GCF
Private Investment for Climate
Conference

The second edition of the GCF global conference on private investment for climate change is here!


7-9 October 2019 | Incheon, Republic of Korea

AgendaPresentationsSpeeches

The GCF Private Investment for Climate Conference ("GPIC") is a global marketplace and ecosystem where leading private sector actors including project sponsors, institutional investors, financial institutions, climate leaders, and the public sector come together to accelerate climate action in developing countries.

It's the start of a marketplace

Fresh market insights

Rich interactions

Rewarding investment opportunities

 
Agenda

Agenda

  • Day 1 (Grand Hyatt Incheon)
  • Science and the climate policy response
  • A view from global leaders
  • Raising the bar: Moving forward on climate ambitions
  • The task ahead: Private sector leadership on climate action
  • Regions in the spotlight (Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean)
  • Climate resilient infrastructure: De-risking and overcoming market barriers
  • Natural capital at the heart catalytic private investments
  • E-mobility solutions: Investment barriers in developing countries
  • Financing the energy transition: Mobilising investments and financing for clean energy
  • Day 2 (Grand Hyatt Incheon)
  • The voice of institutional investors: How to shift the trillions?
  • PE leaders: Building private markets for climate
  • The role of DFIs in unlocking private capital for climate
  • Transforming the financial sector for climate: Role of financial institutions, central banks and regulators
  • Early-stage climate innovations and technologies: The role of foundations, philanthropy and venture capital
  • Making the case for Green Banks
  • Innovations at the intersection of climate finance and insurance
  • Co-investment solutions and de-risking innovations
  • Climate bonds for emerging and developing countries
  • Day 3 (GCF headquarters, by invitation only)
  • How to engage with GCF
  • Bilateral meetings for strategic initiatives, deal pipeline and networking
  • Roundtable on forestry and land use
  • Roundtable on climate risk insurance
  • Songdo cultural programme

Speakers

Global investors and industry leaders will share their valuable insights on complex questions and issues on climate finance and the important role that private companies play.


The Most Hon. Andrew
Holness
Prime Minister,
Jamaica

Speaker Bio

The Most Hon. Andrew
Holness

Prime Minister,
Jamaica

The Most Honourable Andrew Michael Holness became the youngest person to be elected Prime Minister of Jamaica. In 1997 at the age of 25 he was elected to the House of Representatives in Jamaica as a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Constituency of West Central St. Andrew. To date, he holds the record as the youngest elected MP in Jamaica. He is currently serving four unbroken terms in the House, giving more than 20 years of service as an elected representative. The Prime Minister also currently serves as Minister of Defence and Minister of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Yannick
Glemarec
Executive Director,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Yannick
Glemarec

Executive Director,
GCF

Yannick is the Executive Director of GCF. He previously served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme in UN Women, and was Executive Coordinator of the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office. He also served as UNDP Executive Coordinator for GEF, as well as other senior positions in UNDP. He holds a PhD from the University of Paris in Environment Sciences, and two Master’s degrees in Hydrology and in Business Administration. He has authored several publications in the field of risk management, renewable energy, and climate finance.

Ban
Ki-moon
President of the Assembly / Chair of the Council,
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Speaker Bio

Ban
Ki-moon

President of the Assembly / Chair of the Council,
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Mr Ban Ki-moon is the President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council of GGGI. He previously served two consecutive terms as the Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Prior to leading the UN, Mr Ban was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea, capping his 37-year career with the Ministry. Mr Ban holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Seoul National University and a master's degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dolika
Banda
CEO,
African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited

Speaker Bio

Dolika
Banda

CEO,
African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited

Dolika is the CEO of the African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd), Africa’s first catastrophe risk pool which provides parametric natural disaster insurance to African governments. She has more than 25 years of international banking and financial management experience with a focus on economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Ms Banda was previously Regional Director for Africa at the UK’s Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), and also served with the International Finance Corporation, Barclays and Citibank. She also sits as a non-executive director on a number of boards.

Per
Callesen
Governor,
Danmarks Nationalbank

Speaker Bio

Per
Callesen

Governor,
Danmarks Nationalbank

Per is a member of the Board of Governors of Danmarks Nationalbank. He was previously Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Finance, Executive Director for the IMF Nordic-Baltic constituency and a previous GCF Board member. He is a member of the Danish Economic Council, the Danish Systemic Risk Council, the EU Economic and Financial Committee, and Chairman of the Danish Payments Council. He has led international committees in the EU, OECD and FSB. He is also Chairman of the Nordic-Baltic Monetary and Financial Committee (NBMFC). Per teaches economics at the University of Copenhagen. He holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Randy
Chafetz
Managing Executive Officer / Deputy Chief Executive of Global Corporate and Investment Banking,
MUFG Bank

Speaker Bio

Randy
Chafetz

Managing Executive Officer / Deputy Chief Executive of Global Corporate and Investment Banking,
MUFG Bank

Randy is Managing Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of Global Corporate and Investment Banking (GCIB) Business Unit of MUFG Bank. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for the Americas based in New York. His prior roles within MUFG include Chief Operating Officer, Head of Investment Banking and Head of Capital Markets for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA). Mr. Chafetz joined MUFG in 1998 as the Head of Capital Markets from UBS. Prior to UBS, he spent ten years at Credit Suisse in a variety of Investment Banking and Capital Markets roles in London and New York.

Julia
Prescot
Co-founder / Chief Strategy Officer,
Meridiam Infrastructure

Speaker Bio

Julia
Prescot

Co-founder / Chief Strategy Officer,
Meridiam Infrastructure

Julia is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Meridiam Infrastructure. She was recently named Commissioner on the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission. She is also a non-executive director at the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, Infraco Asia Investments and Infraco Africa Investments. Julia sits on the Advisory Board of Glennmont Partners and is a Visiting Professor at University College London. Previously she was President of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation and Head of European Infrastructure Finance for the Bank of Scotland. She holds a masters degree in oriental studies from Cambridge University.

Uche
Orji
Managing Director / CEO,
Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)

Speaker Bio

Uche
Orji

Managing Director / CEO,
Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)

Uche is the MD & CEO of NSIA having been reappointed by the President of Nigeria for another 5-year term, where he led the operationalisation of the NSIA and has been responsible for driving its growth strategy since 2012. He was previously an MD in the Equities Division of UBS Securities, and also served with JP Morgan Securities, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Diamond Bank Plc., Lagos, Nigeria and Arthur Andersen & Co. Uche has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Koffi
Klousseh
Director of Project Development,
Africa50

Speaker Bio

Koffi
Klousseh

Director of Project Development,
Africa50

Koffi was named Director of Project Development for Africa50 on 2017. Before joining Africa50, he served as Regional Lead for IFC InfraVentures. He was also a Principal Investment Officer in the Africa Infrastructure Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Prior to joining IFC in 2010, he held several positions in the financial services industry, including Vice President at Helios Investment Partners, a London-based private equity firm. Koffi holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master of Finance from George Washington University.

The Hon. Edmund
Bartlett
Minister of Tourism,
Government of Jamaica

Speaker Bio

The Hon. Edmund
Bartlett

Minister of Tourism,
Government of Jamaica

The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, CD, MP has given over 40 of service to Jamaica, working both in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. He was appointed Minister of Tourism in 2007, and again in 2016. He has served as Vice Chairman of the UNWTO Executive Council and Chair of the Executive Council of the Affiliates as well as Vice Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). He is presently the Chair of the Regional Commission of the Americas (CAM) and the founder and Co-Chair of the Global Tourism and Resilience Crisis Management (GTRCM) Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He is the recipient of multiple international awards, and has been conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) for outstanding and important services to Jamaica, and the Commander of Number of the Order of Civil Merit of Spain on the order of the King of Spain.

John
Walker
Chairman,
Macquarie Capital Asia

Speaker Bio

John
Walker

Chairman,
Macquarie Capital Asia

John is the Chairman of Macquarie Capital Asia, as well as the Chairman of Macquarie Group of Companies, Korea. John established Macquarie’s Korean business with only five staff. Under his leadership, it is now a leader in the infrastructure sector and one of the largest foreign asset managers in Korea. In Asia Macquarie is a major investor and developer of renewable energy assets.

Dong-ik
Lee
Director General, Investment Operations Department,
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Speaker Bio

Dong-ik
Lee

Director General, Investment Operations Department,
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Don is Director General at the Investment Operations Department of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Before Joining AIIB, he was Corporate Advisor for Temasek in Singapore. He was also Chief Investment Officer and Head of Alternative Investments at the Korean Investment Corporation. Prior to that, he held senior and managerial roles at STIC Investments, Samsung Life Insurance, and the International Finance Corporation. Don has an MBA in finance and investments and a master's degree in Management Information Systems from George Washington University.

Mafalda
Duarte
Head,
Climate Investment Funds

Speaker Bio

Mafalda
Duarte

Head,
Climate Investment Funds

Mafalda has spent most of her career in more than 30 developing countries, where she led the design and implementation of policies, programs and projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives. Under her leadership the USD 8.3 billion CIF has doubled down on work to accelerate global action on climate change. She is currently leading efforts to take the CIF model to the next level. Prior to taking the helm at the CIF, Mafalda led policy and corporate work and managed climate-related portfolios at the African Development Bank and the World Bank.

Neo Gim
Huay
Managing Director for Sustainability,
Temasek International Pte Ltd.

Speaker Bio

Neo Gim
Huay

Managing Director for Sustainability,
Temasek International Pte Ltd.

Gim Huay is the Managing Director for Sustainability of Temasek International Pte Ltd, where she spearheads the sustainability strategy and initiatives. She was a Management Consultant with McKinsey, and served in the Administrative Service of the Singapore Government. Gim Huay is on the Boards of Surbana Jurong, Mandai Park Holdings, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and the National Library Board. She was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow in 2015, and holds an MBA from Stanford University, a masters in Engineering and Bachelor of Arts from Cambridge University.

Grace
Lau
Executive Director (Risk and Compliance) / Chief Risk Officer (Exchange Fund Investment Office),
Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Speaker Bio

Grace
Lau

Executive Director (Risk and Compliance) / Chief Risk Officer (Exchange Fund Investment Office),
Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Grace Lau is responsible for the oversight of investment risks and other risk-generating activities across the HKMA. Ms Lau joined the HKMA as Manager in 1994 and was promoted to the rank of Division Head in 2000. She worked in various functional areas of the HKMA including monetary policy, economic and market research, market systems policy, banking development and securities enforcement before taking up the present position in January 2015.

Hoe Jeong
Kim
Deputy Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Finance,
Government of Korea

Speaker Bio

Hoe Jeong
Kim

Deputy Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Finance,
Government of Korea

Dr. Kim, Hoe Jeong is currently Deputy Minister for International Affairs of Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Korea. Prior to his current role, he served as Alternate Executive Director of IMF, Alternate Executive Director for the World Bank Group, Director General for International Economy Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Director General for International Financial Cooperation Bureau at the Ministry and Director General for Statistics Policy Bureau at Statistics Korea (KOSTAT). Dr. Kim holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a MA in Public Administration and a BA in Economics from Seoul National University in Korea.

Zoë
Knight
Managing Director / Group Head,
HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance

Speaker Bio

Zoë
Knight

Managing Director / Group Head,
HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance

Zoë is a Managing Director and Group Head of the HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance. She previously led the Climate Change Centre of Excellence within Global Research. Throughout her career she has been ranked in Extel and Institutional Investor. Zoë is a Commissioner on the Energy Transition Commission and is a Member of the WEF Global Future Council on Energy. Zoë co-authored ‘Managing Financial System Stability and Climate Change: A preliminary guide’ in 2018. She also sits on the Board of the World Energy Council UK and holds a BSc (Hons) Economics from the University of Bath.

Merli Margaret
Baroudi
Director, Economics and Sustainability Group,
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)

Speaker Bio

Merli Margaret
Baroudi

Director, Economics and Sustainability Group,
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)

Merli is a Director of Economics and Sustainability at MIGA, the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. She is responsible for MIGA’s economics, country risk management, evaluations, integrity, climate and environment and social development functions. Previously Merli was Director and Chief Credit Officer of the World Bank Group, and held positions in the Economist Group and JP Morgan Chase & Co. She holds an MA in Development Economics and International Trade from Columbia University and an MA in Area Studies in the Middle East, with concentration in Economics.

Holger
Rothenbusch
Managing Director, Debt and Infrastructure,
CDC Group

Speaker Bio

Holger
Rothenbusch

Managing Director, Debt and Infrastructure,
CDC Group

Holger re-joined CDC in 2012 as Managing Director to build CDC’s new Debt business. He has over 20 years of experience in development finance in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe across a broad range of industries. Before his current role, he was with DEG, the German Development Finance Institution, where he was responsible for building the equity and mezzanine team and held various senior management positions. He previously served with Deutsche Bank. Holger holds Masters degrees in Economics from University of Freiburg in Germany and Wayne State University, USA.

Wale
Shonibare
Acting Vice President Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth Complex,
African Development Bank

Speaker Bio

Wale
Shonibare

Acting Vice President Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth Complex,
African Development Bank

Wale is currently the Acting Vice President Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth Complex, African Development Bank. Previously he was Director for Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation at AfDB. He has over 25 years of experience in Debt and Equity Capital Markets, M&A, and Project Finance spanning Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining AfDB, Wale held senior positions at international investment banks in Lagos, Dubai and London. He holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a B.Eng (honors) from the University of Glasgow.

Terry
McCallion
Director, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change,
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Speaker Bio

Terry
McCallion

Director, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change,
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Terry is the Director of the EBRD Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Team in the Banking Department, based in London. He previously was a banker in the EBRD’s Financial Institutions Team working on transactions with banks, insurance companies and mortgage finance clients. Prior to EBRD, Terry was Finance Manager at MMT, an environmental technology business. He started his career as an engineer in the oil and gas business with Bechtel before moving into banking and finance. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Queens University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Harold
Tjiptadjaja
Managing Director / CIO,
Indonesia Infrastructure Finance

Speaker Bio

Harold
Tjiptadjaja

Managing Director / CIO,
Indonesia Infrastructure Finance

Harold is the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Indonesia Infrastructure Finance. Leading a team of 20+ investment professionals, Harold is responsible for business development and portfolio management within IIF. He was previously Vice President at Earth Investment Group and Corporate Finance Partner at Indoconsult Prima. Prior to this, he served with Sinarmas Group, Northstar, PwC, KPMG and Indover Bank. He has a master's degree in financial economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Ayaan
Adam
Director (Private Sector Facility),
GCF

Speaker Bio

Ayaan
Adam

Director (Private Sector Facility),
GCF

Ayaan is the Director of the Private Sector Facility at GCF. She has over 20 years of investment and portfolio management experience with private sector financial institutions, private equity and venture capital across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Eastern Europe. Before joining GCF, she served as an independent senior advisor to a number of leading sustainable investment institutions, Managing Director of Africa Funds at UK-based CDC Group Plc, and spent 17 years at the International Finance Corporation in various senior leadership roles.

Niels
Holst
Partner,
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Speaker Bio

Niels
Holst

Partner,
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Niels is head of CI New Markets Fund I, which targets greenfield renewable energy infrastructure projects in fast-growing economies across primarily Asia and Latin America as well as certain countries in Eastern Europe and Africa with scale, growth, and liquidity. He has 20 years of experience in the renewables, power and infrastructure sectors and has successfully executed transactions across Asia, Europe and North America. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Oliver
Andrews
Executive Director / Chief Investment Officer,
Africa Finance Corporation

Speaker Bio

Oliver
Andrews

Executive Director / Chief Investment Officer,
Africa Finance Corporation

Oliver is the Executive Director and CIO of the Africa Finance Corporation. He was formerly CEO of TCI Infrastructure Ltd (TCII) and Managing Director of TCI Infrastructure. Oliver has over 30 years' experience across the major infrastructure sectors, and is also a non-executive director and Chairman of several companies and institutes. He holds an MBA from the University of Wales, is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer, a Chartered fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts UK and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Barbara
Buchner
Executive Director of Climate Finance,
Climate Policy Initiative

Speaker Bio

Barbara
Buchner

Executive Director of Climate Finance,
Climate Policy Initiative

Dr Buchner is Executive Director of Climate Finance at Climate Policy Initiative. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world. She directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and its sister programs in Brazil and India. She is also the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance. She is on the Advisory Board of the BCFN Foundation, the Evaluation Board of the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund, and a member of the One Planet Lab.

Solomon
Asamoah
CEO,
Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund

Speaker Bio

Solomon
Asamoah

CEO,
Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund

Solomon is an investment professional with over 25 years of experience originating and executing transactions in both developed and developing markets. He has personally led over USD 4 billion in transactions across the African continent. He is currently CEO of the Ghana Infrastructure Investment (GIIF). He has held senior and management positions at the African Development Bank, Africa Finance Corporation, Development Bank of Southern Asia, International Finance Corporation, and the World Bank. He has a master's degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College in London.

Jonah
Busch
Chief Economist,
Earth Innovation Institute

Speaker Bio

Jonah
Busch

Chief Economist,
Earth Innovation Institute

Dr Jonah Busch is an environmental economist who studies climate change and tropical deforestation. He is the Chief Economist at Earth Innovation Institute. He is the author of more than twenty-five academic journal articles and the co-author of the book "Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change."

Martin
Vogt
Managing Director,
MPC Renewable Energies

Speaker Bio

Martin
Vogt

Managing Director,
MPC Renewable Energies

Martin is the Managing Director at MPC Renewable Energies. He is responsible for the origination, structuring and execution of cross-border renewable energy transactions. Previously, he was Vice President at Global Capital Finance, where he also started his career. Martin executed transactions in excess of EUR 2 billion and 2,000 MW of renewable energy power generation globally for institutional clients. He has a master's degree in technical and commercial management with focus on energy and resources from Clausthal University of Technology, Germany.

Matthias
Kollatz
Senator for Finance,
Berlin

Speaker Bio

Matthias
Kollatz

Senator for Finance,
Berlin

Since December 2014, Dr Kollatz has been Senator for Finance of Berlin. Before assuming this position, he was Senior Advisor on Finance and Regulation at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to this, he was Vice-President and member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank, and managing director and a member of the management boards of the Investitionsbank Hessen (Hesse Investment Bank) and the Landestreuhandstelle Hessen (the Hesse State Trust Agency). He holds degrees in physical engineering and economics and a doctorate in engineering.

Sean
Kidney
CEO,
Climate Bonds Initiative

Speaker Bio

Sean
Kidney

CEO,
Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean 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 USD 34 trillion of assets represented on its Board, growing green bonds in China, market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, ASEAN and East Africa, and market tracking services for the green bonds industry. He was member of the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance as well as its successor, the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance; He is also a member of green finance advisory groups in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan.

Sylvie
Billion
Chief Financial Officer,
Electricité De France (EDF) Group

Speaker Bio

Sylvie
Billion

Chief Financial Officer,
Electricité De France (EDF) Group

Sylvie acting as Chief Financial Officer International joined Electricité De France (EDF) Group in 2001. She has over 30 years of experience in consulting, risk management and finance. She worked with BNP Paribas, Accenture, ABN Amro, and EDF where she was the Group Treasurer then the CFO of the main subsidiary in distribution. Sylvie was previously CFO and member of the Executive Committee worked at The Global Fund. She notably established the core financial functions and the comprehensive funding policy for the organisation.

Roshel
Mahabeer
Executive Director, Sustainable Finance,
Standard Chartered Bank

Speaker Bio

Roshel
Mahabeer

Executive Director, Sustainable Finance,
Standard Chartered Bank

Roshel has over 12 years banking experience, across client coverage, corporate finance and loan syndications. Roshel joined Standard Charted Bank
focusing on strategic transaction origination of transactions for local corporate clients. She has also recently worked in the bank’s loan syndicate business based in the United Kingdom prior to moving into Sustainable Finance. Roshel has led several high profile and award winning financings raising capital from commercial banks, supranational institutions, development institutions, pension funds and asset managers for clients and projects in emerging markets.

Thomas
Barrett
Chairman,
OECD Infrastructure Governance Forum

Speaker Bio

Thomas
Barrett

Chairman,
OECD Infrastructure Governance Forum

Thomas is Chairman of the OECD Infrastructure Governance Forum in Paris, and concurrently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. He was formerly a Permanent Representative of the European Investment Bank and Minister of the EU delegation to the United States. Thomas previously directed the development of EIB’s Structured Finance and Advisory Activities, and served as Chairman of European PPP Expertise Centre. He was also the Founder EIB Director of the Marguerite Fund, the Pan-European Fund for Strategic Infrastructure and Climate investments.

Lisa
Genasci
CEO,
ADM Capital Foundation

Speaker Bio

Lisa
Genasci

CEO,
ADM Capital Foundation

Lisa is the founder and CEO of ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF). She is also a founder of the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) with BNP Paribas, UN Environment and ICRAF as partners. In 2018, TLFF launched its inaugural transaction, a USD 95 million Sustainability Bond. A director of the Hong Kong-based Civic Exchange and Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia, Lisa is also an advisor to the Washington DC-based Ocean Foundation and Hong Kong’s Clean Air Network. She holds a BA degree with High Honors from Smith College and an LLM in Human Rights Law from HKU.

Jay
Koh
Founder / Managing Director,
Lightsmith Group

Speaker Bio

Jay
Koh

Founder / Managing Director,
Lightsmith Group

Jay is co-founder & Managing Director of The Lightsmith Group. He was previously Managing Director and Partner of Siguler Guff and Head of Investment Funds / Chief Investment Strategist at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He serves on the GCF Private Sector Advisory Group, the Board of the NY State Energy Research and Development Authority, and the advisory committee to the NY Green Bank. Jay is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an AB magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard College, a master’s degree in Management from Oxford University and a JD from Yale Law School.

Kulbhushan
Kalia
Vice President, Strategic Investments for Asia,
Allianz Investment Management

Speaker Bio

Kulbhushan
Kalia

Vice President, Strategic Investments for Asia,
Allianz Investment Management

Kulbhushan is Vice President – Strategic Investments, Asia for Allianz Investment Management. In his role he leads investment strategy and alternative investments for the Asian operating entities of Allianz. He also leads private credit fund investments in the region. Kulbhushan has over 14 years of experience in the financial services and commodities industries. He served with Canara HSBC Life, Fidelity and the Essar Group of India. A post graduate in management from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management and Research, he is a B.Com (Hons) graduate from the prestigious Delhi University.

Khaled Ben
Jilani
Senior Partner,
AfricInvest

Speaker Bio

Khaled Ben
Jilani

Senior Partner,
AfricInvest

Khaled Ben Jilani is a Senior Partner and a member of the Executive Committee of AfricInvest, where he has been involved in the structuring, fundraising and management of 3 investment funds and has overseen over 30 investments across Africa. Khaled is also a startup ecosystem activist, advocating for simpler regulations and laws for startups in Africa. Prior to AfricInvest, he was an analyst at Barclays Bank, a developer in a Tunisian venture where he designed RTGS and Net payment systems now running in 18 African countries, and tech strategy consultant at Proxicom.

Angela
Whitney
Manager, Global Climate Finance,
Rocky Mountain Institute

Speaker Bio

Angela
Whitney

Manager, Global Climate Finance,
Rocky Mountain Institute

Angela is a Manager in Rocky Mountain Institute’s Global Climate Finance program. Rocky Mountain Institute is a nonprofit that transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. She leads the Institute’s Green Investment Bank Initiative, which supports the establishment of national institutions that focus on scaling up private investment in climate solutions in emerging markets. Previously, Angela worked in the US government and for philanthropic institutions. She holds a masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Joel
Scriven
Business Development Manager,
Shell Nature Based Solutions (NBS)

Speaker Bio

Joel
Scriven

Business Development Manager,
Shell Nature Based Solutions (NBS)

Joel is a business development manager in Shell’s Nature Based Solutions (NBS) business. In this role he originates and develops opportunities on the supply side of the NBS value chain. Previous to Shell Joel worked as a REDD+ technical and policy advisor for UNDP and FAO, and has held positions in the British Government and conservation NGOs. He holds a PhD from the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He was recently awarded the Shell New Energies Innovation Award for work on deforestation risk modelling.

Gavin
Templeton
Head of Sustainable Finance,
Green Investment Group (GIG)

Speaker Bio

Gavin
Templeton

Head of Sustainable Finance,
Green Investment Group (GIG)

In his current role, Gavin is responsible for leading the Green Bank Advisory function. He has held positions at BP, Morgan Stanley, Rabobank and VTB Capital. He is an internationally recognised leader in sustainability, having worked on the sustainability agenda since the beginning of the European Emissions Trading Scheme and UN Clean Development Mechanism, as well as financing renewable energy and emission reduction projects. He is also Co-Chair for the Greening the Belt and Road Investor Alliance initiative, and is a board member of London’s Green Finance Initiative.

Kazuhisa
Yumikura
Managing Executive Officer / Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group,
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Speaker Bio

Kazuhisa
Yumikura

Managing Executive Officer / Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group,
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Mr Yumikura has over 30 years of international banking experience at JBIC. He has held Director General at Policy and Strategy Office for Financial Operations. He previously served as Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group of JBIC with a focus on new energy and other infrastructure projects overseas. He has led JBIC Global Facility to Promote Quality Infrastructure Investment for Environmental Preservation and Sustainable Growth (“QI-ESG”) which is expected to help to preserve the global environment.

Rogelio
De los Santos
Co-founder / Managing Partner,
Dalus Capital and Alta Ventures

Speaker Bio

Rogelio
De los Santos

Co-founder / Managing Partner,
Dalus Capital and Alta Ventures

Rogelio is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Dalus Capital and Alta Ventures. He chairs the Eugenio Garza Lagüera Entrepreneurship Institute at Tec de Monterrey and Capital Tech, and is a director in Wanderu, Nuve, Energryn, Converus, Inmobly and eFactor. He serves on the Boards of Tec de Monterrey, Impulsa Monterrey and Auria Capital. Mr De los Santos is a council member of the Mexico United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council. He has a master's degree in business leadership from Duxx, and an honorary degree from Babson College.

