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Expert Forum Adaptation and Mitigation Finance

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September 09, 2024, 9:00 - 5:30 p.m. followed by a reception and networking dinner

ESMT Berlin | In-person event only, registration and welcome coffee starts at 8:30 a.m.

The Societal Impact Financing Initiative (SciFi) at ESMT business school in Berlin organizes the Expert Forum Adaptation and Mitigation Finance. With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, our event brings together leading international climate finance scholars, policy stakeholders, investors, development finance institutions and foundations. The Expert Forum Adaptation and Mitigation Finance takes place just one day prior to the World Bank conference on Climate Finance, Innovate4Climate, which takes place in Berlin this year. 

We recommend booking accommodation early, as our event coincides with the World Bank conference and IFA and high demand for hotels is to be expected

For any additional questions please contact Olga Almqvist (

Confirmed speakers

  • Chris Clubb, Managing Director, Convergence
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Director and Chief Economist, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Martin Ewald, Managing Director, London Office, Allianz Global Investors, OECD Senior Expert Group on Blended Finance and Adaptation
  • Raji Jayamaran, Professor of Economics, ESMT, Co-Director, Forward Society Lab
  • Christian Krämer, Member of the Management Committee, KfW Development Bank
  • Jörg Kukies, State Secretary, German Chancellery, G7 Sherpa
  • Anja Langenbucher, Europe Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Marie Lam-Frendo, Chief Strategy Officer, Meridiam
  • Bernhard Lorentz, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Stiftung Klimaneutralität
  • Avinash Persaud, Special Advisor on Climate Change to the President of the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Merih Sevilir, Professor of Finance, ESMT
  • Maya Ziswiler, CEO, UBS Optimus Foundation


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Draft Agenda and Hotel Recommendations

Draft Agenda

  • Political keynote: Strengthening international and cross-sector collaboration to achieve climate goals

  • Session:  Aligning the interests of the public and private sector to mobilize climate finance

  • Session: Challenging the status quo: Adaptation and mitigation finance today

  • Networking Lunch:  Possibility to visit booths of adaptation funds

  • Session: Effective levers to mobilize climate finance

  • Session: Financing innovation in climate mitigation 

  • Expert keynote: Moving the needle on adaptation and resilience finance

  • Session: Concessional finance as an enabler for mitigation & adaptation finance

  • Networking dinner

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If you would like to attend please register in the following link