Speakers - Forum 2017


Financing Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

Confirmed Speakers and Organizations


Speakers are listed in alphabetical order


Michael Andrade

Advisor | Pioneering Ventures


Michael Andrade is one of India’s top rural banking professionals recently wrapped up a 20-year career with HDFC Bank, one of India’s leading banks. He’s now an Advisor to Pioneering Ventures, an incubator specializing in building industrial-scale ventures in the Indian agriculture and food supply chain sector.

As the former Agri-business head at HDFC Banks he incubated five rural finance businesses including the ‘Agri-value chain finance‘ business and managed an Asset book of USD 6 billion before signing off. Michael, has also been on the Steering Committee of Agri-Fin (The World Bank Group) and a resource person for the Central Bank (The Reserve Bank of India).


Dr. Mohamed Bakarr

Lead Environmental Specialist | Global Environment Facility


Dr. Mohamed Bakarr is Lead Environmental Specialist at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Washington DC. He is responsible for all major GEF programs designed to tackle drivers of environmental degradation through the integrated approach.

Dr. Bakarr has extensive experience in the area of natural resource management and conservation, and has previously held senior level positions at Conservation International and the World Agroforestry Center. At the GEF, he has contributed greatly toward advancing innovative financing options to generate multiple global environmental benefits in the agriculture sector.


Dr. Barbara Buchner

Executive Director of Climate Finance | Climate Policy Initiative

Dr. Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of the Climate Finance program at Climate Policy Initiative (CPI). Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world.

Barbara is lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking, and Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal.

She directs CPI’s work as Secretariat of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab). The Lab’s public-private approach solicits, shapes, and tests climate finance instruments. The Lab has helped raise over USD 500 million for its initiatives, and it was endorsed by the G7 in its first year of operation.


Sambou Coly

Program Manager | Mastercard Foundation


Sambou Coly is the Financial Inclusion Program Manager and focuses on responsible finance and agriculture. Before joining the Foundation, Sambou was the Country Manager of Oikocredit-Senegal where he was responsible for the overall management of the microfinance/agriculture portfolio and for the West Africa private equity portfolio. He has extensive field experience in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Benin and Ivory Coast.

He is multilingual, speaking English, French and Wolof.

Sambou began his career as a banker where he spent 10 years working with the Laurentian Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada and with Citibank. Sambou earned an Executive MBA from the University of Quebec in Montreal/Institute of Canadian Bankers and a Diploma from HEC Montreal.


Mark Ellis-Jones

Co-founder and CEO | F3 Life


Mark Ellis-Jones is the co-founder and CEO of F3 Life. He is an environmental economist and negotiated Africa’s first “payments for ecosystem services” or conservation contracts.

Previously Mark was a co-founder and led financial product design at an award-winning mobile money microcredit provider.

Mark has substantial experience in early stage businesses.


Angela Falconer

Associate Director of Climate Finance | Climate Policy Initiative


Angela Falconer is Associate Director in the Climate Finance program of Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), based in London. She has led numerous studies tracking climate finance globally and nationally in Indonesia and Côte D’Ivoire, in collaboration with relevant ministries.

Angela was also heavily involved in CPI’s Indonesia program in its early years, including roles advising the Government of Indonesia on national climate fund design and studies evaluating fiscal policies in the palm oil sector.

Through her work with the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and the GNIplus consortium, Angela supports the development of innovative climate finance instruments with a focus on forests, sustainable agriculture and water.


Charlotte Grezo

Director, Investment and Risk Committee | Global Sustainable Capital Management


Charlotte Grezo is a member of Global Sustainable Capital Management's (GSCM) Executive Committee and Investment & Risk Committee and heads GSCM’s Sustainability work. Prior to this, Charlotte was Group Sustainability Strategy Director at Centrica. Throughout her career, her focus has been on sustainability strategy, policies and performance.

She previously held senior management positions and had Group-wide responsibility for Sustainability at Vodafone and Lehman Brothers and led on environmental issues Group wide for BP.

Charlotte is on the Board of Fauna and Flora International and Botanic Gardens Conservation International and a member of the BBC Sustainability Advisory Group.


Dr. Jochen Harnisch

Head of Division, Agriculture, Water, Biodiversity—West Africa and Madagascar | KFW Development Bank


Dr. Jochen Harnisch is Head of Division “Agriculture, Water, Biodiversity—West Africa and Madagascar” at KFW Development Bank. He joined KFW in 2008 and served as its sustainability officer and climate change policy coordinator. Since 1999, Dr. Harnisch has been part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – winner of the Nobel Peace Prize of 2007 – in various functions, most recently as "Coordinating Lead Author" of the Chapter “Investment and Finance” of its Working Group III on Mitigation.

Dr. Harnisch studied physics at the Universities of Tübingen and Göttingen in Germany, before receiving his doctorate in atmospheric physics for his work at the Max-Planck Institute for Aeronomy. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at MIT in 1999, he worked as head of the ‘Energy and Climate Strategy’ department at Ecofys Germany.


Tanja Havemann

Co-founder and Director | Clarmondial


Tanja Havemann is a Director and Founder of Clarmondial, an investment advisory company focused on catalysing financing to sustainable natural resource management in emerging markets.

Tanja has a technical background in environmental science, economics, law and finance.

Tanja is Danish and was born and raised in Tanzania and Kenya.


Adrien Henry

Investment Director | Moringa Fund


Adrien Henry has in-depth experience in investing and managing private environmental business. He started with Ernst & Young developing and auditing triple bottom line business plans. Then he worked for ten years with the Suez group, including setting up and managing group’s corporate venture and later managing group’s French organic recycling activities.

He graduated in economics and management at HEC Paris and in economics of environment and natural resources at AgroParisTech.


Edit Kiss

Director of Business Development and Operations | Althelia Ecosphere


Edit Kiss is Director of Business Development and Operations at Althelia Ecosphere managing the Althelia Climate Fund’s investor relations and investment portfolio as well responsible for its environmental asset monetisation strategy and climate and conservation finance advocacy. Edit has previously worked as an advisor to IUCN Netherlands on REDD+, biodiversity and green commodities, after having spent over seven years in various private sector roles in the area of climate finance and carbon markets at companies across Europe including Eneco Energy Trade, Constellation Energy and Bank of America. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank’s Future Carbon Fund on behalf of Eneco.

She is an environmental economist and holds an MSc from Corvinus University of Budapest and from HEC Paris. In addition, she has a Postgraduate Certificate in Tropical Forestry from University of Bangor and has been a regular guest lecturer at University of Twente in the Netherlands on climate policy and carbon markets.


Dr. Prasun Kumar Das

Secretary General | Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association

Dr. Prasun Kumar Das is the Secretary General of Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA) based in Bangkok. As head of the representative association of central banks, commercial banks, development financial institutions and MFIs in the Asia-Pacific region, he has been instrumental in engaging with national governments, regional organizations (APEC, SAARC, ASEAN) and international agencies to influence policy and elucidate the narratives of financial inclusion, agricultural value chain finance and climate-smart agricultural finance in the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to this assignment Prasun worked as the Regional Project Manager of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) grant project where he was leading five country teams (China, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand) in documenting and pilot testing of the innovative rural and agricultural finance in these countries. He holds a Doctoral Degree in Agricultural Sciences and MBA with specialization in Financial Management.


Michael Metcalfe

FX, Interest Rate, and Cross-asset Strategy | State Street Global Markets


Michael Metcalfe is responsible for FX, interest rate and cross-asset strategy for State Street Global Markets. His main area of expertise lies in developing tools to help analyze the market regime and in integrating measures of investor behaviour and inflation into an investment strategy.

His team is consistently voted as providing some of the best capital flow and macro research to institutional investors by industry surveys. Having trained as an economist at Cambridge University, Mr. Metcalfe has spent 19 years as a macro strategist.

He is a regular presenter and host at industry conferences and has had a talk published on on printing money for international aid. A frequent commentator in the financial media, he has had contributions published in numerous industry publications.


Andrew Mitchell

Founder Director | Global Canopy Programme


Andrew W. Mitchell is the Founder Director of the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) in Oxford and Senior Adviser to Ecosphere Plus (E+), an impact investment and marketing company specializing in environmental assets. He is an international thought leader on tropical forests, climate change and financing natural capital.

He has extensive field experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America, across a forty-year career spanning scientific research, conservation and finance for forests. He works to demonstrate the scientific, political and business case for safeguarding sustainable forests and landscapes as natural capital that underpins water, food, energy, health and climate security for all.


Dr. Christine Negra

Principal | Versant Vision


Dr. Christine Negra, principal of Versant Vision, is an international consultant, specializing in sustainable agriculture, climate change, and integrated landscape management.

A soil scientist with over 25 years of experience as an extension agent, a researcher, and a program director, her work is focused on bringing science into policies and markets.

Recent projects include crafting certification criteria for climate bonds in land use and marine systems and development of an Agrobiodiversity Index for use by governments, companies, and investors.


Jonathan Randall

Jonathan Randall

Principal Global Practice Leader, Environment, and Climate Change | DAI


Jonathan Randall has been working at the intersection of sustainable economic development, climate change, and environmental conservation for more than 17 years with experience in Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Namibia.

Jonathan has managed and contributed to the development of a number of successful initiatives including the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Green Prosperity program, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Wildlife Fund-American Red Cross Partnership, USAID’s climate change adaptation plan, Executive Order on Climate Resilient International Development and the HSBC Freshwater Adoption program. As DAI’s Global Practice Leader for Climate Change, Jonathan leads business development, technical assistance, and project management with a focus on climate-smart agriculture, natural resource management, and water resources.


Bas Rüter

Director of Sustainability | Rabobank Group


Bas Rüter is Director of Sustainability at Rabobank Group as of March 2012. He is responsible for all sustainability policies, the ethics office and sustainable business development within Rabobank Group. As part of his responsibility he is member of the Ethics Committee, chairman of the supervisory Board of Dutch Greentech Fund and supervisory board member of Rabo Groenbank.

Before joining Rabobank, he worked 17 years for Triodos Bank, during the last seven years as managing director of Triodos Investment Management. Bas holds a Master of Science degree in biology of Wageningen University.

Bas is married and has two children. Next to his paid work he serves as chairman of Stichting Eko- keurmerk and as supervisory board member of Milieu Centraal.


Peter Stoute-King

Managing Director and Head of Investment Network | Convergence—Blending Global Finance


Peter Stoute-King leads the Investment Network team at Convergence. Prior to joining Convergence, he led business development and engagement for the Global Knowledge Networks team at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Before the WEF, Peter worked as an Investment Officer with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), executing structured and project finance transactions across Latin America and the Caribbean. He has also served as a Vice President in the Emerging Markets Infrastructure M&A team within the London office of Citi, and as an Equity Research Analyst and Business Unit Manager with Goldman Sachs in New York.


Sylvia Wisniwski

Managing Director | Finance in Motion GmbH


Sylvia Wisniwski serves as a Managing Director at Finance in Motion, Germany, a leading impact asset manager, where she oversees the company’s financing initiatives for conservation, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. She has more than 25 years of experience in development finance in over 30 countries.

Starting her career in German development cooperation (GIZ), she has worked as consultant for international organizations and held various management positions at consulting companies and asset managers.

Sylvia holds both an M.A. in Political Science and Sociology and an MBA from Tübingen University as well as an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami, Florida.

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