Fatima Denton – Coordinator, Africa Climate Policy Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa
Fatima Denton is the Coordinator at the Africa Climate Policy Centre, UNECA, and was formerly the Director of the Special Initiatives Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Prior to this, she led one of the largest adaptation research programmes of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
She holds a PhD in political science and development studies from the University of Birmingham (UK). Her main areas of expertise are climate change, adaptation, mitigation, food security, gender, energy and governance matters. She is a Lead Author of the IPCC and has published several articles on her areas of specialisation.
Sean Kidney – Chief Executive Officer, Climate Bonds Initiative
Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilise debt capital markets for climate solutions. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 50 organisations involved in its development and governance; advising the EU; and working with China’s central bank on how to grow green bonds in China. Sean is also Consultant (Green Bonds) to the United Nations Secretary General.
An accomplished international speaker, Sean has over the past year spoken at conferences and seminars in Toronto, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Paris, Frankfurt, Utrecht, London, Casablanca, Doha, Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney.
He is also a member of German International Aid Ministry’s TRANSfer Expert Group on “Using Climate Financing to Leverage Sustainable Transport; Mercer’s Sustainability Opportunities Fund Advisory Panel; The Canadian Corporate Knights Capital Advisory Council; Carbon War Room’s Building Efficiency Advisory Board; The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport’s (SloCAT) Financing Framework.
He was a member of the 2013 Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance. Sean was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.
Massamba Thioye – Manager, Sustainable Development Mechanism Program, UNFCCC
Massamba has been Manager Sustainable Development Mechanism Program of the UNFCCC secretariat for over 10 years. He leads the support to enhanced climate action by the financial sector in the context of the Global Climate Action Agenda.
He is Co-Chair of the WG10 ISO TC207 SC7 that is developing ISO 14097, the ISO standard “Framework and principles for assessing and reporting investments and financing activities related to climate change”.
Massamba was the Project Executive of the UNFCCC secretariat internal project supporting the further development of the Green Bond market. He is the Chair the committee managing the relation between the SDM programme of the UNFCCC secretariat and the World Bank. Massamba is a Process Engineer and has a PhD on Energy. He is co-author of/Contributor to several publications. He was awarded the prize of best scientist in Senegal in 1997 by the Senegalese President.
Marius Cara – Deputy Head of Investor Relations, European Investment Bank
Marius Cara is the Deputy Head of Investor Relations and Marketing Division at EIB. His main responsibilities include marketing of the EIB Climate Awareness Bonds (CAB), on-going liaison with investors, rating agencies and credit analysts and general market communication on EIB developments.
In the field of green bonds, Marius is actively following the work of the Green Bond Principles and other relevant research, providing input to the EIB communication on the subject and explaining the EIB green bond strategy at conferences and events. Marius joined the EIB in 2006 as Advisor to the Audit Committee and moved to Capital markets in 2011. Before EIB he worked for several years as internal auditor in the UN system and as a consultant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Marius has a degree in business administration from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania and he is a chartered accountant (FCCA). Marius is fluent in English and French, being native speaker of Romanian.
Benjamin Gusse – Senior Treasury Officer, African Development Bank
Benjamin Gusse is a Senior Treasury Officer at the African Development Bank (“the Bank” or “the AfDB”). He joined the Bank in January 2017 and is primarily responsible for the Bank’s issuance in public bond markets – both domestic and global – and liability management activities. In addition, he is involved in the work around issuance of African currency bonds by the AfDB.
Benjamin also covers the different Socially Responsible Issuances of the Bank. He has been a key resource person in setting up the Bank’s Social Bond framework that led to the inaugural transaction in November 2017, and is active in the different AfDB themes bonds, as he concluded the first “Light Up & Power Africa” bond issued in 2017.
Prior to this, Mr Gusse worked at Natixis where he was successively FX & Rates structurer and then rates sales, covering the SSA clients.
Bakary Silue – Senior Funding Officer, African Development Bank
Bakary Silue is a Principal Treasury Officer at the African Development Bank (“the Bank”). He joined the Bank in 2008 and is primarily responsible for the Bank’s issuance in public bond markets – both domestic and global – and liability management activities. He has been a key resource person in implementing the Bank’s funding strategy and raising its visibility with investors.
