Thursday is dedicated to empowering climate finance practitioners with the knowledge and skills required for a sustainable future. Join experts and leaders from Chartered Accountants, the Compliance Institute, the Insurance Institute, PRI, and the CSRD Sandbox/Workshop as they share insights, strategies, and compliance solutions. Together, we'll equip ourselves to navigate the challenges and opportunities of sustainable finance and contribute to a greener world.
Dee Moran (FCA) has significant experience in both practice and industry. The Professional Accountancy team is responsible for a broad technical policy agenda of relevance to the Institute and its membership and works to coordinate policy approaches and develop guidance for members. Dee leads the Institute in the area of sustainability reporting and in responding to consultations in this area.
David Connolly is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and Senior Manager of a specialised team within EY dedicated to helping companies in the financial services sector navigate the complex world of climate change and sustainability. David is currently leading CSRD engagements which includes double materiality assessments and basis of preparations on behalf of regulated clients; this includes a deep dive gap assessment across the identified topics and sub-topics related to CSRD. Formerly Principal with Accountants for Sustainability, a sustainability consultancy specialising in advising finance professionals on their sustainability / ESG strategy and reporting obligations, David also has 20 years’ experience of commercial banking and strategy with Bank of Ireland.
Dermot Kennedy is an accomplished director with significant experience in Compliance, Risk and Fraud, Operations, Engineering and Customer Services management, primarily in the Information Technology and Fintech areas. He has worked for multinational companies including Amazon, Dell and Sanmina, and most recently served as CS Director Ireland at Remitly, leading the launch of Remitly’s European operation in Cork - growing the site to 270 team members in just two years while ensuring that the activities of REL’s align with regulatory requirements, compliance, local laws, and business requirements. Dermot is passionate about developing highly scalable standards, policies, procedures, repeatable processes, and methodologies to enable best practices to be standardized across organizations. He holds a Masters in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Fintech, Risk and Compliance, and Six Sigma Black (American Society of Quality) qualification.
Ann Shiels established FinLexSus in January 2022 as a sustainable finance regulatory business working with regulated fund management companies and asset managers to upskill on, understand and implement EU sustainable finance regulatory requirements including SFDR and EU Taxonomy. Ann worked in the Irish funds and regulated financial services industry for over 20 years, mainly as a qualified solicitor in a large Irish corporate practice. She holds a certificate in Sustainable Finance from the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability leadership, is a Green Team Network executive member and lectures in sustainable finance at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.
David Carlin is currently running a pilot for nearly 50 global banks and investors on topics of climate scenarios, climate risk assessments and climate governance. He is also a contributor to Forbes, where he writes about climate change and leadership. Prior to joining UNEP FI, he worked as a senior manager in Risk and Public Policy for Oliver Wyman Consulting and in Model Risk Management for PNC Bank. His background is in quantitative modeling and decision science. He conducted research in financial decision-making at Carnegie Mellon University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College.
Eva Sheehy has worked with a wide variety of public and private clients including those in the Retail, Food & Agri and Transport and Construction industries. Eva joined KPMG in 2013 and has extensive experience working on audit and assurance engagements. Eva assists clients completing ESG reporting readiness assessments and advises clients on current and future ESG reporting standards relevant to their business and sector.
Sarah Moran is a director in KPMG’s dedicated sustainability advisory practice. Sarah trained in KPMG’s global centre of excellence for climate risk in the UK and now leads out Sustainable Finance and Climate Risk service lines. Sarah lectures in sustainable finance, climate risk and ESG reporting with UCD Smurfit Business School and Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Anna Skrivanou supports investors on their responsible investment journeys through tools, resources and guidance. Anna has an 8-year experience in asset and wealth management. Prior to the PRI, Anna worked at HSBC Asset Management in London, as a relationship manager in the global wholesale team focusing on key distributors and as a discretionary investment specialist looking after high net worth clients. Anna holds the CISI level 7 Chartered Wealth Manager qualification, a MSc in International Financial Management from University of Surrey, and a BSc in Economics from University of Athens.
Brian O’Kennedy is CEO of Clearstream Solutions, a leading independent carbon management and corporate sustainability consultancy which he founded in 2009. Brian has over 20 years’ leadership experience in global supply chain management and procurement, particularly in the areas of IT, Media, Print and Packaging. Brian has served as Chair of the CDP Ireland Network, the global carbon reporting program, and is also a member of Steering Committee of the global Responsible Sourcing standard, Verego SRS. He has a degree in Economics from Trinity College, a Certificate in Sustainable Management from BSI Group and is currently studying the Circular Economy at TU Delft.
Dorian Fougères has worked for over 20 years on coastal and marine, water, agriculture, forest, and climate change policy and management throughout California as well as overseas. Formerly the acting Deputy Director for the California Tahoe Conservancy, he oversaw the state agency's climate adaptation, community forestry, landscape forestry, watershed restoration, land management, recreation and access, and sustainable communities programs, as well as all organizational scaffolding. Prior to this he worked for many years as a senior mediator at the Center for Collaborative Policy, CSU Sacramento, including establishing its southern California office. Dorian authors the The Promise and Practice of Resilient Landscapes blog
Remi Fernandez leads on the decent work programme for PRI, looking into social issues such labour rights across supply chain, low carbon transition, demographic change as well as artificial intelligence & technology. Remi has previously worked in the PRI’s Signatory Relations team, where he engaged with signatories on the new and former Reporting Frameworks and how it applied to multi-asset strategies. Remi holds a Masters degree in Sustainability and Social Innovation from HEC Paris as well as a BComm from the University of Sydney.
Chartered Accountants Ireland is partnering with Climate Finance Week Ireland to deliver a webinar on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and its implications for SMEs in supply chains. With effect from financial year beginning on or after 1 January 2024, companies in Ireland will begin reporting under the CSRD (and as a result, the European Sustainability Reporting Standards ‘ESRS’). Drawing on our speaker’s expert knowledge, the webinar will describe the CSRD and the ESRS, and how even small companies that do not meet the thresholds for CSRD may be affected by the Directive.
Held in partnership with Chartered Accountants Ireland
"Navigating practical application of the CSRD" through practical examples of how other businesses have mobilsed on the topic, including key activities such as double materiality and regulatory gap assessments. The session will be targeted at those with key responsibilities for the implementation of CSRD within their organisation.
Held in partnership with KPMG
This session will open with an introduction to Sustainable Finance and ESG and we will explore the current status of where we are at in the Sustainable Finance landscape. We will discuss the key learnings of the Professional Diploma in Sustainable Finance for Compliance Professionals from both a learner’s perspective and also from a programme co-ordinator, lecturer, content developer and subject matter expert.
Held in partnership with The Compliance Institute
Today the word 'nature' seems on everyone’s lips. But what is nature, how is it linked to biodiversity and why should investors and companies care about it? This session will orient those who are new to these topics, as well as provide some novel linkages for those already leading in this field. It will cover the recognition of impacts and dependencies; commitments; frameworks, data uses, and tools; early adopter examples; and unresolved issues. Join this participatory session to sharpen action within your organization.
Held in partnership with CDP Ireland
Held in partnership with The Insurance Institute
Held in partnership with the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, kindly hosted by Arthur Cox
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