Yale School of Management

The Path to Resilient Prosperity

Friday, January 10, 2 p.m.

This panel of global thought leaders will explore the private sector’s role in protecting and enhancing the human and natural systems that provide the energy, water, food, land, and wide range of other goods and services upon which we all rely. Areas of discussion include:

  • What are new business models that can profitably address the world’s most significant environmental and social issues?
  • How can the private sector’s stated aspirations for sustainable resource management become actions that are integrated into everyday business decisions?
  • How can society accelerate an understanding of our collective reliance on the world’s natural wealth and transform our ability to sustainably manage resources for a new era of resilient prosperity?

Sir Peter Crane
Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean & Professor of Botany, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 

Bradford S. Gentry
Professor in the Practice & Faculty Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale School of Management

Peter Bakker
President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Frances Beinecke YC '71, FES '74
President, Natural Resources Defense Council

Pavan Sukhdev
Founder-CEO, GIST Advisory


Sir Peter CraneSir Peter Crane

Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean & Professor of Botany
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Dean Crane graduated with his B.Sc and Ph.D. degrees from University of Reading, United Kingdom. His work focuses on the diversity of plant life: its origin and fossil history, current status, and conservation and use. From 1992 to 1999 he was director of the Field Museum in Chicago with overall responsibility for the museum’s scientific programs. During this time he established the Office of Environmental and Conservation Programs and the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, which today make up the Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo). From 1999 to 2006 he was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, one of the largest and most influential botanical gardens in the world. His tenure at Kew saw strengthening and expansion of the gardens’ scientific, conservation, and public programs. Dean Crane was elected to the Royal Society (the U.K. academy of sciences) in 1998. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a member of the German Academy Leopoldina. He was knighted in the U.K. for services to horticulture and conservation in 2004. Dean Crane currently serves on the Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.


Bradford GentryBradford S. Gentry

Professor in the Practice & Faculty Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale School of Management

Mr. Gentry’s work explores the opportunities for using private investment to improve environmental performance. He works both across and within particular sectors/problems. The cross-sectoral work focuses on the steps policy makers can take to help develop opportunities for sustainable investments, including market frameworks, information systems, and shared investments/ partnerships. The sectoral work is concentrated in three major areas: increasing private investment in the delivery of urban environmental services (particularly drinking water and sanitation), sustainable forest management, and cleaner energy. Projects in all these areas are undertaken across a range of contexts from New Haven, to developing country megacities and to wilderness forest systems. He has written extensively on the links between private investment and environmental performance, including the book Private Capital Flows and the Environment: Lessons from Latin America.


Peter BakkerPeter Bakker

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Peter Bakker joined the WBCSD in January 2012 after having been involved as a member for a number of years in his role as CEO of TNT NV, the Netherlands based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post.

Peter is a respected leader in corporate responsibility. He is the recipient of Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009 and the SAM Sustainability Leadership Award in 2010, and is a UN WFP Ambassador Against Hunger.

In addition to his role at the WBCSD, Peter is the Chairman of War Child Netherlands; a Co-Chair in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN-LN); Council member for China Council for International Cooperation (CCICED); and Deputy Chairman for International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

Peter holds a masters degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the HTS Alkmaar.


Frances BeineckeFrances Beinecke YC '71, FES '74

Natural Resources Defense Council

Frances Beinecke is the president of NRDC. NRDC, one of the United States' most influential environmental action groups, uses law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to advance comprehensive solutions to today's biggest environmental challenges.

Under Ms. Beinecke's leadership, the organization has launched a new strategic campaign that sharply focuses NRDC's efforts on establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world's oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water.
Ms. Beinecke has worked with NRDC for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming the president in 2006, Ms. Beinecke served as the organization's executive director for eight years. Under her years of leadership, NRDC's membership has doubled and the staff has grown to more than 400. She also worked as a member of NRDC's Water & Coastal Program, fighting to protect marine ecosystems from offshore oil and gas development and advocating for sound coastal land use.

In addition to her work at NRDC, Frances was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She has played a leadership role in several other environmental organizations. She currently serves on the boards of the World Resources Institute, the Energy Future Coalition, and Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. She has been a member of the boards of the Wilderness Society, the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development, and the New York League of Conservation Voters.

Ms. Beinecke received a bachelor's degree from Yale College and a master's degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She now co-chairs the Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry, is a member of the Yale School of Management's Advisory Board and a former member of the Yale Corporation.

Ms. Beinecke has received the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Annual Conservation Award from the Adirondack Council, and the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society.


Pavan SukhdevPavan Sukhdev

GIST Advisory

Pavan Sukhdev is Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, a consulting firm specializing in evaluating externalities at the micro an macro levels, and a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, where he was awarded their 2011 McCluskey Fellowship and wrote his book “Corporation 2020”. The book and associated campaign “Corporation 2020” envisions the corporation of the future – one with positive rather than negative externalities, and presents action plans for rapid reforms in performance reporting, advertising rules, leverage controls and resource taxation to transform business for tomorrow’s world. Earlier, Pavan was Study Leader for the G8+5 commissioned project “TEEB” (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), a global study of the economic benefits of ecosystems and the social and economic implications of their loss and degradation. Pavan is a career banker, and delivered TEEB’s Interim Report in 2008 whilst still working full time as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, where his last assignment was to set up a leading front-office offshoring operation for their Global Markets division. He then joined UNEP to lead the writing of TEEB’s Final Report suite, and to head UNEP’s ‘Green Economy Initiative’. Pavan is now a Goodwill Ambassador to UNEP. “Environmental Finance” magazine selected Pavan as their “Personality of the Year” for 2010. The Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM), UK, awarded Pavan their 2011 Medal. Pavan recently won the 2013 “Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development” for his work on bringing policy recognition for valuing nature’s services.


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