Plastic Disclosure Project

Steering Committee

The work of the Plastic Disclosure Project is overseen by a global Steering Committee, drawn from investors and other stakeholders who support PDP's mission.  The Steering Committee oversees the development of the project, and provides advice to the management team.  The wide experience and network of the Steering Committee's members is a valuable asset for PDP. 

 

Bill Robberson

Bill Robberson

  • William (Bill) is a licensed Professional Engineer and thirty-two year veteran of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he specialized in water quality protection and treatment.  This included two decades as the Oceania and Mainland Regional Response Team Coordinator, focused on protection of water quality and natural resources in the Pacific Region.
  • He is the member of a team working on development of ASTM standardized laboratory and field methodologies for the sensing and positive identification of microplastics in the oceans. 
  • Bill’s team is also exploring the use of existing sensors/platforms and development of suitable technologies for remote and in-situ plastic particle measurement (detection and identification), including pilot-scale and full-scale development and operational deployment of appropriate sensors and platforms.  
  • He also leads an effort in development of a multi-agency collaborative 4D geospatial visualization platform and open-data sharing services to identify, track and manage sources of worldwide oceanic plastic pollution.   
Trish Hyde

Trish Hyde

Trish is an accomplished leader across diverse areas (regulatory / services / manufacturing / distribution / packaging) and a business builder. She has significant experience and strengths in strategy, marketing, and sustainability, along with a dash of determination.  In 2016 as CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), Trish led the Covenant co-regulatory framework and organisation back from the brink of oblivion, successfully negotiating the Enhanced Covenant, and setting the multi-ministerial and broad-membership endorsed 2022 APC Vision and Strategic Plan. 

Inspired by the power of the circular economy to create lasting economic, social and environmental sustainability, this year Trish established The Plastics Circle – a business driving innovation and commercial opportunities that put the circle into circular economies in Asia Pacific. Her work spans non-profit industry collaboration and education initiatives; scrap plastic second-life-market development; technology applied within market contexts and regulatory and stakeholder engagement.

With collaboration at the core, Trish works closely with Ocean Recovery Alliance - a non-profit global organisation committed to recovering our waterways by managing plastic. Trish is a director of Plasticity, the global business ted-talks-style networking conference fostering plastic sustainability in market. She is also an adviser to the Plastic Disclosure Project, the UN and World Bank sponsored plastic footprint measurement program.  Trish has over 15 years’ corporate leadership experience in complex multi-stakeholder and highly regulated environments. She holds a Masters in Commercial Law, another in Corporate Leadership, a Bachelor of Business, and is a qualified teacher.

 

 

William Becker

William Becker

  • William Becker is a climate and energy policy expert at Natural Capitalism Solutions in Colorado and a Senior Associate at the environmental organization E3G.  He served previously as Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project.
  • Bill is an advisor to OgilvyEarth, the sustainability practice of the global communications company Ogilvy & Mather.
  • Bill's most recent book - The 100 Day Action Plan to Save the Planet - was published by St. Martin's Griffin.
Paul Forster

Paul Forster

  • Paul is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  He is a Director of the Environmental Management and Technology program.  His teaching and research interests address the organizational and social aspects of technology.
  • Paul is a member of HKUST's Environmental Sustainability Steering Committee.
  • Prof Forster holds a BSc from the University of Alberta, an MSc and MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and an MS and PhD from UC Irvine.
Jason Mitchell

Jason Mitchell

  • Jason has over ten years experience in investment management and research, most recently at GLG Partners in London where he launched the Global Sustainability Fund in 2010 and oversees the environmental investments strategy.
  • From 2009 to April 2010, Jason worked as COO of Hydrotech International Ltd and as Advisor to the African Development Corp.  Prior to first working at GLG Partners from 2004 to 2008, he was at Andor Capital and Pequot Capital.  He attended UC at Berkeley.
  • His articles and comments have appeared in Institutional Investor, Responsible Investor and the Wall Street Journal.
Ben Ridley

Ben Ridley

  • Ben Ridley is Regional Head of Sustainability Affairs for Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse, based in Hong Kong.
  • In this role, Ben is responsible for developing and implementing a sustainability strategy in the region, assessing sustainability risks, and managing stakeholder relations.
  • Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Ben had 15 years experience as an environmental consultant in Hong Kong helping a broad range of clients identify and manage sustainability risks and opportunities.
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

  • Dr. Takahashi-Kelso is EVP of the Ocean Conservancy, and leads its Gulf of Mexico Restoration work.  
  • He was Alaska Commissioner of Environmental Conservation at the time of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.  For the next two years, he worked with affected communities and legislators to strengthen oil spill prevention and response laws in Alaska and nationally.
  • During his career, he has covered every aspect of ocean conservation including public service, university teaching, research on fisheries and environmental policy, and grant making. He has a doctorate in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, and a law degree from Harvard.

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