To find out more about the leading speakers who attended the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020, read some of the industry leader interviews.
Principal Responsible Investment
NN Investment Partners
Adrie Heinsbroek is Principal Responsible Investment Specialist in the Responsible Investment (RI) team at NN Investment Partners (NN IP). He has been working in the field of corporate responsibility and responsible investing since 1996. Adrie has always been active in the area of integrating sustainability or sustainable factors into the investment decision making process.
First at a privately owned asset manager and later at ING Bank’s Investment Office, Adrie focused on selecting investment funds that integrate ESG factors and increasing client awareness of the relevance of ESG. From analysing sustainable strategies and methodologies he switched to the strategic Sustainability department at ING Bank in Amsterdam and railed a few years later to Brussel to steer the sustainability agenda of ING Belgium. In 2017 Adrie started at NN Investment Partners to provide guidance to the Responsible Investment team to further embed the integration of ESG-factors in the investment processes and to the active ownership responsibilities, by empowering colleagues and clients. Adrie is determined to make NNIP a leader in Responsible Investing.
Chief Executive Officer
International Securities Lending Association
Andy joined ISLA in 2013 and took over as Chief Executive in mid-2016. As well as leading the Association’s advocacy efforts with policy makers and regulators, he is also responsible for defining the aims and objectives of the Association and ensuring that we meet the needs and requirements of our member firms across Europe, Middle East & Africa. He regularly participates in panel discussions at conferences and events, representing the interests of the industry and advocating the importance of securities lending to the efficient functioning of the broader capital markets.
Prior to joining ISLA, he held senior product and account management roles across the securities finance industry including Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Prudential M&G and IHS Markit (formerly Data
Before joining the world of capital markets, Andy worked in commercial and corporate finance banking
including aerospace finance.
Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Finance
Andrew has over 30 years of experience as a global risk and finance specialist and was recently appointed to lead a new cross sector global team to develop and expand Fitch’s analysis of ESG and sustainable finance. Andrew is responsible for developing Fitch’s sustainable finance strategy, both within the ratings business and across the broader Fitch group, by determining investor and banker needs, and driving the development of new teams to provide products and services for this rapidly growing area. Initially the sustainable finance team is based in London, New York and Beijing, but will expand in size, scope and location dependent on identified constituent needs.
Andrew has held several senior management roles within Fitch over the last 14 years. In Europe from 2004 to 2010 he ran the energy, utilities, project finance and regulated transportation analytical groups. From 2010 to 2017 he was based in Singapore and led the development of Fitch’s Asia Pacific Corporate Ratings Group. Then on his return to Europe in 2017 he was regional head of Fitch’s EMEA Corporate Ratings Group, and also successfully ran a global executive project to transform and improve Fitch’s overseas office network.
From 2000 to 2004, Andrew was head of ABN Amro’s structured industry finance, power and utilities group for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He also previously worked for Edison Capital Europe as a private equity investment director in infrastructure, for the energy company PowerGen plc (now EON) as a senior project finance manager, and in the banking sector as a mezzanine, leveraged buy-out and cross-border M&A lender and advisor.
From 2006-2010 Andrew actively assisted the United Nation’s Economic Council for Europe advising on energy and risk issues, and was a member of the UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Sustainable Energy Developments. Andrew speaks regularly at conferences and forums on a wide range of risk based issues. He is currently a trustee of the Great Ormand Street Hospital based children’s charity CLEFT.
Andrew graduated with a BSc Hons in Psychology from Bristol University in 1989, and has a postgraduate diploma from INSEAD business school (CGEM 2016).
Finance for Tomorrow by Paris EUROPLACE
Anne-Claire Roux is Managing Director of Finance for Tomorrow at Paris EUROPLACE, the organization in charge of promoting the Paris Financial Center and the French financial industry internationally. Finance for Tomorrow, launched in June 2017, is the branch of Paris EUROPLACE to make green and sustainable finance a key driving force in the development of the Paris Financial Center and to position it as a hub of reference on these issues. It brings together nearly 70 members from the French ecosystem (Banks, Investors, Companies, Think tanks, Non-Financial rating agencies, NGO’s…).
She leads the different activities of Finance For Tomorrow as well as institutional relations and international cooperation. Previously, she was Head of Sustainable Finance at Paris EUROPLACE and was notably in charge of coordinating the different actions at COP21 and COP22, especially the global coordination of the 1 st Climate Finance Day held in Paris in May 2015.
Her other functions at Paris EUROPLACE also included the development of relations with Russia & Kazakhstan, and in particular the cooperation with the Moscow International Financial Center and the Financial Center of Astana, as well as with various local partners.
