WIF 2023: Sustainable Finance and Business: Academic and Practitioner Dialogue

18 Oct, 2023
Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

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18 October 2023
10:30 – 13:00 Abu Dhabi

A dynamic, moderated roundtable of capital market practitioners and academic thought leaders seeking to bridge the latest academic thinking to the cutting-edge challenges and opportunities that market practitioners face in the area of sustainable finance and management, in partnership with Columbia University. There has been a growing recognition in academic journals, particularly in management and business scholarship, of a divergence of academia and practice and a need for course correction. One of the solutions proposed in the literature to address this divide is a shift in the issues being evaluated to re-focus on “questions worth answering” such as the breadth of issues encompassed within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, market practitioners – including investors, companies, regulatory authorities, and financial service providers – are facing these challenges with limited experience, ever-changing standards and expectations and a limited timeline to course correct their own practices. This roundtable brings together thought leaders from both sides of the coin – academics and practitioners – to evaluate how they can better align their efforts towards a common goal of creating sustainable and transparent capital markets.

Session themes:

  • The academia-practitioner divide – how can practitioners and academics collaborate more to achieve the SDGs and improve the sustainability of business practices.
  • Data-empowered action – how academics and market probationers can jointly leverage data to grow knowledge as well as action.
  • Education and training – Universities and Stock Exchanges are jointly working to educate business and market leaders on rapidly changing standards, regulations, frameworks, and expectations. How can these two key actors leverage their key strengths to multiply efforts?

Registrations details

Attendance at these in-person events is free of charge but registration is required. Registering once gives participants a pass to all the events. A list of hotels close to the conference facilities can be found here. Special hotel rates for WIF participants can be received by using the booking links in this document

You can access the entire WIF 2023 program here

SSE members and key stakeholders are warmly invited to participate in all SSE events. If you or your CEOs are planning to join us in Abu Dhabi, please feel free to reach out to the SSE team for assistance. 


  • Dr Caroline Flammer
    Professor of International and Public Affairs and of Climate
    Columbia University


  • Dr. Mohammed Omran
    Professor of Finance
    Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport
  • Dr. Dawid Bastiat-Jarosz
    Co-Director of the SDG Investing Program
    Geneva Graduate Institute
  • Dr. Jie Cao
    Professor of Finance and PhD Programme Director
    Hong Kong Poytechnic U
  • Jingdong Hua
    Vice-Chair ISSB
    IFRS Foundation
  • Vanina Farber
    elea Professor of Social Innovation and Dean of the IMD EMBA program
    IMD - International Institute for Management Development
  • Dr. Patrick Bolton
    Professor of Finance and Economics
    Imperial College London
  • Dr. Rajna Gibson Brandon
    Professor of Finance
    University of Geneva
  • Dr. Tiffany Grabski
    Head, SSE Academy
  • Lloyd Kurtz
    Senior Portfolio Manager
    Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management

About the SSE

​The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.