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BloombergNEF Head of European Energy Policy
Sandra is a member of the Executive Management team. Since October 2018, she holds overall responsibility for ILIM’s Wealth and Defined Contribution Corporate Channels. She is also responsible for ILIM’s ESG policy and strategy development as well as responsibility for the Client Services Teams. Prior to taking on this position, Sandra held responsibility for ILIM’s International Business and Strategic Partnerships.
Prior to joining ILIM, Sandra was Head of Financial Planning and Pensions with Ireland’s leading wealth manager, responsible for the establishment and delivery of financial and investment advice to High Net Worth clients, pension funds and charities. Sandra previously worked in Mercer as an actuarial consultant, working with a range of public sector and multinational clients in relation to their pension arrangements.
Sandra is a graduate in Actuarial Finance and Economics from University College Dublin, a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. She is a Council Member of SIF Ireland (part of the European Sustainable Investment Forums) and a member of the Pensions Council of Ireland. The latter was established to advise the Minister for Social Protection on matters of relevance to pensions, with a particular focus on policies to support the sustainability and adequacy of pension provision.
Award Winning Irish Journalist, author, broadcaster
A global Eisenhower Fellow, the former Group Business Editor of Independent News And Media is a recipient of the Mary Cummins Award for Women of Outstanding Achievement in Media.
President of the strategic committee of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, where she also holds the position of secretary of the board of the Foundation Irlandaise, Ms McDonald is a director and trustee of the St Stephen’s Green Trust.
The Newry born writer is a member of the board of Fighting Words, Ireland’s national creative writing centre for children and young adults and has also served on the External Advisory Board of Maynooth University Department of Law.
Dearbhail received an inaugural Dublin City University Special Alumni Achievement award for her contribution to public affairs journalism and is an Irish Tatler Media Woman of the Year.
Dearbhail holds an LL.B (Law) from Trinity College Dublin as well as a Masters Degree in Journalism from Dublin City University.
Sue is one of the world’s leading experts in developing sustainability strategy in major companies, aligning it with business objectives, and embedding it across the business. She is an independent advisor on sustainability strategy, working with major businesses that are seeking to step up on their sustainability ambitions and performance.
She complements her client work by advising three sustainability related organisations on a pro-bono basis.
Until Autumn 2018, she was EVP Sustainable Business and Communications at Unilever.
At Unilever, Sue was responsible for leading and embedding the company’s ambitious USLP (Unilever Sustainable Living Plan) into the business and ensuring delivery against its 70-plus time bound targets. She was also responsible for teams in 180 markets who engage with Governments and key external stakeholders; lead employee engagement; handle the media; and are accountable for issues and crisis management. She was part of the four-strong executive team that led the rebuttal of the hostile takeover bid by Kraft Heinz in 2017.
In particular, Sue was responsible for establishing sustainability as a driver of brand growth. By the end of 2018 its ‘Sustainable Living Brands’ were growing 67% faster than its other brands and represented 70% of the company’s growth.
Sue was one of the founders of the independent not for profit organisation, Blueprint for Better Business, and remains a Trustee. She is a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Business Management, and a Fellow of the RSA.
Sue’s earlier career includes two spells in the public sector, and roles in advertising and public affairs agencies. Sue’s role prior to Unilever was as a Director General at the Department of Work and Pensions, where she led customer strategy and communications.
Patrick was appointed Managing Director of ILIM in 2013. He joined the company in 2006 as Director of Investment Development, responsible for the strategic development of investment solutions for the institutional market.
Prior to joining ILIM, Patrick was a director and professional trustee at Irish Pensions Trust Limited, having previously been a corporate lawyer with Mercer. Patrick is past-Chair of Pensions Europe, past Chair of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, and has previously served as Chairman of the Irish Trustee Forum. A solicitor by profession, he is also an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute and an Associate of the Irish Institute of Pension Managers.
Patrick holds a primary degree in Commerce from University College Dublin
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Michael D’Arcy is Fine Gael TD for Wexford and in June 2017 was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance.
