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Philippe Le Houérou
Wim Van Hyfte
Head of Global Finance & Head of Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance
Pierre Palmieri has been appointed Head of Global Finance as of 3 January 2012. He was previously Deputy Head of Global Finance (formerly Capital Raising and Financing) since April 2008. Prior to that, he was Global co-Head of Natural Resources and Energy Financing.
Pierre Palmieri began his career at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking in 1987 in the Export Finance department. Then he took the responsibility for a finance engineering team. In 1994 he joined the commodities finance team and was appointed Global Head of Structured Commodity finance in 2001. His responsibilities were broadened in 2003 to include the mining sector and again in 2005 to include trade finance activities. Pierre is a member of Societe Generale Group Management Committee since January 2011.
Pierre Palmieri is a graduate of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Tours.
Head of Export Finance
Hacina Py was appointed Global Head of Export Finance in October 2015.
She was previously Head of the Scarce Resources team for the Global Finance and Coverage and Investment banking divisions since 2012. She joined Societe Generale in 1995 as a credit risk officer and has held various positions both in commercial and transversal roles, in Paris and abroad in the Global Finance division.
She joined the shipping finance team in 1998, then moved to Brussels in real estate finance in 2002, before transferring to Madrid in the asset based team.
Back in Paris in 2007, she was appointed Deputy Head of the Asset Based Finance team and then took the lead of the Exposure Monitoring team in 2009.
Hacina graduated from the EM Strasbourg business school and studied finance at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
Economist & President of Positive Planet
Jacques Attali was born on the 1st of November 1943. Graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, he was the Special Adviser to French President François Mitterrand during 10 years.
He founded 5 International Institutions: Action against hunger, Eureka, EBRD, Microcred Group and Positive Planet Foundation.
Positive Planet Foundation is one of the most important worldwide Institution of support to microfinance. Positive Planet has supported more than 10 million micro-entrepreneurs.
He taught economics in many universities, such as Ecole Poltytechnique and Paris Dauphine. He advises many government leaders and CEO around the world on long term issues and strategical changes, such as technology, social behaviour and environment.
Jacques Attali has written 67 books sold in 7 million copies and translated in to 22 languages as well as more than 1000 op-eds in the french magazine l’Express. He conducts several orchestras over the world (Paris, Geneva, London, Jerusalem, Shanghai, Astana and Montreal)
Philippe Le Houérou
Chief Executive Officer
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group
Mr. Le Houérou, a French national, joined IFC in March 2016, bringing three decades of experience in international finance and development. His career includes leadership positions at the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he developed and implemented business strategies, helped increase lending and spearheaded new partnerships.
Prior to his arrival at IFC, Mr. Le Houérou was Vice President for Policy & Partnerships at the EBRD. In that role, he coordinated country strategies, restructured and redefined the EBRD approach to policy dialogue, and led other initiatives to support the organization’s private sector development and transition mandate. He was also responsible for the mobilization and management of donor funds for nuclear safety and for the EBRD’s engagement with key external stakeholders and organizations.
Before joining the EBRD in 2015, Mr. Le Houérou was the World Bank’s Regional Vice President for the South Asia Region. As Vice President, Mr. Le Houérou designed a new regional strategy, restructured the Bank’s portfolio in the region to improve its performance and more than doubled new lending. Previously, Mr. Le Houérou was the Bank’s Regional Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, where he led the Bank’s effort to mitigate the global economic crisis’s impact on the region and ramped up analytical and advisory work, as well as new lending.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Le Houérou held a number of other key positions at the World Bank, including Vice President of Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships; Acting Vice President and Chief Information Officer; Director of Finance and Resource Mobilisation; Macro-Fiscal Sector Manager; and Resident Representative in Madagascar. Le Houérou began his career in banking in the private sector, and initially joined the World Bank Group as a Young Professional, which included work in IFC investment operations in East Asia.
Born in Montpellier, France, Mr. Le Houérou grew up in North Africa and Italy and went on to attend the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Ph.D in Economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Positive Impact Finance, Program Lead
United Nations Environment Programme
Careen leads the Banking work programme of the UNEP Finance Initiative, a unique partnership between the global finance community and the United Nations established in 1992 to advance the active participation of the finance sector in the realization of global sustainability objectives.
Since 2015, Careen's core focus is to develop the Positive Impact Initiative, which aims to catalyse the finance sector’s ability to finance sustainable development – as per the Sustainable Development Goals established in 2015. At the heart of the Initiative lies the belief that the progress achieved to-date in environmental and social risk management can be built on to deliver a more holistic appraisal of the positive and negative impacts of financial institutions’ financing and investments, as a key step to switch on mainstream finance’s capacity to help drive the transition to a new, more sustainable economy.
This focus builds on close to 10 years at UNEP FI, during which Careen helped develop and expand the sustainable finance agenda in emerging markets, by supporting the development of strong in-country sustainable finance networks and the creation of a well-established training programme on environmental & social risk management. A strong believer in the need for simple communication tools for banking practitioners, Careen is also co-author of UNEP FI’s Guide to Banking & Sustainability.
She holds a Master in International Relations from the University of Kent in Canterbury, following an initial career as a linguist, holding a Masters from the University of Geneva.
After four years in Mexico City and three in Paris, France, Careen is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Head of Power Advisory & Project Finance
Allan has worked at Societe Generale for eight years and has been involved in the power sector for more than 30 years, initially as an engineer and then in finance. During his career he has advised on and/or financed power projects in Europe, MENA, the US and Asia, and in sectors ranging from green-field renewable energy, through gas and coal, to the acquisition of large international power portfolios.
Allan has extensive experience in the clean energy sector, including recently taking a leading role in the offshore wind sector. Most recently he has acted as Financial Advisor to a floating wind project, Dudgeon (400MW) and London Array (630MW) in the UK and the successful Borssele III&IV bid (700MW) in the Netherlands. He also advised an Asian client on the successful acquisition of an equity stake in a 900MW offshore wind development in Europe. In addition to his advisory assignments, Allan has been involved in arranging debt for several EUR1bn+ offshore wind projects in Europe.
In the wider clean energy sector, Allan has also played a leading role in carbon capture & storage field having advised on White Rose, Teesside Industrial CCS and Donn Valley projects in the UK, as well as serving on the UK Government’s original CCS Forum and leading the commercial section of the CCS Cost Reduction Task Force.
Allan has a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.
Head of Sustainable Investment Solutions, Global Markets
Isabelle Millat is Head of Sustainable Investment Solutions, Global Markets since February 2017. She has over 10 years of experience in the financial markets and derivatives products in particular.
She joined Societe Generale in 2006 and has held various roles within markets activities, notably as Chief Operating Officer for the Cross Asset Structured Products activity in New-York.
Since 2014, she has been a Financial Product Engineer in charge of developing cross asset investment strategies and index structuring for the Societe Generale Index franchise (SGI). Isabelle started her career in 2001 at Capgemini Consulting.
Isabelle Millat is a graduate of the ESSEC business school in France.
Co-Head of Institutional Clients Coverage
He is the Co-Head of Institutional Clients Coverage and an Executive Board member at Amundi.
He started his career in the French Treasury Directorate General where he served in units in charge of commodities and financial markets from 2008 to 2012.
He became then member of the cabinet of Pierre Moscovici, Minister of Economy and Finance, masterminding France funding policy agenda, contributing notably to the creation of BPI France, the French Public Investment Bank.
Before joining Amundi, he acted as advisor for Economic and Financial affairs in the cabinet of the French President of the Republic, where he served from 2013-2016.
Jean-Jacques Barbéris is a graduate from Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, agrégé in History, and alumni at both Sciences-Po Paris and Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He has been lecturer in advanced economics at Sciences-Po Paris From 2009 to 2012.
Director, Financial stability & special advisor on green finance
Direction Générale du Trésor, French ministry of Finances
Jean Boissinot is Director, Financial stability at Direction générale du Trésor within the French ministry of finances since 2017. He is also a senior advisor to the Director General, leading cross directorate work on a number of finance related matters including the engagement with the financial sector on climate change.
Within the Trésor, he previously held various positions most recently as the head of banking and financial sector analysis decision in charge of advising on domestic finance issues while also serving as secretary general to the Haut Conseil de stabilité financière (French macroprudential authority) and in the European Affairs department where he lead the division in charge of European financial institutions also serving as an alternate director at the European Investment Bank. From 2008 to 2010, he worked within the International and Finance directorate at HM Treasury, as a senior policy advisor in the Financial Stability team.
Economist, consultant, and independant researcher
Combining expertise in finance with strong strategic focus, AbdelDjellil executed and managed several assignments for leading investment banks and asset managers in Europe. Before creating Emena Advisory, a consulting firm, he also worked as a senior manager in charge of new products within a large investment bank.
Specialized in capital markets, green finance and industrial economics, he wrote several papers and gave lectures on those topics in several journals and universities. He recently co-wrote a book on green financial innovation recommending the launch of a new asset class: environmental impact bonds. He also contributed to the first report on positive economy submitted to the French President.
A graduate from Catholic University of Leuven and Paris Dauphine University; Abdeldjellil received his Ph.D. in industrial economics from Paris Sorbonne University and completed several executive education programs at IMD Lausanne and London Business School. Abdeldjellil is also a member of the French Official Statistical Authority (Autorité de la Statistique Publique), of several leading think tanks and associate researcher at CEPN Sorbonne Paris Cite.
Vigeo Eiris Enterprise
Muriel Caton has 24 years of experience in Investment Banking working in an international environment. Throughout her career, she held several positions in structured finance. She was appointed as Advisory Banker, then Head of the capital market department at RBS for France and
Benelux. At the end of 2013, she resigned from RBS where she was Managing Director and a member of the Steering committee. She contributed as a consultant to many of Vigeo’s operations since 2014. In January 2016, she has been nominated as Vigeo Eiris Enterprise Director. In her missions, she is also advising Nicole Notat, President of the group.
Director, Institutional Relations
At Sustainalytics, Antonio Celeste is responsible for directing business development and sales in Europe and for managing operations in France, with a focus on institutional investors. He has played an integral part in developing the ESG Signals product and Sustainalytics’ brand in Europe, as well as in establishing research partnerships with brokers. Antonio’s hard work was recognized in the 2013 Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey. He was voted among the top 10 client relations/salespeople for responsible investment and corporate governance research.
Prior to joining Sustainalytics, Antonio managed global sales and strategic partnerships for the socially responsible investment division of Vigeo (now VigeoEiris). Antonio also worked in London at EffiScience, acquired by BearingPoint in 2012, a pioneer boutique in machine learning applied to trading. Prior to EffiScience, Antonio worked as an engineer at Renault, PSA and FCA.
Antonio holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Turin and a finance-oriented MBA from HEC Paris. He speaks fluent French, Italian and English
David Chase Lopes
Managing Director EMEA
D.F. King Ltd
David joined Orient Capital in July 2010 and since his arrival has overseen more than 500 mandates for listed companies such as Groupe Arnault, The Walt Disney Company, Safran, Essilor International, Groupe FNAC, Veolia, Orange, Lafarge-Holcim, Ubisoft, BG Group, SABMiller, Reckitt Benckiser, Elan Corporation, PepsiCo, Unilever, RTI, Paddy Power Betfair, Nexans, Edenred, Renault, the London Stock Exchange and many others. In November 2014 David was chosen as Managing Director leading the business of D.F. King Ltd when OC acquired it.
Previously, David worked for John Mayo, CBE, in a series of vehicles including Beehive Capital, Efficient Capital Structures & Salisbury Associates and was European Co-Head at Georgeson until 2006. He started his career as an investment banker (1992 to 2005) at Deutsche Bank and Société Générale specialising in M&A debt financing for the Oil & Gas sector.
David holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University (School of International & Public Affairs), completed the foreign degree with honors from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College. He is professionally qualified with the Certificate in Corporate Finance from the CISI, is a FSA-approved individual and holds a Series-7 brokerage license. He is an associate-member of France’s CLIFF, including its Corporate Governance committee, the UK IR Society, Germany’s DIRK and the ICGN. He speaks regularly on Corporate Governance and Shareholder Engagement internationally.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Anne is Chief Sustainability Officer of ENGIE, an energy leader present in 70 countries since 2013.
Anne is an active player on climate change and international environmental topics with governments, civil society, and business stakeholders. She has been the leader of the Group for COP21 and COP22.
Thanks to a her day-to-day action, she contributed to position ENGIE on the A-List of the rating Agency CDP, and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World and Europe.
In addition to that, Anne was responsible for issuing € 5,25 billion of green bonds wich position ENGIE as the first corporate issuer.
Anne supports Access to Energy programs worldwide and is Vice-President of ENGIE investment fund with social impact.
As a woman, and mother of a 10 year child, Anne is also totally committed to promote diversity and training in the workplace and she’s an ambassador within her company.
Anne is Board member of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). She is also a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and was a rapporteur on new sustainable business models.
Head of Positive Impact Finance
Denis Childs began his career at Societe Generale in 1978.
In 1981, he moved to Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking to develop Export Credit Department. In 1993, he created the Commodity and Trade Finance worldwide Business line and integrated mining oil & gas and power project finance. During that period, he created the “Global Commodity Fund” (“Debt Fund”) and “Agrofinanzas,” a “Sofol” in Mexico (“Farmer Financing”).
End of 2008 he started a new challenge heading both the emerging and sustainable development department of the CIB and Group project aiming at integrating E&S as a financial subject in all activities of the bank (CIB, French and international retail). He is now in charge of all CIB ‘Positive Impact Finance including Environmental and Social Advisory. He is also a leader in the “Positive Impact Finance Initiative of UNEP-FI (United Nation Environmental Program Financial Initiative).
