The UNEP FI Global Steering Committee provides executive direction on strategic, work programme and budgetary issues on a regular basis. The Global Steering Committee reports to UNEP FI’s Annual General Meeting, where all Members come together to make decisions on the Initiative’s overall strategic direction, structural issues and budget decisions.
Global Steering Committee Members
- Co-chairs Denise Hills and Christian Thimann
- Position 1: Europe – Banking (2015-17)
Head of Corporate Strategy, Triodos Bank NV
James is a specialist in social and environmental finance having been at Triodos Bank since 1998. James has advised on bond issues and share offers for leading social enterprises and charities. He has managed equity investments in a range of early stage businesses in the organic food, recycling and environmental technology sectors.In 2005, James started Triodos Bank’s investment activity in the UK and was Managing Director of Investment Management, incorporating corporate finance advisory services and fund management. James was also the Managing Director of Triodos Renewables plc from 2005-2012. He has been a director of many green and sustainable businesses and has served on the board of UKSIF and was treasurer of a local community development association. James was a member of the Investment & Contract Readiness Fund Advisory Panel and the UK Advisory Board to the G8 Social Investment Taskforce. He now leads the development of strategy across the Triodos Bank group internationally.
Head of Environmental Risk Management, Barclays plc, UK
Chris has been leading Barclays environmental risk management team for over fifteen years, during which time a benchmarking study of European banks’ environmental risk management practices, by a leading asset manager, identified Barclays as a ‘race leader’.He led Barclays’ collaboration with ABN AMRO, Citi and WestLB in developing the Equator Principles environmental due diligence framework, which has become an industry standard in international project finance.Chris is a member of the Barclays team which is helping steer the work of the Banking Environment Initiative. He chairs the ‘Soft Commodities’ Compact Implementation Group.He lectures regularly at Strathclyde University Business School on environmental risk issues, and has presented at events hosted by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.Chris is a banker by training having fulfilled roles in departments as diverse as electronic banking, credit cards and corporate banking, and fulfilling responsibilities as varied as strategic planning, development capital raising and project management.He holds a degree in Agricultural and Forest Sciences from Oxford University, and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services.
- Position 2: Asia Pacific – Banking (2016-18)
Executive General Manager, Global Capital Markets, National Australia Bank Limited (Australia)
As Executive General Manager of Capital Financing for National Australia Bank (NAB) Limited, Steve is currently a member of both the Product & Markets Division Leadership Team and the Group’s main credit risk decisioning committee. His career has spanned over 32 years in banking in both Australia and overseas. In addition to his role at NAB, he is also involved in a number of external boards including Women in Banking & Finance (WIBF), Impacting Investing Australia (IIA), Infrastructure Partners Australia (IPA) and the Advisory Board of the Australian Centre & Financial Studies (ACFS).His interest in sustainable finance began quite a number of years ago as a result of his involvement in various renewable energy transactions. Since then, he has worked on a number of very specific financing or risk interventions relating to indigenous health, childhood interventions, homelessness and mental health issues and has helped to lead teams to some major sustainable finance accomplishments including:
- Completing the first certified green bond for a commercial bank (Dec 2014)
- Taking the first non- North American renewable energy transaction successfully to the US Reg D market (Hallett Hill 2)
- Working with Clean Energy Finance Corp to create an innovative clean energy structure for Australian small business
- Completing the first certified green securitisation (April 2016)
- Making an AUD 18bn clean energy financing Climate Change Commitment
- Completing Australia’s largest impact bond related to conserving water in the Murray Basin with The Nature Conservancy
- Making multiple submissions to Government with the community sector on social and affordable housing
- Position 3: Latin America – Banking (2015-17)
UNEP FI Co-chair
Head of Sustainability, Banco Itau Holding Financeira S.A.
Denise has more than 25 years of experience in the financial market, more specifically on investment, financial planning and wealth management. She has been the head of Sustainability at Itaú Unibanco since 2010. Under her supervision the Sustainability Area has conducted the revision of the organization’s sustainability strategy which includes now three strategic focus: dialogue and transparency, social and environmental risks and opportunities and financial literacy. Denise has been a key person in this whole process by helping to build the necessary links between the business areas activities and the sustainability challenges of our times. Previously, she has been in charge of several areas, such as Treasury, Corporate and Private Clients, Wealth Management Services and Education for Investors in national and multinational financial institutions. She is graduate in business administration, with extension in economics from FIPE – Economic Research Institute Foundation, USP. Participated of Business & Sustainability Programme, realized by Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development in partnership with University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.
