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Open to EuroCham Members ONLY

Synopsis

Climate related issues are front page news but there are several indications and trends that suggest that biodiversity is at a critical crossroads. The rate of biodiversity loss is accelerating, and urgent actions are required to assess potential risks to be managed and mitigated.

The introduction of the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) as a market-led initiative proves its relevance to financial institutions and corporations to take the ‘biodiversity pulse’ by understanding, assessing and disclosing their dependencies on nature, the impacts they have on nature, and the risks and opportunities they face from nature-related issues. 

In this discussion, we bring together experts providing different perspectives and insights around research, initiatives and financing requirements for nature conservation, the development of new technologies and solutions to better understand and protect biodiversity.

 

Programme

3.30 pm    Registration
4.00 pm    
Welcome Remarks by Ms Nikki Kemp, Executive Director at Singapore Green Finance Center
4.05 pm    Opening Remarks by Mr Corrado Forcellati, Co-Chair of EuroCham Sustainability Committee
4.10 pm    
Moderated Panel Discussion by Ms Sabrina Noiran, Chief Sustainable Business Officer at BNP Paribas

  • Mr Akshat Garg, Assistant Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance at WWF
  • Ms Evelien Hoojiman, Regional Sustainability Lead at ING Bank
  • Prof Hao Liang, Associate Professor of Finance at Singapore Management University (SMU) and Co-Director at Singapore Green Finance Center

5.00 pm    Open and Interactive Q&A
5.25 pm    
Closing Remarks
5.30 pm    
End of Event

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.

 

Panellists

Mr Akshat Garg
Assistant Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance
WWF

Akshat Garg is currently the Responsible Investment Lead, Asia Sustainable Finance, at WWF Singapore. In this role, he focuses on supporting financial institutions in the region to integrate environmental and social considerations into their decision-making processes.

Prior to joining WWF Singapore, Akshat worked closely with the Indian government as an Economic & Policy consultant, actively contributing to the Skill India Mission. One of his key responsibilities was leading the coordination of national-level initiatives for skill mapping. Additionally, he conducted a comprehensive national survey to identify skill gaps within the Indian manufacturing sector. Before joining the Indian government, Akshat managed the Zero Fatality Corridor on the Mumbai Pune Expressway. Through his efforts, the project achieved a significant 43% reduction in fatalities along the corridor, improving safety conditions for commuters. During the pandemic, Akshat organized a national youth response to the second wave of the pandemic in India. This initiative involved the mobilization of 1400 volunteers to address the challenges faced during the crisis.
Akshat holds a Master of Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. 

 

Ms Evelien Hooijman
Regional Sustainability Lead
ING Bank N.V.

Evelien is the Regional Sustainability Lead for ING APAC, in this role she is responsible for coordination and implementing ING Wholesale banking’s sustainability strategy and ambition in the region. Adhering to the motto ‘attention goes, where money flows’, Evelien focuses on ING’s net zero commitment portfolio steering and transition pathways.

Evelien started her career more than 15 years ago at ING. Her prior roles within ING Group included positions in Acquisition Finance and Corporate Coverage both mid corporate and international Clients. She is an accomplished public speaker and has extensive experience in a number of board roles in non-governmental organisations.

Prior to moving to Singapore in 2019, she worked and lived in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Moscow. Evelien holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

 

Prof Hao Liang
Associate Professor of Finance at Singapore Management University (SMU)
Co-Director at Singapore Green Finance Center

Dr Hao Liang is an Associate Professor of Finance and the Co-Director of the Singapore Green Finance Centre at Singapore Management University (SMU), where he is also the recipient of Ho Bee Professorship in Sustainability Management, BNP Paribas Fellowship, DBS Sustainability Fellowship, and Lee Kong Chian Fellowship. He is an extramural fellow of Tilburg University, and serves as a member of European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), the Steering Committee of Impact & Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium, and China ESG30 Forum. He has published his research work in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Finance, Journal of International Business Studies, Management Science, Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing, among others. He is the Section Editor (Finance & Business Ethics) of Journal of Business Ethics, an Associate Editor of Journal of Business Research, Asia-Pacific Journal of Financial Studies, and British Accounting Review, and on the editorial review board of Strategic Management Journal. 

 

Moderator

Ms Sabrina Noiran
Chief Sustainable Business Officer
BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking in Asia Pacific

As Chief Sustainable Business Officer for BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking in Asia Pacific, Sabrina is responsible for coordinating the implementation of BNP Paribas sustainability strategy in the Region.

Sabrina has 17 years of banking experience in France, Hong Kong and Singapore. She joined BNP Paribas in Paris in 2005 as a legal counsel. She then held several positions in BNP Paribas Securities Services as transaction manager and sales and relationship manager. Sabrina relocated to Hong Kong in 2011 as Regional Head of Business Development for Debt Market Services. In 2015, she joined BNP Paribas APAC Compliance to contribute to the creation and launch of the domain Protection of Clients’ Interests (PIC) across the Region and then became Deputy Head of PIC and Wealth Management Compliance APAC.

Sabrina holds a Master in International Business Law from the University of Toulouse 1, France.

 

This meeting is only open to EuroCham members. If you a non-member and are keen to attend, please contact Eva Vincetic at eva@eurocham.org.sg


 

POST-EVENT

On 4th March, EuroCham’s Sustainability Committee organised an event on ‘The Biodiversity Pulse’ for Southeast Asia.

We would like to express our gratitude to Singapore Management University (SMU) for including their faculty and students in the discussion and for hosting us on campus. Thank you to Ms Nikki Kemp (Singapore Green Finance Centre) for setting the tone for the discussion and to our panellists, Ms Evelien Hooijman (ING Bank), Prof Hao Liang (SMU) and Mr Akshat Garg (WWF-Singapore) for all the insights and knowledge shared.

Thank you to our moderator, Ms Sabrina Noiran (BNP Paribas), who skillfully weaved the discussion through the complexity of biodiversity. We talked about the impact of nature on businesses and vice versa. They all emphasised the importance of private financial institutions jointly investing in biodiversity and nature-based solutions and the potential of blended financing, but firstly to start focusing on preventing nature degradation. There are many guidance documents and recommendations (e.g. The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures) that are not (yet) mandatory, but the panel warns, that once they are, it might already be too late. Instead, we should integrate nature into business decision-making processes and promote nature mainstreaming. However, all that won’t be possible without the help of regulators.

We would like to thank all who joined us and made this event successful!