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UNEP FI is hosting its Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Finance for Latin America and Caribbean as a virtual event on 31 August–2 September 2021, with the support of IDB, IDB Invest, RepRisk, and Fund. The virtual event will define the role of banking, insurance and investment in shaping ambitious responsible and sustainable strategies to proactively address the challenges and opportunities of a green recovery whilst transitioning to a low-carbon, inclusive and sustainable future in Latin America and Caribbean.

Read the panel summaries here.

View recordings of all sessions here

Languages: This event will be held in Spanish and Portuguese, with some sessions in English.


Day 1
Brazil - 11:00
Geneva - 16:00

Opening remarks

Eric Usher - Head, UNEP FI
Ricardo Cuesta - CEO, Produbanco Grupo Promerica, and Member of the UNEP FI Banking Board
Marisela Alvarenga - Chief of the Financial Intermediaries Division, IDB Invest

Brazil - 11:15
Geneva - 16:15
Greening the financial system for a resilient future: A regulatory perspective

Ricardo Eyer Harris - Chief of Staff for the Director of Regulation, Central Bank of Brazil
Mariana Escobar - Head of the Sustainable Finance Working Group, Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia
Marcos Mancini - Senior Sustainable Finance Advisor, UNDP
• Moderator: Diego Herrera Falla - Sector Lead Financial Markets Specialist, IDB

Brazil - 12:10
Geneva - 17:10

Achieving net-zero goals in Latin America and Caribbean: Challenges and opportunities

Martín Ezequiel Zarich - CEO, BBVA, Argentina
Octavio de Lazari Jr. - CEO, Bradesco
Edson Franco - CEO, Zurich Brazil
• Moderator: Maria Eugenia Sosa Taborda - Latin America and Caribbean Coordinator, UNEP FI

Brazil - 13:10
Geneva - 18:10

Addressing ESG risks through data

Rafaella Dortas - Head of ESG, BTG Pactual
Cesar Sanches - Sustainability Superintendent, B3
Alejandro Martinez Feres - Head of Investments, Citibanamex
• Moderator: Gabriel Cecchini - ESG Advisor, Latin America, RepRisk

Day 2
Brazil - 11:00
Geneva - 16:00

Opening remarks

Piedad Martin - Deputy Regional Director, Latin America and Caribbean, UNEP

Brazil - 11:10
Geneva - 16:10
Mapping ocean finance for a new decade: Sustainable Blue Economy

Melissa Garvey - Global Director, Ocean Protection, The Nature Conservancy
Valeria Ramundo Orlando - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Greensquare Ventures
Ray Klien - Group Head of Investment Banking, Republic Bank
Milagros Rivas Saiz - Chief for Advisory Solutions, IDB Invest
• Moderator: Dennis Fritsch - Program Coordinator, Blue Economy Finance Initiative, UNEP FI

Brazil - 12:10
Geneva - 17:10
Aligning portfolios and setting targets for nature and biodiversity

Gerardo Salazar Viezca - General Director of Risk and Credit Management, Grupo Financiero Banorte
Antonio Wills Wiesner - Technical Assistance Associate, Fund
Paula Peirão - Partnership Manager, The Nature Conservancy
José Pugas - Partner & Head of ESG and Agribusiness, JGP Crédito
• Moderator: Juan Camilo Barreneche - Land Use and REDD+ Economics and Finance Consultant for Latin America, UNEP

Brazil - 13:10
Geneva - 18:10
The role of finance institutions in financing a circular economy

Franco Piza - Head of Sustainability Area, Grupo Bancolombia
Gema Sacristán - Chief Investment Officer, IDB Invest
Teresa Rossi - Project Coordinator, Instituto Escolhas
Amalia Sangüeza-Pardo - Sustainability Superintendent, Santander
• Moderator: Ignacio Sanchez - Resource Efficiency Officer, UNEP

Day 3
Brazil - 11:00
Geneva - 16:00

Opening remarks

Patricia Coimbra - Human Capital, Sustainability and Marketing Vice President, SulAmérica Insurance Brazil, and Member of UNEP FI Global Steering Committee
Celina Padilla Maerdi - President, Banco Hipotecario de El Salvador, and Member of UNEP FI Banking Board

Brazil - 11:10
Geneva - 16:10
Promoting financial health and inclusion for a resilient society

Pia Tayag - Director of the Office, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA)
Amaury Oliva - Director of Sustainability, Financial Citizenship, Consumer Relations and Self-Regulation, Febraban
David Grey - Sustainability and Communication Manager, Banco Pichincha
Ivani Andrade - Sustainability Superintendent, Bradesco Seguros
• Moderator: Rachael Mpashi-Marx - Project Manager, UNEP FI

Brazil - 12:10
Geneva - 17:10
Aligning gender targets and equality with international frameworks

Tania Tamariz - Corporate Governance Manager, Banco Guayaquil
Rebecca Ruf - Executive Vice President, Programs, Financial Alliance for Women
Cintia Camargo - Director of Corporate Credit, Itaú Unibanco
• Moderator: Maria Eugenia Sosa Taborda - Latin America and Caribbean Coordinator, UNEP FI

Brazil - 13:10
Geneva - 18:10
Harnessing insurance for the SDGs: promoting access to insurance

Alejandra Díaz Agudelo - Director of Sustainability, Seguros Bolívar
Tomás Carmona - Head of Sustainability, SulAmérica Insurance
Enrique Hederra - Head of Strategy, Development and People, AVLA
• Moderator: Diana Diaz - Programme Supervisor, UNEP Principles for Sustainable Insurance