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An Unrivalled Speaker Line-up

We are still in the process of recruiting top-level speakers from brands leading the way in sustainability reporting. Do get in touch if you are interested in joining this year’s expert speaker line-up

Richard Howitt
IIRC

Richard Howitt

CEO

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Richard Howitt is Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council. As such he is spearheading the adoption of Integrated Reporting globally and is a major thought-leader in international debates on good corporate governance, shifting investment to the long-term and inclusive capitalism.

Richard travels extensively internationally to meet with the over 1,500 global businesses who are adopting Integrated Reporting as well as with advocates of Integrated Reporting in policy and investor communities. He is a member of the B20 group of international business leaders who dialogue with G20 governments. Richard has spoken widely on issues of financial stability, sustainable development and capital market reform as part of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, the UNCTAD Expert Group on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting and at other international fora.

Richard has been involved in the evolution of Integrated Reporting from the outset, as a member of HRH The Prince of Wales Annual Forum on Accounting for Sustainability, and was at the original meeting of the Forum which led to the setting up of the IIRC in 2009. He subsequently served as an Ambassador for the IIRC representing it at international meetings including the Rio +20 UN Summit for Sustainable Development before taking over as Chief Executive Officer in November 2016, succeeding the IIRC’s first Chief Executive, Paul Druckman.

Prior to being appointed to the IIRC, Richard served as an elected Member of the European Parliament for over twenty years and was rapporteur on corporate responsibility. In this capacity, he was key architect of the EU’s non-financial information directive, one of the biggest transformations in corporate disclosure anywhere in the world.

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Fiona Wild
BHP Billiton

Fiona Wild

Vice President, Climate Change and Sustainability

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Fiona has almost 20 years’ experience in multinational oil, gas and resources companies, ranging from frontline operational management to corporate strategic development across a variety of countries and businesses. Born in Liverpool, UK, she holds a degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

She began her career with oil and gas major BP, working in various operational roles in both the upstream exploration and downstream refining businesses, before taking a corporate policy role at BP's headquarters in London. Moving to Australia with BP in 2002, she worked in downstream operations and then spent five years’ in External Affairs, focusing on national and international climate change policy development and advocacy. In this role, she gained extensive experience in carbon capture and storage (CCS) project and policy development, supporting BP’s Hydrogen Energy business as it investigated opportunities to develop global CCS projects.

She joined BHP in 2010 as Senior Manager, Environment and was appointed to the role of Vice President, Environment and Climate Change in 2013. In these roles, she was accountable for developing and maintaining global performance requirements in water, land and biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions management. She advised the Board and senior management on emerging environmental and climate change trends and represented BHP in engagements with national and international stakeholders, including NGOs, academics, industry associations, governments and investors.

In 2013, she led a review of BHP’s approach to climate change to deliver an updated company position and strategy, including mitigation, adaptation, portfolio evaluation, stakeholder engagement and low emissions technology. She developed BHP’s ‘Climate Change: Portfolio Analysis’, an industry-leading report that describes the impact of both an orderly and a rapid transition to a low carbon future on the valuation of the company’s portfolio. As Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change, she now leads the design and implementation of BHP’s approach to all sustainability-related issues, including climate change, environment, community and social policy.

Fiona is a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, reporting to the G20. Chaired by Michael Bloomberg, the Task Force has developed recommendations for relevant and decision-useful company disclosures for issuers, lenders and insurers to address climate-related financial risks and opportunities. She also holds several Board positions, including as a Director of IETA, CO2CRC, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Filippo Bettini
Pirelli

Filippo Bettini

Chief Sustainability and Risk Governance Officer

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Filippo Bettini is the Chief Sustainability & Risk Governance Officer at Pirelli.

He holds a degree in biomechanical engineering from Politecnico of Milan and Master in Business Administration from Bocconi University of Milan. Filippo entered Pirelli in 2008 to manage some of the non-core activities of the Group while actively cooperating in company portfolio reshaping. He covers current role since 2010. From 2001 to 2008 he worked in Telecom Italia Group covering roles with increasing responsibility in innovation management until being appointed Chief Strategy Officer. From 1985 to 2001 he worked in biomedical and biotechnology field both in multinational companies and academic research centers.

