Introduction to the TNFD Forum

This webinar is an introduction to the TNFD, given in November 2021 for the TNFD’s first Forum institutions.

This webinar marks the start of the TNFD’s collaboration with the first Forum institutions, and provides a comprehensive overview of the TNFD, the business case for action, and how Forum institutions could expect to be involved in the development of TNFD’s recommendations.  

Key focus areas of this webinar

  • Introduction to the TNFD 
  • Business case for action on nature 
  • Introduction to the TNFD Forum 

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Malika's experience lies primarily in piloting and scaling next-generation service lines, start-ups and regulatory sandboxes for the United Nations. Prior to joining the TNFD Secretariat, Malika co-lead the Accelerator Team of the Informal Working Group that drafted the blueprint to set up the TNFD for success and built the stewardship support of the UN. She also led the Finance for Nature Team and its research inquiry at UNDP on nature-aligned investment opportunities and publicly traded instruments.

Throughout her career, Malika's work has involved building high-impact partner coalitions to write new rules and co-create new roles for which there is little precedent, across the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals. Her career as a systems thinker has centered on accountability and advocacy, including innovative finance, humanitarian relief or gender-responsive crisis recovery. She has a proven track record of developing successful multi-stakeholder relationships to accelerate and future-proof flagship corporate initiatives. Each instance has involved developing new global offers which are scalable and sustainable. Malika has increasingly focused on sustainable finance to re-imagine what portfolios would look like if nature-positive action were at the heart of financial and business decisions.

Previously, Malika was the Global Fund Manager for the UNDP Innovation Facility: a multi-million-dollar portfolio across 95 countries that raised an additional 200% in local resources. Malika served on the Advisory Board of the GSMA’s AI for Impact Accelerator, and the Measuring Impact Working Group of the International Development Innovation Alliance.

She holds degrees in Economics: a Masters from Yale University, and a Bachelors (double honours, with Statistics) from St Xavier’s College in Mumbai. 

Based in New York City, Malika speaks English.

Guests

Tony has significant experience working at the intersection of finance, sustainable development and diplomacy. Prior to joining the TNFD in September 2021, Tony was an adviser to government, financial sector and philanthropic leaders on a range of sustainable development challenges, including as a Senior Adviser with the World Bank Group.

As a Partner at the strategy consultancy Monitor Deloitte, Tony led the development of national reform strategies at both a country and city level and advised government leaders on the design of governance arrangements and performance management frameworks for mobilizing strategic investment capital and delivery of policy outcomes aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He was a senior member of Monitor Group’s global public sector advisory practice, has advised Fortune 500 US companies on their sustainability strategy and co-authored a seminal 2008 report on the investment behavior of Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Earlier in his career, Tony worked in infrastructure development and corporate finance in Australia and began his career in the Australian foreign service including a diplomatic posting in East Africa as a representative to UNEP and UN Habitat.

He graduated as a Littauer Fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has degrees from Monash University and Sydney University.

Based in Barcelona, Tony speaks English.

Emily has significant experience on integrating nature in policy, finance, economics and decision-making. Prior to joining TNFD in November 2021, she led the analytical team that produced the global Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, based at the UK Economics and Finance Ministry.

Emily was previously seconded to the Capitals Coalition where she helped develop the Natural Capital Protocol in its Technical Group.

Emily worked for a decade in the WWF Global Science team, where she helped establish and lead the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University, helping decision-makers apply InVEST – leading ecosystem service modelling software. While at WWF, she supported The Coca Cola Company and Guggenheim Partners to consider dependencies and impacts on nature, and sustainability standards.

She helped design the Environmental Land Management scheme in England – a major national agricultural subsidy reform programme – based at the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Other previous roles included establishing environmental economics programmes at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow.

She holds Masters degrees in International Policy from Stanford University and Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Based in London, Emily speaks English, and basic Bislama, Fijian, German and French.

David Craig is Co-Chair of the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). David has 30 years leadership experience in financial markets data and technology and is seen as a world expert in the technology and market infrastructure required to drive effective and sustainable global markets. 

David was the founder and CEO of Refinitiv, one of the largest data and technology platform providers to financial markets. David spearheaded the creation of Refinitiv, spinning out of Thomson Reuters with Blackstone Partners. Following the acquisition of Refinitiv by London Stock Exchange (LSEG) for $27B in 2021, he led LSEG’s Data and Analytics Division. He was previously founder and CEO of the Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) business and head of strategy at Thomson Reuters and Reuters plc. He spent 8 years as a partner at McKinsey focusing on technology and financial services clients following a career in software development.

Alongside his role as TNFD Co-Chair, David is also leading the measurement stream for the International Panel of Biodiversity Credits and advisory Board member of the SMI (Sustainable Markets Initiative) founded and co-chaired by King Charles III. He chairs the Investment Committee for Triple Private Equity, and is an investor in early-stage natural capital technology companies.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema is Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in addition to her role as TNFD Co-Chair.

Elizabeth has two decades of experience working in the development and environment sectors. She is biodiversity leader and lawyer, from Tanzania, with a track record of negotiating next-generation policies and enabling instruments for planet, people and prosperity. Prior to her current role, she was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Elizabeth’s work as Deputy Director of the Ecosystems Division at UNEP focused on the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws both at the national, regional and international level.

Elizabeth has played different roles in UNEP over the years. They included being a coordinator of capacity building, compliance and enforcement projects related to environmental law and the multilateral environmental conventions. She was a Senior Legal Officer and Chief of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Support and Cooperation Branch in the then Division of Environmental Conventions (DEC), and later a Principal Legal Officer and Chief of the Biodiversity/Land Law and Governance Branch in the then Division of Environmental Law and Conventions. In addition to her role as the Law Division Director at UNEP, she was also the Acting Director of the Corporate Services Division.

Her previous work includes being the Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in which she oversaw the conservation of migratory animals globally.

Felipe's main experience lies in sustainable development. Before joining TNFD in October 2021, Felipe worked with the IFC in support of the Government of Colombia with the development of its green finance taxonomy.

Before that, Felipe co-founded and acted as global CEO for a sustainable development consulting network, BSD Consulting, advising a range of financial and non-financial clients across Latin America and globally on sustainable development solutions design and implementation, particularly around sustainable supply chains and sustainability reporting.

He also brings experience working closely with indigenous and rural communities as well as development agencies and standard setters to advance social justice and a healthy environment for future generations.

Felipe holds degrees in Business Administration and Management and Political Science and Government from Boston University.

Based in Miami, Felipe speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Annebeth has worked as a PR & Communications professional with for both public and private sector bodies. Before joining TNFD in July 2020, she has worked on assignments for the British Council, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, various UN bodies and FinTech and Tech4Good start-ups. In-house, she headed up the communications for the World Travel & Tourism Council and worked as a researcher and editor for two publishers.

She holds an MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam and a BSc in Political History & International Relations from Utrecht University.

Based in The Hague, Annebeth speaks Dutch, English, and Spanish.