ESG Matters: Navigating Sustainability in Today's World

Date: Thursday, 18 May 2023
Time: 18:30 (BST)
Location: Bayes Business School 
                 106 Bunhill Row
                 London, EC1Y 8TZ


Hosted by Dr Malvina Marchese, Senior Lecturer in Finance and the Academic Director of the Finance Cluster degrees at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), this event will focus on ESG in the world of finance. The programme will feature a keynote presentation by Professor Cristiano Zazzara, Adjunct Professor of Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business. 

The keynote presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Barbara Casu, Head of the Faculty of Finance and Professor of Banking and Finance. 

This event will give participants an excellent opportunity to engage in thought-provoking conversation about the financial industry with fellow alumni, academics and students and learn about the latest news from Bayes Business School. 


18:15 – 18:30     Registration

18:30 – 18:40     Welcome by Professor André Spicer and Professor Richard Payne 

18:40 – 19:10     European Banks and ESG:The Evolving Landscape of Sustainable Banking Professor Cristiano Zazzara  

19:10 – 19:45     Panel Discussion and Q&A with Finance Alumni and Faculty ESG experts moderated by Professor Barbara Casu 
19:45 – 19:50     Final Remarks from Dr Malvina Marchese

19:50 –  21:00    Networking and light refreshments  

Speaker Profiles

Andre Spicer


Professor André Spicer is Dean of Bayes Business School. He is also Professor of Organisational Behaviour and the Head of the Faculty of Management. He is an expert in the areas of Organisational Behaviour, Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Professor Spicer is originally from Aotearoa/New Zealand. He began his studies at the University of Otago and holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Prior to joining City, he was a Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Warwick. He has been a visiting professor at London Business School, the Kellogg School at Northwestern, McGill University, Lund University, University of St Gallen and the University of Sydney.

Professor Spicer is known for his research on wellbeing, organizational politics, organisational culture, employee identity, new organizational forms, work space and leadership. His work looks at a wide range of settings including knowledge intensive firms, financial institutions, government departments, seaports, universities, libraries, media organizations, and social movements.


Professor Richard Payne works in the areas of empirical market microstructure and empirical asset pricing. He has written on topics that include the determination of exchange rates, the links between exchange rates and equity index returns, algorithmic trading and market dynamics, the effects of transparency in equity markets and the effects of short selling on equity markets.

Professor Payne holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and has worked at the LSE, the University of Bristol and Warwick Business School. He has also worked in the asset management industry and actively consults for banks, funds, regulators and government departments.




Professor Barbara Casu Lukac is the Director of the Centre for Banking Research at Bayes Business School. She is also the Course Director for the Executive PhD at Bayes.
Her main research interests are in empirical banking, financial regulation, structured finance, and corporate governance. Barbara has published widely, with over 50 publications in peer reviewed Journals. She has also written the popular textbook “Introduction to Banking” (Pearson FT), which is widely adopted for banking courses across the world. She has recently co-edited the Palgrave Handbook of European Banking. Outside academia, Professor Casu has been a consultant/visiting researcher at several organisations, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF); the European Commission (EC); Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); the Building Societies Association (BSA), the SWIFT Institute.


Dr Malvina Marchese
is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and the Academic Director of the Finance Cluster degrees at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London since August 2019. Before joining Bayes Business School, she lead the Risk Management Team of Shell Oil, Italy. Malvina holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and a Ph.D. Econometrics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She has extensive industry experience in quantitative risk management , having held full time and consultancy positions since 2008 in the industry. She is currently research advisor to Maersk Brokers in shipping econometrics and to CBRE Investment in real estate forecasting . Her research interest include econometrics of commodity markets , multivariate fractionally integrated GARCH models, long memory in realized volatility, forecasting measures and quantile panel regressions models.


Professor Cristiano Zazzara is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Volatility & Risk Institute (VRI website) and an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business, where he teaches Sustainable Finance and Experiential Learning in the MBA program. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to companies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe on ESG integration into business models and financial risk measurement of private and public asset classes.

Professor Zazzara is a former Managing Director of S&P Global Market Intelligence, where he was the Global Head of Credit Analytics and EMEA Head of Credit Risk Solutions, in charge of a business line focused on the commercialization of a suite of statistical and judgmental credit models for public and private companies. He also served as an Executive sponsor of the group’s Sustainable Finance (Environmental, Social and Governance) business, which cuts across four divisions: S&P Ratings, S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P Global Market Intelligence, and S&P Platts.

Cristiano is an expert in financial risk management with over 20 years’ experience at banks, government agencies, data providers, universities and think tanks. Cristiano joined S&P Global from MSCI-RiskMetrics where he was the Head of Market, Credit, Counterparty Risk and OTC Clearing Business for the EME Banking sector, and Global Head of Credit Advisory Business for Buy-side and Sell-side institutions. Previously, he was Managing Director in the Research & Strategy Unit of Unicredit Group, Managing Director at Capitalia Banking Group, and General Manager of the Italian Association of Banking and Finance (ASSONEBB). Cristiano also served as a financial economist at the Fondo Interbancario di Tutela dei Depositi (the Italian equivalent of the US FDIC), where he was the Head of the Research Department.

He is well published in various journals of financial economics, such as Journal of Credit Risk, Review of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking Regulation, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Financial Stability, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research in Banking and Finance.

Cristiano received a BSc in Economics & Business and a MSc in Banking from the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, and a PhD in Management (with specialization in Finance) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL).


Dr Mehrshad Motahari is a Lecturer in Finance at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass). His research interests lie primarily in the area of empirical asset pricing looking at drivers of market mispricing from both rational and behavioural perspectives. He also actively works on the implications of machine learning (ML) and firm environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) performance for asset pricing.

Mehrshad holds a PhD in Finance and an MSc in Accounting and Finance from Warwick Business School, the University of Warwick. Prior to joining Bayes Business School, he was a Research Associate in Finance at Judge Business School, the University of Cambridge, where he currently holds an Honorary Associate position.

Insights drawn from Mehrshad's research have been used to devise trading strategies by various major asset managers in the City. He also actively engages in consultancy projects related to systematic equity strategies and machine learning applications in asset management.


Mikael Homanen (PhD Finance, 2019) is Head of Product Research & Innovation at Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and an Honorary Research fellow at the Bayes Business School in London. He was previously a Bradley Fellow at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a visiting scholar at the Wharton School and SMU. He has also worked at the World Bank's Development Economics Research Group (DECRG).


Chad Greenblatt (BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management, 2022). Chad grew an interest in Sustainability and Risk Adjusted performance from ESG for investment products, this led him to his graduate role working as an ESG and Risk Management Analyst at Mayfair Capital Investment Management, a member of Swiss Life Asset Managers. He works across UK and pan-European funds with fund directors and asset managers to incorporate and achieve their ESG goals in addition to working to Net Zero targets.


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