Welcome to SuFi,

the Sustainable Finance Masterclass to help you better integrate sustainable finance in your daily decisions.

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Transitioning to a low-carbon, resilient and truly sustainable economy is a real challenge and requires more literacy in sustainable finance.

With this Master Class, we aim to equip influential leaders with the knowledge and networks required to better integrate sustainable finance in their daily decisions.

  • When ? 6 sessions, Q2 2023

  • Where ? Brussels, BE

  • Language English

  • An average of 25 participants

For high level professionals who want to transform their practices towards sustainability. For those who realize they need to understand how finance impacts societal challenges such as climate, food, housing, biodiversity, culture, or energy.

Leaders from all spheres welcome: corporates, associations,universities, administrationsand politics.

Each cohort will have an average of 25 participants, mainly active in Belgium.

Why choose SuFi?

  • Focus on sustainability AND finance
  • Inter-university program
  • Each session hosted by academics for the north and south of Belgium, and by practitioner’s experts in sustainable finance
  • Join a community of practice in sustainable finance

Participants engage critically with practices and theories in sustainable finance. They develop knowledge by building on the group’s expertise, and their own. They confront this knowledge with real-world cases presented by field experts.

We cover concepts of active ownership, engagement, divestment, ESG, green bonds, financial inclusion, taxonomies, impact measurement, risk assessment, labels, benchmarks and indices, and systemic thinking.

Become part of an alumni community and integrate our partners’ networks after the training. We are looking forward to this journey with you!

Once graduated, participants will form a network of senior practitioners who are socio-ecologically literate when interacting with the financial sector, and who are financially literate when working on a sustainable transition. Each cohort will have an average of 25 participants, mainly active in Belgium. This network of alumni will materialize in the networks of the Master Class’ partners, whose expertise will stay available to participants.

To complete the Master Class, participants will have to submit an assignment.

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The program

Day 1

The purpose of finance

  • Origin and purpose of finance
  • Origin of sustainable finance
  • Financial instruments
  • Private and public actors in the financial system
Day 2

Systemic thinking

  • The limits of our models and metrics
  • An introduction to complex systems and systemic thinking
Day 3

Banking & financial inclusion

  • Financial inclusion
  • Social banking
  • Mobile banking
Day 4

Sustainable investment

  • Responsible investment
  • Sustainable investment strategies
  • Impact investing
  • Impact measurement
Day 5

Responsible risk management

  • Central banking: climate risk assessment and public policies
  • Climate stress test
  • Rating and label agencies
  • European taxonomy
Day 6

Shaping the future towards sustainable finance

  • New trends
  • Sustainable finance strategy
  • Next steps
Why master class

Why a Master Class ?

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Our founders, the expertise behind.

The course is an inter-university collaboration, founded by Belgian sustainable finance academics from ICHEC, ULB and UNamur, supported by an advisory board composed of field experts.

The Master Class was launched in 2021, in Belgium.

    Sophie BéreauFounding Director Université de Namur

    Christel DumasFounding Director ICHEC Brussels Management School

    Marek HudonFounding Director Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB)

Our partners

A board panel of sustainable finance institutions in Belgium have partnered with this Master Class to support it with content and contacts.

Our 12 academics & experts

    Bert D'EspallierKULeuven

    Gaël GiraudGeorgetown University

    Marc LabieUMons

    Koen SchoorsUGent

    Bernard NicolayDauphine U/ULB

    Luc VanliedekerkeUAntwerpen / KULeuven

    Etienne de CallataÿOrcadia Asset Management

    Benoit DerenneFoundation for Future Generations

    Sevan HolemansSolifin

    Benoit LallemandFinance Watch

    Anne SnickClub of Rome

    Thomas Van CraenTriodos Bank