|08:00-10:00||Registration and Networking
08:00-09:00 Registration for UNEP FI Members Only
09:00-10:00 Registration for all participants
|09:00-10:00||UNEP FI Annual General Meeting (UNEP FI Members Only)
Venue: Grand Auditorium
|10:15||Start of the Global Roundtable
• Maithreyi Seetharaman - Anchor and Executive Editor, Euronews
|10:15-10:30||Opening Ceremony & Welcome
Venue: Grand Auditorium
Welcome: Augustin de Romanet - Chairman, Paris Europlace & Eric Usher - Head, UNEP FI
• Satya Tripathi - Assistant Secretary-General, UN Environment
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Thomas Buberl - CEO, Axa Group
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Masamichi Kono - Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Hiro Mizuno - Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, GPIF Japan
|11:00-13:00||Launch of the Principles for Responsible Banking for Public Consultation
Venue: Grand Auditorium
|11:00-11:20||Leaders Dialogue: The Role of Banking
• Elliott Harris - UN Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Economist, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
• Martin Skancke - Chairman, Principles of Responsible Investment
• Moderator: Brandee McHale - Director, Corporate Citizenship, Citi and President, Citi Foundation
|11:20-11:40||Principles for Responsible Banking
• Simone Dettling - Banking Team Lead, UNEP FI
|11:40-13:00|| CEOs Panel Discussion: Transforming Banking
Launch of the UNEP FI consultation on the development of global Responsible Banking Principles, alongside an ambitious target-setting and accountability framework. The banking industry represented by leading UNEP FI member banks worldwide have set out to develop global Responsible Banking Principles that will define the banking industry’s role and responsibilities in aligning financing with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement on Climate Change to help shape a sustainable future.
• Herbert Wigwe - CEO, Access Bank
• Tengku Dato' Sri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz - CEO, CIMB Group
• Shu Gu - President, ICBC
• Joshua Oigara - CEO, KCB Group
• TP Nchocho - CEO, Land Bank
• Casper von Koskull - CEO, Nordea
• Christos Megalou - CEO, Piraeus Bank
• Cho Yong-byoung - CEO and Chairman, Shinhan Financial Group
• Frédéric Oudéa - CEO, Société Générale
• Peter Blom - CEO, Triodos Bank
• Chultemiin Munkhtsetseg - Chairwoman, Golomt Bank
•Moderator:Brian Caplen - Editor, The Banker
Venue: Grand Auditorium Foyer
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Frédéric Oudéa - CEO, Société Générale
Watch recording here.
|14:15-15:05||Rethinking Impact to Finance the Sustainable Development Goals
Venue: Grand Auditorium
What and where exactly is the financing gap for the SDGs? What is the nature and scope of SDG financing flows today and what do they tell us about the barriers to financing the SDGs and how we might break through them?
Rethinking Impact to Finance the SDGs, UNEP FI’s position paper on the topic, offers a deeply innovative analysis of these burning questions, highlighting the as yet underexploited potential for reducing the SDG bill, crowding in the private sector, and optimizing public spending. The paper points to the financial value of positive impacts and the potential for developing business and public-private partnerships where impacts are no longer an externality but a core part of the business and financing model.
The paper explores the concepts of an impact-based economy and reiterates the case for a common language and a holistic approach to impact analysis and management.
• Ligia Noronha - Director of UN Environment's Economy Division
• Andrew Parry - Co-Chair of the PI Initiative and Head of Sustainable Investing, Hermes
• Thierry Boisnon - CEO of Nokia France and VP, Head of Strategy & Portfolio Management, Global Services Nokia
• Hamid Tawfiki - CEO, CDG Capital
• Moderator: Nina dos Santos - Europe Editor, CNN
|15:05 - 15:20||Keynote
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Bruno Le Maire - Minister of Economy and Finance, France
|15:20-15:40||France Roadmap for Sustainable Finance
Venue: Grand Auditorium
Introduction by Martin Skancke - Chair, Principles for Responsible Investment
• Brune Poirson - Secretary of State, Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition
• Moderator: Philippe Zaouati - CEO, Mirova & Chair, Finance for Tomorrow
|15:40-16:00||Aligning the Financial Systems with the Climate Goals of the Paris Agreement
Venue: Grand Auditorium
Delivering on the Paris Agreement means effectively limiting the global mean temperature increase to well below 2*C. This in turn means decarbonising the global economy and reaching Net Zero in greenhouse gas emissions early in the second half of this century.
The global society will only deliver on Paris if a new level of political ambition among Governments is matched by an equal level of commitment & determination from the world’s corporate and financial communities.
How can financial institutions now – by issuing climate-related strategies and setting climate-related targets - help unlock a virtuous cycle of climate action that will enlist all other stakeholders and ultimately move the needle?
• Guenter Thallinger - Member of Board of Management and Chairman of ESG Board, Allianz SE
• Laszlo Varro - Chief Economist, International Energy Agency
• Moderator: Eric Usher - Head, UNEP FI
|16:25 - 17:25||Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks, and Exposure
Launch and Panel Discussion
Venue: Grand Auditorium
Enabling economic growth and safeguarding human well-being both depend on nature’s ability to continue to provide goods and services such as clean water and flood protection. Yet little is known about the link between the health of environmental assets and the economy, such as the risk from disruption of these services to businesses, their supply chains and the portfolios of financial institutions. The Natural Capital Finance Alliance, a joint initiative between UNEP FI and Global Canopy Programme, will launch an online tool that enables users to identify and assess natural capital risk globally and a framework for banks to integrate natural capital risks into financial risk management.
• Livia Leu Agosti - Swiss Ambassador to France
• Marc Abadie - Chairman, CDC Biodiversité
• Madeleine Ronquest - Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management, First Rand
• Liselotte Arni - Managing Director, Head Environmental and Social Risk, UBS
• Raffaello Cervigni - Lead Environmental Economist, WAVES Program, World Bank Group
• Mark Tercek - CEO, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
• Moderator: Dr. Richard Mattison - CEO, Trucost S&P
|17:25-17:55||From aspiration to transformation: How the PSI is shaping the Global Sustainable Insurance Agenda
Venue: Grand Auditorium
Endorsed by the UN Secretary-General and insurance industry CEOs, the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) were launched at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Since then, the PSI has served as a global framework for the insurance industry to address environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. Moreover, the PSI has led to the largest collaborative between the UN and the insurance industry, highlighting how the insurance industry—as risk managers, insurers and investors—can contribute to building resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities and economies.
What are key achievements, priorities and challenges for the PSI and its members? How is the PSI shaping the global sustainable insurance agenda and driving action and ambition to help realise the aims of global policy frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction?
• Denis Duverne - Chairman of the Board, AXA Group
• Julie Batch - Chief Customer Officer, IAG
• Dave Jones - California Insurance Commissioner
• Moderator:Butch Bacani - Insurance Lead, UNEP FI
|08:00-08:30||Registration and Networking|
|Plenary Sessions at the Grand Auditorium|
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Martina Macpherson - President, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
|08:35-09:00||Lightning Round: Innovative Industry Approaches to Environmental and Social Challenges
Round 1: Africa & the Middle East
Championing change: An FI perspective
• Dr. Dalia Abd El Kader - Director of Marketing and Communications, Arab Africa International Bank
Round 2: Asia Pacific
Japan’s Sustainable Real Estate Investment at a glance
• Ryuichi Horie - Co-founder and CEO, CSR Design Green Investment Advisory, Co., Ltd
• Tadateru Kitaoka - Head of Research and Marketing Department, Mitsubishi Corp.- UBS Realty Inc
• Fumiki Kondo - Senior Managing Executive Officer, Nomura Real Estate Asset Management Co., Ltd.
• Hideki Kobayashi - Head of ESG Office, Japan Real Estate Asset Management Co., Ltd
• Masato Ito - Associate General Manager, Head of Sustainable Property Promotion Team Real Estate Advisory Department Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited
Round 3: Latin America & Caribbean
UNEP FI Members Exchange
• Maria Eugenia Sosa Taborda - Sustainability Manager. ITAU Unibank
Round 4: North America
Sustainable Finance Agenda in Canada
• Barbara Turley-McIntyre - Vice President, Sustainability & Citizenship, The Co-operators Group Limited
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Eric Usher - Head, UNEP FI
Implementing the Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
Venue: Grand Auditorium
Three years on from the ground-breaking UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UNEP FI’s banking, insurance and investment members are collaborating to develop the skills, capacities and tools required to more fully grasp the risks and opportunities presented by climate change. As such they are piloting implementation of the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) to assess and disclose how their organisations are likely to be impacted by climate change and how they plan to respond. What have these pioneering efforts of forward-looking, scenario-based assessments revealed so far? Which barriers and bottlenecks need to be removed to enable wide-spread, routine and TCFD-aligned disclosures by a critical mass of both corporate and financial actors? Ultimately, what can the TCFD deliver, and what can it not?
• Richard Cantor - Chief Risk Officer, Moody's Corporation
• Ernst Rauch - Chief Climate and Geo Scientist, Munich Re
• Kristin Halvorsen - Director, CICERO
• Maarten Biermans - Head of ESG Policy, Rabobank
• Remco Fischer - Climate Lead, UNEP FI
• Moderator:Jane Ambachtsheer - Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Asset Management
|10:05-10:20||Leaders Dialogue: Sustainable Finance Opportunities
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Stanislas Pottier - Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Amundi
• Nicholas Ptaff - Senior Director, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, ICMA
• Moderator: Maithreyi Seetharaman - Anchor and Executive Editor, Euronews
|10:20- 10:35||Leaders dialogue: Sustainable Finance Challenges
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Dr. Rachel Melson - UK/Europe Director, Tobacco Free Portfolios
• Brandee McHale - Director, Corporate Citizenship, Citi; President, Citi Foundation and GSC Chair, UNEP FI
• Moderator: Maithreyi
|10:35-10:50||Break and transition to Parallel Sessions|
|Parallel Sessions 1-3|
Mainstreaming holistic impact analysis to drive positive impact in finance
Parallel Session 1
Venue: Grand Auditorium
Practice-sharing about frameworks and tools financial institutions use to analyze impacts in the context of mainstream capital markets and products. Practitioners will discuss their approaches to analyzing both positive and negative impacts of underlying assets for a range of financial instruments, products and services. A technical session of the Positive Impact initiative.
• Ghizlaine Nourlil - Sustainable Finance Manager, BMCE
• Andrew Parry - Co-Chair of the PI Initiative and Head of Sustainable Investing, Hermes
• Denis Childs - Co-Chair of the PI Initiative & Head of Positive Impact Finance and Environmental and Social Advisory, Société Générale
• Careen Abb - Positive Impact Lead, UNEP FI
• Will Martindale - Director of Policy and Research, PRI
•Moderator: Hugh Wheelan - Managing Editor, Responsible Investor
The Next Frontier for Investor Duties
Parallel Session 2
Venue: Salon D’Honneur
This session will explore recent developments in key markets to support and mandate the consideration of ESG factors in investment decision making processes. It will discuss the raising expectations on investors to align with climate and sustainable development objectives. The speakers will also debate on the relationship between investor duties and the need for investors to take account of the sustainability impact of their investment activities.
• David Rouch - Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
• Hanzo van Beusekom - Member of the Executive Board, Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM)
• Puja Jain - Partner Global Equities, Generation Investment Management
• Gerard Fehrenbach - Senior Advisor Responsible Investment, PGGM
• Moderator: Elodie Feller - Investment Lead, UNEP FI
Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure in practice
Parallel Session 3
Venue: Salon Napoleon
This Natural Capital Finance Alliance technical session will provide training on how to use the newly launched framework for integrating natural capital risk into banking portfolios, including lessons from piloting banks and working through a case-study in teams. Potential topics include potential applications of combining big data on natural capital and credit systems.
• Rosemary Bissett - Head of Sustainability Governance & Risk, National Australia Bank
• Eric Cochard - Head of Sustainable Development, Credit Agricole CIB
• Will Evison - Director, PwC
• Annelisa Grigg - Principal Specialist, Business and Biodiversity, UN Environment WCMC
• Mark Gough - Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition
•Session Leaders: Niki Mardas - Executive Director, Global Canopy
|11:50-12:00||Break and Transition between sessions|
|Parallel Sessions 4-6|
Making finance and insurance inclusive
Parallel Session 4
Venue: Grand Auditorium
193 member states that adopted the 2030 Agenda committed to “leave no one behind” in their implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This means ensuring sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and social progress. Financial inclusion is positioned as an enabler of the SDGS, and features as a target in eight of the 17 goals.
