This session examined the regulatory views around the world and the need for global standards for global investors.
Sven Gentner is Head of Unit for asset management in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for financial stability, financial services, and capital markets union.
He started his professional career in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 2004 where he has served in various positions at its Brussels headquarters and abroad. From 2004 to 2006, he was responsible for the coordination of the EU-US Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue and in the latter period, he served as a member of the private office of Commissioner Charlie McCreevy. From 2007 to 2011, he was Executive Assistant to the Director General of Directorate-General Internal Market and Services with a particular responsibility toward financial services. From there he was seconded to the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa to advise the AUC on building an African internal market, before spending the next year as head of unit for human resources and planning in DG Internal Market and Services. From 2013 to 2015, Sven was a counsellor in the Economic and Financial Affairs Section of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. He dealt with EU-US regulatory issues and TTIP negotiations in financial services.
Sven holds Master’s degrees in economics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, and the University of York, UK.
Janine Guillot is chief executive of the Value Reporting Foundation. As CEO, her priorities are to increase use of Integrated Thinking Principles, the Integrated Reporting Framework and the SASB Standards by companies and investors around the world and to advance progress towards a globally accepted comprehensive corporate reporting system. Guillot was CEO of SASB before becoming CEO of the Value Reporting Foundation.
Prior to joining SASB, she served as chief operating investment officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). She has held senior leadership positions at Barclays Global Investors and Bank of America. At Barclays Global Investors, she served as chief operating officer for BGI’s European and global fixed income businesses. At Bank of America, she served in chief financial officer and chief administrative officer roles for retail and commercial business units. A graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU), she began her career as a technical accountant and auditor with Ernst & Young.
In recognition for her leadership at the intersection of sustainability, accounting and finance, Guillot was selected as a 2020 NACD Directorship 100 Honoree and named to the 2020 Business Insider’s 100 People Transforming Business list.
Carine Smith Ihenacho is responsible for the governance and compliance area, which includes ownership and responsible investment activities, control and operational risk, compliance and legal services.
Ihenacho was appointed chief governance and compliance officer in October 2020. She joined Norges Bank Investment Management in August 2017 as global head of ownership strategies and was promoted to chief corporate governance officer in January 2018.
Prior to joining Norges Bank Investment Management, Ihenacho was vice president legal and chief compliance officer in Statoil ASA. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, working in both financials and the oil and gas industry, as well as in law firms. She also has extensive board experience.
Ihenacho holds a law degree from the University of Oslo, a Master of Law from Harvard Law School and a Master of Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).cal engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
White is responsible for the content across all Conexus Financial’s institutional media and events. She is responsible for directing the bi-annual Fiduciary Investors Symposium which challenges global investors on investment best practice and aims to place the responsibilities of investors in wider societal, and political contexts, as well as promote the long-term stability of markets and sustainable retirement incomes. She is the editor of conexust1f.flywheelstaging.com, the online news and analysis site for the world’s largest institutional investors. White has been an investment journalist for more than 20 years and has edited industry journals including Investment & Technology, Investor Weekly and MasterFunds Quarterly. She was previously editorial director of InvestorInfo and has worked as a freelance journalist for the Australian Financial Review, CFO, Asset and Asia Asset Management. She has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney. She was previously a columnist for the Canadian publication, Corporate Knights, which is distributed by the Globe and Mail and The Washington Post. White is currently a fellow in the Finance Leaders Fellowship at the Aspen Institute. The two-year program consists of 22 fellows and seeks to develop the next generation of responsible, community-spirited leaders in the global finance industry.