About
In September 2016, the Luxembourg Stock Exchange created the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX), the first platform exclusively dedicated to sustainable securities, as a contribution to the UN SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. 5 years and multiple milestones later, LGX remains the world’s leading platform for sustainable finance.

We would like you to join us on 29 September 2021 to celebrate the 5th anniversary of LGX! Inspiring industry experts and explorers, political leaders and LGX issuers will share thought-provoking insights into the current trends and challenges shaping sustainable finance and show how we can all contribute to the positive change. After five years of exponential growth in impact, scope and reach, one thing is certain – this is just the beginning of LGX!
Agenda

Welcome by Master of Ceremony, Nathalie Reuter

LGX impact stories
Featuring selected LGX issuers and the environmental or social impact of the projects financed through their sustainable bonds.

  • Representatives of LGX issuers
 

Placing climate goals at the heart of finance
With the European Green Deal, Europe has embarked on an ambitious net-zero strategy. How can the financial sector contribute to reaching the climate goals, and what tools and commitments can help speed up the process?

  • HE Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg Minister of Finance
  • Maarten Vleeschhouwer, Head of PACTA at 2° Investing Initiative
 

Making sustainable finance truly global
While the world prepares for COP26 and countries and companies commit to net zero goals, attention is turning to emerging markets. How can sustainable finance make the ongoing transition efforts more inclusive, and what is needed to reach international coherence?

  • Arumna Oteh, Academic Scholar, University of Oxford

Mobilising capital towards global sustainability goals through data
As companies and investors strive to integrate ESG aspects into their decision-making and link their sustainability strategy to their business performance, data is at the heart of the challenge and is shaping the future of sustainable finance and business success.

  • Richard Mattison, President of S&P Global Sustainable1

Protecting the environment in a profitable way
Is it possible to combat climate change without trading off economic development, mobility and comfort? Achieve clean growth by reconciling the environment and the economy? The answer is not 1 but 1,000 solutions.

  • Bertrand Piccard, Psychiatrist, Explorer and Founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador for UNEP

Celebrating 5 years of LGX and the growth of sustainable finance
Over the past 5 years, LGX has grown in both scope and reach and achieved numerous milestones. With a mission of making finance sustainable by default, what is next on LGX’s ambitious agenda and what trends are shaping sustainable finance today?

  • Julie Becker, CEO of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • Laetitia Hamon, Head of Sustainable Finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange
 

Wrap-up by Master of Ceremony, Nathalie Reuter

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Speakers

Pierre Gramegna

Luxembourg Minister of Finance

Pierre Gramegna was born on 22 April 1958 in Esch-sur-Alzette. He pursued studies in law and economics at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), and completed his post-university education with a DEA (postgraduate diploma of advanced studies) in European Union law.

Following the legislative elections of 14 October 2018, Pierre Gramegna was re-appointed Minister of Finance on 5 December 2018 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (déi gréng).

Pierre Gramegna had first joined the government as Minister of Finance on 4 December 2013, after the legislative elections of 20 October 2013.

As Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna has initiated major reforms to balance the budget and to align Luxembourg’s tax rules with international transparency standards. Minister Gramegna is also a promoter of the diversification of Luxembourg’s financial center, in particular with regard to Fintech and sustainable finance.

As career diplomat, Pierre Gramegna joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He was subsequently appointed political and economic affairs advisor to the Luxembourg embassy in Paris in 1988. In 1992 he was appointed consul general and director of the Board of Economic Development in San Francisco.  From 1996 to 2002, Pierre Gramegna was Luxembourg’s Ambassador to Japan and South Korea. He was subsequently responsible for the Directorate of International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2003, Pierre Gramegna took up the position of director general of the Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the government, Pierre Gramegna was also member of the executive board of several companies, including in particular Cargolux Airlines International SA (as chairman from 2004 to 2008) and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (Bourse de Luxembourg).

Julie Becker

CEO of LuxSE, Founder of LGX

Julie Becker has been at the helm of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) since April, 2021. She joined LuxSE in 2013 and was appointed to its Executive Committee in 2015, before being named Deputy CEO in 2019, and CEO two years later.

Her career in the financial sector in Luxembourg spans over two decades and includes positions at the Central Bank of Luxembourg and Dexia. In 2016, Julie Becker founded the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX), the world’s leading platform for sustainable securities. A recognised expert in the field of sustainable finance, Julie Becker has represented LuxSE and LGX at numerous, international expert forums and conferences over the past years, including at the prestigious EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance from 2016-2018. She is also the Chair of LuxCMA, a capital markets industry association established in 2019.

Julie Becker specialises in regulatory and legal matters linked to capital markets. She holds a Master Degree in European & Corporate Law and a Master Degree (DEA) in Private Law from the University of Nancy II, France. She is also an alumna of the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Laetitia Hamon

Head of Sustainable Finance at LuxSE

Laetitia Hamon has been Head of Sustainable Finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) since July 2020. She is responsible for the exchange’s sustainable finance strategy and related projects, and leads the expert team at LuxSE’s UN-awarded platform for sustainable finance, the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX).

