Cathrine Steenstrup - ESG/Climate Advisor, Futurist & Private Equity expert
Cathrine Steenstrup combines a love of nature from a childhood in Greenland with sensitivities to megacities issues from living and working in Mexico City. With a trajectory in international banking and private equity/venture capital portfolio administration, she has been active in the global water, climate and ESG arena for a decade, holds a certificate in environmental and social risk analysis from the UNEP Finance Initiative and has participated in high-profile events including COP15, COP21 FACTS, and WWC/SIWI global water forums.
Cathrine has advocated for bringing ESG considerations into mainstream reporting while stressing emerging markets and virtual natural resources to the Task Force on Climate-related financial disclosures.
As a futurist, lateral thinker and human catalyst, Cathrine’s strength lies in bringing together people and concepts from seemingly unrelated sources. She has nominated a Singularity University affiliated innovator for a global water prize, argued for the incorporation of integrated urban models based on the Stockholm Hammarby Sjöstad flagship showcase, and proposed public spaces for education based on the Mexico City metro example. She has collaborated with international governments at trade and economic development seminars and missions, and participated in thought summits tied to transformative changes in the utilities sector. Analytical considerations have touched on hybrid financial-ESG reporting and gap analysis, impacts of IoT on the supply chain, alignment between corporate mission and ESG objectives, and combining long-term water and energy planning with potential business growth. She excels in working with smaller teams to bring out brainstorming and ideation for early stage projects with limited information.
As a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber for Water, Energy and the Environment Policy Committee, she organized an exchange of ideas between the Texas Water Development Board and Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on a shared water and energy policy. As a community board member, Cathrine assisted with citizenship classes and worked to showcase an International Space Station traveler at an event with local city mayors highlighting the contribution of immigrants.
Cathrine holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Michigan (with an emphasis on economic history, Latin American studies and semiotics), as well as an M.B.A. from Indiana University. She has been recognized for her commitment to Hispanic diversity and featured in corporate CSR reporting. Seeking new frontiers, she has danced Argentine tango with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter team.