FinTech Self-paced Learning Webinars (Webinar 10): Integrating ESG in Finance

Self-paced Recording

About this course

Format: Video Recording

Learning Objectives:
- Learn the drivers of ESG-investment decisions
- Obtain market overview of ESG initiatives and regulations
- Understand how financial institutions can integrate ESG into businesses

Training Content:
Session 1
- Topic: ESG in Finance: The Case of Hong Kong
- Language: Cantonese
- Speaker: Dr. William Yu, Chief Executive Officer, World Green Organisation
- What to learn: Short-termism is commonly found in the investment regime, resulting in an excessive focus on short-term returns at the expense of long-term interests, especially in social and environmental dimensions. Although there is clear and growing evidence that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues will have a meaningful impact on
company’s stock prices, ESG, in most cases, is just perceived as a new burden of compliance. Apart from risk mitigation, how can we make ESG practises an asset instead of an obligation in our investment process? During this session, the industry expert will share how some organisations in Hong Kong have integrated ESG into their DNA and match their business strategy with the help of technology.

Session 2
- Topic: Greening the Financial System
- Language: English
- Moderator: Mr. Gerard Coenen, Senior Manager – ESG, Diginex 
- What to learn: Investors are becoming increasingly concerned about environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. Companies are also being pressured by a variety of stakeholders to take a proactive approach managing ESG risks and opportunities as part of their overall business plans. Indeed, the global investing communities’ interest in ESG issues has reached a tipping point. During this session, the industry expert will discuss the key considerations and criteria on the implementation of ESG measures and the key trends and initiatives that are burgeoning around the world greening the financial system.


No credit


Deadline: 31 Dec 2023

By the end of this course, you will learn:


Understand the challenges of short-termism


Learn the fundamentals of ESG integrations


Get an overview of the ESG market and performance in Hong Kong


Explore the changing market and regulatory landscape with a comparison of Asia-Pacific (APAC) and the rest of the world


Dive into initiatives that are driving the greening of the financial system


Understand the key trends and initiatives from TCFD, SBTI and TNFD, to new investment framework and new ways of doing credit analysis


Learn the different approach and the best practices to integrate ESG at the core of organisations



Chief Executive Officer, World Green Organisation
Dr. Yu is the Chief Executive Officer of World Green Organisation. He is an energy economist and climate professional by training and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He earned an Executive MBA from the Thunderbird Global Management School, U.S. and completed a Sustainable Finance Programme at Cambridge.

Dr. Yu is currently Director of Studies of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, supervising doctoral research on ESG disclosure quality of listed companies. He has been the Adjunct Professor of several universities and the Faculty of Hong Kong Green Building Council. Dr. Yu had gained valuable regional management experience by working at US multinationals and a financial banking institution.


Senior Manager – ESG, Diginex
As an early team member and Senior Manager,  am supporting Diginex at every step of that mission. I work with our management team to define go-to market strategies, with tech to shape the product, with sales and partnerships to scale it, and directly with clients to make sure they get the most of out it.

As a company, we build accessible, affordable and intelligent products to help democratize sustainability. With a global team of over 80 technology and impact experts, Diginex is scaling rapidly and has worked as a technology partner with leading players around the world including Microsoft, Coca-Cola and the United Nations.