Sir Roger Gifford
senior banker, SEB; vice-chairman, Association of Foreign Banks; chairman, Green Finance Institute; former Lord Mayor of London

Sir Roger Gifford is a senior banker at SEB in London. He read chemistry at the University of Oxford and began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co, joining SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as UK Country Head (2000 – 2016) Roger headed the bank’s operations in Japan for six years. He has worked in and around the primary debt and equity capital markets most of his career.

Roger is vice chairman and past chair of the Association of Foreign Banks (AFB) in London and chair of the Advisory Board of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE). He was chair of the London Green Finance Initiative launched in 2016 to further the contribution of the financial sector to the G20 climate agenda, and chaired the UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce last year. Roger is also chairman of the Green Finance Institute, which was launched on 2 July 2019. He was Lord Mayor of London in 2013.

Follow Roger on Twitter: @RogerGifford


Sunday 3 November, 10:00 Auditorium 2
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