Director, Redefining Value
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Mario Abela leads a number of initiatives aimed at helping companies to focus on longer term and sustainable value creation. He is a CPA and Chartered Management Accountant. His expertise is in corporate reporting and he has held senior management positions in both the private and public sectors in Australia, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Abela has extensive regulatory and standard setting experience. He is a visiting professor at IESEG School of Management in Paris. He is also an expert advisor to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on corporate reporting and has been involved in developing indicators for reporting against the SDGs.
Deputy Chief Executive
Global Reporting Initiative
Teresa Fogelberg is GRI’s Deputy Chief Executive. Fogelberg is in charge of policy and sustainable development and leads the Policy team.
Before joining GRI, Fogelberg was Netherlands Director Climate Change and Industry, and served as Head of Delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties, amongst other during the Dutch Presidency of the COP. She succeeded in winning the international UN-led tender for the selection of a host country for GRI, which resulted in Amsterdam as the global headquarters for GRI.
Fogelberg sits on the board of several sustainability organizations, such as WWF, SEED International, ICIMOD and Questionmark.
Deputy Auditor-General of Kenya
David Gichana is the Deputy Auditor General Kenya, serving as regularity engagement partner. He has an extensive experience in the public sector in Kenya in accounting as well as auditing. He is a member of the Public Sector Accounting Standards Board of Kenya, where he has been instrumental in capacity building public entities in implementing IPSAS.
Mr. Gichana is a Public Finance Management and auditing trainer, with experience at the African Organization of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions, the Institute of Chartered Public Accountants of Kenya, and the Ghana Audit Service, among others. He is an adjunct lecturer with USIU Africa and is a PhD Finance candidate.
|Simon Messenger, Head of Corporate and Investor Engagement and Director for France and the UK
2° Investing Initiative
Simon Messenger has 15 years of academic and professional experience in sustainable finance and sustainability reporting. As Managing Director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), he worked with investors, companies and regulators on the disclosure of environmental and natural capital information in mainstream financial reports. He also led CDSB’s work in relation to the TCFD recommendations. Prior to this, Simon was Head of Consulting at the Energy Saving Trust and a sustainability manager at PwC and Deloitte. He holds two first-class degrees in environmental and climate change science and was highly commended in the Young Sustainability Executive category at the Business Green Leaders Awards in June 2018.
Director, Governance, Governance Global Practice
World Bank Group
Edward Olowo-Okere is responsible for Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Europe and Central Asia. In that capacity, he oversees governance strategies, programs and staff in these regions. Also, he is the Head of the Bank’s Financial Management Family, which comprises staff working on the fiduciary (financial management) aspects of all Bank operations as well as lending and technical assistance on financial management in public and private sectors across the regions. He leads the Bank’s engagement with global partners on financial management and related themes.
Director General of Integration, Analysis and Research
Enrique Ordaz has collaborated in methodological projects, data production and analysis of socio-economic statistics. Currently Enrique is co-chair of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDGs Indicators.
From 2000 to 2002, he was director of ECLAC´s Statistics and Economic Projections Division.
UK Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative (Economic Affairs) to the United Nations, Geneva
Andrew Staines has an extensive experience in diplomacy, accountancy and the interaction of the two disciplines.
He is a Chartered Accountant by training, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a past winner of the Hewitt Prize, delivered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. His earlier career includes over five years working for Deloitte. Mr. Staines is also a charter holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. He has served as Chairman of the working group to revise the Financial Regulations of the WTO, and as a member of the board of the WTO’s Pension Fund.
Managing Director, Global Implementation
International Integrated Reporting Council
Neil Stevenson has nearly 20 years of experience in the accounting and finance sectors. At the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), he leads on developing a strong global brand for Integrated Reporting and key institutional relationships.
Neil was involved in the communications group that established the brand in 2010 and subsequently served on the IIRC Working Group which provided guidance on the development of the IIRC as a global organization and the International Framework. He therefore has long-standing insight into the work of IIRC and how its brand can be developed to support adoption of worldwide. Through his working experience and his work with the IIRC, Neil has extensive links to organizations who are well placed to influence the market at all levels and across stakeholder groups.
Chichi Umesi is an Advisor to the SDG Lab that provide expertise on partnership building, stakeholder investment and implementation of the SDGs at the country level.
Chichi is a career diplomat with valuable public and private sector experience. Since joining the Nigerian Foreign Service in 2008, she has worked in a wide field spanning public policy and strategy, research, communications, political and economic affairs (including intellectual property matters), cooperation for development and global institutions. Prior to joining the diplomatic service, Chichi had private sector experience in services, business solutions and management at Accenture (Nigeria Office), served as a not-for-profit community development worker in her local community in Nigeria, and undertook freelance basic language translation services (French/English). She has an established track record of successful international and intergovernmental negotiation, policy formulation, strategy and partnership building. She is keenly interested in public policy and international development, including knowledge and access governance.
The 15th of July, UNCTAD-ISAR held a parallel event to the High Level Political Forum in New York.