Sustainable Finance Week
Dr Andy Sloan
Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy
As Deputy CEO, Strategy, Guernsey Finance, Andy is responsible for co-ordinating the development of financial services strategy. Andy established and chairs Guernsey Green Finance, the island’s sustainable finance initiative, and represents Guernsey at the UN’s Finance Centres for Sustainability Network. He is an expert reviewer for the International Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report and a Non-Exec Director of ESI Monitor, an environmental assessment company. He is a member of the BVCA’s Channel Islands Working Group, the CityUK’s IRSG’s regulatory coherence working group and is a member of the Institute of Directors and Institute of Risk. He joined Guernsey Finance on August 1st, 2018, from the GFSC where he was Director of Financial Stability and International Policy Advisor. He was previously GIBA’s first technical advisor and prior to this was States Economist and Head of Policy & Research. Andy has a PhD in Macroeconomics.
Tuesday 09 June - Financing Sustainability in a post COVID-19 era - Webinar
Chief Economist & Head of Research
Anjalika has 20 years’ experience in economic research, political risk, and forecasting and analysis. In her current role, she manages TheCityUK’s economic research programme. She leads the team that produces the organisation’s in-house economic research, presents research and analysis externally, and writes TheCityUK’s economics blog. She also chairs the organisation’s internal Sustainability Co-ordination Committee. Before joining TheCityUK in 2014, Anjalika’s work focused predominantly on economics and politics in markets. She spent 12 years with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), holding a number of different roles in the company’s New York and London offices, including Manager of Country Reports (the EIU’s flagship publication). Anjalika also spent two years with the consultancy Eurasia Group, focusing on economic and political risk in South Asia. She has spoken at conferences in around a dozen countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas, and has appeared as a commentator and/or been quoted on leading international broadcast and print media. She is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board at Imperial College Business School and the Economics Advisory Board at the University of Sheffield, and is a Trustee of the charity All Stars London.
Dr Ben Caldecott
Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, a Visiting Researcher at The Alan Turing Institute, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Ben is also Senior Advisor to the Chair and CEO of the UK Green Finance Institute.
Ben specialises in environment, energy, and sustainability issues and works at the intersection between finance, public policy, and academe, having held senior roles in each domain. Ben has authored and edited a substantial number of publications related to sustainability and is an experienced media commentator and public speaker.
He has conceived and initiated a number of initiatives related to sustainable finance. Ben founded and co-chairs the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI), an alliance of global research universities promoting rigorous and impactful academic research on sustainable finance. He established and leads the Sustainable Finance Theme at The Alan Turing Institute and initiated the Spatial Finance Initiative, which aims to mainstream geospatial capabilities enabled by space technology and data science into financial decision-making globally. He co-founded the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI), which is examining the legal basis for directors and trustees to consider, manage, and report on climate change-related risk, and the circumstances in which they may be liable for failing to do so. He also established and led as chair Bright Blue’s research programme on energy and the environment.
Ben chairs the International Green Finance Coordination Group on behalf of the UK Green Finance Institute and the UK Government. This brings together twenty central government departments, public bodies, regulators, and organisations close to the public sector all working on green finance and has been established to enhance coordination on UK priorities for green finance internationally.
Ben also co-hosts a regular roundtable breakfast meeting in the City of London on sustainable finance with the Centre for the Study of Finance Innovation (CSFI). The ‘Sustainable Finance for Breakfast’ series brings together a wide range of practitioners to discuss and debate the latest developments in sustainable finance.
Prior to joining the University of Oxford, he was a Vice President at investment bank Climate Change Capital, one of the early leading asset management and advisory firms focused on the net zero carbon transition, where he ran the firm’s research centre and advised clients and funds on the development of policy-driven markets. Ben has previously worked as Research Director for Environment and Energy at the think tank Policy Exchange, as Head of Government Advisory at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as a Director in the Strategy Directorate of the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as a Deputy Director in the Strategy Directorate of the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, as an Advisor to The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, and as Sherpa to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission.
Tuesday 09 June - Financing Sustainability in a post COVID-19 era: the global view - Podcast
Stephen Nolan is the Managing Director of the UN Environment convened Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) global network. With a membership base covering Europe, the Gulf, Africa, Asia and North America, the objective of the network is to exchange experience and take common action on shared priorities to accelerate the rapid global growth of green and sustainable finance across the world’s financial centres, supported by strengthened international connectivity, and a framework for common approaches.
A senior business professional who has led and delivered initiatives from start-up to scale across both public and private spheres internationally, Stephen is also a member of the international Advisory Panel member of the Climate Bonds Initiative and the Advisory Board of the International Energy Research Centre.
Stephen is a co-founder of Sustainable Nation Ireland, a non-governmental body working together with Ireland’s public and private sectors to advance the sustainable finance agenda within Ireland. Stephen currently sits on the boards of Haven, an Irish based charity focused on Haiti and the Children’s Cancer Fund. He is a former Irish Government ICT Special Advisor and Advisor to UN Secretary General Annan’s Task Force on ICT.
Wednesday 10 June - Family Office Funding in a post COVID-19 era - Webinar
Founder and Editor
David has more than 20 years’ experience as a financial/business journalist, economist and entrepreneur, having worked for a number of prominent businesses including the Economist Group, Schroders, Dow Jones and Financial News. He has an intimate knowledge of family businesses, having edited CampdenFB and Campden FO, magazines for the global family enterprise community, and the EY Family Business Year Book. He also founded Wealth Bulletin, a website which he sold to Dow Jones. He is a graduate of London School of Economics and the School of Oriental & African Studies.
In 2015, he founded Family Capital (famcap.com), an online news, news analysis, and research publication that covers the global family enterprise world, with a particular focus on family offices. Family Capital is read by more than 20,000 readers weekly, with at least 1,000 of those readers senior managers at single-family offices.
Head of Wealth Management - Zurich University Centre for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth
Head of Wealth Management
Taeun Kwon is the Head of Wealth Manager Programs at the CSP, where she oversees industry research such as the Sustainable Investing Capabilities of Private Banks report and is in charge of diffusing that knowledge through executive education programs and workshops.
Before CSP, Taeun had launched her own ethical t-shirt brand during her undergraduate studies and afterwards, worked in strategy consulting at Boston Consulting Group, brand consulting at TBWA\ and impact consulting at Impact Square for 3.5 years
Jon Moulton is a Corporate Financier and a fellow of the Institute for Turnaround Professionals. He has vast experience of turnarounds, having invested in them for 30 years with considerable success. Jon is currently a member of the board of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Chairman of FinnCap, the major AIM broker, The International Stock Exchange and Anti-Microbial Research Limited. He also chairs the Better Capital funds and Greensphere, an alternative energy infrastructure fund.
Jon is a very active private investor with a large and diverse portfolio and has been working in private equity since 1979. He regularly writes, broadcasts and speaks on corporate finance and financial matters. He is a director of the think tank, The Centre for Policy Studies. Jon is also an honorary fellow of University College London and a trustee of the UK Stem Cell Foundation and of his own medical research charity, which funds clinical trials.
Former Managing Partner of Alchemy, Jon’s career has also included spells running Permira, CVC UK and the buy-out group of Apax, as well as being a director of numerous public and private companies including Ashmore PLC. He was also a member of the board of the £3.8 billion UK Government Regional Growth Fund.
Wednesday 10 June - Financing sustainability in a post COVID-19 era: a Swiss perspective - Podcast
Sabine Döbeli has worked in sustainable finance for more 20 years. After building up Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF), an organisation aiming to make Switzerland a leading centre in sustainable finance, she took over the role as CEO in 2014.
Previously, she was Head of Corporate Sustainability Management at Vontobel, where she was responsible for coordinating sustainability topics at group level and preparing sustainable investment services. At Zürcher Kantonalbank, she built up the sustainability research unit within the financial analysis department and was involved in the launch of various sustainable investment products.
Sabine holds a Masters in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and completed a post-graduate degree in Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Basel. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on International Cooperation of the Swiss Federal Council, of the research advisory council of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and of the advisory councils of the Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance and Stiftung Drittes Millenium.
Thursday 11 June - Private Equity Funding in a post COVID-19 era - Webinar
Chief Sustainability Officer
Richard has spent over 35 years in international banking and finance. In his 20 years at ABN AMRO, he worked in corporate and structured finance. As Global Head of Project Finance, he was involved in the creation of the Equator Principles, a market recognised standard for managing environmental and social risk issues. Latterly he chaired the group’s Sustainability Council.
He is currently an Independent Non-Exec Director of Triodos Bank UK, a Senior Adviser to the Earth Security Group and a Dutch Development Bank (FMO) nominated non-Exec Board Director of Union Bank of Nigeria. He is former Chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative. He is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and holds a BA and MBA from Durham University.
Deputy Director General and Director of Policy
Gurpreet Manku is the BVCA’s Deputy Director General and Director of Policy, and a BVCA board member. She is responsible for leading the BVCA’s response to a wide range of policy challenges facing the industry from a legal, tax, reporting and regulatory perspective, both in the UK and Europe (including Brexit). Gurpreet is a board member for the Cost Transparency Initiative and is a member of the coalition that developed the Wates corporate governance principles for large private companies. She is also the executive liaison to the Private Equity Reporting Group, the body responsible for monitoring the industry’s compliance with the Walker Guidelines on Transparency and Disclosure. Gurpreet is passionate about improving diversity within the venture capital and private equity industry and leads the BVCA’s efforts to support firms. Before joining the BVCA she worked at Deloitte LLP and specialised in advising private equity funds and their managers. Gurpreet studied at the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Divya Seshamani is an investor with more 20 years of private equity experience.
As Managing Partner of Greensphere Capital, she manages funds that invest in sustainable companies and projects in areas such as renewable energy, resilient infrastructure, water, resource and energy efficiency.
Prior to Greensphere, Ms Seshamani was a Partner at TPG, a San Francisco-based Private Equity firm. Ms Seshamani has also held investment roles in Special Investments at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, Unilever Ventures, The Parthenon Group and Goldman Sachs.
Ms Seshamani is a Non-Executive Board Member at Forterra PLC, at Duranta Energy (an effluent treatment and biogas company) and Western Forestry and Energy (a sustainable forestry and energy business). She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and served for two consecutive terms on the Council of Chatham House (the Royal Institute for International Relations). She was appointed by the Secretary of State to Her Majesty’s Government Council of Sustainable Business where she leads the Net-Zero Carbon initiative.
Thursday 11 June - Financing sustainability in a post COVID-19 era: the view from Asia - Podcast
Special Advisor to the Chairman
Ben McQuhae is a founding partner of GPS McQuhae LLP, a Hong Kong-based law firm committed to supporting sustainable businesses and investments. Ben is a graduate of the University of Exeter and The College of Law and is qualified in England and Hong Kong. Ben is an industry leading international transactional lawyer with a passion for green finance, sustainable development projects, energy and innovation.
Ben is a committed and influential figure in green and sustainable finance in Hong Kong, and holds the following positions:
VP & Special Advisor to the Chairman, Hong Kong Green Finance Association
Hong Kong representative and Steering Committee Member, United Nations Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) network
Member, United Nations ESCAP Sustainable Business Network
Founder and Co-chair, Hong Kong Green Finance Task Force, prior to establishment HKGFA