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UNEP FI is hosting its Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Finance for Latin America and Caribbean as a virtual event on 31 August–2 September 2021, with the support of IDB, RepRisk, and eco.business Fund. The virtual event will define the role of banking, insurance and investment in shaping ambitious responsible and sustainable strategies to proactively address the challenges and opportunities of a green recovery whilst transitioning to a low-carbon, inclusive and sustainable future in Latin America and Caribbean.
Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment, Grupo Financiero Banorte
Mariuz has a Law and International Relations degree and a Master’s degree in Human Rights in Latin America. She has worked in the field on non-governmental organizations specializing in human rights and women’s rights. More than a fifteen years ago, she moved to the private sector, advising companies in their sustainability and corporate responsibility strategies, specialized in the financial sector. Currently, she is Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment in Grupo Financiero Banorte in Mexico. She is President of the ESG Group in the Mexican Stock Exchange, was Co-Chair of the Informal Working Group of the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures, and part of the LATAM Committee of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
ESG Advisor, Latin America, RepRisk
Gabriel Cecchini is a consultant in the field of corporate governance, integrity and ESG based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, advising private and public local and regional organizations in the design, implementation and evaluation of their governance and integrity strategies, programs, and tools. Gabriel Cecchini is Founder and Director, ESG Integridad, and ESG Advisor, Latin America, RepRisk AG. Previously, Cecchini has been Director, Integrity & Reputation, at Governance Latam, and between 2009 and 2016, Coordinator of the Center for Governance and Transparency at IAE Business School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There he coordinated research and support to companies in Corporate Governance, Business Ethics and Anti-Corruption and was instrumental in setting up the First Argentine Best Practices and Compliance Network. He implemented the first four editions of the U.S.-based Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s LPEC Certification Program in Latin America. He is member of the United Nations-led Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative’s Working Group on Anti-Corruption where he helped developed the “Anti-Corruption Toolkit” online platform designed to provide comprehensive guidelines for curriculum change in business schools around the world. He is also member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP)’s Private Sector Council and has participated as presenter in the OGP/World Bank Webinar Series. He has been named “Social Connector” of the UN Foundation-led +SocialGood initiative. Cecchini frequently speaks at professional conferences in Argentina and abroad, and contributes to national and international media outlets, including a regular column on transparency and reputation trends at CNN En Español. He is co-author of the recent publication “A Practical Guide for Collective Action against Corruption” (2015) written for the United Nations Global Compact. Cecchini has a B.A. in Communication from the National University of Córdoba in Argentina and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, U.S.A.
Human Capital, Administrative and Sustainability Vice President, SulAmérica Insurance Brazil & Member of UNEP FI Global Steering Committee
Patricia Coimbra is Human Capital, Administrative and Sustainability Vice President for SulAmérica Insurance Brazil, member of SulAmérica’s Executive, Human Capital and Sustainability Board Committees and President of Human Resources Commission in National Insurance Confederation (CNSeg). She also represents Latin America Insurance Sector at the UNEP FI Global Steering Committee. In 2013, the executive was put in charge of Human Capital and Sustainability at SulAmérica Seguros, where she is responsible for the HR and Sustainability strategy and operation, supporting a team of 5,000 employees, 30,000 brokers and 7 million clients. Before SulAmérica, she worked at OI Participações, SC Johnson and Shell Brazil. Patricia has earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and a degree in Economics from Universidade Candido Mendes in Rio de Janeiro (UCAM). She also obtained a postgraduate degree in Marketing from PUC-Rio.
CEO, Produbanco Grupo Promerica
Graduated from FIU – Florida International University in Economics and Latin American Studies. His proficient training is complemented by international seminars on Digital Transformation Strategy, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Management, Treasury, Corporate and Consumer Credit, among others.
His professional career has been connected to the financial sector, holding positions of high responsibility at a national and international level in institutions of recognized trajectory: Citibank, N.A. (Mexico, Panama, Ecuador); Banco Aserval (Ecuador); Sociedad Financiera and Banco MM Jaramillo Arteaga (Ecuador); Chief Executive Officer for Banco Promerica Ecuador and, for the last six years as Chief Executive Officer for Banco de la Producción – Produbanco, member of Grupo Promerica (PFC – Promerica Financial Corporation).
He has actively participated in boards of organizations related to the financial sector: Chairman of the Board of ASOBANCA, Private Banking Association of Ecuador; Senior Director of the Fondo de Liquidez de la Banca Privada del Ecuador, Private Bank´s Liquidity Fund; Chairman of the Board of AIFE – Asociación de Instituciones Financieras del Ecuador, Association of Financial Institutions of Ecuador; Credit Rating Committee, Thompson Bankwatch Credit Agency; Administrative Council of CICSA – Central de Informes de Crédito y Cobranzas de México, Credit Bureau of Mexico.
In addition, Ricardo has been awarded the Banking CEO of the Year Ecuador Award for two consecutive years (2017 – 2018) by The European Global Banking & Finance Awards of London, UK.
Adriana Zacarias Farah
Head of Global Opportunities for SDGs, UNEP
Adriana Zacarias Farah is the Head of Global Opportunities for SDGs at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She joined UNEP in 2003 and is an international expert on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). She was the former coordinator of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), which is an intergovernmental mandate adopted in Rio+20.
After 13 years in Paris, France, she moved to UNEP ROLAC, where she is supporting the design and implementation of strategies and policies on resource efficiency, green economy and SCP in Latin America and the Caribbean; and building new initiatives and partnerships with governments, private sector and NGOs. She is promoting the idea that the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns/systems provides new economic opportunities for development, as well as the opportunity to leapfrog to sustainability.
Before joining UNEP, Adriana was a consultant at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she coordinated the publication on “Towards Sustainable Household Consumption” (OECD, 2002). Adriana has experience in environment policy development and negotiations at both national and international levels. She worked as policy adviser at the Mexican Low Chamber (1999) and as Project Co-ordinator at the Mexican Ministry of Environment (1994-98).
Adriana has also worked with research institutes on projects related to sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Adriana has extensive experience in the NGO sector, with an emphasis on facilitating youth environmental organisations. She co-founded the UNEP Youth Advisory Council in 1999 (today TUNZA), and founded some other youth-based NGOs addressing environmental and sustainable development issues.
Adriana has a Masters in Environment and Development from Cambridge University, UK, and a degree in Political Science from Instituto Tecnolgico Autnomo de Mexico (ITAM).
Project Coordinator, Sustainable Blue Economy Finance, UNEP FI
Dennis is the coordinator and manager of UNEP FI’s Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative, aiming to engage investors, banks and insurers on the topic of ocean health and sustainable finance. The Initiative’s goal is to raise awareness, share practices and develop tools to support the adoption of the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles.
Global Director, Ocean Protection, The Nature Conservancy
Melissa is an experienced conservation leader, responsible for developing and executing strategies, managing teams and ensuring results to address the world’s most pressing challenges to people and nature. Melissa has been working with The Nature Conservancy since 2006, with an initial primary focus on innovative large-scale land transactions. In 2018, she took on the role of Managing Director, Global Oceans Strategic Initiatives, and became the Global Director of Ocean Protection in 2019. She leads the teams responsible for TNC’s global ocean protection, blue carbon and coastal wetland conservation, and reef systems protection and restoration, which work together to drive durable marine conservation results around the world.
The Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation strategy she leads was a winner of the 2019 TED Audacious competition, with the goal of protecting over 4 million km2 of ocean by restructuring countries’ debt and unlocking $1.6 billion in support of marine conservation.
Prior to coming to the Conservancy, Melissa was an attorney in commercial litigation practice at firms in New York and Colorado, and she served as a law clerk in the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School, and her B.A., with honors, from Indiana University, with a triple major in Political Science, History, and Economics.
Group Head of Investment Banking, Republic Bank
Ray is the Group Head of the Investment Banking for Republic Bank, the leading capital markets advisory in the Caribbean. In his role, Ray is responsible for mergers, acquisitions, and debt capital markets and structured finance. Previously, he was a Vice President at Citigroup’s Private Bank, where he structured alternative investment products for professional family offices. Before Citi, Ray worked at Morgan Stanley, where he ran a $13 billion alternative investment platform for high net worth clients to invest in private equity and real estate opportunities. Ray holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University of New York.
Ray serves on the Board of Literacy Incorporated, a non-profit organization based in New York that promotes reading for children in low-income communities throughout New York City. He is also the current President of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of the Caribbean.
Education & Credentials
M.B.A, Columbia University of New York (Graduate School of Business), 2016
Celina Padilla Maerdi
President, Banco Hipotecario de El Salvador
Celina Padilla Meardi has a vision to create better opportunities and make the economy of the country grow through banking services.
In 2002 she graduated with a law degree from the Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado of El Salvador and in 2004 she obtained her license to practice law in the Republic of El Salvador. In 2005 she earned the authorization from the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador to be a notary under the Civil Law System. Celina continued her postgraduate studies achieving a master’s degree in International Transactions and Comparative Law, at the University of San Francisco, California, United States in 2005. She has advanced studies on legal aspects of technology, blockchain having gained her diploma in December 2018 through the Options & Future Institute, in association with Colade and Felaban.
