CEO of London Stock Exchange (LSE)
Julia Hoggett took up the post of Chief Executive Officer of London Stock Exchange plc on the 14 April 2021.
Prior to this position, Julia was the Director of Market Oversight at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), responsible for overseeing the conduct of participants in the primary and secondary markets in the UK. Julia joined the FCA as Head of the Wholesale Banking Supervision Department in May 2014. Before joining the FCA, Julia was Managing Director and Head of FIG Flow Financing and subsequently also Covered Bonds, Short-Term Fixed Income Origination and Green Debt Capital Markets for EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML). Prior to joining BAML Julia was a Board Member and latterly CEO of DEPFA ACS BANK in Ireland and responsible for the long-term funding of the DEPFA BANK Group.
Earlier in her career, Julia worked at JP Morgan in DCM origination roles covering Sovereign, Supranational and Agency clients and before that Sovereign and sub-Sovereign clients in Emerging Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Julia has a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Newnham College, Cambridge University and undertook a research scholarship at Kings College, Cambridge University focused on public policy and economic development strategies in East Africa.
Julia was named one of Financial News’ 100 Most Influential Women in Europe’s Financial Markets in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2021. Julia was also named on the OUTstanding Top 50 list in 2013 and in its successor the Top 100 list in 2014. She has been an active speaker in the City on Diversity and Inclusion for much of the last 20 years.
Founder Chair, CDP
Paul founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of over US$100 trillion, CDP leverage investor power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. In addition, CDP represents the purchasing power of over 100 corporations with aggregate purchasing spend of over $4 trillion. In response to this enormous authority, over 9,500 large companies representing over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed data regarding climate change as well as other environmental data through CDP in 2020. This is in addition to the over 800 major cities, states and regions disclosed through, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. Paul previously co-founded Rufus Leonard Corporate Design and EyeNetwork, which was the largest videoconference booking service in Europe.
He has served as a member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Paul has authored various publications including the book Beautiful Corporations published in 2000 by Financial Times Prentice Hall. The book introduced the concept of sustainability product marketing which is growing in significance as a force in contemporary commerce.
Paul is Chair of the Trustees of the NGO ShareAction as well as a Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. He is an advisor to the NGO Influence Map and is a trustee of the grant making Friends Provident Foundation. He is a co-presenter of the leading podcast in the world on climate change “Outrage and Optimism” with Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, with over 1.3 million downloads.
Founder and Executive Chair, Carbon Tracker
Mark is the founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative and conceived the ‘unburnable carbon’ thesis. Prior to forming Carbon Tracker, Mark had twenty years experience in sustainable financial markets. Mark is a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment fund at Jupiter Asset Management, NPI, AMP Capital, and Henderson Global Investors. 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) and continues to advise a number of investment funds. Mark was a founder director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006, is a member of the Advisory Council of SASB (Sustainable Accounting Standards Board) and ImpactBase.org and the UNEP-WRI working group on greenhouse gas emissions and the financial sector.
MD & CEO Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd
Mr Mahendra Singhi has been associated with the growth and development of the cement sector in India for the last 41 years. Since 2013, he is the Managing Director and CEO of Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited, a major group in India, globally recognised for its low carbon footprint in cement production, water positive operations and bold ambitions and achievements on sustainability. Mr Singhi is also serving as President of Cement Manufacturing Association (CMA), a leading body representing about 450 million tonnes of installed cement capacity in India.
A visionary and advocate of sustainability, Mr Singhi has been the driving-force in inculcating this concept in the objectives and operations of the cement companies he has worked with. Mr Singhi is a frequent speaker at various national and international events on climate protection and sustainability to highlight the business actions and ambitions. Mr Singhi represented the business and cement sector during COP and High-Level Government-Business Dialogues of French Presidency, Governments and United Nations.
A positive thinker and strong supporter of happiness culture in the organisation, Mr Singhi promotes innovative ideas and research. He deeply believes research has the potential to eradicate climate change impacts and create future opportunities unknown to businesses. Mr Singhi is a science & law graduate and a Chartered Accountant. He is very spiritual and an avid reader of behavioural psychology.
Vice President, Global Sustainability VF Corporation
Jeannie Renne-Malone, LEED AP BD+C leads the global sustainability function at VF Corporation, driving the company’s environmental sustainability strategy, goals and actions, covering all aspects of VF’s footprint, including direct corporate impacts, supply chain environmental impacts and impacts of materials and products. She sets goals and objectives, establishes strategies, engages stakeholders, tracks progress and reports results for the company. She oversees development of the annual carbon footprint and sustainability/ESG reporting in response to investor surveys and industry organizations. She leads various strategic sustainability initiatives including setting and tracking progress towards the company’s ambitious Science Based Targets, and development of VF’s Green Bond Framework which led to the issuance of the apparel & footwear industry’s first green bond. She has over 20 years of experience in sustainable development, technology transfer, renewable energy, climate change, greenhouse gas accounting, green financing, and sustainability/ESG planning and reporting. She has an MA in International Finance and Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a BA in Spanish from the University of Washington, and holds several sustainability certifications. She sits on committees and boards of several environmental and industry organizations and is a Red Cross Board Member. She is fluent in Spanish.
Vice President and Treasurer, IFC
John Gandolfo is IFC’s Vice President, Economics and Private Sector Development (acting) and Treasurer. In these capacities, Mr. Gandolfo leads a global team responsible for managing IFC’s financial position, safeguarding the organization’s international triple-A rating and maintaining IFC’s standing as a premier issuer in the global capital markets.
Mr. Gandolfo leads IFC’s Treasury and Syndications global team in delivering on IFC’s strategy to create markets and mobilize private capital for development. The team manages over $100 billion in liquid assets, global market borrowings, and derivatives transactions. It is responsible for strengthening local-currency financing by arranging and executing local-currency and risk-management transactions for clients and raising third-party capital through innovative syndication and mobilization platforms such as the Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Program (MCPP).
Prior to taking the role of IFC Treasurer, Mr. Gandolfo was Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Pension and Endowments Department at the World Bank. His team managed $27 billion of World Bank Group pension and other retirement-benefit portfolios invested across a range of asset classes and strategies.
Over a highly successful career spanning more than 30 years in the World Bank Group, Mr. Gandolfo acquired broad experience in financial markets and treasury operations. As Director of the Quantitative Strategies, Risk and Analytics Department, he was responsible for the development of strategic and tactical asset allocations, risk management, and financial modeling for the asset management, capital markets, and banking businesses. Before that, he was the Director of the Investment Management Department. He began his career in IFC’s Financial Management and Planning Department.
Mr. Gandolfo, a U.S. citizen, holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the George Washington University.
CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO, working to mobilize global capital for climate action. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, ASEAN and Africa; and market tracking services for the green bonds industry. He is a member of the European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance, and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance committees in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan. Sean is also a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.
CEO, Energy, ACCIONA
Mr. Mateo, began his professional career in 1982, working for Endesa where he became CEO Endesa Chile and Managing Director, Generation, at Endesa Latin America.
He joined ACCIONA in 2010 and has played a key role in the growth and positioning of ACCIONA Energy, the world’s largest independent (global) renewable energy operator developer and owner (10 GW of installed capacity worldwide).
