Alan Brown (Chairman)
Alan Brown read natural sciences at the University of Cambridge before starting a career in the investment management industry, where he worked for almost 40 years. He has held positions as a chief investment officer for the past 23 years, most recently as an Executive Director at Schroders. Alan's other responsibilities include sitting on the Board of Governors of Wellcome Trust, and Chair of the Board of the Westway Trust. He is a non-executive director of Pool Reinsurance Company, a scheme established to provide cover for losses arising from terrorism. Previously he was a Director of the Investment Management Association and an alternate member of the Takeover Panel. FSIP: Fellow of the Society of Investment Professionals
Jane Ambachtsheer is a Partner and Chair of Mercer’s Global Responsible Investment Business. She is responsible for overseeing the group’s strategy, developing intellectual capital across a range of responsible investment topics, and advising investors in Europe and North America. Jane was consultant to the United Nations through the development of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which are now been supported by more than 1000 signatories. Jane is a member of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, and a member of the PRI Academic Working Group.
Jane continues to produce new research and has been the author or co-author on a number of important papers and reports, including Mercer’s Investing in a Time of Climate Change (2015). In 2011, Jane received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Social Investment Organisation. In 2014, she was named one of Canada’s ‘Clean 50’ leaders in the field of sustainable capitalism. Jane is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, where she taught a graduate course on responsible investment from 2007 to 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and English literature with honours from York University and a Master of Social Science from the University of Amsterdam
Stephen T. Chow
Stephen is an energy business leader with 30 years of multinational experience. He started his career with Mobil at its New York headquarters, and moved to Singapore and Hong Kong for a wide variety of managerial positions including supply, trading, strategic planning, business development and wholesale marketing. In 2000, Stephen joined BP as Vice President – China LPG. He was instrumental in establishing joint ventures with Sinopec and led several major downstream M&A projects.
In 2008, Stephen joined AEI, an international energy infrastructure company to establish ‘Huatong Energy Group’ in Shanghai. As CEO, he successfully integrated businesses from several Sino-foreign JVs to build a pan-China holding group with 30 downstream natural gas distribution companies across 12 provinces. Throughout 2012-2013, Stephen served as Managing Director for SES, an US-listed clean energy company to turnaround its China operations.
Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from National Taiwan University and his MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. He has extensive industry and government networks in China and has attended senior executive education programs at Harvard and Cambridge. Stephen taught at universities in China and Taiwan and has been a special advisor for CDP since 2014.
Jeremy Burke is the Director of Strategy at the UK Green Investment Bank. He was previously its finance director, where he was responsible for the finance function of the Green Investment Bank Group. Jeremy joined GIB from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he led on strategic financial planning. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has worked in the private and public sector in Melbourne, New York and London. Jeremy is currently the chair of school governors at Grange Primary in Southwark and was previously involved with the Alternative Technology Association in Melbourne.
Sonia oversees CIFF’s Climate Change portfolio, which includes our work on Energy, Urbanisation, Land Use and Fluorinated Gases.
Prior to joining CIFF, Sonia acted as Chief Operating Officer of a start-up company with a mission to connect Africa to the green energy economy by developing high-quality biomass supply chains deriving from existing plantations in West Africa.
Previously, Sonia worked at EcoSecurities, one of the largest carbon offset project developers in the world, from its start-up phase through to its acquisition by J.P. Morgan & Chase in early 2010. During a seven year period at EcoSecurities she held the position of US Country Director based out of New York and before that Global Head of Origination managing 20 local teams on five continents.
Prior to joining EcoSecurities, Sonia worked on climate change and energy issues at the United Nations Environment Program in Paris. Sonia holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Madrid, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management (specialisation in Energy and Environmental Economics) from the University of Oxford and an Executive MBA by the London Business School.
In 2009, Sonia was named a World Business Council for Sustainable Development Future Leader; in 2014, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; and in 2015, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society.
Sonia sits on the Board of C40, a network of megacities committed to tackling climate change and on the Advisory Committee of Circularity Capital, a UK-based specialist fund manager with a mission to support SMEs growth and innovation in the circular economy. Sonia is also a Member of the Global Teacher Prize Academy, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation that seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature and peace.
Jeremy is the co-founder of Disciple Media, a media technology firm providing clients with a two-way channel offering fans unprecedented levels of access/engagement and artists with new revenue streams/leading fan intelligence. Prior to Disciple Jeremy led the venture capital activity of GP Bullhound (a leading European technology-focused merchant bank), co-founded Berkeley Energy (a private equity firm focused upon renewable energy), and gained experience with Gartmore (fund management) and CSFB (mergers and acquisitions). He is a co-founder of CDP and founder Steering Committee member of the Ibiza Preservation Fund. Jeremy has an MBA from London Business School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Takejiro graduated from Tokyo University with a B.A. in Economics, he joined Mitsubishi Bank (the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) in 1967 and worked for the bank until 1998. He is Special Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative and the Principles for Responsible Investment in the Asia Pacific region. During his years with Nikko Asset Management as Deputy President, he was appointed as a member of the UNEP FI Steering Committee. Since his retirement in 2002, he had been committed to inviting the UNEP FI Roundtable to Japan. The UNEP FI Tokyo Global Roundtable conference in 2003 ended successfully. In addition to the involvement in the UNEP FI activities, he is giving many educational speeches about environmental problems and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) in various government councils, seminars, universities and TV programs. He is advisor to mayors of local governments and outside director of corporations in Japan. He is a member of the Council for Japan’s Prime Minister on Climate Change Policy. His publications include “Yugai rensa (Chain of Harmfulness)” (Gentosha) and “Saishin CSR jijyou (Today’s CSR)” (Taibundo).
Martin is CEO of Relationship Capital Partners, Inc., providing global corporations with technology solutions to leverage their client data and relationship networks. He is also former Chairman of DF King Worldwide, a global Financial Communications and Stakeholder Management firm. Martin gained extensive leadership experience during a 20-year career with Merrill Lynch in London and New York. His experiences included Senior Vice President, Head of Global Client Coverage; Chairman, Merrill Lynch Foundation, Head of Global Strategy & Planning, and Head of Investor Relations. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Martin worked in Technology and Corporate Treasury at Esso Petroleum in London. Martin earned an MBA (with distinction) from London Business School and a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Southampton. He is a Director of the American Friends of London Business School and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK). He is also Vice Chairman (former Chairman) of Family Promise, a non-profit organization mobilizing 160,000 volunteers in 41 states across the U.S. to help homeless families achieve lasting independence by providing them with safe shelter, meals and support services.
Lord Adair Turner
Adair Turner has combined careers in business, public policy and academia. He became Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority as the financial crisis broke in September 2008, and played a leading role in the redesign of the global banking and shadow banking regulation as Chairman of the International Financial Stability Board’s major policy committee. He is now a Senior Fellow of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and at the Centre for Financial Studies in Frankfurt. The Institute for New Economic Thinking is a global economic research foundation committed to the development of real world solutions to the economic and social challenges of the 21st century.
Prior to 2008 Lord Turner was a non-executive Director at Standard Chartered Bank (2006-2008); Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-2006); and from 1995-1999, Director General of the Confederation of British Industry. He was with McKinsey & Co. from 1982 to 1995.
Adair became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2005 and was appointed Chair of the Climate Change Committee in 2008, stepping down in 2012; he also chaired the Pensions Commission from 2003 to 2006, and the Low Pay Commission from 2002 to 2006.
He is the author of 'Just Capital – The Liberal Economy' (Macmillan, 2001), and ‘Economics after the Crisis, (MIT Press, 2012), and holds Visiting Professorships at the London School of Economics and at Cass Business School, City University. He is a Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee at the British Museum.
Lord Turner studied History and Economics at Caius College, Cambridge.
Neil Morisetti is the Director of Strategy at UCL Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy Department, a role he took on in January 2014 following 10 months as the Foreign Secretary’s Interim Special Representative for Climate Change.
Prior to joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office he spent 37 years in the Royal Navy, during which time he commanded ships ranging in size from the patrol boat HMS CYGNET, in Northern Ireland, to the aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE, operating globally but principally in the Middle East. As a Rear Admiral, he was Commander UK Maritime Forces before commanding the Joint Services Command and Staff College, where he was responsible for the post graduate education of officers from sixty nations.
His final appointment in the Royal Navy was as the UK government’s Climate and Energy Security Envoy, working for the MOD, FCO and DECC to address the security implications of a changing climate and the impact on resource availability.
A graduate of the University of East Anglia, he has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences and is an Honorary Professor at UCL STEaPP.
A Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath and a Freeman of the City of London, Neil lives in Dorset, where his wife Jennifer runs their farm.
Tessa served as a trustee of CDP from 2010 to 2015, having been one of the organization’s co-founders. Tessa is President of The Ice Organisation Ltd and Trustee Chair of the Global Cool Foundation. She was also first Chair and co-founder of The Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) based in Hong Kong and of the UK Social Investment Forum. She was a Board member of the Calvert Social Funds, Washington DC 1993-2009. Tessa has previously served on environmental advisory panels for the UK Government, The UN Environment Programme and HRH the Prince of Wales. In 2003 Tessa received the Sustainability Leadership Award by SAM/SPG of Switzerland and in 2004 was joint winner of the City of Goteborg International Environmental Leadership Prize. She is also a Fellow of the Schumacher Society.