Jane Wilkinson
Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Jane Wilkinson

Head of Sustainable Finance

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Frances Way
CDP

Frances Way

Chief Strategy Officer

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Frances oversees CDP’s climate change, water security and forests strategies as well as the disclosure platform, scoring systems, data and research. Having spent eight years in the private finance sector, primarily at Dresdner Kleinwort's Global Equities Division, Frances joined CDP in 2007 to manage and expand the supply chain program. Frances sits on the board of EIRIS Foundation and holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College.

Rasmus Skov
Ørsted

Rasmus Skov

Head of Group Sustainability

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Rasmus is Head of Group Sustainability at Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy). Rasmus joined Ørsted in 2012 and has been part of the company’s journey from coal-intensive utility to market leader in offshore wind. Rasmus specializes in sustainability strategy, governance and communication as well as third-party due diligence. Previously, he promoted political dialogue and rule of law in the Balkans.

The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 5,600 people. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen [Orsted]. In 2016, the company’s revenue was DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion).

Jukka Ahonen
NORDIC INVESTMENT BANK

Jukka Ahonen

Senior Director, Head of Communications

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Jukka Ahonen has extensive experience in managing communications function both in the European and Nordic setting. At the Nordic Investment Bank he has the key responsibility for the external and internal communications. Reporting directly to the President he also works as a Secretary to the Executive Committee and has been heavily involved in strategy preparations for the Bank. Before NIB he worked for many years at the European Central Bank as a Senior Press Officer and Secretary to the External Communications Committee. He started his career as a financial journalist in Finland.

Pietro Bertazzi
GRI

Pietro Bertazzi

Head of Sustainable Development

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Pietro joined the GRI Secretariat in 2010. As Deputy Director – Policy and Global Affairs, his primary focus is to proactively contribute to GRI’s full grasp and mastery of the policy field of sustainability reporting. He ensures strong and dynamic resource mobilizations with policy makers and capital markets operators and regulatory bodies as well as international organizations. He has been leading GRI activities related to major global and regional policy processes such as the Rio+20 Conference, the EU directive on Non-Financial Reporting and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Before joining GRI, Pietro worked for the Italian Section and the EU Institutions Liaison Office of Amnesty International on the issues of corporate accountability for human rights violations and International Financial Institutions’ impact on human rights. Right before moving to Amsterdam he worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Team of a large Italian multinational company, contributing to the definition of the Group Sustainability Policy and Sustainability Report.

Pietro grew up in the South of Italy and lived in Rome, Strasbourg, Milano, Brussels and Amsterdam. He graduated in Public European and International Law at LUISS University in Rome, Italy. He holds a Master in Management and Governance of Non Profit (LUISS University), a Master in Corporate Citizenship (Fondaca, Sant’Anna di Pisa, Boston College) and a Master in Economics and Management of Environment and Energy (Bocconi University).

Twitter: @PietroBertazzi
Linked in: nl.linkedin.com/in/pietrobertazzi/

Sarah Atkinson
CA Technologies

Sarah Atkinson

VP, Communications

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Rodney Irwin
WBCSD

Rodney Irwin

MD of Redefining Value & Education

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Tjeerd Krumpleman
ABN AMRO

Tjeerd Krumpleman

Head of Reporting & Stakeholder Engagement

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Tjeerd Krumpelman, 40years old, dutch nationality. 17 years of banking experience, starting as a private banker and investment advisor, later on Head of Investment team and Director of Preferred Banking after that.

The past four years I have been responsible for ABN AMRO's sustainability reporting as head of the sustainability Advisory and Reporting team. We offer advise on developing and implementing sustainability strategy within business lines of the bank, we manage the relationships with key-stakeholder groups and we report and communicate on our progress on sustainability through the integrated report and by particpating in various benchmarks.

Mairead Keigher
Shift

Mairead Keigher

Reporting Program Manager

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Mairead Keigher heads the Human Rights reporting work at Shift, the leading centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Her work focuses on outreach and training to multiple audiences on the application of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework as a catalyst for improved corporate human rights performance and disclosure. Mairead leads a team of reporting advisors who analyze company human rights disclosures and contribute insights on the key industry trends to a broad set of stakeholders. Prior to joining Shift in 2016, Mairead spent 19 years working in the operational, marketing and corporate affairs functions of the ICT sector, most recently spending 8 years as Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager at Microsoft’s Central and Eastern European headquarters. Mairead is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Scotland (LLM International Human Rights Law), and the University of Limerick, Ireland (BA European Studies, MA International relations).

