Bringing together the global green bonds community
Theme: How to get to a $1trillion p.a. market

“A systemic response from global finance is required. Asset owners and managers need to adjust their capital allocations. Banks and corporates need to commence large scale green bond programs. Funding clean energy and green infrastructure to meet NDC goals is the objective. $1 trillion in green finance by 2020 is the performance measure.”

Christiana Figueres responding to annual green bond issuance passing the $100bn mark for the first time, during COP23 in Bonn. 

International market actors, leaders, policymakers gather to discuss and debate how to scale the global green bond market from billions to trillions.

Download the full CBI18 Conference Agenda

Day 1: China Green Bonds Investor Forum & Green Bond Champions Workshop
Day 2: Main conference
Day 3: Specialist roundtables

3rd Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards Ceremony
Recognising leaders in green bond market development.

Reserve your place now! We have 550 seats capacity, but our 2017 conference was over-subscribed, so register now. We are nearly sold out - book quickly!

Meet bond investors, issuers and decision-makers. You will have the opportunity to connect, network and collaborate around an agenda of big ideas in green finance and investment.

Monday 19 March

Venue: London Stock Exchange, City of London

China Green Bonds Investor Forum

9 potential Chinese green bond issuers meet green bond investors. Restricted audience; please apply.
Speakers include:

  • Dr Ma Jun, Chairman of China Green Finance Committee
  • Dr Ma Xianfeng, Associate Dean, China Institute of Finance and Capital Markets; Vice-Chair, China Securities Regulatory Commission
  • Representative from Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI)
  • Prospective green bond issuers, such as ICBC, Industrial Bank of China, Bank of Huzhou, Shanghai-Pudong Development Bank, Goldwind, Bank of China, Bank of Jiangsu
  • Sir Roger Gifford, City of London Green Finance Initiative
  • Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Green Bond Champions Workshop

This a closed door workshop for individuals working within the financial sector. It will involve sharing experience of achieving organisational change, with coaching from existing green bond practitioners. English language only.

Would-be participants have to apply to attend, briefly explaining how they are working to grow the green bonds market.

Climate Bond Partners Reception

Networking reception for Climate Bond Partners and Champions, complete with an open discussion on how to rapidly grow the green bonds market.

Tuesday 20 March

Main Conference

Venue: 155 Bishopsgate, next to Liverpool Street Station.
Registration from 7.30am, Start 8.30am sharp.

07:45-08:30 Registration and welcome breakfast

08:30-09:00 Introduction & Welcome

  • Justine Leigh-Bell, Director of Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Christiana Figueres, Former Secretary General, UNFCCC and Convenor, Mission2020

09:00-10:00 Plenary : Investor expectations for 2018

  • Moderator: Justine Leigh-Bell, Director of Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Ulf Erlanddson, CIO, Glacier Impact climate fund, Strukturinvest
  • Felipe Gordillo, SRI/ESG Senior Analyst , BNP AM
  • Stuart Kinnersley, Chief Investment Officer, Affirmative
  • Steve McDowell, Head of Investments, Barclays
  • Alban de Fay, Fund Manager, Amundi
  • Wilfried Bolt, Senior Investment Manager, PGGM

10:00-11:30 Plenary: What the public sector has to do this year

  • Moderator: Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Ma Jun, Chairman of China Green Finance Committee
  • Christopher Knowles, Infrastructure Funds and Climate Action Advisor, EIB
  • Rathin Roy, Director, NIPFP
  • Jeremy Oppenheim, Founder and Managing Partner, SystemIQ

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:00 Morning Parallel Sessions

Tales from 2017’s Happy Treasurers: Sharing the experience of Green Bond Issuance

  • Moderator: Jon Hay, Corporate finance & Sustainability Editor, GlobalCapital
  • Tiago Rocha, Director of Finance, Klabin
  • Bodo Winkler, Head of Credit Treasury, BerlinHyp
  • Billy Suid, Managing Director, Head of Securitisation and Secured Funding, Barclays
  • David Jenkins, Director-Sustainable Capital Markets, Corporate & Institutional Banking, National Australia Bank NAB
  • Chen Yaqin, Deputy Director of Market Development, Industrial Bank of China

Green Sovereigns: how-to and prospects

  • Moderator: Justine Leigh-Bell, Director of Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Anne Leclerq, Director Treasury & Capital Markets, Belgium Treasury
  • Elise Calais, Green Bonds Project Leader, AFT
  • Philip Brown, Managing Director, Citi
  • Aaron Levine, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, IFC, Fiji

Pricing & green bonds

  • Moderator: William Beloe, Global Product Specialist at International Finance Corporation, IFC
  • Caroline Harrison, Research Analyst, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Candace Partridge, Academic Urbanist, UCL
  • Mike Wilkins, Managing Director, S&P
  • Michael Ridley, Director of Green Bonds and Corporate Credit, HSBC
  • Ben Powell, Climate and Sustainable Financial Solutions, SEB

The missing link: US corporate green bonds

  • Moderator: Caitlin MacLean, Senior Director of Innovative Finance, Milken Institute
  • Kevin Smith, Vice President of Environmental Markets Groups, Goldman Sachs
  • Jim Hempstead, Managing Director, Moody’s
  • Suzanne Buchta, Managing Director of Green Bonds, BoAML
  • Paul O’Connor, Executive Director of Green Bonds, JP Morgan