Mr. Mateo holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales in Zaragoza and some MBA´s (PDG IESE, PADE INSEAD)
Laurence D. Fink is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock. He and seven partners founded BlackRock in 1988, and under his leadership, the firm has grown into a global leader in investment and technology solutions. BlackRock’s mission is to help investors build better financial futures and the firm is trusted to manage more money than any other investment company in the world. Mr. Fink has been named one of the "World's Greatest Leaders" by Fortune, and Barron's has named him one of the "World's Best CEOs" for 14 consecutive years.
Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Mr. Fink was a member of the Management Committee and a Managing Director of The First Boston Corporation.
He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University (NYU) and the World Economic Forum, and is Co-Chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center Board of Trustees. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Rescue Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing and on the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York City.
Mr. Fink earned an MBA with a concentration in real estate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1976 and a BA in political science from UCLA in 1974.
Managing Director and Executive Vice President, IFC
Makhtar Diop is IFC’s Managing Director and Executive Vice President. He assumed this position on March 1st, 2021. Prior to this appointment, he was the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure, where he led the Bank’s global efforts to build sustainable infrastructure in developing and emerging economies. In this role, he oversaw the Bank’s critical work in energy, transport, digital infrastructure, and public-private partnerships.
Prior to this, Mr. Diop served for six years as the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa, where he oversaw the delivery of a record-breaking USD$70 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa to help tackle development challenges such as increasing access to energy; boosting women’s and youth’s economic empowerment; and promoting an enabling environment for more innovation and technology adoption. A passionate advocate for Africa’s right to clean and affordable electricity, he also called for greater investment in renewable energy and pushed for stronger regional interconnectivity in the power and transport sectors. He previously served as World Bank Director for Finance, Private Sector & Infrastructure in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region; Country Director for Brazil, where he helped finance major infrastructure work; and Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia.
Mr. Diop brings to the post a deep level of experience and understanding of development challenges and a firm grasp of the public/private sector interface. His main priorities will be to mobilize investments in the poorest and most fragile countries and create the conditions for a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable recovery. In addition to his international organization experience, Mr. Diop, an economist by training who started his career in the banking industry before joining the IMF and later the World Bank, has extensive private sector experience. He has also held government positions, most notably as Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal, where he played a key role in instituting structural reforms that helped build a strong foundation for Senegal’s growth in the late 1980s.
A recognized opinion leader in the economic and social development field, Makhtar Diop has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans in the world. In 2015, he received the prestigious Regents’ Lectureship Award from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Diop holds degrees in economics from the Universities of Warwick and Nottingham in England.
President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States
Carter Roberts is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States. WWF, the world’s largest network of international conservation organizations, works across 100 countries and enjoys the support of 5 million members worldwide.
Roberts leads WWF’s efforts to save the world’s great ecosystems and address climate change by linking science, field and policy programs with an ambitious initiative to work with markets and businesses to lighten their impact on the planet. He has worked with communities and heads of state in North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia; and has built partnerships with some of the world’s largest corporations, including Walmart, Cargill and Mars to set new industry standards for resource efficiency.
Roberts earned his MBA from Harvard Business School following a BA from Princeton University, and subsequently held marketing management positions for Procter & Gamble and Gillette. He went on to lead international conservation and science programs for fifteen years at The Nature Conservancy before coming to WWF in 2004.
Roberts serves on the Boards of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy at Duke University and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College and the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and most recently served on the International Finance Corporation’s Advisory Panel on Sustainability and Business, as well as the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative chaired by the Secretary-General of the UN.
Roberts lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Jackie Prince Roberts and their three children.
Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital
Rob is Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital. He established Circulate Capital to deploy catalytic capital in partnership with leading corporations and investors to scale solutions that advance the circular economy and prevent the flow of plastic waste into the ocean in South and Southeast Asia.
Rob leads Circulate Capital’s strategy, team, and operations as the firm identifies, incubates, and invests in opportunities diverting waste from the environment into the recycling chain in South and Southeast Asian countries. Circulate Capital’s model relies on supporting the local innovators implementing solutions on the ground, on partnerships with global corporations to leverage their supply chains to drive scale, and on incentivizing a new generation of entrepreneurs to build a fresh pipeline of investable projects.
His expertise also let Rob to become a Forbes contributor and a recognized speaker at high level conferences addressing the ocean plastic issue and/or the role of investors in advancing the circular economy.
Rob is Co-Founder and Senior Advisor to Closed Loop Partners, an innovative platform for impact investing, sustainability, and the circular economy. As Managing Director, Rob oversaw strategy and new business model development, as well as day-to-day operations. The Fund has deployed more than $60M into recycling and circular economy investment opportunities focused in North America.
Rob also served as Director of Sustainability for Walmart Stores, Inc. where he was responsible for packaging, customer engagement, and integration with the Consumables business, including personal care and household cleaning. Rob previously led Walmart’s cross-functional efforts to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas from the supply chain.
Before joining Walmart, he helped lead corporate responsibility and brand strategy for Brown-Forman Corporation, which produces and markets spirit brands such as Jack Daniel’s.
Rob received his MBA from the Haas School where he studied marketing, corporate responsibility, and social entrepreneurship. Prior to graduate school, Rob was State Communications Director for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California and a political consultant for M&R Strategic Services in Washington, DC. Rob received his undergraduate degree in political communication from the George Washington University where he learned that perception is reality.
Director and Global Head, Climate Business, IFC
Vivek Pathak is IFC’s Global Head and Director of Climate Business. In this role, he facilitates business growth, provides thought leadership, new product development and facilitates all work related to climate business. He is responsible for identifying new business opportunities for climate business and facilitating the mobilization of capital into this space.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Pathak was IFC’s Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, leading advisory and investment operations across 18 countries, which in fiscal year 2020 reached US$4.2 billion in long-term investments, including funds mobilized from other investors. He has extensive emerging markets experience in principal investments, restructuring and risk management. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pathak was Global Head and Director for Investment and Credit Risk, responsible for global coverage of credit risk, investment risk, integrity risk, pricing and credit/equity training. Prior to that he oversaw IFC’s portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa and led business development in frontier markets in the Middle East and North Africa.
Before IFC, Mr. Pathak worked at Bank of America and ABN AMRO Bank in new business and risk management.
Senior Vice President, Operations, IFC
Ms. Stephanie von Friedeburg is IFC’s first Senior Vice President, Operations. She most recently stewarded the institution in the midst of the pandemic and led the implementation of IFC’s strategy to create projects, attract private investment, and ultimately support a resilient and inclusive recovery in emerging markets. She currently leads all IFC investment operations and advisory services and manages IFC’s $60 billion debt and equity portfolio in more than 100 countries. Her priorities include increasing opportunities for women, scaling up investments to fight climate change, and promoting digital development. Her career spans almost three decades in the World Bank Group. She started at IFC, where she also served as the first Chief Operating Officer, and has spent more than two decades in investment operations, developing strong expertise in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe and in sectors such as telecom, manufacturing, and a wide array of technologies. In addition to an MBA from the Wharton School, she holds a Master of Arts from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Head, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC
Henriette leads the Gender and Economic Inclusion Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. She serves as an advocate for gender equality issues in the private sector and works with IFC’s clients to include both women and men as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers, community stakeholders and leaders. She leads a global team that is engaged in co-creating gender-smart private sector solutions through research, investments, advice and peer learning platforms.
Before joining IFC in September 2013, Henriette was the CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, where she remains involved as a senior advisor. Earlier in her career, Henriette was the UN representative in the Middle East Quartet team advising Tony Blair in Jerusalem. She also worked for the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). She has held positions as governance advisor with the European Commission Delegation to Tanzania, the German Technical Cooperation Agency in Germany, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tanzania, where she worked on conflict reduction, civic education, and socioeconomic issues in East Africa.
