WWF European Policy Office
Mr Sebastian Godinot has worked in the environmental sector for over 16 years and is currently the economist of WWF European Policy Office and Head of the Sustainable finance unit. His area of expertise lies in public and private finance, budgetary and subsidy issues, and the wider issue of sustainable economy. He is leading a WWF programme aiming at reforming EU investment policies to integrate sustainability requirements (notably the Capital Markets Union). He is coordinating a project with twelve WWF European national offices engaging with the 100 largest European asset owners and aiming for the <2°C climate alignment of investment portfolios. In the EU High Level Expert group on sustainable finance commissioned by the European Commission in 2017, he was Sherpa of Pascal Canfin, the WWF representative, and as such involved in most technical discussions. Mr Godinot has been leading the WWF International campaign “Seize your Power” on the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to successfully ban coal funding and boost support for renewable energy and energy savings in both public banks in 2013. Previously Mr Godinot led the WWF EU-wide campaign, with a wide coalition of environmental NGOs, on the €1 trillion EU Budget 2014-2020 (Multiannual Financial Framework) – focusing especially on Cohesion Policy, Common Agricultural Policy, developments funds and LIFE. Mr Godinot has published an influential two-volume analysis Unlocking the Potential of the EU Budget. Mr Godinot holds a postgraduate degree in Environmental Law from the University of Strasbourg, a Master’s degree in Private and Economic Law at Lyon University and holds a diploma in Business Management from Lyon Business School, one of the most renowned French business schools.