StanChart bolsters sustainable finance team in Hong Kong

Tracy Wong Harris will focus on the group’s sustainable finance strategy in Greater China and North Asia.

Standard Chartered has appointed Tracy Wong Harris as its Hong Kong-based head of sustainable finance for Greater China and North Asia.

Previously, Harris was at the Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA), where she was deputy secretary general and helped position Hong Kong as a leading global green and sustainable finance centre, according to a statement from the bank.

Harris will focus on the group’s sustainable finance strategy in Greater China and North Asia by developing new products and solutions, further incorporating environmental, social and governance considerations into banking decisions and identifying sustainable finance opportunities for clients.

She will report to Daniel Hanna, global head of sustainable finance.

“China and North Asia play an incredibly important role in ensuring the world achieves the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals,” Hanna said in the statement.

Harris’ hire is in addition to several recent key appointments, including:

  • Chris Helme, CFO for sustainable finance
  • Teng Cheng, director of finance for sustainable finance
  • Jaclyn Dove, managing director and head of strategic initiatives
  • Alex Kennedy, head of sustainable finance solutions
  • Joanne Khew, lead of strategic partnerships in Asia
  • Tanya Popeau, lead of strategic partnerships in Europe and Americas

The expansion of the team follows the release of Standard Chartered’s impact report, which quantifies the impact of its $3.9bn of sustainable assets that are aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its sustainable finance portfolio, including loans to renewable energy, healthcare, education, as well as microfinance and SME lending in low-income countries, the bank noted.