GCF
Private Investment for Climate
Conference

The only global conference on private investment for climate change.

10 - 11 October 2018, Republic of Korea

It's the start of a Marketplace

The 2018 GCF Private Investment for Climate Conference is the only global conference on private investment for climate, and is expected to bring key players from the private sector together to explore innovative ways of investing in climate activities.

 

Creating connections and new business opportunities

Our committee worked hard to ensure an exciting programme for private sector engagement, investment insights, and networking opportunities. Hear the First Lady of Costa Rica, Claudia Dobles Camargo, as she sets out the possibilities for engagement and interaction in this inaugural conference.

 

Fresh market insights

Rich interactions

Rewarding investment opportunities

Conference Speakers

Global investors as well as leaders from different industries and fields will share their valuable insights on complex questions and issues on climate finance and the important role that private companies play.


Javier
Manzanares
Deputy Executive Director,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Javier
Manzanares

Deputy Executive Director,
GCF

Javier is the Deputy Executive Director at GCF. Prior to joining GCF, he was Director and Representative of UNOPS in the MERCOSUR region, and was Division Manager of Investment and Development Banking at the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. Javier was also the Executive VP for two privately held banks of Grupo Fierro. His career in banking and finance began with Banco Santander/BSCH in the United States, Hong Kong and Japan.

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.

Claudia
Dobles Camargo
First Lady,
Republic of Costa Rica

Speaker Bio

Claudia
Dobles Camargo

First Lady,
Republic of Costa Rica

The First Lady of the Republic of Costa Rica, Claudia Dobles Camargo, has over 14 years of experience in design, project management and urban planning. She has dedicated her professional career in the development of large-scale projects around the world and the promotion of sustainability and resilience. As First Lady, she focuses her work in three main areas: housing, mobility and urban planning. She was educated in Costa Rica and Spain in architecture and business administration.

Cyrille
Arnould
Head,
GEEREF / EIB

Speaker Bio

Cyrille
Arnould

Head,
GEEREF / EIB

Cyrille became the Head of the Global Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Fund team in 2009. He was formerly a Senior Officer in the Africa Caribbean and Pacific department where he oversaw the development of private equity and microfinance portfolios. Prior to joining the EIB, Cyrille was a Senior Investment Officer at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) SME department. Before joining IFC, Cyrille worked in Russia for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), first as Investment Manager for Smolensk Regional Venture Fund and then as Principal Banker in Moscow.

Patrice
Backer
Partner / Chief Investment Officer,
AFIG Funds

Speaker Bio

Patrice
Backer

Partner / Chief Investment Officer,
AFIG Funds

Patrice is a Partner and Chief Investment Officer of AFIG Funds, a growth equity fund manager based in Senegal. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the investment process. Mr. Backer is a member of the Investment Committee and has more than 12 years of PE experience in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to AFIG Funds, Patrice led PromoCapital Haiti S.A., and started his career at JP Morgan in the Latin America M&A Group before joining Morgan’s Emerging Markets Derivatives Desk.

Le
Ban
Co-Founder,
Carbonium Cibola Partners

Speaker Bio

Le
Ban

Co-Founder,
Carbonium Cibola Partners

French registered engineer and alumni of Mines ParisTech, Le Ban began his career as technical cadre at Veolia Water. He is specialised in potable water and wastewater treatment, with experiences in France, Morocco and China. He was a financial analyst on the carbon market in Veolia Headquarters before joining Carbonium Cibola Partners as one of executive associates. Mr. Ban was one of the key team member that developed the only approved CDM project in wastewater treatment industry. He is also independent expert in the Asian Development Bank and African Development Bank.

Robert
Barker
Head of Sustainable Finance & Investment,
Global Markets Asia Pacific of BNP Paribas

Speaker Bio

Robert
Barker

Head of Sustainable Finance & Investment,
Global Markets Asia Pacific of BNP Paribas

Rob is Head of Sustainable Finance & Investment, Global Markets Asia Pacific of BNP Paribas. Prior to BNP Paribas, Rob worked for Trucost, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and AXA Investment Managers. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MA in History of Art, and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). He was a Board Director for ASrIA, the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia.

Barbara
Buchner
Executive Director,
Climate Policy Initiative

Speaker Bio

Barbara
Buchner

Executive Director,
Climate Policy Initiative

Dr Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of Climate Policy Initiative, and is one of the 20 most influential women in climate change. She is the lead author of CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance and Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal – a joint report with the OECD that played a seminal role in the lead up to the Paris Agreement. Barbara regularly speaks at high-profile events as an expert in climate policy and climate finance. She was Senior Energy and Environment Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Graz.

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 designing, leading and implementing a broad range of growth, realignment and startup initiatives in global financial and governmental organisations. He previously served worked with the State of New Jersey, McKinsey & Company, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and at Societe Generale. Mitch has a masters degree in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University and a masters and bachelors degree in Economics and Information Science from Rutgers University.

Mauricio
Chacón Romero
Country Manager for Costa Rica,
Central American Bank for Economic Integration

Speaker Bio

Mauricio
Chacón Romero

Country Manager for Costa Rica,
Central American Bank for Economic Integration

Mauricio is the Country Manager for Costa Rica at the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI). Prior to CABEI, has has more than 20 years experience in local and regional financial institutions in positions related to the financial restructuring of projects in areas such as energy, telecommunications, health and infrastructure. A Costa Rican citizen, Mauricio holds an academic degree in Business Administration from the Latin American University (ULACIT), and a Master's degree from the International Center for Economic Policy of the National University of Costa Rica (UNA).

Alvin
Chandra
Regional Advisor,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Alvin
Chandra

Regional Advisor,
GCF

Alvin is currently a Regional Advisor for GCF. He previously served in different organisations such as the IUCN, GIZ, Caritas Swiss, Oxfam, the Environment Protection Authority and UNDP. He currently serves as an Expert Reviewer for the IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere and a Principle Advisor to the Government of Queensland, Australia on adaptation investments. Alvin is a Charted Climate Change Specialist at the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He holds a PhD in climate sciences, agriculture and international development from the University of Queensland.

Fernando
Cubillos
Head of Energy,
IDB Invest

Speaker Bio

Fernando
Cubillos

Head of Energy,
IDB Invest

Fernando is an energy and climate finance expert, with more than 25 years of experience and deep knowledge in power and carbon markets. He founded and was managing partner of Antuko Comercialization, an energy advisory and development firm focused in risks solutions for power markets. Fernando held positions in Commodities in JP Morgan, the Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank, and Hidroeléctrica Guardia Vieja.

Stephen
Donofrio
Principal / Founder,
Greenpoint Innovations

Speaker Bio

Stephen
Donofrio

Principal / Founder,
Greenpoint Innovations

Stephen is Principal and founder of Greenpoint Innovations. He is also Director of Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace and Supply Change Initiatives, where he oversees overall initiative development and strategy, management and relationship creation of partners, collaborators, and sponsors, stakeholder coordination, and public representation. He was a Vice President of the Carbon Disclosure Project in North America and Canada, and was an economist at Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).

Patrick
Doyle
Senior Managing Director,
MGM Innova Capital

Speaker Bio

Patrick
Doyle

Senior Managing Director,
MGM Innova Capital

At MGM Innova Capital, Patrick originates, structures and supervises equity and mezzanine debt investments in clean energy projects and companies. Before joining MGM, he was in the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank, where he led the IDB’s loans and technical support for distributed generation and energy efficiency, and managed numerous international climate investment funds.

Dirk
Forrister
President / CEO,
IETA

Speaker Bio

Dirk
Forrister

President / CEO,
IETA

Dirk is President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). He was formerly Managing Director at Natsource LLC. Dirk served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration, and also served as Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs; and Legislative Counsel to Congressman Jim Cooper. He now serves on the Board of Directors of the Verified Carbon Standard and as a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the American Carbon Registry.

Carolina
Fuentes
Secretary to the Board and Head of Governance Affairs,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Carolina
Fuentes

Secretary to the Board and Head of Governance Affairs,
GCF

Carolina is the Secretary to the Board and Head of Governance Affairs at GCF. Prior to her current role, she was formerly Deputy Director General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico, and served as Director for Climate Change in the same ministry. Carolina holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Master's degree in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford (UK).

Chika
Fukuyama
Associate,
MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Speaker Bio

Chika
Fukuyama

Associate,
MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Chika is an Associate with the Social and Environmental Risk Assessment Office of MUFG Bank, where she leads initiatives with GCF. She previously promoted infrastructure development through strengthening framework with multilateral agencies, particularly in Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. In addition to project finance, she was likewise engaged in corporate lending for several oil and gas projects. She holds both bachelors and masters degrees in Economics from Keio University.

Dexter
Galvin
Head,
CDP Supply Chain Program

Speaker Bio

Dexter
Galvin

Head,
CDP Supply Chain Program

Dexter runs CDP’s program to enable major multinationals and governments achieve sustainable supply chains, influencing over USD 2 trillion in annual procurement spend. His supply chain experience is extensive, having worked in time-critical logistics. Passionate about harmonising reporting standards, he has led efforts to standardise environmental reporting. In 2013 he launched a major new initiative called Action Exchange to accelerate emissions reductions in corporate supply chains.

Jürg
Grütter
CEO,
Grutter Consulting

Speaker Bio

Jürg
Grütter

CEO,
Grutter Consulting

Jürg is the CEO of Grutter Consulting. For more than 25 years, he has worked on sustainable transport, both on the policy level as well as designing and implementing programs and projects in the transport field. Jürg was a member of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) of the UNFCCC and an advisory board member of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) of the UNFCCC as representative of Swiss government until 2017. He holds a PhD in Economics and a post-graduate degree in development affairs from the Universities of St. Gallen, ETH Zürich and Basel, Switzerland.

Thomas
Haller
Head of Global Partnerships,
Swiss Re

Speaker Bio

Thomas
Haller

Head of Global Partnerships,
Swiss Re

Thomas is the Head of Global Partnerships for South-East Asia at Swiss Re., based in Singapore. He has more than 11 years of experience in international insurance. Throughout his career, Thomas has worked in various functions—including underwriting, portfolio management, claims and finance. Prior to his current role, he led the Finance function for Zurich Commercial Insurance APAC, including a short stint as CFO.

Bill
Hare
Founder / CEO,
Climate Analytics

Speaker Bio

Bill
Hare

Founder / CEO,
Climate Analytics

Bill is a physicist and climate scientist with over 30 years experience in science, impacts and policy responses to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion. He is a founder and CEO of Climate Analytics. He contributed actively to the development of the international climate regime since 1989, including the negotiation of the 1992 UNFCCC, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and the 2015 Paris Agreement. He was a Lead Author for the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, for which the IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Bill has been described as “the physicist who has become a go-to climate adviser" for dozens of poor nations.

Krisztina
Havas
Partner,
Bancroft Group

Speaker Bio

Krisztina
Havas

Partner,
Bancroft Group

Krisztina joined Bancroft in 1990, where she works on deal sourcing, structuring and closing transactions, with a primary focus on the Baltics, Poland and Hungary. She has been active in sourcing, executing, monitoring and exiting investments for all of Bancroft's funds. She currently serves on the Board of Graniser, and was the former investment officer and head of Bancroft's Budapest office. She holds a master of arts in humanities from ELTE University and a graduate degree in finance from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences.

Raul
Herrera
Partner,
Arnold and Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Speaker Bio

Raul
Herrera

Partner,
Arnold and Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Raul is a partner in the international arbitration and corporate practice groups of Arnold and Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. For over 25 years, his practice concentrated on international arbitration, international corporate and financing transactions on behalf of various private, public, and multilateral entities. Raul previously served as the general counsel of IDB Invest and is a widely celebrated legal practitioner, having been recognised by various groups and publications over the years. Raul also served as Interim General Counsel and Legal Director of GCF while remaining a partner of the firm.

Harald
Hirschhofer
Senior Advisor,
TCX

Speaker Bio

Harald
Hirschhofer

Senior Advisor,
TCX

Harald is Senior Advisor at TCX, where he works on scaling up the development impact of TCX and on new strategic initiatives. Over the past years, a large part of his efforts has been dedicated to developing local currency financing solutions for renewable energy and other infrastructure investments in frontier and emerging markets. He also played a key role in starting-up Mantis BV, an advisory firm which provided forecasting and risk quantification services for frontier market investors.

