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NYC - FIN AND TONIC: Sustainable Finance

by B-Hive, Flanders Investment & Trade, CO2Logic

by B-Hive, Flanders Investment & Trade, CO2Logic

Join us on June 25 for our monthly FIN AND TONIC on the future of Sustainable Finance! During this FIN AND TONIC, we will bring experienced practitioners with a global perspective to fuel a lively discussion on ESG metrics, green bonds and the future of Sustainable Finance.

Environmental, social and governance issues are now a major factor in investment. In fact, in the words of former NYC Mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, “capital markets are one of the most powerful tools in the fight against climate change”. And one which is often overlooked!

Sustainable finance refers to any form of financial service integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into the business or investment decisions for the lasting benefit of both clients and society at large.

According to Leonie Schreve, ING's Global Head of Sustainable Finance, the appetite for green bonds and loans is growing across all sectors and types of companies. The demand, Schreve says, is coming from companies learning they can use this financing to achieve sustainable goals.*


6.00 Doors open

6.30 Welcome & Intro by the Belgian Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt

6.45 Introduction on Climate & Sustainable Finance by Arnaud Brohé, PHD, CEO - CO2Logic

7.00 Panel Discussion moderated by Satyajit Bose, Associate Director sustainability - Columbia University:

  • Amisha Parekh, Senior Product Strategiest, Sustainable Finance. - Bloomberg LP
  • Stephen Freedman, PHD, Head of Sustainable Investing Solutions - UBS
  • Jamie Martin, Executive Director - Morgan Stanley's Global Sustainable Finance Group
  • Hui Wen Chan, Vice President Corporate Sustainability - CITI

7.45 Networking reception


Arnaud Brohé, PhD, is CEO of CO2logic Inc., an international carbon management and offset firm. Brohé teaches carbon management at Imperial College London. His book Carbon Markets, published by Routledge in 2009, was the winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Award (2010). Brohé’s new book, a Handbook of Carbon Accounting, was released by Greenleaf Publishing (Taylor & Francis) in December 2016.

Stephen Freedman is a seasoned investment professional focused on expanding the footprint of sustainability and impact investing. He has nearly twenty years of experience in areas ranging from tactical and strategic asset allocation, economic research to thematic investing, ESG and quantitative modeling. As the head of Sustainable Investing Solutions for UBS Wealth Management USA, he is responsible for strategically developing the Sustainable Investing Products and Services platform, while promoting sustainable investing concepts and solutions to financial advisors and clients through engagement and education. Stephen earned a Ph.D. in financial economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, following a master’s degree in economics and business administration from the same institution. He is a board member of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, teaches environmental finance at NYU's Wagner school as an adjunct faculty member and is the founding co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Sustainable Finance.

Hui Wen Chan is a Vice President in Citi's Corporate Sustainability team. She supports sustainable finance and other cross-functional initiatives that drive environmental and social impact. She also leads Citi's ESG strategy and reporting, and serves on the UNEP FI Banking Committee as the North America Representative. Hui has prior work experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining Citi, she advised clients across a variety of industries at Sagent Advisors, Inc. and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman Group). She also served as a Program Officer for the William J. Clinton Foundation’s pediatric HIV/AIDS program in Beijing, China, and was a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow and Associate Director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Hui is based in New York City. She received a A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Amisha Parekh is a Senior Sustainable Finance Product Strategist in Bloomberg’s Sustainable Business and Finance team. She is responsible for developing the strategy for Bloomberg’s sustainable finance products and supports initiatives related to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and enterprise products. Prior to Bloomberg, Amisha was a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s US Strategy, Innovation, and Transformation group. She has helped several manufacturing, consumer goods, and retail clients develop sustainability strategies and improve operational performance. She has previously also worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble and in the Corporate Sustainability Team at Walmart. She is the co-author of High Performance Hospitality: Sustainable Hotel Case Studies, one of the first books published on sustainability in the hospitality industry. Amisha holds an MBA and Master’s in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan and a BS in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Jamie Martin is an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance group, responsible for delivering sustainable investing products and solutions to the firm's institutional and wealth management clients. In this role, Jamie collaborates across the firm’s Institutional Securities, Investment Management and Wealth Management divisions to drive adoption of sustainable investing strategies seeking to achieve competitive financial returns alongside measurable positive environmental and/or social impact. He is a representative on the Executive Committee of The Green Bond Principles and B Lab’s Multinational and Public Markets Advisory Council. Jamie started his career at Citigroup, working in the firm’s Global Investment Research division. He graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. and received an M.B.A. after studying at HEC Paris and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.