- Position 4: Europe – Insurance (Jul 2016-18)
UNEP FI Co-chair
Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight, AXA – Group Management Services (France)
Christian Thimann is AXA’s Head of Regulation, Sustainability & Insurance Foresight, overseeing the group’s regulatory and public affairs positioning, its engagement on corporate responsibility and sustainability, and its work on foresight as well as the AXA Research Fund. From 2014-16 he was overseeing the Group’s strategy function. He is also Vice-Chair of the FSB’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, Co-Chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative Global Steering Committee (UNEP FI) and Member of the OECD Advisory Board. He has been recently appointed Chairman of the High-level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. Moreover, he is a professor at the Paris School of Economics, and a member of the French Prime Minister’s Council of Economic Advisors. Mr. Thimann was previously Director-General and Adviser to the President at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Before joining the ECB, Mr. Thimann worked for the IMF. Mr. Thimann holds a Ph.D. in economics from Munich University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. He has written extensively on insurance, international finance and European integration.
- Position 5: Africa – Banking (2015-17)
Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan has been working in the field of Sustainability and Communications for over 17 years. She joined Access Bank in 2008 to establish the Sustainability function and has since led the Bank’s efforts in its Sustainability performance. In 2011, she initiated the Nigeria Sustainable Finance Week to create awareness and education on Sustainability and the need for the financial sector in Nigeria to develop a set of principles that will guide their sustainability performance. This was implemented in collaboration with UNEPFI and the DFIs, leading to the development of the Nigeria Sustainable Banking Principles.Omobolanle has since been actively involved in ensuring implementation both within Access Bank and other financial institutions. She serves as the internal leader and “go to” expert for sustainability in Access Bank and the financial sector, monitoring emerging trends, programs and issues; communicating and educating others on sustainability. She leads the interface with stakeholders (domestic and international), on the Bank’s sustainability agenda and also responds to questions or statements of position on Sustainability related matters. She mentors Sustainability champions in other African financial institutions and provides them with relevant support required to implement the necessary positive change in their institutions.
- Position 6: Latin America – Insurance (2016-18)
Executive Director of HR and Sustainability, SulAmérica (Brazil)
Patricia is responsible for the overall Sustainability & HR strategy and operations, for ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) business integration, sustainability reports and a R$ 6.5 MM social investment strategy. She is also responsible for BMF & Bovespa Corporate Sustainability Index coordination (in the list for 7 consecutive years), International Finance Corporation reports and United Nations Global Compact voluntary commitment. She also shares responsibility with SulAmérica Asset Management for PRI commitment.Before SulAmérica, Patricia was HR Development Director for Oi telecommunications, supporting 1k executives, 25k employees and 30k third parties (February 2011 – July 2013), in charge of leadership pipeline development, talent management, performance management and technical training.Most of her career was spent in SC Johnson, as HR Director for Brazil, in charge of all HR subjects as well as External Communications and Giving Back (January 2001 – January 2011) leading significant organizational changes such as plant shut down, plant startup, global acquisitions implementation and shared services center implementation in Argentina.Before joining SC Johnson in 1998, she held different HR positions in Shell Brasil, such as Corporate and New Business HR Business Partner, Training Head and special projects HR leader (Cost leadership and Transformation). She started her career in Shell in 1989 as planning analyst and then planning head in Strategic Planning, developing local scenarios, facilitating business strategic reviews with Business Management Committees and developing information systems to support economic planning.
