How do we define sustainable financial talents? As a global financial hub, how should the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) make efforts to fill the gap? Senior academicians and industry insiders offered their opinions and suggestions at the Nurturing Sustainable Financial Practitioners in the GBA with an International Perspective & CUHK-Shenzhen Lakeside Finance Forum held on October 27.
As a parallel forum of the 2023 GBA Sustainable Finance Summit, it was hosted by the Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Local Financial Regulation and Supervision together with Shenzhen Finance Institute, School of Management and Economics (SME), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHK-Shenzhen), China Alliance of Social Value Investment (Shenzhen), and 21st Century Business Herald.
In his opening speech, Zhang Bohui, Executive Dean of SME, The CUHK-Shenzhen, mentioned that “Sustainable talents must be versatile. The courses currently offered by SME, The CUHK-Shenzhen, cover responsible management education, sustainable finance, environmental economics, and many other sustainability-related disciplines. We highly look forward to hearing the actual needs of institutions and enterprises for sustainable financial talents.”
Tang Yongjun (Dragon), a Professor of Finance at the University of Hong Kong, mentioned the Pilot Green and Sustainable Finance Capacity Building Support Scheme launched by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2022. This move aims to expand the local green and sustainable financial talent pool to drive the development of sustainable finance in Hong Kong. He suggested that “such a scheme should be further expanded and adopted by other GBA cities.”
Xia Qing, Deputy General Manager of Hundsun JuYuan, pointed out the importance of data elements to sustainable financial development. According to Xia, data to finance is what “oil” to the significant model era. It is the essential element of sustainable finance.
Su Tingting, Director of the ESG Management Center at the Office of Board of Supervisors, the Industrial Bank Headquarters, mentioned in her keynote speech that nearly two-thirds of the “post-95s” and “post-00s” who are very concerned about their asset investment would rather sacrifice partial returns for investment in projects in consistency with their own values. “The future of ESG definitely depends on all youth, especially the millennials,” said Su.
At the forum, the Shenzhen Institute of Data Economy and Shanghai Hundsun Juyuan Data Service Co., Ltd. held a signing ceremony for a strategic partnership. Targeting the “millennial generation,” DataRer, the first domestic online service platform focusing on the internship and professional practice of data talents, was officially launched at the forum with two concurrent roundtables on “Data and Sustainable Financial Talent Cultivation” and “Sustainable Financial Talent Empowers High-Quality Development of the Industry.”