Global Head of Sustainability Research
BNP Paribas Asset Management
Alex Bernhardt, Global Head of Sustainability Research, is a noted expert in sustainable finance. In his role, Alex is responsible for ESG research and integration across BNP Paribas Asset Management and plays an important role in driving the firm’s overall sustainability research agenda, thought leadership and thematic fund development.
Prior to BNPP AM, Alex spent 16 years at Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC), a $17B revenue (2020) professional services conglomerate. His final MMC role was as internal strategy consultant, designing cross-business strategies to address climate resilience, sustainability and the catastrophe protection gap. Between, 2015-2020, Alex led Mercer Investment’s Responsible Investment advisory business in North America, where he undertook ESG integration work with the boards and investment committees of institutional investors of all types and sizes. He was a co-lead contributor to Mercer’s Investing in a Time of Climate Change research (models released in 2015 and 2019) and undertook related consulting assignments for institutional investors across North America with over $800B of portfolio assets. While at Mercer, Alex served as a member of the firm’s Global Strategic Research Committee and the Sustainability Committee for the firm’s Sustainable Opportunities private market fund-of-funds and (co)authored several research publications on subjects as wide-ranging as turnover in equity markets and infrastructure investment in Africa.
Prior to joining Mercer, Alex was a Senior Vice President at MMC operating company Guy Carpenter, where he founded and ran the firm’s GC Micro Risk Solutions® division focused on designing and developing index-based micro(re)insurance programs for development banks, microfinance institutions and insurers.
Alex received a BA from the University of Puget Sound, holds several (re)insurance accreditations and has held FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. Alex is regularly quoted in financial industry press and has been ranked one of the 20 most influential individual consultants globally in the Sustainable and Responsible Investing category by the Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey.
Alexander ‘Sasha’ Weise
Technical Advisor for Biodiversity and Sustainable Food System Finance
Alexander “Sasha” Wiese is Technical Advisor for Sustainable Food Systems and Biodiversity Finance at UNEP FI. Sasha is an experienced banker with focus on sustainable finance in general and biodiversity and nature related financial structuring in specific. He spent more than 15 years in Capital Markets divisions of large investment banks, mainly at Barclays and Credit Suisse, leading structuring teams with strong focus on sustainable product for institutional investors across Europe.
After leaving the banking industry Sasha started as a Managing Director and Co-Head EMEA at Bankers Without Boundaries (“BwB”), a not-for-profit financial advisory firm providing cutting edge financial innovation guidance to cities, national governments, civil society and private sector on projects furthering environmental and social objectives. In addition, Sasha is Managing Director at Timber Finance Initiative, channelling large scale investments into the forest and timber construction industry across the whole value chain. Sasha holds a diploma in Mathematics from the University of Technology in Darmstadt. In his free time he makes forests and afforestation projects bankable.
Director, Global Policy, Institutions and Conservation Finance
The Nature Conservancy
Andrew Deutz is a leading expert in international environmental law, policy and negotiations, as well as international conservation and development. Dr. Deutz directs global policy at The Nature Conservancy, overseeing the organization’s international policy work on biodiversity, climate change, oceans and conservation finance, and overseeing relationships with international organizations and multilateral development banks.
Prior to joining TNC in 2006, he served in several leadership roles with the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Dr. Deutz has also served as the Lead Forest Negotiator for the US State Department, as Forest Policy Advisor to the World Bank and as a Research Associate at the Woods Hole Research Center. He holds a doctorate in International Environmental Law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Managing Director, Global Group Head, Sustainable Finance
Andrew recently devised and launched Sustainable Fitch, a new business line for Fitch Group, providing ESG rating products and services. He is also responsible for the leadership, development and coordination of all Fitch Group ESG initiatives.
Andrew joined Fitch Ratings in 2004 and has held several senior management positions: Global Head of Sustainable Finance; Head of EMEA Corporate Ratings; Head of Asia Pacific Corporate Ratings; and Head of EMEA energy, utilities, project finance and regulated transportation analytical groups. Based in Singapore from 2010-17, Andrew envisaged and developed Fitch Ratings highly successful Asian corporate ratings franchise.
Before joining Fitch in 2004 Andrew led ABN Amro’s project finance, power and utilities group, worked in private equity for Edison Capital, in energy for PowerGen’s group treasury, and in the banking sector as a mezzanine, leveraged buy-out and cross-border M&A lender and advisor.
Andrew holds a BSc in psychology from Bristol University, and a post graduate Diploma from INSEAD business school (CGEM 2016). He is a frequent speaker at events, an advisory board member of the United Nations credit rating and risk initiative, and a trustee of the Great Ormand Street Hospital based charity CLEFT.
Chair (Climate Action 100+) & Managing Investment Director for Board Governance & Sustainability
California Public Employees' Retirement System
Anne is CalPERS’ Managing Investment Director for Board Governance & Sustainability, responsible for strategic initiatives across the total fund where she is a member of the Investment Management Committee and reports to the CEO. Anne leads CalPERS’ Sustainable Investment Strategy, which focuses on long term value creation through the effective management of three forms of capital: financial, human and natural.
Anne currently chairs the Steering Committee and Asia Advisory Group for Climate Action 100+, a global investor alliance of $54 trillion which CalPERS convened and co-founded. She is a member of the California Governor’s Climate Risk Disclosure Advisory Group and the Advisory Council of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF). Anne was recently appointed to the board of Ceres and is a Lecturer in Sustainable and Impact Finance at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas Business School.
Anne is the author of “The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Achieving Sustainability” (Palgrave MacMillan) with Satyajit Bose and Dong Guo of Columbia University, “Fair Shares: The Future of Shareholder Power and Responsibility” with Jonathan Charkham (Oxford University Press) and “The Greening of Global Investment: How the Environment, Ethics, and Politics are Reshaping Strategies” (The Economist). She is an editorial board member of the journal Directors & Boards.
She sits on the strategy group for the UN Secretary General’s Global Investors for Sustainable Development, and steering committee for the UN Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance. Anne is a member of the Leadership Council at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
Anne was recognized in 2019 by TIME Magazine as one of 15 women globally leading the fight on climate change and as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance by Barron’s in 2020. She is cited by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 most influential leaders in the boardroom.
In roles prior to joining CalPERS, Anne served as the first Executive Director of the International Corporate Governance Network, and as the head of the World Bank-OECD Global Corporate Governance Forum. Previously she was Joint Managing Director of Pensions & Investment Research Consultants Ltd. Anne was formerly Senior Faculty Fellow and Lecturer at the Yale School of Management, where she taught with Ira Millstein on ‘The Role of the Corporation in Society’.
Anne read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University, where she was awarded a BA and MA, plus a Slater Fellowship at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.
President and CEO
Siemens Financial Services
Anthony Casciano is President and CEO of Siemens Financial Services, Inc., the U.S. financing arm of Siemens Financial Services (SFS). He is also CEO of SFS’s Project & Structured Finance Americas business unit, providing debt financing – including corporate lending, project finance, and structured finance solutions – to clients across the region.
In this role, he has implemented a regional environmental, social, governance (ESG) strategy, underscored by a corporate culture of sustainable investing, community giving, and employee well-being. This includes the launch of several initiatives, such as the expansion of energy-as-a service and sustainability-linked lending products and employee fundraising and volunteer efforts offered throughout the year. Casciano also developed Siemens Servicios Comerciales (SSC), in Mexico City, Mexico, as part of SFS’s global network of companies. Supporting investments in Latin America, SSC helps clients in the region realize longer-term productivity, obtain digital and automation technology, increase access to capital, and develop growth strategies.
Previously, he served as CEO of the global Industry and Healthcare Finance business at SFS, overseeing the growth of SFS’s activities in the global healthcare and industrial markets in addition to managing the global leveraged finance business across all industries. Throughout his tenure, Casciano built a global equity business, namely with infrastructure finance expertise. Prior to joining Siemens in 2008, Casciano held senior leadership positions in corporate finance at leading institutions including Deutsche Bank and General Electric.
Anthony holds a B.A. degree in economics from Drew University and an M.B.A. in marketing from Rutgers University’s School of Business. He is a certified Six Sigma black belt and has been nominated for and participated in several corporate-led executive leadership and strategic marketing courses. He sits on the U.S. Executive Management Council for Siemens and serves as a board member for various professional organizations.
Founder & CEO
Billy Parish is Founder and CEO of Mosaic, a leading financing and technology platform for sustainable home improvements. He has founded, invested in and advised numerous clean energy companies and organizations during the last 20 years. Parish was honored as one of Rolling Stone’s “25 People Shaping the Future,” an Utne Reader “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World,” and was elected a Fellow by Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Parish is co-author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World.
Chief Commercial Officer
Bram Poeth is an embodiment of the ideal of vision merged with action. An early advocate for sustainability at home and in business, Bram carried his values into his work by building a career in the clean energy sector from the time it was still considered a niche industry. He joined EVBox after a career at Eneco, the Netherlands-based sustainable energy company, most recently as CEO of Eneco eMobility International. As chief commercial officer for EVBox, Bram brings a passion and expertise for building organizations. “Success in this complex yet exciting environment comes from building the right teams, making great products, enabling customers and partners to be successful, employing a long-term perspective, and placing values first. In the end, a value-driven approach achieves the highest returns.
Visiting Professor of Finance at the Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Charlie Donovan is a Visiting Professor of Finance at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington. Professor Donovan was previously Executive Director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School and Academic Director of Imperial’s MSc Climate Change, Management and Finance. In his corporate career, Charlie has been a clean tech company co-founder and CFO. He spent more than a decade working in principal investments and corporate venturing in the energy sector, most recently as Head of Structuring for BP’s global power business. Charlie began his career as a Policy Analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration.
Head of Department, Climate & Small Mutuals Division
Bank of England
Chris heads-up the Bank’s climate hub, which has responsibility for developing and implementing the institution’s strategic approach to climate change and he is a Bank representative in the NGFS. Chris has been particularly focused on the PRA’s supervisory statement on financial risks arising from climate change and the development of a system-wide climate change stress test.
Beyond climate, Chris has responsibilities spanning the authorisation, supervision and analysis of firms operating as investment banks in the UK.
Prior to working at the Bank, Chris held roles at HM Treasury and Ernst and Young, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Executive Director, Responsible Investment
Chris joined IFM Investors in June 2016. He manages a team of responsible investment specialists that work closely with our investment teams to enhance responsible investment strategies and support the ESG needs of our investors. He ensures that responsible investment considerations are embedded in IFM Investors’ investment, asset management and reporting frameworks, benchmarked against global best practice. Chris was an original member of the PRI Infrastructure Advisory Council and also sits on a number of industry working groups, including ACSI, the IGCC Climate Change Policy Working Group, and the PRI working groups on “Just Transition” and Human rights. He has experience across government, community and private sectors, and has specialist skills in finance, policy development, social impact and business strategy. Prior to joining IFM Investors, Chris was Head of Social Innovation and Development at Australia Post, responsible for providing insights on business and community needs to develop new services that deliver both social outcomes and commercial returns. He joined Australia Post after serving as Principal Adviser to the Premier of Victoria on economic and infrastructure policy, including the policy agenda on climate change and the delivery of the state budget. He has also previously held roles at Transurban, Deloitte, the Office of the Treasurer of Victoria, ANZ and AMP.
North America Engagement Lead
Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF)
Chris Snyder is a Director at Guidehouse and leads the Investors team. Chris has been engaged on climate risk and opportunity for over 20 years. He and his team work with investors, financial institutions and other large corporates to assess, develop and implement decarbonization strategies. In his role with a commercial bank before joining Guidehouse, he led the team responsible for climate strategy for over a decade. He worked across the bank as senior climate advisor and engaged with clients, investors and other stakeholders. Chris is the North American engagement lead for PCAF.
AQR Capital Management
Christopher Palazzolo is a Principal and Head of Responsible Investment at AQR Capital Management. In his role, he leads the firm’s ESG initiatives globally after previously serving as Head of AQR Capital Management Europe. He is co-author of several articles, including “(Car)Bon Voyage: The Road to Low Carbon Investment Portfolios,” “Clearing the Air: Responsible Investment,” “Risk Parity: A Supplement to Traditional Portfolios, Not Their Replacement,” “Inflation in 2010 and Beyond (Parts I and II),” “Eurozone Inflation Update: Will ECB Actions Match its Rhetoric?,” “QE2: Not Just Another QE1,” “The Convertible Bond Dislocation of 2008” and “The Limits of Convertible Bond Arbitrage.” He is on the Advisory Council of the AQR Asset Management Institute at London Business School, a member of AIMA’s Global Responsible Investment Committee and previously was a member of the UNPRI’s ESG DDQ Working Group. Christopher earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a concentration in economics from Amherst College, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is a CFA charterholder.
CEO & Group Head
BMO Capital Markets
Dan Barclay is CEO of BMO Capital Markets, where he is responsible for all of BMO Financial Group’s interactions with corporate, government and institutional clients in global markets. Prior to that, he served as co-head of the firm’s Global Investment & Corporate Banking, including oversight of equity and debt underwriting, corporate lending and project financing, mergers and acquisitions advisory services and global trade and banking. He has over 29 years of investment banking experience in a broad range of industries. Mr. Barclay currently serves on BMO Financial Group’s Executive Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and was recognized as a Champion of Change by Women in Capital Markets. Mr. Barclay holds an MBA from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta.
David Barmes is a senior economist at Positive Money, leading their research on green central banking and escaping growth dependency, while also contributing to work on monetary-fiscal coordination and the economic response to COVID-19. His comments on green finance feature frequently in UK and international media outlets. David holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from McGill University and an MSc in Socio-Ecological Economics & Policy from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He has previously worked on projects in environmental politics, environmental conflict, and ecological macroeconomics.
TCFD Program Lead
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.
Leading Practitioner in Responsible Investment & Fellow
Judge Business School, 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.
Dawn M. Martin
Executive Vice President & Chief Program Officer
Dawn M. Martin serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer for Ceres. In this capacity, she oversees the leadership and management of Ceres’ campaigns and initiatives, innovation and evaluation department, as well as the Company, Investor, and Policy Networks. Dawn joined Ceres as its Chief Operating Officer in 2015. In that role, she led Ceres’ programs and communication teams, while also overseeing the development of the organization’s five-year Strategic Plan focused on integration, alignment, and collaboration to enhance organizational performance and impact during a period of rapid growth.
With 30 years of experience working for social change, Dawn has led numerous initiatives within government, boardrooms and non-profits that have leveraged the market’s influence to create strong corporate policies and practices on environmental, social, human rights and governance issues. She also brings extensive expertise in strategic communications, behavioral sciences and non-profit management to bear on her work with Ceres.
Prior to joining Ceres, Dawn was the President & CEO of SeaWeb, a strategic communications non-profit focused on ocean conservation; the COO for Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation; and the political director for American Oceans Campaign, founded by actor and environmentalist Ted Danson.
Dawn held several leadership positions within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton-Gore Administration, most recently serving as Associate Deputy Administrator. During her tenure she was recognized with numerous awards for outstanding accomplishment and extraordinary dedication and teamwork, including efforts to develop and coordinate implementation of the Administration’s Clean Water Action Plan to improve the quality of our nation’s waterways; restructuring of the Agencies work on climate change; implementation of the Administration’s Plan for the environmentally sound dredging of US harbors; and an innovative, multi-stakeholder settlement agreement resolving technically and politically complex challenges to regulatory permitting and enforcement issues.
Dawn is a member of the Board of Directors for The Ocean Foundation and SeaWeb, is an Emeritus Trustee for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and serves on several other advisory and editorial boards. She received her law degree with an emphasis on international human rights and humanitarian law from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a BA in Political Science and Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. She has also earned certificates from the Institute of International and Comparative Law, the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, as well as the Henri Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.
Director, Investor Network
Dazzle is the Director of Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability. Ceres Investor Network consists of North America’s leading institutional investors with a collective AUM of $30 trillion. Dazzle is responsible for driving investor action on Climate Investments. He supports some of the largest North American pension funds and asset managers in designing and implementing Climate Investment strategies. He also leads Ceres’ efforts to engage and support investors for integrating climate risk and opportunities for Private Markets investments.
Dazzle serves as an Advisor to Columbia University’s Sustainable Finance Network, and is also an Advisor to Blue Ashva, an Impact Investing firm in Singapore. Prior to joining Ceres, he was a Director with UBS and brings extensive experience of advising institutional investors and high net-worth family offices on global asset allocation and sustainable investments. He has enjoyed an international career spanning across the US, Asia and Middle East.
Dazzle holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and is a recipient of the Earth Institute Sustainability Management Fellowship. He also holds an MBA from Gujarat University, India.
