HKGFA-HKUST Certificate in Sustainable Finance (May 2024 Cohort)

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Climate change is a pressing global issue requiring every effort to combat the environmental challenges our world faces. Sustainable finance and investing plays a pivotal role in directing capital towards projects and assets that deliver positive environmental and social impact in the transition towards a climate resilient and sustainable future. As a leading green and sustainable financial hub, Hong Kong can contribute to the world’s effort and support the global transition towards a low-carbon and sustainable economy.


Hong Kong Green Finance Association and HKUST Business School Executive Education Office are pleased to run the Certificate in Sustainable Finance program. The program supports the Hong Kong SAR Government’s drive to build and develop ESG talent and upskill the next generation of sustainable finance professionals. The program provides unique access to learn from industry experts and academia on the Asian sustainable finance landscape, sustainable financing products, ESG integration and climate risk management to achieve net zero targets. Program participants will benefit from joining the HKGFA-HKUST alumni network, providing access to ongoing training and networking opportunities.


It is one of the Eligible Programs under the Pilot Green and Sustainable Finance Capacity Building Support Scheme. Eligible applicants may apply for reimbursement of fees upon completion of this programme, subject to a ceiling of HK$10,000 or 80% of the reimbursement of fees and other conditions. For the latest terms and conditions, please refer to

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Program Details

Program Schedule

25 May & 1, 8 June 2024 (Saturday)

08:45 – 09:00 – Registration

09:00 – 12:30 – Morning Session

12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch Break/Networking

13:30 – 17:00 – Afternoon Session

*Daily schedule may be subject to change.



HKUST Business School Central – Room 1501-02, Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road Central, Hong Kong


Upon Completion

HKGFA and HKUST Business School will jointly issue the Certificate of Completion to participants who have achieved a 70% attendance and assessment pass mark.

A written proof of attendance will be distributed to participants upon completion of program.

Students completing the course are eligible to apply for Module 2 exemption of the HKMA Enhanced Competency Framework Accreditation on GSF Core Level Training Programme.

HKICPA/ CFA/ SFC charterholders or licensed persons may be able to claim CPD hours/PL Credits/CPT hours based on the member guidelines.


Program Fee

Program Fee HK$17,500 (inclusive of light lunch)

HKGFA Members and HKUST Alumni (including participants of our open programs) can enjoy special rate at HK$15,500 (inclusive of light lunch)


Program Module & Lecturer

Module 1 – Overview of Sustainability, Sustainable Finance Standards, Principals, Taxonomies and Regulations

Ms. Helena Fung, Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment, Asia Pacific, London Stock Exchange Group


Module 2 – ESG Disclosure, Reporting and Data in Asia

Mr. Mark Lam, Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Sustainability, Hongkong Land Limited


Module 3 – Structuring Sustainable Finance Products

Prof. Veronique Lafon-Vinais, Associate Professor of Business Education, Department of Finance; Executive Director (Career Development & Corporate Outreach); Co-Director, BSc in Sustainable and Green Finance Program; Associate Director, UG Programs and World Bachelor in Business Program, HKUST Business School

Mr. Ronald Young, Head of Sustainable Finance Asia, Global Banking and Advisory, Societe Generale


Module 4 – Designing Sustainable Portfolio, ESG Investing and Risk Management

Mr. Gabriel Wilson-Otto, Head of Sustainable Investing Strategy, Fidelity International


Module 5 – Environment and Climate Risk

Ir. Dr. Bruce Chong, Director, Climate Change, Urban Sustainability and Smart City, East Asia, Arup

Mr. Justin Wu, Managing Director, Co-Head of Climate Change Asia Pacific, HSBC

Dr. Feng Li, Head of Scenario Analysis Asia Pacific, HSBC


Module 6 – Carbon Markets and Trading

Dr. Shelley Zhou, Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST; Head of Corporate Sustainability, Hang Seng Bank


For enquiries, please contact the Secretariat at

HKUST Business School Central
25 May, 01 June, 08 June 2024
9 am - 5 pm HKT