It is in Bertrand’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible, as he did with his two round-the-world flights, recently in a solar-powered airplane, and before that non-stop in a balloon. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him.

Rather than new territories, he wants to discover new ways of doing and thinking, in particular in the field of clean technologies for a better quality of life. Bertrand is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. Taking turns at the controls with André Borschberg for the first flight around the world on solar power, his ambition is to leverage pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies.

This is why he spent the last 15 years bringing together the major partners providing technologies and funds for this adventure. Together with his wife Michèle, he conceived the Solar Impulse project as a now widely recognized platform to raise public awareness and encourage political actions in favor of clean technologies and energy efficiency, the next stage of which includes the establishment to this end of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions under the aegis of the Solar Impulse Foundation.

The inspiration he received from other explorers and pioneers during his childhood gave him the desire to inspire young generations in return.

Jean Lemierre has a long and recognized career in international finance. In the 1980s he held various posts within the French Tax Administration, including Head of Tax Legislation and Director General of Taxes.  In May 1995, he was appointed Chief of Cabinet of the French Ministry of Economy and Finances and become Head of Treasury in October later that year.

Before being appointed to the helm of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2000, he was a member of the European Monetary Committee (1995-1998), President of the European Economic and Financial Committee (1999-2000) and Chairman of the Paris Club (1999-2000). He served as President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development until 2008.  In 2009, Jean Lemierre became a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Investment Corporation (CIC) and the International Advisory Council of the China Development Bank (CDB). He is member of the International Advisory Panel (IAP) for the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

He was Senior Advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas between 1 September 2008 and 30 November 2014. On 1 December 2014, Jean Lemierre became Chairman of BNP Paribas. 

He is also Chairman of the main French institute for research into international economics (CEPII), a member of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) and in May 2016, he was elected Member of the Board of Directors of TOTAL.

SPEAKERS: (in alphabetical order by surname)

Marie-Anne Allier began her career as a Fixed-Income fund manager at Robert Lefebvre in 1987 and in 1989, moved to Sogeposte to take over a similar position. In 1994, she was appointed Head of Equity and Bond management at Banque Transatlantique.

Marie-Anne joined SGAM as Head of Credit Management in 1998. She became Head of the European Fixed Income management department in 2005 and then Deputy Head of the Fixed Income Department in 2007.

She joined Amundi in 2010 as Head of Euro Fixed Income. In 2016, she was appointed Deputy Global Head of Fixed Income. Ms Allier holds a Master degree in Banking and Finance from the Sorbonne University of Paris I.

After completing his secondary education in Morocco and graduating from the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in France, Amine joined BNP Paribas in 1987.

Having started his career as a trader in Paris and New York, Amine subsequently moved on to several management roles within Equities and Commodity Derivatives in Tokyo, London, Paris and New York. These included Deputy Global Head of Equity Derivatives, and Head of Equity Derivatives for the Americas.

In 2005 Amine was named by Financial News among the 20 most influential Europeans in America.

Amine has been based in London since 2006, when he was appointed Global Head of Commodity Derivatives, managing teams in London, New York, and Singapore.  In August 2016, Amine took on his new role in the field of Sustainable Investments and Research.

Jordan Bickerton joined the Business and Society team at Brunswick London in August 2015. He specialises in issues-driven positioning and thought leadership programmes, and has experience shaping social purpose and initiatives across a range of sectors including energy, extractives, retail and FMCG. He has worked on digital and social campaigns in the corporate, political and not-for-profit arenas, with a particular focus on building engagement around societal challenges and causes.

Jordan joined Brunswick from Fishburn, where he led on corporate reputation and sustainability projects for clients like Bupa, Novartis, Shell and L'Oreal. He was a Community Organiser on the 2012 Obama campaign in Suffolk VA, and has lived and worked in Berlin having studied German and French at Cambridge University.

Isabelle Cabie has been Global Head of Responsible Development since 2016. Before, she was Global Head of Sustainable and Responsible Investments at Candriam since 2010.

She began her careet in 1988 as a university assistant at Namur University in Belgium and became a collaborator at the Centre d'Etudes Politiques Economiques et Sociales in Belgium in 1991. The following year she moved to Bank Artesia to take up a role as a macroeconomist and became a fund manager in 1995. In 1998 she became a Senior Institutional Portfolio Manager at Cordius Asset Management and in 2003 Head of Fixed Income Institutional Portfolio Management at Candriam.

