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Butch Bacani

Programme Leader
UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative

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Butch Bacani leads UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI), the largest collaboration between the UN and the insurance industry. Endorsed by the UN Secretary-General and insurance industry CEOs, the PSI is a global framework and initiative for the industry to address sustainability issues—as risk managers, insurers and investors—and to build resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities and economies on a healthy planet.

Butch leads initiatives that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Financial Stability Board’s climate risk disclosure recommendations (TCFD). These include developing “Insurance SDGs”, establishing a Net-Zero Insurance Alliance, convening the world’s leading insurers to pilot the TCFD recommendations, and working with the California Insurance Commissioner to develop the world’s first sustainable insurance roadmap. He co-led the development of the first global sustainability guide for the insurance business and the creation of UNEP’s Sustainable Insurance Forum for regulators and supervisors, forged the PSI’s partnership with the world’s inclusive insurance community, and led the creation of the Insurance Industry Development Goals for Cities. Butch is involved in the InsuResilience Global Partnership, Vulnerable Twenty Group of Finance Ministers (V20), California Climate Insurance Working Group, Insurance Development Forum, Microinsurance Network, and World Benchmarking Alliance. He was part of InsuranceERM’s inaugural list of the most influential people leading and shaping the insurance industry’s response to climate change, and has been recognised as one of the most influential sustainability leaders by Canada’s largest youth-led movement that seeks to change the way business is done and taught.

Butch led the global process that created the PSI in 2012, and UNEP’s insurance and investment programmes from 2006 to 2010, including activities with the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). He has shaped global insurance industry initiatives to address climate change, disaster risks, tobacco risks, illegal fishing and plastic pollution; and to protect UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Butch has authored pioneering studies on sustainable insurance and responsible investment. Previously, he was in the insurance industry for over a decade, working with leading insurers and reinsurers worldwide.


Diana Diaz

Programme Supervisor

UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative

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Diana is part of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI), the largest collaboration between the UN and the insurance industry.

Diana has 3 years of experience in the sustainability sector working as a management consultant, city planner, researcher, and project engineer, successfully helping clients to integrate environmental and social issues into their decision-making process. She has worked across various geographies including the USA, the UK, Europe and Latin America with public, private and financial sector clients supporting them to solve complex problems by understanding and making informed decisions.

She holds a BS Hons in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Transport and City Planning from UCL. She has been a researcher in computational modelling and machine learning at Cornell University and the MIT and has complementary courses and specialisations in Finance and investment, ESG investing, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Deep Learning and Neural Networks.


Manuel Lonfat

Project Manager, TCFD Insurance Pilot
UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative

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Manuel joined the PSI team in March 2020 as a consultant on climate change issues. He is the project manager for the TCFD insurance pilot. Manuel has been fascinated by severe weather since observing the power of hurricanes in Puerto Rico while a university student.

Manuel spent the past 15 years in the (re)insurance industry, where he occupied managerial roles in risk departments across various industry segments and regions. Most recently, he served as the Chief Risk Officer for a global firm based in Bermuda. Manuel has experience working on risk and regulation issues in the US, the EU and the Bermudian markets.

Manuel holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric physics from the University of Miami, during which he specialized on hurricane precipitations using satellite observations and numerical simulations. He also holds Masters in Engineering and in Quantum Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and the University of Hawaii, respectively. He is a Fellow of the NASA Earth Observatory System.


Dylan Bryant

Project Manager, Environmental Liability
UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative

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Dylan Bryant was born in Canberra, Australia. Dylan attended The Australian National University, earning a Bachelors Degree in Commerce in 2001. Dylan lives on Peng Chau island and is married with 2 children.

Dylan has worked in the Insurance industry for the past 20 years with Zurich Insurance, Lloyds, Swiss Re and Aon. Dylan has experience working in Australia, London, New York and Hong Kong, having moved to Hong Kong in 2009.

From 2016-2019 Dylan was the CEO of Swiss Re International SE Hong Kong, the insurance division of the Swiss Re Group.

Dylan currently is with Aon where he is a Director, Strategic Account Management in Asia. In addition to this in November 2020 Dylan started a 3 month consultancy with the UN Environment Program’s Principles of Sustainable Insurance division looking at Environmental Insurance and its role in the sustainability of the insurance industry.

Dylan serves as Co-Chair of the Insurance Working Group at the Hong Kong Green Finance Association, a Director of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Hong Kong (CIIHK) and is a Board Member of the Hong Kong Insurance Law Association (HILA).





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