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Join UNEP FI virtually this October for its 17th Global Roundtable (GRT), a major global agenda-setting event on sustainable finance. Held under the theme of “Transforming Finance, Accelerating Change”, this online event will bring together decision-makers, experts and thought leaders on a virtual event platform to help shape approaches to integrating sustainability across the banking, insurance and investment industries

UNEP FI’s Global Roundtable consistently serves as a pivotal event in finance industry action, providing attendees an opportunity to collaborate with peers, demonstrate leadership, and learn from global financial leaders; the event in 2020 convened over 4500 finance professionals, corporates, policymakers, scientists, and civil society representatives. This year’s Global Roundtable, held in partnership with Climate Action, will provide a platform for systemic impact and address critical emerging topics, including portfolio alignment, adaptation, impact management and connectivity between the finance sector and the real economy.


Speakers for the GRT2022 include:
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 10 October
12.00 Start of UNEP FI Global Roundtable (Day 1)
12:00 – 12:05 Opening remarks

  • Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI

12:05 – 12:15 Welcome address

  •  Diony Lebot, Deputy CEO, Societe Generale

12:15 – 12:25 Opening Keynote

  • Al Gore, Founding Partner and Chairman of Generation Investment Management, and Former US Vice-President


12:25 – 12:50 High-level Dialogue

  • Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance
  • Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI

12:50 – 13:35 Panel: Transforming finance for real economy change

  • Hacina Py, Chief Sustainability Officer, Societe Generale
  • Dr Renosi Mokate, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) South Africa
  • Ernesto Ciorra, Head of Innovability, ENEL
  • Andreas Berger, CEO of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
  • Moderator: Elliott Harris, Former Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, United Nations

13:40 – 14:25 Panel: Delivering a sustainable financial system


  • Martin Spolc, Head of Sustainable Finance and Fintech Unit, European Commission
  • Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Chair of NGFS
  • Petra Hielkema, Chairperson of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
  • Moderator: Elodie Feller, Global Policy Lead, UNEP FI

14:30 – 15:15 Panel: Next steps to mainstreaming impact management


  • Romina Boarini, Director of WISE Centre, OECD
  • James Wallace, Executive Director, Corporate and ESG Reporting, Novartis
  • Dimitrios Dimopoulos, Director, Corporate Development & ESG, Piraeus Bank
  • Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI
  • Moderator: Careen Abb, SDGs and Impact Lead, UNEP FI

End of Day 1
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 11 October
12.00 Start of UNEP FI Global Roundtable (Day 2)
12:00 – 12:05 Keynote

  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP

12:05 – 12:50 Panel: From commitments to action: target setting for climate


  • Tracey McDermott, Group Head Conduct, Financial Crime and Compliance, Standard Chartered and Chair, Net-Zero Banking Alliance
  • Guenther Thallinger, SE Board Member, Allianz & Chair, UN convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance
  • Juvencio Maeztu, CFO and Deputy CEO, IKEA
  • Moderator: Remco Fischer, Climate Lead, UNEP FI

12:50 – 13:35 Panel:  From physical risks to adaptation alignment


  • Bouke de Vries, Advisor to the Board on Public Affairs, Rabobank
  • Timothy Afful-Koomson, Chief Climate Finance Officer, African Development Bank
  • Roman Roehrl, Climate Change Specialist, European Investment Bank
  • Maria Tapia, Global Lead Climate Finance, the Global Center on Adaptation
  • Moderator: Paul Smith, Senior Consultant, Climate, UNEP FI

13:40 – 14:25 Panel: Pathways to net-zero: Next steps and alignment for sectors

  • Sven Teske, Professor and Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
  • Antti Malava, Head of Sustainability Insights & Analytics, Danske Bank
  • Elmar Kriegler, Head of Research Department Transformation Pathways, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Moderator: Jesica Andrews, Investment Lead, UNEP FI

14:30 – 15:15 Panel: Disrupting sustainable finance through innovation

  • Jenny Mathilde Nordby, Head of Partnerships, RepRisk
  • Holger Schmid, Chair of the Board, NatureFinance
  • Ross Brooks, Investment Director, Katapult Ocean
  • Moderator: Katherine Foster, Executive Director, Green Digital Finance Alliance

  End of Day 2
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 12 October
12.00 Start of UNEP FI Global Roundtable (Day 3)
12:00 – 12:25 High-Level Dialogue: Rethinking ESG and sustainability goals

  • Christiana Figueres, Founder, Global Optimism
  • Oliver Bäte, CEO, Allianz
  • Emmanuel Faber, Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)

12:30 – 12:45 Launching the Principles for Responsible Banking Academy

Keynote opening:

  • Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany


  • Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI
  • Simon Thompson, CEO, Chartered Banker Institute
  • Moderator: Johanna Dichtl, Sustainability Expert & PRB Implementation Support Manager, UNEP FI

12:50 – 13:35 Panel: Principles for Responsible Banking in action

  • Amanda Lee, Executive Manager, ESG, Suncorp
  • Yvonne Holmes,  Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB
  • Tanya Dos Santos-Ford, Global Head of Sustainability, Investec
  • Moderator: Johanna Dichtl, Sustainability Expert & PRB Implementation Support Manager, UNEP FI

13:40 – 14:25 Panel: Scaling blended finance

  • Chris Clubb, Managing Director, Convergence
  • Liza Jansen, Head of Responsible Investment, Prudential
  • Susana Cordeiro Guerra, Sector Manager, Institutions for Development, IADB
  • Moderator: Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, Director, Economy Division, UNEP

14:30 – 15:15 Panel: Data challenges and solutions

  • Truman Semans, CEO, OS-Climate
  • Bradley Foster, Global Head of Enterprise Content, Bloomberg
  • Ellen Moeller, Head of Europe, Watershed
  • Andreas Hoepner, Professor Operational Risk, Banking & Finance, University College Dublin
  • Moderator: Marianne Haahr, Nature-related Finance Lead, Global Canopy

End of Day 3
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 13 October
12.00 Start of UNEP FI Global Roundtable (Day 4)
12:00 – 12:45 Panel: Insuring the Net-Zero Transition: Evolving tools and methods

  • Sheri Wilbanks, Head of GRM P&C Climate and Sustainability, AXA
  • Giel Linthorst, Executive Director, Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF)
  • Nate Aden, Finance Sector Lead, Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)
  • Martin Weymann, Head Sustainability, Emerging & Political Risk Management, Swiss Re
  • Moderator: Butch Bacani, Lead, UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI)

12:50 – 13:35

Panel: Insuring the first- and last- mile

  • Alejandra Diaz, Director of Sustainability, Seguros Bolívar
  • Gian Sandosh Semadeni, Head, Disaster Risk Finance, CelsiusPro
  • Jeremy Gray, Technical Director, Cenfri
  • Moderator: Brandon Mathews, V20 Sustainable Insurance Facility, UNEP FI

13:40 – 14:25 Panel: Nature positive insurance: next steps

  • Ulrich Volz, Professor in Economics, SOAS University of London and Founding Director, SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance
  • Vanessa Otto-Mentz, Partner, Deloitte
  • Samantha Cook, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Group
  • Butch Bacani, Insurance Lead, UNEP FI
  • Moderator:  Jessica Smith, Nature Lead, UNEP FI

14:30 – 15:15 Panel: Addressing social risks through finance

  • Elin Wrzoncki, Department Director Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Amanda Zillig, Human Rights Lead, ING
  • Celina Padilla Maerdi, President, Banco Hipotecario de El Salvador
  • Moderator: Joana Pedro, Social Lead, UNEP FI

End of Day 4
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 14 October
12.00 Start of UNEP FI Global Roundtable (Day 5)
12:00 – 12:20 High-Level Dialogue: Ensuring stronger and clearer standards for net-zero emissions

  • Catherine McKenna, Chair, UN High-Level Expert Group on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities
  • Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI

12:20 – 12:50 High-Level Dialogue: Exploring intersections between climate and nature

  • Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Koushik Chatterjee, CFO, Tata Steel and member of TNFD and TCFD
  • Jessica Smith, Nature Lead, UNEP FI

12:50 – 13:45 Panel: Financing nature-based solutions

  • Frank Hawkins, Policy Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Candice Stevens, Chair, Sustainable Landscape Finance Coalition
  • Ivo Mulder, Head, Climate Finance Unit, UN Environment Programme
  • Nehru Pillay, General Manager, Research and Intelligence, Land Bank
  • Masahiro Kato, Head of Responsible Investment, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
  • Moderator: Jessica Smith, Nature Lead, UNEP FI

13:50 – 14:45 Tackling plastic pollution through circular economy for insurers and banks

  • Opening Keynote: Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, UN Environment Director, Economy Division
  • Joost van Dun, Director, Circular Economy, ING
  • Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, and Member, Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
  • Krassimira Peicheva, Head of Group Environmental Management and Impact Reporting, ProCredit Group
  • Dominic Charles, Director, Finance and Transparency, Minderoo Foundation
  • Andreas Merkl, Senior Advisor, Minderoo Foundation
  • Rosa Pritchard, Lawyer, Plastics, ClientEarth
  • Moderator: Peggy Lefort, Pollution and Circular Economy Lead, UNEP FI

14:50 – 15:00 Closing remarks

  • Liesel van Ast, Deputy Head, UNEP FI

End of Day 5
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 5 October

Focus: Africa & Middle East

09:00 – 09:55 Middle East & North Africa (MENA) focus:

Climate action in the MENA finance industry: On the road to COP27 and COP28


  • Randa Mounir, Africa and Middle East Engagement Lead, UNFCCC Climate Champions Team
  • Walid Ali, General Manager of the Sustainability Department at the Central Bank of Egypt
  • Raidan Al Saqqaf, United Nations Economist, UAE UN Resident Coordination Office
  • Shargiil Bashir, Chief Sustainability Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Moderator: Nuran Atef, Regional Coordinator for MENA, UNEP FI

10:00 – 10:55 Sub-Saharan Africa focus:

Mobilising climate finance for loss and damage in Africa


  • Lesley Ndlovu, CEO, African Risk Capacity
  • Patty Karuaihe-Martin, Managing Director, Namib Re
  • Sara Jane Ahmed, Finance Advisor, V20
  • Moderator: Reuben Wambui, Regional Coordinator for Africa, UNEP FI

End of Day 
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 6 October 

Focus: Asia Pacific and Europe

09:00 – 09:55 Asia Pacific focus:

Implementing climate targets in APAC across Net-Zero Banking Alliance priority sectors


  • Cho Jeong-hoon, Head of ESG Division, Shinhan Financial Group
  • Siobhan Toohill, Chief Sustainability Officer, Westpac
  • Coby Wong, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Institutional Banking Group, DBS Bank
  • Moderator: Yuki Yasui, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Network, Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ)

10:00 – 10:55 Asia Pacific and Europe focus:

Aligning international taxonomies on sustainable finance


  • Eugene Wong, CEO SFIA, host of the ASEAN Taxonomy Board
  • Tomohiro (Tomo) Ishikawa, Managing Director & Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • Helena Vines Fiestas, Commissioner, Spanish Financial Markets Authority (Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores)
  • Mireille Martini, Taxonomy Outreach Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Moderator: Daniel Bouzas, Regional Coordinator, Europe, UNEP FI

11:00 – 11:55 Europe focus:

EU Sustainable Finance Regulation, state of play and way forward: the impact on financial institutions


  • Hans Biemans, Head of Sustainable Markets, ING
  • Anne-Claire Ducrocq, Head of ESG Reporting, BNP Paribas
  • Andreas Rajchl, Policy Expert, Sustainable Finance, DG FISMA, European Commission
  • Fabien Le Tennier, Policy Expert, Sustainable Finance, European Banking Authority (EBA)
  • Moderator: Daniel Bouzas, Regional Coordinator, Europe, UNEP FI

End of Day 

Platinum Sponsor:

Societe Generale, one of Europe’s leading financial services groups and a major player in the economy for over 150 years, supports 25 million clients every day with more than 117,000 staff in 66 countries. The Group draws on our European roots to develop our business internationally. Our unique geographic positioning enables us to connect Europe and Africa with major global financial centres in Asia and the Americas.

The Group combines financial strength, proven expertise in innovation and a sustainable growth strategy with the objective of creating value for all our stakeholders. We seek to be a trusted partner in the projects of those building tomorrow’s world today. This commitment guides our mission: to protect and manage assets and savings, finance projects, protect clients in their both their day-to-day lives and in their professional activities, ensure secure transactions and offer the best technological solutions.

Gold Sponsor:

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Switzerland, RepRisk is a pioneer in ESG data science that leverages the combination of AI and machine learning with human intelligence to systematically analyze public information and identify material ESG risks. RepRisk’s flagship product, the RepRisk ESG Risk Platform, is the world’s largest and most comprehensive due diligence database on ESG and business conduct risks, with expertise in 23 languages and coverage of 195,000+ public and private companies and 50,000+ infrastructure projects. For more than a decade, the world’s leading financial institutions and corporations have trusted RepRisk for due diligence and risk management across their operations, business relationships, and investments. Visit: 


Established in 2007 and headquartered in London, Climate Action’s mission is to facilitate collaboration to encourage the development, deployment and accelerated uptake of globally sustainable, net zero solutions. Our passionate team, led by founder Nick Henry, understands the critical role of business and finance in the transition to a net zero, just and sustainable world. That’s why our industry-leading media and event platforms help forge public-private-partnerships, bringing together CEOs, CSOs investors, politicians and city leaders to scale impact and deliver real change on the ground.


UNEP FI and Building Bridges are joining forces to bring together two weeks of sustainable finance events in October for the international finance community. Building Bridges will take place from 3-6 October at the Centre International de Conférences Geneva (CICG) and online, showcasing dynamic approaches to align financial products with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2022 edition will open with a high-level Summit, exploring finance for nature and climate change, innovation in sovereign debt management, as well as agriculture and land use. Find out more about Building Bridges Week here.


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