Anne-Claire Roux is a graduate of EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). For her Master thesis, she studied the political and environmental impacts of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Russia. She also holds a Masters degree in Political Science and a Bachelor degree in History from La Sorbonne University.
Anne-Claire Roux has also been selected by the C40 to participate in the “Women4Climate” mentorship program in Paris which aims to contribute to the emergence of the next generation of climate leaders by sharing knowledge and experiences through an ambitious mentorship programme dedicated to women in C40 cities.
Sustainable Investment Forum
Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme. He is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, a Supernumerary Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Ben is also the COP26 Strategy Advisor for Finance based out of the UK Cabinet Office.
Ben specialises in environment, energy, and sustainability issues and works at the intersection between finance, public policy, and academe, having held senior roles in each domain. Ben has authored and edited a substantial number of publications related to sustainability and is an experienced media commentator and public speaker. He is also a regular peer reviewer and has a number of board and advisory panel appointments, including with the University of Oxford Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee, The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, ATLAS Infrastructure Partners Ltd, Impact Lens Ltd, the British Standards Institution (BSI), and the Green Alliance.
Ben currently serves on the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee and the UK Department for International Trade’s Export Guarantees Advisory Council. In his capacity as a Member of the UK Green Finance Taskforce, he chaired its Workstream on Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures (TCFD) Implementation. He also chaired the International Green Finance Coordination Group on behalf of the UK Green Finance Institute and the UK Government.
Vice President – Fundraising & Impact Investing
Energy Impact Partners
Ms. Gorham heads global fundraising and impacting investing activities supporting EIP’s European, North American, and Infrastructure platforms. Additionally, she oversees impact measurement and reporting, and GP-LP collaboration on shared ESG priorities. Prior, as Sr. Product Manager at S&P Global Market Intelligence, she oversaw renewable energy and ESG content businesses and served on S&P Global cross divisional ESG Task Force. Earlier, Bethany worked in technical roles at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Laboratory (NREL) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Bethany has a Masters in Environmental Management and Climate Sustainability from Harvard University and a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Grupo Financiero Banorte
Chris Hulatt is one of the founders of Octopus. He oversees the growth and running of Octopus’ institutional investment offer, which currently totals more than £2.4bn in funds under management.
Chris founded Octopus to challenge the traditional asset management model, where good performance is based on outperforming a benchmark regardless of whether a loss has been made.
Chris is on the investment committee of several Octopus funds, which aim to champion UK growth companies and offer investors access to real assets that are long-term in nature, cash-yielding and resilient to economic headwinds.
Before starting Octopus, Chris led one of the Global Equity sector research teams at Mercury Asset Management. Chris has a first-class MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Chris was also named EY’s UK Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017, alongside co-founder Simon Rogerson.
Chief Executive Officer
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).
Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE)
A former graduate in Maths (Ecole Normale Supérieure) and Political Sciences (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris), Claire Tutenuit is an Ingénieur au Corps des Mines.
As such she started her career in the Ministry of Industry in 1982. She joined business in 1987, first in the sector of environment (Compagnie Générale des Eaux, now Veolia) and later in the aerospace sector (Matra, now Airbus), where she spent 10 years with business development and strategy responsibilities. Since 2001 she has been an independent consultant in strategy, organisation and environment in these same sectors.
She has been the Délégué Général of Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE) since the end of 2005. The French partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), EpE is a think tank of some 40 companies that share the vision of environment as a source of progress and opportunities, and work together to better take it into account in their management and strategies. Claire Tutenuit has written a book and various articles; she is a member of the Board of Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme, of Ineris and of GRDF.
Head of Strategic Asset Allocation
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Craig leads the Strategic Asset Allocation team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. The team is responsible for the firm’s long-term investment views and strategy. Craig has had a long career in the investment industry: he established successful governance and sustainability functions at Friends, Ivory & Sime and at Insight Investment; he created BMOs innovative reo® corporate governance service; and helped establish and shape the Principles for Responsible Investment and the FTSE Russell ESG index family. Subsequently he has worked in asset allocation focusing on the economic drivers and long-term asset class returns. Craig has a PhD in behavioural finance, and is a senior lecturer at Edinburgh University Business School, where he set up the Centre for Business and Climate Change. He has published widely on long-term and sustainable investment topics.
Policy Programme Director
Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
Emelia leads IIGCC’s Policy programme which helps shape sustainable finance and climate policy, and influences policymakers in national capitals, Brussels and globally. Emelia also leads the policy work of The Investor Agenda.
Emelia joined IIGCC in 2020, with over 20 years’ experience in environmental sustainability and climate change. She led the International Climate Change Policy team at Ricardo, overseeing the development of nearly 20 countries’ Paris Agreement pledges and the Climate Finance Accelerator, a programme focussed on scaling up private investment into climate projects. Emelia holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
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.
