SXSW Eco brings together a unique mix of leaders spanning multiple disciplines to share their breakthrough ideas and insights with our audience. Each year, our speakers deliver inspirational and informative talks designed to spark collaboration and action. We are proud to present these individuals and their stories at SXSW Eco 2016.

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SXSW Eco 2016 Keynotes


SXSW Eco Keynote - Kate Brandt

Kate Brandt
Lead for Sustainability, Google

Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations and products. In this role, Kate coordinates with Google’s data centers, real estate, supply chain, and product teams to e​nsures the company is capitalizing on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability and circular economy.

Previously Kate served under President Obama as the Nation's first Chief Sustainability Officer. She was responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services. Prior to the White House, Kate served as Senior Advisor at the U.S. DOE and Energy Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.

SXSW Eco 2016 Keynote

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
President, Waterkeeper Alliance

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is President of Waterkeeper Alliance, the fastest-growing global movement for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water, with over 275 Waterkeeper organizations spanning the globe. His reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. A high-profile speaker and activist, he has used numerous media outlets, including his 2004 book, Crimes Against Nature, to call into question the environmental policies of the United States. As the 2016 SXSW Eco Opening Day Keynote speaker, Mr. Kennedy will deliver a passionate defense of the environment and of how its continued neglect affects the future of the planet and the health of future generations.

SXSW Eco Keynote - William McDonough

William McDonough
Architect, Designer, and Author

For more than 40 years, William McDonough—through his companies McDonough Innovation, William McDonough + Partners, Architects, and MBDC—has defined the principles of the sustainability movement and created flagship projects at all scales. The radical Cradle to Cradle® philosophy he co-created with Michael Braungart and codified in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, is a framework for understanding what we make as biological or technical nutrients that can be returned to the soil or upcycled endlessly, with clean water, renewable energy, and social fairness. What this means for every material and product that humans create is nothing short of a transformative reimagining of how we design, manufacture, and distribute, and upcycle everything in the circular economy powering a positive future for all.

SXSW Eco Keynote - Bill Nye

Bill Nye
Scientist, Engineer, Comedian, Author, Inventor

Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Nye has been doing most of his life. He fights to raise awareness of climate change and the value of critical thinking, science and reason. Through all his work, Nye hopes to inspire people everywhere to change the world. Nye will offer a unique insight into the science behind our changing climate and how we can alter its course.


SXSW Eco 2016 Speakers

Adepeju Adeosun
Research Executive | Virgin Earth Challenge
Alicia Kolar Prevost
Lead, Defend Our Future | Environmental Defense Fund
SXSW Eco Speaker - Annette Kim
Founding Director | SLAB
BETH SILVERMAN
Senior Director of Advisory Services | Urban Land Institute
Adisa Bim
CEO | Beacon Power Services
Brad Jenkins
Managing Director and Executive Producer | Funny Or Die DC
Brett Snyder
Principal | Cheng+Snyder
BRYAN LEE
Place + Civic Design Director | Arts Council of New Orleans
Cheryl Haines
Founding Executive Director | FOR-SITE Foundation
Clark Wilson
Senior Urban Designer | Environmental Protection Agency
CLAYTON THOMAS MULLER
Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner | 350.org
Dallas Goldtooth
Campaign Organizer | Indigenous Environmental Network
David Camara
Founder + CEO | National Beekeeping Supplies Ltd
Derrick Lewis
Senior Manager R&D | Novozymes
Diana Cohen
CEO and Co-Founder | Plastic Pollution Coalition
Diana Freeman-Baer
Staff User Experience Designer | GE Aviation
Ed Begley, Jr.
Actor & Environmental Activist
Elizabeth Okeke-Von Batten
Director | American Architectural Foundation
Fady Atallah
Co-Founder | Infinite City
Felix Hallwachs
CEO | Little Sun
Henk Campher
Executive Vice President, Social Impact | ‎Allison+Partners
Jade Begay
Sustainability and Justice Fellow | Resource Media
Janette Kim
Principal | All of the Above
Jess Zimbabwe
Director of Urban Development | National League of Cities
Jigar Shah
President and Co-Founder | Generate Capital
John Henneberger
Co-DIrector | Texas Low Income Information Services
John Marcicky
Director of Placemaking & Public Space Activation | Rock Ventures LLC
Josh Mogerman
National Media Director | NRDC
Joshua Freed
VP, Clean Energy Program | Third Way
JUANITA VALDEZ-COX
Executive Director | La Union del Pueblo Entero
Julian Spector
Staff Writer | Greentech Media
Kate Bickert
Director of Park Initiatives | Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Katherine Hamilton
Principal | 38 North Solutions
Partner | Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects P.C.
Founder + CEO | Follow the Honey
Matt Koci
Associate Professor of Viral and Mucosal Immunology | North Carolina State University
Michael Ford
Architectural Designer | The Universal Hip Hop Museum
Michael Laas
Corporate Director of Impact | SH Group
Michelle Kromm
Director of Technical Services and Live Production Research & Chief Veterinarian | Jennie-O Turkey Store
Principal & Founder | Moore + Associates (M+A)
Mouna Andraos
Co-Founder | Daily tous les jours
Nadav Savio
Design Strategist
Nicholas de Monchaux
Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design | University of California, Berkeley
Nick Irvin
R&D Manager, Advanced Energy Systems | Research and Technology Management Southern Company
Nick Mitchell-Bennett
Executive Director | Community Development Corporation of Brownsville
Noah Deich
Founder | Center for Carbon Removal
Oliver Blank
Google.org
Phil Balagtas
Designer/Researcher | GE Aviation
Rachel Slaybaugh
Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering | University of California Berkeley
SXSW 2016 Speaker - Raj Patel
Author + Research Professor | LBJ School of Public Affairs
Rhiannon Jacobsen
Vice President, Strategic Relationships | U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
SXSW Eco 2016 Speaker - Robert Young Pelton
Author, Filmmaker, Journalist
RYAN POPPLE
CEO | Proterra
Seyi Fabode
Partner | Asha Labs + Managing Director | VestedWorld
Stephen Lacey
Managing Editor | Greentech Media
Steven Feldstein
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State | Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
SURALE PHILLIPS
President and Lead Consultant | Decision Support Partners, Inc.
SXSW Eco Speaker Susan Surface
Program Director | Design In Public
Tara Houska
National Campaigns Director | Honor the Earth
Thor Erickson
Managing Director | bcWORKSHOP
Varun Vira
Chief Operating Officer | C4ADS
Veronica Juarez
Head of Enterprise Initiatives | Lyft
Zach Barasz
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers