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• In practice, how can the financial sector intensify its efforts to reach the high levels of ambition set out in the European Green Deal?
• What elements are needed to tap into the vast volumes of private finance necessary for significant climate action?
• What can be expected from the level 2 framework of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)?
• The European Single Access Point (ESAP) has been described as a game-changer for ESD data. What’s the way forward to bring this to fruition?
• Is the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy on the right track? Does its direction need tweaking?
• The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD): is it as effective and workable as intended? What’s the way forward?
• What are the main takeaways of the COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh?
14.00 – 14.30 Registration and networking (virtual and in-person)
14.30 – 14.35 Introductory remarks by moderator
14.35 – 15.10 Introductory remarks by speakers
15.10 – 16.10 Panel Discussion and Q&A
16.10 – 17.00 Virtual and in person networking
Chief Correspondent, financial services, MLex
Fiona Maxwell is a financial services senior correspondent at MLex in London. She began her career as a reporter for Risk.net, writing about EU post-crisis regulation, and later worked for POLITICO in Brussels, covering the intersect between financial policy and politics. Prior to joining MLex, Fiona worked at the Bank of England as a policy adviser in the prudential policy directorate.
Head of unit B2, Sustainable finance,European Commission
Martin Spolc is the Head of the Sustainable Finance in the European Commission's Directorate General for Financial Services. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of the Capital Markets Union unit, the Economic analysis unit, Deputy Head of the Banking unit and Assistant to the Director General, directly involved in developing key projects in the area of financial services since the banking crisis. Before joining the Commission, he had worked at risk management consultancy and the banking sector. He is the holder of the CFA and FRM designations and member of the CFA Institute and Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Group Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment, LSEG
Cornelia Andersson leads Sustainable Finance and Investing for the data & analytics division of the London Stock Exchange Group, driving growth and solving challenges for organisations across the world in close collaboration with customers and market participants. Focused on delivering best in class data, analytics, indices, research, and building innovative solutions enabling investor, trading, risk, wealth and corporate communities globally. Ms Andersson has extensive experience in financial data and technology, having run market data, market analysis, business intelligence and due diligence functions globally for market leading firms. An experienced financial information professional, and a frequent speaker at industry events, Cornelia is a chartered information professional (CILIP), FIA qualified, she holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Lund University, Sweden and a MBA from Imperial College, London.
Head of Sustainability, BVI
Dr. Magdalena Kuper is Vice President Legal at the German Investment Funds Association BVI. As member of the legal team, she has had a coordinating function for various EU and international initiatives affecting the asset management industry, including the CMU, UCITS and AIFMD review, MiFID II and PRIIPs. Currently she is leading the BVI work on sustainable finance. Prior to joining BVI in 2004, Ms Kuper conducted extensive research work in the field of international company law at Max-Planck-Institute in Hamburg. She studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Aberdeen.
Managing Director & Head of Brussels Office, ICI Global
Victor van Hoorn is ICI Global’s Managing Director. A dual citizen of France and the Netherlands, he joins ICI from Eurosif, where he has served as executive director since 2020. At Eurosif, van Hoorn expanded the association and helped establish the group as a leading voice on sustainable finance and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. He is a well-known presence at the European Parliament and European Commission, with deep experience in their legislative and regulatory processes. He is also an appointee to the French Ministry of Finance’s advisory committee on ESG fund labeling. Earlier in his career, van Hoorn headed financial services public affairs for an international communications firm. As an attorney, he has worked on capital markets issues in commercial practice. He is a graduate of Maastricht University, Sciences Po, and Georgetown University and a qualified lawyer admitted to the New York and Netherlands bar.
Mr Sebastian Godinot has worked in the environmental sector for over 21 years and is currently the senior economist of WWF European Policy Office and Head of the Sustainable finance unit. His area of expertise lies in private and public finance, budgetary and subsidy issues, and the wider issue of sustainable economy. He has 12 year experience in EU finance policy. He is leading a WWF programme aiming at reforming EU financial policies to integrate sustainability requirements - focusing in particular on the EU Action Plan on sustainable finance and the Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy. He is a member of the EFRAG General Assembly on sustainability reporting standard and of the ESMA Consultative Working Group of the Coordination Network on Sustainability. He was a member of the EU Platform on sustainable finance in 2020-22. Mr Godinot holds a postgraduate degree in Environmental Law from the University of Strasbourg, a Master’s degree in Private and Economic Law at Lyon University and holds a diploma in Business Management from Lyon Business School, one of the most renowned French business schools.