Ilham Kadri is CEO and President of the Executive Committee of Solvay, a materials, chemicals and solutions company which through its purpose, values and science contributes to protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering a better life.
Under her purpose-driven leadership and mandate to unleash Solvay’s potential, Solvay developed and launched in less than a year its strategy G.R.O.W. with its bold and holistic Solvay One Planet sustainability objectives, as well as Solvay’s Purpose: We bond People, Ideas and Elements to Reinvent Progress. Soon after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she created the Solvay Solidarity Fund for employees and their families who are in need due to the crisis.
Dr. Kadri is a world citizen with a rich professional experience across a variety of industries in four continents and with leading industrial multinationals, including Shell, UCB, Huntsman, Dow Chemical and Sealed Air. Prior to Solvay, Ilham Kadri was CEO and President of Diversey in the United States, having led the company’s return to profitability and resulting spin off and divestiture.
Ilham Kadri is an independent board member at A.O. Smith and at L’Oréal. In addition, she is an Executive Committee member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, member of the steering committee of the European Round Table of Industrialists as well as a permanent member of the International Business Council.
Dr. Kadri holds a degree in chemical engineering from L’École des Hauts Polymères in Strasbourg and a PhD in macromolecular physico-chemistry from Strasbourg’s Louis Pasteur University.
António Costa is the Prime Minister of Portugal since 26 November 2015, presiding over the XXI (2015–2019) and XXII Constitutional Governments (2019–present).
Previously he was a member of Lisbon City Council – 1982/1993; deputy of the Assembly of Republic – 1991/2004; alderman of Loures City Hall – 1993/1995; Secretary of State of the Parliamentary Affairs of the XIII Government between 1995 and 1997, and Minister of the Parliament Affairs between November 1997 and October 1999; Minister of Justice – from October 1999 to April 2002; President of Socialist Party’s Parliament Group from April 2002 to March 2004; Deputy to the European Parliament from June 2004 to March 2005 and Vice-President of the European Parliament; Minister of State and Internal Administration of the XVII Government from March 2005 to May 2007; Mayor of Lisbon City Hall from the 1st of August 2007 to the 6th of April 2015; Member of the Regions’ Committee between 2010 and 2015; Chairman of the Metropolitan Lisbon Area from the 4th November 2013 to the 6th of April 2015 and Prime Minister of Portugal during the XXI Government.
He is the General Secretary of the Socialist Party since the 22nd of November 2014.
Yves Perrier is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amundi since May 10, 2021, having served as Chief Executive Officer since the company was created in 2010 through the merger of the asset management companies of Crédit Agricole and Société Générale. Under his leadership, Amundi has experienced strong growth and has become the European leader in the asset management industry.
Yves Perrier began his career in auditing and consulting firms, before joining the banking sector. Among the significant roles throughout his banking career, he was Chief Financial Officer of Société Générale and a member of the Executive Committee of Crédit Lyonnais in charge of Finance and Risk Management. He was also Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Calyon, which became CACIB. He is Honorary Chairman of the AFG and Vice Chairman of Europlace.
Yves Perrier is a graduate of the ESSEC business school and a certified public accountant.
Maja Markovčić Kostelac took up the position of Executive Director on 1 January 2019. She is responsible for the running and development of the Agency under the oversight of the Administrative Board.
Starting out as a maritime lawyer, she has since gained long-standing experience in the maritime field in both the public and private sector.
Previous to joining EMSA, Ms Maja Markovčić was State Secretary for Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. Her duties entailed developing strategies, policies and legislation in the area of maritime transport, maritime safety, security and environmental protection. Also in this role, she led the Croatian delegation throughout a range of international forums at the UN, IMO and ILO.
While present at Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure in various capacities including Director of the Maritime Policy Directorate, she has also held the position of Director of the Croatian Shipowners’ Association (Mare Nostrum).
Ms Maja Markovčić Kostelac joins EMSA having become increasingly familiar with the work of the Agency, most particularly as a member of the Administrative Board.
