Finance for Impact Summit Speakers

Vindi Banga

Vindi Banga, Partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R)

Vindi joined CD&R's London office in 2010 as Partner after a 33-year career at Unilever.

Vindi was previously Chairman of CD&R portfolio companies Kalle GmbH, Mauser GmbH and Diversey, Inc. He served on the Board of CD&R portfolio companies, High Ridge Brands and Diversey, Inc. Mr. Banga helped establish the Firm's joint venture in India, Kedaara Capital Advisers.

He is the former President, Foods, Home and Personal Care and member of the Executive Board at Unilever. Previously, Mr. Banga served as President, Home and Personal Care Asia and as Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Unilever's operating company in India.

Vindi assumed the role as Chair of the UK Government Investments (UKGI) in September 2021. Vindi was appointed Chair of one of the UK’s leading palliative care charities, Marie Curie, in January 2018. He is the Senior Independent NED on the Board of GlaxoSmithKline plc, and a NED on The Economist Group Board. He joined the board of The International Chamber of Commerce (UK chapter) in February 2021. Vindi is also a member of the WEF’s Global Future Council.

He holds a B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad).

At CD&R, Vindi is the lead on the firm’s global ESG program.

Clara Barby

Clara Barby, Senior Partner, Just Climate 

Clara is Senior Partner at Just Climate. Previously, Clara was Chief Executive of the Impact Management Project (IMP) and led the IFRS Foundation's project to establish the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), under the direction of the IFRS Foundation’s Trustees.

Clara’s public interest work with the IMP was made possible through a secondment from her role as a Partner at Bridges Fund Management, where she led the firm’s sustainable and impact strategies across fund types. Prior to Bridges Fund Management, Clara worked for Acumen’s Capital Markets team and later co-led the Acumen renewable energy portfolio, investing in India and East Africa.

Clara received a BA (Hons) in Greats from Oxford University, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Zelda Bentham

Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Sustainability, Aviva

Zelda Bentham has worked in Aviva and its legacy companies for over 3 decades, helping create the Environment programme in 1997 and subsequently the Corporate Responsibility programme. She developed Aviva’s climate change and environment strategy and carbon management programme.  In 2006, the Aviva Board published their position on climate change and Aviva became the first carbon neutral insurance group on a worldwide basis.  Their carbon offsetting approach has directly improved the lives of 1 million people since 2012 and was recognised in 2017 by the UNFCCC as a Lighthouse Activity. 

Zelda’s focus is on sustainability issues for Aviva as an asset owner, and insurer, working with the Aviva businesses to develop solutions aligned to the four 2015 UN frameworks – particularly Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. She leads on Aviva’s response to the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure and is responsible for the strategic delivery of Aviva’s companywide 2040 Net Zero ambition – including investments, insurance supply chain and operations.  Zelda recently focus has been the production of a ‘first release’ Climate Transition Plan for Aviva.  In October, Aviva won the Building Public Trust Awards – Best Climate Change Reporting in the FTSE 350 Award.

Aviva was rated ‘A’ in the 2021 ShareAction survey of 70 Global Insurance Companies focusing on Climate, Biodiversity and Human Rights, rated AA according to MSCI ESG scorecard, and ranked 5th out of 297 insurers in Sustainalytics ESG risk index. 

She represents Aviva in respect of UNEP Principles of Sustainable Insurance, and involved in the UN Net Zero Asset Owners and Net Zero Insurance Alliances, and ClimateWise’s Management Committee (the Insurance Sector’s collaborative forum on climate change).

Mark Bickford

Mark Bickford, Chief Investment Officer, Social & Sustainable Capital

Mark was formerly Head of Social Investment at The FSE Group, where he ran the company’s Social Impact Accelerator Fund, providing expansion loans to social enterprises and charities.

Prior to that Mark spent 20 years lending to UK SMEs, latterly as a Managing Director at Lloyds Banking Group. He is also a Director and trustee at Delta Education Trust, a multi-academy trust running schools for SEN and excluded pupils.

Anne Marie Chidzero

Anne-Marie Chidzero, Chief Investments Officer, FSD Africa Investments

Anne-Marie is Chief Investments Officer of FSD Africa Investments, the investment arm of FSD Africa. A Zimbabwean, she is the former CEO of FSD Mozambique, and Co-founder of Alitheia IDF Managers, a private equity fund manager investing in women-led businesses. 

Anne-Marie has a wealth of experience in building African financial markets. Across her career, she has led a range of development finance investments and implemented strategies for private sector growth, in roles at the World Bank Group, CGAP, and UK Aid – among other development finance institutions.  She has held Board and Advisory positions at pioneering inclusive finance organisations in Africa.

Elizabeth Corley

Dame Elizabeth Corley DBE, Chair of the Impact Investing Institute

Elizabeth has extensive experience in the financial services industry having been CEO of Allianz Global Investors, initially for Europe then globally, from 2005 to 2016.  She continued to act as an advisor to the company until the end of 2019.  Elizabeth was previously at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (formerly Mercury Asset Management), Coopers & Lybrand and Sun Alliance.  Elizabeth is active in representing the investment industry and developing standards within it.

Elizabeth is Chair of the Impact Investing Institute and is a Non-Executive Director of BAE Systems plc.  She joined the board of Schroders plc in September 2021 and became Chair on 28 April 2022.

She is a director of the Green Finance Institute; serves on the investment committee of the Leverhulme Trust; is a member of the CFA Future of Finance Advisory Council, AQR Asset Management Institute, the Committee of 200 and the 300 Club. 

As well as being a trustee of the British Museum, Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is also a published author of crime thrillers.  She was awarded a CBE in January 2015 and a DBE in June 2019 for services to the economy and financial services.

In 2016 Elizabeth received an honorary doctorate from the London Institute of Banking and Finance (formerly the IFS University College) and in June 2019 she was made an honorary fellow of the London Business School. 

Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis, Co-Founder, Make My Money Matter

Richard Curtis is a film writer and director, responsible for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Mr Bean, Love Actually, The Boat That Rocked, and most recently Trash, About Time and Yesterday. In the other half of Richard’s life he is co-founder and vice-chair of Comic Relief, which he started after visiting Ethiopia during the 1985 famine and led to the fundraising event, Red Nose Day.

He has co-produced the 16 live nights for the BBC since 1988 and the charity has made over £1.3 Billion for projects in the UK and internationally during that time. In 2015, he helped bring Red Nose Day to the United States with the partnership of NBC and Walgreens - where it has so far raised nearly $150 million to help children in the USA and round the world.

Richard was a founding member of Make Poverty History, the campaign for the MDGs and worked both on that and on Live 8 in 2005. In 2015 he helped found Project Everyone to work to make the Global Goals famous and effective - and is now a UN Advocate for the SDGs. Richard is also co-founder of Make My Money Matter, a brand new, people powered campaign fighting for a world where we all know where our money goes, and where we can demand it’s invested to build a better future.

Richard Fuller

Richard Fuller MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Richard Fuller was born in Bedford and was raised and educated locally before leaving for Oxford University to study for his BA. He subsequently completed an MBA at Harvard Business School.

Richard was the Member of Parliament for Bedford from 2010-2017. In December 2019, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire.

Prior to 2010, Richard was a partner in the strategy consulting firm, LEK Consulting, and a founding partner of the venture capital group at Investcorp. During his business career, Richard helped start a number of small businesses and has worked in Australia, the United States, the Philippines and South Korea. Between 2017 and 2019, Richard was the chairman of an educational technology company. Richard has a passion for the creativity, innovation and potential of start-ups and small businesses and is eager to put this broad life experience to work in Parliament.

Richard voted and campaigned for Leave in the 2016 Referendum and his local priorities include investing in local road and rail links, ensuring accessible services across the villages and towns of North East Bedfordshire and preserving the rural character of the constituency.

Richard is also a member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee,

Pete Gladwell

Pete Gladwell, Group Social Impact & Investment Director, Legal & General

After an erstwhile life as a Youth Worker, Pete joined Legal & General in 2007, launching a new generation of property funds focussed on liability matching and Defined Contributions pension schemes, and L&G’s partnerships with NEST and PGGM, which total over £5bn.  In 2015, Pete moved to lead L&G’s investments with the Public Sector - including the Cabinet Office, Combined & Local Authorities, NHS, Housing Associations and Universities - which now total over £6bn.

Pete continues to lead on public sector investments, as part of a broader remit to identify and drive strategic investments and initiatives through which L&G can use its resources to benefit society. This includes L&G’s partnership with Sir Michael Marmot to address health inequality.

Pete holds an MA from Brasenose College, Oxford in Computation, the IMC, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Honorary Professor at University College London.

