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Get to know the GABV team. A global group of values-based professionals committed to creating a positive impact through finance.

Martin Rohner
Executive Director
martin.rohner@gabv.org

Martin (Switzerland) is an Economist and Banker that holds a Masters in Business Administration as well as in Environment and Development. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of social banking, sustainable trade, development finance, economic policy and debt relief. Before joining the GABV, Martin was CEO of Alternative Bank Switzerland (ABS) and served on the Board of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, representing the European member banks. 

As Executive Director of the GABV Martin is building the values-based banking movement and growing our work with members, partners, experts and policy makers to influence the banking system so that it is more transparent, ethical, robust and real-economy focused. 

Within the GABV, Martin is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values as set out by the Board in the organisation’s strategy. This includes in particular CEO engagement, the development of the membership and agenda setting. 


James Niven
Chief Operations and Programme Officer 

james.niven@gabv.org

James (United Kingdom) is a communications professional with experience in business, government and non-governmental organisations. He previously worked for almost 20 years at Triodos Bank including as International Head of Impact Assessment and Reporting, International Head of Corporate Affairs, and Head of Marketing and Communications for Triodos Bank in the UK. 

His responsibilities have included co-creating a system to assess, manage and report on a bank’s non-financial impact, as well as supporting the development of carbon accounting in the Dutch and international banking sector. He has communicated the work of values-driven organisations from the British Council in New Zealand to Voluntary Service Overseas in the UK.

James is responsible for the GABV’s operations, including the Netherlands-based secretariat, and supports the effective delivery of its programmes.


Dr Adriana Kocornik-Mina
Metrics and Research Senior Manager
adriana.kocornik@gabv.org

Adriana (Mexico/United States) brings to the GABV extensive experience in development and sustainability research. As guest researcher at the Environmental Sciences Group – Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands, Adriana studies the effects of community participation on sustainable water management. She was with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science as a researcher in the Adaptation and Development team. Previously she worked on electricity transmission at the US Department of Energy and was a Research Fellow at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at George Mason University. Adriana holds a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University.

Within GABV, Adriana is responsible for leading GABV research agenda, supporting the GABV Metrics Experts Network in developing the GABV Scorecard.


Sonia Felipe 
Communications and Marketing Manager
sonia.felipe@gabv.org

Sonia (Spain) has more than 15 years of experience in strategic communications, PR, marketing, and content creation in management positions, focusing on sustainability and positive change. Strong connection with global environments, supporting impact-driven businesses to scale up and develop a strong brand.

Sonia has a strong connection with the banking on values movement. She worked at Triodos Bank Spain for 12 years, where she was Country Communications Director, and took part in the beginnings of the GABV as a Values Ambassador. She has participated in movements and networks that want to change the rules in the economy and companies, such as B Corp.

With an academic background in communications, marketing, and journalism, Sonia has broad experience in corporate communication management, reputation, editing, and press office in non-profit organizations and private companies, as well as editorial offices in Spain and the Dominican Republic. Her latest position was as Marketing, Communications, and Content Director at Impact Hub Madrid, a global network of impact entrepreneurship communities.


Jesica Cooray
Communications Support Officer
marketing@gabv.org

Jesica (Sri Lanka) did her internship at GABV, where she wrote her thesis on GABV’s Communities of Practice and graduated with a bachelor’s in International Business Management.
Jesica has experience in communications in the hotel and events industry.

Within GABV, Jesica works closely with the Communications and Marketing Manager. Jesica works on content creation, managing GABV’s website and social media platforms.


Karla Pastor
Operations and Logistics Support Officer
karla.pastor@gabv.org

Karla (Mexico) holds an industrial B.E. and an M.Sc. in Sustainable Business and Innovation. She did her internship at GABV where she wrote her thesis on Values-Based Banks in relation to the triple bottom line. Karla joined the GABV to apply her engineer approach by integrating sustainable thinking into our internal operations and practices.

Within GABV, Karla works closely with the Executive Director on organizational logistics. She is involved in the logistics of the Annual Event and assuring a correct execution of the Secretariat operations.


Alice Khounta
Knowledge and Network Manager
alice.khounta@gabv.org

Alice (USA/The Netherlands) is a communications professional with more than 15 years international experience in the Netherlands, New Zealand, US and Japan developing and executing communications strategies in the ICT, consumer brands and nonprofit sectors. She holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration (California, USA) and M.Sc. in Sustainable Business and Innovation (Utrecht, Netherlands) where she wrote her graduate thesis on the effects of transnational business governance interactions on the development of global sustainability standards. Alice has a strong passion to drive transformative change by helping businesses transition to innovative and sustainable business models to create positive social and environmental impacts.

Within GABV, Alice leads the implementation of the GABV Knowledge and Supporting Partner strategies, manages GABV structured information platforms, and coordinates GABV’s work with member CEOs and Supporting Partners. She also supports the GABV Human Development Community of Practice as a community coordinator.


Pierre Aeby
European Regional Representative
pierre.aeby@gabv.org

Pierre (Belgium) is an advisor and a non-executive director in the field of sustainable finance. He was CFO and Executive Board member of Triodos Bank Group between 2000 and 2019. His first role in 1980 was at the European Credit Bank in Brussels. This was followed by fourteen years international banking with the Belgian Generale Bank (now BNP Paribas Fortis). Pierre joined Triodos Bank in 1998 as Managing Director of Triodos Bank Belgium.  During more than two decades with the bank, as a consistently strong advocate for sustainable economic development, he has helped build its international presence and embed the Triodos ethos of consciously dealing with money. He has Belgian nationality and holds a master’s degree in law of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and a Certificate in Corporate Governance delivered by INSEAD in Fontainebleau.

Pierre collaborates with the Global Alliance for Banking on Values as European Regional Representative. He is the first contact person in Europe and the network in the region, and, in coordination with the Executive Director, scans the region in search of advocacy opportunities, strategic alliances, and prospects members.


Jean Pogge
North American Regional Representative
jean.pogge@gabv.org

Jean Pogge (USA) is a social entrepreneur who has proven ability to align social mission with revenue goals. Happiest at the intersection of business and social innovation, she served on the executive leadership team of ShoreBank’s for over a decade. An experienced nonprofit manager, Pogge has served as CEO of Woodstock Institute (1988-1992), Delta Institute (2010-2015) and Ecotrust Canada (2016-2019).  She currently serves as Interim Director for Woodstock Institute.

Pogge has a BA in English from Barat College and a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois. She is past board member of the Social Venture Network, past Treasurer of the Chicago Foundation for Women, current member of the Alumni Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women, a member of the Chicago Finance Exchange and a board member of Climate Smart, LLC.

Jean is the first contact person for North American CEOs and the network in the region. In coordination with the Executive Director, Jean scans the region in search of advocacy opportunities, strategic alliances and prospects members.


Upendra Poudyal
Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific
upendra.poudyal@gabv.org

Upendra (Nepal) represents GABV for the Asia and Pacific and is the first contact person for the member CEOs in the region. He is responsible to promote values-based banking and support the growth of the GABV network in the region. His role also includes engaging and interacting with the associations and stakeholders that might be relevant for the GABV in the Region. Upendra holds a Masters in Business Administration, has 3 decades of banking experience including in Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Limited, mostly Corporate Banking, for 14 years. He led NMB Bank Limited (NMB), the only member of GABV in Nepal, for 17 years as its Chief Executive Officer before he retired in March 2017.

Upendra is the first contact person for the Asia-Pacific CEOs and the network in the region. In coordination with the Executive Director, Upendra scans the region in search of advocacy opportunities, strategic alliances and prospects members.


Juan Pablo Meza
Regional Representative for Latin America
juanpablo.meza@gabv.org

Juan Pablo (El Salvador) joined the GABV in February of 2021 as a Regional Representative for Latin America. He spent a full decade as CEO of SAC Apoyo Integral, S.A., which was the GABV’s first member in Central America and until today, the GABV’s only member in El Salvador. He is part of the first cohort of the GABVs Leadership Academy and was part of the team that created and launched the “Just Money” MOOC on the MIT-EDx platform.   

Previously he had a successful career in consumer financial services both in the retail industry and in mainstream banking but as he says, he converted to values-based banking “as fast as he could” and as soon as he saw the opportunities in Integral! 

He holds an MBA from INCAE School of Business in Costa Rica, an international MPA from l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia. 


Tom Cummings
Annual Meeting Design and Senior Adviser to the Executive Director
tom.cummings@gabv.org

Tom’s role focuses on engaging annually with member CEOs to get insights for developing the activities of the GABV. Tom also manages the design of the Annual Meeting and is the key facilitator during the conference. Tom provides advice to the Executive Director on topics relating to the internal development of the network.


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Dr Katrin Käufer
Leadership Academy and Human Development Senior Adviser

kaeufer@mit.edu

Katrin (Germany) is research director (& founding member) at the Presencing Institute, and Fellow at the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her current work includes a research focuses on social transformation and non-hierarchical coordination. She earned her MBA and Ph.D. from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.

Within GABV, Katrin manages the Leadership Academy, and coordinates the relationship between the GABV and MIT. Katrin is also responsible for the deployment of the MOOCs.


Sonia Reinhardt
Human Development Program Coordinator
sonia.reinhardt@gabv.org

Sonia Reinhardt (Germany) is the first contact person for the Human Development Representatives. Sonia supports the Human Development Community of Practice in providing a professional support network for the HD managers as well as creating learning opportunities for values-based banking.  Sonia is also part of the facilitation team of the GABV Leadership Academy.

Sonia’s home base is the GLS Bank in Germany where she worked in various (leadership) roles since 2010. Since the early days in her career Sonia always focused on providing sustainable finance to the underserved. Among others she worked 6.5 years in a German microfinance project in a cooperation with the German government, and 2.5 years with a local development bank in Banda Aceh/ Indonesia. She also served as consultant for various donor organizations in regard to micro- and SME finance mainly in Asia. Sonia studied Southeast Asian Studies in Germany and Singapore and gained a banking diploma in Bonn, Germany. She currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

 

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