative, From Farm to Fork 3, focusing on the future of the food chain, we decided to set the bar ambitiously high.

The Summit will address complex problems with innovative solutions, promising attendees limitless possibilities and vital new partnerships. The day-long Summit will bring together companies at the forefront of sustainable technology, academics at the center of groundbreaking research and investors at the helm of venture capital that have realized the challenges but also the opportunities within this global and critical issue.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and welcoming you as a partner!

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