Green Invest Asia Podcast

Our Green Invest Asia podcast talks to investors who are deploying capital to reduce climate impacts of agricultural and forestry commodities grown in Southeast Asia. These interviews bring you the inside story on sustainable land use investments in Southeast Asia—what’s working, what’s not, and the green areas in between. Access audio files by clicking on the picture below. Written transcripts for each episode follow.

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Episode 12

June 14, 2023

USAID’s Sr. Climate Finance Advisor on U.S. government’s $150 billion climate finance investment goal and target investments

This final podcast features USAID’s Senior Climate Finance Advisor on the U.S. government’s climate finance investment goal, priority sectors and plans.

Guest: Jacqueline Musiitwa, Senior Climate Finance Advisor, USAID


Episode 11

March 3, 2023

New Forests’ Investment Director on Tropical Asia Forest Fund

This first podcast of 2023 features New Forests’ investment director Jens Petersen on Tropical Asia Forest Fund, the role of carbon market projects in the firm’s investment and community engagement strategies.

Guest: Jens Petersen, Investment Director, New Forests


Episode 10

December 19, 2022

Lestari Capital’s CEO on Rimba Collective and joint corporate conservation investments

This final podcast of 2022 features Lestari Capital’s CEO Michal Zrust on market-based demand for conservation, and how corporates are collectively meeting climate goals through the conservation outcome purchasing mechanism Rimba Collective.

Guest: Michal Zrust, CEO, Lestari Capital


Episode 9

October 30, 2022

Climate Impact X’s Commercial Director on Voluntary Carbon Market

Voluntary Carbon Market trends for climate-smart agribusiness in Southeast Asia, and how to increase supply of high-quality, transparent carbon credits.

Guest: Brian McCann, Commercial Director, Climate Impact X


Episode 8

September 29, 2022

Global Impact Investing Network’s Southeast Asia Advisor on Gender Lens Investing

What exactly is gender lens investing? The Global Impact Investing Network’s Southeast Asia advisor Maud Savary-Mornet helps define it, explains the business case for it, focusing on some funds and initiatives trying to tap the multibillion dollar investment opportunity in the female economy, including the 2X Challenge, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and her own efforts launching a fund on gender and climate resilience..

Guest: Maud Savary-Mornet, Southeast Asia Advisor, Global Impact Investing Network


Episode 7

August 30, 2022

Livelihoods Funds’ Corporate Partnership Strategy

Green Invest Asia speaks with Livelihoods Funds’ vice president of sustainable sourcing about how Livelihoods Funds, a group of impact investment funds, help corporates improve their supply chains, reach climate goals, and scale low-carbon regenerative farming.

Guest: Eric Servat, Vice President Sustainable Sourcing, Livelihoods Funds


Episode 6

July 26, 2022

Mizuho Bank’s Sustainability Journey

JY Chow, head of the bank’s retail and agri banking, and Ivy Lau, the head of the bank’s sustainability finance, discuss the bank’s sustainability benchmarks, progress and next steps.

Guest: Mizuho Bank’s JY Chow, Head of Agri and Retail and Ivy Lau, Head of Sustainable Finance


Episode 5

June 28, 2022

Mirova’s Land Degradation Neutrality Fund

Nicolas Hayon, Mirova Investment Director, discusses the fund’s latest investment in Kennemer Foods International.

Guest: Nicolas Hayon, Mirova Investment Director


Episode 4

May 31, 2022

Asia Climate-smart Landscape Fund

ADM Capital, US International Development Finance Corporation and Rabo Foundation discuss launching the $200m Asia Climate-smart Landscape Fund.

Guest: ADM Capital Group, Rabo Foundation, U.S. Development Finance Corporation


Episode 3

February 11, 2022

Sustainable Finance 2022 lookahead with Rabobank

Rabobank’s head of Sustainable Finance in Asia and capital markets for Southeast Asia and India, Cedric Chaudron, frames major issues/trends for sustainable finance, particularly in agriculture, heading into 2022: growing sustainable debt markets, mainstreaming of ESG, strong bank appetite for sustainability-linked loans, and increased climate reporting regulations.

Guest: Cedric Chaudron, Head of capital markets and sustainable finance Asia, Rabobank


Episode 2

December 17, 2021

Transition finance for deforestation-free agriculture

Michael Schlup joins podcast from Sail Ventures, a boutique investment firm that advises the &Green Fund, to share challenges and opportunities in transition finance for deforestation-free agricultural and forestry commodities. Launched in 2017, the fund aims to catalyze more than 2 billion US dollars in investments to protect, conserve and restore 5 million hectares of tropical forests.

Guest: Michael Schlup, E&S Director, Sail Ventures


Episode 1

October 27, 2021

Issuing climate bonds in emerging economies

We speak with Cedric Rimaud, a portfolio manager for First Degree Global Asset Management, and a representative in Southeast Asia for Climate Bonds Initiative, an international investor focused not- for- profit, working to mobilize the $100 trillion dollar bond market for climate change solutions. He joins us from Singapore to discuss how small and medium-sized companies are accessing a growing green bond market, especially for the land use sector.

Guest: Cedric Rimaud, Portfolio manager, First Degree Asset Management

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