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An Unrivalled Speaker Line-up

Transform 2019 welcomes 250+ CEOs, supply chain, sustainability and NGO executives to share ideas & strategies on how business can deliver positive impacts through their supply chains. Summit attendees enjoy full access to the co-located Sustainability Reporting Summit.

Mario Abreu
Tetra Pak

Mario Abreu

Vice President Sustainability

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Mario has been a member of Tetra Pak’s Environment management team since 2003. He leads functional teams which are currently responsible for Tetra Pak’s strategic priority to Drive Environment Excellence, one of the 4 Group Priorities approved by the Board for the period 2010-2020. Key activities include driving global recycling of post-consumer beverage cartons; reducing the environment footprint of the company’s product portfolio including value-chain climate emission reduction; and development and roll-out of innovative and sustainable products made with renewable and credibly sourced materials.

Between 2005 and 2013 Mario was a member of the board of The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE), the European association for beverage carton producers. Mario also represented Tetra Pak in the development of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, currently hosted by the IUCN; and currently is a member of the Technical Advisory Group of Science-Based Target Initiative, an initiative by CDP, UN Global Compact, WWF and WRI to engage business in setting science based climate ambitions.

Mario was an elected member of the board of directors of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC International) for two consecutive terms between 2006 and 2012, and served as Co-Chairman of the High Conservation Value Resource Network between 2006 and 2008.

Mario is Brazilian and joined Tetra Pak in 1999 in Canada. Mario holds a BSC in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade Gama Filho (Rio de Janeiro) and a Pg Diploma in Environmental Decision Making from The Open University (Milton Keynes).

Martin Frick
UNFCCC

Martin Frick

Senior Director of Policy and Programme Coordination

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Tom Szaky
Terracycle

Tom Szaky

CEO

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Han de Groot
Rainforest Alliance

Han de Groot

CEO

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As Chief Executive Officer Han de Groot leads the Rainforest Alliance’s global strategy. With a strong vision and passion for sustainability, he has overseen the growth of UTZ to become the world’s largest certification program for coffee and cocoa and now leads the merged Rainforest Alliance.

Han has dedicated his career to sustainable development. After studying economics at the University of Wageningen, he worked for more than 12 years at Oxfam Novib, eventually leading the organization’s work in Eastern and Southern Africa. In 1998 Han joined the Dutch government. From 2005 to 2010, he held various positions at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, including Deputy Director for Nature. He also started an interdepartmental program for biodiversity and was briefly seconded to the European Commission.

Alex Gershenson, Ph.D.
SupplyShift

Alex Gershenson, Ph.D.

CEO & Co-founder

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Alex received his doctorate in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, with a focus on climate science and policy. Alex is a well-known expert in responsible sourcing, sustainability, carbon accounting, environmental policy, and economics. Alex is a published author and a frequent speaker at conferences that focus on responsible sourcing and supply chain management.

Prior to starting SupplyShift, Alex was a professor of Policy and Science at San Jose State University and a co-founder of an environmental consulting firm that focused on climate and carbon consulting for enterprise and government clients.

Ulrike Sapiro
The Coca Cola company

Ulrike Sapiro

Senior Director, Water Stewardship & Agriculture

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Suzanne Laszlo
UNICEF Netherlands

Suzanne Laszlo

Executive Director

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In October 2016, Suzanne Laszlo became the new director of UNICEF Netherlands. Before joining our office, Suzanne was the COO (Chief Operation Officer) at the Netherlands Red Cross. She has a long history of working in management positions, ranging from hotels to hospitals and eventually NGOs. In addition to being the director of UNICEF Netherlands, Suzanne is a board member of the Cooperating Aid Organizations Network (Giro 555). This is a cooperative effort of Dutch aid organizations that collectively raises funds and informs Dutch citizens during humanitarian disasters. She is also chair of the Dutch Coalition of Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI). A dynamic movement that leverages the power of resources, expertise and capabilities in the Netherlands to support humanitarian innovation with a global impact

Malin Nordin
IKEA

Malin Nordin

Development leader for Circular IKEA

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Malin Nordin heads the circular business development of IKEA, an initiative that is transforming the Swedish retailer into a global leader in circular business and sustainable practices. This includes circular product design, new circular customer experience, innovation and sourcing of materials, and the development of a circular supply chain. This is a transformation for the total value chain of IKEA and will ultimately reach over 50 markets around the world.

Dominique Fularski
IKEA

Dominique Fularski

Head of Communication Circular IKEA

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Dominique Fularski heads communications for Circular IKEA, an initiative that is transforming the Swedish retailer into a global leader in circular business and sustainable practices. This includes circular product design, new circular customer experience, innovation and sourcing of materials, and the development of a circular supply chain. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience at IKEA, Dominique is working on the development and execution of a global, over 50-market multimedia communications strategy for the initiative.

Christian Galichon
LVMH

Christian Galichon

Purchasing Director

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Robert Metzke
Philips

Robert Metzke

VP Global Head of Sustainability, Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy

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Mr. Metzke currently serves as Vice President and leads Philips’ activities in Sustainability where he focuses on strategy and policy development to realize the organization’s sustainability program, Healthy people, sustainable planet as well as delivering on its commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In his capacity as Chief of Staff, Mr. Metzke supports and advises the Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer by initiating and driving strategic programs and transformation initiatives across Innovation, Strategy, Design, IP&S and Sustainability. Mr. Metzke started his career at Philips in 2008 as Head of the Philips EcoVision program, leading development and worldwide implementation of Philips’ program for sustainable innovation (“EcoVision5”). Before joining Philips, Mr. Metzke worked at McKinsey & Company as consultant where he gained 5 years of experience in strategy and innovation in the high-tech, health-care and public sectors. In his previous role as General Manager of the global Group Strategy team, Mr. Metzke was responsible for building and managing Philips’ central strategy team, driving functional excellence in the strategy process and working with the Philips Leadership team to identify and solve strategic challenges for Philips. Mr. Metzke has a background in journalism, science publishing (Science/ AAAS) and academic research (physics), He is married, has three children and lives in the Netherlands.

Christine Schneider
Henkel

Christine Schneider

Global Head Sustainable Raws Projects in Laundry and Home Care

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Matthias Gramolla
Airbus

Matthias Gramolla

Head of Procurement Responsibility and Sustainability – PG

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Matthias Gramolla heads the governance function Procurement Responsibility and Sustainability. His task is to prevent and mitigate reputational, financial and operational risk coming from non-compliance to Procurement processes, laws, regulations or CSR requirements in the areas of Anti-corruption, Environment and Human Rights, within Airbus and in our supply chain.

Matthias is also a member of the board of directors of BME, the German professional association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics.

Matthias held Procurement Management positions at Airbus for Procurement Strategy and for implementation of e-Procurement. Before that, Matthias held senior management positions in the Merger Integrations at Airbus and for DaimlerChrysler, building on several years in Corporate Strategy and Development at DASA and Daimler. Mr. Gramolla started his career in Satellite Development. He studied Business Administration at the University of California at Berkeley and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

Maria Virginia Dundas
Orsted

Maria Virginia Dundas

Lead Sustainability Advisor

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Geanne van Arkel
Interface EMEA

Geanne van Arkel

Head of Sustainable Development

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After a career in the fashion industry, being a textile engineer, she has joined Interface in 2003 working in various roles and taking up different projects including realizing the Awarehouse, an old production building being transformed into a circular meeting place on sustainability, design and innovation. She holds a masterdegree in Biomimicry from the Arizona State University and is chairing the Dutch biomimicry association BiomimicryNL. She has been elected as CSR manager of the year 2018

Geanne has a creative, strategic approach for embedding sustainability within organizations and is working for Interface for over fourteen years. She sees sustainable development as a key driver for innovation, believing in full product transparency based on life cycle and the need for cross-sectoral cooperations to realize a sustainable inclusive, low carbon, biobased and circular economy.

Creating sustainable value by addressing both ecological and societal issues in inclusive business models, related to the core business of a company is the only way to thrive. Therefor she is using the principles of both biomimicry and The Natural Step.

In her opinion sustainability is about applying a new set of values so you can start to see success through a fresh pair of eyes. It’s about redefining the long game while being more effective in the short - building a better while contributing to a better world through adressing the Sustainable Development Goals in an holistic way.

Interface  is working on what nowadays is called the circular economy since for over 20 years. The company embraced the concept of circular design by inventing the carpet tile in the fifties being a modular flooring. Interface was one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability, when it made a pledge in 1994 to eliminate its impact on the environment by 2020 and to become a restorative company. And with it’s beyond 2020 mission Climate Take Back, the company wants to take the next step to regenerative.

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Clare Flannery
Ab-Inbev

Clare Flannery

Responsible Sourcing Director

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Clare has worked for AB InBev since 2013 working on responsible sourcing and small supplier development programmes. Currently reviewing AB InBev’s approach to human rights and responsible sourcing to create a more impactful programme that effectively targets supply chains risks.

Emma Harbour
Rainforest Alliance

Emma Harbour

Head of Global Advocacy

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Emma Harbour is the Rainforest Alliance’s Head of Global Advocacy. In this position, she oversees the organization’s advocacy work at a global, regional and local level.  Rainforest Alliance’s advocacy work focuses on engaging with public and private sector policy makers in order to influence change to help create more enabling environments for sustainable supply chains to be able to flourish.  Emma has worked at the pre-merger UTZ since 2014, working with coffee stakeholders at market and producer level on multi-stakeholder engagement and supporting producer groups to advocate within supply chains.

Prior to this Emma has worked in advocacy and communications on gender equity, livelihoods and sustainable supply chain issues for organisations in the UK, Netherlands and the US including ActionAid, UN Women and the Clean Clothes Campaign.

Wulf-Peter Schmidt
Ford

Wulf-Peter Schmidt

Director Sustainability, Advanced Regulations and Product Conformity

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Xavier Houot
Schneider Electric

Xavier Houot

SVP Global Safety, Environment, Real Estate

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Xavier Houot is the Senior Vice President, global Environment, Safety, Real Estate for Schneider Electric. With 30 years of experience (Strategy & Management Consulting, as well as Environment, Carbon and Resource performance for business), of which years in India and internationally, Xavier today leads Industry Sector task forces on Climate Change and Circular Economy, is author of articles and a keynote speaker. He is actively engaged in the design and implementation of Circular and low-CO2 Business Models for Schneider.

His works consists of mainstreaming Environmental performance in our conversations with Customers, and his passion is to innovate and collaboratively make emerge both circular, low-CO2 and profitable business models.

Raphaele Deau
WWF

Raphaele Deau

LFL Market Lead

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Caroline Bergrem-Maldan
DNB

Caroline Bergrem-Maldan

VP Supply Chain Sustainability

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Karolina Ryszka
Rabobank

Karolina Ryszka

Economist circular economy and energy transition

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Karolina Ryszka is an economist for circular economy and energy transition at RaboResearch. She focuses on developments in the area of circular economy and energy transition and researches topics such as biofuels, hydrogen and circular construction. Before joining RaboResearch, Karolina has worked at Ecorys, an economic consultancy, where she also advised on various energy transition and circular economy topics. She did her PhD in the area of climate change economics and studied general economics at the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam.

Koen Boone
The Sustainability Consortium

Koen Boone

Director Europe

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Koen Boone is Director Europe of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) and employed by Wageningen University and Research (WUR). Before joining TSC, Koen led a research centre focusing on monitoring the sustainability of Dutch food chains. Koen has more than fifteen years of experience on measuring sustainability on all kinds of levels (product, company, sector). He worked together with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on the development of GRI guidelines for sustainability reporting for the Food Processing Industry.

Volker Rehrmann
TOMRA

Volker Rehrmann

Executive Vice President, Head of TOMRA Recycling and Mining; Head of TOMRA’s Circular Economy Team

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Volker has overseen many of TOMRA’s technological innovations and is currently responsible for the strategic direction of its recycling and mining sorting businesses. In his new role as head of circular economy, Volker will strengthen TOMRA’s market position as a vital partner throughout the plastic value chain to ensure effective use of secondary resources. Volker is regarded as one of the pioneers in the development of optical systems for waste sorting applications. He started his career as an assistant professor for computer vision at the University of Koblenz. Before joining TOMRA in 2004, Volker founded technology sorting solutions company Real Vision Systems GmbH, which became part of TITECH in 2002 and was subsequently acquired by TOMRA. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Koblenz and a Master’s in computer science from the University of Paderborn, both in Germany. He is a German native and is based in Koblen

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Laura Simmonds
IHG

Laura Simmonds

Head of Responsible Procurement

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Laura is Head of Responsible Procurement at IHG, covering all elements of responsible procurement across IHG’s global supply chains, including risk, governance and controls and sustainability. Laura has been with IHG for 6 years, previously in roles as Director of Cost Efficiency and Director of the Europe Programme Office. After graduating from university with a BA Hons in Business, Laura studied for a postgraduate qualification in Management Studies. Laura went on to hold roles of increasing complexity and responsibility in manufacturing (Bosch Automotive, Black & Decker), FMCG (P&G) and utilities (Centrica) before joining IHG. Laura is a very tenacious and pragmatic professional who takes considerable pride in delivering strong results and works collaboratively with the business to drive things forwards. Laura has a passion for sustainability and is excited that her current role provides her with the opportunity to make a significant impact in this space.

Sarah Leugers
Gold Standard

Sarah Leugers

Director of Communications

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Sarah Leugers is a senior executive with 20 years’ experience in communications strategy with a focus on the converging climate and development agendas and helping businesses demonstrate their CSR and sustainability impact in both. She has developed integrated communications strategies, from market research to product launch through to promotional campaigns and engagement efforts for organizations in a wide range of industries. Based on insights into an evolving market for carbon finance, she has repositioned the Gold Standard brand and service offerings to help take climate action from niche to mainstream. Sarah has managed the organisation’s presence and led speaking engagements at various international events and press conferences to help Gold Standard achieve its vision of “climate security and sustainable development for all.”

Sandra Genee
SustainCERT

Sandra Genee

Director of Partnerships and Business Development

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Sandra obtained an Msc in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, majoring in sustainability and global stakeholder management. From there, all her professional experiences have been in the sustainability field; focusing on transparency, corporate accountability, multi-stakeholder initiatives and climate change. She has worked as a researcher, a freelance consultant, as an advisor at Climate Neutral Group, and has managed corporate relations at the Global Reporting Initiative. Sandra joined the Gold Standard Foundation in 2017 as Director of Partnerships and Business Development and transitioned to SustainCERT, where she convenes corporate leaders and stakeholders to pioneer innovative solutions that help meet the ambition of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Francisco Carranza
Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi- Alliance

Francisco Carranza

Managing Director Nissan Energy

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Sharon Elizabeth Brooks
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Sharon Elizabeth Brooks

Senior Programme Officer; Business and Biodiversity Programme

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Sharon is a Senior Programme Officer in the Business and Biodiversity team at the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) supporting improved corporate performance regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services. Sharon works with a range of industry sectors and government institutions around the world providing technical support and strengthening the use of data and science for improved biodiversity management. Sharon’s work has covered voluntary sustainability standards, indicators for corporate reporting, and data focused decision support tools. Sharon is currently is one of the co-investigators on the UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub, which brings together over 50 organisations from 15 different countries to help make trade sustainable for people and the planet. Sharon has an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation, a PhD in the field of Conservation and Development, and a background of conducting field-based research and conservation projects.

Burcu Senel
HSBC Global Trade and Receivables Finance

Burcu Senel

Global Head of Propositions

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Jeroen Scheepmaker
Navigant

Jeroen Scheepmaker

Associate Director Sustainability Solutions Energy

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Jeroen Scheepmaker (MSc) is an associate director at Navigant, where he supports international companies and their supply chain partners. He aims to make businesses more sustainable and show the benefits of green business opportunities. Jeroen, who joined Navigant through the acquisition of Ecofys in 2016, was instrumental in setting up two green business strategies, "Science Based Target Setting" and "One Planet Thinking."

His areas of expertise include: setting up CSR and carbon strategies, moderating sessions and workshops, and implementing green supply chain initiatives.

Nina von Radowitz
METRO

Nina von Radowitz

Head of Corporate Responsibility

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Sabita Banerji
Oxfam

Sabita Banerji

Senior Policy Advisor - Human Rights

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Sabita Banerji has two decades' experience in international development and in fair and ethical trade, including as Senior Knowledge and Learning Advisor at the Ethical Trade Initiative in London and leading on the development of Oxfam International's Behind the Barcodes supermarket Scorecard. In these roles, Sabita has prioritised helping the private sector to understand the importance of going beyond audit and provided practical advice on how to go about this. A key example of directly supporting companies go beyond audit is her recent work on the focused human rights impact assessment of the Italian tomato supply chain of Finnish supermarket group, SOK. Beyond Oxfam, Sabita is also CEO and founder of THIRST, The International Roundtable for Sustainable Tea and an Associate Lecturer and guest lecturer on fair and ethical trade issues at Oxford Brookes University's Business School.

Anna Krotova
GRI

Anna Krotova

Standards Division Manager

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Anna Krotova works in the Standards Division at GRI, an independent international standard-setting organization that has pioneered sustainability reporting since 1997. She leads on the development of GRI Standards covering environmental issues, such as water, waste, and biodiversity, to ensure they help steer organizations towards addressing present-day environmental challenges through transparent non-financial reporting. Ms. Krotova’s sustainability expertise builds on diverse roles in consulting, international development and NGOs. Prior to joining GRI, she worked at Metabolic, systems thinking consultancy in Amsterdam, International Finance Corporation in Moscow, UNDP, and WWF. Ms. Krotova holds an MSc in Industrial Ecology from TU Delft and an MA in Environmental Policy from Moscow State University. She lives in Amsterdam with her family.

Lee Mann
The Body Shop

Lee Mann

Global Community Trade Manager

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Lee joined The Body Shop in 1998. In his current role as Global Community Trade Manager, Lee is responsible for managing The Body Shop’s bespoke fair trade programme. Lee manages relationships with producer groups across the world who supply The Body Shop with high quality ingredients, gifts and accessory handcraft products. With a particular interest in innovation, Lee recently introduced recycled plastic into The Body Shop’s Community Trade programme. It is being integrated into The Body Shop’s product packaging, adding increased value to the plastic that already exists in the world. This fair-trade plastic is sourced from the streets of Bengaluru in India. The project will benefit up to 2,500 marginalized waste pickers over the next three years - providing a fair and predictable price, and access to better working conditions.

Madeleine Brasser
Oxfam

Madeleine Brasser

Advisor inclusive value chains

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Madeleine Brasser, advisor on Inclusive Value Chains since 2010, has managed projects on social issues in the Indonesian palm oil sector, including on land aspects, gender equality, and labor. She has been active at the RSPO at the Board of Governors (2019), has co-chaired the Human Rights Working Group since 2016 and was a member of the taskforce for the RSPO standard review. She has also managed the development and testing of an innovative, sustainable and inclusive business model in the palm oil sector together with private sector (FAIR partnership). She has provided advisory services to the GRAISEA project in the rice and seafood sector on gender equality, inclusive business models and private sector engagement. Madeleine is a social anthropologist from profession with broad and extensive field experience in a variety of African and Asian countries and has worked for UNDP, ILO, Dutch MoFA, Agriculture University of Wageningen Free University of Amsterdam and various consultancy bureaus.

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Jacco Verstraeten-Jochemsen
Circle Economy

Jacco Verstraeten-Jochemsen

Lead Business Solutions

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At Circle Economy, Jacco is the project manager for the Circularity Gap Report and lead for the Business Solutions team, where he works for a range of international and corporate partners that show a strong ambition to support the transition to a circular economy. As an experienced project manager with more than six years experience in the field of the circular economy, he is used to developing innovations for companies that lead to new circular practices.

Mark Wong
Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

Mark Wong

Head of Downstream Sustainability

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Mark is the Head of Downstream Sustainability for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and manages the company’s responsible sourcing programme. Sime Darby Plantation is a globally integrated plantation company and a leading producer of certified sustainable palm oil products.

In previous roles, Mark led the development of the Sime Darby Group’s annual sustainability reports, established targeted stakeholder engagement programmes on sustainability issues and managed the Group’s climate change agenda. He also participated on various multi-stakeholder platforms, including the High Carbon Stock Convergence Process, which defined a unified approach to implementing no-deforestation commitments.

An Environmental Engineer by profession, Mark was previously an Associate Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability and Climate Change practice. He has also worked in the mining, forestry and property industries.

Rowan Byrne
Mott MacDonald

Rowan Byrne

Principal Marine Environmental Scientist

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A Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Chartered marine biologist with over 23 years’ proven environmental experience in consultancy and marine conservation with focus on marine species and habitats especially Water and Energy sectors. Rowan was recently nominated as a Sustainability Leader as part of the IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards 2019. Rowan has worked in over 17 different countries around the world including the Philippines, Australia, Mexico, Bahamas, Falkland Islands as well as the South Pacific and across the Caribbean and has the scares to prove it. In 2015 Rowan was awarded a Royal Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology for his works and contribution to science.

His experience is wide ranging particularly in the fields of marine environmental sciences, marine biology and ecology, conservation management, environmental impact assessment, stakeholder engagement and Project management. Rowan has a strong understanding of UK marine environmental legislation, habitats and species, and habitats biodiversity, as well as Due diligence works. Presently Rowan has over three different research projects which focus on marine plastics solutions with industry, Government statutory agencies and academic partners in the UK. These include, polymer and plastics identification in Waste Eater Treatment works (In press), Surface water drainage systems using recycled fishing net for macro and micro plastics with the UK Environment Agency and supports the Seabin Project as on Pro Bono basis as Chief Marine Science Adviser and recently raised all the funds himself to install a new Seabin in his home town in Howth Co Dub Ireland.

He is a keen underwater photographer, animal lover and on weekends loves restoring classic cars. In 2006 Rowan worked with Disney, Johnny Depp, and crew on Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3 in helping protect sea turtles from Disney Pirates. He has also worked with BBC Natural History Unit TV, PBS TV in the US and is a regular contributor to Irish Radio and Media on wildlife matters. Finally, he has a passion for the development and use of technology and anywhere he can will try to involve the latest technology to support ecological enhancement opportunities, it never lets it slip by.

Kristina Veitola
Stora Enso

Kristina Veitola

Director, Sustainability

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Kristiina has worked over 20 years in the area of sustainability in several Divisions of Stora Enso. Currently she works in Stora Enso Packaging Solutions division. Kristiina has extensive knowledge about how to integrate sustainability starting from customer needs through innovation and operations and ending to sourcing of raw materials. Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. Packaging Solutions Division provides fibre-based board materials and corrugated packaging products and services designed for a wide array of applications. Our renewable high-end packaging solutions serve leading converters, brand owners, and retailers across multiple industries looking to optimise performance and drive innovation.

Claudia Bierth
Ball Beverage Packaging Europe

Claudia Bierth

European Sustainability Manager

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Claudia is an international sustainability manager and advocate for a circular economy with over 20 years of experience providing expert knowledge in sustainability, stakeholder engagement and strategic communications in Germany, North America, and India for large multinational corporations, non-profits, SMEs and the public sector. At Ball Beverage Packaging Europe she is responsible for managing the company’s European environmental affairs in Brussels as well as sustainability and Public Affairs in Central Europe.

Claudia believes that near 100% recycling rates for packaging is possible if policy, product design and recycling infrastructure are aligned. To achieve a true circular economy, recycling rates need to be complemented by packaging materials and design that are made for circularity – in an infinite cycle.

John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr.
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr.

CCEP, CIPP/US, Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction

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Marcel Jacobs
Circl8

Marcel Jacobs

Founder

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Marcel Jacobs is a recognized and rewarded subject matter expert specialized in sustainable value chains and circular procurement, increasing transparency in supply chains, driving multi- stakeholder engagement and implementing circular economy. He is founder of CIRCL8 and co- initiator of ARCTIC – Alliance for Responsible Circular and Transparent procurement of ICT.
In his current role as founder of CIRCL8 he facilitates change towards a transparent value chain beneficial for both human and natural resources. He does this through providing solutions and services for transparent value chains across the globe, so people are respectfully recognized and rewarded, and natural resources are valued and preserved for future generations. As co-initiator of ARCTIC the aim is to set in motion a world towards 100% circular and sustainable procurement of ICT. He drives and supports in developing ARCTIC’s strategy, governance and facilitating the four multi-stakeholder groups in the early stages of the operationalization of ARCTIC.
In his previous role as director supplier sustainability he worked within Royal Philips’ Group Procurement. Next to development of an innovative and leading Sustainable Sourcing strategy 2020, he managed specific programs like Supplier Sustainability Performance (‘beyond audits’), Circular Procurement to support Philips’ ambition to deliver 100% circular solutions by 2025, Responsible sourcing programs through collaborative stakeholder engagement at origin (mines) or minerals. Through a groundbreaking SSP - Beyond audit approach, Royal Philips increased transparency, achieved higher levels of supplier engagement achieving structural impact in its value chain.
Between 2007 and the end of 2013 he worked at Office Depot Europe in the role of Sr. Manager Sustainability Europe. In this role he created various tools for example a supply chain risk model based on environmental and social/ethical aspects to support procurement and supply chain identifying hotspots as well as opportunities beyond tier one suppliers. Another example was the award winning GreenScan. This scan was a product identification and reporting tool that supported sales and marketing to increase value and add & increase transparency towards customers on identifying green office products.
As sustainability officer within Philips Lighting he was responsible for sustainable sourcing and eco-design (2002-2007).

Terry Slavin
Ethical Corporation

Terry Slavin

Editor

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Sophie Walker
JLL

Sophie Walker

Head of Sustainability

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Sophie is UK Head of Sustainability within JLL, the global professional services company specialising in real estate.  Sophie is responsible for JLL’s sustainability leadership position in the marketplace and with clients, as well as driving JLL’s internal environmental and social performance across our own estate and workforce.  Sophie is a member of the UK Executive and the UK Building a Better Tomorrow Board.

Prior to taking on this role in 2016, Sophie was a Director in the Upstream business within JLL, overseeing our Strategy & Communication services.  Over 8 years, Sophie helped companies create market-leading sustainability visions, strategies and implementation programmes, and ensured results are achieved.  Sophie has designed strategies for companies and for major master-plans in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, she has assisted multiple clients with their sustainability reporting, she set up our own European training programme, and she has implemented socio-economic and environmental management systems. Sector experience includes: real estate; retail; professional services; agriculture; and healthcare.

Sophie joined JLL in 2007, having worked in the UK House of Commons.

Wouter van Tol
Huhtamaki

Wouter van Tol

Head of Corporate Responsibility

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Tirza Voss
Terre des Hommes

Tirza Voss

Senior Technical Advisor

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Tirza Voss graduated cum laude from the double master degree in International Management / CEMS with a specialization in Sustainability. She studied at the Rotterdam School of Management as well as at the Peking University and International Institute of Management Calcutta during study exchanges. Travelling, working and studying abroad, Voss has seen how people are affected by the challenges of poverty, climate change and inequality and is driven to make a difference. With her award-winning thesis, Voss researched the influence of cross-sector partnerships on sustainability-oriented innovations. She worked in the sustainability team of Accenture and is currently working as Senior Technical Advisor -Private Sector & Strategy- at Terre des Hommes Netherlands. Terre des Hommes is an international non-governmental organisation that works to eradicate child exploitation. In her current role, Tirza Voss is encouraging and supporting large organisations in their moves towards more sustainable practices and building bridges between stakeholders to create a greater positive global impact. Voss took an active role in the establishment of the Responsible Mica Initiative that was launched January 2017. The Responsible Mica Initiative is a multi-sector initiative that aims to eradicate child labour and unacceptable working conditions in the Indian mica supply chain by joining forces across industries and sectors. Voss was a panellist and speaker at the ICGLR-OECD-UN GoE Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains during the Mineral specific break-out sessions (MICA). She presented the multi-stakeholder approach during the UN Business & Human Rights from in Geneva (2018) which was awarded as the most innovative pitch to bring the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights from paper to practise. Voss has also been advising MNEs through her participation in several expert and stakeholder meetings on Human Rights Due Diligence.

David Andison
Canadian Council of Forest Ministers

David Andison

Program Lead, Healthy Landscapes Program

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Cuno van Geet
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Water Management

Cuno van Geet

Strategic Policy Advisor Circular Procurement

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In my work at Rijkswaterstaat I consult the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Water Management on sustainable procurement in both construction, IT and facility management. How to use the power of this demand for strategic objectives in policy and ambitions of organisations. My expertise is on how to translate these objectives into impact in practice by setting up collaboration and creating commitment to make this more than a one-time action.

Since May 2019 I am the representative for the Netherlands as co-lead of the UN One Planet Network Sustainable Procurement Programme and initiated the procurement led ICT initiative under the UN to challenge the ICT market in taking responsibility and creating circularity in the chain.

For over 15 years my focus within sustainability used to be on energy and climate in buildings; but since 10 years working in procurement my focus has shifted towards materials and products and the debate of the Circular Economy. This circularity is not just a new topic, but it addresses key issues in our global economy and relates to new business models and processes for both supply and demand who need to challenge their current linear systems. It provides new opportunities in collaboration within the chain and creating new value from the reuse of resources, while delivering on objectives both in sustainability, social and economic issues. We have initiated many pilots to test these new models, both in the Netherlands and other pioneering organisations in Europe. These give us valuable lessons we can share, while preparing the make a next step in collaboration within the chain and partnerships between big buyers who collectively can make a difference.

Iris van Wanrooij
EMMA safety shoes

Iris van Wanrooij

Program Manager Corporate Social Responsibility

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As Program Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Iris is responsible for the program EMMA's Positive Footprint. In this program, EMMA is working on a circular shoe collection with next use applications, reverse logistics, a zero-waste factory and fair working conditions and minimized risks in the supply chain.

Ruud Scheerder
RS Sustainability

Ruud Scheerder

Founder

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Ruud has worked in the field of sustainable procurement for over the last 8 years. As a former category manager workwear for the fire services In the Netherlands he purchased the first full sustainable uniforms for more than 25.000 employees and set up a take-back program for the old uniforms. As the founder of RS Sustainability he uses this knowledge to help other organizations taking steps in the circular economy and find the most sustainable solutions.

Nella Baerents
Kraton

Nella Baerents

Global Sustainability Director

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Nella Baerents is Global Sustainability Director at Kraton, world largest biorefiner of pine based chemicals. She has over 17 years of experience in leading sustainability transformation, helping organisations to get clarity on their sustainability vision, ambitions and strategy. Having worked in the field of sustainable use of raw materials, circular economy, bioeconomy, biofuels, climate change and resource efficiency Nella has a strong track record on strategy development, execution as well as public affairs and communication assignments. With over 10 years of experience in leading public affairs operations she has developed in-depth expertise in EU and US policies and regulations in field of sustainability, energy, agriculture and circular economy as well as deep understanding of the position of the chemical industry globally on the matter.

Emma Fromberg
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Emma Fromberg

Programme Manager

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Emma Fromberg has a background in design with experience in learning and sustainability. Previously, she led the development of one of the first circular economy MOOC's (massive open online course), a co-creation between Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center for Sustainability and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Prior to joining CISL, she worked for the circular design team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, developing learning material for open access platforms.

Emma is an industrial design engineering graduate at Delft University of Technology. Outside of work she takes part in Arctic expeditions to collect data for climate change research.

Bryan Yates
Orbital Insight

Bryan Yates

Director of Sales and General Manager EMEA

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Bryan Yates is the Director of Sales and General Manager for the EMEA region at Orbital Insight, a geospatial analytics company that provides unprecedented visibility into the economic pulse of the world by using AI to analyze vast amounts of satellite imagery to count objects like cars, oil tanks and ships. Prior to joining Orbital Insight, Bryan was the Director of Sales at Medallia, a Sequoia-backed SAAS Customer Experience Management company. Prior to Medallia, Bryan worked as a Senior Director for over 13 years at Eze Software Group, the leading global provider of investment management software solutions to a broad range of clients across the investment community.

Inke van der Sluijs
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Inke van der Sluijs

Head of European operations

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Inke is the Head of European Operations of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). In her role she coordinates the team and supervises activities related to membership, certification, sustainable sourcing, and RSPO claims in the region. Further, she works with the supply chain accredited certification bodies, the National Initiatives on sustainable palm oil and other stakeholders in Europe. She enjoys the collaboration with all players to achieve full market transformation. Her previous position was at the Dutch Product Board for Margarine, Fats and Oils (MVO), where she worked as a policy advisor on sustainable development. Inke received her PhD in biology and worked in ecology, conservation, and sustainability projects.

Mauricio Lazala
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Mauricio Lazala

Deputy Director for Europe and Latin America

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Mauricio is Deputy Director for Europe, and Latin America, and leads the Resource Centre’s work on the protection of civic freedoms and human rights defenders. As part of the senior management team, he is involved in strategic, operational and financial decisions at the organization. Mauricio led the 2014 redevelopment of the Resource Centre's website.

Since 2014, Mauricio is a member of the Board of the EIRIS Foundation – Empowering Responsible Investment. In 2018 he was invited to join the Advisory Committee of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights, and since 2017 he also sits on the Advisory Panel of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Thomas Marinelli
Signify

Thomas Marinelli

Head of Sustainable Design & Products

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Thomas Marinelli is heading the Sustainable Design & Products program in Signify. Signify is a global leader in lighting, with recognized expertise in the development and application of innovative, energy-efficient lighting systems and services that improve people’s lives. Additionally, we have focused on environmental sustainability since the 1970s.

Mr. Marinelli is responsible for driving Sustainability strategic priorities towards product businesses, identify energy efficiency and other sustainable design opportunities for the lighting product portfolio, and identify business opportunities in making the Signify propositions more interesting and attractive for the customer.

Mr. Marinelli has a PhD in heterogeneous catalysis and a MBA degree from the Rotterdam School of Management. He started his working career in The Coca-Cola Company where he had various assignments in product integrity and process improvement. In the past fifteen years he was responsible for sustainability projects in several Royal Philips businesses before moving to his current position in Signify (formerly Philips Lighting).

Tamara Veldboer
Circle Economy

Tamara Veldboer

Senior Consultant Business & Insights

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At Circle Economy, Tamara dedicates her time to working with business profess - one on one and in coalitions - to translate the circular economy concept to strategy and action. With a creative perspective and mindset towards doing things together, she is a strong believer in cross-sector collaboration to evolve towards a 'doughnut economy' in which humanity can thrive within planetary boundaries, and nature can flourish.

Tamara obtained her MSc in Financial Management at Nyenrode Business University and a BSc in International Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before joining Circle Economy, she worked at Accenture and Deloitte, developing skills in e.g. design thinking, valuations and storytelling. She is passionate about anything related to sustainability.

Virginie Recoura
H&H Global

Virginie Recoura

Head of R&D Packaging

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Virginie is currently Head of R&D Packaging; she is in charge of packaging innovation for H&H Group which has six brands: Dodie, Biostime, Swisse, Good Gôut, Aurelia and Healthy Times which products span cosmetics, infant milk formula, baby food, food supplements and vitamins.

With over 13 years of experience in packaging, she brings her expertise to the Group to consider Sustainability as a key point of packaging development or optimization. Notions of bio-sourced, recycled, recyclable, compostable and biodegradable materials are the key elements of this approach to continuously improving packaging.

Marie-Pierre Bousquet-Lecomte
Danone

Marie-Pierre Bousquet-Lecomte

Nature Finance Director

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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.

Mario Abreu
Tetra Pak

Mario Abreu

Vice President Sustainability

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Mario has been a member of Tetra Pak’s Environment management team since 2003. He leads functional teams which are currently responsible for Tetra Pak’s strategic priority to Drive Environment Excellence, one of the 4 Group Priorities approved by the Board for the period 2010-2020. Key activities include driving global recycling of post-consumer beverage cartons; reducing the environment footprint of the company’s product portfolio including value-chain climate emission reduction; and development and roll-out of innovative and sustainable products made with renewable and credibly sourced materials.

Between 2005 and 2013 Mario was a member of the board of The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE), the European association for beverage carton producers. Mario also represented Tetra Pak in the development of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, currently hosted by the IUCN; and currently is a member of the Technical Advisory Group of Science-Based Target Initiative, an initiative by CDP, UN Global Compact, WWF and WRI to engage business in setting science based climate ambitions.

Mario was an elected member of the board of directors of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC International) for two consecutive terms between 2006 and 2012, and served as Co-Chairman of the High Conservation Value Resource Network between 2006 and 2008.

Mario is Brazilian and joined Tetra Pak in 1999 in Canada. Mario holds a BSC in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade Gama Filho (Rio de Janeiro) and a Pg Diploma in Environmental Decision Making from The Open University (Milton Keynes).

Martin Frick
UNFCCC

Martin Frick

Senior Director of Policy and Programme Coordination

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Tom Szaky
Terracycle

Tom Szaky

CEO

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Han de Groot
Rainforest Alliance

Han de Groot

CEO

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As Chief Executive Officer Han de Groot leads the Rainforest Alliance’s global strategy. With a strong vision and passion for sustainability, he has overseen the growth of UTZ to become the world’s largest certification program for coffee and cocoa and now leads the merged Rainforest Alliance.

Han has dedicated his career to sustainable development. After studying economics at the University of Wageningen, he worked for more than 12 years at Oxfam Novib, eventually leading the organization’s work in Eastern and Southern Africa. In 1998 Han joined the Dutch government. From 2005 to 2010, he held various positions at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, including Deputy Director for Nature. He also started an interdepartmental program for biodiversity and was briefly seconded to the European Commission.

Alex Gershenson, Ph.D.
SupplyShift

Alex Gershenson, Ph.D.

CEO & Co-founder

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Alex received his doctorate in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, with a focus on climate science and policy. Alex is a well-known expert in responsible sourcing, sustainability, carbon accounting, environmental policy, and economics. Alex is a published author and a frequent speaker at conferences that focus on responsible sourcing and supply chain management.

Prior to starting SupplyShift, Alex was a professor of Policy and Science at San Jose State University and a co-founder of an environmental consulting firm that focused on climate and carbon consulting for enterprise and government clients.

Ulrike Sapiro
The Coca Cola company

Ulrike Sapiro

Senior Director, Water Stewardship & Agriculture

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Suzanne Laszlo
UNICEF Netherlands

Suzanne Laszlo

Executive Director

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In October 2016, Suzanne Laszlo became the new director of UNICEF Netherlands. Before joining our office, Suzanne was the COO (Chief Operation Officer) at the Netherlands Red Cross. She has a long history of working in management positions, ranging from hotels to hospitals and eventually NGOs. In addition to being the director of UNICEF Netherlands, Suzanne is a board member of the Cooperating Aid Organizations Network (Giro 555). This is a cooperative effort of Dutch aid organizations that collectively raises funds and informs Dutch citizens during humanitarian disasters. She is also chair of the Dutch Coalition of Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI). A dynamic movement that leverages the power of resources, expertise and capabilities in the Netherlands to support humanitarian innovation with a global impact

Malin Nordin
IKEA

Malin Nordin

Development leader for Circular IKEA

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Malin Nordin heads the circular business development of IKEA, an initiative that is transforming the Swedish retailer into a global leader in circular business and sustainable practices. This includes circular product design, new circular customer experience, innovation and sourcing of materials, and the development of a circular supply chain. This is a transformation for the total value chain of IKEA and will ultimately reach over 50 markets around the world.

Dominique Fularski
IKEA

Dominique Fularski

Head of Communication Circular IKEA

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Dominique Fularski heads communications for Circular IKEA, an initiative that is transforming the Swedish retailer into a global leader in circular business and sustainable practices. This includes circular product design, new circular customer experience, innovation and sourcing of materials, and the development of a circular supply chain. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience at IKEA, Dominique is working on the development and execution of a global, over 50-market multimedia communications strategy for the initiative.

Christian Galichon
LVMH

Christian Galichon

Purchasing Director

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Robert Metzke
Philips

Robert Metzke

VP Global Head of Sustainability, Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy

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Mr. Metzke currently serves as Vice President and leads Philips’ activities in Sustainability where he focuses on strategy and policy development to realize the organization’s sustainability program, Healthy people, sustainable planet as well as delivering on its commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In his capacity as Chief of Staff, Mr. Metzke supports and advises the Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer by initiating and driving strategic programs and transformation initiatives across Innovation, Strategy, Design, IP&S and Sustainability. Mr. Metzke started his career at Philips in 2008 as Head of the Philips EcoVision program, leading development and worldwide implementation of Philips’ program for sustainable innovation (“EcoVision5”). Before joining Philips, Mr. Metzke worked at McKinsey & Company as consultant where he gained 5 years of experience in strategy and innovation in the high-tech, health-care and public sectors. In his previous role as General Manager of the global Group Strategy team, Mr. Metzke was responsible for building and managing Philips’ central strategy team, driving functional excellence in the strategy process and working with the Philips Leadership team to identify and solve strategic challenges for Philips. Mr. Metzke has a background in journalism, science publishing (Science/ AAAS) and academic research (physics), He is married, has three children and lives in the Netherlands.

Christine Schneider
Henkel

Christine Schneider

Global Head Sustainable Raws Projects in Laundry and Home Care

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Matthias Gramolla
Airbus

Matthias Gramolla

Head of Procurement Responsibility and Sustainability – PG

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Matthias Gramolla heads the governance function Procurement Responsibility and Sustainability. His task is to prevent and mitigate reputational, financial and operational risk coming from non-compliance to Procurement processes, laws, regulations or CSR requirements in the areas of Anti-corruption, Environment and Human Rights, within Airbus and in our supply chain.

Matthias is also a member of the board of directors of BME, the German professional association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics.

Matthias held Procurement Management positions at Airbus for Procurement Strategy and for implementation of e-Procurement. Before that, Matthias held senior management positions in the Merger Integrations at Airbus and for DaimlerChrysler, building on several years in Corporate Strategy and Development at DASA and Daimler. Mr. Gramolla started his career in Satellite Development. He studied Business Administration at the University of California at Berkeley and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

Maria Virginia Dundas
Orsted

Maria Virginia Dundas

Lead Sustainability Advisor

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Geanne van Arkel
Interface EMEA

Geanne van Arkel

Head of Sustainable Development

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After a career in the fashion industry, being a textile engineer, she has joined Interface in 2003 working in various roles and taking up different projects including realizing the Awarehouse, an old production building being transformed into a circular meeting place on sustainability, design and innovation. She holds a masterdegree in Biomimicry from the Arizona State University and is chairing the Dutch biomimicry association BiomimicryNL. She has been elected as CSR manager of the year 2018

Geanne has a creative, strategic approach for embedding sustainability within organizations and is working for Interface for over fourteen years. She sees sustainable development as a key driver for innovation, believing in full product transparency based on life cycle and the need for cross-sectoral cooperations to realize a sustainable inclusive, low carbon, biobased and circular economy.

Creating sustainable value by addressing both ecological and societal issues in inclusive business models, related to the core business of a company is the only way to thrive. Therefor she is using the principles of both biomimicry and The Natural Step.

In her opinion sustainability is about applying a new set of values so you can start to see success through a fresh pair of eyes. It’s about redefining the long game while being more effective in the short - building a better while contributing to a better world through adressing the Sustainable Development Goals in an holistic way.

Interface  is working on what nowadays is called the circular economy since for over 20 years. The company embraced the concept of circular design by inventing the carpet tile in the fifties being a modular flooring. Interface was one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability, when it made a pledge in 1994 to eliminate its impact on the environment by 2020 and to become a restorative company. And with it’s beyond 2020 mission Climate Take Back, the company wants to take the next step to regenerative.

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Clare Flannery
Ab-Inbev

Clare Flannery

Responsible Sourcing Director

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Clare has worked for AB InBev since 2013 working on responsible sourcing and small supplier development programmes. Currently reviewing AB InBev’s approach to human rights and responsible sourcing to create a more impactful programme that effectively targets supply chains risks.

