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Nicolas Moreau

Global Head, Deutsche Asset Management

Nicolas joined Deutsche Bank on October 1, 2016, as the Management Board member responsible for Deutsche Asset Management.

Before this appointment, Nicolas was most recently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AXA France and was also in charge of overseeing the worldwide operations of AXA Assistance and AXA Global Direct. He joined that company in 1991, after beginning his career with Arthur Andersen.

Nicolas is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and has an actuarial degree from the Centre d’Etudes Actuarielles. He was awarded La Legion d'Honneur in 2015.

Sir Bob Geldof

Celebrated Irish singer, songwriter and human rights activist

Famed rock musician, author and philanthropist Bob was born Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof on October 5, 1951, in Dublin, Ireland. Bob is best known as the singer of the punk band the Boomtown Rats and for his political activism—particularly his anti-poverty efforts in Africa—with the organizations Band Aid and Live Aid, while also supporting DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), an organization founded by U2's Bono in 2002 to promote debt-relief, third world trade and AIDS relief in Africa. DATA merged with the ONE Campaign in 2008, where Bob is very involved.

Bob studied at Black Rock College in Ireland and worked in Canada as a pop journalist before returning home in 1975 to form the successful punk-rock group the Boomtown Rats (1975-86). The group had a couple of No. 1 hits, including the single "I Don't Like Mondays."

Alongside campaigning, for which he was also named European Hero of the Year by Time Magazine, Bob is a successful entrepreneur. By 1992, Bob had established himself as a businessman through co-ownership of the TV production company Planet 24, which was sold to Carlton TV in 1999. TV production company Ten Alps was founded the next day by Bob and business partner Alex Connock. In April 2011 a new entertainment formats company, Pretend, was launched. As of 2009 he has been patron of the Exeter Entrepreneurs Society at the University of Exeter. As of March 2017, Bob’s company, 8 Miles, invested $80m in Nigeria's Beloxxi cream crackers. 8 Miles also bought a minority stake in Blue Skies, an ethical fruit business that looks to expand into Nigeria and neighboring West African countries.

Eric Usher

Head of UNEP Financial Initiative

Eric brings over twenty years of experience in the low-carbon sectors, spanning commercialization of technology in Canada, an entrepreneurial venture in Morocco, and financial sector development across emerging markets.

During 2014 Eric worked closely with UNEP FI in supporting the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York, including the launch of the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition. In his previous role as Head of UNEP’s Energy Branch Finance Unit, his focus was on structuring public-private instruments for financing climate infrastructure. An example is the Seed Capital Assistance Facility, a joint venture with the Asian and African Development Banks that works via private equity funds to mobilize seed investment for early stage clean-energy ventures.

During 2011 Eric was seconded to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn to support development of the Green Climate Fund. He led a team of specialists advising on establishing the fund’s Private Sector Facility. Eric is co-editor of the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report published annually by Frankfurt School UNEP Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, is co-author of various studies examining the role of public and private finance in climate mitigation and was lead finance author of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources. Before joining UNEP, Eric was General Manager of a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco.

Eric holds an MBA from INSEAD, France, and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.

Jessica Alsford

Head of the Global Sustainability Research team at Morgan Stanley

In the 2017 Extel survey, Jessica and her team were ranked 1st for individual SRI analyst and sell-side SRI firm respectively. Jessica joined Morgan Stanley in 2005 and previously co-headed the European Business Services Equity Research team.

She holds an M.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and is a CFA charterholder.

Helga Birgden

Partner, Global Business Leader Responsible Investment, Mercer

Helga has global responsibilities at Mercer and advises institutional clients on ESG investing. She co-lead Mercer’s two global climate change studies with investors representing over US$3 Trillion including the Investing in a Time of Climate Change report working with groups such as the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, G20 and United Nations and advises corporate and public pensions funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, endowments and insurers globally and in Asia Pacific.

Helga holds the following degrees: Master of Enterprise InnovatioCCn (Business) Swinburne University/Ernst & Young, Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Flinders University, Honours, Adelaide University, Diploma of Teaching, Cambridge University, Diploma Of Education, Flinders University.

Martin Berberich

Senior portfolio manager for Global Equity Income and ESG, Deutsche Asset Management

Martin joined the company in 1999 with 3 years of industry experience. He is responsible for “Deutsche Invest I ESG Equity Income” and “GottliebDaimler AktienfondsDWS” and several institutional mandates. Before joining Deutsche AM, Martin worked for more than three years within the treasury team of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart.

He holds a Master´s degree (“Diplom-Kaufmann”) in Business Administration from University of Würzburg. Prior to his studies, he graduated as banking professional (“Bankkaufmann”) at the “Bayerische Hypotheken-und Wechsel-Bank”. CFA-Charterholder

Roger Bootz

Head of Public Distribution Passive Investments - EMEA, Deutsche Asset Management

Roger joined the Company in 2014 with 14 years of industry experience. Prior to joining, Roger held various distribution roles at UBS, most recently as Head of ETF Capital Markets Europe. Previously, he was Head of Lyxor ETFs in Switzerland for Societe Generale and, before that, Regional Director for STOXX Ltd./Dow Jones Indexes.

He holds a degree in Business Administration (Concentrations in Banking and Finance) from Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Alan Brett

Head of Corporate Governance Ratings Research, MSCI

Alan is responsible for research on corporate governance including ratings methodology and research commentary and leads MSCI’s team of specialist corporate governance analysts. He joined MSCI in October 2014 and has more than 15 years’ experience in corporate governance research. Alan served for more than ten years as Head of Research at global proxy advisor, Manifest, where he gained extensive experience of corporate governance analysis and knowledge of best practices in the field. Alan won Best Analyst for Corporate Governance Research in the Independent Research in Responsible Investment Survey 2016.

Alan is based in the London office and holds a BA in Corporate Administration from Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland) and a Pg Dip in Corporate Governance from Bournemouth University (UK).

Martin Brough

Equities Research, Deutsche Bank

Martin has been working in the UK and European utilities sector since 1993, including 9 years as an equities analyst in Pan-European utilities teams at Deutsche Bank and 7 years at the leading economic consultancy company Oxera. At Oxera, Martin led the company's energy practice, advising companies, regulators, governments and investment funds on competition and regulatory issues in the sector. He presented a training course to World Bank managers in Washington on regulatory framework design and was called to give evidence to the UK's 2007 Parliamentary Select Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill. As an equities analyst Martin worked principally as part of the Dresdner Kleinwort's Pan-European utilities team, which achieved a top 2 ranking in the Extel survey in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Martin was the top ranked analyst in the UK across all sectors (from 1,100 analysts) based on recommendation performance in both 2002 and 2003, winning the StarMine stockpicking award in both years.

Martin holds an honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Murray Birt

ESG Thematic Research Strategist, Deutsche Asset Management

Murray joined Deutsche Asset Management in 2015 and conducts ESG and Sustainable Finance Research activities which supports our Active, Passive and Alternative businesses.

Prior to his current role, Murray supported senior management leadership in the area of climate finance and implementing Deutsche Bank’s climate change business strategy. Before joining, he worked with companies to develop consensus policy positions, published papers and lobbied UK and European governments on energy and climate change policies at the Confederation of British Industry. Murray began his career in consulting, policy research and program support for energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon markets in Alberta, Canada

BA in Economics from University of Calgary; MSc in Environmental Changes and Management from University of Oxford; Investment Management Certificate (IMC)

Tim Currell

Head of Investment for Continental Europe, Middle East & Africa (CEMEA), Aon Hewitt

Tim is responsible for all aspects of investment delivery and services across the region. Tim has 17 years' experience advising a very wide range of clients – including pension funds, corporates, charities, sovereign wealth funds and insurance companies – from a few tens of millions up to many billions of pounds in assets. One particular area of focus in recent years is helping multinational firms with their international investment arrangements, including such areas as integrated, consistent global strategy, asset pooling, and consolidated reporting.

Alongside his CEMEA leadership and management responsibilities, Tim is also responsible for a number of our key global growth initiatives.

Tim has over 15 years’ experience of advising clients regarding their ESG and related issues. For many years Tim was Aon’s Global Head of Sustainable Investment & Corporate Governance (having previously carried out a similar role for another large global investment consultant) and he still actively participates in our work in this area.

Tim has a Theoretical Physics Degree from Durham University and is a CFA Charterholder, and before becoming a consultant he worked in media and education.

Mark Campanale

Founder, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Mark is the Founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative and conceived the ‘unburnable carbon’ capital markets thesis. He commissioned and was editor of Unburnable Carbon – Are the World’s Financial Markets Carrying a Carbon Bubble? report that launched us in November 2011. Mark is responsible for management strategy, board matters and developing their capital markets framework analysis.

Prior to forming these groups, Mark had twenty five years experience in sustainable financial markets working for major institutional asset management companies. Mark is a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment funds firstly at Jupiter Asset Management in 1989 with the Ecology Funds, NPI with Global Care, the AMP Capital Sustainable Future Funds, and Henderson Global Investor’s Industries of the Future Funds.

Mark served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; was a Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003) and continues to advise a number of financial institutions including Tribe Impact Capital and Consilium Capital. Mark is a Founder Director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006, is a member of the Advisory Council of ImpactBase.org; a member of the Advisory Board of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s ‘Conservation and Markets Initiatives’; a member of UNCTAD’s Sustainable Stock Exchange’s Green Finance Advisory Group; and is the Hon Treasurer of The Rainforest Foundation UK. Mark is also Founder of the Social Stock Exchange, funded by Rockefeller Foundation and more recently Big Society Capital.

