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Ovais Sarmad
UNFCCC

Ovais Sarmad

The Deputy Executive Secretary

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Mr. Ovais Sarmad joined the United Nations Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC) on 1 September 2017.

Mr. Sarmad supports the Executive Secretary in managing the operations of UNFCCC secretariat and its staff and organizational development, advising on a range of issues relating to the inter-governmental affairs and strategic planning.

Previously he served as Chief of Staff/Chef de Cabinet at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva. Mr. Sarmad worked in several management and policy capacities in IOM over a period of 27 years. Prior to IOM, he worked in the private and public sectors in London, where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (GCMA). He graduated from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, as a Bachelor of Commerce.

He is married to a Spanish national and has two boys.

Hari Sundaresan
BT

Hari Sundaresan

Group Chief Procurement Officer

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Hari Sundaresan was appointed BT Chief Procurement Officer in September 2010 and is responsible for a global spend of over £12Bn. Throughout his career in BT Hari has held a number of varied roles, starting out as a Graduate research scientist in BT’s Adastral Park where he pioneered the development of the tuneable lasers that have become essential components of BT's optical networks. He then moved into Strategic Consultancy and IT Programme Management. Subsequent moves took Hari into Business and Contract Management where he took responsibility for the business planning for BT Global Services' finance, government and wholesale sectors and was Chief Operations Officer for BT Global Services in the UK, responsible for contracts and delivery across the business, before moving into Procurement. Hari holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. At a Senior Executive level Hari has been appointed as the BT-wide disability sponsor across c.90k people within BT. Over many years Hari has been an active volunteer, acting as a judge in the Debating Matters Finals for schools in England and India, and was appointed as Non-Executive, NHS London Procurement Partnership from 2013 to date. Hari is married with two children and lives in Buckinghamshire. His passion is cricket and the futile pursuit of trying to improve his golf handicap!

Victor Zhang
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Victor Zhang

Huawei Senior Vice President

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Victor Zhang currently serves as President, Global Government Affairs, in charge of Huawei's global government strategy and relationship building with clients, partners and key stakeholders.

Over the past 20 years, he held different positions within Huawei, both in China and in Europe. He has worked at Huawei Brussels Office as the President of European Public Affairs and Communication, responsible for building solid strategic relationships with the EU institutions and the ICT and other key industries in Europe, as well as participating in EU ICT programmes and contributing to industry policy making.

As CEO of Huawei UK and Ireland, he helped build the long-term strategy for growing Huawei’s business in the UK and to establish a trust-based relationship with the UK government, key customers, and the public. As Director of Marketing, Solutions and Strategy at Huawei UK, he led the Huawei team towards a strategic partnership with key customer British Telecom (BT).

Gilbert Ghostine
Firmenich

Gilbert Ghostine

CEO

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Myriam Cohen-Welgryn
Mars Petcare Europe

Myriam Cohen-Welgryn

President

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Anirban Ghosh
Mahindra

Anirban Ghosh

CSO

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Catherine Howarth
ShareAction

Catherine Howarth

CEO

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Catherine joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society activism to promote responsible investment across Europe. She is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. She also serves on HM Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce. She was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust for five years until Spring 2013. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.

Enrique Saez
Fineco

Enrique Saez

CEO

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Mr Saez is the CEO of Fineco, the private banking arm of Kutxabank, the main commercial banking entity in the Basque Country (north of Spain) and one of the most solvent banks in Spain. His expertise in derivatives and quantitative tools made him become a pioneer in many ways in Spain, with the launch of different structured products up-to-that time like autocallables. At the same, his commitment towards education has driven him to be a finance teacher at University of Deusto for more than 20 years. Currently, his role as CEO makes him focus on strategic matters and fostering innovation and diversity within the company. Mr Saez holds a BA in Business Management at University of Deusto, an Executive Master in Business Administration at Imperial College and a Master in Accounting and Finance at London School of Economics.

Sally Uren
Forum for the Future

Sally Uren

CEO

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Sally is Chief Executive at Forum for the Future with overall responsibility for delivering Forum’s mission to aaccelerate a big shift towards a sustainable future by catalysing transformational change in global systems. This involves working with leading global organisations, including businesses such as Unilever and Kingfisher, and Foundations, such as the C&A Foundation, both in one to one partnerships, and also as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations designed to address complex challenges in systems as diverse as food, energy, apparel and shipping.

Sally is currently directly involved in a number of projects including Net Positive, a coalition of seventeen leading businesses, all working to define the next wave of corporate sustainability; Cotton 2040, a multi-stakeholder collaboration designed to accelerate the mainstreaming of sustainable cotton, and Tea 2030, a global project focusing on a number of innovation platforms intended to deliver a sustainable global tea industry.

A key part of Sally’s role is inspiring and equipping people and organisations to deliver systemic change for sustainability through regularly speaking at international and national conferences and also writing for a range of publications, with recent articles in the New Statesman, Huffington Post and Management Today.  Sally is also helping build Forum’s new School of System Change where we are building a global community of change agents to accelerate our progress towards a sustainable future.

Sally acts an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several global businesses, including Kimberly Clark and Burberry. She is also Chair of the Advisory Board overseeing Forum for the Future’s growing operations in the US and an Advisory Board member for Sustainable Brands. She also acts as a judge for a number of sustainability award schemes, including the Queens Award for Sustainable Development. In the 2018 New Year's Honours, Sally was awarded an OBE for services to sustainability.

Dune Ives
Lonely Whale

Dune Ives

Chief Executive Officer

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Dune Ives is the Executive Director of award-winning Lonely Whale, an incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful, market-based change on behalf of our ocean. Ives designs and leads initiatives that address environmental degradation and species decline. Under Ives’ leadership, efforts by Lonely Whale to reduce ocean-bound plastic have earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas, Huffington Post’s Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Environmental Sustainability in 2017, the P4G 2018 Circular Economy Award sponsored by the Danish Government, the SEAL Awards in 2018, and highest honors from the Effy, Shorty, and ADDY Awards. Ives’ expertise in sustainability and environmental business issues across industries, coupled with a Ph.D. in Psychology, allow for her innovative yet practical approach to resolving challenges for our environment. Notably, Ives designed and oversaw Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Philanthropy, co-founded The Green Sports Alliance and was chosen as one of four “Environmental Champions of 2017” by InsideHook. Ives’ contributions include global speaking engagements at conferences such as 6IMDC, GLOBE 2018, Plastics Recycling Conference, Washington Post LIVE, Milken Institute of Philanthropy Expert Convening and Dell Technologies World. Ives also served as a Plenary Speaker at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia. She’s been featured in Fast Company, NPR, CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, Grist, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and Washington Post, to name a few.

Jürgen Maier
Siemens UK

Jürgen Maier

CEO

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Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive on 1 July 2014. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008 and has held senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany. This included Managing Director of Industrial activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton.

Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme. He was made an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2017. Juergen has also received honorary doctorates for his services to UK Science and Engineering from the Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Salford Manchester.