Michael D’Arcy previously served as a Senator on the Administrative Panel from 2011 to 2016 where he was appointed Government Spokesperson on Finance in the Seanad and served on the Oireachtas Banking Enquiry. He also served on the Oireachtas Committees on Finance and Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2007 and was appointed Deputy Spokesperson on Justice, with special responsibility for Equality. During the 2007-2011 term, he served on the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
Michael D’Arcy is a graduate of University of London.
In March 2019, Colin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AIB and an Executive Director on the AIB Board.
He joined AIB in August 2016 as Managing Director, Wholesale, Institutional & Corporate Banking Division. Prior to joining AIB, he was Managing Director at Macquarie Capital where he led the development of its business in Ireland.
Previously, he was a Special Policy Adviser at the Departments of Transport and Finance, Research Director and Chief Economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Head of Trading Research and Senior Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and a country risk analyst at NatWest.
He has a Phd in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin and degrees in Commerce & Economics from University College, Cork. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc from 2008 to 2014.
Jeff Furman served on the Ben & Jerry’s’ corporate board for almost 40 years, providing in house legal counsel, top level management, and fostering many of the company’s social initiatives. He became affectionately known as the Ampersand (&).
Jeff’s current role is B.O.D Emeritus, a role he is happy to do alongside being President of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. Jeff resides in Ithaca where he is the president of Social Ventures, as well as a co- founder of the Community Dispute Resolution Center and a community micro-finance program. In addition Jeff has also served on the local school board, working to eliminate race and socio-economic status as a predictor of student success, and is an advisor to the Dorothy Cotton Institute, Alliance of Families For Justice, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Alongside his other commitments Jeff is on the Board of the Oakland Institute and currently he is developing a voting project to increase voting participation.
Jeff has spoken in South and Central America, Europe, and across the United States on the power of business to impact social change.
Murray joined DWS in 2015 to undertake ESG thematic research and support the company’s responsible investment strategy.
Prior to his current role, Murray worked at a Group level in Deutsche Bank, supporting senior management leadership in the area of climate finance and implementing the Bank’s climate change business strategy. He previously worked with companies to develop consensus policy positions, published papers and lobbied UK and European governments on energy and climate change policies at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Murray began his career in consulting, policy research and program support for energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon markets in Alberta, Canada.
He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary and a M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. He also holds the UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
Most recently named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders , a recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s , Mick Ebeling has sparked a moveme nt of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.
His mantra of “commit, then figure it out” allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers, and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives — the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and most recently Music : Not Impossible — that brought the ability to drawback to a paraplegic street artist , 3D – printed arms to Sudanese amputees , a ‘voice’ to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years, and wearables that let deaf and hearing people alike feel music in a “surround body” experience.
Named one of Wired’s ‘Agents of Change’, a two – time SXSW innovation of the year award winner, a two – time Tribeca Disruptor innovation winner, a fellow with The Nantucket Project , and recipient of every major creative and advertising award, Ebe ling is on a mission to provide “Technology for the Sake of Humanity.
Dr. Celine McInerney is a finance professional with a focus on climate finance, investment in renewables and sustainability. She is an expert on stranded asset risk, energy systems modelling, valuation and investment appraisal for renewables, interconnection and community investment,and has presented and published widely on these topics. Celine was the Irish government’s nominee as the Irish climate finance expert for scoping the 6th Assessment Report of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in 2016.Celine was Director of Corporate Finance at boutique advisor Merrion Capital where she focused on the energy sector. Prior to this she spent three years working for Ireland’s largest private wind farm developer SWS Group on acquisitions and fundraising. Previously she worked in mergers and acquisitions at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Lehman Brothers in London and New York. Celine holds a BSc in Finance from Dublin City University, an M. Litt. in Finance and a graduate diploma in Statistics from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Energy Finance from University College Cork. She is currently on career break from her position as Senior Lecturer in Finance at UCC. She is a guest lecturer at London Business School and is a member of the Institute of Directors and serves as company director on a number of boards.
Ken is PwC Ireland’s Asset and Wealth Management Advisory Leader.
Ken has been a Partner in the Asset Management Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2001 and has been with PwC for 29 years.
