The European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) invites you to its ESBG Spotlight, a monthly event series focusing on current burning topics and issues in the field of European financial services.
This session will focus on Sustainable Finance, in particular, the work and achievements of the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance at the European Commission. Helena Viñes Fiestas, a member of the Technical Expert Group, will review what has already been completed and will look into the future from the EU's (regulatory) perspective.
Helena Viñes Fiestas joined BNP Paribas Asset Management in 2011 and has 17 years of experience of working in responsible business and sustainable investment. Helena led the Sustainability Research team until 2019 when she took the responsibility of BNP Paribas Asset Management's sustainability-linked policy and stewardship activities, including engagement with policymakers. As Deputy Global Head of Sustainability, Helena plays a critical role in the design, development and implementations of BNPP AM's Global Sustainability Strategy.
She has been appointed to the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance where she assists the European Commission in the development of EU taxonomy and the implementation of the EC Action Plan. She also takes part in the Committee of Climate and Sustainable Finance at the Autorité des marchés financiers.
Helena represents BNPP AM in the EFAMA committee on Stewardship and ESG, is a board member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) and sits on a number of additional committees, including the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Green Finance Advisory Group, PRI Policy Reference Group and the Technical Advisory Group of the LSE – Transition Pathway Initiative.
Previously, Helena led Oxfam's advocacy work on responsible investment and engagement with institutional investors in support of poverty reduction. She is the author of numerous papers, articles, including a book. She holds a BA in Economics, a postgraduate degree in Latin American Economics from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.