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22 to 24 June 2021

Bangkok, Thailand

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The world continues to face the unprecedented socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Southeast Asian sub-region is no exception. Considerable efforts are needed to not only build back better and recover from the pandemic but also to resume the journey towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite the historic amounts of fiscal stimuli introduced by several countries to provide immediate relief, additional spendings will be required for the short and medium-term at the global and national levels. Importantly, the significant policy packages rolled out by Governments may have missed the opportunity to promote low carbon, climate-resilient and green development.

At the 4th Southeast Asia Multi-Stakeholder Forum on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, held in October 2020, countries expressed the need to address capacity gaps to explore innovative approaches to scale up climate finance. Only a few countries in the subregion (e.g., Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia) have the capacity to issue green bonds to finance their spending needs, particularly during COVID-19. The high standards and the requirement to have a strong bond issuance capacity are particularly challenging for some countries.

In this context, the Southeast Asia Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Finance aims to facilitate mainstreaming of the green/SDG-linked bonds in the region in the overall financing strategy, with a focus on identifying additional needs, tools, and operational frameworks. The salient insights emanating from this discussion will help develop concrete action plans for Southeast Asia’s recovery and will feed into intergovernmental meetings, such as the 5th South- East Asia Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to be held later in 2021.

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Mr. Navid Hanif
Director of Financing for Sustainable Development Office, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations.
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Mr. Navid Hanif is the Director of the Financing for Sustainable Development Office of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). He is also the UN sous Sherpa to the G20 finance and main tracks. He joined UNDESA in 2001 and served as the Director of this office from 2011-2018. He was the first head of the DESA Strategic Planning Unit established in 2010. He was Principal Officer in the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General and worked as a member of the team for the 2005 World Summit. He has contributed a number of articles on financing and investing in the SDGs in various journals and reports.

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Mr. Ephyro Luis B. Amatong
Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission, Republic of the Philippines.
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Mr. Ephyro Luis B. Amatong was appointed a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2014, and is currently the supervising commissioner for the Markets and Securities Regulation Department and the Economic Research and Training Department. Before joining the SEC, Mr. Amatong was an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Finance (DOF). He also served in various capacities in the government, namely as Vice President of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (2012-2013), Corporate Staff Officer of the National Power Corporation (2010-2012), Acting Chairman of the Local Water Utilities Administration (2011), Corporate Legal Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of PNOC Exploration Corporation (2008-2010), Adviser to Amb. Hilario G. Davide, Jr. of the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations (2007-2008). Mr. Amatong was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2002 and the New York Bar in 2007.

 

Tom Théobald
Mr. Tom Théobald
Director of Development and promotion of the Financial Centre, Ministry of Finance. Luxembourg
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Mr. Tom Théobald is Director for the Development and Promotion of the Financial Centre at the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance. Tom is a Member of the Executive Committee of Luxembourg for Finance (LFF), the Agency for the Development of the Financial Centre, a private public partnership between the Luxembourg government and the financial services industry. Tom is also a Member of the Luxembourg Trade & Investment Board, a Board member of Kultur:LX, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Department of Finance of the University of Luxembourg. He also held the position of Secretary of the ABBL Board of Directors. Prior to joining the ABBL in 2008, he served as an attaché to the Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations in New York. Tom holds a Doctorate in English Literature from the University of Newcastle in the UK.

Zenathan Hasannudin
Mr. Zenathan Hasannudin
Associate Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP
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Mr. Zenathan Hasannudin is Associate Economic Affairs Officer of Financing for Development in the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division of United Nations ESCAP. At the organization, Zenathan is the focal point for climate finance issues, to promote sustainable financial institutions and the use on innovative financing instruments such as green bond across Asia Pacific region. Prior joining the UN, he worked at the IMF as country macroeconomist and at the OECD as research consultant on trade in service. Zenathan has strong research interest on macroeconomics, international trade, banking and finance, inequality, and corruption issues. Zenathan is a PhD Candidate from University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne, where he also completed his master’s degree at the same university. He received his bachelor’s in economics from University of Indonesia.

Cedric Rimaud
Mr. Cedric Rimaud
Climate Bond Initiative
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Mr. Cedric Rimaud is ASEAN Programme Manager at the Climate Bond Initiative. He has extensive experience in the fund management industry as well as with investment banking firms (JP Morgan, Citi and Credit Suisse) and has been managing fixed income portfolios and analyzing corporate bonds most recently as Head of Emerging Markets Corporate Credit Research at an independent credit research company. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and member of the CFA Society in Singapore. Mr. Rimaud holds a master’s degree in Finance from the London Business School, United Kingdom.

Dasho Nim Dorji 
His Excellency Mr. Dasho Nim Dorji 
Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Bhutan
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Mr. Dasho Nim Dorji  is the Finance Secretary of the Royal Government of Bhutan. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Joint Secretary, MoF and Director of Department of Public Account. In a career spanning over three decades, he served in various capacities in areas of fiscal policy, Budgeting, Aid and Debt Management, taxation, capital market development, financing for Sustainable development and macroeconomic management.  Currently, he is a member of the team formulating fiscal and monetary measures to respond to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Under his leadership, issuance of Government bonds has raised fund from the domestic market to meet the development financing needs to respond to the pandemic.

Ms. Laeitita Hamon
Ms. Laeitita Hamon
Head of Sustainable Finance and the Luxembourg Green Exchange, Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
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Ms. Laeitita Hamon is Head of Sustainable Finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE). She is responsible for the exchange’s sustainable finance strategy and related projects, and leads the expert team at LuxSE’s UN-awarded platform for sustainable finance, the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX).  As a pioneer in sustainable finance, Laetitia started her career as an ESG analyst for an extra-financial rating agency in 2008. Passionate about the topic, Laetitia decided to dedicate her career to sustainable finance and has built in-depth expertise on the matter for the past 13 years. Laetitia has a Master’s degree in International Management from the Institut Supérieur Européen de Gestion (ISEG) and a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Paris XII.

Ms. Komi Rajdev
Ms. Komi Rajdev
Head of Business Development APAC
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Ms. Komi Rajdev, as Head of Business Development, APAC in Moody’s ESG Solutions, Komi is responsible for clients in the APAC region for Sustainable Finance. She has over 20 years of experience in international banking and credit ratings in the region. Komi has credentials from Singapore Management University with an Advanced Certification in Sustainability & Sustainable Businesses, as well as from Alliance Manchester Business School specialising in Corporate Governance. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Birmingham.

Mia Mary Sebastian
Ms. Mia Mary Sebastian
Deputy Executive Director, Private-Public Partnership Center of the Philippines.
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Ms. Mia Mary Sebastian is a Deputy Executive Director of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines. She leads the development and structuring of PPP projects and management of technical assistance agreements with multilateral and bilateral partners of the government. She also heads the PPP pipeline development at the subnational level, with particular focus on sustainable infrastructure PPP projects. Prior to Mia’s current role, she worked in finance and law in London and Manila. She holds an MBA degree from London Business School and degrees in Law and Business Economics from the University of the Philippines.

Ms. Ifoda Abdurazakova
Ms. Ifoda Abdurazakova
Strategic Partnerships and Development Finance Advisor, UN Resident Coordinator Office in Cambodia.
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Ms. Ifoda Abdurazakova is Strategic Partnerships and Development Finance Advisor in the RC Office in UN Cambodia. She is coordinating country-level work on SDG financing, and strategic partnerships with EU, IFIs and private sector to advance the 2030 Agenda. Her experience spans working in an inter-agency environment, from UNDP, UN Women and UN Secretariat on partnerships, digital innovations and women’s economic empowerment. Ifoda has a master’s degree in Development Economics and Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is trained in development finance, SDG costing and blended finance from World Bank and UN, ESCAP.

Jun Runas
Mr. Herminio Jr Cortez Runas
Senior Officer at the Finance Integration Division, ASEAN Economic Community Department.
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Mr. Herminio Jr Cortez Runas is Senior Officer at the Finance Integration Division, ASEAN Economic Community Department. He has provided expert assistance in the preparation of position papers relative to ASEAN’s fiscal and monetary issues. Prior to his appointment, he was director at the International Finance Policy Office, Department of Finance. Co-chaired the ASEAN Finance Ministers and Central Bank Deputies Working Group Meetings (AFCDM-WG) during the Philippines ASEAN Chairmanship in 2017. In 2015, he is also one of the members of the Philippines Secretariat in Chairing the APEC Finance Ministers Meeting that delivered the Cebu Action Plan (CAP) a Roadmap that would provide guidance for the APEC Finance Process, in setting its agenda for the coming years.

