GCF Private Investment for Climate Conference 2022

Unlocking capital for climate action

  • Date
    15-16 September 2022
  • Venue
    Paradise City Hotel, Incheon, Republic of Korea
  • Format
    Hybrid event

Join us for the fifth annual GCF Private Investment for Climate Conference (GPIC), a flagship event that will bring together a range of leaders from the private and public sectors to explore innovative ways of mobilising finance at scale for climate action in developing countries.

GPIC provides a platform to address market failures, showcase new ideas, and forge new partnerships. GPIC 2022 will be centered on unlocking capital for climate action. Each day will consist of plenary sessions with keynote speakers and climate solution providers, coupled with a marketplace to connect investors, fund managers, donors, technology providers, and others looking to deepen their engagement in climate finance.

This year, the conference will feature both in-person and virtual participation.

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 GPIC 2022 will

Convene global leaders, executives, experts, and thought leaders from business, governments, financial institutions, and technology companies to accelerate private sector driven climate action in developing countries

Focus on successful private sector driven projects and programmes that are helping vulnerable people, communities, and ecosystems to adapt to climate change

Showcase successful climate innovations and solutions, and develop new approaches to accelerating climate innovation in developing countries

Forge new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships between international and developing country private sector entities and GCF

GPIC 2022 highlights

GPIC 2022 convened global leaders, executives, and experts from businesses, governments, financial institutions, and technology companies to accelerate private sector-driven climate action for developing countries. Key areas included adaptation, ecosystem-based solutions, and innovative technologies.

  • 47 speakers
  • 100 countries represented


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.

Day 1

Yannick Glemarec

Executive Director, GCF

Yannick Glemarec is the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund. He was appointed by the GCF Board at its 22nd meeting and took office on 3 April 2019.

Yannick has 30 years of international experience in climate change, development and finance, and their interrelationships. He served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme in UN Women from 2015 to 2018, overseeing services provided by close to 2,000 UN Women staff in over 80 countries worldwide. Before joining UN Women, he was Executive Coordinator of the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office in New York from 2013 to the beginning of 2015. He was responsible for the design and administration of about 100 UN trust funds supporting humanitarian, post-conflict, development and climate action in over 100 countries.

Previously, he served first as UNDP Deputy Executive Coordinator and then as UNDP Executive Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility in New York from 2003 to 2012, where he oversaw the formulation and implementation of a USD 6 billion portfolio for climate change management, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable natural resources management. Earlier, he worked with UNDP in increasingly senior development and environment programme positions in Switzerland, Viet Nam, China and Bangladesh.

Yannick 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, climate finance, and co-benefits between human rights, gender equality and climate action.

He is the third Executive Director of the Fund.

Day 1

Hon. John Ampontuah Kumah

Deputy Minister of Finance, Ghana Ministry of Finance

Day 1

Hon. Christopher Coye

Minister of State, Ministry of Finance, Economic Development & Investment Belize

Day 1

Cecilia Nicolini

State Secretary of Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation

Day 1

Helena McLeod

Deputy Director General, Global Green Growth Institute

Day 1

Koichiro Oshima

Managing Executive Officer, Head of Financial Solutions Group, MUFG Bank Ltd.

Koichiro Oshima is Managing Executive Officer, Head of Financial Solutions Group of MUFG Bank, Ltd.

He is responsible for the oversight of the Bank’s Financial Solutions business globally, which includes sustainability business office, syndications, M&A Finance, project finance and other structured finance products.

Koichiro is also Managing Executive Officer of MUFG and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co., Ltd, where he takes a supervisory role in Capital Markets business outside Japan. He began his career in corporate finance in Osaka Japan in 1989.

Over his 30 years career with MUFG, he has attained extensive experience across the Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) business with postings in New York, Singapore and Tokyo.

Koichiro holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Engineering from Osaka University.

Day 2

Wale Shonibare

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

Wale is currently the Director for Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation, 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.

Day 2

Henry Gonzalez

Deputy Executive Director, GCF

Henry is the GCF’s Deputy Executive Director a.i.. He has over 25 years of professional experience across sustainable and impact investing, emerging markets, and political and economic development. Prior to joining GCF he was an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He also served as member of Senior Management and Global Head of Research & Advisory at responsAbility Investments AG, where he led thought leadership, technical assistance, and ESG/impact integration strategies across the sectors of finance, climate and agriculture. He also spent time at Morgan Stanley, serving as a Vice President for Emerging Markets Debt investing and held other positions at the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Government of Costa Rica. Henry holds an MBA from Oxford University (Skoll Scholar), an MPA from Harvard University (Fulbright Scholar) and a BA in Political Science from the University of Costa Rica.

Day 1

Mitsuhiro Yamawaki

Deputy CEO, Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility

Day 1

Anuj Awasthi

VP Operations, Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility

Day 1

Vaine Nooana-Arioka

CEO, Bank of the Cook Islands

Day 2

Torsten Thiele

Founder, Global Ocean Trust

Day 2

Matthieu Muzumdar

Chief Operating Officer Europe, Meridiam

Day 2

Naveed Alam

CEO, WaterSprint Ltd

Day 1

Ronny Castillo Gonzalez

CEO, Gaia Impact

Day 2

Alamgir Morshed

CEO, Infrastructure Development Company Limited

Day 1

Yong Hyun Kim

CEO, Envisioning Partners

Day 2

Baskar Reddy

Senior Advisor, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Day 1

Emmanuel Herbosa

CEO, Development Bank of the Philippines

Day 2

Tamer El-Raghy

Managing Director, Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund (ARAF)

Day 2

Renée González Montagut

Director General, Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature

Day 2

Malick Ndiaye

Director General, La Banque Agricole

Day 1

Kamran Khan

Managing Director, Head of ESG for Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank AG

Day 1

Leong Wai Leng

Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific, CDPQ

Day 2

Anton Willems

Executive Director, Profonanpe

Day 2

Benedict Libanda

CEO, Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia

Day 2

Robert Szatmari


Day 2

Chinua Azubike

CEO, Infracredit

Day 2

Jiwoo Choi

Chief of Strategic Initiatives, Acumen

Day 2

Kerry Adler

President, CEO, Sky Power Global

Day 1

Ruth Coutto

Portfolio Manager, UNEP

Day 1

Steven Panfil

Senior Director Project Development and Implementation, Conservation International

Day 1

Hong-Thuy Paterson

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, GCF

Hong Paterson is the GCF’s Chief Financial Officer and Director of Support Services. Before joining GCF, she was responsible for leading RBC’s Investor & Treasury Services (RBC I&TS) business in Singapore, as their Managing Director and Country Head. Her role at RBC included providing strategic oversight to RBC I&TS activities and contributing to the Asia Pacific strategy. She was also the Southeast Asia Coverage Executive responsible for the overall business development strategy and client engagement. Hong joined RBC with nearly twenty years’ experience at J.P.Morgan where she worked in several sectors including Commercial Banking, Investor Services, and Asset Management based in New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, and Singapore. Hong currently sits on the University of Virginia’s McIntire Global Advisory Board. Originally from Virginia, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Day 2

Lilian Macharia

Director of Portfolio Management, GCF

Lilian Macharia is the Head of Portfolio Management at GCF. She is a Kenyan national with over 21 years of designing, structuring and managing complex public and private financial sector investments in multiple sectors, including energy, gender, agriculture, manufacturing and SME sectors across Africa. Prior to her appointment, Lilian was a Senior Program Management Specialist where she assisted in setting up portfolio monitoring and management systems, and led the team that monitored and managed the implementation of GCF's portfolio. She had served for over 11 years with the African Development Bank (AfDB) in various capacities, and represented the AfDB in various investee company boards. She also previously served in various roles in Practical Action (Eastern Africa), K-Rep (microfinance) and NEPAD Secretariat in Johannesburg. Lilian holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Business Administration from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

Day 2

Veronica Galmez

Deputy Director of the Division of Mitigation and Adaptation a.i. , GCF

Veronica Galmez is Forest and Land Use Specialist at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) where she deals with the origination and appraisal of forest and nature-based projects and programmes. She previously served for 11 years as climate change and forest specialist for Helvetas, in charge of coordinating and managing the implementation of climate compatible and sustainable land use practices in Latin American countries. Prior to joining Helvetas she worked in development and implementation of forest and conservation projects in the Amazon and Andean regions. Veronica is the co-founder of Resto-Zero, an innovative startup using circular economy in the agri-forestry industry benefitting small producers in rural areas. Veronica is a Peruvian forest engineer holding a master’s degree in tropical environmental science at the University of Turku, Finland. She specialized in sustainable business at Cambridge University. Veronica worked as a volunteer firefighter for 10 years.
Day 1

Oyun Sanjaasuren

Director of External Affairs, GCF

Dr Oyun Sanjaasuren is the Director of External Affairs. A former Minister from Mongolia, Oyun has extensive experience in representing international organisations. She served as the first President of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the governing body of UN Environment. After leaving the Government of Mongolia in 2016, she was appointed Chair of the Global Water Partnership, an intergovernmental organization to advance water security by working with over 3,000 institutional partners in more than 180 countries. Oyun's five consecutive terms in Mongolia's Parliament included stints as Minister of Environment and Green Development (2012-2014) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007 – 2008). Holding a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge, Oyun has also been a prominent advocate of civil and social rights.

Day 1

German Velasquez

Director of Mitigation and Adaptation, GCF

Day 1

Selina Wrighter

Head of Policy and Strategy, GCF

Selina is Senior Adviser in the Office of the Executive Director, providing advice to the senior management team across the gamut of the Fund's operations. She has over 10 years of experience in climate change policy and practice, with a focus on mitigation and energy issues. Before joining GCF, she worked for the Australian Government on negotiations to conclude the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, as well as on national climate policy and Pacific regional engagement. She started her career as a transactional lawyer in Baker & McKenzie's Sydney energy and resources practice.

Day 2

Kunduz Masylkanova

Senior Agriculture and Food Security Specialist, GCF

Day 2

Yariv Cohen

Founder, Ignite Power

Day 1

Hee-Tae Jung

Director / Chair Professor, KAIST

Day 1

Soh Young In

Research Director, Stanford University (Korea branch)

Day 1

Sarbinder Singh

Director of Investments, P4G

Day 1

Tae-Young Paik

International Sustainability Standards Board, IFRS Foundation

Day 2

Soji Omisore

Deputy Director of the Private Sector Facility, GCF

Day 2

Carolina Fuentes

Director of the Division of Country Programming a.i., GCF

Day 2

Jaeyoung Jin

Head of Korea, MIGA