2021 Hong Kong Green Finance Association Annual Forum

Financing Carbon Neutrality in Asia

Tuesday 30th November 2021
09:00– 17:30
Concord Room, 8/F, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Hybrid-Virtual broadcasting subject to social distancing measures
English & Mandarin (with simultaneous translation)
Invitation Only

Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA) is pleased to announce that HKGFA’s Third Annual Forum “Financing Carbon Neutrality in Asia” will be held on Tuesday 30th November 2021. We expect over 1,000 participants virtually, including policy makers, regulators, financial institutions, companies and civil society from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Asia and beyond to join this event; as well as over 150 physical participants at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong.

In the past year, Hong Kong has made significant progress in developing the green and sustainable finance market. HKGFA is proud to have made valuable contributions promoting cross-border market development initiatives such as leading four out of the six green projects under the Greater Bay Area Alliance Green Finance Association, facilitating cross-border multilateral dialogue between the public and private sector on Carbon Connect and formally establishing a channel to exchange green projects between the mainland and Hong Kong under the GIP/HKTDC/HKGFA MoU. These contributions would not have been possible without the strong support from the HKSAR government.

Hong Kong can further enhance its competitiveness by leveraging its status as China’s Offshore financial centre, and as a gateway for foreign investors to invest into China’s plans to be carbon neutral by 2060. With Asia being a significant source of carbon emissions, countries are looking into methods to transition and mitigate climate-related risk, build resilience, and lower emissions. Hong Kong is well-positioned to shape the future of green finance, be at the forefront of innovative sustainable products and finance the transition to net-zero.

This year’s Annual Forum speakers will explore, discuss and debate how and what actions are needed to lead Asian countries towards the carbon neutrality target.


Morning Sessions
Afternoon Sessions
08:45 – 09:00
Online Log-in
09:00 - 12:10
Morning Sessions
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Dr. Ma Jun

  • Chairman and President, HKGFA

Paul Chan Mo-Po

  • Financial Secretary, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
09:20 - 09:50
Fireside Chat: Financing Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong and Beyond

Dr. Ma Jun

  • Chairman and President, HKGFA

Mr. Eddie Yue

  • Chief Executive, The Hong Kong Monetary Authority
10:00 – 11:00
Session 1 The Role of Carbon Market to Achieving Carbon Neutrality
11:10 - 12:10
Session 2 Navigating Climate Neutral Investment Opportunities, Climate-Related Risk Management and Disclosure in Asia
14:00 - 17:30
Afternoon Sessions

Tracy Wong Harris

  • Deputy Secretary General, Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA)
14:00 – 14:10
Keynote address

Mr. Ashley Ian Alder – CEO

  • The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (TBC)
14:20 – 14:50
HKGFA Report Preview

Ashley Ian Alder

  • Chief Executive Officer, Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong
15:00 - 16:00
Session 3 Transition Financing and Product Innovation
16:10 - 17:10
Session 4 2050 is Now: Accelerating an inclusive climate transition to a low-carbon economy
17:20- 17:30
Closing Remarks

Dr. Ma Jun

  • Chairman and President, HKGFA


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Fireside Chat
Session 1
Session 2
Report Release
Keynote Address
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Closing Remarks
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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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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David Liao

David Liao is Head of Global Banking for Asia-Pacific. Mr. Liao is responsible for directly managing the overall relationships of our Global Banking and Markets clients across sectors, overseeing our regional product teams, as well as first line risk management, specifically credit, reputational and financial crime risk. He has been a Group General Manager of the HSBC Group since September 2016.

Before being appointed as Head of Global Banking for Asia-Pacific, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited (HSBC China) and an Executive Director of the Board of HSBC China. Mr. Liao joined HSBC in 1997, responsible for local currency fixed income business in Greater China and Singapore.

Mr Liao was appointed Treasurer and Head of Global Markets for HSBC in China in 2005. He became Head of Global Banking and Markets at HSBC China in December 2013. Mr Liao became Executive Vice President of HSBC China in March 2014. He assumed the role as President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC China in April 2015.

Mr Liao is a non-executive director of Bank of Communications Co., Ltd. He is also a Supervisor of HSBC Jintrust Fund Management Company Limited. He is a member of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), an Advisor of International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the Governor of Hubei and an International Advisor of Wuhan Municipal People’s Government.