Director & Head of Responsible Investing
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)
Deborah Ng is a Director, Total Fund Management and Head of Responsible Investing at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Deborah heads the Plan’s Responsible Investing team and develops and leads the Plan’s Responsible Investing Strategy and Climate Change initiatives. She is responsible for key deliverables across a number of pillars, including: ESG and climate change thought leadership and innovation, ESG integration frameworks and tools, and corporate engagement. Deborah and her team provide insights and subject matter expertise to the global direct investment teams.
Prior to this Deborah was part of the Strategy & Asset Mix team where she focused on the research, evaluation, and introduction of innovative asset allocation strategies that are designed to help meet the Plan’s long-term liability objectives. She also provided input and support for the annual strategic investment plan and medium-term risk management.
Deborah sits on the board of the GRESB, BV (the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark), and past Chair of its Infrastructure Advisory Board. She actively participates in a number of global initiatives including: A4S, Bloomberg’s ESG advisory committee, and the SASB Investor Advisory Group.
Prior to joining Teachers’, Deborah founded Acuity Communications facilitating investment research communications for various financial institutions. Deborah was awarded with Director’s Award from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto where she obtained her Master of Finance. She is also a CFA charter holder.
Global Head of ESG Market Engagement
Divya Mankikar is Global Head of ESG Market Engagement. She brings over 15 years of sustainable investment experience to S&P Global. She is responsible for leading S&P Sustainable1’s efforts to engage with policy makers, regulators, standard setters, multi-lateral agencies, trade bodies and key market participants.
She joined us from CalPERS as Head of Sustainable Investment and Climate Strategy in the office of the CEO. Divya is a co-founder of Climate Action 100+ – a global initiative supported by investors representing over $54 trillion that seeks a low-carbon transition through collaborative engagement of systemically important carbon emitters. She holds a BA/MA from Boston University in Energy and Environmental Analysis, an International MBA in finance from IE Business School in Madrid, and an MA in Law and Diplomacy focused on business and human rights law from Tufts University’s Fletcher School.
Head of Climate Policy
Edward is responsible for the climate programmes at the PRI. Including PRI’s role in the policy tracks of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, the UN-convened net zero Asset Owner Alliance, the Investor Agenda and Inevitable Policy Response programme. In addition, Edward supports PRI’s chair on the Financial Stability Board’s Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and has worked extensively with financial regulators across many of PRI’s leading markets.
Prior to joining PRI, he was the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s lead for green finance in China. Edward designed bespoke UK – China collaborations on green bond market development, low carbon indices, climate risk, carbon disclosure, green infrastructure investing as well as acting as a key interface between the Bank of England and the Peoples Bank of China in the run up to high-level bilateral dialogues and China’s 2016 presidency of the G20. He speaks Chinese and Japanese and studied environmental economics at SOAS, the University of London.
Elizabeth Ann Lowery
Senior Advisor ESG and Sustainable Finance
Elizabeth Lowery is formerly the Managing Director of Sustainability and ESG at TPG. Beth joined TPG after a 20-year career with General Motors Company where she was a member of GM’s Senior Leadership Group as Corporate Vice President, Environment, Energy & Safety Policy and Secretary to the Public Policy Committee of the GM Board of Directors. She also served as General Counsel for GM—North America. Beth has held various executive positions, including Senior Knowledge Leader and a Principal of GreenOrder at LRN, where she was focused on working with global enterprises to develop sustainability strategies and initiatives. Beth was also a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn and a law clerk to Michigan Supreme Court Justice G. Mennen Williams. She has served on several non-profit boards including the World Environment Center, InForum Center for Leadership, Keystone Center and the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers. Her primary responsibilities within TPG included leading the Sustainability and ESG program development, strategy and deployment across the Firm, engaging with portfolio companies to build sustainable businesses, and assisting deal teams on due diligence matters. Ms. Lowery was a member of the PRI Private Equity Advisory Committee and is currently a Board Member of Denali Water Solutions, a member of the Caesars Entertainment CSR External Advisory Board and on the Corporate Eco Forum Advisory Board.
Head of the UN Environment Programme 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.
Esther Pan Sloane
Head Partnerships, Policy, & Communications Unit
United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Esther Pan Sloane, a U.S. national, joined UNCDF as the Head of the Partnerships, Policy and Communications in October 2016.
Prior to joining UNCDF, Esther was a U.S. diplomat for 10 years. As Adviser at the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations in New York, she was on the U.S. team that negotiated the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. She also served on the Executive Boards of UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS, and UNFPA, pushing the agencies to become more efficient, effective, and accountable for results.
Esther previously served as a U.S. diplomat in China and the United Kingdom, as well as at the State Department Operations Center in Washington.
Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Esther worked as a journalist in print, radio, and magazines. Esther graduated from Stanford University with a BA with honors in English and International Relations and earned an MA in Theater and Performance from the University of Cape Town, which she attended on a Fulbright Fellowship.
Head of ESG Research
PGIM Fixed Income
Eugenia Unanyants-Jackson is a Principal and the Head of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) research at PGIM Fixed Income, based in London. Ms. Unanyants-Jackson is responsible for managing the strategic integration of ESG research across all elements of the firm, including investment decision-making, and internal and external education and engagement. She also co-chairs the ESG Committee that is tasked with governing PGIM Fixed income’s ESG approach. Previously Ms. Unanyants-Jackson was with Allianz Global Investors where she was the Global Head of ESG Research since 2016, leading the implementation of ESG integration across fundamental equity and fixed income strategies. Prior to this she was a Director of Governance and Sustainable Investment at BMO GAM (formerly F&C Investments). Ms. Unanyants-Jackson received a diploma in Teaching English and German from the Tbilisi I. Chavchavadze State Institute of Western Languages and Cultures in Georgia, and a MA in Public Administration from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. She is also a co-chair of the Corporate Governance and Stewardship Council for The Conference Board, a co-chair of the Shareholder Rights Committee for the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), and served on the Market Integrity and ESG Investing Steering Committee at the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) and the Stewardship Committee at The Investment Association, (IA) UK.
Senior Manager, TCFD Technical Capacity Building
Fiona joined CDSB in 2019 having previously spent 6 years working in corporate sustainability reporting and strategy. At CDSB she is focused on delivering TCFD training and capacity building activities to drive greater uptake of climate risk disclosure by companies. Prior to this, she worked in sustainability consultancy, advising corporate clients on ESG strategy and risk, as well as for the energy company Centrica. At Centrica, she managed sustainability data collection, non-financial assurance and responsible investor engagement. Fiona has a BSc in Geography from Durham University and is a Practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (PIEMA). She is currently completing an MSc in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh.
Long Term Infratsructure Investors Association
François Bergere, joined the Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association as Executive Director in September 2018. He has a long and diversified professional experience in the fields of public management, project and infrastructure finance, having worked as a senior auditor at the French supreme audit institution, a manager of multinational Equity Investment funds in infrastructure; and in the French ministry of Finance to set-up and manage the PPP task force ( from 2005 to 2014), before joining the World Bank from 2014 as Program Manager for PPIAF (Public-Private Investment Advisory facility) , a trust-fund aimed at creating an investment-enabling environment for private sector participation in infrastructure.
Founded in 2014, LTIIA gathers around 40 institutional investors active globally and aims to proactively engage with public stakeholders & regulators in public advocacy for the investing community, develop financial performance benchmarks and share best ESG & Sustainable development practices so as to promote quality infrastructure as a full-fledged asset class.
Senior Vice President - Environmental and Social Risk Management
Gina V. Hall
Investment Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance
Gina has the dual role of leading the Carbon Trust’s Green Finance Team and acting as the firm’s Investment Director. She is responsible for bringing the best of the Carbon Trust to a range of green finance activities, including developing frameworks to define what are green investments, quantifying their environmental impacts, and providing assurance and verification against international standards.
In her role as Investment Director, Gina provides unified management of all Carbon Trust investments, including joint ventures such as the Low Carbon Workplace, where she serves on the board of directors. During her time at the Carbon Trust, Gina also served on the board of directors for a joint venture onshore wind developer focused on public sector landowners, and she has managed a portfolio of investments in early stage cleantech companies.
Based in Washington DC, Gina is responsible for developing the Carbon Trust’s activities with multilateral development banks and US-based philanthropies. She has entrepreneurial experience, having founded and floated her own business on AIM, as well as a background in banking and finance.
Gina holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of California Davis.
