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AgriFin 2017 Forum | Convened with The World Bank: Financing Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

September 12-13, 2017

London, UK

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  • The AgriFin 2017 Forum aims to connect key stakeholders in the agriculture finance and climate finance space. This strategic event will convene leading financiers, investors, policy makers, climate funds and donors, as well as a wide range of key innovative actors from the public and private sectors, and provide them with an opportunity to understand how they may collaborate more effectively.
     
    A key objective of the forum will be to explore how financiers in developing countries, especially those working with agricultural clients, can partner with climate finance investors to further their investments in low-carbon resilient agriculture. Through a series of strategic and technical presentations, case studies and discussions, opportunities for a range of partnerships will be explored. The forum will also create the space for participants to engage with leading actors from across the agricultural finance and climate finance arena.
     
    Join us for this interactive forum where you can share knowledge and experiences, learn how to best access, leverage, and unlock climate finance at scale and broker profitable business relations that can contribute to financing the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient agriculture sector.

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    Monday, September 11, 2017: Reception Cocktail 19:00-21:00

    Church House, Westminster, London, UK

    Schedule Day 1: September 12, 2017
    TimesSession
    07:30-08:00Registration
    08:00-08:15

    Opening: Making Climate Finance Work in Agriculture

    Overview of the challenges the agriculture sector faces to access capital and the role that climate finance can play to strengthen the links between investors, financial institutions and farmers.

    Marc Sadler, The World Bank

    08:15-08:30

    Keynote: Innovative Climate Finance

    Deep insight on the opportunities of innovative climate finance to unlock the capital needed to finance low-carbon climate-resilient development.

    Michael Metcalfe, State Street

    08:30-09:30

    Hard Talk: Financing Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

    Discussion on the implications of climate change in the agriculture and financial sectors and the critical role of climate finance to accelerate the transition to low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    Charlotte Grezo, Global Sustainable Capital Management
    Bas Rüter, Rabobank Group
    Jixian Wang, Agriculture Development Bank of China
    Peter Wheeler, The Nature Conservancy

     

    09:30-10:00

    Climate Finance and Agriculture Finance Landscapes

    Increase understanding of how climate finance and agriculture finance work, its importance and current barriers and opportunties to invest in low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    09:30-09:45--Landscape of Agriculture Finance
    Bas Rüter, Rabobank Group

    09:45-10:00--Landscape of Climate Finance
    Angela Falconer,
     Climate Policy Initiative

    10:00-10:30Coffee Break
    10:30-11:15

    Case Studies: Blending Climate Finance and Agriculture Finance

    Showcase innovative examples of climate finance being blended and channeled through financial institutions to farmers.

    10:30-10:45--Jonathan Randall, DAI

    10:45-11:00--Andrew Mitchell, Global Canopy Programme Carlos Burneo, Agrobanco

    11:00-11:15--Sylvia Wisniwski, Finance in Motion

    11:15-13:00

    Panel: Blending Climate Finance and Agriculture Finance

    Identify innovative opportunities to blend climate finance and agriculture finance to scale up climate smart investments in the agriculture sector.

    Jochen Harnisch, KfW
    Tanja Havemann, Clarmondial
    Prasun Kumar Das, APRACA
    Peter Stoute-King, Convergence

    12:30-13:00--Q&A

    13:00-14:30Networking Lunch
    14:30-15:15

    Case Studies: Moving the Needle, Leveraging Climate Finance

    Showcase examples of innovative initiatives that are unlocking climate finance and leveraging additional capital for low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    14:30-14:45--Edit Kiss, Althelia Ecosphere

    14:45-15:00--Adrien Henry, Moringa Partnership

    15:00-15:15--Case Study

    15:15-15:45Coffee Break
    15:45-17:30

    Panel: Moving the Needle, Leveraging Climate Finance

    Identify key opportunities and financial innovations to unlock public and private climate finance and leverage the capital needed to finance low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    Mohamed Bakarr, Global Environment Facility
    Abyd Karmali, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Kenneth Lay, Rock Creek Group

    17:00-17:30--Q&A

    17:30-17:45Wrap Up
    19:00-21:00Networking Cocktail

     

    Schedule Day 2: September 13, 2017

     

    TimesSession
    08:00-08:15Recap of Day One
    08:15-08:45

    Case Studies: Financial System Innovations for Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

    Showcase examples of financial innovations that have the potential to significantly expand access to finance for low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    08:15-08:30--Mary Joseph, FarmDrive

    08:30-08:45--Katherine Foster, Institute for Distributed Technologies

    08:45-10:30

    Panel: Financial System Innovations for Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

    Discussion on how climate finance, innovative business models and technological developments can support financial institutions and other financiers to expand access to finance for farmers.

