Sustainable finance and infrastructure investment play a critical role in accelerating the transition to a green energy and low carbon future. In this session leading experts will discuss how to accelerate the development of renewables and other green infrastructure for islands.
Alongside her professional career, Kalsey is determined to tackle global challenges and contribute towards the empowerment of youth. She is an active volunteer of the youth-led NGO, SYAH-Seychelles, which promotes sustainable development. Alongside her role as President of SYAH-Seychelles, she has coordinated 4 successful editions of the Blue Economy Internship Programme and pioneered the Seychellois Youth in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (SySTEM) Programme. To give Seychellois youth a voice, Kalsey also started a nationwide TV programme ‘Zenn Koze’ that provided a platform for youth to discuss and debate national policies, topical issues and challenges. In 2019, she undertook a 5-week expedition on the remote island of Aldabra where she and 11 other volunteers collected 25tons of marine debris and raised awareness on its impact on the environment.
Kalsey has been recognized as an Associate Fellow of The Royal Commonwealth Society and has served on the Blue Grants Fund Committee and the national Committee for Seychelles Vision 2033.
Coverage Officer, Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank
Managing Director, Camco Clean Energy
Climate Change Finance Advisor & Team Leader for Climate Change and Resilience, The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Tom’s responsibilities include overseeing IFC’s investment and advisory programs as well as maintaining key government and private sector partners in the region. He joined IFC in 2003 to manage a regional microfinance advisory project in Central Asia where he was based in Tajikistan. In 2004, Tom moved to Cairo where he spent the next 4 years helping to launch and manage IFC’s Access to Finance advisory practice in MENA focusing on leasing, credit reporting and microfinance, among others. Since 2008, Tom has led IFC’s activities in Lebanon and Syria while coordinating IFC’s climate business across the MENA region.
Before IFC, Tom helped launch a corporate finance group in London specialized in early-stage companies, and from 1996-1999, he led the operations of a developmental investment fund in Kyrgyzstan where he managed SME lending and equity portfolios. He has also worked in manufacturing and commercial banking in the United States.
Tom’s educational background includes a Masters of Arts in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies and an MBA in International Business from Rutgers University.
IFC Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, International Finance Corporation
Proven track record of environmental engineering, developing financial structures, and demonstrating expertise in environmental and social due diligence research for major global financial institutions. I have built a reputation as a specialist in contributing to solid policies and strategies for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Climate Change at international, regional, and country levels. Most importantly, my colleagues tell me I am uniquely gifted with a talent for negotiating, nurturing, and managing productive partnerships with international institutions and investors to fund these action plans.
Acting Director, Project Facilitation & Support, IRENA