Associate Director, Economic Policy
Center for American Progress
Gregg Gelzinis, is an associate director for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress. Gelzinis focuses primarily on financial institutions, financial markets, and consumer finance policy. His analysis has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate.
Before joining American Progress in 2016, Gelzinis completed a graduate school fellowship at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Office of Financial Institutions. During his undergraduate career, he held internships at Swiss Re, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, and in the office of Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI). Gelzinis graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in American government, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He is a Massachusetts native and a die-hard Boston sports fan.
Chair of the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, & Chairman of the Group ESG Board & Member of the Board of Management for Investment Management & ESG
Günther Thallinger, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE & Chairman of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance.
Günther Thallinger joined Allianz Group in May 2009. He has been a Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE since 2017, responsible for Investment Management and the Center of Competence Life & Health. In 2018 he additionally assumed responsibility for steering ESG topics within Allianz. He is the chairman of the United Nations-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (AOA).
Until his appointment to the Board of Management, Günther Thallinger acted as CEO, and before that as CFO, of Allianz Investment Management SE and was Chairman of the Allianz Investment Management Board. Before joining Allianz, he was principal at McKinsey&Company.
Born in Austria, Günther Thallinger graduated with a BSc from the Technical University Graz and a MSc from the Technical University Vienna in technical mathematics. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics from the Technical University Vienna.
SVP, Environmental, Social, and Governance Strategy
Hendrik Bartel is SVP, ESG Strategy at FactSet. Prior to joining FactSet, Hendrik founded Truvalue Labs, a leader in the ESG data space. Truvalue Labs’ mission was to put emerging technology to work solving big problems that have a major impact on the world. Bartel has over 15 years of experience leading global product initiatives and previously led product development initiatives at companies including Amazon, Autodesk and Cisco in addition to his work at early and late-stage startups. He has an MBA from St. Mary’s College and a B.S. in Geomatics and Civil Engineering from Fachhochschule Hannover. Hendrik is an industry thought leader and go-to expert, and regularly participates as a speaker at industry events including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) International conference and the German Stock Exchange Sustainability Conference. Hendrik presents on how investors can leverage the power of technology to uncover new insights found in unstructured data. He also presents on AI, Big Data and the future of ESG research, among other topics. Hendrik was recognized as one of the 10 people around the world who have had a breakthrough impact on corporate governance according to the publication Proxy Watch. (Global Proxy Watch Stars 2019)
Chief Growth Officer
Hugo Pereira is a humanist technologist—a profound believer in the power of building technology that serves the greater good of humankind and creates a lasting positive impact. Hugo is an experienced leader in product strategy, leadership development, and growth marketing and currently heads growth & strategy at EVBox Group, the leading global player in electric vehicle charging solutions. Before joining EVBox, Hugo worked and lived in Portugal, Belgium, India, and The Netherlands, having gained hands-on experience in building teams and developing startups into scale-ups across different industries and sectors. Hugo still plans to go to Space in this lifetime.
Director of Impact Policy
Ivan Frishberg is the Director of Impact Policy for Amalgamated Bank. Ivan leads Amalgamated Bank’s impact including Amalgamated Bank’s carbon and climate commitments, innovative approaches to measurement of the bank’s social and environmental impact, and engagement initiatives on behalf of shareholders and Amalgamated Bank’s clients. Ivan is the Chair of the PCAF North America, serves on the Global Steering Committee for PCAF Global, and is the Co-Chair of a UNEP FI working group on target setting for the Collective Commitment for Climate Action.
Ivan has more than 25 years of public interest advocacy, organizing and policy experience. Previously he was Senior Advisor and Climate Change Campaign Manager for Organizing For Action, a senior advisor to the Climate Action Campaign. He serves on the board of directors for DC Water, the public water and sewer utility for Washington, D.C.
California Public Employees' Retirement System
James Andrus is an Investment Manager in Sustainable Investments. CalPERS’ is the largest public pension system in the United States with approximately $475 billion in global assets. James leads the legal and regulatory financial market agenda focused on data and corporate reporting transparency.
James is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Committee and a member of the International Accounting Standards Board Advisory Committee. He is Chair of the Disclosure and Transparency Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network.
Prior to joining CalPERS in 2014, James served as a Corporate Partner at the law firm K&L Gates working on mergers and acquisitions and alternative investments. While at K&L Gates, James also served as the President of the King County Bar Association.
James is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Partner & Global Director Climate Change & Low Carbon Economy Transition (LCET)
James Stacey is Partner and Global Director Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy Transition (LCET) at ERM.
James previously led ERM’s London based Financial Services practice. A business focussed towards ESG, M&A transaction support, Climate-related financial risk, sustainable finance, value creation, impact investing.
He is a senior sustainability professional with 27+ years of private equity, banking and professional services experience, working in senior roles at the interface between environment/ sustainability; finance and investment; business strategy and performance.
James was previously a founding Principal Partner at Earth Capital, the US$1.4BN AUM clean tech and clean energy infrastructure asset manager. Earlier he was Global Head of Sustainable Business at Standard Chartered. In these roles James was either a member of or reported to ExCom and a member of Investment/ Approval Committees. He delivered both organisation’s ESG/ sustainability strategies, directed E&S risk and external relations, and contributed to investment research and strategy, including codeveloping & launching Standard Chartered’s US$10bn clean energy infrastructure business.
Earlier James led KPMG’s UK Sustainability consulting and global environment transaction services practices.
James co-authored the G20 Financial Stability Board (FSB, Chair Mark Carney) Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD, Chair Michael Bloomberg) Technical Guidance for Scenario Analysis, 2017; the now globally referenced approach to determining implications of climate change to future financial performance.
James is a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, with whom he has delivered sustainability leadership development to senior and C-Suite executives for over 12 years.
Climate Safe Lending Network
James is a strategist and systems thinker with a background in sustainable finance. James has over 20 years of senior management experience in sustainable banking and investment and acts as a Special Advisor to Triodos Bank. He has advised on share offers and bond issues for leading charities and businesses, managed equity investments, and has been a non-executive director for a wide range of environmental and social businesses. James is also a member of United Kingdom, European, and international sustainable finance advisory groups and is the other of several papers on sustainable finance and impact investing.
Global Director, Finance in the Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation (FCI) Global Practice
The World Bank
As Global Director, Finance in the Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation (FCI) Global Practice, Jean leads the World Bank’s work to promote the development of sound, stable, sustainable, and inclusive financial systems. His global team of experts works with governments and partners to make financial systems more resilient, to open access to finance for poor and vulnerable people, to support economic activity and to develop financial markets. Their strategy and its implementation emphasize development of digital financial services, addressing climate change and sustainable finance and creating opportunities for women by bolstering their financial inclusion.
Previously, Jean led the World Bank’s Financial Stability and Integrity global team, which assists countries in building and restoring robust and resilient financial systems operating with integrity, transparency and in compliance with international standards and recommendations. He has extensive experience working on financial sector issues, notably in the Middle East and North Africa.
Jeremy Deaton is managing editor at Yale Environment 360, an online environmental magazine based at Yale University. He is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post. Jeremy has covered climate and energy for more than six years, with his work appearing in outlets such as Popular Science, Scientific American, Fast Company, Quartz, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Bloomberg CityLab, The Nation, Mother Jones and NBC News.
Jessica Smith (BES, MA, MCom finance in progress) joined UNEP FI in August 2020 to lead the ecosystems workstream. For the past 7 years she has directed a consultancy firm undertaking environmental finance project 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, mining, and finance). 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.
Founder & Executive Chairman
John Delaney is an entrepreneur, business leader and public servant.
John is the founder and Executive Chairman of Forbright Bank, a commercial bank and lender that is uniquely mission aligned around the need to decarbonize the world. He was also the CEO of Revolution Acceleration before its acquisition of Berkshire Grey, Inc and remains a Senior Advisor to Revolution, LLC.
In 2012, John was elected to represent Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his six years in Congress, he earned praise for his bi-partisan approach to economic, trade, foreign, housing and environmental policy. He was a member of the Financial Services Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Steering and Policy Committee. In 2013, he was elected co-president of his freshman class of 85 new members of Congress. In 2019, John stepped down from Congress to pursue an unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
By the age of 40, John had founded and led two New York Stock Exchange listed companies. In 1993, John founded HealthCare Financial Partners Inc., which provided loans to small to mid sized healthcare service companies. The company completed its initial public offering in 1996 and was sold in 1999. At the time of its sale, John was the youngest CEO of a NYSE listed company. In 2000, John founded CapitalSource Inc. CapitalSource provided loans to a wide range of mid-sized businesses, became a public company in 2003, and John served as Chairman and CEO until his decision to pursue public office. All told, Delaney’s companies created thousands of jobs, made over $30 Billion of loans to over 5,000 small to mid-sized companies and they significantly outperformed their peers in total shareholder return.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University, the Board of Trustees of the Potomac School, past Chairman of the Board of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Research on Women, the National Symphony Orchestra and a member of YPO. He was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, received the Bank Enterprise Award from the Obama Administration for lending to disadvantaged communities, and in 2017 was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Bipartisan Policy Center, the leading think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship, the Citizens Climate Lobby and Berkshire Grey, Inc.
John received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his law degree from Georgetown Law Center. John and April have four daughters and reside in Maryland.
Founder & CEO
Jonathan Ha is the founder and CEO of Seneca ESG, a business intelligence company delivering solutions for corporate sustainability assessment, reporting, and integration with financial services.
Mr. Ha is a seasoned entrepreneur and technology advisor, and has experience applying AI, machine learning, big data, and blockchain technologies to address real-world business problems. Jonathan studied computer engineering and economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently received an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Mr. Ha is a CFA charterholder.
Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investment
Julie Gorte is Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax
Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset
Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds. She oversees environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as the firm’s shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy. Julie is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics team.
Prior to joining the firm, Julie served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes a various number of roles. Julie spent nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Additionally, she has held the roles of Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, and Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
Julie serves on the boards of the Endangered Species Coalition, E4theFuture, Clean Production Action and is the board chair of the Sustainable Investments Institute.
Julie received a Ph.D. and Master of Science in resource economics from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in forest management at Northern Arizona University.
Global Lead, Sustainability
AWS - Data Exchange
Kelci Zile leads Sustainability for AWS Data Exchange. She is responsible for connecting AWS customers across industries with the data they need to drive sustainability-related research, innovation and decision making. She primarily focuses on Environmental, Social and Governance data applications within the Financial Services, Consulting and Insurance space. Her specializations include: portfolio screening, climate risk mitigate and exposure pricing, and emissions calculations. She has been at Amazon for 5+ years, previously running international marketing for Prime Video Direct, and driving discovery of emerging video content. Kelci is also the Co-Chair for Inside Sustainability on the Amazon Global Sustainability Ambassadors Board, and in her free time she enjoys upcycling clothing and home goods.
Co-Founder & CEO
Kentaro Kawamori, the CEO and Co-founder of Persefoni, was the youngest Chief Digital Officer ever at a Fortune 500 energy company. His career has focused on the software space and includes time spent as a Cloud strategy consultant at Accenture and a Venture Partner focused on early-stage SaaS companies. In 2020, Kentaro was recognized by Forbes on its 30 Under 30 list.
Senior Program Manager
Kirsten leads the Ceres Investor Network and all investor initiatives. She also represents Ceres on the West Coast as Director of Ceres’ California office. Prior to joining Ceres, she served as Chief Deputy Treasurer under California Treasurer Phil Angelides and Director of the Treasurer’s environmental financing authorities. Prior to her government service, Kirsten worked in the labor movement as Chief of Staff for the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. With the California Sierra Club and the Ella Baker Center, Kirsten co-founded the California Apollo Alliance. For six years, she chaired the Center for Labor Research and Education at University of California, Berkeley and taught at Boalt Hall School of Law. As a lawyer with the firm of Beeson, Tayer and Bodine she represented unions and their pension plans. In her early career she worked as a community and cultural organizer in Durban, South Africa. Kirsten holds a BA from Yale College in music, a JD from Hastings College of Law and an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She is an Episcopal priest, wife and mother of two college age sons.
Laura joined CDSB’s technical team in 2021 to develop technical material on natural capital, with a focus on biodiversity. This builds upon her multi-disciplined background, which spans research, consultancy, and environmental policy. Before joining CDSB, Laura worked as a Policy Officer at the British Ecological Society, involving the production of a policy-focused report on Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change in the UK. As well as training as a chartered accountant and working as a Senior Economic Analyst at Ernst and Young, her professional experience includes providing innovative sustainability consulting services using a total capital accounting framework and volunteering with marine conservation NGOs in Mozambique. She holds a BA in Economics and an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity.
Lauren serves as a Managing Director at Sepio Capital, a multi-family office and institutional wealth advisory firm. In this role, Lauren leads Sepio’s impact investing practice including building custom impact portfolios for clients, leading external impact manager research efforts, and incorporating ESG and impact into Sepio’s managed strategies.
Prior to joining Sepio, Lauren worked as an Investment Director at Cambridge Associates. In this role, she served as an investment advisor for endowments, foundations, and high-net worth families, working with clients
on topics such as investment policy setting, asset allocation, portfolio construction, and manager selection. In addition, Lauren specialized in impact investing and alternative investments.
Lauren graduated from Claremont McKenna College where she received a B.A. in Economics and Literature. Lauren sits on the investment committees for the Sorenson Impact Foundation and Castilleja School. Lauren has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Chief Commercial Officer, ESG
Lauren is a senior leader and global expert in sustainable finance She leads a team committed to growing S&P Global’s ESG business with functional responsibilities for commercial strategy, go to market, product specialists, client engagement and marketing.
Prior to joining S&P Lauren was a member of the board and senior management team of Trucost responsible for the successful sale of the business to S&P Dow Jones Indices in 2016 and integrating the Trucost business into S&P Global Market Intelligence in 2018. She was integrally involved in a number of major market innovations such as developing the world’s first portfolio carbon footprint and helped grow the Trucost business from being a start up to a market leader in climate finance. Prior to Trucost, Lauren worked in Equity Research in the fund management industry and was a consultant at the UK Government’s Department for International Development working on the Millennium Development Goals.
Lauren is a regular speaker and respected commentator on sustainable finance, quoted in publications such as the Economist, Investment Week, IPE and The Actuary. In 2019 she was a speaker in Davos at the World Economic Forum on, “The future of finance”. Lauren holds a BA & MA from Cambridge University in Archaeology & Anthropology and an MSc in Anthropology & International Development from the London School of Economics.
Acting Director, Centre for Global Sustainability
University of Maryland
Dr. Clarke is the Research Director for the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS), a Research Professor in the School of Public Policy, and a Research Scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI), a collaboration between the University of Maryland and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr. Clarke is an expert in energy and environmental issues, with a focus on climate change, climate change mitigation strategies, energy technology options, and integrated assessment modeling. At CGS, Dr. Clarke focuses on the use of quantitative methods and modeling in support of policy and other decisions. Current activities include low-emissions development strategies in China, India, and Latin America, energy-water-land planning in Latin America, and climate mitigation by U.S. cities, states and businesses. As Research Director, Dr. Clarke oversees the development and execution of CGS’s research portfolio.
Dr. Clarke formerly led the Integrated Human Earth System Science Group and directed a range of integrated assessment modeling activities at JGCRI. Dr. Clarke has served as an author and coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the National Climate Assessment, and the National Research Council. He is currently a coordinating lead author in the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report. He has also led a number of multi-institution modeling studies on climate mitigation. He is the Co-Editor and Chief of the Energy and Climate Change. Dr. Clarke’s has worked at two U.S. national laboratories, in energy consulting, and at an electric and gas utility. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Vice President of Programs and Content Strategy
As Vice President for Programs & Content Strategy, Lesley provides strategic leadership to oversee programs and content workstreams, aligning operations in support of ACORE’s mission. She currently leads ACORE’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiative to improve the reflection of renewable energy use and investment in ESG methodologies. Previously, she managed initiatives to help the Department of Defense procure renewable energy at military installations, and to streamline strategies for corporate renewable energy purchasing. She is also the author of numerous reports on renewable energy market, finance and policy issues. Lesley received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego.
Head of ESG Thought Leadership
Lindsey Hall is Head of ESG Thought Leadership at S&P Global Sustainable1, where she co-hosts the ESG Insider podcast and is a steering member of S&P Global’s Diversity Research Lab. She got her start in financial journalism writing for various Financial Times publications in London before joining SNL Financial in 2010, where she spent a decade covering financial news and regulation as a reporter and editor.
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.
Executive Vice-President & Head
As Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global, Mr. Blanchard is responsible for CDPQ’s three main regional operations outside of Canada: United States/Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. As such, he is responsible for CDPQ’s international offices, with the objective of diversifying the portfolio by taking a holistic view in approaching the various markets. In addition to representing CDPQ with key stakeholders in global organizations, his mandate includes ensuring visibility as a partner of choice in targeted geographies. He sits on the Executive and Investment-Risk Committees.
