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External Advisory Board


CCX's Advisory Board was formed to provide the Exchange and its Members with external strategic input from some of the world's top experts from the environmental, business, academic and policy-making communities.

Honorary Chairman: The Honorable Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of Chicago

Ed Begley Jr. has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He still serves on those boards, as well as the Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People and Friends of the Earth. Mr. Begley’s work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay and the Santa Monica Baykeeper. He currently lives near Los Angeles in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy.

Ernst Brugger is Founding Partner and Chairman of Brugger Hanser & Partner Ltd. in Switzerland, a business consulting firm with international experience and range. He is also a professor at the University of Zurich, chairman and member of the board of various companies and a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Dr. Brugger serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sustainable Performance Group, an investment and risk management company which invests in pioneering and leading companies which have taken up the cause of sustainable business.

Lucien Bronicki is the chairman of Ormat International, an Israeli company in the field of innovative technology solutions to geothermal power plants, power generation from industrial waste heat, and solar energy projects. Chairman of Ormat since he founded the company in 1965, Bronicki chairs the World Energy Council's Israeli National Committee, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science, and member of the board of Ben Gurion University.

Elizabeth Dowdeswell is internationally recognized for her global and highly diverse experience in building consensus and managing change. She advises both public and private sectors on environmental issues worldwide. Ms. Dowdeswell is a former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Before joining UNEP, Ms. Dowdeswell was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment Canada. In that capacity she played a leading role in global efforts to negotiate the treaty on climate change adopted at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. She was Canada's permanent representative to the World Meteorological Organization, principal delegate to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Canadian Chair of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board. She is currently President & CEO of NWMO and a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. She also serves on the governing and advisory boards of several institutions. Ms. Dowdeswell is the author of numerous publications in both the popular press and professional journals.

Jeffrey E. Garten is former dean of the Yale School of Management. Formerly undersecretary of commerce for international trade in the first Clinton Administration, he also held senior economic posts in the Ford and Carter administrations. From 1979 - 1992, he was a managing director first at Lehman Brothers, where he oversaw the firm's Asian investment banking activities from Tokyo, and then at the Blackstone Group. Currently a monthly columnist for Business Week, his latest book is "The Mind of the CEO"(2001)."

Donald P. Jacobs is a former Dean of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and its Gaylord Freeman Distinguished Professor of Banking. Under his leadership, the Kellogg School has become a leader in the field of business and finance and is consistently ranked as one of the top five business schools in the United States. Dean Jacobs is a former Chairman of the Board of Amtrak (1975-1979) and currently serves on several corporate boards. His work on banking, corporate governance and international finance has been published in many scholarly journals and he holds several honorary degrees and professional awards.

Joseph P. Kennedy II is Chairman and President of Boston-based Citizens Energy Group. Before returning to Citizens Energy, Mr. Kennedy represented the 8th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years. Mr. Kennedy founded the non-profit company in 1979 to provide low-cost heating oil to the poor and elderly. Under his leadership, Citizens grew to encompass seven separate companies, including the largest energy conservation firm in the U.S.  Mr. Kennedy also advises and serves on the boards of several companies in the energy, telecommunications, and health care industries. Mr. Kennedy is the son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

Israel Klabin is the president of the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development, a major Brazilian non-governmental organization devoted to issues of environmental and sustainable development policy. Mr. Klabin is the former chairman of Klabin SA, one of the largest forestry companies in Latin America. He is a former mayor of Rio de Janeiro and was one of the main Brazilian organizers of the United Nations Conference on the Environment (Rio 92). He is also actively involved in several philanthropical activities.

Bill Kurtis has had a distinguished career in broadcasting for over 30 years, as a news anchor in Chicago and later of the national CBS Morning News. He started his own company, Kurtis Productions, when he returned to Chicago in the mid 1980's and currently hosts shows on the Arts and Entertainment network. Mr. Kurtis is involved in The National Science Explorers Program, Electronic Field Trips and the Electronic Long Distance Learning Network, all aimed at teaching children about science. Mr. Kurtis and his shows have been the recipients of several awards. He serves on the board of directors of organizations devoted to natural history and the environment, including the National Park Foundation, the Nature Conservancy and the Kansas State Historical Society.

Thomas E. Lovejoy is a world-renowned tropical and conservation biologist. Dr. Lovejoy is generally credited with having brought the tropical forest problem to the fore as a public issue, and is one of the main protagonists in the science and conservation of biological diversity. In 1987, he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Environmental and External Affairs for the Smithsonian Institution and is Counselor to the Smithsonian's Secretary for Biodiversity and Environmental Affairs. Dr. Lovejoy is also Chief Biodiversity Advisor to the President of the World Bank and the Bank's Lead Specialist for the Environment in Latin America. From 1989 to 1992, he served on the President's Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST), and acted as scientific adviser to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (1994-97). He was the World Wildlife Fund's Executive Vice President from 1985 to 1987. Dr. Lovejoy is the author of numerous articles and books.

Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri is the Director-General of The Energy Research Institute (TERI) which does original work and provides support in energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and resource conservation to governments, institutions, and corporates worldwide. Dr Pachauri is currently Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCCC), one of the recipients of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize; a Director of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (a Fortune 500 company); and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan. He has been President (1988) and Chairman (1989*90) of the International Association for Energy Economics and is President of the Asian Energy Institute since 1992. He has been a member of numerous committees and boards, including those of the International Solar Energy Society, World Resources Institute, World Energy Council, and has acted as an Advisor to the Government of India, reporting directly to the Prime Minister. Dr Pachauri has also served as a member of the faculty of several prominent academic and research institutions and has published 22 books and several papers and articles. He was recently awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian awards.In July 2001 Dr Pachauri was appointed a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, which is chaired by the Prime Minister.

David Moran is vice president of ventures for the Electronic Publishing group of Dow Jones &Company and president of Dow Jones Indexes. Mr. Moran joined Dow Jones as counsel in September 1985. He was named assistant corporate general counsel in 1988 and was promoted to deputy corporate general counsel in May 1990. He became vice president/law in July 1991 and retained the title, deputy general counsel. In January 1996, Mr. Moran took on the additional responsibilities of president of the Dow Jones World Stock Index, later renamed Dow Jones Indexes, reflecting the inclusion of all Dow Jones indexes for countries, regions, sectors and industry groups as well as the world index. Mr. Moran became president of Dow Jones Indexes on a full-time basis in June 1998. He was elected to a one-year term as chairman of STOXX, Ltd., an index creator that is a joint venture of the German, Paris and Swiss stock exchanges and Dow Jones, in April 1999. He is also chairman of Dow Jones Sustainability Group Index GmbH. Prior to joining Dow Jones, Mr. Moran was an associate with Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, a New York City law firm, from 1979 to 1985.

Michael Polsky is the founder, President and CEO of Invenergy. Invenergy specializes in developing, acquiring and owning various power generations with an emphasis on renewable resources. With nearly 30 years of experience in the energy industry, he is widely recognized as a pioneer and an industry leader in the cogeneration and independent power industry in North America. Prior to forming Invenergy in 2001, Polsky founded SkyGen Energy, in 1991, where he built one of the most successful teams in the independent energy industry. In 2001, SkyGen was purchased by Calpine Corporation. In connection with the sale, Mr. Polsky was appointed to Calpine's Board of Directors and became a senior executive at Calpine in addition to continuing in his role as CEO of SkyGen. Prior to forming SkyGen, Mr. Polsky co-founded and was President of Indeck Energy Services Inc., where he led the development and financing of one of the first portfolios of independent power generating assets. Prior to forming Indeck Energy Services, Mr. Polsky held various positions at Fluor Engineers, Brown Boveri Turbomachinery and Bechtel Power Corporation. Because of his education, experience and expertise, he has written and lectured regularly on industry topics. In 2002, Polsky endowed a center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, which is named after him. Polsky currently chairs the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. In addition, he serves on the Boards of Children’s Memorial Hospital, Children’s Memorial Foundation, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Chicago and the Council of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Economic Club of Chicago, Executive’s Club of Chicago, Standard Club of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. Polsky holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a MSME degree from Kiev Polytechnic Institute.

Rosemary L. Ripley is a Founding Member of Circle Financial Group, LLC. CFG is an investment group, assisting its members in leveraging their assets and providing solutions across a range of investment alternatives. Prior to founding CFG, Ms. Ripley was Vice President for Corporate Business Development for Altria. Her responsibilities included overseeing the company’s global acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic initiatives. She holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a B.A. from Yale.

Daniel Weiss is co-founder and Managing Partner of Angeleno Group LLC (“AG”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm focused on high-growth investments in the energy sector . Mr. Weiss oversees AG’s investment activities in the areas of emissions reduction, transmission and distribution infrastructure and power quality & reliability. Prior to the formation of AG, Mr. Weiss was an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, working in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions, international and high technology practice groups. He represented multiple Global 1000 clients, including utilities and energy related companies, in a wide array of private equity and corporate finance transactions ranging from $1 million to over $1 billion. Mr. Weiss also has a significant history of involvement in government, regulatory and public policy entities that deal with the energy sector including work experience in the White House and the United States Congress. Mr. Weiss currently or recently has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations including the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, the California Committee of Human Rights Watch, and Jobs For A Future. Additionally, he has taught, lectured and published articles on the topics of law, business and public policy. He has lectured at Stanford University, Stanford Law School and U.C.L.A. and his articles have appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times wire service, the Journal of Commerce and the San Francisco Examiner. Mr. Weiss holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley.

Robert K. Wilmouth is President and CEO of National Futures Association (NFA). NFA, the industry-wide, self-regulatory organization for the futures industry. Mr. Wilmouth has served as NFA's President since 1982. Formerly, he served as President and CEO of the Chicago Board of Trade for approximately five years following a 27-year career in the banking industry, which included a term as President of the Crocker National Bank of San Francisco. He was Chairman of LaSalle National Bank for over two decades, is currently a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chairman of the Consultative Committee of IOSCO, a Lifetime Trustee of the University of Notre Dame and a former Chairman of its Investment Committee. Mr. Wilmouth is a graduate of Holy Cross College and holds a Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Klaus Woltron is an Austrian entrepreneur and Vice President of the "Club of Vienna", one of the most prestigious European think-tanks. Dr. Woltron has held several executive positions in the private sector, including being a former Chief Executive Officer of Simmering Graz Pauker (SGP) and General Manager of ABB Austria (until 1994). He is also a member of the board of Zurich-based Sustainable Asset Management AG (SAM Global), a pioneer in sustainable investing. Dr. Woltron is a frequent contributor to major publications in Austria.

Michael Zammit Cutajar is a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. A native of Malta, Mr. Zammit Cutajar has devoted a large part of his career working on issues of international cooperation for development and environment. He has undertaken several assignments with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and was part of the founding secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).