Objective and Approach


The overall objective of the Alliance is to leverage digital technologies & innovations to enhance financing for sustainable development. In order to achieve this objective, the Alliance focuses on driving change in the following three outcome areas:

  • Content: Improving the knowledge-base through research and analysis of leading sustainable digital finance practice and potential. 

  • Community: Creating a network of fintechs, financial players, policy makers and other stakeholders that collaborate and promote sustainable digital finance practices at national and international levels.

  • Country: Supporting action at the country level to pilot innovative approaches and take successes to scale.


About Us

UN Environment and ANT Financial Services Group wish to champion the Alliance through catalytic, capable and complementary leadership.

Ant Financial is a technology company that brings inclusive financial services to the world.
Ant Financial, officially founded in October 2014, originated 

from Alipay founded in 2004.

Ant Financial is dedicated to bringing the world more equal opportunities through building a technology-driven open ecosystem and working with other financial institutions to support the future financial needs of society.

UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, and promotes the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system. It has been engaged in sustainable finance since 1992 through its UNEP Finance Initiative and more recently through the ground-breaking work of its Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System.

In September 2016, ANT Financial and UN Environment signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to promote sustainable development.



Inger Andersen
Co-Chairman & Executive Director of UN Environment Programme UNEP
Eric Xiandong Jing
Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, ANT Financial Services Group

Executive Board

Simon Zadek
Principal, Project Catalyst,
United Nations Development Programme

Simon Zadek is also currently Visiting Professor at Singapore Management University, a Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Sustainable Development, and Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Academy of Business in Society.

Chen Long
Head of Strategy, ANT Financial Services Group

Chen Long also holds the positions of Deputy Chief Director of PBOC’s Research Center of Internet Finance, Deputy Chief Director of China’s Internet Securities Commission, and Deputy Chairman of China’s Internet Insurance Association.

Bruno Oberle
Professor at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Bruno Oberle is the Chair of Green Economy and Resource Governance, Head of the EPFL International Risk Governance Center, former Director of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and former State Secretary for the Environment.


Marianne Haahr
Director, SDFA
Katherine Foster
Chief Intelligence Officer
Sofie Blakstad
Sustainable fintech expert

Advisory Board

CEO, DBS Group

Co-Founder, M-KOPA


Ma Jun

Director, Center for Finance & Development, Tsinghua

Head, MIT Media Lab

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President, MAVA Foundation

Chair, European Climate Foundation

Executive Director, UN Women

Chairman, Paulson Institute

Vijay Shekhar Sharma


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