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Tomorrow is too late: ESG requires action today

A message from the desk of Kenny Fihla,
Chief Executive Officer, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank Group

Kenny Fihla, Chief Executive Officer: Standard Bank Corporate Investment Banking, explains why ESG is no longer optional: it’s a core business competency Standard Bank takes seriously. In 2022 the Group launched its Climate Policy, committing to achieve net zero carbon emissions from our own operations for newly built facilities by 2030, for existing facilities by 2040, and from our portfolio of financed emissions by 2050.

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Mr. Kenny Fihla (CEO, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank) will officially welcome the guests and open the summit followed by a keynote speech.

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Chief Executive Officer, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank Group


Executive Director, Presidential Climate Commission, South Africa


Energy Transition

While the Global North is progressing in advancing towards carbon neutrality, the pace for the Global South – particularly Africa – requires a multifaceted approach for the region’s unique context of energy poverty against the backdrop of immediate socio-economic needs.


5 Panelists

Climate Impact, Opportunities and Risks

Climate change presents significant risks to some of the most vulnerable parts of our continent, and at the same time, it presents several opportunities for innovation, such as scaling renewables projects, facilitating sustainable finance investments and partnering across society to achieve positive social change.


Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme


5 Panelists

Moderated by Mr. Simon Freemantle. Panelists: Mr. Rich Nuzum, Mr. Mark Raine, Prof. Barend Erasmus, Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman

Scaling up Industry Transitions

Across the globe, industries are at varying stages in their journey towards sustainability. Some sectors are responsible for a significant share of global greenhouse gas emissions and face a more intricate path. The challenge lies not just in initiating these transitions, but in scaling them — in amplifying efforts, broadening scopes, and ensuring that sustainable practices become the norm rather than the exception.


Special Advisor, Regionalization Director, Just Transition.  UN High-Level Climate Champions Team


5 Panelists

Moderated by Mr. Marc Ter Mors. Panelists: Ms. Sarah Collins,
Mr. Mutuma Marangu, Mr. Mike Teke, Ms. Shamini Harrington

Meeting of the minds

Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution. No country can solve climate change on its own. The global North and global South have different but complementary needs. The North has more financial resources and technology expertise, while the South has abundant renewable energy resources.



4 Panelists

Moderated by Prof. Morris Mthombeni. Panelist: Ms. Tracey Davies, H.E. Mr. Chris Cooter, Mr. Andrew Kirby


Mr. Sim Tshabalala (CEO, Standard Bank)will provide closing remarks and officially close the summit.


Chief Executive Officer, Standard Bank Group