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Earth Day 2010

Brandeis IBS to explore “Clean and Green” approaches to energy issues and corporate sustainability
February 1, 2010

In an effort to advance a deeper understanding of the impact of environmental and energy concerns on business strategy, Brandeis International Business School (IBS) is hosting two days of free public events featuring prominent leaders from government and industry who will address issues surrounding  “Clean and Green” initiatives both here and abroad.

On April 29th, from 3:30 - 5:00PM in the Thomas H. Lee Lecture Hall, the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance at Brandeis IBS is hosting a three-person panel dedicated to exploring “Clean and Green: Business, Policy, or Slogan?”  Featured speakers will include Herbert Magid, managing partner of Energy Investors Fund (EIF); Rob Pratt, CEO of Energy Climate Solutions; and Kellogg L. (Kelly) Warner, founder and CEO of Deerpath Energy.  Moderating the panel will be IBS faculty members John Ballantine and Warren Leon.

At the panel, Magid will tap into his more than 30 years of experience in the financing, development, and operation of power assets in the energy industry. In addition to providing leadership at Energy Climate Solutions, Pratt chairs the board of the International Institute for Energy Conservation and is Treasurer of the Alliance to Save Energy. Warner's  firm is a venture-backed company developing community-scale renewable energy projects using micro-wind turbine technologies.  He was formerly CEO of the consulting firms KEMA Inc. and XENERGY.  

On April 30th, from 3:00 – 4:30PM (with a networking reception at 4:30pm) in the Thomas H. Lee Lecture Hall, the Business Consulting Club of Brandeis IBS is hosting an Executive Roundtable entitled “Beyond the Smart Grid: Opportunities for Leadership and Innovation.” Leading experts and thought-leaders will discuss the critical role of energy in achieving corporate sustainability.  Roundtable participants will include the Honorable Philip Giudice, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, David O’Connor, Senior Vice President of ML Strategies, and Douglas Horan, Senior Vice President of NSTAR.  Joel L. Singer, IBS professor and managing partner of Boston Digital Ventures, will moderate.

The roundtable will consist of an interactive discussion between students who have been doing extensive research on emerging issues impacting the development of clean energy in New England and industry leaders who are active in shaping policy and driving business growth.  Attendees will hear how changes in the energy industry are creating opportunities for innovation and leadership, as corporations across New England seek to create corporate sustainability as basis of competitive advantage.  A networking reception will follow.

The two events represent a continuation of Brandeis International Business School’s Global Green Initiative, a multidisciplinary program in research and education dedicated to innovative thinking in corporate sustainability. Both panels are free and open to the public; however seating is limited. To RSVP for the April 30th event, please send an email to by April 28th

Brandeis IBS is known for its pioneering academic work in international business, finance and economics, and for preparing principled leaders for the global economy.  It now enrolls nearly 500 students from more than 70 countries in distinctive MBA, MA, MSF and PhD programs.  In 2008, the School launched a new program for aspiring leaders in the field of corporate sustainability: the MBA in Socially Responsible Businessknown as the Global Green MBA. The School’s academic success in global business education has been recognized by The Princeton Review and The Economist Intelligence Unit in their rankings of the best MBA programs offered in the United States and worldwide, respectively.