Spotlight Session

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Environmental, Social, and Governance Competent Boards: Diverse Leadership Is Better Business

SUNDAY, 8 NOVEMBER, 17:15 to 18:30 EST

The diversity dividend is now well documented, but a third of companies internationally still have no women at all on their boards - and that is just one of the dimensions boardrooms might be missing. Join global experts from Europe, North America, Latin America/Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific to hear why inclusion and diversity are critical 21st leadership competencies for the ESG challenges we face - and how to develop teams that leverage them. 

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO, Competent Boards
Helle Bank Jorgensen is the CEO of Competent Boards, which offers the global online ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program with a faculty of over 95 renowned international board members; executives and experts.

She is a strategic, as well as operational, ESG adviser to boards, executives, and investors. As an experienced board facilitator and board member, she serves on His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S (Accounting for Sustainability) Global Expert Panel as well as WBCSD Governance & Internal Oversight High-Level Advisory Group.

A business lawyer and state-authorized public accountant by training, Helle helps global companies and investors turn sustainability into strong financial results. She was the creator of the world's first Green Account based on lifecycle assessment, as well as the world's first Integrated Report and the first holistic responsible supply chain program.

Helle has written numerous thought leader pieces, is a keynote speaker and is interviewed by global media outlets. Before starting her own company, she was a partner at PwC for 11 years building and leading sustainability practices in Denmark and the US, and build the Canadian chapter of the UN Global Compact.

Valrie Grant

Managing Director, GeoTechVision
Valrie Grant is the Managing Director of GeoTechVision, a knowledge services company she founded and built into an international reliable and quality provider of a range of customized services and data-driven solutions to governments, NGOs and corporate entities. Valrie is a lifelong learner, who is passionate about Technology and Entrepreneurship and relishes every opportunity to mentor women entrepreneurs and young people. She sits on several national, regional and international Boards and Committees such as the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM): Americas Private Sector Network. Valrie is a 2020 WE Empower UN Sustainability Development Goals Challenge Awardee.

She holds a BSc. in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University , post graduate certification in Business and Entrepreneurship; and notwithstanding a pressing schedule, is currently reading for an MBA.

Mahmoud Mohieldin

UN Special Envoy on Financing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Executive Director, IMF (as of Nov. 2020)
Mohieldin, is an economist with more than 30 years of experience in international finance and development. He is the United Nations Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda.
He was the former Minister of Investment of Egypt from 2004-2010, and most recently, served as the World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships. His roles at the World Bank also included Managing Director, responsible for Human Development, Sustainable Development, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, Finance and Private Sector Development, and the World Bank Institute; World Bank President's Special Envoy on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Post-2015 Development Agenda (later, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)), and Financing for Development; and Corporate Secretary and Executive Secretary to the Development Committee of the World Bank Group's Board of Governors.

Mr. Mohieldin also served on several Boards of Directors in the Central Bank of Egypt and the corporate sector. He was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development and selected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2005. His professional experience extends into the academic arena as a Professor of Economics and Finance at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University and as a Visiting Professor at several renowned Universities in Egypt, Korea, the UAE, the UK and the USA. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Durham University Business School. He also holds leading positions in national, regional and international research centers and economic associations.

Mr. Mohieldin holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; a Master’s in Economics and Social Policy Analysis from the University of York, United Kingdom;a Diploma of Development Economics from the University of Warwick; and a B.Sc. in Economics from Cairo University. He also participated in high-level certification programmes at Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University. In 2018, the American University in Cairo conferred upon him the honorary degree of doctor of HumaneLetters “in recognition of renowned attainments and achievements”.

He has authored numerous publications and articles in leading journals in the fields of economics, finance and development in English and Arabic. 

Moderator: Amanda Ellis

Executive Director, Global Partnerships for the ASU Global Futures Laboratory
Amanda Ellis is Executive Director, Global Partnerships for the ASU Global Futures Laboratory. She is former New Zealand Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2013-16) and Prime Minister's Special Envoy. An economist by training, Amanda held senior roles at the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and Westpac Banking Corporation. Amanda is a founding member of the Financial Alliance for Women and the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women's economic empowerment.

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