UNEP FI is hosting its Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Finance for Europe as a virtual event on 10-11 November 2021. 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 Europe.

UNEP FI’s biennial Regional Roundtable for Europe, part of its major five regional event series on sustainable finance, will showcase the cutting-edge responses to emerging global trends in ESG, highlight the responsible banking and insurance agendas as well leading market practice in areas such as financing the net zero transition, biodiversity protection, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), taxonomy development and data challenges.

Read the panel summaries here.

Day 1
Geneva - 13:00

Opening remarks

Eric Usher - Head, UNEP FI

Geneva - 13:05

Werner Hoyer - President, European Investment Bank

Geneva - 13:15

Achieving net-zero goals in Europe

Guenther Thallinger - SE Board Member, Allianz & Chair, UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance
Tracey McDermott - Group Head, Conduct, Financial Crime and Compliance, Standard Chartered
Renaud Guidée - Group Chief Risk Officer, AXA
• Moderator: Remco Fischer - Climate Lead, UNEP FI

Geneva - 14:15

Linking European ambition to global goals

Elodie Feller - Policy Officer Sustainable Finance, DG FISMA, European Commission
Antoni Ballabriga - Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA
Pilar Gutierrez - Acting Head of the Reporting and Transparency Unit, European Banking Authority
• Moderator: Daniel Bouzas - Europe Regional Coordinator, UNEP FI

Geneva - 15:102 years of Principles for Responsible Banking implementation

Jennifer Coleman - Social Policy and Emerging Issues Lead, Sustainable Banking, NatWest Group
Nathalie Jaubert - Group Corporate Social Responsibility, Deputy Head, BNP Paribas
Ambika Jindal - Global Lead, Climate & Wholesale Banking Group Sustainability, ING Bank NV
Anna Monticelli - Head, Circular Economy Desk, Intesa Sanpaolo
• Moderator: Johanna Dichtl - Sustainability Expert & PRB Implementation Support Manager, UNEP FI

Geneva - 16:10Insight session: Application of the EU Taxonomy to core banking products

Denisa Avermaete - Senior Policy Adviser, European Banking Federation
Corinne Raux - Senior Advisor on Taxonomy, UNEP FI
Lucile de la Jonquière - Director, Public Affairs, Société Générale Group
Manuel Perez de Castro - Group Risk VP, Enterprise Wide Risk Management, Banco Santander
• Moderator: Robert Bopp - Associate Partner, CBS Director, Co-Lead Sustainable Finance, Financial Services, Ernst & Young

Day 2
Geneva - 13:00

Insight on COP26

Remco Fischer - Climate Lead, UNEP FI

Geneva - 13:10
Harnessing insurance for the SDGs

Gillian Rutherford-Liske - Head Reinsurance Sustainability, Swiss Re
Karin Greve-Isdahl - Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Communications and Industry Policy, Storebrand
Linda Freiner - Group Head of Sustainability, Zurich Insurance Group
• Moderator: Butch Bacani - Programme Leader, UN Environment Programme’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative

Geneva - 14:10

Growing leadership for nature positive portfolios

Oliver Withers - Biodiversity Lead, Credit Suisse
Charlotte Kaiser - Managing Director, NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy
Gemma James - Senior Lead, Environmental Issues, Principles for Responsible Investment
• Moderator: Jessica Smith - Nature Lead, UNEP FI

Geneva - 15:10

Addressing data needs, challenges and next steps - Perspectives from Europe

Michal Piechocki - CEO, Business Reporting - Advisory Group
Hans Biemans - Head of Sustainable Markets, ING
Luc Hendrickx - Director, Competitiveness of Enterprises, External Relations, Legal Affairs, SMEunited
Andreas Hoepner - Professor Operational Risk, Banking & Finance, University College Dublin
• Moderator: Helena Viñes Fiestas - Commissioner, Spanish Financial Markets Authority, Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores

Geneva - 16:10Managing sustainability impacts: Towards a system of norms

Clara Barby - CEO, Impact Management Project
Antoni Ballabriga - Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA
Eric Usher - Head, UNEP FI
Shelagh Whitley - Chief Sustainability Officer, Principles for Responsible Investment
• Moderator: Careen Abb - SDGs and Impact Lead, UNEP FI