HKGFA 2020 Annual Forum

Financing A Green and Inclusive Recovery

Date
5th November 2020, Thursday
Time
08:45am – 05:30pm
Format
Webcast
Registration

The Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA) is very pleased to announce that the HKGFA 2020 Annual Forum “Financing A Green and Inclusive Recovery” will be held virtually on Thursday 5th November 2020. This will also mark our two-year birthday since inauguration in September 2018. We expect virtual attendance of over 1,000 participants, including policy makers, regulators, financial institutions, companies and civil society from Hong Kong and mainland China.

In a rather short space of time, Hong Kong has made significant progress towards developing a green finance market, and HKGFA is proud of being an important contributor to the process via organizing policy research, drafting green finance principles, hosting seminars and matchmaking, facilitating product innovation and public-private sector dialogue, and engaging in international cooperation. This would not be possible without the strong support from the Hong Kong S.A.R government.

Looking ahead, the key to a sustainable future is through a green and inclusive recovery, may it be in environmental, social, or economic aspects. The pandemic presents massive opportunities reflecting the importance of green and climate finance in not only Hong Kong or the Greater Bay Area, but also internationally. As such, this year’s HKGFA Forum will explore the indispensable topic with our members and guests as to what collective actions are needed to lead Hong Kong on a job, economic, and environmentally prosperous future.

 

Program

08:45 – 09:00
Online Registration
09:00 - 09:05
Welcome Remarks

Dr. Ma Jun

  • Chairman and President of HKGFA
09:00 - 12:00
Morning Sessions
Moderator

Chaoni Huang

  • Vice President and Secretary General of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA); Executive Director, Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Global Markets APAC, BNP Paribas
09:05 - 09:10
Opening keynote address

Paul Chan Mo-Po

  • Financial Secretary, the Government of the Hong Kong S.A.R
09:10 - 09:40
Fireside Chat
Moderator

Chaoni Huang

  • Vice President and Secretary General of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA)
Speakers

Christopher Hui Ching-yu

  • Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, the Government of the Hong Kong S.A.R 

Dr. Ma Jun

  • Chairman and President of HKGFA
09:45 – 10:45
Session 1 – Financing Green Recovery
Moderator

Christine Loh

  • Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA); Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment, HKUST
Speakers

He Jie

  • Director General of Shenzhen Municipal Financial Regulatory Bureau

Joseph Chan Ho-lim

  • Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, the Government of the Hong Kong S.A.R

Dr. King Au

  • Executive Director of the Financial Services Development Council

Liu Yiwen

  • Director of Finance Office, Huzhou Municipality

Wang Bing

  • Deputy Chief Executive, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
10:55 - 11:55
Session 2 - Greater Bay Area Innovations
Moderator

Ricco Zhang

  • Co-chair of Green Bonds Working Group of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA); Senior Director, Asia Pacific, the International Capital Market Association (ICMA)
Speakers

Ben McQuhae

  • Vice President & Special Advisor to Chairman of HKGFA; Partner, GPS McQuhae LLP

Dr. Sun Tianyin

  • Research Center for Green Finance Development, Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research

Ge Xingan

  • President of China Emissions Exchange (Shenzhen); Secretary General of Shenzhen Green Finance Committee

Meng Meng

  • President of Guangdong Emissions Exchange, Secretary-General of Guangdong Green Finance Committee

Tracy Wong Harris

  • Deputy Secretary General of HKGFA

 

14:00 - 17:30
Afternoon Sessions
Moderator

Tracy Wong Harris

  • Deputy Secretary General of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA)
14:00 – 14:30
Report Release
HKGFA and HK2050isNow Climate Transition Report

Chaoni Huang

  • Vice President and Secretary General of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA)
 
HKGFA Hong Kong Green and Sustainable Finance Survey Result

Ellen Lam

  • Senior Advisor, Environmental Finance, WWF-Hong Kong

Luying Gan

  • Head of Sustainable Bonds, Debt Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific, HSBC Hong Kong
 
Green Building Energy Benchmarking and Policy Reports 

Tracy Wong Harris

  • Deputy Secretary General of HKGFA

 

14:40 – 14:50
Keynote address

Ashley Ian Alder

  • Chief Executive Officer of Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong
15:00 - 16:10
Session 3 - Beyond Green Bonds (new products and market focus)
Moderator

Stephen Wong

  • Vice President of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA); Deputy Executive Director & Head of Public Policy Institute, Our Hong Kong Foundation
Speakers

