The Future FirstSM Forum brings together industry experts, academics and BNY Mellon thought leaders to discuss how the industry is working, investing and collaborating to safeguard a more sustainable future.
Governor, Bank of England (2013-2020)
Economist and former banker, Mark Carney has spent his life in various financial roles, in both the public and private sector. His experiences as governor of the Bank of England (2013-2020), governor of the Bank of Canada (2008-2013), and now as UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, offer him a unique position to provide tangible action plans for leaders, companies and countries to transform the value of the market back into the value of humanity.
During his thirteen-year career with Goldman Sachs, Carney helped post-apartheid South Africa gain access to international bond markets and advised Russia as it navigated a financial crisis in 1998. Carney was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada in August 2003. In November 2004, he left the Bank of Canada to become Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Finance, where he implemented a policy to tax income trusts at the source. He was appointed as Governor of the Bank of Canada during the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, taking immediate action, he reduced interest rates before most other countries and continued to hold rates down for 12 months after, a groundbreaking move that supported Canadian credit markets and business confidence. As a result of Carney’s actions, Canada was able to return to prerecession levels of output and employment earlier than others in the G7.
In 2012 U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne stunned observers when he declared that Carney would succeed Lord Mervyn King as governor of the Bank of England, marking the first time that a non-Briton was appointed to the position. Carney quickly adopted the “forward guidance” strategy he had applied in Canada—navigating the United Kingdom through falling unemployment rates, rising interest rates, and Brexit. He is credited with focusing attention on modern challenges including digital currencies and climate change, launching the bank’s first climate-related stress tests. He stepped down as governor of the Bank of England when his term ended in 2020.
His upcoming book set to be released in 2021, VALUE(S): Building a Better World for All, is a meditation on his experiences that examines the short-comings and challenges of the market in the past decade which he argues has led to rampant, public distrust and the need for radical change.
Carney earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and went on to receive both a master’s degree and doctorate in Economics from Oxford University. He now resides in Ottawa, Canada.
Rodolfo Araujo, CFA
Senior Managing Director, Head of Corporate Governance & Activism, FTI Consulting
Rodolfo Araujo serves as Senior Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting and is based in Washington. He is the head of the segment’s Corporate Governance and Activism practice.
Mr. Araujo advises companies of all sizes on investor engagement, contested proxy campaigns, and mergers & acquisitions. He also advises companies on ESG practices, including benchmarking to best practices and peers, ESG strategy and program development, and stakeholder engagement.
In activism defense, Mr. Araujo recently supported Detour Gold efforts to prevent shareholder opposition from disrupting its transaction with Kirkland Lake, provided counsel to Cincinnati Bell in its interactions with activists and its go-private transaction, and helped to successfully defend Argo Group in a proxy fight with Voce Capital.
Prior to joining FTI, Mr. Araujo was a Vice President in ISS’ Special Situations Research Group, where he advised on approximately 100 contested situations. His role at ISS focused on providing analysis and voting recommendations on proxy fights for board seats, including Procter & Gamble, Arconic, ADP, General Motors, and Buffalo Wild Wings; as well as contested M&A transactions and hostile takeover attempts, including Broadcom/Qualcomm, Dell Technologies’ conversion into Dell Class C, Cigna/Express Scripts, Rite Aid/Albertsons, PrivateBancorp/CIBC, Ensco/Rowan, EQT/Rice, and Hyundai Mobis/Glovis. He was also responsible for structuring the financial analysis framework that ISS uses to evaluate both contested and uncontested M&A transactions.
Prior to ISS, Mr. Araujo served as a Research Analyst at Sands Capital, a growth-oriented global asset manager with approximately $50 billion under management. Rodolfo joined Sands Capital from INCA Investments, a value-oriented equity hedge fund with a focus on Latin America, where he served as an Investment Analyst.
Mr. Araujo holds an M.B.A. from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, M.A. in Marketing from ESPM, and a B.A. in Communication from Catholic University of Salvador. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Global Head of Enterprise Innovation and CIO for Corporate Technology, BNY Mellon
Hans Brown is the Head of Enterprise Innovation and Chief Information Officer for Corporate Technology at BNY Mellon. In his role as Head of Enterprise Innovation, Hans is responsible for global Innovation Centers focused on rapid experimentation on new ideas and developing products and services in collaboration with clients, fintechs, “big tech” companies and internal teams. He is also responsible for BNY Mellon’s partnership strategy creating partnerships and principal investments with startups and external stakeholders to deliver new capabilities, products, content that enable the company and its clients to be successful. As Chief Information Officer for Corporate Technology, Hans is responsible for the delivery and transformation of the technology supporting Human Resources, Finance, Risk, Compliance, Regulatory, Legal and Corporate Treasury within BNY Mellon. Hans is a member of BNY Mellon’s Technology Executive Council, the Asset Serving and Digital Executive Committee, and the Enterprise Digital Council. He also serves on the Board of Symphony and on the Strategic Advisory Council of the ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN).
Hans holds a Master’s in International Technology Management from the University of Warwick, England, and a Master’s in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Liverpool, England.
Hillhouse Professor, Yale University
Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments in the Yale School of the Environment and the Law School with a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He also serves as Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (www.yale.edu/envirocenter) and as Director of the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance. Professor Esty is the author or editor of fourteen books (including the prizewinning guide to corporate sustainability, Green to Gold) and dozens of articles on environmental and energy policy -- and their connections to regulatory approaches, corporate strategy, sustainability performance measurement, competitiveness, trade, and economic success. His (edited) volume, A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future, was named a top book of 2019 by The Financial Times and his most recent book, Values at Work: Sustainable Investing and ESG Reporting has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.
From 1989-93, Professor Esty served in a number of senior positions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During this time, he led EPA’s regulatory review process and helped to negotiate the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change. From 2011-14, he returned to government service as Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. In this role, he led efforts to draft Connecticut’s first energy strategy, launch a Green Bank to promote clean energy, and restructure the state’s regulatory programs. Known for his innovative work at the business-sustainability interface, Professor Esty has also provided strategy advice to companies, governments, international organizations, NGOs, and foundations around the world.
Dr. Leila Fourie
Chief Executive Officer, Johannesburg Stock Exchange
With over 25 years of international experience, primarily in financial services, Leila Fourie has served on multiple boards and held senior roles in banking, capital markets and payments.
Leila was appointed as CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange effective 1 October 2019. Prior to this role, she held the role of CEO of the Australian Payments Network.
Leila served as Executive responsible for Consumer Finance at Australia’s largest bank, The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and served as the NSW Vice President of the Economic Society of Australia and on the Board Audit Committee of Lifeline Australia.
Before moving to Australia, Leila served on the Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as Executive Director. Leila previously worked for one of South Africa’s largest banks, Standard Bank as Card Division Managing Director. During this time, she served as Chairman on the board of Diners Club and Board Member on Discover’s Chicago-based Diners Club International Advisory board. Leila started in Standard Bank’s Investment Bank as Global Director Credit analytics, capital and portfolio management for SA, UK, Hong Kong, Russia, Brazil and Argentina.
Leila has a PhD in Economic and Financial Sciences and won the Economic Society South Africa Founders’ award in 2012 for best Masters Economics thesis in the country. Leila has published several articles in academic journals and actively advocates for policy development in various sectors.
Executive Chairman, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)
Jessica Fries is Executive Chairman of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2004. She has led A4S since 2008, working with the finance community to catalyze a shift to a sustainable economy, with a focus on practical actions and targeted interventions capable of achieving global change. While at A4S, Jessica has been responsible for establishing the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), as well as A4S’s CFO Leadership Network and capital markets programme. Previously, Jessica held a number of roles at PwC advising a wide range of companies, governments, investors and not-for-profit organizations. Jessica has written extensively on ways to integrate sustainability into business and finance, and has been a member of a number of International, European and UK Government Committees, including the UK Treasury’s Sustainability Reporting Steering Committee, the European Commission’s Expert Group on Non-Financial Disclosure and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Advisory Group. She is currently a member of the IIRC Governance and Nominations Committee, the Smith School Global Sustainable Finance Advisory Council, the UN Global Assessment Report Advisory Council and the Global Reporting Initiative. Jessica is a chartered accountant, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Chief Executive Officer, BNY Mellon
Todd Gibbons currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon. Prior to that, Todd had been a Vice Chairman of BNY Mellon and CEO of Clearing, Markets and Client Management. In that role he oversaw the Pershing clearing business; the trading, financing, collateral and liquidity management solutions delivered through the Markets business; treasury services and commercial payment activities; the U.S. government securities clearance and U.S. tri-party repo businesses delivered through BNY Mellon Government Securities Services Corp; credit services; global client management; and regional area management. From 2008 through 2017, he served as CFO. Previously, for six years he was Chief Risk Policy Officer, overseeing credit, operational and market risk management of the company and The Bank of New York.
