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Colleen C. Davis was elected State Treasurer on November 6, 2018, re-elected in 2022 for another four-year term. As Treasurer, Colleen is a Bond Issuing Officer, participates on the State Employee Benefits Board, Administers the State Employees Retirement, 529 Education Savings, and ABLE Plans, leads her office on the Delaware Economic & Financial Advisory Council, a member of the Agricultural Preservation Board, serves on the Board of Pardons and in many capacities in service of Delaware. She sees this as an opportunity to ensure everyone is participating in a thriving economy, retiring well and maintaining great healthcare outcomes both physically and financially and her track record is consistent with strong fiscal stewardship. In 2021 despite the pressures of the pandemic Delaware’s cash reserves saw a 600% growth rate, a quadruple AAA bond rating. In 2019 she lead the state to its first competitive bond sale in over eight years saving $ 17 million in that single issuance alone. She championed growing participation in ABLE for persons with disabilities as well as the DE Deferred Compensation for state employees and teachers. She directed release of American Rescue Plan Act funds prior to the deadline set by US Treasury becoming the first state to complete the process and ensuring that local critical services remained solvent. Colleen most recently spearheaded the development and passed legislation for the monumental DE EARNS program, which will provide roughly 150,000 Delaware workers the opportunity to save for retirement and close the wealth gap. Colleen has a rich history of working for the First State. She served on several Boards in the private sector including the Delaware Physician Assistant Advocacy Group (DAPA), QuiqMeds Pharma, Evry Life Sciences and Delaware Maritime Education. Formerly she served as Board member & Translational Science Consultant for Forge Life Sciences, Co-Founder & VP of Pivotal Healthcare Consulting, Lecturer for Arcadia & Phila
Nili Gilbert, CFA, CAIA, is the Vice Chairwoman of Carbon Direct, a leader in scaling carbon management into a global industry through both climate technology investments and client advisory. She is also Chair of the US$130+ Trillion Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero’s (GFANZ) Advisory Panel of technical experts, as well as a member of its CEO Principals Group. Nili also sits as the Chair of US Policy for the UN-Convened Asset Owner Alliance. In addition to serving as a board member and Chairwoman of the Investment Committees of both the David Rockefeller Fund and the Synergos Institute, she is a Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Nili is also a member of the Social Mission Board of Seventh Generation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever. Previously, she was Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager of Matarin Capital, which became one of the larger women-owned asset managers in the US. She also previously served as a member of the State of California’s Climate-Related Financial Risk Advisory Group. Nili has been a recurring speaker on CNBC and Bloomberg television, among others, and her TED Talk on climate finance has received over 1 million views. She has been honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, LinkedIn TopVoice in Finance, Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Securities Professionals, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek “One to Watch.” She is a permanent member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. Nili received her BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, her MBA from Columbia Business School, where she was a Toigo Fellow, and she has completed programs in leadership and sustainability at Oxford and Stanford Universities.
Mr. Esposito is a Managing Director and Senior Counsel, ESG. He joined Apollo in 2020 in the Legal Department as the firm's first ESG Counsel. Prior to that, Mr. Esposito was an associate in the Private Funds Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Prior to that, Mr. Esposito was an M&A and private funds associate in the New York offices of two international law firms. Mr. Esposito previously served as a Jacobson Fellow in Law and Business at New York University Law School, and as a professional lecturer in law on the adjunct faculty at The George Washington University Law School.Mr. Esposito received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, and his. LL.M., with highest honors, in International and Comparative Law from The George Washington University Law School.
Senator Edward J. Markey
For more than 40 years, Senator Markey has served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Congressman and U.S. Senator. He has been a national leader and author of some of the most important laws in the areas of energy, the environment, and telecommunications policy. On a bipartisan basis, he has passed more than 500 pieces of legislation into law. He has been a powerful and effective voice for enhancing energy efficiency, transitioning our economy to clean and sustainable energy resources and mitigating the consequences of climate change; bolstering U.S. and global security by staunching nuclear proliferation and promoting arms control; defending human rights; enacting financial reforms to protect consumers and investors against the types of abuses that directly triggered the global recession; ensuring the continued openness of the internet; and advancing the interests of consumers by injecting competitiveness into electric, telecommunications and telephone markets, and protecting the privacy of personal information. Senator Markey currently serves as Chair of the Clean Air, Climate and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, as well as the Chair of the Primary Health and Retirement Security Subcommittee on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He is also a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the Small Business Committee. Senator Markey received his B.A. from Boston College and his J.D. from Boston College Law School. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and two terms in the Massachusetts State House before being elected to Congress.
Lisa Hayles is the International Director of Shareholder Advocacy at Trillium. She has more than 18 years’ experience in sustainable investing, having worked in Canada, the UK and the U.S. advising clients on incorporating ESG analysis into investment approaches.
Lisa received her B.A.in Political Science and History from the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. in International Development from the University of Guelph. She also holds a French language Certificate for the University of Toulouse in France.
