Make an impact on your organisation with sustainable finance

Sustainable finance integrates Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria into business and investment decisions for sustainable outcomes for society at large, such as mitigating and adapting to the adverse effects of climate change, building inclusive communities, and supporting the adoption of international human rights and labour best practices. With Singapore looking to position itself as the green finance hub in the region, sustainable finance has been growing in prominence within the business community.

Designed to impart ready-to-apply knowledge and expertise to support and accelerate the growth of Singapore’s sustainable finance ecosystem by looking both from the issuer and investor perspectives.

The 5-day certificate course designed and delivered in partnership with UN Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), a leading voice in the area of corporate sustainability, will assist business leaders and managers in understanding how sustainable finance and responsible investment strategies can help accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and further impact their business and industry.

The objectives of this programme are to:

  • Build strong foundations in the area of business sustainability and the ESG mindset
  • Master tools and methodologies of sustainable finance, which is becoming more mainstream within the business community and a key enabler to scaling corporate sustainability
  • Apply knowledge and expertise to support and accelerate growth of the sustainable finance sector, both from the issuer and investor perspectives and introduce sustainability principles and frameworks relating to sustainable finance reporting and assessment
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To register your interest or for more information about this programme, please contact:

Jessica Leong
Deputy Director
Telephone: (65) 6904 7249
Email:  [email protected]

  • Acquire in-demand sustainable finance skills through a practical executive course, especially contextualised for corporate executives, including those in accounting, finance, legal, and consulting functions.
  • Designed and delivered by Nanyang Technological University and UN Global Compact Network Singapore, in collaboration with leading industry practitioners working in sustainable capital markets across debt, equity, insurance, corporate finance, and FinTech.
  • Access to current business cases and the sharing of best practices.
  • Understand the benefits, challenges, and limitations of integrating sustainability as a business strategy to attract funding and investments.

    Global Compact Network Singapore

    Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS) is the local chapter of the United Nations Global Compact. As the leading voice on corporate sustainability, GCNS drives multi-stakeholder action to forge a more sustainable future, founded on the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals. Through various platforms and partnerships, GCNS advances the stewardship of sustainable business practices and Singapore’s national plan of becoming a regional sustainable business hub.

    • Middle or senior-level management professionals from public and private sectors and institutions that are potential issuers of or investors in sustainable finance products;
    • Accounting, finance, legal professionals, and consultants;
    • Professionals involved or interested in underwriting, accounting, consultancy, or other professional services for sustainable finance products;
    • Other individuals/institutions with interest in sustainable finance.


    -  An undergraduate Degree in any discipline
    -  Previous education or working experience in banking, finance, accounting, legal, and sustainability consulting  would be advantageous but not required

    DayTitle and Topics Covered
    Day 1
    • Overview of Sustainable Finance

    • Essential Concepts and Issues in Sustainability:
      E (Environment), S (Social), and G (Governance) 
    Day 2
    • Sustainable Capital Markets, Policies, and Regulations

    • Sustainable Debt Markets
    Day 3

    • Sustainable Equity Markets

    • Responsible, Sustainable, and Impact Investing 
    Day 4
    • Sustainable Risk Management and Insurance
    Day 4
    • ESG / Impact Reporting and Communication 
    Day 5
    • Corporate Finance and Sustainability

    • FinTech for Sustainable Finance 

    • Conclusion: Addressing Challenges and Potential Solutions 


    Training is conducted from 9am to 5pm unless specified otherwise.

    Upcoming intake: 
    Intake 5: 26, 27 October, 2, 3, 4 November 2023 (Fully subscribed*)

    Next intake:
    Intake 6: 29 Feb and 1, 7, 8, 9 Mar 2024 (Register here)
    Intake 7:  9, 10, 16,17, 18 May 2024 (Register here)

    *Please email us at [email protected] to be added to the waitlist. 

    Dates may be subject to change depending on faculty/industry trainers' availability.

    Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI)
    11 Eunos Road 8, Singapore 408601
    MRT: Paya Lebar Station

    Nanyang Executive Education reserves the right to change the date, venue, and mode of delivery due to unforeseen circumstances or prevailing government advisory.

