The Future of Green Finance & ESG Standards

Apr 21, 2023, 12:15 pm1:30 pm
Open to the public, RSVP required.



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Roger W. Ferguson Jr. is the Steven A. Tananbaum distinguished fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a contributor to CNBC and the Pembroke Visiting Professor of International Finance at the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School. Dr. Ferguson is the immediate past president and CEO of TIAA. Prior to joining TIAA, Dr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re and chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation. Dr. Ferguson is the former vice chairman of the board of governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell and was an associate and partner at McKinsey & Company. Dr. Ferguson is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; Corning, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. Dr. Ferguson is also active as an advisor and board member with various private fintech companies. He serves on the boards of the Conference Board, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Ferguson holds a BA, JD, and a PhD in economics, all from Harvard University.

Annette Nazareth currently serves as the Chair of the Integrity Counsel for the Voluntary Carbon Market (Integrity Council), an independent governance body that evolved from the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM), where she served as Operating Lead. Annette has devoted significant attention to virtually all aspects of the body’s workstreams, and has represented the Integrity Council in venues across the globe. Annette has decades of experience in financial services regulation and corporate governance. She is Senior Counsel at the global law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, having previously served as a partner of the firm and the head of the Washington DC office. Annette also led the firm’s Trading and Markets practice within the Financial Institutions Group. She was a key player in U.S. financial services regulation for nearly a decade, most notably as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and as the SEC’s Director of the Division of Trading and Markets.

Emily Pierce '97 is Associate General Counsel and VP of Global Regulatory Climate Disclosure at Persefoni, a global leader on climate data disclosure and management. Pierce oversees Persefoni's works with Persefoni's clients in adapting to global climate disclosure regulations to ensure they not only remain compliant but also adopt best practices when measuring, managing, and reporting on their carbon emissions. Previously Pierce served as Assistant Director in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this capacity, she worked with regulators around the world and advised the Commission on a variety of cross-border regulatory policy issues, particularly on climate and sustainability disclosure. She led the SEC's engagement with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). She also represented the SEC on several multilateral work streams, including the IOSCO Sustainable Finance Task Force, which collaborated with the IFRS Foundation in the establishment of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). Prior to that, Pierce was in private practice at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and received her undergraduate degree from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

(moderator) Lin Peng is the Krell Chair Professor of Finance at Baruch College, City University of New York, and holds a visiting professorship at Princeton University. She has a diverse range of expertise in the fields of Social Finance, ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), Behavioral Finance, and Corporate Governance. Prof. Peng has taught a variety of finance courses at undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels, including Investment Analysis, Social Finance, ESG and Sustainability, and Behavioral Finance. Her recent research focuses on designing CEO incentive contracts to encourage corporate social responsibility, and she has analyzed the impact of social networks on financial markets. Her work has been supported by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) and the Keynes Fund, and has earned her several accolades, including the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance Research Award. Prof. Peng's research has been published in top economics and finance journals and has been featured by well-known media outlets such as the Financial Times, Reuters, and Institutional Investor. She has held visiting professor positions at the University of Cambridge and Columbia University, among others. Additionally, she serves as an associate editor and editorial board member for several leading academic journals. Prof. Peng holds a MA in Biology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in Finance from Duke University.

  • Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance
  • Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment