ESG Impact
April 2023

ESG Impact

It is an economic imperative for leaders, investors and society to maximize the return on investment of ESG strategies. While having comprehensive sustainable business plans that navigate issues like climate change, stakeholder capitalism and DEI efforts are now table stakes for most organizations; some companies are ahead of the curve when it comes to these efforts. When it comes to investing, there are quantitative and qualitative ESG investment strategies that have proven success when it comes to returns and impact.

CNBC’s ESG Impact conference convenes corporate leaders and noted investors who are succeeding in the space to share their best ideas when it comes to the environment, sustainability and governance, where to invest and how to measure the impact.

Past Speakers

Daniel Gross

Daniel Gross is a venture capital, private equity and infrastructure investor focused on clean energy, climate tech, and other sustainable technologies. He currently serves as Director of the Amazon Climate Pledge Fund, a $2 Billion corporate venture capital fund established by Amazon.com. Mr. Gross also serves as a Lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches courses on renewable energy project finance at the Law School, the School of Management, and the School of the Environment. He was previously Chief Investment Officer of Climate Real Impact Solutions, a special purpose acquisition company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Gross was one of the founding Partners of Hudson Clean Energy Partners. Previously, he was a Vice President in the U.S. alternative energy investment group at Goldman Sachs. Prior to Goldman, Mr. Gross founded and headed the renewable energy investment group at GE Capital Energy Financial Services. Mr. Gross is a Fulbright Scholar and a three-time graduate of Yale University, from which he received a Masters in Environmental Management, M.B.A. and B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa).

Abigail Disney

Abigail E. Disney advocates for real changes to the way capitalism operates in today's world. She has worked with programs supporting low-income families, women's rights, and global poverty for thirty years. She is an activist and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker. Her latest film, “The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales,” which she co-directed with Kathleen Hughes, made its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. She is co-founder of Fork Films, a nonfiction media production company, which produces the podcast "All Ears," where host Abigail Disney interviews bold, solutions-oriented thinkers from the front lines of America's urgent inequality and race crises. She is the Chair and Co-Founder of Level Forward, a new breed storytelling company focused on systemic change through creative excellence, balancing financial and social returns. She created the nonprofit Peace is Loud, which uses storytelling to advance social movements and the Daphne Foundation, which supports organizations working for a more equitable, fair and peaceful New York City.

Ola Källenius

Ola Källenius has been a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG – now Mercedes-Benz Group AG - since January 1, 2015, and Chairman of the Board of Management since May 22, 2019. He is also Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG.
Ola Källenius was born on June 11, 1969, in Västervik/Sweden. After obtaining Abitur (university entrance examination) at Grammar School of Danderyd (Sweden), he did his military service in the Swedish army in 1988/89. From 1989 until 1993 he studied at the Stockholm School of Economics (Master in Finance and Accounting) and the CEMS Programm (Master of International Management) at the University of St. Gallen. He joined the former Daimler-Benz AG as Trainee within the International Management Associate Program in 1993.

Previous positions in the company:
Member of the Board of Management, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, 2017
Member of the Board of Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales, 2015
Member of the Divisional Board, Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales, Daimler AG, 2013
Vice President, Managing Director, Mercedes-AMG GmbH, Affalterbach, 2010
Vice President, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc., Tuscaloosa (USA), 2009
Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines Ltd., Brixworth (Great Britain), 2005
Executive Director, Operations, McLaren Automotive Ltd., Woking (Great Britain), 2003
Director, Procurement Mercedes-Benz Cars Powertrain, DaimlerChrysler AG, 2002
Director, Project Alliance, Procurement Mercedes-Benz Cars, DaimlerChrysler AG, 2001
Senior Manager, Procurement Mercedes-Benz Cars Engine Emission Management, DaimlerChrysler AG, 2000
Senior Manager, Corporate Controlling, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc., Tuscaloosa (USA), 1998
Manager, Corporate Controlling, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc., Tuscaloosa (USA), 1995

Sylvester Turner

Sylvester Turner is the Mayor of Houston in Texas.