Mr Maier is a passionate advocate of rebalancing the UK economy and has supported many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing, improved infrastructure and engineering skills. In 2017 he was asked by the Government to lead a review into how to increase the digitalization of the UK manufacturing sector. The subsequent report led to the creation of the joint industry/government ‘Made Smarter’ Commission, which Juergen co-chairs with the Business Secretary, Rt. Hon Greg Clark MP. He also argues for the modern re-industrialisation of the North of England and is Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team, and a board member of both the Greater Manchester LEP and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Born 1964 in Germany with Austrian nationality, Juergen moved to the UK in 1974.

Paul Simpson
CDP

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer

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Simone Ellis Oluoch-Olunya
UN Women

Simone Ellis Oluoch-Olunya

Policy Adviser

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Simone ellisOluoch-Olunya is a strategic thinker with over twenty-four years of experience in international development and leadership. She is currently the Women’s Political Participation and Leadership Policy Adviser for the UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States. Previously, she was the Deputy Regional Director for UN Women in East and Southern Africa in both Nairobi and Deputy Regional Director for UN Women South Africa multi country office. Her career has exposed her to both development and conflict contexts in Africa including Darfur in Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and South Africa.

She is devoted to the realization of the Agenda 2030 particularly as a champion for women’s and girls’ empowerment. In her current role she focuses on advancing women’s role in leadership positions and the full engagement of women in decision-making processes.

Simone is a recipient of several awards, honours and certificates from various institutions including being recognized by the Leadership Forum in Mauritius and being nominated for her outstanding leadership. She was also an Advisory Board Member to SIDA/UNDP’s Global Environment and Governance Programme.

Prior to joining UN Women, Simone worked for UNAIDS, CARE Norway, DfID, CIDA (which is now GAC), Cambridge University and the UK’s Local Government. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Development Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from the UK.

Ryan O’Keeffe
BlackRock

Ryan O’Keeffe

Managing Director

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Magnus Billing
Alecta

Magnus Billing

CEO

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Helen Mets
DSM Resins & Functional Materials

Helen Mets

President

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Helen Mets is truly a leader for today’s globalized business landscape. Her international experience has seen her actively involved in many of the major global business themes and issues of our time – including sustainability, innovation, and diversity.

A lifelong innovator, Helen has built an exceptional track record of accomplishment in growing start-ups, engineering business turnaround, and developing opportunities in emerging markets. Now, as President of DSM Resins & Functional Materials, she is playing a key role in the growth of this innovative DSM business, and its drive toward creating sustainable, futureproof solutions that serve both customers and our wider communities.

As a member of the DSM leadership team, she remains committed to promoting “diversity of thought, diversity of cultures and diversity in teams.” For Helen, “it's connecting these ‘differences’ that enables the highest performance.”

Wayne Hubbard
London Waste And Recycling Board

Wayne Hubbard

CEO

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Wayne oversees the day to day running of the London Waste And Recycling Board and works with business, government and communities across London to accelerate, promote and develop a circular economy to ensure the city thrives. He has substantial local government, waste industry and circular economy policy development experience with over 20 years’ experience in the waste and resource management industry. Prior to LWARB, Wayne worked as Head of Waste Policy at the Greater London Authority and has also held roles at the London Borough of Haringey and East Sussex County Council.

Al Naqvi
American AI Association

Al Naqvi

President

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Alexandra Brand
Syngenta

Alexandra Brand

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Alexandra Brand was appointed Syngenta’s Chief Sustainability Officer in January 2018. Prior to this appointment, Alexandra was Regional Director of Syngenta’s crop protection and seed operations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East – a region with sales of 3.8 billion dollars and approximately 3,000 employees. Alexandra joined Syngenta in late 2015. Before joining Syngenta, Alexandra held various positions in the BASF Group, including senior vice president of its global Animal Nutrition business unit, vice president of the Global Marketing Pharma Ingredients unit as well as chief of staff for BASF’s chief executive officer. Alexandra gained international experience through her role as director of BASF’s Sub Regional Operating Manager Intermediates in South Asia, with its headquarters in Mumbai, India. She began her professional career in global research at BASF. Alexandra studied chemistry at the Technische Universität in Darmstadt, Germany, from 1990 to 1998 and completed her studies with a doctorate.

Sami Naffakh
Arla Food

Sami Naffakh

EVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer

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A COO with 25 years of comprehensive international leadership experience within Supply Chain in the FMCG sector, Sami Naffakh aims to secure competitive operations to meet the increasing global demand for safe, affordable and sustainable dairy at a time where the world’s population is growing faster than ever before.

Heading 70 dairies, packaging sites and distribution centres across five continents and a multi- national supply chain organisation of 13,000 colleagues, Sami is overall responsible for pro- cessing Arla’s 14 billion kilos of milk annually into high quality dairy products to consumers all over the world.

He shares his insights on Arla’s efforts to create a cutting edge dairy supply chain that is agile, efficient and sustainable. Since January 2018, he has been Executive Vice President for Supply Chain and Member of the Executive Management Group at the farmer-owned dairy cooperative Arla Foods, a global business with sales in more than 120 markets and the world’s largest pro- ducer of organic dairy products.

Sami has initiated a significant transformation of Supply Chain that will happen gradually across the 70 Arla sites. The goal is to increase performance, competitiveness and agility to quickly adapt to evolving consumer trends and customer requirements.

The transformation includes more digitalisation and automation as well as optimised processes and investments. Due to the speed of development in technologies as well as the volatility in commodity prices and milk volumes, Sami underlines the growing need for reliable analyses, strong foresight and bold leadership to make the right investment decisions.

Sami has a demonstrated history in the FMCG supply chain. He has held leadership roles within global businesses such as Unilever, RB, Danone and Estee Lauder as has been based in locations across the world. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Hautes Etudes d'Ingénieur in Lille.

Helen Seibel
AstraZeneca

Helen Seibel

Associate Director, Global Community Investment

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Niamh Whooley
PIMCO

Niamh Whooley

Senior Vice President, ESG Strategies

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Ruptesh Pattanayak
Microsoft

Ruptesh Pattanayak

Director Industry Solutions

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Yolanda Malone
PepsiCo

Yolanda Malone

Vice President of Global Foods Packaging

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Yolanda A. Malone is Vice President of Global Foods Packaging for PepsiCo. In her current role, Yolanda has responsibility for setting the packaging strategy for PepsiCo’s global food brands. She leads a team responsible for implementing packaging solutions globally for PepsiCo’s Snacks and Food divisions

Yolanda has more than 29 years of packaging experience within the CPG industry. Since joining PepsiCo in 2010, she has had the responsibility for launching innovation across PepsiCo’s carbonated beverage business, our joint-venture partnerships with Starbucks and Lipton and Food service equipment platforms.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Yolanda worked for various CPG companies: ConAgra Foods, Nabisco Foods, and Johnson and Johnson company (J&J) on OTC and prescription pharmacutical products.

Yolanda is a Graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. in Packaging Engineering. She has several patents and multiple industry awards for Packaging Innovation.

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Jeanette Fangel Løgstrup
Danske Bank

Jeanette Fangel Løgstrup

Head of Group Societal Impact & Sustainability

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Jeanette Fangel Løgstrup is Head of Group Societal Impact & Sustainability at Danske Bank since 2018. In this role, she is leading the banks strategic focus on sustainability across the Group including setting strategic direction and overseeing execution of all activities within this area.

Jeanette joined Danske Bank in 2014 as Head of Group Marketing & Communications – and based on her work, she was awarded “CMO of the Year 2017” in Denmark.

Before joining Danske Bank, Jeanette has held several senior leadership positions in international companies and with responsibilities within sustainability, marketing, branding, customer experience and communications as well as leading strategic transformations and culture programmes. She was winner of the Danish CSR Awards, “Strategy Prize”, in 2013.

Jeanette is also a certified board member with experience from organisations like JP Politikens Hus (media), Danica Pension, Mobile Pay and Children’s Accidents Foundation. She has always been passionate about diversity and has written a book about women, careers and leadership.

She holds a MSc in Marketing and Strategy from Copenhagen Business School and has over the years joined Executive Programmes at Harvard, Wharton and INSEAD.

Geert Paemen
Telefonica

Geert Paemen

Director for Sustainability and Non-Financial KPI’s

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Annette Stube
Maersk

Annette Stube

Head of Sustainability

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Annette Stube is Head of Sustainability in A.P. Moller - Maersk. Maersk is a global conglomerate with businesses within global transport and energy, employing 85,000 people in 130 countries.

In 2008, Annette established a new sustainability unit at the Maersk headquarters in Copenhagen. A main pursuit has been to integrate sustainability into daily business and strategic decision making. In later years, key deliveries have also been Shared Value programs in emerging markets, aiming at eliminating trade barriers to allow SMEs to enter international supply chains, as well as on-the-ground development of the ship recycling sector in Alang, India.

Raphaele Deau
WWF

Raphaele Deau

LFL Market Lead

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Leon Wijnands
ING

Leon Wijnands

Global Head of Sustainability 

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Marte Borhaug
Aviva

Marte Borhaug

Head of ESG Strategic Projects

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Main responsibilities

Marte is responsible for driving forward Aviva Investor’s responsible investment strategy process and supporting commercial development in the area of responsible investment. She leads a number of projects focused on improving client communication and using digital technology to bring people closer to where their money is going. With a background in public policy and regulatory development, she also supports Aviva Investors’ public policy work at a UK, EU and Global level.

Experience and qualifications

Marte previously led the global communication strategy for Aviva’s digital business, including its strategic venture capital fund and as Head of EU public policy she led the company’s public policy work in Brussels on sustainable finance, financial reform and Brexit. She joined Aviva from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) where she was Head of Financial Services and Corporate Governance. During her time in Brussels she also worked at the EU public affairs consultancy The Brussels Office and the Mission of Norway to the EU. Marte holds an MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

David Page
Tesco Plc

David Page

UK & ROI Communications Director

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Michael Beutler
Kering

Michael Beutler

Director of Sustainability Operations

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Michael Beutler joined Kering as the Director of Sustainability Operations in September 2011. Prior to Kering, Michael served 6 years at SAP in Senior Management positions including his last role as Global Director of Sustainability and Strategy for 3 years, and has worked at international corporations DHL, PWC and Ford over the last 20 years in Finance and Operations.

During his tenure at Kering, Michael has been integral to developing an operationalizing Kering’s comprehensive sustainability strategy. He oversees and manages a team to implement cross-cutting innovative approaches to help manage and reduce the environmental impacts from Kering’s Luxury brands. This includes being responsible for implementing the brand’s individual Environmental Profit & Loss Accounts (E P&L) which was consolidated as a Group E P&L, and as a core part of the E P&L methodology development which was open-sourced in May of 2015. In addition, Kering was the first in its sector to implement a Science based target and is looking to expand beyond climate change to set SBTs across other impact areas keeping the principles of planetary boundaries in mind. His team has been instrumental in embedding sustainability across all of the Group's brands and making it a key part of their business activities, as well as for being recognized by external rating agencies and publications for Kering’s sustainability program excellence.

Leigh Smyth
Lloyds Banking Group

Leigh Smyth

Responsible Transformation Lead

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Leigh has a passion for tech and data for good and has pioneered a new function for the UKs largest Bank, Lloyds Banking Group (LBG), Responsible Transformation. Leigh currently leads the LBG Transformation approach to all inclusion and diversity as well as running multiple programmes using tech and data for good for the banks Customers, Communities, Colleagues and Cross sector Partnerships.

Leigh joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2012 as Head of Digital Inclusion, establishing and leading the digital inclusion agenda on behalf of the Group. In this role she built Europes largest digital advocacy network of over 24,000 Digital Champions and also leads the development of the UK’s only behavioural analysis into the digital capability of SMEs, Charities and 1 million Consumers– the Lloyds Bank Digital Index’s. These annual reports are now used by both central and local Government as the UK benchmark for digital capability. 

Leigh’s passion for digital for good started during her career in retail, where as innovation l as for pc world Leigh launched the first UK computing for children range with Dixon Stores Group. Following this Leigh then moved to the public sector, helping to lead and design the UK Government Home Access Scheme which Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced in 2010 and saw half a million low income families access the power of digital at home. Leigh then joined the UK Digital Champion Baroness Lane Fox in her challenge to remove the digital divide and was appointed as Managing Director for ‘Race Online 2012’. This involved running the organisation including the partnership campaign and the production of the Manifesto for a networked nation, launched with the Prime Minister David Cameron with over 1000 organisations signing the pledge.  Leigh is also an entrepreneur, successfully starting a company in her local town of Northampton and mentoring local talent to run their own local business.

Leigh has won several awards for her work and recently been recognised with an award for Outstanding Achievement by Women in Banking & Finance of which she is now an executive board member. Leigh is also a UK Top Ten Digital Leader and a considered thought leader for UK tech inclusion. 

Dr. Emily Shuckburgh
British Antarctic Survey

Dr. Emily Shuckburgh

Head of Open Oceans

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Dr. Emily Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and co-leads the Polar Oceans division at British Antarctic Survey, which is focused on understanding the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system.

Ben Constable Maxwell
M&G Prudential

Ben Constable Maxwell

Head of Sustainable, and Impact Investing

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Phil Bloomer
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Phil Bloomer

Executive Director

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Phil Bloomer is the Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a digital action platform in eight languages that empowers human rights advocates in business, government, and civil society; tracks the human rights performance of over 7,000 companies around the world; and seeks corporate accountability for around 400 allegations of abuse each year. Programmes are refocused on the promotion of labour rights – from preventing modern slavery and trafficking, to advocating for a living wage; responsible use of natural resources, with emphasis on energy and a just transition to zero carbon economies; and the protection of civic freedoms and human rights defenders.

Phil is a director of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) that works with investors, and ranks the largest companies in high risk sectors regarding their human rights policy, practice and performance. The CHRB will integrate with the World Benchmarking Alliance in the next two years. Phil also helps lead the Business Network for the Protection of Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders.

Phil was previously the Director of Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam, where he led global campaigns on climate justice, trade and investment for development, access to medicines, universal primary education, and major humanitarian crises. Previously, Phil worked for 11 years in Central America and Colombia working on human rights, especially indigenous rights, and broader economic justice.

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Rodolfo Nervi
Bacardi

Rodolfo Nervi

VP Global Safety, Quality & Sustainability

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Rodolfo Nervi is responsible for the Safety, Quality and Sustainability (SQS) programs at Bacardi, the world’s largest privately-owned spirits company.

Since joining the company in 2013, Rodolfo has introduced to Bacardi: ‘Safety First’, a roadmap to achieve safety excellence at Bacardi; ‘Quality Excellence’, a framework to deliver total customer satisfaction, zero defects and the highest level of quality for consumers; and ‘Good Spirited’, an ambitious initiative focused on responsible sourcing, global packaging and operational efficiencies to ultimately achieve a zero-net impact on the environment.

Rodolfo has designed and implemented the global strategy which ensures the safety of all 7,000 Bacardi employees, security of the company’s sites around the world and product security. He has brought even greater focus to continuous quality improvements and has step-changed the company’s approach to sustainability.

Since 2006, Bacardi has cut its water consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 50% and is now set to build on these achievements with a further 25% cut in its water use and 50% cut in GHG emissions in the 10 years to 2025. Other goals set for 2025 include: 100% of key raw materials sourced from sustainably-certified suppliers; 100% recyclable packaging; and zero waste-to-landfill at all of the company’s manufacturing sites.

Rodolfo began his career in quality control in the adhesive tape division of Beiersdorf in 1996. Four years later, he joined the contract manufacturing division of SC Johnson with roles in SQS, Research, Development & Engineering and ultimately overseeing the division’s strategic direction and management for Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Rodolfo has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Milan and is fluent in Italian, English, French, German and Dutch. He has worked in Italy, the US, the Netherlands and is currently based at the Bacardi office in Geneva.

Joost van Dun
ING

Joost van Dun

Circular Economy Lead

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B2B Marketing and Innovation in the financial industry are the two main pillars of my professional career. I have gained my experience at Pon and ING where I’ve held several (product) marketing and Innovation positions in mainly the SME and Mid- Corporate market, with a focus on lending and leasing.

Developing business opportunities, new business models and useful propositions energize me. While using the opportunities which new technology offers, I like to develop new initiatives in co-creation with our clients and partners in order to develop business, products and services that help our clients reaching their goals. Especially initiatives which drive the transition towards the Circular Economy have my specific interest.

As Circular Economy Lead at ING Sustainable Finance I support our clients in their transition journey towards the Circular Economy and within ING I enable collaboration across business lines and business units, structuring efforts and creating focus on the Circular Economy.

Daniel Locke
Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Daniel Locke

Global Sustainability Product & Packaging Leader,

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With single-use plastics, recycled fibers and post-consumer waste on the collective radars of customers, governments and NGOs, Daniel Locke is leading Kimberly-Clark’s strategy around some of the consumer goods industry’s most pressing environmental concerns.

In his role as global sustainability product and packaging leader, Locke architects programs to address the company’s ability to make products more environmentally friendly. His task is to enable a circular economy approach to Kimberly-Clark’s packaging across the company’s five business units and global supply chain functions.

Locke is a passionate proponent of Kimberly-Clark’s Zero Waste Mindset, believing that manufacturers must go beyond their traditional waste footprint to include product and packaging materials after use and to identify secondary, beneficial uses for our materials to divert them to a higher value.

Locke’s prior experiences include strategy development at Kimberly-Clark, engineering at Fluor Corporation, and in material research and design as a Packaging Engineer at Kimberly-Clark Professional, Smith & Nephew, and Coveris (formerly Exopack). He is a proud Clemson graduate and serves on the Board of Directors for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in Atlanta, a not-for-profit working to ensure clean water for now and future generations.

Harry Verhaar
Signify

Harry Verhaar

Head of Global Public & Government Affairs

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Simon Howard
UKSIF

Simon Howard

Chief Executive

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Simon Howard joined UKSIF as Chief Executive in May 2013. Simon is a former Chief Investment Officer who has over twenty years of investment management experience. During a City career that started in 1990, he has been Group Chief Investment Officer at Liverpool Victoria, Head of Investments at Friends Provident and Managing Director at 3i Asset Management. Prior to joining UKSIF, Simon was Head of Sustainable Financial Markets at the charity Forum for the Future.

Louise Koch
Dell

Louise Koch

Corporate Sustainability Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa

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Lorraine Francourt
The Dow Chemical Company

Lorraine Francourt

Director Chemicals Management and Circular Economy

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Lorraine Francourt, Director Chemicals Management and Circular Economy, is a member of the Dow’s global Corporate Sustainability Leadership team. She leads Dow’s corporate 2025 Sustainability Goal “Advancing a Circular Economy”. 

Taking a global strategic view of chemicals management policy and circular economy, Lorraine facilitates Dow’s business collaborations and partnerships that seek to optimize the use of resources, reduce waste and advance circular solutions.

With extensive international experience in Sustainability, Supply Chain, Customer Service and Technical Service, Lorraine has held assignments in Germany, the USA and Saudi Arabia. She is currently based in Dow Europe’s Headquarters in Switzerland.

opean Chemical Industry Program Council on Product Stewardship (CEFIC). She is in on the Board of the European Center for Eco-toxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) and is Dow’s corporate liaison with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for Circular Economy.

Lorraine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Polymer Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Management.

Richard Hardyment
World Benchmarks Alliance.

Richard Hardyment

Research Director

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As the Research Director of the WBA, Richard is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the development of the WBA’s benchmarks. He believes that high-quality, targeted benchmarks can drive innovation, shed light on best practice and accelerate progress on the SDGs. Prior to joining the WBA, he was the Director of Corporate Citizenship, advising companies on responsible and sustainable business strategies and leading the global research and thought leadership programme. Richard is a published author of ‘The Wellbeing Purpose: How Companies can make life better’, and has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Imperial College, London.

Yo Takatsuki
AXA Investment Managers

Yo Takatsuki

Head of ESG Research and Active Ownership

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Yo joined AXA Investment Managers in November 2018 as Head of ESG Research and Active Ownership. He oversees the delivery of in-depth global sustainability thematic research. Yo also is responsible for the engagement programme with investee companies. He is an expert on ESG issues in the pharmaceutical sector and governance at Japanese corporations. He is a member of the Access to Medicine Foundation’s Expert Review Committee.

Prior to this, he spent seven years working as Director, Governance and Sustainable Investment at BMO Global Asset Management where he led the ESG engagement overlay service and established the listed impact investment practice. He also has previous experiences as a business journalist for the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg News and Asahi Shimbun.

Yo holds a MBA (distinction) from Cass Business School and a MA / BA (hons) undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge

Freddie Woolfe
Merian Global Investors

Freddie Woolfe

Head of Responsible Investment and Stewardship

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Carol Urton
Experian, North America

Carol Urton

Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability

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Carol Urton is the Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Experian’s North America Region that includes the U.S., Canada, Chile and Costa Rica. She is responsible for Experian’s gift-in-kind projects, grants, employee donation and matching programs, charitable activities, and also supports Experian’s national consumer education programs.

