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Environment & Sustainability, Energy, Finance

FT Climate Finance Summit London

Aligning Policy and Practice - Investing for a 2 Degree World

London |
Speakers include:
Brian  Rice

Brian Rice


Gina  McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

Former EPA Administrator

Caio  Koch-Weser

Caio Koch-Weser

European Climate Foundation


Following the success of the inaugural FT Climate Finance Summit held in London in May 2017 and the more recent Climate Finance Summit New York in February the Financial Times is pleased to announce the second annual FT Climate Finance Summit London.

Global climate change is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity. Despite the Trump Administration pulling out of the Paris agreement, the sentiment and the priorities of investors and asset managers around the world continues to gather momentum as they increase their allocation to impact investing and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

While the European industry is one of, if not, the most advanced in climate related financing in terms of knowledge and longevity, there is still a huge amount of potential to unlock. This one day event brings you top level keynotes, panels and round table discussions on key themes such as accessing emerging market investments, addressing the perceived and real challenges for institutional investors and the potential and future of blended finance to impact on the future of climate related investments.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/09/2018 08:55:0010/09/2018 17:55:00trueFT Climate Finance Summit LondonFollowing the success of the inaugural FT Climate Finance Summit held in London in May 2017 and the more recent Climate Finance Summit New York in February the Financial Times is pleased to announce the second annual FT Climate Finance Summit London.Global climate change is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity. Despite the Trump Administration pulling out of the Paris agreement, the sentiment and the priorities of investors and asset managers around the world continues to gather momentum as they increase their allocation to impact investing and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).While the European industry is one of, if not, the most advanced in climate related financing in terms of knowledge and longevity, there is still a huge amount of potential to unlock. This one day event brings you top level keynotes, panels and round table discussions on key themes such as accessing emerging market investments, addressing the perceived and real challenges for institutional investors and the potential and future of blended finance to impact on the future of climate related investments.FT-Climate-Finance-Summit-London4c9a449ac287853da646e7daacc484f6MM/DD/YYYY

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“The kind of stellar line-up, slick delivery and global relevance you'd expect from the FT. Rarely do you see such dynamic energy in finance discourse!”
- Ellen Baker, ClientEarth

“Highly relevant, great attendance of high level industry decision makers, and well organised.”
- Jarvis Robert, Luxembourg For Finance

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- Gary Sharkey, PWC Global

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- Tessa Tennant,

“Great event, both the speakers and the overall organisation.”
- Francesco Tassello, The Market Mogul

“Incomparable depth and breadth of analysis of the global climate finance landscape.”
- Davide Stronati, Mott Macdonald

“It was an excellent event that really broadened my horizon.”
- Heiko Balzter, University of Leicester


Speakers (25)

Brian  Rice

Brian Rice

Portfolio Manager Sustainability Investments

Brian Rice is a Portfolio Manager in the CalSTRS Corporate Governance Department and has been working in the governance group at CalSTRS for over 15 years.   His main areas of focus are integrating sustainability considerations into CalSTRS investment processes and overseeing the CalSTRS sustainable manager portfolio, a $1 billion externally managed public equity strategy that employs fund managers incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment portfolio construction and management.

Mr Rice also leads CalSTRS sustainability related engagement efforts and is the staff lead for the CalSTRS Green Initiative Task Force, a multi asset class team charged with identifying, implementing and reporting on environmental investment opportunities and risk management strategies.

Mr Rice serves on the Advisory Board of the Climate Bonds Initiative and the Strategic Investor Initiative. Mr Rice received an MBA from the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics-Business from U.C.L.A. 

Gina  McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

Former EPA Administrator

Gina McCarthy is Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment. In this capacity, she leads the development of the School’s strategy in climate science, health, and sustainability; strengthens the climate science and health curriculum; and liaises with climate science leaders across the University.

Ms McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years. She served under President Barack Obama as the 13th Administrator of the EPA from 2013–2017. Her tenure as EPA Administrator heralded a paradigm shift in national environmental policy, expressly linking it with global public health. She led EPA initiatives that cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases, and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. Ms McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement. Ms McCarthy worked with the United Nations and the World Health Organization on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high-risk sources of pollution.

