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

About the Summit


Now in its seventh year, Ethical Finance Global 2022 is the premier Edinburgh summit driving finance for positive change.

After being held virtually in 2020 and 2021, our flagship summit returns as an in-person event in 2022, taking place in Edinburgh on Tuesday 6 September, hosted by NatWest Group at their Edinburgh Gogarburn HQ.

We will hear from experts on sustainable and responsible finance around the world on the theme of “ESG in a Volatile World – Profit, Purpose or Politics?”

Alongside the summit the SDG Hive, a series of workshops, power roundtables and hackathons, will be held with industry experts and global leaders on the Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th September 2022 at the RBS Business School on the Gogarburn campus (see further below).

  • In-person summit
  • Senior representatives from across finance
  • Open, frank discussion
  • Ample networking opportunities
  • Evening reception at Edinburgh castle
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Agenda


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

  • The growing impact of conflict and geopolitics in ESG
  • Core global challenges in financing climate adaptation and mitigation
  • The role of finance in protecting and restoring nature and biodiversity
  • The emergence of the S in ESG as a core priority
  • The role of financial leaders in defining organisational purpose
  • Financing the SDGs

Click on the agenda cover for further details:

Feedback

A selection of the unsolicited feedback we received from speakers and participants after our last in-person summit, in 2019

Registration & networking

Welcome & opening keynote

Welcome from the hosts and organisers, and high-profile opening keynotes.

Omar Shaikh

Director & Co-founder, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Omar is the Managing Director of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Anshula Kant

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group

Anshula is responsible for financial and risk management reporting to the President. She has more than 35 years experience in banking

Geopolitical risk and ethical finance

Fireside discussion on how the finance sector respond to ongoing conflicts and lessons learned from the recent war in Ukraine.

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

Saker Nusseibeh CBE

Chief Executive, Federated Hermes Limited

Saker is Chief Executive of Federated Hermes Limited and is also a member of the Federated Hermes, Inc. Executive team.

Anshula Kant

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group

Anshula is responsible for financial and risk management reporting to the President. She has more than 35 years experience in banking

Practically integrating different views

Panel discussion with audience questions and participation on social finance: the ‘S’ in ESG.

Usha Rao-Monari

Under Secretary General and Associate Administrator, UNDP

Usha has over 30 years of investment experience and has held several senior positions, particularly in the infrastructure area.

Allan Watt

Senior Advisor, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

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

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

Alderman Vincent Keaveny

Lord Mayor of the City of London

Vincent advises arrangers, originators & rating agencies on structured finance, securitisation and derivatives transactions in UK & Europe

Break & networking

Climate keynote

A keynote presentation on the transition to net zero, climate challenges and to progress post COP26.

The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

COP26 President, UK Government

Alok was appointed full-time President for COP 26 in 2021. He has over 16 years of experience in banking before his career in politics.

Achieving net zero

Panel discussion involving regulator and international perspectives with audience questions and participation on achieving net zero.

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.

Eva Cairns

Head of Sustainability Insights & Climate Strategy, abrdn

Eva is responsible for leading abrdn’s strategy for sustainability insights, climate change and the firm’s approach to net zero

Lunch & networking

Nature presentation

Presentation on Bank of England’s initial response to nature as a financial risk.

Sarah Breeden

Executive Director for Financial Stability Strategy, Bank of England

Sarah is member of the FPC Committee and leads the Bank of England’s work on climate change, domestically and internationally.

Is nature finance feasible?

A general discussion on how to finance nature protection, and the feasability of nature finance outside of carbon credits.

Kathy Benini

Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Products, IHS Markit

Kathy joined in 2009 and has been responsible for the development and growth of IHS Markit’s environmental businesses.

Sarah Breeden

Executive Director for Financial Stability Strategy, Bank of England

Sarah is member of the FPC Committee and leads the Bank of England’s work on climate change, domestically and internationally.

Defining purpose

Discussion on the concept of how organisations can effectively define and embed purpose.

Simon Thompson

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute

Simon was appointed in 2007 after working for ACCA and IFAC. Under his leadership, CBI is the largest professional body of bankers in the UK

Networking & travel to evening reception

Speakers


Anshula Kant

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group

Anshula is responsible for financial and risk management reporting to the President. She has more than 35 years experience in banking

The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

COP26 President, UK Government

Alok was appointed full-time President for COP 26 in 2021. He has over 16 years of experience in banking before his career in politics.

Saker Nusseibeh CBE

Chief Executive, Federated Hermes Limited

Saker is Chief Executive of Federated Hermes Limited and is also a member of the Federated Hermes, Inc. Executive team.

Usha Rao-Monari

Under Secretary General and Associate Administrator, UNDP

Usha has over 30 years of investment experience and has held several senior positions, particularly in the infrastructure area.

Sarah Breeden

Executive Director for Financial Stability Strategy, Bank of England

Sarah is member of the FPC Committee and leads the Bank of England’s work on climate change, domestically and internationally.

Kathy Benini

Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Products, IHS Markit

Kathy joined in 2009 and has been responsible for the development and growth of IHS Markit’s environmental businesses.

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

Simon Thompson

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute

Simon was appointed in 2007 after working for ACCA and IFAC. Under his leadership, CBI is the largest professional body of bankers in the UK

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.

Allan Watt

Senior Advisor, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

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

Eva Cairns

Head of Sustainability Insights & Climate Strategy, abrdn

Eva is responsible for leading abrdn’s strategy for sustainability insights, climate change and the firm’s approach to net zero

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

Omar Shaikh

Director & Co-founder, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Omar is the Managing Director of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Chris Hayward

Chairman of the Policy Committee - City of London Corporation

Chris is a leading local government politician and commercial property investment specialist.

Alderman Vincent Keaveny

Lord Mayor of the City of London

Vincent advises arrangers, originators & rating agencies on structured finance, securitisation and derivatives transactions in UK & Europe

Julia Hoggett

CEO, London Stock Exchange

Julia Hoggett has been CEO of London Stock Exchange since 2020, having previously worked at the Financial Conduct Authority

Judith Cruickshank

Regional MD Business Banking, Scotland and North England, NatWest Group

Judith has worked with NatWest for 14 years in a variety of roles, focused on customer solutions for both Retail and Commercial customers.

SDG Hive


The SDG Hive is a series of workshops, power roundtables and hackathons being held with industry experts and global leaders.

The deep-dive working sessions, co-curated with our partners, are by invitation only, on Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th September at the RBS Business School, Gogurburn Campus, Edinburgh and will include a residential format. Partners include UKIFC, Global Canopy, Taskforce for Green and Sustainable Finance, and the University of Edinburgh amongst others.

Latest details on the themes for each session are noted below. Please contact chris@globalethicalfinance.org if you would like to participate in any of the sessions, or if your organisation would like to host a session.

Global Leaders

Islamic Finance

Finance for Nature

Power round table with senior FS leaders sharing global views on the finance sectors engagement with the SDGs. Discussions on key contemporary ESG related challenges faced by markets with views from ASEAN, Africa, Europe and the US. Leaders will also share insights on challenges related to leadership and culture.

UKIFC led gathering to discuss the progress of the Global Islamic Finance & UN SDGs Taskforce. Discussions will include insights on trends in the green and sustainability sukuk arena, global consumer appetite towards SDG linked financial products and the latest developments in Malaysia, GCC and South Asia in Islamic banking.

Scottish Government led workshop following on from our Nature sessions hosted at Loch Lomond during COP26. Discussions will focus on finance for nature and biodiversity, TNFD and developing investible propositions at scale.

Sponsors & partners


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 2022, Ethical Finance ASEAN 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 Sponsorship, Media and Supporter opportunities please contact chris@globalethicalfinance.org.