PRI Advisory Council

The annual Advisory Council elections will begin in June this year. Positions up for election have been highlighted in orange.

NON-ELECTED POSITIONS
CHAIRMAN

Martin Skancke

Chair, PRI Advisory Council

Appointed until 2017

UNEP

Achim Steiner

Executive Director

 

Designate: 

Charles Anderson

Head of UNEP FI

UNGC

Georg Kell

Executive Director

 

Designate:

Gavin Power

Deputy Director, UNGC

ASSET OWNER POSITIONS
 
Reserved positions
 
EUROPE

Niels Erik Petersen

CIO, Unipension

Elected until 2016

NORTH
AMERICA

Daniel Simard

CEO, Bâtirente

Elected until 2015

ASIA

VACANT
OCEANIA

David Atkin

CEO, Cbus

Elected until 2015

AFRICA/
M .EAST

John Oliphant

Principal Executive Officer, Head: Actuarial and Investments

Elected until 2014

LATIN
AMERICA

Marcel Barros

Board member, PREVI

Elected until 2014

OPEN

Priya Sara Mathur

Board Vice President, CalPERS

Elected until 2014

OPEN

Eric Wetlaufer

Senior Vice President – Public Market Investments, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Elected until 2015

OPEN

Else F. Bos

CEO, PGGM

Elected until 2014

NON-ASSET OWNER POSITIONS
 
Reserved positions
 
EMERGING MARKET
INVESTMENT MANAGER

Luciane Ribeiro

Executive Director, Santander Asset Management

Elected until 2014

PROFESSIONAL
SERVICE PARTNER

Peter Webster

CEO, EIRIS

Elected until 2016

OPEN

Paul Abberley

Elected until 2014

OPEN

Colin Melvin

CEO, Hermes Equity Ownership Services

Elected until 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Martin Skancke, Chair

Martin Skancke was elected chair of the PRI Advisory Council in April 2014 for a three year term. Martin has also been appointed a PRI Association Board director as of April 2014. He developed and headed the Asset Management Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance. The department is responsible for the management of the Government Pension Fund, with assets of over US$ 800 billion. Martin served as Director General to the Norwegian Prime Minister and head of the Domestic Policy Department between 2002 and 2006. In this role, he was chief advisor to the Prime Minister of Norway on economic policy issues. Prior to this he worked for more than a decade on macroeconomic policy issues, including serving as Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Finance and head of the Section for Monetary Policy and Public Finances. Martin has also worked at the Oslo office of McKinsey&Co, advising Norwegian and international companies on business strategy issues. He served as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Public & Institutional Investors Industry Agenda Council throughout 2010 and 2011 and was the Norwegian representative in the drafting of the Santiago Principles for Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and in the International Forum of SWFs.


Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

Achim was unanimously elected as UN Environment Programme Executive Director in 2006, becoming its fifth Executive Director in its history. Before joining UNEP, Achim served as Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), widely regarded as one of the most influential and highly respected organisations in the field of conservation, environment and natural resources management. Achim has a professional record in the fields of sustainable development policy and environmental management, first-hand knowledge of civil society, governmental and international organizations. He serves on a number of international advisory boards, including the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Achim has degrees from University of Oxford and University of London. He also studied at the German Development Institute and Harvard Business School.

Designate: Charles Anderson, Head of UNEP FI


Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact (Gavin Power as special designate)

Georg Kell is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. Following extensive experiences in Africa and Asia as a financial analyst, Kell began his career at the UN in Geneva, where he worked from 1987 to 1990 with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In 1990, he joined the New York office of UNCTAD, which he headed from 1993 to 1997. In 1997, Kell became a senior officer in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, responsible for fostering cooperation with the private sector. He has served as head of the UN Global Compact since 2000. A native of Germany, Kell holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.

Designate: Gavin Power, Deputy Director, UNGC (Nominations Committee)


Paul Abberley

Paul is an asset management professional with over 30 years experience. Fixed Income by training, exposure to most asset classes, with extensive experience in both CIO and CEO roles. Paul joined Aviva Investors in September 2008 as CEO/CIO of Aviva Investors London. In this dual role Paul was both responsible for all Aviva Investors’ high alpha business in the UK, and for developing and delivering Aviva Investors’ fixed income investment philosophy in the UK. He was previously at ABN Amro Asset Management for 8 years where he worked in a series of fixed income roles and as CEO for London. Paul has also worked as a global head of fixed income at Lombard Odier. Paul holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Keble College, Oxford.

Committees: Advisory Council chair search, Signatory status  


David Atkin, CEO, CBUS

David is Chief Executive Officer of CBUS, the Australian superannuation scheme with in excess of 670,000 members. Prior to joining CBUS in January 2008, David was the CEO for Emergency Services and State Super (ESSSuper). David has also been the CEO for JUST Super as well as the National Marketing and Communications Manager for STA.

Before moving into superannuation, David had an industrial relations background including positions at the FSU and CPSU. David joined the Board of Association of Superannuation funds of Australia (ASFA) in February 2010 and is also a member of the CEO panel for the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). David is also a Board Director for Frontier Investment Consulting.

David has a BA Hons University of Melbourne, Master of Arts Latrobe University and a Diploma of Financial Services and was recently recognised with distinguished alumina award from La Trobe University for his work in the sustainable finance field.

Committees: Election oversight (Chair), Nominations, Remuneration


Marcel Barros, Board member, PREVI

Marcel Barros is a member of the executive board of PREVI as the Executive Director of Benefits. He is also member of the Board of Vale. Prior to becoming PREVI Executive Director, Marcel was general secretary of Contraf-CUT, coordinator of Banco do Brasil international employees’ network – UNI- Global Union and member of the Board of CASSI. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Fundação Municipal de Ensino Superior de Bragança Paulista – FESB.

Committees: Governance and ethics


Else F. Bos, CEO, PGGM

Ms Bos started at PGGM Investments in 2003 as Director of Third Parties, Operations & Staff. In March 2005 she was appointed Chief Executive Officer for investments and became a member of the Board of Directors of PGGM. In 2001 she joined NIBC Asset Management as Co-Head Investments and was responsible for people, process and project management within the Investment Management Department. In 2002 she became COO/CFO at NIBC Asset Management and was responsible for Operations, IT, Finance, Risk Control, HR, Legal and Office Management. Else graduating in 1983 from Rotterdam Erasmus University, where she studied Econometrics.

Committees: Advisory Council chair search, Nominations, Remuneration


Priya Sara Mathur, Board Vice President, CalPERS

Priya Sara Mathur is serving her second term on the Board of Administration representing public agency members of CalPERS. She is Chair of the Health Benefits Committee and Vice Chair of the Risk Management Committee. She also serves on the Benefits and Program Administration, Investment, Finance, and Board Governance committees and the Policy Subcommittee of the Investment Committee.

Ms. Mathur is a principal financial analyst for Bay Area Rapid Transit District. In that capacity, she finances multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects, including BART’s US$ 1.5 billion earthquake retrofit program. Ms. Mathur has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics and literature from Connecticut College.

Committees: Governance and ethics (Chair)


Colin Melvin, CEO, Hermes Equity Ownership Services

Colin Melvin is a board director with extensive responsible investment and corporate experience. He founded and leads Hermes EOS, an advisory and engagement service for investors. He is also non-executive director and remuneration committee chair at Aedas. Colin is an active member of several industry steering groups and committees including the Supervisory Board of Eumedion and the Investor Network for the IIRC, which he chairs. Colin is a qualified fund manager and an associate member of the CFA Institute. He holds an MA from Aberdeen University and an MPhil from Cambridge University and Diplomas in Investment Analysis and Company Directorship.

Committees: Advisory Council chair search


John Oliphant, Principal Executive Officer, Head: Actuarial and Investments, Government Employees Pension Fund of South Africa

John is currently the Head of Investments and Actuarial of the Government Employees Pension Fund – the largest Pension Fund in Africa, and is the main driver behind the investment strategies of the fund. John has been the key driver behind GEPF’s responsible investment policies and the setting up of the PRI South African Network. John is also member of the following committees and councils: Investment Committee of the GEPF, Investment Committee of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (“PAIDF”), Advisory Council of the Southern Africa Pension Fund Investment Forum (“SAPFIF”) and Johannesburg Stock Exchange SRI Index Advisory Committee.

John holds a BSc (Actuarial Science) and a BSc(Hons) Advance Mathematics of finance both from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He was previously the Head of Quant Investing at STANLIB, were he managed long only funds as well as hedge funds.

Committees: Advisory Council chair search, Nominations (Chair)


Niels Erik Petersen, CIO, Unipension

Since 2008 Niels has been CIO at Unipension, which has EUR 10 billion under management. Prior to his current position he among others worked as Head of Equities at ATP for 5 years and as Head of Equities at Danske Bank for more than 10 years. He has also held senior positions in corporate finance at Danske Bank and Enskilda for a number of years. Niels has previously been board member and chairman of The Danish Society for Financial Analyst for 10 years.

Committees: Governance and ethics 


Luciane Ribeiro, Executive Director, Santander Brasil Asset Management

Luciane Ribeiro graduated in Economics and has a 28-year experience in the financial sector. She started at Bank Boston in 1983, moving to Banco Safra in 1985. After 17 years as wealth manager of shareholder’s assets, in 2002 she became responsible for the Asset Management unit. In 2006, Luciane was invited to be CEO for Latin America of ABN-AMRO Asset Management, and became CEO of Santander Brasil Asset Management after the merger in 2008, leading the integration of the two business units. She is also Anbima’s Director, Brazilian investment self-regulatory agency, and member of Santander Brasil Asset Management’s SRI Board.


Daniel Simard, CEO, Bâtirente

Daniel Simard has been a Board member of Bâtirente since its launch in 1987, when he became its managing director in 2000. Bâtirente’s assets reach over US$ 750 million, serving 25,000 individual unionised workers.

Daniel has twenty years’ experience in the areas of collective bargaining, pension benefits and labour court representation. A Université de Montréal graduate in Industrial Relations, he is a registered Representative with Québec’s Financial Market Authority. Daniel is involved in pension fund administration and chairs the audit committee of a large public corporation’s pension fund. He sits on the Board of the Mouvement pour l’éducation et la défense des actionnaires, a local association promoting minority shareholder interests in Canada.

Committees: Election oversight, Governance and ethics, Nominations, Signatory status


Peter Webster, CEO, EIRIS

Peter has led EIRIS since it was founded in 1983 focussing on the challenges of ESG research, helping investors make good use of it and advancing the concept of responsible investment.

He has a Mathematics degree from Balliol College, Oxford, an Open University MBA and was Treasurer of UKSIF for 20 years.

In the last year he has spoken in Korea on whether Responsible Investment is a Western imposition, in Australia on shareholder engagement with Vedanta, in South Africa at the latest JSE SRI Index review and in London about emphasising Sustainability to reduce the risks of future financial crises.


Eric Wetlaufer, Senior Vice President – Public Market Investments, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Eric leads CPP Investment Board’s Public Market Investments department. Prior to joining CPP Investment Board in June 2011, Eric was the Group Chief Investment Officer, International at Fidelity Management & Research in Boston. Eric was also the co-founder and partner of Oxhead Capital Management and held the roles of Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Mid Cap and Specialty Growth at Putnam Investments and Managing Director at Cadence Capital Management. Eric is a past president and director of The Boston Security Analysts Society and is active on several nonprofit boards including Bay Cove Human Services and the Melanoma Foundation of New England. Eric earned a B.A. in Earth Science from Wesleyan University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Committees: Governance and ethics