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Finance, Investment and Asset Management

FT Climate Finance Asia Summit

Harnessing Opportunities in Asia’s Low-Carbon Transition

Hong Kong, Asia |
Speakers include:
Ashley Alder

Ashley Alder

Securities and Futures Commission

Chaoni  Huang

Chaoni Huang

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Nan Luo

Nan Luo

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Overview

Asia occupies a special place in the global fight against climate change, and in the efforts of investors and financiers to mitigate and help adapt to its many potential effects. China’s grand plan for green economic growth is unprecedented anywhere in the world, with the country taking leadership positions in renewable investment, carbon finance, batteries and sustainable transport. India’s ability, meanwhile to wean itself from fossil fuels and on to a low-carbon growth trajectory through proposed multi-trillion pound investments in renewables, infrastructure, green buildings and smart agriculture will be critical to global efforts to reduce carbon emissions. And elsewhere, in developing Asia, the full weight and ingenuity of the world’s capital markets will be needed to find innovative ways to finance the prevention and adaptation to the devastating damage caused by extreme, climate-inflicted extreme weather events to which many countries in Asia are particularly vulnerable. Seizing Asia growing green finance opportunity is good for business, essential for the planet.

The inaugural FT Climate Finance Asia Summit brings together leading Asia companies, investors and financiers to explore the developing trends and emerging opportunities in Asia’s low-carbon transition - from the rise of sustainable investment in Asia to challenges of translating Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs ) into projects  and the growth of green bonds as an important new source of finance for companies across the region.

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Speakers (32)

Ashley Alder

Ashley Alder

CEO
Securities and Futures Commission
Chaoni  Huang

Chaoni Huang

Vice President and Secretary-General
Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Chaoni Huang is Vice President and Secretary-General of Hong Kong Green Finance Association, an executive board member of Shanghai Lujiazui Green Finance Centre, and a guest researcher for the China Economy and Sustainable Development Centre at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. She also leads Green and Sustainable Solutions in Asia-Pacific for Natixis, which she joined in September 2017. Prior to joining Natixis, Ms Huang was the Head of Business Development,
Asia at S&P Trucost from 2012 to 2017. Between 2008 and 2012, she was a senior ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) investment analyst at MSCI in London and Beijing. Before joining the private sector, Ms Huang worked as a project manager at the UNEP Finance Initiative in Geneva with a focus on engaging with the Chinese financial community on sustainable finance and responsible investment. Ms Huang has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Warwick (UK).

Nan Luo

Nan Luo

Head of China
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Nan Luo is head of China for the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a role she assumed in October 2017.  She works with Chinese institutional investors and external bodies to help raise awareness of responsible investment in China.  Before joining the PRI, Ms Luo worked with the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy in Beijing, where she was the Head of Institutional Infrastructure Investment, leading on attracting Chinese capital investment into UK Energy and Infrastructure activities, with particular focus on renewable energy. Prior to that position, she spent five years working in the Climate Change and Energy Section of the Embassy, focusing on green finance strategies and policy-oriented projects to address global climate change and support China’s low carbon transition. Ms Luo also spent two years at Climate Bridge Ltd in Shanghai, where she developed and managed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is one of the Flexible Mechanisms defined in the Kyoto Protocol that provides for emissions reduction projects.  She holds a bachelor of Engineering from Northwest A&F University, China and an MSc In European Forestry, for which she studied at a number of European institutions.

Corinne  Bendersky

Corinne Bendersky

Associate Director, Sustainable Finance, Corporate & Infrastructure Ratings
S&P Global Ratings
Matthew Bell

Matthew Bell

Asia Pacific Managing Partner of Climate Change and Sustainability Services
EY

Matthew Bell is Managing Partner of EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services across Asia Pacific, which includes Oceania, ASEAN, China and Korea. The practice comprises over 300 dedicated
specialists with multidisciplinary backgrounds in science, engineering, economy and policy. 

He leads teams who support EY's clients with a range of professional services on climate change and energy, including carbon and climate finance strategies, green bonds assessment and assurance, greenhouse gas and energy programs, climate risk and vulnerability assessments, energy management and monitoring and policy development (as well as other areas of non-financial services such as impact investment and outcomes measurement, human rights, and environment health and safety).

Mr Bell was previously the head of the project office for Climate and Energy in the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In that capacity, he led and developed UK strategy
on the EU Emissions Trading System, specifically the negotiations for a post-2012 agreement, as well as policy on Carbon Capture and Storage, and domestic policy on the Carbon Reduction Commitment,
Climate Change Agreements and the Business Transformation Fund.

Mr Bell is also a published doctoral-level scientist, a Board Member of the Carbon Market Institute and a visiting lecturer at the University of Sydney.

Shuen Chan

Shuen Chan

Co-Founder and Partner
Sustineri

Shuen Chan is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sustineri, an advisory firm that works closely with financial institutions and policy makers in the investment value chain to prepare for the low-carbon transition. She brings over 20 years of experience in building new business ventures in the financial markets across Asia, Europe and Americas.  Her focus is in developing the business case for responsible and sustainable finance, with a particular emphasis on climate change and the low-carbon transition. Prior to founding Sustineri, Ms Chan helped to establish a new venture, focused on achieving climate change mitigation goals at scale through the protection and restoration of natural forests. She was also part of the founding team who built one of the fastest growing private asset management firms in Europe, ECM Asset Management, which became a leading European credit asset manager with up to €20 billion of institutional clients’ assets. As Head of Structured Product Origination, Ms Chan led the establishment of the structuring business and was subsequently involved in its sale to Wells Capital Management. Ms Chan started her career in Debt Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank and also worked for Macquarie and HSBC based in Asia and the UK. Ms Chan serves on the Oversight Committee of Pensions for Purpose. She is a Board member and Treasurer of the Stanford Women’s Network in the UK and also serves on the Development Board of Ashden, a charitable organisation that runs the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. She is also a member of the Impact Investing Advisory Committee at Oxford University Saïd Business School, where she has been a guest tutor on climate change. She is also an angel investor in ventures aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Maureen  DeRooij

Maureen DeRooij

Chief Executive, Asia- Pacific
ABN AMRO Bank

Ms Maureen DeRooij is the Asia-Pacific CEO for ABN AMRO Bank and is based in Singapore where she is also Country Executive. ABN AMRO Bank’s business in Asia-Pacific includes Corporate Advisory and Structured Finance with a focus on client segments in Natural Resources, Transportation & Logistics, Food, and Trade & Commodity Finance. The bank in this region also has Clearing operations in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. Ms DeRooij previously worked for Standard Chartered Bank based in Singapore from 2005 as Global Head of Natural Resources (Oil and Gas and Mining) and Commodity Trading before her later appointment as Group Chief Operating Officer for the Wholesale Banking Client business covering 50 countries. Before Standard Chartered, Ms DeRooij built the global structured commodity product capability for Citigroup based in New York and headed its Americas business. She was on the Board of Citigroup's International Trading Company as well as a member of the Editorial Board for Euromoney's Trade Finance Magazine. Ms DeRooij ran the North Americas Structured Commodity Business five years earlier for ABN AMRO Bank in Chicago. She commenced her career at ABN AMRO Bank in the Netherlands where she held a number of executive positions including that of Senior Risk Approver advising on large-scale structured transactions for Northeast Asia. Ms DeRooij holds a Master's degree in Corporate Law (LLM) from the Rijksuniversiteit of Leiden and a MBA degree from the University of Chicago (Booth). Ms DeRooij serves on the Singapore Management University's Advisory Board for Lee Kong Chian School of Business and is also on the Boards of the Europe-ASEAN Business Alliance and the Singapore World Wildlife Fund. She is a frequent speaker and chair of industry events organised by the Financial Times, Dow Jones, Euromoney, Reuters, and occasionally provides industry commentary on Bloomberg and CNBC's Worldwide Exchange. She is a regular guest lecturer at INSEAD speaking on operational risk.

Paula DiPerna

Paula DiPerna

Special Adviser
CDP

Paula DiPerna is a strategic global environmental and philanthropic policy advisor, and author. She serves currently as Special Advisor to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). Ms DiPerna also serves on the Board of Advisors of Global Kids, whose mission is to develop global citizenship, and on the Circle of Advisors of Rachel’s Network, which links women philanthropists who have environmental interests. Ms DiPerna served formerly as President of the International division of the
Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the world’s first cap-and-trade system covering all six greenhouse gases and that spearheaded the founding of the Tianjin Climate Exchange (TCX), China’s first pilot carbon market. Ms DiPerna has also served as President of the Joyce Foundation, a major US philanthropy; Executive Vice President for Recruitment and Public Policy of CCX; and Vice President for International Affairs for the Cousteau Society, whose principal was explorer and underwater film
pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau with whom she travelled worldwide and wrote numerous award-winning television documentary films. With Cousteau, Ms DiPerna helped secure a 50 year moratorium on minerals and oil exploration in Antarctica, currently still running. Ms DiPerna is a frequent public speaker and widely published author. She is a contributor www.wealthasia.net, for leading Asian investors and in spring 2018 was a Visiting Fellow at Civic Exchange in Hong Kong related to public policy evolution in environmental finance.

Jonathan Drew

Jonathan Drew

Chair-Green Loan Committee
Asia Pacific Loan Market Association

Jonathan Drew chairs the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association Green Loan Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association. He is a Managing Director in the Infrastructure, Real Estate Group at HSBC and is responsible for driving HSBC’s Sustainable Finance initiative across the Asia region for the banking business. Mr Drew has been based in Hong Kong since 1997 witnessing first-hand the rapid growth of Asia, and notably China.  During this time, he has been involved in successful transactions across a wide range of sectors including advising on and arranging finance for projects that produce and deliver energy (renewable and non-renewable) and transport people and resources from source to point of consumption, as well as a wide range of infrastructure projects in social and education sectors with a focus on resource efficiency and sustainability. These transactions have involved supporting projects, corporates and institutions to approach various financial markets and structuring innovative and tailored products, including green bonds and loans, to meet the often large and specific needs of clients in markets with very distinct financial and regulatory characteristics. Mr Drew started his banking career more than 20 years ago in London and after working in rapidly emerging Latin America and raising capital for large-scale projects in the Middle East. Mr Drew graduated with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in England and is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant

Mark Fulton

Mark Fulton

Founding Partner at Energy Transition Advisors (ETA) and Advisor
Carbon Tracker Initiative

Mark Fulton has had 35 years experience in financial markets spanning three continents in London, New York and Sydney. As a recognised economist and market strategist at leading financial institutions including Citigroup, Salomon Bros and County NatWest, he has researched international economies, currencies, fixed income and equity markets. Mr Fulton has also held corporate strategy, finance and management roles. Having a strong interest in the environment and sustainability,
starting with a report on climate change and markets in 1991, Mr Fulton was head of research at DB Climate Change Advisors at Deutsche Bank from 2007 to 2012, where he produced thought leadership papers for investors on climate, cleaner energy and sustainability topics and advised investment teams in asset management. From 2010 to 2012 he was Co-chair of the UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group and in 2011 and 2012 was part of the technical committee of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All. Currently, Mr Fulton is an Advisor to the Carbon Tracker Initiative; a Senior Fellow at CERES; and Special Advisor to IGCC. He is also a member of the Capital Markets Climate Initiative; UK Department of Energy and Climate Change; Advisor to the Carbon Disclosure Project; and the Climate Bond Initiative. Mr FU has a BA in Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.

Anita George

Anita George

Executive Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships- Growth Markets
Caisse de dépot et Placement de Québec (CDPQ)

Anita George is Executive Vice-President, Strategic Partnership – Growth Markets of Caisse de dépot et Placement de Québec (CDPQ). Her mandate is to implement a key pillar of CDPQ’s strategy,which aims to increase its international exposure in targeted growth markets by sourcing the best investment opportunities and developing the organization’s network of sustainable and high-quality local partnerships. She is responsible for growth markets partnerships and sits on CDPQ’s Executive and Investment-Risk Committees. Prior to her current role, Ms George was Executive Vice-President, Growth Markets of CDPQ, a position she assumed in August 2017. She joined CDPQ as Managing Director, South Asia in April 2016. Ms George brings to the organisation her in-depth knowledge of several growth markets and has extensive experience in managing global infrastructure investment portfolios. Before joining CDPQ, she was Senior Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice. She also held the positions of Director, Infrastructure and Natural Resources of the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, and Head of Siemens Financial Services in India. Her various roles have led her to work in several regions of the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ms George holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Smith College, in Massachusetts, and a Masters in Economics and an MBA in Finance from Boston University.

