All board members are from organisations that are part of IIGCC.
Faith Ward – Chair
Chief Responsible Investment Officer
Brunel Pension Partnership
Faith’s career has been dedicated to integrating and reporting on environmental, social and governance risks in finance and investment. Faith leads engagement with the fund management industry and is involved in industry wide initiatives to improve standards in responsible investment, corporate engagement and fund governance and reporting.
Faith’s roles include Co-chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), Chair of the Reporting and Assessment Advisory Committee for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), Member of the Ethics Investment Advisory Group for the Church of England National Investing Bodies, Vice-chair of the Investment Innovation Benchmark Assessment Committee and member of the Future-Fit Expert Council.
Jon Johnsen – Vice Chair
Jon is a Master of Science in engineering and has a graduate diploma in Business Administration. Before joining PKA in March 2020 Jon was group managing director/COO in PFA (Danish Pension Fund) for 10 years. Jon is chair in IIP and a member of the board in AIP Management. AIP is an independent investment manager dedicated to advising institutional investors on direct investments into energy and infrastructure assets in Europe and the US.
PKA Ltd is one of the largest occupational pension funds in Denmark. The PKA Group is owned by four occupational pension funds with more than 325,000 members, mainly employees in the public social and health sectors. At the end of 2019 the market value of the assets managed by PKA Ltd. was approximately DKK 300 billion (€42 bn.).
Ian Simm – Treasurer
Founder and Chief Executive
IMPAX Asset Management
Ian Simm is the Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management Group plc, which in 2018 celebrated its 20th anniversary and is today one of the world’s leading investment managers dedicated to investing in the transition to a more sustainable economy.
Impax currently manages ca. £15.0 billion in listed equity, private equity and fixed income strategies, primarily for institutional owners. Prior to Impax, Ian was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company advising clients on environmental strategy. Between 2013 and 2018 Ian was also a board member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s leading funding agency for environmental science; he is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the UK’s Green Finance Institute. Ian has a first-class honours degree in physics from Cambridge University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Chief Responsible Investment Officer
Church of England Pensions Board
Adam Matthews is the Chief Responsible Investment Officer for the Church of England Pensions Board, as well as Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI).
Adam founded and now Co-Chairs the TPI, an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative, which identifies companies’ preparedness for the transition to the low carbon economy. Adam is also the lead for the Church of England on the Mining and Faith Reflections Initiative (MFRI) a forum that convenes mining company CEO’s.
Adam also serves as a member of the Royal College of Physicians Investment Advisory Board and on the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Stewardship Advisory Group.
Head of Stewardship
Bruce Duguid is head of stewardship at EOS. As well as overseeing the team of engagement professionals, Bruce leads engagements with environmentally-exposed companies across the oil and gas, mining, and utilities sectors.
Prior to joining EOS, he was head of sustainability at the UK Green Investment Bank, where he spent four years working on the project to establish the bank. This followed a variety of corporate strategy roles, including a management consultant position at the Boston Consulting Group.
Caroline Le Meaux
Head of ESG Research, Engagement
Caroline joined Amundi in 2019 and is responsible for ESG Research, Engagement and Voting team within the ESG Business Line. She was previously head of the long-term investment department at the pension division of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) which is the fiduciary manager of several French pension funds, in charge of the SRI strategy, ESG and climate policy.
Before that, she was director of investment at FRR Fonds de Réserves des Retraites from 2011 to 2014. She was formerly fund manager at BNPPAM, managing Small and Mid-Caps European equities and has been head of quantitative analysis for European equities. Caroline began her career at Paribas Asset Management. She is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and is a graduate of Paris IX Dauphine University.
Managing Director Global Responsible Investment & Governance
APG Asset Management
As Managing Director Global Responsible Investment & Governance Claudia Kruse is part of the management team of the investment function reporting into the Chief Investment Officer on the Board of APG Asset Management. APG manages pension assets of ca 515 billion euro (April 2020) on behalf of Dutch pension funds. The twenty people strong global RI & Governance team based in Amsterdam, New York and Hongkong, safeguards the implementation of the clients’ responsible investment policies across all asset classes.
Before joining APG in 2009, she worked on the buy and sell-side in London for almost a decade. She is an experienced non-profit board member and serves on the Board of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). Since 2016 she has been appointed to the German Corporate Governance Code Commission, and she was a member of the EU Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (2017) whose recommendations inspired the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance. In 2016 she was voted CIO Europe’s Next Generation CIO Award winner.
In July 2020, APG together with PGGM, AustralianSuper and British Columbia Investment Management launched the Asset Owner Platform, setting a global standard for investing into the Sustainable Development Goals. Claudia co-chairs the Principles for Responsible Investment’s Advisory Committee on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and APG is also a member of the UN initiative Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) which seeks to advance investment into the SDGs.
Chief Investment Officer
Environment Agency Pension Fund
Graham has more than 25 years industry experience in the UK, Europe and Australia, primarily helping asset owners efficiently implement their investment strategy.
He is currently Chief Investment Officer of the Environment Agency Pension Fund, where he is responsible for overseeing the investment management arrangements of the £4.6bn portfolio, and for ensuring that EAPF remains a global leader in investing to address the challenges of Climate Change. Prior to joining EAPF, he helped establish, and led, the London based Portfolio Solutions team at Macquarie Group, where he focused on LGPS pooling.
