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Sustainability Reporting and Communications Europe 2020 19-20 October, 2020 · Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Unrivalled Speaker Line-up

Innovative and inspiring brands shared their sustainability reporting and communications strategies at the 2019 event. A key focus was on how to demonstrate resilience through accurate disclosure and total impact reporting. See below for the 70+ expert speakers from 2019’s event.

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.

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.

Sven Gentner
European Commission

Sven Gentner

Head of Unit for Asset Management

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Sven Gentner is head of unit for asset management in the European Commission's directorate-general for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union.

Sven joined the European Commission in 2004 and has served in various positions in its Brussels headquarters and abroad. From 2004-2006 he was responsible for the coordination of the EU-US Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue, in 2006 he served as a member of the private office (cabinet) of Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, from 2007-2011 he was executive assistant to the director general of Directorate General Internal Market and Services with special responsibility for financial services. In 2011 he was seconded to the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa to advise the AUC on building an African internal market. From 2012 to 2013 he was head of unit for human resources and planning in DG Internal Market and Services. From 2013 to 2015, Sven was a counsellor in the Economic and Financial Affairs Section of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. He dealt with EU-US regulatory issues and TTIP negotiations in financial services.

Sven started his professional career in the private sector where he worked for an insurance company.

Sven holds masters degrees in economics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, and the University of York, UK.

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.

Philippe Zaouati
Mirova

Philippe Zaouati

CEO

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Philippe Zaouati has contributed to the development of responsible finance both in France and across Europe, in particular through his role in various professional associations and international organizations. He was a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (2016-18), a group of 20 senior experts established to help to develop an overarching and comprehensive EU roadmap on sustainable finance. He also was the founder and Chairperson of Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative led by Paris EUROPLACE and the actors of the Paris Financial Center to promote sustainable finance in France and internationally.

Prior to his tenure at Mirova, Philippe was Deputy CEO of Ostrum Asset Management. His previous experience includes high-level management roles within the Groupe CDC, La Banque Postale, and the Crédit Agricole.

Philippe Zaouati graduated from the ENSAE (École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique) and is an accredited member of the French Society of Actuaries. He is also the author of Positive Finance (with Hervé Guez) and of Paris, the Kilometer Zero of Green Finance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Andrew Wallis
Aroundtown

Andrew Wallis

Deputy CEO 

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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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  • Director Corporate Responsibility
  • In charge of CR strategy, reporting and climate protection target (SBT)
  • 20 years’ experience in Controlling and Finance & Accounting
  • >20 years in Food & staples retail and wholesale
  • >5 years in Corporate Responsibility
  • Track record: climate protection target 2015, sustainability software introduction 2017, Impact Assessment “Sustainable Value creation” 2018, SBT 2019, DJSI industry leader 2015-2018, …
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).

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

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.

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’.

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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. 

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”.

Johan Vanderlugt
NN Investment Partners

Johan Vanderlugt

Senior ESG Specialist - Responsible Investments, Innovation and Responsible Investment Platform

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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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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.

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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

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.

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.

Gemma Clements
CDSB

Gemma Clements

Head of Corporate Engagement

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Gemma joined the CDSB Secretariat in 2016 to support CDSB's technical work and corporate engagement. After working as an environmental educator for 4 years in London she completed an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. In her role at CDSB she manages the corporate support programmes including managing the TCFD Knowledge Hub and leading on the Beyond Disclosure Programme.

Andrea Palmer
NET Impact Amsterdam

Andrea Palmer

Founder and President

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Andrea is a Product Specialist at Triodos Investment Management, where she 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. 

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

Rik Recourt
GRESB

Rik Recourt

Associate

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Rik Recourt is an Associate at GRESB, the global ESG benchmark for real assets. He represents GRESB on the Steering Committee of the Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor (CRREM), an EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project set to develop a carbon risk assessment tool for the European commercial real estate sector. Rik holds a Dual Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from Science Po Paris and Peking University, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Charterholder.