Oyun
Sanjaasuren
Director of External Affairs,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Oyun
Sanjaasuren

Director of External Affairs,
GCF

Dr Oyun Sanjaasuren is the Director of External Affairs at GCF. She served as the first President of the United Nations Environment Assembly. She was also appointed as the Chair of the Global Water Partnership after serving as Mongolia's Parliament member for five times and as the Minister of Environment and Green Development and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Graham
Clark
CEO,
Asia Affinity Holdings Ltd

Speaker Bio

Graham
Clark

CEO,
Asia Affinity Holdings Ltd

Graham is the Chief Executive of Asia Affinity Holdings Ltd., a diversified financial services company headquartered in Hong Kong, with operating subsidiaries in Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He started his career with a major UK insurance broker and in 1974 was posted to their Japan office. He has remained in Asia and over the course of the intervening 45 years has lived and built insurance businesses in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and a regional wholesale broking business in Singapore. In 2000 Graham launched his own business focused on distribution, business process outsourcing and contact centre solutions for the financial services sector in Asia.

Naidalaa
Badrakh
CEO,
Mongolian Sustainable Finance Association

Speaker Bio

Naidalaa
Badrakh

CEO,
Mongolian Sustainable Finance Association

Naidalaa is CEO and Board Member of the Mongolian Sustainable Finance Association (MSFA). He was previously CEO of Mongolian Bankers Association, Chief Risk Officer in Anod Bank and Khan Bank, Head of Business Development of Unitel MCS Group, Senior Investment Manager at MCS Holding LLC and CEO of the Mongolian Economic Forum. He also lectured economics at the Institute of Finance and Economics (IFE) of Mongolia. He holds BA in Business Economics from the Institute of Finance and Economics of Mongolia, as well as an MSc degree in Economics from the University of Kobe, Japan.

Saehoon
Kim
Vice President / Head of Fuel Cell Division,
Hyundai Motor Group

Speaker Bio

Saehoon
Kim

Vice President / Head of Fuel Cell Division,
Hyundai Motor Group

Dr Ing Kim joined Hyundai Motor Group as manager of fuel cell engineering team, and was the project leader for the Tucson ix35 Fuel Cell, the world’s first commercial production FCEV. As director of the Fuel Cell Group, he led the successful launch of Hyundai’s second- generation FCEV model. He is currently the head of the Hyundai Motor Group’s Fuel Cell Division. Dr Ing Kim has a PhD in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany.

Michiel
Schaeffer
Science Director,
Climate Analytics

Speaker Bio

Michiel
Schaeffer

Science Director,
Climate Analytics

Michiel is Science Director at Climate Analytics, and is affiliated with Environmental Systems Analysis at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. His scientific publication record spans the full range of climate-related disciplines, leading and contributing to high-level reports, such a IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, UNEP Adaptation Gap Reports, UNEP Africa Adaptation Gap Reports, UNEP Emissions Gap Reports, World Bank Turn Down the Heat Reports and with numerous peer-reviewed publications, including in Nature, Science, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Journal of Climatology, Regional Environmental Change.

Sergio
Pombo
Head of Private Equity Funds,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Sergio
Pombo

Head of Private Equity Funds,
GCF

Sergio is the Head of Private Equity Funds at GCF. Before GCF, Sergio co-founded Berkana Private Equity, LLC, which invests in clean energy and energy efficiency projects in Latin America. He previously served with the International Finance Corporation, where he co-established EMPEA-IFC PE Conference, the largest global private equity conference. Sergio has an industrial engineering degree from Pontifical Xavierian University, an MBA from American University of Washington DC, and received a Private Equity and Venture Capital certificate from the Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Program.

Tamer
El-Raghy
Managing Director,
Acumen Capital Partners (ACP)

Speaker Bio

Tamer
El-Raghy

Managing Director,
Acumen Capital Partners (ACP)

As the Managing Director of ACP, Tamer leads the fund’s investments in companies in the Agribusiness space. Prior to ACP, he spent two years with responsAbility AG as head of Agriculture PE in Africa, where he led the team that sourced over 100 deals in Africa. Prior to joining responsAbility, he led Cargill’s growth strategy and M&A activities in Africa. Tamer received an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business (New York), a PhD in Materials Engineering from Drexel University and a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering from Cairo University.

Daniel
Best
Director, Projects Department,
Caribbean Development Bank

Speaker Bio

Daniel
Best

Director, Projects Department,
Caribbean Development Bank

Daniel is Director of the Projects Department at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Prior to joining CDB, Daniel was the Regional Project Manager for a multinational commercial financial institution, where he successfully led the implementation of the organisation’s regional infrastructure strategy. Daniel is a Civil Engineer with an MBA from the University of Durham and a Project Management Professional with over 24 years of experience. Away from the office, Daniel is known in Barbados’ performing arts scene, appearing in a number of stage, television and movie productions.

Tatiana
Espinosa
Executive Director,
ARBIO-PERÚ

Speaker Bio

Tatiana
Espinosa

Executive Director,
ARBIO-PERÚ

Tatiana has a Forest Science Engineering and masters in management and conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity at CATIE (Costa Rica). She has developed research projects on the impact of human activities on wildlife and Brasil nut management in Tambopata, and on strategies for social adaptation to climate change in rural communities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Accredited by the International Network of Analog Forestry as a trainer in Analog Forestry as an ecosystem restoration system. She is currently the executive director of the ARBIO-PERÚ organisation. Winner of the Jane Goodall Hope and Inspiration Ranger Award 2018.

Juan Antonio
Ketterer
Chief of the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division,
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Speaker Bio

Juan Antonio
Ketterer

Chief of the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division,
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Juan Antonio is the Chief of the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division of IADB. He previously held managing positions at several advisory, financing and trading firms, as well as at securities exchanges and clearing houses. Juan Antonio obtained a PhD in Financial Economics from the University of Minnesota, becoming professor of finance at the Tepper Business School of Carnegie Mellon University and at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University.

Brooks
Preston
Managing Director,
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Speaker Bio

Brooks
Preston

Managing Director,
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Brooks is Managing Director at MIRA. Before joining Macquarie, Brooks was VP and Head of Investment Funds for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Co-managing partner and founder of the Virgin Green Fund Emerging Markets, Principal at Wolfensohn & Company, and Head of global business development and M&A for BP Solar. He was Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment and Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Forestry at USDA in the Clinton/Gore Administration. Brooks has a BA from Dartmouth College (Geography & Environmental Studies) and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya.

Michael
Puma
Unit Director,
NASA Climate Systems Research

Speaker Bio

Michael
Puma

Unit Director,
NASA Climate Systems Research

Dr Michael Puma is currently Unit Director of the Center for Climate Systems Research, part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and co-located with the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. His research is focused on global food security, hydroclimatology, and human migration. His research has been funded by a variety of institutions including NASA, the US Department of Defense, and the United Nations Development Programme. He is especially interested in understanding the sensitivity of complex, socioeconomic systems to non-predictable extremes.

Ki-Joon
Kim
Principal Transport Specialist,
Asian Development Bank

Speaker Bio

Ki-Joon
Kim

Principal Transport Specialist,
Asian Development Bank

Mr Kim has over 30 years of professional experience and academic research in the transport sector. Since joining the Asian Development Bank, he has worked on sustainable urban transport projects, intelligent transport systems, low carbon transport policy and climate change and new transport technology. He managed several BRT system projects in East Asia and has been involved in developing Sustainable Transport Action Plans for many cities. Prior to ADB, he was involved in major urban reform projects in Seoul. He studied urban planning and transport planning in Korea, US and United Kingdom.

Jürg
Grütter
CEO,
Grutter Consulting

Speaker Bio

Jürg
Grütter

CEO,
Grutter Consulting

Jürg is an economist and has worked for more than 25 years on sustainable transport, linking more than 300 transport projects successfully to climate finance. Jürg has worked on electric mobility for more than a decade and has developed electric vehicle deployment strategies for more than 30 cities and countries. He has realised numerous e-bus, e-taxi, e-truck and e-boat projects and is the founder and co-owner of an electric mobility company established with the electric utility in Costa Rica.

Pierre
Telep
Senior Energy Specialist,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Pierre
Telep

Senior Energy Specialist,
GCF

Pierre provides sectorial leadership on renewable energy investments at GCF, where he coordinates the assessment of investments that help developing countries combat climate change through access to clean energy and clean power generation. He has more than 13 years global experience in the energy sector, including operational leadership of energy organizations and advisory roles for power sector reforms, on four continents. Pierre holds a Master of Engineering from Ecole des Mines in France.

Mohale
Rakgate
Group Executive, Project Preparation Division,
Development Bank of Southern Africa

Speaker Bio

Mohale
Rakgate

Group Executive, Project Preparation Division,
Development Bank of Southern Africa

Mohale is the Group Executive: Project Preparation Division, at the DBSA. This role involves leading a team of experts and professionals to prepare projects from conceptual stages to financial close or implementation. Mohale is also responsible for DBSA’s climate finance activities which include accreditation to access concessional funding from entities such as GCF and GEF in order to support the development of infrastructure projects. Previously, Mohale was an investment professional with the International Finance Corporation.

James
Lok
Principal, Investment Operations Department II - Energy and Urban,
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Speaker Bio

James
Lok

Principal, Investment Operations Department II - Energy and Urban,
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

A seasoned infrastructure financier, James now works as a Principal in Investment Operations Department II of AIIB, focusing on energy and urban infrastructures. He previously worked with BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole, and Natixis has over 25 years' experience in arranging financing for and advising on Power, Renewables, Natural Resources, Telecom, and Infrastructure Projects. He has a BSc in Biology from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Herry
Cho
Head of Sustainable Finance Asia Pacific,
ING

Speaker Bio

Herry
Cho

Head of Sustainable Finance Asia Pacific,
ING

Ms Cho launched ING’s Sustainable Finance regional franchise in 2017. She leads the origination and execution of sustainable finance transactions including green/social/sustainability bonds and loans in Asia Pacific, and broader sustainability advisory. She is on the Executive Committee Board of International Capital Market Association (ICMA)’s Green/Social/Sustainability Bond Principles, the sustainability lead on the APAC regional committee of ICMA and on the Loan Market Association’s Green Finance Committee. Ms Cho holds a combined Bachelors and Masters (MBioch) Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, UK.

Erik
Korsgren
Head, Unit for Guarantees and Catalytic Financing for Development,
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Speaker Bio

Erik
Korsgren

Head, Unit for Guarantees and Catalytic Financing for Development,
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Sida's Unit for Guarantees and catalytic financing for development has generated SEK 20 billion (USD 2.2 billion) in mobilised additional finance for development. Erik is Head of the Unit and former Sida CFO, Deputy Director of Sida's Africa Department, Head of Development Cooperation at the Swedish Embassies in Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam. He has long-term experience from working with development cooperation and development finance. Erik holds a MBA specialising in International Business awarded by the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Jonathan
First
Lead Specialist, Product Innovation Unit,
Development Bank of Southern Africa

Speaker Bio

Jonathan
First

Lead Specialist, Product Innovation Unit,
Development Bank of Southern Africa

Jonathan qualified as solicitor in South Africa and then spent 25 years in investment banking. He is a lead specialist within the Product Innovation Unit and a member of the DBSA Innovation Hub. Jonathan was a member of the Global Steering Committee’s Impact Investing working group on Innovation Finance and on the task team that set up the Impact Investment National Advisory Board. He is on the supervisory and investment committees for South Africa’s first Green Outcomes Fund and was on secondment to the South African National Treasury. He also is on the advisory committee of the Global Climate Lab.

Joon
Park
Regional Portfolio Manager, Financial Institutions Group (FIG),
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Speaker Bio

Joon
Park

Regional Portfolio Manager, Financial Institutions Group (FIG),
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Joon Young Park is the Regional Portfolio Manager for Financial Institutions Group (FIG) in South Asia at the IFC. Prior to his current role, he opened and led IFC in the Republic of Korea. He was previously Associate Director / Senior Banker at EBRD and served as board member in EBRD’s portfolio companies in Turkey and Russia. He was also Senior VP and Head of M&A for RO Korea for Lehman Brothers, an Associate in Rothschild Inc. and an Analyst in the M&A team in Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr Park holds a BS in Business and Administration from Yonsei University (RO Korea) and an MBA from Keio Business School of Keio University (Japan).

Mitch
Carpen
Head of Risk Management and Compliance,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Mitch
Carpen

Head of Risk Management and Compliance,
GCF

Mitch is the head of Risk Management and Compliance at GCF. He has over 25 years of experience in the finance, risk and portfolio management functions of global financial and governmental organisations. He previously worked with the State of New Jersey and McKinsey & Co. as the Executive Director to startup an energy infrastructure bank. Previous to this, he worked with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in Singapore as an Assistant General Manager. He has also held senior leadership positions at Societe Generale, Prudential Financial and Reuters. Mitch has a Master’s degree in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University in New York City.

John
Morton
Fellow,
European Climate Foundation (ECF)

Speaker Bio

John
Morton

Fellow,
European Climate Foundation (ECF)

John is a Fellow with ECF, a Senior Fellow at the HHL Graduate School of Management and the Global Energy Center, a Senior Advisor to the Blended Finance Task Force and with Aligned Intermediary. He is the lead architect, manager and coordinator of the Climate Finance Partnership. A former Presidential Appointee, he served different roles in the Obama Administration, including as Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change at the National Security Council. He also held senior roles in the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Global Environment Fund, and served on various boards. He received an MBA from Wharton, an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a BA from Harvard.

