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The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Roundtable on the New Global Resource Challenge

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 5:30pm

 The Water-Energy-Food Nexus:
A Roundtable on the New Global Resource Challenge
January 24th at McKinsey & Company
New York, NY
This event is by invitation only.

With discussants:

Tara Acharya, PhD
Director of Global Health & Agriculture Policy


Diana Glassman
World Policy Institute Board Member
Lead Author of the World Policy Paper, "The Water-Energy Nexus"

Marc Zornes
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Co-Author, McKinsey Global Institute report, "Mobilizing for a Resource Revolution" 

Water is a critical constraint on both energy and food production. Scarcity of this key resource impacts economic and security policy as well as business decisions around the world. Debates around "food versus fuel" and shale gas are just two examples. This off-the-record discussion brings together business, policy, and financial perspectives regarding what trade-offs need to be made to balance water, energy, and food needs. How should businesses and policy makers address water-energy-food resource constraints? What are the appropriate roles for each? How do we pay for the needed changes?

Related Resources

Resource Revolution: Meeting the World's Energy, Materials, Food, and Water Needs. Richard Dobbs, Jeremy Oppenheim, Fraser Thompson, Marcel Brinkman, and Marc Zornes. New York: McKinsey Global Institute, November 2011.

The Water-Energy Nexus: Adding Water to the Energy Agenda. Diana Glassman, Michele Wucker, Tanushree Isaacman, and Corinne Champilou. New York: World Policy Institute and EBG Capital, March 2011.

About the Speakers

Tara Acharya is Director of Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo. In this capacity she works with internal stakeholders and external partners to guide and develop PepsiCo’s global policies as they relate to agriculture and health. These policies are intended to help PepsiCo navigate the interface between food production, health and nutrition, and environmental issues for long-term business sustainability. Previously Tara was Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation. She was also a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Global Health. Before her segue into global health policy, she was a scientist in the biotechnology industry at Genaissance Pharmaceuticals and Celera. She received both her PhD in biochemistry and her MPH in international health from Yale University.

Diana Glassman is Head of Environmental Affairs for TD Bank NA, the US subsidiary of the Toronto Dominion Financial Group. Previously she was Head of the Americas for Credit Suisse's Environmental Business Group and a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also founded a consultancy that advised corporate clients, private equity investors, and government entities on energy and environmental issues. She earned her MBA and Master of Public Administration (International Political and Economic Development) degrees at Harvard, and holds a BS (Biology) from Yale University. 

Marc Zornes is based in McKinsey's London Office. He specializes in sustainability and resource productivity, private equity, and consumer packaged goods. Most recently, Marc has focused on the implications of natural resource stress on the world's energy system. Prior to McKinsey, Marc worked at the US Green Building Council where he co-led the launch of the LEED for Retail rating system. He holds an MBA from INSEAD where he studied in France and Singapore. 




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