Henriette graduated with an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and received her MA from Freiburg University, Germany. She is also a Harvard Kennedy School Women in Public Policy Program fellow (2018). Henriette is a Bucerius and Hertie summer school alumna and a frequent contributor to blogs hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, Huffington Post, and Business Fights Poverty.
Executive Secretary, The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
On 18 May 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Patricia Espinosa of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ms. Espinosa took office on 18 July 2016.
Ambassador of Mexico to Germany since 2012 and from 2001 to 2002, Ms. Espinosa was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, bringing more than 30 years of experience at highest levels in international relations, specialized in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and protection of human rights.
As Mexico's representative on multilateral bodies and international organizations in Vienna, Geneva and New York, Ms. Espinosa has been engaged as leader in the global challenge to address climate change and its consequences, notably as President of the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC leading to the adoption of the Cancun Agreements. Named by the UN Secretary-General to the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, she is a tireless supporter of multilateralism as a way to improve conditions for development in all regions of the world, understanding the inextricable link between the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Elected Chair of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (1996) she played a key role in the process leading to the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 4th World Conference on Women. Previous Ambassador of Mexico to Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and UN Organisations in Vienna (2002-2006), she was Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1991) and responsible for economic issues at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN in Geneva (1982-1988).
Born in 1958, she has postgraduate studies in International Law from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva and is holder of a Degree in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico. Fluent in English and German, she is confident in French with Spanish mother tongue.
President, Danfoss Climate Solutions
Jürgen Fischer has more than 20 years of a broad leadership experience from global industrial companies within IT, telecommunication, and machine-building, including over 12 years with Danfoss in different top-management positions.
In January 2021 Jürgen Fischer was appointed President of Danfoss Climate Solutions, a merger between Danfoss Cooling and Danfoss Heating. Prior to this, from 2015 - 2020 he served as President of Danfoss Cooling. In 2013, he was appointed President of the Refrigeration and A/C Division. In 2008, Jürgen joined Danfoss as Vice President for Industrial Automation, and in 2010, he became Senior Vice President for Automatic Controls.
Jürgen holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Augsburg. In addition, he holds several degrees from executive education programs at INSEAD and IMD, and is a member of the Steering Board of EPEE - the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment.
Director of Integrated Gas and New Energies for Royal Dutch Shell
Maarten Wetselaar is Integrated Gas & New Energies Director and member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell. He is responsible for Shell’s Integrated Gas business, including the industry-leading liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas-to-liquids (GTL) positions. He also leads the New Energies business, including Shell’s investments in low-carbon electricity, new fuels, and new business models for a lower carbon future. He oversees 38 countries for Shell, including Australia, China, Japan, Qatar, Russia, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Maarten holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Groningen and a post doctorate Controllers degree from VU University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. After joining Shell in 1995 he held a variety of financial, commercial and general management roles in Shell’s Upstream, Downstream and Trading businesses in Europe, Brazil, Ghana, the Middle East and Russia.
In 2009, Maarten became Executive Vice President Finance in Upstream International. From 2013 to 2015 he served as Executive Vice President for Integrated Gas, based in Singapore.
Maarten is married and father of three. In addition to spending time with his family and friends, he enjoys traveling and sports, including football, sailing and golf. Maarten also enjoys reading and music.
President Director of Bank OCBC NISP in Indonesia
Parwati Surjaudaja has been the President Director of Bank OCBC NISP since 2008. She played an instrumental role including the strategic merge of Bank NISP with Bank OCBC Indonesia. Under her leadership, the Bank has grown substantially and sustainably, as reflected by its assets, increased almost 4 times from end of year 2008 of IDR39 trillion to IDR182 trillion at end of June 2020, while Bank’s net profit recorded the highest for the half year result of IDR1.6 trillion as per June 2020. Currently, Bank OCBC NISP is the 8th largest bank in Indonesia based on asset as per June 2020 and one of the Indonesian Bank with highest credit rating by PEFINDO and Fitch Indonesia.
With her strong commitment towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Bank OCBC NISP signed the private arrangement with International Finance Corporation (IFC) to be the first private Bank in Indonesia that supports sustainable financing both in green and gender project. This project led her to speak at Bloomberg Sustainability Business Summit in 2019, London representing Indonesia. Her various strategic initiatives in transforming Bank to be the trusted partner to enrich quality of life has led the Bank to received international and local accolades. Parwati named by Forbes Asia as the Top 50 Asia’s Power Businesswomen (2016).
Managing Director of Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets
Steven M. Rothstein is the founding Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets, where he is leading Ceres’ work to ensure capital market leaders like financial regulators, banks, major asset managers, and corporate boards account for climate change as a systemic financial risk -- and that they use their power to protect the economy and its people from that risk.
CEO of Standard Bank Group
Simpiwe “Sim” Tshabalala is Chief Executive of the Standard Bank Group. Sim was born in Hlabisa, in rural KwaZulu-Natal. He grew up in Soweto and was educated at Sacred Heart College in Johannesburg. Sim attended Rhodes University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988, and a Bachelor of Laws in 1990. He served his articles at Bowman Gilfillan, and went on to do a Master of Laws at Notre Dame in the US, which he was awarded summa cum laude, in 1993. Sim was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1994. He joined Real Africa Durolink Investment Bank in 1994 and worked in its structured finance division until 2000. In that time he continued his studies on a part-time basis, and completed the Higher Diploma in taxation law from the University of the Witwatersrand (‘Wits’) in 1996. Sim joined the Project Finance Division of Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank as head of structured finance in 2000, becoming a Director in 2000 and Managing Director of Stanbic Africa in 2001. In 2006 he was appointed Chief Executive of Personal and Business Banking, South Africa. In the same year, he completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Programme. In March 2008, Sim was appointed as Chief Executive of Standard Bank South Africa. He was appointed as one of three Deputy Chief Executives of the Standard Bank Group in April 2009. In June 2012, Sim took on the additional responsibility for Corporate and Investment Banking’s client franchise in South Africa. In March 2013, Sim was appointed joint Chief Executive of the Standard Bank Group, extending his responsibilities to the banking businesses on the African continent outside South Africa and to the bank’s Wealth business, including Liberty Holdings. In September 2017, Sim was appointed as the sole Chief Executive of the Standard Bank Group. Sim serves on the Boards of the Liberty Group and the Banking Association of South Africa. In January 2018, he was appointed to the board of the Institute of International Finance. In August 2018, Sim was made a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of South Africa. He is currently President of the International Monetary Conference.
Secretary General of the European Roundtable for Industry
Frank Heemskerk was appointed Secretary General of the European Round Table of Industry (ERT) on 1 January 2019. Frank Heemskerk graduated with an economics degree in 1994 from the University of Amsterdam and had spent an Erasmus year in Leuven, Belgium. Soon after, he began his career at ABN AMRO Bank where he held various positions until 2003, when he pursued a career in politics. Between 2003 and 2006, he a Member of Parliament for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) and, between 2007 and 2010, was Minister for Foreign Trade, also responsible for Telecoms & IT, SMEs and the better regulations agenda. Since retiring from national politics, Frank Heemskerk has held various professional positions. Between 2013 and 2018, he was an Executive Director of the World Bank, where he also chaired the World Bank Group Audit Committee. He sat on the Executive Board of Royal HaskoningDHV (2011-2013), a global engineering and project management consultancy. Since November 2018 Frank Heemskerk has been a visiting lecturer in Geo-Economics at Leiden University, faculty of Governance & Global Affairs. In July 2020, he took on the additional role of Chairman of the Board of Amnesty International in the Netherlands. He is married with a daughter and a son, loves reading and football, and - like many Dutch citizens - is an enthusiastic cyclist.