Pete is heavily involved in local community projects in Harlesden, west London and a Trustee of the Fairness Foundation, the Institute of Community Studies, and the Young Foundation, which works to create a more equal and just society through social innovation.

Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon, Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute

Sarah Gordon is the first chief executive of the Impact Investing Institute, which launched in November 2019. The Institute aims to make capital markets fairer and work better for people and the planet. It works to accelerate the growth and improve the effectiveness of the impact investment market in the UK and internationally.

Previously, Sarah spent 18 years at the Financial Times, where she ran the paper's corporate coverage during the financial crisis and was business editor. Before journalism, she worked in fund management in the UK and the US, and at the UN Conference for Trade and Development in Geneva.

Sarah is a non-executive director of Social Finance, a member of the Charity Bank Advisory Panel, a speaker for Speakers for Schools and a Companion at the Chartered Management Institute. She is also a member of the Leadership Council at Snowball Investment Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Chris Hayward

Chris Hayward, Policy Chairman, City of London Corporation

As Policy Chairman Chris Hayward leads the City Corporation’s work on policy issues affecting the UK’s financial and related professional services sector as well as the Square Mile’s ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. He strengthens ties with political representatives and business leaders across London, the UK and internationally to ensure the City remains a world leading global financial centre. His role also covers the City Corporation’s responsibilities as a local authority, overseeing the governing body’s open spaces, educational commitments and cultural institutions.

Prior to becoming Policy Chairman, he had a career as managing director of companies in the construction, aviation, infrastructure and global events management sectors. He is now a non-executive director of various companies in the commercial property, public affairs and global infrastructure sectors. He assumes the role after serving almost a decade as an elected Member and was former Deputy Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee.

Reyburn Hendricks

Reyburn Hendricks, Managing Director, H1 Holdings

Reyburn Hendricks is the managing director of H1 Holdings. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Business Science and is a CFA Charterholder.

Prior to joining H1 in 2007, Reyburn worked in corporate finance and private equity at Southern Life Asset Management, African Harvest and Hosken Consolidated Investments. He has extensive experience in asset management, corporate advisory and private equity.

Over the past 12 years, H1 Holdings has focused almost exclusively on the clean energy and infrastructure sector. Under Reyburn’s leadership, the company has developed significant technical capacity to invest in and operate renewable energy power plants. It is an equity participant in 14 clean energy power plants which are operational or near-operational as well as a number of projects which are Preferred Bidders under the RMIPPP and Round 5 of the REIPPP.

Reyburn is deeply interested in social and economic development. H1 has developed a strategic approach by which the projects H1 is involved in can develop communities and has  begun to implement this approach. Reyburn is also a director of TSIBA Education and a founding trustee of the TSIBA Education Trust.

Andrew Howard

Andrew Howard, Global Head of Sustainable Investment, Schroders 

Andrew Howard is Global Head of Sustainable Investment at Schroders, which includes the firm’s sustainability thought leadership, ESG integration and stewardship. He joined Schroders in 2016 and is based in London. 

Andrew was an Equity Analyst at Didas Research from 2013 to 2016, an independent investment research firm he founded. He was an Equity Analyst at Goldman Sachs from 2007 to 2013, where he headed the GS SUSTAIN research team in London identifying long term investment opportunities across global industries.

He also previously worked at McKinsey & Co as a consultant and Deutsche Bank as Head of European Mining Research. Andrew started his investment career in 1997 as an Analyst covering the Steel & Mining sectors at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Andrew is a Senior Advisor to Critical  Resource and on the Advisory Panel of the Future-Fit Business initiative.

Qualifications: MBA in Business Administration and Management from INSEAD; BSc in Economics from London School of Economics.

Catherine Howarth

Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive, ShareAction 

Catherine Howarth joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society to promote responsible investment across Europe, with a focus on mobilising mainstream institutional investors to drive accelerated action by companies on climate change, loss of biodiversity, gender issues, public health and food system risks.

Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 and in 2022 was awarded an OBE for services to sustainability. She is a member of the UK Treasury’s asset management taskforce, where she has co-chaired a programme of work on investor stewardship of companies. She is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian Media Group, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. She is a member of the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality.

Nigel Huddleston MP

Nigel Huddleston MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Nigel Huddleston MP was first elected as Member of Parliament for Mid Worcestershire in the May 2015 General Election.

