SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries

Charles Donovan (Imperial College), Zoë Knight (HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance), Sonia Medina (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation), Victor Murinde (SOAS), Ulrich Volz (SOAS), Michael Wilkins (S&P Global Ratings), Simon Zadek (UNEP), and others

Date: 2 July 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 2 July 2018Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Imperial College London, City & Guilds Building 200, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AZ

Type of Event: Launch Event

This is the launch event of a report on Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries. Commissioned by UN Environment, this research investigates the relationship between climate vulnerability, sovereign credit profiles, and the cost of capital in developing countries. This collaborative research project with Imperial College Business School has been funded by the MAVA Foundation.

The event will feature an overview of the report from its lead authors, Charles Donovan (Imperial) and Ulrich Volz (SOAS), followed by a keynote speech by Simon Zadek, Special Advisor on Sustainable Finance at UN Environment and Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow at Singapore Management University, and a panel discussion.

Speakers on the panel include Sonia Medina (Executive Director at the Climate Children’s Investment Fund Foundation), Zoë Knight (Managing Director and Group Head at HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance), Victor Murinde (AXA Professor in Global Finance at SOAS) and Michael Wilkins (Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings).

Read the executive summary or the full report on the Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries grant page.


17:30-18:00  Registration

18:00-19:30  Overview of report, keynote speech and panel discussion

19:30-20:30  Drinks reception

Registration is free but will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirm your attendance by RSVP as soon as possible to confirm your place.

Organised together with Imperial College Business School.

Organiser: Dr Ulrich Volz

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