FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
FaithInvest's team brings together people with significant experience in engaging faith groups as well as those with extensive backgrounds in socially responsible investing, asset management and shareholder advocacy.
Martin Palmer, 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. He is the author and editor of more 20 than books on religious and environmental topics. He has translated many ancient Chinese texts, is a regular contributor to the BBC and a lay preacher in the Church of England. He has been working with the faiths on their investment programmes since 2001 and helped found the International Interfaith Investment Group (3iG) in 2005.
Michael Even, Director of Strategy and Investment Research
Mike Even is an investment professional with more than 35 years' industry experience. Most recently he was the Chairman of Man Numeric Investors in Boston and a member of the Man Group Executive Committee. Before Numeric 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 eventually, 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’s Private Bank’s European clients brought him into contact with ARC 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 and on several boards.
Nana Francois, Director of Membership
Nana Francois is a financial services, investments and strategy expert with more than 15 years' 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 Strategy and Business Performance for Barclays Africa Group/Absa in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a rated equity research analyst with JP Morgan in London. She supports Africa Works, a church-based enterprise in South Africa; is an Executive Director for the Women’s DNA fund; and is a Trustee of the Finance Innovation Lab.
Zack Bellekom, Head of Admin and Operations
Zack Bellekom was a Project Manager for a microbiological laboratory before joining FaithInvest and previously spent some time working in the wine industry in New Zealand. Zack manages all aspects of our administration and operations with great zeal and energy, and is the essential backbone that keeps FaithInvest upright and working efficiently.
CONSULTANTS AND ADVISORS
FaithInvest also benefits from a team of consultants and advisors.
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 the energy transition on capital markets. He has been a leading figure in ethical investments for over 30 years, co-founding some of the first responsible investment funds at Jupiter Asset Management, NPI, AMP Capital and Henderson Global Investor. He is a founder director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum and has served on numberous 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.
Catherine Arnold is a theologian, scholar of Islam, former diplomat and currently Master of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, in the UK. She joined the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2006 and was posted to Oman, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. She served as British Ambassador to Mongolia from 2015 to 2018, after which she was 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.
Dr Lorna Gold is a climate campaigner, author and advocacy and research professional, with two decades' experience working at a senior level in advocacy leadership and management in Trocaire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. She is vice chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and lectures in climate justice and social policy in Maynooth University, Ireland. She heads FaithInvest's Laudato Si' Entrepreneurship Programme.
Pippa Arnold is our go-to events guru. She has been organising multifaith, environmental events for the past 10 years, working with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, the United Nations, the Norwegian Government, Buckingham Palace, among others. She combines huge efficiency with an ability to remain calm and even cheerful under pressure.
Michael Shackleton is Associate Professor of Social & 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.
Susie Weldon leads on FaithInvest's communications. She was an award-winning journalist for two decades before moving into international development. She worked for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, before specialising in communications and project management for the charity sector. She is a co-founder of the UK NGO, Faith in Water, which works with faith schools and communities on water, sanitation and hygiene and on enabling more girls to stay in education. She has 10 years' experience of working with faith groups.
Shaunaka Rishi Das
Oxford Centre for
Susan Smith Makos
Mercy Investment Services,
Julie Hammerman is the Executive Director & Founder of JLens, a network of over 9,000 individual and institutional investors who seek to apply a Jewish lens to the modern context of values-based impact investing. She is inspired by the use of investment capital and business as a force for good in the world. She oversees JLens educational, advocacy, and advisory services. She began her career 19 years ago in investment banking on Wall Street, and later served as an investment advisor at JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch. She was on the founding team of a for-profit social enterprise focused on women's health. Most recently she was the Impact Investment Strategist at a multi-family office where she implemented customised impact portfolios. She is a Wexner Foundation Jewish Heritage alum, an UpStart incubator graduate, a Cordes fellow, and has served on the boards of the Federation, ADL, and the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Shaunaka Rishi Das has been Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies since 1997 and Hindu Chaplain to Oxford University, since 2009. In 2013 he was appointed by the Government of India to be a member of the International Advisory Council of the Auroville Foundation, and was Member of The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, Woolf Institute, Cambridge from 2013 -2015. He has served as Founder Trustee of Bhaktivedanta College, Belgium, Chair of the Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum, Trustee of the Interfaith Network UK, Editor, ISKCON Communications Journal and Convenor of the ISKCON Interfaith Commission.
Susan Smith Makos joined Mercy Investment Services in November 2008 and is vice president of social responsibility. She has more than 10 years of experience in shareholder advocacy and socially responsible investing. She served in a variety of leadership roles in more than 20 years with Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners), a health system based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She served as a member of the board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility from 2008-2014, and as its board chairperson from 2010-2012. She also served on the board of a Wisconsin-based health system from 2004-2016. She has a BA cum laude in mathematics and Spanish from Kenyon College and a juris doctor degree cum laude from Indiana University. She is licensed to practice law in Ohio.
Dave Zellner has been with Wespath since 1997 and is responsible for the entire Investments Division, comprised of Investment Management, Investment Services and Sustainable Investment Strategies. Former employers include Shell Oil Company, where he managed equity portfolios for Shell’s retirement plans and Investment Research Company (an investment management firm) where he was a portfolio manager and responsible for managing the firm’s investment operations. As CIO, Dave is responsible for executing and administering Wespath’s investment program as directed by its Investment Strategy Statement and Statement of Administrative Investment Policy.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FaithInvest was founded as a result of a landmark meeting of faith investors, investment specialists, the United Nations and NGOs in Zug, Switzerland in October 2017. Following the Zug meeting, a development committee, made up of faith-based members and investment professionals, was formed to shape FaithInvest. We became a legal entity in spring 2019 and achieved charitable status in December 2019.
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