5TH NOV ESG & Sustainable Finance Skills Day

Developing human capital across all sectors with the skills to be able to design and refine innovative financial services products will determine the speed with which climate goals are achieved.

The research behind this proposition will be shared with people to inform a series of panels and sessions on what this means for the industry and the role that Ireland will play, as part of the UN convened FC4S network, in accelerating the learning process.


9:00am - 10:30am

Minister Sean Fleming, Michael Flynn, Panel by: Anne-Claire Roux, Antoni Ballabriga, Jean Laville, Moderator: Stephen Nolan

Launch of UN FC4S pan- European Sustainable Finance Skills Gap Report supported by Deloitte.

Welcome Address by Minister of State Sean Fleming, T.D., Irish Department of Finance (with responsibility for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance)

Findings Overview by Michael Flynn, Partner and Global Financial Advisory Public Sector Leader and the Infrastructure & Capital Projects EMEA Leader, Deloitte

Panel Response:
Anne-Claire Roux, CEO Finance for Tomorrow Paris
Antoni Ballabriga, Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA and Chairman of the Sustainable Finance Working Group, European Banking.
Jean Laville, Deputy CEO, Geneva, Swiss Sustainable Finance

Stephen Nolan, Managing Director, UN convened Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S)

The European Union is strongly supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy. Through DG FISMA’s renewed Sustainable Finance strategy, the European Commission has been at the forefront of efforts to build a financial system that supports sustainable growth. The purpose of this new policy framework, such as the taxonomy is to set a solid foundation for sustainable finance to flourish, through clear definitions and standards for market practice.

Transitions in the market practices may be supported by policy frameworks, or clarified through regulatory requirements, but ultimately will be contingent on a systemic integration of sustainability factors into business practices – and at a more granular level, the skillsets of individual financial practitioners.

During the last few months, and in the context of the EU’s renewed sustainable finance strategy, European members of the FC4S Network and Deloitte have undertaken a sector analysis of future sustainable finance skills and talent requirements to measure the sustainable finance skills’ gap in Europe and to provide recommendations as to how best they can be addressed.

On Thursday, 5th November FC4S is formally launching this first of its kind report as part of Ireland’s third Climate Finance Week.

Delivered by UN FC4S and supported by Deloitte

11:00am - 12:30pm

Yvonne Holmes, Frank O'Connor, Paul Healy, Sandra Rockett, Eoin Fahy, Stephen Nolan

Addressing the ESG Skills Challenge in 2021

As the global sustainable finance agenda continues to rapidly grow, Ireland’s financial services sector must prioritise the development of cutting-edge skills and talent if Ireland is to maintain and expand its expertise and emerging reputation as a sustainable finance leader. This session will explore the challenges of addressing the current skills gaps and training requirements, and the opportunities for innovative solutions including supporting product development.

Welcome Address by:
Yvonne Holmes, Chair Sustainable Finance Skillnet & Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB

Keynote address:
Frank O’Connor, Director, Funding and Debt Management, NTMA

Panel response By:
Paul Healy, CEO Skillnet Ireland
Sandra Rockett, Director, Irish Life Investment Managers
Eoin Fahy, Head of Responsible Investment and Chief Economist, KBI Global Investor

Moderated by:
Stephen Nolan, Managing Director, UN Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S)

Delivered by the Sustainable Finance Skillnet supported by Skillnet Ireland, FSI and SIF Ireland.

12.30pm - 1.45pm

Jerry Moriarty

ESG for Pension Funds – Why and How

New legislation affecting European pension schemes and general regulatory pressure has led to pension scheme trustees having to ensure that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations are an integral part of their investment decision-making. While some schemes are quite advanced with their ESG integration, other schemes’ progress is more limited.

Many schemes are looking beyond the regulation and at their role as long term investors and the need to ensure their investments will perform over the long term. An unexpected by-product of Covid-19 has been a reduction in pollution and companies focusing away from pure profit to social responsibility. Investments with a focus on sustainability, have also generally outperformed since the start of this year.

Introduction by Brendan Kennedy, Pensions Regulator

Keynote by Faith Ward, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Brunel Pension Partnership

Moderated by:
Jerry Moriarty, CEO IAPF and Chairman SIF Ireland

In association with the Irish Association of Pension Funds, SIF Ireland and the Sustainable Finance Skillnet.

2.00pm - 2:45pm

Paschal Donohoe, Mark Carney, Francine Lacqua, Mary Schapiro, Dr. Colin Hunt, Pat Cox.

Raising the Climate Finance Ambition, hardwiring the TCFD into the Climate Finance architecture

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Join us for a high-level dialogue on how TCFD is raising climate ambition amongst financial market actors. Paschal Donohoe, Minister of Finance for Ireland and President of the Eurogroup, will set out the critical role the financial sector plays in fostering resilience to the impacts of climate change as well as the key challenges and opportunities ahead.

The impacts of climate change continue to worsen, with clear and significant effects on the global economy and on people’s lives. At the same time, global efforts to recover from the economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic have provided a unique opportunity to set a foundation for a more sustainable and resilient future. So the work of the TCFD is more important and more urgent than ever before.

Welcome by Francine Lacqua Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg TV

Keynote address by Ireland’s Minister of Finance and President of the Eurogroup Paschal Donohoe

Q&A led by Francine Lacqua to Minister Donohoe

High-level Panel discussion by:
Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance
Mary Schapiro, Vice Chair for Public Policy, Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman, Bloomberg L.P. & Member of TCFD Secretariat
Colin Hunt, Chief Executive Officer, AIB Group

Moderated by Francine Lacqua

Q&A with the audience

Award presentation by Pat Cox, Sustainable Nation Ireland Ambassador, and closing remarks

Delivered by Bloomberg and TCFD Secretariat

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Anne-Claire Roux, CEO, Finance for Tomorrow

Anne-Claire Roux is the Managing Director of Finance for Tomorrow, a French initiative in charge of promoting and developing green and sustainable finance that also intends to place the Paris Financial Center as an international hub on sustainable financial issues. Prior to that, she was the Head of Sustainable Finance at Paris EUROPLACE, an organization that represents the Paris Financial Center, and was notably in charge of coordinating the actions forCOP21 (especially the global coordination of the 1st Climate Finance Day held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in May 2015). Anne-Claire is a graduate from the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). For her Master thesis, she studied the political and environmental impacts of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. She also holds a Master's degree in Political Science and a Bachelor's degree in History from Sorbonne University. Her main goal with Finance for Tomorrow is to contribute to the redirection of capital flows towards a low-carbon and inclusive economy, in accordance with the Paris Agreement and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and thus scaling up positive environmental and social impact projects, alongside sound finance strategies.

Antoni Ballabriga, Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA and Chairman of the Sustainable Finance Working Group, European Banking

Antoni Ballabriga is Global Head of Responsible Business at BBVA. He reports directly to the Board of Directors. His mission is to challenge the whole organization to ensure that people are systematically placed at the decision-making processes. He works as “second line” in the entire value chain: from the design of customer solutions to marketing and sales, customer relations and complaints. Furthermore, he works to reinforce responsible business culture; social, environmental business opportunities and risks; reputation monitoring and risk management; integrated reporting. He also leads community investment.

Colin Hunt, CEO, AIB Group plc

In March 2019, Colin Hunt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AIB and an Executive Director on the AIB Board. He joined AIB in August 2016 as Managing Director, Wholesale, Institutional & Corporate Banking Division. Prior to joining AIB, he was Managing Director at Macquarie Capital where he led the development of its business in Ireland. Previously, he was a Special Policy Adviser at the Departments of Transport and Finance, Research Director and Chief Economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Head of Trading Research and Senior Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and a country risk analyst at NatWest. He has a Phd in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin and degrees in Commerce & Economics from University College, Cork. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc from 2008 to 2014.

Eoin Fahy B.A., A.S.I.A.I Head of Responsible Investing, KBI Global Investors

Eoin joined KBI in 1988, and since 2014 has held the position of Head of Responsible Investing, overseeing the firm’s approach to responsible investing and sustainability. He is an active member of the Irish sustainable investing community, and is a member of SIF Ireland’s steering committee and vice-chair of CDP Ireland. He is also a member of various international working groups on aspects of sustainable finance, including most recently the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change’s Paris Aligned Investing Initiative and the PRI’s Taxonomy Practitioners group.

Faith Ward, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Brunel Pension Partnership

Faith’s career has been dedicated to integrating and reporting on environmental, social and governance risks in finance and investment. Faith leads engagement with the fund management industry and is involved in industry wide initiatives to improve standards in responsible investment, corporate engagement and fund governance and reporting. Faith’s roles include Co-chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), Chair of the Reporting and Assessment Advisory Committee for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), Member of the Ethics Investment Advisory Group for the Church of England National Investing Bodies, Vice-chair of the Investment Innovation Benchmark Assessment Committee, co-chair of the European and UK Working Group of SASB’s Investor Advisory Group, and member of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Investment Advisory Group.

Michael Flynn, Partner and Global Financial Advisory Public Sector Leader and the Infrastructure & Capital Projects EMEA Leader, Deloitte

Michael is a Financial Advisory partner and leads our debt advisory practice focusing on real estate and infrastructure financing. He is the Global Financial Advisory Public Sector Leader and the Infrastructure & Capital Projects EMEA Leader. Michael is also Head of Energy, Resources & Industrials for Ireland and the China Services Group Ireland Leader. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the firm. He specialises in advising public, private and banking clients on debt raising, restructuring and refinancing for both project finance and corporate debt transactions including the development of government and infrastructure assets, real estate, energy and renewable energy assets in Ireland and internationally.  Michael is a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) PPP Business Advisory Board and the International Project Finance Association (IPFA) Ireland Council member.

Paul Healy, CEO Skillnet Ireland

Paul Healy is the Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland, having operated at a senior level in commercial environments for over 20 years, including 15 years executive management experience in Human Resource Development. His broad expertise includes: Education and Labour Market Policy, Workforce Development (SMEs) , Organisational Strategy and Corporate Governance. He has additional expertise in HR specialisms including: Organisation Development, Learning & Development, Talent Management, Sourcing and Recruitment, Reward Management, Industrial Relations, HRIS and Learning Technologies. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland, he was responsible for OD and Talent Development for a large multinational. He holds a Degree in Economics and a MBA from Dublin City University. He is Adjunct Lecturer in Human Resources at National College of Ireland Post-Graduate Business School and a respected voice in human resource development in Ireland.

Sandra Rockett, Director, ILIM, Wealth & Corporate Distribution

Sandra is a member of the Executive Management team. Since October 2018, she holds overall responsibility for ILIM’s Wealth and Defined Contribution Corporate Channels. She is also responsible for ILIM's ESG policy and strategy development as well as responsibility for the Client Services Teams. Prior to taking on this position, Sandra held responsibility forILIM’s International Business and Strategic Partnerships.Prior to joining ILIM, Sandra was Head of Financial Planning and Pensions with Ireland'sleading wealth manager, responsible for the establishment and delivery of financial andinvestment advice to High Net Worth clients, pension funds and charities. Sandra previously worked in Mercer as an actuarial consultant, working with a range of public sector and multinational clients in relation to their pension arrangements.Sandra is a graduate in Actuarial Finance and Economics from University College Dublin, aFellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. She is a Council Member of SIF Ireland (part of the European Sustainable Investment Forums) and a member of the Pensions Council ofIreland. The latter was established to advise the Minister for Social Protection on matters of relevance to pensions, with a particular focus on policies to support the sustainability and adequacy of pension provision

Stephen Nolan, Managing Director, UN FC4S

Stephen Nolan is the Managing Director of the UN Environment convened Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) global network. With a membership base covering Europe, the Gulf, Africa, Asia and North America, the objective of the network is to exchange experience and take common action on shared priorities to accelerate the rapid global growth of green and sustainable finance across the world’s financial centres, supported by
strengthened international connectivity, and a framework for common approaches. A senior business professional who has led and delivered initiatives from start-up to scale across both public and private spheres internationally, Stephen is also a member of the international Advisory Panel member of the Climate Bonds Initiative and the Advisory Board of the International Energy Research Centre.
Stephen is a co-founder of Sustainable Nation Ireland, a non-governmental body working together with Ireland’s public and private sectors to advance the sustainable finance agenda within Ireland. Stephen currently sits on the boards of Haven, an Irish based charity focused on Haiti and the Children’s Cancer Fund. He is a former Irish Government ICT Special Advisor and Advisor to UN Secretary General Annan’s Task Force on ICT.

Yvonne Holmes, Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB

Yvonne Holmes is the Chief Sustainability Officer in AIB and has responsibility for the development and implementation of the Sustainability Strategy across AIB Group. Yvonne is a member of the Chambers Ireland’s Sustainable Business Council and Chair of the Sustainable Finance Skillnet.

Jerry Moriarty, Chairman of SIF Ireland and CEO of the Irish Association of Pension Funds

Jerry Moriarty is CEO of the IAPF which represents pension savers in Ireland. Its members are responsible for some €143.3bn in retirement savings and aims to ensure people in Ireland can have pensions that are secure, fair and simple. Jerry is Vice-Chair of PensionsEurope and chairs its DC Committee and Brexit Working Group. He sits on the Committee of the Irish Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum and, in 2018, was appointed to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group.

He previously worked for the Irish regulator, the Pensions Authority, Sun Life Financial of Canada in the UK and Irish Life in Dublin. In 2014 he was voted Irish Pensions Personality of the Year and in 2016 was named by Pensions Insight as one of the Top 50 People in Pensions.

Brendan Kennedy, CEO Pensions Authority

Brendan Kennedy is the Pensions Regulator and Chief Executive of the Pensions Authority since December 2006. The Pensions Authority is the statutory body responsible for regulating occupational pensions in Ireland and for advising the Irish Government on matters of pension policy. Before becoming Chief Executive, he was Actuarial Advisor in the Pensions Authority (then known as the Pensions Board) since 2004.

He worked in Canada Life (Ireland) between 1998 and 2003, and before that held a number of positions in life insurance and actuarial consulting. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (UK) and a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Pension Management. Brendan is a former chair of EIOPA Occupational Pensions Committee (December 2009 to December 2014) and is current chair of the Technical Committee of the International Organisation of Pensions Supervisors (since June 2017).

Frank O'Connor, Funding and Debt Management, NTMA

Frank O’Connor joined the NTMA in 2010, initially as Head of Treasury in NAMA. Before joining the NTMA he worked for 20 years in a variety of roles within AIB including the Head of Trading in AIB’s Primary Dealer Bond Unit and Head of Wholesale Treasury, Bank Zachodni WBK based in Warsaw, Poland.

He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a graduate of Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.


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