Aisling McCaffrey has over 10 years’ experience in the Financial Services sector - working with key clients across Europe on a range of projects covering business strategy, risk management and sustainability advisory. Aisling has a keen interest in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a particular focus on gender equality, quality education and climate action. To that end, she has taken on a number of commitments in supporting organisations such as co-chair of 100 Women in Finance Early Career Committee, Non-Executive Director of environmental NGO Global Action Plan Ireland and Steering Committee member of Ireland’s Women in Finance Charter, a government led industry initiative. In addition, Aisling is a co-founder of the ‘Green Team Network’ – a forum for connecting firms across the Irish Funds Industry to encourage collaboration and empower change towards a more sustainable environment.
Alex McLean leads the cross-firm ESG Group, which assists clients with the identification and integration of ESG priorities at all levels of their business. He has a broad-based infrastructure and utilities practice, with particular expertise in renewables, energy and natural resources law. Alex has almost twenty-five years energy regulatory, transactional and major projects experience in Ireland and Australia and has been centrally involved in the liberalisation of the energy markets in both jurisdictions. He has extensive experience acting for government, regulators, financiers, market participants and customers, both on the island of Ireland and internationally, and combines broad industry expertise with a strong background in energy regulation and reform.
Alex Twose has 15 years’ experience working in the insurance industry advising a wide range of clients in the London and Specialty markets, global insurers and reinsurers, as well as retail insurers operating in the UK and Ireland. With considerable experience of actuarial claims reserving, review of claims handling processes, capital and solvency modelling and implementation of solvency regulation, his current focus is on helping insurers to manage their net zero transition through the development of emissions measurement frameworks and net zero underwriting strategy. Alex is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, and holds an MSc in Physics from the University of Manchester.
Andy Cronin is a globally recognised leader within the aviation industry, having held a range of senior roles across the sector for more than 20 years. As part of the founding team and serving as Avolon’s CFO from 2010 to 2022, Andy has played a central role in building the company to the industry-leading position it holds today. He has successfully led Finance and Capital Market teams through numerous capital raises, corporate acquisitions, and most notably Avolon’s listing on the NYSE. Prior to joining Avolon, Andy served as SVP Investor Markets at RBS Aviation Capital with responsibility for disposal, financing and debt syndication of operating lease and structured debt products to a wide pool of investors and banking communities. Before working at RBS Aviation Capital, Andy worked in numerous commercial and operational roles at FLS Aerospace.
Ann Shiels established FinLexSus in January 2022 as a sustainable finance regulatory business working with regulated fund management companies and asset managers to upskill on, understand and implement EU sustainable finance regulatory requirements including SFDR and EU Taxonomy. Ann worked in the Irish funds and regulated financial services industry for over 20 years, mainly as a qualified solicitor in a large Irish corporate practice. She holds a certificate in Sustainable Finance from the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability leadership, is a Green Team Network executive member and lectures in sustainable finance at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.
Anna Skrivanou supports investors on their responsible investment journeys through tools, resources and guidance. Anna has an 8-year experience in asset and wealth management. Prior to the PRI, Anna worked at HSBC Asset Management in London, as a relationship manager in the global wholesale team focusing on key distributors and as a discretionary investment specialist looking after high net worth clients. Anna holds the CISI level 7 Chartered Wealth Manager qualification, a MSc in International Financial Management from University of Surrey, and a BSc in Economics from University of Athens.
Dr Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain is director of the BSc. Science, Mathematics & Education initial teacher education programme in the UCD College of Science. Her research investigates issues in Mathematics Education, with particular focus on teacher education, and on making STEM more accessible and exciting for those who have historically been left out, whether because they are underprivileged economically or because they are female. A former post-primary teacher in a DEIS school, she is committed to making the teaching of mathematics more effective and this commitment has taken her well out of the university classroom as a science communicator on TV, radio and in print.
Aoife Kearney specialises in the integration of ESG into investment funds. She worked as an Associate Solicitor specialising in asset management and investment funds in the Maples’ Dublin office. Aoife advised on the establishment, authorisation, operation and maintenance of Irish regulated funds including UCITS and AIFs. During her time in Maples, Aoife was seconded to work as In-House Legal Counsel for Neuberger Berman. Aoife completed her solicitor training in Matheson, where she specialised in asset management and investment funds. During her time in Matheson, Aoife was seconded to work as In-House Legal Counsel for HSBC where she worked in the provision of fund services. Aoife’s other practice areas include healthcare litigation, tax and construction law. She was previously employed as a political and communications professional in the European Parliament in Brussels. Aoife is respected for her expertise in EU law, policy and political strategy. An experienced European policy expert, Aoife worked with national governments, members of the European Parliament, interest groups and EU policy experts to mould and shape EU legislation.
Brian Mullan is an engineer with over 28 years’ experience in various roles in Microsoft. He is currently a Principal Data Science Manager leading a global team of Data Scientists focused on the Microsoft 365 product suite, within the Customer Success Engineering Organization. Brian is also the Microsoft Ireland Lead for the sustainability research strategy, leading the partnership on Terrain AI, which is a collaboration between Science Foundation Ireland, Maynooth University and Microsoft. The project’s mission is to provide a direct response to Climate Change, seeking to develop innovative sensing and computational methodologies in capturing and processing data about the world around us.
Brian O’Kennedy is CEO of Clearstream Solutions, a leading independent carbon management and corporate sustainability consultancy which he founded in 2009. Brian has over 20 years’ leadership experience in global supply chain management and procurement, particularly in the areas of IT, Media, Print and Packaging. Brian has served as Chair of the CDP Ireland Network, the global carbon reporting program, and is also a member of Steering Committee of the global Responsible Sourcing standard, Verego SRS. He has a degree in Economics from Trinity College, a Certificate in Sustainable Management from BSI Group and is currently studying the Circular Economy at TU Delft.
Brian O'Neill is responsible for the development and implementation of Aviva’s sustainability plans in Ireland, which involve the delivery of climate goals, including investment in biodiversity and carbon sequestration projects. Brian has previously held senior insurance roles in Ireland and internationally with Friends First, Prudential International and Achmea (Netherlands). In Friends First, Brian was also responsible for CSR, and funded and built an occupational work centre in Nansana, Uganda over three years.
Dr. Ciarán Fallon has held a range of senior management roles in Coillte over the last nine years and has prior experience working in the public and private sectors in Ireland and abroad. He holds a BSc in Engineering, an MSc in Environmental Sustainability and a PhD from UCD which he earned for his research into environmental policy and governance in Ireland.
Cathal McGlinchey has extensive experience of providing reporting services to global asset managers, real estate and private equity firms across a broad range of strategies including hedge, credit, renewable energy and infrastructure. Cathal has a BA in Accounting from University of Ulster and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland. Cathal holds a number of industry leadership roles and is currently chair of the Irish Funds ESG Servicing and Data Working Group and a member of the Irish Funds Sustainability, Skills and Training Steering Group. Cathal is a past chair of the Irish Funds Financial Reporting Working Group and also represented the Irish funds industry on the EFAMA Accounting Task Force.
Claudia Hügel has been responsible for group-wide sustainability / ESG rating and reporting at Lufthansa Group for more than five years. She deals with the sustainability regulation landscape such as the non-financial declaration ,the EU Taxonomy and (draft) CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive), the European Sustainability Standards but also with the overall strategic aspects of ESG and future impacts for the airline industry In this capacity, she is also responsible for the Lufthansa Group’s Reporting which addresses in particular the finance industry such as Sustainability Factsheet, the TCFD-, SASB- and CDP reporting to name the most important ones. Claudia acts also as interface to the finance community and in particular towards investor relations and the rating agencies as well as corporate finance. Since 2001 Claudia has been working at Lufthansa Group in various senior management positions. She was responsible at headquarters for the global sales strategy and sales steering before moving to Singapore as country representative for Lufthansa being responsible for sales in parts of Asia including Oceania. Back in headquarters Claudia Hügel established lean management as an approach to agile working processes and set up a group-wide process academy. Before joining Lufthansa Claudia worked as a project manager at Roland Berger, International consultants for 4 years. Claudia studied business administration at Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich.
