Coronavirus COVID-19 information:
Owing to the global health crisis the 2020 iteration of the Sustainable Finance Foundation Course has been postponed. Whilst unfortunate we have made this decision with the safety and security of students, staff and faculty in mind.
The course is designed by the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, and the content is underpinned by our research, experts and networks. The Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme is a multidisciplinary research centre working to be the world's best place for research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment. It was established in 2012 to align the theory and practice of finance and investment with global environmental sustainability. The Course Directors are:
Dr Ben Caldecott
Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme. He is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, a Supernumerary Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Ben is also Senior Advisor to the Chair and CEO of the UK Green Finance Institute (GFI) and the COP26 Strategy Advisor for Finance based out of the Cabinet Office.
He has conceived and initiated a number of initiatives related to sustainable finance. Ben founded and co-chairs the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI), an alliance of global research universities promoting rigorous and impactful academic research on sustainable finance. He established and leads the Sustainable Finance Theme at The Alan Turing Institute and initiated the Spatial Finance Initiative, which aims to mainstream geospatial capabilities enabled by space technology and data science into financial decision-making globally. He co-founded the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI), which is examining the legal basis for directors and trustees to consider, manage, and report on climate change-related risk, and the circumstances in which they may be liable for failing to do so.
He currently serves on the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee and the UK Department for International Trade's Export Guarantees Advisory Council. In his capacity as a Member of the UK Green Finance Taskforce, he chaired its Workstream on Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures (TCFD) Implementation.
Dr Caitlin McElroy
Dr Caitlin McElroy is a Departmental Research Lecturer and Director of Executive Education Programmes at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Her research has revolved around the interactions between the mining industry, environment, and development. She is currently developing a programme: Sharing Resource Prosperity that explores the improved environmental sustainability and development of resource driven economies. Her first degree is from the University of Pennsylvania in History and Environmental Studies (Hons) followed by an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy (Dist) from the University of Oxford. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford in Economic Geography.
The course blends academic rigour with professional insight and case studies with contributions from leading Oxford faculty and world-class contributors from business, policy and academia.
Previous speakers have included:
- Jane Ambachtsheer, Partner and Global Head of Responsible Investment, Mercer Investments
- Mark Zinkula, CEO, Legal & General Investment Management
- Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency
- Sir Martin Smith, Founder, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
- Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive, ShareAction
- Shaun Kingsbury CBE, Former CEO - UK Green Investment Bank
- Michael Wilkins, Managing Director - Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings and Member, TCFD
- Michael Sheren, Senior Advisor, Bank of England
- Charlie Kronick, Senior Climate Advisor, Greenpeace UK