Gabriele Galateri di Genola is Chairman of the board of Assicurazioni Generali since April 2011. Chairman of the Corporate Governance, Social and Environmental Sustainability Committee. He is also a non-executive board member of Moncler, Lavazza and Edenred, president of the Executive Committee of the Italian Institute of Technology, member of the Giorgio Cini Foundation and member of the International Advisory Board of Columbia Business School. Galateri also serves as European Advisory Board Member at Temasek, and member of the Global Advisory Council of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
After earning his MBA at Columbia University Business School, he began his career in 1971 at Banco di Roma as head of the Financial Analysis Office. He was appointed CEO of IFIL in 1986, and CEO and General Manager of IFI in 1993. In 2002, he was appointed CEO of Fiat. From 2003 to June 2007 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mediobanca. From 2003 to 2010 he was Vice-Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Generali. From 2007 to 2011 he was Chairman of Telecom Italia S.p.A..
Galateri was awarded the Cavaliere del Lavoro honor (Italy) and the Legion of Honor (France).
Paolo Gentiloni is the European Commissioner for Economy since December 2019.
He served as Prime Minister of Italy (2016- 2018), Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (2014-2016), Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (2013-2014) and Minister of Communications (2006-2008).
He was Spokesperson for the Margherita Party (2002-2007), Chairman of the Broadcasting Services Watchdog Committee (2005-2006), Spokesperson for the Mayor of Rome and Commissioner in the City of Rome (1993-2000). Previously he worked as a professional journalist.
Born in 1954, Gentiloni graduated in Political Sciences from La Sapienza, Rome.
His last book is “La sfida impopulista” (the (Un)populist challenge).
Ambassador Peter Thomson is the UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, in which role he drives global support for UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, to conserve and sustainably use the Ocean’s resources. He served as President of the UN General Assembly, 2016-17. He was Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN, 2010-2016, during which time he led the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS and was elected as President of the International Seabed Authority’s Assembly and Council. He is a founding Co-Chair of the Friends of Ocean Action and is a supporting member of the High-Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy.
Steven Maijoor joined the Governing Board of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) on 1 April 2021. Steven’s remit includes supervision of banks, horizontal functions and integrity supervision, and legal services. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank (ECB).
Before joining DNB’s Governing Board, Steven was Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), from 2011-2021. Between 2004 and 2011 he was a managing director at the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). Prior to that he was Professor (1994-2004) and Dean (2001-2004) at the School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University.
Steven graduated from the University of Groningen with a degree in business economics and obtained a PhD in the same subject from Maastricht University in 1991.
Steven was born in Hong Kong (1964).
Mairead McGuinness is the European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and Capital Markets Union.
The Commissioner’s vision for the portfolio is focused on ensuring the financial sector’s strength and stability, so that it can deliver for people, society and the environment.
Before joining the Commission in October 2020, Ms McGuinness was First Vice-President of the European Parliament from 2017. She served as an MEP from Ireland for 16 years, and was a Vice-President of the Parliament since 2014.
As Vice-President, she oversaw relations with national Parliaments, led the Parliament’s dialogue with religious and philosophical organisations, and had responsibility for the Parliament’s communication policy.
During her time in the Parliament, Ms McGuinness sat on a range of committees, covering agriculture, environment, public health, budgets, petitions and constitutional affairs. Her legislative work included leading for the EPP Group on the European Climate Law, the revision of medical devices legislation, and CAP reform post-2013. As an Irish MEP representing the border region, she was outspoken on Brexit and the consequences for the EU and Ireland.
In 2006-2007, Ms McGuinness chaired the Parliament’s investigation into the collapse of the Equitable Life assurance company which identified issues around weak financial regulation.
Prior to becoming an MEP, she was an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and commentator.
Tore Enger, founded TECO Group in 1994. Tore is a true entrepreneur and has initiated a large number of products and services to the Maritime Industry throughout the last 25 years. He has an extensive network in the industry and is thus crucial for TECO 2030’s access to shipowners. Mr. Enger was also the Chairman and major shareholder of Scanship Holding ASA (now Vow ASA), which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, for approx. 10 years (2008 – 2017).
