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Lara Birkes

Lara is a sustainability strategist and policy professional with over fifteen years experience managing partnerships, sustainability initiatives and policy engagement with companies, international organizations, governments and NGOs. 

Lara is Co Founder of California benefit corporation and tech start-up, Eqogo. Previously she led Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s global sustainability team as VP & Chief Sustainability Officer. Other affiliations include the Virgin Unite Foundation, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, World Economic Forum, WTO and the U.S. Senate. 

Lara holds a B.S. from the University of Montana and an M.A from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She is a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar.

Her passion for sustainability is driven by her love of nature. As an outdoor enthusiast, avid skier and mountaineer, away from work you can usually find Lara in the mountains with her Golden Retriever.