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Green Finance and Innovation (CIMR debates and workshops in public policy)

Venue: Online

Join the Centre for Innovation Management Research on Wednesday 9th June for a debate in Green Finance and Innovation. Part of the CIMR Debates and Workshops in Public Policy series.

  • Speakers: Dr. Ellen Pei-yi Yu, Dr. Alessandra Tanda and Mr. Harry J. Elliott
  • Discussant: Dr. Bac Van Luu
  • Chair: Professor Michael Mainelli

How does innovation play a role in green finance? In this CIMR policy debate, we will be discussing how firms’ “environmental innovation” and fintech innovation” influence their financing in practice. Our discussion will be focusing on the following questions:

  1. What is the green finance? In practice, will the degree of firms’ environmental innovation help firms access cheaper finance? 
  2. What is fintech innovation? How can fintech innovation help firms in their financing to achieve a better sustainable/environmental performance?
  3. Our industry expert Harry will share his professional experience in environmental innovation. He will talk about the following two businesses: DIOX and Pulpex. DIOX focuses on bringing waste down in the textile industry through environmentally friendly fabric coatings, while Pulpex produces pulp based bottles.
  4. How can we change investor sentiment towards Green Based innovation?




Dr. Ellen Pei-yi Yu is a Lecturer in Finance at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research interests focus on asset management, and financial topics relevant to the research fields of environmental, social responsibility and governance (ESG). Her recent publications include papers in the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Business Strategy and the Environment, Journal of Investing, and the Journal of Fixed Income.

Dr. Alessandra Tanda is Assistant professor of Banking and Finance at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Pavia (Italy). Her main research interests include Fintech, firm financing, as well as corporate governance and sustainability issues.  She is part of two EU funded projects (FINTECH and PERISCOPE) and part of COST FinAI that promotes transparency in Fintech.

Mr. Harry J. Elliott is the consultant for GEAS Group. He is also the commercial director for Liquidnano Group and Diox. Harry joins Liquidnano as their Commercial Director, a company which GEAS introduced capital for, and remains a consultant to GEAS. At Liquidnano, he is consulting on strategy, operations and finance for the group, which features fast growing, nanotechnology based, protective coating products.


Dr. Bac Van Luu is Global Head of Currency in the Investment Division of Russell Investments, based in London. In his research, he concentrates on asset allocation, currency markets and ESG issues in investments. His articles have appeared in the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Business Strategy and the Environment, the Journal of Fixed Income, and the Journal of Investment Management.


Professor Michael Mainelli MStJ FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS is Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group. He is a qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin. He gained his PhD at the London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor of Innovation & IT.  Originally a research scientist in aerospace (rocket science) and computing (architecture & cartography), after directing the Geodat & Mundocart mapping projects in Switzerland he became a senior partner with accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn directing global consulting, and Corporate Development Director for Europe’s largest R&D firm, then the Ministry of Defence’s 14,000 strong Defence Evaluation & Research Agency.

During a mergers & acquisitions spell in merchant banking with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, he co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading think-tank, promoting societal advance through better finance and technology.  Z/Yen is renowned for its Global Financial, Green Finance, and Smart Centres indices. 

Michael is non-executive director of a listed firm, Fellow of Goodenough College, Honorary Fellow of King’s College London, Visiting Professor at UCL’s Bartlett School, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders, Honorary Liveryman of the Furniture Makers, Water Conservators, Marketors, Tax Advisers, and International Bankers, and Alderman and Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021.  He is Emeritus Professor & Life Fellow at Gresham College where he created the Long Finance initiative asking “when would we know our financial system is working?”.  He has been awarded Consigliere del Senato Accademico of L’Accademia Tiberina, British Computer Society Director of the Year, UK Foresight Challenge & Smart Awards for projects. His third book, written with Ian Harris, The Price Of Fish: A New Approach To Wicked Economics And Better Decisions, won the Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.


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