Colette Coogan coordinates the delivery of the 18 actions outlined in Ireland's first Sustainable Finance Roadmap - under the pillars of Talent Development, Industry Readiness, Leveraging Digital and Enabling Environment. She has 15 years banking experience in Ireland, most recently working in AIB’s Sustainability team, with the main areas of focus being sustainability reporting, materiality assessments, stakeholder engagement, external partnerships and communications. Colette is a certified sustainability practitioner (CSE Sustainability Academy) and has recently completed a Business Sustainability Management programme at the University of Cambridge - Institute for Sustainability Leadership, in addition to IOB APA qualifications.
Conor O’Leary joined the Strategic Investment Research Group in November of 2022 and is responsible for overseeing investment management on the UCITs platform.Prior he was an Investment Oversight Manager at abrdn Plc. He was responsible to overseeing abrdn’s Direct European Real Estate business and segregated accounts for Institutional clients invested in global public market asset classes. Conor earned a B.A. Honours Bachelor degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and is a CAIA charterholder.
David Carlin is currently running a pilot for nearly 50 global banks and investors on topics of climate scenarios, climate risk assessments and climate governance. He is also a contributor to Forbes, where he writes about climate change and leadership. Prior to joining UNEP FI, he worked as a senior manager in Risk and Public Policy for Oliver Wyman Consulting and in Model Risk Management for PNC Bank. His background is in quantitative modeling and decision science. He conducted research in financial decision-making at Carnegie Mellon University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College.
David Connolly is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and Senior Manager of a specialised team within EY dedicated to helping companies in the financial services sector navigate the complex world of climate change and sustainability. David is currently leading CSRD engagements which includes double materiality assessments and basis of preparations on behalf of regulated clients; this includes a deep dive gap assessment across the identified topics and sub-topics related to CSRD. Formerly Principal with Accountants for Sustainability, a sustainability consultancy specialising in advising finance professionals on their sustainability / ESG strategy and reporting obligations, David also has 20 years’ experience of commercial banking and strategy with Bank of Ireland.
Dr. Deborah Brosnan is a globally recognized marine scientist, environmental entrepreneur and climate-risk expert. She works worldwide to create innovative solutions to environmental and climate risks, that support ecosystems, business, communities, and governments. She is highly sought after at the highest-levels for her expertise and ability to deliver win-win solutions. In addition to her international work she has a strong interest in advancing the needs of Small Island Developing States, having worked in the Caribbean for over 25 years.
Dee Moran (FCA) has significant experience in both practice and industry. The Professional Accountancy team is responsible for a broad technical policy agenda of relevance to the Institute and its membership and works to coordinate policy approaches and develop guidance for members. Dee leads the Institute in the area of sustainability reporting and in responding to consultations in this area.
Dermot Kennedy is an accomplished director with significant experience in Compliance, Risk and Fraud, Operations, Engineering and Customer Services management, primarily in the Information Technology and Fintech areas. He has worked for multinational companies including Amazon, Dell and Sanmina, and most recently served as CS Director Ireland at Remitly, leading the launch of Remitly’s European operation in Cork - growing the site to 270 team members in just two years while ensuring that the activities of REL’s align with regulatory requirements, compliance, local laws, and business requirements. Dermot is passionate about developing highly scalable standards, policies, procedures, repeatable processes, and methodologies to enable best practices to be standardized across organizations. He holds a Masters in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Fintech, Risk and Compliance, and Six Sigma Black (American Society of Quality) qualification.
