FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Conference & Awards 2013


Martin Dickson
US Managing Editor
Financial Times

Martin Dickson was appointed US Managing Editor of the Financial Times in September 2012. In this role, he oversees the FT’s print and online editions in the Americas. Mr Dickson’s appointment marks his return to the US, where he spent nearly five years in the early 1990s as New York Bureau Chief, leading the paper’s coverage of North American financial, management and business affairs.

Mr Dickson has held several other senior positions on both the writing and editing sides of the FT. He was previously Deputy Editor of the paper from 2005, with particular responsibility for its global financial and business coverage. In 2002 he created the highly respected Lombard column of business comment, primarily focused on UK finance and corporate affairs, and wrote the column daily for four years. This won him Business Journalist of the Year and Best Opinion Writer of the Year in the 2005 Business Journalist of the Year Awards. In 2006, he won a prestigious Wincott Foundation award as Senior Financial Journalist of the Year. His other senior positions at the FT have included Financial Editor, responsible for corporate and markets coverage, and Europe Editor, responsible for the paper’s European edition.

Mr Dickson joined the FT in 1976 as a writer on African and diplomatic affairs, becoming Africa Editor. He started in journalism as a graduate trainee at Reuters and held postings in Southern Africa and Turkey. He was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he studied History and earned an MA. He also holds a BSc in Economics from London University.


Nena Stoiljkovic
Vice President, Business Advisory Services

Nena Stoiljkovic is IFC's Vice President for Business Advisory Services and a member of its Management Team. She leads more than 1,000 Advisory Services staff in 84 offices across 66 countries, and heads IFC's work to set standards in sustainability.

IFC's Advisory Services are organised in four practices: Access to Finance, Investment Climate, Sustainable Business, and Public-Private Partnerships. Working with private sector clients, IFC's Advisory Services work to increase access to finance, and to improve standards and transform markets with more sustainable and responsible business practices. Working with governments, they help improve the investment climate, especially for small and medium enterprises, and facilitate partnerships with the private sector to provide essential services such as infrastructure.

Ms Stoiljkovic also oversees IFC's Environment, Social, and Governance Department, which helps clients address challenges and opportunities on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues; and its Inclusive Business Models Group, which connects people, resources, and ideas to support inclusive business clients that target low-income people at the base of the economic pyramid.

A Serbian national, Ms Stoiljkovic became Vice President in September 2011. She was previously IFC's Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where she provided successful leadership to a region particularly hard hit by the financial crisis and demonstrated the powerful impact of integrating IFC's Investment and Advisory Services.

Ms Stoijkovic joined IFC in 1995 as an Investment Officer, and has since worked in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Southern Europe, and Central Asia. In 2005, she relocated to Istanbul as Senior Manager in the Southern Europe and Central Asia Department, where she led business development and assumed country management responsibilities for seven IDA/Post-conflict countries in the Balkans and Central Asia.

Prior to joining IFC, Ms Stoiljkovic worked as a Consultant at the Economic Institute of Belgrade. She holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Fabio Barbosa
Grupo Abril

Fabio Colletti Barbosa has been CEO of Abril SA, one of the largest and most influential communications groups in Latin America, since October 2011. Mr Barbosa began his career at Nestle, where he worked for 10 years. He was President of Banco Real ABN Amro from 1996 to 2008, when Banco Real was acquired by Santander. Mr Barbosa then became CEO of Santander Brasil. He was also President of Febraban (the Brazilian Banks Association) from 2007 to 2011.

Currently, he is a Council member of Endeavor Enterprise Institute, which fosters entrepreneurship, and a member of the Board of the United Nations Foundation, which supports the UN and promotes international cooperation. In 2011, Mr Barbosa was recognised as Person of the Year by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York. In 2012, he received the UN’s Champions of the Earth award, for his entrepreneurial vision.

James Cameron
Non-Executive Chairman
Climate Change Capital


James Cameron is non-executive Chairman of Climate Change Capital. In addition to his role at CCC, Mr Cameron is the Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute, serves as a member of GE's ecomagination board, is a member of Pepsico UK's advisory board, and is a Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability and Advisory Board of the Global Competitiveness Index. He served as a member of the UK Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group from 2010 to 2012. Mr Cameron is also an advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative, a trustee member of the UK Green Building Council, and was a member of the Green Investment Bank Commission.

Prior to CCC, Mr Cameron was Counsel to Baker & McKenzie and was the founder and the head of the firm's Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice. He has spent much of his legal career working on climate change matters, including negotiating the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol as an adviser to the Alliance of Small Island States. As a barrister, he appeared in several of the leading cases in international and environmental law. Mr Cameron is also a senior advisor to the Climate Group, Chairman of China Dialogue, a member of the development board at the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and a member of the advisory board at the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute.

Mr Cameron has held academic positions at Cambridge, London, Bruges
 and Sydney, and is currently affiliated with the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy.

Dr James Gifford
Principles for Responsible Investment

James Gifford is Executive Director of the PRI and has been guiding the initiative since its inception in November 2003. Dr Gifford worked with UNEP FI and the UN Global Compact, leading the PRI drafting process; after the launch and the establishment of the Secretariat in 2006, he became its first Executive Director. Dr Gifford has a PhD from the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Management at the University of St Andrews. He has degrees in Commerce and Law from theUniversity of Queensland, and a Master's of Environment Management from the University of New South Wales, as well as a background in IT and environmental protection. Dr Gifford was named in 2010 by the World Economic Forum as one of 200 Young Global Leaders.

David Harris

Head, Responsible Investment
FTSE Group

David Harris joined FTSE in 2002, and is responsible for the FTSE4Good, the FTSE KLD Sustainability, and the FTSE Environmental Markets Indices. His responsibilities include overseeing index management, corporate engagement with index constituents, managing research partnerships, and developing new responsible investment indices. Previously, Mr Harris worked for Arthur D. Little's Global Environment and Risk Practice, developing sectoral sustainability strategies and programmes, and with PricewaterhouseCooper's climate change consulting team. He is a graduate of both Imperial College London and Oxford University, and also serves as a board director for the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance association (UKSIF).

Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President and CEO
Women's World Banking

Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women's World Banking (WWB), the world's largest network of microfinance institutions and banks. Ms Iskenderian joined WWB in 2006 and leads the WWB global team, based in New York. Prior to WWB, she worked for 17 years at the IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Before that, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. 
Ms Iskenderian serves on the Board of Directors of Kashf Microfinance Bank in Pakistan and is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative and is a judge for the annual FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BSc in International Economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Chris Locke
Managing Director of the GSMA Development Fund 


Chris Locke is the Managing Director of the GSMA Development Fund. The Development Fund works with the mobile industry globally to build services that have a development impact for the poorest people in the world. It helps take critical mobile services such as health, farmer, money and learning tools to scale to help countries develop at a nation-wide level. Mr Lock has spent the past 15 years working in the mobile and internet industries, for companies such as the Virgin Group, Three, AOL and T-Mobile.

Previous to his industry career he was the Xerox Lecturer in Electronic Communication and Publishing at University College London and has maintained strong links to the research community, including being the Editor of Thumbculture: The Meaning of Mobile Phones in Society, an anthology of research considering the global social effect of mobile technology.