Mobilising Capital for Climate Action

CCUK in partnership with Imperial College and Fordham University London is thrilled to host this unique professional event on sustainable finance.
An enormous gap exists between what has been committed globally to finance the climate transition as compared to what has actually been deployed. The question is why, and how to change this impasse?
Hear from Cornell professor Alissa Kleinnijenhuis (from the Imperial College Business School), who will share insights on carbon and how to mobilise capital behind carbon reduction solutions from her latest research collaboration, based on The Great Carbon Arbitrage paper.
Following her short presentation, we will host a moderated panel and audience Q&A with Basak Beyazay-Odemis, Carbon Finance Lead at the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group), and Ergem Tohumcu, Fordham University, Sustainability Marketing Faculty & FutureWise Partners Co-Founder.


Ticket price covers panel event and a rooftop networking reception (weather permitting, otherwise we will host it indoors), including canapés and drinks.


Please scroll down for further details and timings. We hope to see you there!

Alissa M. Kleinnijenhuis Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance, Finance Department, Cornell SC Johnson School of Business, Cornell University
Ergem Tohumcu Fordham University, Sustainability Marketing Faculty & FutureWise Partners Co-Founder
Basak Beyazay-Odemis Carbon Finance Lead, Climate Business Department, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)
12 June 2024
12 June 2024
18:30 - 21:30
Fordham University London, 2 Eyre Street Hill, London, UK   View map




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6:00-6:30pm Registration & Welcome

6:30-6:50pm Research Presentation

6:50-8:00pm Panel Discussion & Q&A

8:00-9:30pm Rooftop Drinks & Canapes

Event Details

Alissa M. Kleinnijenhuis is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University and is affiliated with the Imperial College Business School Finance Department of Imperial College London. Dr. Kleinnijenhuis is Research Associate at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) at the Oxford Martin School of the University of Oxford, a Non-Resident Fellow at Bruegel (an EU think tank specializing in economics), a RPN Member of Sustainable Finance at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and a Faculty Fellow of the Cornell Atkinson Centre for Sustainability.

Ergem Senyuva Tohumcu is a sustainability expert and faculty member at Fordham University. Ergem is the co-founder of FutureWise Partners, a strategic advisory that supports companies in embedding sustainability into their supply chains and operations, and assists financial institutions in aligning their ESG goals in their portfolios. FutureWise Partners leverages their expertise in sustainable business practices and regulatory compliance by helping organizations integrate essential data, processes, and strategies to meet rising expectations and achieve their sustainability objectives.

Basak is a carbon market and climate change expert with 20 years of experience. Between 2002 and 2018, Basak worked as an energy trader, business development executive, and emissions trading manager for Total Gas & Power Limited. As an FCA-regulated derivatives trader, she traded natural gas, electricity, and carbon certificates on a physical basis and as derivatives on OTC markets and main European Energy Exchanges. She set up the emissions trading desk, managed the GHG exposure of Total Group, and contributed to the company’s climate strategy. Following TOTAL, Basak managed investments in a venture capital fund. As a member of the investment committee, she has conducted due diligence and worked to identify, invest, and support businesses fulfilling Fund’s criteria. She currently works for the Climate Business Development Department to enhance IFC’s carbon market activities in emerging countries. Basak aims to work for a low-carbon path to development across the globe for the rest of her career. She firmly believes the solution to the biggest threat facing our world today will be found with a concerted effort by the private sector, international institutions, and public sector.