Ethical Finance ASEAN 2024:Scaling Up Sustainable FinanceVirtual Summit

Wednesday 8th May, 10:00 – 14:30 Malaysian Time (MYT)
Session 1 - 10:00 - 12:00
Session 2 - 12:15 - 14:30

This year’s virtual summit, marked the third edition of Ethical Finance ASEAN, delivered in partnership with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers, brought together experts from across the globe to evaluate the current position and urgent need for scaling up sustainable finance in the ASEAN region.

As well as looking at the key outcomes from COP28 and expectations for COP29, Ethical Finance ASEAN 2024 tackled nature-based solutions, financing the energy transition, the role of SMEs in greening the financial chain, and explored efforts in moving the Islamic finance industry from Halal to Tayyib.

Chairman, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, FCB

Director & Co-founder, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Omar Shaikh

Director of Sustainability, Marketing and Communications,, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)

Shireen Kandiah

Director, Head of Asia-Pacific Insights and Analysis, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Aries Poon

Chairman, Energy Commission Malaysia

Mohammed Rashdan Yusof

Head of Power & Utilities, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Christopher de Vere Walker

UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for the UAE, COP28

H.E. Razan Al Mubarak

Chair, Global Steering Group

Dame Susan Rice

Global Chair, Mercer Sustainable Investment

Helga Birgden

Head of Sustainable Finance APAC, ING

Martijn Hoogerwerf

Chief Sustainability Officer

Amanah Aboobucker

Assistant Vice President, Business Development & Sales, Bursa Carbon Exchange (BCX), Bursa Malaysia Berhad

Muhammad Rizal Azmi

Department Director, Climate Finance, UN Climate Champions

Sagarika Chatterjee

Senior Sustainability Advisor, Standard Chartered

Dr John Murton CMG

General Manager, Sustainability Securities Commission Malaysia

Azreen Idayu Zainal

Regional Coordination and Membership Manager

Maria Eugenia Sosa Taborda

Director, Accuracy

Carl Chan

National Deputy President, SME Association Malaysia

Datin Dorph Peng

Executive Director and Chief Sustainability Officer

Moreen Joseph

COO and Co-Founder

Nurul Syaheedah Jes Izman

Director of Market Engagement, TNFD

Candice Dott

Head of Engagement, Planet Tracker

Nicole Kozlowski

APAC Policy Lead

Laura Canas da Costa

Secretary General, Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet

Satya Tripathi

Senior Investment Manager, Natural Capital, Federated Hermes

Andy Turnbull

CEO, Malaysia Forest Fund

Datuk Jeffri Abd Rasid

Vice President, APAC ESG & Climate Research, MSCI

Jurgita Balaisyte

Director, PwC Middle East

Shereen Osman

Fund Manager, Jupiter Asset Management

Salman Siddiqui

Managing Director, DDCAP Group

Stella Cox CBE

Head of Debt Capital Markets, London Stock Exchange Group

Shrey Kohli

Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad

Raja Amir Shah Raja Azwa

Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer, Islamic Development Bank

Dr Zamir Iqbal

Chairman, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, FCB

Tan Sri Azman Hashim has been in the banking industry since 1960 when he joined Bank Negara Malaysia. He practised as a Chartered Accountant in Azman Wong Salleh and Co. from 1964 to 1971. He was on the board of Malayan Banking Berhad from 1966 to 1980 and was its Executive Director from 1971 until 1980. He was the Executive Chairman of Kwong Yik Bank Berhad, a subsidiary of Malayan Banking Berhad, from 1980 until 1982 when he acquired AmInvestment Bank Berhad.

Tan Sri Azman is Chairman of the Asian Institute of Finance Berhad, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers, Asian Banking School Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Investment Banking Association, the Malaysia Productivity Corporation, Malaysia South-South Corporation Berhad and Chairman Emeritus of Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC).

He is the President of Malaysia South-South Association, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association, Malaysian Prison FRIENDS Club and a Member of the APEC Business Advisory Council and East Asia Business Council. He is also the Leader of the ASEAN Japanese Business Meeting (Malaysia Committee, Keizai Doyukai). He is the Pro-Chancellor of Open University of Malaysia and a member of the Governing Body of Asian Productivity Organisation.

Tan Sri Azman is also involved in several charitable organisations as Chairman and Trustee of AmGroup Foundation and Perdana Leadership Foundation and Trustee for Yayasan Azman Hashim, Malaysian Liver Foundation, Yayasan Tuanku Najihah and Yayasan Canselor Open University Malaysia. Tan Sri Azman is also the Founder and Council Member of Azman Hashim Family (L) Foundation and Azman Hashim Charitable (L) Foundation.

