The St. Regis Singapore
The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911

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Event Date Thu Sep 16 +08 (9 days ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Wed Sep 15 9:30pm - Thu Sep 16 6:00am
Location The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911
Region APAC

Rebuilding our economies in a post-Covid-19 era has never been more urgent.​ All around the world, countries are still facing social and economic fallout from the global pandemic. The International Monetary Fund estimates that global GDP shrank an unprecedented 3.3 per cent in 2020 — the world’s worst recession since the Great Depression.​
Yet, vaccination rollouts and new responses are providing glimmers of hope. The IMF is now predicting a stronger recovery with growth projected to be 6 per cent in 2021. Daunting challenges remain, however. Recoveries are diverging across and within countries — particularly in the Asia Pacific region — creating large gaps in living standards, vaccination programmes and government support. ​
Against this backdrop, the role of finance in this recovery has come sharply into focus, with a growing chorus of stakeholders demanding sustainable recovery investments. In 2020, ESG investments more than doubled — with investors pouring in a record US$51 billion.​
While a positive sign, the lack of global standards on ESG funds and sustainable finance instruments has attracted widespread criticism of greenwashing. How can the financial sector adequately respond to these global concerns? What is the role of finance in the green recovery in Asia Pacific, and how can public and private sectors collaborate to scale credible ESG investments?​


2021 Speakers

Iwona Piórko
European Union Ambassador to Singapore

Neil Buhne
Regional Director, Asia-Pacific for the United Nations Development Coordination Office

Jessica Cheam
Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

Dave Chen
CEO and Chairman, Equilibrium

Herry Cho
Managing Director, Head of Sustainability and Sustainable Finance, SGX

Perpetua George
General Manager for Group Sustainability, Wilmar International

Robin Hicks
Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

Deborah Ho
Managing Director, Head of Southeast Asia, BlackRock

Georg Kell
Founding and Former Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact; Chairman, Arabesque

Nikki Kemp
Director, Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP) ASEAN Hub Director, World Economic Forum

Dr Daniel Klier
President, Arabesque

Lim Hwee Hua
Co-Chairman, Tembusu Partners, former Second Minister of Finance, Singapore

Eric Lim
Chief Sustainability Officer, UOB

Liu Chunyen
Chief Investment Officer, AIA

Vincent Magnenat
Limited Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Asia Lombard Odier Group

Gerry Mattios
Partner, Bain & Company, Singapore

Benjamin McCarron
Founder and Managing Director, Asia Research and Engagement

Conor McNamara
Managing Director, ASEAN, AWS

Mike Ng
Managing Director, Head of Structured Finance and Sustainable Finance at OCBC Bank

Gillian Parker
Assistant Editor, Eco-Business

Elena Philipova
Director of Sustainable Finance, Refinitiv

Assaad Razzouk
CEO, Gurīn Energy

Meaghan See
Director of Partnerships, Head of Events and Engagement, Eco-Business

Steven Stone
Chief of UN Environment Programme Geneva Based Resources and Markets Branch

Tan Guo Jian
ESG Product Manager, APAC, AxiomSL

Zhang Weijie
Director of Energy & Climate Policy at the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment

Sponsors & Partners

2021 ​Partners

• OCBC Bank
• Wilmar

• Equilibrium
• Fair Finance Asia
• Lombard Odier
• S&P Global Market Intelligence

• ClientEarth
• Climate Governance Malaysia
• Global Compact Network Singapore
• RS Group
• Sindicatum Renewable Energy
• SID Singapore Institute of Directors