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Financing a Sustainable Future:
The Role of Business in Delivering on Net Zero

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Start date: Wednesday, 13 October, 2021
Start time: 3:00 PM CEST | 2:00 PM BST | 9:00 AM EST
Duration: 90 minutes
As we approach UN COP26, the financial sector is stepping up on climate action with enhanced climate-risk reporting and adopting net-zero strategies. One year on from Ireland's endorsement of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations, companies are not only implementing the TCFD recommendations but are also looking ahead to the actions needed to achieve net zero.

In advance of the publication of the TCFD's annual status report, join us for a virtual event in partnership with Climate Finance Week Ireland 2021, featuring a high-level dialogue on how Irish and European firms are taking concrete steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

Join us for a discussion on:

• What has been achieved and what needs to be done to ensure a smooth transition

• How can the TCFD framework support companies' net-zero transition plans

• What are companies doing to integrate climate-related risks - into their day-to-day business operations to reach net-zero targets

The event will also feature a breakout session following the panel discussion with Bloomberg sustainable finance experts to discuss what a "good" net-zero target looks like, how are investors comparing these targets, and examples of best practices when setting up net-zero commitments.

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Stéphane Boujnah

CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board

Euronext N.V.

Stéphane Boujnah is CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of Euronext N.V. Before joining Euronext, Stéphane Boujnah was Head of Santander Global Banking and Markets for continental Europe. From 2005 to 2010, he was Managing Director at Deutsche Bank responsible for the development of the investment banking operations in France. Previously he founded KM5 Capital, an advisory company specialised in equity raising and M&A advice for venture capital funds and innovative technology companies. From 2000 to 2002, he was Director of the European M&A team of Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group in Palo Alto and London. From 1997 to 1999, Stéphane Boujnah was senior adviser to the French Minister for Economy, Finance and Industry, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. He started his carrier in 1991 as a business lawyer at Freshfields. He graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He holds a Master degree and a DEA in Law from La Sorbonne Paris, a LLM in Law from the University of Kent, and a MBA from Insead. Stéphane Boujnah was a member of the Commission pour la Liberation de la Croissance Française established by the then President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. He is founder and Vice-President of the Board of the think tank En Temps Réel and President of the Board of directors of Accentus and Insula Orchestra.

Kasper Elmgreen

Head of Equities


Dublin-based Kasper Elmgreen CFA is Head of Equities and oversees the equities business line at Amundi. The business line spans teams in seven countries with expertise covering actively managed Global, European and Japanese equities as well as convexity solutions (volatility, protected equity and convertible bonds). He joined Amundi from Nordea Asset Management in Copenhagen where he had been Head of Fundamental Equities since 2014 with responsibility for restructuring the investment capabilities. Prior to this, he worked at Bankinvest Asset Management for 10 years in various portfolio management roles including Lead Portfolio Manager for an Emerging Europe equity strategy and was part of the Global Investment Board. Kasper became Head of Equities in 2010. Kasper is a CFA Charterholder. He graduated from Copenhagen Business School in 2005 with a Master of Science in Applied Economics and Finance and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bath, obtained in 2003. Amundi – a pioneer in responsible investing - is Europe’s largest asset manager and in the top 10 globally with almost € 1.8 trillion AuM. It has some 4,800 employees across 36 countries and 100 million clients globally. Morningstar ranks Amundi as the Number 1 Asset Manager by Article 8 and 9 Fund Assets under The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SDFR). SFDR, which came into effect on March 10 2021, is a cornerstone of the European Commission’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance.

Colin Hunt

Chief Executive Officer


In March 2019, Colin Hunt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AIB and an Executive Director on the AIB Board. His stated ambition as CEO of AIB Group is to ensure sustainability is and remains a priority for the Group - that is why it sits at the very heart of our strategy. On joining the bank in 2016 he established a team providing finance to support renewable energy and infrastructure to support the transition to a low carbon economy. Prior to joining AIB, he was Managing Director at Macquarie Capital where he led the development of its business in Ireland. Previously, he was a Special Policy Adviser at the Departments of Transport and Finance, Research Director and Chief Economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Head of Trading Research and Senior Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and a country risk analyst at NatWest. He has a Phd in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin and degrees in Commerce & Economics from University College, Cork. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc from 2008 to 2014. Colin is a Director of the Ireland Funds, Ireland Chapter and Director and President 2021/2022 of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.

Imelda Hurley



Imelda Hurley was appointed CEO of Coillte in November 2019. With one million acres under management, Coillte is Irelands largest forester, largest provider of outdoor recreation space, enables approximately one-third of Ireland’s wind-energy, processes forestry by-products and undertakes nature rehabilitation projects of scale. Imelda is also a Non-Executive Director at Dole Plc and is Deputy President of IBEC. She has over twenty years’ executive and non-executive experience in public company, state owned, private equity and venture capital backed businesses and has built that experience in multiple geographies including Ireland, UK, Eastern Europe, Hong Kong and China. Her previous roles include Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer at Origin Enterprises plc, Chief Financial Officer & Head of Sustainability at PCH International, Group Finance Director at Greencore Group plc, Non-Executive Director of Valeo Foods and Board Member at Ervia. Imelda holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from University of Limerick, is a Chartered Accountant and an alumna of Harvard Business School.

Mary Schapiro

Vice Chair of Global Public Policy at Bloomberg L.P. and Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman

Head of the TCFD

Mary L. Schapiro is the Vice Chair for Global Public Policy of Bloomberg, the global financial technology company that was founded in 1981. She has been at Bloomberg since October 2018, and also serves as a Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman. Ms. Schapiro, who has had a distinguished career as a financial services regulator under four U.S. presidents from both political parties, oversees Bloomberg’s public policy and regulatory priorities globally. Her service as the 29th SEC Chair culminated decades of regulatory leadership. She was the first woman to serve as SEC Chair, and the only person to have served as chair of the SEC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). During her four years as SEC Chair, Ms. Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rulemaking agendas in the SEC’s history, during which the agency also executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors and pursued aggressive enforcement of the federal securities laws. Ms. Schapiro also serves as an advisor to Bloomberg in multiple capacities, including as the leader of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, or TCFD. The TCFD has developed and garnered widespread support for a voluntary framework for corporate disclosure of climate-related risk information to help investors, lenders, and underwriters make informed financial decisions. She is also the vice chair of the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative (CFLI) created at the request of the UN Secretary General to work on scaling climate finance. She serves as vice chair of the Working Group on U.S. RMB Trading and Clearing which works to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of U.S. businesses by lowering trading costs and improving access to China’s markets Before becoming SEC Chair and working for Bloomberg, Ms. Schapiro served as chief executive officer of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest nongovernmental regulator of securities firms. Earlier, she was Chair of the CFTC from 1994 to 1996, and a commissioner of the SEC from 1988 to 1994. She serves on the board of both Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and CVS Health (NYSE: CVS). She is also a member of the governing board of the Center for Audit Quality and serves on advisory boards at the China Securities Regulatory Commission and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees of Franklin and Marshall College and the Humane Rescue Alliance.

Francine Lacqua


Bloomberg TV

Francine Lacqua is an award-winning London-based anchor for Bloomberg Television. She co-anchors the weekday 3-hour daily program “Bloomberg Surveillance” with Tom Keene, where she provides insight on foreign policy, global markets and the top business stories of the day. She also presents “Leaders with Lacqua,” a special series where she sits down with top CEOs, entrepreneurs and public figures. Since joining Bloomberg in 2000, Lacqua has covered the World Economic Forum in Davos, IMF in Washington, G20 meetings, the EU Leaders Summit and OPEC. She also led Bloomberg Television’s coverage of the Italian and French elections where she was one of the first international reporters to interview cabinet members. While at Bloomberg, Lacqua has interviewed high-profile figures such as French President Emmanuel Macron, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, Billionaire financier George Soros and ECB President Mario Draghi. She has also interviewed finance ministers from South Korea, Russia, France, Mexico, Italy and Greece, as well as moderating televised debates from the World Economic Forum in Davos and the European Economic Governance package.

Michael R. Bloomberg

UN Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions

Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies

Michael Bloomberg has long been a global leader in the fight against climate change. As three-term mayor of New York City, he implemented a groundbreaking strategic sustainability plan and reduced carbon emissions by 13 percent, positioning the city as a model for climate action around the world. His foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, focuses on the environment as one of its key program areas, and he has given more than $1 billion to the global climate fight. Bloomberg serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, as well as Global Ambassador for the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns. Bloomberg leads a number of efforts that are making progress in the global climate fight. He serves as president of the board of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and co-chairs the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and the “America Is All In” coalition. He also created the American Cities Climate Challenge to help the largest U.S. cities make more progress reducing carbon emissions in support of the Paris Agreement goals. Through the U.S. Beyond Coal campaign, Bloomberg has worked with environmental organizations to retire more than 65% of all U.S. coal plants since 2011 – and in 2017, he expanded the effort to Europe, where Europe Beyond Coal has retired 50% of the continent’s plants. Building on this progress, he also launched Beyond Carbon, the largest-ever coordinated campaign to take on the climate crisis in the U.S., which aims to retire all domestic coal plants by 2030 and stop the construction of new gas plants. Bloomberg has been instrumental in involving the financial community in the fight against climate change. He serves as chair of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, which develops recommendations to help companies disclose information on the climate-related risks and opportunities they face. And at the UN Secretary-General’s request, he formed the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative with other influential private sector leaders to accelerate investments in climate solutions. Bloomberg also collaborates with partners and countries around the world to protect marine ecosystems and preserve coral reefs. He is co-author, with Carl Pope, of the New York Times bestseller Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet.

Pat Cox

Sustainable Finance Ireland Ambassador

Pat Cox is a former President of the European Parliament and both Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur and a recipient of the Charlemagne prize. As well as holding the position of President of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe, Pat is the Leader of Needs Assessment and Implementation Mission on parliamentary reform for the European Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada in Kiev. He is European Coordinator for the Scandinavian-Mediterranean TEN T (transport) Core Network Corridor (EU); he is a member of the Appointment Advisory Committee for the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg and a is member Yalta European Strategy (YES) in the Ukraine. Pat is currently President of Alliance Française in Dublin and Honorary Vice President of the European Movement. Along with his numerous other roles, Pat holds a board position with Third Age Foundation Ireland, Institute for International and European Affairs and Appian Asset Management in Dublin. Pat holds the position of Chairman with Finance Green Ireland National Committee, KPMG’s Public Interest Committee in Ireland and Gore Street Battery Storage Fund, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Pat holds honours and awards from, among others, Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland, University of Limerick, American University Ireland and Open University. He also holds national honours from Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Poland, Romania. His European distinctions include European Voice MEP of the Year 2001, European Movement’s Irish European of the year in 2002, European Voice Campaigner of the Year 2003, Polish Business Oscar 2003, and Inaugural AmCham EU Transatlantic Business Award, 2004.

Kyle Harrison

Head of Sustainability Research


Kyle leads BNEF’s sustainability research team, which publishes content on the private sector's transition to the low-carbon economy. The team focuses on core areas like environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting, target-setting, low-carbon pathways and sustainable finance. Kyle specializes in corporate clean energy procurement, net-zero targets and voluntary carbon offsets.

Patricia Torres

Global Head of Sustainable Finance Solutions

Bloomberg L.P.

Patricia Torres is Global Head of Sustainable Finance Solutions at Bloomberg, where she leads the Sustainable Finance solutions team, a group that is focused on ESG data, scores, regulatory solutions, third party data, Gender equality index and analytics. Previously, Patricia held several positions at Bloomberg, namely as Global Head for Financial Products Knowledge Group - leading a global team of learning consultants whose job was to create impactful change management programs aligned with Bloomberg’s new Enterprise Operating Model, as Regional Sales Manager, and as Regional Manager in the Data Department. Patricia has also worked as a consultant for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, spanning different sectors, from the clothing segment, the mobile telecoms sector, and the digital and imaging technology market.

Murat Bozdemir

Regulatory, Risk & Climate Data Product Manager

Bloomberg L.P.

Murat heads Bloomberg’s EMEA and APAC product development for Regulatory & Climate Data solutions. He interacts with clients and regulators, identifying key challenges and supporting the development of new data sets. Murat has 18 years of risk management and compliance experience covering sell and buy side markets. Before joining Bloomberg, Murat worked as a Director at KPMG, advising clients in risk management.

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