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06 Dec, 2023

Appointment of Centre Director​

The Singapore Green Finance Centre (SGFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Centre Director, Nikki Kemp, who joined us on 27 November 2023. Nikki brings decades of experience in institutional banking and finance, sustainable finance, and navigating changing regulation, rapid growth, financial stress and escalating climate risk in emerging markets to lead the SGFC. She will focus on developing the pipeline of relevant research and programmes for climate and nature-positive transition with our multiple stakeholders.

The SGFC is managed by SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Imperial College Business School, with support from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and nine founding partners: Bank of China, BNP Paribas, Fullerton Fund Management, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Schroders, Standard Chartered, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) Asia Pacific, and UBS AG.

Drawing on the respective strengths of Imperial and SMU in climate science, financial economics, and sustainable investing, SGFC provides research, and academic and executive programmes that equip financial sector professionals with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities emerging in climate and nature financing in Asia.

Its multi-disciplinary research and training enable financial institutions, corporations, and policymakers to improve the management of environmental risks, develop financial solutions to promote environmental sustainability, and design policies for a sustainable future.

“What attracted me to the SGFC is the commitment from SMU, Imperial, MAS and the founding partners to the high-impact research underpinning outstanding educational programmes and new talent development in sustainable finance. SGFC bridges the gap between what the finance sector and the real economy need, and what academics and scientists are researching. The market needs to see an enormous shift in asset allocation of large institutional funds. There are glimpses of this shift already, but it is not fast enough, nor at the scale needed. The market lacks confidence. Excellent, relevant, accessible research can play a role. At SGFC we are working with academia, policymakers and the financial markets to find
the much-needed pathways, products and solutions to building long-term resilience in the Asia Pacific.”
Nikki Kemp

“The Singapore Green Finance Centre does important work in supporting the development of sustainable investing in Asia. I am delighted that Nikki has chosen to lead the Centre in spearheading these efforts. Her experience and knowledge will add to our bench strength in taking on the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
Loh Boon Chye, Co-chair of SGFC Advisory Board & CEO of SGX Group

“I am delighted that Nikki is joining the Singapore Green Finance Centre as Director. This appointment comes at an important moment as we develop new solutions and build capability in climate finance in Asia and globally. Through initiatives such as SGFC, under the sponsorship of MAS, Singapore has chosen to play a key role.”
Iain Conn, Co-chair of SGFC Advisory Board & Ex-Group Chief Executive of Centrica

“I am delighted to welcome Nikki at SMU. Her focus on aligning with our key stakeholders – MAS and founding partners – will position us at the forefront of driving sustainable finance capabilities in the region.”
Bert De Reyck, Dean of SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business