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“2024 Sustainability & Climate Trends to Watch – The APAC View” webinar, jointly presented by MSCI and CFA Institute.   

Environmental, social and governance risks are increasingly recognized as financial risks. How will this impact the year ahead?   

While the tangible challenges and risks posed by climate change are likely to only grow over time, the low-carbon energy transition could present a significant investment opportunity.   

With the widespread adoption of AI, the changing role of private capital in climate finance, and the emergence of biodiversity as a priority for sustainability-oriented investors, what do financial risks look like for the year ahead?    

MSCI, a leading provider of mission-critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, published its 12th Sustainability & Climate Trends to Watch, an annual publication that shines light on the large-scale trends that set to shape the environment for investors and companies in 2024 and beyond.  

Tune in to hear from MSCI the key and emerging trends that might potentially shape the financial industry going forward. 

The following key topics will be covered:  

  • An overview of the top global sustainability & climate trends and their impact on APAC markets in 2024 
  • Deep dive into specific areas such as climate disclosures, regulation and natural capital and see how they are shaping the sustainability & climate investing landscape in APAC


  • Chitra Hepburn, managing director, head of apac esg and climate, head of south and southeast asia, MSCI
  • SK Kim, vice president, esg and climate research, MSCI


  • David von Eiff, PhD, director, global industry standards, CFA Institute

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Duration: 61 mins

Recorded on 27 February 2024


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.

SK Kim
SK Kim

SK Kim is a Vice President at MSCI’s ESG & Climate Research team, based in Korea. Her research covers ESG in the global consumer-discretionary and industrial sectors, with a focus on labor rights and other social issues. She has published research on labor unions and #MeToo, as well as a paper analyzing the track record palm-oil producers and buyers in meeting deforestation targets.
In addition to her research responsibilities, SK also sits at the MSCI ESG editorial board and is an APAC content lead. She serves as an editorial member of MSCI’s flagship report “2024 Sustainability & Climate Trends to Watch”.
SK holds a master’s degree in finance from Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance in Shanghai Jiaotong University and a B.A. in English language and literature from Ewha Womans University.

David Von Eiff
David von Eiff PhD

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.

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