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Erik Fyrwald
Syngenta

Erik Fyrwald

CEO

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Erik Fyrwald was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Univar, a leading distributor of chemistry and related products and services (2012–2016); President of Ecolab, a cleaning and sanitation, water treatment, and oil and gas products and services provider (2011–2012); and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nalco, a water treatment and oil and gas products and services company (2008–2011). He was Group Vice President of the Agriculture and Nutrition Division of the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company – DuPont (2003–2008). Apart from his functions in Syngenta, J. Erik Fyrwald serves on the Board of Directors for Eli Lilly and Company (including their Science and Technology Committee), CropLife International and the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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.

Saker Nusseibeh
Hermes

Saker Nusseibeh

CEO

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Magnus Billing
Alecta

Magnus Billing

CEO

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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.

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.”

Ryan O'keeffe
BlackRock

Ryan O'keeffe

Managing Director

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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.

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.

Richard Howitt
International Integrated Reporting Council

Richard Howitt

CEO

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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.

Myriam Cohen-Welgryn
Mars Petcare Europe

Myriam Cohen-Welgryn

President

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Joost van Dun
ING

Joost van Dun

Vice President of Sustainable Finance

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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.

Al Naqvi
American AI Association

Al Naqvi

President

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Carmel McQuaid
M&S

Carmel McQuaid

Head of Sustainable Business

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Alison Nimmo
Crown Estate

Alison Nimmo

Chief Executive Officer

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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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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.

Paul Simpson
CDP

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer

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Cheryl McGechie
Fairtrade

Cheryl McGechie

Director of Public Engagement

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Ruptesh Pattanayak
Microsoft

Ruptesh Pattanayak

Director Industry Solutions

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Jason Mitchell
Man

Jason Mitchell

Co-Head of Responsible Investment

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Jason Mitchell is Man Group’s Co-Head of Responsible Investment and Co-Chair of the Responsible Investment Committee. Besides having managed environmental and sustainability strategies, he speaks and publishes widely on responsible investing.

Most recently, Jason was Sustainability Strategist at Man Group and has been a member of the Responsible Investment Committee. He worked at Man GLG from 2004 to 2008 and from 2010 to present, taking two years off from 2008 to 2010 to advise the UK government on infrastructure development across Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this, he was an investment analyst with Pequot Capital and Andor Capital.

Jason serves on the Advisory Board of Imperial College Business School’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment. He chaired the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Hedge Funds Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2018 and is a member of the PRI Academic Advisory Committee, the PRI Macroeconomic Risk Advisory Committee, the Plastic Disclosure Project Steering Committee and the Tobacco Free Portfolios Working Group. He chaired the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Hedge Funds Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2018. Jason graduated from the London School of Economics with an MSc in International Political Economy and the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in English Literature and Classics. He was named one of Institutional Investor’s 2011 Hedge Fund Rising Stars, and is a Fellow of the British American Project.

His articles and comments on sustainable investing have appeared in Institutional Investor, Wall Street Journal, CNBC Squawk Box, Responsible Investor, Aftenposten, Global Times, AIMA Journal and Investment Europe. He has also written widely on the European refugee migrant crisis, with articles appearing in the London Review of Books, Christian Science Monitor and Huf ngton Post.

He is a contributing author to the forthcoming Introduction to Responsible Investment: Approaches to Environmental, Social and Governance Analysis (Routledge: 2018), as well as Sustainable Investing: Revolutions in theory and practice (Routledge: 2017) and Evolutions in Sustainable Investing: Strategies, Funds and Thought Leadership (Wiley Finance: 2012).

Freddie Woolfe
Merian Global Investors

Freddie Woolfe

Head of Responsible Investment and Stewardship

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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.

Jeff Hogue
C&A

Jeff Hogue

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Raphaele Deau
WWF The Landscape Finance Lab

Raphaele Deau

Market Lead

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Leon Wijnands
ING

Leon Wijnands

Global Head of Sustainability 

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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.

David Page
Tesco Plc

David Page

UK & ROI Communications Director

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Mairit Hollsten-Väinölä
Nokia

Mairit Hollsten-Väinölä

VP Customer Support, Mobile Networks

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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.

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. 

Maria Pontes
EarthWatch Institute

Maria Pontes

Corporate Programmes Lead

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Ben Constable Maxwell
M&G Prudential

Ben Constable Maxwell

Head of Sustainable, and Impact Investing

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