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International Platform on Sustainable Finance: EU and Asian perspectives

In October 2019 the European Union launched together with Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Kenya and Morocco the International platform on sustainable finance (IPSF). Since its launch, Indonesia, New Zealand, Norway, Senegal, Singapore and Switzerland also joined the IPSF.

The aim of the IPSF is to coordinate efforts of scaling up environmentally sustainable finance and to promote globally integrated markets. The IPSF serves as a forum where a dialogue between policymakers developing sustainable finance regulatory measures can take place.

Following the publication of the first annual report on the work of the IPSF in October 2020 and the announcement that Japan has decided to join the IPSF, this webinar will offer a good opportunity to discuss the progress, impact and future plans of the IPSF.

Green finance in Asia has taken off in the last years, which has been supported by various measures such as introduction of carbon price, ESG disclosures for listed companies, creation of taxonomies, increase in green lending and green bonds markets, as well as including banks’ sustainability practices in supervisory assessments.

The event will look at global trends in sustainable finance, especially focusing on growing initiatives in Asian jurisdictions and explore how these initiatives work together with the sustainable finance mechanisms developed by the EU.

The speakers will gather ideas on how to further develop global standards on sustainable finance and insure international cooperation and discuss what role could the private sector play in the global decision making process.

The event is finished.


30 Nov 2020


10:30 am - 11:30 am
Nickolas Reinhardt


Nickolas Reinhardt


Other Organizers

Emanuel Dos Santos
Emanuel Dos Santos

Junior Consultant


  • Amane Yamazaki
    Amane Yamazaki
    Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Business Office, MUFG

    Mr. Yamazaki has been serving as Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Business Office (Social & Environmental Risk Management), Solution Products Division of MUFG Bank, Ltd. Prior to the current assignment, he has more than 14 years of experiences in risk management and finance arrangement of project finance particularly in power and renewable energy sector. He is also an Advisory Committee member for Environmental and Social Considerations of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Technology from Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), a Certified Member Analyst of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan.

  • Caroline Wellemans
    Caroline Wellemans
    Deputy Head of Sustainable Finance Unit, DG FISMA, European Commision

    Caroline Wellemans is deputy head of the sustainable finance unit of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA) of the European Commission. Caroline is notably responsible for formulating and developing new policies in the field of Sustainable Finance within the European Union and for coordinating with international partners approaches to mobilise private investors towards green investments across the globe. Prior to his current role, Caroline was deputy head of the corporate reporting and accounting unit of DG FISMA. She also worked as a policy officer within the Capital Markets Union unit to promote market-based finance in Europe and in particular designing legislative and non-legislative measures to revive the IPO markets for SMEs in Europe. Since joining the Commission, Caroline worked in the central services of the Commission to contribute to improving the Commission governance structure as well as getting better results and impact from the EU budget. She also worked within the Directorate General for Competition on the enforcement of European Competition rules by controlling aid granted by Member States to banks in the context of the financial crisis as well as monitoring economic adjustment programmes in close collaboration with the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Caroline graduated from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management as a business engineer with a major in finance.

  • Carolyn Neo
    Carolyn Neo
    Chief Representative, Monetary Authority of Singapore

    Carolyn is currently the Chief Representative of MAS London Representative Office. Prior to this appointment, she is part of the Management Committee, and the Executive Director and Department Head for Organisation Development and Communications, overseeing the organisation transformation and external communications of MAS. Previously she was the Head of Financial Centre Development Department, with oversight on the development of Singapore as an international financial centre. Carolyn was also the Director of Prudential Risk Division in MAS, responsible for MAS’ prudential policy formulations and reviews relating to Singapore’s banking sector. Carolyn served as the Business Development Division Head in Financial Centre Development Department from 2008-2013.
    Before joining MAS in 2008, Carolyn was the Regional Director of Europe, International Operations Group based in London, with Enterprise Singapore. Within Enterprise Singapore, she was involved in various roles involving Domestic Exports, Capability Development, International Trade Policy and Organisation Development matters. She was seconded to Ministry of Trade and Industry and was part of the negotiating teams for Singapore’s Free Trade Agreements with New Zealand and the US.

  • Daniel Hanna
    Daniel Hanna
    Managing Director & Global Head Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

    Daniel is the Global Head of Sustainable Finance for Standard Chartered Bank. Daniel has two decades of banking experience in emerging markets, with a particular focus on Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, providing advice to companies, institutions and governments on their ESG and credit ratings, raising equity and debt, restructuring their business activities, and investing in emerging markets.
    Daniel has driven a number of a market firsts including the launch of the first Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) money market and retail deposits by a major bank; the World’s first Sovereign Blue Bond for the Republic of Seychelles; the first World Bank IDA sovereign bond for the Republic of Ghana and Standard Chartered’s inaugural SDG aligned bond, which was six times oversubscribed. Standard Chartered was awarded Best Bank for Sustainable Finance by Global Finance in 2019.
    Daniel has helped raise several billion dollars for health, social development and infrastructure. He set up and ran Standard Chartered’s USD 1bn fund to finance the fight against COVID19 and created the post-Ebola Reconstruction Facility for Sierra Leone. He, and his team, have led several innovative financing transactions, particularly in the use of “blended finance” working with development finance institutions to mobilize more than USD 5bn in commercial capital towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Standard Chartered was rated the leading private sector institution in blended finance by Convergence over the last 5 years. Daniel and his team have also supported more than 2.5 million of the most vulnerable households through microfinance.
    Daniel is a board member of the African development finance institution, Africa Export Import Bank. Daniel is also a Steering Group member of the United Nations Development Programme’s Sustainable Development Goals Impact Group, the United Nations Global Investors Alliance for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership, and the City of London’s Sustainable Development Capital Initiative. Daniel established and provided the secretariat for the UK India CEO Forum under the sponsorship of Prime Ministers David Cameron and Manmohan Singh. Daniel was also a member of the UK China Emerging Leaders Roundtable. He has a Masters in Business Administration (Distinction) from London Business School, a Certificate d’Etudes European from Science Po Strasbourg and a BA in Economics and Politics from Exeter University.

  • Michael Mainelli
    Michael Mainelli
    Director, Z/Yen

    Professor Michael Mainelli FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group, is a qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin. Michael gained his PhD at the London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor of Innovation & IT. His career spans scientific research, accountancy-firm partner, and director of Ministry of Defence research. His biggest technical claim to fame might be the first commercial digital maps of the world in the early 1980s. Michael founded and chairs Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank, famous for its Global Financial and Green Finance Centres indices, is non-executive director of a listed firm and a regulator, Fellow of Goodenough College, and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. Michael is Emeritus Professor & Life Fellow at Gresham College where he created the Long Finance initiative asking “when would we know our financial system is working?” His third book, The Price Of Fish: A New Approach To Wicked Economics And Better Decisions , won the Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize, and Michael was British Computer Society Director of the Year 2005. Michael is an Alderman and Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021.