SALT Voices: Stephen Barnett | Executive Director of Business Development, ADGM | Summary and Q&A

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January 9, 2020
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SALT Voices: Stephen Barnett | Executive Director of Business Development, ADGM

TL;DR

Sustainable investing is emphasized at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), showcasing the region's commitment to doing well by doing good.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What were the main findings from the discussion on sustainable investing at ADGM?

The discussion highlighted the significance of sustainable investing and addressed the misconception that it compromises returns. ADGM showcased the opportunities for sustainable investment in the region and emphasized the importance of aligning with international frameworks.

Q: How is ADGM making sustainable finance more widely known and understood?

ADGM is hosting events like the World Future Energy Summit and creating the Abu Dhabi Declaration on Sustainable Finance to raise awareness. They are also creating a framework for transparency, aligning with international frameworks, running an education program, and providing a platform for sustainable projects and finance.

Q: How is ADGM shaping a new approach towards investing in the region?

ADGM is bridging the gap between centralized funding and private capital in sustainable projects. By providing a platform for private investors, ADGM is making sustainable finance better known and attracting capital flows in both directions.

Q: What are the ripple effects of a global thought leadership forum like Salt being in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi has always been a consolidator and Salt's presence reflects that. The forum brings global leaders, business opportunities, and cultural exposure to the region, opening minds and opportunities for investment. It also signifies Abu Dhabi's role as a hub for international business.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Steve Barnett, the executive director for business development at ADGM, emphasizes the importance of sustainable investing in a discussion.

  • ADGM supports the growth of sustainable investment and aims to make sustainable finance transparent and practical for investors.

  • ADGM has created a sustainable finance forum and education program, and facilitated over $2 billion worth of sustainable projects since launching a financing platform.

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