Wilhelm Mohn is Global Head of Corporate Governance at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), where he leads teams of experts focusing on NBIM’s ownership and standard setting activities, and ESG analysis. Until 2021, he was NBIM’s Head of Sustainability. NBIM is the investment management division of the Norwegian Central Bank and manages the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). The GPFG is invested globally in listed equities and bonds, as well as listed and unlisted real estate. Wilhelm joined NBIM in 2014 from the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, where he worked on asset management and responsible investment from 2009. He has also worked at Storebrand, a Norwegian insurance company and asset manager. His experience spans the governance and sustainability topics.Wilhelm is a board member of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). He holds a Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford.
Annie Chor Joyce is Managing Director, Head of ESG, US for Amundi US. She is responsible for developing the ESG strategy for the US market and US ESG expertise exported to overseas markets. She collaborates closely with global ESG teams, investment management, marketing, and distribution across the firm globally, as well as with external partners. Annie reports jointly to Lisa Jones, President and CEO of Amundi US, and Head of the Americas, and Elodie Laugel, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Amundi, based in Paris. She is a member of the US Executive Committee, US Management Committee, and US Operating Committee.Annie has a decade and a half of experience in the financial markets and sustainable investing, working with institutional and wealth investors across the impact investing spectrum in public and private markets. She joins Amundi US from MSCI Inc., ESG Research, where she led MSCI’s fixed income ESG coverage and worked closely with institutional clients on integrating ESG and climate strategies across the firm. Prior to MSCI, she worked at several impact-driven organizations, including Social Finance, a national impact finance and advisory non-profit, Éclat Impact, an impact investing fintech startup, and the World Economic Forum. Prior to this, she worked at Barclays Capital in Global Markets. Annie serves on the Investment Committee of the Phi Beta Kappa Society Foundation, is a Founding Member and Co-Leader of Invest for Better, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Joseph’s Prep. She is a Fulbright scholar and received a Dual MBA and Master of Advanced Management degree from IE Business School and the Yale School of Management. She earned a B.S. in Finance with Minors in International Studies and Human Development from Boston College.
Elizabeth Seeger was appointed as a full-time member of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in July 2022, effective November 2022.Ms Seeger has over 20 years’ experience of standard-setting, investment and working on sustainability topics. She joined the ISSB from global investment firm KKR, where she served as Managing Director, Sustainable Investing, responsible for helping oversee the firm's consideration of sustainability matters throughout KKR’s investment process and part of KKR's Global Impact team. She also oversaw KKR’s public sustainability reporting efforts, including the development of SASB and TCFD-aligned reporting.Before joining KKR in 2009, she served as a project manager in the corporate partnerships programme (now known as EDF+Business) of Environmental Defence Fund and a consultant with the Corporate Executive Board (CEB, now known as Gartner), where she advised companies from a broad range of industries in Europe and the United States. Before CEB, Ms Seeger was an associate at the Environmental Law Institute, a non-profit organisation focused on environmental law and policy research and education.Ms Seeger served on the SASB Standards Board as an inaugural member, but began her standard-setting work when becoming a member of the SASB Standards Council in 2012.She is a 2013 Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and earned a BA in Environmental Studies with honours from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Val Smith was appointed Citi’s first Chief Sustainability Officer in 2019 and has helped grow sustainability efforts at Citi since 2004. She oversees Citi’s Sustainability & ESG team, with responsibility for the bank’s Sustainable Progress Strategy and priority initiatives, including the $1 Trillion Sustainable Finance Goal. Val is leading the development of Citi’s Net Zero Emissions by 2050 plan. She also leads Citi’s implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking and guides its climate risk disclosure. Val is an advisor and spokesperson on sustainable finance, Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) disclosure, stakeholder engagement, human rights, ESG integration and sustainability trends.Prior to joining Citi, Val spent a decade working in the environmental sector, including the National Audubon Society, Brainerd Foundation, and the Houston Advanced Research Center. She began her career with the United States Peace Corps, where she served for two years as an environmental specialist in Honduras.She serves on the board of Net Impact and is a member of the UNEP FI Global Steering Committee and the Aspen Institute Business & Society Leaders Forum. Val earned her MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
Veena Jayadeva is an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) leader with extensive experience in corporate philanthropy, employee engagement, inclusion and diversity, community outreach and program management. A former top-tier strategy consultant and nonprofit executive, she has spent 20+ years in the social impact sector. Veena is currently Head of Enterprise ESG at Guardian Life, supporting the company’s strategic priorities and leading their expanding ESG efforts. She also served as the Chief of Staff to the Chief Information and Operations Officer and was formerly Guardian's Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), driving social community investments, leading employee engagement, and supporting environmental sustainability.Prior to Guardian, Veena was a Vice President at Grameen America, a NYC-based microfinance institution that has invested over $3B in women-led micro- and small businesses across the country. Previously, Veena was a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she served clients in the financial services and healthcare sectors. She spent the early part of her career in international development, microfinance, and CSR in the United States and India at organizations including the World Bank, United Nations, and International Monetary Fund.Veena holds a M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was a Seley Scholar, the business school’s highest merit award for “outstanding leadership, professional promise, high level of academic achievement and contribution to MIT Sloan." She holds a M.A. in International Economics and a B.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and participated in Columbia Business School's Senior Leadership Program for nonprofit executives. Veena is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Impact, the Board of Directors of BRAC USA, and the Corporate Leadership Council of CHC: Creating Healthier Communities.