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As part of Skills Future Festival organised by Skills Future Singapore, the IBF will be organising an online forum on 10-11 Aug 2022 to reach out to the financial community on the topic of Sustainable Finance.

The event will seek to highlight the latest developments in the area of sustainable finance and the key job roles and skillsets for financial professionals who are keen to be part of this exciting growth area.

The event will comprise of

  1. Industry sharing through webinars - a series of webinars featuring industry leaders who will share their insights on key developments in sustainable finance through presentation or panel discussions. 
  2. Showcase of job opportunities in sustainable finance - There will also be a showcase of financial institutions who are recruiting for job roles in sustainable finance as they seek to grow their businesses in this area and finance professionals will be able to use the platform to engage with these institutions on job openings in sustainable finance. 
  3. Spotlight on key skills in sustainable finance - We will also have training providers run sample workshops on key skills that will be in demand in the area of sustainable finance to allow participants in the event to find out more about these skillsets and sign up for relevant training programmes.
Sustainable Finance Forum - Webinars

Day 1: 10 August 2022 (Wednesday)


Time Webinar
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9.00am Opening Remarks

Speaker:
Kelvin Tan | Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Finance and Investments, ASEAN, HSBC | Chairperson of IBF's Sustainable Finance Workgroup
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9.30am MSCI Keynote – ESG in APAC

What is the state of ESG in APAC, and what are the key trends in sustainability that will be shaping the future of finance?

Join us in this keynote to hear from MSCI’s APAC ESG Consultants Lead Elsa Dassonville, as she takes us through ESG trends within APAC, how sustainable finance will develop, as well as challenges for Sustainable Finance in the region.

Speaker:
Ben Hamou Dassonville, Elsa | Vice President, ESG Consultant APAC Lead, MSCI
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10.00am Sustainable Finance’s Key Role in our Move to a Net-Zero World

At the Point Zero Forum earlier in June, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat highlighted the digital-sustainability double helix as one the key drivers for the future of finance.

In this panel discussion, we will hear from both the incumbent and new players in the area of sustainable finance on how technology can help to address key challenges and meet market needs through the use of digital tools and solutions such as predictive modelling and project data analytics, and further explore Sustainable Finance's role in our transition to a net-zero world.

Speakers:
  • Yulanda Chung | Head of Sustainability, DBS
  • Dr Bai Bo | Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, MetaVerse Green Exchange
  • Chrissa Pagitsas | Founder and Principal, Pagitsas Advisors | Author of "Chief Sustainability Officers at Work"
  • Brian San | Executive Director and Head of ESG Education Programmes, Wealth Management Institute (Moderator)
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2.00pm
SkillsFuture Singapore Keynote

Speaker:
Chelvin Loh | Director, SkillsFuture Singapore
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2.30pm Safeguarding the Journey to a More Sustainable World

Global markets are facing rapidly mounting risks from climate change. The insurance industry - in their multifaceted role as protection providers, risk managers and investors - play an important part in accelerating the shift towards more sustainable economies and communities.
In this session, we discuss the insurance industry’s role in our shift towards a more sustainable world and look at how insurance players can remain competitive in this space through green initiatives and innovations.

Speakers:
  • Winnie Tan | SVP of Sustainability, Great Eastern
  • Lee Takaki | Ethics and Environmental Manager, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
  • Hugh Terry | Founder, The Digital Insurer (Moderator)
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Day 2: 11 August 2022 (Thursday)


Time
Webinar
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9.00am PwC Keynote Presentation

Speaker:
Pooja Parsram | Director, Financial Services, PwC Singapore

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9.30am Chasing Alpha in Sustainable Investment

Interest in sustainable investing has seen a global surge in recent years, with the Global Sustainable Investor Alliance (GSIA) reporting a rise in sustainable assets from US$30 trillion in 2018 to US$35 trillion in 2020.

In this session, we will look at the trends and outlook of sustainable investing, and discuss how asset managers can continue to deliver alpha to clients, the talent that is required to support growth. We will also look at the skillsets that professionals will need to join the exciting world of sustainable investing and asset management.

Speakers:
  • Salman Shah | Head of Alternative Solutions & Sustainability APAC, WM APAC Sustainability Leader, Credit Suisse
  • Eugenia Koh | Global Head for Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered
  • En Lee | Managing Director, Head of Sustainable and Impact Investments in Asia, LGT
  • Nick Hakes | Director of Market Development Asia, Kaplan Professional Australia (Moderator)
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2.00pm
IBF Fireside Chat

Panel:
  • Frances Chen | Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC Singapore
  • Adrian Wu | Senior Career Adviser, IBF
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3.00pm
Greening the Economy – a collaborative effort

2021 saw incredible growth in sustainable finance and ESG assets under management (AUM) are projected to reach US$50 trillion by 2025 and make up one-third of global AUM. Sustainable bonds already made up 10% of global debt issued in 2021, with US$1 trillion issued for the first time and a 40% increase over 2020.

As sustainability takes centre stage in the development agenda for over 60 countries, companies are making a decisive pivot towards sustainability. The financial system is a crucial enabler for this concerted effort.

In this session, we look at the prigress the financial sector has made and some of the efforts amongst various players in the ecosystem to deliver quality green solutions to facilitate the world's move towards net zero.

Speakers:
  • Eric Lim | Chief Sustainability Officer, UOB
  • Lim Bey An | Head, Sustainability Group, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
  • Hum Wei Mei | Global Head for Carbon & Environmental Markets, AirCarbon Exchange
  • Anders Nordheim | Head of Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF (Moderator)
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Sustainable Finance Forum - Skills Workshops

Day 1: 10 August 2022 (Wednesday)


Time Workshop
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11.00am
Empowering Sustainable Finance with Data Analytics
by Smartcademy

Data driven decision-making is becoming a necessity across all industries, especially finance, in today’s day and age in our current era of data.

Being fluent in the language of data analytics will empower you to understand, analyse and formulate key insights from your data. Sustainability is a growing area of concern for many individual and organisations. Data is being generated and collected, but is it being properly harnessed?

With demand for data analytics skills growing tremendously across the years, join us as we demystify what data analytics is all about, and how it can drive insights in the sustainable financial industry.

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11.15am
ESG Investing - Realities, Challenges and Opportunities
by Wealth Management Institute (WMI)

Ensuring sustainability is critical to any notion of long-term value – there are no returns if the planet burns. However, implementation of ESG investing has faced its fair share of challenges and difficulties. How can you cut through the noise and find out what ESG investing will truly mean for your investment approach and portfolio?

This session articulates the ways in which the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into investment decision-making can be of benefit investors seeking long-term risk-adjusted returns as well as the broader community. Learn about how to make ESG investing work so that it creates real impact. 
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3.45pm
Sustainable Finance e-learning 
by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) | ASFI Academy

Financial institutions play a key role in accelerating and enabling the transition toward sustainable, low-carbon and nature positive economies. Finance professionals therefore need to be equipped with up-to-date knowledge, skills and tools to ensure financial institutions are able to fulfill this key role.

Join us for this session to learn more about how you can access and use some of the latest tools available in sustainable finance.
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Day 2: 11 August 2022 (Thursday)


Time Workshop Registration link
10.30am
ESG and Climate Change Readiness for Deals 
by KPMG

Sustainable finance takes centre stage as investors push for responsible practices, corporates seek funding for low carbon transition and regulators buckle down on financial institutions. In this session, we will provide an overview of the relevant developments, examine widely adopted frameworks, products, measurement models and discuss market opportunities and challenges.

Join us to understand the recent regulatory developments in sustainable investing, and the frameworks of conducting an ESG deal: Debt products, IPO, M&A.
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10.45am Understanding ESG
by BPP

In today’s business environment, customers, employees and investors are increasingly evaluating an organisation’s performance in relation to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues as a basis for working with them. Our ESG training courses develop your understanding of the principles of ESG, and their impact on business behaviours and processes. Join BPP to gain further insight into why ESG matters for finance professionals and explore the 7 reasons why you should integrate ESG into your business approach.
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11.00am Empowering Sustainable Finance with Data Analytics
by Smartcademy

Data driven decision-making is becoming a necessity across all industries, especially finance, in today’s day and age in our current era of data.

Being fluent in the language of data analytics will empower you to understand, analyse and formulate key insights from your data. Sustainability is a growing area of concern for many individual and organisations. Data is being generated and collected, but is it being properly harnessed?

With demand for data analytics skills growing tremendously across the years, join us as we demystify what data analytics is all about, and how it can drive insights in the sustainable financial industry.
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4.15pm ESG in Markets - Current Practice and Outlook
by Fitch Learning

ESG (Responsible or Sustainable) investing has seen a growth in interest from investors in recent years. Investors are increasingly lookng for investment opportunities that meet environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives, which enhance the value of a fund's performance.

Join us in this session to understand the key motivations behind the increased awareness of ESG investing and the opportunities and challenges.
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4.15pm The Green Insurance Imperative and its Challenges
by Singapore College of Insurance (SCI)

Climate change is rapidly developing to the most dramatic challenge humanity has ever faced. After a slow start, insurance companies have started to develop comprehensive sustainability programs. The operational challenges and implications for the core risk-transfer business, however, are significant and as yet mostly unsolved.

In this session we will:
  • Introduce the climate challenge, the role of insurance and current activities.
  • Highlight the accompanying shift of customer requirements towards higher value elements and prevention services.
  • Discuss customer priorities for sustainable insurance in Singapore and Switzerland.
  • Discuss the operational and risk management challenges for insurers using the Switzerland as an example.
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