Role of the NCFA Steering Committee
The Steering Committee is a decision-making governance body to support the NCFA and provides guidance to the NCFA Secretariat. Steering Committee members oversee strategy and provide direction and oversight for the Working Groups and the Secretariat, as well as contributing expertise and insight in relevant areas.
In addition the Steering Committee:
• Is responsible for ensuring that all working groups deliver effective and complementary outputs to support implementation of the NCD commitments, supported by an adequate peer review process.
• Reviews progress across all Roadmap activities on a quarterly basis.
• Reviews key implementation planning documents to agree milestones and outputs for NCD implementation.
• Reviews key outputs of Working Groups to ensure they support implementation of NCD commitments, delivering against objectives in the roadmap and business plan. Members of the Committee will evaluate progress across working groups against work plans and timescales.
• Will oversee budgetary decisions on the distribution of funds across working groups and expenditure within working groups.
• Will work with the Secretariat to ensure that Working Groups establish adequate third-party independent peer review processes to help ensure the quality and credibility of outputs.
NCFA Steering Committee members 2016
Namita Vikas, Group President & Managing Director, Climate Strategy and Responsible Banking, YES BANK and Chair of the NCD Namita Vikas spearheads YES BANK’s Version 2.0 Vision & Strategy of further strengthening the bank as a commercially viable financial institution with sustainability principles incorporated within its core operations. Mainstreaming sustainability and creating stakeholder value through sustainable development and finance are her key focus areas. Her work involves overall Sustainability Management, Research, Triple Bottom-line Accounting, Responsible Finance/Investing and CSR.In her current role, she also serves as a Board Member of “YES FOUNDATION”, which she set up and now guides its overall strategy. She is elected to UNEP FI’s Global Steering Committee. She also sits on advisory boards of Responsible Investment Research Association (RIRA), UNEP-FI Banking Commission, World Resource Institute – India GHG Program, Indian Centre for CSR (ICCSR) and Enactus India. Committed to sustainability, she has been serving as a member of UNGC, TERI-BCSD, Environment, Innovation, CSR & Sustainability Committees of Industry bodies, besides being a Jury on several sustainability awards like the World Bank’s Development Market Place Initiative for India and Tata Group Innovista Awards.She was a part of the committee set up by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India in drafting the CSR rules for India. With 24 years’ experience in Sustainable Development, CSR and policy advocacy, she has successfully held leadership positions with Marico, Microsoft Corporation and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Prior to joining YES BANK, she was the CEO of Marico Innovation Foundation.
Working Group 1 Chair
Giorgio Capurri, Group Sustainability, UniCredit and Chair, NCD Working Group 1Giorgio is currently Environmental Management Representative of the largest Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) registration in the world and serves as a member of the Climate Change Advisory Group of UNEP FI and the Advisory Council of the GHG Protocol, UNEP FI Project on financed emission. He has been working as a banker for 25 years, previously at Credito Romagnolo, then Monte dei Paschi di Siena to finally join Credito Italiano, merged into UniCredit in 1999. From 2001 to 2005 he was head of UBM (former UniCredit investment bank) branch in Paris, as permanent representative before the French treasury Agency. He spent many years in investment banking, mainly capital markets and fixed income derivative trading, before doing a Masters in Environmental Management and becoming an environmental specialist in Group Sustainability. Giorgio holds a degree in Economics and Banking.
Working Group 2 Chair
Marcos Mancini, Sustainability Director, Banorte and Chair of NCD Working Group 2As Director of sustainable banking at Grupo Financiero Banorte, the third largest financial institution in Mexico, Marcos looks to develop innovative financial products incorporating environmental and social components to them. Marcos is also in charge of developing different approaches for the bank to engage in the impact investing space.
He represents Banorte at the Sustainability committee at the Mexican Banking Association and at CESPEDES, the organization representing the World business Council for Sustainable Development in Mexico. Marcos also forms part of the steering committee for the Central America and Mexico chapter at ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs). He also teaches the Sustainable Finance module at the Banorte-Ixe / UNAM course. Marcos has consulting experience across several industries. Prior to his current position Marcos focused, as a consultant, on measuring and communicating sustainability value to accelerate the adoption of sustainability, integrating it throughout a company´s operations and inspiring strategies to deliver new customers, grow market share and increase profit margins. Marcos holds a dual MBA/MS degree from the University of Michigan (The Erb Institute for Global sustainable Enterprise) and an executive master in environmental management from EOI.
Working Group 3 Chair
Rosemary Bissett, Head of Sustainability Governance & Risk, National Australia Bank and Chair of NCD Working Group 3Rosemary Bissett’s role at NAB involves environmental and climate change-related strategy and reporting and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks into risk frameworks. Her expertise includes an understanding of emerging global climate change legislation, as well as natural capital value. Previous to her time at NAB, Rosemary spent two years at the Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria, as Board Secretary and part of the Executive team. She also worked in the water industry for ten years in areas including sustainability strategy, environment, trade waste management, cleaner production, customer and community education. Rosemary is currently a member of several not-for profit Boards including the Moreland Energy Foundation. She is also a board member of Sustainable Business Australia (an Australian network member to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development) and member of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Advisory Board.
Working Group 4 Chair
Kirsten Simpson, Manager Corporate Sustainability, VicSuper and Chair of NCD Working Group 4Kirsten Simpson has a decade and a half of experience managing and implementing sustainability, corporate responsibility and environmental projects across government, corporate and not for profit sectors. She has experience in developing and working with global sustainability disclosure and assurance frameworks. She played an integral role in authoring the latest version of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 sustainability reporting guidelines through her role on the G4 Technical Editing Task Force. She was awarded the grade of Lead Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (Lead CSAP) by AccountAbility for signing off sustainability reports to the AA1000 Assurance Standard. Kirsten sits on the International Integrated Reporting Council’s global Pension Network which aims to share knowledge and drive uptake of integrated reporting across the pension sector.As VicSuper’s Manager Corporate Sustainability, she works with the CEO and the executive team to deliver strategic initiatives across areas including environmental sustainability, stakeholder and community engagement, government advocacy, research and ESG integration. Kirsten is also responsible for delivering VicSuper’s Annual Performance Report and in 2014 she delivered their independently assured GRI G4 integrated report. During 2014 she also played a key role in delivering collaborative research on the state of Victoria’s economy and its reliance on natural capital. Kirsten has worked with some of Australia’s largest organisations including Wesfarmers, Newcrest, Amcor, RioTinto, CSL and Woolworths on sustainability strategy and assurance projects. Through this experience she has developed a demonstrated understanding of how environmental, social and economic impacts are measured and reported. Kirsten holds an honours degree in Earth Sciences and a Masters of Environment (Sustainability, Governance, Policy and Communication).
Working Group 1 Vice Chair
Jean Clinckemaillie, Project Manager, CDC Biodiversité, The Caisse des Dépôts Group and Vice-Chair of NCD Working Group 1CDC Biodiversity is subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts dedicated to biodiversity business with integrated expertise in ecology, finance and land management. The Caisse des Dépôts group is a public group, a long term investor serving general interest and the economic development in France. As Project Manager in CDC Biodiversité, Jean supports the implementation of a biodiversity strategy in The Caisse des Dépôts Group, developing innovative approaches to conciliate biodiversity and economic development. He has experience as a sustainability manager on infrastructure investment project and in corporate environmental responsibility.
Working Group 2 Vice Chair
- Courtney Lowrance, Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management, Citi and Vice-Chair of NCD Working Group 2Courtney is Citi’s Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM) where she advises Citi’s senior management and bankers on environmental and social risk issues and transactions globally. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of sustainable finance, and her team works with risk officers to ensure environmental and social risks are integrated into credit analyses and Citi’s portfolio management process. Prior to joining Citi, she was a senior consultant at AECOM, a global environmental consulting and engineering design firm where she served as a natural resources consultant for development finance institutions, as well as mining and oil & gas companies.
Working Group 3 Vice Chair
- Elizabeth White, Chief Strategist Sustainability, Global Economics and Strategy, IFC and Vice-Chair of NCD Working Group 3Elizabeth is Chief Strategist Sustainability, Global Economics and Strategy at the IFC. She has significant international experience in private sector, government, and development finance. Global Operations, Regional Strategy/Operations – Africa, East Asia, South Asia (India, Nepal), Latin America (Brazil, Argentina).
Working Group 4 Vice Chair
NCD Supporters elected to the Steering Committee
Frank Hawkins, IUCN Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)Frank Hawkins is a conservation biologist and policy advisor with many years of experience working with governments, civil society and local communities in Africa and around the world. Prior to joining IUCN, Frank was Senior Vice-President at Conservation International (CI). In addition to leading CI’s programme in Africa and Madagascar, he worked closely on green economy policy and land-use planning issues, emphasizing the value of nature as the basis for sustainable development, particularly in Liberia, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and South Africa. He has collaborated on a range of U.S. policy issues, including links between economic growth and natural resource use, mechanisms for promoting green investment, and multi-stakeholder engagement processes. He has organized events to highlight the potential for public-private partnerships to deliver nature-based development.
For 20 years until 2007, Frank worked primarily in Madagascar, with CI and other NGOs, where he conducted research on birds, lemurs and carnivores, and supported the government, local communities and local NGOs in implementing the National Environmental Action Plan. He has written or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed papers and 10 books, the latest of which is the Birds of the Malagasy Region.
Ray Dhirani, Corporate Change Manager: Sustainable Finance and Corporate Risk, WWF-UKRay Dhirani works mainly on sustainable finance and corporate risk at WWF-UK. Previously, he spent eight years working in the markets division at Merrill Lynch in New York. His educational background includes an Economics degree from the Wharton School in the U.S. and an MSc in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics in the UK. Ray focuses on climate-credible investing, financing sustainable ecosystems, and targeted policy work in the UK and globally.
NCFA Steering Committee honorary members (non-voting)
Ivo Mulder, REDD+ Green Economy Advisor for UNEPIvo Mulder leads the work on the economics of REDD+ and supports the work on private sector engagement as part of the UN-REDD Programme (an inter-agency initiative managed by UNEP, UNDP and FAO that works with +50 partner countries). Ivo co-founded the Natural Capital Declaration, alongside several novel sustainable finance initiatives when he worked at UNEP FI, and continues to support the NCD Secretariat on strategy, implementation and outreach. Ivo has over nine years of professional experience working in the UN, with consulting firms and NGOs on building the business case for companies – especially financial institutions – to deal with climate, water and ecosystem changes. He has published more than forty articles and reports in this field and he holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
NCFA Steering Committee alumni
Bill Rahill, Director, Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice of the World Bank Group and Chair of the NCD Steering Committee 2012-15Bill Rahill oversees a large portfolio of Bank’s operations, analytical activities, and programs around landscapes, forests, watersheds, fisheries, pollution, biodiversity, environmental economics and natural capital, as well as implementation of the World Bank environmental Safeguard policies.Previously, Bill was a Senior Manager in the Environment, Social and Governance Department of the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, a position he held from 2010 to June 2014.He joined the World Bank in 1993 as an Environmental Specialist/Team Leader, managing the Bank’s Montreal Protocol Operations. He subsequently was Country Officer for Papua New Guinea in the East Asia and Pacific Region, before assuming the role of Senior and then Lead Environmental Specialist in the South Asia Region, where he managed a portfolio of lending and analytical activities with a focus on energy, environment and global issues. Bill spent five years in the World Bank’s New Delhi office where he oversaw the environmental aspects of the India program. Bill then joined IFC as Manager in 2007 and worked on the review and update of IFC’s Sustainability Framework and Performance Standards among other things.
Before joining the Bank, Bill worked for IBM Canada as an Environmental Engineer and subsequently as Project Director for Lavalin Environment. Bill holds a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering, a MBA in Management, a M.Sc. in Finance, and a M.Sc. in Public Policy.
- Vicky Beukes, Social and Environmental Risk Manager Nedbank, and Chair of NCD Working Group 4 2012-15Vicky is an Admitted Advocate specialising in environmental, constitutional and human rights laws, at Nedbank. Vicky’s role involves Social and Environmental Risk and Compliance Management and advising business on legislative requirements and international best practice. His expertise includes an understanding of legislation affecting companies, drafting covenants for inclusion in client obligations, and an understanding of Integrated Reporting and water risk, Equator Principles and the UN Global Compact.
Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, Certified Ecologist, LEED AP, former Senior Sustainability Analyst at Calvert Investments and Vice-Chair of NCD Working Group 2 2014-15Gabriel works on the Environment Team at Calvert Investments integrating financial analysis with ESG factors and engages corporations on financed emissions. He covers industries including chemicals, power utilities, packaging and containers, construction and engineering, and paper and forest products. His research interests include financed emissions and stranded assets from both a risk and return perspective. Gabriel has 15 years’ experience in institutional funds management at various public and private sector institutions, and 8 years’ experience in financing sustainability worldwide. He has deep methodological, scientific, and financial knowledge implementing green investment strategies for capital markets, NGOs, and governments. He holds an M.B.A. and M.Sc. from the University of Michigan. He is a member of various international commissions for the IPCC, IUCN, and locally, Arlington County, VA where he is an Environment and Energy County Commissioner. Gabriel lead the opportunities work stream of Working Group 2.