ESG Corporate Strategy Consultant | Former CIO, State Street Global Advisors
Sean Flannery advises on the design, structuring and placement of innovative financing structures for climate and social investments in the emerging markets, drawing on more than 30 years of experience in the global institutional investment markets. His consulting work focuses on bridging the gap in financial markets between climate finance needs and the institutional investor practices. He has served as a Senior Advisor to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of what ultimately became the Amundi Planet Emerging Green One (EGO) Fund. He has worked with other multilateral organizations as an expert reviewer for project proposals and advised the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) on strategies, incentives and structures designed to attract institutional investment to renewable energy projects in the emerging markets. He was appointed to the Consultative Working Group for the Financial Innovation Standing Committee of the European Securities Market Association (ESMA), where he served four terms.
Mr. Flannery previously was Chief Investment Officer, Americas for State Street Global Advisors, where he was responsible for over US$2 trillion in global assets under management, across all listed asset classes and in global geographies. He also serves as Vice Chair of Corporate Knights in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Flannery has a BA in Economics from the George Washington University, and is a Fellow of the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (in residence 2009-10).