Carol also works on a global team that supports Experian’s vision of creating a better tomorrow through Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Experian has over 17,000 employees in 36 countries around the world.

Carol speaks regularly both professionally and personally. She is a published author and accomplished speaker whose goal is to inspire people to achieve their full potential despite hardships in life. 

Carol holds a B.A. in Sociology from the California State University, Bakersfield and resides in Austin, TX.

Edward Mason
Church Commissioners for England

Edward Mason

Head of Responsible Investment

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Edward is Head of Responsible Investment at the Church Commissioners for England whose £8.3bn endowment supports the ministry of the Church of England. Edward is responsible for the implementation of the Commissioners’ ethical and responsible investment commitments. He took up his position in 2014 having previously served for five years as Secretary of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group which advises the Commissioners and the other national investing bodies of the Church on ethical investment. Edward sits on the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance (UKSIF) Policy Committee, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) Policy Group, the advisory committee for the UN Principles for Responsible Investment hedge funds work stream and the Oxford University Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee. Prior to working at the Church of England, Edward served for 15 years as a British diplomat, leaving in 2005 to help establish the diplomatic advisory group Independent Diplomat. He holds a degree in History from Oxford University.

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Adam Lowenstein
EY Beacon Institute

Adam Lowenstein

Trends & Emerging Issues Analyst

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Adam Lowenstein is a purpose advisor specializing in content development and thought leadership for the EY Beacon Institute. He currently leads a year-long research project with Oxford University Saïd Business School focused on understanding how companies embed purpose into long-term strategy and decision-making. Prior to joining EY, he worked in politics in the United States, primarily in Washington, D.C., most recently serving as speechwriter and strategic communications advisor in the U.S. Senate.

Martin Lok
Natural Capital Coalition

Martin Lok

Deputy Director

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Martin Lok is the Deputy Director of the Natural Capital Coalition. With more than 25 years of experience as policy maker for the Netherland’s government, Martin has worked in several policy domains, including environmental policy, international nature policy and green growth policy. He is co-author of several national policy documents and has lead public-private collaborative actions on natural capital in the Netherlands from 2014. In 2018 Martin initiated and lead the global Government Dialogue on Natural Capital. Martin has a master’s degree in forestry and a master’s degree in history of arts.

Micael Johnstone
EY Beacon Institute

Micael Johnstone

Global Markets and Purpose Strategy

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Micael Johnstone is an innovation and purpose strategy leader at the EY Beacon Institute, EY’s purpose strategy hub. Based in London, Micael advises leading businesses on purpose strategy and implementation. Micael was previously the sustainability and climate change leader at a global professional services firm and has worked in management and leadership positions focused on corporate purpose and strategic management across a spectrum of global organisations. He has served as a board member of a number of industry sustainability initiatives.

Sasja Beslik
Nordea

Sasja Beslik

Head of Group Sustainable Finance

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Filippo Veglio
WBCSD

Filippo Veglio

Managing Director

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Filippo Veglio is Managing Director, People & Senior Management Team. Engaging senior representatives of member companies across various industry sectors, business organizations, multilateral institutions, NGOs and academia, Filippo oversees the World Business Council’s work in the following domains: Social Impact; Sustainable Lifestyles; Global Network; Policy; Sustainable Development Goals; and the measurement of WBCSD’s performance.

Filippo joined WBCSD in 2005. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. A Swiss national and fluent in six languages, Filippo was formerly a professional tennis player and has been a member of the Swiss Davis Cup team.

Nadine Robinson
CDSB

Nadine Robinson

Technical Director

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Beccy Speight
Woodland Trust

Beccy Speight

CEO

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In 2014, Beccy joined the Woodland Trust as its Chief Executive Officer after working for the National Trust for 14 years, initially as the General Manager of the Stourhead Estate, then as the Director for their East Midlands and then Midlands regions from 2005.

From 2009, Beccy was responsible for leading and championing the National Trust’s work on its sustainable food agenda and she chaired the Food for Life Catering Mark Standards Committee for the Soil Association.  She also contributed to national steering groups on contemporary art in the National Trust, its work in the outdoors and engaging urban communities.

Prior to joining the National Trust, Beccy worked in local government in Scotland and was a company director at management consultants Smythe Dorward Lambert.

Tara Janssen
RaboResearch

Tara Janssen

Sustainability Economist

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Tara Janssen works as a sustainability economist for RaboResearch. She focuses on the intersection of economics and sustainability, mainly in The Netherlands. Food waste, circular economics, energy transition and the Dutch government policy on sustainability are the main topics she analyses.

Jon Wright
HSBC

Jon Wright

Sustainable Finance Reporting Manager

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Jon is the Sustainable Finance Reporting Manager in the Sustainable Finance team at HSBC Holdings plc, covering the Group’s products and services, for example; energy efficient loans, green loans, socially responsible investment funds and green debt issuances

In this role Jon is responsible for the reporting of HSBC’s $100bn Sustainable Financing & Investment by 2025 commitment, annual progress reports on HSBC’s Green and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) fixed income issuances, reporting on green lending and other internal sustainable finance KPIs. HSBC was the first corporate to issue a UN SDG bond.

Jon has 15 years of HSBC experience and has worked in multiple finance and business roles in the UK, these include country, regional and global level roles as both a relationship manager and a management accountant.

Jon has a Batchelors of Arts honours in Business Studies and a Bachelors of Science in Financial Markets and Associateship.

Brendan Edgerton
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Brendan Edgerton

Director, Circular Economy

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Natalia Agathou
London Waste And Recycling Board

Natalia Agathou

Business Advice Manager

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Natalia set-up and manages the London Waste And Recycling Board’s Advance London business support programme. Her team works with 120 London based SMEs to promote circularity and new business models. Prior to LWARB, she worked for 8 years as an Environmental Advisor, specialising in sustainable businesses and green finance in emerging economies. She has worked with a wide range of multisectoral international clients, including Philips, IFCO Systems S.A., Textile Enterprises, IBM, the World Bank, the EU, the UNDP, Water.org and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Charlene Cranny
UKSIF

Charlene Cranny

Communications and Campaigns Director

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Charlene joined UKSIF in September 2013 and became Communications and Campaigns Director in 2017. Charlene helps identify opportunities for increasing uptake of ‘good’ finance and investment and collaborates with UKSIF members and industry stakeholders to educate and influence audiences in innovative and relevant ways. With a special interest in the UK retail sector, climate change, women’s’ issues and changing the way the finance industry communicates Charlene directs the annual consumer campaign, Good Money Week, and most recently launched the ‘Who fund the world?’ movement to attract more women to investment. Charlene is now a regular spokesperson for written and broadcast media, is often requested to judge industry awards and to speak at events. Before UKSIF, Charlene worked on cause and policy-led campaigns and marketing for charities, thinktanks and campaign groups such as Centre for London, IPPR and 38 Degrees. Charlene has a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of York.