Prior to this, Nigel worked for Deloitte in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) and Travel, Hospitality and Leisure (THL) practices for several years, before joining Google as Industry Head of Travel in January 2011.

Following the election of Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and thereafter Prime Minister, Nigel was invited to join the Government as an Assistant Government Whip.  

In February 2020 Nigel was appointed as Minister for Sport, Tourism & Commonwealth Games 2022 at the Department for  Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. In September 2021 he was reappointed as the Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage, Civil Society & Youth. 

Nigel Huddleston MP

Sharon Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, AgilityEco

Sharon joined AgilityEco from a smart metering Data Communications Company, where she was a Director. Before joining the Data Communications Company, Sharon spent 23 years at Centrica plc (British Gas), where she served in a number of senior Director roles.

Most recently, Sharon held the executive responsibility for “net-zero” activities and headed up their £300m smart meter programme and was responsible for the delivery of ECO and Warm Home Discount Obligations, as well as establishing British Gas’s installation service for Electric Vehicle charging points. 

Vincent Keaveny

Alderman Vincent Keaveny, The Rt Hon. the Lord Mayor of the City of London

Vincent is a partner in the international business law firm, DLA Piper. He advises on banking, finance and capital markets in the UK and internationally. He is listed as a leading practitioner in his area of practice by all of the principal legal directories and is included in the legal ‘500’ Hall of Fame for securitisation practitioners.

Until May 2019 he was International Co-Chair of the Financial Services Sector at DLA Piper. In 2014/15 he served as President of the City of London Law Society. He is an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn. Vincent was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Farringdon Within in 2013 and served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2018-19.

Since his election, he has served on a number of City of London Corporation Committees. He is currently a member of the Policy & Resources Committee and the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Sub-Committee. He also a Governor of the City of London School. Vincent is Co-Chair of the HMT & BEIS Socio-Economic Diversity Taskforce.

He is a Liveryman of the City of London Solicitors’, the Woolmen’s, Distillers’, Spectacle Makers’, Stationers’, Framework Knitters’, Upholders’ and Security Professionals’ Companies. He served as Master Solicitor in 2014/15.

Jonathan Labrey

Jonathan Labrey, Chief Policy Officer, ISSB

Jonathan Labrey is Chief Connectivity and Integrated Reporting Officer at the Value Reporting Foundation, leading the organization’s influencing strategy with policymakers and regulators. He has over 17 years of experience working in public policy, corporate governance and regulation in the accountancy and corporate reporting fields.

Mr. Labrey was responsible for global policy and strategy at the IIRC from 2012-2021. During this time, he developed a particular expertise in Asian markets, having worked across the region while living in Singapore. He has developed a deep understanding of capital market and corporate governance issues, working closely with businesses, investors, regulators and accountancy professional bodies.

Mr. Labrey led the public affairs and policy team at the ICAEW from 2004-10. From 2010-2012 he was head of communications at the UK’s Financial Reporting Council. He graduated in Law from King’s College London and started his career in the UK Parliament as an advisor to several Members of Parliament.

John McCalla-Leacy

John McCalla-Leacy, Head of ESG, KPMG in the UK

John is KPMG’s UK Head of ESG and responsible for leading the delivery ESG solutions, products and services to KPMG’s clients. He has held a number of senior UK, ASPAC Region and Global leaderships positions in KPMG over the last 21 years including elected UK Board Member, Member of our UK People Committee, Head of Integration & Separation Centre of Excellence ASPAC Region and Head of UK Technology transformation projects shortly after he first joined the firm in 2001. 
In addition to John’s leadership roles within the firm, he has been a strong external advocate for ESG and a leading supporter for the ‘S’ in driving inclusion, diversity and social equality outside of the firm.

Current initiatives include: 

  • Senior sponsor for a number of initiatives with the Prince's Trust, including a national volunteering programme, which is focused on tackling regional inequality in the UK, the ‘Terra Carta’ (which is part of the Sustainable Markets Initiative) and the development of green skills – the knowledge, abilities and values needed to create a sustainable society;   
  • Member of the Disability Confident Business Leaders Group (BLG).  An advisory body, which works with government and senior business leaders to develop and implement policies focused on increasing the number of disabled people in work; 
  • Vice Chair of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange’s (IBDE) Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group amongst other external positions; and 
  • Chair of British Canoeing’s Inclusion Advisory Group, which is accountable to the British Canoeing Board.

Bina Mehta

Bina Mehta, Chair of KPMG in the UK

Bina is the Chair of KPMG UK and has worked at the firm for over 30 years, specialising in M&A and Restructuring, advising leading private and listed international clients. She has extensive international experience, having worked in India, the USA and Canada acting for private equity houses, lenders, and corporates.

Bina previously led the firm’s focus on the trade and investment agenda supporting scale up clients to access finance and grow their international presence. She represents the Professional Services industry on the Strategic Trade Advisory Group and sits on the Professional Services Trade Advisory Group.

In 2022, Bina was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to trade and investment in the UK and supporting female entrepreneurs. She is a Council member of the Institute of Fiscal Studies Council, a member of the HMT and BEIS sponsored Council for Investing in Female Entrepreneurs and an Honorary Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Maria Nazarova-Doyle, CFA

Maria Nazarova-Doyle, CFA, Head of Pension Investments and Responsible Investments at Scottish Widows

At Scottish Widows, Maria is responsible for defining the investment offering across our pension business, covering workplace savings, individual and longstanding customer segments, and for incorporating ESG into the investment design. She has previously held senior DC investment roles at Mercer and JLT. 

She is a spokesperson on investment matters, a regular contributor to pension industry events and a professional awards judge. She also volunteers on the PMI Policy and Public Affairs Board, ABI Climate Change Working Group, the CFA UK Pensions Expert Panel and UKSIF Policy Committee.

Charles Prideaux

Charles Prideaux, Group Head of Strategy and Solutions, Schroders

Charles Prideaux is Group Head of Strategy and Solutions. He is responsible for our Global Solutions business, corporate development and relationships with key partners. He is also Chief Executive of Schroders Investment Management.

Previously he was Global Head of Investment which was responsible for the management, oversight and development of the investment platform, including the ESG team and Data Insights Unit. Prior roles also include leading the Product and Solutions division.

Prior to joining Schroders in 2017, Charles was at BlackRock and its antecedent companies from 1988 to 2017, where his roles included serving as Global COO for Fundamental Equities, Head of the EMEA Institutional Client Business and latterly as Head of the European Active investment platform. 

BA in English Literature from Cambridge University. He is based in London.

Amit Rama

Amit Rama, Senior Vice President, UK Climate Investments, Macquarie

Amit leads the transaction origination, execution and asset management activity in UK Climate Investments in India.

Amit joined MAM's Green Investment Group (GIG) in 2012 and has lead ~USD1bn of investments across renewable energy & energy transition businesses across UK, Europe and India.

He has over fourteen years of specialist experience in the renewable energy sector across debt and equity investments in projects in the solar PV, onshore wind, offshore wind, waste and bioenergy and EV financing sectors. Earlier, Amit spent four years in Nomura’s Natural Resources & Utilities investment banking team and two years as a corporate finance adviser at Argent Partners after training as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in London.

Amit is a member of the UK-India Sustainable Finance Working Group and supports his local children’s charity as a Board member.

Amit has a Bachelor of Accounting & Finance from University of Leeds. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant.

Professor Jane Robinson

Professor Jane Robinson, Pro-Vice Chancellor Engagement & Place, Newcastle University

Jane joined Newcastle University in 2019. As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, she leads the University’s Engagement & Place Strategy, focussing on building partnerships to enhance our contribution socially, economically and culturally. Previously, Jane was Durham University’s Chief Operating Officer with strategic oversight of operations and external engagement.  

Before taking up her position at Durham, Jane was Chief Executive of Gateshead Council. Jane also played a leading role in the establishment of the North East Combined Authority and the Commission on Health and Social Care Integration. Jane has also held leadership positions in the cultural sector and holds a number of non-executive positions.

Sacha Sadan

Sacha Sadan, Director of ESG, Financial Conduct Authority

Sacha Sadan is the Director of ESG at the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority). Facilitating the UK financial regulator to embed ESG across the wide spectrum of regulatory activities and reporting to the CEO. He has been named a City Influencer by Financial News as one of the biggest 25 names who have been instrumental in shaping the UK's financial services industry. Previously Sacha was Director of Investment Stewardship (10 years) and on the board at LGIM, one of the world’s largest asset managers. Sacha had responsibility for investment stewardship, including environmental, social and governance (ESG). He was recognised in the Financial Times as one of ‘the 30 most influential people in the City of London’.

Sacha was previously a UK equity portfolio manager at Gartmore. He was voted the top-rated Pan European fund manager in the Thomson Reuters Extel awards. He started his career at Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension fund. Sacha is a Fellow of ICSA and a founding member of the UK Investor Forum and was a member of their board for 6 years.

Anna Shiel

Anna Shiel, Chief Investment Officer, Big Society Capital

Anna joined Big Society Capital in 2012 as a member of the investment team. Since then she has been involved in a range of our investments and projects, with particular experience in social banks, social property funds and community investment. Following Big Society Capital’s investment into Charity Bank in 2014, she has been a member of their Board.

Anna leads Big Society Capital's work in social and affordable housing, supporting a system that creates more safe, secure and affordable homes for everyone to access regardless of their circumstances.

Anna was previously a Director in Merrill Lynch’s Financial Institutions Group where she advised UK banks and insurers on strategy, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions. 

Laurie Spengler

Laurie Spengler, President and CEO, Courageous Capital Advisors LLC

Laurie is President and CEO of Courageous Capital Advisors LLC, an impact investing advisory firm. Laurie currently serves as a non-executive director of the British International Investment (the UK DFI) and was previously a non-executive director and lead expert in international development at the UK Impact Investing Institute.

A Senior Fellow and Advisory Council member of Casei3 at the Fuqua Business School, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Laurie was CEO of Enclude Ltd and Enclude Capital Advisory UK Limited. Prior to building Enclude,

Laurie was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group; she also worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case. Laurie has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Kay Swinburne

Dr Kay Swinburne, Vice Chair of Financial Services, KPMG in the UK

Dr Kay Swinburne is the Vice Chair of KPMG UK’s Financial Services practice and Chair of KPMG’s EMA Risk & Regulatory Insight Centre, leading C-suite engagement for FS clients and advising KPMG’s UK, EMA and global FS leadership. She’s an active voice in the market and leads special projects on ESG, EU/UK political issues and financial regulation – including Fintech, UK competitiveness and market infrastructure (MiFID).

Kay is the Chair of the International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG) leading one of the most influential regulatory and strategy cross-sectional groups in Europe which is co-sponsored by TheCityUK and the City of London Corporation. She is also a board member of TheCityUK.

Prior to joining KPMG, Kay was a Member of European Parliament (2009-2019), serving as Vice Chair of the Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee. This role saw her shape EU and global financial services legislation, including setting up the EU supervisory bodies (ESAs, SSM, SRM), capital markets union (EMIR, MiFID II, Prospectus, CCP Recovery & Resolution), and the broader banking union files.

Axel Threlfall

Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-Large, Reuters

Axel Threlfall is Editor-at-Large, Reuters, based in London. Alongside his editorial duties, he hosts high-profile engagements and thought leadership events for and on behalf of Reuters and Thomson Reuters, such as the Newsmaker series and the World Economic Forum news programming in Davos.

He was previously Lead European Anchor for Reuters Digital Video. Prior to joining Reuters, Axel spent five years as an anchor for CNBC in London. Before that, he was an editor with The Wall Street Journal in New York and a news reporter for Bloomberg in London. He has also advised businesses and NGOs on their dealings with the international media.

He has a BA in History from Durham University and a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University, London.

Anne-Marie Verstraeten

Anne-Marie Verstraeten, UK Country Head, BNP Paribas

Anne Marie is UK Country Head of the BNP Paribas Group since October 2016, responsible  for CIB and for oversight of the nine BNP Paribas Group  businesses in the UK. In this capacity she oversees the business development trajectory in the UK, a growth country for the BNP Paribas Group.

Previously, she had been CEO and Country Head of BNP Paribas The Netherlands from July 2014 till September 2016 and from August 2010 to June 2014 she was CEO and Country Head of BNP Paribas Canada and a member of the BNP Paribas North America Management Team. Before joining
BNP Paribas Anne Marie held business development and senior management positions in corporate banking for the Belgian-Dutch Fortis group in New York, Singapore and the UK.

Anne Marie is passionate about delivering the BNP Paribas Group ESG strategy, which is closely aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She is on the board of UK Finance, is a member of the City UK Leadership Council where she chairs the  Green and Sustainable Finance Group and chairs the  Business in the Community Global Goals Leadership team. In 2021, Anne Marie was recognised by Financial News as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance for the fifth year. Anne Marie is married and has two daughters.

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