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Climate Turbulence: What Businesses and Investors Can’t Afford to Ignore

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Part 1:  How is the financial services industry responding to climate risk?

The British Chamber of Commerce's Energy and Environment Committee, American Chamber of Commerce’s Environment & Sustainability Committee and the Business Environment Council jointly bring you “Climate Turbulence:  What Businesses and Investors Can’t Afford to Ignore? Part 1: How is the financial services industry responding to climate risk?

Recent catastrophic weather events around the world have been in the headlines and are top of mind for business leaders. Storms have already destroyed billions of dollars of value, and curtailed income streams going forward. This does not bode well for a future with more climate-induced weather in the forecast.  With climate change disrupting business operations, supply chains, customers, and overall business continuity, how do investors, asset managers, insurers and other financial players assess and manage risk? How should companies respond? This event is aimed at financial services institutions who want to learn more about this emerging risk category, as well as companies who would like to plan for climate-related inquiries from investors and others.

Ticket includes sandwiches and beverages.


About the speakers

At the Singapore Exchange (SGX) Lian Sim has led the introduction of sustainability reporting for listed companies, focused on opportunities and risk management. Reporting was first voluntary in 2011 and now a ‘comply or explain’ rule effective end 2017. Lian Sim also participates as a Vice Chair of the FSB’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

Lian Sim was previously Chief Risk and Regulatory Officer, with responsibilities relating to listed companies, member brokers and trading surveillance. Risk management covered financial risk of clearing and settlement and oversight of enterprise risk.

Before joining SGX, Lian Sim’s career was at the Monetary Authority of Singapore in various roles including managing reserves, implementing exchange rate policy and regulating the capital market. She is a graduate of the University of Singapore and the London Business School. 


Based in Hong Kong, Emily Chew is Global Head of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Research and Integration. As the primary lead on ESG, Emily has oversight over Manulife Asset Management’s ESG research agenda, works to engage with companies and portfolio managers on ESG issues, and sets the strategic direction for ESG investment for the firm.

Before joining Manulife Asset Management, Emily was Head of ESG Research for Asia-Pacific at MSCI Inc., where she led a team of nine ESG analysts across the region, commencing her role in Beijing and later continuing in Hong Kong. Her team had oversight into research quality and issue identification for approximately 1,200 stocks, and under her leadership produced original research on the relevance of ESG to Asian and emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China. Prior to that, she was a capital markets lawyer with Baker & McKenzie in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on funds management, capital raisings, and REITs.  

Emily holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the United Nations-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment’s Listed Equities Integration Subcommittee, and chairs the Asian Investor Group on Climate Change’s Member Working Group.

Dylan Bryant was appointed as the Head of North Asia and branch manager Hong Kong, Corporate Solutions on 1 February 2016. Based in Hong Kong, Dylan is responsible for the implementation of the company’s growth strategy across North Asia.

Prior to joining Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Dylan was the Country Manager for Lloyds Hong Kong. Before joining Lloyds in 2014, Dylan worked for Zurich Insurance Group for 14 years in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific in various roles including underwriting, business development and management. He has been based in Hong Kong since February 2009.

Dylan also serves as Director, Chartered Insurance Institute Hong Kong, where he is responsible for the educational bodies local activities.

An Australian national, Dylan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Australian National University. He enjoys gardening, basketball, hiking and spending time with his family.

Wai-Shin Chan is Head of HSBC’s Climate Change Centre of Excellence and also heads Environmental Social Governance (ESG) research for Asia Pacific. His dual role involves analysis of climate change and its multi-asset implications as well as the integration of ESG factors within HSBC’s Global Research. Before HSBC, Wai-Shin worked as a fund manager where he was centrally involved in the incorporation of ESG issues.

He is a former Executive Director of ASrIA (Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia) and was an equity analyst for several years. Wai-Shin holds a degree in Mathematics and Physics from Durham University and is a CFA charterholder.


About the moderator

Hannah Routh is a partner with Deloitte China and leads the Sustainability and Climate Change advisory practice. She is aclimate changeand green finance specialist with 20 years of experience in the field, of which the last ten are in China. Hannah sits on the green finance working group of Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) in Hong Kong, as well as the industry-led green finance task force. She is the vice-chair of the British Chamber Energy and Environment committee.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Hannah led the Sustainability and Climate Change consulting team for PwC China for five years. She advised clients across all sectors on sustainable supply chains, climate change mitigation, responsible investment and green finance, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk. Before joining PwC in 2011, Hannah was Managing Director of a climate change and carbon trading advisory company in Beijing for five years. Here she led numerous projects to advise governments and companies on climate policy and clean energy project finance. Prior to that she ran an NGO in southern Africa implementing renewable energy projects. Her longer term background is in environmental building design and assessment.

Hannah holds two masters degrees from the University of Manchester, the first in Physics and the second in Pollution and Environmental Control.

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Climate Turbulence:  What Businesses and Investors Can’t Afford to Ignore

Thu, January 25, 2018
12:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Lian Sim Yeo, Special Advisor, Singapore Stock Exchange and Member, Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure


Emily Chew, Global Head of ESG, Manulife Asset Management and Member, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC)


Dylan Bryant, Branch Manager North Asia, Swiss Re International


Wai-Shin Chan, Head, Climate Change Centre of Excellence, HSBC


Moderated by Hannah Routh, Partner, Sustainability & Climate Change, Deloitte China

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