Join us for a day of insights and strategies, featuring experts like Tiffany Grabski, Mardi McBrien and Dr. Jarlath Molloy, as we illuminate the path to a greener financial landscape. Minister Michael McGrath leads discussions on international cooperation to close the EU capital markets gap, emphasizing the power of collaboration. Plus, explore innovative financing solutions for Ireland's Climate Action Plan in an exclusive NTMA event. Together, let's advance sustainable finance and reporting, forging a path to a resilient, Net Zero future.
Dr. Jarlath Molloy leads the IFRS Foundation’s internal sustainability project and the capacity building programme linked to the new ISSB standards. Jarlath has over 15 years’ experience in roles across the public, private and non-profit sectors in multiple countries on a range of Environment, Social and Governance topics. These include climate change policy, decarbonisation and climate change adaptation, as well as non-financial reporting, ESG enterprise risk and audit, sustainable finance and capacity building. He also led the expansion of the CDSB Framework, from GHG emissions into wider environmental matters. As a former preparer and standard setter, Jarlath is familiar with the challenges and opportunities ahead for sustainability disclosure. He is a physics graduate of TU Dublin, holds an MSc in climate change from UEA Norwich, a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Imperial College London and is a chartered physicist.
Mary Whitelaw joined AIB in 2007 and her experience has spanned the retail, corporate and treasury businesses. She has held a number of senior leadership roles across the bank including Chief of Staff, Head of Strategy & Business Performance for Corporate and Institutional Banking and Head of Corporate Treasury Sales. Prior to joining AIB, Mary trained as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser with PwC. She is a graduate of University College Dublin.
Lois Guthrie pursued a career in taxation, first at PwC and then at Zurich Insurance Group until 2016. Having joined the Carbon Disclosure Project (now CDP) in 2004, she simultaneously developed a career in climate and natural capital corporate reporting. Lois is the founding director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and also worked for the International Integrated Reporting Council as a Technical Director during the development of the <IR> Framework. Lois was a director at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development for five years. She joined the IFRS Foundation in February 2022 as a Special Advisor to the International Sustainability Standards Board. Lois studied theology at the University of Birmingham and environmental policy at the Open University and holds an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice.
As head of the UN SSE’s training and education arm, Tiffany Grabski works with stock exchanges to disseminate consistent and pragmatic education on pressing global topics affecting capital markets participants. The UN SSE initiative is a United Nations Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP-FI and UN PRI. Its mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies, regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The UN SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.
Prior to the IFRS Foundation, Mardi McBrien spent over a decade leading the global ESG standard setter, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB). Under Mardi’s leadership CDSB published the first global capital market framework for reporting investor focussed information on climate, environmental and social matters to capital markets. CDSB’s work notably underpins both the TCFD and the TNFD frameworks and became an influential foundational building block in the establishment the International Sustainability Standards Board, where Mardi also played an important leadership role in its establishment. Mardi has enjoyed a vibrant career which involved her leading high profile flagship environmental campaigns, working in public sector policy advisory roles and public private partnership management. Originally qualifying as a forester and environmental scientist in Australia (Melbourne University) and agricultural economist (UK, SOAS), Mardi is a Board Member of XBRL International, a member of the UK Government Transition Pathway Taskforce Steering Group, trustee of one of the oldest environmental NGOs in the world, the International Tree Foundation, a founding Board member of WOCAN – Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management / W+ Standard, a school governor and a member of the ICAEW Sustainability Advisory Committee. Mardi was awarded UK environmental campaigner of the year by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation in 2013 and in 2021 and was selected as one of the ESG Foundation’s ones to watch.