As a pioneer in sustainable finance, Laetitia started her career as an ESG analyst for an extra-financial rating agency in 2008. Passionate about the topic, Laetitia decided to dedicate her career to sustainable finance and has built in-depth expertise on the matter for the past 13 years. After gaining experience from the investment fund industry through different positions at Thomson Reuters and ALFI – the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, she spent 8 years managing and then leading the Sustainable Finance audit and advisory practice at KPMG in Luxembourg. 

Laetitia has a Master’s degree in International Management from the Institut Supérieur Européen de Gestion (ISEG) and a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Paris XII.

Arunma Oteh

Academic Scholar, University of Oxford and former Vice President & Treasurer, The World Bank

Arunma Oteh has been an Academic Scholar at St. Antony’s College and an Executive In Residence at the Saïd Business School (SBS), University of Oxford, since January 2019. Her research areas of focus are capital markets, economic development and financial technology. She is also the Chairperson of the Royal African Society, member of the London Stock Exchange Africa Advisory Group, of the Global Leadership Council of SBS and of the G7 Impact Taskforce.  She was previously Treasurer of the World Bank, Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission Nigeria, Group Vice President and Group Treasurer, African Development Bank Group. She started her career in 1985, at Centre Point Investments Limited, Nigeria. Ms. Oteh holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc, First Class Honors from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Ms Oteh has also served on several boards and has received several awards notably Nigeria’s Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) National Honour. She was named one of PowerList’s 2020 top 100 people of Black Heritage in the U.K., and one of Africa’s 50 most influential African women by Forbes Africa in March 2020.

Bertrand Piccard

Psychiatrist, Explorer and Founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador for UNEP

It is in Bertrand Piccard’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible. From a legendary lineage of explorers who conquered the stratosphere and the abysses, he made history by accomplishing two aeronautical firsts, around the world non-stop in a balloon, and more recently in a solar plane without fuel. Pioneer in his way to consider ecology through the lens of profitability, he began working in the early 2000s to promote renewable energies and clean technologies. His dual identity as a psychiatrist and explorer makes him an influential voice heard by the largest institutions which today consider him as a forward-thinking leader on the themes of innovation and sustainability. Founder and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, he has succeeded in his mission to select 1000 efficient solutions to protect the environment in a profitable way. In a third round the world tour, he will bring them to decision-makers in order to help them meet their environmental targets while ensuring clean economic growth.

Bertrand Piccard is now United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment and Special Advisor to the European Commission.

Maarten Vleeschhouwer

Head of PACTA at 2° Investing Initiative

Maarten Vleeschhouwer is the head of PACTA – a free and open source portfolio alignment tool - at 2 Degrees Investing Initiative, a global non-profit think tank. Previously, he worked as a seconded national expert at the European Commission’s DG FISMA, where he assisted in the implementation of the Commission Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth. Prior to that, he worked at the Dutch National Bank, which was one of the first central banks to use the PACTA scenario analysis tool. At DNB, Maarten served as special adviser to Frank Elderson on sustainable finance, and he helped launch the Network for Greening the Financial System. Maarten is a graduate from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Richard Mattison

President of S&P Global Sustainable1

Dr Richard Mattison is President of S&P Global Sustainable1 and Chief Executive Officer of S&P Global Trucost.

S&P Global Sustainable1 is the single source of intelligence on sustainability. Our comprehensive coverage across global markets combined with in-depth ESG intelligence provides financial institutions, corporations and governments with an unmatched level of clarity and confidence.

S&P Global Trucost assesses and prices risks relating to climate change, water, pollution and natural resource constraints, enabling companies and financial institutions to understand exposure to environmental factors, inform resilience and identify the transformative solutions of tomorrow.

Richard is an expert in sustainable finance and over the last 20 years he has advised various UN bodies, governments, financial intuitions, companies and NGOs on how to integrate ESG, climate change and natural capital analysis into their decision making. Richard was a member of the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, providing key recommendations for Europe’s ground-breaking Sustainable Finance Action Plan.He has led numerous ground-breaking projects including creating the first portfolio carbon risk assessment for Henderson and the UK Environment Agency, launching the first carbon efficient index with S&P Dow Jones Indices, leading the first global assessment of corporate environmental externalities for the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and developing the world’s first Environmental Profit and Loss account for PUMA.

Richard is Chair of the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance Data Council, a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Oxford Smith School Stranded Assets Programme, the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital, and the Hong Kong Green Finance Association. He is an Advisory Board Member for IUCN Finance for Nature initiative and the Capitals Coalition. Previously, Richard was a strategy consultant and began his career as a neuroscientist. He holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Nathalie Reuter

Master of Ceremony

Nathalie Reuter has over 20 years of media experience as a TV presenter and journalist working for RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg. She is a known moderator of round table discussions and Master of ceremony of numerous events and international conferences. Nathalie holds a degree in journalism and communication from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Master of Business Administration from the Open University Business School in the UK. Currently, she is Head of editorial development at Maison Moderne.