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Space for Finance: how space technology can support the digitalisation and greening of the financial sector

 29/04/2021 @ 09:00 - 13:30


Find out more during the workshop “Space for Finance” organised by the Downstream Gateway on April 29th 2021, from 09:00 to 13.30 CEST.

The overall event will be introduced by the recently appointed new ESA Director General Joseph Aschbacher and Donatella Ponziani who is leading the ESA Downstream Gateway.

Welcome Donatella Ponziani, ESA Downstream Gateway Officer (09:00/09:05 am CEST)

Keynote Joseph Aschbacher, ESA Director General (09:05/9:20 am CEST)

The event is then structured in three parts:

Panel 1: Policy and Regulation Perspectives (9.20/11.00 am CEST). Moderator: Donatella Ponziani. Confirmed speakers:

  • Olivier Mahul, Practice Manager at The World Bank (WB)’s Crisis and Disaster Risk Finance unit
  • Paul Hiebert, Head of Systemic Risk and Financial Institutions Division at European Central Bank (ECB)
  • Claire Jolly, Head of Unit OECD Space Forum at Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Marianne Haahr, Director at Green Digital Finance Alliance (GDFA)
  • David Carlin, Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) program lead for United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)
  • Gregoire Chauviere Le Drian, Head of EIB Group Office in France at the European Investment Bank (EIB)

Panel 2: Industry and Academia (11.00/12.30 pm CEST). Moderator: Nick Appleyard Head of Business Application Department at European Space Agency (ESA). Confirmed speakers:

  • Fabio Natalucci, Deputy Director at International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Philipp Aeby, CEO at RepRisk AG
  • Guillermo Gonseth, Senior Underwriter Agriculture LATAM, SCOR
  • Alexis Collomb, Professor of Finance / Director of Département Économie, Finance, Assurance, Banque (EFAB) Department at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM)
  • Thierry Foucault, Professor of Finance at HEC Paris
  • Ben Caldecott, Director at Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme & Lombard Odier Associate Professor of Sustainable Finance at the University of Oxford, Director at UK Centre for Greening Finance & Investment
  • Frédéric Dalibard, Global Head of Blockchain Technology & Innovation Group, NATIXIS

Panel 3: ESA’s involvements (12.30/13.30 pm CEST). Moderator: Giorgio Solari, Head of NAVISP Element 1 Innovation Office at European Space Agency (ESA). Confirmed speakers:


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