Dorian Fougères has worked for over 20 years on coastal and marine, water, agriculture, forest, and climate change policy and management throughout California as well as overseas. Formerly the acting Deputy Director for the California Tahoe Conservancy, he oversaw the state agency's climate adaptation, community forestry, landscape forestry, watershed restoration, land management, recreation and access, and sustainable communities programs, as well as all organizational scaffolding. Prior to this he worked for many years as a senior mediator at the Center for Collaborative Policy, CSU Sacramento, including establishing its southern California office. Dorian authors the The Promise and Practice of Resilient Landscapes blog
Emma Jane Joyce leads on the design and implementation of the ISIFs 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 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 National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), including responsibility for a number of International Equity Portfolios as part of the National Pension Reserve Fund’s (NPRF) Investment Management Programme. Emma Jane joined the NTMA from Mercer Investment Consulting. She is a graduate of both Trinity College Dublin (BA Mod Genetics) and the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business (MSc in Management).
Eva Sheehy has worked with a wide variety of public and private clients including those in the Retail, Food & Agri and Transport and Construction industries. Eva joined KPMG in 2013 and has extensive experience working on audit and assurance engagements. Eva assists clients completing ESG reporting readiness assessments and advises clients on current and future ESG reporting standards relevant to their business and sector.
Jack Lee is the Vice Chair of the Irish Funds ESG Servicing and Data Working Group. Jack is a Product Development Director and leads the ESG Offering at MUFG Investors Services. He is responsible for developing new services and products for MUFG Investor Services. He is also the Head of Sustainability Reporting and is responsible for ESG reporting based on metrics and targets set by the company. Jack is a qualified accountant and has certificates in sustainability courses including UN PRI, TCFD and EU Taxonomy.
James Maher joined the European Actuarial Services practice in September 2010. He leads our Insurance market offering and within that leads the management and delivery of our advisory services offering. James specialises in capital and risk management for insurance and reinsurance companies. He leads projects on strategic and operational review, risk and governance systems, hedging and risk management of guarantees. James is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. He holds a MA in Management Science and Industrial System Studies from Trinity College and a diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD.
Dr. Jarlath Molloy leads the IFRS Foundation’s internal sustainability project and the capacity building programme linked to the new ISSB standards. Jarlath has over 15 years’ experience in roles across the public, private and non-profit sectors in multiple countries on a range of Environment, Social and Governance topics. These include climate change policy, decarbonisation and climate change adaptation, as well as non-financial reporting, ESG enterprise risk and audit, sustainable finance and capacity building. He also led the expansion of the CDSB Framework, from GHG emissions into wider environmental matters. As a former preparer and standard setter, Jarlath is familiar with the challenges and opportunities ahead for sustainability disclosure. He is a physics graduate of TU Dublin, holds an MSc in climate change from UEA Norwich, a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Imperial College London and is a chartered physicist.
Jimmy Samartzis' career has focused on climate change and in particular advancing the decarbonization of industries reliant on fossil fuels. He is known for his inspirational leadership, building private/public partnerships, and impact by enabling change across industries, governments, companies, and teams. He effectively navigates the complexities of first-of-a-kind technologies, commercial partnerships, regulation and policy, global adoption, and stakeholder relations. While in the airline industry, his contributions led to pioneering test flights, the first commercial-scale sustainable jet fuel deal and commercial production, and to a global industry agreement to enable a reduction in aviation emissions and adoption of low-carbon fuels. Additionally, he led a global coalition of stakeholders across the value chain to break down the barriers associated with the commercialization of sustainable fuels.
Julien Manhes graduated from the ENSICA, a French aerospace engineer school, in 2001 and got a master in project management from the French business school HEC in 2002. He started his aviation career in 2002 at Aircelle (now known as SAFRAN nacelle), a French engine nacelle manufacturer fully owned by the SAFRAN group. He joined Airbus in 2005 and has worked in A380 Marketing as well as Airbus Product Strategy where he led studies on potential evolitions of the A380. In 2013 he worked again in Marketing, dealing with airlines in central and northern Europe and acting as a supervisor on other accounts. He then contributed to the transition to digital and data analytics in particular for marketing before joining the contract leading a team in charge of aircraft pricing. In 2020, Julien became the executive assistant to the Chief Commercial Officer of Airbus. In this role he supported the CCO and his team handling the COVID crisis commercially. Since June this year, he joined corporate affairs at Airbus as the leader of a project aiming at ensuring Airbus acts as a catalyst in the SAF deployment globally.
Kathy Ryan leads on the development and implementation of the Responsible Investment strategy across asset classes with a long-term track record in sustainable investing and has held a number of roles in asset management, development finance and the NGO sectors. Prior to ILIM, Kathy worked at Aviva Investors leading on ESG solutions and proprietary score development as well as crafting an ESG policy for the Aviva Life company. Kathy was Executive Director at an independent sustainable consultancy, Global Green Investments (GGI, 2013 to 2018) where she worked with clients such as the Worldbank and NGO’s such as Carbon Tracker and Climate Policy Initiative on climate risk methodology development and renewable energy financing. She was a member of the working group on the award winning, ‘Investor Confidence Project’ to create a standardised methodology for energy efficiency projects and provided thought leadership on topics such as Green Bonds to the European Commission. Prior to GGI, Kathy held a range of senior global research and risk management roles at Pioneer Investments, Credit Agricole and JP Morgan.
Laura Flood has significant experience in providing regulatory, risk management and assurance services to domestic and international banking and fintech clients. She is also a Council Member of the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI). The FPAI represents the interests of fintech and payments businesses in Ireland, helping develop the regulatory, commercial and community ecosystem in which they operate. She is also a member of the FPAI's Regulatory Interest Group advises clients on a range of issues including financial reporting and emerging issues in financial services regulation. Laura has a particular focus on the impact of ESG on financial services and has supported clients in assessing the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors on their business and on their financial reporting.
Lois Guthrie pursued a career in taxation, first at PwC and then at Zurich Insurance Group until 2016. Having joined the Carbon Disclosure Project (now CDP) in 2004, she simultaneously developed a career in climate and natural capital corporate reporting. Lois is the founding director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and also worked for the International Integrated Reporting Council as a Technical Director during the development of the <IR> Framework. Lois was a director at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development for five years. She joined the IFRS Foundation in February 2022 as a Special Advisor to the International Sustainability Standards Board. Lois studied theology at the University of Birmingham and environmental policy at the Open University and holds an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice.
Mamobo Ogoro is a Social Psychologist and award winning social entrepreneur. As the first Sanctuary PhD Fellow at the University of Limerick, Mamobo’s research investigates migrant identity construction in Ireland and how systems of inclusion and exclusion affect migrant communities in Ireland. Mamobo is on a personal mission to unify the world. She is the Founder and CEO of GORM, an award winning social enterprise on a mission to unify across differences and advance belonging for marginalised communities. Mamobo has been heralded for her work with GORM on countless occasions, and most recently won the ‘Catalyst Award’ in the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Awards 2022 for bringing about social change in Ireland.
Marcos Mancini is a sustainability business professional with consulting experience across several industries. He chairs the Sustainability committee at the Mexican Banking Association (ABM), which, under his leadership, has developed a voluntary sustainability protocol for Mexican financial institutions - a set of guidelines for all the banks to work together to promote sustainability. Marcos is also part of the steering committee at the Natural Capital Declaration where he works to promote the integration of natural capital considerations into financial products and services. He also chairs the steering committee for the Central America and Mexico chapter at ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs) and teaches the Sustainable Finance module at the Banorte-Ixe / UNAM course.
Prior to the IFRS Foundation, Mardi McBrien spent over a decade leading the global ESG standard setter, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB). Under Mardi’s leadership CDSB published the first global capital market framework for reporting investor focussed information on climate, environmental and social matters to capital markets. CDSB’s work notably underpins both the TCFD and the TNFD frameworks and became an influential foundational building block in the establishment the International Sustainability Standards Board, where Mardi also played an important leadership role in its establishment. Mardi has enjoyed a vibrant career which involved her leading high profile flagship environmental campaigns, working in public sector policy advisory roles and public private partnership management. Originally qualifying as a forester and environmental scientist in Australia (Melbourne University) and agricultural economist (UK, SOAS), Mardi is a Board Member of XBRL International, a member of the UK Government Transition Pathway Taskforce Steering Group, trustee of one of the oldest environmental NGOs in the world, the International Tree Foundation, a founding Board member of WOCAN – Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management / W+ Standard, a school governor and a member of the ICAEW Sustainability Advisory Committee. Mardi was awarded UK environmental campaigner of the year by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation in 2013 and in 2021 and was selected as one of the ESG Foundation’s ones to watch.
