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2022 YISF Annual Symposium: The Parallel Pressures of Sustainable Finance

The Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF) is pleased to announce that it will host its 2022 Annual Symposium on November 18, 2022. The Annual Symposium will take place in person at Yale University in New Haven (CT). The event is upon invitation only.

The theme of the 2022 YISF Symposium is:

Between Market Demand and Regulatory Scrutiny:
The Parallel Pressures of Sustainable Finance


As COP27 comes to a close, the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance is delighted to host its 2022 Annual Symposium to explore the parallel pressures that are shaping sustainable finance. With our diverse set of speakers and expert panelists, the conversation will feature fresh thinking and cutting-edge insights on impact investing, climate risks, the transition, regulation, and other emerging issues in the world of sustainable finance – especially those of interest to the sustainable investing community.  


8:30 – 9:00               Coffee and Welcome

9:00 – 10:00             Opening plenary with Mark Carney (TBC)

Mark Carney, Vice-Chair of Brookfield Asset Management
                       United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance
                       Co-Chair of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero


10:15 – 11:30          Parallel panels session

Panel 1: Climate-related Financial Risks
Nailing Down Volatile Temperatures: Examining their Effects on Asset Prices, Atreya Dey (University of Edinburgh)
Climate Laws and Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions, Tong Li (University of Hong Kong)
The ESG Home Bias, Stefan Zeume (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Panel 2: Using Natural Language Processing
Using Natural Language Processing to Establish Links Between Corporate Management Control Descriptions and Climate Change Risks, Todd Cort (Yale School of Management)
Climate finance innovation: the value of machine learning, Andrés Alonso (Banco de España)
Capital Market Reactions to Managerial Framing of Emerging Strategic Issues, Sebastian A. Tideman (Syracuse University)


11:45 – 1:00             Parallel panels session

Panel 3: Finance in the Transition
The Great Carbon Arbitrage?, Alissa M. Kleinnijenhuis (Stanford University)
Managerial and Financial Barriers during the Green Transition, Ralph de Haas (EBRD)

Panel 4: Central Banking
The rising tide lifts some interest rates: climate change, natural disasters, and loan pricing, Christoph Herpfer (Emory University)
Driving sustainability from within. The role of central banks' credit rating in mitigating climate and environmental risks, Uuriintuya Batsaikhan (Positive Money Europe)


1:00 – 2:00              Lunch


2:00 – 3:15            Parallel panels session

Panel 5: Impact Finance
How Sustainable Finance Creates Impact: Transmission Mechanisms to the Real Economy, Alex Clark (Oxford University)
Quantifying the Impact of Impact Investing, Andrew W. Lo (MIT)
Creating Shareholder Value through ESG Engagement, Benoît Mercereau (Arvella Investments)

Panel 6: Regulation
Without Indigenous Rights It's not Sustainable, Moira Birss (Amazon Watch)
The Sustainability Arbitrage Problem and Regulation of Private Companies, Cem Veziroğlu (Koç University)
Green Pills, Thom Wetzer (Oxford University)


3:30 – 4:30            Closing plenary with Allisson Herren Lee

Allison Herren Lee, former Acting Chair and Commissionner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Todd Cort, Senior Lecturer at Yale School of Management
                  Faculty Co-Director, Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance


The 2022 YISF Annual Symposium is supported
by our Platinum Sponsor BNY Mellon



Dan Esty

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law & Policy at Yale University
Director at Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
J.D. 1986

Todd Cort

Senior Lecturer in Sustainability at Yale School of Management
Faculty Co-Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment

Nathan de Arriba-Sellier

Research Director at Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance
Postdoctoral Associate at Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy