Future GREEN Business conference

Why finance climate action and what is the role of ESG? 

April 06, 2023

Emerald hall, Hotel Esplanade at 11:00 am


Conference Program




“Future GREEN Business” – an initiative in the form of a conference organized by the International Institute for Climate Action (IICA) is held with the primary goal of educating, informing, raising awareness and networking the business community and the financial sector in order to achieve the fastest possible transition to a low-carbon sustainable economy.

By sharing knowledge, practices, ideas and projects, we enable a significant increase in the level of social and personal responsibility in the direction of sustainability and help companies introduce new work and management models to ensure stable future growth.

This year’s conference is dedicated to the business and financial sector with an emphasis on funding sources in order to provide answers to the questions of what are the reasons for financing climate action and what are all the sources of funds for financing projects related to climate change.

Particularly, the role of ESG in the context of climate action will be explained, as well as why it is a priority for the entire business and financial sectors to integrate ESG criteria as quickly as possible.

Bearing in mind the importance of this topic, we are extremely honored to present this year’s keynote speaker of the conference, Mr. Javier Manzanares Allen, who is co-chair of Green Climate DAO, an independent climate organization that aims to encourage climate action through financing resilience projects. He was also the long-term executive director of the Green Climate Fund from South Korea, a body that collects funds on a global level for investment in various projects in developing countries.

The GCF is the world’s largest climate fund and a unique global platform for responding to climate change by investing in low-emission and climate-resilient development. It was established by 194 world governments in 2010 to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries and to help vulnerable societies financially adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.

Furthermore, in collaboration with Singaporean partners CorpStage, IICA conducted a pre-selection for applying to the ESG World Summit & GRIT Awards (June 14 – 16, 2023, Bangkok, Thailand), where Dr. Nisha Kohli will present the CorpStage work and publicly announce the winner (the bank and the company) who has earned the right to apply for an internationally recognized ESG award.

With this goal in mind, the panel discussion at this year’s Future GREEN Business conference is dedicated to the topic “Why finance climate action and what is the role of ESG”.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Future GREEN Business, 2023.

Javier Manzanares Allen, PhD

For many years, Co-Chief Green Climate Dao, Javier Manzanares Allen, was CEO/Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer at Green Climate Fund, South Korea. Before joining the Green Climate Fund, he was the Director of the UN Office for Projects in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, a position he came to from the position of Head of Department at the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.

He has extensive experience working in international organizations, financial institutions, general management, non-profit organizations, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and analytical skills.


Dr. Nisha Kohli, osnivačica Corpstage Singapur

CorpStage Singapore, an ESG ecosystem platform that enables large and small businesses and banks to adopt sustainability, manage and comply with and report on ESG criteria, connect with stakeholders, and build reputation with investors and customers, is the conference partner for “Future GREEN Business”.

Thanks to the partnership, IICA organized a pre-selection contest for applications to the ESG Summit & GRIT Awards intended for medium and large banks and companies from the Republic of Croatia to present their sustainable business on a global level.

With a guest appearance by the founder of CorpStage Singapore, Dr. Nisha Kohli, the winners of the pre-selection will be announced at the conference (one from the business and one from the financial sector), who will be entitled to participate in the ESG Summit & GRIT Awards Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, from June 15–16, 2023 and the opportunity to win an internationally recognized prize in the field of ESG.

Read more about the ESG Summit & GRIT Awards at: https://event.corpstage.com/

PANELISTI of the “Future GREEN Business” conference:

Ante Žigman

President of the Board of the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (HANFA)

Marija Hrebac

Executive Director of the Croatian Deposit Insurance Agency

Tamara Perko

Director of the Croatian Association of Banks (HUB)

Luka Balen

Director of the Fund for Environmental Protection ang Energy Efficiency

Marija Pujo Tadić

President of the International Institute for Climate Action (IICA); ambassador of the European Climate Pact

Vali Marszalek

Chair of the Board of Directors, UN Global Compact Network Croatia