Collaborative Biographies

Christopher AdkinsChristopher Adkins

Christopher Adkins is Director of the Undergraduate Business Program at The College of William & Mary (Mason School of Business) in Williamsburg, Virginia. He joined the business program in 2002.  As an educator, Dr. Adkins seeks to develop innovative educational programs that inspire students to excellence in business and in social responsibility.  In his research, Dr. Adkins explores the educational implications of research in cognitive neuroscience and social psychology, particularly in the areas of ethical decision-making, sustainability, and experiential learning. Current research projects include: an empathy-based model of ethical decision-making in business; the role of memory and emotions in analytical and intuitive decision-making; and the psychology of sustainability and implications for inspiring individual and communal actions. Dr. Adkins holds a bachelor's degree and PhD from The College of William & Mary, and a Master's degree from Boston College.

Ragna BellRagna Bell

Ragna Bell is the Global Lead for Strategy at the IBM Institute for Business Value. She was Program Director for the recently published 2010 Global CEO Study and the IBM Student Future Leaders Study, the most recent of numerous studies she has published on key business topics such as business model innovation, enterprise transformation, and global integration.  Ms. Bell has over 15 years of international consulting and strategy development experience with IBM and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, helping top tier financial services and professional services organizations develop business strategies, particularly strategic mergers & acquisitions,customer segmentation strategies, market analysis, and corporate transformation. She has an in-depth understanding of the financial markets and wealth management industry with a focus on strategic issues as well as operations and technology implications. Ms. Bell holds an MSc Econ. from the London School of Economics and a Diplom in Politics and Economics from the Free University of Berlin, Germany.

Mary GentileMary Gentile

Mary C. Gentile is Director of Giving Voice To Values and Senior Research Scholar at Babson College; Senior Advisor, The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program; and an independent consultant based in Arlington, MA. Previously Dr. Gentile was a faculty member and manager of case research at the Harvard Business School.  Dr. Gentile is creator and Director of the business curriculum, Giving Voice To Values, a pioneering approach to values-driven leadership that has been featured in FinancialTimes, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, strategy=business, etc and is being piloted in over 100 business schools and organizations globally ( ). Yale University Press has just released her book, GivingVoice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right ( While at Harvard Business School (1985-95), Dr. Gentile was one of the principal architects of the innovative educational program, Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, which served to integrate Business Ethics into the Harvard graduate management curriculum.  Dr. Gentile holds a bachelor's degree from The College of William & Mary, and an MA and PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

John GreenwoodJohn Greenwood

John Greenwood is Director, Export& Agency Finance at Citi, Institutional Clients Group. He has worked at Citi in its Export and Agency Finance group for the past six years leading the origination and execution of structured finance transactions, primarily in the Latin American region. He has executed corporate and project finance transactions for both sovereign and private sector clients in a wide range of industries including telecom, power, industrials, oil & gas, and financial institutions. Many of these transactions have been awarded "Deal of the Year" recognition by leading international finance and trade publications. Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Greenwood spent four years at Merrill Lynch, where he worked in asset management, and then as a manager of European Business Development in Merrill Lynch's Corporate Strategy group in London and Paris.  Mr. Greenwood holds a bachelor's degree from The College of William & Mary and a Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he specialized in emerging market finance and monetary policy.

Jeff HittnerJeff Hittner

Jeff Hittner is the Deputy Chair and Director of Research at the Corporate Eco Forum. He joined the Corporate Eco Forum after more than five years at IBM where he led the Corporate Social Responsibility consulting practice for IBM Global Business Services. In addition to his role consulting on the integration of sustainability into core business strategy, he developed IBM's thought leadership on the topic, acting as a key media spokesman quoted in more than 200 news and feature articles worldwide.  Mr. Hittner has more than 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur, teacher and business strategist.  He is also the Chairperson of the Carnegie New Leaders Program at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He received a bachelor's degree from The College of William & Maryland a Master's degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

Christine KinserChristine Kinser

Christine Kinser is the Global Leader, Strategic Programs for IBM Global Business Services, the consulting division of IBM. She and her team are responsible for creating initiatives in areas that establish new business opportunities and advance IBM's thought leadership. Recent areas include social and environmental responsibility, millennial workforce, analytics, and social media.  Previously, she was Vice President, Business Affairs in IBM Global Business Services, where she led a worldwide team working with external influencers, academia, and IT analysts.  In 2003, she led communications for the integration of Price Waterhouse Coopers Consulting, the largest and most successful acquisition in the industry, establishing IBM Global BusinessServices, as a new division. Ms. Kinser's previous roles at IBM include: Director, Internal and Executive Communications, IBM Global Sales and Distribution; Editor-in Chief, Think Leadership, a global magazine for CEOs. In 1990, she led the creation of the first IBM World Jam, a first of a kind online collaborative platform that facilitated a three-day dialogue among more than 60,000 employees worldwide.  Before joining IBM, Ms. Kinser worked in the book publishing business in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Claire PreisserClaire Preisser

