ESG and Sustainable Finance
This event is part of a three month Outlooks program which will provide insight and analysis on the key themes, sectors, and regions in what is set to be a fascinating year for the markets
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Anna Zubets-Anderson is a Vice President – ESG Analyst at Moody’s ESG Solutions Group. Anna’s work is focused on establishing thought leadership in sustainable finance markets. Anna supports the development of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research at Moody’s and represents the firm at conferences and in conversations with investors, media, standard setters and the academic community.
James Leaton is a SVP - Environment, Social & Governance. In this capacity, James leads the development of carbon transition analysis of companies in high impact sectors. James brings expertise across environmental issues, especially climate change risk, which he applies to the integration of environmental risk into credit analysis.
Prior to joining Moody’s. James was previously Research Director at Carbon Tracker - a boutique research house - where he led a team producing thematic energy research combining elements of climate change scenarios with financial analysis. James was lead author of a series of research which sparked investor interest in the concept of stranded assets, and led to a number of investor initiatives on carbon asset risk. James also advised blue-chip clients on climate change and sustainability strategy whilst a consultant at PwC and was a senior policy advisor at WWF, focusing on the biodiversity impact of extractive industries.
James holds a Masters degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, University of London.
Matt Kuchtyak is an Assistant Vice President on the ESG team at Moody’s InvestorsService. In his role, Matt advances the rating agency’s efforts to systematically andtransparently incorporate ESG considerations into its ratings across the globe. Matt isone of the firm’s leading experts on global sustainable debt markets and has authoredthe firm’s sustainable finance quarterly report since its inception in 2015. He has alsoworked with Moody’s affiliates, Paris-based Vigeo Eiris and Berkeley-based FourTwenty Seven, to support the growth and development of sustainability solutionsbeyond credit.
Matt frequently represents the firm as a speaker at industry conferences and throughconversations with investors, policymakers and other market participants around theworld. His research is widely read by the market and is often cited by top-tier mediaoutlets. Matt is a member of Moody’s Global ESG Working Group, and is also aCorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Impact Leader, in which capacity he serves as anambassador for the firm’s CSR strategy.
Previously at Moody’s, Matt was an analyst in the US Public Finance Group. In thiscapacity, he served as a lead analyst for a diverse portfolio of hospitals, public andprivate universities, community colleges, K-12 independent schools and other not-forprofits. He was a key contributor to the development of the Global Higher Educationmethodology, which brought the firm’s global university ratings under onemethodology for the first time.
Prior to joining Moody’s in 2013, Matt worked at New Jersey Policy Perspective wherehe analyzed New Jersey state fiscal policy. He holds a B.A. in Economics and PoliticalScience summa cum laude from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and is a memberof Phi Beta Kappa.