The Rise of Sustainability
“ESG trends and their implications for Board Directors”
Stephan is Partner & Head of Impact Finance at TIIME, an impact advisory and advocacy company, where he advises banks, funds, family offices and corporates on their impact strategy and their sustainability practices.
As Managing Director at SANZARU Group, Stephan runs his family's investment portfolio using equity, debt as well as alternative strategies, shifting it to become more social and environmental responsible.
Stephan is a resourceful and seasoned non-executive director with extensive blue-chip experience across Europe and the Emerging Markets. He has acted as a senior advisor to CxOs and Boards with a long track record of resolving strategic dilemmas and providing guidance through transformational change in the Technology, Communication, Financial Services, and Food & Beverage sectors.
Stephan is a frequent speaker, panel and jury member at conferences and events across Europe.
Stephan holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Happily married since more than 30 years - Happy father of two kids " Happiness as a parent is when you realize that your children have turned out to be good people! "
Deeply convinced that to meet our sustainability and impact goals:
• we all have a role to play as entrepreneurs, companies, associations, politics, individuals
• and we not only need gender but also generational, competency, cultural background etc... diversity, or even better complementarity, at all levels.
At the initiative and to the benefit not only of women but also companies and above all future generations.
Deeply inspired by quotes like:
• " I always wondered why somebody had not fixed the problem yet, until I realized I am somebody ! " – unknown
• " If ever you think you are too small to make a difference, you have not spent the night with a mosquito yet ! " - african proverb
• " It is not about ideas but about making ideas happen ! " - unkown
Prof Dr Hakan Lucius is Professor of Finance, lecturing at SciencesPo in Paris, the Frankfurt School of Finance, and the Welch College of Business, Luxembourg and specializes on sustainable finance. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker, having presented in conferences in over 16 countries globally, quoted by the Financial Times and by Reuters, was awarded Best Lecturer, Master of Development Finance, by Frankfurt School and by the by Welch MBA, Luxembourg and has published articles in multiple languages. He received a Ph.D. with distinctions in industrial economics, an MBA from INSEAD, France and an MSc in Engineering from Vienna Technical University, where he graduated as the youngest student of his faculty.
Prof Dr Lucius is currently Head of Corporate Responsibility at the European Investment Bank, EIB, the European Union’s bank, and possesses more than 20 years of sustainability experience in finance with some EUR 7 bn of financing structured. His responsibilities cover the ESG reporting, sustainability ratings, transparency and stakeholder engagement dimensions, amongst others, of the EIB.
Prof Dr Lucius is also member of the Board of Luxflag, serves on the European Investment Bank’s Pensions Board, co-chairs the FinTech working group of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, is on their environmental fund label and the ESG fund label eligibility committees, SASB`s financial advisory group, as well as the EIB Institute’s Knowledge Committee.
Aïssata Coulibaly is a Certified Public Auditor specialized in Commercial Public Sector (CPS) and Private Equity (PE) assignments since she started her career with Ernst & Young in 2007 with a keen focus on Emerging Markets. Aïssata is now currently involved in the audit of large CPS and PE engagements reporting under IFRS and Luxembourg GAAP mainly. Aïssata is member of the ALFI and also sits as a member of the IRE Quality Control Commission.
VAN KAUVENBERGH Mike
Mike Van Kauvenbergh leads his own strategic and operational consulting firm in sustainable development and corporate responsibility and was entrusted with the direction of the Foundation of Grand Duke and Grand Duchess.
In 2015, Mike took on the challenge of joining the CFL as Project Manager in the communication department to finally take the lead of this service as Manager directly attached to the Director General. He was also in charge of the corporate responsibility strategy of the group.
Previously, he was marketing and communication director of the Sales-Lentz group, worked in sales and marketing for the German market for a large perfume distributor in Munich, in sales for a Swiss commercial group in the field of the steel industry and as a consultant. He graduated in business management and economics in Saarbrücken
Valérie Arnold is an Audit partner, leading PwC Sustainability practice for corporate looking at how ESG needs to be embedded in strategy, transformation and reporting.
She is responsible for promoting the “Asset Management” practice and has been supervising the Asset Management Task Force, being particularly involved in proposals linked to Social Responsible Investment (SRI), with a specific focus on Microfinance. Valérie has professional experience of more than 20 years in the audit of investment funds, more specifically in the alternative funds like Hedge Funds and Private Equity.
Hedda is the CEO of TIIME.org, an impact catalyst driving capital towards positive societal impact (#impactimperative).
She is a private investor, independent director, adjunct professor and advisor on issues related to sustainable development, impact finance and JEDI (Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion) investing.
Apart from managing TIIME and a privately-held forestry company, Hedda is an active board member on funds and organizations working with/towards values-based investing – from public and private equity structures to family offices and NGOs. She is the Impact Director and Mission Board member of EQT’s Future Fund.
Hedda is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation & Impact Economy at several European and US universities since 2006. She is a North-American Swede and has lived in 10 countries before settling happily in Luxembourg where she sits on the advisory board to the government for Sustainable Development (CSDD.lu) and the Luxembourg Sustainable Finance Initiative (LSFI.lu).
With over six years of experience in the corporate sustainability sector, Elina has in-depth knowledge of non-financial issues facing business today. She has worked with the largest global brands, asset management firms, leading NGOs and governments. Elina is committed to making a positive impact on the world through her professional activities.
Currently, Elina leads the communication team for Datamaran, directing the overall strategy, product positioning and insights.
Elina obtained an MSc in Environmental Protection and Management from the University of Edinburgh. Being a big nature lover and a sustainability enthusiast, she describes herself, as a true world citizen.
Mario is the General Manager of LuxFLAG since 2018.
Previously, Mario has held positions as AVP and Head of Custody Operations at respected Luxembourg banks and as Chief Strategy and Research Officer and Executive Board Member at Kneip.
He co-founded Inreg and he is an active member in a number of European Fund Associations including ALFI. Mario is a regular speaker at industry conferences and events as well as an experienced teacher.
Cécile is Partner and Head of Impact Measurement and Management at TIIME. She is passionate about social impact and notably how business/finance can support social innovation to solve most pressing issues.
Cécile manages EBAN Impact as Program Officer, promoting awareness and engagement in impact investing within the European Business Angel Network. She sits on the advisory board of Tilia Impact Venture, a Czech impact fund.
She ran the Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN) for almost 5 years.
She has a background in international tax and is an active business angel, notably in the Rising Tide program, which is part of a global movement to increase women’s participation in angel investing as an asset class.
Cécile is a senior jury member at European pitching events, and does training on pitching, business models, financing, impact metrics and corporate responsibility. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences and events across Europe.
Cécile holds a master in Business and Finance from Lyon University.
Ellen is founder and CEO of F Y N, an advisory firm supporting companies in the private and public sector on strategic and operational level on how to create long-term value with their business models to the benefit of the company and society simultaneously. Developing value propositions in order to create shared value for companies and society is her passion. Her broad experience as a Real Estate lawyer, commercial portfolio manager, strategy advisor and director of a clean energy company gave her the knowledge and expertise to develop new value propositions, using her insights into a broader scope of economic value-added elements, positive societal impact and the principles of change management.
During the past 10 years Ellen launched many initiatives to move towards a more sustainable commercial strategy and implementation of high-impact projects. In her role as Strategic Advisor at the National Dutch Railways she set up and implemented the first corporate responsibility strategy program. She was also founder and CEO of NSenergy BV and chairman of the Foundation Green Building Club Utrecht. In 2014 she joined the DGBC Sustainable Leadership programme and was the representative at The Climate Table for Urban Development of the Dutch Government. Ellen advised a variety of SME’s and Mid-Caps on their sustainable strategy, corporate targets and implementation. She also advises public and private companies on how to organise and finance the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Ellen holds a master in Public, Administrative and Private Law from the University of Amsterdam.
Jane Wilkinson is an experienced independent director with an alternative investments and UCITS background and ESG/sustainable finance expert. Her professional experience spans 30+ years, mostly in Luxembourg, where she has “grown up” with the investment management and financial sectors. Prior to going independent in summer 2019, Jane was Head of Sustainable Finance at Luxembourg Stock Exchange, which also included leading the award-winning Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX), as well as contributing to the positioning of Luxembourg as a leading sustainable financial centre.
Until early 2017 Jane was a KPMG partner, leading audits and reporting to Boards and Audit Committees of a number of International asset management groups and private equity houses with Luxembourg investment vehicles. Jane spearheaded the development of KPMG’s alternative investments practice and was KPMG’s “face of PE” for a number of years, until she left to join LuxSE. She also built KPMG Luxembourg’s Sustainability services team, being responsible for sustainability client engagements and also leading KPMG’s internal CSR programme and community engagement programme, including managing the KPMG Foundation.
Throughout her career, Jane has been an active member of various working groups of Luxembourg based industry associations (ALFI, LPEA, ABBL etc) as well as international groups including International Capital Markets Association (ICMA), UN Environment Programme Financial Inquiry (UNEP FI), European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), and has chaired a number of committees and projects.