Advocacy Talking Points 14 March 2023
Up your ESG Game: Plugging the Talent Gap
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As environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing becomes mainstream, there is a huge demand for talents with relevant knowledge and skills in analysing and integrating ESG factors into investment decisions. This is especially true in Hong Kong, which seeks to become a leading green finance hub in the region. Because of this, government, firms, professional associations and academia have introduced various schemes and educational programmes to enhance the ESG competencies for practitioners. In this webinar, we took a deeper dive into the CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing and to explore the support from government and firms on ESG capacity building and talent development.
- David von Eiff, PhD, director of institutional relations, asia-pacific, CFA Institute
- Richard Mak, CFA, head of products and business management, asia, Pictet Wealth Management
- Grace Wong, senior manager, market development, external department, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
David von Eiff joined CFA Institute in 2021 as a sustainability specialist. David brings has a combined 13 years of experience in environmental compliance, research, and sustainability. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy at the City University of Hong Kong and his Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Public Policy at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. His main research areas address the economic, sustainability and climate change issues associated with water supply management decisions. He previously spent 8 years regulatory specialist in Environmental, Health & Safety Management Systems, having clients across a wide range of industries to improve their environmental programs and identified methods by which they could make their operations more sustainable, including process redesign, water and energy conservation, and developing environmental management systems.
Richard Mak is the Head of Product & Business Management – Asia of Pictet Wealth Management since January 2020. He is responsible for the product development and investment platform operation in Asia. He joined Pictet in 2011 to build the Asia Advisory Team to provide investment advices to high net-worth investors in Asia. Prior to joining Pictet, he was the Head of Advisory-Asia at BNP Paribas Wealth Management. Richard has over 30 years of experience in financial industry with 17 years in equity investments and has been advising private clients on global investments since 2003.
Richard holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute since 1993. He is the Immediate Past President of CFA Hong Kong Society and served as the President Council Representative of Asia Pacific Region of CFA Institute from 2004 to 2008.
He graduated from The University of Hong Kong with the Bachelor of Social Sciences.
Grace Wong is a Senior Manager at the Market Development Division of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). She is responsible for the HKMA’s efforts to promote development of sustainable finance in Hong Kong, including policy initiatives like the Green
and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group and the Government Green Bond Programme. Prior to her current focus on sustainable finance, Grace was involved in other areas of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness as an international financial centre,
including asset management, debt market and Islamic finance. She was previously responsible for the HKMA’s participation in regional central banking forums and initiatives, including the Asian Bond Fund.