Mark has a BA in Politics & Economic History and an M.Sc in Agricultural Economics.

Philippe Desfossés

CEO of ERAFP

By a decree published on June 11 2008, Philippe has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of ERAFP, the French Public Service Additional Pension Scheme.

He started his career at the French Treasury (Ministry of Economy and Finance) in 1985, successively as Deputy Head of the Enterprise Financing Desk, Deputy Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Desk, Financial Attaché in New York (1989-1992) and Head of the Insurance Desk (1992-1995).

From 1995 to 1997, he was special advisor to Jacques Barrot, the French Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, in charge of the Employment, Family, Retirement and Old Age portfolios.

In 1998, he joined AXA Group as Senior Manager and became CEO of two subsidiaries: International Finance Futures and Compagnie Financière de Paris. From 2006, Philippe was Director of Corporate Affairs & Business Development and member of the Executive Committee of Lilly France.

Since 2016 Philippe is also vice-chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).

Philippe is a graduate of Sciences Po in Paris and the French National School of Administration.

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Kris Douma

Director of Investment Practices and Reporting, PRI

Kris joined the PRI in December 2015 as Director of Investment Practices and Engagement. From 2003 till 2007 he was a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives in the Netherlands, following a 12 year career as a trade union officer and manager in trade union federation Dutch FNV. After leaving the Dutch parliament in 2007, he spent seven  years as Director of Responsible Investment & Governance and member of the management team at MN, the fiduciary manager for Dutch and UK pension funds with €100 billion AUM. In that capacity he collaborated with the PRI on numerous initiatives, most notably, in collaborative engagements, development of investment practice (e.g. private equity) and the PRI policy network. From 2010 to 2014 he was also chair of the investment committee and board member of Eumedion, the Dutch Investor platform. Most recently—2015—he was manager for 'Public Interest' at the Dutch Professional Accountants Organisation (NBA), coordinating the implementation of measures to improve independence, integrity and quality in the Dutch audit industry. At PRI, Kris Douma will be responsible for PRI’s work on investment practices and engagement and leads PRI's work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Markus Diebel

Multi-Asset Portfolio Manager, Deutsche Asset Management

Markus joined the company in 2003 with 5 years of industry experience and is portfolio manager for the DWS Stiftungsfonds since 2013. Prior to his current role, Markus served as a portfolio manager at Deutsche Postbank Financial Services. Before joining, he was an investment analyst at Alte Leipziger Lebensversicherung.

He holds a Masters Degree from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and is a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA).

John H. Duesing

Senior Research Director, DowDuPont - Agriculture Division

John has over thirty years of experience in the plant biotechnology and seed industries, including 11 years as scientist and global licensing leader with Ciba-Geigy Seeds and 22 years leading licensing and agreements, Six Sigma, strategy and planning, and global regulatory science with DuPont Pioneer Research.

He currently leads Research Intellectual Property Asset Protection with accountability for global germplasm security, including plant variety protection and germplasm surveillance, for trade secret risk management to ensure proprietary research knowledge and germplasm are effectively and securely protected, and for research IP compliance. He handles outreach engagements with diverse stakeholders regarding the preservation of crop germplasm diversity and germplasm protection, participating in international and regional policy conferences and seed industry associations.

John received his Ph.D. in biology from Yale University.

Jessica Elengical

Head of ESG Strategy - Alternatives, Deutsche Asset Management

Jessica leads ESG Strategy for the Alternatives, where she is responsible for integrating ESG into the investment processes for each of the businesses. Within Real Estate, Jessica manages the implementation of our global sustainability initiatives, including investment in energy efficiency, renewables, and green technology as well as development of our long-term energy reduction plans for the platform. Additionally she works with the other real assets businesses to incorporate a comprehensive framework to consider ESG risks and opportunities in asset selection. Jessica joined the Company in 2015 with over a decade of energy, sustainability, and finance experience. Prior to joining the bank, she led the origination, development, and financing of large-scale solar and wind projects for a number of renewable energy start-up companies. She also held roles in commodities structuring and structured finance at Barclays Capital, JPMorgan Chase, and Standard & Poor's. She serves on the GRESB North American Benchmark Committee as well as the UNEP-FI’s Responsible Property Working Group.

Jessica has a BA in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Pieter Furnée

Global Client Group: Global Head of Responsible Investing and Head Benelux

Joined Deutsche Asset Management in 2004 with 16 years of industry experience. During his tenure Pieter roles include responsibility for business development across various markets including the UK, Nordics and Benelux covering wholesale and institutional clients.

