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Charles Anderson

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

Charles Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector and has played key leadership roles in integrating environmental, social and governance concerns into the private sector. He believes that the finance sector can lead by example in the transition to an inclusive, resilient and sustainable economy.

From 2009-2013, Charles was CEO of Sovereign, New Zealand's largest life and health insurance business. During his time there, he aligned the environmental and sustainability policy with its core business strategy and was active in the global process that produced the landmark Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) launched at Rio+20 by UNEP FI. He also launched the Sovereign Wellbeing Index, a survey to find out what makes New Zealanders happy, and what needs to change to improve their wellbeing.

Previously he worked at Aviva as Managing Director for Asia Pacific and was an Associate of UK based Leader’s Quest, a not-for-profit promoting social change. He has also served as a Board member of the New Zealand Council for Sustainable Business Development and as Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Council in New Zealand.

Charles was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He holds an MBA from the University of London in Business & Administration/Management, and a bachelor’s from the University of Birmingham in Mathematics & Statistics/Applied Mathematics.

Charles has a love for the outdoors, and is passionate about preserving ecosystems for future generations. He likes to spend time on his organic farm in the UK, is an active sportsman and enjoys triathlons, golf, kayaking, hiking and fly-fishing.