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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:
Ma Jun

Ma Jun

Tsinghua University

Nan Luo

Nan Luo

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Karen Tan

Karen Tan

Swiss Re

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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fallback Add to my Calendar 11/21/2018 08:00:0011/21/2018 17:31:00trueFT Climate Finance Asia Summit 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.FT-Climate-Finance-Asia-Summit-55e6c25798bfb75873065715e72fbf09MM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (27)

Ma Jun

Ma Jun

Director, Centre for Finance and Development
Tsinghua University

Ma Jun is Director of the Center for Finance and Development, Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research. He is also Special Advisor to Governor of the People’s Bank of China, Member of the PBOC Monetary Policy Committee, Chairman of Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking, and Co-chair of G20 Green Finance Study Group, Member of China’s Finance 40 Forum, Vice Chairman of China International Economic Relations Association and  Special Advisor on Sustainable Finance to UN Environment. Before joining Tsinghua, he was Chief Economist at Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) from 2014-17.  Prior to that, he worked for 13 years at Deutsche Bank, where he was Managing Director, Chief Economist for Greater China, and Head of China and Hong Kong Strategy. From 1992-2000, he worked as public policy specialist, economist and senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. From 1988-1990, he was a Research Fellow at the Development Research Center of China's State Council.  Dr Ma received his PhD in Economics from Georgetown University in 1994, and his Master's degree in Management Science from Fudan University in 1988.

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.

Karen Tan

Karen Tan

Chief Risk Officer, Reinsurance Asia
Swiss Re
Shuen Chan

Shuen Chan

Co-Founder and Partner
Sustineri
Maureen  DeRooij

Maureen DeRooij

Chief Executive, Asia Pacific
ABN AMRO Bank

Maureen DeRooij is ABN AMRO Bank’s Chief Executive for the Corporate Bank in Asia, which comprises of Corporate Finance, Structured Debt Solutions, and Capital Markets, as well as Client Coverage groups such as Energy, Commodities and Transportation (shipping). She also is the bank’s Country Executive for Greater China based in Hong Kong, which provides Clearing and Private Banking. Ms DeRooij previously worked at Standard Chartered Bank based in Singapore where she first started in 2005 as Global Head of Natural Resources followed by a role as Chief Operating Officer for the wholesale bank’s Client Coverage business in over 50 countries. Before joining Standard Chartered Bank, she worked for over a decade in the US at Citigroup and ABN AMRO. Ms DeRooij currently serves on Singapore Management University's advisory board of the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, as well as on the Corporate Advisory Council of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute. She is a frequent speaker at industry events (Dow Jones, Euromoney, Reuters), provides occasional commentary on CNBC's Worldwide Exchange and is a regular guest lecturer at INSEAD. She recently authored a paper on commodity super cycles published in Asian Management Insights. Ms DeRooij holds a Master's degree in Corporate Law (LLM) from the Rijks Universiteit of Leiden and an MBA from the University of Chicago (Booth).

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.

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
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.

James Grabert

James Grabert

Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme. Lead Climate Action
United Nations Climate Change Secretariat ( UNFCCC)

James Grabert has worked for the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) for more than 20 years. He heads the Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme of the UNFCCC, leading the work on market-based approaches to climate change mitigation. Prior to 2006 he served as a greenhouse gas emissions specialist and worked in numerous expert groups of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In addition, he also currently leads the secretariat’s work on Global Climate Action in supporting Non-State-Actors’ efforts towards the Paris Agreement. Before joining the United Nations, he was an industry and regional analyst for the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr Grabert holds a BA  in Economics and International Relations from Wheaton College, Masters of International Economics from the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva, and has undertaken post-graduate studies in Management at Stanford University, University of Navarra (IESE) and London Business School, and in Development at Harvard 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

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 7 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.

Arthur Lau

Arthur Lau

Co-Head of Emerging Markets Fixed Income and Head of Asia ex Japan, Fixed Income, Senior Portfolio Manager
PineBridge Investments

Arthur Lau joined PineBridge Investments in 2011 and is Head of Fixed Income for Asia ex Japan.  He is responsible for portfolio management, research and trading in the region.  He is also a member of the global bond management team participating in strategy development and execution, monitoring developments in the primary and secondary markets and portfolio monitoring. Prior to joining PineBridge, Mr. Lau spent more than five years at JP Morgan Asset Management Hong Kong where he was Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Asian Credit.  He has also held roles with Barclays Capital in Singapore as Director in Credit Research as well as Fitch Ratings as Director in the Greater China financial institution analyst team focusing on rating analysis for financial institutions.  Mr. Lau gained extensive analysis experience working with BNP Prime Peregrine as Research Manager focusing on Hong Kong and China equities, Sassoon Securities as Regional Property and Banking Equity Analyst, as well as Citibank NA, Canada as Equities Derivatives Analyst.  He began his career in 1987 with Hong Kong Bank Group as Manager focusing on corporate and commercial banking. Mr Lau received a BBA in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.  He is also a CFA, CMA and CPA charterholder.

