The CLIMATE FINANCE SUMMIT & AWARDS will take place alongside the COP23 in Bonn, Germany on November 16, 2017, bringing together individuals and businesses to celebrate their team’s efforts and achievements for sustainable best practices.

Climate Finance Summit

The Summit will bring together pre-qualified delegates, investors, service providers, advisors, financiers, and senior ministers mandated by heads of government to complete deals needed to mitigate climate change.

An Innovative Platform/Format

The format allows participants in a 1 - 1 pre-arraigned meetings to present their projects with strong documentation for investors, and service providers to see projects with clear business cases, proof of demand and evidence of viability.

The Summit exists to remove the logjam between projects and money, shorten decision times, truncate currently lengthy processes, reduce costs and get deals done.

“GE is proud to be the strategic sponsor of this year’s CLIMATE FINANCE SUMMIT & AWARDS. Indeed we will be glad to join in the celebration of businesses and individuals whose strategies and performance in dealing with climate change and risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments have contributed to best practice.

I look forward to congratulate the winners and have a most rewarding time at the CLIMATE FINANCE SUMMIT & AWARDS.

Jay Ireland
President and CEO – GE Africa

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CLIMATE FINANCE SUMMIT: scaling up finance & partnerships for climate action - Thursday 16th, November 2017
DISCLAIMER: This provisional list of participants is subject to changes upon confirmation of speakers, panel experts & new registration.

Event Overview

The Summit will bring a broad spectrum of fresh voices to the climate finance conversation including private equity, impact investors, pension funds, technology, academia, government, philanthropists and international investors.

Interactive panel discussion, Question/Answer by World’s leading expert moderators will troubleshoot the biggest challenges in climate finance today on topics such as stranded assets, carbon pricing, public - private partnerships, converting shareholders and board members to low-carbon projects.

This platform will bring together highest calibre of attendees and experts from leading green financiers, corporate decision makers, Ministers, policy makers and investors to reflect on key development in delivering co-benefits for finance and climate actions needed beyond Paris/Marrakesh.

Join us after the summit for Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony to recognise the achievements and key contributions of individuals and businesses for environment and corporate sustainability best practice.

Why attend as a Delegate? Learn, Share and Network

GCF’s events are crafted with the specific needs of our delegates in mind, hence; we do not operate ultra-large-scale trade shows or conferences with 100 of speakers upon speakers that is so boring. 

A CEO cannot afford to waste time and energy chasing deals across the globe that will not happen, hence; we organiser a niche business summit for our delegates/service providers/exhibitors in a superb settings to learn, share, network, and do business.

Our agendas are tailored to the specific industry function of our attendees to ensure relevance, and thorough our market research process, we identifies the most relevant hot topics in each industry, allowing us to put together an agenda specifically for the end user.

Our handpicked speakers are drawn from the same community of industry practitioners as our delegates and represent senior-level decision makers and thought leaders within each field.

Attention to details & 100% relevance is what sets our events apart.

Key benefits of attending include:

  • Interaction and discussion – The format of our events facilitates interaction and dynamic discussion with other delegates, as well as ample opportunities to pose questions to an expert panel of speakers.
  • Networking & Business Opportunities – There are ample opportunities for delegates, sponsors and speakers to meet, including complimentary drinks at the reception that allows you to unwind and settle-in with your peers and form business relationships.
  • Bringing events to life – Where appropriate, our events will offer a 5 minutes movie, site visits and field trips so that delegates can see real solutions being put into practice.
  • Exhibition showcase – We create a tailored exhibitor showcase where a select group of solutions providers can demonstrate the very latest technological advances. We invite only the most innovative vendors in the categories most relevant to delegates’ specific interests.

