Steering Committee

Role of the NCFA Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is a decision-making governance body to support the NCFA and provides guidance to the NCFA Secretariat. Steering Committee members oversee strategy and provide direction and oversight for the Working Groups and the Secretariat, as well as contributing expertise and insight in relevant areas.

The Steering Committee:

  • Is responsible for ensuring that all working groups deliver effective and complementary outputs to support implementation of the NCD commitments, supported by an adequate peer review process.
  • Reviews progress across all Roadmap activities on a quarterly basis.
  • Reviews key implementation planning documents to agree milestones and outputs for NCD implementation.
  • Reviews key outputs of Working Groups to ensure they support implementation of NCD commitments, delivering against objectives in the roadmap and business plan. Members of the Committee will evaluate progress across working groups against work plans and timescales.
  • Will oversee budgetary decisions on the distribution of funds across working groups and expenditure within working groups.
  • Will work with the Secretariat to ensure that Working Groups establish adequate third-party independent peer review processes to help ensure the quality and credibility of outputs.

Eric Usher

Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

Eric Usher brings twenty five years experience in the sustainable energy and finance sectors, including an entrepreneurial venture in Morocco, financial sector development across emerging markets and responsible investment uptake globally. Prior to heading the UNEP FI Secretariat in Geneva, Mr. Usher was responsible for a programme portfolio advancing new public/private instruments for financing cleaner energy infrastructure and improving energy access. He was seconded to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change for development of the Green Climate Fund, specifically the fund’s Private…

Frank Hawkins

IUCN Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Frank Hawkins is a conservation biologist and policy advisor with many years of experience working with governments, civil society and local communities in Africa and around the world. In IUCN he works on a range of U.S. and international policy issues, including links between economic growth and natural resource use, mechanisms for promoting green investment, and multi-stakeholder engagement processes. In additional to membership fo the Steering Committee of NCFA, he is also a founder of the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation and is working on metrics for biodiversity impact.…

Namita Vikas

Group President & Global Head, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking, YES BANK LTD. Chair,

Namita Vikas is a distinguished Indian business leader with over 27 years of expertise in Climate Finance and Business Sustainability. Under the visionary guidance of Mr. Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK LTD, Namita leads the green finance, climate strategy, and environmental sustainability verticals, at India’s 5th largest private sector Bank. Her astute guidance has led YES BANK to emerge as a global front-runner in climate finance.

Her well-rounded global experience also spans specializations in triple bottom-line accounting, ESG performance, and CSR. She is also involved in climate…

Giorgio Capurri

Group Sustainability, UniCredit and Chair, NCD Working Group 1.

Giorgio is currently Environmental Management Representative of the largest Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) registration in the world and is responsible for climate related projects and coordination of Group wide initiatives on environment, including carbon reporting. His focus is to understand climate related impacts on banking business. He coordinated the development of a carbon model for rating assessment and led a dedicated effort to account for group’s lending portfolio externalities. He represents UniCredit in major industry sustainability associations, such as UNEP FI where he…

Courtney Lowrance

Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management, Citi and Vice-Chair of NCD Working Group

Courtney Lowrance, Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management, Citi and Vice-Chair of NCD Working Group. Courtney is Citi’s Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM) where she advises Citi’s senior management and bankers on environmental and social risk issues and transactions globally.  She has over 15 years of experience in the field of sustainable finance, and her team works with risk officers to ensure environmental and social risks are integrated into credit analyses and Citi’s portfolio management process. Prior to joining Citi, she was a senior…

Elizabeth M. White

Global Head of Strategy-Sustainability, International Finance Corporation, and Vice-Chair of NCFA Wo

Elizabeth M. White, Global Head of Strategy-Sustainability, International Finance Corporation, and Vice-Chair of NCFA Working Group 3. Elizabeth M. White is responsible for IFC’s global sustainability strategy, including solutions for environmental and social challenges to private sector led growth in emerging markets. In her current role, Elizabeth focuses on unlocking business investment and de-risking markets in a way that leaves the environment and society better off, and economically sustainable. She has significant global experience (Africa, Asia, Latin America) in emerging…

Jean Clinckemaillie

Project Manager, CDC Biodiversité, The Caisse des Dépôts Group and Vice-Chair of NCD Working Group 1

Jean Clinckemaillie, Project Manager, CDC Biodiversité, The Caisse des Dépôts Group and Vice-Chair of NCD Working Group 1CDC. Biodiversity is subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts dedicated to biodiversity business with integrated expertise in ecology, finance and land management. The Caisse des Dépôts group is a public group, a long term investor serving general interest and the economic development in France. As Project Manager in CDC Biodiversité, Jean supports the implementation of a biodiversity strategy in The Caisse des Dépôts Group, developing innovative approaches to conciliate…

Ivo Mulder

Finance and Private Sector Coordinator, UN Environment (UNEP) – Terrestrial Ecosystem Unit

Ivo Mulder coordinates the economic, private sector and finance work on forests and sustainable land use. This includes the UN-REDD Programme and a few innovative private finance facilities that UN Environment (UNEP) is setting up.

Mulder has initiated a number of innovative projects that develop business cases for the private and finance sector to tackle environmental challenges. He co-founded and directed the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) – now rebranded as the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA). This includes the development of various practical tools for the financial industry…

Kirsten Simpson

Manager Corporate Sustainability, VicSuper and Chair of NCD Working Group 4. 

Kirsten Simpson, Manager Corporate Sustainability, VicSuper and Chair of NCD Working Group 4. Kirsten Simpson has a decade and a half of experience managing and implementing sustainability, corporate responsibility and environmental projects across government, corporate and not for profit sectors. She has experience in developing and working with global sustainability disclosure and assurance frameworks. She played an integral role in authoring the latest version of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 sustainability reporting guidelines through her role on the G4 Technical Editing…

Niki Mardas

Executive Director Global Canopy Programme

Niki has a strong entrepreneurial track record, over two decades of a career split between the private and non-profit sectors.

His commercial background is in technology and communications, advising clients including DDB Worldwide, Volkswagen and BSkyB. In the early 2000s he co-founded 3 successful startups: a digital consultancy, an incubator with a seed investment fund of 1 million Euros, and a pioneering mobile marketing company, Upstream, that now works in over 40 countries and has handled 25 billion mobile interactions.

Ray Dhirani

Head of Sustainable Finance and Extractives, WWF-UK

Ray Dhirani leads the sustainable finance and extractives team at WWF-UK, where he has spent the last six years. WWF-UK is part of the wider WWF global network. Previously, he spent eight years working in the markets division at Merrill Lynch in New York City within foreign exchange and fixed income sales and trading. His educational background includes a BSc. in Economics from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) in the U.S. and a MSc. in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics in the UK. Ray’s areas of current focus include climate-credible investing,…

Rosemary Bissett

Head of Sustainability Governance & Risk, National Australia Bank and Chair of NCD Working Group

Rosemary Bissett, Head of Sustainability Governance & Risk, National Australia Bank and Chair of NCD Working Group 3. Rosemary Bissett’s role at NAB involves environmental and climate change-related strategy and reporting and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks into risk frameworks. Her expertise includes an understanding of emerging global climate change legislation, as well as natural capital value. Previous to her time at NAB, Rosemary spent two years at the Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria, as Board Secretary and part of the Executive team. She also…