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David Greenfield
Circular Economy Club

David Greenfield

CEC European External Affairs

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David is responsible for External Affairs in Europe for the “Circular Economy Club (CEC)”, he is also a Mentor and the organiser of CEC London, he is non-executive Chair of the CIWM Enterprises Board, Trustee and Director of Freegle, Chair of the ICE Resource Management Panel, Government Adviser to DEFRA and MHCLG and advisor and past chair to the National Waste Network Chairs (WNC).

David founded SOENECS, a research and innovation practice in 2014 following 15 years in leadership roles in local and regional government. SOENECS provide strategic research, advice, training, solutions, chairing and facilitation on the topics of circular economy, environmental auditing, waste & resource management. His innovative projects include co-founding www.potholespotter.co.uk and www.techtakeback.co.uk.

Sophie Haas
HSBC Private Banking

Sophie Haas

Head of Sustainable Investment Offering

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Sophie is the Head of Sustainable Investment Offering at HSBC Private Banking. Her responsibilities span across all asset classes for advisory and discretionary purposes, and involve developing a full products and services offering in the sustainability space for Private Banking clients, in alignment with the UN Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Sophie joined HSBC in 2011 and has held positions in New York, Hong Kong as well as London. Sophie holds a Masters from the London School of Economics in International Political Economy, a Masters from Sciences Po Lille in Politics, Economics & Finance, and a Bachelor in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the University of Kent. Sophie is a CFA Charterholder.

John O’Brien MBE
ONE HUNDRED

John O’Brien MBE

Managing Partner, EMEA

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John O’Brien MBE, co-leads Omnicom’s ethical purpose consortium, ONE HUNDRED and is a respected advisor to Business, philanthropists, charities and government bodies.

After ten years as an army officer, John has spent the last twenty five in the interface of business and society. His roles including CEO, Chairman and MD of a wide range of business and charity initiatives covering twenty countries. For ten years he was MD of the Prince of Wales’s personal programmes at the responsible business charity BITC.  He has advised over half of the FTSE 100 in the UK and overseas and upon relinquishing The Prince of Wales’s programmes in 2010, created his own agency with The Prince of Wales as his first private client. In 2017 he sold his agency and moved to Omnicom to co-lead the global roll out of the ONE HUNDRED proposition across the EMEA region, whilst also collaborating and advising the USA ONE HUNDRED consortium and their clients.

John has received various recognition for his work, including being appointed a member of the most Excellent Order of The British Empire in recognition of his contribution to various initiatives.

He is a best selling writer in this space with his book ’The Power of Purpose’ being a UK shortlisted Business Book of the year 2018, placing it no10 in its category on Amazon, was no3 at WH Smith and listed on Forbes as one of 15 must read books for business leaders. It encapsulates his experience and that of others he has worked, providing practical advice for leaders.

John splits his time between his family home in Shropshire, his main office in London,

working as part of the New York based team and with clients across EMEA.

Charlotte Williams
Unicef

Charlotte Williams

Head of Children’s Rights and Business

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Charlotte Williams is the Head of the Children’s Rights and Business Unit at UNICEF UK. Her role involves leading a team to support and advise companies on how best to integrate children’s rights considerations into policies, business practices and global supply chains. The Child Rights and Business division sits across the Partnerships directorate which seeks to build collaborative programmes to improve the lives of children around the world, and the Advocacy directorate, which seeks to influence UK Government policy on all issues relating to children’s rights and business.

Prior to joining UNICEF UK, Charlotte worked for six years in grocery retail, with a focus on environmental and social food supply chain impacts.

James Gomme
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

James Gomme

Director, Sustainable Development Goals

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James Gomme is Director of Sustainable Development Goals at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a business membership organization comprised of some 200 multinational corporations that come together to coordinate and scale up solutions to create a sustainable future.

James heads up the organization’s work on engaging members around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda, supporting companies’ efforts to integrate the SDGs into their strategic considerations, and working with individual industry sectors to develop detailed roadmaps exploring how they can maximize contributions to the SDGs on the road to 2030. 

James joined WBCSD in March 2016 from long-standing WBCSD member company Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s largest trading and investment company.  During more than 10 years at Mitsubishi Corporation James led teams across a variety of corporate sustainability, public affairs and investor relations roles in both Europe and Japan. He has an undergraduate degree from Durham University, an MBA from Madrid’s IE Business School, and a Certificate in Investor Relations.

Carmel McQuaid
M&S

Carmel McQuaid

Head of Sustainable Business

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Christine Diamente
Nokia

Christine Diamente

Head of Brand

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David Grayson
Cranfield School of Management

David Grayson

Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility

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Naïm Abou-Jaoudé
Candriam

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé

CEO

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Naïm Abou-Jaoudé is the Chief Executive Officer of Candriam, a $140bn multi-specialist asset manager and a recognized leader in Sustainable Investing. He is also the Chairman of New York Life Investments International, in charge of the global development for New York Life Investments, a $560bn asset manager.

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé has spent his entire career in the asset management industry, starting at Transoptions Finance (a Crédit Agricole company) in 1990. Between 1996 and 1999, he led the investment management of the Equity and Derivatives department at Alfi Gestion and UBS Asset Management.

From 2000 to 2006, he was the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of alternative investments at Dexia Asset Management, Candriam’s predecessor. He was then named Chief Executive Officer of the company in 2007, and member of its parent company’s Executive Committee (Dexia SA).

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé steered the acquisition of the company by New York Life Investments in 2014, and the creation of “CANDRIAM”, which stands for “Conviction AND Responsibility In Asset Management”.

In addition to his role as CEO of Candriam, he was appointed Chairman of New York Life Investments International in September 2015, leading the activities and development of New York Life Investments' business outside the USA.

Candriam has been a pioneer in responsible investment since 1996. Under the leadership of Naïm Abou-Jaoudé, Candriam further developed its social responsibility engagement, as an investor and as a company, constantly pushing the boundaries for the industry. His vision on the future of financial services, and in particular of asset management, is that it should be one of social responsibility and engagement. He strongly believes that economic agents have a major responsibility toward future generations to help build a sustainable tomorrow.

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (IEP-Sciences Po) and holds a master's degree in Economics and Finance from Université Paris II – Panthéon Assas.

Richard Howitt
International Integrated Reporting Council

Richard Howitt

CEO

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Catherine Thompson
Fairtrade

Catherine Thompson

Head of Innovation

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Maria Pontes
EarthWatch Institute

Maria Pontes

Corporate Programmes Lead

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Francisco Carranza Sierra
Renault- Nissan- Mitsubishi Alliance

Francisco Carranza Sierra

Managing Director Nissan Energy

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Richard Ellis
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Richard Ellis

Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility

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Daryl Brewster
Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP)

Daryl Brewster

CEO

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Daryl is the CEO of Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), where he spearheads a coalition of over 200 CEOs of the world’s leading companies with the belief that business can and should be a force for good in society. He brings over 30 years of executive experience in the US and abroad to the role, including as a public company CEO, officer for several Fortune 500 companies, and a director of a number of public and private companies. Prior to joining CECP, Daryl served as the turnaround CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., and the President of Kraft/Nabisco. He also has an extensive background in non-profits, having served on the boards of MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Assistance), which is focused on reducing childhood hunger around the world; and the RWJF-supported Partnership for Healthy Kids, which is working to decrease childhood obesity. Daryl currently serves on the boards of Freshpet, Inc., as well as several privately-held growth companies and non-profit organizations.

