2019 Speakers

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Alex Bernhardt

Principal, US Head of Responsible Investment

Alex Bernhardt, Principal and Head of Responsible Investment (RI) for Mercer in the US, is a noted expert in catastrophe, weather and financial risk management with a track record of leading large, complex and innovative multinational projects. In his role as US RI leader Alex works with institutional investors of all types and sizes to address a variety of evolving sustainability challenges in their portfolios with a focus on climate change.

This work includes the facilitation of strategic governance exercises with investor boards focused on supporting ESG integration into investment policies, processes and portfolios. He is also responsible for driving innovation in environmental and social investment risk and opportunity assessment and (co)leads a variety of strategic research projects with internal and external stakeholders.

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Andrew Steel

Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Finance

Andrew has over 30 years of experience as a global risk and finance specialist and was recently appointed to lead a new cross sector global team to develop and expand Fitch’s analysis of ESG and sustainable finance. Andrew is responsible for developing Fitch’s sustainable finance strategy, both within the ratings business and across the broader Fitch group, by determining investor and banker needs, and driving the development of new teams to provide products and services for this rapidly growing area. Initially the sustainable finance team is based in London, New York and Beijing, but will expand in size, scope and location dependent on identified constituent needs.
Andrew has held several senior management roles within Fitch over the last 14 years. In Europe from 2004 to 2010 he ran the energy, utilities, project finance and regulated transportation analytical groups. From 2010 to 2017 he was based in Singapore and led the development of Fitch’s Asia Pacific Corporate Ratings Group. Then on his return to Europe in 2017 he was regional head of Fitch’s EMEA Corporate Ratings Group, and also successfully ran a global executive project to transform and improve Fitch’s overseas office network.
From 2000 to 2004, Andrew was head of ABN Amro’s structured industry finance, power and utilities group for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He also previously worked for Edison Capital Europe as a private equity investment director in infrastructure, for the energy company PowerGen plc (now EON) as a senior project finance manager, and in the banking sector as a mezzanine, leveraged buy-out and cross-border M&A lender and advisor.
From 2006-2010 Andrew actively assisted the United Nation’s Economic Council for Europe advising on energy and risk issues, and was a member of the UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Sustainable Energy Developments. Andrew speaks regularly at conferences and forums on a wide range of risk based issues. He is currently a trustee of the Great Ormand Street Hospital based children’s charity CLEFT.
Andrew graduated with a BSc Hons in Psychology from Bristol University in 1989, and has a postgraduate diploma from INSEAD business school (CGEM 2016).

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Anthony Hobley

Co-Chair

Anthony is a highly regarded international climate finance and policy leader. He Co-Chairs the Carbon Tracker & the Climate Action Advisory Boards. He sits on the Advisory Board’s to the Climate Bonds Initiative, Global Footprint Network & Preventable Surprises. Anthony was CEO of the Carbon Tracker Initiative until April 2019. Previously a partner and Global Head of the Sustainability & Climate Finance Practice at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright & General Counsel at Climate Change Capital. Anthony specialised in climate change, clean energy and environmental law. He played a key role in helping to design the UKs pilot ETS and developing key aspects of the EU ETS. Anthony helped create both the Climate Markets & Investment Association in the UK & the Businesses for a Clean Economy business coalition in Australia. He sat on the board of the Verified Carbon Standards Association (now Vera) between 2007 & 2015. Anthony holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Chemistry & Physics and an LLM in Environmental Law. He qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1994.

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Ayaan Adam

Director

Ayaan is the Director of the Private Sector Facility at the Green Climate Fund (GCF). She brings to GCF over 20 years of investment and portfolio management experience with private sector financial institutions, private equity and venture capital across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining GCF, Ayaan served as an independent senior advisor to a number of leading sustainable investment institutions, including as a Board Member and Chair of the Board Sub-Committee of Credit and Risk of Oikocredit International.

In addition to serving as Managing Director of Africa Funds at UK-based CDC Group Plc, she spent 17 years at the International Finance Corporation in various senior leadership roles in the headquarters and in the field.

Ayaan holds an M.Sc. in Finance and Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management (1994), and Bachelor degrees in mathematics and economics from Clark University (1990).

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Berit Lindholdt-Lauridsen

Director

Berit Lindholdt-Lauridsen joined ICMA in January 2019 as director in the Secretariat of Green and Social Bond Principles. Since 2007, she has worked with sustainable finance, and the past four years, she has anchored IFC’s Green Bond Program.

Prior to joining IFC in 2007, she was Chief Investment Officer with Denmark’s Export Credit, responsible the agency’s environmental policy and reporting, including the integration of environmental and social value drivers into its risk analysis.

She has also worked as underwriter of political risks with MIGA (the World Bank Group), and external lecturer at Copenhagen Business School. She has a MSc in Economics.

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Bill Parsons

Chief Operating Officer

Bill Parsons is the Chief Operating Officer of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a national nonprofit organization that unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. In that capacity, he oversees ACORE’s day-to-day operations, including policy, communications and programs.

Prior to joining ACORE, Bill served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Congressman Chris Van Hollen, where his portfolio included climate, energy, finance and the environment. Bill ran the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus for eight years and was also a founding Board Member of the Montgomery County Green Bank. He graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University.

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Bob Gallagher

Mayor

Mayor Gallagher was raised in Bettendorf and graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1987. He received a BA in Communication Studies and Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1991. He received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Marquette Law School in 1994. He returned to Bettendorf to practice law and raise his family in 1996. He is the proud father of two children, Jackson and Allysa.

