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John Willman, UK business editor, Financial Times (panel co-chair)
John Willman was appointed chief leader writer and associate editor of the Financial Times in 2002. Based in London, he is responsible for leader columns in all the FT’s editions, working with editorial staff around the world to produce relevant and timely comment on the most important issues each day.
Joining the FT in 1991, he has held several positions, including banking editor, consumer industries editor, features editor and public policy editor. His first jobs in journalism were on Which? magazine and Assessment. Before that, he was an economics teacher.
In the Business Journalist of the Year awards in March 2002, John was named the winner in the banking category. He was Financial Journalist of the Year at the 2001 British Press Awards and winner of the Norwich Union Healthcare/Medical Journalists’ Association Awards in 1998.
John has written and contributed to several books, including the annual Lloyds TSB Tax Guide, The Which? Guide to Planning and Conservation, The Major Effect and A Better State of Health.
He has extensive broadcast experience and has appeared frequently on BBC TV and radio, Sky and CNN.
Lars Thunell, executive vice president, International Finance Corporation (panel co-chair)
Lars Thunell became executive vice president of the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, on January 15, 2006.
Prior to joining the IFC, Mr Thunell was president and CEO of SEB bank (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken), a post he held since 1997.
Mr Thunell is chairman of the board of IBX Integrated Business Exchange AB and also serves on the boards of Swedish Bankers Association, Akzo Nobel NV, and the Mentor Foundation.
He has previously held executive positions at American Express, ABB, Nordbanken, Securum and Trygg-Hansa. Mr Thunell has also published a number of books and articles on risk and risk management in international business.
Paul Clements-Hunt, head of unit, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)
Paul Clements-Hunt has been the Head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI) since November 2000. UNEP FI, based in Geneva, is the largest partnership between the United Nations and the financial services sector counting more than 160 banks, insurers and asset managers as members. UNEP FI was instrumental in the 2006 launch of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) now backed by $5,000bn of institutional assets.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr Clements-Hunt spent 1998-2000 representing the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) directing the organisation’s policy work in energy, environment and sustainable development.
From 1991 to 1998, Mr Clements-Hunt was based in Bangkok, where he founded the country’s first environmental strategy consultancy. In 1994 he took the idea for an Asia-Pacific wide environmental strategy service to the world’s largest testing, inspection, and certification company, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS). He developed the business for the SGS Group as the SGS-Environmental Information Unit.
Paul Grimes, chief operating officer, FTSE Group
Paul Grimes is chief operating officer at FTSE Group and is responsible for all infrastructure and support functions across the company’s global operations. Mr Grimes is a founder member of FTSE Group, following its inception in 1995, and has played a pivotal role in the strategic development and commercial success of the business. He has also had a key role in the introduction and development of FTSE’s responsible investment initiatives, including the introduction of the socially responsible investment and corporate governance index series.
Mr Grimes was a co-founder of the innovative SRI index series, FTSE4Good, and has been closely involved with the series since its inception in 2001. He works with NGOs and charities on the development of the criteria for the index series and is a regular spokesperson on a range of responsible investment topics, both at conferences and in the media.
He heads the company’s Charity Committee, and in this role works directly with UNICEF, ensuring that the charity receives maximum exposure and benefit from its unique association with the FTSE4Good Index Series. Mr Grimes also oversees FTSE’s Good Corporation accreditation process, ensuring that FTSE’s own business practices towards employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders, the environment and the community both meet and wherever possible exceed industry standards.
Prior to joining FTSE Group, Mr Grimes held various positions in both the leisure and financial sectors and latterly spent six years at the Financial Times Group leading the financial planning of its strategic developments programme. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Sergio Rosa, chief executive officer, PREVI
Sergio Rosa has been working at PREVI, the pension fund set up by Banco do Brasil and the largest in Latin America, since June 2000. He has been chief executive officer since February 2003, having earlier served as chief corporate governance officer and chief operating officer.
Mr Rosa has also been chairman of CVRD’s board of directors since 2003 and was previously a member of the board of Brasil Telecom.
He is coordinator of the Investments Commission of ABRAPP, Brazil’s national pension fund association, and was recently elected Pension Fund Executive of the Year by the country’s Social Security Cultural Institute.
In April, he attended the launch of the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Investment in New York at the invitation of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Before joining PREVI, Mr Rosa was president of CNB/CUT, the national union of bank workers, and worked on the São Paulo city council.
Tessa Tennant, chair, Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA)
Tessa Tennant has worked in social investment since 1987. She co-founded in 1988 the UK’s first equity investment fund for sustainable development, before moving to Hong Kong and founding, in 2001, the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia, a not-for-profit, membership association dedicated to promoting corporate responsibility and sustainable investment practice in the Asia Pacific region. ASrIA’s members include investment institutions managing over $4,000bn in assets.
She is a board member of Calvert World Values Fund in the US and an adviser to the Robeco Sustainable Private Equity Fund in the Netherlands. She is a WWF UK Ambassador.
In 2003 Ms Tennant received the Sustainability Leadership Award from SAM/SPG of Switzerland and in 2004 was named joint winner of the City of Goteborg International Environmental Prize. She was chair and co-founder of the UK Social Investment Forum and the Carbon Disclosure Project and previously served on environmental advisory panels for the UK government.