Graham has been involved with the local educational activities of his professional body since 2013, previously chairing the IMC Panel and Exams and Education Committee, and was instrumental in the development, launch, and subsequent globalisation (through CFA Institute) of the Certificate in ESG Investment. He was a board member of CFA UK from 2015-2021, serving as Vice-Chairman for the final three years of his term, and now chairs the Sustainability Steering Committee.
Graham is also a member of the Responsible Investment Advisory Group to the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board.
Graham has qualified as chartered Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He graduated from Coventry University with a B.A. (Hons) in Financial Economics and from Durham with an MSc in Corporate and International Finance.
Jelle van der Giessen
Chief Investment Officer
Jelle van der Giessen is Chief Investment Officer at NN Group and is responsible for overseeing the company's EUR 170 billion general account investment portfolio.
Jelle initiated environmental, social and governance (ESG) awareness and responsible investing (RI) at NN Investor Partners, and has advocated to integrate ESG and RI to the general insurance investment discussions. This work resulted in his nomination as CIO of the Year 2018 for Insurance Asset Risk.
Jelle has previously held international positions in banking and investment management including a senior leadership role at ING Direct out of Madrid. He started his career at NMB, a former retail bank in the Netherlands. He holds a Master’s in Geology and Geophyiscs from the University of Utrecht Netherlands.
Listed ESG & Stewardship Manager
Kelly is a senior ESG investment professional who has been considering ESG issues since 2006. Her role involves integrating material ESG issues during the acquisition due diligence process of listed equities, property and infrastructure assets; Due diligence and engagement on external fund managers; Engagement with boards and senior management and; Research on thematic topics.
Kelly is also the Co-Chair of the Adaptation and Resilience Working Group (IIGCC), member on the Task Force on Valuing Water (Ceres), member on the Steering Committee and Research Committee (Sustainable Development Investments – Asset Owner Platform) and Alternate Director on the Climate Action 100+.
Head of Responsible Investments and Head of Global Client Group for Ireland, Scandinavia and UK
Roelfien Kuijpers is Head of Responsible Investments and Head of the Global Client Group for Ireland, Scandinavia and the UK at DWS.
Throughout her 35 years in financial markets, she has consistently championed sustainability, diversity and equality, serving as Chairwoman of Deutsche Bank’s Women on Wall Street program and helping establish its Women in European Business (WEB) UK and Germany chapters. She was recently announced as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker. Having spent the majority of her career in New York, Roelfien recently relocated to London, with additional responsibilities for the Global Client Group in Ireland, Scandinavia and the UK.
In her ESG role, Roelfien reports to the CEO of DWS, Asoka Woerhmann, who is a strong supporter of investor action on climate and sustainability. In addition, Roelfien helps develop DWS’ ESG strategy, chair its Responsible Investments Leadership Team, and drive change with stakeholders.
Global Head of Investment Stewardship
Sandra Boss, Senior Managing Director, is Global Head of Investment Stewardship for BlackRock and a member of BlackRock's Global Executive Committee. She is responsible for leading BlackRock Investment Stewardship in all its activities as it engages with companies to promote effective governance and create value for clients.
Sandy is a former senior partner at McKinsey & Co. focused on financial institutions, capital markets, and risk management in Europe and the United States. She served at the Bank of England as an external member of the Prudential Regulation Committee and the senior independent member and risk committee chair of the Board that oversees the system used to make high-value payments and implement monetary policy. Sandy also has served as non-executive director at two public companies: Elementis Global and Enstar Group.
At McKinsey, Sandy was a strategic advisor to executives and boards of global companies in banking, insurance, asset management, financial technology and a wide range of other industries. She joined McKinsey in 1994 and was elected Partner in 2000 and Senior Partner in 2004.
Sandy has held several other advisory and non-executive roles. She was a member of the Cross Border Resolution Working Group of the Institute of International Finance's Special Committee on Effective Regulation. She was also a Trustee for the McKinsey Master Retirement Trust and Chairman of the Edith Wharton Restoration charity.
Sandy received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994 and a BA from Stanford University in 1989, majoring in American Studies and Economics. Prior to joining McKinsey, she worked for Merrill Lynch and Company and Trammell Crow Company.
Global Head of Risk and Monitoring
Allianz Investment Management SE
Udo Riese is the Global Head of Risk and Monitoring at Allianz Investment Management (AIM) SE, based in Munich.
AIM SE represents the asset owner responsibilities of Allianz SE’s 800bn proprietary asset portfolio. Udo oversees the functions of portfolio risk management, performance measurement, reporting, monitoring and ESG integration. Udo was instrumental in defining and integrating Allianz SE’s ESG approach into the steering of all asset classes in its global portfolio.
Udo joined the Allianz Group in 2003, first at Allianz Lebensversicherungs AG in Stuttgart, where he was an expert advisor on derivatives and risk topics before moving to AIM in 2007.
Udo graduated with a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Tübingen. Prior to his private sector career in finance, Udo was a University lecturer and published researcher in pure mathematics.