Finance and Funding Programming Board

The role of financial institutions in promoting sustainable development goals is critical for our delivery in the decade of action. Ranging from impact investment and public-private partnerships, financial institutions have a key role to play in the delivery of the decade of action. Composed by experts from NGOs and financial institutions, our finance and funding board aims to analyse how key financial actors can assist with the UN SDGs.

Charlie Bronks (co-chair), Senior Vice President and heads up Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), Crown Agents Bank

Dr. Márcia Balisciano (co-chair), Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

Barry Kolodki̇n, Director, Deputy Chief Evaluator, EBRD

Bilal Khanzada, Head of Cash Transfer Programme Operations, Save the Children International 

Mark Astarita, OBE, Director, Astarita Aldrich & Ward

Moataz Kandil, CEO, Dubai Green Fund

Kenneth Kwok, Founder and CEO, Global Citizen Capital

Board Member's Profile

Charlie Bronks (co-chair)

Charlie Bronks (co-chair)

Senior Vice President and heads up Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), Crown Agents Bank

Charlie Bronks is a Senior Vice President (SVP) and leads the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) for Crown Agents Bank (CAB). A communications Strategist, she brings in-depth cross-sector knowledge in international development, fund-raising and complex key account management with an ESG lens.

Charlie joined CAB in 2016 to work with strategic key government and development sector clients; having since established and led the Marketing and Communications team, she now leads the bank's ESG function.

Before joining CAB, Charlie worked with Atos Consulting and the previous CAB owners, Crown Agents Limited, leading the strategic account relationships. Previously, Charlie was Director of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award World Fellowship, an International NGO (INGO) working with complex stakeholders, including international donors, governments, and high-net-worth individuals.

Charlie holds an MA in Global Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and is a Rugby World Cup Winner and a member of the England Women's Rugby World Cup squad from 1994.

Passionate about all things ESG, Charlie is a Board Member of the United Nations Global Compact Network UK (UNGC) and the Advisory Board for The World Humanitarian Forum (WHF).

Charlie loves sport and is an AI enthusiast, previously Chair of the WHF Tech for Good Programming Board.

Dr. Márcia Balisciano (co-chair)

Dr. Márcia Balisciano (co-chair)

Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

Engaging colleagues throughout the business, Márcia works to ensure RELX’s extra-financial performance furthers competitive advantage and stakeholder confidence. She drives practice that ensures recognition for RELX as a CR leader: over the last year, RELX ranked 2nd in the S&P 1200 for environment, social and governance (ESG) as reported in the Financial Times; 1st for ESG in the media and publishing sectors (and 17thoverall) among 12,000+ companies assessed by Sustainalytics; held a AAA ESG rating with MSCI; and was one of 36 LEAD companies of the United Nations Global Compact among approximately 10,000 corporate signatories.

 

She is Chair of the UN Global Compact Network UK; Chair of the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Council of the Conference Board; and a founding member of the Board of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.  She is founding director of London museum and educational facility Benjamin Franklin House and previously was special advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce (UK).  

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a PHD in Economic History from the London School of Economics.  She is a Member of the British Empire (MBE), an honour awarded by the Queen, and lives in London with her husband and two boys.

 

 

 

Barry Kolodki̇n 

Barry Kolodki̇n 

Director, Deputy Chief Evaluator, EBRD

Engaging colleagues throughout the business, Márcia works to ensure RELX’s extra-financial performance furthers competitive advantage and stakeholder confidence. She drives practice that ensures recognition for RELX as a CR leader: over the last year, RELX ranked 2nd in the S&P 1200 for environment, social and governance (ESG) as reported in the Financial Times; 1st for ESG in the media and publishing sectors (and 17thoverall) among 12,000+ companies assessed by Sustainalytics; held a AAA ESG rating with MSCI; and was one of 36 LEAD companies of the United Nations Global Compact among approximately 10,000 corporate signatories.

