Sustainable Finance Trends to Watch this Fall

Thursday, September 21, 2023 – Thursday, September 21, 2023
16:00 – 17:00

Join us for an online event on September 21 to explore the big trends that should be on everyone’s radar this fall. This webinar will lay the groundwork for the Building Bridges program, which will cover many important sustainable finance related topics. We will discuss the latest developments in the industry, including new technologies, regulations, and products.

Key trends include:

  • The rise of nature as a key ESG theme
  • Backlash against ESG in the United States and the growing divide between Europe and the US’s approaches to sustainable finance
  • The continued development of sustainable finance regulation across the globe and growing efforts tostandardize, align and achieve interoperability
  • Falling support for ESG proposals this proxy season
  • Global debt issues, particularly in emerging markets, and rethinking of Bretton Woods system


Kirsten Snow Spalding

Vice President, Investor Network - Ceres

The Rev. Kirsten Snow Spalding leads the Ceres Investor Network and all investor initiatives. She also represents Ceres on the West Coast as Director of Ceres' California office. Prior to joining Ceres, she served as Chief Deputy Treasurer under California Treasurer Phil Angelides and Director of the Treasurer’s environmental financing authorities. Prior to her government service, Kirsten worked in the labor movement as Chief of Staff for the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. With the California Sierra Club and the Ella Baker Center, she co-founded the California Apollo Alliance. For six years, she chaired the Center for Labor Research and Education at University of California, Berkeley and taught at Boalt Hall School of Law. As a lawyer with the firm of Beeson, Tayer and Bodine she represented unions and their pension plans. In her early career she worked as a community and cultural organizer in Durban, South Africa. She holds a BA from Yale College in music, a JD from Hastings College of Law and an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She is an Episcopal priest, wife and mother of two college age sons.

Thomas Höhne-Sparborth

Head of Sustainability Research - Lombard Odier

Thomas Höhne-Sparborth is the Head of Sustainability Research at Lombard Odier and leads a team focussed on the transition to a Circular, Lean, Inclusive and Clean (CLIC®) economy. Dr. Höhne-Sparborth led the development of Lombard Odier’s proprietary Temperature Alignment methodology and is leading the further elaboration of forward-looking metrics, with a particular focus on financial implications, through a concept known as Climate Value Impact. He joined Lombard Odier from Roskill Consulting Group, where he was Director of Economics & Analytics. He holds a Master of Arts SAIS and a doctoral degree from the LSE.

Dan Grandage

Head of Sustainable Investing - abrdn

Dan Grandage is Head of Sustainable Investing at abrdn. He supports abrdn’s global investments business to protect and enhance investment performance through integrating ESG and sustainability in all elements of the investment process via the creation and oversight of standards and market leading frameworks. Mr. Grandage represents abrdn on the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Standards Committee, plus a number of Investment Association sustainable finance working groups. He is also a board member of the UK Better Building Partnership. Mr. Grandage joined abrdn in 2013 from WSP Group where he had responsibility for the Sustainable Real Estate team delivering practical sustainability solutions for investors. Prior to that, he worked for RPS Consultants with a focus on the environmental management of corporate mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Grandage graduated with a BSc in Environmental Geology from Sheffield University, and holds an MSc from Manchester University in Urban Geoscience.

Christian Schilz

Head Corporate Responsibility - Vontobel

Christian Schilz is Head Corporate Responsibility of Vontobel, a global investment company specializing in wealth management and investment solutions. He has been actively contributing to the ongoing transition to sustainable development

Kali Taylor

Community Manager - Sustainable Finance Geneva

Kali Taylor is the Community Manager of Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG) and works as Advisor to Building Bridges. In her role, she supports SFG’s community of professionals and advances sustainable finance impact themes in the Geneva ecosystem.  She also supports Building Bridges on governance and project management, having been involved in the initiative since its inception. Prior to joining SFG, Ms. Taylor was a policy advisor at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where she has led the Geneva 2030 Ecosystem and helped to create the SDG Lab at UN Geneva. Prior to coming to Geneva, she co-founded and led a global youth NGO, Student Energy, that engages young people in the energy transition and climate progress.  She has also worked in the energy industry on climate strategy, environmental management, and new ventures.

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