Private Sector Event and Sponsored Seminar by Commerzbank

Sustainable Solutions for Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

Monday, 2 May 2016, 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Climate change, scarcity of resources, and growing social imbalances are putting private sector investments at risk. This is leading companies to embed long-term sustainability in their strategies and business plans. Whether in developing or industrialized economies MSMEs, with their partly limited financial and human resources, are finding this much more challenging than big multinational enterprises. But when MSMEs have the right financial sector partners, they too can offer innovative approaches to sustainable trade, clean energy, and core social and governance issues. This panel assembles MSMEs and bankers who will jointly discuss ideas for sustainable solutions and how to deliver on the theme of the Annual Meeting: “Cooperating for Sustainability.”


R. Gurumurthy Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking, RBL Bank

R. Gurumurthy holds a Bachelor's degree from Delhi University and is a certified associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. Mr. Gurumurthy has over 25 years of exposure in the banking sector, both in India and in Hong Kong. As Head-Corporate & Institutional Banking at RBL Bank, he is responsible for driving relationships with large corporates, public sector undertakings, financial institutions, government departments, and local administration set-ups by growing the deposits, loans, and transactional business portfolio of the bank. Prior to joining the Bank, he was a part of both the corporate and financial institutions sectors, and has also worked in the capital markets space in top leadership positions. Most recently he headed the Financial Institutions Strategic Coverage Group for Standard Chartered Bank, Mumbai.

Hans-Dieter Kettwig Managing Director, ENERCON GmbH and Chairman of the Board, Aloys Wobben Stiftung

Hans-Dieter Kettwig has been the Managing Director of ENERCON GmbH and other subsidiaries since 1997. In addition, Mr. Kettwig has been Chairman of the Board of the Aloys Wobben Stiftung since October 2012. He graduated with an MBA degree from the Emden University of Applied Sciences. Following a brief tenure as an executive assistant in a Hamburg-based company, he joined ENERCON in early 1988, where he was in charge of all commercial matters. He is married and has three children.

Paul Needham CEO and Co-Founder, Simpa Networks

Paul Needham co-founded Simpa Networks with the bold mission to make clean energy simple, affordable and accessible to everyone. Simpa sells solar-as-a-service to energy-poor households and micro-enterprises in rural India. Mr. Needham is a seasoned Infotech entrepreneur, having started several companies and sold two. He has 15 years in senior leadership in the internet and energy access sectors having held CEO, VP and director level roles at private and public companies. At Microsoft Paul created and launched Microsoft’s Canadian advertising network business; later, from Redmond HQ, he was responsible for the development of a global advertising pricing strategy as director of network strategy. Mr. Needham holds a Master's degree in Development Economics from Cambridge University and now lives with his family in Bangalore, India.

Ingrid Spletter-Weiss Head, Centre of Competence, Renewable Energy, Commerzbank AG

Ingrid Spletter-Weiss is responsible for Commerzbank’s activities in the renewable energies industry. These activities include both corporate banking to players in the industry such as manufacturers and developers as well as project finance in Europe and North America and ECA-covered structures in other countries. She started her career with Deutsche Bank. Changing to Bank of Tokyo and later on to Commerzbank, she has directed her focus on corporate and structured finance. She has more than 20 years experience in several management positions in corporate banking, structured finance and risk management.

Sylvia Wisniwski Managing Director, Finance in Motion

Sylvia Wisniwski has been Managing Director of Finance in Motion since 2010. She has more than 20 years of experience in development finance in over 30 countries. Starting her career in German International Cooperation (giz), she worked as consultant for international organizations and held various management positions at consulting companies and asset managers. Sylvia holds an MA in Political Science and Sociology and an MBA from the University of Tübingen as well as an MA in International Studies from the University of Miami.


Stefania Palma Asia Editor, Financial Times’ The Banker magazine

Stefania Palma is Asia Editor of The Banker. Travelling extensively in the region, she undertakes field research on local economies and financial markets. Prior to joining The Banker, she oversaw the coverage of growing non-US dollar, non-euro bond markets throughout the Eurozone sovereign crisis at Global Capital. She joined The Banker after reading for an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, during which she completed archival research and a language exchange at Peking University (北京大学). She has a BSc in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK, where she first started studying Mandarin Chinese.