It is widely recognised that the financial sector has an integral role in driving our transition to a sustainable economy. Over the past few decades, sustainable finance has evolved from a series of niche ‘ethical’ products to a mainstream sector working on a global scale. Beyond focusing on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, the market has shifted towards directing capital towards solutions which prioritise sustainable and inclusive growth, together with increased emphasis on transparency, long-termism, and the growing potential of new trends and technologies.
The UK has made significant moves to establish itself as a key international financial hub for green finance, alongside a wider ambition to become a global champion of impact investing. While great progress has been made in promoting and integrating these priorities within mainstream financial practice and policy, the implications of Brexit on financial regulations and standards has increasingly dominated discussions about London’s future as a financial centre. In this context, how can the UK cement its position as a global leader in sustainable finance?
This event will draw together insights on market based initiatives, financing tools that help catalyse the flow of economic resources towards sustainable solutions, and the wider infrastructure developments and national strategies which could encourage cross-sector collaboration and international alignment. What does this mean in terms of practical leadership from investors, asset owners and managers in their operations and the ways they engage investees, suppliers and the public? And how are companies responding with their financial strategies, their use of innovative financing instruments, and by measuring and reporting impact to investors?
Sir Roger Gifford is Chair of the London Green Finance Initiative, which launched in 2016 to further the contribution of the financial sector to the G20 climate agenda. He is also Chairman of the Green Finance Institute which will be officially launched on 2nd July 2019. Roger is a Senior Banker at SEB in London. He read Chemistry at Oxford University and began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co, joining SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as UK Country Head (2000 – 2016) Roger headed the bank's operations in Japan for six years. He has worked in and around the primary debt and equity capital markets most of his career.Roger is Vice Chairman and past Chair of the Association of Foreign Banks (AFB) in London and Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE). He was Lord Mayor of London in 2013.
Ingrid leads Hermes policy and advocacy work. She has a background in environmental policy and sustainable finance – and a long-standing interest in climate change. Prior to joining Hermes Ingrid was a Director at the thinktank E3G, where she led their work on sustainable finance. Her focus was on how to better target public financing and market reforms to scale up private finance for the low carbon transition and how to use finance as a tool to deliver a sustainable, fair and inclusive transition. Other roles have included Associate at asset manager Climate Change Capital; adviser in the UK Parliament; and adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Ingrid also worked for 9 years in science publishing and journalism, with her last role based in New York working for Nature Publishing Group.Ingrid has held several government advisory roles including Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Energy Security (2009), Sherpa to the Green Investment Bank Commission (2010/2011), Member of the UK Green Finance Initiative (2016/2018), Member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (2017/2018) and ran the Secretariat for the Green Finance Taskforce (2017/2018).
Will is Chief Executive of CFA UK, which represents the interests of more than 12,000 members of the UK investment profession. The society is one of the largest member societies of CFA Institute and is committed to leading the development of the investment profession through the promotion of the highest ethical and technical standards.Will joined the society in December 2006 from Euromoney Institutional Investor plc where he was a divisional director with responsibility for specialist financial brands.
Molly Scott Cato is an economist, writer and Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar. As the European Parliament’s rapporteur on sustainable finance and a member of the Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee, she campaigns on finance issues and has challenged the European Investment Bank on the risks of a ‘carbon bubble’. As well as having commissioned a report exploring ways to control carbon emissions, she is also the author of numerous academic papers and several books including Green Economics (2009), Environment and Economy (2011) and The Bioregional Economy (2012). Molly also has expertise in the issues of renewable energy, trade, food and farming, and co-operatives and mutuals.
Dylan Tanner is founder and Executive Director of London based think tank InfluenceMap which specialises in data-driven analysis on critical areas of the climate change and sustainability agendas. Prior to this, he founded and ran Japan’s leading sustainability consulting firm which now is the Japan presence for the ERM Group. Dylan was born and raised in Tokyo, lives in London and holds a PhD in theoretical physics from Kings College London.
Manuel Adamini is an expert in responsible investing and has a deep understanding of climate change related investment risks and opportunities for institutional investors. He served as Head of Responsible Investing at Dutch EUR 55 bln asset manager ACTIAM for seven years and secured CIO approval to commit €1bn to green/climate bonds. He brought his company international market credibility as a major climate bonds buyer and thought leader.
Ines is treasurer at Tideway, a regulated utility and the company building London’s super sewer. Tideway has issued six green bonds for a total of £775 million in public and private markets, fixed rate and inflation-linked, and cash and deferred. Prior to Tideway, Ines worked for Citigroup where she advised and arranged financing for infrastructure and energy projects in excess of $20 billion in Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia and later managed a portfolio of structured assets. Ines has a keen interest in sustainability and in addition to spearheading the green bond programme at Tideway, she has a post-graduate certificate in sustainable business at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and is Tideway’s representative at the Corporate Forum for Sustainable Finance.
