Anne-Claire Roux is the Managing Director of Finance for Tomorrow, a French initiative in charge of promoting and developing green and sustainable finance that also intends to place the Paris Financial Center as an international hub on sustainable finance issues. Before that, she was the Head of Sustainable Finance at Paris EUROPLACE, an organization that represents the Paris Financial Center, and was notably in charge of coordinating the actions forCOP21 (especially the global coordination of the 1st Climate Finance Day held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in May 2015). Anne-Claire is a graduate from the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). For her Master thesis, she studied the political and environmental impacts of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. She also holds a Master's degree in Political Science and a Bachelor's degree in History from Sorbonne University.
Her main goal with Finance for Tomorrow is to contribute to the redirection of capital flows towards a low-carbon and inclusive economy, in accordance with the Paris Agreement and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and thus scaling up positive environmental and social impact projects, alongside sound finance strategies.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
I have always been passionate about environmental issues and was lucky to grow up close to nature. I believe my academic background in social and political sciences and, most importantly, my thesis on the environmental impacts of Olympic games, have given me the motivation and commitment to work in the field and have shown me that human activity can have a negative impact in the environment even though many economic and sustainable solutions are available nowadays.
Then, I got into finance quite accidentally, as neither my educational background nor my personal convictions predetermined this choice. But the transformational forces of this sector are tremendous and I am now convinced that the solution for a low carbon, the and sustainable world can be achieved through the mobilization of financial stakeholders. Green finance is not exclusively about environmental issues, it is as well as about creating a sustainable world for all and considering the social impact and much more. Change is on the way, but there are persisting barriers that must be overcome and place to finance more massively as positive impact projects that bring sustainable solutions. It is crucial that committed people work to change the rule of the game and this is especially possible in the financial sector.