Executive Certificate in Green Finance and ESG

Executive Certificate in Green Finance and ESG


Sustainability focuses on meeting our own needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability does not only equate to environmentalism, but considers the economy and society as well.

Sustainable finance is the adoption of this principle, and uses capital markets investment vehicles as a solution. This can be in the form of any financial services that integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into business or investment decisions.

Several analyses show that an additional 1.5 to 2 trillion dollars is going to be needed per year from public and private sources for the transition to a low carbon resilient world that we need to be in. As the 2050 goal to become carbon neutral draws nearer, investors in the public and private sector are taking a deeper interest in the development and importance of Sustainable Finance. Corporates have started to incorporate sustainable reporting into their regulations and disclosure, and have taken active steps to transition into a circular economy.

Workshop Leader

The workshop will be delivered by the trainers appointed by GoImpact Capital Partners (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

Ms Helene Li
Co-Founder & CEO, GoImpact Capital Partners

A seasoned management consultant and finance industry professional, Helene has held various senior management positions in Strategic Planning, Marketing and Branding throughout her career which includes Boston Consulting Group and Willis Towers Watson.

Helene was Managing Director and Head of Strategic Planning, Brand and Communications Asia Pacific for BNP Paribas Wealth Management, a role she has held for 5 years. She also held similar roles at J.P. Morgan Private Bank and Swiss wealth management firm Lombard Odier. In these capacities, she was instrumental in advancing the agenda of Sustainable Finance and Investments across a broad client base of family offices and asset owners.

Helene is a known Influencer and Key Opinion Leader in Fintech and Digital Transformation, recognized by Thomson Reuters Refinitiv as Top 5 in Asia Pacific, and globally a Top 2 Influencer in Sustainable Finance. She has received numerous accolades as Top 100 Women in Finance from FinTech Times, and Top 50 Hall of Fame Global Fintech Leaders. GoImpact platform has already forged partnerships with key players like Temasek Foundation, UNDP, Financial Times and Bloomberg since inception one year ago.

A sought-after speaker and moderator at Fintech and Sustainable Finance forums, Helene graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a First Class Honors degree in English and Economics.

Mr Clarence T’ao
Co-Founding Partner, GoImpact Capital Partners

A veteran banker having extensive experience in the financial markets in the APAC region, China and Canada, Clarence has accumulated broad banking and market knowledge which spanned loan syndication, structured finance, acquisition/ leveraged finance and corporate and private banking. Before his last assignment at BNP Paribas in wealth management, Clarence was based in Shanghai and served as the CEO of BNP Paribas (China) between 2010-2014. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, he has held various senior positions with Citibank and the Chase Manhattan Bank. Since November 2018, Clarence decided to pursue his own interest. He is a Co-Founder of GoImpact (Impact Investing), an Advisor to the PrivEx (a Singapore Fintech platform), and the Founder of Immortelle Health.

Dr. Lakeesha K. Ransom
Enterprise Engagement Director and Visiting Professor of Management, the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Dr. Ransom’s expertise is in the areas of strategy, entrepreneurship, social impact and the circular economy. She has previously served in leadership positions in academia and industry, having served on several boards, Regent of the University of Minnesota; Vice Provost, Associate Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, and Dean at the University of Akron; and Dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College at the University of Toledo. She’s also held a faculty position at the Assumption University of Thailand.

In addition, Dr. Ransom served as Senior Manager of Emerging Business at Best Buy, where she led the development of an alliance with the Grameen Foundation and collaborations with the World Economic Forum that resulted in a consumer industry e-waste recycling program in the late 2000s. This initiative helped accelerate the $40 billion dollar company’s sustainability initiatives, which has resulted in the corporation being ranked No. 1 on Barron’s list of most sustainable companies in 2019 and 2021, and in the top 5 for four consecutive years.

Date & Time

Mondays 4, 11, 18 & 25 July; 1, 8 & 15 August 2022 7:00pm – 10:00pm


The Hong Kong Management Association,
14/F Fairmont House, 8 Cotton Tree Drive
Central, HONG KONG

Compulsory Modules (2 modules)

ESG Market and Developing Trends

  • Size and Growth of the ESG market
  • Explain the key drivers behind interest in ESG investing
  • Recognize current and developing ESG issues, trends and themes
  • Identify global trends and regulatory developments along with their financial analysis impacts
  • ESG Standards and Rankings

Global Risks and Sustainable Development

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Tools for implementing the SDGs
  • Guidelines and rating indices on sustainability
  • Tips for sustainability integration

Elective Modules (Choose 3 out of 5 modules)

Business and Climate Action

  • Paris Agreement, Kyoto Protocol, and Greenhouse Gas Protocol
  • Carbon Offsetting and Carbon Reduction Strategy
  • The Water Footprint
  • Risks and Opportunities related to Climate Change

Supply Chain

  • How to avoid Greenwashing
  • Operations risks in the Supply Chain
  • Sustainability Drivers and Complexity in the Supply Chain
  • Geo-political sustainability aspects
  • E.U. Green Deal
  • Canada Zero Waste Vision

Smart Cities

  • The Concept of a Smart Cities
  • Smart Cities and Sustainability
  • Green Buildings and Carbon Footprint through various Green Building Certification
  • Case Studies: Singapore and Oslo
  • Preparing for the future: How to transition into Smart Cities

Circular Economy

  • Origins and Definitions of the Circular Economy Concept
  • Benefits, principles, and limitations of Circular Economy
  • E.U. Circular Economy Ranking
  • The 9R Framework
  • Designing a Circular Economy
  • Circular Packaging

Sustainability Reporting: Disclosure and Regulations

  • The Purpose of Sustainability Reporting
  • Global Trends and Key Success Factors for Sustainability Reporting
  • ESG Standards and Rankings
  • Carbon Disclosure Project
  • SASB, and TCFD
  • Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) and Circular Economy

Information at a Glance



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Due to current COVID-19 situation, the mode of instruction might be changed from face-to-face to online teaching if necessary in the event that face-to-face classes cannot be held. The Association will contact the students concerned with details of such arrangements as necessary.



Course Details

Ms Vivian Yiu
Phone: 2774 8540
Email: vivianyiu@hkma.org.hk

General Enquiry / Course Enrolment / Membership Information

Phone: 2774 8500 or 2774 8501
Email: hkma@hkma.org.hk
Fax: 2365 1000

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