    Sambou Coly, Mastercard Foundation
    Jay L. Koh, The Lightsmith Group
    Hillary Miller-Wise, Tulaa
    Jerome Perez, Nespresso

    10:00-10:30--Q&A

    10:30-11:00Coffee Break
    11:00-11:45

    Case Studies: Bringing Climate Smartness into Risk Management

    Showcase examples of climate-smart innovative approaches that have the potential to significantly transform risk management.

    11:00-11:15--Mark Ellis Jones, F3 Life

    11:15-11:30--Michael Andrade, Pioneering Ventures

    11:30-11:45--Srini Sundaram, Agvesto

    11:45-13:30

    Panel: Bringing Climate Smartness into Risk Management

    Identify concrete examples of innovative risk management approaches, mechanisms and tools that are helping financial institutions and investors to better assess and manage climatic and agricultural risks.

    Nabil Fawaz, MIGA
    Yoon Kim, Four Twenty Seven
    Alexa Mayer-Bosse, Munich Re
    Michael van den Berg, Triodos Bank

    13:00-13:30--Q&A

    13:30-14:30Networking Lunch
    14:30-15:00

    Case Study: Frameworks, Unlocking the Potential of Climate Finance

    Showcase innovative examples of financial institutions that have mainstreamed climate change into their lending operations.

    14:30-14:45--Case Study

    14:45-15:00--Case Study

    15:00-16:45

    Panel: Frameworks, Unlocking the Potential of Climate Finance

    Identify key strategies and policies to develop the necessary conditions to mainstream climate change into the financial system and accelerate investments in low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    Christine Negra, Versant Vision
    Barbara Buchner, Climate Policy Initiative
    Andy Jarvis, CIAT/CCAFS

    16:15-16:45--Q&A

    16:45-17:00Coffee Break
    17:00-18:00

    The Way Forward: Linking Climate Finance and Farmers

    Global leaders in climate finance discuss how to unlock the capital needed to finance low-carbon resilient agriculture and layout a roadmap to move this agenda forward.

    18:00-18:15Closing Remarks
    TimesSession
    07:30-08:00Registration
    08:00-08:15

    Opening: Making Climate Finance Work in Agriculture

    Overview of the challenges the agriculture sector faces to access capital and the role that climate finance can play to strengthen the links between investors, financial institutions and farmers.

    08:15-08:30

    Keynote: Innovative Climate Finance

    Deep insight on the opportunities of innovative climate finance to unlock the capital needed to finance low-carbon climate-resilient development.

    08:30-09:30

    Hard Talk: Financing Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

    Discussion on the implications of climate change in the agriculture and financial sectors and the critical role of climate finance to accelerate the transition to low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    09:30-10:00

    Climate Finance and Agriculture Finance Landscapes

    Increase understanding of how climate finance and agriculture finance work, its importance and current barriers and opportunties to invest in low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    09:30-09:45--Landscape of Climate Finance

    09:45-10:00--Landscape of Agriculture Finance

    10:00-10:30Coffee Break
    10:30-11:15

    Case Studies: Blending Climate Finance and Agriculture Finance

    Showcase innovative examples of climate finance being blended and channeled through financial institutions to farmers.

    10:30-10:45--Case Study 1

    10:45-11:00--Case Study 2

    11:00-11:15--Case Study 3

    11:15-13:00

    Panel: Blending Climate Finance and Agriculture Finance

    Identify innovative opportunities to blend climate finance and agriculture finance to scale up climate smart investments in the agriculture sector.

    12:30-13:00--Q&A

    13:00-14:30Networking Lunch
    14:30-15:15

    Case Studies: Moving the Needle, Leveraging Climate Finance

    Showcase examples of innovative initiatives that are unlocking climate finance and leveraging additional capital for low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    14:30-14:45--Case Study 1

    14:45-15:00--Case Study 2

    15:00-15:15--Case Study 3

    15:15-15:45Coffee Break
    15:45-17:30

    Panel: Moving the Needle, Leveraging Climate Finance

    Identify key opportunities and financial innovations to unlock public and private climate finance and leverage the capital needed to finance low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    17:00-17:30--Q&A

    17:30-17:45Wrap Up
    19:00-21:00Networking Cocktail

     

    Schedule Day 2: September 13, 2017

     

    TimesSession
    08:00-08:15Recap of Day One
    08:15-08:45

    Case Studies: Financial System Innovations for Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

    Showcase examples of financial innovations that have the potential to significantly expand access to finance for low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    08:15-08:30--Case Study 1

    08:30-08:45--Case Study 2

    08:45-10:30

    Panel: Financial System Innovations for Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

    Discussion on how climate finance, innovative business models and technological developments can support financial institutions and other financiers to expand access to finance for farmers.

