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An Unrivalled Speaker Line-up

Innovative and inspiring brands shared their sustainability reporting and communications strategies at the 2018 event. A key focus was on how to demonstrate resilience through accurate disclosure and SDG impacts. See below for the 50+ expert speakers from 2018’s event.

Susan Beverly
Abbott

Susan Beverly

Senior Director, Sustainability

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Susan Beverly is the Senior Director of Sustainability at Abbott, where she is responsible for developing and advancing the company’s sustainability and shared value strategy globally. Susan is part of the leadership team that launched Abbott’s shared value strategy, a core tenet of the company’s approach to corporate social responsibility that aims to advance Abbott’s business in new and emerging markets by solving critical societal issues at scale. She is also responsible for Abbott’s sustainability issues management and annual reporting, stakeholder engagement on environmental, social and governance issues, and other outreach efforts that help elevate Abbott’s reputation as a socially responsible organization.

Susan joined Abbott in 2001, and prior to working in Sustainability, she was Senior Manager, Proprietary Pharmaceuticals. She set the vision and strategy for multi- stakeholder communications programs for Abbott’s late-stage investigational and marketed medicines internationally, including marketing communications, social media, policy communications, and crisis and issues management. Susan has also served on Abbott’s Corporate Communications team, where she was the editor-in-chief of the company magazine, managed key employee communications programs, and developed speeches and other correspondence on behalf of Abbott’s Chairman and CEO and members of senior management.

Before joining Abbott, Susan spent three years at Edelman Worldwide, a global public relations agency, where she managed reputation management and media relations programs for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Susan also worked as a legislative assistant in the communications office for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, United States Senate.

Abbott is a global healthcare innovator committed to helping people live their best possible lives through the power of health. For more than 125 years, Abbott has brought new products and technologies to the world – in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals – that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. The company employs approximately 94,000 people and markets its products in more than 150 countries.

Susan received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She lives in Chicago.

Andrew McConville
Syngenta

Andrew McConville

Global Head of External Affairs and Communications

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Andrew McConville is the Global Head of External Affairs and Communications for Syngenta, one of the world’s largest agricultural technology companies with 28,000 employees across 90 countries. Syngenta is committed to helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

As Head of External Affairs and Communication, Andrew leads a team across the world responsible for public affairs and public policy, developing effective NGO policy partnerships, driving media relations through traditional and new media channels, building the corporate brand through thought leadership, events and stakeholder outreach and protecting the company’s reputation through effective issues and crisis management. Prior to his current role, for more than a decade Andrew held senior regional roles in Syngenta as Head of Corporate Affairs for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and as Head of Corporate Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region.

Andrew is an agribusiness and corporate affairs professional with 25 years’ experience across a variety of sectors, industries and countries. In addition to his extensive agricultural experience, Andrew has worked and consulted in the government, banking and finance, FMCG and services sectors.  

In April 2016 he was described by Britain’s ‘The Guardian’ as one of sustainable agriculture’s ‘people to follow globally’ on Twitter @sententia_ag and with his regular blog post www.agrimatters.org

Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University. 

Fiona Wild
BHP

Fiona Wild

Vice President, Climate Change and Sustainability

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Fiona has almost 20 years’ experience in multinational oil, gas and resources companies, ranging from frontline operational management to corporate strategic development across a variety of countries and businesses. Born in Liverpool, UK, she holds a degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

She began her career with oil and gas major BP, working in various operational roles in both the upstream exploration and downstream refining businesses, before taking a corporate policy role at BP's headquarters in London. Moving to Australia with BP in 2002, she worked in downstream operations and then spent five years’ in External Affairs, focusing on national and international climate change policy development and advocacy. In this role, she gained extensive experience in carbon capture and storage (CCS) project and policy development, supporting BP’s Hydrogen Energy business as it investigated opportunities to develop global CCS projects.

She joined BHP in 2010 as Senior Manager, Environment and was appointed to the role of Vice President, Environment and Climate Change in 2013. In these roles, she was accountable for developing and maintaining global performance requirements in water, land and biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions management. She advised the Board and senior management on emerging environmental and climate change trends and represented BHP in engagements with national and international stakeholders, including NGOs, academics, industry associations, governments and investors.

In 2013, she led a review of BHP’s approach to climate change to deliver an updated company position and strategy, including mitigation, adaptation, portfolio evaluation, stakeholder engagement and low emissions technology. She developed BHP’s ‘Climate Change: Portfolio Analysis’, an industry-leading report that describes the impact of both an orderly and a rapid transition to a low carbon future on the valuation of the company’s portfolio. As Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change, she now leads the design and implementation of BHP’s approach to all sustainability-related issues, including climate change, environment, community and social policy.

Fiona is a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, reporting to the G20. Chaired by Michael Bloomberg, the Task Force has developed recommendations for relevant and decision-useful company disclosures for issuers, lenders and insurers to address climate-related financial risks and opportunities. She also holds several Board positions, including as a Director of IETA, CO2CRC, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Pietro Bertazzi
GRI

Pietro Bertazzi

Head of Sustainable Development

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Pietro joined the GRI Secretariat in 2010. As Deputy Director – Policy and Global Affairs, his primary focus is to proactively contribute to GRI’s full grasp and mastery of the policy field of sustainability reporting. He ensures strong and dynamic resource mobilizations with policy makers and capital markets operators and regulatory bodies as well as international organizations. He has been leading GRI activities related to major global and regional policy processes such as the Rio+20 Conference, the EU directive on Non-Financial Reporting and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Before joining GRI, Pietro worked for the Italian Section and the EU Institutions Liaison Office of Amnesty International on the issues of corporate accountability for human rights violations and International Financial Institutions’ impact on human rights. Right before moving to Amsterdam he worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Team of a large Italian multinational company, contributing to the definition of the Group Sustainability Policy and Sustainability Report.

Pietro grew up in the South of Italy and lived in Rome, Strasbourg, Milano, Brussels and Amsterdam. He graduated in Public European and International Law at LUISS University in Rome, Italy. He holds a Master in Management and Governance of Non Profit (LUISS University), a Master in Corporate Citizenship (Fondaca, Sant’Anna di Pisa, Boston College) and a Master in Economics and Management of Environment and Energy (Bocconi University).

Twitter: @PietroBertazzi
Linked in: nl.linkedin.com/in/pietrobertazzi/

Richard Howitt
IIRC

Richard Howitt

CEO

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Richard Howitt is Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council. As such he is spearheading the adoption of Integrated Reporting globally and is a major thought-leader in international debates on good corporate governance, shifting investment to the long-term and inclusive capitalism.

Richard travels extensively internationally to meet with the over 1,500 global businesses who are adopting Integrated Reporting as well as with advocates of Integrated Reporting in policy and investor communities. He is a member of the B20 group of international business leaders who dialogue with G20 governments. Richard has spoken widely on issues of financial stability, sustainable development and capital market reform as part of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, the UNCTAD Expert Group on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting and at other international fora.

Richard has been involved in the evolution of Integrated Reporting from the outset, as a member of HRH The Prince of Wales Annual Forum on Accounting for Sustainability, and was at the original meeting of the Forum which led to the setting up of the IIRC in 2009. He subsequently served as an Ambassador for the IIRC representing it at international meetings including the Rio +20 UN Summit for Sustainable Development before taking over as Chief Executive Officer in November 2016, succeeding the IIRC’s first Chief Executive, Paul Druckman.

Prior to being appointed to the IIRC, Richard served as an elected Member of the European Parliament for over twenty years and was rapporteur on corporate responsibility. In this capacity, he was key architect of the EU’s non-financial information directive, one of the biggest transformations in corporate disclosure anywhere in the world.

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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.

Piet Klop
PGGM

Piet Klop

Senior Advisor Responsible Investment

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Piet Klop leads PGGM’s company and market engagement efforts around water scarcity. He is also developing PGGM’s 20 billion euro “investing in solutions” portfolio, including impact measurement.

