PRI Advisory Council

The annual Advisory Council elections will begin in June this year. Positions up for election have been highlighted in orange.


Martin Skancke

Chair, PRI Advisory Council

Appointed until 2017



Head of UNEP FI


Gavin Power

Deputy Director, UNGC

Reserved positions

Niels Erik Petersen

CIO, Unipension

Elected until 2016


Daniel Simard

CEO, Bâtirente

Elected until 2015



David Atkin

CEO, Cbus

Elected until 2015


John Oliphant

Principal Executive Officer, Head: Actuarial and Investments

Elected until 2014


Marcel Barros

Board member, PREVI

Elected until 2014


Priya Sara Mathur

Board Vice President, CalPERS

Elected until 2014


Eric Wetlaufer

Senior Vice President – Public Market Investments, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Elected until 2015


Else F. Bos


Elected until 2014

Reserved positions

Luciane Ribeiro

Executive Director, Santander Asset Management

Elected until 2014


Peter Webster


Elected until 2016


Paul Abberley

Elected until 2014


Colin Melvin

CEO, Hermes Equity Ownership Services

Elected until 2016








Martin Skancke, ChairMartin Skancke was elected chair of the PRI Advisory Council in April 2014 for a three year term. Martin has also been appointed a PRI Association Board director as of April 2014. He developed and headed the Asset Management Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance. The department is responsible for the management of the Government Pension Fund, with assets of over US$ 800 billion. Martin served as Director General to the Norwegian Prime Minister and head of the Domestic Policy Department between 2002 and 2006. In this role, he was chief advisor to the Prime Minister of Norway on economic policy issues. Prior to this he worked for more than a decade on macroeconomic policy issues, including serving as Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Finance and head of the Section for Monetary Policy and Public Finances. Martin has also worked at the Oslo office of McKinsey&Co, advising Norwegian and international companies on business strategy issues. He served as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Public & Institutional Investors Industry Agenda Council throughout 2010 and 2011 and was the Norwegian representative in the drafting of the Santiago Principles for Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and in the International Forum of SWFs. High Resolution pictures available here.
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEPAchim was unanimously elected as UN Environment Programme Executive Director in 2006, becoming its fifth Executive Director in its history. Before joining UNEP, Achim served as Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), widely regarded as one of the most influential and highly respected organisations in the field of conservation, environment and natural resources management. Achim has a professional record in the fields of sustainable development policy and environmental management, first-hand knowledge of civil society, governmental and international organizations. He serves on a number of international advisory boards, including the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Achim has degrees from University of Oxford and University of London. He also studied at the German Development Institute and Harvard Business School.Designate: Charles Anderson, Head of UNEP FI
Gavin Power, Deputy Director UN Global compactSince 2002, Mr. Power has played a key role in the evolution and growth of the UN Global Compact, which is today the word’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with over 10,000 business participants and stakeholders from more than 140 countries. Mr. Power has led the development of a range of strategic initiatives on behalf of the UN Global Compact – including the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, the world’s largest responsible investment initiative; the CEO Water Mandate, a global water sustainability initiative; and the UN Global Compact Partnership Hub. Mr. Power also led the development of the UN Global Compact’s Who Cares Wins program, a global policy initiative focused on the integration of environmental, social and governance issues into investment analysis and asset management. Mr. Power also led the convening of the UN’s first gathering of stock exchanges and sustainability, in March 2014.A frequent speaker and contributor at international events, Mr. Power has extensive experience in the public and corporate sectors. Prior to joining the UN Global Compact, Mr. Power held senior management positions at Levi Strauss & Co., and Ketchum, where he specialized in corporate sustainability issues. Prior to his corporate experience, Mr. Power was a financial journalist, covering business and economic issues. Mr Power is stationed at UN Headquarters in New York City.
Paul AbberleyPaul is an asset management professional with over 30 years experience. Fixed Income by training, exposure to most asset classes, with extensive experience in both CIO and CEO roles. Paul joined Aviva Investors in September 2008 as CEO/CIO of Aviva Investors London. In this dual role Paul was both responsible for all Aviva Investors’ high alpha business in the UK, and for developing and delivering Aviva Investors’ fixed income investment philosophy in the UK. He was previously at ABN Amro Asset Management for 8 years where he worked in a series of fixed income roles and as CEO for London. Paul has also worked as a global head of fixed income at Lombard Odier. Paul holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Keble College, Oxford.Committees: Advisory Council chair search, Signatory status
David Atkin, CEO, CBUSDavid is Chief Executive Officer of CBUS, the Australian superannuation scheme with in excess of 670,000 members. Prior to joining CBUS in January 2008, David was the CEO for Emergency Services and State Super (ESSSuper). David has also been the CEO for JUST Super as well as the National Marketing and Communications Manager for STA.Before moving into superannuation, David had an industrial relations background including positions at the FSU and CPSU. David joined the Board of Association of Superannuation funds of Australia (ASFA) in February 2010 and is also a member of the CEO panel for the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). David is also a Board Director for Frontier Investment Consulting.David has a BA Hons University of Melbourne, Master of Arts Latrobe University and a Diploma of Financial Services and was recently recognised with distinguished alumina award from La Trobe University for his work in the sustainable finance field.

