SOAS University of London

Appointment of Sean Kidney as Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance

26 May 2020
Sean Kidney

The SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Kidney as Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance. Sean is the co-founder and CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), an NGO established in London in 2009 to mobilise the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions. CBI has grown into one of the world’s leading NGOs in the area of climate and sustainable finance with around 50 staff, with offices in London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Delhi, Sao Paulo and Mexico City. The CBI, and Sean Kidney as its main representative, has become one of the most prominent voices globally calling for an alignment of financial markets with sustainability. Sean is one of the most influential and visible civil society activists in the area of sustainable and climate finance. In 2016, he was named Environmental Finance magazine’s “Personality of the Year” and for the past three years has been GlobalCapital magazine’s “Most Influential Champion” of the sustainable finance market.

Besides leading the CBI, Sean serves as a member of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance; and as a member of a variety of government green finance advisory committees, in countries from Kazakhstan to the Congo. He has also been a member of the People’s Bank of China Green Finance Task Force; the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance; the Commonwealth Expert Group on Climate Finance; was co-Chair of the India Green Bonds Council; and has been a consultant on green bonds to the United Nations Secretary General. 

Dr Ulrich Volz, the Founding Director of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance, says: “We are delighted that Sean joins our Centre as Professor in Practice. A leading voice in sustainable finance and development, Sean’s work corresponds strongly with SOAS’s mission of contributing to global development through research and teaching, particularly in relation to the climate change debate, which has become a key area for the academic community at SOAS. I am particularly happy that Sean will be co-convening our Online Summer School in Sustainable Finance this year.”

Sean Kidney says: “We have an enormous challenge in rapidly shifting our economy to being low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable. That will mean everything from wholesale renovation of our cities and industries to a changed relationship with nature; and it will depend on the mobilization of capital for green finance. I’m a great admirer of the work of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance and of the amazing student body it has attracted; it’s a great honour to have the opportunity to support that work in this role.”

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