He is responsible for the Bank’s USD global bond issues, bond issues in the Kangaroo (Australia), Kauri (New Zealand), Sterling and South African bond markets, and dialogue with investors. In addition, he has led issuance in African currency bonds including bond issuances denominated in Ghana Cedi, Kenya Shilling, Nigeria Naira, Tanzania Shilling, Uganda Shilling, and Zambia Kwacha.
Bakary also covers the Japanese retail market at the AfDB where he concluded a series of themed bonds from 2010 – “clean energy”, “education”, “water”, “infrastructure”, “Feed Africa “Light up and power Africa” bonds. Among other experiences, Mr Silue also worked for the Islamic Development Bank ‘’ IDB” where he was responsible for managing the risk of the liquidity portfolio.
Martina Macpherson – Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Investment Partners
Martina Macpherson is the Founder and Managing Partner of Sustainable Investment Partners (SI Partners), based in London. SI Partners is an independent consulting firm that specializes in Economic, Environmental Social and Governance (E-ESG) research, product development, marketing/thought leadership content as well as engagement services.
She is an independent NED board member & chair at the Global Thinkers Forum, a social-purpose think tank creating international conversations around governance, society and future trends. She also sits on the analyst committee board at UKSIF, the UK’ sustainable investment and finance association, and on the board of Thomas Arneway Trust, one of the UK’s oldest charities.
Martina is a member of the Institute of Directors. She has worked at Hermes EOS, as an Associate Director, Corporate Engagement and Public Policy. Prior to this, she has held a range of global business, research and product development roles at MSCI, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS, F&C and Deutsche Bank.
Olumide Lala – African Programmes Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative
Olumide Lala, is the Africa Programme Manager at the Climate Bonds Initiative. He is responsible for driving the development of Green Bond Markets in Africa, with a particular focus on managing partnership programmes, policy advisory and market structure. Before joining CBI, Olumide Lala worked at the Nigerian Stock Exchange as Head of Transformation and Change, prior to which he held various senior Capital Market roles in the UK working at a number of international organisations.
The Climate Bonds Initiative is an international, investor-focused not-for-profit and the only organisation working solely on mobilising the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions.
Olumide comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience of Product Development, Governance & Risk Management, Business Process Re-engineering and Stakeholder Management within the Nigerian Capital Market. He is a senior Change and Programme Manager with over 25 years industry experience in Capital Markets and IT/Business Consulting. Olumide is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN) and member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Nigeria.
Bjorn Bergstrand – Head of Sustainability, Kommuninvest
Bjoron is the Head of Sustainability at Kommuninvest in Sweden. Kommuninvest is a Swedish Local Government Funding Agency that was set up in 1986 and today is the largest lender to Swedish local governments. Kommuninvest assists municipalities to borrow money through the issuance of bonds and other instruments in national and international capital markets.
As a single municipality has limited ability to raise funds by itself, Kommuninvest allows many to issue a bond together. Kommuninvest has so far issued three guaranteed AAA green bonds, the latest in May 2017 of USD 500 million. Kommuninvest stands behind the largest green bond ever issued in Sweden.
Fenella Aouane, Principal Green Finance Specialist, GGGI Green Investment Services
Fenella has over 20 year experience in the financial markets. Most recently Fenella was part of the Environmental Markets team in Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank. She helped to lead the bank into multiple award winning, first- to- market transactions involving, amongst others, pre-payments against tranched portfolios of emission reducing projects. She later focused on origination in Africa, resulting in the bank holding the largest portfolio of African emission reducing projects globally. She helped to run the ACAD (Africa Carbon Asset Development) program – the first public/private program of its type between UNEP FI and Standard Bank to help allocate grant funding and develop capacity building for green projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently she has worked with international agencies such as the World Bank and the Swedish government to help fund early capital for programmatic green projects.
She is a board member of the industry association Climate Markets Investors Association (CMIA) which promotes low carbon growth through market mechanisms and adds to the discussion of finding further green finance solutions across both the formal and voluntary sectors.
Previously Fenella has run teams in financial institutions helping clients in the energy markets with risk management through the commodity derivatives markets, working within banks and corporates such as Natixis and Cargill. She has lived in South Africa and London and has travelled extensively within Europe and Africa.
Fenella has an honors degree in Business from Oxford Brookes University and is an Approved Person with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK.
Mamadou Diakhite – Director, African Forest Land Restoration Initiative (AFR 100), NEPAD
Diakhite is Adviser to the Director of the Programme Implementation and Coordination Division (PICD) on Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLWM) in NEPAD. He oversees and coordinates the planning, review, implementation and reporting of the SLWM work programmes and programme budget.
He is responsible for the engagement with the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on mainstreaming and implementation of SLWM agenda along their agriculture and environment programs and strategies including ensuring the strengthening of synergies and complementarities between NEPAD Agency and the RECs with regard to the SLWM agenda.
Wim Bartel – Global Head of Sustainability Reporting & Assurance, KPMG
Wim Bartels is a partner at KPMG in the Netherlands and Global Head of Sustainability Reporting and Assurance. He has been with KPMG for over 20 years and has also worked for KPMG’s Forensic & Integrity services and KPMG Audit. Wim has extensive experience in industrial markets, such as energy, chemicals and consumer products, across Europe, Asia and Africa.
He delivers assurance to over 40 multinational companies and regularly supports KPMG’s global client engagements as a sustainability reporting and assurance expert. Wim has also written extensively on sustainability assurance and is the lead author of KPMG’s Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting.
Padraig Oliver – Manager, Climate Policy Initiative
Padraig Oliver is a manager in CPI’s climate finance workstream. Since 2006, he has worked in climate policy in China and Europe. In China, he worked for Development Solutions on capacity building projects for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) before moving on to conduct research for Ecofys on post-2012 regimes in China, financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and CDM market analysis.
In 2011, he joined the Climate Bonds Initiative. His work included pinpointing bond investor requirements for low-carbon projects, designing and implementing a Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme, publishing regular market updates for how many bonds are already used for climate solutions, and outlining policy frameworks to help grow a green bond market. At CPI, Padraig is working on the interchange between government, the private sector and capital markets in scaling up climate finance flows. He holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
Stephen Yeboah – Co-Founder, Development Monitor International
Stephen Yeboah is the co-founder of Development Monitor International (DMI), which launched the ‘commodity monitor’, a business solution across the supply and value chain of commodities: from the farm to the market.
He has about ten-year experience in research and policy analysis in Africa’s extractive sector, agriculture, energy and climate. He was a Research Fellow at the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a non-profit chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, from September 2013 to July 2016. As part of the work for the APP, he engaged in policy research, communications and stakeholder liaison at the highest level towards driving Africa’s agenda in agriculture, energy, climate, natural resources and sustainable development in the global context. He has published more than 100 articles, blogs and papers on energy and climate, finance, agriculture, natural resources governance and sustainable development in Africa.
Stephen holds Masters in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently undertaking doctoral studies at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), University of Lausanne, Switzerland, researching on the politics and institutions of mining and the outcomes on Ghana’s development.
Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke – Environment & Development, University of Reading
Chuks was appointed Reader in Environment and Development in June 2011. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Climate and Development Centre at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. He continues to be a visiting fellow of the Smith School and Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI). He is also a fellow and college adviser at the Green-Templeton College Oxford. Before joining Oxford, Chuks was a Senior Research Associate on the Post-2012 International Climate Policy programme at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, University of East Anglia.
Chuks was a Lead Author in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), chapter on Sustainable Development and Equity. He also served as a Lead Author in the United Nations Environment Programme’s Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Assessment Report, chapter on Africa. Chuks was a member of the Expert Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC (2015) and the Expert Group on Strengthening African Group of Negotiators’ (AGN) Position in Global Climate Negotiation (2015).
During his time in Oxford, Chuks was the founding Project Director of the Rwandan National Strategy for Climate and Low Carbon Development project funded jointly by the Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) and DfID Rwanda. He was also the Project Director of many other climate change and adaptation projects.
Tony Tiyou – Chief Executive Officer, Renewables in Africa
Tony Tiyou holds a triple Engineering Master’s Degree from Cranfield University (UK), Ecole Centrale de Lille (France) and Faculte Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium). A registered PRINCE2 Practitioner, Tony has also been recognised as an achiever of the Galileo Master Certificate from the European Energy Centre (UK) and holds qualifications as a Renewable Energy expert.
After working in various positions and holding different roles for about a decade in the Automotive and the Renewable Industries, Tony has co-founded a consultancy, O’wango & TT Smart (O&TT). O&TT supports businesses and provides solutions in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Project Management.
In September 2016, Tony launched Renewables in Africa, the expert blog about Renewable Energy in Africa. The ambition is to Raise the Technical Awareness about the various Renewable Energy sources on the African Continent and share the information. As much as helping businesses primarily, it is also about getting the civil society understanding what they need, what they buy and to some extent as well, how to better use this energy.