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The International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) envisions a future in which our society understands the importance and benefits of Environmental Social and Governance/Gender (ESG) process criteras and how it can make our lives better; a future in which consumers can readily identify competent and ethical professionals who place Enviromental Social and Governance/Gender’ interests first; a future in which practitioners aspire to the highest levels of professionalism and excellence; in which companies, regulators, governments and many other stakeholders internationally are recognizing ESG criteras as a mainstream.

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The International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) envisions a future in which our society understands the importance and benefits of Environmental Social and Governance/Gender (ESG) process criteras and how it can make our lives better; a future in which consumers can readily identify competent and ethical professionals who place Enviromental Social and Governance/Gender’ interests first; a future in which practitioners aspire to the highest levels of professionalism and excellence; in which companies, regulators, governments and many other stakeholders internationally are recognizing ESG criteras as a mainstream.

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Headquartered in London, UK, The International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) represents the sustainability profession globally regarding standard-setting, and advocates on behalf of the profession to international organisations, governments, businesses, non-governmental organisations and civil society. In addition to ensuring compliance with best practice and certification standards it sets globally, IASE also provides the most relevant knowledge and resources in supporting and protecting the evolving public interest. We’re shaping a sustainable future. You need to be part of it!

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IASE has the power to change lives

Our History

Headquartered in London, UK, The International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) represents the sustainability profession globally regarding standard-setting, and advocates on behalf of the profession to international organisations, governments, businesses, non-governmental organisations and civil society. In addition to ensuring compliance with best practice and certification standards it sets globally, IASE also provides the most relevant knowledge and resources in supporting and protecting the evolving public interest. We’re shaping a sustainable future. You need to be part of it!

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Governance:
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The Board is our governing body and its role is to promote the long-term sustainable success of the IASE and to generate value for its members and stakeholders worldwide.

The Companies Act 2006 Company limited by guarantee. Adopted on 02 July 2020

IASE Articles of Association PDF

Governance:
Understand more about IASE corporate governance

The Board is our governing body and its role is to promote the long-term sustainable success of the IASE and to generate value for its members and stakeholders worldwide.

The Companies Act 2006 Company limited by guarantee. Adopted on 02 July 2020

IASE Articles of Association PDF

Executive Committee

Carmen Micu | IASE Chairwoman of the Board

Carmen Micu is Founder and Board Member of ENVISIA-Boards of Elite, the first Business School in Romania for Board Directors. She is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in general management and in marketing & communication, having held local, regional and global assignments, in companies such as Beiersdorf AG Hamburg, Wella AG and Omnicom Media Group, and covering an array of industries from FMCG to Pharma and Media & Advertising.

Strong business development professional, Carmen holds two Masters degrees and is an alumna from prestigious schools: IESE Business School, Wharton University, Kellogg School of Management- Northwestern University, “Politehnica” University Bucharest, ASEBUSS Bucharest, University of Washington. She has been a member of Professional Women’s Network Romania from its very inception in November 2011, currently being its Board Vice-President Membership Experience.

Since 2019 she is also Chair of the Nomination Committee PWN Global and has been nominated PWN Global Member of the Year in 2019. Since 2016 is member of The “Independent Directors’ Association” (AAI).

Godfrey N. Nti | IASE Vice Chairman of the Board

Godfrey Nti is an Entrepreneur, Business Leader, Strategy Consultant and an International Speaker. He has held various leadership positions throughout his 22 year working career. Currently he is the Executive Director of GNN Strategy Consultants as well as Managing Director of The Leads People Marketing Strategy Pty Ltd – both entities specialising in providing holistic strategy advice to companies. He also holds a couple of directorships throughout Africa: he is an independent non-executive director on the board of three companies and one not-for-profit organisation.

Prior to Godfrey’s current roles as stated above, Godfrey was Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI) from 2009-2018. During this time, he also held the position of Chairman of the CEO Committee of the Global Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB), a global standard setting body for the financial planning profession. Furthermore, he was the Group Accountant of National Investment and Savings Bank from 1999 – 2000 and then Financial Director of De Montfort University South Africa from 2001-2005.

Godfrey holds a Masters Level Professional Qualification in Management Accounting and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. He also holds a Higher Diploma in African Political Economics from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute,  University of Pretoria.

