FT/IFC Investing in Climate Business Forum
7:30 pmGala Event

8.00 amRegistration
9:00 amWelcome by Jim Yong Kim and Chairpersons followed by Opening Welcome Interview

  • Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group (via video)

  • Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times
  • Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President EMENA, IFC

Climate Change and the Resulting Opportunities for Private Business

  • Overview of the latest developments in the transition towards a green economy: innovative technologies and inspiring policies
  • The impact of climate change on the global economy: costs and opportunities


9:30 amWelcome by Turkish Minister
9:45 pmEnergy and Climate: Trends, Risks and Policy Options

Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency  

10:15 amClimate Change and the Role of Private Capital in EMENA
Stephanie Miller, Director Climate Business, IFC

Donald MacDonald, Director of the Trustee Board, BT Pension Scheme and Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

Orhan Beskok, Senior Executive Vice President, TSKB

Semih Egur, Advisor, Energy&Infrastructure

  • Improvements in investment practices to preserve and enhance long-term investment values

  • Key considerations when building a portfolio

  • Effective models when first gaining exposure to the region and investing into various sectors

  • Tackling post investment issues specific to the region

11:00 am Coffee Break
11:30 amPolicy: Creating an Enabling Environment

Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

Ben Caldecott, Head of Government Advisory, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Ambassador Karim Kawar, President, Kawar Group

        Navigating the region: building mission critical partnerships with co-investors, governments, regulators and finance institutions

        Necessary improvements in policies of the region: Public policy solutions to develop a structure for sustainable growth

12:15 pm Climate Change in EMENA - Opportunities for Investment

Carsten Gerhardt, Partner, A.T. Kearney

12:45 pmNetworking Lunch
1:45 pmBreakout Session I: Opportunities by Sector

Each sector focused session will kick-off with an analysis of the current state of the market and continue with discussions on:

        What are the technologies and solutions that are reshaping this sector?
        Where are the investment opportunities?
        What are the possible investment structures? 
Breakout A - Green Cities

Patrick Avato, Lead, ECA Climate Business, IFC

Dr. Duygu Erten, CEO, TURKECO Construction and Energy

Stephen Hammer, Lead Urban Specialist - Cities and Climate Change, The World Bank

Clare Wildfire, Head of Sustainability Master Planning, Mott MacDonald Fulcrum

Breakout B - Energy Efficiency in Industry

Pierre El Khoury, Director, Lebanon Center for Energy Conservation

Emad El Sewedy, Chairman, El Sewedy Electrometer Group EMG  
Guy Ellena, Director, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services, IFC
2:45 pmBreakout Sessions II: Opportunities by Sector
Breakout C - Investing in Cleantech

Stefan den Doelder, Managing Director, 3P Capital Advisors

Nikunj Jinsi, Global Head, Clean Technology Investments, IFC

Aygen Yayikoglu, Managing Partner, Crescent Capital

Breakout D - Water

Robin Sandenburgh, Manager, Environment, Social & Governance Dept - Europe, Middle East and North Africa, IFC

Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim

Ari Raivetz, CEO, Organica Water
Rami Ghandour, Executive Director, Metito Utilities Ltd

3:45 pmCoffee Break
4:15 pmEmerging Opportunities in Renewable Energy

Morgan J LandyGlobal Head, Power and Renewable Energy, IFC

Kasper Dalsten, Senior Policy Specialist, Public Affairs & Business Development, EMEA, Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Yetik K. Mert, CEO, Enerjisa

Paddy PadmanathanPresident & CEO, ACWA Power

Michael Geyer, Director, International Business Development, Abengoa Solar S.A. 
  • How to capitalize on the emerging changes and driving forces shaping the renewable energy landscape

  • The keys to unlocking the opportunities: policy, incentives, subsidies and public/private initiatives

  • Hot spots: what are the sectors to pay attention to? 
5:00 pmFinancing Climate Change Projects & Investments

K. Aftab Ahmed, EMENA Director, IFC 

Jon Dyar Boles, Director, RenInvest Advisory Ltd

Dr. Riza Kadilar, Senior Country Manager & Representative for Turkey, NATIXIS

Dominik Thumfart, Managing Director in Infrastructure and Energy Finance, Deutsche Bank

  • Identifying key sources of funding

  • Bridging the gap between late stage venture and project finance

  • Level of returns needed to make emerging technologies and climate business projects and attractive investment

  • Standout deals: how were they structured and financed?

  • Exploring innovating risk coverage for renewable energies: delivery guarantees, performance covers, exploration risk covers, etc.

5:45 pmClosing Remarks
Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President EMENA, IFC
Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times