Thursday 28 January
Regen continued to host a series of in-depth interviews with key players in the transformation of our energy system. As we focus on how to come out of the coronavirus crisis and support the most vulnerable in our society, we are also considering the importance of a green recovery with the launch of the Energy White Paper and Ten Point Plan.
In each interview, Merlin will explored elements of a zero carbon energy transition: whether it’s the challenges of operating a zero carbon energy system; mobilising the trillions of dollars of investment needed; or how we can ensure the rescheduled COP 26 drives more ambitious action on the ground.
This fourth interview featured Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas, chief executive of the Green Finance Institute.
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas is chief executive of the Green Finance Institute, backed by the UK Government and City of London Corporation. Rhian spent 20 years in banking and was awarded an OBE for services to green banking. She is an Emeritus Member of TCFD and co-chair of TNFD, as well as a member of numerous advisory groups and boards across UK Government.
She began her banking career at Barclays Investment Bank in 2000, and spent 10 years in leveraged finance and financial sponsors coverage before holding a succession of leadership roles across Barclays’ Corporate Bank and Barclaycard. Most recently, she was Global Head of Green Banking and Founder and Chair of Barclays’ Green Banking Council, which developed and launched a suite of green finance products and services.
A fluent Welsh speaker, Rhian holds a PhD in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.