Environmental Journalist and Founding Director of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute
Andrew Revkin is one of America’s most honored and experienced environmental journalists and the founding director of the new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute. There he is building programs, courses, tools and collaborations bridging communication gaps between science and society to boost societal and environmental sustainability. He launched and runs the Earth Institute’s live Sustain What webcasts on COVID-19 solutions and paths to resilience. Revkin has written on climate change for more than 30 years, reporting from the North Pole to the White House, the Amazon rain forest to the Vatican - mostly for The New York Times. He has held positions at National Geographic and Discover Magazine and won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship. Revkin has written acclaimed books on the history of humanity’s relationship with weather, the changing Arctic, global warming and the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication. Two very different films have been based on his work: “Rock Star” (Warner Brothers, 2001) and the triple-Golden-Globe-winning 1994 HBO film “The Burning Season,” based on Revkin’s biography of slain Brazilian forest defender Chico Mendes. A lifelong musician, he was a frequent accompanist of Pete Seeger and is a performing songwriter.
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CEO of 2050 and Vice-Chair of the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Change
Laila Petrie is the CEO of 2050, an independent organisation working to support a rapid transition to a sustainable future through research, innovation and strategy support to some of the world’s largest organisations.
Laila previously held several roles with WWF and Marks and Spencer, including WWF Global Lead on cotton and textiles - overseeing WWF’s textiles programme including sector strategy, research, partnerships, and on-ground implementation in 10 countries.
She is currently the Vice-Chair of the UNFCCC Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, and has taken advisory or board roles for SAC, ECAP, Textile Exchange, the UN 10YFP programme, and the Alliance for Water Stewardship.
Head of Corporate Sustainability at PUMA
Stefan D. Seidel is Head of Corporate Sustainability at PUMA, a role he has held since 2015. He is responsible for all environmental and social topics of the Herzogenaurach-based sports company. He chairs the Steering Committee of the Fashion Charter on Climate Action and is a board member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals initiative.
In addition, Stefan represents PUMA at various industry-wide initiatives, such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Fair Labor Association, or the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Prior to his role as Head of Corporate Sustainability, he worked as PUMA’s Global Team Head of Environmental Affairs and as Sustainability Team Lead in the EMEA region. Seidel holds a master's degree in environmental management from Oxford Brookes University and a degree in environmental engineering from the Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences.
Prior to his studies, he completed an apprenticeship at Siemens AG, where he was in charge of the regional youth representation.
Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Arthaland
Leonardo Arthur T. Po is concurrently Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Arthaland, which was founded in 2009. He is likewise the Treasurer and Director of Century Pacific Food, Inc and Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures, Inc. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a degree in Business Administration, and has extensive and solid business development experience in the consumer marketing, finance and operations of fast moving consumer goods, food service, quick-serve restaurants, and real estate development.
Senior Industry Specialist & Global Tech Lead for EDGE Green Building Certification, IFC
Ommid Saberi, based in Washington DC, is an Senior Industry Specialist and the global technical lead for EDGE green building certification. Ommid works across the projects within World Bank Group including IFC investment and advisory projects and has done extensive work with property sector, as well as funds and commercial bank clients to divert the investments to climate smart buildings and projects. Before joining IFC, Ommid had experience advising on sustainability strategies for property development projects in the U.K., Middle East and Asia including development of green building codes for multiple countries. Ommid has also been a member of regional government advisory panels as an expert in low energy designs and technical director for energy conservation at the city scale.
Senior Strategic Advisor for Sustainable Business, BNP Paribas
Lisbon based Pierre Rousseau, is Senior Strategic Advisor for BNP Paribas’ Sustainable Business and leads Global Sustainable Finance Investment initiatives. Prior to this, Pierre was Head of Global Markets Asia Pacific from 2015 - 2018, in addition to supervising the Financial Institutions Coverage unit for APAC. From 2009 - 2015 Pierre was Head of Equities, Asia Pacific, where he led BNP Paribas’ Equity Cash and Equities Derivatives platforms.
Pierre has almost three decades of experience across the financial services industry, two thirds of which have been spent in Asia Pacific. Before joining BNP Paribas, he was Head of Equity APAC for Credit Agricole, as well as creating an integrated electronic trading platform at Indosuez WI Carr Securities (IWICS) in Hong Kong.
Pierre started his career in 1985 as a financial controller with Citibank Benelux, after attaining a degree in commercial engineering. He joined Banque Indosuez’ Luxembourg office in 1988 and between 1993 - 2000 moved to Singapore, followed by Tokyo, where he was Chief Operating Officer at Banque Indosuez and Credit Agricole Indosuez.
In addition to his professional life, Pierre has been actively involved in supporting projects in the circular economy such as Nomad Plastic, and raising funds for sustainable NGOs such as the internationally renowned Room To Read and the Hong Kong-based and independent NGO, Sunshine Action.
Co-founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management
David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management. Since its founding in 2004, Generation has played an integral role in the development of sustainable investing and in demonstrating the long-term commercial and societal benefits of this approach. Previously, David spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. David received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is chairman of Dialight, Social Finance UK and co-chair of The World Resources Institute and on the boards of On the Edge Conservation and SHINE. David is also a life trustee of Hamilton College.
Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/DC chapter
Tim Purinton has been the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/DC chapter since 2017. Tim hails from Boston where he was the founding Director of the Massachusetts’ Department of Fish and Game’s, Division of Ecological Restoration.
Tim also worked for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and as a wetland restoration contractor. He is on the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition and Ascend board of directors.
Tim is a graduate of McGill University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Tim is married and is a father of four. Julia and Tim reside in Takoma, D.C. and have a home in Vermont’s Mad River Valley. In his free time Tim keeps bees and can be found wading small trout streams in search of an evening hatch.
Vice President, Climate Change, Sasol South Africa
Shamini is the VP: Climate Change. She has worked for Sasol for 14 years. Has a Master’s of Science Degree and is the group advisor on climate change issues ranging policy and advocacy to implementation within the Group. Shamini has also represented business as a climate change negotiator for South Africa at The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for 5 years and is Chair of the Business Unity South Africa: Environment Committee.
Vice Chair of Global Public Policy, Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman Bloomberg
Mary L. Schapiro is the Vice Chair for Global Public Policy of Bloomberg, the global financial technology company that was founded in 1981. She has been at Bloomberg since October 2018, and also serves as a Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman.
Ms. Schapiro, who has had a distinguished career as a financial services regulator under four U.S. presidents from both political parties, oversees Bloomberg’s public policy and regulatory priorities globally. Her service as the 29th SEC Chair culminated decades of regulatory leadership. She was the first woman to serve as SEC Chair, and the only person to have served as chair of both the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. During her four years as SEC Chair, Ms. Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rulemaking agendas in the SEC’s history, during which the agency also executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors and pursued aggressive enforcement of the federal securities laws.
