Greening the Financial System: Exploring the Ways Forward

Date: 26 Sep 2017

Agenda

11.30 – 12.00 Registration & Lunch

12.00 – 12.10 Welcome Remarks

Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor, The People’s Bank of China
Hung Tran, Executive Managing Director, IIF

12.10 – 1.30 Lunch Discussion: Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures
The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) released its final recommendations in June and has an extension of its mandate to September 2018 to support capacity building and implementation. As the financial sector moves toward implementation, common frameworks and guidance will be key to helping align industry practices. Discussion will focus on building learning platforms to facilitate knowledge sharing and capacity building among industry participants in areas such as scenario analysis and stress testing.

MODERATOR:
Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank

DISCUSSION LEADERS:
Michael Ellam, Co-Head of Public Sector Banking, HSBC
Didem Nisanci, Managing Director, Promontory Financial Group and TCFD Secretariat
Hung Tran, Executive Managing Director, IIF

1.30 – 1.40 Keynote Remarks
Henry M. Paulson, Chairman, The Paulson Institute

1.40 – 1.50 Keynote Remarks
Eric Jing, CEO, ANT Financial Services

1.50 – 3.10 High-Level Session 1: Green Digital Finance
Innovation in financial services is creating immense changes in the global financial system as well as new pathways to align the financial system with sustainable development. Green digital finance is no longer niche – it is the future of green finance. In this session, pioneers from both the private and public sectors will provide perspectives on the progress made in advancing digital green finance, where we are today, and prospects for a greener future. Discussion will focus on the potential of fintech to reshape business opportunities, provide “green innovators” with access to capital and to scale green finance, and will include findings from the Green Digital Finance Alliance’s newly launched report.

MODERATOR:
Simon Zadek, Senior Advisor on Finance to the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Executive Office of the Secretary-General and
Co-Director, UN Environment Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System

DISCUSSION LEADERS:
Chen Long, Chief Strategy Officer, ANT Financial Services
Sofie Blakstad, Advisor, Stockholm Fintech Hub; CEO, HiveOnline

3.10 – 3.30 Coffee Break

3.30 – 5.00 High-Level Session 2: Green Finance and China
Viewed through the twin lens of policy and structural development, there has been tremendous growth in green finance in China in the past couple of years. This session will take stock of the progress of green finance in China to date and the future plans
to ensure these positive changes to the Chinese financial market are sustained. As well as discussing lessons learned in China and whether these can be exportable globally, topics of discussion will include: One Belt One Road, exchange-traded funds, and international cooperation such as the G20 and green infrastructure investment.

MODERATOR:
Simon Zadek, Senior Advisor on Finance to the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Executive Office of the Secretary-General and
Co-Director, UN Environment Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System

DISCUSSION LEADERS:
Susan Gray, Global Head of Infrastructure, S&P Global
Ma Jun, Chairman of Green Finance Committee, China Society for Finance and Banking; Special Advisor on Sustainable Finance, UN Environment
Deborah Lehr, Vice Chairman, The Paulson Institute
CEO & Founding Partner, Basilinna

5.00 – 5.15 Closing Remarks
Ken Bentsen, President & CEO, SIFMA

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