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Program Faculty


Shirley-Ann Augustin-Behravesh

Dr. Katharine (Kit) Batten is a senior sustainability scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Behravesh holds degrees in management, finance, manufacturing engineering and sustainability. She has extensive project management experiences, including sustainable technologies, transportation, construction, food and businesses. Her research focuses on understanding sustainable organizational culture, leadership and performance. Professor Behravesh works with non-profit organizations in the field of sustainable procurement, including the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and the American Sustainable Business Council.


Bruno Sarda

Bruno Sarda is a leader in the transition to a sustainable economy. As President of CDP North America, Bruno guides the organization’s engagement with thousands of companies, investors and governments across the U.S. and Canada to drive environmental disclosure and ambitious action. Since taking the reins at CDP North America, Bruno has amplified CDP’s profile in North America, ramping up the number of companies and cities that disclose to CDP and catalyzing progress toward meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Bruno holds more than a decade of leadership experience in the field of corporate sustainability. Most recently he served as Chief Sustainability Officer for NRG, a top integrated power company. Bruno’s direction laid the foundation for NRG to become the first power producer ever to set an ambitious science-based target in line with 1.5°C of global warming. Prior to NRG, Bruno was Director of Sustainability and Social Responsibility at Dell, where he oversaw a strategy that drove the promotion of human rights and environmental sustainability throughout Dell’s supply chain — including hitting a milestone of one million trees planted — and significantly enhanced Dell’s ESG disclosures.

Bruno is also a faculty member and Senior Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University. Bruno’s expert analysis is regularly featured in mainstream business news, including The New York Times, Bloomberg and elsewhere. He was named one of the “most influential sustainability voices in America” by The Guardian and was chosen by Environmental Leader as one of the top 50 sustainability leaders in the U.S. for 2017.


Alycia de Mesa

Alycia de Mesa is an instructor of communications and storytellling for the ASU School of Sustainability graduate programs in Sustainability Leadership and an adjunct professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Benedictine University. Over her 25-year career as a national and international brand and digital marketing advisor, she has worked with businesses from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Alycia is a writer for various business news publications and the author of the books such as Before The Brand: Creating the Unique DNA of an Enduring Brand Identity and Brand Avatar: Translating Virtual World Branding into Real World Success. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from ASU.


George Basile

Dr. George Basile is an internationally recognized creative thinker and practitioner in the field of sustainability working to reframe sustainability as a “decision challenge”. Basile started out on a traditional academic career path, with a BS in Physics from University of California-Irvine followed by a PhD in Biophysics from University of California-Berkeley and a post-doc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has held teaching positions at Berkeley and Stanford, and helped develop undergraduate and graduate sustainability programs in the United States and EU. He currently serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations and new ventures, and advises Fortune 500 clients and startups on sustainable strategies, operations, tools and actions. He served as the R&D head of The Natural Step, an accelerator of global sustainability and the Executive Director of the Decision Theater at ASU. Dr. Basile is widely published and is a sought after speaker focusing on creating strategic alignment between business drivers and emerging market needs.


Kevin Dooley

Dr. Kevin J. Dooley is a Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. As Chief Scientist of The Sustainability Consortium, Dooley leads a global research team that works with over 100 of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers to develop tools that measure and track progress on critical product sustainability issues. He has published more than 100 research articles and co-authored an award-winning book Organizational Change and Innovation Processes. Dr. Dooley has provided training or consultation for over 200 companies in the areas of sustainability, supply chain management, quality, and technology and innovation. He obtained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois.


Christopher Boone

Dr. Christopher Boone is Dean of the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. His research contributes to ongoing debates in sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, vulnerability, and global environmental change. He is a scientist for the urban Long Term Ecological Research projects based in Baltimore and Phoenix and sits on the scientific steering committee for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project. He is an active contributor to Future Earth, an international initiative that aims to integrate the global environmental change community with a focus on sustainable outcomes.