Head of Sustainable Finance at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).  Ms. Vela Monserrate oversees ADGM’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and procedures, contributing to the long-term development of sustainable finance across Abu Dhabi and the UAE. She works closely with stakeholders to facilitate improved understanding and integration of material ESG factors, covering both risks and opportunities. 

Prior to joining ADGM, Mercedes held senior positions across both the public and private sectors in Brussels and London. Her professional history includes positions at Morgan Stanley, the Financial Conduct Authority, and the European Parliament. Mercedes holds a BSc and a Minor in European Studies and Globalisation and Diversity from Maastricht University and is part of various industry working groups on sustainable finance, including the Unites Nations’ Financial Centres for Sustainability Network Steering Committee.