Director & Co-founder, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Omar Shaikh

Omar is the Managing Director of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI).

A Chartered Accountant by profession, he specialises in ethical/responsible finance, Islamic finance and private equity. He has extensive experience in financial services and has advised multiple governments and regulators as a leading advocate for sustainable and Islamic finance and specialises in ecosystem building. His background includes working with EY London where he qualified as a CA and was the former Head of Islamic finance.

Through his work he has established a number of initiatives including the Path to COP, finance for nature project and SDG Financial products platform with UNDP which promotes innovative financing structures for the SDGs, the Global Islamic Finance and UN SDGs Taskforce launched with UK Government and IsDB and the award winning interfaith Edinburgh Finance Declaration the world’s first shared values approach to finance between Islamic finance and the Church.

Omar received a BAcc from the University of Glasgow and holds select board advisory roles including the UK Islamic Finance Council and The Prince’s Trust Scotland.

Director of Sustainability, Marketing and Communications,, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)

Shireen Kandiah

Shireen spearheads the Institute’s thought leadership initiatives and research publications, as well as its strategic partnership and communication initiatives.

Her professional experience spans CRM Strategy, Branding and Capital Markets. Prior to joining AICB, Shireen worked in Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) in the areas of international regulatory standards and capacity building. She has also worked in international advertising agencies and business conglomerates based in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai.

Shireen graduated from the University of Kent, UK with a LL.B. (Hons) in Law.

Director, Head of Asia-Pacific Insights and Analysis, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Aries Poon

Aries oversees a team of economists and country-risk experts for S&P Global Market Intelligence.

His team provides comprehensive economic forecasts, country-risk scores, and geopolitical analyses on 48 economies across Asia-Pacific. Aries has published widely on a range of topics, from China’s banking system and energy sector to Asia-Pacific’s semiconductor industry and the global green bond market. He previously worked as the editorial lead, also at S&P Global Market Intelligence, overseeing the coverage of banking, insurance, financial services and real estate in the Asia-Pacific.

Before joining S&P Global in 2018, Aries had worked for the Wall Street Journal as the chief of its Hong Kong and Taipei newsrooms. He was also a finance editor at Caixin Global in Beijing. A Hong Kong native, Aries has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford. He is also a lecturer for the Global Studies undergraduate program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Chairman, Energy Commission Malaysia

Mohammed Rashdan Yusof

Rashdan has over 32 years of corporate experience; in the corporate finance, investment and financial services industry. Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Rashdan was the Deputy Group Managing Director and Group Chief Investment Officer of Gamuda Berhad, Malaysia’s largest multi-national construction and engineering firm with substantial order books in Australia, Taiwan and Singapore. He was with Gamuda from May 2018 to June 2023. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the Executive Director (Investments) of Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund) and as the Chief Executive Officer of Maybank Investment Bank Berhad from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, he was the co-founder and Managing Director of BinaFikir Sdn Bhd from 2003 to 2008 and was the founder and Managing Director of QuantePhi Sdn Bhd, a boutique corporate finance advisory firm from 2012 to December 2017. Rashdan holds a double-first class honours degree (Master of Arts) in Economics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) London (1992 – 1997) and continued his accounting career in PwC Malaysia until 2002, specialising in financial services and derivatives. Whilst in PwC London, he also qualified from the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK).

Head of Power & Utilities, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Christopher de Vere Walker

Christopher has worked in the global energy markets for over 23 years with a focus on power sector fundamentals, infrastructure and regulation. He has authored numerous analytical reports and led strategic consultancy on global energy issues encompassing critical issues such as security of supply, energy transition, technological and infrastructural impediments, market and price design.

He spent 10 years at IHS Markit (formerly IHS CERA, now S&P Global) heading power research for the company’s integrated Russian and Caspian Energy Service, as well as senior director and thought leader in IHS Markit’s Global Power and Renewables service. Amongst his achievements at IHS Markit, was being awarded State medal for professional contribution to the strategic development of Kazakhstan’s power and utilities’ sector and commitment to energy transition.

Before joining IHS Markit, Christopher founded SEEPX Energy where he advised on power sector strategy for international companies in the UK, Europe, Balkans, Russia, Central Asia and Pakistan.

He began his energy career in power trading, negotiating multi-million pound power contracts between energy companies. During this time, he also advised and managed a major client’s trading portfolio during the Enron collapse.

He completed his formal education in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, where he served for eight years and achieved Best Recruit.

UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for the UAE, COP28

H.E. Razan Al Mubarak

Her Excellency Ms. Razan Al Mubarak is a United Arab Emirates native who, for over twenty years, has played a vital role in guiding her country towards a more sustainable future while spearheading progressive environmental protection and species conservation across West Asia and globally.