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.

Ibrahima
Kane
CEO,
FONSIS

Speaker Bio

Ibrahima
Kane

CEO,
FONSIS

Ibrahima is the CEO of FONSIS, a Sovereign Wealth Fund of Senegal, which manages government assets and invest in projects. He was Executive Director in charge of Agro-industry, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and SMEs, since the creation of FONSIS. Prior to FONSIS, he spent 19 years in Agro-industry across Africa and in France, of which 12 years were spent in various managerial executive positions.

Sungwoo
Kim
Head, Environment and Energy Research Institute,
Kim & Chang

Speaker Bio

Sungwoo
Kim

Head, Environment and Energy Research Institute,
Kim & Chang

Sungwoo Kim was an energy investment management at POSCO and regional head of climate change and sustainability at KPMG Asia Pacific. He now leads the environment and energy research center at Kim & Chang, and is also an adjunct professor of Korea University in earth and environmental sciences. He has served in the boards and advisory groups of Asia Clean Energy Fund, the World Bank, GGGI, Korea ∙ Mongolia Economics & Business Association, GCF, KOICA, and IETA.

Jay
Koh
Founder / Managing Director,
Lightsmith Group

Speaker Bio

Jay
Koh

Founder / Managing Director,
Lightsmith Group

Jay has over 20 years of experience in private equity and sustainable investment. Before founding Lightsmith, he served at Siguler Guff, R3 Capital Partners, the Carlyle Group, and was also Head of Investment Funds & Chief Investment Strategist at Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Jay chairs the Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group (GARI) and serves on the Private Sector Advisory Group of GCF. 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.

Rachel
Kyte
CEO,
Sustainable Energy for All

Speaker Bio

Rachel
Kyte

CEO,
Sustainable Energy for All

Rachel is CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. She was formerly the World Bank Group VP and Special Envoy for Climate Change, VP for Sustainable Development, as well as a member of IFC’s management team.

Trinidad
Lecaros
Head, Area of Sustainable Economic Growth,
Ministry of Finance, Chile

Speaker Bio

Trinidad
Lecaros

Head, Area of Sustainable Economic Growth,
Ministry of Finance, Chile

Trinidad Lecaros is the head of the Area of Sustainable Economic Growth in the Ministry of Finance of Chile. She is currently leading the development of the first National Financial Strategy in Chile for Climate Change and coordinating different initiatives aimed not only to reduce CO2 emissions, but also to generate a long-term country vision, that allows positioning the sustainable and competitive economic growth.

Ignacio
Lorenzo
Director of Climate Change,
Uruguay Ministry of Housing, Land Planning and Environment

Speaker Bio

Ignacio
Lorenzo

Director of Climate Change,
Uruguay Ministry of Housing, Land Planning and Environment

Ignacio is Director of Climate Change in the Ministry of Housing, Land Planning and Environment of Uruguay and Chair of the Coordination Board of the National Climate Change Response System. He is an Alternate Board Member of GCF, and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the GCF Board. He also serves as Uruguay's Focal Point to the UNFCCC and National Designated Authority to GCF. He holds a degree in architecture and is currently Assistant Professor in Urban Economics at the Institute of Urban Theory at Universidad de la República in Uruguay. Ignacion was awarded Climate Champion by the British Council in 2010, for his early career work in adaptation and mitigation planning at the metropolitan region of Uruguay.

Ram
Mahidhara
Chief Investment Officer,
IFC

Speaker Bio

Ram
Mahidhara

Chief Investment Officer,
IFC

Ram is the Chief Investment Officer, Infrastructure and Natural Resources at IFC, and has nearly 25 years of infrastructure experience. He oversees the implementation of a USD 2 billion, externally-financed, debt facility mobilized to supplement IFC’s own infrastructure financing. He has served with the IFC in various senior level positions in different geographical offices, including Hong Kong, Johannesburg, and Washington DC.

Ricardo
Nogueira
Independent Consultant,

Speaker Bio

Ricardo
Nogueira

Independent Consultant,

Rick is an independent consultant on climate finance, international development and sustainable investing whose clients include major philanthropic foundations, multilateral development banks, blended finance initiatives and several private equity fund managers. He previously completed a tour at the US Department of State with the Obama administration, serving as a Senior Adviser to the US Special Envoy for Climate Change. He was as a Managing Director at EEA Fund Management. Rick also ran the Latin American portfolio for Trading Emissions plc (TEP).

Anthony Osa
Oboh
Managing Director/CEO,
Unique Venture Capital

Speaker Bio

Anthony Osa
Oboh

Managing Director/CEO,
Unique Venture Capital

Anthony is the Managing Director and CEO of Unique Venture Capital (UVC). UVC is the Fund Manager for the IFC and Cordaid sponsored, West African Venture Fund for SME Equity investments in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Before UVC he had stints at the National Risk Fund PLC (NRF), the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) and was also as a research scientist at the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR).

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

Speaker Bio

Uche
Orji

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

Uche is the Managing Director and CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), where he was responsible for driving its growth strategy since 2012. Under his leadership, NSIA has become a highly regarded institution. Prior to joining the NSIA, he served with UBS Securities, JP Morgan Securities, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Diamond Bank Plc. and Arthur Andersen & Company. Uche has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Bachir Ismael
Ouedraogo
Minister of Energy,
Burkina Faso

Speaker Bio

Bachir Ismael
Ouedraogo

Minister of Energy,
Burkina Faso

Ismaël is the Minister of Energy of Burkina Faso. An expert in renewable energy economics, sustainable development, climate change risks and policies, he served as a professor researcher in England and at the International Institute of Environment and Water (2iE) in Burkina Faso, and has authored a dozen scientific publications. He was elected to the National Assembly of Burkina Faso in 2015, first as the Third Parliamentary Secretary before being appointed as Minister. He holds a PhD in Renewable Energy Economics and Climate Change from the University of Manchester in England.

Skander Khalil
Oueslati
Senior Partner / CIO for Sub-Sahara Africa,
AfricInvest Group

Speaker Bio

Skander Khalil
Oueslati

Senior Partner / CIO for Sub-Sahara Africa,
AfricInvest Group

Skander is a Senior Partner and CIO for Sub-Sahara Africa with the AfricInvest Group. Previously, he was head of Structured Finance at BMCE International in London, which he joined after spending 8 years working for the International Finance Corporation (IFC). During his time at the IFC, he focused on investments in Telecoms and Infrastructure and executed IFC’s first CFA denominated bond issue in West Africa.

Shilpa
Patel
Director of Mission Investing,
ClimateWorks Foundation

Speaker Bio

Shilpa
Patel

Director of Mission Investing,
ClimateWorks Foundation

Shilpa is Director of Mission Investing at ClimateWorks Foundation. She has a development banking, project finance and climate policy background, and started her career at the World Bank, before heading the International Finance Corporation’s work on climate strategy and metrics. Shilpa has consulted with a number of organisations on climate finance. Shilpa holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught courses on Project Finance at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Alberto
Pisanti
Founding Partner & CEO,
Absolute Energy Capital

Speaker Bio

Alberto
Pisanti

Founding Partner & CEO,
Absolute Energy Capital

Alberto enjoys over 20 years experience in the energy sector from the financing, corporate/utility, investment banking and principal investment perspectives. He founded Absolute Energy Capital, an independent investment platform spun-off the Deutsche Bank Renewable Energy Investment team that he built and managed. Before Deutsche Bank, Alberto was responsible for the Italian clients of Dresdner Kleinwort’s Energy and Utilities Corporate Finance Group, and was a former Head of Capital Markets at Edison SpA, as well as part of the Energy team of MCC’s Structured & Project Finance Group.

Jyotsna
Puri
Head of Independent Evaluation Unit,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Jyotsna
Puri

Head of Independent Evaluation Unit,
GCF

Dr Jyotsna Puri or Jo Puri leads the Independent Evaluation Unit of GCF. She was the former Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation at the International Initiative of Impact Evaluation (3ie). Jo is also adjunct associate professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York. She has more than 23 years of experience in policy research and development evaluation at several organisations including the World Bank, Columbia University and the UN. Jo has also led evaluation related work for UNDP, UNICEF, GEF and the MacArthur Foundation. She has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Resource Economics and a Masters in Development Economics.

Kilaparti
Ramakrishna
Head of Strategic Planning,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Kilaparti
Ramakrishna

Head of Strategic Planning,
GCF

Kilaparti Ramakrishna is the Head of Strategic Planning at GCF. He was a lead author of the IPCC fifth assessment, previously served with UNESCAP and UN Environment, was Special Advisor in drafting the UNFCCC and helped establish the World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development. He is an elected life member of the US Council on Foreign Relations and World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served on the board of trustees of Consensus Building Institute and New England Forestry Foundation. Dr Ramakrishna taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard Law School, Boston University and Boston College Law Schools and Yale University, among others. He holds a PhD in international environmental law.

John
Rhee
CFO,
Nobel Sustainability Trust

Speaker Bio

John
Rhee

CFO,
Nobel Sustainability Trust

John is the CFO for Nobel Sustainability Trust (NST). He was a founding partner of Stratis Impact, and led investment efforts at Softbank’s alternative investment space. John likewise worked at the United States Whitehouse as well as in Davis Polk Wardwell New York. He sits as an Investment Committee member for Barbara Bush Foundation. He received a JD from Yale Law School and a BA from Cornell University.

Julian
Richardson
CEO,
Parhelion Underwriting

Speaker Bio

Julian
Richardson

CEO,
Parhelion Underwriting

A recognized innovator in climate risk finance, Julian is the CEO of Parhelion Underwriting, with 15 years’ experience in climate finance and 25 years’ experience in the re/insurance sector. For 12 years he was a broker at Marsh, responsible for Middle East energy business, before moving to GE where he was the senior underwriting risk manager for the Global Markets portfolio.

Érico Rial Pinto
da Rocha
Coordinator, International Development & Sustainability,
Brazilian Ministry of Finance

Speaker Bio

Érico Rial Pinto
da Rocha

Coordinator, International Development & Sustainability,
Brazilian Ministry of Finance

Érico is currently the actual Coordinator for International Development and Sustainability at the Secretariat for International Affairs of the Brazilian Ministry of Finance. Prior to his current role, he served in the Brazilian National Treasury. He has experience in climate change finance, carbon pricing, environmental accountability, macroeconomics and economic development, and tries to combine a solid macroeconomic background with environmental indicators and climate change rationale on his analysis. Érico also holds a master’s degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Joaquin
Rodriguez-Torres
Managing Partner,
Princeville Global.

Speaker Bio

Joaquin
Rodriguez-Torres

Managing Partner,
Princeville Global.

Joaquin is a Managing Partner of Princeville Global. He was previously a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, and spent almost a decade in Silicon Valley with Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. He has advised clients globally, including Alibaba, Cisco Systems, Qunar, Renren, Tencent, Xiaomi, and others. He is a frequent contributor to publications like the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. Joaquin holds a BS with honors from Universidad Catolica Argentina and an MBA with honors from The University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Sachindra
Rudra
Chief Investment Officer,
Acumen

Speaker Bio

Sachindra
Rudra

Chief Investment Officer,
Acumen

Sachin is the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen. Prior to his current role, he was Country Director / CEO of Acumen in India and represented Acumen on the boards of various companies. Before Acumen, he was a Director in the India office of Navis Capital, and served in Hindustan Unilever Ltd, McKinsey & Co., and Piramal Healthcare. He holds a bachelors degree in Economics from St Stephen's College in Delhi, a masters degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an MSc from the London School of Economics. He has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Carlos
Sanchez
Climate Resilience Finance Director,
Willis Towers Watson

Speaker Bio

Carlos
Sanchez

Climate Resilience Finance Director,
Willis Towers Watson

Carlos is Climate Resilience Finance Director at Willis Towers Watson (WTW). Prior to joining WTW, Carlos managed a climate resilience finance facility at the Multilateral Investment Fund - part of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, and served at the Economic Office of the Spanish Embassy as Foreign Direct Investment Advisor and later as Business Development Manager for a project finance advisory firm. He holds a Master in Finance from the London Business School and a Master in International Relations from Georgetown University.

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.

Wale
Shonibare
Director for Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation,
African Development Bank

Speaker Bio

Wale
Shonibare

Director for Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation,
African Development Bank

Wale is Director for Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation at the African Development Bank. 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. His recent experience includes fund raising for investors in energy assets across Africa. He holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a B.Eng (honors) from the University of Glasgow.

Lalanath
de Silva
Head of Independent Redress Mechanism,
GCF

Speaker Bio

Lalanath
de Silva

Head of Independent Redress Mechanism,
GCF

Dr Lalanath de Silva is the Head of the Independent Redress Mechanism at GCF. He has been a practicing layer for more than 30 years. He was a legal consultant in the Sri Lanka Ministry of Environment, and was a member of the country's Law Commission. Lalanath previously served at the Environmental Claims Unit of the UN Compensation Commission, was Director of the Environmental Democracy Practice at the World Resources Institute (WRI), and was a member of the Compliance Review Panel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Lalanath has a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, a Master of Laws from the University of Washington, and graduated from the Sri Lanka Law College as an Attorney-at-Law.

Hoon Sahib
Soh
Special Representative,
World Bank Group Korea Office

Speaker Bio

Hoon Sahib
Soh

Special Representative,
World Bank Group Korea Office

Mr Hoon Sahib Soh is the Special Representative of the World Bank Group (WBG) Korea office, where he oversees the expansion of the Korea office and strengthens the partnership between WBG, the Korean public and private stakeholders. He served in the WBG Beijing office as the Program Leader responsible for supervising the economic policy related work on China and Mongolia. Prior to that, Mr. Soh was based in the Washington DC headquarters of the World Bank. Mr. Soh joined the World Bank in 2000 as a Young Professional after receiving a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

Ikho
Suh
Head of Investment Planning,
Korea Investment Corporation (KIC)

Speaker Bio

Ikho
Suh

Head of Investment Planning,
Korea Investment Corporation (KIC)

Ikho is the head of Investment Planning at the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC), where he is in charge of implementing the sovereign wealth fund's investment strategies and policies and developing its responsible investment program. Prior to his current role, he was the head of KIC’s New York and London offices. An economist by training, Mr. Suh obtained his Ph.D. candidacy from Harvard University.

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.

Nicola
Tollin
Executive Director,
RESURBE

Speaker Bio

Nicola
Tollin

Executive Director,
RESURBE

Dr Nicola Tollin is Professor with special responsibilities in Urban Resilience at University of Southern Denmark and Executive Director of RESURBE International Program on Urban Resilience. He also worked at University IUAV of Venice, Technical University of Denmark, Technical University of Catalunya, and University of Bradford. He has been serving as expert for numerous private and public organizations, including local-authorities, European Commission and United Nations programs and agencies, including UN-Habitat and UNFCCC.

Noor
Ullah
Global Head of Agriculture,
Acumen

Speaker Bio

Noor
Ullah

Global Head of Agriculture,
Acumen

Noor is a Senior Impact Investment professional with deep expertise in agribusiness investing. He is currently the Global Head of Agriculture at Acumen. He has also co-authored Growing Prosperity, a report focused on understanding the adoption of innovations by smallholder farmers in Africa and South Asia. Prior to joining Acumen, he worked with the World Bank on studies involving impact of agriculture on the environment and as an M&A advisor to a number of private sector enterprises. He holds a degree in economics and computer sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Robert
Van Zwieten
CEO,
Private Capital Development

Speaker Bio

Robert
Van Zwieten

CEO,
Private Capital Development

Robert is the CEO of Private Capital Development, a firm focused on capital mobilisation into development and climate investments by building institutional-quality private equity and venture capital eco-systems. He is also the CEO of The Serendra Group, an emerging markets advisory firm. He previously served as President and CEO of EMPEA, as well as Director-Private Sector Capital Markets at ADB in Manila. Prior to this, he has served in senior executive roles with GE Capital, GE Energy, Singapore Exchange, Lehman Brothers and ABN AMRO Bank.

John
Walker
Chairman,
Macquarie Capital Asia

Speaker Bio

John
Walker

Chairman,
Macquarie Capital Asia

John is the Vice Chairman of Macquarie Capital Asia, as well as Executive Chairman of Infrastructure Utilities and Renewables for Asia for Macquarie Capital. He is also 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.

Gary
White
CEO and Co-Founder,
WaterEquity and Water.org

Speaker Bio

Gary
White

CEO and Co-Founder,
WaterEquity and Water.org

Gary White is CEO and Co-Founder of WaterEquity, the first-ever impact investment manager dedicated to ending the global water crisis, with an exclusive focus on raising and deploying capital to water and sanitation enterprises throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. White is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Water.org, an international nonprofit that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. A member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Water, White’s entrepreneurial vision continues to drive innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed. These innovations serve as models in the water sector. White’s accolades include — TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people, Henry W. Bloch School of Management Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award, Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award, and the World Policy Institute’s World Social Impact Award.

Elizabeth
Yee
Vice President, Resilience Finance,
100 Resilient Cities

Speaker Bio

Elizabeth
Yee

Vice President, Resilience Finance,
100 Resilient Cities

As Vice President, Resilience Finance, Liz leads 100 Resilient Cities’ work with member cities and partners to overcome the financial challenges of resilience urban project development and implementation. She brings over 20 years of project finance experience to 100RC, and has completed over USD 30 billion in senior managed transactions. She previously worked in the Wealth Management and Public Finance divisions at Morgan Stanley, and in Public Finance at Lehman Brothers.

Yuan
Yuan
Head of China and Southeast Asia Hub,
GRI

Speaker Bio

Yuan
Yuan

Head of China and Southeast Asia Hub,
GRI

Yuan leads GRI’s activities in the Greater China Region and advances reporting at the regional level. She manages and supports a variety of GRI’s global and regional projects. Yuan manages governmental and corporate relations of GRI in the Greater China Region, as well as partnership with key stakeholders such as GRI’s GOLD Community members, stock exchanges, governmental organizations, industrial associations for policy innovation and upgrading.

Schedule

This is GCF’s flagship Conference with the private sector, and will attract 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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Featured Sessions

Global landscape of climate finance: the gap

Climate investment opportunities: where are the deals

Investing in innovations and climate technologies

The here and now of low-emission transport

The emergence of renewable private equity funds

Understanding Carbon Market

Thinking out of the box on climate induced insurance and reinsurance

Participants

We're pleased to have invited participants from over a hundred organisations to this inaugural conference. Expect to interact with representatives from these organisations (and more) on ideas on how to invest in climate.

100 Resilient Cities

Absolute energy

Acumen

AFIG Funds

African Development Bank (AfDB)

AfricInvest

Arnold & Porter

Asian Development Bank

Asobancaria

Bancroft Private Equity

BNP Paribas

CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Canadian Solar

CARBONIUM

Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)

China Institute of Green Carbon

Climate Analytics

Climate Finance Advisors

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI)

ClimateWorks Foundation

COFIDES

Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

EcoEnterprises Fund

Embassy of Australia

Embassy of Canada

Embassy of Ecuador

Embassy of Nepal

Embassy of the FDR of Ethiopia

Embassy of Zambia

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

European Investment Bank

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

FYNSA

GEF Capital Partners

GICON - Großmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Global Reporting Initiative

Government of Sri Lanka

Green Point Innovations

Hyundai Green Energy

IDB Invest

Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (INCOFER)

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

International Emission Trading Association

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

KB Securities

KfW

Korea Development Bank (KDB)

Korea Investment Corporation (KIC)

KPMG

Macquarie Bank

MGM Innova Capital

MIGA

Ministry of Economy, Spain

Mirova

Mitsubishi Research Institute

MUFG Bank

National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines

Nigeria Soverign Investment Authority

Oliver Wyman

Parhelion Underwriting

POSCO E&C

PricewaterhouseCoppers (PwC)

Princeville Global

ResponsAbility

Shell Foundation

SouthBridge

Sustainable Energy for All

Swiss Re

Tata Cleantech Capital Limited

TCX Fund

The Lightsmith Group

TPG Capital

Unique Venture Capital

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

US Renewable Group

Water Equity

Willis Towers Watson

World Bank


Conference Venue

Grand Hyatt Incheon is located in 208 Yeongjonghaeannam-ro, 321 Beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon, Republic of Korea. It is easily accessible from the downtown area of both Seoul and Incheon via the Incheon International Airport Expressway.