He has served as Chairperson of the Board of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Federation, Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce, Bettendorf Civil Service Commission, Bettendorf Schools Foundation, the Iowa Quad Cities Rotary Club and Better Business and Education Partnership. Bob serves on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Iowa Community College Foundation and is a member of the Quad Cities Chamber Bettendorf Area Council. He is a volunteer coach for the youth of our community.

Bob has been recognized as an outstanding leader and community servant. In 2008 he was awarded the Sheldon Sitrick leadership Award for Extraordinary Leadership and Distinguished Service in our community. He received recognition as a Quad City Area Leader Under 40 in 2008 and was Volunteer of the Year for the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce in 2004.

As a small business owner, community volunteer and proud father of two wonderful children, Bob is dedicated to helping Bettendorf reach its full potential. His vision for Bettendorf includes growing the City’s already competitive business environment while preserving the services and amenities Bettendorf Residents currently enjoy. Mayor Gallager is currently Co-Chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.

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Brian Rice

Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Investment & Stewardship Strategies

Mr. Rice is a Portfolio Manager in the CalSTRS Sustainable Investment & Stewardship Strategies unit and has been leading sustainability efforts at CalSTRS for over 15 years. He is responsible for CalSTRS sustainable manager portfolio, a $2.2 billion externally managed public equity strategy that employs fund managers incorporating ESG factors into their investment portfolio construction and management. Mr. Rice also manages CalSTRS $2.5 billion low carbon index.

Mr. Rice leads CalSTRS sustainability related corporate engagement efforts and is the staff lead for the CalSTRS Green Initiative Task Force, a multi asset class team charged with identifying, implementing and reporting on environmental investment opportunities and risk management strategies.

Mr. Rice serves on the advisory board of the Climate Bonds Initiative and the Strategic Investor Initiative, and on the advisory committee of the Ceres Water Hub. Mr. Rice received an MBA from the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics-Business from U.C.L.A.

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Catherine Banat

Managing Director, US Responsible Investing

Catherine Banat oversees the Responsible Investing Platform for RBC GAM-US. She champions ESG and Impact Investing with clients and prospects interested in responsible investing by facilitating access to broader RBC resources and products. Catherine is a keen advocate of responsible investing within the broader investment community. She serves as a thought leader and relevant voice advocating for combining a competitive financial return with a sustainable investing lens. Prior to joining RBC GAM, Catherine managed strategic initiatives, risk and compliance for The New York City Retirement Systems, an over $150 billion public pension plan, where she also researched, developed and implemented the strategic plan for the Economically Targeted Investment (ETI) program. Catherine has dedicated her entire career to the financial services industry and has held senior level positions at Paloma Partners, Goldman, Sachs & Co., C3 Capital and Lehman Brothers. Catherine began her career in the investment industry in 1985. She earned a BA in history and a BSE in management from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School, as well as an MBA in finance from Columbia University. Catherine holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

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Chris Fowle

Director of Americas

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Chris Phillips

Director, Institutional Relations and Public Affairs

Chris Phillips is Director of Institutional Relations and Public Affairs at the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB). He oversees the WSIB’s client relations, corporate governance, government and media relations, performance reporting and web/digital communications. He joined the WSIB in 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience in communications aspects of investments and financial services. Chris is a member the WSIB’s Executive Management Team and advisor to its Investment Committee.

Prior to joining the WSIB, Chris worked for 13 years at Russell Investments in both Tacoma and Seattle. He led the company’s public relations team, contributed to brand development and later was named to head a global thought leadership program for content marketing. During 2006-2012, he worked as Managing Director of Marketing at Threshold Group, a start-up family wealth management office founded by George F. Russell, Jr. He and wife owned Phillips Communications, a home-based marketing firm, and early in his career he worked eight years as a newspaper editor and reporter at community newspapers in Oregon and Washington.

Chris is past president of the Pierce County Library Foundation, past board member of the Public Relations Society of America – Seattle, and recently served on advisory boards for the Gig Harbor YMCA, The University of Washington School of Arts and Science, and the Prison-Pet Partnership Program.

He has a master’s degree in journalism from University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in English from Hobart College. He earned Series 7 certification for investment securities and Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America.

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Dan Carol

Director

Dan Carol is a director in the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets, expanding our work with local governments and stakeholders to foster best practice implementation of the Opportunity Zones Initiative and accelerate community and regional innovation. Prior to joining the Milken Institute, Carol worked for Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom of California directing the state’s Opportunity Zones working group and serving on the Executive Committee of the US Climate Alliance, a bipartisan alliance of 24 states implementing the Paris agreement. Before that, Carol served the Obama Administration as a member of the US Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board and led efforts to create the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, a 2015 winner of the Harvard Ash Center award for government innovation. Outside of government, Carol co-founded two clean energy acceleration groups (The Apollo Alliance and the Clean Economy Network) and founded CTSG, a 70-person online civic engagement company and software company, sold in 2004. Carol has also served as a US Presidential Management Fellow, a senior campaign advisor to the Clinton-Gore 1992 and Obama-Biden 2008 campaigns, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Carol holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MRP from the University of North Carolina.

