Singapore Sustainable Finance Association

Helge is the Chief Sustainability Officer at DBS. He is responsible for developing DBS’ overarching sustainability framework and driving sustainability initiatives across the bank. He acts as Secretary to the bank’s Board Sustainability Committee, and chairs the Group Sustainability Council, which comprises senior leaders across business and support units.

Helge represents DBS in several global and regional bodies and working groups such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the technical committee of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which will develop its first global reporting sector guidance for banks, the Industry Advisory Panel of the ASEAN’s Joint Sustainable Finance Working Group, the Green Skills Committee convened by Singapore’s Ministry of Trade & Industry in partnership with SkillsFuture Singapore or Singapore’s Sustainability Reporting Advisory Committee. He is also appointed as alternate director in Climate Impact X Pte Ltd, a Singapore based global carbon market and exchange, and sits on the Impact Advisory Panel of the Asia Impact First Fund.

Prior to joining DBS, Helge was Head of Asia Pacific, Sustainable Finance and Global Capital Markets at ING, where he worked for 10 years. In this role, he successfully grew the bank’s regional business of sustainability-related advisory services and sustainable finance transactions across products. He was also part of ING’s global Sustainable Finance and Capital Markets management teams as well as the bank’s global Sustainable Finance Quality Board. Before that, he spent more than 12 years in various roles at Deutsche Bank AG and UniCredit Group being based in different cities across Europe, the US and Asia Pacific.

Helge holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Munich University (major in Developing Economics) as well as a postgraduate degree in sustainability from Cambridge University. He is also a CFA charter holder.