Caroline Ramscar

  • Head of Sustainable Solutions, Legal and General Investment Management

Darryl Chan

  • Executive Director (External), the Hong Kong Monetary Authority

George Hongchoy

  • Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Link REIT

Jane Xu

  • Country Manager for Myanmar and Thailand, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Michael Sheren

  • Senior Advisor of Bank of England

Raghu Narain

  • Head of Investment Banking, Natixis APAC
16:20 - 17:20
Session 4 – Where are we with Climate Finance Transition and the rest of the world?
Moderator

Jonathan Drew

  • Vice President of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA); Managing Director, ESG Solutions, Global Banking, HSBC
Speakers

Ashley Ian Alder

  • Chief Executive Officer, Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong

Lisa Genasci

  • Founder and CEO of ADM Capital Foundation

Morgan Després

  • Head of the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) Secretariat

Sean Kidney

  • Chief Executive Officer, Climate Bonds Initiative

 

  • The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
17:20- 17:30
Closing Remarks

Dr. Ma Jun

  • Chairman and President of HKGFA

Biography

Ashley Ian Alder

Ashley is the Chief Executive Officer of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong. He was first appointed in October 2011. In May 2016, Ashley was elected as Chair of the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), and was re-elected for a further two-year term in June 2020.

Ashley was previously Chair of the IOSCO Asia-Pacific Regional Committee and Vice Chair of the IOSCO Board. Ashley has represented IOSCO as a member of the Financial Stability Board Steering Committee and Plenary since his election as IOSCO Board Chair.

Ashley started his career as a lawyer in London in 1984. He moved to Hong Kong in 1989 with the international law firm Herbert Smith, practicing corporate and business law. He was Executive Director of Corporate Finance at the SFC from 2001 to 2004, before returning to Herbert Smith, where he became head of the firm’s Asia Region.

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Ben McQuhae

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

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Caroline Ramscar

Caroline Ramscar is Head of Sustainable Solutions, a role to develop LGIM’s sustainable strategy. She is responsible for engaging with clients on sustainability and the development of responsible investment solutions. Caroline joined LGIM in September 2013 initially working with L&G Group on its business initiatives with LGIM. She previously worked for Financial Risk Management (FRM) where she was Head of Relationship Management responsible for product launches as well as changes to the wider business. Caroline worked in prime brokerage at UBS where she coordinated hedge fund launches. She started her career in the finance division of Goldman Sachs. Caroline has a degree in International Management and French from the University of Bath. As part of her degree she worked for a year at Barclays in Paris.

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Chaoni Huang

As Head of Sustainable Capital Markets for Global Markets Asia Pacific, Chaoni leads BNP Paribas’ sustainable finance solutions for corporate, financial institutions and investors with a focus on primary asset finance and securitisation. Working with Global Markets in Asia Pacific and the Bank’s global sustainable finance community, Chaoni drives BNP Paribas’ continued expansion and leadership in Asian sustainable debt capital markets.

Chaoni is an industry veteran with over 13 years of experience in sustainable finance having held various ESGrelated roles at Natixis, S&P Trucost, MSCI and the United Nations. In addition to her role at BNP Paribas, Chaoni is also deeply embedded in the sustainable finance industry where she is Vice President and Secretary General of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association and a guest researcher for the China Economy and Sustainable Development Centre at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.

Chaoni received her Bachelor of Economics from the University of Warwick.

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Christine Loh

Professor Christine Loh is the Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is also Visiting Professor at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA. Professor Loh is a lawyer by training and a commodities trader by profession. She also has a long career in public policy starting in the 1980s. She has been a legislator in Hong Kong, was the CEO of the non-profit think tank Civic Exchange, and was the Undersecretary for the Environment (2012-17), where she first championed green finance. She is an Advisor to the Hong Kong Green Finance Association, and a board member of CDP Worldwide. Her other commitments weave between academia, industry and philanthropy, such as being a board member of the Global Maritime Forum. member of BASF’s Stakeholder Advisory Council, as well as HSBC’s Climate Advisory Panel. She is also a Director of the Robert HN Ho Family Foundation. Loh is the author of many academic and popular works, ranging from history and politics to urban issues and the environment. She is a sought after speaker and moderator of meetings.

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Christopher Hui Ching-yu

Mr Christopher Hui Ching-yu was appointed the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury on April 22, 2020.

Mr Hui was an Administrative Officer in the Government from 1999 to 2003 and served in the Economic Development Branch, the Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Beijing and the Home Affairs Department. Mr Hui worked in the banking sector after leaving the Government in 2003 and has worked for the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited for over 10 years. He has been the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council since 2019.

