Adrian Fernando Memorial Lecture
27 April 2017 | Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford
In honouring Adrian Fernando, the goal of this Lecture Series, made possible through the generosity of friends and supporters, is to foster discussion of the role of business and economics in solving the world's environmental challenges. This annual lecture commemorates the contribution of Adrian Fernando. He was the COO of EcoSecurities Group plc, a company conceived to tackle climate change based on the idea of using market mechanisms to properly price the environment. EcoSecurities developed more than 400 greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in 36 countries, representing approximately 10% of all projects approved by the United Nations under the Kyoto Protocol's market based mechanisms. EcoSecurities' largest office was in Oxford, from where Adrian led a team addressing climate change through the use of economic tools and business solutions, demonstrating that the environment is a valuable asset deserving of a market price that reflects its scarcity and its long term value.
The lecture will be presented by William K Reilly, a leading Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George H. W. Bush. Throughout his illustrious career, he served as president of World Wildlife Fund, as a founder or advisor to several business ventures, and on many boards of directors. In 2010, he was appointed by President Barack Obama co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling to investigate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This annual lecture, made possible by generosity of friends and supporters, commemorates the contribution of Adrian Fernando, COO of EcoSecurities Group plc, a company conceived to tackle climate change based on the idea of using market mechanisms to properly price the environment. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford. Booking required.
Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) Sustainable Finance for Breakfast (1): A monthly round-table meeting on developments in the sustainable finance space
4 May 2017, 8:30-10:00am | Wax Chandlers Hall, 6 Gresham St, London EC2V 7AD
CSFI currently organises two regular monthly morning briefings - one on EU regulatory developments (anchored by Graham Bishop, and now in its 128th month) and one on FinTech (with Izabella Kaminska, now in its 17th month).
The model seems to work. The intention is not to delve too deeply into the intricacies of policy or individual initiatives, but to offer a tour d'horizon of what is going on and what is coming up - so that both specialists and non-specialists alike can feel reasonably confident that they are up to speed and that there isn't anything particularly terrifying/exciting that they are likely to miss.
What applies to Brussels and to FinTech can apply to the field of sustainable finance as well - not least because of the pressure City firms find themselves under in regard to environment-related risk across different sectors, asset classes and geographies. There is a huge amount going on - much of it involving corporate social responsibility and much of it with direct impact on both long-term investment decisions and the role of financial markets.
For this latest step into the unknown, the Centre has teamed up with the Sustainable Finance Programme at Oxford's Smith School, which is run by Ben Caldecott - who has generously agreed to be the regular guide. In addition to being a leading academic in the field (he is currently an academic visitor at the Bank of England and a visiting scholar at Stanford), he is a former head of policy at Climate Change Capital and research director at Policy Exchange. He has a DPhil from Oxford, and is all over the media on climate-related issues.
As with our other regular breakfast meetings, we hope to bring in one or more additional panellists, to offer a complementary perspective. Kicking off for our first meeting will be Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction. A board member of the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian) and a member of the investment committee of the Trust for London. Catherine is also a former trustee of The Pension Trust.
NGOs, research and smart waterpumps
9 May 2017 | The Oxford Launchpad, Saïd Business School, Oxford
Alex Fischer & Heloise Greeff, Part of the Skoll Centre's Research for Action Seminar Series
Since 2010, the Smith School has collaborated with Engineering Sciences in a programme of impact research and implementation designing and testing mobile technologies to improve water resource management and water service delivery. The work has included the design and successful launch of Smart Handpumps and Wireless Water to model water payment behaviours to improve urban utility financial performance. Partners from leading mobile technology companies and urban water utilities are joined by UNICEF and the UN International Telecommunications Union, which leads an inter-governmental 'smart water management' group on which Dr Hope is vice Chair. Registration required
15th International Conference on Pensions, Insurance and Savings
23-24 May 2017 | University Paris Dauphine, Paris, France
We are pleased to announce the 15th International Conference on Pensions, Insurance and Savings, organized jointly with Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University, the 23rd-24th, May 2017, at the University Paris Dauphine (Paris, France). The deadline for submission is 27th March, 2017.
For further information, please visit the website of the conference.
Enterprise and the Environment Summer School
9-21 July 2017
Aimed mainly at current university students and recent graduates, the Summer School combines our strengths in environmental economics and policy, enterprise management, and financial markets and investment to study critical global environmental challenges in the 21st century. We'll be exploring the value of the environment is to enterprise, and asking: can enterprise save the environment?
Oxford Smith School Sustainable Finance Course 2017
18-21 September 2017
We are inviting applications for our Sustainable Finance Course in 2017. The Sustainable Finance Course was successfully piloted in 2016 and is designed as an introduction to sustainable finance for current and future leaders working in policy, regulation, civil society, and investment. The course is centred around a four-day residential workshop held at a college of the University of Oxford and over the subsequent six to nine months, participants engage in an extended learning project implementing a real-world project related to finance and sustainability. The course is developing a global network of practitioners working at the intersection of finance and the environment.