Marta Simonetti is an experienced green finance director based in London and member of the Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC) of the School of Law, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She worked in the City of London, initially in marketing and then in development and transition banking for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In 2018 she set up Globalfields Ltd, a consulting, advisory and training firm which specialises in green finance, sustainable development and transformational leadership for climate action.
In recent years, Marta has carried out several assignments at senior level for the Green Climate Fund, WWF-US, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank, Conservation International, the German Development Cooperation GIZ, IPC - Partners for Development GmbH, the Climate Policy Initiative, Euromoney Learning, Absolute Energy Capital, as well as for private equity companies and governments. She is now focusing on green transition and its interaction with development and environmental rights, working with governments, financial institutions, the consultancy and academic sector in Europe, Africa, Central Asia and south-east Asia.
Her main skills are in climate and environmental governance, fund management (legal and institutional structuring), blended finance structuring (mixed participation equity and loans; revolving funds; guarantee funds), resource mobilisation, programme structuring in climate and environmental finance. Marta also offers pro-bono work for the delivery of presentations and leadership training programmes specific in the areas of green finance, climate change and environmental degradation, in particular for schools and in careers events at universities in London.
Marta speaks five languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and German. She is also a certified professional coach (CPC) and an experienced yoga and meditation teacher (E-RYT), with a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); a Diploma in Management (Birkbeck, University of London); Climate Change Science and Policy specialisation (Imperial College); Climate and Sustainability Leadership (Cambridge University). She has also recently completed her Senior Management Programme at the Judge Business School, Cambridge. Marta is currently conducting research in environmental law and sustainable development at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Together with SOAS Professor Cullet, she recently authored a pro-bono report commissioned by Amnesty International on the corporate due diligence for environmental and human rights.