All board members are from organisations that are part of IIGCC.
Peter Damgaard Jensen – Chair
Peter Damgaard Jensen was CEO of PKA from 2001 to Spring 2020. PKA is one of the largest occupational pension funds in Denmark. It has more than 300,000 members, mainly employees in the public social and health sectors, with €40 bn in assets under management. Peter is also a member of the board in The Danish Insurance Association and has previously been chair and vice chairman of the board.
He also sits on the advisory board of the Danish SDG Fund and is a commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation. Peter graduated in 1981 from The University of Aarhus as a master of Political Science.
Grégoire Haenni – Vice Chair
Chief Investment Officer
Caisse de prévoyance de l'Etat de Genève
Grégoire Haenni is the Chief Investment Officer of the pension fund of the state of Geneva (CPEG) he joined in June 2014. He is responsible for the pension fund’s asset allocation efforts for all multi-asset classes.
Prior to that, he was the CIO of the pension fund of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, based in Geneva, Switzerland. During his almost 5-year time at CERN, he put in place an investment framework today acknowledged as the CERN Investment Model. Grégoire also headed the Research and Investment Department of Bank of China (Suisse) Fund Management SA
Grégoire also founded Bedrock Alternative Asset Management SA, a subsidiary of Bedrock Group where he led the research and portfolio management activities. From 2001 to 2007, Grégoire was a fund manager and a senior analyst at Pictet & Cie’s Alternative Investment Department. He started his career in 1997 as a financial analyst and portfolio manager at Merchiston Management SA.
Grégoire holds a PhD in Mathematical Statistics of the Econometrics Department of the University of Geneva where he specialized in multi-dimensional statistics giving lectures to BSc. and MSc. students.
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.
Erik Kleväng Callert
Group Chief Investment Officer
Erik Kleväng Callert is Group Chief Investment Officer at Nordea Life & Pensions, responsible for the €47 billion balance sheet managed by the firm’s entities across Finland, Norway and Sweden, in traditional and unit linked products.
He is a member of the Nordea Life & Pensions Executive Management Group and the Nordea Wealth Management Leadership Team. Erik has been active in the asset management sector in various roles at SPP, Storebrand, Handelsbanken and Alecta for 25 years. Erik received a M.S. degree in Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 1994.
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.
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.
Karlijn van Lierop
Director for Responsible Investment and Member of Management Fiduciary Advice
Karlijn van Lierop is Director of Responsible Investment & Governance at MN, heading of the Responsible Investment team and a member of the management team of Fiduciary Advise at MN.
In this role, Karlijn is responsible for the integration of social, environmental and governance issues in MN’s investment decision-making across all asset classes, including the integration of a comprehensive climate change mitigation agenda, and advising clients on their responsible investment strategies. Under Karlijn’s directorship, MN has developed a strong climate strategy including a climate engagement program, a process to mitigate climate-related risks in portfolio construction to secure investment returns in the long run, and a thematic impact investment program that aims to accelerate the energy transition through investments in renewable energy and circular economy.
Karlijn was member of the UNPRI Steering Committee Water and the UNPRI Steering Committee Sustainable Palm Oil. She has a background in sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility was the founder and chair of the Dutch Task Force on Sustainable Palm Oil, an initiative closely linked to the Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
Director of Ethics and Engagement
Church of England Pensions Board
Adam Matthews is the Director of Ethics and Engagement 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.
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.
Helena Viñes Fiestas
Global Head of Stewardship and Policy, Deputy Global Head of Sustainability, Sustainability Centre
BNP Paribas Asset Management
Helena leads research, policy and stewardship activities on sustainability for BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNP AM).
Prior to joining BNP AM, Helena was Policy Adviser in Oxfam’s Private Sector Advocacy Team from 2005-2011, leading Oxfam's advocacy work on responsible investment and engagement with institutional investors in support of poverty reduction. Before that, Helena worked as an SRI analyst and also for Global Witness.