In 2007, she was appointed Global Head of Institutional Portfolio Management. Isabelle has a master's degree in Economics from Namur University in Belgium.

Brice Chasles is Senior Partner in Deloitte Financial Advisory team in Paris with 28 years of experience including 19 years in Mergers & Acquisitions in Paris, London and New York. Brice is leading the practice dedicated to the financial services industries (Banking, Insurance and Real Estate). He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of Deloitte France. He holds the TRIUM Global Executive MBA (HEC, LSE, Stern University), a Master Degree in Accounting and Finance (Nice Sophia-Antipolis) and is a French and US qualified chartered accountant. He is also a lecturer at HEC.

Patrick Colle has been General Manager of BNP Paribas Securities Services since May 2010. Patrick also acts as Co-Head of Prime Solutions & Financing and oversees Financial Institutions Coverage activities.

Patrick has over 25 years of experience in the industry, 9 of which with BNP Paribas Securities Services. He joined the bank in 2006 as Head of Custody and Clearing Product Development, before becoming Head of BNP Paribas Securities Services UK in March 2008.

Prior to joining BNP Paribas Securities Services, Patrick worked for 20 years with JP Morgan Chase, where he held several positions in cash management, securities clearing and custody in Paris and New York, before becoming Global Head of ADRs based in London in 2001.

Patrick has a Masters degree in Business Administration from ESSEC (Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) – Cergy Pontoise, France.

Dominique Darne is Managing Director of Eurowatt, an independent power producer using renewable energies. He is also President of the Economic Commission of France Energie Eolienne, the French wind association. He held positions in the financing sector and in the renewable energy sector in the US prior to founding Eurowatt in 1994.

He has a bi-cultural education in France at Paris Sorbonne in law and Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris as well as an MA in international affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC.

Charlotte Dennery has extensive experience in Finance, both in France and the US, and has worked in many different financial sectors.  Graduating from Ecole Polytechnique, Charlotte started her career in the 1990s at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. She held various positions starting in the Economics department and then working on the budget, where she managed different public Finance departments.

She joined BNP Paribas in 2001 working as a Director in the department of Strategy and Development, first in Paris and then in New York. In 2004, she became CFO of Cardif Pinnacle, the Insurance subsidiary of BNP Paribas. In 2009, she was made CEO of FundQuest, one of the largest European Multi-managers and, from 2010, she was additionally made COO of BNP Paribas Investment Partners.

Charlotte was appointed CEO of BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions in 2015 and is now responsible for all activities of BNP Paribas in Leasing. BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions operates in 15 countries with more than 3,000 employees worldwide and is committed to supporting its global partners and customers by providing them with financing solutions for their professional equipment. The total value of finance contracts by BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions in 2016 was 11.7 bn €.

With usage rather than ownership at the heart of its business model, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions has also placed CSR commitments at the heart of its business. Among the new trends that shape the economy, Circular Economy and Energy Transition are two areas where Leasing Solutions can be at the forefront.

Myriam Durand is Country Manager for Moody's France, leading the Paris office and managing the Moody’s Investors Service franchise in the country. Myriam also holds the role of Co-Head of the EMEA Corporate Finance Group.  She previously served as Managing Director, heading a team of analysts based in Paris, Milan and London covering companies in the Pharmaceuticals, Tobacco, Consumer Goods, Retail and Transportation industries.

Myriam also leads Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts for the Corporate Finance Group in the EMEA region. Moody’s is committed to incorporating ESG risks into its analysis, and Myriam’s role involves coordinating related activities in this area of growing market focus.

Myriam joined Moody’s in 2003. Prior to this she held the position of Director - Senior Banker at Citigroup. Myriam graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (majoring in Finance and tax), and holds a Postgraduate DESS Degree in Finance from University of Paris-Dauphine.

Christian started his career at the French Embassy in San Francisco where he helped French companies export to California. After that he returned to France to work for the Danone Group, where he worked in various positions for 17 years, mainly in Supply Chain.

Christian then joined Vallourec, who are the French leader in seamless tubes dedicated to the oil and gas industry. His mission for his five years there was to create a global purchasing organisation for the different companies of the Vallourec Group, mainly in France, Germany, USA, Brazil and China.

Christian is now Director of Purchasing Co-ordination for the 70 Maisons within the LVMH Group. A key focus for him is managing sustainability issues in their supply chain.

