Senior Advisor, Climate and ESG Risk at HSBC
Alan Smith is Senior Advisor - Climate and ESG Risk Management, HSBC. He is a member of HSBC’s Climate Business Council whose remit is to develop and govern the Group’s sustainable finance strategy on behalf of HSBC’s Group Executive Committee; and facilitate implementation across businesses, functions and regions. He co-chairs the HSBC Climate Risk Oversight Forum which is shaping the Group’s Risk Management for Climate Risk. He is an active member of The Coalition for Climate Resilience Investment, established in 2019, as the first of its kind, as an international financial-sector led initiative, that brings together over 50 organisations across the investment value chain to address climate resilience challenges. Prior to his current role, to which he was appointed to on 1 April 2020, Alan was Global Head of Risk Strategy and Chief of Staff to Group Chief Risk Officer at HSBC. He was a standing attendee of the Group Risk Committee to the HSBC Board from 2016 to 2020. Alan joined HSBC in 1994 and has worked with HSBC for over 25 years in a variety of senior finance, risk and capital management roles in London and in Saudi Arabia. Prior to HSBC, Alan, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, worked with KPMG London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW. He has an MBA in Finance from the Cass Business School, City – University of London which he attended on a UK Commonwealth Scholarship. He did his undergraduate degree in Accountancy at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.
Alan is a Church Commissioner of the Church of England and a member of their Risk and Audit Committee; a Trustee of the Global Association of Risk Professionals; and sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Risk Studies at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School.