Euan Murray
The Sustainability Consortium

Euan Murray

CEO

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Euan Murray became Chief Executive of TSC in December 2016 with a focus on driving implementation of TSC tools by retailers and large purchasers, and working with TSC members on innovative solutions to supply chain sustainability problems. Murray joined TSC in 2012 and has held a number of leadership positions, most recently COO. Prior to joining TSC, Murray was Director of Footprinting at The Carbon Trust. There, he led projects with PepsiCo, Unilever, M&S, CDP and many other TSC members, focusing on product and supply chain carbon footprinting. He has held a number of other roles in sustainability, financial services and strategy consulting. Murray has a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSc. in Materials Science & Metallurgy from Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is married to Emily and has two sons, Oscar & Zac.

Christopher Grayer
NEXT PLC

Christopher Grayer

Head of Supplier Ethical Compliance

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Christopher Grayer started his career in fashion over the last 40years commenced in UK manufacturing and progressed to sourcing and managing offshore factories. Joining fashion retail operations 20 years ago I have been responsible for developing the supply chain corporate responsibly at Burberry, Talbots (USA) and at NEXT. Recent leadership responsibilities for NEXT include: Supporting the Bangladesh Accord, a founding member of ACT, development of the CR approach in global locations. Christopher is passionate about preventing labour exploitation and slavery globally. There are specific concerns due to established recent issues in UK locations that prevent ethical Brands from considering sourcing from selected UK markets due to ongoing issues and he has consistently lobbied for improved legislation and co-ordinated enforcement.

Jenny Costa (nee Dawson)
Rubies in the Rubble

Jenny Costa (nee Dawson)

Founder

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She started making her first batches of relishes from surplus in 2011 and since then has been working with farmers and producers across the country to put surplus fruit and vegetables to good use. Having been the first movers in building a food brand in the ‘anti food waste’ space, their range of ketchups, mayo and relishes have won numerous awards and are stocked across the country in stores including Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsburys, EAT, Marriott and Virgin Trains. Jenny graduated with an MA in Mathematics and Economics in 2008 before working in the city for 2 years. However, having always had a heart for sustainability and good food, she left in 2011 to launch the food brand ‘Rubies in the Rubble’. Rubies is now launching into ketchups and mayos, with the aim of having an even bigger impact with more mainstream, everyday products.

Emily Harrison
Asda Foundation

Emily Harrison

Head of Asda Foundation

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Emily Harrison is Head of the Asda Foundation, a corporate charity, funded by profits from Asda. With almost 10 years’ experience in charities and grant making, Emily heads up all community investment and strategic partnerships for the foundation and oversees operations across the UK in partnership with Asda stores to support and enact our vision of ‘Transforming Communities, Improving Lives’. Passionate about real change through, investment, education and opportunity, Emily has previously managed The Credit Union Foundation, supporting financial inclusion and engagement with credit unions through the delivery of large projects in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group and Citi Group, including a £5m development fund and a ground breaking leadership programme for young people in the credit union sector.

Alan Knight
ArcelorMittal

Alan Knight

General Manager- Corporate Responsibility

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Dr. Alan Knight is the Corporate Responsibility Manager of ArcelorMittal, and has over 25 years’ experience advising organisations on global sustainable development issues. Before joining Arcelor Mittal in 2014, Alan served as Sustainability Director at Business in the Community, where he oversaw its corporate sustainability programmes. He has chaired the UK Task Force on Sustainable Growing Media which is creating a roadmap for the UK gardening and horticulture industry to only use sustainable growing materials, and is still involved with the Task Force. He is a senior associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (now the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership), and co-founder of the Global Association for Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO), based on the belief that sustainability should have more resonance with businesses than CSR. He was awarded the OBE in 1998.

Andy Brown
Anglian Water

Andy Brown

Group Head of Sustainability

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Andy Brown is Group Head of Sustainability at Anglian Water and works with the board to oversee the delivery of their sustainability strategy “Love Every Drop”; putting water at the heart of a whole new way of living. In addition to embedding sustainability throughout the business he has direct responsibility for the teams delivering six capital and UN SDGs thinking, community education, employee engagement & volunteering programmes and the Anglian Centre for Water Studies – a partnership with the University of East Anglia. In 2015 Anglian Water gained the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development and in 2017 they were named as Business in the Community’s Responsible Business of the Year.

Having worked in sustainability for the past 20 years he has led in the areas of natural environment, climate change adaptation and now sustainability. He is currently a member of BITC’s national Water Taskforce, Circular Economy Taskforce and Place Steering Group. He is also an external advisor on Tarmac’s Sustainability Panel and is a Trustee of the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Fanny Calder
WWF

Fanny Calder

Director of Campaigns and Public Affairs

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Kim Hellström
H&M Group

Kim Hellström

Strategy Lead, Climate & Water

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Mark Gainsborough
Shell

Mark Gainsborough

Executive Vice President, New Energies

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Mark Gainsborough joined Shell in 1980. He has experience in all parts of the downstream oil business, having worked in sales, marketing, supply chain, trading, strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, and business development. He was appointed to lead the newly created New Energies business for Shell in June 2016 and is now based in The Hague, Netherlands

In his previous role as Executive Vice President (EVP) Global Commercial, Mark was based in Singapore and was responsible for Shell’s Global Lubricants, Aviation Fuel, Bitumen & Sulphur businesses. This involved leading a team of 8,500 people operating in 30+ countries.

Prior to this, Mark was the EVP responsible for Shell’s Downstream strategy, mergers, acquisitions and divestments and Alternative Energy. He was the deal executive for a number of multi-billion dollar transactions including the formation of the Raizen JV in Brazil, a world leader in the production of biofuels.

Outside Shell his professional interests include the healthcare sector, serving for five years as a non-executive director of one of the UK’s National Health Service Trusts. He also served for several years as a board member of the European Petroleum Industry Association and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership in the UK. He has worked extensively on a range of environmental and sustainability issues and a few years ago completed a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy. He is a Fellow of the UK Energy Institute.

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Fiona Ball
Sky

Fiona Ball

Group Head of Inspirational Business & Sky Ocean Rescue

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Kyra Appleby
CDP

Kyra Appleby

Global Director, Cities, States and Region

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Libby Bernick
S&P Global

Libby Bernick

Managing Director and Global Head of Trucost Corporate Business

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Libby is responsible for product development, research and sales activities for ESG corporate programs globally, including ESG data, impact analysis of bonds and company Sustainability/ESG disclosure to investors. She has worked for over 25 years integrating environmental and sustainability data into business decision-making, and has been a strategic advisor to investors, development banks, and global multinational corporations on the financial implications of ESG issues. Global initiatives she has led have spanned a range of topics, in particular climate risk, water risk, sustainable development goals, and sustainable plastic use. Libby is a regular speaker at international industry events and frequent commentator in the media on corporate sustainability and ESG disclosure issues.

