Sustainability is Good Business – and a Powerful Investment
Bringing business leaders and investors together has made Bloomberg’s Sustainable Business Summits a uniquely influential setting for sustainability dialogues across North America. This year, Bloomberg is pleased to invite select leaders to its inaugural London Sustainable Business Summit for exclusive conversations at the intersection of investing and finance, business leadership and strategy.
The Summits are designed for executives and innovators who know sustainability is good business – and a powerful investment. Bloomberg’s senior-level Sustainable Business conversations are dynamic and actionable.
15 November: 14:00 - 18:00
Networking reception to follow
16 November: 8:00 - 12:00
City Gate House
39-45 Finsbury Square
London EC2A 1PQ
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Dr. Kevin Austin serves as C40’s Deputy Executive Director. Kevin oversees all of C40’s programme delivery, operations and finance functions as well as contributing to global thought leadership and innovation in urban climate change issues. Kevin joined C40 from the Greater London Authority where he was responsible for External Relations for the Mayor of London. His previous role at the GLA included Head of Olympic projects, leading the delivery of the major city-related elements associated with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Between 2002-2009 he served as Head of Transport, advising the Mayor of London on all aspects of transport policy. In earlier years he worked for a major consultancy advising clients on project implementation and economic appraisal. He has a Masters in Transport Planning and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Leeds University.
Rob Barnett is a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, and government policy, available on the Bloomberg Professional Service at BI
Before joining Bloomberg Intelligence, Rob was Bloomberg Government's Senior Energy Economist; and previously, he was an Associate Director of Climate Change and Clean Energy at HIS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. At HIS CERA, he led the environmental and energy analysis for various studies, including Growth in Canadian Oil Sands: Finding the New Balance, and Crossing the Divide: The Future of Clean Energy.
Mr. Barnett holds a master's degree in economics from Boston University and undergraduate and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Clemson University.
Catherine is the Transformation Director in the UK’s Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Catherine also leads the Department’s Green Finance policy work. Catherine is on the Advisory Board of Imperial College’s UK Energy Research Council.
Catherine has more than 15 years of experience in clean energy, environmental finance, science and engineering. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Catherine was Head of Sustainable Finance Solutions – for ANZ globally.
Catherine is a graduate of the Australian Companies Institute of Directors (AICD) and Chief Executive Women scholarship beneficiary. She holds a Masters in Environmental Management (MSc) from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (BEChem Hons 1st) from the University of Queensland.
Thomas Buckley is a reporter at Bloomberg based in London. He covers European consumer-goods companies including Unilever, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken.
Richard leads BNEF’s research on global commodity markets and climate policy risk. His research focuses on assessing the impacts on energy intensive sectors of evolving energy market trends and policy initiatives. Prior to joining BNEF, Richard worked in investment banking and clean energy project development. Richard is a CFA Charterholder, has an MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London, and a BSc in Physics from the University of Durham.
Dan Domeracki is Vice President, Government, Industry and Corporate Stewardship for Schlumberger Limited. In this position, Domeracki has expanded Schlumberger’s government affairs program, establishing non-lobbying, non-political, interactive working relationships with governments in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Domeracki also founded Schlumberger’s first fully integrated social and environmental corporate responsibility function, called Schlumberger Global Stewardship, which defines and manages the company’s global sustainability activities. Before this role Domeracki served as Vice President, Global Accounts and Industry Affairs (NA) for Schlumberger where he was responsible for leading Schlumberger’s global account program and dedicated Global Account teams. During 2008 – 2011, Domeracki was Global Account Director for ConocoPhillips managing the executive level corporate relationship between ConocoPhillips and Schlumberger. From 2006 – 2008, Domeracki was based in London where he served as Vice President, Marketing & Technology for the Schlumberger Reservoir Management Group.
In previous positions, Domeracki has served as Vice President of Marketing, Well Services worldwide. He also served as Marketing Manager for Schlumberger Canada and Vice President of GeoQuest Reservoir Technologies Consulting Group. Domeracki joined Schlumberger through the acquisition of Intera, Inc. (Eclipse reservoir modeling software) in 1995 where he served as EVP Reservoir Consulting.