Clara Gaymard is co-founder of Raise. Founded in 2013 with Gonzague de Blignières, Raise is composed of two entities: Raise Investissement which is a capital investment company; and "Raise" which is a non-profit endowment fund and philanthropic organization that helps young entrepreneurs.

Clara has been President of the Women’s Forum since 2015. She is also member of board of several companies including Veolia, Bouygues, Danone, and LVMH and VP or member of board for several non-profit foundations including College de France, Fondation Valentin Haüy and IMS Entreprendre pour la Cité.

From September 2006 to 2016, she was President and CEO of GE France.  Prior to joining GE, Clara built an outstanding career within the French administration. After she completed her ENA degree, she joined the State Audit Office as an auditor, then as a counsellor. From 1991 to 2003, she held several positions in the French administration, mainly at the Ministry of Economy and Finance where she focused on SME investment and economic development.

In 2003, her appointment as Ambassador, President of Invest In France Agency (AFII) was a decisive moment. Heading the Agency, Clara has bought a very real focus to the issues of innovation and private-public collaboration to favour economic prosperity.

Arval Consulting delivers added value in the domains of corporate mobility and fleet strategies. Operating since 2008, the Arval consulting team has performed over 9,500 missions for local and multinational customers to improve their fleet performances, reduce their environmental impact, improve driver safety or move to smarter mobility.

Arval Consulting's expertise is enriched by industry insight from the Corporate Vehicle Observatory.

Mr Girardot, 47, has 15 years' experience in the leasing industry, first at GE Fleet Services, which was acquired by Arval in 2015. He has held both executive and consulting positions at GE Fleet Services, and led the integration of GE Services with Arval in Germany. 

Mr Girardot is a graduate of ESSEC Business School in Paris and has a master's degree in Business and Commercial Law from Panthéon Assas University in Paris.

Steve Howard is a leading sustainable business professional and is a recognised authority on sustainability and climate change. Steve is Chair of We Mean Business, is on the administative board of SE4ALL and is Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Environmental and Natural Resource Security. Steve was Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at IKEA Group and served on IKEA’s Executive Group Management from 2011-2017. At IKEA, Steve led the development and implementation of the People and Planet Positive strategy, and put in place strategies that lead to more than 3 billion euros of investments from wind power to recycling at the same time as creating a sustainable products category that more than tripled in revenue to a 2-billion-euro business. Steve also supported the role out of a comprehensive approach on diversity, inclusion and fair pay. A serial entrepreneur, in 2015, Steve co-founded We Mean Business, the leading climate change coalition of organizations and businesses which helped support the Paris Agreement and has led to more than 500 businesses making more than 1000 commitments on climate action. Prior to IKEA Steve was Founder and CEO of The Climate Group, an independent global non-profit organization which has built extensive networks of cities, states, regions, businesses and entrepreneurs committed to a net-zero carbon world. Before the Climate Group, Steve consulted on sustainability for major corporations and institutions, working as a partner at ERM Group in London and URS Corporation. He has worked with various NGOs and UN bodies on a wide range of global sustainability topics. Earlier in his career he worked in WWF, chaired the UK Forest Stewardship Council and helped launch and chair The Forest Trust. Originally, he is trained as an ecologist and has a PhD in Ecophysiology and Environmental Physics based on research in Kenya.

Steve’s leadership has been recognized by Time Magazine as a “climate champion”, by Scientific American for policy leadership, for environmental leadership by The Independent, and as UK Social Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young: he was recently named as an iconoclastic leader in the book Green Giants. In 2013 Steve gave a Ted Talk, “Going all in for sustainability”. He is married with a teenage son who describes him as a possibilist. Steve is a keen runner.

Professor Sir David King was the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser and subsequently the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change. He is now a Partner of SYSTEMIQ.  He serves as Council Member of the Ditchley Foundation.

He was born in Durban, educated at St John’s College Johannesburg and at Witwatersrand University, graduating with an Honours degree in Chemistry and a PhD. He has received 23 Honorary Degrees from universities around the world.

He was the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 2000 to 2007. He raised the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the new £1 billion Energy Technologies Institute. He created an in-depth futures process which advised government on a wide range of long term issues, from flooding to obesity. He was Member of the President’s Advisory Council, Rwanda, and Science Advisor to UBS, 2008-12. He served as Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, 2008 – 2012; Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University, 1993 – 2000; and Master of Downing College Cambridge 1995 – 2000.  He has published over 500 papers on surface science and catalysis and on science and policy, for which he has received many awards and medals. 

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991; Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002; knighted in 2003; made “Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honeur” in 2009.

Roelfien Kuijpers is Head of Responsible Investments and Strategic Relationships at Deutsche Asset Management, and a member of the Deutsche AM Executive Committee.

From 2006-2012, she was Global Head of DB Advisors, the Institutional Asset Management business of Deutsche Bank. She joined the Asset Management division in 2004 as Global Head of Strategy, Marketing and Communications. She was a member of the Global Operating Committee of Deutsche Asset Management from 2004-2012. From 1995-2004, she served in the Bank’s Global Equity division in several roles, including Head of European Equities Sales, Global Head of Relationship Management, and Global Head of Strategy, Marketing and Communications. From 2002-2004 she served on the Global Equities Management Committee.

Roelfien is a member of the Board of Directors of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and chairs the Investment Committee. She also served as Chairwoman of Women on Wall Street for many years and helped establish the Women in European Business chapters in the UK and Germany. She was also a founder of the ATLAS program to develop senior female talent in the Bank. She serves on the diversity committee for the Americas, is the diversity champion for Deutsche AM in the Americas, and is Executive Sponsor of the LGBT network.

Roelfien is a member of the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Trustee at SculptureCenter NY, and serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Oberlin College and the Parent’s Committee at Middlebury College.

A Dutch native, Roelfien received a Master’s Degree in History and International Politics from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Thierry Laroue-Pont has been CEO of BNP Paribas Real Estate since 1 July 2014. Previous to this, Thierry was Deputy Chief Executive, member of the Management Board of BNP Paribas Real Estate from 2012. From 2010 to 2014 he was Executive Chairman of BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory France (Transaction, Consultancy and Valuation) and from 2007 to 2010 he was Vice-Chairman of BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory.

Thierry joined BNP Paribas Real Estate in 2004 as Head of the Ile-de-France (Paris and surrounding region) Office section before becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2005. Prior to this, he worked for Jones Lang LaSalle from 1987, where he held various roles as a Consultant, Sales Manager, Associate Partner, European Partner and Head of the Agences France department.

Thierry is a graduate of the Lyon Institute of Political Studies and holds a Master’s in Law and a post-graduate degree in International Law. Thierry is a RICS member (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), winner of the Pierre d’Or “Consultant” category in 2007 and 2000 and winner of the Pierre d’Or “Manager of the Year” in 2015.

Olivier Leruste is the head of global financing at Akuo Energy, which has raised more than €2,000m over the last ten years from financial institutions, infrastructure funds and development banks. With his team, Olivier has negotiated power purchase agreements and structured large project finance in the United States, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and France for wind, photovoltaic, hydro and co-generation power plants.

Olivier has 15 years of experience in the energy sector both in Europe and in the Americas. Before joining Akuo, Olivier was based in New York and Mexico City where he has structured several major financings for an investment bank in the oil and gas and the commodities sector.

Olivier is a French native speaker and is fluent in English, Spanish and German. Olivier holds an MSc in management from HEC in Paris and a bachelor´s degree from the University of Paris IV Sorbonne.

Akuo Energy is an independent power producer with 960 MW of assets currently in operation and construction. It issued in July 2016 a €50m green bond, the fourth EuroPP carried out by Akuo Energy over the last four years.

After an entrepreneurial career, Jacques joined BNP Paribas in 2006. He has since held various positions with BNP Paribas CIB, including Head of Corporate Banking in Russia, Global Head of International Cash Management, Deputy Global Head of Corporate Deposit Line and Head of Corporate Banking for the Middle East and Africa. 

Jacques moved to Paris in 2015 and took up his current role as Head of Transaction Banking for EMEA.

Sami Lundgren heads up the Environment and Responsibility team at UPM. His career has had two key phases; the first as a paper worker and the second as a Responsibility Professional.

In 1987, he qualified from the Vocational School of Kymmene Corporation. While working at the Voikkaa paper mill, Sami studied and graduated from Helsinki University with an M.Sc. in Biology. After finishing his university studies in 2001, he moved to Helsinki and joined the Environment and Responsibility Team at the UPM Head Office.

In 2006, Sami was promoted to Senior Environmental Analyst, and subsequently has held several Director positions. Since 2016, he has led a team of 15 looking after UPM’s global activities in Environment & Responsibility. While transitioning from shop floor to Responsibility professional, Sami has been instrumental in UPM’s transformation from a traditional paper company to a Biofore company.

Over the last 16 years Sami has used his practical industry knowledge from working in the paper mill during his various projects at UPM. He has also carried out short assignments in Canada and China.

Simon Maine is a regulatory and media specialist based in London, focused primarily on energy and industrials. He has deep experience with introducing alternative energy technologies to new audiences, including renewables, cleantech and shale gas. He is Brunswick's lead adviser on the renewable energy sector and has recently completed a stint as Campaign Director for BT during a protracted regulatory issue in the UK. 

Prior to Brunswick Simon worked for Riverstone, one of the world's largest energy-focused private equity firms, where he conducted policy research to support transactions and advised portfolio companies on stakeholder outreach and communications. Prior to that he was a policy adviser and speechwriter for Lord Browne, the former CEO of BP and government business adviser.

Catherine Mantel graduated from HEC in 1976 and owns a masters degree in the Economics of Energy (French Petroleum Institute). She spent most of her career focusing on the development and structuring of international projects in emerging countries, specifically in Central Europe and CIS countries. She worked in the banking sector (Credit Lyonnais, CA-CIB) managing asset backed finance activities and key accounts coverage for 19 years. Later, she joined Gaz de France in 2002 with board responsibilities in joint ventures between GDF and Gazprom. With GDFSUEZ/ENGIE, she had the opportunity to work with electricity generation, environment and service business lines.

She is fluent in English and Russian and has professionally adept in Spanish and German.

To add to her truly international and diverse profile, she has been in charge of institutional relations for CIS and ASIA/PACIFIC regions with regards to sustainable and smart city development, renewable energy, energy efficiency and innovation. She represents ENGIE at the GCWDA (Global Clean Water Alliance for Desalination) Board launched during COP 21 in addition to the French Japanese Exchange Center Board. She is also a member of the French-Japanese partnership for smart and sustainable cities in AFRICA launched during COP 21.

Currently, she is in charge of the Business development for Terrawatt Initiative, an organisation which was incorporated by ENGIE, TOTAL, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, IBM, IBERDROLA, BLACKROCK and SUGAR GROUP during the historical COP 21 in Paris. TWI is a not for profit association that aims to secure access to affordable and clean energy by making the deployment of Solar PVs easy in all the sun rich countries that fall between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.

Cécile joined the Sustainable Finance & Investment team for BNP Paribas CIB in 2015 to help foster new products in relation to Sustainable Finance with a focus on the Green Bond programme for BNP Paribas and more recently Green Loans as well. As part of her role, she also actively participates in initiatives such as UNEP FI, Finance for Tomorrow.

Prior to this, Cécile held various positions in London and Paris as Project Bond structurer for European Infrastructure projects and Credit Analyst for Latin American corporates. She also carried out a short assignments in Brazil and Mexico.

Cécile graduated from ESCP Europe and has a master's degree in Bank and Finance from La Sorbonne.

Rochus Mommartz is the CEO of responsAbility Investments AG, a leading global asset manager specializing in development investments in developing and emerging markets. responsAbility manages more than USD 3.1 billion in assets and is invested in more than 530 companies and over 90 countries, via 6 different investment vehicles - as of May 2016.

Rochus Mommartz has more than 25 years of experience in emerging market investments and banking operations. He started his career as a consultant and worked in over 40 developing countries where he designed and implemented regulatory frameworks for financial intermediaries and built up microfinance and SME banks from scratch.

Rochus Mommartz has worked with responsAbility Investments AG since the inception of the company and he initiated the equity investment practice. He established two long-term oriented holding companies for responsAbility for which he acts as CEO or Board Member.

Rochus Mommartz holds a MSc. in Economics from the Freie Universität Berlin.

Lukas Neckermann is Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, a consultancy based in London with a focus on emerging new mobility trends and their strategic impact. He has 20 years of leadership experience in automotive, media, and financial services.

He began his automotive career in BMW’s Central Marketing department in Munich, where he codeveloped the first website, helped launch the innovative Z8 sports car, and – as an internal consultant – recommended pricing, marketing, communication, and positioning strategies for BMW’s brands (BMW, MINI, Rover, Land Rover, and MG).  Lukas joined Allianz in 2002, reporting to the Group’s CEO, Michael Diekmann. He rose through various strategic and line leadership functions at Allianz, including Head of Business Development for Allianz Automotive and Commercial Director and member of the Executive Board at Euler Hermes UK plc, the UK and Ireland’s leading creditinsurance company. While at Euler Hermes UK, Lukas led the most significant innovation and strategic change program in 20 years of the company’s history.

Lukas is the author of three books, The Mobility Revolution (Matador Business Press 2015), Corporate Mobility Breakthrough 2020 (Corporate Vehicle Observatory 2016), and Smart Cities, Smart Mobility (to be released 2017). He is an advisor to three startup companies: NEXT Future Transportation Inc. based in Silicon Valley, as well as Flock and Splyt, both based in London. He has co-founded Monoventure srl (a real-estate investment company in Romania), MN Innovative Communication Inc. in New York, and Neckermann Ltd in London. Lukas is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Adjunct Instructor at New York University, and has lectured and taught courses to executives from over 40 countries; he is frequently called upon as a keynote speaker on “The Mobility Revolution”, as well as on marketing, business development, communication, leadership, and innovation.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Richard Newman is UK Head of Brand and Communication for the BNP Paribas Group. In addition, he leads on external communications globally for the Corporate & Institutional Bank.

Richard’s prime responsibility is to promote and protect the reputation of the bank; central to this is championing its sustainable finance and digital transformation programmes.

Richard joined BNP Paribas in 2015, prior to which he held senior communication positions at Barclays, Capital One and the global multi-asset broker, Newedge.

Gaetan has more than 22 years of investment experience. He was Head of Sustainable & Responsible Investments (SRI) with BNP Paribas Asset Management from 2010 and then in July 2017 he was appointed Global Head of Sustainability.

He leads the "Sustainability Centre" which is in charge of developing, promoting and contributing to the implementation of consistent and ambitious ESG integration within all asset classes.

From 2007 to 2010 Gaetan was an SRI Portfolio Manager focusing on "Best in Class" and high dividend strategies. He has worked for a number of asset management companies as a portfolio manager, including La Banque Postale, Credit Lyonnais AM (now Amundi), San Paolo Asset Management in Paris and Banque Scalbert Dupont (part of the CIC group, based in Lille). 

Gaetan holds a master's degree in "DEA Sciences de Gestion" and a degree in business economics from the Lille Institute of Management in France.

Jane Pilcher is Group Treasurer at Anglian Water Group where she has responsibility for all finance and treasury activities of the group. She has prime responsibility for raising group debt, debt and bank investor relations, and liaison with the three rating agencies. In August 2017, Jane led the launch of the company’s inaugural green bond, the first GBP Utility public bond, and the first GBP bond since 2015. She was responsible for procuring the Second Party Opinion, writing the Company’s Green Bond Framework as well as leading the extensive investor marketing to deliver a successful bond.

Jane also has responsibility, on behalf of the company, for the asset and liability management of the £1bn pension fund. She is a Fellow of the ACT and a Non-Executive Director of the Loughborough Building Society.

Marie-Eve Raux is Senior Director, Development and Project Management, Europe. She is responsible for Ivanhoé Cambridge's development activities in Europe and she is the spokesperson for the DUO project - two skyscrapers designed by Jean Nouvel in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.

Thanks to 20 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate at Bouygues Immobilier, Icade and today Ivanhoé Cambridge, Marie-Eve has strong expertise in development and operational management of major urban projects.

James is a Managerial Adviser in the “Infrastructure and Climate/Environment” team of the EIB “Equity, New Products and Special Transactions” Department since 2008. He leads the team originating EIB participations in private equity funds and structured deals in the sectors of land use, forestry, protection of natural capital and biodiversity, nature-based solutions for infrastructure and carbon sequestration.

He was previously occupying managerial positions as Treasurer or Deputy-Treasurer in the Finance departments of EIB, IADB and AfDB. Before joining the supranational institutions in 1994, he held various positions in Paris in portfolio management for large institutional investors (Caisse des Depots) and in proprietary trading/financial engineering (commercial and private banks).

James graduated from Doctorat HEC Paris, MSc. Environmental Management, University of Bath, U.K. and MPhil. Mathematics, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris.

Dominique Roques is a French national and is currently Vice President, Naturals Partnerships & Promotion at Firmenich, a Swiss family held company, N°2 in the Fragrance and Flavours industry.  A graduate of HEC, the French Business School, he has dedicated his career to Natural products used in Perfumery and Flavours.

In 1988 he joined Biolandes,a French company specializing in Natural aromatic raw materials, to implement a strategy of creating Extraction units at source for prestigious perfumery ingredients.  Over his 20 years at Biolandes he organized integrated supply chains in Spain, Morocco, Madagascar, Turkey and Bulgaria.  Joining Firmenich in 2009, he has been in charge of Sourcing a comprehensive portfolio of Naturals, from the largest commodities (Mints & Patchouli) to the most selective specialties like Rose or Agarwood.  Dominique has been gradually promoting a new sourcing model based on upgrading the Suppliers role into Partnerships. The success of creating a Joint Venture in India with the world leader of Floral extracts has been instrumental in Firmenich’s increased ambitions in Naturals.

In 2014, Dominique launched “Naturals Together”, linking Firmenichwith 16 of the most remarkable Ingredient producers at source worldwide. Naturals Together focuses on Responsible Sourcing & Innovation, but has also become a Think Tank addressing Naturals challenges for the future of the Fragrance and Flavors industry. Growing in reputation, it will hold its 4 th annual event in Brazil next October.

A member of several Steering committees in major industry organizations (IFEAT, Sustainable Vanilla Initiative,… ) Dominique is an influential and respected voice in the world of Natural ingredients.

Bertand Schippan is an Architect at the MVRDV. He graduated from the National Superior School of Architecture of Lille, and also spent part of his studies at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Coruña, in Spain, and the Technical University of Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. This international course of studies allowed him to develop his skills whilst keeping an open mind and a critical sense, fundamental to the practice of architecture. Before being recruited by MVRDV, he had the opportunity to work with several international renowned architectural agencies, such as IMF, les ateliers Jean Nouvel and West 8.

He has over 10 years experience managing key roles within the agency MVRDV. He has also particularly worked on French projects, allowing him to master both architectural and urban aspects, regardless of the size and complexity of the expected programme.

These theories developed at the MVRDV allow him to bring a constructive and critical eye to the issue of the development of cities. Hehad the opportunity to demonstrate the relevance of this during his involvement with the Atelier of the Grand Paris.

Stephanie is the Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, which is part of the DCM Structuring and Solutions Group. She has held this role for the past four years, and acts as the product sponsor for green and sustainable bond issues, working closely with issuers, investors and internal clients. Sustainable bonds are fixed income securities, the proceeds of which are allocated to the projects with positive social or environmental impact. Stephanie joined BNP Paribas in 2002 as Head of the Liability Management Group, where she worked for 10 years before moving into her current role.

Prior to joining BNP Paribas, she spent ten years at Deutsche Bank, where she was responsible for EMTN and CP origination. Stephanie started her career at Midland Bank, now HSBC Markets, spending 10 years working in their Debt Capital Markets and Money Markets teams.

Stephanie is often featured in trade publications and industry conferences, speaking on the importance of sustainability in capital markets.

She holds a BA(Hons) in English and French from the University of Cape Town, and a MSc in Economics and Econometrics from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Frédéric has responsibility for the Equity and Convertible Bond portfolio management teams. He is Chair of the Association Française de Gestion’s (AFG) working group “liquidity and market mechanisms” and also active within the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

Frédéric has a total of 23 years of experience in financial markets, 19 of them in the asset management industry with a strong quantitative bias. He joined BNP Paribas Investment Partners in 2006 as head of Investment and Business Solutions (IBS), where his role included being responsible for Financial Engineering and Dealing Services.

Before joining BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Frédéric worked for Credit Agricole Asset Management and Credit Lyonnais Asset Management as head of business development in the asset allocation and arbitrage department of Credit Agricole Asset Management. He began his career as a financial engineer specialising in Capital Market Equity Derivatives. Subsequently, he became cross-asset fund manager and then head of the cross-asset team.

Luke is an expert on climate change, energy and finance who has been working on Carbon Tracker's research for almost 5 years. Since working on the seminal Wasted Capital and Stranded Assets report in 2013, Luke has focused on the demand side of the energy transition with reports on the US and Chinese coal sectors. 

Of late, Luke has challenged assumptions around future energy demand in Lost in Transition, and led the global scenario analysis Expect the Unexpected, completed with Imperial College London.

Luke holds a master's degree in energy and climate change from Imperial College London and the CFA's Investment Management Certificate qualification.

Bjorn Otto Sverdrup is Staoil's Senior Vice President for Sustainability and member of the management committee in the Global Strategy and Business Development business area. Sverdrup has extensive leadership experience in Statoil.

Since 2007 he has been a Vice President and member of several of Statoil's top Management Committees, including Exploration and Development Norway, Development and Production International and most recently for the company's North American operations in Houston, TX.

Following the terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya in 2011, Sverdrup served as chief of staff for the government-appointed commission investigating the attacks.

Sverdrup also served at The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) as advisor and national expert to the EU Commission on corporate social responsibility.

As a member of the management committee of Hydro's oil and gas division, he was part of the integration planning committee for the merger between Statoil and Hydro Oil and Energy in 2007.

Sverdrup is a political scientist and former research fellow from the University of Oslo.

He is a frequent speaker at key industry events such as CERA, WFES and SPE and has been a guest lecturer at Imperial College, Columbia University and Harvard Business School. Sverdrup is on the Board of Director's at Norway's largest university, NTNU (deputy) and member of the advisory board at the master programme at Imperial College/Grantham Institute.

Sverdrup is a father of three.


Romain Talagrand heads the Power & Renewable Energy Financing Solutions EMEA team at BNP Paribas. Romain has 20 years of experience advising clients and raising structured financing across the energy and infrastructure sector.

Karol is a professional in corporate sustainability with more than fifteen years of experience in social responsibility, stakeholder engagement and environmental governance. She started her career as a social compliance auditor and Intertek and assessed production sites from a wide range of industries across Latin America.

She joined PUMA in 2008, specialising in the footwear and textile industry across the EMEA region. As a part of her work in the stakeholder engagement area, Karol oversees the sustainability side of the PUMA Vendor Finance Program and acts as PUMA's main contact for the Bangledesh Accord, as well as the German Global Compact Network. In her current role, she manages the corporate Climate Change strategy within PUMA.

Karol is an Industrial Engineer from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and holds a MSc in Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg in Germany.

A former graduate in Maths (Ecole Normale Supérieure) and Political Sciences (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris), Claire Tutenuit is an Ingénieur au Corps des Mines.

As such she started her career in the Ministry of Industry in 1982. In 1987, she joined business, first in the environment sector (Compagnie Générale des Eaux, now Veolia) and later in the aerospace sector (Matra, now Airbus), where she spent 10 years with business development and strategy responsibilities.

Since 2001 she has been an independent consultant in strategy, organisation and environment.

She has been the Délégué Général of Entreprises pour l'Environnement (EpE) since the end of 2005. The French partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), EpE is a think tank of some 40 companies that share the vision of environment as a source of progress and opportunities, and work together to better take it into account in their management and strategies. See

Claire Tutenuit has written various articles; she is a member of the Board of Fondation pour la Nature et l'Homme and of Ineris. She is also chairing Le Ruban Vert, a local NGO dedicated to biodiversity.

Hans van Houwelingen received a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology and an Executive Masters degree in Business Administration from INSEAD Business School. He is a CFA charterholder.

In November 2017, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ACTIAM NV, a responsible asset manager with 56 billion euro Assets under Management. He is also a Non-Executive Director in various technology companies, including Telelink and Symbid.

From 2012 to 2016 he was a Managing Director within NN Investment Partners, responsible for all offices and clients in Emerging Europe as well as Global Product Strategy, Management and Development. He began his career with ING in 1999 and fulfilled various international executive and non-executive roles in asset management and insurance, including Chief Executive Officer at ING Investment Management Greece, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of ING Investment Management Poland and Member of the Supervisory Board and Audit Committee of ING Insurance Poland.

Helena joined the Sustainability Research team in 2011 and has fifteen years' experience of working in responsible business and sustainable investment. In her current role, Helena oversees the sustainability footprint of BNP Paribas Asset Management investments, including stewardship policies. She leads company engagement on ESG issues and develops relevant investment, engagement and coordinating policies.

Helena also represents BNP Paribas Asset Management in a series of networks and initiatives, such as the Principle of Responsible Investment (member of the PRI Advisory Policy Committee), and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC Board member). She is a member of the Advisory Group on the FAO-OECD Guidelines on responsible agriculture supply chains and of the Green Finance Advisory Group to the UN-led Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative, amongst others.

Prior to joining BNP Paribas Asset Management, Helena was Policy Advisor in Oxfam's Private Sector Advocacy Team from 2005-2011, leading Oxfam's advocacy work on responsible investment and engagement with institutional investors in support of poverty reduction. She also led Oxfam's work on development financing.

Helena earned a BA in Economics and a master degree in Latin American Economics (1999) from the University of Barcelona, followed by a MSc in Development Studies at the London School of Economics.


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