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Richard Flint
Yorkshire Water

Richard Flint

CEO

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Richard Flint  BA(Hons), MSc

Richard was appointed Chief Executive of Kelda Group and Yorkshire Water Services Ltd in April 2010.  Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer of Yorkshire Water, previously carrying out a number of operational and change management roles within the business.  He was previously a trustee of Wateraid (the global water and sanitation development charity).  Richard is a trustee of Marie Curie, a member of the Business in the Community Water Taskforce, Chairman of the Business in the Community Advisory Board for Yorkshire and the Humber, and HRH Ambassador for Responsible Business for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Richard's career has had a heavy emphasis on leading change and improving business performance. More recently he has focused on preparing the Kelda Group and Yorkshire Water for the future and has just completed a three year divestment process of non-core businesses and a reorientation of the Company to more environmentally sustainable solutions. Richard is committed to finding ways to reduce and adapt to the effects of climate change.

Frances Way
CDP

Frances Way

Chief Strategy Officer

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

Paul Druckman
World Benchmarking Alliance

Paul Druckman

Chairman

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A passionate global leader in capital market reform - from corporate governance to reporting & measurement; to auditing; and sustainability. He has recently taken on the role of Chairman of the World Benchmarking Alliance which will help ensure that reform takes place through measurement.

Paul is well known and respected in business and in the accounting profession worldwide. Following an entrepreneurial career in the accountancy software industry, Paul has operated as a non‐executive chairman and director for companies in a variety of sectors.

His last full-time role was at the International Integrated Reporting Council where he helped create the mission and then led the team as CEO for five years from inception.

Paul’s highlights include being President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales; chairing The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board and being on the City Takeover Panel. In addition, Paul was a Board member of the UK regulator, the Financial Reporting Council; and chaired its Corporate Reporting Council which sets UK accounting standards

He has a variety of roles currently - from chairing Clear Insurance; to being a Board member of the Shift Project, which brings respect for human rights to business via the UN Guiding Principles; to chairing a major FRC project on the Future of Corporate Reporting.

Paul is an Ambassador for A4S and an Honorary Professor at Durham Business School.

Renato Lulia Jacob
Itau BBA International

Renato Lulia Jacob

Chief Executive Officer

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Renato Lulia Jacob is Chief Executive Officer of Itau BBA International plc in London. Prior to assuming this function in January 2016, Renato was an Executive Board Member of IBBAI and Head of Corporate Banking for Europe and Asia.

Before moving to Europe in 2010, Renato led the expansion of Itaú BBA in Latin America and set up the bank’s operations in Argentina, where he then served as Head of Corporate Banking and member of the Executive Committee.

Before joining Itaú BBA in Brazil as a senior banker, Renato held various roles in other financial institutions, both in Brazil and in the United States. He studied civil engineering at the University of São Paulo (USP) and completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton.

Andrew Wallis
Aroundtown

Andrew Wallis

Deputy CEO 

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Hilde Blomme
Accountancy Europe

Hilde Blomme

Deputy CEO

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Hilde Blomme joined Accountancy Europe in 2003 and has been Deputy CEO since 2011. Hilde provides regulatory and technical expertise in the areas of reporting, assurance, (sustainable) finance, tax and practice development and contributes to developing the Federation’s strategy as a Board member. Prior to this assignment, she spent nine years with PwC as an external auditor, consecutively in Brussels, New York and London dealing with both multinational and SME audit and assurance clients. Prior to joining PwC, she spent three years with local Belgian auditing firms serving SME clients. She started her professional career at Morgan Guaranty Trust in Brussels. She is qualified as a US Certified Public Accountant, Belgian Chartered Accountant, and member of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She is a member of the Reporting Lab@EFRAG Steering Group.

Janice Lao
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

Janice Lao

Director Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

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Janice Lao: Director – Group Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels Limited, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels and other luxury real estate assets.

She is an environmental scientist and development economist, multi-awarded throughout her 15-year career, most recently listed in Forbes as one of the world’s top female sustainability leaders and is the 2019 Edie Sustainability Leader of the Year Awardee. Throughout her international career, she has worked for world-renowned international think tanks and blue-chip multinational conglomerates in the transport, energy, extractive, FMCG, property and hospitality sectors. Her work has been highlighted by global organisations such as Fortune’s Change the World list in 2017.

Her expertise lies in embedding sustainability into businesses– ranging from sustainability management, successful identification and implementation of projects using green bond, M&A, and equity financing structures, as well as advising board members/senior management.

