ADGM to host third edition of flagship Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum

ADSFF 2021 to highlight importance of a sustainable and equitable approach to rebuild global economy


Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the award-winning international financial centre located in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is set to host the third edition of its landmark Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum (ADSFF) on the 20th of January 2021 in an entirely virtual format. Held under the theme ‘Financing Sustainable Recovery and Future Resilience’, the third edition of the ADSFF will aim to share recent actions that will support economic recovery and the rebuilding of global economies through a sustainable, resilient and equitable approach.

Taking place during the renowned Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, this year’s ADSFF will highlight pressing issues in the realm of sustainable finance while showcasing the immense progress made by ADGM’s network of partners in this field. Featuring a stellar line up of confirmed speakers, the event will congregate senior representatives and decision makers in the area of sustainable finance, including government officials, banks, financial institutions, asset managers and their clients, consulting and advisory firms, regulators, SMEs and project owners, to engage in a knowledge exchange on sustainable economic recovery across the globe.

Commenting on the event, His Excellency Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State and Chairman of ADGM, said: “ADGM is pleased to host the third edition of its landmark Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum, further solidifying our commitment to promote sustainable finance across the region and facilitate robust knowledge exchange on the integration of sustainable practices throughout global economic recovery efforts. As the UAE government continues to place sustainable considerations at the forefront of its strategic plans, we at ADGM aim to follow suit and pave the way for further knowledge sharing, collaboration and ideation in this space. The third edition of ADSFF is held at an increasingly timely juncture, as the current circumstances present a valuable opportunity to demonstrate the importance of sustainable finance in ensuring continued economic resilience and promoting growth.”

ADGM has confirmed a leading panel of keynote speakers and panellists to take part in this year’s Forum, including Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chief Executive Officer, Alliances for Global Sustainability, H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State and Chairman of ADGM, H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE, H.E Salama Al Ameemi, Director General, Authority for Social Contribution – Ma’an, H.E. Mr. Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Group Chief Financial Officer, ADNOC Group, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman William Russel, Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union, European Commission, Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance, and UK Prime Minister’s Finance Adviser for COP26; Guenther Thallinger, Member of the Board of Management, Allianz SE, Chair, UN-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, Thomas Fekete, Head of Strategy and Products for Sustainable Investing EMEA, BlackRock, Nikita Singhal, Co-Head of Sustainable Investment & ESG, Lazard Asset Management, Antoine Sire, Head of Company Engagement, BNP Paribas, among many others.

This year’s ADSFF will also serve as the background to several high-level announcements from ADGM and key stakeholders in the regional and international sustainable finance arena, including the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, UN FC4S and Emirates Nature – WWF.

Continuing the momentum generated by last year’s event, held with a focus on ‘scaling investments for sustainable development’, ADSFF 2021 will showcase further progress towards Abu Dhabi’s Sustainable Finance Agenda, the work of its key partners and focus on sustainable economic recovery from a finance perspective.

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