His main focuses today are to develop:
- Impact based finance to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in such areas as Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency, Mobility, Food Security, Healthcare and Social inclusion.
- A Positive Impact Market Place and associated Services
On January 2015 Denis Childs joined the Board of the UNEP-FI Banking Commission.
He holds a Master in Law from Paris I and an MBA from IV Universities.
Global head of Business Development - Pension funds and Sovereigns
Emmanuelle Choukroun is Head of Business Development for the pension fund and sovereign sectors. Emmanuelle joined SGSS in 2011 as Product Manager for Derivatives and Collateral Management offers.
She is today responsible for developing business solutions aimed at a clientele of pension institutions and sovereign entities.
Prior to joining SGSS, Emmanuelle worked for 5 years Lyxor, specialized in asset management, as ETF Head of Product Development.
Senior Adviser in Strategy for Market Infrastructure
With a more than 20 years experience through different functions in Front and Back Offices activities including Cash and Securities business, Pierre Colladon is Senior Adviser in Strategy for Market Infrastructures at Société Générale Securities Services. He is in charge of Clearing, Custody and Issuer Services issues in terms of “public affairs” and Strategy.
Involved in the European harmonisation efforts, he has been or is member of different T2S working groups (T2S matching fields workshop, T2S Schedule of the Day Workshop, Task Force for smooth Cross CSD Settlement, Task Force on adaptation to cross CSD Settlement or “TFAX”) and recently has joined the Harmonisation Steering Group. He is also Chairman of the French MIG (Market Implementation Group responsible for General Meeting and Corporate Actions European Standards implementation in France) and such as one of the creator of the “Easy MIG”, the un official instance gathering MIGs of the ESES zone. Member of the European MIG, he has recently joined the CAJWG (Corporate Action Joint Working Group), which is in charge of drawing Corporate Actions Standards in Europe and analysing any need or request for an evolution of these standards, and the JWWGM (Joint Working Group on General Meetings), which deal with the same kind of topics in the scope of General Meetings.
Head of Sustainable & Responsible Investments
Florent has 13 years of experience in the asset management industry, of which 11 years within LYXOR.
Since 2012, he has been in charge of New Products' risk analysis & validation as well as Risk Governance issues. He also took in charge the development of the Responsible Investment Principles (PRI) for LYXOR since 2014.
Previously, he spent 5 years as Structured Products Fund Manager at LYXOR portfolio insurance desk and prior to that, he was Quantitative Analyst during 2 years at AXA Investment Managers.
He is a graduate from Ecole Spéciale de Mécanique et d’Electricité (2003) and from HEC in International Finance (2004).
After five years in the financial audit department, Caroline has joined the EY Cleantech and Sustainability Services since 2003 after a MSc at the LSE in London.
She is in charge of the banking and insurance sector and she is dedicated to sustainable finance.
She is mostly involved in assignments related to environmental and social issues for the financial industry : Equator Principles, Principles for Responsible Investments, Positive Impact Frameworks, Green and Social Bonds, climate risks and stranded assets, etc.
She is assisting public corporations to set up the appropriate framework for identify and manage E&S risks and opportunities.
She currently advises several corporations in the definition and implementation of their 2°degrees strategy : assessing the alignment of portfolio with climate risks, enhancing the positive impacts related to sustainable projects, connecting the dots between climate goals, investment frameworks, and financial policies.
Caroline has a background both in agro-engineering (AgroParisTech) and in management (ESSEC)
Master of Sciences in Environmental Economics - London School of Economics,
Head of Cross-Product Impact Structuring
Sandrine joined the Societe Generale Positive Impact team in 2010 first as an E&S advisor, involved in complex projects. Since 2013, Sandrine has been responsible to develop financial solutions both for originators and investors dedicated to sustainable investments needs.
Also in charge of the ‘SG Positive Impact Program’, Sandrine organizes the identification of SG Positive Impact assets and manages their allocation to the different sustainable investment products developed (Positive Impact Bonds 2015 & 2016, Positive Impact Structured Notes).
Pioneer in the SG CIB Green Bond offer Sandrine has been involved in numerous Green, Sustainability Bonds with various issuers in the sector of Utilities with Verbund, Engie or EDF, but also with Public entities like SNCF Réseau or Republic of France, CDC, Ile de France and Ville de Paris, as well as ongoing Structuring Advisory mandates for a Leading European agency and German financial institution and corporate issuer.
Since 2010, as E&S advisor Sandrine has experience of Environment and Social assessment of international projects, assisting clients in meeting international E&S standards.
Sandrine joined Societe Generale in 2005, as Mining and Building materials industry consultant. Previously, she held various operating positions in the Mining and Building material Industry sectors.
