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.
Dr. Richard Munang – Africa Climate Coordinator, UN Environment Programme
As the current UNEP Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator, Dr. Munang is responsible for guiding the actualization of UNEP’s climate resilient development strategy in key economic sectors such as agriculture and energy. He is also the UNEP Focal Person for Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) for Food Security. Prior to this, he was the Policy & Programme Coordinator for the UNEP/UNDP Africa Climate Change Adaptation & Development (CC DARE) programme. He also worked as a Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Dublin, and as a Lecturer at Nottingham University.
Dr. Richard Munang holds a PhD in Environmental Change & Policy from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He is also a 2016 recipient of United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) recognition and highest award, the Baobab staff awards for Programme Innovation.
Dr. Munang has conceptualized, coordinated and led multiple environmental projects and initiatives in Africa. Amongst others, he has: a.) Spearheaded the conceptualization, planning and creation of the first ever Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA); b.) Coordinated the Africa Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) project bringing together African countries within five regions (Central, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Africa) to share lessons and solutions to LEDS planning, modelling, and implementation; c.) Provided technical support for the Africa Ministerial Conference for the Environment (AMCEN); and d.) Pioneered the Africa Adaptation Gap report series, a scientific analysis in the order of and informed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.
Irene Sánchez Aizpurúa – Head of Investor Relations, European Investment Bank
Irene Sanchez is head of investor relations and marketing at the European Investment Bank (EIB), one of the world’s largest and most frequent debt issuers. Her responsibilities include coverage of investors and credit rating agencies, as well as promotion of the EIB’s market-leading Green bonds.
Prior to joining the EIB, she worked for Abengoa in Spain for 10 years, first in structured finance and then in investor relations and capital markets. Prior to that, she worked at ABB in corporate finance positions in Switzerland and the Netherlands.
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.
Edward Mungai – Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Climate Innovation Center
Mr. Edward Mungai is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC). The CIC supports a holistic country driven approach to accelerate the development, deployment and transfer of locally relevant climate technologies. Mr. Mungai has a multifaceted background in business advisory, entrepreneurship, and investment management, based on his experience working with the Danish International Investment Funds (IFU), KPMG East Africa, and Genesis Investment Management Limited.
He has thorough experience in development financing mechanisms, with special interests in the agribusiness, renewable energy, and water and sanitation sectors. Mr. Mungai holds an Executive MBA from the Scandinavian International Management Institute and a Business Management degree from Moi University, Kenya.
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.
Pedro Neves – Executive Board Member, UN Economic Commission for Europe
Responsible for originating and managing over 10 billion USD in infrastructure asset deals in over 60 countries in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Assets deals range from Oil & Gas (upstream and downstream), Power (fossil and renewable in production, transmission and distribution), Environment (water, water treatment & solid waste, Mobility (Airports, Ports, Roads, Railways, Metro), Social Infrastructure (Health, Education, Public Administration), Real Estate and Urban Development, Mining, Industry and Logistics.
Pecro has achieved success managing investment operations, in new ventures, new markets and with new partners due to more than 25 years of experience operating management projects and SPV’s (special purpose vehicles) in the development and exploitation phases. His, 7+ years of experience working with the public sector (United Nations, government and state owned entities) designing and implementing policies for public sector investment have given him a unique perspective on public interest that has been key in originating deals and developing PPPs throughout the world. These activities cover the full life cycle of asset development starting with interpreting infrastructure gaps, analyzing demographics and market tendencies, designing products and business models, defining strategy and aligning goals between share and stakeholders, starting up / reorganizing of management teams, carrying out fund raising (debt, equity, mezzanine), M&A and managing value growth.
Has been lecturing on Business Development Strategy since 2001 and is the founder of the first MBA on Urban Renewal for which he has lectured on Sustainable and Urban Development and Urban Renewal Business since 2010
Olumide Lala – African Programmes Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative
Olumide Lala is the Africa Programme Manager at Climate Bonds Initiative a versatile small business specialist, educator, marketing and business development consultant.He is the CEO of Savannah Enterprise Development Limited and an independent consultant with the African Development Bank, with nearly 30 years’ experience of living and working in the UK. He has worked with hundreds of small and medium sized businesses and marketing practitioners in the UK and in Africa, helping more than 300 new businesses launch successfully; supported over 1,000 small- medium enterprises (SMEs); improved the employment and business skills of close to 5,000 young people, employees, owner-managers and senior executives/directors in running successful organisations.
Prof. Yacob Mulugetta – Energy & Development Policy, STEaPP, UCL
Professor Yacob Mulugetta is a Professor of Energy and Development Policy, and Director of the MPA programme at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London. Previously, he was an academic staff at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, UK. Between 2010 and 2013, Yacob was based at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he helped set up the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC).
At ACPC, he initiated a variety of policy-relevant initiatives on the opportunities for and constraints of pursuing low carbon pathways for development in Africa, and facilitated a number of high-level roundtables on energy development and climate, including the Ministerial Roundtable at the Africa Energy Week, held in November 2012 at the African Union Commission. Yacob was Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter on Energy Systems of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (Working Group III on Mitigation) and a member of the Core Writing Team of the IPCC Synthesis Report..