Senior ESG Investment Analyst – Climate Change
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Eva Cairns is the lead on climate change in our ESG Investing team and is responsible for climate change research and engagement as well as analysis of fossil fuel heavy sectors such as oil & gas, utilities and transportation. She is also responsible for TCFD reporting (investments related) which includes providing data on portfolio carbon footprinting and climate change scenario analysis. In 2019, Eva published a paper on ‘Climate change – Our approach for Investments’ and a white paper on ‘Investing in a Changing Climate’. Before joining the ESG team, Eva worked at Standard Life Investments and managed a team of Business Analysts, focused on projects related to the investment process, risk and research. Eva joined Standard Life in 2010 from Halcrow Group Ltd (now CH2M Hill), a global consultancy, where she worked as an Economist focused on environmental and socio-economic impact assessment of energy and transport projects. Eva graduated with a MSc in Economics with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh where her dissertation focused on the social cost of carbon. She also obtained the Professional Risk Management (PRM) certification in 2014.
Senior Policy Analyst, Green Finance & Investment
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Geraldine Ang works as a senior policy analyst on green finance and investment at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which she joined in 2011. Under the OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment, she has developed several projects to support the global green finance and investment agenda, including on: the role of central banks to address sustainability in the financial system; integrating climate factors in institutional investment; integrating biodiversity factors in business and investment decisions, and mobilising clean energy finance and investment. Geraldine has co-authored multiple OECD reports, such as the OECD report contributed to the G7 Environment in 2019 on Biodiversity: Finance and the Economic and Business Case for Action. She has organised several events on green finance and investment, such as the annual OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment and the High-Level Breakfast on Institutional Investors and the Low-Carbon Transition. Prior to joining the OECD, she conducted research on climate mitigation for the Earth Institute. Previously, she worked for Lagardere Active and the French Senate. Geraldine holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s SIPA (2011), and a Master of Science in Management from HEC Paris (2006).
Project Manager & Corporate Governance Policy Advisor
Financial Reporting Council
Hannah joined the Lab in 2017 and has managed the projects on performance metrics, climate-related reporting and workforce disclosures. Hannah moved from the FRC’s Corporate Governance Team, where she worked on reviews of the Stewardship Code and UK Corporate Governance Code and ran the 2016 Stewardship Code tiering exercise.
Hannah is a qualified lawyer and prior to joining the FRC, worked in the Australian Department of the Treasury on corporations and corporate law policy.
Development and Investment Bank of Turkey (TKYB)
Ibrahim Halil Öztop occupies the position of CEO for Türkiye Kalkinma ve Yatirim Bankasi AS. He is also on the board of Association of Development Financing Institutions and Kalkinma Yatirim Menkul Degerler AS. Mr. Öztop received an undergraduate degree from Middle East University and a graduate degree from Bilkent University.
Head of Sustainable Finance Advisory
Jacob Michaelsen is Head of Sustainable Finance Advisory at Nordea, the largest Nordic bank and leading Debt Capital Market house in the region. Through this role, Jacob is in constant dialogue with investors, issuers and the broader market on all matters related to the Green bond market and sustainable finance more broadly. Prior to working with Green bonds Jacob was a part of the Bond Syndicate team at Nordea where he led the execution of a broad range of new issues.
Head of Specialised Equity & Responsible Investing
NN Investment Partners
Jeroen Bos, CFA, CAIA is Head of Specialised Equity & Responsible Investing at NN Investment Partners (NN IP) and part of its Management Team Investments. His portfolio of responsibilities includes a variety of Global and Regional Sustainable & Impact Equity Funds. Jeroen is also a member of NN IP’s ESG Board and has been instrumental in the development of ESG integration at NNIP in the last decade. His previous roles at NN IP included Head of Global Equity Research as well as Senior Portfolio Manager on several Global Equity & Thematic Funds. Before joining NN IP, Jeroen was a Director at UBS in New York in the Technology Equity Research Team. Prior to UBS, he was a Vice President at JP Morgan in London and a Senior Equity Analyst at MeesPierson/Fortis in Amsterdam. Jeroen is also a Board Member of CFA Society VBA Netherlands as well as a Board Member of the Work with Nature Foundation, a non-profit organization protecting Costa Rica’s rainforest.
For the past 7 years Jessica has directed a consultancy firm undertaking environmental finance pro-ject development and evaluation, and leading secretariats for the Equator Principles Association (environmental and social risk in Project Finance for 100+ financial institutions) and the Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (applying IFC performance standard 6 on biodiversity in oil & gas, min-ing, and finance).
Prior to this, Jessica was Senior Programme Officer in ecosystems assessment at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Programme in Cambridge UK and worked extensively on environmental finance in Africa for IUCN, UNDP and as a consultant for the UN system, World Bank, bilateral do-nors, governments and private sector. Jessica holds a first degree in environmental studies and business, a masters degree in international development, and is concluding a masters in finance during 2020. Her key areas of interest are mobilising private and blended finance for ecosystems (SDGs 14 and 15) and managing biodiversity-related risks in banking and investment.
Johan Torgeby is an alumnus from Lund University School of Economics and Management and is President and CEO of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), a Nordic financial services group with an international reach. Johan Torgeby leads a team of 15,000 employees who serve more than 3,000 large corporate and institutional customers, 400,000 small and medium-sized enterprises, and four million private individuals. SEB has a local presence in some 20 countries worldwide. Johan Torgeby has 20 years of banking and financial services experience and has previously worked at Morgan Stanley & Co in London. Johan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from Lund University School of Economics and Management.
Director of ESG & Impact
Johanna heads Swedfund’s ESG & Impact operations focusing on two of three pillars in Swedfund’s business model: Impact on Society and Sustainability including themes such as Gender Equality, Climate Change and Environment, Human Rights, Decent Work, and Anti-Corruption. Johanna and her team ensure the assessment and measurement of impact of Swedfund’s portfolio as well as environmental, social and corporate governance issues (ESG) in the entire investment process across different industries.
Responsible Investment Manager
Katharina works in the Responsible Investment team at Nest where she is responsible for Nest’s approach to climate change risks and opportunities. Prior to joining Nest in 2019 Katharina worked at RPMI Railpen and Aberdeen Standard Investments. Katharina holds an MA in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Edinburgh and is studying towards an MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment at UCL. She is a CFA charterholder.
I would probably talk about our climate aware strategies and can talk about some of the metrics we are exploring to measure the impact of the strategy but can refine that once I’ve got a better idea of how the panel is going to be structured.
Director, Investor Engagement, Europe
Climate Disclosure Project
Laurent Babikian is Director of Capital Markets at CDP Europe. He started his career in 1991 working with Bank Indosuez for 10 years. In 2000, he co-founded, Start-up connexion, an incubator of technological start-ups and coached entrepreneurs to accelerate their growth before creating Corcovado in 2005, his own consultancy company specialized in seed and venture capital fund raising, for which he moved to Brazil in 2007. While in Brazil, he became one of the mentors of Endeavor, an international not-for-profit organisation aimed at developing sustainable entrepreneurship in emerging countries.
Laurent is member of the advisory board of the Low Carbon 100 index managed by Euronext and the French label Greenfin managed by the French Ministry of Environment.
Laurent graduated from IESE Business School in Barcelona, holding an executive MBA in general management. He also holds a master’s in finance from the University of Paris Dauphine.
Laurent is a strong proponent of sustainable finance and responsible capitalism.
Chairperson of the Executive Board
Expert in implementing sustainable development principles in the Bank’s corporate governance system and in managing partner and investor relations with 16-years’experience of working in Center-invest Bank. Highly experienced in working with financial institutions. Responsible for issuing Russia’s first green banking bonds, receiving ESG ranking, and has contributed greatly to making the Bank an ESG Leader in Russia.
Co-Head, Climate & ESG Solutions
Lisa Eichler co-heads Climate & ESG Solutions at Ortec Finance, dedicating her efforts to mainstreaming climate change across the investment decision process by integrating responsible investment data and methodologies into mainstream financial technology and solutions. A particular priority is to innovate on applying advanced modelling and scientific data to integrate quantified risks associated with climate change into standard forward-looking financial scenario sets that drive strategic investment decision-making.
Fund Manager of Echiquier Positive Impact Europe
La Financière de l’Échiquier
Luc Olivier, Fund Manager of Echiquier Positive Impact Europe
A graduate in Finance from EDHEC in 2017, Luc completed several internships as an SRI analyst at EthiFinance and at La Financière de l’Échiquier before joining Exane in London as an equity analyst. In August 2017, he joined La Financière de l’Échiquier’s management team as a financial and SRI analyst. He became manager of Echiquier Positive Impact Europe in 2020.
Magnus Billing is the CEO of Alecta. Alecta provides collectively agreed occupational pensions, and is owned by approximately 2.4 million private customers and 34,000 corporate clients. Alecta’s assets under management amount to approximately USD 90 billion.
In 2016 Mr. Billing was appointed to be member of the European Commissions’ “high-level expert group” on sustainable finance. In January 2018, the group delivered their final recommendations for “a comprehensive EU strategy on sustainable finance as part of the Capital Markets Union”, which informed the Commissions’ Action plan on Sustainable Finance launched in 2018.
Prior to joining Alecta, Mr. Billing was the CEO of Nasdaq Nordics, and Head of Fixed Income Nordic and Baltic Markets. Within Nasdaq he previously held the position as Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Vice President of Nasdaq Group, Inc.
Mr. Billing has served as director of Federation of European Securities Exchanges, Swedish House of Finance and as an alternate director of the Swedish Corporate Governance Code Board of Directors. He holds a degree in Law from Stockholm University.
Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)
Mardi McBrien joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) as Managing Director in 2011 following an eclectic career which has included roles such as President of an International Students Association, public-private partnership management, leading flagship environmental campaigns and projects including for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (and the author Bill Bryson), WWF-UK’s Earth Hour and carbon market policy for UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Mardi is a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council, a trustee of the International Tree Foundation and a founding board member of WOCAN — Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management. Mardi holds a double degree in Forestry and Environmental Science from the University of Melbourne and a MSc in Agricultural Economics from SOAS, UCL. In 2013, Mardi was awarded environmental campaigner of the year by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.
CFA, Credit Portfolio Manager
La Francaise AM
Marie began her career in 2012 at Crédit Mutuel CIC as a quantitative funds of funds analyst before joining Aberdeen Standard Investments in 2014 where she held the position of portfolio analyst in the Global Fixed Income team. She built the Low Carbon strategies applied to Global and European credit expertises. Marie then joined La Française in 2018 as a credit portfolio manager and set up the carbon impact credit strategy. Marie is a CFA charterholder and holds a bachelor degree in applied mathematics as well as a master’s degree in Management from EM Lyon.
Head of the Sustainable Finance Unit
Martin Spolc is the Head of the Sustainable Finance unit in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Financial Services. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of the Capital Markets Union unit, the Economic analysis unit, Deputy Head of the Banking unit and Assistant to the Director General, directly involved in developing the Banking Union and other key projects in the area of financial services aiming at restoring financial stability since the crisis. Before joining the Commission, he had worked at risk management consultancy and the banking sector. He is the holder of the CFA and FRM designations and member of the CFA Institute and Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement
Martina Macpherson is Senior Vice President, Strategic ESG Engagement & Partnerships, at Moody’s, and President of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets. Martina has held a number of ESG leadership roles including Head of ESG Index Products at S&P DJI, Managing Director of Sustainable Investments Partners Ltd. and Vice President of ESG at MSCI.
She has been working in the ESG, index and asset management industry for almost 20 years and has been a member of multiple sustainable finance associations and policy working groups at UK, EU and at an international level.
Currently, Martina is part of the UNGC SDG CFO Taskforce, the European Law Institute’s Sustainable Finance Working Group, CBI’s Transition Bond Technical Expert Group, and Enterprise Data Management’s Working Group on ESG Data and Metrics.
Martina is a visiting fellow in sustainable finance at University of Zurich and Henley Business School. She has an MBA certificate in finance and business from LSBF / UK, and a MA in Law and Human Sciences from University of Frankfurt in Germany. She is a doctoral fellow of the Institute of Certified Risk Management Professionals UK, a fellow member of the ICRS, and an alumni of the German National Academic Foundation.
PensionsEurope is the leading voice for funded pensions in Europe representing 24 European national pension fund associations covering pensions of more than 110 million Europeans and close to € 5 trillion of assets.
Matti has been the Chair and Vice-Chair in 2013-2018 of the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group of EIOPA and a member of the European Commission’s High Level Group of Experts on Pensions 2018 – 2019.
Prior to joining PensionsEurope in 2011 Matti worked for 11 years for The Finnish Pension Alliance. Matti has a LLM and an Executive MBA in Insurance and Financial services.
Senior Director & Global Head of ESG Research
Mervyn Tang is a Senior Director and Global Head of ESG Research in Fitch Ratings’ Sustainable Finance division, based in Hong Kong. Mervyn oversees a global research team of 5 which primarily focus on thematic and cross sector ESG research.
Mervyn re-joined Fitch Ratings in March 2019 from MSCI Inc., where he was Head of Fixed Income in their ESG Research department, based in Hong Kong. Mervyn has worked with fixed income investors globally supporting them on integrating ESG into their investment process. Prior to joining MSCI in 2017, Mervyn was a Director in Fitch’s Sovereign Group, with the Asia- Pacific team. Mervyn has also worked as an international economist at the Bank of England in London, a diplomat at the British Embassy in Washington DC, and an equities analyst at Citigroup.
