09:00 – 09:08  

Opening remarks: The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Nicholas Lyons  

09:08 – 09:14 

Keynote speech: Address of Minister Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs and COP27 President, delivered by His Excellency The Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt

09:14 – 09:20 

Keynote speech: Dr Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance of Egypt

09:20 – 10:10 

Panel discussion: best practice - channelling green finance to emerging markets for a Just Transition 

Following COP27’s steps forward on accelerating private green finance to emerging markets, this session will share tangible steps for investors to mobilise capital towards a just and inclusive transition to net zero in more vulnerable economies. The panellists will delve into examples and illustrative case studies, and reflect on the transformational impact green financing can have not only on mitigation and adaptation to climate impacts, but on wider issues such as gender equity and health. 

Moderator: Michael Liebreich, Chairman and CEO, Liebreich Associates


  • Diana Guzman, Group ESG Director, Prudential
  • His Excellency Nguyen Hoang Long, Vietnamese Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  • Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, COP27 High Level Champion (Virtual Participation)
  • Philippe Valahu, CEO, PIDG Group
  • Samaila Zubairu, CEO, Africa Finance Corporation

10:10 – 10:30 

Fireside chat: policy mechanisms to mobilise finance 

Following the landmark announcement of the Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETP) implementation model at COP27, this session will examine how a JETP model can support the mobilisation of capital towards a fair and inclusive energy transition. Using examples from various countries, join us to learn about the potential of this innovative funding model to succeed and scale across emerging markets. 

Moderator: The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore, MP, Chair, All Party Group on the Environment


  • Janice Johnston, Financing Advisor, South Africa Just Energy Transition Project Management Unit
  • Chris Taylor, UK JETP Envoy, FCDO

10:30 – 10:40 

Keynote speech: Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England

10:40 – 11:05


11:05 – 11:50 

Panel discussion: the role of the voluntary carbon market in unlocking increased climate ambition 

The voluntary carbon market (VCM) has grown rapidly, channelling $2 billion to climate action projects in 2022. But in 2023 it is now at an inflection point - public scrutiny is growing, emerging governing bodies are shaping a new, high-integrity landscape, and governments are assessing their readiness to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement. On the road to COP28, listen to leading carbon market experts and industry leaders unpack how the market is developing, the role of carbon credits in companies’ decarbonisation strategies, and the way forward to leverage this important tool for global climate action. 

Moderator: Louis Redshaw, CEO and Founder, Redshaw Advisors and Net Zero Markets


  • Javier Echave, Chief Financial Officer, Heathrow Holdings
  • Julia Hoggett, Chief Executive Officer, London Stock Exchange
  • Bogolo J Kenewendo, Special Advisor, Africa Director, Climate Champions Team 
  • Annette Nazareth, Chair of the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market (Virtual Participation)

11:50 – 12:10 

Fireside chat: UK-China green finance 

This session will discuss how enhanced international green finance cooperation can accelerate the global transition to net zero, illustrated by the example of UK-China collaboration.


  • Dr Ma Jun, Co-Chair, UK-China Green Finance Centre
  • Alderman Sir William Russell, Co-Chair, UK-China Green Finance Centre

12:10 – 12:35 

In conversation: the opportunity of nature and biodiversity 

Experts in nature finance will come together to discuss tangible routes to mobilising capital for nature and biodiversity, drawing guidance from the TNFD framework and looking at emerging tools and solutions which support it. This session will look at illustrative on-the-ground examples of where innovative financing mechanisms have been used successfully to protect and rebuild our natural resources and biodiversity.

Moderator: Jon Williams, Partner, Global Banking & Capital Markets, Sustainability Leader, PwC


  • Dr Helen Crowley, Managing Director, Pollination
  • Beatriz Merino, Director Financial Institutions, Europe, The Nature Conservancy
  • Elizabeth Mrema, Co-Chair, TNFD and Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations (Virtual Participation)

12:35 – 12:45 

Keynote speech: Baroness Penn, Treasury Lords Minister

12:45 – 13:35 


13:40 – 13:50 

Keynote speech: Chris Hayward, Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation 

13:50 – 14:20 

Panel discussion: climate and sustainability disclosures best practice 

With the finalisation of the International Sustainability Standards Board’s (ISSB) global standards approaching and the announcement that they will come into effect at the start of 2024, corporate, financial, and regulatory leaders will explore in this session how disclosures can help support the mobilisation of green finance to emerging economies. Join our panellists as they provide an insightful look into how they are preparing for these new disclosure standards in a way which optimises their potential.

