ABOUT US

Who
we are

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

Our team

Martin Rohner

Executive Director of the GABV
martin.rohner@gabv.org
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Martin (Switzerland) is an Economist and Banker with 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 GABV, representing the European member banks. 

As Executive Director of the GABV Martin is building the banking on values 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. 

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James Niven

Chief Operations & Programmes Officer
james.niven@gabv.org
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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. 

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

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Dr Adriana Kocornik-Mina

Metrics and Research Sr Manager
adriana.kocornik@gabv.org
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Adriana (Mexico) brings to the GABV extensive experience in development and sustainability research. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University. Adriana 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.

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

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Sonia Felipe

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

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. Her latest position was as Marketing, Communications, and Content Director at Impact Hub Madrid, a global network of impact entrepreneurship communities.

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Jesica Cooray

Communications Support Officer
jesica.cooray@gabv.org
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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 Head of Communications and Marketing. Jesica works on content creation, managing GABV’s website and social media platforms.

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Karla Pastor

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

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Alice Khounta

Knowledge and Network Manager
alice.khounta@gabv.org
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Alice (USA) has 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 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.

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Pierre Aeby

European Regional Representative
pierre.aeby@gabv.org
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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. 

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.

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Jean Pogge

North American Regional Representative
jean.pogge@gabv.org
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Jean (USA) is the first contact person for North American CEOs and the network in the region. She is a social entrepreneur who has proven ability to align social mission with revenue goals. Jean served on the executive leadership team of ShoreBank’s for over a decade. An experienced nonprofit manager, Jean has served as CEO of Woodstock Institute (1988-1992), Delta Institute (2010-2015) and Ecotrust Canada (2016-2019). 

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.

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Upendra Poudyal

Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific
upendra.poudyal@gabv.org
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Upendra (Nepal) represents GABV for the Asia and Pacific and is the first contact person for the member CEOs in the region. He 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.

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Juan Pablo Meza

Regional Representative for Latam
juanpablo.meza@gabv.org
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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. Previously he had a successful career in consumer financial services both in the retail industry and in mainstream banking. 

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Tom Cummings

Senior Advisor to the Executive Director
tom.cummings@gabv.org
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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 Director
kaeufer@mit.edu
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Dr. Katrin Kaufer is Director of the Just Money Program at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) in Massachusetts I Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Executive Director of the Presencing Institute. Her work includes a research focus on leadership, organisational change, values-based banking as well as on Transformational Literacy research. 

Dr. Kaufer has worked with mid-sized and global companies, non-profit organisations, as well as with international development organisations. Her 2013-book co-authored with Otto Scharmer is titled “Leading from the emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies”. In 2021 she published: “Just Money. Mission-based banking and the future of finance.” (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2021). In 2018, Dr. Kaufer co-created the MITx Just Money Massive Open Online Class on mission-based banking. With colleagues she co-created the GABV Leadership Academy. Dr. Kaufer earned PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. She has won the Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize for best paper in Sloan School of Management Review.

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Sonia Reinhardt

Leadership Academy & Human Development Coordinator
sonia.reinhardt@gabv.org
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Sonia Reinhardt co-facilitates and co-organises the GABV Leadership Academy (LA), collaborating with senior leaders of values-based banks around the world. She also provides coaching sessions as part of the LA for leaders to reflect, grow and move towards their full potential. 

Sonia also manages the GABV LA Alumni, an active hub of over 200 graduates of the GABV’s leadership programmes. In addition, Sonia works closely with Human Resources leaders from across the GABV network in the role of Human Development Programme Coordinator. This group provides for them a space to come together to share knowledge, discuss challenges and increase their positive impact.

Sonia’s home base is the GLS Bank in Germany where she has worked in various leadership roles since 2010. From the start of her career, Sonia has always focused on the development of sustainable finance, mainly in Asia. She is a professionally trained systemic coach, an organisational development advisor and a trained Yoga teacher. Sonia currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

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Governance

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values was established as a Dutch not-for-profit foundation in 2009. Under its Articles of Incorporation, the Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors. Operational responsibilities are delegated to a Secretariat through the Chair of the Board.

The Board has a regional structure with the Chair selected on a global basis. Current members include:

David Reiling

CEO, Sunrise Banks (USA), Chair
Selim Hussain

Selim Hussein

CEO, BRAC Bank (Bangladesh), Asia-Pacific Region

Ugo Biggeri

President, Etica Sgr (Italy), Europe Region

Beltrán Macchi Salín

Managing Director, Visión Banco (Paraguay), Latin America Region

Darrin L. Williams

CEO, Southern Bancorp, Inc (USA), North America Region

Fabian Kasi

Managing Director, Centenary Bank (Uganda), Africa Region

Damien Walsh

Managing Director, Bank Australia (Australia), At Large

The GABV Honorary Directors:

Peter Blom

Chair Emeritus, ex-CEO Triodos Bank (The Netherlands)

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

1936–2019, Founder of BRAC Bank (Bangladesh)

Luis Felipe Derteano

President Grupo ACP (Perú)

Mary Houghton

Co-founder ShoreBank (USA)

Thomas Jorberg

CEO GLS Bank (Germany)

Meet the Global
Alliance for Banking
on Values

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) is a network of frontrunner organizations in the banking industry worldwide that put finance at the service of people and the planet. Our collective goal is to make the banking system more transparent and support economic, social and environmental sustainability.