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James Alexander joined UKSIF as Chief Executive in October 2020,with a strong vision and mandate to further enhance the organisation’s key role in promoting and expanding sustainable investment and finance in the UK.
James has a background in international climate finance and infrastructure finance as well as many years’ experience in leadership roles in membership organisations. Most recently, James supported global megacities to overcome the substantial barriers to financing climate action as Director of the City Finance Programme at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Head of the C40 Cities Finance Facility – a project preparation facility he developed, now supporting cities across the world to structure nearly a billion dollars of sustainable infrastructure transactions. James has worked on international climate finance issues at the UN level and supported cities across the world to invest their pensions and reserves more sustainably.
James is a member of the Executive Board of Eurosif, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, and a member of the Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG) providing advice to the UK Government on implementing a UK green taxonomy.
The Forum's Banking Industry community brings together leaders from the world's top banks to engage in key global issues with government leaders, CEOs and senior executives from other industries, heads of international organizations, academics, experts, thought leaders, head of NGOs, labour leaders and other representatives from civil society.
Leading the Forum’s work on Financing the Transition to a Net Zero Future, aiming at facilitate multi-stakeholders collaboration to accelerate progress in developing new transition financing solutions.
Richard is the Global Chief Sustainability Officer for JLL, responsible for the strategy, delivery and public reporting of JLL’s corporate sustainability program. He is an advisor on the SBTi Net Zero Expert Advisory Group and sits on the Bloomberg Green Council, representing JLL’s efforts to drive climate action in the built environment.
Richard has spent the last 35 years working in the real estate business. His work initially focussed on advising investor clients on commercial property sales and acquisitions. This developed into advising on government privatisations, funding, acting as LPA receiver and advising property 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 across the region. He took up his current role in January 2017.
Richard is Secretary of the HUGE Partnership, a charity which funds a 125 pupil primary school in Uganda and sits on the school’s senior management team. He is a governor of Bradfield College, England.
Richard is a keen family man and a triathlete, gardener, choral singer and proud owner of a 1962 VW camper.
Andy Bord is Flood Re’s Chief Executive Officer. Andy graduated with a degree in Physics from the University of Bristol, and began his career at BT. He joined Singlepoint (mobile phone service provider) as Operations Director in 2000 which was subsequently acquired by Vodafone in 2003. He was then appointed Head of Vodafone.co.uk and Consumer Direct Sales, latterly becoming Head of Broadband Development. Andy moved into the insurance industry in 2008, joining BGL Group where he managed the own-brand portfolio of personal lines insurance products and then undertook a number of due diligence assignments for HIG Capital, one of which led to him being appointed as interim CEO of Freedom Finance. He then moved to Staysure as Deputy CEO before joining Capita as CEO of the insurance services business. In January 2017, Andy joined Flood Re as Interim CEO before being appointed to the role permanently in April 2017.
Harry Boyd-Carpenter is the Managing Director, Green Economy and Climate Action at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He took up this role in April 2021.Mr Boyd-Carpenter is responsible for coordinating the EBRD’s work across the green economy and climate agendas, with the overall goal of meeting the Bank’s commitment to achieve a green finance ratio of over 50 per cent of annual investments by 2025. He leads a team that drives climate and green financing, policy and analysis across all economic sectors and financing instruments, as well as representing the EBRD in climate forums. Mr Boyd-Carpenter is a British national and joined the EBRD in 2005 in the Office of the General Counsel. In 2008 he moved to the then Power and Energy Utilities team in Banking where he led the financing of renewable and other power sector transactions in the Balkans, the Caucasus, Mongoliaand North Africa, as well as spending time in the Bank's Corporate Strategy team. In February 2017 he became Director, Head of Energy EMEA where he led a team responsible for all the Bank’s investment and policy activities in the energy sector in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining the EBRD Mr Boyd-Carpenter was an Associate in the project finance team at Allen and Overy LLP and also worked for the European Agency for Reconstruction in Pristina. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford
Mark is the Founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative and conceived the ‘unburnable carbon’ capital markets thesis. He commissioned and was editor of Unburnable Carbon – Are the World’s Financial Markets Carrying a Carbon Bubble? In November 2011. More recently, Mark co-founded ‘Planet Tracker’ which focuses on agriculture, seafood, forestry, water and textiles. Mark is responsible for management strategy, board matters and developing their capital markets framework analysis. Their goal is to align capital markets with natural ecological limits to growth.
