Rebecca Self

Rebecca is the Director of Sustainable Finance at South Pole. In this role Rebecca is responsible for the consultancy services offered to financial institutions globally which combine climate science led data and business integration advice. The consultancy services focus on three areas; the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) impact analysis for financial products and supporting financial institutions with their Net Zero commitments.

Formerly Rebecca was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sustainable Finance at HSBC Holdings plc. In this role Rebecca was responsible for the group-wide financials relating to Sustainable Finance products, including sustainability/green bonds, ESG (environmental, social, governance) asset management/private bank funds and sustainability related commercial lending.  In addition, Rebecca was responsible for HSBC’s external ESG reporting and investor relations activity – including TCFD and corporate reporting on the SDGs.  Rebecca was the Chair of the European Banking Federation industry SDG working group and a member of other advisory groups to progress sustainability reporting. E.g. Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and developing a new CDP (Formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) questionnaire for financial services.

Rebecca has approximately 20 years of industry experience, in a prior role she was Group lead for Fixed Income investor relations.  This included marketing the first green bond issued by HSBC France in December 2015 and the SDG bond issued by HSBC Holdings in 2017.  Rebecca has also worked in Product Control, Market Risk and Regulatory Management.  The latter included leading HSBC’s response to the Enhanced Disclosure Task Force to aid greater transparency in banks’ disclosures post the financial crisis.

Rebecca is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and obtained a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Southampton, where she now has the role of Trustee for the Student Union.  In 2017 she gained a Certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership – she is currently studying for a part-time Masters with the Institute.

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