Participants for Engineering & Humanity Week 2012

Following is a list of speakers, panelists and musicians for 2012 Engineering & Humanity.  


Vijay Govindarajan, Dartmouth College

Vijay Govindarajan is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. He is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He worked with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt to write “How GE is Disrupting Itself”, the Harvard Business Review article that pioneered the concept of reverse innovation – any innovation that is adopted first in the developing world. Harvard Business Review rated reverse innovation as one of the ten big ideas of the decade.


Annie Griffiths, National Geographic Photographer, Founder Ripple Effect Images

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed on every continent during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.

In addition to her magazine work, Annie is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. She is the Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document the programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change.

With author Barbara Kingsolver, she produced Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, a book celebrating the last pristine wilderness in North America. Proceeds from the book have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for grassroots land conservation. In 2008, Annie published A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel, a photo memoir about balance, and the joy of creating a meaningful life. In 2010, she published Simply Beautiful Photographs, which was named the top photo/art book of the year by Amazon and by Barnes and Noble. Annie is currently at work on three new books.


Sonal Shah, Former Director of Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation, The White House

Sonal Shah is a fellow with the Tides Foundation focusing on bringing capital markets to the social sector and leveraging technology and innovation to solve social problems. This entrepreneur and innovator served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the first White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Sonal also served on President Obama's Transition Board overseeing and leading the Technology, Innovation, Government Reform group in setting up the government. Before joining the White House, she led Google’s global development initiatives for its philanthropy,, leveraging technology and information to help the world’s poor. Prior to Google, Sonal was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs Inc. where she worked with the Chairman and CEO to develop and manage the firm’s environmental strategy.

Sonal has also started and managed non-profits. She is co-founder of Indicorps, an international non-profit which offers fellowships for the Indian diaspora around the world. Sonal also helped set up the Center for Global Development, a leading development think tank in Washington DC. She worked at the Center for American Progress and also as an economist at the Department of Treasury, where she directed the office for African Nations, worked on the Asian Financial Crisis, and assisted in the post-conflict development in Bosnia and Kosovo.


Jeff Ball, Stanford University, Former Environment Editor for the Wall Street Journal

Jeffrey Ball, until recently The Wall Street Journal’s environment editor, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Ball spent more than a decade at the Journal writing about energy and the environment, in particular about the economic viability of changing the way the world consumes fossil fuels. He covered the auto industry for the Journal out of its Detroit bureau, and the oil industry from the paper’s Dallas bureau. In 2009, he wrote a Journal column called Power Shift, which won an award from the National Press Foundation for its coverage of the changing energy and environmental landscape. He spent most of 2010 covering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, focusing on questions about the spill’s environmental effect.

Also at the Journal, Ball created and was the founding editor of Environmental Capital, a blog on energy and the environment. He helped conceive, and was a host and moderator of, ECO:nomics, an annual conference on energy and the environment that brings together chief executives, policymakers, and other leaders in the field. In addition, Ball helped host the Journal’s CEO Council, a group of global chief executives who meet annually in Washington to discuss policy issues and make recommendations for federal action.


Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Author "Reinventing Fire"

Physicist Amory Lovins is Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (, an independent, non-profit, think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources. An advisor to major firms and governments in over 50 countries for the past four decades, he authored 31 books—his most recent is the acclaimed Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy selected him as one of the 100 top global thinkers.

Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he is a former Oxford don, an honorary U.S. architect, a Swedish engineering academician, a member of the National Petroleum Council, and a Professor of Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has taught at nine other universities, most recently Stanford University’s School of Engineering.

Amory is the recipient of the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 11 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards. Amory coauthored the business classic, Natural Capitalism. Other significant works include: Small Is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Making Electrical Resources the Right Size and the Pentagon-co-sponsored Winning the Oil Endgame


Alex Betts, University of Oxford, Refugee Studies Center

Dr. Alexander Betts is University Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies in the Department of International Development, at the University of Oxford, where he was previously the Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations. He has also been Director of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Global Migration Governance Project and a Senior Researcher at the Global Economic Governance Programme. His research focuses on the international politics of asylum and migration, with a geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Alex is author or editor of numerous books, including Forced Migration and Global Politics, Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime, Global Migration Governance, Refugees in International Relations (with Gil Loescher), and UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection (with Gil Loescher and James Milner). He has worked for The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and as a consultant to the Council of Europe, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Commonwealth Secretariat. His work has been funded by, amongst others, the MacArthur Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Economic and Social Research Council. He has held teaching and research positions at Stanford University and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.


Sanjay Rawal, Documentary Filmmaker

Sanjay Rawal has more than a decade’s experience in managing corporate social responsibility, philanthropic and government endeavors both domestically and abroad. He has a background in agriculture and is Vice President of California Hybrids, his father's specialty tomato and pepper breeding company. Sanjay was introduced to film as a consultant to the producers on the award-winning doc Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which chronicled the peace movement led by 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee. Sanjay’s first short doc, Ocean Monk, won Best Short Documentary Film (FestivalsOnline) at the 2010 St Louis Intl Film Festival. His second film, Challenging Impossibility, about the weightlifting exploits of spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and has played at 75 festivals since then, winning best short documentary film at the Atlanta Shortsfest, Duke City DocFest and DocMiami. Sanjay is currently directing a film on farm labor entitled Food Chain, with an anticipated release date of fall 2012.


Jack L. Sinclair, EVP Food Division, Walmart


Jack Sinclair is executive vice president of the grocery division for Walmart Stores Division. He has responsibility for overall grocery strategy for Wal-Mart Stores U.S. In addition, he works to integrate planning, category management, store experience, and private brand development into the grocery business unit. Jack has worked in the retail food business since 1982. He began his career as a trainee at Shoppers’ Paradise in the United Kingdom. He has also worked for Tesco and Safeway PLC, where he eventually served on the board of directors that lead the merger of Safeway PLC and Morrison’s. He has served as the European development director for SB Capital, partnering with banks, private financiers, and private equity houses to assess, advise and implement strategic retail acquisitions. He joined Wal-Mart from McCurrach, a U.K.-based field merchandising business. Sinclair earned a bachelor's degree in economics and marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.


Greg Asbed, Coalition of Immokalee Works

Greg Asbed is a Co-Founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-based human rights organization. He works with farmworkers and their student, labor, and religious allies to organize the national Campaign for Fair Food, a worker-based approach to corporate accountability in the agricultural industry. He coordinates the CIW's negotiating team in talks with food industry leaders, negotiating "Fair Food" agreements with multi-billion-dollar retail food corporations, including McDonald's, Subway, Sodexo, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's. He is currently leading the effort to develop new farm labor standards in collaboration with leaders of the Florida tomato industry through ongoing implementation of the CIW's Fair Food Code of Conduct. He is a member of the team that developed and established the Fair Food Standards Council, the third-party monitoring organization that ensures compliance with the code through audits and complaint investigation and resolution. Greg is one of the authors featured in the textbook Bringing Human Rights Home: Portraits of the Movement. He has an M.A. in International Economics and Social Change and Development from Johns Hopkins and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. He has also spent the past 15 seasons harvesting watermelons in the states of Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and Maryland.


Gerardo Reyes-Chavez, Coalition of Immokalee Works

Gerardo Reyes-Chavez has worked in the fields since age 11, first as a peasant farmer in Zacatecas, Mexico, and then in the fields of Florida picking oranges, tomatoes, and watermelon. He joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) shortly after his arrival in the United States in 2000, when his fellow farm worker roommates, who had previously escaped a violent slavery operation hidden in the swamp south of Immokalee, FL, invited him to come to the CIW’s Wednesday evening community meetings. Since then Gerardo has been a key leader of the CIW, his work focusing both at the community level, mobilizing the Immokalee community around national actions in the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food, and more broadly at the consumer level across the country, raising awareness in support of the Campaign through presentations, workshops, and speeches. Gerardo has helped investigate several modern-day slavery operations, including going undercover to work on tomato farms and interviewing workers who have escaped from violent, brutal operations. He is today a key member of the CIW’s negotiating team in talks with retail food and tomato industry leaders and has been instrumental in forging many of the CIW’s Fair Food agreements. Gerardo also helps to run Radio Conciencia, the low-power community radio station through which the CIW is creating a space to share the diversity of cultures, languages, and experiences that make up Immokalee.


David & Barry Steingard, Laughing Man Coffee & Tea

Barry is a close friend of Hugh Jackman. Hugh’s visit to Ethiopia and his friendship with Dukale, a local coffee farmer, inspired the vision for Laughing Man Coffee & Tea. The two came together on this idea in a moment of synchronicity. While attending A Street Car Named Desire in Brooklyn, Barry (a 25-year veteran in the coffee and restaurant business) mentioned to Hugh that he and his son, David, were getting back into the coffee business. Returning from Ethiopia and wanting to tell Dukale's Story, Hugh asked Barry if he wanted a partner.

David was born and raised in New York City. He left his job as a criminal prosecutor in Brooklyn to return to his entrepreneurial roots and run the day-to-day business of Laughing Man. His wide array of experience in marketing, sales, law, writing, travel and his sincere interest in meeting and being of help to others provides a solid foundation from which to lead Laughing Man. He is proud and honored to be part of the Laughing Man team and join the good company of other businesses that believe commerce and community can grow together for the benefit of all.


Carl Hodges, The Seawater Foundation

Carl Hodges is Founder and Chairman of The Seawater Foundation which uses seawater, photosynthesis and human intelligence to green coastal deserts, create communities, generate wealth and abundance, and provide immediate and long-lasting planetary ecological balance. Carl is an internationally known scientist and a generator of new ideas. An atmospheric physicist and mathematician, the result of his research was seen in Seawater Farms Eritrea (SFE), an integrated agricultural and aquacultural farm in Eritrea, Africa. Leading to this achievement, has been a history of controlled environment agriculture in the Middle East and the Americas, the Land Pavilion at EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World in Florida, scientific consultant on Biosphere 2 and many associations with corporations such as Coca Cola, Disney, Kraft Foods, W.R. Grace, and Lufthansa.

Through his leadership, The Seawater Foundation has designed Integrated Seawater Agriculture Systems (ISAS) in, Mexico, Egypt, Oman, and the U.S. and has developed a number of salt–tolerant crops that could replace wheat, rice, and soybeans. His work has been acknowledged in publications worldwide. Over 500 articles have been written about Carl and his work over the years, from Time magazine to the Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair.


Cynthia Smith, Curator, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Cynthia Smith serves as Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Curator of Socially Responsible Design. Trained as an industrial designer, for over a decade she led multidisciplinary planning and design projects for cultural institutions. After earning a graduate degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she joined Cooper-Hewitt, where she integrates her work experience with her advocacy and activism on human rights and social justice issues. She co-authored The Politics of Genocide: U.S. Rhetoric vs. Inaction in Dafur for the Kennedy School Review; co-curated the 2010 National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?; curated both the 2007 Design for the Other 90% exhibition and the 2011 Design with the Other 90%: CITIES displayed at the United Nations Headquarters. This effort has taken her around the world, researching informal settlements in emerging and developing economies. Named a “20/20 New Pioneer” by Icon design magazine and one of Metropolis magazine’s “next generation of young curators,” she has served on international design juries and lectured widely on socially responsible design.


Casius Pealer, Oystertree Consulting

Casius Pealer is Principal of Oystertree Consulting L3C, a mission-driven limited liability corporation that provides real estate advisory services focusing on affordable housing. Oystertree specializes in efforts to use green building as a tool to achieve long-term affordable housing solutions. TexEnergy and U.S. Eco Logic in Dallas, TX are key clients with deep expertise in energy efficiency and practical solutions to performance and verification.

Trained as an architect and a real estate attorney, Casius has 15 years of community development experience, including five years as legal counsel for public housing authorities across the country implementing mixed-finance redevelopment projects. Casius served as the first Director of Affordable Housing at the U.S. Green Building Council and is a Senior Sustainable Building Advisor for the Affordable Housing Institute in Boston, MA.

Casius is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Tulane University's Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development (MSRED) program in New Orleans, LA. He has been published in the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, the AIA Journal of Architecture, and Architectural Record in addition to speaking regularly at professional conferences nationwide. Casius holds a Masters in Architecture from the Tulane School of Architecture and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.


Keith Lebowitz, Emmy Award Winning Journalist

Keith Lebowitz is a two-time Emmy Award winning journalist for Outstanding Sports Reporting who has served as a Main Anchor for Fox Sports Net, NBC, CBS, and other television networks and cable outlets. He also produced, wrote, and hosted “Season of Speed,” an Emmy Award-winning, 11-hour-long NASCAR show. Keith also served as Vice President of Marketing for Oryon Technologies, an innovative company that provided an electroluminescent light solution that was bendable, flexible and washable. The company lit the costumes for the Disney Motion Picture Tron Legacy. Most recently, he helped create a television show entitled “Eat More Chocolate.”

Throughout his career, Keith has provided voiceovers and commercial talent for some of the largest companies in the world including Wal-Mart, Energizer, Fuji-Film, Castrol, and Dean Foods. He hosted Fox Sports’ Afternoons with Keith Lebowitz on Fox Sports Radio 1190 and has covered major sporting events, including several Super Bowls, NBA finals, Stanley Cup finals, World Series’, PGA Tour events, and World Cup Soccer. While anchoring at Fox Sports Southwest, he was part of a team of anchors and reporters that won a Katie Award for Best in Texas.


Luciano Calestini, Kosovo Innovations Lab

Luciano Calestini was born in Sydney, Australia to a New Zealand mother and an Italian father. He spent his childhood equally between those three countries, completing his education in Australia before accepting a short-term mission to southern Sudan in the late 1990s to join the famine response. Thirteen years later, the three-month mission continues and since Sudan, Luciano has lived and worked in East Timor (in the aftermath of the 1999 referendum), Kosovo (following the 1999 NATO intervention), Afghanistan (in the period subsequent to the 9/11 attacks), the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and three years in Iraq. He has also been deployed on several short-term assignments to support emergency response, including Haiti, at the time of the cholera outbreak, and Libya, in the period of the fall of the Gaddhafi regime.

Since April 2010, he has been based once more in Kosovo where he will spend at least three years working with the UNICEF team to help secure the futures of Kosovo's young people (see Resources for more information on the Kosovo Innovations Lab). Luciano graduated in International Relations from the University of Sydney and has a Masters of International Development from RMIT University in Melbourne. He has just begun a second masters, this time in Public Policy Management with the University of York in the UK.


Paula Broadwell, Author, Expert in Leadership and Security Policy

Paula Broadwell is a research associate at Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. She spent much of the past year in Afghanistan as an embedded author, building upon her previous two-year pursuit of a doctoral dissertation: a study in transformational leadership and organizational innovation influenced by U.S. Army General David Petraeus. Her work culminated in the book, In All In: The Education of General David Petraeus (with Vernon Loeb), which examine Petraeus’s career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.

Broadwell's passion for leadership and security policy stems from her background in the U.S. military and her academic pursuits. She graduated with academic and leadership honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She has lived, worked, or traveled in over 60 countries during more than 15 years of military service and work in geopolitical analysis and counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. She has completed assignments with the U.S. intelligence community, U.S. Special Operations Command and an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. She remains active in international women's counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, and conflict resolution efforts as well as veteran support organizations, especially the fitness-oriented Team Red White and Blue.


Hunter L. Hunt, President and CEO, Hunt Consolidated Energy

Hunter Hunt is President and CEO of Hunt Consolidated Energy, the holding company for Hunt Oil Company, Hunt Refining Company, and Hunt Power. Hunt Oil Company was founded in 1934 and is one of the largest privately-owned energy companies in the world. Hunt Power was established in 1998 to seek opportunities in the utility industry. Hunt Power created Sharyland Utilities, L.P., a Texas-based transmission and distribution electric utility, which was the first new regulated electric utility created in the U.S. in over 30 years. Sharyland Utilities is currently developing a 300-mile electric transmission project to bring wind power from the Panhandle region of Texas into the major metropolitan areas. Prior to joining Hunt Consolidated, Hunter worked with the investment bank Morgan Stanley from 1990 to 1998, both in corporate finance and commodity trading. Hunter graduated from SMU summa cum laude with degrees in both economics and political science.