CFA Institute 10 February 2022
Progress in Greening the Financial System: Lessons Learned and Looking Forward
CFA Institute Alpha Summit APAC
Virtual Session: Video On Demand
CFA Institute Alpha Summit APAC, a two-day virtual conference focusing on the investment industry’s biggest challenges and most compelling trends across Asia Pacific, was held on 10-11 February 2022. From shareholder activism and advances in fintech to sustainable investment strategy and capital allocation, the nine thematic sessions of the conference aimed to give the audience the tools and guidance on best practices that financial professionals need to succeed.
Government funding will not be enough to support the “greening” of financial markets and economies, but policy incentives and other tools can be used to stimulate the development of green finance. Investors also have a key role to play in developing the next generation of market-based instruments that can go beyond such conventional methods as green bonds and carbon markets. What are the next steps to mobilize green finance and investment? How can we anticipate potential transition risks and shocks? What are the best ways to hone our skills to produce better environmental risk analysis?
In the fireside chat “Progress in Greening the Financial System: Lessons Learned and Looking Forward”, Dr. Ma Jun, chairman and president of Hong Kong Green Finance Association and co-chairman of the G20 Sustainable Finance Working Group stressed that unifying of ESG taxonomies, and disclosure requirements is necessary for successful adoption of sustainability in finance. Dr. Ma gave his thoughts on the most recent developments in green finance and carbon markets in China and the developing markets of Asia Pacific.
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Dr. Ma Jun is a leader in green and sustainable finance. He currently serves as the sustainable finance special adviser to the United Nations Environment Programme. During his tenure as Chief Economist of the Research Bureau of the People's Bank of China, Dr. Ma Jun also led the drafting of the Guidance of Green Finance in China. Before this, he was Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank. Dr. Ma Jun has published more than a dozen books and multiple articles on monetary policy, environmental economics, and green finance. He holds a master’s degree in management from Fudan University and has a PhD in economics from Georgetown University.
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.