Past Event

Conference: Infrastructure Investment & Sustainable Development

October 16, 2017
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Columbia University

By invitation only. Open to Columbia SIPA students. To request an invitation email the Center on Global Economic Governance or Cynthia Simon. RSVP required. 


This high level symposium, taking place ahead of the World Bank Spring Meetings and German G20 Presidency, will provide investors and policymakers with the opportunity to reflect and share experience on strategies to spur positive impacts on both the environment and growth opportunities in emerging markets. 


Climate finance and sustainable development goals in emerging countries are intertwined. Reaching SDG objectives in emerging countries through financial innovations increasingly requires a climate change component. A number of vehicles can achieve this dual objective. Public financial institutions and investors are rapidly mobilizing and joining forces to develop key development and financial strategies for climate change. Investors can leverage on climate change and SDGs objectives to spur growth, better their risk management framework, and enhance their stewardship activities.  


Emerging markets that learn from and ride the climate finance wave can achieve greater sustainable development objectives and ultimately participate in both green infrastructure & sustainable agriculture as well as financial markets developments. 


Conference resources can be downloaded here and here.



9:00am-9:15am             Welcome Address: Jan Svejnar, James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, Columbia|SIPA


9:15am-9:30am              Introduction: Patrick Bolton, Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business, Columbia Business School       


9:30am-10:45am           1st panel: Infrastructure Origination and Financing


Invited Speakers:

  • Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center
  • Romualdo Massa Bernucci, Head, Washington, D.C. Office, European Investment Bank
  • Raffaele Della Croce, Lead Manager - Long Term Investment Project, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD
  • Mark Moseley, Senior Director of the Global Infrastructure Hub
  • Waide Warner, Senior Research Fellow at IRI, Harvard


Moderator: Patrick Bolton, Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business, Columbia Business School


10:45am-11:15am         Break


11:15am-12:30pm         2nd panel: Investor Climate Stewardship: Green Bonds & Green Governance


Invited Speakers:

  • Delfina Lopez, Director, Sustainable Finance, Ministry of the Treasury & Public Finance, Republic of Argentina (TBC)
  • Jean-Marie Masse, Global Head and Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
  • Frederic Samama, Co-Head of Institutional Clients Coverage, Amundi
  • Haizhou Huang, Managing Director, China International Capital Corporation       


Moderator: Jan Svejnar, James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, Columbia|SIPA


12:30m-2:00pm           Lunch and 1st Keynote Address by Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times


2:00pm-2:15pam           Break


2:15pm-3:30pm             3rd Panel: Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Agriculture


Invited speakers:                                                                                 

  • Glenn Denning, Professor of Professional Practice and Director, MPA in Development Practice, Columbia|SIPA (Moderator TBC) 
  • Theodore H. Moran, Professor and Marcus Wallenberg Chair in International Business and Finance, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Wolfram Schlenker, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Vera Songwé, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa (TBC)


3:30pm-3:45pm             Break


3:45pm -5:00pm            4th panel: Mainstreaming climate change into investor decision-making and action – the role of disclosure and the potential of the TCFD


Invited Speakers:

  • Mats Andersson, Vice Chairman, Global Challenges Foundation
  • Pete Grannis, First Deputy Comptroller, Office of the New York State Comptroller
  • Michael Rowan, Managing Director, Global Public, Project and Infrastructure Finance, ‎Moody's Investors Service
  • Xiaohua Zhang, Manager, Climate and Sustainable Development Program, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation


Moderator: Cynthia Simon, ‎Senior Manager, Investor Initiatives at CDP


5:00pm-5:30pm             Second Keynote Address: Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund


5:30pm-6:00pm             Conclusion: Patrick Bolton, Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business and Professor of Economics, Columbia University


Co-organizers: Center on Global Economic Governance, OPC Policy Center, United Nations Environment Program – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), International Monetary Fund, Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition, Sovereign Wealth Fund Research Initiative (SWF RI), and Global Infrastructure Hub.  

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