Ethical Finance Global 2024: Progress or Procrastination?

The 2024 summit will take place on Wednesday 25th September, with SDG Hive events taking place around the margins of the summit. This year’s gathering is set to carry on the spirit of open, honest debate and frank self-reflection that has come to characterise Ethical Finance Global.

Across a series of keynotes, interviews, firesides and panels, the summit will tackle navigating uncertainty, leadership and purpose in times of crisis, delivering a just transition, and developing practical solutions for climate and nature. 

Bookings are open with a 25% Early Bird discount available for a limited time. We hope to see you in Edinburgh in September!

  • In-person only summit
  • Senior representatives from across finance
  • Open, frank and challenging discussions
  • Ample networking opportunities
  • Evening reception at the iconic Edinburgh Castle

Join us on25 September 2024!

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Join Confirmed Speakers:

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

Dr Sarah Ivory

Managing Director & Co-founder, SDG platform

Omar Shaikh

Head of Social Strategy & Impact, NatWest Group

Thom Kenrick

Director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Financial Conduct Authority

Sacha Sadan

Chair, Global Steering Group

Dame Susan Rice

Global Economist & Managing Director, Kenewendo Advisory

Bogolo Kenewendo

Chief Executive, Federated Hermes Limited

Saker Nusseibeh CBE

Author & Economist

Prof Sir John Kay

Chief Sustainability Officer, abrdn

Amanda Young

Chief Executive, Scottish Power

Keith Anderson 

Chief Executive, Offshore Energies UK

David Whitehouse

Head of Business Ethics, ING Bank

Arnaud Cohen Stuart

Director of Research, PlanetTracker

John Willis

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

Dr Sarah Ivory

Dr Sarah Ivory is the Director of the University of Edinburgh Business School’s Centre for Business, Climate Change and Sustainability (B-CCaS). She is a Lecturer in Climate Change and Business Strategy and serves on the University of Edinburgh COP26 working group. She is a regular contributor to BBC Scotland on climate change issues. Dr Ivory has taught on topics of climate change, sustainability, leadership, and strategy to undergraduates, postgraduates, and MBAs, and leads climate change executive education programmes. In 2019 Dr Ivory was awarded a prestigious Aspen Institute ‘Ideas Worth Teaching’ education award.

Dr Ivory has an established research career in sustainability and climate change, social enterprise, and critical thinking pedagogy including in leading publications such as the Journal of Business Ethics and Business Strategy and the Environment. Her book ‘Becoming a Critical Thinker: for your university studies and beyond’ was recently published with Oxford University Press.

Prior to joining academia, Dr Ivory spend a decade in senior strategy and operational roles in the private sector in Singapore and Australia. She has a PhD and MSc (by research) from the University of Edinburgh, an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and a B.Com(hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Managing Director & Co-founder, SDG platform

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.

Head of Social Strategy & Impact, NatWest Group

Thom Kenrick

Thom is Head of Social Strategy and Impact at NatWest Group. Part of the Sustainable Banking function, Thom’s team lead and coordinate the bank’s approach to social issues and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Focus areas include financial capability, human rights & modern slavery, vulnerable customers, and ‘controversial’ sectors.  The team also lead and deliver the bank’s flagship MoneySense financial education programme.

Thom is the Chair of NatWest Social & Community Capital, a bank-supported social finance charity which lends money to community businesses and social enterprises. He is also a Trustee of the Coutts Foundation and a Fellow of the RSA. He holds a First Class Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering & European Studies from the University of Edinburgh. At GEFI, with NatWest Group being the host Thom has been guiding the Ethical Finance Global Summit since 2017.

Director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Financial Conduct Authority

Sacha Sadan

Sacha Sadan is the Director of ESG at the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority). Facilitating the UK financial regulator to embed ESG across the wide spectrum of regulatory activities and reporting to the CEO. He has been named a City Influencer by Financial News as one of the biggest 25 names who have been instrumental in shaping the UK’s financial services industry, and has also recently been appointed an Honorary Professor at the Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester. Previously Sacha was Director of Investment Stewardship (10 years) and on the board at LGIM, one of the world’s largest asset managers. Sacha had responsibility for investment stewardship, including environmental, social and governance (ESG). He was recognised in the Financial Times as one of ‘the 30 most influential people in the City of London’. Sacha was previously a UK equity portfolio manager at Gartmore. He was voted the top-rated Pan European fund manager in the Thomson Reuters Extel awards. He started his career at Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension fund. Sacha is a Fellow of CGI and a founding member of the UK Investor Forum and was a member of their board for 6 years.

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 Economist & Managing Director, Kenewendo Advisory

Bogolo Kenewendo

Bogolo Kenewendo is recognised on the global stage for her service as a trailblazing Minister of Trade, Investment and Industry for Botswana. She is an astute international economist, trade and investment specialist with vast experience across Africa. Bogolo is a board member of property group; RDC Properties and has served as a member of various high level bodies across industries.

As MD & Senior Advisor at Kenewendo Advisory, Bogolo guides our holistic approach to a client’s specific needs, with a hands-on methodology. Her extensive skill in negotiating with and for African governments at senior level gives her immense clarity in the workings of regional integration opportunities, positioning her as amongst the world’s best at navigating Africa’s economic future for discerning drivers of the continent’s development. Her dedication to the Kenewendo Advisory client unlocks these attributes for robust activity towards your development in Africa.

Chief Executive, Federated Hermes Limited

Saker Nusseibeh CBE

Saker is Chief Executive of Federated Hermes Limited and is also a member of the Federated Hermes, Inc. Executive team. He was appointed CEO in November 2011 having joined the firm in June 2009 as CIO. Prior to this, Saker was Global Head of Equities at Fortis Investments, having initially been appointed to the firm as CIO Global Equities in 2005. Before this, he was CIO of Global Equities and Head of Marketing for SGAM UK. He started his career at Mercury Asset Management in 1987.

