2018 NYU Social Innovation Symposium
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Chief Sustainability Officer
Vice President, Innovation Accelerator, NIKE, Inc.
Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of the Innovation Accelerator, NIKE, Inc.
Hannah leads Nike’s Sustainable Business and Innovation team, with a goal to decouple
growth from constrained resources through sustainable innovation. The team works to
rethink materials, methods of make, products and business models to solve complex
sustainability challenges. As VP, Innovation Accelerator, Hannah shepherds a dynamic
team intended to move innovation faster through the business.
From 2007-2010 she chaired the Sustainable Consumption initiative for the Consumer
Industries grouping of the World Economic Forum and was named a Young Global
Leader by the World Economic Forum in January 2007. In 2013, Hannah was awarded
the C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Business Sustainability Leadership. Hannah is a
board member of the Ecover and Method Brands.
Director of the Center for Sustainable Business, NYU Stern
Professor Whelan is the Moderator for our Keynote, and has been an invaluable contributor and help to the SIS conference over the years.
She launched Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business, whose mission is to ensure current and future business leaders develop the knowledge and skills to embed sustainability in core business strategy so they can reduce risk; create competitive advantage; develop innovative services, products, and processes; while building value for society and protecting the planet.
Professor Whelan was formerly the President of the Rainforest Alliance, where she worked since 2000. In 2014, she was appointed as the School’s 2014-2015 Citi Leadership and Ethics Distinguished Fellow. Professor Whelan has been working in the environmental field for more than 25 years. Her published works include one of the first books on ecofriendly tourism, Nature Tourism: Managing for the Environment. She has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere and was awarded the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2012.