Mr Hui holds Bachelor and Master (Hon) Degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and Master of Business Administration Degree from INSEAD. He also attended the Stanford Executive Programme (SEP).

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Darryl CHAN

Darryl Chan has been Executive Director (External) of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority since August 2019 with responsibilities for promoting Hong Kong’s international financial centre development, offshore RMB business, and policies at international forums to advance financial stability.  He is also Deputy Director of the Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office.  Prior to joining the HKMA in April 2013 as Executive Director (Corporate Services), Mr Chan was an Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong SAR Government and had worked in different policy bureaux and departments on policy formulation and administration.

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Dr. King Au

Dr Au is Executive Director of Financial Services Development Council (FSDC). Prior to joining the FSDC, he was President of Value Partners Group Limited. Dr Au also served as CEO of Eastspring Investments (Hong Kong) Limited and CEO of BOCHK Asset Management Limited. He also held various senior management positions at other financial institutions including Baring, GMO and HSBC Global Asset Management.

Dr Au was named CEO of the Year in Hong Kong by Asia Asset Management in 2012 and 2014. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by the HKSAR Government in 2008 for his valuable contributions to the securities and asset management industry. He was also the Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI) from 2006 to 2008 and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association in 2004/2005.

Dr Au is currently serving as a Council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Public Accountants, an Index Advisory Committee member of China Securities Index Co., Limited and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong among other public services.

Dr Au is a CFA Charterholder and a Senior Fellow of HKSI. He received his BA in Physics from the University of Oxford and PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Durham.

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Dr. Ma Jun

Dr. MA Jun is the Chairman and President of Hong Kong Green Finance Association, and Director of the Center for Finance and Development, Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research. He is also a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China, Chairman of Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking, and Co-chair of G20 Green Finance Study Group.

Before joining Tsinghua University, he was the Chief Economist at the Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) from 2014 to 2017. Prior to that, he worked for 13 years at Deutsche Bank, where he was Managing Director, Chief Economist for Greater China, and Head of China and Hong Kong Strategy. From 1992 to 2000, he worked as public policy specialist, economist and senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. From 1988 to 1990, he was a research fellow at the Development Research Center of China’s State Council.

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Dr. Tianyin SUN

Dr. Tianyin SUN is currently leading the team to develop approaches and models for quantifying the impact of environmental and climate-related risks on the financial system at the Research Center for Green Finance Development of Tsinghua University. Prior to his current position, Dr. Tianyin SUN has worked with China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), ETH Singapore Research Center, ThinkStep Group in Germany, UNEP Collaborating Research Center, and the UN Headquarters in New York.

Dr. Tianyin SUN has published more than a dozen high-profile academic journal articles in the field of environmental risk, several of which have been featured as ESI “highly cited” papers, indicating they are positioned into the top 1% of all the articles published in the relevant filed worldwide. His personal Google Scholar citations have now exceeded 2,100.

Under the auspices of Dr. Ma Jun and as the main implementer, Dr. Tianyin SUN has organized the compiling and editing of two very important reports published in Sep 2020, the NGFS Overview of Environmental Risk Analysis (ERA) by Financial Institutions and the NGFS Occasional Paper Case Studies of Environmental Risk Analysis Methodologies. These two reports, as the main products of Dr. Ma Jun’s chairmanship of the NGFS supervisory workstream, are the first comprehensive reports in ERA worldwide, and are believed to be greatly promoting the research and application of ERA in global financial sector.

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Ellen Lam

Ellen focuses on WWF’s Environmental Bond Initiative aiming to promote effective and credible environmental bonds standards in Hong Kong and the region, based on international best practice. As a member of the green bond working group of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association, she also works closely with financial industry leaders to support the HKSAR government’s initiative to encourage more green bond issuances and investments.

Ellen started her career in the banking industry and developed an expertise in fixed income and credits with Hang Seng Bank, BNP Paribas and Pengyuan International, an offshore credit rating agency from China after graduating from the University of Hong Kong majoring in Economics and minor in Spanish.

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George HONGCHOY

Mr George HONGCHOY has been appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Manager since February 2009 and May 2010 respectively. He is also one of the responsible officers of the Manager for the purposes of the Securities and Futures Ordinance, a director of The Link Holdings Limited, Link Properties Limited, The Link Finance Limited and a number of subsidiaries of Link.

