Climate Change and Its Implications for International Business

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Climate Change and Its Implications for International Business

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


An economic update, a keynote and a panel discussion with business leaders on the implications of climate change and COP26.

About this event: This is our 28th Annual Business Forum!

This year’s forum will provide a bird’s eye view of the global climate change debate, including a review of the outcomes of COP26 and what this means for international companies.

Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Audience: international business community


Agenda: 12:00pm-12:30pm EST


  • Kenneth J. Vacovec, Partner at Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer

Economic Update

  • Michael D. Goodman, Ph.D, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Economic Development & Strategic Initiatives,
    Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Economic Development & Strategic Initiatives
    Professor of Public Policy
    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
    Co-Editor, MassBenchmarks

Keynote “What Will It Take to Compete and Collaborate In a Climate Emergency. Lessons from COP26”

  • Rachel Kyte, Dean The Fletcher School at Tufts University

12:30pm-1:30pm EST:

Panel discussion moderated by

The panel will consist of executives who are well versed in the issues of climate change and sustainability and its implications for businesses following COP26.

Moderator & Speakers

Dr. Peter Abbott, OBE, British Consul General to New England

Dr. Peter Abbott has been a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service for 15 years. Before becoming British Consul General to New England in 2020, he served as Counsellor at the British High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan, with operational oversight of the largest mission in the UK’s overseas diplomatic network.

Before joining the FCDO, Peter lived, studied and worked in the United States, including interning in the office of Dennis Hastert when he was Speaker of the US House of Representatives and working on Arianna Huffington’s 2003 gubernatorial campaign in California.


Rachel Kyte, Dean of The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Rachel Kyte is the 14th dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. A 2002 graduate of Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) and a professor of practice at the school since 2012, Kyte is the first woman to lead the nation’s oldest graduate-only school of international affairs, which attracts students from all corners of the globe and at all stages of their careers. Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the run-up to the Paris Agreement. She was also vice president at the International Finance Corporation responsible for ESG risk and business advisory services.


Veronique Bourgier, Vice President of Strategy & Marketing, Veolia North America

Veronique began her career with Veolia as a Technical Expert with the Corporate Technical and Performance department in France. Eight years ago, she moved to the USA and transitioned to Veolia Water Technologies, a subsidiary of Veolia, in a sales position as a Strategic Business Development Manager before becoming a Business Development Director responsible for Veolia’s digital transformation and Chemicals P&L. More recently Veronique joined Veolia North America as VP Strategy & Marketing and was elected to the Board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England (FACCNE) in January 2022. Veronique holds a Ph.D. in Process Engineering from École des Mines de Saint-Étienne.


Nathalie Wallace, Global Head of Sustainable Investing, Natixis Investment Managers

Nathalie Wallace is Global Head of Sustainable Investing at Natixis Investment Managers. Nathalie oversees the firm’s ambitious sustainable investment strategic goals and is responsible for driving Natixis Investment Managers’ sustainable investment commitments across its distribution network, its affiliate managers and as part of industry-wide initiatives. In that role, she is charged with strengthening the firm’s sustainable stewardship, driving the research agenda and investment capabilities, developing the range of innovative sustainable solutions for Natixis IM’s clients worldwide and supporting them on their journey from early state ESG integration, through climate, to impact investing.

Co-organized by

Urszula Wojciechowska (GBANE)

French-American Chamber of Commerce New England (FACCNE)

German-American Business Council Boston (GABC)

British Consulate General Boston


The Global Business Alliance of New England (GBANE) is an initiative of international business organizations and agencies working to promote business and trade in New England. GBANE has been holding its Annual International Business Forum & Networking Evening since 1996. During the COVID pandemic, the event has been held virtually.

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Presenting Sponsor

Kenneth J. Vacovec, the founding partner of the firm, practices in all areas of tax law including tax planning for businesses and individuals, estate planning, representation before Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities, international tax planning for individuals and businesses, international estate planning, and tax compliance.



We at FACCNE would like to offer gratitude to our valued platinum members Natixis Investment Managers and Veolia North America for their participation and support with this event.


February 16
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm