We look forward to announcing the expert speakers coming to the 2023 Sustainable Investment Forum Europe. Take a look at 2022’s speakers.
Green Angel Syndicate
Cam Ross is the CEO of Green Angel Syndicate. Prior to joining GAS, Cam co-founded, jointly ran and raised two rounds of angel funding for a contact centre payments business, with an exit to AIM-listed Eckoh. Cam is an Aeronautical Engineer by training, and has experience in creating, commercialising, and patenting new technology. He has more than fifteen granted patents in the fields of telecommunications, payments, and customer authentication. He has a practical ability to analyse and improve complex processes, from manufacturing to software systems.
Cam is also a Trustee of mySociety, a UK charity which builds technology to help democracy and community in the UK and overseas, and a Director of its commercial arm, SocietyWorks.
Carine Smith Ihenacho
Norges Bank Investment Management
Carine Smith Ihenacho is responsible for the governance and compliance area, which includes ownership and responsible investment activities, control and operational risk, compliance and legal services.
Carine Smith Ihenacho was appointed Chief Governance and Compliance Officer 6 October 2020. She joined Norges Bank Investment Management in August 2017 as Global Head of Ownership Strategies and was promoted to Chief Corporate Governance Officer on 1 January 2018.
Prior to joining Norges Bank Investment Management, Ms Ihenacho was Vice President Legal and Chief Compliance Officer in Statoil ASA. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, working in both financials and the oil and gas industry, as well as in law firms. She also has extensive board experience.
Ihenacho holds a law degree from the University of Oslo, a Master of Law from Harvard Law School and a Master of Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
Caroline Le Meaux
Amundi Asset Management
Caroline LE MEAUX joined Amundi in 2019 and is responsible for ESG Research, Engagement and Voting team within the ESG Business Line. She was previously head of the long-term investment department at the pension division of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) which is the fiduciary manager of several French pension funds, in charge of the SRI strategy, ESG and climate policy. Before that, she was director of investment at FRR Fonds de Réserves des Retraites from 2011 to 2014. She was formerly fund manager at BNPPAM, managing Small and Mid-Caps European equities and has been head of quantitative analysis for European equities.
Caroline Le Meaux began her career at Paribas Asset Management. She is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and is a graduate of Paris IX Dauphine University.
Catherine joined ShareAction in July 2008, having previously been the founder and lead organiser of West London Citizens. Earlier in her career she was Senior Researcher at the New Policy Institute. Catherine is a board member of Green Alliance and of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. She was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust (the multi-employer pension scheme for the UK’s not-for-profit sector) for five years until Spring 2013. She served for four years on The Pensions Trust’s Investment Committee.
Catherine holds a First Class BA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. In June 2011 Catherine was named a ‘Rising Star of Corporate Governance’ by Yale University’s, Millstein Center. In 2013, Pensions Insight featured her as one of the 50 most influential people in pensions and in May 2011 Investment and Pensions Europe called her one of the ‘top ten women in pensions’. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.
Cathrine de Coninck-Lopez
Based in the UK, Cathrine is Global Head of ESG for Invesco with responsibility for enabling and leading best practices in ESG capabilities across Invesco including ESG integration, research, voting and engagement, supporting the distribution team with client engagement, and advising the product teams on ESG innovation. Cathrine leads a team of ESG professionals located across EMEA, US and Asia.
Cathrine took on global responsibility for Invesco’s ESG practice in September 2019. Prior to this role, Cathrine spent two years as Head of ESG for Invesco’s Henley Investment Centre. Cathrine started her career at Columbia Threadneedle Investments in 2008 as a responsible investment analyst and has experience across the responsible investment spectrum of ESG integration to specific fund strategies. Cathrine is a non-executive board member of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) and a member of the UK Investment Association Stewardship Committee.
Cathrine holds an MBA from London Business School, a MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from Oxford University and a BSc in Environmental Science from Nottingham University. Cathrine also holds the Investment Management Certificate from the CFA Society of the UK.
Pensions for Purpose
Charlotte is the CEO and an executive director of Pensions for Purpose. In her role, Charlotte oversees the running of the business, develops the growth and innovation strategy and looks for opportunities to build partnerships to achieve Pensions for Purpose’s mission. Charlotte is also a member of the Impact Investing Institute’s Pensions Expert Panel, an ambassador for the Transparency Taskforce and a founder of 10 Billion World, an end-to-end sustainability project management business aimed at businesses and organisations setting net zero and carbon reduction targets.
Charlotte has over 15 years of professional experience in asset management, starting in fund analysis and progressing through to institutional business development. Charlotte has worked for some very well-known institutions, including Jupiter, Pictet and Cambridge Associates. Through her roles, Charlotte has built a knowledge and passion for responsible and sustainable investing. She has demonstrated this in co-authoring a paper with the Society for Pension Professionals on Social Impact Investing and speaking on topics such as fee and service transparency at PLSA and Transparency Taskforce events. Charlotte played a key role in developing the Impact Investing Institute’s Impact Investing Principles for Pensions and led the launch of the Impact Investing Adopters Forum.
Outside of work Charlotte is a mother to two children, a fitness and running enthusiast, a volunteer with Redstart (a charity working to educate children on savings and investments) and always looking for ways to improve her own social and environmental impact.
Mr. Cornelius Graubner leads the ESG Data Solutions team at FactSet. In this role, he owns the ESG data sourcing strategy, builds the company’s proprietary ESG datasets, and sets the broader ESG product roadmap. He joined FactSet through the acquisition of Truvalue Labs, where he was Director of Data and Content. Prior, he was Head of Risk Solutions at Verisk Maplecroft and co-founder of a mobile stakeholder engagement startup. Mr. Graubner earned a master’s degree in political science from Freie Universität Berlin, a master’s degree in Russian studies from The European University at St. Petersburg, and an advanced diploma in energy finance from New York University.
Global Reporting Initiative
Dave is Director Capital Markets at GRI (Global Reporting Initiative). In his work he engages globally with market regulators, stock exchanges, rating agencies, institutional investors, asset managers and multilaterals to advance integration of sustainability reporting and emphasize its importance for sustainable development and value creation. Prior to joining GRI, Dave was a Director Sustainable Tax at PwC, actively bringing topics like responsible investing, sustainable finance, good tax governance and tax transparency to organisations. At GRI he works with a diverse international team of experts on numerous sustainability topics in the context of responsible business conduct.
Principles for Responsible Investment
David Atkin was appointed CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment in December 2021. The PRI is a UN-supported organisation, with more than 4,500 signatories who collectively represent over US $121 trillion in AUM. He is responsible for the PRI’s global operations.
Most recently, David served as the Deputy CEO for AMP Capital and prior to that spent almost 13 years as the CEO for Cbus Superannuation Fund where he saw membership grow from 500,000 to over 750,000 and AUM rise to AUD $55 billion.
David currently serves on the board of the Climate Council. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University for his work in the sustainable finance field, was awarded the FEAL Fund Executive of the Year in 2017 and was presented with a ASFA Life Membership in 2020.
UNEP FI | Oliver Wyman
David Carlin leads the TCFD and climate risk program for UNEP- Finance Initiative. He currently is running a pilot for nearly 50 global banks and investors on topics of climate scenarios, climate risk assessments, and climate governance. He is also a contributor to Forbes, where he writes about climate change and leadership.
Prior to joining UNEP-FI, he worked as a senior manager in Risk and Public Policy for Oliver Wyman Consulting and in Model Risk Management for PNC Bank. His background is in quantitative modeling and decision science.
He conducted research in financial decision-making at Carnegie Mellon University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College.
University of Cambridge
David was one of the early architects of responsible investment in the UK. He was co-founder and CEO of Hermes pioneering Focus Funds and Equity Ownership Service. He co-chaired the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative in the run up to the Paris Climate Conference. He was senior non-executive at KPMG. He currently advises Ownership Capital, Sarasin and Aviva.
He was Pembroke Visiting Professor at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University, where he remains a Fellow. His books on responsible investment have been influential globally and translated into five languages.
Recently he has led the Climate Accounting Project for the Principles for Responsible Investment, focussing on ensuring that accounting standards reflect the challenge of global warming.
Wespath Benefits & Investments
Dave Zellner is the Chief Investment Officer for Glenview, Illinois-based Wespath Benefits and Investments, an agency of The United Methodist Church (UMC), and Wespath Institutional Investments. Wespath manages $28 billion on behalf of 100,000 active and retired clergy and lay employees of the UMC and over 120 UMC-affiliated institutions. Prior to joining Wespath in 1997, Dave was Senior Vice President and Director of Operations with Investment Research Company, then an investment management affiliate of United Asset Management. Previously, he was Director of Equities for the Shell Oil Company Retirement Funds where he managed two internal investment portfolios.
Dave helped co-author and was one of the original signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment in 2006. He presently is the board chair for FaithInvest, a U.K. based charity. He received his B.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University and MBA from the University of Houston.