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Michael Wilkins

Managing Director, Head of Global Infrastructure & Environmental Research, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background 

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree within Modern Languages at Bristol University. He also holds an MBA in Finance from the Cass Business School and additionally has a Certificate of Carbon Finance & Analytics from the London Business School.

Michael experience at Standard & Poor’s includes seven years as Head of Infrastructure Finance Ratings, the analytical group within Standard & Poor’s which covers utilities, project finance, PPPs and transportation in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Michael was also co-head of the Corporate Securitisation group. He joined Standard & Poor’s in London in January 1994 and has also worked in the Melbourne and Hong Kong offices.

Previously, Michael worked for Water UK, the trade body representing the UK water industry. He also worked for four years as a journalist on various UK daily regional newspapers and global business publications.
ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?
Michael Wilkins is a Managing Director of the Infrastructure Finance Ratings group of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services based in London where he has global responsibility for the firm’s infrastructure and environmental finance research. Michael’s expertise encompasses the European power, water, environmental, transportation and social infrastructure sectors.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?
in London

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

Assessing the potential long-term credit impact of climate change is a topic S&P has always taken very seriously. ESG risk is one of the Management & Governance factors we examine when rating companies worldwide and we continue to look at how to incorporate climate-related risks in our global ratings.

Michael is a frequent guest lecturer at the London Business School MBA programme, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, MFin programme and Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment as well as at UCL and King’s College, London. He is a non-executive director on the board of the International Project Finance Association (IPFA). He is also a member of the Climate Markets & Investment Association, the UK Government’s Capital Markets Climate Initiative; the advisory council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Green Growth Action Alliance, the Smith School Stranded Assets Programme and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” George Santayana