Winning the Sustainability Battle Through Innovation

Please join us and our friends at the Wharton Club of NJ for a discussion on Sustainability Innovation with leading experts. 

With COVID-19 inflicted turbulence, sustainability seems to be getting ever more awareness, urgency and resources.
However, overall macro evidence continues to indicate that we are falling behind, and perhaps at a faster rate. Why is this paradox? 

With growing number of dedicated minds, incubators, accelerators and funds, number of new innovative solutions are seeing explosive growth.

We also know that if we are to win the battle for sustainability, innovation, rather than government, has to play the central role. So then, what is holding things up? 

In this discussion, the panel will explore this paradox with perspectives from three experts and practitioners, bringing a global view. 

Points that will be covered: 
· March towards a sustainable world – the good news and the bad news
· Key barriers to success
· Potential roadmap – CARBON model
· Two case studies – Ecofiltro & The Last Well
· Call to action


Ratan Agarwal (Moderator): WG’94; Co-founder & Managing Partner, CARBON Group Global. With a professional career spanning nearly three decades in technology leadership, management consulting, incubating new businesses and portfolios, Ratan is channeling all this experience and energy in supporting innovative businesses through his participation in incubators, accelerators, angel investing, and sustainability acceleration platform called CARBON Group.

Philip Wilson, WG94
 – Founder & CEO, Ecofiltro. Phil has successfully built impact business called Ecofiltro whose immediate mission is to bring clean water sustainably to 1M rural families in Guatemala by the year 2025. He was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 by the Schwab Foundation of Switzerland and in the same year won the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open in San Diego, California and the G20 Social Business Challenge in Los Cabos, Mexico. Ecofiltro has delivered over 500,000 Ecofiltros to date that have benefited over 2.5M people in Mexico and Central America. In 2020 Ecofiltro became a B Corp. Through his own life-journey, starting with a traditional NGO, and then transitioning to a market-based model, Phil is the biggest champion of market-based social impact models to solve the world’s problems.

Dr. Todd Phillips
 – Founder & President, The Last Well. A pastor by training, Todd has led the pioneering work for the last eleven years to bring basic clean water access to an entire nation for the first time in history – Liberia – one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. Along the way, they did the groundbreaking work of using grounds-up data intelligence and analytics to build a fuller view of the population, leverage of ecosystem of NGOs and local churches, and $30m+ in successful capital raise.

Gary Cohen – Gary Cohen is the former Chairman of IBM Africa and General Manager of the Global Communications Sector for IBM. Currently Board of Trustees at Northern Westchester Hospital; Chair of Board at CARBON Group; His family runs an AIDS-focused clinic in South Africa through the charity Gift of Hope USA; Advisory Council Member for Africa Leadership Academy. 

Upon receiving your registration we will email you the Zoom access information 24-48 hours prior to the event.

Please plan to arrive on Zoom at 5:45 pm to allow admission time. Registration will close at 12 noon on January 27, 2021.

January 27, 2021 at 6:00pm - 8pm



Alumni Leadership Team

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$10.00 General/Guest Ticket: Winning the Sustainability Battle