FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
FaithInvest has a small core team of staff supported by consultants and advisors around the world. The team brings together people with significant experience in engaging faith groups, alongside those with extensive backgrounds in socially responsible investing, asset management and shareholder advocacy.
Founding President &
Interim Chief Executive
Martin Palmer was the Secretary General of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) until June 2019. ARC was founded with HRH Prince Philip in 1995 to help faiths develop environmental and conservation projects based on their own beliefs and practices. Although ARC closed in 2019, having achieved its major goals, its legacy includes FaithInvest and WWF's International Beliefs and Values Programme. Martin is an international specialist on all major faiths and religious traditions and cultures. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books on religious and environmental topics. He has translated many ancient Chinese texts, is a regular contributor to the BBC, and is a lay preacher in the Church of England. He has been working with the faiths on their investment programmes since 2001.
Catherine Arnold is a theologian, scholar of Islam, former diplomat and currently Master of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, UK. She joined the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2006 and was posted to Oman, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, including three years as the UK's Ambassador to Mongolia. She was then appointed Head of the FCO's Illegal Wildlife Trade Unit, delivering the high profile 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference. In 2019, she led the Cabinet Office's successful campaign to secure the UK as host for COP26. She is the first woman to hold the post of Master of St Edmund's College.
Pippa Arnold has been organising international, multi-faith, environmental events for over a decade. She worked for the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), organising events in partnership with the UN, Norwegian Government and Buckingham Palace, among others, and in locations ranging from Ise, Japan, to Nairobi, Kenya. She is a Trustee of the UK-based charity Faith in Water, which works to deliver clean water and good hygiene to faith communities. She has a degree in Geography from Sussex University, UK. She combines huge efficiency with an ability to remain calm and cheerful under pressure.
Head of Finance & Administration
Zack Bellekom was Project Manager for a micobiological laboratory before joining FaithInvest and previously worked in the wine industry in New Zealand. Zack joined FaithInvest having helped out at a number of events organised by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and become intrigued by the role of faiths in environmental action. He manages our finance and administration and is the essential backbone that keeps FaithInvest upright. His degree is in Business Management from Kingston University, London.
Mark Campanale is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, an independent financial think tank carrying out in-depth analysis on the impact of energy transition on capital markets. He has been a leading figure in ethical investments for over 30 years, co-founding some of the first reponsible investment funds at Jupiter Asset Management, NPI, AMP Capital and Henderson Global Investor. He is a founding director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum and has served on numerous international bodies, from UNEP's Financial Sector Initiative to the steering group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's working group on finance.
Director of Strategy and Investment Research
Mike Even is an investment professional with more than 35 years' industry experience. He was the Chairman of Man Numeric Investors in Boston, US, and a member of the Man Group Executive Committee. He worked for Citigroup for nine years, building a global asset management organisation. After Citi merged with Travelers, he became global CIO of the Private Bank and then global CIO for, and co-head of, Citigroup Asset Management, overseeing investment teams running more than $500B in client assets. In 2002, Mike's work with Citi Private Bank's European clients brought him into contact with ARC and Martin Palmer, and ignited his interest in faith-based investing, leading to a decade and a half of collaboration. He serves on the investment committees of the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Management Board and the Trustees of the Reservation.
Director of Membership
Nana Francois is a financial services, investments and strategy expert with more than 15 years of experience in the UK and South Africa. Her background includes public and private company valuation in asset management, hedge fund and management consultant roles, presenting investment opportunities to fund managers and other decision makers, and implementing investment decisions. Before joining FaithInvest, she was Head of Stragey and Business Performance for Barclays Africa Group/Absa in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a rated equity research analyst with JP Morgan in London, UK. She supports Africa Works, a church-based enterprise in South Africa, is an Executive Director for the Women's DNA Fund and is a Tustee of the Finance Innovation Lab.
Director of Movement Building
Lorna Gold has over two decades' experience of engaging faiths on environmental, climate and economic justice. She worked at a senior level in Trocaire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. She is a leading voice on faith-consistent investing within the Catholic Church and supported the Irish Bishops' Conference to divest from fossil fuels in 2018. She is Acting Chair of the Board of Directors of the Glboal Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), a member of the Vatican's Covid Commission Economics Taskforce. She lectures part-time in climate justice and social policy at Maynooth University, Ireland. Her publications include New Financial Horizons – The Emergence of an Economy of Communion (NCP, 2011) and Climate Generation – Awakening our Children's Future (NCP, 2018).
Mathew Jensen has two decades of engaging institutional investors and consultants worldwide. His expertise includes business creation and expansion, product development and management, and consulting across global institutional markets. His background includes Chief Operating Officer for Liberty Cove Investors, Boston, US; Director of Research and Development for Fidelity Management and Research Company, Boston, US; and Investment Director for Wellington Management, Boston, US, and London, UK. He is based in the US, where he is Director of Faith Bridge Consulting, and supports our Membership Team on member engagement.
Sarah Scott-Wilds is our super efficient and talented Executive Assistant. She has worked for senior executives across a variety of industries. Her previous roles include PA to the Head of Global Information Services, PA to the Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacogivilance at Mundipharma Research Ltd, and Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Adtrak LLP, among others. She worked in finance for a decade (at management accounts level) and also lived and worked in Spain for several years. Analytically minded, with excellent interpersonel skills, she thrives in a fast-paced, challenging environment. She has a Law LLB Hons from Buckinghamshire New University.
Michael Shackleton is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Osaka Gakuin University in Japan, and has a special interest in religion and the environment. He was involved in the work of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) from its earliest days. He acts as FaithInvest's advisor, providing key liaison and support on Asian faith groups.
Head of Communications
Susie Weldon was an award-winning journalist for two decades, working in the UK and Hong Kong, before moving into international development where she specialised in communications and project development. She has 12 years' experience of working with faith groups on environmental issues. She headed the Faith in Food programme for the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and is a co-founder of the UK charity Faith in Water, which works with faith communities on water, sanitation and hygiene, and girls' education. She is co-author of Faith in Food: Changing the world one meal at a time.
Helping the faiths engage with and inspire the investing world.
Helping the investing world navigate and support the faiths.