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As illustrated in the 7th Colloquium, company reports will soon need to include both financial and non-financial (sustainability) information. Practically, this data is not readily available and the experience to report on this data is scarce. In most cases, the development of new systems, business procedures and company capabilities are necessary. This is new territory for most reporting officers, and most are not prepared. Most reporting officers, including governing bodies and their assurance providers, are bewildered by the task ahead.

 

The Good Governance Academy has convened a collaboration of global standard-setters, regulators, professional bodies, educators and corporates to provide organizations with access to the best available content and a hands-on implementation programme — How To Playbook — for all necessary organizational roles, including directors, executives, finance, audit and assurance partners, operations, IT and stakeholder / investor relations departments. Our founding sponsor is Archer, an enterprise risk management solutions provider, guiding the digital convergence of ESG and Integrated Risk Management.

Hosts:

Panelists:

Bruce Whitfield

Business Speaker, journalist, author

As a presenter, speaker and author, he interprets the noise at the murky intersection where business, politics and society collide. He has the extraordinary ability to bring clarity and transform the way we see the world. This fresh perspective shines a light on how we can fix the future. 

 

Bruce is an award-winning journalist whose daily Money Show each weeknight on 702 and CapeTalk is compulsory listening for anyone who wants to better understand the world of money and business amidst the noise and clutter of a confusing world. He has hosted numerous TV programs, is a Contributing Editor to the Financial Mail and is a foreign correspondent to multiple international news providers.

 

His latest project, Genius: How to Take Smart Ideas Global, examines what it takes to thrive in an increasingly complex, fast-paced, divisive global environment. These are lessons for anyone looking to succeed anywhere against the odds.

 

His bestselling, first book, “The Upside of Down”, focuses on how chaos and uncertainty breed opportunity. Using examples, backed up with the facts, and his signature brand of optimistic realism, he shows how current times are not the most challenging in history but actually a time of incredible opportunity.

 

Bruce is a well-known broadcaster, best-selling author and sought-after business speaker. He has shared stages and digital platforms with the likes of Bill & Hillary Clinton, Nouriel Roubini Charlize Theron, Lord Mervyn King and hundreds of business and political luminaries and personalities. He is as comfortable on a stage as he is on camera or behind the microphone. He is insatiably curious and constantly builds his understanding of the world in a way that helps him help audiences make sense of it too.

Prof. Mervyn King

Member of The Good Governance Academy

Founding Patron of The ESG Exchange

Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel, former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, and designated Chartered Director (South Africa). He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town, and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes University. He has honorary Doctorates from Wits University and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Leeds University in the UK, and Deakin University in Australia.

 

Mervyn is honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; the Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK; the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; the Certified Public Accountants of Australia; the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK, and the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

 

Mervyn is Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, as well as of the Value Reporting Foundation (incorporating the International Integrated Reporting Council and SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality corporate governance globally, from several institutions.

 

Mervyn chairs the Good Law Foundation and has chaired the United Nations Committee of Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance and of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris. Mervyn currently chairs the African Integrated Reporting Council and the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa and is Patron of the Good Governance Academy.

 

Mervyn has been a chair, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business, advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60 countries and has received many awards from international bodies around the world including the World Federation of Stock Exchanges and the International Federation of Accountants.

 

He is the author of many books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Healthy Company.”

Carolynn Chalmers

Chief Executive Officer of The ESG Exchange

Carolynn has spent the last 20 years assisting leaders and leadership teams to understand and apply governance principles and generate value for their organizations. She uses of her expertise and experience in corporate governance, organizational strategy, Digital Transformation and systems thinking to do so.


Carolynn has extensive management and governance experience and has held various Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Board, Board Committee and Executive roles for international, listed, private and public organizations. This spans many industries, including financial services, health, energy, construction, education, tourism, media, non-profit and the public sector.


Carolynn is co-editor of the ISO standard for the governance of organizations (ISO 37000), co-convenor of the Governance Maturity Technical Committee (ISO 37004) and Chairperson of the associated South African Bureau of Standards mirror committee, TC309, where she also represents South Africa’s King Committee.


Carolynn is well known for her successes in designing and leading large, complex strategy and organizational transformation implementations – she attributes this success to the application of effective governance principles.


Carolynn has received numerous national and international accolades for public speaking.

Harry Broadman

Harry Broadman, and Faculty Member, Johns Hopkins University

Member of the Governing Council

Dr. Harry G. Broadman is a Partner at the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) LLC, a global consultancy, where his practice is focused on structuring cross-border operational transactions and strategies of businesses worldwide, as well as serving as an expert witness testifying in international litigation and arbitration on global commercial disputes. 


Harry chairs BRG’s Emerging Markets Practice and BRG’s National and Economic Security Practice. His clients are C-suite executives and boards of directors of multinational corporations, private equity firms, pension funds, institutional investors, and sovereign wealth funds. He is also a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University and serves as a non-executive director on four boards—all international firms—serving as Board Chair (The ESG Exchange); Audit Committee Chair (Partners Global); and Compensation Committee Chair (Strategic Ratings PLC). He is a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and a Commissioned NACD Board Advisory Services Faculty Member. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network.