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Daniel Zarrilli

Chief Climate Policy Advisor & OneNYC Director

Daniel Zarrilli is New York City’s Chief Climate Policy Advisor and OneNYC Director. Under Daniel’s leadership, New York City released its newest strategic plan, OneNYC 2050, a Green New Deal to confront our climate crisis, achieve equity, and strengthen our democracy.

In the past six years, he has positioned New York City as a global climate and resilience leader among cities. Successes include aligning the city’s greenhouse gas reductions with the Paris Agreement, launching a comprehensive $20 billion climate adaptation program, and committing to divest the City’s pension funds from fossil fuel reserve owners.

Previously, he served on NOAA’s advisory committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment and FEMA’s National Advisory Council, and he advised Louisiana on its 2017 coastal master plan.

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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. With 30 years of experience, Dawn has led numerous initiatives aimed at leveraging the market’s influence to support strong environmental, social, and human rights policies within both governments and boardrooms by promoting the economic and social value of corporate responsibility. Dawn received a J.D. with an emphasis in international human rights and humanitarian law from Loyola Law School.

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Dmitri Sedov

Chief Product & Marketing Officer

Dmitri leads Preqin’s Products & Markets Group, comprised of strategy and innovation, product development and management, marketing and communications. This newly-formed global team is responsible for Preqin’s growing portfolio of award-winning products and services, and charged with evolving it in lockstep with the changing needs of our customers and capital markets.

Dmitri brings to Preqin nearly 20 years of experience in strategy, product innovation and market development. Most recently, Dmitri was Managing Partner at Evocado Ventures where he co-invested in and advised growth-stage startups that build new technologies for sustainable financial markets.

Previously, Dmitri led innovation at S&P Global. He developed new products and market segments by leveraging best-in-class capabilities across the company’s preeminent brands S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Global Ratings and Platts.

Prior to that, Dmitri was global head of product development at S&P Ratings, where he helped shape a new strategic product direction for the world’s largest credit ratings agency. Dmitri also served as global head of digital for S&P Ratings, where he built from the ground up the marketing organization and supported the ratings business in 26 international markets.

Before S&P Global, Dmitri co-founded and led a successful digital strategy consultancy Digiteye Group, advising Fortune 500 and mid-market clients.

Dmitri holds an MBA from Pace Lubin School of Business and degrees from NYU, University at Albany and Moscow State University.

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Elisabeth Seep

Executive Director, ESG Fixed Income Products

Elisabeth Seep is an Executive Director of ESG Fixed Income Products within MSCI ESG Research, based in New York.  Elisabeth joined MSCI in 2018 and leads fixed income product development within the ESG team.

Elisabeth previously held positions in investment banking and credit research since 2001.  In her last role at BNP Paribas, she trained fundamental credit analysts on ESG risks and opportunities, provided ESG thought-leadership, created the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility team within North America, and contributed to the growth of the green bond and social impact bond markets.

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Elliott Harris

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.

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Emily Chew

Global Head of ESG Research & Integration

Based in Boston, Emily leads Manulife Investment Management’s team of dedicated ESG research and integration analysts to advance the firm’s ESG agenda. In her role, she oversees the team of ESG analysts that work with portfolio management teams on progressing ESG integration processes and conducting ESG engagement with investee companies; works with sales and product teams on ESG strategy and marketing; and represents Manulife on various industry groups and collaborative initiatives.

Before joining Manulife, Emily was Head of ESG Research for Asia-Pacific at MSCI Inc., where she led a team of nine ESG analysts across the region, commencing her role in Beijing and later continuing in Hong Kong. Her team had oversight into research quality and issue identification for approximately 1,200 stocks, and under her leadership produced original research on the relevance of ESG to Asian and emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China. Prior to that, she was a capital markets lawyer with Baker & McKenzie in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on funds management, capital raisings, and REITs.

Emily holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She sits on the United Nations-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment’s Listed Equities Integration Subcommittee, and the Steering Committee for the Climate Action 100+ global collaborative investor engagement initiative. She previously served as chair of the Asian Investor Group on Climate Change’s Member Working Group from 2016 to 2018.

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Emily Kreps

Global Director, Investor Initiatives

Emily Kreps leads CDP’s global investor program.  She is experienced in defining and leading sustainable and responsible businesses, including a period as head of corporate development for a renewable and alternative energy company, as well as various start-up CFO positions.  In her previous career, Emily spent over a decade as an investment banker and an equity salesperson for Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. She received her degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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Emma Howard Boyd

Chair

Emma Howard Boyd is the Chair of the Environment Agency, an ex officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and has recently been appointed as the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation.

Emma serves on a number of boards and advisory committees which include ShareAction, Menhaden Capital PLC, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project and the Green Finance Institute.

She has worked in financial services for over 25 years, in corporate finance and fund management. As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their expertise in the corporate governance and sustainability fields.

Her previous board and advisory roles include: Vice Chair of Future Cities Catapult, a director of the Aldersgate Group and Triodos Renewables PLC, Chair of UKSIF (the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association), and a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance and the Green Finance Taskforce.

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Eric A. Glass

Portfolio Manager - Fixed Income Impact Strategies

Eric Glass is a Portfolio Manager and a member of the Municipal Impact Investment Policy Group. He is also a member of AB’s firmwide Responsible Investment Committee. After joining the firm in 2000, Glass served as a research analyst and trader on the Municipal team. Before joining AB, he was on the municipal research team at Moody’s Investors Service. Prior to his career in capital markets, Glass spent several years working at and managing a transitional homeless shelter in Essex County, New Jersey. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of Richmond and an MA in public administration from Columbia University. Glass is a CFA charterholder. Location: New York.

