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Good Things Happen Episode 1: Environmental Economics

On the premiere episode of “Good Things Happen,” we’re joined by Citi’s sustainability experts, Harlin Singh, Global Head of Sustainable Investing, Citi Private Bank and Davida Heller, Director and Head of Sustainability Strategy at Citi to discuss the rise of ESG investing.

They may just be three simple letters, but for companies around the world, ESG has become a fundamental measure of how they operate. And in today’s investment landscape, it’s essential for success. So how can companies achieve the lofty sustainability goals they’ve set for themselves? Let’s find out. 

 

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As Global Head of Sustainable Investing at Citi Private Bank, Harlin Singh works across Citi’s investment divisions to develop and embed a global framework along the full spectrum of sustainability — Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration, Socially Responsible, Thematic and Impact investments — to ensure the integration of sustainable practices aligns with Citi’s best thinking on portfolio management, research and asset allocation. Harlin is an observing member of the Global Investment Committee and oversees Investing with Purpose, the Private Bank’s sustainable investing platform. She is also a representative on Citi’s Net Zero Task Force to help Citi reach its goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Prior to joining Citi in 2017, Harlin served as Associate Director of Innovative Finance at the Milken Institute, where she brought together private and public sector leaders to design and recommend investment structures to address funding gaps in the social sector. Prior to the Milken Institute, she spent over five years as a Capital Markets and Foreign Exchange Specialist, advising ultra high net worth individuals and family offices at Deutsche Bank and Citi. Harlin began her career at Lehman Brothers, where she spent six-plus years working with high net worth individuals, corporations, hedge funds and private equity firms on complex foreign exchange transactions. Harlin received her undergraduate degree in Finance from Rutgers University and her Masters in Public Administration from New York University. She also served as an Adjunct Professor of Impact Investing at USC’s Marshall School of Business. She holds FINRA Series 7, 31 and 66 licenses.
Davida is Director and Head of Sustainability Strategy at Citi. Her work centers on the development and execution of Citi’s sustainability initiatives and programs, including the bank’s Sustainable Progress Strategy and $1 trillion sustainable finance commitment by 2030. She engages with company-wide global business functions, regional banking teams and external stakeholders to advise and build company-wide awareness of ESG, sustainability and climate related trends, opportunities and risks. Prior to joining Citi in 2014, Davida was Head of Member Engagement at The Climate Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to driving action to create a net-zero emission global economy, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies on greenhouse gas emissions reduction initiatives. Before that she was at The Earth Institute at Columbia University and managed corporate relations and oversaw professional development for the institute’s sustainability-related education programs. Previously, she worked in consulting and feature film production and development. Davida serves on the board of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and The Last Animals Foundation. She has an M.S. from Columbia University in sustainability management and a B.A. in media studies from George Washington University.

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