Morgan Després is head of the Financial Regulation Policy and Coordination Division in the Financial Stability Department of the Banque de France and also serves as the Head of the NGFS Secretariat. He joined the Banque de France in 2005 and served in the Payment and Settlement Systems Department and as deputy Head of the Macroprudential Division. Other professional experiences include a secondment as Deputy Head of the Financial Stability Unit within the French Treasury Department and some technical assistance missions for the IMF. Morgan holds a MBA from ESSEC business school, graduated from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and studied at the Harvard Extension School.

Morgan Després

Head of Financial Regulation Policy and Coordination Division, Financial Stability Department

Banque de France

Keynote presentation: is climate change a defining issue for financial stability?
Maria Nieto

Advisor in the directorate of financial stability, regulation and resolution

Bank of Spain

María J. Nieto is Advisor in the Directorate of Financial Stability, Regulation and Resolution, at Bank of Spain where she has developed her career since December 2000. She is author of several articles on banking, financial stability and regulatory issues that have been published by prestigious peered reviewed journals and she is member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Banking Regulation and the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance. She has cooperated as consultant with the IMF and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and has worked at the ECB, Council of Economic Advisors to the Spanish President and the IMF. Ms Nieto earned a PhD cum laude from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and MBA (finance) from the University of California Los Angeles.

Audun Gronn

Special advisor to the governor

Central Bank of Norway

Anna Hyrkse

Principal responsible investment specialist

Bank of Finland

Marianne Nessén

Senior advisor to the executive board

Sveriges Riksbank

Marianne Nessén, Senior Advisor to the Executive Board of Sveriges Riksbank 

Dr. Nessén is Senior Advisor to the Executive Board of Sveriges Riksbank, the central bank of Sweden, after having been head of the Monetary Policy Department for five years. Prior to that she held various positions at the Riksbank, including in the Research Department. She was the Riksbank representative in the Markets Committee at the BIS during 2007-2014. She is the Riksbank’s representative in the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). 

Dr. Nessén holds a PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics, where she is an associate professor. She has published research on monetary policy in leading academic journals. 

Dirk Broeders

Senior risk manager – financial markets division

The Netherlands Bank

Chris Faint

Head of division

Bank of England

Chris has responsibility for developing and implementing the Bank's strategic approach to climate change.  He has been particularly focused on the PRA’s supervisory approach to addressing the financial risks arising from climate change and the development of the Bank's climate stress test. 

Beyond climate, Chris has responsibility for the supervision of the small mutual sector in the UK and the delivery of supervisory strategic projects across the UK banking sector. 

Torsten Ehlers

Senior economist – monetary and economic department

Bank for International Settlements

Ron Dembo

Founder and CEO


Diego Cifuentes

Director of the international investments

Central Bank of Colombia

Diego Cifuentes has worked for 20 years in the Foreign Reserves Department at the Central Bank of Colombia.  For the last three years He has been Director of International Investments, responsible for leading the group that manages Colombia’s foreign reserves and sovereign funds.  Other positions Diego has held in the bank are Head of Portfolio Management Desk, Portfolio Manager and Investment Analyst. Diego has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, an MBA from Columbia University and is a CFA charter holder. The group led by Diego not only implements the policy set by the Board of Directors for reserve portfolios, it helps to design the investment policy statement, investment process, asset allocation, risk management and portfolio implementation.


Marco Ruiz

RAMP engagement manager

World Bank

Thomas Allen

Sustainable finance division - directorate for financial stability

Bank of France

Irene Monasterolo

Assistant professor of climate economics and finance

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Irene Monasterolo is an Assistant Professor of Climate Economics and Finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is visiting research fellow at Boston University and at the International Institute for Advanced Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Irene’s research is contributing to understand under which conditions finance could be a driver or a barrier to the achievement of the climate targets in both high income and developing countries. She has co-developed the climate stress-test of the financial system to introduce climate risk in investors’ risk management, and the EIRIN macroeconomic model to analyse the implications of climate policies (fiscal, monetary, prudential) on green investments, financial stability and inequality. Currently, her research is supporting development finance institutions in the analysis of compound COVID-19, climate change and public finance risk.

Her research has been published on leading academic journals, such as Nature Climate Change and Climatic Change, as well as on non-academic journals (e.g. Euractiv, the Financial Times, Il Sole 24 ore). She has co-authored the G20’s T-20 chapter on Sustainable Finance, the climate financial risk chapter of the Financial Stability Review of the European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority (EIOPA) and of the Austrian National Bank (OeNB).

She has long experience in working at the research-policy interface on sustainable and inclusive development, and climate finance. She has been involved in capacity building and trainings to central banks (e.g. European Central Bank), financial regulators, development finance institutions (World Bank, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), NGOs (e.g. CERES, Positive Money) and the European Commission (EC).

Irene is co-founder and senior partner at Climate Finance Alpha.

Liliana Jeronimo

Head of markets analysis division

Bank of Portugal

Johanna Lasker

Head of Central Banks and Official Institutions

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Johanna Lasker is the Head of Central Banks and Official Institutions for BNP Paribas Asset Management. She is responsible for managing and growing our official institutions business globally, which includes developing business, servicing clients and ensuring we are meeting the needs of this client segment. She originally joined FFTW, a predecessor of BNP Paribas Asset Management, in 1997. She then left the firm in 2000 and rejoined in 2004. She is based in New York.

In addition to working for BNP Paribas Asset Management and FFTW, Johanna worked in the Corporate Finance division at UBS for two years, where she was an Associate Director in the Consumer Products Group in New York. She later transferred to the Global Industrial Group in Japan where she lived for a year.

Johanna has 20 years of investment experience. She earned an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University, and a BA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

Mark Lewis

Global head of sustainability research

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Mark is Global Head of Sustainability Research at BNPP AM, having joined in January 2019. He leads the team of ESG analysts covering all sectors and asset classes, setting the research agenda with a focus on climate research and risk analysis.

Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of Research at the Carbon Tracker Initiative (April-December 2018), Managing Director and Head of European Utilities Research at Barclays (2015-18), Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux (2014-15), and Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Research at Deutsche Bank (2005-13).

Mark holds a BA (First-Class Hons) in Modern Languages and Economics from Sheffield University, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and an MA from London University.

Nick Carver

Brand director

Central Banking

Victor Mendez-Barreira

International Reserves Correspondent

Central Banking Publications

Arnab Das

Global market strategist & global thought leadership member


Arnab Das is Global Market Strategist in the EMEA region, based in London, and a member of Invesco’s Global Thought Leadership team. He helps develop and communicate analysis and insight on the global economy and financial markets across asset classes for clients, media, governments and central banks. He works with Invesco’s investment teams across disciplines and regions and is a member of Invesco’s Global Investor Forum Advisory Council with a focus on global macro and emerging markets. Arnab’s research interests span economic policy, performance and reform; and economic and financial history.

Arnab joined Invesco in 2015 as Head of EM macro research for Invesco Fixed Income. He began his career in finance in 1992, and has served as Co-head of Economic Research & Strategy at Roubini Global Economics; Co-head of Global Economics & Strategy, Head of Global FX Research, and Head of EM Economics & Strategy at Dresdner Kleinwort; and Head of EEMEA Research at JP Morgan. He has also been a private consultant in global and emerging markets, as well as consulting with Trusted Sources, a specialist EM research boutique.

Arnab’s studies were in macroeconomics, economic history and international political economy. He received an AB from Princeton University in 1986 and completed his postgraduate and doctoral work at the London School of Economics in 1987-1992.