Emma Harbour
Rainforest Alliance

Emma Harbour

Head of Global Advocacy

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Emma Harbour is the Rainforest Alliance’s Head of Global Advocacy. In this position, she oversees the organization’s advocacy work at a global, regional and local level.  Rainforest Alliance’s advocacy work focuses on engaging with public and private sector policy makers in order to influence change to help create more enabling environments for sustainable supply chains to be able to flourish.  Emma has worked at the pre-merger UTZ since 2014, working with coffee stakeholders at market and producer level on multi-stakeholder engagement and supporting producer groups to advocate within supply chains.

Prior to this Emma has worked in advocacy and communications on gender equity, livelihoods and sustainable supply chain issues for organisations in the UK, Netherlands and the US including ActionAid, UN Women and the Clean Clothes Campaign.

Wulf-Peter Schmidt
Ford

Wulf-Peter Schmidt

Director Sustainability, Advanced Regulations and Product Conformity

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Xavier Houot
Schneider Electric

Xavier Houot

SVP Global Safety, Environment, Real Estate

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Xavier Houot is the Senior Vice President, global Environment, Safety, Real Estate for Schneider Electric. With 30 years of experience (Strategy & Management Consulting, as well as Environment, Carbon and Resource performance for business), of which years in India and internationally, Xavier today leads Industry Sector task forces on Climate Change and Circular Economy, is author of articles and a keynote speaker. He is actively engaged in the design and implementation of Circular and low-CO2 Business Models for Schneider.

His works consists of mainstreaming Environmental performance in our conversations with Customers, and his passion is to innovate and collaboratively make emerge both circular, low-CO2 and profitable business models.

Raphaele Deau
WWF

Raphaele Deau

LFL Market Lead

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Caroline Bergrem-Maldan
DNB

Caroline Bergrem-Maldan

VP Supply Chain Sustainability

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Karolina Ryszka
Rabobank

Karolina Ryszka

Economist circular economy and energy transition

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Karolina Ryszka is an economist for circular economy and energy transition at RaboResearch. She focuses on developments in the area of circular economy and energy transition and researches topics such as biofuels, hydrogen and circular construction. Before joining RaboResearch, Karolina has worked at Ecorys, an economic consultancy, where she also advised on various energy transition and circular economy topics. She did her PhD in the area of climate change economics and studied general economics at the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam.

Koen Boone
The Sustainability Consortium

Koen Boone

Director Europe

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Koen Boone is Director Europe of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) and employed by Wageningen University and Research (WUR). Before joining TSC, Koen led a research centre focusing on monitoring the sustainability of Dutch food chains. Koen has more than fifteen years of experience on measuring sustainability on all kinds of levels (product, company, sector). He worked together with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on the development of GRI guidelines for sustainability reporting for the Food Processing Industry.

Volker Rehrmann
TOMRA

Volker Rehrmann

Executive Vice President, Head of TOMRA Recycling and Mining; Head of TOMRA’s Circular Economy Team

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Volker has overseen many of TOMRA’s technological innovations and is currently responsible for the strategic direction of its recycling and mining sorting businesses. In his new role as head of circular economy, Volker will strengthen TOMRA’s market position as a vital partner throughout the plastic value chain to ensure effective use of secondary resources. Volker is regarded as one of the pioneers in the development of optical systems for waste sorting applications. He started his career as an assistant professor for computer vision at the University of Koblenz. Before joining TOMRA in 2004, Volker founded technology sorting solutions company Real Vision Systems GmbH, which became part of TITECH in 2002 and was subsequently acquired by TOMRA. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Koblenz and a Master’s in computer science from the University of Paderborn, both in Germany. He is a German native and is based in Koblen

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Laura Simmonds
IHG

Laura Simmonds

Head of Responsible Procurement

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Laura is Head of Responsible Procurement at IHG, covering all elements of responsible procurement across IHG’s global supply chains, including risk, governance and controls and sustainability. Laura has been with IHG for 6 years, previously in roles as Director of Cost Efficiency and Director of the Europe Programme Office. After graduating from university with a BA Hons in Business, Laura studied for a postgraduate qualification in Management Studies. Laura went on to hold roles of increasing complexity and responsibility in manufacturing (Bosch Automotive, Black & Decker), FMCG (P&G) and utilities (Centrica) before joining IHG. Laura is a very tenacious and pragmatic professional who takes considerable pride in delivering strong results and works collaboratively with the business to drive things forwards. Laura has a passion for sustainability and is excited that her current role provides her with the opportunity to make a significant impact in this space.

Sarah Leugers
Gold Standard

Sarah Leugers

Director of Communications

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Sarah Leugers is a senior executive with 20 years’ experience in communications strategy with a focus on the converging climate and development agendas and helping businesses demonstrate their CSR and sustainability impact in both. She has developed integrated communications strategies, from market research to product launch through to promotional campaigns and engagement efforts for organizations in a wide range of industries. Based on insights into an evolving market for carbon finance, she has repositioned the Gold Standard brand and service offerings to help take climate action from niche to mainstream. Sarah has managed the organisation’s presence and led speaking engagements at various international events and press conferences to help Gold Standard achieve its vision of “climate security and sustainable development for all.”

Sandra Genee
SustainCERT

Sandra Genee

Director of Partnerships and Business Development

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Sandra obtained an Msc in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, majoring in sustainability and global stakeholder management. From there, all her professional experiences have been in the sustainability field; focusing on transparency, corporate accountability, multi-stakeholder initiatives and climate change. She has worked as a researcher, a freelance consultant, as an advisor at Climate Neutral Group, and has managed corporate relations at the Global Reporting Initiative. Sandra joined the Gold Standard Foundation in 2017 as Director of Partnerships and Business Development and transitioned to SustainCERT, where she convenes corporate leaders and stakeholders to pioneer innovative solutions that help meet the ambition of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Francisco Carranza
Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi- Alliance

Francisco Carranza

Managing Director Nissan Energy

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Sharon Elizabeth Brooks
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Sharon Elizabeth Brooks

Senior Programme Officer; Business and Biodiversity Programme

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Sharon is a Senior Programme Officer in the Business and Biodiversity team at the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) supporting improved corporate performance regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services. Sharon works with a range of industry sectors and government institutions around the world providing technical support and strengthening the use of data and science for improved biodiversity management. Sharon’s work has covered voluntary sustainability standards, indicators for corporate reporting, and data focused decision support tools. Sharon is currently is one of the co-investigators on the UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub, which brings together over 50 organisations from 15 different countries to help make trade sustainable for people and the planet. Sharon has an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation, a PhD in the field of Conservation and Development, and a background of conducting field-based research and conservation projects.

Burcu Senel
HSBC Global Trade and Receivables Finance

Burcu Senel

Global Head of Propositions

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Jeroen Scheepmaker
Navigant

Jeroen Scheepmaker

Associate Director Sustainability Solutions Energy

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Jeroen Scheepmaker (MSc) is an associate director at Navigant, where he supports international companies and their supply chain partners. He aims to make businesses more sustainable and show the benefits of green business opportunities. Jeroen, who joined Navigant through the acquisition of Ecofys in 2016, was instrumental in setting up two green business strategies, "Science Based Target Setting" and "One Planet Thinking."

His areas of expertise include: setting up CSR and carbon strategies, moderating sessions and workshops, and implementing green supply chain initiatives.

Nina von Radowitz
METRO

Nina von Radowitz

Head of Corporate Responsibility

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Sabita Banerji
Oxfam

Sabita Banerji

Senior Policy Advisor - Human Rights

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Sabita Banerji has two decades' experience in international development and in fair and ethical trade, including as Senior Knowledge and Learning Advisor at the Ethical Trade Initiative in London and leading on the development of Oxfam International's Behind the Barcodes supermarket Scorecard. In these roles, Sabita has prioritised helping the private sector to understand the importance of going beyond audit and provided practical advice on how to go about this. A key example of directly supporting companies go beyond audit is her recent work on the focused human rights impact assessment of the Italian tomato supply chain of Finnish supermarket group, SOK. Beyond Oxfam, Sabita is also CEO and founder of THIRST, The International Roundtable for Sustainable Tea and an Associate Lecturer and guest lecturer on fair and ethical trade issues at Oxford Brookes University's Business School.

Anna Krotova
GRI

Anna Krotova

Standards Division Manager

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Anna Krotova works in the Standards Division at GRI, an independent international standard-setting organization that has pioneered sustainability reporting since 1997. She leads on the development of GRI Standards covering environmental issues, such as water, waste, and biodiversity, to ensure they help steer organizations towards addressing present-day environmental challenges through transparent non-financial reporting. Ms. Krotova’s sustainability expertise builds on diverse roles in consulting, international development and NGOs. Prior to joining GRI, she worked at Metabolic, systems thinking consultancy in Amsterdam, International Finance Corporation in Moscow, UNDP, and WWF. Ms. Krotova holds an MSc in Industrial Ecology from TU Delft and an MA in Environmental Policy from Moscow State University. She lives in Amsterdam with her family.

Lee Mann
The Body Shop

Lee Mann

Global Community Trade Manager

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Lee joined The Body Shop in 1998. In his current role as Global Community Trade Manager, Lee is responsible for managing The Body Shop’s bespoke fair trade programme. Lee manages relationships with producer groups across the world who supply The Body Shop with high quality ingredients, gifts and accessory handcraft products. With a particular interest in innovation, Lee recently introduced recycled plastic into The Body Shop’s Community Trade programme. It is being integrated into The Body Shop’s product packaging, adding increased value to the plastic that already exists in the world. This fair-trade plastic is sourced from the streets of Bengaluru in India. The project will benefit up to 2,500 marginalized waste pickers over the next three years - providing a fair and predictable price, and access to better working conditions.

Madeleine Brasser
Oxfam

Madeleine Brasser

Advisor inclusive value chains

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Madeleine Brasser, advisor on Inclusive Value Chains since 2010, has managed projects on social issues in the Indonesian palm oil sector, including on land aspects, gender equality, and labor. She has been active at the RSPO at the Board of Governors (2019), has co-chaired the Human Rights Working Group since 2016 and was a member of the taskforce for the RSPO standard review. She has also managed the development and testing of an innovative, sustainable and inclusive business model in the palm oil sector together with private sector (FAIR partnership). She has provided advisory services to the GRAISEA project in the rice and seafood sector on gender equality, inclusive business models and private sector engagement. Madeleine is a social anthropologist from profession with broad and extensive field experience in a variety of African and Asian countries and has worked for UNDP, ILO, Dutch MoFA, Agriculture University of Wageningen Free University of Amsterdam and various consultancy bureaus.

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Jacco Verstraeten-Jochemsen
Circle Economy

Jacco Verstraeten-Jochemsen

Lead Business Solutions

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At Circle Economy, Jacco is the project manager for the Circularity Gap Report and lead for the Business Solutions team, where he works for a range of international and corporate partners that show a strong ambition to support the transition to a circular economy. As an experienced project manager with more than six years experience in the field of the circular economy, he is used to developing innovations for companies that lead to new circular practices.

Mark Wong
Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

Mark Wong

Head of Downstream Sustainability

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Mark is the Head of Downstream Sustainability for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and manages the company’s responsible sourcing programme. Sime Darby Plantation is a globally integrated plantation company and a leading producer of certified sustainable palm oil products.

In previous roles, Mark led the development of the Sime Darby Group’s annual sustainability reports, established targeted stakeholder engagement programmes on sustainability issues and managed the Group’s climate change agenda. He also participated on various multi-stakeholder platforms, including the High Carbon Stock Convergence Process, which defined a unified approach to implementing no-deforestation commitments.

An Environmental Engineer by profession, Mark was previously an Associate Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability and Climate Change practice. He has also worked in the mining, forestry and property industries.

Rowan Byrne
Mott MacDonald

Rowan Byrne

Principal Marine Environmental Scientist

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A Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Chartered marine biologist with over 23 years’ proven environmental experience in consultancy and marine conservation with focus on marine species and habitats especially Water and Energy sectors. Rowan was recently nominated as a Sustainability Leader as part of the IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards 2019. Rowan has worked in over 17 different countries around the world including the Philippines, Australia, Mexico, Bahamas, Falkland Islands as well as the South Pacific and across the Caribbean and has the scares to prove it. In 2015 Rowan was awarded a Royal Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology for his works and contribution to science.

His experience is wide ranging particularly in the fields of marine environmental sciences, marine biology and ecology, conservation management, environmental impact assessment, stakeholder engagement and Project management. Rowan has a strong understanding of UK marine environmental legislation, habitats and species, and habitats biodiversity, as well as Due diligence works. Presently Rowan has over three different research projects which focus on marine plastics solutions with industry, Government statutory agencies and academic partners in the UK. These include, polymer and plastics identification in Waste Eater Treatment works (In press), Surface water drainage systems using recycled fishing net for macro and micro plastics with the UK Environment Agency and supports the Seabin Project as on Pro Bono basis as Chief Marine Science Adviser and recently raised all the funds himself to install a new Seabin in his home town in Howth Co Dub Ireland.

He is a keen underwater photographer, animal lover and on weekends loves restoring classic cars. In 2006 Rowan worked with Disney, Johnny Depp, and crew on Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3 in helping protect sea turtles from Disney Pirates. He has also worked with BBC Natural History Unit TV, PBS TV in the US and is a regular contributor to Irish Radio and Media on wildlife matters. Finally, he has a passion for the development and use of technology and anywhere he can will try to involve the latest technology to support ecological enhancement opportunities, it never lets it slip by.

Kristina Veitola
Stora Enso

Kristina Veitola

Director, Sustainability

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Kristiina has worked over 20 years in the area of sustainability in several Divisions of Stora Enso. Currently she works in Stora Enso Packaging Solutions division. Kristiina has extensive knowledge about how to integrate sustainability starting from customer needs through innovation and operations and ending to sourcing of raw materials. Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. Packaging Solutions Division provides fibre-based board materials and corrugated packaging products and services designed for a wide array of applications. Our renewable high-end packaging solutions serve leading converters, brand owners, and retailers across multiple industries looking to optimise performance and drive innovation.

Claudia Bierth
Ball Beverage Packaging Europe

Claudia Bierth

European Sustainability Manager

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Claudia is an international sustainability manager and advocate for a circular economy with over 20 years of experience providing expert knowledge in sustainability, stakeholder engagement and strategic communications in Germany, North America, and India for large multinational corporations, non-profits, SMEs and the public sector. At Ball Beverage Packaging Europe she is responsible for managing the company’s European environmental affairs in Brussels as well as sustainability and Public Affairs in Central Europe.

Claudia believes that near 100% recycling rates for packaging is possible if policy, product design and recycling infrastructure are aligned. To achieve a true circular economy, recycling rates need to be complemented by packaging materials and design that are made for circularity – in an infinite cycle.

John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr.
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr.

CCEP, CIPP/US, Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction

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Marcel Jacobs
Circl8

Marcel Jacobs

Founder

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Marcel Jacobs is a recognized and rewarded subject matter expert specialized in sustainable value chains and circular procurement, increasing transparency in supply chains, driving multi- stakeholder engagement and implementing circular economy. He is founder of CIRCL8 and co- initiator of ARCTIC – Alliance for Responsible Circular and Transparent procurement of ICT.
In his current role as founder of CIRCL8 he facilitates change towards a transparent value chain beneficial for both human and natural resources. He does this through providing solutions and services for transparent value chains across the globe, so people are respectfully recognized and rewarded, and natural resources are valued and preserved for future generations. As co-initiator of ARCTIC the aim is to set in motion a world towards 100% circular and sustainable procurement of ICT. He drives and supports in developing ARCTIC’s strategy, governance and facilitating the four multi-stakeholder groups in the early stages of the operationalization of ARCTIC.
In his previous role as director supplier sustainability he worked within Royal Philips’ Group Procurement. Next to development of an innovative and leading Sustainable Sourcing strategy 2020, he managed specific programs like Supplier Sustainability Performance (‘beyond audits’), Circular Procurement to support Philips’ ambition to deliver 100% circular solutions by 2025, Responsible sourcing programs through collaborative stakeholder engagement at origin (mines) or minerals. Through a groundbreaking SSP - Beyond audit approach, Royal Philips increased transparency, achieved higher levels of supplier engagement achieving structural impact in its value chain.
Between 2007 and the end of 2013 he worked at Office Depot Europe in the role of Sr. Manager Sustainability Europe. In this role he created various tools for example a supply chain risk model based on environmental and social/ethical aspects to support procurement and supply chain identifying hotspots as well as opportunities beyond tier one suppliers. Another example was the award winning GreenScan. This scan was a product identification and reporting tool that supported sales and marketing to increase value and add & increase transparency towards customers on identifying green office products.
As sustainability officer within Philips Lighting he was responsible for sustainable sourcing and eco-design (2002-2007).

Terry Slavin
Ethical Corporation

Terry Slavin

Editor

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Sophie Walker
JLL

Sophie Walker

Head of Sustainability

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Sophie is UK Head of Sustainability within JLL, the global professional services company specialising in real estate.  Sophie is responsible for JLL’s sustainability leadership position in the marketplace and with clients, as well as driving JLL’s internal environmental and social performance across our own estate and workforce.  Sophie is a member of the UK Executive and the UK Building a Better Tomorrow Board.

Prior to taking on this role in 2016, Sophie was a Director in the Upstream business within JLL, overseeing our Strategy & Communication services.  Over 8 years, Sophie helped companies create market-leading sustainability visions, strategies and implementation programmes, and ensured results are achieved.  Sophie has designed strategies for companies and for major master-plans in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, she has assisted multiple clients with their sustainability reporting, she set up our own European training programme, and she has implemented socio-economic and environmental management systems. Sector experience includes: real estate; retail; professional services; agriculture; and healthcare.

Sophie joined JLL in 2007, having worked in the UK House of Commons.

