Speakers at the Sustainable finance roundtable

7 December 2021

Ursula Bordas







Ursula leads the sustainability-related disclosure work of EIOPA, and as such represents EIOPA in the Joint Committee work on the Regulatory Technical Standards on Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, including amendments from the Taxonomy Regulation. She is also involved in policy development concerning retail investment protection. Previously responsible for cost and return transparency.

Prior to joining EIOPA in 2017, Ursula worked in Brussels as senior advisor at PensionsEurope and as consultant specialising in financial services. Ursula began her career in the European Parliament where she worked on the cooperation with national parliaments.

Ursula has a Master of Science in Management from the Vrije University Brussel, a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe and a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of Warsaw.

Jérôme Bourtembourg

National Bank of Belgium






Jérôme joined the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) in 2015. As Senior Policy Advisor, he is primarily responsible for capital requirement and sustainable finance in the area of insurance. He represents the NBB in several EIOPA working groups (sustainable finance, capital requirement, etc.) and is EIOPA Sustainable Finance Project Group Leader since June 2021. He represents also the NBB in the Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF) and in the IAIS Capital, Solvency and Field-Testing Working Group. Prior to joining the NBB, he worked for EY in the European Actuarial Services where he held several actuarial consultancy positions. He is a qualified actuary of the Institute of Actuaries in Belgium (IABE) and holds a Master of Science in Actuarial Science from HEC Lausanne Business School, Switzerland.

Nathan Fabian

United Nations






Nathan Fabian is the Chief Responsible Investment Officer at the United Nations-supported principles for responsible investment. Nathan is also the rapporteur for the Taxonomy Group of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and was an observer on the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and part of the secretariat for the UK Green Finance Taskforce.

Sandra Hack







Sandra Hack is a Principal Expert on Policy at EIOPA. Most recently, she led EIOPA’s advice on insurers’ key performance indicators on sustainability for non-financial reporting.

Before that, she managed the 2019 EIOPA pension stress test, which was the first European stress test addressing environmental risks. Sandra has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, auditing, corporate reporting, academia and international standard-setting.

Irene Heemskerk

European Central Bank






Irene Heemskerk joined the European Central Bank in June 2021 to head the Climate Change Centre. She is responsible for shaping and steering the ECB’s climate agenda internally and externally. In the first half of 2021 she was involved as a sustainability fellow in the work of the IFRS Foundation on setting up a sustainability standards board.

Prior to that Irene was advisor to the Chair of the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System at De Nederlandsche Bank, a position she held between December 2017 and December 2020. Irene held various positions at De Nederlandsche Bank, including Secretary to the Board for Supervision and Legal Counsel. She holds a master’s degree in international and European law from Leiden University.

Petra Hielkema


Petra is EIOPA Chairperson and is leading the Authority since September 2021. On 27 May 2021 the Council adopted the decision to appoint her after the confirmation by the European Parliament on 18 May 2021.

Prior to that role she was Division Director Insurance Supervision at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB, the Dutch Central Bank). The division is responsible for the supervision of the Dutch insurance sector. Petra joined DNB in February 2007. In 2013 she became Head Insurance Policy. In 2015 she was appointed as Head of the DNB Expert Center for Fit & Proper testing, assessing (supervisory and management) board members in the financial sector. In February 2017 she started as Director of Payments and Market Infrastructures and was responsible for the payments and collateral operations of the central bank, oversight, policy and cyberintelligence. Also the TIBER project (Threat Intelligence Based Ethical Red teaming) was part of her responsibilities. Prior to joining the Dutch Central Bank Petra had an international career in the oil and gas industry.

Petra was an Alternate Member of the EIOPA Board of Supervisors. She was also the Chair of the EIOPA Policy Committee.

Petra has a European Masters in Law & Economics and a Masters in Russian Studies. She is married and proud mother of three children.


Petr Jakubik







Petr Jakubik leads the Financial Stability Team at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) responsible for financial stability analyses and assessments including insurance and pension stress tests, financial stability reports, risk dashboard and research.