Prior to forming these groups, Mark had twenty five years’ experience in sustainable financial markets working for major institutional asset management companies. Mark is a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment funds firstly at Jupiter Asset Management in 1989 with the Ecology Funds, NPI with Global Care, the AMP Capital Sustainable Future Funds, and Henderson Global Investor’s Industries of the Future Funds.
Mark served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; was a Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003). Mark is a Founder Director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006, a member of the Advisory Board of the New Venture Philanthropy’s ‘Conservation and Markets Initiatives’; is Hon Treasurer of The Rainforest Foundation UK and on the Development Board of the Ashden Awards. Mark is an advisor to Consilium Capital, to Faith Invest and serves on the Advisory Board of Tribe Impact Capital. Additionally, Mark is Visiting Lecturer at the Master’s Course of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership
As the Global Chief Sustainability Officer, Sarah is responsible for leading the ongoing development and execution of Manulife’s sustainability, community investment and sponsorship strategy and oversees and guides Manulife’s environmental, social & governance (ESG) reporting and disclosures. Before joining Manulife, Sarah was National Director of Sustainability & Social Impact advisory at Deloitte in Canada. Previously, Sarah worked for Hitachi as the Senior Lead of the global Social Innovation business, based out Sydney, Australia. She has her PhD in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Centre for Corporate Governance at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), Master’s in Management from Bond University, and a Bachelor of Science from Western University (Canada).
Craig is the Group CIO at Compass Group and leads the Digital & Technology function. He leads an eco-system of technology teams and leading-edge partners with a strategy to deliver both global and market solutions across Compass Group Worldwide. Previously Craig was CIO at McLaren and De Beers and before that CTO of Anglo American. He has led several major digital, change and outsourcing initiatives. Earlier in his career, Craig held a variety of leadership positions in Procter & Gamble. Craig has a BSc in Computer & Management Sciences from the University of Warwick. He lives in Surrey, England and is married with two young children.
Régine Clément joined CREO in January 2016 as its inaugural CEO to help catalyze more capital in Clean, Renewable and Environmental Opportunities (CREO) by working with families and institutional investors that invest with long term horizons. Through her work, Régine along with the team are transforming capital markets by scaling knowledge-based, intentional investing into climate and sustainability solutions across asset classes. Prior to joining CREO, Régine was Trade Commissioner and Head of Energy and Environment at the Canadian Consulate General in New York, where she worked with hundreds of companies to advance Canadian commercial interests in energy, infrastructure and cleantech in the US Northeast region. She co-founded and co-managed the Canadian Technology Accelerator for Cleantech, an accelerator program that helps early and growth-stage companies gain access to capital, strategic partners and mentors in NYC and Silicon Valley. Previously she was Executive Director of SENS Production, a NYC-based site-specific dance company; a Trade Policy Analyst with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, Canada, and an Analyst with Fundación Futuro Latino Americano on trade and environmental policy in Quito, Ecuador. Régine obtained her MSc in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, and her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa. Régine is based in New York.
Robert G. Eccles is a leading authority on corporate purpose and the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in resource allocation decisions by companies and investors. He is also the world’s foremost academic expert on integrated reporting.
Currently Eccles is a Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the Said Business School, University of Oxford where he is engaged in a number of research projects focused on corporate purpose, corporate reporting, engagement and stewardship, and private equity. Eccles has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management and was a Berkeley Social Impact Fellow at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. He was a Professor at Harvard Business School and received tenure in 1989.
Eccles is a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group and the non-profit Impact Management Project. He was the founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and was one of the founders of the International Integrated Reporting Council. In 2011, Dr. Eccles was selected as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior – 2012 for his extensive, positive contribution to building trust in business. In 2013, he was named the first non-accountant Honorary Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), one of only nine since 1999. In 2018 he was named by Barron’s as one of the top 20 influencers in ESG investing and cited for being an “ESG research trailblazer.” Also, in 2018 he received “The CSR Lifetime Achievement Award” at
“The 8th International Conference on Sustainability & Responsibility” in Cologne, Germany.
Dr. Eccles received an S.B. in Mathematics and an S.B. in Humanities and Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. He currently resides in Lexington, MA with his wife Anne Laurin Eccles and their two dogs Basil and Rowan. They have four children (Charlotte, Philippa, Isabelle, and Gordon) and seven grandchildren (Scout, Russell, Thomas, Thora, Frederick, Dashiell, and Philip). His main outside activity is weightlifting where he is quite good at the dead lift (achieved his personal goal of 400 pounds with a 410 lift on December 28, 2020), credible at the squat, and pathetic at the bench press.
Claire Elsdon leads CDP’s UK Capital Marketsteam. Claire works with investorsand capital markets actors to request and utilise critical climate, water andforest impact data from the companies they finance, through CDP’s globaldisclosure process. Claire started her career broking Pan-European Equities to UK basedInstitutional Investors for 8 years for HSBC, Merrill Lynch and JP Morganbefore moving to Tanzania to establish a pioneering new grassroots socialenterprise initiative called Pikilily, tackling the escalating public healthissue of avoidable crashes amongst Africa’s motorcycle-dependent communities.
Jill is an economic and business development professional with over 25 years’ experience of developing Scotland’s economy. Jill’s work with companies, Universities and government has focussed on developing and delivering strategic priorities and promoting Scotland’s capabilities internationally.
Jill joined Zero Waste Scotland in March 2017 charged with stepping up work to identify and realise circular economy opportunities in Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government (with ERDF support) and employs around 170 staff.
As Programme Director for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme, Jill led the team that advised on the scheme design and is worked with the private sector to implement the scheme in Scotland. The Deposit Return Scheme is a national initiative that aims to incentivise the recycling of drinks bottles and cans and change people’s behaviour towards waste.
Working in the USA for 5 years promoting Scotland’s capabilities to attract inward investment and developing international strategic partnerships at the University of Strathclyde, contribute to Jill’s international perspective and strong track record of delivering results through partnership working. In addition to the Deposit Return Scheme, this includes complex and strategic projects such as securing the location of the Green Investment Bank HQ in Edinburgh; delivering the Scottish Enterprise investment for the Dundee Waterfront redevelopment (£33mn investment in a £90mn project); and developing the concept and business case for the V&A in Dundee. Jill has extensive non-executive experience including Social Investment Scotland Ltd and as a founding board member of the V&A, Dundee.
Daniel Flatt launched Capital Monitor title in April 2021 after joining the New Statesman Media Group from Haymarket where he was most recently editorial director of its multiple award-winning portfolio of finance and investment publications. His 20-year career has spanned all areas of asset management, banking, and corporate treasury across the globe. He is the founding editor of CorporateTreasurer.
David is RSA’s UK&I Chief Information Officer and leads the long-term technology / transformation vision.
David has >25 years’ experience as a leader of global technology and digital strategy. Prior to joining RSA, David worked for a number of world leading Banking institutions in C-suite roles (General Electric, NatWest Group, Deutsche Bank, Close Brothers and London Clearing House).
In 2019 David was ranked ninth in the Financial Times Top 100 Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Technology Leaders. He was a Finalist for CTO of the Year 2019 awarded by the Inclusive Technology Awards, and also a Finalist in the STEM category awarded by the Black British Awards.
