Workshop: Aligning financial flows with the post 2020 global biodiversity framework

The post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework has the potential to promote transformative changes in global finance necessary to achieve the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature”.

9 December 2021 – 8.00-10.00am EST

Alignment of financial flows with global biodiversity goals is going to be important to the success of the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the effective implementation of the global biodiversity framework.

Building on a workshop held in June 2021, this workshop will provide more information on the concept of aligning financial flows with the objectives of the global biodiversity framework and how it can be operationalized, by sharing concrete examples and projects supported by public and private financial institutions and key partners. It will link these actions to the needs of Parties and will clarify the role of an enabling environment for the private financial sector to align its flows.

The webinar recording and the synthesis of the workshop are now available.

The post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The outputs of the workshop will inform the resumed sessions of WG2020-3 in Geneva in January 2022 on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

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She has worked with the UN Environment Programme for over two decades and was the Director of Law Division at UNEP. Prior to that, she was Deputy Director of the Ecosystems Division, in charge of coordination, operations and programme delivery.

She also served as Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. Her work at UNEP has focused on development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, including multilateral environmental agreements at national, regional and international levels.

Ms. Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme

UNEP - Ms. Inger Andersen


Inger Andersen is Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

Between 2015 and 2019, Ms. Andersen was the Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Ms. Andersen has more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability, strategy and operations. She has led work on a range of issues including agriculture, environmental management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, infrastructure, energy, transport, and water resources management and hydro-diplomacy.

Between 1999 and 2014, Ms. Andersen held several leadership positions  at the World Bank including Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa; Vice President for Sustainable Development and Head of the CGIAR Fund Council.

Prior to her 15 years at the World Bank, Ms. Andersen worked 12 years at the United Nations, first on drought and desertification, beginning with the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office. In 1992, she was appointed UNDP’s Water and Environment Coordinator for the Arab Region.

Ms. Andersen holds a Bachelors from the London Metropolitan University North and a Masters in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Mr. Simon Zadek, Chair of Finance for Biodiversity, Director of Migrant Nation, and Senior Advisor to the Task Force on Nature Related Financial Disclosure

Simon Zadek


Dr Zadek is Chair of Finance for Biodiversity, Director of Migrant Nation, and Senior Advisor to the Task Force on Nature Related Financial Disclosure. He was Head, Secretariat, UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals, Senior Advisor on Finance in the office of the UN Secretary General, and Co-Director of UNEP’s Finance Inquiry. He co-Chaired China’s Green Finance Task Force, and led the Green Finance Study Group secretariat under the Chinese, German and Argentinian G20 Presidencies.

Prior to this, he was Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum and the Global Green Growth Institute, founder and CEO of the international think tank, AccountAbility and Development Director of the New Economics Foundation.  He was Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University and the Copenhagen Business School, and has been a senior fellow at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, Harvard`s Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Southern Africa.  

He has worked with many corporations, governments and multi stakeholder initiatives on their sustainability and broader strategies, been a member of the International Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and has published extensively, including the award-winning book, The Civil Corporation.

Ms. Rachel Kyte, Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Ms. Rachel Kyte, Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University


Rachel Kyte is the 14th dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. A 2002 graduate of Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) and a professor of practice at the school since 2012, Kyte is the first woman to lead the nation’s oldest graduate-only school of international affairs, which attracts students from all corners of the globe and at all stages of their careers.

Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the run-up to the Paris Agreement. She was also vice president at the International Finance Corporation responsible for ESG risk and business advisory services.

In her U.N. role and as CEO of SEforAll, a public-private platform created by the U.N. and World Bank, Kyte led efforts to promote and finance clean, reliable and affordable energy as part of the U.N .Sustainable Development Goals. She served as co-chair of U.N. Energy.

In the 2020 UK New Year Honours, Rachel was appointed as CMG for her services to sustainable energy and combating climate change.
Kyte is a member of the U.N. secretary-general’s high-level advisory group on climate action and an advisor to the UK government for the U.N. climate talks, COP26. Kyte is co-chair of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI), chair of the FONERWA, the Rwanda Green Fund, and chair of the ESG committee of the Private Infrastructure Development Group. She advises not-for-profits, governments, and the private sector in climate, energy, and finance for sustainable development.

