2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Anne Hoskins
Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission

Anne Hoskins serves on Maryland Public Service Commission, where she regulates electric, gas, telecommunications and transportation network services. As a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Anne chairs the International Relations Committee and is a member of the NARUC Board of Directors and NARUC Committee on Gas. Prior to joining the Commission, Anne served as a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University through the Andlinger Center on Energy and the Environment where she conducted policy research on distributed generation. Anne previously worked in the areas of energy, environmental, and telecommunications policy and law through positions at the Public Service Enterprise Group, Verizon Wireless, Bell Atlantic, and the law firm of McCarter and English. Earlier in her career, Anne served as a policy adviser in the New Jersey Governor’s Office and managed economic policy initiatives at a Washington, D.C.-based policy research and advocacy organization.  Anne earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1994, a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1986 and a B.S. degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 1984. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey. 

Erika Karp
Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group

Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc.  The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration. In offering investment consulting and advising, investment banking, and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with asset owners, corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for companies around the world engaged in sustainable business practices.

 

Prior to founding Cornerstone, Karp was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, an advisor to the UN Global Compact's LEAD Board Development Program, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative’s Market-based Approaches track. Karp has been named among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne, the "GOOD 100” and the “Purpose Economy 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are Transforming Wall Street.”

John K.S. Wilson
Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement & Research, Cornerstone Capital Group

John K.S. Wilson is the Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement & Research at Cornerstone Capital Group.  John has over 18 years of experience in socially responsible investing and corporate governance.  He was Director of Corporate Governance for TIAA-CREF, the largest private pension system in the United States with assets under management of over $500 billion.  In this role, he oversaw the voting of proxies at CREF’s 8,000 portfolio companies and engaged in dialogue with corporate boards and management to promote sustainability and good corporate governance. He also writes and presents widely about the relevance of social responsibility to investment performance for academic, corporate and investor audiences.  Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in early 2008, John served as Director of Socially Responsible Investing for Christian Brothers Investment Services, an investment advisor to Catholic institutions.  In that role, he led the company’s shareholder advocacy, social screening, and proxy voting functions as well as participating in the company’s outreach to religious communities around the United States.

 

An Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School, John is also a member of the Advisory Council to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.  He is a past Vice-Chair of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and was a founding advisory committee member of the International SRI Working Group, a think tank serving social investing professionals.  John has also served on the Global Reporting Initiative’s Human Rights Working Group and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment Clearinghouse Steering Committee.  He has an MBA and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in English from Georgetown University.

Jan Stuart
Global Energy Economist, Credit Suisse 

Jan has been the Global Energy Economist at the Credit Suisse's Equities Research unit over the last four years. Previously, he worked at Macquarie Securities Group, where he was most recently the Co-Head of Global Commodities Research and Global Oil Economist. Prior to that, he was the Global Oil Economist at UBS Securities and has also held research positions with Fimat USA and ABN Amro, Inc. Jan holds an MA in International Relations from Boston University and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University. He received a BA in International Affairs from the American University in Paris, France.