Ms. Schapiro also serves as an advisor to Bloomberg in multiple capacities, including as a leader for two groups chaired by Michael R. Bloomberg. The first group – the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures – has developed and garnered wide spread support for a voluntary framework for corporate disclosure of climate-related risk information to help investors, lenders, underwriters and others make informed financial decisions. The second group – the Working Group on U.S. RMB Trading and Clearing – supports the internationalization of China’s currency in order to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of U.S. businesses by lowering trading costs and improving access to China’s markets. The third is the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative.
Before becoming SEC Chair and working for Bloomberg, Ms. Schapiro served as chief executive officer of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest nongovernmental regulator of securities firms. Earlier, she was Chair of the CFTC from 1994 to 1996, a commissioner of the SEC from 1988 to 1994, and general counsel of the Futures Industry Association. She serves on the board of both Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and CVS Health (NYSE: CVS). She previously served on the board of GE and the London Stock Exchange. She is also a member of the governing board of the Center for Audit Quality and serves on advisory boards at the China Securities Regulatory Commission and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Investor Relations, Vinte
Responsible for Investor Relations and relation with Global Development Banks such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB Invest), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgessellschaft mbH (DEG) and PROPARCO, which participate in Vinte with debt and equity investments.
Mr. Pizzuto has participated in the issuance processes of VINTE 17 and VINTE 17-2, debt bonds in the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV), as well as in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Vinte. More recently, he was responsible for the issuance of 3 sustainability bonds, VINTE 18X, VINTE 19X and VINTE 19-2X, the first in Latin America issued by a homebuilder.
Prior to joining Vinte, Mr. Pizzuto worked at Deloitte Mexico in valuation services in the area of Financial Advisory.
Mr. Pizzuto has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from ITESM and has a Master's degree in Professional Accounting (MPA) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Vice President for Constructors and Mortgage, Banco Davivienda
Economist from Universidad de los Andes, Bogota. Specialized in Econometrics and Capital Markets. Vice President for Constructors and Mortgages in Banco Davivienda, Colombia. Member of the Board of Directors in the Colombian Chamber of Construction.
Senior Operations Officer, Climate Strategy and Business Development IFC’s Climate Business Department
Corinne Figueredo has been with IFC since 1992. After leading debt deals in power, financial institutions and general manufacturing, she branched into cleantech equity in 2003 involving early stage cross-sectoral and hi-tech transactions. Corinne now is enjoying the inside of a start-up, as she leads IFC’s EDGE Green Building Certification teams across the world. See how EDGE is revolutionizing the building sector in developing countries at www.edgebuildings.com.
Senior Operations Officer, IFC Climate Business Department
Will works with IFC’s Financial Institutions Group with the mandate to grow IFC’s climate commitments to 30% of its portfolio by 2020. He is responsible for developing specific climate focused product areas and for supporting key clients green their portfolios. In 2017, Will moved to DC from Beijing where he lead IFC’s work supporting financial markets on issues relating to climate change across Asia since 2012. Prior to this role, Will led IFC’s Sustainable Business advisory programs for South Asia out of Delhi. Will began his career in London as a derivatives trader before moving to China, where he worked in banking and management consulting with Standard Chartered and PwC Consulting. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from INSEAD and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Senior Operations Officer, IFC Climate Business Department
Irina Likhachova is a Senior Operations Officer with IFC Climate Business Department. She is leading policy work on biodiversity finance to incentivize private sector investment to conserve and restore nature and to fight climate change in emerging markets. Irina is a lead author of IFC’s 2019 report “Green Buildings: A Finance and Policy Blueprint for Emerging Markets” and a forthcoming report green post-COVID recovery in emerging markets. Previously she worked on advancing of the adoption of the IFC Operating Principles for Impact Management, national green and sustainable finance policies across emerging markets through the Sustainable Banking Network, and the adoption of IFC’s sustainability and governance standards by stock exchanges in their listing and reporting requirements.
Senior Operations Officer, IFC Climate Business Department
Aditi Maheshwari has been addressing climate change from both a public and private sector perspective for 17 years. She is a Senior Operations Officer at IFC, where her work focuses on mobilizing private capital for climate investments in developing countries, supporting the corporation’s climate change agenda and commitment to increasing its climate-friendly lending. She is leading initiatives at IFC to promote private sector investment aligned with national climate plans, including for renewable energy, and to support businesses along the construction value chain to manage carbon risks and capitalize on opportunities. Her publication credits include co-authoring IFC’s Green Buildings: A Finance and Policy Blueprint for Emerging Markets and leading IFC’s flagship report on Climate Investment Opportunities in Cities.
Prior to joining the IFC, she worked at the World Bank on policies for scaling up climate finance and mitigation action, with an emphasis on the design of new carbon market mechanisms. She previously worked in the Climate and Energy Group at DFID leading on carbon markets. Other roles have included working on environmental and energy issues at the South African National Treasury while on an ODI Fellowship; working on mergers at the UK's Office of Fair Trading; and on oil and gas economics at the UK's Department of Trade and Industry. She holds an MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London.
Chief Executive Officer and President, Ingka Group (IKEA Retail, Ingka Centres, Ingka Investments)
Jesper Brodin is the President and CEO of the INGKA Group, the largest franchisee to operate under the IKEA brand. As the world’s largest home furnishing retailer, the INGKA Group owns and operates 358 stores in 30 countries under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V. Jesper Brodin started his career at IKEA in 1995 as Purchase manager in Pakistan. Over the years, he held different roles which includes earlier roles such as assistant to IKEA Founder Ingvar Kamprad and to then IKEA CEO Anders Dahlvig; Business Area Manager Kitchen and Dining; Regional Manager China; Supply Chain manager; and more recently, as Managing Director for Range & Supply, Inter IKEA Group, until he took on his current role and responsibilities, in September 2017. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Royal DSM
Feike Sijbesma is CEO of Royal DSM since 2007. He is member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Central Bank (DNB); non-executive board member of Unilever; and member of the Global CEO Council of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. He is one of the Climate Leaders of the World Bank and is co-Chair of CPLC High-Level Commission on Carbon Pricing and Competitiveness, and Climate Leader for the World Bank Group. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the World Economic Forum, and chairs of several initiatives at WEF around consumer and chemical industries and is heading the CEO Climate Leaders.
Feike Sijbesma has transformed Royal DSM from a chemical company into a purpose-led global (bio-)science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM is global leader in food/nutritional ingredients and a leading company in sustainable materials and solutions among others for alternative energy sources. At DSM sustainability is not only a key responsibility but also a core value and a main business driver.
Mr. Sijbesma is a recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award & Leaders of Change Award presented by the United Nations; among others he received an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University, Netherlands; he received the Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership and was ranked in the Fortune World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2018. Mr. Sijbesma studied medical biology at University of Utrecht and business administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Chairman, Mahindra Group
Mr. Anand Mahindra is the Chairman of the US $20.7 billion Mahindra Group and the Executive Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. His tenure has seen the Group expand domestically and internationally into a range of major industrial sectors from automobiles and agriculture to IT and aerospace. The Group has also grown inorganically through acquisitions such as Ssangyong Motors, Reva Electric Car Company, Satyam Computer Services, Peugeot Motorcycles, Gippsland Aeronautics, Aerostaff Australia, Holiday Club Resorts, and Pininfarina S.p.A.
He has served on several influential bodies globally, including the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York and the International Advisory Council of Singapore’s Economic Development Board. He is currently on the board of Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency. Mr. Mahindra has been named in Barron's List of Top 30 CEOs worldwide (2016) and Fortune Magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders (2014). He was appointed ‘Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour’ by the President of the French Republic (2016).