After the Obama Administration, Ms McCarthy became a Senior Leadership Fellow at both the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition to her work at Harvard, McCarthy currently acts as an Operating Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm in New York focused on the intersection of global sustainability, health and wellness.

She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from University of Massachusetts at Boston.


Caio  Koch-Weser

Caio Koch-Weser

Chairman of the Board
European Climate Foundation
Mark  Lewis

Mark Lewis

Head of Research and a Managing Director
Carbon Tracker Initiative

Mark Lewis is Head of Research and a Managing Director at the Carbon Tracker Initiative. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of European Utilities Research at Barclays (2015-18), Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux (2014-15) and Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Research at Deutsche Bank, where he worked for 14 years until 2013. For the last 15 years, Mr Lewis’s research has focused on the overlap between energy and climate change. His work on power, gas, and carbon was ranked Number 1 by Energy Risk magazine in its 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 surveys, and his report on the Paris Climate-Change Agreement was runner-up in the 2015/16 City of London Farsight Award for long-term financial research. 

In addition to his experience as a sell-side financial analyst, he has spent one year as Deputy Head of investor relations at E.ON at the beginning of the Energiewende, and two years as a credit analyst covering the European utility sector at Standard & Poor’s (1997-99). In total, he has over 20 years’ experience as a financial analyst covering global energy and environmental markets, and since May 2016 he has been a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

Mr Lewis is a UK and French Citizen and holds a BA (First-Class Hons) in Modern Languages and Economics from Sheffield University, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and an MA from London University.

Eva  Yazhari

Eva Yazhari

CEO and Founder
Beyond Capital Fund

Eva Yazhari is a CEO with 14 years of experience working in the venture investment and asset management industries. She is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond Capital Fund (“Beyond Capital”), an early-stage investment fund that improves the lives of 2.3 million women and families living under the poverty line with its seed investments. The fund has a 27% realized IRR and a book value IRR of 33%. As a part of her role, she is a member of the Beyond Capital Investment Committee and Board of Directors. She manages the post-investment and ongoing relationships with Beyond Capital’s nine portfolio companies, which includes strategic advisory and serving on the Board of Frontier Markets and an observer role at Karma Healthcare.

Throughout her career, she has been involved in management and investment efforts. Ms Yazhari was previously a Vice President at EnTrust Capital Inc., an asset management firm where she managed the Shareholder Activist fund manager investment portfolio, including managers like Carl Icahn, Dan Loeb, Nelson Peltz, and Bill Ackman. As a member of the hedge fund investment team at EnTrust, she specialized in fund due diligence and underlying fund portfolio analysis.

She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a B.A. in Mathematics, and has completed Executive Education at the Harvard Business School. 

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson


Paul Simpson is the CEO and co-founder of CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project. Founded in 2000, CDP is a non-profit organization which created and operates the global disclosure platform for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, manage and share vital data on their environmental performance.

Mr Simpson sits on the board of We Mean Business, and is a council member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Global Stranded Assets Advisory Council for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Prior to CDP, he worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd, the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is a former director of the Social Venture Network. He was previously on the Board of EIRIS, a member of the Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability at the World Economic Forum and a High Level Panel Member for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue.

Eko  Yin

Eko Yin

Generation Investment Management

Eko Zheng Yin is a Partner at Generation Investment Management. She is on the Global Equities team and is a founding member of Generation’s Asia Equities Fund.

She started her career at Morgan Stanley in equity research based out of Hong Kong, and subsequently with Capital Group. She graduated with First Class Honors in Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to that she attended Tsinghua University in Beijing where she was awarded full scholarship to study in Hong Kong. She is native in Mandarin and fluent in English.

Johanna  Köb

Johanna Köb

Head of Responsible Investment
Zurich Insurance Company
Angela   Falconer

Angela Falconer

Associate Director
Climate Policy Initiative

Dr Angela Falconer is an Associate Director at Climate Policy Initiative based in London. She joined CPI in 2010 and led international public climate finance tracking efforts for the first editions of the Global Landscape of Climate Finance. She subsequently led studies in Indonesia and Côte D’Ivoire to build national landscapes of climate finance, in collaboration with relevant ministries. She was heavily involved in CPI’s Indonesia program in its early years, including roles advising the Government of Indonesia on national climate fund design and studies evaluating fiscal policies in the palm oil sector. 

She has a particular interest in sustainable agriculture and forests and through her work with the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, and has led CPI’s support to develop the Climate Smart Lending Platform and the Cloud Forest Blue Energy Mechanism, as well as work with the European Forest Institute and UN-REDD to identify entry points and incentives for public and private investment in sustainable land use.

Prior to joining CPI, she worked as a climate change and energy policy consultant, primarily for European government agencies. Dr Falconer holds a PhD in the Science and Management of Climate Change from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where her thesis focussed on REDD+ finance, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Geography from the University of Glasgow.

Raffaele Della Croce

Raffaele Della Croce

Senior Economist - Long Term Investment
OECD Long-term Investment project

Raffaele Della Croce is the Senior Economist of the OECD project Institutional Investors and Long-term Investment, in the Financial Affairs Division of the OECD. The project aims to facilitate long-term investment by investors such as pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds, addressing both potential regulatory obstacles and market failures. Based on research produced for this project the OECD is contributing to the policy discussions at the level of G20, Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the European Commission, in particular through the new G20/OECD Taskforce on Institutional Investors and Long Term Financing. As part of the OECD Futures Programme, Mr Della Croce has also worked on the project Transcontinental Infrastructure Needs to 2030/50 in the Advisory Unity to the Secretary General. Prior to joining the OECD in 2010, he worked in the financial industry for eight years, mainly with Ernst & Young and Moody’s Investors Services, in London. As part of international teams advising governments or private consortia, he has been involved in the analysis, structuring and negotiation of the largest transactions in the utilities and infrastructure sectors in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Mr Della Croce also serves in the Advisory Committee of the OECD Provident Fund. He was educated at University La Sapienza in Rome and Columbia University in New York.

Carol  Pepper

Carol Pepper

Pepper International

Carol Pepper is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pepper International LLC, a family office and consulting firm located in New York City.  She acts as the External CIO to wealthy families and Single Family Offices.  She oversees all asset classes and puts in place a comprehensive consolidated reporting system.  She is an expert in Impact Investing. Ms Pepper lectures extensively around the world on issues of interest to wealthy families.   She also appears regularly in the financial press and on television, including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg, commenting on the markets. 

Ms Pepper has over 25 years of experience in the wealth management industry.  Prior to forming Pepper International in 2001, Carol had extensive experience as a private banker at JP Morgan Private Bank, Citibank Private Bank and Credit Suisse Private Bank. She managed over $1 billion of private client assets as a Senior Relationship Manager and Portfolio Manager at Rockefeller & Co., the multi-family office formed by the Rockefeller family. As a Principal at Morgan Stanley, she was instrumental in creating a web-based virtual family office prototype.

Christina  Olivecrona

Christina Olivecrona

Senior Sustainability Analyst
Ben  Caldecott

Ben Caldecott

Founding Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme
University of Oxford
David  Nelson

David Nelson

Executive Director
CPI Energy Finance

David Nelson is Executive Director of CPI’s energy finance team which works globally with governments, industry and investors to develop tools that are central to lowering the cost of the energy transition, including the design of new financial instruments to help utilities transition away from carbon-based fuels and re-imagining electricity markets that will be fit for a low-carbon future.

Before joining CPI, he worked as an investor and strategic advisor to energy and utilities companies and their regulators in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia for more than 20 years.

