Innovation in Finance & the UN SDGs Day - Live

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    10:00am -11.30am

    Cecilia Repinski, Helena Mueller, Therese Ruth, Marianne Haahr

    Driving Decarbonization Through Fintech

    In association with the UN-convened Green Digital Finance Alliance, SIF Ireland, and the Sustainable Finance Skillnet.

    The European Green Deal and the digital transformation agenda are defined as pathways to a COVID-19 recovery aligned with a climate-neutral future.

    Accelerating the twin green and digital transformation objectives also apply to finance. Until recently, green finance and fintech were two separate tracks. This is starting to change both driven by bottom-up fintech innovations for instance introducing digital green challenger banks, but also by asset managers and asset owners looking to digital technologies to solve barriers associated with green finance.

    With the introduction of the EU taxonomy on sustainable finance, the market is set to experience an increasing degree of standardization of green financial products and services, which will further accelerate the potential to adopt AI supervised green finance processes and products such as automated labeling of assets. The notion of green digital finance captures this development where green and digital start to converge in financial instruments powered by technologies such as AI, IoT, DLT, and machine learning to better align capital flows with the objectives of the Paris agreement.

    This session will outline the state of the green digital finance market in Europe and beyond offering examples both from the capital market and retail level. It will also discuss strategies available to states as well as to asset managers and asset owners to further accelerate their own pathway defined by the twin objectives of green finance and digitization.

    Panel Discussion:
    Cecilia Repinski, Founder and CEO Green Assets Wallet
    Helena Mueller, CEO and Co-founder Doconomy, Head of Åland Index Solutions
    Therese Ruth, Founder, and CEO of Hemma

    Moderator: Marianne Haahr, Executive Director, Green Digital Finance Alliance

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Paul Henry, Dr Brian Keegan, Dr Rodney Irwin, Terence O’Rourke, Cróna Clohisey

    Chartered Accountants Ireland Event

    Promoting sustainability: an accountant’s role

    The need to do business sustainably is becoming more central to how enterprises operate and accountants have a pivotal role in promoting this agenda in Irish business. Finance leaders, working in all sectors of industry, also have an increasingly significant role in addressing and reporting on economic, social and governance (ESG) and climate change risks. There is a growing demand from many stakeholders for consistent, reliable, transparent and comparable reporting on these and other sustainability risks. Our panel will discuss how accountants can lead the way in introducing sustainable practices into the workplace as well as the impact sustainable reporting will have on the role of professional accountants, investors, businesses and policy makers.

    Keynote: Paul Henry, President, Chartered Accountants Ireland

    Moderator: Dr Brian Keegan, Director of Advocacy and Voice, Chartered Accountants Ireland

    Panel Discussion:
    Dr Rodney Irwin, FCA, Managing Director of Redefining Value and Education, World Business Council for Sustainability Development
    Terence O’Rourke, FCA, Former President, Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chairman of the Board, Enterprise Ireland, Director Rethink Ireland
    Cróna Clohisey, FCA, Public Policy Lead, Chartered Accountants Ireland

    1:15pm - 1:45pm

    Speaker to be announced soon

    Round Up of CFWI20

    We take a look at the highlights of Climate Finance Week Ireland 2020





    Cecilia Repinski, Founder and CEO Green Asset Wallet

    Cecilia is the Founder and CEO of Green Asset Wallet. Cecilia has worked with sustainable finance since the early 2000s, ranging from project finance, asset management to scientific research and innovation. Today, she combines two of the defining forces in finance: sustainability and financial technology.

    Cecilia is the Founder and CEO of the Green Assets Wallet, the global trust platform for scaling green debt through blockchain and other emerging technology. In 2017, Cecilia set up Stockholm Green Digital Finance, a not-for-profit tasked to demonstrate creative solutions to scale green finance and investment through the application of fintech solutions.

    Cróna Clohisey, FCA, Public Policy Lead, Chartered Accountants Ireland

    Cróna Clohisey is the Public Policy Leader Chartered Accountants Ireland and is a Chartered Accountant and Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute. Cróna has spent over 10 years working in both KPMG and Grant Thornton and now researches public policy issues with a particular focus on sustainability matters.

    Cróna contributed to the publication “Sustainability for Accountants”, a practical guide produced by Chartered Accountants Ireland to help accountants on their sustainable journey.

    Helena Mueller, Co-founder Doconomy, Head of Åland Index and Impact Data

    Helena is a pioneer in true cost calculations, impact valuations and ESG data management and disclosure. Having worked at, or with, international banks and financial services for almost 20 years, she has gained a deep understanding of how to engage customers in raising climate awareness through digital platforms.

    Helena was Head of the Climate Change and Sustainability advisory practice at KPMG Sweden and was part of the team that developed Åland Index. She has vast experience from B2B sales, business and tech development as well as environmental and socio-economic impact calculations.

    Dr Brian Keegan, Director of Advocacy and Voice, Chartered Accountants Ireland

    Dr Brian Keegan is Director of Advocacy and Voice with Chartered Accountants Ireland and leads the Institute’s public comment, information provision and representations work in these areas.

    Brian is well known as an author and lecturer. He has given evidence to parliamentary committees in Westminster, Stormont and Dublin on cross border tax issues, tax devolution, Brexit and other policy matters. As a Chartered Accountants Ireland spokesman, he is a frequent media contributor and has a weekly opinion column with the Sunday Business Post newspaper.

    Dr Rodney Irwin, FCA, Managing Director of Redefining Value and Education, World Business Council for Sustainability Development

    Rodney Irwin is the Managing Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Redefining Value and Education programs. He is also a member of the organization’s Senior Management Team. In this role, Rodney is responsible for overseeing projects designed to help companies measure and manage risk, gain competitive advantage and seize new opportunities by understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) information. He is the link between WBCSD members and mainstream business standard setters and regulatory bodies.

    Rodney holds a BSc in Economics (QUB), an MS in Audit Management (BCU), and a doctorate degree in comparative corporate governance, ethical decision making and reporting (ISM Paris) and a MSt in Sustainability Leadership (Cantab) In his spare time, Rodney is committed to education and to lifelong learning. As part of this, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, a Certified Fraud examiner, a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and a Specialist member of the Institute of Risk Management UK.

    He sits on The Council of the IIRC, is a Board Member of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and sits on the Sustainability Council of several global businesses. Rodney is a Professor of Accounting and Sustainability in the Sustainability Faculty of Leuphana University, Luneberg, Germany; a lecturer in sustainability at The Yale School of Management and a Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University Management School.

    Paul Henry, President, Chartered Accountants Ireland

    Paul Henry is President of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Director with Belfast based property consultancy Osborne King. He has extensive experience in real estate, insolvency, and corporate finance. A resident of Belfast, Mr. Henry qualified with Pricewaterhouse in 1989.

    Prior to his current role, he held positions with the Industrial Development Board, Enterprise Equity, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and ASM Chartered Accountants. He also served as Chairman of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society in 2014.

    Marianne Haahr, Executive Director, Green Digital Finance Alliance

    Marianne is Executive Director of the Green Digital Finance Alliance with the objective to harness the power of fintech to unlock financing for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. It was founded as a public-private partnership between the UN Environment Program and Ant Financial Services Group and is a partner to the UN SG’s Task Force for Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Marianne has been External Advisor on TechVelopment to the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Prior she was Executive Leader at Sustainia leading the development of the Global Opportunity Explorer – a digital platform for sustainable business innovation in partnership with the UN Global Compact and a group of Norwegian businesses and investors.

    Therese Ruth, Founder and CEO of Hemma

    Therese Ruth is the CEO and founder of Hemma. Therese has a background in banking and finance with experience from several major Swedish banks and extensive knowledge in lending. Prior to Hemma, she was Credit Manager at Skandiabanken, Partner at Financial Compliance Group (FCG), Senior Credit Strategist at Svenska Handelsbanken and has worked with Financial Restructuring and Recovery at Swedbank. Therese has a master's degree in economics and an MSc in Finance from the University of Gothenburg


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