Before joining PGGM Investments in July 2011, Piet was at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC (where he initiated the water risk atlas ‘Aqueduct’), and held senior positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the private sector. As water resources expert he worked at the World Bank and United Nations.

Piet holds master’s degrees in Water Resources Management (Wageningen University, 1989) and Applied Environmental Economics (University of London, 1999).

Tjeerd Krumpelman
ABN AMRO

Tjeerd Krumpelman

Head of Reporting & Stakeholder Engagement

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Tjeerd Krumpelman, 40years old, dutch nationality. 17 years of banking experience, starting as a private banker and investment advisor, later on Head of Investment team and Director of Preferred Banking after that.

The past four years I have been responsible for ABN AMRO's sustainability reporting as head of the sustainability Advisory and Reporting team. We offer advise on developing and implementing sustainability strategy within business lines of the bank, we manage the relationships with key-stakeholder groups and we report and communicate on our progress on sustainability through the integrated report and by particpating in various benchmarks.

Christine Sobieski
Ørsted

Christine Sobieski

Senior Sustainability Advisor

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Jane Wilkinson
Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Jane Wilkinson

Head of Sustainable Finance

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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.

Sarah Atkinson
CA Technologies

Sarah Atkinson

VP, Communications

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Lois Gutherie
WBCSD

Lois Gutherie

Director – Redefining Value

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Mairead Keigher
Shift

Mairead Keigher

Reporting Program Manager

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Mairead Keigher heads the Human Rights reporting work at Shift, the leading centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Her work focuses on outreach and training to multiple audiences on the application of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework as a catalyst for improved corporate human rights performance and disclosure. Mairead leads a team of reporting advisors who analyze company human rights disclosures and contribute insights on the key industry trends to a broad set of stakeholders. Prior to joining Shift in 2016, Mairead spent 19 years working in the operational, marketing and corporate affairs functions of the ICT sector, most recently spending 8 years as Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager at Microsoft’s Central and Eastern European headquarters. Mairead is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Scotland (LLM International Human Rights Law), and the University of Limerick, Ireland (BA European Studies, MA International relations).

Stuart Poore
Canon

Stuart Poore

EMEA Director of Sustainability & Government Affairs

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Stuart Poore is Director of Sustainability and Government Affairs at Canon, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He leads a team of sustainability experts that manage all aspects of the company’s social and environmental impact. Prior to Canon, he was Director of Corporate Stewardship at WWF, leading the organization’s engagement with UK companies across a broad range of stewardship priorities with a focus on business investments and supply chains in China, India, East Africa and Brazil & Amazon.

Stuart has extensive experience of working within businesses to lead social and environmental change programmes. He spent 4 years in the media and telecommunications sector as Director of Corporate Responsibility at Virgin Media and previously led Corporate Responsibility at the QinetiQ Group, a global defence, aerospace and security company. Stuart has a PhD in International Politics and is a former Chairman of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers.

Andrea Stovin
AstraZeneca

Andrea Stovin

Director, Global Sustainability Communications

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Hakan Lucius
EIB (European Investment Bank)

Hakan Lucius

Head of Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society Division

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Dr Hakan Lucius is Head of Corporate Responsibility at the EIB, the European Union’s bank, covering sustainability 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 internationally acclaimed speaker, having presented in conferences in over 14 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 also currently the serves on the European Investment Bank’s Pension Board, co-chairs the FinTech working group of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, and is on their environmental fund label and the ESG fund label eligibility committees, is a member of the Frankfurt School’s Board of Trustees, and of the EIB Institute’s Knowledge Committee.