Mr Nelson was senior vice president and global sector leader for Energy, Utilities, and Commodities at AllianceBernstein, where he managed research for the Bernstein Value portfolio and the commodity hedge fund. He also led the Global Energy research team and was the analyst covering global utilities (ex-North America). Prior to working at Bernstein, he was a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and before that at Arthur D. Little. He started his consulting career at the economics consultancy Putnam, Hayes and Bartlett. Throughout his consulting career he focused on strategy, financing, and regulation for the energy and utilities industries.  Hw has degrees in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Wharton

Mark  Cheng

Mark Cheng

European Director

Mark Cheng is a Managing Director of Ashoka, a global network of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs.  Since 1980, Ashoka has provided stipends and support to more than 3,500 leading social entrepreneurs in more than 85 countries. Mr Cheng is the author of the ‘Social Investment Toolkit’, an online guide for social entrepreneurs on how to raise blended finance. He is an experienced impact investor who has advised more than 60 ventures over the past decade, helping raise over €250mn in blended finance through a mixture of philanthropic, commercial and development capital. In 2008, He was a founding member of the Solar For All Initiative, a global coalition of foundations, impact investment funds and develop institutions dedicated to increasing investment in affordable solar energy products for the off-grid market. Prior to joining Ashoka, he began his career at Deutsche Bank and subsequently went on to launch Chelwood Capital, a social investment consultancy. He writes and speaks frequently on social innovation and finance, and has been published in diverse media including the Guardian, Fast Company and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Mike Muldoon

Mike Muldoon

Associate Director for Innovative Finance
Rockefeller Foundation

Mike Muldoon is an Associate Director for Innovative Finance at the Rockefeller Foundation. Mr Muldoon leads the Foundation’s Program Related Investment work, which consists of a growing portfolio of investments (debt, equity, guarantees) in line with the Foundation’s programmatic interests. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation he was a Director at Latitude Capital, a private equity fund focused on energy in emerging markets and before that a Senior Investment Officer at USAID’s loan guarantee program, the Development Credit Authority.

Lauren  Cochran

Lauren Cochran

Managing Director
Blue Haven Initiative

Lauren Cochran is managing Director at Blue Haven Initiative, where she leads strategy and execution for the family office’s portfolio of direct investments.

Her makes early stage equity investments with the expectation of both commercial financial returns and positive social and environmental impact. Blue Haven’s portfolio includes M-KOPA, Twiga Foods, PEG Africa and CrossBoundary Energy, among others.  

Prior to joining Blue Haven, she worked at Imprint Capital, an impact investment advisory firm later acquired by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where she led investments in emerging markets. Her interest in frontier market startups focused on improving the lives of populations underserved by existing infrastructure dates to her 2006-2007 tenure with the Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative, where she analyzed healthcare infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa. She started her career in private equity at Deutsche Bank later joining DLJ Merchant Banking spinout, Diamond Castle. This work inspired Lauren to pursue a career linking social impact and private equity.

She holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and earned her M.B.A. from the Wharton School.

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer
Principles for Responsible Investment

Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the UN-supported proponent of responsible investment, focusing on the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment and ownership decisions. She joined the PRI in 2013 and has overall responsibility for the PRI’s operations globally. She has more than 20 years' experience in the pension sector, working in particular in the Australian superannuation sector and played an active role in advocating pension policy change on behalf of working Australians and participated in a number of government committees and working groups on retirement incomes policy. Ms Reynolds has a particular interest in retirement outcomes for women. Prior to joining the PRI, she spent seven years as Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST). She has formerly been a pension fund director/trustee of AUSfund and been on the boards of Industry Funds Credit Control, Australia for UNHCR, the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and the National Women in Super Network. In 2012, she was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence for her work in public policy. Ms Reynolds also serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact, the Council of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the UN Business for Peace Steering Committee and the Steering Committee for Investors on Climate Change.

Stephanie  Pfeifer

Stephanie Pfeifer

Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change
Anna  Laycock

Anna Laycock

Executive Director
The Finance Innovation Lab

Anna Laycock leads the Finance Innovation Lab’s work for a financial system that serves people and planet. The Lab incubates the people and ideas with the potential to positively disrupt finance: innovators developing new business models, campaigners changing the rules of the game, and professionals seeking to change the system from the inside out.

Ms Laycock is an Associate of the St Paul’s Institute, a Trustee of the Just Finance Foundation, an Associate of the Institute for Social Banking, and a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). She has been a judge for the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards and Young Banker of the Year, and in 2017 she was recognised as one of the leading Women in Social Enterprise and on the Women in Fintech Powerlist. 

Prior to joining the Lab, she worked in sustainable finance in the UK and internationally. She has previously worked in international development, campaigning, impact assessment, and community development. She holds an MSc in Global Ethics and has written for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, Stir to Action, Pioneers Post and the New Statesman.

Tony  Clamp

Tony Clamp

Deputy Director, Private Sector Facility
Green Climate Fund

Tony Clamp is the Deputy Director of the Green Climate Fund’s Private Sector Facility based in Songdo, South Korea and is responsible for day to day management of its investment program in private sector climate related projects and investment funds globally. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a fund created within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to support developing countries respond to the challenge of climate change and offers a wide range of financial products including grants, concessional loans, subordinated debt, equity and guarantees.

Before joining GCF in 2017, Mr Clamp spent twenty-five years’ investing in infrastructure, energy and water projects in both developed and developing markets in Washington, DC and London, This included 15 years with project developers and infrastructure investment funds and ten years with International Finance Corporation (IFC).

 Simon  Zadek

Simon Zadek

Co-Director, Inquiry into Design Options of a Sustainable Financial System
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Simon Zadek is a Co-Director of the Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System launched by the United Nations Environment Program in early 2014. He is also DSM Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Singapore Management University, where he teaches part of a masters on tri-sector partnership, and is Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School of the University of Oxford, where he is documenting his experience in seeking systemic changes across global financial markets and is exploring how Oxford Martin can better support systemic solution-focused research. Until recently, he was a Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in Beijing, and Senior Fellow at the Institute and the International Institute of Sustainable Development and Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Academy of Business in Society. He is on the Advisory Board of the leading sustainability investment fund, Generation Investment Management. He founded and was until 2009 Chief Executive of the international think tank, AccountAbility, and before that, Development Director of the New Economics Foundation, founding Chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative and on the founding Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative. Mr Zadek publishes extensively: his book, The Civil Corporation was awarded the Academy of Management’s prestigious Best Book on Social Issues in Management.

Corinne  Molitor

Corinne Molitor


Corinne Molitor is in charge of business development, marketing, IT and facilities. She has 25 years of experience at Banque de Luxembourg in services to corporates, institutional clients and investment funds and is deeply involved in microfinance and impact finance since many years through various engagements in Europe and in Asia. She sits on the board of ADA - Inclusive Finance. She holds a Masters in Economics and a Bachelor in Law from Universités de Strasbourg, France as well as a Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD Singapore and is certified independent Director by the Luxembourg Institute of Directors.

Charles  Donovan

Charles Donovan

Director, Centre for Climate Finance and Investment
Imperial College Business School

Charles Donovan is Director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School.  He is Principal Teaching Fellow in the Department of Management and a Fellow at the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and Environment. In his corporate career, he was most recently Head of Structuring and Valuation for Alternative Energy at BP plc where he was part of the strategy team that launched the alternative energy division with a commitment to spend $8 billion over 10 years.  Dr Donovan began his career as an Energy Policy Analyst with the United States Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration and subsequently worked in principal investments at the Enron Corporation.  He holds a bachelor degree from the University of Washington, an MBA from Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate in management from IE Business School.  Dr Donovan is the editor and co-author of Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future, published by Imperial College Press in 2015.

Zelda  Bentham

Zelda Bentham

Group Head of Sustainability
Aviva plc

Chair & Moderators (2)

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.

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Columnist and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and business columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. She has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment, and was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Agenda - 9th Oct

  • 8:55am
    Opening Remarks from the FT Chair
  • 9:05am
    Keynote Address: Climate finance, international politics, and market sentiment

    Climate finance has the potential to compensate for political failures, such as countries pulling out of the Paris agreement. Some see the backlash against climate finance in the US by Trumps administration including the solar panel tariff as a blow to the entire climate change community. Brexit is spooking investors in the UK along with the government’s budget promise of 'no new low carbon electricity levies until 2025'. What are the implications of international politics on the climate finance industry? How has the US and the international market responded? What are the barriers to mainstreaming the European climate finance market?

    Caio Koch-Weser, Chairman of the Board, European Climate Foundation

  • 9:40am
    Keynote Interview: The US Perspective

    Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator, Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment), The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Advisor atPegasus Capital Advisors.