UN Environment’s Insurance Development Goals for Cities launched with ICLEI in June 2018 aim to contribute to achieving SDG 11 to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Insurance Development Goal 3 is to develop solutions for unserved people and enterprises. Possible actions include offering risk assessment and risk management services and developing insurance solutions for unserved people and enterprises; and investing in companies that promote social and financial inclusion, such as those that provide inclusive financial services—including loans, insurance, savings and pensions for low-income people and micro, small and medium enterprises—and companies that generate positive social impact.
• Arif Khan - CEO, IDLC Finance
• Amy Clarke - Partner & Co-Founder, Tribe Impact Capital
• Ekhosuehi Iyahen - Secretary General, Insurance Development Forum (IDF)
• Sasja Beslik - Head of Group Sustainable Finance, Nordea
• Ana Lilian Vega Trejo - President, Banco de Fomento Agropecuario
• Moderator: Nick Robins - Professor of Practice in Sustainable Finance, LSE
Hothouse Earth: The case for ecosystem resilience
Parallel Session 5
Venue: Salon D’Honneur
Imagine the Amazon rainforest as a dry savanna or widespread death of coral reefs. Recent scientific evidence suggests that ecosystem hotspots critical to the Earth’s climate resilience can tip into new stable states, and that a ”domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile” (Source: The Guardian). These hotspots include the Amazon and Boreal forests, coral reefs and the Antarctic Ice Sheet. This session will present the scientific evidence of Hothouse Earth and discuss how financing decisions can create risks to global portfolios and provide solutions through conservation finance and other innovations to increase resilience in these hotspots.
• Beatrice Crona - PhD, Executive Director, Academy Program on Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
• Daniella Carreira - Senior Manager, Environmental Issues, Principles for Responsible Investment
• Sylvia Wisniwski - Managing Director, Finance in Motion
• Sylvain Goupille - Founder and Managing Director, Mirova Natural Capital and Althelia Funds
• Moderator: Peter Cripps - Editor, Environmental Finance
Progress and Innovation toward a Low-carbon buildings sector
Parallel Session 6
Venue: Salon Napoleon
Insights into potential to deliver significant, cost-effective emission reductions from the buildings sector to contribute to near-term and longer-term goals towards a low-carbon transition. The session will provide an update on the sectors’ progress in improving energy productivity and investing in low-carbon construction and retrofits - showing significant gains but short of projections of what is required. It will highlight specific initiatives to which owners/investors, lenders, policy-makers and other value chain participants can take part in including science-based targets; building passports; and commitments for zero-emission buildings.
• Frank Hovorka - Director of Strategy, Quartus
• Josien Piek - Head of EMEA, GRESB
• Brian Dean - Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency
• Joe Pigott - Associate Director, Carbon Credentials
• Moderator: Anna Murray - Vice President, Sustainability, Bentall Kennedy
Venue: Grand Auditorium Foyer
|Parallel Sessions: Round 7-9
Managing both sides of the house: ESG integration in the insurance industry
Parallel Session 7
Venue: Grand Auditorium
Since insurance companies are both insurers and investors, integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues entails addressing both insurance and investment activities. Jointly organised by UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) and the French Federation of Insurers (FFA), this session will highlight latest thinking, practices and initiatives by the PSI, FFA and their members in addressing ESG issues—such as climate change, natural disasters, ecosystem degradation, pollution, health risks, and human rights violations—in core insurance and investment strategies and operations.
The session will also explore the PSI’s pioneering work to develop global ESG guidance tailored for the insurance industry, and how the PSI can work together with insurance associations, governments and regulators, civil society organisations, and other key stakeholders in addressing ESG issues.
• Arthur Chabrol - Deputy CEO, Aviva France
• Antoine Lissowski - CEO, CNP Assurances and Chair, Economic & Financial Committee, French Federation of Insurers (FFA)
• Martin Weymann - Head Sustainability, Emerging & Political Risk Management & Director, Group Risk Management, Swiss Re
• Matthias Seewald - CIO and Member of Executive Committee, Allianz
• Bernard Delas - Vice-President, French Prudential Supervisory Authority (ACPR)
• Margaret Kuhlow - Finance Practice Leader, WWF International
• Moderator:Butch Bacani - Insurance Lead, UNEP FI
Green Tagging and Technology to Scale Up Green, Inclusive Lending
Parallel Session 8
Venue: Salon d'honneur
With energy efficiency representing nearly 75% of the investment gap for the realization of the European 2030 climate and energy targets it represents an untapped potential in the USD trillions globally. However, financial institutions are often not aware of the contribution they are already making to energy efficiency due to the integrated nature of EE improvements in mainstream mortgages or other lending activities.
This session will focus on the practice of green tagging, which is a systematic process to attach, for example, the energy efficiency performance of real estate collateral to mortgages and thereby identify the risk and value improvements of energy efficiency across banks’ lending portfolios.
• Nick Robins - Professor of Practice in Sustainable Finance, LSE
• Tatiana Bosteels - Director, Responsible Property Investment and Sustainability, Hermes Investment Management
• Fredrik Nilzen - Group Head of Sustainability, Swedbank
• Paula Rey Garcia - Head of Buildings and Finance Team, DG Energy, European Commission
• Marine de Bazelaire - Head of Sustainability, HSBC Continental Europe
• Louis Douady - Head of Environmental and Social Responsibility, Natixis
• Moderator:Peter Sweatman - CEO, Climate Strategy and Partners
How can finance contribute to fixing our broken food systems?
Parallel Session 9
Venue: Salon Napoleon
A number of scientific reports by the IPCC and articles in Nature and other journals point to the massive impact that unsustainable land use practices currently have in terms of deforestation, species loss, climate change, and the effects on the most vulnerable communities and rural smallholders who are at present mostly excluded from global agricultural value chains. The speed with which we can transition the way we produce food, but also how we consume and finance it, are among the most defining challenges of the 21st century.
UN Environment has initiated a number of projects and finance facilities with partners that aim to accelerate the transition to deforestation-free and inclusive commodity production that addresses the social and environmental problems currently associated with commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, rubber and timber, in a way that is still commercially viable. This requires an integrated approach that focuses on production (supply), consumption (demand) and finance to fix our currently unsustainable and broken food system. Initiatives such as the Good Growth Partnership, the Green Fund, the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility and AGRI3 are examples of facilities, projects and funds that aim to accelerate the change towards sustainable land use.
This session focuses on the role of governments and the finance sector to move from commitments to action. Hear first-hand from politicians, investors and a microfinance institution what they are doing at present, but also what challenges they encounter to scale up solutions direly needed. The audience is invited throughout the session to actively participate with probing questions.
• Fernando Alberto Silva Facetti - Senator, Paraguay Government
• Pierre Rousseau - Strategic Advisor for Sustainable Business, BNP Paribas
• Antione Vallier - CDC Biodiversité
• Anne Laure Asboth - Head of the Business Development Unit, Advans
• Michael Schlup - Chief Operating Officer, Sail Ventures
• Moderator: Ivo Mulder - Head, Land Use Finance, UN Environment
|Plenary Sessions at the Grand Auditorium|
Implementing the EU Action Plan for Sustainable Finance
High Level Plenary
Venue: Grand Auditorium
In response to the High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance, the European Commission released an action plan for financing sustainable growth in March 2018. In May 2018 the Commission subsequently adopted a package of measures implementing several key actions announced in its action plan. The Commission’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance is considered as one of the most advanced policy and regulatory initiative both in its ambition and substance. This panel will discuss EU’s ambition and progress from the Technical Expert Group.
• Molly Scott Cato - MEP Shadow Rapporteur on Disclosures and Benchmarks Regulations
• Nancy Saich - Chief Climate Change Expert, European Investment Bank
• Martin Spolc - Head of Unit, DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital. Markets Union, European Commission
• Aila Aho - Executive Advisor, Sustainability, Nordea
• Moderator: Nathan Fabian - Chief Responsible Investment Officer, PRI
Roadmaps for Financing Sustainable Growth
High Level Plenary
Venue: Grand Auditorium
Several countries are implementing national roadmaps for sustainable finance that aim to provide an integrated approach to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable financial system. This session will provide an overview of some initiatives around the world that are at different stages of developing and implementing sustainable finance roadmaps for public and private financial sector stakeholders. It will explore critical aspects of frameworks to systematically integrate sustainability across banking, insurance and investment, and to redirect capital flows for the global shift to an inclusive, resilient and low-carbon economy.
• Dr. Ma Jun - Director of the Center for Finance and Development, Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research - Guidelines for Greening China’s Financial System
• Maiko Okuno - Chief Analyst Environment and Energy Dept. Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co.,Ltd. (MURC)
• Jamie Fergusson - Global Manager, IFC Sustainability Leadership, IFC-supported Sustainable Banking Network
• Greg Medcraft - Director-Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD
• Tom Theobald - Deputy CEO, Luxembourg For Finance
• Moderator: Jacki Johnson - Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation, Insurance Australia Group Limited
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Jean Lemierre - Chairman, BNP Paribas
Venue: Grand Auditorium
• Eric Usher - Head, UNEP FI
|19:00 - 22:00||Gala Dinner
Venue: La Nef
|Climate Finance Day
After the success of the three editions of Climate Finance Day; in 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters to initiate the mobilization of the financial sector ahead of COP21, in 2016 in Casablanca to move forward especially with Africa just before COP22, and in 2017 to accelerate actions on the eve of the One Planet Summit held to celebrate the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, this Paris rendez-vous will annually take stock of the key achievements and the most innovative solutions on green finance issues.
The 4th edition of Climate Finance Day will build on the steady and growing financial sector mobilization worldwide and on the political momentum following the Paris Agreement and the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance. The event is the waypoint to take stock on private and public actors commitments and major achievements on green and climate finance issues. This year, it will focus on the progress made towards the greening of the global financial system. The event will also highlight the main issues for climate finance in Asia and especially in China. It will also showcase the development and outreach of innovative products, asset classes, and business lines in private equity and green loans.
Climate Finance Day is the annual flagship event of Finance for Tomorrow, which aims to mobilise the international financial sector on the fight against climate change and to showcase innovative solution provided both by the public and private market players.
For more information, please go to www.climatefinanceday.com
Positive Impact Finance, Programme Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
Careen leads UNEP FI’s Positive Impact Initiative, which aims to catalyse the finance sector’s ability to finance sustainable development and the transition to a more inclusive and sustainable economy – as per the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. At the heart of the Initiative lie the Principles for Positive Impact Finance and the belief that impact that impact-based business and financing models will be key to addressing the SDG financing gap.
This focus builds on close to 10 years at UNEP FI, during which Careen helped develop and expand the sustainable finance agenda in emerging markets, by supporting the development of strong in-country sustainable finance networks and the creation of a well-established training programme on environmental & social risk management. A strong believer in the need for simple communication tools for banking practitioners, Careen is also co-author of UNEP FI’s Guide to Banking & Sustainability.
Executive Advisor, Sustainability, Nordea
Aila Aho has acted in varies roles in Nordea Wholesale Banking including Head of Sustainable Financing, Global Head of Export and Project Finance and a Client Executive for large international corporates. For the last five years she has focused on integrating sustainability into corporate banking business with green bonds and by driving the development of ESG evaluation. She is currently Executive Sustainability Adviser in Nordea and a member of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance.
She complemented her old Master degree in Economics with studies in the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in 2015.
She is the chairperson of the Sustainability Committee in Finance Finland.
Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Jane Ambachtsheer is Global Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management, where she oversees the firm’s ambitious approach to sustainable investment. This is empowered by the firm’s Sustainability Centre, which undertakes innovative research and policy development, guides BNPP AM’s investment stewardship and industry engagement activities, and supports investment teams in accessing, integrating and reporting on ESG factors. On the business side, Jane is responsible for BNPP AM’s Corporate Social Responsibility (‘CSR’) approach, ensuring the firm’s day-to-day activities reflect the high standards it expects from companies. Jane is a member of BNPP AM’s Global Investment Committee and Business Management Committees, and reports to CEO and Head of Investments, Frederic Janbon.
Previously, Jane spent 18 years with global investment consultancy Mercer, where she was Partner and founder of the firm’s Responsible Investment business. In 2005, she was appointed as consultant to the United Nations on the development of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Today, Jane continues to be an active participant in a number of key industry initiatives, including as a member of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, a Trustee of CDP, and a member of the PRI Academic Working Group.
Jane regularly researches, writes and speaks on topics addressing the intersection of sustainability and climate with finance and investment. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and a Research Affiliate at the University Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and holds a Master of Social Science from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Economics and English literature with honours from York University. In 2011, Jane received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Social Investment Organisation and in 2014, she was named one of Canada’s ‘Clean 50’ leaders in the field of sustainable capitalism. Jane lives in Paris with her husband and two daughters.
Tengku Zafrul Aziz
Group CEO, CIMB Group
Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz is the Group Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, a leading ASEAN universal bank and a world leader in Islamic finance with presence in 15 countries worldwide. He is also the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CIMB Bank Berhad and Commissioner of PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk. With over 21 years of experience in the financial services sector, specialising in Investment Banking, Zafrul’s last position was with Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and Maybank Kim Eng Holdings as Chief Executive Officer. He also held senior positions in Citigroup Malaysia, Kenanga Holdings Berhad and Avenue Securities. He also experienced being an entrepreneur by setting up Tune Money Sdn Bhd, Asia’s first “no-frills” online financial service provider. Zafrul graduated from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Economics and Accounting and obtained a Master of Arts (MA) in Finance and Management from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He also holds a Fellow Chartered Banker with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers.
Programme Leader at UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative
Butch Bacani leads UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI), the largest collaborative initiative between the UN and the insurance industry. Endorsed by the UN Secretary-General and insurance industry CEOs, the PSI serves as a global framework for the insurance industry to address environmental, social and governance issues as risk managers, insurers and investors—and a global initiative to strengthen the industry’s contribution to building resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities and economies. Developed by UN Environment’s Finance Initiative, the PSI was launched at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
Butch leads PSI activities supporting global policy frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as the Financial Stability Board’s climate risk disclosure recommendations. He forged the largest collaboration between the insurance industry and cities, wrote the Insurance Industry Development Goals for Cities, forged the PSI’s partnership with the world’s microinsurance community, and co-led the creation of UN Environment’s Sustainable Insurance Forum for regulators. Butch is involved in the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Resilience Initiative, G7 and G20-backed InsuResilience Global Partnership, and Vulnerable 20 Group of Ministers of Finance.
Butch led the global research, consultation and drafting process that created the PSI in 2012, and UN Environment’s insurance and investment programmes from 2006 to 2010, including activities with the Principles for Responsible Investment. He has shaped global insurance industry commitments to address climate change, disaster risks, tobacco risks and illegal fishing; and to protect World Heritage Sites. Butch has authored or contributed to pioneering studies, including the first sustainable insurance study; first global sustainability survey of the insurance industry; first global insurance industry survey of cities, SMEs and climate risks; and a legal roadmap on fiduciary duty and responsible investment. Before the UN, he was in the insurance industry for over a decade, working with leading insurers and reinsurers worldwide.
Chief Customer Officer, Insurance Australia Group (IAG)
Julie Batch was appointed Chief Customer Officer in December 2015. In this role, she heads up Customer Labs, which is responsible for improving customer experiences and product, pricing, marketing and digital innovation through data and insights, customer engagement systems, brand architecture across the group, human centred design and new business incubation and venturing.
Julie was previously Chief Analytics Officer. She was appointed to that role in June 2014, responsible for Group Reinsurance and Analytics. Prior to this, Julie was the Chief Risk Officer in IAG’s Direct Insurance business (now Australian Consumer Division), where she led a group-wide program aimed at improving our information and analytics capabilities.
Since joining IAG in 2005 Julie has held a number of senior roles in Group Reinsurance including Group General Manager Reinsurance from 2008 onwards.
Earlier in her career, Julie held senior roles at Gen Re Australia, part of the Berkshire Hathaway Group, as well as other reinsurance organisations. She has extensive international experience including time spent in France, Monaco, London and Japan.
Julie holds a Masters of Applied Finance and is a Fellow of ANZIIF.
Marine de Bazelaire
Head of Sustainability, HSBC Continental Europe
Head of Sustainability for HSBC Continental Europe, executive committee member, Marine de Bazelaire accompanies the various businesses and functions in the management of their sustainability stakes and those of their customers.
Before joining HSBC in 2001, Marine initiated a sustainability strategy for Tiscali Group, Internet Service Provider and was headed the multimedia department of the publishing conglomerate Excelsior. Between the world of media and that of finance she worked for Bureau of Public Information of UNESCO
Spare colonel citizen of the French Air Force, she is an executive committee member of the Opéra Comique Foundation, Foundation BIC and Bangladeshi non-profit Friendship.
Her academic background range from IHEDN (Higher Education Institute of National Defense) and CHEEDD (Higher Education College of Sustainable Development and Environment), to apre-doctorate programme in Museology from University Paris IV, a Ms in publishing and a BBA in Finance from Pace University, New York
CEO of Nokia France and VP, Head of Strategy & Portfolio Management, Global Services Nokia
Thierry Boisnon leads the implementation of the strategy, the management of the portfolio and investments of Nokia Global Services activity. As such he manages the execution of key initiatives for the transformation and growth of the global services business and the incubation of new activities.
Since February 2017, Thierry also leads the activity of Nokia in France, as the Country Senior Officer and President of the different legal entities in France. He oversees the execution of the commitments between Nokia and French government, and is leading the development of different ecosystems with industries, universities, administrations in France.
Executive with more than 25 years of experience in Business Line General management, Sales and Account management (Global CT for Orange), Pricing EMEA and pre-sales; including operating leadership to deliver multiple professional services lines of business.
During Alcatel-Lucent integration (2015), Thierry was leading the services and delivery stream to define and implement the new integrated Mode of Operation.
Worked in the public safety business domain, building private networks, in Ascom Autophon, and then Bosch. Joined Motorola in 1996 in Belgium, and since then moved in different regional and global roles in NSN, later in Nokia.
Expert in Coaching, certified Professional for 3 years, enjoying a lot of interaction work in Coaching 4 Growth program within all Businesses in Nokia, sharing practice and knowledge also in mentoring position.
Experienced and always interested in innovation in customer offerings in high tech domain and continuous improvement practices to achieve excellence and world-class quality in delivery.
Director Responsibility and Head of Responsible Property Investment at Hermers Investment Management
She is a leader in responsible investment for almost thirty years managing £30.8 bi AUM(Dec 2017). In 2015 Tatiana has integrated the Responsibility team with the task to develop Hermes carbon risk strategy and to support the integration of ESG across private markets: real estate, infrastructure and private equity. In parallel, since she joined in 2008, as Head of responsible Property investment she is in charge of the integration of ESG in real estate investment and asset management practices to protect and enhance asset value over time. Tatiana has a lead role in delivering Hermes advocacy programme challenging the investment industry to focus on holistic returns, with a focus on climate change, fiduciary duty, and positive impact finance.
Chair Investment Committee UNEP Finance Initiative and Member policy programme Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change
(IIGCC), she has been an active contributor to public policy and sector engagement. Tatiana is also an active member of the Better Buildings
Partnership, she sits in the British Property Federation’s sustainability committee and the advisory boards of the Building Performance Institute Europe and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark.
Tatiana has previous experience developing innovative sustainability programmes through public-private partnerships. At the London
Climate Change Agency, working for the London Deputy Mayor, she delivered the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) and contributed to the first London ESCO. Her previous consultancy work covered UK and international climate change policy, carbon markets and instruments, sustainable urban development and third-party energy efficiency financing.
She holds an MSc in Environmental Management from Imperial College UK, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from UCL Leuven Belgium is an alumnus of the LSE Development Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
CEO of AXA Group
Mr. Thomas Buberl holds a Master of Economics degree from WHU Koblenz (Germany), a MBA from Lancaster University (UK) and a PhD in Economics from the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland). In 2008 he was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Thomas Buberl worked at the Boston Consulting Group as a consultant for the banking & insurance sector in Germany and abroad. From 2005 to 2008, he had worked for the Winterthur Group as member of the Management Board of Winterthur in Switzerland, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Marketing and Distribution Officer. Then, he joined Zurich Financial Services where he had been Chief Executive Officer for Switzerland. From 2012 to April 2016, he was Chief Executive Officer of AXA Konzern AG (Germany). In 2012, he has been member of the AXA Executive Committee. In March 2015, he became Chief Executive Officer of the Global Business Line for the Health Business and joined the AXA Management Committee. In January 2016, Mr. Thomas Buberl was also appointed Chief Executive Officer of the global business line Life & Savings. From March 21, 2016 to August 31, 2016, Mr. Thomas Buberl was Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Directeur Général Adjoint) of AXA. Since September 1, 2016, Mr. Thomas Buberl has been Chief Executive Officer and director of AXA.
Chief Risk Officer, Moody’s Corporation & Chief Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service
Richard Cantor serves as Chief Risk Officer for Moody’s Corporation (MCO) and Chief Credit Officer for Moody’s Investors Service (MIS). Mr. Cantor was appointed Chief Risk Officer in 2009, and in this role he leads MCO’s global risk management function. As Chief Credit Officer for MIS, a position he has held since 2008, Mr. Cantor heads MIS’s Credit Strategy and Standards Group, which is responsible for the rating agency’s global credit strategy and thematic research, the quality and consistency of its ratings across regions and sectors, and the methodologies applied in the determination of ratings. Mr. Cantor was appointed by the U.S. State Department to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council in 2015. Mr. Cantor joined Moody’s in 1997 from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he served as Assistant Vice President in the Research Group and was Staff Director at the Discount Window. Prior to the Federal Reserve, Mr. Cantor taught Economics at UCLA and Ohio State and has taught on an adjunct basis at the business schools of Columbia University and New York University.
Editor, The Banker
Brian Caplen has been Editor of The Banker since 2003. He joined the Financial Times Group from Euromoney in 2000 where he was Executive Editor of Euromoney magazine for five years. He also worked as a business editor and journalist in Hong Kong and the Middle East for 10 years. He has traveled extensively and done numerous high-level interviews with prime ministers, finance ministers, central bank governors and senior executives. He has a first-class honours degree in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia.
Deputy CEO, Aviva France
Arthur started his career at the French Ministry of Finance in 1995 before joining the trading section at BNP Paribas. He later joined the financial direction of Groupama and was appointed Director General of Generali in Italy in 2007. In 2012, he joined Ernst & Young’s risks and insurance branch. He became Director of Risk at Aviva France in 2017. He has a Master of Actuarial Science from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE). He is now Deputy CEO at Aviva France in charge of our Life business.
Co-Chair of the PI Initiative & Head of Positive Impact Finance and Environmental and Social Advisory, Société Générale
Denis Childs began his career at Société Générale in 1978.
1981, he moved to Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking to develop Export Credit Department as a leader of the industry. 1993, he created the Commodity and Trade Finance worldwide Business line and further on Mining Oil and Gas and Power Project Finance were added to his responsibility. 2008, he started a new challenge both heading the Emerging and Sustainable Development Department of the Corporate Investment Banking. As a result he is in charge of all CIB ‘Positive Impact Finance including Environmental and Social Advisory (Transactions & Clients). From there, he created a new activity in sustainable/ Positive Impact (Green/Social et Positive Impact Bonds, Positive Impact Structured Notes, Green and Impact Loans …).
His main focus today is to develop:
– Impact based finance to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in such areas as Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency, Mobility, Food Security, Healthcare and Social inclusion and;
– A Positive Impact Market Place and associated Services
On January 2015 Denis CHILDS joined the Board of the UNEP-FI Banking Commission, There he initiates the movement “Positive Impact Finance” and acts as a steering committee member.
Denis Childs holds a Master in Law from Paris I and an MBA from IV Universities
CEO and Chairman of Shinhan Financial Group
Cho Yong-byoung is Shinhan Financial Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to being elected to his current position on March 23, 2017, Mr. Cho served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shinhan Bank from 2015. Mr. Cho also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Shinhan BNP Paribas Asset Management in 2013 and as the deputy president of Shinhan Bank in 2011. Mr. Cho received a bachelor’s degree in law from Korea University.
Executive Director, Academy Program on Global Economic Dynamics and Biosphere, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Beatrice is one of the leaders of the ‘Patterns of the Anthropocene’ research stream at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. She also leads a research programme, Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere, at the Royal Academy of Science with a focus on global economic dynamics and the biosphere. As such, a large part of her more recent work has focused on understanding different types of emerging global connectivities and their effects on social-ecological outcomes at multiple scales.
She also supervises a number of SRC PhD students working on various aspects of marine related issues; from small-scale fisheries value chains, to global trade of marine resources and financial flows. Beatrice has a joint major in Biology and Geology (BioGeo) from Stockholm University. She holds a MSc in Marine Ecotoxicology, and a PhD in Systems Ecology from Stockholm University, which focused on mangrove ecology and marine governance.