Isabel Ucha is the CEO of Euronext Lisbon and a member of the Managing Board of Euronext NV. She is also the CEO Interbolsa, the Custody and Settlement service provider (CSD) for the Portuguese market. Her professional experience includes being Head of Issuing and Markets at the Portuguese Treasury and Debt Management Agency (IGCP), a partner for a consultancy company for nearly 7 years, working for the Portuguese securities market regulator (CMVM) and serving as an Advisor for Economic Affairs to the Prime Minister for 4 years. At the same time, Isabel Ucha has also been an assistant lecturer at Universidade Católica, teaching different economic and financial programs (Economics, Corporate Finance, Economics of Finance, Economics of Regulation, European Economics, Portuguese Economy, Corporate Governance). Isabel Ucha holds a degree in Economics from Universidade Católica and a Masters in Economics from Universidade Nova, as well as a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Roberto Cingolani was born in 1961 in Milan. In 1985 he graduated in Physics and obtained his “Diploma di Perfezionamento” (PhD) in Physics at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.
He was staff member at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart and Visiting Professor at Tokyo University (Japan) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, USA).
In 2000 he was appointed Full Professor of General Physics at the Engineering Faculty of University of Lecce (Italy). In 2001, he founded the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL) of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Lecce, which has become one of the largest international nanotechnology laboratories.
Since its foundation in 2005 till 2019 he was Scientific Director of Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT (Italian Institute of Technology Foundation), an internationally acknowledged research center. He launched the interdisciplinary program “Humanoid Technologies” based on the idea that the technological imitation of nature and its processes may provide solutions to improve the quality of human life.From September 2019 to February 2021 he was the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer of Leonardo, the Italian multinational company specialized in Aerospace, Defense and Security.
He swore in as Minister for the Ecological Transition of Italy on February 13, 2021.
Roberto Cingolani is author and co-author of more than 1100 papers on international journals and holds more than 100 patents in the fields of Materials Science, Semiconductor Technologies, Nanotechnologies, Chemistry of Materials, Sensor Technologies, Optoelectronics and Photonics, Robotics.
He has served as technical advisor in different panels for the Ministry of Research and University, including the Commission for the Selection of Centers of Excellence and the panel of experts for the drawing up of the National Research Plan, as well as for the European Commission, especially in the field of Nanotechnologies, New Materials, and New Production Systems.
He has received many national and international awards, including the honorific title of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic of “Commendatore della Repubblica” from the President of the Italian Republic.
Miguel Stilwell de Andrade is CEO of EDP and EDPR. Over the last twenty years, he held leadership roles in EDP including as CFO, CEO of EDP Spain, CEO of EDP’s Supply business and was a Board Member of EDP Distribution. Prior to that, as Director of Corporate Development and M&A, Miguel led the company through acquisitions that laid the foundation for EDP Renewables, including EDP’s privatization and the IPOs of EDP Brazil and EDP Renewables. He has worked in the energy sector since 2000, having started his career in banking with UBS in London.
Miguel holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management (Cambridge, MA) and is a graduate with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) with an M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering.
Karen Koh is a broadcast media professional and familiar face and voice to viewers and listeners in Asia. Her background is in television news and current affairs, and she has anchored and reported for international media organisations including BBC World, CNBC Asia, CNN International, Thomson Reuters and WSJ Digital.
She produces and hosts a weekly radio show on gender, sexuality and social issues called “The Agender Café” on RTHK Radio 3 and is also a regular co-host on RTHK Radio 3’s flagship current affairs show “Backchat”.
Karen also serves on the Board of Directors of EngenderHealth, a Washington D.C.-based NGO in the field of global sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Karen frequently moderates and MC’s corporate and charity events, including the Asian Financial Forum 2015-2020, the HK Private Wealth Management Summit 2017-19, Marketing Pulse 2018-2021, The Women’s Foundation Gala 2019-20, The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA)’s Editorial Awards 2018-19, RTHK/SCMP’s Operation Santa Claus opening and closing ceremonies, and the Melon 2019 Science Fiction conference. She has also moderated private events for clients such as Dunhill, Franklin Templeton Investments, and KPMG.
Karen also conducts media and presentation skills training for corporate and public sector clients in multiple sectors ranging from financial services, luxury goods and hotels to print media and education.
Karen has lived in Australia, Singapore, London and Hong Kong and is married with three sons. In addition to media work, she is also a certified yoga and standup paddle instructor, and spends her summers teaching SUP yoga.
Kjerstin Braathen is CEO of DNB ASA and has more than 20 years’ experience from various parts of the DNB Group.
