Green Recovery, Sustainable Finance, Just Transition: Putting Words into Deeds


Foundations Platform F20 and Fondazione Cariplo were pleased to host this year’s (virtual) “Climate Solutions Forum”, from Wednesday, September 29th to Thursday, September 30th in Milan together with their Italian partners Fondazione Unipolis, Fondazione di Comunità di Messina, and Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo. The F20 Climate Solutions Forum was also supported by Assifero (Associazione italiana delle Fondazioni ed Enti filantropici), ASviS (L’Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile) and ACRI (Associazione di Fondazioni e di Casse di Risparmio Spa). This year’s F20 event built on the experiences and recommendations to the G20 countries resulting from last year’s F20 Climate Solutions Week and was meant to set the scene for the UN pre-COP on Climate in Milan (September 30th – October 2nd, 2021) and the upcoming G20 summit in Italy, taking place in the end of October.

Under the headline of “Green Recovery, Sustainable Finance, Just Transition: Putting Words into Deeds“, the high-level event referred to the role of the G20 countries to build on the lessons learned from the current health and climate crises and adopt programmes in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals to build up resilience and deliver on the global goals.

With the Climate Solutions Forum, we sought to:

  • initiate a discussion about the importance of the upcoming G20 summit as well as the COP26 on Climate and COP15 on Biodiversity,
  • share experiences as well as expertise to discuss an integrated approach on how to shape the transformation towards a green and just transition with experts from science, politics, business, and the philanthropy,
  • urge the G20 Heads of States to take action and adopt ambitious and transformative targets for a just and green transition in line of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The focus laid on fostering more ambition, solutions and dialogue. The event consisted of different elements including high-level keynotes, film presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions engaging the audience. The expected outcome of the event included a list of F20 recommendations towards the G20 Heads of State.

If you missed the F20 Climate Solutions Forum 2021, you can still watch the individual keynotes and sessions on YouTube.

September 29

September 30

Block 1 – Morning Session:

Revisiting the Health, Food, Biodiversity and Climate Nexus – Expectations regarding the G20, COP15 and COP26 process

10:00 – 10:10 CEST

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10:10 – 11:00 CEST
High-level Keynotes

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11:00 – 12:00 CEST
Panel Discussion

Block 3 – Morning Session:

Implementing the Green and Just Transition: The Role of Cities, Communities and Regions

10:00 – 10:25 CEST

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10:25 – 10:35 CEST
Presentation of Milano Innovation District (MIND) / Lendlease


10:35 – 11:00 CEST
High-Level Keynotes

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11:00 – 12:00 CEST
Panel Discussion

Block 2 – Afternoon Session:

Financing the Green and Just Transition: Shifting the Trillions and Sustainable Finance

13:00 – 13:30 CEST
High-level Keynotes

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13:30 – 14:20 CEST
Panel Discussion

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14:20 – 14:50 CEST
Working Groups

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14:50 – 15:00 CEST
Report Back (in plenary)

Block 4 – Afternoon Session:

Aligning the Green and Just Transition with the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Agenda 2030

13:00 – 13:05 CEST
F20 Recommendations

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13:05 – 13:45 CEST
Keynotes from F20 and other Philanthropy Networks

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13:45 – 14:35 CEST
Panel Discussion

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14:35 – 15:00 CEST

I. Revisiting the Health, Food, Biodiversity and Climate Nexus – Expectations regarding the G20, COP15 and COP26 process

Growing competition for land, energy, and water along with population growth is placing further pressure on our food system. Key principles are needed to help shaping a vision of global food production that is resilient, regenerative, diverse, and healthy. This panel will formulate expectations towards the upcoming G20 summit as well as the COP15 on Biodiversity and COP26 on Climate to take action to the world’s biggest challenges.


II. Financing the Green and Just Transition: Shifting the Trillions and Sustainable Finance

Experts and business representatives will discuss and determine the most pressing questions around sustainable finance and impact investing and the role of sustainable finance in overcoming the global crisis. Some of the key questions that will be addressed in the keynotes, panel and breakouts are: What is needed to finance a green and just transition? What is the role of green recovery plans in shifting the trillions? How can philanthropy help to unlock necessary financial resources? What can be learned from most recently published concepts such as the International Climate Finance Plan by the US?


III. Implementing the Green and Just Transition: The Role of Cities, Communities and Regions

Under this theme, lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic will be discussed as well as the subject of how cities and communities can rebuild better in a post-COVID world. Best practice examples can be witnessed all over the world: The Superblocks in Barcelona, the 15-min City in Paris or the 20-minute neighbourhoods in Melbourne are only a few success stories. This panel will thus formulate expectations towards the upcoming G20 summit to include cities and communities into the energy transitions process.


IV. Aligning the Green and Just Transition with the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Agenda 2030: Recommendations of Foundations Platform F20 and the G20 Engagement Groups to the G20 Summit

High-level representatives from international as well as local foundations will discuss the most pressing questions for philanthropist and their role in aligning the green recovery with the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda. The Foundations 20 platform will present their recommendations to the G20 summit. In addition, the G20 Engagement Groups will display and discuss their recommendations to the G20 heads of state.

H.E. Dr. Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser
Chairman of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group

Dr. Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser served as an Advisor at the General Secretariat of the Saudi Council of Ministers and Chairman of the General Authority for Competition from 2016 to 2021.He also served as the Minister of Economy and Planning and Governor and Board Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), the Saudi Central Bank. In addition, he was a member of several ministerial councils, boards, and committees, including the Council for Economic Affairs and Development, the Supreme Council for Civil Defense, the Board of Directors of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, the Board of Directors of the Public Investment Fund, the Higher Committee for Hajj (Pilgrimage) Affairs and the Ministerial Environmental Committee, among many others. He served as the Alternate Governor for Saudi Arabia at the IMF, the World Bank, and the Islamic Development Bank. Dr. Al Jasser participated in the G20 summits and meetings at the ministerial, governors, and deputies levels. Moreover, he participated in the monthly and annual meetings of the Bank for International Settlements over the period 1997-2011.

