Regional Roundtable for Sustainable Finance in Africa and Middle East

10-11 April 2019 | Cairo, Egypt

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The UNEP Finance Initiative Regional Roundtable in Africa and Middle East will be held on the 10th and 11th of April 2019  at the Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo, Egypt.

The biennial Regional Roundtable will bring together UNEP FI members and sustainable finance practitioners for two days of insights into advances in sustainable finance. The event will provide insight into key developments such as the benefits of sustainable finance integration in national economies in Africa and Middle East, uptake and implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking, positive impact measurement and growth, delivering resilient infrastructure with insurers and investors, climate related disclosures, natural capital stress testing as well

08:00- 09:00Registrations
09:00 – 09:20Welcome & Opening remarks
Alf Leila Ballroom

Master of Ceremonies:
Stuart Hutton - Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical

Welcome remarks:
Eric Usher - Head, UNEP FI
09:20 – 10:30The Case for Sustainable Finance in Africa and Middle East
Alf Leila Ballroom

Plenary Panel

Dr Mohammed Omran - Executive Chairman, Financial Regulatory Authority, Egypt
Wole Oshin - Managing Director of Custodian Investment Plc
Eric Usher - Head of UNEP FI
• Moderator: Will Martindale - Director of Policy and Research. PRI
10:30– 10:55Morning Break
10:55 – 11:10Keynote
Launch of first Sustainability report by the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA)

Alf Leila Ballroom

Dr Shahira Abdel Shahid - Senior Advisor to Chairman for Investor Protection, Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA), Egypt
11:10 – 12:10Transforming Banking: Principles for Responsible Banking
Alf Leila Ballroom

UNEP FI member banks worldwide have developed global Responsible Banking Principles that will define the banking industry’s role and responsibilities in aligning financing with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The draft Principles were launched in November 2018, and are currently open for consultation until 31 May. In this session we hear from the founding banks on how they expect the Principles to change the way they do business. UNEP FI will also present on the Principles.

Dialogue
Bennie van Rooy - Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa
Eric Usher - Head, UNEP FI


Zoom in: Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB)
Puleng Ndjwili-Potele - Banking Coordinator, UNEP FI

Reflections from Regional PRB Core-Group members:
Bennie van Rooy - CEO (Acting), Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa
Walid Fawzy - Head of Credit and Investment Exposure Management, Commercial International Bank (CIB)
Wendy Dobson - Head, Group Policy, Advocacy and Sustainability, Standard Bank Group
Heather Linton - Senior Environmental and Social Risk Manager, FirstRand
Judith Sidi Odhiambo - Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, KCB
12:10 - 12:30Youth as Sustainability Leaders of Tomorrow
Alf Leila Ballroom
Leaders Showcase

Salma Zahran - Arab African International Bank (AAIB)
Mohannad Abdel Latif - QNB Alahli
•Moderator: Dalia Nour El Din -Sustainability Unit, Arab African International Bank (AAIB)
12:30 – 13:00Development Banks' Outlook on Developing Financing Models for Meeting the SDGs
Alf Leila Ballroom
Leaders’ Dialogue

Bas Rekvelt - Manager FI Africa, The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
Gareth Phillips - Manager Climate and Environmental Finance, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex, African Development Bank (AfDB)
• Moderator: Hussein Abaza - Senior Adviser, Ministry of Environment, Egypt


13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:00Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age & its Impact
Alf Leila Ballroom

Hannah Ndarwa-Karuri - Head of Legal and Human Resources, Credit Information Sharing Association
Wendy Dobson - Head, Group Policy, Advocacy and Sustainability, Standard Bank Group
Mohamed Farag -Chief Global Transaction & Digital Banking Officer, Commercial International Bank (CIB)
Amr Abouesh - Chairman and Managing Director, Tanmeya, Egypt
•Moderator: Bas Rekvelt - Manager FI Africa, The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)

15:00 – 15:30Role of Financial Centers in Greening the Economy
Alf Leila Ballroom
Leaders’ Dialogue

David Barker - Senior Manager-Banking and Insurance, Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Abu Dhabi Global Market, UAE
Emmanuel Etaderhi - Divisional Head of Economic Development, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, Nigeria
• Moderator: Liesel van Ast - Membership and Regional Co-ordination Manager, UNEP FI
15:30 – 16:00Afternoon Break
16:00 – 17:10Parallel Sessions 1 - 2
Please choose which session you would like to attend and go to relevant room.
15:55 – 17:10Delivering Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
Alf Leila Ballroom - Parallel Session 1


Craig Davies - Head, Climate Resilience Investments Energy Efficiency & Climate Change Team, EBRD
Mukiri Muthuri - Head of Credit Analysis, Commercial Bank of Africa
Gregg Brill - Deputy Director: Green Economy Programme, Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape Government, South Africa
•Moderator: Stuart Hutton - Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical


15:55 – 17:10Impact analysis in mainstream finance: the gateway to closing the SDG financing gap
Abdeen Room - Parallel Session 2

Will Martindale - Director of Policy and Research. PRI
Nehru Pillay - General Manager – Research and Intelligence, Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa
• Moderator: Puleng Ndjwili-Potele - Banking Coordinator, UNEP FI
17:10 – 17:15Closing Remarks

Abdul-Majeid Haddad - Deputy Regional Director,West Asia Office, UN Environment
08:15 – 09:00Registrations
09:00 - 09:30Lightning Innovation Round
Alf Leila Ballroom

Transformative stories of AME members’ journey through sustainability. The session will include narratives around initiatives and innovation to inclusive finance and highlight engagement (policy level/programmatic level) on sustainable finance in Africa and in the Middle East.

Abdul-Majeid Haddad - Deputy Regional Director,West Asia Office, UN Environment, Bahrain
Dr Wadid Erian -Senior Adviser, League of Arab States, Egypt
Judith Sidi Odhiambo - Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, KCB Bank
Dorothy Maseke - Group Head of Risk and Compliance, ICEA LION Group
Ragia Afifi - Environmental Specialist, IFC, Egypt


09:30 – 09:45Keynote
Alf Leila Ballroom

H.E. Dr Yasmine Fouad - Minister of Environment, Egypt

09:45 –09:50Transition between sessions
Please select which session you would like to attend and go to the relevant room.
09:50– 11:20Parallel Sessions 3 - 4
09:50– 11:20Regional Consultation on the Principles for Responsible Banking
Alf Leila Ballroom - Parallel Session 3

Wendy Dobson - Head, Group Policy, Advocacy and Sustainability, Standard Bank
Nehru Pillay - General Manager – Research and Intelligence, Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa
Adel El-Ashmawy - Credit Underwriting Head, Business Banking Risk, Commercial International Bank
Mostafa Mahmoud Ibrahim Ismail - Sustainability Unit, Arab African International Bank (AAIB)
Nuran Atef - Social and Environmental Risk Officer, Commercial International Bank (CIB)
Heather Linton -Senior Environmental and Social Risk Manager, FirstRand
Judith Sidi Odhiambo -Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, KCB
• Moderator: Puleng Ndjwili-Potele - Banking Coordinator, UNEP FI



09:50– 11:20Climate Change – Managing Physical Risks and Financing Adaptation
Abdeen Room - Parallel Session 4

Craig Davies - Head, Climate Resilience Investments Energy Efficiency & Climate Change Team, EBRD
Kishan Khoday - Team Leader in the Arab Region Climate Change, DRR, Energy and the Environment, UNDP
Barney Dickson - Director, Strategy and Policy, Global Commission on Adaptation
Oliver Marchand - Co-Founder and CEO, Carbon Delta
Dorothy Maseke - ICEA Lion Kenya
• Moderator: Remco Fischer - Climate Lead, UNEP FI

11:20– 11:40Morning Break
11:40 – 13:00Parallel Sessions 5 - 6
11:40 – 13:00The Energy Transition & Finance: Opportunities, Risks, Commitment
Alf Leila Ballroom - Parallel Session 6

Simon Messenger - Director of France and UK, 2° Investing Initiative
Toussaint Badolo - Deputy Director of Enterprises and Financial Institutions, West African Development Bank (BOAD)
Khaldoun Hajaj - Regional Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability, Standard Chartered
Gajanana Hegde - Team Leader, Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme, UNFCCC
Chris Perceval - Director, Head of Business Development, Trucost, part of S&P Global
• Moderator: Jesica Andrews - Consultant, Climate Change and Investment, UNEP FI
11:40 – 13:00Environmental risk management – new insight and solutions
Abdeen Room - Parallel Session 5

Heather Linton - Senior Environmental and Social Risk Manager, FirstRand, South Africa
Musa Salah - Group Manager/Head Environmental and Sustainability Management Unit, Ecobank, Togo
Anders Nordheim - Ecosystems and Land Use Lead, UNEP FI
Gregg Brill - Deputy Director: Green Economy Programme, Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape Government, South Africa
13:00 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Climate Tools Workshop
Alf Leila Ballroom
The climate tools workshop will bring together investors, banks and regulators to focus on fostering interaction between the participants, developing a more comprehensive understanding of their needs for climate-related tools, as well as to showcase and gather feedback on existing and emerging tools. InvECAT, PACTA, and TCFD-relevant tools will be explored. Participants will be invited to share input and ‘co-create’ the functionality of the InvECAT tool.

Remco Fischer - Climate Lead, UNEP FI
Jesica Andrews - Consultant, Climate Change and Investment, UNEP FI


14:00End of UNEP FI Regional Roundtable Africa and Middle East

 

 

Please contact Mustafa Chaudhry (mustafa.chaudhry@un.org) for more information on partnership opportunities, registrations and general inquiries.

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