The Future of Green Finance & ESG Standards

Apr 21, 2023, 12:15 pm1:15 pm
Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance
  • Open to the public
  • Virtual only
Event Description

Join us for a panel discussion (zoom webinar) about the future of ESG and green finance!

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Roger Ferguson
Roger W. Ferguson Jr. is the Steven A. Tananbaum distinguished fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a contributor to CNBC and the Pembroke Visiting Professor of International Finance at the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School. Dr. Ferguson is the immediate past president and CEO of TIAA. Prior to joining TIAA, Dr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re and chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation. Dr. Ferguson is the former vice chairman of the board of governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell and was an associate and partner at McKinsey & Company. Dr. Ferguson is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; Corning, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. Dr. Ferguson is also active as an advisor and board member with various private fintech companies. He serves on the boards of the Conference Board, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Ferguson holds a BA, JD, and a PhD in economics, all from Harvard University.
Annette Nazareth
Annette Nazareth is head of Davis Polk's Washington DC office and leads the trading and markets practice within the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. She advises clients across a broad range of complex regulatory matters and transactions. She also works closely with Davis Polk’s SEC enforcement practice, counseling nonfinancial sector corporations that are subject to government regulatory and enforcement actions. Ms. Nazareth has been a key player in financial services regulatory reform for much of her career. She currently advises domestic and international clients on financial regulatory and legislative issues. Ms. Nazareth was a highly regarded financial services policymaker for more than a decade. She joined the SEC Staff in 1998 as a Senior Counsel to Chairman Arthur Levitt and then served as Interim Director of the Division of Investment Management. She served as Director of the Division of Market Regulation (now the Division of Trading and Markets) from 1999 to 2005. As Director, she oversaw the regulation of broker-dealers, exchanges, clearing agencies, transfer agents and securities information processors. In 2005, she was appointed an SEC Commissioner. During her tenure at the Commission, she worked on numerous groundbreaking initiatives, including execution quality disclosure rules, implementation of equities decimal pricing, short sale reforms and modernization of the national market system rules. Ms. Nazareth also served as the Commission’s representative on the Financial Stability Forum from 1999 to 2008. Since leaving the SEC in January 2008, she has served as Rapporteur for the Group of Thirty’s report, The Structure of Financial Supervision: Approaches and Challenges in a Global Marketplace and as Project Director for their report, Enhancing Financial Stability and Resilience: Macroprudential Policy, Tools and Systems for the Future. Earlier in her career, she held a number of senior legal positions at several investment banks.
Emily Pierce '97

Emily Pierce '97, Associate General Counsel and VP for Global Climate Disclosures, Persefoni

Emily Pierce '97 is Associate General Counsel and VP of Global Regulatory Climate Disclosure at Persefoni, a global leader on climate data disclosure and management. Pierce oversees Persefoni's works with Persefoni's clients in adapting to global climate disclosure regulations to ensure they not only remain compliant but also adopt best practices when measuring, managing, and reporting on their carbon emissions. Previously Pierce served as Assistant Director in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this capacity, she worked with regulators around the world and advised the Commission on a variety of cross-border regulatory policy issues, particularly on climate and sustainability disclosure. She led the SEC's engagement with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). She also represented the SEC on several multilateral work streams, including the IOSCO Sustainable Finance Task Force, which collaborated with the IFRS Foundation in the establishment of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). Prior to that, Pierce was in private practice at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and received her undergraduate degree from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Lin Peng
(moderator) Lin Peng, PhD, is Professor and Krell Chair of Finance at Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York. She has taught investment analysis, fixed income analysis, market microstructure, and financial market frictions at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Dr. Peng’s diverse research interests encompass the area of asset pricing, behavioral finance, market microstructure, and corporate governance. Her research has been published in leading economics and finance journals, including American Economics Review, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance, Journal of Financial Intermediation, and Journal of Financial Markets. Her work on executive compensation published as a lead article by Journal of Finance. Prof. Peng has presented her papers at numerous conferences and academic institutions, and has won recognition awards for research and teaching excellence. She is a recipient of many research grants, and her work has been featured by media outlets such as Reuters and Institutional Investor. She is an associate editor for “Journal of Empirical Finance” and “Financial Management”, and an editorial board member of the Financial Management Association Survey and Synthesis Series. Previously a visiting professor at Princeton University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Peking University and University of International Business and Economics, she holds an MS from Wesleyan University and a PhD in finance from Duke University.