Prior to joining, Pieter worked for a local Dutch Asset Manager, NNEK, as member of management team responsible for a multi manager product line. Previous he worked as a Business Manager, Commercial Portfolio Manager and as a Business Controller at Zurich Financial Services. Pieter began his career as a Management Trainee at Zurich Financial Services

BA in Business Economics from Hoger Economisch en Administratief Onderwijs, Haagse Hogeschool; Master's Degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University

Andreas Feiner

Head of ESG Research and Advisory, Arabesque

Andreas is a founding Partner of Arabesque. He is responsible for Arabesque`s Sustainability Process, which is the basis for all of Arabesque`s flagship products, and Bespoke Solutions, which offers tailor-made products based on investors’ individual preferences.

Prior to founding Arabesque he was Head of Distribution for Barclays Saudi Arabia. Previous positions include Structured Product Sales for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at Barclays, as well as Equity Research and later Portfolio Management at Metzler Asset Management.

Andreas holds a BS in Business Administration from the Frankfurt School of Business and Finance (Germany).

Gunnar Friede, CIIA, CEFA

Senior Fund Manager Multi Asset & ESG. Deutsche Asset Management

Gunnar is Senior Fund Manager for Multi Asset with Deutsche Asset Management and joined in 2005. For more than 10 years he contributes to the firm’s ESG efforts and spearheaded several achieve¬ments for mainstreaming ESG aspects.

He is co-author of the EFFAS Certified ESG Analyst training program and currently researches in collaboration with the University of Hamburg on ESG and financial performance. One of the research outcomes, the meta-analysis “ESG and financial performance: aggregated evidence from more than 2000 empirical studies”, demonstrates clearly the business case for ESG investing. Funds under his management received a Euro Fund Award four years in a row 2014-2017.

He is a grad¬uate of the HTW Berlin where he studied International Management and Finance. Gunnar is Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA) and Certified Inter¬national Investment Analyst (CIIA).

Marie Haga

Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust

Marie joined the Global Crop Diversity Trust as Executive Director in March 2013. She had previously been member and Deputy Chair of the Global Crop Diversity Trust Executive Board.

Marie has a background from Foreign Service as a career diplomat, from politics and private sector.

She has held various positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs including to the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations in New York and the Embassy in New Delhi. She was politically appointed and held the position as State Secretary/Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affaires 1997-1999.

Marie has wide experience from politics and served as a Member of Parliament in Norway from 2001-2009. She was political advisor to the Minister for Development Cooperation from 1997-1998. She was Chairperson of the Centre Party from 2003- 2008. Ms. Haga has held three Ministerial positions: Minister of Cultural Affairs (1999- 2000), Minister of Local Government and Regional Development (2005-2007) and Minister of Petroleum and Energy (2007-2008).

Marie has held the position as Director for Renewable Energy in the Federation of Norwegian Industries (2009-2011) and as Secretary General of the Norwegian Air Ambulance (2011-2013) – the biggest voluntary organization in Norway.

She has been on several boards, including as Chair of the Governing Board of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) (2009-2013) and Chair of the Governing Board of the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway (2010-2013). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Regional Environmental Center (REC).

Marie has also published three books – one novel and two on Norwegian politics.

Richard Howitt

Chief Executive Officer, International Integrated Reporting Council

Richard is Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council. As such he is spearheading the adoption of Integrated Reporting globally and is a major thought-leader in international debates on good corporate governance, shifting investment to the long-term and inclusive capitalism.

Richard travels extensively internationally to meet with the over 1,500 global businesses who are adopting Integrated Reporting as well as with advocates of Integrated Reporting in policy and investor communities. He is a member of the B20 group of international business leaders who dialogue with G20 governments. Richard has spoken widely on issues of financial stability, sustainable development and capital market reform as part of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, the UNCTAD Expert Group on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting and at other international fora.

Richard has been involved in the evolution of Integrated Reporting from the outset, as a member of HRH The Prince of Wales Annual Forum on Accounting for Sustainability, and was at the original meeting of the Forum which led to the setting up of the IIRC in 2009. He subsequently served as an Ambassador for the IIRC representing it at international meetings including the Rio +20 UN Summit for Sustainable Development before taking over as Chief Executive Officer in November 2016, succeeding the IIRC’s first Chief Executive, Paul Druckman.

Prior to being appointed to the IIRC, Richard served as an elected Member of the European Parliament for over twenty years and was rapporteur on corporate responsibility. In this capacity, he was key architect of the EU’s non-financial information directive, one of the biggest transformations in corporate disclosure anywhere in the world.

Nicolas Huber

Head of Corporate Governance, Deutsche Asset Management

Nicolas joined the Company in 1999 with 8 years of industry experience. Prior to his current role, Nicolas served as the Head of ESG Initiatives and in the ESG Head Office. Previously, he was the Head of Green Investments. Before joining, he held a number of senior portfolio management and research roles at Zurich Invest (acquired by Deutsche Bank), Nordinvest and at CRM Capital Research and Management. Earlier, Nicolas worked for a stockbroker and at Berliner Bank

Nicolas completed the Bank Training Program ("Bankkaufmann") at Berliner Bank. Beside this he graduated the Investment Analysis Program at DVFA, the Business and Environment Programme for Sustainability Leadership at University of Cambridge and he is a Certified Sustainability Investment Manager (Euroforum).

Sudip Hazra

Head of Sustainability Research & Responsible Investment at Kepler Cheuvreux

Sudip is Head of Sustainability Research & Responsible Investment at Kepler Cheuvreux. His focus includes Social & Business Ethics and a recent report Tax me if you can: game over won the 2015 City of London Farsight award for best long-term oriented investment research. Previously at Bloomberg in London, he worked with the team that launched ESG functionality on the Bloomberg terminal globally. Prior to this, Sudip worked for Arthur Andersen, 3M and Henkel. 

He has a BA from Oxford University and an MA from QMW London. 

Denise Kissner

Senior Investment Specialist Active Equity, Deutsche Asset Management

Denise joined our Equity Income Team in August 2008 as Senior Investment Specialist Active Equity.
Previously she worked as a “Product Manager Mutual Funds” at Deutsche Bank PGK AG, as sales support Equities and Certificates and in Private Banking at Deutsche Bank AG.

She graduated at DVFA Frankfurt with Diploma CEFA and CIIA and „Bankbetriebswirtin“ at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Gerold F. Koch, CFA

Passive Product Development, Americas, Deutsche Asset Management

Gerold develops passive solutions for institutional investors in the Americas, focusing on smart beta, the incorporation of ESG aspects is a central element to most institutional investors. He helps construct custom indices that offer beta exposure with limited climate risk.

Gerold is a graduate of Hamburg University and ESC Bordeaux with master’s degree in management and finance. He is also a CFA charter holder. .

Zoë Knight

Managing Director, Group Head, HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance, HSBC Holdings

Zoë has been an investment analyst at global financial institutions since 1997, initially focusing on Equity strategy and subsequently moving into socially responsible investing, covering climate change issues. During her tenure within Global Research leading the Climate Change Centre of Excellence within HSBC research, Zoë authored reports aimed at institutional investors on 2°C finance, climate policy and climate impacts, and low-carbon opportunities in bond and equity markets. The team was Extel ranked number one for climate change research in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Previously, she contributed a chapter to ‘Investment opportunities for a low-carbon world’ (2009). She also sits on the Board of the World Energy Council UK.

Carsten Keil

Head of ESG Engine & Solutions Team, Deutsche Asset Management

Carsten joined the Company in 1995. Prior to his current role, Carsten served as the Head of Algorithmic Solutions in Technology (Finance/Risk). Previously, he was Head of Regulatory Methods and Algorithms and Head of Market Risk Engineering. Before, he worked as a junior analyst for Market Risk Methodology.

He holds a Masters Degree in Physics ("Diplom-Physiker") from Goethe University Frankfurt.

Stuart Kirk

Head of Deutsche Asset Management Research Institute, Deutsche Asset Management

Stuart re-joined Deutsche Asset Management in July from the Research department of Deutsche Bank. There he was Head of Thematic Research, a member of the executive committee, and responsible for creating the most read flagship products. That followed eight years at the Financial Times as editor of the Lex Column. He has also been a management consultant with Oliver Wyman and began his career as a portfolio manager at Deutsche Asset Management.

Stuart has a Masters degree in economics from the University of Cambridge where he was President of the Union.

Johanna Köb

Head of Responsible Investments

Johanna becomes Head of Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Company on 1 October 2017, leading the implementation of Zurich's responsible investment strategy for the Company's approx. USD 200bn portfolio of group assets. Johanna joined Zurich Insurance Company in 2013 as responsible investment analyst, a newly created position, following the adaptation of the 2012 responsible investment strategy. Prior to joining Zurich, Johanna worked for RobecoSAM, where she was part of the Sustainability Operations team. Her task was to support companies throughout the annual corporate sustainability assessment, as well as serving as an analyst for the financial services and support services sectors for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Johanna holds a BA and MA in International Affairs & Governance from the University of St. Gallen, as well as a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She is currently a Level III candidate to the CFA Program.

Roelfien Kuijpers

Global Head of Strategic Relationships & Head of Responsible Investments, Deutsche Asset Management

Roelfien is Global Head of Strategic Relationships – serving Deutsche AM’s most important clients – and a member of the Deutsche AM Executive Committee. She has previously held numerous senior roles in Deutsche AM and the Bank’s former Global Equity division, and served on the Executive Committees of both.

Roelfien is a member of the Board of Directors of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and chairs its Investment Committee, and is a strong supporter of women and diversity in the company. She is also 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.

Jaakko Kooroshy

Executive Director in the Global Investment Research Division, Goldman Sachs

Jaakko Kooroshy joined Goldman Sachs in 2014 as Executive Director in the Global Investment Research Division. As the European lead for GS SUSTAIN, his research focuses on long-term trends and related investment opportunities in global equity markets. Previously, Jaakko was a Research Fellow for Energy, Environment, and Resources at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. He has also been an analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and a researcher at the School for Business & Economics at Maastricht University.

He holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, as well as a BSc in International Economics, and a BA in Social Sciences and History from Maastricht University.

Olav Kjørven

Chief Strategic Officer, EAT Foundation

Olav Kjørven is Chief Strategic Officer. In this role Olav is part of EAT’s Senior Leadership team and provides strategic oversight to EAT’s policy work, leads engagement on global policy arenas, and guides EAT’s science and knowledge initiatives for maximum impact on food systems policies and practices.

Olav’s career spans political leadership roles for Norwegian development cooperation and several senior leadership posts at the United Nations. He led the Bureau for Development Policy of the United Nations Development Program for almost seven years, overseeing an international staff of some 360, programs delivering in the hundreds of millions every year, and policy work ranging from democratic governance to climate change. Throughout his career Olav has pursued every opportunity to increase global focus and commitment to sustainable development. This culminated in him playing a central role in the complex and highly political process that led to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, including organizing the largest global consultation ever undertaken by the UN with millions of people engaged. Since then, it has been about mobilizing for action--at the UN, with governments, the private sector and civil society—and with a focus on children as Olav led UNICEF’s Division for Public Partnerships for the last three years.

Olav’s is widely recognized as a senior leader in sustainable development spanning 25 years. He is on the Board of Directors of the prestigious EARTH University in Costa Rica and on the Advisory Board for the Business for Peace Foundation and Initiative. He instigated and set up the Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor, which produced its groundbreaking report “Making the Law Work for Everyone” in 2008, served as the UN Secretary General’s coordinator for the UN’s engagement in development with the G20, and co-led the UN system’s Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Olav holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University and is a Norwegian national.

Michael Lewis

Head of ESG Thematic Research, Deutsche Asset Management 

Michael joined Deutsche Asset Management in 2015 and leads the platforms ESG and Sustainable Finance Research activities and supporting our Active, Passive and Alternative businesses. Before his current role, Michael was the Global Head of Commodities Research in Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets Research division.

He holds an MSc Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a BSc Economics from the University of Bristol.

Emilie Mazzacurati

Founder and CEO of Four Twenty Seven

Emilie is the founder and CEO of Four Twenty Seven, an award-winning market research and advisory firm that brings climate intelligence to economic and financial decision-makers. Emilie’s work mixes rigorous economic analysis and creative data visualization to help businesses and communities understand climate risks and develop effective climate resilience strategies. She was the lead author on the 2015 Caring for Climate report The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation and a contributing author to 2016 the Global Adaptation & Resilience Investor discussion paper: Bridging the Adaptation Finance Gap. Previously, she was Head of Carbon at Point Carbon Thomson Reuters.

Emilie holds a MA from Science Po (Paris) and an MPP from UC Berkeley also teaches at UC Davis Executive MBA.

Thorsten Michalik

Head of Global Client Group EMEA & APAC, Deutsche Asset Management

Thorsten joined the Company in 2000 with 4 years of industry experience. Prior to this current role, Thorsten served as Head of Passive Asset Management for the Global Client Group. Before that, he was Global Head of db X-trackers and db-X ETC. Previously, he worked as Head of Warrants for Deutsche Securities Asis Limited and Global Equity Derivates Sales. Prior to joining, Thorsten was Foreign Exchange Warrants Trader at UBS.

He holds a BA in Business and Management Administration from the Polytechnic of Konstanz

Dr. Oliver P. Pfeil, PhD

Senior Equity Strategist for Strategic Beta, Deutsche Asset Management

Oliver joined the Company in 2003 with 3 years of industry experience. Prior to his current role, Oliver was an equtiy portfolio manager, managing global equity income as well as US value funds for both retail and institutional clients. He had started his career at Deutsche Bank as an executive assistant to the management board. Before joining Deutsche Bank, he served as a research fellow at the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance at the University of St.Gallen and as a visiting scholar in capital markets research at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Oliver passed the Bank Training Program ("Bankkaufmann") at Sal. Oppenheim; he holds a CEMS Master in International Management from University of St.Gallen & ESADE and a MBA and PhD in Business Administration from University of St. Gallen.

Susana Peñarrubia

Head of ESG Integration - Active
Senior Portfolio Manager Equities European ESG & Head of Utilities, Deutsche Asset Management

Susana joined the Company in 2001 after 3 years of experience as sales person for multiproduct fixed income sales at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Since 2009, equity portfolio manager for European ESG. She also runs the Deutsche ESG European Equities and European and Global ESG institutional funds. Susana was awarded by Institutional Investor Magazine as “Best of European Buy side Analyst” in the year 2005 and 2006. Furthermore, in 2010 and 2011 she was recorded in the 75 so called “TopGun” most influential Buy side specialists in Europe.

Susana holds a Master's degree ("Licenciada en Económicas") in economics from Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid; additional studies at the Leeds Polytechnic (UK), Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft (Pforzheim) and Hochschule für Bankwirtschaft (Frankfurt). Dresdner Bank Training Program, INSEAD (Fontainebleau).

Petra Pflaum

CIO for Responsible Investments and EMEA Co-Head of Equities, Deutsche Asset Management

In addition to her other roles Petra manages Deutsche Asset Management’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) team, which is dedicated to integrating the firm’s ESG capabilities into its investment processes. She has been a strong advocate for ESG throughout her career at Deutsche Asset Management. As EMEA Co- Head of Equities she has incorporated ESG aspects as extra-financial information for investment decisions. Before that, as Co-Head of Global Research and Global Head of Small & Mid Cap Equities, Petra was one of the first to include ESG information into equity research. She has been a driving force in the firm’s ESG training which has been a required element for portfolio managers and analysts since 2011.

Through more than 20 years with Deutsche Asset Management, Petra has also served as Head of Research for equities, fixed income and macro research; senior equity portfolio manager; and member of the equity investment management team for the institutional business.

Petra holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration ("Diplom-Betriebswirtin (FH)") from the University of Trier. She also studied at University of St. Thomas and is a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA).

Lada Strelnikova

Lead Investment Manager European Energy Efficiency Fund, Deutsche Asset Management

Lada is responsible for managing the Investment Advisor mandate for the European Energy Efficiency Fund within Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management Unit. Prior to taking this role Lada was involved in establishing and managing the Global Climate Partnership Fund focused on energy efficiency investments in emerging markets and was holding various strategic business development positions across Deutsche Bank units. She is bringing 18 years of the professional experience, is a MBA graduate from Australian National University with focus on managing business in Asia and holds a degree in finance and accounting from the Finance Academy under the Government of Russian Federation in Moscow. .

Alexander Preininger

Head of Institutional Coverage EMEA & Solutions EMEA and Asia, Deutsche Asset Management

Alexander joined the Company in 2002. Prior to his current role, Alexander served as Head of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management Japan, Global Co-Head Client Solutions and the Head of Overlay Management. He started his career as a multi asset portfolio manager.

Alexander completed the Bank Training Program ("Bankkaufmann") at Deutsche Bank and holds a Masters Degree ("Mag. rer. soc. oec.") in International Economics and Business Studies from University Innsbruck/Madrid; He is a Certified European Financial Analyst.

Ladislas Paszkiewicz

Senior Vice President Strategy & Climate, Total S.A.

Before being appointed senior vice president Strategy & Climate Sept 1, 2016, Mr. Ladislas Paszkiewicz has served as the senior vice president Mergers & Acquisitions for Total S.A. since early 2015.

From 2010 to 2014 he was senior vice president Americas for the Exploration and Production division of Total. Prior to that, he also served as senior vice president Middle East for the same division from 2007 to 2010.

Mr. Paszkiewicz has also served as the managing director of the Total’s E&P subsidiary in Argentina, Total Austral, from 2005 to early 2007.

Previously, he was head of the Investor Relations department of Total S.A., and in various other positions in the Total group, which he joined in 1985.

Mr. Paszkiewicz holds a masters degree in business administration from New York University and a masters degree in finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France.

Dr. Tobias Reichmuth

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Member of the Board of Directors of SUSI Partners AG

Tobias Reichmuth is an expert on renewable energies and the financing of the energy transition. He has several years of experience as a Strategy Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and has successfully sold his first enterprise after graduating from the University of St. Gallen (MA BA / MIM CEMS) and the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel (PhD in Business Administration). Before founding SUSI Partners, he worked as a Director for an international foundation and consulted Fortune-500 companies on investments in renewable energies. Tobias Reichmuth has extensively travelled the world and is fluent in four languages. He is co-author of a standard reference on sustainable investments for institutional investors. He is a member of the German Economic Council, where he advises on Energy and Energy Efficiency, as well as of the Handelsblatt Energy Academy.

Dr. Klaus Runow

Head of Public Sector Coverage and Supranational Clients | Global Client Group Deutsche Asset Management

Klaus is Head of Public Sector Coverage and Supranational Clients in the Institutional Sales Team / Global Client Group. He previously worked with Deutsche Asset Management’s Center for Sustainable Finance. He returned to DB in 2014.

Klaus is admitted to the practice of law in Frankfurt am Main (Rechtsanwalt) and New York (Attorney-at-Law). He holds a PhD in European Environmental Law from the Institute of Law & Technology at the University of Muester/Germany, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Hendrik Schmidt

Corporate Governance Analyst, Deutsche Asset Management

As analyst in the Corporate Governance Center, Hendrik’s responsibilities include the development and monitoring of voting processes, representing and speaking on behalf of Deutsche Asset Management at Annual General Meetings, engagements with investee companies on governance-issues.

He is member of several corporate governance bodies, among the DVFA-Corporate Governance Commission, BVI Corporate Governance Working Group and the EFAMA Working Group “Corporate Governance”. In 2014, Hendrik successfully completed the first German class of EFFAS/DVFA Certified ESG Analysts.

Hendrik received his Bachelor degree from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and graduated as Master of Science from HHL – Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

Prof. Dr. Christian Strenger

Academic Director, Center for Corporate Governance, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

Christian is Honorary Professor and Academic Director of the 'Center for Corporate Governance' at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (a top three German business school). He is today supervisory board member of Deutsche Asset Management Investment GmbH (Germany’s largest asset manager) and Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange listed Germany Funds, having served on the boards of many large German and international companies.

He is a founding member of the German Government Commission on Corporate Governance, having served there from 2001 until 2016.

Internationally, Christian is Deputy Chairman of the 'Private Sector Advisory Group' of the Global Corporate Governance Group of the IFC (World Bank Group). He is a member and past chairman (2005/06) of the 'International Corporate Governance Network' (ICGN). In 2014, he received the ICGN Life-Time Achiever Award in Corporate Governance for his longstanding commitment and engagement to promote good Corporate Governance. The former CEO of DWS Investments (today: Deutsche Asset Management Investment GmbH) publishes regularly articles on relevant governance topics and engages actively with deficiently governed companies (including Volkswagen).

Karlijn van Lierop

Director of Responsible Investment & Governance, MN

Karlijn heading the RI&G team at and member of the management team of Fiduciary Advise at MN. MN is the third largest pension administrators and asset manager in the Netherlands and manages assets worth more than EUR 120 billion for a wide variety of pension funds in the Netherlands. MN and it clients are strongly committed on working on Responsible Investment.
Karlijn is responsible for the integration of social, environmental and governance issues in all MN's investment decisions and advising clients on their strategies. The implementation of MN’s climate strategy, impact investment and investing into the SDGs, are currently key priorities.

Karlijn was member of the UNPRI Steering Committee Water and the UNPRI Steering Committee Sustainable Palm Oil.

MN’s ESG program has been awarded by the Peer-to-Peer Benelux Institutional Investor Award 2017.

Celia Wong

Portfolio Manager, Deutsche Asset Management

Celia joined Deutsche Asset Management's Sustainable Investments Group in 2011. She leads the structuring of impact investment funds and oversees Microfinance Institutions investments in the Eurasia regions. Celia is the portfolio manager of the Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium II, a structured debt fund launched by Deutsche Asset Management in 2012, which have attracted capital from Development Financial Institutions and institutional investors. Previously, Celia was working as an emerging market credit trader in Tokyo, and prior to that, she was a quantitative modeler in structured products at Credit Suisse in New York. She holds a Masters degree in Financial Engineering from Cornell University, and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia. She is a CFA charter holder.

Helen Wildsmith

Stewardship Director, Climate Change

Helen leads CCLA’s climate change stewardship work. This included convening the award-winning ‘Aiming for A’ investor coalition, which co-filed successful shareholder resolutions at the 2015 BP and Royal Dutch Shell AGMs. Following the merger of ‘Aiming for A’ into the Corporate Programme of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), Helen has become the first chair of its new Resolutions Sub-Group.

Helen joined CCLA in 2008. Prior to this she worked as a consultant to CCLA and the sector, and was the Executive Director of UK Sustainable Investment and Finance (UKSIF) from 2002 to 2005. She started her career at NatWest in 1990 specialising in strategy development and project management across the group, before joining Ashridge Business School’s Centre for Business and Sustainability.

She is also currently a paid Strategic Advisor to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), a member of FTSE’s ESG Advisory Committee and chair of its Criteria Sub-Group, and has recently become part of the Transition Pathway Initiative’s (TPI’s) Steering Group.

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Dr. Melinda Crane

Chief Political Correspondent Deutsche Welle TV TV-Producer and Journalist

Dr. Melinda Crane is an experienced TV anchor; as chief political correspondent at Deutsche Welle TV, she analyzes German and European policy and also hosts the DW talk show „Quadriga“.

Melinda Crane frequently comments on US politics and transatlantic relations for German media, and has written for a variety of German publications and US newspapers including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Christian Science Monitor.

Dr. Crane studied history and political science at Brown University and law at Harvard. She received her PhD in political economy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. As International Affairs Consultant to the discussion show “Sabine Christiansen” she produced interviews with Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and George Bush, among others. Her journalistic experience includes work for the “New York Times Magazine”, ”The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine,” “The Boston Globe,” the “Christian Science Monitor” and German newspapers and magazines.

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