About the Team
The Sustainable Finance e-Learning Platform was developed by the following team:
Melissa has over 16 years’ experience working with the private sector, policy makers and regulators to respond to a variety of sustainability challenges and build more sustainable enterprises and markets. The majority of Melissa’s clients operate in the finance, infrastructure, extractives and industrial sectors in emerging market economies. A key focus area is advising financial sector actors on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks at an investment level but also regulators on emerging systemic risks to financial markets. She is currently supporting a number of commercial banks and private equity funds internationally with the design and implementation of their environmental and social risk management systems.
Since 2007 Melissa has been the core tutor for UNEP FI’s environmental and social risk analysis e-learning programme for investment officers in addition to facilitating numerous seminars globally with the finance sector. She has also supported the banking sector in Nigeria with the development and implementation their Sustainable Banking Principles, building awareness with Bank Executive and Non-executive Directors and the CEOs and Board members of the finance sector regulators.
Melissa holds a MA from Oxford University in Pure & Applied Biology and an MBA.
Emma has 20 years’ experience operating at the nexus between sustainable investment, financial innovation and social and environmentally friendly development. With a career built across the globe with a focus on emerging economies and 15 years spent living across East Africa and Central America, she has accumulated unique and authentic experience working with business and development partners across the government, private, non-profit and community stakeholder spectrum.
In 2008 she joined ERM the global environmental consultancy to run their inaugural investment impact fund, and later relocated to Nairobi in early 2012 to set up Impact Capital Advisors, a boutique consulting firm that has provided support to various organizations in the sphere of sustainable investment and sustainable finance such as the Calvert Foundation, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, UNDP and UNEP’s SEED programme.
Emma has a first class Bachelors from Oxford University in History, a Masters in Resource Management from the University of British Columbia, Canada and an MBA with Distinction from Oxford’s Said Business School where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship.
Paulina King Bravo
Paulina has participated actively in the finance and sustainability sector by providing consultancy service in the areas of Microfinance and Management of Protected Areas in Latin America. As a specialist consultant, she provided practical tools to monitor financial costs with a sustainability perspective in Banco Estado Chile and Southern Environmental Association in Belize.
Paulina currently leads the Business Management and Strategic Leadership and Management programs at Oxford Business College in the UK. Her participation from the academic perspective has allowed her to influence international young students and professionals to adopt a more proactive approach to Sustainable Finance. Paulina has been in charge of designing, implementing and evaluating academic modules such as Managing Sustainability in the Corporate World, Professional Development for managers under Sustainability Principles and Corporate Governance.
As Vice Chair of Finance and Administration at Grupo Calesa in Panama, Paulina designed, resourced and implemented the Department of Social and Environmental Monitoring and achieved the First National Certification of Good Practices in Environment Management for Grupo Calesa.
Jörg has an extensive experience in managing environmental and social issues of investment projects in numerous developing countries including 15 countries in Africa. Based on his technical and commercial education in Aachen, Germany and Paris, France he has worked as Head of the Environment Group of the United Nations Asian and Pacific Center for Transfer of Technology in New Delhi, India.
Jörg was employed by DEG as an environmental and social expert. During this time, he got an in-depth inside view of the financing sector thereby better understanding the necessary balance between economic, ecological and social considerations. Among others he was in charge of environmental and social due diligence for banks and Private Equity Funds and many projects in sectors with high E&S risk potential.
After leaving DEG, he founded Innovativkonzept Ltd and has assisted many financial institutions and private equity funds in setting up a proper environmental and social risk management systems. Further, he has been in charge of E&S due diligence for several large scale infrastructure investment projects based on the IFC Performance Standards. Also, he has acted as IFC’s E&S advisor on numerous large scale investment projects.
Jörg is currently assisting the Sri Lankan Banks Association with their Sustainable Finance Initiative.
Nuru Mugambi, FKIB
As director with the Kenya Bankers Associations, Nuru leads the Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) in Kenya. Following two years of industry engagement and alignment with the international development finance community, she was successful in championing the adoption of the SFI Principles that guide banks on how to support sustainable development through their financing activities and operations.
Nuru has broad experience across several industries, including banking, fast moving consumer goods, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing and the automotive industry. The early part of her career was spent working in Atlanta, Chicago and New York, advising clients on consumer engagement, public affairs and investor relations.
Nuru graduated with honors with a Business Administration degree from Kennesaw State University; and an Executive MBA in Strategy at Georgia State University (Atlanta). She was appointed as a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers (FKIB) for her contributions to the banking industry. She is the Kenya Chapter Vice Chair of Graca Machel’s New Faces New Voices network that advocates for womens’ economic empowerment.
Farwell Consultants Limited
Farwell Consultants Limited is a Kenyan based software development and ICT consultancy company.
Established in 2010 they have undertaken software development and consultancy projects in more than 20 African countries as well as the US, UK and Russia designing and developing innovative solutions across multiple market verticals including banking, alternative energy, conservation and media.
The team comprises technical and graphic design, project management and software developers to ensure an end to end service offering.