Adam C. T. Matthews
Director Investment Team (Ethics & Engagement)
The Church of England Pensions Board
Adam is the Co-Director of the Investment Team responsible for Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board; he is also the Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) and a Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, (IIGCC). He co-leads engagement with Royal Dutch Shell on behalf of the global investor engagement initiative, Climate Action 100+, that led to the 2018 joint statement on climate targets agreed between Shell and institutional investors and Shell’s 2021 Net Zero Commitment.
Following the Brumadinho Tailings Dam disaster that killed 270 people in Brazil in January 2019, Adam set up and co-led the Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative with John Howchin, Secretary General of the Council on Ethics of the Swedish National Pension Funds. He also represents the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment as a co – convenor of the Global Tailings Review that produced the first ever Global Tailings Standard. He is now working together with the UN and the Swedish Pension Funds to establish an independent global institute to implement the Standard and drive safety standards across the mining industry.
Adam founded the $24 trillion backed Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative which assess companies’ preparedness for the transition to the low carbon economy (and publishes this through the London School of Economics). Adam is also the lead for the Church of England on the Mining and Faith Reflections Initiative (MFRI) a forum that convenes dialogues between mining company CEO’s and Church leaders. Recently he set up and co-chairs with the Dutch fund APG the Paris Aligned Investing Initiative of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) that produced the first global Net Zero Investment Framework for pension funds and investment managers.
Adam also served as a member of the Royal College of Physicians Investment Advisory Board and on the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Stewardship Advisory Group.
Cedric de Meeûs
Vice-President, Group Government Relations and Public Affairs
Cedric is an Environmental Engineer with over 20 years of experience in senior positions in the environmental management, infrastructure, waste and construction materials industries. Cédric is a recognized expert on the net zero agenda, the transition towards circular models, industrial transition, and the transition towards sustainable construction ecosystems. He is responsible for LafargeHolcim’s Public Affairs and Government Relations function. In parallel, Cedric currently chairs Construction Products Europe, sits on the Steering Committees of the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.
Clotilde Rossi di Schio
Senior Specialist, Industry sector lead
Sustainable Energy for ALL (SEforALL)
Clotilde Rossi di Schio is a senior specialist for energy efficiency at Sustainable Energy for ALL (SEforALL).
Prior to joining SEforALL, Clotilde has been working in the energy sector for more than 12 years as a member of McKinsey’s German office and at Turboden, a Mitsubishi Heavy Industry group company.
As a research assistant with the SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, she specialized in decarbonization strategies.
Clotilde has an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, an MPA in Energy Policy from Columbia SIPA and a Master of Science in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering from Vienna University of Technology.
Lead Direct Finance, Associate Director, Energy Efficiency/Climate Change
Dimitrios Koufos has more than twenty years of practical experience in areas such as Production Technology & Process Optimization, Production Μanagement Systems, Energy & Environmental Technology, Energy & Environmental Legislation/Reporting, Supply Chain Management, Technology Strategy & Investment Analysis in companies like Shell, Motor Oil Hellas, TITAN Cement, and currently in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He has held positions various positions such as:
- Senior Engineer
- Senior Supply Chain Analyst
- Senior Process Engineer
- Business Intelligence Coordinator
Dimitris has practical field experience in variety of production processes and systems and has evaluated technologies and the respective business cases studies ranging from greenfield investments, to plant modernization and upgrades, energy management, environmental compliance issues, product compliance requirements around the world (e.g. USA, Greece, Egypt, Albania, Russia, Croatia, Romania, etc).
His studies include an MBA (Shell Internship Awarded) , an MSc in Process Control from the University of Connecticut (Scholarship from the University Research Centre) and a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the University of Patras. Also he is certified from the College of Petroleum and Energy Studies of Oxford University in the following:
- Linear Programming in Refinery and Supply Planning
- International Oil Supply, Transportation, Refining and Trading
In his current role he is the Direct Finance Unit Lead of the Energy Efficiency Climate Change Team at the EBRD.
Dr. Gokce Mete
Head of Secretariat
Leadership Group for the Industry Transition Secretariat hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute
Gokce is a research professional with a decade of regulatory analysis, project development and stakeholder management experience focused on energy and industry transitions. She is also the honorary Head of Research and Academic Engagement of the “Women in Energy, Climate and Sustainability Foundation” and Founding Member of the Women in Green Hydrogen.
