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Financing a Sustainable Future: Climate and Beyond

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About the Summit

Ethical Finance 2021 was held between Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th June 2021 and was themed “Financing a Sustainable Future: Climate and Beyond”.

The Summit began with leadership showcases hosted in four global financial centres on day one, focusing on climate finance and natural capital, ahead of COP26, on day two.  The third day explored the long-term future of ethical finance, looking at financing the sustainable development goals, social impact (the “S” in ESG) and leadership for the journey ahead.

The summit was hosted by NatWest Group, and supported by Chartered Banker and CISI, as well as our Path to COP26 campaign partners the Scottish Government and UNDP.


Global Regional Showcases

The first day of the virtual summit focused on views from around the globe. Leaders from Australasia, South East Asia, South Asia and West Africa will discuss the key issues facing them in ethical and sustainable finance, with an agenda driven by our partners in dedicated regional sessions.

Session 1: Australasia, with FINSIA

07:00 – 08:30 BST (16:00 – 17:30 AEST/14:00 – 15:30 AWST)

Session 2: South East Asia, with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers

09:00 – 10:30 BST (16:00 – 17:30 MYT)

Session 3: South Asia, with the Institute of Bankers Pakistan

11:00 – 12:30 BST (15:00 – 16:30 PKT)

Session 4: West Africa, with Making Finance Work for Africa & Lotus Capital

13:00 – 14:30 BST (13:00 – 14:30 WAT/12:00 – 13:30 GMT)


The second day of the virtual summit will focus on nature and climate ahead of the crucial COP26 UN climate summit. With sessions exploring global trends, net zero and nature and biodiversity, the day will be an opportunity to understand both the macroeconomic issues facing the world, and some of the key tools available to address them.

Session 1: Global Trends in Sustainable Finance

09:20 – 11:35 BST

Session 2: The Role of Finance in Delivering Net Zero

11:55 – 14:05 BST

Session 3: Finance for Nature

14:50 – 17:20 BST

Beyond Climate

The third day of the virtual summit will explore ethical finance beyond sustainability, looking at the broader SDGs, social issues (the often overlooked ‘S’ in ESG), leadership and governance.

Session 1: How the World Will Finance the SDGs

09:20 – 11:45 BST

Session 2:  The ‘S’ in ESG: Why It Matters

12:10 – 14:05 BST

Session 3: Strategic Business and Sustainability Leadership

14:25- 17:10 BST


Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA

Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge

Sir Partha Dasgupta is Frank Ramsey Emeritus Professor of Economics, and author of The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema is the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity at UN

Inger Andersen

Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Inger Andersen is Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme and has held leadership positions at the World Bank and UN

Dr Werner Hoyer

President, European Investment Bank

Dr Hoyer is President of the European Investment Bank, and has had a distinguished German and European political career.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Climate & Energy Global Practice Leader, WWF

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is WWF's Climate & Energy Global Practice Leader, a former Environment Minister of Peru and Chair of COP20.

Hiro Mizuno

Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments, United Nations

Mr. Mizuno is a Japanese financial executive and former Executive Management Director and CIO of Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan

Masja Zandbergen

Head of Sustainability Integration, Robeco

Masja Zandbergen is head of sustainability integration at Robeco, responsible for coordinating ESG integration across asset classes.

Karima Ola

Partner, LeapFrog Investments

Karima leads LeapFrog’s African Financial Services investment team, where she has driven landmark investments including into ARM Pensions

Achim Steiner

Administrator, UNDP

Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator on 19 June 2017 and will serve for a term of four years.

Abubakar Suleiman

CEO, Sterling Bank Plc

Abubakar, fondly called Abu, is the Chief Executive Officer at Sterling Bank Plc

Dr Hayat Sindi

Founder & CEO of the Institute for Quality

Dr. Hayat Sindi is one of the world’s leading biotechnologists and a global champion of science and technology.

Louai Al Roumani

Bestselling Author & Former CFO at Banque Bemo Saudi Fransi

Louai wrote 'Lessons from a Warzone: How to be a Resilient Leader in Times of Crisis' after his experience as a banker during the Syrian War

Katie Murray

Group Chief Financial Officer, NatWest Group

Katie Murray joined NatWest Group as Director of Finance in November 2015 and was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer in January 2019

Dr Bronwyn King AO

Founder, Director & CEO, Tobacco Free Portfolios

A medical doctor specialised in lung cancer and former elite swimmer, Dr King campaigns for tobacco-free finance as Founder & CEO of TFP.

Dewi Dylander

Deputy Executive Director, PKA

As PKA’s Deputy Executive Director, Mrs Dylander is a Head of Sustainable Investments (ESG) and the Investment Secretariat

Jules Ngankam

Group CEO, African Guarantee Fund

Jules joined African Guarantee Fund in 2013 as the CFO and was appointed Group CEO in September 2020

Hajara Adeola

Managing Director, Lotus Capital Limited

Hajara Adeola is MD of Lotus Capital Limited, a Nigerian pioneer in Shari'ah compliant Asset Management

Mikkel Larsen

Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DBS

Mikkel Larsen is the Group Chief Sustainability Officer of DBS and chairs the DBS Sustainability Council

Lesley-Ann Vaughan

Co-creator, M-PESA

Lesley-Ann is one of the creators of M-PESA for Vodafone

David Pitt-Watson

David Pitt-Watson

Investor & Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University

David is a leading thinker & practitioner in responsible investment, and a former Chair of UNEP FI.

Kaisie Rayner

Climate Change Lead, Royal London

Kaisie is currently the Climate Change Lead at Royal London, a commissioner at the Edinburgh Climate Commission and a fellow at the RSA

Dame Susan Rice

Chair, Financial Services Culture Board and GEFI Global Steering Group

Dame Susan Rice is the Chair of the Financial Services Culture Board and Chairs the GEFI Global Steering Group

Joanne Manda

Regional Advisor, Climate Change and Innovative Finance, UNDP Indonesia

Joanne is the Regional Advisor in UNDP Indonesia’s Innovative Finance Lab

Bill Winters, CBE

Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank

Bill was appointed Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC in June 2015 and Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank in April 2019

Charlotte Kaiser

Managing Director, NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy

Charlotte oversees NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy’s conservation investing division

Deirdre Michie OBE


Deirdre was appointed CEO of Oil & Gas UK in May 2015

Saker Nusseibeh CBE

CEO, International, Federated Hermes

Saker is CEO of the international business of Federated Hermes, appointed November 2011, having joined in June 2009 as CIO.

Lakshmi Lavanya Rama Iyer

Head of Policy and Climate Change, WWF Malaysia

Lavanya joined WWF-Malaysia in 2013. She represents WWF-MY on various national and international level engagements

Arshad Mohamed Ismail

President/Group Chief Executive Officer, Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad

Arshad Mohamed Ismail is the President and Group CEO of BPMB, and has had a varied global career in law and Islamic finance

Daisy Streatfeild

Director, Investor Practices programme, IIGCC

Daisy is the director of IIGCC’s Investor Practices programme which supports members to better integrate climate risks and opportunities

Sir Howard Davies

Chairman, NatWest Group

Sir Howard Davies has been Chairman of the NatWest Group (formerly Royal Bank of Scotland) since 1 September 2015

Kirsty Britz

Director of Sustainable Banking, NatWest Group

Kirsty Britz leads NatWest Group’s sustainability strategy, delivery and performance

Steve Waygood

Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors

Steve leads Aviva Investors' Global Responsible Investment team, which is responsible for integrating ESG issues across all asset classes.

Vivienne Yeda Apopo

Director General, East African Development Bank

Ms Vivienne Yeda Apopo is the current Director General of the East African Development Bank (EADB)

Dr Sarah Ivory

Senior Lecturer in Executive Education, Climate Change and Sustainability, University of Edinburgh

Dr Sarah Ivory is the Director of the University of Edinburgh Business School’s Centre for Business, Climate Change and Sustainability

Simon Thompson

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute

Simon is the Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute

Clare Foster

Head of Clean Energy, Shepherd and Wedderburn

Clare is Head of Clean Energy Sector at Shepherd and Wedderburn and leads the firm’s project finance team

Prasad Padmanaban

Chief Executive, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers

Prasad is the Chief Executive of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers.

Andrew Cave

Head of Governance and Sustainability, Baillie Gifford

Andrew is the Head of Governance and Sustainability at Baillie Gifford, a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group.

Abdelkader Benbrahim

Partnership Coordinator, Making Finance Work for Africa

Abdelkader Benbrahim is the Partnership Coordinator of Making Finance Work for Africa

Dora Benedek

Deputy Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF

Dora Benedek joined IMF in 2011 where she has been engaged n Technical assistance and tax policy related analytical work

Sima Kamil

Deputy Governor, State Bank of Pakistan

Ms Sima Kamil was appointed as the Deputy Governor of SBP by the Federal Government on August 25, 2020

Stella Cox CBE

Managing Director, DDCAP Group

Stella Cox CBE has worked within the Islamic financial marketplace for over thirty years. Since 1998 she has been Managing Director of DDCAP

Andrew Mitchell

Founder and Senior Advisor, Global Canopy

Andrew is currently spearheading the creation of a Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosure (TNFD), which is due to launch in 2021

Katharine Tapley

Head of Sustainable Finance, ANZ

Katharine Tapley is Head of Sustainable Finance at ANZ. She leads a 14-person team across Australia, New Zealand and Asia

Cedric Rimaud

Fund Manager, Earthwake Green Impact Fund

Cedric supports the development of the ASEAN region for the Climate Bonds Initiative and is fund manager of Earthwake Green Impact Fund

Antoine Sire

Head of Company Engagement, BNP Paribas Group

Antoine was appointed as a Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Company Engagement at BNP Paribas in September 2017

Giles Gunesekera

CEO, Global Impact Initiative

Giles is the Founder and CEO of Global Impact Initiative

Keith Anderson

CEO, ScottishPower

Keith is Chief Executive Officer for ScottishPower and he also sits on the ScottishPower Board, where he was appointed in February 2012

Elena Espinoza

Manager, Social Issues, PRI

Elena joined PRI in 2018, where she manages collaborative engagements and research on social issues

Thom Kenrick

Head of Social Strategy & Impact, NatWest Group

Thom is Head of Social Strategy and Impact at NatWest Group.  Thom’s team lead the bank’s approach to social issues and the UN SDGs

Leslie Swynghedauw

Vice President, MSCI ESG Research

Leslie is VP at MSCI ESG Research specialising in the ESG risk and performance analysis of listed equities within the consumer goods sector

Dr. Zeti Aziz

Former Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia

Dr. Zeti Aziz served as Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia from 2000 to 2016.

Omar Shaikh

Director & Co-founder, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Omar is the Managing Director of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Chris Whitehead


Chris is the CEO of FINSIA. Previously, he was CEO of CUA; Regional Director, Bank of Scotland and CEO, BankWest Retail Bank.

George Littlejohn

Senior Advisor, The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

George is a Senior Adviser at the CISI, having conducted advisory work in financial centres across Europe, the Middle East and Asia

Lucy Thomas

Head of Investment Stewardship, TCorp

Lucy Thomas is Head of Investment Stewardship with TCorpm, and is responsible for embedding stewardship principles across TCorp’s portfolios

William Russell

Lord Mayor of the City of London

William Russell took office as Lord Mayor of the City of London in November 2019

The Rt. Hon. John Glen MP

Economic Secretary to the Treasury, City Minister & MP for Salisbury

John Glen is Economic Secretary to the Treasury, City Minister & MP for Salisbury, having previously worked for Accenture.

Gail Hurley

Senior Consultant, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Gail Hurley is an international development and sustainable finance professional with over 16 years’ experience.

Alexander F. Tieman

Deputy Division Chief of Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

Alexander is deputy division chief in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department.

Kaitlin Crouch

Sustainability Manager, ING Bank

Kaitlin is the Sustainability Manager at ING Bank. She is an experienced Managing Consultant and Climate Specialist

Ruben Zandvliet

Social Sustainability Advisor, ABN AMRO

Ruben Zandvliet is a Social Sustainability Advisor at ABN AMRO

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

George Hay

Associate Editor, Breakingviews

George Hay covers commodities, the Middle East and general financial policy issues for Breakingviews

Greg Ritchie

Journalist, Bloomberg News

Greg Ritchie is a journalist at Bloomberg News. He writes about sovereign debt and green finance from London

Kat Feldinger

Deputy Director for Investment Finance, Scottish Government

Kat is heading up the Investment Finance division for the Scottish Government, creating the conditions for private investment in Scotland

Al-Hamdou Dorsouma

Division Manager, Climate and Green Growth at African Development Bank Group

Al-Hamdou is responsible for managing a team of Climate Change and Growth Officers and leading AfDB efforts on climate change in Africa

Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas

Chief Executive, Green Finance Institute

Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas was awarded an OBE for services to green banking and is chief executive of the Green Finance Institute.

Mohammad Shoaib

Chief Executive Officer, Al Meezan Investment Management Ltd

Mr. Mohammad Shoaib, CFA is the Chief Executive Officer of Al Meezan Investment Management Limited

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

Dr. Shah Md. Ahsan Habib

Professor Selection Grade of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management

Dr. Shah Md. Ahsan Habib is a Professor Selection Grade of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management

David Smith

Senior Investment Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments

David Smith is a Senior Investment Director based in Singapore at ASI, where he leads ESG research and integration across Asia

Graham Burnside

Co-founder and Senior Advisor, Host of Ethical Finance Roundtable

Graham is a GEFI Senior Advisor and leading finance lawyer in Scotland, having created Scotland's first Islamic mortgage

Madeleine Ronquest

Head of Environmental, Social & Climate Risk Management

Madeleine is the Head of Environmental, Social & Climate Risk Management Change in the FirstRand financial services group (South Africa)

Dr. Hamim Syahrum Ahmad Mokhtar

Deputy Director of Islamic Banking Takaful Department, Bank Negara Malaysia

Dr. Hamim Syahrum Ahmad Mokhtar is currently Deputy Director of Islamic Banking Takaful Department

Farmida Bi

Chair (Europe, Middle East and Asia), Norton Rose Fulbright

Farmida Bi is Norton Rose Fulbright EMEA Chair and European Head of Islamic Finance.

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.

Boason Omofaye

CEO & Executive Editor, Frontier Africa Report and Anchor at Arise News

Boason is currently CEO & Executive Editor, Frontier Africa Report and Anchor at Arise News

Dr Stuart Palmer

Head of Ethics Research, Australian Ethical Investment

Dr Stuart Palmer is Head of Ethics Research at Australian Ethical Investment

Talieh Williams

Head of Investment Stewardship, VFMC

Talieh Williams was appointed as VFMC’s Head of Investment Stewardship in February 2020

Khawlah Usman

Director, Marketing & Sales, Institute of Bankers Pakistan

Khawlah Usman a Director at the Institute of Bankers Pakistan, and has experience leading local and international banks in Pakistan.

Ghulam Muhammad Abbasi

Director, Islamic Banking Division, State Bank of Pakistan

GM Abbasi is a career central banker having more than two decades’ experience of working in key policy and supervisory departments of SBP

Sarah Norris

Investment Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Sarah is the co-portfolio manager of the Global Equity Impact strategy and lead manager on the European Ethical strategy.

Reza Marvasti

ESG Product Manager, ISS ESG

Reza an Associate Biodiversity Product Manager, based in Paris at ISS ESG

Azhar Aslam

Head of Islamic Banking & Governance, Head Central & North Region, Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan

Azhar is the Head of Islamic Banking & Governance Head Central & North Region at Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan Limited

Dr Reza Baqir

Governor, State Bank of Pakistan

Dr. Reza Baqir was appointed as the Governor of Pakistan's central bank, the State Bank of Pakistan, by the President of Pakistan on May 04

Allan Watt

Senior Advisor

Allan Watt is a Director at GEFI with wide experience in public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and oversea

Sultan Choudhury OBE

Advisory Board Member, UKIFC

Sultan Choudhury is the former CEO and Director of Al Rayan Bank PLC, and an Advisory Board Member at UKIFC

Mujahid Zuberi

Head Corporate & Investment Banking, Pakistan, Dubai Islamic Bank

Mujahid is the Group Head Corporate & Investment Banking for Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Ltd. since Jan 2021

Elsie Addo Awadzi

Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana

Mrs. Elsie Addo Awadzi was appointed 2nd Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana in February 2018

Garba Mohammed

Group Head Sales, Non-Interest Banking, Sterling Bank Plc.

Garba is Group Head Sales of Non-Interest Banking at Sterling Bank Plc.



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