Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
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Time:: 3:30 PM (UAE Standard Time GMT +4)
Duration:: 1 Hour
The current pandemic poses a major risk for the global economy, exposing financial vulnerabilities, and testing the post-financial crisis economic model. Sustainable investing is very much part of COVID-19 response, governments, central banks, investors and financial institutions, have a vital role to play in investing in a green economy. The world requires €6.2 trillion of investment by 2030 to limit global warming to 2 degrees.
The ESG investment and sustainable bond had gained a lot of traction before COVID and pulled in around $130 billion in sustainable options in 2019. The green bond market, which is one of the bellwethers of ESG pulled in $300 billion in the same year. Despite COVID, the issuance of green, social, and sustainable bonds reached $120.1 billion in April 2020 due to COVID theme social bond issuances.
This session will cover the following:
● The Green Economy Transition approach to help countries build low carbon & resilient
● Boosting investments towards a green economy, promoting renewable energy and
combating climate change.
● Discussing the policy requirements for standardization of green finance practice, supporting market development for green investments at a global level & supporting developing countries in developing and implementing national sustainable finance roadmaps
● Closing the $2.5 trillion SDG Financing Gap.
Michelle set up the International Clean Energy and Sustainability Group which she heads 18 years ago. It has advised on over 70GW of clean energy projects. Michelle advises across the entire energy transition globally including storage, EV, energy efficiency, distributed energy and all renewable technologies including offshore and onshore wind, biomass, solar, hydro and biofuels. Her clients include Governments, institutional investors, funds, utilities, IOCs and developers. Michelle has recently been made an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute. Michelle sits on various advisory boards including the Middle East Solar Industry Association, MESIA Women in Solar Group, the policy strategy group of the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association, Climate Bond Initiative and PLC Environmental.
Harry is the Director of EBRD's Energy EMEA team of 30 professionals promoting the EBRD’s mandate through investments and policy advice across the gas and power sectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Dr. Helena Wright is Vice President at WWF in Singapore where her work focuses on sustainable infrastructure and energy finance, including leading on the topic of sustainable infrastructure finance in WWF’s global network. Prior to joining WWF, Helena worked for think tank E3G on sustainable finance and has also worked for the UK Government on international climate finance. Helena has previously worked for the United Nations based in Bangkok, and has advised businesses on renewable energy and resource efficiency.
In his capacity as Chief Financial Officer of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Niall Hannigan brings to the CFO role more than 30 years’ experience in accounting, auditing, financial management, risk management, business and financial strategy, financing, commercial negotiation and business development. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Having worked in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and on the Indian subcontinent, Mr Hannigan has strong international and multicultural experience, and thrives on working in diverse geographies and marketplaces.
Michael is Senior Responsible Investment Specialist at HSBC GAM where he leads on sustainable infrastructure and green bonds. Prior to HSBC GAM Michael was Global Head of ESG Fixed Income Research at HSBC where he led research on green bonds and ESG integration. Michael was twice voted no. 2 green bond analyst in the Euromoney global fixed income research poll. Michael has previously held senior credit research roles for Citigroup and for Mizuho International. He has also worked as a consultant for the UK’s Carbon Trust and the German government development agency GiZ. Michael holds a PhD in Environmental Economics from University College London and Masters degrees from Yale University and the London School of Economics.