It was a proud night for all involved in driving Ireland’s rapidly-evolving sustainability agenda as Stephen Nolan was presented with the prestigious 2020 Green Leader award.
Sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the award was given to Stephen at the black-tie Green Awards ceremony in Dublin.
On secondment from Sustainable Nation Ireland, Stephen is Managing Director of United Nations Environment Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S).
He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Sustainable & Responsible Investment Forum Ireland and the Sustainable Finance Skillnet.
In their citation, the organisers said Stephen had been at the forefront of the green and sustainable finance agenda in Ireland and internationally for the last decade.
“While CEO of Sustainable Nation Ireland, working in partnership with government and industry, he worked to position Ireland as a global leader in sustainable finance. Today, at €135 billion, Ireland is number 1 in the world for the listing of green bonds,” it said.
Stephen is currently managing director of FC4S, based in Geneva. With 30 global financial centres as members, the initiative was founded in 2017 with the support of the Italian Presidency of the G7. Today, the network represents 80% of global equity markets.
Over his career, the highly respected Dubliner, a TCD graduate, while Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the Irish Department of Communications; Advisor to Kofi Annan’s UN technology Task Force; and founding CEO of the UN founded Global eSchools Initiative has led and delivered initiatives from start-up to scale across both public and private spheres in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
He is also a formal stakeholder to the Network of Greening the Financial System, a grouping of 50 international central banks and an advisory member of the Climate Bonds Initiative based in London. He is also chair of Ireland’s Climate Finance Week 2020.
Last night’s gala awards ceremony and dinner at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road was attended by hundreds of Ireland’s green economy leaders.