Daryl Byrne is CEO of Euronext Dublin and a member of the Managing Board of Euronext N.V. Daryl joined Euronext Dublin (formerly the Irish Stock Exchange plc) in 2000 and has held several senior management roles, including Head of Debt and Funds Listings and ETFs (2018-2020), Head of Regulation (2011 to 2018) Head of Strategy Planning and Brand (2008 to 2011), and Head of Corporate Listing and Policy (2003 to 2008). He currently participates on the Balance for Better Business Advisory Group. He previously participated on the ESMA Corporate Finance Standing Committee Consultative Working Group, the European Corporate Governance Network, and is a former member of the Irish REITs Forum and the Company Law Review Group. Daryl is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and holds a Bachelor in Business Studies degree from Trinity College Dublin.
Caoimhe Donnelly was appointed Chief Sustainability officer in April 2020. She has over 20 years’ experience in competition and regulation, strategy, and sustainability development. Prior to joining CIÉ, Caoimhe advised and led the delivery of regulatory strategy in the communications markets and in sustainable development. Her experience includes senior management roles in ComReg, as Head of Market Intelligence and Market Analysis Manager and in strategy development in AXA Ireland. Caoimhe is the Chair of Global Action Plan, Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation driving sustainability initiatives across Ireland.
David Watson is responsible for the overall direction, performance and risk management of both Investment Management and principal investments. Before co-founding Temporis Capital, David spent eight years in the financial markets, as a risk manager, product structurer and portfolio manager. David worked at investment banks and a hedge fund, focused on asset backed securities and credit instruments. David has a BSc (First Class) in Chemistry from University College Cork and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Cambridge University.
Kevin Hourigan is an experienced energy manager working in the utilities industry. He is skilled in project estimation, feasibility studies, cost engineering and quantity surveying.
Matthias Dill is CEO and Managing Partner for EIP’s European operations. He oversees investment activity and EIP’s collaboration with its strategic partners. Matthias believes in the superpower of combining technology, entrepreneurship and capital and applies it to decarbonize industries. Matthias is an experienced VC investor and board-member and has dedicated his career to supporting the best entrepreneurs in climate-tech. Prior to building EIP’s European operations he was the founder and managing director of Statkraft Ventures, a fund focused on the energy transition (investments include: Tado, Limejump, Skyspecs, Deepki, Zolar). Previously he was a senior investment manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds, the leading German early-stage investor, backed by the largest industrial companies and financial investors. Matthias was trained in mechanical engineering and business administrations at Technical University of Braunschweig and University of Rhode Island. Additionally, he earned a Ph.D. from Technical University of Braunschweig with a thesis on private equity financing of SMEs. He lives in Germany with his wife and two sons and spends his time between EIPs offices in Cologne, London and Oslo.
Paul Saunders is a Senior Investment Director and Head of Climate and Venture Capital. Paul leads a team focussed on ISIF’s climate and venture capital agenda.
Dr Tanya Harrington is a public policy and regulatory affairs professional with over 20 years’ experience in helping organisations drive the effectiveness and performance of their policy-focused teams. Tanya currently serves as An Post’s Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer, leading the development of the Company’s comprehensive and integrated regulatory strategy and leading An Post’s engagement with government and regulatory authorities and stakeholders at international, European and domestic levels. Before joining An Post, Tanya spent six years in consultancy, advising a range of Ireland’s largest companies on matters of public policy, government affairs and economic regulation across a range of economically regulated sectors. Prior to her consulting work, Tanya was Director of the NTR Foundation, the corporate foundation of NTR plc – a leading investor and asset manager of renewable energy projects, with a specific focus on wind energy. Tanya holds a BA (Hons.) in German and History from University College Dublin, and an MSSc. in European Integration and a Doctorate in Governance, both awarded by Queen’s University Belfast.
Emma Jane Joyce leads on the design and implementation of the ISIFs unique Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy across the whole Fund, Global and Irish Portfolios, multiple investment structures and asset types and across the life-cycle of investments. She represents the NTMA on number of sustainability platforms including SIF Ireland and the CDP Ireland Network (past Chair). Emma Jane has extensive investment experience and has held a variety of investment roles within the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), including responsibility for a number of International Equity Portfolios as part of the National Pension Reserve Fund’s (NPRF) Investment Management Programme. Emma Jane joined the NTMA from Mercer Investment Consulting. She is a graduate of both Trinity College Dublin (BA Mod Genetics) and the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business (MSc in Management).
Michael McGrath is a TD for Cork South Central and is currently the Minister for Finance in the Government of Ireland. He previously served as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform from 2020 to 2022. In his time in Dáil Éireann, Michael has served on a number of Oireachtas committees including the Finance Committee, the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry, the European Affairs Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. As Minister for Finance, Michael is responsible for leading the Department in the achievement of the government’s economic, fiscal and financial policy goals, having regard to the Programme for Government.
Cécile Goubet has been working on energy and ecological transition issues in financial institutions, government ministries and the private sector for over fifteen years. After serving as the decarbonization, sobriety and energy efficiency advisor to the French Minister for Energy Transition in 2022 - 2023, she has now chosen to join the IFD to pursue its mission of accelerating the Paris financial hub's action to achieve energy and environmental transition.
David Harte is also the Deputy Head of the Operations, Services & Technology Division of Amundi Asset Management and formerly Global COO of Pioneer Investments. He is Irish and based in Dublin,Ireland. He has been working in the Investments industry since 1989 and has been with the Group since 2003. In his role as Global COO, David was responsible for managing all Operations and IT functions in Pioneer including Investment Operations, IT, Cost Management & Procurement, Organisation and Data Management. Prior to joining the Group, he was COO at Bear Stearns Bank plc, Dublin. He has also worked at a number of financial institutions in London. He holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Economics and Geography from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Cathal McGlinchey has extensive experience of providing reporting services to global asset managers, real estate and private equity firms across a broad range of strategies including hedge, credit, renewable energy and infrastructure. Cathal has a BA in Accounting from University of Ulster and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland. Cathal holds a number of industry leadership roles and is currently chair of the Irish Funds ESG Servicing and Data Working Group and a member of the Irish Funds Sustainability, Skills and Training Steering Group. Cathal is a past chair of the Irish Funds Financial Reporting Working Group and also represented the Irish funds industry on the EFAMA Accounting Task Force.
Philip Lovegrove has been with Matheson for eighteen years. He specialises in advising on the establishment and operation of investment funds in Ireland. Philip’s experience includes advising leading international financial institutions and asset management companies on structuring and offering fund products in Ireland and particularly in relation to exchange traded funds, innovative and complex products authorised as UCITS and emerging markets products. Philip is the vice chair of the Irish Funds ETF Working Group and the Irish industry’s representative on the EFAMA ETF Task Force. He specialises in advising managers on bringing innovative ETFs to market, including smart beta, actively managed, multi asset and emerging market funds and, more generally, on complex funds which are structured using the full range of flexibilities available under the UCITS regime. He has also advised extensively on the establishment of hedge funds and alternative investment products and in relation listing Irish and foreign domiciled investment funds on the Irish Stock Exchange. He has advised clients and participated in the Irish fund industry’s implementation of the AIFMD and UCITS V and is currently advising many institutional and smaller managers on the implementation of the European Commission’s Climate Action Plan for investment funds and asset managers. Philip is one of Matheson’s Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors and the vice chair of the firm’s Mindful Business Charter committee.
Andrew Kehoe has been a practicing lawyer since 2002 and has a broad range of experience in the legal and financial services industry in Ireland and internationally. Andrew is Chief Executive Officer, Ireland at Waystone following its acquisition of KB Associates where Andrew served as its Chief Executive Officer. Previously Andrew was responsible for both the legal and business development teams at KB Associates and was the Chief Executive Officer of the KB Associates’ MiFID distribution firm in Malta. Prior to joining KB Associates, Andrew was a managing partner at a New York City law firm and worked as an investment funds solicitor at a Dublin law firm. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Fairfield University, a Juris Doctor law degree from New York Law School and a Diploma in International Investment Funds from the Law Society of Ireland. He is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland, England and Wales, and is a member of the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Bars.
Catherine Smith McKiernan is a business and HR consultant specialising in transformation, organisation development, capability and change management. Drawing on nearly 25 years business consulting experience Catherine has worked with private sector, public sector and not for profit clients in Ireland and abroad leading many large-scale transformation assignments as well as smaller more focused strategic engagements. An experienced board member and HR Director, Catherine’s work covers all aspects of organisational development including governance, strategic planning, project management, facilitation, training and communications.
Ann Shiels established FinLexSus in January 2022 as a sustainable finance regulatory business working with regulated fund management companies and asset managers to upskill on, understand and implement EU sustainable finance regulatory requirements including SFDR and EU Taxonomy. Ann worked in the Irish funds and regulated financial services industry for over 20 years, mainly as a qualified solicitor in a large Irish corporate practice. She holds a certificate in Sustainable Finance from the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability leadership, is a Green Team Network executive member and lectures in sustainable finance at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.
Aine McCarthy - Knowledge Lawyer, Dillon Eustace and Vice Chair, IF ESG PLR Working Group
Anita Donoghue - Vice President, BlackRock / Vice Chair Irish Funds Data and Reporting Working Group
Lauren Anderson - Associate - Policy and Regulatory, Irish Funds
Timothée Jaulin oversees ESG Development & Advocacy for Amundi Asset Management and Special Operations for the Institutional Clients Division. He joined Amundi in 2012 as a Research Associate, and then contributed to the setting-up and development of the Investment Solutions team before being in charge of the coverage of supranational entities globally. In both capacities, he has been closely involved in the development of some of Amundi most innovative investment solutions including Amundi climate finance offer. Timothée was notably involved in the launch of flagship green finance public-private partnerships such as the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition with the United Nations Environment Program, green bond development programs with the International Finance Corporation and the European Investment Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s Climate Change Investment Framework. Prior to working in Amundi Paris headquarters, Timothée worked for Amundi in London and New York and for the French Treasury in Washington D.C. Timothée is a graduate from the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay and holds a Master in Theoretical and Applied Economics from the Paris School of Economics.
Alan Guy - Head of Product Development and Innovation, Amundi
To support market participants in aligning their disclosure practices with the IFRS Foundations International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) standards S1 and S2, the UN SSE, IFRS Foundation and IFC have developed a foundational training program to help capital market participants to implement the standards. The training will take place over four hours and will cover four key steps to implementation of the ISSB Standards: Preparation, Alignment, Identification and Communication.
Held in partnership with the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, kindly hosted by Euronext
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Panel 1 - ISIF – Financing the energy transition - A moderated panel discussion with contributions from across the Energy/ Climate Tech sectors
Panel 2 - NewERA – Sustainable Mobility - Join us for a moderated discussion looking at real economy examples of progress in achieving elements of the Climate Action Plan, focused on transport.
Held in partnership with the National Treasury Management Agency
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Ireland and France, two of the main financial hubs in the EU, share the will to further improve the Sustainable Finance framework to capitalise on the European leadership. Hosted by Amundi, the first ever Ireland-France joint seminar on sustainable finance will gather top representatives from governments, business, academics and institutions from both countries to discuss the current challenges and identify ways to overcome there in a coordinated manner. This event is by invitation only, registration upon request.
Held in partnership with Amundi and the French Embassy
Irish Funds initiated a review of SFDR Level 2 disclosures and have a virtual panel discussion on initial findings. This panel will also break out Irish Funds upcoming response to the SFDR consultation.
Held in partnership with Irish Funds, kindly hosted by KPMG
Join us for this exclusive in-person event. During the insightful discussion, our panellists will delve into social issues and how they link in with the climate finance, and broader sustainable finance, agenda. They will also deal with governance structures and how they can support environmental and social issues. This will be given context across real economy and financial services organisations and the panel will also touch on the impact of mandatory corporate reporting requirements on these social and governance issues.
Held in partnership with the Green Team Network
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