    Full programme fee: S$4,900.00  (before GST)

    Fees payable after SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) funding:

    Programme Fee In SGD
     Fees BEFORE
    funding & GST
    Fees AFTER
    funding & 8% GST

    Fees AFTER
    funding & 9% GST

    (WEF 1 Jan 2024)

    Singapore Citizens (aged 21-39) / PR (aged ≥21)
    70% Funding
    Singapore Citizens (aged 40)
    MCES1 - up to 90%
    SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens / PR
    ETSS2​ - up to 90%
    Participants without funding

    1. For more information about the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) scheme.
    2. For more information about  the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (ETSS) scheme.

    SkillsFuture Credit 
    On top of the above funding, Singapore Citizens, aged 25 and above and self-sponsored may use their SkillsFuture Credit to defray part of the net course fee. 

    Participants do not need to contact SkillsFuture for funding application before course registration. NTU will facilitate the funding paperwork for both self and company-sponsored participants. Participants will be invoiced the net amount after funding and GST.

    Funding Requirements:
    - Participant must achieve at least 75% attendance for the programme.
    - Participant must complete and pass all assignments / assessments as assigned by the trainer.

    Prof. Chang Xin

    Prof. Chang Xin

    Associate Dean (Research) | Professor of Finance
    Nanyang Business School, NTU Singapore

    Xin CHANG is a Professor of Finance at Nanyang Business School and Associate Dean (Research) overseeing PhD programs and research activities at Nanyang Business School. He specializes in corporate Finance, especially capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, and stock valuation. He had taught various courses to undergraduate, honours, master, and PhD students at HKUST, the University of Melbourne, the University of Cambridge, and NTU.

    At NTU, Prof. Chang Xin was the researcher of the year for the Division of Banking and Finance in 2009, the MBA Teacher of the Year in 2011, and the Teacher of the year for the Division of Banking and Finance in 2013. He also won Peter Brownell Award for best publication in Accounting and Finance 2007, the best paper awards at the 16th SFM conference in 2008, the 19th SFM conference in 2011, and the 4th World Business Ethics Forum in 2012. He is also the award winner for “Best Professor in Financial Management” in the third Asia’s Best B-School Awards in 2012. In 2013, he received TCFA's (The Chinese Finance Association) best paper award on corporate finance.

    Professor Benjamin Horton

    Prof. Benjamin Horton

    Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore
    Professor, Asian School of the Environment, 
    NTU Singapore

    A sought-after speaker by the media and at conferences on climate change and changing sea levels,  Prof Horton has published over 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has won many awards in his career. In 2019, he was appointed the President’s Chair in Earth Sciences at NTU for outstanding achievement. For excellence in research, he received the Plinius Medal from the European Geosciences Union, the Voyager Award from the American Geophysical Union, and the W. Storrs Cole Award from the Geological Society of America.

    Prof Horton was an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and is a Review Editor for the new 6th Assessment Report. His research was cited by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union Address at the United States Capitol on January 20th, 2015.

    Prof Horton’s research concerns sea-level change, with the aim of understanding and integrating the external and internal mechanisms that have determined sea-level changes in the past, and which will shape such changes in the future. His research impacts upon important ecological, ethical, social, economic, and political problems specifically facing coastal regions.

    Associate Professor Matt Dearth

    Assoc Prof. Matt Dearth

    Adjunct Faculty at Nanyang Business School

    Matthew Dearth, PhD, is a Managing Director at Silvercrest Asset Management (Singapore) and head of the Singapore office. His 30 years of finance industry experience also includes leadership roles at Marshall Wace, Goldman Sachs, and Booz Allen & Hamilton.

    Since 2016 he has been teaching postgraduate finance courses on alternative investments as well as sustainable and impact investing at Singapore Management University. While teaching at SMU he was recognized on the Dean’s Teaching Honor List for Top Adjunct Faculty (Postgraduate Programs) from 2019-2021. Beginning in 2023, Dr. Dearth will teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in sustainable finance at Nanyang Business School. He is the co-author of “Getting Started in Alternative Investments” (Wiley, 2023) and has published three case studies on investment management topics.

    Dr. Dearth holds a PhD (General Management) from Singapore Management University, an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University.

    Assoc Prof. Deng Xin

    Asst Prof. Zhu Qifei

    Assistant Professor (Banking & Finance)
    Nanyang Business School, NTU Singapore 

    Dr. Zhu joined Nanyang Business School in NTU as an Assistant Professor of Banking & Finance division in 2018. His research interests include investment management, institutional investors, and corporate finance. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Texas at Austin and bachelor degree with Zhejiang University. His research has been published on top journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Management Science.

