Jane Ambachtsheer is Global Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management, where she oversees the firm’s ambitious approach to sustainable investment. This is empowered by the firm’s Sustainability Centre, which undertakes innovative research and policy development, guides BNPP AM’s investment stewardship and industry engagement activities, and supports investment teams in accessing, integrating and reporting on ESG factors. On the business side, Jane is responsible for BNPP AM’s Corporate Social Responsibility (‘CSR’) approach, ensuring the firm’s day-to-day activities reflect the high standards it expects from companies. Jane is a member of BNPP AM’s Global Investment Committee and Business Management Committees, and reports to CEO and Head of Investments, Frederic Janbon.
Previously, Jane spent 18 years with global investment consultancy Mercer, where she was Partner and founder of the firm’s Responsible Investment business. In 2005, she was appointed as consultant to the United Nations on the development of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Today, Jane continues to be an active participant in a number of key industry initiatives, including as a member of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, a Trustee of CDP, and a member of the PRI Academic Working Group.
Jane regularly researches, writes and speaks on topics addressing the intersection of sustainability and climate with finance and investment. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and a Research Affiliate at the University Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and holds a Master of Social Science from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Economics and English literature with honours from York University. In 2011, Jane received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Social Investment Organisation and in 2014, she was named one of Canada’s ‘Clean 50’ leaders in the field of sustainable capitalism. Jane lives in Paris with her husband and two daughters.
Maritta R. von Bieberstein Koch-Weser
Maritta Koch-Weser has a distinguished career spanning four decades in international development, as an anthropologist, environmentalist, and social entrepreneur. She has field experience in Latin America, South & East Asia, and in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Dr. Koch-Weser worked as social scientist and in managerial positions for some 20 years at the World Bank, in Washington DC., and subsequently as Director General of IUCN - The World Conservation Union. Maritta Koch-Weser is Founder and President of Earth3000, a non-profit organization supporting strategic innovations in governance for environment and development (www.earth3000.org). In this context she shares responsibilities in a number of Supervisory and Advisory Boards of NGOs, Companies, and Academia. She is Vice Chair of the WWF Supervisory Board, Germany.
Christoph Schröder, Ph.D.
Christoph Schröder, Ph.D. is a former trustee of CDP Worldwide (2009 – 2013). In his industrial career he held a variety of international management positions in the pharmaceutical industry as senior executive with BASF Pharma - finally as president of global production, sourcing and supply chain. He supported the sale of the BASF’s Pharma business to ABBOTT Labs., Ill completed in 2001. Following his private move from London to Berlin, he since then has established a solid track record of over 15 ys as a Private Equity Investor in Healthcare & mid caps – initially with TVM CAPITAL and ODEWALD. Since several years he is co-owner of a private investment firm in the German Mittelstand – and serves on various boards as non-executive director. Chris lives in Berlin, married with four children.