Michelle Thew
Cruelty Free International

Michelle Thew

Chief Executive

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Michelle Thew is Chief Executive of Cruelty Free International, the leading organisation working to end animal experiments worldwide. Michelle is one of the most respected and accomplished individuals in the animal protection movement. Cruelty Free International undertakes award-wining campaigning, challenging decision-makers to make a positive difference for animals, championing better science and working with corporate partners to promote cruelty free living.

Cruelty Free International runs the globally recognised Leaping Bunny certification programme encouraging companies worldwide to go cruelty free. Cruelty Free International is an active partner of the One Planet Network, committed to accelerating the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in both developed and developing countries.

Michelle has worked with governments, regulatory agencies, local communities, and media across the globe. Michelle led the campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals in Europe and spearheads the largest global campaign dedicated to making cosmetics cruelty free. She is currently leading efforts to achieve a worldwide end to the practice of using animals in the beauty industry and in 2018, chaired a roundtable at UN HQ in New York on this issue.

Michelle has championed the cause of animals across the world, speaking on their behalf in parliaments in the UK and Europe and in the US Congress. She works with politicians, the media, regulators and industry representatives all over the world.

Anna Lucuk
Coty Inc

Anna Lucuk

VP Corporate Responsibility

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Anna has over 20 years’ experience in Corporate Affairs for leading consumer goods businesses. She is currently leading the development of Coty’s responsible growth agenda as well as their global issues and crisis management plan and response. As part of this she has been creating new, purpose inspired and creative NGO partnerships in support of the Sustainable Development Goals and driving their associated internal and external communication campaigns. Recent example are Coty’s partnership with Cruelty Free International, Global Citizen and membership of the CE100 network of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Chris Webb
TNC

Chris Webb

Director or Climate Markets, Europe

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Dr. Klaus Kunz
Bayer

Dr. Klaus Kunz

Head of Sustainability and Business Stewardship

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Dr. Klaus Kunz joined Bayer’s central research department in 2001, where he worked for 17 years directing strategic business topics in R&D at a global level, assuming leadership roles in research, R&D project management, and regulatory and public/governmental affairs, including issues management and stakeholder engagement. He assumed his current role as head of sustainability and business stewardship in 2018. Kunz holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and a degree in economics.

Martin Wright
Positive News

Martin Wright

Chair

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Crispin Waymouth
European Commission

Crispin Waymouth

Deputy Head of Unit, Enterprise Europe Network and Internationalisation of SMEs Unit

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Crispin has been Deputy Head of Unit, Enterprise Europe Network and Internationalisation of SMEs, in the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Directorate-General in the European Commission since March 2017.

The unit works to help ambitious and innovative European entrepreneurs and small businesses to succeed internationally.  It also leads work on modernising the EU’s strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility/Responsible Business Conduct, within the Commission’s wider work on implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Before joining the unit, Crispin led Commission work on a 2016 initiative to help Europe’s start-ups and scale-ups.

After starting his career in HM Treasury, London, Crispin joined the Commission in 1999 and has carried out a number of roles including on financial market regulation, representing the Commission in its Delegation to the United States.  He holds a BA from Exeter College, Oxford and an MA from the College of Europe, Bruges-Natolin.

Dr. Bronwyn Claire
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Dr. Bronwyn Claire

Senior Programme Manager, Sustainable Finance

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Amit Puri
Standard Chartered Bank

Amit Puri

Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management

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Amit is the Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Standard Chartered Bank.  He is responsible for setting and implementing the Bank’s E&S policies and standards (“Position Statements”) which apply to clients and transactions.  He ensures E&S risks associated with the Bank’s financings are managed in line with the Bank’s risk appetite for sensitive sectors and frequently represents the Bank on external fora,  including on the Equator Principles Steering Committee. Since joining Standard Chartered in 2004 he has held roles in Corporate Finance, Group Tax and was also the Head of the Group CEO’s office.  Prior to Standard Chartered Amit trained as a Tax Advisor at KPMG and was also admitted as an attorney to the New York State Bar.

Clare Griffin
GSK

Clare Griffin

VP Trust and Global Health

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Clare Griffin is GSK’s Vice President of Trust and Global Health. Having joined the company in 2012, her remit includes responsible business strategy and engagement, supporting the Board’s Corporate Responsibility Committee, CR indices and benchmarks.

Clare is also responsible for communications and government affairs in support of the company’s Global Health strategy.

Clare has an MSc in Responsible Business practice and has worked, both in-house and as a consultant, on responsible business across a wide range of industries in the US and the UK.

In her early career she worked for the UK charity Shelter and has previous served on the UK’s Living Wage Foundation advisory council.

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Bas Rüter
Rabobank

Bas Rüter

Director of Sustainability

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Amy Metcalfe
ShareAction

Amy Metcalfe

Head of Programmes & Finance

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Charles Henderson
Southpole

Charles Henderson

Director Corporate Risks & Opportunities

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Mark Chadwick
EcoAct

Mark Chadwick

CEO

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Mark founded EcoAct UK (then Carbon Clear) after a career in the internet industry. Following the birth of his daughter, Mark decided to invest himself full-time into helping to leave a better world for her generation. He brings to EcoAct a passion for contributing to the climate change solution, strong business management experience, and an enthusiasm for growing successful entrepreneurial ventures. Mark has an MBA from London Business School and also won the Guardian Unltd Award for social entrepreneurship.

Part of Mark’s role at EcoAct involves direct involvement in client projects. He continues to play a key role in the strategy and implementation of our some of biggest projects for our largest clients, including Deutsche Bank, RBS, Lloyds Bank, innocent drinks and a Global 500 FMCG business.

Vanessa Havard-Williams
Linklaters LLP

Vanessa Havard-Williams

Partner

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Leon Kamhi
Hermes

Leon Kamhi

Head of Responsibility

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Reporting to Hermes’ CEO, Leon is responsible for developing and directing Hermes’ program for integrating responsibility across the group. This includes ensuring that investment teams are aware of and integrate ESG performance in investment decisions and that engagement is effectively incorporated alongside investment activities. In addition, in this role he oversees and contributes to how the firm’s responsibility activities and performance are integrated into Hermes’ client relationship management and reporting, the delivery of its corporate citizenship programme and the development of responsible structures and processes for the firm. He also leads a number of corporate and public policy engagements. Previously at Hermes, Leon was responsible for the development and delivery of Hermes EOS’ global corporate and public policy engagement programme from 2012-2016 and acted as its commercial director from 2009-2012. Prior to that, Leon worked within the Hermes UK Large Cap Focus Fund for seven years, where he was responsible for executing the fund’s engagement programmes. He also has 12 years of strategy consulting and operational industry experience.

Hanna
Nestle

Hanna

Global Responsible Sourcing Lead - Paper, Vanilla, Hazelnuts

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