Committees: Election oversight (Chair), Nominations, Remuneration

Marcel Barros, Board member, PREVIMarcel Barros is a member of the executive board of PREVI as the Executive Director of Benefits. He is also member of the Board of Vale. Prior to becoming PREVI Executive Director, Marcel was general secretary of Contraf-CUT, coordinator of Banco do Brasil international employees’ network – UNI- Global Union and member of the Board of CASSI. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Fundação Municipal de Ensino Superior de Bragança Paulista – FESB.Committees: Governance and ethics
Else F. Bos, CEO, PGGMMs Bos started at PGGM Investments in 2003 as Director of Third Parties, Operations & Staff. In March 2005 she was appointed Chief Executive Officer for investments and became a member of the Board of Directors of PGGM. In 2001 she joined NIBC Asset Management as Co-Head Investments and was responsible for people, process and project management within the Investment Management Department. In 2002 she became COO/CFO at NIBC Asset Management and was responsible for Operations, IT, Finance, Risk Control, HR, Legal and Office Management. Else graduating in 1983 from Rotterdam Erasmus University, where she studied Econometrics.Committees: Advisory Council chair search, Nominations, Remuneration
Priya Sara Mathur, Board Vice President, CalPERSPriya Sara Mathur is serving her second term on the Board of Administration representing public agency members of CalPERS. She is Chair of the Health Benefits Committee and Vice Chair of the Risk Management Committee. She also serves on the Benefits and Program Administration, Investment, Finance, and Board Governance committees and the Policy Subcommittee of the Investment Committee.Ms. Mathur is a principal financial analyst for Bay Area Rapid Transit District. In that capacity, she finances multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects, including BART’s US$ 1.5 billion earthquake retrofit program. Ms. Mathur has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics and literature from Connecticut College.Committees: Governance and ethics (Chair)
Colin Melvin, CEO, Hermes Equity Ownership ServicesColin Melvin is a board director with extensive responsible investment and corporate experience. He founded and leads Hermes EOS, an advisory and engagement service for investors. He is also non-executive director and remuneration committee chair at Aedas. Colin is an active member of several industry steering groups and committees including the Supervisory Board of Eumedion and the Investor Network for the IIRC, which he chairs. Colin is a qualified fund manager and an associate member of the CFA Institute. He holds an MA from Aberdeen University and an MPhil from Cambridge University and Diplomas in Investment Analysis and Company Directorship.Committees: Advisory Council chair search
John Oliphant, Principal Executive Officer, Head: Actuarial and Investments, Government Employees Pension Fund of South AfricaJohn is currently the Head of Investments and Actuarial of the Government Employees Pension Fund – the largest Pension Fund in Africa, and is the main driver behind the investment strategies of the fund. John has been the key driver behind GEPF’s responsible investment policies and the setting up of the PRI South African Network. John is also member of the following committees and councils: Investment Committee of the GEPF, Investment Committee of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (“PAIDF”), Advisory Council of the Southern Africa Pension Fund Investment Forum (“SAPFIF”) and Johannesburg Stock Exchange SRI Index Advisory Committee.John holds a BSc (Actuarial Science) and a BSc(Hons) Advance Mathematics of finance both from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He was previously the Head of Quant Investing at STANLIB, were he managed long only funds as well as hedge funds.Committees: Advisory Council chair search, Nominations (Chair)