David was featured in 2021 HotTopicsGlobal CIO100 list for his leadership excellence, resilience and innovation. The 2020 and 2021 Power-list CX50 as one of the most influential Customer Experience influencers in the UK by Marketing Week. He was awarded the prestigious Inspirational Leader in the UK 2020 for services to society, awarded by Computing and the British Computer Society. David is a Non-Executive Director and honorary fellow for a number of institutions. Member of the Bank of England CIO committee, technology author / advisor. David is married with three children.
Matthew is Carbon Strategy Director for Heathrow, in a newly formed function which has brought together the airport’s business strategy and sustainability areas into a new “Carbon & Strategy Department”. He has been Sustainability & Environment Director at Heathrow for the last decade, leading the team that developed “Heathrow 2.0”, the airport’s award-winning leadership plan for sustainable growth. He played a key role in developing the new approach to expansion which was backed by the Airports Commission and parliament. He is a Council member and past Chair of Sustainable Aviation, the coalition of UK airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers and airports. He has represented the global airports industry in the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s working group on aviation and climate change, and Heathrow on the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change. He is a trustee of the Hillingdon Community Trust, a past Vice-Chair of SERA, the Labour Environment Campaign, and a past trustee of Tourism Concern, which campaigns for ethical tourism, and of the Heathrow Community Fund. Matthew is a fluent French and Spanish speaker and has co-authored a book on corporate responsibility: ‘Big Business, Big Responsibilities. From villains to visionaries - how companies are tackling the world’s greatest challenges’. He is married with two school age children.
Previously, Luke worked at Madano, the integrated communications consultancy, where he was Director, working with multinational energy businesses and industry. Prior to that, he spent seven years as Head of Government Affairs at Jaguar Land Rover, focusing on UK and international stakeholder issues.
He helped steer the external relations of Jaguar Land Rover from the period of the financial crisis to becoming one of the most influential businesses in the UK. Luke's career combines external relations with a background in sustainable development, including spells with the Department for International Development (DFID) in Cairo and Shell International in The Hague.
Kirsty Jenkinson is the Investment Director, Sustainable Investment & Stewardship Strategies for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the largest educator-only public pension fund in the world with over $280 billion of assets under management. She joined CalSTRS in January 2019 and is responsible for managing over $9 billion placed with sustainability and activist managers, overseeing the fund’s stewardship activities including corporate engagement and proxy voting, and outreach with the fund’s stakeholders. Prior to joining CalSTRS, Kirsty spent four years at Wespath Benefits and Investments in Chicago and four years as the director of the Markets and Enterprise Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a Washington, D.C.-based global research organization focused on the environment and economic development. Before moving to the U.S., Kirsty was a Director of Governance and Sustainable Investment at F&C Asset Management (now BMO Global Asset Management) and an Executive Director in the Fixed Income division of Goldman Sachs in London. Kirsty sits on the board of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and is a member of WRI’s Sustainable Investment Advisory Council. She holds an MA degree in International History from the University of Edinburgh.
Sofia Karadima is a senior editor and researcher at Investment Monitor, focusing on financial and business services, and ESG investing. She previously covered institutional investment across private markets for financial news and research provider Acuris. She has reported on private equity, venture capital, private debt and infrastructure, among other topics. Sofia is currently based in London, after living in Chile, Denmark, Spain and Greece.
Michael Kelly is OMERS Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer. In his current role, Michael oversees OMERS Legal Division and is involved in various matters and initiatives related to pension and investment law, regulatory affairs and corporate governance. Michael is actively involved in Board and Committee functions and oversees the Board Secretariat.
Michael also chairs the Sustainable Investing Committee, which oversees OMERS approach to matters such as environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration in its investing activities. He also represents OMERS on various domestic and international organizations focused on areas including governance, institutional investing, sustainability and climate change, and finance.
