Experts' profiles - Paul Clements-Hunt
Paul Clements-Hunt
Paul Clements-Hunt has been the Head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI) since November 2000. UNEP FI, based in Geneva, is the largest partnership between the United Nations and the financial services sector counting more than 170 banks, insurers and asset managers as members. UNEP FI was instrumental in the 2004-2006 development and launch of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI). The PRI is now backed by close to 230 institutional asset owners and managers representing $10,000bn in assets. Paul was one of the two - Gavin Power of the UN Global Compact wsa the other - lead United Nations representatives throughout the PRI negotiation in 2005 / 2006.

In 2007 he was invited to join the Financial Times (FT) Sustainability Banking Awards judges panel and the United Nations special climate change panel on finance and investment. Clements-Hunt is a Board Member of Sustainable Finance Geneva, a network of professional finance executives committed to pushing forward sustainability practice amongst the Swiss financial services sector.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Paul spent 1998 to 2000 representing the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) directing the organisations policy work in energy, environment and sustainable development. From 1991 to 1998, Paul was based in Bangkok, Thailand, where he founded the countrys first environmental strategy consultancy which developed projects throughout Southeast Asia. In 1994 he took the idea for an Asia-Pacific wide environmental strategy service to the worlds largest testing, inspection, and certification company, Socit Gnrale de Surveillance (SGS). He developed the business for the SGS Group as the SGS-Environmental Information Unit.

Paul graduated BA Economics from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and completed postgraduate studies in journalism at University College, Cardiff. He lives near Geneva with his wife and two sons and is "in recovery" after playing rugby for more than 30 years in England, Wales, Scotland, Thailand, France and Switzerland.
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