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-Chair: Christian Thimann, AXA – Group Management Services
  • Position 1: Europe – Banking (2018-20)
  • Ballabriga
    Antoni Ballabriga
    Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA
    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)
  • Lambert
    Steve Lambert
    Executive General Manager, Corporate Finance, National Australia Bank Limited
    Steve Lambert is Executive General Manager, Corporate Finance. Steve leads a group of professionals that support the debt and equity financing needs of NAB’s Corporate & Institutional clients globally. This includes all bilateral and syndicated loans, all forms of specialised finance and capital market instruments, equity and hybrid product and in the creation of new investor driven financing product.
    Steve joined NAB in 1998 in Hong Kong and his career has spanned 34 years in banking, in both Australia and offshore. Steve has had a variety of roles in debt capital markets, interest rate, commodity and credit derivatives, multi-asset structured products, specialised finance & leasing and in new product development.
    Steve has an undergraduate degree in Economics/Econometrics from the University of New South Wales, and post graduate qualifications from Nanzan University, Macquarie University and the University of New England. Steve is a Fellow of the Corporate Treasurers Association, the Finance and Securities Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is active on a number of external boards including the Global Steering Committee of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Finance Initiative, Impacting Investing Australia (IIA) and the Advisory Board of the Australian Centre & Financial Studies (ACFS).
  • Position 3: Latin America – Banking (2018-20) 
  • Velasquez
    Mauricio Velasquez
    Coordinator of Environmental & Social Management Program for Financial Institutions, Corporacion Andina de Fomento, CAF
    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)
  • Thimann
    UNEP FI Co-chair
    Christian Thimann
    Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight, AXA – Group Management Services
    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)
  • Salah
    Musa Salah
    Group Manager, Environmental and Sustainability, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated
    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)
  • Patricia Coimbra
    Executive Director of HR and Sustainability, SulAmérica
    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)
  • Jacki Johnson
    Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation, Insurance Australia Group Limited
    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)
  • Hovorka
    Frank Hovorka
    Director of Strategy and Member of the Executive Board, QUARTUS
    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)
  • McHale
    Brandee McHale
    Director, Corporate Citizenship, Citi and President, Citi Foundation
    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
    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 (2018-2020)
  • Position 12: Appointed Position (2017-2018)
  • Saker Nusseibeh
    CEO, Hermes Investment Management
    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
  • Elliot Harris
    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.