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International Webinar: Green Finance and Responsible Investing
7:00pm AEDT

Members only - Complimentary

1 hour

CB International

FINSIA is proud to partner with the Chartered Banker Institute and the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers on our first International Webinar. 

With climate change increasingly dominating the news agenda, this timely, thought-provoking webinar will look at Green Finance and Responsible Investing.

This webinar will explore how Australia and the UK are progressing in this space and how they compare globally on green and sustainable finance, responsible lending and financial inclusion.

Senior FINSIA fellow Giles Gunesekera, who has been recognised for his early advocacy of Impact Investing and ESG by the United Nations, will be on a panel moderated by Chartered Banker Institute CEO Simon Thompson, author of "Green & Sustainable Finance: Principles and Practice" and Co-Chair of the UK's Green Finance Education Charter initiative.

Angela Falconer, Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative 

Dr. Angela Falconer is Associate Director in CPI’s climate finance division. She leads the London office, where she oversees the work of a team of analysts, while also supporting cross-cutting strategic projects for the organization. She advises government and investment leaders on climate finance, and brings particular expertise on the land use and agriculture sectors.

She also led international public climate finance tracking efforts for the first editions of the Global Landscape of Climate Finance, and subsequently led studies in Indonesia and Côte D’Ivoire to build national landscapes of climate finance, in collaboration with relevant ministries. Recently, she has led a collaboration to establish a Land Use Finance Tool, making the national landscape methodology open source.

A frequent speaker at high-profile events, Angela has provided expert climate finance commentary at the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance, at a UK parliament inquiry on multilateral climate finance, the Africa Green Growth Summit, Climate Week, the Africa Impact Investing Forum, FT Climate Finance Summits, and at COP side-events, among many others.

Prior to joining CPI, Angela worked as a climate change and energy policy consultant, primarily for European government agencies. She holds a PhD in the Science and Management of Climate Change from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where her thesis focused on REDD+ finance, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Geography from the University of Glasgow.

Speaker Bio - Giles Gunesekera SF Fin, Chief Executive Officer, Global Impact Initiative

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Giles is the Founder and CEO of Global Impact Initiative. Giles has over 25 years’ experience of building and developing teams and businesses for global enterprises. Giles has held senior roles in the financial services industry spanning recruiting, training, product, distribution and leadership.

Giles has received an Outstanding Alumnus award from Oxford for creating an innovative, sustainable business that generates positive social impact. Giles is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs, Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development.

Giles has a unique blend of leadership and business skills gained in the corporate environment married with financial and governance skills gained in the Not for Profit sector. Giles holds numerous Volunteer Not-for-Profit Directorships ranging from Human Rights, Disabilities, Education, Arts and Sports. Giles is on Advisory Boards for the United Nations for Climate & Health and Sustainable Finance. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Securities and Investments Institute of Asia Pacific.

Giles has formal academic qualifications from Melbourne University, Monash University, Financial Services Institute of Australia and Oxford University.

Speaker Bio - Simon Thompson, CEO, Chartered Banker 

Simon Thompson

Simon leads The Chartered Banker Institute’s work to shape and implement professional standards and professional development for bankers. Simon Thompson was appointed as the Institute’s Chief Executive in 2007. In 2011, Simon led the establishment of the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board (CB:PSB). He is a Board member of the CB:PSB and chairs the CB:PSB’s Professional Standards Committee.

Before joining the Chartered Banker Institute, Simon was responsible for managing the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB), developing ethics and education standards for accountants. He previously worked for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), establishing ACCA in 25 countries in Central & Eastern Europe, and leading a number of EU and other donor-funded accounting education and reform programmes.

Simon holds a BA (Politics and Economics) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh. He is one of our Fellows (FCIBS), and a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).

Simon chairs the Global Education Standards Committee recently established by a group of leading international banking institutes and is a lay member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. He is a former Vice President of the European Bank Training Network.

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