Environmental Studies Professor Mark Fowler hosted a discussion with a panel of experts in the sustainable energy field about the future of green energy and sustainable development on the
evening of Wednesday, September 12 at Opower in Courthouse, VA. The panelists were Philo Tran '99, Principal at Global Environment Fund, and Julie Upham '01, Director of Special Events at Conservation International. Professor Fowler led the discussion with some questions of his own before opening up the floor to his W&M in Washington semester students and the W&M alumni in attendance. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres were served before and after the discussion.
Philo Tran has considerable experience leading and executing sell-side, buy-side and private placement transactions and has raised over $1 billion of capital in various forms of equity and debt financings. Prior to joining GEF’s U.S. Growth team in 2007, Mr. Tran served as a Vice President of Updata Advisors, a leading middle-market investment bank focusing on the information technology sector. Previously, he held investment banking positions with Wachovia Securities and JPMorgan Chase. Bio courtesy of Global Environment Fund.
Julie Upham joined Conservation International in 2008 as part of the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business managing the Business & Sustainability Council in the US and in 2010 helped to launch the sister council in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2011, she was promoted to be CI's new Director of Special Events and plays a leadership role in the organization's 4-5 major fundraising galas and cultivation events, which raise in excess of $3 million annually. Before joining CI, Julie served as the Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the DC region’s network of business and non-profit leaders. In that role she increased the organization’s non-dues revenue through the cultivation of relationships with the Board’s top corporate members. She developed customized sponsorship plans for their engagement in the association’s events and programs. Prior to that role, she worked in the Board’s economic development division managing national and international business development marketing plans.