Karim Zouhdi | IASE Secretary of the Board

Born in Tossa de Mar, Girona. Karim is 43 years old, married and has one child. He is a certified financial planner and financial analyst with +16 years professional working experience. He is an active member of the Instituto Español de Analistas Financieros (IEAF). At international level he held relevant positions such as Executive Manager of the European Financial Planning Association (EFPA). Karim has significant experience as consultant on the domains of European cross border regulatory affairs, asset and wealth management and corporate and institutional international relations.
He is involved in a global multicultural finance and ESG environment in direct contact with key opinion Leaders, international regulators and regional and multilateral entities.

Executive Committee

Carmen Micu | IASE Chairwoman of the Board

Carmen Micu is Founder and Board Member of ENVISIA-Boards of Elite, the first Business School in Romania for Board Directors. She is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in general management and in marketing & communication, having held local, regional and global assignments, in companies such as Beiersdorf AG Hamburg, Wella AG and Omnicom Media Group, and covering an array of industries from FMCG to Pharma and Media & Advertising.

Strong business development professional, Carmen holds two Masters degrees and is an alumna from prestigious schools: IESE Business School, Wharton University, Kellogg School of Management- Northwestern University, “Politehnica” University Bucharest, ASEBUSS Bucharest, University of Washington. She has been a member of Professional Women’s Network Romania from its very inception in November 2011, currently being its Board Vice-President Membership Experience.

Since 2019 she is also Chair of the Nomination Committee PWN Global and has been nominated PWN Global Member of the Year in 2019. Since 2016 is member of The “Independent Directors’ Association” (AAI).

Godfrey N. Nti | IASE Vice Chairman of the Board

Godfrey Nti is an Entrepreneur, Business Leader, Strategy Consultant and an International Speaker. He has held various leadership positions throughout his 22 year working career. Currently he is the Executive Director of GNN Strategy Consultants as well as Managing Director of The Leads People Marketing Strategy Pty Ltd – both entities specialising in providing holistic strategy advice to companies. He also holds a couple of directorships throughout Africa: he is an independent non-executive director on the board of three companies and one not-for-profit organisation.

Prior to Godfrey’s current roles as stated above, Godfrey was Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI) from 2009-2018. During this time, he also held the position of Chairman of the CEO Committee of the Global Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB), a global standard setting body for the financial planning profession. Furthermore, he was the Group Accountant of National Investment and Savings Bank from 1999 – 2000 and then Financial Director of De Montfort University South Africa from 2001-2005.

Godfrey holds a Masters Level Professional Qualification in Management Accounting and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. He also holds a Higher Diploma in African Political Economics from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute,  University of Pretoria.

Karim Zouhdi | IASE Secretary of the Board

Born in Tossa de Mar, Girona. Karim is 43 years old, married and has one child. He is a certified financial planner and financial analyst with +16 years professional working experience. He is an active member of the Instituto Español de Analistas Financieros (IEAF). At international level he held relevant positions such as Executive Manager of the European Financial Planning Association (EFPA). Karim has significant experience as consultant on the domains of European cross border regulatory affairs, asset and wealth management and corporate and institutional international relations.
He is involved in a global multicultural finance and ESG environment in direct contact with key opinion Leaders, international regulators and regional and multilateral entities.

IASE Ethics Committee

Professor Charles W Munn. OBE, FCBI | Ethics Committee Chair

Charles Munn is a Scottish banker and academic. Currently he serves on the board of the European Financial Planning Association and is chairman of the Erskine Cunningham Hill Trust, a charitable foundation.

From 1988-2007 he was Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. While in that role he served a term as President of the European Bank Training Network and became chairman of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in Scotland. He also co-wrote ‘Ethics, Integrity and Reputation’ a handbook for bankers. His other writings on the subject of business ethics have been published internationally.

He is the author of seven books on the development of Financial Institutions. His latest work is ‘Minister of Money’ a biography of Rev. Henry Duncan, founder of the savings bank movement.

He has served on the boards or committees of a number of professional bodies including the Customer Contact Association, the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

He is an honorary professor in the Universities of Glasgow and Dundee. In his spare time he plays golf at Aberdour and ST Andrews.

Academic Committee

Manuel Gómez | Chairman

Manuel Gómez y founder and President – CEO of Avangreen, an organisation that has delivered sustainable infrastructures in 18 countries across the world.
Specialist in Governance, Sustainability and Finance, Manuel also serves as board member, advisor and counsellor of public and private institutions in the fields of governance, sustainability, energy and climate change.
Investor and entrepreneur with vast international business development experience, he previously worked as Managing Director and regional Finance VP with multinational companies in the energy and technology sectors.
Manuel holds degrees from Cambridge University (UK), London School of Economics (UK) and Alcala University (ESP). Author of the book “Financial keys of Climate Change”.

Dr Gabriela Hartescu | BoD representative

Gabriela has over 20 years of experience in the field of professional training and academic education in finance and banking, having held various managerial positions and responsibilities both in Romania and at the European level: Chief Executive Officer at the Romanian Banking Institute (RBI), member of the Board of Directors and Chairperson of Triple E EFCB Committee at the European Banking and Financial Services Training Association (EBTN), etc. She is also a senior trainer and delivers seminars on international trade finance.

Johan Aucamp | Academic Commitee

Johan Aucamp, Certified Financial Planner ®, who is also a qualified assessor has a decade of experience in professional bodies= business development and in training, education & conducting licensing examinations in the financial sector. Johan has detailed knowledge of the development process of multiple choice examinations, question bank security= and the practicalities around general exam management and rolling out exams online.

John Akuoko-Tawiah | Academic Commitee

John Akuoko-Tawiah is the ESG / Sustainable Finance Expert Lead for Financial Institutions (FIs)/Consultant at CHAiNT Afrique Strategic Sustainability Consulting, the Consulting arm of CHAiNT Group. He is an Environmental, Social and Governance Safeguard and Resilience Specialist with multi-sectoral experience in the development of Environment, Social Risk Assessment and Management in Ghana. John’s experience spans from 10 years of experience in Credit Management, Operational Risk, ESG Audit Protocols and assessment in Financial Institutions and developing new environmental and social safeguards procedures and policies, providing environmental and social risk management training to diverse audiences, developing and managing sustainability reporting processes.

John H. Song | Academic Committee 

John H. Song is a global visionary business architect focusing on global transformation through sustainable, smart, green and strategic transformation of economies, business ecosystems and enterprises. With experience over 32 years in industrial visioning, strategic enterprise management, integrative business-technology architecture design and implementation, enterprise ICT systems implementation, and global collaboration and project management, he worked and served for global enterprises and institutions, including IBM, Business Consulting Services, TELUS, Samsung, Hyundai, Fujitsu Consulting, Green Climate Fund(GCF) and various enterprises over vast landscape of industries and international fields. He currently leads global programs for smart green innovation at Global Research and Development Business Center(GRC) of Seoul National University as Deputy Director.
He architected and is actively implementing the Framework of Breakthroughs(Sense, Structure, Stream, Scalability and Speed) and 4 Holistic Dimensions of Transformation(Inspiration, Innovation, Integration and Implementation) through dynamic collaboration and strategic engagement with global institutes and business leaders.

Professor Ugo Rigoni | Academic Commitee

Ugo Rigoni is Professor of Financial Markets and Institutions in the Department of Management at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he received his Ph.D. From 2014 to 2020 he has been the Dean of Ca’ Foscari Challenge School, the school for executive education of the university.
He is member of national and international associations of university researchers and teachers in banking and finance (such as European Financial Management Association, Multinational Finance Association, Financial Management Association). He has been first President and later Member of the North East Section of the Italian Financial Advisor Register.
His main research interests are in financial institutions, behavioural finance and corporate sustainability. He has published books and articles in leading international journals, such as European Financial Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management.

Sven Putfarken | Academic Commitee

Sven Putfarken is CEO of the MPV Finance Group in Hamburg and the IFNP Institute for Finance and Estate Planning in Berlin. He is on the board of the network financial planner e. V. and the IASE Deutschland e. V. and organizes events and all-day specialist conferences throughout Germany. In addition, he acts as a speaker on financial planning topics, devotes himself to the dissemination of financial planning ideas and is a fund advisor for the HANSEATISCHEN foundation fund.
He is 42 years old, married and has two children.

Academic Committee

Manuel Gómez | Chairman

Manuel Gómez y founder and President – CEO of Avangreen, an organisation that has delivered sustainable infrastructures in 18 countries across the world.
Specialist in Governance, Sustainability and Finance, Manuel also serves as board member, advisor and counsellor of public and private institutions in the fields of governance, sustainability, energy and climate change.
Investor and entrepreneur with vast international business development experience, he previously worked as Managing Director and regional Finance VP with multinational companies in the energy and technology sectors.
Manuel holds degrees from Cambridge University (UK), London School of Economics (UK) and Alcala University (ESP). Author of the book “Financial keys of Climate Change”.

Dr Gabriela Hartescu | BoD representative

Gabriela has over 20 years of experience in the field of professional training and academic education in finance and banking, having held various managerial positions and responsibilities both in Romania and at the European level: Chief Executive Officer at the Romanian Banking Institute (RBI), member of the Board of Directors and Chairperson of Triple E EFCB Committee at the European Banking and Financial Services Training Association (EBTN), etc. She is also a senior trainer and delivers seminars on international trade finance.

Johan Aucamp | Academic Commitee

Johan Aucamp, Certified Financial Planner ®, who is also a qualified assessor has a decade of experience in professional bodies= business development and in training, education & conducting licensing examinations in the financial sector. Johan has detailed knowledge of the development process of multiple choice examinations, question bank security= and the practicalities around general exam management and rolling out exams online.

John H Song | Academic Committee

John H. Song is a global visionary business architect focusing on global transformation through sustainable, smart, green and strategic transformation of economies, business ecosystems and enterprises. With experience over 32 years in industrial visioning, strategic enterprise management, integrative business-technology architecture design and implementation, enterprise ICT systems implementation, and global collaboration and project management, he worked and served for global enterprises and institutions, including IBM, Business Consulting Services, TELUS, Samsung, Hyundai, Fujitsu Consulting, Green Climate Fund(GCF) and various enterprises over vast landscape of industries and international fields. He currently leads global programs for smart green innovation at Global Research and Development Business Center(GRC) of Seoul National University as Deputy Director.
He architected and is actively implementing the Framework of Breakthroughs(Sense, Structure, Stream, Scalability and Speed) and 4 Holistic Dimensions of Transformation(Inspiration, Innovation, Integration and Implementation) through dynamic collaboration and strategic engagement with global institutes and business leaders.

John Akuoko-Tawiah | Academic Commitee

John Akuoko-Tawiah is the ESG / Sustainable Finance Expert Lead for Financial Institutions (FIs)/Consultant at CHAiNT Afrique Strategic Sustainability Consulting, the Consulting arm of CHAiNT Group. He is an Environmental, Social and Governance Safeguard and Resilience Specialist with multi-sectoral experience in the development of Environment, Social Risk Assessment and Management in Ghana. John’s experience spans from 10 years of experience in Credit Management, Operational Risk, ESG Audit Protocols and assessment in Financial Institutions and developing new environmental and social safeguards procedures and policies, providing environmental and social risk management training to diverse audiences, developing and managing sustainability reporting processes.

Professor Ugo Rigoni | Academic Commitee

Ugo Rigoni is Professor of Financial Markets and Institutions in the Department of Management at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he received his Ph.D. From 2014 to 2020 he has been the Dean of Ca’ Foscari Challenge School, the school for executive education of the university.
He is member of national and international associations of university researchers and teachers in banking and finance (such as European Financial Management Association, Multinational Finance Association, Financial Management Association). He has been first President and later Member of the North East Section of the Italian Financial Advisor Register.
His main research interests are in financial institutions, behavioural finance and corporate sustainability. He has published books and articles in leading international journals, such as European Financial Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management.

Sven Putfarken | Academic Commitee

Sven Putfarken is CEO of the MPV Finance Group in Hamburg and the IFNP Institute for Finance and Estate Planning in Berlin. He is on the board of the network financial planner e. V. and the IASE Deutschland e. V. and organizes events and all-day specialist conferences throughout Germany. In addition, he acts as a speaker on financial planning topics, devotes himself to the dissemination of financial planning ideas and is a fund advisor for the HANSEATISCHEN foundation fund.
He is 42 years old, married and has two children.

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