With a 19 year experience in the Banking sector, at Banco Agricola, a subsidiary of Grupo Bancolombia, and a strong commitment to her country and with ethical values as a professional, Celina Padilla Meardi takes the lead of Banco Hipotecario in June 2019, under the administration of the President of El Salvador, Nayib Armando Bukele, to bring a refreshment to the banking business with more products and services to offer, creating efficiency within the bank and a strengthening of the national banking service by contributing with an inclusive way to offer banking products and services.
With a vision focused on clients and modernization, Celina has based its management on four pillars: trust, transparency, respect and communication, which has generated an environment of innovation and development for the entire institution.
Director of Sustainability, Financial Citizenship, Consumer Relations and Self-Regulation, Febraban
Amaury Oliva is the Director of Sustainability, Financial Citizenship, Consumer Relations and Self-Regulation of the Brazilian Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN). Oliva’s experience includes compliance programs and projects to assist clients to prevent and mitigate consumer claims, and well as projects related to product safety and recalls.
He has previously served as Director of the Department of Consumer Protection (DPDC) of the National Secretariat for Consumer of the Ministry of Justice of Brazil (2013-2015), and as General-Coordinator of Legal Affairs of the Department of Consumer Protection (2008-2012). Oliva has participated in the creation of the Brazilian National Secretariat for Consumers, of the national dispute resolution platform (consumidor.gov.br) and of the Consumer Health and Safety Network of the Americas. He has developed or overseen hundreds of enforcement actions and led major policy initiatives related to the right of information, quality of products and services, product safety, customer service, privacy and emerging technologies. Oliva was the Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Permanent Commission on Consumer Safety, member of the National Council of Private Insurance, and has represented the National Secretary of Consumers and the Brazilian Consumer Network before the Mercosur, the Organization of American States (OAS), the OECD and the UN.
Amaury Oliva is a professor at the National School of Consumer Protection, member of the Brazilian Bar Association, of the American Society of Private International Law (ASADIP), and member of the council of the Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa do Consumidor (Idec).
Amaury holds a Post-Graduation degree in Management of Market Surveillance and Regulatory Activities in Product Safety Systems from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
Valeria Ramundo Orlando
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Greensquare Ventures
Valeria Ramundo Orlando is a partner and co-founder at Greensquare Ventures. With more than 20 years of experience at the nexus of finance, government and development, Valeria has been recognized as an authority in blended finance for natural capital. She has a strong track record in designing financial products and vehicles that fund natural resource initiatives to scale by blending private capital, public funding, bilateral/multilateral finance and philanthropy. She has also worked with governments around the world to craft public policy on green and social equities and sustainable development products.
Greensquare Ventures is a financial intermediary that structures fixed income products and blended finance vehicles in emerging and frontier markets and offers end-to-end advisory, financing and investment solutions to institutional investors and issuers. In her role as partner, Valeria leads the company’s strategy, fundraising and pipeline activities. Before founding Greensquare Ventures, Valeria led a non-profit’s Blended Finance Team where she successfully signed pioneering agreements with multiple emerging economies to design blended finance vehicles for natural resource management.
Prior to that role, Valeria was the treasurer of a multinational organization and she created and managed a USD$1 billion portfolio investing in environmental, social and governance (ESG) structured projects, even in the presence of strict regulatory processes. Valeria has also worked on municipal and state bond issuances for the State of California and the City of New York, and was a director of a private equity firm with a range of investments in energy markets and community-level economic development.
Valeria earned an AB from Bryn Mawr College and a Master in Public Policy and Finance from the University of Southern California. Since 1995 she has been elected/nominated to a number of boards promoting education and advancement opportunities for women. Valeria’s fondest memories are of growing up in Mozambique, where she learned to free dive with turtles and appreciate the importance of conservation and sustainability.
Executive Vice President, Programs, Financial Alliance for Women
Rebecca Ruf is responsible for leading peer learning and knowledge programs for the Financial Alliance for Women, a global consortium of financial institutions that focus on building women’s wealth worldwide. She is also in charge of designing and managing the Alliance’s gender data analytics initiatives. Ms. Ruf has over 15 years of experience in international finance, having worked previously for Women’s World Banking, the world’s largest network of microfinance institutions, where she specialized in gender-focused analytics, developing WWB’s first gender performance metrics and leading work on performance standards for the network. She also worked at WWB’s Capital Markets Group, focusing on brokering and advisory and investor readiness activities. Prior to that she worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts managing international hospitality investments globally. She has a Masters degree in International Development and International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University. Rebecca currently serves on the Board of Runa Foundation, a non-profit that is focused on creating sustainable livelihoods for the people of the Amazon through product innovation. She is an Ecuadorian and British citizen.
Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
Eric Usher currently heads the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, UNEP FI, a global partnership bringing together the UN with 230 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 work now underway on the establishment of Principles for Responsible Banking. 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, as a member of the Evaluation Council of the French sovereign green bond, as Director for the impact fund REPP Africa and founder of the Seed Capital Assistance Facility.
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. Before joining the UN, Eric was General Manager of a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco.
Principal Executive for Green Business, CAF
Mauricio has more than 8 years of experience as Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Climate Change of CAF (Development Bank of Latin America). He has been director of the Strategic Program of Environmental and Social Management for financial institutions (PGASIF). In addition, since 2015 he is the co-chairman of the UNEP FI Latin American Working Group, and promoter of the Sustainable Finance Protocol of the Bank of Ecuador. He has participated as a member of the main group that developed the Management Plan for the Galapagos National Park and worked in the Galapagos National Park as Coordinator of Research and Development Projects. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Forestry Biology from SUNY (State University of New York).
Martín Ezequiel Zarich
CEO, BBVA, Argentina
Mr. Zarich has been BBVA Banco Francés S.A.’s General Manager since 2015. Previously, he held several positions, including Deputy Director of BBVA Francés; Regular Director of BBVA Consolidar Seguros S.A.; Regular Director of BBVA Francés Valores S.A.; Board Chairman at Banco Francés Foundation; Chief Innovation & Development Officer at BBVA Banco Francés S.A. (BBVA Argentina); Chief Financial and Planning Officer (BBVA Argentina); Associate Chief Business Development Officer at BBVA Spain, and Chief Business Development Officer for South America; Director of Credilogros S.A.; Director of Banco Francés Uruguay S.A.; Chief Commercial Development Officer at BBVA Spain; Chief Retail Banking Officer (BBVA Argentina); Chief Financial & Development Officer (BBVA Argentina); member of the Steering Committee at BBVA Argentina; Chief Merger Officer at BBVA Argentina; Chief Planning, Management Control and Audit Officer at Banco de Crédito Argentino; Management Control and Budget Manager at Banco de Crédito Argentino; Senior Economist at Banco de Crédito Argentino.
He is has a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires, and holds a Master Degree in Economics from UCEMA, and a MBA from the Chicago University.
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• Eric Usher - Head, UNEP FI
• Ricardo Cuesta - CEO, Produbanco Grupo Promerica, and Member of the UNEP FI Banking Board
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|Greening the financial system for a resilient future: A regulatory perspective
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|Achieving net-zero goals in Latin America and Caribbean: Challenges and opportunities
• Martín Ezequiel Zarich - CEO, BBVA, Argentina
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|Addressing ESG concerns and climate risks through data
• Rafaella Dortas - Head of ESG, BTG Pactual
• Moderator: Gabriel Cecchini - ESG Advisor, Latin America, RepRisk
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• Mauricio Velasquez - Principal Executive for Green Business, CAF, and Member of the UNEP FI Global Steering Committee
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|Mapping ocean finance for a new decade: Sustainable Blue Economy
• Melissa Garvey - Global Director, Ocean Protection, The Nature Conservancy
• Valeria Ramundo Orlando - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Greensquare Ventures
• Ray Klien - Group Head of Investment Banking, Republic Bank
• Moderator: Dennis Fritsch - Program Coordinator, Blue Economy Finance Initiative, UNEP FI
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|Aligning portfolios and setting targets for nature and biodiversity
• Mariuz Calvet - Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment, Grupo Financiero Banorte
• Camila Silva - Technical Assistance Programme Manager, eco.business Fund
• Paula Peirão - Partnership Manager, The Nature Conservancy
• Moderator: Jessica Smith - Ecosystems Lead, UNEP FI
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|The role of finance institutions in financing a circular economy
• Moderator: Adriana Zacarias Farah - Head and Global Coordinator of Global Opportunities for SDGs, UNEP
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• Patricia Coimbra - Human Capital, Administrative and Sustainability Vice President, SulAmérica Insurance Brazil, and Member of UNEP FI Global Steering Committee
• Celina Padilla Maerdi - President, Banco Hipotecario de El Salvador, and Member of UNEP FI Banking Board
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|Promoting financial health and inclusion for a resilient society
• Amaury Oliva - Director of Sustainability, Financial Citizenship, Consumer Relations and Self-Regulation, Febraban
• David Grey - Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Communications Manager, Banco Pichincha
• Ivani Andrade - Senior Sustainability Manager, Bradesco Seguros
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|Aligning gender targets and equality with international frameworks
• Tania Tamariz - Corporate Governance Manager, Banco Guayaquil
• Rebecca Ruf - Executive Vice President, Programs, Financial Alliance for Women
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|Harnessing insurance for the SDGs: promoting access to insurance