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 - Bill Nye
Scientist, Engineer, Comedian, Author, Inventor
SXSW Eco Keynote - Kate Brandt
Lead for Sustainability, Google
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. - SXSW Eco 2016 Keynote
President, Waterkeeper Alliance
SXSW Eco Keynote - William McDonough
Architect, Designer, and Author

SXSW Eco 2016 Speakers

Adam Albright-Hanna
Director of Audience Development | GOOD
Adam Lowry
Co-Founder & Co-CEO | Ripple Foods
Adepeju Adeosun
Research Executive | Virgin Earth Challenge
Alex Thompson
VP of Communications & Public Affairs | REI
Alicia Kolar Prevost
Lead, Defend Our Future | Environmental Defense Fund
Amanda Sturgeon
SXSW Eco Speaker - Annette Kim
Founding Director | SLAB
Antha Williams
Environment Program Lead | Bloomberg Philanthropies
Ashlan Cousteau
Journalist | Voyacy Ventures
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
Bradley Tusk
Founder & CEO | Tusk Holdings
Brett Snyder
Principal | Cheng+Snyder
Place + Civic Design Director | Arts Council of New Orleans
Carina Kolodny
Director of Multimedia | The Huffington Post
Cheryl Haines
Founding Executive Director | FOR-SITE Foundation
Clark Wilson
Senior Urban Designer | Environmental Protection Agency
Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner |
Dallas Goldtooth
Campaign Organizer | Indigenous Environmental Network
Derrick Lewis
Senior Manager R&D | Novozymes
Diana Cohen
CEO and Co-Founder | Plastic Pollution Coalition
Diana Freeman-Baer
Staff User Experience Designer | GE Digital
Dr. Neil Renninger
Co-Founder & Co-CEO | Ripple Foods
Ed Begley, Jr.
Actor & Environmental Activist
Elizabeth Okeke-Von Batten
Director | American Architectural Foundation
Ellen Williams
Director | U.S. Department of Energy/ ARPA-E
Fady Atallah
Co-Founder | Infinite City
Felix Hallwachs
CEO | Little Sun
Henk Campher
Managing Director | Fenton
Jade Begay
Sustainability and Justice Fellow | Resource Media
Janette Kim
Principal | All of the Above
Jay Bolus
President, Certification Services | MDBC
Jay Whitacre
Founder & CTO | Aquion Energy
Jess Zimbabwe
Director of Urban Development | National League of Cities
Jigar Shah
President and Co-Founder | Generate Capital
John Friedman
Sustainability Manager | WGL Holdings
John Henneberger
Co-DIrector | Texas Low Income Information Services
John Kotek
Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy | Department of Energy
John Marcicky
Director of Placemaking & Public Space Activation | Rock Ventures LLC
Jonathan Atwood
VP of Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications | Unilever
Josh Mogerman
National Media Director | NRDC
Joshua Freed
VP, Clean Energy Program | Third Way
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
Komal Ahmad
Founder & CEO | COPIA
Macky McCleary
Director | Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
Marc Janks
Manager of Multimedia | The Huffington Post
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
Mike Betts
Director of Investments | AgFunder
Mike Hopkins
CEO | Ice Energy
Principal & Founder | Moore + Associates (M+A)
Mouna Andraos
Co-Founder | Daily tous les jours
Nadav Savio
Design Strategist
Naomi Starkman
Founder and the Editor-in-Chief | Civil Eats
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
Phil Balagtas
Designer/Researcher | GE Aviation
Philippe Cousteau
Filmmaker & Social Entrepreneur | Voyacy Ventures
Phoebe Gavin
Social Media Editor | ThinkProgress
Rachel Slaybaugh
Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering | University of California Berkeley
SXSW 2016 Speaker - Raj Patel
Author + Research Professor | LBJ School of Public Affairs
Rana Foroohar
Assistant Managing Editor, Columnist | Time
Rhiannon Jacobsen
Vice President, Strategic Relationships | U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
SXSW Eco 2016 Speaker - Robert Young Pelton
Author, Filmmaker, Journalist
Rob McGinnis
CEO | Nagare Water
CEO | Proterra
Sarah Morris
Senior Design Strategist | Inclusive Design at Microsoft
Seyi Fabode
Partner | Asha Labs + Managing Director | VestedWorld
Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator | Rhode Island
Stephen Lacey
Managing Editor | Greentech Media
Steven Feldstein
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State | Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
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
Tom Colicchio
Host | Top Chef
Varun Vira
Chief Operating Officer | C4ADS
Veronica Juarez
Head of Enterprise Initiatives | Lyft
Zach Barasz
Green Growth | Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers