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Lunchtime Sessions: Sustainable Finance – Is it an oxymoron?

March 9, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Lunchtime Sessions:
Sustainable Finance – Is it an oxymoron?
Tuesday 9 March, 13:00 14:15 GMT


Investors around the world are making impact investments to unleash the power of capital for good. Funds are making headlines as more and more capital finds its way into ethical portfolios, ESG forward companies and projects. But is it actually happening? Or is this green washing?


Can you do good, and make a financial return? Or do most impact investments need to be concessionary? What are the trade offs? And how can you get involved? Let’s find out!
Hear how Ylva Lindberg. EVP of Strategy at Norfund is doing just this – doing good for society whilst generating returns for the sovereign fund. You’ll also hear from Duncan Grierson, founder of, a new fintech platform that allows retail investors to fight climate change and invest sustainably.


Duncan Grierson (MBA 99D) is an entrepreneur with VC experience in Paris, London, Silicon Valley and Chicago. As Founder CEO, he has raised over $100m in venture capital from Goldman Sachs, Fidelity et al, built several cleantech companies in biofuels, plastics recycling, batteries, smart composites and invested in many others. Winner of EY Entrepreneur of Year Cleantech award. Duncan is building another company with a big mission, Clim8, a digital platform focused on investing into clean energy and truly sustainable companies:


Ylva Lindberg is EVP of Stategy & Communication at Norfund, the Norwegian development finance institution. Prior to this, Ylva was founding partner of SIGLA, a boutique consultancy on sustainability and business for 13 years. She has worked with sustainable and impact investments for almost 20 years and has experience from asset management and consumer goods. She is a senior associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, board member of Lærdal Medical and member of the Responsible Investment Advisory Council of BMO Global Asset Management. She has previously held several positions of responsibility in both commercial and non-profit organisations.