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Private Sector Careers and the Environment

January 29, 2013 | 5:00 – 6:00PM
Kroon Hall, Burke Auditorium - 195 Prospect St., New Haven, CT

Alumni panel featuring five recent FES grads

  • Natalie Allan (‘11 MEM), PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Duncan Cheung (‘08 MEM), GreenOrder
  • Diana Connett (‘11 MA, ‘12 MEM), Hess Corporation
  • Anuj Desai (‘12 MEM), General Electric
  • Drena Howard (‘05 MPH, '06 MEM), Estee Lauder Companies

*Coffee and light snacks will be served

Please RSVP here, and join us for a candid conversation on environmental management in the private sector. Our panelists will share what it’s like and how to get there. Deep thanks to CBEY, SAC and CDO for sponsoring this event.

Natalie Allan – Natalie is a Senior Associate in PwC's Sustainable Business Solutions consulting practice. She works with large public and private sector clients on sustainability strategy, performance improvement, and reporting and disclosure.  Her area of technical expertise is water resources management.  She recently co-authored the first global guidelines for corporate water disclosure, which were launched by the UN CEO Water Mandate at World Water Week in August 2012. Prior to joining PwC, Natalie worked at General Electric where she completed a water audit of one of GE's largest manufacturing sites and conducted an "Energy Treasure Hunt" that identified $3.2 million in cost savings opportunities. Natalie holds a Master's of Environmental Management from Yale F&ES and a Bachelor's of Arts from Dartmouth College.

Duncan Cheung – Duncan has experience in corporate environmental strategy, multi-stakeholder management, and project development. At GreenOrder, Duncan advises companies on improving their environmental and energy performance, and develops strategies to capture emerging market opportunities related to sustainability. His clients have included industry leaders in the consumer product manufacturing, equipment rental, and heavy manufacturing industries. Prior to joining GreenOrder, Duncan established and directed a pilot sustainable development project under the supervision of the Chengdu Municipal Government in Sichuan, China. Duncan has co-authored two books on environmental education and acted as partnership manager for several non-governmental organizations in China. Duncan holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale F&ES and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Environmental Studies from Yale University.

Diana Connett – Diana Connett is the Sr. Specialist in Environmental Policy & Engagement for Hess Corporation, a global, integrated energy company.  She is responsible for the development and execution of internal policy and external partnerships with civil society.  Specifically, she helps drive global environmental standards and spearheads special projects on methane leakage, climate adaptation, and biodiversity planning.  Before joining Hess, Diana earned an MEM as well as a Master’s in International & Development Economics from YGS.  During that time, she worked with YCELP on the Environmental Performance Index and at the OECD on their Green Growth Indicators. Prior to that, Diana worked on state-based energy policy with Environment Massachusetts and holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago.

Anuj Desai – Anuj is GE's Stephen D. Ramsey Fellow at the company's corporate environmental, health, and safety (EHS) division. This new one-year position allows fellows to work with GE's vice president of EHS and other directors on projects linked with the long-term vision they hold for the company. Anuj studied industrial environmental management and policy while at FES, combining interests in life cycle assessment (LCA) and corporate environmental practices to examine potential sustainability-related advantages in relocalizing apparel manufacturing. He worked in senior editorial positions of multiple New York-based independent publications prior to coming to Yale, and his writing has appeared in Bookforum, ESPN magazine, Newsweek International, and the New York Times.

Drena Howard – Drena Howard is the Associate Director, Global Retail EHS at The Estée Lauder Companies in New York, NY.   The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide.   Drena is responsible for sustainability, environmental and safety initiatives globally for office locations and retail channels including but not limited to department stores, salons and spas, and company-operated stores.  Prior to joining ELC, Drena worked at United Technologies in both their aerospace and building system service divisions where she was responsible for environmental and safety compliance.  She is a Certified Safety Professional and qualified ISO 14001 auditor and holds a BS in Biology from South Carolina State University.