Earth Forum 2023

Empowering Sustainable Finance:
Leverage Fintech to Examine ESG and Combat Greenwashing

The Hong Kong government and the financial industry have been actively promoting green and sustainable finance development in recent years. With its rise however also comes with an increasing risk of greenwashing claims, which erodes investor trust in ESG reporting and hinders Hong Kong’s pursuit to become the top green finance hub. Blockchain, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and other fintech tools can help improve the transparency and accountability of ESG reporting.

Is Hong Kong ready to embrace these tools to support and promote green and sustainable finance? How will Hong Kong stand out and strengthen its position as the leading international green finance centre?

Earth Forum 2023: "Empowering Sustainable Finance: Leverage Fintech to Examine ESG and Combat Greenwashing”, co-hosted by Friends of the Earth (HK) and Financial Services Development Council, and it will bring together regulators, investors, researchers and fintech practitioners to explore and answer these questions.

Event Details
Date: April 21, 2023 (Fri)
Time: 14:00-16:00
Venue: Function Room 2-3, Core E, L3, Cyberport 3

**Please note that this event is by invitation only for internal guests. You are also welcome to join it online by clicking on our YouTube Live link here on 21 April, 2023.

Programme Rundown


Officiating Speech:
Mr Plato Yip (Chairperson, Friends of the Earth (HK))


Welcoming Speech:
Daniel R Fung, SBS, SC, KC, JP, FCIArb (Vice Chairman, Financial Services Development Council)


Keynote Speech:
Mr Joseph Chan, JP (Under Secretary for the Financial Services and the Treasury, The Government of Hong Kong SAR)


Opening Speech:
Ir Eric Chan (Chief Public Mission Officer, Hong KongCyberport)


Message from Guest of Honour
Mr Erik Solheim (Former Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme; Chairman of Treelion International Advisory Committee)


Panel 1: How HK can embrace fintech to support ESG and promote green and sustainable finance?

Moderator: Mr Mark Barnekow (Executive Director, The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong)


· Mr Kenneth Hui (Head of the Market Development Division, Hong Kong Monetary Authority )

· Mr Daniel Fung (Vice Chairman, Financial Services Development Council)

· Mr Ben McQuhae (Vice President, Hong Kong Green Finance Association; Founder, Ben McQuhae & Co)

· Ms Karen Lam (Structured Finance and Derivatives Partner, Hong Kong SAR, Linklaters)

· Ms Marie-Christine Lee (Founder, Sports for Hope Foundation)


Message from Featured Speaker
Dr Jin Jian (Director, Institute of Industrial Internet and Internet of Things, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT))

金鍵博士 (中國信息通信研究院工業互聯網與物聯網研究所所長)


Panel 2: How fintech can help examine ESG data and combat greenwashing?

Moderator: Mr Victor Yim (Head of FinTech, Hong Kong Cyberport)


· Ms Karen Ho (APAC Head of ESG Regulations and Integration Specialist, Bloomberg)

· Mr Arnold Hui (Head of Sustainability Solutions, Hang Seng Indexes Company)

· Ms Simone Ng (ESG Solution Specialist, Treelion)

· Ms Vivi Hu (CEO and Co-founder, YoujiVest Technology)

· Mr Andre Leung (Co-Founder & CEO, Aereve)

· Mr Stephen Jue (President & Co-Founder, PortageBay)


Announcement of Asia-Pacific Corporate Climate Index

Prof Carlos Lo (Board Governor, Friends of the Earth (HK); Director of Centre for Business Sustainability at CUHK Business School)


Announcement of the Hong Kong Personal ESG Score

Dr Jeffrey Hung (Chief Executive Officer, Friends of the Earth (HK)) and Mr Albert Lo (Co-founder, FrancXav)

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