In 2007-2008 she held a postdoc at the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity at Arizona State University with Professor Marty Anderies, which focused on adaptive governance and science policy interactions related to water. She returned to Sweden in 2008 to take up a position as Assistant Professor (funded by Formas) at SRC where she applied a transdisciplinary perspective on natural resource management, with particular focus on the capacity of the social system to maintain sustainable provision of ecosystem services. Beatrice now holds a Researcher position at SRC and leads a research program at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Beatrice has been involved in developing the SRC-EAT research agenda and continues to be involved in the SRC-EAT research and outreach related activities. She is part of the EAT-Lancet commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (2016-2017). She was a member of the SRC Strategic Advisory Council from 2011-2014, and has been part of educational initiatives directed at dignitaries, such as the Swedish Crown Princess. She has led hackathons in collaboration with the fishing industry, and has helped improve reporting guidelines for fisheries improvement projects in collaboration with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. She is also a long-time Subject Editor for the academic journal, Ecology and Society. In 2001, in collaboration with Bror Fredrik Jönsson and Thomas Hahn, Bea helped develop the popular Stockholm University Bachelor-level course ‘Världens Eko,’ which is still offered annually.
Banking Team Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
Simone leads the Banking Team of the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), a global partnership between the UN and more than 200 banks, investors and insurers. As such she manages leadership initiatives with banks from over 60 countries around climate-aligned, sustainable finance. Formerly, Simone managed the German Government’s Emerging Markets Dialogue on Green Finance, under which she and her team worked with financial institutions from G20 Emerging Markets and Europe to integrate environmental costs into financial decision making and product development. As expert on green finance at the German International Cooperation (GIZ), she furthermore advised projects in emerging economies worldwide on renewable energy and energy efficiency financing, incorporation of natural capital considerations in financial decision making, as well as innovative approaches for green economic development. Simone holds an MA in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. and during her career has lived and worked in various developing countries, such as Bangladesh, Lebanon, Syria and Malawi. Before joining UNEP FI she completed a half-year cycling trip from Germany to Iran.
Nina dos Santos
Europe Editor, CNN
Nina dos Santos is CNN’s Europe Editor based in the network’s London bureau.
Nina has anchored a number of major news events for CNN, from the London Olympic Games and the Royal Wedding to the UK Election in 2015 and Britain’s recent vote to leave the EU. She is also a key part of CNN’s coverage of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, each year.
Upon joining CNN, Nina obtained a series of global exclusives on the International Monetary Fund following the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York. She was the first journalist to get a copy of the former managing director’s leaving letter, written in jail, and highlighted debate among female IMF staff about whether it was time for a woman at the helm. In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris and Brussels, Nina obtained exclusive footage of the terrorists partying just months before they went on to kill, interviewing two friends of six of the suspects in Brussels notorious Molenbeek suburb.
Nina began her career in print news with internships at the Financial Times Group and Dow Jones & Co before moving into broadcast news as a presenter with Bloomberg Television, later with Sky News and NBC News. An experienced moderator, Nina has chaired panels at the meetings of the World Economic Forum and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She has also hosted events at the European Parliament in Brussels, at London’s Chatham House and at the Ambrosetti Forum’s annual gathering in Cernobbio, Italy.
Nina holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from Imperial College London and a Masters degree in Economics. Half English, half Dutch, Nina also speaks fluent French and Italian, as well as Spanish, Portuguese and German. Before returning to London in 2005, Nina lived and worked in Italy for a number of years. She has also spent time in France and Spain.
Head of Environmental and Social Responsibility, Natixis
Louis is a Banker with 20 years of experience, from which 16 in aviation finance. Louis was appointed Global Head of the recently created Natixis’ Environmental and Social Responsibility function in July 2017. Since then, Natixis has launched several initiatives to strengthen its ESR practice with the building of an internal Environmental and Social risk screening process, a project to release several public ESR sector policies and the introduction of a Green Weighting Factor scheme to support the origination of green business vs. brown. During his tenure in Aviation Finance, Louis was an active actor of the low-cost airlines development in Europe and Asia, arranging the financing of the first new aircraft delivered to easyJet in Europe, AirAsia and Spirit in the U.S.. Louis joined Natixis’ headquarters in 2001 and established in Hong Kong in September 2006 to create and develop the Asian Aviation desk for Natixis. He moved to New York in November 2011 to develop Natixis’ aviation presence in the region covering North and South America with banking and capital market products. Before joining Natixis, Louis started his career with BNP Paribas. Louis graduated from ESCP Europe business school and is a father of four children.
Chief Responsible Investment Officer, PRI
Nathan Fabian is the Chief Responsible Investment Officer at the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. He directs and oversees the PRI’s Investment Practices, Active Ownership, Policy & Research, ESG, Climate Change and SDG activities. Nathan is also the Rapporteur for the Taxonomy Group of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He was an Observer on the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and part of the Secretariat for the UK Green Finance Taskforce.
Prior to the PRI, Nathan was the CEO of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) Australia / New Zealand. Previous roles include Head of ESG Research at Regnan, a provider of ESG research and engagement services; founding Partner of Full Corp Partners, a financial services and IT start-up company advisory firm; and Corporate Governance Policy Advisor to Senator Penny Wong of Australia. He has also worked as a senior change management consultant for Arthur Andersen and as a market analyst at Krone, a German-based telecommunications company.
Nathan holds a M.A. in International Relations from the University of New South Wales, a BBus from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow in ethics and leadership.
Senior Advisor Responsible Investment, PGGM
Mr Fehrenbach is an attorney at law and joined PGGM Investments in 2004 as a corporate governance lawyer in the precursor of the current Responsible Investment department. He has been Senior Responsible Investment Advisor since mid-2006. He is responsible for corporate governance, engagement and voting, focussing on the Netherlands, Europe and in particular on the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr Fehrenbach assisted Mrs Else Bos (CEO PGGM), in her role as member of the Dutch Monitoring Committee Corporate Governance (MCCG). The MCCG’s official terms of reference are to help ensure that the Dutch Corporate Governance Code (the Code) is practicable and up to date and to monitor compliance by Dutch listed companies and institutional investors.
Mr Fehrenbach currently is a member of a special working group of Eumedion that prepared a draft of a Dutch Stewardship Code. He also is a member of Eumedion’s Legal Committee and its Workgroup on Executive Remuneration. He serves as the elected first chairman of a recently formed Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) Japan Working Group (JWG), a sub-group of the ACGA Investor Discussion Group (AIDG). He is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and represents PGGM in ACGA and other corporate governance membership organisations and networks. He is a member of the Netherlands Bar Association (Orde van Advocaten) and the Dutch Association of Company Lawyers (Nederlands Genootschap van Bedrijfsjuristen).
Before joining PGGM Investments, Mr Fehrenbach worked as an attorney for one of the leading Dutch law firms, specialising in corporate law in general and public offers, mergers and acquisitions in particular. He studied Industrial Engineering & Management at the University of Twente, and Dutch corporate law at the University of Utrecht, both in the Netherlands.
Investment Programme Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
Elodie Feller joined the UNEP Finance Initiative in January 2013 as the Investment Commission Coordinator responsible for the UNEP FI investment work programme. Prior to that Elodie joined Lombard Odier Investment Managers’s graduate programme in 2010 where she worked as a product specialist and ESG analyst for the Fixed Income department. She graduated in International Relations from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.
Climate Lead, UNEP FI
Remco Fischer joined UNEP FI in October 2006 and coordinates the Initiative’s activities on climate change (through the UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group). These aim to increase the understanding of both the implications of climate change on financial performance and the roles of the finance sector in addressing climate change; as well as to advance the integration of climate change factors, both risks and opportunities, into financial decision-making. Activities include research, advocacy, awareness raising, capacity building and the development of guidelines and tools for financial institutions.
Prior to joining UNEP FI, he worked as an investment management assistant for the German Development Finance Institution (DEG; KfW Group of Banks), designing structured deals in infrastructure project finance (predominantly renewables).
He holds a British BA Honours in Business Administration and Economics from Napier University in Edinburgh, a Spanish Licenciatura from Alicante University and a German Diploma (MSc equivalent) from Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
Managing Director of Althelia funds (Mirova Natural Capital ltd)
Sylvain is Managing Director of Althelia funds (Mirova Natural Capital ltd).
Althelia funds are dedicated to climate change and sustainable land use investments, primarily in Africa and Latin America, with the objective to combine climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, with conservation and economic development. Before launching Althelia, Sylvain started the Climate Change advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and headed the Climate Finance business of BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking. Sylvain is a qualified environmental engineer and holds an MBA from HEC Business School.
Althelia funds is the Natural Capital investment arm of Mirova, Natixis’ Socially Responsible Investment affiliate (EUR10bn AUM as of December 2017). Althelia funds’ mission is to design and implement impact investments in the conservation and land use sector, that deliver measurable climate change mitigation and adaptation outcomes through sustainable economic development whilst returning a fair financial return. Areas of focus are forest conservation, sustainable agriculture and supply chains (SDG 15), ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries (SDG14), and Climate Change (SDG13). Our investments catalyse the development of sustainable enterprises in rural areas, improving the livelihoods of some of the world’s most underserved people (SDG 1 & 8).
Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa, UNEP Finance Initiative
Geeda Haddad is Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa at UNEP FI. For over three years, she engaged with industry leads and the finance sector in Africa and Middle East to assist in implementing banking, insurance and investment activities there. Her role consists of developing UNEP FI sustainable finance network with members in the region, facilitate knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning, support the sustainable finance agenda and addressing members requirements.
Geeda has over 6 years’ experience in political affairs, finance, business and economic development, and client relationship management. Prior to joining UNEP FI, Geeda worked at the Jordanian Government where she was responsible for managing projects under the EU-Jordanian Partnership and before that she worked at the European Investment Bank at Mobility Department.
She holds a Master Degree in European Affairs from the University of Maastricht and an Advanced Diploma in European Studies from the European College of Parma in Italy. She is fluent in English, Arabic and Italian.
Co-founder and CEO, CSR Design Green Investment Advisory, Co., Ltd.
Horie is Co-founder and CEO of CSR Design Green Investment Advisory, Co., Ltd., which focuses on advisory on ESG integration in the real estate and infrastructure sector as well as research on policy and market with respect to green buildings. He has extensive experience in finance – he worked for IBJ and Merrill Lynch, and also served as Managing Director responsible for structured finance including renewable energy funds at Deutsche Bank.
Horie is a graduate of The University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law, and obtained an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a LEED AP O+M and a CASBEE AP for Real Estate. He has been a member and/or chairperson of many committees and working groups with regards to green building, green finance and ESG investment hosted by Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Horie also serves as one of the special advisors for UNEP FI Property Working Group, chairperson of the Property Working Group and the Infrastructure Working Group of PRI Japan Network, and a member of the Benchmark Committee of GRESB.
Sabina Timco Iacazzi
Lead, Social Issues and Human Rights, UNEP Finance Initiative
Sabina Timco Iacazzi is leading the human rights and social issues activities at UNEP Finance Initiative since 2013. Sabina has more than ten years of experience working on sustainable business development and human rights issues with the United Nations and civil society. Other than UNEP FI, where she was also the European region coordinator between 2012 and 2015, she worked on technical assistance implementation, policy development and stakeholder engagement at the International Trade Centre, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Geneva-based International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights. Sabina holds a Post-graduate degree in international law from University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Associate General Manager, Head of Sustainable Property Promotion Team Real Estate Advisory Department Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited.
After graduating from the Law Department of Waseda University, Tokyo, Mr. Ito joined The Sumitomo Trust and Banking Co., Ltd. in 1983. He began his real estate career in the bank as a licensed real estate appraiser, engaging in real estate appraisal, real estate trust services, as well as national property research, among others.
In 2005, an article entitled ” A note on environmental value added for real estate” that he entered for selection to commemorate the tenth founding anniversary of the Tokyo Association of Real Estate Appraisers won the top award.
While engaged in the management of sustainable real estate promotion, he is conducting research on the additional value of sustainable real estate.
He is also a member of the UNEP Finance Initiative Property Working Group (UNEP FI PWG) and an organizer of CASBEE Property Appraisal Subcommittee.
Secretary General, Insurance Development Forum (IDF)
Ekhosuehi Iyahen is the Secretary General of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF) which is an industry-led public-private partnership supporting the growth and development of insurance-related resources and capabilities to help achieve the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and related U.N. Agreements, collectively herein known as the U.N. Global 2030 Agenda.
Prior to her role as Secretary General of the IDF, Ekhosuehi was the Director for Policy & Technical Advisory Services for the African Risk Capacity Agency Secretariat (ARC). She has more than 12+ years of diverse experience in a range of finance and private and public sector areas, having focused on developing risk insurance pools and funds for sovereigns in developing countries for over a decade.
Specific areas of focus have included Disaster Risk Management and Financing, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, (Re)insurance and Alternative Risk Transfer Mechanisms, Environmental Sustainability, Policy and Regulation, Catastrophe Hazard/Risk Modelling.
Prior to joining ARC, Ekhosuehi was directly involved in managing and supervising the technical and day to day operational aspects of the World Bank sponsored Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the first multi-country parametric risk pool in the world. In this role she managed the renewal process for 16 CCRIF member countries for a period of approximately 5 years, from its launch to full operation.
Ekhosuehi is a graduate of Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She was also selected as a 2018 Rockefeller Foundation Resident Practitioner Fellow at the Bellagio Centre in Italy.
A citizen of both Nigeria and Barbados, she also serves as an advisor to a number of Governments, international development agencies, private sector entities and academic institutions on catastrophe/climate risk and loss and damage and the role of insurance and is a member of the Experts Advisory Group to the Centre for Global Disaster Protection.
Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation, Insurance Australia Group Limited
California Insurance Commissioner
As California’s Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones leads the California Department of Insurance, a law enforcement and consumer protection agency. He regulates California’s insurance market – the largest insurance market in the United States, where insurers collect $310 billion a year in premiums.
Jones has saved consumers over $3 billion by rejecting excessive property and casualty insurance rates and he has recovered more than $84 million a year for consumers in response to consumer complaints and through investigations of insurers’ market conduct. Under his leadership the Department of Insurance handles 170,000 consumer calls for assistance a year and has investigated and arrested over 5,500 individuals for fraud and worked with prosecutors to secure their conviction. Jones licenses and regulates 1,100 insurance companies and 400,000 agents and brokers.
Dave Jones is an international and national leader on climate change and climate risk. Since his statewide election in 2010, Jones has led the administration of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Climate Risk Disclosure Survey which asks over 1,000 insurance companies what they are doing to address climate change and climate risk in their business operations, underwriting and reserving, enabling regulators, insurance companies and interested members of the public the ability to identify trends, vulnerabilities and best practices with regard to the impact of climate change on the insurance industry. In 2016, concerned about the growing risk that fossil fuel investments could become “stranded assets,” on the books of insurers, Jones launched the Climate Risk Carbon Initiative that asks insurance companies to divest from investment in thermal coal and requires disclosure of all fossil fuel investments. Jones is Vice Chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Climate Change and Global Warming Working Group. Commissioner Jones is the first insurance regulator in the United States to join the UNEP-PSI, and actively support the principles for sustainable insurance. Jones is also the Founding Chair of the international Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF) — a working group of insurance supervisors from countries around the globe that strengthens insurance supervisors’ understanding of and responses to insurance sustainability challenges, with an emphasis on the impacts of climate change and climate risk. In 2018 Jones also launched the first-in-the-nation climate risk scenario testing of insurers’ investment portfolios. As a leader on climate risk and insurance regulation, Jones was invited to testify before the G-20 Financial Stability Board as it was forming the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Jones has been a major supporter of the Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and the first insurance regulator in the United States to begin implementing its recommendations.
CEO & MD of IDLC Finance Limited
Arif Khan, CEO and Managing Director of IDLC Finance Limited, possess 26 years of management experience to lead IDLC, a fast growing and forward thinking Financial Institution in Bangladesh. Mr. Khan started his career in 1991, and he had played pivotal role in the lives of a number of private companies, where he worked in different capacities starting from Probationary Officer to CEO and also in public sector as a Commissioner of Bangladesh Securities Exchange Commission (BSEC) from 2010 – 2015, where he headed the Demutualization Project of Dhaka Stock Exchange along with many other big projects.
A large part of his career, 15 years to be precise, is spent at IDLC Finance Limited, where he also played a key role as the Deputy Managing Director in the growth of the company as well as development of several business wings. After leaving IDLC in 2010, Mr. Khan returned to IDLC Finance Limited as CEO & Managing Director in 2015, a place he calls, “I’m passionate about”.
Mr. Khan is a Fellow Member (FCMA) of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB), where he occupied the role of the president until recently. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter and is member of the CFA Institute, USA. He was the Founding President of Bangladesh CFA Society and Bangladesh Merchant Bankers’ Association (BMBA).
Mr. Khan holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University. He also obtained a Master of Commerce degree in Finance and Banking from University of Dhaka.
Head of Research and Marketing Department, Mitsubishi Corp.- UBS Realty Inc
Tadateru Kitaoka has over 10 years career in J-REIT market after he joined UBS Asset Management, and now he led sustainability activities on the asset management company, Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc. as a sustainability committee member. He is also a member of the UNEP Finance Initiative Property Working Group (UNEP FI PWG). Before he joined UBS Asset Management, he worked as an accounting consultant at Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting.
He has a Master’s degree in Business and Commerce from Keio University, and has completed Doctoral course in Graduate School of Business and Commerce of Keio University.
Head of ESG Office, Japan Real Estate Asset Management Co., Ltd
Hideki Kobayashi has over 20 years’ career in real estate field.
Before he joined JRE-AM, he had worked for Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd for 25 years. He has various knowledge and experiences in real estate industry, development, consulting and risk management. When the East Japan great earthquake occurred in 2011, he led the disaster response, and worked for many people and buildings at Marunouchi area, CBD in Tokyo.
He joined JRE-AM in 2015, after he delivered outstanding results as head of Strategic Planning Office, now he has been leading ESG office since April 2018.
He also dedicates as a member of the following ESG conventions.
Member of the UNEP FI PWG
Member of PRI real estate WG (Japan)
Member of GRESB Benchmark Committee (Asia)
Member of ARES SDGs Committee (Japan)
Education and qualifications are as follows.
Bachelor degree in accounting at Meiji University
Waseda Next Generation Leader Program, Waseda University
ARES Certified Master (The Association for Real Estate Securitization)
Senior Managing Executive Officer, Nomura Real Estate Asset Management Co., Ltd.
Fumiki Kondo is Senior Managing Executive Officer of Nomura Real Estate Asset Management (NREAM). Before joining NREAM in 2017, he was a Senior Managing Director of Nomura Fund Research and Technologies and Senior Corporate Managing Director of Nomura Asset Management (NAM) with responsibility for the Overseas Client Division. Prior to NAM, he was Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Execution Services, of Nomura Holdings and CEO of Instinet, the equities execution services subsidiary of Nomura Holdings. In the course of his career, Mr. Kondo has held high level positions in New York, London and Tokyo, including roles as Managing Director and Head of US Equity Strategic Planning at Nomura Securities International in New York, Executive Vice President at Nomura BlackRock Asset Management and Executive Director of Institutional Equity Sales at Nomura Securities. Mr. Kondo graduated with BA in Political Science from Waseda University.
Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Mr. Masamichi Kono was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in August 2017. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Environment, Development, Green Growth, Taxation, Science, Technology and Innovation, Financial and Enterprise Affairs & Anti-Corruption along with representing the OECD at the Financial Stability Board meetings.
Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Kono was the Vice Minister for International Affairs, Financial Services Agency, Japan (JFSA) and President of the Asian Financial Partnership Center of the JFSA. In that capacity, he represented the JFSA in various international bodies and meetings, and was responsible for coordinating policies relating to international affairs for the JFSA.
In relation to this work, he served as Chairman of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Technical Committee from April 2011 until May 2012, and thereafter as Chairman of the IOSCO Board until the end of his term in March 2013. He was also the Co-chair of the Financial Stability Board Regional Consultative Group for Asia from July 2013 to June 2015, and Chairman of the IFRS Foundation Monitoring Board from February 2013 to June 2016.
He has had a long career in financial supervision and the regulation of financial services, both in Japan and in the international arena, since joining the public service in 1978. Before joining the Financial Services Agency, Mr Kono was Secretary to the WTO Financial Services Committee between 1994 and 1999, as Counsellor of the Trade in Services Division, World Trade Organisation. He also served for 4 years at the OECD Secretariat in the Economics Department, at the beginning of his career. From September 2005 to March 2017, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Hiroshima, Graduate School of Social Sciences (Finance Program). He was also Research Scholar at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), USA from November 2016 to June 2017.
Mr Kono holds a B.A. in law from Tokyo University.
President, BNP Paribas
Jean Lemierre graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He also holds a degree in Law.
Jean Lemierre has a long and recognised career in international finance.
In the 1980s he held various posts within the French Tax Administration, including Head of Tax Legislation and Director General of Taxes.
In May 1995, he was appointed Chief of Cabinet of the French Ministry of Economy and Finances and become Head of Treasury in October later that year.
Before being appointed at the helm of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2000, he was a member of the European Monetary Committee (1995-1998), President of the European Economic and Financial Committee (1999-2000) and Chairman of the Paris Club (1999-2000). He served as President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development until 2008.
En 2009, Jean Lemierre became a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Investment Corporation (CIC) and the International Advisory Council of the China Development Bank (CDB). He is member of the International Advisory Panel (IAP) for the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
He was Senior Advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas between 1 September 2008 and 30 November 2014.
On 1 December 2014, Jean Lemierre became Chairman of BNP Paribas.
He is also Chairman of the main French institute for research into international economics (CEPII), a member of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) and in May 2016, he was elected Member of the Board of Directors of TOTAL.
CEO, CNP Assurances and Chair, Economic & Financial Committee of the French Federation of Insurers (FFA)
Antoine Lissowski is a graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (“Henri-François d’Aguesseau” class of 1982).
He began his career with Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations as manager of foreign currency treasury transactions and eurocredits. In 1985, he joined the French securities regulator (Commission des Opérations de Bourse), where he led the first working groups on ethical practices in the financial services industry. In 1988, he moved back to Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, as head of business development on the bond and money markets. In 1990, he was appointed Managing Director of Caisse Autonome de Refinancement (CAR – Caisse des Dépôts Group). In this position, his priorities included match funding very long-term assets and developing a financial R&D activity. In 1993, he became Finance Director of the Caisse des Dépôts’ Banking and Financial Services unit. In December 2000, he was appointed Finance Director of the newly formed CDC Ixis and in May 2002 he joined the company’s Executive Board as Director, Proprietary Trading.
In December 2003, he became a member of the CNP Assurances Executive Board,Chairman of the economic and financial plenary commission of the French Federation of Insurance Companies (FFSA) and Chairman of the Solvency II steering committee of the European Insurance and Reinsurance Federation (CEA). Since 2007, Antoine Lissowski has been Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Finance, of CNP Assurances. First interim CEO since 1st September 2018, he’s CEO since 15th November.
President, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
Martina is the President of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, leading a global network of sustainable finance experts. She is a visiting fellow at Henley Business School and a guest lecturer at University of Zurich. She teaches and trains industry professionals in sustainable finance, thematic investing, governance and regulation.
She is a writer, (academic) lecturer and presenter on sustainable investment and green finance themes and contributes regularly to industry and academic publications such as PLSA’s Guide on Climate Action for Asset Owners, the EU Commission’s Sustainable Finance working groups, as well as the Sustainable Stock Exchanges’ and City of London’s taskforce reports on green finance and policy recommendations. She also forms part of the UK government’s working group on impact reporting, and the IIF (Washington)’s working group on policy and regulatory engagement. Most recently, she joined the Editorial Advisory Board of ESG Clarity, a content-led initiative by Last Word Media, a leading financial services / media platform. For her ESG work and initiatives, she was listed as a Top100 Influencer in tackling Modern Slavery in 2018.
In 2014, Martina founded her own ESG strategy consulting firm, SI Partners, an independent consulting firm specializing in Climate Risk and ESG / SDG advisory, research, products, investment content, and engagement services. She currently heads the ESG risk management function at IHS Towers, one of the leading global telecommunications infrastructure companies.
Martina is a former chair of the NED board – and nowadays a mentor – at the Global Thinkers Forum (GTF). She also sits on UKSIF’s analyst committee board, Sedex’ Advisory Committee, is a member of WE – Women in ETF, and acted as an observer at ICMA – The Green Bond Principles. In addition, she is a member of the Institute of Directors, an affiliate member of ICSA: The Governance Institute and an alumni fellow of the German National Academic Foundation.
Martina has held a range of senior global research, product and business development roles for more than 17 years. She worked in ESG research, analytics and engagement roles at S&P Global, Hermes EOS, MSCI ESG Research, and within product strategy at Lloyds Banking Group/Insight Investment, RBS Asset Management, F&C (BMO) and Deutsche Bank.
Executive Director, Global Canopy
Niki has a strong entrepreneurial track record, over two decades of a career split between the private and non-profit sectors.
His commercial background is in technology and communications, advising clients including DDB Worldwide, Volkswagen and BSkyB. In the early 2000s he co-founded 3 successful startups: a digital consultancy, an incubator with a seed investment fund of 1 million Euros, and a pioneering mobile marketing company, Upstream, that now works in over 40 countries and has handled 25 billion mobile interactions.
Niki has been actively involved with environmental issues since 1996. Initially as a volunteer for H.A.H. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s acclaimed initiative to bring together religious leaders across faiths with scientists across disciplines to more effectively tackle the world’s growing water security challenges. In 2006, he took on a full-time role as joint Coordinator for the Patriarch’s Amazon Symposium, that carried 200 faith-leaders, scientists, politicians and journalists on 11 boats through the world’s greatest forest.
Niki joined Global Canopy in 2007 to establish its new forests and climate change programme. As the organisation has rapidly grown, he has served as Head of Strategy and Communications, Director of Global Programmes, and Deputy Director before taking on the role of Executive Director at the start of 2016. Niki has led on strategy for Global Canopy for the last years, and helped to establish many of the organisation’s key initiatives, including The Forests Now Declaration, the Little Book Series, the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project, the Natural Capital Declaration and Roadmap for the financial sector, and most recently the Forest 500, the world’s first ratings agency for rainforests.
Niki has written and spoken extensively on tropical forests and other issues. He holds a first class degree from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Director of Policy and Research at PRI
Will Martindale is Director of Policy and Research at PRI, the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. Will leads PRI’s global regulatory affairs and public policy programme, the flagship fiduciary duty project jointly with UNEP FI and the implementation of PRI’s sustainable financial system activities in national policy reform. Will has a background in banking, joining JPMorgan’s graduate programme in June 2004. In September 2010, Will joined French bank, BNP Paribas, as a business manager for their credit trading desk. Will holds a MSC in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and a BSC in Maths from King’s College London.
Director, OECD Directorate on Financial and Enterprise Affairs
Greg Medcraft is Director of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD since November 2017 contributing guidance, strategy and support for the Directorate’s policy.
Mr. Medcraft has extensive experience working on financial markets and services issues, both from an industry and policy perspective. The first part of his career was spent in the private sector (30 years), with accounting firm KPMG then Société Générale in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas and then as CEO of the industry group, the Australian Securitisation Forum. At Société Générale, he initially worked on corporate finance, then capital markets, structured finance, project finance and funds management, before becoming Deputy Global Head of Financial Engineering and then Managing Director and Global Head of Securitisation. When he was based in New York, Mr. Medcraft co-founded the industry group, the American Securitization Forum, and was its Chairman for a number of years.
From 2009 to 2017, he was first Commissioner and then Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australia’s corporate, markets, financial services and credit regulator. While ASIC Chairman, Mr. Medcraft was also, for three years until May 2016, Chair of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Board and a member of the Financial Stability Board. IOSCO is the leading international policy forum and global standard setter for securities regulation.
Other earlier appointments include director of the Washington-based think tank Salzburg Global Seminar, member of the IMF High-Level Advisory Group of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Finance and Technology, a global steward of the World Economic Forum’s initiative on long-term investing infrastructure, member of the Board of Directors of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Mr. Medcraft has also held elected public office, including the mayorship of cities in Melbourne and Sydney.
Mr. Medcraft, an Australian national, holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
CEO, Piraeus Bank
Mr. Christos Megalou is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Board Member of the Board of Directors of Piraeus Bank SA. From 2013 to 2015 he was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eurobank Ergasias SA. On 2015 and 2016 he acted as a Senior Advisor of Fairfax Financial Holdings in Toronto and London and from May 2016 was engaged as Senior Advisor of Advent International in London.
Μr. Megalou held senior positions at Credit Suisse Investment Banking for over 16 years in London, UK.
He was elected, for two consecutive runs, Chairman of the Hellenic Bankers Association in the UK (2010-2013), Deputy Chairman of the Hellenic Bank Association in Greece (2013-2015), Deputy Chairman of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce in Greece (1993-1997), Distinguished Fellow of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) in Washington USA (since 2016).
He graduated with a BSc of Economics from the University of Athens (1981) and holds an MBA in Finance from Aston University in Birmingham, UK (1982).
Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, GPIF Japan
Mr. Hiro Mizuno has served as Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Japan’s US$1.5trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) since January 2015.
Prior to joining GPIF, he was a partner of Coller Capital, a London-based private equity firm. He previously worked at Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. in Japan, Silicon Valley and New York.
Mr. Mizuno is a member of the Board and Asset Owner Advisory Committee of PRI, a co-chair of the Milken Institute’s Global Capital Markets Advisory Council.
He is also an executive adviser to Japanese cabinet on Growth Strategy in accordance with Paris Climate Change Agreement, on Healthcare and Medical Growth Strategy, a member of Japanese Government Strategic Funds Integrated Advisory Board, a member for Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan National University Evaluation Committee.
His engagements in academics involve: an advisor, Office of the President of the University of Tokyo, a guest professor of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, an adviser to the Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, and a guest professor of Kindai University Global Economic Research Center, a senior fellow of Tel Aviv University Graduate School of Management and a member of the International Executive Committee for the Einstein Legacy Project at Hebrew University.
Awarded “Outstanding Individual Contribution” in RI（Responsible Investor） Innovation & Industry Leadership 2017.
Mr. Mizuno has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Head, Land Use Finance, UN Environment (UNEP)
Ivo leads UN Environment’s Land Use Finance Programme that was created in 2018. It brings together various initiatives and finance facilities that proactive catalyse private capital towards sustainable land use. This includes the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) with BNP Paribas and ADM Capital, the Forest Protection and Sustainable Agriculture Fund (FPSA) being set up with Rabobank as part of a new USD 1 billion commitment by Rabobank as well as our support and involvement to scale concessional finance for a new “de-risking” facility called &Green Fund, as well as a number of other initiatives.
Over the past decade, Ivo initiated and led a number of projects that develop business cases for the private and finance sector to tackle environmental challenges. He co-founded and directed the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) – now rebranded as the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA). This USD 7 million project developed various tools for the finance industry to address deforestation risks related to soft commodities, integrating water risk in the valuation of corporate bonds and stocks, as well as environmental risk integration in sovereign credit analysis (ERISC).
He also co-initiated the REDD+ work at UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) in 2011 to scale up private sector engagement in the UN-REDD Programme, and over the past years worked with several governments on building the economic case to reduce deforestation.
Ivo Mulder has over thirteen years of professional experience working for UN Environment (UNEP), private consulting firms and with non-governmental organisations. He has published more than fifty reports, blogs and articles and sits on the Steering Group of the Natural Capital Coalition and (NCC) the Steering Committee of the NCFA.
Ivo is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a member of the Dutch Association of Sustainable Investors (VBDO). During his free time, he pursues a variety of outdoor sports such as triathlon, diving, alpine skiing and mountain hiking.
Ivo holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, with a focus on environmental economics.
Chairwoman, Golomt Bank
Mrs. Munkhtsetseg graduated from the Polytechnic University with a degree in Mechanical and Electrical engineering of Mining in 1993, then in 2001, graduated from the John Hopkins University with MBA. She started her career with the Mongolian Stock Exchange, and continued at the World Bank, Asian Development Fund, and Nepko Publishing Company. Mrs. Munkhtsetseg is the Executive Editor of TOIM weekly magazine. She was appointed as a Chair of the Board in December 2013.
Vice President, Sustainability, Bentall Kennedy
Anna is Vice President, Sustainability at Bentall Kennedy, one of the largest global real estate investment advisors with ~$47 billion of assets under management. She leads the Sustainability strategy across North America managing Environmental, Social and Governance risk to generate long-term value for clients. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a law degree. Anna has spent her career advancing corporate sustainability around the globe at major multinational companies. Anna founded Young Women in Energy and has been awarded Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Top 100 Women in Canada and the Making a Difference for Women Award. Anna is currently the co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Investment Committee Property Working Group.
Tshokolo Petrus Nchocho
CEO of Land Bank
Mr Nchocho has a wealth of experience in development finance, banking and public administration. TP worked at the then Qwa-Qwa Development Corporation which became the Free State Development Corporation as an investment officer and went on to head up the Small and Medium Enterprises division. He spent a brief period as Chief Director at the National Department of Public Works before joining the Development Bank of South Africa in 2002 where he held various roles. He was closely involved in the development and establishment of the Private Power Producers capability in South Africa and went on to become the Group Executive: South Africa Division at the DFI.Prior to joining Land Bank, he served on the boards of advisers of various private equity firms across diverse industries. His passion for socio-economic development has motivated him to serve as board member for several community-based organisations where he could offer his business skills to support new entrepreneurs.
Head of Group Sustainability at Swedbank
Fredrik Nilzén is Head of Group Sustainability at Swedbank with the responsibility to support, govern and manage sustainability considerations across the business. Before joining Swedbank, Fredrik had the role of Corporate Citizenship Lead for Accenture Nordics as well as consultant in the field of Sustainability & Partnership Strategy, Information Management and Marketing Operations across Telecomunications, Utilities, INGOs and Financial Services. He has been Global Key Account for an INGO between 2008–2017 and has experience from working in Pakistan with mobile telecommunication development. Fredrik holds a degree within Industrial Engineering & Technology from Linköpings Tekniska Högskola in Sweden and at ENSGI in Grenoble.
Director, Economy Division, UN Environment
Ligia Noronha was appointed Director of UN Environment’s Economy Division in April 2014.
Before joining UN Environment, Dr Noronha was Executive Director (Research Coordination) at TERI and Director of the Resources, Regulation and Global Security Division.
She was Secretary, Asian Energy Institute – a network of Asian and non-Asian institutes, (2005-2011); Coordinator, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP) South Asia, (2005-2009); and Michael Hintze Energy Security Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), University of Sydney, Australia, 2009-11. In 2004-2005, she was Team Leader, Ecosystem approaches to Human Health, at the International Development Research Centre of Canada.
She has served on the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India, and on several expert committees and panels of the Government of India and the Government of Goa, including the Expert Committee on Climate Change, the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, and the Task Force on Natural Resources of the Commission on Centre State Relations. She was also a member of the Planning Board of the Government of Goa and Member of the Goa Jubilee Development Council tasked to produce the Goa Vision 2035. She was Member of the External Review Committee, Sustainability Reporting, Shell International, and Member of the Global Assurance Group, Minerals, Metal and Sustainable Development (MMSD) Project.
Dr Noronha has published nationally and internationally on issues relating to energy and resource security, climate change, India’s environmental and coastal policy, responsible mining, and resource federalism.
She has a Masters in Economics from the University of Bombay, a Masters in Sea Use Law, Economics, and Policy, and a PhD from the London School of Economics.
Sustainable Finance Manager, BMCE
Ghizaline Nourlil is the Head of Sustainable Finance at BCME Bank of Africa, with the mandate to develop sustainable and positive impact projects’ financing. Over the past few years, she has led diverse innovative financing solutions, particularly in energy, water, green bonds and women entrepreneurship, at both national and continental scales thanks to the Bank of Africa network.
She started her career as Business Advisor in charge of professional clients and then Corporate Analyst, before becoming Project Manager in sustainable development and CSR.
Ghizlaine joined the Sustainable Development and CSR Direction Department 9 years ago, with the mission of piloting a E&S risks management framework, of building awareness amongst the business community, and of researching various financing models, in partnership with bilateral and multilateral funders.
Today, she is dedicated to establishing new impact-based business models to achieve the SDGs, in accordance with the Positive Impact Principles.
Ghizlaine holds a Master in ‘Customer Relationship Management’ and various certifications in Environmental & Social risks management. She was selected by the American State Department to participate in the Sustainability and CSR formation of the ‘International Visitors Leadership Program’.
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, KCB Group
Joshua Oigara, CBS, is a member of the KCB Group Plc and KCB Bank Kenya Boards as well as the KCB Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. He is the Chairman of the Energy and Regulatory Commission of Kenya, Chairman of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) Governing Council, a Director of the Vision 2030 Delivery Board and was commended by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta on the Award of Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear, CBS, for exemplary service to the people and Nation of Kenya. Listed as one of African’s top 25 leaders to watch based on his role to champion transformational leadership and change on the continent by the Financial Times, Joshua actively engages at National and Industry level to drive this agenda. Recently named CEO of the Year in East Africa by the Banker Africa, Joshua captains the largest indigenous Bank in the East African region with assets of over $6.5 billion and a market capitalization of over $1.6 billion. With presence in Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and a Representative office in Ethiopia, the bank serves over 17 million customers, through its over 260 branches, over 960 ATMs, 15,000 agents and by 5,800 staff.
Chief Analyst in Environment and Energy Dept, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co.,Ltd. (MURC)
Maiko joined Sanwa Research Institute Ltd. (as of now Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co.,Ltd. or MURC) in 2000 and served for environmental management/CSR consulting in private sector and environmental policy research specialized in Europe. She conducted number of commissioned research projects and policy consulting for governmental organizations such as Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Environment (MOE), Financial Services Agency (FSA) and Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) in the area of CSR/sustainability strategy and global policy for ESG/SDGs finance as Project Leader. In 2018 Maiko served as a secretariat of MOE’s High-Level Meeting on ESG Finance.
CEO of Société Générale
Frédéric Oudéa is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale d’Administration. From 1987 to 1995, he held a number of posts in the French senior civil service, Audit Department of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of the Economy and Finance, Budget Ministry and Cabinet of the Ministry of the Treasury and Communication. He joined Societe Generale in 1995 and went from being Deputy Head to Head of the Corporate Banking arm in London. In 1998, he became Head of Global Supervision and Development of Equities. Appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Societe Generale Group in May 2002. Appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2003. Appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Group in 2008. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Societe Generale from May 2009 to May 2015. In May 2015, the Board of Directors separated the offices of Chairman of the Board of Directors and of Chief Executive Officer, and appointed Frédéric Oudéa Chief Executive Officer.
Head of Sustainable Investing, Hermes
Andrew Parry is Head of Sustainable Investing and a member of the Hermes Strategy Group. He joined the firm in 2009, initially as Chief Executive and Co-Head of Investment for Hermes Sourcecap, now Hermes European Equities, becoming Head of Equities in 2014 and taking on responsibility for developing Impact investing in August of 2016. In September of 2017 he became Head of Sustainable Investing to reflect the commitment of Hermes to building on their success in responsible investing.
In 2006, Andrew jointly founded Sourcecap with the aim of building a best-in-class investment boutique focused on excellence in European equity management. Prior to this, Andrew established Pembroke Capital Management in 2003 and successfully launched the Magenta Fund, a global equity non-directional fund. Before that, Andrew worked at Northern Trust Global Investments (Europe) Ltd as Chief Investment Officer of International Equities and was responsible for the management of global, international and regional portfolios. He has also held a variety of senior investment roles, including Head of International Equities at Julius Baer Investments, Chief Investment Officer at Lazard Brothers Asset Management, and Head of UK Equities at Baring Asset Management. Andrew holds an MA in Mathematics from the University of St Andrews.
Andrew is Co-Chair of the UNEP Financial Initiative Positive Impact Steering Group and a member of the Investment Committee of the Trafalgar House Pension Trust. He was formerly an independent investment advisor to the Investment Sub-Committee of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme and a non-equity director of Aerion Fund Managers.
Head of EMEA at GRESB
Josien is responsible for EMEA at GRESB. As a macro-economist she views the transformation of the economic system into a just and sustainable eco-structure as the main challenge and opportunity of our time. She has a 25-year background in the financial sector, as a banker focused on long-term loans and as a portfolio manager fixed-income credits. Before joining GRESB she worked as head of Northern European business development for Investec Asset Management in London.
Associate Director, Carbon Credentials
Joe is responsible for our analytics and reporting managed service. Working with our larger and more complex clients, Joe has developed progressive and pragmatic sustainability programmes that are built on a rigorous approach to data management.
Joe has extensive experience driving value from data and supporting organisations in engaging key stakeholders on their sustainability agenda both internally and externally.
Prior to Carbon Credentials, Joe was environment manager at Barclays and was responsible for managing and reporting the bank’s global carbon footprint as well as ensuring compliance with legislation such as the CRC. Joe also led on sustainability engagement campaigns and embedding water, waste and paper reduction strategies at the bank.
Paula Rey Garcia
Team Leader of European Commission
Paula Rey García is head of the Buildings & Finance team in the energy efficiency unit of the European Commission, DG Energy. She manages a team of about 12 officials responsible for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and finance policy in support of increased investments into energy efficiency.
Ms Rey García started her career at the European Commission in 2005. She joined DG Energy in January 2012. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms Rey García worked at UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) for five years, and previously as environmental consultant.
Ms Rey García is a Spanish national and holds a Masters in environmental policy and regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, UK), with distinction. She has a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM Spain).
Professor of Practice in Sustainable Finance, LSE
Nick Robins is Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. He is working on the transformations needed in financial practice and policy to deliver climate action and sustainable. From 2014 to 2018, Nick was co-director of UNEP’s Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. At UNEP, he led the establishment of the Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability (which has 17 members in some of the world’s leading hubs) as well as the Sustainable Insurance Forum, which gathers 20+ supervisors to focus on climate issues. Nick was head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC from 2007 to 2014, where he produced investment research on issues such as clean tech and climate risk. In the Thomson Extel awards for European investment research, Nick was ranked as #1 analyst for integrated climate change in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. From 2000 to 2007, Nick was first head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) research and then head of SRI funds at Henderson Global Investors. At Henderson, he published the first ever carbon audit of an investment fund (2005) and co-designed the Industries of the Future fund.
Augustin de Romanet
Chairman of Paris Europlace
Augustin de Romanet has been elected Chairman of Paris EUROPLACE on 26 June 2018. This nomination will be effective on 14 July 2018. Augustin de Romanet, appointed Chairman and CEO of Aéroports de Paris by Decree dated 29 November 2012, had his mandate renewed by Decree dated 24 July 2014. He is also Chairman of the Groupe ADP Corporate Foundation. Previously Chief Executive Officer of Caisse des dépôts et consignations between March 2007 and March 2012, Augustin de Romanet also chaired the Strategic Investment Fund between 2009 and 2012. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Finance Director of Crédit Agricole SA, and as a member of the Executive Committee. Before taking up this position, Mr de Romanet was Deputy Secretary General to the President of the Republic between June 2005 and October 2006, and held responsibilities in various ministerial offices. Between 2002 and 2005, he was chief of staff to Alain Lambert, Deputy Budget Minister, the Deputy Cabinet Director for Francis Mer, Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry, Cabinet Director for Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister for Employment, Labour and Social Cohesion, and lastly, Deputy Cabinet Director for Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Prime Minister. Augustin de Romanet was born in 1961. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris and of the École Nationale de l’Administration.
As regards his other mandates, Augustin de Romanet is a director of Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), a public industrial and commercial establishment and, since February 2016, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Cercle des Économistes SAS and since November 2017 has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the public establishment of the national estate of Chambord (France). Senior Independent Director of the European listed company, SCOR, he is a member of the Compensation Committee, the Strategic Committee, the Crisis Management Committee and the Corporate Social Responsibility committee. Augustin de Romanet is a Knight of the Legion of Honour, and has been awarded the French National Defence Medal.
Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management, First Rand
Madeleine Ronquest is the Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management in the FirstRand Group and her portfolio includes Eco-footprint Management, Green Finance and positive impact banking, Climate Change and Environmental and Social Risk Management in financing and investment.
Her professional background includes environmental science, risk management and environmental law. Her role is to ensure that FirstRand is positioned as one of the business leaders in climate change, natural capital management, positive impact banking, responsible investment and sustainable development finance. It is imperative that the Group plays a pertinent role in leading South Africa into a low carbon economy and that it has a verifiable positive impact on the economy, the environment and society.
She is an eternal student and an international speaker and has taken leadership roles in the Global Steering Committee and other board committees of UNEPFI (United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative), the South African Advisory Committee on Environment and Society (National Business Initiative), the NBI Advisory Committee on Green Finance, and the Sustainable Finance Forum of the South African Banking Association (BASA)
Senior Strategic Advisor for Sustainable Business, BNP Paribas
Hong Kong based Pierre Rousseau, is Senior Strategic Advisor for BNP Paribas’ Sustainable Business and leads global sustainable finance investment initiatives. Prior to this, Pierre was Head of Global Markets Asia Pacific from 2015 – 2018, in addition to supervising the Financial Institutions Coverage unit for APAC. From 2009 – 2015 Pierre was Head of Equities, Asia Pacific, where he led BNP Paribas’ Equity Cash and Equities Derivatives platforms. Pierre has almost three decades of experience across the financial services industry, two thirds of which have been spent in Asia Pacific. Before joining BNP Paribas, he was Head of Equity APAC for Credit Agricole, as well as creating an integrated electronic trading platform at Indosuez WI Carr Securities (IWICS) in Hong Kong. Pierre started his career in 1985 as a financial controller with Citibank Benelux, after attaining a degree in commercial engineering. He joined Banque Indosuez’ Luxembourg office in 1988 and between 1993 – 2000 moved to Singapore, followed by Tokyo, where he was Chief Operating Officer at Banque Indosuez and Credit Agricole Indosuez. In addition to his professional life, Pierre has been actively involved in supporting projects in the circular economy such as Nomad Plastic, and raising funds for sustainable NGOs such as the internationally renowned Room To Read and the Hong Kong-based and independent NGO, Sunshine Action.
Senior Adviser in Climate and Environment of European Investment Bank
Nancy Saich is a chartered civil engineer who specialised early in her career in transport projects and more specifically in ports and coastal work. 25 years ago, she became involved in the discussions in the maritime engineering industry on the challenges of incorporating climate change impacts into the design guidance for maritime projects. This was the beginning of her close interest in climate change. After 13 years of work as a consulting engineer, she joined the European Investment Bank in 1998.
Nancy is one of the longest standing members of the Bank’s Environmental Assessment Group, providing the Bank’s Project Teams with due diligence support on environmental and climate matters on a wide range of projects funded by the Bank. She is also a founder member of the Bank’s Inter-Directorate Climate Working Group. Following her move to the Bank’s Environment, Climate and Social Office in 2011, Nancy has a specific role as EIB’s Senior Adviser on Climate and Environment, and is responsible for leading the work on Climate Finance definitions and impact reporting, including the Carbon Footprint of the Bank’s Project portfolio and impact reporting for the Bank’s Green Bonds – the EIB’s Climate Awareness Bonds. She also works closely with other Finance Institutions on impact reporting harmonisation.
Chief Operating Officer, Sail Ventures
Michael Schlup is Sail Ventures’ Chief Operating Officer and responsible for E&S, jurisdictional and landscape elements of the &Green Fund investment process. A trained geographer, Michael has in the past worked as Global Partnerships Coordinator for Sustainability of the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate company, Barry Callebaut, and has been instrumental in establishing an innovative blended finance scheme to directly finance cocoa smallholder farmers in collaboration with IDH and IFC.
Prior to that, he worked for Islan Asset Management, advising global agribusiness company Bunge on the establishment of an asset management business and the acquisition of Climate Change Capital. For Bunge, Michael also worked as Regional Manager Africa for the Environmental Markets team, working with 180+ projects in agribusiness value chains in Africa.
In 2004, he was the Founding Director of the Gold Standard carbon project certification scheme under the auspices of WWF, establishing the brand as the leading scheme for carbon credits globally and leading it to a global brand creating environmental assets from over 1,000 projects until his departure in 2010.
He started his career as a consultant in the environmental management and strategy space and has worked for BASE, the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Sustainable Energy Finance and a partner to UNEP’s Sustainable Energy Finance intiative.
He is based in Switzerland.
Anchor and Executive Editor, Euronews
Maithreyi Seetharaman is a London-based international political economics and business journalist with over 17 years’ of global experience. She is currently the Director of Fortune Live Media Content and Co-Chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International, Fortune Global Forum and Brainstorm Design. In this role, she represents Fortune Magazine in the U.K. Europe, Africa & Asia. She has also created and hosted as Anchor and Executive Editor, Real Economy, which recently completed its fifth season on Euronews NBC. Ms. Seetharaman is additionally an Advisory Board Member of Docusign.
Previously, Ms Seetharaman was co-host of CNBC Europe’s Squawk Box Europe and Capital Connection. She has also been and anchor and stocks editor for Bloomberg Television in London and New York. Before joining Bloomberg, she was a prime time anchor for CNBC TV18 in India and a reporter for the Indian national financial daily ‘The Financial Express‘.
Ms Seetharaman holds a Master’s in international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University, New York, and a Master’s in Journalism from Bond University, Australia.
CIO and Member of Executive Committee, Allianz
Matthias Seewald is Chief Investment Officer and member of the Executive Committee at Allianz France since April 2013 and member of the Investment Management Board at AZ SE. He is also responsible for the investment activities of the Paris Hub, which includes AZ Worldwide Partners and the Benelux area.
His department is responsible for setting the investment strategy for both the life/health as well as the property/casualty segments of Allianz France. This includes in particular the Asset-Liabilities-Management and the Cash Management functions ; thus AIM builds the bridge between the insurance and the investment world. At a glance as of year-end 2016, Allianz France‘s portfolio including unit linked represents about €101 billion.
Matthias Seewald has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of finance and investment management including accounting, financial reporting and controlling and worked in several different location for AZ Group such as Stuttgart, Munich, Singapore and Paris.
Fernando Alberto Silva Facetti
National Senator of Authentic Radical Liberal Party
Senator Silva is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Paraguay and Representative of the BCP in the Money Laundering Prevention Secretariat (SEPRELAD) and a member of “AYALA BONZI & SILVA FACETTI” Law Firm. Also, he is elected National Senator for the periods of 2013/18 and 2018/23, representing the Radical Authentic Liberal Party(PLRA), after elected the National Senator Substitute number two for PLRA for 2008/2013.
