Join UNEP FI virtually this October for its 17th Global Roundtable (GRT), a major global agenda-setting event on sustainable finance. Held under the theme of “Transforming Finance, Accelerating Change”, this online event will bring together decision-makers, experts and thought leaders on a virtual event platform to help shape approaches to integrating sustainability across the banking, insurance and investment industries

UNEP FI’s Global Roundtable consistently serves as a pivotal event in finance industry action, providing attendees an opportunity to collaborate with peers, demonstrate leadership, and learn from global financial leaders; the event in 2020 convened over 4500 finance professionals, corporates, policymakers, scientists, and civil society representatives. This year’s Global Roundtable, held in partnership with Climate Action, will provide a platform for systemic impact and address critical emerging topics, including portfolio alignment, adaptation, impact management and connectivity between the finance sector and the real economy.

New: Regional focus (5-6 October)

UNEP FI will host several sessions focused on the regions across the world. These sessions will be held on 5-6 October 2022. Please view the agenda below and use the normal registration to attend the sessions, and specify which regions you are active in.


Speakers for the GRT2022 include:
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 10 October
12.00 Start of UNEP FI Global Roundtable (Day 1)
12:05 – 12:15 Welcome address

  •  Diony Lebot, Deputy CEO, Societe Generale
12:15 – 12:25 Opening Keynote

  • Al Gore, Founding Partner and Chairman of Generation Investment Management, and Former US Vice-President
12:25 – 12:50 High-level Dialogue

  • Christiana Figueres, Founder, Global Optimism
  • Oliver Bäte, CEO, Allianz
  • Emmanuel Faber, Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)
13:40 – 14:25 Panel: Delivering a sustainable financial system


  • Martin Spolc, Head of Sustainable Finance and Fintech Unit, European Commission
  • Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Chair of NGFS
  • Petra Hielkema, Chairperson of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
14:30 – 15:15 Panel: Next steps to mainstreaming impact management


  • Romina Boarini, Director of WISE Centre, OECD
  • James Wallace, Executive Director, Corporate and ESG Reporting, Novartis
  • Dimitrios Dimopoulos, Director, Corporate Development & ESG, Piraeus Bank
  • Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI
  • Moderator: Careen Abb, SDGs and Impact Lead, UNEP FI
End of Day 1
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 11 October
12.00 Start of UNEP FI Global Roundtable (Day 2)
12:05 – 12:45 Panel: From commitments to action: target setting for climate


  • Tracey McDermott, Group Head Conduct, Financial Crime and Compliance, Standard Chartered and Chair, Net-Zero Banking Alliance
  • Guenther Thallinger, SE Board Member, Allianz & Chair, UN convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance
  • Juvencio Maeztu, CFO and Deputy CEO, IKEA
  • Moderator: Remco Fischer, Climate Lead, UNEP FI
12:50 – 13:35 Panel:  From physical risks to adaptation alignment


  • Bouke de Vries, Advisor to the Board on Public Affairs, Rabobank
  • Timothy Afful-Koomson, Chief Climate Finance Officer, African Development Bank
  • Roman Roehrl, Climate Change Specialist at the Environment, European Investment Bank
13:40 – 14:25 Panel: Pathways to net-zero: Next steps and alignment for sectors

  • Dr. Sven Teske, Professor and Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
  • Antti Malava, Head of Sustainability Insights & Analytics, Danske Bank
  • Elmar Kreigler, Head of Research Department, Potsdam Institute
14:30 – 15:15 Panel: Disrupting sustainable finance through innovation

 Jenny Mathilde, Head of Partnerships, RepRisk

  End of Day 2
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 12 October
12.00 Start of UNEP FI Global Roundtable (Day 3)
12:05 – 12:15 Keynote
12:20 – 12:45 High-level dialogue

  • Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance
  • Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI
12:50 – 13:35 Panel: Principles for Responsible Banking in action

  •  Amanda Lee, Executive Manager, ESG, Suncorp
  • Yvonne Holmes,  Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB
13:40 – 14:25 Panel: Scaling blended finance

  • Chris Clubb, Managing Director, Convergence
  • Liza Jansen, Head of Responsible Investment, Prudential
  • Susana Guerra, Sector Manager, Institutions for Development, IADB
14:30 – 15:15 Panel: Data challenges and solutions

  • Truman Semans, CEO, OS-Climate
  • Bradley Foster, Global Head of Enterprise Content, Bloomberg
  • Taylor Francis, Co-Founder, Watershed
  • Andreas Hoepner, Professor Operational Risk, Banking & Finance, University College Dublin
  • Moderator: Daniel Bouzas, Regional Coordinator Europe, UNEP FI
End of Day 3
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 13 October
12.00 Start of UNEP FI Global Roundtable (Day 4)
12:00 – 12:45 Panel: PCAF Insured Emissions Standard

  • Giel Linthorst, Executive Director, PCAF
  • Martin Weymann Head Sustainability, Emerging & Political Risk Management, Swiss Re
12:50 – 13:35 Panel: Net-Zero Insurance Alliance: Target setting protocol

  • Sheri Wilbanks, Head of GRM P&C Climate and Sustainability, Axa
13:40 – 14:25 Panel: Nature positive insurance: next steps

  • Celine Soubranne, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, Axa Group
  • Ulrich Volz, Professor in Economics at SOAS University of London and Founding Director of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance
  • Vanessa Otto-Mentz, Partner, Deloitte
14:30 – 15:15 Panel: Addressing social risks through finance

  • Elin Wrzoncki, Department Director Human Rights and Business at Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Amanda Zillig, Human Rights Lead, ING
End of Day 4
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 14 October
12.00 Start of UNEP FI Global Roundtable (Day 1)
12:00 – 12:10 Keynote
12:10 – 12:45 High-Level Dialogue: Exploring intersections between climate and nature

  • Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Koushik Chatterjee, CFO, Tata Steel and members of TNFD and TCFD
12:50 – 13:35 Panel: Net-Zero Insurance Alliance: Target setting protocol

  • Sheri Wilbanks, Head of GRM P&C Climate and Sustainability, Axa
12:50 – 13:35 Panel: Financing nature-based solutions

  • Frank Hawkins, Director, IUCN Washington Office
  • Masahiro Kato, Head of Responsible Investment, Asset Management Business Division, MUFG Trust and Banking Corporation
  • Ivo Mulder, Head, Climate Finance Unit, UN Environment Programme
  • Nehru Pillay, General Manager, Research and Intelligence, Land Bank
  • Moderator: Jessica Smith. Nature Lead, UNEP FI
14:30 – 15:25 Panel: Tackling plastic pollution through circular economy for insurers and banks
End of Day 5
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 5 October 

Focus: Africa & Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean and North America

09:00 – 09:55 Middle East & North Africa (MENA) focus:

Climate action in the MENA finance industry: On the road to COP27 and COP28


  • Dane McQueen, Senior Advisor UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Senior Advisor on development and humanitarian affairs at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • Moderator: Nuran Atef, Regional Coordinator for MENA, UNEP FI
10:00 – 10:55 Sub-Saharan Africa focus:

Mobilising climate finance for loss and damage in Africa


  • Lesley Ndvolu – CEO, African Risk Capacity
  • Patty Karuaihe-Martin, Managing Director, Namib Re
  • Sara Jane Ahmed, Finance Advisor, V20
  • Moderator: Reuben Wambui, Regional Coordinator for Africa, UNEP FI
Latin and North American sessions to take place in the afternoon ( from 16:00 CEST)
16:00 – 16:55 Latin America and Caribbean focus

Unlocking Circular Economy Finance in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Catalyst for a Positive Change

17:00 – 17:55 North America focus

Paving the way for the Social Protection Gap in Canada

End of Day 
Time (CEST)
Sessions – 6 October 

Focus: Asia Pacific and Europe

09:00 – 09:55 Asia Pacific focus:

Implementing climate targets in APAC across Net-Zero Banking Alliance priority sectors


  • Cho Jeong-hoon, Head of ESG Division, Shinhan Financial Group
  • Siobhan Hill, Chief Sustainability Officer, Westpac
10:00 – 10:55 Asia Pacific and Europe focus:

Aligning international taxonomies on sustainable finance


  • Eugene Wong, CEO SFIA, host of the ASEAN Taxonomy Board
  • Mercedes Garcia Farina, Programme Manager, UNEP
  • Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Tomohiro (Tomo) Ishikawa, Manging Director & Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, MUFG
  • Helena Vines Fiestas, Commissioner, Spanish Financial Markets Authority, Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores
  • Moderator: Elodie Feller, Global Policy Lead, UNEP FI
11:00 – 11:55 Europe focus:

EU Sustainable Finance Regulation, state of play and way forward: the impact on financial institutions.  


  • Hans Biemans, Head of Sustainable Markets, ING
  • Anne-Claire Ducrocq, Head of ESG Reporting, BNP Paribas
  • Moderator: Elodie Feller, Global policy lead, UNEP FI
End of Day 

Platinum Sponsor:

Societe Generale, one of Europe’s leading financial services groups and a major player in the economy for over 150 years, supports 25 million clients every day with more than 117,000 staff in 66 countries. The Group draws on our European roots to develop our business internationally. Our unique geographic positioning enables us to connect Europe and Africa with major global financial centres in Asia and the Americas.

The Group combines financial strength, proven expertise in innovation and a sustainable growth strategy with the objective of creating value for all our stakeholders. We seek to be a trusted partner in the projects of those building tomorrow’s world today. This commitment guides our mission: to protect and manage assets and savings, finance projects, protect clients in their both their day-to-day lives and in their professional activities, ensure secure transactions and offer the best technological solutions.

Gold Sponsor:

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Switzerland, RepRisk is a pioneer in ESG data science that leverages the combination of AI and machine learning with human intelligence to systematically analyze public information and identify material ESG risks. RepRisk’s flagship product, the RepRisk ESG Risk Platform, is the world’s largest and most comprehensive due diligence database on ESG and business conduct risks, with expertise in 23 languages and coverage of 195,000+ public and private companies and 50,000+ infrastructure projects. For more than a decade, the world’s leading financial institutions and corporations have trusted RepRisk for due diligence and risk management across their operations, business relationships, and investments. Visit: 


Established in 2007 and headquartered in London, Climate Action’s mission is to facilitate collaboration to encourage the development, deployment and accelerated uptake of globally sustainable, net zero solutions. Our passionate team, led by founder Nick Henry, understands the critical role of business and finance in the transition to a net zero, just and sustainable world. That’s why our industry-leading media and event platforms help forge public-private-partnerships, bringing together CEOs, CSOs investors, politicians and city leaders to scale impact and deliver real change on the ground.


UNEP FI and Building Bridges are joining forces to bring together two weeks of sustainable finance events in October for the international finance community. Building Bridges will take place from 3-6 October at the Centre International de Conférences Geneva (CICG) and online, showcasing dynamic approaches to align financial products with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2022 edition will open with a high-level Summit, exploring finance for nature and climate change, innovation in sovereign debt management, as well as agriculture and land use. Find out more about Building Bridges Week here.


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