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Centre for Sustainable Finance

The Centre for Sustainable Finance at The London Institute of Banking & Finance has a mission to develop the understanding of sustainable finance through education, research and thought leadership.


We recognise the central role that the financial sector has to play in order to achieve the targets, as laid out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and The Paris Agreement on climate change.  It is through Sustainable Finance that financial markets will be able to adjust and allocate resources effectively.  The Centre will consider issues relating to markets, regulation, risk management and government policy from an international perspective.

The Centre for Sustainable Finance is based in the heart of the City of London.  One of our key institutional strengths is the relationships that we have fostered over time in the financial industry both at home and overseas.  The London Institute of Banking & Finance already works with commercial banks,

investors, regulators and governments on a wide range of educational qualifications and advisory projects. 

As we extend our activity at the Centre we will be incorporating sustainable finance into that work.  We also bring practical expertise in financial markets to our Centre along with academic insights.

In the coming months, we will be developing our research agenda and establishing new types of connections with key financial institutions and academic centres in sustainable finance.  We will produce publications that support our work and create conference and networking opportunities.  The Centre will be confirming an Advisory Board in due course.


Chris McHugh

Chris McHugh is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance at The London Institute of Banking & Finance and a faculty member lecturing on derivatives and risk. He is a visiting lecturer at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and a PhD researcher at the University of Southampton focusing on development finance. As a Senior Adviser to the International Association of Portfolio Managers, he works with development banks on active risk management strategies. He has over 20 years’ experience in derivative markets, has worked in corporate finance specializing in financial institutions and in management consulting.

As a Managing Director at HSBC for 14 years he ran trading and structuring teams responsible for the risk management of: counterparty risk (‘XVA’), funding and collateral discounting risk, energy derivatives, emerging market credit, and foreign exchange derivatives. He was at the forefront of the bank’s commercial response to regulatory change and capital optimization. Prior to that he worked in Markets at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, and at Merrill Lynch in investment banking. Chris graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, with a degree in Engineering and has an MBA from London Business School.

Certificate in Sustainable Finance Registration

In conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Global Market Academy The London Institute of Banking & Finance is presenting its first Certificate in Sustainable Finance in the Middle East and North Africa region, please register your interest.

Register your interest

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