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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.

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.

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.

Delphine Gibassier
Birmingham Business School

Delphine Gibassier

Senior Research Fellow

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Delphine is the Centre’s Senior Research Fellow. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, she was Associate Professor in Management Control and Sustainability Accounting at Toulouse Business School, France from 2013 to 2018. She earned her PhD from HEC Paris. Before joining academia she worked as a management controller in 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. Her work has been published in leading accounting journals such as Accounting, 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 recognised 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 organisations 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
Thomas Hügli
AXA Switzerland

Thomas Hügli

Chief Sustainability Officer

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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).

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

Group Sustainability 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
JLL

Richard Batten

Global Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer

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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’.


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