The NCFA Secretariat is comprised of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the Global Canopy Programme (GCP).
UNEP FI is a unique global partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the global financial sector. UNEP FI works closely with over 200 financial institutions who are Signatories to the UNEP FI Statements, and a range of partner organizations, to develop and promote linkages between sustainability and financial performance. Through peer-to-peer networks, research and training, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote, and realise the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations.
GCP is a tropical forest think tank working to demonstrate the scientific, political and business case for safeguarding forests as natural capital that underpins water, food, energy, health and climate security for all. GCP works through its international networks – of forest communities, science experts, policymakers, and finance and corporate leaders – to gather evidence, spark insight, and catalyse action to halt forest loss and improve human livelihoods dependent on forests.
The UNEP FI Secretariat:
|Eric Usher, Officer in Charge, UNEP Finance Initiative, is Co-Director of the NCFA Secretariat, overseeing NCFA strategy and outreach. He leads on fundraising with the UNEP FI network and oversees the positioning of the NCFA within UNEP FI’s activities and in relation to UNEP’s broader programmes. He also leads on advocacy with financial institutions. Eric 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. 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. Specifically this work had him leading a team of specialists advising on establishment of the fund’s Private Sector Facility. During 2014 Eric worked closely with UNEP FI in supporting the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York and specifically the launch of the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition. 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 author for finance 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.
|Anders Nordheim, UNEP FI Programme Coordinator for Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Water, works on strategy, implementation and outreach in the NCFA Secretariat. He was previously Head of Policy and Research at Eurosif, responsible for a number of policy initiatives and research reports including the European SRI Study 2012. He has experience in financial, environmental, social and corporate governance analysis with RiskMetrics Group and MSCI, where he analysed corporate information to write research reports on publicly traded companies and engaged with companies. He also has experience from private wealth management. Anders has a Master’s degree in Applied Economics, with specializations in natural resource economics and applied international trade.|
The GCP Secretariat:
|Andrew Mitchell, Founder and Executive Director of Global Canopy Programme, leads on fundraising and strategy in the NCFA Secretariat. Andrew was instrumental in developing the partnership with UNEP FI, which led to the launch of the NCD at Rio+ 20. Andrew is a Zoologist with extensive field experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America, combined with a 30-year career spanning research, journalism, broadcasting, policy and environmental project management. He pioneered scientific exploration of forest canopies and co-founded NGOs such as Earthwatch Europe. He is also a special adviser to the Prince of Wales’ Rainforest Project.|
|Marie Morice is Head, Natural Capital Finance Programme at GCP and Programme Lead for the NCFA secretariat, facilitating the implementation of the NCD through its four Working Groups.
Marie brings 15 years’ experience galvanising global issue-led initiatives and leading agenda-setting advocacy efforts with conservation, transport, management consulting, and banking sectors.Over the past 4 years, Marie worked at Barclays as Head of Global Sustainability Strategy and Delivery, where she gained buy-in from C-Suite, spearheaded cause-related campaigns to shape policy, and linked shared value to commercial opportunities. Prior to Barclays, Marie has focused on a wide range of environmental and social issues in roles at Accenture, CSR Asia, Department for Transport and WWF-UK, across multiple geographies, Europe, Asia, Africa and the US.
|Danielle Carreira is Project Manager of the Natural Capital Finance Alliance. Danielle manages work programmes to build capacity for financial institutions to strengthen management of environmental risks and opportunities. As part of the NCFA Secretariat, she oversees projects to support implementation of commitments to understand, embed, account for and report on natural capital.
She was previously Account Director at Trucost, responsible for the management and deliver of research projects for the finance sector on a broad range of key thematic environmental issues. Prior to this Danielle worked as at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) where she was responsible for the development and coordination of investor engagements with companies and policy makers on environmental issues.
She has also worked at FTSE where one of her main responsibilities was to engage with global companies within the mining, oil & gas, media and financial sectors around environmental, social and governance criteria employed by the FTSE4Good Index series. Danielle holds an MA in International Finance and a BSc in Economic Sciences.