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Alan Smith
Senior Advisor - Climate and ESG Risk Management at HSBC


Alan Smith is Senior Advisor - Climate and ESG Risk Management, HSBC. He is a member of HSBC’s Climate Business Council whose remit is to develop the Group’s sustainable finance strategy and he co-chairs the HSBC Climate Risk Oversight Forum which is shaping the Group’s Risk Management for Climate Risk. He is an active member and advisor to The Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI), a United Nations Climate Action Summit and COP26 flagship initiative, which represents the commitment of the global private financial industry, in partnership with key private and public institutions, to foster the more efficient integration of physical climate risks in investment decision-making. Prior to his current role, to which he was appointed to on 1 April 2020, Alan was Global Head of Risk Strategy and Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Risk Officer at HSBC and a standing attendee of the Group Risk Committee to the HSBC Board from 2016 to 2020. Alan joined HSBC in 1994 and has worked with HSBC for over 26 years in a variety of senior finance, risk and capital management and investment banking roles in London and in Saudi Arabia. Prior to HSBC, Alan, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, worked with KPMG London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Alan is a Church Commissioner of the Church of England and a member of their Audit and Risk Committee; a Trustee of the Global Association of Risk Professionals; and sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Risk Studies at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School. In 2015, he co-authored his first book, “Dreaming a Nation”, which won a Frank Collymore Literary Award in Barbados.

Agenda Sessions

  • Setting the scene…Climate Change Risk in 2021: What do Boards, businesses and risk managers need to know and act on?

  • Panel Discussion - Complexity of ESG: Assessing the interplay between strategy, governance and climate risk