Domeracki served on several task groups within Schlumberger to contribute to technology development and corporate organizational evolution. He is an executive corporate sponsor for selected acquisitions, served on the Schlumberger Gender Diversity board and is an active sponsor in the Reservoir Engineering Community SIG in Schlumberger’s Eureka organization. Domeracki has served on the Board of Petroleum Technology Association of Canada and is a Past Governor of the Canadian Oilmen’s Association.
He holds a Masters degree in Geology from the University of South Carolina.
Michele is a Co-founder and Partner of Bridges and focuses on strategy, investor relations, public relations and social impact assessment.
Michele has over 15 years of international development and social finance experience. She was an Investment Officer with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group in Eastern Europe in the early 1990’s, then spent 8 years with Shorebank Corporation, which was one of the leading community development banks in the USA. There she ran small business lending programmes in Russia , Central and Eastern Europe, advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia and did research in the US community development finance sector.
Michele has a BA Honours in politics, philosophy & economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She was an adviser to the Social Investment Task Force and Chair of the Community Development Finance Association (cdfa) 2003-2005.
Michele currently is an Non-Executive Director on the board of CDC, and has recently been appointed as Chair of the UK National Advisory Board to the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, as established by the G8. She is also a member of the BVCA Council, which is charged with the responsibility for the oversight of the strategy and management of the affairs of the BVCA.
Keryn is the Group Chief Executive of ERM. She commenced this role in April 2017, having previously been the Global Director of Operations and the Regional CEO for Asia Pacific. Keryn joined ERM in 1993 and has worked with clients across a range of geographies including Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America. She has over 25 years’ experience in sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) consulting across a broad range of sectors including oil and gas, mining, chemicals, infrastructure and power. She has supported clients in the development of sustainability and EHS strategy, evaluation of mergers, acquisitions and divestments, as well as project development and implementation and operational performance management, working at corporate and site level. Her specific technical expertise including social and environmental impact assessment, due diligence and management.
Nijma is a Director in Accenture’s Global Corporate Citizenship team with a specific focus on the flagship community investment program Skills to Succeed. She blends over 10 years of experience across sustainability, strategy and social innovation to translate trends and insights into tangible actions and improved outcomes for society.
Mark Lewis is a Managing Director and Head of European Utilities research at Barclays. Previously, he was Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux (2014-15), and Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Research at Deutsche Bank, where he worked for 14 years. His research on power, gas, and emissions was ranked Number 1 by Energy Risk magazine in its 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 benchmark investor surveys.
In addition to his experience as a sell-side financial analyst, Mark spent one year as Deputy Head of investor relations at E.ON (2004-05), and two years as a credit analyst covering the European utility sector at Standard & Poor’s (1997-99). In to-tal, Mark has 18 years' experience as a financial analyst covering global energy markets, and has also worked prior to that as an academic at London University.
Since May 2016 Mark has been a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure, which was established by FSB Chairman Mark Carney in January 2016 under the chairmanship of the Honoura-ble Michael J. Bloomberg.
Mark is a British & French Citizen and holds a BA (First-Class Hons) in Modern Languages and Economics from Sheffield University, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and an MA from London University.
Greg Lowe is Global Head of Resilience and Sustainability at Aon plc, the leading provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Greg is focused on leveraging Aon’s leading proprietary analytics platforms to meet the needs of clients looking to address disaster risk, climate finance, and the global protection gap. Heading Aon’s strategy on sustainability and systemic risk, Greg leads dialogues with clients, investors, and regulators on global environmental issues. He’s collaborated with organisations as varied as the United Nations, OECD, and Urban Land Institute. Prior to working at Aon, Greg was an Executive Director at Willis Towers Watson, having begun his career in investment banking at UBS. Greg holds and MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Economy from the University of Maryland.
Andrew McConville is an agribusiness and corporate affairs professional with almost 25 years’ experience across a variety of sectors, industries and countries. He is currently the Europe Africa and Middle East Head of Corporate Affairs for Syngenta, one of the world’s largest agricultural technology companies. Prior to his current role Andrew led Syngenta’s corporate affairs in Asia for almost nine years. He holds a first class honours degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University.