Emma Herd

Emma Herd

Chief Executive Officer
Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC)
Mushtaq Kapasi

Mushtaq Kapasi

Chief Representative, Asia Pacific
International Capital Markets Association (ICMA)

Mushtaq Kapasi is Chief Representative for the Asia-Pacific region at the International Capital Market Association (ICMA). He has been based in Hong Kong since 2002, engaged in senior strategy, capital market and legal roles covering the region at international banks active in Asia. He has worked as a lawyer in debt capital markets and derivatives, a structurer in equities and fixed income, a manager of complex trades with regulatory and accounting considerations, and an adviser to top executives on emerging market strategy. He has also served as a consultant on financial structures of renewable energy projects in frontier markets. He is a member of the New York State Bar, and studied Mathematics at the University of Texas and law at Yale University. 

Mike Kilburn

Mike Kilburn

Assistant General Manager, Sustainability
Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK)

Mike Kilburn is the Assistant General Manager, Sustainability for Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK). He is responsible for developing and implementing
AAHK’s “greenest airport” pledge, through its “airport-wide” approach to managing Hong Kong International Airport’s environmental footprint. He is also
responsible for evolving AAHK’s sustainability strategy and sustainability reporting process. Mr Kilburn is Chair-elect of the Airports Council International World Environment Standing Committee and Vice Chair of the Hong Kong General Chamber’s Environment and Sustainability Committee. Prior to joining AAHK in 2012. he worked in environmental and public policy NGOs in Hong Kong, where he developed policy-level solutions to the city’s challenges around air quality management, biodiversity and land use planning.

Nadira Lamrad

Nadira Lamrad

Assistant Director – Sustainability & ESG Advisory
Business Environment Council (BEC)

Nadira Lamrad manages the sustainability and ESG advisory team at the Business Environment Council (BEC). As a result of ten years of related research and analysis, Dr Lamrad has in-depth specialist knowledge of corporate responsibility and sustainability that provides her with the essential expertise to identify and assess ESG risks and make informed predictions regarding future developments. Prior to joining BEC, Dr Lamrad studied for her PhD, specialising in global governance, private regulation, corporate responsibility and sustainability. In her academic capacity, Dr Lamrad has developed and published innovative models for understanding how  corporate responsibility is operationalised. Her research agenda debates both the theoretical and practical role of business in the development and implementation of corporate responsibility and sustainability policies.

Calvin Lee Kwan

Calvin Lee Kwan

General Manager - Sustainability
Link Asset Management Limited

Calvin Lee Kwan is a passionate believer in using creativity and innovation to advance corporate sustainability in today’s world of high urban density and smart city living. With a D.Env from UCLA and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, he possesses a strong foundation in understanding the integrated nature of society, the environment and the challenges of operating a business within their context. He has worked for Link REIT since 2012 in the capacity of General Manager, Sustainability. He is also an adjunct associate professor at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He serves as an active committee member of several working groups including the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative Investment Commission, the UN Global Compact – RICS Real Estate Sector Steering Committee and the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Sustainability Committee.

Andreas Lunding

Andreas Lunding

Senior Structured Finance Specialist, Private Sector Facility
Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Andreas Lunding is a Senior Structured Finance Specialist within the Private Sector Facility of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and has more than a decade of experience within the global climate finance space. He joined GCF from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where he helped establish Asia Climate Partners, an innovative $450m public-private partnership investment platform focused on developing countries in the region. Prior to ADB, Mr Lunding worked for a number of years as Vice President at UK-based adviser and asset manager Climate Change Capital on a range of clean energy and carbon markets investments globally. He holds a joint MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School, as well as degrees in management and international relations from the London School of Economics.

Fanny Lung

Fanny Lung

Finance Director
Swire Properties Limited

Fanny Lung is Finance Director of Swire Properties Limited. In this role she has the overall strategic and operational responsibilities for financial planning, analysis accounting, financial controls and reporting, risk management, legal and corporate governance, and e-Services of Swire Properties Limited. 

Prior to joining Swire Properties Limited, Ms Lung was Group Director Finance at Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited. She Joined Swire group in 1992 and was previously Finance Director of Swire Pacific Offshore Holdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific.

Vineet Mittal

Vineet Mittal

Chairman
Avaada Group
Neelamani  Muthukumar

Neelamani Muthukumar

Group Chief Financial Officer
Olam International
Geert  Peeters

Geert Peeters

Group Director & Chief Financial Officer
CLP Holdings

Geert Peeters has been the Group Director & Chief Financial Officer since April 2014, and was appointed the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of CLP Holdings in January 2016. Mr Peeters has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining CLP, he was with GDF SUEZ (now known as ENGIE) from 1997 to 2013 and was most recently its Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Before that he worked for KBC Bank in Brussels and New York and for Tractebel Energy Engineering at the Doel Nuclear Power Plant in Antwerp. He served as a Reserve Officer in the Belgian Air Force.

A Knight in the Order of King Leopold, Mr Peeters has served on the boards of several energy companies including International Power plc. (listed in UK), E-CL (listed in Chile) and Glow Energy (listed in Thailand). He is a member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and the International Integrated Reporting Council. He is also an International Certified Professional Accountant.

Assaad  Razzouk

Assaad Razzouk

Chairman and CEO
Sindicatum Renewable Energy

Assaad Razzouk is a Lebanese-British clean energy entrepreneur, investor and commentator. He is Chairman and CEO of Sindicatum Renewable Energy, a clean energy company headquartered in Singapore financing, building and operating 1,000 MW of renewable energy projects in India, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines; a Board member of the London-based Climate Markets & Investment Association; an Advisory Board member of Eco-Business; and a contributor to the Huffington Post, Eco-Business and Forbes (and previously to the Independent, the Ecologist and others). With his hands-on experience in clean energy combined with his other roles, Mr Razzouk is a high-profile thought leader on climate change, clean energy and the UN climate talks with more than 130,000 followers on Twitter, 100,000 on Facebook, 100,000 on LinkedIn and widely-read newspaper columns.

Charlotte  Roule

Charlotte Roule

Chief Executive Officer
ENGIE China

Charlotte Roule is Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE China. She joined ENGIE China in 2016, initially as Chief Operating Officer, Head of Business Development and Innovation. In line with ENGIE’s strategy and values, she promoted and developed their clean energy activities (mainly solar and electrical mobility) as well as energy efficiency. ENGIE China now operates directly six joint ventures in these areas, covering design and engineering, development and operations. Before taking up her position in China, Ms Roule was based in Cheshire, UK, where, jointly with her team, she’ worked on developing the largest onshore underground gas storage of the country. Prior to this, she served as VP, Audit and Risks and VP, HR in Storengy, ENGIE’s affiliate dedicated to underground gas storage, based near Paris. Ms Roule is a member of the Jinan Mayor’s International Economic Consultation Committee. She also acts as mentor of the Board of the Women in Renewables Asia (WiRA) organisation. She is external trade advisor of the French Government and Vice-President of the European Chamber of Commerce in China.

John  Sayer

John Sayer

Director
Carbon Care Asia

John Sayer is Director of Carbon Care Asia. Since joining Carbon Care Asia in 2014 he has worked on green finance standards, green building standards, ESG reporting and the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into corporate reporting. He is currently directing the ‘Paris Watch’ research project benchmarking climate action in Hong Kong and other Asian cities against the Paris Climate Agreement.

Mr Sayer was a farmer in Wales before moving to Asia to work on poverty reduction and sustainable development. He joined Oxfam Hong Kong as Executive Director and in 2001 moved to Oxford to take up the post of Interim Executive Director of Oxfam International. In 2003 he became Director of Africa Now, working on the promotion of ethical trade among international companies doing business in Africa. In 2006, he returned to Asia and re-joined Oxfam Hong Kong as Director General.

He has served on the Board of the UK Ethical Trading Initiative helping major corporations develop socially responsible supply chains. He also participated in advisory bodies to the UN Global Compact on corporate conduct. He is currently a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Global Stakeholder Council and a member of the Council’s Capital Markets Discussion Group.

C M Shun

C M Shun

Director
Hong Kong Observatory

Chi-ming Shun is Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, a position he has held since April 2011. Mr Shun has specialised in aeronautical meteorology since the 1990s and led a team of researchers to develop the world-first and award-winning Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Windshear Alerting System for Hong Kong International Airport. Mr Shun joined the Observatory from university in 1986 and received professional training in weather forecasting and nuclear radiation in the United Kingdom. In addition to his current post, Mr Shun is active In the international arena. He has held the position as President of the Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM) of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) since February 2010. He is also Permanent Representative of Hong Kong, China with WMO, Chair of the Hong Kong Meteorological Society, Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS) and Member of the Chinese Meteorological Society Executive Committee. Mr Shun graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Shailesh Vikram  Singh

Shailesh Vikram Singh

Managing Partner, Massive Fund and Founder
GoMassive Accelerator

Shailesh Vickram Singh is the Managing Partner - Massive Fund and Founder, GoMassive Accelerator which invests in the area of agriculture, mobility, clean energy, waste (plastics, water, sanitation) and sustainable built environment. Mr Singh has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and venture investing with SeedFund (a $54 million VC fund based in India), GVFL, UTI, and has also been an angel investor. Mr Singh established an NGO in the area of environment
protection “SAVEN” at the age of 18 and has written extensively on agriculture, farmer income, economics, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. His blog fringenotes.in has been regularly published in leading newspapers of India including Economic Times, Times of India, YourStory, Inc42, Huffington Post India and Swarajya Magazine, among others). Mr Singh has an MBA from IIM Lucknow and B.Tech from GB Pant University.

 Karen Tan

Karen Tan

Chief Risk Officer, Reinsurance Asia and Head of Life & Health Reinsurance Risk Management
Swiss Re

Karen Tan joined Swiss Re as Chief Risk Officer for Asia Pacific in May 2014, based in Singapore. In July 2018, her portfolio expanded to also include the risk-management of Swiss Re's Life and Health Reinsurance business globally. Together with her teams, Ms Tan helps ensure that the business has the necessary culture, expertise and framework to support good risk-taking. Prior to her current role, Ms Tan was Chief Actuary of Zurich Life Insurance Company in Switzerland, overseeing operations in the Swiss domestic market, International Group business, as well as branches in Asia and the Middle East. Before that, Ms Tan headed Zurich Insurance Group's Global Life Risk Analysis department and was responsible for Zurich's risk and capital management models and approach for its Life businesses globally. Before joining Zurich Insurance Group, she had her first stint at Swiss Re from 1998 to 2008, holding multiple positions in Group Capital Management, Finance and Life & Health. Ms Tan is a Fellow of the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Alexandra Tracy

Alexandra Tracy

Founder and President
Hoi Ping Ventures

Alexandra Tracy is President of Hoi Ping Ventures in Hong Kong, which she founded to provide research and consulting on sustainable and low-carbon investment in Asian emerging markets.  Ms Tracy began her career as an investment banker in Hong Kong and Singapore, and then ran a number of start-up businesses, including a software company and a publishing and information business. Following the sale of the latter, she was for several years Vice President - Strategy at First Eastern Investment Group, an independent private investment group in Hong Kong.  Since 2013, Ms Tracy has been a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.  She is also the Active Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund, a director of the Climate Markets & Investment Association in the UK and a member of the Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.   Ms Tracy was non-executive Chairman of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia for six years, stepping down in 2015, and was instrumental in establishing the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change during this period.  She sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards in Hong Kong, including Tom Hugh Limited, where she is non-executive Chairman, the Asia Pacific Investors Cooperation and The Indus Entrepreneurs Hong Kong Chapter.  She is also an Advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology's Asian Family Business Research Centre and to the NDCI.org climate commitment community.

Franck Vitté

Franck Vitté

Managing Director
Blue SG and Head of Asia, Blue Solutions, Bolloré Group

Franck Vitté is heading the Asia region for Blue Solutions (listed company subsidiary of Bolloré Group) which gathers all the companies providing services in energy storage optimisation in mobility and stationary markets. He is also Managing Director of BlueSG which operating a 100% electric car sharing programme with eventually 1000 EV and 2000 charging points across the Singapore, making the city-state the second largest city worldwide for EV car sharing. BlueSG will also host an open innovation platform available to industry partners and research institutes. Mr Vitté joined the Bolloré group in Singapore in 2000 as Managing Director of IER Pte Ltd, an airport and airline IT solutions provider for passenger processing in Asia & Middle East. In this position, he has built a strong expertise in managing 
complex projects improving flows for goods and people. He is also in charge of Blue
Solutions’ regional activities since 2013. With more than 17 years spent in Singapore, he has
gathered a solid understanding of the country’s societal environment. Mr Vitté holds a Master
degree in Management and is post graduated in Marketing and Finance from the Sorbonne
University in Paris.

Henry Wang

Henry Wang

International Advisor & Author; Member, SOAS Advisory Board
London University

Henry Wang is an international adviser, author & speaker with extensive high-level business experience globally. He is President of Gate International Ltd and was a former Director of both Shell China and SABIC in Riyadh. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts FRSA and Fellow of Institute of Chemical Engineering. He is a member of the London University SOAS Advisory Board and the Imperial College London Grantham Stakeholder Committee. He has published books, technical and 
management papers globally. His first book Successful Business Dealings & Management with China Oil, Gas & Chemical Giants was published in 2013. His second book on Energy Markets in Emerging Economies: Strategies for Growth was published in 2016. His third book on Business Negotiations in China was published in December 2017. He has been invited to write two further books on Climate Change & Renewables. His negotiation management paper was selected as one of Top Five UK Management Papers of the Year 2015. He also holds international patents on new process inventions.

Pengfei  Xie

Pengfei Xie

China Chief Representative, Deputy Regional Director for East Asia
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Zhang Jianyu

Zhang Jianyu

Vice President, China
Environment Defense Fund

Zhang Jianyu is Vice President, China of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a leading US environmental NGO and advocacy group, which focuses on the use of market based instruments (MBIs) in solving environmental problems in China. He has been with EDF since 1999.

Prior to his current role, Dr Zhang helped found and manage the first professional Joint Venture environmental consulting firm ERM China established in the People’s Republic of China. He served as China project manager for U.S. Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) implementing a Clean Production project on behalf of USEPA. 

Dr Zhang is an executive board director of China Association for International NGO Cooperation (CANGO).  He is a Fellow of the second class of the China Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  He has served as board directors of China-based publicly traded companies and advisory board members of Fortune 500 companies.

Dr Zhang is a visiting fellow at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University. He is a member of the Lead Expert Group (LEG) for China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the renowned expert body advising the Chinese government on environment and sustainability issues.

 

Dr Zhang gained his advanced degrees from Tsinghua University, Stanford University, and Carnegie Mellon University. He recently completed his PhD studies in Finance from the Chinese Academy of Social Science.

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Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Deputy Asia News Editor
Financial Times

Ravi Mattu is the deputy Asia news editor of the Financial Times, helping to drive the paper's coverage across the region. Since joining the FT in 2000, he has held a number of senior positions at the FT including: Tech Editor; Editorial Director of commercial department FT2; Business Life editor, overseeing the management section of the paper; Acting Editor and Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine; and editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management, and launched FT Wealth.

Ravi has interviewed leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and politicians, and is a frequent speaker and conference chair.

Don Weinland

Don Weinland

Asia Financial Correspondent
Financial Times

Don Weinland is the Financial Times’ Asia Financial Correspondent, covering mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity from Hong Kong, with an emphasis on China. His beat also includes banking and insurance in the region as well as China’s financial sector. Mr Weinland joined the FT in 2016 and has spent more than a decade living and working in Asia. He speaks and reads Mandarin fluently. Prior to joining the FT, he was the China Banking Correspondent at the South China Morning Post. He has also lived and reported from places such as Shanghai and Phnom Penh, where he was the business editor of the Phnom Penh Post.

Leslie Hook

Leslie Hook

Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent
Financial Times

Leslie Hook is the FT’s Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, based in London. Since joining the Financial Times in 2010, she has reported from Beijing and most recently from San Francisco, where she covered Uber and self-driving cars. She was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University during the 2013-2014 academic year, and a recipient of the FT’s Jones-Mauthner Memorial Prize (runner-up) in 2017. Previously she was at the Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Agenda - 21st Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote: China and the Global Climate Economy

    The China grand plan to fight climate change is unprecedented anywhere in the world. With its ambition to lead the world with a new model for green growth, China is investing more in renewables than any other nation. It is taking a leadership position in manufacture of green technologies including solar panels and wind turbines, and looks set to achieve the same in batteries and EVs. And the country’s green ambitions also relate to the international arena where China is aiming to fill the void left by the US and play a major role in international diplomacy, and is investing in green infrastructure well beyond its borders through its far reaching Belt and Road initiative. The global stakes are high. China’s policies have an outsized ability to influence climate change and send ripples through resource management strategies the world over.  What are the finer details and nuances, strategies and plans embodied in China’s vision for an ‘ecological civilisation’, and the implications for emissions, for international climate diplomacy, businesses and supply chains?

    Chaoni Huang, Vice President  and Secretary General, Hong Kong Green Finance Association 

  • 9:25am
    Climate Investment Opportunities in Asia: Translating Nationally Determined Commitments (INDCs) into Projects

    In the build up to the Paris agreement in 2015, countries and cities across the global publically outlined the post 2020 actions they intended to take to keep global warming within agreed levels, known as Intended Nationally Determined Commitments (INDCs).  These ‘climate action plans’ are expected to give a clear indication of how counties and cities intend to translate commitments into national proprieties, and send clear signals to the investors who will contribute to achieving them. To ensure the necessary level of commitment is forthcoming, and emission cuts realised, the NDCs are to reviewed every five years, and level of ambitions adjusted accordingly. Signatory countries are currently in the process of reviewing and outlining the policy actions they are considering to reach their goals. The NCDs, therefore provide essential insights for investors into the intentions, plans and priorities and potential projects internationally for climate action, as well as an indication of whether the goals of the Paris agreement will be met.  What information can we garner from NDCs in place? How are NDCs translating into projects, and what do they tell us about the emerging opportunities for investors? 

