Rainer Baake, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie
Rainer Baake was appointed State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in January 2014. Born in Witten in 1955, he studied economics in Marburg, graduating as “Diplom-Volkswirt”. From 1985 - 1991, he served as First District Councillor for Marburg-Biedenkopf, before being appointed State Secretary at the Ministry for Environment, Energy and Federal Affairs of the state of Hessen. In 1998 he moved on to become State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. From 2006 - 2012 he was the Federal managing director of the NGO German Environmental Aid, and then worked as Executive Director of the Think Tank Agora Energiewende before rejoining the government.
Stephen Brenninkmeijer, Willows Investments
Stephen is a private investor with interests in impact investing and education. For 30 years he was involved in the family retail business. He has been involved in impact investing since 2002 and founded Willows Investments in 2008, with the aim of supporting promising ventures with a social mission. He is Chairman of Social Stock Exchange (UK) and serves on the board of ResponsAbility AG Zurich, Grassroots Business Fund (Washington DC) and Beyond Capital (Swiss/US). He is on the advisory board of The Mentoring Foundation (UK), Sutton Trust (UK), NFTE [Network for Teaching Entrepreneurs] Germany and NTYE (Network for Training Young Entrepreneurs) UK. Next to his business interests he is a passionate jazz musician and enjoys a variety of sports.
Mark Campanale, Carbon Tracker Initiative
Mark is the Founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative and conceived the “unburnable carbon” capital markets thesis. He commissioned and was editor of “Unburnable Carbon, are markets carrying a carbon bubble” report. Mark is responsible for management strategy, board matters and developing our capital markets framework analysis. Prior to forming Carbon Tracker, Mark had twenty five years experience in sustainable financial markets. He is a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment fund at Jupiter Asset Management in 1989, NPI, AMP Capital and Henderson Global Investors. Mark served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; was a Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003) and continues to advise a number of investment funds including Armstrong Energy. Mark was a Founder Director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006, is a member of the Advisory Council of ImpactBase.org and the UNEP-WRI working group on greenhouse gas emissions and the financial sector. He is the Treasurer of The Rainforest Foundation UK Chairman of Emerald BioEnergy. Mark has a BA in Politics & Economic History and an MSc in Agricultural Economics.
Alison Fort, Toniic Europe
Alison is Managing Director, Europe for Toniic. Toniic is a community of family offices, individuals and institutions, committed to investing in impact and sharing best practices with our peers. Alison brings over a decade of experience in corporate finance and social finance. She joined Toniic after having led business development at the Social Stock Exchange in London. Alison was part of the team that launched the Social Stock Exchange in 2013 and was responsible for corporate member acquisition and relationship management. She developed the SSE community of investors; working with institutions, family offices, private banks and the retail investor. Throughout her career Alison has worked across multiple industries and geographies with companies of all sizes and stages of development. Alison started her career in the Corporate Advisory team at Deutsche Bank and prior to joining the Social Stock Exchange, she was one of the founders of Four Elements Capital, a corporate finance advisory business working with entrepreneurs in environmental and social impact sectors. Previous roles include consulting to boutique investment banks, sitting on the Board of a healthcare services startup and leading the UK roll-out of a Swedish investor relations business. Alison holds a B.Sc. in Management (Accounting & Finance) from Manchester University.
Stephen B. Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Stephen b. Heintz is President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF). Before joining the RBF, he held top leadership positions in the nonprofit and public sectors. Most recently, he was founding president of Dēmos, a public policy research and advocacy organization working to enhance the vitality of American democracy and promote more broadly shared prosperity. Prior he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the EastWest Institute (EWI). Based in Prague, Czech Republic, from 1990 through 1997, he worked extensively throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States. He devoted the first 15 years of his career with politics and government service in the State of Connecticut, where he served as commissioner of economic development and of social welfare. In 1988, he helped draft and secure passage by Congress of "The Family Support Act," the first major effort to reform the nation's welfare system. He currently serves on the boards of the EastWest Institute, the Rockefeller Archive Center and The American Prospect. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Nonprofit Times named him five times one of the 50 most influential leaders of the nonprofit sector. In 2013, Polands President Bronisław Komorowski granted him the Officer’s Cross - Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for building civil society and democratic institutions in Poland.
Charly Kleissner, KL Felicitas Foundation
Dr. Charly Kleissner has more than 14 years of experience as an impact investor. He co-authored “Solutions for Impact Investors: From Strategy to Implementation” (2009), providing a roadmap for the design and implementation of a portfolio strategy to impact investing. Dr. Kleissner co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation, Social-Impact International and the Central European Investment Ready Program, which help social entrepreneurs worldwide to accelerate and increase their impact. In “Evolution of an Impact Portfolio: From Implementation to Results” (2013) KL Felicitas Foundation demonstrated that impact investors can construct a 100% Impact Portfolio and achieve competitive financial returns while making a tremendous impact. Dr. Kleissner also co-founded Toniic and the “100%IMPACT Network”. He serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Impact Hub Company and as Board Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee of ImpactAssets. He has over twenty years of experience as a senior technology executive in Silicon Valley. He held outstanding positions at Ariba Inc., RightPoint, NeXT Software Inc., Digital Equipment Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Company. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Vienna. He and his wife Lisa received the 2014 Grand Prix for Philanthropy from BNP Paribas for their global contributions to Impact Investing.
Lisa Kleissner, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner is the President of the KL Felicitas Foundation, a family foundation she co-founded with her husband, Charly, in 2000. It is dedicated to supporting programs that enable social entrepreneurs worldwide to develop and grow economically sustainable, scalable enterprises with high measurable social impact, and advocate the Foundation’s sustainability, mission, and social investment strategy. The Kleissners are recipients of the 2014 BNP Paribas Grand Prix Philanthropy and the 2015 Magis Award for Social Entrepreneurship from Santa Clara University. Lisa is a frequent speaker, advocate and author on topics related to leveraged and holistic approaches to philanthropy and impact investing.She is co-founder and Board Chair of Toniic; founding board member and Finance Chair of The Philanthropy Workshop; co-founder and board member of Social-Impact International as well as co-founder of Hawaii Investment Ready. Raised in Hawaii, Lisa attended the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii at Manoa graduating with a BArch in Environmental Design. As Vice President of an architectural firm in Hawaii she worked in Asia and the Pacific Basin and held project management positions at Apple Computer and Borland. Prior to co-founding the KL Felicitas Foundation, she was the president of The Kleissner Group, providing full service high-tech and bio-tech facility solutions for start-ups in Silicon Valley.
Nick Robins, UNEP Inquiry
Nick Robins is co-director of the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, a two-year initiative to advance financial policy options that more effectively mobilise capital for an inclusive, green economy.Nick has more than 20 years experience in the policy, research and financial dimensions of sustainable development. Before joining UNEP, he was Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC in London from 2007 to 2014, where he produced investment research on issues such as clean tech growth, climate vulnerability, green stimulus and stranded assets. In the Thomson Extel awards for European investment research, Nick was ranked as #1 analyst for integrated climate change in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Prior to HSBC, Nick was first head of SRI research and then head of SRI funds at Henderson Global Investors. At Henderson, he published the first ever carbon audit of an investment fund and co-designed the Industries of the Future fund. He has also worked for the International Institute of Environment and Development, the European Commission’s Environment Directorate and was part of the original Business Council for Sustainable Development working on the Changing Course book for the 1992 Earth Summit. Nick has also acted as an adviser to BT, Carbon Tracker, Climate Bonds Initiative, GE, the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact, WHEB Asset Management and the World Bank. Nick has authored and edited a broad spectrum of books and reports on sustainable development.
Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, Board of Trustees
Valerie Rockefeller Wayne (Chair, Board of Trustees, Rockefeller Brothers Fund) is a middle school special education teacher specializing in adolescents with learning differences and emotional disabilities. She began her teaching career at Central Park East Secondary School in East Harlem, New York, and also taught in Australia. Ms. Wayne has an M.Ed. in special education from Bank Street College of Education and an M.AT from Columbia University Teachers College. She majored in international relations at Stanford University and served as a confidential assistant to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education during the first Clinton administration. She serves as a trustee of D.C. Preparatory Academy and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and as vice chair of the Asian Cultural Council. She formerly was a trustee of Spelman College. Ms. Wayne lives with her husband Steve, two daughters Percy and a son in Old Greenwich, Connecticut and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber CBE, Institut for Climate Impact Research
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber founded the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 1992 and has been its Director ever since. He holds a Chair in Theoretical Physics at Potsdam University and is an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute (USA). From 2001-2005 he also served as Research Director of the Tyndall Centre in the UK and became a Visiting Professor at Oxford University thereafter. Schellnhuber is currently Co-Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Governing Board Chair of the Climate-KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Chair of the Standing Committee on Climate, Energy and Environment of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). He is an elected member of the Leopoldina, the Academia Europaea, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Max Planck Society and several other academies. He received, inter alia, the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2002), the German Environment Prize (2007) and the Volvo Environment Prize (2011). Schellnhuber has been a long-standing member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. For many years, Schellnhuber has served as principal advisor to top policy-makers like Angela Merkel and José Manuel Barroso.
Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam
Having previously served as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi and as Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Professor Töpfer is the Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. In the national political field, he held the positions of German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (1987 to 1994,) and of Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Civil Engineering and Urban Development (1994 to 1998). He is also a member of the Bundestag. Professor Töpfer’s current engagement includes serving as Vice President of the German World Hunger Organization, as senator of the Helmholtz Association for Earth and Environment, and in 2011 he co-chaired the Ethics Commission on Safe Energy Supply. He holds a doctorate degree from the Central Institute for Regional Planning at Mainz University, and has received numerous honors and awards including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1990 and the German Sustainability Award in 2008.
Jochen Wermuth, Wermuth Asset Management
Jochen Wermuth is Chief Investment Officer of Wermuth Asset Management (WAM) and Steering Committee Member for “Europeans for Divest-Invest” (EDI). Wermuth Asset Management (WAM), founded in 1999, is a family office and BaFin regulated investment adviser to alternative investment funds which it has seeded, headquartered in Berlin with partners working from Mainz, Amsterdam, Moscow, Doha und Bejing. WAM is committed to 100% impact investing. That is, every investment must have at least some positive impact on the environment, social issues or corporate governance, with a focus on “finance first”. It has demonstrated that returns in excess of 20% per annum can be achieved for over a decade, not in spite of, but because of a focus on impact investing. If one focuses for example on resource efficiency as its “Green Gateway Fund” does, which is good for profits and the environment. The Green Gateway Fund invests in growth stage EU resource efficient companies and helps them to sell their products to emerging markets which consume four times as much energy as Germany per unit of GDP. EDI is an investor peer-to-peer network to encourage divestment from fossil fuels over the coming three to five years and investment in resource efficient firms and renewables for both financial and moral reasons. Previously, Jochen Wermuth was a Director at Deutsche Bank London and an EU-TACIS- and World Bank-financed Head of the Economic Expert Group in Russia. After the Gutenberg Gymnasium in Mainz, he was educated at Brown and Oxford Universities in Mathematics and Economics.
Dr. Christoph von Marschall, Tagesspiegel
Dr. Christoph von Marschall is Chief Diplomatic Correspondent of “Der Tagesspiegel”, Vice President of the Berlin Press Club and a frequent commentator on foreign policy and global issues in TV shows and radio stations. From 2005 to 2013 he served as Washington Bureau Chief and White House Correspondent. In 2007 he authored the first German biography of Barack Obama, followed by a biography of First Lady Michelle Obama (2009) and 2012 by an analysis of cultural differences between Americans and Germans leading to typical misunderstandings. He studied East European History in Freiburg, Mainz and Cracow (Poland) and wrote his PhD thesis on „Freedom in Unfreedom. The National Autonomy of the Poles in the Habsburg Monarchy after 1867“. In 1989 he had started his journalistic career with Süddeutsche Zeitung, covering the flight of GDR-refugees through Hungary and later on the democratic revolutions in Romania and Bulgaria. 1991 he joined “Der Tagesspiegel” as editor for Central Europe. From 1995 to 2005 he was Editorial Page Editor. He received several distinctions: 2002 the German-American Commentary Award „Arthur F. Burns“, 2005 the German-Polish Journalist Award and the Order of Merits for the Polish State (2005), the Media Award of the Steuben-Schurz-Society (2010).