Ken has worked with a range of global asset managers which has established a regulated presence in Ireland or who have selected Ireland as a domicilefor the establishment and/or servicing of UCITS funds, hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, ETFs, money market funds, or private equity funds.
Ken is involved with numerous industry working groups and technical committees and currently chairs the Irish Funds (Industry Association) Brexit Steering Group.
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Dawn is Managing Director of ELS Europe and a member of the DG-FISMA Technical Expert Group (TEG) building Europe’s first Green Sustainable Finance Taxonomy. With over 25 years’ experience on international corporate risk management and sustainable finance, Dawn provides expertise and strategic guidance direct to the financial sector, industrial operators, government regulatory and prudential authorities.
Dawn’s extensive experience is drawn from her work across a range of industries from construction & real estate, brownfield development, water treatment & supply, waste management, manufacturing, renewable energy, petrochemical, oil & gas, and transport. She provides support on complex multi-national risks helping with effective management of environmental risks. Dawn has prepared and delivered training to the financial industry, government bodies, and lectured at University level and has worked collaboratively with Fintech industry on data analytic solutions.
Dawn is a member of the Insurance Ireland Sustainable Finance Taskforce, a Chartered Environmentalist (CENV) and Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM), holds an MSc. with Distinction, Environmental Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (2002) and Honours Degree Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin (1994),and is a member of associated professional institutions.
Pat Lardner joined Irish Funds as Chief Executive in April 2012. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in the global asset management industry and has held executive/leadership positions in Ireland and overseas with firms managing a broad range of both traditional and alternative investment strategies. Pat is an active participant on all significant Government sponsored groups relating to funds in Ireland, is a member of the Board of the European Fund and Asset Management Association and is an Advisor to the Asset Management Association of China’s International Partners Committee. He is a past Council Member of the Irish Association of Pension Funds and a former Director of both the Irish Association of Investment Managers and the International Investment Funds Association. He attained honours undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from University College Dublin.
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Emma Jane is a Senior Investment Manager with the ISIF where she leads on the design and implementation of the Fund’s unique Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy across the whole Fund, Global and Irish Portfolios, multiple investment structures and asset types and across the life-cycle of investments.
She represents the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) on number of sustainability platforms including SIF Ireland and the CDP Ireland Network (past Chair).
Emma Jane has extensive investment experience and has held a variety of investment roles within the NTMA, including responsibility for a number of International Equity Portfolios as part of the National Pension Reserve Fund’s (NPRF) Investment Management Programme.
She also led the development of the ISIF Business Plan and Investment Strategy as part of the transition from NPRF assets to ISIF.
Gerry Cross was appointed as Director of Financial Regulation – Policy and Risk in May 2015.
He leads the Central Bank’s work on prudential and markets conduct regulatory policy and its supervisory risk framework (PRISM).
Gerry is a member of the EBA Board of Supervisors and alternate member of the EIOPA Board of Supervisors. He co-chairs EBA’s Standing Committee on Regulation and Policy.
Gerry has had an extensive career in the area of financial services regulation.
Before joining the Central Bank, he worked at the European Commission, the UK Financial Services Authority, Fortis Group, the Institute of International Finance and the Association for Financial Markets in Europe.
Teresa O’Flynn, Managing Director, is Global Head of Sustainable Investing Strategy for BlackRock Alternatives Investors. BAI currently manages over $175 billion in total assets and client commitments with a team of over 900.
Ms. O’Flynn is responsible for instilling BlackRock’s firm-wide sustainable investing strategy across BlackRock’s Real Estate, Infrastructure, Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Credit businesses. This includes overseeing all aspects of integrating sustainability considerations and risk factors across the platform’s investment and asset management processes, developing BAI-wide ESG reporting and contributing to BAI business and product strategy.
Prior to assuming her current responsibilities in 2019, Ms. O’Flynn was Global Head of Sustainable Investing for BlackRock Real Assets and a senior Portfolio Manager with Global Renewable Power, having joined the firm in 2011 to establish BlackRock’s renewables business. She also serves on the board of BlackRock’s Irish domiciled ETF, cash and real assets fund companies.
