The guarantors

The Lab brings together personalities all experts in their field: representatives of public institutions, association leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, representatives of financial institutions... Among these high-profile individuals, four are sponsoring it: Bertrand Bradé (Bleu like an Orange sustainable Capital), Sylvie Goulard (Banque de France), Paul Polman (Unilever Foundation, IMAGINE) and Nick Stern (London School of Economics).


 

Betrand Bradé

Bertrand BRADÉ  (France)

Bertrand Badré is Managing Director and Founder of Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital. Previously, he was Managing Director of the World Bank and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer, group Chief Financial Officer at Société Générale and Crédit Agricole and served as a member of President Jacques Chirac's diplomatic team as his deputy personal representative for Africa. He started his career in Paris as an Inspector, then Deputy Head, of the auditing service of the French Ministry of Finance.
Bertrand wrote two books “Can Finance Save the World?” prefaced by Emmanuel Macron and Gordon Brown, translated in multiple languages and « Voulons-nous (sérieusement) changer le monde? » (Do we (seriously) want to change the world), prefaced by Erik Orsenna. He also published articles include “From Billions to Trillons: MDBs contributions to financing for development”, the first joint report from the IMF, EIB, Regional Multilateral Development Banks and the World Bank Group.

Sylvie Goulard

Sylvie GOULARD  (France)

Former Minister of armed forces and former member of European Parliament, Sylvie Goulard is Deputy Governor of the Banque de France since January 2018. Within the Banque de France, her portfolio includes climate related financial stability (Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), Financial Stability and Operations (DGSO)) and all sustainable finance-related issues.
She also served as a member of the European Parliament (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) from 2009-2017 where she was a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.
Tasked by President Macron, she coordinates the French representatives in and around the Task Force for nature related disclosure (TNFD).

Paul Polman

Paul POLMAN  (Netherlands)

Influencer, business leader, campaigner, Co-Author of “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take”. Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, Paul has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade”.
As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. He was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals and as an active SDG Advocate, he continues to work with global organizations and across industry to push the 2030 development agenda.
Paul Polman’s new book, “Net Positive”, is a call to arms to courageous business leaders, setting out how to build net positive companies which profit by fixing the world’s problems rather than creating them. He chairs IMAGINE, a social venture dedicated to systems change, the B Team and Saïd Business School, and he is Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact and Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, which he led for two years.

Nicholas Stern

Nicholas STERN  (United Kingdom)

Renowned economist, Nick Stern is Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics. He also was Senior Vice President at the World Bank from 2000 to 2003.
During his time in the UK government as Head of the Economic Service, Nicholas Stern produced a report on the economics of climate change, the "Stern Review" (2006). This report highlights the urgent need for a paradigm shift in the current economy and climate change. He also co-chairs the Global Commission for the Economy and Climate with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Paul Polman.
His research and publications have focused on the economics of climate change, economic development and growth, economic theory, tax reform, public policy and the role of the state and economies in transition. He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles.


The members: An international taskforce of diverse experts.

In addition to the four guarantors of the Lab, twenty-eight personalities recognized for their expertise and determination to act are committed to reflecting on the Lab's four priority themes: fight against global wamring, protection of the oceans, preservation of biodiversity and mobilization of finance.


 

Masood Ahmed

Masood AHMED  (United Kingdom)

Masood Ahmed is nowadays president of the Center for Global Development. He joined the Center in January 2017, capping a 35-year career driving economic development policy initiatives relating to debt, aid effectiveness, trade, and global economic prospects at major international institutions including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and Department for International Development (DFID).
Ahmed joined CGD from the IMF, where he served for eight years as director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, earning praise from Managing Director Christine Lagarde as a "visionary leader." In previous years, he also served as the IMF's director of External Relations, and deputy director of the Policy Development and Review Department. From 2003-2006, Ahmed served as director general, Policy and International at the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID). In that role, he was responsible for advising UK ministers on development issues and overseeing the UK's relationship with international development institutions such as the World Bank. Ahmed is a leading expert on Middle East economics, having served on the Advisory Board of the LSE Middle East Center, as well as on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Middle East and North Africa.