Todd also served as CFO of The Bank of New York for almost a year prior to the merger. He first joined The Bank of New York in 1986 and held top management positions in the capital markets business, including head of global treasury, with responsibility for asset and liability management, funding, money market trading, swaps and derivative products. Prior to joining The Bank of New York, he was assistant treasurer at Handy and Harman, a leading refiner, processor and fabricator of precious metals.
Todd is a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee. He also serves on the advisory board of Wake Forest University's Business School. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Pace University.
Global Head of Sustainable Finance, London Stock Exchange Group
David is responsible for sustainability and green finance integration into services and client propositions across London Stock Exchange Group.
He has worked in sustainable investment for 20 years and has held a variety of industry positions, including being a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance. David is an Advisory Board member of the Oxford University led UK Centre for Greening Finance & Investment, he has also been a Vice-Chair of UKSIF, serving on Advisory Committees for the UN backed PRI and EuroSIF, City of London’s Green Finance Initiative, and he Chaired the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange's work to develop both Model ESG and Climate Reporting Guidance. His career started with ADL’s Environment & Risk Practice, and PwC's climate change consulting business.
Victor L. Hymes
Managing Member, Legato Capital Management LLC
Victor L. Hymes is a Managing Member of Legato Capital Management, LLC, an investment management company he founded in 2004. Legato utilizes entrepreneurial investment managers to create customized solutions for institutional clients.
Mr. Hymes graduated from Oberlin College, having focused in the areas of music and mathematics. After teaching in the Ohio Public School System, he entered the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received his MBA. He began his post-graduate career at Goldman, Sachs & Company. Following Goldman, he continued in investment banking at Kidder, Peabody & Company.
Mr. Hymes began his career in the investment management industry at Scudder, Stevens & Clark, Inc., managing investment portfolios for corporate and public pension funds, eleemosynary and Taft-Hartley clients. Later, he directed Scudder’s West Coast fixed income group and was a frequent speaker on the topic of mortgage derivatives. His article entitled “Derivatives, Wagnerian Opera and Other Related Topics,” was published by the Retirement Journal of the State of California. Following Scudder’s reorganization as Zurich Scudder Investments, Inc., Mr. Hymes headed Zurich’s $80 billion North American institutional business. After ten years with Zurich, he spent one year with Cazenave Partners, LLC, before founding Legato.
Mr. Hymes is a former member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees, where he served as Chair of the Investment Committee. At the conclusion of his six-year term as Chair, Oberlin’s Endowment was named winner of the 2010 Nonprofit Award for Excellence by Foundation & Endowment Money Management. Mr. Hymes served with distinction on the boards of Oberlin College and Earthjustice where each has recognized him as a lifetime Honorary Trustee. He is a former director of Montgomery Street Income Securities, a closed-end mutual fund; former member of the Board of the U.C. Merced Foundation; San Francisco Performances, where he served as Board Chair; the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, where he served as Chair of the Investment Committee, and a former member of the Board of Trustees and Investment Committee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Presently, he is an Independent Director at Principal Funds, Inc., where he serves on the Audit Committee. At the Brookings Institution, Mr. Hymes Chairs the Metropolitan Council, and the Budget & Finance Committee. He recently returned to the Board of Earthjustice, where he serves on their Finance, Investment and DEI Committees.
Dean and Harold Bierman Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University
Andrew Karolyi is Professor of Finance and holder of the Harold Bierman Jr. Distinguished Professorship in Management at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business. He currently serves as Acting Dean. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Economics in Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences. He joined Cornell University in 2009 after having taught for 19 years at Ohio State University.
His research specializes in the area of investment management with a focus on the study of international financial markets. He has published extensively in journals in Finance and Economics, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies, and has published several books and monographs. His book, Cracking the Emerging Markets Enigma (Oxford University Press), was published in 2015.
He is a past recipient of the Michael Jensen Prize for Corporate Finance and Organizations, the Fama/DFA Prize for Capital Markets and Asset Pricing, and the William F. Sharpe Award for Scholarship in Finance. In 2017, he was elected as a Fellow of the Financial Management Association International. He is a Fellow of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability and Senior Fellow of the Asian Bureau for Finance and Economic Research.
