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The daily affairs of the UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative are led by its Secretariat at UNEP Finance Initiative in Geneva, Switzerland.

For any questions, please email psi@unepfi.org


 

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.

Butch leads activities supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Financial Stability Board’s climate risk disclosure recommendations (TCFD). These include a global initiative to develop “Insurance Sustainable Development Goals”, the largest gathering of 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, led the creation of the Insurance Industry Development Goals for Cities, forged the PSI’s partnership with the world’s inclusive insurance community, and co-led the creation of UNEP’s Sustainable Insurance Forum for supervisors and regulators. Butch is involved in the InsuResilience Global Partnership, Vulnerable 20 Group of Finance Ministers, California Climate Insurance Working Group, Insurance Development Forum, and Microinsurance Network. In 2020, he was included in InsuranceERM’s inaugural list of the most influential people leading and shaping the insurance industry’s response to climate change.

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 Initiative (PRI). He has shaped global insurance industry initiatives to address climate change, disaster risks, tobacco risks, illegal fishing and plastic pollution; and to protect natural and cultural 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.

 

 

Olivia Fabry

Programme Supervisor
UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative

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Olivia Fabry is the Programme Supervisor at the 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.

Prior to joining the PSI, Olivia was a Policy Advisor in General Insurance and Conduct of Business for Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation. She also completed the European Commission Blue Book Traineeship and held the position of Junior Legal Adviser at Eurofinas, the voice of the European consumer credit industry.

Olivia holds a Master degree in Politics and Governments from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a L.L.M in International Commercial Law from Durham University.

 

 

Alice Merry

Project Manager, Plastic Pollution Project
UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative

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Alice is a consultant with a decade’s experience working with the UN, charities and financial service providers to create a fairer and more sustainable financial sector. She is the project manager for the UNEP-PSI research study “Unwrapping the risks of plastic pollution for the insurance industry”.

Alice began her career at Lloyd’s of London, before shifting her focus to social and environmental issues within the sector. As Research Officer at the International Labour Organization, Alice worked with insurers to introduce inclusive products. As a consultant, she has worked with diverse charities and UN agencies.

Alice speaks English, French and Spanish and is based in Lima, Peru. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Executive Master in Development Policy and Practice, and holds a Diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

 

 

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.

 

 

Yingzhi Tang

Programme Assistant
UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative

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Yingzhi Tang is the current Programme Assistant at the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI), where she supports the communication with the PSI members and various external stakeholders, the project management of different initiatives, and the organization of events/webinars.

Before interning at the PSI, Yingzhi was part of two research projects in the industrial ecology field on the topics of societal “time-use” and sustainability as well as sustainability transitions on Small Island Developing States, co-led by her supervisors in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo.

Yingzhi is an alumna from University of Waterloo, Canada (Master’s in Environmental Studies, Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies) and Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, China (Bachelor’s in Business Administration).

 


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