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.
2018 Global Steering Committee Members
- Co-Chairs: Christian Thimann, AXA – Group Management Services and
Brandee McHale, Director, Corporate Citizenship, Citi and President, Citi Foundation
- Position 1: Europe – Banking (2018-20)
Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA (Spain)
Antoni Ballabriga is Global Head of Responsible Business at BBVA. He reports directly to the Board of Directors. His mission is to ensure that people are systematically placed at the decision-making processes. He assists to the CEO to propose Responsible Banking policy & define its plans, and responsible of its implementation & monitoring. He works mainly as second line to challenge & give support to all areas to embed this policy in their operational models, This includes the design of customer solutions to marketing and sales, customer relations & complaints; sustainable finance integrating environmental & social opportunities & risks; reputation monitoring & risk management; integrated report; community investment. He is CEO of Momentum Social Investment. Moreover, he is professor at ESADE Business School. Former President of DIRSE, Spanish Association of CSR Professionals and Former President of SpainSIF, Spanish Forum for Socially Responsible Investment. Antoni holds a Degree in Business Sciences and MBA from ESADE Business School. He has studied at Harvard Business School and is First Mover Fellow at The Aspen Institute.
- Position 2: Asia Pacific – Banking (2016-18)
Member of the Corporate & Institutional Bank and Risk Leadership Team
Executive General Manager, Corporate Finance, National Australia Bank Limited (Australia)
Eric leads a global group of professionals that support the specialised funding needs of the NAB Group and its clients. This includes all forms of syndicated loan, bond and securitisation origination; specialists in all types of infrastructure, clean energy, project finance and specialist leasing; creation and distribution of investor product suitable for domestic and offshore clients. Eric also holds responsibility for managing the balance sheet for Corporate & Institutional Bank via the credit and execution functions.
Eric joined National Australia Bank in 2002 in the Capital Management team going on to lead the Group Capital Management and Funding teams until 2007, when he became Group Treasurer. In 2015, he left the role of Group Treasurer to become Chief Risk Officer first for Business Bank, and then in late 2016 for the Corporate & Institutional Bank.
Prior to joining NAB, Eric worked for RBS Corporate Finance in Edinburgh and before that with Close Brothers in London. Eric started his career as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in the UK.
- Position 3: Latin America – Banking (2018-20)
Coordinator of Environmental & Social Management Program for Financial Institutions, Corporacion Andina de Fomento, CAF (Venezuela)
Mauricio has over 8 years of experience as Principal executive of the Environmental and Climate Change Department at CAF (Latin American Development Bank). He has been the head of the Strategic Program of Environmental and Social Management for financial institutions (PGASIF). Moreover, since 2015 Mauricio has been co-chair of the Latin American Task Force UNEP FI, and promoter of the Protocol of Sustainable Finances of the Banking of Ecuador. His career has a remarkable background in terms of sustainability and environment protection. He has participated as member of the main group that elaborated the Management Plan for the Galapagos National Park and he worked at Galapagos National Park as a Coordinator of Investigation and Development Projects. Additionally, he was the Director of the Environmental Area at the Municipality of Guayaquil for over four years and the Sub-secretary of the Natural Capital Department at the Environment Ministry of Ecuador. He strongly believes on the necessity to create resilient and low carbon economies to improve the livelihood of the Latin American citizens. He holds a Master degree in Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY (State University of New York). More of his biography here.
- 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 (2018-20)
Group Manager, Environmental and Sustainability, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (Togo)
Musa Salah is the Group Manager and Head of Environmental and Sustainability Unit at the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Lome-Togo with responsibility covering 36 countries in Africa. Prior to this, he was a Regional Account Manager, United Nations, Agribusiness and Climate Initiatives in the International Organisations Department of Ecobank. Before joining Ecobank in 2008, he worked in the United Nations systems in Ethiopia and Nigeria, from 2003-2008.
