Innovation and Opportunities in ESG Financing

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Innovation and Opportunities in ESG Financing


30 Nov 2020 @ 10:00 am (+8 GMT)

Sustainable finance is moving into the mainstream today, and along with it is a growing hope that business profits no longer have to come at the expense of nature. Projects with dedicated environmental and social benefits are increasingly taking centre stage owing to a heightened sense of corporate social responsibility and as the appetite for ESG intensifies, the banking industry becomes well placed to drive product innovation and growth in ESG financing.

From a growing suite of sustainable finance products and solutions to responsible investments that benefit the society at large, green finance has moved from being an afterthought to a viable long-term solution for managing environmental and social concerns. This confluence of banking and ESG principles is a shade of green that not only impacts the environment positively, but also generates significant financial returns for communities and investors.

Innovation and Opportunities in ESG Financing

How can green finance lead to innovative solutions that engender good financial returns and create a positive impact on nature, people and the climate? What are the Principles for Positive Impact Finance and how do they deliver the promise of economic, environmental and social sustainability? Where will the banking industry be on the green recovery roadmap come 2025? Discover the answers to these questions and more through our panel of sustainable finance experts from WWF-Malaysia, the UNEP Finance Initiative and OCBC Bank.

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Dr Adam Ng WWF Malaysia web
Dr Adam Ng

Sustainable Finance Expert

WWF-Malaysia

Dr Adam Ng WWF Malaysia web
Dr Adam Ng

Sustainable Finance Expert

WWF-Malaysia

Dr Adam Ng is Sustainable Finance Expert at WWF-Malaysia and represents WWF in the subcommittees of the Joint Committee on Climate Change, co-chaired by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Securities Commission Malaysia with members from Bursa Malaysia and 19 financial institutions. Prior to WWF, he was Deputy Director (Research Management Centre) and Associate Professor at INCEIF, where he contributed to the development of the Value-based Intermediation Financing and Investment Impact Assessment Framework, CIBAFI’s global survey on responsible business practices and a regional bank’s sustainable finance framework. He was Head of CEO’s Office and Corporate Strategy at the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation (established by 11 central banks and a multilateral development bank) and started his career at BNM. He completed his postdoctoral research at Securities Commission Malaysia-Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence in Islamic Finance, Research Associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme, and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree at the University of Oxford. He is also a member of the CFA Institute Asia-Pacific Research Exchange Society Engagement Committee.

Yuki Yasui UNEP FI web
Yuki Yasui

Asia Pacific Region Co-ordination Manager

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative

Yuki Yasui UNEP FI web
Yuki Yasui

Asia Pacific Region Co-ordination Manager

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative

Yuki has been working on sustainable finance for the last 18 years. She moved to the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Asia Pacific Office in 2018 to expand UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) activities in the region. She works towards the acceleration of the development of financial institutions that integrate sustainability as a value creation driver and which contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is a qualified UK chartered accountant (ACA) and previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. She has a BSc from the London School of Economics and a MSc from the University of Oxford.

Yoonmee Jeong OCBC web
Yoonmee Jeong CFA

Director

Sustainable Finance Group, Global Corporate Bank, OCBC

Yoonmee Jeong OCBC web
Yoonmee Jeong CFA

Director

Sustainable Finance Group, Global Corporate Bank, OCBC

Yoonmee joined OCBC’s newly established Sustainable Finance team in January 2019 to develop the bank’s sustainable finance business for its corporate clients. In 2019 alone, OCBC completed more than 20 sustainable finance transactions and was ranked the No. 1 Mandated Lead Arranger for green and sustainable loans in Asia ex-Japan by Bloomberg and Debtwire.

Prior to joining OCBC, Yoonmee was part of the Sustainable Finance team at BNP Paribas Global Markets, based in Hong Kong, where she coordinated the launch of the Sustainable Finance Programme for Corporate and Institutional clients and advised several inaugural sustainability bond issuances. Having worked in Seoul, Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore, Yoonmee has more than 15 years of diverse business development and product marketing experience in the finance industry.

She is a CFA charter holder and has an MBA from HEC Paris. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Prasad
Prasad Padmanaban

Chief Executive

AICB

Prasad
Prasad Padmanaban

Chief Executive

AICB

Prasad joins AICB after a sabbatical of about 1 year to travel and spend time with family. Prior to that, Prasad worked with the investment banks of MUFG in Hong Kong and JP Morgan in both London and Hong Kong as Executive Director in various Markets capacities over a period of 16 years, covering all manner of Asia-ex and Japan securities, from fixed income to equity derivatives. As an accomplished professional in the banking arena, Prasad brings to AICB a great mix of leadership, operational excellence, technical breadth and a passion for learning and development. Prasad holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Finance and Investment and an MA in European Studies from the University of Exeter, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham.