The Future of Climate Finance 2023

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The Future of Climate Finance is an exclusive one-day conference held in the heart of London that addressed the escalating mobilisation of finance in favour of sustainable global development.

Over $650 billion poured into climate-focused funds worldwide in 2021 and 2022 is set to be another record-breaking year for green finance. As the environmental stakes increase and the vocal and natural warnings grow menacingly stark, pressure on the global investment industry to tackle climate change is higher than ever before.

There is no vaccine against the potential of a climate crisis and the rapidly shifting change  in sentiment towards those that can assist in delivering a greener future is already widening the gap  between winners and losers. There is no end of money to be made by those who anticipate the number of opportunities brought about by this uneven pace of change.

Moreover, the politics of climate change continues to have significant implications for how capital markets are expected to perform. Is this endless pursuit of growth compatible with an urgent need to slash carbon emissions? Or is this the end of capitalism as we know it?

Backed by hard data and intelligent editorial insight, The Future of Climate Finance unites Capital Monitor’s dedication to examining the impact of sustainable investment on our environment with New Statesman’s audience of key influencers in Westminster, Whitehall and the City.

On 8th June 2022 we heard high-level representatives from global finance, along with senior business leaders, policymakers and regulators that distil the latest trends and initiatives driving the future of green finance.

Key Topics:

  • Crisis capitalism: are we shifting to a different relationship with capital?
  • How is the regulatory landscape shaping the future of sustainable capital?
  • Green finance development trends
  • What are the current growth and deal characteristics of green instruments?
  • Issuer Focus: what do investors want from green finance?
  • The challenging politics of climate change
  • The changing climate for private markets investors
  • Measuring the impact of our actions
  • Setting the agenda: predictions for COP27

This event is complimentary for asset owners, investment professionals and bankers. Service providers will be subject to a charge, and you will be contacted by a member of our sales team in due course.

This is a CPD certified event, allowing you to earn CPD points if you attend. CPD is the holistic commitment of professionals towards enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout their careers.

2022 Agenda

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  • Wed Jun 7th

2022 Speakers

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Chris Faint
Head of Climate, Bank of England

Chris Faint is head of climate at the Bank of England and in charge of the institution’s climate hub. Since 2018 he has been responsible for developing and implementing the Bank's strategic approach to climate change across all of its policy operations. These operations include the development of an understanding of micro-prudential risks through to how climate risks can impact financial stability within the UK.

Chris has been particularly focused on the PRA’s supervisory approach to addressing the financial risks arising from climate change and the development of the Bank's climate scenario analysis exercise (the CBES), which launched in June 2021

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Rob Martin
Global Head of Investment Strategy & Research, Real Assets, Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets
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Sue Lloyd
Vice-Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)

Sue Lloyd will serve as Vice-Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) from 1 March 2022, when she steps down from her current position as Vice-Chair of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and Chair of the IFRS Interpretations Committee.

In addition to her IASB responsibilities, she played a leading role in the establishment of the ISSB from 2020, including as a member of the Technical Readiness Working Group, which was created by the Trustees to give the ISSB a running start.

Prior to becoming an IASB member, Ms Lloyd worked for the IFRS Foundation as a senior technical director, leading the development of new IFRS Accounting Standards, and as director of capital markets with responsibility for the IASB’s reform of accounting for financial instruments. She also worked for the IFRS Foundation from 2002 to 2004 as a technical project manager.

Ms Lloyd has held various positions in investment banking both in the UK and in Australia and has served as a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB). She has a Master’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

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Joe Marsh
Managing Editor, Capital Monitor

Joe Marsh is managing editor of Capital Monitor and brings with him 25 years of investment and risk-management journalism experience. Most recently international editor of AsianInvestor, Joe spent the last ten years covering the asset management sector and delivering strategic insight to the world’s most influential asset owners. Joe also has an extensive background covering risk management within the energy sector.