Mr. Blanchard has a solid track record as a lawyer, as well as in business and international affairs. Before joining CDPQ in September 2020, he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York from 2016 to 2020. In that role, he demonstrated exceptional leadership in promoting better alignment of capital with sustainable development. From 2017 to 2020, he sat on Canada’s North American Free Trade Agreement Council. Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada’s leading law firms. In the 20 years he worked there, he also served as Managing Partner for Québec, litigator and strategic advisor for companies.
In addition to a Bachelor of Laws from Université de Montréal, Mr. Blanchard holds an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in International Affairs, both from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He was called to the Québec Bar in 1992.
Margaret-Ann Splawn is the Executive Director of the Climate Markets & Investment Association, an Active Private Sector Observer at the UN Green Climate Fund, a member of the Energy and Resource Efficiency taskforce of the B20, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She helps drive and strengthen public-private partnerships among key actors at all levels of climate finance and investment in order to mobilise funds into net zero carbon and climate-resilient growth transactions.
Green Digital Finance Alliance
Marianne Haahr is the Executive Director of the Green Digital Finance Alliance (GDFA) a not-for-profit foundation co-founded by UNEP and the Ant Group with a mission to scale green finance with fintech. Prior to that Marianne was advisor to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark on digital finance in emerging markets, she has also been leading the think tank Sustainia working of technology for green finance, and she started her professional career building micro finance solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation in West and Southern Africa. Marianne holds an M.Sc from the University of Copenhagen.
Sustainable Investment Forum North America
Mark Barton is one of the best-known anchors in global business television news.
Mark was was one of five journalists who founded Bloomberg Television’s European operations in London in the mid-1990s. Over the next two decades played an integral role in establishing Bloomberg TV as a global financial and business news network, broadcast in almost half a billion homes in over 70 countries.
Mark anchored all of Bloomberg Television’s prime-time programs over a 23-year career, breaking and analysing the biggest global business, financial market and geopolitical events of the past two decades, including six UK general elections, six US elections, the global financial crisis and Brexit. He also conducted over 20,000 interviews with world leaders, finance ministers, central bankers and chief executives, including Bill Gates, Shimon Peres and Jean-Claude Trichet.
Mark left Bloomberg Television in August 2018 to embark on a new career as a moderator, media trainer and communications & public relations specialist.
He moderates panels on business, tech, financial markets, politics, sport & social issues, and gives coaching sessions to elevate presentation & broadcast interview skills.
Martina L. Cheung
President of S&P Global Market Intelligence
Martina L. Cheung is President of S&P Global Market Intelligence, one of the four divisions within S&P Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPGI). Ms. Cheung also serves as S&P Global’s Head of ESG, and in this capacity is responsible for driving the enterprise-wide growth strategy for ESG. Ms. Cheung is an elected member of the Economic Club of New York, and in 2019, was appointed to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) subcommittee on Climate-Related Market Risk.
Ms. Cheung joined S&P Global in 2010 as Vice President of Operations and went on to serve as S&P Global’s Chief Strategy Officer, where she was responsible for the execution and measurement of S&P Global’s continuing expansion of its global footprint. Most recently, she served as Head of Risk Services in S&P Global Market Intelligence, where she helped monetize and leverage S&P Global’s significant risk intellectual property to serve clients in managing complex risk challenges. Ms. Cheung also formally served on the Board of CRISIL.
Prior to joining S&P Global, she worked in the consulting industry, first in Accenture’s Financial Services Strategy group and later as a Partner at Mitchell Madison Consulting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a master’s degree in Business Studies from University College Galway.
Head of Emerging Debt
Pictet Asset Management
Mary-Therese Barton joined Pictet Asset Management in 2004 and is the Head of Emerging Debt. Before taking up her current position in 2018, she was a member of the team for 14 years, first as an analyst, then as a Senior Investment Manager.
Prior to joining Pictet, Mary-Therese worked at Dun & Bradstreet, where she was an economist focusing on European countries.
Mary-Therese graduated with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford. She also holds an MSc with distinction in Development Finance from the Centre for Financial Management Studies, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), part of the University of London. Mary-Therese is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
Global Head of Impact
The Carlyle Group
Megan Starr is the Global Head of Impact for The Carlyle Group. She is based in New York. In her role, Ms. Starr works to design and execute Carlyle’s cohesive, long-term impact strategy. She also oversees the dedicated ESG team, which leads the firm’s investment diligence and portfolio company engagement work on material ESG issues.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Starr was within Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division, where she helped build the ESG and impact investing business. Previously, Ms. Starr served in roles at The JPB Foundation, a $3.8B private family foundation based in New York City.
Ms. Starr received an M.B.A. and a Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow, and an A.B. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in field of concentration.
Director of Policy & Utility Programs
As director of policy and utility programs at EVBox North America, Megha Lakhchaura is a passionate advocate for the critical role that policy must play to drive the electrification of transportation toward net zero. A part of EVBox Group, EVBox provides flexible and scalable electric vehicle charging solutions that ensure universal access to electric mobility..
Before joining EVBox, Megha directed policy at Sunrun Inc., leading the company’s market and regulatory policy in California. Earlier, she served the California Public Utilities Commission for more than seven years, working on wholesale electricity market issues, including power planning and procurement, resource adequacy, and renewable portfolio standards.
Building on her regulatory and policy background in California—the U.S. leader in EV adoption—Megha now heads policy efforts for EVBox, the global market leader in EV charging infrastructure. EVBox has an installed base of over 200,000 charging ports in over 70 countries, including the U.S. and Canada.
She holds a Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of California Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs.
SVP of Strategic Market Engagement
Mike Wallace is an internationally recognized expert with nearly 30 years of experience in sustainability, ESG reporting/compliance, and managing social and human capital. He currently serves as the SVP of Strategic Market Engagement at Persefoni, a carbon accounting technology company, where he oversees key partnerships to help with the integration and application of Persefoni’s climate accounting platform. Prior to joining Persefoni, Wallace was a partner at the global sustainability consultancy, ERM where he counseled clients on corporate responsibility and sustainability solutions and helped shape several strategic partnerships for ERM. In that role, Wallace also served as the Interim Executive Director for the Social & Human Capital Coalition, a multi-stakeholder project of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). His work included overseeing the establishment of the overall governance structure, technical council and global network that drove the creation of the Social & Human Capital Protocol, which was officially launched at GreenBiz 2019 by the founders WBCSD, Nasdaq, and Microsoft. Prior to ERM, Wallace was a director for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), where he worked on foundational initiatives such as the International Integrated Reporting Council (IRRC), the European Commission proposal on corporate ESG reporting, and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative (SSEi) on ESG listing guidance.
Miquel Saludas Cohí
Low carbon agriculture specialist
Miquel Saludas Cohí is a Low carbon agriculture specialist, EX-ACT team, Economic and Policy Analysis of Climate Change (EPIC) programme of the FAO Agrifood Economics Division (ESA).
Miquel is co-leading the work on B-INTACT, the Biodiversity Integrated Assessment and Computation Tool as part of the EX-ACT suite of tools. B-INTACT provides an assessment on the antropogenic impacts on biodiversity of project, investment or policy level activities in the AFOLU sector. The assessment provides decision-makers with a set of policy indicators to help make informed decisions on possible biodiversity risks, biodiversity loss and management practices.
CFA, CAIA, Chairwoman of The Investment Committee
David Rockefeller Fund
Nili Gilbert, CFA and CAIA, is a board member and Chairwoman of the Investment Committees of both the David Rockefeller Fund and the Synergos Institute as well as a Senior Advisor at BCG. She also serves on
the Social Mission Board of Seventh Generation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever. She is the Chair
of US Policy for the UN-Convened Asset Owner Alliance, and sits on the CEO Principals Group of the
Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero in addition to the State of California’s Climate-Related Financial
Risk Advisory Group. Previously, she was Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager of Matarin Capital, which
became one of the largest women-owned asset managers in the US.
Nili is a recurring speaker for CNBC and Bloomberg television, among others. She has been honored as a
World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, LinkedIn TopVoice in Finance, Entrepreneur of the Year by
the National Association of Securities Professionals, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek “One to Watch.” She
is a permanent member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York.
Nili received her BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, her MBA from Columbia Business School,
where she was a Toigo Fellow, and she has completed programs in leadership and sustainability at Oxford
and Stanford Universities.