Amar Bhattacharya

Amar BHATTACHARYA  (India)

Amar Bhattacharya is a senior fellow in the Center for Sustainable Development, housed in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings. His focus areas are the global economy, development finance, global governance, and the links between climate and development.
From April 2007 until September 2014 he was Director of the Group of 24 (G24), an intergovernmental group of developing country Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors. He has therefore been an active participant in the global economic discussions and a key representative of the views of developing countries. Prior to taking up his position with the G24, Mr. Bhattacharya had a long-standing career in the World Bank. His last position was as Senior Advisor and Head of the International Policy and Partnership Group where he was the focal point for the Bank’s engagement with key international groupings and institutions such as the G7/G8, G20, IMF, OECD and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Through these different positions Mr. Bhattacharya has had a long standing engagement in research and policy discussions on the global economy and spillovers, international financial architecture, development financing and the global governance agenda including on the role and reform of the international financial institutions.

Patrick Bolton

Patrick BOLTON  (Ireland)

Patrick Bolton is the “Barbara and David Zalaznick” Professor of Business at Columbia University and visiting Professor at Imperial College London. He is a Co-Director of the Center for Contracts and Economic Organization at the Columbia Law School, a past President of the American Finance Association, a Fellow of the Econometric Society (elected 1993), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2009), and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (elected 2013).
His areas of interest are in contract theory, corporate finance, corporate governance, banking, sovereign debt, political economy, law and economics and sustainable investing. More precisely, a central focus of his work is on the allocation of control and decision rights to contracting parties when long-term contracts are incomplete. This issue is relevant in many different contracting areas including: the firm’s choice of optimal debt structure, corporate governance and the firm’s optimal ownership structure, vertical integration and constitution design.

Thomas Buberl

Thomas BUBERL  (Germany)

Chief Executive Officer and Director of AXA since 2016, Thomas Buberl has extensive expertise in insurance and banking as confirmed by his distinction as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008. Prior to starting his career at AXA in 2012, he held high profile positions at the Boston Consulting Group, Winterthur and Zurich Financial Services where he was CEO for Switzerland. Only then, he joined AXA as CEO of AXA Konzern AG (Germany). Thereafter he was, among others, CEO of the Global Business Line for the Health Business, Officer of the Global Business Line Life & Savings and Deputy CEO of AXA.
Under his leadership, AXA is increasingly committed to preserving biodiversity and is gradually moving towards more sustainable investment and insurance management. The strengthening of its investment and insurance requirements in activities that actively contribute to deforestation, and its action as a founding member of the "Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures" perfectly illustrate this commitment. The latter initiative is playing a key role in developing a reporting framework for financial institutions to identify and analyze economic activities that have a direct and indirect material impact on biodiversity.

Barbara Buchner

Barbara BUCHNER  (Austria)

Named one of the most influential women in climate change and one of the 100 most influential people in climate policy, Dr. Barbara Buchner is Global Managing Director of Climate Policy Initiative and the Executive Director of its Climate Finance program. Her expertise on the climate policy and climate finance allows her to advise leaders on climate energy, and land use investments around the world and participate in high-profile events such as Climate Week, Climate Finance Ministerial, World Future Energy Summit, One Planet Summit, GLOBE Capital, among many others.
Barbara also leads the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, whose public-private approach solicits, shapes, and tests cutting-edge climate finance instruments that resolve financial barriers to alternative energy, adaptation, and land use projects. In six years, Lab instruments have mobilized more than US$2.5 billion for sustainable development in developing countries.

Pascal Canfin

Pascal CANFIN  (France)

A Former economic journalist, Pascal Canfin is a Member of the European Parliament for the second time in his career and holds the position of Chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) in the European Parliament.
In November 2015, he was appointed Director General of WWF France, which he leaves in 2019 for his mandate as an MEP. He also worked as Senior Advisor on Climate at World Resources Institute, an influential think tank dealing with the environmental issues, on the preparation of the COP21 held in Paris in 2015. He initiated the call to civil society that led to the creation of the NGO Finance Watch.
In 2012, he joined the government of Jean-Marc Ayrault as Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Development and was previously vice-chairman of the special committee on the financial crisis in 2009, where he negotiated laws on hedge funds, derivatives, traders' bonuses, rating agencies, among others.

Mark Carney

Mark CARNEY  (Canada)

Mark Carney is currently the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and UK Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP26. He was previously Governor of the Bank of England (from 2013 to 2020), and Governor of the Bank of Canada (from 2008 to 2013). Internationally, Mark Carney was Chair of the Financial Stability Board (from 2011 to 2018), he chaired the Global Economy Meeting and Economic Consultative Committee of the Bank for International Settlements (from 2018-2020) and was First Vice-Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board (from 2013-2020). He is also currently Vice Chair at Brookfield and sits on the board of Stripe.
He is well-known for his speech called “Breaking the tragedy of the horizon – climate change and financial stability” to the insurance market Lloyd’s of London in 2015, where he points out climate change as a risk for financial stability. The speech has been a turning point in the international mobilisation for fighting climate change in finance.

Christian Deseglise

Christian DESEGLISE  (France)

Expert in sustainable finance and emerging markets, Christian Déséglise is Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment at HSBC. Previously, he held several positions at HSBC, including Global Head of Central Banks and Global Head of Emerging Markets at HSBC Global Asset Management.
He co-leads the FAST-Infra initiative aimed at mobilizing private capital for the financing of sustainable infrastructure in the developing world and co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Sustainable Investments.
He also teaches at Columbia University (New York) and has published "Le défi des pays émergents: une chance pour la France" (2012) and numerous articles on Emerging Markets and Sustainable Finance.

Kristalina Georgevia

Kristalina GEORGEVIA  (Bulgaria)

Kristalina Georgieva currently serves as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Before joining the IMF, she was CEO of the World Bank from January 2017 to September 2019.
Previously, Ms. Georgieva helped shape the agenda of the European Union while serving as European Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources. In this capacity she oversaw the EU’s response to the Euro Area debt crisis and the 2015 refugee crisis.
Ms. Georgieva began her career at the World Bank as an environmental economist in 1993. After serving for 17 years, and in many senior positions, including Director for Sustainable Development, Director for Environment, and Director for Environment and Social Development for the East Asia and Pacific Region, her career culminated in her appointment as Vice President and Corporate Secretary in 2008.
Ms. Georgieva serves on many international panels including as co-Chair of the Global Commission on Adaptation, and as co-chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing. She has authored and co-authored over 100 publications on environmental and economic policy.

Yannick Glemarec

Yannick GLEMAREC  (France)

Yannick Glemarec currently serves as the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Prior to joining GCF, he was the Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme for UN Women. He also served as the Executive Coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office and the Executive Coordinator of the UNDP Unit for the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Glemarec also spent more than 12 years with UNDP in management positions of increasing responsibility in Viet Nam, China, and Bangladesh.
He has 30 years of experience in international policy development, large-scale programme management for international development, sustainable development finance, and climate change management.

Rodolfo Lacy

Rodolfo LACY  (Mexico)

Since 2018, Dr. Rodolfo Lacy is appointed Director of the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Dr. Lacy's impressive career has provided him with extensive experience in policy making in the environmental field. Prior to this, he was Vice Minister of Environmental Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (2012-2018), Chief negotiator of Climate Change (COP19-COP23), Co-chair of the Global Methane Initiative, Member of the High-Level Group of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6), and Board Member of the Climate Action Reserve in California, USA.
Dr. Lacy holds a Doctorate Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico), a Master's Degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Ellen MacArthur

Dame Ellen MACARTHUR  (United Kingdom)

Ellen MacArthur is a British sailor. She became popular by finishing second in the 2001 Vendée Globe at only 24 years old and then by breaking the world record in solo sailing in 2005. She was subsequently knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. And in 2008, she was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
In 2009, she created the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which aims to encourage the public and businesses to rethink, design and build a sustainable future based on the concept of the circular economy.

Ajay Mathur

Ajay MATHUR  (India)

Dr Ajay Mathur is the Director General of the International Solar Alliance. He earlier headed The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), and was responsible for mainstreaming energy efficiency in houses, offices and industries through a number of innovative initiatives. He was a leading climate change negotiator, and was the Indian spokesperson at the Paris climate negotiations. He served as the interim Director of the Green Climate Fund during its foundational period.
At TERI, he has spearheaded the move to accelerate action towards a low-carbon and cleaner economy through the adoption of renewable energy in the Indian electricity sector, enhancing efficiency in buildings and industry, and promoting environmental quality through recycling of material wastes and biotechnology-based solutions. He also anchored the annual World Sustainable Development Summits during his tenure at TERI. He was also member of Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change and co-chairs of the global Energy Transitions Commission.

Hiro Mizuno

Hiro MIZUNO  (Japan)

UN Special Envoy on Innovative Finance since 2021, Hiro Mizuno is the former Executive Director of the world's largest pension fund, the Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan (GPIF).
He has held several positions in finance, both in the public and private sectors. He is a founding member of the Leadership Initiative for Climate Finance and was a member of the Global Alliance of Investors for Sustainable Development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Principles for Responsible Investment Association.
In 2017, He was awarded “Outstanding Individual Contribution” in Responsible Investor, Innovation and Industry Leadership.

Jeremy Oppenheim

Jeremy OPPENHEIM  (United Kingdom)

An economist, business adviser and convener of coalitions, Jeremy Oppenheim is driven by one simple idea: to tackle the big challenges of our times requires urgent, structural change to our economic systems.
He co-founded SYSTEMIQ in 2016, a world-class company dedicated to speed the achievement of the UN Global Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, by transforming markets, business models and asset classes in three economic systems: land-use/nature, clean energy and materials (especially plastics). He is also Global Principal of the Food and Land Use Commission (FOLU), Chair of the Blended Finance Taskforce and Chair of the non-profit organization, Global Action Plan. He is lead author of the “Better Growth, Better Climate” report of the New Climate Economy project and the “Better Business, Better World” report of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission.

Mari Pangestu

Mari PANGESTU  (Indonesia)

Dr. Mari Pangestu is the World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships. In this role, she provides leadership and oversees the institution’s research and data group (DEC), Global Practice Groups, and External and Corporate Relations (ECR) function.
Dr. Pangestu joins the Bank with exceptional policy and management expertise, having served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade (2004-2011) and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (2011-2014). She is highly regarded as an international expert on a range of global issues and has had vast experience of over 30 years in academia, second track processes, international organizations and government working in areas related to international trade, investment and development in multilateral, regional and national settings. Most recently, she was a Senior Fellow at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia, and Board Member of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta.

Bertrand Piccard

Bertrand PICCARD  (Switzerland)

From a legendary lineage of explorers who conquered the stratosphere and the abysses, Bertrand Piccard made history by flying around the world non-stop in a balloon and in a solar plane without fuel. Pioneer to consider ecology through the lens of profitability, he founded the Solar Impulse Foundation and identified 1000+ efficient solutions to protect the environment in a profitable way.
Bertrand’s dedication emerged from a solid conviction: climate change can only be tackled through the lens of profitability and popular endorsement. Instead of focusing on problems and costs, Bertrand has been one of the firsts, starting in 2002, to promote clean technologies and energy efficiency as a financially profitable solution to fight climate change.

François-Henri Pinault

François-Henri PINAULT  (France)

François-Henri Pinault is Chairman and CEO of Kering since 2005, which he gradually transformed into a global Luxury group. He has developed Kering into a pioneer in sustainability with a deep commitment to women – two causes that are particularly close to his heart. He also chairs the Kering Foundation, founded in 2009 to combat violence against women.
His vision of modern, authentic and responsible Luxury is at the heart of Kering's success and its ambition to be the world’s most influential Luxury group in terms of creativity, sustainability and long-term economic performance.
In 2019, He is at the origin of the creation of The Fashion Pact, a global coalition of companies in the fashion and textile industry, all committed to a common core of key environmental goals in three areas: stopping global warming, restoring biodiversity and protecting the oceans.

Patricia Ricard

Patricia RICARD  (France)

Patricia Ricard has been nominated to the Presidency of the Oceanographic Institute Paul Ricard in 2005 and has been actively engaged in environmental protection for over 30 years. Under her Presidency she has made it a priority to bring light to the crucial role of the Ocean in addressing climate change and has devoted her energy to raise awareness among citizens and policy makers. Between 2010 and 2015 she was also involved with the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) for which she produced a report on biomimicry on the promotion of nature and science-based solutions. Since then, she’s been the Vice-President of the Ocean & Climate Platform, a consortium of 70 major organizations acting for Ocean conservation. She helps build bridges between science and policy makers within the framework of the SDGs 13 and 14 and advocates for the inclusion of the ocean in the UNCCC Agenda. In 2019, she co-led the workstream on “Building resilience for marine ecosystems” of the One Planet Lab, which resulting outputs and recommendations were presented at the One Planet Summits in Nairobi and in Biarritz on the side lines of the G7. She was also named Head of the French Delegation for the Summit of the Two Shores.

Rémy Rioux

Rémy RIOUX  (France)

Rémy Rioux is the Chief Executive Officer of the French Development Agency (AFD) since 2016. An expert in economics and international financial institutions, he has held high-level positions in a career devoted to development and Africa. After serving as chief of staff of the French Economy and Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, he was appointed by Laurent Fabius Deputy General Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Development, and coordinated the finance agenda for the French presidency of COP21.
In 2017, he also became Chairman of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) – the leading group of 26 national and regional development banks and a large provider of development and climate finance globally.

Frédéric Samama

Frédéric SAMAMA  (France)

Frédéric Samama is Chief Responsible Investment Officer at CPR am, Amundi Group and is the founder of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) Research Initiative. Formerly, he oversaw Corporate Equity Derivatives within Crédit Agricole Corporate Investment Banking in New York and Paris. During his tenure, he developed and implemented the first international leveraged employee share purchase program, a system now widely used among French companies. He has advised the French government in different areas, including employee investing mechanisms, market regulation, and climate finance, and has a long track record of innovation at the crossroads of finance and government policy.
In recent years, he has focused on climate change with a mix of financial innovation, research and policymaking recommendations, advising central banks, sovereign wealth funds, and policymakers.

Mary Schapiro

Mary SCHAPIRO  (United States of America)

Mary L. Schapiro is the Vice Chair for Global Public Policy of Bloomberg. She has been at Bloomberg since October 2018, and also serves as a Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman. Ms. Schapiro oversees Bloomberg’s public policy and regulatory priorities globally. Her service as the 29th Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair culminated decades of regulatory leadership. She was the first woman to serve as SEC Chair, and the only person to have served as chair of the SEC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Ms. Schapiro also serves as an advisor to Bloomberg in multiple capacities, including as the leader of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). She is also the vice chair of the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative created at the request of the UN Secretary General to work on scaling climate finance.

Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph STIGLITZ  (United States of America)

Professor Joseph Stiglitz is teaching at the Columbia Business School, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Department of Economics) and the School of International and Public Affairs. From 1997 to 2000, he served as the World Bank's Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Development Economics. Prior to that, he served on President Clinton's economic team as a member of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors from 1993 to 1995 and as its Chairman from 1995 to 1997. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for the analysis of markets with asymmetric information. Stiglitz is a renowned scholar and teacher of a new branch of economics that he created, the "Economics of Information." Recognized around the world as a leading economic educator, he has written textbooks that have been translated into several dozen languages.

Pavan Sukhdev

Pavan SUKHDEV  (India)

President of WWF since 2017, Pavan Sukhdev is a scientist by education, an international banker by training, and an environmental economist by passion. Years of work in sustainability and the invisible economics of nature led to his appointment to head the United Nations’ “Green Economy Initiative” and to lead the G8+5 study TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity). In his book “Corporation 2020”, he describes four changes in micro-policy and regulation which can rapidly transform today’s corporation to deliver tomorrow’s green and equitable “economy of permanence”. As founder and CEO of GIST, his sustainability consulting firm, Pavan works with asset managers, C-suite executives and senior government officials on transition techniques, with an emphasis on metrics for sustainability.
Pavan is a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment, promoting TEEB implementation and Inclusive Green Economy transitions. He has served on the boards of Conservation International (CI), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), and on the TEEB Advisory Board. Pavan has won several awards for his work including the Blue Planet Prize (2016) and the Tyler Prize (2020).

Laurence Tubiana

Laurence TUBIANA  (France)

Laurence Tubiana is CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), Chair of the Board of Governors at the French Development Agency (AFD), and also a Professor at Sciences Po, Paris. Before joining ECF, Laurence was France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement. Following COP21, she was appointed High Level Champion for climate action. Laurence brings decades of expertise. From 1997—2002, she served as Senior Adviser on the Environment to the French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. From 2009 – 2010, she created and led the newly established Directorate for Global Public Goods at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She founded in 2002 and directed until 2014 the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). She has held academic positions including Sciences Po and as Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University. She has been a member of numerous boards and scientific committees, including the Chinese Committee on the Environment and International Development (CCICED).

Antha Williams

Antha WILLIAMS

Antha Williams leads the environmental program at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bloomberg Philanthropies supports environmental initiatives to improve sustainability of cities around the world, to accelerate the transition to clean energy, to combat overfishing and protect coral reefs, and to help businesses and investors better understand climate-related financial risks and opportunities.
She was previously a consulting producer on From the Ashes, a feature film about American communities struggling with the legacy of the coal industry. Williams also served as senior vice president of Corridor Partners, a climate and clean energy focused company.
She currently serves on the boards of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the European Climate Foundation, the League of Conservation Voters and Oceans 5.

Durwood Zaelke

Durwood ZAELKE  (United States of America)

Durwood Zaelke is founder and President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) in Washington DC and Paris, focusing on fast mitigation strategies that avoid maximum warming over the critical next decade in order to slow climate feedbacks and avoid irreversible tipping points. Prior to IGSD, Zaelke co-founded and served as President of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) in Washington, DC and Geneva (1989-2003); founder and Director of the International & Comparative Environmental Law Program at the Washington College of Law, American University (1990-2004); founder and Director of the International Program at EarthJustice (1988-1989); and Director of the International Network for Environmental Compliance & Enforcement (2001-2015). Zaelke is an adjunct professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, where he co-founded the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development. He is the author of “International Environmental Law & Policy” (6th ed. forthcoming 2021). In 2017 he received the United Nations Ozone Political Leadership Award, together with their Scientific Leadership Award for helping achieve the Kigali Amendment. In 2008 he received the EPA Climate Protection Award and their Ozone Protection Award for strengthening climate protection under the Montreal Protocol.

Philippe Zaouati

Philippe ZAOUATI  (France)

Philippe Zaouati is the CEO of Mirova, an asset management company specializing in sustainable investment recognized as one of the pioneers of green and sustainable finance. After a career in various financial institutions, including Caisse des Dépôts and Crédit Agricole, notably as an expert in quantitative management, he has devoted himself for ten years to the development of responsible investment.
Author of several books including "Green finance begins in Paris" in 2018 and "Sustainable finance: ringing in a second chance" in 2020, he has contributed to market and regulatory developments in France and Europe. Successively Chairman of the Responsible Investment Committees of AFG and EFAMA, member of the high-level expert group on sustainable finance at the European Commission in 2018, co-founder and Chairman of the Finance for Tomorrow initiative, he has notably contributed to the development of responsible investment labels and transparency standards on climate. Since 2015, he has been particularly involved in the development of impact investing, particularly in natural capital. He is co-founder and President of the think tank “Osons le Progrès" which aims to be a laboratory of progressive ideas.