External speakers

Michael Wilkins

Managing Director, Senior Research Fellow Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings

Michael Wilkins is a Managing Director at S&P Global Ratings based in London where he has global responsibility for the division’s sustainable finance research activities.

Michael is also Executive Director & Professor of Practice at the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment at Imperial College Business School, London. He is also a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University Judge Business School where he teaches sustainable finance on the Master of Finance program

Michael’s experience at S&P Global Ratings includes three years as global head of Sustainable Finance and seven years as head of Infrastructure Finance Ratings, the analytical group within S&P Global Ratings which covers utilities, renewables, project finance, PPPs and transportation in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Michael was also co-head of the Corporate Securitisation group. He joined S&P Global Ratings in London in January 1994 and has also worked in the Melbourne and Hong Kong offices. Michael’s expertise encompasses the global power, water, environmental, transportation and social infrastructure sectors.

As well as Cambridge Judge Business School and Imperial College Business School, he has been a frequent guest lecturer at the London Business School MBA programme, Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment, UCL, the London School of Economics. He is a member of the FSB Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), the G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group (SFSG), the advisory council of the Smith School Sustainable Finance Programme and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

Previously, Michael worked for Water UK, the trade body representing the UK water industry. He also worked for four years as a journalist on various UK daily regional newspapers and global business publications.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree within Modern Languages at Bristol University. He also holds an MBA in Finance from the Cass Business School and additionally has a Certificate of Carbon Finance & Analytics from the London Business School.