Carl Ferenbach is Chairman & co-founder of High Meadows Foundation and High Meadows Fund.

Mr. Ferenbach was a co-founder of Berkshire Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm based in Boston, MA. He was previously a Managing Director.  Berkshire has managed nine private equity  investment funds and the Stockbridge Fund with approximately $16.0 billion of capital.  Mr. Ferenbach served as Chairman of the Board of English Welsh and Scottish Railway Ltd., US Can Corporation, and Crown Castle International Corporation.  He also served as a director of other Berkshire portfolio companies.

Mr. Ferenbach received an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He served in the US Marine Corps Reserve. In addition to chairing the High Meadows Institute board, Mr. Ferenbach also serves on the following boards:

  • Chairman, Environmental Defense Fund and Environmental Defense Fund Ltd., an international environmental advocacy NGO.
  • Member, President’s Advisory Council at Princeton University, the Advisory Board of Princeton Environmental Institute, and a retired trustee
  • Member of the Council of The Wilderness Society
  • Director, Climate Central
  • Chairman and co-founder, High Meadows Institute
  • Member of the Board of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics in Oxford, England
  • Trustee, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • Chairman, Woodrow Wilson Academy
  • Chairman, Cantillon & Mann LLC publishers of the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance
  • Director, Independent Energy Standards
  • Member, Advisory Board of Private Capital Research Institute
  • Director, Telluride Foundation

He and his wife, Judy, own High Meadows Associates, Inc. which operates farms in southern Vermont breeding horses and producing maple sugar products.

Chris PinneyChris Pinney is the High Meadows Institute’s founding President. The Boston-based Institute was established in 2013 to explore the role of business in defining a 21st century social contract that ensures economic and social progress for all in a global economy. Chris brings to the Institute over twenty-five years of experience working with C-suite executives nationally and internationally on this issue.

Prior to the Institute, Chris was Vice President at the Alliance for Business Leadership, a non-partisan alliance of CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors committed to defining a path forward for business leadership on sustainability. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, where he led the development of the Business and Society Leaders Forum.

Previously, Chris was Director of Research and Policy at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, where he worked with Global 300 companies on corporate strategy and sustainability.  He also served as Director of Executive Education and was the chief architect of the Center’s Corporate Citizenship Management Framework. As Adjunct Professor at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, Chris designed and taught the MBA curriculum on corporate citizenship as an integrated driver for business strategy.

Prior to joining Boston College, Chris was Director of the Imagine program in Canada, a national initiative that brought together Canada’s leading CEOs and over 600 companies in a campaign to define an expanded role for business leadership in Canada based around a set of principles and commitments. Chris also served as Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy.

Chris has an extensive background in international development and has served as Vice President of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and Chair of the Brussels-based International Council for Development Action.

Chris has a BA (Hons) from McGill University and is an RSA Fellow.

ElizabeLiz Bankowskith Bankowski has extensive experience in developing corporate social responsibility practices and in policy development in government. She was elected to the Board of Directors of Ben & Jerry’s in 1990, and also held a senior management position with primary responsibility for the company’s innovative corporate responsibility practices. She was one of the first executives in a public company to hold a senior position in corporate social responsibility. Following the acquisition of Ben & Jerry’s by Unilever in 2001, she left the company and provided consulting in corporate social responsibility and communication to a variety of businesses. She remains a Trustee of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation.

After serving for a number of years as a consultant to New Chapter, a natural and organic supplements company based in Brattleboro, Vermont, she joined the company’s Board. She served as Chair of the Board through the acquisition of the company by Procter & Gamble in 2012. She serves as Chair of the Board of The Windham Foundation, which in addition to various philanthropic programs, owns and operates the Grafton Village Cheese Company and The Grafton Inn.

She is a graduate of Boston College and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Jeffrey BerensonJeffrey L. Berenson, Chairman and CEO of Berenson & Company, has spent more than 35 years in the investment banking business. He joined White Weld & Co. in 1972 and joined the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Merrill Lynch following Merrill Lynch’s acquisition of White Weld in 1978. Berenson was appointed head of Merrill Lynch’s Mergers and Acquisitions Department in 1986 and co-headed Merrill Lynch’s Merchant Banking Group from 1988-1990. In 1990, he co-founded Berenson Minella & Company, the predecessor firm to Berenson & Company.

Berenson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from Princeton University in 1972.

 

 

 

Sheila Bonini

Sheila Bonini leads the private sector engagement team at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), overseeing a team of sustainability professionals supporting the organization’s conservation mission. She works with more than 100 companies on sustainability sourcing and awareness-raising, all with the goal of harnessing the power of the private sector as a force for conservation.

Sheila joined WWF from The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), a global organization focused on making consumer products more sustainable, where she served as Chief Executive Officer. In that capacity, she focused the organization on developing strategies and tools across the full product lifecycle that help to transform consumer goods supply chains. Prior to joining TSC, Sheila spent more than 15 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company in the US, Europe and South America. Sheila served as senior expert consultant and co-leader of McKinsey’s Sustainability Transformation Service, and her work focused on the link between social and environmental impact and financial value creation. Prior experience includes investment banking at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.