Previously, he was working as an economist at the European Central Bank, Technical Adviser at the Bank for International Settlements, financial stability consultant at the Oesterreichische Nationalbank and Central Bank of Malta, chief economist at the Czech National Bank, visiting researcher at the Bank of Finland and credit risk analyst in the private banking sector. He received the Financial Stability Institute Award 2008 and Irving Fisher Committee Award 2010 of the Bank for International Settlements.

In 2012-2013, he was the President of the Czech Economic Society. He provided extensive technical assistance in the area of financial stability, designed macro stress tests for the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, National Bank of Serbia and Central Bank of Malta. He regularly gives trainings and presentations on financial stability issues in different international fora, having sound policy-relevant publication record. In 2015, he was habilitated as an associate professor in economic theories by the Charles University.

He lectures at the Charles University and the University of Finance and Administration in Prague. He holds two doctorate degrees in finance and economics, three master degrees in economics, statistics & insurance mathematics, and mathematics & computer sciences

Didier Millerot

European Commission






Didier Millerot has been Head of the European Commission’s Insurance and Pensions unit since 2019. He is currently in charge of the Solvency II review and also represents the EC at the EIOPA Board of Supervisors and the IAIS ExCo. He has worked for the EC since 1994.

He held several legal posts at DG MARKT, which he joined in 1997 and where, the same year, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Asset Management unit and took an active part in the negotiation of the UCITS IV and AIFM Directives.

After a year of secondment to the cabinet of Commissioner Barnier, Didier was appointed Head of the Accounting and Financial Reporting unit in 2012 and worked there during the period when the Accounting Directive was simplified and new transparency requirements were introduced (non-financial reporting).

He then joined the FISMA/D2 unit in 2015 during a period when new EU legislation on covered bonds was introduced. Didier also led the review of prudential requirements for investment firms.

Fabian Regele







Fabian joined EIOPA as a policy expert on sustainable finance in June 2021. Prior to his role at EIOPA, Fabian has been a researcher at the International Center for Insurance Regulation (ICIR) at Goethe University Frankfurt and holds a doctoral degree in finance. His research is focusing on various topics in micro- and macroprudential insurance regulation as well as sustainable finance.

Pamela Schuermans







Pamela Schuermans is Principal Expert on Insurance Policy at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), based in Frankfurt am Main. Her career covers 15 years of European policymaking in insurance and pensions’ supervision.

She is currently responsible for the integration of environmental, social and governance risks (ESG) into insurance and pension policy and regulation. This includes developing policy solutions on climate and pandemic protection gaps to improve societal resilience to catastrophe risks, as well as reporting, governance and risk management requirements for climate-related risks.

In previous leading roles, she has led the Solvency II project at CEIOPS and EIOPA and coordinated EIOPA’s policy regarding Brexit. Before joining EIOPA, Pamela worked for the Belgian financial supervisory authority. She is a lawyer with degrees in finance and actuarial studies and speaks fluently English, French, Dutch and German.

Carina Silberg







Carina Silberg was appointed Head of Governance and Sustainability at Alecta in September 2020, having joined the company as Head of Sustainability in 2017.

She leads a team within Alecta asset management that is responsible for advancing ESG integration and overseeing the sustainability work. Previous experiences include leading a CSR and Sustainability practice at a corporate communications advisory firm, the role as Senior ESG analyst and Head of Engagement at GES Investment Services (now part of Sustainalytics).

Carina Silberg represents Alecta in a number of initiatives including Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development (SISD) facilitated by Sida, and has worked alongside Alecta CEO Magnus Billing in the EU HLEG on Sustainable Finance.

Justin Wray







Justin Wray is Head of the Policy Department and Head of the Insurance Policy Unit. At EIOPA Justin has been responsible for the provision of advice on the IORP II directive, EIOPA's technical standards and guidelines required under the Solvency II directive.

Before joining EIOPA in May 2011, Justin worked at the UK Pensions Regulator in a number of operational and policy roles including as Head of Pensions Administration and Governance. Prior to this, Justin worked at the UK Treasury on financial services regulation and international debt issues, and at the UK Department for International Development.

Justin holds bachelors and masters degrees in economics (Universities of Southampton and Warwick), and an MBA from Cranfield University.