ESG in a Volatile World: Profit, Purpose or Politics?

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About the Summit

Following the success of our South East Asia regional showcase at Ethical Finance Global 2021, the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) was delighted to co-host the inaugural Ethical Finance ASEAN 2022 with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB).

This virtual event, was held on Wednesday 29 June 2022, and presented a unique opportunity to hear from experts on sustainable and responsible finance in the ASEAN region and beyond. The summit is themed “ESG in a Volatile World – Profit, Purpose or Politics?”

As well as looking at macroeconomic issues impacting global markets, we had specific sessions on topics including:

  • How the megatrends of 2022 are affecting ASEAN economies
  • Financing nature and biodiversity in ASEAN: sustainable palm oil and deforestation
  • The role of the SDGs as a coordinating framework, and progress on financing the 2030 goals
  • Core priorities on the S in ESG for ASEAN economies
  • Perspectives from local and international finance leaders



The summit covered the following topics:

  • How the megatrends of 2022 are affecting ASEAN economies
  • Core challenges for the ASEAN region are in financing climate adaptation and mitigation
  • The role of finance in addressing deforestation and nature-related financial risk in the region
  • The importance of leadership and governance

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Rizal Il-Ehzan Fadil Azim

Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Islamic Bank Berhad

Rizal is the CEO of Alliance Islamic Bank, and has over 27 years of experience in business advisory, banking and finance.

Raja Amir Shah Raja Azwa

Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad

Raja Amir is the CEO of HSBC Amanah and has over 16 years experience in finance, in particular Islamic banking and Malaysian Sukuk market

Rafe Haneef

Chief Executive Officer, Group Transaction Banking at CIMB

Rafe Haneef has been CEO of Group Transaction Banking at CIMB, and has 20 years experience across law, banking and asset management.

Natalie Jackson

Consultant: SDG Platform and Research

Natalie is an Executive Manager at GEFI and sits on the Social Growth Fund Board at Social Investment Scotland

Shahril Azuar Jimin

Chief Sustainability Officer, MayBank

Shahril has held various leadership positions within the Maybank Group including CEO of MayBank Foundation before his appointment to CSO.

Komi Rajdev

Head of Business Development ASEAN, Moody's

Komi is responsible for clients in the ASEAN region for Sustainable Finance, ESG & Climate Data

Suraya Sani

Deputy Director, Sustainability Unit, Bank Negara Malaysia

Suraya is currently a Deputy Director at Bank Negara Malaysia. She has more than 12 years of experience in financial sector supervision.

Yuki Yasui

Regional Director, GFANZ APAC Network

Yuki is the newly appointed director to lead the GFANZ APAC Network. She previously worked at UNEP FI and is a chartered accountant.

Dr Theresa Mundita Lim

Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

Dr Lim leads the ACB Centre to facilitate regional cooperation on biodiversity conservation for it to be sustainably managed and used.

Datuk Yvonne Chia

Non-Executive Chair, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad and AICB Council Member

Datuk Yvonne is a trailblazer for women in banking, being the first woman CEO appointed to head a commercial bank in Malaysia and the region

Jean-Marc Champagne

Head of Environmental Finance & Bankable Nature Solutions Asia-Pacific, WWF Hong Kong

Jean-Marc develops scalable bankable projects with positive environmental and social impacts in the Asia Pacific region.

Keith Lee

Senior Analyst, CECIRO Shades of Green

Keith Lee is a Senior Analyst, where he works on second party opinions for green and sustainability-linked bond issuances.

Eric Lim

Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of Group Finance, UOB

Eric leads a dedicated corporate sustainability office that is focused on achieving the the Bank's main sustainability objectives.

Rashyid Redza Anwarudin

Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

Rashyid focuses on implementing programs to promote responsible and ethical production throughout operations and global supply chains

Zameema Ariff

Head of Sustainability, AmBank Group

Zameema is the Head of Sustainability at AmBank Group and has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry

Iain Henderson

Managing Director - Asia Pacific Private Credit, ADM Capital

Iain has spent over 20 years working in the finance sector in a variety of roles

Lee Jim Leng CB

Group Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, Hong Leong Investment Bank and AICB Council Member

Lee Jim Leng has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, specialising mainly in investment banking.

René Buehlmann

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Investments, abrdn

He has deep experience of leadership roles in global financial markets, including in corporate banking, wealth and asset management.

Romie Goedicke

Project & Technical Manager Nature, UNEP FI

Romie is an experienced senior program manager, with a demonstrated history in sustainable finance.

Shireen Kandiah

Director of Strategy, Partnerships and Communications, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)

Shireen spearheads AICB's thought leadership initiatives, strategic partnership and communication initiatives and research publications.

Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar

Chairman, Leadership Council of the Malaysia International Islamic Finance Centre (MIFC); Global Sterring Group, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Azman was previously the Managing Director for Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia's strategic investment fund for over 14 years

Dato Dr Mohamad Zabidi Ahmad

Senior Strategic Advisor, DDCAP Group

Dato’ Dr. Zabidi has worked in the banking industry for 38 years. He has amassed 19 years’ experience in Group Treasury product & functions.

Sheila ter Laag

Global Head of ESG Specialist, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Sheila is global head of ESG specialists in the Sustainability Centre.

Najmuddin Mohd Lutfi

Chief Executive Officer, BIMB Investment Management Berhad

Najmuddin has over 21 years of financial services experience with domestic and global asset management companies.

Cecile Thioro Niang

Practice Manager, East Asia and Pacific, World Bank Group

Ms. Niang, is the Practice Manager for East Asia and Pacific, covering Pacific Islands, Indonesia/Timor, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia

Mahmoud Mohieldin

UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Dr. Mohieldin, is an economist with more than 30 years of experience in international finance and development.

Zakiah Mat Esa

Head of Sustainability and Strategic Management of SME Bank, Malaysia (SME Bank)

Zakiah has more than 20 years experience in banking industry covering the wide range of financial services during her tenure.

Ian Cochran

Programme Director of the MSc Climate Change Finance and Investment

Ian is part of the Accounting and Finance Group in the University of Edinburgh Business School.

Dr Alexis Moyer

Head of ESG & Spatial Finance, Space Intelligence

Dr Moyer is the Head of ESG & Spatial Finance at Edinburgh-based Space Intelligence.

Nheden Amiel D. Sarne

AHP Programme Coordinator and BCAMP Project Coordinator, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

He has substantial experience in socio-economic development planning, policy analysis, project development and natural resource management.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, FCB

Chairman, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)

Tan Sri Azman Hashim is the current Chairman of AICB and is a Fellow Chartered Banker. He has been in the banking industry since 1960.


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