Jaakko Kooroshy is Global Head of Sustainable Investment Research at FTSE Russell where he oversees a team of researchers and data scientists developing climate and sustainability-related data and scores for the use in benchmark and index products. Previously, Jaakko was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, where he was the European research lead for GS SUSTAIN, providing insights in investment opportunities around the low carbon transition and other long-term trends. He has also been a Research Fellow for Energy, Environment, and Resources at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House and an analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS).He holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, a BSc in International Economics, and a BA in Social Sciences and History from Maastricht University
Wolfgang Kuhn works as independent consultant on responsible investment strategy. Previously, he was director of financial sector strategy at ShareAction, He has been on a quest for the right approach to sustainable investment since 2006.
Before joining ShareAction in 2019, he spent 20 years in fixed income markets, most recently as head of pan-European fixed income at Aberdeen Asset Management. He also worked for UBS, Deutsche Asset Management and DG Bank.
Wolfgang graduated from Technical University of Berlin, having also studied at University of Wisconsin and University of Freiburg. Wolfgang is a CFA Charterholder, a Certified EFFAS Financial Analyst (CEFA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
Kelly Levin is a senior associate with WRI’s global climate program. She focuses her work on supporting countries in the design and tracking of climate commitments, as well as planning for long-term transitions associated with decarbonization. Kelly closely follows the negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and analyzes related emissions reduction commitments. Kelly also plays a leading role in WRI on communicating climate science developments.
Kelly pursued her doctoral work at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where her research focused on adaptation policies to contend with climate impacts to biodiversity. During her PhD studies, she was also a writer for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services, covering the UN climate change negotiations.
Kelly has also worked as a climate policy/technical analyst at NESCAUM (Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management), where she devoted her time to developing a regional greenhouse gas registry in the Northeast and assisting states in the development of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Kelly holds a PhD and Master of Environmental Management from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale College.
She has been awarded the Google Climate Science Communication Fellowship and the Academic Council on the United Nations System Dissertation Award, and is a Switzer Fellow, Teresa Heinz Scholar, and Udall Scholar.
Dr. Oliver Marchand is Global Head of ESG Research & Development at the MSCI Climate Risk Center, where he is responsible for all research activities in the field of climate risks analysis. The Zurich-based MSCI Climate Risk Center creates an extensive climate risk assessment and reporting offering for the institutional market, providing global investors with solutions to help them better understand the impact of climate change on their investment portfolios and comply with mandatory and voluntary climate risk disclosure initiatives and requirements.
In 2015, Dr. Oliver Marchand founded the Zurich-based fintech startup Carbon Delta AG and was the CEO until 2019, when the company was acquired by MSCI Barra SA. Prior to founding Carbon Delta and joining MSCI, Dr. Oliver Marchand gained extensive experience in IT management, financial portfolio management and IT systems development at Fisch Asset Management. Furthermore, he is experienced in climate data modeling as a researcher in weather forecasting at various weather services.
Dr. Oliver Marchand is a strong entrepreneurship professional with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zürich. The combined expertise in software development for financial portfolio management and climate data modeling puts Dr. Oliver Marchand in the unique position to combine two very different industries. With the establishment of the MSCI Climate Risk Center in Zurich, the fulfillment of his personal vision of creating a new climate risk standard in the financial industry is on track.
Dr. Oliver Marchand is Global Head of ESG Research & Development at the MSCI Climate Risk Center, where he is responsible for all research activities in the field of climate risks analysis. Dr. Oliver Marchand founded the Zurich-based fintech startup Carbon Delta AG and was the CEO until 2019, when the company was acquired by MSCI Barra SA. Prior to founding Carbon Delta and joining MSCI, Dr. Oliver Marchand gained extensive experience in IT management, financial portfolio management and IT systems development at Fisch Asset Management. Dr. Oliver Marchand holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zürich.