She has a masters and a diploma in business from the University of Oxford.

Tony Henshaw
Aditya Birla Group

Tony Henshaw

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Mr. Henshaw holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in General Engineering from University of Leicester, England, 1981 and a MBA with distinction from Manchester Business School, England, 1988. He is a seasoned Business and Sustainability professional with more than 27 years of global experience in Sustainability strategy for a low carbon marketplace working in a diverse international space. Mr. Henshaw brings along vast expertise in driving sustainability development for leading MNC Organizations and fortune 500 Companies. Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group as Chief Sustainability Officer, he worked in India for the Vedanta Group. His earlier assignments include working as CSO with Cemex SA. Mexico and senior management posts at Transredes SA (Shell) in Bolivia.

He has developed a pragmatic Sustainable Business Model that has allowed business leaders to clearly focus on building sustainable businesses by; building better, more capable management systems that can be verified using information technology systems to increase assurance bandwidth and, on developing a sustainable business strategy that assesses current best practice with the needs of the global trends to identify areas for transformational investment.

Delphine Gibassier
Audencia Business School

Delphine Gibassier

Associate Professor of Accounting for Sustainable Development

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Delphine Gibassier is an associate professor at Audencia Business School with 17 years’ experience in non-financial accounting & reporting. She is a researcher in accounting for sustainable development and has an expertise in academia, practice and policy-making. She has worked with the UN Global Compact, the IIRC, WBCSD, R3.0 and CDSB, as well as the French government on carbon accounting and integrated reporting. In practice, she has developed carbon accounting, SDG accounting and integrated reporting for large companies and SMEs.

Prior to joining Audencia, she worked at Toulouse Business School and Birmingham Business School. She earned her PhD from HEC Paris. Before joining academia, she worked as a management controller at GE Healthcare, Danone and Syngenta, in Paris, USA and Asia. Delphine speaks four languages and has lived in China, Japan, USA, UK, Canada and Germany.

She researches accounting for sustainable development and, in particular, topics around carbon, biodiversity and water. She is particularly interested in sustainability accounting innovations that inform the development of new approaches, practice, methods and tools. She is associate editor of Sustainability Accounting Management and Policy Journal. Her work has been published in leading accounting journals such as Auditing and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting and Sustainability Accounting Management and Policy Journal. She is a member of CSEAR (Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research) and on the scientific committee of EMAN Europe (Environmental and Sustainability Management Accounting Network). Her research has been recognized with a number of prestigious prizes.

She is passionate about linking research to teaching and practice and has developed several courses in CSR and sustainability accounting, case studies and modules linked to her specific research interests. She is also passionate about developing research and teaching that have an impact on society. Delphine interacts with accounting organizations and firms to help develop a shared interest into accounting for sustainable development, including through training, reporting and directly participating in standardization processes. Her work includes public and business engagement and dissemination of her research through prominent online media platforms, such as The Conversation. 

Tjeerd Krumpelman
ABN AMRO

Tjeerd Krumpelman

Head of Reporting & Stakeholder Engagement

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Tjeerd Krumpelman is Global head of Business Advisory, Reporting & Engagement at ABN AMRO. With more than 18 years of experience in the banking sector he started as a private banker, investment advisor and later on as Head of Investment teams. The last five years he has been working within ABN AMRO’s Corporate Strategy & Sustainability department. He heads up a team that is responsible for Sustainability within ABN AMRO's strategy, integrated thinking & reporting and engagement.

Michael Goebbels
Metro

Michael Goebbels

Director Corporate Responsibility Strategy & Reporting

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  • 47 years, married, two kids
  • Studied economic mathematics at University Ulm, thesis about Eco-Controlling
  • 20 years of experience in retail/wholesale as well as in Controlling/Finance
  • Since 2008 at METRO GROUP
  • Since January 2015 as Director Corporate Responsibility in charge of strategy & reporting and our own operations’ footprint
  • = Sound knowledge of Controlling and Sustainability
Anita McBain
M&G

Anita McBain

Head of Responsible Investment

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Anita McBain is Head of Responsible Investment and ESG at M&G Investments and works closely with the investment teams across equities and fixed income leading on ESG company engagement and sustainability research. Prior to joining M&G, Anita was Head of Sustainability for an investment fund that raised capital to mitigate climate change, address commodity driven deforestation and deliver societal and environmental impacts in line with the UN SDG framework.

