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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:
Marloes  Nicholls

Marloes Nicholls

Finance Innovation Lab

Gina  McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

Former EPA Administrator

Xeniya  Rogan

Xeniya Rogan



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 09:00:0010/09/2018 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

“Content, format and attendees... all spot on as always. I expect no less from FT Live.”
- Gary Sharkey, PWC Global

“This is going to give BNEF's annual event a run for their money.”
- 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 (29)

Marloes  Nicholls

Marloes Nicholls

Head of Programmes
Finance Innovation Lab

Marloes Nicholls is Head of Programmes at the Finance Innovation Lab, where she runs Lab Fellowship and leads research on financial innovation.

Before working at the Lab, she worked at the think tank Meteos as Programme Manager and Researcher working on finance and climate change related projects. There, she led the research for BankingFutures, a unique, multi-stakeholder dialogue that asks: how can we rebuild a healthy banking sector in the UK? She also directed Money Comms Lab, a collaborative research project to understand the most effective ways to engage and communicate with the public on issues relating to money and the financial system.


Ms Nicholls has a wealth of experience working in social change, including co-founding the campaign Move Your Money UK and working at Oxfam on global campaigns and policy. At Oxfam, she was a Divisional Project Manager and supported the development and evaluation of major high profile campaigns, including work on Oxfam’s climate change policy and campaigning.

She continues to participate in grassroots, creative activism in the UK, and is particularly interested in drawing on the arts and community organising to create accessible ways for the public to engage with money and the financial system. As Vice-Chair of the Tenants and Residents Association of a large estate in East London, she has helped to establish a community garden and cooking scheme to support connections across people of different ethnicity, age and class. Since 2017, she has been advising the Friends Provident Foundation on their programmes.

An economist by training, Ms Nicholls graduated from Nuffield College, University of Oxford, with a Masters of Philosophy in 2011 and received a first class bachelors in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bristol in 2008.

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 Climate, 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.

Xeniya  Rogan

Xeniya Rogan

Principal Banker

Ms Xeniya Rogan is a Principal Banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where she is involved in a wide range of high profile energy sector transactions and policy engagements across Central Asia. She is an operation leader for the first award-winning large-scale renewable projects under the project finance structure in Kazakhstan with the involvement of Clean Technology Fund.

Ms Rogan has over 10 years of international work experience. Prior to the EBRD she served as a Deputy Head of Russian Project Finance and Subsidiary Companies Department and held analytical roles in Corporate Finance Department at the largest private bank in Kazakhstan. 

Ms Rogan holds a Master’s Degree with specialization in International Finance and Energy from Columbia University in New York City where she was a Muskie Fellow and a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics from the Kazakh State University.  She was also a Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University.

Martin  Frick

Martin Frick

Senior Director Policy and Program Coordination

Martin Frick oversees as Senior Director UNFCCC’s work supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement and climate action.  He previously served as Director for Climate Change at UNFAO.

He was the German representative for human rights and humanitarian affairs at the UN General Assembly and served as the European Union’s lead negotiator in the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council. As Ambassador to the international organizations based in Germany, he helped building up the UN’s sustainability hub in Bonn. He holds a PhD in law and was a guest lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Jason  Pellmar

Jason Pellmar

Regional Manager, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

Jason Pellmar, based in Kyiv, leads International Finance Corporation’s (IFC’s) investment and advisory operations in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. He is responsible for managing a significant investment program – over $3bn of long-term finance in Ukraine, approximately $300m in Belarus and more than $200m in Moldova, in addition to an extensive advisory program focused on improving the business environment, expanding access to finance, promoting a green economy, modernizing supply chains and opening new markets.

Mr Pellmar is also IFC’s Climate Anchor for Europe and Central Asia, ensuring that IFC meets the Corporation’s ambitious climate targets.He has extensive experience across Europe and Asia and multiple industry sectors.  

From 2014 to 2017, Mr Pellmar was responsible for new business development in the infrastructure, agribusiness, manufacturing and services sectors in Myanmar, Southeast Asia. He has been with IFC since 2010. Prior to joining IFC, Jason underwrote and managed a global portfolio of energy assets at GE Energy Financial Services in Stamford, Connecticut, US.

