Event guide for the ADSFF 2021, virtual edition


Opening remarks, conference chairperson
Mercedes Vela Monserrate, Associate Director International Affairs, ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority



Welcome address: Abu Dhabi’s Sustainable Finance Agenda One Year On


Market Spotlight: EU Update on Sustainable Finance
An exclusive update from the European Commission on upcoming regulation and strategy that will renew and strengthen its sustainability objectives, particularly around social impact.

Commercial Break: One Year On 20by2020: A Pioneering Humanitarian Initiative Championing the Values of the UAE’s Founding Father

Exclusive COP 26 Update Ahead of Glasgow Conference
As the world’s financial systems gear up to finance the move to net-zero, here are the 4 key pillars required to ensure a whole economy transition. Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and UK Prime Minister’s Finance Adviser for COP 26

Commercial Break: ADSFF Initiatives One Year on - Masdar

Market Spotlight: Transitioning to a Net-Zero Economy

The UK’s recent developments and key objectives to ensure a climate resilient future from the City of London.

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman William Russell

Commercial Break: ADSFF Initiatives One Year On - Certificate in Sustainable Finance (ADGM video)

Market Spotlight: What’s Next for the UAE’s Sustainable Finance Framework?

Commercial Break: ADSFF Initiatives One Year On - Abu Dhabi Declaration on Sustainable Finance Third Round

The Middle East’s First Sovereign Green Bond
A look at the region’s first sovereign green bond, including how it was structured, the contribution of different players and identifying the use of proceeds.
H.E. Dr. Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance, Egypt


Qualitative Growth and Building Back Better Post-COVID
This session reveals Luxembourg’s message on qualitative growth and how both the EU and Luxembourg are financially ‘building back better’ post-pandemic.
H.E. Mr. Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg


Keynote address:
Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chief Executive Officer, Alliances for Global Sustainability


Sovereign Asset Owners On ESG
This discussion delves into how the UAE’s major sovereign asset owners are approaching ESG considerations within their investment portfolios, strategy and decision making (as well as within local government projects in Abu Dhabi). It also explores where the key challenges and opportunities lie for SWFs and their main sustainability initiatives so far.

Announcement by:
H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Led by:

In conversation with:

David Crofts, Executive Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Responsible Investment, Mubadala Investment Company

Vasilios Siokis, Chief Risk Officer, Emirates Investment Authority


Abu Dhabi’s First Social Impact Bond Project - ATMAH
The ATMAH social impact bond is a financial model aimed at advancing delivery of public service using measurable social outcomes or ‘pay-for-success’ contracts between public and private sector. Hear about its success and the future social ambitions for Ma’an and Abu Dhabi.


How to Make Regional Projects Bankable to ESG?
Access to effective risk mitigation instruments is critical to utilise private investment into energy transformation in developing countries. Hear about IRENA’s risk assessment platform and available to countries and developers. Francesco La Camera, Director General, IRENA


Enabling Energy Transition
Sustainable finance models that will enable national energy transition and meet net-zero goals whilst ensuring energy access for millions of people without power.
Maria Ferraro, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Energy AG and Member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Gas and Power Management GmbH


Investing in Social Impact Bonds

How the public and private sector can work together in an innovative way to address social issues and create long-term value for shareholders, stakeholders and the community.
Greg Fewer, Chief Financial and Sustainability Officer, Aldar

Roadmaps & best practice sustainable finance projects


Transitioning to a Sustainable Blue Economy
This session explores the roadmap to a sustainable blue economy post COVID-19. Why must oceans be the centre to sustainability and how does their resilience support economic resilience?
How ocean resilience can support economic resilience and the roadmap to a sustainable blue economy post COVID.


Financial Roadmap to Net Zero – Reality Now or Long-Term Ambition?
What net-zero commitment and impact measurement really looks like for corporations and financial institutions, including pathways for asset owners and banks to a net-zero portfolio.

Jean-Jacques Barbéris, Head of Institutional and Corporate Clients, Global Head of ESG, Amundi


Innovative Financing Issuances
A closer look at some of the unique innovative financing solutions, many a world first, delivering impact where it matters most. How they were structured and processed, including the framework itself, the role and contribution of different stakeholders and identifying the use of proceeds.

The EU’s Recent Social Bond

Etihad’s Transition Sukuk & Carbon Offset Programme
Adam Boukadida, Chief Financial Officer, Etihad Airways

A Blue Bond Close-up

The Region’s First Benchmark Corporate Green Sukuks


UN Financial Centres for Sustainability
The role that financial centres play in accelerating the shift to sustainable finance by providing the tools and insights to engage local institutions, inform and influence policy, and ultimately catalyse market transformation.

Led by:
Daniel Flatt, Editor in Chief, New Statesman Media Group

In conversation with:

Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, Toronto Finance International, Co-Chair FC4S

The debates: sustainable recovery


Sustainable Recovery in the Post-COVID Era
As the COVID-19 pandemic sends shockwaves through the global economy, many consider this to be a pivotal moment for sustainable finance. With growing evidence that companies leading on sustainability are more resilient, is this a make-or-break moment for sustainable finance and investors to embrace the ESG imperative? Looking forward, where should governments and regulators focus to reframe financial markets and drive the urgent need for sustainable recovery?

Led by:

In conversation with:

Anastasia Guha, Director of Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Principles of Responsible Investment

Daniel Hanna, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered Bank


Financing a Sustainable Transition Post COVID
The Gulf faces unique dynamics as it grapples with climate change and broader sustainability challenges. How should the financial industry drive companies in the region to deliver the required impact, taking a leading role to bring about change beyond response to regulation? How can this impact be defined and comprehensively measured over time?

Led by:

In conversation with:

Sarah Pirzada Usman, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable, Asset & Project Finance, Global Corporate Finance, FAB


Closing remarks
Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Group Chief Financial Officer, ADNOC Group, UAE


Closing remarks, conference chairperson
Mercedes Vela Monserrate, Associate Director International Affairs, ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority


Close of ADSFF 2021