Anita has worked as an investment analyst at Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and European Credit Management. She has lived and worked in Singapore, is a graduate of City University, holds an MBA from Edinburgh University and postgraduate studies in sustainability from Cambridge University (CISL).

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Nicoletta Heilsberger
Siemens

Nicoletta Heilsberger

Senior Manager Sustainability Positioning, Business and Human Rights

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Gavin Milligan
William Jackson Food Group

Gavin Milligan

ESG Director

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Dr Gavin Milligan has over 20 years’ experience in food including a decade specialising in sustainability. He is ESG Director at William Jackson Food Group, a Director of Sedex, chaired the FoodWasteNet Management Committee and sits on advisory boards in industry and academia. He represents the UK Food Sector KTN on the European Food Technology Platform and runs his own sustainability consultancy, Green Knight Sustainability Consulting Ltd, supporting agri-food and other businesses.

Richard Batten BA, MRICS
JLL

Richard Batten BA, MRICS

Global Chief CR Officer

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Richard is the Global Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer for JLL, with additional responsibility for Sustainability. He has spent the last 35 years working in the real estate business. His work initially focussed on advising investor clients on commercial properties, sales and acquisitions. This developed into advising on government privatisations, funding provision of finance, acting as LPA receiver and advising commercial and residential companies moving from private to listed status or vice versa.

Richard became Joint Senior Partner of King Sturge in 2005 and led the company into the merger with JLL in 2011. He has subsequently been Chairman of the UK business, and in 2012 a Member of the EMEA Management Board with responsibility for CEE, the Middle East and Africa together with the industrial sector and sustainability. He took up his current role in January of this year.

Richard is a keen family man and a triathlete, gardener and choral singer.

Galya Tsonkova
Coca-Cola Hellenic IT Services

Galya Tsonkova

Group Sustainability Policy and Reporting Manager

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For the last 6 years I am working at Corporate level towards sustainability agenda of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, one of the world’s leading bottlers of The Coca-Cola Company’s brands. Currently I am responsible for sustainability policy & reporting, including Integrated Annual Report, CSR benchmarking and rating reports, such as DJSI, CDP, FTSE4Good, MSCI, Sustainalytics etc. Coca-Cola Hellenic is among the industry leaders at DJSI World index (being among the top 3 in the last 6 years), having CDP A score for Climate in the last 3 years, AAA rating at MSCI ESG and highest in beverage industry score at FTSE100 ESG. Prior to that I was leading the Environmental sustainability agenda, being a member of Technical and Supply Chain team, combined with a regional role in driving Quality and Health & Safety. With my passion and energy, Coca-Cola Hellenic was among the first companies globally with approved science-based carbon reduction targets, with internal carbon price for decision making purposes, with true cost of water and overall recognition programme for employees related to environmental performance. At the end of 2016 I was elected as the first woman to chair the Coca-Cola System Global Environmental Council.

Prior to Hellenic, I spent 10 years in different roles in production, R&D and industrial performance within Nestle.

Gergely Jancsár
MOL Group

Gergely Jancsár

Head of Sustainability

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Gergely is Head of Sustainability and Environment in MOL Group, the Hungarian oil and gas company. He is responsible for sustainability reporting externally and to internal governance bodies and also for global actions in the field of sustainability and environment protection. He has been working for MOL Group since 2013 in various managerial positions. Before he joined to MOL he had worked in the sustainability and environmental advisory function of Deloitte.

Dan Neale
CHRB

Dan Neale

Director

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Daniel joined the CHRB in 2017 as the Programme Director, responsible for day-to-day management of the CHRB and creating publicly available benchmarks on corporate human rights performance. Prior to this he was a social-performance consultant, working in the extractives and renewables spaces. He has a wealth of practical experience; implementing social performance management systems, providing guidance on social and human rights risk management, conducting research and performance assessments, and advising on approaches to responsible-security management that draws on his MSc in International Development, Security & Conflict. Daniel has worked in developing countries as well as conflict and post-conflict environments and brings extensive leadership and management experience to support the CHRB.

Daria Goncharova
Polymetal International

Daria Goncharova

Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of Non-Financial Reporting

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Ms Goncharova joined Polymetal in 2010 in the corporate finance and investor relations team. Prior to this, she held a business development role at GiproShakht Severstal from 2008 to 2009.

Ms Goncharova is a graduate of St. Peterburg’s Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, and holds a Master’s in Green Management, Energy and Corporate Social Responsibility from Bocconi University, Milan.

