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
The Honourable Annise Parker spent many years in service to the people of Houston, America's 4th largest city, with six years as a City Council member, six years as City Controller, and six years as Mayor. She is one of only two women to have been elected mayor, and is the only person in Houston history to have held the offices of council member, controller and mayor. She was the first openly GLBT mayor of a major American city. In 2010 Time magazine named Mayor Parker one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Fast Company magazine selected Houston as City of the Year for 2011. She was named top US mayor and seventh ranked world mayor in 2014 by City Mayors Foundation. She has received numerous awards during her career, including Scenic Houston’s 2010 Scenic Visionary Award, 2010 Guardian of the Human Spirit Award from Holocaust Museum Houston, 2011 Guardian of the Bay Award from Galveston Bay Foundation, Rice University Distinguished Alumna for 2011, and the Local Arts Leadership 2015 honoree by Americans for the Arts. In addition to her duties as mayor, Parker was a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, and served on the boards of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and Houston Galveston Area Council.
Mayor Parker is currently a Fellow at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. She serves on the board of FirstNet, created by Congress to implement a nationwide broadband network for first responders, and is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council. She is an advisory board member of Holocaust Museum Houston, Center for Houston’s Future and Montrose Center. Mayor Parker is a second generation native Houstonian. She graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In the private sector, Parker spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with Mosbacher Energy Company. She also co-owned Inklings, a lesbian/feminist bookstore for 10 years. Parker and her wife Kathy Hubbard have been together for more than 25 years and are advocates for adoption, with three daughters and a son.
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 has extensive experience around green finance and investment. He was involved in the setup and running of the UK Green Investment Bank, where he was the inaugural Finance Director, and then Director, Strategy. He was involved in the setup, running and privatisation of GIB and prior to that led strategic financial planning for the UK's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Jeremy is an honorary research associate at UCL's Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, a fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and previously supported Sandbag Climate Campaign on Emissions Trading research. Jeremy has worked in the private and public sectors in Melbourne, New York and London.
Katherine is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf International Bank (UK) Ltd, (GIB UK) the UK subsidiary of Gulf International Bank B.S.C. owned by the governments of the six GCC countries, with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia being the primary shareholder. GIB UK was established in 1975 and focuses on client-related activities in asset management, treasury and structured finance. Katherine was formerly Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer of Alliance Trust PLC, one of Europe’s largest providers of sustainable and responsible investment funds. She is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG and is a Trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee of the Baring Foundation. She served as a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group from 2012-2015 and the Scottish Business Board during the same period. Katherine is currently a UK Trade and Industry Business Ambassador for Financial Services.
Katherine was a Member of the Commission for the Green Investment Bank reporting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and a Steering Group Member of the Capital Markets Climate Initiative reporting to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. She was nominated a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2006, appointed to the Foundation Board of Young Global Leaders in January 2014 and also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum 2015-16. She was a member of the Executive Committee for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development from 2014-2016 and a Founder Member of the Advisory Council of The CityUK. Katherine has been an Ambassador and Speaker at the World Forum on Natural Capital which has taken place in Edinburgh in 2013 and 2015 and a Patron of City Week UK. She won the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award in 2015 and was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for her services to the asset management industry and her charitable work as a trustee of the Baring Foundation.
Katherine has worked in the asset management sector for over 27 years. Prior to her role at Alliance Trust she was Chief Investment Officer and Executive Director of Morley Fund Management, now Aviva Investors, where she was responsible for more than £160bn invested in equities, socially responsible funds, fixed income, private equity and alternatives. Before that, Katherine was Chief Investment Officer and Executive Director of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC. She began her career as a portfolio manager at Hill Samuel Asset Management, where she was Investment Director, Head of American Equities and manager of the Hill Samuel American Growth Fund 1993-2000, which was consistently in the top quartile of the peer group.
Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.
A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SEforALL’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. As Special Representative for the Secretary General she is the point person in the UN for action towards the recently agreed global goal on sustainable energy.
Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services.
Recipient of numerous award for women’s leadership, climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of Practice in Sustainable Development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Fletcher, and a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of London.
Christine Loh SBS, JP, OBE, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite
Christine Loh is Chief Development Strategist at the Institute for the Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as Adjunct Professor at the Division of Environment and Sustainability. She is also teaching a course at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2018. She is also a Director of the Robert HN Ho Family Foundation. Loh was the Under Secretary for the Environment in the Hong Kong special administrative region (HKSAR) Government (2012-17), and has a long record in environmental policies, having been a legislator and co-founder of Civic Exchange, an independent, non-profit public policy think tank.
Prior to joining the HKSAR Government, she was its former Chief Executive Officer (2000-12). Civic Exchange became a nationally and internationally recognized think tank, especially in the environmental area. Loh holds an English law degree from the University of Hull, England, and a Masters of Law degree in Chinese and Comparative Law from the City University of Hong Kong. She has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Law, honoris causa, by the University of Hull and Doctor of Science, honoris causa by the University of Exeter.
Mr. R. Mukundan, Managing Director & CEO of Tata Chemicals Limited, joined Tata Administrative Service in 1990, after completion of MBA from FMS, Delhi University. He is an Engineer from IIT, Roorkee and an Alumnus of Havard Business School.
During his 27 year career with Tata Group, he has held various responsibilities across the Chemical, Automotive and Hospitality sectors of the Tata Group. He serves on Executive Committees of various industry forums viz. Confederation of Indian Industry, Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Employers’ Federation of India, All India Management Association etc.
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 RelPro, Inc., providing sales, marketing and relationship management professionals with prospect and client intelligence through software and data analytics. 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.
He is former Chairman of DF King Worldwide, a global Financial Communications and Stakeholder Management firm. Martin is a Director of the American Friends of London Business School and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK). He is also Treasurer (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. Martin earned an MBA (with distinction) from London Business School and a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Southampton.
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.
Helen helps CDP gather input from investor members and liaise with other investor-backed groups working on climate change. Helen leads CCLA’s climate change stewardship work and engages with investee companies to encourage them to manage the risks and opportunities associated with the low carbon transition. Helen started her career at NatWest after graduating from the London School of Economics, and has also worked for UK Sustainable Investment & Finance and the Ashridge Centre for Business & Sustainability. She convened the award-winning ‘Aiming for A’ stewardship initiative, which co-filed shareholder resolutions at BP/Shell. She chairs the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change’s resolutions group, following the merger of ‘Aiming for A’ into their Corporate Programme. Helen recently joined the Transition Pathway Initiative’s Steering Group.
Founding Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board
Lois was the Founding Director of CDSB and until December 2017 was responsible for CDSB’s work to develop a framework to report environmental information in mainstream corporate reports. Previously, Lois was Technical Director at Zurich Insurance Group, as well as Technical Director to the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) where she was responsible for technical development. She joined CDSB in 2004 after a career in international taxation and social security at PwC and Zurich Insurance Group. Lois also serves on ACCA’s Global Forum on Sustainability and a member of Carbon Tracker’s Advisory Board. She studied environmental policy at the Open University and holds an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice. She is Director, Redefining Value at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
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 Tennant has been active in green and climate finance all her career. As one of the first Human Environmental Studies graduates at Kings College London, she then worked for the Green Alliance developing the conversation around 'green growth'. She went on to co-found the UK's first green investment fund, the Merlin (now Jupiter) Ecology Fund, in 1988 and has worked to build the green investment industry ever since. In the 90s, she co-founded the UK Social Investment Forum and the UNEP Insurance Initiative, which later merged with UNEP's banking group to form the UNEP Finance Initiative. She led the creation and was first Chair of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia based in Hong Kong (ASrIA, now part of PRI), and The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which works with over 6,000 of the largest corporations in the world to reduce their carbon emissions.
She has served on numerous fund, company and not-for-profit boards, including the US Calvert Funds, Syntao(current) and is an Adviser to Carbon Tracker, and other initiatives. She was a co-founder and first Chair of The Ice Organisation, creator of myice.com, which rewards green consumerism, and was a Non-Executive Director of the UK's Green Investment Bank, now sold to Macquarie Group. She is now focused on financing the Paris climate agreement NDCs and is co-creator with Ian Callaghan of the Climate Finance Accelerator and NDCi.global.