Mervyn earned an MSc in Economics with distinction from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a BA in Economics and Management from Oxford University. He is a CFA Charterholder.
Head of Corporate Governance
Mirza is responsible for managing Aviva Investors’ governance function which includes the development and oversight of voting policies and execution, related company engagement, the integration of ESG factors across the full spectrum of Aviva Investors’ assets, and the development of governance focused public policy positions. Mirza is a member of the House View Forum and Strategic Investment Group which develops the institutional macro outlook, and reviews all investment ideas for Aviva Investor’s multi-asset strategies. Mirza currently serves as a member of the UK Investment Association’s Corporate Governance and Engagement Committee and the International Corporate Governance Network’s Business Ethics and Systemic Risk Committee.
Deputy Director General of Financial Stability Department & Head of the NGFS Secretariat
Banque de France
Morgan Després is Deputy Head of the Financial Stability Department at Banque de France and also serves as the Head of the NGFS Secretariat. He joined the Banque de France in 2005 and served in the Payment and Settlement Systems Department and as deputy Head of the Macroprudential Division.
Other professional experiences include a secondment as Deputy Head of the Financial Stability Unit within the French Treasury Department and some technical assistance missions for the IMF. Morgan holds a MBA from ESSEC business school, graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and studied at the Harvard Extension School.
CEO of Asset Resolution
2° Investing Initiative
Noémie Klein is CEO of Asset Resolution, 2° Investing Initiative’s data spinoff. Asset Resolution’s mission is to optimise the accessibility and use of physical asset-level data for climate analyses in the financial sector. To achieve this, Asset Resolution maps over 300,000 physical assets across 8 sectors to companies and financial securities.
Noémie has worked at the intersection of climate, finance, and data for the past 15 years. She has authored a number of publications, including the World Bank State and Trends of Carbon Pricing report. Prior to joining Asset Resolution, Noémie was Director at the consultancy Navigant, where she led their climate finance activities. She holds a MSc. in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and an MRes in Environmental Sciences from University Paris 7.
Olivier Rousseau is executive director at Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR), France’s pension reserve fund, where he also chairs the asset manager selection committee. Before joining FRR in 2011, he was attached to the French Embassy in Sweden as an economic advisor, a position he took up after two years on the board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Rousseau began his career at the French Treasury, eventually joining BNP Paribas where he spent 11 years working in international banking and finance in Paris, Tokyo, London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney offices. He graduated from the French National School of Administration (ENA) in 1986. He also holds a degree in political sciences and master degrees in law and economics from the University of Aix-en-Provence.
Chief Strategy Officer
Energy Impact Partners
Dr. Fox-Penner is one of the foremost experts in the utility industry. He served as Principal and Chairman of The Brattle Group, a renowned economic and regulatory consulting firm, where he joined in 1996 and rose to become the longest-serving Chairman in the firm’s history. Prior, Dr. Fox-Penner served as a senior official in the White House Office of Science and Technology. He is also a professor at Boston University where he serves as Founder and Chairman of BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy. Dr. Fox-Penner received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. At EIP, he supports investment teams and partners, and oversees EIP’s portfolio ESG Impact quantification efforts. He is also author of the highly acclaimed book, Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities.
Global Head of ESG
Co-Founder and Former CEO of Beyond Ratings to Lead Qontigo’s Expansion of Indexing and Analytics in the ESG Space
ZUG, September 15, 2020—Qontigo today announced the appointment of Rodolphe Bocquet as Global Head of ESG, effective as of September 22, 2020. In this newly created position, Bocquet will lead Qontigo’s expansion of indexing and analytics in the ESG space.
A pioneer and innovator in ESG investing, Bocquet most recently served as an independent sustainability consultant working with a range of clients, including the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. In 2014, he co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Ratings, a startup created to better integrate long-term sustainability drivers and their impact on investments. Beyond Ratings was acquired by the London Stock Exchange Group in May 2019.
Commenting on the appointment, Holger Wohlenberg, Chief Business Officer of Qontigo, said, “Rodolphe is both a visionary and a practical innovator in ESG, with a range and depth of experience that adds enormous credibility and traction to our ambitious ESG expansion plans.”
Bocquet began his career in trading and risk management at Société Générale, but shifted his focus in 2001 to energy, climate and sustainability, holding positions with Carbone 4, AFTER, Agence Française de Développement, Conseil Régional d’Aquitaine, ADEME (Environment and Energy Management Agency), Eco-Carbone and other organizations.
Bocquet earned an MBA from HEC Paris, which included studies at the Stern Business School of New York University. He also holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Mines ParisTech ISIGE.