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Daniela Barone Soares
CEO, Snowball
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Nathan Fabian
Chief Responsible Investment Officer, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

Nathan Fabian is the chief responsible investment officer at the united nations-supported principles for responsible investment. Nathan is also the rapporteur for the taxonomy group of the EU technical expert group on sustainable finance and was an observer on the EU high level expert group on sustainable finance and part of the secretariat for the UK green finance taskforce.

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Manuela Sperandeo
Managing Director, EMEA Head of Sustainable Indexing, BlackRock
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Amanda Young
Chief Sustainability Officer, abrdn
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Adrian Murdoch
Sustainable Companies Editor, Capital Monitor
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Richard Manley
Head of Sustainable Investing, CPP Investments

Richard leads the team responsible for integrating consideration of environmental, social and governance, including climate risks and opportunities across our investment programs. Richard is also chair of the SASB Investor Advisory Group, and a member of the TCFD.
Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2019, Richard spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was most recently Global Head of Thematic Equity and ESG Research, and Co-Head of EMEA Equity Research. Previously, he worked at Merrill Lynch, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, and Paribas Capital Markets as an Integrated Oil & Gas equity analyst.

Richard holds a Graduado Superior/BA (Hons) in European Business Administration from ICADE in Madrid.

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Nick Robins
Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance, LSE Grantham Research Institute

Nick joined the Grantham Research Institute in February 2018 as Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance. Nick leads the sustainable finance research theme. The focus of his work is on how to mobilise finance for climate action in ways that support a just transition, promoting the role of central banks and regulators in achieving sustainable development and investigating how the financial system can support the restoration of nature.

Nick is author of The Road to Net Zero Finance for the UK’s Climate Change Committee and co-founder of the Financing the Just Transition Alliance. He leads the finance platform for the Place-based Climate Action Network, and is co-chair of the International Network for  Sustainable Finance Policy Insights, Research and Exchange (INSPIRE).

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Simon Hatchman
Executive Director of Resources, PA Housing

Simon joined the former asra Housing in 2016.
He is our Executive Director of Resources and is responsible for finance, treasury, IT and HR.
Simon has worked in the social housing sector since 1995, including senior roles with various housing associations, as a regulator, and working for a body which provides loan finance to housing associations.

He is CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualified. He is a Board member at Trident Group, another housing association based in Birmingham, and a Trustee at Linkage Community Trust.

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Chandra Gopinathan
Senior Investment Manager - Sustainable Ownership and Climate Opportunities, Railpen
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Jaime Calero
Senior Product Manager, Clarity AI

Jaime is a Senior Product Manager at Clarity AI leading the climate solutions. Jaime has 10+ years of experience as a strategy and innovation consultant in the tech industry working for IBM and his own company where he has led strategic transformation projects for the financial and the travel sector.
Beyond that, he has spent the last 4 years dedicated to the world of impact and sustainable projects within the “Verdant Place” initiative of Facebook California. That experience served him to specialize in the definition of sustainable business models and application of leading edge technologies (Data science, AI and Augmented reality) to sustainability initiatives.

Jaime holds an MBA from The Power Business school, where he specialized in Business Strategy, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He also has experience as an MBA teacher at the Universidad Europea de Madrid teaching Digital Economy.

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James Alexander

James Alexander joined UKSIF as Chief Executive in October 2020, with a strong vision and mandate to further enhance the organisation’s key role in promoting and expanding sustainable investment and finance in the UK.

James has a background in international climate finance and infrastructure finance as well as many years’ experience in leadership roles in membership organisations. Most recently, James supported global megacities to overcome the substantial barriers to financing climate action as Director of the City Finance Programme at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Head of the C40 Cities Finance Facility – a project preparation facility he developed, now supporting cities across the world to structure nearly a billion dollars of sustainable infrastructure transactions. James has worked on international climate finance issues at the UN level and supported cities across the world to invest their pensions and reserves more sustainably.

James is Treasurer of Eurosif, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, a member of the Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG) providing advice to the UK Government on implementing a UK green taxonomy and a member of the Disclosures and Labels Advisory Group (DLAG) providing advice to the FCA on the UK’s SDR and fund labelling regime.

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Adrian Murdoch
Sustainable Companies Editor, Capital Monitor
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Daniel Flatt
Editor-in-Chief, Capital Monitor

Daniel Flatt launched Capital Monitor title in April 2021 after joining the New Statesman Media Group from Haymarket where he was most recently editorial director of its multiple award-winning portfolio of finance and investment publications. His 20-year career has spanned all areas of asset management, banking, and corporate treasury across the globe. He is the founding editor of CorporateTreasurer.

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Dan Botterill
CEO and Company Founder, Rio ESG LTD

Dan Botterill is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of global technology firm Rio ESG LTD. Rio ESG LTD is powered by proprietary real intelligence technology and AI to deliver everyday sustainability goals that drive positive, measurable change.

In his capacity as Sustainability Entrepreneur and ESG specialist, Dan is working alongside government and worldwide industry
bodies to provide informed, impactful technology-based sustainability solutions via the democratisation of integral knowledge.

With over 20 years' experience in the sustainability sector, ESG & circular economy, Dan is an industry thought leader and global market leader in accessible sustainability. Dan has extensive experience in working with the public sector to embed sustainability considerations within the procurement process, particularly for medium and high-risk contracts. In his capacity as sustainability entrepreneur and ESG specialist, Dan is working alongside government and worldwide industry bodies to provide technological solutions via the democratisation of integral knowledge.

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Mohammad Syed
Head of Asset Management, Coutts and Chief Investment Officer, NatWest Group

Mohammad Kamal Syed is a highly experienced and capable Senior Executive with an extensive background built over 30 years in a wide variety of leading financial services and investment businesses.

With extensive Board level experience, at a Divisional and Global background, across investment banking, asset management, wealth management and fund management he has been responsible and integral to delivering successful outcomes within these institutions.

A proven thought leader, Mohammad has been at the forefront of driving real change and innovation within the NatWest Group wealth and asset management business. He has led a complete strategic overhaul of the business, from Group level through into a functional level, over a multi-cycle, multi-year basis. This has redefined how the institution approaches advice and investments ensuring we continue to meet our regulatory obligations all whilst delivering consistent outcomes and top quartile investment performance for clients.

Mohammad is well versed and understands the broad spectrum of clients that the industry serves from retail to UHNW clients through to Institutional. Mohammad has both built and led businesses providing solutions to meet their needs. From founding a specialist Alternative Fund Manager, to leading a UK multi-family office, through to managing a variety of complex businesses and trading divisions within Investment Banking.

Mohammad holds a deep understanding and appreciation of the control and regulatory framework within which the industry and businesses operate. He has successfully led numerous engagements and reviews with regulators overhauling Board and Governance structures as well as Risk Frameworks. These engagements have extended across multiple jurisdictions.

Mohammed understands what it takes to build and manage complex investment firms and has a proven track record of delivery. From understanding the market he is serving, to building and implementing portfolio or trading platforms, to manufacturing products and propositions he has successfully delivered within a multitude of organisations. Mohammad also believes his success is down to building good teams around him and he is passionate about identifying and nurturing talent throughout his organisations.

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Rebecca Manuel
Rebecca Manuel, Managing Director, Global Partnerships, CDPQ Global

Rebecca Manuel leads the focus on developing and enhancing CDPQ’s partner relationships with leading institutional investors and investment managers, industrial partners, family offices and financial institutions. Based in London, she and the CDPQ Global team work closely with CDPQ’s investment teams and partners to strengthen partnerships and identify quality opportunities for the broader CDPQ organization.

Ms. Manuel joined CDPQ in June 2019 as Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships for Europe, then led the Strategic Partnerships and Major Financial Institutions team prior to assuming her current role. She has over 25 years of financial services experience. She has held the positions of Partner, Strategy and Investor Relations at Pollen Street Capital and Managing Director, Global Sovereign Wealth Fund Coverage, Investment Banking, at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She was also Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Coverage and Global Head of Loan Syndicate at Royal Bank of Scotland.

