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Judging panel

Halldor Bachmann, Public Relations Manager, Almenni Pension Fund, Iceland
Jana Bour, EU Policy Manager, EPRA
Francesco Briganti, Secretary General, CBBA-Europe
Alessandra M Franzosi, Head of Pension Funds & Asset Owners - Capital Markets, London Stock Exchange Group
Chetan Ghosh, Chief Investment Officer, Centrica Pension Scheme
Matti Leppälä, Secretary General/CEO, PensionsEurope
Jerry Moriarty, Director of Policy, Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF)
Chris Parrott, Head of Pensions, Heathrow Airport Holdings
Richard Poole, Legal Director, Pensions & Employee Benefits, Royal Mail Group
Tim Reay, Treasurer, International Employee Benefits Association (IEBA)
Sibylle Reicher, Head of Brussels Office, Federation of the Dutch Pension Funds (Pensioen Federatie)
Lee Sullivan, Group Pensions Manager, BNP Paribas

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Halldor Bachmann, Public Relations Manager, Almenni Pension Fund, Iceland
Halldór Bachmann has been the Public Relations Manager of Almenni Pension Fund in Iceland since 2012. Almenni is Iceland´s 6th largest pension fund, an open fund that also serves as an occupational fund for architects, medical doctors, musicians, technicians and tourist guides. Halldór is responsible for public relations, marketing and communication of Almenni. Since collage graduation in 1989 Halldór has been working in marketing, product development, as a news reporter for The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service and in public relations, mostly in the financial sector in Iceland. Halldór graduated with a MBA degree from the University of Iceland in 2010.

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Jana Bour, EU Policy Manager, EPRA
Jana joined EPRA's public affairs team in August 2016 from BDO, an international network of public accounting, tax and advisory firms. She has a legal background with a strong specialisation in European Law gained at Maastricht University (NL) where she trained in EU negotiations (EIPA). She gathered a political experience in the European Parliament. At EPRA, she is responsible for the development of positions and advocacy programmes to help the European listed real estate sector flourish. Jana's main focus is on the EU Capital Markets Union, Solvency II, Pan-European Personal Pensions (PEPP) and EU Sustainable Finance initiative.

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Francesco Briganti, Secretary General, CBBA-Europe
Since June 2016, Francesco has been the Coordinator of the World Pension Alliance (WPA), a platform of the main worldwide private pensions advocacy organisations. Francesco Briganti is also a member of the Stakeholders Group on Occupational Pensions of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and has set up (and is currently chairing) the Italian branch of the International Employee Benefits Association (IEBA).


Image titleAlessandra M Franzosi, Head of Pension Funds & Asset Owners - Capital Markets, London Stock Exchange Group
Alessandra has been head of pension funds & asset owners - Capital Markets, at the London Stock Exchange Group since 2010. In her role Alessandra has senior relations with UK, Italian and main European Pension Funds. She developed an in depth knowledge of long term institutional investors, key risk and asset allocation trends, their relation with asset management industry and capital markets. She regularly co-organizes and attends as a speaker at key European pension fund conferences. In Italy, she supports ‘Italian Pension Funds Day’ by involving key international speakers with educational and cross fertilisation aims. She is among the organisers of the first ‘Italian Sustainability Day’, fully dedicated to facilitate issuers-investors ESG dialogue. She was part of the working group for the publication of ‘LSEG Guidance of ESG disclosure to investors by issuers ’. Alessandra is Professor of International Financial Markets at Bocconi University and author of numerous publications on investors’ behaviour, international flows of funds and responsible investments.

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Chetan Ghosh, Chief Investment Officer, Centrica Pension Scheme
Chetan Ghosh is the Chief Investment Officer for Centrica's pension scheme arrangements and has held an in-house role for the last 7 years. He has been responsible for providing support to the directors of the Investment Committee. His role covers investment strategy considerations, asset class and manager research, and the liaison with the investment advisers. Chetan’s background is primarily from the consultancy side, where he spent 5 years as a pensions actuary and 12 years on the investment side, a large part of which was at Hewitt. In addition, he has spent time in the asset management industry as a multi-manager, Investment Solutions, where he was involved in developing their Fiduciary Management offering.

