C3E 2013: Corporate Implementation Award Winner, Kirstin Gunderson

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Presented by Dymphna van der Lans, @DymphnavdLans, @gmfus
Senior Director, Public Policy Program
German Marshall Fund
Award Presenter, Corporate Implementation

Ms. Dymphna van der Lans is the Senior Director of the Economic Policy Program and Climate and Energy Program for the German Marshall Fund where she focuses on bringing together leaders from across the energy sector for a sustained dialogue on energy transition. Her experience includes distributed energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resources, investments, financial services, and China, India, the United States, and the European Union. Her previous positions include serving as the Director of Global Renewables, Infrastructure, and Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Development Capital, LLP and serving as the Director of Distributed Energy Emerging Markets for BP Alternative Energy, part of BP International.

Van der Lans earned her MBA at Rice University and her MA in Chinese Economics and Law from Leiden University. She is a graduate of Dialogos’ Leadership for Collective Intelligence program and the Sales and Marketing Leadership Program from the Kellogg School of Management. 

Presented to Kirstin Gunderson
Senior Manager, Renewable Energy
Corporate Implementation

Ms. Kristen Gunderson is a Senior Manager for Walmart’s Energy Team, where she helps drive the successful deployment and management of Walmart’s onsite renewable portfolio, which includes solar, large and micro wind, fuel cell, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging technologies. Her work advances Walmart’s goal to produce or procure 7 billion kWh of renewable energy globally by 2020, and the company’s long-term goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. In 2012, Ms. Gunderson led the installation of Walmart’s first 1 MW onsite wind turbine in Red Bluff, CA. In her role, Ms. Gunderson ensures the health of critical project partner relationships with developers, utilities, and internal and external constituents in order to support the success and continued growth of the portfolio.

Ms. Gunderson was recently selected to serve as a Captain of Walmart’s Global Renewable Energy Committee (GREC), a part of Walmart’s Global Energy and Facilities Sustainability Value Network. This network facilitates Walmart’s global efforts to operate for less and reduce its environmental impact, and within this network the GREC coordinates Walmart’s renewable energy and energy efficiency goals and strategy across more than 15 countries.

Prior to her role at Walmart, Ms. Gunderson was a Hilda Sidman Scholar, and a Global Leaders Fellow at the George Washington School of Business, and was focused on the intersection of clean energy and corporate strategy. While at GW, Ms. Gunderson led the first national Women’s Leadership Forum focused on issues of diversity and inclusion for female MBA candidates.

Prior to joining GW, Ms. Gunderson was Director of the national certification program for the Council for Responsible Sport, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide an objective, independent sustainability certification for the athletic industry, and to actively support event organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Gunderson has been focused on topics of sustainability, and her experience spans the retail, non-profit, and consulting sectors, and includes studies and work in the United States, Latin America, East Africa, and China.

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