SMBC Appoints New Head of ESG Solutions in Asia Pacific

DigitalCFO Newsroom | 25 July 2022

Priya Bellino, Head Of ESG Solutions, Asia Pacific

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) announced today the appointment of Priya Bellino as Head of ESG Solutions in Asia Pacific, effective 18 July 2022. 

Based in Singapore, Priya will be responsible for leading SMBC’s sustainable finance initiatives in Asia  Pacific. Working with a dedicated team of ESG specialists, she will drive SMBC’s continued ESG  ambitions and growth across the region. She will report to David Koh, Managing Director and Deputy  Head of Corporate Banking, Asia Pacific at SMBC.  

Priya brings with her a wealth of experience in the finance industry. She was most recently a leading  member of EY’s sustainable finance business consulting practice, where she advised major international and regional banks, asset managers and insurers on sustainable finance matters. These  included climate stress testing approaches, implementations under the environmental risk management  guidelines of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and ASEAN decarbonization strategies, amongst others. 

Prior to EY, Priya spent 17 years of her career with Goldman Sachs in London and Singapore and  helmed various senior roles including Head of the Asia Pacific Risk Engineering department, where she  managed portfolio analytics, capital exposure monitoring and risk metrics reporting.  

She has a personal passion for sustainability and had previously set up her own sustainability consulting  firm, where she engaged in sustainability projects across industries and regions, including supporting  Imperial College London with capacity building initiatives for the Singapore Green Finance Centre,  which SMBC is a founding partner. 

Commenting on the appointment, David Koh said, “Our ESG mission and targets are clearer than ever, and we are delighted to have Priya onboard to help lead our sustainability efforts across Asia Pacific. Priya’s strong expertise and keen understanding of the sustainable finance space in the region adds to  SMBC’s strength in this domain. Together with the bank’s growing efforts and investment into  sustainability, we will continuously deliver best-in-class ESG innovations and solutions for our  customers as they embark on their climate transition journey.”