Tony Milikin is our Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer. Tony is a US citizen and holds an undergraduate Finance Degree from the University of Florida and an MBA in Marketing from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Tony joined our company in May 2009 from MeadWestvaco, where he was Vice President Supply Chain and Chief Purchasing Officer, based in Richmond, Virginia, since 2004. Prior to joining MeadWestvaco, he held various purchasing and supply chain positions with increasing responsibilities at Monsanto and Alcon Laboratories.
Claus Stig Pedersen has been professionally engaged in sustainability for more than 25 years. One of the pioneers in the development of Life Cycle Assessment methodologies and sustainability concepts for business, he is driven by the vision of combining “good for the world” with “good for business”. As Head of Corporate Sustainability & EMEA Public Affairs at Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions, he lives that vision every day. He is currently serving as Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and represents the company in the UN Global Compact LEAD initiative, as well as serving in the Sustainability Council to Ingersoll Rand and on the Advisory Board to Sustainable Brands. Before joining Novozymes, Claus lead the Global Sustainability and Quality activities at Hartmann Packaging Group. Additionally, he has served on several sustainability boards and councils. Claus has been engaged with the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since the very beginning at Rio+20 in 2012 - and he has worked to align Novozymes’ corporate purpose and strategy into the direction set by the SDGs. Launched in January 2015, Novozymes’ new purpose and Partnering for Impact strategy put the SDG agenda directly into the heart of Novozymes’ core business and its innovation pipeline – setting a direction for commercial growth. Claus and his team have developed a strategic framework for business development and innovation based on the goals – being one of the first companies to communicate their sustainability efforts according to the SDGs, while aligning core business accordingly. In 2016, UN Global Compact – presented by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon – recognized Claus as Pioneer For Sustainable Business Strategies: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/sdgs/sdgpioneers/2016/claus-stig-pedersen
Eric Pfanner is Bloomberg's team leader for European consumer and retail news. Eric previously served as an editor for coverage of U.K. companies. Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2016, he was a senior business correspondent at the Wall Street Journal in Tokyo. Before that he worked for nearly two decades at the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, in a variety of editing and reporting roles.
Graeme joined Unilever in 2002 and was previously Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Unilever UK and Ireland business. Prior to this he held a number of senior financial and commercial roles within Unilever, including Senior Vice President of Finance for Global Markets, Global Head of M&A, Head of Treasury, Pensions and Tax and Chief Financial Officer of Unilever Indonesia.
Graeme brings considerable internal and external experience to the role having spent the earlier part of his career in senior corporate finance roles in the telecommunications industry and at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Graeme is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry from Strathclyde University.
Graeme is married with two children with whom he enjoys skiing and golf. With a passion for blues music, he is also an enthusiastic, but poor, guitarist.
Hege Sæbjørnsen is the Country Sustainability Manager for IKEA UK & Ireland, responsible for all aspects of the retailer’s sustainability strategy across both countries. Hege joined IKEA in May 2015 as Sustainability Expansion Manager, leading the integration of sustainability into the expansion agenda at a time of rapid growth for the business. She was a key member of the team behind the Greenwich sustainable store project, and has been instrumental in co-developing IKEA’s Role in Society strategic initiative.
Prior to joining IKEA, after an initial career as a photographer, Hege set up several creative projects for social and economic change such as the Affluenza exhibition and Platforma Arts & Refugee Network. This led her to co-founding Mindapples, a mental wellbeing social enterprise. Subsequently she spent five years developing values-led start-ups and social entrepreneurship programmes, including three years establishing a networks and engagement direction for UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs.
Ian Simm is the Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management Group plc, an investment manager focused on the opportunities and risks arising from the transition to a sustainable global economy. Today, Impax manages or advises on approximately £7.3 bn in listed and private equity strategies, primarily for institutional asset owners. Ian has been responsible for building the company since its launch in 1998, and continues to head its investment committees.
Prior to Impax, Ian was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company advising clients on resource efficiency issues. In 2013 he was appointed by the Secretary of State (Senior Minister) for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s leading funding agency for environmental science. He has a first class honours degree in physics from Cambridge University and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Gulenn is an EY Partner, within the Advisory Financial Services practice in the UK. Having led Quantitative Remediation Services in Assurance and a number of Innovation initiatives for Audit Services, she currently leads our Financial Analytics team.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the design, implementation and delivery of complex data and analytics projects, Gulenn has also been focusing on the development of a value adding solution for corporate reporting in line with the principles of susta inability and integrated reporting. With increased momentum in this field for Financial Services, she is working with our clients towards embedding the SDGs and long term value creation in reporting solutions.
