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We are proud to partner with MSCI for a ESG webinar series! Our first webinar explored 2023 ESG and climate trends in APAC.

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CFA Institute is proud to partner with MSCI to present this webinar on “2023 ESG & Climate Trends to Watch – The APAC View”. 

Full Report on 2023 ESG & Climate Trends to Watch – The APAC View available here.
We entered 2023 against a backdrop of a major war in Europe, turmoil in energy markets, inflation, rising interest rates and a series of climate-induced disasters. How will this global turmoil affect ESG and sustainability trends in APAC markets in 2023? 
The large-scale trends shaping ESG and climate investing in APAC have become well recognized: climate change risk and the road to net-zero, the interrelated threat of biodiversity loss, social inequalities, and, lately, debate and controversy over greenwashing and what ESG should be. Riding on these, industry leaders from MSCI will shed light on the key and emerging trends that might potentially shape the finance industry going forward.  
The following key topics have been covered:  

  • An overview of the top global ESG & Climate trends and how they impact the APAC markets in 2023  
  • Delve into three key topics – energy crisis, regulation and natural capital, to see how they are shaping the ESG & climate investing landscape in APAC


  • Miranda Carr, executive director, global head, applied esg and climate research, MSCI
  • Chitra Hepburn, managing director, head of esg and climate, MSCI


  • Sivananth Ramachandran, CFA, director of capital market policy, India, CFA Institute

Duration: 61 mins

Recorded on 28 February 2023


Miranda Carr
Miranda Carr

Miranda Carr, who joined MSCI in January 2021, is Head of Applied ESG & Climate Research, with a focus on the key issues and developments in ESG & Climate in the Asian region. She has developed ESG integration frameworks for key APAC clients.
Prior to joining MSCI, Miranda was Senior ESG Analyst at Haitong International, one of China’s largest securities companies, where she worked from 2015-20 and launched their ‘ESG in Asia’ research product. Before that, she spent 8 years analyzing Chinese government policy and investment strategy as Head of Research for an independent research company, NSBO, in London/Beijing.
In 2003, she obtained an MSc from Bayes Business School (formerly CASS Business School), where she focused on Socially Responsible Investment.

Chitra Hepburn
Chitra Hepburn

Chitra Hepburn is MSCI’s Head of APAC ESG & Climate, and Head of South & Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, she is responsible for leading MSCI’s ESG and climate business across the diverse region, as well as managing and growing MSCI’s footprint and client relationships in South and Southeast Asia.
Chitra initially spent 15 years in Investment Banking, a number of those being in project finance in the green energy sector. Following that, she focused on cleantech investments in China, followed by a few years in corporate development and ESG.
Chitra has lived and worked in 10 countries across APAC as well as Europe. Chitra was on the Board of Collective Responsibility and Green Initiatives for a number of years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics, which spurred her on to a Sustainability-focused career path.

Sivananth Ramachandran
Sivananth Ramachandran CFA, CIPM

Sivananth "Siva" Ramachandran, CFA, is the Director of Capital Markets Policy, India at CFA Institute. In his role, he is responsible for advocating policy positions on issues that impact Indian capital markets, including corporate governance, ESG, and financial reporting, to name a few. Siva was part of a SEBI working group that reviewed the related party transaction regulations. He is frequently quoted in media. Siva has nearly 13 years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining the CFA Institute, he spent five years at Morningstar, and led their global index product development team. He also served as a spokesperson for sustainability at Morningstar India. Prior to his time at Morningstar, Siva spent nearly five years at MSCI where he co-authored research papers on small cap investing, portfolio construction, and economic exposure. Siva has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He also holds the chartered financial analyst (CFA) and professional risk management (PRM) designations, and the fundamentals of sustainability accounting (FSA) credential provided by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

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