Niels Erik Petersen, CIO, UnipensionSince 2008 Niels has been CIO at Unipension, which has EUR 10 billion under management. Prior to his current position he among others worked as Head of Equities at ATP for 5 years and as Head of Equities at Danske Bank for more than 10 years. He has also held senior positions in corporate finance at Danske Bank and Enskilda for a number of years. Niels has previously been board member and chairman of The Danish Society for Financial Analyst for 10 years.Committees: Governance and ethics
Luciane Ribeiro, Executive Director, Santander Brasil Asset ManagementLuciane Ribeiro graduated in Economics and has a 28-year experience in the financial sector. She started at Bank Boston in 1983, moving to Banco Safra in 1985. After 17 years as wealth manager of shareholder’s assets, in 2002 she became responsible for the Asset Management unit. In 2006, Luciane was invited to be CEO for Latin America of ABN-AMRO Asset Management, and became CEO of Santander Brasil Asset Management after the merger in 2008, leading the integration of the two business units. She is also Anbima’s Director, Brazilian investment self-regulatory agency, and member of Santander Brasil Asset Management’s SRI Board.
Daniel Simard, CEO, BâtirenteDaniel Simard has been a Board member of Bâtirente since its launch in 1987, when he became its managing director in 2000. Bâtirente’s assets reach over US$ 750 million, serving 25,000 individual unionised workers.Daniel has twenty years’ experience in the areas of collective bargaining, pension benefits and labour court representation. A Université de Montréal graduate in Industrial Relations, he is a registered Representative with Québec’s Financial Market Authority. Daniel is involved in pension fund administration and chairs the audit committee of a large public corporation’s pension fund. He sits on the Board of the Mouvement pour l’éducation et la défense des actionnaires, a local association promoting minority shareholder interests in Canada.Committees: Election oversight, Governance and ethics, Nominations, Signatory status
Peter Webster, CEO, EIRISPeter has led EIRIS since it was founded in 1983 focussing on the challenges of ESG research, helping investors make good use of it and advancing the concept of responsible investment.He has a Mathematics degree from Balliol College, Oxford, an Open University MBA and was Treasurer of UKSIF for 20 years.In the last year he has spoken in Korea on whether Responsible Investment is a Western imposition, in Australia on shareholder engagement with Vedanta, in South Africa at the latest JSE SRI Index review and in London about emphasising Sustainability to reduce the risks of future financial crises.
Eric Wetlaufer, Senior Vice President – Public Market Investments, Canada Pension Plan Investment BoardEric leads CPP Investment Board’s Public Market Investments department. Prior to joining CPP Investment Board in June 2011, Eric was the Group Chief Investment Officer, International at Fidelity Management & Research in Boston. Eric was also the co-founder and partner of Oxhead Capital Management and held the roles of Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Mid Cap and Specialty Growth at Putnam Investments and Managing Director at Cadence Capital Management. Eric is a past president and director of The Boston Security Analysts Society and is active on several nonprofit boards including Bay Cove Human Services and the Melanoma Foundation of New England. Eric earned a B.A. in Earth Science from Wesleyan University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.Committees: Governance and ethics