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Green Bonds: Financing a Low Carbon Future


When: Thursday, June 1, 2017
From 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: S&P Global
55 Water Street
New York, New York  
United States

Phone: 212-533-2141

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Green Bonds: Financing a Low Carbon Future


Many recognize climate change poses a major risk to global assets. Transitioning to a low-carbon economy is an opportunity for economic growth. Asset owners and managers are reevaluating their allocations of carbon intensive industries/companies and are seeking to shift ownership to more sustainable options.

Key takeaways:

  • Following the Paris Agreement asset managers and owners are increasingly reevaluating their allocations to carbon intensive industries and companies.
  • The Green Bond market has grown rapidly over the past few years as supranational, government, and corporate issuers have issued bonds to finance much-needed investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, mass transportation and other environmentally beneficial projects.
  • This finance instrument supports the transition to a lower carbon economy while providing investors greener alternatives.
  • Green Bond indices, such as the S&P Green Bond Index, help asset managers benchmark Green Bond funds and create Green Bond ETFs and Structured Products.

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Divya Bendre photoDivya Bendre
Associate, Sustainable Finance


Divya Bendre is a Sustainable Finance Associate at HSBC where she supports green bond market development and other sustainable infrastructure finance initiatives across the Americas. Previously, she was a graduate intern at leading responsible investment organizations--PRI's UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative and Ceres--where she worked on strengthening corporate Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) disclosure.


Ms. Bendre has been with HSBC since 2015 and she also has over 5 years of experience in business development, research, and management consulting roles in Asia. She has a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Studies from the University of London (SOAS) and a Bachelor of Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Charlotte Peyraud photoCharlotte Peyraud (moderator)
Senior Advisor, Institutional Relations


Charlotte, a Senior Advisor with Sustainalytics’ Institutional Relations team, assists clients in integrating responsible investment criteria into their investment process. For the past year, she has supported the rapid growth of Sustainalytics’ Sustainability Bonds team, which provides issuers with second party opinions and Climate Bonds Standard verification, to assure investors that the bond proceeds are allocated, managed and reported in a transparent manner.


She joined Sustainalytics as part of the firm’s acquisition of ESG Analytics in the fall of 2015. Charlotte holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from James Madison University. Charlotte is a certified GRI Practitioner and a SASB FSA Level II Candidate.


Laura Segafredo photoLaura Segafredo

Vice President -  Global Fixed Income Climate Solutions



Laura Segafredo, Vice President , works in Blackrock’s Global Fixed Income Climate Solutions group focused on climate risks in investments.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Laura spent over a decade working both as an Economist and a Researcher at an array of institutions including Electricite de France, the Milken Institute, ClimateWorks Foundation, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the 2 Degrees Investing Initiative. In addition, Laura has published a number of research papers in conjunction with various other industry experts.   Laura has a Ph.D in Energy and Environmental Economics from the University of Padova, an M.Sc. in Economics from Toulouse School of Economics and a B.A. in Economics (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Padova.


Alka Banerjee

Managing Director and Head of Product Management

S&P Dow Jones Indices


Alka Banerjee is managing director and head of product management for S&P Dow Jones Indices. Since September 2013, Alka has also served as CEO of Asia Index Private Limited, a joint venture between S&P Dow Jones Indices and the BSE of Mumbai, India’s premier stock exchange.

Alka has over 19 years of experience in the global indexing business, both at S&P Dow Jones Indices, and at the Bank of New York. She has pioneered a large number of initiatives at S&P DJI, ranging from developing global smart beta indices to the latest approaches in sustainability investing. Her latest work spans multi asset indices including equities, fixed income and commodities to create theme based indices. In addition to evaluating and improving existing market capitalization weighted benchmarks, Alka has led S&P DJI’s efforts for new index developments for Africa, China, Korea, India, Latin America, and throughout the Middle East. More recently she was instrumental in the acquisition of Trucost, the premier environmental research for for S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Alka frequently presents at indexing and investing events, and is widely cited in the press. Alka holds a master’s in economics from Lucknow University in India and an MBA in finance from Pace University in New York.


Eric A. Glass, CFA
Portfolio Manager—Fixed Income Impact Strategies

Eric Glass is a Portfolio Manager and a member of the Municipal Impact Investment Policy Group. He is also a member of AB’s firmwide Responsible Investment Committee. After joining the firm in 2000, Glass served as a research analyst and trader on the Municipal team. Before joining AB, he was on the municipal research team at Moody’s Investors Service. Prior to his career in capital markets, Glass spent several years working at and managing a transitional homeless shelter in Essex County, New Jersey. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of Richmond and an MA in public administration from Columbia University. Glass is a CFA charterholder. Location: New York

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Event Schedule
5:30 - 6:20 pm Registration and Networking
6:20 - 6:30 pm Introductions
6:30 - 7:15 pm Panel Discussion
7:15 - 7:30 pm Q&A

7:30 - 8:00 pm Networking

$25 FWA Members, $50 Non-Members  |  Includes refreshments


Subway: N/R to Whitehall Street station; 1 to South Ferry station; 4/5 to Bowling Green station.

S&P Global



Special thanks to President's Circle member S&P Global for hosting this event with special thanks to Louise Raymond.



This event is organized by the Impact Investing Committee of the FWA of New York, Inc.



Reservations Required -- Bring Photo ID -- No Walk-Ins

 Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by Tuesday, May 30, 2017.




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