Christopher Wellise is passionate about drawing upon his experience in business and science/engineering to analyze how organizations innovate, develop and market products; consume energy and natural resources; and produce waste streams, to find ways to bring businesses closer to economic, social and environmental sustainability.
As part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Living Progress Initiative, Christopher directs a team that focuses on solving social and environmental issues in collaboration with nonprofit organizations, governments, customers and partners. Together they create solutions that improve communities and advance human, economic and environmental progress.
As a whole, the Living Progress Initiative team is committed to increasing HPE’s brand value and business success through social investment programs that are aligned with the overall business strategy. The overarching objective is to create a better future for everyone through their actions and innovations. Learn more about the results of their work in a recent story highlighting the winners of the Living Progress Challenge.
Prior to his work with the Living Progress Initiative, Christopher was the Global Stakeholder Engagement lead for the Hewlett Packard (HP) Company, and was responsible for advancing the HP environmental brand and reputation with key influencers and developing relationship strategies with NGO’s, regional sustainability luminaries, consumer influencers, academics, policy makers and HP executive leadership.
Under Christopher’s management, HP’s carbon disclosure went from 66/100 to 100/100 and ‘A’ for performance in CDP within three years, and engagement across the company up to the CEO reached a new level. He advanced HP’s corporate strategy in climate, forestry and water and spear-headed the first utility scale renewable energy deal at HP resulting in powering all of HP’s own global IT data center operations with wind energy in Texas.
Prior to HP, Christopher worked at Green Environment Inc. as a Vice President where he lead environmental due diligence efforts for leading Bay Area corporate and private equity clients involved in M&A activity. He also led a global software and hardware certification and branding program at Sun Microsystems focused on energy efficiency and interoperability.
Christopher began his career at the U.S. Department of Interior (USGS Water Resources Division) as a physical/environmental scientist where he researched the effects of public investment in pollution treatment technology on near shore ecosystems, and synergistic effects of industrial and agricultural pollutants. He has expertise on a broad variety of corporate sustainability concepts and leadership practices; solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities for multinational companies related to sustainable development, strategy, innovation, brand building, transparency and reporting.
Christopher has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University.
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