Huw van Steenis – Keynote Speaker

Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive of UBS

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Specialist Subjects

  • Financial Services
  • Asset Management
  • Regulation
  • Future of Banking

Language

  • English

Biography

Huw van Steenis is Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive of UBS. He acts as a senior adviser to both the firm and its clients in analysing financial, market and sustainability trends to help guide investment and strategic decisions. He was founding Chair of the firm’s Sustainable Finance Steering Committee.

Prior to this, Huw was Senior Advisor to Mark Carney on climate finance and fintech, when he was Governor at the Bank of England, leading a review on the future of finance. The van Steenis Report led to a five pronged plan for the central bank announced by the Governor June 2019 including climate stress tests for financial institutions and initiatives to embrace payments innovation.

Huw has been recognised as an influential investment strategist. He worked at Morgan Stanley for 14 years spending much of his time there as Global Head – Banks and Diversified Financials research. During this time he and his teams won numerous awards including being voted #1 in investor surveys 12 times and twice Starmine’s stock picker of the year for financial services. From 2016-18 he served as Global Head of Strategy at Schroders. He frequently features in the media and writes regularly for the Financial Times and other publications on finance, sustainable investing and central banking.

He is co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Finance, member of the Oxford University Endowment Investment Committee (chairing the ESG sub-committee) and the steering committee for the Taskforce for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets. He is also a Trustee of English National Opera. He was educated at Oxford and INSEAD. He is regarded as an expert adviser on Green Finance and Cop26.

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