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Stuart Poore
Canon

Stuart Poore

EMEA Director of Sustainability and Government Affairs

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Stuart Poore is Director of Sustainability and Government Affairs at Canon, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He leads a team of sustainability experts that manage all aspects of the company’s social and environmental impact. Prior to Canon, he was Director of Corporate Stewardship at WWF, leading the organization’s engagement with UK companies across a broad range of stewardship priorities with a focus on business investments and supply chains in China, India, East Africa and Brazil & Amazon.

Stuart has extensive experience of working within businesses to lead social and environmental change programmes. He spent 4 years in the media and telecommunications sector as Director of Corporate Responsibility at Virgin Media and previously led Corporate Responsibility at the QinetiQ Group, a global defence, aerospace and security company. Stuart has a PhD in International Politics and is a former Chairman of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers.

Paul Druckman
Financial Reporting Council

Paul Druckman

Non Executive Director

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A passionate global leader in capital market reform - from corporate governance to reporting, accounting and sustainability.

He has a variety of roles currently from being a Board member of the Financial Reporting Council and chairing its Corporate Reporting Council to chairing Clear Insurance Management. He is also a Board member of the Shift Project, which brings respect for human rights to business via the UN Guiding Principles.

Paul’s highlights include being a successful software entrepreneur; leading the International Integrated Reporting Council as CEO for five years; President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales; Takeover Panel member; and chairing The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board.

Andrea Stovin
AstraZeneca

Andrea Stovin

Director, Global Sustainability Communications

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Hakan Lucius
EIB (European Investment Bank)

Hakan Lucius

Head of Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society Division

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Dr Hakan Lucius is Head of Corporate Responsibility at the EIB, the European Union’s bank, covering sustainability and stakeholder engagement dimensions of the institution. The EIB evaluates all the investment projects it finances with regard to their sustainability credentials. Dr Lucius possesses more than 20 years of sustainability experience. In his career he has structured multiple billions of euros of investments, through both, loans and equity, was quoted by the Financial Times and by Reuters, has led multinational teams and negotiated with governments, corporate and civil society organizations, alike. Academically, he received a Ph.D. with distinctions in industrial economics, an MBA from INSEAD, France, and an MSc in Engineering from Vienna Technical University, where he graduated as the youngest student of his faculty.

Hakan Lucius is Professor of Finance in parallel to his professional career at the EIB, and specializes in sustainable finance. He has developed a masters class in sustainable finance, which he teaches at SciencesPo in France, the Frankfurt School of Finance in Germany and the Welch College of Business in Luxembourg. He has lectured in Europe and the US and is an internationally acclaimed speaker, having presented in conferences in over 14 countries globally. He was awarded Best Lecturer, Master of Development Finance, by Frankfurt School and by the by Welch MBA, Luxembourg and has published articles in multiple languages.

Dr Lucius also currently the serves on the European Investment Bank’s Pension Board, co-chairs the FinTech working group of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, and is on their environmental fund label and the ESG fund label eligibility committees, is a member of the Frankfurt School’s Board of Trustees, and of the EIB Institute’s Knowledge Committee.

Simon Messenger
CDSB

Simon Messenger

Managing Director

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Simon Messenger joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) as Managing Director in 2017, with over 10 years of academic and professional experience in sustainability and non-financial reporting.

He currently heads the team working with investors, companies and regulators to understand how to most effectively report environmental and natural capital information in mainstream reporting. He currently leads their work relating to the Taskforce on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations and works with companies to provide a framework for reporting environmental information with the same rigour as financial information.

Previously, Simon was Head of Consulting at the Energy Saving Trust and a Sustainability Manager at PwC and Deloitte. In his roles at PwC and Deloitte, he focused on a wide range of sustainability, risk management and non-financial reporting issues, working across multiple countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America in a range of sectors.

Michael Dickstein
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Michael Dickstein

Group Sustainability Director

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Mark Lewis
Carbon Tracker

Mark Lewis

Managing Director, Global Head of Research

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MARK LEWIS is Managing Director and Head of Research at the Carbon Tracker Initiative.  Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of European Utilities Research at Barclays (2015-18), Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux (2014-15), and Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Research at Deutsche Bank, where he worked for 14 years until 2013. For the last 15 years, Mark’s research has focused on the overlap between energy and climate change. His work on power, gas, and carbon was ranked Number 1 by Energy Risk magazine in its 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 surveys, and his report on the Paris Climate-Change Agreement was runner-up in the 2015/16 City of London Farsight Award for long-term financial research.

