Chair


Directors elected by asset owners


Directors elected by non asset owners


Permanent UN advisors


Biographies

Chair

Martin Skancke

Board chair: Martin Skancke

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, Chair, HESTA Super fund

Board member: Angela Emslie

Angela is Chair of HESTA Super fund which invests in more than AU$32b on behalf of 800,000 plus defined contribution members working in the health and community services sector in Australia. Angela combines a unique portfolio career in Australia as a company director and management consultant. She has extensive governance and investment expertise, having served on a range of superannuation funds and related boards over 20 years.  She is President of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and a director of Frontier Investment Advisors and Suicide Prevention Australia. Angela has a range of expertise including strategic, governance and investment-related skills. She 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)

Board member: Eva Halvarsson

Eva Halvarsson is since 2006 CEO of the Second Swedish National Pension Fund, AP2. With more than SEK 300 billion (approx. USD 36 billion) under management in virtually every asset class and all parts of the world, AP2 is one of northern Europe’s largest pension funds.

Before joining AP2 she worked for ten years for the Swedish Government, responsible for the management of the large portfolio of state owned companies. She started her career as an accountant.

Ms Halvarsson took part in the working group that brought forward the Swedish Corporate Governance Code in 2004. For several years, she served on the Swedish Corporate Governance board. She has been a board member of several large companies and has chaired the nomination committees of some of Sweden’s largest listed companies. At the present she is deputy chairman of the board of the University of Gothenburg and on the board of Vasakronan, the largest real estate company in Sweden, as well as on the advisory board of Women´s Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility.

Eva Halvarsson was born in 1962 and holds a 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)

Board member: Hiromichi Mizuno

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) 

Board member: Renosi Mokate

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

Board memeber: Laetitia Tankwe

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

Board members: Xander den Uyl

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.

Directors elected by non asset owners

Wendy Cromwell, Vice Chair, Wellington Management

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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. Starting in January 2019, she will serve as a director on the board of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investing.

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

Board members: Tycho Sneyers

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

Board members: Peter Webster

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

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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

Board members: Eric Usher

Eric Usher brings over twenty years of experience in the low-carbon sectors, spanning commercialisation of technology in Canada, an entrepreneurial venture in Morocco, and financial sector development across emerging markets.

During 2014 Eric worked closely with UNEP FI in supporting the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York, including the launch of the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition.

In his previous role as Head of UNEP’s Energy Branch Finance Unit, his focus was on structuring public-private instruments for financing climate infrastructure. An example is the Seed Capital Assistance Facility, a joint venture with the Asian and African Development Banks that works via private equity funds to mobilize seed investment for early stage clean-energy ventures.

During 2011 Eric was seconded to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn to support development of the Green Climate Fund. He led a team of specialists advising on establishing the fund’s Private Sector Facility.

Eric is co-editor of the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report published annually by Frankfurt School UNEP Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, is co-author of various studies examining the role of public and private finance in climate mitigation and was lead finance author of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources.

Before joining UNEP, Eric was General Manager of a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD, France, and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.