We are delighted to welcome Dr Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist and anthropologist, and the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, to open the event. The evening comprises of a Drinks Reception, which is followed by a keynote by Dr Goodall. This is followed by a screening of a film of Dr Goodall.
The evening continues with an interactive panel discussion with leading experts from the conservation and sustainable finance sector where they explore the interdependent nature of ecosystems, with a special focus on people and wildlife and the power of innovative market-based conservation financing solutions in helping preserve important ecosystems, with examples such as Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility and others.
The panellists are
Lisa Genasci, CEO and Founder of ADM Capital Foundation
Iain Henderson, Head of International Cooperation at the United Nations
Ben Ridley, Director of Sustainability Affairs at Credit Suisse
The panel will be moderated by Leonie Kelly from the Sustainable Finance Initiative and audience participation is encouraged.
Following the panel discussion, drinks and luxury sandwiches will be served in the lobby of Olympic House, giving an opportunity for networking and further discussion of the panel topic. Dr Goodall’s books will also be available for purchase.
Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, travelled to Africa to pursue a pioneering field study of wild chimpanzees at Gombe in 1960, with no formal academic qualifications. This led to her celebrated career both as a pioneering scientist and as an avid conservationist. In 1977, Dr Goodall founded the Dr Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation. Dr Goodall has received numerous awards for her work, appears regularly on television and radio, has written several books and writes for numerous publications. Today, her work revolves around mobilising action on behalf of all animals, people and the environment. She has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2002. Dr Goodall has received the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal and has been knighted as a DBE by Queen Elizabeth II.
Lisa Genasci holds a BA degree from Smith College, Massachusetts and an LLM in Human Rights Law from Hong Kong University. Before working in the non-profit sector, Mrs Genasci spent ten years at the Associated Press, three as a correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, three on the AP foreign desk in New York and four as a financial reporter. She is the CEO and Founder of ADM Capital Foundation, set up in 2006 for the partners of ADM Capital, a Hong Kong-based investment manager. ADMCF is a partner along with ADM Capital, BNPP, UNEP and ICRAF in the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility for Indonesia, an innovative finance vehicle providing long-term finance to projects in Indonesia where there will be clear environmental and social impact.
Iain Henderson grew up in Hong Kong and holds a BA in Geography from Oxford University and M.Litt in Management, Economics and Politics from University of St. Andrews and a Postgrad cert in Agricultural Economics from SOAS London. He worked for 12 years in investment banks in London in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities divisions of UBS and Deutsche Bank. He worked with WWF’s Forest & Climate Initiative in Hong Kong for 2 years before becoming Head of International Cooperation at the United Nations ‘Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System’, which seeks to advance financial policy options that more effectively mobilise capital for an inclusive, sustainable economy.
Ben Ridley holds a BA in Ecology from Lancaster University and a MSc in Environmental Management from The University of Sunderland and has 25 years’ experience as a sustainability professional. As the Director of Sustainability Affairs at Credit Suisse, Mr Ridley is responsible for facilitating transaction-level environmental and social due diligence, and in helping clients develop their strategy and capacity to address key environmental and social challenges. He also work as an advisor to WWF-Hong Kong’s Conservation Advisory Committee.
Leonie Kelly holds a MSc in Environment & Development from The London School of Economics & Political Science and a BA in Economics & Geography from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has led the development of Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFi) since joining in January 2017. Ms Kelly has over 10 years’ experience spanning conservation finance, impact and sustainability consulting at Deloitte LLP, and financial services at Citi, across Ireland, UK and Europe. She was previously Head of Impact Innovation and Investment at the Zoological Society of London focused on developing conservation funding mechanisms to direct impact capital to help save species on the edge of extinction, including the Rhino Impact Investment.
Dining tickets are available on application at $500 for RGS members. Dining includes two drinks and luxury sandwiches and will be served in the lobby of Olympic House following the panel discussion.
Non dining tickets are available on application at $200 for members.
The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Jane Goodall Institute & Sustainable Finance Initiative for their assistance with this talk.