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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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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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Grace Hui

Grace Hui is the Head of Green and Sustainable Finance at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) with responsibility for the development of HKEX’s green and sustainable finance programme. From 2013 to April 2020, Ms. Hui was the Chief Operating Officer of HKEX’s Listing Division. Prior to joining HKEX, Ms. Hui was with UBS in various roles including Chief of Staff and Global Chief Operating Officer of UBS Legal & Compliance Department. Ms. Hui is an Honorary Adviser and a member of the Inspection Committee of the Financial Reporting Council; a member of both the Regulatory Oversight Board and the Sustainability Committee of The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and co- chairs the Market Development Work Stream of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cross- Agencies Steering Group established by Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Securities and Futures Commission.

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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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Lu Ying

Ms. Lu joined Bank of China in July 1999, since then she has held various important roles in Corporate Banking Department at the Head Office. The last position in the Head Office was the Assistant General Manager of Corporate Banking Department. From July 2011 to August 2016, Ms. Lu worked for BOC International Holdings Limited as Assistant CEO and then as Deputy CEO. With effect from August 2016, Ms. Lu has been appointed as the General Manager of Global Corporate Banking Department of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited.

Ms. Lu holds Bachelor and Master Degree in International Economics from Peking University.

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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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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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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.

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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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Wang Xindong

1991.09至1995.07 中国人民大学商品学专业大学本科生
1995.07至1996.09 陕西省粮食总公司员工
1996.09至1999.07 中国人民银行金融研究所研究生部国际金融专业硕士研究生
1999.07至2006.01 先后任中国建设银行深圳市分行职员,以及西南证券投资银行总部业务部总经理助理、董事、执行董事
2006.01至2017.09 先后任中国人民银行上海总部金融稳定部 风险处置处干部;金融稳定评估处干部、助理调研员、副处长;金融风险监测处处长
2017.09至2019.01 深圳市人民政府金融发展服务办公室 党组成员、副主任
2019.01至今 深圳市地方金融监督管理局(深圳市人民政府金融工作办公室)党组成员、副局长(副主任)

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Zoë Knight

Zoë Knight is the Managing Director and Group Head of the HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance which she set up in 2018.  The Centre collaborates with colleagues across HSBC and external partners to produce thought leadership on critical issues to scale up and mobilise capital to address sustainability challenges, particularly climate change.

Since joining HSBC in 2010, Zoë has co-authored reports on low-carbon opportunities in bond and equity markets, as well as long-term carbon and water risks. She has worked in financial markets providing advisory services to a global client base since 1997.  Zoë is a Commissioner on the Energy Transition Commission and is a Member of the WEF Global Future Council on Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  In 2020, she was recognised as one of 275 Global female energy influencers by the Women’s Energy Council.

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Venue Sponsors
Diamond Sponsors
Standard Chartered
We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in 59 of the world’s most dynamic markets and serving clients in a further 85. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, here for good. Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges. The history of Standard Chartered in Hong Kong dates back to 1859. It is currently one of the Hong Kong SAR’s three note-issuing banks. Standard Chartered incorporated its Hong Kong business on 1 July 2004, and now operates as a licensed bank in Hong Kong under the name of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered PLC. For more stories and expert opinions please visit Insights at sc.com. Follow Standard Chartered on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook.
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.
Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
Firmly rooted locally for over a century, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited ("BOCHK") is a leading commercial bank and one of the three note-issuing banks in Hong Kong. We are also the sole clearing bank for Renminbi business in Hong Kong. With the most extensive local branch network and diverse service platform, we offer a comprehensive range of financial, investment, wealth management and cross-border services to personal, corporate and institutional customers. We are committed to facilitate the development of green finance and act as a green finance advisor to help clients to formulate green finance frameworks. We aim at encouraging corporates to establish business models for sustainable development and support their low-carbon transition. Furthermore, we actively undertake corporate social responsibilities to deliver greater value to stakeholders and community. BOCHK receives recognition from the Centre for Business Sustainability of the Business School of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. We are awarded the highest ranking in the banking sector, and the rating of “exemplar” in the three Sustainability Indexes.
Platinum Sponsors
PricewaterhouseCoopers China Holding Limited
Gold Sponsors
Moody’s ESG Solutions
FTSE Russell
Natixis is a French multinational financial services firm specialized in asset & wealth management, corporate & investment banking, insurance and payments.
Supporting Organizations

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