    10:00-10:30--Q&A

    10:30-11:00Coffee Break
    11:00-11:45

    Case Studies: Bringing Climate Smartness into Risk Management

    Showcase examples of climate-smart innovative approaches that have the potential to significantly transform risk management.

    11:00-11:15--Case Study 1

    11:15-11:30--Case Study 2

    11:30-11:45--Case Study 3

    11:45-13:30

    Panel: Bringing Climate Smartness into Risk Management

    Identify concrete examples of innovative risk management approaches, mechanisms and tools that are helping financial institutions and investors to better assess and manage climatic and agricultural risks.

    13:00-13:30--Q&A

    13:30-14:30Networking Lunch
    14:30-15:00

    Case Study: Frameworks, Unlocking the Potential of Climate Finance

    Showcase innovative examples of financial institutions that have mainstreamed climate change into their lending operations.

    14:30-14:45--Case Study 1

    14:45-15:00--Case Study 2

    15:00-16:45

    Panel: Frameworks, Unlocking the Potential of Climate Finance

    Identify key strategies and policies to develop the necessary conditions to mainstream climate change into the financial system and accelerate investments in low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    16:15-16:45--Q&A

    16:45-17:00Coffee Break
    17:00-18:00

    The Way Forward: Linking Climate Finance and Farmers

    Global leaders in climate finance discuss how to unlock the capital needed to finance low-carbon resilient agriculture and layout a roadmap to move this agenda forward.

    18:00-18:15Closing Remarks

     

    Monday, September 11, 2017: Reception Cocktail 19:00-21:00

    Church House, Westminster, London, UK

     

    Schedule Day 1: September 12, 2017

     

    TimesSession
    07:30-08:00Registration
    08:00-08:15

    Opening: Making Climate Finance Work in Agriculture

    Overview of the challenges the agriculture sector faces to access capital and the role that climate finance can play to strengthen the links between investors, financial institutions and farmers.

    08:15-08:30

    Keynote: Innovative Climate Finance

    Deep insight on the opportunities of innovative climate finance to unlock the capital needed to finance low-carbon climate-resilient development.

    08:30-09:30

    Hard Talk: Financing Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

    Discussion on the implications of climate change in the agriculture and financial sectors and the critical role of climate finance to accelerate the transition to low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    09:30-10:00

    Climate Finance and Agriculture Finance Landscapes

    Increase understanding of how climate finance and agriculture finance work, its importance and current barriers and opportunties to invest in low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    09:30-09:45--Landscape of Climate Finance

    09:45-10:00--Landscape of Agriculture Finance

    10:00-10:30Coffee Break
    10:30-11:15

    Case Studies: Blending Climate Finance and Agriculture Finance

    Showcase innovative examples of climate finance being blended and channeled through financial institutions to farmers.

    10:30-10:45--Case Study 1

    10:45-11:00--Case Study 2

    11:00-11:15--Case Study 3

    11:15-13:00

    Panel: Blending Climate Finance and Agriculture Finance

    Identify innovative opportunities to blend climate finance and agriculture finance to scale up climate smart investments in the agriculture sector.

    12:30-13:00--Q&A

    13:00-14:30Networking Lunch
    14:30-15:15

    Case Studies: Moving the Needle, Leveraging Climate Finance

    Showcase examples of innovative initiatives that are unlocking climate finance and leveraging additional capital for low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    14:30-14:45--Case Study 1

    14:45-15:00--Case Study 2

    15:00-15:15--Case Study 3

    15:15-15:45Coffee Break
    15:45-17:30

    Panel: Moving the Needle, Leveraging Climate Finance

    Identify key opportunities and financial innovations to unlock public and private climate finance and leverage the capital needed to finance low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    17:00-17:30--Q&A

    17:30-17:45Wrap Up
    19:00-21:00Networking Cocktail

     

    Schedule Day 2: September 13, 2017

     

    TimesSession
    08:00-08:15Recap of Day One
    08:15-08:45

    Case Studies: Financial System Innovations for Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

    Showcase examples of financial innovations that have the potential to significantly expand access to finance for low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    08:15-08:30--Case Study 1

    08:30-08:45--Case Study 2

    08:45-10:30

    Panel: Financial System Innovations for Low-Carbon Resilient Agriculture

    Discussion on how climate finance, innovative business models and technological developments can support financial institutions and other financiers to expand access to finance for farmers.

    10:00-10:30--Q&A

    10:30-11:00Coffee Break
    11:00-11:45

    Case Studies: Bringing Climate Smartness into Risk Management

    Showcase examples of climate-smart innovative approaches that have the potential to significantly transform risk management.

    11:00-11:15--Case Study 1

    11:15-11:30--Case Study 2

    11:30-11:45--Case Study 3

    11:45-13:30

    Panel: Bringing Climate Smartness into Risk Management

    Identify concrete examples of innovative risk management approaches, mechanisms and tools that are helping financial institutions and investors to better assess and manage climatic and agricultural risks.

    13:00-13:30--Q&A

    13:30-14:30Networking Lunch
    14:30-15:00

    Case Study: Frameworks, Unlocking the Potential of Climate Finance

    Showcase innovative examples of financial institutions that have mainstreamed climate change into their lending operations.

    14:30-14:45--Case Study 1

    14:45-15:00--Case Study 2

    15:00-16:45

    Panel: Frameworks, Unlocking the Potential of Climate Finance

    Identify key strategies and policies to develop the necessary conditions to mainstream climate change into the financial system and accelerate investments in low-carbon resilient agriculture.

    16:15-16:45--Q&A

    16:45-17:00Coffee Break
    17:00-18:00

    The Way Forward: Linking Climate Finance and Farmers

    Global leaders in climate finance discuss how to unlock the capital needed to finance low-carbon resilient agriculture and layout a roadmap to move this agenda forward.

    18:00-18:15Closing Remarks

     

  • Charlotte Smith

    Charlotte Smith, MODERATOR

    Presenter of Farming Today at the BBC

    Charlotte Smith is an experienced journalist, broadcaster and conference host. She started work as a news reporter and after a conversation in a lift 30 years ago moved into covering agriculture. She now presents programmes about farming, food, environment and rural life on BBC TV and radio in the UK. Charlotte is the proud President of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. Away from work she attempts to organize two kids, a husband and a grumpy cat.

     Michael Andrade

    Michael Andrade

    Advisor to Pioneering Ventures

    Michael Andrade is one of India’s top rural banking professionals recently wrapped up a 20-year career with HDFC Bank, one of India’s leading banks. He’s now an Advisor to Pioneering Ventures, an incubator specializing in building industrial-scale ventures in the Indian agriculture and food supply chain sector.

     Dr. Mohamed Bakarr

    Dr. Mohamed Bakarr

    Lead Environmental Specialist at the Global Environment Facility

    Dr. Mohamed Bakarr is Lead Environmental Specialist at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Washington DC. He is responsible for all major GEF programs designed to tackle drivers of environmental degradation through the integrated approach. Dr. Bakarr has extensive experience in the area of natural resource management and conservation, and has previously held senior level positions at Conservation International and the World Agroforestry Center. At the GEF, he has contributed greatly toward advancing innovative financing options to generate multiple global environmental benefits in the agriculture sector.

    Barbara Buchner

    Dr. Barbara Buchner

    Executive Director of the Climate Finance at Climate Policy Initiative

    Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara Buchner advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world. Barbara is lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking, and Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal. She directs CPI’s work as Secretariat of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab).

    Carlos Burneo

    Carlos Burneo

    Development Director of Banco Agropecuario at Agrobanco

    Mr. Burneo is Peruvian and an economist at Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Peru, with an MBA from INCAE, Alajuela, Costa Rica. He has more than 25 years of experience in commercial and strategic management in the Peruvian Financial System. Between 1996 and 2001 he was leading a multidisciplinary team in the Agroindustrial Business Management of Banco de Crédito del Perú. He is currently the Development Director of Banco Agropecuario - Agrobanco, the agrarian bank of Peru.

    Sambou Coly

    Sambou Coly

    Financial Inclusion Manager at Mastercard Foundation

    Sambou Coly is the Financial Inclusion Program Manager at Mastercard Foundation and focuses on responsible finance and agriculture. Before joining the Foundation, Sambou was the Country Manager of Oikocredit-Senegal where he was responsible for the overall management of the microfinance/agriculture portfolio and for the West Africa private equity portfolio. He has extensive field experience in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Benin and Ivory Coast. He is multilingual, speaking English, French and Wolof.

    Mark Ellis-Jones

    Mark Ellis-Jones

    Co-founder and CEO of F3 Life

    Mark Ellis-Jones is the co-founder and CEO of F3 Life. He is an environmental economist and negotiated Africa’s first “payments for ecosystem services” or conservation contracts. Previously Mark was a co-founder and led financial product design at an award-winning mobile money microcredit provider. Mark has substantial experience in early stage businesses.

    Angela Falconer

    Angela Falconer

    Associate Director of Climate Finance of the Climate Policy Initiative

    Angela Falconer is Associate Director in the Climate Finance program of Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), based in London. She has led numerous studies tracking climate finance globally and nationally in Indonesia and Côte D’Ivoire, in collaboration with relevant ministries. Angela was also heavily involved in CPI’s Indonesia program in its early years, including roles advising the Government of Indonesia on national climate fund design and studies evaluating fiscal policies in the palm oil sector.

    Nabil Fawaz

    Nabil Fawaz

    Sector Manager-Agribusiness and General Services at MIGA

    Nabil Fawaz is Sector Manager for agribusiness and general services at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Mr. Fawaz has extensive experience in underwriting investment projects in emerging markets and advising clients on structuring transactions to mitigate political risks. At MIGA he has led transactions across all economic sectors including energy, oil and gas, financial markets, and telecommunications. He has helped investors manage political risk in different regions including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Recently he has led a MIGA initiative involving the mobilization of $1 billion in insurance capacity to retain and encourage foreign direct investment in the Middle East and North Africa. Since the initiative was launched in 2011, MIGA has supported new and existing investments in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.

    Charlotte Grezo

    Charlotte Grezo

    Director, Investment and Risk Committee at Global Sustainable Capital Management

    Charlotte Grezo is a member of Global Sustainable Capital Management's (GSCM) Executive Committee and Investment & Risk Committee and heads GSCM’s Sustainability work. Prior to this, Charlotte was Group Sustainability Strategy Director at Centrica. Throughout her career, her focus has been on sustainability strategy, policies and performance. She previously held senior management positions and had Group-wide responsibility for Sustainability at Vodafone and Lehman Brothers and led on environmental issues Group wide for BP.

    Dr. Jochen Harnisch

    Dr. Jochen Harnisch

    Head of Division, Agriculture, Water, Biodiversity—West Africa and Madagascar at KFW Development Bank

    Dr. Jochen Harnisch is Head of Division “Agriculture, Water, Biodiversity—West Africa and Madagascar” at KFW Development Bank. He joined KFW in 2008 and served as its sustainability officer and climate change policy coordinator. Since 1999, Dr. Harnisch has been part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – winner of the Nobel Peace Prize of 2007 – in various functions, most recently as "Coordinating Lead Author" of the Chapter “Investment and Finance” of its Working Group III on Mitigation.

    Tanja Havemann

    Tanja Havemann

    Co-founder and Director of Clarmondial

    Tanja Havemann is a Director and Founder of Clarmondial, an investment advisory company focused on catalysing financing to sustainable natural resource management in emerging markets. Tanja has a technical background in environmental science, economics, law and finance. Tanja is Danish and was born and raised in Tanzania and Kenya.

    Adrien Henry

    Adrien Henry

    Investment Director of Moringa Fund

    Adrien Henry has in-depth experience in investing and managing private environmental business. He started with Ernst & Young developing and auditing triple bottom line business plans. Then he worked for ten years with the Suez group, including setting up and managing group’s corporate venture and later managing group’s French organic recycling activities. He graduated in economics and management at HEC Paris and in economics of environment and natural resources at AgroParisTech.

     Dr. Andy Jarvis

    Dr. Andy Jarvis

    Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area Director at International Center for Tropical Agriculture

    Dr. Andy Jarvis is the Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and is a Flagship Leader on the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), based in Cali, Colombia. Dr. Jarvis has 10 years experience of cutting edge scientific research in developing countries to support the goals of alleviating poverty and protecting essential ecosystem services of importance to humanity. His research has focused on the use of spatial analysis and environmental modeling to address issues such as agricultural biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change, and maintenance of ecosystem services. Over the past ten years Dr. Jarvis has published over 70 articles, book chapters or books, with over 30 of these in peer-reviewed articles published in international journals.

