QED conference on Sustainable Finance 2020


Carlos Martin Tornero

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

Mr Tornero is a senior reporter at Responsible Investor, where he focuses on corporate governance and investor stewardship issues. Before that he was the editor of The Accountant, as well as associate editor of its sister title International Accounting Bulletin. He is a four-time winner of a State Street UK Institutional Press Award, most recently for writing on ESG.

He holds an MA in International Journalism from City University London, a Diploma in Legal Studies from Cardiff University and a Law Degree from Oviedo University. Carlos is a non-practicing member of a Spanish bar association. He has also been a visiting lecturer of the Advance Program in Corporate Governance run by the business school of San Pablo CEU University in Madrid.


Elena Arveras

Policy Officer Non-Financial Reporting, European Commission

Since 2018 Elena Arveras has been policy officer for sustainability reporting in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA). Since the publication of the Commission’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance she has worked in different policymaking initiatives such as the revision of the guidelines on non-financial reporting with regard to climate information, and the ongoing revision of the Non-financial Reporting Directive. She started her career in the banking and consumer goods industry in Germany, working in management controlling and treasury. She studied Law and Business Administration at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid), including abroad studies during two years, one in Germany and another in Austria.

Hilde Blomme

Deputy CEO, Accountancy Europe

Hilde Blomme joined Accountancy Europe in 2003 and has been Deputy CEO since 2011. Hilde provides regulatory and technical expertise in the areas of reporting, assurance, (sustainable) finance, tax and practice development and contributes to developing the Federation’s strategy as a Board member. Prior to this assignment, she spent nine years with PwC as an external auditor, consecutively in Brussels, New York and London dealing with both multinational and SME audit and assurance clients. Prior to joining PwC, she spent three years with local Belgian auditing firms serving SME clients. She started her professional career at Morgan Guaranty Trust in Brussels. She is qualified as a US Certified Public Accountant, Belgian Chartered Accountant, and member of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She is a member of the Reporting Lab@EFRAG Steering Group.

Simone Dettling

Banking Team Lead UN Environment Finance Initiative

Ms Dettling leads the Banking Team of the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), a global partnership between the UN and more than 240 banks, investors and insurers. As such she manages leadership initiatives with banks from over 60 countries around climate-aligned, sustainable finance, such as the Principles for Responsible Banking. Formerly, Ms Dettling managed the German Government’s Emerging Markets Dialogue on Green Finance, under which she and her team worked with financial institutions from G20 Emerging Markets and Europe to integrate environmental costs into financial decision making and product development. As expert on green finance at the German International Cooperation (GIZ), she furthermore advised projects in emerging economies worldwide on renewable energy and energy efficiency financing, incorporation of natural capital considerations in financial decision making, as well as innovative approaches for green economic development. Simone Dettling holds an MA in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. and during her career has lived and worked in various developing countries, such as Bangladesh, Syria, Lebanon and Malawi. Before joining UNEP FI she completed a half-year cycling trip from Germany to Iran.

David Henry Doyle

Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy, EMEA, S&P Global

Mr Doyle is the Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at S&P Global and serves as head of the Brussels office.

His role includes working with stakeholders on policy and regulatory matters as well as coordinating external relations across S&P Global’s corporate functions and divisions: S&P Global Ratings, Platts, Market Intelligence, and S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Prior to joining S&P Global, Mr Doyle was Head of Financial Services at an international consulting firm specialising in financial regulation, communications, and investor relations. In 2014, he was named by Financial News as one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Trading and Technology.

Mr Doyle began his career at a global provider of compliance and payments solutions. He has worked as a research analyst with a leading Brussels based security and defence think tank advising EU and international organisations and as the Executive Director of an international foreign policy NGO.

Mr Doyle is the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU’s Sustainable Finance Task Force, and serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP).

Mr Doyle holds degrees in History and in International Relations from the Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin (Gold Medal), the Sorbonne – Paris IV, and the University of Cambridge.

Alessandro d'Eri

Senior Policy Officer, European Securities and Markets Authority

Alessandro d’Eri joined ESMA as senior policy officer in the Investors and Issuers Department in 2016. In this capacity, he is responsible for ESMA’s working groups focusing on supervisory convergence respectively for financial and non-financial reporting. Since 2020 he is also co-responsible for the coordination across ESMA of the sustainable finance workstream. Prior to joining ESMA, Alessandro worked in the accounting policy department of a multinational insurance company. Before then, he served as research assistant at the University of Roma Tre and as technical staff at the International Accounting Standards Board. Alessandro holds a PhD in business studies and he is a certified auditor.

Filip Ferrante

General Manager Corporate Sustainability, KBC Group NV

Filip Ferrante became General Manager Corporate Sustainability at KBC Group late 2019. Filip is responsible for proposing and implementing KBC’s sustainability policies and practices across all companies and countries within the group. Given the strategic importance of sustainability within the organization, he is reporting directly to KBC Group CEO Johan Thijs. Prior to this assignment, he spent 25 years in various positions with KBC Corporate Banking and worked in 7 different countries worldwide.

Sébastien Godinot

Economist, WWF European Policy Office

Mr Sebastian Godinot has worked in the environmental sector for over 19 years and is currently the economist of WWF European Policy Office and Head of the Sustainable finance unit. His area of expertise lies in public and private finance, budgetary and subsidy issues, and the wider issue of sustainable economy.

He is leading a WWF programme aiming at reforming EU financial policies to integrate sustainability requirements (focusing in particular on the EU Action Plan on sustainable finance). He is part of a project with twelve WWF European national offices engaging with the 100 largest European asset owners and aiming for the alignment of investment portfolios with the climate Paris Agreement.

Mr Godinot holds a postgraduate degree in Environmental Law from the University of Strasbourg, a Master’s degree in Private and Economic Law at Lyon University and holds a diploma in Business Management from Lyon Business School, one of the most renowned French business schools.

Catherine Howarth

Chief Executive, ShareAction

Catherine joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. She is responsible for the strategic direction and governance of ShareAction.

Catherine is also a board member of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian, and serves on its investment committee. She also advises the HM Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce.

In 2014, Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Catherine was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust for five years until Spring 2013.

Catherine is invited to speak regularly on the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles for investment, to share her own wealth of experience on this topic and highlight how the investment system can make a difference across ShareAction’s core campaign areas: climate, good work and healthy markets.

Rüdiger Senft

Head of Sustainability, Commerzbank

Rüdiger Senft (VP) is the Head of Sustainability at Commerzbank, a leading international commercial bank with branches and offices in nearly 50 countries. Commerzbank transacts approximately 30% of Germany's foreign trade and is the market leader in German corporate banking. This year the bank is in the 59th place of the “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index” (by Corporate Knight’s).

Mr Senft joined Commerzbank as a Consultant for digital business in the year 2000. Three years later he joined Volkswagen Bank as a marketing manager before returning to the international trade finance sales team of Commerzbank in 2006. From 2008 until 2013 he was responsible for environmental, social and governance risk issues and authored policies on coal, agricultural commodities and other controversial topics.

Mr Senft then headed the Corporate Responsibility Department at the Bank, with responsibility for sustainability management, corporate citizenship and other activities. Since 2017 Mr Senft has been the chairman of the Sustainable Finance Committee that drives sustainable development in the core businesses of Commerzbank. In 2019 he became Head of Sustainability with a clear focus on Sustainability Management and Sustainable Finance. In that position he leads the group wide project 'Sustainability 5.0' that links sustainability to the bank's business strategy.

Rüdiger Senft is member of the Standing Committee of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany and member of Sustainable Finance Working groups at the Institute of International Finance (IIF) and the German Banking Association (BdB). He studied Business Administration in Giessen (Germany) and Paris (France) and was a fellow of the German American Partnership Program.

Martin Spolc

Head of Unit, Financial technology and sustainable finance DG FISMA, European Commission

Martin Spolc is the Head of the Sustainable Finance unit in the European Commission's Directorate General for Financial Services. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of the Capital Markets Union unit, the Economic analysis unit, Deputy Head of the Banking unit and Assistant to the Director General, directly involved in developing the Banking Union and other key projects in the area of financial services aiming at restoring financial stability since the crisis. Before joining the Commission, he had worked at risk management consultancy and the banking sector. He is the holder of the CFA and FRM designations and member of the CFA Institute and Global Association of Risk Professionals.