Global Head Green Bonds - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Suzanne Buchta is an 18-year veteran at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and currently runs the Global ESG Fixed Income business for the bank.
Suzanne has been active in Green Bonds since 2011 when her team brought the first retail Green Bonds to market. She has since grown the market substantially by connecting both green bond issuers and interested green investors around the globe. By regularly delivering on Green Bond, Social Bond and Sustainability Bond mandates from a broad range of key clients globally, Suzanne has led Bank of America Merrill Lynch to their number one league table standing for three years running.
In 2015, Suzanne was named the Financial News’ Editors Choice for her instrumental role in the green bond market. In 2014, Suzanne was chosen as a Bloomberg New Energy Finance FiRe Finalist for her work on “Catapulting Green Bonds from a Niche Market to a Mainstream Market.” She has spoken on Green Bonds at the United Nation’s Abu Dhabi Ascent, and numerous other conferences globally.
Suzanne was one of the two original co-authors of a white paper on the framework for green bonds, published in September 2013, which formed the basis for the “Green Bond Principles.” These guidelines for transparency and disclosure for green bonds are now globally recognized and managed by ICMA. Since then Suzanne has served on the Executive Committee for the Green Bond Principles and the Social Bond Principles and Sustainability Bond Guidelines. In September 2017 she was elected to the Board of ICMA, lending her expertise on ESG Fixed Income to ICMA’s overall strategy.
Suzanne holds a masters degree in Mathematics from UNC Chapel Hill, a Fulbright Fellowship from Melbourne University and a BA from College of the Holy Cross.