PROGRAM

22 MAY 2019


09:00-09:25 Opening Ceremony & WELCOME WORDS

Tigran Avinyan Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia

09:25-09:45 Opening Keynote presentation

Dmitry Mariyasin Resident Representative- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Armenia

09:45-10:30 Sustainable finance landscape in the region

  • What are the major drivers for sustainable finance in the region

  • To what extent do financiers and investors in the region integrate ESG criteria (Environmental, social or governance)
    in their services

  • Why can sustainable finance become a catalyst for the growth & development of the region?

  • How much finance is needed to achieve mitigation & adaptation targets

Dmitry Mariyasin Resident Representative- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Armenia
Oxana Binzaru Regional Director for European Eastern Neighbourhood Region- Finance in Motion
Dimitri Gvindadze Head of EBRD in Armenia
Farida Abdulhafizova Regional Manager for Central Asia, the Caucasus and Russia- Microfinanza Rating

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 Blended Finance: Scaling-up private investments

  • Blended Finance for development impact

  • Blended Finance Principles and Practice

  • Status and overview of blended finance in the region

  • Successful cases

Andrey Shlyakhtenko Senior Climate Finance Specialist - International Finance Corporation (IFC)

11:30-12:15 Supporting SME-s to reduce carbon emissions & invest in green technologies

  • Business incentives & support mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions

  • Green finance products and accessibility

  • Successful case studies

Andro Butkhuzi Deputy Programme Manager - EBRD’s Green Economy Financing Facilities (GEFF) in Armenia
Kairat Shalabay Team Leader-CLIMADAPT Tajikistan
Lilit Gharayan CEO & Partner - ADWISE Consulting


12:15-13:00 Local currency financing

  • Challenges with local currency financing in the region

  • How to create enabling capital market environment

  • Sustainable strategies for mitigating currency risk in volatile markets

    Jerome Pirouz Senior VP Structuring - TCX Fund
    Joseph Khalil Director - MFX Currency Solutions
    Gevorg Khachatryan Management Board Member & Deputy CEO Customer Service -  ArmSwissBank

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-14:30 Investment & financing opportunities in solid waste management

  • Market opportunity

  • Available finance to support sorting, recycling and re-using solid waste in the region

  • Main barriers to raise capital and possible solutions

    Archil Lezhava Waste Tariff Policy Elaboration Team Leader - CENN
    Mkhitar Avetisyan President - IISD

14:30-15:00 Transitioning to clean energy & a low carbon future

  • Renewable energy development landscape in the region

  • Bankability of renewable energy projects

  • Investment opportunities & challenges

Matti Piiparinen Senior Officer Project Finance - Finance in Motion

15:00-15:30 Scaling up Public Private Partnership (PPP) for clean water & sanitation

  • Importance of funding PPPs from IFIs (KFW) and opportunities

  • Funding mechanisms of PPP-s in water sector

  • Understanding opportunities & risks of private sector participation

  • Success case in the region

  • PPP-s & serving the poor

Zara Chatinyan Local Representative - KFW Armenia 
Gagik Khachatryan Institutional Advisor PPP

15:30-16:00 Business models to finance energy poverty in rural areas

  • Financial mechanisms to enable poorer households to access EE & RE technologies   

  • Case study: Pilot NAMA project

  • Future steps and expansion possibilities

    Anna Samwel Head of Branch Office - Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) Georgia

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-17:15 Financing strategies for smart cities

  • Funding mechanisms for infrastructure projects

  • Features of funding mechanisms for smart city projects today

  • Successful examples

    Artem Kharazyan Country Expert -  Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy CoM East

    Sergey Sayadyan Financial Incentives Task Force Leader - UNDP
    Karen Asatryan Karen Asatryan - Director R2E2 Fund


17:15-17:45 Green finance

  • Identifying the key opportunities in the green growth

  • How ready is the region for green finance?

  • What type of support is needed to advance green finance in the region?

Luke Franson Head Green Lending-Global Climate Partnership Fund 

18:00-20:00 NETWORKING DINNER & DRINKS


23 MAY 2019

09:00-09:15 Opening Day 2


09:15-09:30 Opening keynote presentation

Marcos Athlas Neto Director Finance Sector Hub - UNDP

09:45-10:15 Measuring and maximizing impact on your investment

  • Impact metrics for ESG focused investing

  • Sustainable strategies to maximize your impact

  • Keys to linking the impact to SDGs

Enrique Lora Monitoring & Evaluation Officer - International Finance Corporation (IFC)

10:15-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 Innovative & alternative finance

  • Leveraging disruptive technological innovations for SDG financing in the region

  • What are the most promising innovative financing models?

  • Practical examples and emerging opportunities

    Manuk Hergnyan Co-founder - Granatus Ventures
    Vahagn Voskanyan Impact Investment Adviser - UNDP

11:30-13:00 START-UP PITCHES

  • In collaboration with our prater ImpactAim Accelerator we will pre-select the most promising start-ups that have a measurable impact, viable business model, market & scalability to pitch their idea in front of the crowd.

    UrBonsarium
    ‘’ISSD’’-Recycle It
    Fitolight
    Resident
    Smart Green

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-15:15 Future outlook & next steps:
Accelerating circular economy transition in the region

  • Opportunities and challenges in a changing infrastructure landscape

  • Implications of disruptive “next generation” infrastructure for SDGs

Ruzanna Safaryan Lead ImpactAim Accelerator - UNDP
Narine Avetisyan Project Implementation & Investment Consultant -Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Harutyun Alpetyan Expert Circular Economy - AUA Acopian Center

15:15-15:30 Closing

15:30-16:00 Networking Reception