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Eric Usher

Head

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.

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Erik Gosule

Managing Director, Head of Strategic Marketing and Product Development for the Americas

Erik Gosule is Managing Director, Head of Strategic Marketing and Product Development for the Americas. He is a member of the US Executive Committee and US Management Committee.

Erik is responsible for developing and managing an integrated marketing platform for Amundi Pioneer’s investment solutions across all channels, including intermediary and institutional. He also leads the firm’s ongoing marketing and product development efforts as well as guiding strategy for key initiatives including Amundi Pioneer’s Responsible Investing/ESG programs.

Before joining Amundi Pioneer, Erik was Head of Client and Product Solutions at PanAgora Asset Management, where he was responsible for overseeing strategic and tactical marketing initiatives including product development, and for communicating PanAgora’s investment capabilities through a variety of distribution channels around the world. Prior to joining PanAgora, Erik worked at the D.E. Shaw Group, where he was a member of their Institutional Asset Management team focused on systematic equity strategies. Prior to joining D. E. Shaw, Erik held investment oriented roles at Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments, where he participated in several business development initiatives.

Erik has a B.S. from Western New England College and is a CFA® charterholder.

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Fran Teplitz

Executive Co-director

Fran Teplitz serves as the Executive Co-Director of Green America, focusing on Green America’s programs in the areas of green business, socially and environmentally responsible investing, and public policy. Green America is a nonprofit membership based organization in Washington, DC that involves consumers, businesses and investors in economic strategies to advance positive social and environmental change. Fran’s work on impact investing includes community investing and banking, shareholder action, and fossil fuel divestment.

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Hervé Duteil

Chief Sustainability Officer, Americas

Hervé P. Duteil created the position of Chief Sustainability Officer for BNP Paribas in the Americas in 2014.  In this role, he leads the Bank’s regional strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Finance, and Company Engagement, bringing in particular a strong focus on promoting client dialogue around sustainability topics and the development tailored financing solutions or responsible investment products.  In 2018, he was selected by Euromoney as one of the 10 “champions of global impact banking”.

Hervé has spent most of his career with BNP Paribas in New York.  He specialized in trading derivatives and managing capital market activities, spanning across commodity, currency, fixed income and electronic markets.  More recently, he led BNP Paribas’ efforts to close its first Social Impact Bond for the benefit of the State of Connecticut, followed by a second one with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide quality employment to veterans suffering from service-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the states of New York and Massachusetts.

Hervé holds a Master in Business Administration with distinction from the Harvard Business School, a Master of Science from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Physics from the University of Paris, as well as various certificates from the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He is a member of the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance Advisory Board.

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Hiro Mizuno

Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Hiro Mizuno has served as Executive Managing Director and CIO of the Government Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan since January 2015. Prior to joining GPIF, he was a partner of Coller Capital, a London-based private equity firm. He is a member of the Board and Asset Owner Advisory Committee of PRI. He is one of Founding Members of Climate Finance Leadership Initiative (CFLI), established in January, 2019.

He serves as an executive advisor and committee member of Japanese government on several subjects, including “Growth Strategy in accordance with Paris Climate Change Agreement”. His engagements in academics involve an advisor, Office of the President of the University of Tokyo, an adviser to the Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, a senior fellow of Tel Aviv University Graduate School of Management and a member of the International Executive Committee for the Einstein Legacy Project at Hebrew University.  Mr. Mizuno was awarded “Outstanding Individual Contribution” in RI  (Responsible Investor), Innovation & Industry Leadership 2017.

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Jonathan Hackett

Managing Director & Head of Sustainable Finance

Jonathan Hackett is the MD and Head of BMO’s Sustainable Finance Group, which brings together capabilities from across the bank to mobilize financing for a sustainable future. The group is responsible for raising capital and providing financing for clients pursuing sustainable outcomes, offering advisory services and managing BMO’s impact investment fund.

Jonathan joined BMO in 2017 as a Managing Director of Strategy in BMO’s Office of Strategic Management where he supported the bank’s Executive Committee on several initiatives including the development of BMO’s purpose statement and commitment framework. He is also a part of the working team on the bank’s efforts to promote Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity with the United Way of Greater Toronto. Prior to joining BMO, Jonathan was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group where he was a member of the financial services, strategy and risk practices, supporting clients across North America. His work there included projects supporting strategies for various Canadian governmental and non-governmental organizations on innovation, economic development and competitiveness.

Jonathan holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo where he was a doctoral student in residence at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His research focused on topology, particle physics and quantum gravity.

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Kerstin Jorna

Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN)

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Kim Thomassin

Executive Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Secretariat

Kim Thomassin has been Executive Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Secretariat since January 30, 2017. She manages the Legal Affairs, Corporate Secretariat and Compliance and Responsible Investment teams. Her mandate specifically involves managing CDPQ’s legal and regulatory activities, including the implementation of legal and governance structures
for all investment transactions. Her team also plays a central role in supporting CDPQ in its globalization strategy. She is a member of the Executive Committee, in addition to being a member of the Boards of Ivanhoé Cambridge, the institution’s global real estate subsidiary, and Cirque du Soleil. She is one of four members of an expert panel on sustainable finance set up by the federal government to engage with Canadian business experts.