Dr. Kai Rolker
Clariant

Dr. Kai Rolker

Head of Group Communications

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Dr. Kai Rolker was born in 1970 in Freiburg/Germany. He earned his PhD in philosophy in 2002 at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Additionally, he holds a Master‘s Degree in Communication Management from HSW Lucerne which he received in 2007.

In 2002 he launched his career at Stratec Medical in Oberdorf, Switzerland, a medical device company that later changed its name to Synthes AG. There he held several key management positions in Marketing Communications. As global Director Marketing Communications, he was responsible for supporting global product launches, but also for other key communication activities such as the Annual Report and brand management. When Synthes was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2012, Kai Rolker assumed his new role as Head of Corporate Communications at Clariant, headquartered in Pratteln, Switzerland. In August 2014, he was appointed Head of Group Communications at Clariant. In this role, his responsibilities include Marketing Communications, Brand Management, Online Communications, Media Relations, Internal Communications, Strategic Communications as well as Regional Communications.

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Piet Klop
PGGM

Piet Klop

Senior Advisor Responsible Investment

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Donato Calace
Datamaran

Donato Calace

Director of Accounts and Innovation

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Dr. Donato Calace is the Director of Accounts and Innovation at Datamaran. In this role, he heads global innovation projects for the firm as well as the sales and account strategy. He is the bridge between the community of existing and potential Datamaran users and the tech/product teams.

Donato is also in charge of the relationship with the Technical Advisory Committee consisting of international technical experts in ESG, AI and risk management. He speaks frequently at expert-conferences world-wide. A true expert in his field, in June 2016, Donato was awarded a Ph.D. in the international program “The Economics and Management of Natural Resources”.

Recently, he wrote the definition of materiality for the Encyclopedia of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals edited by Springer.

Jasmine Mehta
MSCI

Jasmine Mehta

Head ESG Issuer Communications – EMEA

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Alexander Pond
Absolute Genius

Alexander Pond

Chief Executive Officer

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Jon Recacoechea
Fineco

Jon Recacoechea

Head of ESG Investments

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Colette Grosscurt
ACTIAM

Colette Grosscurt

Responsible Investment Officer

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Colette joined ACTIAM in 2017 as Responsible Investment Officer. She is part of the Sustainability & Strategy team, where she is responsible for integrating non-financial information in the investment process and the impact measurement of ACTIAM's portfolios. She has led the development of an ESG database and dashboard with the goal to inform stakeholders about the non-financial performance of investments. Prior to joining ACTIAM, Colette worked as analyst at True Price, where she was responsible for measuring the social and environmental impact of organisations and developing methodologies to internalize externalities. She is also Curator of the Amsterdam Hub of the Global Shapers Community, the worldwide community for leaders between 20-33 years old of the World Economic Forum. Colette holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Joshua Berger
CDC Biodiversité

Joshua Berger

Global Biodiversity Score (GBS) Project Manager

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Global Biodiversity Score (GBS) Project Manager - Joshua has 8 years of experience of mainstreaming biodiversity and particularly ecosystem services. He graduated from AgroParisTech, the top French engineering school for life sciences, with a major in environmental economics and then went on to work on ecological restoration, ecosystem service economic valuation, innovative financing mechanisms for biodiversity. He has worked in Europe, China and West Africa, locally, nationally and internationally. He has been leading the development of the GBS tool and animation of the Club of Business for Positive Biodiversity (B4B+) at CDC Biodiversité since 2018. The GBS is a tool seeking to assess the impacts on biodiversity of businesses and financial assets. The impacts thus calculated can be used as performance indicators by businesses and investors to track and disclose their performance. Compatibility with planetary boundaries, and international and national targets can also be assessed with the GBS. The tool is being supported by 35+ businesses involved in the B4B+ Club and has been road-tested by about a dozen of them.

