Advocacy Talking Points 19 September 2023
Recorded Webinar: Climate Finance with CFA Institute and ACCA
An Introduction to the Course for Business and Finance Professionals
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Finance and investment professionals have a critical role to play in helping organisations build a more sustainable future. Concerns over climate change have created a stronger demand for products and skills to develop a deeper understanding of how these factors are impacting the industry, clients, and the world at large.
As such, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, have co-developed an online course* which focuses on climate change and its related impacts, carbon pricing, sustainable business models and climate risks and opportunities.
In this information session, representatives from CFA Institute and ACCA explained the rationale behind constructing the climate finance online course, introduced the course curriculum and e-learning system and answered any questions you may have.
*Hong Kong SAR Government Funding Scheme: The Climate Finance Course is one of the Eligible Programs under the Pilot Green and Sustainable Finance Capacity Building Support Scheme. Upon successful completion of the course, eligible applicants can apply for a subsidy of up to 80% of the course fee, where full-time students can claim up to 100% reimbursement.
Sonia Gandhi, CFA, is Director of Ethics Education at CFA Institute. In her role, she leads the effort to develop, promote, and deliver educational content for CFA Institute members and investment professionals in the area of ethics and professional standards. She has spent more than 20 years in the investment industry working with several global blue chip Investment Banks. As Director, Institutional Equities, she was responsible for Deutsche Bank's APAC client base. Previously, she has worked with JP Morgan, BNP Paribas, and Jardine Fleming in various roles, responsible for equity sales, capital market transactions, and global account management. Sonia has also served in various capacities as a volunteer with CFA Society India, most recently as a Director on the Board. Sonia is extremely passionate about ethics education and has conducted workshops for investment banks, asset managers, professional bodies, and regulators as well as finance students at numerous management institutes and universities across the globe.
Evelyn manages ACCA's regional policy research work across India and Africa within the Policy & Insights team. She has authored several region- and country-specific reports, in shaping policy conversations and contributing to capacity building, including the ACCA and Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) report on the journey to AU2063 – professional accountants empowering the AfCFTA.
Prior to her role in policy development, Evelyn worked in various capacities within ACCA. For five years, she led ACCA's public sector relationships and policy engagements at the federal level in Nigeria. Additionally, she served as the Business Development Manager, overseeing ACCA's operations and people in northern Nigeria.
Evelyn holds a first degree in accounting from Covenant University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. She is currently a Global MBA candidate at the University of London and holds executive program certificates from the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and the Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, where she is an alumna.
As the Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships of CFA Institute, Scott is responsible engaging with key industry stakeholders to promote the highest standards of education and professional excellence. This includes formulating strategic partnerships on research, professional learning and investor protection initiatives.
On behalf of CFA Institute, Scott manages the Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX) - a research hub that brings together like-minded finance and investment management professionals to share, learn and engage on relevant industry topics. Leveraging ARX, Scott and his team have organized 300+ online and offline events for CFA members, candidates and other industry stakeholders in the past few years.
Scott possesses Master’s in International Management, Postgraduate diploma in Business Administration, Bachelor of Banking and Finance and Bachelor of Computing.