Dr. Dirk Voeste is Vice President of Sustainability Strategy at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen. Being in this position since 2012 he is responsible for BASFs sustainability strategy and the implementation into the business activities and decision making processes. He is also heading the eco-efficiency analysis and sustainability evaluations.
In 1994 Dirk Voeste graduated with a Ph.D. in biotechnology and agricultural botany from University Bonn in Germany and a M.Phil. in Post Harvest Technology from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in England. After his studies he was the responsible scientist for the development of a closed equilibrated aquatic ecosystem in cooperation with NASA, USA. Since 1998 he has held various positions in the field of biotechnology, breeding and crop protection. Dirk joined BASF SE in 2001. He previously held responsibilities in research as well as in global marketing functions. Among others he was Head of Sustainability and Product Stewardship for the Crop Protection Division.
Kate Wylie is the Global Sustainability Director for the food and drink company Mars Incorporated. She leads the corporation’s sustainable sourcing framework, socioeconomic impact strategy and sits on Mars’ Sustainability Strategy & Policymaking Group.
She joined the business in 2010 as Director of Sustainability for Mars Drinks and in 2013 progressed to lead the development of Mars Incorporated’s sustainable sourcing strategy, including the launch of their Deforestation Policy and investment in the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. More recently, Kate developed Mars Incorporated’s Income strategy defining Mars’ new long-term ambition for everyone in its supply chain to earn a decent standard of living and the launch of the Farmer Income Lab. Previously Kate has championed sustainable development within businesses both large and small, ranging from eBay to The Carbon Neutral Company.
Kate is a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University and holds a first class honours in Economics from Manchester University. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Food Lab and the Investment Committee for the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. In 2015 leading sustainability publication BusinessGreen named Kate as one of the “Top 30 Women Shaping Sustainable Business.”
Lee Ballin is the Head of Sustainable Business Programs in Bloomberg's Global Sustainability group. Reporting to the Chairman's Office, the team aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and co-develops products and services for the Bloomberg Professional Service, enabling our clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities.
Lee works closely with a cross-functional team conducting life cycle analysis of customer facing equipment, optimizing a complex, global logistics network to minimize carbon output of shipments, and setting paper standards for three magazine publications. Lee's communications team develops best-in-class employee engagement programs, training curriculum for operating departments and Bloomberg's GRI-based Sustainability Report, published annually. He is a frequent panelist at sustainability conferences and events speaking on topics ranging from sustainable supply chains, external reporting and employee engagement.
Lee is a Fellow at the Aspen Institutes Business and Society Program and a graduate of CORO Leadership New York, a civic leadership program. He holds a bachelor's degree in business logistics from Pennsylvania State University Park and a MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business with a focus on finance and sustainability. He is an adjunct professor at the Pratt Institute, focusing on the intersection of Operations Management and Sustainable Business Strategy.
Seb is Head of Research, Partner and member of the senior management team at WHEB Asset Management a boutique investment business focused on positive impact sustainability investing. Seb has worked for over twenty years in the field of sustainability and business including as head of SRI Research at Henderson Global Investors and as a Director of the consulting firm SustainAbility. He has published several reports on sustainable business and has been a member of numerous corporate advisory boards and award panels. Seb has two degrees in environmental science and technology from the University of East Anglia and Imperial College and is a Chartered Environmentalist.
Suzanne Buchta is a managing director in Debt Capital Markets and a 16-year veteran at Bank ofAmerica Merrill Lynch. Her team work across global regions and industry lines to advise capital marketsclients on product-specific financings, including Green Bonds.
Buchta has been active in advising issuers and consulting investors on Green Bonds since 2010. Herteam brought the first retail Green Bonds in 2011, met with green bond investors around the globe andhelped to garner mandates for a broad range of key Green Bond benchmark issuances.
Along with Citigroup, Buchta co-authored a white paper on the framework for green bonds. Publishedin September 2013, the white paper formed the basis for the “Green Bond Principles,” which waspublished in Jan 14. These guidelines are quickly becoming a recognized market standard fortransparency and disclosure for green bonds and are now managed by ICMA.
In 2014, Buchta was chosen as a Bloomberg New Energy Finance FiRe Finalist for her work on“Catapulting Green Bonds from a Niche Market to a Mainstream Market.” She spoke on Green Bondsat the United Nation’s Abu Dhabi Ascent, and appeared at a number of other conferences globallyaddressing various green bond topics. Recently, Buchta was named the 2015 Financial News’ EditorsChoice for her instrumental role in the green bond market.
Buchta holds a masters degree in Mathematics from UNC Chapel Hill, a Fulbright Fellowship fromMelbourne University and a BA from College of the Holy Cross.
Tanguy Claquin created and manages the Sustainable Banking team at Credit Agricole CIB. The team provides financial advisory for transactions targeting both financial objectives and positive social and environmental impacts, in all asset classes. During the last eight years, Credit Agricole CIB became one of the largest arranger of Green Bonds, Social Bonds and Sustainability Bonds globally, having arranged several landmark transactions for a wide array of issuers, from the Republic of France to several development banks and large corporates, in Europe, Asia, Americas and in emerging markets. CA-CIB was elected “Most impressive bank for Green / SRI capital markets” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 in Global Capital market survey. Tanguy was elected “Most impressive Green / SRI banker” in 2016 and 2017 in the same market reference survey. Tanguy co-drafted the Green Bond Principles (GBP) in 2013. He is member of GBP Executive Committee and member of the Board of the Paris for Tomorrow Green Finance Initiative.
Richard has spent the past 35 years working for a range of Companies on all aspects of the CSR agenda.
The early part of his career was spent in Banking before becoming involved in CSR after the Inner City riots of the early 1980s. After this involvement he held CSR related positions at HSBC, TSB, British Aerospace and ran his own CSR consultancy for five years.
In 2003 he joined Boots and became responsible for all the Company’s CSR activities. Following the merger between Boots and Alliance UniChem and the subsequent Private Equity Buy Out he was appointed Director of CSR.
2014 saw the creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance following the merger between Walgreens in the USA and Alliance Boots. He now has responsibility for CSR globally for this new enterprise.
Pamela joined Bloomberg in 2016 as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, she leads the company’s global diversity and inclusion initiative in the region, serving as a partner and thought leader on strategy and vision.
Pamela is cited as one of the most recognised thought leaders and vocal advocates for diversity across the private sector and has more than 20 years’ experience in managing diversity across engineering, financial services, technology and media. During her tenure Pamela has provided coaching and guidance to senior leaders whilst collaborating across HR and the business to deliver objectives, measures and solutions to promote and progress diversity and inclusion.
Pamela has worked at firms including Barclay’s, Bechtel Ltd, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust and has been instrumental in firmly establishing ethnic diversity as an imperative across the City whilst being a visible and vocal campaigner for equality.
Pamela was recognized in the 2017 Power List of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage, awarded Head of Diversity of the Year in the 2016 European Diversity Awards and was featured in the 2016 Global Diversity List Top 50 Diversity Professionals. In addition she was honored by Diversity Role Models in 2016 for services to the LGBT+ community and in 2014 was in the Top 50 Part Time Power List and a finalist in the Financial Services Leader category at the inaugural Black British Business Awards.
Pamela is a Trustee at the London Bubble Theatre and The Inspiring Leadership Trust.
Reporting into Hermes Investment Management’s CEO, Leon Kamhi is responsible for developing and directing the programme for integrating responsibility across the Hermes group, overseeing its delivery and accountable for its success. This includes ensuring investment teams are aware of and integrate ESG performance in investment decisions and that engagement is effectively incorporated alongside investment activities. In addition, in this role he oversees and contributes to how the firm’s responsibility activities and performance are integrated into Hermes’ client relationship management and reporting, the delivery of its corporate citizenship programme and the development of responsible structures and processes for the firm. He also leads a number of corporate and public policy engagements. Previously at Hermes, Leon was responsible for the development and delivery of Hermes EOS’ global corporate and public policy engagement programme from 2012-2016 and acted as its commercial director from 2009-2012. Prior to that, Leon worked within the Hermes UK Large Cap Focus Fund for seven years, where he was responsible for executing the fund’s engagement programmes. He also has 12 years of strategy consulting and operational industry experience.
Mandy joined the PRI in 2014. She ensures that PRI's investor and service provider signatories can demonstrate their commitment to PRI principles through reporting and disclosure, overseeing the largest global data set on investor responsible investment activity. She also liaises with global reporting and standard-setting bodies.
Prior to joining the PRI, Mandy was Associate Director at Maplecroft, leading geographical and sector research projects and advising corporate clients on sustainability and corporate responsibility issues. She previously led the Europe and CIS country analysis team at business intelligence provider IHS Global Insight, and conducted economic forecasting.
Michael Liebreich is Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Michael founded the company as New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive until its acquisition by Bloomberg in 2009. He serves on the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. He is a former member of a number of boards and groups, such as the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Energy and Climate Change working group and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for the New Energy Architecture.
Jess McNicholas is Managing Director Inclusion, Diversity and Corporate Citizenship for the EMEA region. Jess oversees State Street’s inclusion diversity, employee engagement and corporate citizenship efforts across the region supporting an environment where all employees feel valued, engaged, and respected. In addition, managing and understanding how our inclusion, diversity and talent strategies align with State Street Corporate Citizenship focus on education and workforce development strategy to bring added value to State Street and its communities.
A key component of Jess’s remit is leveraging our employee base to make a positive impact in our local communities and embedding the Corporate Responsibility strategy into the DNA of the organization.
Jess is a member of State Street EMEA Global HR Leadership Team and is based on London and manages a team based in UK and Ireland.
Prior to joining State Street Jess was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank Securities Services Division. Jess headed the European Business Support with teams in London and Frankfurt responsible for providing support services to new business sales team in Europe.
Jess is married with one daughter and lives in London.
James Paton writes about health and pharma for Bloomberg News in London, following drugmakers including Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and Novo Nordisk. After working as a journalist in cities including New York, Denver and Prague, he joined Bloomberg in Sydney in 2009 covering the energy industry. Paton is half American and half Australian, has a master's degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and a bachelor's from Binghamton University in New York. He relocated to the U.K. last year, a couple of weeks after the Brexit referendum.
Jon is responsible for ensuring that GSK’s approach to sustainably improving access to medicines in the developing world reaches as many people in need as possible, whilst ensuring that incentives for investment in innovation are retained. He has participated in a number of hearings, workshops, seminars, evidence sessions and other events on access to medicines , SDGs and partnership issues including at the UK Parliament, European Parliament and Commission, UN, World Bank, WHO, WTO, Oxford University, Harvard and Chatham House.
Jon works with a wide-range of stakeholders including governments, NGOs, multilateral agencies, investors and the media, and represents GSK at a number of international organisations such as the WHO and WTO. He is a former Board Member of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and is Chair of the IFPMA’s Global Health Committee and co-Chairs the UK’s Industry Government Forum on Access to Medicines (IGFAM). Jon sits on the Steering Committees for GSK’s Partnerships with Save the Children and Comic Relief.
Russell Picot is Chair of the Trustee board of the HSBC Bank (UK) Pension Fund and a Director of LifeSight, Willis Towers Watson’s UK DC Master Trust Board where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. Russell retired as Group Chief Accounting Officer at HSBC in 2016, having joined HSBC in 1993. He was appointed a Group General Manager in 2003.
Russell was a co-chair of the FSB’s Enhanced Disclosure Task Force and is a Special Advisor to the Financial Stability Board’s Climate-related Financial Disclosures Task Force, chaired by Michael Bloomberg. He has supported the HRH The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project since its inception in 2004 and is an ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council.
He is an Honorary Professor in Durham University Business School and a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. Russell holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge and is a chartered accountant.
Catherine Raw was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Barrick in April 2016. She joined the Company in May 2015 as Executive Vice President, Business Performance, and was previously Co-Manager of BlackRock’s flagship mining funds.
Ms. Raw’s experience as one of the largest investors in the mining sector gives her an intimate knowledge of the global mining investment universe and an understanding of the fundamental drivers of superior performance in the industry. She spent years leading in-depth analysis and evaluation of every major mining company in the world. Her background, combining a foundation in geology with over a decade of experience in mining investment, brings a unique skill-set and deep insight to Barrick.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2003, Ms. Raw worked with Anglo American Plc in London and Johannesburg, and as a geological field assistant in Sweden. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences, with first class honors, from Downing College, University of Cambridge, and a Master of Science in Mineral Project Appraisal from Imperial College London.
Rebecca is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sustainable Finance at HSBC Holdings plc. In this role Rebecca is responsible for the group-wide financials relating to Sustainable Finance products, this includes sustainability/green bonds, ESG (environmental, social, governance) asset management funds and sustainability related commercial lending. In addition, Rebecca is responsible for HSBC’s ESG reporting and investor relations activity – including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. Rebecca is a senior finance business partner to HSBC’s Corporate Sustainability function.
Rebecca has 17 years of industry experience, her previous role was the Group lead for Fixed Income investor relations. This included marketing the first green bond issued by HSBC France in December 2015. Rebecca has also worked in Product Control, Market Risk, Financial Control and Regulatory Management. The latter included leading HSBC’s response to the Enhanced Disclosure Task Force for Capital and RWAs to aid greater transparency in banks disclosure post the financial crisis.
Rebecca is an Chartered Global Management Accountant and obtained a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Southampton. She is currently studying with the Institute of Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge.
James Stacey is a Partner at ERM, based in London. He works with equity investors, lenders and project sponsors to understand implications of environmental & social issues on future commercial prospects, enterprise/ asset value, contract terms and, where relevant, alignment with international standards. James was a co-author of the G20 Financial Stability Board Task Force for Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) Technical Supplement on Scenario Analysis, 2016.
James has 25 years of EHS and sustainability experience. For the period 2006-2015 James was the Global Head of Sustainable Business at Standard Chartered Bank plc, and later a Partner at ECP LLP, the private equity and infrastructure investor. In these roles James was either a member of or reported to ExCom and a member of Investment Committee. Previously James led KPMG’s UK sustainability consulting and Global environment transaction services practices. James began his career as an Environmental Engineer.
James chairs the General Partner (private equity) Responsible Investment Group in London and is a Corporate Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, typically working with C-Suite executives to strengthen their understanding of sustainability and its implications for future business performance and access to capital.
Sophie has 20 years’ commercial experience, particularly in the insurance sector. At Zurich, she is responsible for the management and strategy of its UK public affairs, media relations and corporate responsibility activities. Her areas of expertise include government policy, political and regulatory developments, external communications, media management and corporate responsibility. Sophie is a member of the Zurich Community Trust Executive, the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group, the Gender Insurance Network (GIN), the ClimateWise Managing Committee and is Vice Chair of Zurich's UK Women's Innovation Network. She is also an Associate and founding member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.
Andrew has led the growth of CISL’s work with investors, banks, insurers and their regulators for the decade since the global financial crisis. He is responsible for CISL’s long-term collaborations with over 50 financial institutions, across five continents, that evolve business practices so that finance supports a more equitable and environmentally sustainable economy. He also leads CISL’s advisory work with financial policymakers and regulators and overseas its research activities, designed to produce cutting-edge insights that are actionable by leaders in government, business and finance.
Andrew is an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England and a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society.
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Sustainable Finance Lead Partner
ERM (Environmental Resources Management) is the world’s largest sustainability-focused advisory firm. With more than 4,500 industry-renowned experts in 160 offices in over 40 countries, we work with the world’s leading organizations to deliver business value through identifying and managing sustainability related business risk and opportunity.
We play a central role in helping companies and investors achieve their objectives with an understanding of how environmental, social, health, safety and risk issues might impact their business, and the context in which they operate. We continue to build our contribution to the global dialogue on sustainability through sharing insights from our experiences and providing practical, technology enabled solutions.
Sustainable Business Lead Partner
Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.
Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. Working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry's most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production, and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions that optimize hydrocarbon recovery to deliver reservoir performance.
Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston, London and The Hague, and reported revenues of $27.81 billion in 2016. For more information, visit www.slb.com.
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