Advisory Board

Débísí Àràbà, Ph.D.

Débísí is an environmental policy and strategy specialist. He is the Regional Director for Africa at the CGIAR’s International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), focusing on climate-smart agriculture, building ecosystems action, sustainable food systems and big data. He was previously the Senior Technical Adviser on Environmental Policy to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria and the team leader of the Environment and Climate Change Unit in the Ministry (2012-2015). Débísí holds a MSc in Clean Technology from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, a Doctorate degree from Imperial College London and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Sven Lidén

Sven was CEO and Head of Investor Relations and Marketing of Adveq, a Swiss asset manager with over USD 8 billion in AUM. He joined the company in 2011 and left his role following the sale of Adveq to Schroders, UK’s biggest listed fund manager. Sven was responsible for the coordination of all investor related activities and a member of Adveq’s Management Committee. Before joining Adveq, Sven worked for 10 years at Man Investments, most recently as the Head of Product Strategy and Business Development. Prior to this, he was a member of the Executive Management Team at RMF, where he acted as Head of Business Development and Client Services, Head of Portfolio Management and Head of Global Leveraged Finance.

Arun Sharma

Arun is the president of Grovepike Associates, a financial and development advisory firm based in Washington DC that provides strategic and financial advice to several global financial services firms and impact investors. Prior to establishing Grovepike Associates, Arun was Chief Investment Officer at IFC focused on investment and advisory projects in Financial Services. During his 28 year career at IFC, he was involved in a range of pioneering initiatives across the globe including privatization of state owned enterprises in Eastern Europe, development of infrastructure and climate finance in Asia and Latin America, and launching securitizations in several emerging markets. Arun also worked with the Reserve Bank of India focusing on foreign investment in India’s financial markets and liberalization of foreign exchange, capital and gold controls. Currently, he also serves as a Senior Advisor to the IFC, as a Non Resident Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Finance, and on the Global Advisory Council of AXA/XL insurance, among other mandates.


Christian Speckhardt

Christian led the growth of responsAbility from USD 80 million in 2006 to over USD 3 billion in AUM in 2018 as CIO, member of the investment committee and member of executive management responsible for debt financing activities, origination, portfolio management, risk management, operations and finance. Following a degree in banking & finance, Christian worked at Credit Suisse First Boston’s corporate, investment banking and credit risk departments before joining Zurich Insurance Group’s group treasury corporate finance departments. He later headed the investor relations department of a small listed private equity company and became group treasurer of the Swiss cable and telco company Cablecom (including during its IPO preparations and trade sale).

The Advisory Board is an informal body composed by accomplished professionals, who have agreed to contribute with expertise and provide non-binding strategic advice to the management of the company. The Advisory Board is distinct from the Board of Directors.