2018 Speakers

Alex Bernhardt

Principal, US Responsible Investment Leader

Alex Bernhardt, Principal and Head of Responsible Investment (RI) for Mercer in the US, is a noted expert in catastrophe, weather and financial risk management with a track record of leading large, complex and innovative multinational projects. In his role as US RI leader Alex works with institutional investors of all types and sizes to address a variety of evolving sustainability challenges in their portfolios with a focus on climate change.

This work includes the facilitation of strategic governance exercises with investor boards focused on supporting ESG integration into investment policies, processes and portfolios. He is also responsible for driving innovation in environmental and social investment risk and opportunity assessment and (co)leads a variety of strategic research projects with internal and external stakeholders.

Alisa Gravitz


For over 35 years, Alisa Gravitz has led Green America, the national green economy organization. Green America develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems with a key focus on climate, sustainable agriculture, fair trade and responsible finance.

Green America operates the nation’s largest green business and consumer networks. As part of Green America’s Center for Sustainability Solutions, which focuses on transforming supply chains, she co-chairs innovation networks on carbon farming, sustainable agriculture, solar and clean electronics.

Ms. Gravitz’s board service includes Ceres, Positive Future Network, Network for Good, Non-GMO Project and Underdog Foundation. She earned her MBA from Harvard University and her BA in economics and environmental sciences from Brandeis University.

Alison Schneider

Director of Responsible Investment

Alison is the Director of Responsible Investment (RI) at AIMCo. She is a co-founder of GRESB Infrastructure (2015), and chaired the original investor working group. She contributes to global thought leadership on RI and recently authored a chapter in: The New Frontiers of Sovereign Investment (2017).

She co-authored ICGN’s Guidance on Diversity (2016) and ICGN’s Guidance on Fiduciary Duty (2018), sits on GRESB’s Infrastructure advisory board, and various boards and committees including: the PRI SDG advisory committee, methane advisory committee, ICGN shareholder responsibility committee and an investor committee for PIAC. She teaches a module on shareholder engagement for ICD and has presented at the UN, UNPRI, RIA, ICGN, Globe and Cambridge University. Alison is past president of Junior League of Edmonton, and lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family.

Andrew Collins

Director of ESG Investing, San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS)

Andrew Collins joined the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS) in 2018 as Director of ESG Investing. Previously, he was an ESG Investment Strategist with State Street Global Advisors and prior to that Technical Director of Standards Setting at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). He has also held roles in environmental auditing and consulting, and worked as a corporate sustainability manager for a publicly traded company. He holds a BS from Yale University and is a Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential holder.

Andrew Russell

Director of Fixed-Income Investments

Andrew Russell is Director of Fixed-Income Investments for the Pension Boards – United Church of Christ (PB-UCC) where he directs investment management activities for fixed-income portfolios benefiting UCC ministers and lay employees. He does the same for UCC churches, conferences, and associations on behalf of UCC associated ministry United Church Funds (UCF). Andy has direct oversight for portfolio management, research, analysis, trading, and risk positioning for all internally managed fixed income portfolios and he is responsible for their performance. He serves as lead portfolio manager for the Core-Fixed strategy and the Stable Value Fund.

Andy supports in several ways the special emphasis that PB-UCC and UCF have placed on achieving socially beneficial change by way of sustainable investing, particularly climate change. Notably, Andy and his team were instrumental in introducing green bond investing to the fixed income investment program.

Additionally, Andy advises the CIO and team regarding allocation to and selection of externally managed fixed-income strategies and their managers. He has contributed as advisor, speaker, and panelist at various investor forums. Before joining the PB-UCC in 2003 Andy spent over ten years at Chase Asset Management where he held positions as analyst, trader, and portfolio manager – managing both Vista mutual funds and institutional bond portfolios. Andy is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he earned a BA in History and Political Science.

Andy is a member of the Board of Managers of SRNY/Fraunces Tavern Museum – whose mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the American Revolutionary era through public education. He chairs the Board’s investment committee.

Andy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence – whose mission is to recognize and promote initiatives with goals related to improving academic achievement for all students.

Anna Pot

Manager, Responsible Investments

Anna Pot is Manager, Responsible Investments for APG Asset Management N.V., which manages €474 billion (December 2017) in Dutch pension assets. Anna started at APG in 2008 and currently works in the New York office with the capital markets teams on engaging U.S. companies and further integrating ESG considerations in the investment process. Anna is responsible for sustainability dialogues with companies and for APG’s inclusion/exclusion policy.

Before joining APG, she coordinated the human rights and business sector program of Amnesty International Netherlands, and managed a sustainable investment fund at ING. Anna has a Masters of Political Science, International Relations, Human Rights and International Law from the University of Amsterdam.

Betty Yee

State Controller, California

State Controller Betty T. Yee was elected in November 2014, following two terms of service on the California Board of Equalization. As Controller, she continues to serve the Board as its fifth voting member.

Ms. Yee was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006 where she represented 21 counties in northern and central California. She was elected to her second four-year term in 2010.

Now serving as the state’s chief fiscal officer, Ms. Yee also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards. These two boards have a combined portfolio of nearly $500 billion. Ms. Yee also serves on the Ceres Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization working to mobilize many of the world’s largest investors to advance global sustainability and take stronger action on climate change.

Ms. Yee serves on dozens of boards and commissions with authority ranging from land management to crime victim compensation. As a member of the State Lands Commission (and chairperson in even-numbered years), she helps provide stewardship of public-trust lands, waterways, industrial wharves, marine terminals, pipelines, and resources through economic development, protection, preservation, and restoration consistent with the state’s environmental needs. The development and extraction of oil, gas, and geothermal resources are part of the Commission’s purview, as well. Through other financing authorities, Ms. Yee is dedicated to creating incentives that will increase the number of affordable housing units in California, given that demand consistently outpaces supply.

Ms. Yee has over 30 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance and tax policy. Ms. Yee previously served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance where she led the development of the Governor’s Budget, negotiations with the Legislature and key budget stakeholders, and fiscal analyses of legislation on behalf of the Administration. Prior to this, she served in senior staff positions for several fiscal and policy committees in both houses of the California State Legislature. She also cofounded the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to the public service, public policy, and political arenas.

A native of San Francisco, Ms. Yee received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and she holds a master’s degree in public administration.

Brian Rice

Portfolio Manager, Corporate Governance

Mr. Rice is a Portfolio Manager in the CalSTRS Corporate Governance Department and has been working in the governance group at CalSTRS for over 15 years.   His main areas of focus are integrating sustainability considerations into CalSTRS investment processes and overseeing the CalSTRS sustainable manager portfolio, a $1 billion externally managed public equity strategy that employs fund managers incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment portfolio construction and management.

Mr. Rice also leads CalSTRS sustainability related engagement efforts and is the staff lead for the CalSTRS Green Initiative Task Force, a multi asset class team charged with identifying, implementing and reporting on environmental investment opportunities and risk management strategies.

Mr. Rice serves on the Advisory Board of the Climate Bonds Initiative and the Strategic Investor Initiative. Mr. Rice received an MBA from the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics-Business from U.C.L.A.

Cherian George

Managing Director, Head of Americas Infrastructure and Project Finance

Cherian George is a  managing director and head of the Americas in Fitch Ratings’ global infrastructure and  project finance group.  He is based in New York and manages ratings and analysis on public-private partnership and project finance transactions in the Americas, including the transportation, public and social infrastructure, sports, power and industrial sectors.

Cherian has 20-plus years of corporate, public sector, and project finance experience.  Until 2007, he was  the head of transportation  in Fitch’s U.S. public finance group.  Prior to joining Fitch in  1999,  Cherian was an assistant comptroller and head of  finance  for  The  Port  Authority of New York and New Jersey’s tunnels, bridges, and terminals business segment.  In the  early 1980s, he  was a purchase executive at Tea Manufacturing & Marketing Consultants, Private Ltd.,  Calcutta, India, with purchasing, materials management, and product costing responsibility for a new tea garden and two plants that manufactured tables and  stands for Singer Sewing Machine Co.

Cherian earned a BA in economics from Madras Christian College in India. He received an MA in economics and  an MS in management and policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dan Winters

Head of Americas

Mr. Winters has responsibility for furthering GRESB’s international scope by engaging institutional investors throughout the Americas, establishing industry partnerships, and expanding GRESB coverage among REITs, private equity firms and multinational lenders.

GRESB is an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real asset portfolios around the globe.  Institutional investors use this dynamic benchmark to engage with their investment management teams, aiming to improve the sustainability performance of their investment portfolios and the global real asset sector at large.

He previously served the U.S. Green Building Council as Senior Fellow for Business Strategy and Finance by providing leadership on a range of topics including green bond underwriting guidelines, asset valuation, and related business topics.  Additional professional experience includes tenures at Russell Real Estate and CBRE, and participation in several start-up technology companies.

He earned his Masters in Real Estate Finance and Development from Harvard, his MBA from Southern Methodist University, and is an alumni of the University of Wisconsin real estate program.  Mr. Winters is a lecturer at Colvin School of Real Estate at University of Maryland, and a Counselor of Real Estate.

Dawn Martin

Chief Operating Officer

Dawn M. Martin joined Ceres as its chief operating officer in 2015. In this capacity, she oversees programs, events and communications for Ceres with a focus on integration, alignment and collaboration to enhance organizational performance.

With 30 years experience working for social change, Dawn has led numerous initiatives aimed at leveraging the market’s influence to support strong environmental, social and human rights policies within government and boardrooms by promoting both the economic and social value of corporate responsibility.

Before joining Ceres, Dawn was the President of SeaWeb and served as the COO for Oceana and as the political director for American Oceans Campaign. She also served as Associate Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

As the Treasurer and Vice-Chair of the Board, Dawn serves as a Trustee for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors for The Ocean Foundation and SeaWeb, in addition to other advisory and editorial boards.

Dawn received her law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Her law degree includes an emphasis in international human rights and humanitarian law with certificates from the Institute of International and Comparative Law and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, as well as the Henri Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

Divya Mankikar

Investment Manager

Divya Mankikar is an Investment Manager on CalPERS’ Sustainable Investment team, providing subject matter expertise on how to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across the total fund. She is one of the founders of Climate Action 100+ – a global coalition supported by investors representing over $30 trillion to engage the top carbon emitters.

Divya joined CalPERS in 2015 with a decade of professional experience in sustainable investment. She was previously at Trucost in New York as the head of consulting to financial institutions in North America and led Patagonia Sur to develop the first certified forest carbon project in Chile.

Divya holds a BA and MA from Boston University in Energy and Environmental Analysis. In addition she has an International MBA focused in finance from IE business school in Madrid, Spain, and an MA in Law and Diplomacy focused in human rights law from Tufts University’s Fletcher School.

Ekaterina Grigoryeva

Environment and Social Development Specialist (Financial and Private Sector Investments)

Eric Usher


Eric Usher brings twenty five years experience in the sustainable energy and finance sectors, including an entrepreneurial venture in Morocco, financial sector development across emerging markets and responsible investment uptake globally. Prior to heading the UNEP FI Secretariat in Geneva, Mr. Usher was responsible for a programme portfolio advancing new public/private instruments for financing cleaner energy infrastructure and improving energy access. He was seconded to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change for development of the Green Climate Fund, specifically the fund’s Private Sector Facility. Eric is co-editor and 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 Marrakech. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, France, and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.

Frédéric Samama

Co-Head Institutional Clients Coverage

Frédéric Samama, Co-Head Institutional Clients Coverage, joined Amundi in 2009. He is the founder of the SWF Research Initiative. Formerly, he oversaw Corporate Equity Derivatives within Credit Agricole Corporate Investment Banking in New York and Paris. During his tenure, he developed and implemented the first international leveraged employee share purchase program, a technology now widely used among French companies.

He has advised the French Government in different areas (employee investing mechanisms, market regulation, climate finance, etc.) and has a long track record of innovation at the crossroads of finance and government policy. Over the past few years, his action has been focused on climate change with a mix of financial innovation, research and policy making recommendations. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and holds a diploma from Neomia Business School.

Gregory Wetstone

President & Chief Executive Officer

Gregory Wetstone is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a national non-profit organization that unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. Since assuming this role in January of 2016, he has led the way to dramatic improvements in ACORE’s organizational health, prominence and effectiveness in pursuit of its mission. Greg oversees ACORE’s strategic planning and core activities, including government affairs, communications, research and analysis, executive programs, market expansion priorities, signature events and fundraising.

Prior to joining ACORE, Greg served as Vice President for Terra-Gen Power LLC, a renewable energy company with utility-scale wind, solar and geothermal energy facilities. Prior to his six-year term with Terra-Gen, he served as Senior Director for Government and Public Affairs at the American Wind Energy Association and Director of Programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he founded the legislative program. Earlier in his career, Greg was Senior Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and played an important role in crafting a number of important laws, including the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Prior to joining the Committee staff, Greg was Director of the Air and Water Pollution Program at the Environmental Law Institute. Greg is a forceful advocate for the policies and financial structures essential to renewable energy growth, and has been widely published and quoted on energy and environmental issues over the span of his career. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the Duke University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida State University.

Herman Bril

Director of the Investment Management Division

Mr. Herman Bril joined the UNJSPF as the Director of the Investment Management Division 28 June 2016. He is adept at the management and supervision of the investment of complex institutional portfolios of various asset classes and he has progressively responsible experience accrued within international financial institutions in multiple countries, and broad level expertise encompassing asset management, pension funds, life insurance, investment banking, derivatives trading and treasury operations.

Mr. Bril has 24 years of work experience. Most recently, he was with Cardano Risk Management for 6.5 years serving as Group CFO and Managing Director, with postings in London, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Prior to Cardano, Mr. Bril spent 2.5 years as Senior Vice President, Head of Treasury and Capital Management at Aegon NV. Prior to Aegon, Mr. Bril spent 3.5 years as Head of Asset Management and Chief Investment Officer of Syntrus Achmea Asset Management, where he was responsible for Dutch pension funds with assets under management totaling Euro 45 billion. Before joining Syntrus, Mr. Bril spent 3 years as the Head of Treasury at FGH Bank and trustee of FGH Bank’s pension fund. He started his career as a fixed income derivative trader for ABN AMRO, Dresdner Bank and Deutsche Bank in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London.

Mr. Bril graduated from the Free University in Amsterdam with a Masters in Economics. Additionally, he graduated from INSEAD where he earned a diploma in Consulting and Coaching for Change. Mr. Bril completed

Hillary Marshall

Lead Research Analyst

Hillary Marshall is a Lead Research Analyst at Domini Impact Investments. At Domini, she is responsible for the application of the Domini Funds’ social and environmental standards to fixed income and global equities. In this role, she conducts environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis for individual companies and securities, develops industry-specific key performance indicators and focused research, and participates in engagements with companies. In addition, she provides recommendations to Domini’s Impact Review Committee, which is responsible for the review and approval of investments for the Domini Impact Bond Fund, Domini Impact Equity Fund, and Domini Impact International Equity Fund. Ms. Marshall joined Domini Impact Investments in 2013.

Prior to Domini she held an internship with Ceres in their Corporate Programs department. She was also a Clinton Climate Initiative intern with the William J. Clinton Foundation. Ms. Marshall holds a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Environmental Studies from Boston College.

Hui Wen Chan

Vice President, Corporate Sustainability

Hui leads Citi’s ESG reporting strategy, and supports sustainable finance and other cross-functional initiatives that drive environmental and social impact with clients and other stakeholders. She also currently serves as the North America Representative on the UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Banking Committee.  Previously at Citi, she was the Impact Analytics and Planning Officer at the Citi Foundation.

Hui has prior work experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining Citi, she advised clients across a variety of industries at Sagent Advisors, Inc. and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman Group). She also served as a Program Officer for the William J. Clinton Foundation’s pediatric HIV/AIDS program in Beijing, China, and was a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow and Associate Director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, focused on strategic planning and business development.

Hui is based in New York City. She received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kate Murtagh

Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director, Sustainable Investment

Kate Murtagh is the Managing Director for Sustainable Investing and the Chief Compliance Officer of Harvard Management Company, Inc. (HMC).  Ms. Murtagh joined HMC in 2006.

As Managing Director, Sustainable Investing, Ms. Murtagh is responsible for designing and implementing HMC’s sustainable investing program across all asset classes.  Ms. Murtagh developed HMC’s first sustainable investing policy and worked closely with Harvard University in its decision to become the first US endowment signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.

Ms. Murtagh was named a 2017 Leader in the Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for her innovative work in sustainable investing.

As Chief Compliance Officer, Ms. Murtagh is responsible for regulatory and legal matters relating to HMC’s investment activities.  In this capacity, Ms. Murtagh has extensive expertise in the structuring and implementation of various investment strategies including co-mingled funds, separately managed accounts, joint ventures, private REITS, and direct asset ownership.