Sandrine holds a Geology Engineering degree from “Ecole de Géologie de Nancy” (France) and an MBA from HEC Business School.
Alain Flas is since June 2017 the new CEO of Finvex, the Brussels-based company which designs and maintains robust financial investment solutions -notably indices- across all asset classes with a strong focus on sustainable investment universes combined with reduction of investment risk and enhanced stability of returns.
Before joining Finvex, Alain Flas was Global Head of Structured Investments Sales at ING Financial Markets. Previously, he spent more than 15 years in different senior Sales positions within ING. Flas was also founding member and Chairman of BELSIPA (Belgian Structured Investment Products Association). Next to his role at BELSIPA, Flas was also Chairman of the Board of the ISIM, the asset management vehicle of ING Group in Luxembourg.
He began his career as an auditor at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) Luxembourg.
Alain Flas holds a Master in Finance from the University of Liège.
Director of International Business Development
Julia HAAKE, PhD in economics, is Director of International Business Development of oekom-research, one of the world’s leading sustainability rating agencies, after having led oekom’s Paris office since 2011. She is in charge with client relations and acquisition in international markets. She is also oekom’s lead person of Sustainability Bond Services, including second opinions for issuers of green bonds. Julia studied economics at Kiel University, La Sorbonne in Paris and Versailles University.
She started working on sustainability issues in 1993 as a researcher in environmental economics at Wuppertal Institute and then Versailles University, where she worked on various French and international research projects as well as her PhD thesis related to business and industry action for dematerialization and environmental sustainability.
In early 2001, she joined O2 France, a French consulting company specialized in ecodesign and sustainability company strategies.
From 2003 to early 2008, she worked for La Poste first as Group Head of Environment and then Director Sustainable Development in the Mail Department.
In 2008, she joined WWF as Director for Business Relations. Her role there was to build up and steer partnerships with companies willing to participate through voluntary and ambitious strategies in the global reduction of humankind’s environmental footprint. She was also in charge with WWF France’s global CSR work, carrying out research work, publishing studies and coordinating lobbying work. At WWF she managed a team of 16 people. Julia Haake is co-author with Basile Gueorguievsky of the book L’Entreprise Légère, published by Delachaux & Niestlé in August 2010.
Vice President in charge of the Smart & Resourceful Cities
As from September 2014, Bruno Hervet is the Executive Vice President in charge of the Smart & Resourceful Cities of SUEZ Group.
From 2010 to 2014, Bruno Hervet has been the Executive Vice President of the International Division of the Group and previously, the Deputy Managing Director in charge of finance for Degrémont (from 2003 to 2010).
As part of his duties, he leads the strategy as well as the development and urban innovation activities on behalf of the SUEZ Group in France and abroad.
Furthermore, he represents the Group in the national authorities for the export strategy of the French expertise in Resourceful Cities.
He graduated from HEC (1994 class).
Group Treasurer, Executive Director Financing and Treasury
Guillaume Hintzy has been working for more than 18 years in corporate finance and project finance, with a focus on transportation and infrastructure industries.
After several years in advisory, Guillaume joined Dexia Bank as a director and co-head of PPP, within the infrastructure finance division.
In 2012, he became head of group financing at CMA CGM Group, the third worldwide shipping company and a key player in the port industry.
Since 2015, he has been leading the financing and treasury division of SNCF Réseau, the French railway infrastructure manager. In this role, he is in charge of supervising SNCF Réseau funding strategy, financial communication, treasury activities and cash management, as well as SNCF Réseau major industrial investments. Guillaume Hintzy is graduated from Sciences-Po and ESCP.
Dr. Sophie Jablonski
Senior Energy Specialist
European Investment Bank
Sophie Jablonski is a Senior Energy Specialist at the European Investment Bank, where she focuses on investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, both inside and outside the EU.
She holds a PhD in Energy Technology and Policy from Imperial College London, an M.Phil in Environmental Science from the University of Cambridge, and an M.Sc in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris (France) .
Sophie was previously a Research Associate at Imperial College Centre for Environmental Policy in London. She also worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she was dealing with energy and transport infrastructure operations in the Middle East & North Africa region.
Head of CSR Strategy and Change management
Annick joined the Societe Generale CSR Department in 2016, after 11 years being in charge of the “Luxury, Food and Consumer Goods” sector in SG Global Investment banking Coverage department.
Previously, she acted as Originator in Export Finance (Power sector), Coverage Manager FI, M&A, and DCM Originator. She began her career in the HR area.
She is a graduate from ESCP (1984) and an auditor of IHEDN (55è).
Head of Sustainable & Responsible Investment
Sycomore Asset Management
Bertille Knuckey joined Sycomore Asset Management in May 2015 where she heads up the Sustainable and Responsible Investment team and co-manages two SRI funds, Sycomore Sélection Responsable and Sycomore Happy@Work.
She started her career in SRI at French brokerage firm Oddo Securities in 2009 before joining F&C Asset Management’s Governance and Sustainable Investment division in 2010. In 2014, she moved back to Paris to join an independent French asset manager, Financière de l’Echiquier. Bertille has experience in international development and her publications include ‘Strategies for Reforming Fossil-Fuel Subsidies: Practical lessons from Ghana, France and Senegal’ (T. Laan, C. Beaton and B. Presta, IISD, 2010).
Bertille holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, an MA in Sustainable Development, Environment and Risk Management from Sciences Po Paris, a BA in European Studies from King’s College London, and the CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in Investment Management.
Head of Corporate Governance
Cédric Lavérie is Head of Corporate Governance at Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager by assets under management and in the top 10 globally.
He is responsible for managing a dedicated team in charge of corporate governance issues, including shareholder dialogue and proxy voting.
He is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the French Asset Management Association and the Shareholder Responsibilities Committee of the ICGN.
Prior to this role, he worked as a corporate governance analyst at Credit Agricole Asset Management and AXA Investment Managers and in risk management at Paribas (Suisse) SA.
He holds graduate degrees in Banking-Finance from Paris II University, International Economic Law from Paris X University and Politics from New York University.
Senior Manager Capital Markets Funding & Investor Relations
Willem J. Littel (58) is working for N.V. Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten (BNG) since March 2000 where he holds the position of Senior Manager Capital Markets & Investor Relations.
BNG Bank, “the Dutch Public Sector Agency,is a specialized financial institution for the public sector, which mission is to help minimize the latter's financing costs. BNG-issued debt securities are rated Aaa by Moody's, AAA by Standard & Poor's and AA+ by Fitch all with a stable outlook.
Mr. Littel’s prime responsibility is the funding of 15-17 billion EURO on an annual basis in all major currencies in various markets. Within the team he is also responsible for SRI issuance and is a member of BNG’s sustainability committee.
In his Investor Relations activities he is mainly responsible for Europe (including Eastern Europe), Northern Africa and the US.
Before joining BNG he was active in various trading and distribution functions in the financial markets both in the Netherlands and abroad since 1980.
Deputy Head of Sales for Global Markets
Albert Loo was appointed Deputy Head of Sales for Global Markets in January 2018. He was formerly Global Head of Sales for Fixed Income & Currencies and Co-Head of Cross Asset Sales since 2015.
Albert Loo began his career in 1991 at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking as part of the IT team in charge of asset management accounting project. He was appointed Head of Middle Office for Interest Rate Derivatives in 1994 and took charge of the Front Office Risk Management of Europe & Asia in 1996. In 1999, he joined the interest rate derivatives sales team responsible for French corporates and in 2001, he oversaw the French sales team for corporates & local authorities. In January 2006 Albert was appointed Deputy-Head of European Sales in Interest Rate Derivatives. In 2007, he became Global Deputy-Head of Interest Rate & Foreign Exchange Derivatives then Global co-Head of Interest Rate and Forex Derivatives Sales for Issuers in 2008. He was named Co-Global Head of Sales for Fixed Income & Currencies in April 2012.
Albert has a PhD in Thermodynamics from Paris 7 University, graduated from ENSIA Engineer School (AgroParisTech) and holds a Master's degree in Financial Markets from ITM.
Head of Sustainable Bonds, Debt Capital Markets
Stéphane Marciel, formerly Head of sovereigns, Local authorities for CEEMEA, is Head of Sustainable Bonds, Debt Capital Markets and is be based in Paris.
He works closely with the Environmental and Social Advisory and Positive Impact Finance teams in order to further develop the Bank’s sustainable financing capabilities.
SRI / ESG Manager
Sandra holds the position of SRI Manager at Lyxor since April 2016.
She has 19 years of experience in the financial industry including 9 years in Lyxor and 10 years in CIB.
Sandra joined Lyxor in 2008 as part of the Organization Team, she was in charge of the process review and Regulation projects (EMIR / DFA, MAR…).
Prior joining Lyxor she was in charge of the Equity & Derivatives Market Data Mgt within the Result Department at Natixis.
She holds a degree in Finance from the University of Paris 2 – Panthéon Assas.
