Evening Lectures 'Adam Smith & Ibn Khaldun at COP28'

Climate's Impact: The Rise and Fall of Economies and Nations

Sunday 3rd December 2023, 18:00 - 19:30, DIFC Academy, Auditorium 1, Level 2

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute UK

Simon Thompson

Chief Executive, Federated Hermes Limited

Saker Nusseibeh CBE

Founder and Chairman, Kalam Research & Media

Dr. Aref Ali Nayed

David Pitt-Watson
Global Steering Group, Scottish Green Finance Taskforce, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

David Pitt-Watson

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute UK

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson was appointed Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute in 2007 after working for a number of international professional bodies and standard-setters.  He is a Fellow of the Institute and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  

Simon is the author of Green & Sustainable Finance: Principles and Practice, published by Kogan Page. 

He chairs the UK’s Sustainable Finance Education Charter on behalf of the Department for Net Zero and Energy Security and is a Board member of the UK’s Financial Services Skills Commission (FSSC). Simon is a former Vice President of the European Bank Training Network.  

Simon was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Bangor University (2022) and BPP University (2015) for his contribution to banking, business and education.  

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.

Founder and Chairman, Kalam Research & Media

Dr. Aref Ali Nayed

David Pitt-Watson

Global Steering Group, Scottish Green Finance Taskforce, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

David Pitt-Watson

David is a leading thinker and practitioner in responsible investment, and serves as a Member of GEFI’s Global Steering Group and Chair of the Scottish Green Finance Taskforce. Born and brought up in Scotland, he was co-founder, and CEO of Hermes Focus Funds & Equity Ownership Service. These became the largest responsible investment group of any fund manager in the world. Throughout his career he has been deeply involved in policy, particularly in the field of corporate governance and financial market regulation. He has led numerous initiatives to improve the performance of the financial system. At GEFI, David is the Chair of the Scottish Taskforce for Green and Sustainable Financial Services, for which GEFI is the secretariat.

Unlocking Positive Systemic Change: Identifying Leverage Points for Sustainable Transformation

Monday 4th December 2023, 18:00 - 19:30, DIFC Academy, Auditorium 1, Level 2

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute UK

Simon Thompson

Partner, PwC

Amal Larhlid

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

Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar

Adam Smith Chair in Sustainable Capitalism, Adam Smith’s Panmure House, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

Professor Adam Dixon

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute UK

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson was appointed Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute in 2007 after working for a number of international professional bodies and standard-setters.  He is a Fellow of the Institute and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  

Simon is the author of Green & Sustainable Finance: Principles and Practice, published by Kogan Page. 

He chairs the UK’s Sustainable Finance Education Charter on behalf of the Department for Net Zero and Energy Security and is a Board member of the UK’s Financial Services Skills Commission (FSSC). Simon is a former Vice President of the European Bank Training Network.  

Simon was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Bangor University (2022) and BPP University (2015) for his contribution to banking, business and education.  

Partner, PwC

Amal Larhlid

Amal spent the last 25 years working with governments and International institutions to design and implement public policy. Over the last 10 years, she led this area for PwC UK. She also developed the ESG value proposition for tax, legal and people from scratch.

Amal’s clients include government departments across the world and a range of international development and finance institutions, including the European Commission, EuropeAid, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, and the Islamic Development Bank. She also works with multinational companies as well as private businesses to navigate the regulatory and tax changes driven by ESG and net zero, andmake the most of green grants and funding.

Prior to joining PwC she worked at the OECD as a Senior Policy Advisor and led the dissemination of OECD best practice in different areas of public policy. Before that she spent ten years at the Moroccan Finance Ministry as the Chief Inspector in charge of monitoring public expenditures on education and social development.

Amal leads teams to deliver international projects on public policy, implementation support and capacity building in the areas of taxation, domestic resource mobilisation, public financial management, climate change and ESG, economic development and reducing the informal economy. Amal is also fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Education:

PhD studies in PFM -University Paris 1 Sorbonne-Pantheon, Paris (France)

Masters in European Policy, Public Administration and International Relations

Masters in Public Policy and Governance

Bachelor’s degree in Information Science

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

Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar

Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar is currently the Chairman of Lembaga Tabung Haji Malaysia (Hajj Pilgrims Fund Board), the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), the Chairman of INCEIF (The International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance) and the Chairman of the Leadership Council of the Malaysia International Islamic Finance Centre (MIFC). Between June 2004 and July 2018, he was the Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad (“Khazanah”), Malaysia’s strategic investment fund. His other current affiliations include as a member of the Global Future Council on Investing of the World Economic Forum (Davos), a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) based in Edinburgh and as a board member of MERCY Malaysia, a humanitarian relief organization. Azman was the Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge (February 2019 to February 2021) and a Bye-Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge (February 2019 to February 2022). His research interest is in the area of Finance and its impact on Society.

He is also currently a member of the Majlis Kebangsaan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Malaysia (National Council for Islamic Affairs, Malaysia) and until recently, the Majlis Pemulihan Negara (National Recovery Council (for Covid-19)) and the Majlis Kemakmuran Bumiputera (Bumiputera Prosperity Council) in Malaysia. Azman is also a member of the Board of Governors of The Malay College Kuala Kangsar, an Adjunct Professor at UTM, a trustee of the Wawasan Education Foundation in Penang, Malaysia, a member of the Finance Advisory Committee of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, a board member of VB Asset Management LLC, a Venture Capital Fund investing in Life Sciences in the United States and an Advisor to The Hive IV, a Silicon Valley based Technology Venture Capital fund. In early 2020, he co-founded Fitrah Capital Associates, a financial and strategy advisory firm incorporated in the United Arab Emirates.

Adam Smith Chair in Sustainable Capitalism, Adam Smith’s Panmure House, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

Professor Adam Dixon

The Relationship between Profit and Purpose

Tuesday 5th December 2023, 18:00 - 19:30, Heriot-Watt University Climate Hub: Master Class, Floor 5, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai

Research Analyst

Dr Erika Anderson

Analyst

Huda Al Shorman

Programme Director, Adam Smith’s Panmure House, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

Dr Caroline Howitt

David Pitt-Watson
Global Steering Group, Scottish Green Finance Taskforce, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

David Pitt-Watson

Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Political Economy & Finance; Director, MSc Islamic Finance Programme; Director, Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance

Professor Mehmet Asutay

Research Analyst

Dr Erika Anderson

Dr Erika Anderson is a GEFI Research Analyst with a particular focus on social issues. Erika focused her PhD on the institutionalization of ESG in the tech sector, using econometrics to study the impact of CSR reports on firm performance and resilience. She has held a variety of roles, including the running of two thriving fine art galleries and launching a successful nonprofit on her home island of Guam. She has worked with UNESCO, University of Glasgow, and is GARP SCR Certified.

Analyst

Huda Al Shorman

Huda holds an LLM in International Commercial Law from the University of Glasgow, where she had the opportunity to work on a unique and innovative project centred around finance and social justice. Her focus was on developing a litigation strategy within the banking sector, an experience that deepened her understanding of the intricate connections between law, finance, and social and environmental justice. This journey further ignited her interest in the crucial realm of corporate human rights and environmental due diligence, which she explored thoughtfully through her master’s dissertation.

Prior to her studies at the University of Glasgow, Huda earned her LLB in English Law from the University of Dundee. Her efforts were recognized with the law school’s Best Dissertations Award. She also received commendation for her achievements in International Oil and Gas Law from the Center for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral Law and Policy.

Huda approaches her work with a sincere passion for making a positive impact through her evolving legal, financial, and commercial insights. Her aspirations are rooted in a desire to contribute her knowledge to meaningful causes, making her particularly dedicated to supporting the development of sustainable financial practices.

Programme Director, Adam Smith’s Panmure House, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

Dr Caroline Howitt

David Pitt-Watson

Global Steering Group, Scottish Green Finance Taskforce, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

David Pitt-Watson

David is a leading thinker and practitioner in responsible investment, and serves as a Member of GEFI’s Global Steering Group and Chair of the Scottish Green Finance Taskforce. Born and brought up in Scotland, he was co-founder, and CEO of Hermes Focus Funds & Equity Ownership Service. These became the largest responsible investment group of any fund manager in the world. Throughout his career he has been deeply involved in policy, particularly in the field of corporate governance and financial market regulation. He has led numerous initiatives to improve the performance of the financial system. At GEFI, David is the Chair of the Scottish Taskforce for Green and Sustainable Financial Services, for which GEFI is the secretariat.

Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Political Economy & Finance; Director, MSc Islamic Finance Programme; Director, Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance

Professor Mehmet Asutay

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During COP28, we explored the work of two famed economists and philosophers in light of the climate crisis. During COP28 on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of December in Dubai, GEFI hosted a series of evening lectures on Scottish Enlightenment economist Adam Smith and famed Arab social theorist Ibn Khaldun, tackling their views on profit and purpose, their understanding of the rise and fall of empires, and their approaches to solving collective problems.

The series builds upon our work Glasgow’s COP26, where we hosted a similar series focused on Adam Smith, and published our Wealth of Nations in the 21st Century essay series, which explored how his theories could be applied to contemporary economic challenges such as the climate crisis.

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Our high profile events that built momentum at COP28

Climate's Impact: The Rise and Fall of Economies and Nations

During COP28, we explored the work of two famed economists and philosophers in light of the climate crisis. During COP28 on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of December in Dubai, GEFI hosted a series of evening lectures on Scottish Enlightenment economist Adam Smith and famed Arab social theorist Ibn Khaldun, tackling their views on profit and purpose, their understanding of the rise and fall of empires, and their approaches to solving collective problems.

The series built upon our work Glasgow’s COP26, where we hosted a similar series focused on Adam Smith, and published our Wealth of Nations in the 21st Century essay series, which explored how his theories could be applied to contemporary economic challenges such as the climate crisis.

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The time for gradual changes is over: we need to finance our survival. Wildfires have raged across Europe for a second successive summer. Across the world, pressure is being put on scare water, agricultural land and endangered species.

With the global stocktake taking place during COP28, we developed our COP28 Climate Finance Summit in consultation with the COP28 team, bringing together leading bankers, asset managers, regulators, multilaterals and more to understand how we can finance survival.

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Unlocking Positive Systemic Change: Identifying Leverage Points for Sustainable Transformation

During COP28, we explored the work of two famed economists and philosophers in light of the climate crisis. During COP28 on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of December in Dubai, GEFI hosted a series of evening lectures on Scottish Enlightenment economist Adam Smith and famed Arab social theorist Ibn Khaldun, tackling their views on profit and purpose, their understanding of the rise and fall of empires, and their approaches to solving collective problems.

The series built upon our work Glasgow’s COP26, where we hosted a similar series focused on Adam Smith, and published our Wealth of Nations in the 21st Century essay series, which explored how his theories could be applied to contemporary economic challenges such as the climate crisis.

Get more information

As COP28 came to Dubai, all eyes will were on the Islamic finance industry. Interest-free, Shariah compliant finance remains a largely untapped pool of capital for sustainability. This event explored how the two value-driven forms of finance can be aligned through new standards and improved practices.

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The Relationship between Profit and Purpose

During COP28, we explored the work of two famed economists and philosophers in light of the climate crisis. During COP28 on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of December in Dubai, GEFI hosted a series of evening lectures on Scottish Enlightenment economist Adam Smith and famed Arab social theorist Ibn Khaldun, tackling their views on profit and purpose, their understanding of the rise and fall of empires, and their approaches to solving collective problems.

The series built upon our work Glasgow’s COP26, where we hosted a similar series focused on Adam Smith, and published our Wealth of Nations in the 21st Century essay series, which explored how his theories could be applied to contemporary economic challenges such as the climate crisis.

Get more information

During COP28, our SDG Hive series provided a platform for high-impact discussions around select COP28 themes. The sessions built upon the SDG Hive from our annual Ethical Finance Global summit, and provided finance practitioners with the skills they need to address the climate crisis and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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During COP28, our SDG Hive series provided a platform for high-impact discussions around select COP28 themes. The sessions built upon the SDG Hive from our annual Ethical Finance Global summit, and provided finance practitioners with the skills they need to address the climate crisis and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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"Finance is the key that can unlock climate action and we are committed to supporting and facilitating the ongoing review of international financial institutions to scale up public financing, leverage private finance and improve access."

Dr Sultan Al Jaber
COP28 UAE President-Designate