The GBPN Board of Directors provides strategic and operational oversight of the GBPN Global Centre, and monitors its performance.
The Board is composed of 2 members:
William Sisson, Executive Director of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), North-America operations
Based in New-York city, William Sisson oversees WBCSD’s regional member relations and growth efforts, sustainability focused member projects and strategic events. Prior to his role with WBCSD, Bill gained over 30 years of private sector experience with the multi-national conglomerate United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he capped his career as Senior Executive Director for Sustainability. While at UTC, his responsibilities included directing Carrier’s long-range HVAC research as well as managing Carrier’s Commercial Controls division.
Bill presently sits on the Technical Review Committee of the Global Cooling Prize, administered by Rocky Mountain Institute, and is a member of the expert group for Aspen Global Change Institute’s research on Industry Decarbonization. After 6 years on the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) Board, Bill was appointed the Chairman and Board President in September 2018. He holds advanced degrees from Virginia Tech, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business, where he is a Sloan Fellow alumnus.
Surabi Menon, Director of Research, Climate Works Foundation
Surabi Menon has over 16 years of professional experience in the climate change field. Ms. Menon joined ClimateWorks as Director of Research in 2012. Previously, she worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a staff scientist and also as the leader of the Heat Island Group. Prior to that, she was a climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Her research explores the intersection of climate change, renewables, energy efficiency and economics. Her work supports climate philanthropy by providing a global context for climate mitigation and climate policy progress, identifying high-impact investment opportunities, supporting energy transitions that lead to a low carbon pathway and working on frameworks to identify the developmental and economic benefits associated with reducing climate pollution.
Dr. Menon is a charter member of the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board and sits on the Board the Global Buildings Performance Network (2012). Ms. Menon has a PhD in atmospheric science, and an MBA in Sustainable Management. She has published over sixty times in peer-reviewed journals, and was a co-author of the 2007 IPPC report that won the Nobel Peace Prize. She also started an environmental NGO in India in 2008.