Executive Director and Head of ESG Portfolio & Index Research
Véronique Menou is Global Head of ESG Portfolio & Index Research within MSCI ESG Research. Her role consists in developing and enhancing investment tools that leverage the models, content, data, and expertise of MSCI ESG Research products. She is responsible for the methodologies of existing and new MSCI ESG Indexes as well as ESG Portfolio Analytics. Over the last few months, Ms Menou has been heavily involved in developing ESG thematic indexes including Low Carbon, Women’s Leadership, Environmental and Sustainable Impact Indexes.
Ms Menou started her career with Innovest in Paris in 2004 and then moved to Toronto where she was the sector leader for the healthcare industry and the project manager for the first Access to Medicines Index. She then joined the SRI research team at Natixis Asset Management in Paris where she was the lead analyst for the energy and healthcare sectors.
Ms Menou holds a master degree in international affairs from Bordeaux School of Management.
Head of Product Line Management - ETF & Indexing
François Millet is Head of Product Line Management - ETF & Indexing, overseeing Lyxor’s business strategy and development in ETF, passive solutions and proprietary indices on a global basis. He joined Lyxor in 2009 as Head of Index and Quantitative Fund Development. Prior to Lyxor, he was Director of Index Funds & ETF at Societe Generale Asset Management AI, where he developed the index management business including passive funds, ETFs, index-enhanced and alternative beta products since 2004. He introduced in 2005 the first range of structured ETFs in Europe (leveraged, short and capital protected). Prior to this, he worked for 14 years with SG Corporate & Investment Banking, holding various executive and management positions within the Equity Capital Markets business line.
François holds a Masters in Economy and post-Masters degrees in Money & Finance from La Sorbonne and Assas universities (Paris).
Head of Mutual Fund Selection
Nicolas Moussavi is Head of Mutual Fund Selection at Lyxor Asset Management, responsible for the fund selection for mutual funds and alternative Ucits. He joined Lyxor as a Portfolio Manager in September 2009, where he specialized in the management of cross asset mandates and advisory services.
Prior to that, Nicolas worked for 4 years at SGAM Alternative Investments within the Structured Asset Management Department, where he was in charge of selecting and analyzing underlying funds for structured products. He began his career in 2004 at Montpensier Finance as an assistant portfolio manager.
Nicolas holds a Master’s degree in Econometrics & Mathematics from Aix-Marseille School of Economics and an Advanced Master’s in Financial Techniques from ESSEC Business School. Nicolas is a member of CAIA Association.
Council of Europe Development Bank
Elisa Muzzini is an international development practitioner and economist with 15 years of global experience in managing projects and delivering solutions to drive social and economic change in the areas of inclusive cities, infrastructure and service delivery, and city competitiveness.
She is currently a Technical Advisor for urban and regional development at the Council of Europe Development Bank.
Prior to that, she managed urban development operations and knowledge products at the World Bank in the Latin American and Caribbean and South Asia regions. Early in her career, Elisa worked for private economic consulting firms on infrastructure regulation.
She received a graduate degree in economics with a concentration in public financial policy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bocconi University in Italy.
Senior ESG Analyst
Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking
Yannick Ouaknine joined Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking SRI team as Senior Marketing Analyst in March 2007.
After completing an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Gestion de Paris, Yannick joined BNP Paribas Asset Management in August 2000 as an RFP Analyst before moving on to become a buy-side SRI Analyst until he joined Societe Generale.
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
Sylvie Préa began her career at Societe Generale in 1985 working for SG CIB. She held a number of commercial positions in the fields of infrastructure financing, international trade and in the aeronautical sector.
In 2003, Sylvie moved into Human Resources, firstly as Head of Human Resources for the Operations department of SG CIB and then taking up Human Resources responsibilities for the Group HR department in 2006.
In 2009, she was appointed Head of Human Resources for Global Investment & Management Services (GIMS), then Global Head of Human Resources for Global Banking & Investor Solutions (GBIS). Sylvie was appointed Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the Group in January 2017.
Savings Fund at Caisse des Dépôts
François-Louis Ricard, C.F.O. of the Savings Fund at Caisse des Dépôts, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris.
He started his career at Bear Stearns as a Financial Analyst. He then created the business of equity derivatives for corporate clients at Societe Generale. In 2001 he founded an online private bank within the group. After a few years of consulting on Eastern Europe, he joined Morgan Stanley in Paris.
Since 2012 he has been in charge of the balance sheet management of the Saving Funds at CDC.
Head of Capital Markets
Instituto De Crédito Oficial
Rodrigo has been head of the capital markets department at Instituto de Crédito Oficial since February 2009, where he is responsible for monitoring ICO’s medium and long-term funding activity and investor relations.
For five years from 2004, he was senior officer in the capital markets team. In 2003-2004, Rodrigo worked as a portfolio manager in the fixed income department at Mapfre Inversion, having begun his career in finance in 2002 with Caja Madrid’s securitization department.
Rodrigo holds a bachelors degree in business administration from the Universidad de Burgos (2000), completed a master in banking and finance and a master executive in quantitative finance at Analistas Financieros Internacinales (AFI).
Head of Asset Manager Solution Europe, Global Markets
Veronique is the MD in charge of the Asset Manager Solution for Europe ex-France. She joined SG in the Structuring team in 2006 before moving to the Sales team on Structured Product to Benelux Institutional clients in 2008. In 2010, she was appointed European Equity Product Line manager based in the UK. Most recently and in the last 6 years she was part of the UK sales team for Cross Asset Solution. She began her career in 2002 at Credit Lyonnais in Paris and then New-York.
Veronique was graduate from ENSAE as an Actuary in 2002.
Based in London, Veronique is the co-head of the UK Gender Network at SG and sits on the Board of the London Women’s Forum
Senior Funding Officer
European Investment Bank
Yamina Safer is a Senior Funding Officer in the Capital Markets Department of the European Investment Bank.
She joined the Bank in 2004. She is currently responsible for the issuance of the EIB’s bonds in some central European currencies, South African Rand and Swiss Franc. She covered other major currency markets and emerging markets such as the British Pound, Nordic currencies, Turkish Lira and Northern African currencies. The other main area of her activities is related to green bonds, the development of this market in terms of issuance, transparency and alignment with the Green Bond Principles.
Prior to joining the EIB Yamina Safer worked at Standard & Poor’s within the mutual fund rating unit for 5 years.
She holds a Master in Financial Engineering from the Sorbonne University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Head of Asset Servicing and Alternative Investments
Deka Investment GmbH
Michael Schmidt is a managing director of Deka Investment, Member of the Board of Directors and Head of Asset Servicing & Alternative Investments. He is also responsible for all activities related to sustainable investments and corporate governance.
From 2009-2014, Michael was a board member at Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH and was head of the equity portfolio management division of the Union Investment Group. Prior to that, he was an equity fund manager for 14 years in the asset management division of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and London where he held various analyst and management positions, most recently as head of equity portfolio management for institutional clients. Michael completed a banking apprenticeship, holds a master degree in business administration and is a CFA Charterholder. He is on the board of the German Association for Financial Analysis and Asset Management (DVFA e.V.), he is a member of the sustainability advisory council of Deutsche Post DHL and a member of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance of the EU Commission.
Wim Van Hyfte
Global Head of Responsible Investments & Research
Candriam Investors Group
Wim Van Hyfte, Ph.D., has been Global Head of Responsible Investments and Research at Candriam Investors Group since 2016. He is responsible for research on environmental, social and governance issues, the implications for and the integration into portfolio and risk management across assets.
Before, he was senior fund manager-quantitative analyst at Candriam conducting empirical research on asset pricing, the quantitative modeling of alpha/risk factors and portfolio optimization. He co-managed over $3 billion in global ESG quant equity funds and segregated accounts for nearly 10 years. He joined Candriam in 2006 after having worked in the academic world for over 8 years.
Since 2012, he is also Visiting Professor at ULB Solvay School of Economics and Management teaching on Asset Pricing in Practice in an advance master in quantitative finance. From 2006 until 2012, he was Visiting Professor at Vlerick Business School teaching on portfolio management in an MBA program. From 2000 until 2001, he was strategic consultant for a Belgian pension fund and a venture capital fund.
He holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics, an MBA in Finance and a Master’s degree in Applied Economics. His academic research covers both empirical and corporate finance with a focus on asset pricing, risk modeling and portfolio management. His work has been presented at international academic conferences and published in peer-reviewed international academic journals.
Eric Van la Beck
Head of SRI Research and Development
Eric Van la Beck has been active in the SRI field since 2007 when he joined the Macif Group.
Previously, Eric was Managing Director of employee compensation solutions companies, affiliates of banking and insurance groups.
Eric Vanlabeck is a graduate of the Institute of Political Sciences (IEP) in Paris and in 2016 was awarded the professional certificate of governance by the IFA (Institut Français des Administrateurs)
Head of capital markets
Petra Wehlert is first vice president and head of capital markets at KfW. She is responsible for all capital market funding activities including the Euro and USD benchmark programmes, green bonds and structured private placements. Furthermore she oversees investor relations, ratings and documentation issues.
Before her current role, she headed the team for new issues in public markets within the capital market division of KfW.
Since starting at KfW in 1995 she has worked in diverse areas such as derivative markets and liquidity management. She started her new role in February 2016.
She is also vice chair for the ICMA (International Capital Market Association) German Regional Committee. Before her career at KfW, she worked for the Deutsche Bundesbank in capital markets.