Claire Preisser is Senior Program Manager at the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program. In this role, she focuses on new program development and fund raising efforts and is leading the creation of a new faculty network exploring the teaching of finance. Ms. Preisser was Program Manager and Associate Director of the Business and Society Program from 2001-7. In 2008-9, Ms. Preisser was Development Director at the Tobin Project, a small non-profit which seeks to connect academic research agendas with pressing public policy issues. She has also served as freelance writer on several projects examining corporate leadership. Ms. Preisser's early career experiences include two years at a boutique management consulting firm specializing in systems thinking and seven years in direct service roles with the elderly, women in recovery, and political refugees. Ms. Preisser holds a bachelor's degree from The College of William & Mary and an MBA from The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Aaron SchillerAaron Schiller

Aaron Schiller is Global Director of Sustainability at Saatchi & Saatchi.  Over the past 10 years Mr. Schiller has worked with students, adults and organizations to focus on personal and organizational change.  In 2006, Mr. Schiller joined forces with Adam Werbach and the San Francisco based sustainability consultancy Act Now Productions where he designed and facilitated over 100 day-long sustainability trainings for the 1.3 million associates of Wal-Mart.  Act Now Productions was acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi, a worldwide communications company, and renamed Saatchi & Saatchi S in 2008.  Mr. Schiller led the team who designed and implemented a new kind of sustainability - True Blue. At the center of this movement is a community of personally engaged employees all over the world who are willing to Do One Thing (DOT).  In 2009, Mr. Schiller was assigned to Saatchi & Saatchi and appointed Global Director of Sustainability to continue to organize, inspire and lead Saatchi to be the most sustainable advertising agency in the world.  Mr. Schiller has a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University.

Greg Van KirkGreg Van Kirk

Greg Van Kirk is an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow and the co-founder of The New Development Solutions Group. This includes Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps. These are all ventures whose mission is to design and implement innovative responses to long-standing development challenges. His team is now focused on expanding the reach of their innovative "MicroConsignment Model" globally. Mr. Van Kirk was recently chosen as a select member of both the "Ashoka Globalizer" and Ashoka/Siemens Social Business Development Group, and the Clinton Global Initiative.  He began working in rural small business development as a Guatemala Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. He has served as an economic development consultant for organizations such as USAID and IADB, amongst others. Mr. Van Kirk worked in investment banking for five years before arriving in Guatemala.  He also works part time as "SocialEntrepreneur in Residence" at Columbia University.  Mr. Van Kirk is a graduate of Miami University and currently lives with his family in New York City.

Matt WilliamsMatt Williams

Matt Williams is a Partner, Executive Vice President, and Group Planning Director at the Martin Agency, where he leads global strategy for UPS, Saab Cars, and Credit Suisse and works with agencies in London, Stockholm, and Frankfurt. He currently manages the agency's efforts for Discover Card and The Alliance for Climate Protection's WE campaign, working with former Vice President Al Gore. Mr. Williams joined the Martin Agency in 1991 as an account executive. He later moved to the strategic planning department and was named Partner in 2005. He has worked on award-winning campaigns for UPS, Signet Bank, Bank One, and GEICO. Mr. Williams has consulted on communications strategy with the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. He also has served as a judge for the EFFIE Awards, Green EFFIE, and the U.S. Account Planning Awards. Mr. Williams holds a bachelor's degree from The College of William & Mary and an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

David WitzelDavid Witzel

David Witzel is Director of Environmental Defense Fund's Innovation Exchange. At EDF he is helping to test and demonstrate approaches that will catalyze rapid and widespread adoption of environmental innovation in business. The Innovation Exchange is working to develop a next generation of partnerships with and amongst businesses. In the process it is demonstrating use of a variety of social media tools including blogs, twitter, podcasts, social networks, and unconferences to engage with business "doers" to accelerate information sharing, learning, and innovation. Before joining EDF, Mr. Witzel helped found Forum One Communications, a social media company in Alexandria, VA. He is a Public Policy graduate of the Kennedy School at Harvard and a loyal follower of Jon Stewart's Daily Show.