Sachin Vankalas is General Manager of the Luxembourg Finance Labelling Agency (LuxFLAG), where he primarily works with investment funds active in responsible/sustainable investing themes, which include ESG investing, microfinance, impact finance etc. Prior to joining LuxFLAG, Sachin worked as an investment officer for a Swiss asset management firm in Zurich and before as a rating analyst in an international rating agency. Sachin attended Harvard University & NYU Stern competing executive programmes in Finance and Sustainability and holds a MS in Banking and Finance from the Luxembourg School of Finance. Sachin is a member of the ALFI Technical Committee and Working Groups on Responsible Investing and sits on the boards of multiple organisations active in sustainable finance.
Managing Director, Sustainable Finance
JSS Asset Management
Sasja Beslik is a Swedish and international financial expert known for promoting financial sustainability across the world. He has been employed by J. Safra Sarasin since 2019. Beslik won the Swedish Banking Profile of the Year award in 2016.
In 2013, he received the H. M. The King’s Medal, 8th size with the ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden for outstanding contributions within Swedish environmental and sustainability development within financial sector
He was chosen as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos in 2011.
Stars Fund, the Nordea sustainable fund launched by Beslik in 2011, was chosen as Sweden’s best overall equity fund in 2017. It was the first sustainable fund to receive the award
His work for Nordea started in 2009, when he became head of responsible investments and corporate governance. He was named CEO of Nordea Investment Funds Sweden in 2011 and head of responsible investments and identity at Nordea Asset Management in 2013. Finally, at the beginning of 2017, Nordea placed Beslik at the head of a new unit, Sustainable Finance, tasked with implementing the decisions made by the company’s corporate responsibility unit.
He is the author of the book “Guld och gröna skogar” (2019).
Simone leads the Banking Team of the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), a global partnership between the UN and more than 240 banks, investors, and insurers.
As such she manages leadership initiatives with banks from over 60 countries around climate-aligned, sustainable finance, such as the Principles for Responsible Banking.
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 an 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.
Nysnø Climate Investments
Siri Kalvig is the CEO at Nysnø Climate Investments – a Norwegian sovereign company that invests in companies and funds with profitable and smart solutions to climate change. Siri Kalvig holds a Master of Science in Meteorology and has a PhD in offshore wind technology. Prior to her position in Nysnø, Siri headed the Research Network for Sustainable Energy at the University of Stavanger. Siri began her career as a weather presenter at TV2, and together with TV2 established StormGeo – the leading global provider of weather intelligence. She has since founded several businesses and is actively engaged in finance and start-up companies within environmental technologies.
Investor Outreach Manager
Sofiane joined the FAIRR Initiative as Investor Outreach Manager in July 2019 and is responsible for engaging with the capital markets stakeholders to raise awareness about the risks and opportunities in the global protein supply chain. Prior to joining FAIRR, he worked as a Senior Investment Advisor at Deutsche Bank Asset and Wealth Management in Dubai where he was responsible for advising family office and institutional clients on their strategic multi-asset investment allocations. Sofiane also has eight years of additional financial market experience as an FX Portfolio Manager for a Swiss private bank and in Interest Rate Derivatives Sales for BNP Paribas.
Sofiane holds an MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the London School of Economics and is a CFA charterholder.
Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance Global Policy Initiatives
Institute of International Finance (IIF)
Sonja’s research work covers global debt and sovereign debt policy issues, financial stability risks, sustainable finance, and capital markets development in emerging and frontier markets. She oversees the IIF’s Weekly Insight, which offers a concise perspective on global financial markets in the context of topical economic and political developments, and the quarterly Global Debt Monitor, which looks across mature and emerging economies for debt-related vulnerabilities such as the rapid buildup in EM corporate debt levels. Sonja leads IIF policy work on sustainable finance and infrastructure investment, including advocacy and liaison efforts vis-à-vis the G20, the multilaterals and the international regulatory community.
Sonja has spent over 20 years in banking and financial markets, most recently with Nomura International in London, where she was Chief Equity Strategist. Previously she was Head of East European Economics and Senior European Bond Analyst, also for Nomura. Earlier positions included stints as a U.S. economist and bank credit analyst in New York and Los Angeles. She has taught undergraduate microeconomics at U.C. Berkeley, and spent several years with the Berkeley-Stanford Program on Soviet International Behavior. Sonja’s work is widely cited in the financial press, including Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times; she is a regular speaker at industry conferences and a frequent commentator for financial television and radio.