Paul
Frankish
Investment Director of Strategic Initiatives,
African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Speaker Bio

Paul
Frankish

Investment Director of Strategic Initiatives,
African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Paul is responsible for new business initiatives and for the structuring and development of the managed funds of the African Infrastructure Investment Managers. He led the structuring of AIIM’s flagship AIIF3 Fund and AIIM’s dedicated renewable energy investment vehicle, Apollo - developed to provide international and domestic capital with access to Africa’s growth markets. Paul holds a directorship on the board of Cookhouse Wind Farm, South Africa’s largest wind farm.

Thomas
Haller
Head, Southeast Asia and East Asia / Public Sector Solutions Director,
Swiss Re

Speaker Bio

Thomas
Haller

Head, Southeast Asia and East Asia / Public Sector Solutions Director,
Swiss Re

Thomas Haller is the Head of Public Sector Solutions for Southeast and East Asia at Swiss Re. Thomas has more than 12 years of experience in international insurance. In that time, he has worked in several functions from underwriting, portfolio management, claims and finance. Prior to this role, he spent five years in Hong Kong leading the Finance function for Zurich Commercial Insurance APAC, including a short stint as CFO for Zurich Insurance APAC. Thomas holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Ladé
Araba
Managing Director, Africa,
Convergence Blended Finance

Speaker Bio

Ladé
Araba

Managing Director, Africa,
Convergence Blended Finance

Ladé Araba is Managing Director, Africa at Convergence Blended Finance. She previously served as Technical Adviser to the former Minister of Finance of Nigeria and was the Head of the Strategic Monitoring Unit. She was also an Adviser in the Power Sector Team at the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF). Prior to NIAF, Ladé was Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). She was formerly a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank and an Enterprise Development Specialist at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Ulrich
Volz
Founding Director,
SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance, SOAS University of London

Speaker Bio

Ulrich
Volz

Founding Director,
SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance, SOAS University of London

Ulrich Volz is Founding Director of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance and Reader in Economics at SOAS, University of London. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the German Development Institute and Honorary Professor of Economics at University of Leipzig. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute and the Board of Sufinda, the Sustainable Financial Data Initiative. Ulrich is a lead author of a recent UN report on Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries and co-editor of the recently published Routledge Handbook of Banking and Finance in Asia.

Ekhosuehi
Iyahen
Secretary General,
Insurance Development Forum (IDF)

Speaker Bio

Ekhosuehi
Iyahen

Secretary General,
Insurance Development Forum (IDF)

Ekhosuehi is the Secretary General of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF). She has extensive experience in a range of finance and private and public sector areas and was directly involved in establishing two globally pioneering initiatives - the African Risk Capacity Agency (ARC) and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF). She is a graduate of Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and was selected as a 2018 Rockefeller Foundation Resident Practitioner Fellow. She also serves on the Experts Advisory Group to the Centre for Global Disaster Protection.

Ricardo
Nogueira
Independent Consultant,

Speaker Bio

Ricardo
Nogueira

Independent Consultant,

Rick is an expert on climate finance, policy, international development, and sustainable investing. His clients include major philanthropies, governments and multilateral development banks. He is also a Member of the Board of Washington, DC’s Green Finance Authority. The DC Green Bank leverages public capital to increase and accelerate private investment for clean energy, energy efficiency and climate resiliency. During the Obama administration, Rick served as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the US Department of State where he oversaw climate finance negotiations and served as a GCF board member.

Rebecca
Mikula-Wright
Director,
Asia Investor Group for Climate Change (AIGCC)

Speaker Bio

Rebecca
Mikula-Wright

Director,
Asia Investor Group for Climate Change (AIGCC)

Rebecca manages the AIGCC secretariat and the group’s ongoing stream of work to build investor capacity on climate change in the Asia region. She is a member of the global Steering Committee for the Climate Action 100+, and was the Director for Investor Initiatives for the Australia / New Zealand Investor Group on Climate Change leading work including the Trustee. Rebecca was the General Manager of ASrIA (Asian SRI Association) after coming from the investment banking sector for Nomura, BlackRock and JPMorgan. Rebecca is also a board member of The Orangutan Project, that works on direct orangutan and habitat conservation in Indonesia.

Julian
Richardson
CEO / Founder,
Parhelion Underwriting

Speaker Bio

Julian
Richardson

CEO / Founder,
Parhelion Underwriting

Julian is the founder and CEO of Parhelion Underwriting, a specialist climate finance business focused on insurance and risk finance. He is also the Insurance Specialist advisor to the UK Government Department for International Trade. He started his career in the re/insurance sector as a producing broker at Marsh, focusing on oil and gas business in the Middle East and Africa. In 2004 he joined GE Insurance Solutions and was a senior underwriting risk manager, and a member of the Global Market executive committee. Julian has a Research Associate position at Texas A&M University’s Geochemical and Environmental Research Group. He also holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

Matias
Bendersky
Chief, Resource Mobilization Division,
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Speaker Bio

Matias
Bendersky

Chief, Resource Mobilization Division,
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Matias is the Chief of the Resource Mobilization Division of the Office of Outreach and Partnerships at the IDB. Prior to joining the IDB, he worked for the World Bank in various capacities for the South East Asia and Latin America regions. Previously, Matias served as a corporate and transactional attorney in both Buenos Aires and Washington D.C. Mr. Bendersky holds a JD from the University of Buenos Aires and a Joint Degree Masters from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Law School, Chicago.

Lionel
Zinsou
Co-chair,
SouthBridge

Speaker Bio

Lionel
Zinsou

Co-chair,
SouthBridge

Lionel is a former Prime Minister of Benin. He was Chairman of the Fondation de l’École Normale Supérieure and of Terra Nova think tank. He started his career as a lecturer at the University of Paris 13 and was a member of the Department of Industry's Minister’s Office and the Prime Minister's Office. He held senior and managerial roles with Danone, Rothschild Bank and the Private Equity firm PAI. He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po, the London School of Economics and La Sorbonne in history and economics and is a “professeur agrégé de sciences économiques et sociales”.

Katherine
Stodulka
Programme Director, Blended Finance Taskforce,
SYSTEMIQ

Speaker Bio

Katherine
Stodulka

Programme Director, Blended Finance Taskforce,
SYSTEMIQ

Katherine is Programme Director for the Blended Finance Taskforce at SYSTEMIQ. She co-authored the Taskforce’s flagship report, “Better Finance, Better World” and has published a range of articles on the topic of development finance and sustainable investing. Katherine leads SYSTEMIQ’s practice on financing natural solutions. Before joining SYSTEMIQ, Katherine was a lawyer in Australia and the UK. She helped found the inaugural Edinburgh Climate Change Conference, and provides advice to Small Island Developing Nations for COP negotiations through Climate Policy Watch. Katherine received First Class Honours in Law / Commerce from the University of Queensland.

Heleen
de Coninck
Associate Professor, Environmental Science Department,
Radboud University

Speaker Bio

Heleen
de Coninck

Associate Professor, Environmental Science Department,
Radboud University

Heleen is Associate Professor at the Environmental Science department at Radboud University. Her research interests are international climate policy, energy technology and innovation. Before joining Radboud University, she worked for over 10 years at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). She was one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of the IPCC Special Report on limiting warming to 1.5°C, which was published in 2018, and is currently a Lead Author in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.

Meizani
Irmadhiany
Director,
PT Royal Lestari Utama

Speaker Bio

Meizani
Irmadhiany

Director,
PT Royal Lestari Utama

Meizani started her career in human rights and post-disaster relief activities, including working for the International Labor Organization (ILO). As director in RLU, Meizani oversees Sustainability and Business Development. Her career in the Barito Pacific Group started in 2008, when she joined Star Energy Geothermal. At that time she also served as an Executive Secretary Consultant at the Asosiasi Panasbumi Indonesia. In 2012, she was entrusted with the position of General Manager of Business Development at Barito Pacific. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double degree BA in Political Science and Global Studies with Certificate of Distinction as a Community Engagement Scholar. She is an IDEAS Indonesia 3.0 Fellow.

Sadashiv S.
Rao
CEO,
NIIF Infrastructure Finance Limited (NIIF IFL)

Speaker Bio

Sadashiv S.
Rao

CEO,
NIIF Infrastructure Finance Limited (NIIF IFL)

Sadashiv is the CEO of NIIF IFL. He was previously Chief Risk Officer, Chief Credit Officer, Senior Director of Corporate Finance, Head of Operations (North) and Vice President of Operations (Energy Sector) at IDFC. Prior to joining IDFC, Sadashiv served with Reliance Capital Ltd. as Head of Investment Banking. He also held key positions with ICICI Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. and Procter and Gamble. Sadashiv holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a B.Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Hubert
Ruzibiza
CEO,
Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA)

Speaker Bio

Hubert
Ruzibiza

CEO,
Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA)

Hubert is the Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Green Fund. Prior to his current position, he was CEO of Impactis Capital and Senior Manager at the Rwanda Development Board. Hubert is a Board Advisor to The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, and sits on the Board of Directors of the University of Rwanda Teaching Hospital. He holds a Bachelor in International Business and Finance from the Fox School of Business at Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University Medford, Massachusetts.

Rabia
Ferroukhi
Director of Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre,
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Speaker Bio

Rabia
Ferroukhi

Director of Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre,
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Rabia is currently the Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre at IRENA. She brought to this position over 20 years of experience in the fields of energy, development and environment. She worked in both public and private sectors, including with governments in the Middle-East and North Africa, energy companies in the Mediterranean region and the GCC, and international institutions. Rabia holds a Masters in Applied Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the American University in Washington DC.

Aurélie Choiral
Gupta
Vice President, Impact Advisory and Finance (IAF) Department,
APAC Credit Suisse

Speaker Bio

Aurélie Choiral
Gupta

Vice President, Impact Advisory and Finance (IAF) Department,
APAC Credit Suisse

Aurélie dedicated most of her professional journey to the Commodity and Agribusiness sectors through various corporate finance positions globally. As a banker (Crédit Agricole, Standard Chartered, ABN Amro and now Credit Suisse) and Investment professional at a large Commodity Trading house (Noble Group), Aurélie witnessed the increasing importance of Sustainability in global supply chains. She joined the Impact Advisory and Finance (IAF) Department at Credit Suisse early this year. Aurélie graduated from Sciences Po Bordeaux in France and is the Founder of the industry organization ‘Women in Agribusiness’ (WOMAG) in Singapore.

Jason Zhengrong
Lu
Head,
Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF)

Speaker Bio

Jason Zhengrong
Lu

Head,
Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF)

Jason, Head of the GIF, joined as Lead Infrastructure Finance Specialist after ten years of working at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of The World Bank Group. He started his banking career with Bank of America in its Global Project Finance Group. He also worked at ABB Energy Capital and State Street Bank and Trust Company. Jason holds graduate degrees from Yale University (MBA), Central European University (Prague), and China’s Peking University.

Laird
Reed
Senior Investment Manager,
IFC AMC Fund of Funds Group

Speaker Bio

Laird
Reed

Senior Investment Manager,
IFC AMC Fund of Funds Group

Laird Reed is a Senior Investment Manager with the AMC Fund of Funds, where he has helped design, market, and invest two Funds of Funds totaling USD1.2B of commitments. In 2018, Laird and the AMC Fund of Fund Group’s Head, Reyaz Ahmad, led the work on a paper on sustainable private equity and venture capital for the G20. He previously served with a Washington, DC-based merchant bank, co-founded and raised venture capital for a supply chain e-commerce company, and served with Bain and Company. He holds an MBA from Darden, a BA from Princeton University and a DipSoc in Economics and Politics from Oxford.

Rajeev
Mahajan
Senior Specialist, Project Finance,
Green Climate Fund

Speaker Bio

Rajeev
Mahajan

Senior Specialist, Project Finance,
Green Climate Fund

Rajeev is in charge of GCF’s Private Sector Facility’s project finance operations. He has more than 18 years of experience in the Indian project finance market, primarily with premier Indian institutions – Power Finance Corporation, ICICI Bank and IDFC Limited. He has hands-on expertise in managing lifecycle credit risk of individual project finance assets and is experienced in track record of restructuring, refinancing and selldowns of stressed project finance assets. Rajeev has been responsible for setting up GCF’s project finance franchise and has led the Fund’s pioneering project finance transactions in Africa, Latin America and Central Asia since 2015.

Steve
Wynter
Director,
Themis

Speaker Bio

Steve
Wynter

Director,
Themis

Steve is currently a Director of Themis. Having extensive experience in the development and financing of large scale infrastructure projects across throughout Africa, he is responsible for the mobilisation of project finance funding in excess of USD2 billion. Steve is also a steering committee member of project developments totaling in excess of USD2.5 billion. He was previously a member of a technical team to the Southern African government infrastructure commission, and served as director of 8 investment companies on behalf of a Development Finance Institution. He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

2018 Sessions

GCF’s 2018 flagship Conference with the private sector attracted a strong mix of institutional investors including pension funds, insurance companies, and endowments along with project developers, climate specialised firms and high-level country representatives and dignitaries.

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