    Ms. Esther Chang

    Komi Rajdev

    General Manager, Group Head of Sustainability
    Kuok Group Singapore

    Komi is responsible for strategic sustainability for Kuok group, diversified conglomerate with business interest in maritime, digital data and real estate. She has around 20 years of experience in international banking and credit ratings in the region. Komi has credentials from Singapore Management University with an Advanced Certification in Sustainability & Sustainable Businesses, Leadership in Sustainable Business from Harvard Business School, GARP-Sustainable Climate Risk (SCR), Certificate as well as from Alliance Manchester Business School specializing in Corporate Governance and International Compliance Association (ICA) Advanced certification in Regulatory ESG/Compliance Advisory. She holds a master’s in business administration in Finance from the University of Birmingham.

    Adam Vuaran

    Natalia Dorenkamp

    Lecturer in Sustainability and Finance

    With a profound passion for sustainability topics and a wealth of practical experience in the field of ESG and sustainable finance, her international career has spanned various countries and industries. Most recently, Natalia worked at Morningstar Sustainalytics, the global market leader for ESG Risk Ratings and Second-Party Opinions for sustainable finance transactions.

    She has been instrumental in leading ESG projects for corporates within the ASEAN region, with a primary focus on critical areas such as ESG risk rating, sustainable supply chain management, and green and transition finance initiatives. Having worked as an Investor and Sustainability Manager at a large European building materials group, she possesses a strong background in sustainability and financial reporting, as well as proficient skills in investor communication. She began her career in finance, holding various roles across investment and corporate banking for an international commercial bank based in Germany.

    Corrado Lillelund Forcellati

    Corrado Lillelund Forcellati

    Director, Paia Consulting
    Chair of Sustainability Committee, European Chamber of Commerce Singapore

    Corrado has trained bankers, asset managers, corporates on sustainability related topics. He has delivered a range of training programs, from sustainable finance, sustainability reporting, to carbon management. He regularly speaks at events and moderates panel discussions on topics around biodiversity and circular economy. He has extensive international wholesale banking and advisory experiences, with a focus on sustainable finance and strategy work in particular pertaining to the Forestry and Maritime sectors. He brings several years of cross-border strategy work, credit- and regulatory risk management including ESG implementation. His advisory experience includes circular economy position papers, green labels and packaging waste studies and forest commodity finance policy brief.

    Corrado has been driving innovation on sustainable finance through data, digital and analytics, most recently with the development of a tool to automate the data collection for sustainability reporting purposes. He was appointed as an industry expert for the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) as part of the judging panel for green finance start-ups in connection with the Hackcelerator 2020.

    Prior to joining Paia, Corrado was a Director at KPMG Sustainability Services providing advisory services to corporates, financial institutions and NGOs in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Before KPMG, he was the CEO and country coordinator for Nordea Bank's wholesale banking activities in China and Singapore.

    Corrado is presently the Chair of the Sustainability Committee at the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, an advisor to the Board of the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) and a member of the Finance Working Group for the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA).


    Sue-Ann Huang

    Associate Director, Centre for Impact Investing and Practices

    As Associate Director at the Centre for Impact Investing and Practices, Sue-Ann works with regional and global partners to drive impact investing in Asia and beyond - building knowledge  assets, championing industry standards, and convening stakeholders to bring about positive action. Sue-Ann is certified in Sustainable Finance by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability  Leadership ,and is an Accredited Trainer for the SDG Impact Standards.

    Prior to this role, Sue-Ann spent over 15 years at Keppel Corporation, a triple-A MSCI ESG rated global  conglomerate, and at StarHub, one of Asia's most sustainable telecommunications companies. She led Keppel’s sustainability reporting efforts, engaging ratings agencies,  research organisations, media, investors and analysts in advancing the Company's sustainability agenda, and supported Keppel’s strategy and policy development around the  ESG issues spanning a spectrum of businesses, including in energy, environment, urban development, connectivity and asset management, and served as an advisor to business  units. Sue-Ann has also spent a considerable portion of her career managing the corporate philanthropic portfolios of the Keppel Group and StarHub, to advance social and  environmental causes delivering impact for communities.