Finance for Positive Change

Finance for Positive Change

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Global Ethical Finance Week 2019
Global Ethical Finance Week 2019
Global Ethical Finance Week 2019

Ethical Finance 2019 (EF2019) is organised by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) which oversees, organises and coordinates a series of programmes to promote finance for positive change. GEFI annually hosts in Edinburgh the premier platform that convenes the world’s foremost business, political, civic and social leaders of society to network, share, co-develop and shape a fairer, more sustainable financial system.

With the Bank of England recognising climate change as a core financial risk, the proliferation of the UN SDGs and the ongoing dichotomy for asset managers wrestling with the social impact versus economic return conundrum; the financial system is undergoing material transformational challenge.

Together with UNDP and Scottish Government, Ethical Finance 2019 will convene over 400 leading finance practitioners from across the globe to help define and shape the transition to a sustainable financial system where finance delivers positive change.

Archbishop of Canterbury says fund managers are not doing enough to address Climate Change

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Day 1 : Purpose, culture and sustainability

The first day of the conference will focus on embedding sustainability into the business models of financial institutions. It will look at how companies are responding to socioeconomic, environmental, technological and regulatory drivers to shape their internal culture, accelerate green / SDG finance and leverage fintech innovations.


Financing Sustainability: Designing for A Future on Earth

SDGs and the UN Principles for Responsible Banking

Reforming Banking Culture – How do we Restore Trust and Confidence?

Accelerating Green Finance

FinTech for Good

Scottish Government will host the conference reception in Edinburgh Castle at 1900 – 2030 on Tuesday 8th October 2019. Following the reception, held within the magnificent Great Hall, guests will be invited for a private viewing of the Honours of Scotland (Scottish Crown Jewels).

Day 2 : A New Investment Paradigm

The second day will explore the new ethical investment paradigm. It will consider the challenges around changing ESG data needs, asset owner appetite, innovative blended financial instruments and how asset managers are constructing new strategies to meet evolving demand.


Data Paradigm Shift – Exploring ESG Data Needs

Values-Based Investing – an Asset Owner Perspective

Measuring Impact

Finance for Sustainable Supply Chains

Innovative Financing Structures and Using Blended Capital


The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury

(Video address)

Dame Susan Rice

Non-Practitioner Member, Banking Standards Board

Sir Roger Gifford

Chair, Green Finance Institute

Sarah Breeden

Executive Director, UK Deposit Takers Supervision

Nicola Sturgeon, MSP

First Minister, Scottish Government

Saker Nusseibeh

CEO, Hermes Investment Management

Dr Lena Wilson CBE

Non-executive Director,
Royal Bank of Scotland

David Pitt-Watson

Consultant Investor and Author

Gary Gillespie

Chief Economist,
Scottish Government

Amy Clarke

Co-Founder and Partner,

Tribe Impact Capital

Michael Moe

Co-Founder, GSV Asset Management / Co-Founder, CEO, CIO, GSV Capital

David Blunt

Head of Conduct Specialists Department, Supervision – Financial Conduct Authority

Jamison Ervin

Manager, Nature for Development Program – UNDP

Dr Costanza Russo

Senior Lecturer in International Banking Law and Business Ethics – Queen Mary University of London

Nick Silver

Co-founder, Climate Bonds Initiative

Stephen Ingledew

CEO, Fintech Scotland

JB Beckett

Author, New Fund Order

Russell Napier

Keeper, Library of Mistakes

Simon Thompson

CEO, Chartered Banker Institute

Omar Shaikh

Managing Director, GEFI

Robert King

Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC

Iona Bain

Founder, Young Money Blog

Brian Henderson

Partner – Director of Consulting, Mercer

Christine Bamford

Founder and CEO, Women’s Coin

Charles Haresnape

CEO, Gatehouse Bank

Elaine Priest

Chief Data Officer, RBS

Georgia Stewart

Co-Founder, Tumelo

Robert Waugh

Chief Investment Officer, RBS

Luba Nikulina

Global Head of Research, Willis Towers Watson

Andrew Cave

Head of Governance and Sustainability, Baillie Gifford

Caitlin MacLean

Senior Director, Innovative Finance, Milken Institute

Stephen Hibbert

Global Lead Energy Transition,
Energy Sector,
ING Wholesale Banking

Margarita Pirovska

Head of Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century, PRI/UNEP FI

Benny Higgins

Strategic Adviser, Scottish National Investment Bank

Sian Ferguson

Trust Executive, Ashden, Mark Leonard and JJ Charitable Trusts

Phil Gosset

Senior Innovation Manager, Nationwide Building Society

Kaisie Rayner

Senior Manager – Responsible Investment & Fund Development, Scottish Widows

James Dauman

Managing Director, Southeast Asia R.J. Fleming & Co.

Tan Sri Dato Azman Mokhtar

Former MD, Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Dr Richard Mattison

Chief Executive Officer, Trucost (part of S&P Global)

Colin Baines

Investment Engagement Manager, Friends Provident Foundation

Giles Cuthbert

MD, Chartered Banker Institute

Axel Thorson

CTO and Co-founder, Ekofolio

Catherine Howarth

Chief Executive Officer, ShareAction

Peter Rutter

Head of Global Equities , Royal London Asset Management

Clare Foster

Head of Clean Energy,
Shepherd & Wedderburn

Dr Adesola Adeduntan

CEO, First Bank of Nigeria

Maggie Loo

Partner, Bridges Fund Management

Corinne Carr

Director, PeopleNet

Katherine Stodulka

Programme Director, Blended Finance Taskforce at SYSTEMIQ

Datuk Noripah Kamso

Chairman, Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia

Bill McCall

President, Chartered Banker Institute

Liesel van Ast

Membership and Regional Coordination Manager, UNEP FI

Dr. Raj Thamotheram

Founder & Chair, Preventable Surprises

Lord John Alderdice

Peer, House of Lords

Dr. Angela Falconer

Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative

James Vaccaro

Special Advisor, Triodos Bank

Frederik Claasen

Head of Policy and Strategy, Solidaridad Network

Antti Savilaakso

Researcher & Partner, Impact-Cubed

Abdur Nimeri

Senior Vice President, Northern Trust Asset Management

Simon Connell

Head of Sustainability Strategy,
Standard Chartered Bank

Louise Wilson

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Abundance

Scotland – A Proud Heritage

Scotland has a proud heritage in ethical finance dating back over 300
years. From Adam Smith, renowned as the father of modern economics, to the Reverend Henry Duncan, founder of the world’s first commercial savings bank, Scotland has been a pioneer in financial innovation and the development of professional standards. This, along with our current strength in financial services, places Edinburgh as the ideal destination to host leading global experts committed to driving this exciting agenda forward.

Strength in depth: Five areas of Scotland’s strength

  1. Banking: 44,000 people are employed in Scotland (11% of UK total)
  2. Insurance and Long-Term Savings: 23,000 people are employed in Scotland (7% of UK total)
  3. Asset Management: 7,500 people are employed in Scotland (20% of UK total)
  4. Asset Servicing: Six asset servicing businesses employ over 3,000 people in Scotland
  5. Financial services expertise based in Scotland: A further 75,000 people are employed across our wider professional services community


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Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

There are an exciting range of sponsorship opportunities available for Ethical Finance 2019 and we are happy to work with you to tailor sponsorship packages to suit your marketing objectives and budget. For Sponsorship and Supporter opportunities please contact For Media Partnership opportunities please contact

Ethical Finance 2019 anchors a wider week of ethical finance events taking place in Edinburgh 7 – 11 October 2019. This year we are delighted to be working in partnership with UKSIF as part of Good Money Week – a campaign to help grow and raise awareness of sustainable, responsible and ethical finance.

Last year Church of Scotland, Finance Innovation Lab, ICAS and UKIFC all hosted events in the same week as Ethical Finance 2018 allowing their events to be made visible to conference participants.

If your organisation is interested in hosting an event as part of Ethical Finance Week 2019 and Good Money Week please contact

Power Round Tables

To augment the EF2019 programme, we are partnering with select organisations to co-develop a series of exclusive power round tables. These private events will convene (on an invite only basis) senior specialists to explore select conference themes in much greater detail.

The power round tables will have a practical orientation focusing on driving impact.

  • A 90 minute power round table, co-curated and co-hosted by an exclusive partner, that deep dives into a specific thematic aligned with EF2019.
  • Participation is restricted to technical experts and senior executives with focused business interests aligned to the thematic.
  • Provides a platform to promote trade and investment opportunities, showcase global best practice, test new products / services, etc.

To discuss participating or partnering with the Power Round Table series please contact

Power Round Table 1 – UN Global Leaders Forum

Time: 13:30 – 15:30 *followed by Library of Mistakes tour concluding at 18:00 
Date: Monday 7th October
Venue: Baillie Gifford office

The UN Global Leaders Power Roundtable will explore: 

  • Integrating multiple global approaches to addressing one planet problems
  • Policy perspectives on: 1) making economies work for all & driving inclusive growth; and 2) integrating SDGs into national frameworks – appropriateness and challenges
  • Influencing and directing private sector capital to integrate ESG/ethical parameters alongside tradition risk and returns

The roundtable will be followed by a guided tour and reception at the fascinating Library of Mistakes which explores the world’s business and financial history.

Power Round Table 2 – Faith in Finance

Time: 17:30 – 21:30
Date: Wednesday 9th October
Venue: Edinburgh, TBC

Hosted by UKIFC and the Church of Scotland, this power roundtable will explore:

  • Interfaith collaboration and the role of faith-based values in modern finance
    • Benefits of bringing different perspectives together
    • Identifying shared values – the Edinburgh Finance Declaration
    • Heritage role of the Church influencing the values of banks and what the current paradigm can take from this history
  • Faith groups sharing leading practice:
    • Engagement strategies
    • Creating a space for religious actors in formal governance models
    • Addressing the common global goals – role of faith traditions to address the SDGs

Time: 09:30 AM – 16:30 PM
Date: Friday 11th October
Venue: COSLA Edinburgh

Despite the remarkable recent growth of ethical and Islamic finance, there are few academic or professional courses that provide commercially-focused pragmatic training. Our executive education courses do exactly that and we invite you to register for this masterclass, delivered in partnership with the University of St Andrews’ Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance, that will provide you with an introduction to responsible investing.

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RBS Conference Centre 175 Glasgow Road, Gogarburn, Edinburgh, EH12 1HQ (postal) / EH12 9BH (sat nav)

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