Advocacy Talking Points 7 September 2021
Overview of "ESG Integration Framework" for Investment Analysis
Presented by CFA Institute ARX, The Securities and Exchange Commission Thailand, and CFA Society Thailand.
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Building an ecosystem conducive to sustainable growth of the capital market is a mission of the Securities and Exchange Commission Thailand (SEC) as a capital market regulator. Therefore, SEC has developed the Sustainable Capital Market Roadmap and incorporated it into the SEC Strategic Plan 2021-2023.
Considering sustainability issues as top priority, SEC has promoted application of ESG criteria in the Thai capital market in all aspects, from the areas of issuers, investors, products, to intermediaries, as they play an important role in supporting the drive towards capital market sustainability in a tangible manner.
To support this development, CFA Institute partnered with SEC to conduct a webinar to help enhance the knowledge of ESG investing for local practitioners. The webinar is targeting local intermediaries, with aims to equip them with fundamental understanding and knowledge in providing ESG-related services to investors.
- Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol, Secretary-General, The Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand
- Mary Leung, CFA, Head, Advocacy, APAC, CFA Institute
- Hardik Shah, CFA, ESG Practice Lead, GMO
- Sineerat Chakrabandhu Na Ayudhya, CFA, Investment Product Strategist, KTBST Securities Public Company Limited
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Mary is the Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute. She leads the team that is responsible for building market integrity in APAC by developing and advocating capital markets policy positions that raises investor protection and fosters sustainable industry growth. She also oversees the promotion and development of Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX), a research hub through which we engage with societies, members, governments, regulators, academia and other industry stakeholders 6o advance the wider CFA Institute mission.
Mary has over 20 years of experience in the global financial industry, having worked in corporate finance, wealth management advisory, and fund management. She joined Coutts & Co, where she was director of Business Development and Management for North Asia. Prior to that she was executive director at UBS AG, where she led the Corporate Advisory Group in Hong Kong. With experience in both the buy- and sell-sides, Mary has a strong understanding of the drivers and dynamics of different investor groups, including institutional investors, corporates, family offices, asset owners, and high-net-worth individuals.
Mary graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge with a degree in Engineering. She is a CFA charterholder and speaks English, Putonghua, and Cantonese.
Mr. Shah leads the ESG practice at GMO and is responsible for building GMO’s ESG capability across investment product areas and asset classes. He was a member of the CFA Institute’s inaugural global ESG working group (FY20) which aimed to develop an industry standard for the classification and disclosure of ESG investment products and has subsequently been selected as a member of its ESG verification subcommittee (FY21). Prior to joining GMO in 2017, he led a global team of analysts focused on ESG ratings and thematic research at Sustainalytics. Previously, he was an ESG Ratings associate at MSCI and, as a senior climate change consultant with Ernst & Young, has helped register a wide variety of projects with the UNFCCC under the Clean Development Mechanism defined in the Kyoto Protocol. During 2015 and 2016, Mr. Shah was voted #1 “research firm analyst who understands the challenges & opportunities facing companies” in the global Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from University of Mumbai and holds a post-graduate diploma in management - e business (finance) from We School, Mumbai. Mr. Shah holds the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential issued by SASB, Sustainability and Climate Risk (SCR) credential by GARP, and the CFA charter.