CAIA, FRM, Chief Investment Officer
Breckinridge Capital Advisors
Oggie is Breckinridge’s chief investment officer. As CIO he chairs the Investment Committee, which is responsible for managing the firm’s investment process. Oggie oversees the development of the investment strategy within the Investment Committee, and ensures the strategy’s implementation across trading, research, and portfolio management. He is also a member of the Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Breckinridge in 2021, Oggie was Retirement Income Solutions Investment Lead at Fidelity Investments. In this role, he led investment and product teams to develop innovative investment solutions for workplace and retail markets, incorporating lifetime income guarantees for people who are nearing and living in retirement. Before joining the retirement income cross-company initiative in 2020, Oggie led Fidelity’s Global Institutional Solutions (i.e. outsourced chief investment officer) team responsible for managing customized multi-asset and LDI mandates for institutional investors and intermediaries with primary focus on defined benefit plans, endowments, foundations and family offices. In this role, he provided investment leadership and oversight on $22 billion in client AUM invested across proprietary and third-party equity, fixed income and alternative strategies.
Oggie joined Fidelity’s institutional asset management unit in 2007 as a quantitative analyst, supporting a build-out of the firm’s target date funds along with its multi-asset risk management platform. In 2010, he was named a co-portfolio manager on strategies run by the newly established Global Institutional Solutions team, which he successfully led from 2014-2019. Oggie began his financial services career in 2005 as a quantitative analyst at State Street Global Markets where he conducted research and developed U.S. and Canadian long-short equity-market-neutral portfolios.
Oggie holds a bachelor and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering, as well as a master of science in management and master of business administration degrees, all from the University of Florida. He is currently pursuing a part-time master of information in data science and machine learning degree from University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Certified Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) charter holder and held an adjunct faculty position at Bryant University from 2010-2012, teaching undergraduate finance and investment courses.
Patrick Wood Uribe
Before joining Util, Patrick was Head of Business Development and Academic Research at Kensho, the leading provider of AI to sophisticated financial institutions. In 2018, Kensho was acquired by S&P in the world’s largest AI acquisition to date.
Director, Inflation Sensitive
As the Director of the Inflation Sensitive asset class for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), Paul Shantic manages a team of 10 investment professionals responsible for the management and gathering of assets with a close linkage to inflation. Current commitments total $11.1 billion. Commodities, infrastructure, agriculture, timber and U.S. TIPS are part of that mandate. Total unit AUM is $11.0 billion.
Mr. Shantic has been with CalSTRS for just over 25 years. He has served as Acting Co-Director of Fixed Income and was also the Portfolio Manager for the $7.2 billion Investment Grade and High Yield portfolios along with a team of five trader/analysts. Mr. Shantic has also managed the System’s MBS and Liquidity Portfolios. He assisted with the start-up of the CalSTRS’ Credit Enhancement Program and has worked as a public funds manager for a number of public agencies throughout the State of California.
Mr. Shantic holds advanced degrees in Business, Portfolio Management, Public Administration, Conflict Resolution, and Government. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Redlands.
Notre Dame Alumni Professor of Accountancy and Academic Director, CARE
Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
Professor Easton’s expertise in accounting and valuation is widely recognized by the academic research community and by the legal community. Professor Easton has been qualified as an expert witness in the Delaware Chancery Court and he has consulted on valuation issues for investment firms and accounting firms in Australia, the UK, and the USA.
Professor Easton holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. He holds a graduate degree from the University of New England and a PhD in Business Administration (majoring in accounting and finance) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Easton’s research on corporate valuation has been published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. Professor Easton has served as an Associate Editor for 11 leading accounting journals and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, and Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance. He is an Editor of the Review of Accounting Studies.
Professor Easton has held appointments at the University of Chicago, the University of California at Berkeley, Ohio State University, Macquarie University, the Australian Graduate School of Management, the University of Melbourne, and Nyenrode University. He is a member of the Scientific Council of CentER, Tilburg University and is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching and in research. Professor Easton regularly teaches accounting analysis and security valuation to MBAs.
He, together with John Wilde, Mary Lea McAnally, and Robert Halsey, is author of “Financial Accounting for MBAs,” now in its sixth publication; “Financial & Managerial Accounting for MBAs,” authored with Robert Halsey, Mary Lea McAnally, Al Hartgraves and Wayne Morse is in its fourth edition; “Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation,” authored with Mary Lea McAnally, Patricia Fairfield, Xiao-Jun Zhang and Robert Halsey is currently in its third edition; and “Estimating the Cost of Capital Implied by Market Prices and Accounting Data,” was published in Foundations and Trends in Accounting in 2009.
Senior Advisor, Policy & Communications
Office of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner
Randy Rice has been working in ESG investing since 1995, beginning his career at Ceres, a nonprofit that engages with investors and companies to find solutions to sustainability challenges. While on staff, he participated in the 1997 summit to draft the initial sustainability report framework for the Global Report Initiative.
Randy subsequently spent 17 years with Trillium Asset Management, an investment firm which is exclusively focused on ESG investing. During his tenure, he managed the firm’s Community Impact investment portfolio prior to serving as Director of Communications.
Randy joined Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner’s office in 2016 and serves as Senior Advisor on Policy and Communications. He leads the office’s corporate engagement work, encouraging companies in the pension system’s investment portfolio to adopt sustainable business practices, with a goal of creating long term value for the members of the State’s pension system.
CEO & Founder
Rebeca is an entrepreneur, currently Founder & CEO of Clarity AI and former Founder & CEO of Blink Booking (acquired by Groupon). She has also worked in tech and digital at large corporations (Santander Bank as Global Head of Digital Transformation, Groupon as Sr Director of Product & Ops), at Private equity (Bain Capital), management consulting (Boston Consulting Group) and as engineer at German Aerospace Agency, Siemens and IBM. She is YGL of World Economic Forum and European Young Leader, advisor at several startups and she and her ventures have been featured in top publications (Forbes, The Economist, FT, among others). She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and MSc in Telecommunication Engineering, both with Distinction
Remco joined UN Environment (UNEP) in 2007 and since 2012 has built the climate change work-programme at the UNEP Finance Initiative.
He oversees UNEP FI’s climate-related work on policy, the convening of finance sector platforms & working groups, the development of tools and guidelines, as well as research and training.
Remco led the establishment of the UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance, a group of now 40 institutional investors committed to transitioning USD 6 trillion in assets to net-zero emissions by 2050. Subsequently, he also co-led the establishment of the UN-convened Net Zero Banking Alliance that now convenes 53 banks with over USD 37 trillion in assets.
Remco has also been instrumental in UNEP FI’s work with over 80 financial institutions spanning the banking, investment, and insurance industries, to develop, test, and standardise methodologies on climate risk assessment that respond to the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.
Prior to joining UNEP FI, Remco worked as an analyst in the infrastructure team at the German Development Finance Institution (DEG; KfW Group of Banks). He holds a British BA Honours in Business Administration and Economics from Napier University in Edinburgh and a dual Diplom (MSc) from Aachen University, Germany, and Universidad de Alicante, Spain, and is fluent in German, Spanish, English, and French.
He has been a leading or supporting author of more than a dozen UN publications on sustainable finance and climate change.
Group Chief Risk Officer & Member of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance and Net-Zero Insurance Alliance
Renaud Guidée was appointed Group Chief Risk Officer at AXA in July 2019, taking office in September 2019. In addition to his role, Renaud Guidée is serving as Chairman of the Net-Zero Insurance Alliance.
Prior to joining AXA, Renaud Guidée was a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs, a role to which he was promoted in 2015 after having served as Executive Director from 2011, based in London then in Paris. Within Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division, he advised large corporate clients across industries, with a total cross-border transaction experience (M&A and capital markets) exceeding $150bn. He was also in charge of managing the career development of Goldman Sachs’ investment banking team in France.
Previously, Renaud Guidée served as sherpa to former IMF Managing Director Michel Camdessus in 2010, after having joined the Inspection Générale des Finances (the office within France’s Finance Ministry in charge of carrying out strategic reviews and assessing the cost efficiency of public policies) in 2007. His earlier policy-making training included a secondment in the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for External Relations in 2005.
Renaud Guidée graduated from HEC (2003) and from ENA (2007). He also holds an advanced degree in international taxation (2003) and passed the admittance exam to the Paris bar school in 2003.
