As the Managing Director of Attēgo, Jason Norman leads a business focused on maximizing the positive economic, environmental and societal impact of large industrial and commercial operations. Jason has spent more than 20 years in industry, continually generating greater innovation and sustainable growth for companies by focusing on the connections between the core business and societal and economic progress. By understanding a company’s products, markets, value chain and regional impact, he has identified and implemented shared-value initiatives that have led to improved returns and benefits for all stakeholders.
Jason’s previous experience includes defining and implementing corporate strategy, corporate restructuring, product development and commercialization, and research and development. He has delivered innovative and profitable solutions across the energy, speciality chemicals, oil and gas, metals, minerals, pharmaceutical and food industries.
Prior to his current role, Jason held senior leadership roles at RTI International, a world-leading independent research institute. Before joining RTI, he served as Chief Technology Officer at QuantumSphere Inc., delivering clean-energy and environmental solutions. Before that, as Principal of C12 Solutions he delivered Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mitigation and offset strategies, and at the BOC Group and Linde Group industrial gas companies, he held corporate strategy and R&D leadership roles.
Jason holds Ph.D. and Master of Engineering (M.Eng) degrees in Fuel and Energy Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK. He attended the Kellogg School of Management, achieving the Innovation Management for Technology Leaders certification. Jason is a Chartered Engineer, C.Eng.—the European equivalent to Professional Engineer (PE).
Jason is widely recognized as a visionary, strategist and tactician, as well as an outstanding corporate ambassador to customers, industry groups, stakeholders and board members.
As Executive Director of Operations, Matthew Strobl is responsible for the day to day management of Attēgo’s activities including oversight of active projects, the business development process, client relations, and personnel. With other senior leadership, he designs and directs business strategies, policies and procedures, best practices and standards, technical approaches, and staff coordination. Matthew works to ensure high quality results for clients and promotes the mission, vision, and values that make Attēgo a uniquely qualified service provider when it comes to identifying and resolving ESG challenges.
Prior to Matthew’s current role, he spent more than ten years with RTI International, one of the world’s leading research institutes. In that time he held a variety of leadership positions that directly supported RTI’s mission to improve the human condition through a range of scientific and technical solutions. Matthew has designed and directed large-scale qualitative and quantitative data collection projects employing a variety of scientifically rigorous methods. He has also led program-level business and proposal development, strategic planning, and financial management of contracts, subcontracts, grants, and other agreements. Critically, his work has focused on integrating multi-disciplinary teams to identify and solve complex, long-term ESG issues.
Prior to joining RTI, Matthew served as Director of Research for Pan Atlantic Consultants, a leading Maine-based consulting and strategic/marketing research firm, directing quantitative and qualitative research and providing an array of customized services. With more than 15 years of research, consulting, and technical advisory experience, Matthew has directed and contributed to dozens of complex projects and research operations programs. With experience ranging from public health to transportation to energy, he is well versed in identifying and resolving a variety of challenges across domains.
Matthew holds an MBA with an Analytics focus from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; an MA in Psychology from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; and a BA in Psychology from Colby College, Waterville, ME. His areas of substantive expertise include project and partnership management, decision science, shared value creation, data collection, and comparative measurement. Matthew’s topical focus areas include judgment and decision-making, public health, and energy and natural resources as they relate to human behavior.
As Director, Kellem Agnew Emanuele leads Attēgo’s focus on maximizing positive environmental and societal impact for projects, regional stakeholders, and across value chains in multiple industries and sectors. Kellem has spent 15 years engaging stakeholders, including private, public, and non-profit organizations, to identify both shared priorities and the innovative approaches essential to achieving them.
Kellem’s previous experience includes defining and delivering resources to improve operational efficiency, generating significant cost savings, and reducing environmental impact in industrial operations. She has led collaborative regional planning efforts focused on achieving economic growth through projects and processes that also prioritize environmental and societal progress.
Her ability to identify, facilitate, and develop cross-cutting solutions for a wide variety of clients is built from her diverse experience across industries. These include leadership roles with the Industrial Motors & Motor Systems Program at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency where she worked to develop program consistency across 50 members serving the industrial sector in the US and Canada. Prior to that, she brought together elected officials, state agencies, businesses, non-profits, and the public to define and pursue shared priorities for a regional transportation program that encompassed a five-county region in Central Virginia.
Kellem holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) specializing in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park; and BA degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Bucknell University. She also has a certificate in Sustainable Leadership from Presidio Graduate School, and a certificate in Business Essentials from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kellem is an active volunteer with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA), serving as both Peru Chapter Facilitator and Board of Directors Vice President of Strategic Planning.
