The UNEP FI Global Steering Committee provides executive direction on strategic, work programme and budgetary issues on a regular basis. The Global Steering Committee reports to UNEP FI’s Annual General Meeting, where all Members come together to make decisions on the Initiative’s overall strategic direction, structural issues and budget decisions.

For details on its mandate, please refer to section 4 of the UNEP FI Governance Framework.

2022 Global Steering Committee Members

Industry-Region Representation
  1. Europe – Banking Representative (2021-23) and Co-Chair | Antoni Ballabriga, Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA
  2. Asia Pacific – Banking Representative (2021-23) | Jeong-hoon Cho, Head of ESG division, Shinhan Financial Group
  3. Latin America – Banking Representative (2021-23) | Mauricio VelasquezCoordinator of E&S Management Program for Financial Institutions, CAF
  4. Africa – Banking Representative (2022-2024) | Judith Sidi Odhiambo, Group Head-Corporate Affairs, KCB Group
  5. Europe – Insurance Representative (2022-2024) | Vincent Damas, Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, CNP Assurances
  6. Latin America – Insurance Representative (2022-2024) | Ivani Benazzi de Andrade, Sustainability Superintendent, Bradesco Seguros
  7. Asia Pacific – Insurance Representative (2022-2024) | Gareth Hewett, Head of International Public Relations and International Investor Relations ESG, Ping An Group
  8. Europe – Investment Representative (2021-2023) | Günther Thallinger, Member of the Board of Management, Allianz
Universal Positions
  1. Universal position #1 (2021-23) | Val Smith, Chief Sustainability Officer & Managing Director, Citi
  2. Universal position #2 (2022-24) | Patty Karuaihe-Martin, Managing Director, NamibRe
UN Environment Programme Representative
  1. UNEP Representative | Ligia Noronha, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of UNEP, New York Office
Appointed Positions
  1. Appointed Position #1 | David Atkin, Chief Executive Officer, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
  2. Appointed Position #2 | Vacant