NICCI BOUWMAN | ASSOCIATE
As an Advisor at Shift, Nicci works with organizations to support their implementation of the UN Guiding Principles. She has extensive experience helping businesses and financial institutions to improve performance on social, corporate governance and climate change topics.
Prior to joining Shift, Nicci worked for 15 years at FMO, the Dutch development bank in The Hague, most recently as a Senior Corporate Governance Advisor. In this role, she helped corporate and bank boards to improve their effectiveness and to strategically address environmental, social and climate change risk and opportunities in their business models, processes and core operations. For eight years she was Senior Investment Officer, working with financial institutions in Latin America, Africa and Asia to promote sustainable economic development, respect for human rights, financial inclusion and environmental sustainability.
Originally trained as a lawyer, Nicci worked as a Senior Associate at Clifford Chance Amsterdam where she advised large multinational clients on corporate and financial law. She also worked as an attorney at a large South African firm and as in-house counsel at companies in South Africa and The Netherlands. After several years as Senior Counsel at FMO, Nicci retrained in finance and moved to the investment department to play a more active role in FMO’s efforts to promote sustainable economic development. Her background in law, banking and sustainability enables her to help align commercial, environmental and social priorities to support responsible business practices.
Nicci holds BA, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Johannesburg, as well as a diploma in International Legal Studies from the University of Antwerp. She is admitted to practice law in South Africa and England. She passed Level 1 of the CFA exams, and also holds a Sustainability and Climate Risk (SCR) certificate from the Global Association of Risk Managers. Nicci is originally from South Africa and is currently based in Amsterdam.