He holds a Masters Degree in International Finance and Russian & Eurasian Studies from Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and was a Fulbright Scholar in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Frank  van Lerven

Frank van Lerven

New Economics Foundation

Frank van Lerven is an Economist for one the UK’s leading think tanks the ‘New Economics Foundation’ (NEF). Specialising in monetary policy, banking, and developmental finance, he has been published in renowned academic journals and newspapers. Mr van Lerven currently leads NEF’s work on greening central banks and diversifying the UK’s banking system. Before joining NEF, he worked at the United Nations Development Programme and then went on to help start-up two prominent European think tanks aimed at reforming monetary policy, ‘Positive Money’ (UK) and ‘QE for People’ (Eurozone).’

Harry  Boyd-Carpenter

Harry Boyd-Carpenter

Director, Head of Power and Energy Utilities

Harry Boyd-Carpenter is the Director of EBRD's power and energy utilities team, leading a team of over 35 professionals promoting the Bank's transition mandate in the electricity generation, renewable energy, transmission and distribution sectors across EBRD's 36 countries of operations.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in financing and investing in emerging markets and transition economies with a special emphasis on the energy sector. He has been involved in a wide range of power, oil and gas, infrastructure and PPP/PFI projects across Europe, North Africa and the former CIS. He has also led high level policy engagements in a number of countries, with a particular focus on establishing the enabling environment for renewable energy.

Before becoming Director in February 2017 he was a Senior Banker in the power team, with particular responsibility for investments and policy dialogue in Egypt and Jordan. He has also worked in EBRD’s Office of the General Counsel and the Institutional Strategy department. Prior to joining EBRD in 2005, Harry was a senior associate in the Project Finance group of Allen & Overy LLP and also worked for the European Union in UNMIK-Kosovo. 

Johanna  Köb

Johanna Köb

Head of Responsible Investment
Zurich Insurance Company

Johanna Köb is Head of Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Company, where she supports the implementation of Zurich's responsible investment strategy for the Company's approximate USD 200bn portfolio of group assets. Ms Köb joined Zurich Insurance Company in 2013 as responsible investment analyst, following the adaptation of the 2012 responsible investment strategy.

Prior to joining Zurich, she worked for RobecoSAM, where she was part of the Sustainability Operations team. Her task was to support companies throughout the annual corporate sustainability assessment, as well as serving as an analyst for the financial services and support services sectors for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Ms Köb holds a BA and MA in International Affairs & Governance from the University of St. Gallen, as well as a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She is currently a Level III candidate to the CFA Program.

Johanna is fluent in German, English and Spanish. 

Vikram Widge

Vikram Widge

Head, Climate Finance & Policy
IFC Climate Business

Vikram Widge is Head of Climate Finance and Policy at IFC, the private sector affiliate of the World Bank.  He leads the external engagement on climate finance and the deployment of innovative market-based solutions to mobilise private capital for low carbon development in emerging markets. He also oversees IFC's work on climate policy, carbon pricing, climate risk and adaptation, and greenhouse gas accounting and related metrics.   

Until recently, he also managed the World Bank’s carbon finance business with more than $3 billion in funds under management and development, as well as innovative results-based financing instruments and technical assistance for market-based carbon pricing that support governments to implement climate-smart policies and attract financing.   Mr Widge worked in the private sector for 10 years before joining IFC in 1994. He has extensive experience in supporting and financing clean technologies such as renewable power, waste-to-energy, fuel cells and electric vehicles. He structured and managed an off-grid solar PV fund for six years in the late 1990s.  

Mr Widge has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (1982) and a Master’s degree in Resource Economics from the University of Maryland (1986), where he was a research scholar and graduate fellow

Jim Long

Jim Long

Senior Advisor
Greentech Capital Advisers

Jim long has over 25 years of experience as an Adviser and investor across the power, energy, infrastructure, environmental, and  technology sectors. Based in Zurich, he works closely with companies and investors to identify strategic opportunities in global markets and craft client-specific solutions. He brings a wealth of cross-border transaction experience, helping both larger corporations optimize their business portfolios and leading growth companies toward value-added partnerships with leading companies and investors, utilizing a full range of capital and financing alternatives in support of client objectives. Prior to joining GCA, Mr long was a Managing Director at Ecofin, a leading specialist investor in utilities, renewable energy, and infrastructure. He led the private equity and infrastructure investment activities with over $500 million invested across wind, solar, water, and related sectors and over $750 million in realizations. Prior to Ecofin, Mr long spent 12 years at Citigroup in London in a number of roles, most recently as Co-Chairman of Global Power and Utilities Investment Banking.  Mr Long has a dual degree in Economics (Wharton School) and English from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds both a Master of Philosophy and Master of Studies in Modern History from Oxford University, where he was also a tutor. 

Alzbeta  Klein

Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head of Climate Business
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

As the Director and Global Head of IFC’s Climate Business, Alzbeta’s role is to facilitate business growth, provide thought leadership, fundraise and facilitating all work related to renewables, climate-smart agribusiness, green bonds and other climate business areas. Prior to her current appointment, she was a director and global co-head of Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services Investments group where she managed over $13 billion of assets in emerging markets, leading a group of 400 bankers in 60 IFC offices worldwide. During the past 20 years, Alzbeta worked in many areas of IFC and rose through the ranks, including serving for two years as the Chief of Staff to IFC’s former CEO Mr. Lars Thunell.


In her current position, Alzbeta revitalized and grew IFC Climate Business which now accounts for a quarter of all IFC investments. She created and currently executes the new climate business strategy which envisages further growth of business anchored in new technologies and their facilitating role in business growth, particularly in emerging markets. Her team also piloted and implemented carbon pricing for the Corporation’s largest investments, and a corporate disclosure of carbon footprint.

Alzbeta joined IFC from the Export Development Corporation (EDC Canada) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). She received Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she also studied for her doctorate; engineering degree from Prague University, Czech Republic; and executive education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She has served on several corporate and non-profit boards, including New York University Stern Center for Sustainable Business Advisory Board, Hans Merensky (South Africa), Grupo Los Grobo (Argentina), ShoreCap Investment Fund (US) and as the founding board member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society in Russia.


IFC is a Member of the World Bank Group and is the world’s largest multilateral financier of the private sector in emerging markets. IFC’s portfolio is over $60 billion, comprising investments in some 1,800 companies worldwide.

Nick Robins

Nick Robins

Professor in Practice - Sustainable Finance, LSE and Special Adviser on Sustainable Finance
United Nations Environmental Programme

Nick Robins joined the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE in February 2018. At Grantham, he is exploring the strategic outlook for sustainable finance for both financial institutions and public policy. One priority area is the contribution that investors can make to the just transition to a zero-carbon economy. 

From 2014 to 2018, Mr Robins was co-director of UNEP's Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. At UNEP, he led the establishment of the Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability (which has 16 members in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe) as well as the Sustainable Insurance Forum, which gathers over 20 supervisors to focus on climate and other sustainability issues.

Prior to UNEP, he was head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC in London from 2007 to 2014, where he produced investment research on issues such as clean tech and climate risk. In the Thomson Extel awards for European investment research, Nick was ranked as #1 analyst for integrated climate change in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Before joining HSBC, he was first head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) research and then head of SRI funds at Henderson Global Investors. At Henderson, he published the first ever carbon audit of an investment fund (2005) and co-designed the Industries of the Future fund.

He is a founding member of the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative and is a board member of InvestorWatch and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

Maximilian  Horster

Maximilian Horster

Managing Director
ISS-Ethix Climate Solutions

Maximilian Horster is a Managing Director of ISS-Ethix Climate Solutions. He was previously founder and managing partner of Climate Neutral Investments, a company in the South Pole Group, which was acquired by ISS-Ethix in 2017. In this capacity, he pioneered in 2010 the leading methodology to establish climate impact assessments of investment portfolios. This sophisticated system includes the validation of self-disclosed company emissions as well as the approximation for companies that do not report their emissions. He currently leads the two Climate-KIC (EU) funded GHG financial accounting projects and is working in several industry organisations dealing with GHG accounting, including the “2 degree investment initiative” and an initiative by the GHG Protocol. He frequently publishes on the topic.

Prior to starting CNI, Mr Horster worked in equity and fixed income research capacities as well as in business development with Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo, Geneva and London. In his past, he was an academic researcher and worked with a Member of the European Parliament. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge.

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. 

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. 

