Session Information

Finance Innovation for Scalable, Global Technology Deployment

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Format: Panel Discussion

How are concrete strategies and solutions being developed to support a robust financial system for scalable, global technology deployment? What existing and new mechanisms can move large private sector capital from the “crowd”, as well as from large institutional investors like pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, to where it is needed in order to finance commercially viable enterprises and projects? This session will explore the megatrends in policy and finance innovation that are helping drive the transformation towards a low carbon economy and society.

Topic Speakers

Samy is the Director of Private Sector Facility at the GCF. The Facility invests in private sector entities and projects that address climate change.

The Private Sector is increasingly affected by Climate Change, through loss of assets and disrupted supply chains. Climate Change can now have a material adverse impact on corporate risk ratings. Also, the Private Sector is the primary owner and supplier of technology and equipment in alternative energy, climate sensitive transportation and agriculture, and green buildings.

Samy has 17 years of corporate and investment banking experience. Prior to joining the Fund, Samy worked for ADIB, a top tier Regional Bank in the Middle East. He last served as Head of Strategy & Chief of Staff to the Group CEO. He also served as Head of Financial Institutions & International Wholesale Banking, responsible for that business’ turnaround immediately following the 2009 financial crisis.

Prior to ADIB, Samy was Executive Director at Noor Islamic Bank (UAE). He was responsible for launching and  managing Treasury, Capital Markets and Investments. He also spent 10 years working for Citigroup’s Corporate & Investment Banking Division in New York, North & West Africa and Europe. Positions held include Investment Finance Director and Country Corporate Bank Head.

Samy initiated Citibank Senegal’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program and was a member of ADIB’s Charity Committee. He holds an MBA from SFU.

 

Christian Haeuselmann is an innovation-driven Swiss economist and serial entrepreneur. Christian has 20 years of experience in the Cleantech sector, both with start-ups and global organizations. A key focus of his work is to develop ecosystem-based business models and finance mechanisms enabling the global deployment of proven low carbon technologies, at scale.

Today he lives in San Diego/California developing strategic partnerships between Swiss and US Cleantech entrepreneurs, as the co-founder of swisscleantech. swisscleantech is the leading business association driving innovation and sustainable policy development in Switzerland as well as business opportunities for Cleantech entrepreneurs and investors worldwide.

In 2010 he co-founded the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), driving collaboration among 50 Cleantech clusters, representing 10’000 companies. Through its annual GCCA Later Stage Award the meta-cluster GCCA investigates, screens, and advises cleantech companies based on KeyStone Compact assessments. In 2013, GCCA signed a collaboration agreement with the P80 Group Foundation, bringing together the largest 80 pension funds and sovereign wealth funds that are looking to increase their investments in proven Cleantech solutions and deploy them worldwide.

In 1996 he won the young entrepreneur award for his first start-up company BKTech and the development and market introduction of the powerful FLYER electric bike. The FLYER electric bike defined a new vehicle category in Switzerland and Europe. He got his MS in Business Administration at the University of Berne/Switzerland.

 

Roger has acted as a corporate general counsel and secretary of a new wind energy subsidiary of a Fortune 200 company, as a principal and partner with leading energy practices at several major law firms, as an advisor providing direct advice on technology-related ventures and as special counsel to an international law firm.  Representative clients that he has advised include a wind energy development company, a publicly-listed natural gas and electric power company, a major diesel engine manufacturer, several US electric generation and transmission cooperatives, a coal bed methane company and a pioneering South Asian telecommunications company.

Roger is experienced in corporate and venture formation and capital sourcing and structuring for numerous special purpose vehicles and has advised on project development, engineering, procurement, construction, financing and operation for projects with a combined estimated value of over $10 billion located in North America, South and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and MENA as well as a range of asset and company acquisitions.   Roger has been listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers.     

Roger is also recognized as an expert on mobilizing private investment in energy, including renewable energy and clean tech, in emerging countries.  He has advised numerous governmental clients, including state-owned enterprises, as well as development finance and assistance institutions, on such matters as revision of the legal framework, procurement policies and contracting, public-private partnership structures, investment incentives, credit support/guarantees and political risk insurance. This includes two major World Bank-funded assignments and others funded by US AID, in Egypt, India and the Rift Valley countries of Africa.  

In his personal capacity, Roger has acted as a senior advisor to the successor to Prince Charles’ P8 Initiative to encourage investment by pension funds and institutional investors in climate change-related measures, a start-up global technology deployment firm and a proposed series of technology demonstration parks for clean energy technologies.   He also has advised on harnessing new technology for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing.   Roger is currently advising companies engaged respectively on mobile (battery-driven) power, energy storage, intelligent power management, concentrated solar power, sustainable mining and big data-based predictive analytics.  Roger has published trade press articles, given numerous presentations and led workshops for government agencies, industry and regulators.   

Roger is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and is admitted to the Bars of the State of California and Massachusetts Bars, and is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School.  He has lived and worked overseas and speaks several languages and now lives in Virginia outside Washington, D.C..

Ms. Lih-Chyi Wen is the Deputy Director of Green Trade Project Office, Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan. She studies Environmental and WTO related government policies, and to participate in activities of Asia-Pacific Regional, activities of trade mission worldwide.  Before assuming her present position, Ms. Wen, who joined Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research in 1996, was the Deputy Director of WTO Center and Research Fellow of International Division.

The studies of Environmental Economics, Law and Economics and Public Economics are her research areas. Ms. Wen was the 2008 Top 10 Rising Stars in Taiwan, awarded by the Central News Agency, in the area of Economics, Finance & Business Management.  She also ever received the Research Awards from National Science Council in 1998 and 1999 separately. She co-authored Benefit and Cost Analysis of Environmental Protection – Theory, Methodology & Applications (JunJie Publish Co. 2003) with Mr. Daigee Shaw, Mr. Huei-Yann Jeng, Mr. Pei-Yin Wu and Ms. Yu-lian Cian, and also translated a book, entitled “Law and Economics” (Hua-Tai Publishing Co., 2013).

Her two great interests in life are teaching and researches in environmental protection, she is still devoting to the teaching.  She is also a professor at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Environmental Economics, and Law and Economics are her teaching areas. Ms. Wen has devoted a tremendous amount of effort to promote environmental policies, green products and service, not only in Taiwan, but also across the Asia-Pacific Region. She has been a specialist/representative in the environmental protection area in Taiwan.  

In 1996, Ms. Wen graduated from University of Connecticut in Economics in USA with a Ph.D. of Economics degree. And her doctoral thesis was Environmental Policy-making in a Federal System-The Use of Unfunded Mandates.