GLOBAL NETWORKS AND OUTREACH
The Global Networks and Outreach team work with regional signatory Networks to tailor PRI resources to local markets, coordinate engagements with local companies, organise regional events, address local regulatory issues, encourage signatories to get involved in PRI activities in other regions, raise awareness about responsible investment and recruit new signatories.
The PRI Networks are geographic groups of signatories working together on responsible investment in their region. Signatories can connect with Networks anywhere in the world to benefit from local expertise when addressing responsible investment challenges that are specific to a particular market.
Explore each of the PRI’s Regional Networks in detail in the Networks section.
MEET THE GLOBAL NETWORKS TEAM:
Nikolaj Halkjær Pedersen, Head of Central Support
Nikolaj joined the PRI in September 2014. He coordinates activites across regions.
Nikolaj previously worked as a project assistant at specialised consultancy GLOBAL CSR and as a human rights project coordinator with global water technology company Grundfos.
Nikolaj holds a Bachelor in Philosophy and Anthropology and a master's degree in International Studies from Aarhus University in Denmark. He wrote his dissertation on how and why corporations should implement human rights due diligence in compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other recognised international standards.
Alex Caldwell, Associate, Central Support
Alex joined the PRI in 2015. He supports signatories through the applications process.
Before joining the PRI, Alex worked at NGO Forum for the Future. He has previously worked in support roles for conservation NGOs and the IUCN, and on field projects in Egypt, Peru and Costa Rica.
Alex has a BSc in Biology from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Environmental Bioscience from the University of Warwick.
Ben Leblique, Associate, Central Support
Ben joined the PRI in September 2017. He supports signatories across regions, with a focus on the France & Southern Europe network.
Prior to joining the PRI, Ben worked on EU financial services policy for Cabinet DN, a Brussels-based political consultancy. Prior to that, he worked as a trainee at the European Commission, in the office of Jonathan Hill, the former European Commissioner for Financial Services.
Ben holds a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Exeter, and a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He also spent a year studying at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.
Anastasia Guha, Head of UK and Ireland
Anastasia joined in PRI in 2011. She is responsible for the UK and Ireland network.
Prior to her current role, she has held a number of different positions at the PRI in communications, as a strategic advisor across all content and as the Acting Australasia Network Manager.
Previously, Anastasia worked in communications at Euromoney Institutional Investor and Fidelity International. She has a background in journalism including working as a features writer and editor for various publications.
Anastasia holds a BSc in Economics and Applied Statistics (Ferguson College, India) and MA in International Political Economy (Warwick).
Gregory Kearney, Network Manager, UK and Ireland
Greg joined the PRI in 2016. He supports signatories across regions.
Before joining the PRI, Greg worked in the fixed income investment research team at Cambridge Associates. He has previously worked as a project assistant at the San Francisco Center for Economic Development.
Greg holds a BA in History and an MA in International Political Economy from the University of York.
Dustin Neuneyer, Head of Continental Europe
Dustin joined the PRI in January 2014. He is responsible for the Continental Europe Network.
Dustin was previously a director at corporate and investment bank WestLB and a senior advisor to think tank and advocacy group Germanwatch, developing and implementing first of its kind ESG approaches on business activities related to coal-fired power generation and on Arctic offshore oil, as well as on stakeholder dialogues.
He has an MA in Political Science, German Philology and Art History from the University of Cologne in Germany.
Melanie Klebeck, Network Manager, Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Melanie joined the PRI in 2012. She works with signatories across Continental Europe, mainly in Germany and other German-speaking countries.
Don Gerritsen, Head of Benelux
Don oversees PRI’s practices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Previously he was responsible for PRI’s global asset owner programme and its asset owner insight team. Prior to joining the PRI in London, Don worked as a strategy consultant with KPMG and as programme manager with the Dutch Investors Association for Sustainable Development. Before that, he held various roles at the United Nations. Alongside PRI, Don works as guest lecturer active ownership of investments at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His educational background is in investment management, international law and public administration.
Marie Luchet, Head of France and Southern Europe
Marie joined the PRI in October 2016. She is responsible for the France and Southern Europe Networks.
She has more than 15 years’ experience in responsible investing, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.
Prior to joining the PRI, Marie was Head of Responsible Investment Research and Development at Ecofi Investissements (Crédit Coopératif - BPCE group), signatory to the PRI. Before this she worked at PSA Peugeot Citroën and Crédit Mutuel - CIC Securities.
Marie holds an MSc in Environment from the University of Canterbury. She also holds a 1st year Pre-doctoral in Environmental Law from the University of Paris La Sorbonne and a Masters in International and European Law from the University of Bologna.
Dr Michiyo Morisawa, Head of Japan
Michiyo joined the PRI in 2014. She is responsible for the Japan Network.
She is also Head of the CDP’s (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) Japan office, and has been a lead author of the CDP Japan report.
Michiyo is also a research member of the Hosei University for Low Carbon Policy of Local Government under the project of the Japanese Ministry of Environment. She has prior experience in international business development of financial services, including at Citibank, for reducing settlement risk.
Michiyo has a PhD in Environment from Tokyo University.
Minako Yoneyama, Network Manager, Japan
Minako Yoneyama joined the PRI in 2017. She supports signatories in the Japan Network.
Minako worked at S&P Global Market Intelligence in Japan where she managed marketing for the Japanese market and was involved in Market Development at S&P Global Ratings. Prior to that she served as an Account Manager in the electronic foreign exchange broking service company who provides the electronic broking service in the actively traded currencies in the major markets.
She holds a BA in Economics from Kenyon College in the U.S.
Tatiana Assali , Head of Latin America
Tatiana joined the PRI in October 2014. She is responsible for the Latin America Network.
Tatiana has worked in capital markets for over 10 years, including in the treasury department of Banco Santander Brasil and for five years as a managing partner at MZ Consult, a large investor relations advisory firm in Brazil. She participated in the GRI Certified Training Program and holds certificates in Sustainability and Social Corporate Management and International Affairs and Foreign Trade from FGV – Fundação Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Tatiana holds a certificate in Behavioral Economics from FIPECAFI and a BA in International Business from Universidade Paulista.
Michelle Derubins Vargas, Associate, Latin America
Michelle joined the PRI in September 2015. She is responsible for the networks' activities in Brazil, specifically the Working Groups and providing administrative support.
She has 12 years’ experience in multimedia content production and corporate communications.
For the last three years she has worked as a sustainability report copywriter, following the Global Report Initiative guidelines and Guidelines for Integration of ASG Aspects in the Insurance Industry in Brazil.
She has a degree in Social Communication from Universidade Católica de Santos.
Adrian Bertrand, Head of Africa
Adrian joined the PRI in February 2015. He is responsible for the Africa Network.
Prior to joining the PRI, Adrian worked as ESG Manager at the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) of South Africa. Before working at GEPF in 2011, Adrian had worked as the PRI’s first South African Network Manager. Adrian also served as GEPF representative investment committee member to the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF) as managed by Harith General Partners.
Adrian currently serves on the following South African investment industry committees: ASISA RI Committee, CRISA Committee, JSE SRI Index Advisory Committee.
He holds an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Nicole Martens, Africa & Middle East Network Manager
Nicole joined the PRI in January 2018 as network manager for Africa and the Middle East.
As a development economist, Nicole has dedicated her career to sustainable socio-economic development across Africa. She has worked on social and environmental due diligence and strategy, shared value strategy development, stakeholder engagement strategy development, dialogue facilitation, and political economy and policy analysis, with a special interest in responsible investment, impact investing and innovative social finance mechanisms.
Nicole’s experience in RI and ESG includes work on the IFC’s Sustainable Returns project (A Guide for Pension Funds in South Africa) and investor education on ESG and Regulation 28 (South Africa). She has also worked on the potential developmental impact of pension funds in South Africa, advising corporates and financial services providers on sustainable impact strategies, and advising private equity investors on the management of material ESG issues in the African context.
Nicole holds a BA Honours in Economics from Rhodes University.
Yulia Sofronova, Head of Nordic, CEE and CIS
Yulia joined the PRI in 2010. She is responsible for the Nordic, CEE and CIS Networks.
Before joining the PRI she worked at Pensions Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) in a proxy voting team conducting analysis of companies’ corporate governance practices as well as consideration of social and environmental issues into their business strategies in the Nordic countries, US and Russia. Yulia worked for Deloitte CIS in Russia between 2005-2008 before perusing her postgraduate studies in London.
Yulia graduated from the Kingston University Business School with MA in Corporate Communications in 2009 and holds a specialist diploma in foreign languages.
Nalini Feuilloley, Head of Canada
Nalini joined the PRI in 2016. She is responsible for the Canadian Network.
Based in Toronto, Nalini manages signatory relationships across Canada and leads the local strategy. Nalini has over 11 years of experience working with financial institutions across Canada and Europe. Most recently, she was with BlackRock Canada managing institutional relationships with pension funds, endowments and foundations and leading impact investing initiatives locally. Previously, Nalini worked in London with Roubini Global Economics and Gerson Lehrman Group, firms providing alternative investment research to traditional sell-side offerings.
Kelly Krauter, Associate, Canada
Kelly worked for 3 years with the PRI Québec Network prior to joining the Canada network management team in 2017. She has 15 years' experience in non-profit project management and stakeholder engagement. She holds an Honours BA in French from the University of Toronto.
Matthew Mcadam, Head of Australasia
Matt joined the PRI in 2012. He is responsible for the Australia and New Zealand Networks.
He previously led the PRI’s Communications and Events teams, overseeing communications with signatories, the media and other external stakeholders, as well as events including PRI in Person.
Prior to joining the PRI, Matt was Associate Director of Communications at Standard & Poor's in London, where he managed communications and media relations across S&P's credit ratings, indices, equity and fund research businesses over six years, particularly in Middle Eastern emerging markets and in South Africa. He was previously a finance journalist at The Australian Financial Review in Sydney.
Matthew completed a Masters in Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge and holds a Bachelor of Communications from Griffith University. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from Australia's Finsia and the UK Investment Management Certificate.
Carol Jeppesen, Senior Network Manager, US
Carol joined the PRI in 2015 to establish the organization’s first US office and is responsible for managing relationships with the US signatory base as well as outreach to new potential signatories.
Carol has more than 15 years of experience in financial services across investment banking, private equity and asset management. She began her career as an investment-banking analyst in the Global Energy Group at Merrill Lynch in New York and later led the firm’s cross-selling efforts for the investment banking division in the Americas. After getting her MBA, Carol led business development for a private equity firm focused on investments in distressed community banks. Prior to joining the PRI, Carol was part of the Strategic Advisory Solutions group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Carol holds BS and BA degrees, cum laude, in Finance and Economics from Boston University as well as an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Carol is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership and was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Sustainability Leadership Forum at Yale University in 2016. .
Ophir Bruck, Network Manager, US
Ophir joined the PRI in 2017. He is responsible for the US network.
Prior to the PRI, Ophir was a senior analyst at Croatan Institute where he contributed to reports on ESG issues and impact investing, including the biennial US SIF Report on Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends.
Previously, Ophir was a sustainable investment analyst at the University of California Office of the Chief Investment Officer, where he co-led the development and implementation of a responsible investment framework for the university system’s endowment, pension, retirement savings and working capital assets.
He holds a BS in Society and Environment from the University of California, Berkeley.
James Robertson, Network Manager, Asia (ex-Japan)
James joined the PRI in 2015. He supports signatories in the Asia (ex-Japan) Network
James was with the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) when the PRI and ASrIA joined forces in late 2015. James previously worked for the Chatteris Educational Foundation. He has previously supported the Grassmarket Mission and The Rock Trust in Edinburgh, as well as participated in campaigning and event organisation for Amnesty International and Oxfam.
James holds a BA in Law and a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Manchester.