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Sustainable Finance Masterclass

Course director: Dr Ben Caldecott, Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Group and Lombard Odier Associate Professor of Sustainable Finance, University of Oxford

Eligibility: Only open to public servants and third sector representatives

Fees: Free.

Format: In-person, 1 day Masterclass


The Masterclass is designed for policymakers and civil society actors attending COP27 who are looking to upskill on sustainable finance and expand their networks within this. Places on the masterclass are kindly funded by philanthropy.

Masterclass Structure

• A 1-day masterclass to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh during COP27
• Available through in person attendance only for 30-50 participants
• Taught by Oxford faculty and expert practitioners
• University of Oxford certificate available upon completion

Example Sessions in the Masterclass:

Net zero and the critical role of finance and investment

In this session we’ll cover key concepts related to carbon budgets, what needs to happen and by when to achieve the Paris Agreement, as well as the role and opportunities for finance and investment in that endeavour.

ESG Integration

This session will unpack the motivations and methods for integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) actors in investment decision-making. We will begin by exploring what we mean when we discuss the ‘materiality’ of ESG factors, with a particular focus on stranded assets created by environmental factors. We will also explore the importance and the challenges of measuring and reporting ESG factors, and explore the emergence and proliferation of ESG scores, ratings and rankings.

Central Banking and Financial Supervision

This session will examine how the financial system is regulated and managed by central banks and financial supervisors. Central banks and financial supervisors are responsible for monetary policy, microprudential regulation, macroprudential regulation, and financial conduct. We examine each of these responsibilities and focus on how each can support sustainable finance.

Please note that we do not consider applicants working outside of the public and third sector, and owing to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to give individual feedback to candidates.


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