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.
His career has spanned central banking, academic research, and founding a publishing business.
Most recently he was manager of impacts and adaptation at NSW Government.
Simon operates at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability and has extensive international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and sustainability consultant across finance, corporate and not for profit sectors.
Simon is the CEO of RIAA - an organisation with 200+ investor members who jointly manage over $9 trillion - where he has worked for the past 5 years to elevate sustainability issues as core investment risks and opportunities, and shift capital to support a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous world.
Simon is involved in a number of external committees and advisory groups including the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, the New Zealand National Advisory Board on Impact Investing and the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Australia Network Advisory Committee.