In 2015, Saker was named CEO of the Year at the Global Investor Investment Excellence Awards and, in 2018, was named CEO of the Year at the Financial News Asset Management Europe Awards. More recently, Saker was named as European Personality of the Year for 2020 at the Funds Europe Awards. He has a BA and PhD in Medieval History from King’s College, University of London.

Saker was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s 2020 New Year’s Honours list for services to Responsible Business and Finance.

Author & Economist

Prof Sir John Kay

John Kay is an economist whose career has spanned the academic world, business and finance, and public affairs. He has held chairs at the London Business School, the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. John is a director of several public companies and a contributing editor of the Financial Times. He chaired the Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision-Making.

He is the author of many books, including The Truth About Markets, The Long and the Short of It and Obliquity. His latest book, Other People’s Money was a book of the year for Bloomberg, The Economist and the Financial Times, winner of the Saltire Literary Prize for non-fiction, and was short-listed for the Orwell Prize for political writing. His next book, Radical Uncertainty, jointly written with Mervyn King, will be published in March 2020.

Chief Sustainability Officer, abrdn

Amanda Young

Amanda is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the Investments business at abrdn, where she leads the sustainable investment strategy for the firm and the Investment Sustainability Group.  She has over two decades of experience in responsible investment. Previously, Amanda held positions at Newton Investment Management, CCLA Investment Management and Rabobank International. Amanda graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc in Psychology and has completed the University of Edinburgh Business School’s Executive Women’s Leadership Programme. She is the Chair of the Sustainability and Responsible Investment Committee of the Investment Association, a board director for Social Investment Scotland’s SIS Ventures fund and represents abrdn on the Scottish Taskforce for Green and Sustainable Financial Services. Previous appointments include Chair, workstream for the UK Government’s Taskforce on social impact investment, co-Chair of the Scottish Purposeful Business Commission, Board Director of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) and Chair of the FTSE Russell ESG Advisory Committee.  Amanda has appeared on the Financial News top 100 most influential women in European Finance for 6 years.  She was the inaugural winner of Women in Investment Awards Sustainable & ESG Investment Woman of the Year in 2021 and was on Financial News’ inaugural Fifty Most Influential in Sustainable Finance list in 2022.

Chief Executive, Scottish Power

Keith Anderson 

As Chief Executive, Keith Anderson is a member of the Board of Directors and has responsibility for all ScottishPower businesses, the financial performance of the Company and the leadership of ScottishPower internally and externally.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, Keith was CEO of ScottishPower Renewables and led Iberdrola’s international offshore business.

Prior to joining ScottishPower, Keith worked with some major financial institutions including The Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life, as well as working as a management consultant with E&Y.

Keith is an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute and a Visiting Professor of Strathclyde University.

Chief Executive, Offshore Energies UK

David Whitehouse

As an established industry leader with 30 years of experience, David has been a longstanding champion of OEUK. He is respected across the sector for his strategic and hands-on leadership in the North Sea and around the world, including the USA, Netherlands and Philippines.

His passion for energy, engineering and innovation is built on a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Cambridge University and a first-class degree in Chemistry from Manchester University. He is currently studying at the University of Aberdeen for a Masters in Renewable Engineering, an area of key growth and significance for OEUK and its members.

David Whitehouse is responsible for strategic and day to day running of OEUK.

Head of Business Ethics, ING Bank

Arnaud Cohen Stuart

Arnaud is Head of Business Ethics at ING Bank where he guides sustainability trend analyses, stakeholder engagement and ESG reputation management associated with a broad range of banking transactions. The team contributes to the bank’s sustainability strategy, engages in dialogue with key stakeholder groups such as government, civil society organisations (NGOs), clients and investors, and conducts transaction-based reputation risk analyses. As such, Arnaud contributed to the development of multi-stakeholder Responsible Business Conduct agreements, represented ING in OECD mediation dialogues, and managed ING’s response to public concern expressed over the financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Representing the Dutch Banking Association, Arnaud is a member of the Responsible Business Conduct Committee at the Dutch Social and Economic Council advising the Dutch government and Parliament on RBC policy.

Arnaud is a guest lecturer at VU University Amsterdam (Institutional Identity) and Utrecht University (Economic Ethics). He holds a master’s degree in Law, a master’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Applied Ethics.

Director of Research, PlanetTracker

John Willis

John has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry having worked in a variety of roles including research, portfolio management and trading. He has also had management roles on both the buy-side and sell-side. Prior to joining Planet Tracker, John held the position of Global Head of Research at Deutsche Asset Management and co-founded Sustainable Insight Capital Management, an asset manager of a range of equity funds for sustainability-conscious investors.

24 & 26 September 2024

SDG Hive

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Agenda

Alongside Ethical Finance Global 2024, in the RBS Business School, the SDG Hive programme will host a series of private, deep-dive, sessions.

These sessions are by invite only and to register your interest, please email angus@globalethicalfinance.org

  • Global Leaders Sustainable Finance Update
  • Nature Transition Plans
  • Lord Mayor in Partnership with the City of London Corporation
  • Sustainable Finance Collaboration Lab in Partnership with UN Global Compact Forum

*subject to change

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

There are an exciting range of sponsorship opportunities available to work with GEFI throughout the year, including at Ethical Finance Global 2024, and a range of other events and strategic campaigns. We are happy to work with you to tailor sponsorship packages to suit your marketing objectives and budget.

For partnership, sponsorship, endorser or media opportunities please contact angus@globalethicalfinance.org