Dr. Douglas Crawford-Brown
University of Cambridge professor
Director: Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research
University of Cambridge
Dr. Douglas Crawford-Brown is the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Land Economy, and Emeritus Professor in Environmental Sciences and Policy at the University of North Carolina in the US. He has served on the committees of the Science Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency; the US Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change; on the American Water Works Association’s Technical Advisory Workgroup for Climate Change; on the European Commission’s Panel of Scientific Experts on Risk; the OFWAT Regulatory Futures Panel; and the HM Treasury Interdependent Infrastructure Expert Panel. He has advised governments and businesses on climate change, sustainability and environmental protection in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Thailand, Abu Dhabi, Mexico and France.
Joseph V. Green
Real estate and finance executive
Chief Financial Officer, The Preiss Company
Joseph V. Green is the Chief Financial Officer of The Preiss Company and has 34 years of broad in-depth experience in real estate, finance and capital markets. Prior to joining the Company Joe served as, the Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Renewables, LLC (an affiliate of Cherokee Investment Partners, LLC that manages over $1 billion of brownfield-related real estate assets); a Senior Advisor to the Noble Investment Group (a hospitality firm that owns and operates $1.2 billion of hotel assets across the United States); and, the CEO of KeyBridge Capital LLC (a company that was formed in conjunction with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Company an Investment Banking firm headquartered in Washington, DC). Before KeyBridge, Joe served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Winston Hotels, Inc., a publicly traded (NYSE: WXH) hotel REIT that owned and developed hotel properties directly and through joint ventures, provided and acquired hotel loans, and provided hotel development and asset management services until July 2007 when Winston was acquired through a merger with Inland American. Joe began his tenure with Winston in 1993, when he led the team that took Winston public in 1994. Joe earned a BA at East Carolina University in 1972, a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1976 and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University in 1978.
Dr. Dan Vermeer
Duke University professor
Executive Director: Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE)
Professor: Fuqua Business School
Dr. Dan Vermeer directs Duke University's Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE), an initiative to accelerate progress toward a sustainable energy system, economy, and society. Through education, research, and outreach, EDGE identifies the most promising pathways toward sustainability, works with firms to drive innovation across value chains, and seeds partnerships to facilitate these transformations. As a Professor of the Practice, Dr. Vermeer teaches graduate classes at Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, directs research projects, and consults with leading companies and organizations including Bank of America, UN Global Compact, and the Sustainability Consortium. In addition to his Center responsibilities, Vermeer is a lead partner in Duke's Corporate Sustainability Initiative and is a widely-recognized speaker to executive and public audiences. He joined Duke from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led an enterprise initiative to protect water resources globally. Dr. Vermeer plays a leading public role in advocating for business sustainability through speaking, research, and institution-building. He is the founder of the Global Water Challenge, co-author of the CEO Water Mandate, and lead contributor to several policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Dr. Ted Zoller
UNC Chapel Hill Professor
Director: Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Associate Professor: Strategy and Entrepreneurship
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School
Dr. Ted Zoller is director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a Senior Advisor to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and serves as a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, engaged in core strategies of the Foundation in the area of entrepreneurship. An active practicing entrepreneur, Professor Zoller has taught entrepreneurship courses in the MBA, BSBA and MBA for Executives programs at UNC Kenan-Flagler since 1999, oversees the Center's teaching and outreach programs, and is the primary liaison for the business school to UNC’s university-wide Innovate@Carolina initiative and to partners in the Research Triangle Park entrepreneurial community. Professor Zoller teaches new ventures, business model and enterprise development, and global venturing courses, focusing primarily on high-growth enterprises. He is the founding instructor of "Launching the Venture," an enterprise-creation program that has significantly increased the number of companies to spin off from UNC-Chapel Hill since its inception. His research focuses on entrepreneurial firm performance and social networking implications of entrepreneurial and venture dealmaking networks, and collaborates actively with the Blackstone Foundation to implement these networks nationally. He is founder of CommonWeal Ventures, a global venture advisory firm, a small business owner, and serves on the boards of numerous entrepreneurial ventures, including the Executive Committee of the Council of Entrepreneurial Development and the boards of Idea Fund Partners, Southeast TechInventures, and Rex Health Ventures. He holds a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill, master’s degrees from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and the University of Virginia focusing on entrepreneurship and economic development, and a dual bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary.