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Banking and Capital Markets

FT Innovating Sustainable Finance

Driving Sustainable and Impact Investing into the Mainstream

London |
Speakers include:
Nils  Bolmstrand

Nils Bolmstrand

Nordea Asset Management

Lise  Kingo

Lise Kingo

United Nations Global Compact

Chris  Hohn

Chris Hohn



FT Innovative Sustainable Financing will gather bankers, policy makers, investors, 
influencers and advisors to discuss the next steps in harnessing the potential of green finance.

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Full Overview

Sustainable and impact investing are soaring into the mainstream, driven by the priorities of millennial investors, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. At the start of 2016, global sustainable investment assets reached $22.89 trillion, a 25% increase from 2014. Europe accounts for over half of these assets (53%), as reported by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA).

Embracing this investment appetite creates opportunities worth trillions of dollars for European banks in coming years. Financial institutions have a critical role not only in funding the transformation of energy, transport, cities, agriculture and more, but also in supporting investors by creating opportunity and access to these markets with the design of attractive, sustainable products and structures. 

FT Innovative Sustainable Financing will gather bankers, policy makers, investors, influencers and advisors to discuss the next steps in harnessing the potential of green finance.  Expert speakers will explore new approaches to build sustainability into their investor portfolios and discuss how the market could advance following proposals by the EU’s High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance to make a green adjustment to minimum capital requirements. The agenda will also look at the evolution of green bonds and ESG indexes, examining how they are contributing to changing investor behaviour and discover the key challenges and opportunities considered by investors with asset allocation. 


Keynote (3)

Nils  Bolmstrand

Nils Bolmstrand

Nordea Asset Management
Lise  Kingo

Lise Kingo

CEO and Executive Director
United Nations Global Compact

Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.

Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S from 2002. She was in charge of several business areas and pioneered the first Novo Nordisk strategy on sustainability, spearheading the integration of sustainability into the heart of the business. Before 2002, Ms Kingo held various positions at NovoZymes A/S and Novo A/S, including Director of Environmental Affairs and Senior Vice President of Business Support. She was the founder and primary force behind the first sustainability strategy at NovoZymes.

Until Ms Kingo started her work with UN Global Compact, she was chair of the board at Steno Diabetes Center, and has held a number of other board positions in foundations as well as in companies such as Grieg Star Shipping in Norway and GN Great Nordic. She was also a Professor at the Medical Faculty, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and the Chair of the Danish Council for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Ms Kingo has received several awards, including the Edinburgh Medal and the Copenhagen Business School 2018 Honorary Alumni Award. She is also a UN Gender Champion. She holds a Master of Science degree in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, UK, a Bachelors of Arts in the Science of Religions and Ancient Greek Culture from the Universities of Aarhus and Odense, Denmark, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Economics from the Copenhagen Business School. She is also certified by INSEAD’s International Directors Program in Corporate Governance.                                                      

Chris  Hohn

Chris Hohn


Sir Christopher Hohn is the founder of The Children's Investment Fund (TCI), a hedge fund based in London. Through donation of the hedge fund's profits he endowed the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), which today has over $5 bn in assets. CIFF is focused on improving the lives of children in poverty in sub-Saharan Africa and India. Key areas of focus include climate change, family planning, malnutrition, neglected tropical diseases and anti-human trafficking work. He has an MBA (high distinction) from Harvard Business School. 

Speakers (11)

Andrii Kravets

Andrii Kravets

First Deputy Chairman of the Board

Since becoming First Deputy Chairman of Ukrgasbank in 2015, Andrii Kravets 

 has overseen strategic partnerships with the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank, while co-leading the bank through an impressive transformation and a strategic shift to green banking. Today Ukrgasbank is a leader in SME finance and the only universal bank in the region with a focus on green finance.  


He has over 25 years’ experience in finance, both in public and private sectors. After graduating from Kyiv National Economic University with Master’s Degree in Finance, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Bank of Ukraine and the Representative Office of Ukraine in the European Union before becoming Head of Trade and Economic Mission of Ukraine to Great Britain. He served as Deputy Minister of Finance of Ukraine between October 2006-December 2007 and between March 2009-February 2011. He also held senior management positions at  VTB Bank and investment company Mosaic Investments.

Annie  Bersagel

Annie Bersagel

Portfolio Manager, ESG

Annie Bersagel is the Portfolio Manager ESG at Folketrygdfondet, the manager of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Norway. Folketrygdfondet is the largest institutional investor on the Oslo Stock Exchange. As a member of the equities team, Ms Bersagel is responsible for conducting ESG analysis and for engaging in active ownership with Folketrygdfondet's portfolio companies. Previously, Bersagel served as the Acting Head of Responsible Investments at Norwegian asset manager KLP Kapitalforvaltning. She holds a juris doctorate degree from Stanford Law School, an executive MBA in finance from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Wake Forest University. Ms Bersagel previously competed as a professional marathon runner for Under Armour and was the U.S. champion in 2013.

Lorenzo Bernasconi

Lorenzo Bernasconi

Senior Associate Director, Innovative Finance
The Rockefeller Foundation

Lorenzo Bernasconi joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As Senior Associate Director, he is responsible for the foundation’s innovative finance and impact investing portfolio. His work focuses on identifying and shaping new financing solutions that unlock private sector capital to address the world’s most critical problems with a focus on the foundation’s dual goals of building resilience and promoting inclusive economies. Before joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Lorenzo worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the Boston Consulting Group and in the investment banking division of UBS.

Lorenzo holds dual Ecuadorian and Swiss citizenship. He gained a bachelor’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics, completed a PhD at Cambridge University and a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He sits on the board of Spring Bank, a Bronx-based community bank focused on the underbanked communities of New York City. 

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).’

Edward  Mason

Edward Mason

Head of Responsible Investment
Church Commissioners for England

Edward is Head of Responsible Investment at the Church Commissioners for England whose £8.2bn endowment supports the ministry of the Church of England. Edward is responsible for the implementation of the Commissioners’ ethical and responsible investment commitments. He took up his position in 2014 having previously served for five years as Secretary of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group which advises the Commissioners and the other national investing bodies of the Church on ethical investment.  Edward sits on the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance (UKSIF) Policy Committee, the Oxford University Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee and the advisory committee of the Sarasin & Partners Climate Active Fund. Prior to working at the Church of England, Edward served for 15 years as a British diplomat, leaving in 2005 to help establish the diplomatic advisory group Independent Diplomat. He holds a degree in History from Oxford University.  

Dave  Chen

Dave Chen

Principal & Chairman

Dave Chen is responsible for Equilibrium’s strategy, executive leadership, and developing our investment products and asset strategies.Before Equilibrium, Mr Chen was a General Partner at OVP Venture Partners (2000-2007); CEO and Co-Founder GeoTrust (acquired by VeriSign 2006); Founder of The Ascent Group; Vice President Marketing Mentor Graphics; McKinsey & Company; Solectron. 

He served on the board of HNC Software/FICO (NASDAQ:HNCS, now NYSE:FIC); Board and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Portland Branch (2006-2012); Board member of B Corp/B LAB, and The Freshwater Trust.  

Mr Chen is also Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (2009-present), and was faculty at Stanford GSB (2011-13). He is Co-Owner of Patton Valley Vineyards, sustainable farmers of Oregon Pinot Noir.

Rupesh  Madlani

Rupesh Madlani

Global Sustainable Capital Management

Rupesh is CEO and co-founder of Global Sustainable Capital Management, a dedicated firm investing in emerging markets sustainable agriculture. Prior to this, he spent just under a decade at Lehman Brothers and Barclays in equity research in sustainability and clean technology sector, ranking first in the Institutional Investor survey in his last year. Prior to this, he worked at PwC in the corporate finance practice. In addition, he co founded Bankers without Boundaries, to utilise former investment bankers for the benefit of the environment and social good. Rupesh graduated in economics from the London School of Economics, is a chartered accountant and Freeman of the City of London.  Rupesh has been an expert reviewer in various publications with the World Economic Forum, the OECD, Prince of Wales international sustainability unit and the United Nations relating to sustainable development. 

Iain  Henderson

Iain Henderson

Head of International Cooperation
UN Environment

Iain Henderson is Head of International Cooperation at the UN Environment ‘Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System’.


Internationally, this role includes supporting the G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group and nationally it involves working with countries to design strategic plans for a sustainable financial system. Prior to this he led UN Environment Finance Initiative’s work on Sustainable Land Use for several years, with a particular focus on mobilising private capital.


Mr Henderson spent over a decade in investment banking. He worked in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity divisions of UBS and Deutsche Bank. This included a variety of structuring, sales and risk management roles covering institutional, corporate and private banking clients. He also spent 2 years working for WWF on sustainable finance in Hong Kong. 

He is an Oxford University Geography graduate and has postgraduate qualifications in Management, Economics & Politics (St. Andrews) and Agricultural Economics (SOAS). He became a Chartered Financial Analyst in 2002, was a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Forests and is currently part of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network. He has lectured on sustainable finance at a number of universities. He is an Ambassador to Rex Clement Capital, a Hong Kong based private wealth management advisory firm focused on sustainable investing. He also advises the Global Sustainability Investment Trust, which is a board-led closed end fund multi-asset investment trust that 

Vince  Knowles

Vince Knowles

Investments & Strategy Manager

Vince Knowles is Investment & Strategy Manager at Ceniarth, a single-family office focused on funding market-based solutions that benefit underserved communities. Through a range of investing activity, we provide capital to enable the deployment of products, services, and support that directly impact marginalized, primarily rural, populations. Previously he advised global energy corporations on sustainable technology innovation as a manager in the consulting practice of the Cleantech Group.

Nazia Mintz Habib

Nazia Mintz Habib

Research Director, Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme
University of Cambridge

Nazia Mintz Habib is the Research Director for the Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP) at Cambridge Univerity. Her work focuses on fostering resilience and sustainable development through public-private partnerships by improving public sector decision making in emerging countries using multidisciplinary research, methods and training. Dr Habib is currently researching integrating system dynamics analysis into responsible innovation and sustainable investment design in order to design, develop and deliver sustainable solutions across the value chain of a specific policy or product. Dr Habib regularly presents and writes on how to scale up complex global value chain of primary commodities, primarily in the agriculture and energy sector. Using complex global value chain analysis, she has developed frameworks to accelerate institutional innovations in developing countries. In 2015, Dr Habib authored the Dead Sea Resilience Agenda for the United Nations (2015), which set out regional policy options for managing the Syrian refugee crisis. Dr Habib previously served as a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she taught climate policy and food policy. Prior to joining Cambridge, Dr Habib was a Sustainability Science Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she focused on identifying multiple pathways to improve sustainable development in developing countries. Dr Habib consults for multilateral agencies, including the United Nations, World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where she engages with senior leadership of emerging market counties on issues related to policy innovation in good governance, climate adaptability and livelihoods strategies. Originally from Bangladesh, Dr Habib received a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge. 

Alistair  Clark

Alistair Clark

Managing Director of the Environment and Sustainability Department

Dr Alistair Clark is Managing Director of the Environment and Sustainability Department.  His role includes ensuring that all investments are consistent with the Environmental and Social Policy and Environmental Procedures of EBRD and he is also responsible for providing strategic direction to EBRD on the implementation of the Bank’s environmental and social mandate and the incorporation of environmental and social aspects in all sector and country policies and strategies.  He has been responsible for the 2003, 2008 and 2014 Environmental and Social Policies of EBRD.  He is a member of EBRD’s Senior Management Group.  In addition, he is a member of the UK Export Guarantee Advisory Council and Trustee of Television for the Environment, a UK registered charity specialising in environmental and social issues.


Moderators (2)

Thomas  Hale

Thomas Hale

Alphaville Reporter
Financial Times

Thomas Hale writes for FT Alphaville. He previously covered capital markets, and worked as a reporter in Madrid. In 2018, he was a journalist in residence at the Stigler Center, part of the University of Chicago.Before joining the FT he lived and worked in China for two years.

Javier  Espinoza

Javier Espinoza

EU Correspondent and Former Private Equity Correspondent
Financial Times

Javier Espinoza has recently taken on the role as EU Correspondent in Brussels for the FT, focussing his coverage mainly on competition and technology issues. Prior to this Javier Espinoza 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 in London. He studied journalism at City University. He is also a Political Economist having completed a second Master's degree at King's College London.

Agenda - 5th Dec

  • 1:30pm
    Registration and refreshments
  • 2:00pm
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Javier Espinoza, Private Capital Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:10pm
    Keynote: Climate change - the big concern of humanity

    Climate change related investments are a key part of any impact portfolio. This session will discuss recent trends with climate related financial instruments and investment trends, and how and why Europe is taking the lead in this vital sector.

    Sir Chris Hohn, Co-Founder, TCI 

  • 2:30pm
    Keynote: Sustainable investments, political storms and world economies

    This keynote address will look at the impact of global policies and economics on sustainable financing and investment. The Trump administration and Brexit both have huge implications for the investor confidence and market priorities. How has the European sustainable financing industry responded and where are asset managers and owners in achieving the UN’s much respected Sustainable Development Goals? 

    Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact 

  • 2:50pm
    Keynote: Putting sustainability at the heart of your business model

    Nils Bolmstrand, CEO, Nordea Asset Management

  • 3:10pm
    Presentation: Pioneering green finance in eastern Europe: challenges and opportunities

    Andrii Kravets, First Deputy Chairman of the Board, Ukrgasbank

  • 3:20pm
    Panel: Evolving towards a sustainable financing bank lending framework
    • As banks move away from fossil fuel investment – what green alternatives are making the grade for lending?
    • Can clean and safe technologies create a feasible green investment option for coal investment?
    • Innovative technology as a lever for green finance and the opportunities for lending
    • Managing the risk exposure to bank long-term lending projects in environmental and sustainable activities
    • As talks surrounding refining of the standards of green financing by banks intensifies what is the future of green financing?

