eric usherEric Usher
Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

Eric Usher Heads the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, UNEP FI, a global partnership bringing together the UN with a global group of banks, insurers and asset managers working to develop the sustainable finance and responsible investment agendas. Eric oversees governance, strategy and day-to-day management of UNEP FI’s work programme and global network development. Over the years UNEP FI has established some of the most important sustainability oriented frameworks within the finance industry, including the Principles for Responsible Investment (2006), the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (2012) and the Principles for Responsible Banking (2019).

Since joining in 2015, Mr. Usher has focused on accelerating the deep integration of sustainability risks into financial practice, including addressing climate change, natural capital loss and human rights abuses, as well as building out the frameworks for positive impact finance needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Eric sits on several industry bodies including as UN representative on the Board of the Principles for Responsible Investment, and as a member of the governing boards of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, the Investor Agenda and the impact fund REPP Africa.

Prior to leading UNEP FI, Mr. Usher has over twenty years of experience in the low carbon sectors, spanning technology commercialisation in Canada, solar rural electrification in Morocco and financial sector development across emerging markets. During 2011, Mr. Usher worked on the establishment of the Green Climate Fund and led efforts to create its Private Sector Facility. Eric has been an editor of the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report published annually with Bloomberg and was lead author for finance of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources. Earlier in his career, Eric was General Manager of a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco.

Programme Operations Manager Yuki Yasui
Administration Ken Maguire
Lydia Beaujois
Linh Doan
Communications & IT Sally Wootton
Mustafa Chaudhry
Richard Hansen
Rob Wilson
Cara Wilson
Industry Committees
Banking Simone Dettling
Puleng Ndjwili-Potele
Oualid Rokneddine
Investment Elodie Feller
Rebecca Elliott
Matthew Ulterino
Insurance Butch Bacani
Olivia Fabry
Thematic Work
Climate Change Remco Fischer
Jesica Andrews
David Carlin
Paul Smith
Oliver Wagg (Communications)
Energy Efficiency Remco Fischer
Ecosystems Management and Sustainable Land Use Liesel van Ast
Dennis Fritsch
Jonathan Gheyssens
Martin Halle
Lara Yacob
Positive Impact Finance Careen Abb
Regional Activities
Membership Manager Liesel van Ast
Africa & Middle East Geeda Haddad (Middle East & North Africa)
Reuben Muhindi Wambui (Africa)
Asia-Pacific Yuki Yasui
Dae-Woong Lim (Republic of Korea)
Kaori Nomura (Japan)
Rakesh Shejwal (YES Bank India)
Peiyuan Guo (China)
Europe Liesel van Ast
Latin America Maria Sosa Taborda
Carolina Lopez (Chile)
North America Layalee Ramahi
Training Carolina Lopez
Yushan Zhang