ReThink HK 2022 : Video-on-Demand

Nurturing Our Green and Sustainable Financial Talents of the Future

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 14:30 - 15:20

Location: Future Leaders Stage

Redefining Value

Overview

Hong Kong’s aspirations to develop into a regional hub for green and sustainable finance has highlighted a strong demand for talent with the relevant knowledge and skillsets. Hear from leaders in this space on how industry and higher educational institutions are working to fill the talent gap and empower our next generation of green and sustainable finance experts.

Learnings

  • How is cross-disciplinary education being fostered in universities to ensure sustainability leaders of the future are provided a broad-based learning experience, intellectual capacity building and a global outlook essential to perform meaningful analysis, make informed decisions and deliver on ESG goals?
  • How can industry best work with educational institutions to ensure future financial talents are equipped with the knowledge, skillsets and experience needed to take the baton for the city’s green finance aspirations?

Post Event Actions

  • Understand the importance of green and sustainable financial education in Hong Kong.
  • Gain insights on how current development of green and sustainable financial education can align with future industry needs.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Prof. Virginia Harper Ho

Professor

City University of Hong Kong School of Law

Prof. Virginia Harper Ho

Professor

City University of Hong Kong School of Law

Prof. Virginia Harper Ho is a Professor of Law at City University of Hong Kong and a former international M&A lawyer. Her research focuses on corporate and securities law aspects of sustainable finance. She has experience integrating sustainability concepts into the business law curriculum, including interdisciplinary sustainability courses at City University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Help all professionals understand how their clients’ work and their own expertise can create positive change for society and for the planet.

Ashley Bang

Head Data Scientist

ADM Capital Foundation

Ashley Bang

Head Data Scientist

ADM Capital Foundation

Ashley is a data scientist who applies her expertise in climate and biodiversity to inform policymakers and financial institutions. Some of her recent projects include assessing climate risks to investments, developing metrics to value biodiversity, and modelling regional fisheries resources economics for conservation. Ashley is a former Fulbright Scholar and holds a degree in Geology and Biology from Brown University.

Bon Cheung

Research Assistant

Civic Exchange

Bon Cheung

Research Assistant

Civic Exchange

Bon Cheung is a Research Assistant at Civic Exchange, focusing on transition finance development in the Greater Bay Area (GBA). Concurrently, Bon is researching GBA’s sustainable finance development with academia in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

Though he is just a final year student in HKUST, he has developed profound experience on ESG investing, reporting and researching by working in an ESG consulting firm, investment bank, research institute etc.. He was the first batch of candidates who obtained the designation of Green and Sustainable Finance Professional ™ from the Chartered Banker Institute. Since then, Bon has been publishing sustainable finance blogs on LinkedIn and major newspapers in Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Collective action is essential to drive impactful changes. I have always had the vision that Hong Kong should utilize its role as the center of sustainable finance to accelerate the decarbonizing work in the GBA and Greater China. This year, I will jointly publish a couple of papers with professionals in different domains to facilitate the collaboration between Hong Kong and other GBA cities, in terms of sustainable policy developments and taxonomy building.

Yasmine Djeddai

Head of Sustainable Finance, Asia Pacific at Société Générale and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Finance Working Group at the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Yasmine Djeddai

Head of Sustainable Finance, Asia Pacific at Société Générale and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Finance Working Group at the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Yasmine has more than 17 years of international banking experience in structured finance and advisory. Her team focuses on origination and structuring of sustainable financing solutions, as well as on supporting its clients to accelerate the development of innovative solutions and new business models that deliver positive impact.

Yasmine actively participates in a number of regional sustainability initiatives and working groups. She is Co-Chair of the Sustainable Finance Working Group of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong as well as Co-Chair of the Green & Sustainable Loan Committee of Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA).

Yasmine holds a Masters Degree in Management from the Institut des Mines – Telecom Business School, Paris. She is certified by the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS) with the CESGA certification (Certified Environmental Social Governance Analyst).

Veronique J. A. Lafon-Vinais

Associate Professor of Business Education

HKUST

Veronique J. A. Lafon-Vinais

Associate Professor of Business Education

HKUST

Ms. Veronique Lafon-Vinais is a seasoned financial market professional with over 20 years of banking and capital markets experience. She has worked in all the major financial markets and has extensive experience in all the major debt markets. She is now dedicating herself full time to education and teaching as Associate Professor of Business Education, Department of Finance, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), where she teaches in the MBA/MSc programs as well as in the Undergraduate Programs, and professional training and consulting for the finance industry. She is the Executive Director, Career Development & Corporate Outreach for the School of Business and Management at HKUST, Associate Director for the UG programs, Co-Director of the BSc in Sustainable and Green Finance, Associate Director of the tri-degree World Bachelor in Business Program, and Project Director for the HKUST-NYU Stern MSc in Global Finance.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

There are numerous issues that need urgent attention, such as the enormous waste management problem and urgent housing problem, that will necessitate strategic intervention by the government. Younger generations are rightfully worried and anxious about the increasing negative impacts of pollution and climate change, in addition to the rising costs of goods and services. With collaborative efforts and leadership from government, industry, education and the community, these problems can be effectively addressed.

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