- Position 7: Asia Pacific – Insurance (2016-18)
Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation, Insurance Australia Group Limited (Australia)
Jacki Johnson was appointed to the new role of Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation in January 2016, responsible for the functions that come together to drive performance through organisational agility. These functions include: people and culture, corporate and government affairs, shared value and the IAG Foundation.Jacki was previously Chief Executive for IAG’s New Zealand business, a role she held since November 2010. As well as leading her team in the disaster recovery following several disasters, including the Christchurch Earthquakes she also doubled the size of the company during her 5 years in the role. She is a Non Executive Director of Community First Credit Union, a member of the Community First Corporate Governance Committee, a former President of the Insurance Council of New Zealand, and former Chair of the Christchurch Recovery Chief Executives’ meeting. Jacki continues in her role as Executive Director IAG NZ.Since joining IAG in 2001, Jacki has held several senior positions in both direct and intermediated insurance, including as Chief Executive Officer of IAG’s business partnerships division, now part of CGU. She has also led organisational effectiveness and group strategy functions, and managed the integration of IAG and CGU’s workers’ compensation business. Jacki also established IAG’s online start up business, The Buzz. In 2010 this business received the Australia Business Award for outstanding achievement in Innovation. The online insurance business learnings generated in The Buzz were later migrated into IAG’s broader businesses.Jacki was recognised by the NZ Herald in December 2015 as NZ Executive of the Year. She is a former Non Executive Director of the New South Wales WorkCover Authority and the Personal Injury Education Foundation.
- Position 8: Vacant
- Position 9: Vacant
- Position 10: Open Position
Barbara Turley-McIntyre, CIP, MEB
Vice President, Sustainability & Citizenship, The Co-operators Group Limited (Canada)
Throughout her insurance career, Barbara has held various roles including independent insurance broker, underwriting manager, community and shareholder relations liaison. She is currently responsible for sustainability leadership at a co-operative insurance and financial services group in Canada. She leads the enterprise-wide integration of the sustainability policy and strategy, and oversees production of the annual Sustainability Report, carbon management programs and The Co-operators Foundation.She holds a Masters in Environment and Business and a Chartered Insurance Professional designation and is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Waterloo, Faculty of Environment.Her direct experience with Sustainable Finance most recently includes the following:
- Introduction of a Flood Insurance Product for Canadians: Until April 2015, Canada was the only G7 country without flood coverage for its citizens. The Co-operators developed flood models that allowed them to bring a product to market. Additionally, we developed Partners for Action (P4A), a diverse group of stakeholders including insurers, re-insurers, developers, banks, NGOs and government leaders to build flood resiliency.
- Launch of Impact Investments: In early 2016, The Co-operators committed that, by the end of 2018, 6-10% of its institutional investments will be directed to investments that have intentional, measured and publically-tracked social and environmental impacts.
- Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy: In 2015, The Co-operators Board of Directors passed a motion to support management’s public advocacy of pricing carbon. They are engaging with government, business, suppliers and clients to transition to a low-carbon economy. In July 2016, The Co-operators became a member of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.
- Position 11: Vacant
- Position 12: Appointed Position
CEO, Hermes Investment Management (UK)
He is a Plenary Speaker at the upcoming Dubai Global Roundtable in October and was also a speaker at the 2015 Annual General Meeting.Strategic importance of Hermes and its level of influence Hermes Investment Management is an institutional asset manager in the UK with $37 billion of assets under management and a global leader in responsible investment. They are one of the first mainstream asset managers to go beyond ESG risk management to also target and measure positive impacts from their investment portfolio.
Saker Nusseibeh himself is a renowned responsible investment thought leader in the UK and Europe and has set up The 300 Club which aims to challenge investment orthodoxy and improve the contribution of financial services to society as a whole. A video of Saker speaking on the purpose of investment is here.Brexit and its potential impact on sustainable finance not only in the UK but also globally has increased the strategic importance of GSC members from the UK.
- Position 13: UNEP Representative
Elliott C. Harris
Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the UN Environment
Mr. Harris joined UN Environment as Director of the New York Office and of the Secretariat of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) in September 2013. Prior to joining UN Environment, he worked as an Economist in the IMF from 1988 to 2013, gaining extensive policy and programmatic experience in African and Central Asian countries, as well as in the Fiscal Affairs Department on public expenditure policy issues. From July 2002 onward, Mr. Harris served as Advisor, Chief of the Development Issues Division, and Assistant Director of the IMF’s Strategy, Policy and Review Department. From September 2008 until May 2012, he was also the IMF’s Special Representative to the United Nations, and was closely involved in interagency collaboration in the areas of social protection, green economy, and fiscal space for social policy. From September 2009 until October 2013, he was the Vice Chair of the High-Level Committee on Programs (HLCP) of the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination.