Chief Climate Change Expert, European Investment Bank; Rapporteur of EU Platform on Sustainable Finance
Nancy Saich is a chartered civil engineer who specialised early in her career in transport projects and more specifically in ports and coastal work. 25 years ago, she became involved in the discussions in the maritime engineering industry on the challenges of incorporating climate change impacts into the design guidance for maritime projects. This was the beginning of her close interest in climate change. After 13 years of work as a consulting engineer, she joined the European Investment Bank in 1998.
Nancy is one of the longest standing members of the Bank’s Environmental Assessment Group, providing the Bank’s Project Teams with due diligence support on environmental and climate matters on a wide range of projects funded by the Bank. She is also a founder member of the Bank’s Inter-Directorate Climate Working Group. Following her move to the Bank’s Environment, Climate and Social Office in 2011, Nancy has a specific role as EIB’s Chief Climate Change Expert, and is responsible for leading the work on Paris Alignment with other MDBs, Climate Finance definitions and impact reporting, including the Carbon Footprint of the Bank’s Project portfolio. She also works on the definitions and impact reporting for the Bank’s Green Bonds – the EIB’s Climate Awareness Bonds, and works closely with other Finance Institutions on impact reporting harmonisation.
Most recently, since 2018, Nancy was a Member of the EU’s “TEG” - Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, and has now joined the EU Platform for Sustainable Finance as Rapporteur for the “harmful and neutral” taxonomy group.