“Catalysing Sustainable Finance To Transform The World”


The Sustainable Finance Institute Asia (“SFIA”) is an independent institute established to catalyse ideas on Sustainable Finance at the policy level, as well as propel action in support of those policy ideas in Asia, particularly in ASEAN. It aims to provide thought leadership and act as a one stop centre for Sustainable Finance in ASEAN through collaborations with governments, regulators, central banks, multilateral development banks, industry, academia and non-governmental organisations.

SFIA a neutral platform for Sustainable Finance that provides unbiased and credible policy recommendations and implementation support to countries in the region, particularly ASEAN countries;

We adopt an open architecture approach where both financial and resource partners will be encouraged to work with, and through, the Institute while keeping the actions and the outputs of the Institute unbiased and credible.

SFIA’s goal is to catalyse transformational change and action.

SFIA will provide a space for governments, research and academia, civil society and industry to identify issues, exchange ideas, develop strategies and implement solutions on Sustainable Finance.

SFIA’s open architecture model allows the participation of other subject matter experts to enable it to provide informed and enlightened policy ideas.


Be Passionate

we are passionate about our mission and we are committed to it

Be Respectful

we respect each other and the diverse views of our stakeholders

Be Innovative

we will find a way to get things done and overcome challenges

Be Independent and have Integrity

we will remain independent in the way we conduct ourselves and always act with integrity

Be Realistic and Make A Difference

we don’t wait for the perfect opportunity, but instead make every opportunity count.

SFIA adopts the G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group’s description of Sustainable Finance:

“Financial services, products, processes as well as institutional and market arrangements that contribute directly and indirectly to the delivery of Sustainable Development Goals”

SFIA will drive its efforts through two inter-related and synergistic tracks – Green Finance and SDG Finance. Both these tracks will be integrated at the strategic level.

These tracks will need to be addressed from two angles – Policy and Enabling.

SFIA drives its Sustainable Finance efforts through two inter-related and synergistic tracks – Green Finance and SDG Finance. Both these tracks will be integrated at the strategic level are executed through addressing policy and enabling action.

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Non-Executive Independent Director
Non-Executive Independent Director




Eugene Wong is the Chief Executive Officer of SFIA. He was recently the Managing Director, Corporate Finance & Investments of the Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”). His portfolio covered IPOs, Corporate Bond and Sukuk issuances, Collective Investment Schemes and Take-overs. He also oversaw the SC’s ASEAN related initiatives and was Chair of the Deputies of the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (“ACMF”) and the Co-Chair of the its Sustainable Finance Working Group (“SFWG”). In addition, he was the Co-Chair of the ASEAN Working Committee on Capital Market Development.

Eugene was also responsible for accounting related matters at the SC and was a Board Member of the Audit Oversight Board. He served as an Adviser to the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board and was previously a Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and Chairman of its Ethics Standards Board.

Prior to joining the SC, Eugene held positions in a merchant bank, a stockbroking company and in the corporate finance division of an international accounting firm.

Eugene is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Fellow of CPA Australia and a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He has an Advanced Diploma in Corporate Finance from The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and holds a B. Comm. from the University of Melbourne.


Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr. Esmond Choo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Melbourne and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is currently the Executive Director of UOB-Kay Hian Holdings Limited and also the Chairman of UOB Kay Hian Securities (M) Sdn Bhd.

Esmond has accumulated substantial experience in the finance and insurance sectors since 1986. He has served in various industry committees and was the past Chairman of the Stockbrokers Association of Singapore from 2009 to 2012. In recognition of his contribution to the Securities and Futures industry, Esmond was conferred the title Institute of Banking and Finance Distinguished Fellow in 2014.

Esmond serves as a member of the Asian Advisory Board of the University of Melbourne and Finance Committee Chairman of the SJI International School in Singapore.


Non-Executive Independent Director

Raymond Tong is a partner of Rajah & Tann in Singapore. He was recently the partner in the capital markets team of Clifford Chance in Singapore. Raymond is widely regarded as one of Singapore’s leading capital markets lawyers. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore and is also a solicitor in England and Wales. 

Raymond advises on both domestic and international matters and has worked on some of the most high-profile ECM deals across Southeast Asia in recent years.

Raymond is a board member of Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), a member of the Audit Committee of the Methodist Welfare Society, the Corporate Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore and the Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.