Speakers


Andreas Hallermeier

Sustainability manager and Assistant to the Chief investment officer,​ Bayerische Versorgungskammer

Andreas Hallermeier began his career as a Junior Portfoliomanager at the Bayerische Versorgungskammer, where he was responsible for the investments in “Emerging Markets Equities” and “Convertibles”. After the Financial Crisis, he developed the ESG approach of the BVK and became Assistant to the Chief Investment Officer and BVK´s first Sustainability Manager in 2015. In 2011 Andreas obtained the Certified European Financial Analyst CEFA and the Certified International Investment Analyst CIIA.



Christian Thimann

Chairman of the HLEG, Director of the Research Fund and Senior Advisor to the Chairman, AXA Group

 

In 2017, Christian Thimann was appointed Chairman of the “High-level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance” established by the European Commission. He is AXA Group’s Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight, Vice-Chair of the FSB’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and Co-Chair of the United Nations’ Finance Initiative, hosted by UNEP. Prior to that, Christian was Director-General and Adviser to the President at the European Central Bank and worked at the International Monetary Fund in Washington.



Emma Howard Boyd

Chair of the Environment Agency, UK Government

Emma Howard Boyd has spent her 25-year career working in financial services, initially in corporate finance, and then in fund management, specializing in sustainable investment and corporate governance.  She is currently Chair of the Environment Agency and seats on various boards and advisory committees including, ShareAction, Future Cities Catapult, Menhaden Capital PLC, the Aldersgate Group, the 30% Club Steering Committee, the Executive Board of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel. Emma previously held board and advisory roles at Triodos Renewables PLC, the UK sustainable investment and finance association, and at the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance.



Hilde Jervan

Chief Advisor at Council on Ethics, Norwegian Government Pension Fund

Hilde Jervan is Chief advisor at the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund. She has worked with research based social and environmental analysis at the Council for more than ten years. Currently, Hilde is heading the Council’s work on assessing the garment industry and is also responsible for the Council’s work on companies involved in tropical deforestation. Before joining the Council, Hilde was engaged in the development of the ethical guidelines of the Government Pension Fund. 



Hugh Wheelan

Managing editor, Responsible Investor

Hugh Wheelan has written on investment, corporate and sustainability issues for UK national newspapers including The Observer and The Financial Times. He has won a number of awards, including the respected Aon Consulting award for European Pensions and Investment Journalist, the PIRC Responsible Investment Journalist award and the Asian Sustainable Finance Association Best Finance Journalist award. Previously, he was Paris Correspondent and Fund Management Editor at Financial News and worked at Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE) magazine, where he variously held the positions Deputy Editor, IPE Magazine, launch Editor of IPE Real Estate and launch Editor of IPE.com.



José Meijer

Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, Pension funds ABP

Since August 2013, José Meijer has been Vice-Chair and Member of the Board of Trustees (on behalf of the employees) of the largest pension fund in The Netherlands, ABP. Next to her work for ABP, she is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Dutch Federation of Pension funds and Chair of the Global Unions CWC Trustee leadership network. 



Nick Robins

Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, UNEP Inquiry

Nick Robins is Co-Director of the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. As part of this, he has led country partnerships in Brazil, India, Italy, Morocco and the UK as well as established the Sustainable Insurance Forum of supervisors and the new International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability. Nick has 25 years’ experience in the finance, policy and research dimensions of sustainable development. Before joining UNEP, Nick was head of the climate change centre of excellence at HSBC and prior to that head of SRI funds at Henderson Global Investors.



Guersent

Director-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission

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Olivier Guersent joined the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1984, where he carried out many investigations for the French Competition Authority. He joined the European Commission in 1992, initially with the "Merger Task Force" in the Directorate-General for Competition. Since then, he has alternated between the private offices of a number of European Commissioners and DG Competition. From 2010 to 2014 he was the head of the private office of Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. Having held the position of Deputy Director-General since July 2014, Olivier Guersent has been Director-General of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union since September 2015.



Robert Hassler

Founder and CEO, oekom research

Robert Haßler, travaille depuis 1993 dans le  domaine de la notation extra-financière. Il est co-fondateur et directeur général d'oekom research AG, l'agence de notation allemande qui fournit des informations décisives à un large éventail d'investisseurs institutionnels et de gestionnaires d'actifs. Il est également co-fondateur de plusieurs associations, telles que le Corporate Interface Interface Center (CRIC e.V.) et le Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen e.V. (Forum allemand de l'investissement social).



Rudy Verstappen

Senior Project Manager Responsible Investment, VBDO

Rudy Verstappen coordinates and investigates responsible investment practices of institutional investors in the Netherlands. He conducts regular engagement interviews with investors on a wide range of topics. Rudy has previous experience at the ESG-research department of Actiam and studied Business Studies at the University of Amsterdam.



Sophie Elkrief

Chief Investment Officer, MAIF

Sophie Elkrief joined MAIF as a Chief Investment Officer. She started her career in Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers and JP Morgan, in London and New York. In 2001, she joined Dexia Asset Management (Candriam) in Paris and developed a top tier franchise in Special situations. In 2009, she took responsibility for all fundamental alternative strategies and credit. In 2013, she joined Meeschaert Asset Management as an ExCo member, to instill "best practices" and grow investment solutions.



Ulrika Hasselgren

Managing Director and Global Head of Responsible Investment Strategy & ESG integration, Institutional Shareholder Services (Sweden)

Prior to joining ISS, Ulrika Hasselgren was CEO and co-founder of Stockholm-based Ethix SRI Advisors, which was acquired by ISS in September 2015. She has advised institutional investors and asset managers in sustainable and responsible investment since 1999. In 2000, she collaborated with Sweden’s national pension fund AP7 in creating their policy for responsible investment. Ulrika spent 12 years with McKinsey & Company and three years with Solving International.