Mary O’Dea joined IOB in April 2018 from the Central Bank of Ireland where she was Director of Securities and Markets Supervision. Prior to that she spent six years in Washington DC, first as Alternative Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund and then as Ireland’s representative at the World Bank. Mary previously held several Director roles with the Central Bank of Ireland, including Director of Financial Operations and Consumer Director. In 2009, she was Acting Chief Executive of the Financial Regulator. A non-executive Director of Euronext Dublin and CC&G (a multi-asset clearing house based in Italy) and member of the Governing Authority of University College Dublin (UCD), Mary has Masters qualifications in Economics, Treasury & Investment Management and Business & Executive Coaching.
As the Aviation Lead at the Mission Possible Partnership and the Energy Transitions Commission, Maximilian Held develops strategies how to align the aviation sector and other hard-to-abate sectors with a 1.5°C target. Max holds a PhD in CO2 reduction strategies for the European transport sector from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Automotive Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Due to his prior engagements at AUDI, BMW, Deloitte and Siemens, he combines industry expertise from the transport and the energy sector. Max is working on climate change mitigation since ~395 ppm CO2 and is convinced climate action is a chance, not a burden.
Michael Concannon has worked in financial services for over 30 years. He holds a degree in Financial Services from UCD and is a Licentiate of the Institute of Bankers. Most recently he joined the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI) as Head of Strategy and Development. The FPAI aims to bring banking and Fintechs together for common good. Michael remains passionate about how Fintech is a positive force in financial services and can help bring tangible benefits to consumers and society at large.
Michael McGrath is a TD for Cork South Central and is currently the Minister for Finance in the Government of Ireland. He previously served as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform from 2020 to 2022. In his time in Dáil Éireann, Michael has served on a number of Oireachtas committees including the Finance Committee, the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry, the European Affairs Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. As Minister for Finance, Michael is responsible for leading the Department in the achievement of the government’s economic, fiscal and financial policy goals, having regard to the Programme for Government.
Since taking over in April 2020, Moyagh Murdock has navigated Insurance Ireland through a crucial phase of its growth. She has implemented a new 5-year strategy for the Organisation and its members who make up over 90% of the insurers in Ireland. The key pillars of her new strategy are anchored around advocating on behalf of members with policymakers and regulators to promote the value that Insurance Ireland members create for individuals, the economy, and society. Sustainability and how the insurance sector can contribute to tackling climate change is a key deliverable for her. Moyagh’s focus is also to ensure customers understand insurance products and services so that they can make informed choices. As a member of the Steering Group for the Women in Finance Charter, Moyagh is particularly focused on diversity and inclusion through the identification and promotion of good practices in the insurance industry.
An experienced investment professional, Niall O’Leary has led banking and investment teams and now runs the equity indexation and fixed income business at Irish Life Investment Managers. Previously a director of ETF, UCITS and QIAIF fund boards and a director of an Irish defined contribution pension scheme.
Oisin Lunny is an award-winning marketer, webinar and podcast host, MC, public speaker, virtual event consultant, UX business professor, and journalist. His work has been translated into Chinese and Arabic, and read over half a million times as a senior contributor to Forbes, music editor at PHOENIX Magazine, and via regular contributions to The Guardian, CX Magazine and many others. Oisin has hosted, moderated, and given keynote presentations at over 250 conferences in every corner of the world, including TEDx and SXSW, where he is a member of the advisory board. He is the host of the Siemens Advanta podcast and the Audio Talks podcast by HARMAN and has worked in a series of leading global technology firms over the past 20 years as Global Product Manager, Country Manager, VP of Technology, Senior Market Development Manager, and Chief Evangelist.
