Director, Alquity Investment Management
Executive Chairman, Triamant
Analyst, Environment & Sustainability, Jupiter Asset Management
Manager, International Council on Mining & Metals
Vice President, Senior ESG Research Analyst, Northern Trust
Chief Responsible Investment and Risk Officer, Environment Agency Pension Fund
Head of Engagement, Church Commissioners and Pensions Board
Associate Director, Corporate Citizenship
Head of Corporate Governance Ratings Research, MSCI
Analyst, Investor Research, CDP
Director for the Financial Industry, South Pole Group
Head of Social Performance, Standards & Strategy, Anglo American
CEO, Simply Ethical
Director of Analyst Relations, Market Intelligence & SRI engagement - BT Group
Director - Engagement, Hermes Investment Management
Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson
Head of Sustainability, Ericsson
Sustainable Banking Lead – Measurement, Reporting and ESG Communications, RBS
Head of Sustainability Performance, Dong Energy
Director, London Office, Antofagasta Plc
Sustainable Investment Analyst, Schroders
Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition
Co-Founder, The People’s Trust
Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills
Chief Executive, UKSIF
Justin Sloggett, CFA
Senior Manager, Investment Practices, PRI
Professor Iqbal Asaria
Associate, Afkar Consulting
Dr Matthew Kiernan
Chief Executive, Inflection Point Capital Management
Senior Manager, London Stock Exchange Group plc
Consultant, Active Earth Investment
Suresh MistryDirector, Alquity Investment Management
Suresh is a Board Director of Alquity and is responsible for the Asia and Middle East regions. He also leads the firm’s marketing activity as well as the development of the Alquity team. Suresh was instrumental in establishing the Alquity business at its outset in 2009.
Suresh holds an MBA from London Business School and a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Nottingham.
Suresh has over 25 years’ of management experience combining senior commercial roles and leading major consulting assignments. Trained in corporate finance at Lloyds Bank, he has worked with the likes of Barclays and 3i on developing and implanting business strategy, specialising in sales and marketing.
Jo RobrechtsExecutive Chairman, Triamant
Jo is an entrepreneur driven by sustainability and innovation, adding up 35 years of professional experience. Currently he is the founder, chairman and CEO of Triamant, an award-winning, privately-held corporation that pushes the boundaries of current solutions in traditional living, care and health structures and creates the community of the future.
Earlier on in his career he had a multinational life, primarily with Johnson and Johnson as treasurer, Head of Strategic Planning and Assistant to the President of Janssen Pharmaceutica worldwide. Later on, Jo founded and expanded a high-tech growth company in Europe and the USA.
He assumed the role of founder and investor as well as managing director or chairman in about 30 companies and entities so far. Board memberships over the last 20 years included the Belgian telecom operator Belgacom and the Flemish Institute for Technological Development.
Jo founded and built a number of non-profit organizations. He created Plato, the today European widespread entrepreneur coaching program. He has been a keynote speaker at conferences and a teacher at various educational events. He was nominated in Tokyo in 1991 by Junior Chamber International as one of the three finalists “Outstanding Young Persons of the World” and received numerous awards since then. He is an invited member to the Barcelona-based CEO-CF, a 100 EMEA forum of entrepreneurs of high growth businesses.
Jo earned an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, holds a Commercial Engineering Degree magna cum laude and a Real Estate Degree from Louvain University and studied at Vlerick (Gent), Insead (Fontainebleau, France), Babson College as well as Harvard Business School (Boston, USA).
Mark EvansAnalyst, Environment & Sustainability, Jupiter Asset Management
Mark joined Jupiter in 2011 and is an analyst in the Environment & Sustainability team. He is responsible for conducting engagements and analysis of company performance, focusing on environmental and social issues.
Before joining Jupiter, Mark was an SRI analyst at Citi Investments, and before that was at M&G Investments where he worked as a fund research analyst.
Mark has an MA in History from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London. He is a CFA® charterholder.
Luke BallenyManager, International Council on Mining & Metals
Luke Balleny is responsible for ICMM’s governance and transparency work, including the organisation’s relationship with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). He also leads ICMM’s engagement with investors and ESG ratings agencies and coordinates the involvement of ICMM’s national and commodity association members.
Prior to joining ICMM, Luke worked as a journalist at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, where he wrote about global corruption, governance, transparency and accountability issues.
