Day 1 Agenda: Climate Change, Green Finance and Sustainability Summit

There is no doubt about the crucial role of financial services in terms of achieving net zero. However, there is now a greater focus on the granular detail of how effective legal, regulatory, market and individual corporate initiatives are in terms of delivering on their promises. Day One takes a deep dive into the world of climate change, green finance and sustainability.

Here's what's scheduled for the event. All times are in BST.

Monday, April 24, 2023
8:30 AM
Registration, networking and morning coffee
8:55 AM
Conference introduction

Maurice Button, Chief Executive, City Week

9:00 AM
Chair’s opening remarks

Ingrid Holmes, Executive Director, Green Finance Institute

9:05 AM
Welcome address

Baroness Penn, Treasury Lords Minister, HM Treasury; Co-Chair of the Transition Plan Taskforce

9:20 AM
Opening keynote address

The Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

9:35 AM
Keynote address - The role of central banks in the "macroeconomics of climate change"

François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Banque de France

9:50 AM
The future of sustainable finance and investment post-COP 27


Jan Putnis, Head of Financial Regulation Group and co-Head of Financial Institutions Group, Slaughter and May


Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Chairman, Lloyd’s of London

Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman, BeyondNetZero

Elree Winnett Seelig, Global Head, ESG, Markets, Citi    

Lawrence Paramasivam, Senior Executive Director - Policy & Legal, Financial Services Regulatory Authority, ADGM

10:30 AM
Networking and morning coffee
11:00 AM
Best practice climate and nature reporting: progress towards a unified approach


Bridget Beals, Partner, Co-Head of Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy, KPMG in the UK


Michael Izza, CEO, ICAEW

Sue Lloyd, Vice-Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)

David Craig, Co-Chair, Taskforce on Nature-Related Disclosures

Nezha Hayat, The President of the Moroccan Capital Market Authority

Mary O’Connor, CEO HowdenCAP

11:40 AM
The data challenge – sourcing accurate data to map to taxonomies and reporting


Alice Carr, Executive Director for Public Policy, GFANZ


Jessica Alsford, Chief Sustainability Officer and CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Investing, Morgan Stanley

Sherry Madera CFA, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Mastercard; Chair, Future of Sustainable Data Alliance (FoSDA)

Wayne Sharpe, CEO & Founder, Carbon Trade eXchange (CTX) 

Paul Henninger, Partner, Head of UK Connected Technology & Global Lighthouse, KPMG in the UK

12:20 PM
Moving to best practice transition plans – The work of the Transition Plan Taskforce


Daniel Hirschfield, Senior Knowledge Lawyer, Taylor Wessing


Dr Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors

James Close, Head of Climate Change, NatWest Group

Baroness Penn, Treasury Lords Minister, HM Treasury; Co-Chair of the Transition Plan Taskforce

Sarah Breeden, Executive Director, Financial Stability Strategy and Risk and member of the Financial Policy Committee, Bank of England

Tanya Steele CBE, CEO, WWF UK

1:00 PM
Networking and lunch
2:00 PM
New economic agenda for future growth

H.E. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy

2:15 PM
Fireside chat - Adapting the Moroccan Economy to meet the threat of climate change


Maurice Button, CEO and Founder of City Week

In conversation with

H.E. Nadia Fettah Alaoui Minister of Economy and Finance, Kingdom of Morocco

2:30 PM
Keynote address - Climate finance in the developing world; funding sustainable growth

Odile Françoise Renaud-Basso, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

2:45 PM
Evolution of nature markets and nature positive investments


Roslyn Stein, Head of Climate and Biodiversity, AXA Group Sustainability


Dr Simon Zadek, Executive Director, NatureFinance; Secretariat Co-Lead, Taskforce on Nature Markets and Senior Advisor, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial  Disclosures (TNFD)

Stephanie Maier, Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investment, GAM Investments

Rick Lacaille, EVP, Global Head of ESG, State Street

Laura Mason, CEO, Legal & General Capital

3:25 PM
Networking and afternoon tea
3:55 PM
Voluntary carbon markets – regulation and legitimacy


Joumanna Bercetche, Anchor, CNBC


Bill Winters, CEO, Standard Chartered

Giulia Carbone, Director of the Natural Climate Solutions Alliance at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Annette L. Nazareth, Chair of the Integrity Counsel for the Voluntary Carbon Market

William Pazos, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, AirCarbon Exchange

Sonja Gibbs CFA, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance, The Institute of International Finance (IIF)

4:35 PM
Climate adaptation: what steps should financial institutions be taking now?


Jonathan Herbst, Global Head of Financial Services, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


Eva Cairns, Head of Sustainability Insights & Climate Strategy, abrdn

Sacha Sadan, Director of ESG, Financial Conduct Authority

Margot von Aesch, Head of Sustainable Investment, Schroders

Emma Howard Boyd CBE, Chair, Green Finance Institute; Global Ambassador, Race to Resilience & Race to Zero

John Keppel, Chief Sustainability Officer, Zurich Insurance UK

5:20 PM
Chair’s closing remarks

Ingrid Holmes, Executive Director, Green Finance Institute

5:25 PM
Networking drinks reception, sponsored by Gowling WLG

Guest speaker: Tom Pringle, Partner, Joint Head of Financial Institutions and Services Sector, Gowling WLG

6:45 PM
City of London Networking Dinner

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