Ulrika Hasselgren
Danske Bank

Ulrika Hasselgren

Global Head of Sustainability & Impact Investment

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Ulrika Hasselgren leads the work of ESG integration and active ownership across Danske Bank’s investment processes, products, and advisory. Ulrika joined Danske Bank on 1 February 2018 from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) where she was Global Head of RI strategies and ESG integration. Prior to ISS, Ulrika co-founded Stockholm-based Ethix SRI Advisors in 1999, where she worked closely with asset owners and managers, advising on sustainable investment strategies. Prior to that, she spent 3 years with Solving-Bohlin & Stromberg and 12 years with McKinsey & Company. Hasselgren has been a guest lecturer on Sustainable Investment and Business Ethics at Stockholm University School of Business 2002-2017, board member of Eurosif 2010-1016, founding board member of Dansif 2008, chair of The Luxembourg Fund Labelling Agency (LuxFLAG) ESG Label Eligibility Committee 2014-2017, and is a frequent speaker at international investor conferences.

Vanessa Wright
Pernod Ricard

Vanessa Wright

Group VP Sustainability & Responsibility

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Vanessa Wright was appointed VP Global Sustainability and Responsibility for Pernod Ricard Headquarters on 1 August 2017.

Before joining the HQ, she held the position of Global Communications Director for Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët.  She joined MMPJ in January 2014, creating a new Communications department, including Corporate, Brand Public Relations, Events and Sponsorship, Internal Communications and Brand Homes and Education.

Prior to MMPJ, she spent 17 years in a number of Communications roles in the UK for Pernod Ricard, including Global Communications Director for Chivas Brothers.

Before joining Pernod Ricard, she worked for a number of luxury and food & drink consultancies and also spent 5 years as a Senior Press Officer for The National Farmers Union.

Vanessa has been awarded The Cambridge Institute Business Sustainability Management Certification.  She is a Master of the Keepers of the Quaich, a Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Distillers and is a past Chairman of The Benevolent, the industry charity.

She is an experienced scuba diver and has a passion for protection of the sea and environment.

Christopher Sveen
UBQ Materials

Christopher Sveen

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Christopher is Chief Sustainability Officer at UBQ Materials. He has been part of the company’s journey from the beginning, developing the innovative waste conversion technology and producing our sustainable bio-based materials. Christopher has a background in entrepreneurship, finance, strategy, business development, PR and communications with a dedicated passion to leverage sustainable business-driven change. His current focus is on UBQ’s sustainability strategy, value propositions, governance, communication, as well as third party due diligence and certifications. As Sustainability is at the heart of UBQ’s DNA, the value proposition is centered around Purpose, Proof, and Positioning working closely with international bodies and environmental organizations. Our approach stems from a holistic and systemic perspective to develop a path to become a truly ‘target technology’, committed to introducing the most ‘circular materials’ in the marketplace. Only by unlocking new opportunities to reuse finite resources infinitely and economically rather than rely on a linear economy based on fossil-based alternatives, can we showcase the true value of ‘waste’.

Jukka Ahonen
Nordic Investment Bank

Jukka Ahonen

Senior Director, Head of Communications

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

Prof Dr Hakan Lucius
European Investment Bank

Prof Dr Hakan Lucius

Head of Corporate Responsibility

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

Hakan Lucius is Professor of Finance in parallel to his professional career at the EIB, and specializes in sustainable finance. He has developed a masters class in sustainable finance, which he teaches at SciencesPo in France, the Frankfurt School of Finance in Germany and the Welch College of Business in Luxembourg. He has lectured in Europe and the US and is an international speaker, having presented in conferences in over 16 countries globally. He was awarded Best Lecturer, Master of Development Finance, by Frankfurt School and by the by Welch MBA, Luxembourg and has published articles in multiple languages.

Dr Lucius is a member of the European Commission’s Ecolabel expert group for sustainable finance, serves on the European Investment Bank’s Pension Board, co-chairs the Digital Funding FinTech working group of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, is on their environmental fund label and the ESG fund label eligibility committees, and a member of the EIB Institute’s Knowledge Committee. 

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Robert Sroka
Abris Capital

Robert Sroka

ESG Director and Ethics Officer for CEE

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Robert Sroka PhD is the ESG Director for Central and Eastern Europe at Abris Capital Partners. He is responsible for developing and overseeing a comprehensive responsible investment policy and all ESG areas. Previously, Manager at EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services and EY Business Integrity and Corporate Compliance practice in Warsaw.