Senior Policy Manager, Germany
Transport & Environment
Jekaterina is in charge of German activities of Europe’s leading clean transport campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E). Her aim is to ensure that the use of hydrogen and PtX in the transport sector is efficient and sustainable. Before joining T&E Jekaterina was with the Federation of German Industries (BDI). At the BDI, she was in charge of strategic positioning of the German industry on hydrogen and hydrogen related technologies. In the past she’s also been involved as an associate research fellow at the Jacques Delors Centre in Berlin where she published several publications on energy policy in the EU. Besides hydrogen Jekaterina is an expert in power market design, energy research and international energy policy.
Jekaterina holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School in Berlin.
Director of the Laboratory of Construction Materials
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Karen Scrivener came up with the idea for LC3 cement in 2008, this material has the potential to cut CO2 emissions related to cement by more than 400 million tonnes a year. She obtained her PhD at Imperial College in 1984. She worked for Lafarge in France for 6 years, before being appointed Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials, at EPFL, Switzerland in 2001. Her research focusses on the understanding the chemistry and microstructure of cement based materials and improving their sustainability. In 2003 she founded the research network Nanocem bringing together the leading Industrial companies (Cement and admixtures) with European academic institute to do research on Cementitious Materials. She was made a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.
Head of Delegation to UNFCC
Government of Sweden
Mattias Frumerie is Sweden’s Head of Delegation to UNFCC and leads climate diplomacy efforts. Mr Frumerie is also a member of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance. Previously, Mr Frumerie has held several positions within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including postings in Budapest and Brussels. Mr Frumerie has also worked as an EU advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Deputy Director-General in DG Research and Innovation (R&I)
Patrick Child is Deputy Director-General in DG Research and Innovation (R&I) at the European Commission. He leads the policy for implementation, impact & sustainable investment strategies. As a member of the Board of DG R&I, he follows in particular research and innovation in climate action and clean energy and mobility technologies as well as the R&I dimension of the post-COVID recovery and resilience strategy. He is the Commission representative of Mission Innovation (24 countries and the European Commission working to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable) and Chairs the MI Steering Committee. He is also the Commission representative in the International Group of Earth Observations (GEO) and lead co-chair of the Executive Committee for 2021.
Until April 2016, Patrick Child was Managing Director of the European External Service with responsibility for administration and finance, covering human resources policy, security and the budget. Before he took up this post in 2011, he was director in the External Relations Directorate General in the European Commission responsible for the management of the network of Commission delegations. He has previously served as head of cabinet for External Relations Commissioners Benita Ferrero-Waldner and before that Chris Patten from 1999-2004.
With a background in the UK Finance Ministry, he joined the European Commission in 1994, where he started in the Economic and Monetary affairs Directorate General before becoming Commission press spokesman for economic and monetary union from 1995-1999. Mr Child studied mathematics at Cambridge University. He is married with two children.
Chief, Energy Systems and Infrastructure
Rana is the Chief of the Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division at UNIDO where she is oversees the organization’s strategy and programmes in promoting a low carbon infrastructure powering industrialization and the decarbonization of industry. She has a long standing experience of 20 years in designing and implementing programmes in the energy sector in Africa and the MENA region. She also leads on behalf of UNIDO global initiatives such as the industrial energy accelerator.
Managing Director, Systems Transformation
We Mean Business
Rasmus Valanko is the Managing Director for Systems Transformation at We Mean Business (WMB). He works to implement systemic change by working with companies and partner organizations on climate change.
Prior to joining WMB, Rasmus led the sustainability transformation of the chemical company Kemira, acting as Director for Corporate Sustainability. He brings a wealth of experience in leading business collaboration initiatives from previous roles at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) where he led the Climate & Energy program.
He has also worked for Royal Dutch Shell on global climate change and CO2 policy as well as their alternative energies strategy, initiating investments in electric mobility. Rasmus began his career in the public sector working for the Ministry of Environment on multilateral environmental agreements as well as oversees development aid while at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Rasmus brings a wealth of knowledge on sustainability from private, public and NGO sectors and believes in the power of collaboration to find innovative solutions to some of the most complex challenges faced by society today.
Deputy Director of Industrial Decarbonisation Policy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy