Ingrid Holmes is an Associate Director at Hermes Investment Management and leads Hermes’ policy and advocacy work. She has over 13 years experience in environmental policy and sustainable finance issues with a long-standing interest in climate change. She has held roles in Government, Parliament and asset management, amongst others as director at the sustainable development think tank E3G; as low carbon asset manager Climate Change Capital; an energy and environment adviser in the UK Parliament and in several other Governmental departments. She is part of the EU High Level Expert Group, whose recommendations formed the basis of the EU’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance.
Michael Schmidt is member of the board of executive directors of Deka Investment, one of Germany’s largest financial institutions with almost €283 billion assets under management. Amongst various responsibilities Michael is also in charge of all activities related to sustainable investments and corporate governance. Michael was a board member at Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH and head of the equity portfolio management. Prior to that, he was an equity fund manager for 14 years in the asset management division of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and London where he held various analyst and management positions. Michael completed a banking apprenticeship, holds a master degree in business administration and is a CFA Charterholder. He is on the board of the German Association for Financial Analysis and Asset Management (DVFA e.V.), he is a member of the sustainability advisory council of Deutsche Post DHL and a member of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance of the EU Commission.
Kate Mackenzie is director of finance, policy and decision metrics at Climate KiC Australia. She was previously head of finance and investment at The Climate Institute until it closed in mid-2017.
Kate is the author of several papers on climate change and the financial sector; financial system stability, and regulation. She previously worked as a journalist, including 10 years at the Financial Times in London and Sydney, covering energy and finance.
Kate is a fellow at the Centre for Policy Development, and a member of the Earth Systems & Climate Change hub’s stakeholder advisory group.
At RIAA Nicolette leads the organisation’s policy and research agendas and is a member of the PRI’s Global Policy Reference Group. She also oversees the administration of the industry’s Responsible Investment Certification Program – that now covers more than 150 responsible and ethical investment and retirement savings products as well as financial advisers and financial planning groups.
Nicolette joins RIAA after 25 years delivering engagements, collaborations and accountability solutions for and with Australian and international companies, governments, unions and NGOs. She has worked at the Australian Conservation Foundation and Investor Group on Climate Change and has held executive roles at The Climate Institute, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Banarra and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority.
Nicolette is lead judge for NSW’s GREEN GLOBE Awards and Banksia Foundation’s Award for Circular Economy. She is also an interim Board member on Brand Ethics, an internationally reaching research institute promoting ethical shopping choices by providing labour, environmental and animal rights ratings on over 1,000 consumer brands.