Shaping the Future: Implementing Sustainable Finance
The appetite in Asia for Sustainable Finance is growing rapidly – but how can banks and investors respond to initiatives to ensure success? In partnership with the London Institute of Banking and Finance's Centre for Sustainable Finance, this seminar will explore the challenges faced by organisations and examine how to effectively harness opportunities in the region.
Join us for an insightful afternoon, as we hear from Chris
McHugh (Director of LIBF’s Centre for Sustainable Finance) leading experts and industry leaders on a
variety of key topics, including:
Understanding global markets, regulatory developments,
risk management and government policy in relation to sustainable finance
The opportunities and challenges that face
financial institutions when implementing the sustainable finance agenda
Field reports: How commercial and development
banks, and investors are responding to the drive towards a green finance market
Sustainable finance trends and cutting-edge
initiatives within Asia
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Sustainable Finance: Market Developments and Opportunities
29 Nov 2019
Sustainable Finance: Market update and outlook
Market overview: Where are we now and how are we doing?
Regulatory landscape: Policies, Implementation, Industry response.
The way ahead: Market inefficiencies and opportunities.
McHugh, Director, Centre for Sustainable Finance & Lecturer, LIBF
Regional Outlook: Focus on Asia
Regional Responses and Initiatives
Progress on SDGs: sovereign commitments
Development Banks: Role and Support
Stella Saris, Head of Sustainability Finance, International, ANZ
Panel Discussion : Opportunities and Challenges
How should banks and investors adjust for ESG/Climate risk in measuring transaction profitability? Should asset managers do more to create investable ESG/Climate products for investors? How should ESG/Climate issues be regulated in practice? What kinds of public-sector initiatives might accelerate change in sustainable finance? What are the critical issues that your organisation needs to resolve with respect to sustainable finance? What would facilitate those changes?
Mehrunisa Zafar, Vice President, Responsible Finance (Sustainability), IBG, DBSAndy Ferris, Partner & Co-Head, Asia International DCM Practice, Hogan Lovells Dr Keith Lee, Senior Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWFStella Saris, Head of Sustainability Finance, International, ANZ Chris McHugh, Director, Centre for Sustainable Finance & Lecturer, LIBF (Moderator)
Director, Centre for Sustainable Finance & Lecturer, LIBF
Chris McHugh is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance at The London Institute of Banking & Finance and a faculty member lecturing on derivatives and risk. He is a visiting lecturer at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and a phd researcher at the University of Southampton focusing on development finance. As a Senior Adviser to the International Association of Portfolio Managers, he works with development banks on active risk management strategies. He has over 20 years' experience in derivative markets, has worked in corporate finance specializing in financial institutions and in management consulting.
As a Managing Director at HSBC for 14 years he ran trading and structuring teams responsible for the risk management of: Counterparty Risk ('XVA'), Funding and Collateral Discounting risk; Energy Derivatives; Emerging Market Credit; and Foreign Exchange derivatives. He was at the forefront of the bank's commercial response to regulatory change and capital optimization. Prior to that he worked in Markets at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, and at Merrill Lynch in Investment Banking.
Chris graduated from King's College, Cambridge, with a degree in Engineering and has an MBA from London Business School.
Stella has 15 years' banking experience and has held a number of structured finance roles in Asia, the United Kingdom and Australia. She is currently the Head of Sustainable Finance, International, focused on originating and structuring sustainable debt product for clients. Formerly, a Director, Loans & Specialised Finance for ANZ, Stella has a strong background in energy and infrastructure financing in Asia.
In 2009 Stella relocated to Singapore and has experience across Asia and the Pacific. Transaction experience includes advising and arranging finance in the utilities and infrastructure sector in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. Stella is involved in setting and implementing the bank's strategy in relation to environmental sustainability.
Partner & Co-Head, Asia International DCM Practice, Hogan Lovells
Andy is a partner and Head of the Asia-Pacific International Debt Capital Markets practice at Hogan Lovells.
Andy focuses on advising issuers, underwriters and trustee and agency service providers on issues of debt and equity-linked instruments throughout the Asia Pacific region, across a broad spectrum of industry sectors, with a particular interest in sustainable and social impact finance. He is also experienced in liability management and debt restructuring transactions, particularly in Australia, Singapore, India, China and Indonesia.
In 2015, The Singapore Business Review listed Andy as one of Singapore's 40 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under recognizing "the city's power elite in the legal sector and Asian Legal Business listed Andy in its inaugural '40 Under 40' list showcasing '40 of the brightest young legal minds in the region'. In 2018, Asia Business Law Journal recognised Andy on its "A-List" of Singapore's top 100 lawyers.
Andy is ranked by virtually all legal directories, including Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500."
Senior Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF
Keith co-leads the WWF Asia Sustainable Finance responsible investment workstream, which involves developing and guiding the execution of the team's strategy across Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. He also spearheads engagement with commercial banks and banking regulators in South Korea. He is co-author of two WWF sustainable finance reports, Resilient and Sustainable Portfolios (2019) and Keep Palm, an investor primer on palm oil sustainability (July 2018), and was a contributing author to WWF's Sustainable Banking in ASEAN report (2018). He has also published in academic peer-reviewed journals on environment and sustainability-related topics. Keith has previously worked as a generalist in investment banking.
Keith completed his PhD in city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he focused on urban sustainability and food waste. Keith also holds a master's degree in environmental management from Yale University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Chicago.
Mehrunisa Zafar joined DBS in 2018 as part of the Responsible Finance (Sustainability) team of DBS Institutional Banking Group (IBG) in Singapore. Her work focuses on the on-going evolution and implementation of the Bank's responsible financing framework and working on environmental and social issues relating to the Banks' lending activities and transactions.
Prior to joining DBS, Mehrunisa has spent more than a decade of experience working in the environmental and sustainability field. She has worked on major resource development projects, helping international corporations and banks implement ESG (environmental, social, governance) and sustainability policies.
Mehrunisa graduated with a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.