Sustainable Financial Innovation and Leadership Workshop Series:

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Environmental & Social Risk Management: Present and Future Outlook

(including Responsible Investment Banking book launch*)

Experts discuss effectiveness, sustainability and responsibility in international business, investment and finance regarding environmental and social risks.


The viability of business, including investment and banking business depends to a large extend on non financial context factors stemming from the sphere of megatrends such as climate change, resource scarcity, demographic and social change, rapid urbanization and technological breakthroughs. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are reshaping the economic and commercial landscape. The future sustainability definition of  many industries,  including investment and banking has to be redefined. Soft Law Standards have emerged to cope with risks associated to these trends and are already in the process of converging to form Global Administrative Law. Together with the new megatrends they create a new reality for business, investment and banking. Thought leaders in sustainable financial innovation, impact investment and ESG risk management therefore discuss what the concepts of sustainable finance; Global Administrative Law and value creation mean to the business and investment and banking industry in fast growing markets like Turkey

Sustainable Financial Innovation and Leadership Workshop Series will start with a key note speech from Boğaziçi University Rector’s Office followed by a panel discussion about Sustainable Financial Innovation, Global Administrative Law and Good Environmental and Social Governance. The panel discussion will focus on opportunities and road blocks which support or bar effective application of best international standards and practices. The event will be concluded with the book launch and a cocktail reception. At the event, discussions will focus on core issues regarding the future of investment and banking: How can sustainability standards drive business performance and be embedded in business models and the corporate culture – i.e. the “DNA” – of the investment and finance industry? How should globally applicable, common standards – often referred to as Global Administrative Law – look like?



Invited Speakers are as follows:

Ms. Karen Wendt:

-Founder of Responsible Investment Banking Network,

-Editor of scientific literature on responsible investment banking

-Positive impact investing and organizational culture for Springer International Publishing

Ms. Anne Maria Cronin:

-Principal Environmental Advisor

-European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

-Environment and Sustainability Department

Dr. Cem Avcı:

-Prof. of Civil Engineering, Boğaziçi University

-Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Expert

Dr. Vedat Akgiray:

-Prof. of  Finance, Boğaziçi University

-Director Center for Research in Corporate Governance &

Financial Regulation, Boğaziçi University

Mr. Rai Vogelsberger:

-Partner – Impact Assessment/Project Finance Services, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) GmbH

Dr. Işıl Gültekin:

-ESIA-ESDD Practice Leader

-ELC Group/Royal HaskoningDHV Consulting and Engineering Inc. Istanbul

Mr. Emre Hatem:

-Senior Vice President, Project and Acquisition Finance, Sustainability, Garanti Bankası



Taking place in Istanbul on May 13 2015,


at BUMED (Boğaziçi University Alumni Association),


Room: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk


Time:  9:00-17:00

For the Detailed Programme Click Here


Bogazici University was formally established in 1971, but it has the long history of Robert College, which was the first American College established outside the boundaries of the United States in 1863. With the transfer of the site to the Turkish government, Boğaziçi University became the direct heir to not only the excellent facilities of Robert College, but also to its distinguished academic tradition. The university has four faculties (Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Economics and Administrative Sciences, and Education), six institutes (offering graduate programs), the School of Foreign Languages, and the School of Applied Sciences.  Boğaziçi University Lifelong Learning Center is the unit responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing  the lifelong learning programs apart from the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs of the university. The Center offers courses, seminars and training programs in a variety of subjects both for individuals and employees of public and private sector.





Center for Research in Corporate Governance & Financial Regulation


Center for Research in Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (CCG) has been established by Boğaziçi University in order to contribute to the research that augments the legal / regulatory content of corporate governance models with more economic / financial content., One of the aims of the Center will be to emphasize designing “economic models” of corporate governance, that go beyond mere fiduciary rules and that try to link “rational” applications of good governance leading to increased economic value for corporations in the long-run



ELC Group Consulting Engineering Inc.


 ‘Royal HaskoningDHV Turkey locally operates under the name of ELC Group Inc. Founded in 1992, with headquarters in Istanbul, we are renowned for our environmental and geotechnical expertise. Over the years, our company grew into a leading specialized environmental and geotechnical consulting company with clientele that includes oil and gas, construction, real estate development, energy, and finance companies both in Turkey as well as in the wider region.’



ERM | Environmental Resources Management


ERM is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services. With sustainability at the heart of both our services and how we operate our business, we are committed to providing a service that is consistently of the highest quality


*Catalyst for this event and integrated into this event is the book launch of a new anthology about “Responsible Investment Banking”, collected by Karen Wendt, (Founder Responsible Investment Banking).


Please find further information  on


Karen Wendt (Ed.), Responsible Investment Banking. Risk Management Frameworks, Softlaw Standards and Sustainable Financial Innovation., Springer-International 2015


This book provides evidence on the relevance of environmental and social factors in decision making, discusses the Gold Standard Frameworks for integrating extra-financial risks into the value chain management procedures of investment banks together with a lot of examples for practical application. It paves the way from robust impact and risk management to positive impact creation and a new investment culture. As well, challenges for the implementation and ways to overcome them are broadly discussed. The book is rooted in the fact that banks which fail to professionally integrate the management of extra-financial risk into their whole lending and investment products chain may well move down the food chain and potentially lose positions on advisory man-dates, lead arranger and underwriting mandates and finally client deposits – and trust.