2019 Mainstreaming Sustainable Finance Roundtable

Date: 18 Mar 2019

The International Finance, the Paulson Institute, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP), will hold an invitation-only roundtable for senior policymakers and industry leaders titled ‘Mainstreaming Sustainable Finance’. The event will be held on Friday April 12 from 10:00am-1:30pm, alongside the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings at Covington & Burling, 850 10th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Lunch will be provided.

This event, now in its fifth year, is part of our ongoing efforts to help mainstream the ideas surrounding green and sustainable finance into the broader global financial system—and to engage with industry in helping to drive this shift. This roundtable has become a timely and unique platform for the foremost players and thought leaders in this growing space to take stock of developments, share perspectives, and prescribe tangible next steps. Sessions this year will include:

  • Keynote addresses by Sylvie Goulard, Deputy Governor, Banque de France and John Berrigan, Deputy Director for Financial Stability, FISMA, European Commission
  • A look at current policy and regulatory initiatives including the Central Banks and Supervisors’ Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS);
  • Taking stock of progress in the financial services industry; and
  • New approaches to facing the global impact of climate and social risks.

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Raymond Aycock ().


Preliminary Agenda

9.30 – 10.15         Registration and Coffee

10.15 – 10.20       Introduction/Welcome Remarks

10.20 – 10.40      Keynote Speaker – John Berrigan, Deputy Director for Financial Stability,                                 FISMA, European Commission

10.40 – 11:25       Session 1:   A Look at Policy and Regulatory Initiatives

As official institutions increasingly look to incorporate ESG considerations into their financial policy frameworks; this panel will examine the state of play on a range of initiatives taking shape under the auspices of the G20, the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System, the European Commission and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, to name just a few.

Moderator: Deborah Lehr, Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute

Discussion leaders:

  • Marcos Ayerra, Chairman of the Inter-American Regional Committee, IOSCO
  • Sean Kidney, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Stephen Nolan, MD, FC4S, UNEP
  • Haje Schütte, Head, Development Finance Division, OECD

11.25 – 12:15         Session 2:  The Financial Services Industry—Moving the Ball Forward

Financial firms worldwide have been ratcheting up their work on sustainable finance and impact investing.  This session will highlight new private sector initiatives; data and disclosure considerations; need for an internationally applicable approach to taxonomy; innovative new sustainable finance products and rapid growth of impact investing.

Moderator: Sonja Gibbs, Managing Director, Global Policy Initiatives, IIF

Discussion leaders:

  • Marisa Buchanan, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan
  • Stewart James, Head of Group Public Affairs, Asia-Pacific, HSBC
  • Catherine Mann, Global Chief Economist, Citi
  • Veronique Ormezzano, Head Group Prudential Affairs, BNP Paribas

12.15 – 12.35     Keynote Speaker – Sylvie Goulard, Deputy Governor, Banque de France

12.35 – 1.05       Networking Lunch

1.05 – 1.35          Session 3:   New Approaches–Facing the Global Impact of Climate and                                 Social Risks

How should we look at the implications of climate risk—and social risks including those related to populism, income inequality and migration—for the global economy and financial stability?  What strategies are under development to harness digital technology and innovation in support of the Sustainable Development Goals?

Moderator: Simon Zadek, Principal & Project Catalyst, UNDP

Discussion leaders:

  • Mike Ferguson, Director, US Energy Infrastructure Group, S&P Global
  • Jérôme Haegeli, Global Chief Economist, Swiss Re
  • Cameron Prell, Partner, The Coefficient Group

1.35 – 1.40            Conclusion/Closing Remarks