Singapore Green Finance Centre

Faculty & Speakers

Climate Finance Academy

21 – 22 March 2024 | Singapore Management University

FACULTY & SPEAKERS

Michael Wilkins
Executive Director, Centre for Climate Finance & Investment (CCFI), Imperial College London & Co-Director of SGFC

Michael has three decades of experience in global capital markets and prior to joining the Centre, was a Managing Director at S&P Global Ratings based in London where he had global responsibility for the division’s sustainable finance research activities. He was formerly a visiting fellow at Cambridge University Judge Business School where he led the Sustainable Finance elective on the Master of Finance Program. He holds a BA from Bristol University and an MBA from the Bayes Business School.

Mili Fomicov
Teaching Fellow, Centre for Climate Finance & Investment (CCFI), Imperial College London & Programme Co-Director of SGFC

Mili is a teaching fellow at the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College London, where she leads clean energy pricing research efforts, works on transition finance frameworks and teaches Clean Technology Investment. She is also a Co-Director for the Singapore Green Finance Climate Academy. Before joining Imperial College, she was a Director and Portfolio Manager in the Multi-Asset Strategies team at BlackRock. Previously, Mili was a Portfolio Manager on J.P. Morgan’s CIO team, and managed US and Japan equity funds at Barclays. She started her career at AllianceBernstein in the US. Graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she received an MBA in Finance, Economics, Econometrics and Statistics. She is on the Spark Change Advisory Board and she works with Baringa Partners on climate and transition strategy and processes.

Raffaele Della Croce
Advanced Research Fellow, Centre for Climate Finance & Investment (CCFI), Imperial College London & Programme Co-Director of SGFC

Recently, Raffaele has been a special economic advisor to the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport in Italy, member of cabinet and responsible for climate change mitigation and adaptation. As Senior Economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) he has been responsible for producing research and analysis on sustainable investment, low carbon infrastructure financing, resilience and infratech. At the OECD he has launched the “Institutional Investors and Long-term Investment” project gathering the largest pension funds, insurance companies, and sovereign wealth funds across the world. He has been co-chair of the T20 Taskforce on Infrastructure and Financing serving the G20 Indonesian and Italian presidency. He received his Doctorate in Economic Geography at Oxford University a Master from Columbia University in New York and a degree in Economics from La Sapienza University in Rome.

Priya Bellino
Head of the Sustainability Solutions Group, Asia Pacific, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Priya is the Head of the Sustainability Solutions Group, Asia Pacific at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Based in Singapore, Priya is responsible for leading SMBC’s sustainable finance initiatives in Asia Pacific. Working with a dedicated team of ESG specialists, she drives SMBC’s continued ESG ambitions and growth across the region.
Before joining SMBC, Priya led the ASEAN Sustainable Finance and ESG solutions practice at EY. In her role, she led engagements and relationships across banks, insurers, asset managers and regional regulators, addressing ESG frameworks for fixed income origination, sustainable investment frameworks, ESG risk integration, climate risk assessment, decarbonization strategies and ESG regulatory preparedness.
Prior to EY, Priya led her own independent sustainability consulting firm Aquabaleno, collaborating on carbon market research with Imperial College London and the Singapore Green Finance Centre, in addition to supporting climate scenario analysis for a US bank and a wealth fintech.
Priya’s pivot into sustainable finance is rooted in a 17-year career at investment bank Goldman Sachs in London and Singapore, where she focused on credit risk management, OTC derivatives and securitized debt.
Priya holds a Certificate in Sustainable Finance from Cambridge University, Sustainability and Climate Risk Certificate from the Global Association of Risk Professionals, and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from Singapore Management University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Geography from University College London.

Dalia Daou
Centre Director, Centre for Climate Finance & Investment (CCFI), Imperial College London

Dalia has been managing the CCFI for 6 years focused on partnerships, strategy, impact and operations over a period of high growth. Her experience comes from market risk consulting to institutional asset managers, hedge funds and PWOs advising on risk management, analysis and attribution, optimisation for portfolio strategies, and the development of statistical historical scenario analyses, later leading the client solutions team. Dalia is also the founder and CEO of an award-wining creative business. Graduate of Imperial College London, MSc Science, Technology and Medicine, and University of Bristol, BSc Physics; Level 7 Strategic Management and Senior Leadership Award, Chartered Manager, Fellow Chartered Management Institute.

Géraldine Bouveret
Chief Research Officer, RIMM Sustainability

Dr Géraldine Bouveret is Chief Research Officer at Rimm Sustainability. Prior to joining Rimm, Dr Bouveret has been awarded the Gopalakrishnan – Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship hosted by the School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and has been a Research Associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford, for three years where she has worked for the Sustainable Finance Programme and developed her own research field at the intersection between finance, the economics of sustainability and mathematics.
Dr Bouveret holds a PhD in mathematics from Imperial College London. She initially read financial engineering at ESSEC Business School and mathematics at Université Paris Dauphine (PSL University) and ENSAE ParisTech (Institut Polytechnique de Paris). She has also conducted a work on epidemic networks at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Dr Bouveret is actively contributing to the climate risks research both at an academic and corporate level, specializing in transition risks modelling. Alongside academe, Dr Bouveret has held quantitative roles in both the investment banking and insurance sectors for several years within which she has successfully led diverse research projects in financial economics and financial mathematics.

Raúl Rosales
Senior Executive Fellow, Centre for Climate Finance & Investment (CCFI), Imperial College London

Dr. Raúl is a Member of the management committee of the Singapore Green Finance Centre. His research interest focuses on carbon markets, and energy solutions towards net-zero. He also serves as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Engineering at King’s College in London, focused on the Net-Zero Centre. Raúl also works as a Senior Advisor for Orchard Global, an alternative asset manager AuM $8.2bn. His background in the financial industry spans 30 years, including Senior Banker for Energy at EBRD and as Global Head of Multilateral Development (MDBs) at BBVA. He holds a Doctorate in Civil Engineering (2013) from “Universidad Politecnica de Madrid” (UPM) specializing in sustainable finance for infrastructure and energy investments.

Sunil Veetil
Regional Head of Sustainability, Asia Pacific HSBC Commercial Banking

Sunil is the regional head of sustainability for HSBC Commercial Banking in Asia Pacific.

Based in Singapore, Sunil leads the development and delivery of the Group’s sustainability strategy to support a global transition to net zero and the need to reduce our financed emissions. Sunil and his team work closely with HSBC’s corporate clients, stakeholders and partners in Asia Pacific to deliver this ambition.

Sunil, a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of Mathematics, brings over 25 years of wholesale banking experience with HSBC, with stints in Indonesia, South Korea, the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

HSBC Commercial Banking supports over 1.5 million business customers globally, ranging from SMEs to MNCs. With an unrivalled international network that captures over 90% of the world’s trade and capital flows, HSBC connects its clients to opportunities with leading propositions in cross-border trade, treasury and payments, banking and capital financing, as well as sustainable finance. HSBC is recognized as Asia Pacific’s Best Bank for Sustainable Finance for six consecutive years (2018-2023).

Jan Ahrens
Chief Executive Officer, Spark Change

Jan is CEO at Spark Change, a provider of specialist carbon investment products and data, serving global institutions and their clients. An economist by education at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Jan focuses on market-based mechanisms to support the transition to a low carbon future, particularly cap and trade markets.