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 usually conducted from 9am to 5pm unless specified otherwise.

    Next Intakes: 
    Intake 4:  4, 5, 6, 11, 12 May 2023 (Fully subscribed*)
    Intake 5: 26, 27, 28 October, 2, 3 November 2023 (Fully subscribed*)

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

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


    [email protected], Executive Centre
    Address: 11 Slim Barracks Rise (off North Buona Vista Road), Singapore 138664
    MRT: Buona Vista Station (Exit D)

    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
    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

     Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) scheme. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here
    2. Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (ETSS) scheme. For more information, click here.

    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.

    To read more about Prof. Chang Xin and his achievements, please click here.

    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.

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    Associate Professor Ru Hong

    Dr. Ru Hong

    Associate Professor, Division of Banking & Finance
    Nanyang Business School, NTU Singapore 

    Dr. Hong Ru is an Associate Professor of Banking & Finance division in Nanyang BusinessSchool in NTU. His research interests include financial intermediary, Chinese economy, corporate finance, and household finance.

    His researches have been published at top academic journals including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance, and Management Science. Dr. Ru also presented his researches at many conferences including AFA, EFA, NBER, SFSCavalcade, and received best paper awards and research excellence award multiple times. His researches have been widely covered by media, such as INFORMS Resoundingly Human, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Strait Times, China Daily, NBER Digest, and ABFER Digest.

    He is also the research director of the Centre of Excellence International Trading (CEIT) in NTU and was the research director of the Centre for RMB Internalisation Studies (CRIS) in NTU. Dr. Ru received his Ph.D. in finance from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2015, and joined NTU as an Assistant Professor.

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    Assoc Prof. Deng Xin

    Assoc Prof. Deng Xin

    Associate Professor (Practice)
    Nanyang Business School, NTU Singapore 

    Cindy Xin DENG is an Associate Professor (Practice) in Banking and Finance department at Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University. She mainly works on empirical corporate finance and Fintech. Her research has been published at Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis , Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Banking and Finance. She has taught undergraduate, MBA and doctoral courses including corporate finance, international financial management, theory of corporate finance, corporate finance empirical studies and blockchains and finance.

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    Ms. Esther Chang

    Ms. Esther Chang

    Executive Director
    Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS)

    Ms Esther Chang is the Executive Director of Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS). She leads GCNS initiatives to raise awareness and adoption of corporate sustainability efforts in Singapore and the region. She serves as the main liaison between GCNS and the United Nations Global Compact.

    Passionate about creating positive change in society and problem solving, Ms Chang has dedicated her career in the nonprofit sector and has worked for leading healthcare and education organisations, as well as grassroots NGOs in Canada and Singapore. She champions multilateral partnerships to responsibly invest in and develop sustainable solutions at scale. She is an active volunteer in human rights and social welfare causes.

    Ms Chang has a B.Sc (Hons) in Life Sciences from Queen's University (Canada) and completed post-graduate studies in Fundraising and Volunteer Management (Humber College, Canada) and Sustainability Leadership (University of Cambridge, UK). She is CFRE certified since 2012, an internationally recognized accreditation for philanthropic fundraising administered by CFRE International.

    Adam Vuaran

    Adam Vuaran

    Head of Corporate and Social Responsibility, APAC
    Societe Generale

    “Adam Vuaran is Head of Corporate and Social Responsibility, APAC, at Societe Generale, based in Singapore. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the bank’s APAC sustainability strategy.

    He supports the integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into SG's risk management processes and product offerings. He also coordinates strategy regionally with the functions responsible for the Group’s sustainability reporting strategy, as well as its environmental footprint. He participates in sustainability industry policy initiatives, with a particular interest in governance and sustainable finance.

    Vuaran started his career in law, and has served in legal and business roles in Sydney, London, Tokyo and Singapore. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Sustainability and Sustainable Businesses from SMU, a combined BA/LLB degree from the University of New South Wales and is a qualified solicitor, admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW and to the Supreme Court of England & Wales.”

    Edris Boey

    Edris Boey

    Head of ESG Research
    Maitri Asset Management 

    Edris Boey is Head of ESG Research at Maitri Asset Management, a Singapore-based multi-family office and licensed fund manager, and is responsible for developing and maintaining the firm’s proprietary ESG integrated investment framework and practice.

    Prior to joining Maitri Asset Management, Boey managed sustainability strategy, reporting, and compliance at Hong Leong Asia. Edris started her career in KPMG’s financial audit department, and moved to the firm’s climate change and sustainability department. She sits on the editorial panel for ESG Clarity Asia.


    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.

    Corrado 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.

    Prior to his time at KPMG, Corrado 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).

    Bennett Wong

    Bennett Wong

    Principal Consultant, Paia Consulting

    Bennett has developed content and delivered over 25 hours of training for practitioners in corporate sustainability and impact investing, focusing on impact measurement, sustainable supply chains and sustainability reporting. He has also facilitated workshop briefings on national security for senior government officials during his time with the Home Affairs Ministry.

    Bennett has worked with C-suite clients on structured trade finance, export finance and loan syndications in the commodities and energy sectors. Prior to joining Paia, Bennett was with Impact Investment Exchange, where he oversaw the transaction advisory team’s work on impact investment due diligence and impact measurement process. He has worked on projects commissioned by development finance institutes (DFIs) to promote sustainable and blended finance opportunities in Southeast Asia sector. Bennett has over a decade’s experience in financial services in several banks and the Lloyds of London insurance market as a trade and political risk underwriter.

    Bennett started his career with the public sector as a senior analyst covering regional security.

    Selected project experience:

    • Training on sustainability reporting with various partners including GCNS and UOB
    • Environmental data analysis for companies in renewables and ICT circular economy sector
    • Sustainability strategy development for companies in financial services sector
    Nicholas Gandolfo

    Nicholas Gandolfo

    Vice President, Sustainable Corporate Solutions — Asia Pacific (Singapore)

    Nicholas has approximately 20 years’ experience in the Asia Pacific Region (Australia, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Cambodia and Singapore). He has worked in the private and semi government sectors in both developed and emerging markets.

    The bulk of Nicholas’s career to date has been spent at HSBC Group in Commercial/Corporate Banking undertaking Global Relationship Management and Team management roles as well as being involved in projects, initiatives in relation to corporate governance and strategic projects for Asia Pacific at HSBC.

    Nicholas also has deep experience in; Credit Risk Management, Risk Management, Governance, Business & Market Development and managing Regulatory related projects/initiatives. Nicholas’s most recent job before joining Sustainalytics was managing BlueOrchard’s (Global Impact Investors) Asia Pacific Business (Regional Manager), which manages the largest microfinance/impact fund in the world and is active in many emerging markets providing funding to support financial inclusion.