Farnam is HSBC’s Global Head of ESG Solutions, where she works with HSBC’s clients across all sectors on sustainable finance and ESG considerations. Farnam has spent over 10 years in finance and investment banking, and has advised corporations and governments globally on sustainability in the context of corporate strategy, equity capital raisings, and debt issuance. Previously, she led HSBC’s EMEA and Americas Sustainable Bonds team, where she was instrumental in building out HSBC’s award-winning franchise in green, social, sustainability, and sustainability -linked bonds, including landmark transactions for Repsol, Chanel, FEMSA, and Telefonica, as well as sovereign issuers including the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Indonesia and Chile. She is HSBC’s representative to the ICMA Green Bond Principles Executive Committee, where she co-chairs the Climate Transition Finance Working Group, and sits on the facilitated emissions working group at the Platform on Carbon Accounting Financials as well as the green hydrogen project team at Breakthrough Energy Catalyst. She also sits on HSBC Holdings’ Treasury Sustainable Finance Committee.
Prior to joining HSBC, Farnam was with the leading ESG ratings firm Morningstar Sustainalytics, where she developed its second opinion services for labelled bonds, designed the firm’s methodology for the assessment of human rights risk in corporate activities, and supported some of the world’s largest asset owners as they integrated ESG across asset classes. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Hons B.A in International Relations) and University of Oxford (Masters in Business Administration).