Barbara-Anne Bensted has had a successful international, multi-industry career in enabling organisations to achieve sustainable business transformations through the adoption of leading technologies, process and organisational behavioural changes. Barbara-Anne is currently Cap Gemini’s VP for Digital Transformations. Previous to that Barbara-Anne was Partner, Digital Delta, Energy & Natural Resources for KPMG.
In his position as the Senior Director of Global Sustainability for McDonald’s Corporation, Mr. Olson is responsible for leading the advancement of sustainability strategies for McDonald’s supply chain, restaurants and communities reaching more than 69 million customers daily in over 35,000 McDonald’s restaurants worldwide.
Prior to joining McDonald’s, Mr. Olson was the Director of Sustainability for Darden Restaurants, the largest full-service restaurant company in the world and holder of well-known brands such as Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille. Ian started his career in sustainability and established Ford Motor Company’s Supply Chain Sustainability Office, integrating sustainability strategies and supporting a $90 billion supply chain.
Mr. Olson is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Northwestern University teaching graduate level courses focused on supply chain resiliency and sustainability. He has been featured in Fast Company as an innovative business leader, recognized as a GreenBiz Mover and Shaker, minority investor in 2Toms Brewery and member of a world championship competition BBQ team.
Mr. Olson holds a BA in Economic Policy and an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.
Mr. Thomas is a licensed mechanical and civil engineer in California, with 30 years working in the water,
nuclear, petroleum, and aircraft industries the past 18 years at Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California. In his current role as a capital programs manager, he oversees teams responsible
for Capital Investment Plan (CIP) management, construction contracts, project controls, and engineering
Ramsay Huntley is Wells Fargo’s Climate Strategy and Innovation Leader and a member of the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility leadership team. In this role, he works with business partners to develop new opportunities that support Wells Fargo’s $200 billion sustainable finance commitment to lead the transition to a low carbon economy. Ramsay is also responsible for the bank’s cleantech philanthropy programs, including Innovation Incubator (IN2) in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Kristopher Sanchez serves as the Interim Executive Director for the State of Nevada, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Mr. Sanchez, previously worked as GOED’s Director of International Trade and a Congressional staffer in the United States House of Representatives.
Louise has been Chief Executive Officer of Urban Utilities since 2012, and prior to this, was the utility’s founding Chief Financial Officer. Preceding Urban Utilities’ formation, Louise held several senior management roles at Brisbane City Council, including Executive Manager Water Retail, where she helped facilitate Australia’s largest water sector transition that merged five local government water and sewerage businesses into Australia’s fourth largest water retailer (Urban Utilities). Prior to joining Brisbane City Council, Louise spent 17 years with leading accounting and advisory firm, KPMG. Louise is the President of the Australian Water Association and a director on the boards of WaterAid Australia and WaterStart. As well as being a Chartered Accountant, Louise holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an Engineering Executive.