Trade has the potential to have a significant impact on ESG issues both positive and negative. Trade can develop supply chains in greener products and manufacturing but it can also create barriers for suppliers through taxes, standards and a bureaucratic burden for small companies. In this webinar we will explore the impact of trade and ESG issues on Africa and what new business models and policies need to be put in place to encourage growth whilst allowing for a transition, especially the social issues.
The role of the World Trade Organisation in promoting ESG issues as well as its effectiveness will be a focus area as well as BRICS or other South-South trade issues in the context of an evolving ESG framework and trade finance.
Senior Economist at Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair is a Senior Economist at Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS). He leads TIPS's work on Sustainable Growth. Gaylor is also a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED). He holds two Master’s degree, respectively in International Affairs from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) of Grenoble, France, and in Energy and Environment Economics from the Grenoble Faculty of Economics, France. Gaylor has been working on green economy issues for more than a decade and has carried extensive research on the transition to an inclusive green economy from a developing country perspective, with a focus on policy frameworks, industrial development, just transition and resource security. Prior to TIPS, Gaylor worked at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance as well as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Attorney at Competition, Trade and Investment Practice
Yael, is a member of the Competition Trade and Investment team at Webber Wentzel, and is a senior trade and investment lawyer with a special interest in FDI, Africa related investment, investment promotion and the AfCFTA. Yael has over 25 years' experience in the legal and financial services sectors across Africa, UK, Europe and Asia in a variety of roles including managing a number of multi-jurisdictional Pan African projects across a number of sectors. In her previous role, she has managed and co-ordinated the 10 year alliance with leading UK law firm Linklaters and with Webber Wentzel's alliance and key relationship firms in Africa. Yael has also previously spent considerable time traveling and commuting to the UK (over a decade) while working in the legal and financial services / BPO sector with Insinger de Beaufort, Equity Trust, NIBC and Linklaters. Yael speaks English, Dutch, French and Hebrew. Yael was previously a partner at Webber Wentzel. She also spent 10 years working in Amsterdam and London in the financial services sector and over five years at Linklaters (UK, Netherlands and Western Europe more broadly). Yael has an MBA from Nyenrode University in the Netherlands, LLB and B.Com from the University of Witwatersrand.
Head Institutional Finance at Investec
George qualified and practiced as a Common Law and Commercial Barrister in London for 4 years before moving in 2000 to in-house Legal and Compliance in CSFB and BarCap Investment Banking and Global Markets, London. In 2005, George began his career in emerging markets banking through the regulatory management of the acquisition of Absa Bank Limited by Barclays in South Africa before moving to Hong Kong and transferring to the Asian Credit Trading, Structuring and Special Situations businesses in UBS, Lehmans and Nomura, where he co-managed the largest ever, Asian Collateralized Loan Obligation. Moving back to South Africa 5 years later, George transitioned into Absa Capital FX Sales, then Transactional Banking Product and Trade Finance Sales to eventually become Head of Barclays Africa (then Absa) Institutional Trade. In June 2021, George transferred with his team to Investec South Africa to head up Institutional Trade Finance and initiate Trade Finance for the bank. George specializes in innovative, short-term Trade financing solutions for Emerging Markets Financial Institutions and their clients through collateral, DFI and Credit risk mitigation techniques to resolve the African SME Trade funding gap, hard currency liquidity and Trade regulatory capital returns challenges.