Breakfast seminar to launch a EuroCham’s Financial Services Business Council concept paper on the potential for a Hong Kong Green Investment Bank


Host / Sponsor: ECC
Event Time: 24 October 2017, 8:15 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Venue: PwC Conference Centre, 21/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark, Hong Kong

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The EuroCham’s Financial Services Business Council will launch a Concept Paper on how Hong Kong could benefit from a Green Investment Bank.

There are Green Investment Banks already around the world in countries such as the UK, USA, Japan and Malaysia. To maintain its competitiveness as a global financial centre, Hong Kong must continuously adapt and identify potential for leadership in the emerging sectors of the financial services industry. Green finance is a rapidly developing sector that capitalises on opportunities created by increasing convergence of economic and environmental factors driving global growth. The establishment of a Hong Kong Green Investment Bank (GreenBank) could position Hong Kong in the forefront of this fast evolving area of finance in Asia.

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Ching Yng Choi has been appointed in November 2010 to head the Asia representative office of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI).

Her role is to raise awareness of Luxembourg as a fund domicile, and to further promote Luxembourg investment funds in Asia. She manages and leads working groups in Hong Kong and in Singapore. Where there are business developments, she will seek to bridge the East and the West.

Ching started her professional career with General Electric in Brussels, Bergen-op-Zoom and Paris. She then moved to Luxembourg and joined MDO Services, the fund governance provider, where she was a risk manager.

She has a commercial engineering degree from UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve and took part of a student exchange program with Manchester University (Finance & International Business). With the citizenships of Hong Kong and Belgium, Ching speaks Chinese (Mandarin), English and French.

AlexandraTracy

Alexandra Tracy is President and Founder of Hoi Ping Ventures, was appointed to the Listing Committee on 24 May 2013.  Hoi Ping Ventures provides research and consulting on investment in low carbon energy and infrastructure in Asian emerging markets.  Mrs Tracy began her career as an investment banker in Hong Kong and Singapore, and then ran a number of start-up businesses, including a software company and a publishing and information business.  Following the sale of the latter, she was for several years Vice President – Strategy at First Eastern Investment Group, an independent private investment group in Hong Kong.

Mrs Tracy is an Active Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and an advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Asian Family Business Research Centre.  She was non-executive Chairman of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia for six years, stepping down in 2015, and was instrumental in establishing the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change during this period.  She also sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards in Hong Kong, including Tom Hugh Limited, where she is non-executive Chairman, and The Indus Entrepreneurs Hong Kong Chapter.  Mrs Tracy speaks and writes regularly on sustainable finance, development and infrastructure issues.  She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and MA degrees from Yale University and Cambridge University.

William Gee is a partner in PwC’s Risk Assurance Practice at PwC China. He currently heads the Financial Services Group at RCA Beijing, leading a team of 3 Partners and over 60 risk and controls professionals. He is also a member of PwC’s C-SOX Task Force, a national role leading the research into the development of internal control assurance and advisory approach and standards for the firm in respond to the MOF’s Basic Standard of Enterprise Internal Control and related Guidance.

Mr. Gee specialises in the field of information risk management after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in the UK in 1990. He has over 20 years experience in providing a wide range of assurance and advisory services to clients, focusing on the assessment of business and technology risks. He is also involved in the design, review and enhancement of business and technology processes and controls.
Mr. Gee is one of the experienced experts in the field of technology related risks in China. He is intimately familiar with international information security management standards (e.g. ISO 27001), and best practices framework (e.g. CobiT). He has extensive experience in managing projects related to IT risk management, including IT control reviews, pre- and post- implementation system reviews, network infrastructure and security reviews, technology and process alignment, XBRL, business continuity planning and other specialized areas such as processes and controls relating to digital certificates and encryption.

Julia Charlton

Julia Charlton is the Managing Partner and Principal of Charltons, which she founded in 1998 as a focused corporate finance firm. Julia was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1985 and has practised as a solicitor in Hong Kong since 1987. Julia is an experienced practitioner in the field of corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, securities, capital markets, investment funds, restructuring and regulatory issues. Julia has extensive experience of China work and is a Mandarin speaker.

Katherine Ng

Katherine Ng joined Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”) in July 2013 as Head of Policy Team of the Listing Department.  Prior to joining HKEX, Ms. Ng served as Political Assistant to the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Hong Kong Government.  Before joining the Government, Ms. Ng had worked in an international investment bank and was in private practice with an international law firm in Hong Kong and London.  Ms. Ng holds a Master of Arts in Law from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified lawyer in both Hong Kong and England & Wales.  Ms. Ng is an Advisor to Our Hong Kong Foundation, a director of Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute and Charitable Choice Limited, a member of the Vocational Training Council’s Banking and Finance Industry Training Board, a Trustee of the World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong and a fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Stratos

Stratos Pourzitakis is Head of Research of Asian Private Banker and he has been leading a series of research projects on private banking and wealth management. In parallel, he is the principal investigator of a research grant offered by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Hong Kong, which examines carbon trade and environmental taxation in big cities of East Asia. In the past, Mr. Pourzitakis worked for the Hellenic Ministry of Finance and he specialised in legal research as well as in financial analysis of companies under the Greek Bankruptcy Code.

Mr. Pourzitakis holds a Master of International Public Policy from Osaka University where he studied under the scholarship of the Japanese Ministry of Education as well as a PhD in Government & International Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University. His research examined energy hedging in China and the EU and it was funded by the EU Academic Program in Hong Kong.

Karine Hirn

Karine Hirn is CEO of East Capital Asia Ltd and a partner of East Capital, an independent asset manager specialized in emerging and frontier markets, which she co-founded in Sweden in 1997. The firm manages Luxembourg domiciled funds and segregated accounts for retail and institutional investors from all around the world, including a dedicated environmental strategy, East Capital China Environmental and a sustainable global fund, East Capital Sustainable Emerging Markets.

Karine is French and based in Hong Kong. She is a French trade counsellor, vice chair of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and member of the board of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. She is also the chairperson of East Capital Asset Management SA and East Capital SICAV.

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Julia Brickell currently serves as IFC’s Regional Head of Operations for East Asia Pacific. In this role she supports the Regional Director to implement IFC’s investment and advisory strategy across the region, and also serves as Head of IFC’s East Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong. Ms. Brickell has held a number of positions in IFC since she joined in 2003, including as IFC’s representative in Hong Kong, Cambodia and Lebanon, in IFC’s Public Private Partnerships team as well as positions in Washington DC and Egypt.
IFC is part of the World Bank Group, and is focused on the private sector, providing investment and advisory services in developing countries to achieve the World Bank’s goals to reduce poverty and increase prosperity, through private sector growth.

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