Finance is one of the most powerful industries for achieving a more sustainable economy.
It can help businesses become more aware of nature and climate change by focusing investments toward sustainable options.
The individuals on our list are all leaders in sustainable finance who have the ability to make a difference.
#01. Ray Dhirani
He is the WWF’s Director of Sustainable Finance. He previously worked in the banking industry but has spent the last eight years with WWF1 working on topics related to sustainable finance.
He is concentrating on making the financial system more sustainable.
#02. Mark Campanale
He has twenty-five years of experience in financial markets that are long-term. At Jupiter Asset Management, he was a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment funds.
He is now the Founder and Executive Director of the Carbon Tracker Initiative2, a non-profit think tank dedicated to aligning capital markets with climate change.
#03. Richard Burrett
He has almost 35 years of international financial experience. He is currently the Chief Sustainability Officer of Earth Capital and has a long list of accomplishments. Mr. Burrett is a proponent of mainstreaming responsible investing.
He spent 20 years in the investment bank ABN AMRO, where he was instrumental in the development of the Equator Principles3, a risk management framework for social and environmental issues in project financing.
LinkedIn: Richard Burrett
#04. Elisa Moscolin
She has a long history of developing and executing sustainability strategies and programmes.
She is currently the Head of Sustainability & CSR at Santander, where she is responsible for steering the bank in the right direction. Sustainability, CSR, and the Corporate Foundation are all responsibilities of this position.
Her mission is to assist organizations in achieving their sustainability goals, and she feels that aligning company strategy with the Sustainable Development Goals4 is critical.
LinkedIn: Elisa Moscolin
#05. Courtney Lowrance
She is an ESG5 expert with more than 15 years of expertise in sustainable finance across a variety of industries.
She has worked in over 50 countries, especially in emerging economies, with the private sector, regulators, development agencies, and international financial institutions.
LinkedIn: Courtney Lowrance
#06. Anjuli Pandit
BNP Paribas’ Anjuli Pandit has been a key role in the company’s environmental efforts. She is in charge of assisting customers in incorporating sustainability into their financial portfolios.
She worked at Tata Firm before joining the French banking group, where she concentrated on developing eco-sustainability solutions in collaboration with a number of multinational companies.
#07. Emily Murrell
She joined the World Bank in August 2019 after working in sustainable finance at HSBC and the International Chamber of Commerce6.
She is in charge of political analysis, relationship management, and long-term relationships in the United Kingdom. She has been collaborating with climate specialists, in particular, for the preparation of COP 26.
#08. Cristina Lacaci
She is Morgan Stanley’s Executive Director with whom she has worked for over 14 years. She is also the firm’s head of sustainability bond structuring. Lacaci began her career in capital markets as an equity originator7 in Iberia and has been covering banking institutions in DCM since 2009.
She has also worked on the structure and execution of debt transactions for issuers across Europe, including the structuring of Green bonds for well-known issuers, with an emphasis on first-time, strategic deals.
#09. Chris McHugh
He is the founder and director of the London Institute of Banking Finance’s Centre for Sustainable Finance.
At the heart of the Centre’s research and instructional efforts are the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement8. He has over 20 years of investment banking experience, with a focus on risk management and derivative-based transaction structuring.
His main research interests are in development and sustainable finance, as well as the connection between public and private capital markets.
- LinkedIn: Chris McHugh
#10. Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas is the CEO of the Green Finance Institute and was previously the Global Head of Green Banking at Barkleys.
The goal of the institute is to mobilize green finance to hasten the transition to a low-carbon society. She was given an OBE9 for her contributions to green banking. She is also the founder of Barclays Green Banking Council.
Going green does have it’s place in business. These people have shown us that you can thrive and be sustainable. After all, there is no Planet B.
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