Alberto Anfossi
Secretary General of the Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo

Alberto Anfossi graduated with distinction in Physics from the University of Turin, earned a PhD in Physics at the Polytechnic University of Turin and began his career as a post-doc researcher in the field of quantum statistical mechanics. After earning a Master’s Degree in Economics at Collegio Carlo Alberto, he worked at the Polytechnic University of Turin, the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and Collegio Carlo Alberto, supporting research groups in attracting competitive funds and managing funding. He worked as Innovation Manager for the Equiter S.p.A Research and Innovation Fund. He has gained many years of experience in the non-profit sector, becoming directly involved in the fair-trade movement, locally, nationally, and internationally. His experience with FCSP began in 2013, when he joined the Compagnia di San Paolo Sistema Torino consortium, to head the Fund-Raising area, becoming its Director in May 2016. In 2018, FCSP selected Alberto Anfossi as Local Development Director to implement the 2017-2020 strategic plan. Alberto Anfossi was appointed Secretary General of FCSP on 27 July 2018, and reappointed on 11 May 2020 by the new Management Board for the four-year term 2020-2024.

Gemma Arpaia
Coordinator of the SDG 17 working group in ASviS, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development

Gemma ARPAIA is a member of the National Council of AOI, the Association of Italian NGOs and International Solidarity Organisations. Since 2016 she is coordinating the SDG 17 working group in ASviS, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development. Graduated from the Naples University in 1978, she lived for several years in African and in Far Eastern countries working with a number of NGOs. After four years’ service in South Africa (1992-1996) as project leader in support of the anti-apartheid and democratic movement, she moved to Rome, employed by ISCOS – the development cooperation organization  of an Italian Trade Union – as Program manager for the activities in eastern Europe, Balkans, Asia, until 20019.

Jess Ayers
Director of Land Use and Food Systems at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Jess is Director of Land Use and Food Systems in the Climate Team at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). She has worked across the climate, international development and energy sectors for the past 15 years, including 7 years with the UK Government (with roles spanning Head of Carbon Trading; Head of Energy at the UK Treasury; and Chief of Staff to the Energy Minister). Before that, Jess worked in South Asia advising multilateral banks, development agencies and developing country governments on climate change resilience planning, through roles at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UNDP Nepal, and as an independent consultant. She holds a PhD in International Development and Climate Change, and was a contributing author to the 5th IPCC Assessment Report.

Giuseppe Banfi
Scientific Director of Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute in Milano

Giuseppe Banfi is scientific director of Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute in Milano, a leading hospital for orthopedic sciences in Italy. Full professor of Clinical Biochemistry in Vita e Salute San Raffaele University in Milano. Member of Central Committee, Life sciences research and environment Subcommittees of Fondazione Cariplo in Milano, a leading charity organization in Lombardia Region. Expert of life science research and of impact of research in clinical medicine, author of >400 peer reviewed papers in clinical biochemistry with H index of 40, expert of healthcare organization, especially in the field of value based healthcare.

Anthony Bebbington
International Program Director at the Ford Foundation

Anthony Bebbington is International Director of the Natural Resources and Climate Change program at the Ford Foundation, on leave from the Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Chair of Environment and Society, Clark University. He has honorary Professorial positions at the University of Manchester and the University of Melbourne, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He serves on the Boards of Oxfam America and the Climate and Land Use Alliance, and has previously worked at the World Bank and non-profit think tanks in the UK. His own work has focused on environmental governance and conflicts over resource extraction in Latin America.

Luca Bergamaschi
Co-Founder of ECCO

Luca Bergamaschi is co-Founder of ECCO, the independent Italian climate change think tank. Over the past decade, Luca has been working together with Governments, think tanks, philanthropy and civil society organisations to design political strategies, diplomacy and policy to accelerate climate action in Italy, Europe and globally. Luca worked as Special Advisor to Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), for the climate think tank E3G in Berlin and London, and for the Italian Institute for International Affairs (IAI) in Rome. In 2017, Luca was responsible for the climate and energy negotiations of the 2017 Italian G7 Presidency in the Italian Prime Minister’s Office. Luca holds a MS in Energy Policy from the University of Exeter, a BS in Economics and Political Science from the University of Cologne, and a BS in Engineering Management from the University of Bologna. 

HH Princess Nouf bint Muhammad bin Abdullah Al Saud
CEO of the King Khalid Foundation

HH Princess Nouf bint Muhammad bin Abdullah is the CEO of the King Khalid Foundation, she has been a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 1996. She leads the Foundation’s programs towards the economic and social empowerment of vulnerable groups in the country to create equal opportunities for all Saudis through capacity building, social investment, and policy and advocacy. In 2020, she chaired the Civil 20 Engagement Group, one of the G20 engagement groups. Princess Nouf is a longstanding philanthropist and a strong supporter of the empowerment of the non-profit sector in the country. She serves as the Chairperson of the Saudi ADHD Society, and a member of Alnahda Society for Women. She has also been a generous supporter of various Saudi nonprofits.

Sandra Breka
CEO of the Robert Bosch Stiftung

Sandra Breka is CEO of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Since joining the Board of Management, she spearheaded the foundation’s strategic realignment. Her portfolio includes the foundation’s work on Global Issues with a focus on Climate Change, Democracy, Immigration Society, Inequality, Migration and Peace as well as Strategic Partnerships and the Robert Bosch Academy. Before joining the foundation in 2001, Sandra Breka served as Program Director at the Aspen Institute Berlin after an assignment with the American Council on Germany in New York. After studies in Germany, France and the United States, she obtained her M.A. at Columbia University in New York. She was a Yale World Fellow in 2008. Sandra Breka is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the European Endowment for Democracy. She serves on the Munich Security Conference Board of Trustees, the Board of the Mercator Institute for China Studies, the Board of the Berghof Foundation, the Executive Committee of the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung and the European Foundation Center Governing Council.

