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ICGN Global Governance Committee

ICGN Global Governance Committee

ICGN Global Governance Committee, focused on board leadership, fiduciary duties, independence, culture, committee effectiveness, strategy, risk and remuneration. 

ICGN Committees

Eszter Vitorino

Eszter Vitorino 
Van Lanschot Kempen

 

Committee Co-Chair

Eszter joined Kempen’s sustainability team in early 2019, with a focus on corporate governance issues. Prior to working at Van Lanschot Kempen, Eszter worked for nine years at the Global Reporting Initiative, the global standard setter for corporate sustainability reporting as Head of Capital Markets Engagement. In this role she worked with stock exchanges and market regulators individually and through umbrella organisations, such as the World Federation of Exchanges or the International Organisation of Securities Commissions to advance sustainability reporting worldwide. She was part of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, focusing on corporate disclosure recommendations.  Eszter holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Economics in Prague and a Master in Political Science from the Free University of Amsterdam.

Eszter Vitorino

Cristina Ungureanu

Cristina GGC

Cristina Ungureanu

Qatar Investment Authority

Committee Co-Chair

Cristina Ungureanu was appointed Governance Manager at the Qatar Investment Authority (Doha, Qatar) in November 2021. Previously, she was Head of Corporate Governance Eurizon Capital, the asset management company of the Italian leading banking group Intesa Sanpaolo.  Prior to this, Cristina worked in international corporate and academic environments in South Africa, United Kingdom and Italy, providing high-level corporate governance consulting and research to a diverse range of institutions.

Cristina is also Co-Chair of the ICGN Global Governance Committee, Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute, and Member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Association of non-executive Directors. She has a Doctorate in Finance, a Masters in International Relations, and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Business Administration.

Melanie Adams

Melanie Adams
RBC Global Asset Management

J.D., Law, University of Toronto; B.Sc., University of Waterloo.

Melanie is Vice President & Head, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment for RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM) and a member of the Leadership Committee. The CGRI team supports RBC GAM’s investment teams in integrating environmental, social and governance factors into the investment process, engages in active stewardship and provides meaningful client reporting on responsible investment. Melanie serves on the Board of Directors of the Responsible Investment Association as Secretary (Canada) and on the Board of Directors of the Investor Stewardship Group (U.S.). Melanie joined RBC GAM in 2014 and has also held roles in Fund Governance and Strategy. Prior to working at RBC GAM, Melanie was Senior Counsel, Litigation for another large financial institution, and Enforcement Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission. 

Melanie Adams

Carlos Brandao

Carlos Brandao

Carlos Brandao
Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance

Carlos Eduardo Lessa Brandão is a board member of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC), a non-profit association with over 2,000 individual members based in São Paulo, Brazil. Carlos is also an independent board member of private and public companies, like Construtora Santa Ângela (since 2016), CEMIG (2017-8), and CEG, currently Naturgy (2016-8).

At the IBGC, since 2005 Carlos has played many roles such as the executive responsible for training and content generation and, as a member, co-organizing books, writing articles, participating in various commissions and study groups. He was deeply involved in the two last revisions of the IBGC’s Code of Best Practice of Corporate Governance.

He has been sitting on governing bodies of other national and international organizations dedicated to ESG issues and responsible business, like the B Lab’s Standards Advisory Council, USA (since 2014), GRI’s Stakeholder Council, The Nederlands (2009-14) and the Technical Review Committee of GISR–Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings, USA (2012-15). In Brazil, he is a former member of the boards of B3’s ISE - Corporate Sustainability Index (2011-4), Ethical Fund–Santander Asset Management (2014-20) and Instituto Ethos (2013-16).

Carlos has been teaching governance and sustainability in executive education programs of institutions like IBGC, FIA, FGV, Insper and CCGI (TTO). He is also a partner of JFLB-governance, sustainability, value, providing advisory services to companies, investors and NGOs.

Carlos worked for almost 20 years as CFO and executive director of holding and portfolio companies in heavy construction, IT, credit card, telecommunications, e-commerce, and GIS. His activities included business development and M&A with domestic and international partners.

He is a civil engineer, with an Executive MBA in Finance, an MSc in Energy Planning and a DSc in History and Philosophy of Science (thesis on business and sustainability). Carlos has attended executive education programs in general management (London Business School), governance (Chicago, IMD, Harvard, IBGC) and sustainability (Cambridge, York, ICGN).

He is a securities portfolio manager authorized by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM) and a certified board member by the IBGC (CCA+). 

Heloise Courault

Heloise Courault
AXA Investment Managers

Heloise Courault is a Stewardship Analyst, focusing on corporate governance, in the Responsible Investment team of AXA Investment Managers. Prior to that role, she was co-Head of shareholder advisory firm SquareWell Partners after serving as a senior corporate governance analyst at proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services, producing research and voting recommendations on French listed companies for institutional investors, and engaging with management and board members on corporate governance issues. Heloise was also involved in ISS’ policy formulation process for Continental Europe, ensuring that ISS’ voting guidelines effectively reflect market trends and investor expectations. 

She holds a master’s degree in corporate strategy and finance from Sciences Po Strasbourg.

Heloise Courault

Nicolas Huber

Nicolas Huber

Nicolas Huber
DWS

Head of Research - Responsible Investments: Frankfurt

As Head of Corporate Governance Nicolas leads the corporate governance activities of DWS with regards to active ownership including voting and engagement as well as thought leadership.  

He joined the Company in 1999 with 8 years of industry experience.

Prior to his current role, Nicolas served as the Head of ESG Initiatives and in the ESG Head Office.

Previously, he was the Head of Green Investments.

Before joining, he held a number of senior portfolio management and research roles at Zurich Invest (acquired by Deutsche Bank), Nordinvest and at CRM Capital Research and Management.

Bank Training Program (“Bankkaufmann”) at Berliner Bank; Investment Analysis Program at DVFA; Business and Environment Programme for Sustainability Leadership at University of Cambridge; Certified Sustainability Investment Manager (Euroforum).

Tomohiro Ikawa

Tomohiro Ikawa
Fidelity International

Tomohiro has more than a 20-year experience as an investment professional and is a leadership expert who leads dialogue with investee companies on a wide range of themes centered on sustainability issues as Head of Engagement at Fidelity International in Japan. Prior to joining Fidelity, he worked as a portfolio manager, analyst, and head of investment of global equities in the US, Singapore and Japanese financial institutions and held many dialogues with investee companies focusing on medium- to long-term corporate value creation. He is a member of the Global Governance Committee of International Corporate Governance Network. Tomohiro earned his Bachelor of Economics from Hitotsubashi University and MBA from Aoyama Business School.

Tomohiro Ikawa

Daniel Jarman

Daniel Jarman

Daniel Jarman
BMO Global Asset Management

Daniel Jarman is an Associate Director in the Governance and Sustainable Investment team, focusing on corporate governance, particularly in the UK. He was previously at voting service provider ISS, which he joined in 2006 following two years at Manifest. Daniel became ISS’s Head of UK Governance Research in 2009, responsible for publication of reports and vote recommendations on UK-listed companies.  He subsequently led the Customised Research team, providing ESG policy development and application services to UK institutional investors. Daniel was also a member of the Global Policy Board for ISS and is a regular speaker on governance issues around the world.

Diana Lee

Diana Lee
AllianceBernstein

Diana Lee is Director of Corporate Governance and an ESG Analyst for AB’s Responsible Investing team. She oversees AB’s corporate governance efforts as a senior member of the Responsible Investing team. Lee also manages the firm’s proxy voting and governance policy and focuses on creating impact as an active manager through company engagements. In partnership with investors, she advises on market best practices on various governance topics for AB’s top global holdings, integrating them with relevant material environmental and social issues. Lee externally represents AB at the CII Corporate Governance Advisory Council and ICGN’s Global Governance Committee. Lee serves as a core member of AB’s Sustainable Employee Wellness Group Task Force, promoting ESG as an essential part of AB’s organizational culture. She holds a BS in finance with a minor in music composition from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Location: New York

Diana Lee

Oonagh McDonald

Oonagh McDonald

Oonagh McDonald
International Expert in Financial Regulation

A former British MP, she has had wide experience as a non-executive director of regulatory authorities in the UK, including the Financial Services Authority, the Investors Compensation Scheme, Insurance Brokers Registration Council,  the Financial Ombudsman Service, the General Insurance Standards Council, and the Board for Actuarial Standards, as well as the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission. She has also had considerable experience in the private sector as a non-executive director, having served on the board of Scottish Provident, a mutual insurance company specializing in life insurance and pensions, the international board of Skandia Insurance, based in Stockholm and the British Portfolio Trust, RCM, UK. Her corporate governance experience covers both unitary and.  two tier board structures.  She has  examined various corporate governance structures, including German corporate governance and a guide to performance appraisals for non-executive directors of investment trust companies, whilst she was senior director at the British Portfolio Trust.

As a consultant working on projects with the Asian Development Bank, she advised on the legal and regulatory framework in Mongolia and Indonesia, as well as more general projects on the regulatory framework in Sri Lanka and Brunei. She was also a consultant on various assignments concerned with improving financial regulation and developing the financial services sector with USAID and the European Union in Ukraine and Moldova. She has also acted as Complaints Commissioner, as the sole arbiter of complaints between the users of exchanges and  the management of exchanges between 2001 and 2019. These include ICE Futures and ICE Clearing, the London Metal Exchange, and Virt-x. She is currently a registered arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in the USA.

She is also the author of  over thirty  articles on various aspects of financial regulation and several books, including:

The Future of Retail Banking in Europe: A View from the Top, John Wiley & Sons, 2002.

Fannie Mae and  Freddie Mac: Turning the American Dream into a Nightmare, Bloomsbury Academic, June, 2012.

Lehman Brothers: A Crisis of Value, Manchester University Press, 2016.

Holding Bankers to Account, Manchester University Press, 2019.

Cryptocurrencies: Money, Trust and Regulation, Forthcoming, September, 2021.

She holds a Ph.D in Philosophy from King’s College, University of London and was a lecturer in philosophy prior to becoming a Member of Parliament.  During her time as a Member of Parliament, she specialized in financial services and financial regulation and moved into financial services thereafter.

In 1998, she was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for her services to business and financial regulation.

She now lives in Washington DC, having been granted permanent residence on the grounds of exceptional ability.  

Peter Swabey

Peter Swabey
The Chartered Governance Institute

Peter Swabey is Policy & Research Director at The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland. Based in London, he is responsible for developing the profile of the Institute and the governance profession with members, regulators, policymakers, employers and other stakeholders by delivering thought leadership, lobbying campaigns and professional guidance promoting strong governance as the vital ingredient for success in organisations.

Peter, who joined the Institute in 2013, has more than 35 years’ experience of company secretarial work. He is a member of a number of industry committees and working parties, and is a regular speaker at conferences and events, with an industry-wide reputation as an expert on shareholder and governance matters.

Peter Swabey

Ali Saribas

Ali Saribas

Ali Saribas
SquareWell Partners

Ali is a corporate governance and activism specialist with over 15 years’ experience. Ali started off as a research analyst at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) in Washington DC. In 2009, Ali moved to London to work with Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) to cover the UK market as well as help set-up the contentious M&A/ Activism team to cover the UK and continental Europe. Ali has a dual undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from the George Washington University and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Bayes Business School.

Susanne Stormer

Susanne Stormer
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Susanne is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Head of Sustainability of the firm in Denmark, a role she assumed in February 2021 to develop the firm’s service offerings in advisory and assurance to support clients’ transition to become sustainable businesses. Prior to this, she was the Chief Sustainability Advisor and Vice President at the Danish-based pharmaceutical company, Novo Nordisk. In this capacity she set direction for Novo Nordisk to be a leader with high and forward-looking standards for driving a sustainable business and documenting progress. Susanne joined the Novo Group in 2000 to ingrain responsible business practices across the organization as the lens for decision-making and a strong component of the corporate strategy and culture.

In 2002, she initiated the company’s approach to ESG engagements with investors, which she built to be leading edge practice. Among her achievements are also the successful integration of the company’s financial and sustainability reporting. Before that, she worked as a strategy and communications consultant in the field of environmental and sustainability issues management for more than a decade. Susanne holds a certificate from INSEAD’s International Directors’ Programme and has Board experience from other organisations, and is currently member of the Board of the Access to Nutrition Foundation, member of the Board Shift, the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, member of the SASB Standards Board, and member of the Board of the Danish Academy for Social Innovation. She is adjunct professor of Corporate Sustainability at the Copenhagen Business School and a visiting professor at UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business.

Susanne Stormer

Megumi Terayama

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Megumi Terayama
Nikko Research Center

Megumi Terayama has studied Responsible Investment, especially focusing on shareholder stewardship and corporate governance as a Managing Director of the Institute of Social System Research, Nikko Research Center, Inc. She also supports Japanese corporations for investor-oriented ESG related disclosure including integrated reporting. She has more than five years experience as a Senior Consultant at Mercer Japan, where she was a member of the Responsible Investment global team. Previously, Megumi worked in the corporate risk management consultancy services at KPMG Business Assurance, focused on internal control and corporate governance issues.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kyoto University and a master’s degree in public affairs from School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University.

CFA, CMA.