Speakers

Dr. Mark Bernstein has 25 years of experience pioneering innovative energy, environmental and sustainability solutions across academic, private, public and non-profit sectors. Mark is currently President of Earthshot a non-profit Mark co-founded that will Inspire people to take action on climate change through video gaming and augmented-reality immersive experiences. Mark has worked with, and advised, several cleantech startup companies over the past decade and over the years worked with major companies and institutions on sustainability and environmental justice efforts.

Mark has held various positions of influence including with the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy in the Clinton Administration where he helped develop efforts to bring advanced energy efficiency technologies to housing, worked on the Administration’s climate change technology strategies and including environmental justice metrics into government funded projects. As a Senior Researcher at the RAND Corporation his work on the economic benefits of energy efficiency to the State of California was instrumental in convincing the legislature to renew the energy efficiency benefits fund, and a report he led after Hurricane Katrina set the bar for understanding the devastation in Mississippi and how to rebuild and recover affordable housing along the coast.

Mark worked in the private sector with Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm, where he was instrumental in thought leadership and sustainable investment efforts, as well as the MWWPR group where he worked on sustainability marketing strategies. Mark’s project portfolio includes one of the first reports for the World Bank on the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions that helped set initial frameworks in use today, models of emissions trading and carbon sequestration that supported acid rain legislation in the Clean Air Act Amendments as well as California’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Christa Dodoo, CFM, FMP, CIWFM, CMQ/OE, Head of Facilities Management Services United Nations World Food Programme, is in charge of the facilities management services team, with responsibilities over HQ operations and maintenance engineering, workspace planning, audio/video services, events and global real estate support for more than 100 locations. Christa previously worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria; the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., USA; Stanbic Bank, U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Barclays Bank in Ghana. She holds a BSc Land Economy from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and an MSc Facilities Management from Salford University, Manchester, U.K.

Tensie Whelan, Clinical Professor for Business and Society, is the founder and Director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, where she brings 25 years of experience working on sustainability issues.  As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she built the organization from a $4.5 million to $50 million budget, transforming the engagement of business with sustainability, recruiting 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries. Her previous work included serving as Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, Vice President of the National Audubon Society, and Managing Editor of Ambio, a journal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences.

She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and corporate advisory boards for companies such as Unilever and Nespresso and currently serves on the advisory boards of ALO Advisors, Buzz on Earth, Giant Ventures, and Inherent Group. She was most recently appointed to the board of InvestIndustrial SPAC, and is an Advisor to the Future Economy Project for Harvard Business Review and is a member of the “Exploring the Future of Sustainable Production and Consumption” Working Group of the Council on Competitiveness. Tensie was awarded the Stern Faculty Excellence Award in 2020.

Karl Heitman, Founder and President at Heitman Architects Incorporated, specializes in creative design solutions for corporate real estate. Actively practicing in 12 states and 3 foreign countries, providing comprehensive design services from conceptual site assessments to building commissioning. Inspired by his unique understanding of latest ‘Manufacturing 4.0’ technologies, global supply chain demands, and universal digital connectivity; Karl has reimagined our cities based on manufacturing and distribution networks that directly link producers and consumers in ‘closed-loop’ local economies.  His recent publication DesignFlex 2030: Roadmap for Change, received national interest.

Karl currently leads the firm as Design Principal. He is an active member of the AIA: American Institute of Architects, and the USGBC: US Green building Council. He is well known for his environmentally focused practice. As an early member of the USGBC since 2002, he has designed over 8 Million SF of LEED Certified industrial buildings. Currently, Karl’s firm has under construction, a 900K Electric Bus / Truck manufacturing facility for LION Electric in Joliet IL. That project is designed as a very “high-end” showcase that blends their US Headquarter, with large scale electric vehicle showrooms, and their North American manufacturing plant.

On the boards, his firm is in the planning stages for “The Invert”, a 6-Million SF, sub-surface industrial facility that will achieve NET Zero for electrical consumption, and will approach a carbon neutral goal. The YouTube link below explains how this futuristic industrial facility is achievable today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UlORRpdJEQ

Stephen Ashkin, CEO and President of the Ashkin Group, LLC,  has worked in the professional cleaning industry since 1981 and on the issue of Green Cleaning since 1990.  He is considered the “Father of Green Cleaning” and the leader of the global Green Cleaning Movement. During the past 30+ years working on Green Cleaning, he has worked with leading product manufacturers, distributors and service providers; building owners and property management companies; trade and professional associations; government regulators; labor unions, activists, media and more in his efforts to move the global cleaning industry beyond Green products towards becoming Sustainable companies themselves.

Among his long list of activities, accomplishments and awards includes:

  • Member of the American National Standards Institute’s committee to develop the U.S. position on global sustainability reporting metrics.
  • Founding member of the US Green Building Council, past member of their national Board of Directors and primary author of the cleaning credits in the LEED-EBOM Rating System.
  • US Presidential Award recipient for his contribution to the development of the President’s Green Chemistry Awards Program.
  • Excellence Award Winner from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Children’s Health for his work to protect children from environmental threats, and recognized as US EPA’s Partner of the Year on multiple occasions for support of the Safer Choice Program.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Green Sports Alliance and author of their “Playbook” (guide) to help professional and collegiate sport facilities “green” their cleaning program.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Project Green Schools and coordinator of their partnership with Players for the Planet to bring professional athletes and students together on environmental issues.
  • Organizer of the Healthy Schools Campaign’s Leadership Council and author of their Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools.
  • Chairman of the ASTM Task Force that wrote the US national standard introducing the concept of “green” into the cleaning industry, and a member of numerous other standard development efforts including ISO, Green Seal, UL/EcoLogo and EPA’s Safer Choice
  • Author of 4 books including Green Cleaning for Dummies published by Wiley Press and The Business of Green Cleaning published by the IFMA Foundation; and has published or quoted in over 1,000 newspaper and magazine articles; and given over 400 presentations — all on the subject of Green Cleaning and Sustainability.

Scott Koloms, President/CEO of FMS pbc, the first certified B-Corporation janitorial service in the world, and Founder of Canopy, a non-profit aiming to make Kentucky first in the good business movement. Scott works to have a positive impact on people and communities through for-profit business and tries to inspire folks to unite with a common purpose of adopting employee, community, and environmentally conscious business models. His presentations focus on both his personal journey towards social entrepreneurship and the concepts behind FMS, an evolving for-profit social enterprise. FMS was recognized as a top 150 Impact Company in Real Leaders Magazine in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Stephen Ballesty FRICS, FAIQS, IFMA Fellow, CFM is an FMA Australia Life Member.  Stephen’s Sydney based consulting firm In-Touch Advisory connects stakeholders with sustainable solutions for the Built Environment across the property–construction–facilities life cycle.

Stephen is an Australian delegate for the ISO/TC 267 international FM standards initiative (ISO 41000) since 2012, ISO/TC-267’s global liaison to ISO/TC-251 (ISO 55000 asset management) since 2014.  In January 2020, ISO/TC 267 formed its SDG Task Group, which Stephen chaired, to determine the ISO 41000 series alignments to the UN’s SDGs and prepare a plan to enhance FM standards. ISO/TC 267 committed in 2021 to developing ISO/TR 41019 “The role of FM in sustainability and resilience” with Stephen as the Project Lead for the delivery of this pivotal international FM publication. He is also currently a member of IFMA Standards Committee and the Regional Director – Australasia for IFMA’s FM Consultant Council. Stephen is a former member of the IFMA’ Global Board of Directors and Past Chairman of FMA Australia, the IFMA Research Committee, and the IFMA Foundation.

Claudia Herbert Colfer  is Program Manager at the United Nations Global Compact USA, In this role, she develops and leads programs and initiatives that help over 900 American companies embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their core operations and do business responsibly. Before joining UN Global Compact Network USA, Claudia worked at Bain & Company, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the United States Council for Internationa Business (USCIB). Claudia is also the Founder & CEO of WASI (an IOS app that helps users change the world from the comfort of their own homes) and a Founding Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Queens Hub.

Claudia was recently selected to the Environment + Energy 100 list. She holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath, a Ma in Global Governance and International Diplomacy from Columbia University, and is currently completing a MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford.

Brian Boyle is a Strategy Associate on Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Sustainability Team located in Boston, MA. Brian works to drive changes toward more sustainable business practices by coordinating JLL’s corporate sustainability targets and managing their impacts. Furthermore, he facilitates JLL’s relationship to the UN Global Compact and the organization’s contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Brian has multiple years of experience in sustainability spanning graduate studies at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability and roles including an Analyst for Walton Sustainability Solutions, an Adviser to the City of Scottsdale, and a Consultant to USA Triathlon. Brian was born and raised near Anchorage, AK, which developed his passion for the natural environment and a desire to work in sustainability.

Dr. Qiuchen Lu is a Lecturer in Digital Built Asset and Facility Management at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and also the deputy programme leader for the MSc Digital Innovation in Built Asset Management (DIBAM), University College London (UCL), since August 2019. Before joining in UCL, Qiuchen was a research associate based at Asset Management Group, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), and also worked at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) and Centre of Digital Built Britain (CDBB), Department of Engineering, the University of Cambridge. During the past six years, Dr. Lu aims at establishing a completed story of digital twins in the built environment, including creating the geometrical digital twins, exploring research and implementations of digital twins and building new values of digital twins in different levels. She received her MPhil degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the PhD degree in the University of Hong Kong in 2014 and 2017 respectively.

Professor Michael Pitt is works closely with industry on projects related to facilities management (FM) linked to productivity and efficiency in the workplace with a particular focus on the office environment. Recent projects have included an examination of the impact of interior planting on productivity, waste management trends, life cycle management, the development of sustainability strategies and performance measurement systems. At the current time a cluster of research projects are running within the PFI supply chain at MOD Main Building in Whitehall. These projects are all partly funded by the private sector jointly with either the UK  Government or one of the UK research councils. In addition, Professor Pitt is engaged in FM developmental work, particularly in Malaysia and Thailand.

Shannon Jahn is a Green Workforce Liaison at City and County of Denver, Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency. She is passionate about energy and climate change, green workforce development, and creating career pathways to expand opportunities for individuals from under-resourced communities. Her mission is to build lasting relationships and partnerships with employers, training providers, and job seekers to ensure that “green jobs” are quality jobs. Prior to being with CASR, Shannon spent 2 years working in Denver’s Office of Economic Development creating opportunities for Denverites into IT and Healthcare careers.  She also spent over a decade in higher education at the University of Denver (DU).  In her role at DU she spent many years coaching students on how to explore academic pathways that supported educational and personal development goals.  Shannon holds a Master of Arts in Organizational and Professional Communications at University of Denver. Shannon thoroughly enjoys helping others and strives to find success for all.

Colette Temmink currently serves as Chief Strategy & Product Officer for Blue Skyre, Innovation in the Built Environment (BSI).  BSI provides a digital performance & operations platform providing data management and process automation for real estate portfolios. Colette oversees the strategy; product development and quality being delivered to customers to enhance their real estate performance.  Prior to cofounding BSI, Temmink was President of Property Services at Eden where she was responsible for enabling companies to seamlessly run and scale their real estate portfolios, using technology. Previously, Colette was Global Head of Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) for Cushman & Wakefield. There she also oversaw a platform of technical services that includes engineering, environmental health & safety, energy & sustainability, and critical systems. Temmink also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administration Officer at Apollo Education Group. Her responsibilities included leading the shared service organization, which included select HR and Finance business processes, sourcing, real estate, facilities and security functions. She also served as Vice President of Global Real Estate Operations for Oracle and a Vice President and General Manager at Johnson Controls. In addition, Colette has held positions as Vice President of Boeing Realty Corporation and Director of Shared Services Business Process Sourcing.

Temmink’s professional affiliations include Counselor of Real Estate (CRE®), Fellow Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Certified Property Manager (CPM), Masters of Corporate Real Estate (MCR), Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) and Certified Facility Manager (CFM). She is an editorial board member for the Corporate Real Estate Journal, Henry Stewart Publication. She has a master’s degree in Business Administration, International Finance from the American University, Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration – International Business from the American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.