    John Sayer, Director, Carbon Care Asia
    Alexandra Tracy, Founder and President, Hoi Ping Ventures
    Pengfei Xie, China Chief Representative, Deputy Regional Director for East Asia, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
    Moderator: Leslie Hook,  Environment  and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:05am
    Development without Destruction - Navigating India’s Green Path to the Future

    As home to one tenth of the world’s population, the path to future growth India choses has huge implications for the planet. India has vast amounts of energy infrastructure yet to put in place and two thirds of the housing will need for its growing urban population has yet to be built. The scale of the challenge in India is huge, and how India battles with climate change, and whether it can tackle poverty without massive fossil fuel use, will be a major factor in whether global warming can be tamed. India’s ambitious plan to meet climate targets, meanwhile, is a $3 trillion investment opportunity in energy, infrastructure, green buildings and smart agriculture. by 2030

    Session Keynote: Vineet Mittal, Chairman, Avaada Group
    Shailesh Vickram Singh, Managing Partner, Massive Fund; Founder, GoMassive Accelerator
    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Deputy Asia News Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:45am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:00am
    Renewables Growth, Challenges and Opportunities - An Asia Market Perspective

    Henry Wang, International Adviser and Author; Member, SAOS Advisory Board, London University

  • 11:15am
    FT Keynote Interview

    Geert Peeters, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, CLP Holdings in conversation with Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
    Panel: Opportunities and Risk in Asia’s Energy Transition

    Transitioning the economies of Asia away from their current dependency on fossil fuels, particularly coal and towards renewables and cleaner sources of energy will be vital it NDC commitments are to be met and emissions reduced. As costs for solar, wind and battery technologies continue to fall, many counties in Asia have set out ambitious targets for renewables. However, given expectations of economic and population growth, coal may continue to play a prominent role. Changing the coal dominated paradigm in Asia will require the costs for renewables and batteries continue to fall at their current trajectory, for governments to put in place policies to incentivise clean energy at scale, and for ways to be found to address investors current concerns regarding the high upfront costs, as well as the political, currency, supply chain, offtake and other risks associated with investment in renewables in Asia. How will the energy transition play out in Asia? Will Asia be able to kick the coal habit? What role for gas? Will Asia pursue a centralised or off-grid model? What will be the impacts of China BRI linked investment on the region’s energy mix? What are the opportunities for energy storage, efficiency and off grid energy? How can clean energy be made more investable in the region?

    Maureen DeRooij, Chief Executive, Asia-Pacific, ABN AMRO Bank
    Mark Fulton, Founding Partner, Energy Transitions Advisors (ETA) and Advisor, Carbon Tracker Initiative
    Geert Peters, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, CLP Holdings 
    Henry Wang, International Advisor and Author; Member SAOS Advisory Board, London University
    Moderator: Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
    A Revolution in Sustainable Transport - Asia in the Vanguard?

    How will the sustainable mobility revolution of electrification, automation and ride sharing play out in Asia-in cars and commercial vehicles, and what is the investment opportunity? Will the region’s ambitions to lead in EV’s be realised? How will it impact emissions?  How is the infrastructure for EV developing? How will demand evolve beyond the established markets for China, Japan and South Korea, for instance in ASEAN? What will it mean for regional and global energy markets - for oil and for power demand? Will the rise of EVs in Asia dent demand for fossil fuels and reduce emissions?

    Franck Vitté, Managing Director, Blue SG;  Head of Asia-Blue Solutions, Bolloré Group
    Moderator: Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:40pm
    Lunch
  • 1:45pm
    Adaptation Case Study 1: Resilient Infrastructure

    Mike Kilburn, Assistant General Manager, Sustainability, Airport Authority Hong Kong

  • 2:00pm
    Panel: Capitalising on The Business of Adaptation and Resilience in Asia

    Beyond the opportunities for financing renewables and low-carbon businesses, the full weight of financial markets will need to be brought to the business of adaptation - to finding innovative ways to pay for the physical damage to ecosystems buildings, critical infrastructure and food system systems inflicted by the extreme weather to which many parts of Asia are particularly vulnerable. Insurance can play a role, but new ways of financing the ‘uninsurable’ will need to be found. Finance for adaptation is challenging given the absence of clear revenue streams, identifiable measures of outcomes, lack of scalable projects and the longer term nature of benefits. However, matching adaptation to finance is a multibillion dollar business and a growing numbers of lager scale developments are being considered and financed. What are the adaptation needs in Asia, the business case and the investment potential? How can barriers be addressed, and private investment in adaptation be increased? How can insurers do more to address adaptation? What are the innovative finance mechanisms which could finance adaptation (e.g. role of impact funds, project finance resilience and catastrophe bonds, for instance)? What are the real life examples of successes and the lessons of failures in adaptation financing?

    Emma Herd, CEO, Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC)
    Mike Kilburn, Assistant General Manager, Sustainability, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK)
    Chi-ming Shun, Director, Hong Kong Observatory
    Karen Tan, Chief Risk Officer, Reinsurance Asia and Head of Life and Health Reinsurance Risk Management, Swiss Re
    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Deputy Asia News Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:45pm
    Raising the Bar on Climate Finance in Asia

    Ashley Alder, CEO, Securities and Futures Commission
    Corinne Bendersky, Associate Director, Sustainable Finance, Corporate & Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings
    Moderator: Don Weinland, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:15pm
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 3:30pm
    Panel: Gamechanger? Perspectives on Asia’s Emerging Carbon Markets

    China has recently taken its first steps in the creation of the world’s largest emissions trading scheme by setting quotas for the power sector. The shape of the market is as yet unclear, but as the world’s largest carbon emitter, the impact could potentially be significant. Other countries across Asia are also making inroads in the creation carbon markets and linkages across the region and internationally, though the creation of ‘carbon clubs’ are increasing. What are the parameters and the likely timeline for China’s new scheme? What could be its impact on international carbon markets, on companies and supply chains and as a signal and incentive to shift to cleaner fuel and renewables? 

    Paula DiPerna, Special Advisor, CDP
    Zhang Jianyu, Vice President China, Environmental Defense Fund
    Moderator: Don Weinland, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Panel: Financing Climate-Related Investments: Green Bonds and Green Debt - Expanding the Boundaries of Innovation in Asia

    Green bonds are growing in significance as an efficient way for companies to attract private finance for green infrastructure including clean energy projects and for adaptation and resilience projects to limit the impacts of climate change. China has been a leader in this market, accounting for one third of global issuance, and green bond are playing a growing role across other Asian markets. And green finance is taking hold in other corners of the debt market - from green loans, mortgages, securitisation and beyond. Innovation is rife.  How is the market for green bonds and other forms of green debt in Asia developing? What is the market potential cross the region, including ASEAN? What can regulators do to grow the market? How can we stop green bonds being gamed by polluters? Will we see more harmonisation of green bond standards and definitions? Or should standards recognise that countries across the region are at various points in their low-carbon transition (for instance with continuing high dependency on fossil fuels)? What are the experiences, benefits and challenges of green bonds from Asia issuers and investor perspectives? How can challenges such as impact measurement be addressed?

    Jonathan Drew, Chair, Green Loan Committee, Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA)
    Mushtaq Kapasi, Chief Representative, Asia Pacific, International Capital Markets Association (ICMA)
    Calvin Lee Kwan, General Manager- Sustainability, Link Asset Management Limited
    Neelamani Muthukumar, Group Chief Financial Officer, Olam International
    Fanny Lung, Finance Director, Swire Properties Limited
    Moderator: Don Weinland, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Keynote

    Matthew Bell, Asia Pacific Managing Partner of Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young

     

  • 4:55pm
    Panel: Investing for the Future in Asia: Climate-related Risk Disclosure, Harnessing Low-Carbon Opportunities

    The significant amounts of capital required to meet national climate commitments and transition to a low-carbon economy in Asia will require private capital. A small but growing part of the market, asset owners and pension funds in particular will be of critical importance to this process. Yet a lack of disclosure of climate risk has been a barrier to mobilisation. While the G20 Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosure recently issued voluntary guidelines, China is leading the way with an ambitious goal to create a framework of mandatory climate risk reporting by 2020 as part of an ‘apple for apple’ global systems. New stewardship codes and a recognition of the business case for sustainable investing, meanwhile, are spreading to other markets of the region. To what extent are Asian financial institutions and companies mitigating risks and capturing opportunities arising from disruptions to economic activity caused by climate change and policy measures being taken to address it? What are the barriers to sustainable investment in the region? Will markets follow China’s lead towards mandatory disclosure? How valuable is disclosure - will it be sufficiently meaningful to drive decision marking, or will it distort markets, given the unpredictability of climate outcomes. To what extent will disclosure drive investment in low-carbon markets? 

    Matthew Bell, Asia Pacific Managing Director for Climate Change and Sustainability, EY
    Shuen Chan, Co-Founder and Managing  Partner, Sustineri
    Paula DiPerna, Special Adviser, CDP
    Nadira Lamrad, Assistant Director for Sustainability & ESG Advisory, Business Environment Council (BEC)
    Nan Lou, Head of China, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
    Moderator: Don Weinland, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:35pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:40pm
    Drinks Reception

Who Attends?

The FT Climate Finance Summit will be attended by senior decision-makers from the following sectors:

  • Banks and Security Firms
  • Fund / Asset Managers, Pension Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Insurers, Reinsurers and Environmental Risk Management
  • Infrastructure Finance and Investment
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms
  • Stock Exchanges and Stock Indexes
  • Corporate Issuers and Underwriters
  • Carbon Markets and Trading
  • Climate / Environment Lawyers and Consultants
  • Credit Rating Agencies
  • Multilateral Investment Banks
  • Energy Companies: Oil & Gas, Power, Clean Energy/Renewables
  • Cleantech Companies
  • Green Bonds / Debt Markets
  • Green Bond Verification and Certification Agencies
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Why attend?

  • Gain critical insights into China’s green development vision and the implications for international climate diplomacy, emissions, business and supply chains
  • Hear from the experts how Asia’s NDCs are translating in to projects and opportunities for investors
  • Get the inside track on new mandatory disclosure rulings and the rise of sustainable investing in Asia
  • Explore the risks and opportunities in Asia’s energy transition
  • Discuss how risk and business models are evolving to scale up investment in adaptation and resilience across Asia
  • Debate the big issues of the day: Will Asia be able to kick its coal habit?
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Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

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The EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) teams support organizations around the world as they focus on the environmental, social and economic impacts of climate change and the drive for sustainability.

While embedding a sustainable approach into core business activities could be a complex transformation, EY can support you throughout these changes to help you achieve your short-term objectives and create long-term shareholder value.

The professionals in our climate change teams focus on helping organizations develop their carbon and climate finance strategies, greenhouse gas and energy programs, green bonds assessment and assurance, climate risk and vulnerability assessments, energy management and monitoring, and policy development.

Our global, multidisciplinary teams combine our experience in assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services with climate change knowledge and experience in your industry. You'll receive tailored service supported by proven methodologies to address issues relating to your specific needs, wherever you are in the world.

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ABN AMRO Bank is one of the largest banks in the Netherlands with roots reaching as far as 1720. In Asia, the bank is focused on its corporate and institutional banking business with its history dating back to 1826 with our first branch in Indonesia. ABN AMRO offers sector specialists to support its sector clients with a full range of innovative financing and advisory services throughout the full value chain. Headquartered in Amsterdam, ABN AMRO is located in 20 countries.

S&P Global Ratings is the world’s leading provider of independent credit ratings. Our ratings are essential to driving growth, providing transparency and helping educate market participants so they can make decisions with confidence. We have more than 1 million credit ratings outstanding on government, corporate, financial sector and structured finance entities and securities. We offer an independent view of the market built on a unique combination of broad perspective and local insight. We provide our opinions and research about relative credit risk; market participants gain independent information to help support the growth of transparent, liquid debt markets worldwide.

S&P Global Ratings is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit www.spglobal.com/ratings.

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The Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) is an initiative to create awareness among Asia’s asset owners and financial institutions about the risks and opportunities associated with climate change and low carbon investing. AIGCC provides capacity for investors to share best practice and to collaborate on investment activity, credit analysis, risk management, engagement and policy.

With a strong international profile and significant network, including pension, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies and fund managers, AIGCC represents the Asian investor perspective in the evolving global discussions on climate change and the transition to a greener economy.

The Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA) is a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes the development of sustainable energy for cities in the Asia Pacific region. APUEA is designed to serve as a platform to collect and disseminate knowledge, best practices, and tools related to the development, financing and implementation of sustainable urban energy systems, and thereby support the development of liveable cities in the Asia Pacific region. Through its website, publications, conferences, and events, APUEA provides outlets for sharing international and regional best practices and innovations related to planning and implementing sustainable urban energy systems—including policies and regulations, business models, and technologies.

Business Environment Council Limited (BEC) is an independent, charitable membership organisation, established by the business sector in Hong Kong.

Since its establishment in 1992, BEC has been at the forefront of promoting environmental excellence by advocating the uptake of clean technologies and practices which reduce waste, conserve resources, prevent pollution and improve corporate environmental and social responsibility.

BEC offers sustainable solutions and professional services covering advisory, research, assessment, training and award programmes for government, business and the community, thus enabling environmental protection and contributing to the transition to a low carbon economy.

China SIF, established in Beijing in 2012, is a non-profit organization that aims to promote the concept of responsible investment, to encourage green finance and to facilitate sustainable development of China’s capital market. Since the establishment, China SIF has invited domestic and foreign experts to share their research results, working experience and cases in over dozens of online and offline theme events. We have also invited professional guest speakers, including practitioners, researchers, investors, financial institutions, listed companies and media to join our discussion.

Hong Kong Green Finance Association creates a platform that offers channels and opportunities to facilitate the development of green finance in Hong Kong. It aims to mobilize private sector resources and talents to assist the government in developing green finance policies and to promote green finance business and product innovation within financial institutions. A specific goal of the Association is to provide greater access and opportunities for Hong Kong’s financial institutions to participate in green financing transactions locally, in Mainland China and in markets along the Belt & Road. This will serve to position Hong Kong as a leading international green finance hub, in line with the global trend of implementing the UN sustainable development goals, and the Paris Agreement. Currently, the Association has members of 100 financial institutions, environmentally-friendly organizations, service providers and other key stakeholders. 

The Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (“HKIFA”) is a non-profit-making organization that represents the asset management industry in Hong Kong.  We have two major roles, namely consultation and education.   On consultation, we work closely with the authorities to relay the views of our members on issues that have implications for the asset management industry.  On education, we spearhead initiatives to enable Hong Kong people to understand more about the risk/return characteristics of mutual funds; and to use them effectively for retirement investment and other financial planning purposes.

The Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts Limited (HKSFA) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1992 by a group of CFA charterholders in Hong Kong. The Society currently has over 6,486 members and is one of the largest member societies of CFA Institute which has more than 146,000 members in 160 countries/territories. The Society is mostly run by member volunteers with the support of a team of professional staff.

HKSFA shares the mission of CFA Institute in raising professional and ethical standard of financial analysts and investment practitioners through our continuing education events and advocacy effort. In addition to promoting the CFA designation in Hong Kong, the Society aims to provide a forum for our members, CFA Institute, other investment practitioners and regulators.

The Hong Kong Trustees’ Association Limited was established in 1991 by members of the trust and fiduciary services sectors to represent the trust industry in Hong Kong, particularly in the areas of legislation and education.  It is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and incorporated in Hong Kong.  The Trustees’ Association currently has more than 110 corporate members, and represents thousands of people working in the trust, pensions, private banking, asset servicing, legal, accounting and other professional services fields.

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) is a trade association and a unique organisation that is a highly influential voice for the global capital market. ICMA represents members worldwide, who are active in the international capital market on a cross border basis; and is distinct from other trade associations in representing both the buy-side and the sell-side of the industry. ICMA has its head office in Zurich, where it was founded in 1969, with a subsidiary in London and representative offices in Paris and Hong Kong.

ICMA’s market conventions and standards have been the pillars of the international debt market for almost 50 years. While ICMA has been most active in the international debt market, it takes full account of the increasing integration between the debt and equity, cash and derivatives markets, working with other trade associations where it makes sense to do so.

Membership continues to grow with currently around 500 members based in approximately 60 countries. ICMA members include global investment banks, commercial and regional banks, brokers, private banks, institutional asset managers, pension funds, central banks, sovereign wealth funds and other institutions with a pronounced interest in the securities market, such as supranational institutions, infrastructure providers, rating agencies, leading law firms and medias.

Established in 1995, Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is an independently managed, non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO). We influence thinking on sustainability issues and coordinate environmental efforts in Singapore. As Singapore’s first UN-accredited environmental NGO, we look forward to facilitating greener growth within the nation and beyond.

Media Partners (6)

Development Finance is the first global magazine for donors, development finance institutions, development agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organisations which highlights and analyses where capital is being mobilised most effectively for the global south, in particular in terms of financing development in the secondary cities of Latin America, Asia and Africa.

BE-Sustainable is a source of news, information and resources on biomass, bioenergy and the bioeconomy. Its main purpose is to contribute to current debate by bringing as much science and fact-based content to a wide audience of readers inside and outside the biomass community, as well as to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge in the interest of progress and development of a sustainable biomass sector.

At Conventus Law, we believe in delivering knowledge differently, we believe in being well informed. 

Our products are highly informative, simple to access and easy to digest. Our services also happen to save clients time and costs.

As an online legal platform, we work with the very best law firms to produce timely legal analysis for businesses investing in Asia and beyond. 

Eco-Business is one of the leading news resources for cleantech, responsible business and sustainable development. Their platforms include the award-winning Eco-Business.com site which attracts more than 1 million high-level visitors per year and a weekly newsletter that is emailed to over 90,000 subscribers. Eco-Business offers a wide range of content and marketing services, including online advertising, custom publications, market research and whitepapers, multimedia production, consultancy, training and high-impact bespoke events catered to deepen discussions on sustainability.

We are headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

Our aim is to help businesses, governments, NGOs, research institutions and think tanks to share ideas and best practices, advance public awareness and stimulate debate about sustainable development. 

www.eco-business.com

Sun-Connect News is the leading news platform for the decentralized solar energy industry in developing countries. We provide news, articles, company and country information as well as background information for the off-grid industry worldwide. Our weekly newsletter provides free informational service for more than 9,000 recipients. The target audience includes companies (manufacturers and distributors), investors and finance institutes, NGOs, practitioners, and state facilities worldwide.

Today there is no shortage of information on issues related to energy – magazines, newsletters, national newspapers, email newsletters, dedicated Internet sites – the list goes on. Yet in this age of information overload, most professionals still take the time to read their favourite daily newspaper. The Energy Industry Times is a monthly newspaper dedicated to providing forward-looking reporting on the key issues driving this exciting sector. At last, an easy way to keep abreast of the latest news in the power and energy sectors – from a source you can trust.  

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