Wouter van Tol
Huhtamaki

Wouter van Tol

Head of Corporate Responsibility

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Tirza Voss
Terre des Hommes

Tirza Voss

Senior Technical Advisor

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Tirza Voss graduated cum laude from the double master degree in International Management / CEMS with a specialization in Sustainability. She studied at the Rotterdam School of Management as well as at the Peking University and International Institute of Management Calcutta during study exchanges. Travelling, working and studying abroad, Voss has seen how people are affected by the challenges of poverty, climate change and inequality and is driven to make a difference. With her award-winning thesis, Voss researched the influence of cross-sector partnerships on sustainability-oriented innovations. She worked in the sustainability team of Accenture and is currently working as Senior Technical Advisor -Private Sector & Strategy- at Terre des Hommes Netherlands. Terre des Hommes is an international non-governmental organisation that works to eradicate child exploitation. In her current role, Tirza Voss is encouraging and supporting large organisations in their moves towards more sustainable practices and building bridges between stakeholders to create a greater positive global impact. Voss took an active role in the establishment of the Responsible Mica Initiative that was launched January 2017. The Responsible Mica Initiative is a multi-sector initiative that aims to eradicate child labour and unacceptable working conditions in the Indian mica supply chain by joining forces across industries and sectors. Voss was a panellist and speaker at the ICGLR-OECD-UN GoE Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains during the Mineral specific break-out sessions (MICA). She presented the multi-stakeholder approach during the UN Business & Human Rights from in Geneva (2018) which was awarded as the most innovative pitch to bring the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights from paper to practise. Voss has also been advising MNEs through her participation in several expert and stakeholder meetings on Human Rights Due Diligence.

David Andison
Canadian Council of Forest Ministers

David Andison

Program Lead, Healthy Landscapes Program

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Cuno van Geet
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Water Management

Cuno van Geet

Strategic Policy Advisor Circular Procurement

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In my work at Rijkswaterstaat I consult the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Water Management on sustainable procurement in both construction, IT and facility management. How to use the power of this demand for strategic objectives in policy and ambitions of organisations. My expertise is on how to translate these objectives into impact in practice by setting up collaboration and creating commitment to make this more than a one-time action.

Since May 2019 I am the representative for the Netherlands as co-lead of the UN One Planet Network Sustainable Procurement Programme and initiated the procurement led ICT initiative under the UN to challenge the ICT market in taking responsibility and creating circularity in the chain.

For over 15 years my focus within sustainability used to be on energy and climate in buildings; but since 10 years working in procurement my focus has shifted towards materials and products and the debate of the Circular Economy. This circularity is not just a new topic, but it addresses key issues in our global economy and relates to new business models and processes for both supply and demand who need to challenge their current linear systems. It provides new opportunities in collaboration within the chain and creating new value from the reuse of resources, while delivering on objectives both in sustainability, social and economic issues. We have initiated many pilots to test these new models, both in the Netherlands and other pioneering organisations in Europe. These give us valuable lessons we can share, while preparing the make a next step in collaboration within the chain and partnerships between big buyers who collectively can make a difference.

Iris van Wanrooij
EMMA safety shoes

Iris van Wanrooij

Program Manager Corporate Social Responsibility

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As Program Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Iris is responsible for the program EMMA's Positive Footprint. In this program, EMMA is working on a circular shoe collection with next use applications, reverse logistics, a zero-waste factory and fair working conditions and minimized risks in the supply chain.

Ruud Scheerder
RS Sustainability

Ruud Scheerder

Founder

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Ruud has worked in the field of sustainable procurement for over the last 8 years. As a former category manager workwear for the fire services In the Netherlands he purchased the first full sustainable uniforms for more than 25.000 employees and set up a take-back program for the old uniforms. As the founder of RS Sustainability he uses this knowledge to help other organizations taking steps in the circular economy and find the most sustainable solutions.

Nella Baerents
Kraton

Nella Baerents

Global Sustainability Director

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Nella Baerents is Global Sustainability Director at Kraton, world largest biorefiner of pine based chemicals. She has over 17 years of experience in leading sustainability transformation, helping organisations to get clarity on their sustainability vision, ambitions and strategy. Having worked in the field of sustainable use of raw materials, circular economy, bioeconomy, biofuels, climate change and resource efficiency Nella has a strong track record on strategy development, execution as well as public affairs and communication assignments. With over 10 years of experience in leading public affairs operations she has developed in-depth expertise in EU and US policies and regulations in field of sustainability, energy, agriculture and circular economy as well as deep understanding of the position of the chemical industry globally on the matter.

Emma Fromberg
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Emma Fromberg

Programme Manager

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Emma Fromberg has a background in design with experience in learning and sustainability. Previously, she led the development of one of the first circular economy MOOC's (massive open online course), a co-creation between Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center for Sustainability and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Prior to joining CISL, she worked for the circular design team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, developing learning material for open access platforms.

Emma is an industrial design engineering graduate at Delft University of Technology. Outside of work she takes part in Arctic expeditions to collect data for climate change research.

Bryan Yates
Orbital Insight

Bryan Yates

Director of Sales and General Manager EMEA

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Bryan Yates is the Director of Sales and General Manager for the EMEA region at Orbital Insight, a geospatial analytics company that provides unprecedented visibility into the economic pulse of the world by using AI to analyze vast amounts of satellite imagery to count objects like cars, oil tanks and ships. Prior to joining Orbital Insight, Bryan was the Director of Sales at Medallia, a Sequoia-backed SAAS Customer Experience Management company. Prior to Medallia, Bryan worked as a Senior Director for over 13 years at Eze Software Group, the leading global provider of investment management software solutions to a broad range of clients across the investment community.

Inke van der Sluijs
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Inke van der Sluijs

Head of European operations

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Inke is the Head of European Operations of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). In her role she coordinates the team and supervises activities related to membership, certification, sustainable sourcing, and RSPO claims in the region. Further, she works with the supply chain accredited certification bodies, the National Initiatives on sustainable palm oil and other stakeholders in Europe. She enjoys the collaboration with all players to achieve full market transformation. Her previous position was at the Dutch Product Board for Margarine, Fats and Oils (MVO), where she worked as a policy advisor on sustainable development. Inke received her PhD in biology and worked in ecology, conservation, and sustainability projects.

Mauricio Lazala
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Mauricio Lazala

Deputy Director for Europe and Latin America

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Mauricio is Deputy Director for Europe, and Latin America, and leads the Resource Centre’s work on the protection of civic freedoms and human rights defenders. As part of the senior management team, he is involved in strategic, operational and financial decisions at the organization. Mauricio led the 2014 redevelopment of the Resource Centre's website.

Since 2014, Mauricio is a member of the Board of the EIRIS Foundation – Empowering Responsible Investment. In 2018 he was invited to join the Advisory Committee of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights, and since 2017 he also sits on the Advisory Panel of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Thomas Marinelli
Signify

Thomas Marinelli

Head of Sustainable Design & Products

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Thomas Marinelli is heading the Sustainable Design & Products program in Signify. Signify is a global leader in lighting, with recognized expertise in the development and application of innovative, energy-efficient lighting systems and services that improve people’s lives. Additionally, we have focused on environmental sustainability since the 1970s.

Mr. Marinelli is responsible for driving Sustainability strategic priorities towards product businesses, identify energy efficiency and other sustainable design opportunities for the lighting product portfolio, and identify business opportunities in making the Signify propositions more interesting and attractive for the customer.

Mr. Marinelli has a PhD in heterogeneous catalysis and a MBA degree from the Rotterdam School of Management. He started his working career in The Coca-Cola Company where he had various assignments in product integrity and process improvement. In the past fifteen years he was responsible for sustainability projects in several Royal Philips businesses before moving to his current position in Signify (formerly Philips Lighting).

Tamara Veldboer
Circle Economy

Tamara Veldboer

Senior Consultant Business & Insights

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At Circle Economy, Tamara dedicates her time to working with business profess - one on one and in coalitions - to translate the circular economy concept to strategy and action. With a creative perspective and mindset towards doing things together, she is a strong believer in cross-sector collaboration to evolve towards a 'doughnut economy' in which humanity can thrive within planetary boundaries, and nature can flourish.

Tamara obtained her MSc in Financial Management at Nyenrode Business University and a BSc in International Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before joining Circle Economy, she worked at Accenture and Deloitte, developing skills in e.g. design thinking, valuations and storytelling. She is passionate about anything related to sustainability.

Virginie Recoura
H&H Global

Virginie Recoura

Head of R&D Packaging

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Virginie is currently Head of R&D Packaging; she is in charge of packaging innovation for H&H Group which has six brands: Dodie, Biostime, Swisse, Good Gôut, Aurelia and Healthy Times which products span cosmetics, infant milk formula, baby food, food supplements and vitamins.

With over 13 years of experience in packaging, she brings her expertise to the Group to consider Sustainability as a key point of packaging development or optimization. Notions of bio-sourced, recycled, recyclable, compostable and biodegradable materials are the key elements of this approach to continuously improving packaging.

Marie-Pierre Bousquet-Lecomte
Danone

Marie-Pierre Bousquet-Lecomte

Nature Finance Director

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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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