Financial innovations for a green recovery and restoration
Musonda Mumba (Moderator)
Director of the Rome Center for Sustainable Development within the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Musonda Mumba is the director of the Rome Center for Sustainable Development within the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition of the Italian government. The Center focuses on three priority areas: climate change, sustainable development and nature protection. In his role, Mumba provides strategic leadership on these issues through convening, collaboration, connection and co-creation as the world navigates through complexity and uncertainty, with the goal of collectively achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She is also president of the Global Partnership for Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). She has over 25 years of experience in environmental and conservation issues globally, and has published extensively in various journals, journals, articles and contributed to book chapters. Prior to joining UNDP, Mumba was the head of the United Nations Environment Program – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Program, and held various positions over a 12-year period. Of Zambian nationality, she obtained her BSc. Ed. at the University of Zambia and his doctorate. at University College London in wetland conservation and hydrology.
Global Leader for Forests, Landscapes and Biodiversity, World Bank
In this role, Garo oversees global initiatives and partnerships related to terrestrial ecosystems, including the PROGREEN Partnership for Sustainable and Resilient Landscapes, the World Bank’s Forest Investment Program (FIP) portfolio, and the Global Wildlife Program (GWP). ). Previously, Garo served as the World Bank’s Senior Environmental Specialist for China and Mongolia, leading initiatives on air pollution, forests, biodiversity conservation and climate change issues. When he joined the World Bank in 2004, he worked in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region as the Senior Environmental Specialist in Brazil, leading the preparation and oversight of conservation and management of natural resources in the regions of Amazonia and Cerrado, and at the national level. development policy operations. He also led the Pilot Program for the Conservation of Tropical Forests-PPG7. Earlier in his career, Garo was the director of the LAC program at WWF-USA and the first CEO of the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Brazil. Garo is also the founder of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Brazil and has led the process of developing national standards for the management of natural forests in the Amazon and for plantations. Garo holds a doctorate. in Ecology from the University of Georgia, USA.
Global Head of the United Nations Environment Partnership, Rabobank
Hans Loth is Global Head UN Environment Partnership at Rabobank. He is responsible for building and managing the bank’s new strategic partnership, which is a cornerstone of the bank’s global environmental work. Prior to assuming his current role, Hans held various general management and strategy positions within the Rabobank Group. Most recently, he was Director of Strategy and Business Change for Rabobank Indonesia, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a new strategy for the bank in this key Asian market. Previously, Hans worked with the Rabobank Foundation, as well as the Rabobank corporate banking team, through which he developed an in-depth understanding of the
challenges and opportunities of global food value chains – “from farm to fork”. Hans started his career as a lawyer specializing in international mergers and acquisitions in a private law firm.
Senior Program Officer for IUCN supporting the Ministry of Forests and Natural Resources of Malawi
Tangu has 13 years of experience working with government in the Forestry Department coordinating projects on sustainable forest management and the link between energy and the environment. In her role as Malawi’s Forest Landscape Restoration Focal Point (FLR), she facilitated the assessment of national forest landscape restoration opportunities and the development of the implementation strategy in 2017. In collaboration with partners techniques, she facilitated the development of a forest landscape restoration monitoring framework in 2018. In her current role, she works with other government agencies on landscape restoration and the national charcoal strategy. Since 2016, she has represented Malawi at international conferences where she shares Malawi’s progress in reaching 4.5 million hectares for land degradation restoration and neutrality. She has also been successful in lobbying for funds to launch the implementation of the National Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy both locally and internationally.
Head of the Funding Initiative of the United Nations Environment Program
Eric leads the UNEP FI global partnership bringing together the UN and a global group of banks, insurers and investors working to develop sustainable finance and responsible investment programs. UNEP FI has established important sustainability frameworks within the financial sector, including the Principles for Responsible Investment (2006), the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (2012) and the Principles for a Responsible Bank (2019). Since joining in 2015, Mr. Usher has focused on accelerating the deep integration of sustainability risks into financial practice, including tackling climate change, loss of natural capital and rights violations. human rights, as well as building the positive impact financing frameworks necessary to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Eric sits on several industry bodies, including as a UN representative on the board of the Principles for Responsible Investment, and as a member of the boards of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative , the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, the Investor Agenda and the impact fund. REPP Africa. Before leading the UNEP FI, Mr. Usher has over twenty years of experience in low carbon sectors, spanning technology commercialization in Canada, solar rural electrification in Morocco and financial sector development in emerging markets. In 2011, Mr. Usher worked to establish the Green Climate Fund and led efforts to establish its Private Sector Fund. Eric has been editor-in-chief of the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report published annually with Bloomberg and was the lead finance author of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources. Earlier in his career, Eric was managing director of a rural solar electrification company based in Morocco.