Previously she held the role of CFO in DNB, being responsible for the DNB Group’s financial management, financial reporting, treasury, M&A, legal and investor relations functions. Before taking on the role as CFO, Mrs. Braathen was Group Executive Vice President of Corporate Banking in DNB, managing a portfolio of more than 200.000 small- and medium-sized corporate customers.
Mrs. Braathen is also Chair of the Board in Vipps, the Nordics’ leading ID and payment infrastructure provider. In addition to her operative roles in DNB’s Group Management, Mrs. Braathen has served on several company boards – both as Chair and as a Director. She is currently a member of the Corporate Assembly of Equinor, and a Board Director of Finance Norway. She has been Chair of the Board in DNB Livsforsikring, among the largest capital owners in Norway. Furthermore, she has also held a position on the Board of Directors in Nordlandsbanken ASA.
Mrs. Braathen started her tenure in DNB working with large corporate clients within Shipping, Offshore and Logistics. She held various positions, amongst other Head of LNG Shipping, Head of International Units and Head of the Oslo Section. In these roles, Mrs. Braathen was responsible for both credit and advisory for several of the bank’s largest corporate customers both in Norway and internationally.
Before joining DNB in 1999, Mrs. Braathen held various positions in Norsk Hydro where she started her career as a trainee within Hydro Agri International in 1995.
Mrs. Braathen holds a Master in Management and Finance from SKEMA Business School in Nice – Sophia Antipolis.
Sharon Chen is an editor for Bloomberg Green based in London. She joined Bloomberg in 2012 and has worked for the news organization in Singapore, New York and China, most recently as Beijing bureau chief. Chen oversees Bloomberg Green’s coverage in Asia and EMEA.
Erna Solberg was born and educated in Bergen: Norway’s ancient maritime capital.
Erna Solberg has combined numerous positions as Minister, Parlamentarian and regional politician with a strong commitment to global solutions.
From 2016 the Prime Minister has co-chaired the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy group for the Sustainable Development goals. And in 2018 she assembled a global High Level Panel for a sustainable ocean economy.
Solberg has been leader of the Conservative Party of Norway since 2004 and has held the position as Prime Minister since the General Election in 2013. She was re-elected in September 2017.
Guntram Wolff is the Director of Bruegel. Over his career, he has contributed to research on European political economy and governance, fiscal, monetary and financial policy, climate change and geoeconomics. Under his leadership, Bruegel has been regularly ranked among the top global think tanks and has grown in influence and impact with a team of now almost 40 recognized scholars and around 65 total staff. Bruegel is also recognized for its outstanding transparency.
A recognized thought leader and academic, he regularly testifies at the European Finance Ministers’ ECOFIN meeting, the European Parliament, the German Parliament (Bundestag) and the French Parliament (Assemblée Nationale). From 2012-16, he was a member of the French prime minister’s Conseil d’Analyse Economique. In 2018, then IMF managing director Christine Lagarde appointed him to the external advisory group on surveillance to review the Fund’s priorities. In 2021, he was appointed to the G20 high level independent panel on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. He is also a member of the Solvay Brussels School’s international advisory board of the Brussels Free University.
He joined Bruegel from the European Commission, where he worked on the macroeconomics of the euro area and the reform of euro area governance. Prior to joining the Commission, he was coordinating the research team on fiscal policy at Deutsche Bundesbank. He also worked as an external adviser to the International Monetary Fund.
He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bonn and studied in Bonn, Toulouse, Pittsburgh and Passau. He taught economics at the University of Pittsburgh and at Université libre de Bruxelles. He has published numerous papers in leading academic journals. His columns and policy work are published and cited in leading international media and policy outlets. Guntram is fluent in German, English, French and has good notions of Bulgarian and Spanish.
Jean Lemierre graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He also holds a degree in Law.
Jean Lemierre has a long and recognised career in international finance.
In the 1980s he held various posts within the French Tax Administration, including Head of Tax Legislation and Director General of Taxes.
In May 1995, he was appointed Chief of Cabinet of the French Ministry of Economy and Finances and become Head of Treasury in October later that year.
Before being appointed at the helm of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2000, he was a member of the European Monetary Committee (1995-1998), President of the European Economic and Financial Committee (1999-2000) and Chairman of the Paris Club (1999-2000). He served as President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development until 2008.