Renaud Guidée’s commitment to diversity and equal opportunities translates into community involvement as member of the Board of Article 1, a Paris-based non-profit organization mentoring high-potential students from low-income suburbs (since 2010) and formerly as member of the jury of the affirmative action admission process to Sciences-Po, where he also lectured in economics.
Renaud Guidée is a fellow (2013) and former jury member (2018, 2019) of the Young Leaders program of the French American Foundation, on the Board of Directors of which he now serves as representative for AXA.
Global Head of Debt Investments
Rich joined IFM Investors in 2013 and he is responsible for the creation and management of IFM Investors’ debt investments strategies and portfolios, and for the debt investments team globally. He also heads IFM Investors’ North American debt investment business. Based in New York, Rich has more than 20 years of experience in originating, analysing, structuring and arranging debt facilities for large infrastructure projects. Rich’s experience includes fixed and floating rate debt instruments across a broad credit and industry spectrum, and he has a specialty in the US energy sector, which is the primary source of infrastructure debt issuance in North America. Rich joined IFM Investors after 10 years with RBS, where he was Head of Project Finance in North America. He also managed and was responsible for the bank’s US$3 billion portfolio of infrastructure investments. Prior to RBS, Rich spent nine years with Credit Agricole (Credit Lyonnais) as a senior banker structuring, analysing and underwriting project finance debt.
Dr Richard Mattison is an expert in sustainable finance and over the last 16 years he has advised various UN bodies, governments, financial intuitions, companies and NGOs on how to integrate climate change and natural capital analysis into their decision making. He has led numerous ground-breaking projects including creating the first portfolio carbon risk assessment for Henderson and the UK Environment Agency, launching the first carbon efficient index with S&P Dow Jones Indices, leading the first global assessment of corporate environmental externalities for the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and developing the world’s first Environmental Profit and Loss account for PUMA.
Richard is a member of the EU Sustainable Finance High Level Expert Group, the Global Advisory Council of the Oxford Smith School Stranded Assets Programme, the Luxflag eligibility committee and the Hong Kong Green Finance Association . Previously, Richard was a strategy consultant and began his career as a neuroscientist.
He holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Chief Investment Officer
Harvard Management Company
Rick Slocum joined HMC as managing director and chief investment officer in March 2017. Along with his colleague, CEO Narv Narvekar, they have restructured HMC to a mostly outsourced investment model. They have also increased HMC’s allocation to both hedge funds and venture capital, and they are reviewing with the University HMC’s current risk level. Previously, Mr. Slocum served as chief investment officer of The Johnson Company, a large single-family office based in New York City. Prior to that, Mr. Slocum was responsible for private equity and portfolio management at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Prior to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mr. Slocum held the position of senior director at the Office of Investments at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he worked as a private placement specialist at two different banks in New York City, and was responsible for structuring and syndicating both private credit and private equity. He began his career as a credit analyst at Chemical Bank.
Mr. Slocum holds a BS and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Rockefeller Foundation’s Investment Committee in 2019.
Chief of Standards & Innovation
Rick Walters is Chief of Standards and Innovation at GRESB and is an experienced sustainability professional with a diverse background covering more than 25 years’ experience in sustainability, investment, engineering and management. GRESB’s mission is to enhance and protect shareholder value by assessing and empowering sustainability practices in the real asset sector. Previous to joining GRESB, Walters was a founder of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia where he led the development of its sustainability rating scheme, the first of its kind in Australia.
CEO & Founder
Dr. Dembo has had a distinguished academic research career at Yale University and as a visiting professor at MIT. He was also the Founder and CEO of Algorithmics Incorporated, growing it organically from a start-up to the world’s largest enterprise risk management software company with offices in fifteen countries, over 70% of the world’s top 100 banks as clients, and consistent recognition as one of Canada’s 50 best managed companies.
Following the sale of Algorithmics in 2005, he founded Zerofootprint, a venture focused on climate change that engaged more than 250 companies and many cities in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. More recently, he has developed a unique algorithm for generating forward-looking scenarios and is applying it to climate change in his latest venture, riskthinking.AI.
Dr. Dembo has received many patents and awards for his research and in 2007 was honored as a Lifetime Fellow at The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.
Associate Principle, Sustainable Investment
Saumya Mehrotra is Associate Principal, Sustainable Investment at Qontigo, which was created through a merger of Axioma, STOXX and DAX by the Deutsche Börse Group. In her role, Saumya is responsible for sustainable investment related research, client engagement, regulatory tracking and integration support to the index and analytics product teams.
Saumya previously worked at the Principles for Responsible Investment where she helped develop PRI’s presence amongst US based asset owners and investment managers. She later worked as a Stewardship Specialist in the PRI’s Climate team.
Currently based in New York, Saumya holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. She has prior experience in energy policy analysis at the Climate Institute, and WWF on capacity building for sustainable development programs in critical forest landscapes in India.
Climate Bonds Initiative
Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO, working to mobilize global capital for climate action. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, ASEAN and Africa; and market tracking services for the green bonds industry. He is a member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance, and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance committees in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan. Sean is also a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.
Managing Director & Head of Sustainable Finance
Institute of International Finance
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.
CEO and Founder
Tom Duncan is the CEO and Founder of Earthbanc, a climate Fintech that enables banks, asset managers and corporations to automate their carbon and ESG reporting, whilst uncovering opportunities to decarbonize and finance the greening of operations and supply chains. Tom developed the world’s first continuously audited carbon offsets for corporations committed to net zero, with venture backing from the European Space Agency, and developed a decision metrics toolkit for green finance, delivered via a Sustainable Finance API.
Galvanize Climate Solutions
Tom Steyer is a successful investor, business leader, philanthropist and activist who is fully committed to fighting climate change.
Tom founded and led Farallon Capital Management, a San Francisco-based hedge fund that pioneered the multi-strategy approach to investing, before leaving to give his time, money, and energy to fighting for progressive causes.
Tom has mobilized grassroots efforts to win clean air laws and to force big tobacco to pay its share of healthcare costs. Tom helped make California the largest jurisdiction in the world with a 100% clean energy law and prevented Big Oil’s effort to roll back California’s climate protections. He worked to prevent the construction of a new, gas-fired power plant in a community largely made up of immigrants, people of color, and low-income families.
Tom is also the founder of NextGen America, the largest youth voter engagement organization in American history, and co-founder of Beneficial State Bank, a triple bottom line community development bank focused holistically on justice and sustainability.
Most recently, Tom was a Democratic presidential candidate and in 2020 served as co-chair for Governor Newsom’s Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force. He co-chaired Vice President Biden’s Climate Engagement Advisory Council to help mobilize climate voters.
Torben Möger Pedersen
Torben Möger Pedersen is the CEO of PensionDanmark. A position he has held since the organisation was established in 1992. Prior to joining PensionDanmark, Torben Möger Pedersen was CEO at PKS Pension Fund and held the position as Head of Secretariat at General Workers’ Union (3F).
Harvard Business School
Vikram S. Gandhi is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, where he developed and teaches HBS’s first course on impact investing. He brings 23 years of experience in investment banking to influence and inform the ways that impact investing is shaping investors’ responses to global markets. He is the founder of Asha Impact, an impact investing platform set up by socially conscious individuals to leverage combined capital, networks and expertise to address critical development challenges facing India and other emerging economies. He is also a senior advisor to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).
During his previous 23-year career in investment banking at Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, Vikram focused on advising Boards of Directors and CEOs around the globe on strategic direction and the implementation of major mergers, acquisitions, and capital raising initiatives, and helped establish Morgan Stanley’s presence in India. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a B.Com from the University of Mumbai. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 1997 and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Wendy M. Cromwell
CFA, Vice Chair; Senior Managing Director; Partner; Head of Sustainable Investment
Wendy is the Head of Sustainable Investment, setting the research agenda and strategy for the firm’s sustainable investment practice. As vice chair, she is a senior member of the firm’s management team and works with the CEO on strategic initiatives and external affairs of the organization.
Wendy serves as chair of the Strategic Relationship Advisory Committee and the Wellington Management Australia Board, vice chair of the Compensation Committee and is a member of the firm’s Investment Stewardship Committee. She also serves as a director on the board of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.
Previously, Wendy conducted research on long-term multi-asset themes and led the development of multi-asset portfolios for the firm’s global client base as the director of Global Multi-Asset Strategies. She has also served terms on the Executive Committee, Hedge Fund Review Group, and Equity Review Group.
Wendy received her MBA, with honors, from Vanderbilt University and her BBA, summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.