Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, February 7

Dr. Cris B. Liban, PE, NAC
Chief Sustainability Officer
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency

Cris B. Liban is the Sustainability Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro). He has worked at LA Metro since 2003 and has grown his agency’s environmental and sustainability practice into one of the most progressive and forward-looking in the country, implementing over 150 sustainability initiatives to date. He is working to ensure that $140B in capital projects that are programmed for the next 40 years are sustainable, climate-adapted and resilient for the more than 10 million people of LA County. Many of these are to be completed in time for the 2028 Olympics.
Cris is currently the President of the City of Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners and is a member of the State of California Green Bonds Development Committee, He was the Transportation Chapter Lead of the recently published Fifth National Climate Assessment. 

Cris received in 2016 the Philippines’ highest civilian honor for Filipinos living overseas and was awarded the Engineering-News Record (ENR) 2020 Award of Excellence for his singular focus on building a sustainable transportation system that is also economically and socially beneficial to all levels of society. He was elected to the National Academy of Construction in 2021. In 2022, he was elected as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Cris has degrees in geology, civil engineering and environmental science and engineering.

Wednesday, February 8

Adam Roy Gordon
Executive Director
Global Compact Network USA

Adam Roy Gordon is Executive Director at Global Compact Network USA (Network USA), the US Chapter of the United Nations Global Compact, the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world. As the founding employee of Network USA, Adam oversees the organization’s strategic growth and development, programming and engagement with US businesses. Under his leadership, Network USA has become an impactful contributor to the United Nation Global Compact by convening over 1,000 signatories and providing a valuable network and support for companies on their sustainability journey. 

Adam lends his expertise as a well-known public speaker on corporate sustainability and was named to the Environment + Energy Leader 100. Adam is also a contributor to The Atlantic and is currently an adjunct professor in Columbia University’s Sustainability Management program.

Previously, Adam worked at CDP, supporting the integration of climate change, water, and deforestation disclosure into corporate performance. He was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow at Colgate-Palmolive Company and has diverse experience in sustainability that ranges from advising the government of Montenegro on green building policy to founding NYC’s first commercial composting waste hauler.

He holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and is a graduate of the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.