SIF Ireland was proud to award Dawn Slevin and Professor Andreas Hoepner (UCD) with the Irish Sustainable Finance Person of the Year Award 2019.
SIF Ireland Chairman, Terence O’Rourke and Jim O’Keeffe, Chief Customer and Strategic Affairs Officer AIB awarded the two Irish based members of the European Commission Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG)
The European Commission set up a Technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG) to assist it in developing, in line with the Commission’s legislative proposals of May 2018
- an EU classification system – the so-called EU taxonomy – to determine whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable;
- an EU Green Bond Standard;
- methodologies for EU climate benchmarks and disclosures for benchmarks; and
- guidance to improve corporate disclosure of climate-related information.
Dawn Slevin and Professor Andreas Hoepner worked as part of the TEG on the production of the EU Taxonomy on a voluntary basis.
Dawn and Andreas have both been great supporters of the Sustainable Finance agenda domestically and internationally, regularly providing their expertise, knowledge and insight to the SIF Ireland committee and larger stakeholders in the Irish capital markets.
We would like to thank both Dawn and Andreas for their dedication to Sustainable Finance and for all of their support of the agenda in Ireland especially.
Prof. Andreas Hoepner is Full Professor of Operational Risk, Banking & Finance at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the Lochlann Quinn School of Business of University College Dublin (UCD) and serves on the schools’ management team as Vice Principal for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Prof. Hoepner is also heading the ‘Practical Tools’ research group of the Mistra Financial Systems (MFS) research consortium (5 groups, total funding: SEK 58m ~ about US$ 7m), which supports asset owners with evidence-based tools for investment decision making.
Since June 2018, Andreas is serving on the European Union’s Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance as one of three independent members (i.e. appointed in personal capacity instead of representing a legal entity). His TEG role involves inter alia the development of the minimum requirements for EU’s Climate Transition Investing aligned with the IPCC’s 1.5°C trajectory (with no or limited overshoot).
Dawn is a member of the Insurance Ireland Sustainable Finance Taskforce, a Chartered Environmentalist (CENV) and Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM), holds an MSc. with Distinction, Environmental Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (2002) and Honours Degree Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin (1994),and is a member of associated professional institutions.