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Sustainability MENA: Financing the region's transition to a low carbon global economy

04 February 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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Event Overview

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Qais Al Suwaidi, Assistant Expert in Climate Change Management, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates

Ellen Hamilton, Lead Urban Specialist, World Bank

Alberto De Paoli, Chief Financial Officer, ENEL

The Middle East and North Africa region has huge potential for green and sustainable capital markets. Around the world, political and social attitudes to the environment are changing fast and the MENA region is no exception. The urgency of the need to respond to climate change is becoming ever more apparent, and it can no longer be ignored in financial markets.

At the same time, there is a wider shift going on in the way capitalism is practised and understood. It is fast becoming part of orthodox thinking that business must have a social purpose. This change has a special resonance in the MENA region, since Islamic financing principles has always embodied social responsibility at their core.

Given the exceptionally promising prospects in the region, Euromoney and GlobalCapital are delighted to launch Sustainability MENA: Financing the region’s transition to a low carbon global economy, an event that will span not only capital markets products such as green bonds, sukuk and sustainability-linked loans but also the whole landscape of how to stimulate investment in greening the economy of the MENA region, and what policies are needed to drive this transition.

Topics will include:

  • Can the region’s economy, including the energy sector, become 1.5/2 degree compatible?
  • Pioneers of sustainable finance: interviews with sovereign borrowers, development finance institutions and corporate borrowers
  • Can the region one day lead the world in SRI innovation and impact?
  • MENA banks as green and social bond and sukuk issuers and investors: a match made in heaven?
  • Sustainable infrastructure: harnessing the capital markets to build green and socially responsible projects in the Middle East and North Africa
  • The role of development banks in the region’s transition
  • The global investor base: how can it play a greater role in the region’s nascent SRI markets?
  • How engaged is the Middle East investor base in SRI?

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Qais Al Suwaidi

Assistant Expert in Climate Change Management
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates

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Alberto De Paoli

Chief Financial Officer

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John Arentz

Head of Treasury
Majid Al Futtaim

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Victoria Behn

Director, Middle East and Africa
Euromoney Conferences

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Farnam Bidgoli

Head of Sustainable Bonds, Debt Capital Markets EMEA

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Toby Fildes

Managing Editor

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Jon Hay

Corporate Finance and Sustainability Editor

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Mohieddine Kronfol

Chief Investment Officer, Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income
Franklin Templeton Investments

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Rafik Selim

Principal Economist, SEMED Region

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Rahul Sheth

Executive Director, Capital Markets
Standard Chartered Bank

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