Directors elected by asset owners
Directors elected by non asset owners
Permanent UN advisors
Martin Skancke was appointed Chair of the PRI Board in April 2014 and in 2017 re-elected for a second term.
He is a member of the Financial Stability Board Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and chair of a government commission set up to identify climate related risks for the Norwegian economy. He serves as board member of several institutions in the financial sector.
He developed and headed the Asset Management Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, which is responsible for the management of the Government Pension Fund, with assets of around US$1 trillion.
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.
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.
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Directors elected by asset owners
Angela Emslie, Independent Member, Impact Committee HESTA Super fund
Angela is a Member of the Impact Committee and a former Trustee Director and Chair of HESTA a profit-to-member superannuation fund dedicated to people working in Australian health, aged care, early childhood and community services. As one of the largest and fastest growing funds in Australia, HESTA invests more than AU$46 billion on behalf of 870,000 members, 80% of whom are women.
As a longstanding Trustee Director and Independent Chair of the Board of HESTA for 9 years to December 2018, Angela actively fostered a strong member focused culture and a commitment to responsible investment. Her leadership focus has been not only about maximising the amount that beneficiaries will have in retirement but also about the economy, society and environment that they will retire into.
Angela is a Non-Executive Director of Frontier Advisors, a leading Australian asset consultant with $300b+ under advice and Suicide Prevention Australia, and a Director of LIME Management Group.
She is a highly experienced Non-Executive Director having sat on a range of superannuation fund and investment related boards for nearly 25 years and has held senior leadership roles in industry bodies including the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) where she was President from 2014-2016 and Deputy President for 5 years prior. She was honoured with the AIST 2018 Trustee of the Year Award for her contribution to Australian superannuation funds.
Prior to her Non-Executive career, Angela held a range of management roles at the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry where she represented industry at state, national and international levels and led advisory teams on matters such as economics, industry policy and occupational health and safety.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and a Master of Business from RMIT University and is a Fellow of AIST.
Eva Halvarsson, Chief Executive Officer, Second Swedish National Pension Fund (AP2)
Since 2006, Eva Halvarsson has acted as the CEO of the Second Swedish National Pension Fund ‐‐ AP2. She heads up an organization with more than SEK 352 billion (approx. USD 40 billion) under management in virtually every asset class, and one that is active in all parts of the world; AP2 is one of northern Europe’s largest pension funds.
Ms. Halvarsson began her career as an accountant, progressing to the point that before joining AP2, she spent ten years working for the Swedish Government where she was responsible for the governance and management of the large and extensive portfolio of state owned companies.
Eva Halvarsson has had a distinguished and varied leadership career. She took part in the working group that put into effect the Swedish Corporate Governance Code in 2004. She also spent several years, serving on the Swedish Corporate Governance Board. Eva has been a board member of several large companies and has chaired the nomination committees of some of Sweden’s largest listed companies. She recently left after serving for ten years as the Deputy Chairperson of the board of the University of Gothenburg.
In 2017, Eva Halvarsson received the medal Pro Studio et Scientia – for Commitment and Science ‐ from the School of Business at the University of Gothenburg for her dedicated work to develop the school.
Presently, she is board member of the UN‐PRI (the United Nation´s Principles for Responsible Investments), Vasakronan (the largest real estate company in Sweden), The Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development and The Royal Swedish Opera. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of the Women Entrepreneur´s Opportunity Facility, the first‐ever global finance facility dedicated exclusively to women‐owned small and medium‐sized enterprises.
Eva Halvarsson was born in 1962 and holds an MSc in Business and Economics from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.
Hiro Mizuno, Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Government Pension Investment Fund (Japan)
Mr. Hiro Mizuno has served as Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Japan’s US$1.3trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) since January 2015.
Prior to joining GPIF, he was a partner of Coller Capital, a London-based private equity firm. He previously worked at Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. in Japan, Silicon Valley and New York.
Mr. Mizuno is a member of the Board and Asset Owner Advisory Committee of PRI, a co-chair of the Milken Institute’s Global Capital Markets Advisory Council.
He is also an executive adviser to Japanese cabinet on Healthcare and Medical Growth Strategy, a member of Japanese Government Strategic Funds Integrated Advisory Board, a member for Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – Japan National University Evaluation Committee, adviser to the Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, a guest professor of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and a guest professor of Kindai University Global Economic Research Center, and a senior fellow of Tel Aviv University Graduate School of Management.
Mr. Mizuno has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
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 Executive Director and CEO of the Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa.
She has held various positions in the public sector and academia and has extensive experience of development strategies globally. She is a former Executive Director of the World Bank Group and former Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) where she also served on the Monetary Policy Committee and as the G20 Forum Central Bank Deputy for South Africa.
She has held numerous board positions in the public and private sectors. She holds a PhD and MA from the University of Delaware. Her areas of specialisation are Development Economics, Urban Economics and Policy Analysis.
Laetitia Tankwe, Advisor to the president of the board of trustees, Ircantec
Laetitia Tankwe is advisor to the president of the board of trustees of Ircantec, an €11Bn pay-as-you-go complementary French pension scheme. She has more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector. She joined from Banque Populaire Méditerranée, where she was advisor to the chief executive. She joined the BPCE financial group in 2011. She previously worked at Bâtirente, a Canadian pension fund, as extra-financial risks manager, and has been involved in different working groups of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (The PRI).
Throughout her career, Laetitia had the opportunity to lead transformation projects (digital transformation, transformation to comply to regulation modification, elaboration and implementation of a responsible investment strategy).
She has an extensive experience in multi-stakeholder dialogs (policy makers, NGOs, companies, investors).
She is a steering committee member of the Initiative Climate Action 100+ and member of the PRI francophone advisory group.
Laetitia was born in 1976. She holds an MBA of HEC Montreal, a Master 2 of Finance and economics from the University Paris IX Dauphine and a Master 2 of Sciences politics from the University Paris 1 Sorbonne.
Xander den Uyl, Trustee, ABP
Xander den Uyl graduated in economics at the University of Amsterdam. He joined the union of public service employees Abvakabo FNV in 1979 as a policy advisor. In 1990 he was elected as a member of the executive board of Abvakabo FNV. He worked as a negotiator for the national contracts for employees in state and local government and for the public service pension scheme. After working in the Civil Service for four years, he was elected as General Secretary of Abvakabo FNV in 2004 , a position he has held till 2010. Xander den Uyl was vice president of ABP until 2013 and returned to the board of ABP as a trustee on behalf of the pensioners in 2015. He is also vice president of pension fund PWRI and an overseer for two other pension funds in the Netherlands. As a pension fund board member he has been involved in responsible investment since the nineties.
Sharon Hendricks, Chair of the Board, CalSTRS
Sharon Hendricks, a communication studies faculty member at Los Angeles City College for the past 15 years, was elected in 2011 to the California State Teachers Retirement System Board where she currently leads as Chair of the Board. While on the board, she has advocated for the development of investment beliefs, transparency on investment fees, and managing environmental, social and governance risks.
Sharon also serves faculty as Treasurer and Retirement Liaison for the 5,000 full and part-time faculty members of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT 1521. She is active in the Community College Council of the California Federation of Teachers and serves on the working group for the Trustee Leadership Forum, part of the Institute for Responsible Investment at Harvard, the American Federation of Teachers Trustee Council and the California Trustee Network. She recently co-founded Trustees United, a trustee led initiative focused on the investment risk of sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace.
Directors elected by non asset owners
Wendy Cromwell, Vice Chair, Wellington Management
As vice chair, Wendy is a senior member of the firm’s management team and acts as an aide to the chairman and CEO with respect to external affairs of the organization, with a focus on representing our firm globally with clients, prospects, and industry groups in speaking about our business and industry. She is also the director of Sustainable Investment, setting the research agenda and strategy for the firm’s sustainable investment practice, including impact, climate, and long-term engagement strategies.Wendy is a member of the firm’s Compensation Committee, Investment Stewardship Committee, Managing Director Advisory Committee and Hedge Fund Review Group, and serves as chair of the Wellington Management Australia Board and the Strategic Relationship Advisory Committee.
Previously, Wendy conducted research on long-term multi-asset themes and led the development of multi-asset portfolios for the firm’s global client base as the director of Global Multi Asset Strategies.
Wendy received her MBA, with honors, from Vanderbilt University (Owen, 1995) and her BBA, summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi (1993) where she was awarded the Taylor Medal for academic excellence. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Tycho Sneyers, Managing Partner, LGT Capital Partners
Tycho Sneyers is a managing partner at LGT Capital Partners, where he has served on the Executive Management Team since 2001. He has initiated and led the firm‘s ESG efforts since 2002. He has chaired the ESG Committee since its inception and has steered the firm‘s efforts in deeply embedding ESG principles in the investment processes for its various asset classes.
Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Tycho co-founded Altgate Capital, a research and advisory firm dedicated to alternative investments. Before that, he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Equities and Investment Banking divisions in London and New York. Prior to that, Tycho worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in the Financial Services Strategy group, where he focused on international banking and insurance projects in Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris.
Tycho holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA in Economics from the University of Antwerp. He is a Belgian/Swiss national, who is fluent in English, Dutch and French, and conversant in German and Spanish.
Peter Webster, Director of International Affairs, Vigeo Eiris & CEO EIRIS Foundation
Peter was Executive Director/CEO of EIRIS from 1983 until it merged with Vigeo to form the new Vigeo Eiris ratings agency in 2015. In that capacity he was responsible for devising strategy and working with the Board. As the organisation grew over the years from two to 60 staff plus partners around the world, and from a UK to a global client base, he has had a variety of responsibilities for research, marketing, personnel, IT, legal and financial matters at different times as well as representing the agency in public.
Within Vigeo Eiris Peter is now Director of International Affairs with additional responsibilities for the integration of the two former agencies, and he is a member of the Vigeo Eiris Executive Committee, reporting directly to the CEO. He remains the CEO of the EIRIS Foundation which advises charities on responsible investment and will also explore ways and models by which responsible investment and corporate responsibility can best contribute to the transition to a long term sustainable economy for the benefit of investors and other stakeholders alike.
Peter has a mathematics degree from Balliol College, Oxford, and an MBA from the Open University.
Permanent UN advisors
Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director UN Global Compact
Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.
Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms. Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S since 2002. She was in charge of several business areas and pioneered the first Novo Nordisk strategy on sustainability, spearheading the integration of sustainability into the heart of the business, showcasing the mutual benefits for both the company and society.
Before 2002, Ms. Kingo held various positions at NovoZymes A/S and Novo A/S, including Director of Environmental Affairs and Senior Vice President of Business Support. She was responsible for a number of areas covering growth and operations such as Environmental Affairs, People Management, Communications and Branding. Furthermore Ms. Kingo was the founder and primary force behind the first sustainability strategy at NovoZymes.
Until Ms. Kingo started her work with UN Global Compact, she was chair of the board at Steno Diabetes Center and has throughout her career, held a number of board positions in foundations as well as in companies, such as Grieg Star Shipping in Norway and GN Great Nordic. She was also a Professor at the Medical Faculty, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and the Chair of the Danish Council for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Ms Kingo has received several awards such as the Edinburgh Medal and the Copenhagen Business School 2018 Honorary Alumni Award. She is also a UN Gender Champion.
Ms. Kingo holds a Master of Science degree in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, United Kingdom, a Bachelors of Arts in The Science of Religions and Ancient Greek Culture from the Universities of Aarhus and Odense, Denmark as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Economics from the Copenhagen Business School. She is also certified by INSEAD’s International Directors Program in Corporate Governance.
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI
Eric Usher currently heads the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, UNEP FI, a global partnership bringing together the UN with more than 230 banks, insurers and asset managers working to develop the sustainable finance and responsible investment agendas. Eric oversees governance, strategy and day-to-day management of UNEP FI’s work programme and global network development. Over the years UNEP FI has established some of the most important sustainability oriented frameworks within the finance industry, including the Principles for Responsible Investment (2006), the Principles for Sustainable Insurance(2012) and work now underway on the establishment of Principles for Responsible Banking.
Since joining in 2015, Mr. Usher has focused on accelerating the deep integration of sustainability risks into financial practice, including addressing climate change, natural capital loss and human rights abuses, as well as building out the frameworks for positive impact finance needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Eric sits on several industry bodies including as UN representative on the Board of the Principles for Responsible Investment, as a member of the Evaluation Council of the French sovereign green bond, as Director for the impact fund REPP Africa and founder of the Seed Capital Assistance Facility.
Prior to leading UNEP FI, Mr. Usher has over twenty years of experience in the low carbon sectors, spanning technology commercialisation in Canada, solar rural electrification in Morocco and financial sector development across emerging markets. During 2011, Mr. Usher worked on the establishment of the Green Climate Fund and led efforts to create its Private Sector Facility. Eric has been an editor of the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report published annually with Bloomberg and was lead author for finance of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources. Before joining the UN, Eric was General Manager of a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco.