Speakers and panelists

Keynote speakers

Rowan Douglas CBE

Head of Capital Science & Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson

Mr Douglas is Head of Capital, Science & Policy (CSP) Practice at Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory and re/insurance broking company and Chair of the Willis Research Network. Previously, he served on the Board of the Group's reinsurance division, Willis Re, as CEO Global Analytics.  The CSP Practice helps governments and corporates manage large scale risks and is a leader in developing sovereign and multi-sovereign catastrophe financing programmes.

In 2014-16 he led the creation of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF) of industry, governments and international institutions to harness the role of re/insurance capabilities to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and wider Post-2015 Agenda and was appointed to lead the Implementation Group of the IDF in May 2016. He was made CBE in the 2016 UK New Year's Honours List for services to the economy through risk, insurance and sustainable growth.

He was a member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science & Technology 2011-2016; the Royal Society's Working Group on Resilience to Climate Risk and Extreme Weather, and serves on the Executive Committee of the International Insurance Society (IIS), New York from which he received the Kenneth R Black Award in 2014.

Following degrees in Geography at Durham (BA Hons) and Bristol (M.Phil) Universities, Rowan began his career underwriting reinsurance at Lloyd’s Syndicate 1095 before founding the international risk information company WIRE Limited in 1994 which was purchased by Willis Group in 2000.

Jennifer Pryce

President and CEO, Calvert Impact Capital

Having worked at Calvert Impact Capital for nearly a decade, Jenn has shaped the strategic direction of the organization to lead on rising trends such as investing with a gender lens and making impact investing more accessible to retail investors. 

Jenn started off in the Peace Corps working in Africa where she was exposed to the frustrating limited flows of capital to lower income communities. From there she set off to work for major banks in New York and London including NeubergerBerman and Morgan Stanley focusing on capital streams in emerging markets. She then realized she could hone her focus on investing in a socially responsible way supporting underserved communities. She has since committed her career to impact investing at Calvert Impact Capital.

Jenn has previously served on the boards of the Hitachi Foundation, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Impact Assets, Groundswell, and Apple Tree Institute. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and her MBA from Columbia University. 

Panelists

Jim Totty

Managing Partner, Earth Capital

Jim has 25 years’ experience in sustainable and clean technology, including 16 years’ private equity. Jim has invested in 33 sustainable private equity investments since 2002, including Renewable power and heat, energy and resource efficiency, and waste treatment.

 

Jamie Mansfield

Co-Founder and Director

Jamie is an experienced Founder and Director of multiple community energy projects across the UK, working with a range of technologies, aided by his first class Masters of Engineering, in Renewable Energy from Exeter University. He has a strong experience in project development and financing of renewable energy projects for community benefit, working throughout the development, financing and operational phases of projects. Jamie has worked with several institutional debt investors achieving investment committee approval for over £100m of long term senior debt.

Andrew Mitchell

Co-Founder of the Natural Capital Finance Alliance

Andrew W. Mitchell is a Founder of the Natural Capital Finance Alliance and the Global Canopy Programme. Currently, he is Senior Adviser to Ecosphere Plus (E+), and Director of the consultancy firm Equilibrium Futures. He is an international thought leader on tropical forests, climate change and natural capital.

 

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair of the Environment Agency

Emma Howard Boyd joined the Environment Agency board in July 2009. Emma chaired the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, sat on the Pensions and Flood and Coastal Risk Management Committees and was an Area Board Member. She was appointed as Deputy Chair in July 2015. Emma currently serves on various boards and advisory committees including the Future Cities Catapult (Vice Chair), ShareAction (Chair), and Menhaden Capital PLC (Board member). Her previous roles include Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management, Vice Chair and Chair of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, and a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance.

 

Marie-Justine Labelle

Manager, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC

 

Bruce Davis

Joint Managing Director, Abundance Investment

Bruce is one of the three co-founders of Abundance and has over two decades of experience in building and marketing strong brands. His leadership of the marketing team at Abundance extends from the company’s vision to input on marketing individual offers on the website and to the press. In recognition of his expertise Bruce is often invited to engage with government on financial and environmental policy, which gets the voices of both Abundance and the companies that work with us heard more widely.

Nick Molho

Executive Director, Aldersgate Group

Nick was appointed Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group in October 2014. He is responsible for the overall management of the Aldersgate Group, including the development of its work programme, its relationships with key political and business stakeholders and its robust representation of member views to government ministers and parliamentarians. He has played a key role in broadening the Group's impact and membership and bringing its influence to bear on areas that are core to the Group’s interest. Nick is the lead author of Aldersgate Group reports and a regular commentator on sustainability issues. He was most recently Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy at WWF-UK following a career as an environmental and energy lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna, where he spent six years working on commercial energy law for a range of international businesses, regulators and governments. A regular public speaker, Nick also writes for a range of outlets such as The Economist Insights, Business Green and the Huffington Post.