The Newnham Conversation

The Newnham Conversation

The Newnham Conversation

event Sunday, September 29, 2024 schedule 11.00am - 12.00pm BST
event Sunday, September 29, 2024 schedule 11.00am - 12.00pm BST
  • Newnham Building
"Greening" financial systems - Ethical finance and investments
In-person | Free
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Cynthia Beerbower Room (TBC), Newnham College, | View details

Join us for an insightful Newnham Conversation about the importance of ‘green’ ethics and sustainability in finance. The conversation will be chaired by alumna, Beatriz Araújo (Newnham 1979), formerly partner and Head of Corporate Governance at Baker McKenzie and will be between two fellow Newnham alumnae who are at the forefront of UK financial governance: Sarah Breeden, (Newnham 1987), Deputy Governor for Financial Stability at the Bank of England, and Dame Julia Hoggett, (Newnham 1993), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the London Stock Exchange.

In this conversation, Beatriz, Sarah and Julia will discuss the role corporates play in advancing ethical finance and investment. They will examine how companies are integrating sustainability into their strategies, in particular into their financial practices, and the steps being taken to "green" financial systems, together with the broader implications for businesses as they navigate the shift towards more responsible and sustainable business models.

The discussion will then be followed by an audience Q&A session.

The Newnham Conversation

Chaired by:

Beatriz Araújo


Sarah Breeden

Dame Julie Hoggett


Beatriz Araújo (Newnham 1979)

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Beatriz Araújo started her career as a trainee at Baker McKenzie in 1985. She qualified as a solicitor in 1987 became a partner in 1994. Beatriz was Head of the Legal 500 Band 1 rated Corporate Governance practice at Baker McKenzie when she retired in July 2023. She has near 40 years of experience leading on and advising clients on business-critical transactions and matters. She has supported the World Economic Forum as an expert on governance projects and has written various white papers articles on corporate governance topics. She is currently co-Chair of the Forum’s Global Future Council on Responsible Investing and a member of the Forum’s Climate Governance Community of Experts. She won "Best in Corporate Governance" in 2018 at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards. Since July 2019 she is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Portuguese Institute for Corporate Governance and was appointed Head Tutor of Governance for a Sustainable Future, a course launched by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in January 2024.

Sarah Breeden (Newnham 1987)

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Sarah Breeden is Deputy Governor for Financial Stability at the Bank of England. She is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Financial Policy Committee, Prudential Regulation Committee and the Bank’s Court of Directors. She has specific responsibility for the supervision of financial market infrastructures, international issues, central bank digital currency and fintech. She has led the Bank of England’s work on climate change, domestically and internationally since 2016.

Sarah joined the Bank of England in 1991 and became Deputy Governor in November 2023. Prior to her current role, she was the Executive Director for Financial Stability Strategy and Risk and a member of the Financial Policy Committee (2021-2023); Executive Director for UK Deposit Takers Supervision (2019-2021); Executive Director for International Banks Supervision (2015-2021). She led the design and risk management of financial market operations undertaken by the Bank during the financial crisis, and then led the Bank’s work to support the transition of prudential regulation of banks and insurers from the Financial Services Authority to the Bank. Sarah hold a degree in Economics; she has an MA in Economics and an MSc in Finance from the London Business School. She is a Trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation.

Dame Julia Hoggett (Newnham 1993)

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Julia Hoggett joined the London Stock Exchange Group in April 2021 and is CEO of London Stock Exchange plc and Head of Digital & Securities Markets, LSEG. Previously, Julia was at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as Director of Market Oversight, overseeing the conduct of market participants. She joined the FCA in 2014 to run the Wholesale Banking Supervision Department. Prior to this, she was a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, running various fixed income origination businesses in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Julia was previously a Board Member and CEO of Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (DEPFA ACS Bank) in Ireland. She began her career at JPMorgan. Julia holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and undertook a research scholarship at Kings College, Cambridge University on public policy in East Africa. Julia was included in Financial News’ 100 Most Influential Women in Europe’s Financial Markets (2010, 2011, 2012, 2021,2022 and 2023), and awarded Industry Leader of the year 2023 by City AM. Julia has been an active speaker on Diversity and Inclusion in the City for two decades. She was made a Dame in the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours.

Booking information



Cynthia Beerbower Room (TBC), Newnham College,
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


The Festival Team
Location information: 

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