Oskar Meijerink is the head of Future Fuels at SkyNRG, a pioneer and global leader in the development of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The Future Fuels team runs over a dozen projects with the aim of developing new SAF production capacity in cooperation with technology suppliers and other partners. The aim of these projects is the commercialization of future SAF production pathways by assessing the technological and economic viability. As head of the department, he is also responsible for SkyNRG’s advisory and research activities and he specializes in the commercialization of CO2-to-jet, Fisher-Tropsch and Alcohol pathways. Oskar studied Energy Science at Utrecht University and graduated with distinction by assessing investments in the biojet fuel industry at Imperial College London.
Patrick Burke was appointed Managing Director of ILIM in 2013 having joined the company in 2006 as Director of Investment Development, responsible for the strategic development of investment solutions for the institutional market. Prior 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.
Paul Healy has operated at an executive level in commercial environments for over 20 years. His broad areas of expertise include: Enterprise and Labour Market Policy, Human Resource Development, Public Affairs and Corporate Governance. Paul is a member of the National Skills Council, National Training Fund Advisory Group, EU Commission Skills for Industry Policy Group and the European Digital SME Alliance. He also serves on the Skillnet Ireland Board (ex officio). Paul qualified as an Economist and holds an MBA from Dublin City University. He is an adjunct lecturer at post-graduate level in field of Human Resources and is a respected commentator in the arena of workforce development and talent.
Peter Barrett has worked in aircraft leasing and finance for over 30 years, starting his career with Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA). Peter holds a B.Eng from University College Cork (UCC).
Remi Fernandez leads on the decent work programme for PRI, looking into social issues such labour rights across supply chain, low carbon transition, demographic change as well as artificial intelligence & technology. Remi has previously worked in the PRI’s Signatory Relations team, where he engaged with signatories on the new and former Reporting Frameworks and how it applied to multi-asset strategies. Remi holds a Masters degree in Sustainability and Social Innovation from HEC Paris as well as a BComm from the University of Sydney.
Sarah Thompson has experience in advising a broad range of clients on financial regulation matters and is admitted to practice in Northern Ireland, Ireland and England & Wales. She advises on Central Bank of Ireland authorisation processes, perimeter issues, ongoing compliance with conduct of business and other requirements with a special focus on ESG matters and on the Individual Accountability Framework and the Senior Executive Accountability Regime, as well as financial services M&A. Prior to joining Arthur Cox, Sarah worked in London in the financial regulatory groups of two major international law firms.
Ryan Faucett has responsibility for strategy, global partnerships, and climate policy within Boeing’s Global Environmental Sustainability (GES). In this capacity he provides strategic direction for Boeing’s leadership role in de-carbonizing the aviation industry. Previously, Ryan led global enterprise market intelligence and market development within Corporate Strategy. He was responsible for future market intelligence and forecasting, competitive intelligence, external benchmarking, as well as inorganic strategy, partnership, & business development integration. He led efforts to create a lifecycle strategy for the New Middle Market (NMA) development program within BGS business development. He has also been a Product Line leader with PL responsibility for a division of Aftermarket parts within BGS. Early in his Boeing career he helped drive the BCA and EHS environmental integration platform, including one of the world’s first sustainable aviation biofuel business cases, policy analysis, and chairing of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG).
Sandra Healy's career has spanned 20 years in the global telecoms industry and five years at Dublin City University where she established the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion. Sandra is an Organisational Psychologist and NLP Master Practitioner. Over seventeen years she has championed and driven diversity and inclusion practice across industry and is considered a leading expert. In 2014, she was involved in establishing the EU Diversity Charter Ireland. In 2020 Sandra was a member of the Expert Advisory Group for Ireland’s Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality and is on the Leadership Council for An Garda Síochána (Ireland's Police Force). In 2020, inclusio spun-out of Dublin City University. The inclusio platform delivers a solution to address some of the most pressing challenges facing global employers today. Combining technology, psychology and artificial intelligence (AI), inclusio delivers a scientific, independent ‘Nudge’ platform that empowers leaders to measure, track and action DEI in an authentic way; through the voice of their people. The platform empowers leaders with the data they need to chart their progress on DEI efforts, measure ROI and benchmark in their sector, locally and globally.
