Date: 15 June 2020 - 17 June 2020
Location: Online
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The North America Sustainable Palm Oil Dialogue, which was postponed due to COVID-19, will now be held virtually from 16 to 18 June 2020, 1:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time (ET). Join industry leaders and key stakeholders across all sectors to discuss the current market, challenges, and opportunities for sustainable palm oil in North America, covering topics such as human rights, deforestation, oil palm smallholders, etc. Please see the list of webinar sessions below.



Panelist / Job Title


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The North American Market: 2020 and the Way Forward

June 16, 2020

1:00pm – 1:45pm EDT

MODERATOR: Aimee Russillo


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David Burns

Senior Manager, Tropical Forests and Agriculture

National Wildlife Federation

Mallorie Bruns

Senior Mediator and Program Manager

Meridian Institute

Megan Weidner

VP, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability



Human Rights from a Distance: How can North American players impact human rights in the palm sector?

June 16, 2020

2:00pm – 2:45pm EDT

MODERATOR: Dan Strechay

Global Director of Outreach and Engagement



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Irit Tamir

Director of Private Sector Department

Oxfam US

Sarah Smith

Senior Manager, Global Sustainability

Kellogg Company


Vera Belazelkoska

Director of Programs



Deforestation and the Downstream: From policies to implementation

June 17, 2020

1:00pm – 1:45pm EDT

MODERATOR: Nigel Sizer

Chief Program Officer

Rainforest Alliance


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Rachael Sherman

Director Global Sustainability

McDonald's Corporation

Katie Thomason

Senior Coordinator, Sustainable Palm Oil Markets

Conservation International

Jose Roberto Montenegro

President – Tropical Oil Division



Investing, Lending and Engaging: The impact of banks and investors

June 17, 2020

2:00pm – 2:45pm EDT

MODERATOR: Gabriel Thoumi

Director (Planet Tracker), Chair 2 Degrees Investing Initiative US

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Jessye Waxman

Shareholder Advocate

Green Century Capital

Owen Hauck

Economist, Commodity Supply Chains


Justin Kew

ESG Analyst

A European Asset Manager 

Smallholders: How do I get involved from North America?

June 18, 2020

1:00pm – 1:45pm EDT

MODERATOR:  Tai Ullmann

Sustainability Manager


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Dr. Reza Azmi

Executive Director & Founder

Wild Asia

Prerna Chatterjee

Marketing Manager, Sustainability – Personal and Home Care



Maricarmen López Pimentel

Director of Special Projects


Educating the Consumer: How zoos engage the public and companies

June 18, 2020

2:00pm – 2:45pm EDT

MODERATOR: Cameron Plese

US Representative



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Shervin Hess

Digital Media Specialist

Oregon Zoo

Tracey Gazibara

VP of Development & Marketing

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Suzanne Hall

Conservation Policy Specialist

San Diego Zoo Global


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