In the Public Area, He was external Legal Advisor of the Department of Economic Offenses of the National Police, Legal Advisor of the Peasant Development Fund, Syndic of the Social Security Institute, Syndic of the Central Bank of Paraguay (BCP). In the Private Area, He was an employee of the ABN-AMOR Bank, coming to be in charge of the Internal Legal Advice. He taught for some years as an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at the National University of Asunción(UNA) and Universidad del Norte. In the Political Area, Passing to the Conduct of the Liberal Youth (JLRA) in Asunción, becoming District, Departmental and National Party proxy; elected for two consecutive periods Full Member of the Board of PLRA. He held the position of Director of Youth and Director of Organization at a national level; He was a member of the Council that promoted the National Integrity System (CISNI) on behalf of the PLRA.
His school studies were carried out in the International School of Asunción, National College Villa Permanente of Ayolas, Christian Youth Association of Asunción and Collage Laval, in Montreal, Canada. He was awarded the title of Lawyer in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of UNA. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Movement “COPAU” of the National Law UNA, at the age of 21, the following year he became elected as a Full Member of the Law Students Center of UNA.
Chairman, Principles of Responsible Investment
Martin Skancke was appointed Chair of the PRI Board in April 2014 and in 2017 re-elected for a second term.
He is a member of the Financial Stability Board Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and chair of a government commission set up to identify climate-related risks for the Norwegian economy. He serves as board member of several institutions in the financial sector.
He developed and headed the Asset Management Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, which is responsible for the management of the Government Pension Fund, with assets of around US$1 trillion.
He served as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Public & Institutional Investors Industry Agenda Council throughout 2010 and 2011 and was the Norwegian representative in the drafting of the Santiago Principles for Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and in the International Forum of SWFs.
Martin served as Director-General to the Norwegian Prime Minister and head of the Domestic Policy Department between 2002 and 2006. In this role, he was chief advisor to the Prime Minister of Norway on economic policy issues. Prior to this, he worked for more than a decade on macroeconomic policy issues, including serving as Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Finance and head of the Section for Monetary Policy and Public Finances.
Martin has also worked at the Oslo office of McKinsey&Co, advising Norwegian and international companies on business strategy issues.
CEO of CDG Capital
Chairman of the Board at Casablanca Stock Exchange, Chief Executive Officer of CDG Capital, the investment banking and investment Management arm of CDG Group in Morocco, Chairman of Maghreb Titrisation, Chairman of CDG Capital Infrastructures, Chairman of CDG Capital Gestion, and Chairman of CDG Capital Private Equity.
More than 28 years of international experience in the finance industry, Hamid Tawfiki held several positions in different countries: Switzerland as CEO of Avenir Global Investment Advisors, London as Global Head of Commodities Sales & Structuring and Global Head of Emerging Markets at Calyon, Regional Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for Asia Pacific at Banque Indosuez in Hong-Kong, Global Head of marketing & Investment for Wealth Management at Banque Indosuez in Geneva. Mr Tawfiki held also a senior position in Paris within Banque Indosuez in charge of International Business Development and was head of Corporate Planning and Budgeting for Saudi French Bank in Ryad.
Hamid Tawfiki graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris, Hamid Tawfiki holds a DEA (M. Phil) in Mathematics from Paris Dauphine University.
Hamid Tawfiki is a member of The Bretton Woods Committee since November 2012, and Sherpa of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) & The Long-Term Investors Club (LTIC).
Mr. Tawfiki was speaker in several conferences such as Paris Infraweek 2017, the Mipim (Cannes, France), the World Investment Conference (WIC N.A, Marrakech), Annual Investment Meeting (AIM, Dubai), Global Impact Economy (Washington), Sovereign wealth fund conference (Paris, Bali, Ryadh), LTIC conference ( Berlin), Morocco unlocked (Financial Times conference New York), International Asset Owners Summit (World Pensions Council Hong Kong)
CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Mark Tercek is CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature. He is the author of the Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.
Mark was Partner and Managing Director for Goldman Sachs, where he spent 24 years and launched the firm’s Environmental Markets Group. Inspired by the opportunity to help businesses, governments and environmental organizations work together in new, innovative ways, Mark left Goldman Sachs in 2008 to head up The Nature Conservancy.
Mark served on the New York State 2100 Commission, which was created in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to advise Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state on how to make infrastructure more resilient to future storms. Mark is a member of several boards and councils, including the President’s Advisory Council for Resources for the Future, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health, Acumen, the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), and NatureVest. He also serves on the Williams College Board of Trustees.
Mark earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1984 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979.
Deputy CEO, Luxembourg For Finance
Tom Théobald is Deputy CEO of Luxembourg for Finance (LFF), a private public partnership between the Luxembourg government and the financial services industry.
In this capacity, Tom assists the agency in its strategic mission to develop the Luxembourg financial centre and promote its expertise and diversity abroad. Tom is also a Board Member of LuxFLAG, the sustainable finance labelling agency.
Tom Théobald previously worked as Adviser at the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL), where he was in charge of Communication and Press relations. He also held the position of Secretary of the ABBL Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the ABBL in 2008, he served as an attaché to the Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations in New York. Tom holds a Doctorate in English Literature from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK.
Assistant Secretary of General UN Environment
Satya S. Tripathi is UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office at UN Environment.
A development economist and lawyer with over 35 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi has served with the UN since 1998 in key positions in Europe, Asia and Africa in the areas of Climate Change, Human Rights, Democratic Governance and Legal Affairs.
He was Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami and post-conflict recovery efforts in support of the Indonesian government and affected populations; and Executive Head of UNORCID, a UN System Office of 10 UN Agencies established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to facilitate the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and other stakeholders on climate change mitigation and adaptation through the conservation of forests and preservation of peat-land and bio-diversity.
Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF) in 2017 to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact in developing countries. He continues to serve on the boards of these institutions.
Mr. Tripathi is a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Natural Resources Governance at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and serves on the Advisory Council of the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD). He previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Forests; and in India as a member of its national civil service.
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.
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.
Liesel van Ast
Membership and Regional Co-ordination Manager, UNEP Finance Initiative
Liesel is responsible for engagement with banks, insurers and investors, regional coordination and training. Before joining UNEP FI in July 2016, she was Programme Manager of the Natural Capital Declaration (now the Natural Capital Finance Alliance), a joint initiative of UNEP FI and the NGO Global Canopy Programme. She developed a technical work programme and raised funds for collaborative projects with banks and investors to help strengthen management of environmental risks and opportunities. She managed projects to develop innovative tools and methodologies to integrate natural resource and environmental issues into financial products and services. From 2007- 2013, Liesel was Research Editor at Trucost, the environmental research provider. From 2005-2007 she was a Writer and Online Editor for the leading UK environmental business journal The ENDS Report. She holds an Investment Management Certificate; MSc in Business Strategy, Politics and the Environment; and Certificate in Environmental Management.
Hanzo van Beusekom
Member of the Executive Board, Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM)
Hanzo van Beusekom has been a member of the Executive Board of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) since 1 June 2018. Within the board, he is responsible for cross-sector supervision and renewal, with a particular focus on data- and technology-driven supervision.
From 2011 until 1 June 2018, Hanzo van Beusekom was a partner at Clear Conduct, a strategic consultancy specialising in strengthening supervision. In recent years, he has supported more than twenty supervisory organisations in the Netherlands and internationally.
Hanzo van Beusekom previously worked at the AFM from 2003 to 2010, as head of the Supervision Group for major financial institutions and head of Strategic Analysis. Before that, he was a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.
He has a particular interest in contributing to organisations that create public value. In this, his focus is on change that enhances these organisations’ effectiveness.
Van Beusekom studied economics in Amsterdam and obtained an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He also chairs the Supervisory Board of Oxfam Novib, the largest Dutch NGO specialising in combating poverty and injustice.
Hanzo van Beusekom is married and has two children.
Ana Lilian Vega Trejo
President, Banco de Fomento Agropecuario
President of Banco de Fomento Agropecuario of El Salvador and Board of Director’s Chairwoman.
Candidate for PhD in Ibero-American Philosophy, Industrial Engineer and Economist, she has a specialty in Macroeconomics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and in Human Development from the Universidad de Los Andes and the United Nations Development Program.
Work experience in private companies, government institutions, including the Superintendence of Competition, the Superintendence of Pensions and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, research institutes and universities.
She has worked in fields such as computer science, systems design, planning, socioeconomic research, teaching, elaboration of economic legislation and regulation. She is the author of research and writings on socio-economic issues from an alternative and critical point of view, such as solidarity economy, gender, exclusion and poverty, migrations.
She has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Magazine of Central American Studies (ECA), Magazine of Economic Culture, “Economía Hoy” Magazine and “Cultura” Magazine of Presidency’s Secretary of Culture.
Appointed by the President of the Republic as representative of the Government in the Technical Advisory Instance of the National System of Development, Protection and Social Inclusion, to measure poverty and inequality in El Salvador.
Casper von Koskull
President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Nordea
Casper von Koskull became President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Nordea Bank AB (publ) in 2015. He has been a member of Nordea’s Group Executive Management team since 2010, when he was appointed Head of Wholesale Banking. Casper is also the founder and chairman of Nordea’s Business Ethics and Values Committee. Casper’s international banking career spans more than 30 years. After graduating from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration in his native Finland in 1984, he worked for Citibank in Helsinki, London, New York and Frankfurt. He then served as a Managing Director for Nordic Investment Banking at UBS in London from 1994 to 1998.In 1998 he joined Goldman Sachs in London where he was Managing Director and Partner and Head of Nordic Investment Banking until 2010 when he left to join Nordea.
Head Sustainability, Emerging & Political Risk Management & Director, Group Risk Management, Swiss Re
Martin heads the Sustainability, Emerging & Political Risk Management team at Swiss Re Group level. The team integrates environmental, social and governance issues into Swiss Re’s business practices and operations, acts as a catalyst for emerging risks and an analyst for political risks. The unit is responsible for scanning the horizon for future risks and developments, assessing their relevance for Swiss Re, and enabling forward-looking decision-making. It also manages the dialogue with a wide range of Swiss Re’s public stakeholders. As an example, Martin is a board member of UNEP FI and a member of the FSB TCFD.
Before Martin was Senior Risk Officer for Latin America. From 2011 to 2014, he was a secondee and Swiss Re Delegate at the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in Washington DC building up the Institute’s insurance industry initiatives. In prior roles at Swiss Re he worked in Risk Management, Underwriting, Asset Management and Group Sustainability Management since 2002. Martin holds a MSc in environmental sciences from ETH Zurich. He has further education in scenario analysis from Oxford and risk communication from Harvard.
CEO of Access Bank
Dr Herbert Wigwe is a Nigerian banker and entrepreneur. He is currently CEO and Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s top three banking institutions in Nigeria. His career in financial services spans more than 25-years including over a decade as Deputy Managing Director.
Herbert also served as the Chairman of Access Bank (Ghana) Limited, Access Investment & Securities Limited, Central Securities and Clearing System (CSCS) and is the current Chairman of Access Bank (UK) Limited and Unified Payments Services Limited. He is a Board Member of Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company and a member of the advisory Board for Friends Africa. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN – FCA), a Fellow of The Institute of Credit Administration, and an Honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. Since January 2014, he has been CEO and Group Managing Director of Access Bank.
Herbert has a degree in accountancy from the University of Nigeria, an MA in Banking and Finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor), an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London, and is an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program.
Managing Director, Finance in Motion
Sylvia Wisniwski serves as a Managing Director at Finance in Motion, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where she oversees the company’s initiatives for conservation, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. During her tenure, Finance in Motion has developed into one of the world’s leading impact investment managers with around EUR 2 billion in assets under management and offices in 17 countries. Her expertise in blended finance models and layered structures has proven instrumental in the creation of unique impact investment funds. Sylvia has more than 25 years of experience in development finance in over 30 countries. Starting her career in German development cooperation (GIZ), she has worked as consultant for international organizations and held various management positions at consulting companies and asset managers. Sylvia holds both an M.A. in Political Science and Sociology and an MBA from Tübingen University as well as an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami, Florida.
CEO of Mirova, Chair of Finance for Tomorrow
Philippe Zaouati is the CEO of Mirova. Mirova currently manages around EUR 9 billion, distributed across equities, fixed income, infrastructure and impact investing.
Prior to his tenure at Mirova, Philippe was Deputy CEO of Natixis Asset Management. His previous experience includes high-level management roles within the Groupe CDC, La Banque Postale, and the Crédit Agricole.
Philippe has contributed to the development of responsible finance both in France and across Europe, in particular through his role in various professional associations (AFG, EFAMA) and international organizations (ICGN, IIRC, Investment Leaders Group). He has recently been appointed by the European Commission as a member of the High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance.
Philippe Zaouati is graduated from the ENSAE (École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique) and an accredited member of the French Society of Actuaries.