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ASIFMA Scaling up Sustainable Finance in Asia

17 March 2023  | In-person | JW Marriott Hong Kong


ASIFMA is proud to host its 4th Annual Regional Sustainable Finance Conference which will take place on 17th March in-person in Hong Kong. This year the conference will be devoted to big questions around Scaling up Sustainable Finance in Asia. The conference will bring together influential leaders from the region and beyond and focuses specifically on climate finance issues faced by corporates and intermediaries. The event aims to identify financing opportunities, motivate investors, create more efficient market structures, and achieve greater alignment in climate risk management.

Some of the key questions we will be asking include:

  • How can Asian countries, grasp the investment opportunity and benefits from the race to net-zero?
  • What does it take to establish a well-functioning at-scale market structure for climate aligned finance?
  • What are the right incentives and market structures to kick start financing the transition to green and sustainable economies?
  • Is there a universal transition path we need to follow and what would just transition mean?
  • How can governments, philanthropists and private sectors work together to deliver the net-zero transition?
  • What are the key drivers for change and who are the potential leaders?
  • What are the enablers for this to happen – do we need a brand-new rule book and new common definitions and standards, or can an alignment between systems suffice?
  • Is regulation the key enabler to net-zero transition and how far should it go?
  • Beyond climate change and carbon, what is next – broader environmental objectives, biodiversity, nature and social aspects?




Program Format:

1-day engaging programme through keynote addresses, panel discussions, case studies, and fireside chats.

For more details about the event or if you would like to join the speaking faculty contact William Sargent, Head of Events (

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Our event programme is being developed by Diana Parusheva-Lowery, Executive Director, Public Policy and Sustainable Finance, in close consultation with ASIFMA’s Sustainable Finance Committee and Asset Management Committee members to identify the key issues facing businesses, regulators and industry in the region. We welcome your feedback on content. You can email:

08:30 – 08:45 Registration – JW Marriott Hong Kong
08:50 – 09:00 Welcome Remarks
Diana Parusheva-Lowery, Head of Public Policy and Sustainable Finance, ASIFMA
Alice Law, CEO, ASIFMA
09:05 – 09:15 Opening Keynote
Eddie Yue, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
09:15 – 10:00 Opening Keynote Panel: Scaling Up Sustainable Finance in Asia
What does it take to establish a well-functioning at-scale market structure for climate aligned finance?
What are the opportunities and challenges of sustainable investing in Asia? What is the role of global capital markets in meeting Paris Agreement Targets? Do we have the right incentives and market structures in place? Financing the transition to a green and sustainable economy. What is the role of regulation?
Thijs Aaten, Chief Executive Officer, APG Asset Management
(V) Satoshi Ikeda, Chief Sustainable Finance Officer, Financial Services Agency (Japan)
Sacha Sadan, Director of ESG, Financial Conduct Authority (UK)
Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol, Secretary General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand
 Diana Parusheva-Lowery, Head of Public Policy and Sustainable Finance, ASIFMA
10:00 – 10:10 Keynote Address
Boon Gin Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Exchange Regulation
10:10 – 10:50 Morning Panel 2: Transition and Blended Finance
Transition pathways to net-zero – different approaches and timelines. How would corporates and financial sector plan for transition. What does just transition mean? How should transition be measured and accounted for and who will be supervising and verifying the process?
Rapheal Erasmus, Managing Director, Sustainability & Corporate Transitions, Citi
Chitra Hepburn,  Managing Director and APAC Head of ESG and Climate, MSCI
Ruth Shapiro, Co-founder, Chief Executive, Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society
Yuki Yasui, Regional Director, APAC Network, GFANZ
Moderator: Masamichi Kono, Senior Advisor, MUFG Bank & Trustee, IFRS Foundation
10:50 – 11:20 Coffee Break
11:20 – 12:00 Morning Panel 3: Climate Related Financial Risk
How to measure and manage exposure to physical and transition risk?
The use of stress testing and scenario analysis in managing climate related risks? Disclosure reporting and supervision? Are financial and other institutions ready to deal with climate risks? How would supervision be exercised?
Grace Cheung, Group Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Cathay Pacific
Ona Retnesti Swaminingrum, Head of Department of Capital Markets Supervision, OJK Indonesia
Taie Wang, Chief Sustainable and Emerging Business Officer, Hang Seng Indexes Company
Anthony Wong, Director of Intermediaries Division, Securities and Futures Commission
Moderator: Dr. Mangal Goswami, Executive Director, The SEACEN Centre
12:00 – 12:10 Keynote Address
Dr. Ma Jun, Chairman and President, Hong Kong Green Finance Association
12:10 – 12:50 Morning Panel 4: Taxonomies – Clear and Interoperable Categorization Systems
The role taxonomies play, connection to net-zero transition and what makes a taxonomy effective, lessons learned and the way forward (transition taxonomies). What problem does a taxonomy solve from an industry and regulatory perspective? What does interoperability look like? What needs to happen at a global, regional, and jurisdictional level? Disclosure requirements and data challenges.
Yasmine Djeddai, Head of Sustainable Finance Asia Pacific, Societe Generale & Co-Chair of the Green & Sustainable Loan Committee at APLMA
Eugene Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Finance Institute Asia
(V) Nicole Yazbek-Martin , Head of Australian Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Project, ASFI
Stewart James, MD and Co-Head of Government Affairs APAC, Goldman Sachs
12:50 – 13:50 Networking Lunch


13:50 – 14:10 Fireside Chat with Joseph Chan, Acting Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Hong Kong SAR Government with Alice Law, Chief Executive Officer, ASIFMA
14:10 – 14:50 Afternoon Panel 1: Disclosure Requirements and Data Challenges
What would it take to achieve comparable corporate disclosure and international baseline standards? What are the data requirements for ESG from asset management perspective, exchange perspective and regulatory perspective? The role of data providers and rating agencies. Technology enabled solutions, data portals and alternative data providers.
(V) Chris Faint, Head of the Climate Hub Division, Bank of England
Mark Harper, Group Head of Sustainability, Swire Pacific Ltd.
(V) Hiroshi Komori, Member, International Sustainability Standards Board
Mihwa Park, Head of ESG Analytics Asia Pacific, Securities Services, BNP Paribas
Helena Fung, , London Stock Exchange Group
14:50 – 15:30 Afternoon Panel 2: Growing Climate Finance Through Carbon Markets
State of carbon markets – CCM and VCMs post COP27? Practical view of how to scale carbon markets – building liquidity? Coordination and interoperability? Is regulation of VCM needed and how to achieve alignment, the role on international standard setting bodies. Where is the next Asian Compliance market?
Matthew Chan, Head of Sustainability and ESG Engagement, JP Morgan
Glenda So, Group Head of Emerging Business and FIC, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
(V) Andrew Howard, Senior Director, Climate Policy and Strategy, VERRA
(V) Chris Webb, Global Head of Carbon Markets, HSBC
 Diana Parusheva-Lowery, Head of Public Policy and Sustainable Finance, ASIFMA
15:30 – 15:55 Coffee Break
15:55 – 16:35 Afternoon Panel 3: Scaling Green and Sustainable Financial Products
How can Asia grow its green and sustainable bond and equity market? How can innovation in securitization further evolve to enhance green and sustainable finance? How should investors /asset managers engage with investee companies? Evolving regulatory landscape of green/sustainability linked and blue bonds. Sovereign bonds.
Erik Christianto, Director, Sustainability Product Specialist, S&P Global Ratings
Dr. Norhana Endut, Assistant Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia
(V) Jessica Ground, Global Head of ESG, Capital Group
Sacha Sadan, Director of ESG, Financial Conduct Authority (UK)
Gabriel Wilson-Otto, Director, Sustainable Investing, Fidelity International
16:35 – 17:10 Afternoon Panel 4: Nature Capital Financing and Biodiversity
What is nature capital investing, why is important and what is driving it? What are the risks and opportunities for different stakeholders – FIs, corporates and governments? How do we measure nature capital and biodiversity and what disclosure standards exist today? Interplay between climate and nature and biodiversity. How is this likely to evolve?
(V) Rahul Ghosh, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, Moody’s Investors Service
Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
(V) Mervyn Tang, Head of Sustainability Strategy, APAC, Schroders
 Ian Drew, Regional Head of Climate and Nature Related Risk, Asia, HSBC
17:10 – 17:15 Closing Remarks
Diana Parusheva-Lowery, Head of Public Policy and Sustainable Finance, ASIFMA

*(V) – Virtual Attendance
*Post event video will be available online within a month

To effectively engage this esteemed audience and connect with the global and regional community, various sponsorship packages with speaking slots and marketing opportunities are available for ASIFMA members and non-members offering unparalleled branding exposure and lead generation. Financial institutions, vendors, and consultants are particularly encouraged to join as sponsors.

For sponsorship, contact Joy Balboa, Manager – Marketing and Business Development (

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Industry experts and senior representatives from sell-side and buy-side communities, law firms/ consultants/ vendors, global and Asian policy makers, regulators and central banks.​

At ASIFMA, we are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in our workplace and this policy is applied in all areas of our business including speaker roles at our events and conferences.  We wish to work with members and partners who share this same commitment and are willing to support this policy.

Registration is closed.

In-Person Event Access

Early bird rate until 17th February Standard rate from 17th February onwards
ASIFMA Members/Endorser Members US $200 US $240
Non ASIFMA Members US $240 US $300

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*All registrations require final approval by ASIFMA and we reserve the right to cancel or decline any registration.

CPT Hours: 6 Hours

* To qualify for the CPT hours mentioned above, participants are required to attend the entire event.

* You will not be issued with an attendance letter if you do not attend the required number of hours of the event/conferences.

Media contact

This event is open to the press. For media inquiry, please contact Corliss Ruggles (

Hotel venue details

JW Marriott Hotel

JW Marriott Ballroom, Level 3, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Guest Rooms

Guests can enjoy a special discounted rate at JW Marriott Hong Kong. All hotel room reservations are dependent on availability and is on a first come first serve basis: Book your room now.

For booking inquiries and/or issues, please get in touch with:
Mr Jonathan Ling
T. +852 2841 3816

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