Before joining CDPQ, Ms. Thomassin was National Client Leader and Managing Partner for the Québec Region at McCarthy Tétrault. As a member of the Leadership Team, she contributed to the firm’s regional and national management while strengthening its national presence. In her 17 years at the firm, she held various important positions and specialized in project finance and acquisition transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. She has been involved in several transactions related to large-scale Canadian and international projects. She has also represented public institutions and developers in connection with public-private partnerships.

Ms. Thomassin received a B.C.L./LL. B. from Université Laval and a minor in psychology at McGill University. She also studied at the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law. Ms. Thomassin is a member of the Québec Bar.

Ms. Thomassin sits on the Boards of Directors of Centraide of Greater Montréal and the Foundation of Greater Montréal. In 2016, she received the Quebec National Assembly Medal in recognition of her dedication to initiatives supporting women. Her leadership has received additional recognition, including the Christine Tourigny Award of Merit, the Lawyer Emeritus distinction from the Barreau du Québec and Lexpert’s Zenith Award recognizing her as a leading lawyer. In 2012, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) recognized her as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

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Lauren Smart

Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Institutions Business

Lauren is Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Institutions Business at Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. Trucost assesses and prices risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints and broader ESG factors, enabling companies and financial institutions to understand exposure to ESG factors, inform resilience and identify the transformative solutions of tomorrow.

Lauren is an expert in sustainable finance and, over the last decade, has advised leading fund managers, pension funds, banks and DFIs globally on how to integrate climate change and natural capital analysis into their investment decision making.

Prior to joining Trucost, Lauren was a Senior Investment Associate in Global Equity Research at Putnam Investments specialising in Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Aerospace & Defence. She was also a consultant at DFID (UK Department for International Development), working on the Millennium Development Goals for Girls’ Education.

Lauren holds a BA (Hons) and MA from Cambridge University in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MSc in Anthropology and International Development from the London School of Economics. She is also a regular speaker and respected commentator on environmental finance issues.

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Layalee Ramahi

North America Network Coordinator

Layalee Ramahi is Regional Coordinator for North America at UNEP FI. She is engaged with industry leads and the finance sector in North America to assist in implementing banking, insurance and investment activities. Her role consists of developing UNEP FI sustainable finance network with members in the region, facilitate knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning and support the sustainable finance agenda and working with members to address regional priorities.

Layalee Ramahi, a business strategy and sustainability professional, has over 13 years of experience in the financial industry in market analysis, strategy and product and business development. With MBA in Banking and Finance and executive certification in Sustainable Business Practices and Management from University of California – San Diego, Layalee specializes in developing business strategy and project management focused on sustainability integration and strategy alignment.

Prior to working as a consultant in California, Layalee worked across different emerging markets in the Middle East. Layalee previously head the business strategy and sustainability function for Tawreeq Holdings group based out of Dubai, leading the development and execution of the business strategy and establishing the sustainability unit. Before that, she worked in analysis, operations and communications in financial markets and investment management consultancies in Jordan and Egypt.

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Leon S. Calvert

Head of Sustainable Investing & Fund Ratings

Leon Saunders Calvert runs the Sustainable Investing and Fund Ratings business at Refinitiv. These services, primarily made up of our Lipper products and our Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) data, provide industry leading analytics to support investment management benchmarking and performance, with a view to overlaying sustainability metrics to support longer term investment allocation decision making.

Leon is a Board Observer at TAB, an aggregator of crowdfunding and other online financial marketplace data to service financial professionals in this emerging asset class, and an Advisory Board member of HighCastle, who use blockchain technology to support the issuance and distribution of securities. Leon also provides pro-bono consultative advice to charities through the Pilotlight business executive program and through UnLtd’s social entrepreneurs mentorship program.

He joined Thomson Reuters in 2007 and has held various roles, primarily in commercial management, as the Head of M&A and Capital Raising, EMEA Head of Banking & Research, and in content strategy, as the Global Head of the Deals, League Tables and Private Equity franchises. Before this he ran the research and data teams at Mergermarket, a provider of M&A intelligence to the advisory community, and he started his career as an M&A Analyst at an advisory boutique, Regent Partners. He has a Masters Degree in International Management and a BA Hons in Philosophy and Literature. He has had numerous articles published on film analysis through various film journals. Leon enjoys going to the gym, self defense classes, and running around after his two young children.

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Mardi McBrien

Managing Director

Mardi McBrien joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) as Managing Director in 2011 following an eclectic career which has included roles such as President of an International Students Association, public-private partnership management, leading flagship environmental campaigns including for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (and the author Bill Bryson) and WWF-UK’s Earth Hour and carbon market policy for UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Mardi is a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council, a trustee of the International Tree Foundation and a founding board member of WOCAN — Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.

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MaryKate Bullen

Director, Sustainability & Communications

MaryKate Bullen leads sustainability and communications for New Forests, a forestry investment manager focused on investing to create productive and sustainable landscapes with more than USD 3.5 billion in assets under management. MaryKate is responsible for strategic planning and implementation of responsible investment and impact initiatives, as well as oversight of the company’s Social and Environmental Management System. She also leads corporate communications and media relations across New Forests globally. MaryKate joined New Forests in 2008, originally in the company’s advisory services team and subsequently managed New Forests’ research program. She has worked in each of New Forests’ regional offices in Sydney, Singapore, and San Francisco. MaryKate has a B.A. in Anthropological Sciences (Honors) and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University.