Mark  Cornelius

Mark Cornelius

Head of Division Major Life Groups Division
Prudential Regulation Authority

Mark Cornelius works at the Prudential Regulation Authority - part of the Bank of England. He is Head of the Division that regulates and supervises the major life insurance groups within the UK.  He leads some of the Bank’s workstreams on sustainable finance and the financial risks facing insurers from climate change. Prior to joining the PRA, he was the Bank’s Chief Press Officer for three and a half years.  He has spent nearly all his career working as a macroeconomist, predominantly at the Bank of England, where he has headed the Inflation Report and International Divisions.  He served as Mervyn King’s Private Secretary, when Lord King was Deputy Governor.  Mr Cornelius has also worked at HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the CBI.  He has degrees in economics from the University of London and Cambridge University.

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.

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

Christina Olivecrona is Senior Sustainability Analyst at Andra AP-fonden (AP2) where she is responsible for initiating, developing and implementing sustainability into all investment processes across all asset classes. AP2 is one of the five ‘buffer funds’ within the Swedish national pension system and has approximately SEK 350 billion in AUM. 

Ms Olivecrona is a board member of IIGCC, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. She is also a member of AP Fund’s Ethical Council, a collaboration between the First, Second, Third and Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund, which focuses on engagement with global companies. She is a member of PRI’s Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Development Goals and a member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), a research centre at the University of Gothenburg.

Ms Olivecrona has worked with sustainability issues since 1992, and since 2003 with a focus on the financial sector. She started to work with AP2 in 2005. Ms Olivecrona has a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and a MBA from Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.

Ben  Caldecott

Ben Caldecott

Founding Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme
University of Oxford

Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He is concurrently an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, a Senior Advisor at Highmore LLC, and a Senior Associate Fellow at Bright Blue. He is also a Policy Associate at the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), working as a director-level secondee in the Strategy Directorate and providing advice on a range of policy issues, many of which are related to finance, investment, and market design. 

Prior to joining the University of Oxford he was a Vice President at investment bank Climate Change Capital, one of the early leading asset management and advisory firms focused on the low carbon transition, where he ran the firm's research centre and advised clients and funds on the development of policy-driven markets.  He has previously worked as Research Director for Environment and Energy at the think tank Policy Exchange, as Head of Government Advisory at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as a Deputy Director in the Strategy Directorate of the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change, and as Sherpa to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission.


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.

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer
Principles for Responsible Investment

Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) with responsibility for its global operations.  The PRI is a U.N. supported organisation, with more than 2,000 signatories collectively representing over US$80 trillion AUM.  Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years' experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent 7 years as the CEO.  Fiona also serves on the Board of the U.N. Global Compact and she is the Chair of the Financial Services Commission into Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (The Liechtenstein initiative). She is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the UN Business for Peace Steering Committee, the Global Steering Committee for the investor agenda on climate action and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+ which is the largest ever investor engagement with listed companies.  Fiona has been a member of the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce. In 2018 she was named by Barron’s magazine of one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally. Fiona 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.

Corinne  Molitor

Corinne Molitor


Corinne is a Director at Innpact, a private advisory company established in 2007, providing expert consulting services for the establishment and management support of impact finance vehicles. 

Corinne has an experience of more than 20 years in the financial sector, particularly related to institutional clients and investment funds. Being passionate about impact finance, she has co-developed numerous initiatives to promote the sector. She co-chairs the Responsible investing committee of the Luxembourg fund industry association and sits on the Board of several impact funds, inclusive finance associations as well as the International Climate Finance Accelerator Luxembourg.

Corinne holds a Master in Business management and a Bachelor in Law from Universités de Strasbourg, France as well as a Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD, Singapore.

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 (4)

Javier  Espinoza

Javier Espinoza

EU Correspondent and Former Private Equity Correspondent
Financial Times

Javier Espinoza is EU Correspondent in Brussels for the Financial Times, focusing his coverage mainly on competition and technology issues. Prior to this Javier served as the FT's Private Equity Correspondent. Before joining the FT, he was the Daily Telegraph's Education Editor, as well as a multimedia reporter for the Wall Street Journal in London. Prior to joining the Wall Street Journal, he worked at the Observer newspaper. He studied journalism at City University. He is also a political economist, having completed a second Master's degree at King's College, London.

David  Sheppard

David Sheppard

Energy Editor
Financial Times

David Sheppard is Energy Editor at the Financial Times. He joined the FT as Deputy Commodities Editor in April 2016, following an 8 year career at Reuters covering oil markets and the Middle East from London, New York and Iraq.

A Gerald Loeb award winner, he helps coordinate the FT's coverage of oil and commodity markets, as well as focusing on trading houses and investment banks in the sector.

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

Associate Editor and Business Columnist
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. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017. Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.


Agenda - 9th Oct

  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks from the FT Co-Chair

    Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Keynote from the UNFCCC

    Martin Frick, Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination, UNFCCC

  • 9:35am
    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.

    Interviewed by: Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:05am
    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: David Sheppard, Energy Editor, Financial Times


    Ben Caldecott, Founding Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, University of Oxford
    Carol Pepper, CEO, Pepper International
    Mark Lewis, Head of Research and a Managing Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative
    Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head, Climate Business, IFC

  • 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

    Corinne Molitor, Director, Inn-pact
    Mike Muldoon, Associate Director for Innovative Finance, The Rockefeller Foundation 
    Xeniya Rogan, Principal Banker of Energy Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia, EBRD
    Raffaele Della Croce, Senior Economist - Long Term InvestmentOECD

  • 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
    Frank van Lerven, Economist, New Economics Foundation    


  • 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?

    Moderator: Javier Espinoza, Private Capital Correspondent, Financial Times

    Charles Donovan, Director, Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College Business School
    Brian Rice, Portfolio Manager Sustainability Investments, CalSTRS
    Maximilian Horster, Managing Director, ISS-Ethix Climate Solutions
    Vikram Widge, Head, Climate Finance & Policy, IFC 

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

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

    Nick Robins, Nick Robins, Professor in Practice - Sustainable Finance, LSE  and Special Adviser on Sustainable Finance, United Nations Environmental Programme

  • 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?

    Moderator: Javier Espinoza, Private Capital Correspondent, Financial Times

    Fiona Reynolds, CEO, UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment
    Johanna Köb, Head of Responsible Investment, Zurich Insurance Company
    Christina Olivecrona, Senior Sustainability Analyst, AP2 

  • 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?

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

    Eko Zheng Yin, Partner, Generation Investment Management
    Eva Yazhari, CEO and Founder, Beyond Capital Fund
    Jason Pellmar, Country Manager, Ukraine, IFC
    Harry Boyd-Carpenter, Director, Head of Power and Energy Utilities, EBRD


  • 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, Senior Advisor, Greentech Capital Advisors

    Roundtable 2: The role of central banks and supervisors in climate finance and risks
    Facilitator: Mark Cornelius, Head of MajorLife Groups Department, Bank of England

    Roundtable 3: Institutional investors and their challenges in making climate-related investments
    Facilitator: Brian Rice, Portfolio Manager Sustainability Investments, CalSTRS

    Roundtable 4: The role of financial innovation in addressing climate change
    Facilitator:  Marloes Nicholls, Head of Programmes, 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





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Associate Sponsor (2)

The EBRD is a multilateral development bank which invests in 38 developing economies from Morocco to Mongolia. Headquartered in London, the EBRD is the largest investor in renewable energy in its regions of operations and a leading financier of energy efficiency and climate resilience programmes. The Bank offers debt, equity, blended finance and innovative financial instruments to investors. It also provides policy engagement and technical support to governments on matters from renewable energy legislation to incentivising energy savings in municipalities. Since 2006, the EBRD has committed about €26 billion to projects fostering transition to the green economy.

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.

Development Partner (1)

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit


The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Supporting Organisations (2)

The Centre for Climate Finance & Investment at Imperial College Business School is rigorously analysing investments in clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate-resilient infrastructure.

Building on Imperial College London’s global reputation for innovative, multi-disciplinary research on climate change, the Centre supports research on the business models, financial instruments, and investment strategies that are taking shape in a global economy adapting to climate change.

The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) is the European membership body for investor collaboration on climate change and the voice of investors taking action for a prosperous, low-carbon future. IIGCC has more than 230 members, mainly pension funds and asset managers, across 15 countries, with over €30 trillion in assets under management.

Our mission is to mobilise capital for the low carbon transition and to ensure resilience to the impacts of a changing climate by collaborating with business, policy makers and fellow investors. IIGCC works to support and help define the public policies, investment practices and corporate behaviours that address the long-term risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Members consider it a fiduciary duty to ensure stranded asset risk or other losses from climate change are minimised and that opportunities presented by the transition to a low carbon economy – such as renewable energy, new technologies and energy efficiency – are maximised.

For more information visit and @iigccnews.


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