En 2009, Jean Lemierre became a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Investment Corporation (CIC) and the International Advisory Council of the China Development Bank (CDB). He is member of the International Advisory Panel (IAP) for the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
He was Senior Advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas between 1 September 2008 and 30 November 2014.
On 1 December 2014, Jean Lemierre became Chairman of BNP Paribas.
He is also Chairman of the main French institute for research into international economics (CEPII), a member of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) and in May 2016, he was elected Member of the Board of Directors of TOTAL.
With over 30 years of experience in legal, operational and general management positions, Sabine Lochmann now serves as the president of Vigeo Eiris (V.E) and the global head of Moody’s ESG Measures. Under these titles, she steers V.E’s development strategy and the evolution of its business model, as well as assuming responsibility for Moody’s ESG Data, Analytics & Scores.
With university degrees from France, the USA and South Africa, Sabine Lochmann began her career in a law firm in Abidjan. She then became a corporate lawyer when she returned to France, joining major service or industrial companies: Serete (Jacobs Engineering), JC Decaux and Johnson & Johnson. She had various operational roles at Johnson & Johnson including Director of Marketing, Market Access, Government & Strategic Affairs which she held from 2008 to 2013. In January 2014, Sabine joined BPI Group (a management and HR consultancy) as Chief Executive Officer, becoming its President in 2015. It was upon leaving BPI Group, which operates in France, the USA, Spain and Russia, that Sabine joined V.E, after leading its turnaround.
On February 1st, 2021, Sabine was appointed as the global head of Moody’s ESG Measures while maintaining her role as the president of V.E.
Stéphane Boujnah is CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of Euronext. Before joining Euronext, Stéphane Boujnah was Head of Santander Global Banking and Markets for Continental Europe. From 2005 to 2010, he was Managing Director at Deutsche Bank responsible for the development of the investment banking operations in France. He focused on strategic public clients and on large transactions in the Telecom, Technology and Energy sectors. He was also responsible for the development of the Deutsche Bank investment banking operations in North Africa, and he was President of Deutsche Securities Algeria in Algiers from 2007 to 2009.
Previously he founded and developed KM5 Capital, an advisory company specialized in equity raising and M&A advice for venture capital funds and innovative technology companies. From 2000 to 2002, he was Director of the European M&A team of Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group in Palo Alto (California) and London. He specialized in deals related to the consolidation of the Internet sector in Europe.
From 1997 to 1999, Stéphane Boujnah was adviser to the French Minister for Economy, Finance and Industry, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. He was responsible for innovation policies, privatisations in the technology sector, international investments projects in France and the development of the New Economy. He started his career in 1991 as a business lawyer at Freshfields, focusing on M&A, privatisations and international investments in Eastern Europe, mainly the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, and in emerging markets such as Cuba.
He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He holds a Master degree and a DEA in Law from La Sorbonne Paris, a LLM in Law from the University of Kent in Canterbury and a MBA from Insead.
From June 2013 to November 2015, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the listed retail distribution company, Groupe FNAC S.A..
Stéphane Boujnah was made knight of first class in the Royal Order of the Polar Star by the King of Sweden in March 2010. He was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by President François Hollande on 14th July 2013.
Tomas is a Senior Partner in the McKinsey Stockholm office and joined the firm in 1992. He founded McKinsey’s Sustainability Practice in 2005 and led the development of McKinsey’s landmark global and national cost curves for greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement. Tomas is a co-leader at McKinsey Sustainability and works with sustainable strategies and green transformation across industries.
Tomas is also the global leader of McKinsey’s Aftermarket & Services Practice with focus on industrial clients. He has deep experience in a wide variety of aftermarket topics ranging from service operations, service commercialization, digital services to service growth transformations. Tomas’s work also includes software and advanced analytics business building and transformations for large industrial clients.
Tomas’s articles have been featured widely in industry journals and his work is published regularly in the McKinsey Quarterly.
Since 1st February 2013, Isabelle Job-Bazille has been Chief Economist at Crédit Agricole S.A., and a member of the Management Committee of Crédit Agricole S.A.
Isabelle Job-Bazille began her career with Paribas in 1997 as a country risk analyst for the Middle-East-Africa region. She joined Crédit Agricole S.A. in September 2000 as an economist specialising in Japan and Asia before being appointed head of the Macroeconomics division in May 2005. From 2007 to 2011, she worked with Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank’s Capital Markets Research teams, first in Paris and then in London, whilst continuing her responsibilities within Crédit Agricole S.A.