 

 

Bilal Khanzada

Bilal Khanzada

Head of Cash Transfer Programme Operations, Save the Children International 

Bilal works as the Global lead for Cash Transfer Programming at Save the Children International. He comes with 18 years of experience in the commercial and Charity sector. Prior to joining Save the children International he was heading the developmental Organisations department at Standard Chartered Bank that included Multilateral and Bilateral Agencies, Micro-Finance Institutions, Local and International Charities.

 

He has designed and successfully rolled out a number of Cash Disbursement programmes for United Nations (WFP, WHO and UNHCR) and other prominent International Charities including Save the children by using very innovative methods.

 

His vast corporate banking experience and on ground presence in emergencies has enabled him to bring an insight in identifying innovative Cash management solutions, fraud management, AML, Sanctions and risk.

 

Bilal’s decision to join Save the Children is based on his previous volunteering experience with Sightsavers and other local charities in Pakistan and Afghanistan during the major disasters. In his own words, “He has a passion to help those who cannot help themselves” thus moving from the corporate sector to fulfil his passion through Save the Children in making life better for the marginalised children and leaving a lasting change.

Mark Astarita, OBE

Mark Astarita, OBE

Director, Astarita Aldrich & Ward

Mark Astarita, OBE has been one of the most successful fundraisers in the UK.  During his 25-year career he has been responsible for raising almost £1.5 billion pounds for charity. He has for a record four times been voted the most influential person in fundraising by his peers.

Mark is the former director of fundraising for the British Red Cross, National Deaf Children's Society and Prisoners Abroad. Mark is the former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising a trustee of St Clare Hospice and has previously held the role of Trustee at the Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and St Joseph’s Hospice based in Hackney.  Today he advises and supports the recruitment of senior personnel at many of the UK's and Global charities through his company Astarita Aldrich and Ward.

Moataz Kandil

Moataz Kandil

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Green Fund

Mr. Kandil brings over 24 years of experience in Investment Banking and Private Equity, with in-depth knowledge of the MENA and the GCC financial markets. He led and concluded many multi-jurisdictional financing, private equity, M&A and venture capital deals worth billions of dollars across a diverse range of sectors.

Prior to joining DGF, Moataz was the Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Group Holding – a DIFC based private investment group focused on real estate, retail, education and sports in MENA and Europe. Previously, Moataz was the Chief Executive Officer for HC Securities & Investment (DIFC), a leading investment bank in MENA and a former affiliate of Morgan Stanley in the Middle East.

Moataz held various senior positions. He was formerly the Chief Investment Officer of Al Qudra Holding in Abu Dhabi – a multi-billion dollar general investment group. Moataz also served as the Head of Private Equity of Noor Bank; and as VP Private Equity at Global Investment House in Kuwait.

Moataz holds an MBA from London Business School with a concentration in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. He is also a Chartered Management Accountant in the UK and the USA.

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Kenneth Kwok

Kenneth Kwok

Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Capital

Achieving systemic equity for all humanity requires collective action in impact, innovation and inclusion. To facilitate this, Kenneth has spent his career accumulating a hybrid for-profit and non-profit spectrum of experiences, from investment banking, family office and impact investment, to entrepreneurship, philanthropy and advocacy. He is the Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Capital, an impact-oriented multi-family office venture based out of Hong Kong focused on healthcare, technology, renewables and education. Kenneth is also a serial entrepreneur, co-founding the MXA Group and Family Mask (for-profit), and Better Together Foundation, Asia World Anti-Aging and Well-Being Association, and KIDsforSDGs (non-profit). He is passionate about social impact work through BTF, which supports minority communities and youth entrepreneurship related initiatives across Asia, and about health and well-being through AWAWA. He is deeply passionate about the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and is a United Nations Global Compact member, a UNDP Accelerator Labs mentor, a World Economic Forum member in Global Innovators and UpLink communities, a Global Advisory Council member of InterPride and a UPenn Class Board Member. He has a cum laude dual degree from University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business, and speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and conversational French. #GenerationEquality