Thank you for your support


AGENDA: Current agenda is provisional and subject to changes upon confirmation of speakers, panel experts & new registration.
08:00 – 08:30 Registration and Refreshments
08:30 – 08:40 Welcome Address by Mr. Uwe Casper, Head of Consulate of Tuvalu in Germany
08:40 – 08:50 Opening by Main Sponsor, Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa talks about their strategies in dealing with climate change that has contributed to best practice.
08:50 – 09:00 Opening by Christine Lagarde, IMF President on Financial Markets Innovation
09:00 – 09:10 Opening by Barbara Hendricks, Germany’s environment minister
09:10 – 09:20 Opening by Jose Sarney Filho, Brazil, Environment minister
09:20 – 09:30 Opening by Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives
09:30 – 09:40 Opening by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London on London to be the leader in low-carbon innovation and industry
09:40 – 09:50 Opening by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister Scotland on Warm Homes and Climate Change legislation and the Brexit new challenges
09:50 – 10:00 Opening by Hirak Al-Hammad, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management on  Carbon Finance
10:00 – 10:30 Networking and Tea Break

10:30 – 11:30        Panel Discussion 1

Engaging the trillions and how to finance the low carbon economy while exploring the benefits of climate finance. How do we shift and scale up the financing needed to turn the ambitions of 2015 into a reality? As investors with over US$600 billion in assets have decarbonised portfolios, the financial risks of climate change and stranded assets are increasingly clear.

Saker Nusseibeh, Chief Executive Officer, Hermes Investment Management
Julian Mylchreest, Global Head of Energy and Power, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
António Simões, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank plc

Moderator: Christopher Knowles (Head of Climate Change & Environment Division, European Investment Bank)

11:30 – 12:30        Panel Discussion 2

This is an Interactive Question and Answer session that will examine the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in scaling-up climate finance and how such partnerships should be designed to convert shareholders and board members to low-carbon projects.

PPPs provide frameworks to ensure public leadership and accountability in tackling climate change, while enabling the ownership of certain components of climate finance to be transferred to private hands.

Suren Erkman, Lausanne University, Switzerland
Andreas Arvanitakis, African Development Bank
Maxime Souvignet UNU, Project ACRIPlus, Germany
Seloua Amaziane, Delegate Ministry of Environment, Morocco

Moderator: Christopher Knowles (Head of Climate Change & Environment Division, European Investment Bank)

12:30 – 12:35 5 min short film about the danger pose by Climate Change 

12:35 – 13:00        CEO Climate Leaders Round Table:

A round table discussion of 8 leading CEOs committed to climate action, collectively seeking to foster cross-sector and public-private collaboration that can help scale up climate solutions, and support for the SDGs. This is limited to 8 CEOs participants only

Carlos Fadigas, CEO, Braskem
Paulo Roberto de Souza, CEO, Copersucar
Marcelo Strufaldi Castelli, CEO, Fibria Celulose 
Bernardo Gradin, CEO, GranBio Investimentos 
Dong Mingzhu, Chairperson and President of Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai 

Moderator: Thomson Reuters

13:00 – 14:00  Networking & Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00        Panel Discussion 3

Carbon Pricing, NDCs and Post - Paris Agreement. A growing number of countries and companies are seeking ways to scale up carbon pricing.

This session will feature leading government, private sector and civil society partners sharing their views and experiences in building and connecting carbon markets, and leveraging financing to reduce GHG emissions at scale.

Annapurna Vancheswaran, Director of Sustainable Development Outreach Division, TERI
Andres Pica, Head of Climate Technologies Office and Advisor to the Vice -Minister, Ministry of Environment, Government of Chile
Philipp Ischer, Advisor Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Government of Switzerland
Luiz Eduardo Osório, Vice President Legal and Institutional Relations, CPFL (Brazil)
Mulugeta Ayalew, Adviser, Ministry of Environment, Government of Ethiopia

Moderator: Chip Comins, Founder/ CEO, American Renewable Energy Institute

15:00 – 16:00        Panel Discussion 4

This is an Interactive Question and Answer session that will explore new opportunities and alternatives in Carbon Pricing and Clean Valuing.

A uniform global carbon price (and prices on other greenhouse gases in proportion to their warming potential), warming potential), delivered either by carbon taxes or carbon trading, would be an ideal tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sharply in a cost-effective way, based on the principle that the ‘polluter pays’.

Rod Richardson, President of the Grace Richardson Foundation
Stan Stalnaker, President of HUB Culture and Founder of Carbon – Backed currency, Ven
Jane Ellis, Principal Administrator, Climate Policy Team, Environment Directorate, OECD

Moderator: Chip Comins, Founder/ CEO, American Renewable Energy Institute

16:00 – 16:30 Networking and Tea Break
16:30 – 20:50 Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner
20:50 – 21:00 Closing - This programme may be amended

About the Global Climate Finance Awards

The Global Climate Finance’s 1st annual awards will recognise the achievements and key contributions of individuals and businesses for their ESG and sustainability best practice.

The award is free to enter and open to authorised company’s senior representative of all sizes, including; nominee’s clients, GCF readers and subscribers, registered website users and the general public to share their insight and experience to provide nominations to the judging panel.

Award Criteria & Methodology:

The Global Climate Finance award judges are independent third-party experts with many years of experience in climate change, and sustainability. All nominees are judged based on the award criteria below and their (ESG) objectives using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data analysis from third party providers.

  • Innovation
  • Social Impact
  • Positive media coverage
  • Previous third-party award
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainable investing & financing
  • Stakeholders engagement & reporting
  • Level of transparency and good governance

Award Selection Process:

After the award is closed, our experienced in-house award committee will review all entries based on the award criteria and clear evidence provided by applicants related to their (ESG) objectives. The nominee with the “Highest Score” from the pool of short-listed applicants by the independent judges’ are declared the category winner. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into. Only the Top 3 nominees (finalist) will be invited to attend and participate in the award ceremony. All winners will be announced at the award ceremony in November 2017, Bonn, Germany.

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Global Climate Finance Award 2017

1 January 16th, 2017 Award Open

2 May 12th, 2017 Award Closed

3 May 26th, 2017 Judges Final Scores

4 May 29th, 2017 Short-listed Notified

5 November 16th, 2017 Award Ceremony

Award Judges

Steven Tebbe

Steven Tebbe

Managing Director, Europe


Dr James Watson

Dr James Watson

Chief Executive Officer

Solar Power Europe

Dr. Barbara Buchner

Dr. Barbara Buchner

Executive Director of Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative

Kerrie Waring

Kerrie Waring

Executive Director

International Corporate Governance Network

Alina Averchenkova

Alina Averchenkova

Co-Head Climate Policy

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Managing Director


Jenny Chase

Jenny Chase

Head of Solar, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Zurich

Wolfgang Teubner

Wolfgang Teubner

Regional Director for Europe


Mark Hidson

Mark Hidson

Global Director of Sustainable Procurement Centre, ICLEI

Mardi Mcbrien

Mardi Mcbrien

Managing Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board

Flavia Micilotta

Flavia Micilotta

Executive Director


Hanan Hanzaz

Hanan Hanzaz

Chief Executive Officer

Green Growth Consulting

Saleemul Huq

Saleemul Huq

Senior fellow

Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development

Edouard Plus

Edouard Plus

Deputy head of Research


Alain Penanguer

Alain Penanguer




The Climate Finance Summit, Award Ceremony & Gala Dinner will take place at the prestigious Rhein Hotel Dreesen, alongside the United Nations COP23 Conference in Bonn, Germany, 16 November 2017.

Please, click here to book your hotel room/s at the Rhein Hotel Dreesen in Bonn, Germany for those attending the CLIMATE FINANCE SUMMIT & AWARDS.

All the necessary information will be sent to you following confirmation of your booking and receipt of payment.


Rhein Hotel Dreesen Bonn, Germany

Many airlines at Germany’s international airport offer non-stop flights to over 130 destinations worldwide. Taxis and hotel shuttle services run from the airport to the centre of Bonn.

Exclusive offer from Skyteam

The airlines of Sky team, Official Alliance Network for the CLIMATE FINANCE SUMMIT & AWARDS, offer attractive airfares for participants. Sky Team comprises 20 leading international airlines serving 1,052 destinations in 177 countries with over 16,323 flights daily.

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Valid for travel from: 1 – 14 November 2017
Event Location: Bonn, Germany


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