Financing Net zero transition in the Agri sector – webinar

Webinar for non executive directors organised by Chapter Zero Poland and Chapter Zero Brazil

Agriculture is particularly vulnerable to climate change but is also a major contributor to climate change. Thus Chapter Zero Poland together with Chapter Zero Brazil invite the non-executive directors of Financial Institutions for joint webinar, where they will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and constraints that the financial sector faces while financing the agricultural sector and how climate finance can be part of the solution. The panellists will also discuss how innovation and data can play a key role in this challenge.

Financing Net zero transition in the Agri sector

Online at the Clickmeeting platform

June 14th 2022 ( Thuesday)

9am BRT / 2pm CET

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The event was initiated by Finacial Sector HUB and will be hosted by Francesca Tondi Guy, former banker, and non-executive director and ESG Committee Chair of UniCredit together with Lucyna Stańczak-Wuczyńska, Chairwomen of supervisory board of BNP Paribas Poland with expert contributors:

  • Jose Pugas - Partner & Head of ESG and Agribusiness, JPG Credito
  • Bas Rüter - Global Head Food System Transition, Rabobank
  • Bartosz Urbaniak - Head AgroHub CEE & Africa, BNP Paribas

Webinar is free of charge, open for non-executive directors representing financial intitutions and reletad sectors.

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Interesting reads ahead of the seminar

World Bank Discussion paper on Climate Finance and Agriculture >>

Hosts and panelists:

Francesca Tondi Guy

non-executive director at UniCredit Group
Francesca is a non-executive director on the board of UniCredit group, where she chairs the ESG committee and sits on the Risk and Audit committees. Francesca is the global financial sector lead for the Climate Governance Initiative. She is an advisory board member of Angel Academe and sits on the board of other non-listed companies. Francesca spent her executive career at Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan, with fifteen years at managing director level. She has had direct experience in advising finance ministries, divisional heads of European central banks, regulatory bodies, and provided strategic advice at CEO and board level of major European banks.

Lucyna Stańczak - Wuczyńska

Chairwoman of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. Supervisory board, Chapter Zero Poland Board Director
During her professional career, she has performed a number of corporate governance functions: was a member (or an observer) of supervisory boards and a member of audit and risk committees at, inter alia, Emitel Sp. z o.o., Polkomtel Sp. z o.o., Alior Bank S.A., and Polskie Inwestycje Rozwojowe S.A, and was a member of the Advisory Board of Private Equity Fund Concordia 21. Currently she sits on the Supervisory Boards of Erste Bank, Hungary in Budapest and she is a Chairwoman of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. Supervisory Board. Sustainability and Green Economy Transition have always been important focus areas in her professional career. She was involved in financing projects connected with renewable energy, energy efficiency, low-carbon economy, sustainable finance, (Polseff, Polfref at EBRD), investing in green bonds, green covered bonds, as well as ESG matters in the area of corporate governance and reporting. In 2015, she was named one of 10 most influential women of Polish finance, an award granted by the Innovative Economy Institute together with the “Znane Ekspertki” (Known Female Experts) Foundation, and the Polish Bank Association.

Bartosz Urbaniak

Head of Food & Agri Banking CEE & Africa BNP Paribas
A graduate of banking at the Faculty of Finance and Statistics of the Warsaw School of Economics. He completed a postgraduate program for foreigners at the Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in Japan. Participant and graduate of many training courses and educational programs, incl. Harvard Business School, IESE, Ashridge College. At the beginning of his professional career (in 1995-2001), he was associated with the Warsaw Commodity Exchange, performing many functions, from a student apprentice at the time of establishing the WGT to the Vice-President of the Management Board in 1999-2001. In the years 2001-2002 he worked at the Agricultural Market Agency, where he was the deputy director of the Market Intervention Office and acted as the Plant Products Director. He has been permanently associated with Bank BGŻ since 2002, initially as the deputy director of the Department of Separated Credits (in 2002-2003). Then he became the director of the Department of Institutional Banking Development (2003-2005). From September 2005, he performed various functions in the agribusiness area, including the director of the Agribusiness Financing Department and the managing director for Agribusiness and SME. From March 2015 to February 2018, he was a member of the Management Board of Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas.

Jose Pugas

Partner & Head of ESG and Agribusiness na JGP Crédito
Partner and head of ESG at JGP. With over 15 years of experience in leading complex global projects and companies in various sectors, he is a researcher in political science and future studies and an active member of think tanks dedicated to the development of sustainable finance.

Bas Ruter

Bas Rüter is Global Head Food System Transition at Rabobank as of February 2022. In this role he is aiming to strengthen Rabobank's position as the “financier of choice” to the transition of the food and agriculture sector worldwide. In order to help their clients to achieve healthy, affordable food for all with net zero financed emissions and within planetary boundaries. In his role he and his team work together with other parties to develop new, innovative solutions using close cooperation throughout supply chains. Bas joined Rabobank in March 2012. As Global Head Sustainability & Climate he was responsible for the sustainability strategy, the sustainability policy framework, reporting and sustainable business development within Rabobank Group. As part of his position he is responsible for the partnerships with WWF, initiated the 1 bln USD pledge for forest protection and sustainable agriculture (AGRI3 fund), acts as chair of the finance working group of the Climate Smart Agriculture program of the WBCSD, member of TNFD, member of Rabobanks’ Ethics Committee, Chairman of the supervisory Board of Dutch Greentech Fund, member of the investment committee of SHIFT Invest 2 and 3. Furthermore he is chairman of the supervisory board of Rabo Groenbank, member of the board of TKI Agri & Food and supervisory board member of the Deltaplan Biodiversity. Before joining Rabobank he worked for 17 years for Triodos Bank. During the last seven years as managing director of Triodos Investment Management. Bas holds a Master of Science degree in biology of Wageningen University.