Catherine Brown
CEO of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Catherine is CEO of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. The Foundation is the largest and oldest community foundation in Australia with a current corpus of $259 million. The Foundation granted over $12 million in 2020/21, including initiatives addressing climate change and responding to the COVID pandemic. The Foundation placed a climate lens over all its work in early 2016. Catherine completed her PhD in 2019 (Center for Social Impact, Swinburne University) on: Unlocking the innovation potential of philanthropic foundations. She wrote Great Foundations – a 360°guide to building more resilient and effective not for profit organisations (ACER Press, 2010). Catherine is a lawyer who has held various executive and Board roles. She is Deputy Chair of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.

Lasse Bruun
CEO of 50by40

Lasse Bruun is an advocacy expert in climate, sustainable agriculture and food systems. He is the CEO of 50by40, a collective impact food systems organisation with 70+ partner institutions. Lasse has led high-level international dialogues and campaigns in more than 20 countries, and in institutions such as the EU Parliament, FAO and the UNFCCC. He has championed Just Livestock Transition as the key to shifting the global food system to mitigate climate change, improve public health and revitalise rural economies. Lasse was appointed global civil society lead for the UN Food System Summit Action Track 2 ‘Shift to sustainable consumption patterns’, and co-led Action Area 3.2 ‘Manage sustainably existing food systems’. Lasse is a core member of the multilateral ‘Good Food Finance Network’.

Sharan Burrow
General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation

Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Sharan is a passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment, and labour law reforms, and has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and labour rights campaigns in her home country of Australia and globally. She has also served as a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation and is represented on a number of international commissions concerning climate action, industrial transition, and economic reform.

Andrea Cabrini
Managing Editor of ClassicCnbc

Andrea Cabrini is the Managing Editor of ClassCnbc, the Italian branch of Cnbc.He’s also Co-Managing Editor of Milano Finanza, Italy’s premier financial magazine, coordinating digital and print platforms. Cabrini is a financial journalist and anchor with three decades of experience covering the economy, global markets, and the banking and asset management industry. He anchors a talk show, “Partita Doppia”, dedicated to business , politics and finance. He’s also curator of a multimedia project on digital transformation “Italia 4.0”. He’s moderator of financial Italian and international events, including G7 multistakeholder conferences, ECB Banking Supervision Forum etc. Prior to joining Class Editori, Andrea Cabrini has been working for ten years as Editor in Chief and anchor at Mediaset, the first private media company in Italy. He left in 2000 to start up ClassCnbc and to develop the broadcasting activities of Class Editori. He studied Political Sciences at the Universita’ degli Studi di Milano and became journalist after a master at IFG, Istituto per la Formazione al Giornalismo, in 1986. He’s 55, lives in Milan and has two sons.

Carola Carazzone
Secretary General ofAssifero & DAFNE Board Chair

Carola  Carazzone is Secretary General of Assifero, the Italian association of family, corporate and community foundations; she also chairs the Dafne-Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe board. Carola moved to the philanthropy sector in 2014, after fifteen-year in international development in 18 countries, working for the promotion and protection of human rights in 18 countries. She is an Italian lawyer specialized in human rights at the René Cassin International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, holding a Master in Development Economics from University of Pavia. She serves in the Advisory Boards of Ariadne, ECFI (European Community Foundations Initiative), Alliance Magazine Editorial Board and Ashoka Italy. In 2017 she was Senior Fellow at the Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York.

Angela Churie Kallhauge
Senior Climate Change Specialist at the World Bank

Angela Churie Kallhauge works in the Climate Change Group of the  World Bank, where she heads the Secretariat of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, an initiative that brings together stakeholders from government, business, civil society, academic from across the world to advocate and work to put a price on carbon. She has over two decades of experience working on climate change, energy and development issues in  government, academia and civil society in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She joined the World Bank in December 2016 from  the  Swedish Energy Agency  where she worked for 14 years on climate change, energy and development issues at the international and national levels. She also spent a couple of years working to establish a  climate change and renewable energy  programme at the  International Renewable Energy Agency. Since joining the CPLC, her focus is on moving the advocacy to action, through advancing the political, social and business case for carbon pricing in a strategic manner  that reflects and resonates with specific interests of different constituencies and stakeholders and  harnessing the opportunities in different sectors and regions.

Patricia Espinosa
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Ms. Espinosa is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Ambassador of Mexico to Germany since 2012 and from 2001 to 2002, Ms. Espinosa was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, bringing over 30 years of experience at highest levels in international relations. As Chair of the Third Committee of the UNGA (1996), she played a key role in the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action. Ambassador of Mexico to Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UN in Vienna (2002-2006), Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs (1989-1991) and responsible for economic issues at the Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva (1982-1988).

Conny Czymoch
Experienced, international Moderator, Presenter and Media Coach

German by origin, English by love and language most spoken, feeling international through work, travel and life, Conny has been a journalist most of her working life. From local to national to international media, from newspaper to radio to TV, she now brings her journalistic competence and experience as a facilitator to conferences and events in Europe and the Middle East. Customers are German Ministries, the ILO, OECD, UN, World Bank, EU, foundations, NGOs and the corporate world. Her core topics are sustainability, global goals, resource efficiency, mobility, climate action, agriculture and food, development cooperation, international supply chains, the labour market, corporate responsibility, human rights and human trafficking – and, as a cross-cutting, all pervasive issue, work and life in the digitized world.