Calvin Lee Kwan

Calvin Lee Kwan

General Manager, Sustainability
Link REIT

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
Green Climate Fund

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
Neelamani  Muthukumar

Neelamani Muthukumar

Group Chief Financial Officer
Olam International
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.

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.

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

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, Advisory Board of SOAS China Institute
University of London
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 Defence 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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Moderators (2)

Henny Sender

Henny Sender

Chief Correspondent, International Finance
Financial Times

Henny Sender joined the Financial Times in 2007. She was previously the Wall Street Journal's Senior Special Writer for the Money & Investing section and covered private equity and hedge funds. Before joining the Journal, Ms Sender worked in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years and covered regional finance for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Prior to that, she was in Tokyo for five years for Institutional Investor. Ms Sender was part of a team at the Journal that won a Loeb award for coverage of the meltdown of Amaranth, a hedge fund. Her work on the overseas Chinese received a citation from the Overseas Press Club and she was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her book on India, The Kashmiri Pandits, was published by Oxford University Press. Ms Sender holds an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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
  • 9:05am
    Keynote Address
  • 9:20am
    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 vison for an ‘ecological civilisation’, and the implications for emissions, for international climate diplomacy, businesses and supply chains?

    Ma Jun, Director, Centre for Finance and Development, Tsinghua University

  • 9:45am
    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? 

    James Grabert, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
    Alexandra Tracy, Founder and President, Hoi Ping Ventures
    Pengfei Xie, China Chief Representative, Deputy Regional Director for East Asia, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

  • 10:25am
    Panel: 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

    Anita Marangoly George, Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnerships-Growth Markets, CDPQ India
    Shailesh Vickram Singh, Managing Partner, Massive Fund; Founder, GoMassive Accelerator

  • 11:00am
    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 Advisory (ETA), Carbon Tracker Initiative
    Assaad Razzouk, CEO, Sindicatum Renewable Energy
    Charlotte Roule, Chief Executive Officer of the China BU, Engie
    Geert Peeters, Chief Financial Officer, CLP

  • 11:40am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:55am
    Panel: 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? Wil the rise of EVs in Asia dent demand for fossil fuels and reduce emissions?

    Franck Vitté, Managing Director, Blue SG

  • 12:30pm
    Lunch
  • 1:40pm
    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)
    Andreas Lunding, Senior Structured Finance Specialist, Green Climate Fund
    C M Shun, Director, the Hong Kong Observatory
    Karen Tan, Chief Risk Officer, Reinsurance Asia, Swiss Re

  • 2:10pm
    Adaptation Case Study 1: Resilient Infrastructure

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

  • 2:25pm
    Adaptation: Case Study 2: Resilient Buildings
  • 2:40pm
    Keynote Interview: Raising the Bar on Climate Finance in Asia
  • 2:55pm
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 3:10pm
    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? 

    Zhang Jianyu, Managing Director, China, Environment Defence Fund

  • 3:50pm
    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?

    Mushtaq Kapasi, Chief Representative, Asia Pacific, International Capital Markets Association (ICMA)
    Arthur Lau, MD and Co-Head of Energy Markets Fixed Income and Head of Asia Ex Japan. Fixed Income, PineBridge Investments
    Calvin Lee Kwan, General Manager, Sustainability, Link REIT
    Neelamani Muthukumar, Group Chief Financial Officer, Olam International

  • 4:30pm
    The View from Japan

    As a champion of green technology, yet the biggest backer of cross-border coal financing, Japan could play a leading role in facilitating the region’s low-carbon transition. What role will Japan play, and will it grasp the opportunity?

  • 4:45pm
    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?

    Shuen Chan, Co-Founder and Partner, Sustineri
    Paula DiPerna, Special Adviser, CDP
    Nadira Lamrad, Assistant Director for Sustainability & ESG Advisory, Business Environment Council (BEC)
    Nan Lou, Head of China, UN PRI
    Henry Wang, International Advisor & Author, Member, Advisory Board of SOAS China Institute, University of London

  • 5:30pm
    End of Conference

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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 and employs around 22,000 people worldwide.

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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.

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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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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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Hong Kong

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