HE Ms. Razan Al Mubarak was elected President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for a four-year term beginning in September 2021. She is the second woman to lead the organization in its 75-year history and its first president from West Asia.

In 2010 she was appointed managing director of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), becoming the youngest person to lead an Abu Dhabi government entity and one of the only women to hold such a position. Under her guidance and leadership, the government agreed to double its protected wildlife areas and adopt the region’s first carbon targets.

HE Ms. Razan Al Mubarak is the founding director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, helping to build the organization into one of the world’s most significant philanthropic foundations supporting direct species conservation. Since its inception the MBZ Fund has supported more than 2,500 species conservation projects in over 160 countries, bringing many species back from the brink of extinction.

HE Ms. Razan Al Mubarak holds an MSc in Public Understanding of Environmental Change from the University College London, UK and a BA (Hons) in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.

Chair, Global Steering Group

Dame Susan Rice

Dame Susan Rice, a Chartered Banker, chairs the Financial Services Culture Board and was founding chair of the Chartered Banker: Professional Standards Board. She also chairs Scottish Water, Business Stream and the Scottish Fiscal Commission, Scotland’s independent economic and fiscal forecaster.  In addition, she is Senior Independent Director of J Sainsbury, and of the North American Income Trust. The first woman to head a UK clearing bank, she was Chief Executive and Chairman of Lloyds TSB Scotland plc, then Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group.  She was previously a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England and energy company SSE. She has helped develop approaches to social finance in the US and UK, led work on cultural and ethical standards for bankers, chaired Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and now works with P-CAN. Previously, she was Senior Vice President at NatWest Bancorp in New York and, earlier in her career, a Dean at Yale and Colgate Universities in America and a published medical researcher. At GEFI, Susan oversees the activities as Chair of the Global Steering Group.

Global Chair, Mercer Sustainable Investment

Helga Birgden

Helga Birgden is a Mercer Partner, and Mercer’s Global Chair on Sustainable Investment. She leads on sustainable investing and governance as a global executive and Board member focused on climate change resilience, managing investment risk, return and reputation for Boards, members and stakeholders.

She has more than 20 years of experience advising client Boards/Committees on sustainable investment issues – environmental, governance and social. She has prepared advice for multilateral institutions such as the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, G20 and Development Banks. She co-authors reports on climate investing with the World Economic Forum (2022, 2021, 2020). Over the last decade Helga has been a leader in Mercer’s global climate change studies 2011, 2015 and 2019 Investing in a Time of Climate Change reports and 2020 Analytics for Climate Transition – ACT.  She is Deputy Chair of the Investor Group on Climate Change, representing ~$4 trillion of AUM and chaired Mercer’s FutureMakers Working Group consisting of ~30 global pension funds on climate investing.

She has lived off the grid (solar and wind) for a decade.

Head of Sustainable Finance APAC, ING

Martijn Hoogerwerf

Martijn Hoogerwerf is Head of Sustainable Finance APAC at ING. Based in Singapore, Martijn joined ING’s Sustainable Finance team in 2019 with over 10 years of experience in the sustainable finance markets, where he took on a variety of climate-related investment and advisory roles during this period.  

Prior to moving into the environmental finance space, Martijn spent eight years in Fortis’ Transportation & Logistics and the Strategic Development teams (now merged with ABN Amro) and focused on expanding its wholesale banking activities in Asia. He moved to Hong Kong in 2006 as part of his tenure with Fortis.

Martijn brings a unique blend of commercial banking knowledge, sustainability expertise, and APAC experience. He has been instrumental in ensuring Sustainable Finance is front and center in client facing functions, securing leading mandates, and driving the growth of ING’s Sustainable Finance activities in APAC. Under Martijn’s leadership, ING has won multiple Sustainable Finance awards, including ‘Best Transition/Sustainability Linked Loan in APAC’ award by Global Finance in 2024.

He is Chairman of ING’s APAC Sustainable Finance Forum, a member of ING’s Sustainable Finance Management Team and Sustainable Finance Quality Board.

Martijn holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona/Spain and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Chief Sustainability Officer

Amanah Aboobucker

Amanah is the Chief Sustainability Officer of AmBank Group. She is a senior banking and finance practitioner, with extensive multi-geography and cross franchise experience covering corporate, commercial and investment banking, having served in various capacities in Risk Management, External and Internal Audit, Compliance, Product and Relationship Management. She has previously worked with KPMG and Citigroup in Malaysia and was formerly the Asia Region Head for Citigroup’s debt restructuring division for the Commercial Bank covering 12 markets, based in Singapore. She joined the AmBank Group in October 2016 to drive the Group’s transformation program to build a robust culture of compliance and conduct, to achieve long-term sustainability and stability for the organisation. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Banker.

Assistant Vice President, Business Development & Sales, Bursa Carbon Exchange (BCX), Bursa Malaysia Berhad

Muhammad Rizal Azmi

Muhammad Rizal Azmi has over 18 years of experience across power, renewables and sustainability. Starting as a production engineer, he transitioned to business development at Malakoff Corporation, Malaysia’s largest power producer. Between 2015-2017, he undertook a passion project in organic farming, before returning to corporate business development roles under the ENGIE Group as well as a local solar engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) company – Plus Xnergy.

Rizal’s foray into the carbon industry started with him joining Bureau Veritas, a leading carbon validation & verification body (VVB). He currently heads the Business Development and Sales Unit at BCX, playing a key role in shaping the future of voluntary carbon trading. Rizal is an engineering graduate of University Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and holds a MicroMasters in Sustainable Energy from University of Queensland (UQx).

Department Director, Climate Finance, UN Climate Champions

Sagarika Chatterjee

Sagarika is an international sustainability professional with 20+ years’ experience in climate change and responsible investment, collaborating across the UN system and private finance sector. She led the PRI’s global climate change programme and is the UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance secretariat co-head. She also launched the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero with COP26 Private Finance Hub while on secondment to UNFCCC High-level Champions.

Her key focus areas include financing opportunities in developing countries, the net-zero transition, adaptation and resilience, and nature. She previously led investment industry work on climate and environmental issues, has worked in commercial roles, and has board experience.

Senior Sustainability Advisor, Standard Chartered

Dr John Murton CMG

Dr John Murton CMG is a Senior Sustainability Advisor within its Chief Sustainability Officer team. In this capacity, John serves as a senior ambassador for the Bank helping to develop and enhance strategic governmental, civil society and private sector relationships, with a particular focus on public-private partnerships aimed at catalysing sustainable finance in its footprint markets.

John has a distinguished diplomatic career spanning 25 years, including posts in Asia and Africa and with a particular emphasis on the energy transition and climate. He joins Standard Chartered after three successful years in his most recent role as the UK government’s COP26 Envoy, coordinating the UK’s climate diplomacy for COP26 in Glasgow. As COP Envoy, John oversaw the World Leaders Summit element of COP26, led negotiations for the international community on the USD8.5 billion South African and USD15 billion Vietnamese Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) and spearheaded diplomatic efforts to deliver the ‘Clean Energy Transition Partnership’, which commits 35 nations to ending all international support for fossil fuels. John was appointed CMG for services to climate change and foreign policy in the recent New Year’s Honours list.

Prior to this, John served as the UK Ambassador to six African nations, including DRC, Mauritius and Madagascar, and was the UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi. John was previously head of the FCDO’s East Asia and Pacific Department, overseeing the UK’s diplomatic relations with countries of ASEAN, North East Asia and the Pacific. Earlier in his career, John was also the UK’s Energy and Environment Attaché in Tokyo.

John completed his undergraduate studies in Geography at the University of Cambridge and went on to do his PhD jointly at the University of Cambridge and University of Nairobi focusing on an economic and environmental analysis of rural Eastern Kenya.

General Manager, Sustainability Securities Commission Malaysia

Azreen Idayu Zainal

Azreen Idayu Zainal is a General Manager in the Sustainability department of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). She leads the development of sustainable investment strategies and policies for the Malaysian capital market, and their implementation since 2014. Azreen is instrumental in the development of Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Roadmap for the Malaysian Capital, and many other SRI initiatives. Azreen is the Chair of Sub-committee 3 (Product and Innovation) of the Joint Committee on Climate Change (JC3), an initiative established to pursue collaborative actions for building climate resilience within the Malaysia financial sector.

At the regional level, Azreen is involved in developing sustainable finance initiatives for the ASEAN capital markets, through SC’s co-chairmanship of the Sustainable Finance Working Group of the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum and SC’s membership in the ASEAN Taxonomy Board.

Azreen regularly represents the SC at various speaking engagements on sustainability regionally and internationally.

Azreen joined the SC in 2010 where she was involved in the formulation and implementation of the Capital Market Masterplan 2, the 10-year strategy blueprint for the Malaysian capital market. Azreen started her career in PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2002 until 2010 prior to joining the SC. Azreen is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

Regional Coordination and Membership Manager

Maria Eugenia Sosa Taborda

Maria Eugenia Sosa Taborda is the Regional Coordination and Membership Manager for UNEP -Financial Initiative. She has more than 18 years of experience with disseminating and consolidating corporate social responsibility strategy in large companies, sustainable finance, and developing innovative projects with positive impacts. She worked for 11 years in the financial sector with different subjects: Financial Education and Social, Entrepreneurship, and Environmental Risks and Opportunities working directly with varying business units: Investments, Credit, and Insurance. Maria Eugenia graduated in business administration at PUCCAMP and holds a Master’s Degree from USP (São Paulo University) focusing on social impact.

 

Director, Accuracy

Carl Chan

Carl Chan is a director at Accuracy, with 15 years of professional experience in serving financial institutions, large corporates, governments, funds, etc. His covered topics include data analytics / science, ESG, risk management, strategy, digitalisation, transactions, compliance.

Carl has led over 100 projects in his consultancy career. His is recognised by his deep expertise, strategic insights to stand out and value-adding approaches in delivering projects.

Before joining Accuracy, Carl worked in HSBC, Moody’s Analytics and Big 4 advisory firms.

Carl has worked with professionals including product specialists, researchers, system developers and practice leaders to deliver engagements.

Carl speaks English (fluent), Cantonese (native), Mandarin (fluent), French (basic).

National Deputy President, SME Association Malaysia

Datin Dorph Peng

Datin Dorph Peng is the Founder and Managing Director of Green Wellness Malaysia since 2012 although her business venture and experience started back in 1999
when she was also a software programmer during the dot com boom.

As a MBA holder and multi-award winner, Datin Dorph is also a dedicated mother and social volunteers in many NGO and Societies with her latest role as the National Deputy President of SME Malaysia since joining the
Association in 2004.

Datin Dorph also frequently contributes as conference panellist, judge for business awards and advisor of chamber of commerce while actively representing Association in various Government Ministries and relevant agencies’ meetings, dialogues, events and workshops.

Executive Director and Chief Sustainability Officer

Moreen Joseph

Moreen is the Executive Director and the Chief Sustainability Officer at United Overseas Bank Malaysia (UOBM). Her role is to drive UOB Malaysia’s sustainability strategy and objectives of helping businesses transition to a sustainable future and fostering social and environmental well-being among colleagues and communities.

Moreen is also currently the co-chair for JC3 (Joint Committee on Climate Change) SME Focus Group, a collective effort amongst regulators, bankers, insurance providers and relevant ministries to raise the country’s SME awareness and adoption of ESG.

Internally, she chairs the Country Sustainability Committee and holds positions in various management committees.

She has in-depth exposures working with international management consulting firm, regulator, and banks. Her work experience cuts across sustainability, corporate planning, business strategy development and implementation, mergers and acquisitions, large scale transformational and change management projects.

COO and Co-Founder

Nurul Syaheedah Jes Izman

Ms Syaheedah is the COO and Co-Founder of Pantas, a leading climate technology solutions provider in Southeast Asia. With a mission to revolutionize the business landscape through sustainable practices, Pantas serves a wide array of industries including manufacturing, hospitality, agriculture, property development, logistics, and finance. Operating primarily in Malaysia, Pantas has recently expanded its services to Thailand and Indonesia. Ms Syaheedah is the principal trainer for the Greening Value Chain (GVC) Programme, a distinguished initiative in collaboration with the Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM). Her expertise was further spotlighted as a panelist at the International Conference in Yogyakarta, under the banner of Indonesia G20. In 2023, she delivered a compelling keynote on “AI-Powered Carbon Management Solution” at the BOT Digital Finance Conference, an esteemed event by the Central Bank of Thailand. Her insights, sought after by many, have graced platforms like the Malaysian Forestry Research Institute (FRIM), Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB) and KPMG Singapore. Before founding the climate technology company, Ms Syaheedah was a Director at Third Point, a New York-based hedge fund. Before joining Third Point, Ms Syaheedah was an Assistant Vice President at Citigroup and at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ms Syaheedah started her career on Wall Street when she joined Merrill Lynch’s CFO Analyst Program.

Director of Market Engagement, TNFD

Candice Dott

Candice is an accomplished business leader known for driving sustainable growth, with 20+ years of experience in global financial services where she has most recently worked for the London Stock Exchange Group and prior to that Bloomberg.

She has deep expertise in sustainable finance, asset management, investment banking, commercial banking, corporates, central banks, exchanges, fintech and data.

Candice has extensive global sales, business development, customer and strategy execution leadership experience across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

She is passionate about connecting ecosystem partners and stakeholders for greater impact and has established networks across financial services, developing and mature markets, and public and private sector.

Candice lives in Johannesburg and enjoys traveling, nature, trail running and trekking.

Head of Engagement, Planet Tracker

Nicole Kozlowski

Nicole is a professional with experience working at the intersection of business strategy, sustainable finance and financial technology. Prior to joining Planet Tracker, Nicole was the EMEA Head of Client Relations at Bloomberg LP, where she was responsible for delivering a board-sponsored strategy to align the company’s external relations and philanthropy programmes for the benefit of Bloomberg’s core business. Nicole holds a MA in International Political Economy from King’s College London and a BA in European Studies from the University of Bremen. She has completed the CFA Level 4 certification in ESG Investing and is both a Young SDG Innovator graduate and a member of the UN Global Compact Network UK.

APAC Policy Lead

Laura Canas da Costa

Laura Canas da Costa is the APAC Policy Lead at UNEP FI, leading UNEP FI’s policy and regulatory engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Laura has over 10 years of experience in sustainable finance across the private, public and non-profit sectors as well as academia. Previously to joining UNEP FI, she was a Sustainable Finance Policy Manager at Credit Suisse, responsible for monitoring and evaluating sustainable finance policy trends globally. Before joining Credit Suisse in 2019, Laura worked for the WWF Switzerland to develop a strategy for sustainable infrastructure finance. Laura also has previous experience working in private equity as well as development finance. Her academic background is in international relations (London School of Economics) as well as public policy (Hertie School of Governance and Sciences Po Paris). Laura also carries out a number of teaching mandates on sustainable finance, for example at University St Gallen as well as University of Zurich.

 

Secretary General, Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet

Satya Tripathi

Satya S. Tripathi is Secretary-General of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet. A development economist, lawyer and changemaker with over 40 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi is the Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences – the world’s largest academic institution dedicated exclusively to indigenous people and cultures. He is also a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Innovative Finance at the World Agroforestry Centre. He has served with the UN for more than two decades in key positions across the planet and was most recently the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of New York Office at UN Environment and Secretary of the UN Environment Management Group. His other strategic engagements with the UN include: Head of Human Rights Investigations for the UN in post-war Bosnia (UNMIBH); Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami recovery efforts in support of the government and affected populations; and Executive Head of UNORCID, a UN System Office established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to facilitate the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and other stakeholders. Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF) in 2017 to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact for millions of people in developing countries. He previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Forests.

Senior Investment Manager, Natural Capital, Federated Hermes

Andy Turnbull

Andy is an experienced nature-based investment manager having worked in natural capital management and investing for over 15 years. He is a senior investment manager in Federated Hermes Natural Capital team currently working on the UK Nature Impact Fund, where he is responsible for underwriting nature-based Real Asset investments and establishing long-term asset management requirements.

Prior to joining Federated Hermes, he was Head of Asset Management at Climate Impact Partners, a major global carbon platform that works with investors, corporates, ENGOs and governments. While in the role he oversaw the development and delivery of high quality carbon-financed nature restoration and agro-forestry projects across global voluntary carbon markets including in Indonesia and the Philippines.  Before that Andy was a Partner at Bidwells, a 190 year old firm, where he focused on Institutional timberland investments and rural land management before becoming Head of Natural Capital and Sustainable Investment.

He holds a bachelors degree in Ecology and Forestry from the University of Edinburgh and is a Chartered Forester (ICF) and Chartered Rural Surveyor (RICS).

CEO, Malaysia Forest Fund

Datuk Jeffri Abd Rasid

Datuk Haji Jeffri Abd. Rasid is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in forestry, currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Forest Fund. His journey in public service began as a forest conservator, rising through the ranks to hold key positions within the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia.

Starting as a Forest Planning Officer (Region) in 1992, Datuk Haji Jeffri Abd. Rasid dedicated himself to the sustainable management of Malaysia’s forests. His expertise and leadership led to significant contributions, including pivotal roles such as the Director of Forestry Training Division at Forestry Department of Peninsula Malaysia (JPSM), culminating in his retirement on September 4, 2022.

During his tenure as the Johor State Forestry Director, Datuk Haji Jeffri Abd. Rasid spearheaded impactful projects such as the development of Ayer Hitam Utara State Park Forest, Gunung Arong State Park Forest, and Gunung Pulai Rimba Eco Park. He also played a crucial role in the planning and implementation of FOR-LEAD, a program aimed at empowering dendrology and botany within the Perak State Forestry Department.

With a wealth of experience and a passion for sustainable forestry practices, Datuk Haji Jeffri Abd. Rasid continues to make invaluable contributions to Malaysia’s environmental conservation efforts through his role at Malaysia Forest Fund.

Vice President, APAC ESG & Climate Research, MSCI

Jurgita Balaisyte

Jurgita Balaisyte is a Vice President of APAC ESG & Climate Research at MSCI, based in Singapore. With a focus on natural capital and biodiversity, she leads ESG research for South-East Asia. Jurgita has published research on assessing biodiversity-related risks in APAC.

Before joining MSCI in 2020, Jurgita worked as an ESG analyst for a Hong Kong-based brokerage firm overseeing South-East Asia. She holds a master’s degree in Local Economic Development from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Director, PwC Middle East

Shereen Osman

Shereen Osman is Director, Assurance – Financial Services & Islamic Finance at PwC Middle East.

Shereen is an experienced Chartered Accountant with a demonstrated history of working in the accounting industry. Specialising in external audit, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), assurance, auditing, and Basel III, Shereen is a strong accounting professional with a Bachelor of Business Science focused on Accounting and Finance from University of Cape Town.

Shereen has extensive experience in leading Banking and Capital market audits. She is also actively involved in driving the PwC Islamic Finance Division and has been instrumental in numerous Islamic initiatives and publications in both South Africa and the UAE.

Fund Manager, Jupiter Asset Management

Salman Siddiqui

Salman leads Jupiter’s Global Islamic Strategy. He has been an early pioneer and thought leader in Tayyib investing: combining traditional exclusion-based shariah investing with pro-active ESG engagement. He is part of a Global Steering Committee on Tayyib Investing convened by Global Ethical Finance Initiative and UK Islamic Finance Council. He has participated in many high profile industry events and panels including most recently at COP28 in Dubai.  Salman joined Jupiter in June 2017 as an Investment Manager in Global Emerging Markets Equities.  Prior to this, he spent a decade at Nomura Asset Management where he led the firm’s Emerging Frontier, Africa, MENA and Turkey fund strategies. He has over 20 years’ experience, including 5 years with Deloitte in Audit and Corporate Finance. Salman started his career as an Equity Capital Markets analyst at Citigroup in 2001. Salman is a Chartered Accountant and has an MA from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics & Economics.

Managing Director, DDCAP Group

Stella Cox CBE

Stella Cox CBE has worked within the Islamic financial marketplace for more than thirty years. Since 1998 she has
been Managing Director of DDCAP Group™. Under Stella’s leadership, DDCAP has pioneered Sharia’a compliant
intermediation services, bringing automation to the industry sector through the Group’s ETHOS AFP™, serving
clients and counterparties across the globe. DDCAP has also invested, for its own account, in a number of Islamic
financial sector firms and initiatives.

On 26th November 2016, DDCAP was one of the first Islamic financial sector firms to be awarded Principles for
Responsible Investment (PRI) Signatory Status. DDCAP is also a Stakeholder Endorser of the UNEP FI Principles for
Responsible Banking (PRB). Stella represents DDCAP within the Islamic Finance and the UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) Taskforce, the inaugural meeting of which took place in July 2020, convened by the Islamic
Finance Council UK (UKIFC) in partnership with the UK Government. With a US$2.5 trillion per year financing gap,
the UKIFC has committed to a 24-month action-oriented program of activities to address barriers blocking Islamic
financial institutions from embracing the targets of the SDGs.

Previously Stella was a Director of merchant bank Kleinwort Benson Limited, where her team managed assets
aggregating over US$2bn. Whilst at Kleinwort, Stella was involved in structuring The Islamic Fund, the first Sharia’a
compliant global equity fund which launched in 1986. She was also a Director of the Al Meezan Commodity Fund plc,
a joint venture initiative with a GCC Islamic bank that invested in non-ferrous metals traded on the London Metal
Exchange.

From 2007-2009 Stella served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Gatehouse Bank, a UK Islamic investment
bank.

Outside of DDCAP, Stella has had the privilege to be appointed to numerous industry think tanks, working groups
and committees. These include membership of the Working Group established by the Central Bank of Bahrain
(formerly the Bahrain Monetary Authority) with the purpose of developing procedures and documentation for Islamic
commodity trading and assisting the Dubai International Financial Centre Islamic Advisory Committee with its work
on selected strategic development initiatives. Stella served as a member of the Islamic Financial Services Board Money
Market Task Force on Markets and Instruments for Sharia’a Compliant Liquidity Management and currently
represents DDCAP on project specific Working Groups of the International Islamic Financial Market.

In 2013, the UK Government launched its first Islamic Finance Task Force. The ministerial led Task Force was
established to refocus on Islamic finance and the UK proposition. Stella was one of a small group of non-ministerial
industry experts within the Task Force and acted as practitioner lead for the regulatory work stream. With support
from the Task Force, the UK Government announced plans to launch an inaugural sovereign Sukuk at the World
Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in October 2013 in London, with the successful issuance following in June 2014.

In 2014, Stella was appointed Chair of the Islamic Finance Market Advisory Group formed by TheCityUK, the financial
services professional body that champions UK-based financial and related professional services. It is a membership
body, lobbying on the industry’s behalf, producing evidence of its importance to the wider national economy.

In June 2016, Stella was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Stella was honoured for
her services to the Economy and, specifically, as a Champion for the Development of Islamic Finance in the UK. In
2017, she was ranked number 1 in the ‘Top 10 Women in Islamic Banking & Finance’ listing published by ISFIRE, and
in the ISFIRE ‘WOMANi 2018′ Report she was ranked number 1 amongst the ‘100 Most Influential Women in Islamic
Finance’. She was appointed Patron-in-Chief of WOMANi in April 2019.

In January 2019, Stella became a member of the Astana International Financial Centre’s Advisory Council on Islamic
Finance (“ACIF”) and in July 2019 Stella became a Freeman of the City of London.

Stella is a personal advocate of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals objectives and the relevant
responsible practices championed by DDCAP. She supports educational initiatives that are relevant to the market and
the development of its human capital. She has served as a member of the University of East London’s Islamic Finance
and Banking Advisory Board and has been a visiting lecturer at Durham University’s Islamic Finance Summer School Programme, as well as the Cambridge Islamic Finance Programme at Clare College, Cambridge and the Saïd Business
School, University of Oxford.

Since 2015 Stella has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the RFI Foundation, where she also sits on the
Governance and Risk Committee and previously served as an Advisory Board member for the Ethical Finance
Innovation Challenge Awards (“EFICA”), co-sponsored by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Thomson Reuters. She is
serving her second rotation as a member of the Nomination Committee for Malaysia’s Royal Award for Islamic Finance
(The Royal Award).

Outside of her work as a financial markets practitioner, Stella speaks regularly at international conferences on a broad
range of topics and has contributed to many publications. Specifically, she was co-author of Structuring Islamic
Finance Transactions published by Euromoney Books and co-authored the Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) jointly
offered by the UK Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and the École Supérieure des Affaires in
Lebanon, contributing the Islamic Asset and Fund Management module.

Head of Debt Capital Markets, London Stock Exchange Group

Shrey Kohli

Shrey is responsible for London Stock Exchange plc’s debt, structured finance and close-ended investment funds markets. At LSEG, Shrey has covered roles across Product Development & Regulatory Strategy, and was previously Head of Strategic Development for LSE plc.

He represents LSEG on the Advisory Council of the Green & Social Bond Principles Executive Committee. During 2018-19, Shrey was seconded to International Finance Corporation as Financial Officer in Treasury & Syndications. He has previously worked at McKinsey and Co, the strategy consultancy.

He holds an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc (Hons) in Physics from University of Delhi.

Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad

Raja Amir Shah Raja Azwa

Raja Amir was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Amanah in May 2021, and is responsible for executing the HSBC Group‘s strategy for Islamic banking in Malaysia, driving sustainable leadership and value-based intermediation efforts while spearheading the development of talent, particularly in relation to Islamic finance and sustainability within the Group.

Prior to his appointment, Raja Amir was the Head of Debt Capital Markets, Malaysia. He has made many material contributions to the development of the international and Malaysian Sukuk market, having originated, structured and executed multiple first to market landmark sukuk transactions across Asia for both corporates, financial institutions and the public sector.

He started his career in London in the tech industry, and moved to a local investment bank in 2006. Thereafter, he joined HSBC Amanah in 2010 and has since held various roles within the International Currency Business Unit and Debt Capital Markets team. Throughout his time with the Debt Capital Markets team, HSBC has been consistently awarded the Best Bond House (Global) by the Asset Triple A Country Awards.

In recent times, he led the Government of Malaysia‘s USB 800 mn Sustainability Sukuk, being the world‘s first ever Sustainability Sukuk by a Sovereign as well as the issuance of Yinson Holdings Berhad‘s MYR1.0 billion 5-year Sustainability-Linked Sukuk Wakalah, Malaysia‘s first ever Sustainability-Linked Sukuk.

With his leadership, HSBC Amanah has been awarded the coveted Asset Triple A Islamic Finance Awards “Islamic ESG Bank of the Year” for the 2nd consecutive year and “Best Islamic Trade Finance Bank” for the 4th consecutive year.

Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer, Islamic Development Bank

Dr Zamir Iqbal

Prior to joining the IDB, Mr. Iqbal served at the World Bank for 25 years, latterly as head of the World Bank’s Global Islamic Finance Development Center in Istanbul. His experience spans the capital markets, asset management and risk management. Islamic finance has been his research focus and he has co-authored several articles and books on Islamic finance on the topics of banking risk, financial inclusion, economic development, financial stability and risk-sharing. He played an instrumental role in the publication of the World Bank’s and the IDB’s first global report on Islamic finance. He earned his Ph.D. in international finance from the George Washington University and served as Professional faculty at the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University.

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