As Director, Eduardo Tang creates and implements solutions to maximize shared value for clients across a range of industries and sectors. His particular focus is on improving financial outcomes while preserving and optimizing positive ESG impact. Eduardo applies a value-based perspective to the unique sustainability challenges that different companies face. In addition, he engages with the impact investing community, seeking to leverage the power of investment capital to drive positive change and innovation.
With more than 10 years of experience in agricultural commodity sales and trading, Eduardo has developed a unique approach to integrating finance with sustainability, CSR, and ESG concerns, allowing him to successfully coordinate with stakeholders throughout the value chain.
Prior to joining Attego, Eduardo worked at several brokerage houses, banks, trading companies, and consulting companies, always targeting growth through increased market and customer shares. He created and launched multiple agricultural commodities trading desks, designing complete client acquisition strategies and delivering high-volume agricultural options trading. One of these ventures resulted in local market-leading trade volume, while other efforts pioneered a new debt financing structure to fund small- and medium-sized farming operations.
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Eduardo brings a diversified, multicultural background to Attego, not only blending agriculture and finance, but also providing a global viewpoint and approach to the risks Attego’s clients face. Eduardo holds an MBA with a focus on finance and strategy from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Durham, North Carolina, US, and a BS in agricultural sciences from UNESP, the State University of Sao Paulo.
Scott Williams is a senior executive with more than 17 years of experience in corporate and marketing communications. Throughout his career he has worked with a multitude of industries representing hundreds of companies—from developing and managing corporate communications strategies for the largest Fortune 50 companies, to international and marketing campaigns for many of the largest consumer brands in the world.
Scott has built his expertise on a specific set of processes, all based on a proven scientific approach. He utilizes specific cognitive formulas, brand persona processes, behavioral and visual mapping methodology to ensure that marketing communications are both qualifiable and quantifiable.
As Executive Director of Marketing for Attego, Scott is responsible for strategy development, as well as for coordinating the service-definition and marketing functions across the company—developing the expertise, discipline and bench strength necessary to support Attego’s business units.
Tim Gabel – Executive Vice President, Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences, RTI International
Tim J. Gabel is the Executive Vice President of Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences (SSES) and is helping guide RTI’s Big Data strategy. Tim joined RTI in 1983 with technical training in both statistics and computer science and has served in a variety of leadership roles during his career, including the head of the Research Computing Division and the vice president for Survey and Computing Sciences. Tim helped pioneer RTI’s early efforts to conceptualize and develop Internet applications for research activities and has extensive experience directing data collection and data processing activities for scientific research studies. Now he is leading the effort to align RTI to meet the demands of big data so that RTI’s researchers can answer questions that until recently, were impossible to quantify.
As head of SSES, the largest of RTI’s business units, Tim manages an annual revenue of approximately $400 million and more than 1,500 professional staff who conduct a variety of research, development and technical assistance projects. Most of the SSES portfolio involves large-scale data collection and management, with an emphasis on complex methodological, statistical, and epidemiological approaches to important public policy issues in health, environment, education, economics, public policy, and social welfare.
Education: MBA, Duke University / BS, University of Wyoming, Statistics and Computer Science
Michael Kaelin – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, RTI International
Mike Kaelin is responsible for the leadership and management of finance, IT, contracts, procurement, proposal services, and Corporate Development. Kaelin joined RTI in 2007 and became CFO in 2013. Kaelin has over 25 years of financial management experience, including his prior tenure as vice president of finance for Raleigh-based Misys Healthcare Inc., a leader in the healthcare information technology industry. Kaelin also held a number of senior financial positions in companies such as Channel Master and Productivity Point International, where he was chief financial officer, as well as Coopers & Lybrand. He serves on the board of Magellan Charter School. Kaelin is a licensed certified public accountant in North Carolina.
Education: BS, Accounting, Davis and Elkins College
Paul Weisenfeld – Executive Vice President, International Development, RTI International
Paul Weisenfeld is a senior executive with more than 24 years of experience in international development. He provides strategic oversight of international development projects, facilitates integration of the various international development program areas, and oversees business strategy and communications.
Before joining RTI, Paul served as a foreign service officer for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the highest rank of career minister in the Senior Foreign Service, and led high profile initiatives across various international development sectors. During this time Paul directed the Bureau for Food Security at USAID, which led President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative. He also led the Haiti Task Team, charged with coordinating relief and reconstruction planning following the devastating earthquake in 2010 and served as USAID Mission Director in Peru and Zimbabwe. Paul received the USAID administrator’s Distinguished Career Service Award, the agency’s highest award. He served in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Education: JD, Harvard Law School / BA (magna cum laude), Queens College, City University of New York / Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration, Monmouth College
Aaron Williams – Executive Vice President, Government Relations and Corporate Communications, RTI International
Aaron Williams joined RTI in 2003, as vice president of international business development, and held that position until 2009. He served as executive vice president of RTI’s international development group from 2012 to 2015 before taking on his current role leading government relations and corporate communications. His long and distinguished career in public service and the private sector began with three years of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He served as a senior official at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he reached the rank of career minister in the Senior Foreign Service. In 2009 he was appointed by President Barack Obama as Director of the U.S. Peace Corps, serving in that role through 2012.
Aaron has extensive experience in the strategic design and management of assistance programs in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on international development topics at universities, research and policy institutes, and at US and global conferences.
Aaron is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and board member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program. Previously he served on the boards of directors of CARE, the National Peace Corps Association, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. His awards include the USAID Distinguished Career Service Award and the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service. He served on the Obama-Biden transition team, and was appointed in 2015 by President Obama as U.S. Alternative Representative to the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Education: MBA, Marketing and International Business, University of Wisconsin at Madison / BS, Geography and Education, Chicago State University
Jan A. Boon – Consultant and Senior Advisor, FaciliTech International
Dr. Jan Boon is a globally recognized expert in social responsibility and organizational development. His decades of experience in both socio-behavioral and earth sciences have led to a diverse set of skills that have him uniquely positioned as a trusted advisor within the mining industry and its associated activities. In his role leading FaciliTech, Jan provides consulting and management services related to meeting facilitation, stakeholder engagement, and community outreach as they relate to matters of social responsibility. He is a trusted voice who is qualified to speak on geological and geochemical mining issues, as well as sociological and anthropological factors that directly affect the industry.
A former university professor, Jan has led numerous research, political, and industry-specific efforts. Prior to his current role, Jan coordinated the renegotiation of the Intergovernmental Geoscience Accord between Canada’s provincial and federal geological survey organizations and the ministries to which they report, and assumed the position of Director General in the Geological Survey of Canada in 2000. He led the Canadian Mission on Science and Technology to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), co-chaired the Canada-Japan Panel on Earth Sciences and the Environment, and has been an invited speaker at a number of social responsibility events in Panama, Dominican Republic, India, Ecuador, and Argentina. He has also provided strategic advisory and program coordination services in countries including Venezuela, Argentina, and Ecuador.
Jan has served or currently serves on numerous scientific and industry committees including the International Affairs and Social Responsibility Committees of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Environmental and Social Responsibility Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Canada’s National Geological Surveys Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility that is part of the Government of Canada’s CSR strategy. He is a member of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Mining, and the Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas del Perú.
He speaks English, Dutch, Spanish, and French fluently.
Education: Ph.D., Sociology, Carleton University (Canada) / Ph.D., Geochemistry, Utrecht University (Netherlands) / M.A., Globalization and International Development, University of Ottawa (Canada).
Tom Darden – Consultant And Senior Advisor, Cherokee
Tom Darden is founder and CEO of Cherokee and its predecessors. Cherokee has raised over $2.2 billion in five institutional private equity funds, investing this capital in the acquisition, cleanup, development, and sale of approximately 550 environmentally contaminated real estate assets in the United States, Europe, and Canada.
Before raising institutional private equity funds, Tom began investing personal capital in environmental companies. Since the 1980s, he has invested in over 100 companies such as Cherokee Environmental Risk Management (environmental insurance); Brownfield Revitalization (new markets tax credits for brownfield redevelopment); and Tethis (fracking brine desalination).
For 16 years, Tom served as the Chairman of Cherokee Sanford Group, the largest privately held brick manufacturing company in the United States, and previously the southeast’s largest soil remediation company. He has also served as Chairman of the Research Triangle Transit Authority, serving two terms on the North Carolina Board of Transportation—through appointments by the Governor and the Speaker of the House.
Tom has served or currently serves on numerous boards, including Shaw University, Environmental Defense Action Fund (EDF), Research Triangle Institute (now RTI International), University of North Carolina Environment Department, Waste Industries, Gentra Systems, Consert, Evofem, The Prince’s Trust, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Heinz Family Foundation, HOPE International Development Agency, Crown Financial Ministries, and the Helping Hand Mission.
Education: Master of Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / JD, Yale Law School / BA, Morehead Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.