Climate Finance: Unlocking More Capital for Green and Transition Projects in Emerging Market Economies

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The "Climate Finance: Unlocking More Capital for Green and Transition Projects in Emerging Market Economies" panel is in partnership with the CFA Institute, McKinsey Global Institute, and Toronto Center.

Financing needs across climate mitigation, adaptation, and development for emerging economies are large. At the same time, public resources are constrained, and the bankability of projects poses a challenge. Various tools such as blended finance, and the use of catalytic and concessional funding from the public sector, multilateral development banks, and philanthropic sources can help crowd in private capital and bridge funding gaps. The question is how to deploy these tools in the most effective way, and what additional tools are needed to support the interconnected objectives of mitigation, adaptation, and development. This panel will explore the main challenges in climate finance, what it takes to expand the use of blended finance for climate solutions, what other measures are needed, and the involvement of policymakers, central bankers, and supervisors.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Babak Abbaszadeh, President and CEO, Toronto Centre

  • Paul Andrews, Managing Director for Research, Advocacy, and Standards, CFA Institute

  • Kalpana Kochhar, Director, Development Policy and Finance at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Mekala Krishnan, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

  • Susan Lund, Vice President Economics and Private Sector Development, IFC

  • Siddharth Tiwari, Fellow, Chatham House Vice-President, International Finance Forum Member, BWC Advisory Council

  • Olivia White (moderator), Director, McKinsey Global Institute