Professor Karolyi served as Editor and then Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies from 2011 to 2018, one of the top tier journals in Finance. He is a past president of the Western Finance Association, past president and trustee of the Financial Management Association, and formerly a member of board of directors of the American Finance Association.
Professor Karolyi received his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Economics from McGill University in 1983 and worked at the Bank of Canada for several years in their Research Department. He subsequently studied for his MBA and PhD degrees in Finance at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago
Executive Managing Director, Chief Impact Officer, Pathstone
Erika is the Chief Impact Officer at Pathstone. She joins the Pathstone team from Cornerstone Capital Group (acquired by Pathstone in 2021), the sustainable and impact investment advisory firm she founded in 2013.
Erika founded Cornerstone Capital Group to bring the disciplines of finance, economics and sustainability to bear in pursuit of a more regenerative and inclusive form of capitalism. Over the course of her 25-plus years on Wall Street, Erika developed a deep belief in environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis as a critical input to investment decision-making.
Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank. She chaired the Global Investment Review Committee, served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee, and served on the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board.
Her work has been featured by media including Bloomberg, The Guardian, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, and Forbes. Erika speaks on sustainable investing and finance at venues around the world including the UN Global Compact, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Clinton Global Initiative, the Wharton School, the NYSE, the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD), the Aspen Institute, the White House, and many other forums. Erika holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School. She recently joined the Board of Directors of Conscious Capitalism.
Founding Board member, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Advisor to the Humanity United’s Know The Chain initiative
Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council
Member of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Council
United Nations General Assembly Speaker and Global Compact Board Advisor
Advisor to former Clinton Global Initiative Market-Based Approaches team; plenary speaker at 2014 Winter Meeting
Served on World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Financing & Capital
Served on Program Design Advisory Council, Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program, Innovating for Sustainability
Has been named among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne, one of the “Purpose Economy 100,” the “Good 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are “Transforming Wall Street.” Named by Worth Magazine’s “Groundbreakers 2020: 50 Women Changing the World.” Received Babson College’s 2019 Lewis Institute Centennial Social Innovator Award
Global Head of Business Applications, Data and Analytics Solutions, BNY Mellon
Corinne Neale is Global Head of Business Applications for BNY Mellon Data & Analytics Solutions. She is responsible for leading the development of next generation data and analytics capabilities for assets owners and asset managers, with a focus on currently unmet needs in an open cloud-enabled ecosystem powered by BNY Mellon state of the art technology.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Corinne worked for BlackRock, Credit Suisse, Fitch-Algorithmics, Bankers Trust and was the President of Fintech company IQ Financial Systems Singapore that she sold to Standard & Poor’s.
Corinne earned two Master degrees respectively of Finance and Business Administration from ESCL in France and University of Connecticut. She is a regular industry thought leadership contributor with more than 10 published articles and regular industry events speaking contributions.
Head of Sustainable Investing, Newton Investment Management
Andrew Parry oversees the sustainable investment business at Newton, as well as communicating the firm’s approach to purposeful ownership to its global client base. He joined Newton in 2019, prior to which he was head of sustainable investing at Hermes Investment Management where he gained a deep knowledge of responsible investment, sustainability and impact investing. Andrew has over 30-years of investment experience operating at a senior level previously working at Northern Trust, Julius Baer Investment Management, Lazard Brothers Asset Management and Baring Asset Management. He is also a member of the investment committee of the Trafalgar House Pension Trust and has had a variety of external advisory roles, including mentoring of individuals.
David L. Rozumek
Senior Financial Sector Expert, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
David Rozumek is a Senior Financial Sector Expert in Financial Supervision and Regulation Division of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department. He has participated in a range of missions, from technical assistance, through FSAPs, including as a mission chief. David specializes on the climate environmental risk agenda and represents the Fund in the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Task Force on Climate Related Financial Risks (TFCR). Before taking the position in the Fund’s headquarters, David worked for one year as a bank supervision and regulation advisor in Bosnia and Hercegovina on an IMF project.
David is an expert in supervision and regulation, with more than 20 years of experience in the area. Until 2017, he was managing the Supervision Department of the Czech National Bank for more than nine years, having in portfolio supervision of banks, insurers, pension funds, collective investment schemes and other systematically important financial institutions. Until 2008, he took several roles in managerial and expert positions in banking and capital market supervision.