Earlier in his career, Luke worked in the Thomson Reuters Global Business Compliance group where, among other responsibilities, he managed the day-to-day running of the company’s internal anti-bribery and corruption program.
Luke has a BA from Brown University in International Relations and a MA from The School of Oriental and African Studies in International Studies and Diplomacy.
Julia KochetygovaVice President, Senior ESG Research Analyst, Northern Trust
Julia Kochetygova is the Senior ESG Research Analyst for Northern Trust Asset Management. She is responsible for ESG research, product innovation and thought leadership across all asset class capabilities. Her past positions include Head of sustainability indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices, Head of the Corporate Relations function at MDM Bank in Russia, and Head of Corporate Governance Ratings at S&P Ratings. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Sciences, and MSc. in Economics of Industry from the Moscow Institute of National Economy.
Faith WardChief Responsible Investment and Risk Officer, Environment Agency Pension Fund
Faith’s career for over 20 years has been dedicated to integrating and reporting on environmental, social and governance risks in finance and investment. Faith leads engagement with the fund management industry and is involved in industry wide initiatives to improve standards in responsible investment, corporate engagement, fund governance and reporting.
Faith is also Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), Chair of the Reporting and Assessment Advisory Committee for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) and a member of the Investment Innovation Assessment Committee
Adam MatthewsHead of Engagement, Church Commissioners and Pensions Board
Adam Matthews is the Secretary of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG). As Secretary he heads the EIAG Secretariat that has responsibility for the development of the ethical investment policy recommendations for the National Investing Bodies of the Church of England (Church Commissioners for England, Church of England Pensions Board and CBF Church of England Funds). He is also Head of Engagement for the Church Commissioners and Pensions Board. Before joining the Church of England Adam was the Secretary General of an international legislator’s organisation managing an International Secretariat based in 15 countries and working across 40 nations. He oversaw extensive national programmes to develop national legislative frameworks on issues of sustainable development leading to new laws on climate change and forestry. His work attracted the support of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of the World Bank. Adam is the recipient of the Russian State Duma & Academy of Sciences Medal for work on the environment as well as of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Medal and Annual Trust Award in recognition of the report of travels through West and Central Africa. Adam is a governor of two schools and married with three young children. Jane is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Economics and English literature from York University and a Master of Social Science from the University of Amsterdam. She currently lives in Paris with her husband and two daughters.
Esther TothAssociate Director, Corporate Citizenship
Esther has developed an in-depth expertise in ESG ratings and reporting. She has a particular interest in measuring the impact of sustainable business practices, which in turn can drive scale and innovation. Esther advises multinational companies to adopt tailored strategies to engaging investor audiences on relevant ESG risks and opportunities. She works with some of Corporate Citizenship’s long-term retained clients on these strategies to help embed them across global operations.
Esther’s in-depth expertise includes financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Prior to Corporate Citizenship, Esther worked at Business in the Community, supporting companies in the UK to integrate sustainable business practices. Esther holds an MSc in Corporate Governance and Ethics from the University of London.
Alan BrettHead of Corporate Governance Ratings Research, MSCI
Alan Brett, as Head of Corporate Governance Ratings Research, is responsible for research on corporate governance including ratings methodology and research commentary and leads MSCI’s team of specialist corporate governance analysts. He joined MSCI in October 2014 and has more than 14 years’ experience in corporate governance research.
Alan served for more than ten years as Head of Research at global proxy advisor, Manifest, where he gained extensive experience of corporate governance analysis and knowledge of best practices in the field.
Alan is based in the London office and holds a BA in Corporate Administration from Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland) and a Pg Dip in Corporate Governance from Bournemouth University (UK).
Luke FletcherAnalyst, Investor Research, CDP
Luke is an Analyst within the Investor Research team at CDP and co-authored the recent CDP Oil & Gas, Utilities and Mining sector reports. The research series covers high carbon-emitting sectors and focuses on material earnings and valuation implications for companies in climate sensitive industries.
Luke previously worked in the Oil & Gas industry as a Reservoir/Petroleum Engineer at BP across assets in Angola and an offshore rotation in the North Sea. His expertise surround analytical and modelling techniques, data visualisation, stakeholder engagement, and an in depth knowledge of the energy sector. Luke holds an MSci from Cambridge in Natural Sciences, specialising in Materials Science & Metallurgy.”
John DavisDirector for the Financial Industry, South Pole Group
John Davis is South Pole Group’s Director for the Financial Industry based in London. He is responsible for serving the company’s financial clients with our broad offering of sustainability solutions for both the investor community and for corporates. This includes South Pole Group’s work with investors on physical climate risks and opportunities amongst other products such as carbon reduction and renewable energy. Prior to joining South Pole Group, John accumulated a decade of profound experience in the environmental markets with Spectron, an energy brokerage, followed by CF Partners, an energy and environmental trading company where John helped to build and manage the carbon trading desk.
South Pole Group’s Director for the Financial Industry based in London. He is responsible for serving the company’s financial clients with our broad offering of sustainability solutions for both the investor community and for corporates. This includes South Pole Group’s work with investors on physical climate risks and opportunities amongst other products such as carbon reduction and renewable energy. Prior to joining South Pole Group, John accumulated a decade of profound experience in the environmental markets with Spectron, an energy brokerage, followed by CF Partners, an energy and environmental trading company where John helped to build and manage the carbon trading desk.
Tricia WilhelmHead of Social Performance, Standards & Strategy, Anglo American
Faizal KarbaniCEO, Simply Ethical
Faizal is the Founder and CEO of Simply Ethical, a UK FCA regulated entity committed to providing Sharia Compliant and Ethical financial products and services to private and corporate clients. Given the provision and accessibility of such investments and finance is limited in the UK and Europe generally, Faizal is passionate about developing and growing this sector. For example, Simply Ethical will soon be launching an online solution for retail clients so that they can save and invest in an ethical, sharia compliant and cost effective way in a variety of tax wrappers such as pensions, ISA’s and Junior ISA’s. Another example is that SME’s need access to non interest bearing forms of finance to grow their businesses – Faizal has created a sister entity called Simply Capital Partners that is committed to connecting investors with good quality businesses that are raising capital. Faizal has recently authored a book entitled “Mastering Islamic Finance” published by Pearsons and regularly provides training to other professionals on Islamic Finance.
Joanna Gluzman-LaukkanenDirector of Analyst Relations, Market Intelligence & SRI engagement - BT Group
Joanna leads BT Group’s engagement with SRI and ESG analysts, investors and rating agencies. She has held senior positions in the industry for over 20 years and has a keen interest in the role of telecommunications technology in creating value to shareholders, customers and society.
Bruce DuguidDirector - Engagement, Hermes Investment Management
Bruce Duguid is a director at Hermes EOS and leads engagements with environmentally-exposed companies across the mining, oil and gas and utilities sectors, as well as corporate governance engagements in the UK. He is the lead author of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change’s ‘Investor Expectations of Mining Companies – Drilling Deeper into Carbon Asset Risk’. Prior to joining Hermes EOS he was head of sustainability at the UK Green Investment Bank, where he spent four years working on the project to establish the bank and then building its sustainability function. Before working in sustainability, Bruce worked in corporate strategy as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and as head of strategy at Visa Europe. He is also a qualified lawyer in England and Wales and holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
Matilda Gennvi GustafssonHead of Sustainability, Ericsson
Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson is Sustainability Director for the Ericsson Group worldwide, and reports to the Head of Sustainability.
She has worked for Ericsson during the last 20 years in various positions in the areas of sustainability, strategy execution and General Manager within Sales & Marketing. In her role as Sustainability Director, Ms Gennvi Gustafsson has, since 2009, focused on driving Ericsson’s sustainability strategy work together with the company’s commitment to sustainable development, how information and communications technology can accelerate the achievement of the sustainable developments goals and innovations with focus on Climate Action.
Ms Gennvi Gustafsson is a member of the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel, led by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, as well as until early 2017 board member of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).
During the early and mid 1990s Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson worked for Procordia Food AB as Environmental Manager and Head of two production sites.
Ms Gennvi Gustafsson holds a Master of Science in Industrial Management including Environmental management.
Varun SardaSustainable Banking Lead – Measurement, Reporting and ESG Communications, RBS
Varun works in RBS’s Sustainable Banking team. Varun leads RBS’s engagement with investors on sustainability-related topics and the bank’s approach to non-financial performance measurement and reporting. Other activities include identifying emerging sustainability and reputational risks and opportunities, engaging with various stakeholder groups and representing RBS at industry fora.
Varun previously worked in RBS’s environmental, social and ethical risk management team, where he supported relationship bankers by identifying, assessing and advising on risks presented by customer activities. Prior to joining RBS, Varun worked in PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change consulting team where he supported various banks and private equity houses on sustainability strategy, policy and procedures development, portfolio analysis and capacity building. Varun has also worked for Innovest Strategic Value Advisors and EIRIS, both providers of investment research on sustainability-related aspects of corporate performance.
Varun has previously served on the Executive Board, and the Managing Committee of the London Chapter, of Oikos – an organisation working at the forefront of a growing momentum towards sustainable development at universities around the world.
Varun has a Masters degree in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelors (with honours) degree in Environmental Management from Imperial College.
Rasmus SkovHead of Sustainability Performance, Dong Energy
Rasmus Skov leads DONG Energy’s work on sustainability reporting and governance as well as business partner compliance. Based in Denmark, he has more than four years of experience from DONG Energy and has been part of the company’s turnaround from coal-intensive utility to market leader in offshore wind. In his previous career, Rasmus has worked extensively in the Balkans with a focus on rule of law and human rights.
Greg RogersCo-Founder, Envonet.com
Greg Rogers is co-founder of Envonet.com, a web portal for environmental and climate-related financial disclosure, and a specialist in environmental accounting, law and financial reporting. He is author of Financial Reporting of Environmental Liabilities and Risks after Sarbanes-Oxley (Wiley). Greg is a CPA, past Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Environmental Disclosure, and a visiting lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
Andrew LindsayDirector, London Office, Antofagasta Plc
Andrew runs the Antofagasta’s office in London, which is focused on corporate governance, investor relations and business development. Andrew joined Antofagasta in April 2013 having previously been the Finance Director for some 10 years of AIM listed European Nickel plc and then of Sirius Minerals plc. Andrew started his career with Anglo American in South Africa and later worked in a variety of business development and corporate finance roles in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Chile and Australia
Mike TyrrellEditor, SRI-Connect
Mike Tyrrell is Editor of SRI-CONNECT, a global marketplace for SRI ideas and research as well as an expert network for practitioners, with expertise in investor relations, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and SRI. A practical tool to improve the efficiency of SRI market participants, its vision is to create, for SRI analysis and information, a global, non-partisan online marketplace that is as broad, deep and easy-to-use as the markets that exist for “mainstream” financial information. Prior to launching SRI-CONNECT in 2011, Mike Tyrrell was an SRI analyst at Citi Investment Research, at HSBC Global Equities and at Jupiter Asset Management
Alex MonkSustainable Investment Analyst, Schroders
– Responsible for global ESG analysis, engagement, and integration for the Utilities and Telecommunications sectors.
– Joined Schroders in 2016.
– BA Degree in Geography, Oxford University
– MSc Degree in Environmental Policy and Regulation, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Mark GoughExecutive Director, Natural Capital Coalition
Mark Gough is the Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition. A strong believer in integrating sustainability into decision-making where it becomes an opportunity for everyone, Gough previously worked for The Crown Estate, helping to develop its integrated vision and approach to value measurement. Prior to this he was the Global Environmental Manager for the information company, Reed Elsevier. Gough is a Director of the Aldersgate Group, which brings together business, politics and civil society to drive action for a sustainable economy, and has sat on a number of national and international committees, including the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate and the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship.
Daniel GodfreyCo-Founder, The People’s Trust
When Daniel Godfrey was Chief Executive of the Investment Association, the trade body for the £6 trillion UK investment management sector, he saw first-hand how the industry could improve.
In that role, he worked with many people and firms who were committed to improving investment and the operation of capital markets. But he saw how strong the systemic pressures are and how, despite widespread desire for change, radical reform is rebuffed. He saw first-hand how, if change was to happen, it would need a fresh approach and has been supported by many people and firms in the industry with a shared purpose.
Costs and charges could be much simpler and more transparent, making customers better informed. Short-term pressures and incentives could be replaced with longer-term thinking and investing, creating more growth. And, as well as giving investors more, better investment practices would have a positive impact on society – generating not just better returns, but a better future for everyone.
Daniel has over 30 years’ experience of financial services, including over a decade as Director General of the Association of Investment Companies, four years as Marketing Director of Flemings (now JP Morgan) Investment Trust Management and three years as Chief Executive of the Investment Association.
He currently serves as an Independent Director of The Investor Forum, Digital Moneybox and Big Issue Invest.
Julie VaughanSenior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills
Simon HowardChief Executive, UKSIF
Simon Howard joined UKSIF as Chief Executive in May 2013. Simon is a former Chief Investment Officer who has over twenty years of investment management experience.
During a City career that started in 1990, he has been Group Chief Investment Officer at Liverpool Victoria, Head of Investments at Friends Provident and Managing Director at 3i Asset Management. Prior to joining UKSIF, Simon was Head of Sustainable Financial Markets at the charity Forum for the Future.
Justin Sloggett, CFASenior Manager, Investment Practices, PRI
Justin is responsible for ESG integration in listed equity and hedge funds at the PRI. He is the author of several ESG integration publications, including “A practical guide to ESG integration for equity investing” and “Green Equity Investing”.
Before the PRI, Justin worked for the Co-operative Asset Management as a responsible investment analyst, where he conducted ESG research and engagement projects. Justin has also worked for F&C Asset Management PLC as an investment support analyst. He graduated from the University of Nottingham with a master’s degree of Mechanical Engineering and is a CFA charterholder.
Professor Iqbal AsariaAssociate, Afkar Consulting
Mohamed Iqbal Asaria was a member of the working party set up by the Governor of The Bank of England to look into issues relating to the introduction of Islamic financial products in the UK. He was previously a resource person on International Financial Institutions and GATT/WTO for the Third World Network. He provided specialist advice on International financial flows, multi-lateral lending and international trade (1985 – 1995); and served as Chairman of the influential World Bank – NGO Committee (1985 – 1990).
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester where he also completed his masters in Economics (Accounting & Finance). He was awarded the CBE in the 2005 Queen’s honours list for services to international development.
Iqbal has advised several financial institutions in the UK and overseas on Islamic financial services. Since 2005, he has been Special Advisor on Business & Economic Affairs to the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
Iqbal teaches post graduate courses in Islamic Finance, Banking and Insurance at several leading universities including CASS Business School, CASS Executive MBA program in Dubai,Aston Business School and Bangor Business School.
For the last eight years Iqbal has been the convenor of the annual International Takaful Summit and is a leading thought leader in the Takaful industry.
Dr Matthew KiernanChief Executive, Inflection Point Capital Management
Matthew Kiernan is founder and Chief Executive of Inflection Point Capital Management (IPCM), a London-based investment advisory boutique with a 100% focus on sustainability-enhanced investment strategies. The firm currently has approximately $ 1 billion under advisement, and its joint venture partner is Groupe La Francaise, a European asset manager with over € 60 billion under management.
He is also chairman of IPCM’s sister company, La Francaise Inflection Point. Together, the two firms manage roughly $ 1 billion, in a variety of innovative global and regional investment strategies. IPCM’s joint venture partner is Groupe La Francaise, which has over € 55 billion in assets under management. IPCM is currently serving as sustainable and responsible investment advisor to the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, which is responsible for the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund.
Claire DorrianSenior Manager, London Stock Exchange Group plc
Claire Dorrian is a senior manager within the Primary Markets team focusing on providing support to private companies and their investors in their initial and on-going assessment of a potential IPO strategy.
Claire works with key stakeholders such as companies and the corporate advisory, Private Equity and VC communities – including nominated advisers, sponsors, lawyers and accountants.
Claire has held a variety of roles at the Exchange including managing a portfolio of small and mid cap companies in the Mining and Oil and Gas sectors, promoting the London markets in Continental Europe and product management and policy work on AIM.
Prior to joining the Exchange Claire worked in the fund management industry, firstly with AIB Govett Asset Management and then for ANZ Funds Management in Melbourne, Australia.
She holds a BA Honours degree in International Relations from Keele University.
Daron SheehanConsultant, Active Earth Investment
After co-founding a successful hedge fund business, Daron took a career sabbatical to participate in range of international social and environmental charitable projects, experiencing many of the world’s sustainability challenges first hand. Daron created Active Earth in 2009 as a specialist investment adviser and consultancy to help the industry integrate ESG into equity investing. Daron is a CFA charter holder and qualified accountant with 23 years’ experience in the financial markets. He specialises in financial modelling and integrating sustainability challenges and ESG metrics into investment strategies.