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Matti Leppälä, Secretary General/CEO, PensionsEurope 
Matti Leppälä is Secretary General/CEO of PensionsEurope, the leading voice for funded pensions in Europe representing 23 European national pension fund associations covering pensions of more than 100 million Europeans and more than € 4 trillion of assets. Matti is also the Chair of Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority EIOPA. Prior to joining PensionsEurope in 2011, Matti worked for 11 years for The Finnish Pension Alliance. Matti has a LLM and an Executive MBA in Insurance and Financial services.

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Jerry Moriarty, CEO, Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF)
Jerry Moriarty joined the Irish Association of Pension Funds in 2007 as Director of Policy and has been CEO since 2012. The IAPF represents pension savers with a view to ensuring they can have pensions that are secure, fair and simple. The IAPF provides education, representation and information for its members who are responsible for €110bn in pension savings. Jerry is also Vice Chairperson of PensionsEurope and chairs its DC Committee. In 2014 he was voted Irish Pensions Personality of the Year.

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Chris Parrott, Head of Pensions, Heathrow Airport Holdings
Chris Parrott is Head of Pensions for Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (formerly the British Airports Authority), responsible for the operation of all group pension arrangements and insured benefits He has been working in occupational pensions since 1982, holding management positions for the operation of both public and private sector pension schemes. Chris is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and in 2013 was elected to the Institute’s Council where he sits on the External Affairs and Commercial Development & Membership Committees. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the European arm of the Association of Investment Managers Sales Executives ('AIMSE Europe') and of the Pensions Committee of the 100 Group. He is a regular speaker at industry events and was the author of the 'Management & Administration' module for the NAPF's online 'Trustee Toolkit', the forerunner of The Pension Regulator's online training for trustees.

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Richard Poole, Legal Director, Pensions & Employee Benefits, Royal Mail Group
Richard Poole is the pension and benefits lawyer for Royal Mail Group, which has a number of pension schemes in the UK. He has been advising on the administration and management of the Group’s pension schemes since 2000, including the transfer of the Group’s historic pension liabilities to Government, and ongoing pensions reform. Richard previously worked in the engineering and oil industries. Richard is an Associate Member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and trustee of a charity, the Rowland Hill Fund.

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Tim Reay, Treasurer, International Employee Benefits Association (IEBA)
Tim is a former Chairman and current Treasurer of the International Employee Benefits Association, which provides education, information and professional development opportunities to people working in the field of international employee benefits. He is also a senior member of Mercer’s Multinational Client Group based in London. Tim is an experienced international employee benefits actuary, whose career has spanned 30 years consulting to multinational corporations, organisations and governments on all aspects of retirement and risk benefit provision for employees around the world. He has implemented, reviewed or advised on pension and benefit plans for multinational clients in a wide range of countries, has lived in the UK, France and Italy, speaks several European languages, and has worked for clients all over the world.

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Sibylle Reicher, Head of Brussels Office, Federation of the Dutch Pension Funds (Pensioen Federatie)
Sibylle Reichert works for the Federation of the Dutch Pension Fund since 2009 as its “Head of the Brussels Office”. She is responsible for the European strategy of the Federation, pension policy and sustainable investment. Her task is furthermore to promote and represent the Federation of the Dutch Pension Funds at European and International level. She is active in the relevant working groups of PensionsEurope and a board member of the AEIP. She started her career in different international companies in Germany as Marketing and Project Manager. In 2003 she moved to Brussels to work for the AEIP, the European Association of Paritarian Institutions of Social Protection, as Director for the Relations with the European Institutions.

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Lee Sullivan, Group Pensions Manager, BNP Paribas
Lee Sullivan is responsible for the operation and governance of 7 UK pension arrangements covering 12 companies within the BNP Paribas Group. He also created and now sits on 4 Bank governance committees responsible for DC and DB pensions, international pension plans and IFRS accounting. Prior to that he spent many years as a consultant at Aon Hewitt and then Deloitte and also worked for 2 years at NEST and its previous incarnation, the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority. Lee is an associate member of the Pensions Management Institute.

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