SOAS University of London

Appointment of Jakob Thomä as Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance

2 August 2022

The SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Jakob Thomä as Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance.

Dr Thomä is one of the leading global experts and thought leaders on sustainability and climate risk measurement in financial markets and is a sought-after voice among policymakers and regulators. As Executive Director of the 2° Investing Initiative Germany, Jakob has led one of the largest independent financial sector think tanks in the world. Jakob has served in senior advisory roles to a range of financial supervisors on climate risk stress-testing. Jakob is a Senior Research Fellow at the Japanese Financial Services Agency and serves as a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Consultative Working Group on Sustainable Finance, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Disclosure and Labels Advisory Group, and the Austrian Green Finance Council. Jakob has also previously served as Advisor to the Bank of England. He co-designed the SOAS Green Finance course and led the development of the PACTA methodology and tool, used by hundreds of financial institutions around the world to measure the alignment of their financial portfolios with climate goals and to set climate targets. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the International Network for Sustainable Financial Policy Insights, Research, and Exchange (INSPIRE), a global research stakeholder of the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). Jakob obtained a PhD in Finance from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Mètiers in Paris, and a Dual Masters degree in International Energy from Sciences Po Paris and Beijing University. Jakob is a SOAS alumni with a First Class Honours B.A. in Turkish and Economics.

Professor Ulrich Volz, the Director of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance, says: “We are most delighted that Jakob will assume the role of Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance. He is one of the most original and influential thinkers in the area of sustainable finance. As a Senior Fellow he has already made tremendous contributions to the research, teaching and advisory work of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance over the last couple of years.”

Dr Thomä says: “It is an honour to be appointed as Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance. I look forward to continuing to bring my experience to the SOAS community and to contribute to scaling the conversation around sustainable finance across both the Global North and South. SOAS is in a unique position to do this work and it is a pleasure to be a part of it.”

The SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance aims to advance the transition to an equitable, low-carbon economy by providing a forum for interdisciplinary research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment. It seeks to enhance the knowledge and understanding of sustainable finance in both the Global North and South and act as a focal point for policy debates in this area.

Located at SOAS, University of London, in the heart of one of the world’s leading financial hubs, the Centre’s research focuses on pressing issues including green financial governance; the impact of climate and nature risks on public and corporate finances; the scaling up of low-carbon and resilient investment in vulnerable countries; ESG standards; climate risk insurance; mobilising financing for the Sustainable Development Goals; low-carbon innovation policy and renewable energy investments; and the role of public financial institutions in advancing the green transition.