Hans Stegeman
Triodos Investment Management

Hans Stegeman

Head of Investment Analysis and Economics

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Hans Stegeman is Head of Investment Analysis and Economics at Triodos Investment Management, where he is responsible for a team of investment analysts and economists on behalf of the firm’s listed equity and bond strategies. He has over twenty years of experience working across different fields of macroeconomics, long-term forecasting and scenarios, strategy and circular business models. From 2007 to 2017 he served in different roles at Rabobank, lastly in the role of Chief Economist Netherlands. Prior to that, he worked as senior economist at CPB the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis and labour union ABVAKABO. Hans studied Economics at Maastricht University and is currently working on a PhD. in Circular Economy.

Christine Sobieski
Ørsted

Christine Sobieski

Senior Sustainability Advisor

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Christine Sobieski is Senior Sustainability Advisor in Ørsted – a renewable energy company that takes tangible climate action to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. For the last 7 years, she has been part of the company’s transformation from a fossil-based energy company to global market leader in offshore wind. Her responsibilities include overseeing the company's strategic ESG agenda and engaging ESG investors and rating agencies to create business value. Previously, she has project managed the company's annual sustainability report and materiality assessments, and has led sustainability communication and engagement initiatives.

Louise Rosenmeier
Chr. Hansen

Louise Rosenmeier

Sustainability Business Partner

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Ludovic d'Otreppe
Vigeo Eiris

Ludovic d'Otreppe

Head of Market - Belgium, Netherlands and Germany

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Ludovic is the Head of Market in Belgium, Netherlands and Germany for Vigeo Eiris as well as the head of Business Transformation. He has joined Vigeo Eiris in March 2013 to take the lead of the business development on this region, aiming to support all responsible Investment market’s stakeholders. Since then, he has also taken the lead in framing and managing large transformation project for Vigeo Eiris. The agency was founded in 2002 by Nicole Notat and has established itself as the leading European expert in the assessment of companies and organizations with regard to their practices and performance on environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) issues.

Prior to joining Vigeo Eiris, Ludovic has worked as a Strategic Consultant during 7 years for Arthur D. Little, with a focus on Sustainability challenge integration into global business model.

Ludovic holds a Master degree in Management / Business Engineering from the IAG-Louvain School of Management, where he focused on CSR.

Nanda Huizing
Philips Benelux

Nanda Huizing

Head of Brand, Communications & Digital

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Kristina Stonjeková
MN

Kristina Stonjeková

Advisor Responsible Investment & Governance

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Kristina works as an Advisor Responsible Investment & Governance at MN, the third largest pension fund asset manager in the Netherlands with over €130 billion Assets Under Management (AUM). She is responsible for the design and implementation of engagement programs addressing human rights compliance and labour relations of investee companies. As part of this work, Kristina has contributed to the development of the Platform Living Wage Financials (PLWF), an investor coalition with over €2,5 trillion AUM that aims to advance living wage and social compliance in global supply chains. The PLWF was recently shortlisted for an PRI Award in the category ‘Active Ownership Project of the Year’ (results to be announced on 10 September). Besides her engagement work, Kristina is also involved with impact and green bond investing, the EU Sustainable Finance agenda and academic research.
Before joining MN, Kristina entered the field of sustainable investment as part of the Active Ownership team of Robeco. In her free time, she acts as a Vice-President of Net Impact Amsterdam, a not-for-profit sustainability network.
Kristina holds a Master degree in European Law (LL.M) from Leiden Law School and she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Leiden University College The Hague.

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.

Howard Sherman
MSCI ESG Research

Howard Sherman

Executive Director

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Howard is a member of the MSCI ESG Research product management team and is responsible for the firm’s corporate governance offerings. He also serves as the commercial liaison for the ESG sales team in the Asia-Pacific region.
Howard is a co-founder and former CEO of Governance Metrics International, which merged with The Corporate Library and Audit Integrity in 2010 to form GMI Ratings. GMI was in turn acquired by MSCI in 2014.
Howard is also a founding member of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets.
Previously, Howard served as CEO of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), the proxy advisory firm, and Thomson Financial Investor Relations. He also served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee of the IRRC Institute, a not-for-profit organization that sponsored environmental, social and corporate governance research, and is a former member of the Council of Institutional Investors’ Markets Advisory Council.
Howard has worked in the corporate governance field since 1986, when he joined the Investor Responsibility Research Center in Washington, DC. Before joining IRRC he worked for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Howard is a frequent speaker before both institutional investor and corporate audiences and the author of numerous articles and op-ed pieces in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Pensions and Investments and Directors and Boards.
Howard holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics from George Washington University. He has been listed in various editions of Who’s Who since 1991 and was elected to The Directorship 100 in 2010.

Giulia Genuardi
Enel SpA

Giulia Genuardi

Head of Sustainability Planning and Performance Management, Innovability (Innovation & Sustainability)

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She holds a degree with honors in Economics and Commerce from the University of Palermo, as well as a master in Administration, Finance and Control from the Luiss Management.

Her professional career began at the Enel Group in 2003, where she specialised in internal audit activities, covering a wide range of roles and managing the adoption of the Organizational Model ex Italian Legislative Decree 231/01. From February 2011 to July 2013 she was Compliance Officer pursuant to Italian Legislative Decree 231/01 in in some companies of the Enel group.

Since 2014 she has been Head of "Sustainability Planning and Performance Management" of the Enel Group, responsible for embedding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues into business management through the definition and monitoring of the sustainability strategy at Group level; while also coordinating the sustainability planning and reporting processes in all the countries where Enel is present. She is also responsible for promoting accountability and transparency through leading the elaboration of Annual Sustainability Reports both at Group and country level. She also manages Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) indexes and sustainability rating at Group level.

Together with the Finance and Investor Relations functions, she actively participates in the definition of guidelines and the development of innovative processes and products in the field of sustainable finance. She is member of the Enel Green Bond Committee.

She was appointed member of the European Lab Project Task Force on Climate-related reporting (EFRAG) in February 2019.

She makes numerous lectures in the most prestigious universities and master.

Arthur van Mansvelt
Achmea Investment Management

Arthur van Mansvelt

Senior Engagement Specialist

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Arthur van Mansvelt is a Senior Engagement Specialist at Achmea Investment Management. Arthur started working in the financial industry in 2006 as a sustainable investment specialist at Triodos Investment Management and joined the Achmea IM Responsible Investment Team in 2019. Arthur’s specific areas of expertise include human rights and climate change. He has worked on different engagement projects concerning sustainability in supply chains, such as living wage in the garment industry, conflict minerals and human rights violations in the cobalt supply chain. Arthur obtained his economics degree from Utrecht University.

Frank Siblesz
DIF Capital Partners

Frank Siblesz

Senior Director and Head of ESG

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Frank Siblesz is a Senior Director and Head of ESG. He joined DIF in 2008 as part of the Origination team and was involved in a large number of RE and PPP projects in different DIF funds. In 2018, Frank took responsibility for the ESG strategy and implementation within DIF. This includes developing of the ESG strategy and policy, developing and implementing ESG related tools for the different DIF business areas (including ESG Screening Tool & due diligence guidance for Origination, ESG Survey for Asset Management). Frank holds a Bachelor and Master’s in Economics & Finance from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Richard Howitt
IIRC

Richard Howitt

Former CEO

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Martin Lok
Natural Capital Coalition

Martin Lok

Deputy Director

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Ben Hayman
Given London

Ben Hayman

Managing Partner

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Ben is Managing Partner at Given London. His background is in brand strategy and innovation and joined Given three years ago to help grow purpose led brands. Prior to Given, Ben has worked at agencies including FutureBrand and CSpace over a 20 year career. He specialises in using co-creation to help businesses connect their brands to stakeholders and customers in more meaningful ways. He has led assignments for brands including The Body Shop, IKEA, VF, McDonald’s and BMW to name but a few. He is proud of his record of using new insight to help build purpose led strategies with real impact.

Hans Nooter
Alliander NV

Hans Nooter

CSR Specialist

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Hans Nooter, Netherlands, 1964, is working as a Senior Advisor CSR and Sustainability at Alliander Corporate and Social Affairs team. Dutch energy network company Alliander facilitates an open energy market, supports sustainable energy choices and is specialist in complex energy networks and installations and has about 7.000 employees.

Hans is a specialist in transparency, impact and stakeholder engagement. As an experienced specialist he is always looking after ways that shift organisations to the forefront of sustainability.

He is responsible for the non-financial part of the organisation’s annual integrated report. Which is amongst the leading in the energy industry and ranked first and second position at the 2016 and 2017 Dutch transparency benchmark. The Integrated Profit and Loss review and the broader social impacts of the organisation are amongst the recent innovations in the annual report.     

Hans has a background in environmental and political sciences and graduated as specialist in environmental business administration. He is interested in organisational behavior and change processes. He joined the international GRI Electric Utility Sector Supplement Working Group and he is an elected member of the Provincial Council of Overijssel, Netherlands.

Marientina Laina
South Pole

Marientina Laina

Senior Consultant - Climate Risks and Opportunities Team

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Marientina is a Senior Consultant in the Climate Risks and Opportunities Team at South Pole, based in London. She has nine years of experience in sustainability strategy, climate change policy and corporate voluntary reporting. She has provided advice to FTSE100 companies on setting targets in line with climate science (SBTs), CDP reporting and has developed and implemented strategies for reducing supply chain emissions. Marientina is South Pole’s leading SBT expert and has supported various clients in designing and meeting their SBTs.

She holds an MSc degree in Environmental Technology and International Affairs from Vienna University of Technology and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

Charlie Crossley
ShareAction

Charlie Crossley

Project Coordinator – WDI

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Charlie joined ShareAction in November 2015 and moved to the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) when it launched in late 2016. He coordinates the day-to-day running of the WDI, contributing to the solid growth of the project. A large number of the world's biggest institutional investors now support the WDI, with more and more companies also buying in. Before this, Charlie worked in a policy role focussed on financial inclusion at Toynbee Hall. He has a First Class BA in Politics and an MA in International Relations.

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Simona Carnevali
Saipem

Simona Carnevali

Sustainability Expert

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Simona works as Sustainability expert at Saipem, Italian leading company in engineering, drilling and construction of major projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. She deals with sustainability reporting process, stakeholder engagement and communication activities: Saipem Open Talks is the last initiative she has contributed to design and implement.

Furthermore, she was one of the young talents selected to take part in a 9-month innovative project in the framework of Saipem Innovation Factory.

Simona holds a Master degree in International Relations from Università degli Studi di Milano and she graduated from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano.

Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonacarnevali/

Sasja Beslik
Bank J Safra Sarasin

Sasja Beslik

Managing Director - Head of Sustainable Finance Developement

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Soeren Stober
Trucost, part of S&P Global

Soeren Stober

Director of Business Development ESG & Sustainability

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Soeren is Director of Business Development ESG & Sustainability for Trucost, part of S&P Global. Trucost assesses and prices risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints and broader ESG factors, enabling companies and financial institutions to understand exposure to ESG factors, inform resilience and identify the transformative solutions of tomorrow.

Soeren is responsible for corporate business development in Northern Europe, Africa and Japan. He began his career at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment followed by Group Communications and Social Affairs positions in Germany’s retail/mail order group KarstadtQuelle AG. From there he moved into tourism and to the UK to join Thomas Cook Group PLC. His experience at Thomas Cook includes Group Sustainability & ESG Reporting Manager and Interim Head of Sustainability. Most recently he was Commercial Director for the ABTA-owned sustainability certification scheme Travelife. He served as an ISO principal expert for tourism services and Board Member of the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism.


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