Mr. Olivier de Schutter As UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food (2008-2014), Olivier de Schutter has been at the forefront of setting a global agenda on the right to food, including through studies to the UN Human Rights Council on “agribusiness and the right to food”, and a “human rights impact assessment of trade and investment agreements”. Today, he co-chairs the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), which aims at assessing the state of food systems in support of efforts by public authorities and the private sector to accelerate the transition towards sustainability in this area.
Mr. Sune Skadegård Thorsen is the founder and CEO of GLOBAL CSR; a consultancy specialised in creating sustainable solutions for private companies, public authorities and organisations. With a background in corporate law, Sune has been one of the leading forces behind operationalising and pragmatising social sustainability, using a principles-based approach to CSR based on human rights. Sune is internationally acknowledged for his contribution to CSR/Human Rights & Business and adviser to a range of the world’s leading corporations on the application of the UN Global Compact principles; now taking its point of departure in the UN Guiding Principles from 2011.
Mr. Morten Elkjær is Head of the Green Growth Department (GRV) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. GRV works to promote green growth and sustainable solutions in developing countries, and manages Danida’s business programme among other things. Morten Elkjær has worked with development related issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the areas of private sector partnerships, agriculture and education since 1986. He served as Denmark’s Ambassador to Bolivia from 2009-2013. In 2014, the Danish government launched two action plans relevant to this debate, including on the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and “A Shared Agenda” on Policy Coherence for Development with a focus on EU trade policies and food security.
Mr. Allan Polack has experience from the Investment Banking, Insurance and Asset Management industry since 1985. He was appointed as CEO for Nordea Asset Management in 2007. The Asset Management arm of Nordea operates in the Nordic countries, Europe and has sales offices in New York and Sao Paulo employing 570 professionals. With 228 bEUR in assets Nordea Wealth Management is the largest wealth manager in the Nordic area. Allan Polack started as an equity analyst, then became Head of portfolio management and from 2002 till 2007 held the position as CEO of Nordea Life & Pensions. Allan Polack holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration and concluded his Advanced Management Program from INSEAD in 1995. Allan Polack is furthermore a member of EFAMA Board of Directors, board member of European Institute and chairman of a taskforce under CEPS/ European Capital Markets Institute.