Kaori Shigiya is the Head of SDGs at the PRI. Kaori gained a BSc in Economics and Accounting before qualifying as lawyer. She worked on corporate finance transactions at Norton Rose and Linklaters in Moscow, Prague, London and Tokyo. She went onto study MBA from INSEAD, after which she worked for Lehman Brothers then Nomura. She completed postgraduate certificates in Sustainable Business from Cambridge University and in Impact Investing from Middlebury Institute and then took a role as Financial Sector Policy Advisor at Oxfam.
|Environmental Sustainability Manager||Adnams plc|
|MD||Alexander & Associates|
|Assistant Treasurer||Anglian Water|
|Group Head of Social Performance and Engagement||Anglo American|
|Advisory Services Leader||Arup|
|Global Head of Reputation Management||Barclays|
|Head of Analysis||BloombergNEF|
|Senior Legal Counsel – Capital Markets & Co-ordinating Sustainable Finance||BNP Paribas|
|Director||BRIDGE Partnership & Institute|
|Sustainability Manager||British Land|
|Sector lead – Sustainability and Energy||British Standards Institution (BSI)|
|Corporate Client Manager||CAF|
|Head of Corporate Clients||CAF|
|Senior manager, financial services||CDP|
|Director, Water Security||CDP|
|Chief Executive||CFA UK|
|Chairman Metropolitan Branch||CIWEM|
|Head of Investor Engagement||Climate Bonds Initiative|
|Chief Energiser||Cordant Group|
|Group Carbon Manager||Costain|
|Sustainable Finance Manager||Deloitte UK|
|Vice President||Deutsche Bank|
|Senior Learning Consultant||Earthwatch|
|Director of Programmes and Partnerships||Earthwatch|
|Group Head of Sustainability||Finlays|
|Chair Treasury Policy Committee||FSB|
|Associate Director||GK Strategy|
|Senior Consultant||Hatch Regeneris|
|Senior Citizenship Executive||Herbert Smith Freehills|
|Director, Head of Policy||Hermes Investment Management|
|Head, Sustainable Fixed Income||Hermes Investment Management|
|Technologist, IT Efficiency & Sustainability||Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
|Business Model Innovation||HSBC|
|Community Programme Manager||Informa Group plc|
|Supply Chain Sustainability Programmes (SWA)||Intertek|
|Analyst / Portfolio Manager||Investec Asset Management|
|Independent Financial Professional||Jan Oliff Financial Planning Limited|
|Partner||K&L Gates LLP|
|Senior Vice President||Kam Johal|
|Independent Non Executive||KPMG UK LLP|
|Environmental Sustainabilty||Laing O’Rourke|
|HR Director||Legal & General|
|Social Impact Investment Manager||Lendlease Investment Management|
|Managing Associate||Linklaters LLP|
|Head of Group Transformation and Group Executive Functions Communications||Lloyds Banking Group|
|Group HSES Director||Lloyd’s Register|
|Senior Advisor, Green Finance||London Stock Exchange Group|
|Sustainability Director||Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd|
|Relationships Manager||Natural Capital Coalition|
|Investment Specialist and Head of Defined Contribution||Newton Investment Management|
|Sustainability Project Manager||O2|
|Social Impact programme lead||Oliver Wyman|
|Investor relations||Progress Collective|
|Sustainable Banking Lead – innovation and service||RBS|
|ESG Reporting Analyst||Redington|
|Sustainability Senior Manager||Santander|
|Policy Advisor||Shadow Front Bench Treasury Team|
|HSSE Manager – Portfolio and New Business Development||Shell International|
|Programme Director, Blended Finance||SYSTEMIQ|
|Energy Manager||The Energy Check|
|Group Head of Sustainability||The Go-Ahead Group plc|
|Senior Associate, Environment & Operational Risk||Travers Smith LLP|
|Head of Brexit Implementation||Triodos Bank|
|Sustainability Manager||Tullow Oil plc|
|Director of Business Development||UL Environment and Sustainability|
|Head of SDGs and Thematic Investments||UN PRI|
|Head of Strategy and Research||Verco|
|Purpose Director||Virgin Management Ltd|
|Senior projet lead||Virgin Unite|
|Director of Strategic Partnerships||WaterAid|
|Senior Editor||We Mean Business coalition|
|Partner – Head of Research||WHEB Asset Management|