    Mary Joseph

    Mary Joseph

    Director of Partnerships and External Relations at FarmDrive

    Mary Joseph is the Director of Partnerships and External Relations at FarmDrive. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Business Management from Columbia University and has led strategy, operations and communications at companies that drive social change across Africa. She serves on the Young Professionals Advisory Board of the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, and has a personal and professional passion for increasing economic empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Abyd Karmali

    Abyd Karmali

    Managing Director, Climate Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Abyd Karmali is Managing Director, Climate Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch based in London and is point person for the bank’s USD 10 billion Catalytic Finance Initiative. Mr. Karmali is also part of the team that oversees the bank’s broader financial commitment to mobilize USD 125 billion for low-carbon investment opportunities by 2025. He has worked for 25 years on climate policy, carbon markets, and new approaches to climate finance. Before joining the financial sector in 2007, he worked in management and policy consulting where he advised dozens of companies on their climate strategy and also with the UN Environment Programme in Paris where he served as Energy and Climate Change Programme officer. In 2013 Mr. Karmali was selected to serve as one of two inaugural private sector representatives to the Board of the Green Climate Fund and has advisory roles with the Global Innovation Lab on Climate Finance, and the finance committee of the Sustainable energy for ALL initiative.

    Dr. Yoon Kim

    Dr. Yoon Kim

    Director of Advisory Services at Four Twenty Seven

    Dr. Yoon Kim is an adaptation expert with a decade of experience working with local governments, bilateral donors and multilateral development banks to assess climate risks and identify climate resilience investment opportunities. At Four Twenty Seven, she leads the Advisory Services and works closely with public and private sector entities at different levels to assess climate risks, support adaptation planning, identify adaptation funding and financing mechanisms to implement strategic plans, strengthen climate policy and governance, and build capacity.

    Edit Kiss

    Edit Kiss

    Director of Business Development and Operations at Althelia Ecosphere

    Edit Kiss is Director of Business Development and Operations at Althelia Ecosphere managing the Althelia Climate Fund’s investor relations and investment portfolio as well responsible for its environmental asset monetisation strategy and climate and conservation finance advocacy. Edit has previously worked as an advisor to IUCN Netherlands on REDD+, biodiversity and green commodities, after having spent over seven years in various private sector roles in the area of climate finance and carbon markets at companies across Europe including Eneco Energy Trade, Constellation Energy and Bank of America.

    Jay Koh

    Jay Koh

    Founder and Managing Director at The Lightsmith Group

    Jay Koh founded The Lightsmith Group in 2016 and has over 25 years of experience in private investment and government including senior roles at Siguler Guff, OPIC, R3 Capital, and The Carlyle Group. Mr. Koh holds a JD from Yale Law School, a masters in management from Oxford, and an AB in economics from Harvard College. He advises the NY Green Bank and the UN Green Climate Fund and is the founder and chair of the Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group (GARI).

    Dr. Prasun Kumar Das

    Dr. Prasun Kumar Das

    Secretary General of Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association

    Dr. Prasun Kumar Das is the Secretary General of Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA) based in Bangkok. As head of the representative association of central banks, commercial banks, development financial institutions and MFIs in the Asia-Pacific region, he has been instrumental in engaging with national governments, regional organizations (APEC, SAARC, ASEAN) and international agencies to influence policy and elucidate the narratives of financial inclusion, agricultural value chain finance and climate-smart agricultural finance in the Asia-Pacific region. He holds a Doctoral Degree in Agricultural Sciences and MBA with specialization in Financial Management.

    Kenneth Lay

    Kenneth Lay

    Senior Managing Director at The Rock Creek Group

    Kenneth Lay is Senior Managing Director of The Rock Creek Group, an asset management firm based in Washington D.C. that manages globally diversified portfolios of alternative investments, and equity investments in emerging markets, for institutional investors. Mr. Lay also works with international institutions, private foundations and NGOs in efforts to develop new approaches to increasing the scale and reducing the cost of financing for global public goods. Before joining Rock Creek at the end of 2010, Mr. Lay served as Treasurer of The World Bank, where he and his colleagues managed more than $100 billion in investments for the World Bank and other international financial institutions. He conceived and led the issuance of the first “global bond.” Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Lay was an enforcement lawyer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

     Alexa Mayer-Bosse

    Alexa Mayer-Bosse

    Manager, Business Development and Origination Agricultural Re/Insurance at Munich Re

    Alexa Mayer-Bosse is responsible for worldwide agriculture insurance business development and origination in Munich Re’s Agro and Weather Risks divisional unit. She graduated from the University of Munich with specialization in business and finance/insurance, and in 1996 began her career with an American IT and consulting company that provided services to the financial sector. In 2000, Alexa Mayer-Bosse joined Munich Re and in 2008 assumed responsibility for expanding and improving Munich Re's risk management solutions in agriculture worldwide. One of her expert areas is innovative product development. She and her family run a small farm to the north of Munich.

    Michael Metcalfe

    Michael Metcalfe

    Head of Macro Strategy at State Street Global Markets

    Mr. Metcalfe is responsible for FX, interest rate and cross-asset strategy for State Street Global Markets. His main area of expertise lies in developing tools to help analyze the market regime and in integrating measures of investor behaviour and inflation into an investment strategy. His team is consistently voted as providing some of the best capital flow and macro research to institutional investors by industry surveys.

    Hillary Miller-Wise

    Hillary Miller-Wise

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Tulaa

    Hillary Miller-Wise is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tulaa, a mobile commerce platform for farmers in Africa. Tulaa was incubated inside of Esoko, a pioneer in mAgriculture where Hillary has served as CEO since 2015. Hillary has spent nearly 20 years in consulting, agriculture development and financial services with firms such as TechnoServe and DAI. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, where she was awarded the Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship.

    Andrew Mitchell

    Andrew Mitchell

    Founder Director of the Global Canopy Programme

    Andrew W. Mitchell is the Founder Director of the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) in Oxford and Senior Adviser to Ecosphere Plus (E+), an impact investment and marketing company specializing in environmental assets. He is an international thought leader on tropical forests, climate change and financing natural capital. He has extensive field experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America, across a forty-year career spanning scientific research, conservation and finance for forests. He works to demonstrate the scientific, political and business case for safeguarding sustainable forests and landscapes as natural capital that underpins water, food, energy, health and climate security for all.

    Dr. Christine Negra

    Dr. Christine Negra

    Principal at Versant Vision

    Dr. Christine Negra, principal of Versant Vision, is an international consultant, specializing in sustainable agriculture, climate change, and integrated landscape management. A soil scientist with over 25 years of experience as an extension agent, a researcher, and a program director, her work is focused on bringing science into policies and markets. Recent projects include crafting certification criteria for climate bonds in land use and marine systems and development of an Agrobiodiversity Index for use by governments, companies, and investors.

    Jérôme Perez

    Jérôme Perez

    Head of Sustainability at Nestlé Nespresso

    Jérôme Perez is Head of Sustainability at Nestlé Nespresso, the worldwide pioneer and reference in premium portioned coffee, and is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is responsible for defining and overseeing the implementation of the company’s sustainability strategy, The Positive Cup. Mr. Perez and his team ensure that the company operates in a way that seeks to improve its environmental performance and to positively impact stakeholders throughout the value chain. They also lead projects and dialogues with community leaders, universities, NGOs and farmers to ensure that the company’s approach is creating share value for all of those who have a stake in the overall value chain. Mr. Perez identifies one of the highlights of his current role as the interaction with coffee farmers and the satisfaction of seeing the impact that the AAA Program is having on their lives and the enthusiasm with which they embrace this unique program.

     Jonathan Randall

    Jonathan Randall

    Principal Global Practice Leader, Environment, and Climate Change at DAI

    Jonathan Randall has been working at the intersection of sustainable economic development, climate change, and environmental conservation for more than 17 years with experience in Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Namibia. He has managed and contributed to the development of a number of successful initiatives including the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Green Prosperity program, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Wildlife Fund-American Red Cross Partnership, USAID’s climate change adaptation plan, Executive Order on Climate Resilient International Development and the HSBC Freshwater Adoption program. As DAI’s Global Practice Leader for Climate Change, Jonathan leads business development, technical assistance, and project management with a focus on climate-smart agriculture, natural resource management, and water resources.

    Bas Rüter

    Bas Rüter

    Director of Sustainability at Rabobank Group

    Bas Rüter is responsible for all sustainability policies, the ethics office and sustainable business development within Rabobank Group. As part of his responsibility he is member of the Ethics Committee, chairman of the supervisory Board of Dutch Greentech Fund and supervisory board member of RaboGroenbank.

