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GPSC Global Online Series: Catalyzing Private Investment in Climate Smart Cities

"Understanding urban climate investment opportunities and barriers, and featuring case studies of innovative financing approaches to overcome these barriers"

Through a series of reports, the Invest4Climate platform, co-managed by the World Bank Group and UNDP, looks at key climate sectors and reviews progress and lessons: what are barriers in scaling-up private investment and what are innovative financing approaches and case studies that can be learned from to de-risk projects, recycle lender capital, scale private investment in urban infrastructure and mobilize investment from institutional investors.

The session, Catalyzing Private Investment in Climate Smart Cities, presents the joint UNDP and World Bank Invest4Climate report, which offers a framework for understanding urban climate investment opportunities and barriers and features ten case studies of innovative financing approaches to overcome these barriers, including natural capital insurance products for urban coastal resilience in Mexico, green bulk procurement of E-buses in Chile, and bonds that incentivize investment in green technologies that reduce emissions and air pollution. 

The global online series titled Building Back Better: Green, Healthy and Inclusive Cities is hosted by GPSC and presented in partnership with a wide range of the platform’s partners to support cities integrating initiatives into their pandemic recovery efforts. The series brings together the perspectives of cities, multilateral development banks, UN agencies, knowledge partners, private sector and think tanks.

About the Presenters

Sameh Naguib Wahba

Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank

Sameh Wahba is the Global Director of the Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice at the World Bank. The Global Practice, which also covers territorial development, geospatial and results-based-financing issues, has a portfolio of close to $30 billion in commitments in investment projects, program-for-results, and development policy lending, and about 450 staff. He holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard University, and a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Architectural Engineering from Cairo University.

Pradeep Kurukulasuriya

Director, Nature, Climate and Energy & Executive Coordinator- Environmental Finance, UNDP

Pradeep Kurukulasuriya is the Director of Nature, Climate & Energy and also the Executive Coordinator of Environmental Finance at UNDP. Until recently, he was the Head of UNDP’s Climate Change Adaptation program where he led UNDP’s support to more than 120 countries around the world to access, combine and sequence financing from the various global climate funds, including those managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund. An environmental economist by training, Pradeep holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University (UK). He has numerous publications in leading international economics journals.

Barbara Buchner

Director, Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA)

Dr. Barbara Buchner is the Global Managing Director of Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), and also the Executive Director of its Climate Finance program. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land-use investments around the world. Barbara directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab). The Lab’s public-private approach solicits, shapes, and tests cutting edge climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation, and land-use projects. She is also the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, which set the benchmark for climate finance tracking. She is on the Advisory Board of the BCFN Foundation, the Evaluation Board of the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund, and a member of the One Planet Lab.

Sandrine Boukerche

Co-lead Invest4Climate, World Bank

Sandrine Boukerche is a Climate Change Specialist in the Urban, Disaster Risk Management and Land (GPURL) Global Practice of the World Bank, leading the World Bank’s engagement in the Invest4Climate platform. She has more than a decade of experience working on a series of climate change areas including climate finance and investment, carbon operations, trust fund management and climate change corporate strategy, and is a core member of the City Climate Finance Gap Fund. Sandrine holds an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Diploma of economics from LSE, and a BA from the University of Sussex.

Lauren Carter

Co-lead Invest4Climate, UNDP

Lauren Carter is a climate finance specialist based in Geneva who leads UNDP’s engagement with Invest4Climate, a joint partnership with World Bank to crowd-in private investment for climate action in developing countries. Through her own advisory firm, she also works with governments, development finance institutions, climate funds and private investors to develop and scale climate-smart investments and strategies around the world. Previously, Lauren served as the Director of Climate Finance Initiatives for a boutique climate finance advisory in Morocco where she guided the government’s engagement with the Green Climate Fund and other sources of climate finance. Lauren also worked as an Agriculture and Environmental Advisor with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa and in the private sector as a hedge fund analyst. Lauren received her MBA from HEC Paris and a B.A. from the University of Texas – Austin.

Jaffer Machano

Global Program Manager for Municipal Investment Finance (MIF) Program, UNCDF (presentation of International Municipal Investment Fund (IMIF))

Jaffer Machano is the Global Program Manager for the Municipal Investment Finance (MIF) Program at UNCDF in New York. The MIF program currently innovates two new global initiatives: a global fund that will invest in municipalities in developing countries and regional transboundary investments in the water sector. Before joining UNCDF, Jaffer was the Head of Global Banking for Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), Tanzania, where he was in charge of Corporate Banking, Financial Markets and Trade Business divisions - managing the SCB’s investment of government infrastructure projects throughout Tanzania and helping execute projects worth more than $1.5 billion. He is a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and a member of the Global Association of Risk Professional (GARP).

Steven Baillie

Principal Financial Officer, IFC

Steven Baillie is a Principal Financial officer at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. He has 25 years of finance experience, including 12 years as a senior relationship manager with Citibank. Steven currently leads the New Products Unit in the IFC Climate Business Department where he collaborates with operational departments to develop and execute new climate finance structures. 

Questions Submitted


- Nov 21, 2022

jose luis

- Aug 3, 2022
muy bueno


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- Jan 26, 2022
Informative. There are only 2 presentations, shouldn't there be little??

Mahaman Mourtala

- Sep 18, 2021


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- Jul 23, 2021
Interesting presentation.


- May 28, 2021

Lynn Ioana

- Apr 12, 2021
climate talks


- Jan 12, 2021
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