FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Conference & Awards 2013


9:00 am Breakfast and Registration

10:00 am       Opening Remarks by FT Chair

John Willman, Editorial Consultant and Former UK Business Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

10:10 am       Panel Discussion: Bridging the Infrastructure Gap

There is increasing recognition among governments, particularly in developing economies, that traditional methods of financing the delivery of crucial public goods such as infrastructure are falling short in terms of scale and impact. Private sector involvement is crucial – not just from financial institutions but real-sector companies too. What kind of regulatory structures are required to adequately incentivise the private sector while ensuring that infrastructure investment is focused on the areas that matter the most? What do private financial institutions have to do to re-build trust in the community? How can capital markets be deepened in emerging economies to offer a greater variety of financing tools and channels? With more innovation required, what is the most effective way for governments to be involved? What key alliances need to be established to ensure success is achieved at scale?

James Cameron, Non-Executive Chairman, Climate Change Capital

Michael Eckhart, Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance, Citigroup

Nick Rouse, Managing Director, Frontier Markets Fund Managers

Danny Truell, CIO, Wellcome Trust, and Co-Chair, B20 Group on Investment &


Moderator: Usha Rao-Monari, Director, Sustainable Business Advisory, IFC

11:00 am       Innovation in Sustainable Finance – first project

Nominees for the 2013 Achievement in Inclusive Business award present their projects to the audience ahead of the Sustainable Finance Awards ceremony in the evening.

Carlos Enrique Cavelier Lozano, President, Alqueria Dairy, Colombia

11:10 am       Keynote Interview

            Jin-Yong Cai, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC


                Interviewed by Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

11:40 am       Networking Break

12:10 pm   Innovation in Sustainable Finance – second project

Mitchell Elegbe, CEO, Interswitch, Nigeria

12:20 pm       Panel Discussion: Overcoming Imperfect Markets

The effective delivery of crucial public goods such as water, food and energy in developing economies has been hamstrung by supply and demand issues that have in recent years led to major upward price pressures. Governments faced with potential social disruption have responded with subsidies and other measures that tend to distort pricing both at the end-user and producer levels and may discourage the investment needed to improve productivity and help supply meet demand. With fiscal deficits worsening, is there a better way for governments to protect the most vulnerable communities, without deepening market distortions? How can producers be encouraged to become more efficient in an imperfect market?

Farid Baddache, Director, Europe, BSR

Nicko Debenham, Director, Head of Cocoa, Armajaro Trading

Alan Kyerematen, Head, African Trade Policy Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa

Joost Oorthuizen, CEO, IDH - The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Moderator: John Willman, Editorial Consultant and Former UK Business Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

1:10 pm Networking Lunch

2:30 pm Keynote Address

                    Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, UK

Introduced by Jin-Yong Cai, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC

2:50 pm         Innovation in Sustainable Finance – third project

Lerionka Tiampati, CEO, Kenya Tea Development Agency

3:00 pm Panel Discussion: Breaking the Information Barrier

One of the key barriers to more effective private sector financing of essential public goods is the insufficient data around risk and possible outcomes. There is arguably more data than ever before, but much of it is not being processed efficiently or being made available to the public. How can the flow of information be improved – in terms of diagnostics, reporting, and the accountability of the investor? How can data become more open and transparent? What are the most effective pricing models and risk management tools and how can they establish more stable and consistent scenarios? What role are index providers playing? What evaluation methods can be put into place to track progress once a project has been implemented?

            Catherine Gill, Vice-President, Investor Relations, Root Capital

David Harris, Director, FTSE ESG

Chris Locke, Managing Director, GSMA Development Fund

                       Alex van der Velden, Partner and CIO, Ownership Capital

                Moderator: Jack Ehnes, CEO, CalSTRS

3:50 pm Innovation in Sustainable Finance – fourth project

Luis Juan Oreta, Chief Finance Officer, Manila Water

4:00 pm Networking Break

4:30 pm Innovation in Sustainable Finance – fifth project

       Leonidas Lopez, President, Universitaria Minuto de Dios, Colombia

4:40 pm Closing Keynote Address

Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

5:25 pm         Closing Remarks

John Willman, Editorial Consultant and Former UK Business Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

5:30 pm End of Conference