President Obama and the Green Economy

An all-star panel of speakers from the day, in conversation with Joel Makower.

Webcast By: Event Compression Group

  • Holly Kaufman, CEO, Environment & Enterprise Strategies.
  • Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, Greener World Media.

    • Makower is executive editor of and its sister sites, conferences, and research services, all produced by Greener World Media, of which he is co-founder and chairman. Previously, he was editor of The Green Business Letter, an acclaimed monthly newsletter on corporate environmental practices, which he founded in 1991. He is author of more than a dozen book; his newest, Strategies for the Green Economy, has been called “a clear and compelling vision of what's possible when companies harness environmental thinking” by Stonyfield Farm founder Gary Hirshberg; and “hopeful vision of companies transforming challenges into opportunities, re-imagining not just their products and processes, but themselves,” by noted green architect William McDonough. He also writes “Two Steps Forward” (, a popular blog on green business, clean technology, and green marketing. The Associated Press has called him “The guru of green business practices.”

  • Sanjay Wagle, Principal, VantagePoint Venture Partners.

    • Sanjay is a Principal in the CleanTech Group at VantagePoint Venture Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm managing over $4 billion. Sanjay brings nine years of experience in private equity and project finance, with a focus on the clean technology sector, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, water, and transportation. During the Obama campaign, Sanjay was the co-founder and Managing Chair of Cleantech & Green Business for Obama, a national constituency group of the campaign that organized the cleantech and green business community. Prior to VantagePoint, Sanjay served as a founding Principal of Expansion Capital Partners and an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation, a unit of the World Bank. Sanjay earned a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.