Green & Sustainable Finance: The New Normal?

Written on 15 Mar 2021.

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On March 17, Gianfranco Gianfrate, Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School and Head of the Impact on Climate Change of Financing and Investment Decisions programme at EDHEC-Risk Institute has been invited to participate in a debate where he will discuss the promises and perils of green finance

The sustainability challenge is bringing some unique business and R&D opportunities. As a strong game-changer, high global expectations from government and people have sparked an unprecedented “Race to Sustainability” that has become instrumental to business development, corporate strategy and overall scientific research.

The event HKUST x FRANCE Sustainability Day is made of three panels to discuss ESG and sustainable finance and is organised by The Hong Kong university of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the Consulate General of France, in partnership with six leading French higher education institutions (EDHEC Business School, IESEG Business School, ISC Business School, Toulouse Business School, Polytechnique and  UniLaSalle).


From 2:30pm to 3:40pm HKT, (7:00am to 8:30am CET), Gianfranco Gianfrate participated in the panel Green & Sustainable Finance: The New Normal? 


Since 2007, when the first green bonds were issued to support the development of climate change solutions, the market has substantially grown. The panel discussion will look at the latest trends, such as environmental, social and governance (ESG) upcoming disclosure standards and soaring of “transition finance”, with a focus on related new jobs and skills.



  • Prof. Véronique Lafon-Vinais, Associate Professor of Business Education, HKUST


  • Mrs. Anne-Catherine Husson-Traore, CEO of Novethic, member of the High Level Group of Experts on Sustainable Finance at the European Commission
  • Mrs. Victoria Land, Head of Sustainable Finance  APAC, Crédit Agricole
  • Prof. Gianfranco Gianfrate, Associate Professor of finance at EDHEC Business School (sustainable finance specialist)
  • Prof. J Robert Gibson, Adjunct Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability, HKUST, Fellow of Civic Exchange


Further information on the conference can be found on the HKUST website.  


Gianfranco Gianfrate is Associate Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School. He writes and researches on topics related to innovation financing, corporate valuation, and climate change finance. Prior to joining EDHEC Business School, he held teaching and research positions at Erasmus University (Netherlands), Harvard University (USA), and Bocconi University (Italy). Gianfranco also has extensive experience in the financial industry, having worked, among others, for Deloitte Corporate Finance (Italy), Hermes Investment Management (UK), and iStarter (UK). Gianfranco holds a BA and a PhD in Business Administration from Bocconi University and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. For detailed information, please consult the conference programme.