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Meredith Block

Senior Vice President and Senior ESG Analyst

Meredith Block is a Senior Vice President and Senior ESG Engagement and Research Analyst at Rockefeller Capital Management.

She previously served as the Director of Programs for Africa and Asia at the Blacksmith Institute, an international non-profit dedicated to mitigating the negative externalities of rapid industrialization in emerging markets. She has implemented projects to reduce the environmental and human health impacts of industry and mining in over a dozen countries, working in conjunction with national governments, the private sector, community stakeholders and multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Commission on Environment.

She received her bachelor’s degree from New York University and her MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

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Mike Muldoon

Associate Director

Mike Muldoon joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2017. Mike brings a unique perspective to the Foundation’s Innovative Finance portfolio having worked in the development finance space for public and private sector entities.  As an Associate Director, he leads the Foundation’s Program Related Investment (PRI) work, which consists of a growing portfolio of investments (debt, equity, guarantees) that support the Foundation’s philanthropic goals.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Mike was a Director at Latitude Capital, a private equity firm focused on utility scale power in emerging markets. At Latitude Mike supported all elements of the firm’s business – from investment execution to investor relations. Prior to Latitude, Mike was a Senior Investment Officer at the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) loan guarantee program, the Development Credit Authority, where he was responsible for developing loan guarantees to facilitate lending for local businesses and infrastructure, primarily in Africa.

Mike began his career in consulting in Washington, DC where he also received a degree from The George Washington University in International Affairs.

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Mindy Lubber

Chief Executive Officer and President

Mindy S. Lubber is the CEO and President, and a founding board member of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world’s largest investors and companies to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. She directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 120 institutional investors managing over $15 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Mindy also oversees engagements with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 firms, committed to sustainable business practices and the urgency for strong climate and clean energy policies.

Under Mindy’s leadership, Ceres launched The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability and The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing, visionary guides highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st century global economy.

In 2016, Mindy received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, and the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. The December 2015 online edition of Vogue Magazine featured Mindy as one of their “Climate Warriors”, one of the top 13 women advancing the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN Conference at COP21. In 2010, Mindy was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into core business strategies. She is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” by Directorship magazine.

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Olivier Guersent

Director-General

Olivier Guersent graduated with distinction from the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux” in 1983. He joined the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1984, where he carried out many investigations for the French Competition Authority.

He joined the European Commission in 1992, initially with the “Merger Task Force” in the Directorate-General for Competition. Since then, he has alternated between the private offices of a number of European Commissioners (Karel Van Miert, Michel Barnier and Neelie Kroes) and DG Competition (successively Deputy Head of Unit in charge of cartels, Head of Unit in charge of policy and coordination of cases, Head of Unit in charge of merger control, Acting Director “Transport, postal and other services” and, from 2009, Director responsible for the fight against cartels. From 2010 to 2014 he was the head of the private office of Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. Having held the position of Deputy Director-General since July 2014, Olivier Guersent has been Director-General of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union since 1 September 2015.

Married and a father of three children, Olivier Guersent is a member of the board of the non-profit organisation Aremis that provides medical care in the home, primarily to cancer patients in the Brussels area. He is a regular lecturer to postgraduate university students.

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Paul Bodnar

Managing Director

Paul Bodnar is a Managing Director at the Rocky Mountain Institute, where he oversees the institute’s programs in global climate finance and US subnational climate action.

Paul served in the Obama White House as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change at the National Security Council. Paul was a key architect of the Obama Administration’s international climate policies, including the historic U.S.-China presidential joint climate announcement of November 2014, the OECD agreement to strictly limit public financing for coal-fired power plants, and the doubling of clean energy research and development budgets by 20 major countries through the Mission Innovation initiative. He played a principal role in formulating U.S. strategy for the Paris Climate Conference.

Paul previously served at the State Department as lead negotiator for climate finance and Counselor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change. At the State Department, Paul led the design and implementation of several pioneering finance initiatives including the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance; the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative; and the world’s first market-based approach to allocating concessional funding for climate mitigation (the World Bank’s Pilot Auction Facility).

Earlier in his career, Paul worked as a Director for Carbon Finance at the $1.2 billion carbon fund managed by London-based Climate Change Capital. He was also co-founder and partner at Vertis Environmental Finance, now one of Europe’s leading environmental commodity brokerage firms. Paul also served as investment advisor for the Sustainable Asset Fund at Vision Ridge Partners.  He is a senior associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and serves on the Board of the Carbon Tracker Initiative.

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Randy Rice

Deputy Director of Shareholder Engagement

Randy Rice has been in ESG/SRI investing field since 1995, beginning his career at Ceres, a nonprofit that engages with investors and companies to find solutions to sustainability challenges.

He spent 17 years with Trillium Asset Management, the oldest independent investment advisor in the U.S. exclusively focused on ESG. Randy managed the firm’s Community Impact investment portfolio prior to serving as Director of Communications.

Randy moved to Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner’s office in 2016. He continues to focus on communications and engagement with companies in the pension system’s portfolio, encouraging them to adopt sustainable business practices, with a goal of creating long term value for members of the system.