  • 10:10am
    Panel Discussion: Sector Focus: Clean energy transition and a low carbon future
    • Will the return of oil giants such as Shell, Statoil and BP have an impact on  the evolution of the clean energy sector?
    • Technological developments and climate policy are combining to slow fossil fuel demand -how can investors achieve an “orderly energy transition” which minimises financial disruption in the process?
    • Managing the grid: will virtual power plants be a profitable opportunity for green investment?
    • Is block chain technology a key enabling technology for distributed energy systems?
    • Can fossil fuels investment ever be be green? An update on clean coal and sequestration technologies
    • The latest trends in clean energy finance and the listed vs unlisted infrastructure debate

    Moderator: Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times


    Ben Caldecott, Founding Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, University of Oxford
    Carol Pepper, CEO, Pepper International
    Raffaele Della Croce, Senior Economist - Long Term Investment, OECD
    Mark Lewis, Head of Research and a Managing Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative

  • 10:50am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:20am
    Panel Discussion: Blended Finance: Bringing public and private together
    • What funds are out there currently for developed and developing countries and where there the gaps?
    • Which public finance vehicles best enable greater private investment in a low carbon future?
    • Blended finance and the SDG’s – what needs to be done now?
    • How can public-private partnerships in infrastructure be best be utilized?  What examples provide the best templates for risk-sharing? Where has blended finance most successfully increased the private sector’s engagement with, and access to, emerging/frontier market investments? 
    • What have been the recent trends in this space and what is the future for blended finance?
    • Where does aid and philanthropic money fit in and how can private investors benefit from structures including these sources of funds?

    Moderator: Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times


    Tony Clamp, Deputy Director, Private Sector Facility, Green Climate Fund
    Corinne Molitor, Director, Inn-pact
    Mark Cheng, European Director, Ashoka
    Mike Muldoon, Associate Director for Innovative Finance, The Rockefeller Foundation 

  • 12:00pm
    Panel Discussion: Climate change adaptation: Meeting and keeping up with ever increasing risk of climate change
    • In the absence of a clear definition, what is meant by climate adaption?
    • What does adaptation funding mean in practice?
    • Who are the key players at regional/national/international levels providing funding?
    • How to address the adaptation in the private sector: focus on climate resilience
    • From earth-moving equipment to flood-mapping software, what are the commercial opportunities in adaptation?

    Moderator: Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

    Angela Falconer, Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative
    Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP


  • 12:40pm
    Panel Discussion: Trends and opportunities in climate linked financial instruments
    • What are the recent trends on new instruments in this sector?
    • What bonds have appeared to been successful in this market ?
    • What are the risks as the green bond market becomes more mainstream? Considering long-term issues of governance and integrity
    • What is investor appetite for alternative bond structures such as resilience bonds?
    • What instruments are likely to come next?

    Charles Donovan, Director, Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College Business School
    David Nelson, Executive Director, CPI Energy Finance 
    Brian Rice, Portfolio Manager Sustainability Investments, CalSTRS

  • 1:20pm
  • 2:20pm
    Keynote Interview: Financial Markets and the Sustainable Development Goals

    This interview session will address the changes needed in financial markets for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals related to climate issues.

    Simon Zadek, Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • 2:50pm
    Panel Discussion: Capitalising on the uncapped opportunity for climate related institutional investments
    • What is it that’s preventing institutions allocating serious amounts of capital to this sector?
    • As institutions concentrate most activity in the green bond sector, what are their views on other vehicles to access the market?
    • Is the ESG debate over?  The evidence for financially material risks
    • Does this market have a reliance on passive investments? And how does lack of passive products available to investors which manage climate risk or have a “climate-tilt” impact allocation choices?
    • Where are the mechanisms to convert into vehicles more recognisable to institutional investors? Are trustees and regulators blocking market innovation? How can the investment banks, as the key creators of these instruments, be better incentivised?

