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2019 Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting and Conference

Date: 13 June 2019

Palmengarten Gesellschaftshaus
Palmengartenstraße 11
60325 Frankfurt am Main

AGM Timing: 08.00-11.30 Open to Green Bond Principles Members and Observers Only.
Conference Timing: 11.30-19.30 Open to all market participants and commentators.

The 2019 Green & Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting and Conference will take place in Frankfurt on 13 June, co-hosted by the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany and ICMA. The Green & Social Bond Principles are the most widely used framework for issuers in this international market, and continue to provide a foundation for new sustainable finance initiatives.

The conference will cover topical areas including new corporate initiatives, sustainability classifications / taxonomies, emerging regulation, impact reporting and wider implications for corporate reporting, growth markets and a spotlight on developments in Germany. While focused on sustainable bond markets, many of these discussions will be of relevance to other asset classes, including related products such as sustainable loans.

A landmark fixture for the sustainable finance sector, the conference is open to all professionals and officials interested in the future of these fast-growing markets. It will be of relevance for investors, issuers, intermediaries, external reviewers, policy makers and market supervisors, stock exchanges, index and data providers, law firms, and other important stakeholders.

Please note that attendance at the AGM is restricted to members and observers of the GBP and SBP. There is still time to apply for member or observer status, which delivers a wide range of other benefits.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Registration & Lunch
Welcome & Keynote
Martin Scheck, Chief Executive, ICMA
Tarek Al-Wazir, Minister, Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing, State of Hessen
Dr. Günther Bräunig, CEO, KfW
Presentation of 2019 GBP / SBP Publications & Innovations
Nicholas Pfaff, Managing Director, Secretary to the GBP & SBP, ICMA
Panel 1: Regulatory Innovation – a game-changer for sustainable finance?
Lars Eibeholm, Vice President, Head of Treasury, Nordic Investment Bank; GBP & SBP Excom

  • Tanguy Claquin, Head of Sustainable Banking, Crédit Agricole CIB; EU TEG Member
  • Roxana De Carvalho, Head of Corporate Affairs Department, ESMA
  • Morgan Després, Head of NGFS Secretariat, Banque de France
  • Gerald Podobnik, Head of FIG EMEA, Global Head of Capital Solutions & Sustainable Financing, Deutsche Bank
  • Ashley Schulten, Managing Director, Head of Responsible Investment, Fixed Income, BlackRock
  • Martin Spolc, Head of Sustainable Finance & Fintech Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission
Dr. Sabine Mauderer, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank; Member of Steering Committee, Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)
Transfer to Breakout sessions
Breakout sessions

Panel 2: Germany Inc. – Connecting a Green Economy Powerhouse with Green Market
Karsten Löffler, Managing Director, Green & Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany, Co-Head, FS – UNEP Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

  • Dr Frank Czichowski, Treasurer, KfW
  • Dr Volker Heischkamp, Head of Treasury, Innogy
  • Dr. Steffen Hörter, Global Head of ESG, Allianz Global Investors
  • Frank Scheidig, Global Head Senior Executive Banking, DZ BANK

Panel 3: New Paradigms in Impact Reporting and Wider Implications
Moderator: Isabelle Laurent, Deputy Treasurer & Head of Funding, EBRD; Joint Co-ordinator, GBP & SBP ExCom Impact Reporting Working Group


  • Dr. Maarten Biermans, Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Rabobank
  • Torunn Brana, Head of Green Finance, Kommunalbanken
  • Julien Foll, Responsible Investment Analyst, AXA IM
  • Jochen Krimphoff, Deputy Director, Green Finance, WWF
  • Esohe Denise Odaro, Head of Investor Relations, IFC
  • Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings

Panel 4: Growth markets and drivers
Moderator: Farnam Bidgoli, Head of Sustainable DCM EMEA, HSBC; Joint Co-ordinator, GBP & SBP New Markets Taskforce

  • Sameer Chopra, Managing Director. Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Michael Jantzi, CEO, Sustainalytics
  • Jean-Marie Masse, Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
  • Jason Mortimer, Senior Portfolio Manager, Nomura Asset Management
  • Chrissa Pagitsas, Vice President, Enterprise ESG Strategy, Fannie Mae
15.45 Coffee / Networking break
To be announced
Panel 5: Corporate Leadership Perspective – Are Corporates ready to mainstream Green & Sustainable Bonds?
Alexandre Marty, Senior Investor Relations Manager, EDF; Member of GBP & SBP Excom and Co-Founder of Corporate Forum on Sustainable Finance

  • Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, CDL Singapore
  • Marilyn Ceci, Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds, J.P. Morgan; GBP & SBP Vice Chair
  • Roberto Fernández Albendea, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Iberdrola
  • Mirko Gerhold, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Bond Origination & Solutions, Commerzbank
  • Foppe-Jan van de Meij, Senior Portfolio Manager Fixed Income, ACTIAM

Keynote: Growth and innovation in sustainable loan markets
Clare Dawson, Chief Executive, Loan Market Association

Panel 6: New Sustainability Taxonomies & Classifications - market implications
Moderator: Johanna Köb, Head of Responsible Investment, Zürich Insurance; GBP & SBP Excom Vice-Chair

  • Orith Azoulay, Global Head of Green & Sustainable Hub, Natixis; GBP & SBP Impact Reporting WG Member
  • Christa Clapp, Managing Partner, CICERO Shades of Green
  • Alban de Fay, Head of SRI & Green Bond Strategies, Amundi
  • Nathan Fabian, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, UN PRI; Rapporteur, EU TEG Subgroup on Taxonomy
  • Dr. Christopher Kaminker, Head of Sustainable Finance Research & Senior Advisor, SEB
  • Nancy Saich, Senior Adviser in Climate & Environment, European Investment Bank; EU TEG
Closing Remarks
Mandy DeFilippo, Chair of ICMA, and Global Head of Risk Management for Fixed Income & Commodities, Morgan Stanley
Cocktail Reception
Event Close

*Please note that ICMA reserves the right to make changes to this agenda.

Due to the complex interrelationships of global economic processes, innovative and skilled forces from among financial institutions, investor groups, politicians and members of the public must be enabled to cooperate in a network-like structure. The Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany (GSFCG) brings together the activities of the various stakeholders, thus mobilising synergies that shape this transformation process in an efficient and cost-reducing manner.

The GSFCG pursues an open policy. A network is to be established, in which expertise is bundled in relation to matters of finance and risk. The GSFCG shall serve as a central point of contact for the sustainability- and climate-relevant issues/questions of actors in the financial sector and beyond. As a result, the various green and sustainable finance initiatives existing at the financial centre Germany and in Europe are to be strengthened, and any already existing impulse is to be invigorated. National initiatives such as the Hub for Sustainable Finance and others as well as European and international expert groups shall also be involved in the activities.

For more information, please visit the GSFCG website.
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