Ms. O’Flynn has over 16 years of international investment experience having worked as a Senior Corporate Finance Executive at NTR Plc, a private infrastructure developer, operator and business owner. Ms. O’Flynn trained as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and tax advisor (AITI) with Arthur Andersen and KPMG. She earned a BComm with first class honours and distinction, from University College Galway, Ireland.
Paul Traynor is based in Dublin and is a Partner in EY’s global wealth and asset management (WAM) practice where he leads Ireland’s WAM Advisory team. Paul has been working in or advising the wealth and asset management industries for more than 25 years.
He has a B.Comm from University College Dublin, he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and sits on a number of industry committees.
Paul has worked with many leading firms to deliver strategic change initiatives across the front, middle and back offices of wealth and asset managers, custodians, depositaries, fund administrators and transfer agents. He has 13 years industry experience at a global investment services and investment management firm and 14 years in WAM advisory and audit.
Peter heads the Maples Group’s Funds & Investment Management team in Dublin.
He regularly advises investors, sponsors, fund managers and investment banks on the establishment, structuring, financing, public and private distribution and ongoing operation of UCITS and AIFs, including hedge funds, funds of funds, master feeders, private equity funds, managed account platforms and bespoke structures.
Peter also has significant expertise advising on derivatives, prime brokerage, investment services, MiFID and securities law. His clients include financial institutions carrying out business in Ireland or transacting with Irish-domiciled counterparties from other jurisdictions.
Peter holds several senior positions on industry groups and regularly works with Irish regulatory and governmental bodies on enhancing Ireland’s financial services regime.
Lorena is a London-based Partner in William Fry’s Asset Management & Investment Funds practice. Lorena has extensive experience in advising a range of leading international asset managers on all matters connected with the establishment and ongoing operation of investment funds in Ireland, including UCITS, AIFs, private equity funds, money market funds and ETFs.
Lorena also has significant expertise in the provision of investor-side advices pertaining to target Irish funds and is a noted practitioner for the purposes of various legal directories including The Legal 500 EMEA and IFLR 1000.
Lorena is a member of various industry working groups, including the Irish Funds Working Group on ESG & Sustainability and holds a Masters in International (including Environmental) Law from the University of Cambridge.
Lorena is a founding member of 100 Women in Finance (100WF) in Dublin and remains an active member of the organisation’s Dublin steering committee (having recently co-ordinated the launch of the 100WF NextGen Dublin Group). Lorena is also a former Chairperson of the Hedge Funds Care Ireland Young Professionals Committee.
Eoin joined the Research Department of KBI Global Investors (KBIGI) as an investment analyst on fixed interest markets in 1988.In 1990, he was appointed Chief Economist.
In 2014, he was appointed to the position of Head of Responsible Investing, overseeing KBIGI’s market-leading approach to Responsible Investing and Sustainability, an approach that has achieved the maximum “A+” rating for every module in the PRI’s annual assessment of the Responsible Investing activities of the firm, in each of the last three years.
He has been a member of SIF Ireland’s Steering Committee since its foundation and is also a long-time member of the CDP’s steering committee in Ireland.
He represents the firm in all its interactions with international RI bodies such as the PRI, US SIF, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, the CDP, CERES, and others.
Paul founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change. CDP represents over 650 investors with assets of over $80 trillion, and it uses this authority combined with the buying power of over 110 large corporations with annual purchases of over $2.5 trillion, to persuade over 7,000 large companies to report on their greenhouse gas emissions as well as strategy on climate change, water use and the drivers of deforestation. In addition, over 600 large cities and 100 states and regions with aggregate over 1 billion inhabitants report annually on their environmental performance through CDP, which is a charitable organisation operating in 80 counties from nine offices around the world.
Paul is Chair of the Trustees of the NGO ShareAction as well as a Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. He is an advisor to the NGO Influence Map and is a trustee of the grant making Friends Provident Foundation. He is a co-presenter of the podcast: ‘Outrage and Optimism’ with Christiana Figueres and Tom Carnac.