Mr. Mahindra is an incisive business commentator and humanitarian with over 6 million followers on Twitter. Among his many social change initiatives is the Nanhi Kali programme, which, for the last two decades, has provided over 330,000 under-privileged girls access to high quality education.
Co-Chair; IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and President of the Royal Economic Society, United Kingdom
Professor Lord Nicholas Stern of Brentford, Kt, is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and President of the British Academy. He is Chairman of the LSE's Asia Research Centre and of its Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Nick Stern was previously Chief Economist of the World Bank and Senior Vice President, Development Economics (2000-03) and Chief Economist and Special Counsellor to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1994 until late 1999). He was Head of the UK Government Economic Service (2003-07) and Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury (2003-05). He was Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa (2004-05), and led the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change (2005-06).
From 1986 to 1993 Nick Stern taught at the London School of Economics, where he was Sir John Hicks Chair in Economics. He has also taught and researched at Oxford and Warwick Universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ecole Polytechnique and the Collège de France in Paris, the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore and Delhi, and the People’s University of China in Beijing. His research and publications have focused on the economics of climate change, economic development and growth, economic theory, tax reform, public policy and the role of the state and economies in transition. He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles.
Nick Stern was knighted for 'services to economics' in June 2004 and he was made a member of the House of Lords in 2007. He holds 13 honorary degrees and has received the Blue Planet Prize (2009), the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2010), the Leontief Prize (2010), and the Schumpeter Award (2015), amongst many others.
Vice President of Economics and Private Sector Development, IFC
Hans Peter Lankes is IFC’s Vice President of Economics and Private Sector Development, having joined IFC in 2017. In this capacity, Mr. Lankes is responsible for ensuring that IFC’s strategies and projects have a consistent focus on development results. He also provides independent economic analysis and oversight to all IFC’s operations, is responsible for IFC’s blended finance, climate and gender teams, and ensures coordination with the World Bank and other international financial institutions on private sector development issues. A German national, Mr. Lankes previously served in a number of roles at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), including leading EBRD’s expansion into the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region. Prior to joining the EBRD in 2007, Hans Peter worked at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. His earlier career includes positions at the Central American Business School, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Economy, and the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lankes holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, as well as economics degrees from Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg and Université de Grenoble.
Partner, Sustainable Development Capital
Jim Maguire is a Partner at Sustainable Development Capital, LLP (“SDCL”), a privately-owned and government-backed institutional investment management and advisory firm. He currently leads an SDCL grant under the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (“K-CEP”), developing advanced cooling technology projects in Asia and Africa. Jim held senior positions regionally and within global practices for the two largest insurance brokerages, leading Asia risk advisory and syndication businesses. He has twenty years’ experience at the intersection of infrastructure development, project finance and insurance and speaks frequently on the role of financial risk management instruments supporting Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Jim has acted for debt and equity in the development and financing of ~US$50 billion of investment across renewable and traditional power generation technologies. He is a founding investor in sustainable investment platforms SDCL (energy efficiency), Renova Capital Partners (bio-fuel), Renova Energy & Infrastructure (transportable solar) and Sustainable Living Partners (sustainable housing); he is an original investor or Advisor to InsureTech start-ups, Intensel (Nat Cat modelling), enegix (geothermal flow imaging) and kWh Analytics (solar risk management). Jim holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, Austin (1989); and, a B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (1986).
Principal Industry Specialist, IFC
Jigar is a Principal Industry Specialist at IFC and his role is to facilitate investments related to energy efficiency and climate business for clients in the manufacturing sector. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP), an international non-profit organization with a mission to improve energy efficiency in industry. He has worked globally in manufacturing and clean energy sectors. Jigar has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and has taught graduate courses on clean energy as an Adjunct Professor at McMaster University, Canada, and George Washington University, USA. He holds an appointment as a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute.
CEO, Carbon Engineering Ltd
Steve Oldham is Chief Executive Officer of Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE), a Canadian-based clean energy company. CE is leading the commercialization of groundbreaking technology that captures carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere, and a second technology that synthesizes it into clean, affordable transportation fuels that work in existing cars, trucks and airplanes without any modifications. Steve Oldham brings more than 20 years of executive experience to CE’s team, stemming from previous positions in technology, robotics, and aerospace sectors. He has played a lead role in a number of ‘Canada firsts’ in technology commercialization, including the first robot performing brain surgery, the first commercial radar satellite, robots that clean the inside of nuclear reactors, and satellites that service and repair other satellites. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Birmingham in England.
Initiator and Chairman of Solar Impulse, @bertrandpiccard
Born into a family of scientific explorers, Bertrand Piccard has made history by completing two round-the-world flights: non-stop in a balloon and more recently without any fuel in the Solar Impulse airplane. With this last achievement, Bertrand’s goal was to demonstrate how clean technologies and renewable energy can achieve the impossible. As a second phase of his vision, and with the Solar Impulse Foundation, he launched the challenge of selecting 1’000 profitable solutions that protect the environment in order to encourage decision-makers to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies. One of the first to envision ecology through the lens of profitability, he urges for the uptake of clean and efficient technologies because they are logical rather than just ecological. Even if climate change didn’t exist, they would make sense, as they represent the biggest industrial market of the century. According to him, innovation and pioneering spirit are key to solve the most pressing challenge of our times: ensuring the quality of life on Earth.
Founder and CEO, Plastic Bank
David is the founder and CEO of Plastic Bank, an internationally recognized solution to ocean plastic. Plastic Bank is a global network of micro recycling markets that empower the poor to transcend poverty by cleaning the environment. Plastic Bank is an eco-system that provides an opportunity for the world to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency. Partners include IBM, SC Johnson, Henkel, Marks & Spencer’s, Logitech, Eat Natural, Aldi, Drogerie Mart, and others.
His humanitarian work has earned him international recognition. David has been named one of the world’s most compassionate entrepreneurs by Salt magazine. He is the recipient of the United Nations Lighthouse award for Planetary Health, recipient of the Paris Climate Conference Sustainia community award, is the Past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), and named the Entrepreneur Organizations, Global Citizen.
Senior Industry Specialist, IFC
James is a Senior Industry Specialist at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. He has over 20 years of global experience in the solid waste industry and energy sector with a particular focus on climate opportunities in waste in developing countries. Jim provides technical expertise to staff looking at solid waste (SW) opportunities in emerging economies and supports the development and implementation of IFC’s solid waste sector strategy.
Senior Renewable Energy Specialist, IFC
Sean is a professional engineer and Senior Renewable Energy Specialist with the International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group. His work focuses both on technical due diligence for IFC’s wind project investments and on development of new business lines for IFC (e.g. offshore wind for emerging markets, renewable energy for off-grid mines and scaling wind investments in Africa). Prior to joining IFC in 2011, Sean spent six years as Vice-President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, a period that saw a tenfold expansion of the Canadian wind industry. He has also worked as a senior energy consultant with ICF/Marbek and spent five years in Madagascar designing, building and installing windmills for community irrigation projects. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston.