Since 2011, he was a Member of the Board of Supervisors of the EBA (European Banking Authority). David was elected twice a Member of the EBA Management Board. For three years, he was co-chairing the EBA Standing Committee on Regulation and Policy (SCRePol). He was also a Member of the EBA Mediation Panel. He was deeply involved in international cooperation, having one of the leading roles in coordination of supervisory activities across the EU.
David holds a master and a PhD degree in economics from Masaryk University of Brno, the Czech Republic.
Chief Executive Officer, BNY Mellon Investment Management
Hanneke Smits is CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management and a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee.
With nearly 30 years of investment experience, Hanneke was previously CEO of Newton Investment Management, a BNY Mellon Investment Management firm, from 2016 to 2020. Prior to Newton, she served on the Executive Committee at private equity firm Adams Street Partners from 2001 to 2014, having been Chief Investment Officer from 2008 to 2014. She joined Adams Street in 1997 to build out its global investment capabilities, and successfully launched its presence in Europe and Asia. Before joining Adams Street, she was an investment manager at Pantheon Ventures, and worked for Philips China Hong Kong Group.
Hanneke is a member of The Investment Association’s board, the trade body that represents UK investment managers, and serves as Chair of Impetus, a venture philanthropy organisation which backs charities to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. As part of her role with Impetus, she is Trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), founded in 2011 by The Sutton Trust in partnership with Impetus. Hanneke was also a Non-Executive Director to the Court of the Bank of England, and a co-founder and first Chair of Level 20, a not-for-profit organization set up in 2015 to inspire women to join and succeed in the private equity industry.
Originally from the Netherlands, Hanneke has a BBA from Nijenrode University and a MBA from the London Business School.
Gallus Johannes Steiger
Head of Investment Analytics, SwissRe
Gallus Steiger is Managing Director at Swiss Reinsurance Company. Joining Swiss Re in 2005, he has been working with Swiss Re Group Asset Management in various roles. Since 2018, he is heading the Investment Analytics group which is responsible for the quantitative support in shaping the investment portfolio. As part of that, he was instrumental in Swiss Re's switch of its investment portfolio to ESG benchmarks as one of the first re-/insurance companies.
He earned a Master in Mathematics from University of Fribourg and a PhD in Mathematics from ETH Zurich.
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE
Chief Executive, Green Finance Institute
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas was awarded an OBE for services to green banking and was appointed chief executive of the UK Government and City of London Corporation-backed Green Finance Institute in 2019.
Rhian was previously the global head of green banking and the founder and chair of Barclays Green Banking Council, which developed and launched Barclays’ suite of green finance products and services. These include issuance of the first green bond by a UK bank backed solely by UK assets, the first green mortgage by a major UK high street lender and establishing Barclays as the first commercial bank with a full green corporate banking proposition to complement Barclays’ existing green bond origination capabilities.
Rhian is an Emeritus Member of the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and currently co-chair of the Informal Working Group for the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). She is also a member of the UK Government’s Financial Services Trade Advisory Group, Net Zero Technology and Innovation Advisory Group and sits on the Advisory Board of the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London as well as the Broadway Initiative Advisory Board. Rhian was also a commissioner on the Zero Carbon Commission and previously sat on the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce, the Banking Environment Initiative’s Fintech Taskforce and the steering group for the United Nations Environment Programme Principles for Responsible Banking.
Rhian began her banking career at Barclays Investment Bank in 2000, spending 10 years in leveraged finance and financial sponsors coverage before holding a succession of leadership roles across Barclays Corporate Bank and Barclaycard.
She is a passionate advocate of diversity and fairness and was awarded the Barclays Woman of the Year award 2014/15 in recognition of her efforts to support the inclusion agenda both within the bank and the broader community. In both 2016 and 2017, Rhian was ranked in the Financial Times Outstanding Top 30 Global Executive LGBT Allies list.
A fluent Welsh speaker, Rhian holds a PhD in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Vice Chair of BNY Mellon, Chief Executive Officer, Global Market Infrastructure
Robin Vince is Vice Chair of BNY Mellon and CEO of Global Market Infrastructure, which includes BNY Mellon’s Clearance and Collateral Management, Treasury Services, Markets and Pershing businesses.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon in October 2020, Robin was the Chief Risk Officer of Goldman Sachs and a member of the Management Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 and held many leadership roles, including Treasurer, Head of Operations, Head of Global Money Markets, COO of the EMEA region and CEO of Goldman Sachs International Bank, among others. He also served on several key subsidiary boards and governance committees. He was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2006.
Robin is a member of National Geographic Society's Hubbard Council and serves on the Board of Advisors of The Hospital for Special Surgery.
Clinical Professor of Business and Society and Director, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business
Tensie Whelan (NYU ‘80), Clinical Professor for Business and Society, is the founder and Director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, where she brings 25 years of experience working on sustainability issues. As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she built the organization from a $4.5 million to $50 million budget, transforming the engagement of business with sustainability, recruiting 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries. Her previous work included serving as Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, Vice President of the National Audubon Society, and Managing Editor of Ambio, a journal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences. Tensie has served on numerous corporate advisory boards for companies such as Unilever and Nespresso and currently serves on the advisory boards of ESG investing firms, Arabesque and Inherent Group. She is an Advisor to the Future Economy Project for Harvard Business Review. Tensie was awarded the Stern Faculty Excellence Award in 2020.
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Global Head of Human Resources, BNY Mellon
As Global Head of Human Resources, Jolen oversees the company's global Human Resources organization and directs the strategies, policies and practices supporting the company's diverse and inclusive culture and its employees. Human Resources includes Global Impact Citizenship, which uses BNY Mellon’s reach, market influence and resources to address pressing global issues, contribute to healthy economies and make a positive impact on people around the world.
Over the course of her distinguished career, Jolen has worked at the intersection of employee relations, corporate culture and diversity, performance management and labor law. She has held leadership roles across a wide range of HR disciplines and demonstrated a commitment and passion for promoting talent in a global organization.
Jolen is a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee, the organization's most senior management body, which oversees day-to-day operations. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK).
Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Jolen served as Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Counsel, Employment and Social Responsibility for Visa. She was responsible for the strategic development and implementation of Visa’s Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy, leading a global team focused on implementation of enterprise-wide efforts to attract, develop and retain top performing talent in an inclusive work culture. She also led a team providing strategic legal support to the Global Human Resources organization, including counseling senior executives and the board of directors on employment, executive compensation and corporate governance matters.
Prior to joining Visa, she was an attorney at a Chicago law firm where she represented parties in labor and employment matters pending in state and federal court. Jolen considers herself “an attorney by training, and an HR professional by passion.”
Jolen is a top contributor and thought leader in her field. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and previously served as a director on the board of the San Francisco African American Art and Culture Complex. She has been featured as Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother magazine, profiled by Forbes Magazine as 11 Women Who Are Changing The Face of Finance, Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times and Top Diversity Executive by Black Enterprise Magazine.
Jolen is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Lawand holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Policy from Northwestern University.
Chairman of International, BNY Mellon
Hani Kablawi is Chairman of International. Hani is a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee and serves on its European and UK Bank boards.
As Chairman of International, Hani oversees the regional management teams across EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America and leads strategy development, execution and delivery of enterprise priorities across these regions.
Hani is Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), the independent financial think tank for central banks and public investment. Hani also serves on the Board of Trustees for UK charity, Breaking Barriers, whose mission is to help refugees in London acquire the knowledge, confidence and experience to obtain stable, fulfilling employment.
Since joining The Bank of New York in 1997, Hani has held a number of leadership roles in New York, London and the UAE. Hani previously worked for HSBC in New York.
Chief Executive Officer, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Catherine Keating is the CEO of BNY Mellon’s Wealth Management and Investor Solutions divisions, and a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee. She also serves as the President and a Board member of BNY Mellon, N.A., the company’s national bank subsidiary. For over two centuries, BNY Mellon has served wealthy families around the world, their businesses, family offices, endowments, and foundations. It was named “The Best Private Bank for Customer Service in the United States” in the 2019 Global Private Banking Awards. The Investor Solutions division is the company’s Multi-Asset Solutions/OCIO segment, serving institutional clients across the firm’s businesses.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Catherine was the Chief Executive Officer of Commonfund. Before Commonfund, Catherine held a variety of senior positions at J.P. Morgan over two decades, including Head of Investment Management Americas and CEO of the U.S. Private Bank, as well as serving on the firm’s Executive Committee.
Catherine is a frequent speaker on wealth and investment topics. She has been featured in interviews appearing in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, The Financial Times, Businessweek, and Institutional Investor, among others. Catherine has also appeared on CNBC, Fox, and Bloomberg TV. She has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance by Barron’s, and one of the Most Powerful Women in Finance and one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker.
Catherine is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. She serves on the boards of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation and the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, and on the investment committees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Helmsley Charitable Trust. She previously served on the boards of Villanova University (including as chair), Santander Bank and Santander Holdings USA. She earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Villanova University.
Frank La Salla
Chief Executive Officer, Investment Services, BNY Mellon
Frank La Salla is the Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon’s Issuer Services business, which includes Corporate Trust and Depositary Receipts. He is also a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee.
BNY Mellon is a leader in both businesses. BNY Mellon’s Corporate Trust business services $11 trillion in total outstanding debt for clients, providing administration and management services for all major debt categories across conventional, structured finance and specialty debt. BNY Mellon also acts as a depositary bank for more than 1,000 issuers from 64 countries and accounts for a 57 percent share of sponsored programs.
Frank became CEO of Corporate Trust in May 2017 and assumed responsibility for Depositary Receipts on January 1, 2018. He previously served as CEO of BNY Mellon’s Alternative Investment Services and Structured Products business. Prior to that, Frank was a member of the Executive Committee of Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company, where he was co-head of Global Client Relationships and head of Trading Services. Later, Frank oversaw the international financial institutions conducting business on Pershing’s U.S. platform and was responsible for all business activities outside the U.S. and for Pershing’s corporate development activity. Prior to BNY Mellon’s acquisition of Pershing in May 2003, Frank was president and chief operating officer of BNY Clearing Services LLC.
Frank was previously CEO of BHF Securities Corporation, the U.S. broker-dealer subsidiary of Germany’s BHF Bank AG, and COO of Societe Generale Securities, responsible for developing the French financial institution’s U.S. brokerage business. Frank, who has numerous industry registrations and is an active member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's Board of Arbitrators, also represents BNY Mellon on the boards of Euroclear plc., and Euroclear SA/NV.
Frank earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from The City University of New York and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Wagner College. He also holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Fordham University.
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer of Asset Servicing and Head of Digital, BNY Mellon
Roman Regelman is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Servicing and Head of Digital. He is a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee.
As CEO of Asset Servicing, Roman focuses on product strategy and development to accelerate the transformation of Asset Servicing into a more data- and analytics-led business. He’s responsible for driving end-to-end delivery of solutions to our Asset Servicing clients.
As Head of Digital, Roman sets the direction for the firm’s digital future and drives investments in our digital capabilities, including data management, analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Roman took on senior leadership roles that spanned Chief Operating Officer, Chief Digital Officer, Head of Transformation and Head of Customer Journeys. He was a Partner and Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he co-led its Financial Institutions Digital business and led Customer Journey, North American Financial Institutions Operations and Lean Practices. At BCG, he ran numerous financial institution and service company transformations, including end-to-end customer journeys, process digitization, Agile, restructuring technology and operations. Prior to BCG, he worked at Booz and Company, Bain & Company, NerveWire/Wipro, Mitchell Madison Group, One Core, GTE/BBN and Gazeta Distribution.
Roman earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from St. Petersburg State Technical University, St. Petersburg, Russia and a Master of Business Administration from Olin Graduate Business School at Babson College, Wellesley, MA. He is a recognized author and frequent commentator on digital and multiple asset servicing topics, including client journeys and AI.
Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and Global Client Management, BNY Mellon
Akash Shah is Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and Global Client Management. He is also a member of the company’s Executive Committee.
As Head of Strategy, Akash develops and implements BNY Mellon’s long-term strategic objectives, shapes external partnerships and alliances, and shapes the company’s response to the increasingly dynamic financial services ecosystem. He also oversees the firm’s global marketing and communications functions, helping to drive a dynamic, client-focused strategy across all of BNY Mellon.
As Head of Global Client Management, Akash focuses on delivering the full suite of BNY Mellon’s capabilities to our largest relationships across all segments and regions.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Akash was a partner at McKinsey & Company, advising leading financial institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He co-led McKinsey’s Capital Markets & Investment Banking practice and authored multiple reports on the firm’s perspectives on the future structure of the financial services industry.
Akash is on the board of the literary journal, The Paris Review. He is a graduate of Yale University.