In addition to his experience as a sell-side financial analyst, Mark spent one year as Deputy Head of investor relations at E.ON at the beginning of the Energiewende, and two years as a credit analyst covering the European utility sector at Standard & Poor’s (1997-99). In total, Mark has over 20 years' experience as a financial analyst covering global energy and environmental markets, and since May 2016 he has been a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

Mark is a UK and French Citizen and holds a BA (First-Class Hons) in Modern Languages and Economics from Sheffield University, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and an MA from London University.

Mark King
World Bank

Mark King

Former Chief of Environmental and Social Standards

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Mark has a natural sciences background with a strong focus on the biological sciences.

He has over thirty years’ of experience in assessing and managing the environmental, health and social risks and impacts associated with equity investments (including OTC), fungible/non-fungible debt, bonds, guarantees, insurance and leasing products. He has worked on development projects in a wide range of sectors and countries for both the public and private sectors. These projects range from micro, small and medium enterprise lending to mega-projects in the extractives, transport and energy sectors.

He has held leadership positions within international financial institutions and in consultancy, from managing teams and departments to providing technical leadership across matrix structures. He has drawn upon his substantial project-based expertise and experience to make contributions at a strategic level; including developing corporate, sectoral and national policies and strategies to shape responsible investment.

Mark led the review and revision of the World Bank’s safeguard policies. This was informed by the largest stakeholder engagement exercise carried out by an international financial institution and involved over 300 staff and meetings in over sixty countries. He held technically in-depth discussions and delicate negotiations with many shareholders, CSOs, UN and other specialist agencies and institutions earning respect for his integrity, objectivity, honesty and technical competence from an array of stakeholders ranging from CSOs to government ministers. The International Association of Impact Assessment awarded the Bank its 2017 Global Award in recognition of this achievement and Mark was awarded two vice-presidential awards within the Bank.

Yves Nissim
Orange

Yves Nissim

VP, Head of Transformation and Operation in CSR

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Yves Nissim received an MS degree and a Ph.D degree from Stanford University, California, in 1978 and 1981 respectively.

Yves joined the France Telecom R&D Laboratories in 1981, where he led a group on photo-assisted processes. In 1994, he became head of the micro-optoelectronics technology department.

In 2003, Yves entered France Telecom main activities. He held various positions going from operations to performance manager where he was trained to become a six sigma master black belt.

In 2006 he held the position of director of the Group CTO office.

At the beginning of 2009, Yves joined the CSR activities of the Orange Group as the deputy chief CSR officer. His main field of expertise is Group CSR transformation, CSR reporting, stake holder dialogue, social value creation and Human Rights issues.

Orange was a founder company of the Telecom Industry Dialogue addressing the problems of freedom of speech and privacy. Yves was the Chair of this organization in 2014. Yves is currently member of the Board of the Global Network Initiative

Gordon Rogers
Yorkshire Water

Gordon Rogers

Head of Sustainability

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Gordon is a champion of sustainability and responsible business, with a focus on water, natural capital and climate change.

As Head of Sustainability at Yorkshire Water, Gordon has embedded a cross-business programme of sustainability activity that drives continual improvement across the Company’s environmental, financial and social priorities.

Over recent years, Gordon has focused on introducing to Yorkshire Water the concepts of the Capitals and Integrated Reporting. Having taken value from a pilot assessment using the draft Natural Capital Protocol in early 2016, Gordon and his team are delivering a growing programme of assessments across the Capitals which are informing the Company’s long term strategy. The focus has matured to various practical applications that inform risk management and decision making to maximise resilience and multiple benefits for customers. Gordon will soon be publishing a report on the findings and methodology of the Company’s first Total Impact and Value Assessment, in which the team have quantified, and in many areas monetised, a broad range of metrics across the capitals. 

Gordon works nationally with groups including Accounting for Sustainability and the Natural Capital Coalitional, and is driving projects to help standardise the water industry’s approach to Natural Capital.

Gordon is also a Trustee of the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, helping govern the Trust’s distribution of donations (over £7m to date) to a wide range of good causes.

Andrew McConville
Syngenta

Andrew McConville

Global Head of External Affairs and Communications

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Andrew McConville is the Global Head of External Affairs and Communications for Syngenta, one of the world’s largest agricultural technology companies with 28,000 employees across 90 countries. Syngenta is committed to helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

As Head of External Affairs and Communication, Andrew leads a team across the world responsible for public affairs and public policy, developing effective NGO policy partnerships, driving media relations through traditional and new media channels, building the corporate brand through thought leadership, events and stakeholder outreach and protecting the company’s reputation through effective issues and crisis management. Prior to his current role, for more than a decade Andrew held senior regional roles in Syngenta as Head of Corporate Affairs for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and as Head of Corporate Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region.

Andrew is an agribusiness and corporate affairs professional with 25 years’ experience across a variety of sectors, industries and countries. In addition to his extensive agricultural experience, Andrew has worked and consulted in the government, banking and finance, FMCG and services sectors.  

In April 2016 he was described by Britain’s ‘The Guardian’ as one of sustainable agriculture’s ‘people to follow globally’ on Twitter @sententia_ag and with his regular blog post www.agrimatters.org

Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University. 

Iver Drabaek
Nordzucker Group

Iver Drabaek

Head of Sustainability

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I am currently Head of Sustainability for the Nordzucker Group and responsible for our sustainability strategy, communication as well as integration of sustainability in our business and our work with value chain partners. I have a basic education as a Chemical Engineer and various other management degrees as well as a doctorate of management.

Most of my career, I have been working with sustainability. Firstly, within environmental research, later in general management within analytical chemistry, energy and environmental consultancy, then in international industry and international consultancy focusing on subjects such as Human Rights, Bribery & Corruption, Business Ethics - in the full value chain. Part of my jobs has always been about change and the human factor, i.e. how do you actually accomplish change in practice. This is a key aspect of doing business and also of working with sustainability. My focus has always been the integration of sustainability in business.

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Mandy Kirby
PRI

Mandy Kirby

Director of Reporting, Assessment and Accountability

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Mandy is part of the PRI’s Leadership team. As Director of Reporting, Assessment and Accountability, she ensures that institutional investors in more than 50 countries are able to effectively disclose their incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in their investment beliefs, strategy and decision making. The Accountability project examines the internal controls, audits and third party verification methods used on reported information. She has designed and implemented an innovative framework for service providers to report their ESG approach. Mandy liaises with UK, European and global reporting and standard-setting bodies to support reform and improve the quality of transparency and disclosure.

Previously, as Associate Director at the Maplecroft consultancy, she led research projects for blue chip clients in developed and emerging markets, advising on risk management and sustainability issues. At business intelligence provider IHS Global Insight, she lead the Europe desk to provide political  analysis and economic forecasting.

Piet Klop
PGGM

Piet Klop

Senior Advisor Responsible Investment

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Piet Klop leads PGGM’s company and market engagement efforts around water scarcity. He is also developing PGGM’s 20 billion euro “investing in solutions” portfolio, including impact measurement.

Before joining PGGM Investments in July 2011, Piet was at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC (where he initiated the water risk atlas ‘Aqueduct’), and held senior positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the private sector. As water resources expert he worked at the World Bank and United Nations.

Piet holds master’s degrees in Water Resources Management (Wageningen University, 1989) and Applied Environmental Economics (University of London, 1999).

Katharina Latif
Allianz SE

Katharina Latif

Group Head of Corporate Responsibility

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Katharina Latif is the Group Head of Corporate Responsibility at Allianz SE. In her role, she is responsible for ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) integration into business, sustainability ratings and reporting, corporate citizenship programs, environmental management and the Group’s climate strategy.

Since 2012, Katharina Latif has also been Head of the Group ESG Offce at Allianz SE, supporting the Group ESG Board committee in implementing Allianz’ strategy with regards to systematically integrating ESG-considerations into core business.

Her previous positions at Allianz include Managing Director of Allianz Climate Solutions, the Allianz Group’s climate change center of competence. Before joining Allianz in 2007, Katharina worked as a management consultant for Accenture in Germany.

Katharina Latif holds a Master of Arts degree in International Trade and Management (University Krems, Austria) and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London.


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