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The Westly Group
Mr. Westly is the Founder & Managing Partner of The Westly Group. He and his partners have built one of the larger sustainability venture firms in the US with close to $330 million under management. The Westly Group focuses on capital efficient, high growth companies in the sustainability, sharing economy, and the Internet of Things spaces. The firm has 12 or the larger, global energy and automotive companies as investors. The company has invested in 35+ portfolio companies, four of which have gone public on NASDAQ, including Tesla Motors. Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California – the world’s fifth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. In the 2008 election cycle Steve served as a California co-chair of the Obama for America campaign. He also served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board as a representative for the venture capital industry. Before running for office, Steve helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Steve helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm’s exponential growth. Steve helped take eBay public in 1998. Steve also served as an executive at a number of other technology firms including Netcom, WhoWhere?, Bridgemere Capital, and SPRINT. Steve began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Steve returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served as a lecturer for five years. Steve and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California. They have two children.
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Innovator, strategic thinker & planner, debater, and, above all else a true citizen of the world. Senior manager, consultant, entrepreneur and keynote speaker with over 15 years experience in tourism development & destination marketing positions and roles at global level. Since 2003, I’ve: ► delivered 100+ keynotes & workshops in destination planning, management & marketing, tourism strategy and sharing economy at international level ► led 50+ strategic plans, research studies & marketing programs ► been part of the team that set-up the first DMO in Greece for the City of Athens (This Is Athens) ► worked with DMOs, travel brands & tourism organizations in 20+ countries helping them to achieve their goals through meaningful strategies and results-oriented tactics. ► launched TOPOSOPHY Destination & Events Marketing Agency in 2010 (formerly know as About Tourism). ► Currently leading the following events as Chief Event Architect & Managing Director. - DineAthens Restaurant Week by Alpha Bank (2016-2018) | Concept Development & Chief Event Manager - Taste Athens by Taste Festivals | IMG (2018-2022) | Managing Director (Official Licensee) Recent & Upcoming Speaking Engagements: ► HOTREC General Assembly, Vienna, April 2018 - Keynote Presentation on Sharing Economy. ► International Place Branding Association, Cardiff/UK, December 2017, Sharing Economy Masterclass. ► European Cities Marketing CEO Meeting, Helsinki, December 2017, Keynote on Overtourism. ► Cornell Hospitality Research Summit 2017: Opportunities in the Era of Disruption, Ithaca | New York/October 2017 ► European Cities Marketing Annual Conference, June 2017/Dubrovnik, The Future of City Marketing ► ITB Berlin, March 2017/ Sharing Economy Masterclass ► ETAG Conference, January 2017/Edinburgh,Scotland, Sharing Economy Masterclass For more information, feel free to reach out and connect (www.toposophy.com email: email@example.com)