Madeleine Ronquest

Head of Environmental, Social & Climate Risk Management
FirstRand Limited

Madeleine Ronquest is the Head of Environmental, Social & Climate Risk Management Change in the FirstRand financial services group (South Africa) and her portfolio includes environmental and social risk management, climate-related risk and opportunity management, climate/green finance and positive impact banking and investment. She has been with the Group for 20 years.

Her professional background includes environmental science, risk management, climate risk management and environmental law. Her role is to ensure that FirstRand is positioned as one of the global thought leaders in climate change, natural capital management, positive impact finance, responsible investment and sustainable development finance.

She is an eternal student and an international speaker and has taken leadership roles in the development of the UN Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB), board committees of UNEPFI (United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative), the informal working group of the task force for natural capital accounting financials (TNFD), the South African Advisory Committee on Environment and Society (National Business Initiative), the NBI Advisory Committee on Green Finance, the Programme for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) and the Sustainable Finance Forum & Climate Risk Committee of the South African Banking Association (BASA)

Madeleine is a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership[1]


[1] Senior Associates are appointed by CISL's Management Board, which includes senior academics from across the University of Cambridge. Senior Associates are appointed on the basis of their profile and experience, and on the basis of their substantive contribution to CISL's work. Each Senior Associate is paired with a senior CISL Relationship Manager to ensure they are supported effectively and operate within the terms of their appointment.