She holds a BA in International Economic Relations from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She was named one of Financial News’s “100 Most Influential Women in EMEA Finance” in 2008 and 2010.

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Dame Elizabeth Corley
Chair, Impact Investing Institute
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Elizabeth Meager
Policy Editor, Capital Monitor

Elizabeth Meager is the policy editor of Capital Monitor, a position dedicated to making sense of the slew of investment and corporate regulatory changes surrounding sustainability. With a technical editorial background, Elizabeth joins the team from Euromoney where she was managing editor of IFLR, which tracks global regulatory updates for corporate finance and capital market lawyers.

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Anastasia Guha
Global Head of Sustainable Investment, Redington
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Cliff Prior
CEO, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment
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Olga Hancock
Deputy Head of Responsible Investment, Church Commissioners for England
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Maria Lombardo
Head of ESG Advisory Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

Maria heads the ESG Advisory team Sustainable Finance at Standard Chartered Bank, supporting clients across the spectrum of their ESG and Sustainability requirements. Maria joined from Invesco Global Asset Management where she was head of ESG Client strategies leading on ESG integration and defining the asset manager’s climate strategy to their public Net Zero commitments and TCFD fist two reports. developed her sustainability career with CDP as global head of their investor members. Prior to that, Maria spent more than 25 years in investment banking as Managing Director, heading emerging market equities sales at UniCredit, and held previous roles at Lazard, UBS and Sberbank.

Authors of ESG thought leadership whitepapers, mentor, and contributor to industry initiatives in sustainable financing. Maria is in the volunteers steering committee at CFA UK and was part of the reviewers panel on the CFA Climate Change Syllabus. She holds a CFA ESG, a diploma at Cambridge University Sustainability Leadership Institute, along with a CEMS Master and a bachelor’s degree in financial intermediaries at Bocconi University.

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Sir Douglas Flint CBE
Chairman, abrdn
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Catherine Howarth
Chief Executive, ShareAction

Catherine joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society activism to promote responsible investment across Europe. She is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. She also serves on HM Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce. She was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust for five years until Spring 2013. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014. Whenever she gets the chance, Catherine heads off to Scotland for time in the mountains and by the sea. Her two boys keep her busy at home but she escapes for runs round the East End of London when she can.

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Virginia Furness
Sustainable Banking Editor, Capital Monitor

Virginia Furness is the sustainable banking editor of Capital Monitor. With a decade covering the financial markets, during which she worked in senior editorial roles at Reuters and Euromoney, Virginia is focused on holding to account the ESG commitments made by the world’s most influential banking institutions

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Michael Hugman
Director, Finance – Climate, Children's Investment Fund Foundation
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Vibeka Mair
Sustainable Asset Management Editor, Capital Monitor

Vibeka Mair is the sustainable asset management editor of Capital Monitor. She is responsible for holding the world's most influential asset owners and managers to account for their commitments to sustainability.

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2022 Lead Sponsor

abrdn is a global business, managing and administering over £540 billion of assets.

We structure our business into three areas

Investments – We work with clients to create solutions across markets, asset classes and investment strategies – combining our global network of investment professionals with research, data and technology

Adviser – We offer market-leading platform technology and tools that enable UK wealth managers and financial advisers to look after the diverse needs of their clients

Personal – We help people throughout the UK plan for their financial futures – through our financial planning business, our digital direct-to-consumer services and discretionary fund management services

Through the expertise, insight and innovation of our team, we aim to help clients create more ways for money to make an impact, and we focus on delivering outcomes that are more than just financial – by investing sustainably to build a better world. (Figures as at 31 December 2021)

2022 Associate Sponsors

Clarity AI is a sustainability technology platform that uses machine learning and big data to deliver environmental and social insights to investors and organizations. As of April 2022, Clarity AI’s platform analyzes more than 30,000 companies, 220,000 funds, 198 countries, and 188 local governments, and delivers data and analytics for investing, corporate research, and reporting. Clarity AI has offices in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Clarity AI’s client network manages trillions in assets under management.

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