Mike Zimonyi
CDSB

Mike Zimonyi

Policy & External Affairs Manager

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Michael Dickstein
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Michael Dickstein

Group Sustainability Director

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Mark Lewis
Carbon Tracker

Mark Lewis

Managing Director, Global Head of Research

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MARK LEWIS is Managing Director and Head of Research at the Carbon Tracker Initiative.  Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of European Utilities Research at Barclays (2015-18), Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux (2014-15), and Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Research at Deutsche Bank, where he worked for 14 years until 2013. For the last 15 years, Mark’s research has focused on the overlap between energy and climate change. His work on power, gas, and carbon was ranked Number 1 by Energy Risk magazine in its 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 surveys, and his report on the Paris Climate-Change Agreement was runner-up in the 2015/16 City of London Farsight Award for long-term financial research.

In addition to his experience as a sell-side financial analyst, Mark spent one year as Deputy Head of investor relations at E.ON at the beginning of the Energiewende, and two years as a credit analyst covering the European utility sector at Standard & Poor’s (1997-99). In total, Mark has over 20 years' experience as a financial analyst covering global energy and environmental markets, and since May 2016 he has been a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

Mark is a UK and French Citizen and holds a BA (First-Class Hons) in Modern Languages and Economics from Sheffield University, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and an MA from London University.

Yves Nissim
Orange

Yves Nissim

VP, Head of Transformation and Operation in CSR

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Yves Nissim received an MS degree and a Ph.D degree from Stanford University, California, in 1978 and 1981 respectively.

Yves joined the France Telecom R&D Laboratories in 1981, where he led a group on photo-assisted processes. In 1994, he became head of the micro-optoelectronics technology department.

In 2003, Yves entered France Telecom main activities. He held various positions going from operations to performance manager where he was trained to become a six sigma master black belt.

In 2006 he held the position of director of the Group CTO office.

At the beginning of 2009, Yves joined the CSR activities of the Orange Group as the deputy chief CSR officer. His main field of expertise is Group CSR transformation, CSR reporting, stake holder dialogue, social value creation and Human Rights issues.

Orange was a founder company of the Telecom Industry Dialogue addressing the problems of freedom of speech and privacy. Yves was the Chair of this organization in 2014. Yves is currently member of the Board of the Global Network Initiative

Gordon Rogers
Yorkshire Water

Gordon Rogers

Head of Sustainability

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Gordon is a champion of sustainability and responsible business, with a focus on water, natural capital and climate change.

As Head of Sustainability at Yorkshire Water, Gordon has embedded a cross-business programme of sustainability activity that drives continual improvement across the Company’s environmental, financial and social priorities.

Over recent years, Gordon has focused on introducing to Yorkshire Water the concepts of the Capitals and Integrated Reporting. Having taken value from a pilot assessment using the draft Natural Capital Protocol in early 2016, Gordon and his team are delivering a growing programme of assessments across the Capitals which are informing the Company’s long term strategy. The focus has matured to various practical applications that inform risk management and decision making to maximise resilience and multiple benefits for customers. Gordon will soon be publishing a report on the findings and methodology of the Company’s first Total Impact and Value Assessment, in which the team have quantified, and in many areas monetised, a broad range of metrics across the capitals. 

Gordon works nationally with groups including Accounting for Sustainability and the Natural Capital Coalitional, and is driving projects to help standardise the water industry’s approach to Natural Capital.

Gordon is also a Trustee of the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, helping govern the Trust’s distribution of donations (over £7m to date) to a wide range of good causes.

Iver Drabaek
Nordzucker Group

Iver Drabaek

Head of Sustainability

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I am currently Head of Sustainability for the Nordzucker Group and responsible for our sustainability strategy, communication as well as integration of sustainability in our business and our work with value chain partners. I have a basic education as a Chemical Engineer and various other management degrees as well as a doctorate of management.

Most of my career, I have been working with sustainability. Firstly, within environmental research, later in general management within analytical chemistry, energy and environmental consultancy, then in international industry and international consultancy focusing on subjects such as Human Rights, Bribery & Corruption, Business Ethics - in the full value chain. Part of my jobs has always been about change and the human factor, i.e. how do you actually accomplish change in practice. This is a key aspect of doing business and also of working with sustainability. My focus has always been the integration of sustainability in business.