Susan Angus, Executive Director of Commission on Voluntary Service &Action (CVSA) and publisher of INVEST YOURSELF: A Guide to Action, CVSA’s cornerstone periodic catalogue of volunteer opportunities with nongovernmental organizations across the US and internationally serving communities in need and striving for systemic solutions.  Ms. Angus also serves as CVSA’s United Nations NGO representative, since the  organization gained Special NGO Consultative Status to ECOSOC in 2013.  Prior to CVSA, Ms. Angus was a staff member of United Methodist Voluntary Service, a national program of the United Methodist Church – a job she took after one year as a student at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. She also had worked for over a decade as a volunteer organizer with community-based associations of the lowest paid workers in the U.S.

In January 2016, under Ms. Angus’s leadership, CVSA launched a nationwide Community Education Campaign for the Implementation of the 2030 SDGs to mobilize community level participation throughout the U.S. and is now eager to train many new volunteers to help build the awareness needed and mobilize the involvement needed to make the SDGs a reality in the U.S. as well as the rest of the world.

Irene Thomas Johnson, Global Account Executive | Executive Director | Workplace Dynamics, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).  Irene is responsible for the development and presentation of winning solutions for clients, including plant operations, project management, capital planning, real estate administration, and brokerage. These solutions include development of the organization staffing model, identifying detailed savings and improvement plans, technology solution, service delivery processes, tools and the financial analysis, and transition that demonstrates the value proposition to our clients.  Irene’s career spans over 25+ years of management and during this time she has had consistent leadership advancement and has earned a reputation as an industry expert in corporate real estate and integrated facilities management.  Irene has a strong and well-rounded background combining nearly 25 years of management, construction, retail, business, and education.  She believes in excellence and has always dedicated her talents and creative abilities to ensure the successful accomplishments of company goals. Irene is the 2nd Vice Chair of the IFMA Foundation.

Angela Johnson Culver  PE, PMP, FMP is an Americas’ Integrated Facility Management Services (IFS) Solutioning Director at ISS, a leading workplace experience and facility management company. She founded JAR Engineering & Consulting Firm, a firm that provides educational seminars and facility management consultations for Facility Management and Engineering, Building Operations and Construction. Prior to her current endeavors, she held multiple positions at Sodexo leaving as the Vice President of FM Service Development after 10 years and held multiple positions with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) managing over $3 billion in a variety of facility service contracts for Navy and Marine Corps bases. She is a licensed Professional Industrial Engineer and certified Project Manager with 16+ years in industrial engineering and facilities engineering across multiple industries. Additionally, she holds certifications as a Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) and Facility Management Professional (FMP). Her expertise is in implementing and managing facilities’ engineering programs that embrace environments of change, driving innovation through imagination, and exploring ways to challenge the organization to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage. Angela has been awarded several Special Act Awards from NAVFAC, the Modern-Day Technology Leader award from Black Engineer of the Year Award, and a Women Worth Watching Award from Diversity Journal. She is a NCEES volunteer to set cut scores for industrial engineer licensing exams, a member of the Project Management Institute, and a member of IFMA. She also serves as an IFMA Foundation Trustee and an Industry Advisory Board member for Rowan University’s Bachelor of Arts Construction Management.

Alexi Marmot PhD., M.C.P., M.Arch., B.Arch. Prof Emerita UCL is educated as an architect and urban planner. Alexi’s career covers both academic and professional roles as Professor of Facility & Environment Management in the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, UCL, Founding Director of UCL Global Centre for Learning Environments, Honorary Professor in University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning, and founding director of AMA Alexi Marmot Associates, a London-based consultancy specialising in evidence-based consultative design. Numerous universities, multinational companies, central and local government bodies, educational and charitable organisations, have been advised by Alexi and AMA colleagues on strategy, design, operations and change management for their learning environments, libraries, and workspaces.

She has authored many academic and professional papers and several books including co-editing Work on the Move 3: Building better workplaces after the pandemic. Alexi sits on the boards of several professional and educational bodies including the International Facility Management Association Foundation, Working Men’s College, the oldest extant college of adult education in the UK, and the Royal Female School of Art Foundation.