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European Commission paves way for green accounting standards

Janine von Wolfersdorff
27 April 2021

Companies and auditors must build Paris agreement into financial accounts…

Building financial resilience in small island states

Emma McGarthy

Mauritius is tackling climate change head on…

Risk management opportunities: climate change and Covid-19

Steve Bowen

19 April 2021 
The past year has shown the impact of interconnected events on a global scale…

Net-zero central banking gathers momentum

Nick Robins, Simon Dikau and Ulrich Volz

It’s time for a coordinated international response from monetary and financial authorities…

Biden’s climate challenges: China, data, turf wars

Danae Kyriakopoulou, David Marsh and Mark Sobel

Beyond the carbon summit, US – like EU – juggles competing interests…

Emerging markets embrace sustainable bond agenda

Phil Moore

The pandemic has intensified innovation in capital markets…

Designing financial systems for a healthy planet

Margaret Kuhlow and Thomas Vellacott
8 April 2021
The financial sector is starting to respond to the threat of climate change…

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Membership of the Sustainable Policy Institute includes the following benefits:


SPI members include central banks, sovereign funds, pension funds, insurance companies, commercial banks, asset managers, consultancies and data providers.


Membership deliverables vary and can align with members’ objectives and priorities. These mainly include:

  • attendance of SPI meetings, including exclusive roundtable discussions, seminars, lectures, launches and panel discussions
  • attendance and active participation at the annual SPI symposium
  • attendance of private SPI briefing sessions to hear and discuss the latest ESG focused intelligence behind the headlines
  • receipt of SPI analysis, including daily Commentaries, bi-monthly SPI Journals and thematic research papers
  • opportunity to contribute to SPI research material and collaborate on joint research papers
  • opportunity to speak at SPI meetings or co-host a joint meeting

For membership enquiries, please contact Mingiyan.Shalkhakov@omfif.org

Advisory council

Marcus Pratsch
Head of Sustainable Bonds and Finance, DZ BANK

Marcus has been working in the financial industry since 1996 and has more than 15 years of experience in Sustainable Finance. Since January 2019 he is heading the Sustainable Bonds & Finance team and is responsible for the sustainable capital market business of DZ BANK AG. Prior to this, he served for more than 10 years as DZ BANK‘s Head of Sustainable Investment Research.



Sherry Madeira
Chief Industry & Government Affairs Officer at Refinitiv

Sherry Madera joined Refinitiv as the Chief Industry and Government Affairs Officer in March 2019 from City of London where she was Economic Ambassador to Asia and Special Advisor. After the merger of Refinitiv and London Stock Exchange Group, Sherry now leads a team across all the LSEG divisions including Capital Markets, Post Trade and Data & Analytics.

Sherry is a unique combination of ex-investment banker and ex-diplomat. Previously, as Minister-Counsellor at the British Embassy in Beijing, Sherry was responsible for promoting trade and investment between the UK and China.


Eoin Murry
Head of Investment and a member of the Executive Committee at Hermes Investment

Eoin is Head of Investment and a member of the Executive Committee. Eoin also leads the Investment Office, which is responsible to clients for the investment teams’ consistent delivery of responsible, risk-adjusted performance and adherence to the processes which earned them their ‘kitemarks’. He is also the Executive sponsor for Diversity, Equality & Inclusion.


Danae Kyriakopoulou
Chief Economist and Director of Research at OMFIF
As OMFIF’s Chief Economist, Danae Kyriakopoulou provides intellectual leadership and direction to the organisation’s economic research agenda. Her role involves undertaking and presenting her own research, representing OMFIF and its members at external policy and academic conferences and seminars, publishing in in-house and external publications and the media, and maintaining strong links between OMFIF and its Advisers Network. Her team ensures that OMFIF’s economic research agenda continues to put the organisation at the forefront of understanding the economic and strategic issues facing Global Public Investors.

Prior to joining OMFIF she was Managing Economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research where she led the organisation’s global research. She has also served as Economic Adviser to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales for the regions of sub-Saharan Africa and Greater China and has worked at the Research Department of the Bank of Greece.

She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Brasenose College, Oxford, and an MSc in Economics for Development from the Oxford Department for International Development. She is fluent in German, Greek and Spanish.


Emma McGarthy
Programmes Manager, Sustainable Policy at OMFIF

Emma is Programmes Manager, Sustainable Policy. She is responsible for researching trends, developing relationships and programming meetings for the Sustainable Policy Institute.

Prior to joining OMFIF, Emma worked for several years as a conference producer, developing and running international conferences in the tech, legal and finance sectors, leading on content, research and building key industry relationships. Before this, she was a team leader for a local community development project based in Kenya.

Emma has a MSc in International Development from the University of Amsterdam, and a BSc in History and American Studies from Sussex University.


Levine Thio
Research and programmes, Asia Pacific at OMFIF

Levine Thio is Research and Programmes, Asia Pacific at OMFIF, working on sustainability, environmental, social and governance issues in the finance landscape. She is also helping with reports relating to fintech. Prior to joining OMFIF, she interned at the Institute of Policy Studies, Social Lab, part of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

She holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the National University of Singapore.


Meetings are geared primarily to SPI members and are subject to the OMFIF Rules.