Dr. Fred V. Carstensen, Professor of Finance and Economics, Director, Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis, University of Connecticut
Dr. Carstensen is a Finance Professor at the University of Connecticut’s School of Business. Dr. Carstensen is the Director of the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis (CCEA). Under his leadership, CCEA provides a wide array of economic analyses and policy studies for a host of clients, including the University, executive and legislative agencies of Connecticut, development authorities, foundations, and businesses. The studies, now numbering more than 150, have ranged from sophisticated, long-term economic impact studies of proposed developments to assessments of the state business tax environment to comprehensive build-out scenarios to assess the long-term impact of regional development. Dr. Carstensen was also the Director of the State Data Center (the U.S. Census liaison office) during which the SDC completed a comprehensive projection of Connecticut’s evolving demographic future.
Dr. Carstensen graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin in 1966 and completed his doctorate at Yale University in 1976. He has also taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia . He served three times as visiting Shelby Cullum Davis Professor of American Institutions and Values at Trinity College.
Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Founding Director, Sport and Sustainability International
Dr. Allen Hershkowitz is an environmental scientist, visionary, activist, writer, lecturer and strategic sustainability advisor. For 26 years he served as a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and was the force behind some of the organization’s most effective and visible initiatives. Blending technical expertise with the influence of iconic cultural sectors, Dr. Hershkowitz leverages the cultural and market influence of sports and entertainment organizations to promote environmental literacy to mass audiences. He currently advises numerous professional sports federations, leagues and teams in the United States and Europe, including the NBA, the USTA, the NHL, NASCAR, MLB, Roland Garros, and the IOC. He advises the New York Yankees as well as the Boston Red Sox, having guided the greening of Fenway Park for its 100th anniversary in 2012.
A native of New York, Dr. Hershkowitz received his Ph.D. in political economics, specializing in energy resources economics, from the City University of New York Graduate School in 1986. He earned a M. Phil. in political economics in 1982, a B.A. (cum laude) from the City College of New York in 1978 and a Certificat D’assiduite from the University of Grenoble in 1975.
Vincent Langone, Director of Operations, Covanta Energy
Mr. Langone is an operations executive with twenty-five years of experience in the renewable energy space. He has held a number of leadership positions overseeing multiple energy from waste facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and China. In his current role as Director of Operations for Covanta, Mr. Langone has overall responsibility for the management and oversight of the €400MM Dublin Energy From Waste Facility in Dublin, Ireland inclusive of commissioning, safety & health, environmental compliance, operational and financial performance, and employee development.
He also provides support to all Covanta’s waste to energy assets, consisting of 43 facilities around the world. In this capacity, he collaborates with corporate, regional, and individual facility teams to improve performance in the key areas of safety, environmental performance, employee engagement, production, and value creation. Prior to joining Covanta Mr. Langone held key management positions with the Wheelabrator Division of Waste Management.
Mr. Langone holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine (Power) Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.