Prior to joining HMC, Ms. Murtagh was a partner in the Business Law Department of Goodwin Procter LLP, a national law firm based in Boston, MA.

Ms. Murtagh earned a B.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where she served as Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review.

Kirsty Jenkinson

Managing Director, Sustainable Investment Strategies

Wespath Investment Management is the investments division of Wespath Benefits and Investments, a general agency of The United Methodist Church, managing over $23 billion in assets.  Kirsty joined Wespath in May 2014 to lead the Sustainable Investment Strategies (SIS) team. SIS ensures that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are integrated into Wespath’s investment selection and monitoring process.

She also directs Wespath’s corporate engagement and proxy voting activities. Previously, Kirsty was director of the Markets and Enterprise Program at the World Resources Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based global research organization.  She also spent eight years as a Director of Governance and Sustainable Investment at F&C Asset Management in London and six years in the Fixed Income division of Goldman Sachs International in London. Kirsty currently sits on the board of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.  She received an M.A. degree in International History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Kurt Summers

Treasurer, City of Chicago

Kurt Summers is Chicago’s 70th Treasurer. A native son of Chicago, Treasurer Summers manages the city’s $8 billion investment portfolio and is responsible for maintaining records and accounts of the city’s finances. He sits on four local pension boards with nearly $25 billion under management.

Since taking office in December 2014, Treasurer Summers has utilized his private and public sector experience to ensure that the Office of the City Treasurer maximizes its value for Chicago’s residents. From generating $57 million in excess investment returns for the city’s portfolio to developing a fund that will drive economic growth in all 77 neighborhoods, Treasurer Summers is focused on leveraging the office’s resources to increase investments in Chicago’s residents, workers, businesses, and neighborhoods. Treasurer Summers is also focused on empowering Chicagoans through small business support and financial education programs, giving them the tools and opportunities they need to fulfill their potential.

Prior to serving as Chicago’s Treasurer, Summers was a Senior Vice President at Grosvenor Capital Management and a member of the Office of the Chairman. In that role, Summers was a leader of the Emerging and Diverse Manager business, which invested over $2 billion in minority- and women-owned firms.

Prior to his time at Grosvenor, Summers served as Chief of Staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and as the appointed Trustee for the $9 billion Cook County Pension Fund. In that capacity, Summers led county-wide reforms to provide performance management in every department and to create a more sustainable health and hospital system. Summers also steered the closure of a $487 million budget deficit while keeping the administration’s promise to roll back the county sales tax, saving taxpayers more than $400 million a year.

Summers began his career at McKinsey & Company, a preeminent global strategy-consulting firm, and later served as Chief of Staff for Chicago 2016, the city’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Treasurer Summers is a lifelong Chicago resident and a graduate of Whitney Young High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Management Distinction High Honors from Washington University in St. Louis. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He lives in Hyde Park with his wife, Helen, and their schnauzer, Boston.

Lance Pierce


Lance Pierce is President of CDP North America, a global not-for-profit organization with US 501(c)(3) status and the world’s largest platform for investors, corporations and cities to share data, manage performance, and build action programs on climate, energy, water, forests and supply chains.

Lance has spent his career building new ventures and partnerships for impact at the intersection of international development, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and public/global policy. His work spans NGOs, the public sector, strategy consulting and Fortune 20 corporate experience across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

He previously held senior positions in climate, sustainable investing and corporate responsibility, including Executive Director of Ceres, the host organization of the $13 trillion Investor Network on Climate Risk and founding Director of the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.  In CSR, he has worked with AFP, the world’s third largest news agency, the World Bank and served as Director, Corporate Issues Management for former Fortune 20 food and consumer goods parent company, Altria Group.

Lauren Smart

Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Institutions Business

Lauren is Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Institutions Business at Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. Trucost assesses and prices risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints and broader ESG factors, enabling companies and financial institutions to understand exposure to ESG factors, inform resilience and identify the transformative solutions of tomorrow.

Lauren is an expert in sustainable finance and, over the last decade, has advised leading fund managers, pension funds, banks and DFIs globally on how to integrate climate change and natural capital analysis into their investment decision making.