He has 12 years of experience working on business ethics, ESG and sustainable development projects. Between 2009-2014, he headed the Working Group on Responsible Investing in the Prime Minister’s CSR Advisory Team. Between 2016 – 2018 he also chaired the Ethics and Responsible Business Standards Working Group operating within the Sustainable Development and CSR Advisory Board – a subsidiary body to the Minister of Economic Development in Poland.

Initiator, author and co-author of several research projects and reports, among others: “ESG Analysis of Listed Companies in Poland” and “Guidelines for investors on the scope of responsible investing”.

Hendrik-Jan Boer
NN Investment Partners

Hendrik-Jan Boer

Head of Sustainable Equity Investments

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Since 2004 Hendrik-Jan has been Investment Team Manager of the Sustainable Equity Investments, Lead Portfolio Manager of Sustainable Equity Strategies (global and European funds, segregated mandates), Chair of the NN IP Proxy Voting Committee and Member of the NN IP ESG Board. Before that he has been acting at NN as Manager at the NN IP Institutional Business Development department, responsible for institutional client acquisition in The Netherlands, as well as Portfolio Manager at the NN IP Global Equity team from 2001-2003, responsible for development and construction of international equity model portfolios and coverage of the global Health Care sector, and Portfolio Manager at the NN IP European Equity team from 1998-2001. From 1997-1998 he was a sector focused corporate analyst at NatWest Securities. From 1992 to 1997 he worked for at I.R.I.S. (Institute for Research and Investment Services, joint venture of Rabobank and Robeco). In 1990 he entered the financial industry at Swiss Bank Corp as a strategist and corporate analyst. Hendrik-Jan has a MSc in Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam in 1990, is Mifid II compliant and DSI registered.

Hilde Nordbø
DNB Bank ASA

Hilde Nordbø

Sustainability Manager

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Hilde works to integrate sustainability into the core of businesses, with a great passion for materiality. She has been engaged in sustainability for ten years, and is now strategic advisor in DNB. Her work includes group strategy development, stakeholder management and sustainability reporting. Previously she has worked with sustainability verification and advisory in EY, as a research assistant at BI Norwegian School of Management and with communication and brand management. She holds a BA Communication from Edith Cowan University and a MSc in Strategic Marketing Management from BI Norwegian School of Management.

Sabine Content
Global Reporting Initiative

Sabine Content

Director Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement

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As Director of Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement, Sabine is responsible for all global corporate engagement, as well as raising awareness and building relationships between GRI and key partner organizations and stakeholders. This includes the GRI GOLD Community Program, GRI’s core network of supporters, made up of over 600 organizations in more than 60 countries. The Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement department, brings together a worldwide network of companies and organizations committed to GRI’s mission to empower decision makers everywhere through its sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

Sabine is from the Netherlands and worked for over 15 years in the international apparel and textiles industry. This work motivated Sabine to contribute to a world where creating financial value, goes hand-in-hand with safeguarding the environment and societies.

GRI is an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. GRI produces the world’s most trusted and widely used sustainability reporting standards. GRI’s vision is a thriving global community that lifts humanity and enhances the resources on which all life depends.

Judith Rahner
Merck

Judith Rahner

Senior Manager Corporate Responsibility Communications

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Judith Rahner works for Merck, the specialist science and technology company, for more than 15 years. Since 2017 she is part of Group Corporate Responsibility being responsible for Corporate Responsibility reporting and communications. In this role, she manages the yearly CR Report of the company as well as the corresponding internal and external communications activities. Prior to this she worked as a Senior Communication Manager and Business Partner for the Performance Materials business sector. Until 2013 she was responsible for communications within Human Resources. Until 2010 she was part of Corporate Communications, among others being in charge of the financial reports, several publishing and online media projects, speeches and presentations. Between 1996 and 2002, Judith worked for the global market research company IMS Health in different functions, including media relations. She graduated in Economics from the universities of Mainz (Germany) and Dijon (France).

Elly Irving
Schroders

Elly Irving

Head of Engagement

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Xavier Desmadryl
HSBC Global Asset Management

Xavier Desmadryl

Global Head of ESG Research

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Xavier Desmadryl is Global Head of ESG Research and PRI, and has been working in the industry since 1995. Prior to his current position Xavier was in charge of the HSBC’s SRI Research team. He has been part of the initial experts panel in charge of defining the PRI and has served as the co-chair of the UNEP FI Asset Management Working Group between 2006 and 2009. He joined the HSBC Group in 1999 where he worked in various marketing functions. Before that he held several positions at Ecureuil Gestion, part of the CDC group, Credit Agricole, Income International and Bank Paribas Xavier graduated from French business school ESLSCA where he specialised in finance. He is also a Certified European Financial Analyst (European Federation of Financial Analysts).