Opportunities with Aggregation: Sovereign funds, infrastructure debt funds, ABS, covered bonds

  • Moderator: Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Carl-Henrik Arosenius, Head of Investor Relations, Kommuninvest
  • Yan Wang, Assistant General Manager, Bank of China (London)
  • Hendrik Tuch, Head of Rates & Money Markets, Aegon
  • Chrissa Pagitsas, Director of Green Financing Business, Fannie Mae
  • Michael Sheren, Senior Advisor, BoE

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Afternoon Parallel Sessions

The rise of green loans

  • Moderator: Manuel Adamini, Director, Investor Outreach & Partners Programme, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Orith Azoulay, Global Head of CIB Green and Sustainable Hub, Natixis
  • Peter Sweatman, CEO, Climate Strategy & Partners
  • Michael Mattig, Group Lead Treasury, Transaction & Inhouse Banking, Nordex
  • Hendrik Tuch, Head of Rates & Money Markets, Aegon
  • Richard Sherry, Director of Alternative Credit, M&G Investments
  • Miguel Castillo, Executive Director, BBVA
  • Joop Hessels, Executive Director of Sustainable Bond Finance, ABN, Amro

The future for Green City Bonds

  • Moderator: Mike Paparian, US West Coast Advisor, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Douglass D. Sims, Director of Strategy and Finance, Center for Market Innovation, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Tim Schaefer, Deputy Treasurer, Public Finance
  • Manuel Thomas, Finance Director, Île-de-France
  • Isabel Cavelier, Senior Adviser, Mission 2020

A rapid transition with inclusive growth

  • Moderator: Nick Robins, Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, UNEP
  • Rathin Roy, Director and Chief Executive Officer, NIPFP
  • Samantha Smith, Director of Just Transition Centre , ITUC
  • Lucia Silva, Group Head of Sustainability and Social Responsibility, Generali
  • Sagarika Chatterjee, Associate Director of Policy and Research, PRI

Emerging markets green bond development Room: Broadgate 2

  • Moderator: Justine Leigh-Bell, Director of Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Andre Carvalhal, International Relations, BNDES
  • Koko Bola, CEO, FMDQ
  • Yin Hong, Deputy General Director of Urban Finance Research Institute, ICBC
  • Sergeï Strigo, Head of Emerging Market Debt & Currency, Amundi
  • Samir Asdhta, CFO, CLP
  • Promod Dass, Deputy CEO, RAM Ratings

Beyond mitigation: how green bonds are being used for resilience and adaptation bonds

  • Moderator: Alan Gordon, Advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative and formerly of California State Treasurer’s Office
  • Carlos Sanchez, Director of Climate Resilience Finance, Willis Towers Watson
  • Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head, Climate Business, IFC
  • Leo Martinez-Diaz, Global Director, Sustainable Finance Center, WRI
  • Fabian Huwyler, Director of Sustainably Affairs, Credit Suisse
  • Craig Davies, Head of Climate Resilience Investments, EBRD
  • Anna Creed, Head of Standards, Climate Bonds Initiative

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-16:45 Plenary: The move towards global harmonisation: HLEG for Sustainable Finance, Green Definitions and the SDGs

  • Moderator: Nick Robins, Co-Director, Inquiry into a Sustainable Financial System, UNEP Enquiry
  • Paul Fisher, Senior Associate, CISL
  • Ingrid Holmes, E3G
  • Nathan Fabian, Director of Policy and Research, PRI
  • David Harris, Group Head of Sustainable Business, FTSE Russell
  • Julie Becker, Head of International Primary Markets, LuxSe
  • Robin Edme, Senior Policy Officer Green and Sustainable Finance, European Commission
  • Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

16:45-17:30 Plenary: Big predictions for the coming year

  • Moderator: Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Joop Hessels, Head of Green, Social & Sustainability Bonds, ABN AMRO
  • Rahul Ghosh, Senior Vice President - Environmental, Social & Governance, Moody’s

3rd Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards
Refreshments and networking

Wednesday 21 March

Specialist Roundtables

Please confirm participation for the open sessions when registering.

    Sessions at Shearman & Sterling
    Venue: 9 Appold Street London EC2A 2AP

    • 08:30-11:00 - Mobilising financial centres for green bonds – Where to next?
    • 12:00-14:30 - Roundtable:  Aggregation solutions in emerging markets
    • 15:30-18:00 - Roundtable: Climate Bonds assurance (invite-only)

    Sessions at Norton Rose Fulbright
    Venue: 3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ

    • 08:30-11:00 - Currency hedging for emerging markets, led by TCX
    • 12:00-14:30 - The Paris 1.5°c target - What it means for green bonds
    • 15:30-17:30 - International developments on standardisation and green definitions

    Session at Willis Tower Watson
    Venue: 51 Lime Street, London, England EC3M 7DQ

    • 08:30-11:00 - Training: How to issue a green bond; how to verify
    • 12:00-14:30 - Roundtable:  Climate risk for fund managers
    • 15:30-17:30 - London Meeting: European Green Securities Steering Committee, (closed session) co-led by European Covered Bonds Council


    Discount rates for NGO representatives
    FREE for Emerging Market government officials and other selected emerging market participants
    FREE places for students studying green finance
    We hope to see you in London.