Giovanni Fosti
President of the Fondazione Cariplo

Giovanni Fosti is the President of Fondazione Cariplo. He is Associate Professor of Practice of Government, Health and Not for Profit at SDA Bocconi and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration Economics and Management at the Bocconi University, Milan. Until December 2018, Giovanni Fosti was, among other, in charge of the Social and Social Care Services Area of CeRGAS – Centre for Research on Health and Social Care Management of the Bocconi University. Formerly, he served as director of the executive master EMMAP – Executive Master in Management of Public Administration at SDA Bocconi. Giovanni Fosti has also served as Chairman of the Fondazione Social Venture – Giordano dell’Amore, operative and strategic arm of Fondazione Cariplo’s programme for Social Innovation.

Martin Frick
Deputy of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Food System Summit 2021

Martin Frick is the Deputy of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Food System Summit 2021. He served before as the Senior Director of UN Climate Change where he was overseeing the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the secretariat’s Climate Action work.  As programme director for former Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Foundation, he developed the founding narrative of climate justice. He previously served as Director for Climate Change at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He was the German representative for human rights and humanitarian affairs at the UN General Assembly and served as the European Union’s lead negotiator in the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council. As Ambassador to the international organizations based in Germany, he helped building up the UN’s sustainability hub in Bonn. He holds a PhD in Law from Regensburg University and was a guest lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Enrico Giovannini
Italian Minister of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility

Enrico Giovannini (born June 6th 1957) is an Italian economist, statistician and academic. He has sworn on February 13th 2021 as Minister of infrastructures and transport, now Minister of sustainable infrastructures and mobility, in the Government led by President Mario Draghi. Enrico Giovannini is full professor of Economic statistics and Sustainable development at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, of Sustainable development at LUISS and at the National School of Administration (SNA). He is the co-founder and director of the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development, a coalition of more than 240 organisations established to implement in Italy the UN 2030 Agenda 2030. He was Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the OECD (2001-2009), President of the Italian Statistical Institute (2009-2013) and Minister of Labour and Social Policies (2013-2014). In October 2014, the President of the Italian Republic made him “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica”, the highest ranking honour of the Italian Republic. He is the author of more than 100 articles and five books on statistical and economic topics.

Gaetano Giunta
Secretary General at Fondazione di Comunità di Messina ONLUS

Gaetano Giunta holds a bachelor’s and a PhD in physics, but has dedicated his life to the social economy: he has been councillor for social policies of the city of Messina and has co-founded the local social economy cluster: he is founding member of several social economy organizations (social cooperatives, foundations, social enterprises, etc.) and in 2010 he was one of the founders of Fondazione di Comunità di Messina, widely known at national and international level for its innovative and systemic approach in tackling inequalities and social issues. He has co-produced 27 scientific publications in the field of thermodynamics and 20 publications on socio-economic issues.

Ilham Habibie
Co-founder and Chairman of Board of Trustees of  The Habibie Center

Ilham Habibie is co-founder and Chairman of Board of Trustees of The Habibie Center, a NGO and Foundation. He is also co-founder and shareholder of PT. ILTHABI Rekatama, a private investment company in Indonesia, which he is leading as its Chairman. ILTHABI’s focus is in the field of aviation, renewable energy, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), property, and financial services. He is also the Chairman of Bank Muamalat, Indonesia’s first Islamic (Shariah) Bank.  Currently he is also heading Wantiknas, the National ICT Council of Indonesia as its Chief Executive. His other current organisational activities include heading the International Chamber of Commerce Indonesiaand the Indonesian Muslim Entrepreneur Association, both as its President; and being responsible for Information & Communication Technology, Broadcasting, Research & Technology, as well as for Germany, as Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN). He holds a German engineering doctorate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, USA.

Håvard Halland
Senior Economist at the OECD Development Centre

Håvard Halland is a senior economist at the OECD Development Centre, formerly a senior economist at the World Bank and visiting scholar at Stanford University. His work lies at the intersection of public and private finance, economics, energy, and sustainability. He is the lead or joint author of several books and of a number of research papers. His books have been published in several languages, and his op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, Le Monde, and on Project Syndicate, among others.

Bambang Ismawan
Founding Chairman of the Bina Swadaya Foundation

Bambang Ismawan was born in Lamongan, Indonesia, March 7, 1938. He is the Founding Chairman of Bina Swadaya Foundation (1967) and Founder and Chairman of Trubus Agricultural Magazine (1969). Bambang receives several awards among others are the Satya Lancana award from the President of the Republic of Indonesia in the field of economic development especially the development of cooperatives (1995), Social Entrepreneurship Award from Ernst & Young Indonesia and The Schwab Foundation in Switzerland (2006), Sang Pemula Award (The Pioneers Award) from Yayasan NewSeum Indonesia granted as the Founder of Trubus Agriculture Magazine for its consistency in building agriculture and the people’s economy (2008). Currently active as a speaker at various national and international conferences on social solidarity economy, social entrepreneurship, microfinance and community empowerment.

Ban Ki-moon
Deputy Chair of The Elders

Ban Ki-moon was the UN Secretary-General from 2007-2016. He mobilised world leaders around a new set of challenges and sought to give voice to the world’s poorest and vulnerable people. He put Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, and equality for girls and women at the top of the UN agenda; creating UN Women and securing the Paris Climate Agreement. He is a former South-Korean Foreign Minister and diplomat. He is Chair of the Global Center on Adaptation, Deputy Chair of the Elders, Chair of the Global Green Growth Institute, Chair of the Boao Forum for Asia, and Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

Andreas Kipar
Architect, Landscape Architect and Urban Planner & Founder and Creative Director at LAND srl

Architect, landscape architect and planner, Andreas Kipar is the founder and Creative Director of the international landscape architecture studio LAND with offices in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Graduated in Landscape Architecture at GHS University in Essen and in Architecture and Urban Planning at Politecnico di Milano, where he has been teaching Public Space Design since 2009, he often holds seminars and lectures in many universities, including Naples, Dresden, Venice, Zurich, Versailles, Dortmund. He is the creator of the “Green Rays” model in Milan, which connect different areas of the city to encourage a new slow mobility from the center to the periphery. This model, recognized internationally as a pioneering one in green urbanism, has also had subsequent applications in Essen, the European Green    Capital 2017, and in the award-winning Smart City of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye in Moscow.

Caio Koch-Weser
Chairman of the Advisory Council of the European Climate Foundation

Mr. Caio Koch-Weser is Chairman of the Advisory Council of the European Climate Foundation. From 2013 until 2018 he served as Chair of the Board of the European Climate Foundation. From 2006 – 2016 Mr. Koch-Weser was Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Group, with global responsibilities for strategy; government, regulatory and corporate advisory; and co-ordination and implementation of group-wide business initiatives. He also served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of BG Group (2010-2016). From 1999-2005, he was German Deputy Minister of Finance (State Secretary). His responsibilities included international finance (G-7 Deputy), European economic and financial affairs, as well as capital markets, banking and insurance. Mr. Koch-Weser studied economics in Germany. He is a German and Brazilian national, born in Brazil. He is married with three children.

Francesco La Camera
Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Francesco La Camera is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He has more than thirty years of experience in the fields of climate, sustainability, and international cooperation. He formerly served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea. In this capacity, he developed cooperation and partnerships agreements with a wide range of countries, particularly developing countries. Mr. La Camera is widely credited with having spearheaded international cooperation on issues related to climate change and the environment. He played a key role in bringing together multilateral organisations to develop joint initiatives designed to implement the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. He has also coordinated a number of national strategies including on sustainable development, green finance and fossil fuel subsides among other things.

Charles Landry
International Adviser on the Future of Cities

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. Its focus is how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources. Charles helps cities identify and make the most of their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking and by opening up new conversations about their future. His aim is to help cities become more resilient, self-sustaining and to punch above their weight.

Bruce Lourie
President of the Ivey Foundation

Bruce is president of the Ivey Foundation, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Finance, and visiting lecturer at the University of Oxford Social Finance Programme.  He is the co-author of two best-selling books, including the internationally acclaimed Slow Death by Rubber Duck. Bruce is one of Canada’s foremost experts in sustainable energy and initiated the campaign to phase-out coal-fired power in Ontario, the largest climate action in North America. He is a prolific social entrepreneur having created over a dozen organizations undertaking policy, advocacy, research, and capacity building.  He is a Board director of the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, the Transition Accelerator, Canadians for Clean Prosperity, and the SeedChange Foundation.

Paolo Magri
Executive Vice President of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and Chair T20 Italy

Paolo Magri is Executive Vice President of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and Professor of International Relations at Bocconi University. He is member of the Strategic Committee of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, member of the Europe Policy Group of the World Economic Forum (Davos) and member of the Board of Directors of the Italy-China Foundation. He is also member of the Scientific Committees of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) and of the Military Center for Strategic Studies (Ce.Mi.S.S.). He is a regular speaker, writer and commentator to diverse media outlet on global issues, US foreign policy, Iran and Middle East.

Klaus Milke
F20 Chair

Klaus Milke is the Chairman of the Steering Group of Foundations 20 with the background as Founder and Chairman of Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit (Foundation for Sustainability). Since 1991 he is also in the Board of Germanwatch, a German development and environmental Non-Governmental Organization. He has graduated economics, followed by studies of sociology and political science and – with experience in the executive board of a middle sized company – he is today consulting governments, corporates and civil society groups. By advice, moderation and advocacy work he is active in various networking and campaigning processes mainly on climate and energy and on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda “in, with and from” Germany with the SDG.

Luigi Martignetti
Secretary General at the European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy (REVES)

Luigi Martignetti is Secretary General of REVES (European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy). He is member of the EC experts’ group on cohesion policy and member of the jury of the EER, from the Committee of the Regions of the European Union. He is also member in the board of Social Economy Europe. He is member of the editorial board of the scientific review “Rivista Impresa Sociale”. Luigi Martignetti in one of the co-developers, and tester, of the TSR – territorial social responsibility – approach for local people-based policymaking. Luigi Martignetti lives in Genoa (IT) and works in Brussels (BE).

Natasha Matic
Chief Strategy Officer at the King Khalid Foundation

Dr. Natasha Matic is the Chief Strategy Officer at the King Khalid Foundation, a leading philanthropic institution working to create equal economic opportunities. For the past 25 years, Dr. Matic provided practical solutions to challenges in philanthropy, corporate sustainability, impact entrepreneurship and social and economic development globally. Through her leadership, Dr. Matic spearheaded the Foundation into an era of strategic philanthropy, an era that emphasizes a systems-change approach to solving inequalities, building stronger ecosystems and working collaboratively with businesses, governments, and the philanthropic community. Through her consulting practice, Dr. Matic works with all sectors to embed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) accountability into their organizational DNA. Dr. Matic holds a Ph.D. in Economic and Political Studies from Boston University and a Degree in Business Excellence from the Columbia Business School. She is a Member of AccountAbility’s Sustainability Standards Board, MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and F20 Steering Committee.

Johannes Merck
Managing Director of the Environmental Foundation Michael Otto

Prof. Dr. Johannes Merck, who holds a doctorate in history, joined the Otto Group in 1989 to build up the Environmental Management System. The Otto Group is a leading international trading and services corporation.  In 1993, he was additionally given the position of Managing Director of the Environmental Foundation Michael Otto. Johannes Merck is also Member of the Board of Trustees of the Aid by Trade Foundation with its biggest project “Cotton Made in Africa”. As Chief Corporate Responsibility Advisor of the Otto Group he is represented in several political committees and holds a honorary professorship at the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.


Carlos Moreno
Scientific Director of the Chair «Entrepreneurship – Territory – Innovation», Panthéon Sorbonne University – IAE Paris (France)

Researcher of international renown, Carlos Moreno is Scientific director of the Chair «Entrepreneurship – Territory – Innovation», Panthéon Sorbonne University – IAE Paris (France). Carlos Moreno earned recognition as a scientist with an innovative mind, pioneer works and his unique approach on urban issues. He is also a scientific advisor of national and international figures of the highest level, including the Mayor of Paris Smart City special Envoy. He works at the heart of issues of international significance as a result of his research, bringing an innovative perspective on urban issues and offering solutions to the issues faced by the cities, metropolises and territories during the 21st century. Some of his concepts traveled the world: the Human Smart City, the 15min City, the Territory of 30min. Carlos Moreno received the Foresight Medal by the French Academy of Architecture (2019).

Simone Mori
Head of Europe at the Enel Group

Simone Mori is Head of Europe at the Enel Group. He is responsible for the Group’s advocacy activity towards European Institutions and he oversees operations in the European countries of Enel, including Russia, Romania and Greece. Over the years has been responsible for European Affairs, for Regulatory Affairs, Environment, Innovation and for Carbon Strategy. He has served on the board of Enel companies both in Italy and abroad and is currently a board member of Enel Russia and Slovak Power Holding, in addition to being member of the scientific committee of the Enel Foundation. He has held leadership positions in business associations: he was chairman of the Italian association of power companies and he has been in charge of the Energy Committee of the Business Association of Milan and Rome and of Confindustria. He is a board member of Bruegel, CERRE and of the Scientific Committee of the EastWest European Institute. He is currently Italy board member of Eurelectric and a member of the Europe Committee of Confindustria. He lectures in Economics and Management of Energy Sources at La Sapienza and LUISS.


Riccardo Moro
Civil 20 Sherpa

Riccardo Moro is the Civil 20 Sherpa. He has a long experience in the civil society, since he coordinated the Italian Jubilee Debt Campaign in the late ’90s and then the Justice and Solidarity Foundation and GCAP Italy. Until 2020 he served as Global Chair of GCAP, the Global Call for Action against Poverty, one of the widest civil society networks in the world. He worked also for the Italian Government, as Director of the Italy-Peru Debt Swap in Lima, and as expert with other governments and institutions. He teaches Development Policies at the University of Milan and has been lecturer at several universities in Africa and Latin America. He has also been dealing for many years in restorative justice processes.

Daniel Moser
Head of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) at GIZ

Daniel Moser is Head of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) at GIZ. In his position he provides management and strategic development of the initiative and its activities. TUMI is shaping the future of sustainable urban mobility through diverse opportunities around the world. The initiative is the joint endeavor of ADB, BMZ, CAF, C40, GIZ, ICLEI, ITDP, KfW, SLOCAT, UN-HABITAT and WRI to enable substantial finance, scale pilot projects and provide knowledge & policy. He is also closely associated with various activities in sustainable urban mobility at GIZ. As a consultant and advisor, he is directing sustainable urban mobility programs and interdisciplinary projects comprising transport, governance, city planning and urban technology. In his current position he is also advising the Government of Germany and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development on sustainable urban mobility.

Modi Mwatsama
Head of Interventions at the Wellcome Trust our Planet, Our Helath

From September 2021, Modi will take on a new role as Head of Interventions at the Wellcome Trust where she will lead the Trust’s work to support science-based solutions for climate change and health as part of the new strategy. She has been at the Trust since 2018, starting as Senior Science Lead for Food Systems. Prior to joining Wellcome, Modi was the Director of Policy and Global Health at the UK Health Forum where her work focused on policy research and advocacy on non-communicable disease prevention across UK, European and UN institutions. Advisory roles include the EAT board of trustees and BBC Rural Affairs Committee. Modi is a Registered Nutritionist and has a Doctorate in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Maria Neira
Director of the Department Environment, Climate change and Health (ECH) at the World Health Organization

Dr Maria P. Neira was appointed Director, ECH, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland in September 2005. Prior to that, she was Vice-Minister of Health and President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency. She had previously held several senior positions in WHO. Dr Neira began her career as a medical coordinator working with refugees in the Salvador and Honduras for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). Dr Neira is a Spanish national, and a medical doctor by training. She specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases; and Public Health. Dr Neira has been awarded the Médaille de l’Ordre national du Mérite by the Government of France and is a member of the Academy of Medicine, Asturias, Spain.  In 2019, Dr Neira was nominated as one of the world’s most influential people in climate policy, her work has been recognized in raising awareness on health, climate and air pollution.

Michael Northrop
Program Director  at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Michael Northrop is Program Director for the Sustainable Development grantmaking program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, where he focuses on climate change. Northrop also moonlights as a Lecturer at Yale University’s School of Environment, where he teaches a course on policy campaigning. He has been Executive Director of Ashoka, an international development organization that supports “public sector entrepreneurs” and an Analyst at First Boston, an investment bank in New York City. Northrop serves on New York City’s Waterfront Advisory and Sustainability Advisory boards, and on the board of Inside Climate News. Northrop has an MPA and a BA from Princeton University.

Cherie Nursalim
Chairman of the Giti Group

Cherie Nursalim is Co-Founder of United in Diversity Foundation. Ms Nursalim is appointed as the Special Advisor on Climate in the Government of Indonesia under Coordinating Minister of Maritime affairs and Investment and Climate Taskforce liaison starting with the United States under the Biden Administration. She is Vice Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce, board member of Publicis Groupe, IMAGINE, Business and Sustainable Development Commission Global Blended Finance Taskforce, Partnering for Green Growth and Steering Committee of G7 Impact Taskforce. She co-chairs the Southeast Asia United Nations global initiative Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Tsinghua University Southeast Asia Center. Ms Nursalim serves on the boards for MIT Sloan School of Management, Columbia University, Harvard Planetary Health Alliance, Nanyang Technological University Business School, University of Indonesia Research Center for Climate Change and a member of the World Future Council.
Michael O’Leary
Managing Director at Engine No. 1

Michael is a managing director at Engine No. 1 where he leads the firm’s active ownership strategy. He is a pathfinder in the impact investing movement, dedicated to creating greater accountability in both the private and public sectors. Before Engine No. 1, Michael worked at Bain Capital, where he was a founding member of the firm’s social impact fund and an investor focused on consumer, technology, and industrials for the firm’s private equity funds. He is the author of “Accountable: The Rise of Citizen Capitalism” (HarperCollins 2020) and has had his writing featured by the Aspen Institute, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Fortune, the London School of Economics, Vox, and the World Economic Forum, among others. Michael graduated with a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kristian Parker
Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oak Foundation

Kristian Parker is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oak Foundation. The foundation commits its resources to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. The foundation’s environment programme funds ambitious initiatives to safeguard our future by restoring our connection to nature and changing the ways we feed and fuel our world. Since graduating with a Doctorate in Environmental Sciences from Duke University 20 years ago, Kristian has developed Oak’s environment program and now oversees grants of over $60 million a year to deliver climate action and protect marine resources from destructive industrial fishing and plastic pollution. Kristian is the co-founder of the funders collaborative OceansFive, serves on the board of Climateworks, Oceana and the Oceano Azul, and is an ambassador for the Climate Leadership Initiative (supporting efforts to engage more philanthropists).

Maria Luisa Parmigiani
Director of Fondazione Unipolis

Maria Luisa Parmigiani has been working on CSR at national and international level since 1997. She is currently Head of Sustainability and stakeholder engagement for the Unipol Group, leader insurance company at national level, and Director of Unipolis Foundation. At the start of her career, Maria Luisa consulted on CSR, developing some Italian CSR best practices before working for Coop, leader retail chain in Italy, first as CSR Manager and then as Social Policy Director. She has been General Secretary of Impronta Etica for 15 years, the Italian National Partner Organization of CSR Europe, now she is Chairman of CSRManager Network, representing CSRManager in Italy. She has been a member of many working groups and Advisory Boards, such as SAI, nationally and internationally, over the last twenty years.

Giacomo Pinaffo
Project Manager at Fondazione di Comunità di Messina ONLUS

Giacomo Pinaffo has focused his entire career of study and work on the social economy sector. He was project manager for FEBEA (European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks) and SEFEA (financial cooperative, FEBEA instrument), as well as Impact Manager at SEFEA IMPACT (Italian Asset Management Company dedicated to impact investing strategies). This experience allowed him to gather a wide knowledge of the social economy and social finance sectors throughout Europe. Since 2020 he is project manager at the Fondazione di Comunità di Messina.

Keith Porter
President and CEO at Stanley Center for Peace and Security

Keith Porter became president and CEO of the Stanley Center in 2013. Previously, he was its director of policy and outreach. Porter works with center governance and staff to develop and implement all aspects of the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic plan. As chief representative of the center to a variety of external audiences, Porter promotes global collaboration with representatives from national and subnational governments, media, private sector, and civil society. Porter often highlights the amazing opportunities he has had to see global solutions at work—from peacekeeping missions to the inner workings of the UN Security Council—and his keen appreciation for the human capacity to solve problems. He holds a graduate degree from Illinois State University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Francesco Profumo
Chairman of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo

Born in Savona in 1953. Degree in Electrical Engineer – Politecnico Torino. Professor of Electrical Machines of the Polytechnic Turin, former Dean of Engineering at the Polytechnic Turin, former Rector of the Polytechnic Turin, former President of the National Research Council, former Minister of Education, University and Research, former Chairman of Iren SpA, former Chairman of Inwit SpA. Chairman of ACRI – Associazione di Fondazioni e di Casse di Risparmio SpA, Chairman of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, Chairman of Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento), President of Business School ESCP – Campus of Turin, President of Uni-Italia.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal
Global Leader of Climate & Energy at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is the Global Leader of Climate & Energy at WWF. He has 35 years of experience in environmental law and policy and served as Minister of the Environment of Peru (2011 to 2016) and President of the Twentieth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP20 in 2014. Pulgar-Vidal was the Executive Director of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, an influential institution in Latin America. He has a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, where he is a professor, and has completed studies for a master’s degree in Business Law at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. He is a board member of Forest Trends, Amazon Conservation Association and Peruvian Society of Environmental Law and a member of the Assembly of the World Wide Fund for Nature – Colombia. He is an active member of different groups aiming to get strong outcomes as a part of the formal climate talks and the non-party stakeholders’ agenda. He has been recognized by the governments of France, Germany and Spain and by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his contribution to the Paris Agreement.

Fiona Reynolds
CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI is a UN supported organisation, with over 3,500 signatories who collectively represent over US $100 trillion in AUM. She is responsible for the PRI’s global operations. Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years’ experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined the PRI from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent seven years as CEO. Fiona was named one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally by Barron’s magazine and has twice been named one of Australia’s one hundred women of influence by the Australian Financial Review.

Ruth Richardson
Executive Director of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food, brings over 25 years of experience in the philanthropic sector to this role, and of particular relevance to this undertaking, has extensive experience starting new and complex things. These include being the first Director of the Unilever Canada Foundation, Founding Chair of the Canadian Environmental capacity with the Global Alliance, Ruth is on the International Advisory Group on Up-scaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation funded by the German Federal Environmental Ministry under its International Climate Initiative. She also served on the Steering Committee of TEEBAgriFood led by UN Environment, as well as on the International Advisory Committee of the Global Urban Food Policy Pact. In 2020, Richardson was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to serve on the Advisory Committee for the 2021 Food Systems Summit, and to serve as Chair, Champions Network.

Johan Rockström
Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Professor at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at Potsdam University, and Professor in Water Systems and Global Sustainability at Stockholm University. Rockström gained international recognition with the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework, which has since become a standard of sustainability science. He received the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and is ranked as one of the most influential and most-cited scientists in the world by Clarivate Analytics. In addition to his research endeavors, Rockström provided strategic scientific guidance as a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group ‘Mission Board for Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation’ and various scientific academies, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Shirley Rodrigues
Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy

Shirley Rodrigues was appointed as London Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy in October 2016.  She has devised and delivered environmental policies and programmes in London, nationally and internationally for government and philanthropy including most recently overseeing a global cities and climate change grants portfolio at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). She is now working to deliver the Mayor of London’s vision to make the city a fairer, greener, healthier and more sustainable one. This includes ambitious programmes to reduce air pollution across London including the expansion of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone, making London carbon neutral by 2030 and spearheading London’s economic and social recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 through a Green New Deal.

Andrea Ruckstuhl
Head of Continental Europe of Lendlease

Andrea is currently Head of Continental Europe of Lendlease, with a particular focus on large-scale urban regeneration schemes.   As   part   of   this   activity   Andrea   is   leading initiatives to explore innovative ways of delivering sustainable urban regeneration, including how to tackle some of the biggest challenges   cities   are   facing   such   as   the   provision   of   social infrastructure. Andrea has over 20 years of experience in the infrastructure and property industry in international markets. He joined BLL as Senior Project Manager in 2004 with responsibilities over a PPP hospital project, the start-up of over €1,5b urban regeneration project in Milan and a large PPP scheme of over €5b in Montecarlo. In 2007 he was appointed Country Manager and since then worked to reposition the business in the contracting and PPP sector. In 2012 he took the role of Executive General Manager for the CEMEA region overlooking the restructuring of the business in the Region with over 18 countries. In 2014 he joined the Regional Board in EUROPE in London and become a member of the Regional Investment Committee.

Saskia Sassen
Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired till 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables running though her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages, and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Together, her authored books are translated in over twenty languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.

Stefan Schurig
F20 Secretary General

Stefan Schurig is the Secretary General of the Foundations Platform F20. He is an architect by training and has worked for more than 20 years in the 3rd sector on sustainability subjects with a focus on climate, energy and regenerative cities. Before he joined the F20 platform in 2017 he was a member of the Executive Board of the World Future Council Foundation (WFC) and Head of the Climate and Energy department. Stefan holds different advisory mandates and was an appointed member of the Steering Committee of the World Urban Campaign of the United Nations. Stefan also teaches as part of the Master’s degree of Urban Planning at the Hamburg University (HCU). Until 2007 Stefan was also a member of the Senior Management Team of Greenpeace Germany for some ten year.

Vinay Shandal
Managing  Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group

Vinay Shandal is a Managing Director and Partner in the Toronto BCG office. He is the Global Leader for BCG’s Sustainable Finance and Investing business. In this capacity, he advises leading investment organizations on their approach to ESG and sustainable finance. He is also the head of the Canadian Principal Investors and Private Equity Practice, and works closely with the largest pools of capital in Canada and globally on issues of strategy, transaction support and portfolio acceleration. Vinay is the co-chair of Centre for Canada’s Future, which tackles the most challenging economic and policy changes facing Canada. He is a board member of Capitalize For Kids, which is the force behind North America’s largest investor conference, the proceeds of which are channeled to solve the toughest challenges in youth brain and mental health. Before BCG, Vinay practiced law for several years in the New York offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions. His legal experience includes both private and public company mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances and investments in a range of industries. Vinay received an LL.B. and B.C.L. from McGill University and an LL.M. from Cambridge University. He has written and spoken extensively on issues of sustainable finance.

Pierluigi Stefanini
President of Fondazione Unipolis and President of ASviS, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development

Pierluigi Stefanini was born in 1953. He is Chairman of the Unipol Group and Vice Chairman of the subsidiary UnipolSai Asicurazioni. He has held positions in the banking, insurance and cooperative sectors. He was Chairman of Legacoop Bologna from 1990 to 1998 and of Coop Adriatica Soc. Cooperativa from 1998 to 2006. In 2006, he was appointed Chairman of Unipol Assicurazioni, that in 2007 is named Unipol Gruppo Finanziario S.p.A. (now Unipol Gruppo S.p.A.). At the same time, he also held the chairmanship of the Unipolis Foundation. Stefanini currently is also the Chairman of Euresa, European network of fourteen mutual and cooperative insurance companies, as well as that of President of the ASviS Assembly, Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (Italian alliance for sustainable development) made up of non- profit organizations to support the development of the Italian Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Roda Verheyen
Environmental Lawyer

Dr. Verheyen is an environmental lawyer with many years of experience in international environmental and climate change law and policy. She has written her Ph.D. on climate change damage in international law and is now a partner in a law firm specialized in environmental, energy and planning law in Hamburg, Germany. Her climate change cases list includes amongst others a case brought by a Peruvian houseowner against a major energy utility (Luciano Lliuya ./. RWE AG, Oberlandesgericht Hamm, I 5 U 15/17), the German Climate Case (Backsen et. al. ./. Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Verwaltungsgericht Berlin, VG 10 K 412.18), the People’s Climate Case (Carvalho et. al../. European Parliament and Council, General Court, T 330/18) as well as the German Constitutional Complaint Neubauer et. al. (BVerfG Beschl. v. 24.3.2021 – 1 BvR 2656/18, 1 BvR 78/20, 1 BvR 96/20, 1 BvR 288/20) which led to the partial cassation of the German Climate Change Act. She also advises municipalities and communities on concrete ways to adapt to climate change and to increase efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a local scale.

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