Sarah Dempsey joined AIB from RBS Group plc, where she worked in a number of senior roles for the Ulster Bank brand in Ireland. Sarah has over a decade of Corporate Affairs, Stakeholder Management and Communications experience in banking, operating at the highest levels of business throughout her career. The Sustainability team comprises a small expert group who support and influence business strategy in responding to stakeholder needs, demonstrating the broader social and economic value in addition to financial value created by the business. The work of the team is enhanced through strong Governance across AIB, including a dedicated Board committee. Sarah is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a Certified Bank Director from the Institute of Bankers of Ireland, a graduate of the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership and is also a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.
Sarah Moran is a director in KPMG’s dedicated sustainability advisory practice. Sarah trained in KPMG’s global centre of excellence for climate risk in the UK and now leads out Sustainable Finance and Climate Risk service lines. Sarah lectures in sustainable finance, climate risk and ESG reporting with UCD Smurfit Business School and Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Shane O'Reilly is a Director at KPMG Sustainable Futures leading the ESG & Sustainability service line. Sustainable Futures are a dedicated cross-functional team of experts who help corporates and public sector clients plan and execute programmes addressing ESG topics, decarbonisation and long-term value creation. The team brings together a wide range of disciplines including sustainability practitioners, economists, engineers, corporate strategists, accountants and financiers to help clients navigate the complex and fast evolving climate change and sustainability agenda. Our service lines include ESG & Sustainability, Decarbonisation & Circular Economy, Renewable M&A, Energy Advisory, Reporting & Assurance and Sustainable Finance.
Stephen Nolan has been at the forefront of the green and sustainable finance agenda in Ireland and internationally for the last decade as a Director of Sustainable Finance Ireland and Managing Director of three major UNDP Sustainable Finance initiatives - UNDP Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S), UNDP Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF) and Asia-Pacific Sustainable Finance Development Network. He is also Chair of Ireland’s Climate Finance Week Ireland series; member of the international advisory grouping of the Climate Bonds Initiative; Sustainable Finance Skillnet Steering Committee member, and serves on several international sustainable finance working groups, including the IFSC Authority Sustainable Finance WG in India. In 2020, Stephen received the 2020 Irish Green Leader award, sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and has led and delivered initiatives from start-up to scale across both public and private spheres in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Susan Rossney is Public Policy Officer with Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chair of the Institute’s Expert Working Group on Sustainability and member of the Sustainability Expert Working Group of the Global Accounting Alliance. She is also author of the Institute’s publication Sustainability for Accountants.
As head of the UN SSE’s training and education arm, Tiffany Grabski works with stock exchanges to disseminate consistent and pragmatic education on pressing global topics affecting capital markets participants. The UN SSE initiative is a United Nations Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP-FI and UN PRI. Its mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies, regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The UN SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.
Willie Walsh became the eighth person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General on 1 April 2021, after an airline industry career spanning over 40 years. Walsh is deeply familiar with IATA, having served on the IATA Board of Governors for almost 13 years between 2005 to 2018, including serving as Chair (2016-2017). Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1961, Walsh joined the country’s flag carrier Aer Lingus in 1979, as a cadet pilot, becoming a captain in 1990. One year earlier, he had moved into a management position in the airline’s flight operations department, beginning a rise that led to his being appointed chief executive of Futura, Aer Lingus’ Spanish charter airline in 1998. He returned to Aer Lingus in 2000 as COO and was appointed chief executive in October 2001 at a time when the carrier was in a grave financial crisis following the 9.11 attacks. Walsh led a radical restructuring that returned Aer Lingus to profitability. In 2005, Walsh was appointed chief executive of British Airways (BA). He led BA through the 2008/09 Global Financial Crisis, established a transatlantic joint business venture with Iberia, Finnair and American Airlines, and oversaw the 2011 merger of BA and Iberia under a newly established parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG). Walsh served as chief executive of IAG from its inception until he retired in September 2020.
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