He is the chairman of the Supervisory Committee of The Tracker Fund of Hong Kong, a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, an adjunct professor of the Department of Real Estate and Construction of The University of Hong Kong, a member of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of International Council of Shopping Centers, a global governing trustee of the Urban Land Institute and an advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation Limited. He was a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of Charoen Pokphand Group, Thailand from 2016 to 2018.

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Jane Xu

Jane (Yuan) Xu is the Country Manager/Head of Mission for Myanmar and Thailand at the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. She also served as IFC Country Manager for the Philippines for five years, from March 2015 to June 2020. She has been with IFC since 2006 and worked across industry departments and regions as investment officers before she became IFC country manager for the Philippines in 2015. Jane has won several awards for her achievements on new business transactions and investment portfolio management. She is IFC’s Climate Anchor for East Asia and Pacific region and plays a crucial role in promoting green finance across the region.

Jane has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of International Relations.

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Jonathan Drew

Jonathan Drew is a Managing Director, Sustainable Finance in Real Assets & Structured Finance Group at HSBC. Jonathan graduated with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in England and is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Jonathan started his banking career more than 20 years ago in London and after working in rapidly emerging Latin America and raising capital for large scale projects in the Middle East has been based in Hong Kong since 1997 witnessing first-hand the rapid growth of Asia and notably China. During this time he has been involved in successful transactions across a wide range of sectors including advising on and arranging finance for projects that produce and deliver energy (renewable and non-renewable) and transport people and resources from source to point of consumption as well as a wide range of infrastructure projects in social and education sectors with a focus on resource efficiency and sustainability. These transactions have involved supporting projects, corporates and institutions to approach various financial markets and structuring innovative and tailored products including green bonds and loans to meet the often large and specific needs of clients in markets with very distinct financial and regulatory characteristics. Jonathan is responsible for driving HSBC’s Sustainable Finance initiative across the Asia region for the banking business and also chairs the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association Green Loan Committee.

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Joseph Chan Ho-lim

Mr Chan was appointed the Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury on 16 August 2017.

Mr Chan has many years of senior executive experience in the banking industry. He was a Managing Director in the Global Markets Division of Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, and was a Managing Director in Financial Markets of Standard Chartered Bank.

Prior to joining the Government, Mr Chan held multiple roles in a number of public and professional bodies, including Vice President of the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts, Director of Hong Kong Securities & Investment Institute, Advisor of the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society, as well as a General Committee member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. Mr Chan was also a member of the Central & Western District Council.

Mr Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Hon) and Psychology from the University of Michigan, USA. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Lisa Genasci

Lisa Genasci is the CEO of ADM Capital Foundation which she founded in 2006 as an innovative philanthropic vehicle to support critical research and impact-driven approaches to environmental conservation in Asia. ADMCF has been widely recognized for its work on solutions to some of our most intransigent challenges: depleting oceans; the nexus between forestry and development, air quality and public health; the intersection between food, energy and water. Before working in the non-profit sector, Ms Genasci was an Associated Press journalist, working in Rio de Janeiro and New York. She holds a BA degree with High Honors from Smith College and an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Hong Kong.

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Liu Yiwen

刘一闻,湖州市人民政府金融工作办公室主任。牵头推进湖州市绿色金融改革创新、企业上市、地方金融监管、金融发展规划等工作,主导设计并推动”湖州绿色金融综合服务平台“、”绿色融资主体ESG认定评价系统“等金融科技项目落地。

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Luying Gan

Luying is Head of Sustainable Bonds, Debt Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific based in HSBC Hong Kong, specializing in structuring Sustainable Bond and Loans deal across Corporate, Financial Institution and Government sectors.  Before moving to Hong Kong Luying worked in London for many years, having been at the forefront of Sustainable Financing working with public and private entities in various jurisdiction. 

Luying has led many debut and landmark Sustainable Bond and Loan transactions, including Hong Kong SAR Green bond, Republic of Korea Green and Sustainability Bond, the ICBC Belt and Road Climate bond, and Macquarie Bank Green loan. Luying helped to raise HSBC’s Sustainable Bond league table position from #5 to #1.  

Prior to joining HSBC in 2013, Luying worked in Morgan Stanley and EY, responsible for structured product valuation.

Luying holds a Master’s degree from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor’s degree from Zhongshan University.

Luying is a CFA charterholder since 2011 and a Chartered Accountant since 2009.

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Meng Meng

Meng Meng, master of Environmental Management from Xiamen University, served as the Secretary-General of Guangdong Green Finance Committee, the 10th People’s Political Consultative Conference Member of Huadu District Guangzhou, as well as the president of both Guangzhou Carbon Emissions Exchange Co., Ltd.(CEEX) and Guangzhou Green Industry Investment Fund Management Co., ltd. She possesses years of working experience in low-carbon environmental protection field and has intimate knowledge of current situation and development trends of green industries such as low carbon, energy saving and environmental protection, etc. She is conversant with carbon pricing theory and has participated in constructing and operating CEEX. She has also engaged in several research projects of national, provincial and municipal level, making great contribution to advancing Guangdong carbon emissions trading market as the largest regional carbon market in China and accumulating precious experience in exploring market-oriented means of energy saving and emissions reduction as well as promoting the construction of green financial system.

Professional positions: Expert in Guangzhou Huadu District People’s Congress Standing Committee Advisory Experts Library, Expert in the External Expert Bank of Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission, Guangdong Provincial Government Procurement Evaluation Expert, Expert of Guangdong Green Finance Committee, Senior Management Talent in Guangzhou Financial Field (2015-2016), Member of National Working Group on Sustainable Investment and Finance Standards, Executive Director of China New Energy Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of Guangzhou Low-Carbon Development Promotion Association, Member of the Low Carbon Development Committee of Guangdong Society of Environmental Sciences.

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Michael Sheren

Michael Sheren is a Senior Advisor within the Bank of England.   In his role, he provides counsel and independent challenge to senior PRA Management on matters concerning, governance, banking supervision and policy as well as research relating to the financial markets. On behalf of the BoE and the UK government, Mr Sheren Co-Chaired the G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group with China.   Correspondingly he is actively involved in domestic and international green finance activities including the Infrastructure Working Group within the G20 and the NGFS.   Mr Sheren is also actively involved in the Banks fintech and digital finance work in the UK, Europe and Asia.  Prior to Joining the Bank, Mr Sheren spent over twenty five years in the debt capital markets where he specialized in the structuring, distribution and trading debt for major global financial institutions in New York and London.  Mr Sheren holds master’s degrees from Harvard, The London School of Economics and New York University where he studied finance, economics, philosophy and public policy. He also holds a BA from the George Washington University.

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Morgan Després

Morgan Després is Deputy Head of the Financial Stability Department at Banque de France and also serves as the Head of the NGFS Secretariat. He joined the Banque de France in 2005 and served in the Payment and Settlement Systems Department and as Deputy Head of the Macroprudential Division. Other professional experiences include a secondment as Deputy Head of the Financial Stability Unit within the French Treasury Department and some technical assistance missions for the IMF. Morgan holds a MBA from ESSEC business school, graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and studied at the Harvard Extension School.

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Paul Chan Mo-po

Mr Chan is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Before joining the Government, Mr Chan held a number of public service positions including member of the Legislative Council and Chairman of Legal Aid Services Council.

Mr Chan served as Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government from July 2012 to January 2017. He was appointed Financial Secretary on 16 January, 2017.

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Raghu Narain

Raghu Narain has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking, corporate finance and economic policy advisory. Currently Head of Investment Banking for Natixis, APAC, he is responsible for delivering M&A, Acquisition Financing, Strategic Equity, and DCM solutions. Prior to Natixis, Mr. Narain was the Head of Sector Advisory and Global Industrials Group at RBS Asia. He has completed over 100 transactions (deal value: US$100+ billion) in M&A and financing deals in US and Asia Pacific. Prior to working in Asia, he was at Bank of America in New York where he was a Director responsible for M&A and capital raising activities for the Global Transportation and Logistics Group. Mr. Narain began his investment banking career with Salomon Smith Barney / Citigroup in New York. He completed his Masters degree from Harvard University. Mr. Narain is a volunteer in the United Nations ESBN task forces to promote economic and social development.

IFC is part of the World Bank Group, and is focused on the private sector, providing investment and advisory services in developing countries to achieve the World Bank’s goals to reduce poverty and increase prosperity, through private sector growth.

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Ricco Zhang

Ricco Zhang is Senior Director, Asia Pacific of the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) based in Hong Kong. Mr. Zhang is responsible for ICMA’s development in Greater China and works very closely with regulators, financial institutions and other organizations who are active at the capital markets in the region to promote and maintain the best market practice. He has previously worked for international law firms, investment banks and other financial institutions engaged in capital market transactions and mergers & acquisitions in Asia and has extensive experience as a market practitioner. Mr. Zhang graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong.

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Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilise debt capital markets for climate solutions. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 50 organisations involved in its development and governance; advising the EU; and working with China’s central bank on how to grow green bonds in China. Sean is also Consultant (Green Bonds) to the United Nations Secretary General.

An accomplished international speaker, Sean has over the past year spoken at conferences and seminars in Toronto, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Paris, Frankfurt, Utrecht, London, Casablanca, Doha, Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney.

He is also a member of German International Aid Ministry’s TRANSfer Expert Group on “Using Climate Financing to Leverage Sustainable Transport; Mercer’s Sustainability Opportunities Fund Advisory Panel; The Canadian Corporate Knights Capital Advisory Council; Carbon War Room’s Building Efficiency Advisory Board; The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport’s (SloCAT) Financing Framework.

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Steven Wong

Mr. Stephen Wong received a B.A. Degree in Economics from the University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.A. Degree in East Asian Studies (Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies) from Yale University. Since then, he worked for a number of global financial institutions, including as an Executive Director in UBS (London) and a Managing Director at RBS. Mr. Wong joined Our Hong Kong foundation as Senior Consultant in May 2015, and was appointed Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy in November of the same year. He is now Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy Institute.

Mr. Wong’s public service includes various advisory roles appointed by the Hong Kong Government, including Board Member of the Financial Services Development Council, Board Member of the Urban Renewal Authority, Member of Investment Committee of the Beat Drugs Fund, Member of Investment Sub-Committee of the Housing Authority, Member of Feasibility Study Working Group of “Special Needs Public Trust”, Co-opted Member of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Fund Task Force of Commission on Poverty, Non-official Member of the Assessment Panel of the “Innovation and Technology Fund for Application in Elderly and Rehabilitation Care” of the Social Welfare Department, and ex-Member of Task Force on Land Supply, etc.

Mr. Wong is also active in community service. He is Chairman of the Clean Air Network, Vice Chairman of the Admissions, Budgets & Allocations Committee and Investment Sub-Committee Member of the Community Chest, and Executive Committee Member & Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Social Enterprise and Innovation Platform of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Mr. Wong is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University SPACE for the Institute for China Business.

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Tracy Wong Harris

Tracy Wong Harris is the Deputy Secretary General of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA), which is a non-profit organisation to help to position Hong Kong as a leading global green and sustainable finance centre.

Prior to joining HKGFA, Tracy had over 16 years of financial markets experiences across various fixed income and complex structured products in JPMorgan, Mizuho International, Barclays Capital and BNP Paribas based in London and Hong Kong. Tracy established the Liquidity Risk Management and Chief Investment Office Independent Valuation functions across 14 countries in the Asia Pacific, risk managed the legacy Bear Stearns most illiquid securitised portfolio globally during her JPMorgan tenure. Current Board member of AIDS Concern, previously served as Board member of the Hong Kong LGBT+ Interbank, founder of the JPM PRIDE HK network and received JPMorgan Employee Appreciation Award in 2015. Tracy received her MSc and BA in International Finance and Capital Markets in the United Kingdom, graduated from the Oxford Said Business School in Social Finance and a certified member of Hong Kong Treasury Markets Association (HKTMA).

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Xingan Ge

Mr. GE curently working as a Committee Member of the UNDP Private Sector Advisory Board (Finance Sector), and a member of the Specialist Team of the ISO/TC322 Sustianable Finance Standardization Group.With more than 10 years of experience in climate change issues and carbon trading, Mr. GE is deeply involved in the design and development of Shenzhen Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme (Shenzhen ETS), and has made significant contributions to the establishment of legislations and regulations regarding Shenzhen ETS with his exceptional knowledge in global ETS. Mr. GE received a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) at University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) and a Bachelor’s degree of Law (LL.B.) from Law School at Nanjing University.

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Sponsorship

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Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

As a leading commercial and internationalised regional bank firmly rooted locally for over a century, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (“BOCHK”) is one of the three note-issuing banks and the sole clearing bank for Renminbi business in Hong Kong. Leveraging our extensive local branch network and diverse service platforms, we offer a comprehensive range of financial, investment, wealth management and cross-border services to personal, corporate and institutional customers. We are committed to undertaking corporate social responsibilities, promoting long-term and balanced sustainable development, and delivering greater value for stakeholders and the community. Our contribution to promote social and environmental sustainability has earned us “Best Bank for CSR in Hong Kong” by Asiamoney for the third consecutive year.

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited is the founding member of the HSBC Group. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 64 countries and territories in its geographical regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,923bn at 30 June 2020, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.

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