    Moderator:Javier Espinoza, Private Capital Correspondent, Financial Times


    Iain Henderson, Head of International Cooperation, UN Environment
    Frank van Lerven,Economist, New Economics Foundation
    Andrii Kravets, First Deputy Chairman of the Board, Ukrgasbank

  • 4:00pm
    Coffee break
  • 4:20pm
    Panel: The past, present and future of sustainable investment vehicles and structures
    • Recent trends and the sustainable/ impact products that are in the pipeline- will SDG bonds be a realist option in coming years?
    • Transparency and standards as the central lever for making green bonds a viable, long-term instrument for financing sustainable projects
    • Should the standards for green bonds be tightened or do we need a more flexible market?
    • Listed vs unlisted assets in sustainable infrastructure investment
    • What’s new in ESG indexing? How are ESG indexes preforming compared to non ESG indexes as we approach 2019?

    Moderator: Thomas Hale, Alphaville Reporter, Financial Times 

    Nazia Habib, Research Director, Resilience and Sustainable Development, Cambridge University
    Alistair Clark, Managing Director, Environment and Sustainability Department, EBRD
    Dave Chen, Principal & Chairman, Equilibrium
    Lorenzo Bernasconi, Senior Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

  • 5:00pm
    Panel: The investors perspective: Capitalising on opportunity and mitigating risk
    • The investors view of the long-term risk of sustainable investments and integrating them into their portfolio
    • Sustainable investment and stranded assets – do investors believe divestment and stranded assets are a topic for policy intervention? Is divestment effective?
    • What are current investor priorities when seeking sustainable and impact opportunities? Do proprieties differ across investor type?
    • Case study examples of recent investments, how investments where selected, an assessment of risk/ returns and how the impact of the investment has been recorded and reported.
    • Is there a perceived or evident trade-off between seeking an impact investment and financial return?

    Moderator:Javier Espinoza, Private Capital Correspondent, Financial Times

    Rupesh Madlani, Co-founder, GSCM
    Annie Bersagel, Senior Analyst, Folketrygdfondet
    Edward Mason, Head of Responsible Investment, Investment Division, Church Commissioners for England
    Vince Knowles, Investments & Strategy Manager, Ceniarth

  • 5:40pm
    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Javier Espinoza, Private Capital Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:45pm
    Cocktail Reception

Who Attends?

This half-day event will bring together senior representatives from across financial services including:

  • Banks 
  • Asset Management and Investment Firms
  • Pensions Funds
  • Infrastructure Finance and Investment
  • PE and VC
  • Insurance

Attendance is by invitation only. Applicants will be considered subject to availability of seats and meeting the qualifying criteria.



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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.

Associate Sponsor (1)

Ukrgasbank is the first universal bank in eastern Europe to focus on green finance. In 2018, 60% of all new renewable energy capacities in Ukraine have been financed by Ukrgasbank.

The bank, which is 95%-owned by the Ukrainian government, is among the Top-5 Ukrainian banks by assets.

Ukrgasbank finances projects that contribute to the efficient use of resources, reduction of CO2 emissions and renewable energy development, promoting public and private investment in such projects.

In 2016, Ukrgasbank signed a strategic partnership with the International Finance Corporation, in line with its management strategy to transform the bank into a green finance institution and prepare it for privatisation.

Established in 1993, Ukrgasbank services around 900 thousand retail customers, as well as over 46 thousand corporate and SME customers. The bank operates 229 branches in more than 152 cities and towns throughout Ukraine

Media Partner (1)

The Banker provides economic and financial intelligence for the world's financial sector and has built a reputation for objective and incisive reporting. It leads the debate on all the issues surrounding the global banking industry, providing in-depth news and analysis, exclusive interviews with senior industry figures and definitive regional bank listings, including the internationally acclaimed Top 1000 World Banks.

Supporting Partner (1)

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is a lively network of organisations sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive social impact through venture philanthropy and social investment (VP/SI). Its mission is to enable VP/SI organisations to maximise social impact through increased resources, collaboration and expertise. Currently, EVPA has over 250 members, mainly based in Europe, showing the sector is rapidly evolving across borders. Its membership covers a full range of venture philanthropy and social investment activities including venture philanthropy funds, social investors, grant-making foundations, impact investing funds, private equity firms, professional service firms, philanthropy advisers, banks and business schools.

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