LuxFLAG is pleased to announce the appointment of eight new Eligibility Committee Members.
LuxFLAG Eligibility Committee refers to an independent pool of industry experts, who are not employed by the LuxFLAG but work for the agency on a voluntary basis.
Each LuxFLAG Label has its own Eligibility Committee, comprised of independent experts, representing different subject matter expertise. The Committees are made up of academics, analysts, auditors, consultants and economists.
LuxFLAG counts 5 Eligibility Committees, namely:
- Climate Finance Label Eligibility Committee (CFLEC)
- Environment Label Eligibility Committee (ENVLEC)
- ESG Label Eligibility Committee (ESGLEC)
- Green Bond Label Eligibility Committee (GBLEC)
- Microfinance Label Eligibility Committee (MLEC)
The Label Eligibility Committee is an integral part of the application review process. Each Committee brings expertise and knowledge, along with different views and opinions from diverse perspectives.
LuxFLAG’s new Eligibility Committee Members include:
- Julie Castiaux
With over 14 years of experience in sustainability, Julie is Sustainable Finance Director at KPMG Luxembourg. In her previous role as Senior Manager at Deloitte Luxembourg, she was in charge of the coordination of the sustainability services. Passionate about nature, ecology and economic issues, Julie is an active expert in sustainability for the public and private sector. Her specialties include climate change and sustainability strategy. Her involvement in projects helps clients to progress towards sustainability by reducing their carbon footprints and environmental and social impact. She also supports financial institutions in understanding and complying with sustainable finance regulations and in the development of the ESG products strategy. Julie advises companies to improve their reporting on sustainability, with particular recommendations on environmental, human resources and health and safety reporting. Julie has represented Deloitte at the International Climate Finance Accelerator and is also part of the ALFI working group on sustainable finance.
Julie has a Master in geology and attended a complementary training as environmental adviser (IEC Namur) and in management (ICHEC). She has the accreditation Bilan Carbone® from ADEME and has been trained to the ERS (Ecosystem Services review) methodology.
Julie Castiaux joins the LuxFLAG Climate Finance Label Eligibility Committee (“CFLEC”) and LuxFLAG Environment Label Eligibility Committee (“ELEC”)
- Claudia Dambax
Claudia Dambax is the deputy head of the Board Advisory Team. She has in-depth experiences in the fund structuring, operational management, legal, corporate governance and board advisory. She is experienced with a broad client base from private clients, ultra high-net worth individuals to institutional client, international financial institutions and development finance institutions. She works for more than 15 years in the financial services sector at the private sector and at European level. She administered and managed UCITS and alternative investment funds (as VC/PE, private debt, real estate) and since 2010 focuses on the sustainable finance space and its (public-private partnership) funds. Prior to joining Innpact, Claudia worked for Oppenheim Asset Management, Deutsche Asset Management and for the European Investment Fund. Claudia studied at the Free university Berlin (Germany), at the Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada) and at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Germany). In addition, she hold a certification in Sustainable Business Strategy from the Harvard Business School. Claudia is business fluent in her mother tongue German, English and French.
Claudia Dambax joins the LuxFLAG Climate Finance Label Eligibility Committee (“CFLEC”).
- Alyssa Di Cara
Alyssa Di Cara is an attachée and project manager in climate and sustainable finance at the Luxembourg Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development. Prior to joining the Ministry, Alyssa was a researcher for Sustainability at Accenture Research in Frankfurt, part of Accenture’s Innovation Architecture for Growth & Strategy. Alyssa held an earlier position as ESG Analyst at Sustainalytics. Her interests include sustainable finance, circular economy, business responsibility and ethics and responsible technology, travel and photography.
Alyssa holds a Master of Arts in Human Rights from Columbia University of the City of New York, USA.
Alyssa Di Cara joins the LuxFLAG ESG Label Eligibility Committee (“ESGLEC”)
- Claudia Hitaj
Claudia Hitaj is a research economist at the Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology. From 2013-2019, she was an economist in the Resource and Rural Economics Division of the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. She joined the Environmental Sustainability and Circularity unit of LIST in September 2019 where she is leading research on sustainable finance. Claudia has 25+ publications on various topics in energy, environmental, and agricultural economics, including on sustainable finance and renewable power.
Claudia Hitaj joins the LuxFLAG Environment Label Eligibility Committee (“ELEC”) and LuxFLAG ESG Label Eligibility Committee (“ESGLEC”)
- François Koulischer
François Koulischer is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Luxembourg School of Finance (LSF) of the Université du Luxembourg. His research interests include financial intermediation, monetary and macroeconomics and housing finance. Before joining the LSF, he was an economist at the Central Bank of Luxembourg and the Bank of France.
He holds a Ph.D. from the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
François Koulischer joins the LuxFLAG ESG Label Eligibility Committee (“ESGLEC”)
- Garvan (Garry) Rory Pieters
Garry Pieters is an ILA-certified, independent director with over 30 years of experience in the field of finance and asset management. In early 2010 he joined The Directors’ Office as a Partner and has several mandates as an independent director and/or conducting officer for a number of Luxembourg funds and management companies. He began his career in commodities, foreign exchange and money-markets trading at Commerzbank, after which he became a portfolio manager of fixed income and money market funds at (what became) ING. He spent a total of 22 years with ING, becoming the general manager of ING Investment Luxembourg in 1994 and in late 1999 he set up an asset management joint-venture for ING in Singapore where he was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. In 2002 he became the Executive Vice President at the ING asset management joint-venture in South Korea. In 2006 he became responsible for business development of ING’s Fiduciary Pension Services in the Hague.
Garvan (Garry) Rory Pieters joins the LuxFLAG Microfinance Label Eligibility Committee (“MLEC”)
- David Suetens
David Suetens is the founder of Bridgebuilding and an Independent Director with financial services risk and business understanding with two INED mandates, one as Chair and one as Risk Chair. He was executive vice president and international chief risk officer for State Street Corporation with responsibility for leading the company’s risk management function internationally. David joined State Street in May 2012 after several senior global positions held at ING Investment Management Europe, ABN AMRO Asset Management and EUROCLEAR.
David holds a Faculty of Law – Juris Doctor from the Catholic University Leuven and a degree in investment advice from St Aloysius University in Brussels. He holds a master’s degree in international banking law and finance from Boston University School of Law.
David joins the LuxFLAG Climate Finance Label Eligibility Committee (“CFLEC”) and LuxFLAG ESG Label Eligibility Committee (“ESGLEC”)
- Dario Zambotti
Dario is audit Director in our investment management team and coordinates the sustainability assurance services and the Italian business community. Dario has more than 15 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, servicing investment management clients in Luxembourg and Dublin with a specialization in UCITS, Hedge Funds, impact funds, alternative investment funds and Management Companies. He started his career in Milan as external auditor for manufacturing and commercial companies. His experience on impact funds led him leading the initiatives and the development of assurance services on sustainable finance within the audit department cross industries.
Dario holds the practicing certificate issued by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and he is currently IRE (Institut des réviseurs d’entreprises) candidate.
Dario Zambotti joins the LuxFLAG ESG Label Eligibility Committee (“ESGLEC”)
LuxFLAG warmly welcomes its new Eligibility Committee Members and looks forward to close collaboration and inviting their contribution during the LuxFLAG Labels application review process.