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Ricardo Lara

Insurance Commissioner

Ricardo Lara is California’s 8th Insurance Commissioner since voters created the elected position and leader of the state’s largest consumer protection agency. He is one of California’s most effective environmental champions, passing laws that promote innovation and investment in clean air, embrace equity, protect our waters, repair the damage of oil drilling, and keep California at the forefront of confronting global climate change. Commissioner Lara received the 2017 U.N. Climate and Clean Air Award with California Governor Jerry Brown for his groundbreaking work to create California’s short-lived climate pollutant strategy. He served as a legislative member of the California Air Resources Board and was part of the legislative delegation at the U.N. COP21 Paris (2015) and COP23 Bonn (2017) Climate Conferences.

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Rodney Irwin

Managing Director and Senior Management Team

Rodney Irwin is the Managing Director of Redefining Value and Education at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in Geneva and is a member of the Senior Management Team.  In this role, Rodney is responsible for a program of projects designed to advance the measurement and valuation of ESG impacts and dependencies on business.  The objective is to mainstream ESG considerations at investor grade levels of accuracy into business decision making by taking ESG into the mainstream corporate reporting thus improving investor capital allocations.  He is the link between WBCSD members and standard / regulation setters, and he is leading projects in enterprise risk management, assurance, materiality, integrated and mandatory reporting.  In addition, he is the course director of WBCSD’s Leadership Program and leads WBCSD work on education and manages the relationship with WBCSD’s education partners

He holds an honours degree in Economics, a master’s degree in management and a Doctorate where he researched comparative corporate governance and its interrelationship with ethical decision making and reporting at ISM Paris.  Rodney has also completed the Masters in Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University.

Professionally Rodney is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, a Certified Fraud examiner, a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and a Specialist member of the Institute of Risk Management UK. Rodney sits on The Council of the IIRC and is a Board Member of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. Rodney is a Professor of Accounting and Sustainability in the Sustainability Faculty of Leuphana University, Luneberg, Germany; an honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University Management School and an Executive Fellow at Yale School of Management.

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Simone Dettling

Banking Team Lead

Formerly, Simone managed the German Government’s Emerging Markets Dialogue on Green Finance, under which she and her team worked with financial institutions from G20 Emerging Markets and Europe to integrate environmental costs into financial decision making and product development. As expert on green finance at the German International Cooperation (GIZ), she furthermore advised projects in emerging economies worldwide on renewable energy and energy efficiency financing, incorporation of natural capital considerations in financial decision making, as well as innovative approaches for green economic development. Simone holds an MA in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. and during her career has lived and worked in various developing countries, such as Bangladesh, Lebanon and Malawi.

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Siobhan Toohill

Group Head of Sustainability

Siobhan is the Group Head of Sustainability at Westpac. Her role covers sustainability governance which includes areas such as climate change and human rights policies, as well community partnerships, Indigenous engagement – as well as the Westpac Foundation, backing community organisations and social enterprises tackling social disadvantage, and the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation – awarding 100 scholarships every year, forever. A pioneer in corporate sustainability in Australia, Siobhan is passionate about capacity of business to create positive impact, building on her early career in design.

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Stacy Swann

CEO and Founding Partner

Stacy Swann is the CEO and Founding Partner of Climate Finance Advisors.  Ms. Swann has more than two decades of experience in finance, fund management and development, including with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she was Head of IFC’s Blended Finance Unit and was responsible for managing and investing more than $750 million in donor funding for climate-smart investments. While at IFC, she also supported World Bank Group efforts to work with policy makers and other financial institutions on issues related to blended finance, climate finance, climate-smart fiscal policies and incorporating practical policy and investment approaches to managing climate risk.  Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked in the private sector as a developer of infrastructure projects in India and Singapore.

In addition to running Climate Finance Advisors, Ms. Swann is currently Vice-Chairperson of the Board for the Montgomery County Green Bank, the United States’ first county-level green bank, and she sits on the Board of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment (WCEE).  She also helped establish the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment (GARI) working group which has convened over 150 private investors and other stakeholders to discuss practical approaches to adaptation and resilience investment.  In connection with Climate Finance Advisor’s work on climate risk and resilience, she is also interim Executive Director of the Climate Risk & Resilience Institute, a non-profit focused on advancing the understanding of climate risk with financial institutions, community banks and others through climate-risk education and knowledge products that can in turn catalyze climate-resilient financing.

Stacy holds an MBA in Finance and Development from American University, a Master’s Degree from Harvard University and a BA from City University of New York – Hunter College.

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Stéphanie Lachance

Vice-President, Responsible Investment,

Stéphanie Lachance is Vice President, Responsible Investment, at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments).

Stéphanie leads the Responsible Investment group which plays an advisory role to the organization, ensuring that environmental, social and governance factors are incorporated in the investment strategy and across all asset classes. She is a member of the Senior Management Group Committee of PSP Investments.

Prior to joining PSP Investments in 2006, Stéphanie was advising public issuers, stock exchanges and securities regulators on corporate governance and securities law matters.

Stéphanie holds a Law Degree (LLB) from the Université de Montréal and is a member of the Quebec Bar. She is a Board member and Vice Chair of the Governance Committee of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, and a member of the Investment Fund Review Committee of the Corporation de services du Barreau du Québec.

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Tara Stacy

Head of Investment Stewardship

Tara Stacy leads the development and implementation of investment stewardship at Colorado Public
Employees’ Retirement Association. She is a thought leader and guides best practices for PERA’s
investment stewardship across multiple asset classes in public and private markets. She also drives the
advancement and disclosure of PERA’s stewardship philosophy and praxis. Prior to joining Colorado
PERA in 2017, Ms. Stacy held positions as Equity Trader and Institutional Portfolio Administrator on the
buy side. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Colorado.

