Sofia Ahlroth, Senior Environmental Economist, World Bank Waves Programme

Sofia is a Senior Environmental Economist at the World Bank, and part of the secretariat for WAVES – Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem services. WAVES is a global partnership dedicated to mainstreaming natural capital accounting (NCA) into development planning, and is working with developing countries to build capacity and develop policy-relevant natural capital accounts. Sofia manages the Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC), which supports WAVES in developing methods for ecosystem accounting and demonstrating policy uses of natural capital accounting, and is a focal point for the South East Asia and the Pacific region. She also manages WAVES’s interaction with private sector natural capital accounting.  Previously, she worked at the Swedish National Institute of Economic Research, Statistics Sweden, the Ministry of Environment and the Swedish EPA. 

 

Ben Caldecott, Programme Director of the Stranded Assets Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

 Ben is concurrently an Adviser to The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit. He has authored and edited a wide range of publications and is an experienced media commentator and public speaker. He is also a regular peer reviewer and has a number of board and advisory panel appointments, including with the Green Alliance, Carbon Tracker Initiative, and the University of Oxford’s Socially Responsible Investment Review.

 

Hilde Jervan, Chief Advisor at the Council on Ethics, Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global

 Hilde is responsible for the Council’s work on logging and deforestation of tropical forests. Before joining the Council, she worked as a private consultant in her own company and with the Nordic consulting firm, Econ, and as a civil servant in the Norwegian Ministry of Environment. Hilde was involved in developing the ethical guidelines for the Fund. She has experience from many areas including public policy analysis and strategy development in the field of environment and CSR, as well as standard development and certification related to eco-labelling and forest management. Hilde holds a Masters in Agricultural Economics.

 

Hayden Morgan, Vice-President Sustainability and Green Impact, UK Green Investment Bank

 Hayden’s role includes assessing both the positive environmental impacts and aspects of investment risk associated with GIB’s investments prior to investment commitment, and then monitoring the investment as part of the portfolio. GIB only invests in projects which are both green and commercial, where capital is additional to available private sector finance. GIB’s mandate from the UK Government is to deploy at least 80% of GIB’s capital in priority sectors including offshore wind, waste recycling / energy from waste and non-domestic energy efficiency.Hayden is keen to share best practice in green investment methodology and seeks opportunities to enable a project to be successfully financed in partnership with other lenders and investors, and to attract private sector capital into priority sectors. Before joining GIB, Hayden was a consultant for over 15 years advising on environmental, social and governance issues predominately in mergers and acquisitions and private equity investing.

 

Carl Obst, Associate and Honorary Fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute & Consultant in Natural Capital Accounting, University of Melbourne

Carl has expertise in natural capital accounting and the integration of environmental information into standard economic accounts, particularly at the national level. He was previously Consultant Editor and lead author of the UN statistical standard “System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) 2012”. Carl has held Senior Executive roles at the Australian Bureau of Statistics including five years as the Head of the National Accounts Branch.

 

Jared Osoro, Director of Research and Policy and the Director of the, Kenya Banking Bankers Association Centre for Research on Financial Markets Policy

 Jared has over 13 years’ experience as a practicing economist in the financial sector. He most recently served as Bank Economist for the East African Development. His professional interest is in the areas of International Macroeconomics, Financial Economics, Economic Policy and Modeling, and Development/Project Financing Economics. He has published numerous essays and holds a Master of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, as well as post-graduate training in Project Financing Economics from Bradford University (UK) and Development Evaluation Economics (Carleton University [Canada] and World Bank).

Satya Tripathi, Director, UNORCID (UN Office for REDD Coordination Indonesia)

Satya heads the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), a UN System Office established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to support the pioneering efforts of Indonesia in climate change mitigation and adaption through conservation of forests and preservation of peat-land and bio-diversity. As the UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias from 2006 to 2009, Satya led the UN System Office (UNORC) coordinating international support to tsunami and post-conflict recovery as well as facilitating the efforts of the Indonesian government in managing the much acclaimed USD 7.2 billion recovery process.Satya was the Policy and Aid Coordination Advisor to the Liberian Head of State from 2004 to 2006. A lawyer and development economist by training, Satya has served with the UN since 1998 in key positions in Europe, Asia and Africa spanning a broad range of tasks pertaining to Climate Change, Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights, Public Sector Restructuring, Economic Governance and Legal Affairs. Satya has also served both in the state and federal governments in India as a member of its national civil services, and has experience in democratic governance, rule of law and sustainable development.

 

Andrew Voysey, Director, Finance Sector Platforms at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

 Andrew leads CISL’s business platforms in the global insurance, banking and investment industries. Since 2008, Andrew has developed a number of multi-stakeholder, consensus-building processes. In 2012, he initiated and led the two-year process that created the agreement between the Banking Environment Initiative and the Consumer Goods Forum of the ‘Soft Commodities’ Compact. This work has been welcomed by the US Government and used as an example of pioneering industry-to-industry collaboration by the World Economic Forum.In his role leading such collaborations, he has authored papers on subjects such as managing the insurance liabilities of Carbon Capture and Storage and valuing clean energy investments using options-based techniques. Prior to joining CISL, Andrew worked at the UK Government Department for Business, at the international insurance company RSA and as the Principal Researcher for the Lead Advisor to the OECD on City and Regional Development. He holds a first-class honours degree in Geography from the University of Oxford, a Professional Masters (MProf) in Leadership for Sustainable Development and is a trained facilitator.

 

Michael Wilkins, Managing Director in the Infrastructure Finance Ratings group, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

Michael’s experience at Standard & Poor’s includes seven years as Head of Infrastructure Finance Ratings, the analytical group within Standard & Poor’s which covers utilities, project finance, PPPs and transportation in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Michael was also co-head of the Corporate Securitisation group. He joined Standard & Poor’s in 1994. His expertise encompasses the European power, water, environmental, transportation and social infrastructure sectors. Previously, Michael worked for Water UK, the trade body representing the UK water industry. He also worked for four years as a journalist on various UK daily regional newspapers and global business publications.

Michael is a frequent guest lecturer including at the London Business School MBA programme, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, MFin programme and Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment. He sits on the advisory board of Cass Business School’s MSc in Management. He is also a member of the Climate Markets & Investment Association, the UK Government’s Capital Markets Climate Initiative, a board member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Green Growth Action Alliance and the Climate Bonds Initiative.