A British citizen, Kyte earned her undergraduate degree in history and politics from the University of London. She is a regular contributor on global media. Kyte has received numerous awards for leadership in climate and sustainable development and was named by Time magazine as one of the 15 women that were leading climate action.

Ms. Sylvie Lemmet, French Ambassador for the Environment

Ms. Sylvie Lemmet


Sylvie Lemmet was born in January 1959. She is a graduate of the HEC School of Management and the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), and she holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. Before joining the French administration, Ms Lemmet worked in the private sector, then Doctors Without Borders as Chief Financial Officer and the World Bank. She was appointed as an auditor at the French Court of Audit in April 2001 upon graduation from the French National School of Administration (ENA) (“Nelson Mandela” year), and was promoted to Special Adviser in 2004 and Chief Adviser in 2017.

She was seconded from January 2007 to October 2013 as Director of the Technology, Industry and Economy Division of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She was then Director of European and International Affairs at the French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs until February 2017, when she returned to the Court of Audit.

Ms Lemmet was a member of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) and its select formation between February 2019 and January 2021, and was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the France Relance recovery plan in October 2020.

Ms Lemmet was appointed French Ambassador for the Environment in August 2021.

She has also been a member of the Climate and Sustainable Finance Committee of the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Resolution (French supervisory and resolution authority) since October 2019.

Mr. Jan Erik Saugestad, CEO of Storebrand Asset Management

Jan Erik Saugestad


Jan Erik Saugestad is CEO of Storebrand Asset Management, a highly regarded player in the Nordic markets and a pioneer in the field of sustainable investments. Storebrand Asset Management manage NOK 1 000 bn in both private and public markets and all assets are managed accordance with a strict and innovative strategy for sustainable investments.

Mr Saugestad is a highly respected advocate for sustainable investments. His visionary approach on sustainable investments and a more sustainable society combined with in depth knowledge of financial markets has made him a very sought after panelist and speaker. Sustainable investments is to him not an option nor is it a compromise, it is the only way to do business to secure a future for all while providing a return on investments. Value beyond return.

Mr. Saugestad has broad and deep asset management experience and knowledge gained over the years holding high profile positions within the industry in companies such as Nordea, Handelsbanken and McKinsey. He holds a degree in Master of Science at NTNU in Norway and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Prior to his current role as CEO of Storebrand Asset Management, Mr. Saugestad was the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Asset allocation.

Mr. Onno Van Den Heuvel, Global Manager, UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative

Onno van den Heuvel


Onno is the Global Manager for UNDP’s Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), since 2013. He is overseeing the design of biodiversity finance plans and the implementation of over 200 financing solutions in 40 countries working with the public and private sector. He is a co-author of the BIOFIN Workbook and BIOFIN Catalogue of Biodiversity finance solutions.

He previously worked in Mongolia as UNDP’s Biodiversity Programme Officer/Environment Team leader, as senior policy officer for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a Euroconsult Mott MacDonald/EBRD policy expert for the establishment of a Clean Air Fund. Prior to this he was with UN-HABITAT’s Regional Office for Africa and Arab States. Onno holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Geography from the University of Utrecht.

Ms. Odile Conchou, Financial sector focal point, CBD

Ms. Odile Conchou


Following a PhD in Ecology, Odile Conchou has gathered more than 30 years of experience in the field of Sustainable Development. She started her career in research institutes in Ecology and Agronomy in France and Germany and then in an agro-industrial union as an environmental engineer. She then became General Secretary of a national organisation of ecological professionals and consultant in sustainable development. She joined the French Agency of Development in 2006 where she held various positions (notably Head of the Environment, Social, Governance and Impact Department of PROPARCO (AFD's private sector arm), and responsible for the development of AFD's biodiversity research program).

She is now seconded to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, as financial sector lead and TNFD focal point.