Harry is an expert on multinational corporate investment; ESG, sustainability and corporate governance; global supply chain management; cybersecurity; innovation and R&D; international investment treaties and trade agreements; and antitrust and economic regulation. His industry sector expertise spans international finance, private equity and banking; global infrastructure services, particularly shipping and logistics, aviation and land transport, utilities, informatics, telecoms, and construction; and renewable and conventional energy, mining, and natural resources. He has worked on the ground in 85+ emerging markets spanning 5 continents, especially in China and East Asia; India; Latin America; Eastern and Central Europe and Russia and the CIS; Northern and sub-Saharan Africa; the Middle East; Turkey and the Balkans.


Prior to his current posts, Harry was Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he founded and led PwC’s Global Business Growth Strategy Management Consulting Practice, and also served as PwC’s Chief Economist; Managing Director at Albright Capital Management, the international private equity firm Chaired by Madeleine Albright, where he served on the Investment Committee; a senior official at The World Bank, overseeing the bank’s largest sovereign and enterprise restructuring loans, including in China, Russia, and Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, and serving as the Economic Advisor for Africa.


Earlier he served in the White House, first as Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and then as United States Assistant Trade Representative, leading negotiations across all the services industries for the establishment of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), the WTO and NAFTA; all negotiations of U.S. Bilateral Investment Treaties; and all negotiations of all U.S. International Science and Technology Agreements. He also served as a Member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). Before coming to the White House, he was Chief Economist, of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Previously, he served on the Harvard University Faculty; the RAND Corporation; The Brookings Institution; and Resources for the Future Inc.


He is a monthly Business Leadership Strategy Columnist for Forbes; a quarterly National Security Columnist for the International Financial Law Review; and a frequent columnist for the Financial Times. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in professional economics, finance, foreign policy and law journals. Broadman’s most recent books are Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier; The State as Shareholder: China’s Management of Enterprise Assets; and From Disintegration to Reintegration: Russia and the Former Soviet Union in the Global Economy.


Harry was educated at Brown University, from which he graduated with an AB in economics magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO, Competent Boards

Chair of the Advisory Committee

Helle Bank Jorgensen is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable business practices, with a 30-year record of turning environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks into innovative and profitable business opportunities. She works with many global Fortune 500 board members and executives, as well as smaller companies and investors.


Helle is the founder and chief executive of Competent Boards, which offers online climate and ESG programs that draw on the experience of over 150 renowned board members, executives, and investors. Hundreds of directors and senior executives have enrolled in these programs to mitigate the risks and seize the opportunities presented by ESG and climate change.


A regular keynote speaker at major events, Helle is also the author of the newly published book Stewards of The Future: A Guide for Competent Boards, an Amazon bestseller. This book shows boards must have the insight and foresight to ask the right questions of management on complex issues such as climate change, ESG, corruption, cybersecurity, human trafficking and supply-chain resilience to realize long-term profits and sustainability.


Helle serves at:

  • Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence’s Sustainability & ESG Insights Council;
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) Expert Network for Corporate Governance, Leadership, and Emerging Multinationals;
  • His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S (Accounting for Sustainability) Global Expert Panel;
  • The Non-financial Digitisation Working Group of the Impact Management Project (IMP);
  • The Reuters Panel of Expert Judges for the Responsible Business Awards;
  • Canadian Climate Governance Experts –- a Commonwealth Climate & Law Initiative.


She has served as the Chair of the European Sustainability Reporting Association (ESRA), the Global Compact Network Canada, Datamaran, and as a member of the Sustainability Advisory Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Sustainability Policy Group of the Institute of European Accountants (FEE).


She trained as a business lawyer and state-authorized public accountant (CPA) in Denmark, and holds a master’s degree in business administration and auditing. She is a former PwC audit and advisory partner in Denmark and the United States, leading the firm’s sustainability and climate practices.


Helle has pioneered corporate reporting of ESG as part of the widening recognition that environmental, social, and governance issues are a crucial contributor to any organization’s success—or failure. She created the world’s first “green account” based on lifecycle assessment, and the first integrated annual report that combines ESG with financial performance. She has worked on natural capital accounting for the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.


In 2020 she was awarded the Global Impact Award and named one of “5 people in ESG to look out for,” and she was recently selected as one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in the Green Economy in the US and Canada for 2022. Helle is also the author of many thought-leading articles.

Peadar Duffy

Global ESG Practice Lead at Archer Integrated Risk Management

Chair of the Technical Committee

Peadar Duffy is Archer’s Global ESG Practice Lead, and is responsible for leveraging his thought leadership in the organizational risk and governance domains to provide strategic direction and collaboration across Archer’s internal and external partners in the design and development of Archer’s ESG solutions. 


He currently represents Ireland on the ISO technical committees for Risk Management (TC 262) and the Governance of Organisations (TC 309) where he is involved in the development and revision of various guidelines, reports and technical specifications.


Most recently Mr. Duffy had been involved with other international experts in the development of the first global governance guideline which emphasizes organizational purpose and other ESG-sustainability principles underpinning performance and long-term viability. Mr. Duffy began his 25-year career in risk management spanning multiple industry sectors in Ireland, the US and Middle East following 15 years in the Irish military.

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