UNEP Financial Centres for Sustainability
We’d like to propose our newest Technical Manager, Sundip Jadeja join the panel. Sundip has joined the CDSB team to focus specifically on pushing forward TCFD adoption and brings with him wealth of knowledge from the private equity and venture capital sector where he lead on sustainability efforts. Given his background, we think he would make a fantastic addition to the discussion and could speak to TCFD reporting across different asset classes, evolving policies and regulatory requirements in the EU and beyond in particular how the EU Green Deal will review the NRF Directive and how this will impact on investors and companies moving forward.
Director, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change
Terry McCallion is the Director of the EBRD Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Team in the Banking Department, based in London. He previously was a banker in the EBRD’s Financial Institutions Team working on transactions with banks, insurance companies and mortgage finance clients. Prior to joining the EBRD, Terry was Finance Manager at MMT, an environmental technology business in the United States. He started his career as an engineer in the oil and gas business with Bechtel before attending business school and moving into banking and finance. He has B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Queens University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Associate Director, Policy Division
Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)
Tonia Plakhotniuk is an Associate Director at the Policy Division of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), representing the pan-European wholesale capital markets industry. Tonia leads AFME’s work programmes in Sustainable Finance and Financial Reporting helping to bring industry insights into the development of European policy in these thematic areas.
In the past, being a Certified Public Accountant in the US, Tonia worked for large public accounting and consulting firms for more than 8 years. She managed a wide spectrum of external assurance and consulting projects across both emerging and developed markets and is specialising primarily in banking and capital markets sector.
Chief Investment Officer
NN Investment Partners
Valentijn is Chief Investment Officer of NN Investment Partners and chairman of the Management Team Investments (MTI)
Valentijn has over 18 years of experience working in financial markets. Valentijn is also chair of NNIP’s Tactical Asset Allocation committee and the firm’s key spokesperson on the macro and market outlook. Therefore, he appears frequently at client events, seminars and in financial news media like CNN, CNBC, RTLZ, NOS, BNR, Bloomberg and Reuters or journals like the FT, FD, IPE, and other newswires and social media channels.
Sustainable Investment Strategist, EMEA
Northern Trust Asset Management
Valeria Dinershteyn, sustainable investment strategist – EMEA at Northern Trust Asset Management, is responsible for education and innovation in the firm’s sustainable investing capabilities. Within her role, Valeria helps clients in developing new strategies incorporating ESG and climate-aware considerations into their portfolios and investment philosophies.
Prior to joining Northern Trust Asset Management in 2019, Valeria worked at Kempen Capital Management as a responsible investment analyst.
Valeria holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and social studies from St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University (Russia), a master’s degree in financial management from Nyenrode Business University (the Netherlands) and is a CFA charterholder.
Executive Director, Head of ESG Indexes EMEA
As Head of ESG Indexes for EMEA, Véronique Menou focuses on MSCI ESG index product strategy and development. As part of her role, she engages with leading investors and product providers in EMEA in order to establish their needs as they seek to integrate ESG into their investment process. Véronique has been selected as a member of the European Commission Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. For the past six years, she was responsible for the methodologies behind MSCI ESG Indexes.
Véronique started her career as an ESG research analyst with Innovest in Paris in 2004 and then moved to Toronto where she was the sector leader for the healthcare industry and the project manager for the first Access to Medicines Index. She then joined the SRI research team at Natixis Asset Management in Paris where she was the lead analyst for the energy and healthcare sectors.
Véronique holds a master degree in international affairs from Bordeaux School of Management.
Director Sustainable Investing
Vincent Triesschijn is Director Sustainable Investing at ABN AMRO, working on sustainable investments, sustainability (ESG) integration and corporate engagement. Vincent works in the investment industry since 2006, previously at UBS, J.P. Morgan and Kempen & Co on (sustainable) equity and debt related mandates. He studied Sustainability at the University of Cambridge and is author of ‘Aligning Sustainability with Investment Objectives’. Next to his professional activities, Vincent is a coach for (social) start-up enterprises, Advisory Board Member for ‘Bridges for Enterprise’ (a society of the University of Cambridge) and ‘Net Impact’ (next-generation leaders in Amsterdam that focus to make a positive impact).
Director of Financial Sector Strategy
Wolfgang Kuhn is Director of Financial Sector Strategy at ShareAction with 20 years’ experience in fixed income markets. He has been on a quest for the right approach to sustainable investment since 2006.
His most recent role was that of Head of Pan-European Fixed Income at Aberdeen Asset Management, managing European credit and macro teams. Previously, he worked for UBS, Deutsche Asset Management and DG Bank.
Wolfgang graduated from Technical University of Berlin, having also studied at University of Wisconsin and University of Freiburg. Wolfgang is a CFA Charterholder, a Certfied EFFAS Financial Analyst (CEFA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
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