Sheila received an AB degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Don ChewDon Chew is the founding editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance (JACF), a publication he started almost 30 years ago. The JACF is a quarterly publication that communicates the practical import of the best current research in corporate finance, conducted mainly at leading universities. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas between finance academics and industry practitioners, the target audience, with the aim of increasing corporate managers’ understanding of financial markets. The JACF was acquired by Morgan Stanley in 2004, where Don worked until 2013.

Before joining Morgan Stanley, Don was one of the founding partners of Stern Stewart and Co., a New York-based corporate finance advisory firm started in 1982 that is best known for popularizing a measure of corporate performance called EVA. He has published over ten books on corporate finance, including The New Corporate Finance–Where Theory Meets Practice and (with Joel Stern) The Revolution in Corporate Finance, which are both widely used in business schools throughout the United States and Europe. Don has both a Ph.D. in English and an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester.

Tom DretlerA successful social entrepreneur, Thomas D. (Tom) Dretler is co-founder and CEO of Shorelight Education, which funds and manages joint-venture partnerships with universities.

Previously, Tom was executive in residence at Sterling Partners, a mission-driven private equity firm that invests in education, healthcare, and business services companies.

Tom currently serves as chair of the board of the Alliance for Business Leadership, as a trustee at Mass Bay Community College, and as a director and advisor on several other corporate and non-profit boards. From 1998–2011, Tom was President and Chief Executive Officer of Eduventures, Inc., where he built the leading information services company in the education sector. He also is the co-author of a recent Sterling Partners/Bain & Company white paper, The Financially Sustainable University.

Throughout his career, Tom has taken a leadership role in supporting business involvement in public sector issues. In the mid-1990s, he managed a Harvard Business School program on business involvement in public education, welfare-to-work, and urban investment. In the early 1990s, he served as a consultant to former President Jimmy Carter and was responsible for developing public-private partnerships in association with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. From 2007–2011, Tom served as the founding president of the Alliance for Business Leadership (formerly known as the Progressive Business Leaders Network). In 2007, Tom was named one of the “40 Under 40” business leaders to watch by the Boston Business Journal.

Tom is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Ken PuckerKenneth P. Pucker currently serves as an investor and board member in a number of consumer brands, a Lecturer at Boston University School of Management, and as an Advisory Director at Berkshire Partners.

Ken’s holdings include investments in Timbuk2 Designs and QUINN popcorn. In addition, Ken serves as a member of the faculty at Boston University School of Management teaching courses focused on sustainability. Ken’s teaching couples a practitioners’ perspective with systems thinking to define leadership paths for a landscape characterized by constrained natural capital, increasing transparency and greater consumer power.

Ken spent the majority of his professional career working at Timberland (formerly NYSE: TBL) serving as COO from 2000 to 2007. After joining the company in 1992, Ken served in multiple roles at Timberland over a fifteen-year period. During his tenure with the company, Timberland grew by ten fold to over $1.6b in sales. During this period, the company was recognized for nine consecutive years as one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies; as a Forbes magazine’s Platinum Investment and as a top ten ethical company according to Business Ethics magazine.

After graduating Cum Laude from Middlebury College, Ken worked as an Analyst in the Municipal Finance Department at Goldman Sachs and as a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Ken received a Masters of Science in Business Administration from M.I.T’s Sloan School of management in 1990.

George SerafeimGeorge Serafeim is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Accounting and Management Unit of the Harvard Business School. He has taught courses in the MBA and doctoral programs, chaired Executive Education programs, and written more than 100 articles and business cases. His work on how organizations integrate sustainability issues into their strategy, integrated reporting, and sustainable investing has won numerous awards and has been presented at more than 100 conferences and seminars in over 20 countries. He is one of the most popular business authors, according to download rankings of the Social Science Research Network.

Professor Serafeim’s research interests are international, focusing on equity valuation, corporate governance, and corporate reporting issues. His work has been published in prestigious academic and practitioner journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research, Management Science, Financial Analysts Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Harvard Business Review and has appeared in media outlets including Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Economist, The New York Times, and NPR. He has written more than thirty business cases on organizations from around the world. He is the co-author of a book on the transparency and valuation of insurance companies and the co-author of a study, commissioned by the European Union, that evaluated the relevance of public information disclosed during the transition of European companies to IFRS.

Professor Serafeim’s work with Robert Eccles on The Performance Frontier was recognized as “The Big Idea” at Harvard Business Review. He has served on the Technical Review Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings and on the Standards Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. He has advised numerous organizations around the world and he is a co-founder of KKS Advisors.

Professor Serafeim earned his doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School, where his dissertation was recognized with the Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research. He received a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded the Emeritus Professors’ Prize for best academic performance.