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Ex-Thai Union sustainability chief to help build Singapore green finance sector

Darian McBain will set the agenda for the Monetary Authority of Singapore's Green Finance Steering Committee.
Darian McBain will set the agenda for the Monetary Authority of Singapore's Green Finance Steering Committee.

Darian McBain, the former chief sustainability officer for seafood giant Thai Union, will take on the same role for the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from October 1.

McBain, who was recently named as a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Pioneer, will steer sustainability efforts across MAS, which is both is the central bank and financial regulatory authority of Singapore.

She will lead a Sustainability Group that will coordinate MAS’ green finance and sustainability agenda. This comprises:

  • strengthening the financial sector’s resilience against environmental risks,
  • developing a vibrant green finance ecosystem to support Asia’s transition to a low-carbon future,
  • identifying strategic green finance collaborations with regional and international counterparts and
  • reducing MAS’ own carbon and environmental footprint.

McBain will also set the agenda for MAS’ Green Finance Steering Committee chaired by managing director Ravi Menon.

Growing priorities

“The formation of the Sustainability Group reflects MAS’ commitment to embed climate change and environmental sustainability across its roles as a financial regulator, as a promoter of the financial sector, and as an organisation,” said Menon in a press release.

“Green finance and climate resilience are growing areas of priority for MAS and we are pleased to have Darian join us and lead our efforts in these areas.”

McBain has more than 20 years of experience in sustainability roles spanning across various sectors. She holds a PhD in social indicators for global supply chain analysis and a Masters in business strategy, politics and environment.