    Fiona Reynolds, CEO, UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment
    Johanna Köb, Head of Responsible Investment, Zurich Insurance Company
    Christina Olivecrona, Senior Sustainability Analyst, AP2
    Stephanie Pfeifer, CEO, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change 

  • 3:30pm
    Investing in Emerging Markets; Overcoming the challenges and seeking opportunity
    • As many developing nations want ‘country ownership’ and choose to manage their own projects with local public sector funding, how can the industry work towards overcoming barriers?
    • What encouragement do institutional investors need to enter this space and how can asset managers and public finances help to open up opportunities?
    • Case study examples of private or public investments in emerging markets. How allocation decisions were made, risks vs return and social impact balanced and recorded and how challenges where overcome
    • How can private investors engage with public climate funds and DFIs?

    Eko Zheng Yin, Partner, Generation Investment Management
    Lauren Cochran, Managing Director, Blue Haven Initiative
    Eva Yazhari, CEO and Founder, Beyond Capital Fund


  • 4:10pm
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 4:40pm
    Presentation: Putting climate change at the heart of your business

    It’s becoming clear that global supply chains will be massively affected by climate change, conversely creating a big opportunity to involve the private sector in adaptation. How does a multinational business evolve to incorporate ESG in the heart of their business model?

    Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Sustainability, Aviva plc

  • 5:10pm
    Roundtable discussions:

    After a full day of lively debate, the roundtable session will provide delegates with the opportunity to delve into and discuss their preferred key issue of the day or new topic in an informal format, led by an expert host.

    Roundtable 1: Innovative finance models for electric transport 
    Facilitator: Jim Long, Partner, Greentech Capital Advisors

    Roundtable 2: The role of central banks and supervisors in climate finance and risks
    Facilitator: Tanveer Hussain, Head of Peer Supervision & Risks Division, PRA, Bank of England

    Roundtable 3: Facilitating new opportunities for emerging/frontier market investments

    Roundtable 4: Institutional investors and their challenges in making climate-related investments
    Facilitator: Brian Rice, Portfolio Manager Sustainability Investments, CalSTRS

    Roundtable 5: The opportunity in sustainable, climate-resilient infrastructure

    Roundtable 6: The role of financial innovation in addressing climate change
    Facilitator:  Anna Laycock, Executive Director, The Finance Innovation Lab

  • 5:40pm
    Closing Remarks from the FT Co-Chair

    Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:50pm
    Close of conference

Why Attend

  • Learn how investment portfolios are adjusting to 2 degrees
  • Hear who's making and losing money in green finance: can renewables be profitable?
  • Get the inside track on green quantitative easing and the role monetary policy could play in growing the green economy
  • Discover how climate disclosure laws and regulations are evolving and the risk for companies and investors
  • Discuss how business models and risk models are evolving to scale up investment in adaptation and resilience
  • Explore the new frontiers in climate finance: aligning fintech with climate finance, and the expanding universe of green bonds
  • Debate the big issues of the day: Is financial stability possible without environmental stability?

Who Attends

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

  • Banks and Security Houses
  • Investors-Fund / Asset Managers, Pension Funds. Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Insurers, Reinsuers and Environmental Risk Management
  • Infrastructure Finance and Investment
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • 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





Standard Summit Ticket




Grange Tower Bridge
45 Prescot St
London E1 8GP

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7959 5000


Associate Sponsor (1)

Luxembourg for Finance (LFF) is the Agency for the Development of the Financial Centre. It is a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg Government and the Luxembourg Financial Industry Federation (PROFIL). Founded in 2008, its objective is to develop Luxembourg’s financial services industry and identify new business opportunities.

LFF connects international investors to the range of financial services provided in Luxembourg, such as investment funds, wealth management, capital market operations or advisory services. In addition to being the first port of call for foreign journalists, LFF cooperates with the various professional associations and monitors global trends in finance, providing the necessary material on products and services available in Luxembourg. Furthermore, LFF manages multiple communication channels, organises seminars in international business locations, and takes part in selected world-class trade fairs and congresses.


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.


Peter Bamford
Commercial Manager - Energy, Climate & Commodities
Financial Times
Carmen Bamford
Speaking Opportunities
Financial Times
Aneliese Hirst
Media Partner And Press Enquiries
Financial Times
Timothy Conley
Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
Financial Times