Sustainable Finance Leadership Series

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The Sustainable Finance Leadership Series is a forum for leading voices in finance and sustainable development to present their experience and put forward new ideas on how to accelerate progress.

Sustainable finance is a multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary priority, as such the Leadership Series will draw on expertise from across the world and from leaders in financial institutions, financial policy, research and civil society. Crucially, a majority of perspectives included in the Leadership Series will be drawn from outside the LSE, allowing a breadth of sectoral, geographical and disciplinary views. You can sign up to the newsletter here

2 August 2019

Insurers disclosing climate risk need to remember their customers
By Swenja Surminski, Head of Adaptation Research, and Sam Unsworth, Policy Analyst, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment


3 June 2019

Why sustainability means leaving behind old approaches to teaching finance
By Dirk Schoenmaker, Professor of Banking and Finance, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam


1 May 2019

A renewal of purpose: why finance must embrace its role in the ecological transition
By Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition of Spain


13 March 2019

How the EU learned to love sustainable finance: the inside story of the HLEG
Christian Thimann, Chair of the EU’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance (2017–2018), and CEO of Athora Germany


11 February 2019

Brexit will not dent London’s green finance ambitions
Sir Roger Gifford, Chair, City of London’s Green Finance Initiative and Senior Banker, SEB UK

13 January 2019

Why the Paris Agreement is the 21st century’s social contract
Brune Poirson, Secretary of State, Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France


10 December 2018

Why financing a just transition is the next frontier in responsible investing
Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation


14 November 2018

Insurance and climate risk: the critical role of regulators
Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner
(January 2011–January 2019)


24 October 2018

China’s green finance strategy: much achieved, further to go
Wang Yao, Director General of the International Institute of Green Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing


19 September 2018

The time to invest in energy access is now
By Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All


4 July 2018

From mission to supervision: putting sustainable prosperity on the agenda of the Dutch Central Bank
By Frank Elderson, Member of the Governing Board of De Nederlandsche Bank and Chair of the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)

14 June 2018

The mythical peril of divesting from fossil fuels
By Jeremy Grantham Co-Founder, Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment