The annual Advisory Council elections will begin in June this year. Positions up for election have been highlighted in orange.
ASSET OWNER POSITIONS
NON-ASSET OWNER POSITIONS
Executive Director, Santander Asset Management
Elected until 2017
Elected until 2016
President and Founder, Boston Common
Elected until 2017
CEO, Hermes Equity Ownership Services
Elected until 2016
|Martin Skancke, Chair
Martin 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.
|Charles Anderson, Head of UNEP FI
Since March 2006, when Charles Anderson took on the role of Director at UNEP FI, his initial work has seen him engaged in wide a range of UN initiatives – the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in Dubai, Forest Asia Summit in Indonesia, the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi in June and the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September. Signatory activities have included the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) workshops in London, consultation meetings with insurance and banking regulators relevant to the UNEP Inquiry and sustainable finance systems as well as member outreach across the regions. Charles has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector and has played key leadership roles in integrating environmental, social and governance concerns into the private sector. He believes that the finance sector can lead by example in the transition to an inclusive, resilient and sustainable economy. From 2009-2013, Charles was CEO of Sovereign, New Zealand’s largest life and health insurance business. During his time there, he aligned the environmental and sustainability policy with its core business strategy and was active in the global process that produced the landmark Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) launched at Rio+20 by UNEP FI. He also launched the Sovereign Wellbeing Index, a survey to find out what makes New Zealanders happy, and what needs to change to improve their wellbeing. Previously he worked at Aviva as Managing Director for Asia Pacific and was an Associate of UK based Leader’s Quest, a not-for-profit organisation promoting social change. He has also served as a Board member of the New Zealand Council for Sustainable Business Development and as Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Council in New Zealand. Charles holds an MBA from the University of London in Business & Administration/Management, and a bachelor’s from the University of Birmingham in Mathematics & Statistics/Applied Mathematics.
|Gavin Power, Deputy Director UN Global compact
Since 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.
|Geeta Aiyer, CFA, President and Founder of Boston Common
Geeta Aiyer, CFA, President and Founder of Boston Common, combines training and experience in finance with passion for the environment and social justice. Under Geeta’s leadership, Boston Common, (AUM approx. $2 billion USD), has built a strong investment record and substantially improved the policies and practices of portfolio companies through engagement since the firm’s inception in 2003. Geeta previously served as the President of Walden Asset Management, and has worked at both the U.S. Trust Company of Boston and Cambridge Associates. In addition, Geeta has founded two previous companies and an NGO. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and BA and MA degrees from Delhi University.
|David Atkin, CEO, CBUS
David 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, PREVI
Marcel 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
|Mark Chaloner, Assistant Director (Investments) of the West Midlands Pension Fund
Mark is the Assistant Director (Investments) of the West Midlands Pension Fund. Mark joined in August 2013 following a twenty four year career at the Church Commissioners, twelve as Chief Investment Officer responsible for a highly diversified investment portfolio. Mark also has extensive experience of ethical and socially responsible investment, including membership of the Church Ethical Investment Advisory Group for over ten years and being Vice Chair of the Ecumenical Church Investors Group. Mark had an early career in banking prior to which I graduated from Cambridge University with a history degree.
|Priya Sara Mathur, Board Vice President, CalPERS
Priya 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 Services
Colin 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
|Dr Renosi Mokate, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF)
Dr Renosi Mokate is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and is Executive Director: Graduate School of Business, University of South Africa. She has a PhD in Development Economics and Planning and extensive experience of development strategies within the global arena. She is former Executive Director: World Bank Group and former Deputy Governor, South African Reserve Bank (SARB) where she also served on the Monetary Policy Committee, and as Chairperson of the SARB College Council, SA Mint (Pty) Ltd and the South African Note Company (Pty) Ltd.
|Niels Erik Petersen, CIO, Unipension
Since 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 Management
Luciane 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, Bâtirent
Daniel 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, EIRIS
Peter 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 Board
Eric 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