Former Secretary of State attached to the Minister of State, Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France
Brune Louise Sabine Poirson, politician, was born in Washington DC (US) on 1st September, 1982. Originally from Vaucluse, she studied at Sciences Po Aix, then at the London School of Economics (UK), and then at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (US). She began her career in England where she worked as a Project Manager for Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). She continued her career in innovation and development in India, and then the United States. She has worked in the public (AFD), private (Veolia), and voluntary (Nesta) sectors. Career Assignment Manager for NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) in London, Project Manager for the AFD (French Development Agency) (2009-2011) in India, Director of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility for Veolia Water India (2011-2014), Researcher on social innovation and corporate social responsibility in Boston (2014-16), an elected member of the Vaucluse constituency, registered with the La République en Marche group (in 2017), Secretary of State attached to the Minister of State, and Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition (since 2017). Elected a member of Vaucluse’s 3rd constituency on 18th June, 2017, Brune Poirson was then appointed Secretary of State attached to the Minister of State, and Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition on 21st June, 2017.
Wind Power Pioneer, @HenrikStiesdal
Henrik Stiesdal (born April 14, 1957) is a Danish inventor and businessman in the modern wind power industry. In 1978, he designed one of the first wind turbines representing the so-called “Danish Concept” which dominated the global wind industry through the 1980s. Until 2014, Stiesdal was the Chief Technology Officer of Siemens Wind Power. During his professional career, Stiesdal has made more than 175 inventions and has received more than 650 patents related to wind power technology.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Energea
In 2017, Mike co-founded a renewable energy investment platform that focused on emerging and frontier markets called Energea. Energea has operational solar, small hydro and battery projects in Africa and LATAM. Energea serves as a portfolio manager for investments in the emerging markets renewable energy asset class and works with project developers in multiple countries to originate, develop. EPC and O&M portfolios of mid-sized renewable projects.
Prior to Energea, Mike co-founded Greenskies in 2008, then managed the company’s transition from a start-up to the leading commercial and industrial ("C&I") solar development firm in the United States with a customer base that included Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Amazon, AT&T, Target, McKesson and several of the largest electric utilities in the USA when the business was sold in 2017.
As the company’s President and CEO for eight years, he was responsible for the architecture and management of the business from deal origination, project financing and EPC through asset management and liquidation.
Mike was directly responsible for closing over $500mm of project finance, building and owning over 400 solar projects ranging from 200kW to 5MW, creating industry-leading O&M and asset management departments and expanding the company's footprint across 23 states from California to South Carolina. Greenskies was ranked #1 by market share for commercial and industrial solar developers by Greentech Media and was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Hartford Courant in 2016.
Mike was named "40 Under 40" by the Hartford Business Journal in 2012, and again by Connecticut Magazine in 2016. In 2017, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Junior Achievement. He was a national merit scholar at Boston University and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Big Life Foundation, a wildlife conservation and security group based in Kenya.
Mike lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
Senior Industry Specialist, Climate Business, IFC
Guido Agostinelli has been working in the photovoltaic and clean technology industry for over 20 years; he is Senior Industry Specialist at IFC, where he deals with the corporation’s investments in the solar industry and in solar energy solutions. He created investment opportunities and worked on projects for the World Bank Group totaling more than $2 billion. Physicist by training, he worked in industrial R&D as a scientist and then manager at leading institutes such as JRC and IMEC, before moving to financial advisory and direct investments in private equity and venture capital. Prior to joining IFC in 2014, Guido has been managing partner at Syntegra Solar, a business advisory firm, and senior investment associate in the venture capital team at Good Energies, a fund focused on renewable energies that backed some of the most successful IPOs in the solar sector in the late 2000s. Guido holds a PhD in engineering from the University of Gent and an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan.
President of Nespresso USA and CEO of Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund
Guillaume Le Cunff is president of Nespresso USA, and CEO of the Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund. He is also a member of the advisory board for New York University’s Center for Sustainable Business. Mr. Le Cunff spent seven years as chief marketing officer for Nestlé Nespresso SA, driving the company’s marketing and sustainability programs. Prior to Nespresso, Mr. Le Cunff was chief financial officer for Nestlé Waters France/Belgilux. Mr. Le Cunff began his career in Romania working in the private equity industry. A French native, he earned his bachelor’s degree at the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commercials d’Angers and his MBA in business and management from the HEC School of Management in France.
Director and Global Head of Climate Business, IFC
Alzbeta’s role is to facilitate business growth, provide thought leadership, fundraise and facilitate all work related to renewables, climate-smart agribusiness, green bonds, smart cities and other climate business areas. Prior to her current appointment, she was a Global Co-Head of Industrials for IFC, investing and managing $15bn portfolio of investments in emerging markets. Alzbeta joined IFC from Export Development Canada. She received Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she also studied for her doctorate; engineering degree from Prague University, Czech Republic; and executive education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She currently serves on the boards of Hans Merensky in South Africa, Grupo Los Grobo in Argentina, both agribusiness companies, on the New York University Center for Sustainable Business Advisory Board, and on the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board.
President, The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
Mary Robinson is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice. She is the former president of Ireland and has served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. Mrs. Robinson is a member of the Club of Madrid and in November 2018 was appointed Chair of The Elders. In 2009 she was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Co-Head Institutional Clients Coverage,
Frédéric Samama, Co-Head Institutional Clients Coverage, joined Amundi in 2009. He is the founder of the SWF Research Initiative. Formerly, he oversaw Corporate Equity Derivatives within Credit Agricole Corporate Investment Banking in New York and Paris. During his tenure, he developed and implemented the first international leveraged employee share purchase program, a technology now widely used among French companies. He has advised the French Government in different areas (employee investing mechanisms, market regulation, climate finance, etc.) and has a long track record of innovation at the crossroads of finance and government policy. Over the past few years, his action has been focused on climate change with a mix of financial innovation, research and policy making recommendations. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and holds a diploma from Neomia Business School.
Chief Investment Officer,
Financial Institutions Group, IFC
Mr. Masse joined IFC in 1994 and held series of leadership positions, with a focus on direct investments and risk mitigation in emerging markets financial sector, and developing partnerships across the world. He is overseeing an equity portfolio, creating shareholder value and exiting investments. As part of IFC's strategic priorities to help mitigate the impact of climate change in emerging markets, he conceptualized and leads at IFC the IFC-Amundi Planet-Emerging Green One fund - closed in Feb 2018 and viewed as the World’s largest green bond fund, this US$ 2 billion strategy He led teams responsible for the origination, analysis, negotiation, monitoring and execution of over 150 direct investments, aggregating US$ 8bn. One transaction is IFC's highest ever realized capital gain in the financial sector. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, an Ingénieur Agronome diploma from a leading engineering school in France.
Esohe Denise Odaro
Director, International Capital Market Association (ICMA)
and Head of Investor Relations, IFC
Denise is a Director at ICMA within the Secretariat for The Green Bond Principles (GBP), The Social Bond Principles (SBP) and The Sustainability Bond Guidelines (SBG). She joined ICMA in January 2018 on a temporary assignment from IFC. During her tenure at ICMA, Denise led the drafting of the updates to the SBP and the SBG, the High-Level Mapping to the Sustainable Development Goals for both the GBP and SBP as well as the Harmonized Framework for Impact Reporting for Social Bonds. These initiatives were recognized as Most Valuable Innovations for the Social and Sustainability Finance Market in 2018 by Global Capital. Denise is Head of Investor Relations at IFC Treasury. She joined IFC in 2012 as a member of the funding team specifically tasked with establishing the investor relations function to augment IFC’s $15 billion funding programme - constituting Global, Thematic, Structured MTNs, Discount notes etc. and various other products within the capital markets. Previously, she was an Underwriter in the Energy group at MIGA, The World Bank Group’s political risk mitigation arm. Prior to joining The World Bank Group, Ms. Odaro worked for Lehman Brothers as a Portfolio Manager responsible for managing the bank’s insolvency estate’s residual debt assets including CLOs, flow, leveraged and distressed loans. Beforehand, Denise worked on the structuring and loan syndication desk at GE Capital, having worked previously on secondary loans at Goldman Sachs. Ms. Odaro She holds an M.B.A from Cornell University, an MSc from The University of London (SOAS) and qualified as a Barrister in England.
