A new key biodiversity platform for cross sectoral collaboration
For its inaugural launch, World Biodiversity Summit will help define what world leaders and the private sector in biodiversity and climate action need to do in the medium and long term to achieve sustainable development and hinder further biodiversity loss, focusing on partnerships and investment mechanisms as levers of progress. World Biodiversity Summit is a platform for responding to accelerating biodiversity loss, by using the Paris Agreement as a framework to learn from, promoting relevant solutions, innovations, and leadership networks, strengthening nature restoration and conservation. Nature-based solutions will be highlighted, from specificecosystems to global possibilities.
21 September 2023
New York, USA
Alongside UNGA 78 & Climate Week NYC
Chief Investment Officer, Cathay Financial Holdings; Chair, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC)
Sophia Cheng is the Chief Investment Officer of Cathay Financial Holdings and also teaches in the Department of Intl Business of National Taiwan University. Sophia has near 30 years of experience in research and investment with last position acting as Chairman and head of research of Merrill Lynch Taiwan. Sophia is highly regarded by the government. She is well known for her work in financial sector research and her proactive participation in forming government policies, including promoting banking reform and tax reform. Sophia has been appointed as Government Affairs Consultant of Executive Yuan and Advisory Committee Member of National Development Council since 2012 and 2015, respectively. Sophia also acts as the Fellow of Asia Pacific Industrial Analysis Association (APIAA) and Board of Director of the Taiwan M&A and Private Equity Council (MAPECT). In the recent years, she has also been actively promoting Corporate Sustainability and Responsible Investment in Taiwan. Sophia has been selected as 2019 Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen and 2021 Global Top 50 Women in Investment Management. She has been acted as Chair of Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) since November 2018, and also appointed as the member of Taiwan National Sustainable Development Committee. Sophia holds Master of Science degree in finance-banking from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California, USA and a bachelor degree in Atmospheric Sciences from National Taiwan University.