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Thomas DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller

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Todd Arthur Bridges

Head of ESG Research

Todd Arthur Bridges, Ph.D., heads ESG Research and Strategy Development at State Street Global Advisors and is on the Global Equity Beta Solutions Team. The Global Equity Beta Solutions research team is responsible for research across index equities, smart beta, ESG, and climate. The team leads the thought-leadership efforts in these areas through white papers, academic articles, and new strategy R&D. Prior to joining State Street Global Advisors in 2017, Mr. Bridges was Head of Research at Ethic Investing. In that role, he helped build the financial technology startup, and was responsible for developing the sustainable investing research framework, integrating ESG data into portfolio management, and developing shareholder engagement strategies for the platform. Prior to joining this entrepreneurial venture, he was Managing Director of a cross-disciplinary research institute at Cornell University focused on the role of finance, technology, and governance in sustainable economic development.

Dr. Bridges holds MA and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University, and has completed research fellowships at the National Science Foundation, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, Oxford University, and Harvard University. He has published research and presented findings to central banks, sovereign wealth funds, state pension funds, corporate pension funds, and endowments—throughout the North Americas, United Kingdom, EMEA, Russia, and APAC regions.

 

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Torben Möger Pedersen

CEO

Torben Möger Pedersen (b. 1955) is CEO of PensionDanmark – one of the largest pension funds in Denmark established in 1993.

PensionDanmark manages defined contribution pension plans, health care plans and life-long training programs based on collective agreements covering more than 740,000 blue-collar workers employed in 24,000 companies within the private and public sector. Total assets under management are EUR 32 billion and growing rapidly. A substantially part of the portfolio is direct investments in renewable energy infrastructure assets and sustainable real estate. PensionDanmark has received a great number of Awards for its groundbreaking investment strategy.

Torben Möger Pedersen holds a number of board and investment committee memberships including Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Arbejdernes Landsbank, Danish Insurance Association, Copenhagen Infrastructure Fund I, II and III, Danish Climate Investment Fund, Danish Agribusiness Fund, Danish SDG Investment Fund, SDG High Level Advisory Board, Danish Society for Education and Business (DSEB) and Board Leadership Society in Denmark.

Torben Möger Pedersen is a member of OECDs Working Group on Long-Term Investments, the Private Sector Advisory Group within the UN’s Green Climate Fund, the Global Agenda Council on Investments in World Economic Forum, the Steering Committee of World Economic Forum’s Retirement Investment System Reform Project, the Advisory Board in OECD’s Centre on Green Finance and Investment and the UN Global Compacts Financial Innovation Action Platform.

Torben Möger Pedersen holds a M.Sc. Economics from University of Copenhagen and is adjunct professor at CBS.

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Valentijn van Nieuwenhuijzen

Chief Investment Officer

Valentijn is Chief  Investment Officer of NN Investment Partners and chairman of the Management Team Investments (MTI)

Valentijn has over 18 years of experience working in financial markets. Valentijn is also chair of NNIP’s Tactical Asset Allocation committee and the firm’s key spokesperson on the macro and market outlook. Therefore, he appears frequently at client events, seminars and in financial news media  like CNN, CNBC, RTLZ, NOS, BNR, Bloomberg and Reuters or journals like the FT, FD, IPE, and other newswires and social media channels.

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Valerie Smith

Chief Sustainability Officer

Val Smith is Chief Sustainability Officer for Citi. She joined Citi in 2004 and oversees Citi’s global sustainability initiatives, including leading the bank’s Sustainable Progress Strategy and $100 Billion Environmental Finance Goal. Val also serves as an advisor and spokesperson on sustainability and stakeholder issues and trends.

Prior to joining Citi, Val spent a decade working in the environmental sector, including the National Audubon Society, Brainerd Foundation, and the Houston Advanced Research Center.  She began her career with the U.S. Peace Corps, where she served for two years in Honduras.  She serves on the boards of the United Nations Global Compact USA Network and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Leaders Forum. Val earned her MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her BA from the University of Virginia. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

 

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Vonda Brunsting

Program Manager, Initiative for Responsible Investment

Vonda is the Program Manager for The Just Transition Project. Before joining the IRI, she was the Director of the Capital Stewardship Program at Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which was created  to engage the capital markets and financial institutions in innovative ways. Prior to her time with SEIU, Vonda worked as a community organiser in Chicago, New York, and Boston with the Industrial Areas Foundation. In addition, she co-founded the Trustee Leadership Forum for Retirement Security here at the IRI.  She earned her B.A. from Calvin College and A.M. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

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William Theisen

CEO

William has over 10 years’ experience working with Global 500 clients across sectors to develop and implement sustainability strategies, including to set Science Based Targets, certify emissions reduction activities, assess climate risk in line with TCFD, and develop innovative carbon neutral programs.

A graduate from Boston University with an MBA from HEC Paris, William began working in climate finance with the Gold Standard Foundation, a certification body headquartered in Geneva that evaluates carbon reduction and sustainable impacts using results-based methodologies. Following this role, he worked with NGOs Nexus for Development (Nexus) and the Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity (GERES) to scale-up more than a dozen carbon reduction projects in Asia and Africa by leveraging innovative market mechanisms such as carbon finance and crowd funding. As a Director at Nexus, William established partnerships to support these projects with numerous companies worldwide.

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