Isabelle Job-Bazille holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris X Nanterre.
Peter Oosterveer was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board of Arcadis NV in 2017. He successfully led the company in achieving its 2018 – 2020 strategic goals and led the company to become a frontrunner in using data and digital platforms, and an industry leader in delivering sustainable solutions to client challenges.
At the end of 2020, Peter unveiled Arcadis’ corporate strategy for 2021 – 2023: Maximizing Impact. In it, Arcadis has committed to addressing global megatrends like climate change, urbanization, and evolving societal expectations, by making sustainability the common thread, by preserving and expanding its digital leadership, and by focusing on the global delivery of scalable solutions. This strategy is underpinned by Peter’s conviction that by embedding sustainability into all Arcadis does, the company can have an outsized, positive impact on the environment and help create resilient communities.
Before joining Arcadis, Peter worked at Fluor Corporation, as Controls System Engineer, General Manager in the Netherlands and ultimately as part of Fluor’s Corporate Leadership Team, initially as President of Energy and Chemicals and in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to this, Peter worked for Hoogovens IJmuiden (now Tata Steel) and Alpha Engineering. Peter Oosterveer is also a former Director of the US-China Business Council and a former Director of FMC Technologies.
Greg Ritchie is a journalist at Bloomberg News. He writes about government finance, bonds and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing from London. Over his career, he’s covered several UK election campaigns and Brexit for the news agency’s politics desk; the upheaval caused to agricultural commodity markets and food supply-chains by the coronavirus pandemic; and the European asset management sector. He worked as a freelance reporter for various publications before joining Bloomberg.
Ritchie graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in History and Politics. He splits his time between London and Dunfermline, Scotland, where he grew up.
Alastair Marsh covers ESG and climate change for Bloomberg News. He previously reported on cryptocurrencies for the news agency, and has also covered structured and corporate credit markets. Marsh joined Bloomberg in 2012 from a Financial Times publication focused on emerging markets.
Todd Gillespie is a reporter at Bloomberg News in London, where he has covered the intersection of business and climate change. He has previously written for the Financial Times and the Sunday Times.
He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he studied Human, Social, and Political Sciences, and studied at Harvard University on the Henry Fellowship.
António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017.
Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, from refugee camps to war zones, the Secretary-General has centered his efforts on ensuring human dignity for all. In a period of unprecedented global challenges, he has drawn on his commitment to the UN Charter to mobilize people and launch action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, address the climate emergency, advance gender equality, and achieve ambitious 21st century reforms to enhance the Organization’s vital efforts to secure peace, sustainable development, human rights and humanitarian aid.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organizations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades and in a period in which the number of people displaced by conflict and persecution rose from 38 million in 2005 to over 60 million in 2015.
Before joining UNHCR, Mr. Guterres spent more than 20 years in government and public service. He served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, during which time he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor.
As president of the European Council in early 2000, he led the adoption of the Lisbon Agenda for growth and jobs, and co-chaired the first European Union-Africa summit. He was a member of the Portuguese Council of State from 1991 to 2002.
Mr. Guterres was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1976 where he served as a member for 17 years. During that time, he chaired the Parliamentary Committee for Economy, Finance and Planning, and later the Parliamentary Committee for Territorial Administration, Municipalities and Environment. He was also leader of his party’s parliamentary group.
From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Guterres was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where he chaired the Committee on Demography, Migration and Refugees.
For many years Mr. Guterres was active in the Socialist International, a worldwide organization of social democratic political parties. He was the group’s vice-president from 1992 to 1999, co-chairing the African Committee and later the Development Committee. He served as President from 1999 until mid-2005. In addition, he founded the Portuguese Refugee Council as well as the Portuguese Consumers Association DECO, and served as president of the Centro de Acção Social Universitário, an association carrying out social development projects in poor neighborhoods of Lisbon, in the early 1970s.
Mr. Guterres is a member of the Club of Madrid, a leadership alliance of democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world.
Mr. Guterres was born in Lisbon in 1949 and graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. He is married to Catarina de Almeida Vaz Pinto, Deputy Mayor for Culture of Lisbon, and has two children, a stepson and three grandchildren.