Mark Foley joined EirGrid Group as Chief Executive in June 2018, having held the role of Managing Director of Land Solutions in Coillte since January 2016. Previous to that, Mark was Managing Director of Coillte Enterprise where he led the development of new businesses in renewable energy, telecommunications and land development.
Before that, from November 2000 to August 2008, Mark was Director of Capital Programmes at Dublin Airport Authority. In this role he was responsible for master planning, permitting, planning and delivery of c. €1.5bn in airport infrastructure at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports. Prior to that, Mark held a number of senior executive roles with multinationals in the Speciality Chemicals and Electronics sectors. Mark has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from University College Dublin, a Masters in Industrial Engineering from University College Dublin and has attended executive development courses in Penn State University and IMD.
Paul joined AIB in late 2017, as the Head of Energy, Climate Action and Infrastructure at AIB. The business unit has a strong focus on green lending and has grown to 15 staff which makes it the largest dedicated team in the Irish market. Prior to AIB, Paul was previously the Head of Macquarie Capital Ireland which is an infrastructure and renewables expert and the world’s largest infrastructure asset manager. Paul has ca. 12 years’ experience advising and investing in energy, renewables and infrastructure. In the Irish market he was worked with Bord Gais, NewEra, ESB, NTR, Viridian, The Irish infrastructure Fund, Amarenco and Mainstream Renewable Power on various transactions and investments. He has also worked on infrastructure transactions across Europe. Paul was a Director on numerous Macquarie investments including the Board of Amarenco Solar Ireland and was an Observer to the Board on Mainstream Renewable Power. Paul has also worked for Macquarie Airports and IBI Corporate Finance. Additionally Paul is a qualified Accountant, placing in exams.
Ian Simm is the Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management, which since 1998 has invested in the transition to a more sustainable economy. Impax currently manages ca. US$18 billion in listed equity, private equity and fixed income strategies. Prior to Impax, Ian was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company. Ian is a member of the UK government’s Energy Innovation Board, an Advisory Board member for the UK’s Green Finance Institute and is a former board member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s leading funding agency for environmental science.
Riyong Kim is Director of Decision Metrics and Finance at EIT Climate KIC, EU’s largest public private partnership aimed at supporting innovation to combat climate change. We aim to completely rewire the financial system and integrate climate into mainstream financial markets to enable financing at the scale and pace of change needed, and Riyong’s current work focuses on innovation programming and co-designing experiments for deep demonstrations around long-termism, focusing on tackling short-termism in the financial markets, exploring the role of technology, arts and culture in shifting narratives, valuing social goods, and anticipating emergence.
Prior to joining Climate KIC, she worked in climate policy and programs closely with UN Environment and UNFCCC, and environmental research and policy with IUCN, UN FAO, CIFOR, and World Bank PROFOR program. Riyong holds a PhD in natural resource economics with a strong focus on forests and landscapes with country experience from the Brazilian Amazon, Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as international development and relief work from East Timor, and Aceh, Indonesia.
Sarah advises on a range of domestic and cross-border banking and finance transactions. Her expertise includes advising banks and borrowers regarding corporate debt facilities, acquisition financing, real estate financing (investment and development) and restructurings. Sarah also has particular expertise in real estate financing involving QIAIF structures, and has acted on a number of loan portfolio sales.
Lorna Conn is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board Director of Cpl Resources plc where she joined in October 2017. Lorna is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. She is a mentor for the 30% Club Ireland and a member of the Institute of Directors Ireland, where she is undertaking the Chartered Director Programme. Lorna graduated with a commerce degree from University College Dublin and holds a Masters in Accounting from the Michael Smurfit Business School.
Sarah is an Investment Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments. She manages the European Ethical Equity Fund and co-manages the Global Equity Impact Fund.
She joined Standard Life Investments after working at Referendum Ready, a non-profit campaign that partnered with the Government of Southern Sudan Mission prior to independence. Sarah sits on the Impact Management Group at Aberdeen Standard Investments and continues to work in South Sudan with a non-profit that supports education and community development projects in South Sudan.
She holds an MA in International Relations and MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies.