Farah Imrana Hussain is a Senior Financial Officer at the World Bank Treasury based in Washington DC. She is part of a team of financial specialists that design and implement financial solutions to help clients: (1) access financing for development by mobilizing World Bank Group resources and private sector financing; (2) mitigate the impact of financial, natural disaster and commodity risks by facilitating access to market-based risk management tools; and (3) strengthen capacity to implement efficient risk management strategies by providing advisory services.
Ms Hussain specializes in sustainable finance, providing technical assistance to countries to develop local green bond markets, including developing policy frameworks, identifying green project pipelines, developing impact reports, and supporting capacity building among key stakeholders in order to promote sustainable investment solutions. She led the World Bank’s engagements in Malaysia, Fiji and Indonesia that resulted in the issuance of the first green sukuk in the world; first sovereign green bond by an emerging market; first corporate green bond in Indonesia; the ASEAN Green Bond Standards and Indonesian Green Bond Regulations. The World Bank has been a pioneer in developing the green bond market, issuing more than 140 Green Bonds (totaling $11 Bn) in 19 currencies since 2008.
Before joining the World Bank Treasury in 2010, Ms Hussain worked for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a member of the World Bank Group that provides guarantees to attract investors and private insurers into the world’s poorest countries and fragile and conflict-affected environments. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Ms Hussain worked for BNP Paribas and ING Barings, investment banks in London
Rong Zhang, Senior Policy Officer and Global Coordinator for the Sustainable Banking Program at IFC and WBG. Rong Zhang leads IFC’s support to the Sustainable Banking Network (SBN), an innovative community of financial regulators and banking associations from emerging markets committed to advancing the sustainable finance agenda. SBN was established in 2012 and is currently represented by 35 countries from the emerging markets. Since 2007, Rong has been leading the cooperation between IFC, governments and the broader financial sector on development and implementation of sustainable finance policy, technical tools, capacity building and south-south knowledge sharing and partnership. Prior to joining IFC in 2014, she spent over 10 years in Asia in various capacities, providing governments and companies with strategic counsel and project implementation across the full spectrum of sustainability issues.
Michael Noel, Program Director, Global Finance Thematic Group and 1818 Society Member.
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