We are an independent organisation, not linked with any political party nor any industry.
We are a small team of academic, ex financial market and advocacy professionals. Our respective experiences led us to conclude that while there was a tremendous expertise on environmental matters in the CSO universe, fewer civil society organisations were engaging in complementary and essential angles such as finance, looking at the nuts and bolts of green financial markets and instruments.
Daniela Gabor – Co-founder
Daniela is Professor in Economics at the UWE Bristol. She holds a PhD in Banking and Finance from the University of Stirling. She has published on central banking in crisis, on the governance of global banks and the IMF, on shadow banking and repo markets; her research has been funded by UK and EU grants.
Frédéric Hache – Co-founder and executive director
After 12 years working in investment banking, designing and selling currency derivatives, Frédéric joined NGO Finance Watch at its creation in 2011, where he managed the policy analysis team and analyzed European
prudential regulation of banks and capital markets
Julie Pernet – Co-founder and board member
Julie works to develop EHF policies and advocacy in the field of women’s rights, freedom of religion and belief, rule of law, stem cells research and LGBTI rights. She also works as liaison officer for EHF member organisations. Julie is also lecturer at the Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies.
Reza Opdebeeck – Co-founder and board member / chair of the board
A former policy advisor for the green group at the European and Belgian parliaments, Reza is also a communication and media expert, having headed NGO Finance Watch communication’s team and worked as a journalist for Belgian daily Le Soir.
Mark Perera – Co-founder and board Member / secretary of the board
A seasoned researcher and advocacy expert, Mark has worked for several years at the EU level for Amnesty International and Transparency International. Prior to this, he worked in NGOs in the conflict resolution and youth fields and for an EU agency. Mark now works at Eurodad as senior networking and advocacy officer.
Gilles Huart – Co-founder and board member / treasurer
A finance expert, Gilles spent 22 years working as a derivatives salesperson in an investment bank. Gilles now teaches finance at HEC business school and manages an eco-friendly lodge.