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External Review Committee members for the Shell Sustainability Report 2014:

  • Clarissa Lins (Chair), Founder, Catavento, Brazil
  • Seema Arora, Executive Director at Confederation of Indian Industry, India 
  • John Gardner, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Novelis Inc, UK
  • Reidar Kvam, Senior Manager for Policy, Quality Assurance and Knowledge - Management, International Finance Corporation, Norway
  • Bernice Lee, Director, Head of Climate Change and Resource Security Initiatives, World Economic Forum, Hong Kong
  • Charles Secrett, Founder Member, The Robertsbridge Group, UK

Clarissa Lins

Founder, Catavento

clarissa lins

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Clarissa is founder of Catavento, a private consultancy on sustainability strategy and business models that influences the decision making process of large Brazilian companies.

Prior to that, Clarissa served as the Executive Director of the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development – FBDS, a non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development in Brazil.

She headed the corporate sustainability area for almost 10 years, being responsible for coordinating consultancy projects and think tank activities. Clarissa has expertise in advising major Brazilian companies (e.g. Vale, Itaú, Light, BM&FBovespa) on sustainability strategy, management and reporting.

Focused on raising awareness on the corporate agenda towards sustainability, she has also served on numerous award panels and roundtables related to sustainability practices. She has been a member of Sustainability’s International Council since December 2010, as part of a global network of experts and influencers.  

Prior to her dedication to the sustainability field, Clarissa had the opportunity to work at the Brazilian Ministry of Finance, the National Development Bank of Brazil - BNDES and Petrobras.

She has published a book on sustainability and value creation (Sustentabilidade e Geração de Valor), together with co-author David Zylbersztajn – a former head of Brazil’s regulatory agency for oil & gas, and she is the author of several other publications related to corporate sustainability in Brazil.

Clarissa is an economist graduated from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro – PUC Rio and holds a Master's degree in Economics from the same university.

Seema Arora

Executive Director at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Seema Arora, Executive Review Committee

Seema pioneered the creation of services on environment and sustainable development within CII. Her journey with CII began with engaging Indian industry in the run up to the Earth Summit in 1992.

She works to design innovative products and frameworks to build the business case for industry to invest in sustainability. She has created several initiatives including the world’s first corporate sustainability label from the CII Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. As the lead at the Centre she networks with industry, government and community based organisations to develop policy instruments and innovative voluntary approaches to sustainable development. She is also providing inputs to defining sustainable development action plans at state level.

She provides training and counselling to industry for evolving a sustainability vision and a portfolio of sustainability strategies for building a sustainable business organisation. Her main areas of interest include environmental policy, management systems, corporate sustainability, institutional strengthening and capacity building.

Seema has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Delhi University. She is a member of the Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). She is a member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability. She is a member of the external review panel for Sustainability Reporting for several global companies. She has twenty two22 years of experience in the field of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development.

John Gardner

Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Novelis Inc., UK

John Gardner, Executive Review Committee

John is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Novelis Inc., the world’s leading aluminium rolled products and aluminum recycling company. He is a member of the Global Executive Committee and the Novelis Sustainability Advisory Council. He is responsible for driving sustainability across Novelis’s operations in 12 countries and 11,000 employees. Novelis, which supplies premium aluminum sheet products globally, is on track to meet its 80% recycled input target by 80%, halving its absolute carbon footprint.

John has served for more than 25 years with Novelis, and has held a variety of senior roles throughout the company including positions within marketing, operations, strategy, human resources, recycling and corporate affairs.

John, a UK national, has a Master of Science from the Warwick Business School and a BA degree. He is currently serving on the advisory boards of Sustainable Brands and of the NGO The Container Recycling Institute. He has previously served as Chairman of the European Aluminium Association Packaging Group and of the OEA Aluminium Recycling Association.

Bernice Lee

Director, Head of Climate Change and resource Security Initiatives, World Economic Forum

Bernice Lee, member Executive Review Committee

Until December 2013, Bernice Lee was Research Director for Energy, Environment and Resources at Chatham House – Royal Institute of International Affairs. She is the lead author of many publications, including Resources Futures (2012), Preparing for High Impact and Low Probability Events (2012), Who Owns our Low Carbon Future? (2009), Energy Technologies and Intellectual Property (2009), and Changing Climates (2007).

Prior to joining Chatham House, she was Team Leader for the Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security for the China and Europe Project, Policy and Strategy Adviser at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva leading on trade, Policy Director at the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), Officer in the Strategic Planning Unit in the UN Secretary-General's office in New York, Warren Weaver Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation, and Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. As lecturer and part-time lecturer, she taught many postgraduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Birmingham, Birkbeck College and the London School of Economics (LSE). 

She was International Co-chair of the Low Carbon Industrialisation Strategy Task Force of CCICED, and coordinator and lead researcher for the Low Carbon Economy Task Force. Bernice is a member of the Climate Change Advisory Board of the Children Investment Fund Foundation, the Board of the Chatham House Academy for International Leadership, and the China Council Task Force on Green Transition in China. She was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change. 

Bernice holds an MSc International Relations from the LSE and BA (Hons) Politics and Economics from Oxford University, where she was a College Scholar for three years. In 2011, Bernice was awarded an OBE for services to UK-China climate change cooperation in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List.

Reidar Kvam

Senior Manager for Policy, Quality Assurance and Knowledge Management, International Finance Corporation

Reidar Kvam is Senior Manager for Policy, Quality Assurance, and Knowledge Management

Reidar Kvam is Senior Manager for Policy, Quality Assurance, and Knowledge Management in IFC’s Environment, Social and Governance Department. He coordinates the development and stewardship of IFC's Sustainability Policy and Performance Standards, including engagement with the World Bank, Equator Principles Financial Institutions, Export Credit Agencies, Development Financial Institutions and civil society. He leads IFC’s corporate learning program on sustainability.

Reidar has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen, Norway. He joined the World Bank Group in 1996 after having worked in academia, the UN system, and with Norway’s bilateral aid program. He has extensive operational experience from Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, and Africa. His work focuses on integrating social dimensions into development projects and policy work. He has worked extensively on assessment methodologies and social inclusion, related to topics such as gender, participation, involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples, and human rights.

Charles Secrett

Founder Member, The Robertsbridge Group

Charles Secrett

Charles is a Founder Member of The Robertsbridge Group and a Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He has been Chair of the Board of Triodos Renewables, the Triodos Bank’s renewable energy investment fund, since 2004.

He sits on the Advisory Boards for The Ecologist magazine and the Environmental Law Foundation in Britain. He is a trustee of The Building Exploratory, Hackney and Vice-President of the London Wildlife Trust.

Between 2004 and 2008, he was a Special Advisor on Climate, Environment and Sustainability for The Mayor of London, a Board Member of the London Development Agency, and Chair of its Health and Sustainability Advisory Group. 

He was a member of the UK Government's Round Table (then Commission) for Sustainable Development for ten years from 1993 to 2003. He has held advisory and paid positions with a number of companies and NGOs. As Executive Director of Friends of the Earth (1993-2003), Charles led its transformation into becoming, for many years, the UK's leading NGO organisation.

Amongst other jobs, he has previously worked on a variety of environmental research and investigation projects in Brazil, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Nicaragua and Nigeria. He attended the University of North Carolina on a Morehead Scholarship between 1972-1977.