Mandy Kirby
PRI

Mandy Kirby

Director of Reporting, Assessment and Accountability

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Mandy is part of the PRI’s Leadership team. As Director of Reporting, Assessment and Accountability, she ensures that institutional investors in more than 50 countries are able to effectively disclose their incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in their investment beliefs, strategy and decision making. The Accountability project examines the internal controls, audits and third party verification methods used on reported information. She has designed and implemented an innovative framework for service providers to report their ESG approach. Mandy liaises with UK, European and global reporting and standard-setting bodies to support reform and improve the quality of transparency and disclosure.

Previously, as Associate Director at the Maplecroft consultancy, she led research projects for blue chip clients in developed and emerging markets, advising on risk management and sustainability issues. At business intelligence provider IHS Global Insight, she lead the Europe desk to provide political  analysis and economic forecasting.

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Prof. Donna Marshall, PhD.
UCD College of Business

Prof. Donna Marshall, PhD.

Head of Research, Innovation and Impact

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France Bourgouin
LEO Pharma

France Bourgouin

Head of Global CSR

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Dr. Jens Madrian
Reactive Technologies

Dr. Jens Madrian

Chief Financial & Commercial Officer

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Dr. Jens Madrian joined Reactive Technologies in 2016 as Chief Financial & Commercial Officer. Reactive is an energy tech company applying cutting-edge telecommunications technologies to the energy sector to deliver transformational change and to enable a lower carbon energy future. Jens has already made his mark on the company by securing equity funding and driving Reactive’s strategic, financial and commercial development in the UK and abroad. Prior to joining Reactive, Jens was CFO at RWE Npower and Commercial Managing Director for RWE’s European Group Sales Portfolio Management. Jens holds a PhD in International Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Muenster, Germany. Jens is a proud member of the A4S Advisory Council, an organisation committed to working with finance leaders to elevate sustainability to center stage in business strategy.

Richard Butters
Aviva

Richard Butters

SRI Analyst

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Richard is an analyst supporting Aviva Investors’ SRI Funds, and is responsible for screening investments, engaging with invested companies, and reporting on the Funds’ ESG performance.

Richard joined Aviva Investors in 2014 as part of a Finance graduate scheme and spent 2 years in a management accounting role and 2 years as a Finance Change Manager.

Before joining Aviva Investors, Richard worked for a leading renewable energy supplier and volunteered for a Department for International Development funded programme.

Richard holds a BSc in International Management from Manchester University. He is also a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA, CGMA).

Daniel Neale
Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

Daniel Neale

Programme 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.

Gergely Jancsár
MOL Group

Gergely Jancsár

Head of Sustainability and Environment

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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.

Katie Schmitz Eulitt
SASB

Katie Schmitz Eulitt

Strategic Advisor

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Katie Schmitz Eulitt has worked with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) since its inception. She now serves on SASB’s Capital Markets Policy and Outreach team, cultivating the use of SASB standards in investment decisions. Katie co-manages SASB’s Investor Advisory Group, comprising 32 leading global asset owners and managers – with over $26 Trillion in assets under management – who support the need for a market standard through which companies communicate their performance on financially-material ESG issues to their investors. She also curates and edits ESG Integration Insights, SASB’s ongoing series of investor-written case studies examining the use of SASB tools across asset classes, markets, and investment strategies.

Katie has created business solutions to address environmental and social challenges and opportunities across a broad range of industries, including: investment banking; oil & gas; independent power production; renewable energy; water purification, and other clean technologies.

She holds a BA in Japanese from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from l’Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France and, an executive certificate in sustainability from the Presidio Graduate School of San Francisco.

Delphine Gibassier
University of Birmingham

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.

Rachael Everard
Rolls-Royce plc

Rachael Everard

Group Sustainability Manager

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Ryan O’Keeffe
Enel

Ryan O’Keeffe

Former Director of Communications

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Ryan O'Keeffe was appointed Director of Communications of the Enel Group in 2014. In this role he oversees Enel's Brand Strategy, Global Advertising, Internal Communications, Media Relations and Digital Communications at Group level.

He graduated with a degree in modern languages from the University of Edinburgh. Following postgraduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Mr O'Keeffe joined UBS Investment Bank in its South African office before moving to London where he worked in the M&A and Leveraged Finance teams. In 2006 he joined Finsbury, the leading global strategic communications consultancy, where he advised the CEOs and boards of directors of a number of the world's largest companies on their strategic communications.

In 2009 he moved to Finsbury's office in New York where he spent three years, culminating in leading Finsbury's 2011 merger with US-based Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery.

Mr O’Keeffe has broad experience in international media engagement, investor relations, as well as internal communications, crisis management and regulatory investigations. He is a Board member of Enel Cuore Onlus, and is also involved with various educational charities in South Africa and the UK. He is a keen sportsman and nature conservationist

Christine Diamente
Nokia

Christine Diamente

Head of Brand

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Christine Diamente is Head of Brand Strategy at Nokia, a role she has held since January 2016. Previously, she was Head of Brand and Corporate Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent (2011-15) where under her leadership, the company was ranked “best in class” for its sustainability performance by key rating agencies including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, CDP, GeSI, EcoVadis and SocGen. The company was also the recipient of industry awards for its brand and digital communications.

Prior to this, Christine held other leadership roles including Director of Corporate Relations where she built and led Alcatel-Lucent's Strategic Partner activities with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Director European Affairs where she led Alcatel and Alcatel-Lucent's corporate representation with European institutions.

Christine has served on industry boards including ex-officio member of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, founding member and Chair of the Telecoms Industry Dialogue for Human Rights (now GNI) and Board Member of European Internet Foundation (EIF). Today she is a Board member of Ethical Corporation advising them on their sustainability activities, chairing panels at their annual conference and presiding their awards judging since June 2015.

Graduating with a Master's in the History of Technology and International Relations and a B.A in History and International Politics from the University of Ottawa, Christine also completed the Management Acceleration Programme at INSEAD Business School in France.

Paul Afshar
FleishmanHillard Fishburn

Paul Afshar

Partner, Purposeful Business

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A leading communications practitioner with over a decade’s experience Paul leads on FHF’s Purposeful Business across EMEA. 

In the past 12 years he has worked with one in four of the Fortune 100, from Microsoft and BT to Shell, J&J and Google, advising on how to meet expectations around sustainability and responsible business.

Paul has most recently been working with companies to help them understand the millennial manifesto on Purposeful Business – the death of CSR and the need for corporates to take action on a broad range of social issues from mental health to BlackLivesMatter.

He writes widely on purposeful business issues for the Independent, Huffington Post and City AM and has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, CBC and NHK.

A selection of Paul’s articles

New opportunities for climate leadership in 2018 (Edie): https://www.edie.net/blog/New-opportunities-for-climate-leadership-in-2018/6098424

Lessons from Beijing’s airpocalypse (Independent) http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/lessons-we-need-to-learn-from-beijings-airpocalypse-a6766226.html

In Paris, we let China off the hook (Huffington Post) http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/paul-reza-afshar/paris-cop21_b_8814500.html

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Mike Hall
Ingersoll Rand

Mike Hall

Director of Communications & Government Relations, EMEA

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Mike is the Director of Communications and Government Relations, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Ingersoll Rand since April 2017.

He currently has responsibility for all external relations matters for Ingersoll Rand in EMEA in order to integrate reputation and engagement strategies across the region. This includes coordination of all legislative/regulatory matters, Reputation Management, and stakeholder relations across the corporate organisation and in coordination with the business units and brands of Ingersoll Rand.

In September 2014, Mike joined Ingersoll Rand as Communications Leader EMEA where he partnered with the businesses in the region to drive results orientated communications internally and externally.

Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Mike worked for DuPont since 2003 in various communications roles for the Pioneer business (agriculture and seed) and from 2012 as Corporate Communications Leader Western & Central Europe & External Communications & Media Relations Leader, EMEA, based in Brussels Belgium.

Prior to joining DuPont, Mike worked as a lobbyist and communications adviser for various clients in an agency, ran the European Centre for Public Affairs, worked as the Parliamentary Assistant to three British Conservative Members of the European Parliament and was elected as the National Chairman of the Conservative Students in the United Kingdom. Mike studied Politics with Minor in Social Policy at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.

Mike’s main areas of expertise include media and government relations and communications and media relations training, Issues and Crisis Management, Internal Communications.

Mike enjoys sports and physical fitness and travel, cultural diversity, current affairs and enjoying life. Mike is Australian and also holds a British passport.

Euan Murray
Sustainability Consortium

Euan Murray

CEO

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Dr. Leonardo Rinaldi
Royal Holloway University of London

Dr. Leonardo Rinaldi

Senior Lecturer in Accounting

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Hilde Bomme
Accountancy Europe (formerly the Federation of European Accountants)

Hilde Bomme

Deputy Chief Executive

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Hilde Blomme joined the Federation 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. 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 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 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Becky Willan
Given

Becky Willan

Managing Director

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Becky Willan is Managing Director of Given London. Becky’s professional background is in corporate social responsibility, with in house roles at The Body and consultancy experience with Unilever, Tesco and SCA. She started Given in 2010 to bring together the consumer insight and creativity of brand marketing with the environmental and social knowledge of sustainability consulting. At Given, Becky has led brand purpose projects for clients including Aviva, Nationwide, P&G, Nespresso, Virgin Media and John Lewis.

Melanie Wilneder
South Pole

Melanie Wilneder

Consumer Goods & Sustainable Supply Chains

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Melanie is an expert in corporate supply chains and sustainability with more than 10 years of experience, including a focus on corporate climate change reporting. Prior to joining South Pole in 2016, she spent 3 years at environmental reporting NGO CDP leading the expansion of CDP’s Supply Chain program in the DACH region and Southern Europe. Before transitioning into sustainability, she gained a solid foundation in supply chains working in Indirect Procurement at RSA Insurance Group and as a supply chain consultant at Deloitte. Her current focus is on supporting consumer goods companies with complex supply chains along their sustainability journey.

Melanie holds a MSc from University College London, as well as two professional qualifications in Insurance and Supply Chain, and a certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Laura Palmeiro
DANONE

Laura Palmeiro

Senior Advisor Sustainability Reporting

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Laura started her career in 1993 as Finance Auditor in PWC Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1997, she joined Aguas Danone Argentina as Sales & Marketing Controller. She became Financial Controller in Villa Alpina (Groupe Danone) in 1999. In 2003 she moved to France as Sales & Marketing Controller for the World Wide Waters Division. In 2006 she accepted a position at Corporate level where she acted as Investors’ Relations Officer

She later became VP Finance Nature in 2009, in charge of developing and deploying the environmental reporting for the company, including the CO2 accounting system.

In March 2014, Laura was appointed Corporate Social Responsibility Director, and as of May 2016, she became Sustainability Integration Director, in charge of coordinating sustainability governance, animation and sustainability reporting at corporate level.

Since January 2018 Laura is seconded to the UN Global Compact where she serves as Senior Advisor on sustainability reporting issues.

Richa Bajpai
Goodera

Richa Bajpai

Founder

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Richa Bajpai is the Founder and Co-CEO of Goodera, a state of the art technology platform that helps companies measure the progress and impact of their CSR, Sustainability and Volunteering initiatives at the last mile on a real-time basis. Currently, 200+ corporates (24 in Fortune 500) including Reckitt Benckiser, P&G, Target, Dell, GAP, Abbott, Amazon are using the Goodera platform to track, monitor and measure the impact of $250mn of development capital deployed annually across 60+ countries, impacting 6mn+ beneficiaries.

Craig Davies
EBRD

Craig Davies

Head Climate Resilience Investments

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