Dawn M. Martin
Executive Vice President and 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.
Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist
Mr. Elliott Harris is the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and Chief Economist of the United Nations. He served previously as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Office in New York of the United Nations Environment Programme, from 2013-2018. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Harris spent 25 years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund IMF), working in the African and Fiscal Affairs Departments, including as IMF Mission Chief in Togo, Chad and Guinea. He served from 2008-2012 as the IMF Special Representative to the United Nations, in parallel to his role as Assistant Director of the Strategy Policy and Review Department.
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.
Head of Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance
The World Bank
Heike Reichelt is Head of Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance at the World Bank Treasury. The World Bank Treasury manages the funding programs for the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), and the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm). Her team is responsible for managing relationships with bond investors, rating agencies and the financial media, and developing new bond products. These include products to raise awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change mitigation and adaptation – like World Bank Green Bonds and World Bank Sustainable Development Bonds. Heike also manages outreach to the sustainable and impact investing community and works with other issuers and market participants to encourage the growth of sustainable capital markets focused on making a long-term positive social and environmental impact through integration of environmental, social and governance criteria (ESG) in investment decisions. She has 20+ years of experience in finance – including as an engagement manager for the World Bank Treasury’s Reserves Advisory Management Program for central banks and in the areas of export finance and capital markets, during her career at KfW, the largest German development bank. Heike was recognized for her role in building sustainable capital markets as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Joan Bavaria Award.
Chairwoman of the Investment Committee
David Rockefeller Fund
Nili Gilbert is Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager of Matarin Capital, managing equity strategies for institutional clients. Matarin has been recognized as a performance leader and as a thought leader, with its research cited in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. Nili is a regular contributor on CNBC and Bloomberg television, as well.
Nili is a Board Member and Chairwoman of the Investment Committees of the David Rockefeller Fund and the Synergos Institute. She is both a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Economic Club of New York.
Nili has been honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, as a LinkedIn TopVoice for 2019, on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of 20 people who are “Ones to Watch” for 2019, as Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Securities Professionals, with the Toigo Foundation’s Bridge to Business Award, and by 100 Women in Hedge Funds as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Scholar.
Nili received her BA from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in a Special Concentration in Economics and Social Studies, and her MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, where she was a Toigo Fellow. She is both a CFA and CAIA Charterholder.
Prior to founding Matarin, she was Senior Director and Senior Research Analyst at Invesco, working in both New York City and Frankfurt, Germany, with responsibility for development of the firm’s global multi-asset models.
A native New Yorker, Nili speaks, reads, and writes both German and French with great proficiency, and enjoys travel and fitness.
Program Director and Senior Researcher for Multi-Faculty Sustainability and Impact Investing
Harvard Business School
Rob is the Program Director and Senior Researcher for Multi-Faculty Sustainability and Impact Investing Special Projects, including The Impact-Weighted Accounts Project, the Social Impact Collaboratory, and the Project on Impact Investments at Harvard Business School. Previously, Rob was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where he had roles in Investment Product Innovation, Strategy & Development, Alternative Investment Strategies, and Private Wealth Management. Rob has consulted with the National MS Society and the World Wildlife Fund and was a 2019 Three Cairns Climate Fellow focused on mitigating the environmental effects of charcoal use in Mozambique. Rob received his MBA from Columbia Business School in the Executive Program where he concentrated on Social Enterprise and Impact Investing, graduating Deans Honors with Distinction (top 10%). He was featured in Poets and Quants annual 100 Best & Brightest Executive MBAs list. Rob is the 2019 recipient of the Carson Family Changemaker Award which recognizes commitment to the field of social enterprise. Rob earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Georgetown University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Director of Climate Change
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has over 3,000 signatories representing over US$90 trillion in assets under management. Sagarika leads the PRI’s global climate change programme, enabling investors to assess climate-related risks and capture opportunities. This includes co-heading the secretariat of the UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance and part-time secondment to the COP26 High Level Climate Action Champion, focusing on finance.
Sagarika joined the PRI in 2013 in an investment practices role. In 2015, Sagarika worked with PRI signatories on the Montreal Carbon Pledge, a global investor initiative towards the Paris Agreement. In 2016, she was seconded to Aviva Investors to support development of the TCFD recommendations. Sagarika has also developed the PRI’s green finance collaboration with China, building on PRI input to the 2016 G20 Green Finance Study Group.
Prior to PRI, Sagarika worked at F&C Asset Management and at European retailer Kingfisher. Sagarika has served an investment committee member and a charity trustee for over five years. She has an MSc in Development Studies from University of London and a BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Sagarika is bilingual in English and Bengali.
Managing Director, Global Head of Research and Communications
Tom joined AIMA as research manager in October 2008 and heads up all research and communications globally for the association. In this role Tom is responsible for creating and executing the association’s strategies to develop and maintain strong external stakeholder relationships. In doing so, he constructs the association’s narrative through original research and thought leadership as well as design, implement and promote the association’s communications and brand. In this capacity, he has authored over fifty research and through leadership pieces, which have been mentioned widely across the trade and business press as well as commented on radio and television.
He has been involved with hedge funds for 15 years. Prior to joining AIMA in October 2008, Tom spent four years working in hedge fund research and due diligence with BNP Paribas in New York and Dublin.
Tom holds a Masters in Finance from the National College of Ireland, a graduate certificate in Investment Management from Dublin City University and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst member (CAIA).