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Financing a Sustainable Future: Climate and Beyond

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

The Summit will begin with leadership showcases hosted in five global financial centres on day one with a focus on climate finance and natural capital, ahead of COP26, on day two.  The third day will explore 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 is 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.

Draft Agenda

Global Leaders Showcase

The first day of the virtual summit will focus on views from around the globe. Leaders from across the world will discuss the key issues facing them in ethical and sustainable finance, with an agenda driven by our partners in dedicated regional sessions.


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

09:30 – 11:30 (BST)

Session 2: The Role of Finance in Delivering Net Zero

11:55 – 14:00 (BST)

Session 3: Finance for Nature

14:55 – 17:00 (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

09:30 – 11:30 (BST)

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

11:55 – 14:00 (BST)

Session 3: Strategic Business and Sustainability Leadership

14:55- 17:00 (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 Anderson

Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Inger Anderson 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.

Charlotte Kaiser

Managing Director, NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy

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

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.

Masja Zandbergen

Head of Sustainability Integration, Robeco

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

Achim Steiner

Administrator, UNDP

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

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

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

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.

Dr Hayat Sindi

Chief Scientific Advisor to the President, IsDB

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

Dr. Zeti Aziz

Group Chairman, Permodalan Nasional Berhad / Former Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia

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

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

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.

Dame Susan Rice

Chair, Banking Standards Boards and GEFI Global Steering Group

Dame Susan Rice is the Chair of the UK's Banking Standards Board and Chairs the GEFI Global Steering Group

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.

Simon Thompson

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute

Simon is the Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute

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

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.

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.

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

Ruben Zandvliet

Social Sustainability Advisor, ABN AMRO

Ruben Zandvliet is a Social Sustainability Advisor at ABN AMRO

Prasad Padmanaban

Chief Executive, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers

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

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

Omar Shaikh

Director & Co-founder, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Omar is the Managing Director of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Gail Hurley

Senior Consultant, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

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

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

Cedric Rimaud

ASEAN Programme Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative

Cedric supports the development of the ASEAN region for the Climate Bonds Initiative.

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

Thom Kenrick

Head of Social Strategy and 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

Chris Whitehead

Chief Executive Officer, FINSIA

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

Natalie Jackson

Executive Manager, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

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

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

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

Hiro Mizuno

United Nations Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments

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

Alexander F. Tieman

Deputy Division Chief of Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

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



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