ASrIA Green Bonds Webinar - What do global trends mean for Asia?


Hong Kong

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2014 has seen an explosion of issuances and interest in Green Bonds, with surges over the last two months driving issuances over US $33 Bn and closing in on an expected annual total of $40 Bn (Source: Climate Bonds Initiative).

The creation of the Green Bond Principles (which now has over 55 signatories) and the on-going development of a comprehensive set of Climate Bond Standards signal increasing collaboration, while the proliferation of Green Bonds has been accompanied by the launch of a number of Green Bond indices, including Barclays MSCI Green Bond Index Family.

ASrIA cordially invites you to a webinar on the latest developments of the Green Bond market and the potential implications for Asia.


10:00 – 10:05 AM Introduction by Jessica Robinson, CEO, ASrIA

10:05 – 10:20 AM Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

10:20 – 10:35 AM Wai- Shin Chan,
Director of Climate Change Strategy for Asia Pacific, HSBC

10:35 – 10:50 AM Laura Nishikawa, Vice President and Head of Fixed Income ESG Research, MSCI

10:50 – 11:00 AM Question & Answer session

Agenda topics include:

  • The growth of the global Green Bonds market

  • An insight into Green Bonds in Asia

  • Opportunities for investors, issuers and governments

  • Barclays MSCI Green Bonds Indices

To register for the webinar, please click here.

About the speakers

Sean Kidney, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilize debt capital markets for climate solutions.

Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $22 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 50 organizations involved in its development and governance; developing proposals for the European Commission’s DG Climate on Europe’s role in mobilizing private sector capital for climate solutions; and working with the Chinese Government’s Development Research Centre on how to grow green bonds in China.

Sean is a member of the German International Aid Ministry’s TRANSfer Expert Group on “Using Climate Financing to Leverage Sustainable Transport”, a director of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and the Be Earth inter-governmental organization and was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance. He was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.

Wai-Shin Chan, Director of Climate Change Strategy for Asia Pacific, HSBC

Wai-Shin joined HSBC in 2011 as the Director for Climate Change Strategy in Asia Pacific. This multi-asset role involves helping HSBC’s clients prepare for the effects of climate change, as well as internal consulting for different business functions within the bank. Before HSBC, Wai-Shin worked as a fund manager where he was centrally involved in the integration of Environmental Social Governance issues.

He is a former Executive Director of ASrIA (Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia) and was an equity analyst for many years. Wai-Shin holds a degree in Mathematics and Physics from Durham University and is a CFA charterholder.

Laura Nishikawa, Vice President and Head of Fixed Income ESG Research, MSCI

Laura Nishikawa is Vice President and head of Fixed Income ESG Research for MSCI ESG Research group.

In her role, she focuses on environmental and social risk and opportunity in the fixed income space, leading a team that researches unlisted corporate, government-related, sovereign and supranational issuers. She chairs MSCI’s ESG Ratings Methodology Committee, and led MSCI’s content and product design contributions to construct the Barclays MSCI ESG Fixed Income Indices.

Prior to joining Innocent, now part of MSCI, in 2008, Ms Nishikawa conducted macroeconomic research with the United Nations Development Program, and conducted research studies on political behavior through McGill University.

Ms Nishikawa holds a Masters degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University (SIPA), a Bachelors degree from McGIll, and is a CFA charterholder.

Jessica Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia.

Jessica Robinson is CEO of ASrIA, a not-for-profit membership association that works to promote sustainable finance and responsible investment across Asia by providing research, thought leadership, industry engagement and advocacy support. ASrIA also established the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, an initiative to assist Asia’s institutional investors to consider the risks and opportunities associated with climate change and low carbon investing. As CEO, Robinson is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and activities of the organisation.

She has an extensive background in professional services and business consulting, focusing specifically on the financial services and sustainability industries. Through varied roles, she has had experience of working and living in Asia (in particular, China and Hong Kong), Europe and North America and across a range of different sectors, markets and regulatory environments. Her most recent position was as a director of a leading developer of energy and emission reduction solutions based in China with projects across Asia, in addition to working with a number of start-ups in the region.

She holds an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London, an MSc in Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from Manchester University, UK. She also holds a Professional Diploma in Financial Management from the ACCA and is currently studying for the FT Non-Executive Professional Diploma.


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