Net Zero & Nature Positive Theatre (Keynote)

Rethinking the Role of Sustainable Finance in Hong Kong

Day 2 : 15:30 – 16:20

Hong Kong’s push to develop as a hub for sustainable finance comes in the midst of increased scrutiny on the effectiveness of green bonds to support projects that have the biggest impact in lowering emissions, as well as the effectiveness of listing requirements and pressures from sustainable investing frameworks to guide corporations to act more sustainably. 

By answering these questions, this panel hopes to deepen the understanding of Hong Kong’s role as a sustainable financier, ensuring impact from the government’s current push and enhancing Hong Kong’s future outlook. 



  • Since the launch of the Centre for Green Finance in 2019, Hong Kong has made rapid strides towards its goal of becoming a global hub for sustainable finance. However, the data on the global outlook of green financing reveals that in comparison to its other premier financial offerings, green financing in Hong Kong is still in its nascent stages. Hong Kong issued green bonds, in the amount of USD 16 billion over the past 3 years – a long shot from the USD 68 billion in bonds issued by China in just one year.
  • To continue Hong Kong’s push to be a sustainable finance hub, this panel aims to revisit Hong Kong’s initial pitch for becoming a sustainable finance hub and track the progress it has made since 2019.
  • Beyond channeling investment to new renewable energy, green transport, and green building projects, have green bonds been leveraged effectively to improve the environmental performance of existing buildings and infrastructure?
  • Looking beyond the Greater Bay Area, how can Hong Kong service the needs of its neighbours, especially as ASEAN countries remain some of those most in need of sustainable development and exposed to the dangers of climate change?

Post-Event Actions 

  • Understand that harnessing the financial potential of sustainable development will require the collective ambition and innovation of businesses, financial institutions and policymakers. 
  • Gain insights on the opportunities and barriers for the city to advance its green and sustainable finance ambitions and ensure long-term progress and impact beyond Hong Kong and the GBA. 


Eric Stryson

Managing Director

Eric leads GIFT’s sustainability advisory business, manages private and public sector clients, and facilitates GIFT’s leadership development programmes. He has worked with thousands of executives from all regions in areas of governance, business, and sustainability. He writes and speaks on topics related to societal resilience, technology, and the shifting role of business in society.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Enabling a broad recognition of the need to redesign society in the face of existential threats. Supporting business leaders and their teams to rethink their approach to business models, core products and services to align with greater societal resilience and overall improved quality of life.

Loretta Fong

Sustainability Deputy Leader

Loretta is the Sustainability Deputy Leader in Mainland China and Hong Kong. The Sustainability team consists of multinational professionals leveraging on business know-how to drive transformative and innovative solutions for our clients. She has been practising as an assurance partner in Hong Kong for over 15 years, and has extensive experience in providing accounting, audit and transaction advisory services to private and publicly listed entities in Hong Kong and the United States.

Loretta holds office of the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA). She is a member of the Green Technology and Finance Development Committee chaired by the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR, and a member of the Advisory Board of Hong Kong Management Association’s Global Centre for ESG Education and Research.

Her strong international background and knowledge gained has assisted her in fulfilling her duties and responsibilities as a council member and the treasurer of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2019 -2025), a board member of the Ocean Park Corporation (2016 – 2022) and a council member of the General Committee of the Federation of the Hong Kong Industries (2019 – 2025), as appointed by the Government.

Loretta holds a number of professional designations including CPA (practicing) Hong Kong (HKICPA), Certified Public Accountant in the United States (CPA (US)), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and CICPA (non-practicing) China.

Brian Lam

Chief Sustainability Officer & Chief Financial Officer – Hong Kong

Brian Lam is Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief Financial Officer at UOB Hong Kong. In his role, Lam spearheads finance functions and supports to achieve the Bank’s sustainability objectives with a focus on helping businesses advance responsibly as well as fostering social inclusiveness and environmental well-being. Lam has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry and audit field. Lam holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

My sustainability goals are to promote climate action, drive sustainable operations, engage stakeholders, integrate ESG principles and foster financial innovation towards a sustainable future.

Georgina Lok

Head (Market Development)

Georgina Lok is the Head (Market Development) of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), responsible for formulating and implementing various initiatives to promote the development of Hong Kong’s financial sector. Since joining the HKMA, Georgina has taken up responsibilities in different areas, including corporate development as well as international and regional cooperation. From 2017-2020, she was seconded to the International Monetary Fund, where she served as an Advisor to the Executive Director for China.

Dr Agnes K Y Tai

Chief EC.ESG Investment Strategist

Agnes is Chief EC.ESG Investment Strategist at BlueOnion and a Director of her family office, Great Glory Investment Corporation. She has held senior roles in the financial community across four jurisdictions in the past 43 years, including being Co-Founding Director of Peregrine Asset Management (HK) in 1991, and is a former SFC-licensed Responsible Officer in RA 4 and RA 9. Her board training in sustainability, governance, strategy, and risk oversight currently spans five continents.

She holds a Climate Designation certificate from Competent Boards, a Sustainability and Climate Risk certificate and a Financial Risk Manager certificate from Global Association of Risk Professionals, an ESG Investing certificate from CFA UK, and a CAIA certificate from Chartered Alternative Investment Association, and a Palladium Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard Certificate.

She is Governing Board member of Climate Governance Initiative working closely with World Economic Forum, Steering Committee member of Climate Governance Initiative Hong Kong Chapter, an Expert Review Panel member for the MTR Corporation sustainability reports, an Advisory Board member of Asia Climate Forum, an ESG judge for the Benchmark Funds of the Year Awards, a Council member, Publishing Board of Magazine member and a Deputy Chair of the training committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors (HKIoD), faculty of Competent Boards, CSIA and FITC, board member of Hope of the City, advisory council/committee member of GARP (HK), FarmacyHK and Shao Ming Lo Foundation.

She has a PhD from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with dissertation titled “Do carbon risks matter for Hong Kong equity prices?”, an MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, a BSc (Honors) from Roosevelt University in USA and is a graduate of the Stanford University Senior Executive Leadership Program and the 2011 Stanford Directors’ College. She has authored a book on investing in H-shares, a Harvard Business case and a positive psychology book ‘Tall Miracles’.

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