Maria Lombardo
Invesco

Maria Lombardo

Head of Responsible Investment EMEA

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Maria Lombardo is Invesco’s Head of Responsible Investment for the EMEA region. She has more than twenty-five years of experience serving in senior management roles in investment banking and equity capital markets. In recent years, Maria became an expert in responsible investing and sustainable finance. Prior to joining Invesco, she was coordinating the global investors group at CDP in London, formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project initiative. Maria spent her earlier career working in corporate finance and private equity, with Lazard and CDC Group. She worked on agribusiness and infrastructural investments in Ecuador, Ivory Coast, India and Uganda. She then progressed into Emerging Market Equities sales, with UBS and Sberbank where she acquired specific expertise in Eastern European and Russian equities. She was a Managing Director at Unicredit, heading the group’s emerging market equity sales.  During her time at CDP, she obtained a master in responsible investing at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. Maria graduated from Bocconi University in Milan and holds a CEMS MBA at UCLL in Brussels and Bocconi.

Aarti Ramachandran
FAIRR Initiative

Aarti Ramachandran

Head of Research & Engagements

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Aarti is Head of Research & Engagements at the FAIRR Initiative, where she oversees the investor network’s collaborative engagement and research initiatives, including the ground-breaking Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index. Prior to this, she was client director at a global sustainability firm and served as ExxonMobil’s public and government affairs advisor for the west region for several years. In addition to her corporate experience, she has worked with two environmental non-profits and on short-term consulting assignments for the U.S. Treasury and GE Capital.

Aarti holds a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a MS in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. She has worked in Europe, US and India, and speaks three languages. She serves on the advisory Board of the Partnership for Gender Equity, an initiative that supports gender equity in coffee supply chains.

Dr Christian Leitz
UBS

Dr Christian Leitz

Secretary, Corporate Culture and Responsibility Committee

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Education: Oxford University, D.Phil., Modern History; University of the West of England, BA (Hons) Humanities

  • As Secretary to the UBS Corporate Culture and Responsibility Committee (CCRC), one of the five Board of Directors committees of UBS Group AG, Christian assists the Committee's Chair in putting together the agenda for the Committee and prepares the accompanying documentation. The CCRC supports the firm's Board in fulfilling its duty to safeguard and advance the Group’s reputation for responsible corporate conduct and to assess developments in stakeholder expectations and their possible consequences for UBS.
  • Heading Corporate Responsibility Management, a function within the bank's UBS in society organization, Christian coordinates UBS's corporate responsibility & sustainability reporting and has particular responsibilities in the area of stakeholder management.
  • Christian is also head of the UBS Long-Term Archives and the firm's corporate historian, acting as a center of competence for all questions pertaining to historical issues at the firm.
  • Christian has worked on a large range of corporate responsibility topics and regularly gives workshops and presentations on corporate responsibility in general and at UBS, and on particular topics and issues.
  • Prior to joining UBS in 2003 Christian taught history at universities in the UK and New Zealand. He has written and edited six books and a very substantial number of articles and essays.
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Wim Bartels
IIRC

Wim Bartels

Corporate Reporting Dialogue Programme Lead

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Wim serves for part of his time as the Program Lead for the Corporate Reporting Dialogue and in that capacity is involved in the Better Alignment Project. He is also a member of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and chairs the Sustainable Finance Expert Group of Accountancy Europe.

Wim is a partner of KPMG in the Netherlands, focusing on Corporate Value in Control services. He has served as KPMG’s Global Head of Sustainability Reporting & Assurance Services until 2017.

Wim has been the lead author for a number of studies on sustainability reporting.

Annelisa Grigg
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Annelisa Grigg

Principal Specialist, Business and Biodiversity

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Annelisa is a senior advisor to the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre’s (UNEP-WCMC’s) business and biodiversity programme.  She has more than 20 years’ experience advising companies and civil society on the business risks and opportunities associated with biodiversity and ecosystem services and approaches to managing them. She was previously a specialist in non-financial assurance and corporate reporting with the accounting firm KPMG, and the Director of Corporate Affairs, and Director of Environmental Markets with NGO Fauna & Flora International. She has been involved in the development of tools and methodologies for evaluating corporate biodiversity performance and management systems for the following sectors: extractive, food and drink, tobacco, retail, finance and pharmaceutical.  Annelisa is leading a programme of work within UNEP-WCMC to develop and align biodiversity measures for business in collaboration a broad range of biodiversity indicator developers and users.  She is a member of the Natural Capital Coalition’s advisory panel and is leading work to provide guidance on biodiversity to users of the Natural Capital Protocol and to identify and address data challenges in natural capital assessments

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Rahul Ghosh
Moody's Investment Service

Rahul Ghosh

Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)

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Rahul Ghosh is a senior vice president in Moody’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) team. In this capacity, Rahul leads the company’s thematic and educational research with respect to the impact of ESG considerations on global credit markets. This includes identifying and articulating material ESG and sustainability themes across rated sectors, and providing governance and coordination on related research initiatives globally. Rahul is also co-chair of Moody’s ESG working group for EMEA and the region’s primary ESG spokesperson.

Rahul is a regular participant at high-profile market briefings, external conferences and media engagements related to ESG and sustainable finance. He has presented on the impact of climate change on sovereign creditworthiness at the G20 Green Finance Study Group, and is a member of the Principles for Responsible Investment’s (PRI) committee on credit ratings.

He is also an impact leader for Moody’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, and a steering committee member of the company’s UK multicultural employee resource group.

Before his current role, Rahul worked in the company’s credit strategy and standards group in London and Singapore, where he led thematic credit research for both the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, integrating top-down macroeconomic analysis with credit views across sovereigns, corporates, and financial institutions. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2014, Rahul was the Head of Asia at BMI Research (Fitch Solutions) in Singapore, leading a team of macroeconomists and industry specialists in analysing sovereign risk, sector performance and the capital markets.

Rahul holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Helle Bank Jorgensen
Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO & Founder

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Helle Bank Jorgensen is a renowned sustainability, climate change, and ESG advisor. She has close to 30 years of experience helping global companies and investors turn sustainability into strong financial results. Helle has worked with hundreds of world-leading companies.

She developed the Competent Boards Certificate Program. The program helps board members, executives and those who advise them to confidently act upon the most material environmental, social and governance aspects of their business. The program has engaged several world-class business leaders like Paul Polman, former Unilever CEO, who calls it an “Incredible initiative.”

Besides being a board member, she serves on His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S Global Expert Panel, the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council, the WBCSD Governance & Internal Oversight High-Level Advisory Group and is a judge for Ethical Corporation awards. Helle is a Board Facilitator for the UN Global Compact Board Program and a regular keynote speaker and author of many thought-leading articles and books.

Helle was the creator of the world’s first Green Account based on life-cycle assessment, as well as the world’s first Integrated Report, the first holistic supply chain program, and was the principal organizer for the CEO/Investor-network for Business Ethics and Non-Financial Reporting. She led the Improvement of DJSI and CDP ranking and investor communication for global companies and has worked on Natural Capital Accounting for IFC/World Bank. She has built the Canadian chapter of the UN Global Compact and received the 2019 Clean50 award.

Helle was a Partner with PwC for 11 years, building and leading sustainability and climate change practices in Europe and the US. She has extensive experience providing strategic and operational guidance to all functions within an organization, including advising at the C-suite and board level.

Helle is a State Authorized Public Accountant and Business Lawyer by training.

Pavan Sukhdev
UN Environment

Pavan Sukhdev

Head - Green Economy Initiative & Study Leader – TEEB

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Pavan Sukhdev is a sustainability thought leader and an influential voice for change amongst business leaders, policy makers and international institutions. A career banker with a long-standing passion for environmental economics. Although a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, Pavan took time out to lead two landmark UN reports: TEEB (‘The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity’) and UNEP’s ‘Towards a Green Economy’. He now heads GIST Advisory, a consultancy that develops metrics for corporate sustainability, and is President and Board Chair of WWF-International. Pavan was awarded the Blue Planet Prize, 2016.

Mike Eberhardt
BlackRock

Mike Eberhardt

Director ESG

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Michael Eberhardt, CFA, Director, is head of European and Global Sustainable Credit in BlackRock's Trading and Liquidity Strategies team in London. He is responsible for credit and ESG analysis of European banks and investment grade corporate issuers. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2017, Mr. Eberhardt was a senior credit officer at Moody's Investors Service, where he was responsible for the credit ratings of UK and Swiss banks and securities firms. While at Moody's, he also rated money market funds and was co-author of Moody's methodologies on rating Clearinghouses and Money Market Funds. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Eberhardt was with Pacific Investment Management Company trading leveraged loans for the firm's European CLOs. Mr. Eberhardt earned at BA degree in economics and psychology from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA degree from University of California at Berkeley.

Caroline Laurie
Kingfisher

Caroline Laurie

Head of Sustainability

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A CIMA qualified accountant, Caroline joined Kingfisher 10 years ago as a buyer before being promoted to category manager, in this role she was instrumental in the decision to remove all gas patio heaters from B&Q UK. In 2012 she was asked to join the company’s new energy saving proposition as a business development manager – designed to help customers reduce their home’s energy use through intelligent product developments and installed solutions. It was then a natural step for Caroline into her current role as Head of Sustainability at Kingfisher. Caroline has a passion for sailing and in her spare time you’ll often find her cruising and racing on the Solent.

Dietske Simons
FMO

Dietske Simons

Head of Impact Measurement and Integrated Reporting

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Dietske Simons is head of Impact Measurement and Integrated Reporting at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank. In this role, she oversees measurement and reporting of impact and ESG. Dietske has a background in econometrics and quantitative finance. Before joining FMO she worked at the Dutch Central Bank in Banking Supervision. Over the past years at FMO, she was head of Financial Risk and led the reorganization of the bank’s data and information management.

Michael Zimonyi
CDSB

Michael Zimonyi

Director of Policy and External Affairs

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Andrea Palmer
NET Impact Amsterdam

Andrea Palmer

Founder and President

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Andrea is a Product Specialist at Triodos Investment Management, where is responsible for impact reporting, commercial positioning, and product development of the firm's listed equity and bond strategies. Prior to joining Triodos IM in 2017, Andrea worked as an ESG Analyst for the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) in Amsterdam and as an Institutional Client Capital Analyst for LaSalle Investment Management (JLL) in Chicago. She is Founder and President of Net Impact Amsterdam, the local branch of a global member organisation of professionals aiming to drive sustainability through their careers. Andrea is a Level II Candidate of the SASB FSA and holds a Series 7 securities trading license under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in the U.S. She studied Market Research at Aurora University outside of Chicago.

Steven Smit
Morningstar

Steven Smit

Senior Management Adviser

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Steven Smit is the founder of the ESG Program at Morningstar and the former Head of Sustainability. Steven is a board director at Sustainalytics and sits on the advisory board of VBDO (Dutch SIF). He started his career as an investment analyst at Robeco and M&A consultant at Deloitte Corporate Finance. In 2000 he founded Morningstar Benelux and from 2006 additionally led Morningstar France for 3 years. In 2010 he established the Masarang International Foundation that engages in reforestation and biodiversity preservation in Indonesia. He holds a master's degree in Business Economics from the University of Amsterdam and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Alexander Kohnstamm
Fair Wear Foundation

Alexander Kohnstamm

Executive Director

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Alexander Kohnstamm is the executive director of the Fair Wear Foundation. Alexander has extensive experience both working at NGOs and in international businesses. He tries to achieve social development goals by involving the private sector. Alexander aims at ‘business for good’ or ‘finance for good’—using market forces and economic resources for improving the quality of life in developing countries. In his opinion, things must change for this to happen, and that is what FWF is about: creating and promoting alternative ways of doing business in the garment industry, that are both socially and economically sustainable. His most recent job was director of external affairs at PharmAccess Foundation, an organisation dedicated to connecting more people in Sub-Saharan Africa to better healthcare. Before that, he was the executive director of Partos, the Dutch platform for development organisations. However, Alexander’s career did not start in the development sector: he first worked as a marketing manager at Sony Europe and the Mitsubishi Group. 

Olga Smirnova
HEINEKEN

Olga Smirnova

Manager Non-Financial Reporting

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Olga started her career in Russia, as auditor with an external audit company. After that she moved to an internal audit function of TNT Express, based in the Netherlands. In HEINEKEN, she was a manager of the internal audit department responsible for audits of supply chain and sustainability. In her current role, Olga is responsible for non-financial reporting, bringing her experience of external assurance and risk management in the non-financial reporting governance.

Esko Kivisaari
Finance Finland

Esko Kivisaari

Deputy Managing Director

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Esko Kivisaari

Sc., Fellow of the Actuarial Society of Finland

Deputy Managing Director, Finance Finland

Immediate Past Chairperson of the Actuarial Association of Europe

Member of the European Corporate Reporting Lab @ EFRAG (European Lab) Steering Group 2019 -

Member of the EU Commission High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance of 2017

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