    Marc Sadler

    Marc Sadler

    Adviser, Risk and Markets and Global Lead for Clmate Smart Agriculture at the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank

    Marc Sadler is the Adviser on Risk and Markets and Global Lead for Climate Smart Agriculture of the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank. An expert on commodity markets, finance, logistics, trading and risk management, Marc advises governments and corporates on these and related issues. Before the World Bank, Marc was a consultant for the World Bank and FAO in Central Asia, Caucasus and Turkey. Prior to this, he was a commodities trader based out of the Former Soviet Union. He has an M.A. in Jurisprudence from Trinity College, Oxford University.

    Peter Stoute-King

    Peter Stoute-King

    Managing Director and Head of Investment Network at Convergence

    Peter Stoute-King leads the Investment Network team at Convergence. Prior to joining Convergence, he led business development and engagement for the Global Knowledge Networks team at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Before the WEF, Peter worked as an Investment Officer with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), executing structured and project finance transactions across Latin America and the Caribbean. He has also served as a Vice President in the Emerging Markets Infrastructure M&A team within the London office of Citi, and as an Equity Research Analyst and Business Unit Manager with Goldman Sachs in New York.

    Dr. Srini Sundaram

    Dr. Srini Sundaram

    Founder and CEO at Agvesto

    Dr. Srini Sundaram, founder and CEO, AGVESTO, is a technology entrepreneur based in London with experience in financial technology, risk, engineering. Coming from a background of living with vulnerable fishermen community in early years of his life, Srini is knowledgeable about the impact extreme events can have on communities lives and the risks they face for daily living. He is deeply passionate about natural resources, climate change, rural empowerment and driven by his desire to help community in need using technology. Srini also co-founded Aire, a financial technology startup based in London, a credit reference agency to help unbanked and underbanked people to qualify for essential financial products. Prior to these ventures he has worked in leading digital finance brands such as Wonga and assisted a leading digital lender in Europe.

     Michaël van den Berg

    Michaël van den Berg

    Fund Manager of Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund at Triodos Investment Management

    Michaël van den Berg is the fund manager of the Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund, which each year provides debt financing to around 30 agribusinesses and farmer cooperatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Michaël brings with him 15 years experience in emerging markets investments, in the fields of SME finance, off-grid renewable energy investments, inclusive finance and sustainable agriculture.

    Dr. Jixian Wang

    Dr. Jixian Wang

    Deputy General Manager of the Institute of Rural Finance and Development at the Agricultural Development Bank of China

    Dr. Jixian Wang is Deputy General Manager of the Institute of Rural Finance and Development, Agricultural Development Bank of China. With a Ph.D. degree in Economics, his research interest lies primarily in the field of policy-finance, agricultural finance, and green finance, etc. His work in these domains has been published in more than 30 journals, such as Financial Theory and Practice, Banker, Credit Investigation, Rural Finance in China, and Grain News, etc.

    Peter Wheeler

    Peter Wheeler

    Executive Vice President at The Nature Conservancy

    Peter Wheeler joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as a London-based Executive Vice President in September 2013. He has a long and distinguished career as an investment banker having been the Head of Wholesale Banking for EMEA and Americas for Standard Chartered and previously a partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, working initially in New York in the 1980s, then based in Hong Kong, where he established and led the firm's Investment Banking business for Asia outside of Japan from 1991 to 1998. He was the firm’s first Chief Representative in Beijing. In his post-banking business life, Peter was a seed investor and Board member of Climate Change Capital until it was sold to Bunge in 2012. He sits on the Board of Rift Valley Corporation, a dynamic African agro-industrial enterprise which owns and operates a diversified portfolio of subsidiary companies across seven operating platforms in three countries in Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

     Sylvia Wisniwski

    Sylvia Wisniwski

    Managing Director at Finance in Motion GmbH

    Sylvia Wisniwski serves as a Managing Director at Finance in Motion, Germany, a leading impact asset manager, where she oversees the company’s financing initiatives for conservation, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. She has more than 25 years of experience in development finance in over 30 countries. Starting her career in German development cooperation (GIZ), she has worked as consultant for international organizations and held various management positions at consulting companies and asset managers. Sylvia holds both an M.A. in Political Science and Sociology and an MBA from Tübingen University as well as an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami, Florida.

Event Details

  • When: September 12 and 13, 2017
  • Where: Church House Westminster Dean's Yard, London, UK
  • CONTACT: Tamara Palmer
  • tpalmer@worldbank.org
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