Tahir Khan
Mr. Muhammad Tahir Khan
KPMG Partner Alternatives, Sustainable and Islamic Finance, KPMG.
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Mr. Muhammad Tahir Khan has more than 16 years of financial services experience in Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan, including audit of large international groups (Real Estate, Infrastructure and Private Equity structures), sustainable finance assurance work, capital market transactions, and financial due diligence. He is focused on delivering value addition and accompanying his clients in managing their growth and successful presence. He has excellent experience of assurance work and certification on sustainable finance and supporting large global real estate players in defining and managing their ESG strategies. Muhammed has extensive experience with internationally recognized GAAPs and GAASs (IFRS, ISA, Lux GAAP, US GAAP, and US GAAS). Very good knowledge of internationally recognized valuation guidelines for private equity and real estate. He is an active member of various working groups at ALFI (Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry) and leads KPMG Luxembourg’s MENA initiatives.

Muhammed Didi
Mr. Muhammad Didi Hardiana
Head of Innovative Financing Lab, UNDP Indonesia.
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Mr. Muhammad Didi Hardiana is currently working in UNDP as Head of the Innovative Financing Lab (IFLab), a dynamic platform to unlock and leverage new innovative solutions to finance the SDGs in partnership with public and private stakeholders, through various workstreams, including Islamic Finance, Green Finance, Impact Investment, etc. Under his leadership, the Lab has provided technical assistance to the Government of Indonesia in the successful issuance of Green Sukuk (Sharia Bonds) since 2018 as well as providing capacity building on green and sustainable bonds to domestic stakeholders in collaboration with development partners. He started his career in UNDP since 2014 and in total he has more than 15 years working experience with development agencies and private sectors, in the areas of development finance, sustainable finance, climate change, monitoring & reporting, and quality and environmental management system.

Ms. Zeinab Elbeltagy
Ms. Zeinab Elbeltagy
International Consultant, ESCAP
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Ms. Zeinab Elbeltagy is an international consultant at the United Nations ESCAP, where she supports the development of climate finance to promote sustainable financial projects and use innovative financing instruments in the Southeast Asia region. Prior to joining the UN, she worked as an economist in several Egyptian think tanks. She had extensive teaching experience in different universities such as Pantheon Sorbonne University, Paris-Est Creteil in France, and Cairo University in Egypt. Zeinab is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the Pantheon Sorbonne University and the Paris School of Economics. Her research focuses on the relationship between development and financial constraints, with an emphasis on small firms and the role of female entrepreneurship.

Ms. Easter Sarnecki
Ms. Easter Sarnecki
Advisor on European Institutions for ESCAP’s Green/ SDG-linked bond Project.
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Ms. Easter Sarnecki is an advisor for the United Nations ESCAP, where she supports the sustainable finance framework by liaising between the team and EU policy makers, asset managers and institutional investors. Easter is currently an Executive Vice President at G Capital Group, where she reviews and advises on the structure and financing of infrastructure and projects. Prior to joining G Capital, Easter worked for an Investment Management where she was responsible for Global Capital Raising and Investor Relations of the firm’s private equity real estate fund. Whilst meeting with global investors discussing healthcare RE, she identified the need of implementing this asset class into emerging markets. This, in turn, piqued her interest in emerging markets, sustainable finance and social impact investing. Easter also has a horrible sense of humour. Also much to the chagrin of her colleagues and business associates

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Mr. Alberto Isgut
Officer in Charge, a.i. Financing for Development Section, ESCAP
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Mr. Alberto Isgut is an economist at the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, has been a lead author of the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific and other flagship publications of UNESCAP since 2008. During this period, he has conducted research on regional economic cooperation and integration, implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and financing for development, among other topics. He also edited two books books, one on the impacts of the global financial crisis on selected Asia-Pacific countries and another on unemployment protection and training in Asia and Latin America. In recent times, he has worked on the financing of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, digital finance, and sovereign debt restructuring issues. Dr. Isgut has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto.

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Mr. Rony Soerakoesoemah
Head of Sub-regional Office for South-East Asia, ESCAP
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Mr. Rony Soerakoesoemah is the Head of the Subregional Office for South-East Asia at ESCAP. He initiates work on sustainable development in the eleven Southeast Asian countries. He leads the cooperation for the UN with ASEAN in the economic and social-cultural areas. Previously with the ASEAN Secretariat he has extensive experience in development cooperation and regional integration. He received degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for South-East Asia + 66 22 88 2902 ruhimat.soerakoesoemah@un.org
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