Moderator: Nathan Fabian, Chief Responsible Investment & Signatories Relations Officer, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)


  • Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited (Virtual Participation)
  • Dr. Iheanyi Anyahara, Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria
  • Lynne Baber, Sustainability Leader, PwC
  • Mark Lewis, Head of Climate Research, Andurand Capital
  • Sue Lloyd, Vice-Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board

14:20 – 15:10 

Panel discussion: planning for transition  

Join industry leaders and climate action frontrunners from across the world in a session which will dive into ways businesses are moving beyond commitments to developing and implementing credible, high-quality climate transition plans. Our panellists will discuss the importance of transition plans in delivering on net zero commitments, financing the transition, and share reflections of best practice in supporting emerging markets in our global shift to a green economy.   

Moderator: Stephanie Pfeifer, CEO, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)


  • Elizabeth Lien, Senior Advisor, International Climate Finance, Climate Hub, US Department of the Treasury (Virtual Participation)
  • Curtis Ravenel, Senior Advisor, Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (Virtual Participation)
  • David Semaya, Executive Chairman, Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management
  • Dr James Wilde, Chief Sustainability Officer, Phoenix Group

15:10 – 15:25 

Finance for Impact update

The Finance for Impact initiative was established to build on the commitments made at COP26 and the work of the G7 Impact Taskforce. Alderman Vincent Keaveny, former Lord Mayor of the City of London, and Kay Swinburne, Vice-Chair of Financial Services at KPMG UK, will provide an update the Initiative and present case studies from across global financial and professional services in a session which will be a close look at innovative financial solutions and their real-world impact on facilitating a Just Transition. 


  • Alderman Vincent Keaveny, Past Lord Mayor of the City of London (2021-2022) 
  • Dr Kay Swinburne, Vice-Chair of Financial Services, KPMG UK 

15:25 – 15:40

Just Transition Finance Challenge update

Launched by the Impact Investing Institute (III) and the City of London Corporation's Finance for Impact initiative, the Just Transition Finance Challenge (JTFC) is a flagship programme to catalyse public and private investment. JTFC participants will join the City of London Corporation to reflect on progress towards unlocking the capital needed to finance a global just transition. The session will also present the newly-launched Just Transition Criteria, a practical tool to help asset managers and owners to align their investments with a just transition.

Moderator: Elizabeth Corley, Chair, Impact Investing Institute


  • Clara Barby, Senior Partner, Just Climate
  • Baafour Otu-Boateng, Investment Director at KawiSafi Ventures

15:40 – 16:00 


16:00 – 16:45 

Panel discussion: shifting consumer priorities 

This session will unpack insights into consumers levels of demand for sustainability-oriented financial products. It will discuss how this changing consumer demand drives and responds to domestic and international policy developments. It will also touch on how we can establish a suitable environment for mainstream banking to catch up to it and for innovative business practices that can help influence consumers in the right direction to facilitate transition and create positive impact. 

Moderator: Keith Bottomley, Deputy Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee


  • Jim Colvine, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Mastercard
  • Helen Dickinson OBE, CEO, British Retail Consortium
  • Richard Mattison, Chair of FoSDA’s Data Council, CEO of S&P Global Trucost, Chief Product Officer, S&P Global Sustainable1
  • Stephanie Pagni, Global Counsel, Monzo

16:50 – 17:00

Keynote Address: His Excellency Ambassador Majid Al Suwaidi, Director General and Special Representative of the UAE, COP28 Presidency

17:00 – 17:45 

Panel discussion: the road to COP28 

Join for a forward-looking session exploring the finance and multilateral communities’ expectations and intentions for COP28, which will see the release of the UN’s first Global Stocktake - the moment the world will take inventory on its collective progress, and shortcomings, on climate action since the Paris Agreement was signed almost eight years ago. The Presidency will explore the actions that need to be taken now to successfully deliver on their priorities for COP28. Listen to our panellists dive into what this momentous moment will mean for the private sector, particularly the banking system.

Moderator: Rhian-Mari Thomas, CEO, Green Finance Institute


  • Abyd Karmali OBE, Managing Director, Environmental Business Advisory, Bank of America
  • Mohamed Nasr, Director of the Climate, Environment and Sustainable Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Egypt’s Chief Climate Negotiator (Virtual Participation)
  • Mattia Romani, Senior Counsellor to the Special Envoy on Climate Change and President Designate of COP28
  • Lesley White, Chief Operating Officer, Sustainable Markets Initiative

17:45 – 17:50

Keynote speech: The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados (Virtual Participation)

17:50 - 17:55

Speech: The Rt Hon Graham Stuart MP, Minister of State for Energy Security and Net Zero

17:55– 18:00 

Closing remarks: Alderman Nicholas Lyons, The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor


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