Ms. Mariuz Calvet Roquero, Director of Sustainability and Responsible Investment, Grupo Financiero Banorte

Ms. Mariuz Calvet Roquero


Mariuz has a Law and International Relations Degree, with a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Latin America. After a period in the academia and civil society organizations, she has 15 years’ experience in corporate sustainability and is now Director of Sustainability and Responsible Investment in Grupo Financiero Banorte. She is President of the Sustainability Group in the Mexican Stock Exchange, Vice-President of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the International Chamber of Commerce – Mexico.

She is part of the group of founders of the Principles for Responsible Banking with the United Nations, member of the LATAM Committee for the Principles for Responsible Investment and performed as Co-Chair for the Informal Working Group of the Task-Force for Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).

Mr. Gilles Kleitz, Director, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Water, Forests and Oceans, French Development Agency

Gilles Kleitz


Gilles Kleitz (PhD) has been working for thirty years on the links between biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. He has conducted policies and projects in different countries, including France, for the public service, research institutions, non-governmental organizations and at Agence Française de Développement. He has been advisor to several ministers, in the field of environment as well as overseas development aid. He has participated in several international negotiations. He was the director of the French Guyana National Park. Gilles KLEITZ is Senior Civil Engineer, MSc (Agronomy) and holds a doctorate in Development sciences from IDS/Sussex University. He was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

He is presently director for Biodiversity, Water, Agriculture and Oceans at the Agence Française de Développement, in Paris.

Ms. Emily McKenzie, Technical Director of Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) Secretariat

Ms. Emily McKenzie


Emily has worked for 20 years integrating nature in policy, finance, economics and decision-making. Most recently, she led the analytical team that produced the independent, global Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, based at HM Treasury – the UK economics and finance ministry.

Emily previously was 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 gained Masters degrees in International Policy at Stanford University and Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Mr. Qingfeng Zhang, Chief, Rural Development and Food Security Thematic Group, Concurrently Officer-in-Charge, Chief, Environment Thematic Group

Mr. Qingfeng Zhang


As the Chief of Rural Development & Food Security Thematic Group, Mr. Zhang is providing leadership to the formulation and implementation of the Bank’s strategy and knowledge in agriculture, natural resources and food, oversees the operationalization of the Bank’s vision on agriculture, natural resources and food in regional and country programs. Each year the Rural Development, Natural Resources and Food has $3-4 billion investment across the Bank (investments, results-based lending and policy-based lending). There are about 135 staffs in this sector across the Bank.

As the head of Environment thematic group, he is also leading the Bank’s initiatives in natural capital lab, ocean health action plan, air quality management, and East Asian Australasian Flyway.

Mr. Zhang is a Chinese national. He holds a doctoral degree in environmental engineering from the Tsinghua University; and a master’s degree in water resources management, and a bachelor’s degree in hydrology from the Sichuan University. He was also trained at the Harvard Business School through its Executive Development Program.

Mr. Basile van Havre, Co-Chair for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Open-Ended Working Group for a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Basil van Havre


Mr. Basile van Havre (Canada) is a Co-Chair for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Open-Ended Working Group for a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. He has over 27 years of experience working in Canada’s Environment Department. In addition to being Canada’s CBD focal point, his roles included Director General of Biodiversity and Partnerships and Director of Population Conservation and Management at the Canadian Wildlife Service, Chair of the CITES Elephant working group and CBD Discussions on Indigenous Knowledge and Repatriation, Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission on Great Lakes Water Quality Board, Director at the Meteorological Service of Canada.

Mr. Francis Ogwal, Co-Chair for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Open-Ended Working Group for a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Francis Ogwal


Mr. Francis Ogwal works with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Uganda as a Natural Resources Manager (Biodiversity and Rangelands). Francis has been in the field of environment/biodiversity conservation and management for over 20 years. He is Uganda’s National Focal Point for the CBD since 2005 to date.  Francis is also the Uganda’s National Focal Point for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing.

Francis represented the Africa region to the CBD COP Bureau from 2012-2014. From 2016 – 2018 Francis served as the first Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) to the CBD having been designated by COP at its thirteenth meeting in 2016. In November 2018, Francis was designated by COP at is fourteenth meeting as Co-chair of the post 2020 global biodiversity framework.