Climate Finance Specialist,
IFC Climate Change Business
Working to mobilize public and private climate finance for a low-carbon future, Berit Lindholdt-Lauridsen anchors IFC’s Green Bond Program and works to develop the green bond market. Ms. Lindholdt-Lauridsen holds more than 25 years of experience in finance and economics, and she has worked with sustainable investing the last 15 years. Prior to joining IFC in 2007, she was Chief Investment Officer with Denmark’s Export Credit Agency, responsible the agency’s environmental policy, including the integration of environmental and social value drivers into its risk analysis. She has worked previously as underwriter of political risks with MIGA (the World Bank Group), and external lecturer at Copenhagen Business School. She has a MSc in Economics.
Senior VP Sales & Marketing Western Globe
Sascha Kelterborn has more than 18 years’ experiences in international management, sales and business development. Prior to Microvast, he worked in various management and senior management positions, among others at Vossloh AG, MÜPRO Group and Philips Business Communications. He served also as a member of the Supervisory Board of different companies in China and Russia, and was running his own strategy consulting company mainly focusing on mobility.
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC)
Mr. Ponnuraj has served as Managing Director of BMTC since August 2017. The BMTC has a fleet of about 6500 buses and operates more than 40,000 schedules. Currently, BMTC caters affordable and safe transport to more than 35,000,000 commuters. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ponnuraj served as Managing Director, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) and held concurrent charge of Secretary (Municipalities & Urban Development Authorities) in the Department of Urban Development, Government of Karnataka. Mr. Ponnuraj has received the National Award for Excellence in E-Governance for his contributions in digitizing the paper land records and creating a software mechanism to control changes to the land registry in Karnataka.
Market Applications Director,
Mr. Kiran Kumaraswamy is a Market Applications Director at Fluence. In this role, he works in identifying applications that are attractive for energy storage development and educating potential customers on the benefits of energy storage. His work involves implementing regulatory and policy solutions that create access to key markets. Kiran is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on policy issues that impact energy storage development and has testified in U.S Congress and FERC on a range of subjects including wholesale market reforms and multiple use-cases for energy storage. Kiran works closely with electricity industry stakeholders, NGO’s, trade associations and state regulators to develop policy priorities and market action plans. Prior to joining Fluence, he worked as a Senior Manager in ICF International advising private sector clients on wholesale power market and transmission issues. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India.
Principal Industry Specialist,
Peter Mockel is a Principal Industry Specialist at the International Financial Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group. He focuses on energy storage and smart grid technology for emerging markets. Previously CTO with a Berlin-based smart electricity metering start-up, and with more than 10 years in telecommunications with Deutsche Telekom AG as VP Strategy Development and SVP R&D, and in consulting with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He co-author of “Applied Technology and Innovation Management” (Springer 2010) and “Technological Trends in ICT” (Springer 2012). Peter holds a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in Computer Science from Cambridge University, UK, as well as a M.Sc. in Software Engineering from TU Aachen, Germany.
President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council
President and CEO, Green Business Certification Inc.
Mahesh Ramanujam is proving that building a more sustainable world is no longer a dream, but a global evolution. As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), he leads a community of 13 million people that’s growing every day.
A graduate from India’s Annamalai University with a degree in Computer Engineering, Ramanujam couples a strong background in technology and innovation with his goal of building healthier communities and democratizing sustainable living.
Ramanujam serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of GRESB, a private organization wholly owned by GBCI and that is the leading sustainability standard for global real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets.
Before becoming President and CEO of USGBC, Ramanujam served as both the organization’s COO and CIO. Prior to joining GBCI in 2009, he was COO of Emergys Corp., and for more than a decade, he successfully led various business transformation programs at IBM and Lenovo.
Transformative thought programs, partnerships, and initiatives continue to be at the heart of Ramanujam’s work today. He leads hundreds of employees and thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly as the backbone of the green building movement. He believes that sustainable living is not just about the physical building and rebuilding of our communities, but ultimately about our willingness to reimagine the way we treat each other. He envisions a world where construction is as much about compassion as it is about the convenience and efficiency of the structures themselves. And most importantly, behind every strategy, he emphasizes our universal responsibility to prioritize health and wellness, to make a commitment to the longevity of our planet, and to create a better quality of life for ourselves and future generations.
Chief Industry Specialist, Green Buildings and Climate-Smart Cities,
IFC Climate Business Group
An internationally recognized thought leader and expert in bioclimatic design, Prashant Kapoor is a passionate advocate for solutions that align the interests of developers, financial institutions, governments and homeowners to create more sustainable cities. He is the entrepreneur who created EDGE (“Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies”), a universal standard, software application and certification system to mainstream resource-efficient buildings in nearly 140 countries.
Since 2010, Mr Kapoor has provided dynamic guidance for IFC’s global green building program on both the regulatory and voluntary fronts. Under his leadership, IFC has created a green building portfolio of commercial and residential buildings that totals more than $4 billion, both directly and through financial intermediaries. He has played a critical role in developing national green building codes around the world.
He is currently leading the Climate Smart Cities Initiative, CURB, for the World Bank Group in partnership with C40, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Global Covenant of Mayors. The CURB Initiative helps cities act on climate and at the same time improve people’s lives, create jobs, improve competitiveness and spur economic growth. The Initiative is supported by the CURB interactive tool that by allows cities to map out different action plans and evaluate their cost, feasibility, and impact.
Before joining IFC, Mr Kapoor worked as a director at WSP consultants in London. There he led the engineering planning of Masdar City, an innovative zero-carbon city under construction in Abu Dhabi, and developed the Dubai Urban Development Framework, including a green building regulatory system for the city.
The scope of Mr Kapoor’s work at WSP included other sustainable master-planning projects such as Ford Eco-town, a zero-carbon development called Graylingwell, the redevelopment of Alameda Point in San Francisco, and the creation of an eco-tourism masterplan for the Dead Sea. He established a Sustainable Cities League table (on behalf of VIOLA) to benchmark the sustainability performance of European cities and created a study to explore policy options for Cixi City in China, to help with its transition to a low climate risk economy.
Mr Kapoor holds architecture degrees from Manipal Institute of Technology (India) and a master’s degree in the energy-efficient building from Oxford Brooks University (UK).
Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business
Nigel Topping serves as CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of organizations working on climate change with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors. We Mean Business harnesses business leadership to support the implementation and policies that accelerate action on climate change.
Topping has 18 years experience in the private sector, consulting for and running manufacturing businesses. Previously, he was executive director of CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). Prior to joining CDP, he spent 18 years in the manufacturing sector, most recently as a member of the MBO team and senior vice president of supply chain for an automotive component manufacturing company with a turnover of $800 million and facilities all over the world.
Topping has extensive international experience, having worked in Spain, the USA, Germany and the UK at various times in his career. He also has significant experience in emerging markets, having led projects in Brazil, India and China. He holds a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College.