Joe Marsh is managing editor of Capital Monitor and brings with him 25 years of investment and risk-management journalism experience. Most recently international editor of AsianInvestor, Joe spent the last ten years covering the asset management sector and delivering strategic insight to the world’s most influential asset owners. Joe also has an extensive background covering risk management within the energy sector.
Elizabeth Meager is the policy editor of Capital Monitor, a position dedicated to making sense of the slew of investment and corporate regulatory changes surrounding sustainability. With a technical editorial background, Elizabeth joins the team from Euromoney where she was managing editor of IFLR, which tracks global regulatory updates for corporate finance and capital market lawyers.
As Worldwide Director of Global Sustainability for Colgate-Palmolive Company, a consumer products company based in New York City, Vance Merolla is responsible for leading Colgate’s worldwide sustainability strategy and programs around climate, energy efficiency, water stewardship, waste reduction, and sustainable buildings.
Prior to his current 20+ years with Colgate, he was an environmental consulting group manager for the URS Corporation. Vance is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the states of New York, New Jersey and Washington, a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-Accredited Professional, and a Member of the USGBC NJ Chapter Board of Directors.
Robert Muir-Wood works to enhance approaches to natural catastrophe modeling, identify models for new areas of risk, and explore expanded applications for catastrophe modeling. Robert has more than 25 years of experience developing probabilistic catastrophe models. He was lead author for the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and 2011 IPCC Special Report on Extremes, and is Chair of the OECD panel on the Financial Consequences of Large Scale Catastrophes.
He is the author of seven books, most recently: ‘The Cure for Catastrophe: How we can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters’. He has also written numerous research papers and articles in scientific and industry publications as well as frequent blogs. He holds a degree in natural sciences and a PhD both from Cambridge University and is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London.
Mona is Global Head of ESG Capital Markets Strategy at S&P Global, responsible for the commercial rollout of S&P’s growing ESG investment product suite. Mona has deep knowledge of the sustainable finance space, having also worked as Head of the North American ESG Index business for S&P Dow Jones Indices -- where she spearheaded the launch of the flagship S&P 500 ESG Index, a Director for Trucost -- where she advised institutional investors on integrating climate and ESG factors into their investment strategies, a Research Director at the 2-Degrees Investing initiative -- a prominent sustainable finance NGO focused on aligning the finance sector with the 2-degree climate goal, a Climate Policy Advisor to the Obama Administration -- working on the Clean Power Plan, and a central banker at the UK’s Bank of England, -where her research primarily focused on alternative currencies and eco-currencies at the nexus of the environment and the money supply. As a sustainable finance expert, Mona is a regular market commentator on ESG investing, and the author of several research papers on topics ranging from the topic of disruptive technologies to the problem of ‘short-termism’ in mainstream Finance .
Mads Nipper is heading Ørsted, the global renewable energy major and world-leading offshore wind developer. He believes businesses should be a catalyst for change in fighting climate change and addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. Mads Nipper is part of World Economic Forum’s Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders where he leads the Power Working Group. He is also Co-chair of the roundtable of hydrogen production under the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. Furthermore, he is chair of the Danish government’s climate partnership for the energy and utilities sector. Previously, he has chaired the climate partnership for the manufacturing industry.
Mads Nipper is Vice Chair of the international food company Danish Crown. In the Confederation of Danish Industry, Mads Nipper is Vice Chair of the Executive Committee and member of the Committee on Business Policy. In 2017, Mads Nipper was appointed by the Danish government to represent Denmark in the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, with the aim of making a business case of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Previous experience and education
Before joining Ørsted, Mads Nipper was CEO and Group President of the Grundfos Group (2014-2020). Formerly, Nipper had a long career (1991-2014) in the LEGO Group where his last positions were Chief Marketing Officer (from 2006) and member of the Management Board (2011-2014). He has an educational background as MSc in Business Administration from Aarhus University, Denmark.
Philippa Nuttall, based in Brussels, has over 20 years’ experience as a journalist and communications expert covering environmental issues, energy and climate change from the UK, France and Belgium
Michael O'Leary is a managing director at the investment firm Engine No. 1. Previously, he was on the founding team of Bain Capital’s social impact fund and invested in consumer, industrial, and technology companies through Bain Capital’s private equity fund. He and his writing have been featured in Bloomberg, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Harvard Business Review, and Vox, among others. He is the co-author of 'Accountable: The Rise of Citizen Capitalism' (HarperCollins 2020).
A well-respected economist and writer, Chris Papadopoullos is responsible for building out Capital Monitor’s data intelligence service. Dedicated to capturing the flow of sustainable capital from investor to corporate end user, Chris will support our journalism by supplying robust and credible data that reveals the real-world impact of those flows. Chris joins us from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum where he worked as an economist.
Amy currently heads up the Insight team at Vuelio. A professional in media measurement for over 9 years, Amy is passionate about best practise evaluation and analysis and ensuring top quality insights to drive data driven decision making. Over the years she has provided consultancy to some of the world’s largest and most complex organisations.
My 9 years of media analysis has seen me create insightful reports, design and implement global, multi-brand measurement frameworks and build long term client relationships, to become a measurement and evaluation expert; called upon to deliver lectures, develop new methodologies, start my own department at a software company and educate senior stakeholders in order make business decisions. I am naturally data-driven but firmly believe that information has little effect without insights and am always looking for new ways to ensure that analysis remains dynamic and relevant to keep up with the rapidly changing media landscape.
Julian Popov is Fellow of the European Climate Foundation, Chairman of the Building Performance Institute Europe and Former Minister of Environment of Bulgaria. He was the good will Bulgarian Ambassador for energy and climate policy and energy security adviser to the President of Bulgaria. Julian is member of the European Council of Foreign Relations, the Advisory Board of Climate KIC and the boards of several other energy and climate related organisations. He is the founding Vice Chancellor and current Board Member of the New Bulgarian University and cofounder of the Tunisian School of Politics. Julian was voted as one of the 40 most influential voices on European energy policies (N24) and also as one of the 40 most influential voices in the European energy efficiency policies (N25) by EurActiv. His articles on European and energy policy have been published by Financial Times, Project Syndicate, NS Energy Monitor, The Independent, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, EurActive and others. He is author of two books and co-author of the books The European Supergrid and Energy and Climate Diplomacy. He lives in London with his family.
In his roles as Chief Digital Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, Ram Ramachander is responsible for Hitachi’s Social Innovation business in EMEA and is combining his corporate and entrepreneurial experiences to incubate and launch new digitally enabled businesses for Hitachi. In the last couple of years, Ram has established three new successful ventures in Hitachi, and is currently focused on building and scaling businesses in EV.
Prior to joining Hitachi as a successful entrepreneur, Ram spent many years building big data analytics and AI-based software businesses with investment from both Europe and Silicon Valley.
He has over 28 years’ experience in the software and ICT industries and has dedicated the last 15 years of his career to building high growth businesses that have a positive impact on the planet and on society.
Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI is a U.N. supported organisation, with nearly 4,000 signatories who collectively represent over US $100 trillion in AUM. She is responsible for the PRI’s global operations.
Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years' experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined the PRI from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent seven years as CEO.
Fiona serves on the Board of the U.N. Global Compact. She also chaired the Financial Services Commission into Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and is now a member of the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking Global Steering Committee. Fiona is also a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the Advisory Board for the Green Investment Principles for the Belt and Road, the Global Steering Committee for the Investor Agenda on Climate Action and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+.
Fiona was named one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally by Barron’s magazine and has twice been named one of Australia’s one hundred women of influence by the Australian Financial Review.
Richard Roberts is Head of Research at Volans, a think tank and advisory firm focused on sustainability, innovation and market transformation. Over the last decade, he has worked on strategy development and corporate transformation projects with companies in a range of sectors, from finance to heavy industry. Since 2018, he has led Volans’ work on Tomorrow’s Capitalism—exploring the role of business and finance in changing capitalism for the better.
Richard is also part of the delivery team for the Bankers for Net Zero initiative, which brings together leaders from banks, business and policy to accelerate progress towards the UK’s net zero target. He has authored or co-authored several reports on the implications of net zero for business, policy and finance, including, most recently, Innovation and Transformation: What It Will Take To Finance Net Zero (with John Elkington).
Valérie Schmitt is the Deputy Director, Social Protection Department, International Labour Organization, Geneva.
She is also leading ILO’s Flagship programme on building social protection floors for all.
Born in 1972, Ms. Schmitt holds a Master of Advanced Studies (first year of doctoral studies programme) in quantitative economics from Paris Sciences Economiques (Laboratoire du Delta) and a Master of Business Administration with honours from HEC (Europe's highest ranked MBA programme by the Financial Times). She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Paris IV – La Sorbonne.
Ms. Schmitt joined the ILO in 2003. She has 23 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of social protection, combining both headquarters and field experience in various types of organizations: ILO headquarters, ILO in Africa and Asia, consulting groups in France, and an NGO in Africa.
Samantha Smith is a lawyer, an activist and the Director of the Just Transition Centre, an initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation and partners. Building on the power and reach of the global trade union movement, the Centre supports and promotes social dialogue in communities, cities, countries and companies for a just transition to zero carbon and zero poverty.
Ms. Smith has worked with climate, energy and social justice issues for more than two decades. Most recently she led WWF’s global climate and energy team, with responsibility for international climate change negotiations, campaigns, renewable energy advocacy, engagement with business, and civil society and movement partnerships. She has served on various international expert groups and task forces on climate and energy.
Her passion for climate issues comes from first-hand experiences in the Arctic, where she worked for ten years in the field and with international policy as the Director of WWF’s Global Arctic Programme.
Ms. Smith also led project finance and government relations for large-scale renewable energy and emission reduction projects in senior roles within the New Energy division of Statoil in Norway. She was part of the team that helped to establish Statoil’s ground-breaking floating offshore wind power project, Hywind.
At the start of her career, Ms. Smith worked served as a corporate litigation attorney specializing in complex financial and securities cases in the United States. She did extensive pro bono work focused on social justice, including co-leading a task force on equal access to justice in the state of California, helping to launch a training program for the California courts on domestic violence response, and representing individuals in cases involving gender rights, children’s rights and poverty law.
Ms. Smith has degrees in history and law from the University of California, Berkeley.
Diandra Soobiah is Head of Responsible Investment at Nest. She joined Nest in 2010 and is responsible for the delivery and implementation of Nest’s Responsible Investment approach. She ensures Nest’s investment approach factors in material environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities and fulfils its role as a responsible steward of our members’ assets in order to deliver the best financial outcomes for our members. Diandra has 18 years of investment experience including at Ned group Investments and Russell Investments. She holds a BA in Business Studies and French from Queen Mary University of London, and has CAIA (level 1) and the IMC.
Andrew recently devised and launched Sustainable Fitch, a new business line for Fitch Group, providing ESG rating products and services. He is also responsible for the leadership, development and coordination of all Fitch Group ESG initiatives.
Andrew joined Fitch Ratings in 2004 and has held several senior management positions: Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Head of EMEA Corporate Ratings; and Head of Asia Pacific Corporate Ratings. Based in Singapore from 2010-17, Andrew envisaged and developed Fitch Ratings highly successful Asian corporate ratings franchise.
Andrew has a background in investment banking, M&A, private equity and advisory, focused on emerging markets and infrastructure.
Andrew holds a BSc in psychology from Bristol University, and a post graduate Diploma from INSEAD business school (CGEM 2016). He is a frequent speaker at events, an advisory board member of the United Nations credit rating and risk initiative, and a trustee of the Great Ormand Street Hospital based charity CLEFT.