Prior to joining Trucost, Lauren was a Senior Investment Associate in Global Equity Research at Putnam Investments specialising in Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Aerospace & Defence. She was also a consultant at DFID (UK Department for International Development), working on the Millennium Development Goals for Girls’ Education.

Lauren holds a BA (Hons) and MA from Cambridge University in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MSc in Anthropology and International Development from the London School of Economics. She is also a regular speaker and respected commentator on environmental finance issues.

Linda-Eling Lee

Global Head of ESG Research

As Global Head of Research for MSCI’s ESG Research group, Linda-Eling Lee oversees all ESG-related content and methodology. MSCI ESG Research is the largest provider of ESG Rating and analytics to global institutional investors. Linda leads one of the largest teams of research analysts in the world who are dedicated to identifying risks and opportunities arising from material ESG issues. She and her team have been widely recognised as the best SRI/ESG researchers by market surveys and awards.

Linda joined MSCI in 2010 following the acquisition of RiskMetrics, where she led ESG ratings research and was head of consumer sector analysis. Linda joined RiskMetrics Group in 2009 through the acquisition of Innovest. Prior to joining Innovest, Linda was the Research Director at the Center for Research on Corporate Performance, developing academic research at Harvard Business School into management tools to drive long-term corporate performance. Previously, she was a strategy consultant with Monitor Group in Europe and in Asia, where she worked with Fortune 500 clients in industries ranging from beverages to telecommunications.

Linda received her AB from Harvard, MSt from Oxford, and PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University.

Linda has published research both in management journals such as the Harvard Business Review and MIT’s Sloan Management Review, as well as in top academic peer-reviewed journals such as Management Science and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She is frequent media commentator on ESG topics and sustainable investing in outlets including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the New York Times.

Meredith Block

Vice President and ESG Analyst

Meredith Block is a Vice President and ESG Analyst at Rockefeller Capital Management.

She previously served as the Director of Programs for Africa and Asia at the Blacksmith Institute, an international non-profit dedicated to mitigating the negative externalities of rapid industrialization in emerging markets. She has implemented projects to reduce the environmental and human health impacts of industry and mining in over a dozen countries, working in conjunction with national governments, the private sector, community stakeholders and multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Commission on Environment.

She received her bachelor’s degree from New York University and her MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

Michael Garland

Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, Office of New York City Comptroller

Michael Garland is Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment for New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. The Comptroller serves as investment advisor, custodian and a trustee to the New York City Pension Funds, which have more than $190 billion in assets under management and a long history of active ownership on issues of corporate governance and sustainability.

Michael and his team are responsible for developing and implementing the Funds’ active ownership programs for public equities, including voting proxies at approximately 11,000 portfolio companies around the world; engaging portfolio companies on their environmental, social and governance policies and practices; and advocating for regulatory reforms to protect investors and promote sustainable capital markets. Recent initiatives include spearheading the Boardroom Accountability Project launched in fall 2014, which has helped to establish proxy access as a fundamental right at hundreds of U.S. companies.

Michael serves on the Council of Institutional Investors’ Board of Directors, where he is Public Fund Co-Chair; the Broadridge Independent Steering Committee; and the Grant & Eisenhofer ESG Institute Oversight Board. He also serves as Comptroller Stringer’s designated representative to the board of directors of CERES, a non-profit that works with investors, companies and capital market influencers to take stronger action on the world’s biggest sustainability challenges.

Mindy Lubber


Mindy S. Lubber is the CEO, President, and founding board member of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world’s largest investors and companies to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. She directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 120 institutional investors managing over $15 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Mindy also oversees engagements with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 firms, committed to sustainable business practices and the urgency for strong climate and clean energy policies.

Under Mindy’s leadership, Ceres launched The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability and The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing, visionary guides highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st century global economy.

In 2016, Mindy received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, and the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. The December 2015 online edition of Vogue Magazine featured Mindy as one of their “Climate Warriors”, one of the top 13 women advancing the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN Conference at COP21. In 2010, Mindy was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into core business strategies. She is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” by Directorship magazine.

Pete Grannis

First Deputy Comptroller, State of New York

Pete Grannis, first deputy comptroller for the New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), oversees the day-to-day activities of OSC’s divisions, which administers the New York State and Local Retirement Systems covering more than one million public employee members. In addition, he maintains the state’s accounting system and administers its $15 billion payroll; manages the state’s assets and issuing debt; reviews state contracts, audits state agencies and public benefit corporations; and oversees the fiscal affairs of local governments.

From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Grannis served as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. While leading the agency with over 3,500 employees and an annual budget of more than $1 billion, he positioned New York State as a global leader in the fight against climate change and championed a wide-ranging agenda for a cleaner, healthier environmental future for New York State’s citizens.

A state assembly member for 32 years, Mr. Grannis was a leading advocate for lobbying and ethics reforms and as chair of the Insurance and Housing Committees, his tenure in Albany was marked by significant victories.

Mr. Grannis’ legislative accomplishments have been recognized by numerous environmental, health, consumer, and good government advocacy organizations, including the first-ever recognition of a state legislator by the Consumer Federation of America.

Mr. Grannis is a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Saadia Madsbjerg

Managing Director

As Managing Director, Saadia leads the Foundation’s work on Innovative Finance, overseeing its ‘Zero Gap’ portfolio. Her responsibilities include developing next-generation finance mechanisms and large-scale blended finance funds that mobilize private sector capital towards the SDGs. Her work directly supports the foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world.

Saadia has been featured in numerous publications/outlets such as the Financial Times, Bloomberg, BBC, and the Wall Street Journal Live, among others, and frequently speaks at industry and finance events to advance the idea of innovative finance as a mainstream instrument of social policy. She is a frequent author as well, having contributed pieces to the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Project Syndicate, Fortune.com, Business Insurance, and many other publications.

Before joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Saadia was senior vice president for Strategic Planning at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Prior to NYCEDC, she was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company.

Sean Wright

Senior Manager

As a Senior Manager for EDF’s EDF+Business program, Sean leads EDF’s efforts working with oil and gas investors globally to drive enhanced methane management and disclosure from companies, and smart policy adoption at the state, federal and international levels. Sean draws upon his Wall Street background as an equity analyst at Credit Suisse and M&A advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In support of these efforts, Sean is the lead author of multiple methane-focused reports, including: Rising Risk, The Investor’s Guide to Methane and The Disclosure Divide.

Before joining EDF, Sean was an Associate Analyst in the Equity Research Department of Credit Suisse. Sean covered the energy and extractives industries, with a focus on coal, natural gas, steel and base metals commodities research. Prior to Credit Suisse, Sean was a Senior Associate in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Transaction Services group, providing M&A advisory services to a range of private equity and corporate clients.

Stan Magidson

Chair and Chief Executive Officer

Stan Magidson is Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Alberta Securities Commission, and possesses extensive experience in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and securities law and regulation. Before joining the ASC in July 2016, he was President, CEO and director of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes. Prior, Mr. Magidson was a partner for 21 years with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP where he advised corporate issuers, investors, financial intermediaries and boards of directors across the country on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities law and corporate finance matters.

In 1999, he was seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission where he built the team that is primarily responsible for the securities regulation of take-over bids and M&A transactions in Canada.

Mr. Magidson currently serves on the international board of the Weizmann Institute of Science and the board of Weizmann Canada.

Mr. Magidson holds an LL.M in Corporate Law from New York University and an LL.B from the University of Ottawa

Stuart Kinnersley


Todd Arthur Bridges

Head of ESG Research

Todd Arthur Bridges, PhD, conducts ESG Research and Strategy Development at State Street Global Advisors and is a Vice President on the Global Equity Beta Solutions Team. The Global Equity Beta Solutions research team is responsible for research across index equities, smart beta, and ESG. The team leads the thought-leadership efforts in these areas through white papers and strategy research development. Prior to joining State Street Global Advisors in 2017, Mr. Bridges was Head of Research at Ethic in Silicon Valley (San Francisco). In that role, he helped build the financial technology startup, and was responsible for developing the sustainable investing framework, integrating ESG data into portfolio management, and developing shareholder engagement strategies for the platform. Prior to joining this entrepreneurial venture, he was Managing Director of a cross-disciplinary research institute at Cornell University focused on the role of finance, technology, and governance in sustainable economic development.

Dr. Bridges holds MA and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University, and has completed research fellowships at the National Science Foundation, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, Oxford University, and Harvard University. He has published research and presented findings to institutional investors, corporate executives, and scientists in the United States, United Kingdom, EMEA, Russia, and APAC.

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