Opportunity Green Business Conference 2011 Speakers
William Wescott Ph.D.
Vice President, Innovation - Americas
Veolia Environnement North America
Bill is Vice President, Innovation – Americas for Veolia Environnement, the world’s largest environmental services provider. He works closely with Veolia’s worldwide research and innovation group and all four of Veolia’s business divisions (water, waste, energy management, public transportation), to source clean technology innovation through strategic initiatives such as the Veolia Innovation Accelerator http://www.veolia.com/en/solutions/research-innovation/via/. Bill works closely with entrepreneurs and investors to identify promising technologies that meet the evolving needs of Veolia’s clients and can benefit from Veolia’s top position in key markets around the world.
Bill is an internationally recognized clean technology expert, and has spoken at conferences for over 20 years on how organizations can benefit from environmental technologies and practices. He has extensive experience in environmental control technologies for water, air and waste, information/communication technologies, climate change, new venture development, and organizational governance across industrial sectors including energy, natural resources, chemical, and environmental services. A lifelong intra- and entrepreneur, Bill has worked with startups, corporations and investors to create new cleantech ventures and assess cleantech opportunities. He has served as an advisor to organizations including the Romanian (member of the delegation to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro), Italian, Mexican, Brazilian, and U.S. governments, UNIDO, the Sustainable Performance Group Investment Fund, PROPEL Board of Directors, The Conference Board, The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, The Institute of the Americas, and the World Resources Institute. Bill was an environment, health and safety consulting director at Arthur D. Little, Inc. where he worked for 15 years with over 100 clients across all sectors on 5 continents and in 4 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian).
Bill has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon and BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton.