ABOUT

Scaling Up!

Meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the climate change ambitions of the Paris Agreement means that an unprecedented level of capital needs to be mobilised over the coming years. It requires a concerted effort not only by governments, but also substantially by the private sector in order to scale up investments. As a result, sustainable finance has gained momentum as a new asset class with a long-term social, environmental, and economic benefit.

The Sustainable Finance Forum Luxembourg, organised by Luxembourg for Finance, brings together the European sustainable finance community: policy makers, practitioners, public stakeholders and corporate and retail investors.

The high-level conference, featuring business and political leaders, will address key regulatory and market challenges, the asset management industry’s role in sustainable investment, as well as how capital markets can contribute to a sustainable low-carbon economy.

Afternoon panels will focus on sustainable products available on the market and investors’ demand, sustainability standards and reporting, as well as impact investments.

Participation is free of charge.

 

Registration

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PROGRAMME 2018

9:00

Welcome address

Nicolas Mackel, CEO, Luxembourg for Finance

9:05

Keynote

High-level UN representative

9:20

Keynote

Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg Minister of Finance

9:35

Keynote

Towards an EU strategy on sustainable finance

9:50

Policy- or market-driven? Finding the right path to make finance more sustainable

The discussion will shine a light on regulatory and market developments that drive finance to include more than just financial returns and at the same time make sustainable finance more mainstream.

Moderator: James Kynge, FT Emerging Markets Editor

Experts:

Julie Becker, Head of International Primary Markets, Member of the Executive Committee and member of the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Angela Falconer, Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative

Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank

10:30

Coffee break

10:50

Keynote

11:05

Call of duty: the asset management industry’s role in sustainable investment

What impact are asset managers having in the fight against climate change? Topics to be discussed include: current trends and opportunities for sustainable investment management, asset classes and capital flows, as well as investment impact.

Experts:

Ana Harris, CFA, Managing Director, Head of Equity Portfolio Strategy EMEA, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)

Florian Meister, Managing Director, Finance in Motion

Valeria Piani, Director, Sustainable Investing, UBS

Sylvie Préa, CSR Director, Société Générale

11:45

Keynote

12:00

Taking stock: How can capital markets contribute to a sustainable and low-carbon economy?

Green, social and sustainable bonds are growing in popularity. How can investors be sure that the capital is being deployed sustainably? Beyond bonds: where will the next product innovations come in sustainable finance?

Moderator: Susanne Bergius, independent journalist, Germany

Experts:

Maximilian Horster, Managing Director, ISS Ethix

Peter Munro, Director, Green Bond Principles Secretariat, ICMA

Robert Scharfe, CEO, Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, Global Head Sustainable Investments, BNP Paribas CIB

12:40

Networking Lunch

14:00

Sustainable finance products and the challenge to satisfy investor demand

A hands-on panel on the availability of sustainable asset classes for individual and institutional clients and the optimum structures for such investments on the one hand, and customer’s expectations and needs on the other hand.

Moderator: Denise Voss, Chairwoman, ALFI

Experts:

Hugo Lasat, CEO, Degroof Petercam Asset Management

Gaëtan Obert, Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Aldo Romani,  Deputy Head of Funding, Euro, European Investment Bank

Fabrice Sauvignon, La Mondiale Europartner

Jochen Wermuth, CEO, Wermuth Asset Management

14:45

The way to transparency: sustainability standards and reporting

There is a lot of work being done on national as well as international level, but how far are we away from a common taxonomy for sustainability underpinning standards and labels? And how can the industry provide investors with data on the impact of their sustainable investments?

Moderator: Mario Mantrisi, General Manager, LuxFLAG

Experts:

Don Gerittsen, Head of Benelux, UNPRI

Julia Haake, Head of Responsible Investment Advisory, oekom

Karthik Iyer, Commercial Director, Climate Bonds Initiative

Oriane Schoonbroodt, Executive Director, Label R

 

15:30

Coffee break

16:00

Impact plus- stories from the field

An overview of concrete projects, their financing needs, the challenges they face, as well as the concrete impacts investment managers can make.

Experts:

Tanmay Chetan, CEO, Agora Microfinance

Ximena Escobar de Nogales, Head of Impact Management, Bamboo Capital Partners

Xavier Heude, Co-Managing Director, Backbone

Dirk Müller-Remus, Founder & Managing Director, Diversicon

16:45

Announcement ceremony

1st cohort of asset managers to the International Climate Finance Accelerator, Luxembourg

SPEAKERS 2018

GOLD SPONSORS

BGL BNP Paribas
BGL BNP Paribas Asset Management
Société Générale

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