Musa served on the Ghana National Climate Change Committee (2010-2012). He has contributed to a number of Policy reports on the Environment and Sustainable Development nexus, including National Councils for Sustainable Development in Africa: A Review of Institutions and their Functioning, UNECA (2005); and Ghana Policy Advisory Series on Climate Change, Africa Adaptation Programme, EPA-Ghana (2011).
He holds MSc degree in Environmental Management, Sustainable Development option, from University of Surrey, UK. He was a Fellow at the UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, Copenhagen, hosted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2011); and Chairs the Bank of Ghana Sustainable Banking Principle Committee.
- 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: Europe – Investment (2018-20)
Director of Strategy and Member of the Executive Board, QUARTUS (France)
My career is dedicated to sustainability integration into urban and building projects. Consequently I worked on financial tools dedicated to real estate communication between stakeholders in order to develop impact and risks assessment.Since May 2017, I am the head of Strategy including digital, innovation and ESG of the group QUARTUS dedicated to real estate development. The baseline of this group is to be dedicated to customer satisfaction through building as a service. My role is to develop the impact analysis and solutions of our developments. (energy efficiency, GHG, financial performance indicators….)Prior to this, I worked for the “Caisse des depots” group in charge of the real estate sustainable development policy and investment policy in French regions. My role was the integration of ESG criteria in the business of direct investments and also non direct investment through funds. I also represented the group in different stakeholders platform in France and Internationally as EEFIG for example at the European commission level.
- Position 9: Universal position (2018-20)
Director, Corporate Citizenship, Citi and President, Citi Foundation (USA)
Brandee McHale is Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi and president of the Citi Foundation. She leads the bank’s efforts to promote sustainable finance and oversees both Citi’s Corporate Sustainability and Environmental and Social Risk Management teams. She is committed to leveraging Citi’s core business activities to help address climate change and its impacts, and to promote sustainable growth and progress. She helped to set Citi’s Sustainable Progress Strategy and guides its global implementation across the company. Under her leadership, Citi continues to further embedding sustainability into its core businesses by expanding its environmental finance activities and developing innovative sustainable financing solutions; establishing enhanced environmental and social risk due diligence for its financing activities; and reducing Citi’s environmental footprint globally.
Brandee also oversees the Citi Foundation. She is an experienced grantmaker who has dedicated over three decades of her career to philanthropy and developing a forward-thinking portfolio of grant initiatives that connect low-income residents to onramps of economic opportunity and a secure financial future.
- Position 10: Universal Position (2017-2018)
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: Appointed Position (2018-2020)
Director of the Center for Finance and Development, Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research (China)
Dr. MA Jun is the UN Environment’s Special Advisor on Sustainable Finance. He is also Special Advisor to the Governor of the People’s Bank of China, Chairman of Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking, and Co-chair of G20 Green Finance Study Group. Before joining Tsinghua University, he was the Chief Economist at the Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) from 2014-17. Prior to that, he worked for 13 years at Deutsche Bank, where he was Managing Director, Chief Economist for Greater China, and Head of China and Hong Kong Strategy. From 1992-2000, he worked as public policy specialist, economist and senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. From 1988-1990, he was a research fellow at the Development Research Center of China’s State Council. Dr. Ma received his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1994, and his master’s degree in Management Science from Fudan University in 1988.
- Position 12: Appointed Position (2017-2018)
CEO, Hermes Investment Management (UK)
He was a Plenary Speaker at the 2016 Dubai Global Roundtable 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. 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
UN Environment Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Following an extensive career focusing on environment and development in government and international organizations, Erik Solheim was elected to become Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme on 13 May 2016.Prior to joining UNEP, Solheim was the chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As head of the DAC, which is the main body of the world’s development donors, Solheim emphasized the role of private sector and tax in development finance, spearheading the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership and the Addis Tax Initiative. Solheim also focused on the need to channel more aid to least-developed countries, and bring new members and partners to the DAC. From 2007 to 2012, Solheim held the combined portfolio of Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development, and from 2005 to 2007 served as Minister of International Development. This unique portfolio mixture allowed him to bring a coherent approach to development and the environment.