PRI Association Board

Martin Skancke

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.

Christopher Ailman, CIO, CalSTRS

Christopher Ailman is the Chief Investment Officer of the $175 billion California State Teachers’ Retirement System, the largest teachers fund and the second largest pension fund in the U.S.A. As CIO, Mr. Ailman leads an investment staff of 120 across eight different divisions. He joined CalSTRS in the fall of 2000 and has over 28 years of institutional investment management experience. Prior to joining CalSTRS, Christopher was the CIO for the Washington State Investment Board, the Sacramento County Employees Retirement System and the County of Sacramento. He currently serves on several boards and advisory boards in the U.S. and U.K. He has received numerous awards and recognitions over his career and most recently the aiCIO Innovation Award, and in 2013 he was named the #3 CIO in the world by aiCIO magazine. In addition, Christopher is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance and the Wall Street Journal Report. He is frequently quoted in multiple pension, investment, and finance publications. Christopher has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). He received his Certified Financial Planner from the University of Southern California.

Committees: Audit and risk, Signatory status

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: Advisory Council chair search, Election oversight (Chair), Nominations, Remuneration

Else F. Bos, CEO, PGGM

Ms 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, 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)

David Russell, Co-Head of Responsible Investment, USS

David Russell is Co-Head of Responsible Investment for the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) where he has worked since 2001. USS is the second largest pension fund in the United Kingdom, with assets in excess of £33 billion and over 280,000 members. David sits on the British Venture Capital Association Responsible Investment Advisory Board, and is a founding Steering Committee member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). He is also a member of the Royal Institute of Charters Surveyors (RICS) Valuation and Sustainability Group. David has previously worked as an Environmental Manager for a UK retail company, and was for five years a University lecturer in Environmental Management. He has a Masters Degree in Environmental Impact Assessment.

Committees: Audit and risk (Chair), Signatory status